Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Look for Less: West Elm vs. Threshold

Gold flatware seems to be having a "moment". Both Williams Sonoma and Kate Spade have pricy options of this trend. On the more affordable side, you could pick the West Elm version (shown at far left) at $39 for a 5 piece set.  Or you could get a similar look - and save even more dough - with the Threshold set (at Target, shown on the right) for just $19.99.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Double-Take: Houzz vs. Threshold

It's time for another double-take, where we take one item from Tar-shay and match it up against a lookalike - yet pricier - designer piece. Today we're looking at two modern glass knot sculptures; either one would make a great living room accent piece. But one of them is from Houzz and costs $42.50, whereas the other is by Threshold (at Target) and costs just $14.00. Which one is which? The answer appears in the comments section below.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Honest Company Sued Yet Again...

CNN reports that The Honest Company is being sued yet again over false advertising, this time for its baby formula (sold on their own website as well as on

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has filed a lawsuit in California claiming the company falsely labels its Premium Infant Formula as "organic." The lawsuit alleges the product contains 11 synthetic ingredients that are not allowed by federal law in organic products, including sodium selenite and taurine. The OCA also claims that some of the ingredients haves not been "assessed as safe for human foods -- much less for infant formulas."

On its website, The Honest Company says the infant formula is "meticulously blended using non-GMO (genetically engineered), naturally-derived, organic and other high-quality ingredients, sourced from trusted organic farms to help ensure pure, safe, and quality goodness."

The company told CNNMoney on Wednesday that its formula is cleared by the Food and Drug Administration and meets all safety and nutritional standards. "It is also certified USDA Organic by an independent third party, in strict accordance with the National Organic Program. We are confident this lawsuit will be dismissed," a spokesperson said via email.

The OCA is seeking a jury trial. Last year, The Honest Company was sued for alleged false labeling over the use of "natural" on some products, including its sunscreen. And just last month I reported about the false advertising on their laundry detergent.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Target Blasted for Selling "San Fran" Shirts...

Nothing says "I'm not local" in the SF Bay Area like calling San Francisco "San Fran." Which is why - as SFGate reports - it's ironic that a brand called "Local Pride" is selling "San Fran" shirts in San Francisco's City Target on Mission St.

An eagle-eyed writer at San Francisco Citizen first spotted the sacrilegious shirt being sold in the men's section among a selection of San Francisco-themed shirts, including one with a bear on it that says "CONSERVE."

Further inspection of the Local Pride brand by SFGate found it to be NYC-based and created by an Iowa native, and readers of this blog know I've blogged about it before. "This collection is about the sense of discovery," Local Pride designer Todd Snyder said in a Target press release. "We want to be your tour guide, showcasing the unique aspects of the local cities. I have visited some of the coolest spots and spoken to a lot of locals in each city that helped me design original, exclusive and fun designs." Unfortunately, Mr. Snyder knows very little about our "local pride" - or proper nomenclature - around here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

More than 500,000 boycott Target over bathroom policy...

MSN reports that a conservative Christian activist group has gained more than half a million signatures so far from people pledging to boycott Target over its transgender bathroom policy.

The petition started by the American Family Association on Wednesday raises concerns that Target's inclusive stance on transgender rights encourages sexual predators and puts women and young girls in danger, because "a man can simply say he 'feels like a woman today' and enter the women's restroom."

The boycott had more than 503,000 signatures as of Monday morning, marking it as one of AFA's most popular campaigns. "This is the best response we’ve ever had this quick," says AFA President Tim Wildmon, attributing the protest's viral nature to the fact that "everybody knows who Target is, and it’s an easy-to-understand issue." Wildmon says Target stands "to lose a lot of customers who won't come back."

But Target is standing by its policy. "We certainly respect that there are a wide variety of perspectives and opinions," says Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder. "As a company that firmly stands behind what it means to offer our team an inclusive place to work — and our guests an inclusive place to shop — we continue to believe that this is the right thing for Target." She added that hundreds of Target stores "have single-stall, family restrooms for those who may be more comfortable with that option."

Target made its position public in a blog post last week, stating that the company welcomes "transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity." The announcement comes as legislation on transgender issues in multiple states has spurred several major corporations and businesses to take a stance on LGBT rights.

Monday, April 25, 2016

New at Target: Hint Water

I squealed with delight yesterday when I discovered that my local Target store is finally carrying my favorite beverage: Hint. I became obsessed with Hint a couple of years ago - so much so that I now get it delivered directly to my door (FYI, if you order 3 more more cases, delivery is free!). But it's great to know that if I ever run out, I can just go to Tar-jay to get more. Living up to it's name, Hint comes in a variety of fruit flavors with just a hint of flavor. Their motto is "Drink Water - Not Sugar" and true to that, this fruit-infused water has zero calories, no sweeteners and no artificial flavors. And Hint comes in both regular and "Fizz" (or carbonated water) varieties.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Marimekko: What I Kept & What I'm Returning

One week into the Marimekko for Target launch, the online orders have started to come in and I can tell you what I liked and am keeping, and what I didn't and will be returned to the store.

As shown here, I am keeping the flip flops, shorts, and hat (which I just found yesterday in store). One note: on my shorts, the center seam does not line up neatly as in the stock photo provided by Target, which is a bummer.

I also plan to keep the Kaivo print beach towel and the Harko print beach tote. My shipment of the Kukkatori print tunic and the Oakariino print dress hasn't arrived yet, so the jury's still out on them. But if the fit is anything like the Terry Cloth Coverup, then I'll be returning them as the side slit is way too high to wear these as anything but a beach coverup. So far, the Coverup is the only piece I wasn't happy with and will be returning. In general, though, I'm disappointed this line didn't include more wearable pieces.

I just started a new job, so I'm only able to visit Target on the weekends these days. Of the two stores I hit yesterday, both only had a smattering of Marimekko items left - mostly in women's clothing. It looks like the pants and the kaftans are the biggest leftovers, probably due to their oversized fit. I also saw lots of the kites and the garden tool sets, as well as several beach towels. From the few swim separates I saw, it looked like the sizing ran small, so I expect more returns on the swimwear side.