OOTD - 11.30.09 - Make it Work Week

This week, I am trying to wear some things that have been languishing all alone, unworn in my closet. I was inspired by Debye over at Modestly Me, great blog BTW!

So, if more days than not are a hot mess this week, please forgive me in advance LOL! There may be a reason that the items have been on hangers and not me. :-) At any rate, we are taking a page from the book of Tim Gunn...

Today, I was determined to make this work:

So, I wore this:

Red Sweater - Newport News $14 (with coupon codes)
Pants - Very very old pants from Express $??
Shoes - Chadwicks $11 (on sale + coupon code)
Scarf - The Gap - $13 (on sale +coupon codes)

Whats the problem with the scarf?
Its a little stiff and bulky. Its a wool and rayon blend, so I expected it to be a much softer hand - like one of those acrylic pashminas. But, its not...so its a little tricky to manage.

Did my solution work?
Maybe. Its probably the only way I could wear it due to the length and thickness.

Will it make another appearance?
The magic eight ball says: All signs point to yes. Well. That's interesting. I guess so!

Quick Cyber Monday Deals

Shopped out yet??? LOL, If not here are a couple more online deals. (better than Friday's in my opinion). Pretty much any store with an online presence will have some sort of sale today. Here are a few....

Loft - 30% off entire purchase with code MONDAY and free ship on orders over $100

Ann Taylor - 40% off entire purchase with code MONDAY and free ship on orders over $100

Black House White Market - 20% off everything, free shipping and a free keychain with orders over $100

Across all GAP sites - 20% off entire purchase and free shipping

New York and CO is still 50% off everything and free shipping with code 3953 - you might find other codes online that make it a sweeter deal than the free shipping.

Tuelle - Last day of 50% off everything on the site w/ free shipping.

Kohl - the usual specials plus 15% off any order, 15% + free shipping on orders over $75 and 20% plus free shipping on orders over $100

Macys - Webbusters, 25% off clearance and free shipping on orders over $75

The Limited - 40% off entire purchase, free shipping and free scarf with purchase over $50

DSW - Save 25% on entire purchase with code SAVE25

Eddie Bauer - 25% off free shipping

bath and body works- 25% off 5.95 ships order

PS Don't forget, ebates. Most of these stores are offering double or triple cashback - GAP stores are at 10% cashback right now - that's huge.

Wedding Dress for the Short and Curvy

Haha, ok well maybe the title isn't exactly correct - this post is about my wedding dress. :-) Its my wedding anniversary tomorrow and I thought it would be a fun time to post some pics of my wedding dress. It was a delicious confection of lace, beads and more lace and beads. LOL!

I loved it so much, it was a halter sleeved fitted sheath style with a short lace train. Our venue was a Florida country club, so I needed something that was "casual elegant" ;-) Anyways, Happy Anniversary to my wonderful hubby dear, and a Happy Weekend to you all!

Black Friday through "Cyber Monday" Thread

I will just keep updating this thread with deals as they come up..

Ann Taylor - 40% off purchase in stores Friday until noon. For online, use coupon code "SAVE40" - to save 40% off a single item.

Casual Living - Free shipping and extra 40% off sale and outlet. Price is reduced in shopping cart. Valid til Monday.

Limited 40% off clothing plus free shipping. Separate deals for accessories. Also free scarf on orders over $75 (40% off and Scarf - in stores Friday only)

Lane Bryant
40% off entire purchase. A few exclusions such as Spanx and undergarments. I like their Right Fit Jeans and are often excluded from sales.

Loft - Offering several REALLY GOOD "style steals" (items $29.50 and under) plus 20% off in stores Friday before noon. (Plus $25 savings cards).

Martin and Osa - Thanksgiving Day 30% off online plus free shipping on any purchase. Code: 96297782 Black Friday: $59 all cashmere and $59 jeans

Newport News 25% off purchase through Monday with Code 597. Stack with L25 for free shipping.

New York and Co - 50% off all merchandise online now, in stores Friday.

Old Navy - Check their "Gobblepalooza" site plenty of deals in store and online.

Tulle - 50% off entire stock AND free ground shipping on all orders 11/27-11/30

White House Black Market
- 20% off entire purchase online plus free shipping on any size order. Code 8954. In stores "free oversize tote" with purchase, but I think its just a shopping bag - might be useful for carrying all your purchases in?

