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August 28, 2008

From Francesca’s Inbox

Shoe clearance on women’s and kids’ shoes at Nordstrom! oh, oh oh!


(“Approval” meets Francesca’s approval! Especially at 40% officon!)

Certain t-shirts at Avenue are selling now for under $10, while supplies last. Each one comes in so many wonderful colors! Stock up for next summer.

Today only, get discounted ground shipping on any order over $100 at Zaftique, by entering code FRSUMMER08 at checkout.

The bi-annual “red tag” clearance sale is going on at Coldwater Creek. Save up to 80% on over 1,000 items. (Here are the 45 items still available in Size 3X. Francesca likes this sweet gingham front-tie shirt, and this silk wrap-shirt. She is also thinking about getting this eyelet shirt-and-shorts set, for lounging around on a Sunday at home, or to cover up a bit at the beach when the sun is too strong for her.)

At Swimsuits for All, Find Great Deals on The Hottest Styles on Sale Now at get 20% off any Plus Size New Arrival by entering code NEW20. Or get 50% off any Women’s Christina Style
by entering code CHRISTINA50.

Always for Me is having a swimwear sale, with many items 25-50% off. (The style to the left is available here, at 25% off.) Please note: no returns on sale items.

Labor Day sale at Lane Bryant for six days!

Through September 1, get 15% off your full-price purchase at J.Jill by entering code HBC241 at checkout. Women’s sizes are here. Tall sizes are here. Francesca notices that many beautiful items in the Women’s section are on sale — and therefore not eligible for the discount code, but at excellent prices on their own. This dress here is available up to size 4x and is great for work.

Through September 5th, use code FALL2008 to get 10% off your purchase at

Win a $100 “shopping spree” at the HolyClothing Webstore: Send an email to with a photo of yourself in a HolyClothing garment, telling them “a bit about yourself, where you enjoy wearing it, compliments you’ve received, etc.” Entries will be judged for the “best photo and text combination,” and winners will get more clothes and have their photo featured in an upcoming Holy Clothing newsletter.

Lots of new items at the Overstock section of Land’s End.

Happy shopping!


August 22, 2008

Shoes on Sale!

Filed under: Boots,Sales,Shoes,Stuart Weitzman makes 'em wider — Francesca @ 3:54 pm

“Daelyn” by Taryn Rose – 38% off

“Allaglow” by Stuart Weitzman – 35% off

“Dudley” by Bruno Magli – 36% off

Alleyway” by Stuart Weitzman – 28% off

Happy weekend!



August 15, 2008

Wide-width shoes for the weekend!

Filed under: Flats,Sales,Shoes,Stuart Weitzman makes 'em wider,Wide-width Shoes — Francesca @ 9:48 am

“Quilty” by Stuart Weitman.

Are not they sweet? And they are 24% off!

Happy weekend, everyone.


July 28, 2008

Beautiful Wide-width Shoes at Beautiful Prices

Filed under: Sales,Shoes,Stuart Weitzman makes 'em wider — Francesca @ 9:04 am

It is Monday, and Francesca does not feel like working at her “day job.” She prefers to stay in bed.

So she researches the shoes on sale, to get her out of her stupor. It is Stuart Weitzman therapy!

Flasher, 43% off

Cavendish, 26% off

Best, 40% off

Regalo, 26% off

Endorbit, 31% off

Zenla, by Vaneli, 21% off

Happy shopping!

July 10, 2008

Francesca Hearts New York

As Francesca wraps up her sojourn in the Big Apple, she reflects on the fact that the Raspberry-Mango Chi Chi at The View is incredibly delicious and refreshingly cold, and another Manolo for the Big Girl meet-and-greet will have to take place there, if only for the delicious cocktails. She is saddened that so many valued readers were not able to make it. Who could have foreseen that Christine’s dog would have a highly unfortunate run-in with a stupid boy and a BB gun? It is terrible and Francesca wishes Rosy (the dog) well.

While rushing to an appointment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side,  Francesca noticed a little boutique with clothing for the Big Girl, but was too rushed to write down its name for further research, and now forgets . . . are there any UWS readers who can help? It was on Broadway, some place between 97th and 100th, on the East side of the street. Any details in the comments would be appreciated by all readers in New York, Francesca is sure.

Oh, my, Francesca got so much wonderful shopping done. Francesca loves sales and clearance racks! She found an adorable pink cotton top at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Salon Z department for $32, a cotton-and-gingham polo at Lane Bryant for $5 (count ’em, five dollars), a sweet nightgown and multiple tops and skirts at Talbots Woman Petites, and a gorgeous office-appropriate skirt at Macy’s for just $35. With the money she saved, Francesca has splurged on the slightly outrageous Mozart shoes by Stuart Weitzman, which she will probably wear twice in her life, but which are so much fun to own. It has been a wonderful trip.

June 27, 2008

Shoes for the Nordstrom Dress

Another chapter in the book of “Francesca catches up on her email correspondence”!

Dear Francesca,

I’m a regular reader, and really appreciate your fashion advice — I’m 5’2″ and a size 14, so it’s hard to find things that suit someone short and generously proportioned. I’ve learned a ton about where to look for superfabulous clothes from the site, and think you guys do a really lovely job of balancing sensible advice and entertaining insights. Kudos to you all!

I’m writing specifically because I am thinking of getting that lovely beaded dress you posted in the post about the semi-annual Nordstrom’s sale for a friend, but can’t find it on the Nordstrom’s site. Can you point me in the right direction? Also, what kind of shoes would you recommend wearing with it? The dress is so lovely the shoes should balance it out, but sometimes those of us on the fleshier side can’t wear the strappiest and most delicate of sandals. Any thoughts?

Thanks again and have a lovely weekend,


Dear L,

Francesca is happy to oblige.

The Nordstrom dress is still available in mint green right here. Your friend is lucky indeed to receive such a gift!

As for shoes, indeed the strappy, summery sandals are best. But if you would like a more sturdy shoe, something with more coverage and a lower heel, Francesca would recommend black satin, to echo the ribbon belt, and a simple design so as to keep attention on the dress. Something like this:

Or perhaps this delicate pump by Paul Smith:

Happy shopping, and happy weekend!

xoxo, Francesca

May 9, 2008

Stuart Weitzman for the Weekend

Filed under: Sales,Shoes,Stuart Weitzman makes 'em wider — Francesca @ 12:30 pm

Francesca loves the wide-width Stewies! Especially when they are 20% off!

Stitchup” in Charcoal (for kicking some corporate posteriors) or Scarlet (for kicking any posteriors).

Happy shopping and happy weekend!



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