target find – swimwear part II

I wrote a similar post last year, but in case you missed it, I love Target swimwear!

To summarize quickly –  last year I ordered a non-returnable J.Crew bathing suit on clearance and was totally bummed when it didn’t fit quite right. Days later I found an awesome suit at Target, which I’ve been wearing ever since. I’ve received so many compliments and people are always surprised to learn it’s from Target.

Anyway, I’m going on my honeymoon in May and figured it’s time to start shopping around for a new bikini or two. I’ve been working my butt off to get in shape for the wedding, so I think I deserve it, right?

Last week I was running some errands and decided to stop and try on a few bathing suits at Macy’s just for fun. Since I have a giftcard burning a hole in my pocket I figured it’d be a good place to start. I tried on three different bikinis ranging in price from $50 to $125. All were cute on the hanger and decent on me, but I wasn’t totally wowed by any. Not for those prices at least.

Yesterday I was running errands again and found myself in the Target swimwear section, so I tried on this little Mossimo number.

Mossimo® Women’s Mix and Match Reversible Stripe Triangle Swim Top -Peppermint

Mossimo® Women’s Mix and Match Stripe Side Tie Swim Bottom -Peppermint

Much to my surprise, or maybe not, it was so much cuter and more flattering than the pricey Macy’s suits I tried on. Since I was “just looking,” I decided to leave it behind, but when Chris saw the photos I took (everyone does that when trying on clothes, right?) he sent me right back to Target to buy it.

What I love about these bathing suits is that they’re sold as mix and match separates, which is perfect for all kinds of body types. Not into the triangle top? (I’m not usually that brave – but hey – it’s my honeymoon in Mexico.) They’ve got a few different styles, including a tankini. They even have a swim skirt too. With prices ranging from $17.99 to $19.99 per piece, you can get a full suit for less than $40! Heck, I’m tempted to buy some extra pieces so I can mix and match at home too.

Here are a couple more pieces in the “Peppermint Mix and Match” collection for your viewing pleasure.

Mossimo® Women’s Mix and Match Bandeau Swim Top -Peppermint

Mossimo® Women’s Mix and Match Swim Skirtini -Peppermint

Mossimo® Women’s Mix and Match Stripe Tankini Swim Top -Peppermint

Mossimo® Women’s Mix and Match Tab Side Swim Bottom -Peppermint

Target Find: Swimwear

I loathe swimsuit shopping just as much as most women, so I wasn’t too pleased when my favorite tankini needed to be retired last year. I had been eyeing a gorgeous jade green replacement from J-Crew all summer, so towards August when it went on clearance, I was elated. Too bad that also meant “final sale.” Of course, my biggest fear was the suit being too small and me feeling crappy about it, so I was both pleasantly and unpleasantly surprised when the top was way too big. A few weeks later some of the bikini tops went on even bigger clearance, so I decided to chance it again in an effort to still wear the bottom. This time the top fit, but had weird cutouts that weren’t visible on the model, and led to potentially drastic wardrobe malfunctions for me.  Fail.

Anyway, bummed about the J-Crew suit disaster, I noticed some super cute swimwear separates one day while browsing Target. Knowing that I could return this one, I picked up a Converse brand tankini top and bikini bottom in a fun paisley print, and crossed my fingers. Target can’t possibly be cuter and more flattering than J-Crew, can it? Oh yes it can! I was so pleased with my suit that I ended up buying the matching bikini top when it was on sale later on.

Converse for Target bikini top

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Target Find: Up & Up Lavender Nectar Body Wash

Traveling a lot over the last year or so has left me with a bathroom cabinet of all kinds of mini toiletries.  After trips to Tennessee, Seattle and Connecticut in December alone, Chris and I decided we’re going to try to stay put for a little while, so after running out of body wash a month or so ago, I decided to start using these babies up.

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Cheeseburgers and Compromise

Love is all about compromise, so I knew this morning when Chris willingly offered to go to Target with me to check out the new Jason Wu collection at 9 am, that I’d want to repay the favor.  It didn’t take me too long to do so, because just as he fired up the grill to cook up the mini burgers we bought at Target, I noticed they smelled a little “off.”  The meat hadn’t expired and looked just fine, and while I might be known to test expiration dates, off smelling meat is not something I mess with (I know, I know).  I don’t think either of us really wanted to go back to the store, but were both suddenly really craving burgers, so off I went.  In honor of the Super Bowl (which I didn’t care that much about) and my extra trip to the store, I decided to get a little creative and made a super delicious burger (sans bun of course).

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Target Find: L’Oreal Colour Riche Polish in Violet Vixen

So I have to admit I’m a bit of a nail polish snob.  I usually gravitate towards Essie, OPI and now China Glaze (apparently a West Coast brand) too.  However, a few Target trips ago, I noticed a display of some fun L’Oreal colors.  I’m not sure if they’re new, or have new packaging, but they really caught my eye.  A few Target trips later I just couldn’t resist and I picked up Violet Vixen for $4.99.

Violet Vixen

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Target Find: EOS Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

Every Christmas Eve since I can remember, we’ve gathered with my Dad’s side of the family for a holiday celebration.  One of the most fun annual traditions was opening what we called “stocking gifts” before dinner, followed by the larger gifts after dinner.  I put this in quotes because when we started out our “stockings” were actually plastic shopping bags, which eventually evolved into Christmas gift bags, often reused from years prior (we’re green and frugal).  As a child, stocking gifts usually included Chapstick, candy and other fun little trinkets.  This year things were a little different.

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balms in Summer Fruit and Honeysuckle Honeydew

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Warning: living your life could cause cancer

I’ve been seeing this photo of a warning sign at Mc Donald’s floating around the internet for the last few days and it’s starting to make me angry.    Earlier this week someone posted it on former The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michael’s Facebook Wall, which currently has nearly 5,000 comments, 10,000 likes and 13,000 shares.  Whoa.

This warning is in reference to California’s Proposition 65, which you can read more about here.  It was basically created to warn Californians of chemicals known to cause cancer.  Here’s the thing; the common reaction I keep seeing to this sign is “OMG, McDonald’s food is crap. Don’t eat this food or feed it to your kids.”  While that is a valid reaction to McDonald’s food for other reasons, it should not be due to this warning.  As a matter of fact, if you’re going to stop eating McDonald’s food because of this warning, you should also skip anything that has been browned and probably go ahead and adopt a raw diet too. Continue reading