Milly for Kohl's Lookbook: Head to Capri for Spring 2015

The wait for a glimpse of the long awaited MILLY for Kohl's Spring Collection is finally over.  The… [more]

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Lane Bryant Takes Aim at Victoria's Secret Campaign

Specialty size retailer Lane Bryant has launched a masterful marketing campaign aimed squarely at images… [more]

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The Recessionista Reviews Lilly for Target

The launch of  Lilly for Target sent shoppers scrambling today as if it was the running of the bulls… [more]

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The Recessionista Reviews Milly for Kohl's

As a lover of fashion line Milly, I have been so excited that Milly was doing a collection for Kohl's.… [more]

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Kohl's Announces Thakoon London Inspired Fashion Collection

Milly for Kohl's just arrived in stores and Kohl's has already announced another new fashion collaboration.… [more]

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JCPenney Launches Eva Longoria Home Bedding Collection

Moroccan inspired bedding from  a famous TV star?  For sale at a big box store at reasonable prices?   That’s something you may not have expected from affordable retailer JCPenney.  But that’s what  JCPenney debuted last week in Los Angeles at a special press event with its newest brand partner, actress Eva Longoria.  Ms. Longoria has teamed up with JCPenney  to  create an exclusive new bedding collection now on sale  in over 100 JCPenney stores and on jcpenney.com . Guess what it’s called? That’s right  Eva Longoria Home .  The line (already on discounted by 25% at JC Penney) offers consumers comforter sets, decorative pillows and window treatments featuring an elegant mix of prints and finishes.  The launch of the collection is just in time for Mother’s Day gift-giving or spring decorating. Continue reading »

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Kohl’s Announces Thakoon London Inspired Fashion Collection

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Designer Thakoon is slated to brings London influenced fashion to the Next Kohl’s DesigNation Collection

Milly for Kohl’s just arrived in stores and Kohl’s has already announced another new fashion collaboration. Designer Thakoon Panichgul will be the  seventh designer to do a Kohl’s DesigNation limited-edition collection.  Thakoon’s collection will be inspried by the city of London and will be available exclusively at Kohl’s and Kohls.com beginning fall 2015. Thakoon’s love for the city of London’s character, culture and history will translate to a fashion collection offering unique prints and patterns for shirts, sweaters, knit tops, dresses and bottoms, all under $200.  Thakoon gave mass market appeal when he did a budget fashion collection for Target a few years ago.  The designer is also a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama. Continue reading »

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The Recessionista Reviews Milly for Kohl’s

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The striped shirt and floral skirt from the new Milly for Kohl’s Designation collection.

As a lover of fashion line Milly, I have been so excited that Milly was doing a collection for Kohl’s. With high hopes, I stopped by my local Kohl’s store tonight to check out the collection.  I wanted to love this collection and pick out some fun things for summer.  But, I have to be honest with my readers, I was a bit underwhelmed by this collection.   There are some great pieces, but there are also many pieces that I just found to be not special and not distinctive to Milly.  Some of the maxi dresses and the striped T-shirt dress could be from any Kohl’s fashion line, and they look more like Apt.9 or ELLE than Milly by Michelle Smith. The distinctively Milly pieces are the floral skirt, the floral print dresses and the full skirt with matching midriff top.  Overall, this collection is  generously sized and does not run small.  Kohl’s didn’t skip on the fabric in making this collection   Here’s my detailed look at the collection including the hits and the misses. Continue reading »

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Earth Day 2015: Conscious Collection, Coffee & Beauty Deals

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A gorgeous gown from H&M’s new Conscious Collection made from recycled fabrics.

April 22 is Earth Day, a great time to take advantage of eco-friendly fashion, beauty and coffee deals.   It’s a great time to check out the gorgeous new Conscious Collection at H&M made from recycled fabrics.   It’s also a good time to stop in H&M and recycle of clothes to get a 20% discount coupon to buy new clothes.  Here are some deals you may want to take advantage of tomorrow as you remember to be kind to Mother Earth.

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Starbucks Earth Day Deal

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Starbucks is offering a free cup of coffee or tea if you bring in your reusable beverage holder, instead of using a disposable paper cup.   So remember your fashionable reusable mug (it’s a good day to use the a Starbucks mug) when you go to Starbucks today and save.

Caribou Coffee – Buy the Tumbler this month and get unlimited refills all of April.

 

Earth Day is April 22, 2015

Eco Friendly Fashions.  

Anthropologie: Free rainforest crafts for kids on various days recommended for kids ages 5 to 10.  Details on the Anthro website.

American Eagle: Recycle your old jeans in honor of Earth Day, customers can bring their old denim into any of American Eagle Outfitters’ 823 stores across the United States and Canada, and receive a 20% discount on a new pair of jeans.

H&M also has their new  Spring Conscious Collection of  fashions in stock made from recycled materials.  Bring in a bag of old clothes to recycle at your local H&M store then get a coupon to save on the new  Conscious Collection.    In return, participants will receive 20% off their next H&M purchase which they can use towards any of H&M’s more sustainable fashion pieces.

Kiehl’s Recycling Event is on this week.

Beauty Deals.

