Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What are you WEARING New Year's, New Year's Eve?

Greetings from atop One Times Square. Get ready to sip on some champagne and watch the ball drop tonight! Although New Year's Eve is all about making resolutions and starting fresh, it is also one of the hottest nights of the season to show off your most glamorous attire! Here's some last minute inspo to get those creative juices flowing. Think: New Year, New YOU!

10, 9, 8, 7, 6....wishing you a New Year full of splendor!

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Birchbox "Sparkle and Shine" December 2013 Review

Other than the *two* fabulous DIY Birchboxes I purchased from Birchbox Local this year, I hadn't ordered a Birchbox since April 2012. I was tempted to try again after reading some recent reviews. I thought, what better time to treat myself than for Christmas? ...and the free Birchbox pouch offer didn't hurt. Overall I must say, this month's box didn't disappoint!

I've taken a look at a few other bloggers' reviews of this month's box. I noticed that hardly any of them contained the same products as mine. I was really impressed by this because I think that since the last time I ordered a Birchbox, the company has taken greater efforts to really customize the boxes for each subscriber based on the profile questions they asked when I joined.

My box contained: Camille Beckman Body Butter in Morelia Monarch Scent (Full-size, $15), Joie Folle de Joie eau de parfum (Full-size, $98), Jouer Pink Glace Moisturizing Lip Gloss (Full-size, $20), Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturizing Spray (Full-size, $15), and a Chuao Chocopod (8-Piece Gift Set, $9.95).

The body butter seemed to be the one consistent product across most peoples' Birchboxes this month. I'd say about 1/2-1/3 of the reviews I've read included this product. I have to admit on first sight I was not overly excited about the product. I have a lot of similar products that I really like and wasn't familiar with the brand. However, Birchbox is all about trying NEW things. I was excited to see that this product is recommended for use on elbows and knees, since there are so many products already out there for hands. I look forward to testing it on my dry skin during the winter months. The scent is really pretty neutral, a bit on the sweet side but not flowery at all like I expected.

I was excited to see the Jouer gloss in my box! I had heard about the brand a lot lately and had considered purchasing one of their luxurious Christmas crackers. I love the subtle color of this gloss and the intense shine. I also like that it contains Shea butter and jojoba oil because my lips can get pretty chapped in the winter weather. I wish the sample was a little bigger, since it looks like it's only good for about 5 uses. However, I really like that the sample looks EXACTLY like a mini version of the full-sized product.

As you may have seen in my Birchbox Local review, I absolutely love Joie's new "folle de joie" eau de parfum. I first discovered the scent at the RewardStyle NYFW party, where Joie gifted me a tube of the "folle de joie" hand creme. I've been coveting the eau de parfum ever since! Unfortunately, a bottle does run around $100 and I have recently bought some other perfumes. So, I will definitely be enjoying my 2 samples from Birchbox Local and this new sample until I can justify purchasing a full-sized bottle. It's such a rich, sophisticated, and elegant scent. It reminds me of an English garden!

The Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturizing Spray was the largest sample I received in the box. It's a generous 2.5 oz bottle. I've gotten more into hair products lately. I have straight hair that I mostly like to style in a sleek, polished way. So, I'm not a big fan of "texturizing" products in general. But, I'm willing to give any new look a try. I've seen some photos from other bloggers and it looks like this product gives a fantastic beachy look! I was a little disappointed since this was the largest product, but overall I was very pleased with how well the other products in the box suited my taste and needs.

The "Lifestyle Extra" I received was a Chuao Honeycomb chocolate. I must admit that the "Lifestyle Extras" definitely look like they will be my favorite products overall. I just love hair accessories, home accessories, and gourmet food products. I was super excited when I saw some other blogger received 2 tea bags from Kusmi tea (one of my fave stores!!), but I was not disappointed getting the Chuao chocolate. I got two samples of a different flavor before at Birchbox Local and got one of their Spicy Maya bars recently at TJ Maxx. They are delicious! I love the creativity they put into their flavors. I saw in a previous Birchbox that another blogger received the Popcorn Pop flavor - that's definitely the next one I'd love to try!

