Lilly Pulitzer for Target – 6 days and Counting!

Who else is getting super excited about the Lilly Pulitzer for Target launch on April 19th?! I plan on doing both online and in store shopping. Who else thinks this will “break the internet”? Lol! I’m excited for the cute little girls outfits that come in the same prints. Very southern to match with your daughters, especially in an LP print. The clutches, the straw bags for the beach, the sandals, the swimsuits, the dresses, the scarfs….it’s also going to break my bank account. I hope you all get the pieces you’re coveting. Here are some of my favorite LP for Target pieces. Good luck and happy shopping!

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BOGO 50% off Target Sandals! Here are my picks…

Last year this was “the” shoe on Instagram. It sells out fast and everyone is always desperate to get a pair. It is only available online too. I have to say it lives up to the hype. They’re cuter in person, very comfortable, and I don’t find that the glitter falls off. And they’re back this year! Grab a pair before they’re sold out again!

imageI love when Target has BOGO for sandals especially when I’m looking out my window and seeing mounds of snow! But it makes me hopeful that warmer weather is coming. And right now with the BOGO it is also free shipping on orders over $25. So two pairs shipped free for about $35. Can’t beat that!

Here are my picks for spring and summer sandals from Target. This first pair “the Belinda” is my favorite! It looks just like the JCrew sandal from last year that sold for about $250. I’m super excited about these!

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FREE Jewlry from Rocksbox! Use Code: Cocoforbeautyxoxo

I’m excited to have partnered with Rocksbox to give my blog readers a FREE month of jewelry! Use code: cocoforbeautyxoxo at checkout. It’s a $19 monthly box service where they send you 3 pieces of jewelry based on a style quiz of your personal preferences. Like only statement jewelry? Only dainty pieces? Or maybe a mixture of both? Your profile curates all of that for you so you get pieces that are picked just for you by a stylist. They even have a wish list where you can add pieces that you would like to see in your box. My first box had two of my wish list items! They have Kendra Scott, Lauren Hope, House of Harlow, etc.

So you get three pieces and you can wear them as much or as little as you like and then return them when you’re done and they’ll send you another three pieces. Fall in love with one or all of them? Then you can keep them at a discounted rate and you even get a $10 a month credit towards any piece you may want.

I love this concept because I get excited about a new piece of jewelry, wear it for a few days, and then it’s put in a box somewhere until I fall in love with something else I see. This is an excellent way to get to wear a lot of new pieces on loan instead of committing to buying them.rocksbox1

Plus Size Ladies Rejoice – Target Launching New Plus Size Line, Ava & Viv – Feb 22

The plus size debate has been going on for awhile it seems with Target. Last year all the plus size sections suddenly, and without explanation, disappeared for months. When pressed Target said they were revamping and bringing new things in. But when it came back it didn’t really deliver anything new, different or a variety of anything.

Target is known for amazing designer collaborations and Lilly Pulitzer is the first designer collab to offer a plus size range (only sold online). Target is finally listening to the plus size ladies of fashion and have collaborated with three bloggers to offer a new line at Target stores called Ava & Viv with sizes ranging from 14-26. One of the bloggers chosen to help with the collab was a blogger known for bashing Target and creating a boycott against them after they failed to deliver any sizes over 16 with the Altuzarra launch. It looks like their beef was squashed and they could come together to create something amazing for the curvy girl. I love the concept of a store collaborating with a blogger. The bloggers are US — all of us. They represent real women in real time. I hope to see more stores turn to bloggers for style inspiration. I think it will offer a fresh take on what women like and what we don’t like.

There looks to be about 100 pieces being offered in this new line. Here is a peek of what is being offered when they launch Feb 22nd.

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Target gets Major Backlash in Social Media over Lilly Pulitzer Collab

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When Lilly Pulitzer was announced as the next designer collaboration for Target, I was ecstatic. I thought the April launch was perfect for helping me score some amazing printed pieces for spring and summer. But I might have been part of the few people that were happy about it. And that was truly shocking…

Like I’ve said a dozen times I’m a southern girl living in NY, but still am very true to my southern roots. So I know that a cute LP dress and pearls is a southern girl staple. The prints scream southern sorority girl, high class, elegant, lovely and very expensive. So to think I can get some LP at a lower price point is totally awesome. I, apparently, am part of the few that think so.

