Get Ready - Lucky Brand Sale Coming Soon!!

This is so serious to us. The twice yearly Lucky Brand Jean sale is expected to happen soon. We haven't received any emails or postcards in the mail, but according to some Internet searches the sale is suppose to commence this week Wednesday, Dec. 26th (ends 1/12)

Select jeans are 50% off and accessories are 25% off.

Recommended location is the one near Hunter College:


1151 3rd Avenue (@ East 68th - take the 6 to 66th)

New York, NY 10021


Store Hours:



This is a great time to stock up, IF these jeans are a good fit for you.

Note towards the end of the sale the accessories always get discounted even more. Meaning you can score a $48 belt for $8 - I know I did :)

Happy Holidays!



Prepping for 2008

As you are all hustling and bustling to get last minute presents or check off 2007 to-dos, son;t forget to make time to prepare yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually for 2008.

A favorite book to read that is a guarantee to get you thinking clearly and feeling ambitious about your life is Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. It's 174 pages front to back and a very easy read. So easy and so good you may want to purposely pace yourself.

So consider putting this on your last 2007 task or the first item of business for '08.

...Just another way to increase your savvy!


ALERT! Ann Taylor F&F - 12/14-12/16

Another Friends and Family discount from Ann Taylor, this time a bit more than the 20 - 25%. Enjoy!


ALERT! Plenty'O Coupons

Everyone say thank you Rachael:)

Online Discounts: Alloy Coupon Code: ALYGIFT (20% off entire order til Dec. 3, 2007)American Eagle Outfitters Coupon Code: 64152219 (15% off from Nov. 27 - Dec. 11, 2007)Armani Exchange Coupon Code: STYLE20 ($20 off $100 from ? - ? )
Banana Republic Coupon Code: BRHOLIDAY (20% off from Nov 27 – Dec 24, 2007)
Bare Escentuals Coupon Code: BEFAMILY (20% off from Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Barnes & Noble Coupon Code: T4N3B6W (25% off Single Item on Nov 27 – Dec 10, 2007)
Bath and Bodyworks Coupon Code: VELVET10 ($10 off $30 from Nov. 27 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Bed Bath Store Coupon Code: holiday07 ($15 off $75 from Nov. 28 - Dec. 10, 2007)
BeBe Sport Coupon Code: FAMILY25 (25% off from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
CCO - Closeout Catalog Outlet Coupon Code: CC10040 (extra 30% off your most expensive item - ends midnight Thursday, 11/29/07)
CCO - Closeout Catalog Outlet Coupon Code: CC10042 (extra 30% off your most expensive item - ends midnight Tuesday, 12/04/07)
Children's Place Coupon Code: FFTAHPVAC7 (30% off from Dec. 2 & Dec. 3, 2007)
Cloud Veil Coupon Code: 7LJ400 (45% off from ? - ? )
Crazy8 Coupon Code: C8ONLINE (20% off from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Designer Linens Outlet Coupon Code: FRIENDS77 (50% off from Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2007)
Disney Store Coupon Code: HOLIDAY25 (25% off from Nov 27 – Dec 2, 2007)
***Eastbay Coupon Code: EMEB72GC (20% off Giftcards from Nov 17 – Dec 20, 2007)GameStop Coupon Code: AFF25 (25% off Used Games from ? – ? )
Golf Smith Coupon Code: FFD07 (UP TO 30% off from Nov. 28 - Dec. 4, 2007)
Exclusions, here's the original post Guess Factory Stores Coupon Code: FNF30F (30% off from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Hasbro Toy Shop Coupon Code: FRIENDS20 (20% off from Dec 2 - Dec. 9, 2007)
Illuminations Coupon Code: 999201329 (20% off from Nov. 27 - Nov. 30, 2007)
J. Jill Coupon Code: FFNV25 (25% off on Nov 27 – Dec 2, 2007)
JC Penny Coupon Code: CHAMPION (20% off from Dec. 9, 2007)
Joann.com Coupon Code: NOVA740 (40% off 1 Regularly-Priced Item from Nov. 28 - Nov. 30, 2007)Levis Store Coupon Code: LOJVWYJ9 (20% off $75 from Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2007)
Limited Too Just click link for savings (25% off from Nov 27 – Dec 9, 2007)
Linen & Things Coupon Code: 223823997733 (20% off from Nov 30 – Dec 31, 2007)
Liz Claiborne Coupon Code: FRIEND40 (40% off from Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2007)
Macy's Coupon Code: MACYSFRIEND or MACYSFF or CFF117 (20% off from Nov 28 – Dec 03, 2007)MetroStyle Coupon Code: MSTYLE50 (50% off Single Item from Nov. 28 - Dec. 31, 2007) New York & Company Coupon Code: 9897 ($30 off $75 from Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2007)
Nike Coupon Code: 2PCTH7A (20% off $125 from Nov 27 – Dec 24, 2007)
***Overstock Coupon Code: 73989 (10% off $45 from ? - ? )
***Ralph Lauren Coupon Code: HOL2007 (30% off 11/10 - 12/10)
Red Envelope Coupon Code: AMX25WISH ($50 off $200 from ? – ? )
restaurant.com Coupon Code: THANKS (60% off from Nov. 28 - Nov. 30, 2007)
Sephora Coupon Code: FF2007 (20% off from Nov. 28 - Dec 31, 2007)
***Sharper Image Just cick link for savings ($10 off $100 from Nov 27 – Jan 31, 2008)
Snap Fish Coupon Code: FRIENDS07 (25% off on Nov 27 – Dec 25, 2007)
Speedo Coupon Code: FRIENDS4 (25% off on Nov 27 – Nov 30, 2007)
Sports Authority Coupon Code: TSASAVE25 (25% off on 11/29-12/2)
Timberland Coupon Code: 3421273 (40% off from Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2007)
Toys 'r' us Coupon Code: TRUFRIENDFAMILY (15% off $150 from Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2007)
Ulta Coupon Code: 84447 (20% off Single Item from Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2007)
Victoria's Secret Coupon Code: FA78113 or FA78449 ($15 off $100, $30 off $150, $75 off $250, & $150 off $500 from Nov. 28 - Dec. 20, 2007)
Victoria's Secret Coupon Code: WARM25 (25% off Single Sweater from Nov. 28 - Dec. 1, 2007)Warner Bros Coupon Code: HGFFWB (20% off from Nov 27 – Nov 30, 2007 )
WinkFlash Coupon Code: G3F8E7W4 (40% off from Nov 28 – Dec 15, 2007 )
Yankee Candle Just cick link for savings ($10 off $25 from Nov 27 - Dec. 22, 2007)
Zales Coupon Code: SAVE50FRIEND ($50 off $200 [works on 199.99] from Nov 28 & Nov 29, 2007 )
Barnes & Noble (10% off on Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2007)
Bath and Bodyworks ($10 off $30 from Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2007)
BeBe Sport (25% off from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
BestBuy ($20 off $175 from Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2007)
Borders or Waldenbooks (20% off from Nov 27 – Dec 6, 2007)
Crazy8/Gymboree (20% off from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Foot Locker (30% up to $100 or 30% + 10% over $100 from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Champs (30% up to $100 or 30% + 10% over $100 from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
FootAction (30% up to $100 or 30% + 10% over $100 from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
Gordmans (20% off Single Item from Nov 27 – Dec 9, 2007)
Guess Factory Stores (30% off from Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2007)
H&M (25% off from Dec. 7 - Dec. 9, 2007)
J. Jill (25% off from Nov 27 – Dec 2, 2007)
JC Penny (20% off on Dec. 9, 2007)
Kirklands (25% off Single Item from Nov 27 – Dec 31, 2007)
The Limited ($30 off $100 from Nov 26 – Dec 2, 2007)
Limited Too (25% off from Nov 27 – Dec 9, 2007)
Linen & Things (20% off from Nov. 27 - Dec. 31, 2007)
Loehmanns (15% off Reduced Item & 20% off Clearance Item from Nov 27 – Dec 31, 2007)
Lord & Taylor (15% off from Nov. 9 - Dec. 24, 2007)
Macy's (pdf)(20% off from Nov 28 – Dec 03, 2007)
New York & Company ($30 off $75 from Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2007) Niketown, Nike Women, Nike Outlet - Front / Back 30% off 11/29 - 12/2 YMMV
oshKosh ($10 off $50 from Nov 26 – Dec 11, 2007)
Radio Shack (Various Deals Dec 1, 2007 from 7am - 9am)
Sharper Image ($10 off $100 from Nov 27 – Jan 31, 2008)
Staples (12% off from Dec. 2 - Dec. 8, 2007)
Ulta (20% off Single Item from Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2007)
Yankee Candle ($10 off $25 from Nov 27 - Dec. 22, 2007)


