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My Hypothesis on FitFlops

July 25, 2009

Fitflop

I’ve been seeing more and more of FitFlops on the streets (yes, surprisingly even in NYC) and I’m not quite sure what I think about them. So I’m going to break it down in this post… If you own a pair- I really want to hear from someone who wears them- please email me or leave a comment!

Evidence/Research: Reviews on the FitFlop website that range from:

  • “After only a couple of weeks of wearing my new oasis fitflops, my hip felt like new!” – Amanda, NY

to…

  • “I can feel my muscles toning and baring bad weather I wear them in and out of the house and i am now pain free” – Kate, London

to…

  • “I went from a size four to a size two and for the first time in years I am wearing shorts!” – Irene, NY

So what I gather solely from these reviews, is that they ARE comfortable, they DO have some toning effects, and customers love them. Even the customer reviews on Amazon.com, (where FitFlop marketing can’t interfere with negative comments) were considerably high.

Croc Boot

Croc Boot

The Results: In contrast to my hatred for Crocs, the style of FitFlops is not that bad if these shoes are comfortable and they really do what they say they do. Afterall, they are flip flops– they aren’t claiming to be a “shoe” or making ugly children’s rain boots just because some people are crazy enough to buy them. In fact, if FitFlops really are working, then I wish MORE people would wear them. The atrocious excuses for shoes that I see on my commute would be much better off if they were replaced with FitFlops.

Conclusion: I’m going to go ahead and say that FitFlops are going to gain a lot of attention and brand awareness (AKA: $$$) by next summer- especially with their Twitter presence and big city Ad Campaigns in New York and London. And to my own surprise- I’m going to tell you that it is not a sin to buy them. If I had any money at all to spend on an extra pair of non-Heels, I would try them myself. These are my top 2 picks:

WalkStar FitFlop in Tokyo Purple

WalkStar FitFlop in Tokyo Purple

Walkstar III  FitFlop in Oyster

Walkstar III FitFlop in Oyster

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Launch Party for the Cole Haan Whitney Collection

July 25, 2009

The Madison Avenue Cole Haan store was packed to the brims on Wednesday night when Guest of a Guest hosted the Cole Haan launch party for its new Whitney Collection. The collection is a trendy, urban line with some bright blues and purples in addition to the classic browns, blacks and grays that Cole Haan tends to carry. Blue and grey flats, heels with elastic bands, sporty leather hand bags, and studded accessories were standouts in the collection. These were some of my favorite pieces:

Cole Haan Launch Party for The Whitney Collection

Cole Haan Launch Party for The Whitney Collection

Studded Heel and Belt from The Whitney Collection

Studded Heel and Belt

Totes from The Whitney Collection

Totes from The Whitney Collection

Studded Hobo Bag from The Whitney Collection

Studded Hobo Bag from The Whitney Collection

Sporty Flats with Elastic Bands

Sporty Flats with Elastic Bands

Elastic Band Pumps

Elastic Band Pumps

Dior Barbie

July 9, 2009

Am I the only one who had flashbacks of the original Barbie from 1959 when I saw this little Dior Couture number?

Dior Couture & Original Barbie

Dior Couture & Original Barbie

AE Studios Launch

June 30, 2009
Juan Carlos Pinto, "Zebra"

Juan Carlos Pinto, "Zebra"

AE Studios in Long Island City, Queens held a launch party  on Saturday night in collaboration with Arte News Publishing Magazine. The evening opened with an art exhibit and ended with a fashion show of up and coming designers.

With almost a dozen great artists on exhibit, my favorite artist was Juan Carlos Pinto. He showed a collection of mosaic pieces made out of Metro Cards like the one pictured on the right, titled “Zebra.”

The fashion show opened with Lola’s Rags, a collection of vintage-inspired lingerie by designer Lourdes Urriola, also known as Raquel. The elegant robes, bralets, and bottoms flowed beautifully down the runway in pastel shades of pink and green. The designs came in a variety of cuts, each with its own unique flair.  The looks were complete with handmade jewelry from Harlow in Chains and gorgeous 20’s style hair accessories from Esperanza NYC.

Lola's Rags

Lola's Rags

Lola's Rags

Lola's Rags

Lola's Rags

Lola's Rags

Lola's Rags

Lola's Rags

Natalini was next, with a collection of  classic accessories paired with black outfits.

The last designer was Sonu Dullo, showing the latest collection from her line, Saya. The collection is contemporary with Indian influences and fabrics. Balmain-esque, fitted mini dresses were the highlight of the collection- beautiful from both the front and the back, with intricate details and open-backed cuts.

