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

Baja Beautiful

On a gray, November day, I long for color in my life. So I went looking for it. Lo and behold, here it is:

DANNIJO Baja Necklace The DANNIJO Baja Necklace is a bright spot that would cheer up any casual outfit. A twisted, malleable silver tone snake chain is the starting point. From there brightly colored threads are wrapped around the chain, and the whole look is finished with a gorgeous vintage button. Elegant, yet unexpected.

Best of all, it’s an amazing bargain. The original price was $238.00, which I would pay in a heartbeat. Of course, I’d much rather pay less. shopbop.com gives me just that opportunity. You see, they’ve knocked the price down 70% to just $71.40!

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Snuggle Up Edition

I know it’s Friday the thirteenth, but this is your lucky day! Why? Because I’ve hunted down some warm, snuggly bargains for you.

First up from Nordstrom is the Cloud Nine space dyed beret
icon by Brazen.

icon It’s warm and pretty and comes in four attractive colors. Originally priced at $28.00, it’s been marked down to just $17.90! At that price you can get one for everyone on your holiday gift list.

While you’re at it, don’t forget the matching scarf
icon. It’s just $27.90, marked down from $42.00.

Oh, and keep in mind that for a limited time orders over $100.00 ship free from Nordstrom with promo code HOLIDAY09.

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Creme de Le Creuset

Longtime readers know my passion for Le Creuset cookware. The enamel-coated cast iron is the perfect combination of heat distribution and non-reactive surface to make sure your food is evenly cooked without a metallic tinge to the flavor. It’s also attractive enough to grace nearly any table top, and so heavy that it makes a great impromptu set of weights for strength training, as well.

Unfortunately, the price can be just as heavy lifting as the pots…unless, of course, you know where to shop.

Le Creuset 2.75-qt. Round Enameled Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Flame This is the Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven in the popular Flame color. It holds 2.7 quarts for perfect braising, stewing, or steaming on a larger scale. It’s safe for both stove top and oven. It can go in the dishwasher, though handwashing is recommended. Don’t worry, my Le Creuset pot cleans in a flash by hand, no matter what I’ve put in it. Oh, and it comes with a lifetime warranty, too. If you ever manage to find a way to break it, the company will stand by their word and take care of the problem.

And about that price thing, well, the recommended retail price is $160.00. Cooking.com usually gives customers a five-cent discount on that, which isn’t much of a difference as a general rule. Right now, however, they’re giving us a real break on the price. They’ve knocked it down to just $109.95! That’s a savings of more than $50.00, which is nothing to sneeze at.

Oh, and if you’re not wild about the flame color, don’t worry. It comes in seven other colors, all on sale. Speaking of which, there are a couple of other Le Creuset bargains going at Cooking.com just now that you may be interested in as well.

Bon appetit!

de Lucca at This!

A really good leather purse is one of the best investments a girl can make in order to live the life superfantastic. Of course, to make it truly superfantastic and leave a bit of cash for getting a great lunch in a fabulous little bistro nobody knows anything about, one must seek out the best possible deal on said really good leather purse.

That’s where our friends at Shop Bluefly! come into play. Not only do they carry designer goods at a discount, they also hold sales on those already excellent prices.

For instance, here’s just such a purse as I was trying to describe in the first paragraph:

de Lucca Shoulder Bag Look at that lickable leather in a beautiful and versatile caramel color. Take in the slouchy yet sophisticated air. Delight in the curved pocket detail. Oh, and that pocket? Has a magnetic closing making it practical as well as charming.

In addition to that pocket, there’s a zip pocket on the back, a zip closure at top to the main stuff-holding area, an interior zip pocket, an interior patch pocket, and a pocket for your cell phone. The 36″ strap has an 18″ drop for the perfect shoulder bag attitude, too. All in all, Monserat de Lucca has provided us with the perfect intersection of practicality and style.

What would you pay for this beauty of a bag? Well, originally you would have paid something in the neighborhood of $455.00. At that point, you might not need a purse, having so little money left. Despair not. Bluefly has been carrying it for just $273.00, which is a fabulous deal, indeed. But right now, Bluefly has it on one of those sales I was mentioning for a mere $259.99! That’s 43% off the original price!

Now that’s a delectable deal.

Short On Cash? Be Long On Cashmere

When the temperature drops, you still want to look (not to mention feel!) hot.

Here’s a great way to manage both at the same time. Get these gorgeous cashmere-lined leather gloves courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenueicon.

icon  Made in Italy exclusively for Saks, these sleek and elegant gloves will keep your fingers toasty while showing the world your good taste. Soft leather lined with cashmere is the perfect way to make sure you can pick up on anything and stay warm doing it.

