Thursday, August 17, 2017

Double-Take: FENTY Puma vs. Mossimo

It's time for another double-take, where we take one item from Tar-shay and match it up against a lookalike - yet pricier - designer piece. Today we have two trendy bow slide sandals in blush pink. Both are cute, but one is from the FENTY Puma collab with Rihanna and will set you back $90 (at Bloomingdales) whereas the other pair from Mossimo costs just $22.99 (at Target). Which one is which? The answer appears in the comments section below.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sale Alert: Merona Modern Ankle Pants

As I've mentioned in my recent posts, I'm snapping up as many Merona basics as I can before the brand disappears from Target forever. This morning I was delighted to discover that my favorite Merona Modern Ankle Pants are now on clearance online (for just $13.98 each). Plus, with the coupon code SAVE20, you can get an additional 20% off your purchase. One caveat: there's only a couple of colors left online, so you may find a greater selection in stores.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Target refreshes brands to stay relevant...

The Star Tribune printed an in-depth article over the weekend about Target's new brands and revised marketing strategy. Here are some highlights that I found interesting:
  • Replacing kids' brands Cherokee and Circo last year with Cat & Jack was a smart move, as it grew sales by double digits and just hit $2 billion in its first year.
  • Their new men's brand - Goodfellow & Co. - is a nod to the department store in downtown Minneapolis that launched the Dayton family's retail empire that eventually became Target. In addition to being more fashionable, Goodfellow clothes have been created with attention to how they feel and fit, offering several styles in pants.
  • A New Day will feature new pieces every month, instead of quarterly as with the older brands (like Merona). Target is hoping the change, - which brings it more in line with some of its competitors like J. Crew and Zara - will drive more frequent trips to see new merchandise. This is Target's answer to the "fast fashion" trend.
  • Target also saw an opening in the market for JoyLab, a new fashion-focused athleisure line aimed at a younger customer than the Lululemon crowd. Target decided to create a new brand for it rather than making it part of C9, another major Target athletic brand.
  • Regarding pricing, Target claims that while their new offerings will have better-quality fabrics, the prices will not be higher. Target will start with more of an everyday low pricing strategy from the get-go, with the intent to move away from the cycle of marking items up and then relying on promotions to help move them back down. This might be why the clearance racks at my local store have disappeared.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New at Target: BARK by Barkbox

Starting next week, Target is stepping up their pet game with the introduction of toys and treats from BARK - the maker of subscription service BarkBox. If you’ve never tried BarkBox, you’re going to love their fun and quirky toy and natural treat offerings, including the Destroyer’s Club, Best Toys Ever, New York City Treats, Best Treats Ever and more - all exclusively at Target.

In addition to the BARK line, Target is also rolling out 200+ new finds from their revamped Boots & Barkley line and the addition of natural pet food options from Blue Buffalo.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A New Day vs. Merona

As I blogged over the weekend, Target's new brand A New Day (A.N.D.) and Merona seem awfully similar. But after visiting another Target store yesterday, I do see key differences:
*Unfortunately, the fabrications of A.N.D. seem cheaper and not as nice as Merona was. Case in point: this striped boatneck tee was thinner than identical offerings from Merona.
*Speaking of fabrics, it looks like A.N.D. is using more poly and spandex, whereas Merona would include cotton blends.
*Construction also seems off. In inspecting a lace-up tee by Merona, it had a lot more shape and style to it than the A.N.D. one, which just seemed boxy and shapeless.
* The sizing has shrunk. Again, using this tee as an example, I picked up what I thought was an XS or S, only to be shocked it was a M. So this style seems to run at least a full size smaller than the same top in Merona,

Furthermore, Target seems a bit schizophrenic in its Womens Department right now: you have Merona being phased out, A.N.D. brought in, Knox Rose for the boho set, Xhilaration for Juniors, and Who What Wear with their 'streetwear' (which I'm not feeling anymore - enough with the bizarre sleeves and fringe hems already!). I'll probably be gravitating more towards Mossimo than anything else at this point.

Monday, August 7, 2017

New at Target: Cloud Island

I must have missed the news, but back in May Target introduced a new nursery collection of nursery d├ęcor and bedding called Cloud Island. Now they are adding bath and layette to the mix. Divided into three core themes — Black & White, Adventure Awaits and Floral Fields — there are plenty of products for parents to mix and match as they please. The new Cloud Island offerings will be rolling out in Target stores and online at Target.com throughout August.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Is Target getting rid of their clearance racks?

