EYE OF NEWT: Botanical and zoological motifs may be commonplace now, but NYC jewelry designer Erica Weiner was among the first to craft baubles that were more creepy than pretty, and her goods are still, in our opinion, the best on the block, and the most reasonably priced to boot. These ½” beetles – made of brass, suspended from 14k gold – will set you back just $20 at ericaweiner.com.
DEAR JOHN: There’s a lot of discounted John Varvatos for the menfolk flying around this weekend; Friday and Saturday, head to the Metropolitan Pavilion for insanely good prices (up to 90% off) on both his design collection and John Varvatos USA label, which drop as low as $20 for accessories, top out at less than $300 for a suit (!!??), and hover at a reasonable $65 for jeans. 10/23-24 at Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street; RSVP here.
YO MOMMA SO TIRED: “I read No Exit in my early twenties, and I remember thinking hell might very well be other people, okay, sure, but under what far-fetched conditions would anyone ever actually be trapped forever in the company of strangers with no sleep or means of escape? Then I became a parent.” That’s a quote from Deborah Copaken Kogan, whose essay collection “Hell is Other Parents: And Other Tales of Maternal Combustion” (Voice, $13.99) – on raising three children in Manhattan – is painfully funny (emphasis on the “pain” part) and very, very timely (we’re talking to you, Stroller Brigade). Strand Books, 828 Broadway, 212-473-1452.
STILTED: If you’re gifted at walking in extremely high heels, Gunmetal makes some of the sexiest around – and you can stock up on wedges, boots, stilettos and more at the label’s sample sale, also going on at the Met Pav through Saturday. These puppies will set you back as little as $75 – one-tenth of what they go for normally, so get on it. Through 10/24; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street.
HOME SLICE: Score up to 70% off on all things Jonathan Adler – pillows, lighting, even furniture – at a sample sale running through Saturday in Long Island City. Bonus: Calypso is holding a clearance event on the premises, too. 38-16 Skillman Avenue Long Island City.
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