Sunday, December 14, 2014

Noir Jewelry Sample Sale Pop Up Shop Report December 2014

Hello darlings,

Yes, I know I probably have too much jewelry. If you're reading this, you probably also have too much jewelry. It doesn't matter. It's still worth it for you to stop by the Noir Jewelry Sample Sale as long as you go right now. Why the urgency? There are $5 and $15 bins. Yes, you read that correctly. First, some boring details... This sale is running from today Sunday, December 14 through Tuesday, December 16 with daily hours from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. The location is 54 Crosby Street between Broome and Spring St. near the Bloomingdales. There is construction on the sidewalk so you'll have to cross from the opposite side. The sale is at the back of what looks to be a regular pop up shop selling non-Noir items instead of at their regular location up near Penn Station.

I arrived bright and early, if not exactly at 11:00 am then very close to it. That means anything in these photos could be gone by the time you get there if you go late, though there are a lot of duplicates of certain items. You could split this sale up into three main areas. In the center of the room you'll find tables with items from $20 up to $125. Generally items are in cardboard boxes marked with the correct price but things can get a little mixed up so be sure to check the stickers on the plastic bags. Each colored dot corresponds to a certain price. Many items that are still full price on the website can be found in these boxes.

The second part of the sale, which you should head to first if you're a big bargain hunter and you're not looking for a particular item from the current collections, is at the very back of the sale. Here the cardboard boxes are full of $5 items (mainly statement necklaces with some bangles and bracelets and earrings as well) with two $15 bins at the far end of the hallway. This will take some digging (probably on your knees as the boxes are on the floor) so dress accordingly. Nothing is damaged in this section. The items are simply not made with the same quality of materials as the other more expensive items. Still, for $5 you're beating the prices at most other retailers (including stores like Forever21) but you're getting Noir jewelry pieces. The third part of the sale is the display along the wall. You'll find some of the same items in the cardboard boxes on the table but also some merchandise that isn't in the boxes. If you're looking for something specific, I'd give it a quick glance when you first arrive but otherwise, I'd start with one of the other two sections and leave this last. They said they will be replenishing some items but they will not be adding anything new. For a short sale like this I wouldn't expect markdowns, especially since I'm sure they'll get a lot of traffic.

$25 and under box
I spotted the Rebecca Zig Zag Up the Ear Creeper Earrings (Normally $40) in here.
Meagan Pave Moon w/ Hanging Star Earring $25 (Normally $50)
Bena Arrowhead Earring $25 (Normally $60)
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Sherry Small Pave Stud Post Earrings (Normally $30)
Amanda Star & Moon Set Post Earrings (Normally $20)
Sioux Arrowhead Drop Earrings $25 (Normally $40)
 Ashley Sun & Moon Ring $15 (Normally $30)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Eugenia Kim Sample Sale Report December 2014

Hello bumblebees,

I kept debating and debating whether I was going to leave my apartment and attend the Eugenia Kim sample sale at 347 W 36th St between 8th and 9th Avenues but somehow I got myself out the door, on the subway to 34th St and up to suite 501. The sale is running from December 12 through December 16 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. The sale opened this morning at 10:00 am but I arrived somewhere between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. There is no coat or bag check and everything is priced as marked. Items are arranged by style. Men's hats, caps, and Genie by Eugenia Kim merchandise is along the right wall. Knits and furs occupy the adjacent wall. Fedoras and wider brim fall hats are on the far side of the room. Shoes and headbands are arranged along the last wall. Assorted hats are in bins marked $5, $35, and $65.

I did not check all of the price tags (because the salespeople were already looking at me like I was crazy) but I checked most of them. Aside from the Genie by Eugenia Kim knit turban for $25 and the discount bins, the cheapest items were the Lane scarf at $35, Leighton hat at $45, the Bettina hat at $45, and the Dakota scarf at $55.

The Carmella hat in gray was $65, The Lula turban was available for $65 in Oatmeal, Pink, Black/Cream, and Gray/White. The Jillian beret was available for $75.

At $85 you have the Liesl (Black), Mishka (Tortoise), Kristi (Black/Cream), and Kristi (Black).

At $95 you'll find the Elyse (Black), Jamie (Black), Cara, Martina, Joelle, Felix, Reagan (Lavender), and Jamie (Black). The Micah was the only item I saw priced at $115.

At $125, there was the John, Bo Alt (Red Marble), Jill, Montana, and Elie (Black). The Theo was priced at $135.

The Mies Alt (Charcoal), Georgina (Heather Gray), Mimi, and Blake (Rose Marble) were selling for $145.

