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November 12, 2009

From Francesca’s Inbox: Thursday Edition

Filed under: Events,Fashion History,From Francesca's Inbox,Sales — Francesca @ 10:44 am

First, remember that many of the sales and codes listed in Tuesday’s FFI are still working.

YOOX and the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum (in New York City) are teaming up for an exhibit and online project called “American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion.”  Information is hereicon. YOOX is one of our favorite sources of designer shoes and accessoriesicon.

Catherine’s is having a buy one get one 50% off sale on brasicon today and tomorrow. Also, enter code 777001900 for $10 off any purchaseicon of $50 or more (through tomorrow). Full sale page hereicon. Clearance hereicon.

Avenue: If you make an order that happens to come to  $50 or more, enter code AV91148 and they’ll throw in a little wristlet purse for you too (through Sunday). Here is their sale page.

Igigi‘s  free shipping on everything ends tomorrow.

Swimsuits for All will

give you free shipping (US) with code SHIPITFREE. International customers: use code WORLD5 for $5 off shipping. Francesca does not know how long these will last. Their website is here.

Bloomingdales will take 20% from your Fashion, Kids, or Home purchase through Sunday with code HOLIDAY. Also, if you spend $500 or more, you’ll get a $100-off coupon to use the next time you spend $250 or more. Plus-size apparel here.

One Stop Plus is having a clearance sale.

Womensuits will give you 10% off your purchase today and tomorrow with code NOVEMBER. Francesca has great admiration for their hats.

Saks Fifth Avenue is having a sale. Plus-size apparel (some is especially nice!) here.

Happy shopping! xoxo

November 10, 2009

From Francesca’s Inbox: Tuesday Edition

Vest and pencil skirt by SWAK Designs. Francesca is very pleased with the changes taking place there.

Vest and pencil skirt by SWAK Designs. Francesca is very pleased with the changes taking place there.

Igigi is having a “secret” showroom event in San Francisco (Mission Street) on Thursday evening from 4-8. If you would like to attend, you must write to them TODAY at with the names of everyone in your group. There will be  a raffle, special prices on samples and irregulars, and a chance to try on Igigi items before buying, which of course is not normally possible with their online-only store.

Outside San Francisco: A reminder that Igigi is giving free shipping through Friday.

SWAK Designs has made incredible headway in their style this year, to the point that Francesca can actually recommend looking there for business-casual workwear. Francesca is very proud of them! Trashy to classy in one season! She hopes this is the beginning of a movement (certain Other Vendors should pay attention). Just remember to stay away from velour.

Also from SWAK: Free worldwide shipping on orders over $40.  And, if you use code basic35 before the end of the day on Thursday, you’ll get 35% off any of their “basic” wear.

Old Navy’s outerwear sale ends on Thursday. office-appropriate blazer here. And what say you about  this jacket? Francesca thinks it is a hate, but if she squints she can imagine that there is a small niche of people who will love it and look good in it. Like, 5 people. Five very interesting people (says Francesca with sincerity).

Bright fall colors by Isaac Mizrahi for Liz Claiborne

Bright fall colors by Isaac Mizrahi for Liz Claiborne

Torrid has taken 50% off clearance items. This could end any minute so time is of the essence. floral pencil skirt for $15. Uber goth-irony pajama pants for $9.50. Plaid Corset Top for $20. Also, at regular prices, many many jeans sold according to inseam length.

Kiyonna has new, pretty items in their sale section. (Just please stay away from the velour! Urgh!)

Jessica London is having an online-only sale on select items. (Meaning, you won’t get these prices in the physical stores).

Liz Claiborne has New Plus Size Arrivals. Francesca loves the bright colors when everyone else is wearing brown, navy and forest green. Remember that they provide free shipping on orders of $75 or more. Also, throughout November, if you shop in-store at any of these Liz Claiborne retail locations, you can get 20% off by printing and bringing this coupon.

Happy shopping! xoxo

May 14, 2009

Weekend Events for the Big Girl

Filed under: Events,Sales — Francesca @ 5:35 pm

New York: Lee Lee’s Valise is celebrating its second anniversary! Congratulations! On Saturday, the store will offer champagne and mingling time. Store hours and directions here. Shop online here.

Houston: The Monif C and Gayla Bentley trunk show will take place on Saturday from noon – 6 at Strut, in the Galleria. Details here.

Or shop online from their New York store here. Francesca’s pick (pictured).

Nationwide: On Saturday there will be a “sale preview” at J.C. Penney stores. Everything except makeup and fragrance is on sale. From 8 am – 1 pm, select items will be “buy one, get the second for 99 cents.” If you don’t live near a J.C. Penney, you can also use code 513BSOTS through May 18 to get 40% off regular-priced items and an additional 10% off already-reduced items. Click here for plus-size clothing and plus-size petite.

May 4, 2009

For our New York readers

Filed under: Accessories,Events,Food,Makeup — Francesca @ 2:41 pm

If you live in or near the Big Apple, or plan to travel there soon, check out these events coming up at the Saks store there . . . and note they are by appointment only. Francesca suggests booking soon, as spaces fill fast.

Tuesday May 5 and/or Thursday May 7 : premiere of the new CHANEL N°5 campaign, “Train de Nuit” (“Night Train”), directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou. May 5th 11-6 meet Anthony LoSavio, Director of CHANEL Makeup Artistry. May 7th 2:30-6:30 meet Angela Levin, CHANEL Celebrity Makeup Artist. For details/appointment: 212.940.2151

Through May 10: Enter for a chance to be one of three winners to treat your mother to a private cooking class in Gourmet‘s kitchen with Gourmet Executive Chef and TV personality Sara Moulton. (Francesca does not understand when is the deadline for entering, or when the class will happen). Details: 212.940.4676

Tuesday May 12 and Wednesday May 13: Gucci accessories Trunk Show (Shoes! Handbags!)  Details: 212.940.4676.

Saturday May 16 from 2-5 pm: Dolce & Gabbana debut their new makeup line (see photo), and meet makeup artist Pat McGrath. For details/appointment: 212.940.4949

Have fun! xoxo!

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!


February 4, 2009

Opening tonight: New Boutique in Brooklyn for the Big Girls!

Filed under: Events,Uncategorized — Francesca @ 1:02 pm

Look what Francesca has found in New York City! Opens tonight!


December 17, 2008

For the Internet Friends in the Los Angeles!

Filed under: Events — Francesca @ 3:42 pm

Hello to the friends in the city of Angels!

Francesca wishes to let you know that there will be a special event at the Kiyonna flagship store in Anaheim this Saturday, December 20, from 9-5 pm.

The location and contact information is:

(KIYONNA Flagship Store located at the company’s headquarters)
1440 S. State College Blvd., Ste; 5G
Anaheim, CA  92806
(888) 549-6662

Please call them for details if you are interested in attending.

Have fun!


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