Get Your Groupon!

Have you heard of Groupon? It’s a really cool concept that I learned about from my friends Abby and Mandy (they’re sisters) at Steals and Deals Blogspot. If you haven’t checked out their blog, you absolutely must! When I was starting my own blog, I got a lot of inspiration from them. Although our blogs are different in a lot of ways, they’re very similar in that we both like to save money on really neat stuff.

Here’s how Groupon works:

  1. Each day they feature something cool to do, experience, or buy at an unbeatable price.
  2. You only get it if enough people join that day… so invite your friends!
  3. Check back the next day for another awesome Groupon!

Still not quite sure? Check out this video! It explains the concept way better than I can!

To give you an idea of the fabulous finds on Groupon, here are my deals in the past few days:

  • 16″X20″ Gallery Wrapped Canvas from Canvas on Demand for $40 ($126.95 Value)
  • Fancy Fortune Cookies in all sorts of yummy flavors for $15 (a $35 Value)
  • Holiday cards for $25 (a $50 Value)

Ready to sign up? Yes . . . As with most things, you have to register! It’s free and you aren’t obligated to buy a thing! Click here to register.

If you don’t see your city on the list, don’t fret! Abby and Mandy check every city, every day for the best ONLINE deals! And I’m so glad they do because I’ve found some amazing deals in the past few days just by following their blog. I won’t be keeping up with the daily deals because Abby and Mandy are the experts. So become a fan of their blog on Facebook and follow their blog to make sure you don’t miss out.

Thanks Abby and Mandy for looking out for me and my friends! They’re just going to fall in love with you two and Steals and Deals Blogspot!

Elvis Is Dead . . .

In the words of the late, great Lewis Grizzard, “Elvis is dead, and I don’t feel so good myself!” Today has just been one of those blah days for me, so I went in search of something that might make me feel a little better.

I’m a huge fan of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and I recalled the episode where Amy and Robert got married. It featured a great Elvis song, and I think Elvis would indeed be proud!

So back to Elvis . . . he was the king (self-proclaimed and pun intended) of wardrobe changes. Personally, I liked him better in regular clothes instead of those elaborate costumes he was inclined to wear in his latter performances. I read that he wore a girdle of sorts under those jumpsuits to make him look thinner. What a shame that he didn’t feel that his talent alone wasn’t enough for his fans!

I wasn’t a huge Elvis fan, but my mother was! The first movie I remember seeing as a child was “Follow That Dream” with Elvis, Anne Helm, Arthur O’Connell and Joanna Moore. We went to the Dillon Drive-In on Highway 301 in its heyday. I can still remember sitting in the back of that car with my twin sister and my mom and dad in the front seat. I don’t know what was more annoying–the mosquitoes that kept buzzing around our heads or the constant shushing of my mama as my sister and I got bored with the movie. We were only seven or eight at the time and didn’t have much of an appreciation for anything other than the cartoon at the beginning of the movie and frequent visits to the concession stand. Nevertheless, when I think of Elvis, I always recall that movie and being there with my parents.

Are you an Elvis fan? What’s your favorite recollection of Elvis?

Monday’s Sample Sales

Beauty Story

L’uvalla Natural Organic Skin Care, 50% off. The 100% natural and organic skin care of L’uvalla is coveted for its purity, effectiveness and unique aromatherapy- all of which illuminate the mind, body, and spirit.

Beyond the Rack

Felix Ray has established itself as a sophisticated and ultra-feminine luxury brand. The label’s designers are honored to share their personal style with their loyal followers. Good enough to be featured in “Sex and the City”, these bags showcase a gloriously fashionable Manhattan aesthetic. Featuring the gold and purple Mesi clutch, the Antigua straw tote in black, and the Emma jewelry case in pink.

The one-and-only Swiss watchmaker Swatch brings you a fun and offbeat collection of timepieces. Always at the forefront of popular fashion, the brand brings you chic and sporty styles for individuals of all ages. Special features include scratch-resistant mineral crystals, sterling silver bracelets with embossed flower motifs, and leather bands with contrast stitching. This line offers elegant classics as well as more playful and colorful options. Prices range from $29 to $175.

Feature your favorite moments with friends and family in Swing Design’s pretty picture frames. This cool collection includes contemporary designs in monochromatic themes, homey pieces with wooden contours, larger models allowing for multiple photos, and hybrid compositions that combine photo album and frame, all in one. Other accessories include jewelry box, key chain, notebooks, and useful tools to have around the house. Prices start at a mere $8!

Be the belle of the ball in scintillating dresses by Issue New York. A floor-length ivory tube design with matching scarf and a silky green leopard number will leave people wondering “Who’s that girl?” For a daytime look that is just as chic, check out the brand’s colorful silky blouses with wrap-around bows and frilly details. Paired up with skinny jeans and sky-high stilettos, this look is bound to thrill. Get the city-girl clothes you were born to wear.

Billion Dollar Babes

It always fits.It takes an ordinary outfit to extraordinary. And it NEVER goes out of style. Yes, it’s that go-to, jaw-dropping, designer handbag that comes to life the second it lands on your arm. We’re bringing you our favorite picks from some of our favorite designers. Because Mama deserves a brand new bag! I love this Gucci Patent! Prices start at $299!

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Kara Ross’ jewelry design started at the age of 13 with a trip to Africa and a piece of native tourmaline. She created a square cut ring from the stone and surrounded it with diamonds set on an 18k gold band. She never lost the touch. Now a Gemological Institute of America certified gemologist, Ross has spent five years designing elegant pieces with character and imagination. With a minimalist vibe and architectural look, her cuffs, earrings, necklaces and rings showcase vibrantly-colored stones and sharp angles to produce a jewelry version of a Pucci scarf. The pieces exhibit a modern Italian look with their elongated gems, simple forms and sleek, curved gold accents.

Petit Lem Signature offers newborn layette, baby sportswear and sleepwear for newborn to 14 years. It is soft, safe and environmentally friendly, a product which embraces the baby’s first months through to their pre-teen years.The Petit Lem Signature products offer styling, comfort, quality and value, all resulting in a passionate bond of practicality and perfection. Combining comfort, style, quality, and value—this bamboo creation is the epitome of practical perfection.

