Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Look for Less: Overstock.com vs. Threshold

This installment was inspired by a recent purchase of mine at Target. The pillow on the left - in a pretty lemon-yellow Greek Key print - is from Overstock.com and will set you back $32.99. Not bad, but it's not as good as the 2-pack of Threshold yellow Greek Key pillows on the right for just $29.99 (which I actually scored on clearance this week for only $19.99!).

Friday, August 28, 2015

Double-Take: Steve Madden vs. Mossimo

This post by The Budget Babe inspired today's double-take, where we take one item from Tar-shay and match it up against a lookalike - yet pricier - designer piece. Here we have two stacked-heel, lace-up granny boots in deep navy. Both are on-trend for Fall, but one pair is by Steve Madden (at Nordstrom) and will set you back about $159, whereas the other is by Mossimo (at Target) and will only set you back $34.99. Which one is which? The answer appears in the comments section below.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New at Target: Brooklyn & Bond

I discovered Brooklyn & Bond via this post on Apartment Therapy, who featured their sheet set in a post on "Classy & Classic" dorm room decor. A little digging led me to their Facebook page, which reveals this Target-exclusive brand dubs itself as "Bedding that you can eat, sleep, think, and play in" and "Inspired by classic mens shirting." Focusing on bedding, blankets, curtains and throw pillows, you can check out the entire Brooklyn & Bond collection here on Target.com.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New at Target: Sonia Kashuk's Fall 2015 Collection

Sonia Kashuk is at it again with her Fall 2015 line for Target, which features a new skincare collection, fan-favorite brushes and of course, on-trend cosmetics. Sonia seems to have taken inspiration from Target's Plaid Takeover with the plaid-packaging on her Grand Bazaar Collection (shown here).

Beauty buffs and skincare-savvy guests alike will love Sonia’s new cleansers, toner and mask—all of which have been carefully formulated with innovative ingredients to deliver effective results—and chic new color palettes that feature warm fall shades like marsala, cinnamon and bordeaux.

Sonia Kashuk’s Fall 2015 collection is available now at Target and on Target.com, with prices ranging from $4.50 to $36.99.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fuzzy Target Math...

Consumerist has a running joke about "Target Math". Their latest installment shows yet another example (shown here) and ponders why you'd buy one box of 10 Zone Perfect bars when you can buy two boxes of 5 for $1 less. For a collection of "Target Math" stories, check out the archive.

Five years ago, a Target employee wrote Consumerist to explain why the chain’s pricing appears to be so crazy, and how to deal when there’s an illogical price on something that you want to buy.

“That goes for anything. If you see something marked as one price, and it scans or rings up wrong, you can tell someone and have the price corrected,” explained the anonymous employee. “It’s best to find someone on the sales floor to clear it up instead of waiting until the cash register, because the cashier is going to call the sales floor anyway.”

Monday, August 24, 2015

New at Target: W3LL PEOPLE Cosmetics

Target is pairing up with W3LL PEOPLE to offer 78 all-natural beauty items, from lip gloss to foundation to brushes. The Austin, Texas-based company is co-owned by three experts with an array of specialties: makeup developer Shirley Pinkson, cosmetic dermatologist ReneĆ© Snyder M.D. and conscious commerce marketing expert James Walker.

“Our brand combines superior artistry, state-of-the-art science and social responsibility into one chic, yet conscious, package,” the W3LL PEOPLE team tells A Bullseye  View. “W3LL PEOPLE happily takes on the challenge of proving that beauty and wellness are not mutually exclusive concepts. And as far as we’re concerned, there is no cooler retail partner to effectively reach women across the U.S. with our message and mission than Target.”

In particular, W3LL PEOPLE call their Expressionist Mascara (shown here) a "game changer", taking more than five years to reach the perfect formula. W3LL PEOPLE products are now available on Target.com.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Target to swap hot dogs for salads at "test cafes"...

USA Today reports that some Target customers will soon be able to munch on "artisan style" pizza, fresh kale salads, and pressed veggie juices rather than traditional big-box staples like hot dogs and gooey nachos.

Starting in October Target will roll out a new cafe concept: fast-casual chain Freshii will go into 9 stores, while Pizza Hut will open restaurants in 3 stores featuring a limited menu of "artisan" pies, such as margherita and barbecue chicken. And 2 Minneapolis stores will get outposts of D'Amico & Sons, a local pizza chain whose founders were semifinalists for a James Beard award in 2011 and whose menu includes toppings like organic goat cheese and arugula.

About 1,700 out of Target's nearly 1,800 stores have cafes. Target decided to go in a new direction with its cafes after hearing from customers who wanted higher-quality food and more of a fast-casual atmosphere. Currently, about 40% of Target customers visit the cafe while shopping. But the test is less about boosting that figure and more about showing customers that the brand is serious about health and wellness.

Right now, most stores feature a Target-branded cafe with a menu of decadent junk food including popcorn, pizza, hot dogs, nachos and Icees. The test markets will get rid of those options.