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Yar, Here Be Superfantastic Savings

Ralph Lauren is having a huge sale on already discounted items. For a limited time, select sale items are a further 20% off the already low, low prices. Be still, my beating heart!

That means you can get some amazing deals on designer goodies for the man, woman, child, home, or dog in your life. Just peruse the pages of the website, and you’ll find something to tickle your fancy that won’t hurt your budget.

Twistie’s choice? Well, I’m a sucker both for a good pair of cufflinks and for things piratical, so hands down this is what gets my nod:

R. Lauren Pirate Cufflinks These fun and fabulous cufflinks feature the classic skull and crossbones design favored by pirates for years on a background of your choice of black, blue, or red enamel over sterling silver for a subtle touch of rapscallionish humor.

Of course, the joke once took a serious bite out of the budget at $325.00. Since then, though, they’ve been marked down to just $199.00. Now, and for a limited time, they’re a further 20% off, which means you’ll save something in the neighborhood of another forty bucks on the price.

For that deal, I may just need to see if I can smuggle a pair to Johnny Depp. Mmmm…Johnny Depp.

Schon Thing

In a tough economy, finding ways to look prosperous and impressive are doubly important. To get a job or to keep a job you – or someone you love – may need some help looking like the right person to keep the company afloat. In a case like that, the importance of a really great tie cannot be overstated.

Mila Schon Ties That’s where the Raffaello Network comes in with the huge sale they’re having on designer ties.

This pure silk tie by Mila Schon is a surefire winner. Classic, attractive, the man who wears this will look self-assured and in control. What’s more, he’ll be fiscally responsible. After all, the regular price may be $129.00, but he’s only going to pay $85.00 for it.

A well-turned-out man who knows how to save a buck? Honey, I’ve always got a job for a man like that!

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.

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.

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Black Friday Edition

Ah, Black Friday. The day that shopper and retailer both anticipate and dread in equal measures. The day when the Christmas shopping season officially starts bringing full coffers to businesses and massive congestion to mall parking lots.

The best thing about Black Friday is, of course, all the great deals offered up to the consumer. The worst thing about it is all the crowding, jostling, and general lack of holiday cheer among the throngs of customers who want the deals but hate the lines.

So what does the savvy shopper do? She shops online, of course!

No getting elbowed in the ribs while standing in line, no strange kids running amok, no canned Christmas music unless you want it, no undertrained and overwhelmed holiday hire cashiers to shortchange you or direct you to the opposite area of the store from the item you want…online shopping is the perfect cure for Mall Malaise. And in the interest of making the experience both pleasant and reasonably priced, I’ve gone out and hunted down some superfantastic holiday deals that may inspire you to be the best Secret (or not-so-secret) Santa ever.

Cocoanut Paradise Bath Set The Coconut Paradise Bath and Body set
is the perfect gift for the woman (and we all know her) who needs to slow down and pamper herself once in a while. There’s coconut milk bath gel, moisturizing body lotion, bath salts, an exfoliating pumice stone, and a body puff. All of it comes in an adorably whimsical wire clawfoot bathtub. Even the original price of $39.99 would have made it a find under fifty, but it’s now 38% off at Amazon
for a cool $24.99. At that price, you could get several for those last-minute gifts you didn’t expect to need.

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Manly, Yes, But I Like It, Too

A good watch is both practical and attractive. And with all the handsome watches out there, there really is no excuse for wearing an ugly one.


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This Seiko men’s watchicon is my idea of a superfantastic timepiece. I love the clean look of black Roman numerals on a white background and a simple leather strap. It looks neat, and gets you taken seriously. What’s more, the quartz movement keeps time well, so you’ll always know what time it is.

Best of all, it’s on sale. The retail value of this great watch is $140.00, which isn’t too bad for a good watch. But why go for ‘not bad’ when you can get a great deal? Right now Overstock.com has it for just $84.99 for a savings of $55.01!

