We learned that Target is offering shoppers a very attractive collection of Limited Edition Beach Towels designed by contemporary artists. The artists featured include Raymond Pettibon; how gorgeous will this be when you and Mister Wonderful spread it out across the sand?
The towels are $50 and only available on line, not in stores.
These beauties are also available at Works on Whatever, a fundraising group attempting to raise art awareness.
In other Target news, we are terribly slow in talking about Target’s next collaborations, including the upcoming collection from swimwear designer Ashley Paige. Yes, this is cable TV’s “Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust,” of TLC reality show notoriety.
Above, two swimsuits currently for sale, the Deep Diver at $380 and on the right, the Gold Digger at $460. (Those two names for the swimsuits really belong in the “I Couldn’t Possibly Make This Stuff Up” category. Honestly.)
The retail marketplace is really heading into a frenzied unlike any we have previously , and as readers know, we are no spring chicken. Here is a sampling of the offerings from our electronic in-bin; all are clickable to make it easier for you to get started on any last-minute shopping:
As predicted, J. Crew is continuing their markdowns, offering merchandise at up to 60% off. They are also providing complimentary shipping, regardless of the amount one spends, a new twist for the retailer.
Use promo code HURRY for the shipping promotion. And despite their disclaimer on the main website saying the “60% off is not applicable in J. Crew Factory Stores,” there is also a 60% off promotion in progress at their outlet stores.
One caveat: judging from the email we are receiving here at the Prepatorium the J. Crew website problems continue; this story in Women’s Wear Daily verifies the outages.
“On Cyber Monday, which fell on the first of the month this year, J. Crew was down for at least six hours and Bloomingdale’s was also out. J. Crew was back up Tuesday, but has had ongoing problems since, including some downtime Monday afternoon.”
Polo Ralph Lauren is also providing complimentary shipping on all orders, but here is the beauty of their offer:
“If you choose to ship Standard Ground and are shipping to multiple addresses, you will receive free shipping on all shipping destinations.”
And that is a beautiful thing for anyone how may be struggling to finish up their shopping, needing presents to go to different locations. Sadly, our affection for their aggressive shipping promotion is tainted by this:
Shocked by our initial sighting of the dreadful creation, overcome with sorrow for the poor pooch, we were even more horrified when reading the description:
“Reversible diamond-quilted vest with preppy heritage details…”
“Preppy Heritage?” In a word? Not. Heh-heh-heh. (If this is something you find appealing for Fifi, just click on the photo above and you are there.)
Tommy Hilfiger doesn’t seem to be doing the same with shipping, but at 40% Off Your Entire Order perhaps that lack is made up by deeper price cuts. When heading into the Women’s Department, in a cyber sort of way, one sees this incentive:
One sees the same signage at the Men’s Department. In fact, today’s Argyle Update is compliments of Tommy Hilfiger, the Men’s Tonal Argyle V Neck:
The Hilfiger Extra 40% off discount is scheduled to end December 22.
Banana Republic is also discounting heavily, even taking markdowns on gift items, like their fragrances (Rosewood Gift Set) as well as more standard fare. This gives us the chance for another Argyle Update! Whoo-hoo! The cashmere Argyle Sweater is now only $99!
The sweater is available in a number of colors.
Brooks Brothers is touting 40% off throughout the website, although some deeper discounting is also available.
Another sign of the times from Barneys:
For anyone near Bloomie’s this afternoon (the 18th), pop in for a special Lilly Pulitzer event. Remember our photos of the special Lilly Steinway anniversary piano from this post?
Splashed in pink, yellow and green Hibiscus, the piano is part of the Lilly 50th Anniversary celebration and it will be on hand during today’s event at Bloomingdale’s. Artists from the Lilly design team will also be on hand creating a special print inspired by suggestions from anyone willing to offer input!
For today’s Pretty in Pink we offer the Steamline Small Editor Vanity Case:
Available at Vivre, there is also a matching trunk that looks equally fabulous.
Have a simply splendid afternoon!