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

Half Off Hot Swimsuit

One thing that I find eternally frustrating as a plus-sized woman is the dearth of attractive, reasonably-priced swimwear in my size. When I find something pretty, chances are it doesn’t come in my size. If I find it in my size, chances are it’s designed to make me disappear in a plain, neutral corner. If I find one that’s the right size to fit me, yet fun and sassy enough to please me…chances are it costs an arm, a leg, and three internal organs. I can’t justify spending that much on something I wear a few times a year. Thus it is that I spend entirely too little time being fed pre-peeled grapes by cabana boys with oiled chests and exquisite talents for making cold drinks appear at will.

All that may change now that I’ve discovered Swimsuits For All. They carry a great variety of swimwear for men, women, children, and yes, plus-sized women. Take a look at this one:

Longitude Blue Flower Swimsuit The cut is pretty, the fabulous, swirly flower print in shades of blue and white with touches of black is sure to be noticed in a good way, and it even sparkles with a few subtle touches of silver!

All in all, this is perfect for lounging at the side of the pool in a really great sunhat and shades being fed grapes, but if you choose to get all wet, it looks practical, too.

Oh, and I did say something about a good price, didn’t I? Well, this gorgeous swimsuit is normally available for just $88.00. That’s not too bad, as swim suit prices go these days. But with sale code: longitude50, you can take 50% off that price and spend just $44.00! And if this suit doesn’t float your boat, it works on other selected swimsuits by Longitude, too.

Go take a look. I’ll be over here with Raul, being fed fruit.

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.

Roll Over, Blusher

Just because you’re on the move doesn’t mean you don’t want to look your best. When getting from point A to point B, it’s important to have a way to protect your most precious possessions…or at least your beauty products.

Japonesque Roll Top Tote Well, I found the perfect solution at Nordstrom, and it’s even on sale!

The Roll-Top Tote by Japonesque is a Nordstrom exclusive that will serve your needs beautifully. On the outside, it’s a demure little black soft-sided bag measuring 9 1/2″w x 8″h x 6 1/2″d with a neat handle and double zippers. Open up the roll top closure, though, and, well, take a look for yourself:

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Smashing Citrine

Sometimes you just have to buck the tide. Right now necklaces are on the outs in the fashion world, but I say there’s always room for a really good one.

Citrine and Smoky Quartz Pendant For instance, this delicate yet slightly Bohemian citrine and smoky quartz pendant hanging from an 18″ 14k yellow gold double chain is a piece of jewelry that would always find a place in my wardrobe. One large teardrop-shaped citrine is highlighted by the seven smaller smoky quartz ones underneath. The subtle color will work nicely with nearly any shade in the rainbow, too.

One thing that might ordinarily stand in your way, though, is your bank account. The suggested retail price for this beauty is $999.00. Of course, some of us realize that’s just a suggestion. UltraDiamonds.com is one of us in that regard. They’re selling this pendant for just $199.00. That’s just about 80% off. At that price, it’s hard to go wrong!

Get Lucky!

The big thing in purses right now is totes. We’re carrying more, and we need the space to carry it in. Of course, there’s no need to sacrifice style for utility. You still want your tote-style purse to stand out in a good way. You want it to look elegant and eternal, but you still want it feel exciting and expressive.

Lucky Brand Leather Drawstring Tote At 14 1/2″w at bottom (18″w at the top) x 6″d x 10 1/2″h with a 10″ drop on the shoulder straps, this superfantastic tote by Lucky Brand composed of stripes of plain, sueded, and tooled leather in warm shades of brown and tan is big enough to handle whatever you need to carry, but stylish enough to let everyone know you mean business. Multiple internal pockets help keep you organized, too.

Normally, this terrific tote goes for $172.00, but you can get it from 6pm for just $102.06! That’s 41% off the retail price. I feel lucky just knowing this deal is out there!

Animal Magnetism

If you love the idea of trophies on the wall, but can’t imagine hunting Bambi’s father, it’s time to check out Find natural home décor, organic gifts and more at VivaTerra..
They’ve got a witty, beautifully hand-carved set of Find natural home décor, organic gifts and more at antlers.
that might be just the ticket for you.

Wooden Antlers on Plaque Measuring a majestic 23″w x 15″h, these deer antlers are mounted on a handsome plaque in a cruelty-free testament to the beauty of nature. Or perhaps they’re a nod of the head to your love of surrealism.

Whatever the reason, they look great and are available at a terrific deal. Originally priced at $218.00, they’ve been marked down to just $87.00. That’s 60% off!

Besides, it’s for Bambi…and Salvadore Dali.

See The World Through Colored Glasses

What’s the hottest accessory right now? It’s not necklaces or bracelets or earrings or scarves. No, it’s sunglasses. But designer sunglasses cost a fortune. Who has four or five hundred dollars to spend on a pair of sunglasses? Okay, I’m sure there are people who do. If they didn’t, designers wouldn’t have four and five hundred dollar pairs of sunglasses for sale, would they?

Of course, if you know where to look you can get those four or five hundred dollar sunglasses for a lot less.

Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses These cool specs from Dolce & Gabbana are normally priced at $470.00. They look great, don’t they? Would they look even better if I told you I know where to get them for less than one hundred dollars?

If you head over to the Raffaello Network right now, you can get these designer sunglasses at a heck of a bargain price. Raffaello Network usually sells them for $277.00, which is a good deal compared to $470.00, but right this minute, they have these fabulous sunglasses marked down to just $82.00! That’s 83% off the retail value! Don’t think of it as spending nearly a hundred dollars on a pair of sunglasses, think of it as saving nearly four hundred dollars on the hottest accessory of the season.

And who can’t use a good pair of sunglasses in August?

Terrifically Tweed

Tweed is a wonderful fabric. It’s long-wearing, looks great, and feels marvelously rich in texture. Of late, the fashion world has figured out what I knew as a little girl petting the fabrics at Highland games: tweed is terrific!

So when I ran across this great deal on a fun tweed clutch purse at Wrapables, I just had to share.

Tiffany Tweed Clutch Purse The Tiffany tweed clutch is an elegant black and cream herringbone tweed trimmed with a black fabric flower and grosgrain ribbon. It’s lined in black bengaline and has a snap closure. At a roomy 6″ x 10″, it should hold all your necessities, too.

Oh, and did I mention it’s on sale? Because it is. Originally priced at $104.95, it’s been marked down to a thrifty $63.99. Now that’s a good deal on tweed.

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.

I Love the Niteline, I’ve Got to Boogie

Going out on the town? Need a pretty new dress? Why not head over to Smartbargains.com and take a look at this amazing deal.

Ivory Niteline Dress by Aiden Mattox This charming ivory silk racerback dress from Niteline by Aidan Mattox takes you from a hot nightclub to the opera in style. It’s fully lined, and the black flower is removable. Change it out for a pretty jeweled brooch, if you like.

Pretty, feminine, elegant, stylish…what more could a girl want? Oh yes, she might like a good deal.

The retail price on this lucious dress is $310.00. Actually not too bad for a pure silk dress. But why settle for not too bad when you can get amazing? Smartbargains is selling this dress for a mere $39.98! That’s 87% off the original price!