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Le Hoarder

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

First Fashion Haul of 2020

Happy 2020! Decided to kick of the year with a new post with all my epic sale finds of late. Last week TJ Maxx and Marshalls kicked off their yellow sticker clearance sale and I killed it. I also grabbed a few goodies at the Altuzarra NYC sample sale, which I almost skipped. So glad I didn't listen to my friend who told me not to bother...

This is not a drill people. You need to RUN to your local TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores because it's yellow sticker clearance time! Check out my close-up video that I shared on Insta here. This only happens 2x year and now is the time to hunt for all your favorite designer duds on the cheap. If you've missed the first round, don't fret. They usually follow it up a couple weeks in with a second round of markdowns so it's still worth a peek.

I always get a ton of questions about the yellow sticker sale so let's break it down. It happens at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods but always go to your local TJ Maxx Runway locations first for the good stuff. You can search for Runway locations on their website on their store locator. Runway stores have mini designer sections (as opposed to a stray piece or two) so you have a better chance of scoring.

My Longchamp Le Pliage logo tote is currently full price for $245 at Bloomies but I scored mine for $49! Did I mention I also scored a 2k Chloe bag for under $200? I got lucky because I got there before these were yellow ticketed (it's all in the timing!) but the lady ahead of me walked away with 2 Gucci totes for about $200 each. They weren't my style so no FOMO here. And before you ask where this was, don't bother, another lady after me who was clearly a reseller cleared them out minutes later.

Note, this is from just one store:

- Chloe mini quilted Drew, RV $1,950, paid $199 (This went viral on Insta LOL)
- Chloe Anna bag, RV $1,850, paid $399
- Longchamp Le Pliage logo small tote, RV $249, paid $49
- Kendrascott Val hoops, RV $75, paid $12

You always have to check the retail value because it's usually lower on the tag. For example, the Kendra Scott hoops are marked value $36, but the original tag with the $75 price is still attached. And my Chloe Drew is marked $1,590 but if you Google it you'll see the RV was higher too.

At Altuzarra sample sale I scored:

Ghianda Pearly Suede Top-Handle bag $200
Runway boots from Fall '19 $50
Black & white booties $35

Most bags were from 2017/2018 but I saw some 2019 too. Meghan Markle has been seen with a similar bag to mine in blue. I wanted the black suede because all my other black bags are leather and the pearl detail is on trend at the moment. And the great thing about having giant feet is that I can buy the models' runway shoes on the cheap.

Feel free to share the retail values of these things if you can find them. So less than $300 for over 4k in merch. Not bad if I say so myself—even if I may have had a bit of a disagreement with the designer's mom. A few people have asked about that story so here goes...

I was between events so I ran to the sale and then texted my girl Greivy to join. As I waited I saw a woman trying things on for her husband and she seemed a little unsure of herself. She had some great pieces and she just couldn't decide. She was cute and tiny and looked great in pretty much everything. She had on this cropped bustier/one armed checked blazer that was amazing. She kept pulling at it and felt it was a little big. I chimed in that they were cut for 6-foot tall runway models and she was petite so it might need a quick adjustment. She tried it on with a skirt so I suggested a high waisted pant or a button down blouse under...or maybe layer it over a chunky sweater dress....and that's when an older women screamed out, "absolutely not. I'm the designer's mother and that's not how it was meant to be worn." So I just looked at her (probably with a FACE) and said "there's no singular vision for fashion. Can't it be open to interpretation?" Seriously, how many people wear things exactly how they see them on the runway? She kinda studdered something back (honestly I'm not even sure what she said) but looked at me like I was the idiot. As a stylist I'm always looking for a fresh perspective. Not to mention. isn't the customer always right? And I would have rocked that piece over a ribbed sweater dress if it was my size.

Truth be told they aren't the nicest in that showroom. But the prices make it worth the abuse. The zipper on my $50 runway boots is broken so I asked for a small discount and they looked at me like I had two heads. I get it, it's already super cheap but another worker had suggested it and told me to ask at the front. Guess not. They also told me they don't give dust bags for bag purchases, but they did have them with some of the $50 last season shoes. So bottom line, not the friendliest experience but tons of great deals to be had. And you also don't have to go first day because they do restock, but better stuff does go first.

You can shop my look and my finds (not as cheap, sorry) here:

Other sales of note on my radar include:

The Zara sale is seriously heating up. Now is when I start grabbing cute pieces for NYFW.

