Posts by Dara Exclusive “Red Carpet” Discount!

imageCan’t cope with the chaos of brick-and-mortar sample sales? Do yourself a favor and check out – a by-invitation-only sample sale site that offers members FREE access to jaw-dropping designer clothing brands at up 75% off retail, sans the catfights.

Since I’m all about sharing the love, I’ve arranged a FREE membership to exclusively for Fashion Junkie members! Once you’ve signed-up, you’ll receive an e-vite to weekly sample sales (from Betsey Johnson to Diesel), even the coveted “red carpet” ones – special bi-monthly sample sales featuring barely-worn designer couture items.

In fact, the very first red carpet sale kicked off today and features haute couture dresses by elite Italian fashion house, Moschino. Plus, when you register, you’ll automatically get $40 off any item of your choice. Expect gorgeous fabrics, earthy colors and stellar detail, making Moschino a must-have in every closet. Just don’t ponder those purchases for too long! The red carpet sample sale only runs ‘til midnight. Happy shopping!

FYI: make sure to use the promo code “FJMoschino” at checkout to receive your $40 discount!

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Filed: Shop Talk As Seen In… US Weekly?

imageHas anyone picked up a copy of this week’s US Weekly (the June 23rd issue)? In case you haven’t, it just so happens there’s a draped yellow Sex and The City-inspired dress featured on page 69 that’s attributed to, of all sites, Note the spelling of “Junkee.”

imageEver since the issue went to press, I’ve been inundated with frantic email requests asking me where to purchase the dress on my site (hysterical, I know). For those of you who are visiting for the first time and are wondering why you can’t find this particular dress, I’m sorry to tell you is strictly an online style source for “serial shoppers” and NYC-based personal shopping service – not an e-tailer (at least not yet). If you’d like to purchase the yellow dress, please visit (with the EE) assuming there are any left (apparently they’re on backorder due to the press). So, as you can see, this US Weekly snafu is simply a case of mistaken identity.

And now, more about this in-demand dress! The “Crossover Fauxe Wrap Vintage-Inspired Jersey Dress,” is featured in an US Weekly “Looks For Less” clothing spread with the leading ladies of the film, Sex and The City. In the spread, Samantha is wearing a “Bombshell” Versace dress that’s priced at a steep $1,700. The cheap, yet, just as chic version, is the Fashion Junkee draped dress. Made from a blend of rayon and spandex, this dress has a sexy crossover design that gathers over the bust for a va-va-voom voluptuous look. It also ties at the back of the waist, creating the illusion of a fitted, hourglass shape. While not as slick as the Versace version, with a price of only $36, what’s not to like?


Which version do you prefer… the cheap or steep version? Don’t be shy… share your thoughts with the Fashion Junkie community!

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Filed: News & Views, Trends


Hot or Not… Hosiery at the Office?


With my move to Brooklyn just three weeks away, I finally started the hellish task of cleaning out my crammed closet. Thanks to three years of accumulation (lets face it, purging is a bitch), I completely lost track of what I own, including a clear plastic bin filled with (gasp!)… nude Silks panty-hose!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember the last time I was caught sporting a pair of nude panty hose in public, let alone the office (possibly the early ‘90’s). In my humble opinion, wearing nude hose – especially during summer months, is one of the worst fashion crimes you can commit. On occasion, I will don black opaque tights during chillier winter months, but nude panty hose in this day and age…. fuh-ged-a-boudit! 

Coincidentally, The Wall Street Journal published an article about this very same clothing conundrum the other week. In case you missed it, the premise of the article is that women everywhere are peeling off their panty hose year round – even at the office. Lets face it: panty hose are uncomfortable to wear, especially during sweltering summer temps. Not to mention, they’re flat out frumpy!

Apparently, many Gen Y and Gen X-ers have never even purchased panty hose, and baby boomers who grew up having to wear hosiery at work are now opting to go bare. Not surprisingly, this sudden nationwide shift to bare legs at the office has caused a stir. Conservative business managers who work at old-school offices feel that panty hose are more polished, making them mandatory for women who work in the corporate world… even under pants!

What’s your take on the workplace panty hose policy? Wear or go bare? Don’t be shy… share your thoughts with the Fashion Junkie community!

In case you’re wondering, I’m about to toss my entire bin of Silks panty hose. Any takers? Yeah, right…

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Filed: News & Views, Trends

Castor & Pollux NYC Sample Sale!

imageNew York fashionistas, get your credit cards ready! Castor & Pollux, a quaint West Village boutique, is throwing a blowout spring sample sale you won’t wanna miss!

Stop by their showroom today and tomorrow to save up to 80% off (I repeat, 80% off!) big name designer brands including Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Mint, Mina Stone, Rodebjer, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Filippa K, Alexandre Herchkovitch, Acne and so many others!
Also not-to-be-missed are the deeply discounted shoes, belts, baubles and Castor & Pollux’s famous logo tees and sweats.

With a sale of this magnitude, it’ll be worth playing hookey for. Just don’t tell your boss we told you to do so!

Happy shopping!

  • The Retail Details!

  • What: Castor & Pollux Sample Sale
  • When: Wednesday, June 11th & Thursday, June 12th
  • Time: 10am to 7pm
  • Where: 265 West 37th Street, Suite 703, NYC
  • Phone: 212-268-8774
  • Website:
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Filed: Shop Talk

Extra, Extra! Read All About It!

In case the thought may have crossed your mind, I haven’t been neglecting you. I simply didn’t send out a Fashion Junkie Fix last week due to the Memorial Day holiday. Cut me some slack… a girl’s gotta take time off for some power shopping every now and then! But I’m back now (better dressed although much poorer), with a round-up of this week’s “Re-Tales” posts:

Fashion Junkie Featured on ABC NewsRadio… and!
When it rains, it pours! Not only was just featured in The Wall Street Journal, but FJ also provided tips for a live Komo 1000 NewsRadio broadcast in Seattle (ABC affiliate) about finding bargains in the depressed economy. To hear the voice behind the caricature, tune in right here!

Plus, our friends at, a sassy fashion PR source, just featured a Q&A with FJ on a host of topics ranging from blogging to shopping. Click here to read the complete profile!

imageLook Out for Luxury “Flash Sale” Sites!
Have you been invited to shop at yet? In case you haven’t joined the club yet, Ideeli is a members-only luxury sample-sale site that’s the biggest thing to happen to shopping since Al Gore “invented” the Internet. In fact, I just wrote about this trend on the Fashion Junkie “Re-Tales” Blog. Read the post right here!

imageExclusive Deal Just For YOU!
Since Fashion Junkie is all about sharing the love, we’ve arranged a FREE membership to exclusively for FJ subscribers. Once you’ve signed-up, you’ll receive an e-vite to a new designer sale each day, from deeply discounted Prada purses to Gucci shades! Plus, when you register, you’ll automatically get $25 off any Ideeli item of your choice. Happy shopping!

If you have a fashion emergency or need some retail therapy, drop me a line at!

-Fashion Junkie


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Filed: Clothes Encounters