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Marimekko for Target


This Over the weekend Target released their latest designer collaboration, Finnish designer Marimekko. I love Target designer collaborations in general and was excited to grab a few of the whimsical pieces from a brand I had never heard of. 

I heard a good quote from one of the target execs regarding this collaboration compared to last year's big Lilly Pulitzer collaboration - the Lilly collection was a fashion collaboration with some home pieces but the Marimekko collaboration is all about home items with a few fashion pieces. Indeed, there were more prints in the non apparel items which on one hand was disappointing but on the other did make it easier to focus my spending as I did not set aside the solid amount of funds to shop with like I did last year. Since plus sizes are online only and collaborations tend to sell out online I decided to stay up for the early morning launch - plus I've been having problems sleeping lately. 

I pretty much lived in my palazzo pants from the Lilly collaboration last summer so I was thrilled to see them make a comeback with Marimekko and grabbed the two floral prints. As my stuff arrives this week I'll try on and review but I did stop by and visit in store and I think the quality, length and weight are the same as last year's pants so I am hopeful the fit is as well. It seems the faux drawstring has been removed from the design - yay! Each pair was $29.99. 

I also grabbed this blue tunic for $26.99 which should it fit and look nice I'll pair with leggings. 


I also got this $16.99 hat to wear with the matching pants and at the beach this summer. 

 
And I was very intrigued by the idea of a round towel so for $29.99 I grabbed this. 


I love this print, I really wish there had been clothing in this print. 

After some pondering I decided I needed the scarf to match the hat so I can wear it as a bath suit coverup. But also, y'all know I love lightweight scarves and it was only $16.99. Here's me wearing it today: 



After lunch on Sunday I visited the collection in store and was shocked it was still fully stocked, it look to have been barley touched. Of course, back in the early days of target collaborations this was quite the norm - when Missoni crashed the website and sold out within hours of its release it was an unprecedented event. These collaborations are meant to be in store for more than an hour, of course they are also meant to eventually sell out. I do believe online has Marimekko items still available and store availability depends upon the region. Memphis is not quite as fashion forward as other major cities but still, I expected a little more interest. 

Right now spending and more stuff is not my life focus, but if I was in more of a spendy mode here's some of the other items I would have grabbed: 

This dress is of a nice terry cloth material and is cuter and more substantial in person than I thought it would be. Plus it's only $26.99. 

I need a new bathing suit and this one is really cute at $34.99 

If you've stalked my wedding registry you may have noticed that we have a turquoise theme going with our next kitchen. And I still owe a fridge organization post but how awesome would this be instead of drinks in ugly store containers? Our condo kitchen is bursting at the seams right now so I had to pass on this $24.99 beauty. 

These are only $19.99, reversible and again go with my soon to be kitchen colors. It was really hard to walk away from this placemat set. 

If have no idea what Kubb is and unfortunately this was not in my store to see in person but as much as I love the idea of learning a new game $99.99 for one is not in my budget right now. 

How awesome would this $39.99 raft be for the beach? 

I also love this mat and think it would be perfect for all the free outdoor stuff in Memphis but at $64.99 this was something I just couldn't justify. 

This was my first collaboration when I really exhibited control vs buy all the items I wanted (please don't ask how many of the Neiman Marcus items I bought). I hope my purchases will all fit and I have some updates to post later this week. In the meantime, check it out yourself! 












Memphis Fashion Week


Yes, that's right little ole Memphis is cool enough for its own fashion week and this year I finally had the chance to go. 

This year fashion week consists of two shopping events, one VIP party and two fashion shows. Being my first year attending I wasn't quite ready to jump in and purchase VIP tickets to the entire week but did grab a general admission ticket for the Friday night featured designer show. General admission tickets are $50 and include seating on a first come, first serve basis and beer and wine. 

The year's featured designer show was held at The Cadre building downtown. Check in was easy and then my friend Ryan and I posed for a pic by the entrance 


Also near the entrance the people at Kendra Scott we're hosting a jewelry pull. Items were boxed up and a $50 donation to the Memphis fashion fund allowed participants to select a box which  contained an item up with a retail value between $50 and $195. Since all of the jewelry has a classic look and there isn't a piece I'd have been displeased with I decided to participate. I went going in saying I hope for a pair of earrings (retails $65) but I couldn't resist a box that felt heavier. 


I wound up with this: 


Woohoo! 


