The Women Card-igan

Like every other red blooded basic white woman, I am amped af for autumn. The first leaf falling prompts a purchase of a pumpkin spice latte and a cable cashmere cardigan. Though the seasonal drink was released at the end of August, the idea of a hot PSL (iced PSLs are blasphemy!) in 95 degree weather is enough to make me feel nauseous, as is the idea of sweating in cashmere.

Autumn never lasts long enough. I love that in-between weather that does not necessitate a coat. Give me cardigan weather any day. Fingers crossed that this season arrives early and leaves late.

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How to Navigate the Target Collab Redux

Real talk: We are not going to get everything we want from the Target collaboration redux. You and I, let’s make peace with that now. It is fine. Repeat my Lilly APS mantra with me: It is only clothes and how lucky I am that a limited edition supply running out – and it will run out – is my biggest problem.

That being said, shall we strategize and see if we can maximize the fruits of the Target twentieth anniversary?

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before the sale…

  • Locate the brands you want to shop and your local brick and mortar locations. Fun fact: not all locations will have all brands. Type your zip code in on this page and get information about where your prioritized brands will pop up.
  • Memorize the Sunday hours for your brick and mortar Target.
  • Prior to the Target collaboration live date, take the time to register on the website. Should you already have log in information for the site, now is the time to check your registration and sign in on all of your electronic devices: laptop, family computer, smart phone, tablet. Whether you register or just confirm your log in information, make note of it. Seriously, write it down.
  • Download the Target app ahead of time and take time to familiarize yourself with it and the Target mobile site layouts now. Consider the fact that the app may be deactivated (as the Lilly one is during APS) during the launch.
  • Once you are signed in, make sure that both your payment method (ahem, expiration date!) and address is up to date.
  • Make a shopping list of your target items and sizes. Prioritize your trophy brands and then your prize styles.
  • Clear your calendar for midnight this Friday the 13th / Saturday the 14th.

the night of the Target 20th Anniversary sale…

  • Set your alarm clock for midnight eastern standard time and brew yourself some coffee.
  • Traditionally the sales go live midnight Pacific standard time, but it is worth being on Target patrol early.

you’re in…

  • Shop your aforementioned priorities.
  • Having an item in your virtual shopping bag does not reserve it. Check out often because items may be unceremoniously ripped from your bag.
  • After check out, jump back in line on the electronic device.
  • Monitor your other devices for access.
  • repeat

the morning after…

  • Keep track of what you were not able to purchase online. Those are your updated priorities.
  • Be at your local Target prior to opening. Circa 2015 for Lilly Pulitzer, I was in my local Target parking lot by 6 am, though it was not until I saw another shopper pull into the parking lot when I jumped out of my car and actually started a line.

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reminders…

  • While you are in the virtual line, be patient. Refreshing the page will not get you into the sale sooner.
  • This is not a life or death situation. It is not worth stressing over limited edition items, and if this is the biggest problem in your life, consider yourself charmed.

My Target Redux 20

Did you have FOMO for missing the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection? Missoni? Zac Posen? All of the above?

All of the above.

I shopped the original online rollout of the queen of resort and was the first person in line at my local store and I still felt like I missed out on some of the styles. How fortunate that Target is giving us a second chance. I was completely jazzed to see that the bullseye retailer is reissuing highlights from not only the Lilly Pulitzer collection, but twenty years worth of designer collaborations.

I mean, way to give the people what they want, amirite?

In honor of the Target twentieth anniversary of collaborations, I picked out my top twenty picks. This is what I will be shopping come Sunday Saturday early morning. Shall we get into it?

For the laaaaadies….

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For the baaaaabies….

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Shopping Moratorium 2019 | 213/152

last…

I haven’t been keeping up with the Shopping Moratorium series. That is primarily because I have nothing to report back and though it feels so great to say that, it also feels like I have nothing to confess.

I broke my streak last Thursday. I bought one dress in three colors and in two sizes each. They are for an upcoming meeting, and potentially an upcoming job. My appearance is the last thing I want to worry when my professional skills are up for appraisal; for this reason I stopped wearing button ups tucked in to pants circa 2012. I want and need something that I can zip up and not worry about becoming untucked and appearing sloppy.

This dress will work.

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Chili-Lime Chicken and Quinoa Bowl // @2souschefs

“Looks like I did it again. I was able to find another recipe that includes quinoa that Andi really seems to enjoy. It is a challenge to make it palatable to her tastes as she does not enjoy the taste of plain quinoa or the texture of the under cooked seeds.

