Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
As I'm out of town, and I left all my 34th Street pictures back in Brooklyn, I'd like to take this opportunity to not show you pictures of me in a dressing room, but to say "Thank-you." I'm very thankful this time of year for a lot of things, but am particularly thankful this year for all the blogs I've found through Fashion Herald, and all the information and entertainment I've received from them. I am regularly amazed and gratified by the very talented writers and artisans out there in the blogosphere. You rock! Thanks for the inspiration, the big belly laughs, and the many "damn straight" moments I have while reading your posts.
Does Jeffrey's grey puffy jacket look like a kid's coat?Or do you like it on him?
Update: poll's done, and it was a split decision, same as at the office. I think that means Jeff's coat is fabulous.
Update #2: Imelda's put Jeff over the hump, he's officially fabulous!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
After hunting for ice skates, Jeffrey also wanted to get some inexpensive H&M jeans. He had some dirty work to do in Greeley Square and didn't want to ruin his Marc Jacobs jeans. Understood, it's not exactly pretty under Mr. Horace Greeley down at the Square. So after a successful Modell's trip, we headed to H&M.
We both thought the jeans were too expensive and had too much going on: too baggy, too much pocket detail, scary color denim. By too expensive we mean $39.90, which is not what we want to pay for beater jeans. Instead, Jeff bought navy cords for $19.90. We forgot to take a picture of them because we were distracted by these:
Oh, baby. He is looking f-i-n-e in some seriously fake fur for the mens.
Mountain man twins. I'm so buying a set.
Matching paws, I mean mittens, and, in a pinch, oven mitts.
Can you blame us? Bear paw oven mitts, mountain man hats and the pimp daddy fake fur? I love you, H&M. And thanks for keeping the mountainmen warm at the lake house this winter:
Jeffrey's not just a cute model, he's also a great photoshopper.
H&M Herald Square, 34th Street @ 6th Avenue
Monday, November 24, 2008
I enjoyed a little shopping excursion with Jeffrey last week as he needed skates for some free Bryant Park skating. First stop, Modell's in Herald Center just south of 34th Street.
Jeff trying on hockey skates, and lacing hockey skates.
He's already burning calories.
Jeff shows me his skates. And his cute Zara boots.
Why did I think skates were so expensive? At Modell's you can get a pair of hockey skates for $49.99. Jeffrey bought the CCM's, and I drooled over roller skates ($69.99, upper right). Ah, memories! Roller skating on the front porch, racing my sister around the driveway, and stories of Moms roller skating to school. Yes, she was that cool. She also tossed a baton around and was a lifeguard who could barely swim, but that's for another day.
Modell's did not have this important lacing tool (below) Jeffrey was looking for, and he said it's a must-have to lace your skates tight. So we went to Cosby's on 31st & 7th and found one:
Even hockey skates have accessories. Skate lacing tool: $1.99. Skating at The Pond at Bryant Park? Free. Admission is free, skate rental is $12, lockers are free (bring your own lock, or buy one for $9), medium bag check $7, and large bag check is $10. And while in Bryant Park visit The Holiday Shops and check out Bluet New York for the gals, and Annie's Dog Bakery and Boutique for the pet owners. Both are great resources for some special holiday gifting.
Modell's Herald Center, Broadway between 33rd & 34th
Gerry Cosby & Co. Sporting Goods, on 31st just east of 7th Avenue
Friday, November 21, 2008
Many apologizes for being absent from the blog world this past week. Here are my excuses: I've been working on this, the man took the home computer away to grad school, and I've also been working on The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park blog.
Pictures from the 2007 holiday shops season.
I really, REALLY didn't want to say the "H" word until after Thanksgiving, but how could I not share Terrible Dollhouse with you ASAP? And the magical lotion of Nubian Heritage? It would just be wrong. Besides, we're very excited about our new vendors mixing it up this year with our fabulous vendors from years past. The Holiday Shops open in Bryant Park tomorrow, Saturday the 22nd.