Today I had a leisurely trip to Target (more so than yesterday) and inspected the new A New Day clothing more in detail. My first impression was correct: it is almost identical to Merona. One difference I did notice is that the dresses seem to skew a bit "younger" than Merona - meaning shorter hemlines and slimmer cuts - which doesn't thrill me. But overall, it's all very similar.

I also noticed that the clearance racks have disappeared in the Women's Department at my local store. Instead, clearance items are tucked into the regular racks. For instance: in this pic, you'll see a few red clearance stickers sticking out (on the Merona denim dresses in the middle) but the rest of the clothing on this rack is full price. One of the articles I read about Target's new brands stated that part of their new retail strategy includes having less sales. I wonder if their plans also include eliminating - or cutting back on - separate clearance racks?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Target's new brand is just like it's old brand...

This morning I had to make a VERY short Target run to buy some household essentials, and as I was walking past the Women's Department, guess what I saw? A whole rack of Target's new brand A New Day, which wasn't supposed to hit stores until later this month. And guess what? It looks JUST like Merona. I know it's hard to tell from this crappy pic I snapped, but literally, it's as if Merona simply got a facelift (and a new garment tag). Slim chino pants? Check. Tunic-length button-down shirts in plaids and clip dot patterns? Check. Boxy cuffed-sleeve tees? Check. It's all there, and the price points seem the same as Merona as well.

So color me confused, readers. I thought the point of cancelling Merona and replacing it with A New Day was to offer customers something new and different, but none of what I saw today demonstrated that.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fab Find: Carter's Baby Bibs

For all the awesome Aunties out there (and you know who you are!) here's a fun gift you can give your infant nieces and nephews. These baby bibs from Carter's (at Target) are adorable, and cost just $7.99 for a pack of 3.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Target rolls out new self-checkout interface...

Yesterday I blogged about Target's new look in the Women's Department, and today I'm highlighting another recent change: a re-designed self-checkout computer interface. Shown here is the screen from my local store; everything is 'bigger' and 'bolder', from the font size to graphics. The annoying 'voice' feature is also gone - the one that would prompt you to scan each item and then say 'thank you for shopping at Target' at the end of your transaction.

I welcome this change; it seemed like my checkout went faster and smoother with this updated system. Overall I'm not a fan of self-checkout, but this improvement might encourage me to use it more often. Now it's your turn, readers: has your store rolled out this new interface yet, and if so, what are your thoughts?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Target's new look in the Women's Department...

This past weekend my husband accompanied me on my Target run (which is a rare occurrence) and as we walked by the Women's Dept, he commented on how much it has changed. Actually, the changes in my store happened several weeks ago, with the goal for it to look more like a "boutique" with capsule collections rather than a traditional department store. Whether or not these changes will encourage shoppers to buy more (or even try things on) I'm not sure. While I do like the mannequins and they way they've curated the outfits, I do NOT like the shoes stacked up at the bottom of the racks. It looks a bit cheap, especially since they only feature one style shoe. I don't know about you, but if I want shoes, I'll look in the shoe department - not womenswear.

What about you, readers? Do you like the changes Target is rolling out, or have you even noticed?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

New at Target: Kodiak Cakes Minute Muffins

The makers of Kodiak Cakes Flapjack Mix now have some to-go options at Target: Flapjacks on the Go  (in a variety of flavors) and Minute Muffins in Mountain Blueberry (shown) and Apple Cinnamon Oat. Both the Minute Muffins and the Flapjacks on the Go follow the same model as instant oatmeal: just add water or milk, stir, let sit and eat. These products seem to be very highly rated on Target.com, so I'm excited to try them!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New at Target: Lisa Frank Pajamas

Those nostalgic for the '90's - when the Spice Girls ruled the radio, Saved By The Bell posters blanketed bedrooms, and Lisa Frank designs filled our lives with rainbows, dolphins and unicorns - take note. Target is making your multi-colored dreams come true once again with an amazing line of women’s pajamas by Lisa Frank. The ten-piece offering, available in sizes XS to 2X and ranging in price from $14.99 - $19.99, features the company's iconic animal portraits beloved '90s teenagers. But act fast, as Refinery29 reports that some styles are already selling out faster than the lifespan of your ill-fated Tamagotchi.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Target's On To College Checklist...

