WIN A $20 Groupon Gift Card

And get $5 to boot! That’s right! Groupon is giving $5 OFF on any Groupon deal until November 3, 2010.

I’ve done a lot of Christmas shopping already. In fact, I have already wrapped several packages and expect to finish my shopping BEFORE Thanksgiving. So, while the spirit of giving is alive and well at Pennywise Panache, I’ve decided to share some of my generosity with you!

Two Pennywise Panache fans–one existing Groupon member and one new Groupon member–will will a $20 gift card from Pennywise Panache! Here’s how:

Existing Groupon Members

  1. MANDATORY ENTRY: If you’re already a Groupon Member, share this post with your friends, asking them to join through this link. Using this link will give them $5 OFF a Groupon purchase through 11/3/10. So that you’ll get credit for the referral, your friends MUST post a comment below reading “[YOUR NAME] referred me to Pennywise Panache.”
  2. Earn an extra entry by subscribing to my RSS Feed. If you’re already subscribed, just leave a comment indicating that you’re a subscriber.
  3. Earn extra entries by tweeting about this giveaway daily. Tweet “Get $25 to spend at Groupon from Pennywise Panache! Please retweet!” Leave a comment that includes your Tweet Username for every day that you Tweet!

New Members

If you’ve never experienced Groupon, you’re in for a treat! Just join through this link, and you’ll automatically get $5 off any deal purchased between now and November 3, 2010! Trust me! You’re going to find something you can’t resist!

  1. MANDATORY ENTRY: Join Groupon by clicking here and you’ll receive $5 off a Groupon purchase between now and November 3, 2010. To confirm your membership, forward your Welcome E-mail from Groupon to before 11:59 PM ET on November 3, 2010.
  2. Earn an extra entry by subscribing to my RSS Feed. If you’re already subscribed, just leave a comment indicating that you’re a subscriber.
  3. Earn extra entries by tweeting about this giveaway daily. Tweet “Get $25 to spend at Groupon from Pennywise Panache! Please retweet!” Leave a comment that includes your Tweet Username for every day that you Tweet!

Contest ends November 3, 2010 at 11:59 PM ET. Two winners (one new Groupon member and one existing Groupon member) will be selected, using, to win a $20 Groupon Gift Card.

Here are the Groupon deals that are right in my backyard:

$40 for $100 Worth of Home Furnishings at Nadeau in Charleston!Nadeau characterizes its furniture as “with a soul” because it’s true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a double-domed glass-door cabinet ($284), or in a hefty, finely trimmed kitchen hutch ($410). Or, display a new moving picture box on a delicately polished TV stand/buffet ($500). Small console tables ($160) and storage chests ($224) come in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau’s ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables ($435–$548) and chairs ($80 each). Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.

All Nadeau products are built to last out of fine core woods such as teak, sheesham, and mahogany imported from India and Indonesia. Feel free to ask one of the friendly staff about the durability and elasticity of your item of choice; Nadeau’s crew is knowledgeable about products, eager to help customers navigate the expansive showroom, and willing to offer advice on home decorating and catapult construction.

The Details: Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per order. Must use in 1 visit. In-store only. Valid only at listed location. Tax not included. Not valid with other offers.

$7 for Two Admission Tickets and $4 Worth of Food Sample Tickets at the 2010 Charleston Mac Off ($14 Value)!For $7, today’s side deal gets you two admission tickets and $4 worth of food sample tickets at the 2010 Charleston Mac Off on November 12, a combined $14 value. Sample various mac and cheese recipes from 12 to 14 local restaurants ($1/sample). Live music provided by Fowler’s Mustache and The Diesel Brothers. Beer and wine available. A portion of the proceeds benefits Charleston Peace One Day, committed to reducing violence through conflict resolution.

$10 for $20 Worth of Pancakes, Eggs, Lunch Fare, and More at The Original Pancake House in Charlotte! Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1953, The Original Pancake House has since put local hungers to rest by using only the highest-quality ingredients such as Grade AA (93 score) butter, pure 36% whipping cream, and a secret spy-guarded sourdough starter recipe to craft each breakfast dish. The wide-ranging menu includes blueberry pancakes, light and lemony Dutch Babies, crepes, omelets, waffles, flapjacks, sandwiches, pastries, and more. The Original Pancake House offers a charming abode where butter and jam meld with lovingly lavish early morning fare to energize diners like an edible game of underwater field hockey.

The Details: Limit 3 per person/1 per table or 2 per table of 4 or more. Gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers.

$59 for Six Kettlebell Fundamental Classes at Advanced Training Concepts in Charlotte! For $59, today’s side deal gets you six kettlebell fundamental classes at Advanced Training Concepts (a $120 value). Through 6 hour and a half classes, learn the fundamentals of kettlebell training and lifting. Build muscle, burn fat, and increase flexibility with the help of trained, supportive instructors. Total-body kettlebell training has been used to treat poor posture, back pain, and shoulder instability.

The Details: Limit 1 per person to new clients only (18 years or older); may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required. Groupon is forfeited for no-show. Not valid toward fitness professionals or personal trainers. Must use all classes within 2 weeks of first.

$25 for $53 Worth of Skincare Products From Donell Super-Skin! Human faces experience a lifetime of wear and tear from gravity, driving into the wind, and pineapple-pie-eating contests. Today’s Groupon for skincare products from Donell Super-Skin helps you restore your cheeks’ original splendor. Donell Super-Skin’s dermis-strengthening goodies harness the pharmacological power of MCC (mucopolysaccharide cartilage complex), an active protein that’s long been used by plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and resilient cartoon characters to speed wound-healing time and renew skin. Products cater to human husks of every variety, whether in need of basic maintenance or specialized age-fighting, rosacea-zapping, or surgery-recovering care. Steroid-free products made from MCC are especially good for sensitive or allergy-prone skin. Peruse the long list of testimonials given by dermatologists and other medical professionals as your skincare products make their way through the mail system, dodging storks, paper planes, and liberated dust bunnies. Free shipping is included with every order.