I hope you non-locals have a holiday trip planned to NYC this year and can visit Bryant Park, shop for the holidays and skate at our free skating rink (there is a fee for skate rental). If you're interested, please contact me and we'll talk about which shops you should visit. And if I can, I'll buy you some hot cocoa and we'll do a little shopping tour!
Why am I doing all this? Go here to get my spiel and read our corporate goals and motto. Ha ha, just kidding! But really, sometimes I need to remind people what Fashion Herald is all about, or you guys will think I'm some kind of weird, crazed, 34th Street-obsessed shopper. Which actually is what this job has turned me into. Beware, Black Friday 34th Street shoppers!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Spotted in "Trend," W Magazine's supplement for December, on p. 13:
Marc's oxfords. Yay! You know I'm partial to Marc Fisher shoes. It's nice to see another Marc get some attention. Get the patent version (right, $69.99) at Macy's Herald Square. That Narciso dress ain't bad either.
Also spotted on p. 23, these Via Spiga's (below) available at select Macy's. At first I was yawn on these, but then kind of got into that retro 80's pump feel. Paired up with the Margiela skirt, mixing tough and sweet, is very smart. Unfortunately I did not see this exact pair in Herald Square, although there is a large Via Spiga section on the 5th floor full of similar shoes.
But if you want a little of both, an oxford and a heel, Marc Fisher has it for you at Macy's online for $89.99:
Here they are in person at Macy's Herald Square for $69.99. Plus there were extra discounts yesterday, keep your eye on those newspaper ads:
And another reason to visit Herald Square, the big plaid, Marc Fisher finish:
Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th btwn Broadway & 7th
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I used to have a friend who, after over-imbibing heady spirits, would moan "Why? What does it all mean? Whyyyy?" My Black Irish heritage relished every tortured, existential "why" moment we spent together.
But here is one "why" I can answer: Why am I writing a blog about shopping on 34th Street, and why am I writing a blog about shopping in Bryant Park? Let's dish:
I work for two business improvement districts in midtown Manhattan, the 34th Street Partnership and Bryant Park Corporation. We're non-profit, urban management companies that run public spaces in the city. I know, you're nodding off already. So I'll just tell you that we like to obsess about: trashcans. I can no longer look at OPT (other people's trashcans) without shaking my head and pontificating on the horror of throwing one's trash into an old, beat-up oil barrel. I do this till my husband yells at me to stop ruining his day.
Besides trashcans, we obsess on: street furniture (newsboxes, bike racks etc. all designed by our very talented industrial designer Ignacio Ciocchini), horticulture (Bryant Park, Herald & Greeley Squares, and planters and hanging baskets you see on 34th Street, all thanks to our very talented horticulturalist Maureen Hackett), capital projects (lightpoles, street signs, street corners and crosswalks, etc.), sanitation, security, and retail. We also have an events department that oversees all the events in Bryant, Herald and Greeley.
I work for the retail department and, through blogging, help promote the stores on 34th Street and contribute to the Bryant Park blog. So I go out to our 34th Street stores, or The Holiday Shops during their tenure in the park, take pictures and show you what they've got. All to lure you into our districts and get you to shop, mwahaha! No, actually, it's not sinister at all. 34th Street is more of an outdoor mall in the middle of Midtown Manhattan. And Bryant Park is one of the prettiest city parks you'll ever visit.
Thanks for letting me rant, and please feel free to email me any questions you may have about funding, streetscape elements, retail stores, or how badly I (ahem, "we") want Topshop on 34th Street. You know, the really important stuff.
There is no sucking in my gut enough for purple horizontal stripes.
This leather is as soft as it looks. Love an asymmetric zipper.
Bebe Design Lab is full of purple. I adore the purple leather coat ($249), wish it was longer, but what a perfect hue. And me in that sweater dress ($119) reminded me of a kid's cartoon character, I just can't remember which one. So I called the experts, my 3 nephews, but haven't heard back. Stupid preschool and kindergarten. Meantime I've inserted a picture of Patrick Starfish from Spongebob. Close, yes?