Do you have a kid heading off to college soon? Then you might want to check out Target's handy "On To College" checklist, posted here on A Bullseye View, so that you don't forget any of the dorm room essentials.  My own personal advice, after sending two boys off to college in recent years? Shop Target early, especially if you're shopping in a college town where supplies are likely to run out. Another idea - from a friend who saw her daughter off to Rutgers - is to shop the checklist via Target's 'Store Pickup' feature at the store closest to your kids' college. Then simply pick the stuff up on your way to dropping your kid off at school.

Monday, July 24, 2017

New at Target: Method Limited Edition Art Collection

Yesterday at Target I spied a new Method bottle design on the shelf in a scent called "Palm". While the new bottles had a hang tag directing you to Method's site for more info, I couldn't find any more details there, so I headed to Target.com  where I found this description:

This limited edition art collection was curated to celebrate and support Creative Growth, a non-profit arts center for adults with disabilities based in Oakland, California. We paired the work of four amazing artists with four limited edition fragrances to give you something to admire every day. We hope this art collection inspires you as much as the artists inspire us. Artist Barry Regan's carefully crafted circles layered over a subtle texture of vibrant colors are brought to life by the lush scent of fresh bamboo + palm leaves.

So far I've only seen the Barry Regan print (shown here) in stores, but according to the tag there are 3 more designs coming from the Creative Growth collection.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sale Alert: School Uniform Basics

Target is having a sale this week on school uniform basics. Now through July 29, they have kids' polo shirts on sale for just $5 each and pants at just $10 each. That's a 20-30% savings off Target's everyday low prices.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Look For Less: Vince Camuto vs. Merona

In case you haven't noticed, low-cut booties are going to be a key trend this Fall. Here are two pretty perforated leather options. You could pick the pair on the left from Vince Camuto, regularly $149.99 but on sale at Nordstrom right now for $99.90 during their Anniversary Sale. That's not bad, but you can get a similar version from Merona (on the right) at Target for just $34.99.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

More details emerge on two of Target's new brands...

NBC News posted an in-depth article this week about some of the changes we can expect with Target's launch of new in-house brands (and the phasing out of longtime faves like Merona). Here's some highlights:

  • Target is looking to grab the customers who have been left stranded from other retailers’ woes, With Sears, Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant, Rue21, Michael Kors, and J. Crew all struggling and closing tons of stores, women have fewer options for affordable business casual and casual clothing. To that end, Target is looking to fill that void with its new line A New Day.
  • Although Merona is indeed being canceled, its t-shirts and other basics will continue under the new brand, A New Day.
  • Lululemon's struggles (and high prices) open up an opportunity in athleisure, which Target seems to be pursuing with its new athletic line Joy Lab.
  • Both A New Day and JoyLab will carry plus sizing.
Target's new womenswear brand A New Day launches on August 27th, and JoyLab launches on Oct. 1st.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Back at Target: Project 7 Champagne Gummmies

Remember the Champagne Dreams Gummies from Project 7 that I raved about back on NYE? The ones that are supposed to be a dupe for the super-expensive Sugarfina version, only these have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives? Well, they're back at Target! While they're not available to ship, you can use the "Free Order Pickup" feature to buy online and pickup in store. And if you're hunting for them in your local store, I've spied them in the checkout aisle next to the candy, gum, and other "impulse buy" items.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fab Find: Merona Denim T-Shirt

As you can probably tell by my recent blog posts, I'm not taking the news that Target is dropping the Merona brand very well. So I'm coping by buying up all the cute Merona stuff I can before the brand disappears from stores forever. Yesterday I nabbed this fun denim t-shirt top with frayed edges and a trendy exposed zipper in back. I was afraid it was going to look too boxy once on, but it actually fits perfectly. Although it's now sold-out on Target.com, I found it at my local store on clearance for just $7.48!

Friday, July 14, 2017

New at Target: Naturebox

Target is carrying a new line of "healthy snacks" called Naturebox. Mostly carried online (vs. in stores) I'm obsessed with the variety shown here: the Asiago & Cheddar Crisps, which are delicious. Dubbed "snacking made simple," their philosophy is that snacks should taste great and be part of a healthy diet. All their snacks fit into one of 3 categories: Healthy, Smart, or Crave. I've also tried the Sriracha Cashews, and those are pretty addictive as well.

