Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hang Me Up To Dry

It's raining pretty hard in the city this morning. When I got up I wasn't sure what the heck to wear. I threw on the easiest thing I could find, a very loose fitting charcoal grey sweater that falls just above the knee, a pair of dark brown leggings and my brown leather boots. I'm not feeling the rain, but it puts me in the mood for some rain music so I turned on The Flaming Lips' "Rainin Babies" on my iphone for my taxi ride to work.    

What I'm thinking is so delicate
If I breathe, you know, I'm gonna lose it
It's just a drop in the biggest ocean I know I've ever seen
And in a moment it's big enough to drown the whole world

Later today I'll mix in some non "rain" related music and I'll follow that up with "Right as Rain" by Adelle and maybe throw in "Umbrella" by Rihanna. "Black Rain" by Ozzy? "November Rain" by Guns & Roses, "Rain Dogs" by Tom Waits. How about a little "Heads Will Roll" by the Yeah Yeah Yeah's. Let's not forget "Purple Rain" by Prince and "The Rain Song" by Led Zeppelin. Throw in "Down by the Water" by PJ Harvey and "Hang Me Up To Dry" by Cold War Kids. I'll end the day with "Weird Fishes" by Radiohead off their In Rainbows album. Whatever gets me through this day right?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Raid The Attic For Treasures

If you can't get to your aunt's attic for those vintage finds, then this is a pretty good alternative. The only difference is you'd have to pay for it, but some things don't come for free, that's life! What I like about ZS is that you'll also find some great silhouettes that are current but that have some vintage detailing like a vintage scarf or bedsheet used as the trim or piping or pocket lining. Very cool stuff!

WHAT: Zachary’s Smile’s Attic Sale

WHY: Find deals on vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories at Zachary’s Smile’s attic sale. Samples from the in-house line are $10 to $48.

WHEN: Through 3/31, M–S (noon–8), Su (noon–7).

WHERE: 303 Mulberry St., nr. Houston St.

Friday, March 26, 2010

BBW Spring Sample Sale

WHAT: Built by Wendy Spring Sample Sale

WHY: Shop deep discounts at the Built by Wendy spring sample sale. Silk-twill drawstring tank-dresses are $80 (originally $274), canvas wedge sandals are $45 (originally $154), and five-pocket straight-leg jeans are $50 (originally $145).

WHEN: 3/26 - 3/28, F–S (10–8), Su (noon–6).

WHERE: 46 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mysterious Disappearance of Hangers

I love this piece of art by Paul Smith. In my daily life I find that I have way too many clothes to fit in my closets and with constant dry cleaning there's always a stray hanger lingering in my home, just hanging out on my bed or couch or desk chair. What's it doing out if my closet? Yet sometimes when I'm in need if a hanger there's none to be found. I'm blaming it on Paul!

2 Day Sample Sale

WHAT: Blumarine, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Cavalli Sample Sale

WHY: New spring arrivals. Sample Sale all up to 75% off. New Spring arrivals of women’s ready-to-wear, designer handbags, shoes and Jewelry. Blumarine, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Cavalli, Gucci. Sizes 0-12. Try-ons permitted. Boutique on 57 guarantees 100% of all items authenticity. All issues concerning authenticity must be directed exclusively to Boutique on 57.

WHEN: 3/24 - 3/25, W-Th (10-7)

WHERE: Boutique on 57. 12 West 57 Street (5-6 Avenues) Suite 807

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Beer Gaarten

Last Friday was walky talky time with my friend Tina. We headed south east from 5th Ave. in midtown and did our usually catching up while we walked and observed our changing surroundings from block to block.

