Re-Tales: confessions of a shopaholic

Sample Sale Lowdown

Given the depressed economy, I thought it only fitting that I share the wealth on the latest on-land and on-line clothing and accessory sales. In these belt-tightening times, even yours truly has put the breaks on spending frivolously (ok, I’ve cut my designer shoe allowance down from 10 pairs to 5). But I digress. Read on for ways to work your spring wardrobe… even on a shoestring budget.


  • Who: Kooba
  • What: Deeply discounted handbags, clutches and clothing! Plus, overstock from Calypso Christiane Celle and Free People, all at insanely reduced prices.
  • When: Thursday, April 10th from 10-7pm and Friday, April 11th from 10-6pm
  • Where: 261 West 36 Street, 2nd Fl. (btw 7 -8 Aves.)
  • Phone: 212.947.8748
  • Website:



  • Who: Dolce Vita Showroom Sample Sale
  • What: Sample and overstock shoes, clothing and accessories (stunning clutch wallets) will be slashed up to 80% off the retail price (nothing will top $80!)!
  • When: Thursday, April 24th & Friday April 25th 1-7pm, Saturday April 26th 12-4pm
  • Where: 126 Ludlow Street, 4th Floor (btw Stanton & Rivington)
  • Phone: 212-529-2373


  • Who:
  • What: Up to 15% off all spring shoes (flirty metallic flats) and handbags (cutting-edge Anna Corinna totes). Make sure to use the promo code “SHHD8” at checkout. Don’t overlook the special sale section on the site.
  • When: Now through Tuesday, April 15th
  • Where: Online exclusive
  • Phone: 212 941-7078


  • Who: MNG by Mango
  • What: Blowout online and offline sale! Save up to 50% off on haute trench coats, flirty halter tops, cropped pants, printed dresses and much more.
  • When: Now through April 15th
  • Where: Visit for brick-and-mortar locations near you
  • Phone: 866.666.4664



  • Who: Billion Dollar Babes
  • What: Over 40 jaw-dropping designer clothing and accessory items sold under one roof at up to 80% off retail. Stock up on Dolce & Gabbana, Rebecca Taylor, Tibi and tons more!
  • When: VIP sale Friday, April 25th from 12-9, general admission Saturday, April 26th from 9-5pm
  • Where: The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street (@ 6th Avenue)
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Filed: Shop Talk

NaturallyCurly Scavenger Hunt!

imageCalling all curly girls!, the world’s largest social networking “curl-munity” has joined a team of fabulous partners, including yours truly, to create a fun, prize-filled online Scavenger Hunt, starting today through April 28th, 2008.

Simply scavenge NaturallyCurly’s website throughout April to find the correct answers to 5 curly-related questions (e.g. What’s the best frizz buster on the market?). Correctly answer ‘em all and you’ll have the chance to win a curl-tastic prize package, which includes $350 in gift cards and irresistible swag from NaturallyCurly, LUSH, Bluefly, Rae Cosmetics, ambermag, and hangPROUD. Return to NaturallyCurly each following week in April to answer a new set of questions and earn chances at weekly prize packages.

But wait, there’s more! Answer all 20 curly questions correctly over the course of the month, and you could win the “Rockingest of Ringlets” grand prize: a $5,000 getaway (yes, $5,000!) to NYC for you and a friend! This ultimate prize package includes airfare and hotel, a curl makeover with Ouidad (the Queen of Curl) at her swanky flagship salon, beauty boo-tay and many more amazing treats. Perhaps the best prize of all: a tailor-made, guided “NYC Shopping Safari,” courtesy of!

Just by registering for the contest, you’ll automatically receive a 15% discount from CurlMart, NaturallyCurly’s e-boutique, and at LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, on your next online orders in April. Don’t delay – start playing NaturallyCurly’s online scavenger hunt today!

