Save $10 on NOUBA Cosmetics

Today, at Beauty Story the sale on NOUBA cosmetics begins. NOUBA is the first line of mineral makeup founded by Italy’s Rosy Armanini in the 1970’s.

The intriguing name was chosen in honor of the NUBA, an ancient population of central Africa that paints their faces and bodies with extraordinary colors and designs to celebrate and experience rituals and daily events.

NOUBA is the determination to always seek new visions and expressions of beauty, developing unexpectedly bold colors, exclusive products, and innovative solutions able to make repeated, revolutionary impacts on the market.

It is the certainty of being able to offer outstanding products that reflects NOUBA’s quality in every aspect. From design to the choice of ingredients and production methods, NOUBA ensures flawless performance.

Starting at 10 AM ET today, save $10 on your order of NOUBA cosmetics at Beauty Story. Enter code NOUBA10 at checkout. Offer expires with the sale’s close Sunday, July 25th at 11 PM ET.

Quick Picks – Monday Sample Sales

So time won’t run out, here are just a few of my quick picks from today’s sample sales. . .

Beyond the Rack
Some of you have seen the picture of me from my step-daughter’s rehearsal party where I’m wearing these gorgeous, multi-strand beads from W/A Studios. They’re on sale today at Beyond the Rack for only $15. The sale includes the necklace in gold, too, and other pieces that are unbelievably affordable.

Also at Beyond the Rack . . . I’m just crazy about the selection of LaCoste Watches (for men and women)! And check out the La Diva Italian Design wallets and bags . . . Lots of wallets in this sale and other bags that are just the cutest. There’s a royal blue and black zebra print that has my name on it! Prices start at $25!

The Pilar Abril shoes and bags are so trendy and fashionable–wedges, sandals and a few handbags are included in this sale with prices starting at only $39.

I almost never showcase a t-shirt in any of my posts, but I made an exception today because these are so cute. Check out this Charlize Theron design for only $17!

Beyond the Rack

I love the styles from Voom by Joy Han, and priced at only $29, they’re definitely one of the deals of the day! And remember . . . July is blowout month at HauteLook, and you’ll want to check out the shoe and handbag blowout sale.  Aren’t these black and pink sandals divine?

I love the MRE Jewelry, with prices starting at only $27. This Circle Cuff caught my eye . . . but then, most jewelry does! :/ Can’t seem to help myself!

ziwy Denim is on tap at HauteLook, with prices starting at $36. The sale includes skirts, leggings, and shorts as well as jeans in some of your favorite styles!


Rue La La
The Calvin Klein sale at Rue La La features dresses, blouses, handbags, and more. Most dresses are priced around $55 to $69. What a bargain!

One of my favorite designers of cases and totes for all things is Built NY! Check out this laptop sleeve! It’s only $25 and your laptop will be safe and snug in this high-quality neoprene case!

Rue La La

Petunia Picklebottom won my my heart a long time ago for its designer take on baby accessories. There is nothing traditional about this line! I pictured one of their handbags to sort of suck you in, but their diaper totes are equally stunning. They don’t reek of “baby on board.” Don’t get me wrong . . . I loved every minute of the days when I packed up half my house to take my children somewhere. But these bags can go from a play date to a board meeting with no one suspecting you’re packing a pacifier!

I’m always so excited to catch a glimpse of the ideeli sales because of the variety there. Very J Dresses are very flirty and affordable at only $49! And I fell in love with the Tuleste Market Jewelry. This necklace is a must-have, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a selection of pins in this sale. I have a jewelry box full of them, and I would love to see them make a come back! Prices in this sale start at $19! Oh, I almost forgot . . . I think I saw a belt or two in this sale!

My pick from the line of Valerie Summer Tops, starting at $34, is this gorgeous salmon jeweled tunic! It’s one of the pricier finds of the day, but it is so unique that I had to share it! And check out the shoes at OTBT starting at only $39!


ideeli is featuring some of O Magazine’s must-have items, and of course, Furla made the list. Oprah’s pick is the Carmen L Shopper from Furla’s fall line, and it’s available for pre-sale at $199. The item will be available to ship around August 20th.

