Alice In Glitterland

UPDATE: Shoes and handbags now extra 30% off, RTW, gowns, and accessories extra 25% off.

With holiday parties around every corner there’s no better place to go searching for that perfectly dazzling frock than this week’s Alice and Olivia sample sale. Stacey Bendet’s label is known for its array of bold, glittering, ultra feminine looks. As always the sale features an abundant selection of overstock along with a highly coveted section of original samples. What makes this particular sample sale stand out is the addition of footwear. Yes! For probably the first time ever I spotted unicorns! Unicorns 🦄 in the form of Alice and Olivia shoes.

Monday evening the venue held a special VIP preview and as you can imagine things were jumping! The sample section (which is always the first stop for any sensible bargainista) was decimated within an hour. This time you’ll find the sample racks in the corner, along the left wall, just before the dressing room. Highly coveted items like embellished dresses and gowns, along with a handful of fur coats were the first to go. Considering all those samples were just $100 it’s not surprising. Sample prices started at $39 for pants, and went up to $49 for tops/skirts/knitwear, $59 dresses but don’t get too excited because all beaded and embellished items were $99 regardless of style. This is great for dresses and jackets but paying that much for a sad looking tank top  is a big no in my book. Sadly by the end of the preview there wasn’t much left amongst the samples. There were cute  skirts and tops still hanging on the racks but when they’re priced as much as dresses I personally can’t pull the trigger on them.

Now let’s talk about something really exciting like unicorns! I’m of course talking about these Lilith Unicorn D’Orsay Flats that you may have seen on my Instagram stories. It was really exciting to finally see footwear at this sample sale and prices were not bad either. All Flats and wedges were $69 while heels were priced at $89, ankle boots $119, and tall boots $169. The price list also mentions flip flops but I was told there was literally only one pair so don’t bother liking for them. There were some cute whimsical styles like Stace Face pumps and flats. The shoes can be found all the way in the back in the space previously occupied by samples. Sizes varied by style and not everything had the full size selection. There was a special rack of last call shoes but prices were the same as regular stock.

Majority of the stock of course consisted of apparel like embellished dresses, long metallic skirts, beaded minis, flower-print tops, and even some work essentials. Racks were organized by size, starting with 0/XS by the coat check and along the left wall and going up to size 12 opposite the registers in the back. I spotted lots of cute pieces from the Spring ’16 collection but I also saw several repeats from years past. Prices once again were based off of the original retail value. For example a blouse valued at $225 would now be $119 or a dress valued at $375 would be $149. In many cases discounts were not good at all. 45%-60% off is not sample sale pricing, nope! On the other hand the really high-end items retailing above $1,299 were all marked down to $299. So if you are in the market for a standout beaded gown or a fur coat and don’t mind shelling out $299 you could save as much as 85% off retail! In previous years similar pieces would be $450 or higher! Having said that there actually wasn’t much in terms of furs and outerwear. I spotted this colorful Kidman Chevron Fur  Jacket (retail $1,) and a camel colored wool coat with fur collar (photo #32). Floor tryons were not permitted and time in the dressing room was limited to just 15 minutes so keep that in mind as you shop. Finally there was a small selection of handbags and accessories near the register. Large bags like satchels and shoulder bags were priced $149, crossbody and clutches $99, and pouches $39. Phone cases were only for iPhone 6 and there My favorite find was this adorable Stacey Angel Christmas tree topper (photo #48) that was priced at $39 (retail $100). The sale runs through Sunday and there should be additional markdowns towards the end of the week. I linked up some standout styles in the gallery below.

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BOTTOM LINE: The sample sale section is pretty dead at the moment so unless there is restocking I wouldn’t bother. Embellished or not, the separates really need to be lower in price. As far as stock is concerned the more high-end pieces offered the best deals with discounts up to 85% off but on the lower end of the spectrum you can do better at department stores.

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