The Details: Limit 2 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. Must use in 1 purchase.

$24 for a Seasonal Five-Month Membership at Spinner’s Resort & Marina ($60 Value)! For $24, today’s side deal gets you a seasonal membership to Spinner’s Resort & Marina in Leesville (a $60 value). Spinner’s is an 11-acre resort—including a marina and beach—on the shores of Lake Murray. Membership is valid for purchaser, spouse, and children younger than 21, plus three visits for guests (when accompanied by a member). Gain access to the main restaurant and visit the Sand Bar & Grille. Dock at members-only boat slips and enjoy free boat launching. Attend special events and parties at the resort. Receive a 10% discount on guest cottages. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. May pay difference to upgrade membership. Allowed up to 3 visits with a guest.

The Details: Limit 2 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. Must use in 1 purchase.

If Groupon is not in your city (you can find out with the little widget below), don’t worry! There are always several online deals every day that anyone can purchase, regardless of geography! Groupon hasn’t made it to my city yet, but I’ve taken advantage of some great deals and you can, too! Here are some of the ONLINE deals for November 3, 2010:

$45 for One 16″x20″ Gallery-Wrapped Canvas Including Shipping and Handling from Canvas on Demand ($126.95 Value) A wrapped canvas is a professional photorealistic reproduction printed on textured artist canvas and gallery wrapped around a sturdy 1.5″ edge. Upload your desired image and pass it off to Canvas on Demand’s image touch-up experts. They’ll make complimentary fixes, such as improving sharpness, balancing and enhancing the color, fine-tuning contrast, and removing suspiciously red eyes, before reproducing your image on a 16″x20″ canvas. Customers can also opt to mail in traditional prints; Canvas on Demand’s image magicians will make a high-resolution scan and return originals by mail—unless they’re baby photos, which are returned via stork.

With a wrap-around canvas, your new art will have a colorful edge, and it won’t need a frame. About a week from receipt of your initial submission, you’ll have your gallery-canvas print in hand, ready to hang with pride above any lonely fireplace in need of a non-imaginary friend.

The Details: Limit 1 per order. Holiday orders should be placed by 12/5 in order to ensure delivery. Not valid with other offers. Tax and shipping included.

$15 for $30 Worth of Personalized Children’s Clothing and Gifts at Makaboo!Children, who are born naked, must be immediately swaddled to prevent their “new baby” smell from wafting out windows and attracting feral Peter Pans. Seal in your offspring’s freshness with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of personalized children’s clothing and gifts from Makaboo, an online purveyor of custom textiles for kids. Shipping is not included with this deal; see the sidebar for rates.

As featured in People’s celebrity baby blog, Makaboo specializes in design-it-yourself clothing and gifts for babies and kids from such tried-and-true brands as Angel Dear, Bella Bliss, Kissy Kissy, and Swaddle Designs. Pillow pals ($29.99) provide a fuzzy companion, head supporter, and indoctrinator into the lifelong skill of spooning. A snuggly hoodie jacket ($49.99) makes an effective, colorful cocoon for darling human larvae when the weather gets nippy. Robes, blankets, bibs, and burps help parents attend to the various needs of their twee tater-tots with stylish aplomb. I’ve pictured all the items under $50 to give you some idea of what you can buy with this Groupon.

The Details: Limit 1 per person per order. Valid online only. Tax and shipping not included.

$15 for $30 Worth of Shirts and More at Donkey Tees!T-shirts are easy to get into, unlike college pottery courses or invisible mime boxes. Overcome comfort barriers with today’s Groupon to Donkey Tees. This purveyor of casual wearables offers a head-spinning selection of shirts, hoodies, and pajamas donning clever catchphrases and pop culture references. Donkey Tees’ online shop features a plethora of torso wrappers, including vintage, novelty, and Ohio-themed designs.

The Details: Limit 2 per person; may buy multiple as gifts. Not valid with other offers. Must use in 1 purchase.

$22 for a 24-Cookie Gift Box from Insomnia Cookies ($50 Value)!Insomnia Cookies began as a project to feed fresh-baked cookies to hungry college students who spend the wee hours studying, partying, or studying parties for an anthropology course. Cookie gift boxes can be shipped nationwide and store their baked bounty in a chocolate-brown box topped with a satin ribbon. Inside, your mother, father, or long-lost identical twin will discover 24 deliciously soft cookies in an assortment of signature flavors, which include chocolate chunk, snickerdoodle, white-chocolate macadamia, double-chocolate chunk, M&M, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter. Include a message in the complimentary greeting card, or leave it blank as a haunting memento to the delicious flavors words cannot express.

The Details: Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per order. Not valid for tin box. For delivery in December, must place order prior to December. Shipping and tax included.

$20 for $50 Worth of Holiday Cards, Canvas Prints, and Other Merchandise at! In business for nearly a century, the family-owned business specializes in a wide array of photography products. Using the latest digital printing equipment, the knowledgeable robo-staff can create high-quality digital prints from film, digital images, and more. They can turn images into a life-sized poster ($24.99–$59.99) or museum-worthy wrapped canvas print ($39.99 and up) to comfort and watch over the cat while you’re at work. Create your own cards, announcements, and invitations ($1.09 and up), or celebrate the season with photo-laden gifts such as mugs ($12.99–$19.99), T-shirts ($16.99–$24.99), and notepads ($12.99–$45). Holiday cards come in a variety of shapes and styles, including multi-image cards and folded cards ($1.39–$2.39).

