Spasso Launches Aperitivo Menu Full of Small Bites and $5 Cocktails

Five dollar fruit-infused cocktails are hard to find in New York. So are $3 crostinis, prosciutto, and stuffed eggs. So when a homey Italian restaurant in the West Village launches a daily aperitivo menu offering all of these things from 4-6pm, we take note. We listen. And we RUN there. To Spasso. Where limoncello and foccacia await.

Spasso’s Milanese-style menu features up to eight seasonal $2-5 snacks and $10 cocktails. But if you check in on Four Square, the drinks are actually 50 percent off  for the first round.

The cocktails feature such drinks as the limoncello and lime-based Maserati; the prosecco and peach Alfa Romeo; and the bourbon and orange twist Lamborghini. Yes, these deliciously-filled flukes are “driving” you and your night in the right direction. Most likely in the direction of THE SMALL BITES.

These bites are more than bites: when put together, they form an assorted platter of all the pre-dinner nibbles your grandmother served that your mom never let you have seconds of. But you’re an adult now, so go wild on such offerings as sliced mortadella and prosciutto, marinated eggplant, seafood salad, and sweet and spicy nuts.

If you’re still hungry when the clock strikes 6pm, stay for one of Spasso’s full meals that are equally as satisfying and three times the size. Or just sleep outside and come back in the next day at 4pm for some more sweet and spicy nuts. Whatever works. 

Deal Alert: Barneys is Practically Giving These Manolos Away

Here is a killer deal! I came across these stunning, deeply discounted Manolo Blahnik Cuticula heels for only $359 at Barneys. I was sure they were only available in size 5, then discovered they have practically every size from 6 to 10! Get on them now—discounted from $895, these beauties are sure to go quickly.

Shop the deal here.

Adorable Affordable Handbags

It’s holiday crunch time, ladies. If you’re still putting your wish list together, now is the time to add on a handbag—or two. At these prices he’ll be glad to buy you two or maybe three depending on how good you’ve been this year. We all know a good handbag is an investment piece. I’ve never drooled over an accessory more than a beautiful bag. They’re even more enjoyable when received as a gift. I especially love the Marc by Marc Jacobs line. They’re quality and affordable, even at retail price—like this Marc by Marc Jacobs navy textured bowling bag for $360. So I’ve scoured the interwebz for some of the best deals. You can save yourself some time and just slip the note under his pillow tonight. Hurry, we only have 24 hours left!

Sara Berman Cand Leather Messenger Bag, $275 image

Elie Tahari Metallic Leather Shoulder Bag, $349 image

Christian Louboutin Miss Alpha Leather Handbag, $626 image

Hot Deal: Twelfth Street Adele Buckle Sandals

If you haven’t bought your New Year’s Eve heels yet, these gray leather Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent buckle sandals will take you through New Year’s and into spring. The neutral color goes well with just about anything and the high, triple gold buckles add a touch of drama. At 70% off, you’ll have plenty of dough left over for bubbly and after-holiday sales.

Regularly $325, now $97.50 here.

Get Exclusive Access to Rent the Runway’s Soho Warehouse

Come out next week to Rent the Runway‘s exclusive warehouse event for Gilt City members. For the first time ever you can try before you rent, with designer dresses and accessories from Preen, Herve Leger, Alice + Olivia, Proenza Schouler, Halston Heritage, Dolce & Gabbana, and many more. To top it off, there will complimentary hair and makeup artists in addition to Rent the Runway’s team of fashion stylists. Designer dresses plus free styling, hair, and makeup? Sold!

When: Thursday, December 30, 5pm-8pm, and Friday, December 31, 11am-3pm. Where: Rent the Runway Warehouse, 163 Varick Street, 4th Floor, NYC.

Tickets required for admittance: $5 at Gilt City.

Opening Ceremony Year-End Sale Starts Today

There have been a lot of great things coming out of Opening Ceremony lately (not to mention the fact that it’s one of Donald Glover’s favorite stores), but the year-end sale is what we’ve all been waiting for. If you held out on buying pieces from the highly-coveted Pendleton x Opening Ceremony collection (pictured), you’re in luck—the sale includes many of the best designer collaborations, such as Robert Clergerie and Jean Paul Gaultier. Starting today, the sale is going on at each of the three worldwide retail locations, as well as online. With discounts up to 70% off, the Howard Street and Ace Hotel locations will have extended holiday hours for those of us staying in town over the weekend. As one of the bigger sales of the year, I suggest stocking up on plenty of designer pieces now—you have the rest of the year to settle your credit card debt.

33-35 Howard Street Mon-Sat: 11am-8pm Sun: 12pm-7pm Dec. 22-23: 11am-9pm

Ace Hotel 1190-1192 Broadway Sun-Tue: 10am-9pm Wed: 11am-7pm Thurs-Sat: 11am-10pm Dec. 22-23: 11am-10pm

Ring in the New Year With Manolo Blahnik

The Manolo Blahnik boutique sale is coming up on January 3. Start your year off right with Manolos at discount prices. A recent study (conducted by me) shows that women can never have enough shoes. So mark your calendars for January 3 and get over to your nearest Manolo Blahnik boutique to ensure you maintain a clean bill of shoe health.

Find your nearest boutique here.

Deal of the Day: Stuart Weitzman Trifecta Pumps

At 72% off, these adorable Stuart Weitzman brown suede pumps are a steal! The “Trifecta” pumps feature leather uppers with covered four-inch heels and gold leather trim. The perfect, unique shoe to complement your gold New Year’s dress! Regularly $295, now $82.49.

Shop the deal here.

The Best Time of the Year to Buy Sandals: NOW

With winter in full swing and the worst months just around the corner, there is one pro to this cold weather: great sales on sandals. Because they’re out of season, you can get incredible deals right now! Don’t wait until spring when everyone is shopping for sandals and prices shoot up—get them on the off-season for a fraction of the cost. In fact, buying during the off-season is obviously the best time to get deals on just about anything—even at your favorite department stores. Use this knowledge to your advantage and start your spring shopping now with these Opening Ceremony multi-buckle platform sandals, originally $450, now $157!

Diane von Furstenberg Black Leather Wedge Sandals, originally $295, now $147 image

Sigerson Morrison Cage Sandals, originally $255, now $127 image

L.A.M.B. Qamar Slingbacks, originally $299, now $68.88 image