Living the Life at Half Price

Living the Life at Half Price

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale!

MAB Mini Satchel, $495 at Bloomie's
I haven't bought a new bag in quite some time and I'm starting to feel some withdrawal symptoms. Well lucky for me (and all of you) that the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale started yesterday (it ends on the 20th). Though the sale also has a smaller selection of shoes and clothes, it's RM's classic leather bags that draw me in. The sample sales have boasted a pretty large selection of them in the past. While the bags are by no means bargains, they're priced significantly lower than retail.  It looks like prices range from low $100's for the smaller bags, to the $300's for the larger leather bags.  Check out Racked's coverage for a better idea of prices, but to give you an idea of the discount, at the sample sale the "MAB Mini" bags are $300 while they normally retail for about $500+.  Not a bad discount, right?  Though like I said, definitely not a bargain.

The sale is located at 14 W. 14th Street, between 5th and 6th Ave.  Hours are 10-7 today through Saturday, and Sunday from 11-5.

Monday, November 7, 2011

ANOTHER Bloomingdale's Friends & Family Sale

Ah Bloomingdale's...why would anyone ever buy anything at full price from you when you're always having sales ?  Not that I'm complaining...

As you can see, only a few weeks after their last friends and family sale, Bloomingdale's is hosting yet another one!  It starts online today, and in stores on Wednesday (Nov. 9), and runs through the 13th.  Normal exclusions apply.  So you're in luck if you missed the other friends and family sale, if you want to get a head start on holiday gifts, or if you just still feel the need to stock up on clothing, shoes, accessories, etc.  Enjoy!

And the exclusions:

Offer excludes Women's Apparel from: Agent Provocateur, Moncler, Chanel, Ralph Lauren Collection, Marc Jacobs Collection, and excluded online only: Nike. Offer excludes Handbags from: Chanel, Chloe, Dior, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs Collection, Miu Miu, Prada, and excluded online only: COACH. Offer excludes Women's Shoes from: Burberry, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Prada, UGG® Australia, and excluded online only: UGG® Collection, COACH, and Nike. Offer excludes Women's Accessories from: Chanel, and excluded online only: COACH, UGG® Australia, and Balenciaga Sunglasses. Offer excludes Men's Apparel, Shoes, and Accessories from: All Saints, Bloomingdale's Shoe Care Kits, Burberry Prorsum, Canada Goose, Havianas, Hunter, Moncler Coats, Moncler Shoes, Polo Black Label, PS Paul Smith, Shoe Trees, Ted Baker, Turnbull & Asser, UGG® Australia, Vilebrequin, Z Zegna, Zegna Sport, Etro, Ovadia & Sons, and excluded online only: Nike. Offer excludes Fine Jewelry from: David Yurman, Tacori Bridal, Tacori Bridal Consignment, Ippolita, and TAG Heuer. Offer excludes Kids merchandise from: Moncler, MIKI HOUSE, Under Armour, UGG® Australia, and Bugaboo. Offer excludes Home merchandise from Rimowa, Tempur-Pedic Mattresses, and excluded online only: Le Creuset. Offer excludes Cosmetics, Fragrances, Gift Cards, Martine's Chocolates, Maximilian Fur Services, Shop at Home Services, Rug Cleaning Services and Interior Design Special Orders. Small Electrics and Men's Electronics receive 10% off. Only one Friends & Family promotional code may be used per order on Cannot be combined with any other certificate offer. No adjustments to prior purchases. Selection may differ in store, see a sales associate for details. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ippolita on Rue La La!!!

AHHHHHH!  Only a few days after I finally decide to spring for some Ippolita bangles at Saks, and moments after I mention in my last post how I bought them, I receive an email from Rue La La informing me that there's an Ippolita sale today!  So against my better judgment, I take a look, and the prices are fantastic.  The selection is pretty great too.  I had only bought 2 bracelets at Saks, with the intention of adding on later, but this is soooo tempting!  On the other hand, I'm still faced with the same problem of alterations-- these are the standard Ippolita size, which means I'd have to go to a jeweler to get it fixed.  And I have NO idea how much that would cost.  As you can see below, this wouldn't be an easy adjustment.  Ok, I'm going to stew a little and try to make a decision.  Hopefully no one buys this bracelet while I'm wondering.  And for those of you who don't have my problems but love Ippolita, go buy some jewelry at Rue La La NOW!