There’s been several things that have plagued this collaboration since it was announced: One, that Lilly Pulitzer is the next designer for Target. Two, that Lilly Pulitzer is offering plus sizes. And three, that the plus sizes are only being offered online. What else will be next?

Social media was in a firestorm this week. Here are some of my favorites:

“Lilly Pulitzer is rolling over in her grave”

“Great, now basics will be wearing Lilly Pulitzer”

“This is what happens when the founder dies and ignorant people are left in charge”

“Lilly Pulitzer is built off class and now you’re declassing it with it being associated with Target.”

“Great, I just spent $250 on a dress that will now sell for $40 to some randoms.”

I was pretty shocked that people would be so crazed and appalled by it. Isn’t that what a Target collaboration is for? To offer lower price points from a designer to the masses. It’s not like Lilly Pulitzer is moving into Target permanently. It’s a limited number of items which will probably sell out in the first day. And then never again. I do not see the problem.

I’m a girl who wears labels. I love a designer bag, designer scarf, designer shoes. But I also love to mix a high end designer with something from Target. I own at least 5 Burberry scarves, so I still can love and appreciate a great plaid scarf from Target without screaming it being “low budget knockoff” or that it’s sold to “basics”. I will still pick a Target scarf over a designer one if it goes with my outfit better. I love Louis Vuitton but I also love Target. Does shopping at Target make me low class or a “basic”? No.

I also think it’s awesome that plus sizes are being offered. I was once a plus size so I can understand the importance. I don’t understand why it’s being sold online only though, considering the expanding waist lines of Americans and the need being more prominent than ever for a nice selection of plus size clothing. But they’re also saying since it’s the first time Target has offered plus sizes with a designer collab that they’re “testing the waters”. I can understand that.

Whatever you believe, Lilly Pulitzer is an amazing designer with prints like no one else. And I believe that the same people complaining on social media will be some of the first in line to buy LP for Target on April 19th. So now they can be “basic” and “randoms” like us all, but at least I’ll be a “basic” wearing Lilly. 🙂

Lilly Pulitzer for Target Coming April 19, 2015!

When I heard last night that Lilly Pulitzer was the next designer to collab with Target, excitement would be an understatement! I’m a southern girl through and through, and Lilly Pulitzer is a southern girls staple of choice. Her prints are bright, fun, colorful and scream spring and summer. Even though Lilly calls to the southern belles, I know that women everywhere will be flocking to their local Target stores on April 19th to clear the shelves.

There’s going to be 250 items available to give your house and your wardrobe a good dose of Lilly Pulitzer! I can’t wait to stock up on some beautiful LP printed dresses at a more affordable price point. The LP for Target collab is following along with the Missoni line in offering a more lifestyle line of products for Target. So expect to see a whole range of home goods from decorative pillows to chairs to umbrellas. The price point will be from $25 to $250, with around 200 items under $30.  Here are some photos from the preview. What are you most excited for?

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New Years Eve When You’re a Mom

No fancy sequin cocktail dress with matching heels, a killer clutch, professionally done hair and makeup, a glass of champagne in hand dancing the night away….well not really when you’re a parent to little ones. I have 4 kids, ages 3 to 11 but I don’t completely do without all the glittery crazy fun, just slightly modified.

I love Targets New Years party kits. This year we bought a back drop with hand held champagne glasses and sunglasses, bow ties, hats and had fun in our mock “photo booth”. I also spent $10 on the party in a box with top hats, tiaras and blow horns, all in New Years colors. And I bought several $3 confetti cannons. All in all I spent about $25 in decorations and props. We’ve spent several hours taking photos and making some great memories so it was well worth the money.

We made prime rib, lobster and shrimp for dinner and finished it with chocolate cake. The kids have been sipping their “champagne” and we have our bottle of Veuve ready to pop at midnight. I make sure the music is turned up and we sit and laugh, together, as a family, with our kids, and I wear a sparkly JCrew top and lipstick. It’s fun. And I know in 20 years I’ll give anything to go back to this moment when I have my house full of kids celebrating the new year, new beginnings and fresh starts. Hope you all are having a blessed New Years….I have to head back to my crazy family now.