I've been finding some fun pieces for 80% off Moda Operandi and they keep adding and slashing prices so you might want to check that sale out too.

And I did find a couple pieces at the ASOS sale too. Love that they have sizes small to plus!

Century 21 has 85% off but don't get me started on how good it used to be LOL. They did have an extra 20% off red tickets this past weekend and I suspect that may come back. I almost went to the downtown store on Friday but I got on the train uptown by mistake and it was getting late so I skipped. Eh, there's always another sale or another deal...

Now tell me your best shopping deal from last week! And feel free to ask all your sale questions below!

Happy shopping!



Sunday, February 3, 2019

Real Jeans for Real Women, Featuring Democracy "Ab"Solution Jeans

Sponsored by Democracy Clothing

Not all jeans are created equal. You can either spend hours in a fitting room in tears with stacks and stack of jeans that don't fit, or just pick up a pair of Democracy's "Ab"Solution jeans and change your life. Their signature no gap waistband, slimming mesh panels, and sculpting stretch fabric, allows for a perfect fit. Every time.

Confession. I haven't worn jeans in a while. In my head I didn't think I could wear them over a size 6. But even when I was smaller, I always had a hard time finding denim to fit my curves. And I never had that mythical thigh gap—even at size 2. I always had a smaller waist and curvier everything else. So the answer was to tailor my jeans—or just give up and wear a dress.

But with jeans, like any other piece of clothing, you need to know your body and know how to find cuts that will fit and flatter. Right now I look for a narrow tailored leg to elongate, a high waist to cover my mommy belly, and lots and lots of stretch. What I really love about Democracy's "Ab"Solution denim is their fit. Democracy jeans are fitted with a no-gap elastic through the waist and a power mesh panel—to keep your jeans in place, and flatten and smooth just where you need it. And their power sculpting stretch fabric is magic. So comfortable and perfect for all day wear!

I'm wearing a size 12 in all three styles. The Indigo "Ab"solution Jeggings and Black Highrise Ankle "Ab"solution Jeans fit perfectly but for some reason the "Flex"ellent Notch Hem Jeans don't have as much stretch and I probably could have sized up for more of a relaxed boyfriend jeans look. But all I know is that every single pair of Democracy jeans pulled up and zipped close. Every. Single. One. It made for one painless dressing room experience. They also feature sweetheart yoke stitching and strategically placed back pockets to give the appearance of a booty lift. #yesplease

I love an good dark Indigo denim and these are probably my favorite of the bunch. These "Ab"solution Jeggings have a 30" inseam. For reference, I'm 5'5" and typically look for 30 inches or less in an inseam. I've paired it with a Democracy Clothing tee as well. Just add heels and a tailored coat for a little casual street chic.

What's so special about these black out Democracy jeans is that they are fade resistant. These are the Modern "Ab"solution high rise ankle length jeans with a 28" inseam. I added lots of leopard for a while lotta fun. It's the perfect formula for casual street style.

These "Flex"ellent high rise slim straight leg notch frayed hem jeans are screaming for a cute bootie. These run a little shorter with a 27" inseam. I've paired it with Democracy's asymmetrical cut-out top and a teddy coat—perfect for freezing NYC weather.

Decided to try something new with the notch hem but as you can see, I look taller and narrower in the other cuts. The style is a slim cut but for some reason it looks like a more relaxed fit on me.

What do you look for in your denim? For me it's all about comfort and fit and these Democracy Jeans fit the bill to perfection. I strongly recommend trying a pair of "Ab"Solution denim for yourself and see the difference. Honestly these are game changers.

Thank you to Democracy Clothing for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.




Monday, January 21, 2019

Rainbow Brightest

Decided to kick-off 2019 with a little rainbow style. After my InStyle Magazine feature in my rainbow dress I've decided to embrace a whole lotta color. I took the minis to NYC for our annual outing to American Girl for New Year's Day and luckily we were blessed with a mild 50-degree day—otherwise there is no way we could have shot our street style. Compared to the single digits we've been having recently, we considered ourselves lucky. And yes, my pics were taken by my super talented 11-year-old daughter, Ella.

