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Shoe Pr0n Blow by Blow

Darling Pr0n Stars: Hello! Good Morning/ Afternoon/ Evening!  Today I was inspired by my good friend Manolo, the Shoeblogger. He always has good advice and the most breathtaking shoes, but the shoe he had today, Miu Miu Spectator Peep-Toe Mary Janes were so beautiful, I had to share.

There’s a lot in this title to take in, so let’s break it apart. Brand: Miu Miu, named for its designer, Miuccia Prada. Sound familiar?  It should; she also owns & designs the brand Prada.  See?  You know so much already!

Peep-toe is self explanatory; make sure you’ve got a good pedicure before you show those tosies, and for the love of Pete if I see ANY of you wearing reinforced hose (the kind with a seam on the toe) with a peep-toe, I will haunt your nightmares for eternity, so help me!

Spectator is normally a men’s type of shoe, marked in appearance by the contrasting size cut out dots.  A lovely way to reference menswear in women’s clothing is to take a classic men’s style, like a spectator, and make it girlie. Here it’s also a mary-jane style (a girl’s type of shoe with a a strap over the foot or ankle). A pump merely means that it has a heel.

Conversely, the neutral colors and spectator detailing keeps the mary-jane patent leather, platform heel and bow from looking garish or over the top. This is a shoe that is a study in perfect opposites.

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What makes a beautiful men’s shoe? Its more subtle. Pr0n guys must learn to see the difference between a classic shoe and a contemporary one; between dowdy and geek-chic, and above all a lovely leather.

If you’ve followed the Pr0n previously, you know I have a specific weakness in the men’s shoe genre: the shoe boot. *fans self* With the shoe boot you have a very old style, almost vintage, that’s been tweaked to look effortlessly modern.

Pr0n guys, you want a boot that looks jaunty and delicate, not clunky and ready to actually go riding in. Think Prince Charles, not Charlie Brown.

Think about this Prada at Bluefly.com. Vegetarians will cringe when they find out that it’s calfskin, but nothing feels quite like it. What’s nice is the rounded toe, slight heel and stretch shaft, to help your manscaped feet ease inside.

Let’s talk about manscaping for a moment before we move on: pr0nstars, I’m expecting ALL of you to be in your pedicurist’s chair once the weather turns warm. We’ll look at the Mandal (the Man-Sandal) in another post, but everyone deserves pampering and nobody deserves toe-cheese.

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Don’t let anybody tell you that you have to wear 4″ heels to have a shoe that makes your heart skip a beat. Your podiatrist may not like you anymore for wearing perfectly flat shoes, than soaring heels but we can rock a pair of orthotics when we’re old, anyway.

I swore I wouldn’t show you another pair of patent leather shoes this time – it’s my problem, not yours and I recognize that I need help for it. BUT, I saw these D&G Dolce & Gabanna shoes and I needed you to see the beauty in simplicity.

These are a pair of deep green patent ballerina flats. Made in Italy. Perfection in style, quality and color.

Pr0nstars I hate to leave and have to say good night. But I’m overwhelmed by the beauty in this post and need to rest.  Sometimes less is more and sometimes more is more; I think that’s what we’ve learned in this post. That and who Muiccia Prada is. The more you know.

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Until next time – comments are love. It was good for me; tell me: was it good for you?

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?

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?

Michelle Obama Style: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Pron friends, I have seen the past few weeks in First Lady Fashion and I am not amused.  The Belt of Doom is back; actually every belt of doom is back, I’m seeing awful black pant…things, and jewelry that threatens to eat the entire country.  March had not been a kind month to Michelle Obama, my little pr0n pears and then…just when all hope was lost.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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This month, Michelle Obama had the honor of being the first person ever to share the cover of O Magazine with Oprah Winfrey.

Michelle Obama on O Magazine

Michelle Obama on O Magazine

My first impression was that she looked fantastic.  Overall, that’s still true.  It’s a beautiful photograph of a beautiful woman, but there are really significant styling problems.

The colors together are gorgeous; vibrant coral and lemon yellow look great on the First Lady, and the whole thing just makes me feel happy all over.  The open neckline flatters her face.

