Pono by Joan Goodman — Sample Sale is this Week!!

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Do you ever see someone on TV wearing an article of clothing, or in this case, a piece of jewelry, & think — “Ooooo, I would love to have that!” Well if so, here is your chance!! If you are a fan of hit TV shows such as CBS’s “The Good Wife” or HBO’s “Girls”, or if you watch Good Morning America or The Today Show, you may have seen some stunning pieces from the bold, statement-making jewelry brand — PONO by Joan Goodman. And with their Sample Sale beginning this week, TOMORROW, now you can shop for some pieces to call your own!

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PONO has not only been featured on hit TV shows, but can also be seen with some major features in popular magazines — Glamour (March 2014); InStyle (March 2014); Cosmopolitan (April 2013); & more!

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Here are all of the details you need for this Huge Sample Sale —

  • It starts tomorrow, June 9th and goes thru June 13th
  • Cash & Credit Cards will be accepted
  • The location is 347 W 36th St., Ste. 405 in NYC between 8th & 9th Aves.
  • If you have any questions, call (212) 216-0022
  • The sale will be for a variety of bangles, cuffs, necklaces, & more — all 50 – 80% off!!

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I can’t express to my readers how huge of a fan I am of this brand! It was one of the first high-fashion jewelry brands I was introduced to and covered on my fashion blog, Fashion Nexus! And since then, I’ve covered updates with the brand many times!

You can also check out how I’ve styled some of the brand’s hottest pieces into my own looks — My Fashion Diary & Fashion Week shows!

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Ice Princess Resin Choker in Seaglow & Grey Glace Resin Cuff

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Golden floral bracelet & Alchemy Ana ABS Choker in Ginger

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Here are even more examples of the many types of pieces you might come across at this week’s Sample Sale!!

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So remember, make some time this week to hit up this sale. And once again, here is all of the information you will need!!

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Top 10 Go-To’s for NYE — Under $50!!

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There are just 5 days left before it’s NYE! What are your plans? More importantly, what are you wearing? If you are still in need of the perfect outfit, check out my top 10 list of go-to places for NYE attire. The best part is I’m looking out for your budget and these are all for under $50! Most of these places still have some great options from the $50 – $75 range as well, so you may keep that in mind.

Please note, these are online so with that purchase, make sure to express ship to receive before NYE. Or, you can always visit the actual store and see if you can luck out. Tip — Call Ahead! They may be more in the store, but then again, you don’t have to pay for shipping! Here we go, enjoy!

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#1 — EXPRESS

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  • Asymmetrical flutter-sleeved foiled dress in shimmery gold$49 — ruching, hidden side zip
  • Asymmetrical flutter-sleeved dress in black (same as above) — $49
  • Sheer-Pieced Tube dress in white — $40 — also available in black; strapless/sweetheart neckline

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  • Knit Sheath dress in royal blue — $35 — color piping; unique seaming; capped sleeves
  • Leather Corseted Strapless dress in royal blue/black — $49 — ruched skirt
  • Ruched LBD — $44 — gorgeous open-back with thin backstrap across the top

#2 — FOREVER 21

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Semi-Sheer Black Jumpsuit —  $33                                         Beaded Grey Romper — $30

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Sheer Navy Blue BodyCon Dress — $23                             Navy Blue Sequined BodyCon Dress — $28

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Black Dress w/ a Beaded Neckline — $30                           Burgundy Dress w/ Cowled Back — $20

#3 — MACY’S

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QMack Black Sequined Dress – $30                                         Calvin Klein Faux Leather Dress — $50

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Jessica Howard Jeweled Neckline Sheath Dress — $45

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Jessica Simpson Asymmetrical Metallic Dress — $48

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Ruby Rox Belted Strapless Dress — $40                            Trixxi Tulle Dress – $40 – Keyhole Back Cutout

#4 — SEARS

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AX Paris White Bodycon Dress — $49                                         ForPlay Elena Sequined Tube Dress — $48

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Kardashian LBD w/ Lace Sleeves — $31                               Kardashian Red Dress w/ Cutouts — $31

#5 — Charlotte Russe

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  • Glittered Bodice Maxi Dress w/ Sheer Skirt — $35 — chiffon skirt
  • Blue Cut-out Midi Bodycon Dress — $27 — scoop neckline & long sleeves
  • Black Sheer Ottoman Midi Dress — $27

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  • Asymmetrical Cut-Out Dress — $29 — bodycon;
  • Cutout Color-Blocked BodyCon Dress — $27 — white in the front to create color-block
  • Sheer Blue BodyCon Dress — $27 — sheer long-sleeves; scooped neckline;

#6 — BEBE (tons of dresses under $100!)

