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Missoni for Target: SCORE!

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Well, I’m quite fond then! Fond of my readers, that is. And so sorry for the absence. I do have some fun things in store for the next few months!

But first, let’s talk about shopping! By now, most of you have heard about the Missoni for Target extravaganza.

If you haven’t, I’ll fill you in briefly: Founded in 1953, Missoni is an Italian fashion (power) house known especially for its colorful zigzag knitwear, which became wildly popular in the 1970s. They have since branched out into other realms of fashion, including sportswear, housewares, perfume and even hotels. On September 13th, the company debuted a 400-piece collection for Target.

Missoni zigzag knitwear

Naturally, people lined up at the crack of dawn and bombarded pretty much every store across the country when it opened. Early birds grabbed tons of stuff, swapped with one another, and many of them have proceeded to sell some of their wares on eBay (for a fine profit, I might add). Shoppers crashed Target’s website that day. In the days and weeks leading up to the launch, I took a look at the full collection and picked out a few things I would have liked to check out – particularly in the home wares arena, but there were some pretty cute sweaters, dresses and shoes I had my sights on.

Since I’m a 9-5er, I went to work as usual on 9/13 and did not have time for online shopping on the clock. September 13th happens to be my wedding anniversary, so a very special and romantic dinner with Oliver easily trumped a post-work trip to Target! I heard most Targets had been cleaned out of the good stuff by the end of that day, so I figured I was out of luck. Well! I finally made it over there this weekend and can I TELL you how excited I am about my score? SO very excited! I snagged the only little “rolly-polly” suitcase (as I call them). It’s got the navy and white zigzags and it will perfect for both car and air travel (I detest checking luggage and have become a master at packing lightly).

When I saw it, I pretty much just grabbed it and ran. Even the cashier noted that I snagged a rare find. When I got home and had time to explore my new gem, I discovered a few handy little pockets and a cosmetics bag containing a laundry bag and two shoe bags in yet another snappy Missoni pattern!

While I’m not much for pushy crowds, I wish I’d had the opportunity to hit the stores a little sooner, but, alas, my schedule didn’t allow for it, and my bank account is thanking me for it. I must say, I’m quite happy with what I got, and I suspect there will be more pieces trickling in here and there, as people realize they overdid it and return stuff.

Being fashionable can be a challenge if it is not something that comes naturally. It is hard to know where to begin. There is a lot of different information that you need to consider. Read on to find some easy hints to help you get started.

When choosing clothes, think about what season you are. If you look good in reds and oranges, you are a “summer” and probably will look good in any warm color (like yellow). If you look good in blues, you are likely a “winter” and look good in whites and greys as well.

If you have very dry skin, you may want to apply moisturizer before using your favorite scented products. Doing this will help the cologne or perfume stay longer on your body. It will work best if you use an unscented moisturizer, so the smells don’t compete or create a new, unexpected scent.

If you want to make yourself look thinner, try to wear the color black. Whether it is a black shirt, skirt, dress or suit, the color tends to make the whole body appear to be thinner. If black is not a color you are fond of, try to accessorize your outfit with brighter colors.

Do not use sponges to apply your liquid and cream based foundations and blushes. You will lose product in the sponge every time you do. Additionally, the sponge becomes a breeding ground for germs. Instead, use clean fingertips for application, switching fingers or cleaning them between different products or colors.

Always watch the trends and changes in the fashion world. Styles change season-by-season, and the best way to remain in-the-know is to read fashion magazines or blogs. Magazines get looks directly from the runway, so they are often the first to publish new trends.

Life may be difficult if you are unaware of how to improve your look. Fortunately, you’ve just learned what you need to know. By placing the tips you learned into action, you will notice how much more at ease you will become.