From head to toe:

Sunglasses: Shein, $4
Earrings: Sarara Couture, c/o (RV $145)
Sweater: 525 America, purchased with a gifted gift card (RV $98)
Jacket: Missguided, $52, c/o
Skirt: Tory Burch, Rent the Runway (RV $398)
Bracelets: Hermes, sample sale, $300 (RV $600) and A.V. Max NYC, sample sale, c/o
Nails: Impress Manicure x Alice and Olivia, c/o (RV $7.99)
Bag: Bill Blass, c/o (RV $488)
Shoes: Modern Vice, sample sale, $50 (RV $398)

Exciting news! Both Modern Vice and Bill Blass are having sample sales this week. You too will have the chance so score my amazing Becky bag and Bolt boots for super cheap prices—see below for full sale deets. Even more exciting, I will be going live on Instagram and posting an IGTV from the VIP preview (this Thursday) for Bill Blass. If you don't live in NYC you will have the chance to watch and shop the sale from home—watch my IG stories for updates!

My girls are twinning in their Habitual Kid looks and Nina Kids boots. At this point they style themselves so Ella decided to show her personality with my Marc Jacobs headband (several seasons old) and a mini Rebecca Minkoff Love bag. I did get her some smaller straps at the sample sale that she mixes and matches with her bags—just like her mama. Ava's belt bag is a $13 score from Shein. My girls often raid my closet for accessories. I'm gonna be in serious trouble when they start fitting my shoes.

As for shopping this week, it's the tail end of department store discounts and the NYC Manolo Blahnik store just had another markdown. Century 21 has started markdowns but it's just not like the good ole days. Personally I'm sitting out for now but if things change I'll be sure to share. Wondering if anyone has seen any yellow sticker markdowns at TJ Maxx or Marshalls—I feel like it's that time of year...

Current sample sales of note are Bill Blass and Modern Vice. Bill Blass will have bags, shoes and ready to wear for up to 90% off. Modern Vice has boots from $49-249. They have an online sale as well but in my experience you can negotiate better deals in person, especially if you are buying a couple pairs. I'll probably be heading back there this week for round two.

Modern Vice
January 14-25 (but they may extend...)
M-F, 11-7
247 W 38th St, 3rd Fl

Bill Blass
January 25-26
F 11-6, Sat 11-4
236 5th Avenue, 2nd Fl
(FYI—I believe both Chicmi and Shopdrop are offering VIP access for the 24th if you are on their lists.)

What sales are on your radar for this week? Be sure to comment your best recent deals below!

Happy shopping!




Tuesday, December 4, 2018

CRAZY Nordstrom Rack Finds & December 2018 NYC Sample Sale Roundup

So it's been a while since I've really scored at Nordstrom Rack and I can't even tell you how mad I was when I heard my local Rack put out a ton of designer refurbs out on Saturday. The Rack takes returned shoes from their full line stores and fixes them up and sells them for about 70% off. Often they look brand new and if you're not picky you can grab some steals. Here is my latest haul—the Louboutins were $200 & $215 each, the YSLs were $275, The Rockstuds were $300, and the Guccis were both about $240. I actually didn't take the Monolo Blahniks and the Valentino sneakers. I didn't take the Rockrunners because they were $250 and I already got a pair for $99 at the yellow sticker TJ Maxx clearance a few years back. I also left the Hangisis because they were a little damaged (stained and scratched) and a little large—plus they were still $276. For me, for that price I would have needed perfect or a half size smaller or even $50 less. Maybe next time...

Linking up everything in my cart below so you can see what they are all currently selling for :)

And in-case you missed it all over my Insta and Facebook—check out my feature in the December 2018 InStyle magazine. As I wrote on my Insta; Never in my wildest dreams did I think at age 44 and a size 12/14 I would be featured in InStyle right next to Kendall Jenner and Alexis Bledel in my rainbow style. So crazy!

And FYI my Impress press-on nails are from the Alice + Olivia x Impress collab. Right now they have 25% off across their website and you can grab some here. These are not your mom's press on nails. They now have shorter nail lengths should you prefer not to have talons on your hands and they are so easy to use. I literally put mine on in less than 5 minutes on the subway or the bus on the way to events—perfect for busy mamas who don't have time to sit for a mani.

I should also mention, that the Show Me Your Mumu rainbow dress and Anya Hindmarch bag that I was featured in were both Rent the Runway rentals :)

As for Rent the Runway—I've really been enjoying my Unlimited membership. They've been sponsoring me for a few months now and I love having access to current high end pieces that I probably wouldn't get my hands on otherwise. It's a great way to try new designers and it's not just about renting a one off special occasion dress. They have coats, jeans, tops, bottoms, dresses, gowns, jumpsuits etc. That's not to say the system is not without flaws. If I rent something in the wrong size it can take forever to finally get your size. And sometimes the pieces shrink from dry cleaning. I rented this DVF dress 2x—the first time a 12 and it was ok but I wanted to try the 14 for length. And then the 14 was somehow smaller than the 12. Ugh. But I find if you pick up and return from the RTR store on 15th street it's a much faster turnaround and you can maximize your 4-at-a-time rentals.