I also received a coupon for a 15% discount towards my next purchase. 

We then sought out some seats and grabbed two spots in the 2nd row by the middle of the runway. Front row seats are reserved for VIP ticket holders so it pays to be there early. Each seat had a beautifully designed program with information about the week's events and a few discounts at some of the week's sponsors. 


Since we did get there early we had time to grab some wine and mingle before the shows started. Wine, beer and cupcakes were available to general admission attendees while VIPs had a special area serving small bites and cocktails. Soon it was time for the show. 

First up was J Brand Jeans sponsored by Indigo (they are located at Saddle Creek in Germantown). J Brand was mostly casual clothing and featured lots of neutrals, white lace tops and long statement necklaces with natural elements. Very nice but simple weekend attire. 


After each designer there was a 15 minutes break / wine opportunity. 

Next up was Faherty Brand presented by Oak Hall (located at poplar and ridgeway in East Memphis). This featured both men's and women's looks in what I would describe as an earthy , casual vibe. 


3rd to walk the stage was Abbey Glass presented by Joseph (at Laurelwood shopping center in East Memphis). This designer was very bright silks with lots of floral prints. Absolutley beautiful to look at   but without a doubt ladies who lunch (not me) type of clothes. 


Finally, the evening ended with Hailey Page presented by Maggie Louise Bridal (in Collierville). The gowns were beautiful but honestly I was a little worried I'd get dress envy; as nice as they were I still love my dress more than anything I saw. 


Overall it was a fun evening. I had been worried that I'd stand out as a frumpy mess being plus size and unable to buy a $400 outfit for this event and while there were people there dressed to impress I didn't feel out of place on the crowd. 

Based on what I saw on Instagram it looks like Saturday night was even better. I hope to make it out to one or more event next year and I may even spring for VIP tickets. 









Kendra Scott Color Bar Experience



A few weeks ago I was at an event and a friend was wearing the most lovely tassel necklace. I don’t know why but I am pretty much a sucker for tassel anything so obviously I was interested and she was kind enough to inform me that it was from the Kendra Scott color bar. I’ll admit, when it first hit the scene I thought the concept was ridiculous - costume jewelry earrings for $60 . . . no thanks. But the reality is that there are plenty of brand that sell costume jewelry at this price point such as Kate Spade and Stella and Dot and while they are not something I purchase every week I do purchase them and have been pleased with the quality and versatility of the pieces. Plus let’s face it, I like pretty things. Needing a gift for my mother in law seemed like the perfect reason to stop in and check out the recently opened Kendra Scott store just a few miles from my home.

The store was very bright and everything displayed nicely, and there was plenty of friendly staff on hand to offer assistance but mostly we were left to our own devices to have fun exploring the products and trying on pieces.  In the back of the store is an area known as The Color Bar. 

Kendra Scott jewelry has a very simplistic look. Most pieces consist of a colored stone in a metal setting. Although there are several different setting designs the signature look is a long oval stone. 

The Kendra Scott look: 


While already made pieces are on display and available to try on around the store the color bar allows customers to choose a setting / stone combo. There are iPads to use or books for the less tech savvy. Also, they had wine and cupcakes - yes! 

  
Step on is to pick the base, this was easy because I already knew I wanted the tassel necklace but there areutilple types of necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets available. The second step was too choose a metal; Kendra Scott offers four types - gold, silver, rose gold or gunmetal. I was torn between gold or rose gold. 


Next, it's time to pick the stone - which is the difficult part because there is a lot to choose from and they are all so pretty. I narrowed down my selections to
Mother of Pearl or Chaledony; one thing I really appreciated is that they gave me several of each stone to choose from so I could pick the one with the coloring that appealed to me the most. 


Once my selections were complete it was time for the associate to put it all together. One word of caution - color bar purchases are final sale. 

For the gift there was actually an item in store that I deemed to be just right so my necklace was the only color bar purchase of the day. Both were boxed up with bows and bagged - this bag would make a nice gift bag for sure. Hint to the guys, especially mine- this means no gift wrapping for you. 


Each piece comes with its own store bag, which is cute and of nice quality. This stuff is definitely way nicer than typical costume jewelry and is nicely presented as a gift; I hope my mother in law likes the item we got for her birthday. 

Here's my self gift: 


I've worn it twice already and know that I'll be back for more. Plus, I heard that you can get an item for 50% off during your birthday month - I'll for sure take advantage of that! 










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