Tuesday, May 31, 2011

More from the dark recesses of the closet - OOTD

It's been a bit of an internal battle to put off wearing some of my newer clothing in order to dust off some of my older stuff.  The skirt today comes from the same years ago sale room haul as my "donkey" skirt from last week.  As Overcaffinated commented the other day - wow, I really do have a ton of stuff.  It just seems that none of my bottoms, tops, accessories compliment each other.  I'm in true need of a stylist to come over, go through my stuff and show me all my options.  I'm sure I could probably get through a year or two without a repeat with all my stuff.  LOL

Anyhoo, this skirt my husband hates - hates!!  He says it's too poofy and big for my body (there are three additional layers under here, including crinoline).  Well, I can't help it, I love items that channel June Cleaver.  :)  I think the only reason I don't wear it more often is because I can't see beyond pairing it with white on top.  I'm sure red or another color would work too, but I just don't have the guts or the vision I guess.  So today I did the usual and put white on top.  Was thinking of red shoes but then stuck with the old safe choice again.  Looking at the pics, I don't care for the bright yellow on top, but what can ya do.

Promise, I'm not picking my undies in that first pic.
skirt - Odille for Anthropologie; tank - Loft; cardigan - Old Navy; shoes - Preview; bracelet - Anthropologie "Rock Candy"; necklace - Etsy; toes - OPI Anklets of Amethyst

Can't say I'll keep this on much after getting home from the office, but perhaps I'll vacuum and dust my house the whole ensemble so I can really be like June!

Do you like fuller skirt styles?  I'd be perfectly happy living in an episode of Happy Days or Grease.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Anthropologie Reviews - loosened lines, lunar cycles, villa mysteriis

Just a few reviews from my brandy new Anthropologie less than a mile from home.  Yay!  In the past few weeks, I've gone in many times already.  I've made really good use of the fitting room as well.

Lunar Cycles Top

Of course I loved this top in the catalog - it's very hippie, retro, just plain lovely flowy goodness without being a box.  On me though, eh, I wasn't so sure.  Felt it made me look a little large in the belly area and accentuated my broad shoulders a bit.  And you cannot wear this without a full length tank on underneath which I hate doing in the heat of spring/summer.  Honestly, a lot of the tops I've tried on recently have required a tank.  It's getting on my nerves Anthro!  I may reconsider this at sale time - I see it is available in a dark orange color too now which is very cool with perhaps some white AG Stevies?  ;-)

Villa Mysteriis Top

Have to admit, I really liked this quirky little top.  The shape and funky mellow print drew me right in.  I'm not sure the muted colors work best with my coloring so it went back on the rack but I still think about it.  :)  The fabric is a kind of rougher rayon that I feel won't wrinkle and really keep it's shape.  The detail at the neckline and those cute pockets really make this an original.  I love too that it doesn't seem to need a tank under it which seems to be against Anthro's norm these days (boo for see through!).

The shorts are the AG Bermudas I believe.  Very comfy but ran a little small on me so in this pic, they are too tight.

Loosened Lines Top

Really nothing much to say here so I'll let the pictures speak for themselves (in case you can't hear them, they are saying - Ewww, not for me, totally gross).  But hey, at least it wasn't sheer!  And this is a Small - a very very huge small.

Who's-Got-The-Button Top
This top is freakin' adorable.  The fit and feel are perfect.  It is so super soft.  All those little buttons are so cute too. Not with this skirt, of course, but I am going back for this one soon.  Comes in a few great colors (I really liked the red) and is machine washable.  Woohoo!  Oh, and the fabric is stiff enough to look nice untucked as well as tucked. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Elementary School Meets Fountain of Youth

Took the day off on Friday so I could attend the Mother's Day Brunch at my daughter's school.  It was so nice to not go to work and to watch my little girl put on a show with her friends.  I was told the night before, in no uncertain terms, that I was to "dress up" for the event "in a dress".  Since the weather seemed to be cooperating, I chose the Fountain of Youth dress.  Can't tell you how much I love it!  There doesn't seem to be much you can do to dress is up or down so basically my outfit consisted of dress + shoes.  Easy!
I did put on a cardigan for the walk to school.  The show and all the little notes and gifts the kids gave to their moms were so cute.  They sang us some songs, we enjoyed some bagels and juice, and took pictures with the teacher.  It was very well put together and extremely adorable.  Here's me and my little princess in her classroom.
On me: dress - Anthropologie Fountain of Youth; cardigan - Merona for Target; shoes - Seychelles "Joan"; toes - China Glaze Purple Panic (neon)
On Lil Miss (she asked me to include her OOTD deets): dress - Target (was a mere $17 and we get so many compliments on it); cardigan - ? from Neiman Marcus a few years ago; glasses - Sears

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

Monday, May 2, 2011

WTF? - Scarf OOTD

Ok, I know I can't be completely alone here.  So you know that whole scarf trend?  Yeah, I love it too.  BUT, I can't ever get mine right.  I need a how to on scarf tying.  Is there a Scarves for Dummies book out yet?

Today's scarf I got on sale at Anthropologie.  It's such a great print but I wasn't sure what to wear with it.  When I saw the scarf online, the model was shown wearing it with a black and white striped top.  I'm not big on horizontal striped shirts, but I did have this cute tube dress and decided to give it a try today.
Here's my scarf experimentation (long, short, add jacket - not sure what the heck to do).
dress - American Eagle; scarf - Anthropologie Sevea; denim moto jacket - Juicy Couture; shoes - Preview via Nordstrom Rack

Don't mind my puppy there (he's the white blur of fur behind me).  The school bus arrived for my neighbor during our photo session and he had to make sure she got off ok.  Barking at the bus apparently gets the job done.  ;)
Have you embraced the scarf?  Care to share any tips or styling ideas?  I have accumulated quite a collection, but most I just have no idea what to do with.