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Go For the Bronze!

When metallics are popular, sometimes it’s easy to forget that gold, silver, and glittery grass green aren’t the only options. My personal favorites are the subtler shades…things like copper and bronze.

Cole Haan bronze leather 'Village Soft' continental walletThis Cole Haan bronze leather wallet wins first prize in my book. Just look at the bold decorative stitching and handsome brass buckle. On the inside, there are a zipped pocket, two slit pockets, six card slits and an ID window. That’s about as practical as you could like, as well as beautiful.

And speaking of beautiful, there’s the question of the price. The retail value of this handsome wallet is $195.00, but you wouldn’t want to pay that much if you can help it. The good news is that Bluefly carries it for $117.00. The even better news is that right now, they’re having a huge spring sale. That means you can get this wonderful wallet for just $99.45!

Now that’s what I call a winning price.

A Lulu of a Deal

Most places are done with their Labor Day sales, but there are still a couple left to be found. Wrapables, for instance, is keeping the discounts going on selected items until the tenth. That means you can get great bargains on some really fun items.

Lulu Guiness Jacquard Long Wallet My favorite deal is this Lulu Guiness wallet. Its witty print of fashion items and fishnet in black on a mauve background will let everyone know you appreciate the finer things in life, but still have a sense of humor about them. It’s got slots to put all your credit cards, ATM card, and ID card as well as a change pocket and a place to put actual bills. That’s cash, not IOUs. Why, it even comes with its own dust bag for storage!

It’s normally priced at $203.95, but as long as the sale continues it’s marked down to just $129.99.

Sometimes a girl’s just got to have something fabulous.

Quite the Feather in Your Purse

If you’ve been looking at your old wallet thinking it’s seen considerably better days, now might be a good time to head on over to Bluefly.com and take a look at this handsome, practical, yet fun Cole Haan travel wallet.

Cole Haan Embossed Travel Wallet The Nude (beige) coloring is always tasteful, and that embroidered feather will bring a smile to many a face.

The bi-fold interior includes room for all your necessities with its double billfold, snap coin pocket, two card slots and an ID window for when you need to flash your face at Security…or a store clerk asks for photo ID to make sure it’s really you using your credit card. And when you’re done with your shopping, it zips securely and slips easily into even quite a compact handbag, seeing as it measures just 5″ x 4″ when closed.

So how much is this baby? Well, the retail value is $135.00. Bluefly usually carries it for $81.00, which is quite good. Right now, though, they’ve got it on a further sale so you pay just $67.99! Just stick your savings in the double billfold and the snap coin purse and go. Oh, and send me a postcard when you get there. You can afford it.

A Pinch of Pucci

Regular readers of this space are familiar with the name YOOX. After all, they discount designer fashions and accessories every day of the year. That means when they decide to blow things out, you’re getting them at an incredible deal you’ll never find anywhere else.

Well, right now they’re having a huge sale. If you act now, you can save up to 90% off their already insanely low prices. You’ll have to hurry, though, because the sale ends on the 19th.
Emilio Pucci Wallet This fun yet elegant Emilio Pucci leather wallet features the signature splashy, colorful print typical of the line. It also has a practical snap closure and internal coin pocket. When you pull this baby out of your purse, those in the know will be very sure who designed it, and those not in the know will probably still get a smile from the cheerful colors and exuberant lines.

How much did it cost originally? YOOX isn’t telling. But YOOX was selling it for $301.00. For a limited time, though, they’re selling it for just $150.00. That’s half off the low, low YOOX price! If I were you, I’d get my skates on!

Leap On These Savings

It’s Leap…day? I’m not certain there’s an agreed-upon name for it, but it’s February 29th, a day that only appears once every four years. That’s great news if you’re looking for extra way to save money, because retailers like to celebrate this day more than anyone who wasn’t born on it.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the extra-special savings available just for today.

Bluefly.com is having a big one-day blowout on literally hundreds – possibly thousands – of designer clothes and accessories. They’re taking as much as 65% off the regular prices and including free shipping.


Buy a Wallet and Still Have Something To Put In It

The biggest problem with buying a fine leather wallet is that the pricetag often leaves little money to stow, negating the purpose of a wallet in the first place. Luckily, a good sale can take care of that problem.

Borsolino Leather Wallet For instance, this handsome brown leather men’s wallet by Borsolino is usually priced at $95.00 at Hartford York. Right now, though, it’s on sale for a thrifty $35.00. By my calculations, that leaves you $60.00 to fill it properly.