Monday, April 24, 2017

Fab Find: Tropical Drink Floatie

In the Dollar Aisle at Target this past weekend I found this fun inflatable drink floatie in a pineapple motif. At just $3 each, these would make a fun addition to a pool party. I also saw them in a pink flamingo shape.

Target Tries "Cart Stoppers"...

Remember Kmart's "Blue Light Specials"? They were surprise moments when a store worker would light up a mobile police light and offer a discount in a specific department of the store, while announcing the discounted special over the store's public address system. Well Target is now trying a tamer version of this sales tactic called "Cart Stoppers". As shown here, I've started to see these signs show up in store, especially on larger items like patio sets. What struck me about this sign, though, is that it isn't very helpful, as it doesn't say what the regular price of the item is, so you can't tell what sort of "deal" you're getting.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Double-Take: Jack Rogers vs. Sam & Libby

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. Thanks to The Budget Babe for first spying this dupe. One of these gold boho thong sandals is by Jack Rogers (at Nordstrom) and will set you back $117.95. The other is by Sam & Libby (at Target) and costs just $24.99. Which one is which? The answer appears in the comments section below.

Target's Car Seat Trade-in Event...

This week, all of Target's car seats are on sale. Plus, you can get an extra 20% off your new car seat purchase when you bring in an old car seat in to be recycled. Look for the big recycling bin near the customer service desk at your local Target store.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fab Find: Gilded Birthday Candles

In the Dollar Aisle at Target the other day I found these lovely gilded birthday candles. Dipped in gold and more than double the length of regular birthday candles, they'd add the perfect touch to your favorite cake. Best of all, they're just $3 for a pack of 12.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Coming Soon to Target: Pacifica Suncare

Pacifica - the cruelty-free skincare & beauty line Target started carrying a few years ago - has expanded the brand’s offerings to include sun protection. Pacifica Suncare is a Target-exclusive assortment that marries UVA and UVB protection with the elevated and potent powers of caffeine and probiotics in its sunscreens, face shades, bronzers and balms.

Each of the Pacifica Suncare products feature all-mineral SPF formulas, including the first mineral SPF 50 spray to hit the market. The products are water -resistant for up to 80 minutes, include no chemical UV absorbers and stay true to Pacifica’s mission of being vegan and cruelty-free. Plus, unlike some mineral sunscreens that leave your skin looking dry and chalky, the Pacifica team concocted a mineral sunscreen formula that not only works but makes your skin look fresh and radiant. Pacifica Suncare will be exclusively available at Target and on Target.com on May 14 for prices ranging from $3.99 - $15.99.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fab Find: Mari Mi California Collection

The other day on an endcap in the Stationery section at Target I spied a whole collection of Mari Mi merchandise with a "California" theme. It included mugs, wall art, greeting cards, and my favorite of the bunch: this state-shaped cutting board (shown here). At just $14.99 each, this would make a fun hostess or housewarming gift.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Victoria Beckham X Target: My Take

I did not plan to shop the Victoria Beckham for Target collab in person on launch day, but my BFF texted me early yesterday morning and convinced me to meet her at her local Target store. I'm glad I did, as I was able to get the elusive bee print scarf, which was one of the first items to sell out online. [Side note: there are currently over 120 of these scarves on eBay at highly inflated prices].

I also got a couple of other things, but I'm afraid they'll be going back due to sizing issues. This dress (shown) was a popular item, but unfortunately it looked like a flour sack on me. On the flipside, the dress I showed in yesterday's post seems to run small, so I'm glad I purchased a larger size online. The tops also seemed to run large - at least on me - which surprised me as usually the sizing in these designer collabs run small.

I will say that I was impressed with both the price points of this line (which seemed to run a bit lower than past collabs) and with the quality/construction. I didn't see loose strings, uneven stitching or other telltale signs of shoddy workmanship as I've noticed in past designer collabs. And the kids & baby clothes are absolutely adorable - those are the items that I'm sure will go fast.

All that said, I don't think this line will be a sellout. When we arrived at the store yesterday, there were already about 12 people in line. Once inside, we were part of at least two dozen women "swarming" the racks, and from the comments I overheard, most people were avoiding the "Wednesday Adams Dresses"  and almost the entire English Lace collection (in Blush and Mint Green).  An exception was the fun navy/white sweatshirt, but overall shoppers didn't seem to gravitate towards the ultra pale pastels.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Victoria Beckham X Target: What Did You Buy?

