Exclusive: Preview Hautelook’s Blowout Weddings Sale Now (It Starts Tomorrow!)
On your mark, get set, and go this Saturday to the online sample sale site Hautelook. From wedding gifts to shoes to jewelry to bridesmaid dresses to honeymoon destinations, they have it all on sale up to 75% off. Featuring designers such as Romeo & Juliet Couture, Davinci and Kate Aspen, this is sure to be one phenomenal sale. So set your clocks, it starts at 11 am Eastern Standard Time. You can thank us later. (more…)
News: Miley And Max, Biker Clothes Sans Spandex Shorts, And More…
1. Miley Cyrus and Max Azria are teaming up to design a line for Wal-Mart. The Target nemesis already has a sleek collection by Norma Kamali available online. [ShoppingBlog] 2. The winner of a contest sponsored by Donna Karan is having her cyclist-friendly designs made into prototypes by DKNY. We recommend finding a decent sports bra before mounting any bike. [NYTimes] 3. A bunch of stars will be auctioning off signed Ferragamo bags to benefit an Italian town struck by an earthquake in early April. The bidding is going on right now on eBay. [PeopleStyleWatch] 4. According to a recent report, stores such as Topshop seem to be recession-proof. Maybe that's because they make attractive, semi-cheap stuff. [WWD]
Apparently I Covet Kate Winslet And Her Sporty Modern Clothing Choices
What: Covet.com Why: Its lame “Shop Without Sin” tagline belies an actually cool shopping tool that, with a little tweaking, provides personal-shopper-selected clothes, shoes, and handbags from third-party stores to your inbox. To get started, the Stylyzer tool—designed to winnow tastes—takes you through a series of celeb photos and asks you to choose between two different looks. My result: Sporty Modern, but I tweaked it a little by adding a few other looks that also suited my style. You can then enter your specific sizes — a key difference from other shopping sites. And if you have time and want to get it just right, the tool has a Style Preferences section that lets you tell it what you don’t like. Hate orange stilettos and purple maxi dresses? You’ll never see them in your results. Submit selections and pick how often you’d like to receive shopping alerts (twice a week, daily, or Tuesdays) and you’re all set. You can also pick which brands you love and hate. So if I truly adhere to my Sporty Modern title, then BB Dakota and Joe's Jeans should be two favorite brands. While I wouldn't mind wearing this blazer ($50) and jeans ($163) combo for a casual night out, I'm more excited to see the picks delivered to my inbox next Tuesday.
Deal Of The Day: Up To 50% Off Strappy Day Dresses At Max Studio
Throw one of these in a suitcase when you’re traveling, or wear it out on a Sunday – they’ll all pair well with cardigans and flat sandals. The subtle floral appliqué detail on this cotton dress ($98, was $148) is pretty but not too sweet. The pattern on this empire waist sundress ($88 was $178) sort of looks like wallpaper from the seventies, but with bare legs and a big white cardigan, it totally works. The bustier-like bodice of this sun dress ($78, was $108) gives it a bit more structure. More sales and deals: Express: 40% off sandals Kohls: 45% to 50% off swimwear SSense: Up to 50% off sale items
Wednesday’s Sample Sale Scoop: Functional Chic Kaia Peterka Bags At Hautelook
Editors' Pick: Kaia Peterka bags at Hautelook KORS Michael Kors shoes and handbags, Mischen clothing, D&G jewelry and watches and Davek umbrellas at Gilt Groupe Black Halo clothing and Splits59 activewear at Billion Dollar Babes Mina UK clothing at Beyond the Rack Hamilton watches at Editors’ Closet Cino clothing, Hayden-Harnett handbags, Yasb clothing and Chamak jewelry at Ideeli Eva Franco clothing, Adina Reyter jewelry and Alana Bess jewelry at Hautelook Vitamin A swimwear and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes at Rue La La
News: Lohan At Ungaro, Swine Heads To Vogue, And More…
