Recently, I took a little trip out to The Limited to see Jodi Arnold's new collection for the chain. I had not been to The Limited in years. Not because I don't like their clothes, I do. I just don't wear the professional suits and dresses they are known for into the office anymore. Times have changed, and some days, I am working at home from the computer wearing my best sweat suit or jeans and a t-shirt. So, I haven't thought I needed to stop into The Limited for "the real sale" as their old jingle advertised. Jodi Arnold bought me in, and what a wonderful surprise. Her collection is quite simply amazing, and not just because of the price point, but because of the quality and the handwork on each piece. I have long admired the designer's work. Her trademark touches include embellishments with beads, embroidery or applique, beautiful detail around the neckline to highlight your face and lovely prints. All these touches have been incorporated into her Jodi Arnold for The Limited collection at a reasonable price point. The most amazing thing about this collection is how well-made it is.
Jodi Arnold for The Limited is a great designer at a great price. You won't see pieces of this quality from a big box retailer. If you haven't stopped into The Limited in a while, you should check it out. I say that because I think when something good is offered to consumers at a reasonable price point, consumers need to send a message to the store that we like this and want more of this.
Check out the graphic above with the list from The Limited of the benefits of shopping there. Students and teachers are eligible for special discounts. Pant hemming is free if you are a The Limited card holder. Some good savings there.
Treesje handbag designers Laura Darrah and Sheila Nazarian will make a personal appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills to highlight their new Spring collection. Styles range from must-have cross bodies featuring signature hardware to unique leather totes, hobos and satchels in bold hues. Saks shoppers
will receive a new piece from the Sweet Little Goodies collection of leather cosmetic cases as a gift with purchase.
WHEN: Saturday, March 27th, 2010
2:00pm – 4:00pm
WHERE: Saks Fifth Avenue
9600 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA
Breaking Bargainista news alert! Designer Jodi Arnold is coming to The Limited near you. She is about to go on a five city tour and appear at selected The Limited stores to show off her new styles. This is a rare opportunity to meet one of the best designers in the business! Her collection, Jodi Arnold for The Limited just launched and its amazing. All the things Jodi Arnold NY is known for, embellishments, beautiful detail around the neckline to highlight your face and lovely prints have been incorporated into her The Limited collection at a reasonable price point. Of her new collection, Jodi says, "I wanted to create clothes that have soul and authenticity." If you attend one of the events, you'll get to meet the designer herself and receive special coupons for savings. This is a very special opportunity as Jodi is really interested in meeting her customers. She takes all the feedback and preferences of her buyers into account when putting together her designs. I wish more designers would go out on the road and talk to the ladies who actually buy and wear their clothes.
Attendees can expect cocktails, surprises, 40% off The Limited merchandise plus a chance to win a $250 wardrobe. I wish LA was on the Jodi Arnold tour! Tour dates are:
March 24 - Perimeter Mall, Atlanta GA 6:00 - 9:00p
March 30 - NorthPark Center, Dallas TX 6:00 - 9:00p
March 31 - St. Louis Galleria, St. Louis, MO 6:00 - 9:00p
April 12 - Water Tower, Chicago, IL 6:00 - 9:00p
April 13 - Tysons Corner Center, Washington DC 6:00 - 9:00p
RSVP online at www.thelimited.com/jodi-arnold to attend an event in your area. Check out the fabulous embellished one shoulder dress below to see why you should attend! :) If your city is not on the tour list, check out the collection online at TheLimited.com.
Click here to read The Recessionista's review of Jodi Arnold for The Limited.
Did you know you could trade your ordinary lotion for a free Olay Quench with a limited-time “Quench for Clunkers” rebate? The product is called Quench because Olay Quench’s ultra-hydrating formulas go beyond simple moisturization to quench skin’s thirst and break the cycle of dry ski.
To get the rebate offer, simply purchase any Olay Quench body lotion (excluding trial size) between now and April 16, 2010, mail in the completed certificate and receive your refund check in the mail. It’s totally free – consider it your personal stimulus check! Get a bottle by returning the rebate forms by April 30, 2010. Click here for the rebate form.
Get a free pastry at Starbucks on the morning of March 23 with the purchase of a handcrafted beverage.
Come to participating Starbucks (maybe call first to make sure your local Starbucks is doing this deal) on Free Pastry Day, March 23. Choose a delicious pastry to pair with yourbeverage and that tasty item is free.
Better yet, Starbucks has removed the following items from their recipes:
No artificial flavors
No artificial dyes
No artificial trans fats
No high-fructose corn syrup
To get your free pastry, print out the coupon below and present it to your barista. Or simply show them the coupon on any mobile device. But Free Pastry Day ends at 10:30 a.m. – so don’t miss out! Get the Coupon
Loeh•mann•om•ics is all about getting some fabuless designer deals for less! I recently scored some amazing deals at the new Costa Mesa store, and I want to pass on the savings to readers. Check out the above coupons for savings of 15% off on items at Loehmann's (check the restrictions on the coupons.)For more info, click here. Let me know what you find!
