Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mom, Meet Anthro. Anthro, Meet Mom (Sale Rack Reviews)

Today, I took the day off work to take my mom to the Anthropologie sale.  This was a momentous day for me, because my dearest, darling mother, after receiving a sweater (for Christmas), a shower curtain (because she was looking for one), and the Hanami Jacket (for Mother's Day), finally said, "Where are you finding all these special things?" (It sounds a little awkward, but I'm translating from Korean.  I suppose "special" could also be "unique?")  So, I told her, and she said, "Where is this store?  Is it at the mall?"  I told her she could find Anthro at Irvine Spectrum and Newport Beach's Fashion Island, near her (she lives in OC), but these are both malls that are sort of out of her normal range of travel, so I offered to take her to Fashion Island, so she could see it for herself.  I thought, too, that going on a sale day would take the edge off some of the sticker shock (because really, even if I'm used to seeing an embellished cotton tank priced at $88, it doesn't mean that others will be...).  I loaded Kate up in her car seat and off we went.

I wish I had a photo of my mom at Anthropologie, but I had my hands full with Kate and the dozen or so sale items I felt compelled to try on (it's just as Jan of Girliest Boy Mom says, sales totally revise the way you see things - hence, the wisdom of heeding Father Gunn's sage advice about these events).  She really enjoyed the store, and tried some things on - and though nothing quite worked out for her today, she seemed to look forward to coming again, and I even overheard telling my dad (on a cellphone call) that the store had some really nice, "special" things.

The shopping expedition was fruitful, as you might imagine.  I did break my shopping ban, but fortunately, as the sale failed to live up to all the hype (I guess this is the problem with hype, right?  In our imaginations, this sale scaled to epic proportions: "The whole store will be on sale!"  and while it was plenty big (the sale section at NB was nearly twice its normal size, and, Fashion Valley's was at least 50% bigger than usual), it wasn't the whole store on sale.  Ah well...) I didn't completely break the bank.

Here are some of the sale things I tried on, in case you're eyeing something and wondering whether or not you should pull the trigger:


I had a request from Sonjana to try on the Polka Peppered Dress, so I decided to give it a go while I was in the store.  I know Kathryn reviewed this in an earlier post, and if I recall, she liked it.  I have on the size 2 here, and as you may or may not be able to see, it didn't fit me terribly well.  I'm really small on top, so the bodice was a teeny bit loose, as I lack the goods to fill it out properly.  Then, I'm short waisted, which in theory, should be okay, as this dress is an empire-waist, but instead, it made me look hippy.  The skirt was also just a touch long, hitting an inch below my knee.  Still, it's a lovely dress, and if your measurements are more like Kathryn's, then this dress will look great on you.  Also, this dress comes with detachable straps, which with a padded bra, would probably salvage it for me.  


This is the Leading Role Dress, marked down to $49.95, which looks to be sold out online.  The black dress that I'm wearing is the XS and the orange dress is a S (both at Fashion Valley, as of 4 PM today).  This dress is a pull-on, with no zippers or buttons. I got the XS on, but it was really tight across the bust, which surprised me, because as mentioned earlier, I'm pretty small-chested.  The small fit me a more comfortably.  Both were fine across the hips and waist.  Note the length - it ended a couple inches above my knee, and I'm 5'2", so if you're taller, this will be nearing or at mini-length for you.  I really liked this, and if there were a size small in the black, I might have had a harder time leaving it on the rack.  As it was, the orange didn't feel as versatile, so back it went.


So, here I'm wearing one sale item and one full-price item.  I've been seeing all these bloggers wearing shorts and looking super cute, so I screwed up my courage and decided to try some on.  Okay, top first - obviously, this is Bee's Favorite Blouse ($29.95), in an XS.  It's a really sweet, happy, light summer blouse that will be great when the really hot, sticky weather (Hello?  Warm weather?  This is San Diego calling.  Remember us?) arrives.  The only issue is that the buttons pull a teeny bit - just a teeny tiny bit.  I can imagine if you were any bigger chested than me, it might pull a lot more.  I liked the print and the darling pintucks enough to overlook the pulling.  If necessary, I'll have a tiny little snap added between the buttons, to deal with the pulling.  I paired it with the Heat Seeker Shorts ($118), which I liked the look of on the table.  I love the rust-orange color - in fact, when I was holding them up, I smilingly though to myself that these could be a shorts-version of the Thousand Days skirt.  The retro-vibe is just darling - in fact, when I showed my husband the first photo on the left, above, he said it made him want a Coke (as in made him think of those ads from the '50s, with girls wearing outfits like this).  I think, on a taller, longer-waisted woman, these shorts would be awesome.  On me, they verged (to no fault of their own) on frumpy.  In fact, if you take a look at the shots of the back and the side, you'll notice there's actually a rumpled fold of fabric sitting right beneath my waist.  Good times, hm?  Yeah...not so much.  Kept the top.  Sent the shorts back.  Oh, and that's Kate - refusing to stay out of the photo.  =)  She was waving at that moment - if it was video, it'd be really cute.


