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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.

Aquamarine? Awesome!

When I think of fine jewelry, it’s rare that I think of looking at Macy’s. It’s just never been a place I associated with really great jewels. Well, while browsing their site today, I realized just how mistaken I had been.

How can you improve on this? There’s a handsome square cut aquamarine weighing in at 7/8ctw set in 14k white gold highlighted with tiny diamonds. The chain measures 17″. It’s gorgeous, it’s classic, and it’s just what I want to wear on a great evening out.

I asked before what could make it better, and I’ve thought of a couple things. The first is the price. While the regular price is a whopping $800.00, right now it’s on sale for just $431.10! That’s nearly half off, which is wonderful.

The other thing would be the extra bonus deal that goes with it: a pair of diamond stud earrings for just $59.00. That’s right, $59.00!

Vanilla Va-Va-Voom

To my mind, two of the most soothing scents in the world (short of bread baking) are vanilla and cocoanut. And one of the most relaxing things in the world is a good spa day.

Now we can’t all afford to go to the spa as often as we’d like, but we can get good bath products in soothing scents to carry us through between those massages and mud baths.

this seticon by Lavanila Laboratories could be just the thing to make your body and soul feel pampered even when you aren’t getting puffed and buffed by professionals. It includes body butter, body wash, lip shine, and fragrance all in a relaxing vanilla cocoanut scent chockful of anti-oxidants and essential vitamins and minerals so you’ll look and feel your best, as well as smell good.

Of course, it won’t hurt your blissful feeling knowing that you got a heck of a deal on all this personal care. The retail price on this set is $99.00, but at Drugstore.comicon right now, you can get it for the bargain basement price of just $69.30. Plus, for a limited time, if you spend a minimum of $30.00 on Lavanila Laboratories products, you’ll get a free mini body butter!

Now that’s a deal that relaxes me!

Get the Big O for Less

No, not that big O! I’m talking about the Riedel “O” series wine tumblers.

Riedel Set of 8

Not only are they pretty to look at and pleasant to hold, these wine tumblers are made of non-leaded crystal, so they’re safe to use anytime. They’re even dishwasher safe, so long as you use the top rack for them. Handsome, comfortable, and practical…yeah, that’s what I call superfantastic.

Of course it doesn’t hurt that they’re on sale at Cooking.com
. A six-piece set usually sells for $118.00, which isn’t at all bad for good crystal. Right now, though, through December 31, you can get them as an eight-piece set for just $69.95! That means you save nearly fifty bucks and get two extra glasses.

Drink up and enjoy!

I Could Stand This Deal

As regular readers of this space know, I love good cookware with a passion. I’m an avid baker who appreciates the best tools for the job. That’s why I’ve been a fan of KitchenAid since about the time I was old enough to say the name. If you’re a frequent baker who wants to save dough, have I got a deal for you!

KitchenAid 6-qt. Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer, Licorice
The KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer is the perfect tool to help you bake to your heart’s content. The 6qt. bowl will allow you to mix up to 13 dozen cookies or eight loaves of bread at once! The sturdy construction and powerful motor will last nearly forever, and the handsome finish in your choice of seven colors will look superfantastic in your kitchen all the while.

The mixer comes complete with a burnished aluminum flat beater, a bread dough hook, professional wire whip, and pouring shield. Yes, there are lots of attachments you can get later, but these will get you started nicely.

Of course, all that power and all these features don’t come cheap. They can, however, come at a very good deal. The suggested retail for the stand mixer and basic attachments is $499.99. That’s actually not at all a bad investment for something that will bring you that much pleasure for so many years. But why make a not bad investment when you can make a superfantastic one? Right now, Cooking.com has the Professional 600 series mixer with basic attachments for just $399.95! Save $100.00 and change on a lifetime of great baking experiences? Sign me up!

But wait! There’s more! No, it’s not the incredible Ginzu steak knife. It’s a $50.00 Visa gift card, yours free when you mail in the rebate card that will come with your new mixer. You’ll have to hurry, though. The rebate is only available through December 31, 2008.

Need another reason to act now? How about free shipping on a 30lb professional grade stand mixer? That’s right, this mixer qualifies for free shipping with code C88267.

So, to sum up: a hundred bucks off the top of the price, a fifty dollar gift card to spend as you like, plus free shipping on a thirty pound item…if you love to bake, you can’t afford to pass up a deal like this.

Tip Top Design

One of the fastest ways to spruce up a tired bathroom is to change out the towels for something bright and fresh. A new color accent or exciting motif can make the room look as though you’ve upgraded a lot more.

Adler Poppies Towel Collection These fabulous, funky poppy towels were designed by Jonathan Adler, who – in addition to his design work in pottery – is one of the judges of the popular Bravo TV show Top Design. That’s not why I love these towels. I love them because they’re bright, cheerful, fun, and on sale. It’s just fun to know who created that wonderful design.

Oh, that sale! That’s right. You can find these delightful towels on sale at Wrapables. The bath towels have been marked down to $9.99 apiece (regular price $20.95), while the hand and fingertip towels are now just $6.99 each (regular prices $10.95 – $15.95 each)! With a deal like that, you can mix and match them with each other or another solid or striped towel to your heart’s content. Give a set to a friend or family member while you’re at it.

And did I mention that there’s more? Right now Wrapables is giving away a free gift of poplar-scented soap leaves. All you have to do is place an order of at least $50.00 that includes at least one item from the bed and bath department.

So, pretty, practical things on sale plus a free gift? I don’t know about you, but I’m sold!

Le Creuset? Le Great Deal!

Regular readers of this space are well aware of my long-standing love of Le Creuset cookware. It’s versatile, hard wearing, and gorgeous to boot. What’s not to love?

Okay, I’m not in love with the price tag. I don’t begrudge it, you understand, because it’s worth every single penny. What I don’t love about that price tag is how it’s all too often well out of my budget range when I need new cookware.

And that’s why I’m excited about the Le Creuset deals going on right now at Sur la Table.

Le Creuset Soup Pots, Red and Blue This handsome and practical enameled cast iron soup pot, for instance, is a $150.00 value. Well, it’s on sale now for just $99.00! $51.00 off a pot that’s going to last you the rest of your life even if you make soup every single night is a great deal in and of itself, but there’s more for the savvy shopper right now.

If you spend $250.00 on selected Le Creuset items at Sur la Table, you’ll also get a red qt. enameled steel stockpot (retail value, $70.00) absolutely free!

If you love to cook, or you love someone who loves to cook, then you owe it to yourself to check out this incredible deal! And don’t forget, top-notch cookware makes a superfantastic gift to any enthusiastic cook on your holiday list.

Champ of the Elysees

A great deal on a great handbag is superfantastic. Take for example this lovely Charles David Champs Elysees shopper:

Charles David Champs Elysees Shopper

Not only is it handsome, roomy, and practical, it’s also a hell of a deal at Amazon. The retail value is $375.00, but it’s on sale right now for a mere $129.00! That’s a savings of 65%!

But wait! There’s more! Right now if you buy a minimum of $25.00 in a single order from Amazon’s apparel or shoe store, and you can get a one-year subscription to either Lucky or Men’s Vogue, a $10.00 value, for free.

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