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Sample Sale Pr0n: Navigating Sample Sales

Hi pron friends, I hope you’ve been well during our time apart.  Today in Shopping Pr0n, we’re going to discuss the “Sample Sale”: websites that are devoted just to designer extras and samples.  With patience and determination you may be able to find top designers, at deeply discounted prices; they may be new or straight off the runway, but they’re almost always in limited quantities and sizes.  Act quickly!

Jenny Dyer London Turquoise Dress

Jenny Dyer London Turquoise Dress

Even if a store is not just for sample sales, if you’re willing to risk losing a piece of clothing, or buy for next year, you may be able to get what you want drastically reduced when there are only a few sizes left.

Two of my favorite colors for Spring are cobalt blue, and turquoise – I’ve been showing them to you non-stop: in Spring Color TrendsSunday Brunch, and the Almost March Edition of Pr0n Plus.  

This turqoise Jenny Dyer dress is from Catwalk to Closet, which is designer samples and extras.  I chose it also because it’s available in UK 12-16 (US 10-14ish). 

This dress retails for £325, but is selling for £60 or about $85, for a top of the line designer dress.  Do you pay for the name with designer clothing? Sure.  But you also get outstanding fit, fabric and quality.

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Here’s my first attempt at a suit outfit.  This matching thing is harder than I thought!  I’m working with a suit by the unfortunately named Hickey Style.  It’s a tan cotton/wool twill suit, originally $1095, now $385.  The jacket is a 3-button, with flat-front pants.  It’s made in the U.S.A., and available in a smattering of regular and long sizes.

I love a man in a suit

Clearance Sale Suits

I picked out two shirts: the dark blue is $89, down from $225 at Barney’s Co-Op.  It’s cotton poplin, which is kind of a heavier weight cotton. 

With either shirt you could skip the jacket and put it with the pants and these Ted Baker perforated boots from Bluefly, or use the jacket and a pair of dark wash jeans.

I loooove a man in nice shoes, but even I fall asleep eventually looking at them, which is why I like the detail on the top and sides of these boots, size 13; they were $210 and are now $87.99.  The shirt has a small navy, white and burgundy floral pattern, and I chose a sky blue, navy and burgundy tie in a wider pattern by Moschino at Forzieri

If you keep things in the same color genre…it should work.  We’ll learn together, my little pr0n papayas!

The other shirt is a beautiful bright blue with alternating blue and purple stripes.  “Vibert” is at Bluefly; $54.39 down from $125.  I tried two ties from Hickey Style at Bluefly; a brown with white, and an orange with little green army men. :D  Men, please let me know how I did here!  Would you wear these?

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Here’s another way to wear orange: with green and brown.  This outfit ended up having almost an ethnic feel to it.  The orange and white tunic is from Tory Burch, a designer whose logo flats became so ubiquitous so quickly that every bone in my fashionista body rebelled.  Eventually more of her line came out and I was in love. 

Tory, Lily, Robert & Kate

Ethnic Casual for Spring

 Anyway,  the tunic is from Catwalk to Closet and retails for £165, but sells in a Size 6 for £65 (about $90USD).  Buy it before I do! 

With the tunic, try these Robert Rodriguez Latte Capris (or any capris) with an embroidered waistband (multiple sizes!).  Normally $275, yours for $90.89.

We’re working with orange as the main color, and accenting around it.  I didn’t intend to put the outfit together this way, but usually colors will be “in” for a season, and you’ll find lots.  The necklace is on sale for $98 at Shoptwigs; the flats are Lily Pulitzer: originally $248, now $79 at Simply Soles.  Why?  Because they’re only in brown, size 6.5.  But we could have worn them in green to match the necklace. 

Finally this cutie pie of a Kate Spade tote!  Usually $295, but at SmartBargains.com for $119.97!  You’re lucky I don’t buy totes…

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I always save my favorite for last; this set just makes me squeal with delight!  I’m such a girly girl, so anything that makes me feel that way makes me happy.  Again, every piece in this outfit just kind of came together.  Start with this Chloe (!) A-line purple skirt at Catwalk to Closet.  Pronistas, this is a £475 skirt for £99!!!! 

