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5 Ways To Look Great and Save Big This Fall

So now that fall is firmly here on the East Coast, I have pulled out my sweaters and packed up the bikinis—adios guys, we had a lot of fun!

But as I was unpacking my winter clothing, I couldn’t help think that everything looked kinda lame? Has that ever happened to you? I was like “Is this what I wore last year? And I thought I was cute?” Uggh!!

But before I burn a hole in my credit card buying a whole new winter wardrobe (Vince “blanket coat” ) I’m looking at you!) vince-coat

Here are some lessons I’ve learned over the years to stretch my fashion budget.

1. Trade unwanted pieces for clothes or cash.

Places like Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads Trading Company, and Beacon’s Closet are retailers where you can take unwanted clothing and get cash, or store credit. This is a GREAT way to make the best use of clothes that are kinda too good for straight giveaway. Bagborroworsteal.com is now buying designer bags and shoes, so you can get good money for last seasons accessories.


2. Go Vintage or Go Home! So I am a bit biased as I co-own a vintage store, but shopping vintage is a great way to get in-season runway looks NOW at a HUGE discount. Many designers come into our shop (
A Little Wicked Vintage boutique) to buy inspirations for their next line. So, why pay a shit ton of money on  trends like gym-inspired sweaters and wrap skirts when you can go to a vintage store and get QUALITY in-season styles for a fraction of the cost.

3. Off price retailers— Stores like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s offer designer clothing at up to 60% off because of great relationships they have with buyers. They are able to get in- season items at a huge discount because the can buy last minute and bulk orders from around the globe.

4. Thinks outside the mall
I just did an event with the incomparable Wendy Williams at the Tanger outlet malls in Deerpark, NY, and it reminded what good deal could be found. Outlet malls tend to have a tired reputation because of their off-the-highway locations and cookie cutter settings. But no longer just home to Nike and Ann Taylor, outlet malls now feature tony brands like Catherine Malandrino, Celine, and Burberry, and outstanding savings. According to Consumer Reports, you can expect at least a 30% discount on merchandise, which makes a day at the outlets a worthy trip. People get good deals because outlet malls are where many retailers send their overstocked products.
Plus “outlet websites” like the outnet.com means you can get savings without leaving your home!

5. Consider consignment
Unlike vintage or thrift stores, consignment stores tend to sell newer items, like of-the-moment and last seasons clothes and accessories. Because trends tend to last beyond one season, this is a great way to buy a luxe piece at a discount. Check out Collette Designer Consignment or Resale Riches.


6. Shop Online sample sales and shop them on WEEKENDS-
Web sites like Giltgroupe and
Rue la la offer huge savings everyday, but most people don’t know that they offer even bigger savings on WEEKENDS when most daytime shoppers are away from their desks, so totes worth it to stay in and shop for an hour to get deep discounts.

7. Accessories are a great way to “poshen up” any wardrobe. Add instant flair to your ensemble by donning your mom’s cocktail ring or brooch at your next soiree or head to retailers like J. Crew and The Express who have a KILLER array of affordable jewelry.

8. Mend your clothing.
I feel every woman in America has a bag of clothes and shoes in her closet that she “means” to fix, whether a blazer needs a new button, or boots need to be resoled. Often times that “fix-it” bag can sit in the closet for seasons. Dust it off and drop it off at the tailors or shoe repair store, pronto. You’ll find you can get almost a new wardrobe for under $100.

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The Quiksilver Pro Hits NYC!

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The Quiksilver Pro, the biggest surf competition to hit the East Coast, came to Long Beach NY in early September and I was there talking to hot surf pro’s like Kelly Slater, The Hobgood Bro’s, Taj Burrows, and the winner of the event—the strapping Aussie, Owen Wright—a fun assignment indeed!! Check out our coverage HERE!

Hamptons Taste Test Challenge!

Robyn Moreno tastes her way across the Hamptons

Robyn Moreno tastes her way across the Hamptons

Every town has their iconic foods, NY City has Nathan’s Hot Dogs and Ray’s Pizza chains, L.A. has In-N-Out Burger, Austin has Stubb’s BBQ , you get the idea.

As a proud Hamptonite, I have enjoyed the Epicurean delights of my Hamlets, so I was out to the test on my show, Plum Daily, recently, and it was a tough one! Click HERE to see how I fared!

Come On, Irene!

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The Scariest Thing Irene Left Behind: The Goo!!

Robyn Moreno investigates the mysterious GOO left by Hurrican Irene!

Robyn Moreno investigates the mysterious GOO left by Hurrican Irene!

Watch the video HERE: if you dare!!

Braving The Storm In Style!

Robyn Moreno ready to take on Hurricane Irene!

Robyn Moreno ready to take on Hurricane Irene!

Thanks to my friends Kat, Shelby and Tony at the Salt Box in Montauk!

Inside Scoop On Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs decision to step down as CEO of Apple is both surprising and sad. My father died of pancreatic cancer and it a disgusting, terrifying disease. My heart is with Jobs and his family.

