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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Not Your Grandmother's Comfort Shoes!



Sponsored by Zappos

In my twenties I was all about 6 inch heels and stupid shoes that 20 years later I've come to regret. I've since made it my mission to hunt down cute and comfortable shoes that I can wear all day long without shedding a tear — or needing to pull out the band-aids. Last year I spotted the cutest Pikolinos sandals online (which sadly sold out before I could pull the trigger) and I have not stopped thinking about them. Ever since then, Pikolinos has been on my radar, so I was excited to team up with my friends at Zappos.com to share my hunt for the perfect spring sandals!




If you haven't shopped Zappos before, you don't know what you are missing. They have a huge selection of current styles, free shipping and free returns, a 365 day return policy, and hands down the best customer service ever. As a busy mom, some days fly by with deadlines and chores... and before I know it, it's 10pm and I haven't left my house. Nothing makes me happier than shopping online in my PJs after my kids are in bed.

Right now, there are over 100 Pikolinos sandals to choose from so narrowing it down was the most difficult part of the process. Their philosophy is to "make yourself comfortable and let happiness begin at your feet." What's so special about this Spanish company is that Pikolinos is so much more than just comfort shoes. I love that they are socially responsible with their eco-friendly use of materials, and give back through their foundation Juan Perán-Pikolinos — both locally and internationally.





After reading tons of user reviews and watching those handy little Zappos videos (so I could get an idea of what the shoes would look like on the foot), I finally selected these Pikolinos Mykonos sandals in Marfil — the perfect pale blush-nude color. You know me and pink! I love how comfortable and lightweight the footbed is and I was able to wear them all day long on one of my City shopping adventures last week. I also love that they have a little bit of height to them — I actually find it uncomfortable when shoes are completely flat. I would totally order another pair of Pikolinos on Zappos, especially if my dream shoes ever magically come back in stock!

Who else is so done with uncomfortable shoes? Don't get me wrong, I love my crazy shoe collection. I can still pull out my heels and wear them for 3-4 hours at a shot, but I'm so happy to have another pair of cute, comfortable shoes in my arsenal.




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

 XO
 Michelle
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

My $15-30 Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale Scores!



The Rebecca Minkoff New York City sample sale is back and it's no joke. I attended the sale at the VIP opening and it was the best it's been in years. $15-30 samples made a comeback and there are killer deals to be found. Sale is on thru Sunday so I suggest to take a trip and see what you can find!

Everything above was $15 other than the sample boots (this year they had size 6 thru 10!) and the pink mini Love and the satin embroidered Love - which were all $30. Not bad considering the satin Love retailed for $345!!! Love me some 90% off Loves!

Don't worry, I clearly didn't take everything. I tried to edit down and I'm thinking maybe I over edited. I thought I would return but this week has been cray and I'm not sure I'll have the chance. Sample bags have been $50-75 at opening for a while (with discounts on beat up leftovers at the end) so I was thrilled to spot tons of cute cheap bags as well as $30 leather pieces on the clothing sample rack. For samples, green tags are $15, yellow is $30. They had a round of markdowns today (no more $50-75 for samples!) and I'm sure at least one more round will happen before it's over. Right now everything at the sale is $175 or less with exceptions of the furs for $425.

Everything in the picture below was just $15. Insanity!




The leather jacket is tiny so Ella stole it - she actually stole the vest as well and decided to wear it inside out. I swear my daughter is a fashion prodigy. Both of these yellow tags were just $30 :)






I'm linking up some of my finds that I found online too (not as cheap, sorry!) should you need them too!


And now on to sample sale land. Tis the season, baby! There are tons but these are my favorite picks...


Last day of Choo is tomorrow! You know the drill! (For more tips see my previous post.)

Jimmy Choo
May 11, 8-8
Metropolitan Pavilion 
123 W 18TH ST, 2nd Fl


Minkoff is on thru Sunday - plenty of time to pick up lots of cheap gifts!

Rebecca Minkoff
May 11-13
F 10-8, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-4
260 5th Ave


If you watched my Insta stories this week you saw that they had cheap samples! Not sure of they are restocking any more but if you're in the hood it's worth a pop in. 

Elizabeth and James 
May 11-13
F-Sat 10:30-7, Sun 10:30-5
Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave (Prive Sales)


This is the first time 260 is getting CO so it's hard to say what the prices will be like. When the brand ran the sale it wasn't all that cheap so I'm worried it's gonna be even more now. That said, I plan on checking out the preview so stay tuned...

