Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sale of the Day: Zara Summer 2012 SALE

My pick for Sale of the Day is Zara's fantastic summer sale. They are clearing out everything from their current collection so there are some great deals to be had for men and women. There seems to be a particularly great selection of things in women's size Large.

Lots of great trends are included: floral and graphic prints, long lace jackets, oxford style shoes, ballet flats, ankle boots, skinny jeans, and so much more!

Here are my Editor's Picks from the sale:

Style: 12 Pieces of ShopBop Jewelry Under $100

ShopBop is by far one of the most popular shopping destinations for designer women's apparel and accessories on the internet. Their selection is large but so are their prices at times. 

To navigate this fantastic site for you, I've compiled my Editor's Pick of 12 pieces of ShopBop jewelry for under $100. This includes some of the hottest trends: nautical bracelets, bib necklaces, semi-precious stones and agate, woven friendship bracelets, tribal patterns, and more!

Which piece is YOUR favorite?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Style: Influenster Summer Beauty VoxBox

As you may have seen in my previous post reviewing the Spring Beauty VoxBox, I was selected for a fantastic program for bloggers hosted by Influenster called the VoxBox. This month I received my second VoxBox in the mail. VoxBoxes are boxes of sample products sent to your home for absolutely FREE for testing purposes. 

My box this month included: a Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen in SPF 30, a Tampax & Always Radiant Collection assortment pack, a Quaker Soft Baked Bar in Banana Nut Bread, a Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color in Red-y Response, a Sally Hansen Nails and Cuticles Hand Creme, and a Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner.

You can view my full revealing of all the products in the YouTube video below with reviews on a few specific products to follow:

I actually liked all of the products in the box, but my favorite product by far was the Magnetic Nail Color. I have included a photo below of how it turned out for me. Note: the "Red-y Response" definitely looked more purple than red, which I liked.  I've also included a Polyvore shopping list below that provides links to places where you can purchase these items online. If you've tried any of these products, please let me know what you think in the comments below!

My Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color in Red-y Response

Shop the Products:

Friday, July 27, 2012

The 30 Most Iconic British Names in Fashion

In celebration of the London 2012 Olympics and the Opening Ceremony tonight, the media just can't stop talking about all the fabulous fashions from across the pond. Having lived in the UK just last year, I had to put in my 2 cents!

Today I've curated for you THE list of the 30 Most Iconic British Names in Fashion. Most of these names have already hit it big in the USA with boutiques lining the streets of all the major US cities' shopping districts.
(The few that do not yet have US locations offer overseas shipping.)

So....on to my Gold Medalists! Who made the cut?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Events: Bespoke Post Summer Social TONIGHT

Bespoke Post hosts a...

When? TONIGHT, 7:30-10pm

What? A Don Julio tequila tasting, margaritas, appetizers
& more at New York's premier custom clothier for men (Alton Lane)

Where? Alton Lane Showroom, 11 West 25th Street, Floor 5
For more info visit bespokepost.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sale of the Day: Neiman Marcus Last Call

TODAY ONLY - take an additional 25% off all sale prices online at Neiman Marcus Last Call (for savings of up to 70% off original prices). 

Shop the sale by clicking HERE.

You'll also receive FREE Shipping with the code "JULYFS" at checkout.

A few of my favorite items from the sale are posted below. 
View my full list HERE.

Source: Dara Ettinger neimanmarcus.com via Victoria on Pinterest

Source: Lilly Pulitzer at neimanmarcus.com via Victoria on Pinterest

Source: Devon Leigh at neimanmarcus.com via Victoria on Pinterest

Source: Kate Spade at neimanmarcus.com via Victoria on Pinterest

Source: Ali Ro at neimanmarcus.com via Victoria on Pinterest

Source: Hunter Boots at neimanmarcus.com via Victoria on Pinterest

Events: FREE Tequila Tasting at Dos Caminos

Happy National Tequila Day!

In honor of this spirited holiday, all Dos Caminos Mexican Bar & Restaurant locations are offering complimentary tequila tastings from 5-7pm today at the bar

"You'll learn the difference between Blanco, Reposado and Anejo and taste the smoky, spicy, floral notes of beautifully-aged agave."

Dos Caminos has 4 locations in Manhattan:  
Meatpacking (Hudson Street at W 14th Street)
Soho (West Broadway at Houston)
Kips Bay (Park Avenue South at E 27th Street) 
Midtown East (Third Avenue at E 50th Street)
* There are additional locations in the Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, NJ and the Sheraton Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The restaurant is also currently participating in New York Restaurant Week. For the full details on this summer's Restaurant Week, click HERE.

