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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘kohls’
Posted: March 21st, 2014

Polka dot heels

Shoes, dresses, skirts, tops — you name it, dots are on it. I’ve probably had polka-dot something every year since I’ve been a kid. The dots are on point this spring too. Many shoes — colorful shoes have dots. And the dresses are everywhere. The retro-style heels at left are from Rakuten – about $48. I found some yellow dotted dahlings but lost the link.

polka dot dress

Dresses with dots are all over InStyle magazine and local stores. Here’s link to dots on everything from shoes to coats in InStyle

Here’s one — at left –from Dress Barn– about $46 but you can get coupons that drop the price. Those dots are a little large for me, but Eva Mendes has a new collection at Kohls, and it boasts a lot of dots. See it here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: December 27th, 2013

Big Sale sign in red over white backgroundI shopped Dec. 26 for the first time in years. Crowds were minimal — which is not what retailers wanted to see. More on that later. Here are some deals that I found:

If you want a Christmas tree, ornament, card or anything that screams Christmas for your home, you can find it at up to 75 percent off. I got an ornament for a quarter. A 4-foot tree was $16 at Kohl’s. This won’t last long.

Jewelry sales were fabulous almost everywhere. I got expensive earrings for $8.

I did not get a screaming deal on the snowshoes I bought, but I should have bought them last year.

I was disappointed  in a couple retailers. One store offered a BOGO at half price on shoes and boots. I was in there before Christmas, and a pair of booties was $49. Yesterday, that same pair of booties was back to its regular price of $69 — an increase of $20, but they’re offering me another pair at half off. Frankly, I’m insulted. That’s not a deal. Now, they’ve lost my trust, and I’ll get boots and booties somewhere else.

Meanwhile, if I order boots online, I can get free shipping. Need a coupon? Just Google the store on your phone, computer or tablet, and voila — you can get codes — lots of codes that you can use online. You can also present your phone’s linked coupons and codes — via text or e-mail —  to cashiers who will scan them in for you.

Coupons are in the newspaper today, but if you forget your hard copies, here’s a link to Macy’s coupons.  And here’s a link to Peeble’s coupons. And a link to Kohl’s coupons is right here.  And here’s the link to JCPenney.

Other than the sales on stuff that’s been around for awhile, I found some really cool styles for spring. Florals, stripes and chiffons are everywhere, and I like it.

Now what are the economists saying about our shopping habits? Yesterday, Forbes released a retail report that says e-commerce was a big salvation for all the major chains — the stuff that drove UPS and FedEx nuts. Read the report here.

I don’t think retail analysts are giving enough credit to a savvy public — we want bargains. And if we can get them by going into the store or shopping online, we are going to get them. I have gift cards, and I am shopping sales. To check out more deals, visit Dana Massing’s blog Cheap in Erie. She has some links to great savings.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.


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Posted: May 17th, 2013

sun2I have seen this idea in a lot of places, but the folks from Kohl’s sent me some really cute and inexpensive choices for sunglasses shapes that flatter your face for $17 and up. Here they are:

If your face is round: Create contrast, wear square or rectangular frames that are slightly wider than the broadest part of your face.  These floral shades at left are from L.C. Lauren Conrad at Kohl’s for $18 — on sale.

squareIf your face is square: Choose sunglasses with a higher top than at the bridge with oval or round frames that soften facial features. These babies at left are only $11 on sale at Kohl’s.

longIf your face is long: Choose angular and squared lenses. Try on those bad boys at right from Apartment 9, $13 on sale at Kohl’s.


If your face is oval: Anything goes. These cool Candie’s Retro Florals are $14.99 at Kohl’s.

cats eye

If your face is heart-shaped: Choose a pair that adds width to the lower part of the face. Glasses that are wider at the top and narrower at the bottom — aviators and cat-eye sunglasses are good choices. Check out these Cat’s eye lenses from Apartment 9 for $12.99.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom of three and step grandmom of one.

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Posted: April 12th, 2013

froggie bootsThis week I found must-have rain boots and sandals — for the April showers and May flowers.

I really liked these boots at left, but then I discovered they were for kids. So I searched for them for women, and I found them. They are on sale at Bootshop for $49.95 on Amazon. There’s also a ladybug version — see below. They are a little childish looking, but I would wear them to shovel snow and garden, and they make me laugh just looking at them.

