Today’s Plum Deal

This is one of the best Plum District deals I’ve seen to date! There’s something that every woman would love on this site. In today’s Plum District, you can buy $50 Worth of Any Merchandise on www.shopzoolu.com for only $25. There’s a limit to two vouchers per customer–you can buy one for yourself and a second voucher as a gift. The voucher cannot be used toward shipping or sales tax, but these extras are so worth what you can get with this voucher! Let me tell you a little about Zoolou . . .

Your days of marathon boutique-hopping have been put on hiatus until the family’s calendar is no longer triple-booked, but with Zoolu! you can still enjoy the choice selection and friendly service of the boutique experience–while stocking up on everything you need for the baby and yourself.

Featuring top name-brands such as Petunia Pickle Bottom, Melissa and Doug (look at these cute flashlights for $12.95), aden + anais, Moby Wrap, phil&teds, and many more, Zoolu! combines the “One-Stop Shop” convenience of big-box stores and online shopping with the superior selection and welcoming feel of a small boutique.

Founded by a mother-daughter team with backgrounds in school teaching and childbirth education, Zoolu! has a natural knack for supplying high-quality items for both moms and babies. There are plenty of goodies for the kids–everything from baby carriers and booster chairs to educational toys, swaddling blankets and personalized outfits. And speaking of outfits . . . isn’t this Christmas sweater just precious? It’s $26.25 by Mudpie!

The “Mommy Boutique” offers products for hostess gifts, birthday gifts, and the home. Look at this great Hugs and Kisses Necklace for only $29.95! (think monogrammed stationery, gourmet food, and seasonal decor) plus plenty of treats just for you, like personalized stampers, jewelry, and flirty designer aprons.

I love this boutique and I love that it’s available through Plum District today! You may never go back to boutique hopping again after you explore Zoolou!

Can’t Even Give Stuff Away!

What’s up with the giveaways, folks? I’ve got several contests going on right now and nobody is entering! It’s FREE STUFF!! And it’s GOOD STUFF!

Let me recap the current giveaways and maybe if they’re all in one place, you’ll be a little more inclined to enter.

BREAST CANCER PROMOTIONS & GIVEAWAYS

What’s Your Most Embarrassing Moment?

What’s your most embarrassing moment involving the breast? It can be your breast or someone elses (be sure you ask permission before you tell their story).

I shared a story of my own–click here to read it. And then I asked Facebook fans to post their own stories. Two people posted, but nobody voted! I can’t pick a winner unless you vote! Here are the stories:

Story #1~Susan B.

One night, years ago, two girlfriends and myself went out for drinks at a bar/night club. My two gorgeous girlfriends ended up meeting two cute guys as they sat on stools at the bar. All of a sudden, one of my girlfriends jumped up, grabbed myself and other friend and said, “We have to go to the bathroom now!” When we got into the bathroom, she said, “Oh my gosh, I was sitting there talking to that guy and my “boob” fell on to the floor.” And he looked down where it landed and yelled, “What the heck is that?”

She then holds out her hand with her “chicken cutlet” style breast enhancer in it to show us. My other girlfriend turns to us and says, “We’re gonna have to get out of here because the guy I was talking to keeps running his hand through my hair and my extensions are gonna fall out at any moment, too!!!!”

Story #2~Life’s a Gift
My most embarrassing moment was a couple months after my oldest had been born. We were were stationed at Hickam AFB at the time & it was our first visit back to the beach. I squeezed into my old bikini and slipped a skimpy one piece cover-up over it. When we arrived at the beach, my friends invited me into the water to try my hand at boogie boarding…bad idea! A huge wave hit me and my bikini top popped open and I popped out! I was frantically trying to cover myself with my skimpy cover-up and looking towards my hubby for help…expecting him to come running with a towel…didn’t happen! He sat on the beach with our newborn just shaking his head! LOL! I am a very modest person & will remember that day forever!! :)

Since the only people who have voted for the stories are the authors and myself, I’m going to run this contest through Friday to give fans an opportunity to vote and to submit their own stories. The person who gets the most “Likes” wins a pink pashmina from RSH Catalog (compliments of Pennywise Panache).

NEW! Join Rue La La to WIN a Ruccini Brooch

Rue La La is one of my favorites among the sample sales. Right now, they’re running a promotion for new members. Join and you get $20 to spend toward your first purchase!

To be entered in the contest to win the brooch, all you have to do is join Rue La La. Not only are you entered in the giveaway for the Ruccini Brooch, but you get $20 toward your first purchase at Rue La La! Even if you don’t win the brooch, you’ve got $20 to spend on something at Rue La La’s great sales.

Here’s a sampling of today’s sales at Rue La La:

Yummie Tummie is a modern body contouring shaper. Your Yummie Tummie is meant to be seen while secretly slimming your mid-section and camouflaging visible lumps and bumps! Unlike most shapewear that compress your bust and roll up, the Yummie Tummies’ cotton bust and hip panels appear to the outsider as a normal tank top; meanwhile the secret midsection panel is smoothing and shaping your middle, eliminating approximately five pounds off your appearance.

