Today Only: 29% Off 229 Items at Urban Outfitters

Happy Leap Year!  Urban Outfitters has selected 229 items to mark down 29%.  But hurry!  It's today only, 2/29/12. Plus, get free shipping over $50. Items available in Women's, Accessories, Men's, Home, etc.  Images courtesy of Urban Outfitters.  Shop the full sale HERE

Mixed Media Bag Now $41.89

Silence & Noise Boyfriend Blazer Now $55.38 (7 Colors Available)

Canvas Backpack - Now $22.72

Build-A-Word Necklace Now $11.36

It's that time again: Extra 30% Off J. Crew Sale

J. Crew's online sale section is fully stocked and you can get your faves for an EXTRA 30% off with code OURTREAT.  There are some really cute items that can easily be transitioned into Spring.  I always go for accessories!  Photos courtesy of J. Crew.

Glitter Purse - also in Silver and Hematite

Geode Necklace - Other Colors Available
Skinny Patent Belt - 5 Colors Available

Glitter Oxford Ballet Flats


The Best Skinny Jeans - $9.95 at H&M!

Quite a few months ago, I was waiting in line to pay for my armful of bargains at H&M, and next to me was a rack of skinny jeans with a "$9.95" sign above it. I swiped a pair off the rack to examine the price tag: Was I reading this correctly? $9.95?! YES!  H&M's SQIN line of jeans do, in fact, start at just $9.95.  I imagined the fit would be awkward, so I nervously tried them on when I got home... well I'll be damned!  These things fit perfectly and have just the right amount of stretch to hug my bod in all the right places.  I thought that finding these basically-free jeans was truly random, but I was perusing the store yesterday and found the same great jeans at the same great price in big heaps on a table.  I highly recommend going to the store and trying a pair on (unfortunately online shopping in the US is not available until the Fall).  They may just be your new go-to skinnies!

Top image courtesy of wherewearinthecity.com.


It's Oscar Night: 5 Beauty Items Every Woman Should Own

In honor of the Oscar's, I'm doing something a little different: A list of 5 beauty products every woman should own. As the stars prepare for the red carpet, you can prepare for fresh skin and a renewed face!  I'm certainly no expert in the beauty department, but I've had my fair share of trial and error when it comes to makeup and products.  More often than not, I either get sick of a product and throw it away or decide after a few weeks of use that I really don't like it... and throw it away.  Here are my 5 go-to items that have withstood the test of time.  As you know, I almost never pay retail, but these products are worth the money.  Trust me!

Used twice daily, Kiehl's Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream hydrates and smooths skin for a fresh, smooth, youthful face. 
Kiehl's Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream

My personal favorite, Vanilla & Anise.  Meant to be combined to create your own scent, but incredibly delicious on its own too.
Jo Malone Women's Fragrance

How did I ever live without this?  Adds the perfect glow to cheeks and can be used on the lids too.
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Rose 
Nothing like your entire bod feeling as soft as a baby's rear.  It moisturizes, smells delicious and doesn't feel oily.  If it's good for babies, it's good for me!
Johnsons Original Baby Lotion

The best eyeshadow palette ever!  Urban Decay has since come out with Naked2, but I like the original better.  Perfect for day and night, these 12 shadows are all you need.  And the primer potion is a great bonus too!  This primer keeps your shadow perfectly applied all day and night.
Urban Decay Naked Palette


The Perfect Designer Cover-Ups up to 65% Off for your Upcoming Getaway

One week 'til my big trip and I'm still scouring the 'net for good deals on cover-ups.  It's Spring Break time and I'm prepared to help you look good on your next planned vacation too!  Do I need new cover-ups?  No, I have plenty, but I can't help but shop for them.  All you need is a beautifully beaded kaftan or cover-up and a pair of over-sized sunglasses after the beach to take you from drowned rat hot mess to ultra-glam beach hottie. Help yourself to one (or a few) of these before your next vacation and heads will definitely be turning your way!  As usual, my picks are all on sale, 50% off or more!  Photos courtesy of The Outnet.

