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Urban Outfitters: For cool and casual summer flats

About a year ago, a friend invited me to spend the day in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s kind of like going to Soho 20 years ago: a mix of scruff and style, old and revamped buildings, and a smattering of creative stores, with no sign or Prada or Chanel…YET.

We strolled into a store that was laid out in very attractive vignettes, which I think is a great way of showcasing merchandise. I gravitated to the shoes; so what else is new, and ended up buying a really cool pair of black patent leather men’s style lace-ups; which I wore a lot last winter with slim pants.

As I went to pay for these beauties, I was very surprised to learn that I was at URBAN OUTFITTERS. Nothing against this store, but this particular location was much more attractive than Manhattan locations I have visited. It just goes to show you that presentation makes all the difference, in every aspect of life, as a matter of fact.

As much as we all love a pretty high heel, sometimes the idea of wearing heels is just too painful, or simply inappropriate for the activity at hand. So I thought I would focus just on my favorite summer flats from URBAN OUTFITTERS.

Happy Shopping – you can click on each link to purchase.



Urban outfitters basket weave sandal now $29

 Basketweave Sandal, $29

Urban Outfitter White Sandal sale $24

Slide Sandal, $24

Urgan Outfittters Toms Chambray shoe, $54

 Tom’s Blue Chambray slip on, $54

woven flats $138

Woven flats, $138

Soludos Leather esp $95

Soludos leather platform espadrilles, $95

Soludos embroider esp 65

Soludos embroidered espadrille, $65

White later esp


Soludos Leather espadrille, $65


Slide sandal 49

Slide suede sandal, $49


Urban OUtfitters jutte lace up sandal $69

Woven Lace up Sandals, $48

 white birkenstocks

Bikenstock, rubber sandals, $30.

Since Birkenstocks where the trend this season, I jumped on the wagon and bought them in white. They come in a variety of colors. I love them, especially  for the beach or pool, and they are extremely comfortable!


Sporty Slide Sandal 49.99

Slide sandal, $49,99


Here’s to comfort and style at friendly prices!

Magaschoni’s Fabulous Sales

Don’t you find it frustrating when you walk into a sale only to find that the savings are negligible? I actually find it insulting when, for example, something is marked down from $500 to $420. That is not a sale!

So I want to give a shout-out to Magaschoni, the purveyor of great separates, dresses and cashmeres for their amazing sales. I am talking 60% to 70% off.

Here are just a few exmples.  I only wish the models below showed more enthusiasm to better compliment the clothing!

If you happen to be out in Southampton, stop by the store on Jobs Lane for a wide selection of goodies.


A streamlined silk top to with satin trim, perfect with any pant, I bought it in white.  Originally $168, on sale $50!




A lovely cotton and linen knit sweater for those cool summer evenings, originally $298, on sale $89



magas cardigon 428 to 171


Cable cashmere cardigan, originally $428, on sale $171


Happy Shopping!

Casual Summer dresses and shoes: easy on the eye and wallet

A friend recently emailed me asking if I could suggest some brands she could look into for well priced, easy, breezy summer dresses.

As usual, the search for pretty AND well priced is a big challenge; one does not necessarily follow the other.  But right now, there are lots of sales going on so I did a few pieces that I will recommend.


Beach Lunge Dress, Bloomies

Beach Lunge , Dress. $98 at Bloomingdales

J Crew Sleevless white dress. $128

J. Crew, Sunburst Dress $128

J. Crew Chevron stripe dress $148

J. Crew, $148, 40% off with code SHOPNOW

Massimo denoim dress

Massimo Dutti, $150

Calvin Klein Bloomies $129.50

Calvin Klein, $129.50, Bloomingdales

J. Crew Ikat dress 129.99

J. Crew Ikat dress, $129.99

Joe Fresh Sheath 39

Joe Fresh sheath dress, $32

Joe Fresh linens dress 59

Joe Fresh linen dress, $59

J. Crew Raffia sandals 128

J, Crew Raffia flat sandal, $128

Joe Fresh Strap sandals 24.94

Joe Fresh, $24.95

J. Crew espadriles $95

J. Crew Espadrilles, $95

J. Crew Navy espadrilles, 118

J. Crew Espadrilles, $118

J. Crew Raffia sandals 178

J. Crew Raffia sandal, $178

Happy shopping!

UNIQLO for fabulous goodies

UNIQLO is one of those stores where you stop in to simply browse, and you invariably come out with fabulous items you never knew you needed (story of my life). But that’s because everything is so attractive, useful and well priced. Who can resist that?


Uniqlo linen shirts

 These linen shirts are fabulous and come in solids, dots and stripes in a plethora of colors $34.90


uniqlo quilted jacket 59.90

The lightest, fitted down jacket, for these chilly spring days. It comes in an array of fun colors, $59.90


Uniqlo half shorts 12.90

I am in love with this body shaper: It’s perfect for a smooth look, especially with flimsy summer dresses. And because the fabric is light, you don’t feel encased like a lot of body shapers make you feel:) And, I especially love the $12.90 price tag. How refreshing is that?