Here, I'm wearing the Rift Valley shorts ($98) in the blue colorway.  These were a touch shorter than the Heat Seekers, and I have to say, it might be a touch too much.  But otherwise, I loved these - there are giraffes in the print!  Giraffes!  I love it. And the teal blue is really very striking.  These shorts are high-waisted, though not quite as high-waisted as the Heat Seekers, and consequently, they fit me a bit better. They're made of a silk-cotton blend, so aren't as practical for the summer (I'd be nervous wearing something that feels this nice around grass, sand, etc) but are otherwise very cute.  If you like shorter shorts, I highly recommend.


Here's the Glimpse of Paradise tank ($39.95) in an XS.  It was very cute and fit me well.  Not much more to say about it, except that it's not really my thing, so I decided to pass on it.  


Here's the Courtship Blooms Tank ($29.95).  I'm wearing the gray in XS. It fit pretty well, but I had to tug and pull and mess around with the bottom of it, to get it to look the way it does, and even then I thought it made me look pretty hippy.  I think if you have more of an hourglass shape (more on top) or a boy shape, I think you'd look amazing in this top.  Pear-shaped, not terrible, but not super either.


Here's the Rippling Pond Jacket ($79.95) in a size 2.  I think this was a return, as it had a handwritten tag and it was the only one on the rack.  It was pretty exciting to see it there, and I grabbed it to try it on.  It fits pretty perfectly, and I sort of loved it, when I first put it on.  Here's my concern - are the ruffles too much?  I need your advice - do I keep it?  Or does it go back?  Eighty dollars is a pretty good price for a jacket that's fun, well-constructed, and work-and-play appropriate.  What do you think?


Okay, don't get excited.  This one, as Kim sadly pointed out, was not on sale.  It's the Rushing Ruffles dress by Bailey 44.  I just hadn't ever tried it on, and thought I should give it a go.  I almost wish I hadn't, because I definitely loved it, once it was on.  Seriously, Anthropologie - this one and the Daily Gathering Dress - could you put them on sale?  Please?  How long must we wait?  The stretch jersey fabric of this dress feels substantial and it's both flattering and forgiving.  I'm almost thinking that I might take back the Rippling Pond Jacket, and use that money towards this dress, because if I want it, and I'm willing to buy it at full-price.  It's that good.  Which says something, because it's also that expensive.  



26 comments:

  1. Fellow toddler mommy votes: Keep the jacket! It's ADORABLE on you!

    (I also brought my mom along for the sale today...and some bonus toddler-watching-so-I-can-dive-into-the-crazy-overcrowded-sale-section-at-newport Grandma duty!)

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  2. Keep the jacket, stunning fit!!

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  3. That jacket fits you to perfection - I would soooo keep it. It's a decent price - the waist looks like it's perfect on you, and the ruffles are not overwhelming at all. It looks awesome with your jeans!

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  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE the jacket on you!

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  5. OMG! I bought those 3 tops yesterday...in addition to my many, many other buys! *shakes head in bewilderment at my crazy shopping spree during my shopping ban*

    I think the 2 sale dresses and the Bailey 44 dress look great on you! The 2 shorts look very cute on you and I spy Kate grabbin' at mommy's skinny legs! And lastly, KEEP the jacket! It looks super perfect on you and has the perfect amount of ruffles!

    Glad your mom likes the store!

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  6. The jacket does look great on you. How much do the ruffles stick out though? That's always my peeve with ruffly things.
    And yeah, the sale was a total letdown. None of the things I really wanted went on sale, darn it.
    I think the Heat-Seeker shorts look great, and I'll definitely have to keep my eyes peeled for them now.

