Friday, August 6, 2010

Another (500) Days Re-creation and a Few Fitting Room Reviews

Hello everyone, and Happy Friday!

I hope you're all doing well! Are we all recovered from the big sale from Tuesday? So what did everyone buy?

A funny thing happened when I went by Anthropologie the other night...I found some pieces that I hadn't been interested in previously. But now that I seem to constantly have "(500) Days of Summer" on the brain, they took on a new interest for me...

Day 28 - The Karaoke Scene

I always thought this look was going to be a hard one to recreate. And I never thought I'd actually want to wear an outfit like this for myself. But lo and behold, when I walked into Anthropologie they had all the pieces to make it work. So I decided to give it a try:

(minus the blue ribbon in my hair)

I didn't find baggy trousers for the look, which is totally okay since the baggy trouser-thing isn't exactly my favorite look, personally. (Though I think the Sweet Sipping Trousers would work, for this outfit) I went with a pair of bootcut jeans, which were super soft and comfortable...

("Oh. My. God. Becky, look at her butt. It is so. Big.")

I pulled the Pilco Tinted Bootcut jeans for this outfit, and I really liked them. The fit reminds me a lot of the Hudson Triangle Pocket Jeans, which I tend to favor for my shape. You can see from the photo that they're too long for me to wear with flats, but they're an okay length if I were to wear heels. And I hope you all don't mind the shot of the rear- it's important when considering pants, right? (and I just couldn't resist making a joke about my derriere, so I hope that's okay...) Oddly, these pants are listed as "GRN/VRT" on the tag, and "BERRY" on the website. They look grey with a slight greenish hue in real life, if you ask me. I'm not sure yet how I feel about wearing light-colored pants, so I'm holding off on them for now...

I have to confess, I hadn't thought much of the Once and Always Tee. The abundance of ruffles kind of scared me off. But once I pieced this outfit together I suddenly found myself wanting it. I have to agree with Carol's previous review, it's way too sheer. I've gone ahead and wishlisted it for sale though, as I can actually imagine getting a lot of use out of it.

The vest is so lovely and totally something I wouldn't mind having, except for the fact that that it costs as much as a lot of the dresses in Anthro. It also didn't lay straight me, like it does in the product shot on the website. It sure is pretty, but I think maybe I'd try looking for something similar in H&M or Forever 21.

Outfit Details:

Heirloom Lace Vest ($148?!?!, shown in a Medium)
Deletta Once and Always Tee ($58, shown in a Small)
Pilcro Tinted Bootcut Jeans ($98, shown in a size 28)

So then, I found myself drawn to this new skirt that I think appeared on the website recently (it wasn't there when I looked last night, at least...)

Um, why do I like this?

Lima Lines Skirt ($98)

(you can definitely see how sheer the tee is, in this shot)

I had to give this little sweater skirt (by Sparrow) a try when I felt how soft the material was. I tried on a Small, and it was very comfortable. This skirt doesn't have any pockets, but I love the pop of color and the fun stripes. It's seriously something I didn't think I'd like, but when I had it on with the Once and Always Tee, I could just picture it with tights and little Mary Janes or ankle boots.

I'm already in an autumn state of mind, as you can see.

What do you all think of horizontal stripes on a skirt? Cute or unflattering?

I imagined wearing something like this on top in the fall...

From-The-Poles Jacket ($128)

So I thought this was a weird little jacket. I like the idea of it, but I'm not sure I love it on me. It took me awhile to figure out that this piece looks best zipped halfway up. It's got that two-way zipper on it so that you can unzip it from the bottom and expose the ruffles on the inside, so that's kind of cool. While I think this piece is...interesting, for the price I think I'd rather have one of the many pretty cardigans instead. Plus, I don't like it as much when it's zipped all the way up...

...okay, maybe it doesn't help that I'm making a face like that. And granted, I should have unbuttoned those buttons on the placket to smooth it out. (and to explain, my friend had his camera with him were playing around in the fitting room area, as if we were in "Zoolander" or something. "You're a beast! You're a pterodactyl! Be fierce!" And, well, being the nut that I am...well....uh...yeah.) Personally I think I'd rather hold out for a more structured jacket.

So then I stumbled on this wool jacket, by Idra ($178):

It's $178 and it reminds me alot of this one Kimchi Blue ruffled jacket from Urban Outfitters that I've wanted forever. (I'm still sad I missed out on that jacket...*sniff*) I don't see this particular jacket on the website, but I'm going to be keeping my eyes open for it. It's got a front zip (the buttons are purely decorative, apparently) and it's fully-lined. I'm wearing a size 4 here, and while it fit fine I might want to size up to a 6 so that I can wear it over chunkier sweaters when the weather gets cold.

Here's a very blurry shot of the tag:

(apologies for the blurriness - I was trying to be quick while taking this pic on the sales floor!)

This jacket is ruffly and cute and I WANT IT.

