Designer Ralph Lauren Turning Over The Reins–Some of Them

Ralph Lauren with Stefan Larsson

The New York Times reported yesterday that American Designer, Ralph Lauren is stepping down as CEO of his company mimicking similar moves by other top American design houses.  He will be replaced by former exec of H&M, Stefan Larsson.  Recently, Lauren’s company has had financial problems stemming from competition in the haute couture field and an overall slump in revenue parly due to factors of a global economy.  The designer, 75,  will retain his position as chief creative officer.

The appointment of Larsson,who has a reputation as a strong in budget-conscious mass-retailing, may signal a parceling out of the high end fashion division from a more budget-conscious, family-oriented line.

Expect steep promotions at Ralph Lauren until sales recover, like the additional 25% off until October 4, 2015 using promo code RLGivers15.  This includes Clearance.  Free shipping if you spend $125 or choose economy shipping for just $5.

 

Steals On Stila

Save up to 70% on Stila Cosmetics like this season’s popular  marsala color eyeshadow named Jezebel, orig.$18, now $6.00.

Plus check on Stila’s 20th Anniversary Kits of all-day waterproof liquid eye liners and smudge waterproof eyeliners in a multitude of fashionable colors at extraordinary savings!

Spend $50 and you get free  shipping!

 

Tip Of The Week: #74 Comes From Martha & Rachael

Okay, we have all had it happened–suddenly we get an inspiration to bake, rare though it is, and unless you have a professional pantry like Martha Stewart or specifically planned to bake a particular item and you  bought everything ahead of time at the grocery store–like we’re all so-o-o organized, right?  You may be out of a particular item–say powdered sugar or super fine sugar.  But don’t  dismay if you have regular granulated sugar.

Both Martha and about food suggest using granulated sugar and processing it with a metal blade for 5 minutes–use more than recipe calls for because some will turn into powder–and process for 5 minutes.

Without and need powder sugar?  Rachael says do same thing, but longer.  Choosing Voluntary Simplicity suggests using a blender for better results since it breaks down the sugar crystals easier and in less time.

Did you know commercial powdered sugar contained cornstarch???

bloomingdales Labor Day blow-out sale–Up To 70% Off!

After Labor Day, there won’t be another super sale day by retailers en masse until Black Friday.  So, in between hot dogs, football, and get-togethers, take time out to ferret out the bargains online.  You will be surprise what you can find.  MarkdownMom found an extra 20%  off at Bloomingdale’s using promo code BIG20, that added to a third markdown on clearance resulted in up to 70%  off on many items you can wear now and next year from popular  designers like Ralph Lauren, Mynt, Heidi Klum, DKNY, and  other favorites  For instance, this kimono sweater by Ralph Lauren was orig.$150 with 20% off is now $46.80 and if  you are a Loyalist Member, shipping is free.  Comes in sizes XS-XL, multi, made out of cotton, linen, and acrylic.

Perfect with jeans, dresses and so many upbeat combinations.

THE ANGUS MEAT MARKET–A CUT ABOVE THE REST

Near County Road C in Maplewood, Minnesota, in one half of a brick building, is housed a meat market that not only carries spectacular cuts of meat for the dinner table, but also items that cater to the gourmands among us. The Angus Meat Market assaults your senses and eyes when you walk in with the smells of hickory and smoke, and an array of meats including every cut of steak imagineable, jerky in a variety of flavors made from beef, turkey and chicken, and double-smoked hickory bacon. What drew MarkdownMom to this site was their large sign heralding “Double Smoked Hams.” For the holidays, this is a must have and your quests will rave at the moistness and flavor of their hams, and for that special occasion you can even order a whole pig for roasting!
For those who culinary tastes are more adventurous, this market carries specialized meats such as alligator and smoked alligator and kangaroo (delight for all those Crocodile Dundee fans), bison, elk, kobe/wygu (Japan) patties and steaks, farm raised venison, wild boar, goat and grass fed beef can be ordered! Besides free range chickens and turkeys, they carry small birds including quail, cornish hens, and partridge.
.For the hunters, The Home Market processes all kinds of game. For you favorite pooch, they even have dog treats–the lists goes on and on. And what ‘s equally important, prices were more than competitive–like 95% ground beef for $4.99/lb!
Oh, MarkdownMom mustn’t forget that the other half of the brick building houses the family’s liquor store. One stop shopping to pick up that special beverage to go along with your delicious meals.

