Welcome to Workout Wednesday: every hump-day, we'll be rounding up some of the city's hottest fitness trends and studios.
Photo: Chris Fanning/The Sweat Life
"We believe that there's no best workout, there's no best diet, there's no best body—there's only what's best for you, and we're going to give you the tools to help you find that," Aly Teich told Racked recently. The New York native, with long brown hair, the envious build of your favorite barre instructor, and a low, husky voice, is on a mission to show New Yorkers the best healthy options our city has to offer with her new website, The Sweat Life—and she's doing it all on camera.
Its highlight is a weekly video series inside New York's boutique fitness studios. "We capture the experience of the workout, which is very hard to do in a written article with a few photos," Teich explained, since they can't offer "the energy of the instructor" or the vibe of the place. "You don't get that experience until you get to see it, and we offer that."
A ten-year background in media and entertainment, plus a personal expertise in all things wellness, makes Teich the perfect host for these videos. "We're not like some other sites that are there to say what's better than something else," she said. "We just want to help these guys put their best foot forward, whether it's someone as well known as Barry's Bootcamp … or some really great under-the-radar spots that people haven't found out about yet."
Everything's been personally tested by Teich before an episode is filmed, and so far The Sweat Life is only covering what it endorses. "I really believe all fitness is good fitness, but if I feel like something is going to hurt people, or it's really negative for you, then I'm not going to cover it at this point."
Aside from the studio visits, The Sweat Life has a series of articles covering everything in the health spectrum: Along with Teich's personal articles, there's verticals for food, fashion, beauty, technology and lots more. There's even sections dedicated to men's fitness and parenting, plus a brand-new video where Teich gets acupuncture—performed by her brother (don't worry, he's licensed for it).
Coming up? Look forward to lots more videos, including at the aforementioned Barry's, City Row, barre studios, and more. But for now, check out a recent episode from Tone House, featuring one of this year's hottest trainer contestants: Alonzo Wilson.
Photo: Flat 128
WEST VILLAGE—Wish Flat 128 a happy first birthday at an anniversary celebration in the store tomorrow from 6pm to 8pm. There'll be Orchard Hill cider, plus 20% off all jewelry, home decor, and accessories from the shop's selection of niche UK brands.
SOHO—Coincidentally, tomorrow is also Onassis's anniversary, though they'll be toasting to a happy four years in Soho. From 6pm to 9pm, score 30% off all men's clothing, plus refreshments and adult beverages.
UPPER EAST SIDE—In honor of World Sight Day, L'Occitane's Upper East Side flagship will debut the monthlong in-store exhibition "Helen Keller: Journey Through the Senses" with a launch party, where there'll be wine, hors d'oeuvres, free goodie bags, and a speech by L'Occitane's CEO David Boynton.
EVERYWHERE—Rough day? It's okay, Ted Baker loves you. All day long, get 20% off everything in stores and online, all in the name of customer appreciation.
Intrepid professional shopper Alexandra Jacobs visited the new Polo Ralph Lauren flagship, where she found Ralph's younger label to be more "girls who get coffee" than "ladies who lunch." Specifically, Polo customers are "sassy, express-texting, Gardasil-vaccinated granddaughters of Diane Keaton's Annie Hall," although Annie would probably steer clear of the line's $995 leather leggings and frayed denim miniskirts. [NYT]
Girl, don't you know you can get that Uber'd? Photo: Driely S. for Racked
Uber, that beloved bastion for lazy/tired/chronically late people everywhere, has succeeded in making life even more stupid simple for us all: UberRush, an on-foot and bike messenger service that transports things (sans actual humans) launched last April, and just released a survey about how users are making the most of it. Naturally, New Yorkers are using it in the most New York-y ways possible.
Well + Good calls out two young Manhattanites who somehow manage to embody every stereotype of "young Manhattanite" we could possibly muck up. One works in marketing and used UberRush to lug her dirty gym clothes from SoulCycle in the West Village to her FiDi apartment because "it's just helpful in terms of juggling being healthy but also being in New York." Another used UberRush to get a delivery from Juice Press after calling the store and finding out the wait time would be two hours. "I have a few friends who've used it for that too," she said.
