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May 12, 2016

Pom Poms and Pedicures

I've found myself becoming increasingly enamored with embellished pom pom sandals this spring. I'm about to pull the trigger on this pair (under $80) or this pair (for $130). Ah, decisions!

The playful texture and vivid colors are like a party for your feet. Plus, who doesn't smile at the sight of pom poms? I especially love these sandals when styled with a simple but bohemian look, such as an off-the-shoulder dress or cutoffs with an embroidered blouse. For maximum impact, pair them with a bright pedicure and watch the compliments roll in.

Below are nine of my favorites for all budgets.
Embellished Pom Pom Sandals spring summer 2016 fashion trend

1. Sam Edelman 'Gere' sandals, $130 (also comes in white)
2. Dolce & Gabbana pom pom sandals, $1095
3. Chinese Laundry 'Posh' sandals, $79.95
4. Mabu by Maria BK sandals, $200
5. Elina Linardaki 'Maude' sandals, $195
6. Aquazurra pom pom embellished raffia sandals, $735
7. Schutz 'Patricia' sandals, $190
8. Mabu by Maria BK sandals, $185
9. Sam Edelman 'Gretchen' sandals, $130 (also available here)

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April 18, 2016

Reed for Kohl's Review

Ever since glimpsing the REED for Kohl's lookbook, I've been looking forward to seeing the apparel and handbags in person. The sporty silhouettes, bold graphics, and chic satchels appeared like they'd easily integrate into my casual wardrobe. This is the time of year that I'm incorporating vivid, summery prints and brighter colors into my looks, and some of those satchels were calling my name.

Although the REED merchandise is advertised as arriving in stores April 21, my store featured the REED collection front and center. I arrived on a quiet Monday afternoon to see the goods neatly displayed and color coordinated.

Here's a look at the REED for Kohl's clothing, which is punctuated by bold blues, colorblocking, and modern prints.

Reed for Kohl's dress and clothing

Reed for Kohl's dress and clothing

Reed for Kohl's scuba stripe dress

reed for kohl's hang tag

The bags

Some of the bags were in the front of the store, and more were located in the handbag department. This was a bit tricky, since I did not initially see one of the displays. I'd prefer it all to be in one area. The REED bags are similar in style to the Reed Krakoff bags: the RK40, Atlantique, and Boxer, except that they're not leather and price points are under $130. The Atlantique satchel is one of my favorites. It has a removable zip pouch in the front pocket, which is a nice touch. The zippers felt well made, and there are plenty of interior and exterior pockets, which makes me happy since I rely upon pockets to stay organized. I did notice an unpleasant faux leather smell to some of the bags, which might bother some people. They did feel and look sturdy with nice stitching details. I love the bag charms and key fobs in this collection, as they allow you to really personalize your bag and have fun with color. 

Reed for Kohl's Atlantique satchels

Below are the Atantique satchels in the medium size. Blue and blue floral styles, be mine! 

Reed for Kohl's handbags

I don't wear much yellow, but this RK40 bag below screams "cheerful and fun". I'd wear it with a floral dress, or as a bright accent with an all-white ensemble. The structured silhouette and belted detail reminds me of Herm√®s or Saint Laurent.

Reed for Kohl's RK40 belted satchel

The RK40 abstract tote felt sturdy and thick, with zip and patch pockets inside and a snap closure. It's a great bag for the weekend or the beach.

Reed for Kohl's RK40 abstract tote bag

The Atlantique mini satchel in perforated white is a top pick for me. I love all the exterior pockets, the sporty texture, and compact size. 

Reed for Kohls Atlantique satchel

In the Fitting Room

For reference, I wear XS or 0/2 in Womens' apparel at Kohl's. I'm petite and about 102 lbs.

The geometric scuba sheath dress is well tailored and of medium weight. I'm wearing a size 0. It's true to size and has a sturdy back zip. I did not love the white panel across my mid-section, as that can be unflattering since it highlights that area. The colorblock shift dress in the middle was lightweight and really comfy. I'm wearing XS. It has an easy, oversized fit and a vented hemline which was slightly longer in the back. I love the print, but not the unflattering sleeve length. The belt was a thin ribbon which was too flimsy for the dress. I was pleasantly surprised by the simple chambray shirtdress on the right. This is size XS, and it was roomy. The contrasting collar and chest pockets make it extra special. I did notice a few loose threads on the placket. It also has a thin ribbon tie belt which I'd replace with something thicker. The hem is vented and slightly longer on the back, which might require extra effort to replicate if I were to hem it myself (#shortgirlproblems).

