UK Brings Urban Chic to Plus Size Beauties

MDM’s FIND OF THE DAY for ALL SEASON FASHION is UK-based clothing and accessories store: SimplyBe.

Finally, there is an online store that offers chic fashion choices for young plus size women: sizes 10 to 28.  Online or in catalog, you’ll find blouses, T-shirts, tunics, skirts, dresses, vests, shrugs, sweaters, jeans, dress pants, jackets, suits, evening wear, swimwear, shapewear and lingerie,  wide calf shoes, purses, belts, and other accessories!  Simply Be sells several brands including Joe Browns, Cool Britannia, Angel Ribbons, Abigail, Jeffrey & Paul, Anna Scholz, Sole Diva, and more!  All clothing is well-designed, cut/fitted, and true to size.  Usually the colors are accurate, however if you are ordering from the catalog be sure to look at the items online too (MDM noticed a few color variations from catalog to online).

Items can be fairly pricey and if you are ordering from out of the country you’ll like encounter custom’s fees in addition to sales tax which is mentioned in their online policy but not stated on the print-out receipt.  However they usually offer several discounts to save you cash such as catalog and online promotional codes ranging from 20 to 30% Off (not permitted to use more than one code).  You can save even more if you wait for end of  season sales such as the 70% off SUMMER CLEARANCE SALE going on right now.

When selecting clothing and accessories outside the UK, MDM recommends looking for unique fashions that you could not find elsewhere and look at the fabric.  Select natural fabrics such as silk, wool, 100% cotton (or high percent cotton to polyester).  Acrylics tend to pill after washes or over time.  When you get items, read the directions.  Some outfits say that the color in the fabric may bleed;  you will need to pre-soak them in cold water then wash before wear.











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Let The After Christmas Clearance Begin!

As MarkdownMom prepares to weather out what local stations are calling a mega storm in the Twin Cities, post holiday season clearance sales are gearing up.  Although retail has picked up, the stores still have to meet lagging figures for the year and have decided to pre-empt after Christmas clearance sales by gearing up and offering red hot deals now.

QVC and HSN shopping networks are currently offering current season fashion and jewelry at 40%-60% off including offerings by their top designers Sherry Cassin.  Her Illusion line for HSN has some spectacular deals like her reversible coat in either Black Chinchilla or Bronze with faux fur and sash–two looks for one!  Reg. price of $429.00, new red hot sale priced $199.90 with 3 flex pays!   Remember, the better the bargain, the faster that quantities, colors and sizes become limited.

What better way to say let it snow, then to go online and shop, shop, shop and get the jump on these bargains!

Deals & End of Month Sales

With July 4th coming this week, many merchants are combining end-of-month sales with the holiday.  MDM will keep updating the sales through the weekend for the latest and the best.  Here are some deals for you to check out:

Deal:  Shop NBC has some worthwhile apparel reductions of 70%+ especially for the smaller sizes.  Forte Ribbed Drape front 100% cashmere cardigan sweater, Reg.$429.99, deal priced $99.99 w/2 value pays, sizes 2-10 and runs small, but if you can fit it, it’s a terrific deal. Comes in colors of black, flannel, cardinal, and java.

Deal:  Estée Lauder.  Free with any purchase New Perfectionist [CP+] Wrinkle Lifting Serum, while supplies last.  No promo code necessary.  Plus Free Shipping with $35 Purchase.

Deal:  Jewelry Television® Super Saturday Sale Today.  Save  up to 85% off top brand watches plus free shipping.  Calling all designers and crafters, enter their 6th Annual Jewelry Design Contest.

Deal: Old Navy save up to 50% off in-season swimsuits, shorts and more.

Deal:  Classic CloseoutsFree shipping through July 13, 2008.  Use Promo Code JXPLODE

Deal:     Save this weekend $10 on $100 purchase, plus free shipping on select July 4th items.

Deal:  Radio Shack® Free Shipping on purchases of $100.

Deal:  Macy’s is starting their 4th of July sale this weekend.  20%-75%+ off sale, sale amounts vary by department. 

Deal:  Dell buy one Select XPS and get another one for 50% off of equal or lesser value!  Great deal if you have someone heading for college this Fall.  MDM especially likes the idea of doing the laptop and desktop combo with this deal. Coupon Code: L1MKBBCJ89QND3 

Deal:  NBA Store Save 15% off most items through July 31st.  Plenty of time for outdoor sports this summer.

Deal:  Target® instore is taking its’s first markdown of 30% off many patio furniture pieces and outdoor garden items.  Online get free shipping on patio furniture




Upcoming Seasonal Clearance

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Memorial Weekend is coming up and that always mean sales and HSN is starting it off with Moonlight Markdowns and Department Clearances.