Whether or not the Victoria Beckham for Target collab will be a sellout remains to be seen, but I can report that I had NO PROBLEM ordering everything I wanted at about 6:15 Pacific Time this morning. In addition to this dress (shown) I also bought 3 tops.

While the Target.com site didn't seem to have any issues this time around, reports from the Mirror indicate that UK fans had heaps of trouble ordering from VictoriaBeckham.com. Online shoppers reported the site kept crashing and the checkout function kept failing.

How about you, readers? Did you order online, and if so, were you successful? Or did you brave the store to see the collab in person today?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Victoria Beckham X Target: All The Fine Print

The Victoria Beckham for Target collab drops in stores and on Target.com tomorrow, and a few of you have written me for all the nitty gritty details about availability, buying limits, etc. To that end, here are some tips from Fashionista:
  • The collection will be available to U.S. shoppers at all Target stores and on Target.com April 9 - April 30, or while supplies last. 
  • The selection and number of items will vary per store. All stores will be open at their regular posted time.
  • In addition, select pieces will be available for global customers internationally via VictoriaBeckham.com.
  • On Target.com, the collection will be available to shop in the early morning hours of April 9.
  • Some items will be available online only.
  • There are no purchase limits in Target stores. However, there is a limit of 5 per SKU per transaction on Target.com.
  • Items must be returned within 14 days of the original purchase date to receive a refund or exchange. 
  • Items purchased with a Target RedCard must be returned within 30 days of the original purchase date for a refund or exchange. 
  • For the first time ever with a Target design collab, Women's Plus sizes will be available in select stores.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Victoria Beckham X Target: Did you get a "Golden Ticket?"

My friend and fellow blogger The Recessionista is reporting that 500 lucky Target Redcard customers have received a "VIP invite" to shop the Victoria Beckham for Target collection this weekend. The "Golden Ticket" invitations enable them and a friend to attend pre-launch events on Saturday night at five stores around the country: West Hollywood Target in Los Angeles, the Nicollet Mall store in Minneapolis, TriBeCa in New York City, the Miami, Florida Target and Target in Houston, Texas. You can find more details here in her post.

Sadly, I did not receive such an invitation, despite being a loyal RedCard holder since 1999! But then again, it wouldn't have mattered as I don't live anywhere near any of the 5 stores participating in this promotion. Meanwhile, my BFF reports that she picked up this Victoria "lifestyle magazine" at her local store yesterday (as shown here). She said there were stacks out on counters in store - for free - but I've already seen them being sold on eBay for $10.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

New at Target: Thimblepress

Target has teamed up with the paper-goods brand Thimblepress on a new collab which just hit stores and Target.com. Thimblepress - known for their fanciful party goods, journals, planners, and greeting cards - brings their design aesthetic to Target with a special Mother's Day collection. I'm especially loving the little blue and green gold dot vases (shown here) which are just $12.99 for a set of two.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Target cashier questions race of girl’s doll…

This is Sophia. And this is the doll that she picked out for herself at Target. Her mom posted about the interesting comments they got from the cashier when they purchased it, including: "But the doll doesn't look like you."

The news went viral, and Brandi Banner (the girl's mother) shared her story with SFGate:
Nick and I told Sophia that after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize at Target. She, of course, picked a new doll. While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party.

We both gave her a blank stare.
She then pointed to the doll and asked Sophia if she picked it out for a friend.

Sophia continued to stare blankly and I let the cashier know that she was a prize for Sophia being fully potty trained.

The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, "Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?"

Sophia finally found her voice and said, "Yes, please!"

The cashier replied, "But she doesn't look like you.
We have lots of other dolls that look more like you."
I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with, "Yes, she does. She's a doctor like I'm a doctor. And I'm a pretty girl and she's a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?"

