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February 11, 2020

UGG Fluff Yeah Sandal Review

I'm somewhat late to the UGG Fluff Yeah sandal hype, but now that it's on my style radar, I'm obsessed. I adore it so much that I'm sharing my thoughts on quality and sizing in this review. You may have seen Gigi Hadid, Cardi B, or Sasha Lane wearing the super comfortable Fluff Yeah sandal. In true UGG form, it's as cozy and plush as a winter slipper. The bold UGG graphic logo on its elastic heel strap sets it apart from all other UGG styles you may have seen, and gives it a sporty streetwear vibe. Wear it with workout gear, your favorite jeans, or your coziest loungewear. What I love most about the UGG Fluff Yeah sandal is that not only does it feel amazing on your feet, but it also keeps them warm (even without socks). It comes in a wide array of pretty colors, including pastels, striped multi-color versions, and dark neutrals. 





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Quality



The Fluff Yeah has a sheepskin lining and insole, making it a luxurious sandal. At $100, it's an investment, but well worth it if you plan to wear them frequently.The small platform wedge offers both height and comfort. These sandals deliver the comfort and quality that UGG is beloved for. They are lightweight but sturdy, making them perfect for travel. Shopping tip: search your favorite mobile selling apps for new and discounted versions or get them here with free shipping and free returns.

Sizing


In my experience, the UGG Fluff Yeah sandal sizing runs big. I'm a true 7 in the UGG Classic mini boots and many other UGG styles. In the Fluff Yeah, I can wear a 6. The footbed on this style is long, and the elastic is not tight on my ankle. I also have short toes, so that's also a factor in sizing down. So if you are ordering online and can't try on, my advice is to go one full size down, unless your feet are wide or you have long toes. 

New for 2020 - Oh Yeah


With the popularity of the Fluff Yeah, UGG has recently introduced a similar sandal called the Oh Yeah sandal. Confused? Don't be. It looks like a mash-up between the Fuzz Yeah and the Fluff Yeah. The Oh Yeah has two straps across the foot (like the Fuzz Yeah), and the elastic strap (like the Fluff Yeah). I'm betting that the Oh Yeah will be a top seller for UGG. It comes in nice spring/summer colors such as yellow, coral, mint, lilac (called California Aster), grey (Soft Amethyst), and black. Shop the lavender color here.  


The Look for Less 

March 21, 2020 update - Shop these UGG Fluff Yeah dupes under $20 in four colors:





March 9, 2020 update - UGG's more affordable sister brand, Koolaburra, just released an UGG Fluff Yeah dupe. It's called the Fuzz'n faux fur slipper. Shop it below under $60:




I found an UGG Fluff Yeah dupe under $65. Shop it below before it sells out:






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November 27, 2019

Winter 2020 Holiday Accessories Trend Forecast and Gift Guide

As the holiday season approaches, it's time to delve into the Fashion Snoops Holiday 2020 fashion trend accessories forecast. There are three Fashion Snoops themes for the holiday 2020 season that I'll be sharing here. They are called: Belle Noel, Yuletide Cheer, and Keepsake. Let's take a closer look at each theme, including mood boards, color palettes, and key items. With each theme, I'll be sharing holiday 2019 gift guides for each trend so that you can get holiday shopping ideas and inspiration.

1. Belle Noel


belle noel holiday 2020 trend

Inspired by the Fashion Snoops Fall/Winter 2020/2021 forecast Resonance, Belle Noel transports us to Christmas morning in Versailles. Gilded glamour is grounded by antiqued touches, highlighting a gentle color palette inspired by Rococo art and architecture. Gold finishes and floral motifs bring us into a world of wintertime decadence, grounded by a union of antiquity and contemporary.


belle noel holiday 2020 mood board


The color palette includes a saturated "teaberry" shade, pale neutrals called "vow" and "hemp", as well as a deep green named "euphoria."

belle noel holiday 2020 color forecast

The cozy beanie, mini bags, and bow barrettes are key items.


