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Get-Fit Clicks

October 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm , by

237287360_86b6eec898_m* The best and worst Halloween candy (MyHealthNewsDaily)

* Things that need to be in my belly: this light and yummy pumpkin pie smoothie (FitSugar)

* Need new workout clothes? Check out Sports Authority’s Friends & Family Sale (Style Notes)

* Eat, drink, and be healthy this Thanksgiving by participating in a turkey trot near you (Active.com)

* Things that need to be in my belly part 2: Baked spiced apple chips (Oh She Glows)


5 Beauty Bargains for Fall

September 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm , by

I know you’ve all been taking Erica and Mandy’s beauty lessons to heart (I certainly did). To keep your new look gorgeous, we rounded up these 5 great deals from savings.com:

Smashbox
Get $15 off any order of $75 or more, plus free shipping

Our Pick: Evening Chic Beauty Collection, Eyelights shadow palette

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ELF
Get 10% off your entire order
Our Pick: Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

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Spalook
Get 20% off your first order
Our Pick: Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleanser

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TimeToSpa
20% off all orders

Our Pick: Bliss Sugar Scrub

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Stila
Get 20% off your first purchase
Our Pick: Lip & Cheek Stain

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Do-Good Deal: Cute Clogs That Give Back

June 16, 2010 at 11:12 am , by

Clogs are making a comeback this summer, and if you’ve been tempted to add a pair to your shoe collection, now’s the time to buy. For the month of June, 50 percent of all online purchases made through the Cape Clogs’ Web site, capeclogs.com, will be donated to Hope in Bloom, a non-profit organization that plants gardens free of charge at the home of women (and men) undergoing treatment for breast cancer. (You can read about the founder, Roberta Dehman Hershon, and what inspired her to create Hope in Bloom here.) There are tons of styles and colors available; the silver ones shown here are calling my name…


7 Great Sale Sites for Home Goods

June 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm , by

l_iStock_4943104SmallI love a sale. A deal. A bargain. If I could, I’d probably visit Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx and Home Goods every weekend. But, you know, thankfully I have a life. Which is why I love flash sale websites, which allow me to bargain hunt from the comfort of my computer. Flash sales–basically short term online sample sales—started in the fashion world a couple of years back, but many now feature great home furnishings and accessories at equally way-marked-down prices. So if, like me, you’re more likely to max out your credit card at Pottery Barn than J. Crew, you’ll love these sites. Sign up online, and they’ll email you details of each day’s sales. Happy shopping!

One King’s Lane: This site specializes in home goods—from furniture to rugs to art, they’ve got it all.

Ideeli

Gilt Groupe

Rue La La

Haute Look

eBay Daily Deals: The auction site now offers a slew of one-day only bargains and free shipping.

Apartment Therapy: While it’s not a sample sale site, this home blog does a comprehensive week-end round-up of home sales, both in-store and online. Check the site every Friday for The Weekend Guide post, or sign up for their daily newsletter to get details via email.


Fashion Editor Secrets To Scoring Great Deals

May 4, 2010 at 2:15 pm , by

bargain openerI know sometimes when you look at our fashion pages, you might wonder why everything is so expensive. There’s a simple reason: We need to list the full retail price of each item—but most people don’t pay the full retail price. At least I don’t. And neither should you.

In the Bargain Bulletin story in the May issue of LHJ, you’ll find all my best tips for scoring deals: shop designer collections at Target, follow the advice of your favorite shopgirl, and my favorite, sign up for email alerts with must-have brands. Sure, daily emails can be annoying (I just got one that said, “All shorts $39.50!” What? Since when is that a deal?) but the subject of the email will usually tell you if it’s worth opening so you can delete quickly.

Here are some great deals I’ve seen in the past 2 months via the sale alerts I’ve subscribed to. Of course they’re over now but if you sign up, you could hear about more like these!

Fourty percent off all dresses at bloomingdales.com, 40 percent all shoes at kennethcole.com for 5 hours only, 40 percent off any new full-price merchandise at anntaylor.com if you buy 3 items, 30 percent everything (full-priced and sale merchandise) one-day only… And my absolute favorite: 20% off (or sometimes even 30%) of all sale merchandise at jcrew.com. This is the way that I score great gifts for my husband, a hip wardrobe for my daughters and lots of pretty and well-made clothes for myself.

Here are my recommended quick links to sign up for email sale alerts: JCrew, Kenneth Cole (click Sign Up For Email), Ann Taylor, Loft, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Bloomingdales,and Macys.

So log on, sign up and start saving!


Yard Sale Know-How

April 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm , by

Why do I love spring? For all the usual reasons having to do with better weather, lighter clothes, longer days, brighter moods. But there’s one thing that really makes the season stand out in my book: It’s time for yard sales again!

I am crazy about yard sales. I love the serendipity of them, the crazy karmic luck that sometimes leads you to just the thing you’ve been dying to own (even if you didn’t know it). I’ve found many of my best-loved, and even some of my most valuable, possessions at yard sales. My favorite example: a small, stunning oil painting by a semi-famous artist who has pieces in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. I picked this little gem up at moving sale for 25 bucks. And I still delight in a $195 Williams-Sonoma chrome citrus press that was new in the box. Cost to me: $5. It would never have occurred to me to go out and buy such a thing. Now every summer I make gallons of fresh lemonade with it.

Of course, to do yard sales well you have to have a strategy. Here are the five most important things I’ve learned from my years of experience:

  • Plan your route. Most yard sales are held on Saturdays, so by Friday get a copy of your local newspaper classifieds or Pennysaver, and choose the four or five most promising sales to visit, from closest to home to farthest. Choose the sales based on the merchandise available as described in the ad, but also make judgments based on address. Yard sales on nicer streets in fancier zip codes are usually better—it’s just a fact. Read more

Smart Money Moves

January 27, 2010 at 6:37 pm , by

m_FI120106MOTVA001Every so often I am asked to appear on TV to talk about an article that’s run in LHJ. It’s always fun and exciting, but never so much as it was a few weeks ago when I went on the Today Show, because they wanted me to talk about one of my favorite subjects in the whole world: shopping. More specifically, I was there to talk about bargain shopping, which to me is shopping in its most transporting, exalted, rapturous form. It’s shopping with benefits: After all, the more you save, the more you can…shop! I consider myself to be a pretty astute bargain shopper, and have years and years of experience of not paying retail. In fact, as a small child growing up in New York City, my mother took me clothes shopping on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. This is a street (long since morphed into a downtown hipster enclave) that used to be lined with dingy little clothing shops staffed by really obnoxious sales people. But oh, the bargains! These shops were filled with the kinds of pretty clothes that would delight a young girl’s heart for a fraction of the department-store price. Before there was TJMaxx or Marshall’s or Daffy’s or any of the others, there was Orchard Street. It’s where I learned to love the joy of the bargain hunt.

But I digress. On this, my first blog entry, I simply want to present my bargain shopping bona fides, what that they are, and let you know that I’ll be posting now and again with news and tips about how to save money, sometimes based on research, sometimes on my own experience. Incidentally, I’m also the editor at LHJ who handles most of our money pieces. So I know or thing or two and am really looking forward to sharing with you.