With the holiday season upon us, festive markets are springing up all over NYC. It’s one of the best things about spending time in the city. You can go to a holiday market, pick up hot chocolate and cookies, then walk to the next shop and buy a scarf for your aunt. Bundle up and check out some of the best holiday markets in NYC.
Best Overall: The Union Square Holiday Market
Each year, over 1 million visitors attend The Union Square Holiday Market, and it’s no surprise considering how much they have to offer. From jewelry to food and art to kid’s toys, there’s something for everyone on your list, and the best part is that you’re helping to support local artisans. It’s where you go when you want a unique gift that you just can’t find anywhere else. The market runs until December 24 – perfect for all those last, last minute shoppers – and is open on weekdays from 11am to 8pm, Saturdays from 10am to 8pm, and on Sundays from 11am to 7pm.
Best for Arts and Crafts Lovers: The Degenerate Craft Fair
Started in 2009, the Degenerate Craft Fair features fabulous items by more than 50 artists. What makes this fair even more incredible is that the majority of the items cost $50 or less. Who doesn’t love a good deal? The Degenerate Craft Fair is two days only – December 14 and 15 – so make sure you check them out before they’re gone.
Best for Foodies: The Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Just short of the entrance to Central Park sits The Columbus Circle Holiday Market, a great collection of shops where you can find everything from gourmet chocolates and jewelry to pottery and accessories. You’re undoubtedly going to work up an appetite walking around this large market, so make sure to stop off and get some food at one of the many food areas including Red Thai Basil, Macaron Parlour, Wafels & Dinges, and La Sonrisa Empanadas amongst many others. The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is open until December 24, and runs Monday through Saturday from 10am to 8pm, and on Sundays from 10am to 7pm.
Best Outdoor Experience: The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
A favorite amongst shoppers, The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park are beloved not only for the shopping experience, but because the ice skating rink is right there and provides easy access to people watching, gliding gracefully across the ice, or falling on your derriere depending on how skilled you are. There’s plenty of shops to stop at and copious amounts of hot chocolate to consume, so get on it! The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park are running until January 5, and are open Monday through Friday from 11am to 8pm, Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
By Lauren Romano
Union Square Holiday Market photo credit: Erin Kestenbaum
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Cyber Monday is like the cooler, more laid back sister to Black Friday. It requires no elbows to flap in order to move your way through a boisterous crowd. And it does not call for a pre-shopping makeup sesh, as there’s no chance of running into so-and-so in front of your computer.
Cyber Monday gives you the killer deals on all those goodies you may not have purchased at retail price without sacrificing your ego or sanity. So grab a cup of tea, pull out your wallet and shop, dear Stylish City readers. Consider it shopping yoga — a way to realign your chi after a busy Thanksgiving weekend.
Cyber Monday Deals
Armani Exchange: Get 45% off all styles, including sale items. Online only.
BaubleBar: Get 20% off anything on the site when you enter CYBER20 at checkout. Shoppers can also play their “Cyber Savings Game” for a chance to win $100 off their order.
Betsey Johnson: Use code SHOP40 to get an additional 40% off your order, plus free shipping.
Calvin Klein: Get 40% off select merchandise and free shipping with the code FFDEC2013.
Cynthia Rowley: Get up to 65% off fall merchandise markdowns and 20% off full-priced clothes. Plus save 50% off angora sweaters.
Dorothy Perkins: Up to 30% off storewide. Discount applies at checkout.
Eileen Fisher: Get an extra 15% off all sale items both in store and online.
Elizabeth Cole Jewelry: Get 40% off select items on when you enter BEJEWELED at checkout.
Fab.com: Entire store is marked down 30%. You’ll earn a $30 credit to your account for orders over $200. If you shop via mobile device, you’ll also receive a free pair of touch screen gloves with your order.
FragranceNet.com: FragranceNet sells celebrity and designer fragrances. Get 15% off your order of $50 or more, plus get free lip glosses. Free shipping.
French Connection: Receive 30% off all purchases, plus get free shipping if your order’s over $150. Use code W13COUPON.
Hautelook: They’re unlocking enticing mystery deals every hour on the hour. You’ll find super steep discounts here. Follow them on their Twitter feed to get in on the action.
House of Harlow 1960: Nicole Richie’s brand, which is chock-full of luxe apparel and accessories. Everything in the online store is 25% off with the code BLACKHOH.
J.Crew: Everything is reduced 50%. Get free shipping on orders over $50 with the code HOLIDAY50.
Kiehl’s: Use code CHEER to get $20 off your purchase of $65 or more. Equates to 30% off!
Lancome: Take 25% off your entire order (no code required). When you spend more than $49, receive free shipping and a sample of your choice.
Laura Geller: Get 20% off your entire Laura Geller cosmetic purchase, plus free shipping. No code.
Lisa Hoffman Beauty: All products are marked down 50% when you use code LHCYBER at checkout. If you spend more than $100, you’ll get a free 4-vial pulse-point perfume set.
Maggy London: The entire store is marked down 40%.
Natori: Get 20% off any order over $250 with code HOLIDAY20. through
Rebecca Taylor: Receive 25% off anything in the store, including sale items, with the code RTMONDAY25.
RueLaLa: You’ll find 24 “Today’s Fix” items heavily discounted. They’re advertising Missoni scarves, Kenneth Jay Lane bangles and other goodies.
Stila: 50 different products have been marked down up to 80% in their Online Warehouse Sale.
Ted Baker: Get 30% off your entire order both online and in stores.