Yummie Tummie is the first body shaper garment that is top oriented and designed to be worn each and every day as a foundation or layering piece. The effects of Yummie Tummie are dramatic for the wearer, both physically and mentally. Yummie Tummie will give you a boost of confidence! It is extra long in the body so it provides coverage as you bend and move. These shapers come in lots of styles and range in size from X-small to 3X. Prices range from $29 to $35.

Designing jewelry that is both fashionable and classic, Janice Giraldi blends modern flair and ancient drama into striking combinations of precious metals, gemstones and freshwater pearls. I love jewelry and it was hard for me to find a piece I didn’t like in this collection. The earrings pictured are $39 and the ring is only $49.

OTHER GIVEAWAYS

Groupon Giveaway

Now through Wednesday, October 20th, every 5th person who joins Groupon will get $20 credited to their account to spend whenever and however they choose. Groupon is also giving $5 to new members who join by November 4th!

To be eligible for the GIVEAWAY:
1) Click here to join Groupon and get $5 credited to your account.
2) Once you’ve joined, select the city closest to you, indicating that you wish to receive the daily email for that city.
3) Once Groupon confirms your membership, forward the confirmation email to contact@pennywisepanache.com.
4) Once you’re joined, click here to go to my Facebook wall. Leave a post that reads “I joined Groupon!”

I’ll determine every 5th new member by the time stamp on the email.

Reisenthal Market Tote Giveaway Sponsored by Nicole Jane Home

Read all about this giveaway and the details for entering by clicking here. This tote is valued at $49.95 and I love mine!

Wild Dunes Resort for $79 per Night!

These days, there are sample sites for just about everything, including travel. Here’s a great find from one of the newer sites called Snique Away.

Who doesn’t love the ocean and the city of Charleston? Experience them both with this great package to Wild Dune Resort on the beautiful Isle of Palms.

The Boardwalk Inn Deluxe Room starts at $79 per night. This room is 410 square feet and you can reserve it with a King Bed or two Queen Beds. There’s also a pull-out sleeper sofa, so you can sleep up to four in the room. The room has a balcony and you’ll have a beautiful view of the Grand Pavilion and be close to the ocean.

If you opt for The Village Two Bedroom Suite (accommodates up to 8 people), your Snique Away accommodations give you 1,350 square feet with 2 King Beds or a King and 2 Twin Beds, a full kitchen and formal dining room, oversized windows, three TVs with cable and a DVD player, as well as direct access to the Grand Pavilion and balcony views. Even though you’re not inside a hotel, you still have bell service and trash and towel service. There’s also a garage. The Village Suite starts at $149 per night.

If you’re interested in knowing more about Snique Away or the Wild Dune Package, click here. As with all sample sites, membership is required, but it’s free and you’re under no obligation to buy anything, ever!

My son is coming home from Afghanistan in a few weeks, and I think I’ll suggest this as a nice get-away for him and his sweetie!

This sale ends in 6 days, so hurry to take advantage of a great deal on a fabulous destination!

Save $10 on Children’s Fashions at HauteLook

Most of you must think I’m a SAHM because of my love for children’s fashions. But I’m not! I’m a grandmother (or GrandMartha as my grandchildren call me). As a result, I just love shopping the children’s sales and sharing them with my readers. I found a $10 off coupon for HauteLook today, as well as some good buys there, so I’m a happy granny!

hype is a young lifestyle brand based around today’s fashionable girls. hype girls takes fun prints and textured fabrics and creates a younger line designed specifically for the girl that wants to look unique. The designs include fashions made of jersey, cotton voile and high quality fabrics that feel good to the touch and look great. What makes hype special is the prints and embroideries that give each piece a unique look.

The hype girls line comes in size 4-6X as well as 7-16. Isn’t this a precious little dress? It’s only $20 and I’ve got a COUPON CODE for $10 OFF! Enter ENJOY10OFF at checkout when you shop HauteLook!

Also, check out the San Diego Hat Co. sale! During a trip to Bali, where founders Teresa Gardner and Andrew Bleecher found their first hat design, the concept for San Diego Hat Co. was born! These hats are adorable and you’ll find something for every season at prices worthy of a hat tip!

My favorite is this pink Cowgirl Hat that sells for just $8.99. Use your Coupon Code and get one of these hats FREE! Enter ENJOY10OFF at checkout!

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I can’t wait to hear your stories on your latest Groupon! Trust me! You’re gonna love it!

Power In Numbers ~ Best in Social Shopping Deals

Plum District

$25 for $50 of Baby Apparel, Blankets and More from Momo Baby Gifts ~ Orange County This deal is reasonable based on what I saw on the site.
One of the cutest things is three create-your-own shirts for $42. So when you buy this deal, instead of spending $42, it would only cost you $25. Shipping charges can be covered with the voucher, so I think getting 3 shirts plus shipping for $25–customized to say whatever you want–is a good deal. This deal is limited to one per person.
$30 for $60 Worth of Apparel from johnnie-O

Groupon

$12 for $25 Worth of Custom Nutrition Bars, Shakes, Trail Mix, and More from You Bar ~ Albuquerque

$25 for $50 Worth of Customized T-shirts and Gifts from CafePress ~ Austin

$17 for $35 Worth of Personalized Apparel, Gifts, and More at The Initial Baby ~ Birmingham

$15 for $30 Worth of Customizable Skins for Smart Phones, iPhones, iPods, Laptops, eReaders, and More from GelaSkins ~ Boise

