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.


Famous Asian Dish Recipe

The weather outside is frightful and wouldn’t it be delightful if we could replicate a local asian dish that would warm our tummies and keep our food budget within reason.  Markdown Chics has uncovered the secret recipe for Big Bowl Thai Hot Pepper Shrimp and adapted it to their user-friendly version.  O-h-h s-o-o good, you may never go out this Winter.



MarkdownMom Chics Version of Big Bowl Thai Hot Pepper Shrimp/

with Basil and Peanuts 


½ c lime juice

2 Tbsp. of canola oil

¼ c of white sugar

1 Tbsp. red chili pepper flakes

1 tsp. salt

25-30 medium to large shrimp

2 cloves of garlic, minced

½ cup of red onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

½ c of freshly chopped basil

¼ c of peanuts (non-salted, non-roasted)

1 c of white rice



1. Add oil to frying pan and turn heat on to medium. Allow oil to warm.

2. During step 1, combine lime juice, salt and sugar in a bowl and mix. Set aside.

3. Add red chili pepper flakes and garlic to frying pan. Allow the garlic to brown.

4. Once garlic is done, add the lime juice mix. Stir the lime juice for 2-3 min until thickened.

5. In a pot, add water and allow it to come to a boil. Once boiling, add white rice and lower heat. Rice should be done in 15-20 min.. White rice can also be cooked in rice steamer.

6. Add shrimp to the frying pan. Coat the shrimp in the lime juice. Shrimp will turn pink-red when done, about 10-15 min..

7. Once shrimp are cooked, add peanuts, red onion, red and green bell peppers. Fry for an additional 10 min..

8. Add basil. Cook for 3 min..

9. Serve Thai hot pepper shrimp with basil and peanuts on top of white rice.

And The Bead Goes On!

Chunky, hand-blown, semi-precious are all descriptions of the latest fad in jewelry.  However, bead work requires patience, skill, and can be very expensive.  This week, MarkdownMom Chics shopped the bead sale at Michaels™ that not only involved super buys, but a marvelous selection of beads in their inventory.  Not only is Friday, Bead Night, but you can get a free jewelry case with a $25 purchase, and there are loads of 10% coupons off of swarovski crystals, strung beads of semi-precious stones, pearls, and more. 

But don’t just take our word for it,

Click Here For MarkdownMom’s Bead Sale Slideshow

Going Gaga!

Okay, let’s admit it, we’re all material girls and yeah, we like to have fun, too!

And our present material girl, Lady Gaga, is on tour singing her hits  “Bad Romance,” “Just Dance,” “Paparazzi,” and “Poker Face.”  See her live  in Minneapolis at the Xcel Energy Center on August 31st, 2010.  For the other cities and dates of  her tour, check  check Tickets Now®

And to add to your own gaga look get Lady Gaga ” The Fame Monster” tattoos.  Temporary tattoo sheet for only $5.00, plus I LOVE LADY GAY GAY tattoo.  Visit her site where you can find memorabilia, apparel, and accessories!

Fame, Fun,  and Fabulous!

Fab Eyeliner!

Covergirl’s Blast line has hit a home run with its’ Liquilineblast™!  This crayon for les yeux goes on easy, smooth, and comes with a smudge tip to blend for that dramatic look.  Comes in black, brown, silver grey, blue, green and violet.

Under $8 new instore at Target and other leading stores carrying Covergirl®.

Blast Off This Fall With Fab Eyes!

You Say Rappini, I Say Rappone!

What is broccoli rabe? Well, let’s define what it isn’t. Although it has broccoli’s name, broccoli raab is not related to broccoli.  Imagine that!  It is, however, closely related to turnips which is probably why the leaves look like turnip greens.  It is a global vegetable/herb and goes by many names such as rapine, rappi, rappone, fall and spring raab, turnip broccoli, taitcat, Italian or Chinese broccoli, Italian turnip, and turnip broccoli, and others.

This is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as potassium, calcium, and iron.   A terrific, easy dish to answer the question of ‘What’s For Supper Tonight?’

Genelle’s Broccoli Rabe Pasta with Italian Sausage


  • 1-lb broccoli rabe (trimmed and separated)
  • 1-lb fettuccini or other pasta noodle
  • Less than ¼-cup water
  • 2-Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-Tbsp chopped herbs (oregano, basil, sage, rosemary, and/or Italian parsley)
  • 6 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 4 to 5 Italian sausage links
  • 1 c. parmesan or other desired cheese


  1. Wash and trim ends of broccoli rabe.   Slice broccoli rabe into stems and flowers with leaves.
  2. Sautee broccoli rabe with olive oil and 2 cloves chopped garlic.  Set aside.
  3. Brown Italian sausage links in frying pan.  Add 4 chopped garlic cloves and allow links to cook with cloves and juices on medium for a few minutes.  Next add slightly less than ¼-cup water to pan.  This will prevent grease spatter and allow sausage to cook thoroughly without excessive burning.  Set aside.
  4. Boil water and cook 1-lb pasta al-dente.
  5. Drain water and add to pot broccoli rabe and sliced Italian sausage.  Add chopped herbs.  Mix over light heat.
  6. Top with shredded cheese such as parmesan or pecorino-romano.  Enjoy!

