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

Dress Like an Egyptian

There’s nothing I love better than a good piece of jewelry…unless it’s a great piece of jewelry at a superfantastic deal.

Roberto Cavalli Scarab Bracelet Witness this piece of delicious. It’s a bangle bracelet by Roberto Cavalli with a gorgeous scarab charm dangling from it. It’s enameled gold tone metal and comes in your choice of black (shown) or copper. It’s also an amazing deal right now at eLuxury.

The retail price on this fabulous piece was $265.00, which really wasn’t at all bad for such a great piece. Now, though, at eLuxury, you can get it for just $66.00. That’s right, it’s a mere $66.00, or $199.00 off the original price.

I don’t know about you, but I intend to hurry on this one!

Beat Me To This Punch

This is a big season for color. Red, blue, green, purple, orange, they’re all in the news. One of the hottest trends, though, is yellow. This makes me happy because I’m one of those lucky souls who looks great in yellow.

But not everyone looks great in yellow, and not everyone who wears it well wants to wear large swaths of it. How to get in on the trend without wearing an all yellow outfit? Why, accessories, of course!

See by Chloe Punch Line Cross Body Bag
I’m loving this See by Chloe Punch Line Cross Body Bag by Chloe with its pattern of punched patent leather lined in a colorful floral print canvas. It closes with a magnetic flap, and one of the internal pockets zips shut for security.

Oh, and if you really don’t want to get in on the yellow trend, it also comes in basic black. Either way it’s a fun, cheerful look that’s sure to fill your summer with smiles.

Oh, and it’s on a great sale at Shopbop. The retail price is $395.00, but now you can get it for just $276.50. Have it sent ground, and you won’t even have to pay for shipping!

Come to Twistie, you purse!

Magnificent in Macrame

Wait a minute. How can macrame be anything like magnificent? Isn’t macrame that hippie way of making plant hangers?

Yes and no. Macrame has been used to make plant hangers and cheesy wall hangings, yes, but that’s not the limit. The technique has been around for centuries and can be used in far more exotic ways.

Take, for example, this handsome shawl in wool mohair by Burberry:

Burberry Mohair Macrame Shawl It’s utterly elegant and completely feminine with lots of pretty openwork. Being mohair, it’s also interesting texturally. Being made by Burberry, you know it’s built to last, too. Then there’s the bit about it being on sale at Neiman Marcus.

The regular price is $595.00, but if you buy right now, it’s been marked down to just $268.00!

Oh, and did I mention the free shipping? Now through June 8, use shipping code NMSHIP to get free shipping, no matter what your total (certain restrictions apply, see site for details).

One thing I should mention, though, that gorgeous eggplant color is gone. You’ll have to be contented with either classic black or an elegant, versatile medium gray. Ah well, the little sacrifices we make….

Buckle Up for Superfantasticness

Belts are big right now, in all senses of the term. So it stands to reason that a really great belt is a must have accessory.

But finding a great belt at a great price can take some work. Guess what? I found one for you!

Linea Pelle brown leather wide belt
Imagine, if you will, being the proud owner of this handsome wide leather belt by Linea Pelle. The three inch wide strap and similarly oversized buckle make a dramatic statement without overpowering your personality. It’s the last word in gorgeous.

It’s also a superfantastic deal at Bluefly. The retail price is $175.00, but you wouldn’t want to pay that much, would you? Bluefly normally sells it for just $105.00, which is a lot better. Still, we can do better. Right now, Bluefly has it for a mere $94.99! That’s 46% off of the retail price.

In these tough economic times, we all need to tighten our belts. It’s just that much easier when the belt is this fabulous.

Bargello On In and Grab This

Let’s face it, the summer is better when faced with a really fun, flirty clutch purse. For my money, one of the best ones going is this one by Lockhearticon:


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It’s intricately woven leather in shades of brown and raspberry pink, complete with an adorable braided leather strap closure.

Once it’s opened, there’s a zip closure, two inside pockets, and a card slot to keep everything nicely organized.

Pretty, sturdy, practical…it’s nearly perfect. Now what would make it absolutely perfect? How about a great deal on the price?

