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Last-minute Father’s Day luxury gifts  via LibertyLuxuo, and Elite Traveler

Father’s Day is almost upon us, but there’s still time to make sure your Dad’s day is extra special. We’ve picked out the most luxurious of gifts that he’s sure to love, find something perfect for your pop now in our Father’s Day Shop. Or if he’s a true adventurer at heart, treat him with our ultimate travellers gifts…

1. Globe, £120

2. Airplane Desk Accessory by Troika, £27

3. Wicker iPhone Sleeve by Liberty London for Apple, £50

4. Places to Remember Notebook by Leathersmith of London, £30.50

5. Leather Weekend Bag by Calabrese, £515

6. Facial Fuel Moisturiser by Kiehl’s, £30.50

Spinning Blue Globe Facial Fuel by Kiehl's Silver Airplane Desk Accessory iPhone Cover Leather Doctor's Bag Places to Remember

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Father’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world June 19, meaning there’s less than a week to pick something to show you really care. Here a selection of some of our favorite guy-friendly items.

Kodak Playsport G2

Launched in January this year, the Playsport G2 is purpose-built for Dads who want to capture the action, no matter where they are.

Capture photos and HD videos using the compact unit, safe in the knowledge that it’s water-, dust- and shock-proof.

£149.99/$149.95/€179.99 – http://www.kodak.com

Otis Batterbee Luxury Travel Pillow

Sleep in comfort and style when on the go with these luxury travel pillow from Otis Batterbee.

Finished in three deluxe soft wool fabrics, patterns available include Prince of Wales Check, Grey Pinstripe and Mono Spot, with a burgundy velvet backing.

£75/€95/$125 – http://www.otisbatterbee.com

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BlackBerry Playbook

Available in the US since April, BlackBerry’s PlayBook makes its debut in Europe this month, launching in the UK June 16.

The 425 gram tablet is ideal for busy travelers and is available with a host of exclusive accessories, but make sure to preload it with the Blackberry Travel app.

From £399/$499 – http://www.blackberry.com

Bottega Veneta Nero Intecciato VN Credit Card Case

With six slots and an open compartment, this unisex luxury credit card case is perfect for traveling light and staying organized.

Available in black or brown – $240/£145 – http://www.bottegaveneta.com

Weber Q100

Enable Dad to take the BBQ anywhere with the Weber Q100 mobile grill.

With built-in carry-handles and thermometer, a fold-out table and push-button ignition, it’s perfect for chefs with a sense of adventure.

Rolling carry cases are available separately.

$159/€214 – http://www.weber.com

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Redfoot Men’s Shoes

Redfoot’s patented folding shoes have already proved a hit with women, but the brand’s split-sole Redfoot Man loafers are also ideal for the gent who likes to travel light.

The shoes are available in Seal Black and Chestnut Brown and come with a lightweight nylon wallet for easy storage.

£110/€165/$176 – http://www.redfootman.com

FitFolio iPad Case

Speck’s FitFolio adds rear-protection to the iPad2 while maintaining all of the smart cover functionality, making it perfect for toughening the ever-popular tablet.

Available in Black, Red and Grey.

£32.95/€39.95/$39.95 – http://www.speckproducts.com

Bear Grylls Ultimate Tool

Good enough for the king of adventures himself, the Ultimate Tool features 12 components and a texturized rubber handle for comfort.

The six inch ‘king of tools’ includes needle nose pliers, a fine edge knife, two screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a saw and a pair of wire cutters.

£49.99 – http://www.firebox.com / $57.99 – http://bear.gerbergear.com

Rosetta Stone Version 4 TOTALe

An unusual but surprisingly satisfying gift, Rosetta Stone’s language courses allow students to learn a new language quickly and easily.

The latest version of the award-winning software is available in over 20 languages from Arabic to Turkish and comes with a free iPad app for learning on the move.

