Melissa McCarthy, 40% Off At Lane Bryant & Real Women $$$!

A much beloved actress and icon for real women, Melissa McCarthy has now become a designer as well.  One retailer she has joined forces with is Lane Bryant and this Labor Day you can purchase her latest offerings at 40%off using promo code:  HAVEFFUNLB  on regular and sale merchandise!

One example is this fringe long cardigan for Fall.  This style segues from Summer into Fall and adds the hot fringe so popular this season.  Reg.$118, on sale $70.80.  Colors are rose quartz and medium heather grey.  Sizes 1X-3X.  Plus earn real women dollars $25 for every $50 earned toward future purchases. Ship to local LB Store for free!

MarkdownMom says if you haven’t visited Lane Bryant recently, you really owe it to yourself as they have some really hot, young, styles!

Online Home Shopping Networks Source Of Designer Haute Couture!

The online shopping networks traditionally selling kitchenware and household items to homemakers have evolved into a source of designer runway fashion at bargain prices.  What is even more remarkable MarkdownMom has found over the years is that many fashion trends are available online ahead of mainstream brick and mortar stores.  For instance, MarkdownMom began buying the high/low hem dresses nearly two years ago from ShopNBC (now SHQP) at great prices.

Recently, MDM saw this dress at ShopHQ reminiscent of Eileen Fisher’s Handkerchief Dress w/Ties done in colors (pale pink, dk. navy) at substantially more.  This Casual Convertible Maxi Dress from OSO is offered in 4 colors and although it is made of cotton and not a silky fabric or pure linen, the design element is the same, offering two looks with its’ adjustable hem at a feature price of $47.93 (on 2 value pays) making it extremely affordable.  With its’ six gore skirt in a light weight cotton, this dress looks great with its’ hem up or down and is a very sophisticated fashion statement!

Home shopping networks and so-called big box stores like Target (Mossimo) have recruited top names from the fashion industry to bring their style and uniqueness to midAmerican consumers recognizing the growing number of professional women in the workforce and at home who want style at an affordable price.  HSN, QVC, and SHOPHQ  not only have special lines from designers like Isaac Mizrahi, Bob Mackie, George Simonton, Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson (to name a few), celebrities such as Iman, Joan Rivers (and many others), but have become a venue for new female entrepreneurs such as Lori Goldstein and Joy Mangano, plus their own in-house designers as well.  Thus making online shopping an ongoing source of what’s hot, new and undiscovered in the fashion world.  A boon for both the consumer and the designer as well!


Iris Apfel Makes HSN Debut Today

Iris Apfel, iconic fashion figure  known for her ability to mix and match high fashion, ethnicity, and kitsch has entered the world of online shopping.  In 2005 the Metropolitan Museum of Art about her in an exhibition titled the Rara Avis (Rare Bird) and now she brings her jewelry collection  with the same name  to HSN.

At 90 peering out at the world through her  signature black owl glasses, Ms. Apfel has achieved pop star status with her eclectic taste in fashion especially accessories combining the bohemian with haute couture.  In the year of bigger and better accessories, Ms. Apfel brings a new exotic blend of fashion with an affordable price tag  to HSN customers

Madden's Mid-Day Madness

For shoe fashionistas and this means men as well, Steve Madden is having a sale until Midnight tonight of his hot, hot, styles to wrap your tootsies in!   30%-50%+ off on the hottest footwear.

Plus free shipping:  no minimum.  Promo code:  HOLIDAY

There’s No Business Like Shoe Business!

Wednesday Steal: Zip It Up!

Have you noticed the latest fad in fashion is the unhidden zipper?  Pre-hippie era, all the dresses either were fitted with a back zipper and/or buttons and the familiar question to your significant other was:  “Can you zip me up?”  Zippers were also on the side of skirts, front flap of pants, and even on some blouses.  However, zippers were all hidden, sh-h-h big secret!

More contemporary designs have seen zippers galore in handbags, shoes, and some jewelry.  Now they have come out of hiding and are reappearing and hotter than before.  You can find them on motorcycle jackets and sweaters, dresses and tops, out-in-the-open and part of the design.  Popular first with celebs, now we can all wear them!

JCPenney® has a Wednesday steal with this ombre tank top, chest pocket, semi-handkerchief bottom, and back zipper from a.n. a.®, reg. $36.00, steal priced  $5.99-$7.99, all sizes in blue dip or purple, coral dip.  Buy it now, price is only good until

While you’re there view their other deals including electronics such as 3-1 Digital Photo Converter, reg.$169.99, today only $39.99, and a Wii  Gaming Storage Tower, reg.$140.00, today only $34.99

Ship to store for free shipping, or on orders of $69 or more ship free to home, promo code: FRESHDAY.

Wednesday Steals: After Christmas Bargains Continue

JCPenney® has a large choice of women’s tops and other apparel at great savings–up to 75% off!.  Ship to store for free and save more or if purchases amount to $69 or more, ship free to home–use promo code:  FRESHDAY.

WalMart.  Instore.  Up to 75% off Holiday Items.  Sale on bins to store all your decorations.  MarkdownMom usually adds to her decorations for next year during this time, plus cookie cutters and mixes, and toiletry gift baskets.  Also, Christmas cards–especially ones that are made to hold gift cards are fabulously cheap!  Don’t forget to check the apparel with christmas motifs and designs, so low you could not even afford to buy the material at these ridiculous prices.

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!!!

Wednesday and Beyond Steals

Steal: Endless® Shoes and Handbags. Today Only Save 30% off women’s and kids’ Chookas. Hot, Hot, Hot! rainboots and slippers. Use claim code: CHOOKADL.

Steal: Estée Lauder. FREE SHIPPING, Today on everything! Plus spend $35 and get 4 free samples to try of your choosing! Try their vibrating, TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara, $32.00.

Steal: Couture Candy, save 30% off jewelry (some exceptions).

Steal: Newport News Weekly Secret Deal. Turtlenecks, reg.$24-$26, steal priced $10-$12, reg. & women’s sizes, cotton, colors.

Steal: JCPenney. Sophia Caparelli® leather satchel w/topstitching, reg.$120, steal priced $34.99 TODAY ONLY. Black, Brown or Gunmetal.

Steal: ShopNBC. Free Shipping until December 19th and Free Upgrade to FedEx and Super Speedy Delivery Dec.19-23, 2008. Restrictions on auctions and some computers. No reason for being late with your present!