Ippolita Rose Moonstone Bangle
This bracelet is currently in my cart, selling for $219 (as opposed to $425).  Would be a nice addition to my  2 silver bangles, right?  But note the 5 distinct sections that would each have to be adjusted to keep the bracelet proportionate.  Anyone know how involved/how expensive this may be?

15% Off at Alexis Bittar!

For tomorrow only, Alexis Bittar is (a little prematurely) celebrating Halloween by offering at 15% discount on all items online and in store.  As you can see from their flyer below, if you go one of to their stores (in the West Village, Soho, or UES) tomorrow evening, you'll also be treated to cocktails and candy!  To use the discount online, just enter the promo code "HALLOWEEN" at checkout.  If I hadn't just splurged on my long-desired Ippolita bangles (which I'll tell you about soon), I'd be very tempted to take advantage!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Denim Deals Day!

I came across two great deals for jeans (and other clothing too, I guess) for your enjoyment today.  You may have noticed that I tend to gravitate towards deals where you get a certificate or credit rather than an actual item.  This is because you know exactly what you're getting, and don't need to worry about sizing, fit, etc.

So the first deal is not really a new one.  I've seen it (and written about it) a few times before.  It's a $165 credit to National Jean Company for just $75 on Rue La La.  The credit is valid until January 26, 2012.  This amounts to approximately a 55% discount.  See my prior posts on details about National Jean Company if you're unfamiliar with the store.  But in a nutshell, I'd definitely recommend purchasing this deal (or I wouldn't keep writing about it)!

J Brand on Pop Sugar

The second deal is courtesy of Pop Sugar and is a $250 credit at J Brand for $125.  Unfortunately, the credit is only good at their online store, www.jbrandjeans.combut it's still a great deal, especially if you're a fan of this premium denim line.  The credit is only valid through December 24, 2011, but I'm sure you won't have a problem finding something great to purchase by then! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Discount at Bloomie's AND Support Breast Cancer Research!

In case there aren't enough sales/discounts out there for you (and you want to support a good cause!)...

FYI, it's not clear exactly how/what Bloomingdale's plans to contribute to breast cancer research, but I have to assume it's something, right?  And something is better than nothing!  Also, they have another breast cancer promotion in which they're more transparent:

From September 28 - October 31, 2011, pay a $15 enrollment fee on your Bloomingdale's Insider Card. 100% goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. Then shop to your heart's content on your Bloomingdale's card, even in cosmetics and fragrances. Not an Insider yet? Apply Now**

You'll be mailed a Give Pink, Get More Card worth up to $250 just in time for holiday shopping in December. Use at any Bloomingdale's store and at

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Shopbop Friends & Family Sale Today!

So I know the Saks F&F sale is about to start (and already has started online), but if you don't want to wait to go in store, and don't want to pay for shipping from Saks, then the Shopbop friends and family sale is for you!  Today is the last day of the sale (don't be too mad at me though, it's only a 2 day sale!).  But how much time do you need to click a few times and have your purchases on your way?  As you know, Shopbop has a very extensive inventory and there doesn't seem to be many restrictions from the sale.  Plus Shopbop offers free return shipping, so if you're hesitant about buying clothing online, there's really no risk.  Lastly, to sweeten the deal, Shopbop participates in Ebates (and you know how I love Ebates).  So if you go through Ebates, you will get an additional 2.5% back (I know, I know, it's not a lot of money, but it's still more money in your pocket when all is said and done!).

You're welcome!

Because you're one of our nearest and dearest, we're giving you 20% off your order for the next 2 days, just enter code INTHEFAMILY20 at checkout. Offer ends Wednesday, October 19, at 11:59pm PT. Code cannot be applied to gift certificates or shipping costs. Designer exclusions apply. Shop now and take 20% off >>