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Target TV Spot: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Have you seen the new Target commercial for the upcoming 3.1 Phillip Lim collection yet? I saw it for the first time last night on TV and it definitely caught my attention, even before I could tell what it was for. The clothing line drops September 15th in select stores and online at You can review the entire lookbook or see our real-life photos from the press preview to draw up your shopping list. This stuff is going to fly off the shelves (especially the bags) so plan ahead!

Off the Rack: Joe Fresh at JCP September Highlights

Joe Fresh at JCP

The other day I managed to take my son to the mall by myself, which as any new mom will tell you, is a huge milestone. I wanted to see what's new for fall but most of all, just wanted to get out of the house! Baby was totally content to ride in the stroller while mommy browsed the racks at JCPenney, and even had a chance to try on a couple things (and buy a few, too, which I'll share in an upcoming post). Since time was limited (never know when the little one will need to eat or have a diaper change), I honed in on the Joe Fresh fall offerings - mostly black and white pieces with a few brightly colored blouses thrown in for good measure. Trends I noticed included the return of both stripes and polka dots, camo, faux leather seen on jackets and skirts, skinny ponte pants, and animal sweaters. I tried on the bulldog sweater which is really cute albeit a bit scratchy. While I didn't buy anything from the line on this trip, I'll definitely be heading back to scoop up a few things when the weather gets cooler.

Have you shopped Joe Fresh at JCP lately? Did you like what you saw?

Fashion Inspiration: Pretty Little Liars

Fashion inspired by Pretty Little Liars

Only a week has gone by since the Season 4 finale of ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, and I’m sure I’m not the only fan already missing the mysteries, drama, deceit, and most of all - the clothes! So while we eagerly await the next fashion-packed season, why not try to channel the Liars' different styles? Whether you prefer the dark and eclectic Aria, classic and preppy Spencer, casual and sporty Emily, or girly and glitzy Hanna, you don’t have to be a liar - or a millionaire - to look like these girls.

Here's how to get each girl's style without breaking the bank (or robbing one):