Reed for Kohls dress and top

The colorblock romper was a surprise hit. I'm wearing a size 2, and it was snug in the waist but otherwise true to size. It has pleats on the thigh which make it look tailored and dressy. I love the front pockets, and the back zip was great quality. It's versatile, easy to wear, and looks great with all the bags in the collection. The striped watercolor shirt (in XS) is slightly sheer, lightweight, and true to size. I'm wearing it with the button front chambray skirt in size 0. It's true to size. Unfortunately, it had a defective side zipper which was completely broken. Total thumbs down on this skirt. I found the side pockets to be unflattering due to their placement on the side seams. This caused puckering, which if you have curvy hips like me, can be unflattering. Like the dresses, it also has a thin ribbon tie belt.

Reed for Kohls outfits

The graphic tees are knit and woven mixed material construction (knit in back, woven chiffon in front). I'm wearing XS and they are true to size with an easy fit and vented hemlines. They're lightweight and the artsy prints give them a modern look.

Reed for Kohls-T-shirts and chambray skirt

April 20, 2016 update - I went back to try on more items. An employee informed me that this was the soft launch and that the store would be putting out more REED merchandise for the April 21st launch.

The graphic print tee fits like the ones above (vented hem, mixed knit/woven). I'm wearing it in XS untucked and tucked with the gingham capri pants in size 0. The pants are true to size. Unfortunately, the pockets didn't lay flat on my hips, but they had a mid rise and were well tailored with good quality cotton and some spandex. I'd like to see these pants in a floral print. I love this satchel from the collection in yellow styled with this outfit. 

reed for kohl's gingham capri and graphic tee

Below on the left and right is the scuba sheath dress in XS. The one on the left has the same print on the back, while the one on the right has a solid black back. It's medium weight scuba with a sturdy center back zip. The one on the left was slightly tighter than the one on the right, although both were the same size. I like the striped one better, but the length was too long for me.

reed for kohls scuba print sheath dresses

The floral fit and flare scuba dress is a favorite of mine. I'm wearing XS and it was loose under the arms and in the waist. I'd size down on this, add a belt, and hem a few inches to fit me better. It was well made with a quality back zipper. The eyelet shirtdress was roomy with another thin ribbon belt I didn't care for. There's a lightweight cotton slip lining, vented hem, and like others in this collection, the dress is slightly longer in back. I'd wear this REED satchel in blue with both of theses dresses.

reed for kohl's floral dress and white eyelet shirtdress

A quick look at how I'm wearing the REED graphic tee in "shore blooms blue" with the Atlantique convertible mini satchel. I love all the exterior pockets in this tote, the removable coin purse in the outer pocket, and the zipper closure on top. (The scalloped shorts are by LC Lauren Conrad from a previous season, and here's a current season style that's similar in her collection.)

Reed for Kohl's graphic print floral tee and Atlantique mini satchel

Reed for Kohls graphic tee Atlantique satchel

Catch up with my shopping adventures on Snapchat with user name thekeytochic and share your favorites/your looks with #MustREEDxKohls on social media.

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April 17, 2016

Marimekko for Target Review

Shopping the Marimekko for Target launch may have made you feel like you were flying high like an albatrossi (albatross) while hunting for an appelsiini (orange). On the other hand, maybe you felt as if you were giving your loved ones a kiss-kiss goodbye. If shopping the collection online or in store didn't make you as happy as a blooming auringonkukka (sunflower), then you might've been hopeless while battling determined Marimekko shoppers who behaved like a traktori (tractor) driving through the mansikkavuoret (strawberry mountains). If you did score your melooni cover-upkoppelo bean bagkaivo hammock, harka beach toteministeri cover-up, kukkatori pouf, or that adorable paprika bikini, maybe you broke out into a triumphant lokki dokie dance to show your excitementAs expected, the Marimekko for Target collection brought out many shoppers but not as many as Lilly. Before you could say Finnish, Target Style, the merchandise began to disappear in stores and online like a meteori flying through the okariino sky.

If you shopped with me on Twitter, then hopefully you got all of your Marimekko for Target must-haves, especially since the site didn't go down and the online shopping experience went so much better than the Lilly launch. I hope my tips on how to shop Marimekko for Target helped! Read my in-store tip #6 for how to score sold-out items without the reseller mark-up.

The in-store experience

I arrived around 7:55 am to find only two shoppers waiting. In the next five minutes, about ten more shoppers (men and women of various age groups) calmly gathered near the Target entrance. Upon entering I went straight to the apparel, where the Womens' and Girls' items were grouped together. There were only two racks, unfortunately. 

