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

Buy Low, Cell Happy

If you have a cell phone (and who doesn’t these days?), chances are it’s tiny and has a tendency to get lost at the bottom of your purse. Am I right? A good phone deserves better. It deserves a nice case to keep it from dings and accidental rings and make it more easily accessible when you need to get at it quickly.

On the other hand, a really nice case costs an arm and a leg, while an affordable one is often unattractive or flimsy. What’s a girl to do?

She’s to head straight over to eFashion House and take a look at this beauty by Kate Spade:

Kate Spade Cell Phone Cover It’s simple, sturdy, and in excellent taste. By the way, while it’s shown in a lustrous gray, it’s currently available only in basic black. Just so you know. Still, Kate’s signature print will hold up for a long time to come and look great every time you answer your phone.

Oh, and did I mention the price? The retail value of this cell phone case is an eye-popping $113.00. eFashion House usually carries it for $99.00, which isn’t a bad discount, but still isn’t that great a price to cover your cell, if you ask me. Right now, though, they’ve got it on a deep, deep discount that makes my heart flutter with delight. It’s been marked down to just $39.00!

Is that my cell phone ringing? No, it’s my heart singing!

Mighty Like a Rosette

Ruffles are big news in fashion just now. So are exuberant prints. Each can be done well, but it takes something special to make them work together without looking a tidge unfortunate.

Well, Ralph Lauren has done it with his pure silk Rosette dress.

Ralph Lauren Silk Rosette DressYes, the print is large, but the subtle coloring on a deep aubergine purple background keeps it dignified. Yes, there are ruffles, but they aren’t allowed to overtake the entire look. Everything is kept in balance. This is a ruffled print dress for grown-ups. It even comes in petite and women’s sizes, too.

The really great news is that the price has been reduced to a child’s size. Originally $229.00, it’s now just $79.00! That’s a savings of $150.00!

Now that’s something to be exuberant about!

Pretty and (semi)Precious

I don’t know about you, but I often prefer semi precious stones over precious ones. Amethyst, peridot, citrine, blue topaz, garnet…these are stones I particularly love for their color and warmth. Now imagine a piece of jewelry that combines all those lovely colors, and is on sale.

Ladies, here it is:

Multicolor Semiprecious Gemstone Pendant Pretty as a picture. Oh, and even combining that many colors, it isn’t gaudy. It’s just cheerful.

Speaking of cheerful, that’s how I feel about the price. The manufacturer suggests that price should be $699.00. I’m not wild about that. I much prefer the Ultradiamonds price of $199.00.

Keen for Kyoto

There are few better investments for springs to come than a really handsome lightweight shawl in a neutral color that brings out the best in your skin tone. After all, windy evenings mean you need something to keep you warm, but you don’t want it too heavy with the warmer weather. And why invest in a long-term piece that doesn’t make you look your best?

While a lot of people head immediately for basic black, I go for medium gray or a warm vanilla tone. Those are the neutrals that bring out the best in me. If gray is the color that makes your skin sing, take a look at this Josie Natori Couture Kyoto shawlicon and have a good drool along with me:

Just look at that beautiful color! Check out the elegant hand embroidery. Imagine the feel of the silk/pashmina blend. Think about how many heads you’ll turn when you wear it to a party or an evening at the theater.

There’s another thing I’m going to think about: how to spend the savings best. After all, the original price was a whopping $900.00. It’s now on sale at Saks.com for just $359.90.

Now, with nearly $550.00 left over, should I get a spectacular evening gown or a really amazing pair of earrings….

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Fruit Fresh Edition

Ah, spring! One of my favorite things about the season is the abundance of delicious, fresh fruit coming into the peak of flavor. Yesterday, I was at my friendly neighborhood grocery store when I was nearly bowled over by the luscious fragrance of ripe strawberries. And they were on sale, too!

In honor of the event, I’m celebrating fruit in today’s column.

One of my all-time favorite fruits has to be apricots. They’re the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and I adore the texture of them as much as the aroma and the flavor. Imagine smelling like apricots and cream.

philosophy apricots & cream shower and shine 3-pc collection You can do just that with this apricots & cream bath set by Philosophy. You’ll get a 24 oz bottle of shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath, a 24 oz bottle of body lotion, and a 0.5 oz flavored lip shine. Delicious and clean. I like!

I also like the price. The retail value is $67.00. But you’re going to race over to QVC.com to get it. Their regular price is a thrifty $52.50, but right now you can get the superfantastic introductory price of just $48.06. Again, delicious.


Prettiest Pearls

It’s a fashion truism that you can’t go wrong with basic black and pearls.

The fact is, though, that there are pearls and then there are pearls. If you want to do it right, may I direct you to this elegant yet unique piece by Noah Philippe?

