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Manhattan Mania: Pookie & Sebastian

  • Pookie & Sebastian
  • a fun, flirty, and oh so girly specialty boutique
  • of-the-moment lines from Citizens of Humanity, Havaianas, Carmen Flores to Cosabella
  • 1488 Second Avenue, New York City (additional stores in Murray Hill & the UWS)
  • 212.861.0550
  • monday-saturday, 11-9pm; sunday, 12-7pm
  • $20-$150 (a serious bargain)
  • Exchange or store credit within 14 days of purchase
  • take the 6 train to 77th St.
  • Click here for a store map!

Head to this fun ‘n flirty shop for irresistible cheap ‘n chic designer knock-offs that won’t break the bank. Our faves for the season: whimsical skirts, beaded cocktail dresses, True Religion jeans, girly T’s, Cosabella undies and sparkly jewelry. Jazz up your look in a NY minute with a knockout clutch you’ll covet for years to come. And if you can’t find what you came for, don’t sweat it: there are two equally impressive sister stores in the city, plus a swanky online store. Happy shopping!

Photography  Photography © Pookie & Sebastian

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Filed: New York City, Shopping Safaris

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Shop ‘til You Drop With Gen Art!

image Attention shopaholics! Better clear your calendar for one of the biggest shopping soirées of the season – Gen Art’s SHOP NYC. A fun-filled bash you won’t wanna miss, SHOP NYC is a four-hour buying extravaganza that showcases the wares of 40+ emerging designers, including sizzling summer overstock and samples, at deeply discounted prices and all under one roof. Not your ordinary sample sale, Gen Art provides featured designers with a unique platform that enables them to interact directly with thousands of consumers and the press – essential exposure for breaking into the big leagues.

Gen Art, an innovative arts and entertainment organization dedicated to supporting top up-and-coming design talent, produces several jam-packed shopping events throughout the country every season that always sell out. A word of advice: buy your SHOP NYC tickets in advance to get first dibs on all the best stash as inventory sells out fast. Some of the hottest participating designers include Beckerman (punchy ‘n playful frocks), Ashley Dearborn (killer kicks), Rachel Nazvik (’70s-inspired handbags), Laurel Denise (inspirational jewelry) and FORM (top-of-the-line tees). Can’t handle the pressure of duking it out with other hardcore shopping divas? Try chilling out with an on-site spa-ahhh treatment (manicure, anyone?), sweet retreats and cocktails by the bar or groovin’ to the live DJ beats.

With VIP tickets for only $40 a pop, you’d be foolish to deprive yourself of SHOP NYC’s action-packed fun, free swag and special perks. Check out the SHOP NYC video to see what all the fuss is about.

  • The Retail Details!

  • What: SHOP NYC
  • When: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
  • Where: The Puck Building @ 293 Lafayette Street, New York City (btw Houston & Prince St)
  • Time: 6pm–10pm
  • VIP Tickets: $40 (includes a gift bag & special perks)
  • General Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at door if available

Don’t delay… buy your SHOP NYC tickets today! Visit or call 212-255-7300 for more information. Happy shopping!

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Filed: Shop Talk

Manhattan Mania: Shop

  • Shop
  • A Lower East Side gem stocked with hard-to-find frocks for day-to-night
  • Rebecca Minkoff, Ella Moss, 3.1 Philip Lim, Kale, Charlotte Ronson, Deener, Madison Marcus and much more!
  • 94 Orchard Street (@ Delancey)
  • 212-375-0304
  • Mon-Sun 12-7
  • $30-$600
  • Store credit within 7 days. Accessories, jewelery and lingerie are final sale.
  • F/V to Second Avenue
  • Click here for a store map!