From £139/$179 – http://www.rosettastone.com

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Want to really spoil your dad on Father’s Day? Ready to shell out at least a grand to do it? Elite Traveler has a list of extravagant gifts that should wow even the worldliest of dads. Why would an ice pick cost $200,000? Why if it’s made of white gold, diamonds and sapphires, of course! This Belvedere’s Jagger Dagger is available at Harrod’s of London. (Elite Traveler)
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Dad doesn’t have to own a car to get a thrill from driving it. One sure-fire way to get his heart racing is to enroll him in World Class Driving. In the program, which is held across the country, students spend $1,495 for a day of learning how to rule the road in speed machines like this Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. (Elite Traveler)
corkscrew
If Dad likes to open wine bottles with style, consider a monogrammed, jewel-encrusted corkscrew from Gershon Ltd. Made with everything from warthog tusk to diamonds, these fancy wine openers start at about $2,000. (Elite Traveler)
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If your father likes card games, this present isn’t much of a gamble: This ebony Poke Box, by Ghiso, is lined with velvet calf leather and includes more than 200 chips made of various woods. But you might have to win big to afford this gift — it costs $4,250. (Elite Traveler)
tequila
Why take Dad out for drinks when you can stay in with some high-class tequila? Billed as the ultimate gift for tequila connoisseurs, The 1800 Coleccion Anejo comes from agaves aged at least 10 years and is served in a pewter decanter designed by Mexican artist Alejandro Colunga. It sells for $1,800. (Elite Traveler)
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Even if Dad’s a macho guy, he might not mind a pink gift — especially if it’s this pink gold, palladium and brass lighter by S.T. Dupont. It sells for $870. (Elite Traveler)
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If Dad’s not a fan of commercial airliners and you’ve got more than $100,000 to burn, consider this Flexjet25 Card from Bombardier. It comes with 25, 30 or 35 hours of flight time onboard a fleet of Challengers and Learjets. Prices for the cards start at about $120,000. (Elite Traveler)
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A father who wants to curb his carbon footprint while burning up the road might be fond of this battery-powered Tesla Roadster. The $100,000 luxury car goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds. (Elite Traveler)
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A father and son with matching tastes might desire matching timepieces, like these IWC Pilot’s Watches. A set of two watches, one platinum and one steel, sells for $49,000. (Elite Traveler)
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A partnership between Swiss watchmaker Jean Richard and Italian racing motorcycle company MV Agusta has produced the MV 75 World Champion Collection timepieces. The watches, which are made in gold, titanium or steel, sell for between $8,000 and $21,500. (Elite Traveler)

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Opuluxe Lifestyle Design Summer 2011 Trend Report: The Little Blue Dress [#Opuluxe_Ltd, #SH_Digest, #summertrends, #littlebluedress, #bluelbd]

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The Blue LBD via [HushCoutoure]

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While the Little Black Dress is always a wardrobe staple, make room for the new LBD (little blue dress).   This spring it is all about colour, and shades of blue are all over the streets and runways.  Cobalt, a first cousin of royal blue and spring’s new black, is a bright fresh hue that makes us feel ready to take on the world.  And while the cool colour is all the rage in clothing, cobalt is making its presence in accessories like bags and shoes.  Brian Atwood makes a fabulous cobalt platform pump and Isabel Marant has a pointed cobalt suede kitten heel with a bow that will have heads turning whenever you make an entrance.

If you don’t want to go monochromatic, add a poppy red or bright yellow to the mix, or go neutral with a beige sandal, and if all else fails, black is always a fail safe option for accessorizing the new “it” colour.

But, if you dare to be bold, try mixing different shades of blue together like indigo or denim for a “colour-dipped effect.”  Either way you can’t go wrong with the new LBD.

LaLa Vazquez in Christian Lacroix Bodycon Dress


Spotted at ESPN’s Body Issue party. She also hit up “The Only Brave” event at Gotham Hall and Greenhouse.

Read more: Bitchie or Not? LaLa Vazquez’s Christian Lacroix Bodycon Dress | Necole Bitchie.com

Dresses: The blue LBD via [ellecanada]

This spring’s best dressed are dipped in shades of sapphire, blueberry and teal.
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LBD: Little Blue Dress via [Dismount Creative]

Blue Dress - the Sartorialist

If you had to choose one thing to wear for the rest of your life, what would it be? For me, it’s an easy choice- a blue dress. I have a closet full already. Over Thanksgiving I found myself drawn across Nordstrom at the glimpse of a navy dress across the store, only to arrive and realize I already own that exact dress. (In my defense, the fabric was a *slightly* different shade.)

Now, in a situation where I really had to wear the same thing for the rest of my life, a blue dress is probably a foolish choice. Remember that season of Survivor where they made them jump off the boat without notice and many of them were wearing suits and dresses? I’d be the idiot in the blue dress.