The first problem is that awful belt that she wore when serving food to the homeless.  I’m sure the homeless had better things to worry about than her belt, but surely at O Magazine a very polite stylist could have guided her gently away from it.

It’s some sort of clear red wide plastic belt horror. “It came from the ’80s!!”  The rest of the problem is apparently the length of the cardigan.

What’s happening is that because the cardigan goes over her hips, it emphasizes rather than flatters or ignores.  In combination with the sweater, the belt chops her in the middle, making her look heavier .

But don’t take my word for it; see what the outfit could have looked like with a shorter sweater and no belt or with the belt, thanks to a great photoshop job by my friend LaynieLink, at my direction.  We make a good team.  Actually, with a shorter sweater and that coral dress, the belt…isn’t that bad.  Don’t hurt me.

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Michelle Obama at Arlington National Cemetary

Mrs. Obama is wearing a variation on the same style here at Arlington National Cemetery.

I almost really like this outfit.  I love the layering of colors and fabrics that she’s using; the overall idea of this outfit is really very chic.

Can you spot the problem?  Once again her sweater is too long for her, and instead of hanging straight it’s pulling at the buttons.  That’s a sign of a poor fit.

No matter how cute those trendy “boyfriend” sweaters are, if it doesn’t fit over your hips, it doesn’t fit. There will be other sweaters.  Your blogger promises.

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Michelle Obama at Ted Kennedy

Michelle Obama at Ted Kennedy

Here’s where things start to go terribly terribly wrong.  In this picture the President and First Lady are at Senator Ted Kennedy’s birthday party .

She appears to be wearing a piñata, combined with I don’t even know what for necklaces.  Here’s a closeup.

Michelle Obama Vintage Necklaces

Michelle Obama Vintage Necklaces

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According to the First Lady’s Press Secretary, these are vintage pieces.  Lovies, sometimes “vintage” is just another word for “old”.

I like the dangly blue necklace as a piece by itself, but it doesn’t work with what she’s wearing (what would??).  The yellow thing. I…I’m speechless.  I have no idea.  I don’t know what it is, what it was, what it’s supposed to be.  My apologies to Senator Kennedy.

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Michelle Obama at school

Michelle Obama at school

This week Mrs. Obama visited a school in one of the worst neighborhoods in Washington, DC to talk about growing up, and education, and First Daughters Malia and Sasha.

Can anyone tell me why she’s dressed like the Mother of the Bride Goes to a Funeral?  I just don’t get this outfit at all.

She’s wearing what may or may not be a pants suit.  The jacket looks like a raw silk, but the pants look like a smooth satin.  The whole thing looks like a fussy, too old, weird, ill-fitting mess.

Why is she wearing black in the daytime to a high school? What is that thing attacking her shoulder?  Why is she wearing tapered leg pants and why can’t she get cuter flats?

I care too much, I know.  It just kills me to see such a stunning woman take such strange fashion left turns.  *sigh* One day, my little pr0n pies.  One day people will listen to me.

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Michelle Obama at Fort Bragg

Michelle Obama at Fort Bragg

The outfit Mrs. Obama wore to Fort Bragg in North Carolina is equally puzzling.

Again with the long cardigan/belt combination, black pants – possibly the same she wore to school? and a white button down shirt underneath.

There’s classic and then there’s boring.  I’m so bored I’m falling asleep (and not because it’s nearly midnight as I write this).  Why black??  Don’t our troops deserve to be cheered up?  How about brown?  Brown is a serious color, but it’s still a color.

Why not add a colorful necklace here?  Or a colorful belt (though I’m still not crazy about this belt phase she’s going through).  Her face is glowing and radiant; I can’t say the same for her outfit.

Honestly she looks like she’s going to sit shiva.  Or maybe it’s me.

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I’m delighted to be able to end this post on a high note.  Today Mrs. Obama went to the ground-breaking of the new White House kitchen vegetable garden.  I could cry tears of joy.

Michelle Obama White House Kitchen Groundbreaking

Michelle Obama White House Vegetable Garden Groundbreaking

Mrs. Obama arrived in an oversized sweater/dress over a black turtleneck, and black leggings and paired with a black belt and black patent leather boots.

