Friday, November 30, 2007

Sample Sales

As per a prep job I did for one of the sales and Savvy Designers... here are a few sample sales. Enjoy, Chicas! ~Bettina
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I just wrapped prepping this sale today. Must say that the bags are badass! It will definitley be the S#IT B.A.N.A.N.A.S.! (in my Stefani voice and attitude)

L.A.M.B. / Jill Stuart / Harajuku Lovers
Sample & Stock Sale Event

WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion_123 West 18th Street (6th - 7th Aves)
WHEN: December 4th - 5th (T 8 - 8 W 8 - 6)

Payment accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express
50% Off Retail
$34 - $270 Signature Collection $118 - $725

Gwen Stefani's inspiration is her unique sense of style, love for design and need for practical pieces that she could wear every day and on the red carpet for an event. L.A.M.B. (an acronym for Love, Angel, Music, Baby) expresses the many varying components that define Gwen's iconic look.

The Jill Stuart handbag collection has flawless execution and compliments the ready-to-wear vintage-inspired, contemporary collection of their clutches, lady-like tailored handbags and extra large tote bags in patent leather, cotton velvet and Italian croco-embossed glazed leather.

Among her loyal followers are the likes of Penelope Cruz, Katie Holmes, Gwenyth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore, Angelina Jolie and Gisele Bundchen (just to name a few.) This is your opportunity to join the legions by snapping up this season's collection at prices that are very affordable.

These collections are available at Bloomingdales, Bendels, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Catherine Malandrino
Fall Collection 2007
Sample & Stock Sale Event
WHERE: 145 West 18th Street (6th - 7th Aves)
WHEN: December 4th - 6th (W 8 - 8 Th 10 - 8 F 10 – 8 )

Payment accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express

You know this event will be a MADHOUSE!! There will be a line so dress warm, bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes.

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Sample & Stock Sale

WHERE: 145 West 18th Street (6th - 7th Aves)
WHEN: December 13th – December 15th (Th 8am - 8pm F 10am - 8pm Sa 11am - 7pm)

Payment accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express
Prices are 70% – 80% off retail from $55 to $160

The collection is available in all of the finest department and specialty stores. Sizes 0 to 12 and P, S, M and L will be available. You won’t want to miss this sale event with prices that are up to 65% off retail. Retail prices usually range from $395 to $2250, at the sample sale prices are $55 to $160.

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Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent
Sample & Stock Sale

WHERE: 145 West 18th Street (6th - 7th Aves)
WHEN: December 13th – December 15th (Th 8am - 8pm F 10am - 8pm Sa 11am - 7pm)

Payment accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express

Sizes 0 to 12 and P, S, M and L will be available. You won’t want to miss this sale event with prices that are up to 65% off retail. Retail prices usually range from $225 to $690, at the sample sale prices are $98 to $300.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Here's another one ladies. Come mix and mingle while being educated on your body and giving to women in need!! I met Laughing Sage founder Alisa Vitti at a women's networking event and I must say, I love her company! Anything that empowers women and deals with our health, I am for!

I hope to see you there. The RSVP information is below!

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The Laughing Sage Wellness Group
Modern Venus Ltd.
and The Femme Network

Cordially Invite You to a

Glorious Health and Glamorous Living
Holiday Party

Please join us on Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at the chic and cozy Aspen bar for some holiday cheer! Bring your guy and girlfriends and start your holiday season in style, as well as for a good cause.*

WHERE: Aspen, 30 W. 22nd Street (212.645.5040)
WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, 6 pm - until?.
(goodies and drink specials from 6-8 pm)
WHY: Happy Holidays!
WHAT: Special cocktails, fancy foods, networking and raffle prizes

RSVPs are appreciated by emailing:

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For more information about our hostesses please visit:

The Laughing Sage Wellness Group
Modern Venus Ltd.
The Femme Network

*Donations are benefitting Women In Need, a nonprofit providing shelter and services to homeless women and families in New York City, will be collected throughout the evening.

Until next time...
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Monday, November 26, 2007


As you know, we like to support good people and good events. Girlfriend (and celebrity blogger) Tia Walker of The Quest for "it" is having a Feature Story Release Party hosted by Designer/Socialite Esther Nash

The Quest for "it"


Esther Nash "Resurfaces"
Recent fashions and jewelry designed by Esther Nash will be displayed.

