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July 14, 2020

Deckers x Lab KO-Z Snpr Low Wedge and X-Scape NBK Low Shoe Review

Seven days a week you can find me working out in my Hoka One One sneakers. Whether it's a bike ride, a walk, kickboxing workout, weight lifting, or HIIT session, I always look to my Hoka One One Cliftons for maximum cushioning and superior comfort. So when Deckers (the parent company of beloved footwear brands Hoka One One, UGG, Teva, Koolabura by UGG, and Sanuk) reached out to me to introduce their new Deckers x Lab label, I was intrigued. I've nurtured a passion for footwear since my days in elementary school, when purple Converse Chucks were my go-to shoes. Fast forward to adulthood, where comfort and quality take precedence, and Hoka One One dominates my activewear.

A little background information about Deckers x Lab:

Deckers Lab is the brainchild of Jean-Luc Diard, the founder of Hoka One One. Deckers calls Deckers x Lab "a label rather than a brand", therefore, they are not limited to one type of product or application. Innovation in comfort and performance is a key value of the brand. If you're familiar with Hoka One One, Teva, or UGG, then you know that comfort is their specialty.

I received two pairs of Deckers x Lab shoes: the X-Scape NBK Low (a sleek and modern-looking sneaker) and the KO-Z SNPR Low Wedge (a slip-on sneaker and recovery shoe hybird).

X-Scape NBK Low

While unboxing, I was immediately impressed with the packaging and attention to detail. The box is minimal on the outside, yet printed with eye-catching industrial-style details on the inside. 

the X-Scape NBK low sneaker in white/light grey

Appearance and Performance

The X-Scape NBK low (retail $160) is a performance sneaker with the look of a lifestyle sneaker, and the feel of UGG slippers. I wore these out grocery shopping, for a HIIT workout, and for a walk in the park (with a mask of course). While the ball-of-foot cushioning does not match my Hoka One One Cliftons, these are excellent for walking, low impact exercise, and everyday wear. The neutral grey and white colors are both classic and versatile, and match a lot of my activewear. Note the lack of conspicuous logos/branding, giving these sneakers a high end feel with a slightly industrial-meets-quiet luxury vibe. The underfoot geometry specs are actually printed on the outsole. Every part of this shoe demonstrates comfort and attention to detail, from the padding in the heel counter lining to the printed honeycomb soles, and the perforated uppers.

Decker Lab X-Scape NBK low soles

Materials and Fit 

The X-Scape NBK low is made of nubuck leather lined with looped wool (like terry cloth but softer) for amazing warmth and comfort. I wore them both barefoot and with thick socks on a warm summer day. I'm pleased to report that there was no breaking in and no blisters. They fit well both with socks and without, but I think they feel better barefoot because of the soft, breathable materials. The insoles are removable and there's an internal H brace support. Once you put these on, you won't want to take them off. Deckers x Lab managed to merge the comfort of their UGG slippers with their Hoka One One sneakers for the best of both worlds. The icing on the cake - these have the signature Hoka One One Meta-Rocker construction, which propels the foot forward and makes walking a breeze. I envision wearing these with both activewear and casual everyday looks, since the silhouette and color scheme are versatile. 

KO-Z SNPR Low Wedge

Appearance and Performance

The KO-Z SNPR low wedge (retail $120) is a slip-on sneaker with all the easy vibes of a slipper. It's the perfect shoe for travel, since it's effortless to slip on and off. The toe shape is part ankle boot, part sleek sneaker. Like the X-Scape NBK low, it also has a looped wool removable insole. The neutral colors blend with a lot of my wardrobe, and while slip-on styles are not my favorites, this one has the added benefit of a wedge which adds about 2" of height. Just like your favorite UGG boots, this shoe has a water repellent treatment, making it perfect for the fall and winter months. In true Deckers Hoka One One form, there is Meta-Rocker geometry which makes them so easy to wear and so hard to take off.