$45 for One 16″x20″ Gallery-Wrapped Canvas, Including Shipping and Handling, from Canvas on Demand ~ Boston

$20 for $40 Worth of Gourmet Gift Baskets and More from Igourmet.com ~ Buffalo

$25 for $50 Worth of Customizable Gifts from Zazzle.com ~ Fort Wayne

$35 for $115 Worth of Keepsake Books from Photobook America ~ Memphis

$10 for $20 Worth of Everyday Essentials from Soap.com ~ New York City

$10 for Any Videotape-to-DVD Conversion at Creative Photo Video, Inc. ($21 Value) ~ Oklahoma City

$25 for $75 Worth of Wine from Wine Insiders’ Online Store ~ Omaha

$20 for $40 Worth of Gourmet Brownie and Cookie Gifts from Fairytale Brownies ~ Philadelphia

$35 for $100 Worth of Photo Books, Cards, and Calendars at Picaboo ~ San Diego


$7 for One-Dozen Cake Balls from Cake Balls by Friends ($15 Value) ~ Tulsa

Living Social

Personalized Canvas Print: 11×14 ($28) or 16×20 ($39) from MyPix2Canvas ~ Baton Rouge

16-Page Hardcover Book of Photos Converted From Facebook, Flickr, and Digital Uploads, $10 From Pixable ($30 value) ~ Southern Connecticut, Family Edition

Eversave

$15 for eco-friendly flip flops with free shipping ($30 value)
$20 for $40 worth of eco-friendly water bottles and accessories from EcoUsable.com

And here’s another bargain in the form of a coupon code . . . Save 15% on your next 77Kids order by signing up for their newsletter here.

Weekend WOW!

Editor’s Closet

Before concentrating strictly on her shoe designs, French shoe designer Alexandra Neel was a ballerina at the Paris Opera, then she continued her career by working for big fashion names like Nina Ricci, Balenciaga or Celine. In 2001, she released the historical pair of corset heel stilettos which made her famous overnight. These shoes were so impressive and so iconic, that her name was on the lips of fashionistas. Since then, Alexandra Neel uses her dancing experience as a primarily inspiration for her designs. Alexandra Neel shoes are for woman who desire quality and sophistication for their precious feet. Prices start at $179.

D’Exterior is an Italian luxury label that specializes in creating the perfect pieces for the contemporary wardrobe. Designs cater to the sophisticated, modern life style that encompasses various demanding roles. Offering glamorous yet wearable occasion-wear, stylish separates and fabulous knitwear, this label has a loyal following across many continents. Prices start at $85.

Eziba

Warm up your wardrobe with plush cashmere accessories. From gloves and hats to scarves and mufflers, these posh cashmere pieces give frosty weather the cold shoulder. Elegantly detailed and richly knit, these cashmere accessories become wardrobe essentials when there’s a chill in the air. Cozy up to lavish luxury with warm cashmere from Oliver & James. $22.99 and up.

Let nature’s splendor encompass your look. From classic white to shimmering golds and pinks, this jewelry is set aglow by the natural luster of pearls. This stunning jewelry collection is full of stand-alone statement pieces that can also be layered for a trendy effect. Shimmering around your wrist, dangling from necklaces and earrings, the iridescent hues of the ocean’s gemstone is purely enchanting. Prices start at $65.99.

Gilt

A mastery of new- and old-world design, an Eastern-inspired aesthetic and a penchant for the bold have earned jewelry designer Amrita Singh awards and a flurry of international acclaim. You’ll become a fan, too, when you check out this stunning selection. Bangles come in sets ranging from an understated four to a bold 36. And colorful, chunky baubles are nestled in oversize earrings, rings and necklaces that are truly one of a kind. Prices start at just $30.
Denim in the morning, denim in the evening, denim all weekend long. And why not? When they’re styled by some of the biggest brands in the business, true blues look fashionable around the clock. Jeans queens, scoop up bootcuts by James Jeans, wide-leg styles by AG Adriano Goldschmied, skinnies by Habitual, and more. Prices start at $35 in this sale filled with fabulous selections.

All that glitters is gold—and silver, sequined, beaded, python and more. This selection of dresses, separates, jewelry, shoes and home accessories are full-on glam. Opt for metallic footwear and glittering jewelry, or choose from show-stopping frocks, from the mini to the floor-sweeping. And accessories—for you and the home—are anything but an afterthought, with a stunning crop of luxe totes, sleek shades, and even a 24kt gold vase. $39 and up.

Filmy fabrics, rows of ruffles and luxe lace—Los Angeles-based designer Michele Dahan’s romantic interpretations have re-imagined the basics, and style icons have noticed. Choose from our dreamy selection of lingerie-style tunics and tanks, breezy cardigans and thigh-grazing dresses for style that has bedroom eyes. Prices start at $49.

Nature-inspired baubles from Eddera (one of Rachel Zoe’s favorite young lines) join bold, hand-cut gems by Monica Vinader for a lush assortment you won’t be able to resist. Opt for rings and bangles in gold vermeil with hand-cut semiprecious stones and filigree bracelets and hoop earrings with faceted quartz drops. Or choose from bevy of delicately sculpted leaves, flowers, vines and birds—from cuffs to pendants to earrings, these whimsical pieces make for coveted adornments. Prices range from $55 to $130.

