Monday, April 06, 2015

Microsoft Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3, What's the Difference?

In my previous post, I mentioned that I was looking at purchasing an ultra-portable to replace my now tired luggable Dell laptop computer. In that post I briefly looked at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 first released on 20 June 2014 and ranging in price from $799 to $1949 depending on the processor and internal RAM and storage options, and the Apple MacBook 2015 to be released on April 10 at a price of $1,299. I mentioned that my preference was to go with the Surface Pro 3. But now Microsoft has just announced a new Surface device, named Surface 3 and this new 2-in-1 tablet/laptop is to be released on May 5. So how does the new Surface 3 ultrabook compare with the Surface Pro 3?

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The Microsoft Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 Ultraportables

Screen Display

The Surface Pro 3 has a bright 12-inch Full HD Plus touchscreen with a resolution of 2,160 x 1,440 pixels whereas the Surface 3 has a smaller 10.8-inch Full HD Plus screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels and with the same web-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio as the 12-inch SP3. So the Surface 3 has a smaller screen size and a marginally lower screen resolution but both use the same ClearType HD display technology. Therefore, while the Surface 3 screen will not be as sharp as that on the Surface Pro 3, the Surface 3 will certainly compete well with most tablets and 11-inch laptops on the market.

Size and Weight

When compared to the Surface Pro 3 at 292 x 201 x 9.1mm (11.5 x 7.93 x 0.36 inch) and 800 grams (1.76 lbs), the Surface 3 measures 267 x 187 x 8.7mm (10.52 x 7.36 x 0.34 inch), and weighs 622 grams or 1.37 pounds. So the Surface 3 is smaller and lighter, in fact, it's ultra-thin and super-light!!! At 622 grams it's the lightest Surface ever!

Processor

Whereas the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has Intel Core i3 (Max 1.5GHz), i5 (Max 2.9GHz) and i7 (Max 3.3GHz) CPU options, the Surface 3 is limited to Intel's Quad-core Atom x7-Z8700 processor (2MB Cache, 1.6GHz with Intel Burst technology up to 2.4GHz). Having 4th generation Intel Core processor, the Surface Pro 3 will faster and have much better performance especially for power-hungry professional applications.

Memory & Storage

The new Microsoft Surface 3 has two RAM and storage options, namely 2GB RAM with 64GB storage ($499) or 4GB RAM with 128GB storage ($599). So there's no 8GB RAM option with the Surface 3!!! The SP3 has greater optional RAM and storage namely, 4GB RAM with 64GB or 128GB storage or 8GB RAM with 256GB or 512GB storage.

Graphics

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPU models have Intel's 4200, 4400 and 5000 Graphics Chips respectively.

Networking

Both the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and the Surface 3 have inbuilt Wireless WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology. However, one advantage that the Surface 3 has over its big brother the Surface Pro 3 is that eventually, the Surface 3 range will also include an optional 4G LTE mobile broadband version ($100) thus allowing Internet connectivity even when you're not at a Wi-Fi hotspot. However, rather than be tied to say the Verizon and T-Mobile networks it would be great if the 4G LTE was carrier unlocked.


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The Microsoft Surface 3


External Ports

Both the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 have a Full-size USB 3.0 port which is great for connecting thumb and external hard drives for greater external storage space, a microSD slot compatible with microSD cards up to 128GB for adding additional storage, a Micro USB charging port, and a Mini DisplayPort for video output when connecting to say a larger external desktop monitor.

Cameras & Audio

The Surface Pro 3 has 5.0 megapixel rear and front-facing autofocus cameras capable of 1080p video whereas the Surface 3 has 8 megapixel rear and 3.5 megapixel front-facing autofocus cameras capable of 1080p video.

For audio, both the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 feature stereo microphone and speakers with Dolby® sound.

Sensors

The Surface 3 has an Ambient light, Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Magnetometer sensors. Additional to these, the Surface Pro 3 has a Digital Compass.

Battery Life

According to Microsoft, its flagship Surface Pro 3 has a battery life of up to 9 hours and the Surface 3 up to 10 hours when web browsing. Thus, these two ultraportables have similar battery life.

Price

The price of the Surface Pro 3 depends on the processor, RAM (4GB or 8GB) and internal storage (64GB to 512GB) configuration. Here are the configuration and pricing options:

Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i3 1.5GHz Processor

This SP3 model having 4GB RAM + 64GB storage is price at $799. The Core i3 model is suitable for common desktop applications, basic photo editing, mail, and word processing.

Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i5 1.9GHz Processor

The Core i5 Surface Pro 3 model with 4GB RAM + 128GB storage is priced at $999 and with 8GB RAM + 256GB storage at $1,299. The Core i5 models include everything the Core i3 can do, plus working with larger databases and documents and more advanced photo editing.

Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i7 1.7GHz Processor

The SP3 top-end Core i7 model with 8GB RAM + 256GB storage is priced at $1,549 and with 8GB RAM + 512GB storage at $1,949. The Core i7 models include everything the Core i5 can do, plus: professional HD video editing, and 3D modeling with programs like AutoCAD5 etc.

Surface 3 Pricing

The Surface 3 is available with two RAM and storage options, namely 2GB and 4GB RAM, and 64GB and 128GB storage. The price of the Surface 3 with 2GB RAM + 64GB storage + WiFi is $499 and that of the Surface 3 with 4GB RAM + 128GB storage + WiFi is $599. Prices for the Surface 3 with 2GB RAM + 64GB storage + WiFi + 4G LTE and the Surface 3 with 4GB RAM + 128GB storage + WiFi + 4G LTE have not as yet been released.

Operating System

While unlike the predecessor Surface Pro 2 which ran the somewhat restricted Windows RT, the Surface 3 like the Surface Pro 3 ultra-portables runs Windows 8.1 with FREE upgrade to Windows 10 when it becomes available.

Accessories

There is range of accessories to choose from. There's a Surface Pro and Surface 3 Type Cover (featuring a QWERTY keyboard) both at at $129.99. Currently all of the Surface Pro 3 models include a free protective sleeve from a choice of styles and colors (was $19.99-$39.99) , Also available is a Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 Docking Station ($199.99) to transform your ultra-portable into a complete desktop workstation and to allow the easy connection to other accessories. Both the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 have an optional Surface Pen at $49.99. There's also an optional Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter ($59.85) to enable both the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 to display what’s on your phone, tablet, or laptop to your big-screen HDTV or monitor using the devices Mini DisplayPort.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Ultra-portable and Docking Station

So, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or the New Surface 3?

From the foregoing comparison, one could easily be excused for thinking of the Surface 3 as the Surface Pro 3 Mini or Surface Pro 3 Lite. It certainly fills a gap in the Microsoft Surface product line and unlike the predecessor Surface RT and Surface 2 models which were restricted to only running apps downloadable from the Windows Store, the Surface 3 runs the same full version of the Windows 8.1 Operating System as the Surface Pro 3 models.

If you're budget critical or want the lightest device possible and have less intense processing requirements that require less computing horsepower (eg consumer, home and student use including for example web browsing, working with Office documents, social networking and perhaps the odd game), then the smaller (10.8-inch) Microsoft Surface 3 powered by the new Intel Atom X7-Z8700 quad-core processor would be a good option. Starting at $499 the Surface 3 offers consumers, students and home users alike, a cheaper option to the Surface Pro 3 and a better opportunity to get a great low-profiled and great value ultrabook. Also, given that the S3 runs a full version of Windows 8.1 with a FREE upgrade to Windows 10 when it is released, it will compete extremely well with iPads and the cheaper laptops on the market.

If however you're a power user needing to run professional-grade programs with high-end performance requirements and likely need to run several programs simultaneously, then you might think about getting a fully-optioned Surface 3. However, if you think about it, by the time you add the additional options you'd need, the price of the Surface 3 wouldn't be that much less than an entry-level Surface Pro 3 which has the added advantages of having a faster and more powerful processor and far better expandability options in terms of greater internal memory and storage. Regardless, I think for power users needing to run high-end power hungry applications, the Surface Pro 3 with the full-blown Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor would be a far better choice. As well as having a faster and more powerful processor than the Surface 3, the big brother Surface Pro 3 has double the internal RAM memory and up to 4 times the internal storage capacity.

In my view, while the Surface 3 is certainly a nice and slick ultraportable device, because it doesn't have an 8GB RAM option, and from my experience with the Windows OS and applications, 8GB is the minimum RAM I'd go for, hence the Surface Pro 3 is my preferred option. Also, the SP3 can be optioned with up to 512GB of solid-state storage which is twice that of the Surface 3.