Note: Reservations are often necessary for meals at these popular restaurants. However, you can often wait for an outdoor table on a first come, first served basis,

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sale of the Day: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom is having its amazing Anniversary Sale right now & you should check it out! It's especially great for finding Nordstorm exclusives from your favorite designers with FREE Shipping. Hurry - prices go up on August 6th!
Shop the entire sale HERE.

My picks? Well, with the Diamond Jubilee, Wimbledon, and the 2012 Olympics...it is most certainly the "Summer of London". In a land famous for overcast skies and puddles, they sure have mastered the rainy day look! 

Get the London Look with: 

Check out my London Look picks & shop the look:

9 Home Decor Items You'll Love (for Less!)

Living in the big city, J.C. Penney might not exactly be the first household name that comes to mind when you think about furniture or home decor. 

However, they have several lovely pieces that you're likely to end up paying a lot more for elsewhere in New York. Think: custom upholstered wing back chairs, "Tiffany" crystal lamps, porcelain garden stools, framed nautical themed prints, french bulldog motifs, and mirrored side tables

My 9 favorite finds from J.C. Penney Online are belowAll of these items are priced under $650, most under $100, several under $50. Take a look and let me know which ones you can't wait to put in your living room!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Events: Three Jane Jewelry Trunk Show TONIGHT

This evening Three Jane Jewelry by Katie Schloss is hosting a fabulous Trunk Show, as first mentioned by one of my fave fashion bloggers, The Preppy Post Grad

It's taking place at Teich (22 8th Avenue at 12th Street) from 5pm until 9pm
Shop the collection and enjoy FREE  macarons provided by KBR's Kitchen.

Further details are available HERE

Events: Lilly Pulitzer Fete at Bloomie's TONIGHT

Tonight you can shop the Lilly Pulitzer summer collection while enjoying FREE champagne, snacks, and makeup applications by Benefit.

Where? Bloomingdale's 59th Street Shop
When? 5:30pm
How? RSVP to asenatore@lillypulitzer.com or call 212.705.2411

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Events: Win Ski Vermont Prizes at Grey Lady

Apres Work Party with 888 Vodka
SKI VERMONT: Winter in the Original State
Wednesday, July 18th at 9pm
Win lift tickets and other prizes!

Grey Lady
77 Delancey Street (corner of Allen)

If you haven't been to Grey Lady yet, it's definitely worth a visit. The popular Nantucket themed restaurant and bar is the brainchild of  my buddy, master bartender and mixologist Callum McLaughlin, and his very talented chef brother Gavin. They serve up delicious seafood dishes like lobster rolls, clams, and crab claws. The bar scene is also very lively - don't miss their 10 craft beers on tap including the Grey Lady Ale! There's also a great selection of island themed cocktails - which you can even share as a group in a fish bowl!

This place is great for: intimate dates, birthday parties, after work drinks, catching up with old friends, late night food & drinks, and lots more.

Sale of the Day: BeautyBar's SPF Flash Event

Visit BeautyBar's SPF Flash Sale by Clicking HERE!


For Select Products in the SPF Flash Sale:
 20% OFF Your Order with Code: BBSPF20 - TODAY ONLY!
Select Products Also Offer A Gift With Purchase - See Product Pages

For ALL Products:
FREE 2-Day Shipping on Orders of $25+ (First Time Customers Only)
3 FREE Samples with EVERY Order


Editor's Pick:
Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30
$30.00 (+ 20% OFF w/ Code BBSPF20 + FREE Shipping) 
Buy it HERE

I used my friend's powder when we went to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Liberty State Park last month. It was an all-day event in an open field in very warm weather. Despite having very fair skin, I did not get any burn at all on my face after using this product. Since it is completely sheer, it did not affect the appearance of the makeup I was already wearing either! Go out there and have even MORE fun in the sun - without any worries about getting burnt! :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Product of the Day: Hug Your Kid Day Edition

Happy Hug Your Kid Day! 

For those of you with little ones at home (or those of us who are young at heart), you are probably familiar with the ever classic and reliable Gund teddy bear collection. I must say, even mine's held up very well for being over 20 years old - just see below!

Today, share this tradition with your kids, nieces, nephews, siblings, and cousins! What better way to ensure they get a hug EVERY day? 
These are quality products that last a lifetime!

Gund Peek-a-Boo Bear
$40, Saks Fifth Avenue
Buy it HERE

... and for those of you that are just a kid at heart, why not show off your love for your favorite childhood pastimes? "Rocko's Modern Life" was one of my FAVE Nicktoons and it is now making a comeback with this nostaligic shirt available (for adults) at Urban Outfitters:

Rocko's Modern Life Tee
$28, Urban Outfitters
Buy it HERE

Style: 30 Host / Hostess Gifts for $20 or Less

Summer is definitely the season of parties and socializing. After all, there are so many things to celebrate - BBQ's, poolside cocktail parties, graduation celebrations, housewarmings, bridal showers, etc. Perhaps your friend has even offered up a guest spot in his or her beach house or invited you to visit them in another city or country during your summer vacation time from work.

