Saturday, June 29, 2013

Oh So Zoe

Check out our favorite pieces from Rachel Zoe's jewelry collection.  Any of which would add a dose of glam to any outfit.  Delightfully affordable and created with the 60's, 70's, and Art Deco in mind each piece is flashy, big, bold and oh so Zoe.  Lots of gold, pave, and onyx.  


Glass Drop Earrings, Via
Wide Crystal Bracelet, Via
Lucite-Link Necklace, Via
Three-Row Chain Bracelet, Via
Chain-Maille Bracelet, Black Quartz, Via
Deco Crystal Cuff, Via
Chain-Maille Bracelet, Red Quartz, Via
Tassel Bracelet, Via
Rectangular Clip Earrings, Red Quartz, Via
Love Knot Earrings, Via
Rhinestone Tassel Earrings, Via
Chain Tassel Necklace, Via
Square Ring, Black Quartz, Via
Love Me Knot Bracelet, Via
Teardrop Earrings, Black Quartz, Via
Love Me Knot Collar Necklace, Via
Square Drop Earrings, Via
Green Quartz Square Ring, Via
Black Square Drop Earrings Via
Rhinestone Tassel Drop Earrings, Via
Collar Necklace, Black Quartz, Via
Rectangular Ring, Green Quartz, Via
Long Tassel-End Necklace, 54"L, Via
Tassel Pendant Necklace, Red Quartz, Via

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The J.Crew Sample Sale


The J. Crew sample is open to the public at 260 Fifth Avenue for six days of shopping madness from June 18th - 23rd. Merchandise is plentiful, markdowns on men's and women's clothing, shoes, accessories, Crewcuts, and a limited selection of Madewell. Although the shoe and jewelry selection are worth a look over, the pricing was NOT impressive. Come on J.Crew, you can do better.

I was able to pick up a few things for clients and I'll put some items on our website for those of you who want to add to your basics.

Located a pair of the J.Crew Collection Contessa snakeskin-bow pumps.
Italian-made pointy-toe pumps with a nautical feel. I grapped these for $100.
The are currently online for $298. 

I've had my eye on this cross-body for quite some time.
What are your thoughts on J.Crew? Are you a fan or foe?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Nessen Lighting - Warehouse Sale

If lighting is your thing, you know Walter Von Nessen. His studio, set up in 1927, focused on creating adjustable indirect lighting using non-traditional materials.  Nessen is my absolute favorite manufacture of table and floor lamps, sconces and pendants.  In the past, I've only been able to admire Nessen's architectural glory in luxury hotel lobbies or in design magazines. But today, I can say that I am a proud owner of a few pieces.  How?

Although this high end lighting manufacturer usually only sells through contract furniture or commercial lighting representatives or through retail lighting showrooms, I ended my weekend on a high note because they had their first time ever warehouse sale this week at their warehouse located in Mamaroneck, NY.  Luckily for me, that's approximately half an hour from Manhattan so off we went - me and my partner in style.

The merchandise was very minimum (officially the smallest sample/warehouse sale I've ever attended) but I was able the get three gorgeous pieces pictured above for a price less than 1/3 of one piece at it's original price. OMG!  All at a minimum discount of 70%. What!? And in my best Rachael Zoe voice "I die!" I wasn't able to find matching pairs due to the fact that whatever was available was either in excess of their current stock or was one of their discontinued models. 

My plan is to put two pieces in the master bedroom and the third piece in the guest room.  I am not in the least bit concerned that they do not have the same base; mismatching lamps are always fun.  Each piece is interesting in its own right and will add to the overall design of any room. I did purchase one additional shade in a crisp white linen to make things more cohesive. If you ever find yourself deliberating between two different lamps just remember: mix bases, match shades.  Keep you posted on how the room turns out.
Here at the Basic Cut, we are always on the hunt for designer items at bargain prices. If you want us to keep an eye out for something or want updates on up and coming sample/warehouse sales in NYC contact us at and let us know how we can help.

Price is always negotiable. Style is not.

Copy-cat-chic is cool but its fantastic to find original pieces at discounted prices.  Don't you agree?