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The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Ultra-portable

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Apple MacBook 2015

When I first created the Chic Alert, aimed at women, I said that it would be about all things chic: Apparel, Clothing, Shoes, Handbags, Lingerie, Jewelry, Fragrances, Makeup, Cosmetics and even chic gadgets and other must-have products from all over the world! To date, the focus has been on chic fashion and yes it's been a while chiccas but here's something different, brought about by the fact that I'm currently in the market for a new, lighter laptop. Yes compared to the many slick tablets about, my Dell laptop has become nothing more than a luggable computer so it's time that I upgrade. However, I thought that perhaps instead of another laptop, it might just be time to look at one of the ultraportables and 2-in-1's now on the market. Basically, these are mobile-broadband capable devices but unlike the more familiar tablets, they are capable of also running desktop Operating Systems like Windows 8.1 and the same desktop browsers and programs, apps, including Firefox and Chrome, Office, Word Processing and Spreadsheets, iTunes and Netflix, that you run on a desktop PC. So they are both devices in one, hence sometimes referred to as 2-in-1's, a tablet that can also be used as a laptop/notebook. They are the "hot" new devices from companies like Apple and Microsoft.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or Apple MacBook 2015?

There are a number of ultra-portables on the market but noteworthy of these, and possibly the best two options available, are the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 which was released on 20 June 2014 and the recently announced Apple MacBook 2015. 

At 13.1mm in thickness and weighing 2.03 pounds the Apple MacBook 2015 is the thinnest MacBook ever. It has a 12-inch Retina display and 2304 x 1440 pixels screen and comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of in-built storage. Under the hood the MackBook 2015 has the Intel Broadwell Core M processor.

In comparison, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB to 512GB of internal storage, and 12-inch, 2,160 x 1,440 pixels screen. Under the hood the Surface Pro 3 has either the Intel Core i3 (Max 1.5GHz), Core i5 (Max 2.9GHz) or Core i7 (Max 3.3GHz) CPU,

At only 9.1mm and lighter at 1.75 pounds or 800 grams it's also thinner and lighter than the MacBook.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Compared to my 35mm nearly 1.5-inch luggable Dell laptop computer, both the power packed Apple MacBook 2015 at 13mm thick and which will be released on April 10 at a price of $1,299 and the currently available Microsoft SP3 at 9mm thick and priced from $799 for the Intel Core i3 1.5GHz Processor model with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage to $1,949 for the Intel Core i7 1.7GHz Processor model with 8GB RAM + 512GB storage are certainly very impressive and worth considering!!! Some consider the Apple MaBook 2015 as being the best and most powerful ultraportable device available. However, I very much like the thinner (incredibly thin at only 9mm) and lighter Surface Pro 3 and as I'm a long-time Windows and not a Mac user, my preference is to go for a Microsoft ultraportable.

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Apple MaBook Air vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Junior Drake Warehouse Sale

Not to be missed, the Junior Drake 2012 handbags warehouse sale is a great opportunity to bag a last minute gift for yourself or loved one at drastically reduced, warehouse sale prices. From past experience at this warehouse sale you'll find amazing deals on gorgeous, quality handbags, totes and leather purses. Here's what's happening at the Junior Drake Warehouse Sale 2012 in Los Angeles:



Don't miss the Junior Drake Warehouse Sample Sale 2012:

When: Friday, 12/21, 10am-7pm and Saturday, 12/22, 10am-5pm

Where: Junior Drake Warehouse, 740 E. 60th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90001

Telephone: 323.233.9845

Website: www.JuniorDrake.com


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Roberto Cavalli Designer Collection for Target

Cheap but Chic Designer Collection by Roberto Cavalli for Target


If your fashion style is high end Monaco but you're on a budget, the new designer collection from Roberto Cavalli for Target is likely to hit the spot for you. With prices ranging from just $49 to $129, you have no excuse not to head on over to Target for a little look at this latest cheap and chic, 47-piece designer collection for Target. The collection includes a comprehensive range of stunning Roberto Cavalli designed Maxi, Cocktail, Knit, Scarf and Wrap Dresses, Sequen and Halter Tops, Shirts, Camisoles, Blouses and Kaftans, Pencil Skirts and Skinny Pants, Trench Coat and Tuxedo Jacket, Pants and Shorts, a gorgeous range of One Piece and Bikini Sets, and a range of Shoes, Pumps, Heels and Flat Sole Sandals as well as Ballet Flats. This is a perfect opportunity to fill your wardrobe with a head-to-toes range of Roberto Cavalli designed summer pieces.

