Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Happy Encounter and Some Fitting Room Reviews (Beda Dress, Things & Joy Dress,

Happy Saturday, everyone!  Hope you're all getting a nice, relaxing, fun weekend.  Me, I'm working today, but I get to hang out with a wonderful friend and colleague the whole time, so I'm actually fairly pleased.

Not to mention that I was able to sneak out to the mall (darling husband dropped me off with Kate, while he took Rojo to the bookstore) for a very short visit to the Anthropologie sale rack.  I actually couldn't believe how much was still there - I was able to snag my Reed Shirtdress in green, and then, I tried on a few other things.  While there, I had my first face-to-face reader encounter (and I don't mean the kind where it's your mom or your sister or your friend who's known you since the 2nd grade).  I was coming out of the fitting rooms, and suddenly, an Anthro employee - one who's helped me in the store before - points at me (in a nice way) and says, "It's you!  I've been waiting for you to come back in! You write a blog, right?"  At first, I was a little taken aback (it's not something you expect, though, I suppose if people are reading the blog in San Diego...well, there are only two Anthropologie stores in the whole county...), but once I realized I wasn't in trouble for some reason, I relaxed and had a lot of fun chatting with her (Hi, Sandra!).  She discovered our blog when she came across my guest review on Roxy's wonderful blog, Effortless Anthropologie, and recognized me in the photos (like I said, she'd helped me in the store a few times, with getting a fitting room started, hunting down an item, etc.).  While we chatted, she offered - so generously - to let me browse a separate rack of sale items in the back room that had been moved off the floor due to lack of space.  I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but as you never know what you might find, I happily accepted the offer.  It's like getting to go backstage at Disneyland!  The back room is much bigger than you'd imagine and really packed with stuff - though in a very neat and orderly way.  I didn't find anything that I wanted in my size, but I was so grateful for the opportunity.

While we chatted, Sandra reminded me about the upcoming Earth Day Gardening event at Anthropologie stores across the country.  There are both children's potting events and container gardening events for grown-ups.  The San Diego stores are both hosting the children's potting event, in collaboration with San Diego Roots, a local nonprofit that focuses on sustainable and local foods.  I had received the email about this, and had intended to sign up for Rowan and myself, but the impulse had been completely buried under the landslide of work I was coping with this past week.  I immediately signed up with Sandra, but be forewarned - if you want to attend this event, call your store ASAP.  Apparently, the response has been huge, and some locations have already closed their lists.

Onto the fitting room reviews:

This is the Things and Joys dress ($128), which I was inspired to try on, after seeing Roxy in it in her review.  The dress is cute and fits well - I tried on my (now) normal size 2, and it's true to size.  I struggled a little getting the side zipper up on this one - it sticks when going over the waist.  Once I got it on, I thought the dress was cute.  It's well-made and would probably pair really nicely with all manner of cardigan sweaters (you've seen the promotion for it on the website?) but ultimately - and disappointingly - there was no love.  And really, there has to be love, right?  So, off my wishlist (where it was prior to the try-on) and back to the rack. 

Here's the Beda Dress ($118) and oh, whatever spark was missing for me with the Things and Joys dress existed in abundance with this one.  Who is Beda, and why is her dress so completely lovely and wonderful?  The detailing on this dress is gorgeous - the cut flattering and feminine and the fabric of good heft and quality.  And you don't have any of that problematic "I see England, I see France, I see your blue polka-dot underpants" see-through action that happens with a lot of white garments.  I really really really love this one.  I love it the way I loved the Reed Shirdress.  Maybe even more?  And then, I got home and Kathryn told me that there's a green one too!  I don't know if I can stand it.  I really don't. 

After those two, I just tried on a bunch of sale items.  These included the Rare Bloom Tee ($29.95 - currently sold out online, but still available in limited quantities in stores) which I loved in the navy blue. I tried on the teal color as well, but I didn't like it as much as the navy blue.  I took it in the XS size - what a great buy for $30!

Here's the Tranquil Flow tunic ($59.95) in the green motif.  The store didn't have a 2, so I tried on the 0, which actually fit me okay.  I thought this was cute but decided against it, since I was, of course, trying to figure out how to find room on my balance sheet for the Beda dress at full price.  Which reminds of something that Tim Gunn says in his book, Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style (this is a great book, by the way - I really enjoyed it).  To paraphrase, he basically says, if you wouldn't pay full price for something, you shouldn't buy it for sale price either.  This is a good metric, if you can afford full price for any given item.  Sometimes though, it's not so much about wanting to pay full price for something, it's about being able to pay full price.  So, I guess it's better to ask, "If I had X amount of money, would I have spent it on this tunic?"  If the answer is, "no, I would have preferred to put it toward the Beda dress," well, then, you have your answer.


  1. There are THREE Anthro locations in San Diego- Fashion Valley, La Jolla,and Carlsbad! Yeah, Carlsbad is North County (where I live), but it's still San Diego ;)

  2. i've read the tim gunn book as well! and that is why one of the cardigans i purchased on sale is going back, even though it was "such a good deal"...because if i'd rather put it towards another cardigan i like better...

    good tip about rsvping with the store for the event! i rsvp'd through facebook and thought that was enough, but i will call and make sure now :)

  3. That's too cool about running into a fan at Anthro! And even cooler that you got to see the rack in the back. But really, I can totally see why she asked if you write a blog - you seem very friendly and approachable, Carol!

    Anyway, that Beda dress is PERFECTION on you. I adore it and I think that the logic in not getting the tunic and putting the $$ to the Beda dress is sound indeed. I need to also use that logic because really, I end up with WAY too many things in my closet because something is on sale. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. The Beda dress looks great on you, as does the Rare Bloom tee. I just had that exact shirt in my hands earlier this morning and decided I have too much navy. You're making me regret it ...

  5. @Robin - oh my goodness - you're right of course! I knew this in the crevices of my mind, but I've never been there, so it's not present in my active memory. So sorry! Oh...I need to make a visit out there...there's a Paper Source in Carlsbad too, which I've been wanting to visit for quite a while.

    @Michelle & Lisa - thanks! I love the Beda dress...and I am returning a couple things I bought on sale previously. in order to get it. =D The rare bloom tee won't be one of those things though ;) And it was super fun to meet Sandra (though I don't know that I'd call her a fan) and see the back room. Sandra also offered me and Kathryn an intriguing opportunity, which we'll probably take her up on, and get to blog about as well. More on that later...

    @Shares - I hope you're able to make it to your store's event!

  6. I'm a fan! I'm a fan! And I do have to point out the store in Chula Vista, in San Diego County as well! Carol and Kathrine, if you're in to shop, say hello!

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