Marshalls “Behind the Seams” Help Me and Win!!

Listen up bargainistas! Style expert Alison Deyette, was on hand today at Marshalls for the “Behind the Seams” event. It was a chance for bloggers to learn why off-price retailers are the best way to shop for our fall must haves.

We all know that Marshalls and T.J. Maxx have designer items up to 60% off, but do you know how they are able to offer us those amazing prices?

According to Marshalls, their buyers negotiate better prices with vendors because department stores plan their inventories much lower, they overbuy and then cancel orders, or designers overproduce. All of these factors allow Marshalls and T.J. Maxx to offer the same merchandise at lower prices. They don’t advertise their designers or sales, which can also save money. And we love saving money!

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We ended the session with Alison presenting us with a “7 Looks, One Week, One Store” fall challenge. We were gifted a $100 gift card and then we were asked to use that gift card to buy anything we wanted. Then we have to use those pieces to create 7 different looks to carry us throughout the week. We are allowed to use pieces from our own wardrobes as well. Here are the pieces I picked up today.

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Now, this is important. The blogger who has the most comments by October 4th at 5 p.m. EST will win. This is where you, my amazing curvy readers, come in. If I win…you win! That’s right, the blog that wins will win a $100 gift card from Marshalls for one of my readers!! That means the gift card could be yours!!

At the end of 7 days, I will post the outfits below. All you have to do is leave a separate comment telling me what you think about each outfit. It’s open to U.S. residents only and if we win I will pick a winner using

Remember, the more you comment, the more chances we have to win!

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  • The Buxom and The Beautiful

    this is fun!! and you're going to win! I'm loving that black cowl neck top and the flats. Can't wait to see whats next.

  • Rai

    Oh that's cool! I love Marshalls!

  • MJ

    That's so much fun!! And I know I love me some Marshalls! I'll be sure to check your outfits out! 🙂

  • TheNotoriousZAG

    That's cool, good luck!! I've been stalking your blog for a while now, and will be checking in to see how you rock those looks!

  • Rebecca

    Can you give Marshall's some feedback? MORE WOMEN'S SIZES!!!! They generally have half a store of regular sizes and a single rack of women's sizes. I love shopping there, but would do so far more if the selection were larger in my size!

  • Christina

    I Love those flats and the purse!! Great choices!! Cant wait to see how you wear the outfits! 🙂

    -Christina <3

  • Still Redheaded

    Love love love those flats!

  • Cid Style File

    Cool! I haven't been able to visit my local marshalls or tj maxx since I hurt my ankle. I was so bummed I couldn't make this event either. Well you know I'm on Team C&C so if you win. Hmm should get that gift card…not hinting or anything….LOL

  • Theresa

    I wish Marshalls had more plus sizes. Their accessories are great, though!

  • Theresa

    I forgot to mention, that I like your choices, they are great basics pieces!

  • Alexandra

    Love ballet flats!!! Super cute! Are they really comfortable? I know some flats can fit like a glove while others rub in all the wrong ways.

  • princessvalecia

    Cute outfit I'm a fan of all black I normally don't do animal print but those flats are adorable. I've been seeing a lot of bloggers checking out the Jessica Simpson shoes hmmm wonder if I can fit them I have a pretty wide foot! I love ballet flats!

  • LivinginDomesticity

    I love animal print flats. I always have a t least one pair. A great pair of leopard flats really makes an all black outfit!

  • Fabby

    Great pair of flats, I need to add those to my closet! Can't wait to see your other looks.

  • Lex – @laprimera

    I want those shoes!

  • misscaseylee

    Awesome finds! I loooooove the flats! I don't have a Marshalls in town, but I go to TjMaxx and spends hours there. I look in every section because you never know what you'll find out of place! 🙂

  • Return to Sender

    YAY! I love Marshalls!! You are having fabulous give aways, dearest.

  • Sabrina

    This just reminds me that I need to get over to Marshalls, I haven't been there in so long.

    I love that cardigan you choose and the flats. I can't wait to see all the different looks you out together.

  • FashionPlus3(Mickey)

    I can't wait to see how you style those great pieces, I die for those effing flats! lol!

  • Natalia

    great choices! :o) you rock.