5 Consignment Boutiques for Sample Sale Junkies {NYC Edition}!

Did you miss your favorite fashion designer’s Fall/Winter 2012 sample sale? Have no fear, we’ve got 5 consignment boutiques for {NYC} sample sale junkies!

For Models off Duty

Ina is perhaps the most well known designer resale boutique in the city. Shop any one of their manhattan locations for current collection shoes, handbags and separates, from Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Zac Posen and Thakoon.

For Uptown Girls

La Boutique Resale In addition to a fabulous inventory of shoes from designers including Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin, La Boutique offers both current and vintage designer fashions from Chanel, Prada and Hermes.

For Happening 20 Somethings

Second Time Around Fresh from the sales floor at Barney’s Co-Op, STA is a one-stop shop for followers of contemporary lines like Marni, Dries Van Noten and Vince. Whether you’re looking for a cocktail dress or a work horse piece, STA offers of the moment brands and even offers a frequent buyer card.

For The Designer Bag Lady

offers a mix of on-trend and classic pieces from designers like Rick Owens, Balenciaga and Lanvin. A premier new and used couture destination, Roundabout is yours truly’s favorite shop for shoes and handbags.

For Downtown Style Mavens

Resale Riches
Gently used gems from Alaia, Matt Bernson, and Gucci make Resale Riches Tribeca’s toast of consignment. Set apart by an appointment-only designer showroom, Resale Riches boasts an exclusive inventory for the most resourceful post-sample sale huntress.



{Style Intelligence} 7 Awesome Online Designer Sample Sales

Dot com sites are the new black for designer fashions at member’s-only prices. Because we love to spread the word, we’ve brought you the ultimate in exclusive shopping with 7 of the best online sample sales.

Gilt Groupe offers exclusive, invitation-only sales on stylish apparel for men, women and kids. How it works: Each 3-day sale begins at noon EST and features styles from designers like Derek Lam and Diane Von Furstenberg. Score an invite from a current member for access to top tier designer fashions.

Rue la la is an invitation-only retail destination for designer stylistas. How it Works: Members delight in private sale boutiques from brands like Whitney Eve and Candy Shoes. FYI: Rue La La’s semi-annual shoe sale is happening NOW!

ideeli is a members-only luxury shopping community offering premium merchandise and apparel at steller prices. How it Works: Sign up to become a member to earn up to 80 percent off on brands like Rebecca Minkoff and Calvin Klein, plus weekly giveaways.

Haute Look curates exclusive 12-48 hour private sales from luxury fashion and lifestyle brands like Elizabeth & James and Dolce Vita at up to 75 percent off retail price. How it Works: Join for free and receive email notification for the brand, start date & time of each sale.

Beyond The Rack is a private shopping club for men and women who die for designer brands at up to 80 percent off retail. How it Works: Members-only perks include daily, limited-time events featuring member-preferred brands starting at 11 am EST.

Editor’s Closet offers the creme de la creme in up and coming brands at 30 to 75 percent off. How it Works: Membership is free with referral with email notification within 48 hours of every sale.

Planet LuLu takes you there with 50 to 90 percent off groovy designer fashions. How it Works: Answer questions about your age and the fabulous city where you live in addition to designers preferences to create your own shopping experience. Plus, you can invite up to 6 friends for perks exclusive to Planet LuLu!

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{Style Intelligence} 7 Reason’s To Shop UrbanOutfitters.com

1. Online Exclusives. If you’re like us, you crave exclusivity. Indulge.

2. Wider Selection. Much to shop is never a bad thing.

3. Totally Accessible. Whether its 2pm or 2am, urban [dot] com is always open.

4. PayPal Friendly.

5. Awesome SALE Prices! There’s no guess work, urban [dot]com tabulates the deals and steals for you before check out.
6. Great Deals on Shipping. Take advantage, there is almost always a special on shipping and returns.

7. Product Reviews. You have the right to know if that orange tee or that maxi dress fits true to size, before you buy.



Style Intelligence: 10 Secrets to Consignment Shopping in NYC and Everywhere Else!

Luxury consignment shopping is exhilarating. Whether you are hunting for that perfect pump you saw in Vogue, chasing J.Lo’s Gucci sunglasses or are simply open to the fashion possibilities, no matter the mission, a smart shopper is always strategic.

1. Do your research. Madison Avenue on New York City’s Upper East Side hosts some of the city’s most sought after consignment boutiques. You owe it to yourself to check out at least 3 of them in one trip. This goes for any city. Google neighborhoods of interest to find the best re-sale retailers.