The Details: Limit 1 per person, per order. Must use in 1 purchase. Tax and shipping not included.

$15 for $30 Worth of Soaps, Lotions, and Lip Balms from Firefly Essentials! Firefly Essentials delivers moisturizing products straight to your home; these products battle the itchy, red, and uncomfortable skin brought on by dry air and wintry weather. More than 25 varieties of handmade soaps are available—including bar blends ($4.75 per bar) such as coconut breeze, lemongrass, and cucumbery melon—that transform the body into a tasty treat for nocturnal, closet-dwelling trolls. Goat-milk-based body lotion will ensure sleek skin by wicking away spilled nacho cheese, while beeswax lip balms formulated with cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and tea-tree oil will soothe the mouth pillows after a season of chappage. Otherwise, opt for one of Firefly’s quick gift sets, like a four-pack of natural soaps tied in raffia cord ($19.50).

Skin is the anchor that keeps body organs from floating away like balloons. With Firefly Essential’s convenient mail-order delivery, you’ll be able to cleanse in style after a sudorific session of table tennis or Monday-night fight club.

The Details: Limit 2 per person. Does not include shipping.

$15 for $30 Worth of Customizable Skins for Smart Phones, iPhones, iPods, Laptops, eReaders, and More from GelaSkins!
Upon reaching secondary education, the students’ first task is to wrap and protect their sworn enemies: textbooks. Safeguard and stylize the things you actually care about with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of customizable skins for iPhones, iPods, laptops, gaming systems, and more from GelaSkins, an online hotspot of technological personalization. Though shipping is not free, the Groupon can be used toward shipping and tax is included.

Each skin features a durable, scratch-resistant coating. Skins are easily applied and removed using a non-gunky adhesive. The stylish and functional coatings turn any device into an enviable work of art. Browse the site to see if you have a device fit to be skinned alive. The total number of compatible unclothed machinery exceeds 100 and includes numerous phones, iPods and MP3 players, laptops, gaming consoles, and eReaders. As for the design itself, users have the option of browsing the gallery or uploading a custom masterpiece. Bedeck an iPhone with an army of all-seeing aliens ($14.95), a Zune HD with a graphic ink pond ($14.95), or a Wii with five dancing figures ($29.95). GelaSkins has even teamed up with a number of collaborators, including Marvel comics and National Geographic, to bring recognizable and professional imagery to the backside of your electronic sidekick.

The Details: Limit 1 per person. May buy 3 additional as gifts. Valid for “buy 3, get 1 free” offer. May use toward shipping. Must use in 1 order. Tax not included.

$35 for a “Big Wall Graphic” Panoramic Wall Mural from LTL Prints ($84 Value)!
Larger Than Life specializes in wall art that combines modern materials with state-of-the-art digital-production technologies. With today’s Groupon, you’ll receive one of its panoramic wall murals, 48 inches by 12 inches in size. Browse the selection of city- and landscapes and order online. Keep it American with skylines of Boston, Chicago, and New York, or roam far away with a sweeping low-angle shot of the Eiffel Tower against a golden sky. Tropical and mountain scenes are also available, along with a lone sunflower amidst lavender plants and a diner on Route 66. Think not on frames or complicated mounting procedures; all murals are printed on fabric paper using eco-solvent digital inks, and are designed to adhere to any kind of wall material without leaving residue or damaging the underlying surface. If you need to leave town because a band of renegade apiarists is dangerously close to discovering the galvanized-steel hive stocked with superbees in your neighbor’s backyard, simply peel the mural and go—it’s safe to remove and reapply up to 100 times.

LTL wall murals make great gifts for back-to-school decorating, birthdays, Burton Gilliam Day, or most any day. They’re also good for college-bound students headed for empty-walled dorms, as well as for spicing up sawdust-flavored office walls. All LTL wall graphics are made in the United States, printed on demand, and shipped within 48 hours. With today’s deal, shipping (normally $4) is absolutely free; if you need the shipping expedited, just choose to pay extra during checkout.

The Details: Limit 1 per order. Valid for panoramic wall mural only. Shipping included.

$25 for $75 Worth of Wine from Barclay’s Wine! For $25, today’s side deal gets you $75 worth of fine fermented grape juice from Barclay’s Wine, an online shop that will deliver directly to your home or office. Whether you are a certified oenophile or attempting to shed your Welch’s training wheels, Barclay’s Wine’s customer-friendly site will help you see, swirl, and sniff out sophisticated sippables that pair well with your palate. The virtual bottle boutique’s impressive selection is sortable by style, varietal, region, winery, or price range. Stockpile your cellar with multiple mouth pleasers sold for less than $15, such as the delightfully crisp 2008 Apex chardonnay ($12.95), which you can enjoy while whittling holes into a block of swiss cheese on the porch, and the 2008 Bridgman merlot ($12.95), well-suited for washing down hearty plates of pasta. Or use this Groupon to guiltlessly treat yourself to a bottle with a slightly higher price tag, such as the 2001 Viña Alicia cabernet sauvignon ($62.50) from Mendoza, Argentina, sporting notes of cedar, blueberry, and chocolate. You may also apply the value of this Groupon toward a sampler case or Barclay’s Wine Experience, which gets you 12 bottles, an automatic corkscrew set, and more for $129.95 plus shipping ($54.95 plus $19.95 shipping when you use your Groupon).