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Zebra Print Maxi Dress
by Roberto Cavalli for Target

Roberto Cavalli Designer Collection for Target – From Day to Night, from Work to Play


Taking over where other high-end fashion designers for Target have left off, including Stella McCartney, Zac Posen and Josh Goot, world renowned luxe Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli has designed a capsule wardrobe which will see you from your office party to the beach and all with this designer’s usual chic style and sophistication. Roberto Cavalli's line for Target takes his passion luxe styles in bold prints and tactile fabrics and turns it into something just as chic and beautiful but affordable to us all. From glamorous party dresses and sheer tops to flowing beachwear, bikinis, shorts and shoes, you are sure to find something in this designer collection which will easily fit into your Summer party schedule.

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Roberto Cavalli Designer Collection for Target

Roberto Cavalli is known for his use of wild floral textiles which incorporate the use of printed leather (a revolutionary technique which Cavalli invented), intarsia leather, brocade and printed denim. After hitting the mainstream with his sandblasted jeans, this fashion designer became a worldwide success and launched a business which now sells accessories, jewellery, perfume, underwear and more. With his “Angels & Devils” line for teens and the signature Class Roberto Cavalli line, this fashion designer is now reaching out to a broader section of the market than ever. Now in his seventies, Cavalli is still incredibly excited to be spreading his fashion and style to the masses.

My Picks from the Roberto Cavalli Designer Collection for Target


Here's a quick look at my faves in this adorable Roberto Cavalli designer collection for Target:
Zebra Print Strappy Dress by Roberto Cavalli for Target
My first pick is the ever so feminine Zebra Print Strappy Dress at $62.30. I love it! It's a stand-out! It'll turn heads! This Roberto Cavalli dress is just a great summer looking dress. It's sexy and chic and just perfect for a night out with heels or a warm summer's day with sandals.

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Zebra Print Strappy Dress
by Roberto Cavalli for Target

Floral Print Wrap Blouse by Roberto Cavalli for Target
I also love the Roberto Cavalli Floral Print Wrap Blouse at just $41.30. In a pretty sheer material, this top is nipped in at the waist and flows out over the hips to give a flattering silhouette. You'll definitely add a little glam to your summer look with this feminine Roberto Cavalli design. Team with a pair of white jeans or shorts for an easy and super chic Summer style. Perfect for a casual day at the beach or lounging poolside.

Floral Print Wrap Blouse | Roberto Cavalli | Women | Teens | Girls | Chic | Budget | Fashion | Clothing | Shoes | Handbags | Swimwear | Designer | Collection | Target Department Store
Floral Print Wrap Blouse
by Roberto Cavalli for Target

Sequin Cocktail Dress by Roberto Cavalli for Target
Also on my love list of New Years Eve must haves is the Sequin Cocktail Dress for just $79.20. This sophisticated sparkling LBD will be a keeper. Every woman deserves a glamorous black dress in her wardrobe and this Roberto Cavalli design, with its flattering cut will not disappoint. Hits just above the knees, you'll definitely make a statement in this stunning number.

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Sequin Cocktail Dress
by Roberto Cavalli for Target

Other Faves by Roberto Cavalli for Target
I have to say that there are just too many faves in the Roberto Cavalli designer collection for Target. I'm also crazy about the following items first shown in the photos above and once again below: You just have to love the Roberto Cavalli Zebra Print floor length Maxi Dress with fitted bodice at only an amazing $99, the Wild Floral and Jaguar Print Frill Dress which was $89.00 but now $71.20, and the Wild Floral and Jaguar Print V-Neck Camisole at $39.20.

Zebra Print floor length Maxi Dress | Roberto Cavalli | Women | Teens | Girls | Chic | Budget | Fashion | Clothing | Shoes | Handbags | Swimwear | Designer | Collection | Target Department Store
Zebra Print floor length Maxi Dress
by Roberto Cavalli for Target

Wild Floral and Jaguar Print Frill Dress | Roberto Cavalli | Women | Teens | Girls | Chic | Budget | Fashion | Clothing | Shoes | Handbags | Swimwear | Designer | Collection | Target Department Store
Wild Floral and Jaguar Print Frill Dress
by Roberto Cavalli for Target