Founded in 1876, Whiting & Davis is world renowned for its fashionable and high quality metal mesh handbags. The brand has long enjoyed well deserved popularity with celebrities and the fashion press. Whiting & Davis offers metal mesh bags that range from timeless and classic to vintage styles with Art Deco and Victorian influences, to young and contemporary silhouettes. Products range from classic cosmetic cases, wallets and key rings to highly sophisticated and trendy handbags. Whiting & Davis products have recently been photographed in the hands of celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Renee Zellweger and Eva Longoria to name just a few.

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Who says only the stars can be red carpet-worthy? Badgley Mischka merges old-school sophistication with a modern, fresh sensibility, allowing every woman to feel ready for her close-up. These elegant designs have been worn repeatedly by stars like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Teri Hatcher, Sharon Stone, and countless others, not to mention their onscreen claim-to-fame as the designers of Charlotte York’s wedding dress on Sex and the City. The label’s footwear is just as photo-ready as its evening wear, and adds the perfect polish to any ensemble. Prices start at $59.

To succeed in their craft, artists must continually mine their sources for fresh ideas, new media, and innovative concepts. Dress designers are no different, yet they may grasp their spirited cues from the way a fabric happens to skim the body or a burst of color that excites even the most trained eye. Similarly, Muse is an inspired collection conceived to be modern, ageless, and easy to wear even though it holds just enough street edge to keep it on the cusp of today’s style trends. Color block, ruching, and animal print details lend an of-the-moment sharpness to tried-and-true pieces such as sheaths and babydolls. Prices start at $49.

When Brigitte Bardot wore a La Bagagerie handbag in the film Babette Goes to War, the chic, colorful bags of the French line set off a fashion revolution. Founded in 1954 in Paris by Jean Marlaix out of a tiny shop on the Champs-Elysées, La Bagagerie is known for its lightweight, highly stylish, and exceedingly practical bags. Made of microfiber nylon with a coating that is stain and water-resistant, each bag features La Bagagerie’s signature minimalist hardware and leather trim. With its classic design, La Bagagerie is well-suited to the task of being your everyday, staple handbag. Prices start at $79.

Pearls may be the holiest stones we can think of—the gorgeous orbs are mentioned in Hindu, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sacred texts alike. Take one look at the pieces by Majorica—made of organic, man-made pearls—and you can see why. For over a century, the Spanish jeweler has been crafting necklaces, bracelets, and earrings of timeless elegance and delicate beauty. That’s not to say they’re not absolutely contemporary, too. These aren’t your grandmother’s strands. Dress up a pair of jeans with one of Majorica’s statement charms, or go all-out for evening with a velvet-and-pearl choker. Prices start at only $19.

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Parented by CALDEX, Wintex watches is an Italian designer brand that is fun and flirty. I love these watches because they’re so fashionable, but more importantly, you get a couture look for a song! Prices range from $20 to $58.

One Kings Lane

Fino Lino brings a legacy of elegance to the table—with luxurious linens imported from India and Italy. Embellished with exquisite details like cutwork, embroidery, lace and hemstitching, these pristine white cotton and linen napkins, placemats, tablecloths and runners were designed for today, but they recall the grace and grandeur of dining rooms past. Destined to be tomorrow’s heirlooms, these linens rekindle a tradition of grace for your table. Prices start at $15.

Silverware’s aesthetic role is every bit as important as its practical one. Godinger brings a contemporary sensibility to ornate Renaissance-inspired motifs in its silverplated flatware designs. Elegantly embellished with unique rosettes, palmettes, ornate finials and other distinctive details, they transcend the functional to become romantic table jewels. We invite you to get inspired by this silver-plated selection. Prices start at $79 for a 20-pc. set.

RowNine

Lisa Oswald has been designing and creating jewelry from the time she was a little girl. Her first works were oven-fired bead necklaces made of clay, which she dug from a stream bed near her home. She fashioned shaped beads, baked them in her mom’s kitchen, and sold her novel creations to her aunts. She was just eight years old. Lisa began her jewelry enterprise in 1983 with her twin sisters Susie and Sandy. Together they named the company Sorrelli, which is adapted from the italian word for sisters, “sorrelle”. Sorrelli jewelry is hand crafted from genuine semi-precious stones and high quality Austrian crystals. It is designed to become heirlooms, handed down through the generations. Prices in this sale start at $73.

The Fuel is a protective case carrying solution and extended battery life all in one for an iPhone or Blackberry. So from here on out you’re good to charge on the go. So the next time you’re rushing to get to the airport at 6am and you forget your charger. . .relax, your BlackBerry Fuel is taken care of. Adds up to 7 hours charge time beyond the normal battery life. The fuel features a power on/off button so that you only engage the device when you decide to. The case features a fully racheting 180-degree belt clip and is fashioned so that your iPhone or Blackberry slides in and out effortlessly. Prices range from $32 to $69.

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Luxury, craftsmanship, glamour. A whole and contemporary style with many functional and versatile solutions for women who love the absolute distinction, refinement and beauty that is Francesco Biasia. Handbags in this sale start at $159.

Timberland Boot Company makes boots, shoes, clothes and gear that are comfortable enough to wear all day and rugged enough for all year. The company’s philosophy reflects their belief that their place in this world is bigger than the things they put in it. So Timberland employees are active in their communities. Prices in this sale start at $89.

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From flight decks to civilian sidewalks, Alpha Industries stands on the frontlines of quality and fashion. Tried, tested and proven, Alpha Industries will remain part of American culture. This youthful twist on fashion history and tradition will take your little one back to school in style. Prices range from around $10 to $35.

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Graphic prints inspired by natural elements like vines and lotus flowers. You’ll fall in love when you browse the clothes from kiwi industries, who are masters of design. In addition to their awesome prints, this organic, eco-minded company offers coordinating solids, so you can easily pair up bodysuits, rompers, pants, dresses, hats. They even have matching blankets! $4.99 and up.