Before you get carried away about the Furla bag, let me tell you about ideeli’s partnership with Nexxus. Today, when you make a purchase, you receive a FREE sample of some of the great line of  Nexxus hair care products!

Since I didn’t include all the sample sales in this post, be sure to browse around my home page for a look-see at those I missed. You never know when you’re come across some fabulous finds for the frugal!

Monsieur Miser-FOR GUYS ONLY!

Short! To the point (since I know most guys have a really short attention span) . . . Great stuff just for the macho shoppers out there. I promise these posts will be all man, all the time! Huh! Huh! Huh!

Grilling products from Steven Raichlen . . . and so you’ll know this guy’s the real deal, Raichlen hosts Primal Grill on PBS and has authored 28 books including The Barbecue Bible, BBQ USA and Miami Spice. Raichlen is the founder of Barbecue University, which offers three-day intensive courses on live fire cooking. And one of his really macho claims to fame is his defeat of Iron Chef Rokusaburo Michiba in a “Battle of the Barbecue Gods” on Japanese television! Huh! Huh! Huh!

Try out this Beer Can Chicken Set! Includes a stainless steel beer can chicken rack, an instant-read thermometer, pair of signature meat shears, pair of insulated food gloves, and 6 Best of Barbecue® recipe cards.
And how about is Smoking Kit? Includes a grill grate lifter; robust blend of hickory, oak, and mesquite wood chips for various meats with flavors to match poultry, beef, or pork; and bundle of wine barrel staves. Sturdy construction and a powerful spring mechanism of grate lifter lets you grab and lift a hot grill with one hand, leaving the other free to add fresh charcoal or wood chips.
Get the Beer Can Chicken Set for $25 and the Smoking Kit for $39 from Rue La La. It’s a private, members-only sale, but membership is free with my invitation (just click the link)!

And what a gadget! The Enzym Street Guide SG-450 GPS makes navigation easy. Just type in an address or pick a point of interest and let the automatic routing and soothing voice take you there.
* Wide 4.3” touchscreen display
* Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone
* FM transmitter enables listening through the vehicle stereo
* Multimedia center: movie player, MP3 player, picture viewer and text viewer
* Fast processor for lightning fast route calculations and start up
* Easy to use, intuitive menu
* Predictive text: speeds up your address typing

The Enzym Street Guide retails for $370, but the price at this great sale is $159! Again, you can only get this deal from a private, members-only sale site and membership is free at Beyond the Rack!

Three great deals in under 400 words!

Decorate For A Deal!

Do you enjoy decorating your home as much as I do? I love shopping for home décor so much more than personal items. I’m not one to change things up often–I pretty much redecorated my entire house about five years ago. I took my time finding exactly what I wanted, and except for switching out pictures of my family, I pretty much leave things as they are. BUT . . . I am crazy about bedding, bath, table linens, and . . . I found some great sales on said items!

Burke Décor has beautiful gifts and home décor. Right now, their Summer Fever Section is 40% off their already reduced prices. So here’s where I share a confession . . . I have a party closet. Yes, I know that may sound crazy to some of you, but when I see something that might come in handy for a luncheon, wedding or baby shower, or the bigger events like a family reunion, I put my fabulous find in my party closet. Oh, it’s very organized, too! I have boxes of dinner and cocktail napkins in all colors and designs, I have paper plates, and I have melamine plates.

I’ve seen these Hong Kong Garden Melamine Plates from Thomas Paul before today and I’ve put them in my shopping cart on more than one occasion. But I just kept telling myself I didn’t really need them. But I caved today because they’re on sale at Burke Décor and I can get an additional 40% off. So I bought two sets! Aren’t they beautiful? I have some cobalt blue wine glasses that will be perfect with these when I have the girls over for wine and appetizers.

Oh, and before I forget, Burke Décor is giving away a $100 shopping spree, so be sure to enter while you’re on the site! You’ll see the entry guidelines on their home page.

Nicole Jane Home is a leading, online home décor and gift site. I’ve already purchased some of their high-quality Aegean Cotton Bath Towels, and they’re my new favorite towel. Their kitchen linens are half off now, and they have some really pretty dish cloths and tea towels that you’ll want to check out. Also, their Manhattan stemware is on sale, so don’t miss out on these great bargains. And in the next few weeks, I’ll be reviewing a product from Nicole Jane Home, so be sure and stay tuned!

