Not to be outdone in the midst of the holiday rush, New York City’s chicest individuals paraded the streets this Christmas Eve in search of last-minute gifts and everyday errands, alike. Check out the haute holiday rush of last minute shopping in NYC below...
The Oversized Sweater (Lucy, NY)Big sweaters with bright colors and crazy patterns aren’t just for satirical parties anymore. Follow Lucy’s example, shown here on the Lower East Side, and pair a busy sweater with an understated, neutral bottom and accessories in the same color to make a bold, but sartorial, statement this holiday season.
Contrast to Complement (Mizuki & Babu, Brooklyn)Mizuki and Babu, a couple from Japan now living in Brooklyn, are a fashion statement of their own. By contrasting Babu’s patterns with Mizuki’s minimalist color scheme but bold textures and linking them with the simplest of accessories— a baseball cap— these two form their own bohemian rhapsody. Achieve a similar effect with your significant other by dressing in clashing palettes and choosing one common accessory to make the overall look cohesive.
The Statement Scarf (Kenda, Gainesville, Florida & Claudia, Italy)The recent deep-freeze may force you to prioritize warmth over glamour, but a statement scarf, as worn here by Kerry (left) and Claudia (right) can add a punch of color to an otherwise-neutral ensemble and allow your personality to warm up the cold weather. Our favorites feature unexpected prints and rich colors.
Feminine Without Freezing (Kerry, Malibu)Follow Kerry’s lead and layer soft, textured pieces over cold-weather staples like jeans in order to achieve a smart take on classic, feminine pieces. Vary up the color palette, mix up lengths and textures, and accessories intelligently to achieve a measured, yet eclectic aesthetic shown here.
If All Else Fails, Stay True (Leah & Stefan, Australia)Leah and Stefan made the most of classic style to stand out this winter. If you aren’t one for style experimentation, but still want to have fun, stick to tailored pieces in classic cuts and styles but in unexpected colors (i.e. Leah’s bright yellow tights) to simultaneously pay homage to fashion tradition and take the world by surprise.
Feel like you're completely breaking the bank with all of your holiday shopping? Is your Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday shopping starting to catch up with you, yet there are STILL gifts and/or travel costs left? Here are five simple saving solutions to consider while shopping for the remainder of this holiday season.
Whenever you break bills and receive loose change, put aside the coins. The amount of money that you will be able to amass this way is indescribable. Watch just how quickly you will fill up your money jar(s)! To make it more fun, save each coin denomination in individual jars.
Whenever you break larger bills, force yourself to save ALL $1 bills. With this particular method, it might surprise you just how much money you will have even after a week. Allot yourself a designated amount of cash for shopping, and once your larger bills have been broken from your shopping excursion, count up your singles and save!
Force yourself to write down, in a small notebook, EVERYTHING that you spend (not bill money) that has nothing to do with holiday shopping. Write down everything, including that beverage from your favorite store. If any of your purchases have nothing to do with holiday gifts or bills, write it down. THIS is where a lot of your cash goes without notice.
As the old saying goes, “Brown Bag It”. Enough said! You save tons of money by preparing your lunch at home, rather than by spending it daily in the cafe at work or at local restaurants. Make an honest attempt to brown bag it four days out of your five-day work week. Then maybe treat yourself once a week at your favorite eatery for your efforts.
Put someone else (SOMEONE THAT YOU TRUST AND SOMEONE GOOD W FINANCES) in charge of your savings. If you’re deciding that you want to save $50 per paycheck, but you know you will dip into it, give it to someone that you absolutely trust not to spend your money. Think of it as a “bill” that you pay, but towards your savings.
Diane von Furstenberg Sample Sale
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Yarnz Cashmere Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Discounts on cashmere apparel and accessories. When: December 3rd through 19th: Monday – Friday: 10am to 5:30pm Location: 260 W. 36th St., Suite 201 Credit card for purchases $200 +
James Jeans Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Discounts on James Jeans merchandise. When: December 11th through 13th: Tuesday: 9am to 7:30pm, Wednesday: 9:30am to 5:30pm, Thursday: 9:30am to 7:30pm Location: James Jeans Showroom: 500 Greenwich Street #202 Visa & Mastercard accepted.
eeBoo Holiday Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Up to 75% off retail on eeBoo toys, games, arts & crafts and stationery. Prices $3 and up! When: December 12th through 14th: 8am to 6pm Location: 170 W. 74th St., Suite 102 in Lobby (at Amsterdam Ave.)