Thankfully the cashier decided to drop the issue and just answer, "Oh, that's nice."
This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren't born with the idea that color matters.
You can read more here on SFGate. I personally am appalled by this. I have no idea what Target store this happened at - I'm assuming it's in the SF Bay Area, as local reporter Frank Somerville picked up on it - but IMO this cashier should be reprimanded. Not fired, per se, but definitely talked to and "educated" on proper etiquette with customers.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Clearance Alert: Oh Joy! Baby Clothing

The current Oh Joy! Baby Clothing Collection is on sale on Target.com for 50% off. There's some great deals, like this adorable 4-piece "Flamingo" set for just $12.48. Check out the full collection on clearance here on Target.com, and get set for her newest baby offerings on April 9th (more details here on A Bullseye View).

New at Target: Brit + Co

Looking to get your craft groove on? Then check out the new DIY kits from Brit + Co at Target. As described on Target's website, "Start a new hobby or indulge your creativity with our Brit + Co DIY kits. No prior skills necessary, our kits are great for beginners and experienced DIY'ers alike. Make something that is uniquely you."

Ranging in cost from $19.99 - 24.99, the kits offer a variety of weaving, stamping, and knitting projects. Check out the full collection here on Target.com.

Monday, April 3, 2017

New at Target: Nate Berkus' Modern Neutral Collection

Those of you itching for Nate Berkus' latest offerings at Target need to wait no longer, as his new "Modern Neutral" collection has arrived. You can check out the full selection here on Target.com. I'm especially loving this sleek console table and metal tassel mirror. 

Victoria Beckham for Target already hits eBay...

And so it begins, dear readers: over 25 items from the upcoming Victoria Beckham for Target line are already up on eBay for resale at highly inflated prices.

So how can this happen even PRIOR to the line hitting Target stores? Well, as my friend The Recessionista explains, the launch party for this collab happened over the weekend in Los Angeles, and party attendees were able to preview and buy select items. For a full rundown of the event, check out her post here. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Target REALLY wants you to buy the Victoria Beckham collection...

The press ramp up for the upcoming Victoria Beckham for Target collab is hitting high gear. Not only did InStyle Magazine do a special feature on the upcoming line in their April issue, but The Today Show also had an exclusive interview with Victoria along with a sneak preview of the line. Now in stores I've noticed these signs (shown) placed at the entrances (when you first walk in) reminding customers that this collab drops on April 9th. Might there be worry by The Bullseye that this won't be a sellout?

Friday, March 31, 2017

Target shopper spoils the Crayola announcement...

As it's been widely reported this week, Crayola is retiring one of their crayon colors. But CNN Money has the extra scoop that the company had plans for a big announcement today, detailing which crayon would be pulled from its classic box of 24.

But before Crayola could give "Dandelion" the pink slip, an eagle-eyed Target shopper apparently spotted the announcement on a crayon box and alerted the internet. As shown here in his Tweet, the spoiler printed on the packaging announces Dandelion's retirement, along with "Name the new color for a chance to win!"

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Target employees prevent couple from losing $4K...

Consumerist reports that an alert pair of Target employees were recognized this week for helping to prevent a Virginia couple from losing thousands of dollars to the so-called “Grandparents scam.”

The couple stopped by the Target store to purchase $4,000 in Target gift cards. Unsure about such a large purchase, the employees began questioning the couple. As it turns out, the duo had received a phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer who had arrested their grandson.

“The person posing as a police officer explained to the couple that if they wished to get their grandson out of jail, they would need to purchase two Target gift cards of $2,000 apiece,”
said a Hanover County Sheriff Office’s spokesperson. “Concerned and wishing to help their grandson, the couple immediately drove to the Mechanicsville Target to purchase the gift cards.”

After hearing the couple’s account, the Target co-workers explained that they believed the grandparents were being scammed. “This simple act of kindness made the couple question their decision and they too recognized they had fallen victim to a heartless scam,” the Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said. While the incident happened back in January, the Hanover Sheriff’s Office officially honored the co-workers this week.

New at Target: Little Seed Farm Soap

Target is now carrying soaps from Little Seed Farm. This farmer-owned artisan line based in TN is produced using clean energy and with natural ingredients. Shown here is their Lavender Soap, and it also comes in Geranium Rose and Activated Charcoal. All varieties are very highly rated on Target.com, and are just $5.99 each.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Woman posing as Target employee steals $40K in iPhones...

Consumerist reports that a Target store in Virginia is missing more than $40,000 worth of iPhones after police say a woman masquerading as an employee simply walked out of the store with them. The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating the theft of dozens of iPhones after a woman entered the Alexandria Target store last week and made off with quite the haul.