As I mentioned before, there was a special offer for new subscribers this month. So, I got a cute little Birchbox branded mint & navy pouch. I thought it would be a make-up pouch but it's actually more like a coin pouch (the size of a credit card). It might actually work out well for stashing some of the tiny sample products like the Jouer gloss in my purse! There were a couple other items in my box this month too. There was a little Digimate sticker for your smartphone with details on how to download the Birchbox App and a promo card for the new Cynthia Rowley collection exclusively at Birchbox.

The verdict: This month's box was really interesting because no two seemed to be the same - and NONE were particularly similar to mine! I also thought that of all the products that I saw were sent out, the ones sent to me were the best suited for me. So, I will definitely continue to give Birchbox a shot. I think they do the best job at the moment of customizing the boxes for individuals which is really fantastic! The only products I envied that other subscribers received were the Tocca hand cream and the Kusmi tea. However, I was really happy with what I did receive and am sure I will get to try more products by them in the future!

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Gifts Are Still A Go - After-Holiday & Boxing Day Sales!

Didn't get what you wanted for Christmas? Here are the best end-of-year sales!

Anthropologie: Extra 25% OFF sale items w/ code "25BELOW" HERE

Beauty Bar: FREE Deborah Lippmann nail duo w/ $60+ order w/ code "NAILPARTY"

Bloomingdales: 30% OFF select handbags HERE

C.Wonder: Extra 50% OFF sale items HERE

Cath Kidston: After holiday sale on select items HERE

Charm & Chain: Up to 60% OFF select items HERE

Dot & Bo: Up to 70% OFF sitewide HERE

e.l.f.: 50% OFF orders $30+ w/ code "LASTBLAST"

Folli Follie: Up to 50% OFF select items HERE

Gorjana & Griffin: 60% OFF select styles w/ code "HANGOVER60" HERE

Henri Bendel: 40% OFF select items HERE

Illume: 25% OFF all seasonal fragrances w/ code "MYSALE" HERE

J.Crew: Extra 40% OFF sale items, 30% OFF full-priced items, both w/ code "GIFTNOW"

J.Crew Factory: 30% OFF new arrivals & FREE Shipping HERE

J.McLaughlin: 40-50% OFF clothing & accessories HERE

Jonathan Adler: Up to 50% OFF select items HERE

Juicy Couture: 50% OFF holiday markdowns HERE

Julep: Warehouse Sale - Up to 70% OFF! HERE

Kate Spade: Extra 25% OFF sale items w/ code "DECEMBER25" HERE

L'Occitane: Up to 50% OFF select items HERE

Links of London: Up to 50% OFF select items HERE

Lori's Shoes: 30% OFF sale items (today & tomorrow) w/ code "30MORE", 20% OFF sale items (Saturday & Sunday) w/ code "20MORE" HERE

Molton Brown: Up to 50% OFF select items HERE

Old Navy: Up to 60% OFF select items HERE

One Kings Lane: 30% OFF sitewide w/code "STEAL30"

Prima Donna: 20% OFF sitewide w/ code "TREAT20"

Tarte Cosmetics: 15% OFF everything w/ code "BYE2013"

Tibi: Extra 25% OFF sale items + FREE Shipping. Use code "MERRY25" HERE

Tory Burch: 25% OFF sale items w/ code "NEWYEAR" HERE

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Tory Burch Sample Sale Starts Tuesday!

Tory Burch Sample Sale
December 10th-14th, 2013

Ready to Wear, Footwear, & Bags
All Sizes Available
Fall/Winter Merchandise

261 West 36th Street, 2nd Floor
(between 7th & 8th Avenues)
New York, NY 10018

Tuesday-Friday | 11am-7pm
Saturday | 11am-5pm

They accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, debit, & cash. From previous sales I can advise - there is a communal changing room and a mandatory coat / large bag check. Read my review of the last Tory Burch Sample Sale (June 2013) at Clothingline HERE.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Beauty: Influenster's Rose VoxBox ~ Winter 2013

It's that time again...time for another review of a fantastic Influenster VoxBox! This time around it's the Influenster Rose VoxBox - so romantic & the perfect way to stay in bloom throughout the winter! Influenster was kind enough to send me these products for free for testing reviews, so that I could share my opinion with all of you.