Charlotte Olympia
May 22-27
T 9-8,W-Th 10-7, F-Sat 10-8, Sun 10-5
150 Greene Street


Always worth checking out the Modo sale for designer sunnies on the cheap :)

Modo Eyewear 
May 22-24, 11-7
594 Broadway, Suite 801

Not sure what pricing will be like on this one but I saw a pair of their sandals at Bloomies that I have my eye on so finger crossed! 


Sensi Studio x Avec Modération 
May 15-17, 10-5:30
611 Broadway, Suite 321

Any other sales on your radar? Please do share! 

Happy Shopping and Happy Mother's Day to all! I just did a Mother's Day Collab with the beauty brand Amaranthum - you can see the short version here. I'll link up the whole video soon. 

XO
Michelle










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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

$20 Spring Refresh, Amazon Edition



Spring has sprung and when the seasons change I'm always on the hunt for a quick wardrobe refreshers. The easiest way to switch things up is with beauty and accessories so I'm gonna share the last five purchases I made on Amazon - all for $20 or less.

I do get a lot of free stuff but sometimes I need to bite the bullet and pull out my wallet to treat myself to a few odds and ends. This post contains affiliate links - meaning I get a small (really small) percentage should you purchase any of my picks. So thank you for supporting my shoe habit. Speaking of which, the Jimmy Choo sample sale was just announced so start saving RIGHT NOW! As always, all of my upcoming NYC sample sale picks are listed at the end of my post. But first let's talk sunglasses.

One of my mom hacks is to skip makeup and grab a pair of cute sunnies and a lipstick and head out the door. I look for bold, colorful ways to make an impact on the cheap. These YSL heart dupe sunglasses are perfect for that. And about 10 bucks. If you have money to burn you can buy the originals here - or grab these cuties in a rainbow of colors. I'm thinking about a second pair in pink or white.


I really wanted to love these pink sunglasses after I spotted them all over Instagram but I guess my face is too big. I need to find an oversized version ASAP. Luckily they are perfect for Ella so she stole them and wore them for most of our Israel trip.




They too are offered in a bunch of colors and for less than $10. If you have a petite face or don't mind tiny sunglasses than these are perfect for you.





I ran out of my Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil a while back so I was trying to manage with all my freebies. The Brow Wiz is by far the best eye pencil I've ever owned. I wear taupe (the blonde is a little too orangy for me - probably better for a strawberry blonde) and it looks so natural. My only issue is that it's a retractable pencil and every time you twist it up, it cracks off. So there is a lot of waste. Drives me nuts. When I was googling after I caved and decided to purchase another one, the NYX Micro Brow Pencil popped up as a dupe. So for less than half the price (and under $10!) I decided it was worth a shot. I just ordered this week it so I'm gonna have to let you know how it works out.






I'm always on the hunt for another LBD and I love that the Daily Ritual Women's Jersey Sleeveless V-Neck Dress covers my knees but has an open neckline without showing cleavage. It's the perfect layering dress and my arms don't get bulked up with sleeves under a jacket. I got a size large (I put on a few more lbs...) and it's super comfortable and flattering. Perfect for this transitional weather. And this one is $20 on the nose.





While some people love their popsockets, I wanted the ring version so it wouldn't fall off my hands - plus I think it helps keep your phone a little more stable when taking pics or video. I saw a lips version but it would take a couple months to get here. So I found these cute colorful fruity ones with Prime for less than $5. I'll give you a review on my Insta stories when I get it.




And now lets talk sample sales. Not all sales were created equal and most sales in the City these days are not worth your time. If you're new to the sample sale scene, any and all sales are exciting but you'll find your paychecks disappearing, and you end up with random pieces and that morning after feeling of what was I thinking. So I'll save you some time (and $$$) by pointing you in the right direction.

This week there is Aquazzura but my friends who hit the preview last night all agreed the selection wasn't amazing and it was too expensive. Wait for markdowns.

Aquazzura
May 2-6
W 9-8, Th 10-8, F 10-1
150 Greene Street




Minkoff used to be my favorite sale. I still go for nostalgia's sake but the deals aren't as epic. Sample bags are now $100 or less which is decent - but for a little more I'd rather have a $1,000 Choo bag. I always find a few pairs of shoes (usually samples) and last round I found these one of a kind white booties ($30 samples!) which I love. (I also got that fringed clutch in the pic for $50 at the sale). They used to have last day markdowns of $50 or less for everything but those days seem to be gone. They usually markdown mid sale and last day, so pop in whenever you're in the neighborhood. Samples are replenished throughout most of the sale so it gets a little hectic at that sample table. This sale is not for the faint of heart. You were warned.