Wild Floral and Jaguar Print V-Neck Camisole | Roberto Cavalli | Women | Teens | Girls | Chic | Budget | Fashion | Clothing | Shoes | Handbags | Swimwear | Designer | Collection | Target Department Store
Wild Floral and Jaguar Print V-Neck Camisole
by Roberto Cavalli for Target

Swimwear by Roberto Cavalli for Target
The Roberto Cavalli designer collection for Target includes an amazing range of very glamorous and flattering swimwear including various styles, and gorgeous prints and colors of both One Piece and Bikini Sets all at amazingly affordable prices for Roberto Cavalli swimwear!! In the Roberto Cavalli for Target swimwear line I love the Python Print Bandeau Bikini Set shown in the photo below, originally priced at $59 but now only $41.30. A bargain!!!

Python Print Bandeau Bikini Set | Roberto Cavalli | Women | Teens | Girls | Chic | Budget | Fashion | Clothing | Shoes | Handbags | Swimwear | Designer | Collection | Target Department Store
Python Print Bandeau Bikini Set
by Roberto Cavalli for Target

Roberto Cavalli Designer Collection for Target – Great for All Women


With sizes ranging from an 8 to a 16, designer labels need not be just for the skinny minnies out there. In this designer collection for Target, Roberto Cavalli has realised that the average woman also needs to be catered for. With flowing lines and curves in all the right places, this designer for Target collection is great for all women. Not something which can be said for many designer labels.

Roberto Cavalli Designer Collection for Target - Available Online and In Stores


As was to be expected I guess, being Robert Cavalli, this designer collection for Target has proved to be very popular and since the collection was first released back on October 31, a number of items have already sold out. However, if you shop around you'll still find that a many items are still available in some stores so there's still a chance for you to bag a piece from this coveted designer collection in time for Summer. Of course to avoid the hassle or wish to beat the Christmas shopping frenzy, or if you're far from any Target store, you can shop the collection online. However, if you do decide to purchase online, make sure you check out the items' features before adding to your cart as some sizes run small as is the case for example, with the Robert Cavalli Baroque Print Sateen Shirt and Tuxedo Shorts. Of course, if need be you can take advantage of Target's return policy. Also note that the collection is not available in all stores and as often can happen with these designer collections, both styles and colours may vary from store to store. Sadly, something else to note is that there is no lay-by available on the Roberto Cavalli for Target designer collection. Happy shopping!!!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend Sales - 2012

Memorial Day is almost here and we all know that as well as marking the official kick-off to summer, the warmer weather, the BBQ, the swimsuit and fun-in-the-sun at the pool/beach etc., the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend is a time to find huge savings not only on things like vacation packages, consumer electronics and home furnishings, but also on the latest looks in fashion. So fashionistas, with the many fashion and designer sales on now and through the Memorial Day weekend, it's the prefect time to freshen up your wardrobes with the season’s best new looks in clothing, swimwear, shoes, handbags and jewelry, and more. So we're all psyched to kick off the summer but get ready to kick-off your summer style with the following roundup of my fave Memorial Day weekend sales for 2012.

Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Stila Cosmetics

Shop for all your beauty favorites this Memorial Weekend at 20% Off plus FREE Shipping at Stila Cosmetics through Monday May 28th at midnight with ni minimum purchase required.

The Kooba Memorial Day Weekend Sale

Take 25% off all bags through the Memorial Day Weekend at KOOBA.com with promotional code MEMORIALDAY.

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Memorial Day Weekend Sale at KOOBA.com


Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Peter Kate Shoes

Through the Memorial Day Weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, get the season's essentials for less with 30% OFF maxi dresses, T/Kees flip flops as worn by stars like Angelina and Rachel Bison on sale for $33.60 and, Rafe totes and select cover-ups including styles from Theodora & Callum and Glamourpuss at Peter Kate Shoes. Maxi dresses by Yoana Baraschi, Three Dots, Velvet & more. Strapless, tank style, bright, dark, there's a great maxi dresses for 30% off!

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Memorial Day Weekend Sale at  Peter Kate Shoes   

The Christian Audigier Memorial Day Weekend Sale


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Memorial Day Sale at Christian Audigier
Shop more and save more across all brands this Memorial Day Weekend at Christian Audigier with savings up to 25% across the entire store:

Spend $50 and save 10%

Spend $75 and save 20% or

Spend $125 and save 25%

The Christian Audigier Memorial Day Weekend sale expires May 28, 2011 at 11:59 PM.