My box included 6 items: Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara, Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles, BelVita Crunchy Breakfast Biscuites, Kiss Gradation Polishes, Dr. Scholl's for Her Cozy Cushions, & Vitabath Hydrating Lotion. Check out my video below to hear my thoughts on all of the products!

Check out my ombre nails using the Kiss kit! Have you tried it yet? What did you think?

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Felix Rey Sample Sale Starts Today!

Felix Rey and Heartloom Sample Sale

The Heartloom & Felix Rey Sample Sale
611 Broadway, Suite 814
New York, NY 10012

Thursday, December 5th | 10am-6pm
Friday, December 6th | 10am-5pm

I just adore Felix Rey's playful designs! A few years ago, he did a collaboration with Target and it sold out lightning fast. This sale is bound to have some AMAZING deals. My fave Felix Rey design? His classic Kissy Face Basket Clutch!
Kissy Face Basket Clutch
Prices start at just $5 - all Felix Rey $20 or less!
They accept cash & credit cards.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Lulu Frost Sample Sale Starts Tomorrow!

Lulu Frost, the fabulous jewelry line by chic designer Lisa Salzer (whom I loved seeing at IFB Con last year!), is having a Sample Sale this week in New York City. For those of you who don't know her independent line that well - you've probably seen some of her jewelry at J.Crew where she's done a number of collaborations.

Wednesday, December 4th | 6-8pm
Thursday, December 5th | 12-7pm
Friday, December 6th | 12-7pm

The Lulu Frost Studio
12 East 20th Street, 2nd Floor 
(between Broadway & 5th Avenue)

They're offering 50-80% OFF past collections and one-of-a-kind finds. Not in NY? Select styles will also be available online (www.lulufrost.com) on Thursday & Friday.

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Three Jane Trunk Show at Henri Bendel

Three Jane NY, a fantastic jewelry brand by New Yorker Katie Schloss, is hosting a trunk show at Henri Bendel (Fifth Avenue between 55th/56th Streets) until December 10th!

Three Jane has gifts for the whole family! Check out fantastic finds like the custom Map Necklace, Bottle Opener Bracelet, & Duck Duck Goose Cufflinks.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Sales - Shop ALL the Discounts!

Here are all the deals & promo codes you'll be looking for to take advantage of a fantastic Cyber Monday:

Amrita Singh: Extra 50% OFF Sitewide + FREE Shipping with code BLACK13
Anthropologie: FREE Shipping (no min) with code ONEDAY
ASOS: 30% OFF Sitewide with code GIMMEMORE
Banana Republic: 40% OFF with code CYBER
Bath & Body Works: 25% OFF Sitewide with code HAPPYMONDAY
BaubleBar: 20% OFF Sitewide with code CYBER20
BeautyBar.com: FREE Gift Set (Bliss, Oscar Blandi, etc); Spend $100, Save $25; Spend $200, Save $50; Spend $300, Save $75 with code BBCYBER13
Benevolent Jewels: 40% OFF Sitewide + FREE earrings with every order, FREE bracelet with $50+ ORDER, FREE necklace with $100+ order; use code CYBER40
Bloomingdales: Extra 25% OFF Nearly Everything + FREE Shipping
Bluefly: Extra 10-40% OFF + $40 OFF $200+ with code CYBER40
C.Wonder: 40% OFF Sitewide + FREE Shipping on orders $75+ with code GIFTS40
Calypso St. Barth: 25% OFF Full-Priced Styles with code PINKMONDAY25
Charm & Chain: 25% OFF Sitewide with code GIVETHANKS
Dormify: 25% OFF Sitewide with code ELFIT
Drybar: Extra 20% OFF Specially Priced Product Bundles + FREE Shipping
DSW: $15 OFF $74; $30 OFF $149; $50 OFF $199 with code CYBERSHOES 
Fab.com: 30% OFF Sitewide
Folli Follie: 20% OFF $200+ orders with code CYBERMONDAY
Fornash: 40% OFF Sitewide with code GIFT
Furbish Studio: FREE Shipping (no code, no min) + 25% OFF $100+ with code MONDAYMADNESS
Gap: 40% OFF with code CYBER
Gigi NY: FREE Zip Pouch with $100+ Purchase; Spend $100, Save 10%; Spend $250, Save 15%; Spend $350, Save 20%; Spend $500, Save 30% 
Glossybox: 20% OFF all subscriptions w/ code CYBER20
Gorjana Griffin: 40% OFF Sitewide + FREE Shipping w/ code BEMERRY
Groopdealz: 10% OFF with code CYBERMONDAY
Havaianas: 40% OFF Clearance + FREE Beach Travel Set with $65+ Purchase
Humble Chic NY: 20% OFF + FREE Tote w/ code CYBER20
J.Crew: 30% OFF Sitewide + FREE Shipping w/ code MONDAY
J.Crew Factory: 50% OFF everything + FREE Shipping w/ code GOSHOP
JC Penney: Extra 20% OFF Nearly Everything; 25% OFF $100+; 30% OFF $200+ with code CYBERDLS + Receive a coupon for $20 OFF $50+ for the rest of the month
Jonathan Adler: 20% OFF + FREE Shipping (no min.) w/ code SWANKTASTIC
Juicy Couture: 40% OFF Sitewide, 50% OFF Markdowns
Kate Spade NY & Saturday.com: 30% OFF Sitewide with code CYBER30
Kusmi Tea: 20% OFF Sitewide with code CYBERMONDAY
Lacoste: 25% OFF Sitewide + FREE Shipping (no code, no min)
LOFT: 50% OFF Sitewide with code CYBER50
Lulu Frost: 20% OFF Sitewide with code lulu20
Molton Brown: 25% OFF Sitewide with code FESTIVEJOY
Old Navy: 30% OFF with code CYBER
One Kings Lane: 30% OFF with code HOLIDAY13
Osborn Shoes: 25% OFF Sitewide + FREE Shipping with code GIVE
Rifle Paper Co: 30% OFF Sitewide with code CYBER2013
Sasha Rhett: 30% OFF Sitewide with code CYBERM
Sheridan French: 90% OFF Fall Styles, 50% OFF Resort Styles
Sloane Ranger: 20% OFF Sitewide + FREE Shipping on Orders $35+ with code CYBERMONDAY2013
Sugarpova: FREE Ground Shipping w/ code CYBER20; 50% OFF Silly, 30% OFF Sour, 25% OFF Gumballs, 20% OFF Accessories & Regular Candy, 10% OFF Nike Hat
Ted Baker: 30% OFF Sitewide with code TED30
Tervis: 20% OFF + FREE Shipping with code CYBER
Tibi: 20% OFF Sitewide with code CYBER20
Tommy Hilfiger: 50% OFF Sitewide with code TH50

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The J.Crew Sample Sale Starts Tuesday!

The J.Crew Sample Sale
Up to 60% OFF!

December 3rd-5th | 10am-8pm
December 6th-7th | 10am-9pm
December 8th | 11am-5pm

Women, Crewcuts, & Madewell:
260 Fifth Avenue (between 28th/29th Streets)

225 Fifth Avenue (between 26th/27th Streets)

Read my review of the last J.Crew Sample Sale (June 2013) HERE.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Benevolent Jewels Winter Wonderland + Promo Codes

Looking fabulous AND doing good -- isn't that what the holiday season is all about? Benevolent Jewels is THE online shop for feel-good gifts that add some glitz & glam to any wardrobe. Not only do they have a dazzling array of beautiful jewelry and monogram accessories at great prices, but they also donate 20% of all proceeds to a new philanthropic cause every 3 months. Their current cause is +Works, an organization that focuses its work on community led anti-bullying programs and campaigns. 