More Design Lab and some Tara Subkoff for Bebe Design Lab later.
Bebe, 1 West 34th Street @ 5th Avenue
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
When I was scouting H&M Herald Square last week, checking out their plethora of hats, I noticed a section on the left side of the first floor to the right of the registers. Everything looked slightly...old. In a good way. Mixed up with the fauxberry trench and some droopy Aladdin pants were some very interesting items with a big retro feel.
I couldn't get out of that little area and lucky for me because that's where I found my dress mate. Yes, I have a dress soul mate: it's stylish but shapeless, can be thrown over anything, looks good under everything, is in a dark neutral color and couldn't make me happier unless it came with a trust fund.
Hello, shapeless lover ($49.90):
I'll put on tights and take you to work;
Or I'll tart you up. You know, net stockings, killer heels;
Like a good dress mate, you'll get along well with my friends, Fauxberry;
And Hippie Faux Poncho, $59.90. Acid green acrylic sweater straight out of a yard sale (actually, 26% mohair, 27% polymide and 47% acrylic).
Go check out that first floor in Herald Square and have some fun.
H&M Herald Square, 34th Street @ 6th Avenue
Monday, November 17, 2008
Below is Black Friday hours and sale information for 34th Street.* Stores are listed alphabetically, and information is from the stores on 34th Street ONLY. Sale information will be updated as it becomes available. Many stores do not reveal their Black Friday discounts in advance, but most will have extra discounts in the morning if not all day. As experienced Black Friday shoppers know, check your Thanksgiving Day paper for specific sale items.
Black Friday information will be available at a link on the top of the blog until the end of the biggest shopping day of the year. Note the sales in bold, which are my favorite, best, or most intriguing deals. Let the Black Friday madness begin:
Aeropostale, Manhattan Mall level 2**
5am - 10pm. Rumor is 50% off the entire store all day. Expect a line.
Update: sale TBD. I prefer the above, and who knows? I'll speculate and predict impressive doorbusters.***
Aerosoles, 36 W. 34th between 5th & 6th
7am - 9pm. Special discounts TBD.
Afaze, Manhattan Mall level 1**
8am - 10pm.
Aldo Shoes, 15 W. 34th between 5th & 6th
8am - 10pm.
Update: Sales have already begun and will continue through Thanksgiving.
American Eagle Outfitters, 40 W. 34th between 5th & 6th
12am - midnight, doorbusters TBD.
Update: 20% off all items plus raffle tickets w/scratch-off discounts.
Ann Taylor Loft, 35 W. 34th between 5th & 6th
6am - 10pm. "Maybe there will be a special sale!"
Update: 20% off all items.
AT&T Wireless, 209 W. 34th between 7th & 8th
9am - 9pm. Sales TBD.
B&H, 440 9th Avenue between 33rd & 34th
9am - 1pm.
Bakers Shoes, 358 5th Avenue, entrance on 34th
5 or 6am opening, doorbusters*** will be 15% (maybe more) off till 11am, which can be used with a discount card or coupon.
Update: 8am - 10pm, sales TBA 11/21.
Update #2: (rumored) 15% off 6am - 11am. Double rumor=truth, yes?!
Banana Republic, 17 W. 34th between 5th & 6th
10am - 9m. Sales TBD.
Update: 40% off selected items through Sunday.
Bebe, 1 W. 34th @ 5th Ave
7am - 9pm. Sales TBD.
Update: 30% off full-price merchandise, 7am - 11am.
The Body Shop, Manhattan Mall level 1**
open 8am, sales TBD.
Update: 9am - 10pm. Buy 2 bath products get 1 free, BOGO 1/2 off perfume, and more TBD.
Borders, 2 Penn Plaza, 7th Ave between 31st & 33rd
8am - 10pm. Sales TBD.
Update: With Borders Rewards Care 50% off best-selling books, some DVDs will be $9.99.
Charlotte Russe, Manhattan Mall level 1**
5am - 11pm, 25% off entire store.
Update: hours TBD, however, Manhattan Mall opens at 5am, so I'd bet on the early hours.