Blue Dresses from Net-A-Porter

DKNYHelmut LangVivienne Westwood3.1 Phillip Lim

Blue Dresses from ASOS

ASOS Mid-length Jersey Dress, Mango Contrast Belted Dress, Mango Pleat Lady Dress, ASOS Tailored Drapey Pencil Dress

  The Girl In A Little Blue Dress

The Girl In A Little Blue Dress by ♥..Lexi..♥ featuring peep toe pumps

Miu miu dress
$2,350 – miumiu.com

Peep toe pumps
150 EUR – welikefashion.com

Jane Norman clutch bag
18 GBP – janenorman.co.uk

Glass jewelry
39 EUR – modekungen.se

Ray-Ban ray ban shades
$130 – net-a-porter.com

ikea SKIR
$9.99 – ikea.com

Blue dress
85 GBP – zeleb.co.uk

Flower jewelry
$12 – modcloth.com

Gem necklace
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claire’s accessories
$3.50 – claires.com

OPI Purple Nail Polish
$5.99 – amazon.com

Satin cocktail dress
$27 – charlotterusse.com

Black heels
$48 – promgirl.com

Raymond weil watch
$575 – forzieri.com

Forever21 lucite earrings
$3.80 – forever21.com

Yves Saint Laurent drop necklace
525 GBP – net-a-porter.com

Bangle bracelet
15 AUD – funaccessories.com.au

Trilby hat
13 GBP – littleblackcherry.co.uk

Champagne & ice bucket
35 GBP – debenhams.com

fabric background art design decor
$9.25 – imaginefabric.com

Coast Stores – BILLIE BEADED COVER UP
40 GBP – coast-stores.com

Blue striped dress
$160 – modcloth.com

ALDO high heel pumps
$38 – aldoshoes.com

Sydney Evan chain jewelry
$900 – ylang23.com

Tuxedo Ruffle Curtain
$48 – urbanoutfitters.com


Walter bubble dress
$118 – theoutnet.com

D&G high heels
$374 – endless.com

Givenchy handbag
859 GBP – farfetch.com

Betsey Johnson pearl earrings
$35 – zappos.com

Prada sunglasses
232 GBP – sunglasses-shop.co.uk

ikea IKEA PS BRUNN
$15 – ikea.com

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A Tour of Home Bars via [#BluLableBungalow, and#Houzz, #wetbar ]

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This One’s on the House: A Tour of Home Bars

Hello there! I’m Erika Ward, Owner and Principal Designer of Erika Ward Interiors. It’s my greatest pleasure to inspire you to live well, to live in style, and to extinguish the myth that style and budget are mutually exclusive. Read more about my design philosophy and my work at http://www.blulabelbungalow.com
The concept of a home bar never really occurred to me until my family moved into a larger house. With a new home and more space, it didn’t take long before I was bit by the entertaining bug. My husband and I are social drinkers, a cocktail here or there, but having a well stocked bar of fine liquors and G-rated beverages may not be such a bad idea.
Entertaining in Style traditional kitchen
After the hustle and bustle of a long day who wants to stand behind a velvet rope to spend money on overpriced, water-down beverages? Relax at home and invite a few friends over. With these amazing custom and semi-custom bars, your place is the hottest ticket in town. No reservations required.

I’m serving up more home bar inspiration at Houzz.com today.

Allow your decor to transport guests to a faraway land. The pendant lights and gorgeous hand-painted wall finish is reminiscent of a quaint Tuscan pub.

by Bella Villa Design Studio

Are you a wine connoisseur? Customize your cabinetry to accommodate wine and stemware for easy access. 

Sidenote: Install a mirrored back-splash to your bar to give an illusion of more space.

by Mitchell Construction Group

Take design cues from your favorite brewery or pub and create a fashionable wood facade in your home.

by Rob Kane – Kitchen Interiors Inc.

Outfit your custom bar with the essentials; A sink, mini dishwasher, microwave, and fridge will limit your trips to the main kitchen.

by Rob Kane – Kitchen Interiors Inc.

Utilize a buffet to service guests when entertaining. When not in use, create an interesting tablescape using heirloom decanters, glasses, and a serving tray.

by Centsational Girl

If space is at a premium, create a beverage center within a nook using simple glass shelving and a portable chiller.

by Susan Diana Harris Interior Design

Here, a mini bar is built-in to a custom work station. How convenient for those days when happy hour can’t come fast enough.

by Harrell Remodeling

I love the idea of a multi-functional refreshment station. This combination consists of an espresso machine for the morning caffeine jolt and wine storage for the evening nightcap.

by Faiella Design



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OpuluxeLtd.com™ Latest Daily Obsession: Noelani Designs Hawaiian Jewelry!!! [#NoelaniDesignShop, #hawaiianjewelry]

