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Lesportsac Look-Alikes at Target

I went to Target yesterday hoping to see the just released Go International Private Label Collection 6 (I think that's what they're calling it), as well as the Erickson Beamon for Target jewelry collection (which some of you have already seen in your Target stores)—but of course, my Target didn't have either collection! Figures.

I still managed to pick up some cute things like colored tights, a cute satin bra, lace panties (I forgot how great Target's underwear can be sometimes!), this belt and these shoes (real leather uppers, not bad). Speaking of shoes, my Target did have a great selection of new footwear for Spring, including sandals, some cute Tory Burch-inspired flats (done to death, but these had a flower instead of a gold medallion) and some towering going-out heels for all your party needs.

I also cruised through the handbag section to see if the Hayden-Harnett for Target bags were on sale yet, but they were not. Prepared to pay full price (gasp), I had the black wristlet in my hands as I started walking towards the check-out, but as I examined it more carefully, I discovered the zipper was broken. No wonder it was the last one left. Boo.

LeSportsac Knock offs

In the midst of all this, I spotted some nylon bags by Xhilaration which remind me of the bright, boldly patterned bags by LeSportsac.

LeSportsac Knockoffs

I think they'd be great for travel, or toting makeup and other essentials. If you like the look, you'll love Target's prices. The End.

Left: Xhilaration Hearts Duffle, $22.99 at; Right: Xhilaration Multicolor Duffle, $22.99 at

Create Your Hot Look Contest at Wet Seal

Create Your Hot Look Contest at Wet Seal

Wet Seal's got a contest going on right now where you build a Valentine outfit using at least 3 items from their online store, then tag the outfit "V-Day 2009" for your chance to win a $100 giftcard. What got me interested was the whole "build your outfit" part—I hadn't realized that Wet Seal has created their very own Polyvore-esque tool. (Maybe Forever 21 will be next!) It's actually pretty fun, even if you're limited to Wet Seal's hit-or-miss inventory.

Sign up for a free account to save your looks, post them to a virtual "runway" and rate other looks by fellow fashionistas. One downside is that you can't resize products using the outfit building tool, but other than that, the interface works better than expected. The coolest feature is that it automatically calculates the total cost of your looks, and if you love your creation, you can add the entire outfit to your shopping bag. Now that's marketing at its best!

Start stylin' for yourself (and enter the contest!) at