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Manolo's Basement of the Bargains | Archive | March, 2008
Archive - March, 2008

Catch a Wave

With swim season coming up, a lot of us are looking for new suits. I don’t know about you, but I find myself entranced by this fun and funky Gottex one-piece in a vibrant, Pucci-esque print.

Gottex One Piece Swimsuit It has an interior soft cup shelf bra and flexible side boning for a combination of support and comfort. It’s also fully lined. Oh, and the spaghetti straps are removable if you’re in need of an even tan line.

Best of all, Bluefly.com has it on sale for just $77.00. That’s 40% off the suggested retail price of $128.00.

Espresso Yourself

I love coffee. I love espresso. I sometimes wake up longing to attach myself to an espresso IV…except that I’d rather taste it going in.

One of these days, that means I’m going to have to convince Mr. Twistie that there is room both in the budget and the kitchen to put an espresso machine on the counter. When that day comes, this is the one I want.

Jura-Capresso Espresso Machine Why this one? This Jura-Capresso espresso machine not only looks great, but has the sorts of features I’ve been looking for. It’s programmable, can make eight cups of espresso, has a built in grinder and water filter, and is reassuringly made in Switzerland. With precision instruments, that’s always a good sign.

More than that, the customer revue at Amazon includes the following line:

If you can tie your shoes, you can use one of these machines.

Now that’s what I call reassurance!

If you’ve got some spare cash lying around and a Jones for espresso drinks, this might be a great time to get it, too. Right now, Amazon has it on sale for more than seven hundred dollars off the list price. That means you can get it for just $1,998.00. Now if I could just find that much spare change in the sofa cushions….

Whole Lotti Handbag

A really good handbag is worth its weight in gold. Luckily, if you know where to shop you don’t have to spend anywhere near that much.

Check out this superfantastic bright red wool and leather purse by Gianfranco Lotti.

Gianfranco Lotti Wool and Leather Purse It’s roomy, classic in styling, and equipped with an adjustable leather shoulder strap.

Best of all, it’s on sale at YOOX.com. Their usual deep discounts have been slashed even further on selected items, and this is one of them. Normally, they would sell this fabulous bag for $228.00, but they’ve marked it down to a mere $68.00! $68.00 for a designer bag? Yep, that’s what it’s selling for right now.

A Little Black Dress for Those Hot Summer Nights

I am not a fan of the little black dress. I think – nay, I know that there are plenty of women who not only don’t look their best in black, but who don’t look at all good in black. Black is not a color of celebration or joy, in my book. I don’t like to see it at parties.
I am not a fan of strapless dresses. Most of the time, they fail to flatter and become both uncomfortable and annoying to deal with. Most women who wear them spend half the evening with their thumbs down their bodices trying to pull them up to an acceptable level of coverage. Those with racks of doom spend nine-tenths of the evening that way. Not superfantastic.

I’m not even a fan of the handkerchief hem despite my fondness for Stevie Nicks. I like a skirt that’s pretty much all one length.

So why is it that I’m utterly captivated by this strapless, handkerchief-hemmed little black dress by Alexia Admor? That, I cannot tell you. I can only say that I find it charming and fun.

Alexia Admor strapless LBD Well, that and I can tell you that Bluefly has it at an incredible deal. The retail value is listed at $165.00. Bluefly usually sells it for $99.00. Right now, though, it’s on clearance for just $61.99! At that price, it might just be the perfect prom dress for a girl you know.

Stack Up the Style

It’s official. This season, bracelets are huge in every sense of the word. Dramatic cuffs, chunky bangles, massive multi-strands, and most of the time they’re being shown in multiples. Color is big on wrists, too, and well up the forearm.

Of course what’s shown on the catwalks and in the style pages of the glossy magazines is usually toned down slightly on the streets.

If you want to get in on the bracelet trend without stacking gigantic mismatched ones nearly up to your elbow, you might want to look at this eye-catching set of seven cloisonne bangles available from Overstock.com.

Cloisonne Bangle Set The bright colors are spot on for this spring, but classic enough to look superfantastic years from now, as well. And since there are seven in the set, you can stack them all you like or share them with a group of friends.

Oh, and did I mention the price? Originally sold for $75.00, the set of seven can now be yours for just $29.99!

Now that’s what I call a practical investment.

In Praise of Braise

If you’ve been interested in trying braising but haven’t had the right sort of pan, today is your day.

Circulon Nonstick Braising Pan Cooking.com has this fabulous Circulon nonstick braising pan at an incredible price. Originally priced at $199.99, it’s been marked down $120.00 to an amazing $79.99!

Featuring a sturdy nonstick surface and heat-resistant plastic ergonomic handles, the hard-anodyzed aluminum pan also offers perfect heat distribution.

And remember, today is your last day to sign up for a chance to win a $1000.00 gift certificate to cooking.com, so head on over and give it a shot.

Here Come the Bridesmaids?

One of the biggest annoyances in planning a wedding is coming up with the bridesmaid’s outfits. It’s hard to find one style that comes in everyone’s size, looks good on each woman, and fits even a tight budget…let alone will be something that can be worn later on!

This morning I got an unlikely solution from a peek at the Newport News website. They’re having a huge dress sale right now, and I spotted something that would be a great solution to the bridesmaid question.

Newport News Bridesmaid This pretty dress features soft pleating that is forgiving to most figures and comes in three lucious bright colors. The flower is a detachable brooch that can be moved to where you like it best or simply left off, if preferred.

It comes in women’s and petite sizes as well as misses, and has been marked down from $89.00 to just $69.00. But the thing that really made me think of bridesmaids is the fact that if you buy two or more right now, you’ll get another 20% off at checkout!

There’s even a matching sandal which is also on sale right now.

Newport News Bridesmaid Sandal

At $29.00, it’s hard to go too far wrong.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

There’s nothing like a pretty new blouse to bring a little excitement to a wardrobe. For instance, I’m excited about this softly feminine one from Ann Taylor.

Ann Taylor Floral Blouse It has this season’s hot floral print and ruffles, but is still sleek and sassy rather than fussy. And because it’s got a bit of restraint, it will look great under a suit jacket at the office, over a pair of jeans at the dog park (after all, it’s machine washable 100% cotton voile), or with an elegant skirt on a date.

It also happens to be a great deal. Originally priced at $58.00, this beauty has been marked down to just $29.99. Also, if you hurry up and order today, you can take advantage of the free standard shipping offer Ann Taylor is running. There’s no code. Just opt for standard shipping, and it’s free. But remember, the free shipping ends tonight!

Party Platter

If you’re looking to spruce up the look of your table for your next party, there’s nothing like a pretty new serving platter to do the trick in an affordable way.

This gorgeous glass platter with fern leaf design from Wrapables might be just the trick. It hits this spring’s hot black and white trend, as well as the one for floral patterns, yet is classic enough that it will look just as fabulous when the fickle finger of fashion points in a different direction. It comes in a 12″ x 12″ square or 20″ x 6.5″ rectangle. Pick the one that works for your serving needs, or buy both.

Fern Leaf Platter After all, at $14.99 for the square and $9.99 for the rectangle (regularly $26.95 and $32.95, respectively), it would be hard to go wrong!

Support Sales

Need a new bra? Now might be a good time to head over to The Gap. They’re having a huge sale on selected styles, and some of those styles are awfully pretty. Take for instance, this flirty polka dotted t-shirt bra

Polka Dotted Bra It’s available in two different colors and has been marked down from $36.00 to just $19.99!

And if you have been wanting to try out some of their personal care items (lotions, perfumes, etc.), many of them are on sale, too!

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