Thursday, November 29th
10:00 pm- Midnight

Room Service
35 East 21st Street
btwn Broadway & Park Ave South

Cocktails sponsored by Ty Ku

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Don't you just love when Girlfriends share? As we always say (well, we took it from our girlfriend Stacey Taylor who took it from the Care Bears) "Sharing Means Caring!" Click on the coupons and then print out.


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CASSIN Sample Sale
50-80% off retail!!

Luxe furs, rainwear, outerwear, cashmere sweaters, evening cover-ups, scarves, hats, and more...

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov 28th - Friday, Nov 30th (10am - 7pm)
WHERE: Cassin Showroom 150 West 30th St., 5th Fl
CONTACT: (212) 564-0946 /

5% of sales will be donated to
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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TOCCA Sample Sale
Everything is 60-80% off retail!!

WHEN: December 6 & 7th (12-7pm)
WHERE: 542 West 22nd St., 3rd Fl
Btwn 10th & 11th Ave
CONTACT: (212) 929-7122 /

Until next time...

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Monday, November 19, 2007


Oh Gosh!! It has been forever since we last spoke! *sigh*
Well, our gift to you ladies, HOOKUPS!


Bath & Bodyworks

Lord & Taylor


Footaction: 40% off clearance


Puma- 30% OFF!!!

Nine West

Calvin Klein

Dicks Sporting Goods


Sharper Image

Banana Republic

Best Buy



Restoration Hardware - Friends & 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
Online code - F8JXXP9RGCNJ

Banana Republic Friends & Family
30% off Dec 1-3
Online code-QLOV5931S3G5

Gap Friends & Family
30% off Nov 30-Dec 3
Online code-D1L36GG596NL

GUCCI invites you to enjoy a special day of holiday shopping on Tuesday, November 20, 2007.
Customers who purchase at will receive a 10% discount on all merchandise, excluding the UNICEF Holiday Campaign items.
This offer will only be applicable to purchases made on the U.S. website, is non-transferable, and is valid only for orders placed on November 20th.



Friday, November 16, 2007

Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Sauce, oh my!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (next week to be exact), girl is your fork ready for you to get your grub on?

The thought of cooking can be overwhelming this time of year. It is easy to opt for making the same ‘ole thing you make during the holidays…year after year.

Well, I have two scrumptious recipes that are a sure hit for any Thanksgiving feast. One recipe is for a low-fat pumpkin pie. No one will know it is low-fat, cause it is packed with flavor. The other recipe is for a cranberry sauce that is out of this world. The sauce has port and shallots in it, so it is rich and bold.

Work your magic in the kitchen girlfriend!

Low-fat Pumpkin Pie

2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
1 pinch cloves, ground
1 ½ cups canned pumpkin
1 ½ cups evaporated skim milk
3 egg whites, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup orange juice
9 inches graham cracker crust

Preheat oven to 450F. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and pumpkin and stir well. Add vanilla, evaporated milk, and egg whites. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Fold in orange juice. Pour into unbaked pie shell bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 325F and bake for 45 minutes. Take out of the oven and cool. Serve alone or with fresh low fat/non fat whipped cream.

Cranberry Sauce w/ Port and Roasted Shallots

18 large shallots, peeled, quartered lengthwise through root end
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
5 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 2/3 cups ruby Port
1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 12-ounce bag cranberries
1/4 cup dried currants

Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss shallots with oil and 3 teaspoons thyme on small rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 tablespoon sugar in small bowl. Drizzle over shallots; toss to coat. Continue roasting until shallots caramelize, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Bring Port, brown sugar, and 4 tablespoons vinegar to boil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add cranberries and currants; cook until berries pop, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Mix in 2 teaspoons thyme. Mix in shallots. Transfer to bowl. Cover and chill overnight. Serve cold or at room temperature.


Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Aahhhh. Felt inspired to keep the beauty going. Here is a Sephora Friends & Family discount code. Use it online at Enjoy...

