*She Shops* Rent The Runway

This was my third time attending the Rent the Runway sample sale. The first time I attended their sample sale was back in October 2012.  I went the second to last day and left empty handed. I was so bummed by the experience that I skipped the Rent the Runway sample sale until September 2014. I figured I probably would have better luck because I went the first day. Unfortunately, I left without purchasing anything. Two years have passed and I have decided to once again check out this sale on VIP night.

I was skeptical about the condition of items since the previous times, the majority of garments were ripped, stained, or damaged. Surprisingly merchandise is in better condition this time around. I spotted a variety of designers that will appeal to all tastes. Dresses for all events are available. A Marchessa Notte gown which retails for $1295 is $439. An Erin Featherston cocktail dress retails for $465 is $55.98. A Rachel Zoe floral romper is $46.97. Other apparel besides dresses are available. Rebecca Taylor blazers are $77.97, and a Tory Burch cardigan with embellished buttons is $42.97. A Rachel Roy leather jacket is $258.98 which retails for $1295. 

Jewelry is laid out in glass jewelry drawers. Gorgeous statement necklaces, chunky bracelets, and gaudy earrings. Brands include; Oscar de la Renta, Kate Spade, Slate and Willow, Eddie Borgo, and Badgley Mischka.

Clutches and handbags are on tables and shelving. Intricate beaded Marchesa clutches are $499. Majority of handbags are Loeffler Randall, some Zac Posen, Kate Spade, and Rebecca Minkoff are mixed in. Handbags are extremely worn and some are missing parts. Small selections of sunglasses are available near the checkout area.

Check your items carefully. Many pieces have snags, tape, or missing embellishments. I saw a Suno dress that retails for $595 at this sale for $162.28, but the same exact dress in a larger size was $92.97. Markdowns will occur before the sale ends on Sunday, but the best merchandise is put out the first days.  

*NYFW S/S 2017* Show #5, #6, #7


Venue: Art Beam

Date: Sunday, September, 11, 2016


Emerging Designer 1: Ponyo Porco

Presentation: Runway Show

Colors: Blue, pink, black and white, floral

Style: Printed, whimsical, drawing, animal, flow sleeves and dresses, high collar

Shoes: Chunky platform sandals

Accessories: Braids

I liked how the stockings matched the footwear giving the illusion of boots.

Emerging Designer 2: Jessica Van

Presentation: Runway show; 16 looks

Colors: White, peach

Style: Flared, silk, hand painted, organza

Shoes: Tasseled caged  stilettos

Accessories: Branches as hair pieces, rope used for necklaces

Although it's not my taste, I admire the designer for using nature in her show. Styling the branches as headpieces, and rope as bustier or necklace was quite a statement! 



Emerging Designer 3: Laison

Inspiration: Books, music, fine art, and sunny California

Colors: White, dark mustard, black, hunter green, blue

Style: Dramatic pleat, off the shoulder, flare, ruffle

Shoes: Oxford

Accessories: Chunky studs

I liked the embellished statement earrings.


*She Shops* Week of July 17

Monday-Jack Rogers and Intermix


Jack Rogers

It was quiet when I went to scope out the Jack rogers sample sale. It was set up the same as last year. They had similar styles to last year. All sandals costs $54.99, or $49.99 each for three or more pairs. Last year's samples (size 6/6.5) were $6. This year's samples were priced the same as the stock shoes. Apparel from Lisa Todd, CP Shades, McGire jeans, Bella Tu, Matta, and Moyna were available as well. 


I was excited to attend the preview of the Intermix sample sale. Intermix is similar to Scoop and Steven Alan in that besides having their own line, they sell a mix of hot emerging labels and well known luxury designer brands. I hoped that this sale would be as good as the Scoop sample sale. Alas it was not so.                                                                                                         

 The sale was buzzing with eager fashion forward women, but the selection and pricing were not impressive. Apparel was 60%-90% off original retail, and footwear was 70% off. Click here to see designers on offer. The sale was buzzing with eager fashion forward women.

I did see some items that I liked, but the prices could have been better. An Elizabeth and James top was 70% off $395, that however, was not as good as their online offer of 50% off $99. A leather Derek Lam dress was $1200, and even with the 70% discount, was not a good deal for me. Some of the Rag& Bone items were available at their sample sale last week in Chelsea Market for less. I was shocked when I saw a pajama top for $695(-60%=$278)! I had to share that "how the other half" live observation with a friend and she replied, "Mother Mary!"

Wednesday-Mac Cosmetics

I specifically did not go to the Mac sample sale on the first day to avoid long lines. What I did not expect was that there would be 500+ people, and I am sure glad I skipped! I was there an hour before opening the second day and already the line was 40+ people. By the time the doors opened the line was around the corner!

This was the first ever Mac sample sale. All items were 60% off.  It is the only place you will find Mac products this low. No permanent items were to be found. Only limited edition products were available. They did not have all limited edition products, but what ever they did have, they had in abundance. There were lipsticks, lip glosses, lip pencils, blushes, eye pencils, eye shadows, nail polishes, eye shadow brushes, and serums. 

Big crowds and huge lines did not cause the staff to behave surly. Quite the opposite, Mac Staff on hand were happily answering questions, redirecting patrons to the colors they requested, and patiently checking out purchases. The woman at the register next to mine during checkout purchased FOUR basket fulls of cosmetics!