One caveat: these snacks aren't cheap. If you end up liking them and want to try more varieties (above and beyond what Target carries) plus save some $, you might consider going directly to the source. Naturebox runs a whole "snack membership" program from their website, where you can buy in bulk and schedule ongoing deliveries.

Target adds gender neutral kids' line...

InStyle reports that Target is partnering with global kids brand Toca Boca on a playful line of clothes and accessories for the back-to-school season. Toca Boca is known for its digital toys and designed the collection with diversity and inclusivity in mind.

“Everything we make at Toca Boca is designed for all kids; it's our mission to make sure no kid ever feels excluded by Toca Boca,"
Head of Consumer Products for Toca Boca Mathilda Engman said in a press release. "True to those values the collection was designed with inclusivity in mind, and we are so excited to see it will be merchandised together as a collection sitting between the boys and girls aisle of many Target stores."

The collection will also include boys and girls items. Toca Boca hits Target stores and target.com July 17 and comes in sizes 4 to 16. But if you can't wait a week until it comes out, scroll through the entire collection via the InStyle slideshow.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

My top Merona sale picks...

InStyle has posted a primer on what to buy from Target before they eliminate some of your favorite brands. They cite that both Merona and Mossimo will be going away - and most of their picks are from Mossimo - but from what I've read Target is only eliminating Mossimo for men (and not for women). Here are some of my own top picks:

Merona Denim Tie Front Skirt (shown here), $19.99

Merona Paperbag Waist Tencel Shorts, $19.99

Merona Utility Blouse, $17.99

Merona Modern Ankle Pant, $27.99

Merona Striped Boatneck Top, $12 (or 2 for $14)

Merona Favorite Cardigan, $22.99

The best part? Most women's Merona items online are on sale through July 15 for 20% off; just use the code MERONA at checkout.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Target tests curbside pickup... again

Target isn’t new to the online retail game, but they seem to perpetually be playing catchup to rivals like Walmart and Amazon. Case in point: Target is once again testing a curbside pickup program one year after shutting down a similar pilot program.

According to Consumerist, Target stores in the Twin Cities area are testing a new curbside pickup service with employees. As with similar pickup services at other retailers, customers place an order through Target’s app or website. They then drive to the store, park in a dedicated space next to the store and an employee will deliver items to the waiting vehicle.

For now, the service is only open to employees and available at the company’s northeast Minneapolis, Roseville, and Maple Grove stores. A rep for Target says the company hopes to make the service “customer facing” and available at more stores in the coming months.

If you're wondering how this program differs from Target’s previously scrapped pickup option: the idea is the same but the logistics are different. Previously, Target worked with a startup company called Curbside (ironic, yes?) to run a pilot program that eventually reached 121 stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. The previous iteration of the program used Curbside’s app, whereas this new pilot uses Target's own app and website. While the test program with Curbside ended in June 2016, Target notes that the company learned from the experience, and saw it as a good opportunity to build its own service.

This new curbside pickup program is just the latest in Target’s plan to improve convenience for customers while coordinating its online and physical store presence. Target appears to be stepping up its efforts to beat — or at least even the playing field — with rivals Amazon and Walmart.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Coming Soon to Target: Isabel Maternity

Hot on the heels of the news that they're eliminating some old brands and bringing in new ones, Target announces the introduction of a new maternity fashion line called Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel. Created in partnership with high-end maternity brand Ingrid & Isabel, this new line will offer on-trend, fit-focused clothes for moms-to-be.

Isabel Maternity will include 120 different items with unparalleled fit, function and fashion, ranging from the exclusive Bellaband for Target and seamless basics to on-trend fashion pieces like off-the-shoulder dresses. From expecting moms who are just a few weeks in with pants that don’t quite button to the moms-to-be who are starting down the final stretch, there’s something in the assortment that caters to everyone. Isabel Maternity will be available soon in most Target stores and on Target.com at prices ranging from $9.99 to $39.99.

You can read more about Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel - plus see more preview pics - here on A Bullseye View.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sonia Kashuk ends partnership with Target...

I haven't blogged about Sonia Kashuk products for a while (since February) because it seems like they haven't introduced anything new or exciting lately. And now, I've figured out why: according to MusingsOfAMuse, she's ended her association with Target. Muse points out that Sonia Kashuk’s social media accounts have been mysteriously closing down (which I noticed as well) and she reports that a few people mentioned that she made an announcement on Facebook about it.

