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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:
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.
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:
“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):
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):
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
The dangling elegance and simplicity of the All Mixed up Earrings ($42) will top off the look delightfully.
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:
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(.
Let me know if any of the jewelry interest you and I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.
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:
Fish in a Squirrel Suit Taxitermy a lux find at $350:
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.”
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:
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.