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Steals and Deals at Neiman Marcus

Turquoise Skirt Suit, $93.75

Turquoise Skirt Suit, $93.75

It’s getting to be that time of year, pr0n stars: where the temperatures are high and the prices are low.  It’s the time of year where you can find incredible deals even at stores like Neiman Marcus, that might otherwise be off your radar.

There were so many great finds that I had hard time whittling them down for you.  Let’s not waste any more time.

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Have you ever found a bargain so good that you almost wonder what’s wrong with it?  Don’t wonder, just BUY this stunner of a turquoise suit.

The jacket has a portrait collar and button front with long sleeves. It comes with a peplum pencil skirt, made in the USA.

Here’s the kicker: this entire suit is still available in sizes 6, 8, 10, & 14 (classic sizing).  The site will take another 25% off the current price when you get to checkout, bringing this $250 suit down to $93.75.

If you need summertime suits, don’t let this one slip!

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Gray Leather Trapeze Jacket - $103.00

Gray Leather Trapeze Jacket - $103.00

.Sizes 16/18 I got your bargain right here, and it’s a gem.  How would you like a grey leather trapeze jacket?  Yeah?  How about for  $100?  Yes?  Good?  Okay – here you go.

Exclusive to NM, a gray leather trapeze jacket, size XL (16-18).  I adore the feminine details; check out the funnel collar, 3/4 length sleeves and gathers just above the bust.

The trapeze shape is going to make it super flattering and easy to wear.

You’re not going to pay $295, oh no.  Your price is only $103.00.  Get it NOW.  Bargains like this don’t come around very often.

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Bettye Mueller Two-Tone Sandal, $195.75

Bettye Mueller Two-Tone Sandal, $195.75

Pardon me for oversharing, but I want to lick these shoes.  I’m a huge Bettye Muller fan; she makes shoes that are feminine, fun and a little funky – frequently with just a slightly retro feel.

Think of these two-tone sandals as an investment:  an investment in deliciousness. Two-tone patent leather open toe sandals come in either blue/purple or hot pink/orange, with a t-strap vamp, and 3″ stacked heel.

If you get open toe shoes, I beg of you not to wear closed toe hose with them.  You can even buy footless hose now!  Seeing covered toes peeking out from an open toe has got to be one of my fashion pet-peeves right behind Visible Panty Lines.  But I digress.

Lots of sizes (5-9) are still available in both colors.  Normally you’d pay $390 for the privilege of slipping these on, but take an extra 25% off the sale price at checkout for a final price of $195.75.

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Artist Colony Tunic in Baked Apple, $35

Artist Colony Tunic in Baked Apple, $35

.Let’s go bargain basement.  Is $35 low enough for you?  Buy the Artist Colony cotton tunic and wear it Spring through Fall with jeans or underneath a suit, or even with a pair of bermuda shorts and sandals.

“Boho chic” is still super stylish and popular; the embroidery bib, gathered empire waist and slightly puffed sleeve give this shirt a bohemian vibe without looking messy or out of date.

Pictured here in “baked apple”, it’s also available in black and taffy (ivory), sizes 4-10 contemporary, which runs a little smaller than a “classic” fit.  A size guide is available on the web page.

An empire waist tunic is really flattering if you’ve got a little tummy to hide.   Empire waists stop at your smallest part, just under the bust, and then skim over what’s below.  Three-quarter length sleeves are a great way to also bring the eye up.

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Juicy Couture Flower-Button Trench Coat, $194.25

Juicy Couture Flower-Button Trench Coat, $194.25

Would someone please buy Juicy Couture’s flower-button trench coat so I don’t?  *cries*

The hardest part of writing a shopping blog is that inevitably you find something you want to buy, and I want this coat.

Juicy’s clothing is always colorful and slightly girly.  How can you not fall for a poinsettia red short cotton trench with 3/4 length sleeves and gold-tone flower buttons?

Sizes petite (0) to XL (14) are still for the taking, but Juicy definitely sizes contemporary so check the size guide.  Save another 25% at checkout, for just over half price off $398 – final price $194.25.

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taryn by Taryn Rose Driver Ballerina Flats, $98.25

taryn by Taryn Rose Driver Ballerina Flats, $98.25

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If you’re like me, you love the look of little flats, but your feet hate them.  Enter taryn by Taryn Rose’s Driver Ballerina flats.

Is it a driving moc?  Is it a ballerina flat?  It’s both and it’s ergonomically designed to fit your feet.

You may care that Taryn Rose was an orthopedic surgeon before she was a shoe designer, or maybe that these oh so cute shoes come in blue and camel patent leather, were made in Italy with fantastic stitching detail.

You should care that instead of $195, they’ll cost you $98.25, and there’s still size 12 available in camel!  Someone tell me I don’t need the blue ones…

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There’s lots more to see, like this Nanette Lepore Buzz sundress for $81, so don’t wait, and be sure to enter code NMSUMMER for free shipping.