Let it be mentioned that the average UberRush delivery price is $17, whereas a delivery tip is usually just a couple bucks.
People magazine sent our British-loving hearts aflutter with the news that Prince William (and possibly his pregnant wife, Kate Middleton) could be making a royal visit to our fair city later this fall. And while their schedule will undoubtedly be filled with official meetings, fancy dinners, and photo ops, hopefully the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can sneak away for a bit of shopping.
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Ahead, we've mapped out 13 spots that the royal couple can check out should they make their first official visit to the East Coast, including respective his-and-hers hair salons, a café stocked with favorites from across the pond, and a pitstop for Prince George. At the very least, if this news turns out to be false, you've literally got an itinerary fit for a
princess Duchess at your fingertips.
Owner Meagan Delaney and her fiancé Todd Haguchi; Photo by Driely S. for Racked
It's been one year since Meagan Delaney opened her Ludlow Street boutique, The Rising States (named for an 1850's neighborhood bar run by the leader of a notorious East River pirate gang). And, after 365+ days as a store owner, her favorite memory isn't the opening party (although bottled martinis were involved), or the day an older, caftan-wearing gentleman pulled up in a Benz to purchase a metallic hat he saw in the window because "it matches the mural on my bus that I drive to Mexico every year." No, it's "those moments when a girl is trying on a Samantha Pleet dress and Samantha walks in and the customer geeks out like I would," Delaney tells us.
This scenario plays out a lot, thanks to the clubhouse feel the former PR pro has cultivated at TRS. "I wanted to carry designers I liked personally and then turn around and sell the clothes to girls who would also be friends with them," she says. In addition to looks by local labels (Loeffler Randall, Bedford Street Laundry, Babe)—whose designers often pop in—Delaney stocks pieces by international up-and-comers like Etienne Deroeux and Gat Rimon. And while her buys are eclectic, they have, as she puts it, "good clean lines and good cuts"—an unfussy aesthetic Delaney partially attributes to her Alaska upbringing.
Read on as she walks us through her first year as a small business owner, The Rising States's foray into art installations, and her favorite fall pieces.
Congratulations on your one-year store anniversary! How did you get started? Have you always been into fashion?
I moved to New York about 12 years ago. I've always been into fashion. I did fashion PR, I did brand management, but I've always gravitated towards retail.
I liked PR, but not the schmoozy part of it—I was really into working with the designers themselves. The PR world was too much for me, so I went back to working in retail, and I'd take industry jobs here and there. I like the hands-on aspect, I like interacting with the customers.
You're from Alaska. Has growing up there influenced your style?
Fashion was few and far between. We'd get magazines like three months late, and I'd collage my walls. I don't know if growing up there influenced my style, but it probably did have some impact on my outlook on fashion in general. That it's not terribly serious. I think it should be fun, and I think clothes should be wearable. It's not about the label and it's not about fashion with a capital 'F.' My approach is more laid-back.
How did you decide you were ready to open your own store?
I left my retail job two years ago and didn't know what I was going to do. I ended up taking some business classes at NYU for the summer and I wrote this whole business plan. I decided I was going to start an ecommerce site with these designers—sort of in the same vein as The Rising States—where they were all young and emerging, and I'd have a story for each one.
I wasn't excited about it. I was really dragging my feet, and I couldn't figure out why. I ended up taking a trip to Europe with my fiancé, Todd, that fall. We traveled for two months, which was enough time to get my head straight. He and I were sitting on this bridge in Berlin, and I was telling him, 'I don't know if I can get excited about selling these brands if I don't know the customers.' Economically, it's a better idea not to go brick and mortar after 2008. But Todd was like, 'Just open a store.' And I saw the light. In retrospect it's very obvious that's the way I wanted to go. Then it all came together and it was easy from there.
How did you find this space?
We found it in July and I opened in September. I knew I wanted to be in this neighborhood, and I probably looked at about a dozen spaces. It's right between all these amazing stores, we get great foot traffic. All that being said, I had to buy all of my inventory in February without knowing how big the store would be or where it would be. There was no way to visualize how the clothes would look in the space.
And you live in this neighborhood, too!