Pearl and Red Jade Necklace Just look at that glorious cascade of freshwater pearls punctuated with an exuberant red rose hand carved out of jade. The strands range from 21″ to 24″ each and are hand knotted on strong silk thread.

In addition to all that pretty, you also get: a free gift card (feel free to make it out to you!), a free gift box and free gift bag, free jewelry cleaner, and a lifetime warranty, as well as free insured shipping.

The retail price on the necklace alone is $339.00. I know I would be willing to pay that for something that spectacular. On the other hand, if I can spend half of that and get all the extras listed above as well, then there’s absolutely no contest.

So head over to Finejewelers.com, where you can get everything described above for just $169.00. I’ve spent that much on things I didn’t love half as much.

Onyx Elegance

A really great piece of jewelry is important in every wardrobe. One of my favorite pieces is a statement pendant. What do I mean by a statement pendant? I mean something like this:

Emily & Ashley black onyx floral pendant necklace At 1¼” long x 9/16” wide, this onyx teardrop makes a big statement…particularly with the gold flower decoration boasting a white sapphire in its center. It hangs from a delicate 16″  14k gold chain, but can easily be switched to another chain if you prefer.

Oh, and I love the statement this will leave on your credit card bill! You see, the original price was $515.00, which is a hell of a thing to say. Then Bluefly reduced the price to $309.00, which was a lot better. Now, though, Bluefly has further slashed the price to a mere $192.99. That’s a savings of well over $300.00.

That’s the kind of statement I like to make.

White is Right for Spring

The current fashion story is all about colors, and I’m in full favor of that. Still, there’s nothing like a perfect white blouse for spring and summer. It’s elegant and classic, so it’s hard to go wrong. What’s harder is going absolutely right.

Elie Tahari Meghan Wrap BlouseEnter the Meghan Wrap Blouse by Elie Tahari. The soft wrap styling is flattering to a wide variety of shapes, the ruffles are trend perfect, and the 100% silk fabric will keep you feeling absolutely feminine and comfortable. Layer it over a white or brightly colored camisole, slip on a pair of jeans or a pretty skirt, and you’re set for nearly any occasion.

Of course, the perfect white blouse is well worth spending some good money on, but it’s better when you can get it at a great deal. How does 70% off sound to you?

That’s right, 70% off! That is, if you buy it at Shopbop.com. This perfect blouse was originally priced at $348.00. Not too bad for a pure silk designer blouse. But at Shopbop right now, it can be yours for just $104.40.

Yeah. I thought you might like those savings. I know I do!

An Uplifting Experience

Ladies, can we talk about bras?

No, really, let’s talk a little about them. Studies have shown that as many as 85% of women in the US are wearing the wrong size bra. That means that the vast majority of us are either getting inadequate support or trying to squeeze ourselves into a too-small bra and making life much harder on ourselves than we need to.

Getting properly fitted isn’t difficult. Most large department stores and lingerie specialty shops will fit you for free. All you need to do is go in and ask. Do it today. Your breasts will be thrilled that you did!

And once you know what size you need (and understand that, like any other garment, that size is approximate, so you need to try on different brands to see how they work on you), it’s time to take advantage of a fabulous deal going on at Victoria’s Secret. They’re having a huge spring sale on selected bras. You can save anywhere from 25% to 40%, which is a great deal!

Twistie’s Pick? Is this gorgeous and elegant BioFit uplift bra with delicate lace appliques.

VS BioFit Uplift Bra Each cup size has a different shape and different style of padding for a unique fit that does what you need it to do. It also comes in five delectable colors, so you’re sure to find one that makes you smile.

The price is also making me smile. Regularly $48.00, it’s on sale right now for just $36.00! That’s a great deal for a really supportive, really pretty bra.

And if this one doesn’t float your boat (or fit your needs), there are plenty of other lovely bras at great prices to choose from. Do yourself and your girls a favor and find a pretty bra that fits perfectly this spring. You’ll owe yourself one.

Along the Strands

Yes, it’s another bracelet. Why? Because it’s incredibly beautiful and a great deal. You’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, well, here’s my thousand words:

14K Yellow Gold 12 Strand Wire Bracelet - 7.25 inches 12 Strands of shimmering 14k yellow gold wire weighing in at a total of 9 grams are woven into a stunning piece that will grace nearly any wrist beautifully. The lobster claw fastening will keep it safely in place, too. It comes complete with a black velvet presentation box and a free polishing cloth to keep it shiny and gorgeous.

The retail price on so much pretty is $549.89, but it’s on sale at Visit UnbeatableSale.com for just $422.99.

I don’t know about you, but I could stare at this one for all eternity and never come up with the words. In fact, the only one I can think of right now is want!

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