Top: Gap (old) | Pants: J.Crew Factory | Necklace: c/o Benevolent Jewels
Shoes: J.Crew Collection (Similar) | Clutch: Tory Burch (old)

I absolutely adore my Benevolent Jewels Tortoise Cluster Necklace. Because of its tortoiseshell base, it can be paired with traditional office attire AND bold day-to-night looks. I've worn mine with everything this month and have received tons of compliments every time. It's such a statement piece that exudes white hot winter glam!

The Tortoise Cluster Necklace is normally $40.50. However, this weekend you can get this necklace or any other fabulous item from Benevolent Jewels at 40% OFF!! That makes this gorgeous necklace just $24.30! Just use the code SHOPSMALL. You'll also receive: FREE earrings with every order, FREE blossom necklace with an order of $85+, and a FREE $15 gift certificate with an order of $100+.

In case you missed out on this weekend's sale, Benevolent Jewels has offered an exclusive promo code for Haute on the Spot readers for 20% OFF: VHCODE20.

Celebrate the holidays in style! 

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Turkey Day, Black Friday, & Cyber Monday's Hottest Sales

There are SO many great holiday discounts this year that you won't want to miss. I'll be adding more to this list throughout the weekend. Many of these sales start as early as Thanksgiving Day and run through Cyber Monday!