NEW Gilt Sales Starting at Noon ET
Warm wool, cozy down, and plush fleece are the stars in this cold-weather crop. Oakley’s casual down vests and lightweight cotton knit hoodies are joined by 66 North’s selection of zip-up fleece jackets in a range of shades from bright orange to basic black. Comfort never looked so good.

Stay on track with this sporty selection from three brands at the top of their game. New Balance offers up a full range, from colorful everyday styles to running sneakers to hiking boots. And runners will hit their stride in Saucony’s sneaks, light in weight but heavy on style and support.

GlamList

TOTAL LOOK GRAPHIC with lots of styles: chic, bohemian, retro, casual and a little taste of baroque. This Abbine Black and White Dress is so trendy. Sells for $71.

ideeli

From home, to work, to play, modern women have to be ready for anything—and that includes having a wardrobe that’s also at-the-ready. Enter Kenneth Cole, a designer with as much business acumen as creative talent. Cole understands that ingenuity is the key to a contemporary look, and that a little confidence goes a long way. That’s why his signature playful cool has cornered the market on clever yet crucial details that turn everyday pieces into eye-catching creations. Smart, intuitive, and eternally stylish, Kenneth Cole demonstrates that sometimes a man knows what women want just as much as they do. I love this tweed boyfriend coat ($89). Prices start at $49.

Kenneth Cole understands that ingenuity is the key to a contemporary look, and that a little confidence goes a long way. That’s why his signature playful cool has cornered the market on clever yet crucial details that turn everyday pieces into eye-catching creations. This Kenneth Cole jewelry sale highlights the designer’s signature playful cool in baubles that have all the right details and project total assuredness. Smart, intuitive, and eternally stylish, Kenneth Cole demonstrates that sometimes a man knows what women want just as much as they do. Prices range from $12 to $32.

To the woman on the hunt for a versatile handbag, the chase is over once you’ve just spotted the golden fox insignia of an Emma Fox bag. Created by Susan Torrison, who was raised in upstate New York, Emma Fox handbags are inspired by old-world decorative art traditions that lends a sense of timeless, rustic luxury. With fine detail in the hardware and linings of these styles, Emma Fox handbags are crafted from the finest saddle-quality pebble leathers. These classic town and country bags are perfect for life on the go in the city or relaxing in a casual weekend setting. I’m crazy about these bags! Prices range from $49 to $119.

With their mod prints and clean silhouettes, it’s safe to assume that Julie Brown’s striking dresses will make quite the impact at your next big gathering. Their retro feel couldn’t be more authentic, as the label’s New York-based designer of the same name carefully sources vintage material, re-colors the geometric patterns, then casts them onto a series of delicate fabrics like charmeuse, chiffon, and silk jersey. The result is a series of frocks that conjure up the insouciant glamour of days gone by, when dressing for cocktails was a fabulous affair and jeans were a fabric reserved strictly for the boys. $65 to $79.

When Sherry Cassin designs, she designs from a place of experience. Two decades of experience as a luxury buyer turned out to be invaluable experience for founding Illusion by Sherry Cassin, the label she created to bring designer details and gorgeous shapes to easy, comfortable clothes. Cassin describes her lines as “where fashion meets comfort,” and never more so than in her cold-weather accessories, especially these on-trend, leopard print faux fur pieces. You’ll feel her experience and her guiding hand in every one—and that’s no Illusion. The scarf sells for $39 and the vest is $69. I love these pieces!

Nothing—but nothing—screams luxury like cashmere. And with cooler temperatures approaching, what better way to treat yourself than with one of Emma & Ivy’s fabulously indulgent knits? As summer turns to fall, the punkish studded dress and sixties chic cowl neck sweater will become your go-to pieces. And with the collegiate trend still going strong, Emma & Ivy’s wares will let you snag one of the season’s most popular items: the cardigan, given a stylish twist with ethereal bell sleeves, or delicate, feminine ruching. Prices range from $79 to $109—quite a bargain for cashmere!

Going green—it’s not just for hippies. We all need to do our part to reduce our ecological footprints and be more environmentally friendly. We all say we want that until we have to comprise style to do it. That’s where SoCal’s Make Love Not Trash comes in. Their ethos is simple: lessen their environmental impact, donate to green causes, and make some great bags while they’re at it. They insist on sustainable materials, non-toxic inks, and donate to grassroots eco causes. But looking at their Safari collection, in tasteful, on-trend neutrals, from oversized draped hobo bags to take-anywhere cosmetic cases, your first thought isn’t “green.” It’s “chic.” Prices range from $19 to $89.

Out of pain often comes enlightenment. That was the case for David Eber of Samtosa Clothing. In 2003, Eber was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis—but at the same time, he channeled his pain to become fully committed to a yoga practice. The fruit of that commitment is Samtosa, Sanskrit for “contentment.” The label’s eco-friendly garb, made of 100% organic cotton and bamboo, is perfect for honing your vinyasa practice with stylish, easy-to-move in shapes and gorgeous, naturally-inspired colors. As if that wasn’t enough to make you content, it’s sold for a good cause, too: Samtosa also donates to the International Organization for Adolescents, a nonprofit that works to combat child exploitation, trafficking, and slavery worldwide. Prices range from $22 to $36.

