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 met up with Madeline during a balmy afternoon to shoot this outfit. We met electronically via a Facebook group, and made plans to collaborate. I love her work, and was excited to meet her IRL. I immediately loved her. We chatted about all sorts of things – the beauty of Beacon Hill, pets, hair stylists, our love for California. She is a fabulous person and a total lady-crusader, and my unbiased opinion is that you should follow her on Instagram if you don’t already.
This outfit is made of pretty classic pieces: a (faux) leather skirt with leopard print and a camel leather bag. These are pieces that will be in my closet until they literally fall apart. Can we take a second to admire this bag? I found it at a thrift store for a whopping $10, and while there’s no brand markings, it looks like a vintage Coach bag. It holds an insane amount of stuff, and I’ve been using it non-stop because it’s that perfect color that goes with basically everything.
Sweater: J. Crew. This is the Tippi sweater, which is one of their classic styles that has endless rotating colors so if leopard isn’t your vibe, they have TONS of other options.
Skirt: J.Crew but I scored it at one of my fav consignment stores in Portsmouth, NH called Wear House.
Bag: Vintage, but some similar vintage options are here, here, here, and here.
Shoes: Steve Madden. I’ve had these forever and couldn’t find a link to the exact ones, but they’re not crazy unique and there are a lot of similar styles available. Try here, here, or here.
Self care. It’s so easy to overlook while you’re running around, putting out fires, and dealing with your ‘to do’ list. Basically, just tackling the craziness of everyday life can be overwhelming. Healthy habits slip can take a backseat as you hustle from one thing to another.
It’s all fun and games until you’re fundamentally exhausted – emotionally, mentally, physically.
I am so happy to be working the the team behind W.E.L.L. Summit to share the word about their upcoming gathering, Day of WELLness.
They’re hosting a full-day event on March 18th at the Wyndham Beacon Hill. The event will take a 360-degree view of wellness, tackling everything from responsible eating to financial health to better sleep. There are a ton of small panels and workshops (see the full line up here), as well as acupuncture and yoga.
I’m so excited for the breakout sessions. I know from firsthand experience that a couple of the speakers are really awesome, so by proxy, I am positive the other speakers will be fantastic.
They’re keeping up our energy with some delicious healthy eats throughout the day. There will be an overnight oats with superfood toppings DIY bar from Thirst Juice Co to start the day with, along with snacks, a custom tea bar, and my favorite almond milk by Nectar & Green.
Every attendee gets to take home a swag-bag filled with goodies to enjoy at home.
Whether you’re looking to start a healthy foundation or to reset some practices that may have slipped, there will be something for everyone here.
Don’t you think this sounds like a great day? Me to. Head over to the site to grab your ticket. Use code ‘Thursday’ to save $20! I can’t wait to see you there.
That feeling when you forget to hit “publish” on a post! Ack. Insert embarrassed monkey face emoji here. So… what was supposed to be a Friday post is now a Sunday post! hope you all had an enjoyable weekend (but you have the whole day still ahead of you!). I’ll be spent Saturday getting brunch with a friend then hitting up a shopping event to benefit an animal shelter. Sunday I’m flying to California with my gal pal Gabby. We’ll be spending most of our time in Palm Springs, but a little time in LA too. Perfect timing to be heading to the desert because Boston is supposed to be getting snow and NO THANK YOU PLEASE.
Anywhooo I have some links of fun stuff to look at, so clickety click away and I’ll see ya back here before you know it.
Starting with the important piece – how to contact your elected officials.
Super in love with this dress. It’s pattern mixing, in lace form.
I have admired these shoes on people for years, and finally pulled the trigger on ordering my own pair. Amazon had them cheaper for my size than any of the other sites, so maybe yours will be too!
Holy crap, I need to make this popcorn right now.
Target’s home goods section is just SO good right now. I need to find a place in my house for this chair and I think I’ll be adding this lamp to the nightside tables.
Eyeballing this dress – it’s a great shape and I think would be something I would reach for time and time again. Price point is perfect too!
This card is so touching. Great message.
Work is getting kind of crazy/stressful and I think I may decorate my desk with these awesome balloons bc they make me smile and why not?
These oxfords with white dresses? Classic summer combo.
This shirt because hell yeah.
Have you ever admired a style or trend on someone, but been too afraid to try it? Same. I loved statement sleeves on everyone I saw, but nonetheless shied away from them. Thank goodness for my friends at The Closet Electric. They knew the power of the sleeve.
The sleeves are so fun, and I couldn’t help but dance around when I had it on. Because the top is a little voluminous, I paired it with skinny jeans to balance out the look. Same dance moves, new sleeves.
I’m also wearing my current favorite heels. Long story short, I fell in love with them via an unrelated brand’s look book. Because said unrelated brand didn’t sell these shoes, I went on an internet hunt and finally found these – which were inconveniently six hundred dollars more than I wanted to pay for them. Amen for price alerts, because a few months after finding them, a handful of sizes in this light grey color went on sale. 60% off to be exact. They were still more than I wanted to pay, but considering I had gone months without ending anything that held a candle to these, I bit the bullet and am SO happy that I did. They’re basically perfect, imho.
Don’t be surprised if you see me wearing this top all of time IRL too, because I’m addicted to how fun it is and it may or may not have started a spiral of ruffles on everything. (I ain’t sorry.)
(Side note: How amazing is this mural?! It’s on the side of a Five Guys in San Diego. Boston, can we step up our street art game? Coolthankssss.)
Top: The Closet Electric
Heels: Aquazzura. Lower heel version on sale here. (These are the most similar style shoe at a more reasonable price. Madewell also had a nice pair, but it’s no longer on their site. Check in stores though!)
Sunglasses: Quay Australia
Thank you to The Closet Electric for their generous gift, and thank you for supporting brands that support Champagne Thursday!