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From Francesca’s Inbox: Tuesday

LAND’S END is having a big winter clearance sale. Many MANY items in plus sizes! Francesca’s picks (pictured): cozy cashmere scarffleece half-zip pullover.

IGIGI has new dresses! What say you of them? Francesca’s pick is the (floor length) Secret Muse Dress with the Bolero shrug (pictured).

JUST MY SIZE has a deal on bras through February 24: Buy any two Glamorize or Bali bras (or one of each), get a third free.

EVANS wants to remind you that if you live in the UK or Ireland, you get free return shipping if something does not fit.

COLDWATER CREEK has reduced prices even further on everything in outlet (these prices are online only and may not match the prices in their physical Outlet stores).

BLUEFLY has new handbags and shoes in contemporary styles. Francesca prefers classic styles, but not everyone has the same taste, so perhaps you will love what is there. Francesca’s pick (pictured):Stuart Weitzman croc patent boots.

CHADWICKS will take $20 off your purchase of $60 or more, through January 31, with code CHTAKE$20. Shop plus sizes here.

ASHLEY STEWART has a “buy one, get one half off” deal on select items  (online only) , and has added new items to their virtual sale rack.

Happy shopping! xoxo

From Francesca’s Inbox: Sales for the Weekend

LANE BRYANT will give you shipping for $4.99 if you order $50 or more online (use code 025003055) or click here for a coupon to use in-store. Francesca’s pick. Both will work through January 29 (next Friday). Cute, colorful lingerie here. (NSFW)

FREDERICKS OF HOLLYWOOD is having a clearance sale. Plus sizes here. (NSFW) Also, through Sunday, if you order $75 or more, they will throw in a free lipgloss.

LA GRANDE DAME has new arrivals. Free shipping and free return shipping, as always, with code FREESHIP.

MONIFC has taken even more markdowns on several items, to make room for new stuff. Francesca thinks the prices are now at a very reasonable level, so if you usually cannot afford Monif C, and there is something you like, the time has come (though, unfortunately, everyone’s favorite robe is not on sale). Francesca doubts the prices will get lower than this. For example, the Angelina trench coat (pictured) is down from $245 to $98.

WOMAN WITHIN: If there is something you want from their site anyhow that is $25 or more, buy it today and throw in code WWLOVEYOU and they will give you a personal organizer with a binder, calendar, calculator, notebook, and address book.

SOMA INTIMATES has taken 25% off all lace bras (online only). Also see their semi-annual sale here.

SILHOUETTES will take The money off your purchase with code SAE3, through Monday: $20 off purchases of $100 or more, or $30 off purchases of $150 or more.

SAKS has new bags and shoes by Gucci. Free shipping on orders of $200 or more with code WINTER.

ONE STOP PLUS has many new arrivals.  Francesca’s pick: A cute cami.

CHADWICKS is having a big sale. Many excellent choices for the office!

AVENUE is having a big clearance sale. Through Sunday, also use code AV101006 for an additional $10 off purchases of $75 or more, or AV101016 for an additional 20% off clearance items. With the code, this one-shoulder dress (pictured) is now about $40.

Happy shopping! xoxo

From Francesca’s Inbox: Beauty Tips for the Rainy Days

Francesca hates it when this happens!

As you can imagine, Francesca, Plumcake and Twistie receive many, many emails from the PR agencies, peddling various beauty products and personalities. Usually Francesca safeguards you from such matters, but this week she received one which actually might be useful, under the rainy circumstances. It is from the PR firm of the hair and makeup stylists mentioned here:

The stars at last night’s Golden Globe awards managed to look impeccable despite the rain.