New Year's Eve - Advance Planning

It's time to admit that 2007 is almost over - get ready to say bye bye.

This just means it is soon time to party, bringing in 2008.

Good friend Judy sent along this great link listing all the NYE party venues with details, photos, tickets prices and much more.

Enjoy and have a very safe NYE.


Mango in Full Bloom This Winter

Guess what super fab store FINALLY made its way to the Big Apple! Whippeeee!
Check out the details here ;-) Happy Shopping!

Today - CyberMonday

The sales just keep on going.

Today is CyberMonday - it is the Monday following Black Friday in which you can score "good" deals online. A website dedicated to this effort is of course www.cybermonday.com

Hopefully any last minute items you need are featured. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but free shipping does not constitute a great deal - that can happen at any time.

Anyhoo enjoy and happy shopping!


ALERT! Adasa.com - 30% Off

30% off is always a good thing. Adasa the Hawaiian based retailer that sells some of our favorite lux brands is having a good sale for just a few days. Ends Wednesday, 11/21. I got my Isabella Fiore bags 2 years ago from them with no problem. They do more than bags too, you can score jeans and other cute items.

The coupon is only for non-sale items and any returns are credit, no cash back. The only downer is that almost all the bags are on sale. I'm all for still trying the coupon code, just in case there is an IT error....lol. Enjoy!


