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“What’s great about this country is America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good.” Andy Warhol.

WARNING: This is long winded, a little angry and truthful. Skip to the bottom to just see the pieces that I scored.

Many who are writing about the Missoni for Target whirlwind appear to be either upper class or upper middle class. Some balk at the quality of anything in a department store while others aren’t snooty but are armed with charge cards. Then there’s one camp who espouse to being huge Missoni fans while the others say that it’s ugly. (If you think it’s ugly that’s fine. It’s a preference. A preference can’t be wrong. It doesn’t make the wealthy smarter than you.)

I am not one of them so I thought I’d write a post from the opposite end, the poor end, the small town poor end.

Some would say that’s the nature of fashion. I don’t do fashion. I do style. I do what I like. So I love some of this stuff. I think that some is ugly and some is just not for me. I’m also not going to sit here and act like I know the history of Missoni. I was vaguely familiar with it like many things that I would never worry about being able to afford (like a Benz).

While growing up my still small town was even smaller. We had a Super Kmart, a bit later, a Hills, then eventually a Walmart. In 2006 we finally got a Target. I was familiar with Target because one of my favorite childhood films, Career Opportunities, takes place in a Target.

These designer collections are not new. Target has been collaborating with various designers since 2005. Being that I live in a small town it was very hit or miss as to whether or not our store would even decide to stock these collections. I literally laughed out loud when I read tweets and articles saying that “Missoni for Target” should have been called “Missoni for Target for eBay” because over the years if I really wanted something often my only options were Target.com (where the cheap stuff sells out fast) and eBay. I have a few things from previous collections that were not even sold around here and I bought them on eBay. As well as a couple that I bought directly from Target. I really love clothes. I’ve had people make special pit stops when these pieces come out just to go in a store and dig and dig until I find it, the one!

The problem with shopping for clothes from any site is that there isn’t a standardized sizing, especially in brands that will only be around for a few months. Conversely when our store did get some of the brands in, they were often either the safe styles (that I abhor) or the pieces were cut poorly (sideways seams, incredibly odd sizing, 2-3 sizes bigger or smaller than what you normally wear), this piece comes to mind. So not only are you taking a crap shoot when you buy online regarding sizing, you also have to hope that the collection that you chose was sewn correctly.

There are 2 more things that I should mention. I’m a former Target employee (who worked in the clothing department) but that’s pretty much moot because it was during a time frame that none of these lines were released. However they still had other really nice stuff that I couldn’t afford to buy even though I worked there. Stares wistfully at fabulous peacoat for 1 month while zoning but can never afford it. Plus I’ve been an eBay reseller basically since it was invented. So yeah, I flipped stuff. I’ve flipped stuff like this.

Perhaps you remember this Behnaz Sarapfour Taffeta Dress from 2006. I was an 8 at the time, the store only had 1s and 3s. At first I was mad, I was mad when my, then disordered eating, still wouldn’t let me wear this dress. At home I opened a rag mag & Kristen Bell was wearing it so I hopped on eBay and they were selling for more. What did I do? I hauled ass back to Target and flipped those.

Maybe you know nothing of eBay but this type of thing is not without risk and ridicule. When you buy it you have to get stared at by the cashier who knows that you are not a size 1. Then you put them up online and if they don’t sell then maybe you are stuck with them because Target has always had a wishy washy return policy. Maybe a buyer has remorse and tries to do a charge back on a brand new item. That’s what you do though when you are an eBay seller. Am I asking for pity or something, no? But this is reality. It’s more difficult to have to make your way doing things like this than a standard job that you will definitely get paid for. Why would someone do this? Maybe you have problems working outside of your house. (P.S. I don’t look down on any eBay sellers, obviously, I’m just trying to make an extreme point using myself as an example.)

Now who doesn’t give a fuck about things like this and calls you a troll? Celebrities who can buy full price designer clothes. Yeah, I like her slightly less now.

Also arggh inducing, to me, a major news site calling eBayers jerks.

END OF RANT, ONTO THE CLOTHES

I wasn’t getting paid until Thursday so even though I’d read online how everything was all gone I decided to check it out. They had one of the pieces that I had really wanted from the campaign. Occasionally the benefit of living in a small town in which liking clothes makes you even more of an outcast is that sometimes there’s still something left for you. Since there wasn’t much left they had grouped all of the clothing (including accessories and children’s clothes, the coats for girls were super cute) into one section.

I had been most excited about checking out the sweater dresses and sweater skirts, as seen in the ads. They didn’t have the dresses but I’m fine with that as I’ve rarely worn a sweater dress that is flattering to my figure. They did have a skirt in an orange print and an adorable hat! I hadn’t even known about the hats. I immediately knew that I wanted the hat but being poor had to walk around the store and think about it first.