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New Year, New Self

I become very self reflective when a new year roles around. I don’t necessarily call them “resolutions” but it’s more of a time where I reflect on myself as a whole person. Not just a singular, lose weight, eat better, go to church, stop using the F word…lol. I cant find “one” thing. I’m a mom, wife, woman, friend, sister…how can I pick just one thing to work on? I wanna work on it all. What were my mistakes this year? What were some accomplishments I made? What do I want to do more of? Less of?

I can think of several. First off, I lost myself some, okay, probably A LOT this year. I grieved a lot. In July my mother died and it became easy to “let myself go”. Drink more, eat more, cry more, wallow more, self-pity, guilt, fear, anger….I’ve gone down the rabbit hole for well over 6 months. When does it stop? She’ll never come back. I’ll never get to be there for her more. I’ll never get to be a better daughter. I’ll never get to “fix” the problems we had as a mother/daughter. There are no do overs after death.

So why not just be a better Heather? And if I’m a better Heather, with a better sense of self, doesn’t that then make me a better wife, mother, friend, sister? Doesn’t it trickle to all aspects of life? Maybe some people have near perfect lives and really do just need to lose that 10lbs from holiday eating. But I’m not that person and I like to keep it real.

So I’m picking it all.

I want to put myself first at least some of the time. Pry the toddler off my leg and go to my yoga classes without guilt, so I can fit back into my jeans again without feeling angry. I haven’t dared to get on a scale but the jeans tell no lie and those seams are doing overtime!

I want to work on more projects at home, like this old steamer trunk I’m refinishing. Find more antique furniture to slather chalk paint on! Laugh more, eat less, eat better. Notice I didn’t say drink less wine?? Look, baby steps people. Lol!

I don’t allow people around me to be victims so I don’t expect myself to be one either. I’ve done the whole, it’s not fair to lose your only parent at 34 for long enough. I will never stop loving her and I will never stop missing her. But you can’t allow grief to swallow you up. I don’t think my mother would have wanted that either.

So I won’t be joining a gym on New Years or starting the master cleanse. I will be more open, like this blog post, which exposes more of me than most people know. I will go to great lengths to laugh more. Bring more joy to my life. See some great concerts because music makes me happy. I will be becoming a better Heather by listening to my needs and wants. I’ll pick up my yoga mat without guilt. I’ll stop sweating the small stuff, picking up more great books to read, spending more time enjoying life. My mother would want that. She would want me to keep living. So in her memory I’m choosing to let go of the grief and keep going forward to a better me, a better Heather, a better mom, better wife, better friend, better sister, and a happier me. Hope you all have a safe and happy New Years!!!!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip and M&M Cookies

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip and M&M Cookies

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 stick margarine

2 tbl white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

Half a bag of chocolate chips

Pumpkin spice M&Ms

These cookies kind of came together on their own. I had some leftover pumpkin purée and had bought some pumpkin spice M&Ms that I was trying to figure out what to use with.  These cookies came out delish!

Preheat to 350 degrees. Let margarine come to room temperature.  Add sugars, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda and blend until creamy. Add egg and mix. Add pumpkin and mix. Add chocolate chips and mix. Spoon out  onto cookie sheet. Add M&Ms. Bake for 12.5 minutes. Makes 30 cookies. Enjoy!

Sephora Frangrance IQ has launched – finding your signature scent

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Sephora has now made it easier to pick a fragrance that’s best suited towards your needs, style and body complex. Personally, I’m really excited about this! I have allergies to most floral scents and it gives me a horrible headache. I also feel like a lot of perfumes just don’t fit my chemistry. I have been fortunate enough to find my signature scent which is just a classic Burberry perfume. I’ve used it now for about 7 years and it smells divine on me. I always have people asking me about my perfume and friends say they smell it now and it makes them think of me, which I love. 🙂

I think it’s important for every woman to find that perfect fragrance that makes them feel beautiful. And what girl doesn’t love smelling beautiful?

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Even though I’ve found my signature scent and I don’t see it being replaced, I certainly would like to occasionally change it up and have some options. I can’t wait to try out the new Fragrance IQ at Sephora. It helps you pinpoint fragrances by asking you a series of questions and then it actually dispenses up to three fragrance samples. How awesome is that? No more trying to find a salesgirl and having to ask for a sample. And I’d rather answer a few questions and get a better range of options for me then trying to smell perfumes until I have a splitting headache. Have you found your signature scent? What is it?