Wednesday, October 10, 2012

RACK CITY: Living Luxe on a Buck

Mon petites, there is nothing like NYC during the fall leading into the holiday season. From non-stop fêtes, must-see shows and the endless shopping it's a hectic time; especially when you are fabulous & (in the interim) broke. For a dame like me who has to count her coins and spend it wisely it's all about THE DEAL ; so I too can get to enjoy life like all those opulent mortals jet setting all over the world (we are all entitled to a marvelous life - don't forget that!).  With my social calendar filled with three (yes 3!) weddings - (one being a destination wedding), date nights, bff-quality time  and hosting out of towners a dame has to find local hot spots that are wallet-friendly, uber fun and still leaves me a budget to work on this fall/holiday season wardrobe! For some this may seem like an epic voyage to the land of 'Broke' but trust me when I tell you : One can truly and most importantly live effortlessly luxe on a buck in New York City! 
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 A friend took this snap shot of me as we walked the bridge this past spring. 


For my friends and I it can be a challenge to get together on a regular basis (like myself most of mes amis are stylists so we are constantly traveling) so when there is a moment for us to connect and revel in each other's company we make it a point to do so. For us, we have a ritual of walking over the Brooklyn Bridge and then go for a ride at the beautiful Jane's Carousel. The walk over the bridge is our moment to reflect, discuss (and most likely Gossip!) and just relish in this beautiful city of ours. By the time we get our little kid fix on the Carousel (which is absolutely breathtaking) we usually grab some pizza at Grimaldi's then go walk it off! Moments like these cost next to nothing and the memories are priceless. 

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  • The Brooklyn Bridge is iconic - if you are ever in NYC you must walk over it. A walk over the bridge soothes the soul (at least it does for me!)
  • Jane's Carousel is beyond beautiful, the carousel ride which is encased in a glass cube (it looks like a giant jewelry box - very fairytale esque) brings out the kid in all of us. A perfect spot to bring a friend, lover or your niece or nephew it's an experience to be treasured by all. Not to mention the killer views of the city it's a great spot to have an impromptu photoshoot for all your adoring facebook, instagram and twitter followers. 
  • Grimaldi's Pizzeria is also an iconic place to taste what NYC food is all about - the pizza is so legendary most people consider it a worthwhile experience, some even plan their trips to the city just to get a pie from Grimaldi's (just remember they don't sell slices and cash only!) 
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Hookah anyone? 


Mon petites, dinner and a movie does not cut it for me! When I go on date nights I need there to be a nonstop synergy between my he and I! Honey I am out to have fun and marry the night (marriage to him is a whole other post -- trust me!) With that being said - on date nights there’s no doubt that when the hip set swing through the city (that set being he and I - kids), we sometimes find our way to KARMA LOUNGE, where we indulge in some Hookah, cocktails and playful banter. After a rough week this dame likes to let her  hair down  and enjoy a fun night out and when at KARMA only good things come to you! 


Hauteness Factor: The cozy East Village venue is perfect for the late night naughtness that will probably get you in trouble (the good kind) - the made to order Hookah's are great and the atmosphere is isn't pretenious you might even book another date while you are out on your date (it has happen!). 

Haute Pockets (Expenditures): Cocktails start at $7 & Hookahs start at $16


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Once upon a time there was this à la mode dame who walked the Earth. She had some family in from out of town and wanted to show them a good time on a wallet friendly budget - luckly for her she had some amazing friends who had tickets to the JayZ concert at the newly opened Barclays Center. Mon Petites, that dame was me - and that night was a blast for both myself and my cousins who got to see HOV for free! While for some Brooklynites the venue has stirred up mix feelings but I don't see anything wrong with it - now I can take in a show and be home in fifteen minutes flat! Go Brooklyn!!! 

LPB Hautespot:  Barclays Center 

Hauteness Factor: Whether you are taking in the Brooklyn Nets, JayZ or Barbra Streisand - Barclays is the venue! Cool factor is that you can dine either before or after your main attraction at the in-house 40/40 (thanks JiggaMan!). 

Haute Pockets (Expenditures): Ticket Prices Varies. 


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 A sceen from the JayZ concert at the newly opened Barclays Center


Exclusivity is a hard thing to come by in the age of the fast fashion, social media and the such—which makes the opening of the White Plains, NY’s soon-to-be cultish new  NORDSTROM RACK particularly thrilling. In fact, the designer-discount wonderland is something to be celebrated by the legions of Luxe on a Buck New Yorkers like myself! For those in the know the - NORDSTROM RACK has quickly became one of that city’s most celebrated designer hunt destinations—stocking everthing from unisex premium denim, designer shoes, the latest in fashion for men, women and children no to mention must have accessories, on-site alterations (genius feature! GENIUS) and mobile check-out devices. While living on a tight budget has it's drawbacks (like public transporation) finds like NORDSTROM RACK make maintaining a luxe life on a buck look good! 

LPB Hautespot: Nordstrom Rack

Hauteness Factor: Designer items on sale everyday - all day - 24/7! Do we really need to discuss this?

Haute Pockets (Expenditures): Prices varies but work well with any budget - big or small!

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On October 18th NORDSTROM RACK White Plains will open it's doors. To commemorate the occasion 20 golden hangers will be hidden throughout the new Nordstrom Rack at City Center. Customers who find the golden hangers can redeem them for $100 to spend inside the new store. (One hanger per customer). Be sure to follow NORDSTROM RACK on Twitter @WhiteP_Rack between 7-9 a.m. on opening morning to find clues. 

Wait there's even more..... 

Race Through the Rack is a sweepstakes held before Nordstrom Rack store openings. Customers can enter a drawing to win a 90-second, $2,000 shopping spree. The winner’s name is drawn and announced at 8:30 a.m. before the store opens at 9 a.m. (Must be present to win). Complimentary breakfast and entertainment will be included (YUM!).

The first 1,000 customers who make a purchase at the new Nordstrom Rack at City Center will receive a complimentary Nordstrom Rack tote as a gift.
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Nordstrom Rack is the off-price division of Nordstrom, Inc. offering on-trend clearance merchandise from Nordstrom stores as well as items purchased specially for Nordstrom Rack. The store offers significant savings on great brands with most at 30-70% off. 

For more information visit

Find Nordstrom Rack on Facebook at and follow the @WhiteP_Rack to learn about merchandise arrivals, promotions and events.

So mon petite, there you have it - when it comes to staying on budget while living a luxe on a buck lifestyle anything is possible as long as you remember to be genuinely appreciative of everything that comes your way and share all your buck saving tips with friends! 

Compensation was provided by Nordstrom Rack via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nordstrom Rack.

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