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Manolo for the Big Girl | Archive | March, 2009
Archive - March, 2009

The Big Reminder: Pearly Whites edition

Francesca says: How old is your toothbrush?

If it is more than a few months old, please buy a new one!

She suggests buying several, since mishaps tend to happen to toothbrushes: they fall in the garbage, they get lost while traveling, etc. And, more happily, guests come and they need to brush their teeth! Be a good hostess! Splurge on toothbrushes!

xoxo

From Francesca’s Inbox

Lots to report!

How does Francesca love the new dresses at IGIGI? Let her count the ways…

NORDSTROM has some absolutely fabulous plus-size coats and jackets on sale. Buy now for next winter! Francesca’s pick (pictured).

KIYONNA has brought in some new items and they are feminine and pretty. Check them out here. Francesca’s pick for a brunch date.

OLD NAVY is having their Spring sale, online only. plus-sizes are here. Francesca’s pick is a blazer one can wear with light summer skirts.

DONNA RICCO has a beautiful collection of Little Black Dresses in plus sizes! Francesca loves this one.

J.JILL has announced a new collection that is terrific for travelers, since the clothes are made of a wrinkle-resistant knit blend: The Wearever line. Francesca spot-checked the items and they were all available in plus-sizes.

Francesca knows she is waaaaay behind on this news, but for the 5 of you who have not yet heard, FOREVER 21 is launching a plus-size line (to include up to size 2X). The new line, “Faith 21” will be available in their Los Angeles stores and at their website starting May 1.

The Monday Hotness: Don’t Judge Me Edition

This special-themed Monday Hotness goes out to superfantastic fans Trinity and Glenly.

As you might have read if you’re following me on twitter (as I’m sure you are)  I couldn’t decide on last week’s Monday Hotness because I was torn between “Geeks We Love” and “80’s Crushes”so I didn’t do one at all and cruelly, CRUELLY deprived you of your much-needed hotness.

This week, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic so I think we’ll go with a special variation of 80’s Crushes. Today I give you

Plumcake’s First Five Musical Crushes

(in chronological order)

Peter Tork, My Favorite Monkee

Peter Tork: The Geekiest Monkee.

Ya’ll, I loved this boy so much. I used to watch reruns of The Monkees when I was a little girl and goofy, geeky Peter totally did it for my second-grade self.  So much so that I had a massive crush on a girl named Laura who looked (and in my defense, still does) just exactly like Peter.  As a note I would like to add that that was the second most gratifying thing that’s ever happened to me on Facebook. The first was, of course, discovering that January who was a total Mean Girl to me in 6th grade can now best be described in the words “Hot Tranny Mess.”  GOD I love the internet.

Onward:

There is not a straight girl or gay man this side of slap bracelets who didn’t have an EPIC crush on Morten Harket a.k.a. That Guy from The A-Ha Video.

Morten’s Mullet

His mullet was a masterpiece, he rocked the mom jeans

A-Ha!

but how do we love him best?

so dreamy

as the dreamy, sensitive rotoscoped biker from the Take On Me video.

Take on me

sigh.

Next!

Remember how I said “don’t judge me?”

Really. Don’t Judge Me.

Ahem. Well. Yes. Quite.

I think the less we say about this the better. Moving on, shall we?

The great and over-riding love of my middle school life was, of course, one Mister Wolfgang Axl Rose. My father had kittens every time I mentioned his name and I’m sure was convinced he would eventually lose his well-bred only daughter to some lizard-looking dude with questionable tattoos, a penchant for cheap beer and probably several strains of antibiotic-resistant VD.

Axl Rose

(Still. He WAS kinda cute.)

Finally –and I stand by this one to this day– I give you Henry Lawrence Garfield, better known as Henry Rollins.

Henry Rollins

I’ve seen him out and about a few times when I’m in D.C., in fact we stayed at the same hotel in Richmond the last time I did a face to face, and he’s my best friend Joey’s hero. Me? I think he’s extra-hot and extra-smart but perhaps a bit intense for every day use.

Of course there’s the time I got put on suicide watch my freshman year of college because I painted the quote “Scar Tissue is Stronger Than Muscle Tissue” on my loft bunk, which I found hilarious, and there’s always the time at the Girl Scout slumber party where I had Liz D. try to recreate Rollins’ most famous tattoo on my back.

Search and Destroy

It was not a success.

The Big Reminder: Hot Hot Hot edition

Francesca wants to know: Are the batteries in all your fire alarms working?

If you do not know, please go check!

She hath spoken.

xoxo

From Francesca’s Inbox: Monday’s Last-Minute Deals

Hello, hello!

Francesca is still in catch-up mode. She writes to you today from the Worst Airport Ever, Charles de Gaulle. Francesca is afraid that, if she is not destined to go straight to Heaven, the Other Place will look, smell and feel like Charles de Gaulle, and be staffed by the same cold souls.

But never mind. There are sales to be had, work to be done!

The following end today:

LANE BRYANT will give you free shipping if you order $100 or more of swimwear and use code 006950514. Francesca’s pickicon (pictured).

ZAFTIQUE‘s clearance sale!

MAKE YOUR OWN JEANS will take 10% off your order with code JEANSWORLD.

ONE STOP PLUS will give you free shipping on orders over $50, if you use code OSPREESHIP. By the way, did any of you catch their bit on the Today show yesterday? How was it?

MONIFC has extended the deadline for registering for their Curvy Girls at Sea cruise. Click here and provide your deposit today to sign up.

ROAMAN’S will take 40% off your highest priced item and give you free shipping on the entire order if you enter code RDWELCOME at checkout. Look! The houndstooth skirt we’ve previously looked at is on the sale!

Happy shopping!

Twistie’s Sunday Caption Madness: The Traffic Disaster Edition

Hello out there, caption fans! You all know how this works. I post a picture, you send in your best captions via the comments function, and next week I declare a winner, whom we all laud.

And so, without further ado, here’s the image du jour:

Big Bird in Traffic

Ready…set…snark!

From Francesca’s Inbox: Last-minute Deals

Hello hello hello!

Francesca is catching up on her email. Here is what is new and newsworthy. Unless otherwise indicated, ALL OF THESE SALES END TONIGHT!

LANE BRYANT is having a weekend sale, with 25% off their whole website! ALSO, enter code 050002405 for discounts of $25 from purchases of $75 or more, or $50 if you buy $150 or more (through April 5th). ALSO, get free shipping through Tuesday on your swimwear purchases of $100 or more. These offers can be combined! Francesca’s pickicon.

LANDS’ END will take 20% off your entire order  if you enter promotion Code MARCH20 and PIN  00004613. The thing is, Francesca’s notice about this says “Email subscriber exclusive” and she is not sure whether the PIN is personalized. Try it, and please let us know in the comments whether it is working. Francesca’s pick.

TALBOTS is having a “buy one, get the second 50% off” sale on selected items, including Woman and Woman Petite items. In both categories, some sale items are included. Francesca’s pick.

CHICO’S will take 50% off your highest-priced item, online or in stores, when you buy $100 or more and use code 6457. Francesca’s pick.

FREDERICK’S OF HOLLYWOOD will deduct $15 from your purchase of $100 or more, or $30 off a purchase of $150 or more, or $75 off a purchase of $250 or more. No code is necessary. Plus sizes are here (not safe for work).

JCPENNEY is having a Weekend Sale, including 159 items in plus sizes. Francesca’s pick.

SWIMSUITS FOR ALL is offering free shipping with Coupon Code freegroundship. Expires this week. The offer is not valid on clearance items.

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