Shopping Soiree at Wallingford's Flirt

Who says cocktails and credit cards don't mesh?

PURCHASE PARTY: We like Flirt in Wallingford for that last minute embroidered and beaded top that we forgot we needed to have. But now, Flirt is catering itself to the party girl demographic, offering an after-hours private shopping event for five to 20 of your closest friends. Not only will they offer an even more intimate version of their one-on-one fashion consultation, but they will provide your guest list girlfriends with cocktails and hors d'oeurves, free of charge. Additionally, all purchases will be at a discount of 10 percent off. Sign us up!

THE DOCTOR IS IN: Who knew that nestled somewhere in Meriden was the headquarters of a skin care guru named Dr. Nicholas Perricone? Okay, so we knew. And you probably did too since we've all driven by the signs. But we bet you didn't know he had a new Deal of the Day blog, offering 100 full-size versions of a best seller at over 50 percent off. Yesterday was the Face Firming Activator, for $40, down from $100 - with free shipping. What's tomorrow? Well we don't know (obviously) but that's half of the fun! Check it out yourself online.

GROWN UP NAPSACK: We're way past the age of going back to school, but we can't help but feel the need to fulfill our new backpack craving. We're not talking about your typical nylon Jansport, but a tote that looks equally chic carrying your laptop or your yoga mat. Our vote this year is for NYC designer, Alison Pawling, and her West/Feren collection - especially her Bocas Tote. Linen and leather structure the expandable square tote with plenty of inside and outside pockets, in bright school-ready colors and prints, like Tomato and Aztec print, Navy and Yellow. Buy online for $330.  (And while you're at it, buy us one, too!)


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