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  7. I love the jacket on you! I would definitely keep it - looks like a great fit!

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  8. First time poster here and I love the blog! I also love the jacket on you. I don't think it is too many ruffles for you at all but if you are uncomfortable in them then you won't be happy wearing it. When the rushing ruffles dress goes on sale it would probably be a more versatile use of your $$ but you don't know when that is going to be.
    Sharon

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  9. I'm so jealous you got to take your mommy to Anthro- my mom's never been, even though she bought me some things from the website as presents back in college and such...Whenever she sees (a picture of) me in something she really likes, she asks me where I bought it, and the answer's always the same. How lovely that you got to share this fun experience with your mom!

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  10. The jacket is so perfect on you! What a fun piece!

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  11. I LOVE the Rippling Pond Jacket - keep it!! You also look super cute in the Bee's Favorite Blouse! And the orange Leading Role Dress, but I am all about orange this spring!

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  12. Keep the jacket for pete's sake! It looks beautiful on u! I never gave the jacket a second look until i saw it on you...seriously, i read your blog all the time, but i never commented till now, that's how strongly i feel about this :)
    P.S. My 4 month old baby girl says Hi to ur baby girl :)

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  13. Another first time poster, and former San Diegan. I miss home and Fashion Valley! Your blog is one of my favorites. I think the jacket looks great on you. You should keep it.

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  14. Keep the jacket! I'm a fellow Korean with two kids, and it's great to find your blog. I love Anthro and Nordstrom; it's practically the only two stores I shop at. Can I ask what size you tried on in the Rushing Ruffles dress? My store only had a small and although it fit I think I could size down. We're about the same size. Also, have you tried the personal shoppers at Anthro? I love mine in the Bay Area, although she has singlehandedly increased my Anthro splurges by ten. Brave you taking your mother and child to a sale.

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  15. What? You went shopping at FI without me? Harumph! Just kidding, though, I've actually been avoiding Anthro like the plague because I'm afraid I'll go crazy and I already broke my ban at J Crew the other day.

    OMG, the Rippling Pond Jacket is Per-Fec-Tion on you. Seriously, keep it. It's adorable and casual enough for mommy wear. You rock it, so keep it - I also love the Bee's Favorite Blouse and the shorts...I could never pull those off but they are so cute on you!

    I'm impressed that you show your DH these pics. Mine doesn't read my blog (he's never on the computer anyway) but he'd be looking at me, saying, "Michelle, WTF are you doing?" LOL!

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  16. Thank you for trying on the Polka-Peppered Dress!!! That was SO SWEET (and helpful) of you!!! XD
    Kate is such a cutie!!!!!

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  17. Finally, I get to see a photo of the jacket. I love the product shot, and it's certainly a cute jacket. But the ruffles seem overwhelming to me. I had been obsessing over it, and now that I see it, I'm underwhelmed.

    I do think it looks very nice on you, and it's a really versatile jacket. The length and fit and color are just right on you. Keep it!

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  18. I've been reading your blog for a few weeks now but haven't yet commented--I have to comment on that jacket, though. You MUST keep it! It looks absolutely fabulous on you.

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  19. I really like the jacket on you. It doesn't seem overwhelming and the color looks great.
    Maybe you could get that dress later when it goes on sale? It looks lovely btw.

    Thanks again for the reviews. It's hard to take pictures with a kid along. ;-)

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  20. I hit up the sale too (write a small post about it) and I agree, not an amazing sale.

    The stuff you tried on? I didn't even see those items at my Anthro! I am in NYC and I am used to seeing more merchandise out for sale than what they had.

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  21. I actually returned a 2 and 4 in the Rippling Pond Jacket to the Newport Beach store last Thursday. I love the jacket but it was a a tad short for me. I'm 5'7." It looks *perfect* on you. Keep this one!!

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  22. keep the jacket! oh and you are rockin the xs black dress too!

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  23. I agree with all these ladies who are enabling you to get the jacket! It does look fabulous on you!

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  24. I concur with most of the posters. Keep the jacket because you look so sophisticated in it, especially with your short hair and cute glasses.

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  25. I vote for keeping the jacket. You look great in it and I wish I had it!

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