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Farewell, Nasty Gal! Nasty Gal Closed Shop Today

Farewell, Nasty Gal! Nasty Gal Closed Shop Today

And another one bites the dust. Nasty Gal, the brand for girl bosses everywhere, is DUNZO! When news broke earlier this month that Nasty Gal was acquired by UK e-tailer, Boohoo, following Nasty Gal’s ongoing bankruptcy, it didn’t take long for the going-out-of-business sales to start. Both storefronts in Santa Monica and West Hollywood shut their doors today, following the weekend’s storewide liquidations. Markdowns reached a whopping additional 70% off today only.

Despite the rain, we visited both shops earlier today. The store on Melrose Ave in West Hollywood still had a ton of merch, including Fenty x Puma by Rihanna sneakerboots (marked to $105 from $350) and pieces from the latest Love, Courtney Courtney Love x Nasty Gal collection. However, the bigger store at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica was much more picked over, but still had a few gems left, like Quay sunglasses for as low as $3!

Although the stores are now closed, the clearance sale continues online. For how long? We don’t know. Selection is going fast! Farewell, Nasty Gal. It was fun while it lasted.

The scene at West Hollywood:

Courtney Love collection boots $30

Rihanna for Puma for $105 from $350

Rihanna for Puma shoes $105 from $350


The scene at Santa Monica:

– Handbag Honey

Kenzo x H&M Lands at Beverly Center Today!

Kenzo x H&M Lands at Beverly Center Today!

Hello, Fashion Fiends! We were kind of on the fence about this collaboration. For sure, we heart Kenzo and everything but do we really need another fast fashion “limited edition” collection? Like, there’s SO many now. So we didn’t camp out or show up at the mall at the break of dawn, but we did stroll into the Beverly Center H&M store about a quarter past 10AM (more than 2 whole hours AFTER H&M opened for the launch), and surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly), we found pretty much everything still available in a plethora of sizes – the womens and mens clothing, bags, accessories, hats, socks, sunglasses, slippers, shoes, and most importantly, the iconic sweatshirts and t-shirts were STILL THERE. This is quite the opposite of what happened in the wee early hours this morning when the H&M website crashed at the start of the launch. There were only about 5 people checking out the collection this morning in the store when we were there. So, in all, it was pretty quiet.

Keep in mind that much of this collection is unisex, and the sizes run about a size smaller. So don’t be surprised if only a few (or none) of the larger sizes are left. And yes the prices are a bit steep for H&M but does that surprise anyone anymore? Hello, the Balmain and Isabel Marant collaborations weren’t bargain basement either! We were impressed by the quality of this collection though, so the high prices may be justified this time. If you haven’t shopped the collection yet and are jones-ing for some pieces, we suggest you go soon for better selection etc.

Check out the scene at Beverly Center at 10:30AM today:

The Kenzo spread at H&M this morning

The Kenzo spread at H&M this morning

Coveted sweatshirts still available!

Coveted sweatshirts still available!

Still a few pairs of sunnies left

Still a few pairs of sunnies left

All 3 styles of hats left

All 3 styles of hats left

The patterned dresses were quite popular

The patterned dresses were quite popular

At just $34.99, keychains are one of the lower priced items

At just $34.99, keychains are one of the lower priced items

Practically the entire women's line still there

Practically the entire women’s line still there

Plenty of mens' pieces left too

Plenty of mens’ pieces left too

 

-Handbag Honey

Is This the End of Extreme Couponing at Victoria’s Secret?

Is This the End of Extreme Couponing at Victoria’s Secret?

Back in April, Victoria’s Secret announced that it would no longer sell swimwear and that it would no longer distribute catalogs or mail-out coupons. Those are two of the major changes VS would be making in the light of its switch in leadership which occurred last February, when CEO Sharen Turney stepped down and the former CEO and current head of L Brands (owner of VS), Les Wexner, took over. Their focus now would be in 3 major categories – bras, activewear and beauty, and their marketing would be mainly digital. In response to this news, social media has been going nuts with rumors and speculation as to what exactly this means for VS’ loyal fanbase, and more specifically the couponing community.

As of this writing, a quick search on Instagram for #victoriassecret yields just under 3 million posts, and that’s not including searches of its spin-off tags, #vspink or #pinknation, that also pull up hundreds of thousands of posts each. Any VS or VS Pink fanatic worth her weight in panties regularly checks these posts, and the Facebook pages of VS and the growing number of VS fan groups, as well as Twitter. These posts and pages offer the best VS hacks and are couponing gold. You can get the best tips for shopping the semi-annual sale (SAS), like buy early and then save your receipts to get a price adjustment when the prices drop 2-3 weeks later because THE PRICES ALWAYS GO LOWER. The best tip is, usually after a month into the SAS, all bras and sleepwear drop to $14.99! That’s often times better than their outlet prices!

VS Semi-Annual Sale!

VS Semi-Annual Sale!

You learn quickly that it’s important to sign up for the VS mailing list to gain access to VS coupons, promos and offers. Some truly enterprising couponers have figured out how to sign up under multiple accounts (maybe recruit your mom, sister and husband too!) so they receive multiple coupons, like the coveted $10 or $15 birthday coupons (or HBD), which they in turn sell or swap on Instagram. Same goes for VS Secret Reward Cards, which many mail out for (no purchase necessary) and then turn around and sell/swap. It’s a win/win because buyers can score hauls worth $100’s in merchandise for a fraction of the cost by buying these discounted coupons and using them during optimal promotion periods. More tips on social media steer shoppers to the “less strict” stores that allow you to stack multiple coupons or combine promos, when the fine print says stacking and combining of offers are not allowed. We learned on Instagram that “YMMV” means “Your Mileage May Vary” from store to store.

