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!


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!

Summer Heat Means Sizzlin' Sales!

*Macy’s.  This retailer has been discounting merchandise the past two weeks with clearance racks up to 80% off.  Stock is limited at that level; however, there remains a good selection of merchandise at 65% off.

Herbergers.  Like it’s sister store, Younkers, yellow dot clearance marked up to 60% off last markdown.  MarkdownMom found Ralph Lauren, Evan-Picone and other designers at terrific savings.  Check out their ºyellow dot shoe sale that includes summer sandals.

Target and WalMart.  These retailers have controlled their inventory and stock is limited on apparel.  MarkdownMom finds high-end retailers mentioned are a better bet for higher quality designer merchandise at competitive prices.  However, check out summer hard goods for lawn and patio, in addition to electronics. Stores are beginning to stock Back-to-School.

Home Shopping Networks.  You will continue to see markdowns and increased number of easy pay,value pays, and flex pay payments extending consumer payments on merchandise bought.  However, markdowns are usually less than mortar and bricks retailers, but for big ticket items of electronics this may be the way to go.  One caveat is to compare prices with other retailers before weighing in on monthly payments for the best deal. 

Auto Sales.  Because of the Cash for Clunkers and the cost of new cars, inventory of preowned vehicles is down and prices reflect that.  However, next month the new models will be coming out and trade-ins should ease this shortage.  If you are looking for a new car, start looking for deals on 2010 vehicles as sales are down and dealers are more inclined to make a sale. 

TIP:  Retailers inventory was heavy going into summer and financial experts expect that will continue  into Back-to- School especially retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle Outfitters, so you may see early Back -to- School markdowns.

5 Ways To Pink Up!

One of the hot colors for Spring is Pink, all shades of pink.  Wear the color alone or mix it up with the other Spring colors; whatever, you choose how much or how little.  Here are a few bargains MarkdownMom found to incorporate that pretty in pink as part of your style:

1.  Nail Polish.  Easy and economical painting your nails can perk up your spirits.  Essie®’s Ballerina Slipper is a pale pink as seen on Martha Stewart’s The Pink Show show this week.  Find it in salons and stores like Trade Secret® for $8.99, or online best price at Amazon for $4.00 + shipping is around $7.00.

2.  Apparel.  J.Crew is taking an extra 30% off sale items.  Use Promo Code: Extra30 at checkout.  Selections on pink on sale include this wonderful go anywhere shift of embossed cotton piazza dress in tea rose, reg. $88.00, sale priced $19.99 +30% off= approx.$17.02+sh, sizes 0,2,10.  Not your size?  Don’t worry there are other selections in dresses and slacks  pretty in pink.  However, you must hurry, offer good only through today, March 12, 2010!

3.  Jewelry.  Gemstones are hot in jewelry this year and one of the most economical gemstones is rose quartz.  MarkdownMom found these classic 14kt gold over sterling rose quartz earrings, a full 1.0″ long and 0.5″ width for only $15.99 at Target.

4.  Shoes.  How cute are shoes this season?  Oh, so cute in pink!  One of the many selections from Zappos, these platform heels have it all.  A little naughty, but more Haughty these 5″, 1″ platforms from Chinese Laundry are peep toed, wrap heel, cut-out design with a back zip!  In fuschia, reg.$88.95, on sale $73.12

5.  Handbags.   Just in time for the Easter Parade is this adorable tote at QVC F by Fortuna Valentino Canvas Tote w/ Bow, reg. $44.00, sale $36.50

So Many Fabulous Pink Fantasies !

End of Month Sales – January!

Towards the end of January, stores are trying to liquidate old merchandise to make room for Valentine’s and Spring items. In store and website clearance sales range from 50-75%. MDM loves the 75% sales. Be sure to check the following: Target [in store]. 50-75% off selected men’s wear that includes boxer shorts, jackets, flannel pjs, kahki slacks, shirts and socks. Also, peruse the perfume aisle for great deals on perfume box sets that are 75% off the store’s initial price. Check out handbags that are 50% off. Selected furniture items are at 30% markdowns, not a huge markdown, but are limited. MDM advises to use your own discretion as to buy or wait for further price reduction. Macy’s. Macy’s is having a blowout sale on clearance items, taking an additional 25% off clearance for markdowns up to 70%. Shipping and handling is99cents per item, just include 99CENTS in the promo code (ends 01/28/06). Check out the cotton Overdrive long skirts and shrugs for that bohemian, peasant look at super savings. Cost Cutters [in store and online]. In store: Cost Cutters is re-styling its name brand hair products, resulting in a 40% markdown on its present stock. Many of Cost Cutters hair products are equivalent to Paul Mitchell and Samy Salon. Be sure to stock up on this great hair product deal. Supplies are limited. Furthermore, Cost Cutters is having its liter sale on Back to Basics shampoos and conditioners. A good buy is the Cost Cutters Style Plus Card for $1, which will save you money on hair cuts, services, and products. Online: Cost Cutters new styling products are in and being offered as a buy one, get one for 50% off. Gift cards are also offered on CC’s webpage. Fashion Bug. Fashion Bug features latest women styles for girls, juniors and plus sizes. Styles include those for young and older women. FB is having a winter 60% meltdown sale to make room for its new Spring collection. MDM suggests looking at the clearance items as the greatest deals are found here and often account for 70-75% markdowns. Be sure to check out the cheetah inspired blazer in the plus size clearance. This is one hot item! In spiegel’s recent catalogue, the online store features a similar item for ages 20-40. This creates great professional looking attire with a black camisole and black pin tucked slacks. Furthermore, start shopping in the sweaters section for the remainder of the winter and for the following year. Quantities are limited. Update 01/22/06 Macy’s. Your best deals are online, but limited. Instore checking found many real bargains sold out. Deb’s [instore]. 60% sale on winter apparel. Selected clearance includes an additionall 25% off. Nordstrom’s Rack. $$$Expensive even though there are items with 60% off. A woman’s tuxedo blazer in sizes to 4X, orig. $325, now $125. Eddie Bauer. 30% off $50.00 jeans. Wesbsite sales better than instore. Update 01/26/06 Kohls. Up to 80% off retail clearance begins Thursday, January 26. Very limited stock. Free shipping on merchandise total of $75 or more enter “WINTER” promo code. Update 01/28/06 Coldwater Creek. Super savings at this site, click on “Outlet” listing. MDM especially liked the markdowns on shoes, up to 80%+ off. Also check “Weekly Specials,” everything is $9.99, but hurry sale ends on Sunday! Update 01/29/06 TJMaxx [instore]. Up to 70% off department and specialty store prices. Check out kids’ designer clothing. Sale starts today. Kohls[instore] Up to 80% off sale. Kohl’s also packs additional inventory in their stores for this sale, be sure to check merchandise out. Update 01/31/06 JCrew. Check out the “sale” listing at JCrew. MDM found up to 70% off, e.g. dresses reg. $350, now $99!