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As always, Target brings us more designer collaborations to look forward to, with Loomstate for Target launching on earthy day (April 22nd) and Ashley Paige coming in summer of 2009

The Loomstate collection will be a first in Go International Designer history, as this will the second time Rogan Gregory will design a collection for the retailer. Priced from $14.99-$44.99, and the eco-friendly line will be available for both men and women.

L.A.-based swimwear designer Ashley Paige will design a 11-piece collection for the retailer, called either Ashley Paige for Target or Bikini Love. Styles will include crochet detailing and monokinis.

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The cold weather is here to stay, and we admit that we’re prone to resorting to Uggs and a bulky ski jacket to brave the blistering New York City winter. However, just because the weather is frightful doesn’t mean that you have to look that way too! Plus, with all of the holiday parties you’ll be sure to snag invites to, you’ll have to be prepared to look your best from the moment you walk in the door. Luckily, Fashion Pulse Stylist is here to help! We’ll tell you what to wear so you’ll look more like a snow goddess than a bundled up Eskimo!

The central feature of this look is most definitely the coat. The other pieces should be built to compliement this crucial item. A white or cream coat is chic and feminine, and will give the look a decidedly pristine finish. We love the wide collar and flair of this wool blend Kenneth Cole Reaction Coat, $159.99 (originally $280) at Bluefly.com. What better way to contrast the white coat than with Lipstick Red Leather Gloves from Mulberry (about $200)? We think the bows on the gloves are the perfect touch for this dainty look.

The fashion flair of the second half of the coat is just asking to be paired with a skirt or dress underneath. The metallic surface and tulle underlay of the Izzy Skirt, $38.50 at dELiA’s, is a great holiday look, and should be layered over a simple tank like this American Apparel Tri-Blend Racerback Tank ($19) in Athletic Grey. Next, add this Sequined Embellished Cardigan, $36, from Forever 21. The bow belt and black sequins will make you look more appealing than an actual present!

Of course you’ll need tights that will keep your legs super-warm. We recommend these Marled Sweater Crochet Tights, $18 from Urban Outfitters. For boots, there’s nothing that combines durability and style as well as Frye boots. These Elizabeth Wings Boots, $648 from TheFryeCompany.com, will keep your feet dry in any winter condition that the weather may throw at you, but still look very sophisticated. For an inexpensive shoe, check out these Etienne Aigner Venezia Boots, $178.50 at Zappos.com.

Now for your crown — ear muffs! These white and fluffy Juicy Couture Luxe Fur Earmuffs, $95, are certainly fit for a snow goddess like yourself!

–Sarah Ferguson

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Whether you’re getting ready for a much needed vacation, gearing up to brave the cold, or getting ready for holiday parties, we’ve found the perfect sample sales for you! So stay warm, dress to impress, and save money!

  • For those of you lucky enough to escape the cold on a beach vacation this month, you’ll need new swimsuits and mesh chemises. Eberjay is offering these essentials  plus their intimate apparel for under $50!

12/2, 9-7pm, 11/3, 9-5pm; 180 Madison Ave

  • Those of you who won’t be escaping the cold need cashmere, and you can get it for 75 percent off at Mulberry! The sale also includes leather wallets and Jonathan Kelsey for Mulberry heels.

12/4-12/5,  10-7pm; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St., 5th flr.

  • Be the belle of the ball at all of your holiday parties by adorning yourself with unique brooches, bangles,  and necklaces from Alexis Bittar. Prices range from $20-$200.

12/5-12/6, 9:30-7pm;  153 E. 60th St.; Cash only

  • We think that Botkier boots and leather handbags are essence of cool, and they’re even cooler at 75 percent off!

12/4-12/5, 10-7pm, 12/6, 11-6pm, 12/7, 12-6pm; 117 Mercer St.

  • The Denise Williamson showroom is offering Nili Lotan jackets for $100 (were $750) and $850 Gilded Age cashmere sweaters for just $150. The sale also includes great deals on Mara Hoffman, Operations, FORM, Nobody Denim, and Blueblood apparel.

12/5, 8:30-7:30, 12/6  11-6pm; 119 Mercer St. Suite #2S

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pickofthedayWe’re constantly on a search for “dressy dresses” that don’t cost us our entire month’s pay, but still look uber-expensive. We most definitely discovered this important component in the Belted Ruffle Front Dress for only $46. Although this is a tad bit more than we’d want to pay at our beloved Forever 21, the yellowish/green hue of the dress is amazing, its actually silk,  the ruffles are well-crafted, and the belt gives it just the righ amount of sass. We’d definitely wear this to a formal occasion or to the upcoming New York Fashion Week in February, and if someone compliments us on it, all we have to say is “Thank You”.

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picture-4We’ve pulled together some of our favorite sales and discounts on the web, with most of them being offered only for today, Cyber Monday:

Singer22.com: 20% off sitewide via coupon code “TURKEY20″
Old Navy: 20% off via coupon code “SAVENOW”
Gap, Old Navy or Banana Republic: free shipping via coupon code “ONEDAY”
J.Crew: extra 30% off markdowns via coupon code “EXTRA30”
Martin & Osa: Extra 30% off your entire order via coupon code “64173496”
American Eagle Outfitters: Free shipping sitewide
Ralph Lauren: Extra 30% off, even on sale items, via coupon code “HOL2008″ or “GIFT2008″.
RevolveClothing.com: Extra 25% off via coupon code “notcotlovesrevolve”.
Piperlime: 20% off via coupon code “MONDAY”

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We saw a tremendous amount of exposed zippers on the runway this season, our favorites being from the fabulous Proenza Schouler spring/summer 2009 collection (pictured). Naturally we know right away that we had to participate in this trend, so we pulled together some affordable items that will help you get that exposed zipper look.

We’ve already purchased the Exposed Zipper Top (features a zipper down the back), $18.99 and  Zippered Leggings, $16.99, both from Charlotte Russe, although we definitely wouldn’t wear the two items together. picture-3We were thrilled to find zippered leggings that didn’t cost $100, likes the coveted LNA brand ones, and the slight batwing sleeves, buckle-waist, and longer tunic length give the exposed zipper top a very of-the-moment aesthetic.  Next up we found the Kensie Double-Knit Dress at Dillard’s for $49 (was $98), which most certainly channels mod-chic and also has a zipper down the back. Last of all, we foudn the splurge item — the  Marc by Marc Jacobs Runway Exposed Zipper Dress, on sale for $199 (was $328) at eLUXURY.com. The cool blue color and tiered fabric gives a pulled-together, ladylike look, then turn around and go a little grunge with the exposed zipper surprise.

Julia DiNardo

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Enhance your holiday look with a little sparkling glitter on your wrist with this Marc by Marc Jacobs Crazy Bow Cuff for $58.80 (was $98) at NET-A-PORTER.com. It will enhance pretty much any casual or dressy look — we’d love to pair it with this D&G Dolce & Gabbana Peter Pan Collar Top ($112.50) and the Marc by Marc Jacobs Charlie High-Waisted Jeans ($100, both NET-A-PORTER.com). Add $12.50 for s&h.

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