Free panty just for downloading the Pink app!

Free panty just for downloading the Pink app!

Some times you don’t need to spend a penny at VS to score something because even the freebies and promos VS offers are money-makers, and we don’t just mean the free panty coupons. Last February during Superbowl weekend, you could get a FREE, limited edition pink mini VS football just for trying on a sport bra, and yep, these little footballs were selling like hotcakes on Instagram and Mercari, a beta shopping app. Last April, VS offered “Mystery Game” pieces with no purchase necessary. You just had to go to a participating store and ask for it, and you would win either a panty, perfume mist, bra or sport pant. Absolutely NO PURCHASE NECESSARY and you would get FREE stuff! Earlier this month, which happens to be “Bombshell” month (named after VS’ top-selling fragrance), VS partnered with Quikly to do a series of weekly giveaways all month long. The finale giveaway was for a FREE bottle of VS’ limited edition Bombshell “Lux Eau De Parfum”, which comes covered in Swarovski crystals and encased in a glossy, black lacquer box with lock and key, retail $250.

All that is just a sampling of the promotions and giveaways that seem to go on almost weekly year-round at VS stores, or it was. With all recent the changes, there’s a fear that VS will be doing away with all these generous freebies and discounts. It’s not surprising though, as VS has since laid off about 200 employees and these promotions and giveaways cost the company millions. So what exactly does this mean for VS and its ever-growing population of addicts and couponers alike? Only time and social media will tell.

Handbag Honey (above photos via Victoria’s Secret)

Boo Hoo Boutique Does Boho Just in Time for Coachella!

Boo Hoo Boutique Does Boho Just in Time for Coachella!

Hitting up the dessert this weekend for Coachella Part 1, and still don’t have a thing to wear? Well, Boo Hoo boutique just opened up in Westwood Village and they’ve made it a mission to be your one-stop shop for festivalwear.  Boo Hoo paired up with StyleCon for their launch a couple of weeks ago and we checked out their offerings. The packed shop offers everything from babydoll dresses to crop tops to flower crowns, and it’s all reasonably priced.

Can’t make it to Westwood? No prob! You can shop their goods online too, and right now EVERYTHING is 30% off until tomorrow 9PM (PST) with promo code “ALL30”.

Boo Hoo Boutique opening day

Boo Hoo Boutique opening day launch

Temporary tattoo station

Temporary tattoo station

Making flower crowns!

Making flower crowns!

Can't find what you need? No prob, find it online from inside the store!

Can’t find what you need? No prob, find it online from inside the store!

Miss Teen America contender, Janet

Miss Teen America contender, Janet

Shani, another Miss Teen America candidate

Shani, another Miss Teen America candidate

Another beauty queen, Aileen

Another beauty queen, Aileen

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Swag bags came with temporary tattoos, beach ball and plastic poncho

Swag bags came with temporary tattoos, beach ball and plastic poncho

Handbag Honey

Beyonce’s IVY PARK for TopShop Dropped TODAY!

Beyonce’s IVY PARK for TopShop Dropped TODAY!

We love fitness and we LOVE Beyonce. So shopping Beyonce’s athleisure collection with TopShop was inevitable. We got to The Grove a little after 10AM when it opened this morning and already a few items had completely sold out, (namely the long line mesh tanks and the parka). Not surprising since they had a special VIP shopping event the night before (hey, why weren’t we invited??).

We didn’t walk away empty-handed though, because we were able to grab a few of our first choice items, like the short sleeve mesh jerseys ($58), tanks ($28) and pullover hoodie ($52).  There are still a lot of items left, especially the more expensive pieces like the jackets, pants, and the “reflective” stuff. Also, the friendly staff was continuously re-stocking. They’ve told us that they have “a lot in the back.” However, be forewarned that mediums and larges are pretty much all gone (same for online). Maybe because we spotted quite a few men shopping this collection as well. Right now the majority is all small, x-small and xx-small, but even the smalls were running low by the time we left. Another thing to keep in mind, some things run larger/smaller than others, so it’s best to try it on before buying, regardless of the size tag. Also, strangely, some prices are lower in store than online so be sure to check your receipts and tags to make sure they didn’t overcharge you, like they did to us.

Ivy Park at the Grove

Ivy Park at the Grove

Like most things, only small, x small and xx small left in this jersey top

Like most things, only small, x small and xx small left in this jersey top

Pricier items like jackets and pants remained untouched

Pricier items like jackets and pants remained untouched

Surprisingly, the accessories did not sell out that quickly

Surprisingly, the accessories did not sell out that quickly

The iconic bodysuit worn by Queen Bey herself

The iconic bodysuit worn by Queen Bey herself

If you made a purchase, you received a button to redeem for free watermelon water!

If you made a purchase, you received a button to redeem for free watermelon water!

If you want a piece of this action, hit up Topshop or select Nordstrom stores NOW, or shop online where you may be able to score something in your size.  Also, stores may still be re-stocking throughout the weekend, so check back often if you don’t find what you’re after. Good luck!

Handbag Honey

 

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