Loft and Ann Taylor Loft - Removed Thanksgiving Day Deals...

OOTD - 11.24.09

My daughter and I have been trying to learn how to use the camera she received last Xmas. We have been able to adjust the settings to get GREAT closeup pictures....

But, when we try and remove the closeup settings for a regular picture, we either get the 3-D effect from yesterday...or as below - the faded/ blurred look LOL. Guess I will still be reading the manual some more tonight...

so sorry!!! we are working on it LOL

The stuff:
Sweater - Talbots $32 - currently $29.25
Lightweight Cords - Talbots $27
Brown T-shirt - Loft $3.50
Necklace - Chain by Judith Ripka for QVC, Pendant by Anthony Nak for QVC

OOTD - 11.23.09

Today, I wanted to wear this:

So, I wore this:

But, I haz a sad because the pictures did not come out at all. :-(
Based on the blurry edges, I suspect this pic might be 3d, should you have a pair of 3d glasses handy.

The Stuff:

Black Chiffon Trim Sweater - Loft $28
Blue Top - Loft $10
Pants = Limited $17
Shoes - Chadwicks $11.50

Any one try Tracy Porter before?

Ran across this site today, and was wondering if anyone has purchased from here before. The sizing chart says an XL is a 12-14, however, the actual measurements are closer to a 16-18 LOL. So, if anyone has any input, let me know!

Their clearance is an additional 50% off the marked price with code clearance50 until Nov 23. That makes the above shirt or dress $22.00 - but their shipping is $10 flat rate....so??

OOTD - 11.19.09 Matchy-matchy day!

Today I wanted to wear these:

So, I wore this:
1,000 humble pardons for the Blackberry Photo. (and yay to daughter for getting the whole body in a single pic!! )

Sweater - Talbots $13.00
Skirt - Chadwicks $15.00
Tights - Kmart $6
Ruffle Polo (Which you can imagine better than see)- Target $6.50
Shoes - Type Z via 6pm $15.95

Black Friday Sale on Tulle

I bought the most beautiful, well made jacket from Tulle that refuses to fit (the jerk). I would recommend the brand 100%, but be sure to check the sizing very carefully. Each item has its own size chart. ;-)

OOTD - 11.18.08

Today, I wanted to wear this...

So, I wore this:

Sweater - New York and Co $20
Chiffon Tank - Loft $9
Black Denim Jeans - Talbots $28
Scarf - Talbots $18

See my joy in wearing the scarf?

OOTD - 11.17.09

Today, I wanted to wear these....

So, I wore this:

The Stuff:

Purple Suede Shoes (with floral embellishments) - 6pm $9.95
Purple Beaded Lacy Satiny Top Thingy - Walmart $4
Black Short Sleeve Sweater - Loft $10
Grey Pants - Limited $17

OOTD - 11.16.09 Green and Charcoal

I wanted to wear this today:

So, I ended up in green and charcoal.

And a matching ring! :-)

The Stuff:
Green Necklace $3.50 MyTag Ebay
Green Crystal Ring $4.50 MyTag Ebay
Sweater - Talbots $20 (currently $21.75 in cart. still some colors and sizes)
Placed Petal Tee - Loft $14.50
Charcoal Striped skirt - Chadwicks $15
Heather Gray Tights - Chadwicks $3.34

thank you for reading!!

All Week - Cheap Shoes!!

6pm has their Nine West collection on sale for $14.95. Shipping is $6.95 flat rate, or free after $100 spend.

Also, all RSVP shoes and clothing are priced at $6.95
Exchange by Charles David are priced at $15.95

ANN TAYLOR and LOFT Friends and Family - 30% off

What we have all been waiting for - starts Tuesday!!

Here is the coupon:


Online code is: FRIENDS

Good on everything except gift cards and credit card payments.

Works at either store...

Friends and Family Month...

November is F&F Month around the interwebs...

Used to be pretty exciting, now seems like another gimmick to get us in the stores. I think we are all used to seeing coupons for 20-30% off regularly now. But, here are some that are going on now. (You guys should see how many emails I get a day LOL)

Added 11/14 - Martin and Osa/American Eagle etc - 20% off Sunday 11/15 only. Use code 89256379 - for in-store coupon click here. Click here, and scroll to bottom for details.