Tracy Reese: Get 30% off your entire purchase, including regular priced, sale and clearance merchandise. Use online code CYBER30 at checkout.
Trina Turk: They’ve selected four different styles of black dresses, each marked down 25% off. Both online and in stores.
UGG Australia: Enter code U1DAYTHRUCYBERMONDAY at checkout to receive 30% off select women’s, men’s and children’s footwear. Code also gives you free overnight shipping with no minimum purchase required.
Vichy: Get $15, $25 or $35 dollars off your purchase of $60, $90 or $125+.
By Wendy Rose Gould
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Today’s installation of our “Influential NYC Blogger of the Day” mini series, which features writers who were ahead, perhaps even pioneers, of the fashion blogging boom, highlights the “Advanced Style” blog. Thus far, we’ve given you the 411 on shutter-happy Scott Schuman of “The Sartorialist,” and social media darling Bryanboy.
We live in a world where youth and novel reign supreme. NYC blogger Ari Seth Cohen, however, is bucking the “younger is better” mentality with his blog, “Advanced Style”. The street-style blog, founded in 2008, features golden girls and boys (read: mature women and men) whose outfits are worthy of capturing and showcasing for the world to see.
“Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a thing or two about living life to the fullest,” writes Cohen on the blog’s about page. “Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”
Browsing through the incredible outfits that Cohen snaps and posts, you’ll quickly realize what he says is true. These ladies and gents know how to dress. And dare I say many of them dress better than your run-of-the-mill 20-somethings.
Where is Advanced Styled today?:
Today, the words, “Advanced Style” are on the lips of notable members of the fashion elite and sprinkled in haute glossies across the globe. It seems that people believe in the idea of highlighting the sartorial savvy senior set.
While Cohen set out to influence those in his own age bracket — 20 and 30-somethings — or at least show them that the elderly have a sense of style, too, he’s found that the 60-and-up men and women appearing on his blog have actually inspired their own generations.
“I get emails all the time: ‘I’m in my seventies, I saw someone wearing striped socks on your blog, I’m going to buy some tomorrow,’” he recounts to Telegraph UK. This has given him the idea to work with brands and designers to bring more accessible fashion to the often neglected older crowd.
Though we have yet to see a book deal or collaboration with designers, we’re sure there are good things in store for Ari Seth Cohen and Advanced Style.
Why is this blogger successful?
Finding a niche is imperative to one’s success, and that’s exactly what Cohen’s done with Advanced Style. While he focuses on a specific set of people — those who’ve earned their gray hairs — his blog appeals to generations beyond the 60-and-up posse. We love that he’s not afraid to push the line in a world that seems to forget that older isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
What’s your take on the Advanced Style blog? Do you think more blogs of this type should pop up, or is one enough? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
By Wendy Rose Gould
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This week’s Don’t Miss Sample Sales roundup features a nice mix of naughty and nice merchandise.
Don’t hesitate to get a little naughty with goods from the Samantha Chang sample sale, where sexy lingerie costs as little as $5 and no more than $60. Or, you can stay on santa’s “nice” list with, say, youthful frocks from Nanette Lepore’s fall 2013 collection. The choice is yours!
Armani Sample Sale
Get your hands on goods from Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Armani Collezioni and Armani Jeans at the Fall 2013 Armani Sample sale. Both men’s and women’s ready-to-wear are available, as are accessories. Relish in the sweet, sweet markdowns on this household name’s goods. We suggest playing nice at this one, even though the crowds may be overwhelming.
WHEN: 11/16 – 11/20; Sat-Sun (9:30-6:30), Mon-Tue (9:30-7), Wed (9:30-5:30)
WHERE: Soiffer Haskin. 317 West 33rd Street, Just west of 8th Avenue, New York. (718-747-1656)
Nanette Lepore Fall 2013 Sample Sale
NYC based designer Nanette Lapore is hosting another anticipated sample sale. This one’s full of goods from her Fall 2013 collection, so if you still need apparel befitting the cooler months, this one’s for you. Nanette Lepore is known for her feminine, youthful designs, look-at-me prints and gorgeous textiles.
WHEN: 11/19 – 11/21; Tue-Th (9-7)
WHERE: 225 West 35th Street, Fourth floor, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, New York, NY
Samantha Chang Sample Sale
Ooh la la! If you could use a few extra pieces for your lingerie collection, head on over to the Samantha Chang sample sale. There you’ll find some of the designer’s beautiful lingerie discounted up to 90% off, not limited to underwear, sleepwear and loungewear. Prices start at $5 and don’t go higher than $60. Whether you’re on the prowl for something naughty or something nice, this sample sale is definitely a don’t miss.
WHEN: 11/20 – 11/21; Wed (noon-7), Th (10-4)
WHERE: 171 Madison Avenue, Suite 307, between 33rd and 34th Street, New York, NY
Loeffler Randall Shoe and Bag Sample Sale
Feel like doing a little naughty splurging? Then the Loeffler Randall sample sale is exactly what the doctor ordered. Perhaps the Fenton ankle book ($200 from $450) will sate your spending needs, or maybe the Rider Bag ($300 from $650) is more your thing. Note that even though you’re splurging a little bit, you’re still getting up to 50% off the retail price of these compliment-worthy kicks and handbags.
WHEN: 11/21 – 11/22; Th-Fri (10-8)
WHERE: 525 Broadway, between Spring & Broome Streets, 4th floor, New York, NY
By Wendy Rose Gould
Image credit: Armani.com
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