Saturday, July 31, 2010

Last Pair SALE!

Combing through our shoe stock a few months back, we realized how many single pairs of certain styles we have left. While all the others walked out with a happy customer, these last pairs from over 12 styles are still looking for homes. From sizes 6-11, we have numerous styles in our LAST PAIR SALE!

From L-R -
Top Row: Joie Oxford flats in blue, size 41. DV "Whitney" boot, size 6. Brian Atwood "Trixi" pump, size 37.5.
2nd Row: LAMB "Teza" flat, size 6. Brian Atwood "Violet" heel, size 36. Giuseppe Zanotti D'Orsay multicolored pump, size 38.5.
3rd Row: Seychelles snakeskin flat, size 37. Giuseppe Zanotti gold satin kitten heel, size 38.5. Bettye Muller copper gladiator sandal, size 37.
Bottom Row: Sigerson Morrison white/gold sandal, size 11. Marc by Marc Jacobs "Miss Marc" flat, size 36.5. Marc by Marc Jacobs metallic bow pump, size 37.5.

Not pictured: Botkier tall black leather boot, size 38. ULU "Val D Isere" brown boot, size 6. ULU "Suluk" tan boot, size 6. Giuseppe Zanotti black leather over-the-knee boot, size 36.

From flats to pumps, these last pairs are discounted at up to 60% off. So next time you're in the Old Market or in need of a pair of unique shoes, come check out these. Trust us, you won't be disappointed by the selection... or the pricetags!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Three 4 Thursday

Ever open up your closet and think you have nothing to wear? Or do you find yourself wearing the same things every day? In a recent NYTimes article, Eric Wilson writes about the "shopping diet" as well as the "Six Items or Less" challenge, where participants pick 6 items from their wardrobe and can only wear those 6 pieces for a 30 day period. You can change accessories, wear different shoes and obviously mix and match those 6 items. It made me think about what 6 items in my closet that I would pick...check back later this week to find out my 6 items I would pick. What would yours be?

Night WorkI am currently loving the newish CD from Scissor Sisters called Night Work. The title song itself is a fun, rollicking beat that makes you want to get up and get on the dance floor. Or at least for me, open up the windows of my car and blast it.

All I am thinking about this week is how to get to Sunday. Because that's the night that Mad Men's season 4 begins (10/9c). I wish I was in NYC though so that I could go to this...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

TOP THREE: Bond Perfumes

I must admit that prior to interning at the Troc, I was all but oblivious to the world of fragrance. The only bottle I had owned was Mary Kay's Velocity, which I practically bathed in when I was 13 after my aunt gave it to me for Christmas. But for whatever reason, my spending money always gravitated towards food and clothing before it ventured anywhere near the perfume counter.

Three days into working at Trocadero, the delightfully star-shaped bottles of Bond No. 9 called to me, begging to be tested. Another employee rattled off the numerous benefits of this brand, which, at over $100 for a small bottle, was incredibly intimidating to a fragrance freshman like myself.

Luckily for me, the captivating scents spoke for themselves. I barely heard her tell me about their incredibly long-lasting formula (they contain the highest level of eau de parfum of any scent on the market) and her chatter about the brand's creation after the September 11th attacks - each is dedicated to a different area of New York City - fell on deaf ears.

From that day forth, I was hooked. Three scents in particular have had me at first sniff, however, and have me saving up to start my own personal Bond collection.

1.] Chinatown. A sweet floral, Chinatown is my absolute favorite of the Bond fragrances we carry. The top notes of peach blossom and gardenia are feminine yet strong, making it the perfect scent to spritz on for an evening out - and, as PJ noted, it just happens to be the sexiest fragrance ever! I have never felt so passionate about a perfume in the past; I proclaimed it my "signature scent" after using up a small sample bottle!

2.] Chelsea Flowers. It's pretty obvious at this point that I fancy a good floral. Chelsea Flowers is my top pick for everyday wear - the white peony and hyacinth top notes are light and delicate, while the magnolia and sandalwood base provide a solid foundation for this all-around spectacular scent.

3.] Astor Place. There is just something about Astor that I adore during the summertime - it has this upbeat energy to it that is absolutely infectious, and the scent is somewhat reminiscent of apples to me. Its bold color-blocked bottle makes this fruity fragrance one of the first ones that new customers pick up, and they are never disappointed with its artful combination of violet, freesia, poppy, mandarin, teakwood, and amber.

If you're curious about Bond, stop by the Troc and pick up a few samples of your favorites - with so many bottles to choose from, you're bound to find a scent you can't live without!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Three 4 Thursday

This skirt from J Crew is something I recommended to one of my Trocadero clients during her one-to-one wardrobe consultation at her home. It has a great slight bubble shape, is mini enough (but not in an obscene way) and has an elastic band waist that's easy to get in and out of. It just turned out that I ran into another one of my customers the next day and she happened to be wearing the skirt! It looks even better in person and is actually on sale right now at (and at the stores too) from $64.50 to $49.50.

