Nicole In A Nutshell

April 2, 2009


Filed under: Apartamentos,It's All About Me,Shopping,Steals and Deals — by Nicole @ 10:04 pm

Well, boys and girls, FOREVER took a lot less time than I thought, as I have found an apartment and signed a lease!!! There are so many wonderful features about this place that it is hard to figure out where to begin. Actually, it’s not so hard…the place is less than 3 blocks from work, which means “Sayonara MTA!!!” I cannot, repeat, CANNOT wait to flip that fucking system (and my heinous daily commute) the bird in just a few short weeks. Someone told me that there was a study which found a direct correlation between short commutes and overall happiness. I haven’t even moved in yet, but I can already tell you that I’m near certain that htis will be the case for me. No more unwashed masses, no more throwing elbows before I’ve had my coffee, no more seat face-offs. Serenity now.

I have to give a big shout out and thank you to Lauren Dulberg, my wonderful broker. She knows her stuff and will make sure you’ve got your shit together so that you can get into the perfect home. I highly recommend that you trust her with your realty needs :).

Now onto some shopping goodness: if you’re into Juicy Couture, do yourself a favor and print out this coupon, which is good at the Juicy factory outlets. Just one caveat: please make sure you write “Mary Horan” on the page before you turn it over to the cashier so that she gets credit for the sale(s). Thanks, and happy shopping!

Juicy Couture 30% off coupon

March 28, 2009

Sample sale FYI

Filed under: Shopping,Steals and Deals — by Nicole @ 11:33 am
C L O T H I N G L I N ESSS Sample Sales
261 W 36th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave)
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, ATM bank cards and cash.
Preview us online at E-mail us at

Starting Tuesday March 31 . . .

Starting Monday April 13 . . .

Starting Tuesday May 5 . . .

Starting Saturday May 16 . . .

Starting Sunday May 31 . . .

Starting Tuesday June 9 . . .

March 23, 2009

The apartment hunter’s motto

Filed under: bitchin' and moanin',It's All About Me,Steals and Deals — by Nicole @ 9:01 pm

I knew that my attempt to relocate back to Manhattan from Strollerville USA wouldn’t be 100% smooth sailing. Nothing in the NYC real estate market ever is. I was hoping it wouldn’t be too painful. Said hopes were dashed when I met with my first few brokers. Despite the fact that I’ve lived all over this city, I never really had to deal with many of these folks before. Times have changed. These people (at least most of the ones I’ve met so far) are simply ridiculous. The best way to get someone to NOT work with you (and make you a hefty fee) is to waste their time. Hence, my new realty-searching tag line:


If I say I want a one bedroom, don’t show me a studio. If I say I absolutely, in no uncertain terms, want a dishwasher, don’t show me places without one. If you tell me that the apartment features huge outdoor space, don’t show me a 2X4 foot concrete extension out a window and laud it as a “terrace”. Don’t tell me that it’s a no-fee rental and that there’s one month free rent (usually highlighted by several exclamation points on the myriad Craigslist ads you run), then tell me that I’ll need to turn over the one month free rent as a fee. DO NOT use Photoshop, technical wizardry, or other imaging enhancements to turn a veritable shoebox into Gracie Mansion when advertising. None of this makes sense, and it only serves to piss off the potential client, a/k/a me. That being said, if any of y’all are brokers who shun these types of behaviors, I’d love to hear from you.

OK, rant over. Here’s some good news: Recessionista Tuesdays @Ted Gibson Salon (!!!

Cuts – $75
Blow dry – $40
Color – $75

Although I imagine that this discount doesn’t apply to the $950 price tag attached to a cut by Ted G himself, this is a pretty sweet deal. It’s probably wise to ask about prices when booking an appointment so you know what you’re getting into (i.e. if you want highlights, don’t just assume that the $75 color price applies).

