undeterred by a coastal fog alert, fred charges up to the mall

close-up of appliqué stitches
By 9:30 the fog was lifting and I was in the car charging up to our outlet mall. I think if it had been built before we bought Flintstone Manor, we might not have located here. As it is ...

I wanted holiday tees for the smallest in the family, and found something I liked at the Crewlet! The tee is 100% cotton, deep green, has long sleeves, and the little Santa hat is appliqué-d, not printed. The rhino design is a pale bluish-gray or maybe grayish blue, in any event, not quote white. And of course the price was right, since there was some kind of wack promo going on. In fact, I also got one for me in the largest kids' size they had.






I still haven't received the J.Crew Holiday "Gift Guide," so I grabbed a copy at the Crewlet. This is annoying only because this Crewlet is about the last place to get catalogs. Having had to find one here tells me that mine will not show up in the mail, and if anyone on my lists is pining for ugly eyeglass frames, they'll have to look in someone else's tenderly wrapped package.

But I did stop in at Target to look at the latest collaboration between the Target people and the Neiman Marcus people. I was horrified. I won't even put up pictures. I'm sure that ten minutes after this "collaboration" was released, whole teams of attorneys were blackberried into their offices to start work on figuring out who should be suing whom.



Left to their own devices, there are people at Target who don't take themselves seriously, and if I weren't on a Christmas decoration moratorium I would have added this to the family collection:
the silvery words are "something shiny" -
they were too shiny to photograph.

This is the last weekend before malls start opening before dawn.
I don't want to think about it.






14 comments:

  1. I also checked out the very sad and odd collection at Target yesterday. I did like the Lela Rose sleeveless top and would consider buying it on sale. I thought the Tracy Reese desert plates were fun.

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    1. Hi, AmW, I liked the little plates on the website, but no one in my store knew where they might be. Although in fairness they were very helpful in finding outdoor extension cords - you know, the kind that disappear every winter.

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    2. The little plates were hiding in their own pretty little black and white box wrapped in a black ribbon with a tassel. There were no actual plates on display. All of the accessories were in a big free standing shelving unit-very, very unattractive merchandising.

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    3. My Target had the clothes, men's women's children's, all jammed together on a few racks between the clearance rack and the try-on room. Not what I would have expected, given the advertising.

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    4. Same exact set up at my Target. The bike and luggage were just sticking out in the isle and seemed very out of place. Maybe they were trying to hide the whole collection since it was so uninspired.

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  2. Dear Fred, you are a brick to sally forth and check this out for the rest of us!!! I like the little rhinoceras; one does not christmas tees in my estimation!

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    1. and this one is perfect for those of us who live by charging!

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  3. If I looked good in green I'd get that Crewcuts tee too, love the appliqued hat.

    This is why I shop by a click of the mouse, the malls scare me this time of year.

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    1. now if only there were a tee of a clicking mouse -- castanets? tap shoes? step dancing?

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  4. The only present I am going to buy this year is a framed photo of my husband and me for his parents, in revenge for the framed photo of themselves that they gave to us a few years ago after we had flown to their place, rented a car, and spent four days doing their crap work, including cleaning the cat poop off the floor near the cat box, cleaning the mildew off the front door and frame, weeding the entire garden, cleaning all the shelves in the fridge, and patching the torn screen.

    I haven't decided if we will also give them a cast-iron cat, which was Part 2 of their present to us.

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    1. Adding a cat would be extravagance. Save that for the next time ou are overcome by Christmas spirit. I hope that the picture of the two of you shows you in a bubble bath,or at the least dressed up in Halloween costumes.

      I love your blogs, I think our in-laws must have come to earth in the same pod.

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    2. When I read about your MIL, I thought the same thing! At least they give us material, right?

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  5. I have a couple little guys in the family who would love that rhino; I'm holding out for a tricerotops with a little hat.

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    1. hmm, Museum of Natural History gift shop?

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