UNIQLO makes me happy!

Hampton Jitney Value Pack Sale

Hampton JItneyHampton Jitney Value Pack


This Christmas I am also trying to come up with gifts that are useful and practical vs glamorous and impractical.  Don’t get me wrong, I love glamorous and impractical gifts, but since we all have gift recipients that are all about the usefulness factor, this one’s for them.

For those that head out to the Hamptons during the summer and the Jitney is their mode of transportation, Hampton Jitney Value Packs are now on sale, bringing down your per trip cost significantly!

So as the recipient of your gift heads to the Hamptons next summer, on a hot and traffic filled evening, they will be most greatful for all those free rides!

Escape the heat: Sales are here

Since it’s been boiling hot this past week, I’ve happily spent some time in the cool confines of a few clothing stores. It’s actually the perfect timing as there are fabulous sales taking place.

I saw lots of great pieces, whether for a dressy occasion, a day at the beach, or a work meeting. I especially loved pieces from Ralph Lauren, Maje, REISS, DVF, J. Crew, and a few others shown here.

Click on each picture to go directly to its site and get a better view.


Whatever you fancy, the markdowns are great!

Deal Alert: Chloe and Lanvin Pumps

As we all know, stores are clearing out the last of their winter merchandise to make room for fabulous spring looks.

So now is the time to stop by your favorite store and search for those pieces that you fell in love with last fall, but had the discipline to walk away from. I admire that!

My Pick of the Week goes to these gorgeous pumps by Chloe and Lanvin, and sold at BERGDORF’s, that I featured last year. I am happy to report that they are now on SALE!

Both are a variation on the same theme: the classic pump revisited to give it a modern and sleek look. I LOVE that they are versatile and can be worn with your favorite pant, dress or skirt, and give any outfit a cool and chic edge, without looking trendy or gimmicky.

Chloe Suede Pump

CHLOE, now $234

Lanvin Pump

LANVIN, now $429

Good things come to those who wait! Check out other fabulous sale items at BERGDORF’s!

Post Christmas Shopping Deals

Inslee Haynes illustration


Christmas has come and gone in a flash! Do you feel like you’ve been driving very fast and your car has come to a screeching halt leaving you a bit shaky? Or is it just me?

I am slowly recuperating from all that cooking, gift wrapping and running around and, I am happy to report, enjoying my free time. Between catching up on movies and museum exhibits, and putting my Starbucks gift card to good use, life is good!

I know shopping may not be at the top of your list, it’s not on mine. But, now that the pressure is off, you may actually enjoy it. And, if you’ve been disciplined and have held back from shopping for yourself, this is a great time to hit your favorite stores. The savings are huge!  I stopped by Bloomingdale’s yesterday and pieces already marked down where an additional 50% off. For example, a sporty $90 Ralph Lauren top was now $30. How great is that!!

Another store that I love to check out at this time is Bergdorf’s. First, it’s such a civilized store, so shopping here is a pleasure.  And you’ll be sure to come across that ridiculously expensive dress you dreamed about, now on sale.

If the idea of stepping into a store is not appealing, just click on the above links to check out the sites from the comfort of your home.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting some pretty pieces for your New Year’s Celebration.  With these amazing sales, you will have lots to chose from.




Further markdowns on previous featured posts

If you didn’t get to shop some of my past posts, here are a few pretty items that have been marked down further.

I took the plunge and bought the burgundy wrap dress from Hybrid. I’ll keep you posted on look and fit!



Books on Sale: Bestsellers make the Perfect Gift


Reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Though we are all busy with jobs and family responsibilities, it’s so therapeutic to set time aside and escape into your book of choice.

I LOVE giving and receiving the gift of books; they are the perfect companions during the long and cold winter.  Whether it’s a great biography, fiction, non-fiction, or a gorgeous coffee table book, the choices are endless.

AMAZON has great deals on Best Sellers for 75% Off or More.

Before you start shopping, here are some of my “Picks,” both new and old:

Non Fiction:

  • Catherine the Great, by Robert Massie
  • Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan (about architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s affair with a married woman, and it’s shocking conclusion)

New Fiction:

  • Bring up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
  • Dear Life, by Alice Munro
  • Flight Behavior, by BarbaraKingsolver
  • Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
  • Swimming Home, by Deborah Levy

Oldies but Goodies:

  • The Alienist, by Caleb Carr (one of my favorites)
  • The Human Stain, by Philip Roth (fascinating)
  • The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith   (The first book in his famous series. I am hooked on all of them)
  • The New York Stories of Edith Wharton, by Edith Wharton (fabulous short stories)


  • Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes you can trust, by Ina Garten

Coffee Table:

    • Simply Beautiful Photographs, from National Geographic (the most gorgeous book ever)
    • Remarkable Trees of the World, by Thomas Pekenham
    • Doris Duke; Shangri-La: A House in Paradise, by Donald Albrecht

AMAZON deals on Best Sellers for 75% Off or More.