Friday, August 27, 2010

I Aim to Misbehave (Fitting Room Reviews)


Whenever I'm about to give the ol' magnetic strip on the credit card a workout, I signal Carol by quoting the character of Captain Malcolm Reynolds from one of my favorite movies, "Serenity"

"I aim to misbehave."

Mal says this line as he's about to hatch a plan to defy the centralized government known as The Alliance.

[side note: I have a major league crush on Nathan Fillion. He made it onto my "list" after I saw "Serenity." And by "list," you know the kind I mean - the "freebie" list, from "Friends." Mine has Nathan Fillion on it, as well as Scott Niedermayer, Teemu Selanne, and Keanu Reeves. My husband's list has Audrey Tautou, Ali Larter, Rachel Bilson and Megan Fox. Mmhmm.]

After I drooled over lovely Nathan (or, as I know him, "Mal") in the movie, I proceeded to watch the entire "Firefly" DVD set in one weekend. All 14 episodes.

I'm a bit of a sci-fi geek. It's true.

With every new fall arrival on Anthropologie's website, my wallet cries a little more. I want like, 8,000 things. Maybe even 8,002. And what that means is, I really, really want to defy my checking account. I want to be bad.

It didn't help that the Newport Beach Anthropologie got in a ton of cute new things this week. My wishlists are now all officially turned all upside-down.

So without further ado, let's get on with the reviews! To quote Jayne Cobb (another character from the Firefly/Serenity universe), "Shiny! Let's be bad guys!"

Ruffled Plaid Dress ($158, shown in size 4)


If you can't tell, I have a weakness for dresses. I'm actually a little surprised this dress doesn't have a weirder name.

This little Floreat dress, much like the Babergh Dress, has a side-zip and you slip it on overhead. I found it had a nice fit for the most part.

There's no back pleat, but it's comfortable enough not to need one.


I love the plaid pattern. The "floral" (?) accent on the shoulder is a little on the weird side and kind of makes me think of shoelaces looped into a flower. (it actually reminded me of something I'd see "under the sea" on the Finding Nemo ride at Disneyland) The ruffles on the bodice have unfinished hems, so they fray a little bit. And as you can see from the photo there are somewhat large armholes and a bit of a gaping top. Not a dealbreaker for me since the ruffles kind of cover up the gape while giving a little "boost" to my small bust, but it's worth noting. Those of you who have bigger chests than I do (which, let's face it, is probably most of you) most likely won't have a problem. It's also worth noting the very nice, high-quality belt that comes with the dress.

I highly recommend giving this one a try! I've wishlisted it for now.

Cream Confection Jacket in Black ($178, shown in size 6)


Welp, as we know, I've already purchased this one in Neutral and I love it. But when I saw the black version in my store, I knew I had to give it a try. After all, how can one make an truly informed decision unless they "try, just try?"

Besides, I'm trying to convince my friend Debbie that she needs this jacket in Black as much as I needed it in Neutral.

And how cute is this over the Ruffled Plaid Dress??


From what I understand, Carol also tried this on the other day during a quick trip to Anthro (in her usual size 2) and she noticed that the sleeves are a teeny bit on the long side:


I personally don't mind the sleeve length (and I'm pretty sure I don't have abnormally long arms?), since I feel like it'll keep me warmer in the colder months. I already have *cough* several different black coats and jackets in my closet, so I hold to my previous decision to purchase the Neutral. I also think I'll stick with the size 6, since I think the size 4 would be somewhat uncomfortable over my thicker sweaters.

Reader Heidi (hi, Heidi!) asked if I felt it'd be safe to size down if this jacket was meant to be worn over thinner layers, and I guess I'd say yes? I did fit into the size 4 just fine, though when I lifted up my arms and moved them around it did feel a wee bit tight when it was zipped all the way up. So, hope that helps somewhat!

Fukuoka Folds Dress ($138, shown in size Small)


Hahaha, there's nothing like getting home to realize I totally had this dress on the wrong way. Oops. It should really look like this:


Oh well. I actually liked it the way I tried it on. The color is a gorgeous, deep plum and super pretty. The dress itself is very flattering and incredibly comfortable. The fabric is unlined, but substantial enough to hide my lumps and bumps.