ALERT! Coupons Galore - A Must Read

Here you go:

Stila cosmetics warehouse sale:

or online:
Use BRHOLIDAY for 20% off (no minimum) Expires 12/24/07
and stack with
CODE: MYRBRGIFT for an additional 15% off Expires 12/24/07
(Must use a VISA card for this one to work)
Total Savings of 35% off

10% off online (NEVER HAPPENS)

Sephora.com 20% off (NEVER HAPPENS)
Use code: FF2007

Victoria's Secret - $10 off!



Bath and Body works


Lord and Taylor

Barnes and Noble - 25% , 10%

Linens & Things


Children's Place

Yankee candle



Footaction: 40% off clearance


Nine West

Calvin Klein

Dicks Sporting Goods


Sharper Image

Banana Republic

FREE FOOD!!! (After you burn all those calories shopping!!)
Baskin Robbins (buy one sundae, get one free)

Johnny Rockets (free hamburger)

Pizzeria Uno (Free appetizer)

On the Border (free Appetizer)

Restoration Hardware Friends and Family
20% off all non-sale items.
Use Code: H07FAF02

Old Navy-Friends & Family on line code good from Nov 27-Dec 3---20% off

Banana Republic Friends & Family on line code- 30% off Dec 1-3

Gap Friends & Family on line code-30% off Nov 30-Dec 3


Say Yes To B.I.

Many of you probably live and/or work in Manhattan, if neither you are probably in this borough a couple of weekends a month getting your shopping on.

For cute casual, trendy feminine neat pieces don't forget about Brooklyn Industries they produce just enough items of men's and women's clothing and accessories not to overwhelm you and to showcase the care and time they seemingly put into each piece.

I normally visit the one in Chelsea on 18th and 8th (take the A,C,E,L to 14th street) and the staff is always nice. There is one in SoHo and a couple more in BK as well.

My favorite part is their sales, when stuff goes on sales they GO on sale. Definitely try and if you like get their ever so cute crop blazers and definitely score their long or mid-length down coat if you need one.

They produce this coat each year and it is very fab. The quilted design is not too puffy and the feminine fit reassures the lady in you. NOTE: the mid-length is on sale now and the long one in black is discounted as well.


ALERT! Lacoste Sample Sale

Thanks Stacy!


ALERT! One-Day Express Coupon 20%

Hey Savvy Ones,

I was just checking my inbox and Express sent over a one-day Friends & Family coupon that is good only on Saturday, November 10th. It's for 20% off your purchase.


A Pair 2 Appreciate

Yes, the search is never over for cute shoes with style and comfort.

Besides Arturo Chiang and BCBGirls - there is a specific style in the Nine West shoe family that can make any girl smile.

Nine West Nuncio is a two inch pump that comes in the standard black and brown colors, but also in faux snake skin and funky metallic colors. Finally shoes that you don't have to carry a change off.

Available online, but you can grab a pair at department stores such as Macy's where they are sold for less once you start adding on those coupons these stores forever have. No need to have to dish out more than $60 - at most.



Travel Savings - Add to Favorites

Before you ever buy anything online always google the company code with key words like "discount codes"; "promotion codes"; "coupons" just to check to see if there are any online codes you can add to your purchase to make that almost perfect purchase.

If you travel by Amtrak, a good link for codes is: http://www.retailmenot.com/view/amtrak.com

You can also use that site to search for other travel related codes such as Orbitz or your basic everyday retailer like Old Navy.

I just saved 20% on a ticket and you can do the same.



Skin Care Knowledge: Acne Regime

A few months ago I paid a visit to St. Luke's Roosevelt - Skin of Color Center for a facial skin check. Whether you have good skin or not so good skin, there is nothing wrong in getting it checked out and making sure you are doing the right things and using the right products. Bring your bag of products with you to the derm too.

Put it this way, you can read all the magazines you want to try to figure out what works for you, but nothing is better than a custom consultation with a derm. Plus more than likely a monthly medical insurance fee comes out of your paycheck - so use it. I will say that the free Skin Physical at Sephora is just as good or even better - at least they won't shove prescriptions down your throat (which was my experience at the derm).

Below are a list of products and instructions from the Acne Regime worksheet I got from the derm:


Mornings - Wash face with water and a mild facial cleanser. Examples: Cetaphil; purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash; Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser; Neutrogena One Step Gentle Cleanser; Ambi Even and Clear Foaming Cleanser. Do not use harsh sponges or scrubs, your won hands are preferable.

Apply a moisturizer with sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher). Make sure it's mom-comedogenic (does not clog pores). Examples: Cetaphic Facial Moisturizer SPF 15; Purpose Moisture Lotion SPF 15; Purpose Redness Reducing Moisturizer SPF 30; Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF 15; Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPF 30; Neutrogena Healthy Skin SPF 15; Ambi Even and Clear Daily Moisturizer SPF 30.

Evenings - Wash face with water and a mild facial cleanser as in the morning.

KC's 2 Cents: I have been using Biore products and found it to work wonderfully. Specifically the Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser and the Toner. As a night cream I use Clean and Clear's Advantage Moisturizer...it works for me and keeps my skin smooth.


A Stylish Must-Do Happy Hour

Who leaves work these days at 5PM to attend a 4-7PM Happy Hour? By the time you rush over to whatever bar it is you are just happy you made it time to make an order.