Tibi Silk Kaftan 60% Off

Diane von Furstenberg Romper 50% Off

Mara Hoffman Jersey Dress Cover Up 60% Off

Melissa Odabash Kaftan 65% Off


Online Shoppers: Are You Using Ebates?

Please say yes!  If you're not, there's no better time to start than right this very second.  Let me explain what Ebates is and I hope by the end of this post you'll understand how genius this is. Ebates is a FREE online tool that gives you cash back on all online purchases you make from over 1500 retailers, including your favorites like Barney's NY, Bloomingdales, Tory Burch, Macys, Sephora, J Crew, Nordstrom (the list goes on and on).  Every time you shop online, you'll first sign onto Ebates.com using your email address & password, then you'll select the online shop where you'd like to shop (cash back percentages differ from store to store and are shown on their list).  Like magic, Ebates tracks how much you've spent on your purchase and will deposit what you've earned into your online "piggy bank." Every few months, Ebates sends you a "Big Fat Check" or transfers money to your PayPal account!  Best part is, you can still use coupon codes on your favorite retailers' websites. Ebates seen in NY Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN (it's legit!).I.recently signed up and have already earned a nice wad of extra spending money just for shopping online as usual.  Why wouldn't you do it?  Photo courtesy of Ebates.com.
INVITATION TO CASH BACK and a Sign-Up Bonus of $10 Gift Card to Retailer of your Choice!

Louis Vuitton & More on Ruelala Tomorrow, 2/25

Have you been lusting over a new designer handbag? Mark your calendars for this Saturday (TOMORROW) at 11am on the dot: Madison Avenue Couture on Ruelala is featuring handbags, jewelry and accessories by Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Bottega Veneta and more at discounted prices! If you need an invite to Ruelala, here is your invitation to one of my fav flash sale websites!
Remember to BE QUICK! These high-end discounted luxuries will sell like hot cakes.  Photo courtesy of Ruelala.  Now off to convince my husband I need a new Louis bag...


Bargain Prints & Patterns in Lulu's Shoe Dept.

Inspired by NYC Recessionista's blog entry showcasing the Ikat Wedge Sandals, I couldn't help but share what else I found in Lulu's shoe department. OMG. So many cute sandals, ballet flats and wedges available at ridiculously low prices. I could never choose just one pair! This is a great way to add some serious summer spice into your wardrobe without spending a fortune! Photos courtesy of lulus.com. View all 421 pairs of shoes here 
Mia Reba Wedge Sandals  $59

Chevron Platforms $36
Floral Ballet Flats $29

Ikat Wedge Sandals $25
Nautical Striped Ballet Flats $25

Promise Beneton Wedge Sandals $37

Polka Dot Ballet Flats $24


Madewell Sale Section now up to 70% off!

Let me start this morning with a gracious THANK YOU to all of you!  In the 3.5 weeks my "In The Know" blog has been live, I have had well over 2,000 blog visitors! It is extremely satisfying to know that you enjoy what my blog has to offer and I hope you've been able to score some fabulous deals along the way!  I know I have ;)

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Now back to our regular programming. Shop hundreds of items on madewell.com now up to 70% off! You'll get free shipping with orders over $100 with code GOSPRING. Images courtesy of madewell.com. Shop the full sale here. 
Mint Skinny Pants Now $59.99
Cute with flats or sky-high heels!

Tickertape Shirt Dress Now $99.99
Add a turquoise necklace like THIS, and a big-faced watch

Silk Walkway Shorts Now $39.99
Add a basic ribbed tank, nude wedge heels and a bold, colorful statement necklace

Serpentine Skinny Belt Now $14.99
Cinch a sweater or a dress with this versatile belt


Marni for H&M: First Look

Come March 8th, expect swarms of ladies to line up and clear the racks of all things Marni for H&M.  I'll be in Thailand when the madness ensues, saving myself from a panic attack.  I have a history of obsessing at the launch of these collaborations and I'm better off watching from my iPad as Ebay fills up with the items people were lucky enough to score in store. Remember, online shopping at H&M is not available in the U.S. just yet, so you'll have to throw some 'bows in store to get your hands on this stuff.  You can see the complete collection with pricing for both men and women here.  Images courtesy of luckymag.com.  If you happen to be at H&M on 3/8 and can snag any of the awesomeness below, hook a sister up! Thanks, I'll bring you back something nice.

