How To Enjoy a Cash Free Holiday

December 17, 2009 at 10:29 am (Just Because, News) (, , , )

Black Friday Shopping Chaos

For great tips on celebrating the holidays on a budget make sure to visit PearShapely.com

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Best Jeans for Pear Shaped Figures: Lucky Brand 40% Discount

November 13, 2009 at 11:46 am (Discount Shopping, Pear Shaped Fashion Finds) (, , , , , , , )

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, for my pear shaped figure there is nothing like the Sweet-n-Low jeans from Lucky Brand to adorn my curves. Now until November 15, there are three styles of the cut on sale for 40% off the retail price.

My favorite are the dark wash of the Knox option:

Knox Sweet-N-Lows $79.50: Lucky Brand Jeans

The retail price starts at $79.50 but with a 40% discount these jeans becoming an astoundingly low $47.70.  Shipping and sales tax will apply.

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Daytime Sequins on a Budget

November 11, 2009 at 10:24 am (Discount Shopping, Hurricane by Jane Jewelry, Pear Shaped Fashion Finds) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Nothing ushers in the holiday season like the light reflection of sequins. If you are like a magpie and drawn to all things shiny, then the trend of currently wearing sequins during the day must fill your heart with glee. Instyle.com already declared this move as a “New Style Rule” back in 2008, and since then every editor and retailer has embraced the trend.

If you are ready to make the move yourself, what better way to do it then by shopping with a discount code from New York and Company. Coupon code “3886” will save you 30% off of your online order (limited time) and when you spend $65 you will get free shipping.

By pairing this sequined top ($36.95) with a great pair of dark denim or trousers and topped with a fitted blazer, you can easily and respectably shimmer during business hours:

Sequined T Shirt, $36.95: New York and Company

“But wait, there’s more!”  If that shirt is not your style, another great option for getting your bling on is this embellished tunic ($29.95):

Embellished Necklace Statement Tunic, $29.95

Although I love this top, I do not think that the stylist needs to channel their inner Coco Chanel and should have heeded her advice“Take one thing off before you leave the house”. The necklace and most of the bracelets must go!  There are too many accessories and that distracts from the embellished neckline. Keeping only the black cuff (featured ) and adding a great pair of earrings will complete the look. My suggestion, the Crystal Ship in sterling silver ($41):

Crystal Ship Earrings in Sterling Silver, $41: Hurricane by Jane L.L.C.

Out of all the jewelry I have made for myself, these are the earrings that get the most use as they are big enough to make a statement, neutral because of the teardrop crystals and light enough to wear every day. Combined with any sequined top these earrings will complete the look quite elegantly.

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Esprit Online Discounts for Pear Shapely

November 4, 2009 at 9:57 am (Discount Shopping, Hurricane by Jane Jewelry, Pear Shaped Fashion Finds) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

When I was a kid and going “back to school” was right around the corner, we would load up the family wagon and make the trip to Paramus Park Mall in New Jersey  as tax free shopping was the bait.  Over time, that rite of passage evolved to trips to outlet stores where we could scoop up savings.

When the trend first emerged, outlet stores were truly a unique and worth-while shopping experience. Now-a-days, many outlet stores are just facades for where manufactures can produce a lower price point line and sell lesser quality goods just in order to generate another revenue stream.

According to  Consumer Reports “only one-third of survey respondents said outlet prices were substantially below sale prices at regular stores.” Author Ellen Rupel Shell’s further backs up that fact in her book, Cheap: the High Cost of Discount Culture, where she reveals that many retailers such as Coach, the Gap,and  Donna Karan produce lower-quality merchandise specifically for their outlets.

That does not mean all is lost for those dedicated to discount shopping as there are plenty of affordable and adorable options to be found around the web. Right now Esprit.com there is a major “outlet” clearance sale going on where some online exclusives and earlier season overstock is on sale for up to 70% off. To qualify for free shipping you need to spend $30.

From great bolero cropped tops to flowing tunics like this gorgeous printed chiffon tunic ($14.99) there are plenty of great bargains for pear shaped bodies:

Printed Chiffon Tunic, $14.99, Esprit

Use this retro inspired topper to dress up a pair of dark, sleek skinny jeans and you will draw the eye’s attention up and highlight your middle with the synch waist detail.

Of course, no look would be complete without some dazzling jewelry from Hurricane by Jane . My recommendation is the ever popular and best selling Triple Strand in Sterling Silver ($42):

Triple Strand Necklace, $42, Hurricane by Jane Jewelry

Pear Shapely is dedicated to the art of shopping for your figure and providing you with the best information out there. I’ll do the leg work to ensure that you can find fabulously, affordable finds for your figure. To compliment your look, my jewelry is all priced at under $100 and made in small batches so you can mix and match with your mainstream pieces and fully maintain your individual style.