A favorite place for happy hour with style is Verlaine. I've been there about 4-5 times and it never lets me down.


  • It has a decent soothing ambiance to take away from the day's craziness

  • Happy hour is from 4-10PM - yes 10:00PM, 7 days a week!

  • Drink specials: Their delicious $4 Lychee Martinis; Sangrias, Vietnamese Bloody Marys; House red & white wines; Basic cocktails. Also 2 for 1 Bavaria Blond Lager

  • The food is also tasty and inexpensive - I recommend the dumplings, shrimp and their fried ginger chicken wings - yummy and a nice portion.

So chop chop and get there. It can be cool for a non-stuffy date; catch up time with the girls or one of many bar-hopping stops.

Location: 110 Rivington Street (bet. Essex a& Ludlow); F train to Second Avenue or the FJMZ to Delancey Street.

Oh and if after a couple of drinks you get those munchies... the pizza around there is delicious.


Craft-tastic Events coming to NYC

We all have a little love DIY in us. I happen to have a whole lot! Although I've become quite busy I always make time when cool craft related events come to town. Below are two events headed by the one and only Debbie Stoller (BUST magazine's Editor-In-Chief)

Saturday, December 8, 2007
10am - 8pm
@ The Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC

Stitch 'n Beach Cruise to the Caribbean
Feb 27-March 8, 2008
Leaving NYC

If it wasn't for my girl's wedding coming up in April (I'm a bridesmaid!) I might have signed up for the cruise!! But I'll see you at the Craftacular ;-)


ALERT! - Addtl 25% Off Jcrew In-Store

Jcrew stores are taking an additional 25% off sale items. You can easily get their "Favorite Tank" ( A small ribbed/man-beater shirt) for $7.49 after the additional discount.

Crazy to think of when lunch in Manhattan costs almost $10.



A Must-Read - Increase Your Financial Savvy

We all work for corporate companies and maybe non-profit organizations. Whatever you do there is a financial side that you should not ignore. Your work affects it just as much as it affects you.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been reading the book Financial Intelligence and it is a must read. You don't have to be a wizard on accounting or even have experience in the financial world. It is designed for anyone, regardless of your job role, who wants to be smarter of what the number mean.

It is the easiest financial read I have come across. It breaks down everything in layman terms and ties in the importance of understanding certain terms and concepts. Even the book layout and text size is pleasant to the eye.

Please read this, it will definitely increase your career success as you would understand you boss and your boss's boss concerns.

Check it out on Amazon.com and also read the free excerpt too.

By the name it is totally applicable to your personal life too.


2 Shoe Brands - Remember This Fall

Rule #1 if you forgot - do not compromise your precious feet for a couple of dollars.

Easier said than done is what we all say, but we live on our feet everyday all day long.

There are two shoe brands that through experience I have come to love and respect for their above average comfort: BCBG Girls and Arturo Chiang. Some of you are probably thinking 1) Am I too old for a brand that has "girl" in its name and 2) who is Arturo Chiang?

I own about 3 pumps of BCBG Girls, collected in the past 2 years and they are the best. I wore those babies out! If you look at any of their pumps - and I prefer a 2" heel or less for work - they have a padding inside the shoe. Also the leather is never disgustingly hard around the edges.

As for Arturo Chiang, I have friends that worship his shoes and I tried on a number of them and the leather is so soft. Reminds me of what you will find in a Cole Haan store minus $250.

Now both these brands are not at the impulsive Nine West prices, but they are brands that if you get a nice basic pump or boot from them your feet will be VERY happy.

Important Thought: Why keep buying boots or pumps every year because of discomfort when you an invest in one nice pair and walk proudly.

As I always say, don't turn your nose to the department store - Macy's or Bloomies. You don't have to stay there forever. Know you are going there for the shoes, use a coupon and get out. Voila!

Tip: If you find a shoe or boot you like and not quite ready to buy, foe about 2 weeks just Google the style name and/or number. You never know what e-commerce site might have it cheaper.

Happy Fall Shopping.


Facercize!!! Because muscles don't end at the neck.

I'm trying really hard to write this post with out going on and on...I really have so much to say. So long story short, if you or a friend or even your momma wants to tighten up your facial features then you must pick up The Tal Reinhart: Facial Workout. It is a full workout to scuplt your facials muscles and correct signs of aging.

I've been doing the work-out and I see a difference in my cheek bones and eyes. I definitely do not look as "tired", as I've been told, anymore. My mother who is a woman of a certain age has seen results, but importantly she feels great about it! I'm young and gravity hasn't hit my face yet but why wait until it does? This is a must have for all women 25 and up, unless you're Iman, lol.


ALERT! - Check Your Inbox

Hey TellMeKC Subscribers

Make sure to check your inbox soon for info on our coupon giveaway.

Just a way to say thank you!

ALERT! $39.99 Basic Blk Dresses @ The Limited

It was just one of those lazy Sundays sitting in bed watching Bravo and of course the new style show Tim Gunn's Guide To Style, so of course when the call came in to join a friend on some window shopping I was in the mindset of keeping a good fashion eye open.

Totally unexpected while searching through The Limited's sales rack, there was a ton of basic black dresses (DVF wrap like and shirt style) for $39.99!!!!!!