1. Lindsay Lohan is in talks with Ungaro over coming onboard as a consulant for the designer. We're seeing a lot of zippered leggings in the near future. [NYPost] 2. The swine flu has apparently hit the Vogue offices at Condé Nast. Hopefully, Anna's minions are protecting themselves with attractive hand-sanitizer. [ShoppingBlog] 3. Louis Vuitton's latest Core Values campaign features three US astronauts and the Icare travel bag. Shop our Overnight Bags Guide for other options to pack with. [Nitrolicious] 4. Topshop has plans to open a second location on Fifth Avenue in NY. If the Soho opening was any indication of the madness, we suggest hanging home and browsing the goods online. [NYMag]
Solution: Treat Your Fancy Delicates With Respect… By Giving Them Each A Private Hook
Deal Of The Day: Up To 33% Off Summer Wedding-Appropriate Dresses At J. Crew
These three dresses would work for most daytime and less-formal evening weddings. This strapless dress ($100, was $148) has metallic thread running through it for a bit of sparkle. Dress up the Melody dress ($80, was $118) with metallic heels, or wear it with neutral flats and a wooden cuff for work. A simple silk shift dress ($145, was $185) looks more special in hot pink. More sales and deals: Saks: Up to 40% off sale items Queen Bee: 25% off all orders with coupon code QBVIP Steve Madden: 25% off select styles
Monday’s Sample Sale Scoop: Thread Social, C&C, Rock & Republic And More…
Editors’ Pick: Thread Social at Gilt Groupe Kiki de Montparnasse clothing, Nooka watches and Zero Halliburton luggage at Gilt Rozae Nichols clothing and Kale handbags at Billion Dollar Babes Local Celebrity tops at Beyond the Rack Smitten clothing and Erik Hart clothing at The Top Secret C&C California at Luxe Club One Just Cavalli accessories and Bing Bang jewelry at ideeli Michael Kors sunglasses and Rock & Republic clothing at Hautelook Free People and Luca Luca clothing at Rue La La
June. Love, SheFinds.
Summer means self-tanning (June 15), big blockbusters (June 19), and, apparently, leather accessories (June 5 and 6). June 1: Score two eco-friendly deals today: get 20% off this ecoSkin top from Verdessence with coupon code summer-e, and 20% off Casalinda Studio’s super versatile Mud Crack necklace with coupon code green-e.
News: Carlos For Target, Runway Comes Home To NY, And More…
1. Carlos Falchi is the next designer set to launch a handbag line for Target this October. Get a feel for the Falchi aesthetic by checking out the real deal at zappos.com. [WWD] 2. Project Runway will be returning to New York after its sixth season stint in Los Angeles. We don't care where they film; we just miss Tim Gunn. [Racked] 3. Sears and Kmart have opened up social networking sites where customers can post comments and exchange messages with each other. Speaking of social networking, follow our team on Twitter, and get a peek into the oh so exciting world of SheFinds. [ShoppingBlog] 4. Tiffany's jewelry sales dropped significantly in the first quarter, due in part to discounting from rival stores. Help the blue boxed icon and treat yourself to a trinket. [WSJ]
Week In Review: Bikini Precautions, Season-Appropriate Scents, And More…
Must-Reads: Lounge poolside without the fear of flashing the kiddies, all thanks to BikiniBands. We sort out the scents you should wear now, September, December... you get the idea. When you tire of the dress, these five summer skirts are ready to be taken to work. Taste Tests: Which long white skirt is a wise summer buy? Which maxi dress won't max out your credit card? Sales & Deals: Up to 40% off eco-friendly Matt & Nat bags at Tobi Up to 60% off sensible white button-downs at Nordstrom 30% off cover-ups that are basically dresses at Neiman Marcus
Round-Up: Heard On The Web This Week
SheFinds helps you find the right shades for your face shape so people don't refer to you as Bug Eyes behind your back. StyleBakery.com is giving away a gorgeous Kooba Blake bag worth $645, enter to win! Smarter Fashion shows us how to get celebrity inspired jumpsuit looks. Graphic black and white printed dresses take Girlawhirl to the office – and beyond. As if Kate Moss would get cut-offs and heels wrong? But a whole lot of others do, so FocusOnStyle.com shares three ways to go wrong wearing shorts with heels and how to make it look right! Lemondrop tries the no!no! to find out if burning off your body hair really works. At Real Simple's Simply Stated, we discover the benefit of rain flats when the weather just won't cooperate.