Save these dates for this month:

  • Friday, May 16-3 am-6am ET Moonlight Markdowns
  • Monday, May 19-5 am-6am ET Fashion Clearance
  • Monday, May 23-3 am-5 am ET Moonlight Markdowns

5 am-6am ET Scrapbooking Clearance

6 am -7am ET Home Improvement Clearance

  • Saturday, May 24-3 am-4 am ET Cooking Clearance

4 am-5 am ET Luggage Clearance

5 am-8 am ET Fashion Clearance

  • Sunday, May 25-5 am-6 am ET Cooking Clearance

6 am-8 am ET Home Decor Clearance

  • Friday, May 30-3am-6am Moonlight Markdowns

Leapin’ Lizards, Sandy! It’s Final Sales

Leap Year comes every 4 years.  In keeping with this infrequent happening, Markdown Mom found some fantastic rare bargains.  With these savings, items will be "leaping" out of the stores!

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is having a final saving by taking an additional 20%off Final Sale priced merchandise.  The final sale price will be taken at checkout.  A little something for everyone, women, men, and kids. Great looking romantic dresses just in time for prom and holiday events, girls skirts with additional savings make this around 80% off retail.  Very limited in selection, but if by chance you find your size and style, you’ll get a great bargain!

Dillards is taking an additional 30% off its’ clearance prices good through March 1st.  Designers all agree that every woman’s wardrobe "must have" is a cashmere cardigan.  Check out the cashmere offerings at Dillard’s, save 75% and more.

Nordstrom’s has a great selection of items at 70% off.  Now is the time to look for that special prom or special occasion dress in all sizes including plus.  For example,  this Necessary Objects™ Lace Bubble minidress, reg.$68.00,sale priced $19.90, black, small & medium juniors.  Save 33-70% on Women’s Apparel. Shop


Wednesday Steals: End of Month Sales

Right before Super Bowl Sunday, Super Tuesday, are the end-of-the month salesMarkdown Mom found some great deals at the following retailers:

Dillard’s is taking an extra 30% off current markdowns. This is one sale you don’t want to miss, great prices on designer infant wear, women’s and men’s apparel, housewares, shoes and accessories.  Hurry selection is good right now and prices make these sale  items a steal!  Prices good through February 2nd.

Pottery Barn has gone through its’ stock and if you are looking for that extra special accessory, now is the time to shop as the selection is good.  For instance, these rustic bread boards would look great as part of the kitchen decor, reg. $39.00, steal price $19.99, plus they are clearing out the holiday remnants so be sure to browse prices up to 75% off.

Eddie Bauer ®Outlet  is having its Winter Clearance with 70% off.  Good selection and with the recent cold snap, depending upon the part of the country/world you live in, these sale items are timely like this bomber hat, reg.$39.50, steal price $19.99.  Other items include gear for men and women including diaper bags,down parkas, jackets, sweaters, shoes, accessories and so much more.

And for Super Bowl Sunday and any get-together, Lands’ End Overstocks has this copper  beverage basin, reg. $150, steal price $69.99. Hand-crafted copper with welded seams, 48 hours delivery–in time for the Super Bowl.  Wonderful decorative item that will come in handy for parties!

Bargain Banter: Not All Chain Stores Are Created Equal

MDM over the Labor Day Weekend visited some of her favorite chain stores.  One would think that shopping would be a pleasant way to relax during a long weekend–au contraire, my friends, Monday was sheer pandemonium.  Stores near a university or college were packed with new and returning students, their roommates and families.  Even Goodwill was open and with 50% off everything in the store, excluding red tags–it was wall-to-wall people.

What MDM did notice, in a cursory investigation of the chain stores, was a difference in pricing and number and percentage of markdowns.  It appears that stores located in the more transitional metro areas and nearer to institutions of higher education had higher prices and less markdowns.  Recent studies of price disparity in lower economic neighborhoods have borne this out, even by  national chain stores recognized for their uniform pricing and product selection from coast to coast.   Therefore, take note, product selection and pricing will vary according to location and its’ economic status..

However, with a concentrated effort, the  bargain hunter, will be able to discern  those stores within a chain that have great unadvertised bargains.  Sometimes referred in-house as the "markdown store,"  these are usually the older stores that have limited space because they were built just prior to the super store era, but, nonetheless, must be able to carry the same merchandise, albeit without  a full range grocery department  found in the super stores. For MDM, these stores are gems since every visit provides another opportunity to find a great bargain!

TIP:  During the next two weeks expect to be entering the Post Labor Day, Back To School markdown period.  In fact, MDM  observed while shoppers were making their last Back To School supplies purchases, that the stores were beginning to empty those dedicated areas and consolidate the  overstock for clearance.  Be sure to stay alert for those remaining items to be reduced from 30%, to 50%, and finally to 75% and more now and through the end-of-the month.

Notes From The Mall: Weekend Sales

Markdown Mom’s visit to the Mall of America has come up with some great bargains:

Macy’s instore has a selection of designer suits at 50%-60% off.  In addition, the markdown racks ranging from 40-75% off  of  miscellaneous fashions, have additional savings of  25%-30% off the markdown  taken at the register.