Well, that's it for now! Thanks for hanging in there with me for another edition of reviews. Until next time!

Have a great weekend!


  1. I want that skirt!!! That stripy adorable skirt! I haven't even seen it in real life, but I'm *this* close to ordering it.

    And don't even get me started on that last jacket. Because if I hadn't already ordered the Frills Force jacket, I'd be in, because I'm ...not in trouble...already...?

  2. Ahhh another jacket! I tried that one on too and also loved it. Why oh why must Anthro tempt me so!

  3. ah, that screenshot works much better! i thought you'd want to see the shoes she was wearing, which is why i sent the one i did.

    and omg, i LOVE that last jacket on you!

  4. I love the Zoolander shot! Excellent! Oh, the autumn yummies...when I'm still waiting for my summer loves to hit Sale. Rats. Gorgeous jacket (second one).

  5. I love this idea of doing outfits inspired by Zooey's movie style. Your other post was fantastic too. In this one, I actually like your version better! :-)

  6. Looooove that last jacket!!!...and I think your version of Zooey's style is almost better

  7. The Idra jacket is TDF on you! L-O-V-E it!!! And that striped skirt is totally adorable and flattering on you! I now WANT both those pieces, too, thanks to you!

  8. You are so funny with your funny faces in the dressing room! I really do dig your recreation of Zooey's outfit and agree you could most def find a cheaper version of the vest at H&M or F21.

  9. I like your second outfit. Very chic and different. I don't own anything from Antho but have seen many great outfits on your blog
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  10. Another great recreation kathryn!
    You're butt doesnt look big at all :-)
    Horizontal stripes have been known to be unflattering, but on you, they look cute!
    the last jacket is divine...the detail is just awesome.

    Jen @

  11. I am really into the "open vest with a simple solid colored tee underneath" look lately. I haven't tried the look myself yet because I don't have a vest, but I think I have a contender now after seeing how cute this one looks on you! I blew right past that Lima Lines Skirt online, but then yesterday I saw it in my store and was immediately drawn to it. I didn't try it on, but I want to and think it looks great on you!

  12. Oh my goodness -- the ruffled jacket is heavenly! It's a good thing that I don't look good in khaki, or I'd blow my budget right now. And the sweater skirt is darling. If it were a pencil skirt, the horizontal stripes might be unflattering -- but I think they look perfect here.

  13. I keep waiting for that jacket to show up on the site; my store has had it out for about two weeks now. I'm really tempted, even though I won't be able to wear it for another couple of months. The brown is really flattering, imo, and I like that the ruffles are there, but not overwhelming.

    I want to be good and wait for a sale, but I might cave next week. Thanks for the reviews!

  14. I found this on Ruche and thought of this post. Maybe this is a good sub?

    I want that ruffled jacket but is it too close to the Clinton Trench to own both?

  15. we actually have the Lima Lines Skirt on the UK website, I do like stripes so it is great to see it popping up in your reviews. It looks cute!

  16. @Carol - I think the jacket's a must-have for me, this fall. You know how long I've lusted after the Kimchi Blue jacket. And like you said, fall clothing is our kryptonite. Gah! Must...hold...strong...!

    @Cindi - I know, right? I saw your review of the jacket on your blog and I think it looks great on you!

    @debbie deb - Thanks for the shot you sent! I really do appreciate it!

    @Tracy - Thank you! I know, it's so hard to stay strong when there are so many pretty things everywhere! That second jacket is haunting my dreams...!

    @Debbie - Thanks so much! =) I'm actually having a lot of fun with Zooey's outfits. I'm beginning to think it's possible to re-create a lot of her (500) Days outfits with current Anthro stuff...

    @Kristina - Thank you!! You're so sweet! =)

    @Jan - Thanks! =) I think both the jacket and the skirt would be fabulous on you!

    @Dea - Hahaha, thanks! I'm really beginning to think I need that outfit in my life...

    @PetiteLittleGirl - Thank you so much! Your comment is so nice to hear! It really means a lot! =)

    @vintageglammz - Thank you! I think I know the words to "Baby Got Back" wayyy too well. ;o) Haha! And all the nice comments on the second jacket are weakening my resolve..!

    @Sara - Thanks so much, and welcome back! It's so nice to hear from you again! I can't wait to see that skirt on you!

    @Jamie - Thank you very much! Isn't it funny how that little sweater skirt just works?

    @Lauren S. - I know exactly what you mean - I can't wear that jacket here in SoCal for awhile. And I want to be good and wait to pull the trigger, but I'm not sure I can...I'm only human, after all! Ha!

    @Sara - Ohhh, that's a good vest! I like it! Especially at over $100 less! I tend to say "yes," it's a little too close to the Clinton Trench...but that's just my opinion!

    @Louise (princess_dave) - Thanks much! It's a really fun skirt and I think could be a great fall piece!