You have a stack of jeans, two drawers full of T-shirts, and at least a dozen hoodies. But sure enough, every morning when you go to get dressed you reach for the same jeans, T-shirt, and hoodie time and time again. Something about the fit is just so perfect. Well, that’s the reaction Superdry clothes get every single time. The British brand mixes Japanese technicality with a rugged sense of Americana to create a collection of just-right basics you’ll want in constant rotation: tees, polo shirts, and a handful of button-downs, too. Buy multiples—come laundry day you’ll be thankful for the back-ups. Prices range from $15 to $38.

NEW ideeli Sales Starting at 11 AM ET The term dynasty isn’t often applied to fashion houses these days. But there is no more appropriate word to define the all-commanding fashion label that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana started in 1985. Dolce & Gabbana has become synonymous with sex appeal, sensuality, and a sharp-edged sophistication. The knockout couture of choice for fearless dressers everywhere, invest In one of these timelessly chic pieces and you’ll need both hands to count the number of head turns you get on the street. Prices start at $69.

Roberto Cavalli lives and breathes luxury: from his lavish villa in Tuscany to the A-listers he dresses (and calls friends). Everything in Cavalli’s life is fabulous—especially his designs. Each item he creates captures his luxe lifestyle, and Roberto Cavalli watches are no exception. Incorporating the signature Cavalli attention to vibrant colors and metal accents, each timepiece is poised to instantly up your chic quotient, and provides superior functionality. And lest we forget from whom these watches hail, there is also a dose of playfulness that speaks to Cavalli’s celebration of la dolce vita. Simply put, to wear Roberto Cavalli is to feel as if you have arrived. Prices start at $125.

The perfect occasion requires the perfect dress, which is why ideeli has assembled a whole slew of them in today’s sales. Whether you’re headed on a first date or to your best friend’s wedding, now’s the time to re-stock your dress arsenal. From BCBGMAXAZRIA’s bright wraps to Jessica Simpson’s figure-hugging frocks to Leola Couture’s strapless bubble dresses, these are the styles you wish you owned every time you stare into your closet and lament about having nothing to wear. You’ll see bright sheaths from Calvin Klein’s to flirty frocks by Marc New York (and so many more. Don’t be shy: The right dress can make-or break-your day (or night), so take advantage of the great price and selection NOW! Between these two sales, there are almost 600 dresses! Prices start at a measly $6! The red one pictured is only $22! I can’t even tell you how many dresses I saw in this sale that were less than $20!

There’s a third dress sale that is strictly evening wear. I saw fabulous styles from Badgley Mischka’s elegant gowns to Kay Unger’s party frocks to Laundry’s flirty minis. Prices are $22 to $179 for evening wear.

My design philosophy is simple,” says Lovely People designer Patty Kerrigan. “I make cute, fashion-forward styles.” Truer words were never spoken, and lovely ladies will love Lovely People’s fun and feminine footwear. With bold hardware, whimsical details, and eye-catching materials, Lovely People’s shoes are fashioned to add a dose of flirty flair to your wardrobe. Whether you’re in need of boots, pumps, or Oxfords, Lovely People has a pair (or two!) for you. Kerrigan’s love of shoes inspires her to create something amazing for the everyday woman and, lucky for us, that “something” is a collection of comfortable shoes that are simultaneously playful and sophisticated. Prices start at $39!

Fall’s first cold snaps have reared their fierce little heads, sending all of us scrambling for cozy cardigans and smart little coats. But we’ll happily swaddle ourselves in those extra layers when they come courtesy of Tulle, who makes bundling up extra sweet and chic. Blending contemporary, of-the-moment cool with the best in vintage inspiration—think Victorian-meets-Swinging London—these romantic pieces from Tulle have just the right amount of edge. Whether it’s the season’s must-have velvet dresses, a demure peasant blouse layered under a preppy cardigan or a modern, architectural sweater cape, Tulle will have you ready to embrace fall with all its crisp, cool weather glory. Prices start at $18.

Modnique

Sledge USA creates clothing for fashion-forward, young contemporary and junior women. As the brand continues to grow, the company’s vision remains the same; to provide high quality and high style garments to consumers. Committed to designing with both style and comfort in mind, Sledge USA selects the finest cotton and pays crucial attention to construction and fit. $22 to $26.

This High Quality Jewelry is all well made and designed by an elite group of trendsetting designers. It is made with a great attention to detail and quality in order to deliver to you a long lasting and eye-catching product. The 5-star symbol identifies this product to be exceptional in gem quality and craftsmanship, similar to product found in high end retailers and e-tailers. The piece pictured is has the 5-star symbol and sells for $145. Prices start at $45.

PLNDR ~ $4.95 Flat Rate Shipping. Plus, get $15 to spend on your next order after you make your first purchase!

A strong eye for fashion and a refined hand for creation, characterize Sam Edelman shoes. The Sam Edelman collections are eminently fashionable and beautifully constructed at an attainable price point. In a bold stroke of whimsy, Sam imprinted his expressive, hand-drawn signature on the insole of his shoes, which has become an iconic and intrinsic design element of the brand. Capturing the attention of stylish women worldwide, the collection boasts sell-out hits each season. Celebrity fans include Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts, Miley Cyrus, Rachel Bilson, Halle Berry and Katy Perry. Prices start at $49.99.