There's an exposed zipper on the back of this dress, but there's no hook and eye at the top. Weird. When I was trying to zip it up I kept wishing Carol was with me to help. I had a hard time getting this on by myself!


I really liked this dress, though I'm not sure I'll be able to find it in my budget to get it with all the other pretty things that Anthro keeps cranking out. And I just don't know if I'd wear it as much as some other things I'm lusting over. I have wishlisted it "just in case," though. ^_-


This next pairing was inspired by yet another outfit from "(500) Days of Summer." I love re-creating Summer's outfits with current Anthropologie pieces. I was so happy to see the Dried Leaves Dress in my store, and i was even happier when I found a shirt to re-create the look with.

Day 109 - Tom Visits Summer's Apartment for the First Time


This outfit was onscreen for a total of about 5 seconds, but it still registered as being super cute in my mind.

Dried Leaves Dress ($158, shown in size Small) with
the Arid Season Button-Up ($78, shown in size 4)

(yes, I put my hair in a ponytail just to match Zooey)

Okay, so I love this dress too! Gah! I'm so dead. I have to admit though - there are a couple of cons:

1) It's a little short
2) No pockets
3) Very fitted (keep in mind, I didn't try it on without the shirt inside, so that could be why)
4) There's no zipper or buttons - you just have to pull the entire thing over your head!


The applique is a nice detail, though the petals did fall in places. I had to stand it back up for the photo above.


Can you imagine this with tights and some Mary Janes? Or boots? Or booties?

I might go back to try on a Medium, just to see the difference. But the gals at Newport (Hi Mary! Hi Kristen!) swore they thought it'd be too big for me and they said to stick with the Small.

I also want to mention that I really liked the Button-Up! I normally hate oxford shirts (they're stiff and they make me sweat, for some reason...TMI?), but this one is really comfortable and light. The jersey insets really make a difference, I think. It's super breathable! It kind of reminds me a bit of the James Perse version, but at half the price.

I know it's not the most earth-shatteringly interesting piece ever, but I've wishlisted it as well.

...this is really turning into one of those, "I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!" posts, isn't it? Aiya.

Oxer Jacket ($158, shown in size 4)


When I saw this little Tabitha jacket on the delightful Erin over at Strawberry Swing and Other Things, I gasped. And then I saw it in real life, and I died a little on the inside.

It is so painfully, stupidly, ridiculously, life's-not-fair-sy cute. I love the big buttons and the ruffled bodice! Erin hit the nail on the head - it's got that tomboyish, military "feel" while being totally girlie at the same time. And it's totally not something I need, but holy crap if I had a million dollars you can bet that I'd buy this too.

And check out how it looks unbuttoned, over the (500) Days "Day 109" ensemble: (this outfit totally reminds me of Carol, actually!)


Anybody who wants to buy me this jacket is more than welcome to. Jussayin'. ^_-

Sigh. And it just. Doesn't. End.

Pattern Maker's Coat ($228, shown in size 4)


[insert curse words in Chinese here, just like how they do in Firefly and Serenity]

Who knew a coat with horizontal stripes could be this flattering?! This coat is insanely cute. I couldn't believe how adorable it was, when I put it on.

It's so whimsical and fun, with huge buttons (did you figure out yet that I love large buttons?) and a cinched waist. And so much more interesting than any of my other solid-color coats.



Holy bows on shoulders, Batman!


*whimpering*

Bowtied-Beauty Boots ($248, shown in size 8.5)


Since I know that a lot of Anthropologie stores don't carry shoes, I decided to throw on these beauties for fun. And ooooh my oh my, they are very, very comfortable. They felt pretty TTS, as I tried on my usual 8.5 and didn't even feel like asking for the 9. There's plenty of room in the toe box for my big ol' bunions, and the nice, low heel ensures comfort!


It's hard to see from that first photo, but it is a little bit loose in the calf area.

If I didn't already have Frye boots in the same color, I'd seriously consider these. I want to keep my eye out to see if the Martingale Boots show up, to see if I like them any better.

