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June 9, 2010

Your Weekly Humpletter: The Plumcake Costume

Hello my little butternuts, how’s every little thing? Yes, it’s time for your weekly humpletter featuring ten new Plumcake-approved tidbits of deliciousness, mostly on sale!

It’s actually a fairly slow week for sales thanks to the swing back from Memorial Day, so we’re doing something a little different.   One of the things I hate hate HATE is when people I know copy my personal style –which is pretty specific– just a little too closely. It’s awkward for everyone involved. I’ll never forget that day years ago when I walked into church to find some sweet but terribly misguided Young Thing wearing what can only be described as a Plumcake costume.

In the parlance of my people, “I liketa died.”

That being said, I thought it might be fun –and I invite you all to play along in the comments– to actually CREATE a Plumcake costume using the sales this week.  Create your own costume in the comments field, just don’t worry if it takes a few minutes to post. It might get caught in the pending filter.

Always CoolFirst up are these Original Ray Ban Wayfarers in dark tortoise shell, on sale at Lord and Taylor using code FRIENDS to take 25% off your entire purchase. I never leave my house without my torties, which are just as cool as the traditional black ones but a bit more sophisticated.

These are timeless timeless timeless and perfect for either sex, so if your father is still wearing those tragiculous Blu-Blockers, why not buy him a pair of Wayfarers?  He’ll look like  an Italian movie star (white loafers not included.)

And if I’m never without my Wayfarers I’m never ever without my Hermes scarf. In fact, you could probably execute a fairly reputable Plumcake costume with just the scarf and the sunnies, plus a pair of vintage clip ons.

Pictured here is my absolute favorite foulard from my not-inconsiderable collection. pc babel scarfIt’s called Les Rivieres de Babel and although I have it in the aqua, there is precisely ONE of these available for purchase  from Potero (on sale too, it is to weep), so get it quick. It’s the only scarf I’ve ever paid a premium for and the photos simply do NOT do it justice. So pretty. So SO pretty.  When a woman d’une certain age showed up fresh off the plane from Paris with it wrapped around her neck, I fell in love and proceeded to hairlip hell until I located one and purchased it with much whimpering of bank account and a month of meal planning that involved the phrase “beans and toast” more often that I typically find ideal.  And you know what? Worth. Every. Penny.

And of course one good turn of Hermes deserves another: the Hermes Bolide in brown box calf.  Again, there’s only one of them, but it’s at 63% off retail and in great condition. Of course as with all Hermes bags, it is entitled to the legendary spa, where loved bags are buffed, primped and polished back to new. Now in the spirit of full disclosure: I don’t own a Bolide, I have a Birkin which I received as a break up gift (sorta) and have used exactly once, but for all the folderol over the Birkin being il handbag di tutti handbags, I’d kinda rather have the Bolide.

pc bolide

Moving from the screamingly expensive to the cheap and cheerful, I mentioned earlier you could compose a pretty decent Plumcake costume with just the scarf, sunglasses and a pair of vintage clip on earrings.

I couldn’t tell you how many pairs of vintage earbobs I own. Hundreds probably. I might even know where a few of them are (I always carry some sparklies in my purse in case I need to put them on in a flash, and usually a few pair at the office, in the car…wherever)

It is a shameful truth that, like snails leave slime and skunks leave stink, I leave a trail of  earrings wherever I roam.  I’ve tried to fix it, but to no avail. I almost always find them again eventually, but in case I don’t, I really hate to invest too much.

cute earrings!

I’m a sucker for figural earrings, or something with a little hint of whimsy, like these floral ear clips on clearance from La Vintage, which will set you back a measly 17 smackaroos.

These little darlings measure about 3/4″ and are just about exactly what I go for in an earring. Casual but still a little sparkly, charming but not cutesy and pretty enough to draw light but not so spectacular as to draw attention away from my face.

If you’re not in the habit of wearing earrings, give it a shot.  I have pierced ears but only wear clip-ons, so I can pull them off or put them on at a moment’s notice.  Also, you should always ALWAYS wear earrings when trying on clothing  (nothing dangly, please). You’ll be amazed on how much more put together you’ll look, just with a simple pair of bobs.

More fabulousness after the jump, clicky click!

June 8, 2010

Shoe Month! I no longer hate you, Mr Weitzman

Filed under: Flats,Sales,Shoes,The Daily Kick — Miss Plumcake @ 8:00 am

Oh Stewie, we’ve been apart for such a long time. I just haven’t loved what you’ve been doing lately and I’ve got several pairs of you sitting in my shoe room who’ve never seen the light of day. Yet these?

Stuart Weitzman "Mocarena" Moccasin

These are ringing my bell in a very big way.

So much so that I just might forgive you for having that incident a few months ago when, after I asked one of your questionably dressed shopgirls about a shoe coming in wide widths (which, btw, it does) she told me “Maybe you should try Sears for that sort of thing.”

