Pssst… it’s the secret many of those in the “know” will be upset for me telling. Gilt Groupe is THE destination for amazing deals on splurge items. Some moms even set their alarms so they get FIRST come first serve as items sell out fast. With prices up to 70% off and only lasting for 36 hours, you do need to act quickly. Founders are friends Alexis, one of the founding members of eBay, and Alexandra from Bulgari and Louis Vuitton. Recent sale items include a Portolano cashmere wrap that retailed for $215, but sold on Gilt for $98. And a Sergio Ross heel that retailed for $750, but they offered it for $298. To top it off, they also offer beauty items like a $59 cleanser by Rodial for $30. They don’t just stop at women’s products either. For example, a girl’s Graffiti Button tee that retails for $46, was available – and quickly sold out – for $16! And a $53 retail Patch Pocket tee sold out at $20. Basically, Gilt knows style and how to get it to you at very reasonable prices.
Co-founder and fashion guru Alexandra Wilkes Wilson gave Breezy Mama her must-haves for any woman’s closet.
An absolute must is a great cocktail dress. You can’t go wrong with a classic LBD, little black dress. Depending on the occasion you can keep it classic with a string of pearls or jazz it up with a statement necklace and some serious heels! Investing in chic cocktail dress will take you everywhere from date night to office party to high school reunion!
All in the Bag…
A good bag that can go from weekday to weekend is also a fashion necessity. Examine your lifestyle needs to help you determine what size and shape would be best for you. I am often running from meeting to meeting, then directly from the office to an event so I need something that is practical but chic. I love big bags that can carry all my documents, make-up bag, and whatever else I stuff in there! Don’t be afraid to play with different textures and fabrics, practical doesn’t need to be boring!
Finally, invest in a signature piece of jewelry, whether it’s a strand of pearls, exotic earrings or a beautiful cocktail ring. I find that jewelry always enhances a look and in my mind is a fashion necessity. Also, the special thing about a great piece of jewelry is that after you have enjoyed it you can pass it on to a daughter, granddaughter, best friend or any loved one!
You Glow Girl…
Something else worth investing in that doesn’t exactly go in your closet is a great skincare regimen. Your skin is something that you treat from the inside out so be sure you are drinking loads of water and eating healthy, getting as many vitamins and minerals as you can. Couple that with a great moisturizer and cleanser to keep your skin glowing and fresh. Showing off glowing, flawless skin is the best accessory you can have!
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With over a decade of international experience in luxury goods and retail, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Founder and Chief Merchandising Officer of Gilt Groupe, is on the forefront of revolutionizing and innovating the landscape of luxury e-commerce. Gilt Groupe is a members-only luxury goods website known by fashion insiders as today’s most exciting online shopping experience. Since Gilt Groupe’s November 2007 launch, Alexandra has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Crain’s, The Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily, InStyle, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Observer in addition to on-air appearances on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. Prior to Gilt Groupe, Alexandra oversaw retail operations at Bulgari, managing 15 North American stores and managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America. She began her career in retail as a consultant for retail guru Marvin Traub at Financo Inc on top of a three year tenure in investment banking at Merrill Lynch. Alexandra holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard University in addition to fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.
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