Hi! I’m Martha & I’m a Plus-Sized Gal!

Okay! None of us like to say it out loud, do we? But it is what it is! I didn’t get plus sized over night and I’m not going to get into regular sizes at the mere snap of my fingers (although if I was Samantha the witch, I could probably do it with a twitch of my nose)!

On occasion, I have bought myself some clothing from the many sample sales I promote, but let’s face it . . . many of the designers think a size 12 is plus sized! Say it ain’t so! Can I get an AMEN?

Now, I’m not saying I want to stay this size–far from it! I’m not a healthy weight and I know it. But until I get myself motivated to get on an eating plan (not a diet) to transform myself into a healthier–and skinnier–me, I want to look my best. And I can buy all the jewelry, shoes, and handbags I want, but if I put them on with an outfit that doesn’t suit my body type, there’s not a necklace in the world that will take the focus off my hips!

Well, I refuse to be put into the designers’ froo-froo, little box labeled with some French or Italian language! Nope! I can still look good even if I do need to lose a few pounds!

I have shopped Lane Bryant for the past several years, and I must admit that I have varied in my opinion of this retailer. There have been times when I absolutely love my finds there, and there are other times when I walk around the store thinking: “No heavy person should wear these clothes!” But for now, I’m kind of liking their clothing line. And today, I’m REALLY liking it! Now though August 30th, everything in the store (except SPANX) is 40% OFF! What a sale! Just enter coupon code 000403603 at check out!

So back to the topic of dressing our plus-sized bodies . . .

If you have a job that requires a professional look, check out Lane Bryant’s dresses and skirts in the New Arrivals section.I really like this Ponte Knit Dress. Gray is one of the hot colors for fall and I like it because you can dress it up or down, depending on the jacket and shoes. This dress is regularly priced at $69.50 but now it’s 40% less! YAY!

And here’s an added bonus at Lane Bryant–Now through September 16th, earn $25 Real Women Dollar$ for every $50 you spend. It’s the same great program you’ve always loved, but with the added convenience of online shopping that makes finding your favorites easier than ever before. No matter how you earn them, all Real Women Dollar$ must be redeemed in store between September 17 – October 3.

Now, I wouldn’t be caught dead with bare arms! If you don’t have a problem with it, then this dress will look fabulous on almost any silhouette. Belts are in and girls, don’t try to lose the belt because you think you’ll expose that little roll around your mid section. Put on the belt and get some SPANX (even though they’re not on sale)! They’re the only thing at Lane Bryant that’s not on sale and you’ll save enough money on the rest of the stuff to afford more than one pair of SPANX! You don’t have to wear hose–just get the pantie and I can assure you they are comfortable and will make your clothes look so much better!

If you have to cover your arms and you insist on losing the belt (which you shouldn’t but I know I won’t be able to talk some of you out of it), this Unstructured Ponte Knit Jacket is just right! It’s also $69.50 (now 40% off), and you can wear it other ways so it’s a good investment piece. Pair the jacket with black pants (doesn’t every girl own more than one pair?) and a black camisole or tank and top it with this jacket. Gray also looks great with navy, hot pink, or fuchsia, so this piece is extremely versatile.

Okay, just in case you don’t have a stylish pair of black slacks, here’s a pair that features Lane Bryant’s Right Fit Technology. You’ll love the adjustable side tabs on the waistband that ensure a comfortable and flattering fit. Finished with front slash and back trouser pockets, these pants have a side tab button waistband with interior button and bar and slide closure and a zip fly. These sell for $49.50. Again, black pants are always a good investment especially if they’re of good quality and now they’re only $29.70!

I love houndstooth–it’s classic and timeless! Lane Bryant has this great draped neck houndstooth dress for $69.50 (less 40%). I think this dress would look amazing with the right hot pink cardigan or blazer! Or what about red to top it off?

Of course, no outfit is complete without the jewelry and the shoes. Let’s talk about jewelry for the gray Ponte Knit . . . I think Gray Matte Stretch Briolette would look amazing if you decide to wear the dress sans a jacket. It’s from Afaze and it’s only $8. If this one’s a little too bold for you, try this Criss-Cross Seed Beaded one, also only $8. And how’s this for a nice little pair of earrings? They’re only $10 at Afaze.

If you’re going to wear the belt with the gray dress, then by all means wear black shoes. I like just a little bit (maybe 3/4 inch) of a skinny heel. Fortunately, my legs are pretty shapely (I had some pretty nice gams when I was thinner), so I can wear almost any type of heel. But if your legs tend to lack definition, don’t go with a chunky heel! And unless you’re really tall, don’t go with a flat! Remember, when you are carrying extra pounds, you want to elongate your silhouette! If you have large calves, a chunky heel or a flat shoe is just going to call attention to an area that you’d rather not have folks notice.

I found a few pumps that I really like at Endless.com. This one, from Boutique 9, is $66, and I really like them! I think you could wear these with lots of outfits. And how about this pair from Easy Spirit for only $37.92? They’re simple yet classic and I love the matte sort of finish on these.

Right now, Endless.com has a great sale–Save 25% on orders of $100 or more on fall shoes, handbags and accessories. One of the thing’s you’ll love about shopping with Endless.com is their shipping–they offer free shipping to you and return shipping (should you not be happy with your order) is free, too!

What are you waiting for? Quit worrying about those extra pounds and shop at Lane Bryant! And get all those great accessories–whatever your size from Endless.com and Afaze!

If you order and like your looks, leave a comment! Or better yet, send a picture! I’d love to share your finds with others!

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SnappyTuna Is LIVE!

SnappyTuna is an exclusive, invitation only shopping community, giving members access to the most coveted brands in kitchenware and tabletop, at prices up to 70% off retail.

Each sales event will feature a single brand or product and will last 72 hours. It will be fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure you check in frequently, once the event is over, it won’t be back anytime soon. sales events are only accessible to members as stock is generally limited.

There are a few items left from sales that started earlier this week, and many of you have already joined the site. But in case you haven’t, join by clicking here!

Here’s a sneak peek at sales for the remainder of this week! Sign on at 11 AM ET to make sure you don’t miss out!

