Who else has a love / hate relationship with Target? Last night I was browsing, killing time before meeting with a client, and I fully spent 1.5 hours combing through the store and I didn’t even make it to athletic or outdoor sections (that should go to show you just how much there was to look at)! Shockingly I walked out only having spent $51.47, which is a feat in and of itself, considering I haven’t been in a Target for months.
I was really impressed to see the collab collections they’re currently offering (Bauble Bar, Who What Wear, Oh Joy & Nate Berkus) and upcoming projects (Victoria Beckham & a WINE BAR?!). A trip to Target has always been a “treat” for me and the 5 years I lived thousands of miles away from a Target I was more than fine with learning to do without it (when one has Paris in their backyard it’s not difficult to forget everything else). After spending all that time away from stores I had been accustomed to frequenting I realized something startling: Target is not necessary! But it embodies so much of what we love about shopping in America: Pretty, convenient and essentially unnecessary, but OH SO FUN!
I rounded up some of my favorite new items available on Target.com right now (most of this was sold out at my location!) and I hope you enjoy! There’s something sort of mildly thrilling about “scoring” at Target! Somehow they’ve made mass retail shopping feel like an exploratory experience, never knowing what sparkly bauble, cute kitchen decor, or delicious ice cream flavor you’ll find, which is why it will always feel like a treat to me.
Dress, Earrings, Cosmetic Bag, Lamp, Necklace, Pot, Pouch, Book ends, Pillow, Stapler, Purse, Sunglasses
There are dozens of variations of the plastic animal bookend, but this version may be the easiest, chicest one yet!
Back when I lived in Germany I bought a bag of 20+ vintage plastic dinosaurs and have been trying to decide what to do with them ever since! About a year ago I purchased a few $5 acrylic boxes from Amazon for makeup storage and one of the lids broke. Put them together with a little spray paint and you have a piece of modern, kitschy decor!
I’m thinking about finding a larger glass or acrylic box, topping it with a silver spray painted dinosaur wearing a mini santa hat, and displaying vintage ornaments in the box as a center piece!
I love making Etsy Gift Guides every year because, as a small business owner myself, I believe in the magic of unique and handmade gifts! I’ve rounded up my items from my favorite online, handmade shops to create a perfectly classic and kitschy Christmas!
- Green shoe clips by Divine Boutique $42
- Swarovski earrings by Chouettes $35
- Tartan monogram tumbler by Preppy Paper Girl $30
- Monogram napkins by Preppy Paper Girl $60/ set of 4
- Green velvet turban by TFH Boutique $31
- Gangster Wrapper sweatshirt by The Little Bridal Shop $20
- Vintage RL velvet pillow by Etoile du Nord $115/ set of 2
- Confetti mix by Lala’s Party $7
- Vintage Santa mug by Jean Knee $14
- Christmas candle by Monna Shop $20+
- Green velvet ribbon by Turkish Twinkles $2.70
- Glam Eyelashes Sleep Mask by The Sleepy Cottage $16
- Custom coasters by Gracious Bridal $35+
- Pineapple print monogram stocking by J.W. Design $39
- Vintage disco ball ornaments by Sophia’s Wonderland $30/ set of 12
Many times before have I mentioned my aversion to overly-decorating my house for holidays! However, the two little things I will decorate are my mantle and bar/coffee cart. The best thing about this Hallow’s Eve themed bar cart makeover is that almost none of the items are “Halloween” specific, so there’s no need to search high and low all over town, or the internet, for the perfect pieces! Below I will show you exactly how I decorated this layout for just a few dollars, using mostly items I already had, and a FREE printable download you can use to re-create this vignette!
For this DIY I used:
- Gold sequin table cloth backdrop (seen before HERE & HERE)
- Black gauze $2 (available year-round at most drug or grocery stores)
- Gold/black striped straws $2 (available year-round at places like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby & Target)
- Globe Strand lights (2 packs) $5/ea (found at Target but can be used year-round for any decoration)
- Marbleized foam pumpkin $3 (found at Target. This was only 1 of 2 specific “Fall/Halloween” decor items I purchased for this vignette)
- Gold foil “Trick or Treat” paper coasters $2 (found at Michael’s. This was the 2nd of 2 items specifically purchased as a “Fall/Halloween” decor item)
- Plaster sugar skull $8 (found at Kroger. Sugar skulls aren’t Halloween specific so you can find them almost anywhere any time of the year)
- Skull shaped liquor bottle (seen before HERE & HERE)
- Orange roses (in a vase I already had) $10 (from Kroger)
- Gold-rim tumblers (vintage – found at a flea market in Germany)
- Gold saucer (vintage – found at a flea market in Germany)
- Gold & black party popper (seen before HERE & HERE)
I wanted to show y’all how ridiculously easy it is to put together a holiday-specific decor look using pieces you already have and spending less than $20 to pull everything together so it’s more “Halloween!” If you’re into any sort of entertaining chances are you have some of these items like tumblers, a flower vase, a pretty table cloth (and if you don’t you can just go to a fabric store and buy 2 yards of something you like!) and a strand or two of lights.
One easy tip for effortlessly creating a cohesive vignette is to stay with a very simple color theme. This instantly gives the illusion that everything goes together. I chose a black and gold theme with a pop of blood red-orange in the flowers.
I like to re-use items I already have to make them into something new. For example, the flower vase with the “Pick Your Poison” inspired label instantly customizes the arrangement and makes it look a little more expensive! Download the free label template HERE. Learn how to make the label look like mine HERE.
To create a customized backdrop I positioned the bar cart in front of a large window in my house and clipped the sequin table cloth to the blinds on the window. No extra holes in my walls, fancy frame to hold the backdrop or assembly required!
My final tip for pulling the whole look together is to choose foods or drinks that compliment the theme. Since I was going to buy wine anyway I chose bottles with labels that reminded me of a witches brew! Don’t necessarily make your decisions based only by the label (or you may be setting yourself up for a disappointment!) but see if the brands you already like released anything holiday specific that would go well with your decor!
What do you think of this cocktail bar makeover for Hallow’s Eve? I’d love to see how you’re decorating for Fall! Tag me on Insta @Southern.in.the.city so I can see your amazing creations!