:: Lillygeddon ::

Lilly Pulitzer said “Palm Beach is a state of mind,” but that was the furthest state of mind in Dallas when Pink Sunday launched.

On Sunday morning I arose in a flash, threw on my clothes and forewent make-up. Yes, this was an event unlike any other. For it was Lilly Pulitzer for Target, and I had prepared, studied, and stalked like a tribute at the Hunger Games.

After an epic fail on the internet (from my understanding – shoppers hacked the mobile site and there was a frenzy when the Target desktop site crashed, but several shoppers were lucky enough to snag a few pieces via Twitter links online – I was not one of the fortunate few), I opted to head 20 minutes north to the nearest, largest Super Target and try my hand at what appeared to be the most epic shopping event since Tickle Me Elmo went on sale during Black Friday.

Upon doing my research (aka learning everything I could from friends who work for Target and calling every store in a 15 mile radius), I settled on the Super Target in Plano. I knew that staying in the Uptown/SMU neighborhood could prove to be fatal. Being a former sorority president, I did not want to face sorority girls younger, stronger, and more Lilly-hungry than myself.

I arrived at Target around 7:25 am and immediately breathed a sigh of relief – I was the only one! YES! I chose wisely!

And then I realized that I was parked outside the pharmacy entrance, and 30ish women were already stationed outside the other doors. Great.

I saddled up in line, and shockingly, made a few friends. Another line began forming outside the Pharmacy section (women who still had on Juicy jogging suits – while I obviously love those, I reserve them for special occasions only a la backstage at a pageant or at my home on a weekend). Luckily, one of my new buds worked at another Target, and had friends at this location, and we were told that only one door would be opening and it was ours. YES! By 8:00 am, more than 50 people (husbands of crazed wives included, and provided specific instructions) were lined up outside the door.

After making a few more friends (with honeymoon suggestions!), we began moving into the war zone in a single-file line. Perhaps some women were too embarrassed, but there was a combination of a lot of quick walking, jogging, and for myself, a full on sprint towards the colorful, well-priced summer clothing.

I knew coming in to the store that if I left with nothing else, I needed the Nosie Posie maxi dress. Upon dashing to the women’s section (everything was divided up) I immediately spotted the maxi and scored the last small, grabbed a hat I wanted, and snagged a 7 in the pineapple sandals. I Didn’t even know I wanted those but so glad I got them! If you had looked up, you would have seen brightly colored patterns flying around you as everyone was doing 100 meter sprints from one section to the next.

I wanted a pair of the palazzo pants, but was letting fate decide for me, and fate said I needed the green and white pair – the last XS on the shelf. No time to decide if you loved it or not, you could choose later. I headed back to the housewares section and scooped up a white and gold tasselled beach blanket. The plates and hammocks were adorable, but I am working on our registry right now and just knew that there was not room in my home (to share with a boy) for them.

As my hands were full (I didn’t even have time for a bag, so my arms were overflowing), I sat down to go through the spoils of war. I had snagged a shift dress along the way (literally found it in the floor as I ran to housewares), and was offering it up to anyone who wanted it. You would have thought I had brought filet mignon to the dog park. Women began shouting and screaming and I threw it to the first woman. She was very kind and said thank you, tacking on how nice I was at the end. Had I been at a Target in Oklahoma, I’d bet 60% of the store would have been equally as kind (not accounting for the nuts – every state/city has its own batch of crazy).

I wandered back through the beauty section, but nothing more than a few hair ties, bobby pins and nail polishes were left. Knowing my Essie collection is already just that – a collection – I kept going. The only things I missed out on were the navy eyelet cover-up and a head scarf of any print. I noticed a woman in the back of the store going through her loot and she didn’t even know what she had grabbed – including two headscarves. I told her what they were and she didn’t seem to care. Bummer.

As I headed to check out at 8:20 am (yes – it happened that fast, in fact, I think shelves were cleared by 8:06 if I’m being honest), women roamed like zombies and the souls had nearly left their eyes. Many kept muttering “that was the craziest thing I have ever seen.” But, they must not have done pageants or dance competitions, so I was pretty dumbfounded at THAT being crazier than the Black Friday sales I have only imagined. I heard a few stories about shoppers dumping whole racks into their bags, but honestly I saw none of that. I was on such a mission that I saw no one and nothing.

I haven’t been that focused on something since I caught the bouquet at a cousin’s wedding in 5th grade, falsely fostering hope that I could be an incredible point guard. Priorities, people.

I left the store feeling so accomplished and exceptionally proud of my purchases. I called my parents at 8:30 am and they were a little concerned at how cracked-out I sounded. However, I knew that the ultimate bargain hunter, my mother, would be so proud of how I took no prisoners in my hunt.

Overall, I’m pleased to say I survived Lilly + Target. Now, let’s hope that Target gets it together and 1) sets a standard to agree to greater quantities and 2) has a better online  platform to navigate the next collection. Fingers crossed for you, Tibi!

Dress // Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Sandals // Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Necklace // Kendra Scott

Bracelet // Tory Burch Fit Bit

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:: 2014 ::

Cheers to a new year and thanks for following along!

