How can my shopping experience at Target get any better (is that even possible?) This is how…only 2 more days until the launch of Lilly Pulitzer at Target! I’m so excited, I’ve been a Lilly fan for many years, and I think it’s an amazing collaboration for those that enjoy the preppy look but find the Lilly collection a bit out of their price range. That’s the best part of the deal…Target will sell Lilly items at Target prices, but only for a limited time! Doesn’t get much better than that. You can browse the entire look book online, which includes over 250 products for women, children, beauty, and home ranging in price from $2 (for a nail file) to $150 (for a hammock), but nearly 200 of the items come in with a price below $30. While the collection will be available in stores, some items will be sold exclusively at Target.com. And make sure to watch the campaign video, featuring actors Chris Noth (Mr. Big from Sex and The City) and Bella Thorne in the midst of a ’60s Palm Beach soiree. Take at look at some of the items Target will be carrying:
Who hasn’t heard of Vera Bradley? I have been a Vera Bradley fan for over 13 years now. The first item I ever owned was my daughter’s diaper bag, a surprise gift from my husband. Of course, he had no idea who Vera Bradley was back then, he just thought I would really like it, and I did (I still have it). Ever since then, I have been a bit obsessed with Vera. What I’m really addicted to are the travel bags and accessories (smaller pouches, phone cases, beach towels). I became a real fan when we lived in Raleigh a few years ago, where Veras were sold everywhere and everyone uses them. Eventually, my daughter became obsessed too. She loves all the binders, pens, sticky notes, and every year she gets a new backpack and lunch bag with the latest pattern for school. We now live in Miami, and you don’t see many Veras around this neck of the woods, but we still love our bags! And lucky for us, there is a Vera Bradley store at the Falls Shopping Center.
What I like most about these bags is that they’re washable. We travel a lot as a family, and I’m a bit of a “germaphobe”, so I love the fact that once we’ve returned from our trips, I can just pop these bags in the washer, and they’re ready to go again. They are also full of great compartments and pockets, which make packing a carry-on bag very easy.
I also like that they’re quite durable. My daughter’s backpack is always in pretty good condition by the time schools ends, and I usually wash both the backpack and lunch bag several times during the year. This makes it very easy for resale on eBay or to give them away to friends.
Now, they are a bit pricey, but they are really well made. They only drawback that I see, is that in the past few years, they have changed the patterns and styles quite often, making it difficult to complete a collection (not an issue for me). But if you’re lucky you can still find some of the retired patterns on eBay.
And of course if you live anywhere near Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Vera is headquartered, you can attend their Annual Spring Outlet Sale, always held in April, with discounts of 40-60% off retail prices. I have never been to one of these sales (probably a good thing), but I have had the pleasure of visiting their outlet store in Orlando, which was quite the adventure. People were running all over the place grabbing anything they could get their hands on, so I can only imagine the craziness that takes place in Indiana!
Do you own any Vera Bradley bags, and if you do, which are your favorites?
Browsing through Pinterest, as you can find me on most days, I came across some really interesting pins by a pinner named The College Prepster, who pens an amazing blog. I happen to love preppy styles, Lilly Pulitzer, Jack Rogers sandals (my daughter and I have had them in all of the colors of the rainbow) Vera Bradley, J. Crew, LandsEnd, and of course, anything that’s monogrammed!
When my daughter was little, she had tons of monogrammed hair bows, backpacks and clothing. This was especially true when we lived in Raleigh, where you could find shops that monogrammed in almost all the shopping centers in town.
Now that we are back in Miami, it’s a little bit different. But I’m always coming across preppy websites through Facebook pages or Pinterest pins, and when I found this cute list, (and there are many more of these cute lists on her blog) I thought I would share it with you.
Don’t forget to check out this website, especially for those of you with young ladies heading off to college soon, it’s full of great ideas and advice! Happy Monday!