The wrap is a nice long sleeve and heavy jersey like material that totally suitable for work and a night on the town. The shirt style one has buttons down to the waist and has a slight shimmer nothing too drastic. The point is if you are following Tim's 10 essential pieces list and need a black dress or two....chop chop and find your nearest The Limited.

Dresses info:

Wrap Dress: Org. $68 and now $39.99. Sku/style# 30065950

Shirt Dress: Org. $78 and now $39.99/. Sku/style# 30066438

Unfortunately there is no online shopping for this store. If you live in Brooklyn and can head to Kings Plaza - do it! The foot traffic is not like Manhattan and you can find your size (hop on or connect to the B46, B9, B41, B47)

Hope all goes well!


Food Cometh To Thee

From what I am hearing and seeing since post-labor day weekend everyone is in full swing at their jobs. Busy as a bee is being nice, in most cases folks are running around like chickens with their heads off - sorry did not mean to be drastic.

Anyhoo, if you are having difficulty leaving your desk for grub well then just order it online through Delivery.com or Seamlessweb.com (why the latter is named so I don't know). I have been using delivery.com for almost two years and it is great. The pluses are:

  • You have your order written down so there is no chance of someone messing it up because they couldn't hear you over the background kitchen noise.
  • A good number of restaurants to choose from and the criteria used to narrow down includes minimum delivery charge; fastest delivery service to the type of cuisine you want.
  • You can place your order in the AM and schedule it to arrive by lunch time. Nice!
  • They also do cash and all major cards.

Make sure you remember this when winter hits. Oh and tip the delivery guy well, because he is most likely walking through weather you don't want to experience.


Ain't No Half Steppin' this Fall

Fancy hosiery was all the rage for 2006. Designers, like Tracy Reese, sent their models down the runway with opaque and patterned legs. Fortunately, this understated accessory is still full force for Fall 2007. Usually, I'd stock up on hosiery at my local Duane Reade but not this year. Why would I, when I can afford the piece right off the runway. There will be no half steppin' with my hosiery, I'm getting the good stuff! Below are my favorite brands.

This popular runway brand is known for being simple yet noticeable. As the name suggests, you can find tights in all of the hottest colors. It took a while for me to accept grown women wearing sporting colored legs, but just like everything else, it's how you wear it. If you subtly incorporate the color throughout your ensemble with simple layered pieces, you can make it work. A pair of Hue's will only set you back about $15.

Sexy, Sultry and oh so Sassy. This popular french brand was bought out by Christian Dior a couple of years back and is a permanent fixture on Dior runway. Élégance (the hosiery store in Penn Station, MSG entrance) claims to be the exclusive American retailer for Gerbe. Their tights are top quality, some are 5% silk for added durability and comfort. A pair of their unique tights will run about $25.

This German based company produces very sophisticated yet youthful tights. They usually carry a unique selection classy fish-nets. Every working girl should pop into their store and get a pair that tickles their fancy. A pair of Fogal's will run about $20.

Now go give your hardworking legs a treat. Get the steppin'!


Eating - Can It Be This Good?

Not to say that the constant quest for that nice place to eat that doesn't put a dent in your wallet is over, but Cafetasia is definitely at the top of the list. Everyone is crazy about Spice, but this new Thai and Asian-inspired restaurant on East 8th between Green St. and University Place (take the R or W to 8th street and walk down two blocks) will make you think twice.

Interior Design - Absolutely beautiful. Dark wood, candles, flowers and modern accents. Why they have the cafeteria mention in the restaurant name? Is probably because of the two long wooden tables that have a really nice sophisticated community feel. There are still other small tables throughout the restaurant if you are not in the communal mood.

Menu - This is the best part! Price range is from $1 to $12 - can you beat that? The $12 meals are for items under their x-large selections, so you can easily have dinner or lunch for just $10.

Recommendation: This is truly a great spot to go have a nice chat with your best girlfriend; meet that guy for a nice causal date or even take out your parents. The overall vibe is very versatile, and absolutely feel free to just walk right in. If your party is 2-3 people the wait is pretty short. the staff is really nice and they will do what they can to make your experience worthy of a return.

My last visit I had the tamarind glazed spare ribs and rice - $7.00!! Yummy to the tummy and to the wallet.



Volatile Markets - Part 1

I used to watch CNBC in awe, hoping that one day I could sit back and kick up my feet while a stock market correspondent gushed over an investment direction that I took advantage of. However, I didn't understand what they said 80% of the time. My next move was to get a savvy financial advisor to help me make those decisions, so I called up my local top investment bank (TIB):

True Story
KC: "Hi, I'm looking for a financial advisor to help me build a portfolio."
TIB: "Great! We can set you up with someone. How much are you looking to invest? "
KC: "500."
TIB: "500 thousand?"
KC: "No, 500 dollars."
TIB: "Ummmm.....well...how about you just check our website. *CLICK*"

