If you're shopping for that perfect, glitzy holiday party dress, hightail it over to T.J. Maxx at Knollwood Center in St. Louis Park (by far the Twin Cities' best T.J. Maxx for designer apparel and handbags). Just to the left of the entrance, in the "runway" department, you'll find a great selection of Alice + Olivia dresses - black with silver studs, gold sequins, and more. They're still not cheap, but within the realm of reason (especially if your calendar is full) at around $199. I also could easily have bought a couple of Alice + Olivia sweaters and some pieces from Theory.
And while you're there, check out the toy section for some great buys. I've paid as much as $16 for the Baby Buzzer I like to give as a newborn gift. T.J. Maxx had it for $6.99!