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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Snuggle Up Edition

I know it’s Friday the thirteenth, but this is your lucky day! Why? Because I’ve hunted down some warm, snuggly bargains for you.

First up from Nordstrom is the Cloud Nine space dyed beret
icon by Brazen.

icon It’s warm and pretty and comes in four attractive colors. Originally priced at $28.00, it’s been marked down to just $17.90! At that price you can get one for everyone on your holiday gift list.

While you’re at it, don’t forget the matching scarf
icon. It’s just $27.90, marked down from $42.00.

Oh, and keep in mind that for a limited time orders over $100.00 ship free from Nordstrom with promo code HOLIDAY09.


Awfully Audrey

Ask anyone and you’ll learn anew that Audrey Hepburn is one of the great style icons of the twentieth – or indeed any – century. Every once in a blue moon, I come across something that just makes me sit up and say ‘that’s Audrey!’ and it makes me happy. Well, this morning I was taking a quick glance at Ralph Lauren.com and what should I find but this:

Ralph Lauren Houndstooth Swing Coat It couldn’t be more Audrey if it had been designed by Hubert de Givenchy himself!

The proportions are elegant, the houndstooth check utterly classic, and the entire feel is one of effortless class. It’s even got one spectacular slightly Bohemian touch in that fabulous collar that can be worn up or down, depending on how incognito you wish to be. It even comes in petite and plus sizes, too!

Oh, and did I mention the sale? Yes, all three size ranges are on sale. The original prices ranged from $409.00 to $399.00, but you can get it now from $279.99 to $229.99. But wait! There’s more! For a limited time, you can get an extra 30% off any of those prices! Plus there’s free shipping on orders over $175.00.

Go on. Audrey would want you to have it.

Dressing With Flare

Fit and flare is the byword of the moment in the fashion world. I must admit that’s something that always makes me happy, because that means lots of flattering and fabulous princess lines. Of course, when buying something you hope to use for a long time, it’s important not to go too far overboard with the ‘now’ look in case it looks ‘so then’ well before you’re done with it.

Still, you can find something that’s up-to-the-minute now and won’t look silly a year or three down the road. Case in point, take a look at this lucious little coat:

Bloomingdale It’s got all the current hot buttons in fashion: double breast, fit and flare styling, and a fabulous collar. It’s very now. On the other hand, the coloring (it comes in charcoal as shown or basic black) is timeless. While double breasted may or may not stick around as top of the fashion pops for a couple years, it never goes completely out for outerwear. Princess seams are never inappropriate. In short, this is a look that will mark you as a trendsetter now, but won’t look hideously dated when you need it for next winter. In fact, it will probably turn heads in a good way for years to come.

As for the details that aren’t about cut, it’s made of a warm blend of wool, nylon, and cashmere, has side pockets to help keep your hands warm, and is lined in a striking leopard print.

Oh, and then there’s the little matter of the price. Bloomingdale’s has been carrying it for the already very nice price of $290.00. That’s a great deal for an investment piece like a coat, especially one that’s so pretty. But we don’t call this the Basement of the Bargains for nothing! No, this delightful coat is on sale right now for a mere $202.99!

What’s more, for a limited time if you use code SHIPXMAS on any Bloomie’s order over $100.00, you can get free shipping, too!

Ooh, I’m getting warmer just reading the sale tags.

I’ve Got Avenue To Keep Me Warm

Need a new coat? Need it in a plus size? Well, I’ve got good news for you, because for a limited time Avenue.com has a superfantastic selection of coats and jackets on sale at bargain basement prices.

Avenue Bell Sleeve Tweed Jacket Womens Plus Size I’m quite taken with this adorable swing jacket. It features the perfect bell sleeves designed to be on trend but not impractical. Those graceful princess lines will flatter nearly any body shape, too.

I’m also taken with the price! Originally sold for $129.00, it’s been marked for a limited time down to just $79.99.

Not wild about that one? Don’t worry. There’s a great selection to choose from in a wide variety of colors and styles.

Friday Finds Under Fifty: Warm and Snuggly Stuff

It’s friday, and you know what that means: a grab bag of great deals under fifty bucks. This week, in honor of the increasingly cold weather, I’m doing warm, wooly, snuggly things to keep you – or the people you love – comfortable and insulated.

Let’s start with a great deal from Bluefly.

Renees Accessories Pocket Scarf I love this cheerful scarf by Renee’s Accessories. Not only does it come in this joyful red trimmed in charcoal, it’s also available in classic black trimmed in ivory. Best of all it has pockets!