Use code LEHOARDERPERK40 to take 40% off your first month of unlimited and get it for less than $100. Totally worth trying if you have a special occasion - with the discount it's basically the same price as a single rental—and then you get the whole month free!

For this look both the Heurueh coat and DVF dress were from Rent the Runway. And yes, I went pink again. I'll be sharing about that soon...

And now for this month's amazing sample sale roundup. Check back because I'll be sure to update to add feedback and add any really good sales that pop up. As always, check Chicmi or Shopdrop for updates but these are my picks for the month. I select my choices based on sales I've shopped in the past or have heard good things...and as always they have to be super designer or super cheap. Preferably both :)

A.V. Max has been a long time favorite for gifts and fun finds of my own. Pretty much everything is under $20 and they always have killer deals on earrings. Note their new address and be sure to say hi to Amy for me! I'll be stopping by at least once to this sale :) Read a past sale review here

A.V. Max
December 3-17
M 10-4, T 10-7, W-F 10-4
144 W. 37th Street, 3rd Fl

This is where I stock up on all my winter accessories on the cheap. I used to find them at Century for less (back when 90% off was really 90% off...) but now I pay a few bucks more at the sample sale.

December 4-14, 9-5 (Closed on Sat and Sun)
270 West 38th Street, Suite 902

I've been living in my Rent the Runway* DVF dresses and now I need to take a few home with me at sample sale prices. Their cuts are so much better than they were even 5 years ago and even at a size 12/14 they fit and flatter me to perfection. Check out my recent DVF dresses here, here, herehere and here.

December 4-9
T 10-8, W-Th 10-7, F-S 10-8, Sun 10-5
150 Green Street

Elizabeth Gillett is back again—I'm guessing because her sample sale last month fell smack in the middle of the snowstorm. I lived in her pieces all summer long. Grab some super cute caftans and wraps for your next beach vacay! 

Elizabeth Gillett
December 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, all 10-6
260 West 36th Street, Suite #802

I always mean to check this one out and always forget. I'm really going this time LOL.

December 5-6, 10-4
180 Madison Avenue, Floor 19
ETA: I went 12/5 and undies area was pretty much cleaned out but the loungewear room (the second room) had a bunch of cute stuff. Grabbed a few robes and caftans for $10-20. I googled one caftan and it retailed for $275 :)

More cheap undies... #yesplease

Wacoal, b.tempt'd & CW-X
December 5-7, W-Th 10-6, F 10-2
136 Madison Avenue, 14th Fl
ETA: I went 12/5 and unless you're a size 34 bra you are pretty much out of luck. Lots of cup sizes but not band sizes :(

Last sale I grabbed some fun tights that I still haven't worn. But I will LOL. Note that some items are cash only.

December 5-6, 10-4
33 7th Ave, Suite 1702

My favorite fancy girls dress sale. Check out my minis rocking their Halabaloo dresses herehere, here and here! Be sure to tell Halla I sent you!

Halabaloo & Dolls and Divas
December 7-11
F 9:30-6, Sat 11-4, M-T 9:30-6:30
423 West 43rd Street, Ground Fl

Start preparing for the madness. I didn't get to much the past couple sales but in the past I've scored $1,000+ dresses for $99. Go with your girl-gang and be prepared to fight LOL. 

Alice + Olivia
December 11-16
T 8-8, W 9-8, Th 10-8, F 9-8, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5
260 Fifth Avenue

Cheap tights and socks are always a good idea. I went once in the past and scored $1 tights. 

Hosiery Sample Sale 
Dec 11-21, (M-F only) 10-5:30
35 West 35th Street, Room 703

If you're a sample size 7 I hear this sale is paradise. LMK what you find!

Butter, Something Bleu & Golo
December 12-14
W-Th 9-6, F 9-2
130 West 57th Street, Suite 1E

Last sale was a bust and watch out for resellers but with prices of up to 90% off it may be worth a peek :) Check out my epic steal of a bag from a past sale here

December 13-14, 8:30-7
233 Broadway, 14th Floor

With prices starting at just $5—I plan on taking a peek. I haven't been before but if you have please let me know what you think!