Police say the woman entered the store on March 15 and was captured on security camera wearing the uniform of a Target mobile employee — a black polo and khakis. She then made her way to a back stock room, filled a box with more than $40,000 worth of iPhones, and left the store. While the woman is not believed to be a current or former employee of the store, she apparently did her homework: Authorities say she was familiar with store procedures, employee hours, and knew where the iPhones were kept.

If this story sounds familiar, it's because it's happened before. Back in October of 2015, I reported a similar story in which someone posing as a Target employee in Georgia made off with over $50,000 worth of smartphones.

Fab Find: Threshold Wicker Wall Decor

Looking to add some mid-century mod to your pad? Then look no further than this groovy rattan wicker wall decor set from Threshold at Target. This set of 4 panels is just $29.99, and while it's no longer available for purchase online, you can check the 'find in store' feature to pick up in store. And if you like the other wall art shown here, then check out the entire Black and White Global Gallery Collection on Target.com.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Look for Less: Pottery Barn vs. Threshold

Kudos to reader "Cotton Candy" for tipping me off to this one! She loved the look of this round, woven jute placemat from Pottery Barn (shown at left) but at $56 for a set of 4, she thought she could do better. So instead, she opted for the Threshold version on the right (at Target) which costs just $5.99 each.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Coming Soon to Target: Honest Beauty

Over a year ago I posted my review of select Honest Beauty products (currently available only online) and mused if/when the line would ever be available at Target or on Target.com. Well, the wait is over, because starting March 26th, Honest Beauty is coming to Tar-jay! With 30+ products covering everything from skincare to makeup, the line is created with safe, botanically driven ingredients. And it’s aligned with Target's focus on offering guests better-for-you products free of unwanted chemicals.

“We started carrying The Honest Company a few years ago and it’s been a hit with our guests. In fact, we’ve more than doubled our assortment to meet the growing demand,” said Mark Tritton, chief merchandising officer at Target. “Given their love for the brand and better-for-you products, it was only natural for us to expand our offerings to include Honest Beauty. We think guests will really love the collection and the added convenience of finding Honest Beauty at Target.”

To learn more about Honest Beauty’s pretty products and mindful mission, check out this interview with founder Jessica Alba on A Bullseye View.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fab Find: Dollar Aisle DIY Kit

How cute is this?? Yesterday in the Dollar Aisle at Target I spied this charming DIY Pom-pom Kit to make an adorable baby chick. They also have one to make a fluffy bunny. Both of these kits are just $3 each, and would make a fun craft project for little hands at kids' birthday party or Easter Egg hunt.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Double-Take: Steve Madden vs. Mossimo

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. And thanks to reader "Mag" who sent me this tip! These colorful slides are almost identical, with bright-beaded straps and a nude toe ring. But one of them is by Steve Madden (at Nordstrom) and will set you back $79.95, whereas the other is by Mossimo (at Target) and costs just $27.99. Which is which? The answer appears in the comments section below.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sale Alert: 20% Off Dresses on Target.com

If you're less than enthused about the upcoming Victoria Beckham for Target collab, then you might want to check out the dress sale on Target.com. Now through 3/18, you can save 20% off all dresses with the code DRESSY at checkout. This discount is only available online (not in stores) and applies to full-priced merchandise only.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Just In: The Victoria Beckham for Target Lookbook

A Bullseye View has just posted the lookbook for the upcoming Victoria Beckham for Target collab, and I'm not sure how to feel about it. The baby, toddler and girls clothing is cute enough, but the womens wear is a mixed bag. Divided into 5 style collections - Circus Scallops, English Lace, Clever Bunny, Pressed English Flowers and and Pop Floral - this collab is heavy on gingham, paisley, mod prints, florals, and basic black & white with pops of bold colors.

It's hard to say how sizing will run, because of course on the models everything looks perfect. The pants look cut long and lean, which means they won't be a match for me. And the looser-fitting shift dresses look rather short, so it'll be interesting to see how they'll translate to real-life bodies. On the positive side, for the first time in Target collab history, plus sizes will be offered in select stores (and not just online).

What do you think, readers? After looking at the pics, are you excited for this collab? And if so, what will you be buying?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Modern by Dwell doesn't sell that well...