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A girly set in yellow, green and purple

So…$130, 100% linen, French sizes 38 & 42 or US 10 & 14ish. Unbeliveable!

Choose from two blouses: the yellow is Juicy Couture: $89 down from $178 – sizes 10-14!  The white blouse is from Graham & Spencer at FunkyLaLa (funky!).  Originally $250, now $75!!  I can’t stop using exclamation marks!! 

The cute purple clutch is at Bluefly, and about half-off at $53.09.  The croc flats are Sam Edleman’s  from celebrity-fave Kitson L.A.  Once $95, now $41.

Okay – my favoritest pieces.  These adorable yellow/green sunglasses are dvb, which I actually didn’t know is Victoria Beckham’s line.  LOL. Bad Fashionista!  At £60, they’re still a fun splurge, but it’s better than £165.  Finally these pumps!  Yellow patent leather Colin Robertson, peep toe, slingback, gradiated 4″ heel for $65 at Kitson, sizes 6-10!  Are you ready for this? Originally $345!  I wish you could see how excited I am. :D

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Well!  Good deals are exhausting!  If I’m lucky, I’ll have ready for you tonight Pr0n Plus: The very best in plus size fashion.  Pr0n Plus is every Monday, my lovely pr0n addicts!

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Until then, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

Outfit of the Day Pr0n: Sunday Brunch

Happy Friday, pr0n friends.  If you’re not reading this on Friday, I’m sorry.  I’m starting a new (somewhat) daily column I’m calling Outfit of the Day Pr0n!  Exciting name, no?  Each day or thereabouts I’ll show you how to put together an outfit for a particular style, occasion or body type.

Rebecca Beeson Bright Red Empire Waist Tunic at Bluefly

Rebecca Beeson Bright Red Empire Waist Tunic at Bluefly

I wanted to start with a style that’s easy to do, easy to work off of, and both men and women can wear.  So rather than reinvent the wheel, I pulled this tomato red cotton v-neck tunic from Rebecca Beeson that I used for spring colors in Color Pr0n.

This outfit is “nice casual”.  For me, it’s something to wear out to a Sunday Brunch, or a cool summer evening party on a patio.  Wear it someplace you want to look nice…but not too nice?

Sunday Brunch

I’ve taken the tunic and almost made a casual suit out of it.  I chose a pair houndstooth cuffed capris by Guess?, but you could also put them over a pair of long chino shorts, like these at J. Crew that go up to a size 16.  Over the top and pants I put a one button black suit jacket from Banana Republic’s Monogram Collection.  I’m normally hesitant to recommend one-button jackets, because they’re a harder style to pull off, but this is a nice fit as long as you’re not very busty.  This particular blazer has had a slightly relaxed, slouchy feel that I wanted so it would line up over the tunic and make it dressier, but still keep the whole thing somewhat casual.  You don’t want a really slim fitting or structured jacket here, unless you’ve got an equally structured top.

Next I chose Cocobelle Paloma flat sandals from Endless.com, which have some style and structure (No flip flops! Ever!).  You can see that I’m walking that line between casual and structured in each piece, and that’s kind of the trick.  Pick your occasion, decide how dressy or casual you need to be and go from there.  Exchange the sandals for a pair of flats, the capris for a pair of dark trouser jeans, or the suit jacket for a casual blazer and the outfit will have an entirely different style and feel.  What’s great is that these are mostly types of items you’d have in your closet anyway; you’re just using them in a new way.  Aren’t you clever!

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It’s hard to find really nice, unique men’s clothes.  I’ve been trolling some new blog friends so I hope to bring you more soon. Today’s outfit though, is one that men can totally wear, too.  Not androgynous, just adaptable. :)

A Men's Casual Primer

I’m so ridiculously pleased with how this turned out.  I took the women’s suit idea and used a men’s “geek chic” style.  Take a look at the jacket and shorts; they’re both patterns; the shorts are a tiny navy stripe from old faithful Banana Republic.  Since the shorts are a small stripe, and the blazer from Ben Sherman is a large check, you can mix the patterns.  When mixing patterns, keep use one large and one small, and stick to similar colors.