Sometimes small "thank you" gifts can be hard to find - but it is true: good things come in small packages. Today I've collected for you 30 great host or hostess gifts for $20 or less. In my list you'll find some little treasures from great brands like Lilly Pulitzer, C. Wonder, Tocca, Dannijo, Jayes Studio, Jonathan Adler, and more!

Click below to view & shop my FULL list:

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Events: Celebrate Bastille Day!

Get your "France France Revolution!" on with an exciting collaboration between Lacoste and Macaron Cafe! They are co-hosting a little street fest celebration on the southeast corner of 60th & Madison today from Noon - 5pm. Macaron Cafe is also giving a delightful box of 2 of their yummy macarons to everyone who makes a qualifying purchase at Lacose today. So, head on down and show off those 5th Grade French Class skills!

Jacques Brasserie is also offering some fun festivities for the day. They have a special menu for the day and will be serving up French favorites like Vichyssoise,  St-Germain Punch, and the aptly named "Marie Antoinette Headless Trout". They are located on East 85th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

At the Eloise at the Plaza Store in The Plaza Hotel, they are offering 10% off all "Eloise in Paris" merchandise. TODAY ONLY. What better way to share Bastille Day with your kids, cousins, nieces, or siblings?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Product of the Day: Friday the 13th Edition

Happy Friday the 13th! 
Celebrate with this adorable chat noir tee:
$37.99 at Modcloth

Style: Old Navy Summer & 20% Off Coupon

This week I had the opportunity to check out Old Navy's in-store summer collections & I absolutely loved what I found! Whether you're looking for a sporty / athletic look, casual summer florals, cheerful nautical prints, surfer chic totes, whimsical tees and loungewear, or preppy solid or striped blouses - this collection has something for YOU! Ruffled tops, lace, and peasant blouses were also some on-trend features seen throughout the store. Gearing up for the Olympics? There was also some London 2012 gear and some adorable "I Love London" reusable shopping bags for just $1.

I must admit, I haven't seen a lot of these items online yet, so you should definitely pay a visit to your local store. I shopped at their
Chelsea location this week - West 18th Street & 6th Avenue. They also have a location in Soho on Broadway at Spring Street.

Editor's Pick: Can't make it to a store? Here are a 8 of my favorite items that I saw during my haul / shopping trip that are currently available online:

Women's Vintage Style Team USA Tees

Women's Drawstring Bucket Bags

Women's Flower Applique Henleys

Women's Printed Button-Back Tanks

Women's Ruffled Slub-Knit Henleys

Women's Printed Twill Shorts

Women's Dolphin-Hem Drawstring Lounge Shorts

Women's Cap Sleeved Graphic Tees

Coupon: Regardless of whether you shop online or in-store, you can use the 20% off coupon posted below. Valid through 7/18/12. Online use code "ONSAVE20" or "ONSTUFF30" if you have an Old Navy Card, GapCard, or BananaCard. Print it out and enjoy some amazing savings! Happy shopping!

Click HERE for a PDF version of the coupon.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Foodie: FREE Financier & Ciao Bella Goodies at Grand Central Today 'til 6pm Today!

As part of their "Taste of the Terminal" series, Grand Central Station is hosting some great stands offering FREE samples from a few of my favorite eateries with locations in the station. Today goodies are being offered from Ciao Bella and Financier Patisserie.  I stopped by at lunch time and got a refreshing cup of Ciao Bella's raspberry frozen Greek yogurt and an iced coffee and decadently delicious mini cake by Financier. According to Grand Central, the stands will be out there until 6pm today offering samples. They are located at the Taxi Stand on the Vanderbilt Avenue side of the terminal at 43rd Street. Be sure to hurry on over and grab your afternoon pick-me-ups!

Be sure to follow Grand Central Terminal on Twitter to hear about future events (& to send a little thank you for the amazing #TasteoftheTerminal events): @GrandCentralNYC

Products of the Day: Rolling Stones Edition

50th Anniversary Logo designed by street artist Shepard Fairey

Today is the 50th Anniversary of The Rolling Stones' first show!
Show off your "Moves like Jagger" with these products featuring their iconic lips logo:

Be a Groupie - The Steal:

The Rolling Stones Neon Tongue Drape Dress by Amplified
$33.14 at Asos
Buy it HERE

The Rolling Stones Neon Tongue (left) and USA (right) T Shirts by Amplified
$29.83 at Asos
Buy the Neon Tongue Tee HERE
Buy the USA Tee HERE

The Classic Fan with a Feminine Twist:

Rolling Stones Rock Band Sweatshirt
$59 at Urban Outfitters
Buy it HERE

Rock Star Status - The Splurge:

Like a Rolling Stone 22kt Gold Leaf Cuff Bracelet by Evocateur
$324 at Endless
 Buy it HERE

Foodie: Free Starbucks Refreshers Tomorrow

FREE Tall (12 fl. oz.) Starbucks Refreshers
July 13, 2012
Noon until 3pm
At participating stores only. Limit 1 per person.
Flavors like Cool Lime with real lime & Very Berry Hibiscus with whole blackberries!