Alex & Ani: Save 15% with code FRIDAY15
Ann Taylor: Save 50% with code ANNTHANKS
ASOS: Save 20% with code GIMME20, Save 30% on Cyber Monday with code GIMMEMORE
Banana Republic: Save 40% with code BRBLACK
Beauty Bar: $25 OFF $100, $50 OFF $200 + FREE Shipping w/ code BBCYBER13
Benevolent Jewels: Save 40% with code BLACKFRIDAY
Betsey Johnson: Save 30% + FREE Shipping with code SHOP30
Bloomingdales: Extra 15% OFF (Thurs. Only) + $25 OFF $200+ with code THANKS
Cath Kidston: Save 15% with code ELF15
Country Club Prep: Save 20% with code CYBER20
Cuddledown: Save 25% 
Darby Smart: Save 50% with code MOREPIE
David Meister: Save 25% with code DMTAKE25
Design Darling: Save 20% with code THANKS
Dogeared: Shop $10,$20,$30,& $40 gifts AND earn a $25 gift card for every $100
e.l.f. Cosmetics: Buy 1, Get 1 50% OFF + FREE $10 gift card w/ code BLKFRI on $30+
Fab: 30% OFF Sitewide
Garnet Hill: Save 25% OFF + FREE Shipping
GILT: Save 25% with code MY25
Glossybox: 20% OFF all subscriptions with code BLACK20
Havaianas: FREE beach travel set with $65+ & FREE Shipping
Heartland Fragrance Co: Save 25% with code BATHFRIDAY
Henri Bendel: 25% OFF $100+, 30% OFF $300+ w/ code TURKEY25 + $20 Splurge Card with all purchases (Thurs. Only)
Illume Candles: Save 20% on all seasonal fragrances
iomoi: Save 20% on orders $200+ with code holiday
J.Crew: Save 30% with code HOLIDAY
J.Crew Factory: Save 50% + FREE Shipping $50+ with code HOLIDAY50
Jack Rogers: Select sandals $79
Jeweliq: Save 20% with code BFTREAT20
Jewelmint: Save 50% on all full priced items
Jonathan Adler: Save 20% with code SWANKY20
Juicy Couture: Save 40% + FREE Shipping
Julep: Select $1 nail polishes & other specials with code BLACKFRIDAY
Kate Spade: Suprise Sale - up to 75% OFF!
Kendra Scott: 20% OFF + FREE Shipping with code BFCM2013
Lacoste: Save 25% + FREE Shipping - no code needed!
Last Call by Neiman Marcus: Extra 40% OFF 
Lilly Pulitzer: FREE limited edition tote with $50+, FREE bow bangle bracelet with $75+, Gift Wrapping & Key Chain for $2
Links of London: 25% OFF Friendship Bracelets with code FB25
LOFT: Save 40% with code ENJOY
London Times: Dresses at $30, 50% OFF Select Styles
Lori's Shoes: Save 20% with code BLACK20
Lulu & Georgia: Save 30% with code THANKS30
Marley Lilly: Everything on sale + FREE gifts with any purchase (croakies, watches, scarves, earrings, & necklaces)
May Designs: Save 50% - no code needed
Metropolitan Museum of Art Store: Save 20% with code THANKS13 (Thurs. Only)
Milly: Save 25% with code BFCM
Mint Julep Boutique: Save 40% with code TURKEY
Modcloth: 100s of items 50% OFF 
Molton Brown: Save 25% with code FESTIVEJOY
Monika Chiang: Save 50% on everything
Neiman Marcus: Extra 20% OFF sale items + FREE Shipping
Old Navy: Save up to 50% starting Thurs. Midnight ET
Piperlime: Save 25% (40% OFF final sale) with code GIFT
Poppin: Save 25% on orders $50+ with code BF25
Popsugar Must Have Box: $10 OFF 1 month (code: GIFT10), $25 OFF 3 months (code: GIFT25), $50 OFF 5 months (code: GIFT50), $75 OFF 12 months (code: GIFT75)
Prima Donna: Save 20% + FREE gift with purchase with code GTL13
Rachel Roy: 30% OFF + FREE Shipping 
Rent the Runway: Save 20% with code RTR2013
Sheridan French: 90% OFF Fall, 50% OFF Resort
Sloane Ranger: FREE 3pc Cosmetic Case with $50+ (code: BLACKFRIDAY50), FREE Tee Shirt with $100+ (code: BLACKFRIDAY100) and FREE Shipping
Smashbox: Save 25% OFF of $50+ & FREE Shipping and Samples w/ code HOLIDAY25
Sole Society: Save 33% on all footwear
Sosie: Save 25% with code BLACKFRIDAY
Stella & Dot: Extra 25% OFF sale items HERE
Sugarpova: FREE ground shipping with code SHIPME
Swell Caroline: Up to 75% OFF select jewelry
Ted Baker: Save 30% with code TED30 + FREE Shipping
Tommy Hilfiger: Save 40% with code THGIVING40
TOMS: $10 OFF any $50+ purchase with code THANKFUL13 + FREE Shipping
Tracy Negoshian: Save 25% with code blackfriday13 (Fri. Only)
Wallis: Up to 50% OFF everything

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Getting Holiday Happy at Harrods!

To piggy-back on the last post, Harrods is another must-see shopping landmark in London AND they sure know how to do Christmas right! Not only do they feature there own brand with a dazzling array of literally thousands of products - but they also host several hundred mini brand boutiques within their store! I loved browsing through the holiday items by British faves like Charbonnel et Walker, Prestat, Cath Kidston, and more. Have you been to Harrods? What did you just HAVE to bring home?

There was a HUGE selection of Charbonnel et Walker chocolates including Christmas crackers filled with truffles and luxe advent calendars.

Prestat is already available in the US at places like Fairway, but I had never seen such a giant collection of their products before. There were so many beautifully packaged chocolates.

So, it's not everyone's cup of tea...but I love both licorice and earl grey! This Twinings bauble definitely won my heart.

The EPIC food hall at Harrods - completely devoted to Christmas!

The ideal Christmas gifts: Laduree books

This is my favorite new design for the Harrods classic tote.

I saw this bag and fell in love. So practical for day out or at work. The Harrods own brand has a whole line of new designs that look really classy and are very reasonably priced.

The third Harrods commemorative collection for Prince George - and in my opinion the prettiest collection!

Love snakeskin prints!

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