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Marcy’s Pet Peeve: Unattainable Designer Collections At Target



Marcy is angrily scouring the Internet for the bright pink Lilly Pulitzer for Target Raffia Tote Bag that sold out within minutes of its launch.

Marcy:  I’m so peeved.

Cynthia:  Ah, Marcy.

Marcy:  I’d look so perfect in that pink bag.

Cynthia:  You knew the collection was going to sell out within minutes. There was so much ridiculous hype over it, it was bound to happen.

Marcy:  I’m so peeved.

Cynthia:  You shouldn’t have gotten your hopes up.

Marcy angrily continues to search the Internet.

Marcy:  Gasp! I found it on eBay.

Cynthia:  Of course. Resellers are going crazy over this stuff. How much are they asking?

Marcy:  Most bids are starting at $50. This one wants $160 for it.

Cynthia:  What?! You can buy a real Lilly Pulitzer bag for less than that!

Marcy:  I want that pink bag.

Cynthia:  Well, I’m not paying a reseller one cent for that bag.

Cynthia takes a closer look at the eBay site.

Cynthia:  Oh My Gato!

As of right now, there are 35,244 Lilly Pulitzer Target items for resale on eBay. AND – eBay is featuring the collection on their home page banner.

Now I’m peeved!

Target should just skip the consumer altogether and sell their stuff to directly to eBay.


They create this huge demand for cheaply made designer stuff and then most consumers can’t even get their hands on it because resellers pounce on it and sell it for exorbitant prices on eBay. Target likes the publicity and influx of money but I can’t help but think they will hurt themselves in the long run with this strategy.

But you know what? I don’t care.

And Target should care about that.

Marcy (pouting):  I would look so pretty in that pink bag.

Lilly Pulitzer For Target Pink Raffia Tote Bag

*So happy to hear that Stacey of Whimsical Preppy had a fantastic experience with the Lilly Pulitzer collection at her small out of the way Target. Check out her adventure here.

*And Liz of With Wonder And Whimsey has a brilliant analysis of the whole shebang here.


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Retailers Illegally Selling Real Fur They’ve Labelled Faux Fur


Cinderella’s 17 Inch Waist

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Marcy’s Pet Peeve | Cinderella’s 17 Inch Waist

Lily James’s 17 inch waist is the result of a very tight corset an NOT CGI enhanced.

Marcy and Cynthia are in a heated discussion about Marcy’s idea for her Pet Peeve post.

Marcy:  How are you not disturbed that the Cinderella in Disney’s new movie has a 17 inch waist? It’s creepy.

She looks like she’s split in two.

She looks like she can’t breathe.

She looks like she’s irreparably damaging her organs.

And where on earth are her ribs?

Cynthia:  I do think it’s creepy. I just don’t want to get into a discussion about an actor’s body. That’s a minefield and I don’t want to go there.

Marcy:  But it’s not about the actor’s body. That’s the point. It’s about the costume design and the fact that Disney is irresponsible.

Cynthia: How so?

Marcy:  They know that little girls worship these fairy tale princesses and yet they continue to create impossible and bizarre beauty standards for them. It was one thing when these characters were cartoons, but this a real live human being we’re talking about.

It’s mean.

Cynthia:  You’re right. It is mean. It also makes you wonder how the costume designer, the director, or any one at the top, didn’t say on set… “this is creepy”.

But still, I’m tired of the whole body image conversation. Barbie and Bratz dolls and skinny models. Ugh.

I’d rather we focus on say… the fact that more women than men are in medical school or the scary discrimination women face in the gaming community. It just seems more relevant than Cinderella’s waistline.

Marcy:  Hmpf… you’re the one posting fashion photos of yourself. Now all of a sudden you’re Christiane Amanpour? Hypocrite.

Cynthia:  You’re the one who started this seriousness with your whole Pet Peeve posts. I’d much rather focus on the gorgeous gown stepsister Sophie McShera wore to the opening of Cinderella.

Cynthia:  Isn’t it so springtime-y and fresh?

Marcy: And just like that you hijack my Marcy’s Pet Peeve Post with a frivolous photo of a fashion plate.

Cynthia:  Sorry. But it’s so much more fun!

Marcy (seething):  I’m so peeved.

Cynthia:  Okay then, here’s a photo of Cinderella actor, Lily James, in a theatre performance in which she’s wearing a corset that’s obviously not whittling away at her waist.


Actor Lily James emoting and breathing in a corset

Marcy:  That’s so pretty. They should have used this costume instead.

Long pause as she considers this.

Marcy:  Now I’m really peeved.


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Marcy’s Pet Peeve (Round One)


Marcy marches in to the office where Cynthia is busily typing away on the computer.

Marcy (ominously):  I have a pet.

Cynthia (absently):  That’s nice. Is it a moth or a bug or something?

Cynthia turns around real quick.

Cynthia (alarmed):  It’s not a mouse or a bird is it?

Marcy:  No. It’s a pet peeve.

Cynthia:  You’re a pet peeve.

Cynthia laughs uproariously at her own joke. Marcy is not amused and swishes her tail back and forth.

Cynthia:  Sorry. What’s your pet peeve?

Marcy:  Retailers selling real fur that they’ve labelled faux fur.

Cynthia (sighing):  It happened again?

Marcy: Yes. This time it’s Kohl’s. For the second time this year! This week they were selling raccoon dog fur on a parka.

Kohl’s parka with raccoon dog fur
labelled as “faux fur”

Marcy:  And earlier this year it was rabbit fur on a purse. And before that it was Urban Outfitters, Century 21 Department Stores, and even Neiman Marcus. 

What gives, Cindy?  What. Gives?!

Cynthia:  I don’t know. Carelessness?

Marcy:  Heartlessness is more like it. And greed. And … and … and… INHUMANITY. Why would they try to trick people who want fake fur into buying real fur?

Cynthia:  I don’t know, Marcy. But it’s in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act to label real fur as faux fur. From what I understand, raccoon dog fur is used quite frequently as a substitute for faux fur, It’s unconscionable. Not to mention underhanded. And plain mean.

Marcy (seething):  I’m so mad.

Cynthia:  So do something about it!  Click here for a link from the Humane Society of the United States asking Kohl’s to adopt a fur-free policy.

Marcy:  I’ll do it. And then I’m going to find those lying executives and cruel fur farm owners and [bleepity bleep] them and {bleep bleep bleep}.

Cynthia:  My sentiments exactly.


*If you’re worried that your faux fur may in fact be real, click here for quick handy dandy tips to figure it out.