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Clay & Cotton

Remember way back when, when I did a little post on some of the fun, new shops in Kirkwood? One thing I mentioned was that Clay & Cotton would soon be celebrating its grand opening. Well, I just got an email reminding me to check it out September 23-26. Plus, a portion of all proceeds from the weekend are going to be donated to Stray Rescue! What better reason to stop on by?

And… if you just can’t wait another 8 days to see all they have to offer, this weekend also happens to be a great time to stop in. Because while you’re there, you can stop by the Green Tree Festival for food, fun, crafts, dog shows, beer gardens, dancing, music, kettle corn, contests, adoptable pets, games, kabobs…


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Could Target Become 2nd Best?

Tonight, I had a revelation.

I love Target. I always have. I always will.

I take pride in being one of those girls who goes in for toothpaste, and comes out with $250 worth of new-found treasures I never knew I couldn’t live without.

But tonight…that unyielding swipe of my credit card went to someone else:

And it wasn’t the first time.

It was a simple “return” trip. The kind that I would  frequently take to Target. I was bringing back an RL tablerunner I found over the weekend, which upon putting on my table, realized was about 24 inches too short.

So, on my way to the grocery store, I decided to stop by TJ’s and simply return the runner for the $12.99 I had paid. (okay, and maybe to check out a pair of boots that had caught my eye over the weekend, too. But that was it. Really. It was.)

And then I strolled. And saw some soap…

$4.99 for something that looks way cooler than some the brand-name stuff I’d find at Target? I mean, it’s “harvest bliss,” so I had to have it…

And an owl ($4.99).

And a green colander ($9.99).

And an absolutely necessary ceramic sugar holder ($6.99).

For a grand total of $26.96 +tax, I had found myself a pretty nice little combination of new home decor. Happy me. :)

Woah. Wait a second..did I? Yes, I did. I went to TJ Maxx for a return, and left spending twice as much as I was going to get back. Oops. I had just pulled a Target….

And then that scary idea came to my mind:
Could Target Become MY SECOND Best?”
The answer? If for no other reason than I kinda get sick to my stomach just typing those words, I’m gonna say…not so much. Whew. Much better. But, each store does have its own reason for being (as in, being a large chunk of my credit card bill each month).

So, let’s take a look:

Target: So, if I rewind back to this weekend, the whole reason I went to TJ Maxx was to buy a new outdoor tablecloth for our patio furniture. Did I ever find that tablecloth? No. Because when you go to TJ Maxx, you never know what you’ll find. At Target, you know. You also know that you’re guaranteed to find things that are stylish and in-season. Not always the case with TJM. And, had I needed a tablecloth and some mascara, Target would have been my choice from the start. (if I did find a tube of mascara at TJM, I can’t say I would feel comfortable purchasing it…their beauty products tend to give me an old, thrift-store-esque vibe. ya know?)

TJ Maxx: The ultimate treasure hunt. Now, I may not wish to buy beauty products from there…but jeans – H*LL yes! At Target, you might find a fashion designer’s dumbed-down version of clothing, but at TJM, you get the real thing, at a great price! (my favorite pair of Joe’s is from there, actually). And that goes for everything, from Frye boots, to Peugot watches, to Calphalon cookware. Plus, while both stores offer a huge variety, at TJM, you can kind of think that what you’re finding is one-of-a-kind (or at least a whole lot closer).

In short, I couldn’t live without either one. They both have their purpose, and both have a huge presence in my home. And, frankly, that’s the way I like it. :)

So, for now…the rankings shall remain:
Target, #1
TJ Maxx, #2

Thoughts? Agree? Disagree?
Is there something even better out there??

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New in Town

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Kirkwood, Missouri. It’s a charming suburb town about 15 minutes outside of  St. Louis City. And cookie-cutter it is not. It’s full of character, charm and  historic, well-loved homes. Downtown Kirkwood is centered around a historic train station, which is surrounded by countless shops and restaurants…with new ones popping up every day.

Last week, Tito, Frankie and I took a walk downtown…and it’s August…in St. Louis…and this summer is just like all the others…hot. So when we walked past a new store called Clay and Cotton, I was more than thrilled to find a giant dog bowl cheerfully welcoming my thirsty pals to take a drink.

Yey for a dog-friendly Clay and Cotton!

It must have been about 4.8 seconds later that a tiny terrier (seriously about the size of Frankie’s right paw) came darting at us. While he tried to interest my dogs in a game of “betcha can’t get me,”  I spotted the store he had escaped from —  Blush (another Kirkwood staple, now with a new home). Which was exactly when it hit me…

I need to return with my camera and give a few of these new shops some Living Room love!!!

And, that, I did…

First Stop — Clay and Cotton
(aka. Tito and Frankie’s new favorite watering hole)
157 West Argonne Drive   :  corner of Clay and Argonne

What’s Inside : home goods (especially bright, cheerful rugs and pillows), gifts, women’s clothing
Feel : vibrant style with a modern-day euro twist — colorful, friendly, upscale, green
Plus : super dog-friendly…LIKE if you go for their grand opening September 16-19, 10% of all purchases go to Stray Rescue (if I wasn’t sold already, hearing that sealed the deal)

Take a Peek…

quite possibly the cheeriest wall in town...fun, bright pillows, quilts and blankets to lust

each vibrant, unique rug has been inspired by a cultural icon or event, about $75

"green" picture frame made with recycled magazine pages, $25

and bowl to match, $47

a little nod to the StL with fleurdelis glasses, $10 each

I highly, highly suggest you (and Rover) check out the newest store on the block!

Next Stop — Blush
(okay, it’s not new…but the location is ;)
110 N. Clay Avenue

What’s Inside : women’s clothing, jeans, jewelry and even a little furniture
Feel : stylish, young, upscale, hip…everything you need for a night on the town
Plus: their store has had such success, they had to move from their original space on Jefferson to a bigger, brighter space just around the corner

Take a Peek…

the perfect balance of style and sass

cute summer pieces

bedazzle me!

now imagine wearing these WHILE sipping from those matching fleurdelis glasses...cute, huh?

I loved their handmade "back-to-school" window decor...

...and a little bummed to hear they weren't for sale. guess I'll just have to make some of my own.

Join Blush on Facebook and get in all the newest styles, updates and SALES!

And Our Final Stop — Funky Junky
(perfect for the upcycler in us all)
112 E. Jefferson Street

What’s Inside : upscale resale, antiques, uniques, surprises!
Feel : whimsical, fun, antiquing, discovery
Plus: they constantly get new (to you) things in…so you never know what treasure you might find inside!

Take a Peek…

treasure waiting to be found

love, love, loved this shabby-chic chalkboard, $42

teapot planter, $23.50

and an old-school (umm...literally) locker full of "hidden" treasures!

That’s the end of the tour for today. For a little more info on all the new places, check out this recent write-up in the Webster Kirkwood Times. And, while you’re browsing, don’t forget to stop by two of my all-time favorite Kirkwood shops Christopher’s (across from the Farmer’s Market) and Moonbeams (next door to Funky Junky).

Kirkwood Farmer's Market



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