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October 29, 2007

Half-Price Shipping On Duo Boots!

Filed under: Boots,Sales,Shoes,Uncategorized — Miss Plumcake @ 9:52 am

Use code AMSHIP07 and get 50% off shipping from the U.K. to the U.S. or Canada! Y’all know they don’t offer discounts or sales very often, and every little bit helps. Go git you some!

October 28, 2007

Dear Zaftique…Just…No.

Filed under: Fashion,Honey. No. — Twistie @ 12:29 pm

A few weeks ago, I wrote about an adorable tweed jacket at Zaftique. I’m still in love with that jacket. It’s a great cut, a great color, and reasonably priced.

On the other hand, I did note at the time that the goods at Zaftique are a touch…well…inconsistant in quality of design. After taking a stroll through some of their latest offerings, I’m here to show you just why it’s a good idea to tread carefully on this site.

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October 27, 2007

Last Sunday’s Caption Madness: The Result

Filed under: Uncategorized — Twistie @ 11:51 am

You guys, you guys, you…well, you blow me away. Last sunday I presented you with this image:

Valkyrie

and you reached deep into your inimitable brains and hit me with more than twenty different – and hilarious – captions for it.

I promised you a winner, and there is one. But before I announce said winner, I have to mention a couple of excellent runners up.

Babs set the bar high with the very first entry:

Helga couldn’t quite understand why every party she’d attended that night ended abruptly after she burst into song…..

and gemdiva nearly accidentally destroyed my beloved eMac with this one when I failed to put my coffee down before reading:

I’d flash you my boobs for some beads, but I left my can opener home.

But in the end, the laurel must go to dangermouse for this brilliant caption:

Brünnhilde wished she had an infinite number of breasts upon which to mount her lovers’ hats; but alas – she had only the two, so had to choose among her favorites.

Not only is it apt and wildly funny, it also manages to be directly body-positive. Dangermouse, I salute you.

As for the rest of you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You made me laugh all week long with your creative responses to my challenge.

October 26, 2007

People Who Want Punching: Chapter the First

Filed under: Uncategorized — Miss Plumcake @ 2:19 pm

Seriously Trista? Seriously? Because …seriously?

Listen, I don’t know who you are, the best I can garner is that you were on some reality show, which means a) you’ve probably got a great rack and teeth like chiclets and b) your daddy didn’t take enough take time from his busy schedule of golf-playing and maid-banging to tell you he loved you, and thus you need the love –and by love I mean “fleeting awareness”– of millions of Americans to make up for that time you caught him playing “airplane” with Consuelo in the guest house during your 6th grade pool party.Trista Needs a Punching!

I also know you had a baby 3 months ago, weigh 116 pounds and hate your belly.

“It has a layer of fat, which of course, your body has to put on, but it’s blubbery and I hate it. I want to be able to go bathing suit shopping for a vacation and not feel totally disgusted.”

as I said before (you may recall)…SERIOUSLY?

I don’t know much about babies. They’re small and sticky and don’t know how to tell you when they need to go outside to pee, so I’m not going to give you any sage wyse womyn advice about child rearing, but, and I’m asking this on behalf of America… could you like, TRY to keep your self-loathing to yourself?

I mean, whatever happened to good old-fashioned WASP repression? It’s what’s made this country great. My family hasn’t shown a single human emotion since 1783 and look how I turned out. You drink, you cry in your walk-in shoe closet and you screw up your children until they develop interesting ideas about putting lotion on skin, but you do NOT talk to trashy magazines about the unbearable lightness of belly fat until the entire female population of these fine United States wants to hold you underwater until the big bubble pops.

Oh, and this, about  her beloved husband:

If I eat something that I shouldn’t, Ryan shakes his finger at me and says, ‘Uh, uh, uh!’ He’s been awesome, 100 percent supportive.

Really? Supportive? Let me lay a little church on you. That is not how a good husband talks. That is how someone who desperately needs to shower with a hair dryer talks.

Maybe it should be a shower for two.

You Asked For It: Taffeta

Filed under: Fashion,You Asked For It — Miss Plumcake @ 12:21 pm

Many of our beloved readers have come to me asking for taffeta dresses. I will admit that my initial response was “Taffeta? Really?” Okay, that’s a lie, my first thought was the “Taffeta, darling” gag from Young Frankenstein but my SECOND thought was “Taffeta? Really?”