belle noel holiday 2020 key items


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2. Yuletide Cheer


yuletide cheer holiday 2020

This theme brings a joyous and bright twist to the holiday season. Pastel hues are carried throughout the story, adding a youthful sentiment that allows us to relive our childhood memories of this special time of year. Accessories are full of soft yet colorful tones and infused with cozy vintage elements, enhanced by plush textures perfect for the winter months. With its handmade elements, this story allows us to get creative with our traditions.


yuletide cheer holiday 2020 mood board

The color palette includes a saturated red called "heat glow", as well as some soft pastels and a bold pink called "fete." The Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific collection is a perfect example of the Yuletide Cheer theme.


yuletide cheer holiday 2020 color forecast

Key items are the sweater scarf, cocktail ring, and statement headband in faux fur.


yuletide cheer holiday 2020 key items

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3. Keepsake 


keepsake holiday 2020 trend


Inspired by the F/W 20/21 forecast Clarion, this story is a sophisticated take on soft earthiness. Taking influence from contemporary lodge living, this holiday theme keeps traditions alive by indulging in traditional craftsmanship that interplays with modern-day functionality and appeal. Keepsake is about mixing nature and industrial glam together to form something that can be treasured by one and all. 


keepsake holiday 2020 mood board


The color palette is earthy and filled with neutrals such as "mushroom," "secret," and "orbit."


keepsake holiday 2020 color forecast

Key items are the bucket bag, leather beret, and leather gloves.


keepsake holiday 2020 key items


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August 15, 2019

How To Shop the Target20 Anniversary Collection

By now you may have heard that on September 14, Target is celebrating 20 years of collaborative partnerships with designers by bringing back 300 designs from 20 of their iconic design partners. Go ahead and mark your calendars or set your reminders for Saturday September 14 for the #Target20 collectionTarget is opening its archives and reissuing iconic pieces from 20 past design partnerships in an anniversary collection of close to 300 items including apparel, accessories, home décor and kitchen essentials. The reissued products are the same designs, prints and colors as the original collection items.

September 17, 2019 update - If you are searching for:

the Anna Sui lace dress with velvet bow in size small
the Lilly Pulitzer 'My Fans' shift dress in size 2
the Lilly Pulitzer Girls' shift dresses in 'Fan Dance' or 'Nosey Posie' in sizes XL 
the Lilly Pulitzer 'Nosey Posie' maxi dress in XS
the Lilly Pulitzer 'Fan Dance' makeup clutch/pouch
the Erin Fetherston heart tote bags in red or ivory
the Phillip Lim boom print scarf (42" x 42")
the Missoni colore zig zag cardigan in S
the Missoni blue chiffon mixed media sweater in S

Please e-mail me to purchase at (info at thekeytochic dot com) or DM me on social @thekeytochic. 


Target 20 Anna Sui lace dress and Lilly Pulitzer my fans dress


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Prices for this anniversary collection will range from $7 to $160, with most items under $50.  According to Target, "the Anniversary Collection will be available at all Target stores and on Target.com beginning Sept. 14, while supplies last. The assortment and designers will vary at each store. Plus sizes will be available in select stores and on Target.com. On the first day, purchases are limited to 5 each of the same item (same style, size and color)." 

Use this "design partner finder" to find out which designers will be carried at your local stores. Enter your zip code here for a detailed list so you know where to shop ahead of time and where to find plus sizes.




Here's a graphic showing which 20 designers are included in the collection.


Target20 logos

Given the popularity of Missoni, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, Jason Wu, and Lilly Pulitzer, I have a feeling that Target will be a very busy place on September 14.

As always, I'm sharing expert shopping tips for how to score your favorites from the #Target20 collection

Here's an important to-do list before the launch:

1. Bookmark this page now to review the lookbook, browse categories, and prepare to shop.
2. Log in to Target.com.
3. Save your payment and shipping info.
4. "Heart" your favorites now to make shopping easier once the #Target20 collection launches.

5. Read this list of frequently asked questions published by Target.


Lilly for Target boom boom print


 The In-Store Strategy

1. Know where to go.  Plan your shopping well in advance. I've overheard people calling in sick to work just so they could get in line and shop. Be ready to stand in line on Saturday morning. Once it's published, use Target's store locator to find the stores near you that'll stock the #Target20. Use this design partner finder to find out which stores will carry specific designers and plus sizes.