Saya

Saya

Saya

Saya

Saya

Saya

Saya

Saya

Lingerie Done Right- Not Done Repetitively

June 12, 2009

While I do love Victoria’s Secret and other mass marketed lingerie brands, sometimes I want something more unique. There is just something about wearing a cute/sexy/flirty bra that makes the day brighter- even if you are the only one who knows you are wearing it! These are some of my favorite brands (sans-VS):

Honeydew Intimates

Honeydew Intimates Anchor Set

Honeydew Intimates Anchor Set

I recently discovered Honeydew Intimates– a line of pretty intimate apparel with a flirty and sexy twist. The newest collection for spring and summer includes bright colors, girly prints, and great selection of cuts and styles! From polka dot thongs with cute bra-strap adjustable sides to ruffly boy shorts, there is a fit for every girl. My favorite set this season is the anchor boy short and bralet set, shown to the right. After realizing the great prices, the next thing I realized when I first tried Honeydew Intimates was the comfortable and luxuriously soft fabrics! Even wearing the g-string, I felt like I had nothing on. Honeydew Intimates has a bunch of cami sets as well- which I may be investing in soon considering my new obsession. Check them out on honeydewintimates.com!

Follow Honeydew Intimates on Twitter: @HoneydewIntimates


Natori BUkhara Robe

Natori Bukhara Robe

Natori

My Natori robe is my favorite thing to get ready in- it’s super soft and light weight and the cut is flattering, unlike a big fat bath robe. Natori is a bit more expensive, but they are definitely quality products with a great sex appeal. Natori has all sorts of intimate apparel and even different collections (including the great robe pictured), and they can all be found here.

Follow Natori on Twitter: @NatoriCompany

Figleaves

Figleaves Trellis Bra

Figleaves Trellis Bra

Figleaves.com is a great place to buy a variety of intimate brands. But did you know Figleaves has its own brand, as well? And they recently expanded their offerings into a clothing line! I still haven’t ordered any of their great new dresses, but they are worth taking a look. The bra pictured to the right is the Trellis Embroidered Bra by Figleaves.

Follow Figleaves on Twitter: @FigleavesHome

Prepare to Launch…

May 22, 2009

Wednesday night was an exciting night for fashion- I attended collection previews for 3 up and coming designers, and all were an occasion to celebrate!

Farrah Delaunay Launch Party
Model-turned-designer, Farrah Delaunay, showcased her newest collection at the Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery. With bright colors, fine leathers and unique West African fabrics, the bags in her Bambou collection have an exotic appeal. In an array of shapes and sizes, the smaller bags are perfect for days out on the town and the larger bags are travel-ready. Champagne and sushi were served as the crowd mingled about the gallery, taking guesses as to which NYC buyers and boutiques would be the first to snatch up Farrah’s bags. I loved the zipper detailing and interesting shape of the Dakar bags, and the convenient size of the head-turning Lagos bags. One of my other favorite bags was the gift bag! The cotton, beach-style Farrah bag included a customized scented lotion “Bambou Blend” from Bath Junkie; Vita Coco Cocunut Water; Wake Up Women A book for women by women about being happy, healthy and wealthy; Tea Tree cleansing conditioner by Wen, certificates for At Home Pampering Services, Ancient Miracle in a Bottle, and a Tru Nutrition Chocolate sample.

Here are some pics from the event:

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paige Gamble & Kara Ackerman Exclusive Sale 

Handbag designer Paige Gamble and jewelry designer Kara Ackerman teamed up for an exclusive sale and preview of their spring/summer collections at the Pucci Building. A high style crowd was gathered to view the young designer’s newest creations.

Paige Gamble’s handbags are made of the finest leathers with luxurious accents such as peacock feathers, crystals, gemstones, and hand-carved jade. I had the opportunity to meet the designer, and she explained to me how her extensive design team comes together from all over the world to create her one of a kind bags- some accent pieces are hand picked in Asia, a tattoo artist in the West who custom-details the leathers, someone hand enamels certain accents, and overall she complimented her great design team and attributed them to her success. Paige Gamble bags are truly statement pieces- if I had the money, I would buy any one of them in a heart beat! Until then, I can stare at these pics from Wednesday night’s event:

 

Paige Gamble

Paige Gamble Patent Leather Flower Accents

 

Paige Gamble

Paige Gamble "Lunchbox" and Clutch

 

Paige Gamble Peacock Accented Clutch

Paige Gamble Peacock Accented Clutch

 

Paige Gamble Ostrich with Crystals

Paige Gamble Ostrich with Crystals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kara Ackerman also creates standout pieces with a unique touch. She has three lines- GemGirls, KSA designs for Men, and Kara Ackerman. Each line is distinct- GemGirls seemingly for a younger target audience, KSA- self explanatorily for men, and Kara Ackerman having a more refined look. I enjoyed seeing all of the lines, but was most intrigued be the KSA line with various cuff links and accessories for men, and the pearls and gemstones in the Kara Ackerman line. These are my favorite pieces from the event, but you can see more of her designs onkaracreations.com:

Kara Ackerman

Kara Ackerman Pearl Necklaces

Kara Ackerman

Kara Ackerman

Kara Ackerman Gem Girls

Kara Ackerman Gem Girls

 

Not Another Manicure for Mother’s Day

April 29, 2009

You could get your mom another lotion set or manicure gift certificate, but why would you when you can get her something that makes her say “wow!”(and really mean it)?