Visit the Official Site for this promotion HERE

You can also earn more FREE Starbucks drinks all year round by registering for Starbucks Rewards. It is a no-obligation customer appreciation program that rewards you with a FREE drink on your birthday and the opportunity to earn other FREE products based on your regular purchases.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Style: FREE Kenneth Cole Wristlet at DSW.com

Free "Snakeskin" Wristlet by Kenneth Cole Reaction 
with a $39 purchase using the code "FREEFUN". 
You choose the color!
Now through July 16th, while supplies last. 
Offer available online only.

DSW has a great selection of Women's, Men's, and Children's shoes and a Luxury section that boasts discounts on some of the most elite designers' collections like Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Prada, Gucci, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, & more!

Earn More FREE Swag:

You can also earn discounts and gifts with purchase all year round by registering for DSW Rewards. It is a no-obligation customer appreciation program that rewards you with a $10 gift certificate for every 1500 points* earned on purchases, a $5 gift certificate on your birthday, and other great in-store and online offers based on your regular purchases. The best perk is FREE SHIPPING on all purchases after you register online! 

* You earn 10 points per dollar on regular priced items and 5 points per dollar on clearance items. Keep an eye on your email because double point days occur very frequently. 
Editor's Pick on DSW:

My fave DSW shoe brand of the moment? Definitely Jon Josef!
Check out this adorable Zebra Smoking Flat / Loafer
Originally $98. DSW Price $59.94.
Buy it HERE

I personally own a similar pair of Jon Josef shoes (purchased on DSW.com) and they are so comfortable, made of the highest quality, and are absolutely gorgeous!
To learn more about the brand's story, read my previous article HERE.

Foodie: NYC Summer Restaurant Week

NYC Summer Restaurant Week 2012
Restaurant Week's 20th Anniversary
Monday, July 16th - Friday, August 10th

$24.07 for lunch
$35 for dinner
Over 100 participating restaurants.
Saturdays excluded & only select restaurants participate on Sundays.

You can already make reservations!  
Book now via Open Table by clicking HERE.

**ATTENTION American Express Card Holders - Save MORE!**
Register your AmEx card HERE, dine four times at participating restaurants during Summer Restaurant Week 2012, and you will receive a $20 statement credit.
Once you reach the AmEx site, these will be your instructions:

Here's my pick of some of the best menus:

I went here for the last Restaurant Week and it was an amazing experience. All of the food was absolutely delicious and quite a bit cheaper than it would have been otherwise. It's a real NYC landmark so if you haven't been yet, now's your chance!
Menu Highlight? Watermelon Gazpacho!

Black Duck: View the Menu HERE
I've been meaning to try this place. Every time I've walked by I've admired the intimate setting. It looks like it would be a really great date spot.
Menu Highlight? Crispy Long Island Duck!

City Crab & Seafood Company: View the Menu HERE
I've heard great reviews of this restaurant from several friends. Since seafood is usually a premium ($$$) item on most menus, it's great that you can get these dishes without paying a supplemental charge.
Menu Highlight? Maine Lobster w/ Sweet Potato Fries!

City Lobster & Steak: View the Menu HERE
I haven't been here yet, so please let me know if you've been and what you think of it! There are some supplemental charges at this restaurant but the menu sounds elaborate and delicious. 
Menu Highlight? Lobster Bake w/ Clams & Mussels!

The Hurricane Club: View the Menu HERE
This is a lively and hip venue that draws a younger crowd. It's got a South Pacific theme to it and sounds like a great time. It is also the home to Riff Raffs, a very popular tiki bar - night club in the basement. If you're looking for a night out with a group of friends, this venue sounds perfect. Anybody have a birthday during Restaurant Week? ;)
Menu Highlight? Croque Monsieur Spring Rolls!  (Don't forget to add on some tropical cocktails!)

The Russian Tea Room: View the Menu HERE
I've always had an outstanding experience at The Russian Tea Room. When you dine there, you really feel like you are at some place special. It's a real New York landmark. The food is delicious. Don't worry if you're a little scared of trying Russian food, the dishes they prepare are truly top notch. I went there during the last Restaurant Week with a Russian friend for her birthday and we both had an outstanding time there.
Menu Highlights? Borscht, Blinchik w/ lingonberries, & Cheesecake!
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