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White Lace Dress – $50 – also in black & red                              Metallic Silver Dress – $40 – Circle back cutout

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Back Cutout Dress – $50 – Many Colors                                           Mockneck Blue Shimmer Dress – $45

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Blue Ottoman Tank Dress – $49                                                 Ribbed Red Dress – $36 – Keyhole Back Cutout

#7 — KOHLS

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  • Lauren Conrad Silver Sequined Sheath dress — $37 — available in black also
  • Chaps Color-Blocked Sheath Dress — $43 — ponte construction; pleated details
  • Vera Wang Pieced Shift Dress — $23 — also available in black; chiffon trim; stretch fabric; scoopneck
  • Black Vera Wang Flocked Sheath Dress — $47 — lace detail; scoopneck

#8 — Belk

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  • Tahari Champagne Sheath Dress — $40 — sleeveless; boat neckline
  • muse Color-Blocked Sheath Dress — $32 — concealed back zip; boat neckline
  • Vince Camuto Spike Capped Sleeve Dress — $37 — cowl neckline

#9 — Francesca’s

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  • Portofino Violet Maxi Dress — $30 — deep V-neck; gorgeous open spaghetti strapped back
  • Swindon Beaded Dress in Stone — $40 — spaghetti strap;
  • Blairstone Rhinestone Embellished Neckline Dress — $48 — chiffon; hi-lo;
  • Catania Blue/Black MaxiDress — $30 — textured bodice; adjustable spaghetti straps

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Quinn Matte Sequined Dress — $40 — faux leather sequins in a geometric pattern; scooped neckline

#10 — H&M

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Sheer Black MaxiDress — $18 — sheer chiffon skirt                Black Chiffon Dress — $35 — Back Cutouts

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Dark Blue Fitted Dress — $40                                                             Black Draped Dress — $30

The Must Go-To Retail Spot this Weekend: Chelsea Market-ID Pop Shop

For one week during each month of the summer, Chelsea Market will be home to a pop-up of various vendors for “ID Pop Shop” It started last month in May and is back until this Sunday for June. If you are in NYC make sure to go visit Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue. Here are just some of the vendors I met today and pictures of some of the great items being sold!

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Jason Laurits is the designer for this brand and his pieces are just in time for summer. He works with silkscreening and the prints and images are really unique so for my guy friends, go visit and I’m sure you will find something great to wear!

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This designer really has a lot of great pieces. As described on her website, they are very raw and handmade. There is a lot to chose from-bracelets, necklaces, rings, etc. The finish can be in bronze, silver or gold so there is something for everyone.

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These handbags are all made right in NY and are of the highest quality leather and other materials. There is everything from basics to great bold colors perfectly on trend for summertime. There is also a wide range of sizes to choose from.

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I am so amazed by all the great vendors at this pop-up and certainly of great recognition are the pieces from this jewelry designer. I saw a lot of great color and variety with the many pendants, charms, etc to select from.

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Sunglasses are sure enough one accessory you can go without now that its summertime. Its also something you can never have too many of! Lumete offers great color and size selection. The styles are very much modern and chic. It was such a joy looking around at the different pieces.

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I had the hardest time choosing what picture I wanted to take to accompany this tag. There were some great classic pieces on the top shelf of a more basic color. Then there were some that caught my eye with a pop of color for the summer. I finally landed on the above selections with bold prints. Many sizes and clearly many styles so that is great for any shopper.

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This brand is created by sisters, Patty and Christine Yoon. I decided to photograph the above selections for some great color options. There was a lot of black and grey, but some very unique designs that could be a very special piece for any woman. The designs were very feminine and with given consideration to the everyday modern woman-great work!

