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Dear Nordies, Treasure & Bond = Epic Fail!

In Fashion, Society on August 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

It just breaks my heart that my glee over the opening of Nordstrom’s very first NYC store front left me despondent and downright dejected. Anyone who truly knows me knows about my love affair w/ Nordstrom. It started during my Chicago days when I lived only a block from the Mag Mile store on Michigan Ave. I spent so much time there that I’d be out & about around the city and salespeople would recognize me! They’d shout, “Hey, you’re the girl who’s always in the shoe department!” while I’d try to make myself invisible.

Anywho, now you understand why I was jumping for joy when I heard that Nordstrom was finally bringing the retail chain to the Big Apple under this hipster-chic name “Treasure & Bond.” However, what I found when I went to the store on its opening day on Aug. 19th left my mouth open & not for the right reasons. This sparse attempt for being “downtown cool” ain’t working. The store is full of overpriced unheard of designer bland frocks. I do have to give some props b/c Nordies is attempting a CSR initiative with the location by contributing profits to charity. However, since I highly doubt the store will be successful it’ll be a while, if ever, for charities to see some dollars.

I get it Nordies, you’re trying something new, but do that ish in the suburbs in the middle of nowhere. You only get one chance at a first impression & this isn’t a good look for the NYC market. I guess I’ll just have to stick to ordering online until I get back to a Nordies-friendly town.

If you’re in the NYC area & would like to form your own opinion then visit the store in SoHo @ 350 W. Broadway. Don’t tell them I sent you!

Meanwhile for my Nashvillians, Nordies is opening a REAL location there on Sept. 16th. Nordies is kicking things off with a big gala on Sept. 14th if you’re lucky enough to get an invite or can afford the ticket package which starts at $4,720! (Whew chile, that’s a Balenciaga bag!) There is a more economical ticket option for $100 per ticket in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club so I’ll give Nordies a break once again. 

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Brides-to-Be: Channel Kim K. on Your Wedding Day

In Designer discount, Fashion on August 29, 2011 at 12:15 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For all of you bridezillas in the making, you can now steal recent bride Kim Kardashian’s Vera Wang wedding gowns for your walk down the aisle. Vera Wang is partnering with David’s Bridal to release affordable versions of Kim K’s fabulous bridal gowns. The dresses hit stores in Feb. 2012 & they’re sure to sell out! Each gown will retail for a very small fraction of Kim’s originals at $1,600 a pop. Hey, since you can’t be a Kardashian why not dress like one?

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Breaking News! 24-Hour Neiman’s Sale

In Breaking News!, Designer discount on August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Quick! Stop whatever you’re doing at work & head over to Neiman’s for some online retail therapy. Also, use this code: NMAUG for free shipping.

Rapper/Actor Kid Cudi Adds Fashion Designer to His Pursuit of Happiness

In Fashion, Society on August 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a diehard fan borderline stan of Kid Cudi. I just saw him perform live during his June L.A. stop on the Cud Life tour & it was bananas! I spent an arm & a leg on tix in “the pit” (shout out to Barry’s Tickets) to rage along with the hipster crowd. It was worth every penny!

Now, Cudi oka Scott Mescudi is collaborating with Parisian retailer Surface to Air for the Sept. 8th opening of its NYC store. It’s no coincidence that the store is opening on the same day as the largest global fashion event, Fashion’s Night Out. The launch will also include the release of a Cudi video directed by Jeremie Rozan, founder of Surface to Air, in which the cast will don Kid Cudi’s leather motorcycle jacket design for the label. Talk about integrated marketing!

Sneak peek of vid & Cudi's $1,200 jacket design

Anywho, the NYC location will be located at 27 Mercer Street. I’m definitely adding it to my FNO schedule just in case there’s an appearance by Mr. Cudi.

Surface to Air Paris Flagship store

Don’t forget to check out Kid Cudi in Season 2 of HBO’s “How to Make it in America.” And…here’s his new video which is more like a short film (you HAVE to see the ending – SO DOPE!) for Colin Farrell’s new vampire remake “Fright Night” which hits screens across the U.S. this Friday…

J’adore!

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JetBlue’s Latest Jetsetting Deal

In Deals & Steals, Jetsetting on August 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

So for you jetsetters out there, JetBlue is back with another unlimited travel offer. This time around you can get 3-months of unlimited travel from Boston & Long Beach, CA. However, travel is restricted to certain cities: 13 cities from Boston & 9 cities from the LBC. There was an all-access pass offered for Boston but it’s already sold out. If you’re still reading then maybe you want to find out more. You can do so by clicking here.

The offer ends August 31st. Safe travels! You don’t want to end up like this guy…

From the film "Snakes on a Plane"

The Real Housewives are Hitting the Road!

In Guilty Pleasures on August 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

That’s right, Bravo is taking the show on the road by sending their team of Housewives on a tour across America. In an unprecedented event the ladies we’ve come to know & love through this multi-franchise hit show will be coming to a town near you. I’m so torn because I LOVE someone from EVERY city so I don’t know which one to pick.

