October 3, 2013

Join The Club

 Peplum floral top: H&M (old), Vest: Zara, Skirt: American Apparel, Leopard flats: Gap, Accessories: Karen Walker sunglasses, Alisa Michelle and vintage bracelets, LionetteNY bracelet, Nike FuelBand, La Mer x Target leopard wrap watch, 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target handbag

I have never been shy about my shopping habits for designer collaborations with chain stores. I've featured numerous purchases, via my outfits, throughout this blog. Naturally, when the 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target collaboration released, I tried to restrain myself but also nab what I could (since hesitation usually means failure).

I have mixed emotions about designer collaborations. When they first began I thought it was such a brilliant move. Here was a way for people to afford designs by their favorite designers! However, it's become sort of a freak show of sorts with how crazy people get and the subsequent eBay fodder. Suddenly, I don't really know if I'm buying something because I really want it or if I'm feeding into the hype. Thankfully, having a wish list helps filter the hype but, things always change in the moment. 

Regardless, the latest collaboration with Target was a semi-successful experience for me. I liked a lot of things, missed out on one of my favorite wish list items because I hesitated (see what I mean...failure) and enjoyed the fact that the collaboration itself really mimicked the designer's aesthetic. This handbag I'm carrying is nice and roomy, the handles are sturdy and I didn't even own a purple handbag beforehand. It's win-win for me.

What did you think of this latest collaboration?


  1. I am still waiting for Lionette to have a sale..... so I can take advantage of it!! HAHA I'm following them on IG and all of their jewelry look so good.. AND I would still like to hear about your experience with the H&M x Jimmy Choo story!

  2. That floral print is gorgeous! Loving the leopard print flats with it! Gorgeous look!

    Bold Subtlety

  3. I'm not usually one to buy into collaborations myself. But this one, I did. And I went and spent FULL PRICE (which I never do) on a sweatshirt. This bag was worth it for sure! I love the colors in your scarf as well!

  4. Every time I see someone with the purple bag from this collection, I curse Target! I can't believe they sent me the wrong bag. :( I love your dress and the bag, of course. So envious! <3


  5. Love the mixed prints here! Been thinking about snagging those leopard flats ...comfy?

  6. LOVE the floral peplum top with the vest. You look absolutely stunning in this outfit. One of my faves!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  7. The handbag is gorgeous! I love the color

  8. Loving the skirt and that gorgeous blue bag, the colour is wonderful

    x Joana
    When You Dream Big

  9. You're right- the ebay and hoarding part are crazy, but I sure love it when Target donates the stuff that doesn't sell to my neighborhood Goodwill! I've gotten a few nice things that way!

  10. I'm a little sad I missed out on this collaboration, that bag is gorgeous!! Love the colour :)

  11. What a beautiful look. The bag looks great with the top!

    Daria from www.cinnamon-star.blogspot.com

  12. I loved the latest collaboration, but I am on a shopping hiatus so I've had to resist...haha.
    Penniless Socialite
    $25 Target and Jewelry Giveaway!

  13. I didn't know the Philip Lim x Target had a purple bag. I did noticed that this collection is still hanging on the racks. I'm was tempted to buy one of the tops because I really liked the style of this designer. I did end up buying one mini bag. I'm so happy with my purchase.

  14. Well your outfit looks great Nancy! Fabulous pick! I love that designers are collaborating with Target and such. It's the frenzy part that get's me. LOL

  15. great outfit! i love the bag! unfortunately i wasn't able to get any of the Philip Lim bags everyone is raving about :(

  16. I love it! Your shoes are too cute, and I especially like your bag.

  17. Looking so adorable as ever Nancy.....& how lucky you snagged that PL in a lovely color!


  18. love it! you look great!
    happy friday :)

  19. You look gorgeous! Love how you paired all of this together!

  20. To be honest, I've never really gotten into those collaborations with Target. I thought the BOOM jumper looked cute, but ultimately wasn't me. I think this purse is great on you though!

  21. I saw several bloggers going crazy over this collection but I have to say it is hard not to get into the hype. The collection has really cool pieces. The handbags look gorgeous, I really like the one you picked.

  22. You bought the same 3.1 Phillip Lim bag I did! I wanted one a little different than the tote everyone else bought. I didn't have the choice of getting purple though. Black was left. It's stunning in that color!

  23. I didn't get a chance to view the handbags and refuse to fuel the hype by going to the store. I did order some clothes online and really liked the floral peplum top.

    Love this outfit on you!


  24. I definitely agree with you- I think a lot of consumers give in to the hype without considering their taste or style before they buy an affordable designer piece. I have to admit that I'm not a fan of Target collaborations- I think high-end designers forfeit a lot of their aesthetic and quality in their pieces. The last time I bought a designer/Target collab piece it completely fell apart!

    Xo, Hannah



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