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Rings are probably my most favorite form of jewelry. Here, just like with every other vendor, there is so much to look at and choose from. There is some truly great thought and details given to each piece, no matter what the creation is. A lot of great color and great design-work, so I am very thankful to have stopped in today!

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Pamela likely has a miniature tote bag for every person. I would find it hard to believe that a shopper couldn’t pass this booth and not find a bag that is the epitome of their being! I had a great time reading all of the hilarious messages so there are literally just a tiny sample of what is there.

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I do get the brand name here, quality, eco-friendly materials, but not giving away the modern and fashion forward edge of the pieces. Take for instance the dress photographed above. This is a great color that can be worn year-round, the slit, the cut-outs, all on trend right now.

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Guru specializes in eco-friendly tunics, sandals and fine jewelry. Photographed above are just a few of the bold-colored tunics I saw. With it being summertime or if you are traveling, I think one could find some great pieces with this vendor/designer.

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The lithographed designs seen here were so moving and breathtaking. They are printed on a wide range of apparel form tees to maxi dresses. This is art coming to life in fashion-enjoy!

These are just some of the great vendors present. There are others, such as Iwona Ludyga. There is also more than just clothing and accessories so go check out and if you miss it, stay tuned for other upcoming dates!

BaubleBar + Godiva = A Perfect Shopping Experience!

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Visit in person or online to learn more about BaubleBar now!! You can of course visit online and shop to find amazing pieces of jewelry. However, if you are in NYC, get to Soho, 131 Greene Street, ASAP. BaubleBar has set up a pop-up shop there thru August 13th. I guarantee you it will be one of the best shopping experiences you’ve ever had!

At the Soho pop-up, there is a great collection of jewelry to view, friendly sales associates, appetizers to snack on while shopping and even a chance to rest and chat with friends or fellow shoppers. The best part though is the connection BaubleBar has made with Godiva to set up a bar. So while you are shopping you can also sip on a free Godiva Baubletini made with Godiva liqeur.

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A pleasurable shopping experience and welcoming atmosphere aside, its also important to give focus and recognition to the great BaubleBar products as well. BaubleBar offers exquisite jewelry of several types-necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. You can also shop by featured designers as well, such as Shameless, Paige Novick, Sarah Chloe, and Bing Bang. And remember you can shop online as well and filter out your search just as with any other online shopping site. There are different boutiques of jewelry, you can sort by price, you can look for certain colors or you can filter by types of metal-silver, gold, etc. There really is a lot to choose from and the great aspect is that you are buying quality and fashionable pieces, but at a reasonable price.

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BaubleBar pieces can also be personalized with monograms, initials or the like. You can visit “The Fit Guide” page to learn more about lengths of the jewelry or information on ring sizes. Gift cards can also be purchased! There are great deals to find to further save upon future purchases so check that out here. BaubleBar headquarters is also in NYC and you can make  appointments to visit the Madison Avenue location as well. You can host events to showcase this amazing jewelry pieces as well. BaubleBar has so much going on and so much to offer with other pop-ups and events. The Soho pop-up also maintains a running calendar so make sure to visit that page as well!

I am excited to see more from this great company and I plan on visiting Soho again soon! But remember, if you are not in NYC, no worries, check them out online as well!! I hope you all enjoy!!

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SlapBack Boutique: Enjoy 50’s-Inspired Vintage Fashion!

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SlapBack opened its doors in February of 2013. The boutique’s owner, Renee, saw a need for a 50’s-inspired, vintage shop in Williamsburg/Brooklyn, and now that need has been successfully filled. SlapBack offers dresses, shoes, accessories, and more. These classic vintage pieces are for any type of woman. The pieces are clearly for women who enjoy pin-up and Rockabilly fashion. However, any woman could find a great outfit to fit the need for other occasions, such as graduations, birthdays or even for work. The silhouettes are very unique, with classic silhouettes, that compliment a diverse range of women’s figures. So whether you are a size 2/4 or a size 10+, you could still find something great at SlapBack. The prices are also very affordable with accessories starting at $8 and dress prices ranging from $40 t0 $240. Frequently, sales will also occur, and you can keep up with those by visiting often at 490 Metropolitan Avenue or via Facebook updates, so like their page now!

