Karen Karch Fine Jewelry Sample Sale: 10/23-10/25

October 17th, 2014 / Comments Off on Karen Karch Fine Jewelry Sample Sale: 10/23-10/25 / by admin

Fine jewelry designer Karen Karch is hosting her first ever Sample Sale from October 23rd to October 25th at her Gramercy Park Store (38 Gramercy Park North).  The sale will offer men’s & women’s luxury jewelry at up to 70% off!

Over her two decades as a designer, Karen Karch has developed a celebrity following including bold-faced names like Celine Dion, Britney Spears, David Bowie, Mariska Hargitay, Shailene Woodley, Michelle Williams, Megan Fox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Courtney Love, and the ladies of Bravo TV’s RHONY.

















By: Ashley Lutzker

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SNL X Saks, You Can Now Dress Like Your Favorite SNL Character (If you want)

October 17th, 2014 / Comments Off on SNL X Saks, You Can Now Dress Like Your Favorite SNL Character (If you want) / by admin

The Saks Fifth Avenue X Saturday Night Live collaboration is finally here. With designs from big names like DVF, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Elizabeth and James, and Alice & Olivia, you can now find clothing inspired by your favorite SNL characters, including The Coneheads, Mary Catherine Gallagher, and yes, even Gilly.

100% of proceeds from sales of this collaboration will go to benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundations’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund. Shop the collection online or in-store.















By: Ashley Lutzker


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Get The Most Out Of Your Shopping Experience This Month

October 15th, 2014 / Comments Off on Get The Most Out Of Your Shopping Experience This Month / by admin



Throughout the month of October, the Madewell stores of NYC are offering FREE monogramming.  You’re favorite Madewell Transport tote bag or leather belt, why not throw a monogram it.  Hi the Soho Madwell on October 18th between 12-3pm or the Madison Ave. store on Ocotber 25th during the same time period. If you can’t make it on those days, visit the new Williamsburg Madewell from October 28th-31st anytime during business hours.






For a little high end “Treat Yo Self” moment, his the Hermes Sample Sale on October 23rd.  While details have not been listed yet, based on past sample sales you can expect discount of around 50%.



Cat Footwear







For a more rugged edge, Cat Footwear is opening it’s first ever US store in the form of a pop-up shop in Midtown Manhattan.  If you’re on the hunt for a new pair of Autumn/Winter boots, this is the place to be. The pop-up will be open for shopping October 21st- 28th from 11am-7pm.



Rachel Zoe





Rachel Zoe is having a Sample Sale at Chelsea Market from October 29th-November 2.  Expect to get deals on ready to wear, footwear and jewelry from up to 70% off.




& Other Stores

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H&M’s soon upscale lifestyle brand & Other Stories hasn’t opened it’s first NYC store just yet, but they’ve launched their online shop and if you make a pre-Halloween purchase with the code FRIENDS you’ll get free shipping and 20% off your order.  The NYC shop opens for business on October 17th.


By: Ashley Lutzker

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The NSA Now Brings You: Spy Summer Camp

October 13th, 2014 / Comments Off on The NSA Now Brings You: Spy Summer Camp / by admin


First and foremost, pardon my absence from this blog, it’s been a crazy few weeks at the office and every time I though up a great post, something more urgent managed to get in the way.  But here we are again and I have to apologize a 2nd time because this latest post has nothing to do with NYC, yet seems super buzzworthy to me.

Have you heard about NSA spy summer camp? Yes, you heard that right, it’s a real thing.  NSA recruiter Steven LaFountain announced on CNBC, that this past summer the NSA created a half-dozen summer camps around the U.S. run by the NSA.  In case you didn’t know, the NSA is the leading spy agency in the United States and now kids as young as 13 are trading in arts & crafts and archersyto have a chance to train with high-level programming experts and learn how to prevent cyber attacks and security breaches.

Ok, ok so basically it’s a high octane computer camp, but a computer camp run by the NSA.  Said LaFountain, “We’ve come to the realization that we need to reach back further than college to get kids interested in cybersecurity, so just this summer, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, we created a program we’re calling ‘Gen-cyber,’ sponsoring cyber-related summer camps for middle and high school students around the country.”

Basically the NSA is recruiting the youngest and brightest tech minds in the country so that they can hone their skills in a safe, stable environment and keep them from becoming future nefarious evil master minds.

I have to say, I was really into spy stuff as a kid, more so CIA style espionage.  I thought being a spy would be sooooo cool but as I got older I forgot about my childish spy dreams.  That said, I wasn’t so much into computers but had there been a spy camp for all the other facets of spy training (I’m talking combat, deception, espionage, etc.) I would have totally been all in and perhaps may have followed through on my childhood dream.

By: Ashley Lutzker


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