If you grew up in the 70s, you probably remember Wacky Packages . . . the baseball-card-sized trading stickers that parodied popular brands. 10 Again brings back that idea: Cap’n Crunch becomes Cap’n Crutch and Frosted Flakes become Frosted Snakes. Lots of boys love the “gross-out” factor of these tees. You’ll also find some super-cute Jane Jenni brand word-and-picture play tees—$14.99 for short sleeves and $15.99 for long sleeves.

A few years ago, Stacy Fraser decided to take time off and be with her family after a 15-year career in fashion at babyGap, Tommy Hilfiger, Old Navy, and Ralph Lauren. With that past, Stacy couldn’t get clothing out of her head. So she hatched Pink Chicken in a room above her garage and soon grew to fill a darl

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Congratulations to our winner! She has won the gorgeous Garden of Flowers Ring valued at $54 from JustGano.com. The winner’s email address is mj.coward@gmail.com. To claim your prize, please send an email to me including your shipping information along with a telephone number. Your prize will be shipped directly from JustGano.com.

A very special thanks to Eliana at JustGano.com for sponsoring this fabulous fun giveaway! I appreciate all of you who entered!

Stay tuned for another giveaway later today!

Saturday Sample Sales

Beyond the Rack

Get the original one-of-a-kind tops your wardrobe is missing with the help of High Street and Shine. Pop-out colors include bright oranges, blues, and greens. Look for funky reversible vests, stretchy one-armed tops with rocker fringe embellishments, and formfitting black tank tops with cutout backs. Complement with the brand’s denim or rhinestone leggings for a look that is casual, young, and super hip.

This chic and feminine collection from Lauren Hansen includes a fabulous assortment of sweaters, cardigans, and crochet tops. In ice cream-colored mints and peaches, these delicious pieces would look amazing on the natural girl who prefers understated elegance over flashy glam. Check for striped linen shirts with wooden button detailing, fringe embellishments, and loose tanks with rope strings. Pair up with light summer trousers for a stunningly fresh look.

Romy Rich showcases an exquisite collection of precious jewels for the sparkling beauty. Look for Swarovski crystal cosmic rings, tan leather bracelets, red magma starfish charms, golden shadow drop rhinestone earrings, and sterling silver necklaces. Mix and match a chain with your favorite dazzling pendant to create a resplendent look that will have others gazing your way.

Yosi Samra’s shoes incorporate remarkable styles with cleverly mixed patterns and colors to create unique, eye-catching footwear. Treat your feet to silver gladiator heels, multicolored patent leather stilettos, and golden strappy sandals. Pair these irresistible designs with this season’s trendiest shorts and skirts for a seductive look that will have you one leg up on all the others.

GlamList

One of the things I love about GlamList—other than their great styles and unbelievable prices—is their way of categorizing their fashions. They have a “Best Sellers” Category and an “Our Favorites” category. Visit the “Best Sellers” category to find out more about these great styles. Prices start at a mere $12!

Only a masterful designer would possess the imagination to create tops and dresses in classic cuts with such clever detailing that we want each and every piece in the line. Convertible dresses by Ravon, both long and short, as well as halters, all capitalize on the unique draping technique used to individualize one’s look. So style your halter like the Greeks, twist the straps into a tube top, or drape a dress off the shoulder–only your imagination limits the possibilities.

We’ve also got dresses with Kimono-esque sleeves coupled with an open back for another unique style option, as well as pieces with pleating and inventive textured fabric. $32 to $66. I’m getting one of the tops to try out for myself.

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AF Lighting is pleased to introduce the Candice Olson lighting collection. Each of these stunning fixtures and portables was hand designed by Candice and meticulously crafted by AF Lighting. Offering a choice of clean lines or graceful curves, flawless finishes and rich hues, this collection of fine lighting provides the finishing touch to interior spaces and a look that is the hallmark of Candice Olson design. 65% off retail.

Motivated by witnessing the daily struggle kids face lugging their school supplies around, gogogear designer and owner Katharine Marinaro developed a line of practical yet stylish bags on wheels that she hoped would eliminate premature pain and tension in adolescent bodies. Tired of toting her own gear, the forward-thinking designer also created a collection of rolling bags for women that was perfect for everyday essentials. The gogovoyage line for women includes cute and couture-inspired bags that feature two outside pockets for cell phones and water bottles, a padded compartment for a laptop, an ID tag, coin purse and interior key holder. A separate line of complementary accessories including shoulder bags, lunch bags and cosmetic bags allows any girl on the go to carry her stuff in style. Marinaro’s goal of providing ergonomic bag options for children and adults has earned her much recognition among the healthcare and haute couture circuits. 70% off.

Melissa Joy Manning jewelry is hand made in her Oakland, California studio. Her work is eclectic and modern. Using gold, silver, semi-precious & precious stones and found objects, her line blends traditional and modern jewelry by utilizing unconventional materials to create neoteric pieces. By creating unusual, limited edition pieces she hopes her jewelry transcends stylistic trends. Melissa relies heavily on our natural environment for inspiration. Her work has been featured in numerous fashion magazines, feature films and television shows. 55% off.

And don’t miss the Saturday Blowout!Up to 90% off casual chic designs for men and women.

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Perhaps no designer has mastered the art of evening apparel better than Kay Unger, and the label applies the same enchanting aesthetic to its daywear. Featuring vivid prints, nifty twofer dresses, belted waists, and romantic ruffles, the designer’s attention to charm and sophistication remain ever-present. And look to Kay Unger’s contemporary offshoot, Phoebe Couture, for a younger, edgier take on their style. With quintessential looks for every glamour girl, Kay Unger and Phoebe Couture prove that all you need is the right frock to make the day (and night) brighter.

It’s the perennial question: what to wear while you’re wilting in August that will also be polished enough for September? Hanna & Gracie has the perfect solution to dressing during the dog days of summer and beyond. Taking the idea of all-American casual dressing to a new level, Hanna & Gracie deftly mixes soft with structured textures. Silky matte charmeuse or ruffled crepe de Chine are paired with the season’s best cowl-draped and ruffled-neck tees in cozy, earthy colors. Top those off with delicate new takes on the motorcycle and military jacket in French terry and whisper-thin tissue leather. Transitioning from summer to fall never looked so smooth!