Rachel Roy
December 13-14, Th 10-6, F 9-6
58 West 40th Street, Mezzanine Level

Fancy lady stuff for up to 70% off - don't forget to check out the runway shoes! And as long as you're at The Curated - be sure to check out the 11 Honore pop up too :)

Christian Siriano
December 14-17
F-Sat 11-7, Sun 12-5, M 11-7
The Curated, 5 West 54th Street

One of my favorite shoe and accessory sales is back! Hoping we will see the return of the $25 box!

Frances Valentine
December 17-18, 8-6
80 West 40th Street, 8th Fl

I have friends who swear by this sale. Especially when they do markdowns in the end...

French Connection
December 17-19, 10-7
512 Seventh Avenue, 25th Fl

A few sales ago it was epic. Recently not so much. But always worth a peek just in case :)

Marc Jacobs
December 18-23
T 11-8, W-Th 10-7, F-Sat 10-8, Sun 10-5
150 Greene Street

If you're sample sized this one is worth checking out. They've also had $25 bargain boxes and cheap runway shoes in the past...

Prabal Gurung
December 18, 8-7
247 West 37th Street, Suite 1501

Time to stock up on k-beauty and tons of gifts!

Tocca, Artis, Stila, Dr.Jart+
December 18-23
T 9-8, W-Th 10-7, F-Sat 10-8, Sun 10-5
260 Fifth Avenue

And that's my roundup! As always, if you see me out and about, be sure to say hello! I'm always happy to give you a few tips and help you edit your finds :)

Happy Shopping!



Monday, November 12, 2018

November 2018 NYC Sample Sale Picks & Jimmy Choo Haul!

I usually just add my New York City sample sale picks to the end of my blog posts but I decided to share a dedicated post that I'll be updating throughout the month. My formula for a great sample sale is super-designer and/or super-cheap. Half off last season's old bags is not a legit sample sale. I look for one of a kind runway samples, shoes worn once down the runway by a giant footed model (my size too!) or crazy cheap bins. The best sales are often in a designer's showroomonce the sale gets taken over by a sample sale company the prices tend to get inflated.

In case you missed all my latest IGTV videos, I've been sharing a peek inside my favorite sales as well as videos of my sale hauls. I've recently shared Jimmy Choo, Balenciaga, Rebecca Minkoff, Paul Andrew... Head to my Instagram and click on the little button of a TV on the left that reads IGTV to watch. Here is a pic of most of my Jimmy Choo sample sale haul (only one pair of $50 shoes are missing). This time I almost got kicked out of the sale AGAIN but I still managed to walk away with some amazing pretty current finds! Head to my IGTV to hear the full story and watch the full reveal and prices :)

As of now these are the sales that are on my radar for the month of November:

This sale is my go-to for kids inexpensive boutique-y hair accessories and baby gifts. 

The Best Kids Sample Sale
11/12-16, 10-5
34 W. 33rd Street, Floors 3, 5, 9, 12

Not the cheapest of sales but I'm a Eugenia Kim fan so I usually just pop by to take a peekbe sure to check at the end for markdowns. 

Eugenia Kim
11/13-16, 10-7
347 W 36th Street, Suite 505

I've personally never been but I've heard a few gals raving about this one. 
*ETA 11/14 I heard this one may not worth be the trip. 

T 10-7, W-Th 10-6, F 10-4
210 11th Avenue, Suite 500

I stumbled upon this sale last season and her kimonos became my summer staples. Check out my last sales scores here and here. Cute + inexpensive = #yesplease 

Elizabeth Gillett
11/14-16, 10-5
260 West 36th Street, Suite #802

Cheap undies and bras sounds like a no-brainer!

Samantha Chang
11/14-16, W 11-8, Th 11-7, F 11-6
171 Madison Avenue, Suite 307

I'm not exactly sample size right now but if you are be sure to check out their sample rack!

11/15-16, 10-7
251 West 39th Street, 8th Fl

What a sample sale should belots of cheap beauty stuff. Think holiday gifts!

Peter Thomas Roth & June Jacobs
11/5-15, 11-7:30
460 Park Avenue, 22nd Fl

The pop pom earrings that everyone raves about. Some cheap things (I've picked up stuff under $10 before) but the better stuff is gonna cost you $$$.

