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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, 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 shop online instead of in store and 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

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.


Target designer dress collection lookbook


Mark your calendars and set your reminders now. The gorgeous collection launches online June 6 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. ​







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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April 14, 2020

Stay at Home Survival Kit

One of the things that has helped me during this COVID-19 pandemic is meditation. Last year I decided to give it a try after reading about it. Reduced stress, more patience, better quality of sleep, decreased anxiety, and lower blood pressure are just a few of its many benefits. All you need is a comfortable, quiet place to sit and a few minutes of time each and every day to relax your body and focus on your breathing. Paired with a lifestyle of regular exercise, a healthy diet, and eight hours of sleep, it works wonders to prolong your life, boost your immune system, and ward off disease. These are especially crucial during stressful times like these. 

Now that most of America is staying at home, and I've been doing so for about one month, I've found that keeping a daily routine makes me more productive, more grateful, and less stressed. 

Daily Routine


Here's a sample of what my day might look like:

6am - 7am: wake up, stretch, hydrate, eat breakfast, catch up on news

7am - 8am: check e-mail, respond to messages, prepare for the work day

8am - 9:30am: do HIIT workouts, get on the treadmill, stretch, cool down

9:30am - 10:30am: eat a recovery snack, hydrate, make coffee/tea, take a shower

10:30am - 11:30am: catch up on the news while working

11:30am - 12pm: meditate (alert mind, relaxed body)

12pm - 1pm: eat lunch, do dishes, plan for dinner

1pm - 4pm: get back to work, respond to messages, make to-do list for tomorrow

4pm - 6pm: cook and eat dinner, wash dishes, do some work

6pm - 7pm: food prep and meal planning for tomorrow, clean and disinfect the kitchen

7pm - 8pm: tie up loose ends related to work

8pm - 9pm: relax and watch TV

9pm - 10pm: prepare for bed, stay off my phone as much as possible, read a book, do skin care routine

10pm - go to sleep

Stress Management


Some tips for managing stress when things get hard:

1. Focus on what you do have and what you're grateful for
2. Don't worry about what you can't control
3. Focus on the here and now; be in the present moment (don't fret about the past or stress about tomorrow)
4. Reach out to someone you trust for a chat
5. Just breathe (meditation)
6. Remind yourself that this is not a permanent situation; things will change. Hang in there!
7. Engage in a creative project, learn a new skill or craft
8. Watch a funny show or consume content that makes you laugh (watching videos of people dressing up to take out the trash might help)
9. Remind yourself that we are all in this together. The more we stay at home, the more lives will be saved and the faster this will be over. 

Give Back

If you are in a position to do so, please join me in donating to charities like Feeding America, Direct Relief, Meals on Wheels, and some of these organizations for coronavirus relief. You'll feel less helpless and more empowered knowing that your donation will help Americans in need.   


Stay Home Essentials


This is a sample of the things I've been buying and eyeing for making stay at home more comfortable. 










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Hang in there!

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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. 





May 14, 2020 update - Shop the UGG Fluff Yeah in new colors, including Pride styles that will sell out soon:





ugg fluff yeah sandal celebrity street style




ugg fluff yeah sandal charcoal gray

ugg fluff yeah sandal shadow lilac

ugg fluff yeah sandal ribbon red

ugg fluff yeah sandals quartz multi pink





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:






Shop the Fluff Yeah:






Shop the Oh Yeah:





Shop the Fuzz Yeah:




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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


Shop Belle Noel:




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

Shop Yuletide Cheer:








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


Shop Keepsake:





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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 d√©cor 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


September 16, 2019 update - Shop Lilly for Target:





Shop Phillip Lim for Target:







Shop Altuzarra for Target:


Shop Jason Wu for Target:





Shop Missoni for Target:



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. 

This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated if purchases are made by clicking links.

Watch this space for more updates.

Catch up with me on social @thekeytochic.

Preview the #Target20 collection and click to save your favorites:





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