In most cases, too much control results in a highly uncomfortable situation. And this is especially true when it comes to shape wear where excess cinching in one place results in unsightly bulging in another. But this is where Sculptz shape wear proves to be so genius. Their bestselling shaping shorts, leggings, and cami tops have strategically placed, built-in stretch panels that cinch where you need it and give where you need a little room. So, essentially, these handy little underpinnings become a very comfortable second skin.

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Following the birth of her son in 2005, Cynthia Poblete founded The Baby Panda, an online boutique offering Asian-inspired clothing and accessories for infants and children. Finding the need for the convenience of diapers and wipes in a stylish carrying case, she took to the drawing board! Cynthia loved all of the diaper bag alternatives already on the market but she wanted to take the convenience one step further. In the Fall of 2006, she launched her new product, the diaper clutch. These would look great monogrammed and they’re only $13!

Rue la la

Bring Italian passion to your kitchen! Mario Batali’s excitement for Italy’s couture and cuisine is contagious. Experience the iconic bold color of his designer cookware, aprons and shopping bags. Look for some kitchen gadgets to allow you to get into the true Italian spirit of a meal (Panini makers).

Eat Pray Love: Holistic Beauty Tips

Secrets from Italy, India, and Indonesia for a healthier body, mind, and heart

By Emily Herbert, Elle Magazine
August 13, 2010

INDIA

USE NATURAL HERBS AND SPICES

Ayurveda is the ancient Hindu system of medicine, and has been around for 5,000 years: “The herbs, and spices used in Ayurveda have been proven to work over centuries,” says Richa Purohit, founder of the new Kesari skin care line. “Mix these tried and tested traditional elements with modern ingredients like retinol and peptides and you’ll be ahead of the game.”

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For glowing skin like Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai, Purohit recommends a DIY face mask similar to one Indian brides wear before their weddings. “Mix saffron, sandalwood, and tumeric with either yogurt or milk,” she says. “When you apply the solution on your skin it will give off a pleasant aroma and leave a nice golden color.” After leaving the mask on for a few minutes, rinse off. (Repeat the process up to three times a week.)

So how exactly does the mask work its magic? “Saffron is one of the rarest, most expensive spices in the world and in India it’s considered the spice of the gods—a symbol of good luck, holiness, and purity,” says Purohit, adding that the spice also happens to be full of skin-beautifying antioxidants. As for sandalwood, she says it’s a natural astringent and antiseptic, making it perfect for battling blemishes (bonus: “It also smells good”).

The final component, tumeric, is particularly healing, “whether you eat it, or put it on your skin,” says Purohit. “If you’re sick with a stomach infection, Indian doctors will give you tumeric with milk because it’s a natural antibiotic. It works the same way with the skin; if you get a cut, just dab a little tumeric on it and it will heal faster.”

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Pratima Raichur, creator of Pratima Skin Care, says that massaging the face, body, and hair with aromatic oils made from fruits, herbs, and spices can have a profound effect. “The word for oil in Sanskrit, sneha, means love,” says Raichur. “Anointing the body with oils on a daily, weekly, and seasonal basis is one of the most nourishing and best anti-aging therapies you can do for yourself.”

In particular, massaging the scalp with oil is the secret to getting an ultrashiny mane like model Lakshmi Menon. “My mother taught me to use organic coconut oil as a treatment,” the runway star once told ELLE. “It makes my hair feel luxurious.”

“Hair oil massage is one of the key beauty rituals in India,” says Purohit. “Most women will get a hot oil hair massage twice a week. If you want to do it yourself, wrap your hair with a hot towel after massaging, read a newspaper during breakfast, then take a shower to shampoo.”

Purohit says that massaging strands with oil stimulates the scalp and helps remove product buildup. And, unlike a spray that “just sits on top of the hair,” massaging roots with oil ensures that all the nutrients are absorbed. Popular hair oils in Southeast Asia include coconut, almond, sesame, and amla (Indian gooseberry).

PRACTICE YOGA

When you’re overwhelmed with work deadlines, relationship drama, and other minutiae from everyday life, it’s easy to get sidetracked and stressed. That’s where taking up yoga can come in handy, say Yogamaya New York studio directors Stacey Brass and Bryn Chrisman. “The physical act of doing yoga makes you feel as though you’re a part of something bigger and can help you live a life that’s not as connected to the ego,” says Brass.

“In the yoga philosophy, what constitutes the mind—where memory lives, where our fears come from—isn’t just in the brain, it’s in every single cell of the body,” adds Chrisman. “When doing poses, you’re making contact with all the parts of the mind—the backs of your knees, the souls of your feet—that you might not be making contact with on a daily basis. You’re being told to move and breathe, which strengthens the connection between your mind, body, and breath.”

INDONESIA

JUST LET GO—AND MEDITATE

It’s no wonder Ketut Liyer, the healer from Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love, is so peaceful and youthful-looking: Nyomen Latra, his son, says that the respected medicine man meditates regularly in between meetings with guests. “He wakes up and meditates. He meditates again before he goes to sleep. That is pretty much what he does,” Latra tells Indonesia’s Ozip magazine.

Not that meditating is easy stuff—according to Chrisman, it’s extremely difficult: “Your mind begins to land on all sorts of things and all your worst insecurities and fears can rise to the surface. Most people want to ignore that, which is why the typical thing to do in the Western world is to go to a bar or party, be social, and cover your emotion by drinking alcohol.”

“The idea of meditation is to sit quietly with your thoughts and practice acceptance and letting go,” she continues. “Letting go seems like an easy concept but in reality, it isn’t.”

To begin the path of self-acceptance, start by simply cutting yourself some slack. Instead of always feeling compelled to make plans on a Friday or Saturday night, try treating yourself to a night in. Keep a journal to stay in touch with your innermost feelings and rather than zone out in front of the TV, pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read.