I am unapologetically obsessed with the daily feats of fabulosity by total strangers.  No exaggeration; it’s my fuel for life. It’s usually an either/ or type of encounter. The fabulosity wielding person either directly  possessses  the “It” factor or is in possession of something tangible that conveys the coveted “It” factor for them as if they’re on fabulosity autopilot; so to speak.  As some of you know; we’re opening up second office in Miami and I’ve been bi-coastal for almost 2 and a half months now. That’s why it’s taking me soooo long to post updates. Well in Miami everything besides their insane reckless driving moves very slow. If it weren’t for the slowest elevator I’ve ever waited on; I might have missed out on the ever elusive double dip of fabulosity!  I met an absolutely beautiful super cool chick wearing  the most beautiful pair of earrings ever!  Besides “wanting” to instantly know ALL of her beauty and fitness secrets;  I very much “needed” to know EXACTLY where she got those Holy Grail earrings. OMG the picture I’m including doesn’t even do them justice! They are literally multifaceted goddess-worthy creations. I will order my pair as soon as I get back from my next trip. I don’t want anyone, not even Mr. OpuluxeLtd.com™ to sign for the package. These are gonna be all mine. I can’t wait ’til I get them, They look so versatile. I imagine wearing them throughout the day and at night for dinner or an event.  Anywho , I gave Ms. Fabulosity my business card and told her that besides needing to add a pair of those gorgeous earrings to my jewelry stash; I’d also love to interview her friend Noelani for OpuluxeLtd.comt™ in the  near future.  I went to nearby Lincoln Road Mall to jewelry shop and to specifically find a similar pair of earrings. I found absolutely nothing that compared to them.  I impulse bought a small chandelier for our bathroom to temporarily appease my “bling” envy. I doubled back and returned  it since the earrings are waaayy cuter. When I got back in I was checking my inbox and as promised I had received the  contact information of the creator of the covet worthy jewelry. Her nane is Noelani and she’s based in Hawaii. She is the owner of Noelani Designs Shop. Each piece of her jewelry is a masterpiece. I mean really they are “Oprah’s Favorite Things”  fabulous. If Oprah ever gives them out a big smack-down would break out on her show, because no-one wants “just one”. Obsession is the only word I have to describe my emotions after seeing the Noelani Designs collection. You can purchase her jewelry directly here. See below  the beautiful Noelani’s Bio as well as a sneak peek into her lovely online store. Noelani also has a very nice blog on her website as well. It’s called Noelani Love’s Blog.  Here is the link to her blog, right here. And a very special thanks to Ms. Fabulosity aka my newest fabu “friend in the head”. It was a pleasure meeting you. You have an impeccable sense of style and a great personality. It was very refreshing to find someone that genuinely supports and promotes her friend’s interests like that. Kudos! She was sooo proud a Noelani, and I’m pretty sure that Noelani is proud of her as well. Because Ms.Fabulous, –Okay her name is really Sherrin Bernstein and she has a lot of awesome projects of her own. She is the founder of  Touch Fitness Informative Bodywork and Attract Essentials. Guess what she has another highly artistic friend. Unbelievable, is Sherrin some kinda real life muse or something.  So check out her other very talented friend Lauran Childs. Click on the link to her website here. Lauran’s paintings are stunning. Her art work is my second newest obsession and it’s probably gonna be yours too!

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Holiday Inspirations via [thisisglamourous]

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{holiday inspiration: glittering gold}

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. . . may have played with the notion of winter white, or pale & pretty neutrals, bits of silver, or warm slate & evergreen, and perhaps even crimson, but in the end, knew it would always be glittering gold . . .

kartell gold lamp | 1stdibs gilt metal starburst chandelier | j.crew teenie glitter leather belt | victoria beckham sunglasses | louis vuitton shimmering slim evening clutch | aspinal of london metallic gold leather ipad case | zara home hans jug

erin fetherston for juicy couture

{p.s.} absolutely and completely in love with this gold velvet dress by erin fetherston for juicy couture capsule collection

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cubes of gold custom ring designed by imogen belfield | yves saint laurent rouge volupté pearl lipstick | kate spade twirl margie handbag | badgley mischka peep toes | kelly wearstler brass kaleidoscopes | talullah tu bow ring | bodum chambord gold french press | merchant archive london 70s gold trolly | mepra due ice oro flatware

{p.s.} a few things:
* last day for the crystal necklace holiday give-away
* guest posting here today xo

{juicy loves glamour girls by erin fetherston image, scan by this is glamorous, photography by francisco garcia for nylon magazine, january 2011; fireplace via the green room interiors, gold sequins & red lipstick via bela adler & salvador fresneda not just a label discovered via felicity — thank you! xo}

{holiday inspiration: silver & gold}

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. . . while may not have had a chance to get together holiday decorations this past weekend {perhaps & hopefully this week}, have been dreaming up elegant colour palettes for the season, and while the last may have been inspired by tiffany’s blue, this year, quite smitten with the idea of simple and classic silver and gold, perhaps hints of pearl and opalescence, gilded garlands and glittering sequins, and perhaps, just the faintest glimmer of palest lilac . . .