I was flipping through a taco cookbook when a recipe caught my eye: a grilled chicken taco with roasted corn salsa, red peppers, and chili-lime. The flavor combination really stuck with me while I contemplated what dish I could make for a quick weekday dinner. I thought I would go out on a limb and try the recipe sans-taco shell. Place the roasted chicken in a bowl filled with quinoa, roasted local corn, red pepper, and garnish it with avocado and fresh, raw red onions. There was no complaint from my wife about the aforementioned seed when it was served on her plate; in fact she finished her bowl before I was able to eat half of mine. Winner, winner quinoa bowl dinner!

Not all quinoa is made the same. Some lesser quality brands can have small pebbles or other debris mixed in with their product. Even with higher end products it is always best to sift through the seeds and give it a quick wash. We enjoy tri-colored quinoa for its visual appearance on the plate.” – Joe

Ingredients

For the Quinoa:

  • 1 cup quinoa – sifted and rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic – minced
  • 0.25 cup red onion – small diced

For the Roasted Corn:

  • 2 cobs corn – peeled, corn removed from the cob
  • remaining red onion – medium diced
  • 1 red onion – seeded and medium diced
  • 1 clove garlic – minced
  • 0.5 lime – juiced
  • 0.25 cup cilantro – chopped
  • ground cumin
  • ground coriander
  • dark chili powder
  • salt and pepper

For the Roasted Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • ground cumin
  • dark chili powder
  • 0.5 lime juiced
  • 0.5 avocado – thinly sliced
  • red onion – julienned

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and set a medium sized sauté pan on medium high heat and add two tablespoons of olive oil.

  2. Season the chicken breast with salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, and dark chili powder.

  3. Add the chicken breast and sear on each side until golden brown, or for about three to four minutes per side.

  4. Place in the oven and continue to cook for approximately fifteen minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

  5. Remove the chicken from the oven and squeeze the lime juice over the chicken.

  6. In a sauce pot with a lid on medium heat, add two tablespoons olive oil and the small diced red onion and minced garlic and gently sweat down for about three minutes.

  7. Add in the quinoa and water and bring to a boil.

  8. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and cook for ten minutes.

  9. For the last pan, place a large skillet on medium high heat and add two tablespoons of olive oil and place all the remaining vegetables in the pan.

  10. Stirring regularly roast the vegetables until golden brown, or for about five minutes, and add the cilantro and lime juice.

  11. Remove the pan from the heat and season with the salt, pepper, cumin, and dark chili powder.

  12. To plate, slice the chicken on a cutting board. Scoop about one half to three-quarters of a cup of quinoa into a bowl, about a cup of the roasted corn sauté, and place the sliced chicken on top. Garnish with sliced avocado and raw red onion.

This is It: The APS Sale

The semi annual #resort365 event is upon us. By that I mean the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is going live this Monday, September 9th at 8 am EST. To say I am more discerning than I have been in the past could be an understatement, as I have a tightly edited list of items for which I will be searching. Nevertheless, having a strategy for taking the Lilly Pulitzer APS is everything. This is my strategy:

before the sale…

  • Prior to the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale, take the time to register on the website. Should you already have log in information for the Lilly Pulitzer site, now is the time to check your registration and sign in on all of your electronic devices: laptop, family computer, smart phone, tablet. Whether you register or just confirm your log in information, make note of it.
  • Though Lilly Pulitzer has an app, during the most recent After Party Sales, the iOS app was turned off. This does not mean that you cannot use your small electronic devices. Take time to familiarize yourself with the Lilly Pulitzer mobile site layouts now to know what you are working with later.
  • Once you are signed in, make sure that both your payment method (ahem, expiration date!) and address is up to date.
  • Know your size ahead of time because all APS purchases are final. Either reference items already in your closet or if possible, try on your target styles in store.
  • Make a shopping list of your target items and sizes.
  • Clear your calendar for the morning of the After Party Sale.

the morning of the After Party Sale…

  • Set your alarm clock for a 7 am eastern standard time and brew yourself some coffee.
  • Upon the 8 am hour, log onto the Lilly Pulitzer website on all electronic devices. This will put you in a virtual line.
  • Do not refresh the site on any of the devices; this will put you at the end of the line.

you’re in…

  • Sort by size and category in order to filter out anything that is not on your shopping list.
  • Having an item in your virtual shopping bag does not reserve it. Check out often because items may be unceremoniously ripped from your bag.
  • After check out, jump back in line on the electronic device.
  • Monitor your other devices for access to the APS.
  • repeat

the morning after…

  • The sale typically lasts 48 hours and it is one hundred percent worth checking the online store assortment the day after because items are added.

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reminders…

  • While you are in the virtual line, be patient. Refreshing the page will not get you into the sale sooner.
  • The APS is not a life or death situation. It is not worth stressing over marked down resort prints, and if this is the biggest problem in your life, what a charmed life you lead. Can I be you?