For all you Black Friday Shoppers

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There are tons of sales happening right now, as you may very well know.  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty…  Who is this Encarnacion?

Oops, my bad: good movie (Nacho Libre), wrong timing.

Here are some of my fave sales happening so far:

DSW’s $20 off sale and $29.95 boots

Express.com has a 25% off Everything sale

Kenneth Cole’s 41% off Black Friday Sale

Gap’s 50% off Sweaters sale

Armani Exchange’s $50 off every $150 purchase in-store or online

Nordstrom.com free shipping on orders of $100 or more (use HOLIDAY09 code)

Saks.com free shipping with HOLIDAY9 code AND 60% off Thanksgiving sale

Steve Madden: 30% off entire order plus Free Standard Shipping with code MADDEN30 at checkout! (Expires 12/7).  15% off orders of $50 or more plus Free Shipping! Use code SHOPIT15N at checkout.

I’m sure there are more happening, but you get the drift.  Enjoy the sales!

Brand Of The Week – 8.31.09

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Steve Madden

Steve Madden

My Brand Of The Week of 8.31.09 goes out to Steve Madden, makers of quality shoes at affordable prices.

I love their modern styles and subtle avant-garde influences.  What really stands out to me about Steve Madden, and quite frankly is very impressive, is how comfortable — VERY comfortable — their shoes are.  I think I have owned about 10 pairs of Steve Maddens so far, and even at this moment, am on their site looking for cool shoes to get.  With shoes that makes your feet comfy, it gives me the perfect impression that their customer loyalty is based on the customer’s needs, without sacrificing style and quality.

Shoes galore

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Haha, yeah… so my latest shopittome.com salemail email is full of shoes – I mean racks full of them. Thanks to Onlineshoes.com and Piperlime.com, I have a plethora of shoes to choose from. And yes, I said plethora. Reminds me of that bit on The Three Amigos…

So check this out. I’ll share what shoes to wear on different styles and outfits, in different settings, based on the salemail email.

  • Adidas Gazelle in Black, paired with dark or semi-dark jeans (baggy or bootcut, depends on preferences, situations, and where you’re going that night), light-colored hoodie or funky stripe/pattern button down, Von Dutch trucker hat (HA!) and Reaction watch. Adidas Gazelle shoes are $54.99 at onlineshoes.com
  • Rockport Colrain in Black, paired with dark bootcut jeans or flat-front khakis, plain white button down shirt and chrome buckle belt courtesy of Armani Exchange. Add aviators, Kenneth Cole watch, and fancy rings at your leisure. Rockport Colrain shoes are $46.99 at onlineshoes.com
  • Adidas O-Type Driving with dark denim (either non-destroyed, or semi-destroyed), and with added patterns to suit your style. Pair with a funky tee from Armani and glasses from Steve Madden and your set for a very casual look. $69.99 at onlineshoes.com
  • Kenneth Cole Biggest Fan paired with dark bootcut denim jeans, chrome studded belt, colored pattern shirt (with at least white as the base color), and a Movado watch will get you noticed, and that’s being real. Kenneth Cole shoes courtesy of onlineshoes.com for $97.98.
  • Guess Donte with either white or khaki linen pants, or even (take a guess) a dark denim jeans with a solid (or striped, depending on your flavor) pique polo from Ralph Lauren, Nautica, or Express for a more comfortable, stylish, and fashionable look that says something nice about you and not calling you a slob. Guess footwear from piperlime.com at $54.97
  • Sketchers Footloose paired with denim jeans (either dark, distressed, or combinations), mixed with a white button down shirt with light horizontal or cross-pattern shirt, folded sleeves, and a nice dragon buckle belt from Buckle. Piperlime presents Sketchers Footloose shoes for $51.99.
  • Kenneth Cole New York Clean Slate boots (my fave) paired with a dark denim bootcut jeans followed with black pinstripe button down shirt from Armani Exchange, Macy’s, Nordstroms, or Express (or wherever you can find one), sleek black leather belt, black classic Movado watch, and, if you can afford it, diamond earrings for your pierced ears. :):) Kenneth Cole New York Clean Slate boots from piperlime.com are $91.97.

There you go… That should give you some ideas on how to wear different types of shoes for your day.  Be creative, and always be yourself.  Have fun shopping!

Shoes Galore!

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Once again, Shopittome.com has provided some great opportunities to check out sales on shoes, and a lo and behold, we have a variety of sources to check out:

Piperlime.com: (free shipping and free returns!!)