Here’s why it all works.  Without the belt, the sweater would look shapeless, keeping the outfit monochrome makes the whole thing long and lean, and overall it’s a a chic, relaxed style.  Personally I’d have exchanged the patent leather boots for a good pair of waterproof Wellies; this is DC in March we’re talking about after all, but no matter.

I’m giving this outfit an A. That’s right, this outfit takes the cake.  Well played, Mrs. Obama; our Shopping Pr0n hats are off to you.

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That’s all for tonight my pr0n pecans.  More tomorrow!

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

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All photos courtesy of the AP and the Huffington Post

BETSY + IYA JEWELRY SALE!!!

Love Coin Earrings

Big Shameless Love Earrings $20!

Hello my little pr0n pop-tarts!  Have you ever looked at a clothing or accessories website longingly and thought, “Wow…I really love this stuff.  But I just have other things I need to do with my money right now?” 

It’s not that their prices are unreasonable in the least, but somehow your mind just…strays from that little clicky button.   That’s how I’ve been feeling about Betsy and Iya Jewelry.

Which makes the following information both good and bad news: Sunday was Betsy’s FIRST anniversary as Betsy and Iya Jewelry (well, that’s completely good news). To celebrate, she’s giving 20% off to anyone who puts a favorite quote or favorite book in the “message to seller” section before checkout.

The earrings above me (above here) are real vintage “Love” coins.  I don’t know where Betsy finds this stuff, but I’m fascinated by everything she uses.  I don’t know if the love is shameless or the earrings are or both (never mind: it’s from the Shameless Love Collection), and I don’t care; her earrings are seriously making me jones to have my ears re-pierced.  Damn you, Betsy!
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Last time I showed you the Norrmisima Black Lacy Racy Earrings; this time I’m showing you The Louise Silver Pretties Earrings. 

Louise Silver Pretties Earrings, $31.20

Louise Silver Pretties Earrings, $31.20

Seriously, people I’m throwing a virtual temper tantrum right now because I love silver and would so totally rock these earrings with my platinum blonde bob.  But my ear holes closed up. *SOBS* 

Enough about my needs; a lot of these pieces are one-of-a-kind, or at least no two are exactly alike, because they’re made out of old silver plate-like filigree hunks.  So if you want these, and you should, don’t wait.

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Grand Key Necklace, $39.20

Grand Key Necklace, $39.20

Let’s go back to my needs for a minute. I’m buying something; you don’t throw 20% off at girl and expect her to waste it.  But I’m really torn.  Option 1 on the right is the Grand Key Necklace.

I love the asymmetry and how graceful it looks on the model’s neck.  With 20% off, it’s $39.20.

Asymmetrical Square Copper Girl Necklace

Asymmetrical Square Copper Girl Necklace, $36

On the left is Option Two: the Asymmetrical Copper Girl Necklace.  Take 20% off and it’s $36.

Again, the asymmetry calls to me, as does the delicateness (is that a word?).  Quoting from Betsy’s website: The centerpiece is antique victorian gothic copper, which measures 28mm. There are three subtle, delicate sterling silver chains linked to one silver gunmetal chain. The back is a sterling silver clasp handcrafted by me that hooks into a unique hook of chain. The necklace extends farthest to about 20″ .

If any of you buys one of these before I make up my mind, I will cut you.  Nicely, of course.  What do you think, pr0n stars?

Night Owl Blue Star Necklace at Betsy and Iya.com, $44

Night Owl Blue Star Necklace at Betsy and Iya.com, $44

Let me share a few more pieces of jewelry from her other collections.  From Betsy’s “Color Blasting Vintage” collection, I pulled her Night Owl, Blue Star necklace.

This is how you accessorize – with one fantastic stand-out piece changing the entire look and feel of an outfit.

A royal blue vintage owl and vintage robin’s egg blue fillagree ball is attached to ribbon, sterling silver, aluminum, and gunmetal chains.

The way Betsy layers her chains is one of the unique and hallmark features of her jewelry collection. 

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i am your letter dog necklace $68.80

i am your letter dog necklace $68.80

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Finally, you will truly have a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry if you order from the i am your dog collection.

A ball chain is attached to a thick silver dog tag.  Tell Betsy what letter or letters you want on it and she’ll engrave, oxidize and abuse. 