Jeans BOGO $15, shoes BOGO $10, & bags BOGO 1/2 off.
The Compleat Strategist, 11 E. 33rd between Madison & 5th
10:30am - 6pm. No sales but the destination store for your role-players & gamers.
Daffy's, 1311 Broadway @ 34th Street
7am -10pm. You know, the usual great designer gear discounted.
Update: 8am - 10pm. Sales TBD.
Dr. Jay's, 33 W. 34th between 5th & 6th
7am - 9pm. Sales TBA.
Update: 5am - 11pm.
Express, 7 W. 34th between 5th & 6th
5am - 11pm. Sales TBD.
Update: Doorbuster! Free gift with purchase before 11am.
Famous Footwear, 1 Penn Plaza, 250 W. 34th between 7th & 8th
7am - 10pm. BOGO 1/2 off + maybe other discounts.
Update: Sales TBD. Hmm, I'm thinking doorbusting BOGO's.
Fantasma Magic, 421 7th Avenue, 2nd floor, btwn 33rd & 34th Streets
11am - 8pm.
Foot Locker, 120 W. 34th between Broadway & 7th
6am - 10pm. Sales TBD.
Update: coupons in store plus more TBD.
Foot Locker, 45 W. 34th between 5th & 6th Avenues
9am - 9pm. Sales TBD.
Update: Storewide 25% off
Foot Locker, Manhattan Mall level level 1**
5am - 9pm. Doorbusters*** till 11am on selected styles.
Footaction, 430 7th Ave @ 34th Street
5am - 11pm. Sales TBA.
Update: 6am - 11pm. No sales.
Forever 21, 50 W. 34th between 5th & 6th
6am - 11pm. The usual low prices.
Fossil, 38 W. 34th between 5th & 6th
Hours and sales TBD.
Game Stop, 1282 Broadway between 33rd & 34th
Hours and specials TBA. Expect a line, there will be doorbusters.***
Update: 8:30am - 9pm.
Game Stop, Manhattan Mall**, level 2
6am - 9pm. Sales all day. Bring in used games for credit off purchases + promos.
Gap, 60 W. 34th @ 6th Avenue
9am - 9pm.
Update: 7am - 10pm. Doorbusters*** till 9am.
Garrett Popcorn, 242 W. 34th between 7th & 8th Avenues
10am - 10pm. Get "The Mix" for guests.
Gerry Cosby Sporting Goods, 11 Penn Plaza on 31st just east of 7th Avenue
9:30a - 6pm (open till 9pm if there's a Rangers game).
H&M Herald Square, 47 W. 34th @ 6th Avenue
6am - 11pm. % off (TBD) before 10am.
Update: Doorbuster till 10am, spend $50 or more and get 20% off.
H&M, 435 7th @ 34th Street
6am - 10pm. Probably the same as above, but also TBD.
Update: The store will be open from Friday 6am - Saturday 11pm.
BOGO free for any sale items purchased.
Jack's 99Cent Store, 110 W. 32nd between 6th & 7th
7:30am - 7:45pm. Everything's discounted every day at Jack's.
Update: Sales TBD.
Update #2: Usual low prices.
Journey's, 1293 Broadway @ 34th Street
5am - midnight. Sales TBD.
KB Toys, Manhattan Mall level 1**
5am - 9pm. Sales TBA, there will be doorbusters***, expect a line.
Update: Doorbusters till 10am.
Kay Jewelers, 136 W. 34th between Broadway & 7th Avenue
8am - 9pm. Sales TBA.
Update: Preferred customers receive 10% off the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Kira Plastinina, 22 W. 34th between 5th & 6th Avenues
Hours and sales TBD.
Kmart, 250 W. 34th between 7th & 8th
7am - midnight. Some sale info here, but keep an eye on that paper.
Lane Bryant, 7 W. 34th between 5th & 6th Avenues
Hours and sales TBA, but rumor has it there may be a BOGO free.
Update: 7am - 9pm. Sales TBD.