However, most women don’t have a team of professional hairdressers, makeup artists and stylists to maintain their look during rainy conditions like celebrities (Francesca says: or assistants to hold the umbrellas on one’s behalf). Celebrity makeup artist Christopher Drummond and hairstylist Philip Pelusi offer tips on weathering the storm during a special event:

Makeup tips from Christopher Drummond

  • If it is raining the day of a special event, stay away from liquid foundation, which has a tendency to “melt” and not last as long
  • Add a little more makeup than you normally would for all products to prepare for the fact that some makeup will come off due to bad weather. Be sure to add layers to your foundation.
  • Use water resistant products, such as Christopher Drummond Beauty products (Veludo Velvet Foundation and Finale Finishing Powder) (Francesca says: natch)

Hair Tips from Philip Pelusi:

  • Check the weather report a few days in advance so you can plan to wear your hair up or down. If rain is in the forecast, plan ahead to wear your hair either all up or half up and half down.
  • Pulling hair into an updo or half upsweep is the best strategy to stay looking good in rainy conditions because hair is already curled, pinned and sprayed in place. If it gets rained on a bit, hair can simply air dry in place, and it is also easier to keep an updo dry under an umbrella.
  • If you wear your hair down and are caught by surprise, make sure to bring a small emergency kit in your purse to a special event with a few hair pins, a ponytail holder and a small purse size hair spray. If hair gets wet, go for a quick style change. Pull hair back into the ponytail and wrap hair around the ponytail holder and secure into place with the hair pins. Mist with spray.

From Francesca’s Inbox: Sales for the Weekend

CJ BANKS is having a weekend sale (online and in store), through Sunday: an additional 50% off clearance, and 50% off sweaters. The split turtleneck sweater looks cozy. The square neck eyelet tee which Francesca has previously highlighted (pictured) is now marked down from $40 to just $10.

TORRID has taken an additional 50% off clearance items, (online and in-store), “for a limited time.” There are some wonderful deals there for the younger girl of fabulosity, and in perusing the selections, Francesca found that even the women in their 30’s  and 40’s can find select items that are on the more muted side, appropriate for the office.

EILEEN FISHER will take an additional 25% off sale items through Monday, online and in-store.

CATHERINES has several sales going on: 1) today and tomorrow, get $15 off any purchase of $75 or more with code 777003260. 2) Through January 16, get 25% off spring new arrivals. Francesca is feeling “eh” about it, but likes this pretty side-wrap bathing suit (pictured) and the draped-front knit dress for work or evenings. 3) 40% off denim, through Monday.

COLDWATER CREEK has begun their bi-annual Red Tag Clearance.

FASHION BUG has items in the following categories on sale, online only, through Monday: tops for $8 or less; bottoms for $10; sleepwear (terry-cloth robe in 1x and 2x here); dresses (Francesca found a bridal gown in 16W for under $55). Also, intimates are on sale, online and in-store.

SPIEGEL introduces their new “Leather and Leopard” collection, some of which is 50% off right now. Not all items come in plus sizes, but the Misses sizes go up to 18.

Happy shopping and happy weekend! xoxo

From Francesca’s Inbox: Tuesday and Francesca needs to shop Edition

My dear internet friends, Francesca has been at her computer, typing away for the Day Job, almost non-stop since Sunday morning, and her head may very well explode. This calls, you know, for retail therapy.

AVENUE introduces their “screens and jeans” collection.

CATHERINES end-of-year clearance sale ends today. Also ending today, bras and shapewear are “buy 2, get 1 free” and panties are “buy 3, get 2 free.” Finally, today only, get 40% off a regular-priced item with code 777003245.

FASHION BUG, too, is having sales on intimates, online and in-store through January 19. Bras are “buy 2, get 2 free.” Panties are “buy 3, get 3 free.” Shapewear is “buy 1, get 1 at 50% off.” They also have some nice new workout clothes.

JUST MY SIZE is having a bra sale through January 18.

IGIGI has added new items to their sale rack. Francesca’s pick: the Jessica dress (pictured) is now under $50 (limited sizes). They also have some VERY interesting new arrivals.

JESSICA LONDON is having a winter sale including coats and boots and other things to get now at good prices to wear next year (and this year). Francesca’s pick: the Leather Trench Coat.

