Category Archives: Stretching Your Budget

Orange You Glad You Wore Orange?

Hello, my little Pr0n Stars!  Don’t think I haven’t missed you.  Hopefully I’m back, as is the pr0n; we’ll see what form it takes.

Today I want to talk about broadening your color horizons.  A few years ago if you’d looked in my closet, you’d see all shades of blue, pink and purple.  I knew what looked good on me, but there were so many other colors missing!  Since then, I’ve been adding poor, neglected orange, green and yellow.  They may seem like tricky colors, but before we’re done you’ll all be running out to taste the rainbow.

Let me show you some of my recent purchases, and lusts (it wouldn’t be pr0n without lust).  It wouldn’t be Spring without a pair of cute little go-with-everything flats, but if you’re like me with very high arches (VERY), that may seem like an impossible task. Born Peony in Orange

UNTIL I found Peony, by Börn. Börn shoes are like the Birkenstock of shoes, with high quality that fit the contours of your feet.   Look at the adorable Peony flower that will tell everyone that you’re not afraid of color.

I picked these up in orange; other colors such as green, yellow, blue, black and pink are a bit harder to find. But what an easy way to add a pop of go-with-everything color to your wardrobe!

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Kate Spade Tutti Frutti Maryanne

Speaking of easy pops of color – try a brightly colored handbag for spring!  PUT THE BLACK HANDBAG DOWN.  Din said so.  (My peeps call me Din.  That’s just how we roll.)

I’m always lusting after a Kate Spade (or 5) and throw in patent leather and I’m a puddle on the floor.  This Tutti Frutti Maryanne is on sale (ON SALE) for $228, including free shipping at Kate Spade.com.

You didn’t hear it from me, but there’s usually a sale on sale this time of year. Put yourself on a website’s mailing list to be the first to know about sales, get coupons, etc.

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My new go-to website for cute clothes is Tobi.com.  They’ve got a great selection, and especially their sale stuff is super reasonably priced.  They ship usually same or next day, so if you live on the West Coast, you’ll get your stuff in a snap!  Everyone knows getting the stuff is part of the fun when you order online.

You know the feeling you get slipping into your favorite t-shirt? That’s the feeling you get putting on clothing by Velvet by Graham & Spencer – one of my new favorite brands for tops, sweaters and dresses. Their stuff is just to-die-for soft, and if you’re a bit on the smaller busted side, you’ll thank me in the heat of summer when you pull on their Lisbet Dress in Medium for $29! Scurry – this little melon darling won’t last long.

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But not all of us can pull off such a dress, and most of us have lives wherein we’re in air-conditioning about 40 hours a week. For you, my little Pr0n Workers, I point you to your nearest Anthropologie for the Reed Shirtdress.

It’s sold out online in orange , but if you like it, hopefully you can find it in one of their brick and mortar stores once another pr0n star returns it (the horror!) or find it in a different color. It’s only $59.95 down from $118…

Which is a perfect segue (I used to be able to spell that word) to pimp one of my new favorite blogs: Effortless Anthropologie.

It’s author, Roxie, knows this store inside and out – to an extent that’s almost a little scary. :) But lucky for us she shares her knowledge with review posts, complete with pictures, and sale posts every week. If you’re not reading Roxie, you’re going to miss what you want.

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Orange is so wearable my little Pr0n Stars: pale blonds, dark brunettes, and even redheads can wear this color in the right shade.  When you do wear it, you will get so many complements!  Most of them from non-stars who didn’t think they could wear orange.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and hopefully I’ll have another one later in the week!  Comments are love.  :)

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

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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?

Boobalicious Sundresses Under $50

Hi pr0nstars – My you all look lovely today.  I’m having to do a bit of retooling here at the pr0n.  When I started blogging, I did it for the love of fashion, and the love of writing.  Somewhere along the way I got ahead of myself and got burned out.  So I’m going back to my roots (so to speak, of course).  I’m not sure where that is, exactly but it may be a little different than before.  If you’d like to come with me, I’d love that.

Tommy Hilfiger Sleveless Dress - $62 @ Macys

Tommy Hilfiger Sleveless Dress - $62 @ Macys

Today, my friend P_D was writing, and she said that she was having trouble finding a sundress that was flattering for her boobages.  You know, her chesticals.  Her breasts. Being a woman of ample cleavage myself, I understood.  She didn’t want a halter or strapless, or a maxi-dress and she was trying to stay under $50.

I said: Game On.

Just out of her price range is this adorable empire waist navy sundress from Tommy Hilfiger at Macys.  Sizes go up to XL, the straps are wide enough to hide bra straps, and the elastic empire waist stops at your smallest part (emphasizing it), while giving you a little extra breathing room.

