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February 20, 2024

How To Shop DvF x Target on March 23, 2024

When Target announces a new designer collaboration, I'm always intrigued to see who they've teamed up with. This March, Target understood the assignment. They are teaming up with fashion industry icon and wrap dress champion Diane von Furstenberg for a colorful spring collection. Set your reminders for March 23, when Diane von Furstenberg for Target launches in stores and online. Prepare your wardrobe and your home for iconic graphic prints, vibrant colors, and of course, glamorous wrap dresses. The #DvFxTarget collection will include over 200 items in Women's, Girl's, and Baby apparel and accessories, as well as home d√©cor and beauty. Girl moms, this one is going to be good! Your spring outfit options just got an upgrade.

The wrap dresses will sell out quickly, so keep reading for expert tips on how to shop Diane von Furstenberg for Target like a pro.

The DvFxTarget assortment will be available in most stores, and the assortment will vary by location.  The collection starts at $4 with most items under $50, and there will also be select made-to-order furniture (such as headboards, benches, and room dividers) starting at $325. 

According to Target, the collection will offer "fresh takes on activewear, loungewear, and intimates and more." I'm hoping this means there will be pickleball sets in bold graphics or bright colors, or cute swimwear with matching cover-ups. 

Plus sizes will be available in some stores and online. 

There will be a purchase limit of 2-5 per size and/or color of item, per transaction, on Target.com. There will be a limit on Women’s Wrap Dresses of 5 per transaction in-store.

dvf x Target home goods



Quick to do list:

1. Bookmark this page now to review the #DvFxTarget collection and prepare to shop.

2. Log in to Target.com.

3. Save your payment and shipping info.

4. Once the lookbook is releases, "heart" your favorites to make shopping easier. Start planning your #DvFxTarget spring summer 2024 looks.

5. Use #DvFxTarget to see previews on social media and browse main line Diane von Furstenberg for inspiration.

Diane von Furstenberg Target wrap dresses


dvf x Target blue print top and skirt



The In-Store Strategy

1. Know where to go.  Plan your shopping well in advance. 

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 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. 

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! Please respect the rules that they have in store. 

6. 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 April. 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. Call your local stores to ask what they have in stock or use social media to buy/trade/sell with others. 

Diane von Furstenberg x Target yellow floral



The Online Strategy

1. Learn the lookbook. Study 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, refresh, and refresh your browser often and have patience. I use Chrome for optimal performance. Expect some glitches and be persistent. Remember that patience is key. 

The collection goes live at midnight Pacific Time. Set an alarm if necessary, as some items will sell out within minutes.

4. Save your checkout info. As the time to shop online approaches, log onto target.com and have your checkout and payment details saved ahead of time. 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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February 10, 2024

New Balance 574+ Sneakers Review

 As I find myself firmly embedded in my platform shoe era, I've been coveting a pair of New Balance 574+ sneakers for over a year. The combination of 2" platform and classic textural details make this shoe a must-have for my winter-to-spring transitional looks. It's the go-to lifestyle sneaker for an understated yet stylish look.

One rainy night, after a session of online shopping (ahem, browsing), I saw that a Journeys store near me had some new 574+ colorways in stock. Astral purple and chrome blue initially caught my eye, so I ventured into the store to try them on for size. The chrome blue is really gorgeous, and they look so much nicer in person. 

Keep reading for my New Balance 574+ review, including thoughts on fit, sizing, and quality.

Since I go up a half size on the New Balance 574, I tried on a half size bigger with the 574 platforms, but I ended up buying my true size in the white colorway. What's great is that the insoles are easily removable, so you can insert orthotics, cozy UGG sheepskin insoles, or other insoles if you like. If you have wide feet, or you plan to wear thick socks, I'd go up a half size.