Trend-setters flock here for the well-edited mix of vintage-inspired clothing and accessories that can’t be beat. An ultra feminine spot that’s oozing with coolness, wait ‘til you get a hold of the flirty Ella Moss striped dresses, high-waisted Deener stovepipes and over-sized Kale handbags – all sizzling summer essentials you’ll want in your wardrobe. For the ultimate downtown get-up, go for a pair of chic Charlotte Ronson hot pants (toothpick legs only, please) luxe leather wedges and a WOW ‘em Madison Marcus tank. Top it off with a delicate Jenny Sheriff leaf necklace and you’re ready to tear up the town.

Photography  Photography © Shop

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Frizz Be Gone

image Curly girls rejoice! Your bad hair days are finally over, thanks to the DevaSun Dryer. Geared specifically to tame the tresses of the kinky-haired clan, the DevaSun Dryer was designed by Devachan Salon co-owner, Denis DaSilva, to replicate how stylists use their hands (literally!) to cradle curls while they dry. A revolutionary device that diffuses hair just as gently as the pros, this most unusual hairdryer performs its magic by quelling frizz and banishing even the bushiest of Roseanne Roseannadanna-like fros. Since debuting at salons and specialty beauty stores last fall, Devachan’s “handy”-dandy dryer has been blowing away the competition.

Test-drive the DevaSun Dryer just once and we guarantee you’ll start loving your locks. Don’t let the Freddy Krueger-esque claw attached to the device scare ya. It’s only the DevaFuser, a removable plastic cradle modeled after DaSilva’s very own hand, which when placed around the perimeter of your head, produces singe-free, Shirley Temple ringlets that remain intact – results you’d never get with a conventional blower or flat diffuser. And thanks to the dryer’s powerful ion-generating technology (that’s 360 degree airflow), it does the deed fast and thoroughly, drying both strands on the surface as well as underneath, so you’ll never head out-the-door with damp roots.

Ready to rid yourself of that pesky Brillo-pad pouf once and for all? Cough-up the cash (only $185) and order a DevaSun Dryer and DevaFuser today!

Check out the Re-Tales Blog for a step-by-step guide that showcases how Fashion Junkie coifs her curls.

The Retail Details!

Product: DevaSun Dryer and Deva Fuser

Where To Buy: &

Phone: 1-877-DEVA123 & 212-274-8686

Price: $185 (packaged together)

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image Calling all commuters! You no longer need to pair panty hose and skirts with socks and sneakers, one of the worst fashion faux pas ever to be committed (remember Melanie Griffith in Working Girl?). Thanks to CamiLeon Heels, the world’s first completely convertible high-heeled shoes, not only will you be able to sprint for that train, but you’ll catch it blister-free too! Elegant and eye-catching, these comfy and convenient pumps transform from a sleek 3 ¼ inch stiletto to a chic, 1 ½ inch heel in seconds.

Ideal for girls on the go who don’t want to schlep multiple pairs of shoes in their purses, with CamiLeon Heels, you’ll never have to… no matter where you’re headed. Created by Dr. David Handel, who wanted to rid women of ailments caused by wearing towering heels for hours on end, the concept for CamiLeon Heels came about simply by watching his sons playing with transformer robots. Using technology similar to that found in these retractable toys, CamiLeon Heels morph from high to low without having to remove the shoe. When you want to go low, just unlock the adjustable heel, stow it beneath the arch, et voila, you magically have a lower-heeled version of the same shoe. Thanks to the steel rods running through the heels and secure locking device, you need not worry about spraining your ankle when you choose to wear ‘em with added height.

Buyers beware: ache-free feet don’t come cheap (from $250 and up).  Made from buttery soft, high quality Italian leather, CamiLeon Heels are available in an assortment of surprisingly sexy and seasonal styles, from flirty ‘n feminine almond-toe sling-backs, strappy pointy-toed pumps, sophisticated spectators to stunning open-toed patent sandals. And with a smashing combo of classic colors such as black, bone and fire engine red, there’s no reason to stash those Reebok’s in your office drawer anymore.

CamiLeon Heels are available at &
Happy shopping!

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Filed: Clothes Encounters