No promotional code is required as your savings will be adjusted automatically at checkout.



Memorial Day Weekend Sale at CoutureCandy

It's 25% off everything at  CoutureCandy with code MD2012 through Monday May 28th at 11:59pm.

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Memorial Day Weekend Sale at  CoutureCandy 

Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Lindsay Lou

Don't miss this!!! It's 33% off everything (excluding jewelry) during the Memorial Day Sale at  Lindsay Lou with code starspangled.

The Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH Memorial Day Weekend Sale

The Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH Memorial Day Sale offers savings of 50% off Extraordinary Value items, 40% off women's shoes, sandals and premier designer sportswear, 30% off designer sunglasses, fine jewelry and handbags, and more through Tuesday May 29, 2009 at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores only. Not valid at Saks Fifth Avenue stores or saks.com saks.com

Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Dooney & Bourke

At Dooney & Bourke retail stores, take an extra 20% off all sale merchandise from May 26th to Memorial Day, May 28th and at Dooney & Bourke outlet stores, take an additional 25% OFF all Red, White and Blue items from May 26th to Memorial Day, May 28th.

Dooney & Bourke | Handbags | Memorial Day Weekend | Sale
Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Dooney & Bourke


The Cole Haan Memorial Day Weekend Sale

Cole Haan 25% off your entire purchase from Thursday, May 24 through Monday May 28, 2012. This offer applies to Colehaan.com and Cole Haan-owned full price retail stores. The Offer expires online at midnight PST on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2012. Use code MEM25 at checkout online.

The Lauren Moffatt Memorial Day Swimwear Sale

Take an 30% Off during the Lauren Moffatt Memorial Day Swimwear Sale. No discount code required. Prices as marked.

Other Memorial Day Weekend Sales Worth a Look

  • Enjoy 25% OFF your purchase plus FREE Shipping on orders over $99 with coupon code EMMDSS at the eBags Memorial Day Sale ending Monday May 28th. Discount will be automatically applied.
  • Save 30% off the entire site (excluding watches) during the Anne Klein Memorial Day Weekend Sale! This offer is valid through May 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time and the 30% discount will be reflected at checkout.
  • Save 40% OFF on entire stock of shorts, select white denim, accessories and footwear with promo code MEMDAY0512 at checkout at the 7 For All Mankind Memorial Day Sale.
  • Use code MEMORIAL20 at checkout and take 20% Off Everything at the Pink Mascara Memorial Day Weekend SALE! This offer ends  Tuesday May 29 at 11:50PM PST. Some exclusions apply Memorial Day Weekend SALE!
  • Use code MEMORIAL for 25% OFF including new Summer arrivals at the Memorial Day Weekend Sale at ShopGoldyn.com through Memorial Day, Monday May 28
  • Save 20% with code memorial20 at the Black Label Boutique Memorial Day Weekend Sale through 11:59pm on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.
  • Celebrate Memorial Day with 40% OFF Storewide at Paul Frank with code MEMORIAL2012 at checkout through Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

A Final Message for the Memorial Day Weekend!

So are you now ready for the Memorial Day Weekend sales? We are! Whatever you're doing, we wish you all an awesome Memorial Day Weekend and hope that our above list of Memorial Day Weekend sales favorites will help better prepare you for some serious shopping for the upcoming summer season. After all, the Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to clean out the wardrobes and bring in some of the season’s best new looks. Hope you have an awesome Memorial Day weekend. In closing, we honor our nation's military and salute those that gave their lives for this country. God Bless America!

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Monday, May 07, 2012

Fashion Designer Danilo Gabrielli

Fashion Designer, Danilo Gabrielli, has come a long way from his humble upbringing in a small town on the West Coast of Tuscany, and is now proudly making his mark on the American market. The fashion designer has always been fascinated by meticulous design. As a young boy, watching the prominent women in his family sew their own clothing spurred him to create his own designs. From there, it was obvious that his future was set, yet knowing full well that his family could not afford the tuition of a formal design school education in Rome, Danilo enlisted with the Italian Navy where he served for three years and saved the money necessary to make his first foray into the world of fashion.

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Fashion Designer Danilo Gabrielli Fall/Winter 2012 Collection

Gabrielli attended Rome’s prestigious fashion school, Accadamia Pistoiese, where he studied costume design for film and television, setting the groundwork for the position of Assistant Designer at Rome’s premier costume house, Sartoria Neri Moda. It was here where Danilo Gabrielli worked on the Academy Award winning film, Cinema Paradiso, which was granted the award for best foreign film in 1989.