Back in January I shared my opinion that I wasn't all that impressed with the new Modern by Dwell Magazine collab at Target. And I don't think I'm in the minority, as the bulk of the current collection is now on clearance in stores (as shown here in the pic I snapped  - if you look hard you can see all the little red clearance stickers!). Oddly enough, the collection isn't marked down online, so head to stores for the best price.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fab Find: Dollar Aisle Ribbon Trim

More prettiness from the Dollar Aisle at Target: fun ribbons like silver cording and fringe trim to add a special touch to packaging and presents. Available in a variety of colors and styles, at just $1 each.

Fab Find: Dollar Aisle Glitter

Looking to add a little glitter to your life? Then look no further than the Dollar Aisle at Target. For just a buck each, you can get pack of glitter (as shown) as well as sequins in a variety of colors. These would be perfect for arts & craft projects, or as party decorations.

Who What Wear sells out of some pieces...

Several weeks ago I blogged about my newfound fondness for the Who What Wear line at Target. And I guess I'm not the only one digging this collection, as several key pieces in the Spring line now seem to be sold out.

Case in point: I had my eye on this lightweight denim midi dress a couple of weeks ago, but by the time I went back yesterday to buy it online (it's not available in stores) it was already sold out. Likewise, I know that these on-trend frayed jeans used to be offered in denim blue, but now they're only available in black. So lesson learned: if you like it, buy it, as you never know how long it'll be around!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Victoria Beckham X Target on cover of InStyle...

The upcoming Victoria Beckham for Target collab is featured on the subscribers-only cover of InStyle magazine’s April issue. As shown here, Victoria looks to be wearing the same (or very similar) white shirt that A Bullseye View previewed last October. And inside the April issue, she appears alongside four mini fashionistas, each one donning pieces from the collection with motifs like gingham and bunnies. As a reminder, the Victoria Beckham for Target collab hits stores and Target.com on April 9th.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

New at Target: Suja Drinking Vinegar

Most folks have already hopped on the “sip-your-way-to-better-gut-health” trend by adding probiotic water, yogurt or kombucha to their daily diet. But the latest en-vogue trend—drinking vinegars—is just hitting the scene, and now Target is jumping on the bandwagon with the introduction of Suja Drinking Vinegars.

So why drink vinegar? Jeff Church, CEO & Co-Founder of Suja, explains: "Raw apple cider vinegar has actually been used for healing since about 400 B.C., but it’s really having a moment now—the latest trend is to drink it for a serious nutritional gut-health punch.”

And how does it taste? Well… like vinegar. [More on that in a sec]. But not to worry: Suja’s Organic Drinking Vinegars have all the benefits of vinegar, plus a good dose of probiotics and fruity flavor (thanks to cold-pressed juices). While you’d typically find these drinking vinegars at a co-op or health food store, Target’s the first mass retailer to bring the trend to the masses in a big way by carrying it in all their stores across the country.

Target is now carrying 4 flavors of Suja's low-sugar, low-calorie and probiotic-packed drinks, two of which are store exclusives. Here are the descriptions provided by A Bullseye View, plus my review of one of them:

Blueberry Lemon Drinking Vinegar (available only at Target) with hints of coconut nectar, a squeeze of citrus and a touch of cinnamon, is like blueberry cobbler in a bottle.

Grapefruit Jalapeno Drinking Vinegar (available only at Target) has a tangy citrus taste and bright color while ginger and jalapeƱo add a bold kick.

Strawberry Balsamic Drinking Vinegar combines apple cider vinegar and vegan probiotics with sweet strawberries, tangy balsamic and a squeeze of fresh lime to deliver the perfect balance of sweet and sour.

Peach Ginger Drinking Vinegar
combines apple cider vinegar with vegan probiotics for added gut health and subtly sweet southern peach, a hint of ginger and the tropical sweetness of coconut nectar to round out the light and bright flavor. This is the one I tried, and it was actually the only flavor left on the shelf at my local store. While yes, it definitely tastes like a form of vinegar, I was pleasantly surprised at the lightness and sweetness of it. As a "health drink", I didn't mind the taste at all, and it's certainly a LOT better than any of the varieties of kombucha I've tried. I don't know if I could drink a whole one (13.5 oz) in one sitting, but that's OK as the label says you can keep and refrigerate it up to 5 days after opening.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fab Find: Dollar Aisle Journals

My latest score from the Dollar Aisle at Target are these fun faux-leather journals. At just $3 each, they come in a variety of neutral shades and sport cute sayings like "take note" and "plotting & planning".

