Filed under: Shop Talk Celebratory Summer Maternity Sale!

imageCalling all Mom’s-to-be!, the luxe London-based line of maternity wear that I featured in this Fashion Junkie Fix (newsletter), is throwing their annual can’t-miss summer maternity sale starting today (Wednesday, June 3rd). With savings of 25% off their regular retail prices, the added weight gain almost seems worthwhile.

Having just perused the Isabella Oliver site, I thought I’d recommend a few spring/summer sartorial highlights you simply can’t afford to miss:

  • this body-hugging Ruched Tank Dress (pictured above – available in cobalt and black, originally $175)
  • this ultra chic Monaco Dress (available in crisp white or black, originally $185)
  • this flirty ‘n feminine Midi Kimono Wrap Dress (available in coffee and insignia, originally $240)
  • this slinky strapless Kelly Dress, perfect for a shotgun wedding! (available in tan and insignia, originally $280)

In addition to the insanely stylish roster of merchandise sold on the site, is also chock full of helpful tips and tricks for building your maternity wardrobe (the maternity No No’s are a must), a slick virtual maternity magazine and informative Style Notes. Also not-to-be-missed are the runway and how-to-wear-it videos, witty and informative blog (written by the company’s co-founders, Baukjen and Vanessa), cool interactive features like this downloadable style widget and my personal favorite: the Socialite tools (a.k.a. Twitter and Facebook fan pages). But I digress…

imageTo take advantage of IsabellaOliver’s blow-out maternity sale, simply use the promotional code ‘summer’ at checkout to receive your discount. Buyer beware: the code only applies to full-priced items (excluding the sale, cowshed skincare and lingerie). Better hurry… you only have until midnight on Monday, June 8th to score all of the fabulous savings. Happy shopping!

P.S. Make sure to sign-up for Isabella Oliver’s email newsletter for even more style secrets, exclusive sales, new collection previews and lots more!

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Sample Sale Alert! Fifth On Main Takes Manhattan!

imageIf you’re fortunate enough to have a job and some disposable income (yeah, right!), you won’t want to miss this weekend’s highly-anticipated Fifth On Main shopping extravaganza in Manhattan.

A soon-to-be launched e-boutique for coveted designer clothing and accessory brands, Fifth On Main will be setting up a pop-up shop in SoHo (on Friday) as a precursor to the site’s highly-anticipated launch later this spring – a genius way for all you fashion junkies to score that red-haute spring wardrobe you’ve been dreaming about before the site’s unveiled to the public.

imageAs of Friday, April 17th through Sunday, April 19th, Fifth on Main will be offering Fall/Winter, Resort and select Spring apparel and accessories at 40% – 60% off the retail prices. I repeat – 40-60% off the retail prices!

Prepare to duke-it-out with other die-hards over the mind-blowing selection of merch from Abaete (I’m loving this one-shoulder dress), Alvin Valley, Brian Reyes, Badgley Mischka, TIBI, Twelfth Street, Carmen Marc Valvo, Catherine Malandrino, Nicole Miller, Rebecca Taylor, Mint by Jodi Arnold, Theory, Chaiken and more! In case you were wondering, all the goods will be priced from $150 – $300 (reduced from $300 – $900+) – a total steal.

Some final words of wisdom: make sure to head over at least one hour before the doors are scheduled to open if you want first dibs on all the best merch. See you there!

  • The Retail Details!

  • Who:  Fifth On Main, a new e-commerce boutique targeting the contemporary womenswear market, launching late Spring 2009.
  • What: Pop-up store holding a Fall/Winter & Resort Sample Sale + Spring Preview Sale, open to the public.
  • Featured Designers: Abaete, Alvin Valley, Brian Reyes, Badgley Mischka, TIBI, Twelfth Street, Carmen Marc Valvo, Catherine Malandrino, Nicole Miller, Rebecca Taylor, Mint by Jodi Arnold, Theory, Chaiken and more!
  • The Goods: 40% – 60% off retail prices!
  • Even more goods: RSVP to and receive an additional 10% off your total purchase!
  • Where: 109 Spring Street, between Greene & Mercer, Soho, New York
  • When: Friday, April 17th 10am – 8pm; Saturday, April 18th 10am – 7pm and Sunday, April 19th 10am – 7pm
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Target Bullseye Bodegas Officially Open!

imageCalling all recessionistas! If you happen to live in or around the NYC Metro area, you’d better clear your calendar for the official launch of Target’s “Bullseye Bodegas.”

A once-in-a-lifetime buying extravaganza (trust me on this!), Target’s über chic pop-up shops, which officially open to the public today, are a must for scoring deals ‘n steals on limited-edition finds in fashion, beauty, accessories and home from their coveted roster of acclaimed designer collaborations. And by the way, a few of these to-die-for designer collaborations won’t be found at Target stores until October!

Having just attended Thursday night’s jam-packed press preview, I thought I’d share some noteworthy highlights. Expect bargain basement prices on killer kicks from Sigerson Morrison like these black suede (yes, real suede!) open-toed beauties adorned with studs – a total steal at only $39.99! Lucky for me, I also managed to score the very last limited-edition Anya Hindmarch patent leather clutch (a mind-blowing $19.99!), which I noticed Entourage star “Mrs. Ari Gould,” eyeballing.

Truth be told, I was so overwhelmed by the sheer excitement, that I ended up buying not one, but four pairs of Sigerson Morrison for Targé shoes. But the best part: my total bill was only $140.

Target’s “Bullseye Bodegas” officially open to the public today through Monday, September 15th from 10am-10pm daily. Click here for NYC locations. Some final words of wisdom: get there at least one hour before doors are scheduled to open if you want first dibs on all the best stash. Happy shopping!

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Filed: Shop Talk 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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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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