You could purchase the Blake Alt (Mink), Blake (Mink), Georgina Alt (Black/Blue feathers), or Fifi (Cream) for $155.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Drugstore Product Stalking: CVS 298 Mulberry Street

Hello peanuts,

I popped into CVS on a whim and found some items still on clearance. Take a look.

There were a few 50% off stickers on the Revlon Brilliant Strength polishes. Don't get too excited as these are more expensive that regular Revlon polishes.

All of these Revlon polish duos also had 50% off stickers. The right side has matte polishes as one half of the duos. I'm not sure what collection the left side is from.

This Revlon diamond lustre single shadow in 115 Neptune Star was also 50% off.
These particular Sally Hansen Triple Shine polishes were 75% off.
Only this yellow nail art polish was 75% off.
Only the marked Sally Hansen Salon Effects sets were 75% off.

Leota Sample Sale Report December 2014

Hello darlings,

I actually started off my morning at the Leota Sample Sale at 209 W 38th St, suite 702. The sale hours are 8:00 am through 7:00 pm from December 10 through December 12. I would not expect markdowns as all dresses are already $20. They will be restocking but they'll mainly be replenishing the same styles that are already out. There is no coat or bag check and no separate dressing area so dress accordingly. Overall, I'd say the fashions were more on the casual side. Some things could be worn to an office or an office party but a wedding would be stretching it a little. Supposedly both spring and fall collections are out but I think most of the stock is spring and summer appropriate. The sale was pretty busy and full of brand loyalists.
Since everything is priced at $20, the sale is divided by size. To your left you'll find mediums and larges and maternity styles. To your right you will find extra-small and smalls. Let's start with XS and S and I'll tell you when we hit the M and L sections.
I think there were some more interesting prints in the XS and S section compared to the M and L section.

However, there was also a lot of black and black and white.

Stella McCartney Elle Macpherson Sample Sale Report December 2014

Hello chickadees,

Because I was (sort of) in the area I decided to drop by the Stella McCartney/Elle Macpherson sample sale at 180 Madison Avenue between 33rd and 34th St. Do not go into the Wells Fargo. It's the building next door. Suite 1702. You will have to sign in at the front desk. The sale was completely empty when I stopped by sometime between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. At some point two guys wandered in but other than that I didn't see anyone else shopping. I asked the girl working and she said that the sale was very busy yesterday but it's still pretty well stocked today so if you're looking for some bras and lingerie it might be worth stopping by. Hours are 10:00 am - 7:00 pm today and tomorrow. There is no coat or bag check but you can't try anything on.

Pricing is pretty simple and the discount's pretty great. Nothing looks damaged but you will have to dig a bit through the samples. There was no size that really jumped out. I saw everything from A to E and 30 to 36 in the sample bins. There was a rack of sleepwear mainly in medium but I forgot to snap a photo. It's a little easier to sort through the production bras along the side and on the wall but again, sizing varies based on style. Let's start with the production pieces.
Elle Macpherson bras $15 (slightly more C's)
Stella McCartney bras $20
Stella McCartney bras $20

Elle Macpherson French Flavour Contour Balconnet Bra $15
I think all of these bras were 36D's. 

Charm and Chain Sample Sale Report December 2014

Hello my loves,
Strap in. This was one of my productive days. Let's work backwards by starting with Charm and Chain. The sale opened today and 9:00 am but I was only able to make it by by the afternoon between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. They said they'd had a steady flow of shoppers since they opened but they expected things to really pick up around lunch. There were a few other women shopping with me when I was there but no more than 10. The sale is open from December 10 through December 12. Hours are 9:00 am through 8:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday and 9:00 am through 5:00 pm on Friday. There is no coat or bag check but they have a coat rack available if you'd prefer to shop without your heavy winter gear. They will probably just be replenishing whatever is already out and markdowns are possible but I wouldn't count on them. The sale is being held in their showroom at 611 Broadway between W Houston and Bleecker St. Turn right as you exit the elevator and look for room 816.

There is a section walled off closest to the door that's not really part of the sale. Some items are 20% off but I wouldn't really waste time looking around until you've scanned everything else. Once you're past that wall, the table to your immediate right has prices as marked. You'll see a little Lele Sadoughi sign on this table.

I spotted these really gorgeous mace ball earrings that I would have taken home if they were either a little lighter or a little cheaper. They were priced at $107. I don't know if this pair on the Lele Sadoughi website is identical but it's marked down to $99 with free shipping. It's still $125 on the Charm and Chain website.

As for the rest of the sale, you'll have to do a little math. There are little dots on the price tags drawn in marker. The color corresponds to the discount.
I would have gone crazy trying to write down all the prices and designers but I picked out a few of my favorite pieces.

$1148 red dot
$625 red dot
$1046 red dot