MAKE YOUR OWN JEANS will take 10% off any purchase with code 10JEANS through January 31.

MAXIMUM WOMAN is selling coats at 50% off, and for a limited time if you buy one sale coat you can purchase a second for $50. Use code SUKA. Also see their clearance sale here.

MONIF C is having a “secret sale” through Friday: PHONE IN your order at 1.212.842.1641 and say “secret sale,” and they will take 50% off the original price of holiday items, and 50% off the clearance sale of clearance items. (This also works in person, if you can go to their Manhattan boutique.) If you have been eyeing the trench coat, or if you are on the love side of the “love/hate” divide on the convertible dress, now is your chance.

OLD NAVY is having a clearance sale.

PERFUMANIA is having a big sale on a wide variety of scents, and you get free shipping on U.S. orders over $65.

That should take care of Francesca’s headache! xoxo

From Francesca’s Inbox: Post-Holiday Cheer

SILHOUETTES will take an extra 25% off clearance with code SCL25. Ends tonight at midnight.

KIYONNA will take 20% off everything from their site, and give free shipping on orders of $100 or more, through midnight tonight. Use code RESOLUTION.

CHADWICKS is having their first sale of 2010.

TORRID has new swimwear. Francesca’s pick.

SHOEMALL is having a sale.

LA GRANDE DAME will take 25% off everything on the site with code NEWYEAR, through Friday.

CHICO’S will take $25 off purchases of $100 or more with code 6712, through Sunday.

B & LU is having a terrific post-holiday sale, with many fantastic party/night-on-the-town tops now for under $20.

JESSICA LONDON is having a winter clearance sale.

AVENUE is having a “winter sidewalk” sale. If you can wear empire waists, check out this fun “Sosie Geo Print” dress for the summer, costing just $12.96 on clearance.

FIGLEAVES is having a nice sale, with items up to 50% off.

ALIGHT has a sale going on.

ZAFTIQUE‘s clearance sale ends on January 11.

JUNONIA, the wonderful source for cold-weather clothes and activewear, is continuing their after-Christmas clearance sale.

SMART BARGAINS is having a big liquidation sale with truly excellent deals. Women’s apparel. Shoes. Fine Jewelry. Women’s watches. Handbags and other accessories.

Francesca’s picks: Check out these incredible designer-shoe opportunities:

From Francesca’s Inbox: Thursday Edition

AVENUE has a large selection of items up to 80% off (online, and some are in-store only), “for a limited time.” Also, ending today, use code AV91143 for 25% off your most-expensive item and 30% off the next-most, if you buy 3 or more items.

TORRID has taken 50% off Clearance, and is having a holiday sale, including 25% off dresses. If you order $75 or more, use code CELEBRATE for free shipping. Francesca’s picks: Purple Fur Collar Cardigan for $17.50Black Rosebud Print Tiered Skirt $15; floral pencil skirt $15Black Corset Top $20.

CATHERINES will give you free shipping on orders of $75 or more, ending tonight at midnight Eastern. Their end-of-year clearance goes on through January 12 and is here. Also through January 12, bras and shapewear are “buy 2, get 1 free” and panties are “buy 3, get 2 free.” These offers exclude Goddess and (sadly) Spanx brands. Francesca’s Picks.

NORM THOMPSON is having their winter sale.

CJ BANKS is offering $5 shipping on any order. Francesca sees that they have some nice, classic, wardrobe basics in their section for sizes 4x and 5x.

ASHLEY STEWART is having an end-of-season sale, online only and “for a limited time,” with 50% off your entire purchase.

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE has new styles in by Christian Louboutin. Go look at the pretty $800 shoes here.

TALBOTS is having their famous Red Hanger sale. Note that they sell both Woman and Woman Petite sizes.

COLDWATER CREEK will take 60% off your entire purchase (online only), through January 4, with code WKH8281.

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