25% off Ralph Lauren

Starting today until October 8th, Ralph Lauren is running a promotion where shoppers can save 25% off on select styles in-store & online. When purchasing online, make sure to use promo code: RLGIVING12 at checkout. By the way, if you’re looking for cozy fall outerwear, I found some nice cover-ups from their equestrian essential section. Happy shopping!

Hugo Boss Sample Sale

Next Monday, the German luxury fashion house, Hugo Boss, will be hosting its spring/summer collection sample sale at its showroom in the far west end of Chelsea.  We don’t have details on the markdowns but the sale will feature pieces from both men’s & women’s collections.  Larry Label Whore checked out the sale at 260 Fifth Avenue earlier this year. Most of the offerings there was overstock.  This time, expect to find a better selection  since it’s being held at the showroom.

Where/When: Hugo Boss Showroom, 601 W. 26th St, Suite 845. Oct 1-4th; Daily 9:30-5p).

Ridiculous Parenting Products

With kids comes stuff — but this silly and unnecessary kid gear is a total waste of your money.

Thudguard Infant Safety Hat

We’ve all joked about outfitting an unsteady toddler in a helmet — but we weren’t serious! No one wants to put their baby at (very low) risk for a head injury, but a few bumps and bruises seem like just part of the trial-and-error of learning to walk.

Time Out Pad

We’re all for time outs, but a special pad that times it, makes sounds, and turns the whole thing into a game? We’re thinking a chair against the wall plus an egg timer works just fine.

Swarovski Rainbow Sparkle Silicone Pacifier

Does a baby really need bling? And does said bling have to go in her mouth? In fact, some bedazzled binkies have already been recalled, so definitely skip this one.

65-twig Crayons Set

These are gorgeously rustic. But they’re also $150…for crayons — that you can’t sharpen without a pocketknife.

Her First High Heels

Kids grow up so fast already — we don’t need to speed it up by dressing babies in adult-looking heels (even if you’re Suri Cruise and those T-straps are designed by Marc Jacobs)

Tinkle Tube

This tube is meant to act as a pee receptacle for potty training little boys so they don’t spray the seat (or their shoes). We’re not convinced that holding and then dumping a tube of your kid’s pee is much more sanitary than just wiping down the toilet seat afterward. The makers say it also works as emergency toilet when you’re on the go. Don’t we have trees for that?

Potty Mitts

These mittens cover little hands so they don’t get germy in the bathroom. While we’re icked out by public bathrooms too, washing up with soap and water afterward should de-germ little hands without encouraging OCD.

Hot Dog Slicer

Choking is no joking matter, and hot dogs are, sadly, a common culprit. What is laughable: spending almost $7 to save, say, the 8 seconds it takes to cut up a hot dog with a regular old knife.

Pee Pee Teepee

In theory, this is a great idea to keep parents from getting whizzed on during diaper changes. In practice, babies squirm like crazy, knocking this wee cone right off. A spare, ready-for-the-wash-anyway burp cloth works just as well — and absorbs too.

Plush Pee and Poo Duo

You’ve got to have a sense of humor about bodily functions when you have kids, but plushies in the shape of doo-doo? The only thing less cuddly is a placenta.

It’s Time to Shop for American Schools

Schoola is partnering this year with all of American Schools and need your help.  Buy any of these schools below and a portion of all profits are donated to your school of choice. Shopping for a great cause sound like a great time for me.  The deals are not too shabby either.

– $10 for $20 @ Zulily

– $10 for $20 at Walgreens Photo

– $10 for $20 at Yoyo.com

– $56 for $132 at Omaha

– $15 for $25 at Proflowers

– $20 for $40 at Ecomom

– $10 for $20 at GiltCity



The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

Halloween is coming! And during the month of October (6-31st) New York Botanical Garden will have different type events at The Haunted Pumpkin Garden. There’s pumpkin decorations, workshops for kids. On Oct 20-21, watch master carver Ray Villafane of Food Network fame transform humongous pumpkins into zombies and other unearthly creatures. For more info -check it out here.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden is open all day for exploration, with guided activities from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends!


Bloomies Friends and Family

Bloomingdales friends and family will begin Thursday, September 27 and run through Monday, October 1. It’s been a while sine we’ve had a good friends and family sale but we’re not sure if this sale really counts as good. The discount is 20% but almost all luxury brands and cosmetics are excluded.

Presale is already underway in stores. Online shoppers can use the code FRIENDS and stack an additional 10% off by registering your email address. When shopping in the store we suggest calling for a manager to arrange for the same additional discount.

D&G sample sale

The Dolce & Gabbana sample sale starts is stated to start Wednesday at 1pm and an insider tells us there will be a very large assortment of spring 2012 merchandise. The sale is stated to start at 1pm but we all know that means that insiders will be admitted in the morning. (Wink, wink.)

At the last Dolce & Gabanna sale, the most recent merchandise was priced at 50% off. We expect that the markdown will run the same, which would mean that spring 2012 will be 50% off, 2011 will be 60% off, 2010 will be 70% off and anything older will be discounted 80% off. If early shoppers are lucky they might be able to spot some items from the now discontinued D&G line all priced at about $130 or below.

The sale runs through Sunday and markdowns often occur as the end date nears. Don’t worry too much if you can’t make it to Metropolitan Pavilion for the sale, Dolce & Gabbana has a outlet in Secaucus, NJ that offers similar discounts all year round.

Dolce & Gabbana Sample Sale
Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 23
Wed 1pm-6pm, Tues to Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm
123 W. 18th St. (bet. 6th & 7th Ave.), 5th Fl
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