Rebecca Minkoff
May 7-13
M 11-8, T-F 10-8, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-4
260 5th Ave




With Choos for $100 or less (on the last day) this sale is no joke. If you're gonna fly in for just one sale this is it. You'll save enough to justify the price of your plane ticket. Register here with code ROMY for general entry. Go first day for best selection or last day for markdowns. In the past markdowns started 2 hours before close, however one year it started at noon. You never know. Problem is if they see you sitting around for too long they throw you out (they did that to me one year). So often I'll go sometime around lunchtime to scope out the situation and then return for markdowns. Problem is that shifty resellers manage to stay under the radar with the bags and bags of stuff and they get the good stuff early. I think they take turns switching off. But when the markdowns hit and people start to edit - you can find lots of good go backs. That's how I found my fave snake Lockett bag one year. Bring your Ikea bags to lug your hauls home.

Jimmy Choo
May 9-11
W 11-8, Th & F 8-8
Metropolitan Pavilion 123 W 18TH ST, 2nd Fl


If you shop any of these sales, be sure to share what you get! Which sales do you plan on hitting this week? And be sure to share your sample sale tips if you have any recommendations for sales that you think I should add to my list!

PS I have another designer giveaway on the gram right now - check it out HERE. AND I have a mommy and me giveaway with Nina Shoes (& Nina Kids Shoes) - enter HERE!

XO
Michelle









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Monday, March 12, 2018

Pink on Pink on Pink.



I've had this Club Monaco sample sale pink coat sitting in my closet since the summer just waiting to make an appearance. Once I dyed my hair pink I was inspired to pull it out. When I found these furry pink Zara shoes and scarf (both $10 - on sale!) it all came together for NYFW. Fashion Week in February is all about coats and accessories for me. Until the day I'm a car to door girl, I'll be bundling up in frigid temps. It always drives me nuts when I see girls running around bare legged or coatless in 30 degree weather. Initially I wanted to do head to toe pink but I didn't find tights and a dress in time so I just mixed in some not-so-basic black (dress has dots and tights are patterned too) for contrast. I do have a few pink hats, but this purple double pom cap was just so much fun - and matched my almost 90% off Jimmy Choo sample sale Lockett bag.

These were shot on Valentines day and I had just come from an event that offered free balloons. I probably could have chosen better because the wind was not cooperating. A bunch of hearts probably would have photographed better then the X and O.





Head to toe:

  • Hat: RK Hats & Knits, c/o
  • Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana, Nordstrom Rack, $0.01
  • Scarf: Zara, $9.99
  • Pin: Chanel, borrowed from my Grandmother
  • Coat: Club Monaco, sample sale, $40
  • Gloves: Amato NY, sample sale, $10
  • Bag: Jimmy Choo, sample sale, $350 (RV $2,895)
  • Dress: H&M, $15
  • Tights: Spanx, Burlington, $12.99
  • Shoes: Zara, $9.99




These top photos were taken by Candace Hampton in the morning after a PR event and the bottom by my girl Belle post shows that day. Thank you guys!




Of all my Fashion Week looks this was probably my most photographed one. I actually had my second ever BFA photo front row in this look. Honestly so many people came over just to shoot my furry shoes. Best $10 at Zara I ever spent. They are a cross between Celine and Isabel Marant and look so designer. And unlike most of my other Zara sale shoes, they didn't fall apart after one wear.







My Jimmy Choo Lockett Bag was probably my best sample sale find last year. So much so that I actually picked up two last year LOL.




As for sample sales - there are quite a few on my radar for the week:

I'm a huge K-Beauty fan so I jump at the chance to stock-up on the cheap. 

JKNLEE K-Beauty
March 12-17, 10-7
9 Christopher Street

Of course I just ordered a bunch off Bauble Bar off the sale section on their website. Hoping to snap up some more for even less...

Parker X Bauble Bar
March 13-18
T 10-8, W-Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5
260 5th Avenue

I love Kate Spade's new kitchy, colorful line - last time I scored several pairs of $50 sample shoes and everyone went gaga over my $25 sample one of a kind bag that made an appearance here at Fashion Week. 