Joseph Joseph, Starts Thursday, August 26, 2010

Twin brothers Richard and Antony Joseph founded Joseph Joseph in 2003, combining their respective experience in product design and business – Antony studied design at Central St Martins whilst Richard studied business at Cambridge University. Specialising in contemporary kitchenware, Joseph Joseph is now internationally recognised for producing some of the most stylish and technically innovative products available, and has become one of the fastest growing companies in the worldwide homewares market. Their unique ability to match form and function has earned them global recognition for their multi-award-winning designs.

Blue Avocado, Starts Friday, August 27, 2010

BlueAvocado is the love child of style and sustainability. It was founded in Austin, Texas, by a couple of mompreneurs and a hip little green maven who got tired of having to choose between what was convenient (and cute) — and what was right. A lifestyle products company, BlueAvocado was created to help people to take their first step on the “green” journey. Our mission is to make it easy to do good and get it done — and just maybe find a little joy in the process. With our debut, BlueAvocado introduces the gro-pak™, an eco—chic system of sustainable and reusable grocery bags (patent-pending). All bags are responsibly manufactured with recycled material and a carbon footprint label. By carrying our system, an average shopper can replace up to 1,000 plastic bags every year. This is BlueAvocado’s first step toward achieving its vision of making the planet millions of pounds lighter (CO2 emissions) and hundreds of communities stronger (1% of income invested in hundreds of micro—entrepreneurs around the world). Join the BlueAvocado journey and take a stand for the planet and its people.

I’m really looking forward to sharing SnappyTuna sales with you!

The Best of Tuesday’s Sample Sales

Beauty Story

Since its founding in the early ’90s, Bodyography Professional Cosmetics has become a leading source of products for some of today’s biggest names in makeup artistry. Today the line has more than 200 products, with new formulas constantly being developed to reflect the very latest in cosmetics. Bodyography products use paraben-free formulas, recyclable packaging, age-defying minerals and numerous anti-oxidants. Bodyography’s Veil Foundation Primer has been declared a ‘miracle product’ and in 2009 Bodyography Cosmetics was voted best green makeup by Lauchpad Magazine. Prices start at $5.50.

Oscar Blandi’s elegant, purposeful treatments and styling solutions are inspired by his love of hair and his passion for helping women express themselves confidently. This unique collection of hair essentials is infused with rich botanical ingredients to provide a luxurious experience for the senses and any hair style. Oscar Blandi products are available at the finest beauty retailers including Sephora, Ulta Beauty, QVC and OscarBlandi.com. $13.50 and up.

Beyond the Rack

Alluring jewels from Judith Stiles Designs are so exotic, they look like precious gems found on vacation. Adorn your neck, ears, and wrists with a beautiful array of ceramic accent beads, limited-edition resin beads, sterling silver chains with lobster clasps, and pearl necklaces. In turquoise and multicolored options, these pieces will make you feel like a beautiful beach goddess. Prices range from $15 to $69.

DEAL OF THE DAY: Listen to your favorite tunes in the car the way it was intended with the Altec Lansing SoundBlade Wireless Speaker system. Just plug in your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, and enjoy crisp, crystal-clear stereo sound. Features include 2.5 full range speakers enhanced with SRS TruBass technology, an echo-cancelling microphone, no cables to connect, and voice-activated dialing. With up to 24 hours of playing time in a wafer-thin design, this miracle device is a tech and music lover’s dream. $55.

If raising a child came with a manual, we’re pretty sure The First Years baby products would be the go-to brand. Helpful items include the digital monitor with a proximity sensor nightlight, a clever 3-in-1 toilet training system, and a food processor and steamer for you to prepare delicious and nutritious meals for your precious little one. This clever brand thought of everything to make the joyous experience of raising children that much easier. $12 to $64. Some great buys in this sale!

Timeless elegance comes in the form of designer handbags and accessories from your favorite high-end brands. Balenciaga brings you the instantly recognizable studded tote in pop-out hues, Tod’s showcases its subdued elegant appeal with neutrals hobos, and Miu Miu gives you its oversized mesh bag in champagne or black. Experience the luxury, the decadence, and that special feeling you get when you carry a purse you’ve wanted for so long.

Enviius

Inspired by the latest fashion trends and colors, Ariane designs a new collection each season by using bold colors, semi-precious stones, pearls, Swarovski crystals and precious metals. In keeping with her family’s tradition, each piece is handcrafted by Ariane and they are all a reflection of her personality and style. Prices start at $44! I love these two-tone earrings at $180.

Estile

This Daniela Orlando sale features a mix of Winter 2010 and past season pieces at sell-out prices. The label has a focus on high-end fabrics and the need to create garments that are subtly sexy, wearable and unique. Clean lines are directional yet feminine and show off your confidence effortlessly. Designed and manufactured in Australia, Daniela Orlando offers the utmost in quality and attention to detail. This silk and mesh dress sells for $50. Don’t forget to check out the boyfriend blazer and other jackets.

Eziba

Why let relaxation end after the bath? These lavish MicroCotton towel sets can transform every bathroom into the ultimate spa experience. Their 100% ring-spun MicroCotton provides an unmatched level of softness that’s certain to keep you cozy and comfortable. A wide range of colors and superior absorbency allow you to add a vibrant splash to your decor while you dry off. Stock up and look forward to hitting the shower. $34.99 for a six-piece set and only $2.95 shipping on every item from Eziba!

GlamList

(Yes, I know it’s in French, but I could not find an English description. Just look at the pictures! If you can translate this, there’s a prize in it for you!) On Parle de Vous est né d’un savoir faire dans la fabrication de vêtements. Du simple fabricant au créateur de la mode, en 10 ans, la maison s’est fait un nom dans le quartier du Sentier où des distributeurs et boutiques du monde entier affluent pour s’approvisionner des produits de la dernière tendance parisienne.

Jeanneur de base, la marque s’est aussi spécialisée dans les pièces extérieures : manteaux, trenchs, vestes et doudounes, dans des matières variées de qualité, et souvent des matières nouvellement inventées. Les produits que offrent la marque correspondent à un style sobre, mais élégant ; féminin, mais avec une touche du sport chic, tout en étant très près de la mode quant aux formes et couleurs, avec des détails originaux et recherchés. Ils dessinent la silhouette des femmes de villes qui aiment mettre en avant leur féminité et leur élégance à la française.