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Lucky Brand Discount for Pear Shapely

November 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm (Discount Shopping, Hurricane by Jane Jewelry, Pear Shaped Fashion Finds) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

When it comes to the best jeans ever for my figure, I swear by Lucky Brand and the Sweet-n-Lows. I’ve previously mentioned that the Shelby Jeans ($99) are the next purchase  I will make from my shopping list. That day may be today as for one day only, November 3, Lucky is offering $35 dollars off of purchases of $100 or more.

Consider this an early holiday gift from Lucky founders Gene and Barry. If you are are in the market for a new pair of jeans, anything from the Sweet-N-Low line should do the trick. Since many of this cut of jean are under $100, another little something, something is required to get the discount.

As a big fan of animal prints, there would be no other choice but this thermal top ($49.50) for me.

Animal Print Thermal Top, $49.50: Lucky Brand

The fabric is a soft and gentle weave of 100% cotton, the pattern will bring the viewers eye upward, and the v-neck front is the most flattering cut for all body types.

Shopping Tip: Since this top is 100% cotton, make sure the item fits you as snugly as possible (allowing for comfort). Like all items made of cotton, the item will stretch from use, but will snap back into shape with a washing. Make sure to follow the manufacturers recommended care instructions for the longevity of your item.

I would pair these two items together, wear them with my most beaten up Frye boots, layer on top with a cropped cardigan sweater and top off with some of my jewelry. My choice for this is the handmade Princess Necklace ($79). Just so you know, I hand craft the sterling silver pendant which is the focal point of this piece:

Princess Necklace, $79: Hurricane by Jane Jewelry

The dangling elegance and simplicity of the All Mixed up Earrings ($42) will top off the look delightfully.

All Mixed Up Earrings, $42: Hurricane by Jane Jewelry

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Newport-News Discount for Pear Shapely

October 29, 2009 at 9:00 am (Discount Shopping, Hurricane by Jane Jewelry, Pear Shaped Fashion Finds) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Everyone makes mistakes and retailer Newport-News is no exception to the rule. Apparently they had some site issues yesterday due to the “launch of our New Holiday 2009 Collection.” Their error is providing shoppers with a 20% discount off of purchases today only, just by entering the discount code “560” during the checkout process.

Some great items that can certainly benefit a Pear Shapely gal included nearly anything from the Shape FX collection. All the garments under this “collection” are built to slim, shape and lift a slew of body parts. There are both undergarments and clothing items that follow the latest fashion trends while working with our figures. If you have been wanting to jump on the legging bandwagon, a boot leg fit with control will help you ease into the craze ($29-$32):

Shape fx® Control bootcut leggings: Newport-News

Not sure how to wear them? Oversized cardigans like the one I spotted the other day from the I ‘Heart’ Ronson line at J.C. Penney’s would be a perfect match.

If you are already sporting visions of “sugarplums dancing in your head,” then holiday dressing may be at the top of your mind. What better way to get your spirit on then with a little bling courtesy of this sequined tank now on sale for $35.

Sequin Tank $35, Newport-News

This top can be coupled with your favorite pair of jeans, a simple skirt or even the aforementioned leggings. With all the savings this tip has just provided you, make sure to top of your holiday look with the infamous Constellation Earrings ($57) from Hurricane by Jane Jewelry.

Constellation Earrings, $57: Hurricane by Jane Jewelry

Shopping Tip: When shopping on Newport-News I have found that it is very important to check the fabric description to avoid purchasing an item that looks inferior and double check the sizing information as their shipping fees are costly.

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Victoria Secrets Discount for Pear Shapely

October 28, 2009 at 8:47 am (Discount Shopping, Pear Shaped Fashion Finds) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Finding a great, strapless bra that both fills out the bust line of pear shaped figures and stays in place is extremely challenging. I’ve wasted hours on this task and always end up back where I started, at Victoria Secrets.

Trust me when I say, I do not want to buy bras from them. I’m a true to life 34b and feel pain qualifying an expense of a $50+ to keep the girls looking perking and flush, however, the Very Sexy Plunge Bra is unlike any other and is worth every penny.

Very Sexy Plunge Bra $50-$53: Victoria Secrets

The bra locks perfectly onto my ribcage so I never have to adjust it while wearing. The underwire support is fully padded for extra comfort and the cups are well structured with extra Gel-Curve removable inserts that help give the lift and the added cleavage desired. This particular bra was the only one worth of balancing out my figure on my wedding day and I have continued to add new ones to my wardrobe for day to day use.

