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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?

Eco Friendly Pr0n

How are you (well, morning for me) my lovely pr0n readers?  My you are looking lovely today.  You’ve been shopping, haven’t you?  I’m so proud. Today’s post is all about the Fifth Rule of Shopping Pr0n: Put your money where your mouth is.  This relates back to my post on Socially Responsible Pr0n . The point is that if I’m going to go all soapbox ranty about being socially responsible, I should try to integrate it into my life and blog.

cotton/poly/hemp/silk, size L, $96

cotton/poly/hemp/silk, size L, $96

So today, dear pr0n addicts, we will look at Eco Friendly Pr0n!  Natural fibers, sustainable fabrics, organic materials, and vegetarian/vegan products – all that satisfy the pr0nista in you! To my right I have a super comfy tailored hoody, we have proof that you don’t have to give up the shoe lover in you to be ethical, another men’s blazer, and as always – panties!

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Your dear blogger was beginning to wonder if socially responsible people had something against fashionable shoes (and clothes) when she found The Green Loop .


Oh joy!  Oh rapture!  OH, my credit card!  Just look at these red and black Hazel T-strap pumps from Beyond Skin.  Apparently Beyond Skin has been around since 2001 exclusively creating beautiful, handmade, ethical footwear.

These are made from a faux patent leather (polyurethane) and hemp; I’m glad to see the pot I did in college is being put to a better use.  The website has a tremendous amount of detail about the fabrics and the company.  You should know they were made in Spain and have a 3.75 inch heel.  These puppies will set your feet and your wallet back a cool $285.  Shipping is $5, and Greenloop.com does deliver to some other countries.

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Feel free to wear those shoes with this Truly Organic Talum Skirt.   What I simply adore about this skirt is the fabrics used to creat a soft, flowy look, and the side rouching.  When rouching first came back into style, like most trends it was horribly overused and misused.

Now that it’s had time to settle down, it’s being used in wonderful ways to add just a hint of interest to an article of clothing, as in this skirt. It’s pleated, rouched and tied on the side (wear it up or down), and hits just below the knee.

Talum is made from 100% fair trade organic cotton , with 100% vegetable, chemical free dyes, and is lined in soft poplin (which is referring to cotton here).  Unless I’m being dense I can’ t see where their products are manufactured, but being certified fair trade should  help in your decision bring home this $73.50 creation.

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In one of our previous episodes, you all went gaga over this Juicy blazer.  So I am committed to bringing you more menswear for you to go gaga over.  I really like this knit blazer by Same Underneath. First,  it’s half off. It used to be $240 and now it’s $120.  Love it!

It’s a fitted, single knit button blazer – normally single button blazers are tricky, because they have a really low stance ( i.e. where the button is) and it just calls attention to a belly, but the stance is about mid-chest here, which is nice.
There are front flap pockets, 3 button cuffs, and it’s fully lined in contrasting print with a Sameunderneath red button hold stitch on the lapel.

It’s made from: 75% organic cotton; 25% polyester.  The company says it’s “Made in China – with respect”, so make of that what you will or contact the company.

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Let me tell you, dear pr0n friends, organic/eco-friendly men’s clothing sucks.  In fact, it both sucks and blows that’s how bad it is.  Want jeans?  Sure.  Want t-shirts and hoodies?  Okay.  That’s…about 90% of it.  The article I read said that if men want this stuff they need to be more vocal consumers, so I’m passing that along.

In the meantime, I’m passing along this Nova Bamboo Polo shirt by Salts that I found on Etsy.

From what I can see, it’s made from 100%  organic bamboo (excluding the snaps), which is a sustainable fiber, and is made by the owner in Canada.

If a guy picked me up for a date wearing this with a pair of nice jeans and shoes (the cap can go, really), he’s already one step ahead with me.

So – spend $36 on this shirt (which is also available in red or green), and call me if you’re cute and single!  Salts also has really really cute organic baby clothes.  The clothes are organic, I can’t vouch for the babies. (Little grammar humor there.)

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I’ll show up in this stunner of en eco friendly bamboo dress by Gina Michele, off Smashing Darling.  When I was putting together this post, I had three Gina Michele dresses in my queue that I could have shown you, her dresses are just so soft looking and well crafted.

Just look at this yellow/mustard v-neck bamboo “Portrait of a Siren” dress.  A deep v-neck, is attached to a pintucked, lined bodice with a braided tie closure in back.  I will say that this is for someone on the smaller end of the bust line, unless you want to put a cami under it, which  is totally acceptable.

It’s got an elastic empire waist – empire waists are great for pear figures because it shows off your upper body and just sort of skims over that whole hippy, thigh, rear area – and a layered skirt.  Made in New York.

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Before stepping out the door for my date with Mr. Handsome up there, I’ll grab my WAS clutch. Every WAS bag is one of a kind, as it’s made from recycled billboards.  Their stock is constantly changing or you can make your own!  The clutches do have a leather strap, but they’re made entirely in New Zealand.

This one is $125 NZ, which CoinMill.com is kind enough to tell me is only about $67 and change U.S.  Whee!  If I’ve got my NZ lingo down, they appear to ship worldwide.  Thanks WAS!

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Since my dress is lined, I can slip on this cami and tied bikini set from Adili.com underneath (see how nicely I segeued there).  I’ve been showing you all a lot of “retro” inspired lingerie lately, so I thought this was a nice change.

You can only get this cami/panty set (there’s a different style of panty at Adili) at Adili, but it’s made by Enamore from organic silk (8% silk elastyne for stretch), and made in the UK.

As you can see in the picture, it’s a bit of a small fit, so do check out their size chart.  I believe the sizes are UK, and are available UK 8-14 (US 6-12ish).  They do ship worldwide, and they’ll ship these to you £59 ($92.11 US) for the cami (It’s organic silk!  What do you want?) and £ 37 for this style panty ($57.76 US).  Lots more lingerie at the site if you like the concept, but not ths specific pair.

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Alas, that’s all  I have for you my darlings! I’m ever so glad you came.  By next week I promise to have lots more eco-friendly pr0n for you.  Until then, I suspect the next edition of ShoppingPron will be Luxury Pr0n! Ooooh! We’ll see how you all like that.  Sometime Friday I suspect, to be followed by the weekly edition of Pr0n Plus.  Time flies when you’re reading pr0n!

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

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