I think many of us, especially those of us who were raised in the ’80’s and early ’90’s, have a problem with taffeta. It’s loud, it’s crunchy and sometime in our history we were once forced to wear Something Horrible With a Bow –mine was an electric green choir dress with puff sleeves a drop yoke waist and a butt bow big enough to draw other, smaller butt bows into its orbit by sheer gravitational force.

But I am not one to hold grudges, so I went out yesterday to Nordstrom to find –and actually try on– some taffeta dresses and to my surprise, some of them were pretty good.  I don’t think I’ll ever be a taffeta person but if you are, you’ve got some pretty nice choices for party wear this season. Let’s take a look.

This first dress by Donna Morgan is aggressively not my style but could really work for the right girl, especially for those of you who like a little bit of Renn Fest in their party dress.  Even though it didn’t work on me, it’s nice to see an unusual sleeve.

Bell Sleeved Taffeta Dress by Donna Morgan

I liked this one a bit better since I’m a sucker for a shirtwaist, and eyelet seemed to be such an unusual treatment for a winter fabric. The sleeve is good but tulle poking out makes this a very young dress so if you’re a lady of a certain age, you might want to try it on and make sure it works on you, by JS Boutique.

Taffeta Eyelet Shirtwaist

And now my favorite.  I actually really love this dress. There is a sleeve issue so I’d definitely pair it with a chubby little angora cardi. Toss on a double-strand of 50’s pearls (or a blocked beret and earrings?) and maybe a pair of shortie gloves and it’s very Ralph Lauren does Dead Poets Society.  Love it!

Plum’s Favorite!

Bunny Shoes for the Weekend

Filed under: Sales,Shoes — Francesca @ 8:32 am

What is better than to spend all day Saturday in one’s terry-cloth bathrobe and bunny slippers,

reading the newspaper or a good book recently recommended by Francesca, and sipping on hot chocolate?

It would be an excellent prelude to a night on the town, when one can wear the Bunny shoes by Bruno Magli (at 24% off),

or the uber-vixen Bunny shoes by Modern Vintage.

Happy shopping and happy weekend!

xoxo, Francesca

October 25, 2007

Francesca recommends books: Americana, part 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Francesca @ 3:13 pm

We continue our dabbling into books that touch on topics in American history and society. Part one is here.

Edith Wharton is best known for writing The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, and Ethan Frome, but Francesca would first recommend one of her lesser-known novels, The Custom of the Country, for its readability and deliciously entertaining drama. It is the story of Undine Spragg, who rises to ever higher socioeconomic levels by marrying successively more socioeconomically desirable husbands. Francesca wrote a long thesis paper on this book in college and can tell you some interesting trivia which deepens the book. In 1913, when The Custom of the Country was written, the divorce rate in America had recently doubled, from 2 percent to 4 percent (yes, I know, I know) and there was much concern for the state of American marriage. This, combined with Wharton’s interest in women’s inability to change their life circumstances except through their husbands, led her to ask: What if we take both of these situations together to their logical conclusion? The result is a main character you will love to hate. And, also, a window into just-post-Edwardian New York, which Francesca always loves. New York in 1913 had a lot going on, indeed. And fantastic clothes.

This week, Francesca recommends two books by one of Francesca’s favorite authors, Mr. John Steinbeck. Sure, his writing is wordy. It is also relatable. Reading a Steinbeck story is like having a grandpa telling Francesca stories by the fire. Sometimes they comforting. Sometimes they are scary. Always there is something familiar about them. They speak of, and to, the American soul!

East of Eden is an epic novel of  . . . well, epic, nay Biblical, proportions. Indeed, the many, many Biblical allusions (and even outright references) will amuse and gratify anyone familiar with the Book of Genesis. The story follows several generations of two families in California’s Salinas valley at the start of the 20th century. It’s got patricide. It’s got prostitution. It’s got sibling rivalry. It’s also got nobility, and dignity, and wisdom. Steinbeck considered it his greatest work, and Francesca agrees.

Francesca studied The Grapes of Wrath  in 11th grade, and it is only because she had a wonderful, wonderful teacher that she escaped the great tragedy which is other people thinking the book is boring. As Francesca often says, “the best way to kill a book is to teach it in high school.” This book is wonderful. It follows a family who is driven out of the Oklahoma farm by the dust bowl of the 1930’s and the Great Depression, and make their way to California. The injustices they suffer along the way at the hands of other Americans are very angering, and gain an extra level of poignancy when read now, after, say, the Katrina debacle. The chapter in which we find out why the book is called The Grapes of Wrath is one of the most lyrical, beautiful, goose-bump inducing pieces of writing ever.

Francesca wishes everyone happy reading! xoxo!

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