Puma Ducati Testrastretta

Puma Ducati

Puma Ducati

 

 

 

 

 

  • Motorcycle-inspired Lace-up sneaker
  • Leather and synthetic upper
  • Perforations on sides
  • Ducati logo on side
  • Cushioned footbed
  • Separated aluminum heel
  • Textured rubber outsole

 $65.99

 

Kenneth Cole Reaction Fence Off

Kenneth Cole Reaction Fence Off

Kenneth Cole Reaction Fence Off

 

 

 

 

 

  • Men’s loafer
  • Leather upper
  • Stitched moc toe detail
  • Textile lining
  • Lightly padded insole
  • Rubber traction outsole

$44.97

 

Steve Madden Unnion

Steve Madden Unnion

Steve Madden Unnion

 

 

 

 

  • Slip-on loafers
  • Leather upper
  • Square moc toe
  • Contrast stitching details
  • Smooth lining, cushioned insole and flexible midsole
  • Driving style leather outsole with rubber traction pads

$55.99

 

Diesel Paradi

Diesel Paradi

Diesel Paradi

 

 


 

 

  • Lace-up sneaker
  • Leather upper with suede overlays
  • Die-cut EVA mid sole
  • Padded tongue and collar
  • Textured rubber outsole

 

Endless.com:

Kenneth Cole Reaction Men’s Play Off Slide

Kenneth Cole Reaction Play Off Slide

Kenneth Cole Reaction Play Off Slide

 

 


 

 

  • Leather upper
  • Rubber sole

$38.47

 

Kenneth Cole Reaction Men’s Key Note Slip-on

Kenneth Cole Reaction Key Note Slip-on

Kenneth Cole Reaction Key Note Slip-on

 

 

 


 

  • Leather upper
  • Manmade sole
  • Lightly padded footbed
  • Made in China

$77.90 – $97.95

 

Diesel Men’s Zolkin Lace-up

Diesel Zolkin

Diesel Zolkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Leather upper
  • Rubber sole

$60.47 – $109.95

New Sale Items from SaleMail!

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I recently got some goodies from my Shop It To Me mail and found some great deals! Check these babies out:

Don’t forget to hook up some sweet deals on FatWallet.com as well. I’ve checked out their site for men’s watches and found some incredible deals.

Enjoy!

A Time to Vent

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Shopping to me is just as much bred into my life as drinking coffee, breathing, and playing music.  One thing that really does bother me (if I can even call it being bothered) about shopping is not necessarily the ability to shop, but the environment where your ability is exercised.  I am writing this blog in a hotel room near Dulles airport in DC, and after being in a couple of malls within a 15 mile radius during the past 3 days, I have come to the conclusion that I am much more of a shopping snob than I have anticipated.  Let me explain.

I love big metropolitan cities, and usually big metropolitan cities have big shopping areas that hosts both your local/average shops and high-end couture.  Why is being in a metropolitan city a big deal?  Because it generally contains both quality and quantity value, something you don’t really find in smaller cities or “growing” metropolitan cities.  I love New York and all of its shopping glory.  I love SoCal because of the many places where I can get great deals on high-end shops.  And after visiting the quaintness of Reston Town Center to the “grandeur” of Tysons Corner, I came to the conclusion that the value of shopping does have weight when it is surrounded in an environment where that value is shown in all of its grandeur.  The mall at Tysons Corner is very big and definitely has lots to offer to various types of shoppers.  It even has a good portion of shops that I am very familiar with in the West Coast — shops and restaurants like Armani, Gordon Biersch, Movado, Aldo, Steve Madden, Urban Outfitters, Kenneth Cole, Nordstroms, and H&M — shops that aren’t your typical mall retailers like Express, Abercrombie, Banana, etc.

And while I am a good sport in finding great places to shop anywhere, I’m also very critical of where those places are in comparison.  I know that shopping in Manhattan will never compare to shopping in Oklahoma City, nor will shopping in Promenade be any better than shopping anywhere in Montana.  Moreover, for a supposedly “metropolitan” area (and I question the value placed on that word), where I live now is neither the best place to shop nor the worst, but it certainly does not make it easy on metros like me who wish for a supposedly “metropolitan” area to have great shopping centers.

There is a certain responsibility that the environment around that area has on building up such shopping grandeur.  There must be a level of progressiveness and a healthy balance of quality and value in that development; however, the perspective should also be progressive and the drive to move forward, to provide the best that THAT city can offer.  Even if I end on that note – which I won’t – I can only define my thoughts based on the actual experience and knowledge that I have and compare that knowledge and experience with others I have encountered.  The fact there are only 2 “fantastic” malls to shop in my area doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a level of progressiveness and drive to move forward, because I know for a fact that there is such a level and perspective.  But, as I sit here contemplating on that, I am wondering how fast that level and perspective of “progressiveness” is being embraced.  I already have my own views on such an environment, and I don’t even want to create havoc on exposing that just because I want great shopping centers.  What I want is more than that, but shopping centers are a great tangible result that shows proof of that progressiveness; it shows the ability for a community and city to expand its horizons and be involved in economic and city development, bringing in tourism, consumer confidence, and retail establishment and loyalty, among others.

I missed Nordies and Armani when I left the Northwest, and while I can get their products online, it’s never the same in comparison to sitting down at Gordon Biersch and be surrounded by familiar things in life.  As someone pointed out to me this past week, being a transplant to another city is never easy, and hardly the same in comparing environments.

You know what?  Nothing is ever easy anyway.