After some digging, I found another site that reported in December that Sonia actually sold her brand back in September 2015 to Target, and has only been hanging on as creative director.  And according to Sonia's Instagram account, this past Spring was her last collection for Target before stepping down permanently.

So what does this mean for the brand's future? MusingsOfAMuse predicts that Target will keep Sonia's brushes and makeup bags, but may phase out the makeup to make room for newer brands. But I don't think this is happening in the immediate future, as a quick check of Target.com shows over 200 Sonia Kashuk products in stock, and only 2 of them are on clearance.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fab Find: Nate Berkus Fringe Pillow

Yesterday morning I swung by Target before work and was lucky enough to find two of these fabulous fringe pillows by Nate Berkus - on clearance, no less! The quality on them seem great, and the neutral colors will go with a variety of decor. Best of all, I got them at 50% off (just $12.98 each).

Retailers offer deals for Amazon Prime Day, but not Target

As Amazon gears up for its Tuesday's Prime Day - a sales event exclusively for Amazon Prime members - other retailers were choosing up sides in deciding whether to participate with their own discounts, deals and free shipping offers.

According to USA Today: while JCPenney, Kohl's and Macy's are all offering exclusive discounts before and during Prime Day, Walmart, Target and Lowe's are among the big names who are so far skipping the event.

Target says it offers deals every day and next week will be no different. It's focusing on Back to School promotions instead. "At Target, we're focused on offering compelling promotions year-round based on our guests' shopping mindset," says spokeswoman Shandra Tollefson.

This is a far cry from Target's old strategy, which previously included a "Black Friday in July" sales event held in mid-July. This event started back in 2010, and I believe Target ended it in 2015. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fab Find: Dollar Aisle Pin Cards

How cute are these?? Target's Dollar aisle have carried fun greeting cards before (as documented here and here) but these are special. Not only do they have fun phrases like "Let's Taco 'Bout It" and "You Have A Pizza My Heart", but each include an adorable enamel pin. Amazingly, each are just $1!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Apartment Therapy's Picks from Target's 4th of July Sale...

Apartment Therapy has put together a handy list of their top picks from Target.com's 4th of July sale. For example, right now this groovy blue barrel chair by Threshold is on sale for just $143.99 (regularly $179.99). Plus, get an additional 15% off when you use the promo code AMERICA at checkout.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Target to phase out Merona and Mossimo brands...

I have sad news to report, dear readers. A Wall St. Journal article published yesterday revealed that The Bullseye plans to shelve some of their bigger brands for new niche labels in order to draw in shoppers seeking something more "special".

Target is cleaning house (literally) by shedding some of it's stalwart brands to launch a dozen new ones over the next 18 months in the apparel and home furnishings departments. To make room, men's and women's Merona lines and men's Mossimo merchandise will be phased out, deemed "too homogenized to garner shoppers' affection".

Each new brand will have a defined personality and purpose. For women, A New Day will offer a more fashionable line of women's classics. For men, Goodfellow & Co. promises a modern take on traditional menswear. Other lines include the athleisure-inspired JoyLab, for women going from "crunches to brunches." And Project 62 will be a home brand with a more modern aesthetic (as compared to the more traditional-leaning Threshold).

While I understand the need to grow and evolve, I have to say I'll really miss Merona. They were my go-to brand for wardrobe staples like these cropped work pants (shown here) and I also have several shirts, shorts and jackets from this brand in my closet.  As for Project 62: Target's recent line Modern by Dwell never sold that well, so if Target is going to try the mod approach again, they'd better tweak their designs to be less like Ikea and more like West Elm. 

PS: To read more about Target's plans - plus see preview pics of some of the news brands mentioned above - read this article on A Bullseye View.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fab Find: Room Essentials PIllowcase

Hate mornings? Then you might want to nab this cheeky pillowcase by Room Essentials with the mantra "I am not a morning person." It's just $3.99 at Target, on sale this week for 10% off. There's also another version with the motif "Dream On", as well as a cute open/shut eyes print.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Target Pulls Hampton Creek Products...

Consumerist reports that Target has reportedly pulled Hampton Creek products from its stores and even disabled cashiers’ ability to scan these items at checkout.The retailer has indicated that it involves concerns over safety, but it doesn’t appear to be isolated to just one issue or product line, which is why all of the company’s products are being pulled from stores and Target.com.

