Foot Joy for Two on The Cheap
Frugal stylistas who want to morph their hoof-like dogs into dreamy tootsies should definitely take note of the two-for-one Monday deals happening until the end of August. Take a friend, sister, your mom or even a beau for synchronized pampering at half-price. Deluxe manicures are $25, pedicures go for $50 (and include a soak in your choice of essential oils, plus cuticle care, sole buffing, massage, a nail trim and pretty polish), or get both services for $70. Translation: $35 each for a higher-end mani/pedi combo with your fave gal-pal. Not too shabby. Where: 753 Queen West, 416-955-0714, www.flownailspa.comBonus, once you’re done, scoot across the street to The Red Tea Box (696 Queen West, 416 203-8882) for a yummy Madhatter’s bento-box lunch with an iced Chai.
The shoe frenzy continues at Town Shoes where fall arrivals tempt, eclipsed only by the deep deals on seasonal merchandise.
Shoe tarts can save an extra 25 per cent off already reduced footwear, when they buy two pairs, so shop with a friend or splurge on yourself. To get more mileage out of your purchases, consider opting for peek-a-boo or closed toe sandals and heels (which can be worn with stockings, once the weather cools) versus roman sandals or flip flops that will soon be closet-bound. If you fell hard for a certain pair and wore them out, snag a second at half price and save them for next summer. www.townshoes.com.
Old Navy summer deals and autumn treats
Bargain-hunters can still delight in dreamy summer deals, including slashed price tags on shorts, various tanks and tees, tunic tops, billowy printed frocks and whisper thin cotton sundresses, select sandals and flats, plus oodles of colourful accessories — most reduced by 50 to 70 per cent off regular prices. Don’t skip the maternity area where lots of tops are in the $9 to $19 range, and look just as fetching on those without child. Many of the reduced pieces can easily work now and also transition smoothly into fall layering. Equally tempting markdowns await the frugal in the men’s and kids’ sections.
Plus, watch for the first wave of super-cute on trendy fall separates — such as boatneck tunic dresses in jewel-toned jersey, striped babydolls, empire-waisted trapeze coats in caramel corduroy and cigarette-legged coloured denims, all priced under $50. Also notable are metallic pleather headbands (just $4.50).
Betsey at the Bay
Betsey Johnson recently cartwheeled into the fragrance market with her new signature scent, a fruity floriental medley for girly-girls with an edge that comes in a vampy retro bottle perfect for the boudoir. And, through to the end of the month, snag an eye-popping pink and yellow leopard print makeup bag as well as two lip balms as a gift with any purchase over $70 at the Bay (while supplies last).