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Kate Betts and Kate Novack

IS DECORATING FOR THE DOGS? When designer Kim Bull couldn’t find suitable sleeping quarters for her mutt, she started Wowbow, a line of sleek acrylic beds, below. They’re part of a new crop of fancy pet furniture that includes English-style beds from Cath Kidston (cathkidston.com) and hip variations like Fatboy’s camouflage-print beanbag lounges (muttropolis.com).

TIE TWELVE J. Crew’s Tie-of-the-Month club is the perfect answer to the holiday guy-gift conundrum. Recipients will get 12 new ties, one per month, starting in January. For $475 the assortment will include Cambridge ties made of English silk, above, as well as trendier, narrow-width ties in oxfords and plaids.

FASHION FOR ALL NOW AT WAL-MART Forget Paris and Milan. Women can now shop at Wal-Mart and stay on trend–not to mention on budget. Metro 7, the mass-market chain’s first attempt at fashion-forward clothing, includes items like velvet blazers, above, for only $29.94. Prices range from $9.94 for a sequined tank to $22.94 for embellished jeans.

STELLA GETS HER GROOVE AT H&M Hot on the heels of last year’s sellout success with Karl Lagerfeld, Swedish retail giant H&M will introduce next week another one-off line of hip fashion items, designed this time by Stella McCartney. Get ready for drainpipe wool pants, slouchy sweaters and silk spaghetti-strap dresses.

SEARCHING FOR SALES ASSISTANCE? Need a personal reminder to keep you up to date on all the sales? A new personalized Internet shopping service, Shop It to Me (shopittome.com) will alert registered consumers to upcoming sales on labels like Armani, BCBG and Burberry. Enter the ones that interest you, and Shop It to Me will e-mail you when the bargain hunting for that brand begins.

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