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Blogger Finds the Cindy Crawford of Boots

During one of my many winter break internet window shopping sessions, I happened upon this beautiful boot on ModCloth:

Lucky Northview Boot

Courtesy ModCloth

But for more than 200 smackers, I couldn’t even begin to rationalize adding this beaut to my already-overflowing shoe collection. It just didn’t seem right. But I wanted them oh-so-badly. After some sleuthing, I discovered they’re not called the “Log Cabin Coalition Boot,” as ModCloth so appropriately named it, but they’re actually made by Lucky Brand, and are known as the “Northview Boot.”

Fast-forward after another hour of researching, and these puppies are not $208.99, but can be found (like I did) at Bloomie’s for $104.50, and are also available in black with black and white plaid lining.

After a plastic pair of chestnut boots from MODA on 15th and Chestnut sts. fell apart earlier that week, I gulped and whipped out my orange PNC card.

I’ve been sporting these every day for the first week of class, and today a nice maintenance man compared me to Cindy Crawford. I’m not sure if he meant Crawford circa modeling days, or currently 45-year-old Crawford, but either way she’s smokin’, so I’ll take it, and I’ll thank the boots in the process.

With a 4 1/2 inch heel, leather upper and cozy flannel lining, these boots are really two-in-one: Roll down the shaft for a pop of color in an outfit of black and neutrals, or roll them up for a classic, sexy cowgirl vibe.  And don’t let the heel scare you; in these, I tower over everyone at 5 feet, 10 inches, but I’ve been stomping and strutting through North Broad all day without a single complaint from my feet.

Several more online retailers have these in stock, too. Piperlime is charging $99.99, and Endless sells them starting at $99.97 and offers free shipping. Just don’t forget to size up at least half a size to allow room for chunky socks and the slightly narrow toe.

Photo: Alexis Sachdev

Lucky Brand's Northview Boot modeled by blogger Alexis Sachdev

Outfit idea: Black skinnies, the Northview boot rolled down, an oversized black chunky sweater and layers of dark gold chain necklaces. You too can be Cindy Crawford!

Day After Christmas Sales to Die For…

Every year I ask for way more than Santa could possibly bring. While everyone else is exchanging that ugly sweater from Aunt Linda, there are incredible sales in stores and online.  Grab your wallet and hit the mall to make up for everything Santa couldn’t bring. Here are the hot deals:

7 For All Mankind – 40-50% off men’s and women’s apparel

Ann Taylor – 50% off entire purchase with code: winter50

Banana Republic – Extra 30% off already reduced prices with code: brsale30

Bloomingdales – Up to 50% off selected items

Coach Factory – Additional 30% off already reduced prices

Express – Up to 50% off selected items

Gap – 30% off everything. Extra 20% off sale items with code gapsale

Guess – Extra 30-40% off already reduced styles

H&M – The first 100 shoppers get a scratch off tickets with after Christmas sales

Hot Topic – Up to 75% off

J.Crew – 20% off final sale using code: mustshop

Jack Wills – Up to 40% off selected apparel

JC Penny – Up to 75% off selected departments with online doorbuster sales

Macy’s – 50-75% off men’s and women’s apparel through December 30th

Nordstrom – Men’s half annual sale

Old Navy – Up to 50% off online & up to 75% off in stores

Target – $10 off purchases of $50+

Tilly’s – Additional 30% off sale items

Black Friday Sales Coming to a Store Near You.

It’s about that time when shoppers go from the normal leisurely window browsers to ravenous sale hunters that stop at nothing to get the greatest deal on a pair of pants.  Most stores are trying to keep their Black Friday Deals under wraps, but some have leaked out.  Here’s what we know so far:


25% off sale items through Sunday.

50% off sale items Friday 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.


40% off selected styles.


Save 25-40% on select merchandise through Sunday.


Everything in store is 40% off Thanksgiving Day and Friday morning.

Everything in store is 30% off on Friday afternoon.

Everything online is 30% off on cyber Monday.


Everything in store & online is up to 60% off through Saturday.


Dresses and sweaters start at $5.

Pants and Kid’s jackets start at $10.

Outerwear starts at $20.

They’re also doing a scratch off promo for the first 100 people in line that is valued at up to $300.


25% off purchases of $150.

Lucky Brand

Tops are half off with the purchase of a pair of jeans.

Selected accessories are 30% off.

A select two pairs of jeans in the store on a promotion.

Check out your local store for more details!


Denim is buy one pair, get one free.

Men’s flannel shirts are $20.00.

Women’s skirts are $10.

Women’s sweaters are $20.00.

Women’s wovens are $15.00.


Selected items are $10 each.

Personal shopping services are available upon appointment for purchases over $250.

Sunglass Hut

The sales associates wouldn’t divulge the deals, but she said it’s something similar to the current promotion:

$50 bonus card with the purchase of a pair of sunglasses over $150, and an additional 30% off clearance.


The first 100 customers will get a Tilly’s gift card worth $10-$100.

Urban Outfitters

50% off sale stuff midnight to 10 a.m.

