Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Look for Less: Ballard Designs vs.

Plaid still seems to be having a fashion "moment", be it buffalo checks or gingham print. Now it's making its way into home decor, as seen in these two examples of neutral gray/white checked drapes. The big difference is in the cost, as the drapes on the left are by Ballard Designs, and will set you back $89 per panel, whereas the drapes on the right are by Achim (on and cost only $19.99 per panel.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dollar Aisle Diving...

A couple of weeks ago I featured cute patriotic scarves, and now the Dollar Aisle is absolutely bursting at the seams with red, white and blue - just in time for Memorial Day (and in preparation for Independence Day). Items include the cute mini paper boat craft kit (shown upper right), pens, pencils, notepads, invitations, party ware, fun paper lanterns, and a boatload of other patriotic home decor.

It also seems like Target has expanded their Dollar Aisle Section. They've probably added two more aisles to the overall section. One bummer, though, is that part of the section is now devoted to candy, which I'm sure is hard on moms toting kids around (as that's one thing they'll surely gravitate towards).

Monday, May 23, 2016

Clearance Alert: Select Joy Mangano Products

While Joy Mangano products seem to still be at full price on, in stores I've seen some items put on clearance for 50% off. Products include her iconic Miracle Mop, Buckets, Memory Cloud Pillows and Garment Steamers. I'm sure that Target will continue to carry Joy's Huggable Hangers, but perhaps they're clearing out the larger items to make room in the stores for other merchandise.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Look for Less: Banana Republic vs. Knox Rose

This morning I got an email from Banana Republic touting their new "flutter tee", so I headed over to to see if I could find a comparable look. And sure enough, I did! On the left is BR's version with tonal stripes in Pink Blush for $49.50. But you can get a similar look - at half the price - at Target with the Knox Rose Flutter Sleeve Banded Top in Pink (shown at right) for just $22.99.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sale Alert: BOGO 50% off Dresses

Target is having a buy one/get one 50% off deal this week on all womens and girls dresses. Now IMO, Target's in-store selection is pretty underwhelming these days. So my advice is to head over to for a much bigger (and better) collection of dress options - like this pretty blue chevon-striped option from Merona.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Look for Less: Crate & Barrel vs.

Today I thought we'd look at two very similar wood serving trays. Both of these rustic trays feature a "wedge" of acacia tree with a vibrant interior grain and are handcrafted with a realistic bark "rim". But the one shown on top is from Crate & Barrel and will set you back almost $25, whereas the one on the bottom is from Lipper International (on and only costs $19.99 (with an extra 15% off right now if you use the discount code MAYSAVE).

Friday, May 13, 2016

Fab Find: Dollar Aisle Patriotic Scarves

This week at Target I spied these fun fashion scarves in the Dollar Aisle for just $3 each. Done up in patriotic red, white & blue, styles include red/white chevron stripes, white with blue stars and blue with white stars. The Dollar Aisle is getting in more festive red/white/blue merchandise, too, in preparation for Summer and Independence Day