About a month ago, Heather Cook, the Personal Shopper at the Fashion Valley Anthropologie asked me if I'd ever been to the Anthro at The Grove (an incredible Disneyland-like mall - the facades are insane!), in Los Angeles. I told her I hadn't, and she basically told me that any self-respecting Southern California Anthro-blogger needed to see it (though not in so many words). She described an amazing store, teeming with gorgeous clothing - all those elusive, higher price-point pieces that just don't show up on the San Diego store floors - as well as cases and cases of jewelry. Her words planted a seed in my head, and when we were in Culver City to see the Tron Pop-Up Shop, I checked our Nav (what my DH and I call the GPS) and was thrilled to see that The Grove was only 12 minutes away!
Which actually meant we spent the better part of 30 minutes navigating through traffic getting there, and another 10 minutes getting parked. Ah, Los Angeles, I haven't missed you at all! In fact, by the time we got in the store, I only had 15 minutes to look around, before we had to leave, to get to dinner with my sister, back in Orange County.
It was enough though, for this time - and yes, I will go back there sometime soon, to spend hours in the fitting room. Because everything Heather said about the store was true. Since I didn't have time for real browsing, I admired the holiday decorations instead. We all know how gorgeous Anthro holiday displays are, but the cathedral-height ceilings at The Grove store allowed for some incredible sights:
A tree grows in Anthro! Replete with treehouse and rope bridge!
I loved this beautiful light fixture with its metal frame and glass accents. I want something scaled down for my dining room. It was just gorgeous!
The sheer size didn't mean the Visual Department overlooked the details. Look at this darling owl! And behind him, there's an end table with a camera sitting on two books, nevermind that most customers can't see those things, since they're perched on the landing of the rope bridge, at least 10 feet overhead.
So, you know that I couldn't at least try to try something on, right? When my eyes landed on my much-desired, long-wishlisted-but-sight-unseen Harvested Honey Coat, I had to try it on. So, here it is - I'm wearing a size 0 here. Kate wanted to come with me and try on the From the Archives Dress (and I'm sad to report it was too big for her and that I also ran out of time, and couldn't try it on either), so here we are:
The coat's color is as pictured on the website - a warm, dandelion yellow. The sleeves were a bit long on me, so I'd probably want to have them taken up, and I thought the collar was a little big, but nothing I couldn't cope with.
Side view: I thought the coat fit me well and was a good length on me.
Coat with collar unbuttoned - I liked that it looked like something I could easily throw on over clothes, unbuttoned and still look good. Kate thought the coat could be improved with a scarf, and demonstrated with the scarf/sash of the From the Archives Dress. The sticker price on this coat is a bit too rich for my blood, so I'll have to wait until it goes on sale, but when it does, I'm going to make it mine. (Please go on sale soon, please go on sale soon...)
Sorry about not posting my outfits in sequence - but this was Day 19 of 20, in my abridged 30 for 20 Remix Challenge. A lot of people asked me if I thought it was too hard to come up with 30 outfits for 30 days with 30 items - and actually, the answer is no. I could probably go on remixing the items into different outfits for quite a while. The difficulty is ignoring all the other stuff in your closet that starts to scream at you for not wearing them. Yeah, that's right. Screaming clothing. Scary, hm? I thought so too.
Here's some great news - we're extending the deadline for the Movie-Inspired Outfits Netflix contest. We've received some really amazing submissions (you guys are awesome!) but someone pointed out to me that having this sort of contest over a holiday week probably wasn't the best idea, since if your life is anything like mine, you had no time at all to put together an outfit or stage a photo. So, if you're interested in participating, please submit a photo this week. The entry period will close this Sunday, December 5th.
Thanks, and have a great Monday!