From there the rest was simple; I loved the pop of bright used in the Ben Sherman picture, so I found a cotton poplin button down shirt in Olive Butter from Old Navy.  The subject of a man-sandal, ie. a “mandal” is still controversial in the fashion world.  Unlike women, most men don’t go out of their way to get pedicures, making the idea of showing off their feet…unappealing.  Instead, try a nice slip on driving moccasin, like Calvin Klein’s Timmy from Piperlime.  Then throw on a messenger bag,  like the Jack Spade I showed you in Handbag/Manbag Pr0n.  Personally I’m pro-man jewelry, but since not everyone is, every man should have at least one really nice watch.  What I like about Nixon’s (the company, not the dead president) “24-20” chrono watch, is the contrast between the black and the bright silver, and the large face.  It’s available at Barney’s Co-op.

Just like the women’s outfit, mix it up: change the color of the shirt or use a nice colorful t-shirt; put it with jeans and a suit jacket and it’s appropriate for dinner out.  Once you’ve mastered the art of mixing and matching this kind of an outfit, call your blogger. She’s single!

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There you go! Your very first outfits of the day, for Friday March 6, 2009.

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

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Handbag/Manbag Pr0n

Pr0n friends, I am one beat blogger.  But I always have energy for you, especially because I got to use my new toy for today’s post: Polyvore.com.  Using Polyvore means I get to show you lots more goodies, and who doesn’t like more goodies?  Today we’re going to talk about handbags and manbags: all colors, prices and styles.  Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Red Hobos

Red Hobos

Red Hobos – by dinsquared on Polyvore.com

This is a hobo*.  These are also hobos.  The hobo bag is a curious creature in the wild, in sizes ranging from just enough for a wallet, cell phone and keys, to “Excuse me, Ma’am.  Are you hiding an Olsen Twin in there?”

Hobos’ common thread is their slouchy appearance, which can also vary in degree of slouch.  The pro to a hobo bag is it’s comfy casualness.  It’s nearly always a shoulder bag, and comes in lots of variations.

The con to a hobo bag is that you risk looking like…a hobo.  Generally, the more structured a bag, the more “formal” its appearance is; the less structured, the more casual.

The other downside is that you wind up kind of throwing everything into one big smooshy lump.  Good luck finding anything in there.  Even an Olsen Twin.

All details and links are at the Polyvore link, but quickly starting in the middle and then going clockwise:

1) Kate Spade Northampton Charlie: $235.85 at Couture.Zappos.com; 2) Thugs and Kisses Oversized Hobo, $175 at LunaBoston.com; 3) Phoebe Canvas Tote, $19.80 at Forever21.com; 4) (bottom)Rebecca Minkoff red patent leather ‘Mini Nikki’ shoulder bag at Bluefly, $345; 5)Rebecca Minkoff Nikki Hobo Bag – Persimmons, $600 at TheHipChick.com; (top left); 6)  AE Large Textured Hobo, $39.50 at AE.com.

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Men's Messenger Bags

Men's Messenger Bags - Manbags, baby

Men’s Messenger Bags – by dinsquared on Polyvore.com

Folks, men have stuff just like women. They need to carry their stuff places, just like women.  Isn’t it time for a little bag equality among the sexes?

I’m proposing the Bag Equality Act of 2009, whereby all men making under $250,000/year will be given a Man Bag – free!

Until my movement gains momentum however, I urge all men to invest in one with their own funds.  Few things say “I’m a grown-up” like a nice bag.

Many of them come big enough for your laptop,  they come in all fabrics and styles, and you can collect them for all occasions: work, weekend, dinner – you decide!

Again, complete details available by making with the clicky, but starting with our friend the gray man, and this time going counter-clockwise (humor me): 1) Marc by Marc Jacobs Textured Patent Zip Messenger Bag, $219.99 at Bluefly.com; 2) Mark Nason Messenger Bag, $625 at EBags.com; 3) Ben Sherman Commuter Bag, $79.00 at Tobi.com; 4)Jack Spade Greene Street Canvas Nylon Field Bag, $154 at Zappos.com.

