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Manolo's Basement of the Bargains | Archive | January, 2009
Archive - January, 2009

Eco Elan

Who says high style can’t be married with social consciousness? Certainly not me! If you need proof, take a gander at this.

Isa - Patent Eco-Leather Evening Clutch
This is the
Isa clutch
by Francesco Biasia and it’s made of quilted patent eco-leather. This classic pocketbook is sure to be the perfect finish to your best look.

What’s that? The color is too loud? Not to worry. If the ‘vanity’ color is too much for you or doesn’t fit with your wardrobe, it also comes in ‘storm’ (a lovely medium grey) or basic black.

As for the price, well, it’s good. The regular retail price on this gorgeous purse is $220.00, but it’s on sale at Forzieri Italia for just $132.00.

So, to sum up: stylish, socially responsible, and on sale. That’s the kind of math I like!

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Signs of Spring Edition

Okay, so it’s still January. I know that. But the fact is that even while it’s very, very cold in a lot of places, the days are beginning to lengthen, the temperatures are starting to rise in a lot of other places, and dammit, I need to remember that there will be warm weather again and a reason to haul out my best sandals.

That’s where shopping is an excellent pastime. No matter what the season, you can bet that most of the stores have moved on from this one midway through and are merrily on to the next. This may make trying to buy a white, short-sleeved blouse in August more difficult that finding a unicorn to ride in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but it makes window shopping in January (or even real shopping in January) a bit more fun. You’re preparing to say hello to the sun again, and that’s okay by me.

So what can we find that speaks of both spring and good savings? Just take a lookie here:

Old Navy Satin CamiThis cute little satin cami will look cool as a cucumber once the weather warms. Oh, and in addition to basic black, it also comes in floral print. What’s more it comes in average, petite, and tall sizes (sorry, you tall gals only get the black, I’m afraid) atOld Navy.

Oh, and as to price, it started out at a thrifty $24.50, but has been marked down to a mere $3.99! That’s not a typo, folks, this top is really only four bucks right now.

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Fit To Eat With

Remember when you threw your first dinner party? Perhaps you were in college, or had recently graduated. Perhaps you were a struggling newlywed. At any rate, you may have opened up your silver drawer for that first dinner and realized what a sad semi-collection of mismatched bits and pieces you had. Four forks, two knives, half a dozen teaspoons and a single soup spoon, no two of which bore any resemblence to one another, let alone the rest of the table settings.

That’s sort of to be expected of someone who has just joined the adult world and hasn’t had the time nor the funds to put together all the bits and pieces yet. But if it’s been at least a couple of years since that day and you still haven’t fixed the situation, now would be a great time to do so.

Cooking.com is having a winter blow out sale. There are lots of great deals to be had on all sorts of cookware, barware, and tableware. My personal favorite deal, though, is this handsome 45-piece set of stainless steel flatware by Cambridge Silversmiths in the Gabriana pattern.

Cambridge Silversmiths Gabriana Flatware Set That’s eight place settings and a 5-piece hostess set, all in a style that’s simple enough for everyday but attractive enough for company. The heavy weight stainless is dishwasher safe, and won’t easily bend like stamped, lightweight pieces will.

Oh, and did I mention what a pittance they’re asking? The suggested retail on this set is $199.00, Cooking.com usually carries it for a much nicer $129.99. Right now, though, they’re blowing it out for just $54.99! That’s a savings of $145.00!

If you need new stainless, or you know a soon-to-be grad or bride, this would be a great time to give yourself or someone you love a really great, really practical gift.

And while you’re there, be sure to check out some of the other wonderful deals!

Grapes of Wrap

Is there a man in your life who loves grapes? Wine? Really great ties? Are you that man?

Either way, you should go to the Raffaello Network right now and take a look at this really great grape tie by Gianni Versace:

Versace Grape Tie Made of 100% top quality premium silk, it’s a classic midnight blue with bunches of violet grapes with emerald green leaves on it. From the boardroom to the dining room, it will look both dignified and easy going.

And for those concerned with such matters, it comes with an authenticity card with a high-security Versace hologram. Me? I prefer to concern myself not with its authenticity, but with it’s awesome. Still, it’s certainly better than accidentally supporting illegal knock-off vendors.

One thing I know we can all agree on is that Raffaello Network has it at a great price. Normally they carry this tie for $99.00, but right now it can be yours (or you guy’s) for a mere $69.00!

You certainly wouldn’t have to ply me with the fruit of the vine to get me to agree to that price.

Brace Yourselves for This One

Regular readers know how much I love a good bracelet. There are few fashion accessories I love so much. Regular readers also know that I have a bit of a love affair with sterling silver. Combine the two with great design and, well, you know I’m going to fall hard.

