Confessions of would-be shopaholics

Overheard exiting tonight's preview of "Confessions of a Shopaholic": "I want to go shopping!"
Ladies, have we learned nothing?
I'll leave the movie reviewing to Chris Hewitt, but at a time when we're hearing near daily news reports about how Americans are changing their ways, it's interesting to note that even after the stocks have dropped, we're happy to escape by watching other characters shop.

Roland
Pamella Roland
must be the most down-to-earth A-list designer (credit her Michigan roots?). So far this awards season, you've seen her dresses on Emily Blunt and Jenna Fischer at the SAGs; and Amy Poehler and Jessica Carpenter at the Golden Globes. And you found out about it at the same time she did. Roland tells me she never knows whether star is wearing her dress until she seems them on the red carpet. Usually, their stylists pull dresses at the very last minute (actresses love the drama) and sometimes, without even informing the designer. Unless they need custom – like Queen Latifah. "She can't really jump into a sample size," says Roland, who has done a number of dresses for the rapper/actress.
"I hate to admit it, but it really does translate into sales," Roland told me on "Shop Girls." She's flattered when her dresses get knocked off.
So far this season, she thought Emily Blunt (pictured) looked "amazing." And Angelina Jolie, who she has dressed in the past, "very boring" in her drapey numbers. "I don't think she cares that much," Roland says. The star to dress at the moment: Kate Winslet.
But first, Roland has to get her son to hockey practice.

Another week, another boutique closing. Sigh. This time it's The Good Life in Wayzata, an independent gift store and art gallery. "Economic forces make it impossible for me to continue," owner Anne Davidson told me. A closing sale is underway. Details in Sales/Specials.

It's nice to know fashion editors agree: Old Navy jeans are the best budget buy. SELF magazine editor Lindsay Huggins – aka "Denim Doctor" gave me the scoop last week on "Shop Girls." Her favorite is the Old Navy Diva jean, which she calls a universal fit. It comes in various rises and skinny, wide or boot cut. She tried it on 10 magazine staffers and said it worked for all of them. Other jeans under $50 worth trying: Gap and DKNY. Of course, Huggins isn't giving up her premium denim entirely. She love, love, loves her J Brand jeans – as do Eva Longoria, Heidi Klum, Katie Holmes and even Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Find them locally at Bluebird Boutique and Neiman Marcus. Prices start at $150. Good thing you'll have those Old Navys to fall back on for laundry days.