Last year, I bought this gorgeous Abaco bag at Ideeli.com…and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. The modern design is extremely versatile; I can dress it up or down. And the leather is buttery soft. Every time I carry it, friends compliment the bag and strangers stop me on the street. In fact, a few weeks ago, some crazy lady on the bus started petting it while she raved about the style and color (you know I promptly changed my seat).
Abaco is a Parisian label, and is very hard to come by here in the states. So when people ask me how they can get their hands on one of their bags, I’m always at a loss for words. I just received word that Ideeli is hosting another Abaco sample sale, so I couldn’t wait to share the news with my girls.
Sale starts Monday, May 18
Prices start at $69 (save up to 77%)
Abaco offers roomy handbags without the fuss. Following a true “joie de vivre” philosophy, this Parisian label unites vintage charm with modern practicality, creating a new twist on classic feminine style. Backed by extensive experience as a makeup artist, designer Raquel Achache crafts bags from supple leathers in indefinite colors (such as blue-gray). Because these subtler shades are also harder to find, she works directly with her factories to develop these custom colors, giving Abaco Laguna bags a distinct, sophisticated look. Pair this color palette with perfectly slouched silhouettes and the results manage to feel both new and familiar.
Here’s a sampling of Ideeli’s other sample sales this week:
Sale starts Monday, May 18
Prices start at $29 (save up to 61%)
Tracy Matthews Designs was founded in Spring 1999 in San Francisco. Matthews is influenced by Frisco’s rich culture, which fostered in her a deep love of color and art that is obvious in her collection. With such fun, gorgeous jewelry, it’s no wonder fashionistas like Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, and Charlize Theron love Tracy’s designs. In Matthews’ world, all that glitters really is gold, so join the glitterati and stock up on Tracy Matthews Designs.
Lord & Taylor is having a private sale.
Click here for $40 worth of in-store saving certificates from Lord & Taylor. Coupons expire on Sunday, May 17, 2009.
Take an extra 20% off regular and sale-priced items with promo code PRIVATE.
Check out the fab sales going down at Ideeli.com this week…
Sale starts Monday, May 11
Prices start at $38 (save up to 55%)
Every girl wants to be trend-savvy, but practicality demands clothing picks that will endure. That means everyday basics with uniquely fashionable twists, pieces that translate from office sophistication to nighttime playfulness. Enter Max Studio, the brand started by fashion pioneer Leon Max, over 30 years ago.
Sale starts Monday, May 11
Prices start at $27 (save up to: 60%)
Creating everything from intricate metal earrings to beautifully simple pendants, Janna Conner uses high quality materials like Czechoslovakian faceted glass, semi-precious gems, and 14 karat gold. While effortlessly mixing modern elements with classic and exotic designs, Conner often infuses bursts of color into the line with delicate enameling details and bright stones like turquoise. With these eye-catching looks, it’s a given that items from Conner’s collection have shown up on countless fashion-forward stars, and are housed in cutting edge boutiques across the country.
Sale starts Tuesday, May 12
Prices start at $121 (save up to: 60%)
A natural-born designer, Heather Hawkins knows that beauty arises when passion teams with skill. And Hawkins began developing her skills from an early age. Spending hours of her youth at her grandmother’s seamstress shop and her father’s wholesale drapery business, she learned the nuances of fabrics and the impact of color. It was years later, however, in sculpture classes at college, that Hawkins’ inspiration ignited, and her self-titled handbag collection was formed.
Sale starts Tuesday, May 12
Prices start at $84 (save up to: 61%)
In 1955, Furla’s first store opened on the Via Ugo Bassi in Bologne. It was here that the family-run business truly came into its own, showcasing Furla’s immaculate pieces in an atmosphere that reflected the spirit of the individuals behind its creation. By the mid-70s, Aldo’s children had taken the reins, imbuing the collection with innovative designs and modern materials. Furla continued full-speed-ahead as it established shops in Rome, Paris and New York, and garnered a cult following among style mavens across the globe. Today, traditional craftsmanship and clean lines remain marks of the house as Furla unfurls Italian elegance on us all.
Ideeli membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.
I’d like to give a big shout-out to my co-worker, Kate, for introducing me to Bath & Body Work’s new scent, Nectarine Mint. Last week, she took advantage of a sale and picked up an arsenal of Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soaps. She generously gifted two bottles to the second floor bathroom of my office building, one of which was in the line’s newest scent.
The mouth-watering fragrance is fruity, with a twist. Unfortunately, for now, there are only five products available in Nectarine Mint. But, hopefully, the brand will soon expand the scent’s offerings.
Hit up your local Bath & Body Works store or check out bathandbodyworks.com and try my new favorite fragrance. For a limited time, the anti-bacterial hand soaps are 3 for $10 (originally $5 each).
The Pier Shops at Caesars introduces a special event, Girls Night Out, on Thursday, May 21, where guests will experience hot deals and cool cocktails from 7pm to 9pm. Kick-off the summer season at the only event where you can find chic fashions at amazing prices, sip complimentary cocktails and sample exclusive new products – all under one roof! With almost a dozen participating stores and retailers, guests will have the chance to indulge in all areas of fashion, jewelry, beauty and makeup. The event is FREE and the first 200 people will receive a complimentary beach bag filled with goodies.
Guests must RSVP to: Cashman & Associates or 215.627.1082 ext. 1
Some fashion highlights at Girls Night Out include:
SIP & SWIM at Tommy Bahama where ladies will receive professional assistance in selecting a swimsuit style that best fits their body type, lifestyle and needs. As an added bonus, guests will preview the new women’s sportswear collection four days before it is launched to the rest of the nation! Phillips Seafood will provide tasty treats from the sea and seasonal cocktails, making guests feel like they are on a tropical island. Tommy Bahama will also provide $25 off a purchase of $100 to all attendees!
SCOOP NYC will offer a special denim fitting to help Girls Night Out participants find the perfect pair of jeans for their body type. Guests will also receive an exclusive 10% off discount card that can be used that night as well as the entire rest of the weekend.
For jewelry lovers, Tiffany & Co. will host Unlock Your Fashion, launching their new collection, “Keys,” while guests sip on champagne and nibble on signature Tiffany blue petit fours. Girls Night Out participants will also be entered in a drawing for the chance to win one of the new Key pendants.
Learn about the hottest summer trends at Cos Bar and get a jump-start on summer with sun care and bronzers that give a golden glow. Ladies will also receive a complimentary consultation with a Chanel make-up artist and skincare specialist. Join them to learn application tips and techniques on bronzing, highlighting and how to get smoky, bronze eyes and sexy lips. Cos Bar will offer a gift with purchase and refreshing, healthy and delicious treats.
Stop by L’Occitane for a French journey with a Night en Provence and experience their many fragrances, body and skin care products. Enjoy French spritzers, fudge, chocolate-covered strawberries as well as 10% off of purchases.
M.A.C. Cosmetics will feature personal consultations by their very own professional make-up artists and will offer guests light snacks and refreshments.
Eleganza will feature a Catherine Malandrino trunk show with guests previewing the pre-fall collection, and a fashion presentation of the current spring/summer collections. A Catherine Malandrino bangle bracelet will be given with each Catherine Maladrino purchase. Eleganza will also host a raffle for a $100.00 Gift Card to be used at Eleganza.
After getting their fill of shopping and beauty, guests can head up to any one of The Pier Shops’ seven restaurants and grab a bite to eat or enjoy select drink specials including $5 cocktails, $4 wines, and $3 beers including: Buddakan, The Continental, Game On!, Phillips Seafood, Sonsie, Souzai Sushi and Sake, and The Trinity Irish Pub and Carvery.