Rue La La

A more sophisticated line from the iconic designer, Steve Madden. On-trend doctor bags, like this one in leopard print, and sleek stilettos perfect for a night in the city will help you regain your swagger. Prices start at $59.

Horny Toad offers casual style with a whimsical twist. Sweaters and skirts add nonchalant refinement for women. And back-to-basics shirts help guys celebrate the adventure of the everyday. Relaxed jackets and knitwear for fall comfort. Sweaters elevate weekend wear. Have fun, whether going on a weekend trip or a staycation! Prices start at just $19.

HauteLook

Now that the weather has finally turned and the smell of fall is undoubtedly in the air, there’s no better way to complete your new look than with a pair of must-have boots. Shop HauteLook’s Boot Event for an amazing selection of styles for everyone. From faux-fur trimmed designs for cooler climates to ankle booties that you’ll be able to wear through spring to riding boots in rich brown and cognac colors, there’s no doubt you’ll find something you have to have. Shop this amazing selection at amazing prices and get ready to put your best foot forward for fall! Prices start at $17.50.

The hallmark of Honeydew Intimates is its distinct blend of comfort, quality, inimitable style and affordability. Honeydew Intimates was among the pioneering labels to challenge the conventional notion that intimate apparel had to be plain. It infused its pieces with an effervescent sense of fun and fashion – vibrant colors and whimsical prints, dynamic designs of square cut boy shorts and frilly rumbas – all the while providing comfort through fine quality fabrics and accessibility through reasonable pricing. It’s sexy while remaining wholesome, playful while being classic.

Today, Honeydew Intimates counts among its devoted fans celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Drew Barrymore, Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, Halle Berry and Paris Hilton. Bestselling pieces from the line have been featured in major fashion magazines including InStyle, Lucky, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, People Style Watch, Redbook, Fitness, Shape, Star, US Weekly, Life & Style and many others. Great prices–$5 and up!

Flattering knits and separates for every day, the name says it all—Pure and Simple. These back-to-basic tees and t-shirt style dresses range in price from $20 to $35.

Morgan Ashleigh NY jewelry is brilliant, young and fresh. With a fashion-forward approach to design, the company produces unique, high quality and trendy jewelry pieces that suit women of any age and style. The look is every woman but with current timeliness. Morgan Ashleigh New York jewelry is fun, trendy and absolutely to date. Prices start at just $12.

NEW HauteLook Sales Starting at 11 AM ET Monique Leshman is a timeless collection of wearable art for women, representing Monique’s natural flair for fashion. Her luxurious collection is made to look astonishing on stylish women of every age. The unique beadwork for each collection is carefully thought over and perfectly complements its fabrication. The Monique Leshman collection retails at exclusive department stores and boutiques throughout the United States and abroad. The line is currently known for its bright colors, funky prints, fashionable shapes and styles, and soft wearable silks, chiffons, and cottons. Monique strikes a balance of being edgy yet very classy at the same time.

With fall fashion in full swing, everyone’s on the hunt for the basic pieces to fill the holes of their wardrobes. Cue the amazing cuts of denim for him and her during this Saturday’s Blowout event. In every cut imaginable, this selection includes flattering skinny styles, basic bootcut versions, and denim in every wash under the sun. The best part? There are styles for every body, everybody, and every style you’ll want for fall. Just make sure to get there early since sizes, quantities, and styles are limited.

Founded in 1983, Nautica® is a leading global lifestyle brand ranging from men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories to a complete home collection. Nautica® products are refined casual classics inspired and energized by the water that are always crisp, clean and distinct. Today Nautica® is available in more than 60 countries with more than 200 Nautica® branded stores worldwide.
From Victorian necklaces to Edwardian bracelets, the one-of-a-kind heirloom jewelry designed by Elizabeth Sayles Brennan, under the aegis of her Los Angeles-based company Harlow, goes a long way toward proving that everything old is not just new again, but rather chic. Adorning the stars of such hit television shows as ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘House M.D.’, ‘Private Practice’, ‘Monk’ and ‘Nip/Tuck’, her Harlow designs are also sold in such high-end retail stores as Barneys New York, Fred Segal Santa Monica, Roseark, Maxfield and Beckley in Los Angeles, A’Maree’s in Newport Beach, and Samantha Lee in San Francisco.

In early 2006, Elizabeth made the decision to trade working for “reworking” — transforming old precious metals into new designs that appealed to antique jewelry aficionados. Leveraging an innate eye for designing elaborate ornate jewelry into the launch of Harlow, her pieces took inspiration from her travels across Europe and South America where she discovered unique religious medals, century-old stones and other beautiful items.

Show Your Boobies!?!

As I was standing in front of my boss’s desk one day, waiting for him to complete his instructions for a project I was working on, I noticed he seemed a little distracted. He managed to finish giving directions as I picked up a stack of files from his desk.

As I double checked the files to make sure I had everything, I asked, “Anything else?”

He dropped his head a little and said, “Yes, Martha! Your blouse is unbuttoned!”

Of course, it was the button dead center of my chest, so he got a good look at some cleavage. Definitely not a totally innocent peek! I felt my face turn 50 shades of red as I thanked God for that stack of folders, clasped them over my chest, and got out of there as quickly as I could!