I love this neighborhood. When I started telling people I was opening a store, when I was doing my buying, people would say, 'Oh, on Bedford? Where in Williamsburg?' Everyone just naturally assumed that it would be Brooklyn, but I never thought about any neighborhood but this one.
How did you buy that first batch of inventory?
I had some money saved up, enough to start—I was able to buy the inventory, put a deposit on the space, and hire a lawyer. But I didn't have nearly enough clothing. When I opened, it would be one hanger, then twelve inches, then another hanger. And I had this weird lighting in the back that looked like studio lighting. So people would walk in and they'd be like, "Are you guys filming something? Is this a show?"
So, buying the stock wasn't a problem because there wasn't much of it! I ran out really quickly. Luckily, a lot of the designers produce locally and I was able to re-up.
What were your non-negotiables? Which designers did you know you wanted to carry?
I definitely wanted Samantha Pleet. I've been a mega-fan for so long. Also, Etienne Deroeux. He's like 26 and he makes everything in France—even the fabrics—and he's straight and beautiful. At the moment I'm the only one in the U.S. carrying him but it's not going to be that way for long— he's been getting a lot of press, and rightfully so.
I really wanted to carry Bedford Street Laundry. She's not anywhere else either. It's elevated sportswear, and the designer is just so rad.
In general, I wanted to carry designers I liked personally and then turn around and sell the clothes to girls who would also be friends with them. I wanted a community feel.
Do you remember your opening day? What was going through your mind?
I remember the opening party, which was the night before. Todd works at this bar, Booker and Dax, and he poured 50 Manhattans and 50 martinis into these little innocent-looking nine-ounce bottles. People got wasted. Two of my designers passed out on the bench outside at like 6pm.
I was nervous, so I didn't really drink. I was wearing a dress by Wren, who's one of my favorite designers. I had never met her in person at that point, and she showed up. I was like, "Oh my god!" It was such a cool moment.
When everyone left I sat on the floor and drank three Manhattans. So the next day—opening day—was really rough. But everyone remembers that party!
What role does Todd play in the shop?
He built all of the wooden structures in the store. I made little business cards for him that say 'TRS Groundskeeper,' which he doesn't use. But it's been a godsend—I can't imagine having to pay a carpenter for all this stuff.
Even having, like, two shelves put up is crazy expensive.
Exactly. But if I were single, all those carpenters are pretty hot…
You recently added art installations to the store!
I started putting art up, and I'm going to rotate it. Right now we have pieces by this amazing photographer, Lili Peper, who lives right around the corner. She's 20 years old and she shoots in film.
How has the store evolved since you opened a year ago?
It's a lot more fluid. Now I know my customers, and I have a lot more inventory. I started out carrying 12 brands and now I have 46.
What are your price points?
My lowest-priced line ranges from $85 to $145, and the more expensive lines are $250 to $800. The leather jackets are $1,000.
Which pieces are you excited about right now?
I'm really amped about this new line, Voz. This designer, Jasmine Aarons, works with a collective of female artisans in southern Chile. She taught them weaving techniques and she started working with them years before she even launched the line—setting up daycare for their kids, the whole thing.
The women who do the weaving use symbols that are exclusive to their tribes. It would be offensive if, say, Urban Outfitters did those symbols in neon pink. Each piece is signed by the woman who wove it. One of the guys in their community is a silversmith, so he does all of the silver hardware.
Who is The Rising States girl?
They're more thoughtful than most shoppers. The girls who shop here don't come in with a bunch of shopping bags from other places. They stop by when they know I've gotten a delivery from a designer they're particularly excited about. I'd prefer selling a $100 piece to a girl who I know is going to wear it all the time to selling a $1,000 piece to someone who's going to leave it in the closet with the tags still on.
They care about the story behind each piece and each designer. Or else they're really nice and they humor me while I wax poetic about raw silk.
Have you had a best seller?
Laer's leather jackets do really well. I had no idea I was going to be slinging leather like this. They make everything in L.A. and they launched the line right as I opened the store.
What's your typical day like?
At the moment, I've been having showroom appointments before opening the shop. Sometimes the smaller local designers will come to me, which is nice. I open the shop around 12:30 or 1pm and I check emails, organize the new inventory, and remerchandise the store—even if it doesn't need to be remerchandised.