I have walked down 3rd avenue a dozen times before and for some reason always forgot that Rolf's German Bar  Restaurant was here. Maybe because it was always dark when I'd walked this way in the past, I'm not sure. Anyway it was about 7pm and still daylight when Tina stopped in mid sentence and pointed to the window of this place. Me, being pretty much blind without my glasses only saw the big branch in the window display and thought "hhhm how nice, there's a tree branch in the window!" She kept saying, "Cool, look!" I got up real close to the window, looked inside and saw what she saw. The entire interior of the place was adorned with trees, branches, a cornucopia of greenery, stained glass lamps and some posts that mimicked signs with the names of the streets. "Aaaah, Ooh, I see!" There were less than 7 people in the bar but the interior beckoned us, so we went in.

Curiosity was what brought us here. I only realized it was Rolf's when the bartender handed us the beer list and I caught the name of the establishment on the top. This place has seen it's better days. It's been around for years and had gained the reputation of having good service, good food and a great festive Christmas and Holiday spirit. Today however, it was a bit slow. The menu sported all sorts of German brews, pilsners and hefeweissen. The decor is awesomely over the top, makes you feel like you're still outside.

I had a glass of already opened savignon blanc and Tina had a glass of red wine. Neither of us were in the beer mood. We also decided to have dinner there. The food menu of course had all sorts of German old world goodies and some new items. We did a prixe fixe of $19.99 which included our glass of wine, salad and entree. I chose the saurbraten, mashed potatoes and cabbage, while Tina chose the Tilapia with potatoes, we each had a house salad. I'll say this much, the food was so so. It wasn't aweful but I expected more. Lore has it that Rolf's has changed in the past 2 years. The tastiest thing on my plate was the cabbage which was surprisingly packed with flavor. Oh well! I still had a great time hanging with my friend and the environment was interesting. The crowd started to pick up after 8pm. Lore also has it that they make a great sausage and wiener shnitzel, maybe we can try that next. andmaybe next time we'll order a German beer to go with the sausage. 

If anything Rolf's is worth a visit at least for a drink and the decor. It's still a good local establishment.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hang On, Here's Some Art For You

Hangeliers by Organelle Design in Vancouver, BC

Chair: "47 Hangers" by Vanessa Marie Robinson

Bowl? by Nadega

Neck Collar: Frederike Top (product designer)

Gorilla by David Mach

Harvey Nichols Dinosaur display, London Fashion Week, Oct. 2009. Photo courtesy of ellesa.blogspot.com

What do all of these things have in common? They are all made from hangers. Some from wood, some from plastic and some from wire hangers. Sculpture, Industrial Design, Product Design. All are beautiful and aesthetically pleasing to me, not to mention fascinating to look at! It does beg the question, "What's in your closet?" Hope you enjoy them too and get inspired to do something artistic with something you would otherwise just throw out. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Accessorizing Is An Artform

WHAT: Ted Rossi Sample Sale

WHY: Jewelry & Snakeskin and leather handbags are up to 60 percent off at the Ted Rossi sale.

WHEN: 3/17 - 3/19, W–F (10–7).

WHERE: 15 E. 30th St., nr. Fifth Ave., Ste. 300

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Here it is again but this time only for the ladies. With jewelry as an additional category.

WHAT: J.Crew Sample Sale


Sample Clothing / Sample Sizes
sample tees, blouses, sweaters, cashmere, skirts, pants, dresses & more

Stock Footwear / Sizes 5 - 11
ballet flats, moccasins, heels, pumps, wedges & sandals

our biggest & best selection ever
bracelets, necklaces, rings & more
Limited quantiites of bags, scarves, belts and hats will be made available by Thursday

WHEN: 3/16 - 3/19, Tu-F (10-7).

WHERE: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd Floor (between 7th & 8th Ave)

A Gem Of A Shop

I'm very excited to announce the opening of a new shop on Etsy, called JZinn's shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/JZinn . Jennifer Zinn, the proprietor of the shop features her one of a kind handmade crafts. I've known Jennifer for years and can attest her great skills as a jewelry maker, photographer and craftsperson.

The first items featured are woven necklaces consisting of multi-colored cotton threads. Each necklace is handwoven and highlights vintage brass frontal components that slide along the woven cord. The brass parts have been hand polished but still have a slight patina. The back of the necklaces are adorned with brass endcaps and lobster closure with "J.Zinn" hangtag. These items make for great springtime accents to your wardrobe that are both light and fun!