White House Black Market
- 20% through Sunday Code 8996. In-store Coupon

Charlotte Russe - 25% through the 18th. Code: CRFRIEND works with sales on site, including 25% off tops.

Chicos -20% off through the 15th. Code:6694

Lands End - 20% off and Free Shipping through the 16th. Excludes clearance and some sale. Code: SAVE pin: 3264

Vineyard Vines
(madras anyone?) 25% off through the 16th. Excludes NFL/College/MLB and gift cards Code: GIFT

Liz Claiborne
- 30% off and free ship w/$50 purchase through the 16th. Code:FRIENDS

Bebe - 25% off through the 15th. Code: FRIEND25 or Print Coupon

Next week we should see the Loft and Aeropostale sales.

Maybe someone can use one of these, I don't even fit the clothes in several of these LOL!

OOTD 11.13.09

I just realized its Friday the 13th! Heh!

The Stuff:

Black / White Sweater - Chadwicks $16.75 w/ coupon
Red Sweater - NewPort News $14.00
Jeans - Talbots $20 (I wrote about these on the Talbot's clearance post.)
Shoes - Chadwicks $11.50 after coupon
Necklace from Ebay Seller mytag $4

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Badgley Mischka for HSN debuts

American Glamour, the Badgley Mischka line has popped up online. I am not sure what the first airing date is, but they have several items up for preview.

Interestingly, the jewelry is about half price of their line in Nordstrom's, but their handbags are roughly the same. I guess the jewelry is done cheaper through HSN factories, but maybe the bags are still their own. Either way, I think there will be many people out there that will like the new line.

American Glamour

Here is a quick comparison:

Charm Bracelet Watch Below: American Glamour line $120.00 ("Goldtone"..also in silvertone)

Below Bracelet Watch - Badgley Mischka Line $250.00 @ Nordstroms (gold plated brass):

Loft $20 wool blend cardigan

Shirred V-neck cardigan $20
Wool / Polyester Blend. Not included in the BOGO 50% off. Comes in 11 colors.

Talbots - Extra 25% off Clearance $5 ships

This cannot be combined with the 20% off coupons that are going out right now, but I think if you dig around a bit there some good deals here anyways...the 25% off is reduced in the cart. Use code 028233130 for the $5 shipping for this particular deal.

Henley Sweater - lambswool blend $15.00 after coupon. (Misses and Petites left)

Velveteen Pants $15 after coupon ( misses and petites left)

Rosette Cardigan $25.50 after coupon (all sizes) Seriously LOVE this one.

One of My favorite Jeans $25.50 Misses/Petites $29.50 Plus/Plus Petite
Here is me in them!

P.S. If you got a Nov Best Customer 20% + Free Ship Code, as part of Classic Awards...just enter the code at checkout, the 20% off does not work on top of the 25%, but free shipping does.

OOTD - 11.12.09 - Soo cold and soo rainy!

A little uninspired, but I have been cold to the bones!

The Stuff:

Sweater - Loft $19
Tshirt - Loft $6
Pants - Cato $15
Necklace - Ebay via seller mytag $4
Shoes - Chadwicks $11.50
Amethyst Bracelet - QVC

OOTD - 11.11.09

I think we may have taken all the pics on the "closeup" setting tonight LOL. Well, she is learning all about how not to take pictures from her mother LOL!

The Stuff:
"Kidney Bean" Silk tie blouse - Banana Republic $5 ($15 off any order stacked with a free ship coupon)
Cardigan - Loft Outlet $15 (its old - usually worn as lounge wear, but the shape worked today so it saw the outside world)
Pants - Limited $17
Shoes - Shoe Trader Liquidation $10
Necklace - Ebay seller mytag $4

Here is a closeup of the bow...

And the necklace! :-)

Marie Denee - Upscale Plus Size Boutique online!

Some of you may already be readers of Marie.Denee's blog - The Curvy Fashionista - its one of my favs - lots of good articles and interviews.

I saw around the blogosphere that she was also planning on opening a plus-size online boutique, that carried higher end pieces. Well, last month, it quietly opened with a few items. It appears there are several other designers slated to drop in as well, based on the "designer's page". There is also a rewards program - I love those!

You guys should check it out - I think its a pretty unique idea. There are some lovely dresses, and even if you are not plus-sized - I am very impressed by the pieces of sterling silver jewelry - which are priced similarly to costume jewelry at other sites. I will definitely be keeping my eye on those!