GoMatta Girls

Looking for a dress that’s appropriate for a blind date that Capo Joe set up for you? This My Tribe Knit A Line Dress should do the trick. The cuffed sleeves give it that feminine flowing feel, while the A-Line ribbed style gives off a subtle hint of your curves featured underneath. Wear it with tights and boots or heels for some wine and cheese. Note that label may say My Tribe, 555, or Soft Surroundings–they are all made by My Tribe. $27.

Sophisticated and bohemian all at the same time, the Papillon Cut Work Elastic Top is perfect to pair with jeans and some flat sandals. Keep it simple–the flower motif with cutouts give dimension, and scalloped edges throughout give the top added character. $28.

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Grayce by Molly Sims the Collection is a sophisticated mix of vintage and modern designs that look fabulous worn alone or layered together, as is Molly’s way. The collection is influenced by a number of inspirations and experiences–the effortless style of icons like Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot, art deco design of the 1920s, the sexy sophistication of the 1960’s, her travels around the world, and her friends and family. True to Molly’s personality and style, Grayce by Molly Sims is imbued with retro touches, understated glamour and approachable femininity. Prices start at $37.

Founded in 2006, Yes To is a consumer-inspired line of hair and skin products born out of a desire to make you look and feel your most happy and radiant. Yes To combines high-quality organic fruits and vegetables with a special mineral elixir derived from the Dead Sea to nourish and hydrate naturally. Not only does Yes To offer this incredible quality at a very accessible, guilt-free price, but a portion of all proceeds is dedicated to the Yes To Carrots™ Seed Fund, a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization helping to make a difference in people’s lives through sustainable agriculture. These products are going on my Christmas gift list (only 4 months from today). $6.99 to $16.99! Great bargains and packaging that allows for dividing the booty among several stockings.

Joe’s Jeans are the creation of Joe Dahan, the eponymous brand’s founder. His easy going nature surprisingly belies his cutting edge creativity. Each season continuously evolving and expanding. Always modernizing classic wardrobe staples – everything from The Jean, The Pant, The Shirt, The Legging, The Tee, The Shoe, The Bag and The Belt…Joe’s can simply be defined as classic chic. Each design is confident, sexy, a pure distillation of fashion. I’ll be reviewing a pair of these jeans in the near future and I’ll let you know if the brand is worth the bucks.

H. Potter strives for quality. All of their products are propriety designs. There are a lot of garden and outdoor décor manufacturers out there, but do they really know gardening and outdoor décor? Anyone can make and sell a substandard trellis or gazebo. But it takes an expert like H. Potter to design, produce, and sell a quality product. At H. Potter our talented designers along with effective manufacturing and marketing techniques bring you high quality products at a fair price. I love the mercury glass pieces–especially this candle holders. They’re sold separately, but all three are only $14.

ideeli

ideeli;s looking forward to fall with a great lineup of fashion pieces. And any fashion lover that’s ever been to Milan will tell you that taking a stroll through the Via Monte Napoloene shopping district (or “Montenapo,” as the locals call it) is a must for the people watching alone. It’s a parade of chicly dressed women, each more stunningly pulled together than the next. This is where Italian designer Tiziana Cervasio got inspiration for her recently launched collection of perfectly wearable separates: cinch-waist sweater dresses, cool little jackets, cowl-neck sweaters, ruffle-hem tunics. Each and every piece has the feel of something you could thoughtlessly toss on in the morning, but looks like you had your outfit planned for days. Finally, we know the secret of flawlessly pulled-together Italian fashion: Tiziana Cervasio. Prices for this event start at $39.

Inspired by the bold fashions of Parisian women, designer Vanessa Lee created a line of ready-to-wear that works perfectly with your current wardrobe to add a dose of attitude and vibrant flair—or “Edited Luxury,” as the label’s tag line terms it. From tiered dresses that put a modern spin on Studio 54 style to cutaway halters that update your favorite jeans, every Blaque Label creation provides just the right dose of flash without the fuss. Prices start at a mere $28! My pick is this studded, 3/4 sleeve jacket!

Forget the usual frump factor when it comes to sweater dressing—Sweet Romeo’s sweaters are something more sensual and sophisticated. Feminine, playful, and cleanly tailored, Sweet Romeo serenades your style with flirty ruffles, gauzy fabrics, and soft hues. These pieces are also as sturdy as they are sexy, made to withstand even the most rigorous wear. Or, you can just kick back and curl up next to the fireplace with your other sweet Romeo. Most pieces priced under $30 with prices starting at only $24!

Modnique

Inspired by the sights and sounds of his native India, Chaudry sought to bring the mysticism and energy of the East to the West. Chaudry infused both his Western and Eastern experiences into the chaudry label to create a line of women’s fashion that serves the modern woman with bohemian chic designs. Chaudry’s imagination and creativity has launched chaudry to the forefront of the women’s fashion world with the latest in contemporary trendsetting apparel and accessories. $33 to $69.

Paris Hilton has now released a set of lovely Watches for Men and Women. Check out the beatiful range of watches, the of which retail for $40-100. Paris Hilton watches are affordable for everyone! I’m not a big fan of Paris herself, but I’m a big fan of her fashion!

Pinko Polly, recently brought from Italy to the U.S., got a good reaction from boutiques on the East and West Coasts. Pinko Polly Firenze maintained their design studio in hart of Italian Artizan work Florence Italy and continued to use the best of Italian leather accessories and craftsmanship. Currently they produce their collection in Italy as well as LA. $69 to $148.

One Kings Lane

BUTCH & harold were the imaginary childhood canine companions of sister team Michele and Ariane Gold. It only seems appropriate that the Gold sisters’ imaginative line of peel-and-stick artwork be named after them. With a chic, urban design aesthetic, these lively reusable decals offer an installation-free approach to decorating, with effortless changes of heart and venue built in. This selection of artwork, white boards and picture frames go up without framing, hooks or hammers, and can be peeled off and placed elsewhere without leaving a trace or a scar. The sets are only $12! I have a set of these and they are one of my all-time favorite finds!

