Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Compelling Reasons for a Little Shopping

Twinkle by Wenlan is offering up to 75 percent off silk dresses, sweaters, knitted accessories and whatnots from its Fall 2009 line. Photo courtesy of Twinkle by Wenlan.

A favorite mantra of mine: “That shoe/dress/jacket may have cost $600, but I got it for $29.99!” Usually I’d copped my deal at Filene’s Basement-Downtown Crossing. The Boston location is the Mother Of All Filene’s Basements. No other store offered up the variety and quality of deals that this old girl did when she was doing brisk business.

Yours Truly has had Filene’s Basement muchly on the brain the last couple of weeks as notice after notice of a sample sale or huge sale has arrived in her e-mail inbox. Finally, I stopped deleting them. After all, just because I am not shopping does not mean that no one else is! While most of these deals offered over the next few days are not of the magnitude of a Filene’s Basement, they can save a few pretty pennies in this Great Recesssion and holiday shopping season.

I share the wealth with two caveats: shop responsibly and, fashionably:

LABEL/STORE: Christian Lacroix
SALE: up to 75 percent off dresses, jackets, pants and whatnot from past seasons
DATE(S)/TIME(S): Wednesday-Friday, 18 -20 Nov., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m-1 p.m.
LOCATION: 260 Fifth Ave. @29th St., Ground floor

LABEL/STORE: Saks Fifth Avenue
SALE: FASHIONfix: 50 percent off Chloe, Herve Leger, Alice + Olivia, Zagliani, Theory et al.
DATE(S)/TIME(S): Tuesday, 17 Nov. at noon until Wednesday, 18 Nov. until noon (or until supplies last); online only
WEB SITE: saksfifthavenue@news.saks.com

LABEL/STORE: Twinkle by Wenlan
SALE: up to 70 percent off silk dresses, coats, knitted accessories and whatnot
DATE(S) /TIME(S): Wednesday, 18 Nov. and Thursday, 19 Nov., 10 a.m- 7 p.m.
LOCATION: 545 8th Ave., 17th Fl., b/w 37th and 38th streets

SALE: Cashmere sweaters for her $90; Shirts for him from house label under $70 and whatnot
DATE(S)/TIME(S): Thursday and Friday, 19-20 Nov., 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 21 Nov., noon- 7 p.m.; Sunday, 22 Nov., noon-5 p.m.
LOCATION: 87 Franklin St., b/w Broadway and Church streets

LABEL/STORE: Araks Lingerie
SALE: up to 80 percent off camisoles, bras, panties and whatnot
DATE(S)/TIMES: Thursday, 19 Nov., 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday, 20 Nov., 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 137 Grand St., b/w Crosby and Lafayette streets, 5th Fl.

SALE: up to 75 percent off selected frocks
DATE(S)/TIME(S): Wednesday and Thursday, 18-19 Nov., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 20 Nov., 10 a.m.-5 p.m..
LOCATION: 224 W. 30th St., b/w Seventh and Eighth avenues, 13th Fl.

LABEL/STORE: Yigal Azrouel
SALE: up to 70 percent off women’s, men’s, Yyigal and accessories
DATE(S)/TIME(S): Wednesday and Thursday, 18-19 Nov., 9 a..m.-7 p.m.
LOCATION: 225 W. 39th St., 7th Fl.

SALE: $100 nylon bags!
DATE(S)/TIME(S): Thursday and Friday, 19-20 Nov., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 21 Nov., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
LOCATION: 125 Crosby St., b/w Prince and Houston streets

LABEL/STORE: Ricky’s (20th Anniversary “Back to Beauty” Sale)
SALE: 20 percent off products, including appliances (except InStyler) and professional hair care (except Fekkai and Phytologie); 1989 prices on select RickyCare items
DATE(S)/TIME(S): Regular business hours throughout November
WEB SITE: Visit www.rickys-nyc.com for a list of New York City locations and general informaiton

LABEL/STORE: Armani Warehouse Sale
SALE: up to 80 percent off Giorgio Armani, Armani Collezioni, Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans and accessories for women and men; credit cards only; no cash/checks
DATE(S)/TIME(S): Thursday-Saturday, 19-21 Nov., 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
LOCATION: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St., 4th floor gallery

Wear/use your purchase(s) well and in good health!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Making a Bid to Help Some Good Sports

Potential bidders examine silent auction items at Starlight Children’s Foundation 20th Annual Star-Studded Celebrity Sports Auction. Photo courtesy of SCF.