Kiehl’s Recycling Deal -    April 22-26 bring in any empty skincare bottle to your neighborhood Kiehl’s and receive
five “Recycle & Be Rewarded Stamps” plus a complimentary Deluxe Sample! During Earth Month, 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from every Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado purchase, up to $50,000, will benefit Recycle Across America™, a non-profit organization determined to make recycling more simple and effective.
Origins is offering consumers  a free Eco-chic Earth tote and bracelet with any purchase!  Use Code: EARTHDAY 

 

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Target says they won’t restock their Lilly Pulitzer collection

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A Tweet from @AskTarget reveals that Lilly for Target won’t be restocked.

Despite massive customer dissatisfaction with their website crash and in-store sell out of their Lilly for Target collection,Target has now said via Twitter that they won’t restock the collection. “The #LillyforTarget collection is available for a limited-time. We do not anticipate more items becoming available,” says Target via its @AskTarget account.  That’s disappointing to many customers. My advice, check your Target store in 14 days for returns.  Some of the Lilly for Target stock now on eBay for inflated prices will come back to the store if no one buys it.  For example, I bought my friend the $8.00 Lilly for Target headwrap/turban and it’s now on sale for as much as $45.00.  Just say no and don’t buy this stuff.  I ended up getting many Missoni for Target items on clearance at Target after they were returned to the retailer.

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The Recessionista Reviews Lilly for Target

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Items from the Lilly for Target collection including patio umbrellas and a  hammock

The launch of  Lilly for Target sent shoppers scrambling today as if it was the running of the bulls in Pamplona!  Last night the rush to buy crashed the Target website.  At about 3 am  EST last night, he collection sold out in a mere matter of minutes and then the website  crashed and went offline.  Needless to say, there are many disappointed Target shoppers today.  So with all the hype and anticipation, how good is this collection really and should some of you be prowling eBay to buy items? As with all Target collaborations, Lilly for Target is a mixed bag of the good, bad and fugly, although there is plenty to love in this collection and I do think Target did an excellent job delivering a product that was authentic Lilly Pulitzer. Here’s what I think you should look for at your local store today or in a few days when returns start coming in.  Yes, there will be returns in 14 days when things don’t sell for greatly inflated prices on eBay or people get their website orders that they don’t like, or don’t fit. Continue reading »

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MILLY for Kohl’s Pre-Sale on Now Online

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Milly for Kohl’s is onsale online a few days before it’s official launch date at Kohls.com

A few pieces from the MILLY for Kohl’s collection are onsale at Kohls.com now in advance of the full collection’s official April 23rd launch at Kohl’s stores.  Perhaps to scoop Target’s April 19th launch for their Lilly Pulizter for Target collection, Kohl’s has decided to launch a pre-sale with savings of 25% off the retail price for select pieces from their MILLY Designation Collection.  The pre-sale started April 17th and ends tomorrow, April 19th, just as Lilly for Target hits Target store shelves.  Great marketing on the part of Kohl’s to get their designer collection out before Lilly for Target. Continue reading »

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Budgeting & Planning for the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection

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Bella Thorne, Emmy Rossum, Kate Bosworth and Ellie Kemper model the new Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection, in stores and online April 19. Credit: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc/Sipa USA for Target

This week in New York City Target held their usual pre-collection launch party. Celebrities Bella Thorne, Emmy Rossum, Kate Bosworth, Ellie Kemper and Camilla Alves all turned up in attendance in their Target for Lilly Pulitzer dresses for the cameras.  The photos from these events always go to every magazine and fashion website, resulting in deepening most consumer’s lust for the latest Target collection.  Many of us, already excited to get Lilly Pulitzer for a fraction of the brand’s retail price, will overspend on this collection just because we can. So here’s a few tips for budgeting and planning for you shopping tonight online or in the store tomorrow. Continue reading »

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Lord & Taylor Friends & Family Sale Starts April 17

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The Lord and Taylor Spring Sale starts April 17, 2015.

Spring is finally here and with it comes the Lord and Taylor Friends & Family Sale. The Sale begins this Friday at all Lord & Taylor locations and LordandTaylor.com. The shopping event lasts from Friday, April 17 until Saturday, May 2, and offers an EXTRA 25% OFF almost everything, and 10% off cosmetics and fragrances (Exclusions apply).   Continue reading »

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Ultimate Bridal Box Offers Tips for Wedding Savings & Planning

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The Ultimate Bridal Box Kit by Mary Noon

It’s staggering to think about but the average cost of a wedding in the United States is….wait for it: $25,200. I’ve heard  from many of my readers over the years about how hard it is to budget for weddings.  Why is it so hard? Well, because there’s such an emotional component to wedding planning.  Every bride wants a dream wedding with a gorgeous dress, a beautiful venue and a stunning reception to celebrate.  Unfortunately it can all add up to a pricey package.   Now a savvy wedding planner, Mary Noon,  has  prepared a helpful tool to help  anyone in planning a wedding.  Her set of Bridal planning tools is called the  Ultimate Bridal Box.  Here’s why the Ultimate Bridal Box can be such a life saver when you are trying to plan your special day (without going broke).

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