Frances Valentine
March 14-15, 8-6
80 West 40th Street, Suite 80, 8th Floor

It's the first Chloé sample sale at 260 - I'll be hitting the preview on the 13th at night so check out my stories for my thoughts post shop (no pics allowed inside the sale though).

Chloé
March 14-18
W-F 9-8, Sat 10-8. Sun 10-5
151 Wooster Street

I'll be doing an exclusive preview with ShopDrop App the night before - be sure to check out my stories! I'll try to go live on Insta and give you a peek inside! 

Paul Andrew
March 15-16, 12-7
41 West 58th Street, Suite 2A

Looks like it's gonna be a great week in sample sale land! Happy Shopping!

XO
Michelle





















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Monday, February 26, 2018

French Girl Vibes and Fashion Week.

This winter was all about berets. Nothing evokes the magic of Paris and says Ooh La La more than a beret artfully tilted on your head. Everyone and their dog on Instagram had a beret or two in their feed. I know it seems like I got on the bandwagon on the late side, but it was almost two months before New York Fashion Week that I went ahead and ordered some cheap berets from AliExpress. My red beret was the first to arrive - about a month after I placed the order. If I had to do it again I'd probably just order from Amazon for a few bucks more. They still never sent me my hot pink one. So not worth the wait.

I actually ordered the red before I had my pink hair done by Aveda at Spoke and Weal. I was a little worried about the pink/red combo but it totally worked as the pink was pretty subtle. I decided to embrace the color clash and pop it with as many red accents as I could find. I should mention this was from the last day of Fashion Week, and the 5th day since I had it dyed. It was a temporary color and I didn't want to wash it, so I have about a half a bottle of dry shampoo in my hair by the time these photos were taken. Dry shampoo is magic. My favorite is probably Batiste and you can grab some here but I always get mine at the TJ Maxx/Marshalls yellow sticker clearance for a little less.




I had every intention to planning each and every look in advance - and as always I scrambled every morning in a fit of indecision. A lot of girls borrow most of their looks from designers or showrooms for Fashion Week but once again I decided to shop my closet. It's probably a mistake because that's how so many bloggers connect with designers, but to me, I feel it's important to show you that it's possible to have a fun, colorful wardrobe on limited funds. Anyone with $$$ can look good in the latest Gucci - but I wear my thrifted vintage and last season's discounted goods with pride. In full disclosure I do get gifted stuff here and there but anything I share I can call mine. I'm not comfortable endorsing items I have not personally owned and experienced.

Most of this look is compliments of the Zara sale. I pretty much crushed it this year. The socks were in a 2-pack for $3.99, boots were $6.99, skirt was $9.99 and the trench coat was $39.99. Overall, I'm pretty happy with Zara other than their shoes. I picked up several pairs and almost all of them fell apart the first or second time I wore them. Some of them retailed for over $100 and all I know is that if I paid full price I'd be pissed.






But here's what you really wanted to see...

Head to toe:

  • Beret: Ali Express, $5.59 (Order on Amazon and get it a month faster, here or here.)
  • Sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana, Nordstrom Rack, $0.01
  • Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff x Stella & Dot, C/O (RV $59)
  • Shirtdress: ASOS, $33.50 (seen before here
  • Coat: Zara, $39.99
  • Skirt: Zara, $9.99
  • Cluch: Isti, C/O (RV $99)
  • Bag: Frances Valentine (Kate Spade's new line) sample sale, $25
  • Gloves: Amato New York, sample sale, $10
  • Socks: Zara, $3.99
  • Boots: Zara, $6.99

Not bad for about $135 OOP. Typically my bags or shoes alone retail for several times that number.

My photos were actually taken my girl, Scarlett Hao's assistant. Scarlett always kills it at Fashion Week and I love her body positive, curvy girlboss POV. A huge thank you to both of them. At this point I have a front row crew and we usually try to sit up front together regardless if we are given front row LOL. I was just looking back and it was my seventh season I attended NYFW since I started blogging and I'm so grateful for every single opportunity I'm given.





As for beauty, I pretty much lived in my Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in Corail Backstage and Cosmic Purple Maybelline New York Master Precise Ink Metallic Liquid Liner all week long. I'm thinking I need to order that liquid liner in other colors because out of my 100 colorful eyeliners, it's the best liquid liner I've ever owned. So easy to apply! Usually I'm at the mirror with 20 q-tips fixing the line - but not with this one. One stoke and I'm done!