Did you know that as many as 2000 different chemicals are used in the textile industry? Those chemicals are often left on the fabric and then transferred and absorbed through the skin. Well, Eden Home offers healthy choices ranging from organic baby clothes and all natural shampoos to natural bath towels and organic cookware. Their sale section is loaded with items from 20% to 50% off, and when you sign up for their newsletter, you get an additional 15% off site wide. I love these Forza Organic Polka Dot Towels, with prices starting at only $10. They have lots of colors to choose from, and who doesn’t love polka dots?

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s collections consist of nearly 60,000 treasures of the 17th and 18th centuries, a time when Great Britain was expanding her empire. Virginians emulated the style of home furnishings from the exotic goods and natural wonders of Asia and the New World. The products from Williamsburg Marketplace carry the legacy of American ingenuity and style that fit today’s lifestyle. Williamsburg Marketplace has over 200 items on sale–some up to 75% off–and now through Monday, July 19th, you can get 15% off site wide! I love this Brighton Toile Shower Curtain at only $19.99 (before the 15% off)! Just enter promotional code EX1074 at checkout!

I love One Kings Lane! It’s the very first sample site I discovered, and I’ve been a loyal fan ever since. Right now, they have a great sale on Momeni Lil Mo Rugs for gussying up your little one’s room or decorating the nursery for your much anticipated bundle of joy. Prices start at $39!
And if the beauty of the products in the One Kings Lane sales isn’t enough to entice you, maybe this will . . . Now through July 28th, OKL is giving new members a $10 shopping credit to apply to their first order! So click here to join! It’s free!

I found some really unique table ware at Gilt today. Bob’s Your Uncle is one of my favorite lines for a whole lot of things (even office supplies). Wouldn’t these Roadside Signs Melamine Plates be perfect for a picnic or barbeque? The set of four is only $25!

And once you bring the party inside, you can set the perfect table with these Doileez Cluster Place Mats from Modern Twist. A pair is only $10–also at Gilt for only $10!

I have a huge yard and when I buy things for the garden, I look at my outside space the same way I approach a room. Because my yard is so large, rugs are essential to setting apart my outdoor rooms. But let’s face it–if you use them in unprotected spaces, you’re only going to have them for a season. On a screened porch–maybe two seasons. These rugs by Safavieh are priced to make replacing those worn rugs affordable, starting at only $35. At ideeli!

I think there’s nothing more inviting than a well-adorned bed, and I don’t particularly care about the brand of bedding as long as it’s pretty. But if you’re into designer brands, you’ll really love the Tommy Hilfiger Bedding at ideeli. The sale includes towels, sheets, comforters and shower curtains. Aren’t these colors pretty? You get a designer name for an off-label price.

I hope you find some bargains for sprucing up your home. Just for kicks, what’s your decorating style? Who knows? There may be something in it for you!

Baubles, Bangles, Bright Shiny Beads

I went jewelry shopping today and found so many baubles, bangles and beads at amazing prices! But first, before you join me on this jewelry junket, let’s get in the mood by listening to the smooth sounds of Sarah Vaughan . . .

Baubles, bangles, bright, shiny beads . . .
Sparkles, spangles, my heart will sing, sing-a-ling-a,
Wearing baubles, bangles and beads.
I’ll glitter and gleam so, make somebody dream so,
That someday he may buy me a ring, ring-aling-a.
I’ve heard that’s where it leads . . .
Wearing baubles and bangles and beads.

First, I hit the sample sales . . . I absolutely love these Mother of Pearl & Crystal Earrings by Marie Chavez from Enviius! At only $29, they really make my heart sing, and I yielded to temptation on this stop! I think these earrings will look great with jeans and a white shirt or a little black dress.

Then, I hopped over to GoMatta Girls where the jewelry is always a bargain. Plenty of bling for the buck there! I found this Crystal Coated Owl Ring for only $12.99!
And then . . . what to my wandering eyes should appear but this Epoxy Flower Rope Necklace (more colors available) for only $19.99! Wouldn’t this make a statement with a white sundress?