A gorgeous marriage of a photo album and a guest book, Adesso Albums were inspired by a breathtaking leatherbound scrapbook of snapshots and inscriptions at a romantic Florentine wedding. There was only one drawback to that glorious inspirational volume: the lumps, bumps, and ugly, time-consuming tape used to affix the photos. Beautifully bound in custom-dyed Japanese book cloth, Adesso Albums sidestep this flaw with special frames that hold the photos in place—no glue, tape, plastic or corners—with plenty of room around them for handwritten sentiments. We’re thrilled to bring you this simple, sophisticated selection, and an array of complementary slipcases to house them in. Albums start at $29! Love these for a gift or for a way of compelling yourself to tackle that daunting task of organizing that shoe box full of photographs!

Row|Nine

Expertly crafted, organic, man-made pearls imported from Spain were first made on the island of Majorca over a century ago. Each Joie de Majorca pearl is hand polished for superior luster. The strictly controlled manufacturing process results in pearls that are resistant to discoloration, chipping, or peeling. Whether you’re going for classic Jackie O. or a sumptuous, layered look, these are the perfect pearls. Gray is a hot color for fall, and this bracelet would look great with a tailored business suit or jeans and a white blouse. I love that the bracelets are 8” so they will be a great fit for most women. $43.

Martine Wester handbags exude a carefree-yet-savvy style perfect for an everyday accent. I don’t usually go for a clutch, but this one caught my eye. Crafted in tan canvas, the “Shine” clutch has an easy-going vibe perfect for those quick errands about town. It features several inner pockets for go-to items and a unique removable kiss lock purse compartment that attaches to the inside. $60.

Swirl by Daily Candy

American Apparel History 101: Way back in prehistoric times (1987 to be exact), eccentric entrepreneur Dov Charney set out to create responsibly manufactured clothing in Los Angeles. He did that and much, much more: American Apparel now operates the largest garment factory in the U.S., and has singlehandedly transformed once-lowly basics into ubiquitous cornerstones for cool wardrobes. I love this dress at $20. Buy any 3 items and get free standard shipping!

The Mini Social

From the city to the beach, Italian-made Superga styles are easy to wear and designed to dress up casual sportswear. Shop now for boys and girls styles at only $25.

Head back to school with these fun, hip designs from Whoops Bunny. Shop for backpacks, messenger bags (there’s a more feminine version of the one pictured), lunch boxes, pencils and more–everything you need to send your little ones off in style. Prices range from $3.50 to $12.

Super soft cotton and the sweetest prints–these newborn essentials from Coccoli are now up to 60% off. Shop for bodysuits, onesies (especially those darling skirted ones), blankets and even an assortment of loungewear for toddlers. Prices range from $8 to $14.

Elephantito is a luxury brand known for their impeccable style and outstanding craftsmanship. Shop for stylish sun dresses, bloomers and feminine tennis shoes at must-have prices. This little bloomer is too stinking cute! I just love it!

Totsy

Created by stylists in Barcelona, the Sophie Catalou Girls collection includes sophisticated, cosmopolitan apparel for your budding fashionista. Let the exclusive prints, retro designs and soft fabrics in this line keep your little on looking and feeling fabulously stylish! I love this dress and think it’s picture perfect for that holiday portrait. Prices range from $19.99 to $36.

The Sophie Catalou Infant collection includes coordinating cosmopolitan apparel and bedding. Bundling up your little one in this line of exclusive prints, retro designs and soft fabrics will surely keep them cozy and stylish! Prices start at $7.50.

From puzzles for precocious kids to toys for curious toddlers, Melissa and Doug are committed to making the best in educational products that will provide your kids with learning and fun for years to come! Melissa and Doug products make great birthday gifts, Christmas presents and other any holiday gifts for boys and girls of all ages! Prices start at $14.

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Pluie pluie! (That means “rain, rain!” in French.) Whatever language they speak your little ones will soon be shouting for rain everyday—so they can puddle jump in their adorable Pluie Pluie rain gear. Buggy boots, umbrellas raining lollipops, raincoats with pretty flower power, candy-colored-stripe hats … your kids will love suiting up for showers with this whimsical European-styled line. Prices start at $8.99. I just love these designs and so would any little kid!

Diapees & Wipees is a unique bag designed for trendy moms that won’t trade fashion for function. What makes this bag so unique and unlike traditional diaper bags is that it’s designed specifically to hold a travel pack of wipes and two to four diapers. Use Diapees & Wipees with your diaper bag or your designer handbag, and when you want to lighten your load, just grab it and go! $8.99—great baby shower gift!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Happy holiday bargain! This heirloom quality dress is only $19.99!The smocking we all love is back with Jayne Copeland’s collection of precious holiday dresses, rompers, and shortalls! The high quality fabrics and attention to detail keep parents asking for more. The items offered in this event feature a range of holiday looks that will be a hit among the relatives. Not to mention, classic styles that will make great hand-me-downs for years to come! These are selling quickly!

Beehave Clothing is a unique children’s clothing line that evokes sweetness in your child. It might have to do with their secret recipe: comfy cotton dipped in delicious prints sprinkled with flowers and polka dots, topped with adorable appliqués! Warning: Time-out mat might get dusty from child’s constant good behavior. Who knew beehaving could be so much fun? I love everything in this collection. Prices start at $12.99!

You’re a star, Baby! Baby Star creates snuggly, stylish bodysuits, gowns, pants, kimono sets, bath sets and more for the new little star of your family. That’s splendid news for design-savvy parents and comfort-craving tots. Mostly made of eco-friendly organic cotton and soy, Baby Star products are also good for Momma Earth. Prices start at $10.99.

Because your little one is so incredibly special and unique, Uncommonly Cute tees and bodysuits are perfect for their individual personality. Originally founded in 2004, Uncommonly Cute specializes in making sure your individual little people have little individual clothes that match their personality. Sure to delight the socially conscious moms, all the clothes are made in sweatshop-free studios!

And now a little something for mom (and dad) . . . Honeydew Intimates is a collection of undergarments as sweet as the fruit itself! They broke barriers in the lingerie industry by creating sexy yet wholesome undergarments. Honeydew offers vivid hues, cute prints, unique boy shorts and frilly panties – all of which are super soft and sultry. Feel great in their distinct blend of comfort, quality, inimitable style, and affordability! Prices range from $6.99 to $19.99! Be sure to check out the bralette and matching boy shorts.

