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April 24, 2009

News and Sales for the Weekend

Filed under: Books,Events,Sales,Shoes — Francesca @ 12:39 pm

Here is some info to keep you going until Twistie takes over here tomorrow:

Saks Fifth Avenue will give you a copy of the Salvatore Ferragamo 80th Anniversary Commemorative Book with any purchase of Ferragamo shoes or handbags, while supplies last, if you enter code SFWOMEN.

Oh, God, the ecstasy.

(You can also buy the book yourself for $35.77 by clicking right here.)

Monif C is hosting a private shopping party for 50 women in Washington, DC on May 2. Click here to sign up and get details. She is also having a trunk show with Gayla Bentley in Houston on May 16 from noon – 6 pm at Strut. Details here. Finally, spaces have opened for the Curvy Girls at Sea Bermuda cruise. Details here. Monif C home page. Gayla Bentley home page.

Kiyonna has a collection of “Color Therapy” dresses and blouses in bright summer colors, including blues, purples, greens and pinks. If you can wear empire waists, you might like this pretty, ruffled chiffon blouse (pictured).

J.Jill introduces a breezy linen shirt with princess seams (Francesca loves princess seams!) available in a sea blue up to size 4x.

Bloomingdales will take 20% off your purchase online if you enter SPRINGFF at checkout, or in stores if you present a certain coupon that you can receive if you sign up for their email list. Both offers end on Sunday. Online plus sizes are here.

Happy weekend!


April 23, 2009

From Francesca’s Inbox: Thursday Edition the Second

Filed under: Sales — Francesca @ 1:58 pm


Torrid is having a High School Model Search for girls who wear sizes 8-26. Bring photos and an application to any Torrid store from May 1-3. Details are here.

Can Francesca just say how much she loves this swimsuit (pictured) for the plus-size 8th grade girl? And that she thinks the model is adorable?

Lane Bryant is having a Spring sale AND they will give you free shipping (today only) on orders of $75 or more with code 006959913. Depending on your age and style, you might like this cute pinstripe corset shirt, or this oh-so-preppy argyle sweater vest, or this gently sexy strap sweater, or this flowy open-front cardigan. Or get all four for under $100, and free shipping!

Svoboda has slashed the prices of three of their jeans.

Alight has many items on sale. Francesca likes their “Garden of Contrast” sundress, on sale for under $40 (pictured below).

Avenue is having an online sale AND will give you free shipping on orders of $75 or more. For $75 Francesca found a pencil skirt, a white blouse, a cute tshirt and a camisole, and still has $3 left over before getting the free shipping. She loves sales!

Nordstrom is selling some terrific  spring sandals!

Happy shopping!


From Francesca’s Inbox: Thursday Edition the First

Filed under: Sales — Francesca @ 9:19 am

Whew! Francesca has sorted through so many messages! The savings are incredible. Here we go, with just the first sales post for the day!

Igigi is having an incredible “Sale of the Century” event on their sales items. Through May 12, enter code SALECENTURY and take additional percentages off already-marked-down items. Starting now, the code will remove an additional 40% off. After April 28th, 50%. And after May 5th, 75%. The catch: the longer you wait, the less likely that the item you want will still be available in your size/color, if at all. So that is the gamble! If you wear size 12 or size 30/32, you can get this velvet wrap dress (pictured) which Francesca owns and loves, for just $30!

Also, have you seen Igigi’s new stuff? FANTASTIC!

Land’s End will give you free shipping with code SWIM and PIN 00005084. They’ve also taken 30% off all swimwear (plus sizes here).  Hurry, both offers end today.

Swimsuits for All will take 15% off your order with code Save15. Francesca does not know how long that code will work.

Silhouettes will take 25% off your purchase of 4 items or more, if you enter code S9GEA,  before April 28. If you are the tall, bold woman of a certain age who looks good in tunics, may Francesca suggest this item (pictured)? As for the other three, how about this long summer skirt, for breezy walks at the seashore? And this just-sexy-enough swimsuit by Gottex? And this
linen tank dress
(pictured) which can be paired with a blazer for work and the long, sparkly earrings for the date?