A handmade item like this one is well worth the $68.80.  You won’t find anything this special or lovingly made in stores.

Please head over to Betsy’s etsy store, and Betsy’s blog (which is also great) and show her some Shopping Pr0n love.  And take my poll!

I have to scurry to the gym, my little pizza rolls.  One last thing!  There is no pay for play here on Shopping Pr0n.  Trust me, Betsy hasn’t given me a darn thing for writing these posts! :D  If I say I love it, I love it. 

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

Color Pr0n: Spring Fashion Color Trends

TBags Batwing Jersey Dress $106 at Bluefly

TBags Dress $106 at Bluefly

Hi pr0n stars!  Spring is about to…spring!  We’re about to spring forward, it’s time for spring cleaning, a young man’s fancy turn to love, and according to my sources color is back.  I don’t know where it went, but I’m glad to see it.  I have so much color to show you today: lemony yellows, coraly corals, and rosy pinks, just to name a few.

I’ve been beating the drum about how big cobalt blue is going to be this season, and (as usual) I’m right!  Check out this delightful cotton jersey dress by Tbags.  It’s got a deep v-neck (you can always throw a cami under it), ruched shoulders and bustline, and this marvelous abstract/floraly green, cobalt and orange print.  Throw on a cardigan and a pair of flats and try wearing it to work.

This style is so flattering and forgiving; whether you’re trying to camoflauge a tummy, or hips, or thighs and a rear – this dress is just going to skim right over your problem area, open up your neck and face and make you look great.

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I broke out my new toy again.  I love toys!  People tend to shy away from yellow and orange, when in fact they can be extremely flattering colors.  In the middle is a buttery yellow raincoat by Alice and Olivia; this heavyweight cotton is a perfect fabric for Spring.

Orange you glad you're not a lemon?

Center, going clockwise: Alice + Olivia jacket $303, TopShop USA shoes $110, Rebecca Beeson Tunic $29.99, Kate Spade Tote $221, Kate Spade Hobo $275, Nanette Lepore jacket, $249

I love the contrast coral buttons, and I found lots more coral.  To the left is the Nanette Lepore cotton “Come Together” jacket; the ribbon will help create or accentuate a waist, and along with the 3/4 length sleeves it will also draw up the eye .

On the right is a bright red Rebecca Beeson cotton tunic – again, a tunic style  that skims over like this will camoflauge a multitude of sins.  The shirt just looks so comfy, doesn’t it?

I’ve paired everything with coral chandelier earrings by Amrita Singh because almost everyone can wear coral (check out the little hearts!), and adorable lace-up “Jasmine” pumps from TopShop USA that come in two other colors.  More color!

Finally, two great Kate Spade bags; Union Square Opus in yellow is a structured hobo style  that also includes an adjustable shoulder strap (two bags for the price of one!)  and comes in lots of other cheery colors; Tamarind Cove Kyle is a nubby cotton tote that also comes in navy.  Collect both. :)

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Pink is the New Black

L to R: BCBG blouse, $113; Rachel Pally dress $248, Milly sweater $202, Kate Spade case $125, Oliver Bonas Necklace £6, Coach bag $358, Costume National skirt, 198.

Okay, there’s a lot to look at in this set, pr0n petunias!  In the middle is Rachel Pally’s “Carrie” dress, which comes in sizes 14-24.  (This is Pomegranate. See it in Baltic and Blossom @ Nordstrom); to the right is my favorite designer, Milly, with a Cashmere Rugby Polo Sweater from Revolve Clothing; back on the left is a BCBG flutter sleeve pleated blouse (WANT THESE TWO), available at Bluefly.

If you’ve got the legs, show them off in this hot pink pleated mini-skirt by Costume National @ Zappos Couture.  I’d tone down the rest of the outfit.  Maybe a pair of flat boots…and a thin turtleneck sweater with 3/4 sleeves I’m thinking.

Back around again, how much do you love this purple Coach leather Sabrina?  Go ahead and splurge, the little glass beads right above it are only £6 at OliverBonas.com!  Colorful accessories like that are great to brighten up a neutral outfit, like a suit.  Try pairing lavender with something unexpected like brown or green.  You can stow all your accessories in the Kate Spade patchin place large colin; it’s big, over 7″ wide.  There are two smaller cases on the website if you’re looking.