Early Bird Sales

GoMattaGirls

I like jewelry pieces that are different, and the Bijoux Wave is certainly that. A great way to pump up the volume in a casual outfit and lots of colors to choose from—Black, Brown, Gray, Purple, Navy, Red, Black & White, Black Cheetah. Made of Formica and Fabric, the 18” Necklace (with extender) and Earrings are only $5.99.

This Turquoise Cuff at only $8.99 is definitely one of those great statement pieces. How can you go wrong at these prices?

Totsy

No matter what your girls are wearing, Couture Clips pull it all together and make it look special. They’re the perfect accessory! Couture Clips is a leading manufacturer of handcrafted, high quality, hair accessories sold to fine children’s retail boutiques. These hair ornaments are handmade and great looking accents for holidays, weddings, special occasions and everyday wear. Prices range from $3.85 to $12. I especially like this pink crochet hat!

Jusami allows your child to express their individuality by looking great and feeling great in their soft and comfortable 100% interlock cotton t-shirts and playwear. The unique graphic screens are designed with love in Brooklyn and printed in the U.S. These are graphics your kids will identify with and love to wear. This Lady Bug Tee comes in sizes 2 to 8. And I really like this cute little Super Hero Tee in Sizes 12 mo. to size 6. Prices range from $6.99 to $13.99.

Haven’t seen a Sophie Catalou sale in a while, so this one at Totsy is a welcome sight. Created by stylists in Barcelona, the Sophie Catalou Girls collection includes sophisticated, cosmopolitan apparel for your budding fashionista. Let the exclusive prints, retro designs and soft fabrics in this line keep your little one looking and feeling fabulously stylish! And for the tiny fashionista, there’s Sophie Catalou for infants. 50% off!

And who can resist Melissa and Doug Toys? From puzzles for kids to toys for curious toddlers, Melissa and Doug Toysare committed to making the best in educational products. 30% Off!

Gilt

For small pieces with big style impact, look to this selection of Erica Anenberg and Shashi rings, bracelets and necklaces. Twosome rings are standouts, from the gold bow ring to the spiked brass ring with Swarovski crystals from Erica Anenberg. And Shashi goes hippie-chic in a range of colorful cotton-and-gold bracelet sets. I love this gold dome cocktail ring from Erica Anenberg for only $34. It also comes in silver.

Stay tuned for a few sales starting at 10 AM ET and the majority of the sample sales starting at 11 AM ET.

Sunday Night Styleathon at Rue La La

Too little time to give much detail because these deals are selling like hotcakes! Take a gander at some of the finds at Rue La La!

Love Alice & Trixie! This great dress is only $59!

Love, love, love Janice Giraldi earrings and there are plenty of pieces in this sale to like. These earrings are only $29! Lots of interesting pieces using pearls and blue topaz! Beautiful statement pieces at great prices!

Don’t you just love this wedge by Apepazza? Most of the shoes in this sale are around $39, so for that price, pick up more than one pair!

I’m always anxious to check out any LinQ sale. Their fashions look so comfortable yet so sophisticated! This top is only $19!

Hurry on over to Rue La La! Limited quantities for a limited time!

It’s All About the O!

Remember the classic Overstock.com commercials? It’s all about the O! Well, for this post, Overstock.com is going to be about a little something else. . .

Did you know that Overstock.com now has a member’s only website that affords you the same benefits as Overstock? Like $2.95 shipping? Quick shipping and easy returns? Designer merchandise at outlet prices?

Welcome to Eziba, a member’s only website for exclusive sales on home décor, furniture, accessories, and more – at member’s only prices. New sales on the brands and products you want start at 11 AM ET and are only available for a limited time. Eziba members also enjoy world-class customer service and $2.95 shipping on every order–just the same as Overstock.com customers.

Wish you could master style and comfort in your bedroom? This Victoria platform bed will make your slumber fantasy a reality. Analine-dyed leather, brass nail head trim and rich walnut-finished feet help make this queen-size bed a work of art. It’s not simply meant to be looked at, though — this bed begs to be crawled into and relished. I think this bed would be perfect for the teenage guy or college student who’s still living at home or the bachelor pad. I can just see this bed with some of Overstock.com’s designer bedding adorning it–maybe a beautiful turquoise or a rich green. The bed sells for only $579.99!

If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, here’s a sale that is headed outside. This unique mix of patio furniture is designed to withstand both the elements and time with durable construction and enduring style. Choose from tables, benches, loungers and more in neutral shades that complement any color scheme. While you can enjoy these pieces year-round, the same can’t be said for this sale or these prices. This chaise lounge is only $149.99!

Seating feeling stale? Adding style to your place is easy with a new set of bar stools. These stools do more than provide seating; they offer a sense of the contemporary. Their clean, minimalist design means they can complement your current decor or become its main focus. Use them to wake up your breakfast counter or to keep your bar’s aesthetic from getting dusty. They’re also ideal as backup seating in dining rooms. It doesn’t matter how you plan to use them — these stools were built to beat expectations. And at only $54.99, they’re one of the best deals going on bar stools.

Check out these great bargains and sign up for Eziba today! You won’t want to miss a single one of these great sales!

Guilt Associated with Gilt/Target Collaboration?

If you’ve seen, heard, or read any political news in the past few weeks, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the controversy surrounding Target’s contribution to an independent expenditure committee that has taken out ads in support of Tom Emmer, a Republican state lawmaker. To read the full story, click here.

If you’re a fan of Gilt on Facebook,there’s no way you’ve missed the heated debate going on there. Personally, I will continue to shop at Target because to be honest, do we really know the real political stance of any retailer? I have problems with Wal-Mart because of their poor treatment of employees and their lack of corporate support for public education. But if there was something I needed from Wal-Mart, I would probably still go there. I don’t shop at Wal-Mart because I just don’t like their store’s layout and I don’t like what they do to the downtown merchants of small-town America. Would I be compelled to boycott Wal-Mart? No! I will have dinner party discussions about my views if the subject arises, but I’m not going to be angry with anyone who loves Wal-Mart. I’m not going to criticize you if you shop Wal-Mart every day, and I’m not going to end a friendship with somebody who doesn’t share my views on the aforementioned political issues.