 

Pictured below is the white colorway, which is more of a cream or taupe in natural lighting. They fit snugly with thick winter socks, and I plan on wearing them without socks in warmer weather. I chose this colorway because it's the most versatile, although I'm hoping that New Balance releases these in a perfect shade of bubble gum pink.

new balance 574+ sneakers white

They feel nice and lightweight on the feet, and the tapered outsole design helps to propel the foot into the next step, a little bit like my old Hoka sneakers with the meta-rocker design. I can always appreciate a platform that gives me two inches of height and is comfortable enough to wear all day. I've never had blisters or issues breaking in any of my New Balance sneakers. They are reliable straight out of the box, and the $100 price point is a good value when compared to other sneaker brands. 

The insole and lining are comfortable and soft, and they have breathable panels which contrast nicely against the suede panels. 

new balance 574+ white

While I would not wear these for my HIIT workouts, I would wear them for long walks, errands, and other casual endeavors. They offer adequate cushioning and great comfort, but I wouldn't wear a platform for my workouts for fear of twisting an ankle, so these will be more of a lifestyle sneaker than a fitness sneaker for me. 

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new balance 574+ sneakers white

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December 31, 2023

Valentine's Day 2024 Gift Guide

With the holiday season behind us, Valentine's Day is already on my mind. I'm ready for all the pink and red Valentine's Day themed merchandise. Perhaps it's the remnants of Barbie fever causing me to indulge in all things pink as 2024 gets underway. Lately, I've been pairing pink with red in my personal style. It's somewhat unexpected, and it's precisely the jolt of color needed to brighten gloomy winter days. I particularly adore pastel pink with cherry red, as see in this cute loungewear set.


There are infinite gifting possibilities for Valentine's Day, especially if you missed the mark on your holiday gifts. While perfume and chocolates are predictable, there are myriad options for the home, jewelry, pets, beauty, and my favorite, apparel.

I'll be reaching for heart prints, cherry prints, and even strawberry-themed sweaters and fleece all January. 

If you're single, Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to gift yourself a new crossbody bag, a cozy throw, a cute pillow, or a colorful sweater. Below are a few of the things I've brought home since Christmas, each under $30. 

Valentine's Day 2024 gift ideas

Pictured above: 40 oz. tumbler, pink crossbody bag, heart print hair scrunchies, heart pillow (similar), heart cardigan, and Strawberry Shortcake sweatshirt

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July 27, 2023

UGG Tazz Slippers Review

UGG's viral Tazz slippers are the perfect blend of loungewear meets streetwear. The style, which was first introduced in 2021, looks like the iconic UGG Tasman, although with a small platform and brighter braided trim. In this post, I'll be sharing a review of the UGG Tazz slippers with tips on fit, sizing, and comfort. 

The popular Tazz slipper comes in several colorways, with mustard seed being the newest and most sought after. Last fall, the chestnut colorway took over TikTok and was nearly impossible to find for many months. Black and burnt olive have also been best sellers for UGG.

 
August 2023 update - Shop this exclusive UGG Tazz colorway in shearling for $140 before it sells out. It comes in black, hardwood brown, and natural.

UGG Tazz shearling

Chestnut Tazz pictured below, $130



Buying tip: summer is the best time to buy these UGG platforms, because they are easier to find both online and in stores. In July, nearly everyone seems to be focused on summer staples such as sandals, so cozy shoes aren't top of mind. If you wait until November, they'll be hard to find. If you want to get ahead of the masses, start shopping for your fall and winter UGG must-haves early. 

ugg tazz slippers chestnut


Fit and Sizing

In my experience, the UGG Tazz runs true to size. They do not come in half sizes, so if you are between sizes, and you plan to wear them with socks, I recommend sizing up. Like with most UGG shoes, the lining will conform to your foot, and they will stretch a small amount as you wear them. I wear my true size in the Tazz both with and without socks. They should fit snugly against the back of your heel without slipping off when you walk. If they slip, then go down a size. There's a small pull tab in the back to help get them on and off. 


I love the burnt olive colorway, pictured above. It's less ubiquitous than chestnut, and a nice neutral for fall/winter.