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Genevieve Santos is the Founder and Executive Director of Gorgeous on the Go, a mobile beauty and skincare company. She has been a makeup artist and skincare consultant for three years. Now, while this is a short time in the beauty industry, Genevieve’s success is firmly backed by her strong business savvy skill set. At the tender age of 22, this Girlfriend already has six years of entrepreneurial experience, non-profit development, and graphic design under her belt. At the age of 18, Genevieve started her first business—a line of custom designed photo albums. It proved to be very successful.

In this new entrepreneurial vein with Gorgeous on the Go, Genevieve has worked with quite a few clients such as: fashion house Harriet’s Alter Ego, CoverGirl Queen Collection, and the Harlem Bridal Expo. Understanding that makeup artists need to showcase their talent and generate work, Gorgeous on the Go takes pride in providing them such opportunities and experience by hiring them on consulting a basis. Gorgeous also forms partnerships with companies related to fashion, entrepreneurship and beauty thus furthering company exposure.

I think this is a wonderful idea. Genevieve allow ordinary women to have perks and live the fabulous life like a say… Kimora Lee Simmons {who btw has a Kimora Barbie due out this Holiday!}. Well, not quite, but you can have your makeup artist come to you and be on the go. You know how Girlfriends are. We keep it moving.

Gorgeous on the Go offers the following services:
· Makeup application for special occasions, photo shoots, and fashion shows
· Skin analysis consultation for individuals and group events
· Special packages for weddings, proms, sweet 16s, and other groups.

Check out their mini Ambush Makeover. It is very cute.

Until next time… be Gorgeous and…

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Wrap Up on DuBois Chicago Event

Chicagoen Girlfriend Modupe Arowolo provided the pictures and information for this post. I couldn’t attend, so she was my eyes and ears for the event. ~Bettina

Here is her first hand account:

The party began at 5:30pm at Ariel Capital Management, the investment firm operated by
Mellody Hobson who was also the hostess of the event. There were about 40-50 people in attendance (about 95% of those were women), with people constantly coming and going as the event went on.

While keeping my eyes peeled for Amy [DuBois Barnett], I mingled my way around the room and had the opportunity to meet women from various industries, backgrounds and cities. I was so amazed at how friendly everyone was. Rhonda Saffold, the woman who organized the event talked with me for a few min and I was surprised to learn that she was actually Amy's sister-in-law.

Soon after my chat with Rhonda, I spotted Amy. She wore a red party dress that was elegantly complimented by her sleek, black bob and black suede shoes. She was very warm approachable. She signed my book, gave me hug and she actually talked with me for a few minutes about career, Chicago, etc.

Soon after Mellody made her rounds, as she too, greeted every person who wanted to mingle with her. It soon became time for Amy to speak about the book and soon after she gave her account on the experiences that led to the inception of Get Yours!, Amy and Rhonda presented Mellody with an original painting that once hung in The Keny Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. A gallery founded by Rhonda's father.

At the end of the event, Amy officially began to sign books at table located in the lobby. Although the line was about 30-deep, she was cordial enough to chat with everyone.

Until next time... Get Yours! and

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Martha Stewart Collection

Hey girlfriends,

Yolanda Shoshana best known as, “Shoshi”, is on the now on the blog!

Here is a little 411 on me:

I am a lifestyle entrepreneur and artist known as the Luscious Lifestyle Diva and Queen of Kosher Soul Cuisine. My goal is to empower women to live luscious lives and celebrate living a life by design! I accomplish these goals through lifestyle, food/entertaining, art, and wellness. I am the founder Center of Female Empowerment, LLC, a lifestyle company in New York City.

I look forward to sharing advice/tips on home and entertaining with all of you!

By accident, I saw the new collection of houseware by Martha Stewart that is exclusively at Macy’s. In case you have missed the new commercials for the collection, one of them features Martha and Usher, which was a great way to bring to appeal to the urban market and the Connecticut housewives at the same time. Usher even calls Martha “girl” in the commercial and it didn’t seem to bother her….maybe Martha isn’t as stiff as she seems.

As for the Martha Stewart Collection, I found the colors for the sheets and bedding to be quite boring. Most of sheets and bread spreads are on sale, which might mean they are not flying off the shelves. The best thing about the collection is the cookware. Love or hate Martha, that woman knows how to make some fabulous cookware and bakeware! If you are strapped for cash don’t forget you can still get the lifestyle diva’s cookware at Kmart (probably for half the price)