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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!




  1. I hate that I missed Minkoff... But the truth is I barely used the ones I bought last spring (even though I LOVE what I bought...)

  2. Bummer to hear about the deal falling through. That stinks you couldn't make it to the Jimmy Choo sale earlier but you did score a few good pieces. I love the Rebecca Minkoff bags you snagged and that adorable Charlotte Olympia tee and those wallets. You are such a fab designer deal scouter and I am always beyond impressed with your finds! xoxo, Christine

  3. I'm so glad I'm back here reading your tips for the best ongoing hauls out there and how to save a penny. I'm sorry it didn't work out this time and I hate it when things I've planned don't actually occur due to reasons not related to me. I mean, we need the money to buy those Choos and other important stuff, haha. Seriously though, it's a real nuisance. The Minkoff is so you and I'm glad you got at least something to comfort yourself with. xx

  4. Even though you were only able to make it to the Choo sale later you still got some great finds, the Minkoff pieces are all so pretty, I love the leather Jacket!

    ~xo Sheree

  5. Every time I read your blog post I wish I lived in NYC! You sure got some great finds, love the Minkoff pieces. Sorry you weren't able to make it to the Jimmy Choo sale, I love his shoes bthw :)

    Aurela x

  6. My dream is to go shopping with you one day, hearing about all of those sample sales is so exciting. I know you didn't make it early enough to the Jimmy Choo sale, but you still bought some amazing pieces :). My favourite has to be the Charlotte Olympia clutch, such a fun piece.


  7. Hey Darling,
    How are you?
    How was your Week?
    Many Goodies here... aiiiii You always make me crazy with your Fashion Deals And Goodies:)
    Can I have them all please:)
    Love,Kisses Open Kloset By Karina
    True Beauty Comes From Within

  8. Girlllll can we be shopping besties?! You slayed these sales, and even though you think your Choo haul was not-so-hot, I 100% think your made out like a bandit! Also, thank you so so much for providing the upcoming sales!


  9. I love when you share your shopping expertise, girl! You always share great deals, and Rebecca Minkoff has amazing pieces. So sad to hear about you missed the Jimmy Choo sale, but in the end you found gorgeous pieces.
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ah really?! You picked such perfect items again!
    You are seriously the best in terms of shopping! I need to ask you some shopping classes!


  11. Loving these, especially the shoes.

  12. Ahh I am always so envious of your sample sale finds! I always say, better late than never! You still picked up some amazing Jimmy Choo pieces! I am going to NY next month! Are there any sales going on then? I would love to score some crazy deals! I have to do my research! Thank you for sharing all of your Jimmy Choo, Charlotte Olympia and Rebecca Minkoff finds!


  13. Beautiful selection and items. Unfortunately I’m so far from NY. The rainbow clutch and the leather jacket are my fav.

  14. Hi there!
    Love your deals!!! Will be in the city Aug 1st - 4th. Any updates on great sales to hit? I can't wait!!

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