Quality

Compared to the UGG Tasman, the Tazz is a bit stiffer and less pliable due to the 1.75" platform. The suede uppers may be rougher in texture than the Tasman, due to manufacturing inconsistencies. The new sugarcane outsole makes them lightweight and easy to walk in. The wool/lyocell blend lining feels just as nice as the old sheepskin that UGG used to use, and it's breathable.  Furthermore, the Tazz is durable and suitable for either lounging at home or for running errands around town. Pair them with colorful socks in the fall for a dopamine boost.

Weatherproofing note: I would not wear them outdoors in the heavy rain or snow unless they're treated with a waterproofing protectant.

This season, the price has increased by $10, making them a $130 investment. If well cared for and cleaned regularly, they should last a few seasons. 

UGG introduced a Tazz version for kids in late 2022 priced at $90. It's essentially the same, although with a smaller platform of 1" instead of 1.75". 

UGG also introduced an embellished version in 2022 called the Tazz Maxi Tasman, which is currently on sale for under $100 in black and olive.

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May 7, 2023

How To Shop Mugler x H&M on May 11

True to form, H&M is partnering with another big name in fashion for their spring designer collection. The house of Mugler, helmed by Casey Cadwallader, is the newest luxury brand to pair with the Swedish fast fashion powerhouse for a modern and dramatic collection of apparel, accessories, and swimwear including laser-cut dresses, corset details, and skin-baring bodysuits. Prices range from $29.99 to $749.

mugler h&m pink dress


The Mugler x H&M collection launches on May 11, 2023. In this post, I'll be sharing pro shopping tips for both online and in store. 

Preview the Mugler x H&M lookbook below and bookmark this page now to preview the line. 

mugler h&m lookbook


Set your reminders now for May 11, and see which stores will carry the collection.

Keep reading for fifteen expert tips on how to shop Mugler x H&M. 

mugler h&m lookbook


The Online Strategy (The Preferred Way to Shop)

1. Bookmark this page now and learn the Mugler x H&M lookbook. Study it carefully to select your favorites, get outfit inspiration, research the sizing, choose colorways, and check the prices. 


2. Play favorites. Check the prices here. Set a budget. 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. Start checking the H&M app or website early in the morning.

In the U.S., these collections usually launch online at 10 AM EST. The website has crashed in the past, so be extra prepared by using more than one web browser, mobile device, etc. You may be placed in a virtual queue when you visit the website or the H&M app. Expect some glitches and be persistent. Remember that patience is key.


4. Save your info. Before 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 for up-to-the-moment shopping updates, product info/reviews, and to connect with other shoppers. 


h&m store


The In-Store Strategy 

1. Know where to go if stores in your area are open.  See this page for a list of stores that will stock Mugler x H&M.


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/how 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 even earlier, then I'm able to get into the first or second shopper group. 


4. Play the waiting game and respect the line. 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 25 people. Each group of 25 shoppers is allowed ten 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. In between the shopper groups, employees rapidly replenish the merchandise in five-minute intervals. 


5. Preparation is key (but first, coffee). I bring a blanket/pillow, cozy jacket, phone charger, water, and healthy snacks to stay energized and comfortable while in line. Bring coffee if needed. Stock varies widely from store to store, with flagships in metropolitan areas carrying the best selection.


6. Bring a buddy. A healthy family member, friend, or significant other (ideally from your household) 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 (with masks and hand sanitizer) so you're not cutting in line and you can be in the same shopper group for maximum teamwork.


7. Check for go-backs. If your favorite pieces disappear from the racks in a flash, be courteous, be patient, and don't be afraid to ask employees and other shoppers to politely trade to get what you want! Just respect the rules and limits that they have in store. Stay at least six feet away from shoppers as much as possible. Limit your time socializing and shopping in the store to reduce your exposure to the virus.


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 (7 days). Be aware of these restrictions in order to prevent any buyer's remorse. Read more about quantity limits and returns here.


9. Persistence pays off. These collections are not restocked, 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.


mugler h&m corset blazer

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