To ensure an easy shopping experience, Barclay’s provides thorough descriptions of each offered wine on its site. The site’s team of behind-the-scenes wine guys prides itself on bridging the gap between winemakers and consumers by providing an outlet for producers to share their stories, philosophies, and experiences. Snoop around the site to learn about the luscious liquids and their origins, and then have your favorite finds delivered to your home, office, or underground peanut-butter refinery just in time for drinking them.

The Details: Limit 1 per person. May buy 2 additional as gifts. New clients only. Must be 21 or older.

$15 for $35 Woth of Wise Desserts at Fancy Fortune Cookies!
Over the years, the Chinese fortune cookie has become so dry and tasteless that many diners prefer to eat the fortune instead. Today’s game-changing Groupon delivers a reversal of fortune (cookie): for $15, you get $35 worth of gourmet fortune cookies and personalized fortunes from Fancy Fortune Cookies. You can buy as many Groupons as you want but may only use one per order.

Having baked its delicate desserts of destiny for the celebrity likes of Oprah, Jackie Chan, and others, Fancy Fortune Cookies offers a handsome array of crack-openable creations like the chocolate-covered-raspberry fortune cookie ($1.15 each), chocolate-covered cookie ($1.10 each), and cherry-flavored cookie ($0.65 each). You can also make yourself feel tiny by ordering one-pound gigantic fortune cookies ($29.95+) and much more. Check out Fancy Fortune Cookies’ larger-than-normal-fortune-cookie-sized selection of flavors here. Best of all, you can customize your own fortunes in a variety of languages (including French, Spanish, and even Arabic, which likes to end its fortunes with “inshallah” rather than “in bed”). Besides doling out pithy prophecies, lines of love, and Dadaist declarations, you can also use your fortunes to promote your death-metal band or your new pushcart business.

The Details: Limit 1 per order. Shipping not included.

Now, I need your help . . . I’m told this great little Groupon widget above will default to your most appropriate city. I’d appreciate my readers letting me know that this widget works properly. If it does, then you can bookmark this page to find your daily Groupon deal.

Jewelry Beyond The Rack

It’s rare that I write a post about a single sale, but this one is worthy of serious attention. Today, Beyond the Rack is featuring one of my favorite jewelry collections. I own a couple of these pieces, and the pictures don’t any of them justice! I think of all my jewelry purchases from a sample sale, my selections from W/A Studios.

W/A Studios is not your typical fashion jewelry company. Steeped in the grand tradition of iconic leading ladies, W/A embodies the youthful, charming feminine spirits–Think of the glamour of Garbo, the sophistication of Sophia, the elegance of Jacque and the vibrant spirit of Audrey and you begin to understand the depth and complexity of their many varied collections.

Each creation by W/A Studios is distinctive in its originality, made with uncompromising passion, to be enjoyed by the woman who appreciates the attention to detail—for those who live for the moment and for whom style means more than following the trend in the endless array of magazines.

W/A offers cutting-edge designs for loyalists compelled to honor the tradition of classic luxury. Those enamored enough to pay tribute to the timeless dictates of individual, creative style will bask in the glow of hand-crafted artisanship, each style carefully conceived to showcase her individual spirit.

Prices in this sale range from $9 to $49. I’ve pictured a few of my favorites and the prices for the pieces pictured are outlined below:

  • Layered Gold-Tone Necklace ~ $29
  • Stun Silver-Tone Necklace (Also comes in Gold-Tone) ~ $19 (I have this piece and the beads are weighty and gorgeous!)
  • Stargazer Bracelet ~ $45
  • Glamour Earrings (These come in gold and silver) ~ $19
  • Capture Ring (Comes in Light Blue and Purple Setting ) ~ $25

The value of each piece of W/A jewelry rests not only with the form and fashion tucked within each alluring design, nor in the refinement and ingenuity that underpins each meticulously crafted item. No, the beauty and joy recognized in each piece is the whimsical spirit it possesses, the surprise it awakens with those who wear it and the promise of unrestrained elegance and joie de vivre that transcends description.

You’ll want to make your Christmas list for yourself and other jewelry lovers and check out the W/A Studios sale at Beyond the Rack. This sale ends Tuesday, Noon Eastern Time.

Last Day for FREE SHIPPING at HauteLook

Today’s HauteLook sale is filled with bargains. And FREE shipping makes it even more fun to shop!

NYC based fashion designer Josh Brody began showing his first collection to the public on the streets of Soho in the summer of 2005. The dresses quickly gained attention for their bright colors and vibrant prints. Before long they went from the streets of New York to being sold in the most exclusive boutiques on the east and west coast. Seven countries and hundreds of stores later, Josh Brody is still making his signature sexy pieces. His designs have been seen on A-list celebrities and can be found in high-end boutiques across the world. If you’re ever in New York and find yourself walking in Soho, you may still catch Josh himself showing off his latest collection. Prices start at $15!

At Agent18 we believe that innovative engineering should combine with cutting edge industrial design to create solutions that not only integrate seamlessly into everyday life, but enhance it. It is our goal to continuously launch products that are functional, stylish, and spark conversation. Our products are always constructed with the idea that there is a bigger picture involved. With that in mind, when you choose Agent18 you receive the protection you need paired with the (eco)sensibility you want. $7.95 and up for some really cute cases!

The words forever inked on his torso say it all. Julien Chambon is fashion’s “bad boy.” Those who meet the charismatic, hyper-kinetic, tattoo-covered designer today might not guess that he grew up among France’s fashion royalty. But that is just one of many paradoxes, and a piece of the puzzle that is Julien Chambon.
Julien earned his design stripes working under such giants as Ed Hardy and Christian Audigier, as well as on the teams at Von Dutch,Rock n Luck, A & G, Faith,Doodsky ,Raw7, Pure,Lord of Mercy, Poison Angel, Rebel Art, Rock Religion, and many others.

