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May 29, 2010

Deals and Steals for the Long Weekend

Filed under: Deals and Steals — Twistie @ 8:30 am

Memorial Day weekend is the official start of barbeque and pool party season. That means we all need some great casual clothes that will help us keep our cool while looking hot. Getting them at a steal is the icing on the cake.

Catharines Fish TeeIt’s not often that I feel moved to recommend a novelty tee, but I’m in love with this cute tee from Catherine’s featuring a nailhead stud picture of a fish. Just add a flirty skirt, great pair of shorts, or a very carefully proportioned pair of capris, and you’re ready for fun. What’s more, it’s breathable since it’s 100% cotton. It’s easy care since it’s machine washable, too. The price is $32.00 – $36.00 depending on size (that’s 0X – 5X), but right now there’s a sale on.

Now through June 1, buy two items, get 20% off. Buy three and get a 30% discount. Buy four pieces and, that’s right, get 40% off. On top of all that, I think we really need to support a plus size clothier that uses real plus size models rather than attempting to dress size 8 girls in size 14 clothes to give us an idea of how we’ll look.

JMS Plaid Camp ShirtJust My Size is having a great sale right now, too. Buy one selected casual item, get the second at 50% off. Just make sure that one of your pieces is this classic with a twist plaid cotton gauze camp shirt. Wear it on its own or layer over a tank or sleeveless sundress for a cool as a cucumber look. At 16.99 it’s a steal. And just think how great it would be for $8.50! Again, 100% cotton, machine washable, it’s ridiculously easy care.

Of course sometimes casual still means fabulous. In that case, one might do a hell of a lot worse than this gorgeous maxi dress by Melissa Masse on sale right now at La Grande Dame:

LGD Melissa Masse Maxi How gorgeous is that? Add a glorious sunhat and a pair of elegant sandals and you’re ready to attend an outdoor wedding, or just lounge by the pool sipping mimosas. Oh, and lop the pricetag in half. Originally $299.00, it’s now just $150.00.


  1. I know Torrid isn’t everyone’s favorite, but for those of us on a really limited budget, they work and clearance is 50 percent off right now.

    I just grabbed two dresses, two 42DDD bras, two belts and a top online for less than $90 including shipping.

    My favorites were this beige linen dress for under $8 ( and this ivory shirt with teal roses (

    Comment by AngelicMystique — May 29, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

  2. Sorry, but have you lost a few sandwiches from your picnic? That fish tshirt is hideous and shouldn’t be worn by anyone under 65. I totally agree with you though about retailers using actual plus-sized models to show plus-sized clothes.

    Comment by Ellinida — May 29, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

  3. I work at a Catherine’s (for the next few weeks, at least – long story short, I’m moving), and the fish shirt is better in person. The color’s better, and it’s actually not horrible. Still not something I’d wear, but it is sort of cute.

    And yes, it’s awesome the company uses real plus-sized models. If only they’d send up plus-sized MANNEQUINS. All of our mannequins have to wear the smallest size we have, and then have whatever they’re wearing clipped to fit. It would be easier to show what clothes would really look like on if they’d find a way to make mannequins a size that women who shop in my store actually wear.

    Comment by Cassie — May 29, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

  4. You have got to be kidding me with that t-shirt.

    Comment by Chiken — May 31, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

  5. I think my biggest problem with the t-shirt is the fit – it’s almost…empire wasted. It reminds me of what my Mom taught me as a kid, that you need to hide your fat behind baggy, loose clothing. I have vehemently rejected this principle now, of course. I don’t have anything against t-shirts, but they shouldn’t completely hide your shape like that one.

    Comment by jen209 — May 31, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

  6. Here’s some feedback on that cute plaid camp shirt.

    Since I hadn’t ordered from JMS before, I looked at the size chart, took my measurements and ordered the Size 16W. I also ordered a pair of denim shorts in 16 W based on the same size chart and the same act of measuring.

    The shirt is literally big enough to go around me twice. The shorts won’t even zip — skin tight.


    Both items are going back. Honestly, why do some retailers even bother with a size chart?

    Comment by Deb — June 9, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

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