The kids’ versions are at Kohls for $32.99 — if I can get my feet into them I am buying them. And I have a granddaughter who must have these, but she might prefer the Minnie Mouse rain boots ($24.99) at Toys R Us.

ladybugminnieI am now being stalked by frogs, ladybugs and mice on every website I visit. In spite of that, I discovered some blingy sandals for $16.99 at Zulily – the sale ends in two days, and my size is gone. Never fear — Zulily has a lot more sandals in stock. Anyway, they all appear to have plenty of lily padding — haha! Happy Fashion Friday!

ZulilyPam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 

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Posted: March 26th, 2012

If you can’t find a doll that hits the mark for your daughter, try Go! Go! Sports Girls Dolls.

Right now, 13 multi-racial dolls swim, dance, run, participate in gymnastics, play basketball, softball, golf and tennis — (see Gracie the tennis player at left). They retail for about $20.

Jodi Norgaard, president of Dream Big Toy Company, a Chicago-based business, sent an e-mail to Erie Times-News reporter Dana Massing that described how difficult it was to find an appropriate doll for her 9-year-old daughter. Jodi Norgaard decided to create her own– the Go! Go! Sports Girl doll collection.

The Go! Go! Sports Girls are plush, sports-themed dolls that look like girls, not women. Jodi Norgaard spent two years launching the product that started with the 2008 debut of the Tennis Girl doll at the U.S. Open in New York. Get this: 500 dolls sold out in six days.  These are real dolls all right — built to the real measurements of Jodi Norgaard‘s daughter and friends.

The dolls have won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, and been featured almost everywhere including the Today Show. Parents.com calls Go! Go! Sports Girls one of “The Coolest Toys From Toy Fair 2012.”

You can read dozens of national articles about them right here.

The dolls are currently available at retailers nationwide through a variety of online vendors. That includes  Toys R UsAmazon.com,  SportsUnlimited.com, Kohls and Sears.

Perfect timing to get all dolled up for spring holidays. I want one for my granddaughter, of course.

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Posted: December 1st, 2009

I’m not your typical Black Friday bargain shopper. There is no bargain,  no amount of money, that is is worth standing in line for hours on end, camping in front of an electronics store on Thanksgiving night or fighting with angry shoppers for.

I don’t even like shopping in general anymore because I just don’t have the time or energy for it.

And, yet, every Black Friday, there I am with the sister and the sister-in-laws and my mom and nieces (those old enough to keep up) standing in ridiculously long lines that snake to the back of the store.

I have to go. It’s tradition.

Truth be told, I’m in it for the free lunch and frozen margaritas (my mom always buys us lunch at Ruby Tuesdays…it’s tradition, you know).

Over the years, we’ve seen the local department stores make huge improvements in their Black Friday customer service strategies. Old Navy has a couple of employees to entertain & play games with customers in line (they even hand out coupons you can use at the register). Kohl’s has two lines that serve the two groups of registers and, most importantly, an employee who feeds those registers one shopper at a time and stands guard to be sure things don’t get unruly.

And, then, there’s Target.

This is the store that I now consider the epicenter of Black Friday Hell in Erie, Pa.

They’ve got bargains, no doubt. But a cart? You’re going to have to steal one or find one that was abandoned by a shopper who gives up on the 19,000 long lines to the registers.

The lines at Target (and this is two years running now) are not only long, but completely unorganized and chaotic. There were some people standing in looooooonnnngggg lines (I heard for up to 90 minutes) that were supposed to be feeding 5 or 6 registers, but…then, some people would just get in line at those registers, completely unaware that they were “cutting.”  The ones in the long line got angry at the “cutters” and the yelling and heated discussions began.

Another incident this year stuck in my craw. The manager (I’m assuming it was a manager, but I don’t know that) actually came out and asked the two black guys in front of me if they had cut in line. Now, why single them out….all these people (including myself and my posse) had supposedly “cut,” too?  Maybe it was nothing, but it bothered me.

The bottom line is this: Target should have had an employee (or two or three) managing the lines up front and keeping shoppers orderly instead of allowing angry, tired, crabby shoppers to fight it out for themselves.

I don’t care what kind of bargains they have next Black Friday, I won’t be shopping at Target on Black Friday until they get their crap together. (They are what Kohl’s used to be.)

Despite my lousy experience at Target, I had a successful Black Friday shopping day, crossing off nearly everyone on my list which I now keep on my oh-so-handy Blackberry.

Did you go Black Friday shopping? Any nightmare stores we should avoid? Any stores who had their stuff together and are worth a stop next year? Post a reply!