I tried to set a rule for myself about only changing the mannequins once a week. I stare at them all day, so I'm always like, 'She could look better.' Girls will come by and say 'Oh you must have sold out of the top I saw on the mannequin earlier.' And I'm like, 'Nope, it's right here! I just took it off.'
A lot of my friends also live and work in the neighborhood, so they'll stop by, which is nice.
The Rising States seems like a designer clubhouse.
My favorite times are when a customer and a designer are in here. Those moments when a girl is trying on a Samantha Pleet dress and Samantha walks in and the customer geeks out like I would. It's like meeting a celebrity. I love that.
So your original idea was to start an ecommerce site…is The Rising States going digital anytime soon?
For sure. That's in the works. Ecommerce, more events, maybe a bigger space…I've got a lot of ideas.
Time for the lightning round!
8am or 8pm?
Beer or wine?
Whiskey or tequila?
Beach or mountains?
Cats or dogs?
Favorite vacation destination?
My grandma's house upstate
Favorite neighborhood lunch spot?
Favorite happy hour spot?
Here at the store
Rap or country?
Mad Men or Game of Thrones?
Game of Thrones
Coffee or tea, and how do you take it?
Coffee, with Splenda
Introvert or Extrovert?
Jewelry purveyors Doyle & Doyle will hold a monthlong exhibit inside their Meatpacking District store starting tomorrow and running through November 9th. "Sentimental Rings: From Birth to Death and In Between," co-curated by founder Elizabeth Doyle and jewelry writer Danielle Miele will focus on themes of love, longing, and loss in antique rings.
The pieces will be sectioned into five categories: Birth & Childhood, Memento, Love Token, Courting & Marriage and Death & Mourning. "Any ring can become sentimental, but some rings were created for a specific sentimental purpose and these are the rings we will be focusing on," Doyle explains in the exhibit's introduction. October's looking like a big month for stores dabbling in museum-hood.
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It's a new start for the Fulton Stall Market, which closed last fall due to poor sales: The flea has been resurrected inside an indoor, year-round space across the street from the original location at 107 Front Street, DNAinfo reports. Though it's still in its soft-opening phase, manager Stephen Dima plans to eventually host 40 rotating vendors.
"We're looking forward to really utilizing this space," Dima told the publication. "There's a lot of potential here, we're looking forward to the holidays, and to the future here."
The market will welcome back many of the same vendors, including Bugged Out, a handmade children's clothing line, plus newcomers like the Chelsea Market-based Doughnuttery, which specializes in bite-sized donuts (sample flavors: 'fruity cereal' and 'cheesy poof').
"The market was struggling last summer with all the construction, and now we have this lovely new way to be part of the neighborhood," Bugged Out owner Dina Lerman said. "I think all the vendors seem very excited."
There'll also likely be night markets (which are maybe a little too hot right now), live music and children's events. Word comes shortly after warm-weather markets Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg announced that they too would be operating all year long, thanks to a new indoor space in Crown Heights.
We scan the inbox so you don't have to. Today, three items of note:
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Into the Gloss: Adventures in extreme vitamin treatments
The New Potato: Entertainment Weekly's EIC on food and TV
Pulsd: 80% off hair services at Y Gallery Salon
Refinery29: Where to meet your nerdy soulmate in NYC
Style.com: How to make Home Depot your beauty mecca
Well & Good: Choosing even "cleaner" cleaning products
WWWD: It girl-approved Halloween costumes
The Zoe Report: Game-changing accessory combos
The annual Derek Lam and 10 Crosby Derek Lam sample sale kicks off on Saturday, October 18th. And while the designer promises up to 75% off on womenswear (fingers crossed that his perfect 10 Crosby shirtdresses will make an appearance), the shoes and bags are the real draw. Last year's sale boasted under-$100 purses and heels, and while 2014's discounts aren't as steep, there are still deals to be had on items like Lam's 'Newton' camera bag ($200 down from $1390) and 'Romia' oxfords ($125 down from $495), both pictured above. For more info, check out the dealfeed.
· Dealfeed: Derek Lam [Racked NY]
· Escape Today's Gloom at the Derek Lam, 10 Crosby Sample Sale [Racked NY]
Deal: Up to 75% off women's clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories from Derek Lam and Derek Lam 10 Crosby.