I knew then at that moment that I either need to hit the lottery or teach myself how make a $1 out of .15 cents. With the help of money conscious friends, I created a very rewarding investment portfolio with very little overhead costs. With a little patience so can you! Here are the steps I took:
  1. Learn what Stocks, Bonds, Indices, Mutual Funds and ETFs are. A well balanced, or diversified, portfolio should have a mixture of these easy to attain investments. Some investments are riskier than others, so don't put all your eggs in one basket!
  2. Get free trustworthy investment help. You wouldn't let the cable guy give you plumbing advice so don't let just anyone advise your investment direction. There are plenty of paid professionals out there who get paid to write articles about investing - consult them before you listen to ole' Uncle Jim. I am a Motley Fool fan. Their advice led me to pick a super hot stock with over a 18% return on investment in the past year. That is 3 times the return of a 5% CD!
  3. Get an online broker. Low fees and a low investment minimum is what you are looking for. For your first time around, you just want to dabble with a few bucks to get the hang of it. My broker is ShareBuilder.com because there are no minimums, no account fees, and trades are as little a $4 each! You can purchase Goverment securities straight from the government at TreasuryDirect.gov.
  4. You are looking for growth over time. Don't get so impressed when you see a stock who has gone up $50 per share in a year. If the stock costs $10,000 p/s then that's only a 0.5% increase. Now if the stock was $25 per share, then that's a 200% increase!!! Check out the stock's 52 week performance on Yahoo! or Google Finance.
  5. Never stop learning!

Make a hobby out of it. That is the best way to get going with out getting overwhelmed. Also, find a money buddy who is willing learn with you and share experiences. Can't find one?? Shoot me an email, I could gab about this all day ;-)

The best part is, the next time you're at a cocktail party and people start talking about the volatile market, you can wow them and say: "I took advantage of market speculation and bought low. However, I did hedge my risk by selling several commodities."


ALERT: L&T Coupon

As suggested before Lord and Taylor has some nice clothing and accessory lines.

They definitely get points for their not-so-crazy shoe section.

Here is a coupon to get you motivated:


Keeping the savvyness alive


Across the River....

Some of you may be die-hard New Yorkers, but let us not shun some of the offerings our friends across the river in New Jersey have for us.

Two things somewhat recently discovered. If you are already hip to this info, consider this a refresher.

  1. If you are ever thinking about renting a car try Dollar Rent A Car over by the Newport Mall. Why? because you save like 50% compared to NYC prices. It is sooo easy to get there too. If you are going on the weekend hop on the Path train heading to Hoboken and Journal Square and get off at Pavonia/Newport; if you are going during the week it is the one headed for Journal Square. The fair is a simple $1.50. When you get there it is through the mall in the parking garage and folks can direct you. When it is time to return the car; right out the Holland tunnel and a couple of turns you are there....so simple you can return it before going to work.

  2. While you are out at the Newport Mall to grab your rental or not - Enjoy the mall. A while back it was a bit busy because of the no tax on clothing, but now that NYC offers the same, the shopping crowd is not bustling over there like they use to. You can do some shopping on 34th street and then jump on the Path train right there. In about 4 stops and again just $1.50 you are there - in what feels like a moment of suburbia:)



Reading is Power - Build Your Own Info Tank


One of the requirements to being and staying savvy is reading! Besides discussing with others, the news you need is either online or in hard copy print.

My mail box is fulled with publications and my email is stock full of ezines and e-newsletters. Here are some ways to go about putting together your own information tank:

  • Subscribe to pubs that will cover the following aspects of your life: Personal Finance; Beauty; Fashion; Health; Personal (respective to you nationality or maybe a element to your life that is not general to all); Professionalism/Career; General News
My example: I subscribe to: Smart Money; Allure; Harper's Bazaar; Fitness; Essence; Pink; Newsweek.

Tip: Go to StudentMags and sign up at a discount rate. They don't check to see if you are a student:)

Oh and whatever your preference online or in hand; NYT or WSJ - just read one. NYT offers the weekend subscription (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) - that is enough to keep you up on the ins and outs.



Farewell Mimosa....Hello Free Sangria!!!

Brunch has pretty much been the same ole "pretend" meal of the day ever since the clever little title was coined: Traditional breakfast option, traditional lunch option paired with a chilled mimosa. It's about time someplace remixed it to spark the interest of a new wave of savvy Brunchers and that someplace is Calle Ocho (82nd and Columbus). Their Sunday Brunch with a Cuban twist comes with an assortment of unique breads and spreads, a one-of-a-kind delish menu and (you're going to love me for this) FREE AND UNLIMITED SANGRIAS!!! They have 8 different barrels, 4 white & 4 red, of fruit infused goodness- you'll never want to touch a mimosa again. If I didn't sell you on the sangria then you'll love that it averages to only $15 person. Its lovely atmosphere would be perfect for get togethers and celebrations. Personally, I'm hooked and I will be there every Sunday I get a chance. Hope to see you there!

The Sangria Bar

Huevos Divorciados

Classic Cuban

Thanks Ash ;-)


Some Brands To Consider

Sometimes it is the unknown or not commonly discussed clothing lines that produce some nice pieces that will allow you to stand out.

About two years ago I started to browse in a section of Macy's juniors section (4th floor at the 34th street location) call American Rag. They line doesn't have it's own site - so I suppose they are a brand created by the department store. I suggest checking out because given whatever the trend is they make some really cute pieces for a good price. Ranging from $14.50 to $49.50.