Renee has developed a great system for handpicking the eye-catching designs that she carries in her store. She strives to make sure that the pieces fit directly within SlapBack’s overall theme of 50’s-inspired, vintage pieces. She wants to maintain a unique shopping experience for her customers, so she also strives to carry a diversity of styles by using a wide range of designers-Kenley Collins, Pinup Girl Clothing, Bettie Page, Bernie Belle Dexter, Folter Clothing, Vanity Project, dresses by Limb,  Steady Clothing, etc. SlapBack is often putting out new pieces, so if you see something you like, its best to get there fast and make the purchase as a small number of each selection are available.

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The pieces at SlapBack are also great no matter the season. Many of the pieces can be worn with tights and as the seasons change, the fabrics that the designers use would also be switched to be that of a thicker material. As far as trends and colors go for a given season, its really the nature of these dresses that guide, not given trends. The shopper who will purchase these pieces will want the outfit to go bold with its color or a given print, so feel free to enjoy your selections year-round!

Renee is humbled and so thankful by the success she has experienced in the past several months. She is eager to keep pleasing her customers, both regular and new! In fact, she is already looking into opening another shop in the next year, likely in another state. One area she contends that SlapBack would never enter is that of website or online sales. Renee works hard to forge great relationships with the designers she stocks and would never want to take away from their online sales. So for now, in order to purchase any of the types of great pieces you are seeing from this post or more, you must go to Williamsburg. However, stay tuned as I feel confident that in a year’s time or probably less, a new SlapBack will splash onto the scene and you never know, it could be near you!

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Get to Know Greene Street & Be Ready to Shop, Recycle & Consign!

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It brings me such great pleasure to do my first “Featured Retail Spotlight” on this amazing find in the Soho area of NYC (specifically 347 W. Broadway)-Greene Street. One of the many great things about Greene Street is that they have multiple locations-6 in Pennsylvania and 3 in New Jersey. I strongly urge to those who want designer pieces, which are also at a low cost, to visit Greene Street.

Greene Street was founded in 1997. Their 16 successful years in retail business has to be attributed, at least in part, to the company’s strong and sound mantra-“Shop, Recycle & Consign.” Greene Street is a consignment store, but offers a unique point of view with consignment- it’s not just selling consignors’ clothing so they can get a profit, its actually Recycling fashion. Their website mentions that the average person throws away 68 pounds of clothing per year. So for Greene Street, by consigning, you are recycling your clothing/fashion!

With Greene Street, it’s very easy to find current brands. Another mantra is, “We accept Gap to Gucci.” However, Greene Street also seeks to find and put out unique pieces of eye-catching style. New inventory is added to the stores everyday so here is just a sample of what I found in the Soho store. There are items for both men and women. For women there are dresses, jewelry, handbags, shoes, summer blouses/tanks, shorts/skirts, denim/jeans and more. I saw designer brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Banana Republic, Nanette Lepore, Alexander Wang, Club Monaco, Alice & Olivia, Betsey Johnson and more. For men there are also shoes, shorts, sports/dress coats, dress shirts and denim/jeans. I saw designs by Calvin Klein, 7 for all Mankind, Diesel, Ralph Lauren, Nautica, American Eagle, and more.  Also, no worries for trying items on as there were several dressing rooms at the Soho shop.

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Being a Greene Street customer is so easy because you just walk into the store! It is also fairly easy to consign with Greene Street and a lot of information is on their webpage. There is a very helpful FAQs page and a calendar page so that as a consignor you know what items are being accepted and when.  Here are just a few of the main points:

  • No appointment is necessary and you can come in 7 days a week.
  • No yearly fee; 60 day contract term with no price reductions
  • Consignor receives 40% commission – no outright buying.
  • 10 piece minimum, no maximum to start a contract
  • Items folded in bags, no hangers or shoe boxes
  • There is no children’s, bridal, lingerie or maternity.
  • Pricing is left solely to the discretion of Greene Street.

So take some time to visit Greene Street and experience great fashion at great prices, and also some recycling of your own if you want to consign!

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