The retail on this clutch is $395.00. Ouch! Right now, though, at Saks.com!, it’s on sale for just $276.50.

Now that’s a whole lot closer to perfect, if you ask me.

Keep It Cool, Keep It Classy

White wine, anyone?

In these warm, summer months it’s important to find a way to keep both you and your chablis cool. What better way than this?

Nachtmann Basketweave Crystal Ice Bucket The good folks at Nachtmann have been making superfantastic lead crystal since 1834. Today they bring you this handsome ice bucket with a stunning yet subtle basketweave pattern on the bottom.

Whether you’re keeping a bit of chardonnay near the pool party or curling up in front of the fire in winter with a bottle of champagne and someone you love, this ice bucket will keep your beverage cool without setting fire to your budget.

Why is that? Why because it’s on a great sale at Williams-Sonoma, that’s why!

Regularly priced at $89.00, it’s now a cool $49.99.

Now that’s a price to help you keep your cool all summer long.

Patently Gorgeous

I must confess that in general patent leather doesn’t do much for me. It really never has. Most of the time I prefer my leather with a more matte finish. Every once in a while, though, a piece comes along that reminds me that patent leather can be utterly fabulous, even in my book when used correctly.

Michael Kors Redding Patent Clutch This utter delight in clutch purse form is the Redding by Michael Kors, and it makes me love patent leather. Just look at the flirty styling with its double buckle detail and try to tell you don’t find it swoonworthy!

What more could you possibly want to know? Okay, maybe you want to know that it’s on sale at Bloomingdale’s (regularly priced at $198.00, it’s been marked down to just $138.60), and that it’s also available in basic black.

But really, it’s all about those buckles.

When Life Hands You Lemons

Continuing yesterday’s theme of keeping well-hydrated in the heat, allow me to turn your attention to my personal must-have accessory for summer:

recycled-glass-lemonade-server.jpg Not only does this lemonade server look utterly charming and just as cool as its contents, it’s also eco-friendly, being made of recycled glass. It holds 48 oz of cool, delicious ade of whatever fruit you prefer and comes with its own handsome metal stand.

Whether you’re holding a party, or just trying to keep your family from drying out, this is a practical, attractive, earth-friendly addition to your household.

It also happens to be a heck of a good deal. The retail price may be $130.00, but if you head for Smart Bargains right now, it can be yours for just $79.99.

And then invite me over for drinks, will you?

The Perfect Blend

In honor of the warmer weather it’s a good idea to think of ways to beat the heat.

One of the best ways of doing that – in my not so humble opinion – is a long, tall, cold drink, the frothier the better. And how better to acheive that froth than a really good bar blender?

KitchenAid 48-oz. Commercial Bar Blender  with Stainless Steel Jar Whether you’re making daiquiris or smoothies, this baby will do the trick. It’s by KitchenAid, so you know it’s sturdy. It holds 48 oz in the jar, so even if you’re mixing for a crowd you’ll have them cooling off in no time. Trust me, this is what you need for that pool party or that ‘I don’t have a pool, darn it’ party you’ll be throwing this summer.

The good news? If you act now, you can get it for a song. The bad news? Well, there really isn’t any bad news. How about some more good news?

The suggested retail price of this blender is $360.00. Cooking.com usually carries it for $299.99, which is a lot better. Right now, though, it’s on further sale for just $199.99! That’s more than $160.00 off the original price! Talk about good news.

Now, about that banana smoothie….

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Hair Today Edition

How’s your hair? Mine is nice, but I love to add a little something to it to finish up a great look. That requires some attractive things to give that special touch. Of course, you don’t want to spend a fortune on them. It’s easily possible to spend over a hundred dollars on a single headband. Me? I wouldn’t spend that much. After all, why buy one at full price when  you can get two to four at a discount?

Here are a few options if you want the look but dislike the full prices.


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The Cosmos by Marc Jacobicon is a delicate plastic band with a matching translucent, rhinestone-studded star. It comes in your choice of coral (shown), jet blue, or talc (white).

The retail price on this baby is $78.00, which is more than I would pay. Now that Nordstromicon has marked it down to just $45.90, I’m seriously considering it.

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