This Is One Family-Owned Business where family pride is shown in the quality of their product!!!

5 of MarkdownMom's Favorite Quick & Easy Holiday Fudge Recipes Plus 1

Cookie, candy,  bars and all sorts of bite-size goodies make the holidays more festive and are great  treats to give and receive.  Here are a few of MDM’s favorite candy recipes collected from the internet:

1.  Two Minute Microwave Fudge.  Always a favorite and easy to make.

Ingredients
1 lb powdered sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions
Sift powdered sugar, cocoa, and salt into a 1 quart microwave safe bowl.
Stir in milk and vanilla.
Mix well.
Place butter on top.
Microwave on high, 2 minutes.
Beat with wooden spoon until smooth.
Stir in nuts (OPTIONAL).
Spread in 8 X 8 X 2 inch baking pan.
Chill about 1 hour or until firm.
Cut into pieces.

+1.  Crock Pot Chocolate Candy by My Fridge Food

2.  Easy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge posted by Kitchen Krafts

3.  Homemade Pumpkin Fudge by ZipList

4.  Quick and  Easy Peppermint Fudge by Food Network

5.  Super Easy Chocolate Cherry Fudge by Group Recipes

Rachael Ray Cooks Up Deals With Meals

 

 

 

 

 

Rachael Ray’s friend, Gretchen Monohan, is a source for what’s hot and new, and today she comes with items to make traveling during the holidays easier and less stressful,  and you can save up to 84%. 

From  travel size hair dryers, totes, foldable ballet flats, to lightweight rolling luggage, and more.  Check it out at the Rachael Ray Show.  While you are there, copy the great party cheese ball recipes–hot this holiday season!

Are You A Shnooper Yet?

 

Well, if you aren’t a Shnooper yet, you should be!  Hot new daily deal site. Yesterday, MarkdownMom scored the newest concealer by It Cosmetics, namely their Bye Bye Under Eye waterproof, cream concealer for about half of the price offered by a popular shopping network!  Today’s  Deal is 20 pairs of Faded Glory Infant Boy Sox SIZES 0-18 mos.  for $10 and Free Shipping!  But hurry,if you want to scoop the shnoop, remember  these are timed sales.

Did You Know???

So many deals, so little time.  Many of the high-end retail stores have developed their own “deal” sites where they are able to sell their out-of-season merchandise, odds & ends, or slow moving items.  For instance:

Nordstrom has Nordstrom Rack and Haute Look

Neiman Marcus has Last CallPreview

Sak’s has Off Saks Fifth

But did you know that for the larger deals shop the “Clearance” or “Sale” categories within these sites?  Even discounters such as Groupon have a clearance section where the deals may only fit  a select few, but they are tremendous.  Also MarkdownMom recommends that you take advantage of further discounts by waiting for their additional promotional discounts or the Last Call Dash and Daily Deal at Neiman Marcus Last Call held at various times during the day.  But MarkdownMom warns it’s important to know the lowest price offered by these sites since promotional discounts are sometimes taken on a previous higher price and not necessarily reflect the lowest price you could have bought this item.

Quick Tip: Make a Dryer Vent Vacuum Cleaner Attachment

Make a Lint Lizard

Unless you have been hiding under a rock–you have likely seen the lint lizard advertised on TV. It is a long tube attachment for your vacuum. It is designed to fit in hard to reach places inside your dryer to suck up lint that may be clogging your dryer’s exhaust.

But you do not need to buy the lint lizard–you can make one yourself!

1. Go to the hardware store. Buy a five foot clear tubing with a 1 inch diameter. It will cost about $3.00.

2. Get some insulation tape (padded tape). And wrap it around one of the ends of the lint lizard. Keep wrapping until it makes the diamater just large enough to be slightly larger than the end of your vacuum hose.

3. The clear tubbing with the padded end should just fit snugly. You may want to tape the tube to the vacuum hose for added security.

Place the hose in your dryer to suck up the lint. Please unplug the dryer from the electrical outlet before you start.