Saturday, April 30, 2011

Some Birthday Fun (Anthro Fitting Room Reviews)

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the lovely birthday wishes. I did have a very nice day, and it did include a visit (just for a quick glance and a try-on as "research") to one of our favorite stores, Anthropologie!

So, because I can't help myself, I'm going to share what I found there (some new arrivals! Yay!).

Sagebrush Skirt & Loosened Shelby Blouse:

I gasped out loud, when I saw the Sagebrush Skirt online the other day. And you can only imagine how thrilled I was when I saw it lying in a neat green-blue pile of embroidered loveliness on one of Fashion Valley Anthro's display tables. I grabbed the size 0, and took it back with me, picking up the Loosened Shelby Blouse along the way, also in a size 0 (a girl needs to have something to wear on top, after all...). I absolutely loved the skirt, but think I'd be more comfortable in the size 2 (might have had something to do with the giant birthday meal I'd just consumed a few minutes before?) as the banded waist has no give at all and I want to be able to eat a huge meal and still be comfy. The skirt hit right at my knee, so was a good length for me. The embroidery has a wonderful folklorico feel, with the heavier thread, and is accented with wooden seed beads. There are no pockets and it's a dry-clean only item, but despite these flaws, I will purchase this skirt eventually. Yes, I love it. I love it quite a lot. I may have to wait for sale though.

The Loosened Shelby Blouse was a little small on me in the size 0, so if I were to purchase this, I'd definitely size up to a 2. This blouse is basically a sleeveless version of the popular Bianka Blouse from the past fall/winter selections. I liked this blouse a lot, especially in the yellow, and will probably pick it up on sale. Wishlisted!

Detail shot of the embroidery and beading on the Sagebrush Skirt.

Mompos Dress:

I have to admit, when I first saw the Mompos Dress, I wasn't terribly impressed. But after all the buzz the dress was getting online in the Anthro community, I decided that I should at least try it on and see what all the excitement was about. I'm wearing a size 0 in these photos, and it fit me like a glove. No complaints there. I loved the overall shape of the dress - the full skirt is just yummy and the color is very sweet. I totally felt like Quinn Fabray. You know, without the blonde hair and blue eyes and all that comes with those attributes. I have to admit, I like the dress a lot. I do. But do I love it? No. If it was on super sale, would I snap it up? Yes, in a heartbeat. Will I buy it for full price or even after a first cut? No, seems unlikely. But if you love this dress, I highly recommend it. It's wonderfully constructed (as all Tracy Reese generally is), and super pretty to boot. The only thing I didn't like about it was its surprisingly sticky zipper, but hopefully that's not a general problem. 

My actual OOTD changed twice - we went to a Padres game during the afternoon, for which Rowan had won tickets, through his school's Jog-a-Thon. It was the first time we've been to see the Padres play, and it was pretty fun, despite the loss. I had on shorts and a tank top for that part of my day (it was warm and sunny) which I didn't get a photo of, though I did snap this one of Kate and Rowan, which you may have seen if you follow my Twitter feed:

Afterwards, we all came home, showered and bathed and changed for dinner. I didn't wear anything terribly exciting - after all, it was just dinner out with my husband and kids after an active and tiring sort of day. And I apologize for the poor quality of the photo - I snapped it really quickly as I was leaving the fitting room at Anthro:

Top: James Perse Panel Top (similar here and here)
Skirt: Old Navy (old - 2008? Similar here and here)
Belt: Oh Hello Friend (similar here and here and here)
Shoes: Me Too Ruffled Flats (similar here and I want these!: here)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 


  1. Ooh...the restrained beading on the sagebrush skirt is gorgeous! So many lovely details,and yet it still feels simple. The Mompos looks lovely- and you're so right- Quinn will definitly be seen wearing this at some point. I'm positive.

  2. Hi Carol! Loved the sagebrush skirt on you. I actually think I did see a Glee promo where Quinn was wearing the Mompos dress.

    ps. Love your outfit du jour! :)

  3. That sagebrush skirt is fantastic on you! I also really like the pairing with that top.

    Mompos looks great on you too so I will hope for a multi-cut sale. And your outfit for dinner is so pretty! I love your sportsfan cutiepies!

  4. OMG, your kids are so adorable!

    I really like the Mompos on you, but agree I didn't really get what the hullabaloo was about. The Shelby blouse is cute, too. Something about the yellow reminds me of the J.Crew yellow silk garland gladiola print cami from two years ago. (

    The Sagebrush skirt is pretty, and doesn't look too big. Since it's cotton you might want to consider that sometimes cotton "gives" when it's worn and warmed up a little by the body.

    "...and I want to be able to eat a huge meal and still be comfy." LOL! This reminded me of Tien's food overtures on her blog adiaphane. It cracks me up to read stuff like this because I completely feel this way about food too...I think it might be genetic. All the Asian people I know (including my extended family) are foodies.

  5. Yup you're right! I think someone posted it on EA a few days ago...

  6. Wahh! The sagebrush skirt looks incredibly pretty. I love the floral embroidery. The mompos looks super cute on you..I hope you can score it on sale.
    Rowan and Kate look so adorable!

  7. It's surprising to learn that you aren't in love with the Mompos dress because before I began to read your review I thought you were going to rave about it. It really looks great on you, and I was going to write "get the Mompos Carol!" but if you don't love it, well then...
    I'm really curious about the Mompos myself, but neither of the two Anthro stores in Toronto have it so maybe I will never know.
    And how cute are your kids? They always make me smile :)

  8. I love that first skirt as well but the waist is really going to make or break it for me. I wished it was more of an elastic waist. Phooey! But you look so lovely in that combo!

  9. LisaofConfessionsofaCCGalMay 2, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Thanks for these lovely crop of reviews. The Sagebrush Skirt looks absolutely lovely on you =)

  10. The colour on the sagebrush skirt is lovely... it might be ending up on my wishlist.

    I love the mompos dress on you! I think it's one of those dresses that I adore on everyone, but don't think it would work for me. I just don't have the kind of life that warrants wearing a dress like that. If it ever makes 2nd cut, then maybe... :)

  11. Eek, so many pretty (and tempting!) things in this post. I love all 3 outfits (the combination of the yellow + blue in the first outfit is perfect and something I need to try soon myself!) and I really like the Mompos dress on you, too! I know it's been getting a lot of buzz (and I'm personally a bit disgruntled because I cannot wear that shade of blue no matter how hard I try, grrrr!) and every time I see it on someone, I can see why it is so loved. Pretty!