Is Abercrombie & Fitch Back?

I am extremely surprised to be asking this, but is Abercrombie & Fitch back again?

I literally have not set foot in the store since high school, but I follow Katie’s Bliss on Instagram and read her blog, and she shared some really great finds ON SALE from Abercrombie. My interest was piqued enough to walk right into the store a few weeks ago, despite the instant overwhelming smell of Fierce cologne the second you set foot over the threshold. Guess some things never change.

I found a handful of great new standbys while shopping there. This is not the Abercrombie you remember from the high school days of yore (aka 10 years ago). I’m not sure why I thought the styles remained the same since 2008 and they would only still sell double-layer polos  paired with too short denim minis, but that is definitely not the case. The clothes are on-trend and on-point. And your girl still fits in them, which is the true miracle statement of this story.

Take a look at some of the great finds I spotted:

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Short sleeve wrap dress. Looks even cuter in person. They’re sold out of all sizes below large at the moment, but check back – this one is worth it. It doesn’t wrinkle, even if you crumple it into a ball.

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Sleeveless tie-front romper. Haven’t tried this one on yet, but looks promising.

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Belted pleated shorts. Or as Katie’s Bliss refers to these – paperbag shorts. They are too cute and ONLY $20 on clearance!

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Button up cami. Not going to lie, this one wrinkles but it’s worth the Downy Dewrinkling Spray required to wear it. Or ironing. Either or.

A look back before 2019

This blog first began when I moved to Manhattan for my master’s degree and was killing time while job hunting after graduation. During said #funemployment period, I was ferociously hunting down a dress during the Lilly Pulitzer end of summer sale. I was super frustrated to find there was no listing of LP signature stores.  So I created my own and the rest is history.

From there, I tried to impart some hard-learned knowledge to make living in the City easier for hopeful new urbanites, from writing tips on how to how to master the NYC bus system during rush hour, to creating a resource guide for the notorious task of  finding a New York City apartment, and even highlighting the correct way to order a New York bagel (yes, there is a wrong way) during peak holiday season. If you’re wondering, these are the 5 dead giveaways that you’re not a New Yorker, and finally – a few thoughts on how to know when it’s time to leave NYC.

And that I did – happily said goodbye to the concrete jungle and moved back to Boston. Don’t worry, my love of Lilly is still going strong and I remain a prep through and through, just in a new city.

Please know that I won’t be in Boston forever though, and fully plan to retire to West Palm by the ripe old age of 75. But for now I’ll keep on jaunting my way around New England. Hope you enjoy coming along for the ride.

-Danielle

Post-note: My dedication to blogging has come and gone through the years, and it’s pretty evident with the sporadic postings…but it’s back again. So watch out 2019. 😉

Free services for #broke New Yorkers

The moment I stumbled across Suitey, a real estate tech startup, and General Assembly, an online and in-person technology school taught by professionals, I knew I hit the jackpot.

Not only are both sites incredibly helpful and provide great services, but they both offer awesome FREE benefits to users…and it’s free to sign up too: the definition of a win-win situation. Also, I am going to list all of the codes below to save you all the leg work…you’re welcome.

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What: A NYC real estate site that allows users to search listings and then book appointments with Suitey agents to view them. The site offers a special concierge service for customers that is accessible immediately upon signing up, even if you have not rented an apartment through them or even viewed a listing. Hint: Take advantage before they figure this out…like right now.
How: Sign up for a Suitey account and then head over to the Suitey Moving Concierge section.
Benefits:

  • Time Warner Cable – Free installation and first month of cable free (from $89.99 triple play package)
  • Uber – $15 car service credit for first time users (enter in-app code: SUITEY15)
  • Better Move – 10% off your next move
  • Equinox – Free one week trial at the luxury fitness club
  • Parcel – Three free package deliveries (sign up here and enter code: SUITEY)
  • SoulCycle – One free SoulCycle spin class
  • Zipcar – $75 driving credit (sign up here and enter code: SUITEY2012)
  • Handybook – Free one hour of home services (sign up here and enter code: suite)


Site:
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What: A school for tech geeks and business hounds alike that offers trendy online and in-person classes and tutorials. Best part? Instructors are industry professionals that aren’t just reciting case studies from a text book; they’re teaching from their own experience and imparting cutting edge knowledge.
How: Sign up for a free two-week trial of the online portion of General Assembly and you will receive an email linking to their Front Row Member Benefits.
Benefits: 

  • Shutterstock – 15% off royalty-free stock photos, videos and illustrations (sign up here and enter code: FRONTROW15)
  • Clarity.fm – $25 credit towards one-on-one business advice from entrepreneurs (sign up with this link)
  • Karma – 30% off mobile wifi services (sign up with this link)
  • Typeform – Six months of free online survey and web form building tools (sign up here and enter code: STUgssembly&07)
  • Omnigraffle – 20% off licenses for graphics like flow charts, diagrams and more (sign up here and enter code: GAUX2014)
  • O’Reilly – 50% off tech books and media from the world’s most trusted publishers (sign up with this link)
  • Oyster Books – Two months of free access to over 100,000 books via the Oyster app for first-time users (sign up with this link)
  • Amazon Web Services – $250 credit towards a low-cost, easy-to-scale “in the cloud” computing platform (sign up with this link)
  • Elance – $50 credit towards the freelance job board: post your services or find a freelancer for your needs (sign up with this link)
  • Holstee – 20% off tastefully-designed prints and posters (sign up here and enter code: galore)
  • Kimono – 50% off web app service…turn your web site into an API in seconds without writing a single line of code (sign up by emailing ga@kimonolabs.com and mentioning that you’re a GA Front Row member)
  • UXPin – Three months free + 25% off of UX design tools built by UX designers (sign up here and enter code:  ga_ooPIAH)