I've just gotten a new car lease and one of the cool things is that I get free XM radio for a month! It makes me want to spend as much time in my new ride just so that I can continually listen to XM 44 "1st Wave" radio. It's like reliving my high school years every minute of the day! With hits from Duran Duran and The Smiths (my faves!) to hearing more obscure songs from Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, The The and Siouxsie, well I can't help but find myself driving around aimlessly hoping to hear what's next so that I can go home and use iTunes to purchase an oldie but goodie.
I'm a huge carnivore but I can't help but fall in love with the most awesome, vegan restaurant Daily Grub! It's located on 20th and Pierce (down the street from red sauce Italian Malara's) and it serves up tasty, extremely flavorful vegetarian dishes all in the cute comfort of a farmhouse-to-table restaurant. With little tables, bar seating and a giant chalkboard with all the weekly menu offerings, it's a tiny slice of healthy living in the heartland of America. But with sandwiches like the Vietnamese banh mi (absolutely delicious!), it's not just typical all-American fare. Menu changes weekly and they're only open 11-3 for lunch Monday thru Friday. But the best way to be in the loop is to become a fan of Daily Grub on Facebook! I know I check in every Monday to see what Elle's serving up! If you're in Omaha, go check it out...and have a happy belly when you leave...

Daily Grub photo source

I Used To Be A Rice Bag

Just a few weeks ago, we received a shipment of the BC Danke Ricebag sandals, and boy did they fly off the shelves in no time. These shoes are not only adorable, comfortable, and the perfect casual summer sandal, but they are unique in which they are made from recycled ricebags! Besides being eco-friendly, these shoes are truly unique because no two shoes are alike. The array of colors seen from the rice bags makes these perfect because they will match virtually everything in your closet! The best part about these darling sandals is that they retail for only $35! Thankfully for you (and me!), our second batch has just arrived, so hurry in to grab yourself a pair before they’re all gone!

P.S. Don’t forget to grab a matching “I Used To Be A Rice Bag” wallet (just big enough to hold your phone, credit cards, and a bit of cash!) while you’re at it!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Sexiest Fragrance Ever

In the July issue of Allure, Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, the authors of Perfume: The Guide, ranked the top five sexiest scents of all time. Their number one pick? Chinatown by Bond No. 9 New York!

Here's what Turin, a scientist, and Sanchez, a perfume critic, had to say about Chinatown, which they described as smelling like spice:

"If wearing Opium is like walking around with a bullhorn shouting, 'Come and get it!' Chinatown is like discreetly whispering the same thing.

The other four perfumes to make the cut were Insolence Eau de Parfum by Guerlain, Bulgari Black by Bulgari, 31 Rue Cambon by Chanel and Secretions Magnifiques by Etat Libre D'Orange.

Do you agree with Turin and Sanchez's picks? What do you think is the sexiest fragrance ever?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Troc's Three 4 Thursday

It's been a while since I've blogged but I have so many ideas and usually so little time. So I've decided to edit myself and just quick blog about THREE things today...and since it happens to be Thursday, I've come up with a new weekly blog posting called The Troc's Three 4 Thursday!

I'll be linking to other sites and things that have caught my eye this week...

T4T #1...One of my former colleagues at In Style has a fabulous beauty site called Beauty Blitz (doesn't hurt that she was born with the name Polly Blitzer!). It's an insider-info online beauty magazine chock full of tips, expert advice, new product launches, interviews and Q&As. What caught my eye this week is the "Meet the Pros" focus on Laurice Rahme, the founder of uber-exclusive fragrance line Bond No. 9 (and available at Trocadero, of course!).

T4T #2? I'm having a beauty moment today. So my second link is also beauty-related and happens to be an item I'm obsessed with...this Sephora for OPI nail polish I purchased a few weeks ago before going on vacation. It's called "Only Gold For Me" and it's a clear polish with big gold flakes (and a great price at $9 a bottle!). Unlike a smaller glitter-look, the flecks of gold are larger and almost look like real gold leaf on the nail bed. Right now my nails are super long again and I really love wearing it so that the gold flecks are on the bottom half of my nails and not on the white tips. It really is like jewelry for the nails and it lasts a long time (and obviously since it's clear and the flecks are randomly placed, there are really no touch-up issues).

The final T4T #3 this week would have to be these awesome tank tops that I now own in three colors. You might think I'm crazy again shopping in the maternity section at Target, but I found these on the way to the check out and what makes them perfect is that they're much longer than the average tank top. They don't look or feel maternity -- they just cut longer, come in great colors and are $9.99 each. Check them out: Liz Lange Maternity for Target Long and Lean ribbed tank tops. They're a no brainer.