24 February 2013

Tonight marks the ultimate evening of celebrity fashion: The Oscars! For fashion mavens, we’ll tune in beginning at 6:30PM to gawk at our favorite fabulous actresses as they strut their stuff down the red carpet and spill their carefully selected designers to Ryan Seacrest. Don’t forget to jot down your favorite looks of the night and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the designer’s respective sample sales in the coming months, perhaps you can find a similar steal! This week, the sample sale lineup continues to remain thin, but that allows us to focus our attention on what is offered.

And the nominees are…

Monday Mash-Up

This Monday, allot shopping time to re-visit some of this past month’s best sales to check in for additional discounts and stock. Be sure to first stop at the What Goes Around Comes Around Sample Sale on Astor Place. This sale is receiving rave reviews as this pop-up warehouse of sorts is coming to a close, therefor liquidating its stock. Within this massive shop you’ll find fabulous vintage for under $30, with prices as low as $5. Prices are expected to drop as their March 7th finale creeps closer. A true bargain considering the hefty prices the What Goes Around Comes Around boutique in SoHo offers.

After indulging in vintage clothing downtown, head up a few blocks to 19th Street to the Ralph Lauren Home Sample Sale. As we reported last week, this sale features an inundation of vintage knick-knacks and low-priced Ralph Lauren furniture. For a mere $100 you could be walking away with enough décor accents to re-decorate a small room.

Candles at the Diptyque Beauty Sample Sale

Diptyque Beauty Sample Sale

The Parisian company Diptyque, noted for their creation of diverse and eclectic scents, will host a sample sale beginning Wednesday at 225 Fifth Avenue. Be sure to get your hands on a few of their famous candles (I swear by them!), in a variety of smells from spicy Oriental blends to clove pomander, bitter orange and floral blends. Also on sale will be a number of their luxurious fragrances, beauty products and gift items.

Baggu, Mociun, No. 6 Footwear & Accessories Sample Sale

Schedule a visit to Brooklyn Saturday to check out the Baggu, Mociun, No. 6 Footwear & Accessories Sample Sale. Jump off the L train and bask in discounts on No. 6’s fashionable clogs high heels and boots. Some of No. 6’s classics include the Hurache High Heel and Hurache Wedge, in addition to their comfortable and stylish leather clog buckle boots and wedges. If clogs are not your thing, then get your hands on the Baggu Leather Tote Bag or one of their sturdy canvas weekender bags.

Pratesi Sample Sale

Now that you revamped your bedroom with some vintage and antique pieces thanks to the Ralph Lauren Home Sale, scoop up some luxury linens from the Pratesi Sample Sale to add a pop of lavishness to even out the vibe with their hotel sheet sets and duvet covers.

After mapping out your shopping schedule tonight, sit back and relax, pop a bottle of wine and a bag of popcorn as you indulge yourself in luxurious fashion modeled by the biggest names in Hollywood at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

And the winner goes to…

By Caitlin Colford

Posted by Caitlin Colford at 10:50 PM
Opinions , SALES , Sample Sale Previews |

24 February 2013

Don't just watch the Oscars, meet the stars at the #Oscars

Oh yes, baby! There’s romance in the air, and it’s between your TV and social media stream. It’s no surprise that, in general, the way of TV-watching has changed drastically with the influx and success of social media.

Take, for example, Oreo’s quick-thinking ad that aired during the Super Bowl blackout. If you watched the Super Bowl or participate in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other social media outlets, you probably know the one I’m talking about. Somehow, the folks at Oreo aired a remarkably timely image of an Oreo cookie with the script, “You can still dunk in the dark.”

The ad went viral instantly.

It helped that the commercial aired on one of the only days people tune in specifically for the advertisements, but the blackout-inspired ad’s popularity skyrocketed mostly in part to the social media frenzy that followed it. In fact, Oreo’s cheeky advertisement received over 15,000 tweets, 20,000 Facebook “likes” and the company gained tens of thousands of new Instagram followers.

The trend could work the other way around. For example, remember the 2012 presidential debate in which Sesame Street’s Big Bird went viral on Twitter and other social media? All it took was a five second comment by Mitt Romney on cutting funding and the whole Internet was abuzz. In fact (for better or worse), it distracted from some of the more important points of that debate.

Another example: I know that if there’s a big season premiere or a highly anticipated award show (like the Oscars!), I can sign onto Facebook or Twitter and read a slew of real-time talk and feedback as the show’s actually airing. Even more, the celebrities involved in these very events participate in the real-time social media scene themselves. Take Sophia Vergara tweeting about her wardrobe malfunction last year, for example.

In anticipation of the big night, Twitter reminds us in a blog post that “As the audience in the Dolby Theatre claps, laughs, and cries, so do the viewers at home. Watching along with Twitter, you can have the best of both worlds: get insider access from stars who know the Oscars best, and join fellow film fans in a global viewing party.”

If you want to  watch the #Oscars with stars and need the handles to participate in the conversation check out their post   http://blog.twitter.com/2013/02/watch-oscars-with-stars.html

By Wendy Rose Gould

Posted by Wendy Rose Gould at 07:00 AM
Opinions , Points of View , The City |

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