Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Target Escapades

This weekend, I spent a lot of time at Target. Not intentionally. It just happened... 

On Saturday morning, I went to get Ella dressed for apple picking & realized that she didn't have any jeans. I don't mean that they were all dirty. I mean she had outgrown every single pair she owned & mother of the year had neglected to buy her new ones. Eric suggested that I simply put her in sweat pants, but I had a vision of her in her jeans, crocs, & hoodie that I refused to abandon. Thus, I headed to Target. Here's what I found... 

Watch, Jeans, & Scarf - all under $20

All glorious & totally necessary purchases. Isn't the watch a dead ringer for the MK watch I featured on my fall must haves? I wish I had kept it for myself, but sadly it has gone to live on my sister's wrist as her belated birthday present.

The next morning, I awoke to a quiet house. Ella was still sleeping. Eric had already left for the Bills game. I decided to stay snuggled in bed & scroll through my Instagram feed. That is when I saw this... 

It was 7:26 when I read it. At 7:27 I got out of bed, changed into yoga pants, brushed my teeth, & fashioned a pony tail out of my mess of hair. At 7:32 I pulled Ella out of her crib & changed her diaper. At 7:38 we were in the car, on our way to Target. At about 7:43, I realized that my yoga pants were on inside out. I was going to look like a true beauty on this mission. 

We pulled up to Target,Tim Horton's in hand, at 7:51. I begin to hawk eye the other cars in the parking lot. At 7:55, people begin getting out of their cars, so I do too. I pull Ella out of her carseat & walk up to the building. I use her presence in my arms to position myself close to the door. She was so cute in her PJs that no one said a word to me. At 7:58 the manager came to the door & let us in. I didn't run, I'm not that crazy. But it was a pretty brisk walk to the 3.1 Phillip Lim display. I only saw taupe at first, so I snatched one. But then a nice lady that was in line with me handed me the black version with a smile. You see, we had to stick together, as we were surrounded by women snatching bags by the armful, most likely planning to sell them on eBay. 

Now at this point in time, I just want to point out two things. 

1) I have never done this before. I don't even do this for Black Friday sales. However, I have been coveting this designer's bag for months & don't have $1,000 to spend on it. Also, the Target version looks a lot like the Celine Luggage Tote, which I've also been coveting & cannot afford. Thus, I went for it. 

2) The bag is really nice & beautiful. I took it with me to the mall on Sunday afternoon & received several compliments on it. These of course made my day & validated that my efforts had been necessary. I promise you will see it here on the blog soon... 

Onto our last Target trip of the weekend... After spending some time at the mall on Sunday afternoon, I decided to run into a different Target & have the photos of apple picking developed. I rarely have prints made, but I used my actual camera on Saturday & loved the photos I had taken. While standing at the Kodak kiosk & selecting prints, I handed Ella my keys to play with. I do this all the time, so I didn't think anything of it. Once the prints had been paid for, I decided to take a lap around the store & see if there was anything I "needed." After about 10 minutes though, Ella got sleepy & I decided I didn't need anything, so we put the cart back & headed to the car...

Upon arriving to the car, I could not find my keys. At this point, I realized that I'd given them to Ella & there was no telling where she'd flung them...

This was a calm realization at first. I walked back in, checked to see if our cart was still there (it wasn't), talked to the photo desk man (he hadn't seen them), went to check with the customer service desk (nothing). I decided to retrace our steps, but with every step I was getting more anxious. I couldn't find them, so I went back to customer service & found a nice lady who was far more helpful than the first man I spoke with. At this point, I'm starting to cry, mainly because I didn't want to have to tell Eric that I was stranded at Target. The nice lady took me back to the fitting rooms, where they have an all-call. They make two announcements, still nothing. Multiple employees are looking at this point. Still nothing. I decide to take Ella & go look again myself. Finally, I see a cart in a random aisle, abandoned. I walk up to it & sitting in the bottom of the basket are my keys. I swear to you, it was an act of God. Or at least that's what it felt like at that point. 

So there it is, I spent my weekend at Target. 


  1. I cannot believe you found your keys that way! Oh my word!!

  2. Really liking that watch! I saw those a few ago but passed on it. Might need to head back there...

  3. Nothing wrong with Target! Love it!

  4. So jealous that you got your hands on that bag! The Target by me was the only one in the area that didn't get the Phillip Lim collection. Of course! :(