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Bringing up the rear is another one of my favorite topics: dresses!  (I love dresses!)  Petite frames should jump at Shoshanna’s fuchsia silk square link dress; curvy girls of any size stay away.  It’s a shame since my heart is breaking over the pops of turquoise and orange on it.

Think Spring

Top, going clockwise: Shoshana dress, $210; Suzi Chin for Maggy, $128 ; Yoanna Baraschi, $220; Emilia blouse, $38; Vera Wang dress, unavailable; Design History ermine dress $72

Plus sizes, I never forget you.  I fell in love when I saw this green matte jersey shift dress by Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique.  If you click on the picture to see it larger, you can see the banded neck and hem, which I think is a great detail; it comes in sizes 14w-24w at Nordstrom.

Lookie at the cobalt blue used again for this ’40’s styled Yoana Baraschi silk swing dress.  I’m just not sure a pale-face like your dear blogger can wear cobalt.  If I can, I’m snatching up this dress when it goes on sale at Bluefly.

The “Emilia” red blouse is also for plus sizes; it’s a wrap style, which works on almost everyone, and would look fab on it’s own with a pair of dressy pants and heels, or under a suit.  It’s going fast and is available in a smattering of sizes >14 in Tomato, Black and Chocolate at b&lu (Go ahead.  We’ll wait.).

Almost last, but by no means least is a Vera Wang dress, which seems to have become extinct.  Ah well, it was nearly $500, anyway.  Can I offer you a green Vera Wang in a size 8 as an apology?  I promise I’ll make it up to you with a carmine red Design History jersey pleat dress.  This also has a very sweet, retro feel to it, and would look fantastic with a pair of classic square heel pumps like these.

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This should keep you shopping for a while, pr0n pals!  Do let me know what you think; I love your comments.

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Until then, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?
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Pr0n Plus: Almost March Edition

45 Pounds at Simply Yours

£45 at Simply Yours

Welcome back pr0n stars; if you’re new to Shopping Pr0n, welcome!  This is Pr0n Plus, my weekly blog post on plus size fashion.  Today is a very exciting edition for two reasons: 1) I have my voice back.  Wheeee!  I haven’t been able to talk since a week ago last Saturday, and I love to talk; 2) Gok Wan! Gok Wan! Gok Wan! Our favorite plus size lingerie/shapewear designer from the UK (think Carson Kressley) has new items! Yippee!

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I’ll start with one of the new Gok Wan items, just to tease you a little.  To my right is the new black Sex Kitten Corset (there’s also a mini).  Me-ow!  Who wouldn’t want shapewear that’s going to make you feel this good?

It’s perfect for a strapless dress, or under anything where you’d prefer bra straps not show.  Sex Kitten is made out of poly/cotton with stretch, a pink contrast lining and a pink ribbon closure.  Look at the back! Oh, and it comes in sizes 8-32.  Everybody gets some Gok Wan!  In USD you can get some for $65 and change.

As always, I offer Dinsquared’s Cultural Exchange Program: if you’re in the U.S. and need your GW fix, drop me a note and I’ll see what I can do.

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$106 at Stop Staring

$106 at Stop Staring

If you feel like continuing the vintage feel of your outfit, feast your eyes on this Cute Rockabilly Dress from Stop Staring Clothing (No, really.)  I’ve adored this dress from the moment I saw it.

So check it out: this aqua blue retro dress is made out of 4-way stretch fabric, has puff sleeves, a Peter Pan collar, black buttons and trim, and real pockets!  The skirt has a slight A-line.

Stop Staring Clothing offers about 10 plus size dresses and they’re all lovely.  This is a limited edition, and they make it in sizes 1x, 2x and 3x.  Fly my little pr0n fans!  Fly like the wind!

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Starting at $169

Starting at $169

Imagine this: here you are in your aqua Cute Rockabilly Dress, you open up your closet and there like Manna from Heaven are a pair of clearance Kathryn Kerrigan open toe Wendy Pumps.

