Manolo for the Big Girl Fashion, Lifestyle, and Humor for the Plus Sized Woman.

September 30, 2008

Sale opportunities at Roaman’s

Filed under: Fashion,Sales — Francesca @ 1:25 pm

OK, ladies, this gets a little complicated, so pay attention.

Today and tomorrow, enter code RD15761 at checkout at, and you will receive the following discounts:

20% off your highest-priced item and

30% off your second-highest priced item (if you order at least 3 items) and

40% off your third-highest-priced item (if you order at least 5 items).

OK, are you with me so far? Good.

Now. Roaman’s is also having a clearance sale. If you buy a clearance item between now and Friday, you will get an additional 25% off that item by entering code RD15720 at checkout.

The catch is that you can’t combine these sales codes. It’s one or the other. Francesca says: Do one order today or tomorrow with non-clearance items and use the first code, then do another order of clearance items using the second code. Strategic planning, see?

Francesca’s picks:

Military jacket with antique pewter buttons

Cropped jacket and empire-waist dress

Happy shopping!


Free Shipping at Silhouettes Today!

Filed under: Fashion,Sales — Francesca @ 8:47 am

If you buy $125 or more of merchandise from our friends at Silhouettes today, enter code S8FUO1 at checkout for free shipping!

Francesca’s picks:

Trench Jacket

cotton twill Trench Jacket.

This ivory-trimmed shift dress fits nicely with the “colorblock” style coming into fashion, without being too “out there.”Great for the Big Girl to wear to the office (and Francesca knows that many of you have shapely, sexy calves to show off!)

September 29, 2008

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Filed under: Sales,Shoes — Francesca @ 4:24 pm

Francesca, Plumcake, and Manolo wish to our Jewish internet friends a joyous New Year holiday.

In honor of the occasion, and of the start of the Fall season with its wonderful foliage, here are beautiful honey-colored sandals by Sergio Rossi:

(They are available still only in sizes 6 and 7 M, but if you wear those sizes – they are 41% off!!!)

Happy and meaningful holidays!


Clearance Sale at Monif C.

Filed under: Fashion,Sales — Francesca @ 12:33 pm

Monif C. has announced that she is making room for her Fall collection, so many items in her boutique are on sale(items are eligible for exchange or store credit, but not refunds). Some of her dresses are very cute, especially for the Pear-shaped girl! (Limited sizes available.)

Olivia sequin dress – $50 off.

Lucy spring coat – $107 off!

And, for the right person, this white eyelet dress could be a cute addition to the summer wardrobe, and it, too, is $107 off.

Happy shopping!


Texas State Fair Food or I’m Sorry, I Can’t Hear You Over The Awesome.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Miss Plumcake @ 10:31 am

First of all, I’m pretty sure I would never eat any of this stuff. Okay, I say that while eating tortilla chips at 9 in the morning out of the sack lunch my bartender lovingly packed for me last night (thanks Aaron! Love the litchi-infused vodka) but I’m pretty sure I mean it. I’ve never been one for fair food.

Also I don’t like fairs. Aside from my inherent dislike of people experiencing happiness, once I got lost at the Montgomery County Fair when I was a kid and even though the nice police officers gave me an ice cream in the shape of a frog (according to Doctor Google it was a Good Humor “Fat Frog” but there’s no picture) I had a scary incident where I got too close to some enormous pigs and well…let’s just say I eat bacon out of vengeance now. Delicious, bacon-flavored vengeance.

That being said, I am immeasurably proud to live in a state where the most boring, healthy thing on the menu is chicken-fried bacon. I can’t feel my left arm, but I’m proud.

Deep-fried props to my pal Bingo (who isn’t even IN Texas) for cluing me in.

Food Available at the Texas State Fair:

Big TexChicken Fried Bacon – Thick and peppery Farm Pac® bacon is seasoned, double-dipped in a special batter and breading and deep-fried. Served with a creamy side of ranch or honey mustard sauce. Served at N30 located on Nimitz at MLK. Winner of Best Taste in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.


Fried Banana Split – A mixture of banana and honey peanut butter is rolled in balls, battered and deep-fried and topped with assorted, delicious fixings, including powdered sugar, caramel and chocolate syrups, chopped peanuts, whipped cream and banana split flavored ice cream bites then fittingly crowned with the traditional cherry. Winner of Most Creative in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.