“Pending a full review, Target today started a market withdrawal of Hampton Creek products,” a company spokeswoman told Bloomberg Technology. It has received two separate sets of allegations: One about shoddy practices in a facility that produces Hampton Creek products, and another that some of the company’s products have tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria.

Target also says it has an unconfirmed tip that raises questions about Hampton Creek’s labeling practices. Someone alerted the retailer that products may be described inaccurately as being free of genetically modified ingredients. Other items may contain allergens, like honey, that aren’t on the label. Again, Target stressed that these are not confirmed allegations, but the chain is acting on them because of their specificity and seriousness.

Fab Find: Dollar Aisle Dishtowels

Target usually rolls out seasonal/holiday themes for their selection of Dollar Aisle dishtowels. In the middle of plenty of patriotic 4th of July ones, I found these clever "Farmers Market" themed towels the other day. As a farmers market devotee, I may just have to buy these! Just $3 for a pack of 2.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Armed Robber Forces Family To Go Shopping At Target...

Consumerist reports that a North Carolina family went on a very scary shopping trip on Tuesday, after Durham police say a man knocked on their door to ask for money, and then forced them at gunpoint to take him shopping at Target.

ABC-11 reports that the suspect knocked on the door of a house around 7 a.m. and asked for money. One of the residents gave him some, but then the man allegedly showed a gun and ordered the parents and their two kids into their car. He’s accused of forcing the man to go to an ATM and take out money, then to a convenience store, before directing him to drive to Target. Once there, he allegedly made the victims enter the store with him, and had them buy a bunch of clothing and gift cards.

One of the victims was able to alert a worker in the store who called 9-1-1. Police officers happened to be in the store’s parking lot when the call came through, and arrested the suspect without incident.

The suspect has been charged with several counts of second-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon in this incident, and has also been charged with committing a string of other armed robberies and kidnapping in the past few days. In one of those incidents, he also allegedly forced victims to withdraw money and drive him to a convenience store.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fab Find: Novelty Pool Floats

In the kids' section at Target (near the Cat & Jack clothing displays) I found these adorable novelty pool floats. You can choose from an ice pop or a rocket motif - both in festive red, white and blue - and just $14.99 each.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Target Rolls Out BTC Merchandise...

It's the first day of Summer, and we've barely finished graduation season. But that hasn't stopped Target from rolling out their BTC (Back to College) merchandise in stores, with everything you need to outfit your dorm room or small living space. You can also find a full selection of BTC stuff here on Target.com.  Unfortunately, making room for all the BTC items also means that most of Target's home decor offerings will disappear from stores for a while. So now's the time to snap up decor by Threshold and Nate Berkus as it goes on clearance to make way for rows of storage cubes and lounge chairs.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Last Chance for VBxTarget....

A friend told me that an employee at her local Target store said the Victoria Beckham for Target merchandise would be cleared out of stores on June 18th. Sure enough, a quick check of my store yesterday showed that all the remaining pieces on clearance had disappeared from the racks. So if you still had your heart set on something from this line, you can try to find it on Target.com, where there are still some deals to be found. This plus-sized scallop tank top (shown) is a steal at just $7.80 (regularly $26).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

New at Target: Method Spring/Summer Scents

Target is carrying new limited edition Spring/Summer scents of Method's Foaming Hand Wash and Gel Hand Wash. As shown here, the new varieties include Chamomile Lavender, White Rose and Ginger Tea. There's also a fourth fragrance called Ocean Waves. Just $3.49 each in stores or on Target.com.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Target and Cartwheel apps to merge...

Starting this Summer, Target’s mobile app strategy will undergo a significant change. TechCrunch reports that Target will soon combine the functionality of its Cartwheel savings app with its main shopping app in preparation for an eventual Cartwheel shutdown. The Target app will also receive a notable upgrade this year, adding support for an indoor map that shows your location in the store, along with the nearby Cartwheel deals, in addition to support for mobile payments.

According to Target, the decision to merge its apps into one is a result of customer feedback. Shoppers wanted an easier way to access all of what Target has to offer from one destination, not two. You can read more details here on TechCrunch.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fab Find: Bright Stripe Placemats

The other day at Target I found these festive, bright-striped placemats by Threshold. The needle-stitched variegated stripes in citrusy hues almost look handmade. Best of all, I scored them on clearance for just $1.48 each (regularly $4.99).