Just a little heads up for those looking for some cheap and chic deals, Kohl's is having a super sale today. I headed out this am to take advantage of the early bird specials. My goal was to pick up some new items for home and going out at a slight discount. Before 1 pm PST and 4 PM EST, there were specials throughout the store. And some of the savings continue this weekend. All Lauren Conrad items are on sale for 30 to 40% off and there is new Simply Vera in stock. My favorite find was the above Apt. 9 green sweater, just in time for Saint Patrick's day. This is on sale for $21.99. Its so cute, and has a real vintage feel with the jeweled covered buttons on the placket. I also love the new green Simply Vera dress with the cute little ribbon tie top (pictured below). For an upcoming event, I splurged on this LC satin top with the little lacey pocket. I like the romantic prints, ribbon trims and little bows on the Lauren Conrad stuff. This collection has been such a surprise. And of course the ELLE and Dana Buchman collections continue to deliver affordable fashions. ELLE even has a killer denim motorcycle jacket this season. Dana Buchman's collection offers some amazing one piece swimsuits to help you get ready for warmer weather. I had now idea DB now included swimwear, but its really good looking.
Pictured: Savings on Kohl's fashions include discounts on Simply Vera, ELLE, LC and Dana Buchman until March 20th.
Also, all my Oscar jewelry and style picks from earlier this week are now on sale. Some of the costume jewelry is under $5.00! For more savings, watch for Kohl's Power Hour specials. Remember, if you shop early or late at Kohl's during their power hours, you reap some savings! Check Kolhs.com for the details. If you sign up for their email, list you'll get a coupon to save $5.00 plus regular updates on when the power hours are.
Beyond fashion, I scored some great items for my home (Food Network) and a special Dr. Seuss "Lorax" book for my little niece.
Bargainistas, are you on the continual quest for the free? For me, its a regular ritual. If you are also looking for free fashions, you might enjoy Macy's new Fashion Director game. Here's how it works. By mixing and matching the right pieces around a daily theme, participants get the chance to win a $500 gift card every day. The interactive outfit maker at www.macys.com/fashiondirector lets you combine the season’s hottest fashions and accessories to style, shop, and share the perfect look. From putting together an outfit for a blind date to selecting the perfect look for a big work presentation, the challenges can mirror everyday situations, as well as special occasions.
Using the mix and match tool, participants can virtually select pieces to create unique outfits ideal for the challenge of the day. Suggested pieces from Macy’s Spring 2010 collections will help those in need of guidance. Ready to start the fashion challenge? Get started by doing the following:
· Build the perfect outfit by dragging pieces to the virtual canvas until you are satisfied with the look
· Once completed, click submit to enter your outfit into the voting gallery
· Share your look on Facebook and Twitter and invite your friends and family to vote for your outfit
· The outfit that gets the most votes each day will win that day’s challenge and a $500 Macy’s gift card
Pictured: Early images from Gaultier's Target Line
The new Jean Paul Gaultier collection for Target arrives in stores today. Here in California, the clothes are just being put on the racks at some stores. There are tattoo leggings, tattoo swimsuits, rock star-like T-shirts, plus some floral dresses and a leather jacket. The most promising piece to me looks like the rolled collar floral dress (maybe also the trench.) The floral dress is already sold out online with some reviewers saying it reminds them of Prada. I will be heading to my local Target after another large coffee to see if that can possibly be true :)
Pictured: If the quality of this garment's material is good, this JPG Strapless Dress in Black $59.99 or its alternate Lingerie Dot Dress in Green/Black $34.99 (pictured above under the trench) could be a winner.
Pictured: A more typical JGP look, Leather Moto Jacket in Brown/Red $199.99, Tank Dress in Red $34.99 Dress Also available in Navy/Cream
Its a big wait and see. What do you think? I see shades of McQ's 80s look here. Have any of you already purchased from the collection? Click here to read my review of the collection.
Have you seen the recycling containers at your local Gap Store? From March 5 through March 14, you can donate old denim that will then be given a “new life” by being converted into UltraTouch natural cotton fiber insulation and donated to communities in need. The two-week denim drive is part of Gap’s “Recycle Your Blues” event, where customers who donate denim will receive 30 percent off new denim purchases from Gap, GapKids or babyGap through March 14. And, my understanding is it can be any denim that you donate, not just denim purchased from the Gap. I am putting together a big old bag today of all my beyond repair thread worn jeans in sizes I don't wear anymore. I love the idea that my old jeans could be turned to insulation to help keep someone warm. With that incentive, I will clean my closet!
Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista® which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others. Contact Mary at recessionista (at) gmail dot com