Fernie’s All-American Fried Grilled Cheese Sandwich – An American classic with a State Fair twist. Two slices of white bread filled with a blend of American and cheddar cheeses, dipped in an egg and milk batter and lightly coated with panko bread crumbs for extra crispness. Served with a side of shoestring potato sticks, a pickle spear and tomato soup dipping sauce. The All American Meal! S Finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.


Texas Fried Jelly Belly Beans – Jelly Belly Beans are rolled in funnel cake batter and fried to a crunch. People can share the treat with friends and try to guess the flavors before biting down.Finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.


Deep Fried S’mores – Marshmallow cream and chocolate chips are sandwiched between two graham crackers, dipped in a feather-light batter and fried to a golden brown. The campfire-inspired treats are dusted in powdered sugar. Finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.


Fire & Ice – A pineapple ring is battered and deep-fried, then topped with banana-flavored whipped cream that’s been frozen in liquid nitrogen. The smoking concoction is ladled with strawberries and syrup. Finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.


Fried Chocolate Truffles – A silky-smooth, handmade, dark chocolate truffle is rolled in cocoa powder before being battered and deep-fried. The melting chocolate goodness is dusted in cinnamon, sugar and cocoa powder.  Finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.


Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Waffle Balls – Plump fresh strawberries covered in a thick chocolate shell are dipped in a sweet, waffle batter and deep-fried. Dusted with powdered sugar and served on a stick.  Finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards competition.


Fried Pop Rocks Fundae Blast – Ignite your senses with this explosion of Tastes. Fried Ice Cream covered in Hershey’s Syrup and Pop Rocks. Your fuse is a Twizzler rolled in Pop Rocks. While you disarm it, you’ll find an Atomic Fireball inside . . .“Fire in the Bowl”! Stand FW-22 located on Fun Way across from Lost Children Building. (omg, nightmares)


Fried Dinner Roll – A savory dinner roll lusciously filled with cream cheese and covered with a sweet batter, placed on a stick and deep fried to perfection.

Fried Apple iPie – A warm, delicious crispy fried apple pie with just a hint of cinnamon, is smothered in rich vanilla ice cream and topped with an edible iPod “like” mp3 player and whipped cream. Real working souvenir “ear-bud” earphones complete this tasty iPie experience!

Eat up, y’all! 

“Somebody of Your Size . . . “

Filed under: The Big Question,The Fat's in the Fire — Francesca @ 8:09 am

” . . . obviously can’t make decisions on your own.”

Internet friend Sabrina sent us word of this news item out of St. Louis, in which Big Girl Tia ordered a dress from Ultimate Bride to wear to a wedding, and the store decided unilaterally to order a different dress for her:

When she got the gown, she looked at the tag and noticed that it wasn’t by the designer that she thought she’d chosen. When she asked the store what was up with the dress, they told her that the store ordered another dress because they thought the one she’d chosen wouldn’t “work for somebody of her size.”

Now, Francesca’s first question is “what does that mean, will not ‘work’? Does the dress come in her size, or did they decide she simply wouldn’t look good in it? What is going on?”

But of course, from the consumer point of view — regardless of the size or weight of said consumer — the point is that the store either couldn’t or wouldn’t provide Tia with what she asked for, but rather than work with her to decide what to get instead, they went ahead and ordered something different for her without asking first!

Tia is asking for a 50% refund, but the store is not cooperating.

The story is complicated by the fact that Tia did not notice immediately that it was a different dress. In fact, the Eden Bridal dress provided by the store was so similar to the Bill Levkoff dress she ordered, that she had the dress altered before noticing the discrepancy.  This probably explains why she is asking for only a 50% refund, rather than 100%.

If you click on the site, there is a poll at the bottom, asking readers what they think Tia should do: Take the $75 back the store is offering (out of the $230.50 she paid); insist on 50% back; insist on 100% back; or do nothing since the dress she got was so similar to what she ordered.

What say you, readers?

September 28, 2008

From Francesca’s Inbox: Weekend Sale at JC Penney

Filed under: Sales — Francesca @ 2:38 pm

Today, tomorrow, and Tuesday there is a big sale going on at JC Penney (online and in store) including their plus-size clothing. Items are 20-60% off.

Happy shopping!


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