BOOK A BALINESE MASSAGE

With influences from India, China, Portugal, Netherlands, and Middle East, a traditional Balinese massage is as varied as Indonesia’s cultural landscape—making it a prime spa selection. “It’s a great mixture of techniques,” says Cecilia Scalco, a massage therapist at The Setai in Miami, one of many U.S. spas that offer the treatment.

Utilizing effleurage, reflexology, and stretching techniques, a Balinese massage also incorporates Ayurvedic aromatherapy: At the Legian Bali hotel, for example, a locally-sourced blend of lime, ginger, and ylang-ylang oil is smoothed onto the skin. “Oil massage is extremely detoxifying—it drains the lymphatic system, improves circulation, strengthens the immune system, and deeply nourishes the body,” says Raichur. “This, in turn, makes you sleep better, reduces stress, and calms the mind—one positive effect begets the next.”

Facial massage can also be beneficial. The Bulgari Hotel & Resort in Bali is an ELLE editor favorite (“It’s The. Best. Place. In. The. World,” said one ELLE fashion editor after a visit)—and word is that their famous face-sculpting treatment is a potent anti-ager. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel to learn Bulgari’s skin-perfecting secrets. Click here to watch a video of the treatment in progress.


Elle Magazine Online, August 13, 2010

TGIFF! Thank God It’s Frugal Friday!

Beyond the Rack

Garnish your body with lovely jewelry from Belargo. Crafted with skill and precision, this stunning assortment includes a hammered gold ring with a cross, a set of connected silver bangles, gold earrings with clover-shaped stones, and hoop earrings with turquoise gems. Refined designs for the classy lady, these imaginatively embellished gems will keep to glistening all day long. Get the piece that catches your eye.

Italian luxury house Fendi showcases a decadent assortment of bags for the always-chic modern femme. Favorites include mint green cross-bodies, evening bags with star embellishments, shiny blue pumps, and light travel bags adorned with the brand’s iconic logo. Lovers of the classics can choose the basic yet versatile black tote and shoulder bags. Whatever your preference, this collection is sure to infuse your wardrobe with timeless European flair and sophistication.

If we spend a third of our life sleeping, better make sure that area is decorated exactly the way we want. The Thro by Marlo Lorenz collection was designed for people with a more adventurous sense of style. Colorful pillows with ruffles and bows are suitable for the ultra-feminine woman, while pelted fur and faux-snakeskin throws are perfect for those seeking a wildlife look. Caution: high risk of oversleeping, whether the alarm rings or not.

Billion Dollar Babes ~ Eat, Pray, Love Sale

Voyage ~ Whether you have a year to take off like Elizabeth Gilbert or just a few days, travel always seems to enhance our lives. In our Voyage collection, we bring you everything you need to hit the road…or the skies…or the seas. Travel bags, passport holders, jewelry rolls and more, we’ll have you packing your suitcase from the moment you place your order.

Embrace ~ Our ultimate goal may be to find our soul mate, but along the way we mustn’t forget that love is all around us. Embrace life and enjoy all of its blessings. This collection of jewelry and accessories is as beautiful to the eye as it is to the heart.

Faith ~ It doesn’t matter what you believe or who you pray to, it’s about having faith. BDB has scoured the globe for special items that will hopefully resonate with you, too. It’s time to go zen.

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A new season means a new pair of shoes (or two, or three). Platforms by Charlotte Ronson are enhanced with studs, zippers and laces, making them a perfect choice for statement-makers. Here’s your chance to score peep-toe pumps and wedges, too. Tibi and Michael Kors’ collection is right in step with fall’s ‘50s-inspired trends.

The problem of leisure, the Gang of Four once sang, is “What to do for pleasure?” There’s another problem, too: What to wear while doing it? DKNY’s spring/summer 2010 collection offers an answer. Defined by a muted color palette and lightweight fabrics, these thin cotton short-sleeve button-ups and sharp, slim-cut khakis are classic relaxed leisurewear.

Traditional craftsmanship, modern technology and contemporary design intertwine in Emu’s outdoor furniture. Take the Italian company’s Heaven lounge chair, which features a steel frame woven to look like fabric. Or its Cuba table and armchair, made of a reinforced wicker that is weather-, heat- and UV-ray-resistant. And don’t miss Spanish superstar Patricia Urquiola’s Re-Trouvé collection, which takes its inspiration from the marvelous iron chairs of the ’50s.

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Accents de Ville is a designer, importer and distributor of decorative accessories, area rugs and household linens. This extensive collection of merchandise, largely sourced in India and the Far East, is renewed seasonally with a strong emphasis on color-coordination. Product selection is geared to providing consumers with the latest trends in home fashions at an affordable price.

Since its inception, Ava Rose has been the go-to for bags that are fun, inspired and totally wearable. The modern woman who appreciates both whim and sensibility is our muse and we strive to bring her classic style with a modern twist.

The timeless looks of vfish are carefully crafted to introduce new and innovative patterns while not sacrificing the comfort and feel of the clothing. vfish takes great pride in producing comfortable designer products that are sold at an affordable price. With products in over 360 boutiques nationwide and our fully operational website store, vfish is quickly becoming the new face of women’s fashion.

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Known for his gracious use of color, flattering fits, and “A-ha!” design elements, French designer Max Azria continues to bring his BCBGMAXAZRIA line to new heights. “BCBG” stands for bon chic, bon genre, a Parisian phrase that means “good style, good attitude”—and that’s exactly what it delivers. Prices for the dress event start at $45. ideeli also features sales on BCBGMAXAZRIA handbags and tops.

Don’t let those rainy day blues get you down; chase them away with vibrant rain boots from Dav. This sunny assortment of boots come in unusual styles like western cowboy, along with traditional wellies. And there’s plenty of graphic punch—from animal prints to funky patterns to bright hues. Your feet will be super happy, too. Select styles feature Poron foot beds to enhance shock absorption while soft, terry lining adds comfort and cushion. There are even a few of Dav’s playful umbrellas to choose from, too. So fun, so fresh, so colorful, your Dav gear will have everyone talking up a storm. Prices for this event start at $13.

