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January 11, 2007

Shop til You Drop (a few kgs)

January is underway. . . the Krug’s all quaffed and the cold turkey reluctantly consumed. You’ve made a few resolutions including trying to find your inner Health Goddess. However, if hammering away at the gym seems like it will be too much of a shock to the system, not to worry. We have an alternative suggestion, guaranteed to energize, tone and leave you looking fabulous. Sculpt your muscles and increase your endurance by doing a circuit around this year’s Sales!

Fitness Plan for 2007:

*Cardio — use the escalators at Pacific Place instead of the elevators.
*Weights — balance shopping bags in both hands, the more you buy, the more weight you lift!
*Stretch — your budget? No way! Not with our little guide to the Best of the Sales . . .

Bench Press: ($7,000 to $30,000)

For Him
Italian stallion? Spoil yourself with a Canali Cashmere Coat ($11,900 reduced to $7,140), a Brioni Leather Jacket ($32,500 reduced to $22,750) or an Armani Collezioni Black Suit ($12,500 reduced to $8,750). All at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central.

For Her
Envy the celebs’ designer duds? Look red carpet ready in these deeply discounted dream items. Dazzle in a Roberto Cavalli Crystal Encrusted Cardigan ($15,995 reduced to $7,997.50) or Purple Halter-Neck Evening Gown ($23,995 reduced to $14,397) Both at Roberto Cavalli, IFC Mall, Central. Complete your look with Alexander McQueen’s Cream Cashmere Coat ($32,000 reduced to $12,800) at Joyce, Shop 334 and a Chloe Silverado Shopping Bag in Noisette Leather ($14,440 reduced to $8,664) Chloe, Shop 335. Both in Pacific Place, Admiralty.

For the Home
Weary from shopping all day in stilettos? Fling your languid limbs on a Three Seater Linen Sofa ($15,000 reduced to $11,500) at Tequila Kola, Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau.

Heavy Lifting: ($1,000 to $7,000)

For Him
Can you say casual chic? Cosy up in a Mongolian Cashmere Dunhill Jumper ($3,795 reduced to $2,277) Dunhill, Level 3, Pacific Place, Admiralty. Or slip into Prada’s Authentic Old Denim Jeans ($2,450 reduced to $1,715) with one of Y’s Yohji Yamamoto Long-Sleeved T-Shirts ($2900 reduced to $1450) and a Pal Zileri Cashmere Scarf ($1,900 reduced to $1,330). All at Lane Crawford, Pacific Place, Admiralty. Top off your style with Comme des Garcons Shirt Woollen Trench Coat ($9,600 reduced to $4,800) Joyce, Shop 334 Pacific Place, Admiralty.

For Her

Sleek shoes and sexy lingerie—every woman’s wardrobe necessities! Step into Sergio Rossi Brown Suede Sandals with Gold Micro-Chain Strap ($5,200 reduced to $3,150) or Stella McCartney Black Canvas Ribbed Pumps with white heel and platform ($4,790 reduced to $3,400) or find cool comfort in Marc Jacobs Ballet Flats ($4,900 reduced to $3,000). All at Lane Crawford, Pacific Place, Admiralty. Surprise him in Christian Louboutain Black Crepe and Gold Leather Josephine Sandals ($4,610 reduced to $3,050) Joyce, Shop 334 and a Malizia by La Perla Corset ($1,800 reduced to $1,260) La Perla, Shop 360. Both at Pacific Place, Admiralty.

For the Home
Add style and sensibility to your home with a Kitchen Aid Mixer ($7,993 reduced to $4,170) The Pan Handler, Shop 318, Princes Building, Central, a Kenzo King-Sized Duvet Bed Set ($5,750 reduced to $2,875) Bed & Bath, Shop 206-208, Princes Building, Central or a Ceramic Tiled Vase ($2,480 reduced to $1,740) Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central.

Free-Weights: (under $1,000)

For Him

Weekend warrior? Go from tee-time to after hours in Dunhill’s Two Fold 100% Cotton Dunhill Shirts ($1295 reduced to $906.50) Dunhill, Level 3, Pacific Place, Admiralty. For a jaunt at the club, try a layered look with a Paul Smith T-Shirt ($790 reduced to $475) under a John Smedley Fitted Sweater ($1,500 reduced to $750). For evening, ease into a Hugo Boss Slim Fit Black Shirt ($1,700 reduced to $850). All at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central.

For Her

So, you’re the style-maven copying looks straight out of Vogue. Why not do so for a fraction of the price? Check out FCUK’s Long-Sleeved Cream Cropped Cardigans ($599 reduced to $360) or Angora Fitted Jumpers ($529 reduced to $371) French Connection, IFC Mall, Central. For more sweater-chic, try Club Monaco ‘s Cashmere Jumpers ($1,290 reduced to $905) or Long Irina Cardigans ($1490 reduced to $745) Club Monaco, IFC Mall, Central. Or visit Zara or Mango where almost everything is on Sale. We especially loved Zara’s Pencil Skirts ($379 reduced to $259) and Mango’s Animal Print Tees ($255 reduced to $127). Both at IFC Mall, Central.

For the Home
Cheap and chic—these stylish items make great gifts: BMG Creations Tea Set ($900 reduced to $720), a Small Marble Vase ($440 reduced to $355) or Tonic Almond and Husk Soaps ($150 reduced to $75). All at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central.

Before you start adding all of this extra weight to your credit card, check out our Sale Dos and Don’ts, to help you avoid the dreaded “buyer’s remorse”:

-    Do check out your closets and assess your inventory! Why buy something new when you can rock your own “vintage”?
-    Do a wardrobe cleanout! Contact Home Sweet Home (2586 1128, to arrange for pick-up of your old clothes. They will even pay you $1 per item (and it could add up!). Out with the old and in with the new is the motto-du-jour.
-    Do your research! Check out the latest fashion mags to find out what new styles tickle your fancy and make a list of fashionable must-haves that work for your wardrobe.
-     Don’t double up. If you feel the urge to buy yet another white shirt or pair of black stilettos then make sure that the new object of desire is as glam, or superior to, your existing version.
-     Don’t buy it just because it’s on sale. Remember, if it didn’t allure you in any way at $5000, even with the new price tag, it’s still not sexy!

Now that we’ve gotten you warmed up…it’s time to Get Ready, Get Set, Charge!

Please note: All information listed in this email was correct at press time. We can offer no guarantees on the pricing or availability on any of these items.

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