2. Make a list. Know what you want, and stick to it. Luxury consignment stores are nothing like Target. At Target, you go in with a plan to buy one item and walk out with 15 more. Impulse buys at luxury retailers can cost you a month’s worth of rent.

3. Set a budget. Need I say more?

4. Carry cash. This secret helps a girl avoid the smoking debit card and also helps you stay on budget.

5. Bring a fashion-forward friend. This secret goes without saying, as we usually shop in pairs. However, for consignment shopping, avoid bringing the “Yes, girl” friend along. Instead, invite the friend who’s brutally honest, she’ll help you avoid buying that dress that’s two sizes too small.

6. Know your designers. If you’re on the hunt for a Chanel jacket, it helps to know the retail price so that you aren’t blind to price gouging.

7. Try on EVERYTHING! If you’re a newbie to a select brand, be sure to try the piece on even if your pretty sure its your size. DVF’s size 6 may be H&M’s size 2.

8. Invest in what you love. If your gonna buy that Prada top, you’d better be proud of it!

9. Ask about their return policy. Very few shops like these have lenient return policies. Be aware of signs that read “ALL SALES FINAL”.

10. Join their mailing list! Most boutiques send out email blasts or postcards letting valued customers like you know when their having a sale. Take advantage, because close-out sales worth shopping usually only happen bi-annually.

Shop & Learn,


Style Intelligence: Liquid Leggings 2 Ways

1 pant, 2 ways



More than just a night club staple, liquid leggings have the potential to make multiple appearances in your day-to-day style. From shopping in Soho to date night in Midtown, the trend offers sexy versatility when done right.

Here, we’ve styled the piece with a preppy striped sweater and flats for day and an asymmetrical tee and block heels for night. Each look showcasing the legging, your goal should always be to recreate the image of the piece to sustain your wardrobe. Get a pair of liquid leggings like these from NY fav,  Necessary Clothing.

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Style Intelligence: 1 Skirt, 4 Looks




Versatility is the new black. From season to season, its our go-to pieces that keep our closets going. The a-line skirt, the suede pump, and the fitted jean are just a few items worth investing in to achieve multiple looks.

We chose this pleated leather skirt from Topshop. Pairing a piece like this one with different tops and accessories is not only shopper savvy, it is also a fabulous way to put the cost per wear method to use.

From uptown girl to downtown hipster, each look will turn heads, and even fool your peers into thinking you’ve purchased a brand new outfit. Thank me later!


Shekinah J.

Style Intelligence: Host A Closet Swap

If you’re looking for a way to get your most stylish girlfriends together, plan a closet swap. What’s a closet swap? It’s a party where ladies swap their gentle-used fashions with fellow stylistas. A blouse for a skirt, a blazer for a chemise, no cash exchanges, just clothes. A popular idea in major fashion cities like New York, a closet swap is the home-grown version of your local consignment shop, and is a fun tool to managing a trendy girl’s ever-changing wardrobe. Thank me Later!


Shekinah Johnson

Style Intelligence: The Cost Per Wear Method

Being a budget fashionista doesnt mean you must have a closet full of cheap-chic. Its perfectly fine to own and live in your most expensive, or what we like to call “investment pieces” guilt-free, thanks to the cost per wear method. The cost per wear method divides the price of an item by the amount of times you will wear it. So if that sexy cocktail dress costs $100 and you wear that dress 10 times, the cost per wear is $10. The more wear you get out the item, the cheaper it becomes. This method is perhaps the best way to recession proof your closet, by building a solid wardrobe that transcends the trends while staying current. The next time you hit the racks for a winter coat or a pair of jeans, use the cost per wear method to guide your wallet before making the investment.  Thank me later!


Shekinah Johnson

Style Intelligence: Transitional Dressing

chic in transition

Transitioning your closet from summer to fall is no easy task no matter what the trends. Sandals or Boots? Tanks or Sweaters? Jeans or Shorts? All of these questions paint our thoughts as we rummage through our wardrobes in search of that perfect end of summer, ready for fall piece. Here are some of my go-to transitional pieces:

The Slouchy Cardigan

The Cropped Chino Pant

The Crew Neck Tee

The Dark Wash Skinny Jean

A Pair of Brogues

The Best One-Stop-Shop to find these items? One word: MARSHALLS! Marshalls has been a friend of mine since those highly anticipated back-to-school shopping sprees. And does just as well for the of-age fashionista on a budget. Thank me later!


S. Johnson