...most importantly don't think of a teen girls line. When you browse they have pieces for everyone.

On the teen girl note, you should definitely add Alloy and Delia's to your favorites. Delias may be more to your liking as it is slightly more mature, but any trend you like but don't want to invest $$ a lot in, this is a great way to do so. And NO the sizes aren't made for people 90lbs and under...it is pretty true to size.

Enjoy Savvy ones:)


Upcoming Health Event To Attend - Sign Up!!!

Hey Savvy Ones,

The below event is in September, but sign-up now. It is a low cost of $25, but worth the networking opportunities and health advice:

"Here Comes the Sun: A Celebration of Yoga and Well-Being" organized by Health Magazine and benefiting Step Up.

Saturday, September 29, 2007
Rumsey Playfield
Central Park
New York, NY 10021

This all-day event will include:
Live performance by Joan Osborne
Classes for all levels featuring expert instructions for YogaWorks. Experience Vinyasa Flow, Yoga for beginners, Aromayoga, Yoga for better sleep, mat Pilates and much more!
Beauty makeovers
Delicious tastings
Sponsor samples and fun giveaways
All Step Up Members and Guests receive $5 off admission; regular tickets are $25. Click here to purchase your tickets. Enter "STEPUP" as your promotion code.
Questions? Please email newyork@suwn.org or call 212.822.8582.


ALERT: Get Paid to Buy Shoes!! Then Get Shoe Relief

Endless.com, the super user friendly online shoe and bag store, is having a special promotion: Overnight shipping is negative $5 (watch out Zappos) on all orders including sale items! They have nice mix of low, mid and high end makers. I'm giving these T-Straps the serious eye.
Thanks Changa!

While we are on the topic shoes. I want every shoe shopper out there (that means you!) to always keep a bottle of 'Premier Professional Shoe Stretch' handy. My mom used it when I was a kid to stretch my shoes to fit my rapidly growing feet. Nowadays, I find this extremely useful after I shop online and find my new shoes to be a bit tight. All you do is squirt the inside of your shoe, slip your feet in, walk for a few minutes and you'll have instant relief!! It is on sale at any local shoe repair store or get it online here. Your feet will thank you.


Rule #72 - A Financial Lesson

Here is a simple financial rule to add to your knowledge bank. It is the Rule of 72. It is a way to calculate compound interest in a nice easy estimated way.

All the rule does it help you determine the number of years needed to double your money at a given interest rate. So if you have saving account and the current balance is $3,500 at an interest rate of 3% this rule will let you know how long it will take to get to $7,000 (minus the deposits you will be making during that time).

Formula: 72 divided by the interest rate = number of years to double.

Or just go here and use a Rule of 72 calculator.

- Because there is nothing worst than a broke savvy lady:(


2 for 1 today: Inspiring Feedback

A loyal TellMeKC reader sent this feedback in regarding the $5Mani/$10Pedi place, with additional info:

Just wanted to let you know that I tried out that nail place you mentioned on your blog w/ the $5 mani and $10 pedi...it was fabulous!!! There was no wait, my nails still look great and it's sooo cheap!! Two more things to make this place fab, I'm pretty sure the lady there said they're open until 10!!!! AND I bought the 2 Essie colors that were on my fingers and toes...they were only $5 each!!! Those are usually $8 or more at other salons!!! So for me and my little sister to both get manis and pedis and buying 2 polishes, the total was $40!!!!

Keep it coming everyone!!!

"Increasing your Savvy"

Spanx It! A Must Have for ALL Sizes

We all call them Spanx but the true name is Shapewear.

Everyone needs a pair in their special drawer. It doesn't matter if you are 100 pounds are 300+ pounds. We all have some meat that moves.

With all these clingy/matte jersey dresses out there that require just thongs, your other cheeks and thighs need a special type of hug.

I made a recent purchase of the brand Flexees at Macy's for about $20 and it was worth it. In a weird way it adds a notch to the confidence level - probably that extra hug *wink*. No need to doubt how you look and feel.
They come in all shapes, colors, lengths and sizes. There are some for mini-skirts.
Note: This is great for those days when you feel like a hot balloon!


Shoe-t, It's Ain't Just for Mommy Anymore...

Now seems the time to purchase shoes you've been eyeing for a while. Now is even a better time to find shoes that transcend all seasons.

In a weekly window shopping excursion, I out sometime into a particular store that I admit I wouldn't have been caught dead in a few years ago....drum roll..................Naturalizer. That's right ladies! Maybe it's been on your shopping lists, but they have some pretty nice shoes for a pretty small buck.

I tried some that were on displayed and these shoes are comfy:

Instead of paying $98 for Sam Edelman shoes...these Naturalizer are $29.99 and look pretty much the same -

Then if you missed the J.Crew sale and couldn't catch those brown zebra print slippers - these are really cute and the leather they used is not cheap. Worth every dime, again $29.99.

Lastly - I think these slippers were inspired by the designs of Steve Madden (his shoes are so hard, he may be on a mission to hurt women - just a theory) and Guess:

Go make your toes happy or at least don't shun Naturalizer- comfort and style (just like our moms say it)


The Scoop on Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week is upon us once again. New Yorker's have 5 more days to dine at some of best restaurants our great city has to offer and at modest prices. All RW meals are chosen from a 3 course prix-fixe menu for Lunch of Dinner at $24.07 and $35.00 respectively.