It’s perfect, isn’t it?  Handcrafted leather shoes from Spain up to a Euro 46, which is a U.S. 12-12.5ish.  Make sure you pay close attention to the 3.5″ wedge heel.  Your blogger has a pair of shoes with heels of this type and they are so easy to walk in!  Red patent leather will criss-cross over your foot and back around your ankle to buckle on the side.

Pr0nistas, these were originally $315, and they’re now $169!  That’s (*calculates*) about 40% off!  I like chocolate chip cookies as a thank you, if you’re so inclined.

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42 Pounds at Simply Be

£42 at Simply Be

Moving in a different style direction, I have to show you this super comfy looking Military Style Jacket.  I found it at Simply Yours, the fashion sister to Simply Be, and it is brand spanking new.  I love new!

USD about $61, 96% cotton, 4% stretchy stuff, sizes 14-32 *gasps for air* and machine washable.  I love machine washable!

This color is actually Khaki, but you can get it in Black also.  It has epaulets on the shoulders, and buttons down the front.  Throw it over a heavy cotton sweater while it’s still cool, and over a t-shirt, jeans and sandals for a summer evening dining al fresco.

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32 Pounds at Simply Yours

£32 at Simply Yours

Since we’re on the same site, let’s look at two more new Gok Wan items.  This lovely lady is wearing the new Banger Booster and Super Slicker Knickers.  Try saying that ten times fast!  Not only are these items new, but the color is too! It’s called…Passion.

The Banger Booster is a multi-way bra with pink lined cups, an extra set of clear straps and “Gok Cookies” for extra…er…boosting. :D

The Super Slicker Knickers (also available in regular Slicker Knicker). ”

  • These high waist briefs are perfect for holding you in
  • With boning to the waist and powermesh to the front these provide firm tummy control
  • Flattering on your behind with ruching detail to the back”
  • Super Slicker Knickers is sizes 8-32, Banger Booster is 34A-42G.  Gust in case.

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    69 Pounds

    £69 at Pink Marzipan

    Now, I’m going to stay in the UK for the next item, because it’s another dress from our friends PAS at Pink Marzipan, whom I’ve showed you items from in the Pr0n Plus Presidents’ Day Edition and in the Feb 8 Edition.

    From what I’ve seen, blue is going to be huge for spring, especially this cobalt blue.  This dress is a long sleeve silky tunic style that has front seaming and button detail.

    This dress, and this style, are just perfect for you apple shapes with great legs!  Nobody knows what’s going on under that dress, all they see are your glorious gams.

    Hourglasses and pears: sorry, this dress isn’t for you;  it just won’t do justice to your curves.  Stick with the aqua dress at the beginning of the post.


    $102 at Zappos

    $102 at Zappos

    As an apology to my U.S. readers, my last two items are from Zappos.com, and both have free shipping!  By now you’ve been sucked, banged, boosted, and wedged to death.

    “Din!” you cry.  (Because you’re my peeps and that’s how we roll.)  “Din! Show me something comfortable!

    And I heard your cry.  And I found you flannel PJs.  And I looked upon what I had done, and I saw that it was good. (Sorry, getting a God complex here.)

    Actually, what I did was look at these Bed Head flannel plus size pajamas at Zappos.  Zappos has free overnight shipping on clothing, and free regular shipping on shoes, which frequently turns out to be overnight.

    I’m showing you the aqua dots, but there are cranberry pineapples, pink birds, red pineapples, a jungle print and a partridge in a pear tree the whole shlemiel in “classic” sizes, too.  Sure they’re $102, but they were $140.  You’re saving money!

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    I could never finish Pr0n Plus without a pair of wide width shoes for my pal Eolivet.  This week I have for her and you, Casey,  Giraffe print flats available in wide and made by Fitzwell.  For your little feetsies they have a gel insole in the heel and a lightly cushioned foot bed.

    These run small so order one size UP.  Also these  beauties don’t have any arch support, so buy them wide and put an insole in, or make sure you have flat feet.  Only $67.50, on sale from $75.  I like Thin Mints, too.  No pressure.

    $67.50 at Zappos

    $67.50 at Zappos

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    That’s all the time we have, my little pr0n peas.  Please come again.
    As always, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

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