Living the Life at Half Price

Living the Life at Half Price

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DSD is Back, with a Great Deal for Milly!

Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted since August 9! I do have a few excuses--I was extremely busy and then I went on vacation (if you were wondering, I went to Kennebunkport, Maine.  I unfortunately did not score many great deals, so I'm not sure if I will post about it--Maine is expensive!--but we'll see).

Love the sophisticated contrast on this dress
($360 at
But enough with the excuses-- I'm back and that's all that matters now, right? So what better way to kick off my return than with this great Milly deal from Gilt City? For just $100, you get a $200 credit to use at Milly's new flagship boutique on the Upper East Side. You have to use the credit between September 8-11, but with the new fall collection out, I'm sure you won't have a problem finding some great items to spend it on!  You have until Monday morning, September 5 to buy this deal, so take advantage while you can.  As a bonus, Fashion's Night Out is September 8, so if you shop that night, the store will be hosting a "shopping party" with free champagne and hors d'oeuvres.

And want to know how to make a great deal even better?  If you've never purchased anything off of Gilt City before, and  you use the links in this post to purchase the deal (or any deal on Gilt City), you will receive 20% off your first purchase.  So that amazing $100 for a $200 credit at Milly will become $80 for a $200 credit.  I challenge you to find me a better deal on new fall Milly merchandise!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fall Preview Sale on Piperlime!

Through this Thursday, you can get 20% off new fall clothing styles on Piperlime.  Considering these are brand new styles, this deal is pretty unbeatable.  Included in the sale are designers like Rebecca Taylor, Tibi, Spendid, Tucker, Elizabeth & James, and many more.  Just enter the promo code "Fall" at checkout.  Why pay full price or wait for the friends & family sales in the fall, when you can get the same discount now?  Plus, as always, if you use Ebates or Mr. Rebates, you will get cash back on your purchase (2% and 3% respectively). You have nothing to lose-- after all, Piperlime offers free shipping and free returns!

Fall preview sale. Seize the season. 20% off. 3 days ONLY! 8/9 - 8/11

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ippolita Look For Less Quest Update

So last week I told you about my hankering for some sterling silver Ippolita bracelets and my accompanying concern that they were so expensive.  I chronicled my quest to find a cheaper version of the same bracelets, and found these.

However, I had some reservations about these bracelets--mainly that they're still expensive, and I also didn't love the multi-colored stones.  Well, I didn't give up in my quest.  I actually found 2 much cheaper alternatives: a set of 3 bangles for $140 on Eve's Addiction, and a set of three on Etsy for $178.  Don't love the Eve's Addiction one, but the Etsy option isn't bad.  Unfortunately, she doesn't custom-size the bracelets. There are also a few other minor issues I have with it.

BUT, I was perusing today (oh how I love that site), and I saw that they sell jewelry by Robindira Unsworth, the designer that I had decided came the closest to the Ippolita look.  If you recall, I had found these bracelets on her site-- a set of three for $525.  Well, Endless sells them too!  For $475.  That's $50 off.  PLUS, you can use and get 10% cash back. Ahh I love!  And to make matters even better, Endless actually has some Robindira bracelets that the Robindira site doesn't have, including a sterling silver version with clear quartz stones (see right), very similar to the Ippolita bracelet!  Strangely enough, the individual bracelets are $138 each, so the total for three would only be $414 (so there's no reason to buy the set of three).  So for those of you with normal sized hands, you should totally get the Robindira bracelets from Endless.  They have other metal/stone options too (see right), so you're not stuck with the monochromatic look that I've been going on about.

So problem solved, right?  Wrong.  You may have noticed I advised my "normal-handed" readers to buy the Endless bracelets.  But what about us small-handed folk?  Well, we're SOL.  I finally called up Robindira's customer service, and they do not do custom sizing/special ordering.  I suppose I could price out how much it would cost to alter the Robindira bracelets, but I'm feeling lazy, and I think it would be pretty tricky, because the jeweler would have to take a little bit out of each segment to make sure the stones are equidistant.  That can't be cheap.  Especially for three bracelets.  And I don't know how it would come out.  So that's that.  Ippolita it is!

P.S.  Sorry for the two excessively long posts on this topic which I doubt anyone even cares about except me.