Monday, December 29, 2014

After Christmas Sale

Dying for that new jacket or shoes for your New Year's Eve party?  Luckily for those of us waited for that After Christmas Sale, our wishes were answered.  Here's what's left for the picking!

For those of you who love Givenchy, here's a hoodie that will make Zuckerberg green with envy at the deal you got....marked down from $1545 to $464.

Can Diane Von Furstenberg ever be wrong?  Not in many people's eyes.  She picked Public School as the up and coming men's designer last year and here's a cropped leather biker jacket that will make you ultra cool should you accept the challenge.  Price dropped from $1950 to $585 will make you look smarter too!

Flexible is always better right?  You can expand this Lanvin tote bag by unzipping its sides.  Now you can buy more stuff with the newly expanded bag.... how convenient!  Marked down from $950 to $379. 

Now that Euro is at a low against US dollar, it's the best time to shop on European websites to arbitrage your shopping need.  Here's a dope Saint Laurent Paris raglan bomber jacket.  Retailed for $1745 here in US but I found one in Europe for $653.  You are welcome!

Friday, December 26, 2014

balancing a ball

This table lamp is perfect to go with that Minotti sofa that you just purchased! I just love the simplicity of the design.  This IC lights by Michael Anastassiades for Flos comes with table lamp, ceiling light, sconce, or floor version.  The design was inspired by jugglers throwing balancing balls in the air.  Now that's the type of whimsy I can live with.  A table lamp will set you back $625 which is on par with anything you will find at DWR.... not cheap but not super pricy.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holiday giveaway winner!!!

Cindy M.  C'mon down.  You are the winner of a Missoni key chain.  Please send me your mailing address and your key chain will be promptly send to you.  Congrats again and thank you everyone for entering.  Have a great holiday season and a successful healthy 2015!!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

How to take your kicks up a notch?

We all have them... old pairs of trainers sitting in our closet unloved.  You can breathe new lives into those shoes by changing out the laces!  Aglit Italy, a company based in US but source their leather laces from Spain and Italy, sells luxurious leather laces that can infuse fun into your old shoes.  At last, you may learn to love that pair of trainers collecting dust again.  Laces come in 45", 54", 72" length and many many many different colors! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Simplicity goes a long way

Looking for something to light up your powder room?  This simple yet chic sconce, Iveala by Aerin, is perfect for the lighting need in your powder room.  I love the usage of Alabaster disk which shields harsh light that typically emits from light bulbs.  This simple circular design goes with traditional or modern style home; you really can't go wrong with it.  It's also reasonably priced: not cheap but not insanely expensive.  Comes in antique brass or polished nickel finishes.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Can toddler's room be modern as well?

Not all toddlers rooms need to be cutsie.  However, there are not many furniture out there that caters to sleek design for toddler rooms thus inevitably, toddler rooms ended up with run of the mill traditional furnishing.  B&B Italia is aiming to change that by shrinking their famous Up series chair-and-ottoman set.  UP chair now comes in junior size.  I can actually see this particular chair-and-ottoman set working in a cutsie or sleek toddler rooms because the shape is simultaneously fun and chic.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Holidays Giveaway!

Dear readers,

I want to wish you a happy holiday season!  I'm giving away a made in Italy Missoni key chain.  This key chain is made of signature Missoni zigzag pattern and shaped like a Christmas tree!  For me, there is no better way to celebrate this holiday season than a miniature Christmas tree on the go!  Raffle starts at midnight tonight!

Please note: apologies to my international friends - I wish I could extend these giveaways to you but legal restrictions prevent it. Thanks for understanding.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A frivolous gift that's perfect for someone who has everything

While I don't have everything I want but I sure have a lot (and very thankful for it) so I think it's never easy to buy a gift for me.  I'm sure you have people in your life who are the same.  I know personally I love crazy useless gifts that I would never buy in the first place but love to receive.  Recently I received such a gift: an Hermes tape measurer!  Yes, I'm a designer and I use measuring devices all the time but even so, an Hermes tape measurer is just soooo extravagant for me to buy for myself.  However, receiving one made my day.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

These boots are made for walking all over Jean Nouvel!

Jean Nouvel, the winner of 2008 Pritzker prize, not only does impressive architecture, but he also has his hands in designing lady's shoes.  For $650, you can have a pair of these limited edition (100) shoes designed by a Pritzker prize winner.  The shoes are futuristic looking in both color and design.  I can see someone walking on the moon with these boots!  Get it while supplies last. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Raffle Winner!!!

Congrats to Shakeia R. for winning my giveaway of Marc Jacobs key/coin purse.  Please send me your US mailing address by December 15, 2014 or I will have to repick another winner!

Other entrants don't fret, I have something brewing for Christmas!  Thanks again to everyone for entering and happy holidays!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Jeff Koons artwork on discount?

One of the most talked about artist in the world right now is Jeff Koons.  Whether he's breaking auction records or mounting exhibitions, his art is always highly sough after.  Regardless what you think of his work, it would have been tremendously profitable for you had you purchased his artwork early on.  Case and point: I wrote on this blog two years ago about his limited edition sculpture puppy.  Had I purchased the limited edition puppy vase when I wanted to back in 1998 for $1,600, I could easily sell it today at auction for about $13,000 today.  Well, MOMA is selling his limited edition Split Rocker plate for $475.  But if you purchase the plate on member appreciation day (December 11-15), you get an additional 20% off.  Now that's what I called a bargain!      

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

What would I buy if I have all the money in the world during the first mark down?

The sale has finally started.  With markdowns galore, here are some interesting pieces I would buy if I have all the money in the world (although I suppose if that was the case, I would have most likely purchased them at retail three months ago... lol).

Barney's New York started with a bang with 40% off across the board more or less. 

I love this Saint Laurent Paris hoodie.  Hoodies have been done a zillion times before, but never so chic with a combination of leather and cotton!  Marked down from $1,390 to $829.

Letterman jacket has never looked cool with combination of cashmere and leather.  It still cost an arm and a leg but Thom Browne does it again.  Marked down from $2,450 to $1,469.

Bottega Veneta one upped everyone and is having a 50% off sale on its clothes. 

This dip-dye double twill wool cashmere peacoat is one interesting color.  I very rarely wear green but I like the unique take on the dip-dye part of the garment.  The color looks very cheery.  Marked down from $2,750 to $1,379.

MatchesFashion is only 30% off on the more desirable brands but with weak euro and their starting prices typically is about 10% lower than other online retailers, it comes out about the same as other 40% off.

This Valentino cashmere and silk scarf continues camouflage design from the spring season.  Since camouflage pattern is a tried and true design, I have no doubt this scarf will help one to stay stylish with many years to come.  Marked down from $445 to $311.

This jaw dropping expensive Columbian-fit basketball-zip shirt from Givenchy is absolutely brilliant and is my favorite shirt this season.  I just love the basketball zipper pattern on the shirt.  Very unique and unexpected.  It is definitely eye catching and some may say you wear it once and you can't wear it again because people will remember you wearing it.  I say so what?  A shirt as brilliant as this deserves to be worn many times over.  Marked down from $1,707 to $1,194.