Here's a look at the clothing and swimwear. I wish my store had more of the clothing! Note that Womens' swimwear sizing runs more like Juniors' swimwear at Target instead of Womens', so if in doubt, size up. I went a size up in the Kukkatori bikini from XS to S and I love it. (See more details on fit in my fitting room section.)

Marimekko For Target Swimwear Beach goods

Marimekko For Target paprika swimwear

I was disappointed to see no kaftans, flip flops or Appelsiini apparel here. The Kukkatori scarf below is crinkly and lightweight, making it a great beach/pool cover-up.

Marimekko For Target Kukkatori Clothing

Home Goods

Marimekko For Target-Salad-Plates

Marimekko for Target plates

Marimekko For Target Plates Trays

The home and outdoor goods were all placed together in the Garden department in the back of the store. As I approached, I saw a great selection, with placemats and kitchen towels selling quickly. Most items appeared durable and well made for both indoor and outdoor entertaining.

Notes on quality: The beach towels are thick and large, as are the canvas beach totes (which have zip and patch pockets inside, as well as a cute lining). The pillows are of durable quality with Scotch Guard coating. The plates are lightweight plastic melamine (not microwave safe but dishwasher safe). Unfortunately, the kitchen towels did not feel thick or absorbent, so I passed on those. At $9.99, they sold out within minutes in my store. The placemats are thick and seem well made. When I felt the foam body board, it was surprisingly light and nobody seemed interested in buying it at my store.

Marimekko For Target outdoor goods

Soon after I snapped the photo below, all the beach totes disappeared.

Marimekko For Target Outdoor Goods

Marimekko For Target Beach Tote Pillow

Pillows, kites, poufs, bean bags, and lanterns weren't popular, nor was the tent.

Marimekko For Target Play Tent Lokki

Playing hide and seek (and fighting the urge to make up for lost sleep) in the tent below.

Marimekko For Target tent and pillows

April 21, 2016 update - Here's a look at the swimwear I got. The bikini top has removable cups but no fastening in back, and the bottoms are reversible to a solid blue. Both run small. The beach towel (which I just washed) is plush but not reversible. It stood up well after one wash, and I can't wait to use it soon!

Marimekko for Target Kukkatori rash guard and bikini

April 23, 2016 update - I received two of my online apparel  orders: the appelsiini top runs true to Target's Womens' sizing, as do the appelsiini shorts. I love that the shorts have pockets and an easy fit with an elastic waistband in the back. Both are comfortable and soft rayon, and the top has a boxy fit. 

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In the Fitting Room

For reference, I wear a size XS in Womens' department at Target. I'm a petite 102 lbs. and can usually fit into a Girls' XL at Target. On the left is the Girls' Kukkatori rash guard in XL, which I liked. It's a bit cropped, but felt comfortable. In the middle is the Womens' Paprika print rash guard in XS. It runs a bit small compared to Target's Womens' sizing. On the right is the Kukkatori tunic in XS. It runs true to size. I didn't like the ever-so-slightly shiny texture and unflattering sleeve shape. I did like the side vents and easy fit. 

Marimekko For Target Clothing Fitting Room Review, Marimekko for Target rash guard

On the left is the terry cloth cover up in Ministeri in XS, which had a soft feel. I didn't like the length, sleeve shape or print on myself. On the right is the Girls' dress in Kukkatori size L. They didn't have XL, so I tried L because I was curious about the fit. It has two patch pockets in front, a V-neckline, cap sleeves, a back button, and more structure than the Womens' cover up. It's made of a non-stretchy cotton poplin. See more photos and tips on my Snapchat @thekeytochic.

Marimekko For Target Cover Ups

My favorite prints were Kukkatori and Appelsiini. I would've liked to see a wider array of offerings in this collection, such as the bedding and the Unikko print that Marimekko is known for. Perhaps a trendy coloring book, printed mugs, fun notebooks, a colorful rain umbrella, cute sandals or espadrilles, and more tailored apparel for Women? Due to the heavy emphasis on home and outdoor items in this collection (as opposed to clothing, which is my weakness), I didn't have as many must-haves as previous Target capsule collections. After all is said and done, I'm happy to bring some fun Marimekko prints and colors into my home and wardrobe for spring. See how I used my new Marimekko purchases on my Instagram.

Many items are still available online.

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If you've given up on scoring some Marimekko for Target, then don't despair because I've got you covered with some equally stylish alternatives. 

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