Now, share your most embarrassing moment–that has to do with your breasts (or somebody else’s if you have their permission) to win a pink pashmina from Room Service Home. (Click here to see the scarf).

To help get you in the mood for a funny story, click here and leave a comment (so I’ll know you read it).

To Enter:

  1. Leave a comment indicating that you read the post “Breast Cancer Is No Laughing Matter” (link above). A couple of you have already commented so that’s your first entry.
  2. Go to the Pennywise Panache Facebook Page and post your funny story under my status update about the giveaway.
  3. The story that gets the most “Likes” wins the scarf.

Contest ends Saturday, October 16, 2010, at 11:59 PM ET. Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

What Makes A House A Home?

The answer, of course, is a homeowner who adds his/her personal touches and knows how to decorate to reflect their personality. I love walking into someone’s home and seeing bits of pieces of them scattered about. It can be in a work of art, a piece of furniture or even the way they set a table.

Maybe some of today’s finds in the sample sales will strike your fancy and give you some ideas for making your home a reflection of you.

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Okay, this is probably a bad item to start this post . . . But then again, it could be interesting if the homeowner is paying the mortgage payments with alimony and has a huge axe to grind with her ex.

These delightfully dark knife sets from Raffaele Iannello are so wacky that I had to share them with you. Use them to slice and dice your kitchen decor and instantly sharpen up dull conversations. Try a dash of humor on your counter top with a set of statement knives or serve up something spooky at your Halloween party with The Ex hors d’oeuvres tray. Pick up one today and add a little edge to your kitchen. $47.49 and up.

Add a little spice to your kitchen this season with chef-quality bakeware in crimson and classic nonstick. Spatula sets, roasting pans, and muffin tins will help you whip up the tastiest treats and mouth-watering feasts. Modern bakeware from Le Chef will give you restaurant-worthy results, whether you are preparing a gourmet party spread or whipping up fluffy muffins from a mix. Bon Appétit! $19.99 and up.

Looking to add some rich, rustic flavors to your cocktail party—or Sunday afternoon snack? Look to the Creminelli family—for 400 years, they’ve been curing meat in Italy’s Piedmont region, using only prime cuts from animals raised on small family farms. One bite of their wild-boar salami and you’ll taste what a difference a few centuries of artisanal practice makes. If you adore pepperoni, dig in to the sopressata, with its robust, garlicky taste, while mushroom connoisseurs will love the salami tartufo, which features all-natural pork speckled with delicate Black Summer truffles.

I’m fortunate to have adventurous foodies in my family! One of the staples in the stockings for the men in my family is gourmet jerky. It’s one of the things I always include in my son’s care packages (he’s in Afghanistan). But I ordered the set that contains Wild Boar salami, Piccante salami, and Casalingo salami. I thought this might be a nice change, and it’s fun to see them all experience new things! $24 for all three!

Warm colors, rich textures, and plenty of layering—these are the defining themes of not just your personal fall wardrobe, but also your table’s. Gilt has a selection to enhance anything from a small family dinner to a big party, from Beauville Designs, Anichini, Dransfield & Ross, and more. The art is in the mix: start with one of Beauville Designs’ luxurious tablecloths in a tonal floral print, and over that, set down placemats, like Kim Seybert’s round ones with intricate beading detail. Rethink the little details: instead of folding napkins, put them in Dransfield & Ross’s whimsical cracked-glass napkin rings. And why not stock up on enough serving pieces to take you well past fall. Prices start at $12.

Designed in Sweden, Sagaform’s kitchenware, tableware and serving pieces exemplify the streamlined looks and built-in practicality you’ve come to expect with Swedish design: A small bowl, for instance, made from ecologically-grown bamboo, comes with a notched spoon that attaches right to the bowl’s top edge. Sagaform also has no fear of color, with bright-hued splashes, both solid and patterned, adorning its dishes, glassware and more. I love this mini grill for only $18. It comes in a great carrying case that can also be used as a cooler! Pretty neat, huh?

The Magnolia Company’s wreaths are way more than a circular bunch of flowers: they’re art pieces in their own right. The “Chilies & Artichokes” wreath perfectly hits an autumnal chord, with spicy dried red chilies, green artichokes, pomegranates, lichen, and rust-colored grass. Or seize the spirit of the Thanksgiving season with a wreath accented with turkey and pheasant feathers. At the heart of each wreath are the exquisite dried magnolias that this company is named—and loved—for. Priced from $65 to $89, according to size, these are some of the most beautiful wreaths I’ve ever seen! You won’t find anything comparable for the price!

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Michael Kors designs everything from sportswear to eyeglasses. His collection flagship boutiques are located in the United States on Madison Avenue, at the Americana Manhasset and on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills; International boutiques are located in Hong Kong and Dubai. The first freestanding Michael Kors store opened in Asia at the Landmark Shopping Center in Hong Kong in April 2005.

An award winning designer, Michael Kors has won Dupont’s first American Original Award and the Elle/Cadillac Fashion Award for Excellence. He has been named part of the “New Establishment” by Vogue Magazine and referenced as one of the most influential designers of the decade. Most recently, Mr. Kors received the New York Award, celebrating 10 people who epitomize the spirit of the city, from New York magazine in the fashion category. He has also received the most prestigious award in the fashion industry—the CFDA award for womenswear designer of the year, followed by the CFDA menswear award. You may know him best from his role as a judge on three seasons of Project Runway.

