Re-Tales: confessions of a shopaholic

Neiman Marcus Fall ’08 Trend Event

imageIf you happen to be in the market for pre-fall frocks, you might wanna make a pit stop to your local Neiman Marcus. This upscale retailer is hosting a can’t-miss trend event across all of their stores in mid-August and will be luring customers like myself by giving away luxe swag!

What’s in store for Fall ‘08? Expect pops of berry-colored clothing and accessories, silky satin, sky high vamp shoes, lacey lingerie, sleek ‘n structured shapes, romantic blouses and statement jewelry that’s ideal for ultra confident women. For him: the focus will be on shades of gray, peak lapels, peacoats, cardigans, vests and exotics.

Plus, with any $250 Neiman Marcus purchase made between Friday, August 15th through Saturday, August 23rd, you’ll automatically receive this slick berry-hued waterproof PDA cover.

Visit for a store near you. Happy shopping!

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Farefell to Fashionista!

imageWhile the economists might not say it specifically, it’s clear, from where I sit, that we’re currently in the midst of a recession. Gas prices have gone through the roof, the cost of wheat is on the rise, job cuts abound and pricey designer goods such as shoes and handbags aren’t selling as swiftly as they should.

What this means for you? Ladies… it’s finally time to banish the buzzword “fashionista” from your style lexicon (phew!). A term that’s been totally abused for the past several years (at least in my humble opinion), “fashionista,” thanks to today’s tight economic times, is simply no longer cool.

I know, you’re probably thinking: “How on earth could a catchphrase like fashionista possibly be sent to the crypt?” Don’t fret… there is a new universal term that’s far more in-tune with the times: recessionista – slang for serial shoppers, including yours truly, who are now scaling back on big ticket designer clothing and accessory items due to the shaky economy.

So rather than shop at Barney’s for pricey Loefler Randall pumps and the latest status “It” bags, recessionistas are suddenly scouring the mall (gasp!) for cheap, yet just as chic, thrifty finds sold at fast-fashion mega chains like Mango, H&M, Target and soon, Topshop (I can’t wait for the Manhattan flagship to open this fall!). Plus, with so many limited-edition discount designer collaborations (a.k.a. diffusion lines) including Pierre Hardy for Gap, Abaeté for Payless and Rogan for Target, why wouldn’t you shop discount? Even consignment shops like New York’s Ina and have suddenly become flooded with, you guessed it: recessionistas!

Even I’ve turned into quite the frugal fashionista… oops! I meant recessionista, of course. What about you? Have you been scaling back on big ticket designer items due to the recession? Don’t be shy… share your thoughts on the subject with the Fashion Junkie community!

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Hosiery, Haute Couture and… A Handbag Giveaway!

Happy hump day! Since there’s so much exciting news to report in the week’s Fashion Junkie Fix, I might as well just cut right to the chase. Exclusive “Red Carpet” Discount!
If you’re a fan of flash sale sites like Gilt and Haute Look, you’re gonna flip for Editors’ Closet – the latest by-invitation-only sample sale site that offers members VIP access to jaw-dropping designer clothing brands at up 75% off retail, sans the catfights. Click here to take advantage of your FREE membership and exclusive $40 discount today!

imageBulga Handbag Giveaway on!
You might not be aware, but aside from managing, I’m also the Shopping Editor at One of my many roles is to manage “Steals & Deals” – a daily blog informing frugal fashionistas of the best fashion and beauty buys. In case you missed my latest post, I arranged an exclusive Bulga handbag giveaway exclusively for iVillagers. Don’t fret… for your chance to win the stunning $800 Bulga satchel shown here, make sure to visit this “Steals & Deals” post. Good luck!

And Now For This Week’s “Re-Tales” Blog Round-Up:

According to The Wall Street Journal, women everywhere are peeling off their panty hose year round – even at the office. What’s your take on the workplace panty hose policy? Wear or go bare? Read all about this clothing conundrum right here!

imageUS Weekly Mistaken identity
Having once worked at the now-defunct TV show A Current Affair, I’ve developed a bit of disdain for trashy print tabloids. That said, I typically end up perusing US Weekly by default during my weekly trips to the pedicurist. And I must admit, there’s some pretty decent celeb fashion coverage! After flipping through “The Ultimate Recessionista Guide” in this week’s issue (turn to page 69), I came across a comical case of mistaken identity. Click here to read all about the US Weekly snafu. Featured On Brand Habit!
Our friends at, an addictive online shopping directory for the fashion obsessed, just featured a Q&A with FJ on a host of topics that somehow all relate back to, shopping… of course! Click here to read the complete profile!

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

-Fashion Junkie


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Our friends at, a sassy fashion PR source, featured Fashion Junkie in a Q&A about topics ranging from blogging to shopping. Check out the complete profile right here!


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Our friends at, an addictive fashion source, just featured a Q&A with FJ on a host of topics ranging from food to shopping. Click here to read the complete profile!

Check out Fashion Junkie

We have recently discovered primo fashion site Fashion Junkie. One fun and unique service they offer is private and group shopping safaris in NYC! Check out their site: Fashion Junkie and let us know what you think!

Here’s a Q&A with Fasion Junkie founder, Dara Fleischer (also a featured BrandHabit member):

Q: What one word best describes your website?
A: Fun, informative, and of course, fashionable. Sorry… it was tough to narrow it down to one word 😉

Q: What three words best describes your customer?
A: Confident, worldly and aware (of fashion trends).

Q: What makes your website different from the rest?
A: For starters, the eye-catching, ‘80’s-infused design. (FJ) – an online style source for “serial shoppers,” offers visitors my unique perspective on the latest fashion and beauty buzz. As the Founder and Editor of the site, I write and produce all the content – from the Fashion Junkie Fix email newsletters, to the Re-Tales Blog to the Shopping Safari guides, all of which are written in a witty, me-to-you tone that (I hope!) engages the reader. Plus, as a seasoned fashion and beauty editor (prior to re-launching Fashion Junkie in May ‘07, I worked in publishing at In Style Magazine and LOULOU Magazine), I’m privy to “insider” information such as new product launches, sample sales and store openings before anyone else.

Q: Name one person you would love to dress:
A: Funny you should ask.’s mission is to make the world a better-dressed place, one person at a time. It’s for this reason that I personally chaperone clients on tailor-made group and private NYC-based shopping tours. If you have a fashion emergency you need to fix, feel free to drop me a line at

Q: What article of clothing have you kept forever and why?
A: My wedding dress because I can’t bare the thought of giving it away… unless it’s for my own daughter, of course. I had the dress custom-made at Les Noces De Couture – a beautiful dress shop in Montreal, my place of birth.

Q: Finish the following sentence: In fashion, it is most important to be…
A: Yourself!

Q: If you did not pursue a retail career, what would you be doing?
A: It’s hard to imagine doing anything else. That said, I’ve always wanted to be a chef. I love to cook and am addicted to the Food Network TV show, Iron Chef.

Q: What is your current fashion fixation/fetish?
A: Funny you should ask. I’m still mourning the loss over a strapless Zac Posen pouf dress that recently sold out on I initially spotted the dress on the site back in April, but it was priced at a whopping $1,900, so I figured it would be best to wait ‘til they had a major sale. Clearly my head was in the clouds during the Memorial Day holiday, as the dress finally went on sale for 50% off! But… as luck would have it, I tuned-into a few hours too late. If anyone happens to come across a size 2, can you please let me know?!

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