I said all of that to say this: If you have strong feelings about Target’s political contribution and stand on principle that Target should not benefit from the shopping dollars you spend, then by all means, don’t shop there. If you feel that Gilt should have terminated what appears to be a one-time collaboration with Target because of the retailer’s political faux pas, then choose to spend your money elsewhere. Where you shop is your business and you have a right to choose based on your own belief system. However, I am promoting the sale that starts at noon ET today.

I suspect that this collaboration was in the works long before the news about the contribution came to light, so Gilt is not guilty of anything but trying to bring some designer looks at real savings to its customers.

My point of view? Target messed up. Frankly, I don’t see why candidates need to go holding out their hands to corporations for large political contributions because it only further corrupts an already faulty system. Is there a politician or elected official alive that is not swayed by these large contributions? I doubt it. Whenever business gets into politics, they will inevitably offend some of their customers. In this case, it appears that some customers are more vocal than others.

Now, about the sale . . .

Whenever Target releases a designer capsule collection, style-setters take notice—and the pieces invariably sell out lightning quick. Now, for the first time ever, Gilt customers have early and exclusive sneak-peek access to three exciting new Target collaborations with the likes of Tucker, Mulberry and John Derian.

Be among the first to get your hands on Tucker’s dainty tops and ladylike dresses, boasting pretty butterfly and diamond prints; Mulberry’s chic carryalls, from patent satchels to denim cross-bodies; and John Derian’s charming decoupaged tablewares, picture frames and storage bins.

If you feel strongly about this sale and wish to comment, feel free to do so. I simply don’t believe anyone’s rights were violated in this situation–maybe their sensibilities, but not their rights. I’d love to hear your opinions, so don’t hold back!

I’m Going Nuts!

Yesterday, I shared some information I got from a fellow blogger and many of you took advantage of this great deal. Get 3 lbs of nuts, a value of $18, for only $1 today (plus $5 shipping)–a total of $6. If you missed the deal yesterday, it’s still on and you should really check into it at Eversave. When you join and make your first purchase, $5 is instantly credited to your account. So, you get today’s deal for $6 less the $5 new member credit = 1 Single Dollar!

Nuts are one of the healthiest foods you can eat! They lower cholesterol, are heart-healthy, can reduce the risk of blood clots and so much more. So if you’re a nut-lover, go nuts with this Save.

How this Save Works: Eversave negotiated a great deal (called a “Save”) with NuttyGuys.com. If you’re interested in today’s Save, click “Buy Now.” You’ll receive an email for a voucher that has a unique 13-digit code you can use when you checkout at NuttyGuys.com. Simply type your coupon code into the “Coupon Code” box at checkout 24 hours after your purchase on . The Save doesn’t expire then–it’s just not available until then. You have until November 18, 2010 to use it.

Going camping and need convenient energy boosters you can carry in your pockets? Try raw almonds ($4.23) or “Mountain Defiance” trail mix ($3.78). Want to say thank you the healthy way? Try the Health Nut Gift Tray ($17.49) a delicious combination of fresh nuts and dried fruit. Swap out sugary Skippy for Nutty Guys Peanut Butter ($5.68)or Almond Butter ($7.98) – fresh ground weekly and as healthy as nut better gets!

So if you love nuts, stock up with today’s Save. You can buy one Save for yourself and two as gifts. Please Remember: This Save is not valid until 24 hours after your purchase on Eversave and it expires November 18, 2010. NuttyGuys.com will apply shipping fees ($5 for up to 3lbs of nuts) AFTER coupon code is entered 24 hours after purchase on Eversave.

Just to clarify what you get with a membership:

  1. Become a member by subscribing to daily emails and you’ll receive unbelievable local and online deals every day. Email is the best way to make sure you don’t miss out on a great Save.
  2. When you see a save you like, click on the “Buy Now” button from the home page and complete the purchase information. Your save voucher is immediately ready for viewing and printing. Remember, you can give Saves as gifts (Vouchers don’t say how much you paid for it, only what they are worth).
  3. After buying the Save, print your save voucher. If you buy something from a local merchant, you’ll need to take the voucher with you to redeem your Save. For online Saves, go to the merchant’s site and make your purchase. At checkout, make sure to enter your 13 digit coupon code in the appropriate space to receive your discount.
  4. It’s easy and beneficial to Share the Save. Invite friends to join , or post a daily Save using the email, Facebook or Twitter links provided. You’ll earn $10 in Save Rewards for each first-time buyer that uses your personalized link.

This is definitely one of my new favorite finds. There’s a different Save for every city and if the deal’s an online one, the city of residence makes no difference. You can shop all over the place!

Nuts, anyone?

Wednesday’s Sample Sales

Beauty Story ~ Sale Starts 10 AM ET

Discover the solution to thicker, longer eyelashes . . . silky, strong and sensual lashes that accentuate and highlight the eyes and face. LASH IN A FLASH™ Enhancing Serum will take you to a new dimension of length, volume and growth. With each stroke, LASH IN A FLASH™ immediately goes to work to protect, condition, hydrate and nourish each individual lash as it grows. Stimulation of the lash follicles discourages premature fallout and defies the attacks of aging and the environment on the re-growth. In just four to six weeks you will see dramatic results–beautiful lashes that make eyes look bigger, brighter and more seductive.

The people behind Mojo cosmetics are extremists who have gone to unimaginable measures to create the finest botanical products in the world. Their highly dedicated team of skin care specialists, artists, machinists and engineers has combined thousands of hours of research and extraordinary talent to create these revolutionary products. Mojo neither conducts nor endorses animal testing.

Beyond the Rack ~ Sale Starts 11 AM ET

Experience runway-worthy opulence with luxurious Prada handbags. The famed Italian brand offers the sophisticated mademoiselle an assortment of must-have bags. For elegant soirees, enjoy small colorful evening designs with stone embellishments. As for daytime options, look for various leather or canvas totes with removable straps. There is one guarantee with this spectacular event: these sought-after accessories will elevate your style to a whole new level of haute-couture.

May Yeung’s jewelry is appreciated by celebrities as well as women around the world. Once you have a glance at these precious pieces, you will begin to understand why this artist has captivated the masses. Sparkling silver necklaces with clear crystals and a pearl pendant, lavish gold chains with cubic zirconia, and a stretch turquoise bracelet with Swarovski crystal accents. . . only to name a few. These small wonders add a big impact to your ever-stylish look.