Be sure to check her shop often as she will be adding new items from time to time. You can also visit her blog at  http://gemmifer-jennifer.blogspot.com/ and check out her photographs and musings.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Danger! CK Online Sample Sale

WHAT: Calvin Klein Online Sample Sale @ Ruelala.com

WHY: Calvin Klein Clothing up to 60% off!

WHEN: 3/15 - 3/17

WHERE: http://www.ruelala.com/

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Gun Jewelry on the B-Side

Pictured above: Colt Spring Plug unisex Necklace, $225

How do you keep guns off the streets? One way is through NYC's "Gun Buy-Back Program" in which the D.A.'s office and NYPD partner with local churches to offer $200 debit cards to anyone who turns in a working firearm at one of their day events. If you consider how many innocent people including kids get shot even by accident each day in the tri-state then this is a good program. It's meant to target higher crime areas of New York like the Bronx for one. There are now about 5700 guns collected to date through the Gun Buy-Back Program which was started in 2008.

Artists Ken Leung & Dana Chin of Ken & Dana Design have decided to use gun parts to create jewelry as a means of reforming the violent association of guns to something that represents non-violence.

"B-Side" is Ken & Dana's "Gun Reclamation Project" in which they source parts from gun manufacturers and transforms the parts into jewelry. Not only is the jewelry cool but it supports a good cause. For each piece sold from this collection a contribution will be made to NYC's Gun Buy-Back Program. A great compensation to society and also a great piece of urban wear all at once.

Check out Ken & Dana's interesting history as well as their B-Side Collection at:   http://shop.kenanddanadesign.com/collections/b-side-gun

Boutique Binge, But What's In A Name

Boutique On 57th has new brand name ready to wear. They update their inventory every so often to keep things fresh. You know these names from the fashion runways so if you're in the area why not take a gander.

WHAT: Christian Lacroix, Cavalli, Blumarine and more Sample Sale

WHY: New Spring arrivals of Women’s ready-to-wear, designer handbags, shoes and jewelry. Robert Cavalli, Blumarine, Ungaro, Christian Lacroix, Valentino and more. All up to 75% off at Boutique on 57.

WHEN: 3/11 - 3/12, Th-F (10-7).

WHERE: Boutique on 57. 12 West 57 Street(5-6 Avenues), Suite 807

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ready to Wear For Spring

WHAT: Italian & French Luxury Goods Sample Sale

WHY: The Exclusif Showroom, importer of Italian and French luxury goods, just received a huge shipment and has set up a temporary sale location, next door from their showroom. Spring and transitional ready-to-wear collections from Ungaro, Versace, Galliano, Ferre, Cavalli, Roccobarocco, Dolce & Gabanna and more. All sizes. And, sunglasses from Dior, YSL and Gucci. American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and cash accepted. Your opportunity to invest in European classics at up to 80% off.

WHEN: 3/10 - 3/14, W-Sun (10-7).

WHERE: 45 West 57 Street, (5-6 Avenues) Ground Floor

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fur The Love of Clothes!

If you're into furs this could be a sample sale you'd be interested in. I'm not a fur gal but I could see myself sporting a cropped fur vest with a belted dress, tights and boots. Better to get your fur now before the cold weather is totally gone, then you'll have to wait till next fall/winter.

WHAT: Cassin Sample Sale

WHY: Shop for your Cassin Must Haves at up to 80% off. Furs, vests, sweaters, coats, outerwear and accessories. Prices up to 80 percent off. Sold at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Intermix and other fine shops around the world. No children or strollers allowed in the sale. No exceptions. All sales final.

WHEN: 3/9 - 3/11, T-Th (10-6).