Precious Materials Cardigan (on sale for $59.95, shown in size Small) with
the AG Stevie Skinny Cords ($158, shown in size 28)


I'm on board with Carol on these cords. They are insanely flattering. I don't have much else to say, haha! Another item, wishlisted. Gah!

I know I'm late on the game with the Precious Materials Cardigan, but I just had to give it a try after I saw how adorable it looked on Kristina here. Super cute, TTS, and will go with so much.

And if you haven't already checked out Kristina J's blog, you really should. Because of her, I will also start hanging out at the local ball-field in a silk skirt. I think I'm going to find a sewing class to take, too. She's truly amazing and so, so much cooler than I am that it's not even funny. Seriously. Check her out!

Anyway, did y'all happen to notice the cool new wall art in the photo at the beginning of this post? Turns out that they're actually cake plates that have been cut and scored and pieced together to look like flowers. How cool is that? (Kristen, you rule!)


Oh, just a funny note - I found out as I was leaving Anthro that night that there was a bird trapped in the store the entire time I was in the fitting room. No joke - the maintenance crews had to come try and figure out a way to get to the bird! *shudder*

Well, that concludes this epic round of fitting room reviews. Let me know what you think of these items! Do you think I'm crazy for wanting everything? Did you see anything you're lusting over? Or hey - even let me know what celebs are on your "list," if you feel so inclined!

Since I somehow managed to tie this entire post in with Firefly and Serenity, I'll leave off with the theme song from Firefly. I hope you enjoy it! Until the next time, when I may have some "misbehaving" to report!

36 comments:

  1. lovely lady!!! I would only love it more if you included MORE Star wars refrences!

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  2. Hahaha, Amber! Oh, I'm bound to, sometime. =) I guess I didn't get around to talking about how sad I was, when I rode Star Tours for the last time before it closed. (though I always had a beef about Rex blaming R2 for navigating past the Endor moon. Come on now, would R2 *really* do that? I don't think so...)

    I also had a nerdy tweet a few weeks back when Carrie Underwood married Mike Fisher...making her "Carrie Fisher." Ha. HA. HAHAHA...

    Anyway, thanks for commenting! May the Force be with you. Always. ^_^

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  3. oh Kathryn kathryn kathryn...
    so you think you misbehave? think again!
    these reviews are making me greedy for more anthro items in my closet (not much in there zet).
    i adore the plaid ruffles dress on you( i have a weakness for dresses too). it would work for the weekend and work. i love the little floral detail - it makes it look prettier than any other plain plaid dress. oh and with the cream confection jacket, it looks perfect!
    the dried leaves dress is so cute on you, and yes, i can just picture it with tights and mary janes for winter - too cute!
    also love the bow boots - the detail is so damn pretty!
    although i like the striped jacket, im not sure whether it's an investment piece? but im boring and like my jackets in a solid colour!
    thanks for the reviews!!
    jen @ vintageglammz.blogspot.com

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  4. Well - it's fine that you're a Browncoat. It's a good show! You know sometimes when I'm pining over some ridiculous frock that costs the same as a mortgage, I think of Kaylee and her DRESS. You know the one. The Dress. And I ask myself - is the thing I'm pining over *my dress*? Yeah. Sometimes it's best not to go there.

    OMG, Please Stop Reviewing Jackets and Coats, because they are expensive and I want every single one, especially the Cream Confection and the Oxer. I also think the Ruffled Plaid dress looks cute and it'd probably work with the button down layering too. Everything - wishlisted.

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  5. SQUEAL! I have been dying for someone to blog review the Pattern Makers Coat since I spotted it on the US site a few days ago and made it the screensaver on my laptop. Super sad I know but I'm thinking it'll be around £198 and I have NEVER spent anything like that amount of money on a coat before. So the screensaver reminds me to save save save in case it does make an appearance on the UK site.

    It looks seriously good on you, sigh for the bows, sigh for the cinched in wasit, stripes, pink... all things I love.

    Thank you thank you thank you for getting in so quick with a review Kathryn! I also love the Tabitha coat but never in a month of Sundays could I save for both, that would mean not spending ANY money on anything else... *sob*

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  6. OMG! SO many pretty items, I dont even know which is my favorite on you! Every dress looks great, especially the Ruffled Plaid.