{p.s.} also lovely: one & two; & how was your weekend? dying to know what holiday colour palettes you’ve been dreaming up?

{also:} a few things you may have missed:
* weekend: a few lovely links
* at the shops: andrea bonelli, san francisco
* for the holidays: advertising

{& one last thing:}
* now that we finally have a winner for the philippe starck louis ghost armchair, it’s on to the next glamorous give-away {perfect for the holidays!} a little later today — check back if you like . . . xo

{images: photography by virginia macdonald for style at home}

{holiday inspiration: warm slate + evergreen}



. . . quietly floating snowflakes and prettily wrapped packages, napkins tied with mistletoe and candles wrapped in satin, and most of all, happy anticipation in this, the most magical time of the year

hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season,
xo

{images:1 & 4 – veranda via delight by design; 2 – polly wreford; 3 – martha stewart}

Ready, set … click! Roundup of Cyber Monday deals on Luxury goods! via [usnews and nyt]

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CYBER MONDAY DEALS

| Author: Loren Ridinger | via [MyFashionCents]

Wiped out from shopping yet? I’m not 🙂 Hope you snagged some amazing deals on Black Friday! You also have a chance to do some damage on Cyber Monday – here’s another list of great sales and promo codes for tomorrow:

ARDEN B. 20% off entire site, plus free shipping over $25

ASPINAL OF LONDON 20% off $185 or more with code CYBMN29

BEAUTYTICKET.COM 30% off with code CYBER30

BEBE 20% off, plus free shipping

CHARLOTTE RUSSE 25-50% off everything, plus free shipping and free sparkly compact with orders of $35 or more

EDDIE BAUER 30% off, plus free shipping with code CYBERDAY

FINISH LINE $10 off $60 or more with code RG2010

ICE.COM Up to 80% off jewelry, plus free shipping with code SCM10

KOHL’S Extra 10% off $100 or more with code JINGLE

LANE BRYANT Buy one, get one free

LORD & TAYLOR 25% off site wide with code CYBER

MACY’S Specials, plus free shipping on $75 or more with code CYBER

RICH & SKINNY 30% off full priced items with CYBER2010

SHOES.COM 20% off, plus free shipping with code CYBER

SHOEMALL.COM 25% off $25, plus free shipping with code MONDAY25

SHOPBOP Up to $500 off your order with code BIGEVENT

WET SEAL 20% off entire site

Love,

Loren

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Luxe Life

Luxury is no longer the sole province of the elite. Upscale goods and services now target a much broader market. Kimberly Castro, deputy business editor of U.S.News & World Report, takes a look at the luxe life, from fine wines and cars to high-end real estate and wealth management. Though no elitist, Kim does admit a fondness for a bold bottle of Scout’s Honor from Venge Vineyards and satiating her wanderlust in Europe.

Cyber-Monday: Deals on Luxury Goods

By Kimberly Castro

If you’re like me, you avoided the out-of-control mob of feverish shoppers at retailers on Black Friday. You may have decided to wait for discounts today, otherwise known as Cyber-Monday, the unofficial kickoff to the online retail season. You may be shopping from the comfort of your own home or “taking a break” at work; either way, online retailers see today as yet another opportunity to attract consumers with more promotions.

When you think of great deals, retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy may come to mind. But deep discounts abound on luxury goods, and you can save as much as 40 to 70 percent on men’s and women’s designer apparel, shoes, and handbags from the likes of luxury retailers Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Here are more online sales to satiate your holiday shopping needs:

  • Bergdorf Goodman, owned by Neiman Marcus, is offering up to 50 percent off on its designer collections, shoes, and handbags. You can also receive free shipping with any purchase.
  • Spend $25 or more at beauty retailer Sephora, and you’ll get free shipping.
  • If your calendar is chock-full of holiday events, online retailer Bluefly is offering up to 40 percent off on party dresses, including the Nicole Miller, Vera Wang, and Laundry labels.
  • At Barneys, Christian Louboutin’s Sigourney ankle boots, originally priced at $1,030, now go for $615 at the Barneys website.
  • Enjoy up to 50 percent off of Fendi, Marc Jacobs, and Jimmy Choo goods at online luxury fashion retailer Net-a-porter.com.