11/15-17, Th-F 10-8, Sat 12-5
191 7th Avenue, Suite 2R

My go-to for modest dressier dresses and gowns. Get there early to have fun with their one of a kind samples. You can see me wearing a never produced $75 sample dress here. And see a previous sale review here

Teri Jon
11/18-19, 9:30-5
241 West 37th Street, 2nd Fl

I always grab a bunch of Derek Lam sunnies from this sale! FYI it's usually cash only. Check out a past review here

Modo Eyewear
11/27-29, 11-7
594 Broadway, Suite 801

I've actually never went to this one but I've always wanted to. I've heard the sample rack is the way to gootherwise prices are not so budget friendly. But her dresses are oh-so pretty...

Lela Rose
11/28-30, W 8-8, Th 9-7, F 9-3
260 West 36th Street, 2nd Fl

As for other updates, I'll be sharing a giveaway for a Gucci bag with Ebay Fashion on my Insta. Be sure to enter to win! Also, look for me in the December Issue of InStyle Magazine and I've also been selected by 11 Honore as a favorite plus sized influencer to follow. I had a few people comment that I'm not plus sized but what you should know is that 11 Honore starts their sizing at size 10. Right now I'm anywhere from a 10-14 depending on the designer. So many high end designers stop cutting at a size 8 which is insane because the average size of an American woman is probably closer to a 16. So I'm honored to be featured by a company that gives women designer options in sizes often overlooked.

Happy Shopping! Which sales are on your radar for November? Comment below!


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Always Walk Into a Room Like Your Ex-Boyfriend Is Gonna Be There.

Happy New York Fashion Week everyone! It's always been my dream to attend NYFW and I've been fortunate enough to have several seasons now of ups and downs. You can read about some of my adventures from last round here and my guide to sit front row here. If you've been following my Insta rants this season has been particularly hard on me. I'm beginning to understand why so many girls eventually give up. But what separates us is that I'm 44. It's now or never for me.

There's no formula for being a successful blogger/influencer, but the secret sauce is confidence and a little bit of luck. Sometimes it feels like I've had a bajillion almosts in my career and my timing has always been off. The rejections are hard and my confidence has taken a hit. Coupled with now being a larger size in an industry where size 2 is the norm, I've been struggling to find clothing that makes me feel good about myself. For a girl who's had a love affair with clothing her whole life, I'm feeling like clothing isn't loving me right now. I feel like I've been having make it work moments on a daily basis—just to get out to door. It got me thinking about an incident that happened almost 20 years ago...

Back in the day when I was single and dating I used to try boyfriends on for size. I had a terrible habit of changing myself into who I thought they'd want me to be—and adapting myself to their lifestyle and needs. There were so many guys I didn't even really like, but I wasted time on them because I had nothing better going on. And I loved the idea of being in love. So I would pretend. I remember one guy coming back a couple years after we dated after hearing him tell people that I was the best girlfriend he ever had. Duh. And no, I didn't take him back.

There was this one guy who I wasted a summer with because I liked the feeling of being liked. And then when the like was gone I stuck around a little longer than I should have. In the end he just disappeared. After he ghosted me for about a month I decided it was time to start dating again, so I accepted a random blind date. After speaking to the new guy on the phone I wasn't really feeling it but I was hungry and back then I would accept dates just for a nice steak dinner. Yeah, I never said I was a feminist. So I dolled myself up and decided I was going to pretend this guy was the cutest, smartest, funniest guy ever. And then I saw him and I really did have to pretend. We ended up at one of my favorite places in my hood and I smiled and laughed and pretended like my ex was in the room watching. It was awesome. So I get home feeling quite proud of myself and I get a phone call....from my ex. Turns out he was at the restaurant. He saw me and got super jealous. I was so hyper focused on enjoying my date that I didn't even notice he was in the room too. The lesson in all of this is to always shine—even if you're not feeling your best. Someone is gonna notice.

When I was smaller I would look at plus size clothing and think 'wow, there's so many new options out there.' But when you're not small but not that large either—it seems there is a big gaping hole in the middle of the market. So few high end designers are putting out pieces in sizes larger than an 8 or 10. The plus size brands tend to start at 14, but cut for a fuller woman—so I'm neither here nor there. It doesn't help that most brands/showrooms only lend/give out clothing to gals who fit sample sizes.