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Target shutters two big innovation projects...

Recode reports that following a disappointing holiday season, Target has decided to cut two of its most ambitious long-term projects before they even got off the ground.

One of the projects was dubbed the “Store of the Future” and consisted of a team building out a prototype for a small-format Target store that would be part showroom and part warehouse, complete with robots picking items behind the scenes to have ready for customers as they checked out.

The store was also expected to more closely integrate Target’s e-commerce offerings and include space for more experiential activities like classes and meet-ups.The Store of the Future was likely to open this year, so the decision to ax it completely blindsided leaders working on the project, according to two sources. Target CEO Brian Cornell was said to be excited about the initiative, making the shutdown even more shocking, these people said.

The other project was an internal startup called Goldfish that was building a software platform that would have the potential to someday become an open marketplace on which retailers other than Target might list goods for sale, sources said. In the near term, Target was set to first use the platform itself for a fashion site that had a social media feel. The leader of this project, former PayPal exec West Stringfellow, has told people he and his staff have been let go from the company, despite the fact that the project was set to launch next month.

Fab Find: "Things" and "Stuff" Caddies

Several months ago I first blogged about these adorable canisters, which are technically bathroom caddies but could be used in any room for holding just about anything. Well now, these cute canisters for "things" or "stuff" are on clearance at Target. When I snapped this pic a week ago, they were on sale for 30% off, and when I returned yesterday they were marked down further to 50% off.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Man accused of plotting explosions in Target stores...

This story was all over the news this week, so apologies for not posting it until now. As Consumerist reports, a Florida man allegedly hatched a plot to set off homemade explosives in several Target stores on the East Coast, with the goal to set Target’s stock into a tailspin.

According to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Ocala, a 48-year-old Ocala man was charged with “possession of a firearm (destructive device) affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon” after he went looking for help with his alleged plot.

Investigators say he offered a “confidential source” $10,000 to hide at least 10 explosives disguised as food items on the shelves of Target stores in Virginia, Florida, and New York. The suspect is a registered sex offender on probation, and as such, wears a Global Positioning Device (which prevented him from carrying out the alleged plot himself).

According to the complaint, he made bombs at home and gave them to the source to deliver as “packages” of breakfast bars, stuffing mix and pasta, along with a bag of gloves, a mask and a license-plate cover. Police say the suspect then explained to the confidential source that he would have to remove a rubber band on the exterior of each of the boxes to activate a triggering device that was inside. “[The suspect] told the CS not to let the box bounce around or they would explode,” the complaint states, though he reassured the source they wouldn’t kill anybody they would “take your hand off.”

So why would he want to bomb Target stores? To cash in. “[The suspect] theorized that the company’s stock value would plunge after the explosions, allowing him to cheaply acquire shares of Target stock before an eventual rebound in prices,” the complaint said.

On Feb. 10th, the suspect gave the unidentified person $280 in travel money, but instead of leaving on the trip, the source turned in the 10 explosive devices to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, plus the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. An explosives expert determined that the bombs “were capable of causing property damage, serious injury, or death to nearby persons upon detonation,” the complaint said. Authorities found rocket motor ignitors, M-5000 explosives, and batteries in a search of the suspect’s home. He’s now facing 10 years in federal prison.

Sale Alert: 25-30% off on Target.com

A quick check of Target.com this morning shows that the site is having a President's Day Sale: up to 30% off furniture & patio - plus an extra 10% off with the code PRESIDENT - and 25% off most clothing, shoes and accessories. The latter makes me chuckle as I was on the site yesterday and the clothing discount was only 15%, so they must have bumped it up today to try to increase sales.

If you do use the clothing discount (with the code STYLE) buyer beware: don't buy the pleated-back Who What Wear dress shown here. Although it looks lovely in pictures, I've tried it on and IRL it looks dreadful. The problem is that the pleats in back make the dress so heavy that it weighs it down and pulls to the back, which also makes it hard to cinch up the waist.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

New at Target: Oh Joy! Pet Collection

Target collaborator Joy Cho - the creative mind and blogger behind Oh Joy! - is known for bringing splashes of joy, color and whimsy to everyday life. Now she's bringing that spirit to a limited-time only pet line. Featuring a colorful array of pet toys, fancy collars, water dishes and posh pet beds, the line is mainly dog-centric (although cat lovers could make use of the dishes and beds).

