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I’m breaking up with Target.

November 11, 2015

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I’ve been thinking a lot about my new small town life lately. Needless to say, moving from Minneapolis to small town Iowa has been a big change. Sure, I grew up in this small town, but living in a community as a child vs. an adult is a totally different ball game.

I’ve phoned my mom a dozen times asking where to get/do certain things. Where do you drop off dry cleaning? (Answer: Joe’s TV and Appliance, and it will take a week to get back to you.) Where do you buy envelopes? (Answer: You should just go to the neighboring town’s Walmart 20 minutes away.) The paint store closes and noon on Saturday and nothing is open on Sunday, so if you don’t plan in advance, you’re just out of luck unless you want to drive an hour. The list goes on and on.

But this new life we’re living? I love it. No seriously! It’s slow and simple and free of many of the distractions that come with busy city living. It’s also free of Target. Most people shuddered, myself included, when I said that we were about 45 minutes from our nearest Target. “How will you survive?” they asked. “I could never live that far away from Target!” they exclaimed. Trust me, I thought the same thing. We lived in the mecca of Targets, smack dab in the middle of Minneapolis near the 3rd highest grossing Target in the nation. It. was. wonderful.

Since we’ve moved three months ago I’ve walked through the doors of Target only twice. Yes, twice! I can hardly believe it myself. But you guys? It’s been so good for my wallet and my heart. This sounds a little gross to admit, but in the past when I was having a bad day it wasn’t uncommon for me to pack up Ainsley and head to Target, browsing the isles and tossing things I didn’t need in my cart. I didn’t have a spending problem, but my behavior certainly wasn’t healthy and it didn’t actually fix whatever was bothering me, either.

While living in Minneapolis, I had a friend who told me she purposely chooses not to shop at Target because it’s such a spending black hole. Come in for a birthday card and a gallon of milk, leave with a picture frame, two candles, a new outfit for Ainsley and new shoes you don’t need. You know the feeling. I know the feeling. I hate thinking about how much money I’ve wasted over the years purchasing things I don’t actually need.

These days when I need big-box type items, like toothpaste and paper products, I go to Walmart. And no offense to Walmart but I have no desire to mindlessly wander the aisles of Walmart just for the fun of it. It’s an in-and-out type exchange and very few impluse purchases are made. I’m amazed at how Target, something that used to seem like such a necessity in my life, hasn’t really been missed at all!

Okay, so am I taking an absolute stance on no Target? No. After all, I didn’t say I was boycotting the store. It’s fun to pop in around Christmas time or grab a coffee and walk the aisles mindlessly without a baby on your hip, but I’m much better off when Target isn’t a part of my daily, weekly or even monthly routine.

Madison

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Stitch Fix August Review

August 7, 2014

Dotted Blouse

I can’t tell you how pleased I’ve been with Stitch Fix over the past few months. The last 3 to 4 fixes that I’ve received have been so much better than I could have expected, and I’m really glad I stuck with the service and looked past the couple of fixes that were less than impressive.

I think one of the biggest changes has been the fact that I requested a new stylist and have really loved my new stylist. She seems to get my style and understand what I’m looking for. After my first fix from her, I requested to continue to get fixes from her, and it’s been great.

{PS: If you’re looking to sign up for Stitch Fix, you can do so here!}

Let’s get to this month’s fix, shall we?

Item #1: Amour Vert: Alessandro Abstract Dot Print Silk Blouse (above)
I was in love with this blouse at first glance. The neutral black and hunter green dots and abstract pattern were right up my alley. I really loved that this blouse was almost a little too big since I’m hoping it will last for a while through pregnancy. If you can tell, it’s quite long, which was another plus.
Verdict: Keep!

Kimono Top
Item #2: Pixley: Monty Scarf Print Kimono Cardigan
The kimono top was cute but it wasn’t something I would normally consider buying on my own. Surprisingly I liked the top when I put it on, but I couldn’t really see myself getting much use out of it aside from a very casual setting, and it was a little pricey for something that I felt I could buy at Target for much less.
Verdict? Return!

Sleeveless Blouse

Item #3: Skies are Blue: Witherford Colorblock Pleat Detail Blouse
I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m not a huge fan of sleeveless blouses and tops. I rarely wear them at work and when I do, I usually cover my arms with a jacket of some sort. Thus, sleeveless blouses just aren’t versatile enough for me. The blouse was pretty and I liked the neutral colors but when thinking about staple pieces that I would wear time and time again, this just didn’t make the cut.
Verdict: Return!

White Blouse

Item #4: Daniel Rainn: Bilson Embroidered Tab-Sleeve Blouse 
Oooh, this blouse was exactly what I’ve been looking to buy for quite a while. I don’t have a good basic white blouse, and I’ve pinned a lot of photos with white tops on Pinterest. I loved the sheer top layer and the built-in camisole underneath. Additionally, the top was long and loose around the middle.
Verdict: Keep!

Zebra Dress

Item #5: Tart: Teina Abstract Chevron Racerback Belted Maxi Dress
I’ve already Instagrammed this dress and worn it a bunch of times since I’ve received my fix. I just love it! It’s the perfect length, just barely touching the floor when I wear sandals, and the dress is made from a thicker, super-comfortable material that provides nice coverage and doesn’t show every little bump and bulge (a big complaint I have with cheaply made maxis). It was a little pricier, around $98, but I was willing to make the investment knowing I would get a lot of use out of this dress in the summer and the fall months to come when paired with a jean jacket.
Verdict: Keep!

I was tempted to keep the entire box to get the 25% discount you get when you keep all 5 items, but thinking about my capsule wardrobe challenge really kept me committed to keeping items that I truly love, not items I’ll only wear once or twice and give away later.

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