Cooking Time: About 2 hrs

Serves: 2 to 4 individuals

Baubles, And Bangles, And Beads

Just in time for summer accessorizing–dress up those sexy vacation togs with bling reminiscent of BlackBeard’s treasure! MarkdownChics found this great buy on hot, hot jewelry at Target!  Take 30% Off and more on the Vintage Sea Life Collection from Target!

  • Nautical double stranded necklace: Reg $39.99, Now $27.98
  • Seashell earrings: Reg $14.99, Now $10.48
  • Jeweled Sea Blue Dangles Necklace: Reg $39.99, Now: $19.98.

Shiver Me Timbers–just in time for Mother’s Day or your favorite Mermaid!

In Select Stores only.



Stimulating The Economy One Pair Of Shoes At A Time

You may or may not be a shoe-aholic, but if you are a true shoe connoisseur then you owe it to yourself to collect the best–and when you can do it at bargain prices, you are not only a shoe lover, but a savvy shoe buyer!  MarkdownMom checked out the clearance sale at Steve Madden, equally known for his designer touch in this field, and found incredible savings on his designer shoes.

As with any really good sale, selection is limited, but well worth clicking through the options like his hot, hot bootie named appropriately ZipUp.  Can you imagine going clubbing in this great shoe?  Black patent, 5.5″ heel (but easier to walk in with the 1.25″ platform),reg.$129.99 sale priced $39.99 and if you are a size 8, go for it.  Plus, these shoes were last seen being worn by Taylor Monson in black leather.  How cool is that?

Other clearance prices on  items like gloves, handbags, scarves, and more.  Plus free shipping on purchases.  Just use promo code:  SMFREESHIP.

What do you call a Shoe-alohic who buys designer celebrity shoes at bargain prices? Smart!!!

Author of The Plague of Doves Twin Cities Entrepreneur

Book lovers, pet lovers, and those interested in learning more about American Indian arts, culture, language, and history will love Birchbark Books located near Lake of the Isles and Calhoun Lake in Minneapolis.

Owned by the famous American Indian novelist, Louis Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe), customers travel from all over the country to visit her bookstore.  She is the author of several fiction novels, poetry, and children’s books and was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for her 2009 novel, The Plague of Doves.  Her artistry takes on features of William Faulkner with present-day Native-American fiction.  This unique mixture is presented in the many characters that are repeated throughout her works and narrated in their voice, moving back and forth through time.

In store you can browse diverse topics ranging from Minnesota plants, geology, and history; American Indian culture, language, and history (with special focus on Objibwe and Dakota people); children’s books; young adult and adult fiction novels.  Many of the books and book signing events feature upcoming local artists and writers.  You can also find signed books for purchase by several authors, including Louis Erdrich.  Also in store you’ll find jewelry, toiletries, and other pieces made by local American Indian artists and healing herbs and botanicals such as bitter root, sweet grass, sage, and bearberry.

Birchbark Books is the only independent bookstore owned and operated by American Indians in Minnesota.  It is unique in that great care was taken to use salvage and non-toxic materials to build the store.  The doors are from the ReUse Center in Minneapolis, the globe lights from an old school house, and inside the wooden floor is the original flooring that belonged to a meat market which was the site’s previous occupant.  Birchbark Books takes a community-centric approach to doing business, supporting local artists and writers; having employees such as Manager Susan White greet customers with a warm and friendly smile and plenty of stories to tell; and each employee owns a dog which they proudly bring to work with them to greet regulars and newcomers.  Drop in and when you do, tell them MarkdownMom sent you!

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Manager: Susan White

2115 West 21st Street

Minneapolis, MN 55405

Phone: 612-374-4023


Luck of the Irish Served Up Here!

The Java Train Cafe in St. Paul, Minnesota’s Como Park offers delicious traditional family meals and on St. Patrick’s Day that means from noon to 9PM Corn Beef & Cabbage, Shepard’s Pie (sells out early), and Irish Soda Bread.  Order by half servings at $5.00 or full servings $7.00

Plus have your kids (5-10) learn to make Irish Soda Bread for $10.  Online coupons,  list of daily specials such as Build Your Own Pasta.

Put April 3rd and April 4th on your calendars for their upcoming Easter Events!