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Off the Rack: June Shoe Highlights at Marshalls

Earlier this week I showed you some of the fashion highlights at my local Marshalls, now here are some highlights from the shoe department. After a reader named Laura mentioned that she had seen Steve Madden's "Fantasik" at her T.J. Maxx, I hit up the Marshalls Shoemegashop in hopes of finding them for myself, and I did! And they were just $39.99! I love this style because it goes with everything, and the fact that it bares a striking resemblance to the Stuart Weitzman "Alex" doesn't hurt either. There were so many other great styles but I figured one pair was enough for this trip. Brands I saw included Nine West, Madden Girl, Jessica Simpson, Michael Michael Kors, BCBGeneration, Talbots, Wanted and Kelsi Dagger. The T.J.Maxx/Marshalls folks had sent me a $50 giftcard earlier this month, so I used it to buy my shoes. And good news! I have two more $50 giftcards to share with you, so stay tuned for a giveaway coming up in the next couple of days.

Lunch Hour Shopping: Calypso St. Barth Sample Sale

If you missed the Calypso St. Barth for Target collection (which was on the clearance racks at my store last time I checked), why not shop for real Calypso at rock-bottom prices? Thanks to a tip from reader Kenisha C., I learned that Calypso is having an amazing online sample sale going on right now. Save an additional 50% off the already reduced prices with promo code SAMPLESALE at checkout. The Paola skirt (above center) will be yours for just $25 (down from $135) and looks remarkably similar to one of the skirts in the Target line. Not everything is a steal but it's worth taking a look for those few incredible bargains!

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Calypso St. Barth sample sale

An Update on It's A Flop

Last month I wrote a post on, a new service from The Dessy Group that lets you trade in an old bridesmaid dress (or any special occasion dress) in exchange for a discount on a brand new little black dress. It sounded like a great idea: Your old dress would either find a new home through a charity or get recycled into something new. It seemed like a win-win, so I requested my free mailer from the company and shipped them two dresses I no longer wanted (I was going to send a bridesmaid dress but sentimentality got the best of me at the last second, so I opted to send them two polyester dresses I had only worn a few times from Forever 21 instead).