20% off at Boden - Free Shipping and Returns

I have not shopped at Boden before, but I always find a thing or two I like on their site. If you have been thinking about trying them, here is 20% off til Thursday, and then 15% and 10% off after that....sadly, it does not apply to sale items.

It seems they always have free shipping and returns (which you mail to NY, not the UK)...

Boden 20% off Special

OOTD - 11.11.09 - Hurricane Ida

Looks like the storm formerly known as Hurricane Ida is rolling through North Carolina today! Lots of rain and wind....Oh and my daughter is making a guest photographer appearance tonight! Just pretend these two images are together LOL!

Sweater - Ann Taylor Loft $30 (bought with a $25 off $50 card 2 winters ago)
Tshirt - Ann Taylor Loft $9
Ponte Knit Skirt - Chadwicks $15 after coupon, (still all colors and lots of women's sizes, misses and petites only cyan blue)
Tights - Kmart $6
Necklace - QVC
Shoes - Aerosoles via the outlet

Give to Get Time Again

Hey all, if anyone wants a 30% off in-store "give and get" coupon for Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, please contact me (you can use the button on the right side over there), and send your email address. It is good the 12th-15th of November. I have quite a few, so let me know.


OOTD 11.09.09

Hello everyone! It is great to be back...I really missed my daily routine here. Right now, I am actually sitting here watching my Denver Broncos. Its great to see them on TV, since I live so far, I rarely get to see a game. Its also great to see them in such good playing condition - its like the Broncos of the late 90s. :-)

Ya'll may have noticed I was gone last week - I went to Minneapolis, MN in search of the FDL t-shirt from JCrew (which you can see modeled here by the lovely Patina). Ok, really I was there on business, but had a side mission. Sadly, I came home completely empty handed. My shirt was all sold out, and nothing else really struck my fancy after that. I did not buy a single thing - except a fancy Minnesota shot glass for hubby and one of those clicky pens with all the colored ink for my daughter. Oh, and I did eat at a fab steak place called Pittsburgh Blue which had one of the best Key Lime Pies I have ever had. And I lived in Florida for many years.

At any rate, I am glad to be home! On to the stuff!!

Black Jacket - QVC $29
Blue Top - Loft $20 (I have seen these in stores on the $4.88 rack..yes I did get another color. Ahem all the colors)
Grey Herringbone Pants - Talbot's $20
Grey Flats - RSVP via 6pm $10
Necklace - Silpada

Me Love

I think I love this. Alot. But its $99....so.....

Colleen Lopez Four Flower Crystal Necklace

Has anyone seen anything like this out there, but cheaper?

Coupon Round-Up

Here are the newest coupons/sales I might use:

ATLoft - Cords are $25. I actually LOVE wearing corduroys - its a nice change from jeans and khakis. Also, some sweaters are $29.50 down from $59.50. If you get the 20% off coupons in the mail, these items qualify to be used in combination - as long as its not a permanent markdown, its good.

JCrew has 20% off sale items with code EXTRA20, and $150+ gets free shipping.

Victoria's Secret
has 20% off one clothing item (CLOTH20), should you purchase a sweater with that grab a free lip gloss set with code FREERUSH. If you picked up $50 in items, get free shipping with FA919477.

Chadwicks - Buy one item, get one free with code

Limited 30% off your entire order with code 678

JJill - extra 30% off outlet items. Some very nice sweaters etc.

Out of Town

Hey all, I am traveling to Minnesota this week, so will most likely be MIA. I am hoping to finally score the J Crew Fleur De Lis t-shirt that is only in stores. There are 0 stores within 150 miles of where I live, but there are 2 J Crews within 15 mins of my hotel!

I hope everyone has an awesome week, see you all soon!

A few coupons from my inbox

Old Navy - Free shipping w/ no min purchase with code ONSHIPFREE exp 11.2.09

Chadwicks free shipping code CH23435 good until 12-17-09 Or BOGO item free: CODE: CH22999

Metrostyle just sent an email about new markdowns in Clearance. Use coupon code MS4YOU for 40% off most expensive item in cart.

Free Shipping at Forever 21 - no minimum order: 21FRIENDS exp 11.1.09 This might be a good time to pick up some of the cheapie jewelry we like to look at. I want to warn my bloggie friends - F21 does not return for cash, store credit only. Just FYI