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Fashion & Finance: Sales, steals & deals in the new year

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January 13, 2012

Smart and savvy shoppers know the best times to pick up fabulous steals and deals—and the end of the holiday season is one of those times to shop and save money. While my firm is just starting to head into the busy season, and our CPAs are readying themselves for longer hours, providing top service to their clients, there most likely won’t be a lot of time to get out and go shopping to take advantage of the many deals out there.

That’s why the internet is so great. You can add to your wardrobe without ever leaving your house! After a long day at the office, it may be a nice idea to make something delicious to eat, or prepare a hot cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea, and then settle down with your laptop or in front of your PC, and take advantage of what’s on sale this time of year.

Even if something doesn’t fit or look as you expected when it arrives, most online retailers offer simple and easy return policies, so it’s not a problem if you don’t get what you want the first time around.

I’ve taken a look out there and come up with some cool steals and deals that may be worth a look. A lot of the promotions listed include items that will be great additions to work wardrobes, and also good for the chilly winter season.

DVF- Diane VonFurstenberg: Facebook Fan Exclusive! (Just “Like” DVF- Diane VonFurstenberg on Facebook to stay in the know.) Want to be a real glamour “tech nerd” and save some money on shipping? Buy the featured DVF Mantra iPhone 4G Case and receive free shipping! Enter the code DVFMANTRA at checkout on the SHOP tab http://on.fb.me/qvUkg0

Neiman Marcus: The Last Call Sale is on! Save up to 65 percent off regular prices. PLUS, receive double InCircle bonus points for a limited time. Save on everything from shoes and accessories to dresses, outerwear and more. Pick up something to wear to the office and maybe something for fun too! Most importantly, everything you see on this section of the website is on sale! http://www.neimanmarcus.com/fb_lastcall

Bloomingdales: Home sale starts today… just in time for those new goals, revamps and must-have essentials. Shop bedding, towels, luggage, kitchen, décor and more. Travel a lot for business? Consider upgrading your luggage to something new and more durable or stylish. Maybe find a new décor item for your office as well!  http://bit.ly/yo9jkF

Ebags.com:  Need something new for your laptop or just a stylish bag for work-related items? With this womens laptop bag sale, customers can save up to 60 percent off. Free shipping over $75, too! Shop away! www.ebags.com/department/business-and-laptop

Zappos.com: Looking for some stylish but warm leather gloves for winter travel to and from the office? Look no more, Zappos features lots of great styles and colors at many price points, with many designer brands having been marked down already. Check them out! www.zappos.com/womens-leather-gloves?gclid=CP3jgd6tua0CFQ4j7AodxkGqnA

Macys.com: A crisp dress shirt is a stylish staple item for work wear. You can pair it with pants or a suit, skirt, or even under a shift dress for a lady-like look. Check out Macys for lots of markdowns of tops for every occasion. While some of the items may be a bit too trendy for the office, consider some of the more simple styles, or cotton options that be used to layer to keep warm this winter season. http://bit.ly/zHRnHA

Reissonline.com: Look like the Duchess of Cambridge in effortless and classic looks from Reiss, one of Kate Middleton’s favorite go -to designers! 

“The Reiss philosophy centers on creating and producing directional, design-led menswear, womenswear and accessories. Reiss prides itself with an uncompromising commitment to delivering innovative, original products combining exceptional design, quality and value,” states the website. Up to 60 percent off reductions are currently featured, and they ship to the U.S.! Take a look at the dresses section, many of which would be perfect for work, paired with a cardigan or blazer. Some great pants and outerwear are available as well.

Happy shopping and Happy New Year!

Emily Alexandria Burns is a State University of New York Fashion Institute of Technology graduate and started her career in New York City working for companies including Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni, Christian Dior and Jones Apparel Group. She is now e-marketing communications specialist for Freed Maxick & Battaglia CPAs in Buffalo, N.Y., and recently named the Association for Accounting Marketing's 2011 "Rookie of the Year." Follow her on Twitter @FreedMaxickPR or email her at emily.burns@freedmaxick.com.

 

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