Category Archives: Eco Friendly

Dresses for Your Body Type: The Petite Apple

If you’re petite, 5’4″ and under, dressing well, particularly in skirts or dresses, can be a challenge.  And if you’re apple shaped – top heavy, a bit lumpy in the middle, with smashing legs-  it can be far too easy to wind up looking like a big lump.

My BFF K rang me up recently, in need of a dress to take her through a few occasions, with about $150 to spend.  Her challenge, proves that anyone with any body shape can find what they need and still be fashionable, and in budget.  K is a pretty average petite apple, but she has one specific need: long sleeves to cover a tattoo.

MaxStudio.com - SHIRRED DRESS, $138

MaxStudio.com - SHIRRED DRESS, $138

What I went looking for in a dress to flatter K, and would for any petite apple are three things: 1) Either an empire or a dropped waist dress – a true waist will call attention to her tummy.

2) A loose fit in front. If you’re doing two pieces do not tuck in your blouse.  You need it to cover anything extra between your waist and hips.

3) A hem length at or above the knee. For a petite, anything below the knee is going to make you look overwhelmed and dumpy.  In a sense you’re lucky: skirts that might be too short on a taller woman can be an appropriate length for you.

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When I think floaty dresses, I think Max Studio.com.  This shirred, tuxedo front dress will flatter a larger chest, cover arms, and show off legs, with no one will be the wiser to anything you don’t want to show around your stomach.

An open neckline will balance a larger chest – and most importantly, the chest is just decorative not stretchy.  If you have a large chest, you don’t want anything that’s going to stretch over it.  This is ruffles, not elastic.  Its conservative enough for a business dinner, and formal enough for a wedding.
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Generra Tunic Dress

Generra Tunic Dress, 6pm.com, $178

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This tunic dress from Generra at 6pm.com is slightly over budget, and a similar style to the first.  But since it’s not quite as floaty and a little more contemporary, it’s a nice comparison.

Made out of silk and cotton, it’s a great deal at 30% off the original price.  Notice that the basic shape is the same as the first dress: long sleeves, open neck and straight from gathers at the chest.

It looks mid-thigh on the mannequin, but will likely hit lower on a shorter woman.  The contemporary style is a little more casual, but it can easily be dressed up with accessories, and the silk will help it look dressier.

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PAROSH Shirt Dress from YOOX, $155

PAROSH Shirt Dress from YOOX, $155

I adore everything about this next dress at Yoox.  From the silver color, to the rough silk fabric, to the modern shirt-dress cut.

It’s a winner in my book, and it’s selling out fast. It’s not a completely long sleeve, but on a petite it should be long enough to get the job done.  Worst case you could put a sheer long sleeve tee underneath

This particular dress could be very flattering for all shapes:  on an apple it’s going to flatter a tummy and show off your great legs.

Even pear shapes or hourglasses could find this accommodating to hiding a hip-y area while flattering a waist – or it could be too tight around the bottom and have no shape around the waist.  You’d just have to try it on.

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Diane Von Furstenburg - Short dress, $195 on YOOX

Diane Von Furstenburg - Short dress, $195 on YOOX

I don’t know what it is that’s got me showing all blue dresses, but that’s just what I’ve been finding.  This Diane von Furstenberg short dress is different from the others I’ve shown, because it has a dropped waist.

Ideally the sash will hit around the hips, and the dress will be looser everywhere else.  For you apple shapes with your flat tushes and nice legs, by all means try this type of dress.

A lightweight cashmere dress such as this one is virtually seasonless: just put a long sleeved t-shirt and tights underneath it when the weather gets chilly.

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Mixie "Maggie" Dress at Green Apple, $150

Mixie "Maggie" Dress at Green Apple, $150

I finally found a pop of color at Green Apple, this neat site that showcases new and unique designers.  Mixie is a local Orange County, California designer.

“Maggie” is made out of Modal, which is a slightly more casual looking fabric, but between the color and the style of the dress, I think it’s sufficient for a slightly dressy occasion.

At 36″ long, it could be a touch long to be in proportion, but if you can wear a pair of nice 3″ heels with it, that will adjust accordingly, or you can get it hemmed.  A good tailor is your friend.

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Eve Gravel Air Dress at Mudshark Streetwear, $165.60

Eve Gravel Air Dress at Mudshark Streetwear, $165.60

Pr0n stars, I searched high, low and everywhere in between to fine just one more fabulous dress for all of you.  I found it at Mudshark Streetwear, a fabulous online Canadian retailer with a simply enormous selection of unique, reasonably priced clothes, much of it eco-friendly.

