Good things come in small packages

So you may not realize it, but if you’re short, there’s one place you can shop where everything is ALWAYS half off of regular prices.

 Not petites.  Think smaller.

The pre-teen kids section can be a gold mine for the height impaired.  I mean, I’m not a midget.  I’m about 5’3, give or take the poofiness of my hair that day : )  But apparently a petite adult=a tall pre-teen in the world of clothing, so take advantage.  Kids clothes are almost always half of what adults pay, and if you have a funky, young kind of style you’d be surprised at what you’ll find yourself loving in the girls’ section.

For me, it all started a month ago in the girls’ section at Target.  My friend Linda and i were passing a really cute dress with a bright, pucci kind of print, and she looks at my smallish frame assessingly.  “You could wear that,” she stated challengingly.  Always up for a bet, i pulled it on over my clothes right there in the middle of the store.  The girls’ large was a perfect fit. 

I’ve worn that dress for a month now, to clubs, to work, hell, even to school, and gotten tons of compliments on it.  At only $12, it’s worth the embarassment of explaining where i found it.


 My version is no longer available online, but here’s a really similar one.

So try playing dress up with your inner child.  You’ll have more money left for lots of grown-up treats ; )


July 25, 2007. Kids' section, Target. Leave a comment.


My second home is Target.  It’s completely the home of cheap cool.  I once told a boyfriend, when he asked me where i was  and then got exasperated when the answer was Target for the hundredth time, “Listen, i pretty much spend my life trying to get away from you and get to Target. I love Target.” 

I grew up in a town that’s sole source of shopping was a Walmart.  As a young teen, i would look at Target commercials on TV and think, “One day, I’m going to get the hell outta here and to a city big enough that it has a Target.”

Now, looking back, i’m grateful to Walmart, b/c it was the first place that taught me that being a discount store does not mean that you can’t find cool stuff there.  I have two or three dresses that i bought at Walmart which i later saw exact versions of in high end stores, and they didn’t look any better regardless of their $50ish price tags. 

But at Target, you don’t even have to dig around looking for the cool stuff like you do at Wally World; it’s just all damn cool.

First, let’s talk clothing.  All summer long i’ve been longing for a pair of dark indigo straight leg capris like the ones at the store where i work.  I finally found a very close replica at Target that fits like a glove (and they’re  size 5’s people, i haven’t worn that since i was 18.  i bought them simply b/c i will buy anything that convinces me i’m still a size 5) and rings up at only $20.  To go with the capris, i was looking for a couple of cute tops.  apparently those long, loose tunic-y tops are still refusing to die b/c they’re all over Target.  While i usually hate these tops out of the principle that i would prefer for people to be able to see that i have a waist, these were really fun colors and had adorable pockets.  So sue me, i threw principles to the wind.  dscn06840001.jpg  But hey, that’s the beauty of buying the cheap version versus the ones i’ve seen in higher end stores: i won’t feel nearly as stupid when they’re totally out of style next year and i sell them to Rag-o-Rama.  The best find was this chic little black dress with belted waste that looked so vintage-y, like it was straight out of a thrift store except for being all fresh and shiny.  dscn06830001.jpg  At $4o, it’s something i’ll probably think about for a week or two before breaking down and snatching it up.  I think that best part of it is how well-made it is for something at a mid-end store like Target; it has such great clean lines.

After clothes, i always head directly to underwear. I am a lingirie addict. My last boyfriend was convinced that i never wore the same set twice for the first couple of weeks we were dating, that’s how much i have.  And that is possible only b/c of the Target lingirie department.  Victoria’s Secret is great for special occaison numbers, but for your average cute bra and panties that you wear every day, Target has adorably cute ones for half the price (like $20 for the set, versus VS’s $40).  In the pic i’ve attached, you can see that they have the same style in about 5 or six adorable colors.  Yeah, i’ve pretty much broke down and bought them all, over the course of the summer.dscn06950001.jpgdscn06940001.jpg

The next stop was a quick spin through shoes.  Target’s clearance rack for shoes is surpringly full of winners, especially if you have a slightly less than average foot size (my big clown feet are almost a nine and it sucks).  These  polka dot ballet flats ($14) were my recommendation for my friend Linda, who is all about the dots.  She’d probably also love the brown polka dot skirt i saw back in clothes ($20).dscn06820001.jpgdscn06930001.jpg

dscn06860001.jpgdscn06870001.jpgThe jewelry department is an optional stop usually, but lately Target has been carrying this chunky, bright, eighties-esque great stuff that puts me in mind of singer Lily Allen, with whose style i’m completely obsessed.  We sell this same kind of stuff in the store where i work, but it’s better quality so it’s higher priced.  But yet again, if you only want it for while the trend is hot, then no harm in buying the cheapie version, no?

dscn07020001.jpgdscn06800001.jpgdscn06790001.jpgdscn06770001.jpgLastly, as i’m getting ready to move and nest in my new apartment, i had to stop at housewares.  My bedroom, wherever i live, must be an oasis of femininity.  I love colors like lavender, pink, and pale blue.  Right now i have a great asian-inspired pink flower print comforter from Target that i accented with a satiny shimmery pink bedskirt from Target on Clearance, but  i couldn’t help being lustful of this periwinkle blue down comforter, for only $39.  Well, for the new apartment, i needed ways to dress up the walls of my room without painting (paint costs like $40/can and is a bitch to have to paint over when you’re moving out in a hurry, like, oh, what i’m doing now).   i found my answers today:  bejeweled wall hooks and string lights and pink flower wall border decals.   Both are only $12 each, which is a great deal and way less of a pain.

The only downside of the trip was that my beloved dollar section was a bust, nothing special today. Before i have scored utterly  funky earrings and one really, really awesome watch. 

Just re-reading this post makes me blush at having admitted how much time i spend at Target.  But i’m making up for lost time and a deprived childhood.  Until my inner child is satisfied, i’ll be at Target ; )

July 16, 2007. Target. 1 comment.