Happy shopping!

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RowNine Cyber Monday deals on luxury goods:

  • Free invite to RowNine for WalletPop readers
  • 80%off all Eyewear
  • Discounts Mulholland Leather
  • Savings on timepieces and jewelry starting on Tuesday

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Secret’s Out: Sample Sales Move Online

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and JENNA WORTHAM
via [New York Times]

Daniela Busciglio still winces at the memory of shivering in line for hours to get into New York sample sales, then shoving her way through throngs of other shoppers looking for deals on designer clothes.

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Dany Levy, DailyCandy’s founder and editorial director, left, and Eve Epstein choosing items to photograph for a sample sale.

But now the mobs are moving online, to sites like Gilt, Rue La La, One Kings Lane, Ideeli and HauteLook. On the Web, the shopping is just as competitive, but it is no longer a blood sport.

“Who wants to go to sample sales with lines out the door and girls scratching to get in?” said Ms. Busciglio, 27, now a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Online, she said, “I can take my time and not have to worry about people getting up in my face.”

The private-sale sites — a misnomer because most of these so-called exclusive sites are open to anyone who signs up — have become a thriving corner of online commerce. Sites using the same “while supplies last” approach have sprung up recently to sell home furnishings, beauty products and travel packages.

The business model is simple: the sites buy mostly overstocked clothing and accessories from brand-name designers, then discount them deeply. Adrenaline-pumped shoppers rush to get the deals because the items are often gone in a few hours.

The sites try to recreate the rush of a warehouse sample sale, minus the trampling and shoving, but they borrow as much from the Home Shopping Network as they do from Saks Fifth Avenue. After shoppers add an item to their cart at Gilt, for example, they get a 10-minute countdown before they lose the item.

For Matthew Rodriguez, 29, a Web marketer and Gilt shopper, the sales turn shopping into a game. “Knowing the sales start every day at noon makes me really competitive to get an item before someone else gets it,” he said. He recently bought a pair of Clae white patent leather sneakers for $38 on Gilt. They can sell for as much as $135 in retail stores.

More mainstream retailers are also adopting the idea. Saks, for example, is holding 24-hour half-price sales on brands like Hervé Léger.

Others are using the idea for holiday promotions. On the Monday after Thanksgiving, a big online shopping day known as Cyber Monday, Ashford, which sells luxury brand watches, discounted a different watch every two hours on its site. Blue Nile, the jewelry site, is offering a different deal every day until Dec. 23.

By discounting one item at a time, the retailers attract bargain-seekers and avoid the deep discounting done storewide last year, thereby protecting their profit margins. By 3:10 p.m. on Cyber Monday, Blue Nile had sold out of a five-carat diamond bracelet, marked down to $3,950 from $5,300.

One of the buyers, Dan Stanley of Falls Church, Va., said that he had not heard of private sales before and that for four days, he had been shopping for a bracelet for his wife. He bought it on the spot. “The ‘one day’ caught my eye, and I wouldn’t have risked it,” Mr. Stanley said.

Private-sale sites are attracting brand-name investors. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the venture capital firm that backed Google and Amazon.com, invested on Wednesday in One Kings Lane, which sells home décor. Gilt Groupe raised $55 million from Matrix Partners and General Atlantic, and Rue La La’s parent company was recently acquired by GSI Commerce for $180 million.

The concept seems tailored to recessionary times. Any guilt that consumers feel over spending thousands of dollars on unnecessary items can be replaced by bragging rights for finding a killer bargain, like a $4,500 diamond necklace that was recently on sale for $2,250 at Gilt.

“We started this at the worst possible time and got traction right out of the box,” said Susan Feldman, a founder of One Kings Lane. People still want to shop, but in the privacy of their homes, she said. “They just don’t want to be seen walking down the street carrying a Bloomingdale’s or Barneys or Bergdorf bag.”

It works for the fashion industry, too, because as the economy slumped, stores deeply cut inventory, which left some designers with excess stock, depending on their production calendars. Some high-end brands view the sites as a place to unload inventory without sullying their image by having their merchandise appear on Overstock.com or on the racks at Filene’s Basement. The members-only Web sites also ensure that search engines will not locate and list the discounted products.

Juliska sells its full-price tableware, like a $625 stoneware soup tureen, at luxury department stores like Neiman Marcus. It sells off-season products on One Kings Lane, Gilt and Rue La La.

