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Gilt = Guilt free

giltgroupeRegular readers will know that I’m a big fan of Gilt Groupe for designer item at steep discounts.  Well, the discounts are about to get even better.  Hold on to your hats Tom Ford sunglasses, ladies…for Gilt Fuse is set to launch this fall.  It’s a bit of a mystery at the moment but Gilt Groupe had this to say in their email to subscribers yesterday:

Just like Gilt, there’ll be a whole new lineup of fashion, just for women. And here’s the difference: the prices will be much lower and we’ll feature a wider range of styles to mix and match. 

Well, color me excited!


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A Fashionista’s Folly

I’ve sang the praises of Gilt Groupe before but today, it’s got me a little bummed.  You see, featured in the current Marc by Marc Jacobs sale is a top I bought just over a year ago when it was part of the current collection.  

Image courtesy of Gilt Groupe

Image courtesy of Gilt Groupe

See?  Here I am wearing it (con cardigan)  in Austria last May:


{Please ignore my clever handmade “No Smoking” sign.  Those Austrians are quite the nicotine fiends.}

And I have to say, seeing it offered up for the bargain basement price of $68 is slightly disheartening.

But!  Let my loss can be your gain if you happen to like this particular top, have an extra $68 in your pocket and are the proud owner of a Gilt Groupe membership.

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Get ’em while they’re hot!

Surprise, surprise!  Tomorrow’s post has arrived early.  This is time-sensitive information so I wanted to get it out as quickly as possible.  Consider it an “early edition”.

For those of you who don’t yet know about Gilt Groupe, let me enlighten you.  They sell designer overruns at a fraction of the original price (up to 70% off).  Each day (at noon), they feature specific designers, whose drastically marked down wares will be available for 38 hours.  

Quantities are limited and styles sometimes go fast so if you want to be sure to get a good selection when your favorite designer pops up, it’s a good idea to set a reminder on your iCal.  (You can see in advance when sales are coming up.)  

Gilt Groupe is open only to members and membership is by invitation only but don’t let that discourage you.  If anyone wants an invitation, just drop me a note on The Raleigh Fashionista Facebook page or leave a comment here and you’ll be good to go!

So, now that you know all about Gilt Groupe, here’s the reason for the tutorial…  They are currently running a pretty amazing sale on beautiful Lauren Merkin clutches.  Gorgeous bags in lots of colors and silhouettes are available as I write this.  (Some have already sold out though.)  And I’m sure I don’t have to tell anyone that clutches are the accessory of the moment.  Honestly, they are definitely a trend so I wouldn’t recommend spending a lot on one because who knows how long the trend will stick around.  (I got a relatively inexpensive one  in a great raspberry color at Gigi’s Boutique here in Raleigh but that’s a story for another day…)  But this is a great way to get a quality designer bag on the serious cheap.  

Image courtesy of Gilt Groupe

Image courtesy of Gilt Groupe




For example, check out this beauty.  Originally $225, and currently on sale for $98.  Be quick about it – the sale ends on April 22 at midnight!


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