Le Chateau, 34 W. 34th between 5th & 6th Avenues
9am - 10pm, sales TBD.
Lush Herald Center, 1293 Broadway @ 34th Street
8am - 11pm. Sale is "really, really good but you have to come and find out!"
Update: There is a great sale going on right now at Lush: spend $50 (and 1 wrapped gift) and get $20 in wrapped gifts. This keeps multiplying, so if you spend $100 you'll get $40 in gifts.
Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th between Broadway & 7th Avenue
No official hours and sales, but last year Macy's opened the doors early, between 4:30am & 4:45am. Expect a line.
Men's Warehouse, 10 W. 34th in the Empire State building
9am - 9pm. There will be a storewide sale.
Update: Sweaters 50% off. And BOGO free designer suits now through Black Friday.
Meridian Ladies Clothing, 977 6th between 35th & 36th
9am - 7pm. There will be "something very special" on sale.
Update: 20% off regular priced items.
Modell's Sporting Goods Herald Center, 1293 Broadway @ 34th Street
9am - 9pm, sale TBD.
Update: 5am - 11pm. Discounts: 33% off team apparel, 50% off MLB, 50% off Timberland Boots, 50% off Champion Jackets.
My Suit Made to Measure, 1270 Broadway @ 33rd Street
store opens 10am. There may be a special on ties and shirts.
Old Navy, 150 W. 34th between Broadway & 7th
5am - 1am Saturday. Expect a line in the morning, sales TBD.
Payless, 110 W. 34th between Broadway & 7th
7am - 9pm. BOGO 1/2 off.
Payless, 484 8th Avenue @ 34th Street
8am - 8pm, sales TBA.
Perfumania, 20 W. 34th between 5th & 6th
7am - 10pm, BOGO $9.99.
Radio Shack, Manhattan Mall level 2**
6am - 10pm, look for door busters in the paper on Thanksgiving Day.
Rock & Soul Electronics, 462 7th Ave. between 35th & 36th Streets
9:30am - 7pm. No sales, but the go-to store for the DJ in your life.
Sephora, 130 W. 34th between Broadway & 7th Avenue
7am - 9pm, sales TBD.
Update: hours TBD.
Shoe Mania, 11 W. 34th between 5th & 6th Avenues
10am - 9pm, BOGO 1/2 off.
Update: 8am - 11am BOGO 1/2 off.
Skechers, 140 W. 34th between Broadway & 7th Avenue
6am - 11pm, BOGO 1/2 off.
Steve & Barry's, Manhattan Mall level 2**
8am - 9pm.
Update: Hours TBD.
Updated update: All stores are closing, liquidation sales in progress.
Steve Madden Shoes, 41 W. 34th @ 6th Avenue
hours and sales TBD, there will be scratch-off tickets.
Update: 6:30am - midnight.
Update #2: Scratch cards in store plus discounts.
Strawberry, Manhattan Mall level 1**
5am - 9pm, sales TBD.
Strawberry, 14 W. 34th between 5th & 6th Avenues
8am - 8pm, 20% off entire stock 8am - 11am.
Update: 20% off available only with flyer that can be picked up at the store Monday, 11/24 - Thursday, 11/27.
Sunglass Hut, 1313 Broadway @ 34th Street
8am - 10pm, sales TBD.
Update: TBD all day sales, but will include Ralph Lauren and Vogue.
Tourneau, 200 W. 34th @ 7th Avenue
9am - 7pm. Sales TBD.
Victoria's Secret Herald Square, 6th Ave @ 34th Street
6am - 11pm, sales TBD.
Update: TBD, but there will be a free bag with $60 or $70 purchase.
Wet Seal, Manhattan Mall level 2**
5am - 10pm, sales TBA.
Update: % off store-wide, TBD.
Zara, 39 W. 34th by 6th Avenue
7am - 10pm.
Update: Outerwear and sweaters on sale now through Black Friday.