February 22, 2009

In these tough economic times…

Filed under: bitchin' and moanin',Shopping,Steals and Deals — by Nicole @ 11:32 am

Am I the only one who NEVER WANTS TO HEAR THAT PHRASE AGAIN????? Gah! Anyway, we could all use bargains, especially now, and if you’re over the catfighting at the Barney’s Warehouse Sale, here are some alternative sources of retail therapy:

C L O T H I N G L I N ESSS Sample Sales
261 W 36th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave)
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, ATM bank cards and cash.
Preview us online at E-mail us at
For Women
Savings to 90% off retail
All sales are final

FREE PEOPLE – all sizes
– socks, scarves & mittens $4 -$7
– tees $10, shirts $20, sweaters $25
– skirts $15, pants $20
– dresses $30, outerwear $40

REPETTO – new shipment of shoes & dancewear
– ballet flats $60, 2 for $100
– high heel and boots $75, 2 for $125
– sample dancewear $20 – $30

GUSTTO – very limited selection
– one of a kind bags $50 & $99

MILLY – further reduced prices
– sample skirts & pants $30
– sample tops $30
– sample dresses $65

EDIT – further reduced prices
– shirts $20
– sweaters & dresses $50
– blazers $75
– coats & leathers $125

DESIGN HISTORY – further reduced prices
– all styles $15, 2 for $25, 3 for $30

IMMA – further reduced prices
– all styles reduced by 25%



Monday February 23 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday February 24 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Women’s dressing room is open, but closes 1/2 hour prior to close of store.
Our entrance and selling floor closes 15 minutes prior to close of store.


Cordially invites you to
a private sale of

Women’s & Men’s
Shoes, Leather Goods, Ready to Wear & Accessories

Up to 80% Off Retail Price

Saturday, Feb. 28th through Wednesday, March 4th
Saturday through Tuesday: 9:00am to 6:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am to 5:00pm

To be held at:
Soiffer Haskin
317 West 33rd Street, NYC
(Just west of 8th Avenue)

Credit Cards Only
(American Express, Visa, MasterCard, JCB or Discover)

No strollers allowed. No children under 12 will be admitted.

For more information, call (718) 747-1656,
Monday through Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Soiffer Haskin, 1133 Westchester Avenue, Suite N136, White Plains, NY 10604

February 17, 2009

Mas sample sales

Filed under: Good Times,It's All About Me,Shopping,Steals and Deals — by Nicole @ 10:45 pm

Sample sales are that wonderful phenomenon that defies evolutionary definitions, as women become both hunters AND gatherers. Of course, men can hold their own as well, but when the lady claws come out, the true masters show their colors.

These sales are all coming up within the next couple of months at Clothingline (261 West 36th Street [b/w 7th and 8th], 2nd Floor). Of course, were you to engage my professional services, I’d guide you through these events and find you the best pieces they’ve got.  I throw elbows, and would be happy to do so for you (and everyone you know). 261 W 36th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave)
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
261 W 36th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave)
2nd Floor

Coming February 23 for Women

Coming March 2 for Men & Women

Coming March 10 for Men & Women

Coming March 17 for Women

Coming March 22 for Infants & Kids

Coming March 30 for Women

Coming April 13 for Women, Men & Kids

February 16, 2009

Entrepreneurial endeavor – it’s on!!!

Filed under: It's All About Me,Shopping,Steals and Deals — by Nicole @ 6:16 pm

I’m a businesswoman, bitches! It’s been a busy and fabulous few days in the burgeoning stages of my personal shopping venture. I’ve chosen a name, acquired a few clients, and bought several domain names, which are currently in the website development stage. Please, please, please spread the good news that a wonderful shopper and stylist is now on the scene and accepting new clients of all shapes, sizes, budgets, and genders (trannies welcome!). It’s a very exciting time, and I can’t wait to share the details of my experiences with you.

February 10, 2009

Bidness update

Filed under: It's All About Me,On A Serious Note..,Shopping,Steals and Deals — by Nicole @ 9:18 pm

I am actively searching out new personal shopping/styling clients. I have a lot of angst right now (personal stuff that needs not be dealt with in this here forum) and my knack for retaill therapy could be your gain! Please have a look at the following and pass it on to interested friends, family, co-workers, strangers, and anyone else you deem in need of my services:

Thanks for the support, y’all!!!