Then I circled back and spotted another skirt that was pleated and matched the design of the hat. I found it much more flattering on me. I also saw this poncho and wasn’t sure if it was women’s or girl’s but tried it on anyway, just for this post (I don’t wear ponchos). It turns out that it was girl’s but I’m not thin and totally could have worn it. So if you like it then you might want to check the girl’s section at your local store. I would never wear all of that at once BTW, as it looks ridiculous but I was trying to be fast. I’m paranoid about getting yelled at for silly things (because it’s happened before, thanks Gab’s!). That’s also why there aren’t any digital camera pictures of the second outfit, just a pic from my phone.

Our store also had the babydoll lingerie set (so not trying that on with 2 way mirrors under fluorescent lights), the green v-neck sweater (but not in a size big enough for me to try on) and both styles of women’s shoes, flats and pumps. I only vaguely looked at those as they had tons in stock. (They were still in the shoe section, not shoved up front to garner attention like all of the other clothing). I already had my 2 pieces picked out so I didn’t try those on because I didn’t want to fall in love with them.

Since I bought these two pieces I just snapped some quick pics so you can get an idea on the design and quality. I haven’t had time to wear them yet but they seem to be good quality to me, but what do I know as a pauper.

Sizing: To give you a slight idea on fit in case your store has something left or you decide to buy something from an eBay SELLER (someone trying to meek out a living, not someone who is beneath you), here’s what I learned:

The skirts seemed to be true to size. I usually wear a large. They only had these in an XL. I felt like the orange skirt with the hip pockets hung too loosely (as is to be expected, but I could have made it work, if need be). The pleated skirt was also a XL and I always go up on pleated skirts so I like the fit on it. The poncho was a girl’s XL (14-16), so if you are a woman you could probably still easily rock it as like an 8 (or medium), comfortably. The hat fit my head fine and I have a wide head. So if you have a small head then it might be too large on you.

STILL AVAILABLE ONLINE FROM TARGET.COM (at the time of this post)

Missoni for Target

 

Missoni for Target by missemmamm featuring swim tops


Missoni white top
$40 – target.com

Missoni print blouse
$40 – target.com

Missoni black top
$30 – target.com

Missoni swim top
$30 – target.com

Chemise
$30 – target.com

Missoni suede pumps
$40 – target.com

If you are unable to get anything or not able to afford it (I understand) and here’s my (probably unpopular opinion): I would go through all of the thrift stores in your area (I don’t mean for Missoni but much of this stuff is very 70s, my older brothers wore shirts like this 35 years ago) until you find something neat.

RECOMMENDED
My Previous Target Designer Collaboration Posts
Hat Review: Eugenia Kim for Target
Style File: Spring, I Reckon featuring Liberty of London

More Missoni Finds
The Missoni for Target Mission at frugalfashionaddict.com
Looting Target- My Missoni x Targ Haul at Notes fron the Dressing Room…
My Missoni Moment at stern j designs

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***UPDATED 4/22/2011***
(I asked Jenny if she had any photos of her and Christian Kane together. She no longer had any of those. However she was able to find the 4th photo down that I have now added. She stated that it is a photo of Christian’s parents with Alissa as a baby. Behind them on the wall there are 2 family photos both of which appear to feature a very young Christian Kane.)

Christian Kane in LA in 2005 by J.N.

Christian Kane in LA in 2005 by J.N.

Alissa Barosh

You can view more photos of her here.

Jennifer Stoker (far right) in her sorority days

Mike and Pamela Short with baby Alissa

(click it to see the full sized photo)

 

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another cropped close up

I’m a huge twitter fanatic and I do check out who people are before I follow them back. Recently after making a Kane comment (while listening to his latest album) I noticed that a woman named Jennifer Ekl Stoker was following me. All of her tweets were dealing with her claim that she has a daughter that was fathered by actor/singer Christian Kane. For some reason no one is taking her seriously or trying to get her story out. I have 2 theories as to why this has been happening.

She is mainly contacting Christian Kane fans whom do not want to hear anything negative about him or it’s because casual movie goers and TV watchers probably do not recognize Christian Kane by name.

Who Is Christian Kane?
Your Crash Course-Christian Kane is currently starring in the successful TNT series Leverage. as Eliot Spencer, nicknamed “The Hitter” because of his martial arts skills. Many fangirls, myself included, have been following Kane’s career since he portrayed Lindsey McDonald on Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer spin-off, Angel.

Christian Kane is also a country rock singer. You can check out some of his music directly below.

Now that you are up to speed on who that familiar face, Christian Kane is, check out my interview with Jennifer Stoker. (The interview was conducted via email and I have not edited her answers for authenticity.)

