Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gap-tastic (OOTD)

Hi everyone! I hope this Wednesday finds you well. Thanks to everyone for their good advice, support, and encouragement. I'm sticking to the shopping ban and closing my eyes to that lovely ruffled-and-spotted confection of a dress from Loft, and shifting my focus to...hm, cookies, anyone?

I'm going to have to run to the grocery store to get more of those Heath Toffee chips, I think.

This is what I wore yesterday:

 Sweater: Cabled Cotton Cardigan, Gap (old - 2007? Similar here and here)
Cami: white cotton camisole, Banana Republic (also older, 2008? Similar here and here)
Skirt: Square Print Pleated Skirt, Gap (much cheaper in stores)
Shoes: Velvet City Flats, Gap (embellished at home, DIY here)
Belt: Tweed skinny belt, Anthropologie (similar here and here)


I titled my post, "Gap-tastic," because I'm quite literally in head to toe Gap, which isn't something that's happened in a couple years. I used to wear Gap a lot more - it, along with its sister stores Old Navy and Banana Republic were my favorite go-tos, back in the day, before I decided to take the plunge with Anthro-centric styling. This skirt is one I bought after Christmas (pre-shopping ban), on super sale. I think it was reduced down to $11.98 and then, on top of that, I had a $10 rewards card, which brought the final cost (after tax) down to $3 and change. I was beyond thrilled to find it, because Kathryn and I had both espied Kendi wearing it here, and became completely infatuated with the entire outfit - of which, the key piece was the skirt. The best part of the story? I was able to find a size 4 for Kathryn too! Whoo! Oh, and for those of you who may be wondering - I'm wearing the size 2, but it's enormous on me, and quite literally, hanging low off my hips. I'd size down one, maybe two sizes to get the correct fit at the waist, I think, and then, it'd probably be a lot shorter than it is in these photos.


Mothers Who Think: Tales Of Real-life Parenthood


In light of some of our recent discussions on parenthood, and motherhood specifically, I thought I'd share one of my absolute-most-favoritest-best-book-ever on the topic, Mothers Who Think: Tales Of Real-life Parenthood. My supervisor at my last job recommended it to me, when I was pregnant with Rowan, and I'm so glad she did. This book is a collection of short essays on the topic, written by mothers from all walks of life, and edited by the two women who used to write the column of the same name on Salon.com. If you are a mom, hope to be a mom someday, or have a mom, I think you'll appreciate the insights, wisdom, and glimpse into the experience of motherhood, that this book has to offer. Highly, highly recommended.

14 comments:

  1. I love this whole outfit Carol! I think i saw Rosa wearing the same skirt in the black and white version? We have Gap in Australia (finally) but i haven't seen that skirt hit the racks yet.
    Since i plan on having kids one day, I;m going to have to look for that book!

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  2. It makes me so happy to see you in head-to-toe Gap because I am a huge fan. The clothes are always priced well and the quality is pretty good. Even though this skirt is a little big on you, I would have never known. You look great!

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  3. I've searched all my Gap stores for this skirt and haven't found one yet, so I added it to my cart this morning after seeing it on you and when I went to pay for it, my size was no longer available! If that's not a sign that I'm not supposed to stick to my shopping "ban" then I don't know what is!

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  4. okay, seriously, I need to get to Gap. That skirt is too fabulous!

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  5. I love that skirt on you! I just saw it at the Gap and thought it looked familiar... now I know it was because I also saw it on Kendi. It looks adorable on you :)

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  6. How long is your ban for?

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  7. @Vintageglammz - I'm doubtful the skirt will get there if it hasn't already, since it's way way on sale here, now. But since your seasons are reversed, maybe they'll send it out there, when the weather starts getting cooler in your parts? Oh, and DO get the book. It's really terrific.

    @Sweet Laundry - Thanks! I used to have quite a bit of Gap in my closet - and yes, it's a good store for staple pieces and you can't beat their sale prices.

    @Sara - Aww! Well, if you really want the skirt, you should ask an SA to do an inventory search for it - they can try and track one down for you, if you have the item #. Er, not that you should be breaking your shopping ban, or anything...

    @Pamela - It's fun, isn't it? :D Thanks!

    @Carly - Thanks!

    @Anonymous - I'm hoping *gulp* to stick to it to at least April, when I'll take a hiatus for my birthday month (haha). I have a goal to pay down some credit card debt and start building up savings, so that's what I'm shooting for.

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  8. really cute Carol, I love the skirt and the picture of you reading! You are always so fun!
    Amber's Notebook

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  9. I just found your blog AND I LOVE IT! So stylish you are! Love that skirt and the way you pull it off! Can't wait to keep reading!

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  10. LOVE the skirt on you, Carol! You're such a great friend to find it for Kathryn too. I knew I wanted you guys to adopt me for some reason! :)

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  11. So cute, Carol; I LOVE the punchy belt!

    If anyone is interested, I have this exact skirt in the black/white colorway, size 2/NWT, that I'd like to sell!

    I bought the skirt after seeing it on Rosa back in October (http://loveatfirstshop.blogspot.com/2010/10/mean-mr-mustard.html)--so cute! It ended up being a bit too big for me, but I couldn't find it in a 0. I eventually ended up finding a size 0 (yay!) after it was too late to return the size 2 (boo).

    I'd like to sell the skirt for $35 shipped to make back most of what I paid, but am willing to consider lower offers since I prefer not to have it taking up space in my closet. :)

    Shoot me an email at juxtaposery (at) gmail (dot) com if you're interested! I can give you measurements and pictures if you'd like. And Carol/Kathryn, if people aren't supposed to be selling stuff in your comments, please delete this! Just thought I'd post here since I saw some people above are interested in the skirt.

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  12. This is such a classic combo, but the diagonal checks feel a bit quirky at the same time. This is really an adorable little ensemble, Carol!

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  13. So cute, Carol; I LOVE the punchy belt!

    If anyone is interested, I have this exact skirt in the black/white colorway, size 2/NWT, that I'd like to sell!

    I bought the skirt after seeing it on Rosa back in October (http://loveatfirstshop.blogspot.com/2010/10/mean-mr-mustard.html)--so cute! It ended up being a bit too big for me, but I couldn't find it in a 0. I eventually ended up finding a size 0 (yay!) after it was too late to return the size 2 (boo).

    I'd like to sell the skirt for $35 shipped to make back most of what I paid, but am willing to consider lower offers since I prefer not to have it taking up space in my closet. :)

    Shoot me an email at juxtaposery (at) gmail (dot) com if you're interested! I can give you measurements and pictures if you'd like. And Carol/Kathryn, if people aren't supposed to be selling stuff in your comments, please delete this! Just thought I'd post here since I saw some people above are interested in the skirt.

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  14. I just found your blog AND I LOVE IT! So stylish you are! Love that skirt and the way you pull it off! Can't wait to keep reading!

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