Last week, I had the opportunity to shop newly launched clothing and accessories website, Moddeals.com. Mod Deals carries trendy junior fashions, with prices comparable to Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe. Come to think of it, Mod Deals' prices are a little less expensive than the aforementioned stores. Everything on the site is less than $20. I did a little browsing, and although a lot of the merchandise isn't really my style, I did find a few pieces that i liked.
The shipping is a flat rate of $2.99 anywhere in the US (including Hawaii and Alaska), and my package arrived pretty quickly (placed an order on Thursday, and it arrived on Monday). I bought three items- a top and two blazers- and as you can see, they packed everything in this envelope.
I didn't mind them packing everything into this rather small envelope. As long as everything is carefully packed and none of my items would get damaged, it's fine with me.
Now, on to the goodies.......
oversized tie front blouse $10.80: This is the only item in my order that fit me. I wear an XL in junior's sizes, but a Large in this top fit perfectly. I wore it to work with a pair of black dress pants and pumps and got a lot of compliments. It's very sheer, so of course I had to layer a cami underneath.
electrifying neon pink blazer $8.88 (on sale, reg. $14.80): I was hoping that this blazer fit. I've been wanting a neon piece in my wardrobe for a while, and I thought I'd found it- until I tried this blazer on. I was upset that I couldn't get my arms through the sleeves. I don't know if it was the lining in the blazer (me and anything lined don't get along. weird, i know) or my arms were just too big for it (mind you, I have big arms and broad shoulders). Needless to say, I was highly disappointed that this didn't fit.
big pocket blazer $8.88 (on sale, reg. $14.80): I used the site's pic because the red one that I ordered was entirely too wrinkled to photograph (plus it's out of stock, so I couldn't use the pic for it). I took a chance on a size Large because the XL was out of stock, and the customer service rep assured me that it was generously cut because it's a "boyfriend" style blazer. Unfortunately, it didn't fit. The XL, would've been perfect. It's a thin, lightweight material and this would've been the perfect piece to throw on over some of my sleeveless dresses for the office. Hopefully, they'll re-stock red soon.
Overall, I like Mod Deals, and I would keep checking back from time to time for new items. Like I said earlier, a lot of the merchandise is not really my style, but then again, I'm picky when it comes to fashion. I do like that they carry plus sizes also (up to 3XL), so there's something for everyone. Mosey on over to Mod Deals and tell me what you think. If you happen to find something that you like, use coupon code cheapalicious15off to get 15% off your purchase. Offer good until October 10, 2012.
FTC Disclosure: I was given a $30 giftcard to shop the site. Opinions expressed are 100% mine.
On my most recent trip to Target, I've noticed that the Kirna Zabete at Target (second installment of the The Shops at Target) displays were up. Mind you, my local stores never get the designer collabs in on their debut dates, so I was a bit surprised to see that for once, it was there. I didn't have time to try on anything, but I made a mental note of what I wanted for my next trip to Tar-jay. Hopefully, everything is still there, because I've heard that this collection is going fast. Here are my top picks from the collection, all under $50.
faux leather skirt $39.99: I had in mind to add a leather/ faux leather to my wardrobe for Fall, and this may be the one. I love the a-line cut of it, and it would look so cute with tights and ankle boots.
sleeveless tie front blouse $26.99: I can dress this up with a pencil skirt and blazer for the office, or with a pair of colored skinnies for the weekend. I try to stay away from sleeveless tops, but this one is too cute to pass up. Hopefully, I like the fit of it when I do try it on.
Deb Shops has a cheapalicious version for less than $32 (all shoes are an additional 25% off right now, regular price $42.50). Although the material is different and the spikes are less dramatic than the Louboutins, you can see where it gets its inspiration from. Plus, it's much more friendlier on your wallet!
In case you didn't know, singer Lana Del Rey will be the face and voice of H&M this Fall. Check out this behind the scenes video of Lana being photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. We also get a sneak peek of some of H&M's new fall pieces such as a pink angora blend sweater, printed leggings, a tweed biker jacket, and tweed faux leather trimmed dress. She will also star in second print campaign later in the season featuring the best of H&M's winter fashion. Images for that campaign will appear in October.
