Excuse me summer, but you are flying by WAY too fast for my taste. I haven’t done anything particularly summery yet, so this is my kick-in-the-pants list for the rest of the month. continue reading
Oh Boston. There are so many wonderful things in this city, but we’re lacking in sample sales. I love designer pieces, but definitely thrive on scoring a good deal. (Plus, I work hard for my money and I want to make it go as far as I can!)
Good news for me…and anyone else who loves designer items for less than their retail price…the Gilt City Warehouse Sale is coming up! Grab your wallets and meet me at The Cyclorama (539 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End). Starting on Friday evening and going to Saturday afternoon, you can shop some major labels for less dough.
The Gilt Sample Sale will offer stylish shoes, handbags, apparel and home decor from coveted designers like Balenciaga, Prada, Valentino and Paul Smith—all at up to 80 percent off retail. Last year I was able to snag a pair of Jimmy Choo monkstrap flats at a fraction of the price.
Besides bargains, there’s a lot of cool perks once inside:
- Complimentary Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel rosé
- Personal styling advice from celebrity stylist, Tonya Mezrich
- On-demand alterations and tailoring from Dependable Cleaners
- ROYCE New York pop-up shop with leather accessories and complimentary onsite monogramming
- Crane & Lion athleisure pop-up
- Braiding and dry hairstyling from SalonCapri
- Pop-up jewelry shop from April Soderstrom
Quick tips for navigating a sample sale
- Leave your big bags and jacket at home to skip the coat-check line.
- Wear shoes that you can slip on/off to try on shoes quickly and easily.
- Go with a plan and with a friend. Keep each other honest.
- Brand-blindness is real, and don’t buy something just because it’s marked way down. Make sure you love whatever you buy!
- If something doesn’t fit completely perfectly, think about getting it tailored. Keep in mind that it’s easier to tailor something that’s a little too big than a little too small.
Tickets on sale now here.
(And if you go, let me know what you snagged!)
I know that today is still Black Friday, but I’m hitting publish on this a little early so you can plan your strategy for Small Business Saturday. I’m passionate about supporting small business, and – I might be biased – Boston is chock-full of really amazing ones.
I could wax poetic about each of these businesses. Instead, I gave as short of a description as I could but implore you to check them out for yourselves. You’ll immediately see why they’re each so special and worthy of your support.
Brick & Mortar
A Ruby // go-to essentials for every woman’s closet // Copley Place at 100 Huntington Ave, Boston and 680 Legacy Place, Dedham
Ball & Buck // menswear boutique focused on american made products // 144-B Newbury Street, Boston
Crompton Collective // think Brimfield plus artisans all under one roof // 138 Green Street, Worcester
December Thieves // well curated boutique of emerging brands // 88 Charles Street, Boston
deWolfe // artisan leather goods // 177 Newbury Street, Boston
Flock // clothing and gifts with a boho flair // 274 Shawmut Avenue, Boston
Follain // clean beauty // Boston locations are 53 Dartmouth Street and 65 Charles Street
Hudson // furniture & home accents in an eclectic mix of styles // 12 Union Park Street, Boston
Niche // urban garden supply shop – plants + everything you need to care for them // 619 Tremont Street, Boston and 286 Broadway, Cambridge
Olives & Grace // small-batch food products & bespoke gift items // 623 Tremont St, Boston
Seed to Stem // botanicals, natural objects, and curiosities // 138 Green Street #1, Worcester
Shake the Tree // stylish clothing and eclectic gift boutique // 67 Salem St, Boston
TownPool // the best of Nantucket in a Boston pop-up // 899 Boylston Street, Boston
Apotheker’s Kitchen // honey-sweetened chocolate and treats
Brass Clothing // capsule clothing at its best
Nectar & Green // organic pressed almond milk
Organic Bath Co // clean organic skin products
Paridaez // minimalistic women’s apparel line for work to work-out
Sh*t That I Knit // high-quality knitwear
If you live outside of the metro Boston area, it may not be feasible for you to check out these business in person, but many have online retail that you can shop. I also encourage you to go out into your own community and support businesses there. Artisan holiday fairs and bazaars are great places to discover new-to-you businesses to support.
Huzzah to community and a double huzzah for supporting each other this Small Business Saturday (…and always).
I love Boston, but there are considerably fewer samples sales than in New York City. I’m definitely a girl who loves to get the most bang-for-her-buck, and I thrive on snagging a designer piece at a fraction of the cost.
If you like to shop like me, then you’re in luck. Grab your wallet and meet me at Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts on June 23rd and 24th for the Gilt City Warehouse Sale!
You’ll be able to shop apparel , shoes, handbags, accessories and more from top designers (ie Chloé, Lanvin, Maje, Sandro, Carolina Herrera) at a significant savings.
Pro tip 1: Leave your bag and jacket at home to skip the coat-check line and head straight through the FastPass entrance.
Pro tip 2: Wear shoes that you can slip on/off AND that you can hustle in.
Pro tip 3: Go with a plan and a friend. Keep each other honest with brand-blindness, and don’t buy something just because it’s marked way down.
Tickets on sale now at https://www.giltcity.com/boston/gcwarehousebosjune16
(And if you go, let me know what you snagged!)
Image courtesy of Gilt
Things I love: patios; friends; a good drink. Combine the three, and I am one happy camper. I’ve explored a ton of patios in Back Bay, and was thrilled to find a new one not too far away. Lookout Rooftop and Bar at The Envoy opens today, and the view is unbeatable. continue reading