I absolutely love the mix of ’80s and ’60s style in their Gravel Air Dress.  The top is a raglan sleeve – it’s hard to tell whether or not it’ll stay on both shoulders.  If not, wear a cami underneath, or have a tailor put one of those lingerie bra buttons in.

The slightly lowered waist has a matching belt with a pop of white button, and then attaches to an above-the-knee slightly A-line skirt with white front pockets.  It’s all together in a stand-out indigo color.  For a dress that matches your attitude, look no further.  Your budget will barely stretch at $165.60.

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I hope this post has shown you a variety of styles that will work for your body type.  I love dresses because of their ease and flexibility.  It’s so easy to make them different by putting on a blazer or sweater or different jewelry or hose or tights.  K, I hope there’s something here for you. :)

Got a body shape or an event you need help with?  Email me! Shoppingpr0n@gmail.com.  Maybe you’ll have your very own post.

Until next time, it was good for me.  Tell me, was it good for you?

Save Your Wallet, Save the World

Totally Organic Talum Skirt, Greenloop, $29.99, Sz.8

Totally Organic Talum Skirt, Greenloop, $29.99, Sz.8

Any fashionista worth their debit card will tell you their favorite four letter word is “sale”. But never let it be said that we fashionistas are not without are ethics or values.

We recycle, drive hybrids or use car-sharing and public transportation, take reusable bags to go grocery shopping and buy eco-friendly products and clothing!  So if we can combine a sale with being ethically responsible?  Genius!

Greenloop, a fabulous eco-fashion site, is have a blowout sale, with all sale items under $30.  No, really.  Sizes and colors are really limited, but with luck you can snag an unreal deal.  I’ve pulled together my favorites for you, my favorite pr0n parsley.

Strike while the iron is hot, act now supplies are limited and lots of other phrases that mean do something really really soon. Seriously, my favorites keep selling out before I can even blog them.

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Size 8’s should jump at the chance to pick up this Truly Organic Talum skirt which normally sells for $73.50.  It’s made out of 100% organic cotton twill with 100% natural dyes.

The skirt is lined in soft cotton poplin, and then they’ve added rouching and ties to the sides so you can play with the skirt and make it unique every time.  It’s shown here in wine, but selling in gray.  Wear this skirt three seasons out of the year.

Melissa "Hello" Shoes, Greenloop, $29.99, szs. 6,7,8

Melissa "Hello" Shoes, Greenloop, $29.99, szs. 6,7,8

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If it was me, I’d snag these vegan “Hello” shoes by Melissa to wear with the skirt, or just about anything else.

Sizes 6, 7 & 8 save $66 on these Mary-Janes with a 3″ gold heel, & plaid detail on the button.  “Hello” is faux-velvet with a velcro closure.

The company has an impressive list of environmentally responsible credits.  Click on the picture for specifics (all links open in a new window, never fear).

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Loomstate Hawkeye Jacket, Greenloop, $29.99

Loomstate Hawkeye Jacket, Greenloop, $29.99

Men who wear a size x-large, I’m calling your name!  If you don’t buy this Loomstate “Hawkeye” jacket (or chicks, if you don’t buy it for your guy), I will personally reach through this computer and smack you!

You’re getting a hooded, mid-weight anorak jacket that was originally $275, for $29.99.  If I felt like doing the math I would tell you that’s a very large percent off!

Here’s the low-down: easy, relaxed fit, drawstring at waist and hood, zip + snap front, four front snap flap pockets, removable, quilted inside vest, made from 82% organic cotton and 18% decycled polyester, “in China – with respect”.

This is one nice jacket.  So stop buying soy lattes for a couple of weeks and get yourself a fancy new jacket.  And then call your blogger – she’s single!

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Loomstate Paracaribou T_Shirt, Greenloop $24.99, sz. small

Loomstate Paracaribou T_Shirt, Greenloop $24.99, sz. small

Loomstate also has a handful of really nice quality t-shirts for $19.99 – $24.99, including this organic cotton “Paracaribou” tee; they’re fair-trade compliant and made in Peru.

If you read my infrequent menswear posts, you know I’m a fan of nice t-shirts worn on their own, or layered.  I’d pick up a few of these, if not all, considering they normally sell for $60-65.

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EcoSkin Alexandrite Dress, $29.99, Greenloop, Sz. L

EcoSkin Alexandrite Dress, $29.99, Greenloop, Sz. L

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Lest you think eco-fashion is all about t-shirts and jackets, feast your eyes on EcoSkin’s Bamboo & Tencel “Alexandrite” dress.  Good luck finding another dress this fashion forward, this eco-friendly at this price.