Deckers Lab KO-Z SNPR low wedge

Materials and Fit 

The KO-Z SNPR low wedge is made of EcoTan cow suede, with a wool interior, EVA foam midsole, and a rubber sponge outsole. Comfort is a consideration of every part of this shoe, form the way your foot feel against the insole to the way it propels your foot forward and cushions the impact. As far as fit, I found these to run narrow when the insole is in place and I wore them without socks. For a looser fit, I removed the insole and it was perfect. So if you have wide feet, I recommend going up in size. Fortunately, these do come in half sizes. 

Deckers Lab KO-Z SNPR low wedge

Deckers Lab KO-Z Low Wedge

There are currently six styles of shoes for Men and six for Women on the Deckers x Lab site. As they expand the label, I'll be keeping my eye on new styles and future innovations.

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May 18, 2020

How to Shop LoveShackFancy, Cushnie, and Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target

With all the craziness and bad news going on due to the COVID-19 pandemic and protests, there's something exciting to brighten your day and your summer if you're a Target fan and fashion lover. Make some room in your closet and get ready to stash your sweatpants away. In true collaboration form, Target is launching a Designer Dress Collection featuring LoveShackFancy, Cushnie, and Lisa Marie Fernandez. Woo hoo! Fancy floral dresses, here I come (even if I have to wear my dresses at home for the time being)! As an avid wearer of botanical blooms, I'm particularly excited for all the beauty of LoveShackFancy

July 18, 2020 update -  I currently have available for purchase:

LoveShackFancy Phoebe dress in 4 ($100)

LoveShackFancy Penelope dress in S ($100)

LoveShackFancy Sabina dress in L ($100)

LoveShackFancy Esme dress in XL ($100)

Any questions about sizing or buying/trading, just reach out via email:

info at thekeytochic dot com

July 6, 2020 update - The dresses have gone on sale! Shop them at 30% off now.

June 24, 2020 update - Many shoppers are wondering if they will restock LoveShackFancy x Target, and the answer is yes. 

If you look at the LoveShackFancy x Target dress selection each day, is does fluctuate. Individual sizes on a dozen or more of the dresses will come back into stock for short periods of time, so check this page several times per day, especially if you're looking for larger sizes. Here's what's available as of June 24.

There are still many items available, especially for Lisa Marie Fernandez and Cushnie, as well as bigger sizes for LoveShackFancy. 

Quick Fit and Sizing Review for LoveShackFancy x Target and Lisa Marie Fernandez x Target:

Sizing runs slightly large, especially on styles with smocked bodices and off-the-shoulder silhouettes. The Fleur dress and Phoebe dress by LoveShackFancy run more fitted and tailored with no stretch. As far as quality, I recommend washing many of the dresses on gentle cycle and not putting them in the dryer. I spotted many loose threads on my Lou dress after washing it. I prefer the LoveShackFancy cotton styles (Gemma, Amalie, Phoebe, Clementine, Cosette, Camille, Simone, etc.) because they are more breathable during the hotter months than polyester. The Fleur, C√©cile, and Elise are all polyester, so they look more dressy, wrinkle less than the cotton styles, and drape differently. Quality is what you'd expect from Target and many of the dresses have nice details such as pintucking, lace insets, cotton linings, ruffles, and ladder trim. Overall, for the price points, I think the value is good, especially on the LoveShackFancy Clementine, Estelle, Jeanne, and Simone dresses. 

loveshackfancy x target floral dresses

loveshackfancy for target simone dress, jeanne dress, camille dress, gemma dress

Stay Safe and Make it Fashion

I also have cute LoveShackFancy x Target masks and more coordinating floral, polka dot, gingham, and cat print face masks and scrunchie sets (Priority Mail shipping is included) as pictured below. 