*(updated to add) Please note that the above information is from stores on 34th Street and their staff, not the corporate office. Thus some sale information may vary. But we will continue to try and confirm all special Black Friday discounts. Be sure to check back for updated information on your favorite stores.
**Manhattan Mall is located at 6th Avenue & 33rd Street.
***doorbusters = early bird specials.
Friday, November 14, 2008
And black, too, of course. Last week a co-worker, KT, asked me where she could find a wool coat. Just a regular winter coat, no 3/4 sleeves, no cropped chic styling, but a classic coat that might actually hit her knees. KT works outside a lot.
Banana Republic immediately came to mind. And yes, Banana has some basic, winter wool coats. All below are $250, but keep an eye out for promotions and you should be able to get one of these for under $200 (last week it was 25% off if you used a Banana card).
Grey coat buttoned, close-up of hardware that will keep the wind out.
Same coat, different color. Love this red.
And black, which I'm partial to.
Although I like this casual style, and would love to see it in black.
nb: visit Ladviasosa for a sick story about her H&M Comme des Garcons experience yesterday morning, and a picture of her coat dress from today.
Banana Republic, 17 W. 34th between 5th & 6th
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I had no Comme des Garcons mojo today. I'd like to blame Jeffrey, who starting messing with my mojo by leaving town for a work thing. There went my CdG date. Luckily, Martin took pity on me yesterday (tired of my whining) and agreed to meet me at Herald Square 8am this morning.
Standing in line about halfway back, Martin and I were having a nice chat about the big Jets game tonight and my Laveranues Coles crush when, at 9am, they began to let the crowd in. We strolled forward, extolling the virtues of Laveranues' game, when suddenly a couple of demon girls came running from behind and cut the line! This is when I knew I was in trouble. I wasted more precious time being civil, saying "good luck" to Martin, then headed for the scarves and wallets table. All I really wanted from this collection (as I knew there would be no jackets at Herald Square) was the scarf.
If only #87 had been there to run scarf patterns for me...
No luck. As I reached down for the last scarf, a girl ran up and snatched it away. I totally got scarf snatched. Amateur! Well, I don't normally do these sales as I can't abide being elbowed and shoved around by multitudes of frantic women. No surprise that almost everything was taken immediately, and virtually no CdG left on the floor at 10am.
The following is sitting in a big H&M bag in my office. I think I'll keep the cute polka dot sweater, and not because several boys begged me to swap for it as soon as I got out of the dressing room. I would have gladly handed it over if one of them had a scarf, but like I said before, no mojo.
The polka dots. Black or red?
The back and front of trench, the see-through puffy shirt.
And the men? Martin said the trenches were gone immediately. He couldn't even get his hands on one. Same for all the smaller sizes. Martin tried a few things on (pics below) and got a black wool sweater.
Nothing too exciting here, the suit was too big for Martin, but I like the grandpa sweater. Martin didn't like the metallic looking buttons. He also said the shirts were too thin.
If you're near a CdG-carrying H&M and you missed this morning, follow the advice of my salesclerk: "Come back later, we'll have lots of returns. These girls will get back up to their offices and realize they spent too much money." I know I'll be returning a lot across the street at 42nd & 5th.
And if you find a scarf, I've got a few polka dot things I'd be willing to trade.
H&M Herald Square, 34th & 6th Avenue
H&M, 34th & 7th Avenue
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Let us tonight meditate upon some great shoe buys at Daffy's Herald Square:
Say "Ommmm, silver stilllettoooo..."
Karen Millen, $69.99.
Yes, Gee Wa Wa artisan shoes, $49.99. Some of the most comfortable heels I've ever worn.
Tufi Duek studded open toes, $49.99, & Madison Harding fringe sandals.
Then, because you're right across the aisle from leathers, go pick up one of these leather vests:
There are 3 or 4, they are samples so there's no zipper, just hook & eyes, but the leather is lovely for $69.99. And it has a hood, and studs on the front and back. Meditation has some nice benefits.
Have a lovely evening and lovely discounted designer shoe/leather vest dreams.
Daffy's Herald Square, 4th floor , 34th & Broadway