Bag $39.95

Blouse $79.95

Silk Shorts $49.95

Silk Top $70

T-Shirt $19.95
Silk Dress $129

Bag $39.95


DVF for GapKids & BabyGap: Precious!

Calling all mommies! A first look at DVF for Baby Gap and Gap Kids. All I can say is... Do these dresses come in big girl sizes?! Friggin adorbs! Available in store and online March 15th.  Photos courtesy of smudgetikka.com.

Presidents' Day Weekend Sale List

Feel like shopping this weekend?! Here is a nice list of retailers (sorted alphabetically) with the best online and in-store savings for Presidents' Day Weekend:

Asos - Extra 10% off outlet online

A/X Armani Exchange - Extra 20% off already reduced styles online

Banana Republic - Extra 25% off sale styles in-store and online

BCBGeneration: Baberaham Lincoln Sale - Take 20% off Spring styles online

Bloomingdales: Big Brown Bag Sale - 20-40% off a great deal of merchandise in-store and online

Calypso St. Barth - Extra 40% off sale items online

Express: BOGO Everything plus $15 off $60 in-store and online

Forever21 - Select Styles up to 75% off online

Gap: Red White & Blue Event - Up to 40% off select styles in-store and online

J. Crew - Extra 30% off sale items online

Last Call by Neiman Marcus - 25% off entire purchase in-store and online

Loehmann's - 20% off regular price purchase online

Loft - 30% off full-priced purchase, spend $50 and get $50 in savings cards in-store and online

Lord & Taylor - 20% off regular and sale in-store and online

Macy's - Extra 15% off in-store and online

MLB.com - BOGO 40% off online (Yeah, Phillies!)

Nordstrom: Shoe Clearance - Save up to 40% off on shoes in-store and online

Nordstrom Rack: Clear the Racks Event - Up to 75% off in-store and online

NY&Co: Semi-Annual Pant Event - BOGO pants and jeans

Old Navy - 15% off any amount, 20% off $100 online

TheOutnet.com: Friends & Family Event - 20% off everything with code 20SHARELOVE online

Tory Burch - Spend $250, get 20% off; Spend $500, get 25% off online

Urban Outfitters: VOTE Sale - Extra 30% off sale items in-store only

Feel free to let me know of any fabulous sales I've missed and I will update my list.  Thank you!

Nicki Minaj Brings Us Bubble Gum Pink

Nicki Minaj is fun, fearless and completely off the wall in her style. She has paired with both OPI and MAC to bring us bubble gum pink nails and lips, so we can be a little daring ourselves!  Although Nicki's line for OPI has been out since January, I haven't seen it at either of the salons I've been to.  Amazon to the rescue!    Among a line of 5 other colors, Pink Friday stands out as the most versatile. Which one is your favorite?!  And secondly, Nicki (and Ricky Martin) have teamed up with MAC Viva Glam to bring HIV/AIDS awareness to Latin America.  100% of the proceeds go to this cause.  The limited edition lipstick is now available for just $14.50 at MAC counters or online at retailers where MAC is sold.  Photo courtesy of OPI.com and maccosmetics.com.

Pink Friday for OPI

Viva Glam Nicki for MAC


Shop Asos Outlet Section for Extra 10% Off

Asos has nearly 3000 pieces under $35 in their Outlet section.  You can scoop up boatloads of items to wear in the warmer months for up to 75% off!  You'll take an extra 10% off the already reduced prices with code OUTLET10 at checkout. Plus, free shipping!  Here's a preview of what's in store for you.  Photos courtesy of Asos.  Shop full sale here.

Asos Bandeau Swimsuit  Absolutely precious: sweet AND sexy!  Just $24!  Seriously!

Asos Salon One Shoulder Dress with Puff Sleeve Front and Back Views This dress also comes in gray and is only $31!  75% off.