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Fashion & Style News: TJ Maxx Opens in Santa Monica

June 1, 2010
Photos: Gucci handbgas, Chloe shoes, Yves Saint Laurent bag, and a Prada tote.

TJ Goes to the

Fashion Maxx!

TJ Maxx opened it’s doors in Santa Monica on Sunday, May 30th. The new store will feature its standard departments, but the Santa Monica store has unveiled a new concept, aptly titled The Runway at Maxx.

The new department is filled with exclusive high-end designer and couture labels for up to 70% off. Some of the top designer brands I saw: Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Chloe, Prada, Mint, 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent, John Galliano, Yves Saint Laurent, 7 for All Mankind and a ton of others.

The store is two levels and is typical of the TJ Maxx format. The housewares section features bedding from luxe designers such as Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren. If you’re in search of designer duds and accessories  at a discount, this is the place you want to be. Ultimately The Runway and a larger handbag section give this store a grade of A.

TJ Maxx

1251 4th Street @ Arizona (Entrance is  on Arizona Street)

Santa Monica

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Fashion & Style News: Missoni Comes to 90210

March 18, 2010
 Joy Bryant (r) with Margherita and Angela Missoni.
Nicole Richie
Missoni Beverly Hills boutique  exterior.

Missoni has opened it’s first boutique in Beverly Hills yesterday. Margherita and Angela Missoni hosted the event. Joy Bryant and Nicole Richie dropped by to celebrate with the Missonis. 

Fashion & Style News: Tory Burch Opens Up Shop in Tokyo

December 23, 2009
The exterior of the Tory Burch store in Ginza, Tokyo.

Tory Burch has gone abroad, opening a flagship store in Japan. The Tokyo store is the first international store for Burch whose plans for the brand include a massive international market. There are 30 additional stores planned for Japan next year. The Tokyo store comes after an earlier opening in Manila this month.

Tory Burch executives are looking at tapping the Chinese and European markets. The Tokyo store opened December 8th, with lines of customers who waited eagerly to purchase Burch’s signature ballet flats and limited edition tote bags. Ten lucky shoppers who found a “golden ticket” in their bags were able to party with Burch opening night at a separate location.

The customer base in Japan rivals that of the U.S. market, and even with slightly higher prices, the company for-sees significant growth in the market. Japanese consumers enjoy luxury brands and don’t mind paying for them. Tory Burch plans to introduce a Japanese inspired collection for spring 2011 as well as introduce a beauty and fragrance collection worldwide.

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Fashion & Style News: Penney’s Prepares to Roll Out Mango

December 2, 2009

Mango, the line endorsed by actress Penelope Cruz and her sister Monica is headed to JC Penney‘s. Mango’s appearance at Penney’s will be the largest of its kind. The collection will feature casual and career sportswear and accessories.

The Barcelona-based line has proved to be a successful brand worldwide with nearly 100 stores in 94 countries. The U.S. houses a mere 12 stores but Mango is holding it’s own, competing with the likes of Zara and H&M.The Penney’s deal will allow the brand to expand it’s U.S. market and give customers European inspired fashions. MNG by Mango will also provide a boost in Penney’s contemporary women’s department.

The collection will include jeans, tees, woven tops, dresses and careerwear. Prices have not been determined but will likely be comparable to the current contemporary brands J.C. Penney’s houses.

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Discount & Designer Sales: Get a $50 Gift Card from Neiman Marcus on Black Friday

November 26, 2009

WHAT: Spend $100.00 or more between 9am and noon on Friday November 27th and receive a $50.00 gift card.

WHEN: Friday November 27, 2009 – 9:00am to 12:00pm

WHERE: All Neiman Marcus Locations

WHAT ELSE: Some exclusions may apply; see you sales associate for details. $50.00 gift card must be used toward your next purchase between Friday November 27, and Sunday December 6th. Offer valid in Neiman Marcus stores only.

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Fashion & Style News: Mob Mania for Choos at H&M

November 17, 2009
H&M Paris

In Milan, Italy more than a thousand people stood in line (enduring the rain) at H&M to get their hands on the new Jimmy Choo for H&M collection. In Tokyo, more than 800 people stood outside a H&M store for 24-hours, and about 500 people lined up in New York on West 51st Street as early as 8PM on Friday to get their pick of the litter.

Inside the Paris store.

While I am a self-professed shop-a-holic, I have yet to stand in line to grab a garment or accessory. I trekked through the Beverly Center in Los Angeles yesterday and visited H&M,to find a peaceful setting, shoppers going about their daily business and a few Choos still on the shelves.

Apparently the Los Angeles fashionistas hit the Beverly Center store while I was cruising through my other favorite store (Loehmann’s) this past weekend. More than 600 people stood in line to get a hold of the shoes in those bright blue Jimmy Choo boxes that were piled neatly on shelves. Few were left after the massive crowds hit and other area stores experienced the same thing.

A wristband for access.

In Manhattan, five stores carried the Jimmy Choo collection. The expensive items were the first to go, including the above-the-knee leather boots that retail $299 and a leather and a suede one-shoulder dress that sells for $249, which has been deemed company-wide as a best-seller. I’m sure the ad campaign contributed to that. I have yet to get my first pair of Choos, but as always, I’ll keep you posted.