Sears? SEARS? I’m wearing Lanvin for God’s sake! Are you prepared for the cosmic disruption that could come from someone in archival Lanvin walking into SEARS? It’d make 2012 look like the teddy bears’ freakin’ picnic. Are you willing to do that to the universe, Mr Weitzman? Because I’m not.

It is only my excruciatingly good breeding (and the fact that I think she had a rollicking case of the face herp) that stopped me from slapping her across her filth-spewing mouth.

But still, for these mocassins on sale and in wide widths at Endless, I’ll forgive you.

June 7, 2010

Shoe Month! Rossy and the Crocodile

Filed under: Movies,Sales,Shoes,The Daily Kick,Wide-width Shoes — Miss Plumcake @ 7:35 am

I remember when I was but a young glamling, sitting in my friend Iolanda’s living room –her father was the Portuguese ambassador I believe, or something equally cool and mysterious– and watching my first Almodóvar movie, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

It’s funny, because I don’t remember being rocked by it in any profound way, although it’s one of my go-to fashion references now. We watched it and then spent the rest of the afternoon deciding which member of Color Me Badd we’d let go to second base as soon as we had second bases to go to.  You know, like you do.

What I do remember was being shocked at Rossy De Palma.  How could a woman who wasn’t conventionally beautiful be in a movie as a viable sex symbol? And yet the more I looked, the more fascinated I became, and now I think she is one of the most interestingly beautiful women I’ve ever seen:

Rossy de Palma by Ruven Afanador I

(also. See those shoes? I would stab you for those shoes. Yes, even you.)

Rossy de Palma by Ruven Afanador

(images courtesy of Château Thombeau)

Everything about her makes me want to look at her more.  There are a million and one bland, prettily perfect girls who get a look and nothing more (Katherine Heigl, I’m looking at you, briefly) but none of them are even a speck as intriguing as Ms De Palma.

“Uh, great Plumcake. Glad you like her…I thought this was a shoe post.”

It is. My reaction to the Vigotti Panya pump was much the same as my initial reaction to Rossy.

vigotti panya

I hated it. Historically, I have no great love for an angular Louis heel, and when I first saw this shoe I thought it was just another cheap kick with any old heel tacked on.  But I found myself going back to them over and over, and connecting them to Rossy de Palma in my mind.

Now perhaps it’s because they have a Spanish feel to them and I’ve got a deep fondness for Iberian chic, probably because of Almodóvar’s highly-stylized early influence, but the more I look at them, the more I love them.

The croc print is the best iteration for my fashionable farthing, but they’re available in several different treatments (and come in wide width) on sale at Zappos for under $75, which is no mean feat for a shoe that’s made in Brazil and not China.

June 4, 2010

Shoe Month! Shiny Happy Drivers

Filed under: Flats,Sales,Shoes,The Daily Kick — Miss Plumcake @ 10:40 am

I had an Uncle Guido growing up.

Now he wasn’t actually my uncle, nor was he actually Italian, so I have a hard time associating “guido” with anything but a towering wall of Irish muscle who lived across the street and kayaked with my actual –though still not Italian– uncle and married a woman who was given MY ruby earrings right out of my ears, not that I’m still bitter about that twenty four years later, DAD.

(You may say a six year-old has no business wearing ruby earrings, in which case I weep for the depth of your wrongness. I loved those things and have NEVER had a pair since.)


Apparently the old less-than-flattering term has surfaced again from the cast of that show with the little orange girl and the big orange guys. I’m not familiar with the show or its cast, but I do get PR invites to go to parties with them. Yeah.  Which incidentally cracked my brother up since I put on my facebook page “What’s a Jwoww and why would I want to go to a party with it?”

I still don’t know the answer to either of those questions.

I DO know, however, that I want to lick these shiny shiny shoes, the “Guido”  patent leather drivers from Salvatore Ferragamo:

guido ferragamo drivers


Also I DEFY you not to be cheery when wearing a shiny pair of red patent leather drivers. It cannot be done.

They’re on sale at Saks so the sizing is limited and getting increasingly so, but they were available in bigfoot sizes last I checked.

June 3, 2010

Shoe Month! Alber Hearts Plumcake

Filed under: Flats,Sales,Shoes,The Daily Kick — Miss Plumcake @ 10:27 am

So we all know of my almost innumerate imaginary secret boyfriends, Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz is possibly the one for whom I have the most cheek-pinching affection.

Alber Elbaz

I mean come ON how do you not want to squeeze him? And maybe see if honey comes out of his head? He’s pretty much the only designer working today to whom I would like to talk really embarrassing baby talk. Hooza fashion visionary with a remarkably witty appreciation of the female form who singlehandedly revived a grand but flagging house of couture? Ris rit ru? Ris rit ru? Res rit ris!!! and so on.