I’m nuts about this delicious purple color, but if it doesn’t float your boat, they come in six other shades ranging from basic black to shocking chartreuse.

Best of all, they’re on a great sale. Regularly priced at $80.00, they’re on sale for just $56.00. Just in time for those early cold snaps!

Not sold yet? Use the code NOVSHIP9 at checkout and get free shipping. But hurry! The shipping deal only lasts until midnight tonight.

Return of the Basement

Yes, kiddies, the Basement is back!

To celebrate said return, what could possibly be more appropriate than a classic at a ridiculously low price? Nothing.

And so, without further ado, here it is:


Just imagine yourself (or someone you love) in this classic 18″ cultured pearl necklace and matching stud earrings with 14k yellow gold findings. Pretty and appropriate for nearly any occasion. Each pearl measures between 6.5-7mm and has a slight pink sheen.

Best of all, it’s a great deal at Amazon.com. Regularly priced at a solid $199.00, right now it’s a fabulous $89.99! That’s a savings of 55%. Far from shabby.

Oh, and while you’re there, you’ll want to take a look at all the other lovely pearl pieces on sale for a limited time at up to 70% off.

Tune in tomorrow for another great deal.

It’s What’s Cooking

Good cookware is worth it’s weight in gold. The more you use it, the better it should be. That’s why skimping on basics like saucepans is always a bad idea.

Of course, just because you’re not skimping doesn’t mean you’re not going to save money if you can. Wasting money is just foolish, and you are not a fool.

All-Clad 4-qt. Stainless Steel LTD Sauce Pan
That’s why you’re going to head over to Cooking.com and take advantage of the
big sale they’re having on All-Clad cookware

This is the good stuff. It’s three layers of bonded metal: pure aluminum sandwiched between a  black anodized  aluminum exterior and a stainless steel interior for excellent heat conduction in a non-reactive cooking surface. It even comes with a lifetime warranty.

Spend  $250.00 on All-Clad LTD and you can even get a free bonus  au gratin dish ($130.00 value, see site for details and restrictions) to boot. Or to cook in. It’s up to you, but I know what I would do.

As for this handsome, sturdy 4 quart saucepan with lid, it usually runs $210.00, but at Cooking.com right now you can get it for the bargain basement price of just $104.99.

All the looks, all the versatility, all the sturdiness, and all the extras for half the price? Now that’s what I call a good deal!

Style on the Fly

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for butterflies. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes difficult to find a butterfly-themed item that doesn’t raise images of glitter-obsessed pre-teens. I want a butterfly that’s clearly designed for an adult to love. In short, I want something like this:

Jessica Kagan Cushman Butterfly Big Cuff
It’s by Jessica Kagan and is made of carved resin. With the black coloring in the carved butterfly, it gives the sophisticated effect of an engraving. Just gorgeous. Not only that, since it’s such a dramatic piece, it’s sure to attract attention wherever you go.

Of course, I wouldn’t even mention it here if it wasn’t a great deal. The usual price is $160.00, but right now you can get it at Shopbop for just $80.00. That’s half off!

But I’d recommend hurrying. After all, butterflies are ephemeral and don’t last long. Neither do deals like this one.

Why Tighten One Belt When You Can Tighten These Two?

I have to say I’m loving what Francesco Biasia has been doing with purses of late. In particular, I’ve been loving his belted purses. They have a touch of whimsyicon without losing either dignity or functionality.

Just look at the cheerful color, the rich texture of the weave, the gloss of the patent trim…all in all, it would be difficult to find a purse that would bring a bigger smile to the face.

Add in the easy but secure magnetic snap closure, the neatly divided interior space, and the convenient shoulder strap with 8″ drop, and you’ve got a purse  built to handle all your daily needs with style to burn.

Of course, most of us don’t have that much money to burn these days. That’s another good reason to take a second look at this one. It just happens to be on sale at Nordstromicon. The original price was $218.0, but right now you can get it for just $142.90!

Who says two belts is a bad idea?

Oh Fortuna!

I’ve been a fan of the incomparable Diane Von Furstenberg for a good many years. Her use of prints is legendary, her color choices impeccable, and her style eternal. It’s immediately recognizable, yet never entirely expected.

Take a look at this exampleicon:

This superfantastic silk/linen blend wrap is called ‘Fortuna’ and fortunate indeed is the woman who has it in her wardrobe. It comes in your choice of green (shown) or blue and measures a generous 28″ x 71″. It’s the perfect way to keep comfy on summer evenings, not to mention the perfect way to make a spectacular entrance!

Best of all, you can get that notice at a bargain basement price if you act now. The retail price is usually $200.00, but right now at Saksicon, it’s on sale for just $120.00!

All the pretty at just over half the price? Sign me up!

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