Hello Jennifer Stoker,

Are you claiming that your daughter Alissa Haley Barosh’s father is actor/singer Christian Kane?

Yes, Alissa Haley Barosh’s biological father is Christian Kane

How and where did you meet Christian? What was Christian’s name when you met?

Chris and I met at the University of Oklahoma. I was in the sorority Alpha Chi Omega and he was an ATO pledge. We were having one of our sorority philanthropy called “Mr Spring Fling”. Each fraternity selected one of their pledges or members to participate. Each man was to perform a dance that we taught them for the contest. It took a few weeks. I happened to be assigned to the ATO (Chris Short). He came in 2nd I believe.

Did you engage in a long love affair?

It wasn’t Love affair because we were not in love but did see each other occasionally over several months ( and almost an entire summer). honestly a FWB thing.

What caused the two of you to break up? Did Christian leave you while you were pregnant or after you gave birth?

I told him I was pregnant over the summer of 1993. He said he was not ready to be a father and didn’t have “cash” ( a term he used a lot). He didn’t want me to have an abortion,,thank goodness). I never would have agreed to that.

I was forced to move home with my parents and back to Texas and leave the sorority. I was staying in an apt that summer to work with my roomate (rush chairman) on upcoming sorority Rush.

Has he ever met or spoken with his daughter?

He hasn’t ever spoken to Alissa but she would like to meet him

Did he ever make any promises to you regarding marriage or regarding helping you to raise Alissa?

I Never wanted to marry Chris.

Is it true that you were in contact with Christian’s parents in the past? Have they had a relationship with their granddaughter?

His parents, Pamela and Mike Short were contacted by my parents regarding the situation and were made aware. They were (as well as him) sent a birth announcement, several letters (sent via certified mail), pics of Alissa and some phone calls on both ends. I drove to norman Ok when she was a baby to show my sorority sisters my precious daughter and to contact Chris (who was working as a waiter) and show Alissa to his parents. I showed up with Alissa and friends to his restaurant he didn’t” appear” to be happy but he did recognize us. I called him later and asked if he wanted to see her and he said “no, it will be too hard”. I called his mom and she said I was wekcome to come over. I did and even took pics of Alissa with his folks. Pam even kept in contact for several months (but not ver consistantly). She called to make sure we made it back to Houston okay. The last phone conversation we had she said I was looking at the whole situation with “rose-colored glasses” and Chris was going through. A hard time with everything and seeing all pics I sent them. She said they were basically loosing their son and were chosing him over their granddaughter.

Is he listed as the father of Alissa on her birth certificate or did he refuse to sign it?

He wasn’t listed on birth certificate because he wasn’t present at the time of the birth. He did however give me “some” info in regards to his family medical history as well as his ss# before I left Oklahoma. I in return turned that info over to the state, as I was applying for Medicaid
The attorney general opened the case a couple times I believe but because his legal name was Christopher Michael Short and listed at his parents address in Oklahoma it made the process difficult. They wanted us both to appear in Oklahoma for dna test but he was in California and going under the stage name Christian Kane so that trip would have been costly and pointless. Frustrated I gave up for a little while. Then tried contacting his sites and no luck.

If you have talked to him or anyone who represents him does he deny both the fact that he fathered your daughter and that you had a relationship or only that he is the father?

He has never denied that Alissa is his child (not that I have ever heard). I just never really heard anything and figured they were just ignoring me in the hope I would just loose interest or leave the issue alone

What are your intentions? Is your main objective to receive back child support for her, to reunite them, or both?

Intentions are both for the benefits of Alissa.

Is it true that you are currently in talks with Eric Griffin of Brand X Management (who represents Christian Kane) regarding the legalities of this matter?

I emailed Eric and he emailed me back and said that he would forward my info to the “legal authorities”. I should hear something within 3 days of them receiving my contact information. Eric said that he wasn’t the one to talk to basically.

Disclaimer: (AKA-You can’t sue me) What is my opinion? Information that she mentions from Christian’s past (ex. the college that he attended, his birth name) are true. I also think that her daughter does look like him. However I am being neutral here. I am giving her a platform to have her say. I am not siding with anyone. And yes, I’m a Kane fan and have nothing against him.

UPDATE: 09/24/2011


The October 3, 2011 issue of Star Magazine with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds on the cover (“Sandra & Ryan’s Secret…Texas Wedding!“) includes a small blurb mentioning Jennifer Stoker’s story. It’s entitled “Leverage Star Christian Kane’s Secret Love Child” and is on page 34.

FYI-I have been asked for information on what is currently going on with this (May 2014). If you read the story then you will see that the girl is of age as of now. Not only that but this post is functioning like a news article. You would not demand a news outlet go dig up an article from years ago and alter it. Also, this is my personal blog. I post what I want on here. Thank you for reading.

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