LA Sample Sales: Paige and Frankie B.

I just found listings for two sample sales happening today in Los Angeles!

Paige Premium Denim size 24 jeans generally run small in the thigh, and even make a petite length in some styles.

Label: Paige Premium Denim
Deal: Sample sale, featuring variety of styles, washes and sizes at $50
When/Where: Friday, December 12, 9am-3pm, 127 East 9th Street, Suite 209, Downtown

Frankie B. Jeans make size 23 (very rare!) and I’ve also heard this jean runs about 1 size small!

Label: Frankie B
Deal: Holiday sale, featuring merch at $50 or under
When/Where: Friday, December 12 though Saturday, December 13, 10am-4pm, 850 South Broadway, Suite 500, Downtown

Too bad Paige is only going on during work hours today…I wonder if i can make it Downtown on my lunch break…hhmmmm…

Sample sale information courtesy of


New York DVF Sample Sale

Lucky NY girls can pick up tiny size 0 dresses and tops from Diane von Furstenberg from 12/9/08 to 12/13/08. Here is the description from NY Magazine:

12/9–12/13 Dresses, sportswear, and knits are all up to 75 percent off at the Diane Von Furstenberg sample sale. New merchandise will arrive throughout the week. 260 Fifth Ave., nr. 29th St.; Tues. (9–6:30), Wed. (9–8), Thurs. (9–7), Fri. (9–5:30), Sat. (9–3).

And has a play by play of the opening day. Looks a bit chaotic, but for those prices, I’d totally brave the storm! I Wish I were there!

Racked: Tons of Merch, Comically Bad Fitting Rooms at DVF

DIY Alterations: New Buttons

I had to post this because it’s my first attempt at using a sewing machine, and it didn’t turn into the complete fiasco I imagined it would be (thread and buttons flying everywhere). That said, if I can do it, anyone can!

The subject of this project is a Banana Republic red short trench coat from Spring 08 that had these ugly red metal buttons and cheapish red plastic belt buckle. I’ve worn it a bunch of times, but always meant to do something about those ugly buttons. In hind sight, I should have taken a before photo, so I found a photo from an eBay auction instead:

The offending hardware:

I decided to go for a traditional tortoiseshell pattern button and black leather bound belt buckle, which I found at a fabric store.

I picked out the stitches on the old buttons with a seam ripper, surprisingly without bloodshed (seam rippers are sharp!). Then lined the new buttons up where the stitches were for the old buttons and sewed them on with my sewing machine. I replaced the plastic belt buckle with the leather one and sewed it on. And…voila! A newish coat!


Not bad for a first timer, hmm?

Shoes That Run Small: Franco Sarto

Franco Sarto shoes are great quality at a very affordable price point, not to mention they come in sizes 4 and 4.5! I like Franco Sarto for reliable work shoes (modest looking shoes that are good quality, so I can wear them to death) or for trendy styles that I don’t want to dish out designer shoe prices for. They run about the same price point as Nine West, but in my experience, are much better quality.

Franco Sarto Artist Collection “Hammer” Oxford, $109.95,
These oxford pumps will look great with the menswear inspired looks this season!

The best place to find Franco Sarto in tiny sizes is and Nordstrom stores. If you find a style that you like, but the Nordstrom in your area doesn’t have your size, just ask a sales associate to search for your size in other Nordstrom stores. They will ship your shoes to your home for no extra charge. I recenlty had these Franco Sarto’s shipped to me during a sale. I love Nordstrom! also has Franco Sarto shoes, but I find that a lot of their offerings start in size 6. If you live near a Nordstom Rack store, you can find tiny Franco Sarto’s for deep discounts.