Survey says it’s cotton, machine washable and 29″ from mid-back, which is a fine length.  Pick it up today or tomorrow (June 10-11) and use code SAVEMORE at checkout, and the price comes down to between $53.25 and $50.12 – exactly in her price range.  Win!

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MaxStudio.com Flutter Sleeve Boat Neck Dress $68

MaxStudio.com Flutter Sleeve Boat Neck Dress $68

One of my favorite places to look for reasonable summer dresses is MaxStudio.com .  If you hang around long enough, you can get a really good bargain on pretty, colorful, floaty dresses.  I picked out two, starting with the Flutter-Sleeve Boat Neck Dress on the left.

What I think sets this dress apart from similar styles is that the bodice isn’t elasticized; it’s actually pleated, with a tie in the back.  Again, that’s going to give you and your “girls” breathing room if you need it, and then just float away from your body.

The pattern is so pretty, and it should be a really flattering style on a variety of body types. An XL here is about a 16/18.  Check their size charts, which are pretty accurate.

MaxStudio.com - Embroidered Sheath Dress, $98

MaxStudio.com - Embroidered Sheath Dress, $98

The second one is definitely out of her price range,  but maybe someone else here can give this dress a good home.

This straight A-Line style is going to look best on someone with less of a defined waist and/or more of a tummy to hide.  If you’ve got great legs, but a little more in the middle this shape will hide the bad and show the good.

I’m drooling over the rich cornflower blue, scalloped neckline (with straps which will let you wear a real bra), and embroidery detail.  At 26″ from the waist this would be perfectly appropriate for a casual office environment with a little jacket or sweater over it.

It’s only available in a Large and Extra-Large, so please – won’t you give this dress a stable, loving home in your closet?  For only pennies a day, you too can save a sundress.

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Kavu Westbay Dress, $62 @ Zappos

Kavu Westbay Dress, $62 @ Zappos

I included this $62 empire waist dress from Zappos.com, because it’s eco-friendly, has wide straps with bra strap stays, an elastic back, and comes in two colors: red and blue.

The size chart isn’t available, but it goes up to an XL, which I’d consider about a 16 typically.  Also Zappos has free overnight shipping on clothing, and free returns. They’re known for really good customer service.

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NY&Co. City Stretch Tiered Dress, $29.95

NY&Co. City Stretch Tiered Dress, $29.95

Diving back comfortably into P_D’s requested price range is a super comfy looking dress from NY & Co., which is the same company as Limited and Express, just a different demographic.  That means the sizing is going to be different; in this case, more generous.

Check out this pull over v-neck tiered dress. It’s got the same elastic empire waist, with cap sleeves, and hits above the knee.  Heck, I’m tempted to try this sundress myself.  For P_D I like the purple, but it also comes in orange, white and black.  Did I mention it’s on sale for $29.95?  No?  My bad.  It also comes in color-blocks for just a few bucks more.

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Smocked Scoopneck Embroidered Dress, $29.90, Ann Taylor Loft

Smocked Scoopneck Embroidered Dress, $29.90, Ann Taylor Loft

Way back when, I predicted that cobalt blue was going to be huge this season.  I don’t want to brag or anything, but I was right.  My favorite dress may be this cobalt blue Smocked Scoopneck from Ann Taylor Loft.

The color is so pretty, and the style is so easy and comfortable for summer – at $29.99 it’s a steal.  One thing to keep in mind is that the dress is just shy of 20″ from the natural waist – short.  It’s only in a size small online, but they have a “in-store finder” online.  Good luck! Godspeed!

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C & C California jersey  'Brita' tank dress, $50.40 @Bluefly

C & C California jersey 'Brita' tank dress, $50.40 @Bluefly

I’ll show you one more sundress tonight.  Squeeking in at $50.40 is the C&C California breeze jersey tank dress.

This is the best type of dress – throw it on with a pair of sandals and a floppy brimmed hat (and sunscreen) and you’re out the door.  Funk it up with some cool accessories and maybe a cardigan.

Bluefly.com is selling it in several pretty shades of blue and green, including “honeydew”, shown.

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As you can see my little pr0n pickles, every body type can find something flattering at their price point, without sacrificing quality or style.  It just takes a little patience and determination.

My aces up the sleeve are TheFind.com and ShopStyle.com, which are fabulous for letting you search for a particular kind of item, by store or price or manufacturer or color.  Let your fingers do the walking! And as in all my posts, pictures link back to the product for your shopping ease.

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This was ShoppingPr0n “By Request”.  Got a problem or a question? Email me! shoppingpr0n@gmail.com.  Maybe you’ll have your very own pr0n post.

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As ever, it was good for me. Tell me, was it good for you?