    I love the precious materials with the cords, and I've been 'ehh' on that cardi since it was released, ughh I hope its not in my store hahaha...

    and naturally, obsessed with the Oxer Jacket (thanks for the shoutout).... I told myself I have to wait to Sept. (1. because I need to watch my spending, and 2. I feel bad buying a coat in August - its like getting a bathing suit for Xmas)... that said, it will be mine Sept. 1 hahaha ::hangs head in shame::

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  7. Hi Kathryn,
    I am so happy you reviewed the dried leaves dress. They don't have it at any of the stores close to me yet. It looks really sweet on you! I was imagining it with J Crew's tissue charcoal turtleneck and tall black boots, so your version gave me a new perspective.
    OK, if you love Nathan, I am absolutely recommending you see "Waitress" with him and Keri Russell. Not only is he darling, the movie is one to own. My husband even loves it.
    Thanks for all the effort you and Carol put into the blog. You two are fabulous!

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  8. I love that you quote Mal. My husband and I quote Firefly and Serenity all the time! A few weeks ago we were watching Warehouse 13 and saw the actors that played Kaylee and Simon and both my husband and I squeeled because we were so happy to see them!

    Thanks for the great reviews (as always). I'm so excited for all the plaid this season!

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  9. I love that Mal quote and now I'll be thinking that too when I shop at Anthro! haha Firefly is still one of my favorite shows and like you I love Nathan Fillion. Do you watch him on Castle now? Not nearly as good as Firefly of course, but he's still a cutie. :-)
    Thanks for all your fantastic reviews, especially the boots! You look great in everything you tried on. My favorite was the Zooey outfit!

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  10. Oh I have more than 5 on my "list." Ryan Reynolds, Christian Bale, Josh Hartnett, Sam Worthington, David Beckham, Roger Federer...just to name a few. :)

    Everything looks really nice on you. I especially like that first dress. I like the bow detail on the boots, but there's something about the ruching or whatever you call it in the front that bothers me.

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  11. I LOVE firefly and Serenity. I watched Firefly when it was on TV and was so upset when it was cancelled. Serenity answered most of the unanswered questions though. I own both Firefly and Serenity on DVD and watch them pretty often. I thought I was the only geek around that loved these so much. I am extremely happy to know that you are equally as geeky. :)

    Oh... and that plaid dress and black jacket are really stunning on you!

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  12. @Jen - It's really just dreadful for the pocketbook, isn't it? I want both dresses! Actually, I pretty much want everything I reviewed. Aaaack! The Pattern Maker's Coat completely took me by surprise - I'm generally pretty standoffish when it comes to patterns, but I really loved that coat on. The price will hold me back, of course. I wonder if it would make it to sale...

    Thanks for the sweet compliments! =)

    @Diana - I love it! I think of Kaylee often, when I walk into Anthro. "Look at the pretties!" I want to scream. I've always loved the end of "Shindig," when she goes to turn in for the night and she has her DRESS hanging over her bunk. So sweet!

    And I'm right there with you. I wonder if my husband would think it was okay if I bought *three* outerwear pieces this fall, along with a handful of dresses? Talk about "aiming to misbehave," eh? "Yes sir, Captain Tightpants!" ;o)

    @Louise - Thank YOU for reading and commenting! And I totally relate to your saving it as a screensaver, as I have an entire folder on my computer dedicated to pretty clothes!

    @Erin - I am dying. All the pretty things are killing me! And I was totally like you with the Precious Materials Cardi until I saw one (just one!) on the sale rack in my store and it was my size. It's really quite lovely, and I hope you get a chance to try it!

    It frightens me that I've found 3 outerwear pieces that I want and it's only August. Gulp.

    Thanks for reading!

    @JaneKSass - Thank you! You've just given me another idea on how to wear the Dried Leaves Dress, so that makes 2 ways! And isn't the rule of thumb that, in order to justify a purchase, you have to be able to wear the item at least three ways? We're almost there! =D

    And yes! I've seen "Waitress!" And he is such a doll in that movie along with Keri Russell! And man. I totally want pie now.