I just saw that Saks is having a big clearance, so I’m off to see what’s there. That’s it for this edition of Shopping Pr0n, my little pr0n panecotta.

It was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

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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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J. Crew Sales Pr0n

Good morning, lumpkins.  I apologize for not posting in so long, but I truly have been sick.  My doctor says I have the flu, and laryngitis and possibly a bacterial infection of some sort.  Even the most devoted pr0nista would be laid flat!  I’m working on a fantastic post about Spring coats, but in the meantime, I thought I’d pop in with a few great sales.

Was $148, now $110

Was $148, now $110

For one thing, J. Crew has some lovely sales on pants – which I rarely show you.  I adore their suiting pants for their fit.  I’m very low waisted, meaning my belly button is down where my hips are; also I have ample tush and legs.

The city fit is a near perfect rise for me (rise = length from crotch to waist), and gives me enough stretch in the leg.  Sadly, the stretch wool doesn’t have belt loops.

Was $128, now $65

Was $128, now $65

If you’re more of a skirt kind of a girl, the pinstripe stretch wool pencil skirt is an excellent value right now for $65.00.  They have sizes 0-16 in Navy; it’s 22″ long, fully lined and sits just below your waist.

A quick word about skirts in particular: if you’re short, and you’re lucky, you can buy a petite size and your skirt will fit you proportinately.

If not, bring your skirt to a tailor. Your blogger doesn’t want to see any of  you with a skirt lower than at the knee.  Any of you!  Not even if you’re Michelle Obama and you’re nearly 6 feet tall – your skirt should hit just at, or just above the knee.

A hem will take your tailor a day or so, and cost you less than $15.00.  Proportion is critical, my pron darlings.

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Was $148, Now $105!

Was $148, Now $105!

If you’re not quite so curvy as I am, or you’ve got a bit more span between hip and belly button, you’ll need a higher rise.  J. Crew’s Favorite Fit is on sale for you in their Super 120s wool.

I have these and they are super soft for a wool.  The Super 120 is a really nice knit.  These are available in either a navy or a charcoal pinstripe.  Regular sizes go 0-16, Petite 0-12, Tall 0-14.

Was $240, now $129.99

Was $240, now $129.99

The matching two and three button jacket is also on sale right now.  $129 is a really good price for a wool suit jacket.  The one thing I’ll mention about the way J. Crew fits is that it tends to be a little small in the back and shoulders.   I take a size 6 jacket, but I’ve got broad shoulders, and defined arms, and it’s just a touch snug.

Was $98 now $76

Was $98 now $76

I can’t vouch for the fit of J. Crew men’s jeans, because I don’t know anyone who wears them, but I’ve worn their women’s jeans and liked them quite a bit.

Among other styles, their relaxed fit jean is 25% off and available in a pretty good range of sizes from what I can see.  Can anyone tell me why men’s jeans cost so little compared to women’s?

Was $350, Now $250

Was $350, Now $250

Just the other night my friend DP was telling me that he was in the market for some more suits, and it just so happens that J. Crew has a good deal on them right now.

To my right is the 3 button Aldridge suit jacket.  Now they say this is a 3 button that rolls to a two button…I confess I don’t know what that means, but if it looks half as good on you as it does on this gentleman in the picture, who cares?

Was $165, now $115

Was $165, now $115

They have it with the year-round solid classic-fit suit pant.  Note that this is a slimmer, more tailored fit.  I happen to like that cut, you just have to make sure it fits you.

While you’re there, pick up some boxers on sale.  I like the beer, and the Rock Lobster.

Were $18.50, now 2/$28

Were $18.50, now 2/$28

Hmmm…maybe I need a guest writer to talk about certain men’s fashion.  I’ll talk to my menswear blogger friends and see if we can do a cultural exchange. :)

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Regular $59.50, Now $19.99 - $49.50

Regular $59.50, Now $19.99 - $49.50

Underneath my J. Crew suits, I love to wear their slim fit stretch shirts.  Every season they come out with more colors and I just keep buying them.

Right now, the Bright Blue and the Fresh Rhubarb are on sale for $19.99.  A whole host of other colors are on sale for between  $39.99 and $49.50.  I’m going to pick up the Bright Rhubarb and maybe the Fresh Mint or Charcoal; I already have the Deep Persimmon, and a dark purple color.

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Note that these are not final sales, and I didn’t find these in the Sale category; you’ll find these just by poking around.  A true pr0nista knows where to look.
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Was $48, now $29.50

Was $48, now $29.50

With your navy suit, do pick up this leopard print patent leather belt.  Every pr0n diva knows how to show a little personality.
Whether it’s shoes or jewelry, or something else, a little wink here and there in your outfit takes you from catalogue clone to Pr0n Princess (or Prince!).
Was $118, Now $78

Was $118, Now $78

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I leave you with this year-round suiting vest for men.
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Why a vest?  Why not?
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I’ll be back soon as I can pumpkins, with a full discussion on Spring coats.  And Monday should be another edition of Pr0n Plus.
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Until then, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?
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