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target for lilly: the aftermath

It’s been two weeks since the Lilly for Target launch. And I still remember my excitement thinking about all those Lilly for Target goodies. Reality hit me hard when I arrived eight minutes after the store had opened. All I saw were sad, empty racks and displays. Unfortunately, everything had flown off the shelves by 8:05 a.m. I learned two things about designer launches that day: fate does not reward laid-back shoppers, and shopping Lilly for Target is a full-on contact sport, not for the faint-hearted.

Thanks to the kindness of friends and family, I did end up with:


Let’s be real, though. Lilly for Target was nothing more than a glorified Lilly for Target pop up shop lasting only minutes! My neighbor aptly called it Lilly for EBay. Sadly, items were appearing on EBay within minutes of the launch going for three times the retail price–now that plain stinks! Some shoppers did have luck purchasing online, but who wants to wake up at 3:00 a.m. for a pink shift dress? Don’t answer that! Next time, I’ll be ready or maybe I’ll pass on all the shenanigans. It all depends on my mood. I mean it’s just stuff, right? Hmm, did I mention how much I love my cute pineapple dish?

June 4, 2015 - 3:41 pm

Pooky - Reminds me of the Target for Missoni debacle a few years back…Will Tar-jay ever learn? Glad you were able to snag some swag in spite of the crowds. That pineapple dish is too cute!

baubles that won’t break the bank


I really do love Kate Spade accessories, but why spend $38 on a pair of their gemstone earrings when you can get a knock-off pair at Old Navy for $8.95? Old Navy is currently having a “buy two, get one free” sale on jewelry right now. These beauties in faux sapphire, tourmaline, and amethyst (more purplish in person) were collectively $20 after sales tax. Go treat yourself to a nice little pick-me-up while saving plenty in the process. You deserve it!

P.S. Thanks for the scoop, Pooky!

June 4, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Pooky - Any time :)!

zen and the art of dying easter eggs

Let me confess that my master plan was to create lovely eggs in soft pastel hues a la Martha Stewart. Of course, I felt that blogger pressure to make something people would swoon over. Once I checked out the McCormick Egg Coloring and Dying Guide though, I ditched the need for perfection and embraced the perfectly imperfect. I didn’t realize how relaxing dipping eggs and creating quirky color combos could be. If you don’t like a particular result, then go ahead and dip that egg in a new color. Double dipping is allowed–remember this isn’t chips and salsa.

Perhaps, you’d like to learn how to dye your eggs the natural way. To learn how to do this utilizing fruit and vegetable ingredients click here. Since I’m not Martha Stewart, who has a team of assistants and an immense amount of time (she only sleeps five hours a night), I opted to go with McCormick food dyes: traditional and neon colors.



the light between oceans by m.l. stedman


A heartbreaking and extraordinary story about good people faced with an enormous moral dilemma. A war hero turned light keeper and his lovely young wife encounter a small boat washed up on the shore of a remote island off the western coast of Australia. Inside the boat lies a dead man and a crying baby. What happens next changes the course of so many lives. What struck me the most about this book was how deeply you ended up feeling for each character, even the misguided ones.

It’s being made into a movie with actors, Rachel Weisz and Michael Fassbender, playing the two main characters. Hopefully, those involved in this project will stay true to the beauty of this wonderful book.

well hello, spring!




Spring can’t help itself. It likes to show off, and we’re grateful to witness its spectacular show. Brilliant pink azalea blooms, lavender colored jacarandas, garden roses in a variety of luscious colors, and lovely dogwoods pop into view along my evening stroll with Scout, my golden retriever. Being a Floridian, I don’t take it for granted. After all, there won’t be any leaves turning bright red and orange in the fall. This is our moment, before the heat and humidity swoop down on us in the summer.

While Scout happily trots along, lunging at the occasional unsuspecting squirrel or duck, I’m suddenly feeling really tempted to pick other people’s flowers. This is not something you can get away with as a grown up. Lucky for me, farmer’s markets and grocery stores now offer a wide variety of flowers.

The happy pompom-like hydrangeas, creamy yellow tulips, and vibrant hyacinths you see above were all purchased at Trader Joe’s for approximately $16. It was a bargain and a lot less dicey than getting caught snagging someone else’s flowers.

April 4, 2015 - 12:45 am

Jennifer - Glad you are blogging again. Great to hear your “voice.” Your flower arrangement that you fine tuned to look even prettier is awesome!

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