Decorate your home like never before with beautiful and original GS mirrors. Offered in various sizes, these decorative pieces of art do more than show your reflection–with antique wooden detailing and ornamental fruits and flowers, these models look like they could have been in your family for generations.

Take a deep breath: these shoes will kick your addiction into overdrive. Laura Brandon presents a striking collection of sky-high laced-up wedges, intricate sandals, stylish boots, vibrant platforms, and granny chic antique-looking flats. For the expressive gal who seeks accessories with a funky flair, these designs are loud and proud. Personal favorites of mine include lime green heels and wooden-soled strappy white platforms.

Sure we’re always on the hunt for the next “it” piece. But what will get us through the other 364 days of the year looking fab? The basics-with-a-twist designs from LAmade. Born in the capital of laid-back luxury, these knits know a thing or two about casual sophistication. Easy, understated, versatile and SO soft – they’re the sartorial equivalent of your BFF. $19 and up!

We want accessories that are sexy, exotic and elegant. Which is exactly what we get from Amrita Singh, who masterfully combines her intense passion for Indian art with her very modern, very NYC sense of style. You won’t see these pieces on everyone! But you will, however, see them on me. One of my very favorite designers! Prices in this sale start at $24.

Enviius ~ On Sale NOW!

Chris & Alix jewelry pieces are designed by Montreal duo Christine Loertscher and Alexandra Scherzer. Their work stands for high-quality jewelry pieces that are versatile, eye-catching and affordable. Special attention is paid to the characteristics of each stone in order to create jewelry pieces that tie outfits together, showcase the wearer’s personal style, and above all, bring a unique accent to all outfits. Prices start at $8. This sale ends at 2 PM today!

Gilt ~ Sale Starts Noon ET

Specializing in a style that’s a little bit old and a little bit new, this multivendor sale includes all the essentials that you need to create a bedroom, from sheets, duvets and decorative pillows to furniture, rugs and accents. Time-tested materials, contemporary patterns and a classic color palette define these objects, made by such brands as Matteo, Rani Arabella, Voluspa and nuLOOM. Plus, spend $150 on items in this sale, and get a $30 credit toward your next Gilt purchase. (Conditions apply, with one credit per member while supplies last.)

Known for his rebellious designs, fashion icon Marc Jacobs stays true to form in his critically praised Marc by Marc Jacobs collection. Experimental and bold, this selection is a must-see: Ruffles go from girly to edgy when they run vertically down these jersey tanks. And cotton-candy colors sweeten up this range of patterned silk and cotton frocks.

The classics, with a few twists: basic black gets an upgrade in this selection of designer clutches, totes, satchels and shoulder bags. This sale includes evening options, like Katherine Kwei’s suede clutch adorned with hand-woven metallic leather knots, or Leonello Borghi’s metal-studded round clutch. Or stash your daily necessities—and then some—in a big tote like MS by Martine Sitbon’s distressed leather piece or kate spade’s sleek crocodile-embossed style.

With a reputation for immaculate finishing and luxe materials, Calvin Klein Collection is the most refined brand within the Calvin Klein portfolio—and this shoe selection is proof that the reputation is well-deserved. Have a look at these sleek pumps, classic flats and sexy sandals, all crafted in supple leather and soft suede. Standouts include the Raja pump, woven from horsehair and leather, and the strappy Nicky sandal, made of foil-treated suede.

GoMatta Girls ~ On Sale NOW!

With merchandise discounted at 70% to 90%, GoMatta Girls has some of the best deals around. One sale, one day, so you have to be quick! Today’s sale features fashions by Raj and some great little bling by Lucid. Animals are the inspiration behind so much of the jewelry this season, and I’m loving this fox ring at only $14.99!

HauteLook ~ Sale Starts 11 AM ET

At the age of six, Sue Wong and her mother narrowly escaped communist China and its purges. They joined her father in Los Angeles and Sue became intoxicated by everything that shaped Hollywood style: the slinky seductresses of the pre-code silver screen, the decadence of Weimar Berlin, the fervor of Jazz Age Manhattan, the exotic intrigue of 1930’s Shanghai, the heady excitement of bohemian Paris—all inspire her life and inform her work. Alluring and evocative, a Sue Wong design often echoes period style while remaining modern and utterly of the moment. Across the Sue Wong collection, fresh, light-hearted design complements bold, dramatic beauty in beguiling ways. Her collection enchants as it empowers, leaving a trail of speechless romantics in its wake.

Genevive inspires those who appreciate style, design and uncompromising quality. Our mission is to create jewelry of understated elegance for women of impeccable taste that is appropriate for all the roles that a woman plays in her life. From classic elegance to trendy looking, we carry various styles that will suit you for the most diverse occasions and make you look and feel absolutely amazing. In a nutshell, you’ll be getting unique high quality designs to suit your everyday budget.

There is something about Christopher Kon’s leather handbags that makes you stop and stare. Just like a canvas, rich with detail and texture, Chris’s bags are like little works of art. When you take a closer look, you begin to understand just how luxurious a Christopher Kon handbag really is, and how much care is put into creating every single piece. Simple beauty is a complicated thing to achieve, but Chris has demonstrated season after season that genuine leather is beautiful in and out of itself. His designs focus on the beauty of the skins as well as their unique textures. To this, he adds simply exquisite hardware to create timeless pieces that his customers will carry for years to come.

ideeli ~ Sale Starts Noon ET

The Montreal-based label Bagatelle subscribes to the mantra, “If you’re going to do one thing, do it really, really well.” And the one thing they do really well is leather. Since 1968, the specialty brand has been churning out beautiful, expertly-cut leather and suede jackets that just get better the harder you wear them. Whether you’ve been scouring the market for a shrunken motorcycle jacket or hunting down something more fashion-forward with eye-catching accents, Bagatelle does it all. I love the look and feel of these jackets!

Some days, wearing a wardrobe of plain white t-shirts just won’t cut it. Instead, something a lot more frilly feels just right. When that mood strikes, there’s Pure Sugar. Ruffled tops and tunics are girly and playful, with edgy details like side zips and slouchy pockets that will keep you from going into complete sugar shock. Their effortlessly stylish pieces are elevated by confident, fashion-forward tailoring that possesses a delicate, airy touch.