The designer’s new JULIEN CHAMBON line culls what he calls the best of his experiences and inspirations, combining rock n roll and chic, beading, mix of mad max and gladiator armor with unique fabric treatments, embelishments, and hand sewn beading. Prices start at $7 for leggings and $20 for tops and dresses!

The easy jersey dresses and separates from My Tribe will become welcome additions to your wardrobe in no time. Gathered seaming, ruching details, and flowy designs make them the perfect go-to, wearable from day to night, and versatile enough to take you from season to season. My Tribe’s designs are ideal for layering, wearable with a cardigan during the day for work, and paired with a cropped leather jacket and killer heels for night. No matter the occasion, My Tribe has the designs that you’ll want to wear time and time again. Love these looks for their fashion sense but most of all for their affordability–Prices start at just $10. You can get some great looks for under $20!

Since 1979, Intrada has been a pioneer in bringing the best of Italian Ceramics to the rest of the world. This year we are proud to present many exciting new Italian Dinnerware & Decorative Accessories, including the famous Italian Majolica, that are sure to delight the most discriminating tastes.

Every handmade creation reflects a fresh, colorful and sunny outlook that brightens any lifestyle. Those who enjoy fine food, great music and the beautiful things in life, “La Dolce Vita”, will especially appreciate these Italian artworks that transform the ordinary into the fanciful. Our handmade collections comprise of the most exquisite Italian Home Decor, Decorative Accessories, Italian Dinnerware & Tabletop found throughout Tuscany, Umbria, Deruta, Florence, Naples, Capodimonte & all the beautiful regions of Italy. Prices start at just $13.

Hurry! I wouldn’t want this Halloween treat of FREE shipping to run out on you! Offer expires at Midnight Eastern Time! Happy Halloween!

It’s Fun to Be Cattiwampus!

Cattiwampus: Askew, awry, off kilter–also known as life with kids! I love today’s deal from Plum District! Get $25 worth of unique, eco-friendly gifts for only $12 from Cattiwampus!

Cattiwampus specializes in finding unique and often handmade gifts that you won’t find everywhere else! Here’s just one example–

As a child, I loved keeping a diary and I’ve journaled most of my life. I still remember the first diary I ever had, and I thought it was a priceless treasure. Well, here’s a great way to introduce diaries to a little girl in your life. There are lots of other designs to choose from and they’re priced at just $11! So with today’s deal, you could buy two for the price of one with a bit of change to spare.

The mother-daughter team of Wendy and Sharon who founded Cattiwampus had the goal of offering in one place all the fantastic clothes (like this cute cowgirl tee for only $11), toys and more that they stumbled upon in shops from London to New York. Cattiwampus was launched to share all the great finds for parents and kids that they have uncovered over the years.

Founded in 2007, but years in the making, the site is a “best-of” list of their family favorites: tried and true products that have withstood the test of the kids in their homes. If they have kids, I’m sure they’ve tested out products like this little lunch box (also in many other styles) that sells for only $14!

I always shop a site before I share a deal because I want to make sure my readers are truly getting a bargain! Well, today’s Plum District deal is one I highly recommend. Cattiwampus will now be among my favorite shops to buy a unique baby gift or present for a special child in my life. When I find deals like this one, I always buy at least one. That way, I’m never without a baby gift since you can print out the vouchers and gift them like a gift certificate. The only downside of this deal is that you can only buy one :-( . But it’s okay because I’ll probably get two gifts with this $12. And you are allowed to use your voucher toward shipping and handling, so that’s a plus!

Here’s a peek at what’s coming up this week at Plum District.

  • Tuesday is your day to get yourself some great movie tickets! If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, this is also your day to stock up on cream puffs for your World Series party!
  • Wednesday be a book worm.
  • Thursday you’re going to love the gourmet cheese.


Now, thought Sunday, October 31st, HauteLook is pairing some spook-tacular savings with FREE SHIPPING! Today’s sale is a great time to start thinking about Christmas gifts or just treat yourself to something special . . .

And I am finding it hard not to treat myself at this amazing Fall Handbag Sale. Some would argue that a woman’s most important accessory is her handbag. Whether it’s small and held as a clutch or long and swung over the shoulder, the handbag is an essential accessory. Find Fall’s best styles during HauteLook Fall Handbag Event, featuring an enviable selection of wear-anywhere totes and embellished designs in versatile, supple leathers. Prices start at just $30 and go up to around $125. But what I found interesting is that I liked the less expensive bags better than the higher priced styles! Totally out of character for me! I’ve only pictured two that I liked, but there were so many more that were calling my name!

In 2002, Hazel Clothes arrived on the scene in Los Angeles and has quickly developed into an eclectic, European-inspired collection featuring 150 styles per season. The line is designed to reflect the ideology of the Hazel tree, possessing confidence and strength while retaining the utmost femininity. We are known for our novelty and ability to create authentic style by mixing luxurious fabrics together to create a palette of mixed media, often complimented by detailed beading or trims of metallic and lace. The attitude is fresh and fun, and styled to compliment denim or elegantly stand alone. Prices start at around $28.

Bedford Cottage/Kennebunk Home, based in New Hampshire, has been manufacturing stylish decorative throws with timeless designs since 1982. Bedford Cottage’s products tend to focus on sophisticated contemporary designs, while Kennebunk Home’s decorative throws feature beautiful patterns and textures from unique novelty yarns. Sheet sets come in a wide array of colors and thread counts that will satisfy even the most discerning customer. I found Queen Sized Sheet Sets (400 TC) for only $39.99! When you take advantage of the FREE SHIPPING, these linens are a real bargain!

