Review: Prabal Gurung for Target Collaboration

Although I haven’t been posting much lately (so busy with school), I couldn’t resist a designer collaboration with Target.

The Prabal Gurung for Target Collaboration was released on Sunday, February 10th. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get out to see the collection until Monday afternoon. However, it seems that the collection was not nearly as well publicized as Missoni for Target since my local store had many of the pieces still available.

For reviews of individual pieces, click below!

Prabal Gurung for Target

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1. Prabal Gurung for Target Ruffle Dress in Sulphur 

This was the least pleasing dress of the collection that I tried on. The color was far too bright for me, and the cut didn’t work for my body. I am a typical size 6, and this dress was listed as a 6. However for someone that can pull off the color and finds it flattering, it was not see-through (bonus!) and had a hidden zipper instead of a visible one.

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2. Prabal Gurung for Target Drop Waist Dress in First Date Print

This dress was a big surprise for me. I found the cut flattering to my body which is a huge surprise with a drop waist dress (normally the most unflattering cut for me). However, the print was too much for me to ultimately purchase it.

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3. Prabal Gurung for Target Dress with Full Skirt in Apple Red

This gorgeous dress was a size too large (size 8), or it would have come home with me. Although it has the visible zipper, it also has pockets and fabric was pretty thick — I could easily imagine this dress being a winter staple.

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4. Prabal Gurung for Target Dress in Meet the Parents Print

This dress is the only item I purchased from the collection. Although I promised myself I wouldn’t buy another black and white dress, this one was irresistible. The fabric is silky smooth, and it has a great cut that works well for my body. Plus, I had to be practical — this item will get the most use in my current wardrobe rotation.

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5.  Prabal Gurung for Target Short Sleeve Dress in First Date Print

This dress was simply mediocre. It fell completely middle of the pack for me. It fit well, the fabric wasn’t bad, and it was decently flattering. However, it wasn’t amazing.

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6. Prabal Gurung for Target Colorblock Long-Sleeve Cardigan in Dresden Blue

This cardigan was so hard for me to leave behind in the store. I loved it. The fabric was decent (not the best), but the fit was exactly what I’ve been looking for. In addition, the buttons on the cardigan were definitely a step up.

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7. Prabal Gurung for Target Long-Sleeve Tee in Floral Crush Print 

This was a cute tee for what it was. I liked it well enough, but the print was definitely not my favorite.

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8. Prabal Gurung for Target Pebble Racerback Tank in Atlantis Green

This top was very oversize (I’m wearing the small!) and I found it to be generally unflattering.

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9. Prabal Gurung for Target Colorblock Pencil Skirt in Dresden Blue

This skirt would have been a cute addition to my work wardrobe, but it was my third choice (sadly). It was lined, the fabric was decently thick, and I liked the way it fit on my body.

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10. Prabal Gurung for Target Skirt in Meet the Parents Print

I didn’t pick up this skirt, but it definitely had nice fabric. It also had a nice hidden zipper/button in the back. However, it was a little too poofy for me, and I don’t wear skirts that frequently.

Overall, my review of the collection is very favorable (as are others). I liked it far more than Missoni for Target and far better than Jason Wu for Target. The quality of the pieces is MUCH better than Jason Wu for Target (nice buttons, better fabric, hidden zippers…). And quite surprisingly, many of the pieces were far more flattering than I’d expected. If you have money to spare, I’d suggest picking up one or two pieces from the collection.

Study Break

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This week I’m incredibly busy with school (midway through the quarter!) so instead of trying to play catch-up, I’m going to take a break for the rest of the week to work on my homework and study for several tests and competencies I have coming up!

Normal posting will resume next Monday, on February 4th.

Good luck to everyone else who has tests/lots of schoolwork/a crazy schedule, and I’ll see you next week!

It’s A Jungle Out There

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Literature & Lace: Polkadot Jeans

Outfit Details: Tank: unknown; White Tee: Target; Cardigan: Atmosphere, via a little boutique; Polkadot Jeans: Ross; Shoes: Payless (kid’s section); Scarf: J.C. Penney.

I don’t have much to say about this outfit. Mostly because I built it around the fact that I really really wanted to wear these polka dot jeans. Who doesn’t love polka dots?

These sparkle flats from the kid’s section of Payless are another wardrobe staple along with the scarf. I’ve almost worn these flats out completely!

 

 

What’s up, Buttercup?

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Wondering what’s been happening with my life? Here’s the rundown:

  • Christmas: I got a Kindle Paperwhite! This means I spent several hours browsing Amazon.com frantically downloading as many books as I could possibly get. (Who can resist a good book? Plus the Kindle is very easy to transport to and from classes. Right now I’m currently reading 4 different books.)
  • I’ve been playing with a lot of technology recently. The boyfriend’s parents are BIG on electronics/technology and they’ve been really kind about letting us borrow some of their awesome equipment! As such, I’ve been fooling around with a Nikon D70 and a Wacom tablet recently. (Also, I acquired Photoshop over Christmas! Thanks to my sweet boyfriend.)
  • I’m in the second week of my second quarter of my program. I’m taking 5 classes which total up to 14 credits (if I remember correctly). I’ve been very busy, because I’m taking a couple online classes and I’m hoping to finish them early. Wish me luck!
  • Boyfriend and I got a pet! Boyfriend has been begging for a rat for several months, and we ended up finding one that someone was giving away. Boyfriend has decided to name him “Rufus.”
  • I got into the Zumba craze! I actually love it. I go (almost) every Wednesday and Friday evenings.