In 1994, after an illustrious career in Italy, Danilo made a daring move to the fashion capital of the world, New York City. He hit the ground running, joining forces with fashion power house Liz Claiborne, where he served as Senior Accessories Designer. Later he joined Tommy Hilfiger as Senior Design Director for four years, and Anne Klein where he sat as Senior Creative Design Director for another four, later joining Club Monaco as Director of Design for Women Accessories. Danilo currently holds the position of Design Director for private label brands such as Aldo and Nordstrom.

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Fashion Designer Danilo Gabrielli Fall/Winter 2012 Collection

In March 2011, Gabrielli set his sights on a new challenge: creating his own line. The namesake collection was launched at the Spring/Summer 2012 Nolcha Fashion Week: New York. Inspired by Bridgette Bardot, a woman who carried a certain sense of sensuality and je ne sais quoi, the collection embodies escape, a line guided by the aesthetics of tranquility and beauty.

Continuing the growth of the Danilo Gabrielli collection, the designer showcased his Fall/Winter 2012 collection at Nolcha again this season. Drawing inspiration from the glamorous 1940’s era of the likes of Greta Garbo, the Italian designer created a versatile, feminine collection that speaks to an age where women were beginning to join the workforce. Influences of 40’s jazz style can also be found in the DNA of this effortlessly cool collection. The line consists of suits, dresses, slacks, blouses and coats in addition to highlighting his signature piece, the reversible skirt.  The collection is being carried at Mayfair House in Beverly Hills/West Hollywood. Danilo Gabrielli continues to pursue his passion for design and is currently working on the Spring 2013 collection of his line, which is inspired by the 1920's with a focus on feminine prints and silhouettes.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Jimmy Choo Sample Sale

Well the first session of the Jimmy Choo Sample Sale was held yesterday afternoon 2 pm to 6pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street, New York with designer shoes and designer handbags as well as accessories, including sunglasses selling at up to 70 percent off. The Sample Sale doors opened to the public at 2 pm however a long queue started forming about 2 hours before this. If you were unable to make this Jimmy Choo designer shoes and designer handbags sample sale yesterday, then don't fret as it will be on again today, Friday 13th April (hopefully you're not superstitious) and better still, it will be open from 9 am to 6 pm. The good news also is that the sample sale stocks will be topped up for the big sale day. However, being a Friday, it is very likely that more fashionistas will attend today so if you are intending to hit this coveted sample sale then get there as early as you can. Also, stating the obvious, make sure that you wear comfy shoes for the likely long wait in the queue and that they are easily slipped on and off when checking out your fave Jimmy Choos to purchase. Here are the pricing details:

  • Jimmy Choo Shoes worn/damaged $75, new unworn $225 and you'll find an array of flats, platforms, heels, pumps, espadrilles and sandals.
  • Jimmy Choo Small Handbags including clutches $250, medium handbags $350, large handbags $450 with $200 being added at the checkout register for all bags made of exotic skins.
  • Jimmy Choo Accessories scarves $100, sunglasses $50 and small leather goods including small purses and wallets $75, making perfect gift ideas for a loved one.

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Jimmy Choo Sample Sale

As you will see from the deets above, payment is by cash and credit card however if you want to avoid the slower checkout queue at the register then take plenty of cash with you, cash is the express lane out.

Hoping you enjoy the Jimmy Choo Sample Sale.



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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Win Ultimate Trip to New York Fashion Week (NYFW)

How would you like to win the ultimate fashion trip? Well here's your chance! First let's talk about the fantastic prize. The prize is five nights for two at the Tribeca Grand hotel, in a King Deluxe room, plus VIP welcome amenity with two tickets to attend the Oscar de la Renta runway show during New York Fashion Week (NYFW)? But that's not all! As well as $1000 towards airfares provided by ShopStyle, you'll win a $2,500 Oscar de la Renta shopping spree. Thank you very much!!!

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Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 Runway Collection

Everybody knows that entry to the Fashion Week runway shows is by invitation only so this is a great opportunity to mix it with models, buyers and fashion editors alike! For your chance to win this ultimate New York Fashion Week experience, simply register at Tablet Hotels before 11.59.59 PM ET on January 22, 2012. Terms and conditions apply.

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