Lois Hill Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet This beauty is by Lois Hill. It’s hammered silver in a gloriously Baroque pattern of scrolls. Really, just look at it. It speaks for itself.

What does it say? It says: ‘I’m a hell of a deal right now at Nordstrom!’

That’s right, it’s a superfantastic deal. The original price was a whopping $598.00, but if you get it now you’ll save 60% and pay only $237.90!

Well Bowl Me Over!

Ralph Lauren’s winter sale is on right now. That means dozens of superfantastic bargains for good little fashionistas of both genders.

As for me, I’ve fallen quite madly in love with this fabulous lead crystal bowl in the Mandarin pattern:

Ralph Lauren Mandarin Bowl Just look at the elegant shape, the graceful curls of the etching, the way it adds interest and pattern without overwhelming a simple tablescape or getting lost in a more elaborate one.

Fill it with floating candles, a glorious puff of seasonal flowers, or (as shown here) with a pile of perfect citrus fruit. Whatever your centerpiece, it’s bound to look lovely in this bowl. It will even look handsome just sitting by itself.

Oh, and did I mention the price? Well, normally it goes for $173.50, but right now with that aforementioned sale, it’s just $129.99.

By the way, if you spend more than $195.00, you can also qualify for free shipping! See site for details. I don’t know about you, but I could spend a lot more than $195.00 at Ralph Lauren!

Skin Care That’s Good For Your Wallet

There’s a sale going on at Beauty.com right now. That means this is the perfect time to save a bundle on cosmetics, perfume, and bath and body products.

Twistie’s choice? This incredible deal on a set of skin care products from Borghese:

<>Borghese Skin Care Basics Holiday Gift Set In this one convenient package you’ll find: Effetto Immediato Spa Soothing Tonic (4 oz), Crema Saponetta Cleansing Creme (2.5 oz), Fango: Active Mud for Face and Body (2.5 oz), Dolce Notte Night Cream (1 oz), Crema Straordinaria Da Giorno Day Treatment SPF 25 (1 oz), Curaforte: Moisture Intensifier (1 oz), and Fluido Protettivo Advanced Spa Lift for Eyes (1 oz). That’s a $188.00 value all for just $50.00. That’s right, just $50.00!

At that price, you’ll probably even have one or two less worry lines to deal with.

$44.40 or Bust!

Designer goods at dirt-cheap prices? Sign me up! Particularly when it’s a deal this good:

Comme des Garcons Butterfly Pouch
This pretty leather pouch by Comme des Garcons is embossed with delicate butterflies and lined with more leather. At 6.5″h x 8.5″l, it’s useful for a wide variety of purposes. Use it to carry cosmetics on a trip or grab it instead of a clutch purse on your way out to lunch. Use it to hold delicate treasures. No matter how you use it, it’s sure to make you smile every time you reach for it.

Oh, and the price in the title? Is what you’ll pay for it at Shopbop.com
. I like that price a whole lot better than the original $148.00, don’t you?

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The In the Swim Edition

I know, I know, it’s still freezing outside. But there are heated pools all over this great land of ours, and even those who don’t have easy access to one know that the weather will surely grow warmer over time. If you swim, if you use a hotel hot tub, if you want to sunbathe after a long, cold winter (just be sure to use plenty of sunblock and limit your time under those rays because skin cancer is definitely not superfantastic!), you will eventually need a suit to do it in.

One of the best places to look for a good deal in that regard is SwimsuitsForAll. Whether you’re plus-sized (up to size 34), have a long torso, or are just looking for a good swimsuit at a price that doesn’t make you wince, this is the place to go. They also have some superfantastic options for another underserved sector of the populace: women who have had mastectomies.

Penbrooke® Mastectomy Kenya Tankini Swimsuit
The choices for a really great swimsuit take a distinct nosedive post-op, but this is a option that doesn’t assume a lady doesn’t wish to continue to look her best after the battle. (courting cancer is far from superfantastic, but surviving it is absolutely superfantastic) Heck, I might want this one just because it’s so cute!

The original retail price on this beauty was $78.00, but right now it’s on sale at Swimsuits For All for the mere pittance of $24.00! At that price, you might want to get two.

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Cashmere For the Merest Amount of Cash

A good cashmere sweater is a great basic in any wardrobe. We talk about this for women quite a bit, but I sometimes forget to mention it to the guys.


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Then I look at something like thisicon and remember that if I saw Mr. Twistie in it…well, let’s just say a good time would definitely be had by all concerned.

If there’s a man in your life who needs a really handsome, timeless sweater, now is the time to find it at Saks Fifth Avenue. Regularly priced at $275.00, it’s on sale right now for just $102.95 in limited sizes and colors.

Get it now for someone you love. You’ll both thank me later.

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