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Lilly for Target

This weekend Lilly Pulitzer's and Target's collaboration hit Target stores. Apparently it sold out in hours. I, thinking that Lilly isn't a big deal in the Northwest because let's face it, it's loud, bright, and expensive, didn't think it would be a big deal, so I arrived at Target a couple of hours after Target opened. Apparently about 30 women had waited in line outside of Target and basically swept everything into their baskets and bought it all. There were a few things left, some towels, some size 18 dresses, some xs girls clothes, and a few makeup bags. But overall everything was gone. In some ways this was a huge hit for Target and for Lilly. In others it wasn't very good.

Yes, Target sold everything, and yes, now more people have heard about Lilly Pulitzer, but was it worth it?

A huge bonus of the collaboration was that it would be more accessible to more people. Not everyone can or wants to drop $200 on a dress that's not very versatile. But the collection was really only accessible to the first twenty people or so at each store. (I made that number up, but you know what I mean.)

Girls were mad that "the commoners" could afford Lilly Pulitzer. While these girls need to realize that everyone is equal and that the clothes don't make the woman, some girls were mad at the collaboration. (I don't agree with their reasoning, I'm just pointing out a negative reaction to the collaboration. If you want to see some entertaining tweets slamming Lilly Pulitzer for the collaboration, see the Buzzfeed article here.)

The backlash that Target is facing for selling out so fast and for their website crashing might not have been worth it. There must be some way to keep websites from crashing and not stalling launches.

Some of the demand for the collection can be blamed on people buying it and marking it up on eBay. While it's not Target's fault that people bought Lilly for Target items solely for the purpose of re-selling, it's pretty pathetic that people are doing that.

(Check out this Tumblr. post about a woman who bought all the women's dresses in front of a girl.)

Also, if you're going to spend $90 - $350 on a Lilly for Target dress on eBay, I feel like you're almost -definitely better off spending $178 buying an actual Lilly Pulitzer dress that's (probably) a higher quality. (The Lilly for Target collection probably sacrificed fabric quality to make the collection more affordable.) (For the most part the most expensive Lilly for Target items on eBay (haha, Lilly for eBay) is chairs, umbrellas, and plus-sized clothing.)

I think that Target should have gotten more stock so that more people could have bought it. While they couldn't have known what a "success" this was going to be, they might have been able to guess based off of some internet research.

Something else that would have been genius, would have been to impose a purchase limit on the items. They could have said that no one could buy more than $300 (or whatever number made the most sense) of Lilly for Target merchandise at one time. That'd have prevented people buying everything at once to just sell on eBay. (My mother came up with that idea and I think it's brilliant.)

I had been looking forward to getting a swimsuit, but not only by the time I got there was everything gone, but I learned that my Target never had any swimsuits in. That was a disappointment and I feel like Target should have mentioned that not all locations would be getting all styles. A swimsuit and the flask were what I had been planning on getting, but in the end I ended up with a makeup bag. (There was one dress left in my size, but when I tried it on, it was one of the most unflattering dresses I've ever worn.)

All in all I'm not very impressed with the collaboration, and while that's not entirely the fault of Target or Lilly Pulitzer, that doesn't change many reactions.

https://twitter.com/DonnaLeinwand/status/589766742257307649

https://twitter.com/SouthSweetLady/status/589998027965882368

https://twitter.com/MedsandDiamonds/status/590004459943636992

What do you think of the Lilly for Target collaboration?

Supporting Women

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-ORhEE9VVg&w=560&h=315] I'll admit it. I've hated on Taylor Swift. And I regret it.

I regret it because I judged her and it was wrong of me. We are both young women who have grown up and are now living in a society that has double standards. The difference between Taylor Swift and I being the amount of our lives the general public knows/talks about.

I laughed at her expense because of how many boyfriends it seemed like she had had. And if she ever reads this, I'm really sorry, I promise I'm a better person and really try to be less judgmental about everything! I try to not tear anyone down.

For a while Taylor had the reputation of being a serial dater. Someone crazy because she couldn't hold onto any guy. And that's why people, including me I'm sorry to say, love(d) to hate on her.

But she's not a serial dater. She's dated six guys in five years according to Wikipedia. And for comparison, I looked at Harry Styles and Leonardo DiCaprio on Wikipedia and neither have a "Relationships" page. They just have an overall "Personal Life" page, which Taylor also has. Her "Personal Life" goes into more detail with sub-pages of Family, Wealth, and Politics. (Side note: Just to see I looked at about ten different, male and female, celebrity pages on Wikipedia, and none had as many sub-headings as Taylor Swift's had. I didn't see anyone else, male or female, who had a "Relationships" sub-page, however some had sub-pages under "Personal Life" similar to Taylor's.)

There are double standards in life which I'm sure you all know. Men often are praised for having numerous relationships, while women are shamed for it. Women are either boy-crazy or plain-crazy while men are revered and exalted for their relationships, And Taylor has finally called the media out on it. She's embodied the crazy girlfriend in "Blank Space." She is owning it to show how ridiculous it is.

This isn't why I stopped hating on her though. I stopped before that when I realized that I was hating on her for something that was a double standard and something that didn't matter. She's a young woman, like me, and we both, her more so because of her fame, have to deal with a society that's more forgiving to men.

We hate on other women for having too many boyfriends or not having any, being too emotional, or being too cold-hearted, wanting to be a stay-at-home mom, or wanting a high-powered career. And it seems to me that we do this because we have expectations on how women should be.

Tearing other women down does nothing for us. Tearing another woman down does not build yourself any higher. We compare women in "Who Wore It Best?" We focus on what women look like instead of who they are. (Side note: Have you seen Buzzfeed asking questions at the Golden Globes? Little language warning but you should watch it.) Instead of putting down other women, we should use that energy to build them up, to encourage them in their field, to mentor them in school, to create equality between all. There's a lack of female engineers, directors, and women in leadership positions, as well as many other fields. We should work to encourage women to pursue their dreams and not limit them to what we think they should be doing or criticize them for what they are doing.

So what does tearing down accomplish? It's not going to make anyone any better.