THE gentleman seated in the row in front of mine is one of three people who places a $4,250.00 winning bid on the Nintendo Wii Fun Center. Next, he puts down $2,500.00 for a tour of the Kennedy Space Center. Then $2,500.00 for a dinner for four at the ultra-exclusive Rao’s, which has fewer than 10 tables and a reputation for bodelicious pasta sauces.

Who is this guy? Granted, he didn’t part with $7 million for a Picasso and two Reniors, but he was in a bidding/buying frenzy. After he gets up to leave, I follow with my digital voice recorder. “I do not comment,” the serial bidder demures politely, declining even to give his name.

He does, however, own up to being a supporter of the Starlight Children’s Foundation of NY, NJ and its 20th Annual Star-Studded Sports Auction at Madison Square Garden.

When Yours Truly last basked in the glow of SCF it was July and in progress was a rooftop party, which was as good an excuse as any to raise funds to support seriously ill children in the Tri-state area and their families, which are its raison d’etre. (See vevlynspen.blogspot.com/2009/07/starlight.html). Tonight's (Tuesday, 10 Nov.) auction serves the same purpose. It’s also an opportunity to honor select athletes (i.e., Al Harrington of the New York Knicks, former baseballer Ralph Branca) for their good works.

Here are some choice items up for auction: VIP passes to the New York Giants training camp ($3,000.00). Some kid, perhaps one that SCF serves, will likely have an opportunity to be a Knicks ball kid ($1,200.00).

Meanwhile, some of my newest BFFs put out for Starlight, too. Brian F. drops close to $1,000.00 on a Kevin Boss (Giants tight end) jersey for his mother-in-law, and a Judith Ripka diamond ring for his wife. At the JR table is also a pair of nifty earrings bearing my birthstone (peridot), tantalizing me all night. I do not fall into temptation, nor strangely (alas) does anyone else.

BF’s brother-in-law and Giants fan, Ned S., also places a successful bid at JR that will make his woman happy, but I must digress to express my excitement about NS’s willingness to be my Dallas Cowboys ticket broker and director of ground transportation when America’s Team meets the Giants on 6 Dec. in the Meadowlands.

NS spends high several hundred for the diamond/silver earrings valued at $1,300. Initially, he said they would be a Christmas present, but later flip-flopped, deciding he would present them to the Mrs. tonight. Something about them being a sort of sleeping pill. Hmmm ... Oh well, it’s all part of the $300K and counting for a good cause.

Visit www.starlight-newyork.org to learn more about the auction and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Journey From Hope to Resurrection

"Journey" created a stir in London, and curators hope it will do the same in New York and on other stops. Photo courtesy of "Journey."

“JOURNEY” concerns a human rights issue close to the heart of Emma Thompson, who has been waxing rather emphatically about it, as she did last week on "The View" and as recently as yesterday morning.

“People just don't want to know about this issue – it’s hidden, it’s criminal, it’s perverse and yes, it’s happening on our own doorstep," she insists. "'Journey' is a remarkable piece of collaborative, creative and confrontational art that profoundly challenges people’s perspective. Come and see for yourself and tell us if you agree.”

"Journey" casts a spotlight on sex trafficking/sex slavery, a rights issue that is real. One that affects people the world over, including in the good ole US of A. The art installation, which brings to life one woman’s hellish odyssey as a sex slave, is on display through Sunday at Washington Place at Washington Square East.

The Oscar-winning actress is joined in the fight to illuminate and eradicate the sex slave trade by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and some other famous/prominent folks and organizations. She wants Us to join her, too.

The travelling installation comprises seven shipping containers that tell the story of Elena, evoking the stages of a trafficked person's (mostly girls and young women) experience: hope, journey, uniform, bedroom, customer, stigma, resurrection. Each container is interpreted by a different artist(s), folks like costume designer Sandy Powell (uniform), music producer Mick Martin (journey), playwright Simon Stephens and photographer James Ostrer (customer).

“Journey” is free and open to the public aged 18 and over from noon to 8 p.m. until Friday, 13 Nov., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, 14 Nov., and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, 15 Nov. Visit www.helenbamber.org to learn more about “Journey” and sex trafficking.
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