E-mail me to purchase: 

info at thekeytochic dot com

The LoveShackFancy x Target masks (in the next three photos below) are made from the Camille dress, have three layers of floral cotton, and a filter pocket. They are high quality masks that are topstitched, and the elastic is securely stitched into the casing. 

loveshackfancy face mask

loveshackfancy face mask

loveshackfancy scrunchie hair tie and mask

loveshackfancy x target camille dress face mask

loveshackfancy floral hair scrunchie

More cute styles. Masks below are $24 shipped, scrunchie sets are $30 shipped.

cute floral and cat print fabric masks

cute floral face masks for sale

cute strawberry face mask for sale

If you didn't get any of your favorite dresses, consider the affordable alternatives below:

Or shop main line LoveShackFancy:

June 6, 2020 update - The collection launched in stores early. Target previously advertised that it would be in stores June 15. Call your local store for more info. 

I'm sharing 15 expert tips for how to shop the Target Designer Dress Collection online on June 6 (at 3am Eastern time) and in stores on June 15. You're going to want to bookmark this page now!

Preview the #LoveShackFancyxTarget lookbook below, featuring my favorite dresses (all under $60). 

LoveShackFancy x Target Lookbook, #loveshackfancyxtarget dresses

Below is a peek at the Target Designer Dress Collection lookbook. If you have a penchant for ruffles, joyful colors, gingham, and florals, then you're going to adore this collection of more than 70 gorgeous dresses by three female-led brands. With Lisa Marie Fernandez's chic ruffles and gingham prints, LoveShackFancy's signature cult-favorite prairie-inspired florals, and Cushnie's modern minimalism, there's something to suit almost everyone. Your stay-at-home or WFH wardrobe is about to get an injection of joy and chicness. Goodbye, loungewear! Hello, mood-boosting summer frocks. Let's get dressed up after months of wearing joggers and tees, please!

Target designer dress collection lookbook

Mark your calendars and set your reminders now. The gorgeous collection launches online June 6 (at 3am EST) and in select Target stores June 15.  Priced between $40-$60, all dresses in the collection reflect Target’s commitment to inclusivity and range in size from XXS-3X. ​

Preview LoveShackFancy x Target:

Preview Lisa Marie Fernandez x Target: 

Preview Cushnie x Target:

Insider tips: Target has produced 10,000 units per style of the LoveShackFancyxTarget collection. The Target line runs bigger than LoveShackFancy. Preview the line and get to know the sizing here.

Shopping notes: All sizes and styles will be available on Target.com for a limited time. Selections will vary by store. Items must be returned within 30 days of purchase for a refund. RedCard™ holders receive an 30 extra days for returns.

** Due to the pandemic, I encourage you to shop the collection online on June 6. Crowded stores are not cool, however, if you plan to shop in stores on June 15, please practice physical distancing, good hygiene, polite behavior (not hoarding), and wearing masks for the safety of everyone.

Get inspired by LoveShackFancy, Cushnie, and Lisa Marie Fernandez by browsing their main line collections.

Use this tool to find a store near you that will carry the collection.

Preview the collection here and save your favorites.

Quick to do list:

1. Bookmark this page now to review the lookbook and prepare to shop
2. Log in to Target.com
3. Save your payment and shipping info
4. "Heart" your favorites to make shopping easier  

In the meantime, study, up, because I'm sharing my tips for how to shop LoveShackFancyxTarget, CushniexTarget, and LisaMarieFernandezxTarget. 

The In-Store Strategy

1. Know where to go.  Plan your shopping well in advance. If you feel up to it, wear a mask and be ready to stand in a physically distanced line (if you are really motivated) on Monday morning June 15th. Use Target's store locator to find the stores near you that'll stock the collection. 

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. 

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 7:30 am 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 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 (while practicing physical distancing) 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 (from a distance) to politely trade to get what you want! Just respect the rules that they have in store. 

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 30 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 days, as many shoppers make returns. Don't forget to check the customer service desk and clearance racks for returns in late June and early July. 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 social media to buy/trade with others.

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

loveshackfancyxtarget dresses

The Online Strategy

1. Learn the lookbookStudy the lookbook 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. Expect some glitches and be persistent. Remember that patience is key. 

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 vineyard vines 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. 

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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Preview the collection and save your favorites:

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