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Filed: Beauti-Fixation

M.A.C. Attack Part Deux

imageI was recently invited to preview the swanky new M.A.C. Pro Flatiron space in New York along with a sneak peek of Heatherette’s limited-edition make-up line, which hit stores March 27th. Having never met Richie Rich and Traver Rains, the down-to-earth design duo behind the wild ‘n wacky clothing label, I was very excited to see what all the hype was about.

But before I get into the make-up (you can read more about that here), I’d like to tell you a bit about the M.A.C. Pro store – one of the most innovative beauty concepts I’ve ever come across. In a nutshell, the stunning 6,000 square-foot space was built as a hands-on resource for professional makeup artists. Picture an open and airy design laboratory so that artists can literally create and build their own makeup kit. The hidden bonus: it’s also open to regular M.A.C. fans alike (who knew?).

The second I set foot inside the M.A.C. Pro store, I felt like a kid in a candy store. Aside from the insane variety of make-up (the Pro store carries lines you won’t find at traditional M.A.C. retail locations), I was awe-stricken by the ultra-bright color wall display (pictured above), which features hundreds of mason jars filled with vivid paints and pigments – designed to mimic M.A.C’s commitment to color cosmetics.

The ultra modern, yet raw space is furnished with state-of-the-art mixing tables (where pros can create customized make-up), a spacious research library with cozy lounge chairs and iMac’s, a photo studio and of course, M.A.C. pro products – a luxe line of over 250, performance-tested products developed exclusively for professional make-up artists. Think top-of-the-line formulations, colours and finishes created specifically for fashion shows, photography shoots and TV/film sets.

As you can see, my very first visit to the new M.A.C. Pro store was a mind-blowing experience. Click here to learn all about the limited-edition Heatherette for M.A.C. make-up collaboration. Happy shopping!

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Can You Keep A Secret?

imageCan’t cope with the chaos of brick-and-mortar sample sales? Then check out – an invitation-only sample sale site that offers members FREE access to dreamy designer clothing brands at up 70 % off retail, minus the catfights.

Sign-up for their email list and you’ll gain instant access to flirty cocktail dresses from Sharagano, including the multi-colored stunner shown here (slashed from $120 to $34.95!). Better hurry – this exclusive sale ends on Tuesday, April 8th at midnight!  Upcoming sales you won’t want to miss include Trunk Ltd. (funky rocker T’s), Ryka (luxe athleisure wear), 2BFree and Roberto Bianci (luxe watches). 

But wait, there’s more! Once you become a member, you’ll also be entitled to collect rewards points. Simply invite your friends to join and earn 5% of their Regents Secret purchases, which can be redeemed for merchandise!

Don’t delay – work your spring wardrobe at today! Happy shopping!

Exclusive Deal Just For YOU!, a jaw-dropping jewelry site, is giving away this stylish pair of black onyx earrings (pictured below) to one lucky Fashion Junkie Fix subscriber! All you need to do is forward this email to five friends and you’ll automatically be entered to win. The winner will be notified via email on Thursday, April 10th. 2008. Good luck!

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Filed: Clothes Encounters

Pure Platinum

imageAlthough my closet is crammed with countless styles of handbags, why is it that I still feel like I have nothing appropriate for spring? After surfing a bunch of e-boutiques (my favorite pastime), it dawned on me that the best option for this season is without a doubt, this jaw-dropping Foley & Corinna number. Having purchased a similar pint-sized version in raven red last year, I’m beyond thrilled about this new mid-sized shape. It’s more than roomy enough for stowing all my essentials and the neutral platinum shade will work perfectly with everything in my wardrobe (thanks for the tip mom!). Priced at $440 a pop, I’d better learn to love this masterpiece for life!

Fashion Factoid: Foley & Corinna’s best-selling mid-city tote comes in a multitude of colors. In fact, some styles were even created exclusively for e-retailers such as (cobalt blue) and (punk-infused, pebble-leather shoulder styles with pyramid studs along the top!). Better act pronto if you wanna snag one for yourself… these fashionable totes sell out fast! Happy shopping!

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Filed: Trends