Here, at Plum, we had the pleasure of talking with a Jobs biographer, and he calls Jobs (who was adopted) one of the most intense and fascinating characters of our time, enjoy.

Watch here.

What Is My Dream Dress?

Robyn Moreno wants this Kate Moss vintage dress

Robyn Moreno wants this Kate Moss vintage dress

Have you ever coveted a celeb’s Oscar frock or wish you had TWO of your fave dresses because you wear it so much, its covered in wine stains and bursting at the seams? You’re in luck because an amazing store called Stitch will recreate any dress for you in your size and color choice—my heads gonna explode!

I am doing a segment on them for my show on Plum TV and they have offered to recreate my dream dress which is awesome, and kinda terrifying as there are SOO many dresses to choose from, ugghh.

Top of mind came this vintage yellow Kate Moss number, can I do better?

Thoughts on the best dress ever??? Let me know in comments section below…

Hamptons Zen

August issue of Plum Hamptons magazine

August issue of Plum Hamptons magazine

In this months issue of Plum Hamptons magazine, I did a round up of the best places to satiate your spirit from from vineyard yoga to meditating in the woods. Check it out, and get in your Zen Zone!

Summer is finally here, so don’t let gnarly traffic or chatty weekenders steal your sunshine. Robyn Moreno rounds up the best ways to keep the bliss in your beach time.

— Sound Meditation at the Longhouse Reserve

The gorgeous LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton offers Sound Meditation sessions every Saturday morning at 8 am through September 3rd taught by landscape designer and meditation teacher, Jim Owen. Sessions are held on the lawn, and classes for July include chanting for meditation, and “feeling your own flower essence.” Channeling you’re inner hydrangea might be a bit trippy, but far more fun than getting  stampeded at a Soul Cycle class.

Suggested donation of $20.00 for non-members and $18.00 for members.
longhouse.org.

—Vineyard Yoga at Channing Daughters

John Seelye’s Anaura-style classes are known for their playful style replete with lots of handstands and arm balances. So it makes sense this summer he’s taking the frolicking outside to the
Channing Daughters Vineyards in Sagaponack.  Classes are held underneath a tent in the Sculpture Garden, and offer different skill levels and times. With the vineyard tasting room open from 11-5, seven days a week, you can get you’re yoga on, then reward yourself after with an NY Times-rated glass of rosato. www.oneoceanyoga.com

——Reiki Certification on the Spirit Seeker Sailboat in Sag Harbor

Known as a “floating sanctuary” the “The Spirit Seeker” sailboat hosts sunset meditation cruises and beach yoga sails up and down the Northeast Coast. During August  Captain Ike Rodrigiez, a  Reiki master,  is sailing into Sag Harbor and offering daylong Reiki certification workshops. Participants will set sail, then anchor and enjoy a daylong workshop on the art of hands-on healing energy. “You look like you need a little help with your life flow” might be the new pick up line of summer 2012. $150, www.spiritseekerjourneys.com

—Man Love

Love Yoga Studio in Montauk may boast some of the hottest female teachers in the Hamps, but their guy-focused classes are getting all the buzz. Dudes can get their wrestle on with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes aimed at teaching you “self control and confidence—”  two essential traits for the summertime hedonistsic Hamptons.

Love also offers a new “Man Up”  yoga class designed specifically for the needs of inflexible men: tight hamstrings, hips and all. Man Up promises to “untie the knots from all those years of ballin’ and shot callin.’”  If they can at least undo some of the damage from a night at the Surf Lodge or  Sloppy Tuna, they’ve done their job. Loveyogamontauk.com

—Masters and Service

Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor is hosting some of the leading teachers in the country in a special Master Class including the fiercly sexy Kelly Morris, Earth Goddes and Shanti founder Colleen Saidman co-teaching with Iyengar guru Rodney Yee, and  “Janis Joplin-esque” Dana Flynn (founder of Laughing Lotus) who promises to rock the Shanti.

Also in August, Shanti is partnering with Yoga Gives to offer yoga classes benefitting Sloan Kettering pediatrics, Bent on Learning, and the Tory Burch Foundation. Great for those who wants to give back without having to buy a dress and drag your husband to yet another benefit dinner.

yogashanti.com

—SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Yoga

Tri-athlete and yogini Jessica Bellafotto is combining her two loves—stand up paddle and yoga—this summer with her new “SUP-yoga” classes offered at Maidstone Park in the Springs. The challenging class includes stand up paddle instruction, followed by a paddle out to a secluded spot (great so no one can see you fall in), then a yoga class targeting legs butt, back, and arms designed to kick your ass into shape.
$75 per class or $300 for a pack of six session. jessicabellofattoyoga.com

—Worship in the Woods

There are a myriad of churches to choose on a Sunday, but the Quaker meeting in Shelter Island is arguably the coolest. Quakers, or Society of Friends, congregate outside in the woods of the Sylvestor Manor farm in Shelter Island on pews made from logs. The 10:30am “service” is an hour long silent meditation in the beautiful wilderness. And there is no dress code, so swim suits are welcome. Its sounds heavenly. Call 631-749-1603 for info.