Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mirror, Mirror (Mirror, Mirror, Mirror, Mirror)

Behold, the dress you can see yourself in

The Calypso Charo dress ($225.) is the best of the '70's (no, not an oxymoron, thank you) in one knockout number: maxi, embroidered, ruffled hem, tie dyed, mirrored---like summer camp couture! Love. If you want to do it up '70's style, shaving, as well as a bra, is optional.

Use code MDAY09 for 10% off at Calyspo until 5/10.

Monday, April 27, 2009

An Affordable Bayswater?

Don't have a thousand bucks to drop on a Mulberry Bayswater? Can't abide an "inspired-by" model? Well then, how about a Mulberry Bayswater in coated canvas:

This purple number, with studded leather detail, is billed as a "lightweight alternative" to a leather Bayswater. It's lighter on the wallet, too--ringing in at $650. Saves you a cool $350.

This stunner for summer is versatile enough for work, vacation, evenings out.

Available at Elements. Use code toutie in the "instructions" section at checkout for 10% off.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I'm Charles, and I'm here to save your life; I'm Gwyneth, and I hate fatties

WEtv just sent out an email promoting their new health and fitness show, I Want To Save Your Life, premiering April 25th at 10 PM.

Here's a sneak peek:

I have to say, I adore Charles Platkin. He offers plenty of caring, but is quick to call people on their b.s. Watch how he runs up to a rather hefty woman nursing a Cold Stone cone, and asks to take it from her. "You'll have to walk five hours to burn this off!" It's like a mobile intervention! And so entertaining. (As long as he's not offering to help you.) This is not your average diet show.

Also concerned with our ever-expanding asses is none other than Ms. Gwyneth Paltrow. Read all about it in today's NY Post:

"OVER the years, Mario "Fanta Pants" Batali's weight has ballooned along with his ego. It's gotten so bad, insiders said, that his pal Gwyneth Paltrow gave him a free membership to the pricey gym that she and her fitness friend Tracy Anderson are opening in TriBeCa this summer, saving him the $4,500 membership fee and monthly bills. An insider said, "Mario is the only fat friend she has, and wants him to change." A rep for Paltrow didn't return e-mails."

How very kind.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Beauty of a Buy

A bit late posting this (my apologies), but this piece on drugstore beauty buys is certainly a keeper:

Beauty on a Budget: Advice from a Stylist

Professional makeup artist Ann Orcutt gives readers the inside scoop on budget buys that really shine. For instance, L'Oreal Voluminous ($7.) is one of the best mascaras at any price.

Other highlights:

*Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector is "almost an exact copy" of YSL's Touche Eclat. Of course, Maybelline is $9, while YSL is $40. (I'll have to check this one out. I am skeptical, I admit. Touche Eclat is always in the makeup bag, and I've yet to find anything that comes close. Also, not to nitpick, but I prefer the name. "Istant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector"? Only for aging, two-faced fraus? )

*Don't skimp on foundation. That's right, go to Bendels or Bergdorfs or Bloomies and sample. Find the exact shade for your skin, and buy. Get in and get out, with military precision---the longer you linger, the more you spend. Just get your foundation, and go. If that means some Krav Maga with the spritz girl, so be it.

*Don't skimp on makeup brushes. Buy the professional quality brushes, and treat them well. Wash them, dry them and store them accordingly. They will serve you well and last you for years.

*Don't waste your money on fancy cleansers. "There’s no point in spending $26 on something with grapeseed extract when you’re just going to rinse it off." Ms. Orcutt recommends Olay Foaming Fash Wash ($4.49), which is what she uses.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

La Dolce Vita!

Sure, life might not seem so sweet these days. (By the way, taxes are due next week... You're welcome!) Picking up a pair of Choos to bouy your sinking spirits is no longer an option.

Or is it?

How about a pair of runway-inspired lovelies that will leave them guessing? The masters of outfitting the hoi polloi (Hi Mom!) with uncommon style, Dolce Vita, are having a storewide sale. Save 25% on the hottest styles for spring and summer:

Jaslyn, $165. (Get $25 off $100. with code 25off100 )

Cajun, $120. (Get $25. off $100. with code 25off100)

You got your glads, your platform pumps, your cutout booties, even a tunic top (or two) all for the price of one pair of Choos. Or Loubous. Or whatever other prohibitively-priced designer you've sworn off. (For now, at least.)

Shop the site, use the codes. Go on, use them:

$25. off $100: Use code 25off100
$50. off $200: Use code 50off200
$80. off $300: Use code 80off300
$115. off $400: Use code 115off400

If people think those are $700. shoes, let them. Just fake it 'til you make it.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Lille! 20% Off A Wonderful Home Store

I'm a sucker for unique. I think every home needs at least a few items that elicit the "where did you get that?" response. Nothing worse than someone traipsing through your abode, pointing to your dinnerware and saying "Macy's, right? I used to have the same plates." Or, "did you get that chair at the Crate and Barrel sale?" (Not to knock C and B---they do a fine job of making great basics. And yes, offering "inspired by" pieces at affordable prices.)

I love walking into homes and seeing flea market finds and one-of-a-kinds mixed in with the ubiquitous orchids and cashmere throws. A stuffed peacock hanging out in the powder room? Absolutely. A bust of Francis Bacon in the living room? Sure, it's nice to have some supremely talented and more screwed up than we are keeping us company. Flowering artichokes used as placecard holders on the table? Yes, picked from the garden this morning.

Anything that is about imagination. Anything that isn't BEIGE.

Well, Lille is one of those little shops that offers artisanal goods with personality plus:

R and Y Augousti palmwood "Montgomery" chair, $2,900.

Kiln Enamel "Aspen Leaf" bowl, $248. (Stained glass kiln-fired onto metal and edged with 24K gold.)

Inmar Group "Spring Lazy Susan", $220. (Made from MDF wood in South America. It's like Klimt for your table!)

Free yourself from the mass-produced, and treat yourself to something that says "you (and only you)" at Lille. Use code BLOOM for 20% off until April 15.