Guilt-less Gifts on Gilt.com
The Gilt Groupe set up a sample sale of great accessories specifically for Mother’s day shopping- “Fabulous Gifts for Mom”! Enjoy up to 70% off retail prices by joining Gilt via this invitation link and shop today!

Photo Gifts
Mom always loves pics of her little darlings- whether its you or the dog! Check out Shutterfly.com for photo gifts of everything from calendars to puzzles and the timeless coffee mug. Get free shipping on orders over $50 by entering the code SHIP50 at checkout (expires 4/29).

Bags
Remember all those great bagged lunches mom used to make for you? Give her a bag she’ll love.

This Liz Claiborne tote is perfect for the beach or shopping in the city. Comes in 4 great summer color combinations! $59.98 at 6pm.com 

These London Fog bags are classic but “springy” because of the bright color options! Check out these ($236 $149) and other designer bags for less on Overstock.com

Bejeweled
Brooksone Ultrasonic Jewelry CleanerNo more smelly chemicals ruining your mom’s manicure: This Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner from Brookstone will help mom clean up all that expensive jewelry you’ve been getting her the last few Mother’s Days.
$39.99, Brookstone

This Coral and Cultured Pearl Necklace is a timeless and unique piece of jewelry. Get it at Ross-Simons at 60% off retail price.  $50, Ross-Simons

 

 

 Take a Chance
Enter your mom for a chance to win a $5,000 Valentino Shoe & Handbag Shopping Spree on Neiman Marcus.com! (I guess you could enter yourself too, while you’re at it!) Click here to enter 

Follow Me on Twitter- Because I Said So

April 2, 2009

 

TWITTER

  Click here to start following Because I Said So on Twitter!

My Twitter name is BCISS (BeCause I Said So)… I will be making updates daily on various events, sales, and products that I find! Just one more way for you to get your fill of Because I Said So.


If You Can’t Beat ’em, Join ’em… Sample Sales that is

April 1, 2009

The economy has been affecting everyone from shoppers, to luxury buyers and major department stores. While almost everyone has had to cut back their shopping budgets, there are more ways than ever to find steals on on designer duds. Get more for your money by signing up (or joining the waiting list) for my favorite online sample sales and shopping newsletters:

Hautelook

 HAUTELOOK A private, member’s only club that organizes 24-48 hours sales of premium brands for 50-75% off of retail prices.

 

Gilt Groupe

 Gilt Groupe
Click on the Logo to the left for an invite to the only online sample store I know who has sold Christian Louboutin’s for ridiculously low prices! Gilt is up and coming and is definitely worth taking the few minutes to join!

 


The Top Secret

Top Button & The Top Secret
Top Button is a fashion network with blogs, a member forum, fashion and beauty event listings, and a list of online sales and deals. Top Button’s online sample sales, The Top Secret, offers access to exclusive sales from premier brands with discounts up to 75% off retail. Click the envelope for an invite!

 


ideeliIDEELI Invite-only access (click the icon to the left to join via my “invite”) to sought-after fashion, home and beauty products. Ideeli was the first invite-only shopping community in the U.S.

 

New York Mag's Best Bets Daily New York Magazine’s Best Bets Daily  Best Bets Daily covers special shopping events, sample sales, and online deals- daily!

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger… never would have thought

March 6, 2009

The scene was electric last night at Tommy Hilfiger’s Denim store in Soho where Paper Magazine was throwing a launch party for the Marky Ramone Rock Scene Collection. Yes- Marky Ramone of the Ramones- the punk rock group from the 80s.

Apparently Tommy and Marky go way back to when Tommy’s brother, Andy, played in a band with Marky. The seemingly odd duo teamed up to create a new “fresh” line of jeans and leather jackets. The timing couldn’t be better, seeing as we have been seeing a lot of 80s throwback trends on the runway during all of the fashion weeks this season- shoulder details, bright blue eye shadows,  etc.

Dressed in punk, prep, classic, and every style in between, guests lined up around the makeshift, but fully functional, “bar” which is usually the cash wrap. Tommy himself was hanging out in the back corner as Marky and his band performed live for the crowd. Somewhere in the midst of it all, I am sure the collection was hanging around some rack, but it just didn’t seem to be the focal point of the evening! At the end of the night, Tommy exited promptly at 10pm with his entourage and guests started receiving their goody bags. The Tommy Denim gift bags were filled with Tommy’s “Dreaming” perfume, drum sticks, a Paper Magazine issue, a condom/STD safety kit from Marky Ramone (what?), and a $25 off coupon for when you spend $100 @ TH Denim.

Here are some pictures from the event:

 

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger Launch Party

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger Launch Party

 

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger

 

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger