I read the March issue of Allure Magazine as I got my mani/pedi on Saturday afternoon. There was an ad in Allure for TJMaxx Runway. The Runway is a department for designer fashions. So in a curious impulse, I decided to check out the neighborhood TJMaxx on Sunday afternoon. I had never been in this store. I headed straight for the Runway department. Much to my surprise and amazement, I found Missoni, Valentino, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Vivian Tam, Ralph Lauren and many other labels including True Religion, JBrand(my fave) and 7 Jeans. It is one of these places where you have to kull through all of the racks but there were some real bargains in there. Time flew by as I realized I had been browsing for 1 1/2 hours. I bought a Missoni sweater(another one of my faves), several Michael Kors tunics which could almost rival Tori Burch tunics, and a few cute tops and tshirts. I also bought an amazing pair of beautiful Italian black leather boots which zip up the front( they are like butta!) and 2 other cute knockaround pairs of sandals. The boots would have retailed for at least $600 in a department or specialty store. The price was $175. I actually went into a shopping coma/blackout/frenzy and by the time I brought my cart(!) up to the check out, I spent almost $1000 at TJ Maxx. Holy shit! Mind you I didnt try anything on. In a state of remorse I later went unshopping and returned most of it. Kept the boots, shoes, tshirts and JBrand Jeans. Restraint is the word of the week. When is this economy going to turn around? Cougar needs some serious retail therapy.