Saturday, November 20, 2010

Best Buys

Sometimes it’s not about price, just great value for money (and stuff I like and have road tested). Check out the following:

1: Essie’s fall nail polish collection of six on trend shades. At eight bucks a pop you can’t go wrong with either In Stitches ( a pretty blush pink), Merino Cool ( smoky mulberry) or Velvet Voyeur (a dramatic chocolatey amethyst).

2: The Infiniti Pro hair dryer by Conair makes blow drying a five minute job (my hairy boyfriend can vouch for that).

3: For a quick and cheap footwear fix check out Spring. This lower priced division of Canadian brand Aldo just launched in the U.S. I popped by their branch in the Manhattan mall on 32nd street and ended up with the cutest grey flannel wedge oxfords (around $39.00) and a sporty pair of brown ankle boots cuffed in faux shearling ( $69.00).

In addition there are handbags, accessories and shoes for guys too.

4: I’m a big fan of the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show. If you like one-of-a-kind apparel, etc. this show’s a must. Sure, some dealers charge a small fortune especially for high end designer names but you can always find a bargain amongst the 90 or so dealers that show. For example, this go round I found a stunning pair of Ferragamo knee high leather boots for a hundred bucks cash. Check out the dates for upcoming shows at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street. Feb 4th & 5th and April 29th & 30th. Here’s a tip. If you go on a Saturday, many dealers will put merch on sale since they don’t want to schlep the stuff back.

5: Since Target moved to Manhattan I’ve made it a point to try to get up there at least once a month. On my last go see I found really chic leather, fully lined (with French seams), four button length gloves in a rich shade of red for $17.95. Believe me, I’ve scoured the city for warm gloves and nobody can match target’s price. My friend picked up a cute pair in teal suede for the same amount.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for my beauty report. C&C

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