So for Fashion Week I went ahead and signed up for Rent the Runway unlimited thinking that would be the answer. For $99 for your first month ($159 after) you can borrow 4 items at a time. Bonus - they have a NYC store where you can drop off and pick up new items if you don't feel like waiting for your shipment. But you have to order your first shipment online, and due to the holiday weekend it took much longer than I expected for it to arrive. So I open my bag—and the one dress I was really looking forward to had a giant hole in the front. I burst into tears. Needless to say, I have serious doubts about their quality control. It didn't help that two other items didn't fit well. This gorgeous Sachin and Babi Nurul dress was my 4th piece and it was actually pretty comfortable. I have to say that I love that Sachin and Babi cuts in up to size 16! I'll give you a full Rent the Runway review at the end of the month but so far not so good. As of now I don't plan on renewing my subscription. When I went to return my stuff at the store I spotted these cute Fleur Dusk earrings (also Sachin and Babi—mental note to go to their next sample sale!) that I planned on wearing with another look but they were so fun that I decided to do the red, white and blue thing and just go for it with this look.

I say I skipped the first day of NYFW due to the crazy heat but really it was because I was waiting on my RTR order to show up. For the second day I didn't want to wimp out again so I put on my new blue dress (FYI I'm wearing the size 12) and quickly matched up a white denim jacket and booties with my new blue Balenciaga. The only complete outfit I had at home included a wool sweater cape which was hardly appropriate for the 90 degree heat and humidity. Next year I plan on having a couple summer looks in the mix for the September shows.

I confess that I did skip half my shows on day 2. I hung out with my girl Belle instead at a couple Fashion Week lounges. At the Style Coalition/Launchmetrics lounge I popped by the Glamsquad booth to get my hair and makeup touched up—of course this was after we passed by all the street style photographers who shot me sans hair and makeup. Yeah. Probably not gonna see those photos anywhere. But my day turned around when we found Ebay Fashion's amazing purple display where Evan Lee took my picture. This guy is a genius. I saw him turn ordinary looking girls into supermodels. I also went to a Kate Spade presentation at the Samsung store (Kate rejected me for their actual presentation LOL), the Michael Costello show (so beautiful) and the WWD party. I met up with several gals (and guys) through out the day and overall it was a pretty good day.

And because I know you want to know...

Sunglasses: Shein, $4
Earrings: Sachin and Babi, Rent the Runway
Dress: Sachin and Babi, Rent the Runway (I'm wearing a size 12)
Jacket: Liverpool Jeans, c/o
Pin: Chanel, borrowed from my Grandma
Bracelets: Jennifer Fisher ($20, sample sale) & David Yurman (used a $500 giftcard from doing a focus group)
Bag: Balenciaga, sample sale, $350
Bag strap: Shein, $8
Shoes: Charles & Keith, c/o

You can shop my look here:

I've started putting together a bucket list for 50. So far it includes Paris Fashion Week, getting my first Birkin, and being CEO of something—other than my kids. Just putting it out there into the universe.

As for sample sales, I realize it's been a while since I gave you an update. They just extended the Herve Leger sale which looked amazing (not super cheap but lots of really well priced special pieces - see my Insta and stories here). Speaking of Rent the Runway, their sale is coming up but it's usually pretty pricey for well worn stuff. LXR and Co is also coming (designer consignment) which was hit or miss with a few deals in the mix last round. I also saw Rodarte is coming on 9/15 but you have to email them at: info@rodarte.net to get the deets.

Herve Leger x BCBG MAX AZRIA 
September 4-15
Sun  10-5 (unsure of other hours because they just extended)
150 Greene Street

Rent the Runway
September 11-16
T 11-8, W-F 10-8, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5
260 5th Ave

LXR and Co
September 18-23
T-Sat 11-7, Sun 11-5
151 Wooster Street

Tomorrow I plan on hitting a few shows and events before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year begins. So cheers to a new year filled with success, happiness, and heaps of confidence.



Friday, June 1, 2018

Life Is Short. Buy the Choos.

Sample sale land has been very good to me of late. Tis the season, I suppose. Typically the best NYC sample sales are around May/June and November/December. With discounts of 70-90% off it's pretty hard to resist all them designer deals. For a while I stopped sharing hauls and just shared bits and pieces as I wore them, but I kept getting haul requests. Here are all my Jimmy Choo, Charlotte Olympia, Rebecca Minkoff (part 2) and Modo Eyewear sale finds. You're welcome.

