Top 5 Back-to-School Trends

Weekday mornings in September can be a bit “challenging” (well, that’s the PG version of what we really want to day). Usually, “Mom, I don’t want to wear thaaaat!” echoes through the house, but this year will be different. The solution is simple: Buy kids exactly what they want to wear. Focus on these five fads while shopping for your school-bound trendsetter.

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Have a Sesame Street Birthday Party!

Shia’s 2nd birthday was inspired by his love for Elmo, but it was hard to make the theme cute and chic! Every party decoration I found was cheesy, and didn’t go with the feel I wanted: kid-friendly, but with some personal touches. We chose Kidville (there are lots of locations), because we knew the 26 2-year-olds needed to be constantly stimulated. There was a Play-Doh station, tattoo station, kids’ gym, bouncy castle, and a music class with puppets. Here is a list of where the birthday party accessories came from (they’re almost all from Etsy) — I hope this helps when you’re planning your Sesame Street party!

— Sam Cutler, Shia’s mom 

1. My friend did a Sesame Street theme for her son in Washington, DC. She shipped the chair covers to me for his party, and they were a big hit. They’re from chasing-fireflies.com.

2. One of my first purchases for his party was the “Shia Street” sign. I got it here.

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Freefall is Back! Your How-To Guide

 

For those of you who were hooked on Cyber Monday… Gilt Freefall is back! And for those of you newbies out there, here’s everything you need to know about when to visit the site and how it works. Good luck on scoring the best deals!

February Freefall will be the most exciting 15 minutes of your day from 11:45 AM – noon ET on February 11 – 22 (weekdays only). Check in at 11:45 AM to preview the items on sale, then get ready to shop from 11:50 AM – noon. There will be two Freefall sales on our Kids’, Woman’s, and Men’s sites, each lasting five minutes. The sales feature a limited selection of products, carefully curated by our buyers, and as the minutes tick by, the prices drop. You have to act fast — should you risk losing the product to wait for the lower price? It’s up to you!

A unique feature of Freefall: The item’s price is locked in once you select it, and bypasses going into member’s carts. Don’t worry if you already have five items in your cart (the max) — we’ll take you straight to checkout to buy that particular item.

See you at 11:45 AM on Monday, February 11 on Gilt.com. These sales are not on the mobile site or apps — don’t miss them!

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Holiday Week 7: Make It Yours at Gilt.com

All your holiday shopping is done, so it’s time to treat yourself. Come on, you know you deserve it. This week, fill your closet (and your home) with cool products that will help you and your family start the new year in style.

Women never need an excuse to add something fabulous to their wardrobes (especially when the prices are unbelievable). Luxurious cashmere sweaters, glitzy sequined tops, and chandelier earrings top our list this week. Looking for designer duds that aren’t crazy expensive? The dresses, coats, and cardigans from Zac Posen, Love Moschino, Vera Wang and more start as low as $150.

Guys can’t go wrong with the jeans, blazers, and button-downs from the Emporio Armani blowout sale, and now’s the time to snag a new suit —Luigi Bianchi Mantova’ssleek silhouettes keep men looking sharp.

If your closet is packed to the brim, buy some clothes for the kids! Our huge selection of boys’ and girls’ clothing is up to 70% off (we have trendy threads for fussy tween fashionistas, too). Our buyers also looked far and wide for the best European brands, including Jacadi, Portolano, and L.O.L. Kids.

Spice up your home with everything from statement-making decor to little luxuries. Give your bedroom a makeover with the softest bedding from Coyuchi and Belle Epoque, then curl up with a cuddly cashmere throw and a delicious bottle of Bordeaux.

Are you ready to rock your New Year’s resolution? Kick 2013 into high gear with the best workout essentials from Prima Studio and Beyond Yoga, skincare from Kiehl’s, healthy cooking must-haves, and more — sales start Jan. 2.

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