Yes, it is true there is a Dollar Tree store at the Mall of America.  Not the largest one MDM has seen, but it is quite fun to see young women sporting Chanel purses checking out the merchandise.  As MDM has always said, everyone loves a bargain.  Want to save money on beverages at the Mall?  This store has Faygo soft drinks  and water for 50¢, with brand name soda pop like Coca-Cola for $1.00.

Rainbow is a store with some hot styles in apparel and shoes. They are having a terrific sale on some great shoes for the summer, worth checking out.   For the younger crowd or hipster group prices are in line for those who want the latest trends without the high ticket price.

The display windows are still carrying a lot of the black and white theme with red accessories.  A splash of aqua, brown and lime can also be seen. 

Editor’s Note:  The one thing that was especially shocking was the lack of accessibility for the disabled at the Mall of America.  Doors to the main entrance are not powered, and wheelchairs although compllimentary are not in good working order and become impossible to move on the carpet.  This would be impossible for any disabled person to navigate alone.  Although the Mall of America has electronic carts, there is a $25 charge for use.  This seems highly incredible when other stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot , and even KMart recognize that supplying electronic carts are a cost of doing business just like advertising, etc.  Merchants have got to remember that these carts aren’t only used for senior citizens with disabilities, but anyone with a permanent or temporary disability as a result of an injury or disease.  Because Markdown Mom believes strongly in accessibility for all our bargain hunters, future store visits will report and rate stores on this issue.

Wednesday Steals

If you look hard you can find some wonderful "steals" on the web:

JCPenney has been a great site this year especially for that hot look in shoes.  For instance, this Mixit® "Meredith" wedge is on Winter Sale Clearance, but easily will go forward into Spring and Summer.  MDM especially liked it in Bronze.  Comes in Bronze (limited), Black, and Natural in  Sizes 5-11 Medium, Reg.$50/Sale $9.99.

Lands’ End has some wonderful Italian wool blazers at it’s Overstocks On The Counter.  Like this wool/cashmere combination in a pinstripe in Dark Charcoal, Reg.$169.99/$30. Sizes limited 4,6,10,12.


 Dillards End of Winter Sale.   Markdowns have been further reduced by 30%.  Save on everything from Children, Womens, Men, Juniors, Shoes, Luggage, Gifts, Furniture, etc.  You cannot afford to pass this one up!

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 MDM found up to 65% off at Bloomingdale’s Sale & Values.   Wonderful men and women’s fashions including special sizes, hot leggings, shoes, accessories, and more.  Great bargains on velvets like this Calvin Kline Burn-Out Dress, Reg.$228.00/sale $78.99!  For that haute couture look at affordable prices, check out this sale!


Nordstrom has a great many selections in their 70% off sale like this junior dress in a sizes 7-13 in pale pink, plum, and gold–perfect for prom, Reg. $135/Sale for $39.90.  Now is the time to shop Nordstrom before the selection becomes limited!

Weekend Bargain Banter: Final Days of the 75% Off Fall-Winter Sales

Although there are still a few racks left in the stores with markdowns up to 75% off, the supply for this past season’s merchandise is diminishing and shelves and racks are being emptied and replaced with some St. Patrick’s, Easter, and Spring merchandise.  The online stores are lagging behind the instore markdowns, but  will continue to increase their markdown percentages as long as they have past season stock through the next couple of months.  MDM was surprised to discover that even in August, some online stores had Christmas markdowns from the previous year while instore markdowns were being taken for summer apparel, etc.  The hunt for great bargains may be more difficult, but then when you make a "find," it’s that much sweeter.  Here’s a few suggestions you may want to take notice of in your bargain hunting:

Today is Macy’s Preview Day for their one day sale on Saturday, February 24th.  Of course the largest markdowns will be found in their Clearance section where Macys is taking an additional 25% off.

Target instore has marked their Global  merchandise at some locations at 50% off.  You can still find racks of apparel marked 75% off, but other departments have limited offerings for markdowns.

Fashion Bug is taking an extra 20% off Clearance and 40% off regularly priced merchandise through Saturday, February 24th.

Linens ‘n Things© has up to 75% off Clearance plus a Window Inventory  Blowout Sale with up to 60% off.  Be sure to check out Nate Berkus Deal of the Day with free shipping. is having a Liquidation Sale this weekend with a denim liquidation and free shipping on women’s apparel, and an extra 10% off Stührling watches.

Jewelry Television™ is having a Winter Clearance with up to 60% off on your favorite jewelry.

ShopJuici is having a 72 Hours Weekend Sale.  Michelle Roy, hot and trendy designer favored by celebs like Jessica Simpson, Madonna, and Eva Longoria, will be previewing her latest styles soon.  While browsing, visit the Clearance and enter the $300 Shopping Spree!