2. Phone it in. Be extra prepared by calling your local store the week before the launch to confirm exactly where in the store it'll be located. It's helpful to know if it will all be merchandised together, or throughout the store. Nobody wants to waste time looking throughout the store for specific pieces.

3. Be an early bird. You know what they say about the early bird, so it's best to be prepared. Stores open at 8am on launch days. I've found in the past that if I arrive by 7:30am or earlier, then I'm able to get what I want due to decreased demand in my geographic region. For shoppers who live in large cities, I recommend going at least 1-2 hours before the store opens if you're really motivated to be the first to shop. For shoppers in more suburban or rural areas, the competition and crowds are reduced, but the selection of goods may be as well. In my experience, stock varies widely from store to store. Sometimes metropolitan area stores and stores in higher income neighborhoods carry a better selection of merchandise. It takes some trial and error to find the best stores in your area, and visiting more than one store (if you can) is advised.

4. Bring a buddy. A family member, friend, or significant other might be able to help you get the pieces you want and help you make smarter purchasing decisions. Or even better, have a dedicated friend tackle one store while you visit another. "Divide and conquer" should be your strategy! Arrange to meet in line at the same time or go to the store together so you're not cutting in line. 

5. Check for go-backs and barter. If your favorite pieces disappear from the racks in a flash, be courteous, be patient, and don't be afraid to chat with employees and other shoppers to politely trade to get what you want! Just respect the rules that they have in store. The fitting rooms are a great place to start.

6. Know your limits. There are quantity limits per person on these collections to prevent buying in bulk, and the return policy time frame is shorter (usually 14 days for purchases made in stores). Be aware of these restrictions in order to prevent any buyer's remorse. 

7. Persistence pays off. Target does not restock these collections, but you can still score your favorites. If you don't find what you want after the launch, check back for returns in the coming 14 days, as many shoppers make returns. Don't forget to check the customer service desk and clearance racks for returns in early and mid May as well. After four or so weeks, the collection might be discounted to 30% (and eventually to 50% or 70%) off, so frequent visits to Target after the launch could really pay off. In mid August 2015, I found some returned Lilly for Target shorts in my size for 50% off. Score! Call your local stores to ask what they have in stock and use #Target20 on social media to buy/trade with others.

8. Consider main line pieces instead. With inflated resale prices on eBay and other resale platforms after the launch, you can likely buy main line designer items for less than the marked up prices. Consider shopping the real deal if you aren't able to get your #Target20 wish list items.

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target dress and bags


The Online Strategy


1. Learn the lookbookStudy the #Target20 carefully to select your favorites, get outfit inspiration, research the sizing, choose colorways, see online exclusives, set a budget, and check the prices. 

2. Play favorites. Make a list or collage of your favorites to help you stick to your budget and prioritize your potential purchases.

3. Know when and how to shop. Be extra prepared by using more than one web browser, mobile device, etc. Refresh your browser often and have patience. I use Chrome for optimal performance. These collections don't launch at a specific time. Expect some glitches and be persistent. Remember that patience is key. (If I was forced to choose between shopping online and in store, I'd shop in store. This allows you to try things on, see the sizing, and not have to deal with website glitches.) 

4. Save your info. As the time to shop online approaches, log onto target.com and have your checkout and payment details saved ahead of time. Bookmark this page now to shop the #Target20 collection. I've found that Chrome works best on my desktop computer. Clear your cart of any items in order to streamline the checkout process. This reduces the chances of having your cart emptied of any out-of-stock items before you can click the "complete order" button.

5. Click quickly. Shop your top pick(s) first and submit your order right after placing in your cart. Do not shop and fill up your cart. Why? Once an item is in your cart, it's not reserved for you. In order to avoid an item being removed from your cart because it's sold out, you need to click quickly and complete your order! That's why I create a prioritized wish list and try to buy my top picks first.