The Fashion Show Recap: Focus Moves To Feet, Results Get Better
Finally! In episode 4 of Bravo's The Fashion Show, Isaac blew up the group format and we actually got to see what the designers can do. The mini challenge, inspired by vegan eco-brand olson Haus, had the contestants take a stock shoe mold and create their own unique designs with organic materials. Most weren't bad, but Johnny R., who can't sew a lick, didn't need the stitching help as he created a wedge bootie that wooed guest judge Elizabeth Olsen with its mix of color and materials (buy them here, $255). The elimination challenge took the gang to Bergdorf Goodman where they got five minutes to select any pair of "exceptional shoes" that would have to inspire their next designs. While everyone was trying to choose Jimmy Choo over YSL or Manolo, Angel was the only designer that couldn't pick one. Duh. So, Isaac gave her the red, white, and blue nautical-themed pair. Have fun with those! Alas, she produced a white shirt dress (as expected), but with a twist (literally) in that she sewed two shirts together with one upside down. The audience loved it, as did I, but it wasn't enough for the win. Reco's caged YSL sandals, which inspired his ribboned LBD and our notice a few months ago, took home the judges' applause due to his impeccable worksmanship and detail (buy the winning look here, $199). And after winning last week, we said au revoir to underwear designer Andrew. His beautiful feather Manolos weren't enough to jazz up a boring dress. If you're dying to get your hands on some luxe wedges, these Diane von Furstenberg Mecca Runway Anklewrap Wedges ($280) are a gorgeous saddle brown, perfect for summer skirts, and just slightly more expensive than Johnny's design. Or check out today's Daily Deal, where we found wedges at Endless for up to 33% off.
What To Wear To: A Summer Wedding
As summer rolls around, so do the invites to many a rooftop/beach/destination wedding. So be prepared with an outfit you can wear to any one of the random venues that will cordially request your presence. A long dress is not something to shy away from as long as it's a.) not white and b.) made of an appropriate material. Stick with one that's lightweight enough for warmer weather, but not made of weekend-errand running cotton. Pair with neutral, strappy shoes, who's color - or lack thereof - guarantees money well spent, as they can be worn with anything. Skip the necklace and go for some colorful hanging earrings instead - they give off a more summery feel. Slip on a cuff for detail on the arm, and pack your bar money (never assume cocktails are free) in a classic clutch with vintage detail. For more picks and recommendations for wedding-wear, check out our guides to summer dresses, party shoes, and jewelry staples.
Freebie Friday: Win A Classy Set Of Garment-Protecting Cache-Cachet Covertures
What: A set of garment covertures with moth-repellant herbal sachets, worth $100 Why: These are the Dom Perignon of garment bags. Use them to store seasonal items, organize your suitcase, or tidy up your closet – they protect clothes from dust and debris, and the herbal sachet they come with repels moths, too. Each coverture also has a see-through window that lets you identify the garment inside without opening it. And they’re lined in satin. Since repairing a moth-eaten sweater can cost about what one of these covers costs ($39 to $49), they could be a worthwhile consideration for your best pieces, or a sentimental garment (shouldn’t your wedding veil live in something pretty, anyway?). How: To enter, comment below about what garment or garments you’d store in your Cache-Cachet covertures. Would you laugh if I said my Bat Mitzvah dress? 1. Post a comment about what you'd store in your Cache-Cachet covertures. 2. You must supply us with a valid email address and sign up for the SheFinds newsletter. 3. The contest starts now and entries must be date stamped by our server no later than Friday, June 5th, 2009 at 11:59 AM Eastern Time to be eligible. 4. One winner will be selected during a random drawing and will be announced in the June 9th SheFinds newsletter. The winner must reply via email as instructed in the newsletter to claim the prize. 5. No prize substitutions. 6. You must be 18 years old or older to enter and a resident of the USA. 7. No purchase necessary. 8. Void where prohibited. 9. Click here for the full rules.
Deal Of The Day: Up To 35% Off Wedges To Wear Right Now At Endless
…which is convenient, because Endless offers free overnight shipping on all three of these pairs. A light wood wedge and yellow patent leather add up to a very sunny, summery sandal ($110, were $165). Like her clothes, these Betsey Johnson wedges ($150, were $190) have just a bit of an edge. These Seychelles sandals ($90, were $100) feel retro and sophisticated – a good day-to-night choice. More sales and deals: Lord & Taylor: Extra 20% off sale and clearance items with coupon code BIG Adidas: Extra 20% off already discounted items with coupon code SAVETWENTY Arden B: Up to 50% off sale items