My next stop–the sample sale Gilt. Why, the very name implies shiny gold! I love the Open Hexagon Earrings at $55. And when’s the last time you saw a pocket watch on a pendant? Especially one as pretty as this one. The watch pendant is one of my more expensive finds at $110, but it’s so unusual that I couldn’t resist telling you about it! You can never go wrong with the classics!

At HauteLook, I stumbled on the Jami Rodriguez Collection, and I was intrigued by all the different styles and looks in this line. I love the coin bracelet, and I think the Love Letter Pendant is so special. This necklace may be the way to lead him to buy that ring, ring-aling-a!

When I visited ideeli, I was so excited to find this gorgeous pendant by Sorelli. I saw Mary Hart on Entertainment Tonight wearing a similar pendant earlier this week and found myself drooling! And by the way, those gorgeous studs come in lots of gemstones, and they’re only $14!

On my trek through the sample sales, my last stop was Modnique, and I found some surprising bargains (their jewelry is usually on the expensive side) at the B. Smith sale! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I noticed that the prices on this collection started at only $8!

I left the sample sales and visited my new favorite jewelry site, Emitations. Their jewelry is so fun and no one would ever know you’re sporting a fabulous fake. The brand is so popular that Emitations is featured in the August issue of O Magazine!

I love all the celebrity looks at Emitations! They have the very best inspired-by Twilight jewelry, including bracelets and rings! On the site, you’ll find faux versions of Alice’s ring, Rosalie’s earrings, and the inspired-by Twilight engagement ring: Bella’s wedding ring. While you’re on the site, look for the details on how to enter to win that gorgeous ring! How’s that for star power?

Finally, I ended my jewelry journey at Bangle and Clutch. You’ll always find something affordable when you browse their selections! And don’t forget to look for the lady at the laptop on the home page so that you can enter their daily giveaway! Yes, they give away a piece of jewelry every, single day!

I spotted this gorgeous necklace just dripping in sparkles and spangles! If you’re wearing a strapless number to a cocktail party, this is the piece! You’ll glitter and gleam and make somebody dream  wearing these fabulous finds!

BOGO Sale at

Okay, you plus-sized gals . . . you asked, and here’s my favorite place to shop for plus-sized clothing from lots of retailers. While offers all sizes, I can usually find something I like since bring lots of retailers together in one online shopping experience!

TODAY ONLY, gives you a FREE item when you buy one or more of their sale items.

Zoom Over To zulily!

If I wasn’t an empty nester, zulily would be my favorite among the sample sales. Heck, it still ranks up there in the top 5! After all, I am a grandmother! zulily offers daily sales on top-quality apparel, gear and other goodies for moms, babies and kids at up to 70% off retail prices.

zulily is open to members by invitation only, but I have an invitation(just click here) and membership is FREE! Once you join, you’ll want to be sure to invite your friends to sign up, too!

I found so many great sales at zulily over the past few days, that I wanted to share some of the highlights with you. New sales start at 8 AM PT/11 AM ET Monday through Friday, but the pickings are still great from previous sales.

I love this little White Airplane Romper from Sophie Catalou. Selections in this sale come in infant and toddler sizes as well as sizes for boys and girls up to size 8. Prices range from $17.99 to $29.99, but most items are on the lower end of the pricing scale.

If you have a mini fashionista in your family, she’ll love these diva-ish designs from Lipstik Girls. These fashions are just right for the girl who’s old enough to want to decide what to wear–all by herself!

I tend to fall in love with the outfits that are true baby–all soft and pastel with the most adorable detail. This precious white dress and cardigan from Baby Sara filled the bill for me! Ahhhhh!

The same is true of Petit Ami . . . I love smocking! There are plenty of selections for both boys and girls in this sale. These pale orange outfits caught my attention simply because you don’t often see this color when you shop for baby clothes. I love the mermaid design smocked on the girls outfit and the pirate theme on the boys John-John. It doesn’t get any cuter than this!

I love Coco Bonbons for their ability to make even play clothes look special. There are plenty of other selections in this sale–I especially liked the more casual John-John for boys.

Usually, the sample sales run a little short on boys clothing, but not true in this week’s sales at zulily. I love this line of clothing from LRG: Urban Boys.

And let’s not forget the shoes . . . These Bobux Crib Shoes are absolutely adorable! Don’t you agree?