Selling those items at T. J. Maxx, as some of Juliska’s competitors do, “is suicide for a luxury brand,” said Dave Gooding, the company’s chief executive. “With flash sales, you have the beauty of it being a one-day sale that is done in a very quick, efficient, tastefully done way, as an alternative to your product sitting on a dusty shelf for six months.”

For shoppers, the sites provide a selection of items, akin to a boutique, so they do not have to wade through the thousands of items on bigger e-commerce sites.

Swirl, a private-sale site that went live on Nov. 19, is betting on the allure of a handpicked collection. It was started by DailyCandy, which publishes e-mail newsletters about fashionable activities in various cities.

The company’s reputation for pointing readers to up-and-coming designers will help differentiate its sample sale site, said Dany Levy, DailyCandy’s founder and editorial director. “They trust us, and they know we’ve done our homework,” she said.

But private-sale sites could run into trouble as manufacturers and stores cut back on inventory. “The universe of what’s overstock is not an infinite universe,” said Sucharita Mulpuru, an e-commerce analyst at Forrester.

To maintain their growth, many of the sites have recently expanded beyond high-end, overstocked apparel.

Ideeli sells spa and vacation packages in addition to clothes, and One Kings Lane has avoided clothes altogether. Gilt now sells gadgets, like a Tivoli radio and a Jawbone wireless headset, and offers products for men, children, the home and younger women with smaller budgets. Gilt also started a site called Jetsetter that sells travel deals, like a room at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris marked down to $500, from $795.

Susan Lyne, Gilt’s chief executive, said that as long as people coveted something, they would be eager for a deal. “Gilt and these other shopping sites allow people to do the thing that gives them pleasure, without all that guilt,” she said.


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One of the easiest ways to spruce up a boring bedroom is by dressing up the bed. But pillows, bedsheets, and a pretty comforter only go so far. Here are some diy headboard ideas so that you can give your bed a little extra ooomph!

Above: For this “Tall Order” headboard featured at BHG (Better Homes & Gardens), an inexpensive artist’s canvas was covered in fabric and propped behind the bed. I particularly like this project because the canvas could be re-covered if you want to change you color scheme or it could moved around the room if you no longer wish to use it as a headboard. I do think, however, that it should be fastened to the wall in some way to avoid falling on your head during sleep. Some kind of adhesive hooks might just do the trick?
Above: If you’re feeling especially ambitious or crafty, a diy-upholstered headboard may be just the project for you. Click here for BHG instructions on creating this luxe headboard using medium-density fiberboard, batting, and your choice of fabric. (Apparently it takes only three hours and no special tools are required!)
Above: This “Letter Perfect” headboard shown on BHG is dedicated to all you bookworms and future novelists out there. Collect new or vintage letters of varying sizes and colors flea markets, antique shops, and craft-stores… and put ’em up on the wall with some double-sided tape, poster putty, or adhesive hooks (depending on the material and weight of your letter).
Above: Hey, globetrotters… you may like BHG’s “Map Quest” headboard project. Simply use decoupage medium to adhere paper road maps to an old headboard. (Note: Do not, under any circumstances, decoupage the dorm-provided headboard… it will damage the school’s furniture.) For a dorm-safe approach I would recommend either doing this to a headboard you own and bringing it to school… or decoupaging a flat piece of plywood and temporarily attaching it to the headboard the school provided you with.
Above: Add some timeless romance to your dorm by borrowing the “Screen Star” idea from BHG. Simply place a folding screen between your headboard and the wall. Wrought iron is always gorgeous, but there are a variety of screen available out there. Plus, a vertical screen will draw the eye upward.
Above: BHG’s “Perfectly Padded” idea is a new take on the old upholstered headboard. I absolutely adore this idea. Simply hang a bench cushion by it’s ties from wall-mounted hooks. I think those adhesive hooks are pretty much ideal for this project. (Just make sure that they are all attached to the wall at the same level so that your cushion isn’t crooked.) You could also put a twist on this diy by hanging the cushion over the long part of your bed instead of at the headboard. It could give your bed a daybed like.
Above: Isn’t this BHG project pretty? This “Elegant Illusion” also happens to be a piece of cake. While you’re not allowed to paint the walls at school, vinyl decals are a great alternative. I’m sure if you shop around you’ll be able to find a vinyl headboard decal. Or you could stick other decals to the wall and create your own idea of a headboard. I think one of those chandelier silhouette decals would be quite eye-catching over a bed.
Above: So this BHG idea, called “Pop of Color“, is the easiest, most convenient, and easiest headboard project. So if you’re not crafty, on a small budget, or simply change your mind a lot… give this diy a chance. Simply drape a panel of fabric over the headboard. Then tuck the ends under the mattress to keep it in place. Yup… it’s that easy. With several pieces of pretty, patterned fabric on hand, you could change your headboard’s look on a whim.