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sale Alert: Patio Furniture

Target is running an extra 15% off all patio furniture with the code HOME at checkout on Target.com. That means that this cute Halsted 5-piece small space wicker set - already on sale for $339 (from $399) - is an extra $51 off. And if you use your Target RedCard, you can save another 5% off of that! One hitch: some items are already sold out online, but you can still get the discount with 'store pickup' if the item is available at a store near you.

New at Target: RXBAR

There's a new brand of protein bars hitting the shelves at Target. RXBARs contain minimal ingredients with no added sugar, gluten, dairy or soy, in yummy varieties like Blueberry (shown), Maple Sea Salt, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Sea Salt, Peanut Butter Chocolate and Chocolate Chip. There's also an RXBAR Kids line with fruity flavors like Berry Blast and Apple Cinnamon Raisin. Just $5.99-6.99 per box (or $1.99 per bar) at Target and Target.com.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Fab Find: Threshold Copper Planter

I found these stunning copper planters by Threshold on clearance at Target yesterday. The copper liner is removable (for cleaning) from the wood frame. Online they're a bit more, but in stores the medium and small sizes were 50% off. As I was leaving the home decor section, I also noticed a large (20" tall) size.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Look for Less: Serena & Lily vs. Threshold

As we head into Summer, natural fibers such as raffia, rattan and jute are abundant in home decor. I've especially seen this trend in placemats and tablerunners. Here we have two such examples. On the left is a round rattan placemat from Serena & Lily, which will set you back a whopping $28 each. But you can get the same look with the jute placemat on the right from Threshold (at Target) for just $4.99 each. Think about it: you could get 5 of the Threshold ones for less than the price of just ONE from Serena & Lily!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Target to start playing music in stores...

Ever notice that Target doesn't play music in their stores? According to Consumerist, that may change soon, as The Bullseye is planning to pump music through the sound system at some stores.

Playing music in stores is a departure for Target, as the retailer historically subscribed to the thought that music would distract customers from shopping. But The Minneapolis Business Journal reports that Target has been testing music in about 65 stores and plans to expand that system to 115 more stores this year.

A spokesperson tells the Business Journal that by the end of the year 180 stores will be not-quite-blasting playlists of music that is “upbeat, positive and has playful personality.” The music is likely intended to provide customers another unique in-store shopping experience they can’t find at other retailers, analysts say.

But I SAY - as do many others, per Consumerist's online poll (shown here) - keep Target quiet! I enjoy the silence, and find piped-in music annoying.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Look for Less: Lord & Taylor vs. Who What Wear

A friend sent me the inspiration for this latest post. Both of these plus-sized chambray dresses have a fun boho vibe, with accent embroidery and tassel trim. The one on the far left is from Lord & Taylor and will set you back $54, which is not bad considering it's on sale from $120.  But you could save a few more bucks with the option on the right from Who What Wear (at Target) which costs just $39.99.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ivanka Trump Wears VBxTarget...

Looks like Ivanka Trump is a fan of Tar-shay. Who knew?! The Daily Mail spotted the 35-year-old special advisor (and First Daughter) to President Trump stepping out in a $35 dress from Target on Monday. The simple black dress with a ruffled bottom and two lilies is from the recent Victoria Beckham for Target designer collab. And it’s actually on sale right now for $17.50 on Target's website - possibly cheaper if you can find it in store, where the VB line has been marked down to 70% off.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Look for Less: Birkenstock vs. Sam & Libby

Target is mimicking Birkenstock again, as they've done in the past. You could get the 'real thing' (shown on the right) with the 'Papillio Gizeh' from Birkenstock, but it'll set you back almost $95. Or you can opt for a very similar colorful print footbed sandal (at left) from Sam & Libby (at Target) for only $27.99.

Fab Find: Greenroom Eco Summer Motif Notecards

At Target yesterday I noticed the cutest notepaper by Greenroom Eco. As shown here, each of the three designs boast a summer-themed motif: gold flamingos on turquoise paper, gold pineapples on pink paper, and gold whales on navy paper. I had to chuckle, as the whales reminded me of the Vineyard Vine logo, and the pineapples look identical to the ones Tommy Bahama uses on their flip flops.

I can't find this stationery on Target.com, but in stores they're just $6.99 each for a box of 24 notecards.