    Thanks for your sweet comments! ^_^

    @Scampering Scotties - I love that you and your husband love Firefly and Serenity! And I love it when I see any of those actors in anything - like how Inara and Wash were in "V" together, and how Christina Hendricks ("Yo-Saff-Bridge" hahaha) is on "Mad Men" now!

    Thanks for reading!

    @Debbie - Haha, I love it! I've only seen Castle once, when a friend of mine had a guest part on one of the episodes. What was great was, it also happened to be the episode where Castle was trying on his "Halloween Costume," which was the whole Browncoat getup!

    "What are you supposed to be?"

    "A space cowboy."

    "That was so five years ago."

    LOL!

    @Liz - Ooooo, I fully approve of all the men on your list. They're yummy. =) And I totally know what you mean about the weird wrinkle detail on the boot. It's not a dealbreaker for me, but the fact that it's so wide in the calf may be. Thanks for reading!

    @Ady - It's so funny, because I saw Serenity first and had to go back and see Firefly afterwards. I own both sets too...along with some themed t-shirts. One of which says, "Dear Buddha, please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket" I kind of want the Fruity Oaty Bar shirt, too.

    Thank you for your sweet comment, fellow geek! =D

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  13. This post is a total win for the Firefly/Serenity quotes, but the clothes are gorgeous too. That Pattern Maker's Coat is a killer, and I love this 500 Days outfit - it might be my favorite one yet.

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  14. So much to say
    -I swoon for that Cream Confection Jacket - do you think the sleeves would look dumb with a single cuff (say no). Do you know if Carol took pictures in the jacket, too (say yes).
    -The Pattern Maker Coat is even cuter now that I see the bows on the shoulders - CUTE, CUTE...it completely reminds me of that striped sweater skirt. Doesn't it?!
    -Oxer Jacket - if someone volunteers to buy one for you, they should feel free to pick one up for me, as well. Love.
    -You are gorgeous in the Leaves dress, the length is great, do not try size medium, do not pass go, do not collect $200.
    -I CANNOT WAIT for my boots to get here!!! I LOVE them, thanks for the pics!!!

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  15. Ahhhh Nathan Fillion is MY fake boyfriend! But I guess we can share. ;) I LOVE Firefly and am so sad it didn't continue for another several seasons. My husband and I sing the opening credits a lot, making up different words to go with whatever we're doing at the time. It's a very catchy tune.

    (If you can't tell, I'm trying very hard not to think about all the gorgeous Anthro clothes in this post that I now want.)

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  16. Loooove the Cream Confection Jacket, but I do think I like the natural better on you. The Fukuoka Folds Dress is also fantastic! I tried it on yesterday and plan to wear it with my Elodie Lily Cardi (so funny, I had so few things to wear with it last year and now there are plenty of options).

    I love Nathan Fillion! I follow his Twitter and though he tends to retweet spam he's too funny to stop following. ;)

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  17. Dang! Kathryn, you made me really, really want the bow-tied beauty boots!!! I don't have any brown boots and thought they looked too equisterian for me before seeing them on you, but the bows are too cute. I am also loving the pattern maker's coat on you- adorable. Anthro is soooo good this fall, sigh, I want everything too!

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  18. Love your cute, entertaining and chatty post.
    Love Firefly.
    Love the clothes.
    Love it all.

    Shiny!

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  19. I just looove everything you tried on! I am seriously in love with the Cream Confection Jacket and the Oxer Jacket. I just don't know which one to get! Which would you say is more versatile?

    The Leaves Dress is perfection on you, Kathryn - oh it just has to be yours!! And thank you so much for saying button-ups make you sweat! I'm not the only one = yay! I've stopped wearing them, but may have to check this one out.

    I'm constantly updating my "list" but the top two always remain the same - Bradley Cooper & Ryan Reynolds! :)

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  20. @shannon - Thank you! I'm totally loving the number of Firefly/Serenity fans reading this!!! So glad you liked this (500) Days outfit!