Just My Size has taken 25% off all swimwear. Also, if you click through to their site through that link, they will give you shipping for 99 cents through April 25 (I think. Francesca hopes it works!)

April 22, 2009

Big Girls in Art: Audrenn Thorez

Filed under: Art — Francesca @ 1:53 pm

Today we acknowledge the work of Audrenn Thorez, about whom Francesca knows nothing beyond the paintings. Thanks to our internet friend Veronica for the tip!

Francesca likes that these women look like they have a life in them, a personality, an emotion that is not connected purely to sexuality, allure, or the gaze of others, but is about . . . the way they gaze at us.




From Francesca’s Inbox!

Filed under: Sales — Francesca @ 11:18 am

Here we go! Some today, some tomorrow, OK?

Zaftique is having a clearance sale, through May 7th. They’ve got some nice items on deep discount, like this top (pictured) for under three dollars.

Talbots is having a sale on older items and has also reduced the price of some new items by 25%.

Soma Intimates will take $20 off your purchase of $80 or more, with code 7208, through May 17, and will give you free shipping through May 5 with code 7215.

One Stop Plus announced the arrival of items from the French Taillissime brand and the Swedish Ellos brand.

J. Crew is having a sale, in stores and online. Includes a few items for the tall girl and the d-cup girl.

Woman Within will give you free shipping if you enter code WW32899 before April 27.

Frederick’s of Hollywood will provide free shipping on orders of $95 or more, through April 26. They offer plus sizes in most categories.

Coldwater Creek will take $25 off your purchase of $100 or more with code WKH3340, through May 3. They have also moved new items in plus-sizes to their Outlet.

Chico’s, too, will take $25 off your purchase of $100 or more, through April 26, with code 6531.

Happy shopping! Save money for tomorrow!

April 21, 2009

Is This Thing On?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Miss Plumcake @ 2:27 am

Hello out there! Is anyone home? We’ve been having major trouble with our servers. Please go to for status updates. I hope this means we’re fixed, because –like Miss Sandra B says– “without you, I’m nothing!”

Additional note by Francesca: Do you know what goes down with the servers?!? FRANCESCA’S INBOX!!! But in this moment that the site is up again, and with it Francesca’s beloved email address, she has downloaded the 448 emails she has missed, full of sales codes and fashion announcements, and she will sift through them and let you know soon what is going on in the world of new clothes and saving money!

April 15, 2009

Francesca Recommends a Book

Filed under: Books — Francesca @ 9:58 am

This book is terrific weekend reading. Smart but not at all heavy.

The review from Publisher’s Weekly:

In another quiet but powerful novel from Goodman (Kaaterskill Falls), a struggling cancer lab at Boston’s Philpott Institute becomes the stage for its researchers’ personalities and passions, and for the slippery definitions of freedom and responsibility in grant-driven American science. When the once-discredited R-7 virus, the project of playboy postdoc Cliff, seems to reduce cancerous tumors in mice, lab director Sandy Glass insists on publishing the preliminary results immediately, against the advice of his more cautious codirector, Marion Mendelssohn. The research team sees a glorious future ahead, but Robin, Cliff’s resentful ex-girlfriend and co-researcher, suspects that the findings are too good to be true and attempts to prove Cliff’s results are in error. The resulting inquiry spins out of control. With subtle but uncanny effectiveness, Goodman illuminates the inner lives of each character, depicting events from one point of view until another section suddenly throws that perspective into doubt. The result is an episodically paced but extremely engaging novel that reflects the stops and starts of the scientific process, as well as its dependence on the complicated individuals who do the work. In the meantime, she draws tender but unflinching portraits of the characters’ personal lives for a truly humanist novel from the supposedly antiseptic halls of science.

Francesca loved the shifting viewpoint and what her scientist friends tell her is an amazingly accurate depiction of science-lab politics.

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