I saved this red bag for last on purpose.  I love this bag so much, because it’s actually a daddy diaper bag! Check out the link for all the information on this DadGear Courier Retro Stripe Bag, there’s plenty of it.  I found it for $59.95 at Bagsbuy.com, and it also comes in blue, green and orange. ♥

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Bowler Bags

Colored Bowlers

Bowler Bags – by dinsquared on Polyvore.com

Bowler Bags (named because of their similarity to actual bowling bags) are very trendy right now, and for the last few years.  It’s a fairly classic shape, so I’m expecting this style to stick around.  Remember the divine white bowler I showed you in Clearance Pr0n?

Generally a bowler is going to be a medium to large bag; they’re maybe 60% handbags bags, and 40% shoulder bags.  They frequently have shorter “drops”, but may look deceivingly long, so be sure to try them on.

Bowlers are also usually much wider at the bottom than at the top, making the bag somewhat bulky where it hits around your hip if you’re wearing it on your shoulder.  I’m not discouraging you from a bowler – I adore bowlers.  I’m just passing on my shopping pr0n knowledge. :)

Aren’t these bags adorable though?  It kind of makes you want one in every color.  Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, details at the Polyvore link; starting with the model and going clockwise: 1) Hayden-Harnett Trophy Bag in Blueberry, $678 at Haydenharnett.com; 2) Latico Leathers Candy Strip Bowler, $150.35 at ebags.com; 3) Vangi Front Pockets Grained Leather Bowler Bag, $261.71 at Forzieri.com; 4) Uptown Girl Bag by Big Buddha, $66 at Fredala.com; 5) Vera Bradley Black Microfiber Pleated Bowler, $50 at VeraBradley.com.

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Spring Green

Green Totes and Satchels

Spring Green – by dinsquared on Polyvore.com

Don’t tell the other sets, but this one’s really my favorite; it just came out so pretty with all the springy green bags, don’t you think?

This set is about smallish structured bags; as shoulder bags,  they may be called “satchels”; as handbags they may be called  “totes”.  I call them pr0n.

Advantages: these are structured bags that can go from work to weekend, and things will more or less stay where you put them.  They may have an inner pocket or pouch or two or four, and they frequently have a space just for your cell phone!  They may be expandable, or have an outer pocket, and they’re just ubiquitous and classic.

A tote or satchel will never go out of style, you can always find it with the latest color or trend (buckles, zippers), and they’re easy to find in every price range.  If you’re stranded on a desert island and can only bring one handbag (quélle horror!) , bring your satchel or tote.

I love all of these; I want to bring them all home with me, and I don’t usually like green!  Starting with our fine headless model and going clockwise: 1) Chloe Ande Small Expandable Canvas Tote, $1375 at Net-a-Porter.com; 2) Cole-Haan Small Village Box Tote, $170.82 at 6pm.com; 3) Merona Green Tote, $17.99 at Target; 4) Michael Kors Push Lock Shoulder Satchel, $378 at MichaelKors.com; 5) Kate Spade Noel Small Coal Tote (Green), $123.55 at Zappos.com; 5) Olivia Harris – Grey and Green Leather Tubular Satchel Tote, $495 at ShopKitson.com, and finally – 6) Tory Burch Patent Burch Tote, $395 at saksfifthavenue.com.

So there we are.  I’ll be using Polyvore more in the future to show you how to put together outfits, or examples within a category or just because I’m bored and you’re a semi-captive audience. :D Really, thanks for being here, poppies.

Over the weekend, I’ll be doing a post on…something.  But Monday is always the latest edition of Pr0n Plus!

As always, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

A couple quick notes my pr0n popsicles: *a hobo is  a term that’s not really used any more because it’s actually a homeless person.  Homelessness is a serious issue; please don’t throw things at me because I made a joke.
A huge pr0n shoutout (sh0ut0ut?) goes to thefind.com, which is this amazing website where you tell it what kind of product you’re looking for, and you can narrow it down by color and/or price and/or store if you want, and it pulls from more sites than you could possibly find in a lifetime.  There’s also like.com, but I find that I like thefind better.  (Get it? Yeah…Sorry.)
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