Sunday, May 1, 2011

Calypso St. Barth for Target Launch Review

The maxi dress is my favorite piece; I love the colors, pattern, and flared tier at the bottom, the cotton is soft and the dress is lined, very comfortable and the perfect length
N. and I woke up bright and early today and headed to the Target on La Cienega to check out the release of the Calypso St. Barth and Target designer collaboration. We met at the Lanvin x H&M launch, so I knew she was one of the few people who wouldn't think it was crazy to wake up at 7am on a Sunday. The weather this weekend has been warm and gorgeous; definitely the perfect weather for the Calypso lifestyle. We arrived a little bit after the store opened at 8am and there was a ton of stock in all sizes. The collection is huge; lots of apparel including several pieces that weren't in the lookbook, accessories, bags, home goods, childrens apparel. I was slightly disappointed by the collection in person as many of the pieces weren't quite as nice as it appeared in the lookbook, particularly with some of the finishing details. While the colors and patterns are really pretty in person, some of the fabric just didn't feel that nice, the cotton was rough on some of the pieces, like the maxi skirt, and the 100% silk pieces were too flimsy, wrinkly and see through. I did pick up a couple of comfortable pieces in 100% cotton, including the pink and white tie-dye striped maxi dress ($39.99, size 2), which is lined and probably my favorite piece, the off the shoulder blue ruffle embroidered dress which is also lined ($39.99, XS), the 3/4 length sleeve turquoise fan print dress ($36.99, XS), and the turquoise fan print in a romper ($14.99), which is actually a girls size 14-16. Even though its the most mainline Calypso-like silhouette and pattern, I'll probably be returning the blue fan print dress as it is too sheer to wear as a dress around town; it's more appropriate as swimsuit coverup and I don't need such a fancy swimsuit coverup, plus I don't want two pieces in the same pattern. I'll probably just use the romper as my coverup. I also purchased some of the melanine servingware for our summer bbqs. After shopping, N. and I had a really tasty breakfast at Green Peas on Sepulveda in Culver City. I had a delicious and inexpensive vegan breakfast burrito, I'll definitely be going back.
I'll be returning this one; it's more appropriate as swimwear coverup. Dress is a little too A-line as well; would have preferred it more slim fitting. Worn with Toms red striped wedges.
Worn with my own belt. I don't have anything in this style so I'll probably keep it. Unfortunately wrinkles easily as you can see.
Yes this is from the girls collection, but it fits and I've been wanting a romper for several seasons now
I have some Orla Kiely x Target melamine dinnerware that I use all summer long; these pieces will be a nice addition
I really liked this caftan in the lookbook but not in person. Silk is super thin and wrinkly, the rope is attached strangely and I feel like Princess Leia on vacation or a monk
Check out Otis' teeth!
Otis has no interest in my clothes


  1. you are great im headed over there

  2. I really love reading your reviews of the collabs and seeing the items on you. I shopped both online and in store. My store wasn't too frenzied, except for the Jewelry department. I actually liked the crochet bib tunics, and bought one for my mom for Mother's Day. I wanted to try on the caftan and fan print turquoise dress, but my store did not have them. Both look amazing on you! Fun fact: I went shopping after drinking tea from my Liberty of London teacup, and wore my new Swedish Hasbeens for H&M lace-up wedges. (Can you tell that I like these collaborations much?) The wedges are so comfortable that I never want to take them off. If you want to see my Calypso for Target review and fitting room photos, here is the link:
    I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and the fantastic weather we're having in southern California!

  3. So funny that you also tried on the girls outfits; I actually tried the same one as you on as well, loved the cute elephant print, but the horizontal bust seam was too high. The girls collection is so much cheaper if you can make it work. I see that the maxi dress was also one of your faves! I liked the crochet bib tunic, I tried on the dark blue one. It's perfect for LA, but in humid weather (like NYC, or on vaca in the tropics), I worry that silk would get clingy and uncomfortable. I saw the claws come out (other people) for the poufs and the teapots, otherwise it was pretty mellow. I agree, I adore the Swedish Hasbeens for H&M, they are the best and I don't want to wear any other shoes (and thanks for the heads up, I got someone to pick up two pairs that were sold out at Bev Center at SCP). Collabs are fun; a great way to try new designers without the guilt. I'm sure I'll bump into you at one of these launches one day!



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