KEEP IT SIMPLE: If you asked a surfer-photographer to design a sneaker, what would you get? In the case of Joe Curren, the result is gorgeous footwear inspired by summer. His sneaker collection for SIMPLE Shoes will run you about $60 a pair, and all the materials are sustainable, too. Ask for them at Bloomingdales and Sustainable NYC, or grab them online.
IN THE BAG: Here's a clever ploy: Rather than cook up another ho-hum pastel-toned makeup bag in which to cram your "free gift with purchase," Clinique enlisted color-hungry design maven Trina Turk to put her own spin on the wee pouch (and fill it with seven of her favorite Clinique products). The result? A free gift that lives up to its name. Free with $25 of Clinique goods exclusively at Nordstrom.
I HRT DVF: Plenty of sample sales make us feel all meh, as in, no doubt this stuff is on sale for a reason. And then there's Diane Von Furstenberg -- fashion royalty, high priestess of the sassy print, creator of the iconic wrap dress. Her sample sales, we camp out overnight for (almost). 6/2-6, 260 5th Avenue at 28th Street. More info here.