Nail polish-wise, I have something new for 2013 to show you today, Sinful Colors Mauve. Which I then topped with OPI Pirouette My Whistle.
I am ashamed. My dry hands. I'm so sorry. There's nothing I can do about them in the winter. I've tried everything from Lemony Flutter to Vaseline, and I just have to ride out the winter dryness. Anyway, Mauve. It's a lavender creme. The formula was thick, but I only needed two coats. The application seemed to me to be a little tricky because of the thicker-than-usual formula, but nothing that wasn't manageable. I liked the color just fine on its own, but I couldn't resist giving it a more ethereal feel by adding this glitter. Another $1.99 win from Sinful.
Last Thursday I had a crisis of epic proportions. At least that's what it seemed like to me. Around 10:00pm I was on the phone with Ben sort of just absentmindedly surfing the internet. Then all of a sudden my computer froze, which had never happened to me before. So I forced it to shut down and turned it back on. Then I saw this.
That's not my computer, but that's exactly what it looked like, screen-wise. Perplexed and quickly falling into a state of ever-increasing panic, I called up my dad. Who was asleep and couldn't help me. To be fair, he couldn't have helped me even if he had just had a pot of coffee and a solid eight hour nap, but my default when I have a problem with anything that's electronic or mechanical is to call my dad. So I did what any New Yorker would do. I went to the 24-hour Apple Store on 5th Avenue. Yes, there is an Apple Store here open 24 hours a day. Basically, even though my hard drive could have died and I could have lost everything, it didn't. It was the hard drive cable, which was replaceable within a day and cost me $56. Although I had to leave my MacBook with the Apple Store for a day and I felt totally lost without it (pathetic, I know), I'm glad to have it back.
And now I will present to you:
-The Thrifty Girl's Guide to Target Collaborations-
(this is of course meant to be rather satirical [but also kind of serious] and is written from the perspective of someone who buys for herself and not ebay; for shame, ebay people, for shame)
Listen. As a seasoned veteran of the ridiculousness that is a designer for Target release, I thought I could give a few pointers and also relay my experience from yesterday. I own items from Zac Posen, the coveted Missoni collection, Jason Wu, and now Prabal Gurung. For the most part, I know what I'm doing. So, here we go. 10 rules you really should follow.
1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. As a perpetual student, I hate the idea of having more homework. But it's totally necessary in this case. You need to study the lookbook and know EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT.
2. RANK YOUR CHOICES. It's very important that you rank your choices. Is there a must-have piece for you? Then that's your number one. Every other item should be behind that must-have piece in terms of grabby-hands order. Be prepared to sacrifice your #2 for the sake of your #1. Sometimes that happens.
3. CAFFEINATE. I can't stress this one enough. You need a cup of coffee. Yesterday I knocked back a huge energy drink before I started the six-block walk to my Target. And by the time I got there it had kicked in. I was ready. Gameface ON.
4. DO NOT ASSUME. I actually made this mistake this time around. What I mean by this is that you shouldn't assume that there won't be a lot of people there even if you live in a small town or a weird area. I live in Harlem, where my Target is, and I made the mistake of thinking there wouldn't be a lot of girls there. I was very wrong. In fact, here's an article about how wrong I was. But even though I was one of the last girls in line it was okay. Why? Because I followed rules 1 and 2.
5. THE TIME FOR POLITENESS IS NOT TODAY. Listen. For most of us, we'll never have the chance to wear the same designer as, for example, Michelle Obama on inauguration day. So be polite in other places. Today, this day of the collab. release, is a day for elbowing, jumping over the carts of others, and general shoving shenanigans.
6. GET A VISUAL. Sometimes this is possible, sometimes it's not. If you can see your must-have item through the window while you're waiting outside, you can chart your course. If not, you have to wing it. This worked well for me with Jason Wu. I spotted my dress and made a bee-line. At Prabal Gurung I was less lucky and I just had to wander in and hope I spotted it. I did.
7. WORK QUICKLY. This is a rule I always follow. Because you have ranked your choices, grab them as quickly as possible. Don't think, just take. That way you will be at the dressing room before everyone else, which is a good thing. Another piece of advice for Target collabs is to hypothesize as accurately as possible on sizing. For example, I'm normally a size 8-10 in dresses (my drug of choice). So in items I know I want, I grab sizes 8, 10, 12. Just in case.
8. DO NOT USE A CART. For the love of god, ladies, carts take up too much room in the aisles. LEAVE THE CART BEHIND. You have arms and shoulders for a reason.
9. BE CUT-THROAT AND EFFICIENT. Assuming that you, like me, are on a budget, you need to choose the pieces you love and let another girl have the pieces you sort of like. For example:
(this one was too big on top and I ended up snapping a photo of this size instead of the one that fit)
I liked this dress, but didn't love it. Back to the rack for a girl that ranked it as her must-have.
10. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS GO BACK TO THE RACKS AFTER YOUR FIRST ROUND. Sometimes people put stuff back. Sometimes, but not always. It's always worth it to check. If you had to sacrifice your #2 choice to grab your must-have item...you never know! It could be there again when you return to the designer section.
I followed these rules and, therefore, while most of the other girls were still scrambling like psychos trying to grab everything they could get their hands on, I had tried on my must-have (plus a few other things), and I was already in the grocery section trying to decide on a brand of Earl Grey.
As you can see, I also did not put on makeup. The spoils of war, ladies.
(not zipped all the way, so it looks a little baggy here; but, this is a product of prizing efficiency)
I chose this dress for a couple reasons. As my friend Sam pointed out (PS, she's coming to visit and stay with me on Wendesday; happy dance), it is one of the few with sleeves, making it one of the most practical. Also, I love black. But lastly, the print is pretty quintessential Prabal Gurung. I had a second choice, but I had to sacrifice it for my must-have; that happens. It was this dress on the left.
Anyway, there are some tips from a seasoned Targetista. Hopefully it made you smile or helped you out. And I hope that you got your must-haves! I'm pretty happy with how my shopping experience turned out.
K, that's it for today. Happy Monday. Have an extra cup of coffee, warrior women. You deserve it.