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:: Merry and Bright ::

I always forget what the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is like. It’s so strange to still hear holiday music playing on the radio, yet feel like it couldn’t possibly be Christmas yet because you haven’t heard enough of it. Christmas lights still line every corner while inflatables and tiny mangers stay in the yard – yet somehow you hope they stay up just a bit beyond New Year’s Day to extend the season’s joy. With the sky turning dark so early – how can we not want just a bit of merriness and brightness to fill the air?

When winter knocks at your door, it’s easy to throw on dark layers (or in my case, flannel pajamas) and hibernate until spring. Fortunately, J. Crew always comes through in brightening up my wardrobe while still keeping me warm.

This neon green (some call it yellow – they’re wrong) tunic sweater does just that for me. I snagged it on sale last winter, but the style is so popular that J. Crew is still stocking it. That’s a sign of a staple!

Hope your days are still merry and bright!

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Top // J. Crew

Pants // J.Crew Pixie’s

Boots // Sam Edelman

Bag // Target

Necklace // Neiman Marcus

Bracelets // J. Crew, Wisteria

:: Rule Breaker ::

No peeking at Christmas presents. No white after Labor Day. No licking the batter. No reading in the dark

Some rules were made to be broken, right? Down here in Dallas, it’s hotter than the Fourth of July. Which is why anyone who tells me that I cannot wear white after Labor Day is probably not meant to be my friend. If that were true, who in tarnation would get married after Labor Day?

Half the people I associate with, which is one of the many reasons we are friends!

So today my dear friends, readers, people from Hong Kong who can’t understand my random slang via Google translate: I challenge you to eat cake for breakfast! Don multiple chains in the name of high fashion! WEAR WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY!

Because, we can.

And be happy – because today is the day that Napa meets its match! Looking forward to sharing this adventure with you! Also – send a prayer up for me on Saturday. Taylor thinks we will actually make it to SEVEN wineries.

I die. Insert boggled emoji face here.

 

 

Top // J. Crew

Jeans // Target (in stores only now)

Shoes // Nordstrom

Bag // Kate Spade (similar)

Necklace // Bauble Bar

Rings // H&M

 P.S. Special shout out to Libs for the awesome tip on locating the perfect pair of white jeans in the perfect budget range. Extra points for the not-so-basic-girl gold zipper at the bottom. #soultwin

:: A Tale of Five Targets ::

Top: Target, Skirt: Target, Booties: H&M, Necklace: Max & Chloe, Bag: Christopher Kon, Watch: Toy Watch,

Top: Target, Skirt: Target, Booties: H&M (old, so similar!), Necklace: Max & Chloe, Bag: Christopher Kon, Watch: Toy Watch, Bracelet: BCBGeneration, Ring: Beyond Baroque, Nails: Essie Marshmallow

Over the past few years, Target has collaborated with designers to create affordable fashion (and bring in a flurry of crazy, Black-Friday prepped women to kill each other over the one Size Two on the rack). Throughout the last couple of collaborations (Missoni, Neiman Marcus, Prabal Gurung…) I was in the classroom, unable to even connect to wifi and try to order something from the collection. So when Target announced their partnership with Peter Pilotto, I put on my war paint and prepared for total domination.

After calling nearly every Target in the surrounding area to select the one receiving the greatest supply, mapping out my routes and carefully selecting the items I would fight for – it all fell apart. I woke up early, and for once in my life – was actually going to arrive ahead of schedule! But even though I was on my A game, I got lost, met zero Peter Pilotto crazies, and drove to five Targets just to ensure that 70% of the collection really was only available online. Alas, another traumatic Target experience. Next time, I will play it smart and stay at home in my pajamas – fighting the refresh button rather than the rain.

I must admit, I’m thrilled that I trekked to the store and checked out the goods in person. There were a few items I had my eye on, but was not a fan once I actually touched it. Also, I would have bought a size up and was pleasantly surprised when I could go down a size. Bonus! Did you score anything from the Peter Pilotto collection?

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:: Foxy ::

There may not be a better feeling than realizing an entire outfit costs less than your watch or bag. This is one of those outfits!  I picked up this sweater, and a lamb version as well,  last year when it hit Old Navy – what an amazing find! THEN as I was perusing Target the other day, I happened upon this pair of camo pants, in exactly my size, and for a whopping $12. I have been searching for a good pair of cheap camo pants for at least a year, knowing that I did not want to spend a lot on something that I may change my mind about later. It’s rare to see me pick up a truly fad-ish item, but they are pretty bold, and not in the vegan leather pants or foiled snake print way. The last time I wore a pair of camo print pants was when I first began competing in Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen. You can read about it here, but I wouldn’t dare post a photo. After calling a local director, baffled as to how I didn’t place in his pageant, he told my mom exactly why. The dance costume was too scandalous. Now listen ya’ll, I don’t have a scandalous bone in my body, so that gave us a great big ol’ laugh for weeks! Fortunately, there’s a new way to wear camo pants, and hopefully this way will not offend anyone…

Top: Old Navy, Pants: Target, Bag: Kate Spade, Heels: Aldo, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: C.Wonder,  Bracelets: J.Crew, Playa Del Carmen Straw Market find, Gift

Top: Old Navy, Pants: Target, Bag: Kate Spade, Heels: Aldo, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: C.Wonder, Bracelets: J.Crew, Playa Del Carmen Straw Market find, Gift

:: important business ::

:: important business ::