Above: This “Paper Headboard” from I heart Norwegian Wood on Flickr is super easy and super stylish. The headboard design was simply drawn onto and cut out of thick, white poster board and stuck to the wall.

Above: This “Scrapbook Paper” headboard (also from I heart Norwegian Wood) is what I’m leaning towards doing in my own dorm room. I was first inspired by a $13 Paper Wall, but it took some surfing around to find a photo of what I wanted to do… which is to attach scrapbook paper in different colors and patterns to the wall above my bed. I think I may go all the way up to the ceiling though in my room. This can be done by simply attaching scrapbook paper squares to the wall with double-sided tape, adhesive strips, or poster putty. 

Above: I love the headboard in this bedroom belonging to Flickr user kimhas6cats. It’s a different take on using a screen as a headboard. It’s her screen that’s really the key. It seems that it was just made for hanging things… like scarves, artwork, etc. It’s really quite a fabulous idea. And considering I personally own over twenty scarves… I’m keeping my eyes open for a screen like this. Imagine all the other things you could hang from it! So many possibilities.

Final Word:

If you’re creative, crafty, and innovative… there is a variety of ways to customize your bed and your dorm in general. But I do stress over and over again that it’s soooo important to read your residence hall contract and handbook so that you know what you are allowed to do decor-wise in the dorm and what is prohibited. Every college has different rules. If you don’t understand something in the contract or handbook, e-mail your residence hall director or dormitory staff. Be informed, be safe, and be creative. 🙂

I’m going to call attention to a couple of my favorite blogger DIY projects. These ladies both made their own gorgeous headboards inspired by designer beds for a substantial savings! What’s not to love? I’m seriously considering making myself a new headboard, even though the one I have is less than a year old….lol.

First up, we have Freckles Chic with her awesome linen headboard with nailhead trim. Cost of making this headboard? Only $73!

Looks pretty similar to West Elm’s Nailhead Upholstered Headboard…King size = $449.

Next, Holly over at Life in the Fun Lane made a glamorous white headboard (directions here)in keeping with her unique clean cottage chic style. Just love it!

This is an easy and cheap way to get a headboard that looks like Williams Sonoma Home’s Fairfax Bed with out the pocket emptying cost!

Yeah yeah, we’ve all seen enough headboards, right? Well, imagine this long upholstered headboard with a queen sized bed in front of it and two sparse, but interesting side tables on either side of it. It would function as a headboad, of course, but also as wall art across a wide expanse of wall. That’s been on my drawing board for a long time, and now someone has gone and done it. As usual  Cococozy has compiled a nice little assortment of fantastic photos of  yet more headboard alternatives for your consideration.

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Above: Decal Wall Stickers Headboard (those with patience could paint this)

Block of Blue Headboard

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Wingback Headboard

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Floral Screen Headboard

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Photo: Polly Wreford

I received a reader request from my fabulous friend Beth who’d like to see some DIY headboard options for her darling daughter Maya. Well ladies, here’s what I was able track down–hope you see something you like!

The first thing that came to mind is a DIY headboard made from a piece of picket fence. My mother-in-law did this in her guest room and I just love it. Nice and simple, and oh so cute. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos from my mother-in-law’s house, but here is one from Better Homes & Gardens. I also found a slight variation at HGTV.com.


Another great idea is this simple DIY canopy, which would be so cute for a little girl’s room–and you could change out the fabric as she grows and her tastes mature!


The fun fabric and shape of this charming DIY upholstered headboard keeps it looking young and playful.


Another simple great idea–again from Better Homes & Gardens. This headboard is made from plain old bi-fold closet doors painted with stripes.


I love this chic suggestion from Domino–painting a faux headboard right on your wall using a color just a couple shades lighter than your wall color. Don’t want to buy a whole other can of paint? Just mix some white paint with your existing wall color paint and you’re good to go.


Although not necessarily what comes to mind for my friend’s daughter Maya, here are two more ideas from BHG that I just love–Pic 1 is made from a painted paneled door, and Pic 2 is made with weathered shutters.

As you may have noticed by now–Better Homes & Gardens is an excellent site for finding some beautiful DIY headboard ideas! To see these DIY headboard ideas and more, check out their slide show of 29 Cheap & Chic Headboard Projects.

And if anyone has any other great ideas for Beth’s daughter, we’d love to hear them!


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