If you’re like most fashion devotées, you are obsessed with a growing collection of footwear that allows you to feel chic and comfortable no matter where your feet take you. So when it comes to choosing a pair of flats that looks great with a pair of jeans, a flowing skirt, or even a sexy piece of swimwear, this offering of fun and modern footwear by Penny Loves Kenny is one that you’re certain to fall for. Known for its novel use of fabrics, skins, and extra details destined to keep your style status up to date, the shoes in this sale start at $36.

No matter what the task at hand, our Plugged In sale has the perfect electronic gear to make your life easier and more efficient. Sleep sweetly in purified air. Steam clean the floor and kill germs in the process. Wake up every morning to expertly brewed coffee, and return home each evening to a savory slow-cooked meal in front of the television. Each pairs the latest design trends with the hottest, most intuitive features, so you’ll really enjoy using them and love the results. ideeli prices for this event start at $15.

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Emile Henry cookware and tableware has been built to perform, but it’s the luscious colors and designs that keep us craving. Crafted in Marcigny, France, from the local Burgundian clay, the dishes are hand-dipped in a rich glaze that resists scratching. The ovenware is not only strong enough to withstand the abrupt temperature changes of freezer-to-oven cooking, but is also beautiful enough to join the dinner party.

Tozai Home is a chic collection of decorative accessories that express an attitude and direction currently at the forefront of home décor: eclecticism. Offering a diversified mix of dynamic colors and whitewashed styles, contemporary forms and centuries-old icons, these haute selections are the creation of Toza’’s New York and Paris-based global design team. Style-forward and on-trend without being trendy, these pieces were made to exacting standards using traditional techniques handed down from generation to generation. Prices start at $12.

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Andrew Marc is an American luxury fashion brand manufacturing apparel and accessories. Featuring a diversified collection of leather, wool and cloth outerwear, Andrew Marc has had a truly American vision, representing the rebel in all of us, the love of our artful roots and the pride in our technological triumphs. A combination of luxury materials, innovative engineering and exclusive artisan details distinguishes Andrew Marc as an iconic American Brand. Prices start at $12 for a 1.9 qt. mixing bowl.

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Go ga-ga for glitz! These one-of-a-kind couture pieces are individually hand-crafted by Teresa Youngblood, a 20-plus-year veteran of the fashion business. Little Diva is Teresa’s love letter to the sparkle of Texas, where she grew up. Inspired by a 4-year-old diva of her own, she’s able to tap into what every little girl loves—sparkle, shine, and sass!

And just in time for Halloween, Little Diva styles come with adorable tutus and onesies with catch phrases that will bring a smile: “Fab Boo Lous” and “Boo! I Spook For Candy!” Prices start at $19.99.

Urban Munchkin is known for its soft organic cotton fabrics, eco friendly dyes, and modern designs enhanced with positive messages to inspire conscious living. Urban Munchkin’s fabrics are treated with low-impact dyes, and the prints and screens are made with inks free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Striving to use as much recycled product as possible, the clothing tags and packaging are 100% recycled. This lovely event is full of soft and sustainable pieces—onesies, tees and yoga pants. Prices start at $14.99

Wonderworld toys, from stackers to pull-alongs, push toys, and more, are all fantastic. But perhaps the favorites in this sale are the play tree house, modern house, farm, and grocery shop. Wonderworld is a strong advocate for the environment. They take pride in bringing safe, fun, and educational toys to children around the world. Each product uses natural, sustainable rubberwood, plus non-toxic dyes and formaldehyde-free glue. Prices start at $12.99

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These comfortable yet stylish dresses by Uni Mondo are perfect for relaxing weekends with family and friends. Check for lovely polka-dot knee length dresses or animal snakeskin and animal-print pieces in stretchy formfitting materials. Funky purples and blues in mix-and-match pattern-so wild your eye won’t know where to look first. Dress up with white heels or down with casual flip-flops.

With hot days coming to an end, it’s time to welcome the cool fall season with a super trendy mock-leather motorcycle jacket from Solitaire. Available in a variety of colors such as red and beige, get the one that’s as edgy as you are. Details include wiring on the collar that you can manipulate and shape, elaborate buttons, and detailed stitching. These jackets are guaranteed to add just the right amount of swagger to your step.

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East meets West in this melting pot collection from jetset designer Wendy Mink. Influenced by her love of history and travel, this New Yorker marries a city-chic vibe with ancient jewelry-making techniques like hammering, molding and wiring. You’ll love this rough-around-the-edges selection, like in these crystal drop earrings, which has glass crystals dangling off of a black silk base. And the multi-colored bib necklace showcases champagne quartz, citrine, hessonite and lemon quartz drops in a stunning web formation.

Leaving home for a jetsetting vacation? Get there in style with this chic luggage selection, like the sleek Heys Luggage suitcase in glossy gold. And your globetrotting wardrobe will be kept safe in Brics’ luxe crocodile-embossed suede garment bag, conveniently wheeled for maximum travel ease. Smaller accessories round out the selection, from rainbow-bright cosmetics bags to plush cashmere travel sets that include a wrap, eye mask and slippers.

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At GlamList, a picture is worth a thousand words! Or should I say the price tag is worth a bundle of savings? I love these fashion favorites from Coraline and Folia. These dresses by Coraline are $26 and the styles in the Folia collection start at just $15.

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Papillon develops, and produces distinctive lines of contemporary women’s apparel and accessories.
Easy-to-wear, unique, fun, elegant, sexy and noticeable, the line can be fit into an everyday occasion as well as an evening social event. Sizes Small to XXLarge.

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Intricate, high end, diamond fashion jewelry designed by Jasmine J took off with friends and relatives who encouraged her to design for them and eventually to begin her own line. Her work shows her passion for the contemporary, yet she says “I design my collections for what I like to wear as well as for today’s woman”

Kids Ink is a collection of fun and fresh clothing for infants, toddlers and kids (0 – 7 years). Their signature designs and ultra-soft fabrics provide both great fashion and supreme comfort for the next generation of fashionistas and rockstars. The Kids Ink collection is inspired by pop art, whimsical fantasy, and the many different cultures of the world. Proudly made in the USA!