When/where: Saturday, October 18 through Wednesday, October 22. 10am—7pm daily. 151 Wooster St btwn Houston St and Prince St. (212-725-5400)
Link: Derek Lam
Brooklyn, your second Nordstrom Rack is here—and if you hurry, you might be able to score some swag. In honor of opening day, Nordstrom Rack at Gateway Center is giving its first 1,000 customers a free tote, and raffling off prizes.
The 33,000-square-foot store is the latest in a string of Gateway Center newcomers—two months ago the shopping center added Michael's, TJMaxx, and Sephora (located inside of Gateway's JCPenney) to its list of tenants.
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· Gateway Center Gets a TJMaxx, Sephora Inside JCPenney [Racked NY]
· With BK Location, JCPenney Will Have Stores in Every Borough [Racked NY]
Park Slope has some pumpkin spice books for you [Park Slope Stoop]
Williamsburg's J. Crew offers pinata-making classes [Refinery 29]
Lulule-men: the activewear giant reveals its plan to woo dudes [Racked]
Can feminism save Playboy? [Vox]
Founders of resale site Bib + Tuck discuss start-up life [Racked Miami]
M.A.C.'s Brooke Shields beauty icon collection is out now [Nitrolicious]
Walmart cuts health insurance for 2% of its workforce [Buzzfeed]
MIDTOWN WEST—Tomorrow marks the return of Loot, the Museum of Arts and Design's annual pop-up jewelry sale and exhibition. Running through October 10th, 50 designers from 23 countries will display their jewelry, whose materials range from semi-precious stones to 3D-printed polymer, eggshells, and concrete.
EVERYWHERE—The Marie Claire street team will distribute copies of the third issue of their "pop-up publication," Branché, around NYC tomorrow and through October 11th. 30,000 copies will be distributed during that time—Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss covers—and 50 extra lucky ones per day will get a tote bag stuffed with beauty products worth $650. No word on where you'll want to position yourself, but last spring, giveaways occurred in Times Square, Soho, and Williamsburg. But since this is 2014, after all, your best bet might just be to follow the magazine on Twitter.
MIDTOWN—Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury will launch her eponymous cosmetics collection at Bergdorf Goodman tomorrow from 5pm to 8pm. Stop in for cocktails with fashion director Linda Fargo on the beauty floor, and enjoy music by DJ Harley Viera-Newton. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP here before heading over.
COLUMBUS CIRCLE—Head over to C. Wonder for a party tomorrow night from 6pm to 8pm to benefit the Central Park Conservancy. Enjoy lemonade, sweets, and 20% off your purchase—a portion of which will directly benefit the park's main fundraising organization. See more details about the event here.
TRIBECA— Leather goods designer Joy Gryson will begin selling magnetic healing jewelry by Michelle Tom at her Franklin Street boutique this week. Stop by on Thursday between 6pm and 8pm to mark the joining of leather and jewels.
UPPER EAST SIDE— Time for a fashion education! This Thursday at 8:15pm, Fern Mallis will sit down with famed fashion journalist Teri Agins about her new book, Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers. As part of the Fashion Icons lecture series at the 92nd St Y, Mallis and Agins will discuss the past, present, and future of the fashion industry. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.
Compiled by Hannah Eshaghian
In the world of department stores, Bloomingdale's is the bubbly sorority sister, Macy's is the childhood best friend who will convince you to just try those Jessica Simpson shoes because they're actually pretty cute, Bergdorf Goodman is the icy coworker with the impeccable blowout, and Lord & Taylor, well…she tries. But recently, things have been looking up.
The normally subdued L&T; is stepping out from behind the shadows of her flashier cousins via a series of in-store bashes—some of which feature things like open bars and performances by Jessie J.
"About 600 young women, primarily twenty- and thirtysomething," showed up last week to fete Birdcage, the department store's new trend-driven shop-in-shop, WWD reports. And, store president Liz Rodbell tells the paper that L&T; will have a party "every Thursday night." Rage on, Lord & Taylor. Live your best life.