6. Multi-task. While shopping online, be extra prepared by using more than one web browser, mobile device, etc. Sometimes items become available first on the mobile site, and sometimes they don't. Sometimes some shoppers can see certain items while others cannot. Refresh your browser often and have patience. Items tend to pop up and then disappear during the initial launch. Expect some glitches but don't give up. Remember, persistence and patience are key, and you may have to sacrifice some sleep if you're really motivated to snag your favorites. Let's hope that Target's site won't have a Missoni or Lilly Pulitzer meltdown due to demand. 

7. Save your info and get a RedCard. If you don't have one already, then consider getting a RedCard. Why? Target RedCard users enjoy free shipping, an extra 30 days to return certain merchandise, and a 5% discount on purchases. 

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Watch this space for more updates.

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May 23, 2019

How to Shop Giambattista Valli for H&M #Project🖤

As the buzz from vineyard vines for Target dies down, there's a new collaboration to get ready for. Today H and M announced a collection with Giambattista Valli.  Expect to see lots of tulle, dramatic dresses, and even menswear (a first for Giambattista Valli). Preview the menswear here.

A limited edition drop will be available to shop at 10 AM EDT on May 25, with the complete collection available on November 7, 2019. 

November 4, 2019 update - Click here to see which stores will carry the collection and preview the entire collection now.


Preview the collection and select your favorites now:












May 25, 2019 update - Shop the collection below:






Giambattista Valli H&M collection lookbook


The collection, also known as #Project🖤will include jewelry, sunglasses, and footwear in addition to fancy dresses. There will also be cargo pants, sweatshirts, and riding coats. Price points will range from $17.99 to $649. Read more about Giambattista Valli and the inspiration behind the collection here.

As the big day nears, you're going to want to have your shopping game plan ready. Having shopped many designer collections over the years, I've learned a few lessons. I'm sharing my shopping tips for how to shop #Project🖤both online and in stores.  

Here's a peek at the pieces that will be available for the pre-drop on May 25, 2019 as modeled by mega influencers Kendall Jenner, Chiara Ferragni, Chris Lee, Ross Lynch, and others. View the rest of the pre-drop here.


Giambattista Valli h&m lookbook May 25

Mark your calendars and set your reminders for 10 AM EDT on Saturday, May 25. Bookmark this page to shop online.


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The Online Strategy


1. Learn the lookbook. Once the lookbook is released, study it carefully to select your favorites, get outfit inspiration, research the sizing, choose colorways, and check the prices

2. Play favorites. Make a Pinterest board, list, or collage of your favorites to help you stick to your budget and prioritize your potential purchases.

3. Know when and how to shop. In the U.S., these collections launch online in the morning at a designated time. Bookmark this page now to shop on May 25. In the U.S., they usually launch online at 7 AM EDT. Unfortunately, the website has crashed in the past. Be extra prepared by using more than one web browser, mobile device, etc. Refresh your browser often and have patience. Expect some glitches and be persistent. Remember that patience is key. (If I was forced to choose between shopping online and in store, I'd shop in store. This allows you to try things on, see the sizing, and not have to deal with website glitches.) 

4. Save your info. As the time to shop online approaches, log onto hm.com and have your checkout and payment details saved ahead of time. Clear your cart of any old items in order to streamline the checkout process. This reduces the chances of having your cart emptied of any out-of-stock items before you can complete your order.

5. Click quickly. Shop your top pick(s) first and submit your order right after placing in your cart. Do not shop and fill up your cart. Why? Once an item is in your cart, it's not reserved for you. In order to avoid an item being removed from your cart because it's already sold out, you need to click quickly and complete your order! That's why I create a prioritized wish list and try to buy my top picks first. Online purchases are typically limited to one item per style per person.

6. Stay social. Check social media channels such as Twitter and Instagram using #Project🖤 for up-to-the-moment shopping updates, product info, and to connect with other shoppers. Find me on Snapchat, TwitterFacebook, and Instagram @thekeytochic for shopping photos, sizing info, and more. 