Nolan Glove Co. Holiday Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Nolan Glove Co is the licensed accessories manufacturer for Laundry by Shelli Segal for Women and Kids, Geoffrey Beene, OshKosh B’gosh, and many more brands. Our sale will feature cold-weather knit gloves, hats, and scarves sold by our designers in high-end department stores, but for a fraction of the price. When: December 12th through 14th: 12pm to 6:30pm Location: 22 W. 38th St., 6th Floor (between 5th & 6th)
Circle Showroom Maternity Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Up to 80% off maternity wear. When: December 5th through 14th: Monday – Thursday: 9:30am to 5pm, Friday: 9:30am to 3pm Location: 347 West 36th Street, Suite 601 (between 8th & 9th Ave.) Cash only.
Tory Burch Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Discounts on Fall/Winter Tory Burch merchandise including ready to wear, footwear & bags. All sizes available. When: December 11th through 16th: Tuesday – Friday: 11am to 7pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10am to 5pm Location: 261 W 36th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave), 2nd Floor
YMX Athletic Apparel Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: 50% to 70% off YMX Athletic Apparel including printed tanks, base layers, and cycle jerseys, and other attire perfect for running, cycling, dance, yoga, working out and all around town. When: December 12th through 14th: 11am to 6pm Location: YMX/Yellowman: 205 W. 39th St., 15th Floor
Nautica & Kipling Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Discounts on Men’s & Women’s Nautica Sportswear, Men’s Nautica Jeans Co., Men’s & Women’s Nautica Sleepwear & Kipling When: December 12th through 14th: Wednesday: 11am to 7pm, Thursday – Friday: 10am to 7pm Location: Metropolitan Pavilion: 123 W. 18th St., 5th Floor (between 6th & 7th Ave.) Cash, Visa & Mastercard accepted only. All sales are final. No children under 7 permitted in the sale.
Echo Design Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Discounts on scarfs, gloves, handbags, accessories, outerwear & more cold weather merchandise for Men, Women and Kids. When: December 13th through 15th: Thursday: 12pm to 8pm, Friday: 8am to 8pm, Saturday: 8am to 6pm Location: Metropolitan Pavilion: 123 W. 18th St., 5th Floor (between 6th & 7th Ave.) Cash, Visa & Mastercard accepted only. All sales are final.
Mackage & Soia & Kyo Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Discounts on Women’s & Men’s designer merchandise. When: December 13th through 16th: Thursday – Saturday: 10am to 7pm, Sunday: 10am to 5pm Location: 530 Fifth Avenue (corner of 44th St.)
Ecko Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Men’s & Women’s clothing and outerwear at a huge discount. Everything must go. Bring in this ad and receive an additional 20% off every item in the store When: Through January 1st: 10am to 8pm Location: 148 Lafayette (between Grand & Howard)
Adrienne Landau Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Up to 80% off Fall 2012 apparel and accessories. When: December 16th through 19th: Sunday: 11am to 5pm, Monday – Wednesday: 10am to 6pm Location: Adrienne Landau Showroom: 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor
Frette Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Discounts on Fine Italian Linens, Bed, Bath, Table and Frette to Wear When: December 12th through December 16th: Wednesday – Saturday: 9am to 6:30pm, Sunday: 9am to 5pm Location: Soiffer Haskin: 317 West 33rd Street, NYC (just west of 8th Avenue) Credit cards only. All sales final. No strollers allowed and no children under 12 will be admitted. For more information call 718.747.1656.
Rena Lange Sample Sale
What’s in the sale: Up to 90% off Women’s clothing: Fall/Winter 2012 and Previous Seasons (Sample & Stock Sizes 4-14) When: December 16th through December 18th: 10am to 6pm Location: Rena Lange Showroom: 430 West 14th Street, Suite 201 (between 9th and 10th Ave.) Credit cards only. All sales final. No strollers allowed and no children under 12 will be admitted. For more information call 718.747.1656.
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