Kee-Ka (a name inspired by the sweet babbling of infants) strives to deliver expressive, eco-chic apparel and gifts for the littlest and most significant people in your life. Born in Brooklyn, New York we’ve applied our signature designs and packaging to a growing range of lifestyle products, bringing only the softest organic cotton in contact with the sensitive skin of the children you love. Kee-Ka’s adorable designs and convenient packaging have earned the company a following among eco- and style-conscious consumers in the hippest places on earth and have even been spotted on HBO’s Sex in the City. Prices start at a teeny-tiny $7.99!

If you’re into cashmere (who isn’t?), save some money–and get FREE SHIPPING–at the Cullen Cashmere sale. There are some gorgeous pieces featured here and prices start at around $43. I just love this motorcycle zip cardigan!

When’s the last time you saw a cute dress for $17? Well, you have now! 555 has some of the cutest dresses, and they’re all under $30! With so many to choose from at such a great price–and FREE SHIPPING–you’ll want to buy more than one!

Home Goods

Snappy Tuna

Photo Trays are designed with a sturdy wood frame and handles. Each tray features four photo openings beneath a glass surface to personalize your dining experience. Cafe Tray measures 11 x 11 x 1.75 and holds four 4×4 photos. At only $13.36, this would make a great wedding present!

Looking for a little faith, hope and love? These petite handcrafted canisters from the GG Collection beautifully store coffees, teas, condiments or spices you reach for on a regular basis. Each ceramic canister is finished with cast-aluminum accents and fits nicely into a burnished metal rack. Lids are adorned with a cross (faith), a heart (love) and fleur de lis (hope) designs. Each canister measures 3.5″w x 3.5″d x 8″h. Overall measurement is 12.25″w x 4.5″d x 8″h. Canister set, handcrafted of ceramic and aluminum, consists of three ceramic canisters, lids and aluminum tray. $48 for the set!


This fireplace features a crisp ivory finish and elegant floral design across the top of the mantel. Fluted columns on either side of the firebox provide a unique element of design. FireGlo gel fireplaces nap and crackle like real wood. The package includes firebox, cement log, faux coal cinder, and screen kit. The best thing is that it emits no smoke odor, or ash. A wonderfully clean way to supplement your existing heat supply and save on energy consumption. This model sells for $296.99, but shipping is only $2.95!

Made by American Atelier, this Bianca bead dinnerware set features an elegant design. With a durable porcelain construction, this dinnerware set will look great for many meals. This 16-piece set is service for four and sells for $57.99. Other great designs in this sale!

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The Trump Home lighting reflects elegant design and classic appeal. Inspired by the mansions and historic properties of Donald J. Trump, the collections have been beautifully crafted with the finest materials with high attention to detail. Prices start at $85.

Beyond the Rack

Early’s of Witney is one of the oldest brands in Great Britain and their reputation for fine quality led to them being awarded a Royal Warrant which they still hold to this day. Their range of blankets use only the best materials woven to standards far exceeding normal industry ‘luxury’ standards. These blankets come in a wide range of beautiful designs, colors, and finishes. Made from Merino wool, pure new wool, cotton, and other fine fibers. For me, this is the perfect blanket because it’s lightweight and you don’t have to worry about the fuzzies! $45 for a double size.

Think of your favorite photo. Now imagine it supersized, stretched on canvas by seasoned pros, and delivered as a striking work of art, ready for hanging.

One Kings Lane, owned by one of the largest and oldest fine-art printers in the country, specializes in creative, unique works of art based on photos you provide. Your gift certificate from One Kings Lane entitles you (or your recipient) to an archival canvas that will last a lifetime without fading. It’s a wonderful way of turning a snapshot you love into a personalized work of art–and a memorable holiday gift! Prices start at $65. I just love these!

It’s almost a Western tradition to be lured into the age-old mysteries, legends and forms of the East. Founded in Bejing, Legends of Asia is synonymous with exceptional, high-quality, Asian influenced furniture, garden stools and antique reproductions, handmade to exacting standards by expert craftsmen. This collection beautifully fuses the time-honored beauty of traditional Asian art with modern-world living. I love this crackled Celadon vase and everything in this sale. Prices start at $119.

Wall Art To Educate & Inspire The Next Generation

Children Inspire Design’s uniquely intelligent, whimsical and eco-friendly wall art made them an instant jasmere success last summer. Artist Rebecca P is back, this time inviting you to explore her whole portfolio with stackable $40 vouchers. Stackable vouchers don’t come around every day, so this is an amazing bargain! Get $40 worth of this bright, whimsical & eco-friendly wall art designed to educate and inspire the next generation for just $19!

But wait! This price could drop! The more people who buy, the lower the price. Don’t be afraid to commit! If the price drops, you get the lower price since your credit card isn’t charged until the deal is over.

I shopped the site and found some really great things! This deal is perfect for a teacher who is ready to update her classroom. I love the English Country Animals at $22! Aren’t they quaint and adorable? I think they’d strike any child’s fancy!

And of course, what kindergarten classroom would be complete without a display of the alphabet? The art work on these is so pretty and will spiff up your classroom–or your child’s playroom–in no time! $32 for the entire set!

Because the jasmere vouchers are stackable, you can buy several and use them all in one purchase!

Get O List Jewelry at Half Price!

You’re going to love this save–$18 for $40 worth of stylish earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more from Shop the Look! With half-off these superb accessories from Eversave, you can share Oprah’s flair, without her billion-dollar bank account. You’ll want to buy more than one of these!