Anyway, I know Alber isn’t over accessories, but I just want to kiss him for even being involved in the production of brightly colored, beautifully made python ballet flats, because it hits pretty much every note I want for every day mucking about.  Every single pair of python flats I’ve owned I’ve worn into the ground and wished I’d bought three.

Lanvin fuchsia python flats
Lanvin greenLanvin salmon

I would get every penny’s worth of wear out of all of these. Check them out, along with other Lanvin –including some of the best and brightest flats I’ve seen anywhere, many on sale– at Barney’s.

June 2, 2010

Your Weekly Humpletter: VaVaVoom Edition

Filed under: Discount Codes,Models,Sales,Swimwear,Your Weekly Humpletter — Miss Plumcake @ 11:34 am

Hello my little crescent rolls, how’s every little thing? It’s time once again for your weekly humpletter, highlighting some Plumcake-approved pieces from this week’s sales.

Before I do, let’s have a little chat about the fish shirt, shall we?

Yeah, I wasn’t a fan either, but the thing is, we have like a bazillion (editor’s note: possibly not an actual bazillion) readers and we’re not going to be able to please all of you. Is the fish shirt horrendous? I think so. But clearly Twistie didn’t and there are probably plenty of folks who have yearned their entire lives for a fish shirt just like that one. So you ignore it, resist the temptation to leave ugly comments about the mental state of someone who is providing you a free service, and move merrily along with your glammy little life. Okay? Great. I’m glad we had this little chat.


At the Avenue we’ve got a whole lotta BOGO going on, with the entire store at buy one, get 50% off (excludes clearance).  Use code AV101087.

I’m digging the retro stylings of the ruched side bathing suit (which I’d like better in red, but whaddya gonna do?) and this sexy but sturdy Swiss dot balconette bra, because every girl has got to embrace her inner Betty Grable sometime.

Avenue ruched suitSwiss bra

Jessica London has get your highest price item 30% off using JLE4579

I am enamored of this yellow sheath with a horsebit buckle shoulder detail (which is a nice variation on the overplayed one-shoulder shtick that’s fashiony in the good way without being fashiony in the bad way) and this classic rayon/linen blend dress in luscious colors that is just effortless and breezy and pretty much everything I want in summer dressing.

JL sheathJL linen rayon dress

Over at Lord and Taylor’s (new affiliate, yay!) we’ve got 20% everything, using code SALE.

I’m having a major cream moment, so of course I love the Yves Saint Laurent feel of these wide leg silk pants from Ralph Lauren, which would be perfect paired with a modal tee and maybe a sequined vest or an arm full of bangles for a modern take on evening separates.

Lord and Taylor Ralph Lauren silk pant

(P.S., I hate the way they have these styled. P.P.S., if a single one of you complains about not being able to wear cream silk because you’ll make a mess, so help me I will turn this blog around. If I can eat a plate of pasta with red sauce in a floor length white linen dress, you can go four hours in a pair of cream pants.)

Kiyonna has 20% off any order over $100 and free shipping using code GOODBUY which means these Wear It Until Your Skin Falls Off date dresses would end up running about $150 for both.

Kiyonna Vivienne cinch dressKiyonna Tory cinch dress

Pictured here are the Vivienne and Tory cinch dresses, modeled by Ashley “Too Racktastic For Prime Time” Graham, my favorite plus sized model.

May 27, 2010

A Change Will Do You Good (also a coupon code. also, also, Linda Dano)

Filed under: Advanced Fashion,Sales,Shoes — Miss Plumcake @ 10:38 am

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have violet hair.

I went to my stylist asking for my Superman blue streaks to be touched up and she’d already bleached out my new growth before she realized she was out my my special blue dye, so violet is the next best thing. It looks fine.

It’s not what I wanted but getting all het up over hair woes isn’t really my deal.

I mean sure there was the unfortunate Dano Débâcle of 2009 where this supposed hair genius who is Very Important and Famous and Exclusive pretty much turned me into Ms Linda Dano circa 1989, but other than that, it’s hair.  The execution was flawless so even though it wasn’t what I wanted, it’s been a nice change.

(oh man, you MUST watch this! It’s a clip from “Attitudes” her daytime talk show, it’s like Brittany from Glee had a talk show and Nagel make-up)

Anyway, the violet crown incident has made me think of ruts and how it’s important to tweak our looks from time to time. I’m not talking about total Madonna reinvention but a little nip here and there is good for the soul, lest one become a cartoon of oneself *COUGHLIZAMINNELLICOUGH*

I tend to err on the side of feminine classic in the Dior style.  For example, today I’m wearing this dress by Evan Picone, and it’s fabulous.

Evan Picone

For some reason they stopped selling this above a 16 online at Macy’s, but I’m fairly sure they still exist in true plus sizes in stores, although I bought mine a few years ago. Still if you like this dress and CAN get it, do. This is a Holy Grail Dress for pears.

But woman cannot live by one silhouette alone, tempting though it might be. That’s one of the differences between personal style and big ole rutting rut.

(coupon after the jump)


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