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Say the name Betsey Johnson and the song “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” will get stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Maybe it’s because all of her pieces make you feel like having the best night of your life every time you put them on. Her party-perfect shoes, from peep-toes to platforms, are infused with the same joie-de-vivre as Johnson’s signature runway cartwheel. Wear a pair and we predict you’ll be having fun.

Perhaps no U.S. city has inspired a more relaxed, organic style than the jewel of California’s northern coast, San Francisco. 49 Square Miles, coined for the size of The Golden Gate City, crafts handbags from buttery Italian leathers in rich, often oxidized shades that capture the free-love spirit of its namesake. With balanced silhouettes and minimal hardware, 49 Square Miles handbags are peaceful, but not sloppy, and polished, but not stodgy.

People, for the most part, get older and wiser. Jeans, on the other hand, seem to get older and feebler. As you wear your favorite pair, they stretch, sag, and lose their shape. Often, it’s only a few wears between fits-like-a-glove and back-of-the-closet. Thankfully there’s DL1961 to the rescue. The label uses XFIT Lycra technology to weave fabric with four-way directional stretch. That ensures the denim, like performance wear, moves 360 degrees—and creates 90-percent less pressure at key stress points like knees and inseams. They’ll start perfect and stay perfect.

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Matty M targets a sophisticated customer with its inspired soft dressing. A favorite of fashion magazine editors and stylists alike, Matty M has graced over 10 magazine covers and 30 editorial pieces in the last five years. Beautiful printed silk and modal jersey prints and embellished tops are just a few of the items for the contemporary woman.

Ideal for the young-at-heart, Disney Watches feature many of the characters you know and love. Choose from leather or metal bands, from mother of pearl faces to funky designs. Watches feature a full-color display of one of your beloved Disney charcters. They’re a fun, yet classic look for in whimsical timepieces. Equipped with precise Japanese quartz movement for long-lasting reliability. $11 to $19.

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For more than 50 years, Jack Rogers has cultivated a legacy that embodies an effortless, chic, All-American style. Their wearable and affordable styles have earned them a devoted clientele that spans generations. Available in hundreds of color combinations, handcrafted “Jacks” adorn sun-kissed toes in resort towns such as Palm Beach, Newport and the Hamptons, and have been featured in the style pages of newspapers and magazines around the world. Jack Rogers offers a wide range of high-quality, resort fashion.

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Traditional, classic designs perfect for that family Christmas portrait. A collection of whimsical hand smocked dresses and pant sets from Vive la Fete featuring wonderful Christmas motif hand embroideries and intricate craftsmanship ideal for creating a lasting Christmas memory. Around $25.

Diaper Dude was born from the idea that fatherhood doesn’t have to be complicated or un-cool. By merging hip styles with functionality, Diaper Dude appeals to image-conscience men everywhere looking for ease of use. With the Diaper Dude, dads can easily access the essentials: diapers, bottles, clothes or wipes and toys without taking off the bag! $10 and up!

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Lovely sets and tops and bottoms to mix and match! Everything from Sweet Cottons is made in 100% Pima cotton. Pima cotton offers durability, breathability, and sumptuous softness. Choose from kimono sets, infant gowns, rompers, tops, leggings, hats, and more. Limited Selection.

Preppy Plates & Milo Paper are as fun as they are functional. Your kids get something ool and unique and you can take comfort in the durability. This sale features sustainable lunchbox sets, notebooks, and clipboards your kids are bound to connect with! $16.99 and up.

Quick Picks ~ ON SALE NOW!

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Up to 50% off picture frames and more! The designers at Swing Design strive to create innovative items that accentuate the beauty and honesty of raw materials such as wood, metal, leather, and glass. From home office and travel accessories to tabletop and dining, the clean designs are rich and timeless—adding style and character to everyday life. Through its three brands, Swing, Sacchi, and Love My Human, Swing Design has been creating fine home products since 1991.

Up to 55% off flirty dresses, handbags and more. BCBGeneration is an innovative lifestyle brand inspired by the youthful spirit and creative sensibility of today’s woman. Combining timeless aesthetics with playful details and experimental edge, the collection combines diverse contemporary references to form a cohesive vision. BCBGeneration affords every woman the freedom to explore, expand and express her individuality through her personal style.


Born in New York City, Beyond Rings was created as an item concept that could be sold to specialty stores, department stores, or tailored to meet the specific needs of buyers’ trend forecasts. Designs reflect a deep understanding of the fashion industry, its trends, and the consumers who make up Beyond Rings’ niche market…from the hipsters in Brooklyn to the celebrities on the red carpets of Hollywood.

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Recognized around the world for its iconic designs, the Fendi fashion house represents the epitome of elegance. Discover a distinctive collection of the label’s quality eyewear that will elevate your everyday look to new levels of sophistication. Whether you opt for thicker logo-embossed structures, or keep it subtle with delicate wire models, these luxe prescription-free optical frames are as timeless as they are chic.

Cuddle Duds apparel keeps you looking cute and feeling comfortable with this lightweight collection of stretchy pants and tops for her. Choose from among crew or V-neck long-sleeved tops and long johns in black, white, and blush. Moisture wicks away from your skin for all-day comfort. This line is perfect for lazy Sundays spent lounging around the house. I’ve worn these in the winter instead of flannel undergarments. They are so warm but not binding!

Sass up your wardrobe with unique evening bags, cross-bodies, clutches, wallets, and jewelry from Heather Hawkins. Italian antique brushed brass turn-locks, detachable chains, double-brass leather bracelets, and bright neon hues make for an original collection you have to see to believe. Get your hands on the trendy “Love is” clutch, made with beautiful hand-woven Italian leathers, or the adorable classic bowtie option in copper.

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Earnest Sewn is a denim brand with a dedicated and unmistakable pride emphasized in its workmanship and commitment to authenticity. The production and progress of each garment, which is overseen by three people, is monitored from start to finish, at every stage: design, sewing, and wash.