With Shop the Look every piece makes a simple outfit runway worthy. Want to give a neutral look a touch of color? Put on a purple jeweled bracelet ($18) to add a dash of panache. Give an office-ready ensemble a little attitude with a Rock n’ Roll stud bracelet ($18). Or turn a basic, black sweater into couture with a Layered Marrakesh necklace. I love this piece and it’s only $24!

Your daughter or granddaughter will feel like a princess with Shop the Look’s Disney collection. Choose from gifts such as the set of three stretch pearl Cinderella Bracelets. These precious little bracelets are only $18 and they are now among the gifts I’ll give my sweet little granddaughter. If she loves classic Disney stories like Peter Pan, have her heart aflutter with Tinkerbell Crystal Pave ($12) earrings. I can think of some big girls that would like these!

Whether you want to shop for holiday parties, or shop for holiday gifts, this jewelry turns any apparel into a fashion statement.

Here’s the fine print:

  • You may buy up to 5 Saves for family, friends, gifts or repeat purchases
  • Only one coupon code may be used per purchase
  • Get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $40

And there’s still time to get in on this great Eversave that’s just perfect for the magazine junkie! I know people who subscribe to at least a half dozen, so this deal is for them!

Pay only $12 for $26 worth of magazine subscriptions from Blue Dolphin! And when you join Eversave, you get an instant $5 credit which means this deal is only $7! The $7 you spend, depending on the magazine, can get you 2 subscriptions! In some cases, you can’t buy a single issue for that!

I’m thinking this save would make a great present for the people on your Christmas list who have everything. To spark your gift-giving creativity, here’s a list of the top 10 most popular magazine subscriptions from 2009 with their prices.

1. Reader’s Digest ~ $14.98
2. Better Homes and Gardens ~ $14.97
3. National Geographic ~ $34.00
4. Good Housekeeping ~ $7.97
5. Woman’s Day ~ $9.99
6. Family Circle ~ $14.97
7. Ladies’ Home Journal ~ $12.00
8. People Magazine ~ $116.07 (53 issues)
9. Prevention ~ $15.85
10. Time Magazine ~ $29.95

You can find all of these and more (My favorite, Southern Living, is $19.95) at!

Check out one more great save from Eversave . . . Get $40 worth of gourmet truffles, caramels, and more for only $18. I shopped this site and found lots of mouth-watering goodies for about $6. If you like to to stuff the stockings with something a little more upscale than a Reese Cup or Marshmallow Santa, these are perfect. My husband loves Truffles, and the flavors in this shop sound delectable!

Wear a Work of Art!

According to Oscar Wilde, “one should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” Designer Maria Argyropoulos puts the latter within reach with her handbag line, m.andonia. Continuing the family tradition of craftsmanship (her family opened a leather goods factory in Athens in 1936), Argyropoulous creates inventive yet highly functional arm candy.

Who says that a functional work case has to be boring? I love this iPad case at just $49! And it’s only at Swirl by Daily Candy!

While you’re browsing the Swirl sales, check out Sharon Segal’s eponymous basics collection, featuring perfect tanks and tees in vintage-like textures and fun colors.

And I’m sort of obsessed with brows! I notice them on people! With brows, there’s the natural look (Martin Scorcese) and the “natural look” (Brooke Shields). Brow guru Malynda Vigliotti specializes in the latter. Her West Village salon, Boom Boom Brow Bar, has been perfecting the peepers of New York women for years! And if you live in the area, you can buy a brow treatment at a discount or go DIY with a Boom Boom grooming kit. An entire kit is just $29!

Now’s the time to pull out those fall sweaters . . . or is it? Yesterday, it was almost 90 degrees here! I tried to dress for the season, but just because they’re called “sweaters,” does it mean they have to make you sweat profusely? Leave it to Shae to bring you knits expertly designed to be just as wearable as your ordinary garments. With lightweight textures, short sleeve construction, and silk paneling, you’ll stay cool. Of course, you’re also welcome to cozy up (and perspire, if you must) in the smart sweater jackets and cardis. Prices range from $39 to $59.

Bargain Basement Baby

Get some great bargains for your baby (doesn’t matter how old our children are, they’re still our babies, right?) at some of the sample sale sites. Remember, sample sales are for a limited time only, so hurry!

Beyond the Rack ~ Sale Starts 11 AM ET

If being a parent came with an instruction manual, we are sure it would include this multifunctional stroller from I’coo. Take your precious little one for a lovely walk around the city in this all-in-one stroller and pram, including universal car seat adaptor rain cover, safety harness, multiple position recliner, and reversible seat. Trust that your kid is sitting safely and securely in this high-quality piece.


They’re not too little for the big designs of this nursery decor and babywear. Caden Lane has every newborn need covered with these brightly patterned crib sets, plush car-seat covers, and hobo diaper bags. Crowns, guitars, birds, and robots are the all-over prints on these onesies, rompers, sleepers, and blankets from Pitty Shants. Together, these two brands offer a baby-gift bonanza. Prices start at a mere $13 for a whole lot of sweetness!

Parents, meet your secret weapon: This reading selection covers it all, from baby bump to the toddler years and everything in between. And there’s plenty here for you, too: Keeping track of special milestones is fun with these ready-made pregnancy and baby journals, and the books of decorative prints make sprucing up your home a snap. $11 and up.

There’s a reason Converse sneaks have staying power, and a glance at this sale reveals why. The classic shoe gets revamped with kid-friendly touches like colorful stripes, rainbow hues, and sparkles. And tots will love the easy fit of the lace-less and Velcro styles. Prices start at $18.

