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Forever 21 Exclusive Design Collection

If you weren't "wowed" by Jason Wu for Target, don't worry, there are plenty of other ways to allocate your fashion dollars, including the new Forever 21 Exclusive Design Collection. I'm told the exclusive designs are made "in-house," meaning you won't find these cute and trendy styles anywhere else, like this sequin striped tee ($19.80) or this satiny palette top ($22.80). No designer names or knock-offs, just fun, affordable fashion.

UPDATE: I've decided to remove the product photos that Forever 21 sent me to avoid confusion because I can't find all the items online. To see all available styles, please visit

Jason Wu for Target: What Did You Get?

I took a break from preparing for our Super Bowl party yesterday morning around 11 a.m. to check out the Jason Wu for Target launch and was surprised to discover near-empty racks at the two stores I visited. I underestimated the demand for this launch, but I guess we've entered a post-Missoni era in which this has become the norm. As is The Budget Babe tradition, I tried on what few items remained on the racks and snapped some pics, though none of the items were my size (sorry for the dismal photos and my distracting leopard print pants, I had expected to try on some Jason Wu skirts but none were available). Then, as I was leaving the women's department, I noticed someone had returned one size small top - the navy floral tank - so I scooped it up. Yay!? I then headed to a second Target store in my area but that one had been cleaned out too. A store associate told me shoppers lined up before the doors opened. Target's Twitter folks told me Jason Wu will be restocked on-line later in the week but not in stores. Follow @TargetStyle for up to the minute updates on that in case you missed out and are hoping to purchase something.

What was your experience? Did you shop in store or on-line? What did you get? From your tweets, Facebook and Instagram messages I know many of you made out pretty well, and I applaud you! It is what it is, so I'm not stressin'.