Why to never over look Target again

Over the years, my love for the department store Target has turned into a full-blown obsession. Once overlooked as the store where I could purchase bedding and a camera case in a one-stop shop, it is now my first destination when shopping.

The women’s fashion section has blossomed over the years as well. What was once simply graphic tees and assorted tanks has turned into fashionable clothing  categorized as juniors, petities, women and maternity.

Target has a great selection of clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories, and the best part is that it is all offered at a great price.

Stepping up their game back in 2010, the affordable department store started featuring low-priced collections from high-end designers. The response? Women loved it. With every season change, the store changes designers, which makes these wears only available for a limited time. Target has featured Missoni, Neiman Marcus, Zac Posen, Jason Wu and more. I have seen women camp outside of Target just to get the first view of the goods when the store opened, and it wasn’t even Black Friday!

I recently came across a Target fashion blog called On The Dot, which shows how to style the clothing and pair it with shoes, jewelry and so on. The best thing about Target is once I pick out an outfit, I can head to the other side of the store and pick out my lipstick for the evening or new flatware for a dinner party. They really have it all.

Stylist Kate Young will be the next designer to be featured at Target. Her collection is filled with formal gowns, one-shoulder dresses, classic little black dresses, formal shorts and more. Perfect for your next cocktail hour! Don’t miss out, her collection hits stores April 14.

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Things not to pass up while at Target:

Sale racks– Past the new swimsuits and active wear are racks and racks of sales. Ranging from 30 to 70 percent off, it is worth the time to dig through the racks.

Shoe department– Target is constantly getting new inventory of women’s shoes. From flats to boots and wedges, they have it all. And believe it or not, the heels are super comfy and won’t leave you with aching feet halfway through the night.

Accessories– With a variety of bags and scarves, Target offers something for every style and every price range. Take a look at their jewelry as well. They may be a bit more expensive than stores like Forever 21 and H&M, but totally worth it, offering more quality pieces that you can keep for longer.

Seasonal sales– Not so much a fashion tip, but as I am getting older, I am starting to love home decor. Take a look in the far back corner of the store. Target sends all out-of-season home decor items to this little nook and slashes prices. Items like summer picnic baskets, lawn chairs and wall art are sold for a fraction of the price.

Insider tip* scan the price tag at a kiosk in the store. Chances are the tag is marked wrong and it will ring up cheaper. Usually in this section of the store, items are 30 to 50 percent off the sale price.

Before heading to the mall or a more expensive department store, stop at Target first — you may be surprised what you find.

* Check out a slideshow of Kate Young’s collection on Lucky

Let me know what you’ve found at a great price while shopping at Target. Leave a comment and let me know!


Marni at H&M

One of my favorite stores is H&M. I find the clothing and accessories to be good quality for a great price. Just a few weeks ago I had a whole new reason to love this Swedish retail company.

Hennes & Maurtiz, more commonly known as H&M, recently announced the debut of a new clothing line from Marni, a high end Italian fashion label. For those of you who don’t know, Marni is known for creating quirky and feminine designs with lots of prints and bold colors. Yet, Marni creations can run up to $2000, a wardrobe I could only dream of having. But good news came to us frugal fashionistas when H&M announced a Marni spring collection for 2012.

The collection debuting at H&M are all Marni classics, with full pleated skirts, boxy dresses, cropped pants, in fabrics that range from silk to knits to crisp cotton. The collection also includes jewelry, shoes, bags and scarves to finish each look. The items in the collection range from $9.95 to $149. There is something for every ones budget. Unfortunately, the Marni Collection at H&M is not available for purchase online, so make sure to check out your nearest H&M for these deals.

The collections debut was early March, some devout customers camped overnight just to get the first choice of Marni goods. When the doors opened, the collection was nearly sold out. Customers ran rampant through the store even taking the clothes off of the mannequins.

This is not the first time H&M has sold high fashion designer brands, just last summer; the retailer sold a Versace summer collection. Marni is H&M’s 11th high-end brand to debut its collection. One year they even featured Jimmy Choo. These couture-bargain partnerships have become more and more popular for both H&M and Target. They are able to attract shoppers and boost their reputations as retailers of fashionable but affordable goods.

I hope this continues because I will have a name brand closet in no time.