<>I know, I know. It’s a thing. I just love pockets, even when they aren’t the most practical. What’s definitely practical is the price. Originally it sold for $42.00, but now it’s available for just $25.00! That’s 40% off!


Get a Black Belt in Sartorial Arts

There’s nothing like wearing something that’s cut just perfectly and accessorized absolutely correctly.

Metrostyle Belted Coat Take a look at this coat and you’ll see precisely what I mean. The elegant line of it will flatter a wide variety of bodies, and that wide belt adds the perfect touch of pizzazz to separate you from the crowd.

And of course, it’s on sale. Originally priced at $149.99, it’s been marked down at Metrostyle to just $69.99. That’s a savings of 53%! That’s a classic savings on a classic coat.

Boiled To Perfection

There are few fabrics in the world that keep out the cold quite the way boiled wool does. The sad thing is that most boiled wool garments tend to be so busy being utilitarian that they forget to be superfantastic, as well.

Luckily I found one boiled wool coat by Eileen Fisher that takes a little time for great details as well as warmth.

Eileen Fisher Boiled Wool Coat The basic lines are entirely classic, allowing you to wear this coat for years to come. At the same time, the single button and hidden snap front closure and patch pockets separate it from the crowd of purely utilitarian coats. It comes in petite as well as misses sizes, too. And while it’s available in four different colors, I have to say I particularly love this bright leaf green that’s sure to brighten even the murkiest day.

Best of all, it’s on sale! Originally priced at $258.00, it’s been marked down to just $189.00 during Garnet Hill’s October Savings. But hurry! The price goes back up after the 24th, and you don’t want to miss a deal like this.

Classic Coat

I’ve been a fan of the Bravo series Project Runway almost since it’s inception. So it seems fitting that on the day after the Season 5 finale I feature a design by one of my all-time favorite contestants on the show. Season 3 finalist LauraBennett always had a style that appealed strongly to me. Over and over, Tim Gunn spoke in his commentary and podcasts about her meticulous attention to detail and excellent finishing work.

Laura Bennet Corset Coat This corset detail coat lives up to the Laura Bennett standard of classic elegance and versatility. It’s made of a stretch satin and comes in either champagne (shown) or black. It’s unlined, but the customer comments all mention the excellent seam work that renders lining unnecessary. The corset detailing gives a touch of definition at the waist that I really like.
The great thing is that this coat could work for someone with a classic, minimalist, or even slightly Bohemian style entirely depending on what you choose to wear with it. Oh, and for our plus-sized sisters, it comes in sizes up to 28.

And of course, since you’re seeing it here, you know it’s on sale. The retail price is $138.00, but you can get it right now from QVC for just $103.00. For a coat this gorgeous, that’s a fabulous price!

Some Enchanted Evening Coat

We’ve all seen the sad sight of a gorgeous woman in a beautiful evening gown wearing a utilitarian day coat because she doesn’t have something as fabulous and frothy as the dress to keep away the evening chill. Every woman should have a great evening coat or wrap so that she isn’t the woman wearing a dull day coat over her diaphanous gown.

As it happens, I saw a great option for evening over at Bluefly.

Cole Haan gold sateen belted puff sleeve coat This lustrous gold sateen puff sleeved coat from Cole Haan will look every bit as elegant as what’s underneath without attempting to take center stage for itself. The 3/4 sleeves and self belt are elegant and on trend while the notched collar is a timeless classic element. There’s a hidden button placket and a back kick pleat, too. The length also makes it appropriate for the cocktail hour and more formal daytime events.

Of course one reason so many women never get an evening coat is the pricetag so often attached. Well, as luck would have it, Bluefly has just taken an extra discount on this superfantastic piece. The original retail price was $595.00. Bluefly’s original price was $299.99. But right now it’s been marked down to $269.99! That’s 55% off the retail price!

At a price like that, a lot more of us can afford to make the best possible entrance.

Swing Time

A good swing jacket is nothing to sneeze at. It’s comfortable, goes over bulky sweaters with ease, and is right on fashion trends for the season.

It just so happens that in their Fall coat sale, Avenue.com has one that’s warming me right up.

Avenue Big Button Swing Coat Womens Plus Size
This Swing Coat with its big button details and princess seams is just the shot in the arm a superfantastically Rubenesque lady’s wardrobe can use. The side pockets are great for warming hands or holding your gloves. It comes in basic black or gorgeous red, too.

And while the sale is going on, it’s even marked down from $149.00 to $99.90! That’s just shy of fifty bucks you’d save. But hurry! The sale won’t last forever, and once it’s gone, the price on this and dozens of other great shawls, vests, jackets and coats will go up anywhere from five to fifty dollars. Don’t miss out on the savings.

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