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The whole point of the internet is to buy pricey togs on the cheap. Following is a partial list of fabulous sites with great discounts, especially during July and February:

www.calypso-celle.com: Calypso’s, the island-chic boutique, site actually has two pages: Sale and Final Sale. The Sale page is good, but the final sale is great, though the selection is limited. Read the fine print before buying because the site manager is a stickler for management policy. Discounts up to 75%.

www.jcrew.com: There may be one or two of you out there who’ve never heard of J. Crew. HA HA HA *phew*. Seriously, everyone knows J. Crew, but does everyone know that almost EVERYTHING ends up on the sale page? Practice restraint when shopping New Arrivals and try not to buy until it’s banished to Final Sale. Discounts up to 65%.

www.gramercyboutique.net: For some reason this is a tough site to access. However it has a wonderful, edited selection of apparel from hard-to-find contemporary designers, including Robin, Miguelina, Twinkle, and Lauren Moffat, at amazing discounts. Discounts up to 75%.

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Fashion    
Monday, July 26, 2010 • Permalink

The Lilly Pulitzer Litmus Test

The quality* of a Fairfield County vintage/consignment store directly correlates to the average price of its Lilly Pulitzer sundresses:

  1. Roundabout, Greenwich & Westport: $69, if available.
  2. DWR, New Canaan: $65
  3. Designer Label Consignment, Westport: $45
  4. Twice is Nice, Southport: $20

*Quality includes store atmosphere, ease of shopping, price, and rarefied designer selection.

Consignment     Fashion     Fairfield     Greenwich     New Canaan     Westport    
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 • Permalink

Love146

Love146
http://www.love146.org

We’ve all read about child sex slavery and trafficking but we rarely see foundations set up to prevent it. Due to its stigma, it’s not a cause that has historically received attention from the glamorous charity ball set. However, it’s an extremely important cause that affects millions of innocent children worldwide including the United States and Fairfield County. Thankfully, Love146, based in New Haven, is dedicated to the abolition of child trafficking through prevention, research, and aftercare. Please be aware: the story I’ve included below is harrowing and may be difficult for some to read.

Who they are: In 2000, a group of 4 people—Rob Morris, Lamont Hiebert, Desirea Rodgers and Caroline Hahm—traveled to Southeast Asia to research child exploitation. The child sex slave industry they witnessed was so horrifying, they created Love146 with the goal of ending sex slavery and helping to physically and psychologically repair its young victims.

Their name: In early 2007, two of the four founders went undercover with Thailand police into a brothel. “We found ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder with predators in a small room, looking at little girls through a pane of glass. All of the girls wore red dresses with a number pinned to their dress for identification. They sat, blankly watching cartoons on TV. They were vacant, shells of what a child should be. There was no light in their eyes, no life left. … These children…raped each night… seven, ten, fifteen times every night. They were so young. Thirteen, eleven… it was hard to tell… Except one girl. One girl who wouldn’t watch the cartoons. Her number was 146. She was looking beyond the glass. She was staring out at us, with a piercing gaze. There was still fight left in her eyes. There was still life left in this girl…

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Give     Darien     Greenwich     New Canaan     Westport    
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 • Permalink