Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Why I Love Tuesdays

It's Tuesday, which means that there are usually new mark-downs in some of my favorite stores, particularly Anthropologie.  I know there are many other blogs out there that cover Anthropologie pretty thoroughly and probably do it better than me (see our list of blogs for some of our favorites), but a girl's gotta get started somewhere, right?  So, after carefully perusing the anthropologie's website and comparing it against Roxy of Effortless Anthropologie's sale posting, I made my way to the storefront at UTC to check out stuff in person.

So, here's what I wore today - nothing exciting.  Totally Duckie-proof.  Duckie is my 4 year-old son's nickname for my daughter, Kate.  By Duckie-proof, I mean that it's all machine-washable.  She can spit up, drool, pull, or teethe on any part of this outfit (though I wouldn't encourage her to eat my shoes - not particularly hygienic).
Black v-neck cardigan: H&M
Perfect fit cascade tee in wild plum: J Crew
Hudson Jeans Triangle Pocket: available at Nordstrom
Tory Burch Romy flats in black available here.
Necklace: H&M, close up photo here.

Okay, here we are.  On to the fun stuff.  First up, I tried on this mint-green, 3/4 sleeve cardigan, whose name I don't know, as it's no longer on the website.  Kind of sheer, but it'll be fine with something under it.  The flowers around the collar are super cute, with little buttons for centers, and the light weight will be good for spring and cool summer nights, here in SoCal.  (Item # 17513441).

Here's a floral wrap-top I tried on.  Another that I couldn't find on the website.  It was okay.  Nothing to write home about, I thought.  The fabric was nice, but the print was a little on the overwhelming side, for me.   Also, I'm small in the shoulders and chest and wrap tops are always slightly problematic for me.  This was no exception to that rule.

Note my smile in this photo.  I liked this top.  It's the Rivers Rise top in pink, and it's super cute!  I love the blush-pink color and the way the wrap-top gives me waist.  Also, the slight ruching across the middle was nice too (helps camouflage left-over pregnancy-bulge).  Another bonus - it's machine washable!  Hurray for Duckie-proof cuteness!

By the way, I'm wearing an XS in this photo, and I usually fit a small on top.  I could be losing my pregnancy weight (wishful thinking?) but I think this top might run a teeny bit big.  At $39.95, I couldn't leave this one in the dressing room. (Item # 17423799) 

So, this isn't my usual type of thing but I decided to give it a try, because it made me think of my friend Lisa, and her love of cardigans layered over fun "underpinnings" (this is a Kelly-word.  I'm sure sometime in one of my future blogs, I'll tell you all about Kelly.  She's fabulous and you all need to come see her!)  It's the Photographic Foliage tank.  I liked the pops of color in the bands of yellow and pink, and it was okay.  I just don't see myself wearing it a whole lot, and I think I'm going to adopt Rosa (of Love at First Shop)'s new policy - it has to work with at least 3 outfits in my current wardrobe, to be allowed into my closet.  I could probably do it, but not feeling creative enough at the moment.  Also, the other deciding factor - there was no love (my friend June's shopping mantra: There has to be LOVE.)  

Next up, the Cecily Tunic.  I really really liked this top.  There are a lot of ambivalent reviews of it online, but I found it easy, comfortable, and pretty. I really liked the deep plummy color, and found the cowl neck plenty flattering.  This isn't exactly a spring/summer color, but the weight is right (not heavy or warm), the fabric is nice, and I've been looking for more things to pair with my leggings and skinny jeans.  There's a drawstring around the cinched waist, which made me wonder if it'd be hard to wear a belt with this top, but the string, while long, isn't bulky, so I think I could figure out a way to make it work.  Did I mention there are pockets?  Oh - and machine washable!  What's not to love?

So, here's the next top.  I don't know what the name of it is, as it's no longer on the website, and I also neglected to jot down the item #.  Sorry!  It was cute - sort of a georgette/chiffon top layer, with an underlayer for opacity.  There's a tie-back at the waist level, which is slightly off in terms of placement, because some detailing under the trimmed collar gives the front of the top an empire-waist sort of feel.  The color was fun, but a pass for me.  

This is the Emmer Corset Top in black.  I put this on, and was surprised that I liked it.  Hahaha...it looked so...insubstantial on the hanger.  Anyway, it was cute, and fit well, though I did note the chest area fit me well...making me think that women who are better-endowed than myself might have trouble with this top.  Also, its hem hit at the top of my jeans, which means it's fairly short.  I'm 5'2" and short-waisted besides, so if you're taller than me, you might have problems with this top.  The other thing that made me skeptical is that the top feels so young.  I'm definitely in my mid-30's now, and the mother of two, so while it might have worked on me 10 years ago, it's less compelling now. Still, when I had it on, it made me think of summer days and picnics at the beach.  And it made me feel young again.  It would probably work well as an underpinning for a cardigan.  But under a cardigan, you'd miss my nice shoulders.  ;)

This is the First Flurry Cardigan.  It was very cute and provided some warmth, despite the short sleeves and length.  There are some really lovely details of lace panels on the sides and back of the sweater.  The knit is heavy enough that it gives the shawl collar some height.  Nice, but still somewhat pricey, considering my limited resources.

Close-up of the lace panel detailing.

That's it for now.  Thanks for coming shopping with me!

1 comment:

  1. Oh Carol...I don't know what to say other than you are dangerous and a very bad influence. Haha and thanks for the shout out! ;)