online boutiques – part deux

22 05 2009

As promised, I am here to talk about another online boutique that I frequent. This one has even more high-end and non-mainstream designer brands. Meet Gilt Groupe, purveyor of designer goods from brands such as Helmut Lang, Hervé Léger, Ali Ro, Rachel Roy, Chloé, and more at discount prices. This site is also by invite only, so if you want one, just lemmie know.


So finally, on to my “designer” bag.  I had been wanting this Botkier Jackie satchel ever since I saw it and felt its buttery soft, can’t-stop-touching-it leather at Nordstrom.  It retailed for around $600, so sadly I couldn’t call it mine (yet).  I tried to search for it online but the cheapest I could find the black in was $400ish.  Then one glorious Monday in the weekly Gilt email, there it was – a Botkier boutique.  I purchased my purse right away (a lot of the items sold out quickly).  Price tag? $278 (and that includes shipping). I sure love saving money. The pics below do not capture the awesome suppleness of this bag.  

botkier baggilt thank you note











Hope you found that helpful. Until next time, happy shopping!


online boutiques

19 05 2009

Ever wanted a designer bag but reluctantly smartly kept your credit card in its rightful place after seeing the retail price? Yeep, that’s me, Miss Broke Savvy Shopper. Last year, I was invited to join a members only online boutique, Rue la la. It’s owned by (another savvy shopper must). Rue la la’s boutiques are open only for 2 days, which is sometimes too long for a really popular boutique which sells out in an hour. There’s a new boutique that opens each day, so there’s lots of choices! Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Dior, Tourneau are just some of the designer brands they’ve had.


Sometimes if you don’t act quickly, a really popular item will sell out immediately. Like the Kooba Jaylin bag, which I missed out on. Twice. I’m also super indecisive. And those bags are cute. Happy to say, I am a proud owner of a cute pair of Betsey Johnson pumps and Phoebe Couture dress, both purchased at deep discounts from Rue la la.

rue la la thank you card

Next up, I will post about another one of my fave online boutiques (where I actually bought said designer bag at half the retail price). So check it (tomorrow)!  P.S. If you want an invite to Rue la la, just holla at me.