I did mention that zulily has something for moms, didn’t I? If you’re expecting and plan to breastfeed your baby (I highly recommend it!), check out these great fashions that make nursing stylish, modest and easy! From Expressiva comes a fashionable line of clothing for the nursing mom.

Finally, while you’re waiting to meet the baby or your dreams, why not look your best in this maternity wear from Juliet Dream?

As I was finishing my post, I noticed that the new sales are posted, so zoom on over to zulily and browse these great sales and more!

Sizzling Summer Sales

Fall Sneak Peek at Piperlime
20% OFF New Fall Looks
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Free Shipping. Free Returns.

3 for $33
16-oz. Shower Gel
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Macy’s Clearance
99 cents shipping!
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15% OFF regular priced items!
25% OFF sale and clearance items!
FREE Standard Shipping!
Sale ends July 26th!
Some exclusions apply.

Skechers Shape-Ups
20% OFF! Sale Ends August 4th!

Jos. A. Bank
Clearance Up to 70% OFF!
Buy 1 suit, get the 2nd suit FREE!
Sale ends July 18th!
Take an additional 25% off all sandals, including new arrivals!
Luxury Bedding ~ Savings up to Additional 40% OFF
New Customers take 12% OFF First Order
FREE Shipping on orders of $100

The Children’s Place
20% OFF in store! 20% OFF on orders of $50 or more!
Enter code JULY2010A at checkout
$5 shipping every day!
Sale Ends July 18th!

The Limited
All Tops ~ Buy 1, get 2nd ½ OFF
All Sale Items Now an Additional 50% OFF

Pre-Fall Event! 50% OFF select new styles!
Up to 45% on sandals for men, women, and children!

Summer Splash!
Enjoy up to 50% OFF In-Season Designs!


After months of barraging your Facebook pages and Twitter accounts with deals, I have finally launched Pennywise Panache as an official website! I know . . . a bit backwards.  Most bloggers do it the other way around, but it seems to have worked and I’m grateful to my fans and followers for sticking around!

Pennywise Panache is for the virtual shopaholic who enjoys the thrill of a bargain more than the hunt. Recognizing the power of the Internet to help bargain hunters find the best prices on every purchase, every time, Pennywise Panache is a shopper’s one-stop access to the best in private sample sales, upscale boutiques, and purveyors of high-end merchandise.

Yes, the merchandise I promote is often a little more upscale. But I commit to you that I will never, ever feature something that doesn’t save you money. I believe you can have designer looks for yourself, your family, and your home and still save money. And that’s why I started Pennywise Panache . . .

A few years ago, I was a top executive with a mid-sized consulting firm, and I made a pretty good living. But I was not born into a wealthy family and for most of my adult life, I scrimped and scraped to get by. Those lessons in frugality have stuck with me and even when I made a big paycheck, I was always careful with my money.

My last “real” job required that I travel often, so shopping on line became a necessity. Because my job involved research, I learned to use that skill in my every day life. I spent many nights shopping from my laptop in a hotel room and learned to find pretty amazing deals on business, casual, and formal clothing for myself; one-of-a-kind fashions for my home; and unique gifts for my loved ones. I can honestly say that you will never, ever see me walking a mall! Once I got the hang of online shopping and realized how much money–and time–it saved, I was hooked!

So you’ll know what to expect, let me tell you a little about what you’ll find on my blog from day to day. I believe I have the most comprehensive listing of sample sales anywhere on the Internet. Don’t know what a sample sale is? Click here to learn more. As an added bonus, you’ll find some of the brands you already know, love, and trust featured here. Browse the home page and check out some sites that are among my personal favorites. When those merchants have sales, I’ll be the first to let you know.

In the coming weeks, I’ll share some of my shopping tips with you. Even though an item I want is on sale, I always look for ways to save just a little more. I’ll tell you about some of the tricks I’ve learned to help you get that designer handbag you’ve been drooling over at a fraction of the cost.

And let’s not forget the product reviews and giveaways! Advertisers have been so kind in agreeing to partner with me to review some of their merchandise. Not only do I get to tell you about the product, but you’ll have a chance to enter a contest to receive the product I review. Upcoming giveaways are pictured in the slide show on the home page. I plan to post a giveaway within the next week, so stick around.

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