Victoria’s Secret

2.5 oz. perfumes are $25 each.

$25 for selected pairs of yoga pants

Buy one, get one 50% off bras.

LAGOS Rittenhouse, Now New and Improved


Last night, folks packed into LAGOS’ quaint flagship store at 18th and Walnut to celebrate it’s grand reopening with wine and snacks. Taking inspiration from their ‘Interlude’ and ‘Unlaced’ Fall collections, the space was modernized with high-definition video walls, state-of-the-art lighting and a gold.

Picture 3While I lack the means to even fathom buying one of their beautiful pieces of jewelry for myself, I still very much enjoyed oogling at them from behind the glass. Should a day ever come that I can afford to accessorize myself with real karats, I will most definitely return. I was really impressed by how elegant, yet simple their pieces are.

Picture 2It’s rare to find expensive jewelry that you could actually wear day to day, not just for fancy occasions.

Founded right here in Philly in 1977, LAGOS is best known for their signature two-tone, 18-karat gold and sterling silver jewelry. The store’s redesign is all a part of the company’s new re-branding strategy which includes a revamp of their Web site and the opening of their first ever shop-in-shop in the Bloomingdale’s at the King of Prussia Mall.

Nicole Finkbiner | Oct 26 2011 2:02pm | SHOPPING, jewelry, local biz, opening, philly, bloomingdales, king of prussia mall, LAGOS | Comments 0

Sweet Treats

Courtesy of Daily Candy

Courtesy of Daily Candy

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Daily Candy has some suggestions. Their slide show, 19 Gifts for Your Valentine features some pretty cool stuff including these vintage Mexican valentines. A not so romantic gift idea?  This key chain that makes toilet flush sounds.

If you’d rather make up stories about Valentine’s Day, feel free to submit your ideas to the Coach website.

If you’re looking for a gift to give yourself, Bloomingdale’s currently has a pretty awesome Clinique Bonus.

In addition to having her own series that we covered earlier this week called Kell On Earth, Kelly Cutrone also released a new book called If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You. This Elle article also mentions that she used to read tarot cards in Venice Beach and Los Angeles, and still gets occasional requests from people to give glimpses into their future.

MAC Cosmetics has always had makeup for every shade, but their new campaign All Ages, All Races, All Sexes includes products that promise to look good on everyone.

Lastly, Nylon has the lowdown on Dior’s new compact featuring Egyptian Hieroglyphs.



Carrie Underwood - Courtesy of CNN

When it’s freezing out and we haven’t made it to the gym, sometimes we don’t feel the need to wash our hair EVERY day. Going outside with a wet head isn’t the best idea, but sometimes unavoidable if you wash your hair every day. On the same token, we’re not ragamuffins. So, this dry shampoo that Cheap Chicas is featured their site just may solve all of our dilemmas.

KTLA has posted pictures of girls in tattoos. We’re a little creeped out since some of the photo credits simply read flickr, meaning KTLA just lifted the pictures off the website, but they’re cool pictures just the same.

Celeb buzz, has posted a best dressed list from last week, including what was worn at the CNN Heroes ceremony. We love Carrie Underwood’s look. Do you?

Daily Candy is on the lookout for you to save this holiday season with a list of 24 Secret Santa (and Hanukkah Harry) gifts for under 30 bucks, as well as a coupon code to  save 30% at Modern Vintage. Nice. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, but even Bloomingdale’s has compiled an affordable list – gifts for under $50 – we’re not complaining one bit.

Oprah isn’t having a Favorite Things show this year, which is a real bummer, but has a list of holiday sweaters that aren’t corny. Since Oprah isn’t making a list of her favorite things, perhaps we should pick up the torch. Hmm.

Cyber Monday

This rainy Monday is perfect for Cyber Monday. We spy deals around every corner: Ann Taylor, Tory Burch, Ulta, Express, Victoria’s Secret, and The Limited, Amazon, Radio Shack, Bloomingdales, Adidas and even the Apple Store have deals as well. Careful, you could do a lot of damage right from your chair!

We stumbled upon Max and Chloe, which has some great baubles, bangles and beads just in time for the holidays as well as some Cyber Monday Deals. Rachel Zoe has even found some great deals with her list of 20 glam gifts under $100.

This past weekend, I went into holiday baking mode and cranked out these little guys:

15566_732753538953_8200237_41930033_6551252_nThey’re based on this Pillsbury recipe, and I think they are so cute! However, judging from the cover of December’s W Magazine, it doesn’t look like Demi Moore has been noshing on any goodies.

Rumors are surrounding December’s cover, which landed on our doorstep this past weekend.  One is that W staffers got rid of Demi’s left hip while others argue that staffers replaced Demi’s entire body. Demi took to Twitter and stated that the picture is indeed her, while countless articles, including this one from the Toronto Star argue that the picture is more illustration than photograph. Has Photoshop really gone to far? Should the photo credit read ‘illustration by,’ especially since the photographer doesn’t believe the photo is really Demi?

Update: Cyber Monday coupon codes from iVillage.

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