WHERE: Flatotel. 135 West 52 Street (6-7 Avenues) 5 Floor

Monday, March 8, 2010

Alternative Digs in Manhattan

If you've plan a stay in NYC but find that the cost of hotels is just ridiculous or you'd prefer to stay in a location that's less congested and touristy, then there is an alternative. OffSoho Suites are boutique style suites that are more modern than the bed and breakfast, less expensive than the chain hotels and larger than the average hotel room. They are located at 11 Rivington Street in New York's trendy lower east side and within walking distance to many popular NYC attractions and public transportation. It's great for budget conscious tavelers who would rather spend their cash on shopping, site-seeing and entertainment than on an overpriced hotel room.

Check it out here:  http://www.offsoho.com/

Dolce & Gabbana/D&G Sample Sale

Worth checking out. The Pavillion has hosted many sample sales in the past. They occasionally open their doors to aspiring designers as well. You'll most likely find something to purchase.

WHAT: Dolce & Gabbana and D&G Sample Sale

WHY: Find deals on cocktail dresses, tailored pants, jackets, bags, shoes, and more at the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G sample sale.

WHEN: 3/11 - 3/14, Th-Sat (9-7), Sun (9–6)

WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave., fourth fl.

Sample Sales at the Flatotel

What: Carole Kauffman Sample Sale and More

Why: Receive up to 80 percent off Carol Kauffmann jewelry, Pamella Roland eveningwear, MCM handbags, Cassin furs, and more at the Flatotel sample sale.

When: 3/9-3/11, T–Th (10–6).

Where: 135 W. 52nd St., nr. Sixth Ave., fifth fl. (212-920-1211)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Privy To The Classified Info

WHAT: Prive Spring Sample Sale

WHY: Women’s and men’s multi-designer sale featuring over 25 brands of contemporary clothing and footwear at 60-80% off retail. Shop over 8,000 units of apparel from the most recognizable names in contemporary fashion (that cannot be advertised). All sizes available for women and men and fitting rooms available. For more info about this sale please visit www.ThePrive.com.

WHEN: 3/3 - 3/7, W-Sun (10:30-7).

WHERE: Chelsea Market - 75 9th Ave (btwn. 15th & 16th Sts).

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wink In A Blink

WHAT: Wink Warehouse Sale

WHY: New York’s leader in the latest must-have women’s fashion is a favorite among A-list celebrities like Whitney Port and Katy Perry. At Wink’s warehouse sale you will find up to 80% off handbags, jewelry, apparel, and footwear. For more information visit winknyc.com. The brands on sale include, but are not limited to:
Dolce Vita
Free People
La Rok
And so many more

WHEN: 3/4 - 3/6, Th-Sat (11-7)

WHERE: 188 Columbus Ave. (btwn 68th & 69th St.)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


This may be worth checking out. I've been contemplating an update to my eyewear, so this is perfectly timed for me. 

WHAT: James Leonard Opticians Winter Clearance Sale

WHY: James Leonard Opticians is hosting their annual major winter clearance sale. Designer eyeglasses will start at $25 and sunglasses will start at $50. Designer brands featured include Dior, Gucci, Armani, Lafont, Tom Ford, Cavalli and many others. Come in early as supplies are limited. Don’t forget to use your flexible spending dollars.

WHEN: Through 3/31, M, W, F (10-7), T, Th (10-8), Sat (10-6) Sun - Closed

WHERE: 1010 2nd Ave. (btwn 53rd and 54th St.)

So Much Denim So Little Time

Take advantage of this denim sale at Earnest Sewn. Women-they've got slim, super slim, super skinny, cigarette, boot cut, high rise, low rise, wide leg to name a few. Men- they've got "vintage straight", straight, boot cut, super low slim, and full leg.

WHAT: Earnest Sewn Sample Sale

WHY: Prices range from $15 to $100 at the Earnest Sewn sample sale. Jeans are $70 (originally $225), women’s dresses and tops are $50 (originally $225), women’s denim jackets are $70 (originally $275), and men’s button-downs are $30 (originally $155).

WHEN: 3/4 - 3/7, Th–S (10–8), Su (10–7).

WHERE: 94 Orchard St., n.r Delancey St.