    I just figured out that if I buy the Ruffled Plaid, the Dried Leaves, the Arid Season Button-Up, the Oxer Jacket and the Pattern Maker's coat, that's $800 even, before tax. Holy guacamole.

    Why couldn't I have been born in September? Or is there some sort of discount for people who got married in October? Maybe I can sign my husband up to be an Anthro member, and see if he can get a birthday discount for me... ;o)

    @Jan Russell - Many thanks!! I think Carol's planning to do another "For the Shorties" edition soon. From what I can tell, the Cream Confection was a pass for her - but I'm not sure if it's because of fit issues or budgetary issues.

    And you are so RIGHT - the Pattern Maker's DOES remind me of the Lima Lines Skirt! The Oxer is quickly rivaling the Cream Confection for me, in terms of love. And thank you for your kindness with regard to the Dried Leaves! I won't pass Go, but can I somehow have the $200?

    @Jill - Well I guess we can work out some sort of mutual schedule and share Nathan. =) I love that you and your husband sing the theme! I fully intend on learning the theme song on guitar! (I'm trying hard not to think about all the things I want, but I'm failing. Badly.)

    @Roxy - Thank you for the affirmation! I feel better getting some feedback that I made the right choice. =) And I'm still kicking myself over not getting the Elodie Lily Cardigan last year. Argh! It will look fabulous with the Fukuoka Folds Dress, and I hope you post it on your blog for us to see!

    I follow NF on Twitter too. He's hysterical!

    @Ashley - I'm going to be much poorer due to Anthro's fall arrivals. Carol and I try to tell ourselves that we're just doing our patriotic duty by supporting the economy.

    Yeah, that's the ticket.

    Can't wait to see the boots on you, if you get 'em. I know you'll style them up all pretty!

    @Kate - Thanks! While I'm no "big damn hero," I do aim to please. ;o)

    I appreciate you taking the time to read our blog! ^_^

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  21. @Erin - Oh man, that's a tough call between the Oxer and the Cream Confection. Personally I think the Cream Confection may be a teeny bit easier to dress up or down (but I mean, only by a little, little bit), whereas I think the Oxer is a little more on the casual side. Then again, the Oxer looked great over the Dried Leaves. They're both such great jackets it's really hard to say!

    Yes! Thank you! Button-ups are not fun at all! But I swear this one breathes and feels more like a comfy t-shirt, so I really want to grab it...possibly even at full price!

    Ryan Reynolds is definitely a hottie! I know a lot of *guys* that have man-crushes on him, he's that hot. And I have to admit, Bradley Cooper has been growing on me this past year, and I project he'll break my top 5 list soon. ;o)

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  22. That was such a successful trip! So many cute things!

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  23. Hi Kathryn and of course Carol!! I don't think I've posted before, but I am definitely an avid follower. Thanks so much for the reviews. I'm dying inside because I just want to buy everything! I've refrained from even going to Anthro this week because I just know that I'll want to bust out my debit card and buy everything in sight! I have a question for you, I have a $150 credit that I've been waiting to use on something really special from the fall line...if you were me what would you buy right now? I just can't seem to pick and I need help. I'm also thinking maybe I should just add in the extra money and buy the bowtied boots, but I just dont know what to do! Any suggestions?

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  24. Oh wow, I love most of the pieces you tried on!!! And you look fabulous in all of them!

    I think the Dried Leaves Dress is my favorite...followed by the Oxer Jacket and the Bowtied-Beauty Boots. Everything is just so beautiful. Sigh.

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  25. @the anthropologieconnoisseur - It was definitely a trip full of eye candy, but a potential failure as far as shopping "budgets" are concerned!

    @Jessica - Hm. Wow. What I wouldn't give to have a $150 shopping credit right now! Hahaha!

    I'm not sure what your wardrobe needs and wants are, so I guess I'll just list my own personal "wants" from this latest Anthro trip, in order of most desired on:

    1) Cream Confection Jacket [which I already purchased in Neutral]
    2) Dried Leaves Dress
    3) Oxer Jacket
    4) Pattern Maker's Coat

    In terms of cost-per-wear, I think I'll get the most use out of the Cream Confection or the Oxer Jacket. I'm not sure I'd get quite as much use out of the Pattern Maker's coat, so I'm less likely to spring for that one over the others.

