I love Maptotes.

I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love MapTotes. They are so darn cute. I bought my Queens one at the Queens Museum of Art, and take it everywhere I go.

(Image courtesy of Maptote)

They also have Nantucket, Cape Cod, and Martha's Vineyard totes now as well.

NYC Recessionista wedding planning continues . . .

Okay, I know it's a little early to be making this sort of decision, but I am seriously contemplating this dress.

(Image courtesy of Nordstrom)

It is exactly the sort of simple, airy, beautiful, I'm-a-greek-goddess-for-the-day sort of gorgeous dress I had been envisioning. And how's that for a recessionista-friendly price tag?

Coach introduces 'Poppy'

I'd previously blogged about how I wasn't sure Coach's upcoming "budget-friendly" line would really be that friendly, and it looks like that's the case. FabSugar has a slideshow of Coach's new line, Poppy, and the prices aren't really that much lower than their usual. Even the simple fabric totes are around $200.

Plus, the prints / patterns on a lot of the items are kinda loud and obnoxious ... a little too teenie-bopper-ish for me personally. Some of the more subdued solid color items are kinda cute, but overall, not one of my favorite collections from Coach.

(Image courtesy of FabSugar)

Ann Taylor Loft steps it up

I wandered randomly into an Ann Taylor Loft yesterday for the first time in a long while, and was pleasantly surprised by some of the items I saw.

The rosette scoopneck top is a definite nod to all the flowery items we've been seeing everywhere lately.

I also love the detailing on this chiffon bow-trim tee -- reminds me of the chiffon trim I've been seeing on everything at J. Crew lately.

This dotted print dress is totally adorable as well ... just looks like she was plucked off a street in Paris, no?

And continuing my obsession with ruffles, flowers, and embellishments in general -- this ruffle sleeveless top is just too perfect, esp. the soft colors.

I also loved this tuxedo top with the pleated detailing. In the store, they also carried it in a really fine back and white stripe which was totally beautiful... but for some reason it's not available online.

(All images courtesy of Ann Taylor Loft)

Gap is already giving us a taste of fall . . .

In a little over a month from now, we'll be opening our mailboxes to find those hefty September issues of our favorite fashion magazines crammed into the mailbox. It's probably my favorite time of year-- seeing what's going to be big for fall and then going shopping for corduroy, boots, blazers, and tights.

Well, the fall previews have started ... and Gap is leading the charge with a sneak peek at their fall offerings. And apparently the new items will be in stores starting July 6.

Banana Republic's 'Summer's Most Wanted'

BR has their 'Summer's Most Wanted' pieces here ... very chic.

Real Simple's picks for Maxi-dresses

Real Simple, one of my favorite mags, has a slideshow of maxi-dresses for every budget on their web site.

Continuing my obsession with all things floral . . .

Last time I went into Anthropologie, I completely fell in love with the Windflower Necklace.

(Image courtesy of Anthropologie)

I love the deep shade of gray, how delicate the flowers are, how soft it is, and how it could seemingly dress up the simplest of dresses or the plainest t-shirts. But, the $38 price tag, esp. when I am used to buying cheapie costume jewelry, is a bit much for me.

Enter Forever 21 once again ... look at the Chiffon Flower Ribbon Necklace. I know it's total design plagiarism but the cheapskate in me is willing to excuse it for $6.80.

(Image courtesy of Forever 21)

Reminder -- don't forget Felix Rey and Miss Trish of Capri for Target

Just a little friendly reminder that if you didn't take advantage of the Felix Rey and Miss Trish of Capri collections for Target earlier this spring when they first debuted, you can still score some pieces before they're gone.

The Felix Ray collection of really cute totes, bags, and clutches is on clearance, and there are still many styles of sandals and wedges to covet from the Miss Trish of Capri.

Yet another J. Crew Sample Sale . . .

J. Crew Aficionada has shared with us that J. Crew is planning another sample sale for mid-July. Details can be found in her post here. Thanks for the head's up!

Extra 20% off Sale Items at Gap.com

Gap is advertising an extra 20% off their sale items for 5 days only -- June 21-25. Offer valid online only, enter code SALE20 at checkout.

Happy Shopping!

Jimmy Choo for H&M

Per Racked, Jimmy Choo will debut a line of shoes, bags, accessories, and womenswear for H&M this November.

Gap Debuts Design Editions

Anyone else interested in scoping out the new 'Design Editions' line @ the Gap?

I am loving this Vena Cava dress, but I wish the items came in more fun colors ... I look crazy pale in beige.

