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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Odds ‘n’ Ends Edition

There’s at least one on every gift list. You know the one. It’s the guy who wouldn’t know a wrench from a hacksaw who doesn’t wear a tie and the gal who needs a map to find her kitchen and is allergic to perfumes. These are the people you can’t just give a random gift at the holidays,  because they don’t fit any recognized box. Don’t panic. There are still plenty of superfantastic things you can give them without breaking the bank or leaving them wondering where precisely one returns a crockpot or a set of phillips head screwdrivers.

You can always give them the gift of a great monument without flying them to another country to see it.

Personal Stonehenge Whether you’re buying for someone into alternate spiritual concepts or simply a fan of Spinal Tap, this miniature Stonehenge is sure to please.

Originally priced at $75.00 for a set of three, it’s been reduced at VivaTerra to a thrifty $29.00. At that price, it’s practically a stocking stuffer.

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

As the weather turns cold, there’s nothing like a good pair of snuggly flannel pajamas to make life better. Of course, getting those pajamas at a good price warms the heart as much as the flannel warms the body.

Victoria Victoria’s Secret has made these slouchy pjs in a soft pure cotton flannel so that even when the weather outside is frightful, you’ll be toasty warm and stylish. Not wild about the print? Don’t worry about that! There are 24 colors/prints to choose from, ranging from plaid to polka dots to pink elephants (no, really, they do have a pink elephant print!). Taller or shorter than average? VS has got you covered. They come in both tall and petite lengths, as well as average.

Did I mention they’re on sale? Because they are. Regularly priced at $49.50, they’re currently going for just $39.50. And to sweeten the deal, order before Dec. 8, use code PJGIFT and get a matching pair of slippers for free!

That’s right, the slippers (a $25.00 value) are free! See site for details.

I think I’ll dream about this deal tonight.

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!

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Don’t Sweat It Edition

Spring is closing in on us quickly, but there’s still a sometimes chill in the air. I know we all are looking forward to peeling off the layers and baring our shoulders, but now is the best time of the year to get a great deal on outerwear. And so I thought I’d present a few deals going out there on sweaters.

This metallic portrait-collared cardigan is from Newport News.

Newport News Metallic CardiganTake a look at the pretty cut and elegant portrait collar. It’s going to stand you in good stead on cool spring evenings, and it will still look great over a thermal turtleneck next winter. Unfortunately, the color shown is out of stock (sorry, they didn’t have full pictures of the other colors in action), but it’s still available in Bronze, Midnight, and Magenta. Oh, and while the original price was a budget-friendly $74.00, it’s now available for just $14.99!

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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Signs of Spring Edition

Okay, so it’s still January. I know that. But the fact is that even while it’s very, very cold in a lot of places, the days are beginning to lengthen, the temperatures are starting to rise in a lot of other places, and dammit, I need to remember that there will be warm weather again and a reason to haul out my best sandals.

That’s where shopping is an excellent pastime. No matter what the season, you can bet that most of the stores have moved on from this one midway through and are merrily on to the next. This may make trying to buy a white, short-sleeved blouse in August more difficult that finding a unicorn to ride in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but it makes window shopping in January (or even real shopping in January) a bit more fun. You’re preparing to say hello to the sun again, and that’s okay by me.

So what can we find that speaks of both spring and good savings? Just take a lookie here:

Old Navy Satin CamiThis cute little satin cami will look cool as a cucumber once the weather warms. Oh, and in addition to basic black, it also comes in floral print. What’s more it comes in average, petite, and tall sizes (sorry, you tall gals only get the black, I’m afraid) atOld Navy.

Oh, and as to price, it started out at a thrifty $24.50, but has been marked down to a mere $3.99! That’s not a typo, folks, this top is really only four bucks right now.

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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.

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.

Smock It To Me!

I’m a complete sucker for old world details on modern pieces. Add a touch of lace or a bit of embroidery to a really sleek outfit and I’ll follow you anywhere.

That’s why I got so excited when I saw this fabulous suede jacket with smocked detailing at Monterey Bay Clothing Company.

Monterey Bay Smocked Suede Jacket The smocking adds a touch of femininity and grace to a simple, yet well-cut jacket. Wearing this, you’ll feel every inch a woman…but one who can take on the world and make it cry uncle. Oh yes, and it comes in petite as well as regular sizes, which is always nice.

Best of all, it’s a terrific deal. Originally priced at $149.99, the price has been slashed to just $27.00!

This is a deal not to be missed, my friends.

Arise, go forth, and shop!

Crushed Again!

I’ve long had sort of a thing for crushed velvet. I love the look, I love the texture, and I love how soft it is. The warmth isn’t particularly ringing my bell just at the moment is the warmth, but come October or so, I’ll be in love with that aspect, too.

So in the interests of planning ahead, I went and fell in love with this gorgeous crushed velvet coat over at Monteray Bay Clothing Company.

Crushed Velvet Jacket The sleek lines and lush berry color combine with the texture of the crushed velvet to make a luxurious fashion statement. It comes in both misses and petite sizes, too.

Oh, and did I mention it’s on sale? Because it is. Originally priced at $119.00, it can now be yours for just $59.99!