Meeting my favorite fashion blogger, Emily Schuman, creator of Cupcakes and Cashmere

Cupcakes and Cashmere holiday party at Club Monaco's Flagship Store, NYC - December 10, 2013

Cupcakes and Cashmere holiday party at Club Monaco’s Flagship Store, NYC – December 10, 2013

How does the mailman’s unofficial creed begin? “Neither rain, no sleet, nor snow …” That’s how it was for me today: nothing, not a heavy snow fall or freezing rain or cold temps, could stop me from heading to New York to meet Emily Schuman, creator of Cupcakes and Cashmere, and my all-time favorite fashion and lifestyle blogger. I was determined to brave the elements in order to meet Emily at Club Monaco’s Flagship Store in the Flatiron District of New York City. Continue reading

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Braving a New York fashion experience : The sample sale

Open the door to a NYC sample sale

Open the door to a NYC sample sale

Writer Ingrid Steffensen is living in New York City for the year, and we, in turn, can live vicariously through her. Her latest fashion experience? Shopping a sample sale. Let’s hear more …

Ever been in a room full of girls wearing thongs? It’s not as much fun as it sounds. Actually, it’s a little awkward. But that’s what you have to be prepared for if you want to brave a New York City sample sale.

Let’s start with what a sample sale is: a particular designer has a little extra merchandise, not quite up to its high-end retail showroom standards. Maybe the items are a little out-of-season for the ever-earlier fashion cycle (don’t get me started on that! – I mean, who wants to be trying on woolly sweaters in August?) Or maybe they’ve been on display or have been through trunk shows. Maybe they’re a little wrinkled. But in any case it’s comforting to know that designers’ closets fill up as fast as mine do. Continue reading

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