It's been a while since I hit the sample sale scene. With spring around the corner the good ones are coming! On my radar right now are the following:

Ivy Kirzhner
I'm nervous to share this one because their last sale was a bust but I heard they had cheap samples this round. It's the last days of this one so fingers crossed for markdowns. 
Feb 26-28, 11-8
750 Greenwich Street

Tracy Reese
It's the last couple days for this sale so be sure to look for markdowns.
Feb 26-27, M 10-7, T 10-3
260 West 39th Street, 19th Floor

Schutz x The Arrivals 
I love these brands - I'm hoping that pricing is low! 
Feb 27- March 1, 11-7
261 West 36th Street, 2nd Floor

Hope you didn't miss me too on my mini blog break. I always try to keep a presence on my Instagram but every so often I need a break. I kept looking for inspiration and not finding it so finally I decided to just start writing. I can reinvent the wheel tomorrow...

Happy shopping!

XO
Michelle


















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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Gimmie All the Stars.



I took the girls into the City for our annual New Years Day at the American Girl Doll Store in Rockefeller Center. I'm super excited to share that American Girl just sent us Luciana Vega, their 2018 Girl of the Year doll so we'll talk about her and our experience in a future post. I do have to share that Ella was just reposted on the American Girl Insta - check out her feature here. For today, we're just gonna share our mother-daughter street style. Recently I've been obsessing over stars so when I saw these Stella McCartney Elyse platform shoes at the sample sale for over 80% off I kinda really needed them. Plus they matched the girls' Nina Kids Demi boots perfectly.

I've been killing it at the H&M sale and picked up this Gucci-esque cargo jacket for $10 (from $69.99) and this dotted dress for just $15. I really wanted to wear the jacket but my fitted coats didn't fit over it - so I pulled out my vintage thrifted cape and added the hat for a pop of color. I confess that I knew I wouldn't be outside long or I would have added several more layers for me and the girls. My 12-year-old son (and photographer) was a total pro and didn't complain once while he shot us in 9 degree weather - with windchill it was even lower.

Right now H&M is offering an extra 20% off and free shipping (with orders $100+) with code 5944 thru the 15th. Hurry!!






Head to toe:

  • Hat: Classic Prep Monograms, c/o
  • Sunglasses: Jason Wu, sample sale, $20
  • Cape: Gloverall, thrifted, $20
  • Jacket: H&M, $10 (linked below!)
  • Dress: H&M, $15
  • Gloves: Carolina Amato, sample sale, $10
  • Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Nordstrom Rack, $245 (RV $775)
  • Tights: Spanx, Burlington Coat Factory, $13
  • Socks: Smartwool, Nordstrom Rack, $0.01
  • Shoes: Stella McCartney, sample sale, $200 (RV $1,100)





Shop my look here:





Girls and I coordinated with our star shoes (theirs are from Nina Kids) and we took several pics, but this was the only one that came out. We'll have to try again soon. In this weather I always layer with wool socks so I don't freeze my feet - ergo those hot pink socks peeking out. Ella was actually wearing a pair as well. Did I mention they were a penny at Nordstrom Rack? :)





Ella has been loving her new Sophia Webster butterfly backpack (we are slowly building her designer collection) and Ava is just as happy with her Old Navy unicorn purse. I found their hats for 70% off at Target ($1.50 each). Score!




For some reason Ava loves to Dab. Don't ask me why...







As for sample sales, there are a couple on my radar for this week. I just noticed Zadig & Voltaire is having a warehouse sale but I'm not sure if it will be as epic as the last one in their showroom where I scored my favorite glitter heeled boots for $75 and my sample fringed belt for $40. Jason Wu will be at 260 - and they will have samples. That said, I'm heading to Miami this week and I'm not sure I have time to run into the City before I leave. Ugh. They will either be amazing or a waste and I'm not sure if I can take the gamble. If you hit those sales be sure to let me know what you score!

Zadig & Voltaire
January 15-21
M-Sat 11-7, Sun 12-6
153 Mercer Street

Jason Wu
January 16-21
T 9-8, W-F 11-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-5
150 Greene Street

This week I kept is short and sweet because things have been crazy. If anyone has any recommendations for Miami please do share! I wanted to do the Museum of Ice Cream but for a family of five it's about $200 which seems insane to me. Personally, I think kids under 12 should have a discounted rate. I also heard great things about Jungle Island (the place with the parrots) but they are closed for renovations. Boo. Any ideas?

Happy Shopping!

XO
Michelle















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