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December 28, 2009

From Francesca’s Inbox: Giveaways from

Filed under: From Francesca's Inbox,Makeup — Francesca @ 12:47 pm

BEAUTY.COM (also known as, its partner site) is giving away many freebies this week, which Francesca thought you might enjoy. Just click here and have fun!

*Through tomorrow or while supplies last, get a free cream by Nexcare ($15.99 value) when you spend $25 or more on products by Nexcare, Buf-Puf, or Titrilac.

*Receive a free lash primer ($19.50 value) with any It Cosmetics purchase, while supplies last. Francesca says: if you have short/thin lashes, primer will help them look longer and thicker when you apply mascara.

*If you buy $25 or more of Foot Petals (cushions to place inside your shoes, available in different shapes and sizes), you will receive a free “Peek-A-Shoe” pouch ($10 value) for storing your shoes. Francesca does not know when this expires.

*Through January 5 or when supplies run out, get free travel-size samples of skin cream, hair relaxing balm, and shampoo-for-blow-drying, all by PHYTO, with any purchase.

* Get 20% off whenever you buy three or more “emergency preparedness products” (first aid kits, thermometers, etc.), until January 7.

* Always click on the “Free Samples” and “Gifts with Purchase” links on their home page when you shop.

December 23, 2009

From Francesca’s Inbox: Last Chance before Christmas Edition

Filed under: From Francesca's Inbox,Sales — Francesca @ 8:45 am

Dearest readers:  Francesca is on her way to Bavaria, so this will be the last FFI until after the Christmas. xoxo

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE. Today is the last day to order at and get delivery tomorrow. Use code HOLIDAY9 for a free shipping upgrade, and click on “yes this order contains at least one gift” if you want complimentary gift wrapping. Plus-size apparel is here. Francesca’s pick: Ruffle coat.

LA GRANDE DAME has already started their after-Christmas sale, to clear out their winter styles. The sale includes nighties by Betsey Johnson, among other things. Francesca likes that they use Big Girls as models. Francesca’s pick for the woman of a certain age: Gold Tadashi gown, at a truly excellent price.

BLOOMINGDALES has marked down select merchandise through tomorrow. Plus sizes here. Francesca’s pick (pictured).

OLD NAVY will take 10% off purchases of new arrivals through January 2, with code ONSAVETEN (online only). Plus sizes here.

SWAK Designs introduces their “Starlet” collection. Francesca’s pick: Black and Nude Lace Evening Dress.

ALWAYS FOR ME is giving free shipping (in continental US) through tomorrow on orders of $50 or more, with code freeship50.

BEAUTY.COM will give you a free ($15-value) pack of 20 Peter Thomas Roth “Unwrinkle Peel Pads” with any Peter Thomas Roth skincare purchase. Limit one per household. Ends January 3 (or while supplies last).

December 21, 2009

From Francesca’s Inbox: Pre-Christmas Sales and News

Filed under: From Francesca's Inbox,Sales — Francesca @ 3:30 pm

Once again, Francesca reminds you: if you are buying something online that you need before Christmas, check the shipping options carefully!

AVENUE is taking 30% off everything online and in-store “for a limited time.” Excludes clearance. Online, use code AV91172. The outfit pictured, which could be great for the tall, non-apple woman, is available here.

CATHERINES has sales both in-store and online through Thursday: 50% off select regular price items and < 40% off clearance. For clearance, the online prices already reflect this discount. FYI, the readers with the very wide hips who thought the Kiyonna “no” of last week should have been a “yes” may also like this sweater.

LANE BRYANT will enter you for a chance to win $25,000 if you text “LBWIN” to 50799. Details here. Also they have reintroduced their Cacique no-wire bra.

TORRID wants you to look at their big collection of jeans and new sweaters. Francesca’s picks: dramatic Cowl-Neck Dolman-Sleeve Sweater, classic argyle cardigan, sweet cropped cardigan. She’d pick this lace inset cardigan, too, if it weren’t for the bow.

JUST MY SIZE will give you free standard shipping on any order of $50 or more, through tomorrow.

ZAPPOS will still guarantee delivery before Christmas (with free shipping both ways!) if you order before 1 pm (EST?) on Wednesday.

B & LU has a nice holiday collection (Francesca apologizes for not posting this earlier; the email slipped through the cracks). Francesca’s pick.

WOMENSUITS will give you a free matching hat with any of these 8 “Church” or “Mother of the Bride” suits, through Wednesday: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight. You all know how Francesca feels about the superfantastic hats of spectaculosity! If you buy one of these outfits, please email Francesca a photo!

