Friday, December 2

Rachel Pally Sample Sale

Sample Sale weekend! This weekend and next are VERY BIG for sample sales in Los Angeles. Anybody who gets Daily Candy has probably scrutinized the long list of sales before the Holiday Season. Even we (The Warehouse Sale) are having ours next Sunday at the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica.

So today I kicked off the weekend with Rachel Pally's cozy sample sale in Van Nuys. It was held at a private residence (hers, I believe?) and was actually better than I expected. The living room held items from this season, yes, that's this Fall and Winter, which were discounted to about 40-50% off. The back room was filled with colorful items from Spring/Summer which were discounted 70-90% off. Seriously. I was in Rachel Pally heaven. I mean this stuff is hard to find as it is... Planet Blue is almost always out. And it's tough to order online too... with the fabric and the shape of some of the pieces, you definitely have to try it on first.

Unfortunately my friend and I didn't decide to go until about 7:15pm... we got there in 15 minutes and only had about a 1/2 hour to shop. Actually, that may have been fortunate for my wallet :) Here is what I picked up:

This blousy top is 3/4 sleeve. I got it in a pretty mauve/nude pink color. They were only $55! They also had a cream and plum color available, but the cream was too big (medium) and the plum was too plum. F/W 05 Collection.

One of my favorites that I couldn't resist, even though I'm not sure when I'll have the guts to wear it (especially in the cold weather). This slip dress was $70 and in kind of a muted dark peach color... almost orange. (It doesn't come with the sash, but it is empire waist) It looked really cute over jeans and my Kors boots, so I figured I can try throwing my grey wool knitted vest over it and use it for Winter! F/W 05 Collection.

One of my favorites from this past summer, I got one in a Kelly green color with bird print and a soft grey one... only $25 each! I will use them as tops (not dresses) over skinny jeans... thinking of throwing a black BCBG shrug over the grey one and the green one will look great with a big, gold chunky necklace. Or even a black cropped blazer. S/S 05 Collection.

The basic tees were ridiculously priced... $15 each or $12 each if you buy two or more. These retail for $88 and are super-soft. The only downside is that they come in super bright colors... I found a safe green one. I had to size up to a Large for this, otherwise it's way too clingy. They also had colors and prints available from the F/W collection but those were $40. :)

LA Ladies... they will be around tomorrow (Saturday) 9AM - 6PM and Sunday 11AM - 5PM.

Tomorrow I will be stopping by Billion Dollar Babes (esp. to see what they have from Goldenbleu), James Perse, one with Ya-Ya and Meli Melo, and if I wake up early enough the 12th Street Cynthia Vincent and the one with Paige Denim & Ella Moss.