Those fortunate enough to find a pair of Earnest Sewn in their local retailer will have found a line of denim and denim related products that reflect an unprecedented commitment to quality and individual style. They will also find an unwavering appreciation for denim and the fading mystique of American ingenuity and craftsmanship. Each piece of Earnest Sewn is handcrafted to perfection.

This sale at Rue la la includes fashions for men and women.

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Heys USA has grown into the travel goods brand synonymous with ultra-lightweight, fashion-fresh, and leader in innovation. Famous for The World’s Lightest Luggage, the Heys USA design team continues to bring edgy creativity, setting the highest standards for product performance and popularity. Extremely lightweight and ultra-durable, Heys cosmetic cases feature convenient interiors with efficient compartments perfect for cosmetics or toiletries and can even be used as a fashionable handbag. $30 at Beauty Story.

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Back-to-school (or back to your crisp, well-organized autumn routine) just became a lot more stylish with these Jane Marvel bags. Fun, functional, stylish—and vegan, this sale offers a temptingly chic selection of essentials from satchels to backpacks, zip pouches and Padfolios, all in her signature, easy-to-clean, lightweight and water-resistant laminated canvas.

apple & bee builds beautiful bags to last a long time—so they want the planet to be around for a lot longer too. With patterns and palettes that just beg you to take them home (and everywhere else!), these travel bags, cosmetics cases and other carriers are made from top-grade materials like organic cotton, hemp, burlap and leather. All fabrics are coated for protection—but never have that “plastic” look. Just as lovely: A portion of each sale’s proceeds is donated to environmental organizations.

Charmingly emblazoned with hearts, dots, bows and leopard prints, Felix Rey’s romantic, flirtatious umbrellas will have you hankering for a drizzly day. Even the name offers a wonderfully whimsical double entendre: “Felix Rey,” which suggests “happy king” in the Romance languages, was also the name of the doctor who treated Vincent Van Gogh after that ear episode. Love these umbrellas!

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Check out the wonderfully casual fashions of My Tribe at Enviius today. They’re calling this sale a “blowout” and with prices starting at $19, I think that’s a pretty favorable description. I love the draping fabrics and fashion forward looks of this line.

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Judith Jack is one of the premier designers of estate-inspired marcasite jewelry. Whether your taste is for Victorian pieces or flapper-influenced baubles, the company’s handcrafted creations capture antique glamour in accessories that are right for any era. Made primarily of marcasite, the gemstones are specially pavé-set between sterling silver beads to enhance their luster. The result? Geometric pendant necklaces, glittering drop earrings, and jaunty beaded bangles, among other charming larks. Prices start at $19.

For clothing that gives you a boost of energy, look toward Hype’s flirty, feminine dresses, which are gilded in graphic patterns and unique color combinations. Hype has been marrying a distinctly vintage look with bold, modern designs since 1984, striking the perfect balance between sophisticated and playful. Hype’s masterminds use bright colors and a daring mix of motifs that transform fabrics like silk, chiffon, tweed, and vintage crepe into modern must-haves. ideeli
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Just because you want a fab, trendy bag, do you have to abandon all your animal-friendly beliefs? L.A.’s Melie Bianco doesn’t think so. Melie Bianco draws inspiration from the runways of Europe to produce its covetable hobos, satchels, and clutches in day-casual and evening-elegant styles—all crafted of vegan faux leathers. The fact that their non-skin materials make them ultra-affordable is just the icing on the cake. ideeli prices for this event start at $19.

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Just in time for fall, here comes a warmer event from Corky & Company including two of their baby brands, Corkey’s Kids and Seeds Sown by Corky. Corkey’s Kids is all about bright bold vintage-inspired prints your little girl with adore. Seeds, on the other hand, offers your newborn sprouts the softest and warmest in jackets and hats. Together, they make the perfect collection of fall must-haves.

Vive la Fete is all about classic children’s clothes. This brand masters the fine balance between simple designs and intricate smocking. The result is precious designs with lots of details and the finest fabrics. Some of these adorable pieces come from Silly Goose, Vive la Fete’s equally adorable sister brand. The current event features Halloween and Thanksgiving themes! Prices start at $29.99. Vive la Fete is among my favorites!

Overstock Launches Members-Only Site, Eziba

Is there anyone on the planet that doesn’t know about Overstock.com? If you’ve never shopped this online retailer, you’ve missed an amazing shopping experience. Overstock.com was one of my first forays into online shopping, and I’ve been a huge fan every since.

Overstock.com offers a wide variety of high-quality, brand-name merchandise at discount prices, including bedding, home decor, appliances, watches, jewelry, electronics, sporting goods, clothing and shoes. Overstock.com gives customers an opportunity to shop for bargains conveniently, while offering manufacturers, distributors and other retailers an alternative sales channel for liquidating their inventory.

Well, Overstock has now launched its own private, members only site–Eziba. The website offers 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 11am ET and are only available for a limited time. Eziba members also enjoy world-class customer service and $2.95 shipping on every order.

Membership is free and members are under no obligation to purchase anything–ever. The site launched Monday and here’s a rundown of current sales.

Michael Kors is known for his designer apparel and home decor, and I’ve never seen a Michael Kors design that I didn’t like. Check out the Taos Shower Curtain at only $27.99

Dyson is fast becoming known as the elite in floor cleaning, and I own two. I have a Dyson Ball–the model that is featured in today’s sale–and I love it. It’s light weight and great for picking up those little pieces of lint and animal hair. At $279.99, it’s a little pricier than most vacuums, but a real bargain for a Dyson.

Today’s Safavieh event is all about the supporting players. Couches and loveseats get plenty of love, but they really shine when accompanied by ottomans, accent chairs, benches and end tables. These pieces are crafted from chic, durable leather and wood, which means they look striking and stay that way. I love these pieces, and with $2.95 shipping, you don’t need to worry about the added expense of ordering a large piece. Isn’t this bench gorgeous? It’s $179.99–very reasonable!

Become a member of Eziba today and be among the first to find out about their limited time sales. I’ll see you there!

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