Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Polka Dotted Pleats (Quickie Review & OOTD)

Hello everybody and happy Tuesday! Hope your week is going well. I had an extremely busy weekend (had to work the entire day, Saturday) and the DH is now sick (I'm counting on having a nice long bout of overall household-health and well-being after he kicks his bug, because we are DONE and I mean it!) so haven't had a single opportunity to sit down and watch any Firefly just yet. It's on my queue, though, and I'm hoping that by Wednesday night, things will have settled down enough for me to get an hour to watch at least one episode.

One. It's not too much to ask, right?

Still, last night, I stopped in at Fashion Valley to pick up some gift cards and while I was there, I saw a few pretty things. Here's one that stopped me in my tracks when I saw it. It's entirely the wrong size, but I've been dying to try it on, so here it is - the Kate Spade Melody Dress:



The Melody Dress is the one you may have seen Bryce Dallas Howard wearing in Kate Spade's spring ad campaign. I've been intrigued since the moment I saw that ad and while I was worried the very-pale-nearly-nude color (Nordstrom's website describes it as "champagne") would wash me out, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it didn't. Please note, I'm wearing a size 4 in these pictures, which is obviously on the big side for me. I'd need this dress in a 2, or possibly even a 0. In the size 4, the dress was rather long - the skirt hit an inch or so below the knee. I'm hoping the correct size will bring the length up a bit, but if not, I may be willing to wear it a little long. 

The dress is just delightful in every other way, though. The finely pleated, full skirt is just a dream - sort of what the Quiet Blush Dress's skirt attempts to do, but completely fails to execute. The Melody Dress's skirt is just fantastic - the quality (and the correlated expense) are written all over it. The front of the dress is demure and ladylike, with a bateau neck and fitted waist. The back dips into a lower V, which you can see in the model shots, but not so far that it causes problems for a bra. There's a bow detail on one shoulder, and of course - the dots! The dress is made of silk, is lined, and has a side zip. It'd make a really truly perfect birthday dress. My only problem is the cost. Fingers crossed that my size makes it to sale - and that maybe it'll even get there before my birthday arrives in late April.

Speaking of shopping luck, I had a rather crazy stroke of it when I stopped into Anthro to get some gift cards. Someone had just made some returns of things from the fall/winter season, including the Vestiges Dress in a size 2, which was now marked down to $9.95.

Yes, you read that right. I bought this dress for $10 and change, after taxes. I know, I know, I'm on a shopping ban, but c'mon! You couldn't expect me to walk away from that. Here I am, with Kate (who was making faces at herself in the mirror, and cracking the both of us up):



And here, just on my own:

Dress: Vestiges Dress, Anthropologie (build something similar with this and this. Or for the print-phobic, try here)
Shoes: Pink Studio (similar here and here)

I know I didn't do much with this outfit aside from throwing on the dress and some shoes, but I rather think that when you're wearing a print like that, it's best to just let it speak for itself.

Thanks for reading!

20 comments:

  1. WOW! I don't blame you for picking the Vestiges up at $10, what a steal. It looks perfect on you as well Carol, bargain of the month surely?!

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  2. I saw the Kate Spade ad in the March issue of US Instyle mag - it looked so very cute! I am thrilled to see your review. I think it's a gorgeous dress (esp if it was in your size) - the pleating is beautiful. My only concern is that it may wash me out. I don't think i'll get it at full price. If it makes it to sale, great!
    A big congrats for scoring the Vestiges dress at under $10~! Incredible! Looks even better with Kate at your hip :-)

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  3. OMG, for 10 bucks, who could say no. You'd have to be crazy to walk away from an Anthro dress like that! Great find! I'm so jealous. I haven't been to an Anthro since around X-mas time. I think I need to go ...

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  4. wow! What a great find!!! I agree, the print speaks for itself, so best to keep the rest of the outfit simple.

    And that Kate Spade dress. I'm swooning as I type. How gorgeous!

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  5. Does the Kate Spade dress have kind of a green tinge to it? Or a slight brown/tan? It kind of looks that way from the pictures. Then I look at Nordstrom's website and it totally looks like a cream color. Can you help?

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  6. Carol, great find for $10! But what really caught my eye, was your iphone cover. Who makes it? Thanks!

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  7. This must be some sort of record, because I have never heard anything from Anthro ever being on sale for $10. Wow! This dress sort of looks like a blouse and skirt together as seperates and I think that's why I love it so much :)

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  8. This is my first time posting, but what a bargain -- and for such a pretty dress! Also you and your lil one are so cute =)

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  9. That Vestiges Dress looks amazing on you...and loooove Kate. She is too adorable for words.

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  10. Totally worth breaking the shopping ban. You look great in that dress!

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  11. I agree with Linette. A find like that is totally worth breaking the shopping ban. I recently broke mine when I found a Yemaya Cardigan in the neutral colorway for $10. Hard to resist a deal like that. Love seeing Kate, the two of you always so cute together.

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  12. What a steal!!!!! Good job, you practically MADE money on that purchase! :-)

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  13. @Anonymous - it's a very light beige/tan color. There's no green tinge to it at all (that's just my iPhone doing wonky things with the light). It does look almost cream-like on both Nordstrom and Kate Spade's website, but there's definitely brown undertones (although very pale) in the color itself.

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  14. @Naomi - the iPhone cover is made by Kate Spade. You can buy them both in Kate Spade stores (and online) or at the Apple Store, which is where I found mine. =)

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  15. omg I love both dresses but $10 WOW!!! Steal of a deal lady! It fits you perfectly!!
    Amber's Notebook

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  16. The vestiges dress looks fantastic on you! (and what a great deal it was!). Btw. Kate is *so* freaking cuuuute :)

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  17. Love both these dresses on you! The Anthro was a steal and fingers crossed that the Kate Spade makes it to sale in your size :)

    www.featherfactor.com

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  18. That's incredible, Carol! $10?! Serious score. It looks phenomenal on you, too! congrats. And your daughter is killing me. Too cute!

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  19. I love your phone cover too! (and the Melody Dress). Thanks for all the inspiration. I've been looking at your blog a lot to get ideas to spruce up my blah wardrobe!

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  20. Hi Carol!
    I emailed you about the "Melody dress" today. There is one available right now, for $179, sz 2 only. It's on Nordstrom website. 

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