Tuesday, August 21, 2007

SAKS NYC New Shoes Not Worthy

I was in the city today and made my way up to Sak's highly acclaimed new shoe department on the 9th floor. You know the one that has its own zip code HAHA. In my honest opinion totally unworthy!!! I have loved and followed all the best and most exciting shoes since I was a young kid working for my dad in East Harlem selling mostly low end shoes that would be equivalent to Payless today. With all the hoopla I expected to be slowly entranced as I ascended to the 9th floor. I heard all the press about the individual boutiques etc etc. The only area of the floor that resembled an individual boutique was Roger Vivier. The other areas were all just divisions of the selling floor. The areas didn't resemble "boutiques" at all. Certainly nothing like when Bergdorfs had the individual "Chanel" and "Manolo Blahnik" boutiques.

The selection of shoes and designers was also nothing remarkable. I didn't see anything truly unique. Nothing that would outrank Bergdorfs, Jeffreys or Barneys. The mainstream upscale Saks customer will probably be very happy with the assortment but for the real shoe aficionados always looking for something new and fresh disappointment with reign.

Have Fun! I Always Do!

RISA

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Favorite 'Hamptons" Shopping and Dining- Part 1

I've spent most of the summer in Remsenburg but have ventured out a few times to some of my favorite shops and of course restaurants. I'll go town by town and share with you....

Speonk
Pearls Asian Bistro
Salon Echelon (manicures and pedicures, hair)

Westhampton Beach
Fahrenheit 451 (lastest in comfy casual.. great jeans.. yummy cashmere.. marc jacobs bags)
Joan Boyce Jewelry (diamonds and unique jewels to swoon over)
Jimmys (hmmm did i say vbh and edidi bags, couture chic)
Lavish Beauty (bliss, mario badescu, bond 9 fragrance, paula dorf, unique and hard to find beauty products and gifts)
Blue (new this season... great casual chic clothing and accessories)
Magics Pub (amazing burgers)
Shock KIDS (cool kids clothes... hmmm love flowers by zoe for the girls)
Baby Moon (did i say gorgonzola salad)

Quogue
Otis Ford (the best service I have ever received at a car dealer, old fashioned customer service)
Q Restaurant (yes the prices are a little high but the food is excellent, great wine list and many many choices...)
Strebels Car Wash (hand detailed service)

Hampton Bays
FOOD (tiny restaurant with charm and fantastic FOOD, try it for lunch, reservations
a must for dinner)
The Hampton Maid (fantastic breakfast, seasonal closes at 1:00PM.. blueberry pancakes are incredible)

Southampton
Carleen Ligozio (boutique with unique jewelry both fine and costume, hamptons chic
clothing, and fantastic accessories)
Saint Ambroeus (beautiful people and beautiful pastry.. gelato.. delicious lunch and dinner albeit very pricey)
Stevensons (toys galore for all the little ones)
Tate's Bakeshop (was kathleen's bake shop many moons ago. divine chocolate chips.. Scrumptious Cakes)
Saks (always good to get makeup out in the hamptons)
Intermix (carries latest chloe, stella and many others)
Villebrequin ($$$$ bathing suits for the hubby and kids.. gee they can all match from baby to adult.. do you favor the jelly fish print or the ice cream cones??)
La Parmigiana (pizza is a must)
Golden Pear Cafe (quick and yummy fare)

Have Fun! I always do!

RISA