Been holding out for discounted Chanel? Here's your chance. One of New York City's top vintage stores, What Goes Around Comes Around, will hold its largest sale ever starting on October 21st . Find vintage clothing, bags, and shoes by mega-name designers (think Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Céline, Chloé) for up to 90% off their original prices.
Also be on the lookout for leather jackets and mink fur coats at up to 70% off, Louis Vuitton keepalls for $650, and Chanel 2.55 bags for $2,950. See all the details in the Dealfeed below.
· Dealfeed: What Goes Around Comes Around [Racked NY]
· New York City's 38 Best Vintage Stores, Mapped [Racked NY]
The Elizabeth and James sample sale has returned for the second time this year—but maybe not with the punch we expected. At the preview we attended last night, there was a decent variety of styles at prices ranging from 60% to 80% off retail (including plenty of samples), but there was a lack of stock compared to the last sale.
Elizabeth and James apparel start at $45 for tees. Tops and pants are $70, while skirts, jumpsuits and rompers are $80 and sweaters are $90. Dresses are $100, as are blazers and vests; and assorted jackets and leather tops are $150. There was a nice selection of outerwear, including some fur coats for $250.
Clothing here is organized by size, as opposed to garment type. Sizes range from 0 to 12 (and from extra-small to extra-large in some cases). Sizes 8-12, or large to extra-large, only occupy one row of racks, while smaller sizes have more styles to shop.
There are true samples offered, situated on four racks in the back of the room and mostly comprised sweaters and tees. Here, tees are $10, tops and bottoms are $40, and sweaters and dresses are $50. Since they are true samples, they come with true stitching problems. Most of the tops and dresses we saw had flaws including visible stitching or even chalk-marks for alterations—but they still managed to be very cute.
Denim styles should also be arriving today, but they were not available at the preview.
In the Textile section, tees (including graphic tees with words like "Loved" or "Hashtag" written across the front) are $25. Sweatshirts, the most abundant item, are $40, and bottoms are $50.
The cheapest item on the price list are the $2 tote bags, which were already sold out when we stopped in last night but have been replenished for today. Another popular bag style was a medium-sized convertible event bag for $15.
There was also a selection of winter hats, including a few black Suzie rabbit fur hats, and fur scarves for $250.
By the cash registers, there are three tables full of jewelry, including sterling silver and gold-plated pieces for 75%-80% off. Many of their fall 2012 "The Birds" pieces were available at 80% off. We also saw a few stone ring collections, such as an oval blue lapis ring for $125 (currently online for $175). There were also a few statement necklaces, like the Berlin Pyramid necklace for $190 (from $850).
In the eyewear area, there are more than 30 styles to shop, plus an entire selection of sample frames for $35. For the regular collection, prices range between $39 and $75. Sunglasses like the Crescent, the Waverly, and the Devon sunglasses are only $39, while Kenzie and Lyon glasses frames are $55. Pearl frames are $75 as are the Thompson sunglasses (which normally retail for more than $300).
We were told there could be some restocking throughout the week, but that's not guaranteed. There's a dressing room in the back with a 10-piece limit per person. Check out the Dealfeed below for specific sale times.—Hsini
· Dealfeed: Elizabeth and James [Racked NY]
· All of the New York City Sample Sales You Can Shop in October [Racked NY]
· Sample Sales [Racked NY]
Deal: Up to 90% off WGACA pieces for men and women and up to 70% off vintage mink fur coats and luxury accessories from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Céline, and more. The Chanel 2.55 bag is $2,950 (from $4,800), the Louis Vuitton Keepall is $650 (from $1,500), and a men's collection shirt $50 (from $198).
When/Where: Tuesday, October 21 through Sunday, October 26. Tue—Sat 10am—7pm, Sun 10am—3pm. 225 Fifth Ave btwn 26th and 27th Sts (no phone).
In a truly odd, premeditated heist last night, two people managed to steal $8,000 worth of jewelry from a Boerum Hill woman by telling her that they had a winning lottery ticket, and that if the woman was willing to put up her personal jewelry as collateral, she'd get a portion of the winnings. The two suspects allegedly drove the woman home to pick up the stash, then left without any money exchanged. If you see the two suspects pictured at right, we advise that you please do not give them thousands of dollars worth of your own jewelry—or better yet, any amount of jewelry whatsoever. [CBS Local]