My Date With Nate

A bunch of you have been asking what I got from Tar-jay for Nate’s big weekend debut, and since I’m a die-hard fan (remember when our hands almost touched here?) of course I was the first girl at the store on Sunday morning right as they opened. Yup, even though we just got back from Cincinnati the night before, I’m a Noupie (Nate Groupie) so you can bet my buns were there, and they were excited. Then I went in. Womp-womp, no Nate stuff out. And when I asked where it was, the two sweet Target girls were all “Nate who?”

Instead of extolling the virtues of Nate, which I totally would have done if time weren’t of the essence (I was picturing mobs of people at other Targets a la Missoni) I ran out to the car and said “other Target, go!” breathlessly to John. Second Target: nada. Then I started to get nervous. It wasn’t that they’d sold out, nothing had been put out yet. So I started to worry it was only available in exclusive cities. We had a family par-tay to get to on the other side of town, so my hunt was put on hold until we were on our way home and passed another Target. But… they only had an unlabeled end-cap with a few towels by Nate. So I just resolved myself to the fact that maybe it wouldn’t come to Richmond or it was a week late or something. And then John surprised me by stopping at yet another Target on the way home, “just to be sure.” Yes, there about a ten Targets in our city, apparently. And when I walked in, I saw this:

And the clouds parted and I heard angels singing. Stylish accessory-loving angels. Of course I instagrammed that shot immediately, so some of you might recognize it. And I had actually taken that picture after I snatched up the two things I wanted and stood next to them protectively (I was still waiting for a stampede of people to come through and grab every last item). So here’s my “mine” shot:

I’d been ogling the white tortoise shell ever since I saw it in a preview video of his collection, and the little spiky urchin was so quirky and porcupine-esque that I couldn’t resist. When I got back to the car I was holding up my scores and smiling so maniacally that John (who had stayed in the car with Clara) actually started laughing at me. I was that grinny.

And perhaps the funniest thing was that within 24 hours Katie instagrammed her scores, and lookie what she grabbed:

Does it confirm best-friend-ness when you buy the same things without knowing it? I think it should. I called her the second it posted and we both cracked up. Good times.

As for where things ended up, this corner always felt a little heavy on the left side…

… so hanging the tortoise shell seems to balance things out a little more. It’s so glossy and ceramic-animal-esque. LURVE.

Bam. Close up. Isn’t it cute on our stenciled wall?

And here’s where the urchin ended up – on my little fall mantel. Since I already had a bronze spiky orb thing on the other side (you can check it out here), the new guy seems right at home.

So there it is, my date with Nate. What did you guys get? Did you have trouble finding things? Did anyone get any of the bedding or towels? What about those cool chains in those bold colors. I loved the yellow one, I just didn’t really have an idea of where I’d put it, so I passed (it could be a fun DIY project with an old heavy chain and some spray paint though).


  1. Stacey says

    i was at my tar-jay last night and checked out the nate stuff. i loved the gold vases (i’m on a gold kick lately) and the b&w chevron urns. ultimately, i resisted buying anything, but now i’m thinking if i *need* anything, it’s one of those gold vases ;)

  2. says

    Yah!!! I totally splurged the other night on decorating accessories at Target! I got the tortorise shell, the aries horn thingy and the smaller urn thingy. It is all going in the entryway with a few other things I picked up.

  3. says

    So cute!!! I am in desperate need to get some of our stuff off the floor and onto the walls. I was going to go thrifting but my hubby said I could thrift through our stuff in the garage first :-(.

    Side note – (which I will never admit to him) I actually found a bunch of things stored away in the garage I am going to modify and use.

  4. Emily says

    I gotta say, my hopes were high…but I was disappointed overall. I wanted stampeding-a-la-Missoni goodies. Ah well, better that I not swipe that Target card anyways :)

  5. Maureen says

    Hmm, given my love for turtles/tortoises, I may NEED that shell. It would be perfect in my little, whimsical reading room (painted Martha’s Plumage, btw). I haven’t been to target in about a week which is pretty rare for me. I hope they have them when I go on Saturday!

  6. Anneliese says

    I picked up the two Chevron urns and I’m eyeing the large brass hammered bowl. Everything in his line rocks… his book is fantastic, too.

  7. says

    This post made me laugh out loud for two reasons – 1. I, too, went to several Targets hoping to “beat the crowd” only to find empty shelves and employees who have no idea who Nate is. (WHAT!?) and 2. My husband made fun of my goofy “so excited/christmas morning/birthday presents” kind of grin.

    p.s. I think I read your blog too much because last night I has a dream that we went on a hot air balloon tour together. I swear I’m not creepy! :)

  8. says

    Number one sign you read to much YHL: I saw the tortoise shell on and immediately thought, “Hey, I bet Sherry gets this!”

    I’m obsessed with the chevron urn, but I’m thinking I could maybe DIY one. Maybe.

  9. says

    My target has the tortoise shell in Mustard. It might have to come home with me to go in our dining room. Is it hollow on the other side? I was thinking it’d make a hella cute centerpiece on a table flipped over with some fruit in it.

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