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Matryoshka measuring cups
April 6, 2011, 10:00 am
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I’ve been trying to class up my kitchen a bit. Going for the stainless steel finished appliances, getting rid of chipped plates and slowly replacing with clean, intact plates.

And then I spend an afternoon at the MoMA and I end up buying things from the MoMA Design Store that I absolutely do not need. Like these Matroyshka Measuring Cups. So much for a grown-up kitchen.

I paid the full $12.99 for them, but you can order them online through for $9.15 or something ridiculously cheap like that. I mean, that’s not a lot to pay for something that brings a smile to my face every time I go to measure something.


Yumi Kim $50 Daily Deal
December 1, 2010, 1:06 pm
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One of my fave designers (how can you not love those prints?!) Yumi Kim has announced a 25 day-long daily deal where she will be offering one item a day at $50.

Today, it’s the Ivana dress in the blue triangle print, originally $187. Visit Yumi Kim to buy, and click on the “sale” link on the menu on the left to see the new sale item for the day. Happy shopping!

Elizabeth & James sample sale Nov. 2010
November 16, 2010, 6:00 am
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I am an ardent fan of the Olsen twins’ hip, young line Elizabeth & James. So it is with a conflicted heart that I am sharing the details of this friends and family sample sale with you since it’s quite possible that you and I will spot the same blazer at the same time and have to engage in a catfight to the death over who gets to buy it. Against my better judgment, I am going to invite others to compete with me in snapping up some super-discounted goodies this week.

See you there!

NYC November sample sale linkstravaganza
November 10, 2010, 8:57 am
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It’s November! Designers are slashing prices. If you’re in NYC, this is good news for you. Here are some of the November sample sale roundups I’ve found.

  • Refinery29 – must read
  • Daily Candy – must read – has anyone been to the Kathryn Amberleigh sale? I have a pair of her boots and they are HOT. I get complements every time I wear them out… wouldn’t mind scoring a pair of pumps.
  • New York Mag – not strictly sample sales, but some are listed here.

I’m most excited for the Archetype and eM Showroom sample sales which carry casual, urban brands like Gar-de, Grey Ant, LnA, Quail, and others. I also think the Colette Malouf sale will be the perfect place to pick up sweet holiday presents for the special ladies in your life. Go forth and shop!

Go to the Yumi Kim sample sale NOW!
August 26, 2010, 4:49 pm
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The Yumi Kim sample sale is killer. Tons of dresses (maxi and mini), rompers, jumpsuits $30 each. Tops (flowy, tanks, bustier babydolls, etc.) and breezy silk skort/shorts are $20 each. Mostly size smalls (4-6), but some XS, M, and L in the mix. Lots of stuff hanging but also in boxes, be prepared to dig. Added bonus, cutie Vietnamese designer behind the label Kim Phan is actually at the sale! Follow @yumikim on Twitter for updates throughout the day.

Both dresses pictured above actually seen at the sale for $30!

Sale today till 7 pm, tomorrow (Friday) from noon until 6 pm.

Get thee to 611 Broadway (just north of Houston), Suite 816

Downtown NYC walk, shop & eat circuit

[tweetmeme]Some girlfriends are coming in from out of town and they are staying with another mutual friend in Union Square. I have plans to ride my bike to Brooklyn with other friends after brunching with them, so I wrote up an e-mail with suggestions of where to go and what to eat given that their home base is Union Square. What emerged was what I think is a great rough itinerary for a weekend day when all you want to do is eat, shop, and fall in love with NYC. My perfect Saturday (or Sunday – or any day you don’t have to work, I guess):

I’ve taken the liberty of drawing a walkable downtown Manhattan shopping map for you (with words). We can start with brunch in the East Village, the earlier the better bc then we won’t have to wait for hours. I would like to go to Cafe Orlin at 10 am so we can get in before the 11 am brunch rush, or we can do Cafe Mogador if you want slightly more ethnic (Moroccan and Mediterranean), but if they’re too busy, Paprika can be our backup backup. After brunch, I’ll be leaving you, but here are a few suggestions:

Recommended shopping (that you can’t get in DC)

East Village – walk down East 9th St. (very close to brunch) between Second Avenue and Avenue A to find a sweet collection of boutiques, clothing and otherwise. I like Cadillac’s Castle for jewelry and I picked up a gently used Alexander Wang dress there for $88. I like Think Closet as well and I think they’re having a sale, and there’s Roni and so many other stores on that stretch that are so cute but I don’t remember all their names. A great area to spend a few hours shopping. If you’re hungry after, head over to E 7th St between 1st and Ave A where there’s Luke’s Lobster for a lobster roll, Porchetta for a slow roasted pork sandwich, and Butter Lane for the most amazing FRENCH (not the American) vanilla buttercream on vanilla cupcake that you have ever had – seriously, the frosting is so good I want to rub it all over my body. I rarely feel this way about vanilla. One block up on St. Mark’s is Crif Dogs for a deep fried hot dog – I like the Chihuahua – or Xi’An Famous Foods for a lamb burger and some hand-pulled noodles. So many choices, so little time…

If you want a quick break from shopping and eating, swing by Tompkins Square Park on Ave A and 7th/9th. Usually there are musicians or sometimes concerts and festivals. You can just hang out on the green for a bit and rest your feet if you like, or just cruise on through.

From East Village, you can make your way down south to LES past Houston, stop by Szeki on Rivington (she’s a doll!), Honey in the Rough, Pixie Market, Miks, Yumi Kim (sale section in back of the store), Foley & Corinna… If you want jewelry there’s also Hillary Flowers on Clinton St. By this point, you’ll probably be ready for a snack. I would recommend swinging by Baohaus to try the pork belly or beef brisket bao, or just get a Straight Frush between the three of you to share. If you are in the mood for sweets, go to Sugar Sweet Sunshine for a $1.50 cupcake and some bomb-ass banana pudding. Or swing by Meatball Shop for a $4 homemade ice cream cookie sandwich – ginger snap cookie with vanilla ice cream is the best.

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Yumi Kim summer soiree
June 24, 2010, 11:26 am
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Cupcakes & cocktails & summery silk dresses @YumiKim soiree tonight 6-9pm – 25% off everything in the store.

Shop: Yumi Kim (LES) 105 Stanton at Ludlow.