“Alexandrite” definitely has a Greco-Roman feel with its one shoulder flutter sleeve, and diagonal bottom hem.  It ties on the side of the waist, and is fitted through the bust, with a looser drape on the bottom.

This dress is available as of this writing in a large. That’s unusual for this sale, which has a lot of smaller sizes left over; so if this makes your heart go pitter-pat (and it should when you hear it was originally $167), make with the clicky and go get it.  We’ll be here when you get back. :)

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Sublet bamboo and organic cotton dress, Greenloop, $280

Sublet bamboo and organic cotton dress, Greenloop, $280

For the last product today, I’m going to tempt you into Greenloop’s regular priced items with a dress I simply can’t not show you!

I’m absolutely enamored with the styling of “Catherine”, made by Sublet in bamboo and organic cotton in the U.S.A.

Catherine has sweet, pleated tulip sleeves, a cross over v-neckline, pleated & gathered bodice, black tape side detail, with a full coverage back.  It comes in “Misty”, a dreamy lilac/grey.

Yes, it’s $280, but it can compete with any designer dress of that price point, and you’ll be a lot more comfortable, and a lot more satisfied with your purchase.

I know some of you out there spend that kind of money, why not spend it on this?  Sizes medium and large at the moment.

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Pr0n stars, I really hope you’re able to scamper over to Greenloop before all the good sales are gone and get some for yourself.  If not, at least take a look around and see what’s over there.  There’s always another sale waiting around the bend.

Until next time, it was good for me.  Tell me, was it good for you?

Happy Pr0niversary Sales!

Happy Pr0niversary to meeee!  And you!  And us!  It’s a few days late, but we’ve been shopping together for two whole months now!  It seems like just yesterday that this blog was just a gleam in my eye.  They grow up so fast.  To celebrate, I’m pulling together every sale, sales code, and sample sale invite in my arsenal and giving them all to you.  I didn’t have time to wrap them all.

Smocked Detail Dress, 32, $45.73

Smocked Detail Dress, £32/ $45.73 at Simply Be

It wouldn’t be a Pr0niversary without mentioning the very special offer we have in conjunction with Simply Yours and Simply Be.

Ignore the first-time buyer’s offer at checkout and use our exclusive code: KLUY4 for 20% off plus size fashion, lingerie, footwear and shapewear – good through April 15.

I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t show you this cream colored smocked cotton dress, with brown applique on it.  Usually I’m not a fan of gladiator sandals, but I love the styling here.  The dress is all cotton with cotton lining, sizes 14-32.

Narraganset Quinn

Narraganset Quinn

Why not treat yourself to a new spring handbag?  They’re 30% off at Kate Spade; that’s right all of them.  March 26-30 enter code SFF3263E and take 30% off your entire purchase, including sales items.

If you need a bright, colorful tote for spring do not wait to pick up this red Narraganset Quinn.

With a 6.5″ drop it’s definitely a shoulder bag and it’s wonderfully structured.  Once $345, with 30% off it’s yours for $139.30 + $15 shipping.
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Thanks to my pal Grechen over at Grechens Codes, I found out about a 20% discount at American Apparel.  One thing I appreciate AA for is their committment to a fair job at a fair wage with fair benefits; that’s a rarity in the garment industry.

American Cotton Spandex Jersey Yoga Pant, $28

American Cotton Spandex Jersey Yoga Pant, $28

As I’ve mentioned before, even certain so-called “cruelty-free” companies are not especially forthcoming about their production, other than to say they’re not made in sweatshops.

Anyway, if you don’t mind their slightly unsavory ad campaigns, use code MISSYOU09 to take 20% off.

I’m a fan of their yoga/workout clothing, such as their cotton/spandex yoga pants. Like most of their clothing, they come in several different colors.  Like pink!
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Banana Republic Silk Ruffle Dress, $67.99

Banana Republic Silk Ruffle Dress, $67.99

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Now through March 29th (so get cracking), code EXTRA20 will save you an extra 20% off sales items at Banana Republic, where prices are generally reasonable anyway.

Your blogger highly recommends trying this lavender silk ruffle dress for spring.  It’s such a classic shape and feel; almost 1940’s, and the color is quite flattering.

Just pay mind that the skirt may be clingy.  Spanx are your friend. You want to be smooooooooth.

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Finally, I have a code for 25% off one regularly priced item Greenloop, which is filled with lovely organic and eco-friendly clothing, such as these to die for red faux-felt Cherub Pumps by Beyond Skin.

Beyond Skin Cherub Pump Faux Felt, $220 at Greenloop

Beyond Skin Cherub Pump Faux Felt, $220 at Greenloop

Appease your inner environmentalist and your inner fashionista when you whittle the price down to $220 with code GL25A09, through April 5..