Shop the Oh Joy! pet collection at select Target stores and on Target.com. But hurry—they’re only available for six weeks.

Fab Find: Easter Straws

Another fab find from the Dollar Aisle at Target: these adorable Easter-themed paper drinking straws. Each gold-striped straw has a white cotton-tailed bunny attached to it. These run $3 for a pack of 16, and simpler straws with dots or flowers (without the bunny do-dads) run $3 for a pack of 24.

Fab Find: Dollar Aisle Egg Placecard Holders

Now that Valentine's Day is behind us, Target's Dollar Aisle is bursting with Easter merchandise. Yesterday I spied these lovely gold-marbled egg placecard holders. At just $3 for a set of two, they come in a variety of pastel colors.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sale Alert: Sonia Kashuk Holiday Brush Sets

Sonia Kashuk's serpent-style brush set (and matching brush cup) are now on sale on Target.com for 15% off. The smaller brush set in a geometric black & white pattern is also on sale. You may want to check your local store first, though, for greater savings; one store I visited this week had the sets at 30% off, and another store had them marked down to 50% off.

Monday, February 13, 2017

New at Target: Method Kitchen Hand Wash

Target is now carrying Method's new odor-eliminating Kitchen Hand Wash. This "soap with smarts" is infused with herbal and citrus extracts to help get rid of stubborn food smells like onion, garlic and fish. At the same time, it's formulated to be non-drying so your hands will feel soft even after multiple washings.  Available in both stores and on Target.com, it comes in 4 different yummy scents: Basil, Clementine, Lemongrass and Thyme.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fab Find: Owl Speaker

How cute is this? It's a beech-wood owl speaker from Modern by Dwell Magazine. The smooth curves of the owl figurine help to amplify and direct sound from your smart phone. To use, just angle the speaker end of the phone under the owl. Just $21.99 at Target and on Target.com.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Michelle Obama can't wait to get to Target...

As the Obamas get back to reality and move into their new Washington DC home, CNN reports that one of the things Mrs. Obama is looking forward to is shopping at Target.

CNN states that one top priority for the former first lady in her new life is simply running errands. "I want to go to Target!" she proclaimed to Stephen Colbert in 2015. The former first lady, who called herself "more of a Target shopper" in 2008, was spotted shopping at a suburban Target back in 2011. DC's Columbia Heights location is less than two miles from her new abode, but there are multiple options in Northern Virginia for her retail desires.

Fab Find: Baby Valentine's Onesie

The other day in Target I spied this adorable Valentine's-themed onesie in the baby department (as shown here). Turns out this is actually a onesie-set (with pants included) and is part of Carter's Just One You line.  The set is just $9.99, in stores and online.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Back at Target: Merona Espadrille Wedge

Since 2014, Target has sold a popular espadrille zip-up wedge by Merona that is basically a dupe of a popular Michael Kors sandal.  Last year it was called the "Meredith", and this year's style has been updated slightly and is now called the "Ruth".  At just $29.99, it comes in Taupe (as shown) as well as Black. I love this sandal and have bought it every year since it first came out: it's comfortable and lightweight for a wedge, plus the zip style holds your foot well and feel sturdy for a heel of this height.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New at Target: Who What Wear Spring Collection

One year ago, the Who What Wear line debuted at Target. When it first came out, I will admit - I wasn't impressed. But WWW has grown on me, and I've started to incorporate more of their pieces into my wardrobe.

Now their Spring Collection is hitting stores and Target.com, with pretty details like eyelet fabric, bell sleeves, frayed hems and ruffle trim. You can check out the full gallery here on A Bullseye View. In the pic shown here, I've only seen the middle outfit (striped shirt and frayed jeans) online and in stores, so I don't think all the pieces are out yet. In the meantime, most of the WWW winter collection has gone on sale, like this long cozy cardigan (marked down to $33.98 online, but I found it for just $19.99 in stores). While it doesn't look like much on the hanger, it fits and drapes well, so I nabbed it in both colors.