Every pear shaped gal needs to have both a beige and black strapless bra in the wardrobe and if you buy both at once (through the website), your total will exceed $100 and entitle you to a $15 discount by using the code “FALL09.” The offer expires November 18.

Before taking the plunge into purchasing, make sure you know what size bra you wear. Avoiding the “top 10 mistakes” of bra-buying will ensure that you are happy with this or any future bra purchase.

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JC Penney Discount for Pear Shapely

October 27, 2009 at 9:10 am (Discount Shopping, Hurricane by Jane Jewelry, Pear Shaped Fashion Finds) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

When I was a tween in Long Island, there was nothing like a back to school shopping trip to Roosevelt Field Mall. Fashions and bargains abounded and although a run through of JC Penney was always part of the ritual of finding treasures for the school year, I always left the store empty handed.

What a difference several decades has made as this mid level department store chain has learned a lot from it’s nearly 100 years of operation. Now the store features great options courtesy of the lower priced point lines of  Nicole Miller, Bisou-Bisou, Charlotte Ronson and Allen Schwartz and by shopping online and entering the code SWEETS4U will save you $10 off of a $10 purchase until 10/28/09. Some recommendations for your luscious pear shaped body including this great and affordable look from C. Ronson:

I 'Heart' Ronson Cardigan $34.999

My favorite piece of the ensemble is the Ombre sweater. Because the dye goes from light on top to black on bottom the color fade provides the necessary palate for a best Pear Shapely optical illusion. Additionally the belt tie is sure to show off your little middle.

I think this sweater would provide you a perfect opportunity to show off some Hurricane by Jane jewelry, especially the pieces that integrate gold filled and sterling silver metals. My styling recommendations include the Boxer Earrings ($51), Circle Choker in the Gold/Silver combo ($47) and the Lock-Her Bracelet ($58(.

Boxer Earrings $51, Hurricane by Jane Jewelry

Circle Choker Gold/Silver $47, Hurricane by Jane Jewelry

Lock Her Bracelet, $58 Hurricane by Jane Jewelry

Let me know if any of the jewelry interest you and I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.

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OMG! Regretsy.com Rocks!

October 6, 2009 at 1:13 pm (Just Because, Media Sources) (, , , )

The recession has become an interesting time period especially for those seeking to switch careers and market themselves as artisans. I’m not knocking the trend as I am a full support of it in the form of my jewelry collection, Hurricane by Jane L.L.C.

Like thousands of others, I have opted to list my products on ETSY, the site that features everything “handmade.”During my year on the site, I have seen plenty of great items listed on the site and only on occasion have I discovered things that have made me shudder in fear and break out in laughter.  Now, thanks to Regretsy.com the search for frightening objects d’art and style have been compiled into one stop shopping at this irreverent web space.

Style is subjective, but bad taste is always out of fashion. Some truly repugnant items include:

Corn Poo Soap on a Rope, a bargain at $5:

Corn Poo Soap on a Rope

Fish in a Squirrel Suit Taxitermy a lux find at $350:

Fish Squirrel Taxidermy

Regretsy.com only has four pages of postings at this point, but I see a huge future for this website. Honestly, this posting has nothing to do with “Pear Shapely” ladies, except it made this one want to share the insanity with others.

My only hope is that they keep on keeping on and that none of my work ends up sandwiched between a “Catnip Fetus Toy in Pink” and a “Pokeman Menstrual Pad.”

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Busacca Fashion Gallery

September 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm (Hurricane by Jane Jewelry, Hurricane by Jane on the Web) (, , , , , , , , , )

There is nothing like independent designers or vintage wares to help anyone locate unique treasures! Unless s you are a shrinking wallflower who fancies wearing khaki pants and blue shirts everyday, I know you totally get my drift. Along those lines, there is a new player in the field, called Busacca Fashion Gallery.

The site just launched a couple of months ago and I have had the pleasure of working together with these gals. They sought my work out and asked me to become one of the first designers on their website. They have completely different offerings then my Etsy boutique and have the luxurious Golden Moon Necklace:

Golden Moon Necklace: Hurricane by Jane

A gold filled charm is accented by hand-linked sterling silver and iridescent moonstone gemstones, it is truly lovely.

Aside from my ware’s there are other up-and-comers and a large selection of vintage fashion available. They offerings are growing more and more everyday, so bookmarking and checking back periodically would be in your best interest.

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