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Oh Joy! Housewares at Target

Oh Joy! has had a housewares line at Target for a few years now. They’re always brightly colored and playful, in keeping with Joy Cho’s happy aesthetic. I don’t think I could do a whole house or room with Oh Joy (it’s a bit too much for me), but I do admire some of the pieces.

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End cap with Oh Joy’s spring 2017 housewares line (and some other random items that aren’t part of the line.)

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Spring Shoes at Target

A recent stroll through the shoe department at Target has me coveting a few pairs. Like many others, I have a bit of a shoe problem. To me, a shoe can make an outfit. But buying shoes is hard for me. As I mentioned in my last post, my feet are on the wide-ish side by American standards, so shoe shopping can be challenging. As a shortie, I want the height of heels. But I also don’t want to kill my feet. (Limping is so not sexy.) I want something that’s both cute and comfy. Is that too much to ask for? Sometimes, it seems like it is. I have wasted so much money buying shoes only to find out they don’t fit right and hurt me. At least Target’s price point makes it easier to justify taking home a new pair.

Block heels are in right now. This is good news for me! I like them for the practicality of a more stable heel. The two below are from Target’s Merona house brand. I’m in love with the look of this first pair. The denim fabric and cork heel say, Hello Summer! At 2.25″ tall, the heel height is manageable. I tried them on in the store and they seemed comfortable. However, the shoe is made out of man-made materials, and I fear the strap across the toes would remain stiff and cause blisters.

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Merona Talia Quarter Strap Cork Heel Sandal, $29.99 (also comes in black)

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everlane nubuck street shoe review

Everlane Street Shoe Review

I started shopping at Everlane about a year ago. In my quest to buy fewer objects, but objects of better quality that lasted longer, the Everlane ethos fit well with me. They work with a handful of factories, which are ethical, and show you the cost of each step of the process, from materials to shipping. The idea is that they produce high quality items for less-than-usual retail because they don’t have a large marketing mark-up.

I was drawn to the look of their Street Shoe. With its slightly pointed toe, it’s like a chic and sophisticated Vans. I love the ease of Vans slip-ons, but they last me only about a year before they start to fall apart. Vans are made with man-made faux leather. The Nubuck Street Shoe is made of soft nubuck leather with a leather lining (there is also a leather version). Apologies, I’ve lost the photos I took, so these photos from their website will have to do.

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Nubuck Street Shoe, $95 to $135

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Round Lamp Roundup at Target

Target has been killing it with their lamp offerings lately. I’ve noticed that in the past year or so, they’ve increased the number of lighting items — and the designs are so attractive. This is both in terms of table and desk lamps, and also floor lamps. If you want something specific — say, a round gold lamp for your desk — they have several options. Here’s what I found on a recent trip to Target with those specific requirements:

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Uniqlo 2017 drape collection jogger pants outfit

The Drape Collection at Uniqlo

Sometimes marketing works. I was looking at Uniqlo’s website and saw the new Match and Mix Drape Collection.

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Suddenly, I really wanted the outfit in the middle. Never mind that I’ve been trying to incorporate more color into my wardrobe. There was a time I only wore dark colors, and before that, a time I only wore three colors — and one of those colors has always, always been black.

I love black for probably many of the same reasons other people do. It hides imperfections (both of the body and of the I-spilled-coffee kinds). It makes you look instantly pulled together somehow. It’s simple and sophisticated.

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Everlane Twill Zip Tote & Pocket Tote Review

I have a bit of an preoccupation with finding the right bag. Not only does it need to be good looking and practical, but as someone who spends a fair amount of time on public transit and on foot, it also needs to be lightweight. Have you heard of Every Day Carry? It’s all about thinking about what you carry on you trying to make it as efficient as possible. (It seems to be mostly men.) My problem is that I’m a bit like my mother — I carry a bunch of items on me just in case  (band-aids, small tape measure, nail clipper, tissues). But I also try to lighten my load as much as possible. The last one is usually a deal breaker when it comes to bags. A bag can be beautiful but if it’s heavy, it’s a no go. I’ve been looking for a nice lightweight leather bag and haven’t found the perfect one yet. But in terms of a fabric option, behold: the Everlane Twill Zip Tote.

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It has one inside open pocket, leather straps (which lend it an elegant look), and a zipper across the top. I got one in reverse denim. A few months into carrying the bag, the stitching around the zipper started to come undone! I wasn’t even carrying anything really heavy like a laptop in it. I let Everlane know and they sent me a new one. They took back the old one back to study it. I’ve had the replacement bag for about a year now, and here’s what it looks like now.

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Minimalist Planters from IKEA

I love plants in the home, but don’t have a terribly green thumb. I don’t want to spend too much money on planters and plant supplies given my less-than-stellar record of keeping them alive. I’ve found IKEA to be a great place to find stylish planters at lower costs. This works for me because I’m looking for simple and minimalist. The IKEA aesthetic delivers on those requirements. If you’re going for something more eclectic and colorful, then it’s not for you.

First, I decided that all the planters should be white. Why? To emphasize the unique greenery of each plant. Luckily IKEA has a white planter in various sizes named Kardemumma. I can’t find it on the website anymore, but I’ve seen in stores. I like that though they’re all white, there are variations in the design.

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The medium size fits a 6″ diameter liner pot and is what I used in the first photo. They’re $3.99 each. A larger version (pictured below) can fit a 9″ diameter pot and is only $7.99. At these prices, I could get multiple plants. By the way, snake plants like the one below are very easy to take care of. They even don’t mind a bit of neglect. Plus, they clean the air.

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