The concept is simple, the hard part is deciding where to eat for these 3 reasons:
1. The Spot: RW is a great opportunity for exploration and satisfying your curiosity. Iron Chef's Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Masaharu Morimoto all have participating restaurants, why not get a taste. Ever wonder why celebs flock to TAO? Now you check it out with out paying celeb prices.

2. The Menu: This could make or break your RW experience. Some RW menus are better off ignored because the selection isn't as appetizing as the regular menu or as filling and you might get a much better meal for only a extra few dollars at the same place. Check the restaurant's RW menu BEFORE you make your reservations.

3. Availability: Be conscious of when you make your reservations. RW is actually 2 weeks, but it excludes the weekends. On the upside, some places are extending the menu until Labor Day! Also, look out for the few restaurants only offering a lunch menu when looking for a dinner spot.

Once you have made your selection. You can make reservation on OpenTable.com or by calling directly. Bon Appetite!!


The More Resources...The Better

Everyone say thank you Katie for sharing the info:)

So we all go to Citysearch.com, Timeoutny.com and NewYorkMag.com for info on the latest happenings in the city.

Here is a new site for you to add to your favorites: http://newyork.metromix.com/

It is always good to have several sources. This one has a better guide to events and music happenings.

Now go out and have fun!


I'm Not A Plastic Bag...But I Do Own One!

Today I stood on super long line at the wee hours of the morning in torrential rain for 2 1/2 hours for a $15 bag. Crazy? You bet! Was is worth it? Absolutely! I got Anya Hindmarch eco-conscious bag and turned a sweet profit with the extra 2 bags on Craigslist.

Fellow AFM-ers

I am definitely a fan of affordable fashion mania (AFM). Everyone wants designer goods at modest prices and NYC is the best city to make it happen. Yes, you will need to wait on line for a certain amount of time, but you will be standing and chatting with the savviest of New Yorkers. You'll be the first and one of the few to have the highly conveted goods and as an added bonus, you can sell you extras eBay or Craigslist for a 3x the selling price!

So, my lovelies, I invite you to join me for the next edition of AFM in NYC!


$5 Mani/$10 Pedi - EVERYDAY!!!

Shout outs to Caron and co-workers for spreading this info:)

Yesterday, I went to the only $5 Manicure and $10 Pedicure I every been to where the price is always that cheap. No lie - it is so not a Monday - Wednesday special. It is an EVERYDAY greatness.

The Place:
Nails II
212A E. 26th Street (bet. 2nd and 3rd Ave.)
*Pics to come. You'll see a green awning for an apt building and you'll pass through what looks like a pseudo garden and voila you are there.
**Don't worry about the distance take a walk and grab a bite or drink at a nearby restaurant afterwards.

It's not a spa scene. It is just a very basic nail shop with no frills.

My friend's french pedi (might have been $15) has been flawless for 2 weeks now!


For A Healthy You

It's time to healthy you check.

Now not everyone is a fan of swallowing those big fat vitamin pills everyday, but as women we MUST make a commitment to out health before it is too late.

Actually with the help of mom, finally found a liquid women's multi-vitamin - yeah!!!! It really doesn't taste nasty, nothing like cough syrup. Yes it is a dark green and a little thick, but before you click away it taste like raspberries:)

It is Source of Life Women and you can buy it online (vitamin details included) or visit a health food store, like Bell Bates in the city hall area.

Be healthy....because there is and will only be one of you!


Alert: Summer Scarves - Go Get'Em

A scarf is needed all year-round no matter what anyone tells you. It may be 90 degrees out but when you where that light spaghetti strap on the cold bus or the Arctic weather office of yours...you need one.

Personally, A scarf is in my purse at all times. It is better than carrying a jacket. You just toss it in the bag and toss it on in what ever fashion you want. As simple as that. Work or play; suit or jeans. You need it!

H&M tends to have some really nice hues. They currently have this beautiful dark pink with silver accent threads for $9.90. I have a great rustic orange from them...so give H&M a try too.

BUT, Urban Outfitters has a GREAT sale. scarves range from $9.99 to $14.99 and online it is an extra 20% off.


Add "Free" to Your Skin Philosophy

While getting a free Skin Physical at Sephora (mentioned a couple of posts ago), some free goodies included two samples of Philosophy's Microdelivery Peel. Don't get scared it isn't some acid like substance that will burn off your self-claimed imperfections.

It really is just a two step exfoliate that reminds me a little bit of the infamous Dr. Brandt's microdermabrasion product - real fine granules that really lift up dead skin cells.

The point is go to Sephora and score a couple of the samples, they come in their own packets. Each packet was good for about 2 uses. So you can do it for two weeks on a Sunday and Wednesday for your 2x a week exfoliation.

The product definitely smoothed out the skin and is pretty addictive.

Your HW:

Find three Sephoras and try to get two packets from each. If one packet lasts for a week then 6 with be a month and a half....that sounds like a good trial period. Go get hooked!