We weren't kidding — R29 has discovered 11 insane holiday sales that will have you buttoning up that gift list in no time. With an impressive roster of designers like Raquel Allegra, Jennifer Meyer, and Heidi Merrick slashing price tags, now's the time to pick up that fancy frock or knockout necklace you've always had your eye on. And, whether you have an artsy aunt or metallic-loving roommate to shop for, we're pretty positive you won't leave empty-handed.
Cynthia Vincent's All About Showing Your True Colors
Did you miss Cynthia Vincent at Ivanhoe Elementary School last week, or are you just jonesing for even more CV? Then make the designer's sample sale your end of the week treat. Taking place tomorrow and Friday, Vincent's showroom will be stocked with clothing, shoes, and accessories — perfect for the boho babe on your gift list (or anyone who appreciates a good dose of tribal print for that matter!).
When: Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Cooper Building, 860 South Los Angeles Street, Suite 422 (at East 9th Street); no phone.
Nylon + Madewell = A Match Made In Heaven
It looks like J.Crew's lil sis is finally ready to fete the newest Madewell outpost! Conveniently located at The Grove, the spot channels serious Cali-cool — so, it makes perfect sense that Nylon mag and its West Coast fashion editor Jazzi McG would help celebrate its debut. Join them tomorrow night for a fun evening with cocktails courtesy of Pressed Juicery, custom Coolhaus ice cream treats, and tunes via DJ Lady Monix.
When: Thursday, December 6, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Madewell at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive (near West 3rd Street); 323-900-8080.
How Do We Love Des Kohan? Let Us Count The Ways
We already knew that the folks over at Des Kohan had the golden touch (they carry some of the sickest styles from Alaïa, Juan Carlos Obando, and more), but, the store has taken that trait to a whole new level with the addition of Garland Collection — a carefully curated selection of standout vintage jewelry and home decor. Celebrate the addition of theses sparkly stunners by toasting champagne at the can't-beat boutique, just don't forget to RSVP!
When: Thursday, December 6, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Des Kohan, 671 Cloverdales Avenue (near Wilshire Boulevard); 323-857-0200.
RSVP: 323-857-0200 or Here
To Die For Tie-Dye Up For Grabs
When everyone from editors to celebs want to achieve low-key luxe, they hit up Raquel Allegra. The designer originally sourced fabric from recycled T-shirts via the Los Angeles County Prison System and has since expanded into linen, cashmere, and super-soft cotton. Pick up one of her signature tie-dye pieces where fall '12 items will be available for up to 60% off. Just make sure to bring bills — this event is cash-only.
When: Thursday, December 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 834 South Broadway, 4th Floor (between James M. Wood Boulevard and West 8th Street); no phone.
Riller & Fount Wants You To Shine On, You Crazy Diamond
Metallics reign supreme in Riller & Fount's holiday collection, which is convenient considering shiny fabrics are on regular rotation when we hit the holiday soirée circuit. Take up to 80% off the golden maxi dresses, off-the-shoulder tops, and more — ideal for those R29 readers who love to sparkle!
When: Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 308 East 9th Street, #407 (between Santee Street and Maple Avenue); no phone.
Here's How To Get A Hart of Dixie-Worthy Wardrobe
We know we're not the only ones obsessed over the costume choices on Hart of Dixie — Rachel Bilson's city slicker look is total work-wardrobe inspiration, and Jaime King's Southern belle is beautiful but totally modern. Well, when we learned that a slew of King's frocks were courtesy of McGinn, we booked it to The Grove (both Nordstrom and Anthropologie carry the label). If you're steering clear of the shopping mecca this holiday season, hit up the brand's sample sale this weekend where everything will be discounted up to 90% off.
When: Friday, December 7, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 807 Mateo Street (between East 7th Place and Violet Street); no phone.
Stock That Jewelry Box With Celeb-Approved Accessories
Who do Jennifer Aniston, Emma Stone, and Mila Kunis turn to when they're itching for A-list accessories? Jennifer Meyer, naturally. The jewelry designer has countless Hollywood devotees, and she'll be offering up her dainty and delicate jewels at Barneys for a one-day-only trunk show. We'll be making a beeline for the initial necklaces, FYI. They make uber-personal gifts (and Katie Holmes is a fan!).
When: Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Barneys, 9570 Wilshire Boulevard (between South Peck and South Camden drives); 310-777-5877.
The Early Bird Catches The Serious Swag At This DTLA Sale
What do you get the loved one who has everything? Rather than settle for a gift card, get 'em something that's unexpected, like stationery, lifestyle goods, or housewares from Poketo. The young DTLA shop (it has only been open for six whole months!), topped our guide to the best boutiques in SoCal for a reason — loads of quirky tomes and mags litter the shelves, and we can't get enough of the adorable apparel. Hustle over this weekend and the first 12 people in line will be treated to a special gift bag worth over $100 — time to set that alarm clock!
When: Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Poketo, 820 East Third Street (between South Hewitt and South Garey Streets); 213-537-0751.
Score Serious SoCal Style With A Little Help From A Local
One look at Heidi Merrick's latest collection, and you're instantly transported into a wonderland of crazy-chic and festive frocks, skirts, and tops. As the daughter of legendary surfboard shaper, Al Merrick, the designer's L.A.-based brand is all about combining ocean-inspired textures, colors, and prints with sensible silhouettes. Head on over to the appointment-only gift and sample sale where items for mom, sis, and aunt will be on the block — and don't forget to snag a stunner for all those holiday fetes!
When: Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 850 South Broadway, Suite 903 (near East 9th Street); 323-717-2153.
Meet Beatrice And Prepare To Fall In Love
Whenever we're in the market for scene-stealing leg wear, we hit up Love, Beatrice for leggings, tights, and knee highs in striped, heart, and star patterns. And, for one night only at one of our fave dive bars, the designer will be hosting a bash along with live sets by Dana Williams and He Met Her. Come adorn your pins with prints, then stay for the dancing and new artwork by visual artists Lena Daly and Laura Sutro.
When: Saturday, December 8, 8 p.m. to midnight
Where: Mandrake, 2692 South La Cienega Boulevard (near Alvira Street); 310-837-3297.
We'll Be Up Front With You, This Bazaar Is Bonkers
Where else can you find Wes Lang prints mingling with Rachel Craven linens? The Storefront Bazaar, of course! The vintage furniture and design collective is hosting its ongoing holiday event with loads of designers and artists including Annie Costello Brown, Esquivel, Tavin, and many more. But, if you're just a bag of lazy bones, head on over to cult design blog Bureau of Trade to fill your virtual shopping cart.
When: Saturday, December 8 through Tuesday, January 15, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 821 East Third Street (between South Hewitt and South Garey streets); no phone.
Photos From Left, Clockwise: Via Heidi Merrick; Via McGinn; Courtesy of Cynthia Vincent; Via Raquel Allegra