So let's start with the sample sale of all sample sales, Jimmy Choo. This was probably my worst haul to date because I was supposed to film a video for a collab that morning that ended up falling thru. So not only did I not get paid, I lost out on all the killer deals. By the time I got there (about 2pm) all the $50 men's shoes were cleared and bags were nothing special. Boo. They did have some boots marked $100 so I grabbed these two pairs and I plan to dye at least one black. See my $50 Jimmy Choo bag dyeing tutorial here. I actually already picked up the platform boots a while back in nude for $250 so it was a no-brainer. I love their wedges so I grabbed a basic pair which I'm kinda regretting. They are comfortable but a little too basic for my taste. We'll see. As an impulse buy I grabbed these shoe clips for $25 per pair. While most people would be happy with this haul, in comparison to previous hauls (here, here, here, and here ) it was pretty darn disappointing.

Rebecca Minkoff is hands down one of my all time faves. Her stuff is fun, colorful, and most importantly — super cheap! Everything pictured was $15-30 with the exception of the velvet Love crossbody bag. The only reason I "splurged" was because it was the bag I reeeeeealy wanted last sale and after seeing someone walk away from the sample table with it, I was slightly devastated. I probably didn't need it after finding the smaller pink satin one for only $15 but it's NWT so I can always flip it should I ever change my mind.

Note, this round was after some markdowns. Check out my round one here. From top center; guitar straps were $15 each, straw clutch was $30, pink satin Love was $15, glitter crossbody was $30, leather sample jacket was $30, white Jumbo Love was $30, black small Love was $30 and velvet Love was $50. I hit that sample table hard! Personally I love her mini bags because the chains are heavy so as they get larger, they get even heavier.

Then on to Charlotte Olympia. For some reason I just couldn't find any cute shoes in size 40. From Charlotte I look for crazy statement heels and for some reason that sale was lacking in that department — at least in my size. At the sale all shoes were around $150 which is pretty darn good for the higher end shoes. But when CO ran their own sales they always had some flats for $100 which was more palatable because at least you didn't have to pay tax (in NYC you have to pay tax on clothing and shoes over $110). They did mark down to $120 at the end but not much was left and it still wasn't cheap enough IMO.

Bags on the other hand were a really good deal — and much cheaper than when CO ran the sale. (This year's sale was run by 260 Sample Sale). Wallets were just $60 — and that red lips one retails for over $1,000! And I just couldn't resist her signature kitty wallet. Not to mention I love the internal organization - it's the best wallet I've purchased in years!! I'll be sure to share an Insta story soon so you can take a peek inside :) My rainbow clutch was just $175 from about $1,500 and my piece de resistance was my Lauren Atkinson patent leather crossbody bag (yes it has a strap too!) that retailed for $2,785 — and I scored it for $250. They had matching boots but of course they were not my size. And sadly they didn't have the matching rainbow shoes at the sale at all — they are currently on her website for 50% off (30% at most other places) but you know that's not good enough for me LOL.

Finally are my Modo scores — these Derek Lam sunnies were priced $30 each, and they retail for over $300. I got there on the last day so there wasn't much left.

You can shop some of my finds online (for more, sorry) below:

So that's my latest roundup! The good news is that even if you missed those sales, there are a few good ones coming up! Here are my picks for the next few weeks:

My favorite jewelry sale is back! Be sure to tell Amy (the designer) I sent you! With everything under $20 it's a great place to stock up on gifts! You can read a past sale report here

A.V. Max
June 4-8
M 10-4, T 10-8, W & Th 10-4, F 10-2
39 West 38th St., 10th Fl

I always find the cutest dresses for my girls at this sale! Last sale I scored the navy butterfly dresses my girls wore to my son's Bar Mitzvah at the kotel —  seen here

June 6-8, 9:30-6:30
423 West 43rd Street, Ground Floor

If you have a black tie event and you're sample size you can find some killer deals here. They do have stock sizing (and all her other styles) for waaaay less then you'd find at Neiman Marcus :) If you go, get there early because lines are insane. Check out a past sale report here

Teri Jon
June 10-11, 9:30-5
241 West 37th Street, 2nd Fl

I have a love/hate relationship with the Alice and Olivia sales. Those resellers are out for blood at this one. But I've scored $99 leathers and my favorite lace dress for not much more. Get there early and come often for replens. Read a past sale report here

Alice and Olivia
June 11-16
M 12-8, T 9-8, W-Sat 10-8
260 5th Ave

I've only ever once gone to this one but I got there late and missed everything. Go early. 

Sachin & Babi 
June 11-14, 11-8
140 West 42 St, 2nd Fl

Happy shopping! If you hit those sales, I'd love to hear about your favorite scores!


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