The In-Store Strategy


1. Know where to go.  Plan your shopping well in advance. I've overheard people calling in sick to work just so they could get in line and shop. As of this writing, there's not much time to plan before the May 25 pre-drop. Be ready to stand in line on Friday night or early Saturday morning (see just how early in #3.) Once it's published, use the store locator to find the stores near you that'll stock the #Project🖤 collection.

2. Phone it in. Be extra prepared by calling your local store the week before the launch to confirm if they'll carry the collection and ask them exactly where you should line up to shop.

3. Be an early bird. You know what they say about the early bird. Stores open at 8 AM (instead of 10am) on launch days. I've found in the past that if I arrive by 4 AM or earlier, then I'm able to get into the first or second shopper group. For example: for Lanvin, I arrived in line around 3am and I was #65 in line. For Marni, I arrived around 2 AM and was #27 in line (after several friends of shoppers arrived and took cuts in front of me.) For Isabel Marant, I arrived before 4 AM and lucky for me, I was in the first shopper group. For Margiela and Balmain, I was lucky enough to able to shop the fashion editor preview parties the night before the launch. For Kenzo and Erdem, I shopped online with relative ease.

4. Play the waiting game and respect the line. For people wanting to shop the Women's merchandise, store employees will pass out color-coded wristbands to the first 420 people in line. They do this several hours before the store opens, with each shopper group consisting of 30 people. Each group of 30 shoppers is allowed ten or fifteen minutes in which to shop the collection in a secure and sectioned-off area of the store. They are strict, and with good reason. The time slot goes by really fast, with employees calling out the time at five minute intervals. It's hectic, crazy, and dizzying. This poses a dilemma if you want to shop both Women's and Men's first thing because the Men's area is open to all shoppers at 8am. Note that all people can enter the store at 8am. In between shopper groups, employees rapidly replenish the merchandise in five-minute intervals. Oh, in case you're not awake yet, there's thumping loud music via a live DJ. Expect long lines at the fitting rooms and people hoarding whole racks of clothes in piles on the floor.

5. Preparation is key (but first, coffee). I bring a blanket/pillow, cozy jacket, phone charger, water, and plenty of healthy snacks to stay energized and comfortable while in line. Bring coffee if needed. I have seen people camp out overnight in tents to be first in line for these collabs. Crazy, yes, and dedicated! For people who live in large cities, I'd recommend going several hours before the store opens if you're really motivated to shop. It really depends on your schedule and how much sleep you're willing to sacrifice. In my experience, stock varies widely from store to store, with flagships in metropolitan areas carrying the best selection.

6. Bring a buddy. A family member, friend, or significant other might be able to help you get the pieces you want and help you make purchasing decisions. "Divide and conquer" should be your strategy! Arrange to meet in line at the same time or go to the store together so you're not cutting in line and you can be in the same shopper group for maximum teamwork. The LanvinxHM faux fur coat and embellished tee would not be mine if not for a dedicated shopping partner. The same goes for the Isabel Marant fringe boots, and I feel very grateful.

7. Check for go-backs and barter. If your favorite pieces disappear from the racks in a flash, be courteous, be patient, and don't be afraid to chat with employees and other shoppers (especially near the fitting rooms) to politely trade to get what you want! Just respect the rules and limits that they have in store.

8. Know your limits. There are quantity limits per person on these collections (it's 1 item per style in stores and 1 item per style online) to prevent buying in bulk, and the return policy time frame is shorter (6 days for purchases made in stores). Be aware of these restrictions in order to prevent any buyer's remorse. 

9. Persistence pays off. H and M does not restock these collections, but you can still score your favorites. If you don't find what you want after the launch, check back for returns in the coming days, as many shoppers take items back to the store. Accessories can't be returned for hygiene reasons, so select them carefully. Don't forget to check the customer service desk and clearance racks for returns. Call your local stores to ask what they have in stock and use #Project🖤on social media to buy/trade with others.

10. Consider main line Giambattista Valli instead. With high resale prices on eBay and other platforms after the launch, you can likely buy main line Giambattista Valli and Giambattista Valli on sale for less than the marked up resale prices. Consider shopping the real deal or the alternatives below if you aren't able to get your #Project🖤wish list items.

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