 

Until next week!

Practicality

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Outfit Details: Jacket: Northface, gift; Scarf: J.C.Penny; Rainboots: Rocketdog, gift; Jeans: Per Se, via Ross.

A Northface jacket is kind of a requirement for living in Washington State. It’s freezing, it’s always raining, and sometimes style comes second to comfort. Luckily, my cozy Northface comes with a cute polka dot print that works well with the only pair of rain boots I have.

Also–I’m obsessed with this scarf. I bought it before Christmas, wear it almost constantly, and I’m not sick of it yet!

Winter Sunset

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Outfit Details: Cardigan: Old Navy; Dress: Forever 21, gift; Tights: gift; Shoes: Payless (kid’s section).

This frilly little dress was given to me by a coworker. She was worried that I would be offended because the dress is a size large, but I told her I just wear what fits — no matter the size. When she gave it to me, I was delighted. It has a great pattern and I end up wearing it about once a week (no shame). It fits perfectly into my outfit rotation for work.

Also–I’ve been trying to teach boyfriend how to take good outfit pictures. He’s learning!

No World Outside

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Outfit Details: Mint Dress: Modcloth.com, Cardigan: gift; Scarf: JCPenney; Tights: unknown; Heels: Jeffrey Campbell, borrowed.

 

Jeans have become a thing of the past, lately. I’ve switched to wearing skirts and dresses–since my workplace requires a business casual style. As much as I have resisted wearing skirts in the past–I’m starting to find I don’t mind it nearly as much as I used to.

And can I just say that I completely foresaw the “mint” trend? I bought this dress off Modcloth a couple years ago and then a year or so later I began to see mint colored items everywhere!

Cephalgia

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I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for over a month now. Remember when my internet connection was down for a couple months? Well, once it got fixed I figured that was the end of my problems. Then my beloved Macbook died.

Luckily, I have a backup hard drive of everything that was on it–although unfortunately, I have no way to access it (Mac/PC file transfer issues, or something–according to the boyfriend). So I’m starting over with a clean slate.

However, I’m definitely trying to look on the positive side. The blogging break was kind of good for me! I feel like I was in a bit of blogging rut before, so during my accidental break I did a bit of thinking, writing, and researching to decide where I want to take my blog and what I’m trying to do. I’m pretty excited to re-start blogging.

So the highlights:

  • School started in late September. I’m taking Medical Terminology, Medical Insurance Billing, and Medical Law, Ethics, & Bioethics.
  • I went camping for the first time (in the Olympic National Forest).
  • My birthday was October 3, I turned 24!
  • The boyfriend and I took up a new sport: parkour, which is also known as free running (I added a couple links to youtube videos if you’re interested in seeing more).
  • I badly sprained my ankle and I’m currently on crutches (this is unrelated to the above highlight).

Also, if you’re wondering about the title of this post? Cephalgia the medical term for “headache”.🙂

Colorful

 

 

 

 

Outfit Details: Shirt: Target; Sports Bras: Victoria’s Secret; Jeans: Per Se; Shoes: Ross; Earrings: Yochi via Ideeli.com; Hair Extensions: Hot Topic. 

Ever since college ended, I’ve kind of mourned the loss of fun colors in my hair. Now that I work I can’t really dye my hair pink or purple anymore, so when I saw these clip in extensions I had to try them. While they don’t blend particularly well, it was definitely fun to have crazy hair color again for a day.

So I haven’t been posting many of my casual outfits lately, mostly because when I do take outfit pictures it’s usually of the ones I’m wearing to work. This is a pretty good example of where my casual style has slid to recently–I’m obsessed with this tank top I found in Target’s clearance section before vacation. I wear it all the time (with everything)!

 

I’ve always wanted a second ear piercing, and recently I got one–thanks to my boyfriend, who did it for me! I actually didn’t even feel it because I was so busy panicking over it.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Outfit Details: Army Jacket: Old Navy; Dress: Darling UK, via Saisons Boutique; Shoes: Miu Miu, via Ebay.

For me, I have clothes that I love because they fit, look flattering, and are functional. And then I have clothes that I love. Clothes that I saw and they spoke to some part of my soul. However, the clothes that I love tend to be more impractical–I often won’t be able to wear them as much as my other clothes, even though they are my most cherished clothing items.

This dress and these shoes are two of my very favorites (although the dress has proved very versatile!). The jacket I hunted for over six months, before spying it in an article on College Fashion. It actually kind of surprised me that I hadn’t put these pieces together before now!

I wore this to the office and got several compliments on my shoes from self-identified fellow shoe addicts. Surprisingly, I ended up wearing these shoes for over 7 hours and they were fairly comfortable throughout that time.