    Then again, the only reason I'm not mentioning the boots is because I already have a pair of Fryes in a similar color. So if I didn't own my Fryes, I might be likely to chuck all the clothes and go for the boots.

    That's my $0.02 cents. Hope that helps? Haha, good luck! A $150 credit is a GREAT problem to have, right now! =)

    @Em - Thank you so much! I don't often have these types of "OMG I LOVE IT ALL" trips to Anthro, but this was definitely one of them. I am so doomed.

    I hope my husband doesn't read my blog...

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  26. I seriously love everything on you and think you (and I) need it all!

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  27. Love the Fukuoka Folds Dress-it looks great on you. I tried it on in store and the top did the same thing to me :-)
    It is on my wish list-but since I have no ocassion, it will have to wait. I also LOVE the Dried Leaves Dress and wish it was a bit longer as well-super cute on you with the blouse. I tried it w/out a blouse and liked it that way too. The Bowtied-Beauty Boots are dreamy and if I thought they'd fit my fuller calf, I'd have ordered them by now-completely misbehaving.
    You also look rock star great in the AG Stevie Skinny Cords!
    Today I returned the Falling In Love Vest, which I love but the stance is too low for a busty gal, so it was a bit off. Instead I opted for the Brief Meeting Blazer-wearing tonight. Can't wait to see the Learning Curve Dress. It is pricey, and I usually can't wear yellow, but the style is too Mad Men not to try.
    BTW-Regarding the dreamy Nathan-I'm a huge Castle fan.

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  28. This was such a fun post! I love the line, 'I aim to misbehave.' It made me laugh out loud because it's rings with truth. This is how I've felt lately when going into Anthro. All the items you tried on look fabulous, especially the Pattern Maker's Coat. I hope you get it.

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  29. @Sara - Thanks! And I didn't even get to try the Peppered & Striped Skirt yet, which looks *amazing* you on! =)

    @JulieStyles - Thank you! =) Haha, so good to hear that I wasn't the only one who had that experience with the Fukuoka Folds Dress. I hope it makes it to sale, because I really do love the color. I'm picturing it with tights, a blazer and a scarf over it for fall. The Dried Leaves might eek its way onto my "full price" wishlist, as I liked it that much. Yikes. I want too much.

    The Brief Meeting Blazer is gorgeous! I've actually been avoiding that one because I'm afraid of loving it. And I'm with you - I really just want to try the Learning Curve Dress because it's so awesomely retro.

    It's funny about Nathan - my husband says he thinks Nathan Fillion is less-better-looking version of Jason Bateman. Yet, I don't find Jason Bateman that attractive. Strange, eh?

    @Andrea - Thank you! Haha, I've been finding there's many lines from Firefly and Serenity that ring true. My other favorite line to quote (when I've made a full-price splurge) is, "I'm gonna go to the special hell." I always feel so guilty buying things at full price!

    Thanks for reading! =)

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  30. Apparently Anthropologie is made for you! You look great in everything. I try to recreate Summer's outfits all the time. Even the briefest glimpses of her outfits sent me into a tizzy.

    Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

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  31. I laughed out loud when I read that you sweat in an Oxford. I thought I was the only one who had that problem! Glad (you know 'cause misery loves company) I'm not alone...

    Love all the clothes you tried on especially the Oxer Jacket. I think I'm going to update my wishlist now.

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  32. I LOVE those AG cords too! And I couldn't agree more that they are super flattering (my favorite jeans are AG Skinny Stevie's). Just wondering your opinion on the colors...which color of cords would you think would be most versatile? If you could only pick one color, which would you get? :)

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  33. I had to laugh when I read about your serenity love, my SIL, also LOVES serenity and insisted my hubby and i watch it, so we did, but it gave me the WORST nightmare I have ever had (and while I was 3 months preggers), cuz of those damn reapers (or whatever they were called)...I woke up screaming my head off, my hubby woke up confused as to why I was screaming, decided we must have an intruder in the house, so he started yelling, there we were, 2 idiots yelling our heads off in the dark, until one of us came to our senses and asked why the other was yelling, long story short, we ended up laughing our a**es off (while I prayed I hadn't damaged my baby with my utter terror)...so while I love your blog, your style and share a love of Zooey...I cannot share in a love of serenity, in fact I feel it is most inappropriately named ;)

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  34. @Anonymous @11:33 AM - Haha, awww...well, to each their own. I had a friend who couldn't listen to The Police for a long time because she associated it with the morning sickness she had while she was pregnant.