When it comes to beautifully crafted, elegant shoes, we women can’t get enough. If you’re looking to add to your collection this season, we suggest Arturo Chiang. His line is filled with elegant footwear that is fashion-forward but simply timeless. With Chiang, the love is in the details: cutouts, jewel embellishments and luxurious fabrics are only a few of the special touches you’ll discover with his collection. Buy them now, and you’ll be wearing them for years to come. I own a pair of Arturo Chiangs and they’re a favorite of mine! I’ve had them three years and they’re still right in style.

From t-shirts to handbags to billboards, DKNY’s logo infiltrated the fashion scene in the early nineties and only gained in popularity in the years since. Now, it resides as a highly coveted yet comforting image in the vast and rapidly evolving world of fashion. It is an image synonymous with classic chic and easy urban sophistication. For kids, DKNY offers the same idea: leggings, tees, cargos, and dresses that your little ones will want to live in, perfect from the playground to school and back again.

Modnique ~ Sale Starts 10 AM ET

Cherry Berry recognizes that, in this changing world, every person has an obligation and a responsibility towards our planet and its creatures. Therefore, Cherry Berry wanted to make a difference in the commercial world and have since been actively committed to maintain a high standard of ethical social responsibility for the environment and animal rights. Cherry Berry brings together the most talented designers to create products which every individual can proudly boast as well as show support for a better one world tomorrow. Last day for this sale

Create a Frenz…eee! Frenz…eee’s bold collection of handbags and jewelry is designed and created with the Frenz…eee woman mind: dynamic, provocative & sassy. The Frenz…eee jewelry collection includes gold, silver and vintage designs with a variety of stones, pearls, lace and other materials.

One Kings Lane ~ Sale Starts 11 AM ET

A perpetually fresh fashion force for decades, Missoni is famous for its instantly recognizable patterns and palettes. Ballet prodigy Rudolf Nureyev was a fervent fan (his Missoni coat even went on display at a recent Museum of Costume exhibit in England). Wrapping yourself (or someone you love) in one of these luxuriously soft Missoni bathrobes—one of the company’s most popular and best-loved offerings—will feel pretty legendary as well.

Envision the Italian house’s bold geometrics, zany zigzags and brilliant mosaics—all pulsing with an exuberant explosion of color, fabric and texture. Missoni Home extends that adventurous spirit and vigor to living. Each piece is a labor of love borne of tradition, aesthetics, emotion, craftsmanship and a sophisticated revelry of color and form. These pillows, as festive as they are perpetually fashionable, will singlehandedly excite any room with that quintessentially Missoni vibe.

Rue la la ~ Sale Starts 11 AM ET

Cosabella is famous for its use of vibrant, cutting-edge colors. And it believes that a woman’s lingerie should be able to reflect her every mood. The collection is available in more than 30 colors and each season new and exciting colors are introduced. Today, the hottest celebrities wear Cosabella. It’s been featured in episodes of “Sex and the City” and is now on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” “Nip/Tuck” and“Desperate Housewives.

Bring the island lifestyle experience home, literally, with Tommy Bahama. Authentic island materials, color, texture, luxurious fabrics and an unerring eye toward the smallest of details are the elements that define the collection. The collections encompass home furnishings, outdoor furniture, artisan quality rugs, bedding, bath and fine island linens. Capturing the essence of island living, Tommy Bahama Home provides a restful retreat from the stress of day-to-day life.

The Mini Social ~ Sale Starts 11 AM ET

With a unique approach and imaginative styling, Piggy Story has created a line of fabulous children’s items that make traveling with children and entertaining children easy. The Piggy Story is a labor of love founded by a mother first and owner second Peiling Hwang. With imagination, style and built-to-last quality that has to meet every mother’s standards, this fabulous line has become a cult classic.

Beth Miles, mother, designer and owner of ses petites mains brings to life tiny chic clothing for girls 2t – 14. This line of children’s clothing is happily made in the USA.

Totsy ~ On Sale NOW!~

Happy Socks create happy feet! These high-quality, vibrant, unisex socks come in various styles, sizes and color combinations for adults and kids alike. Your feet will not be able to resist them! $4.79.

Me Too Danish design is for kids who care what they wear. A collection of sportswear and outerwear with a European flare and full of eye-catching details, clever mixes of patterns, and last but not least, colors, colors and more surprising and cheerful colors. Me Too clothing is made with love for children and the world we live in and with colors that bring joy. Prices start at $11.

When it comes to baby products, European designs are known for quality, style, and safety. By investing years into design and development, Micralite emerged in Europe in 2003 with one of the most ergonomic and affordable high-end strollers on the market. This sale features the Toro Newborn stroller system that will transport your baby from birth thru toddler years and the Toro stroller known for the unique one handed quick fold. We are excited to offer a seat liner FREE, when you purchase a Toro stroller. ($45.00 value)

zulily ~ On Sale NOW!

Get $5 off an order of $50 or more! Save with code GAF7856You know how hard it can be to find a nursing bra that’s not only functional, but feminine and pretty, too. That’s where this event saves the day! With picks from three top brands, including the very stylish selections from Elle Macpherson Intimates, you’re sure to find your perfect choice here. $19.99 and up.

Founded by a husband-and-wife team with four children and two pets, Milo & Gabby was created to change pillows from average to extraordinary. We’ve got a range of their original animal-shaped pillowcases, plus smaller Carry-Alongs pillow purses. Both styles of Cozy Companions from Milo & Gabby combine the comfort of a favorite stuffed animal with the practical function of a pillow. $16.99.

Bot Tots was founded by a loving mother, Erin Saelens. Combining her passion for vibrant, creative, and original artwork with her consistent effort to always be kind to the environment, she created Bot Tots. The mission is to brighten children´s wardrobes with these lovable robot characters that discover ways to positively contribute to the environment and the community. Each character has a personality— see for yourself. Prices start at $8.99.

Lilac offers a beautiful line of clothing that’s dedicated to helping you feel gorgeous at every stage of life. With cuts and materials that fit like a glove and adjust to your body’s shape, these clothes are designed to look great whenever, from your ideal weight to when you’re carrying a few extra pounds, and when you’re pregnant. You’ll find cute tanks and chic tops, plus awesome denim. Prices start at $19.99.

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