(Image courtesy of the Gap)

And I guess the motorcycle-trench hybrid is sort of interesting as well ... I'd like to see these items in person.

Sample Sales Round-up

List of the latest sample sales, straight from Daily Candy ...

Interesting bridal fashions

These are interesting and all, but I don't know if I could see myself walking down the aisle in a single one of them.

That's some ring you've got there . . .

Loving these $12 cocktail rings from Marc by Marc Jacobs per NY Magazine's fashion blog The Cut.

(Image courtesy of Marc by Marc Jacobs)

More NYCR Picks from the July 2009 Magazines

I don't know why, but between the bridal magazines I cannot stop buying, and all of the traveling I have been doing, I am magazine happy lately... so here are some more of my favorite picks from the July 2009 magazines.

People StyleWatch is advertising "237 Great Buys Under $100, $50, and $25" right smack on its cover.

Love what they are calling "flip flops for the beach & beyond," especially this pair in patent leather from Yellow Box, available at Zappos.

(Image courtesy of Zappos)

And while the waterfall necklace they feature in the "Look for Less" feature is sold out on lulus.com, there is another similar style that totally reminds me of one Drew Barrymore was spotted wearing recently ... totally bohemian.

(Image courtesy of Lulus.com)

And their summer style guide is chock full of what they consider to be the 10 "must-haves" for summer--

(Image courtesy of American Eagle Outfitters)

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NYCR Picks from the July 2009 Magazines

First of all, if you are a bargain shopper, you will love this month's Lucky Magazine -- every single item in the issue is $100 or less. It is literally jam packed with great buys, which made it hard to choose my favorites haha.

From the "Our Favorite Summer Looks" feature, this watercolor floral dress from Charlotte Russe is a perfect summer dress. Add a cardigan for work, or dress it up with heels and a shawl for a garden wedding.

(Image courtesy of Charlotte Russe)

From the "Accessories Report: Summer Hats" page, this straw fedora from Arden B. is perfect for those hot-as-hell summer weekends when you know you're going to be out all day running errands and your frizzy hair needs to be kept in check ... I may be talking from experience on that one.

(Image courtesy of Arden B.)

From the "What I Want Now!" page, associate market editor Jenny Kang picked items that all have a Nantucket feel to them -- none more striking than this striped knit pier dress from Nautica.

(Image courtesy of Nautica)

Home sweet home . . .

I have been away for the last few days on a business trip in Fla. and I could not have been more excited to return to NYC late last night. Literally everything that could have gone wrong on this trip did-- my luggage was lost by the airline, I cut my foot on broken glass, I got eaten alive by mosquitoes, the keyboard on my Blackberry stopped working, and I had a panic attack when I had to get down into a 30 ft. sink hole in the woods with spiders and snakes.

The sight of the Empire State Building all lit up in green from the window of the plane last night as we were making our approach into LaGuardia was seriously the most beautiful thing I have seen in a long time.

Anyways, in a bright spot of the last week, Kevin and I have picked a date and a location for our wedding: October 10, 2010 at the Queens County Farm Museum. We'll be married on the north lawn and will then treat our guests to a pit BBQ reception in the barn... we are so excited.

I'll be back in action tomorrow with my favorite picks from the July issues of my favorite magazines.

A promotion the likes of which I have never seen before . . .

Just got an e-mail from United Airlines telling me that if I book a flight before June 14, I'll receive a discount code good for 20% off my purchase of $125 or more at Banana Republic.com... they're calling it "Flying Meets Fashion." Is this a stretch or genius? I can't decide. They really are hitting us from all angles, though.

Tips on navigating sales

Very cool article in the NY Daily News featuring an interview with fellow blogger The Budget Fashionista on how to make the most all of these crazy sales we've been seeing lately.

Banana Republic offers dresses for $98 or less

Got an e-mail from Banana Republic highlighting select dresses for $98 or less, until Sunday June 7.

Miley Cyrus + Max Azria + Wal-Mart = Interesting Clothing Line?

Miley Cyrus announced that she's working on a clothing line with Max Azria for Wal-Mart. I am guessing this line will only be for juniors, but hey, it's still an interesting idea. The "rock 'n' roll" looks will all be priced @ or below $20.

Big sample sale starts Tuesday

A big handbag sample sale starts tomorrow which will include, among other things, L.A.M.B. and Jill Stuart. Click here for sale location and details.

This bag in particular was originally $495 but will be $150 for the sale.

(Image courtesy of Savvy & Co.)