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and most people opt to put those gifts on layaway now and get them out just in time for Christmas. While layaway is a good idea for some, is it right for you? Consumer and money saving expert, Andrea Woroch, gives reasons as to why layaway may not be a good choice for everyone.
Layaway is the topic du jour in consumer news this month as big-box retailers like Walmart, Kmart and Toys 'R Us battle it out for the best interest-free payment options this holiday season. With recent announcements of reduced or eliminated fees and extended repayment periods, layaway seems to be a smart option for cash-strapped shoppers.
Though some will find the benefits of layaway attractive, there is a method to the retailers' collective madness that everyone should be aware of. So before you get caught up in the layaway hype, consider these six reasons why it may not be the right shopping strategy for you.
1. Fees may apply. Though some retailers have decided to drop the initiation fee, others are still charging. Best Buy collects five percent of the total order value while Walmart takes $5 for activating every plan. Walmart promises to refund that amount in the form of a gift card once your goods are paid off, but it's still extra dough you don't have to spend if you hold out for a sale.
2. Canceling will cost you. Should you have a change of heart or run into money trouble during the repayment period, canceling the layaway will cost you. Depending on the store's layaway policy, consumers can expect to pay a cancellation fee of anywhere from $10 to 10 percent of the original order. Canceling means you'll likely eat the initiation fee, too, which is more money down the drain.
3. Better deals abound later in the holiday season. Using a layaway program gives you plenty of time to pay off multiple gifts, but it also prohibits you from taking advantage of holiday deals. Free Shipping Day, for example, will occur on Monday, Dec. 17 and offers free shipping from over 2,000 popular online retailers along with additional discounts and delivery by Christmas. With several months to save up, you can get more bang for your holiday buck by holding off until late-season deals.
4. Spending money you haven't made yet is a dangerous move. Layaway is a terrific tool for consumers who need to be disciplined around the holidays. However, anyone who spends money they haven't yet made can dig themselves into a deep financial hole. Just because you have a few extra weeks or months this season to pay off merchandise doesn't mean you should put items on layaway that are beyond your budget.
5. Credit cards offer better rewards. If you're strict about paying off your credit card or you recently opened a new card that offers no interest for an initial period, you may be better off swiping your plastic this holiday season. Most credit card companies now offer reward perks like cash back or travel points which are likely to increase during the holiday shopping season. The trick here is to start saving cash now to help pay off that balance so you don't get stuck with mounting interest rates.
6. Price adjustments may not apply. Retailers are less likely to offer price adjustments on layaway goods should those particular items go on sale during the repayment period. Before you set up a plan, read the fine print and ask about program details and price adjustments. Some stores like Kmart are willing to extend price adjustments for your layaway items, but only within the first seven days. In this circumstance, keep a watchful eye on the store's circular for special promotions or check online for available discounts.
Fall will be here soon, and you know what that means- time to pull out that awesome legwear! Need to update your hosiery wardrobe with patterned and colorful tights? Try your luck at this awesome giveaway from Nylon Journal (formerly Sock Theory)! Here's how to enter:
Here are a few items that I picked up from Target's clearance racks on my last few trips. Everything I've found was less than $15........
Merona swim coverup $5.98: I'm such a dork. I thought this was a tunic/dress when I first bought it. I may still wear it as a tunic/ dress, just don't tell anyone (hee hee).
The Webster for Target top $14.98. Love, love, love the print of this top! I need to wear it before this summer is officially over.
Audrey Hepburn tank $4.48: Since I hate showing off my arms, I was hesitant about buying this tank. But, I love Audrey Hepburn, and I couldn't let it stay on the rack, so it came home with me. I'm just going to layer this tank under a blazer.
Mossimo "Paisley" pump $14.98: I stalked these pumps for weeks hoping they would go lower than $14.98 (I told you I was cheap, lol). I finally caved and bought them before my size sold out.
clutches $5.08 each
What have you scored from Tar-jay's clearance racks lately?