Brand Spotlight: The Sak

19 Sep

I just received an email about the Sak’s upcoming QVC debut and felt compelled to immediately spread the word.  Why?  Because The Sak offers high-quality leather bags for less than $100! Started by two childhood friends who sought to expand their import business, the brand seeks to create straightforward, casual designs at a great price point.  The company experienced a great deal of success in the 90s with their classic crochet design and has been consistently producing popular designs every since.  Miley Cyrus gave The Sak a big boost last year when she was pictured toting the Silverlake Convertible Satchel (currently available for $49.95) around town.  Since then, fashionable ladies everywhere have snatched up the style in several colors.

One of the things that I like most about The Sak is their pricing strategy.  Guided by a “brand karma” of “happy & free,” the company really wants to make sure their bags are accessible.  To that end, the bags are priced from $60 – $229 which is almost unbelievable compared to the high priced premiere designer “IT bags” that are prominent today.

The Sak bags can be purchased at department stores such as Nordstrom, Macy’s and Lord & Taylor.  TheSak.com typically offers special web prices with as much as 50% off current season designs.  The Silverlake Convertible Clutch pictured below is available for just $49.95 online!  In today’s challenging economic climate, isn’t it nice to see a company that actively seeks to make fashion affordable?

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Mary-Kate & Ashley take it to the next level

17 Sep

I’m not a huge Ellen DeGeneres fan, but her recent gifts to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are hilarious!  These accessories redefine oversized statement pieces.

Image Source: InStyle.com

Why I love Nordstrom

16 Sep

I just went to pick up my new black and ivory scarf from Nordstrom and was reminded of why I love the store so much.  I’m sure that I had the look of a woman on a mission when I entered the scarf section.  Thankfully, there was a sales associate there to help me right away.  On top of her willingness to help me, she was knowledgeable about the inventory and immediately walked me over to the scarf that I was looking for.  After about 30 minutes of conducting a one-on-one how to wrap a scarf session, she even convinced me to buy a cute winter hat!   Love my new scarf.  Love excellent customer service.  Love the Nordstrom Way!

My recent shopping trip is typical of every shopping experience at Nordstrom.  I never have to search multiple departments to find a sales associate to help me.  The team members are always knowledgeable about the inventory.  And they always make me feel like a VIP.  In a time where customers have their pick of purchasing channels, it’s important for traditional retailers to differentiate themselves through added value.  For me, nothing is more valuable than an efficient, high-touch shopping experience.  For that reason, Nordstrom continues to be my retailer of choice.

Strides in Plus Size Fashion

16 Sep

For many years, I have wondered why plus size clothing isn’t more mainstream because let’s face it – most Americans are overweight.  There have certainly been advancements in plus size clothing across the past couple of years with the success of stores like Lane Bryant and Torrid and the inclusion of plus sizes in big box stores like Target and Wal-mart. We also get the occassional recognizable plus size model now and then like Emme and Crystal Renn.  However, the truth remains that plus size clothing has never been mainstream, as in cool or acceptable in the eyes of fashion editors.  In recent months, Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks has done a lot to highlight the unavailability of plus size fashion.  And I do think, at least for the moment, that fashion editors and the general media are certainly more open to acknowledging plus size fashion.

Fashion Week’s first ever plus size fashion show sponsored by OneStopPlus.com is another step in the right direction.  Plus size celebrities like Gabbourey Sidibe and Nikki Blondsky were in the audience and popular plus size model (and former America’s Next Top Model contestant; featured in Vogue Italia) Tocarra Jones walked in the show.  The clothes were youthful, on-trend, and made to flatter a more Rubenesque frame.  Check out all of the looks on InStyle.com

Image Source: CBSNewYork.com

Mulberry for Target – New Images!

10 Sep

I stumbled upon new images of the Mulberry for Target collection on Nitrolicious this afternoon.  Seeing what appears to be the full collection makes me even sorrier that I missed out on the Gilt.com pre-sale.  I absolutely must have the medium black patent satchel.  Thankfully, I have a month to plan my acquistion strategy for these highly sought after bags.  Mulberry for Target will be available in stores on October 10.

The Debut of K-Dash for QVC

10 Sep

Two thirds of the Kardashian sisters (Kim and Kourtney) debuted their new line for QVC tonight as part of the Fashion’s Night Out presentation.  The line reflects the family’s distinct style and includes blazers, tunics, and leggings and some cute accessories.  The pieces are extremely affordable and range in price from $50 to $200.  Great job, ladies!  Here are some of my favorite pieces.

K-Dash by Kardashian Printed Tunic with Detachable Belt
, $59.50

K-Dash by Kardashian Regular Jeggings with Seam Detail, $47.28



K-Dash by Kardashian Pebble Leather Handbag w/ Braided Trim
, $217.32

How are you spending Fashion’s Night Out?

10 Sep

I am spending Fashion’s Night Out inside with QVC!  My favorite home shopping retailer is hosting a special FNO presentation from their brand new pop-up store in Rockefeller Plaza.  So far, they’ve shown new Fall fashions from the Kardashian sisters, Isaac Mizrahi and Mark Bouwer. I’m basically in love with everything they’ve presented thus far, but I’m especially fond of the handbags.  Here are some of my favorites.   These bags are making it really hard for me to stick to my “no new bags until I buy my Balenciaga Pompon” initiative.

C. Lili by Coralie Charriol Leather Aurelia Tote Bag, $299

B.Makowsky Glove Leather Zip Top Medium Satchelwith Fringe, $224.90

M by Marc Bouwer Leopard Print Double Handle Tote, $83.75