Monday, November 4, 2019

New at Target: Cupcakes & Cashmere Planners

While walking through Target the other day, I noticed a new endcap for 2020 Planners by lifestyle blogger and influencer Cupcakes & Cashmere. In cute prints (like Dalmatian dots and sporty stripes) these fun and functional planners are just $7.99 - $13.99 each, available in select stores and online on Target.com. You can also click here to discover some of C&C's favorite things to buy when she goes on a Target run.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Target 20 collab hits the clearance racks...

If you've been waiting for the Target 20 collab to go on sale, now's the time. Yesterday I noticed the clothing (as shown here) crammed on a rack with a 'clearance' sign, but none of the price tags had markdown stickers on them yet so I wasn't sure what the discount was. Then I went to a different Target store today... same situation (in that the tags weren't marked down) but when I scanned the tags, the markdown was 30%.

I noticed very few housewares left; the bulk of the leftovers seemed to be the Harajuku Mini kids' clothing, several Lilly Pulitzer and Isaac Mizrahi dresses, a smattering of Missoni, and the Phillip Lim trench coats and leopard print items. I didn't find anything I wanted/needed, but will keep my eyes open for deals before this collab disappears from stores.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Fab Find: Universal Thread Leopard Belt

I picked up this stylish belt at Target the other day. I love that fact that it's not too skinny, yet not too wide. It'll be the perfect "pop" of leopard for my Fall outfits without being too overwhelming (as I sometimes feel when wearing animal-print clothing). Best of all, it's just $16.99, in stores and online.

Monday, October 7, 2019

The Target 20 returns are trickling in...


Did you miss out on a coveted item in the recent "Target 20" designer collab? If so, check your local stores, as the returns are trickling in. Actually, in some stores I've noticed them flooding in, like the rack shown here that was "sold out" of most items one week then fully packed the next.

Another thing... have you noticed that the quality/fabrications have changed this time around for some of the items? I purposely fanned out the Jason Wu Cat Scarf here because this is definitely one item that I can tell the quality has gone downhill. I have the original scarf, which is made of a soft polyester that mimics the look/feel of silk. The new version of this scarf feels rough, scratchy and cheap. I also don't recall the Patchwork Missoni Sweater Dress having a "sheen" to it, and I have noticed in stores that this item (plus the matching cardigan) seem to snag really easily.

And as we approach the one month mark since the debut of this collab, I wonder how soon the leftovers will hit the clearance racks - ?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Target ditches Simply Balanced & Archer Farms...

The other day I was bummed to discover that my fave Simply Balanced brand sparkling water (at Target) has been replaced with a new in-house brand called "Good & Gather". While G&G offers most of the same flavors I've grown to love (like this Ginger Peach variety) I'll miss the tall, elegant can from Simply Balanced.

That led me to some Googling, only to find that Target is in the midst of replacing both Simply Balanced and Archer Farms with their new flagship food brand Good & Gather. According to the Star Tribune, this new line will be Target's largest in-house brand across its store with more than 2,000 products to be rolled out over the next 18 months.

With Good & Gather, Target expects to increase its overall penetration of private-label sales in the grocery aisle. The new line, which has been in the works for a couple of years, will be free of artificial flavors and sweeteners, synthetic colors and high-fructose corn syrup. Some of the products will be similar to their Archer Farms and Simply Balanced counterparts, with some will be upgrades. For example, the lime flavor in the Simply Balanced sparkling water was allegedly reformulated to taste better in the Good & Gather version. Other products are completely new and are aimed at better addressing the changing tastes of today's consumers, such as avocado toast salad kits (with the mini-toasts serving as croutons) and beet hummus.

The downside to all this? With the expansion of Good & Gather in Target stores, some national brands might get less shelf space in the process.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Fab Find: "Not to be trusted..." Tee

Calling all Target fans! Check out this adorable tee I saw in stores last week. From Fifth Sun brand, now you can show your love for Tar-shay with this tee proclaiming "Not to be trusted alone at Target". Just $14.99 online and in select stores.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Target's 20th Anniversary Collection drops tomorrow; are you ready??

With much fanfare, around 300 retrospective pieces are returning from Target’s archives for the 20th Anniversary Collection that launches this Saturday. So what can you expect tomorrow? Well according to Vox, there will be “Black Friday level” excitement for this launch. I'll assume that the Missoni offerings in particular (pictured here) will be a sellout.

Now the fine print... the Anniversary Collection will be available at all Target stores and on Target.com beginning Sept. 14, while supplies last. Designer collections and items will vary by store and purchases are limited to 5 identical items (same size and color). Prices range from $7 to $160 and will be offered in sizes XS-3X for women, S-XXL for men, XS-XL for kids and 0-3M-5T for toddlers and babies.

The designs featured in the Anniversary Collection are listed below along with the years their collabs were released:

Michael Graves (1999-2013)
Philippe Starck (2002)
Stephen Sprouse (2002)
Isaac Mizrahi (2003-2009)
Erin Fetherston (2007)
Proenza Schouler (2007)
Thakoon (2008)
John Derian (2008, 2010)
Anna Sui (2009)
Rodarte (2009)
Stephen Burrows (2010)
Zac Posen (2010)
Harajuku Mini (2011-2012)
Missoni (2011)
Jason Wu (2012)
Philip Lim (2013)
Altuzarra (2014)
Lilly Pulitzer (2015)
Mariemekko (2016)
Hunter (2018)

What's your plan, readers? Will you stay up into the wee hours to buy these items on Target.com (fingers crossed their site doesn't crash!) or try to brave the potential lines at stores?  I for one will be sitting this one out. I still have some of my Missoni items, including the candle shown above, zigzag print wine glasses and coffee mug, and outside of a few stray items by the designers listed above, there isn't anything I want bad enough to battle the crowds for.