This selection of bedding reflects the eye for flare that Kors brings to all his designs. Prices range from $19.99 to $169.99.

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Kassatex has been importing plush cotton towels and fine bedding for over a decade from Turkey, “the cradle of civilization,” and Egypt, whose legendary cotton is greatly prized. The label’s Letto sheets are 300-thread count organic cotton, which makes for linens that are not only wonderfully soft, but also also less impact on the planet. Kassatex also offers the latest in eco-comfort: bedding in a bamboo/organic cotton blend, with a signature smoothness and gentle hand. (Both fibers are grown without pesticides). And, to give your bathroom décor an upgrade, Kassatex has a beautiful collection of accessories—from soap dishes and lotion dispensers to waste baskets and tissue holders—in a variety of looks that will bring a little something, something to an often-neglected room. So it’s easy to wrap your body, and wrap your life, in easy, comfortable style. Great buys on these towels–$38 for a six-piece set. Prices start at $8.

Accessories are the secret weapon of interior decorators—small bursts of color and pattern that can instantly transform a room without making any major changes. Bodrum Linens’ selection of pillows, tablecloths, and table runners offers a range of unique textures and palettes that will bring vibrancy to your dining table, sofa, armchair, even your bed. Collections include graphic, spirited Artemis (with its rich polka dot pattern); the branches, leaves, and blooms of Richmond; and Pompeii, with a mosaic-inspired floral motif. With these pieces on hand, your decor can always feel fresh and up to date. Prices start at $24.

Lenox is one of the world’s oldest and most respected names in fine tableware, gracing tables no less prestigious than The White House, where it has been the only American porcelain in continuous use for more than 80 years. Today, place settings in patterns such as Solitaire (classic cream-colored with a platinum border) and Federal (majestic black, white, and platinum) consistently rank among the most popular. The company also produces elegant crystal and giftware, including etched bar glasses and whimsical centerpieces. Even if you’re not up for re-election, you can feel like a head of state in your own home. Prices start at $13 for two of the highball glasses pictured to $79 for a full place setting of beautiful china!

Rue La La

Modern bedding to mix and match from Bliss Living. Bold graphics. Sensuous fabrics. Eclectic extras. An artistic collision of global designs and chic originality. I love these black and white duvet set! Prices for the set range from $79 to $99, depending on the size of the bed.

Fun, handcrafted tableware. Bring whimsy to mealtime with festive hues that create a refreshing tonality. Serve with creativity with Rosanna! I love the Christmas “Walk In The Woods” pattern. Prices for this collection are just $19 (four mugs).

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BIA Cordon Bleu is a dinnerware collection with simple, organic shapes as the foundation. These stoneware pieces come in jet black with just a hint of white. I love the geometric look that this dinnerware creates! What a great tablescape these would make! Prices start at $3.71 for a salad plate. With the great prices on these pieces, a 5-piece place setting runs less than $25!

Breast Cancer Is No Laughing Matter!

With such sobering statistics, you realize that it’s not so far fetched that a person you know and love could be the person sitting across from her doctor, hearing the dreaded words, “You have breast cancer.”

It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine. And while breast cancer is no laughing matter, I just scoured YouTube looking for ways to make you laugh about a topic that garners much discussion–our breasts! I wound up looking to what I consider the greatest comedy team since Lucy and Ethel! The quadruplets of Southern humor from the female perspective! Have you guessed? Their names are Julia, Mary Jo, Charlene and Suzanne!

My favorite show of all time is Designing Women! I so wish the show was in re-runs so I could watch it over and over again. But thank goodness, some of the funnier moments are on YouTube and I’m able to share them with you.

Have you ever wondered why there’s so much fuss about a body part that was intended to nourish a baby? Why are men so enamored with the female breast? After all, it wasn’t meant for them to enjoy in the first place!

From the time those first buds crop up on our chests (and it was a long wait in my case), we spend a lot of time obsessing about our boobies. For that matter, so do the boys on the playground who eventually grow into men and STILL have a fixation on breasts when they’re old men! And we women, thinking that we might be more attractive to men because we have bigger hooters, obsess over them, too!

Men have scoped out a possible mate because of them (at first sight, of course), they look at pictures of them, they can’t wait to touch one. In fact, I think from the time a little boy reaches the age of 10 or so, it becomes his sole mission in life to touch a female breast! Their little brains just can’t seem to concentrate on much else for the next few years! Occasionally, we think we may have found a man who really doesn’t care all that much about our bodies, but typically, they care! It’s just the way they were made!

I spent some time this morning thinking about advice for breast cancer patients, and while I turned to experts, much of it is really common sense. You do the same things you should do every day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. . . So with the help of Designing Women, here are my tips for taking care of yourself:

1. Eat Right!

2. Exercise.

3. Be prepared for the fight of your life!

Too bad we can’t shoot breast cancer to eradicate it!

Another great comic–Bill Cosby–once said: “You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, you can survive it.” So my last piece of advice is to laugh! There is humor in most anything if we look hard enough! And as Bill Cosby said, my hope for you is that those of you who are fighting the good fight will survive and thrive through lots of love and laughter!

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