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Fashion & Style News: FashionEnvy Dress Studio – Designer Dress Rental

November 16, 2009

Atlanta fashionistas, do you attend a lot of formal events but don’t like having to buy a new dress each time? FashionENVY Dress Studio might be just what you need. The Atlanta-based online shopping boutique rents designer dresses for parties and events.

FashionENVY Dress Studio rents formal gowns and cocktail dresses for 3, 5 or 7 days. Rental fees start at just $45 making the process fashionista and recessionista friendly. FashionENVY is already gaining national attention. The studio has featured on TLC’s Discovery blog and the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s Access Atlanta.

So I bet you’re wondering how do you rent a dress from FashionENVY Dress Studio work? Here’s the process:

1. Preview FashionENVY’s collection of dresses online at
2. Pick your favorite dresses and schedule a private fitting: in-home or at the studio.
3. Wear selected dress and enjoy it for at least three nights from date of rental.
4. When its time to return: Call our courier or bring dress to our studio.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is the length of time that I can rent a dress?

A. We offer three, five and seven day rental options.

Q. What happens if I return my dress late?

A. If you return a dress late, you will be assessed $20 per day late fee.

Q. What if the dress I am renting becomes dirty or damaged?

A. If a dress is returned abused, damaged beyond everyday wear and tear, or is lost entirely, your account will be charged a reasonable repair or the full retail price.

Q. Are your dress rentals available for purchase?

A. Yes! Absolutely and always.

For more information you can visit FashionENVY Dress Studio at or on Facebook: or on Twitter at

Fashion & Style News: Bigger is Better for Victoria’s Secret Flagship

November 11, 2009
Victoria’s Secret main sales floor in the SoHo store.

Size matters for Victoria’s Secret. The brand is getting ready to launch its newly expanded 24,000 square-foot flagship store located in SoHo. The new store replaces the old one, taking up more than five times the size of its previous space.

The bra salon.

The new Victoria’s Secret space is the result of the merging of two former retail properties that were 16,000 and 8,000 square feet respectively. The brand has also opened a similar store in Chicago to expand on its fun and flirty image. The brand’s Pink label has become quite popular with VS fans, expanding to include sportswear, accessories and gifts.

Signature pink and white stripes adorn a corner.

The SoHo store is decorated with pink and white stripes as well as solid pink. Elaborate lamp fixtures and displays are also on hand to contribute to newly revamped decorum. Victoria’s Secret has even created mini-sections within the store that include a bra salon and a panty boutique. Fitting rooms are more glamorous and now have call buttons for summoning staff.

The cash wrap and beauty sections.

A special treat customers will find at the Victoria’s Secret flagship is a body scanner that captures images to ensure a perfect fit. Only this store, the Chicago Michigan Avenue flagship and one other store have this technology. The brand’s fans are sure to be captured by this unique concept.

The SoHo store opened this past Friday.

Victoria’s Secret Flagship
565 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

(212) 274-9519

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Fashion & Style News: Alicia Keys to Debut Jewelry Collection

November 10, 2009

Alicia Keys is joining the ranks celebs-turned designers with the creation of a new jewelry line. Keys partnered with Gisèle Theriault to launch The Barber’s Daughters jewelry.

The silver jewelry collection will feature pieces inscribed with poetry and prayers from the writings of Dr. Masaru Emoto, author of Hidden Messages in Water. Keys is a huge fan of the author’s work.

The collection will launch November 23 and 24th at a pop-up store at 26 Clinton Street in Manhattan. Keys will make an in-store appearance on November 24th.

Fashion & Style News: Juicy Couture to Open Airport Shops

November 10, 2009
Juicy Couture airport shop prototype.

Frequent flyers will be getting a fashionable, retail surprise just in time for the holidays. The contemporary fashion brand, Juicy Couture, will be opening stores in the U.S. and international airport terminals across the globe beginning in December. The airport shops are a part of Juicy Couture’s plan to grow the brand internationally and transform itself into a multi-billion dollar business.

The concept for opening retail stores in airports was inspired by Juicy Couture’s co-founders, Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor’s, love of travel and shopping. Juicy Couture’s senior vice president of global licensing and international, Ellen Rodriguez, views the airport stores as a great business opportunity to capture their customers business while they are traveling. In addition to opening airport retail stores, Juicy Couture merchandise will also be featured in aircraft catalogs. Their jewelry line has already appeared in the October issue of the United Airlines catalog and their watches appear in catalogs for Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Delta, and U.S. Airways airlines.

Another version of the airport store.

Juicy’s new airport retail stores will vary in size from 200 square foot corner spaces to large scale stand-alone boutiques. They will sell Juicy’s most popular items such as the tracksuits which will be carried in an array of colors for traveler’s convenience. Other popular items include jewelry, sunglasses, watches, logo T-shirts, and baby merchandise. The first airport store will open in Miami International Airport’s American Airlines terminal this December. Subsequently, the second store will open in the British Airways terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in January. In February, the third store will open in the Taiwan TaoYuan International Airport’s Terminal II. The fourth store is planned to open in Greece’s Athens Airport during the latter part of spring 2010.

The next time you find yourself in an airport waiting to board a flight, indulge yourself in some retail therapy courtesy of Juicy Couture. 

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