ZAFTIQUE is having year-end sales until December 30.

Francesca wishes you the peaceful, serene, and happy Christmas week.

December 18, 2009

From Francesca’s Inbox: Sales for Today and the Weekend

Filed under: Events,From Francesca's Inbox,Sales — Francesca @ 9:29 am

With Christmas just a week away (!) Francesca reminds you, when shopping online, to check shipping policies and speeds carefully to ensure delivery before Christmas.

SILHOUETTES will take 20% off your purchase if you buy 3 items or more, until midnight tonight (Eastern) with code SWB20. Main page here, winter sale here. (Offer does not apply to Clearance, Oulet, or gift cards.) Tip: If there are only 2 items you want, and it adds up to at least $75, then use code S9ZH1 for 15% off. Francesca does not know when this code expires.

MONIFC is having a shopping event in Houston tomorrow from 10-3, but you have to email them to get the location, at Online store is here.

JUNONIA will take 30% off your order and give you free upgraded shipping with code 12159, until Sunday night at midnight Central time.

BEAUTY.COM will take $20 off orders of $100 or more until Sunday.

PERFUMANIA is having a buy one, get another item 50% off sale, on items included in that sale (click on the link to see). Francesca does not know how long that will continue. Also, for what it is worth, until the end of December or while supplies last, if you order anything at all they will give you a free gift of 1.75 fl. oz of the “23” men’s cologne by Michael Jordan.

DESIGNERSHOES.COM has two pieces of news: 1) Until  midnight on Sunday, all “on sale” shoes will get another 50% off with code HOLIDAY09.  2) Shipping outside the US? Until January 6, use code NOTUSA and get international shipping for free on orders of $400 or more.

FIGLEAVES will take 20% off your purchases from their Christmas Gift Guide through Sunday midnight (England time) with code GUIDE.

CHADWICKS will give you the following this weekend with code CHEER: 1) through Sunday at 2 pm (probably EST), a free upgrade to 2-day shipping, and 2) through Monday, buy one top get a second 50% off (with the code). Plus-size tops are here.

Happy shopping and happy weekend! xoxo

December 17, 2009

From Francesca’s Inbox: Thursday

Filed under: From Francesca's Inbox,Sales — Francesca @ 4:46 pm

Here are some savings opportunities good for the long-ish term:

Zaftique is giving shipping for a flat rate of $3.50 on any order over $100, through December 21. Use code FSHLDY09.

Chico’s will take 25% off your purchase of $100 or more, through January 10, with code 6712. Can be used one time per customer.

Coldwater Creek will take 30% off everything in their store through December 21. For in-store purchases, print the coupon here. For online shopping, enter code WKH7923.

Eileen Fisher is giving free shipping in the contiguous US, through December 23, on all orders. (Picture is from their website; click for information.)

More to come tomorrow!


December 15, 2009

From Francesca’s Inbox: Tuesday Edition

Filed under: From Francesca's Inbox,Sales — Francesca @ 8:57 am

Four FFI’s in a week. It is difficult to keep up with the holiday shopping frenzy.  But Francesca must say, the online shopping is so much more pleasant right now than the in-store experience. Unless you like knocking people down. But anyway…

Igigi has taken further reductions on sale items. Francesca’s pick (pictured).

Kiyonna is offering free domestic ground shipping on orders of $100 or more, and $10 (flat-rate) 2-day shipping on orders of $150 or more. Francesca’s pick.

Shoe Mall will take 20% off Accessories (bags, backpacks, duffles, socks, belts, scarves, gloves, and hats) with code COLDXMAS through Wednesday. (Excludes these brands: Camper, ECCO, Geox, Globe, Harley-Davidson, and Minnetonka.)

SWAK is offering free shipping WORLDWIDE on orders of $40 or more.

Zappos is offering Free Shipping BOTH ways as always, and can guarantee delivery by Christmas if you order before December 23 at 1 pm. Francesca’s pick.

December 14, 2009

From Francesca’s Inbox: Monday Afternoon Edition

Filed under: From Francesca's Inbox,Sales — Francesca @ 2:50 pm

Hello and welcome back!


Silhouettes will take 25% off your entire purchase with code SFRIEND. Today is also the last day to use Standard Shipping and still guarantee delivery by December 24th.

Fig Leaves is offering free shipping in the UK (until midnight), on all purchases. No code necessary.

Old Navy will take 20% off your online purchase through tomorrow with code ONSAVE20. Plus sizes here.

Fashion Bug’s entire site is “buy one item, get another item 50% off” today.  They are also having a huge clearance sale.

Peggy Lutz is having a big sale today and tomorrow.

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