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Manolo's Basement of the Bargains | Bargains, Sales, Deals and Discounts from Manolo the Shoeblogger

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.

Viva Spiga!

Since last night was the first night of Twistie’s annual Bedding Pile Up in a Futile Attempt to Keep Warmathon, I hereby declare this coat and sweater week at Basement of the Bargains. That means that all this week, I’ll be showing you my favorite deals on great pieces to keep you warm whether you’re walking down the street, working in a drafty office, or just naturally inclined to need a lot of layers to keep you going.

To start things off, take a look at this handsome wool/cashmere blend
belted walker coat
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The classic medium grey coloring is very popular just now, but won’t look dated in a couple years. The styling is also both contemporary and likely to keep looking good for a long time to come. The wool/cashmere blend is snuggly warm, and the length will work beautifully with either pants or a skirt. In short, this is just plain a great investment coat.

Of course, just because you’re making an investment doesn’t mean you don’t want a superfantastic deal. Luckily for all of us, this gorgeous coat is on an equally gorgeous sale. The retail price is $325.00, which isn’t at all bad for what it is, but if you head over to SmartBargains.comtoday, you can get it for just $103.98! That’s 68% off!

I don’t know about you, but I walk a little taller when I get a deal like that.

Souped Up

A slight chill is in the air, even here in sunny California, and my mind turns inevitably to the joy that only a hearty soup can bring. Of course, looking at superfantastic soup pots also brings a glow to my face and a song to my heart. Take a look at this one and you’ll know precisely what I mean:

Le Creuset 2.75-qt. Enameled Soup Pot, Caribbean Le Creuset always makes me happy. It’s beautiful to look at, a dream to cook with, and practically guaranteed to outlast the cook. This 2.75qt soup pot is just the thing to slow cook that silky butternut squash soup or hearty beef daube you’ve been craving. Not only is it handsome enough to serve from, it’s also perfect for stovetop cooking and oven safe up to 450 farenheit. Any way you slice it, Le Creuset is the cream of the crop for cookware.

So when I find a great deal on it, I like to pass it along. For a limited time, this gorgeous and practical soup pot is on sale at Cooking.com for just $99.99. That’s more than $64.00 off the regular price of $164.95. Even better than that, there’s a free shipping code! Considering the fact that this soup pot weighs nearly eight pounds, that’s a great savings, too!

Oh, and the free shipping code is: C99274. Remember to punch that in when it’s time to check out. And remember, the deal is for a limited time only. You’ll want to act on this one ASAP.

Hats Off To YOOX!

YOOX.COM is having a huge clearance sale. That means spectacular bargains on designer clothes, jewelry, handbags, and accessories for the whole family! And what does Twistie covet out of all the deals on hand? Well, there are a lot of things I wouldn’t say no to, but I have a particular fetish for this fabulous
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Made of a sturdy cotton/linen blend with leather band and fully lined, this is a hat sure to brighten any cloudy day.

Oh, and did I mention how amazing the price is? YOOX usually sells it for $168.00, which is already a great discount. But with the huge clearance sale, it’s been marked down to just $59.00! That’s right: $59.00.

Twistie says: go check out the deals. They are many and superfantastic!

Shawl Thing

As the evenings get colder, there’s always that time when it’s too cold to go without some sort of wrap or jacket, but too warm for a serious coat. That’s when a really great shawl is a terrific idea.

Cashmere & Silk Bauble Shawl - Aqua This dramatic and gorgeous Shawl is a cozy combination of silk and cashmere, trimmed with thread covered baubles along the hem. The floral design was based on antique tapestries and bedding. A generous size of 76″L x 38″W guarantees that your shoulders won’t turn cold. Choose awesome Aqua or terrific Taupe to go with your coloring and wardrobe.

And of course, if you see it here, you know it’s on sale. This is available from VivaTerra and originally would have set you back $159.00. Right now, though, the price has been sliced in half to just $79.00. Mmmm…I’m warm all over just thinking about the savings.

They’re Grrrreat!

One of the hot trends in fashion right now is animal prints. Frankly, I tend to avoid them. I don’t want animal spots or stripes all over my body. On the other hand, in a subtle piece of jewelry I can find the same patterns and colors nearly irresistible.


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For instance, I find myself strongly drawn to this set of five banglesicon by RJ Graziano. Three are gold tone with a stamped pattern on them, while the other two are enameled in tiger stripes. Bold enough to get noticed, but subtle enough not to shout, these bangles will look great with nearly any outfit. And if you prefer to wear white rather than orange, they also come in zebra stripes.

Originally priced at $85.00, SmartBargains has been carrying the set for just $39.99. Right now, though, they’re having a huge clearance sale. That means these bracelets have been reduced to a mere $29.97!

And that’s just one of the great deals available. Be sure to hurry over to Smart Bargains for the best deals on the hottest items. Choose from clothes, jewelry, bed and bath items, furniture, and more. You won’t be sorry you shopped!

Duvet You Love Me?

As the nights get chillier, I find myself thinking about snuggly bedclothes to keep me warm…particularly on the nights when Mr. Twistie isn’t there to do the job. Well, a little dreaming at Bluefly found me this delicious deal:

Dwell king duvet set - chinios green 'Silhouette' 320TC Egyptian cotton This King size duvet set by Dwell is pretty, isn’t it? Yes, it is. But more than pretty, it’s machine washable 320TC combed Egyptian cotton. The set includes the duvet cover and two matching king size pillow shams.

Best of all, it’s on sale. Originally priced at $300.00, the set can be yours now for a mere $180!

If you need me, I’ll be cozily wrapped in that gorgeous duvet.

Little Lantern

There are times even on casual days when you don’t want to be bogged down with a big purse. Sometimes you just need to grab a couple small things and go. That’s the time to grab this delightful leather Lantern Bag by Pollini:

Pollini - Lantern Bag (Black) - Bags and Luggage It’s got plenty of space to carry a wallet, a cell phone, and a pair of cool shades. It also comes in three versatile colors. That way it can go with nearly anything in your wardrobe.

Best of all, it’s on sale. The retail price is a cool $304.00, but it’s 51% off at6pm for a grand total of $149.50! That’s the kind of deal that makes me light up inside.