Fire up your child’s imagination with these lively and charming wall decals. Let them doodle on the wall with chalkboard wall stickers, or brighten your tot’s room with colorful deer wall graphics. Best of all, they can be rearranged and repurposed in the blink of an eye—perfect for the indecisive decorator—and they leave nary a mark. $3 and up.


Bebe Bella Designs is the creation of founder Melissa Coffin. The company name is a combined adaptation of the French expression for a newborn child, “bebe,” and the Italian “bella,” denoting beauty. Originally born from the repeated suggestion of selling the generously sized receiving blankets Melissa had given as gifts, Bebe Bella Designs continues to grow around the “feel of fashion.” All Bebe Bella products are made from the finest minky chenille fabrics to ensure that wonderful feeling of luxurious comfort. Their design selection has something for everyone: those who want simple elegance, the latest trends, and everything in between.

Puma Boys & Girls is a hip and cool active wear line with a lifestyle sportswear influence. Its broad crossover appeal offers a true sense of style and is designed with attitude for today’s savvy generation. Puma Kids is a brand that has become a fixture among fashion conscious kids. This little track suit is $14.99.


Let the fun begin by getting your girls some show-stopping shoes by Wanted, a premier footwear brand known for its bouncy designs, trendy color stories, and comfortable constructions. Taking to heart their self-proclaimed “passion for fashion,” the designers at Wanted please the eye and tickle the imagination with creations that are stylish, edgy, and maybe even slightly rebellious. So whether it’s a new flats for chic comfort or cool boots to kick things up a notch, there’s a perfect pair right here that will have your trend-loving kids taking center stage. Prices start at $19.

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Kidorable is a USA brand that specializes in children’s rainwear products. Established in 1997 in Chicago by two creative entrepreneurs who saw a potential for funky kids rainwear line. Over the years the company evolved and added more products to their line that became known and today are carried by many quality children’s stores. The company offers a whole range of quality rain gear products that embellishes characters that children like and are anxious to wear. Every season, new line of Kidorable products is added to already extensive offer. We are happy to carry Kidorable products in our stores and highly recommend them to our customers. Lots of cute things in this sale and most are under $15 with prices starting at $5.

Made from the highest quality of cotton, the Luca Charles line by My Blankee is sure to provide the best comfort for your baby. All the clothes are extremely soft to the touch and are the sweetest colors. Designer Serge Soussan named the line after his son Luca Charles, who was diagnosed with asthma and the skin condition eczema shortly after his birth in 2002. Serge, who has been in the textile and garment business for over 20 years, was inspired to develop a line of hypoallergenic fabrics to accommodate Luca and others who share the same condition. Prices start at $12.


Cozy, colorful and fun, BeePOSH™ plush animals features unique and funky designs that your kids will love! These soft toys are so adorable and many are under $5.

The Mini Social

Sophie Catalou is designed by stylists in Barcelona who create unique imaginative and cosmopolitan looks for the little ones. Baby, boys and girls collections feature premium cotton fabrications and knits, exclusive prints and yarn dyes. These coordinated sportswear collections are divided into two labels: Sophie Catalou Baby (0-24M) and Girl (12M-12 years) and Kartoons Kataloons Boys (12M-6years). Both collections feature premium 100% cotton fabrications and knits, innovative print, dyeing and techniques. All prints and yarn dyed patterns are exclusive to Sophie Catalou. All our garments are specially treated to achieve maximum softness, comfort and easy care.


Twirls & Twigs is inspired by spins in the sand, prairie pirouettes, and leaps by the lake. Creator Shawna Dalton started this delightful line to combine her love for nature with her fashion industry background. Twirls & Twigs repurposes leftover designer fabric, so styles may vary slightly in color and pattern. We love that these designs are as playful and whimsical as they are eco-friendly. $19.99 and up.

Attention: shoe lovers! From Baby to Big Girl, the current zulily L’Amour Shoes sale event offers adorable styles for every little lady. Choose from Mary Janes, moccasins, party shoes, and more in a variety of high-quality materials like nubuck and fine leather. You’re sure to find somethin’ cute! Everything from L’Amour is constructed to last, too. Prices start at $17.99. I am so in love with these little Mary Janes!

Great Britain’s Le Toy Van designs and creates beautiful painted wooden toys to encourage real learning through creative play. All of the toys are ethically made with a focus on natural materials. Papo makes delightful figures that are scaled to use with Le Toy Van sets. In the current zulily event, you’ll find castles, knights, a full play kitchen, a safari set, animals, a helicopter and lots more. I love this little toy farm for $17.99.

Don’t let the season leave your little ones in a shiver. Bundle them up in these darling snowsuits by Pink Platinum and iXtreme. Whether they’re going sledding, starting a snowball fight, or building a snowman, these sets are essential for creating their very own winter wonderland. They might look like a marshmallow, but their rosy little cheeks will thank you later. Only $29.99.

Maybe her favorite color is yellow. Maybe it’s purple. For sure, one of her favorite brands is pinqe! With European flair and incredible quality, pinqe makes clothes your little girl is sure to love. The current zulily event features items solo and in sets.These darling pieces will work well on their own or mixed and matched across the seasons. Prices start at just $9.99.

For more than twenty-six years, Crocodile Creek has been creating thoughtful, beautifully designed toys and products for kids. The family-owned company was founded by brothers Mel and Steve Brown. We love their whimsy, and that everything is PVC and phthalate free. The current zulily Crocodile Creek event features lunchboxes, BPA-free bottles, playballs, puzzles and bibs. I love this T-Rex ball! And you’ll love the prices–everything in this sale is under $8!

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