Sunday, April 3, 2011

If I Had a Million Dollars (Random Reviews)

Hello, everyone! Hope you're all having a great weekend. I thought I'd post some odds and ends that I've been collecting over the past couple of months. As most of you know, I've been trying to cut back a good deal on my shopping this year. I like to think I've been doing okay at this - not great, but not too terribly either, all things considered. That being said, I definitely continue to torture myself by looking at and often trying on things, "just for fun." And it is fun. At least until I have to take them off and put them back on the rack. But if nothing else, it gives me something to share with you. ^_^ So, here goes - things I tried on, loved, and would have bought, if I had a million dollars:


Marc by Marc Jacobs "Carmen" Top and Elizabeth and James Tulle & Leather "Holiday" Skirt


Back in early March, I went to a shopping event at Neiman Marcus here in San Diego with the wonderful Maya, of Kinzie Says. It was super fun and while I didn't blog the event, you can see the photos from it on the In Pursuit of Pretty Things Facebook page. One of the outfits I tried on that evening was this one - a silk jacquard Marc by Marc Jacobs top (the "Carmen") and a fantastic tulle skirt with leather trim by Elizabeth & James. I'm wearing an XS in the MbMJ Carmen top, and it's really fantastic. In these photos, I've got the shirt tucked in, but if you take a look at the model shots, you'll see that this blouse has a super cute attached sash at the waist which can be tied either in the front or the back. The back is cut into a deep V, which adds interest, should you want to do a day-to-evening type of look (with a cardigan or jacket thrown over this, the blouse is conservative enough for the office - for evening, you can lose the topper and show a little skin). There's a super cute bow detail at the bottom of the V. If you glance at the photo below, which shows the back of this blouse, you'll see my bra strap is peeping out. I imagine that it's caused by my petite and short-waisted stature, but am pretty sure this could easily be remedied by simply retying that bow to be a little snugger. 

The skirt by Elizabeth and James is actually a holiday item (hence its name) and is now pretty much sold out everywhere, but I still think of it from time to time, even now (yes, I do realize it's April). It was unbelievably cute, and if it weren't for the fact that I thought it was not the most practical and wearable piece (tiered tulle skirt...hmm...) I might have overcome the "Responsible Behavior" guidelines in my brain and bought this skirt anyway. It's a super girly piece, but I loved the leather waistband and the leather tape that trimmed the bottom of the skirt - it kept the skirt from being too much of a tutu, and added enough sophistication that a woman in her 30s could actually consider wearing it. As it is, I passed on it, but if you like the look of this, you might also like E&J's longer version of the skirt here, and there's also the "Taylor" skirt by the same label with leather trim too. I might have to add these two to my "stalk for sale time" list. I just love those leather details!





This Rebecca Taylor dress caught my eye with its feminine ruffles and details like the gold hardware on the removable belt (which basically means you're getting a twofer with this one - a dress and a belt!). It's like the sophisticated older sister of the LOFT Brushed Spot Print Wrap Dress which I'd pined over earlier this year. I'm wearing a size 0 in this dress, and it fit beautifully with the exception of length. On taller women, the skirt would have hit at the knee. On me, it hit below the knee, so I'd have to shorten it to get the right proportions. Other than that, I had no complaints. Gorgeous.


Twenty8Twelve Cassie Dress 


I love Twenty8Twelve, and I tried this dress on at Nordstrom. For some reason, it's not listed on their website, nor does it seem to be available on any retail websites in the US, so, I'm going to have wait and see if I can hunt down a link for you ladies later. I'm wearing this in a size 2, and found it to fit very well, with the exception of a little gaping between the buttons at the waistline. I'd definitely have a hook-and-eye added there (and Nordstrom's alterations department could add that easily and probably for free) to prevent that. The dress was made of a lightweight denim fabric and while it's difficult to see in these photos, used stitching - including some red thread at the neck and across the top of the bodice - to great effect. It's a perfect little casual dress. Admittedly, the skirt is a bit short - I felt okay in it with tights, but as I can't wear tights year-round, it's not a practical choice for me - but for those of you who're up to rocking this flirty length, this may be a good choice. Super fun and super cute!

That wraps up this set of reviews - I stopped in briefly at an Anthro store yesterday, so I have Anthro reviews coming up for you as well. Hope you're all having a great weekend, and thanks for reading!

16 comments:

  1. That last denim skirt is so friggin cute. I love it Carol! I can't wait to see some Anthro reviews - did you spy the Mompos dress by any chance ;-)

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  2. I love the E&J skirt. Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere just wore it in her Thursday post!

    OH, and how I now want that Rebecca Taylor dress. The print and shape are so perfect for summer. I think it look great on you.

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  4. I absolutely love the Carmen top on you. I'm a sucker for anything with bows.

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  5. Loveeee the Cassie dress! I'm afraid to ask about the price, though. =( It sure looks great on you!

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  6. I do love the last denim dress, too!

    Sometimes, I feel satisfied enough just to try things on and I don't have to buy them. Lots of times I carry around a bag/shoes/clothes in the store and end up putting them back when I've satisfied my inner "want" for those things. Haha That's how I cope with window shopping. Other times, I just can't.

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  7. wow i love that first outfit, yes, it would be nice if i had a million dollars and can buy not caring for the price tag, but then shopping wouldn't be as fun, there's no more stalking, sleuthing and strategizing.

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  8. Carol, I love the denim dress on you! It is totally adorable :)

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  9. love the touch of gold with the belt on the python print, and the denim is adorable!

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  10. The denim dress is so cute on you! Surely for something that looks that great, you can splurge on a less practical piece...? </evilvoiceinhead>

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  11. I love these reviews! I try to do reviews of non-anthro pieces just because you never know when someone wants to pick something up on ebay...

    That denim dress is adorable! The first outfit is my favorite though. That skirt is perfection.

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  12. Carol i know you love Nordstrom but can you share your opinion on Nordstrom Rack? I don't really ever go to either except Nordstrom for my MAC fix, but there are now 2 Racks in Austin.

    Thanks!
    Carmen

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  13. Omg everything is so cute! However I adore that E&J skirt!!

    Amber's Notebook

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  14. I love that leather and tulle skirt! You look like a bad girl ballerina!

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  15. I love the denim dress!! may I ask how much it was?? :)

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  16. I love how you styled the Cassie dress!

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