I don’t know about you, but I think it may be time for a new watch.

Suit Up, Men

Every man should own at least one suit. Weddings, funerals, job interviews, evenings at the theater, meeting the parents, applying for a loan…there are dozens of reasons to suit up like a man.

Unfortunately, even a mediocre suit can cost a lot of money. The solution for an impecunious young man? Clearance sales, of course.

Year-Round 2-Button Wool Suit This handsome year-round lightweight wool/cashmere blend two-button suit is suitable for almost any activity or occasion that calls for a man to look like a responsible adult. It comes in your choice of light olive plaid or grey plaid complete with pleated trousers, half-lined for easy alterations.

Normally, you’d expect to pay through the nose for such a good-looking suit in such good fabric, but right now you can get it at an amazing deal from Jos. A. Bank during their huge Summer Sale & Clearance Up To 70% Off. Free Shipping On Orders Over $175!. Regularly priced at $550.00, it can now be yours for a mere $88.00. Yes, you read that correctly: this suit has been marked down $462.00.

Oh, and while you’re there, check out their online sweepstakes. There’s the chance to win a $1000.00 gift card in it for you.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Like the pricetag on this handsome sueded, plaited cotton jersey half-zip Polo Ralph Lauren sweater for the man in your life.

Ralph Lauren Cotton Half-Zip Sweater It features a leather zip pull, elbow patches, and ribbed neck and cuffs. It also comes in five classic colors.

Oh, and about that price tag…well, once upon a time it would have been $125.00. Now, though, it’s just $46.42. It’s $46.42, that is, unless you get this rather gorgeous grey shown above and known as Madison Heather. In that case, you save even more! That color has been marked down to a mere $37.42. Sizes from Small to XXLarge available, though not all sizes are available in all colors.

Head on over to Saks Fifth Avenue and save a bundle while getting great fall sweaters for the men you know and love.

Remembering the Gentlemen

The other day I got an email from a reader named Joe who asked why I don’t do more men’s items. I do cover the menswear now and again. In fact, I did an article recently on great deals for Father’s Day…but I do admit I can go a long time without pointing out a good deal specifically for a guy. Well, it just so happens that Nordstrom is having their Half Yearly sale for men as we speak, so this is a great time to rectify that neglect. After all, as Joe pointed out in his email, guys love a good bargain, too.

For instance, if I were a guy, I’d be excited about this handsome, classic dress shirt from Faconnable:

Faconnable Contrast Collar Dress Shirt The subtle black and white houndstooth check pattern is contrasted with a pure white collar for a snappy yet work-appropriate look. It’s also machine-washable pure cotton for easy care and breathability. Nice. Oh, and it’s also 33% off right now. Originally priced at $145.00, it’s on sale for just $96.90. Oh, and one more thing I love about this shirt is that it comes in long and extra long as well as regular length…and all at no extra charge.

But this is far from the only great deal for guys going on at Nordstrom right now. Don’t take my word for it. Shop the sale. Whether you’re a man or a woman who loves a man in her life, this is a terrific chance to save money while shopping. What could possibly be better than that?

Do Right By Dad

Father’s Day is nearly upon us. If you haven’t done anything about that, don’t panic! I’m here to help you find just the right thing to make your father – or that special father in your life – happy as can be without breaking your bank account.

Once upon a time, everyone knew what to give for Father’s Day: a tie, an accessory for the barbeque, something car-related…maybe an electronic gadget. What else was there to give?

Well, times have changed and now anything goes. Why not break out and give him something unexpected.

Fellini Unisex Sunglasses These stylish Fellini sunglasses by Blinde Design will make any dad feel extra cool out in the sunshine. They come in your choice of blue or charcoal grey, complete with a soft black case and cleaning cloth.

You can get these babies from Overstock.com at an incredible deal. The suggested retail price is $280.00, but if you hurry, you can get them for just $49.99! And since they’re unisex in design, you might want a pair for yourself, too.

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