Underthings update

Filed under: Shopping,Steals and Deals — by Nicole @ 11:24 am

Hanky Panky makes cute undies. In the event that you care in any way about this nonsense holiday coming up this weekend and need last minute gifts/supplies, this sale might be right up your alley.

hp tif
hp tif2



FEBRUARY 11th-13th
10am to 8am

Savvy Customer Preview
8am to 10am

145 WEST 18th STREET (Between 6th and 7th Avenues)


February 8, 2009

Whole lotta love

Filed under: Good Times,It's All About Me,Shopping,Steals and Deals — by Nicole @ 9:13 pm

I’ve just got to say that I am touched and humbled by the wonderful feedback you gorgeous, talented, brilliant readers have been sending my way. If y’all keep reading, I’ll keep writing. I post kind of sporadically, but will continue to try and pick up the pace as ideas flow through me. In the meantime, please feel free to suggest topics and post comments. It’s great to hear other perspectives and input.

For right now, I only have little snippets of things to say. Firstly, open house type parties never get old. Take some kickass Venezuelan food, an adorable house, and fun people, along with a lovely hostess, and you get the party I went to on Saturday in Connecticut. It’s a bonus to get out of the city and not go directly to another city, but rather to places with freestanding homes and driveways that need to be plowed by heavy duty industrial vehicles. This trip to the country, however, was an experience that none of us in the car had ever faced before. We missed our street, and were driving pretty slowly to find a place to turn around. The car behind us pulled up alongside and rolled down the window to sk if we were lost and if she could help. This was a culture shock to those of us whose first instinct upon a seeing a car sidle up would be to hit the locks.  What does that say about the vicious city that we inhabit?

Sample sale update: this one looks good, and I thought I’d share.


SSS Sample Sales
261 W 36th Street
(between 7th & 8th Ave)
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018


5 days, 3 late nights
All seasons
All items are final sale

Samples & ir’s
Tees $20
Sweaters $30
Shirts $35
Skirts $40
Pants $50
Dresses $50
Blazers $60
Coats $70
plus knits, bulky sweaters, shorts, jackets & more

Stock / First quality
Tees, knits & shirts from $29 – $69
Shorts, skirts & pants from $49 – $89
Dresses $99
Blazers $139



Monday February 9 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday February 10 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday February 11 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday February 12 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday February 13 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

* Our entrance closes 15 minutes prior to close of store.
Dressing room is OPEN, but closes 30 minutes prior to close of store.

Upcoming at the same space will be Kenneth Cole:

March 2 – March 6

Monday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kenneth Cole sample sale information

  • for Men & Women
  • clothing, footwear & accessories

I’ll finish off with a tip for the ladies that came up for me this week. I have always been a skirt/dress kinda gal. For some reason, it’s just how I’ve always rolled. When I was an itty bitty nursery school diva, my mom got a call from the teacher. Despite my otherwise angelic demeanor, there was one thing they were having trouble with when it came to me: I insisted on wearing dresses all the time, even on days when I was so cold I would kind of huddle in the corner for warmth. Clearly, in my 30 years on this earth, I have learned little. I went outside with a friend at work the other day to get some fresh air, and she was awed to see me wearing a skirt and heels. Was I cold? Maybe a smidge. Was I complaining? Actually (and perhaps uncharacteristically), no. Why, you ask? well, that’s a good question. Here’s my answer (and the tip you’ve been waiting for with bated breath): the hose/tights combo. For warmth on those days where the OCD creeps into your wardrobe decisionmaking (i.e. every day for yours truly), it doesn’t get much better than this. Maybe this isn’t nearly as novel an idea I seem to think it is, but I don’t recall ever having tried this strategy before last weeek, and I’ll be damned if it wasn’t something of a life changing epiphany. Give it a try and let me know what you think. I believe I might have just created a fashion breakthrough.

January 18, 2009

A shout out to my preppy folks…

Filed under: Shopping,Steals and Deals — by Nicole @ 7:15 pm

It’s the J. Crew sale! Always fun, always a zoo. Enjoy.
261 W 36th Street
(between 7th & 8th Ave)

January 20 – January 25

Tuesday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

J. Crew sample sale information

  • for Women, Men & Kids
  • clothing & accessories
  • some stock, mostly samples

Dressing rooms will be closed for the duration of this sample sale.  Our entrance and selling floor closes up to 1/2 hour prior to close of store.

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