    Sorry for the nightmares. =( For what it's worth, you never see the Reavers in the television show. As for the name "Serenity"...the ship *is* inappropriately named, I suppose, if you're going for the literal actions of the ship/crew. But I personally think it's well-named, when given all the circumstances.

    It's an ideal, that Mal wants...he just means to live. For Serenity to be his ship. For Mal, Serenity means freedom. Plus, it's a reference to the moment that changed his life. However, for anyone who only watched the movie, there's just a passing reference to that.

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  35. I love the Dried Leaves dress on you. :) I loved it when I tried it on too but am having trouble justifying the price when it's so warm where I am right now. Do you think it'll eventually make its way to sale or should I just go ahead and buy it?

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  36. @Jen - It's really just dreadful for the pocketbook, isn't it? I want both dresses! Actually, I pretty much want everything I reviewed. Aaaack! The Pattern Maker's Coat completely took me by surprise - I'm generally pretty standoffish when it comes to patterns, but I really loved that coat on. The price will hold me back, of course. I wonder if it would make it to sale...

    Thanks for the sweet compliments! =)

    @Diana - I love it! I think of Kaylee often, when I walk into Anthro. "Look at the pretties!" I want to scream. I've always loved the end of "Shindig," when she goes to turn in for the night and she has her DRESS hanging over her bunk. So sweet!

    And I'm right there with you. I wonder if my husband would think it was okay if I bought *three* outerwear pieces this fall, along with a handful of dresses? Talk about "aiming to misbehave," eh? "Yes sir, Captain Tightpants!" ;o)

    @Louise - Thank YOU for reading and commenting! And I totally relate to your saving it as a screensaver, as I have an entire folder on my computer dedicated to pretty clothes!

    @Erin - I am dying. All the pretty things are killing me! And I was totally like you with the Precious Materials Cardi until I saw one (just one!) on the sale rack in my store and it was my size. It's really quite lovely, and I hope you get a chance to try it!

    It frightens me that I've found 3 outerwear pieces that I want and it's only August. Gulp.

    Thanks for reading!

    @JaneKSass - Thank you! You've just given me another idea on how to wear the Dried Leaves Dress, so that makes 2 ways! And isn't the rule of thumb that, in order to justify a purchase, you have to be able to wear the item at least three ways? We're almost there! =D

    And yes! I've seen "Waitress!" And he is such a doll in that movie along with Keri Russell! And man. I totally want pie now.

    Thanks for your sweet comments! ^_^

    @Scampering Scotties - I love that you and your husband love Firefly and Serenity! And I love it when I see any of those actors in anything - like how Inara and Wash were in "V" together, and how Christina Hendricks ("Yo-Saff-Bridge" hahaha) is on "Mad Men" now!

    Thanks for reading!

    @Debbie - Haha, I love it! I've only seen Castle once, when a friend of mine had a guest part on one of the episodes. What was great was, it also happened to be the episode where Castle was trying on his "Halloween Costume," which was the whole Browncoat getup!

    "What are you supposed to be?"

    "A space cowboy."

    "That was so five years ago."

    LOL!

    @Liz - Ooooo, I fully approve of all the men on your list. They're yummy. =) And I totally know what you mean about the weird wrinkle detail on the boot. It's not a dealbreaker for me, but the fact that it's so wide in the calf may be. Thanks for reading!

    @Ady - It's so funny, because I saw Serenity first and had to go back and see Firefly afterwards. I own both sets too...along with some themed t-shirts. One of which says, "Dear Buddha, please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket" I kind of want the Fruity Oaty Bar shirt, too.

    Thank you for your sweet comment, fellow geek! =D

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