Onto the codeless sales:
Tulle Cardigan with Ruffle
Tulle Cardigan with Ruffle

I think I’ve shown you one thing from Tulle before, but I definitely haven’t shown you anything from their men’s side, Cloth Logic.

Right now, everything from both sites’ Spring I collection is 40% off.  Tulle has adorable, feminine clothing with a retro feel, like this Cardigan with Ruffle.  It’s only $36.00 and goes up to an XL in colors Scarlet and Lagoon.

I have to warn you that I just looked at the size chart and they are tiny.  I almost think this has to be some sort of a misprint or it’s meant to be a Juniors line, or maybe it varies by article.  An XL appears to be a 4/6?  Do look carefully pr0n addicts.

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Cloth Logic Zip Up Sweater

Cloth Logic Zip Up Sweater

Selection is limited over at Cloth Logic, but I’m a fan of this Zip Up Sweater with striped sleeves for $54.  This doesn’t appear to have a size chart at all.  Check the return policy and buy with caution.

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Robert Rodriguez Kimono Top, ShopBop $200.20

Robert Rodriguez Kimono Top, ShopBop $200.20

ShopBop is having a spring sale: “Buy now, Wear now”.   Neither the selection nor the prices inspired me, but I did find a few gems, including this fashion forward kimono top by Robert Rodriguez.

Kimono tops are a bit of a throwback to the ’80s, but trust me, there were worse trends back then.  This particular top comes in mild dahlia, and black charmeuse.  I’d really like to see this on someone.

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Sweaters at Ann Taylor Loft are buy one get one 50% off, which isn’t a half bad deal (ha!)

Ann Taylor Loft Short Sleeve Flower Cardigan, $49.50

Ann Taylor Loft Short Sleeve Flower Cardigan, $49.50

The Loft usually isn’t my style but this short sleeve cardigan with flower detail caught my eye.  The shrunken fit makes for great layering,  and the colors look like there’s something for everyone.

Ann Taylor Loft Puff Sleeve Square Neck Sweater, $44.50

Ann Taylor Loft Puff Sleeve Square Neck Sweater, $44.50

Buy the cardigan for $49.50 and get this flattering Puff Sleeve Square Neck Sweater for $22.50.

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Now comes the really fun stuff – where if you’re lucky and act quickly, you can get unheard of deals on brands from Valentino to Hanky Panky, from Theory to Porridge, from Burberry Prosum to Shoshanna.

A while back we talked about Sample Sales.  Today I’m going to show you all my favorite sites.  Most have brand “boutiques” that open for a few days.  They usually require an invitation from another member, so you tell two friends and she tells two friends and so on.

With some sites you get a credit for every friend who joins, with some for the first purchase they make, and with some – both.  Hi, I’m Dinsquared and I’m your friend. :)

Shoshanna Quilted Shift Dress at Rue La La

Shoshanna Quilted Shift Dress at Rue La La

My absolute favorite is Rue La La.  Every day at 11:00 a.m. EST two or three new brand boutiques open.

Get there early.  Prices are crazy low and items sell out in the blink of an eye.

For instance, at their Final Sale this $395 quilted Shoshanna shift could have been yours for $99.  No lie.

I can’t generate one code or link to share, so if you’re interested just leave a comment on this post and be sure to include your email address.  If you prefer, just email me directly: shoppingpr0n@gmail.com.

Vintage Crystal Stone Hinge Bracelet, $64/Alex and Ani @Hautelook

Vintage Crystal Stone Hinge Bracelet, $64/Alex and Ani @Hautelook

No one can see it but me, and I’ll email you an invitation double quick!  HauteLook is the same way, so if you leave me a comment, I’ll send you an invite to both.

Gilt Groupe has even more amazing high end brands such as Ted Baker, John Varvatos, Chloe, and Thakoon.

Smashbox Masters Class-Brush Collection, $45 @GiltGroupe

Smashbox Masters Class-Brush Collection, $45 @GiltGroupe

Use this link to join.  You could get half off Smashbox Cosmetics, like this Masters Class Brush set, for $45.
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Christian Audigier Pink Faith, $68@Ideeli

Christian Audigier Pink Faith, $68@Ideeli

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Time is running out on the Ed Hardy sale at Ideeli, but if you were a member you could get designer Christian Audigier tees like the Pink Faith for $68 compared to $110.

Just make with the clicky, and happy pr0n!

Whew!  After all that partying I’m tired!  Bringing you all these fabulous steals and deals was worth it, though.  You’re my pr0n stars after all.

Until next time, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?