Here are deets for the upcoming stops:

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ

DATE: October 1

VENUE: Caesars Circus Maximus Theater

Caroline Manzo- “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”

LuAnn de Lesseps- “The Real Housewives of New York City”

Kyle Richards- “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

Vicki Gunvalson- “The Real Housewives of Orange County”

HAMMOND, IN (CHICAGO)

DATE: October 8

VENUE: The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

Sonja Morgan- “The Real Housewives of New York City”

Gretchen Rossi – “The Real Housewives of Orange County”

Lisa Vanderpump- “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

Phaedra Parks- “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

ATLANTA, GA

DATE: October 15

VENUE: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Nene Leakes- “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

Jill Zarin– “The Real Housewives of New York City”

Melissa Gorga – “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”

Marysol Patton– “The Real Housewives of Miami”

Ticket prices range from $49.50 up to $170 for something called “the red carpet experience.” Honey, don’t push it. I’ve been to my share of red carpet events & this ain’t one okay? I just saw Lisa Vanderpump & the entire clan (minus the beloved Giggy) for FREE while dining at Villa Blanca two weeks ago. Anywho I’m not going to front, I will (schedule permitting) spend $50 of my student loan money to check out one of the stops. Tickets go on sale THIS Friday. I hate to say it, but I predict these events will sell out so don’t miss out. For even more deets check out the official press release here.

Wait…I don’t see Danielle Staub on the schedule? … j/k

It was just a joke Teresa!

3rd Annual Fashion’s Night Out Line-up Revealed

In Fashion, Society on August 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

This year’s Fashion’s Night Out on Sept. 8th is expected to be even grandeur than the past two annual events to celebrate everything haute. The official roster of fab bashes, shopping & hobnobbing across the U.S. was just released here on the official FNO website. Be there or you’re SO last season.

YSL = Swagger Jacker? Team Louboutin!

In Breaking News!, Fashion on August 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm

The fashion world has been in a tizzy since uber-FAB shoe designer Christian Louboutin & luxe label Yves Saint Laurent headed to court to duke it out over Louboutin’s signature red-bottom designs.

Designer Christian Louboutin

If you’re not familiar with the Rolls Royce of Shoes known among fashionistas now simply as “Loubous” then you’ve obviously been living in & under a cave. It took me 2 years to save enough mad money, but I finally got my first pair of Open Lips (see pic below) on New Year’s Eve and I’ll be damned if someone infringes on this precious exclusive brand! Even if it is another high-end label like YSL. (Sidebar: I must confess that when I first got my Loubous I slept with them. I cuddled them in their shoe bag like a teddy bear. And now whenever I travel with them I put them in my purse. Crazy town, I know.)

My 1st Loubous

So let me back up. Here’s how the beef started…Back in April YSL’s Spring 2011 Collection included a red suede pump (I refuse to show the pic) which also features a red sole! *GASP!* Just blasphemous I tell you! So Mr. Louboutin himself filed court papers in NYC claiming that YSL infringed on the trademarked red bottoms. YSL was forced to halt production of the shoe until the case was closed. But now some judge, who probably thinks Men’s Warehouse is a high-end retailer, decided in a stunning turn of events ruled in favor of YSL! So what’s next? Will Payless come out with a version of red bottoms?! I say, “Not on our watch!” Let’s unite & do what’s right. There’s only ONE red-bottomed shoe & it’s signed none other than Christian Louboutin.

Bi-Coastal Barneys Warehouse Sale

In Designer discount, Fashion on August 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm

It’s going down from LA to NYC! The Barneys Warehouse Sale kicked off in the City of Angles this past Friday, but no worries Angelenos b/c there’s still 6 days left until the bargain party swaps coast for the NYC kickoff on Aug. 25th. For deets, click the image below. I hope to see you there New Yorkers, but please know that a major tug of war will ensue if you put your grubby hands on what’s mine. HAPPY SHOPPING!

LA & NYC Warehouse Sale Schedule

$1,000,000 Perfume! But it’s for a GREAT Cause

In Beauty, Luxe, Society on August 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

DKNY Fragrances has a collabo with famed jewelry designer Martin Katz to create a million-dollar blinged out version of its signature “Golden Delicious” scent. What makes this upgraded version so special? The perfume bottle is carved from 14-karat gold covered in 2,909 precious stones—including a 1.65 carat Turquoise Paraiba Tourmaline, a 7.18 carat Sapphire, 15 pink diamonds totalling 1.28 carats, 4 rose-cut diamonds totalling 0.32 carats, a 4.03 carat pear shape diamond, and a 3.07 carat ruby.

But before you start to gag over the opulence of this creation, you should know that this is all for a good cause. The net proceeds from the sale of the perfume will go to benefit Action Against Hunger, an organization dedicated to finding solutions to world hunger. If this works maybe the government should try to sell a million-dollar tricked out miniature playhouse version of The White House to fix the deficit…I’m just sayin’…

Peep the vid below if you want to see what it took to make this perfume worth a milli bucks:

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