Friday, May 27, 2011

The Devil Wears Prada (Okay, Not Really - More Like, "The Kathryn Wears Anthro") (OOTD)

Hello and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Whew! I'm so happy it's the weekend! And it's a holiday weekend! So, yay for long weekends!

Anybody have any fun plans? I know I do - I get to go to work! weekend is kind of...non-existent.



Well, it is what it is. And I don't mind working now if it means I get to vacation later. And it's looking very likely that I will be vacationing in Vancouver for Canada Day.

*happy dance!*

So, I'll just count my blessings and go to work like the good little girl I am.

As I may have mentioned once or twice or many a time, I don't have an original bone in my body. And when I first saw "The Devil Wears Prada" a few years ago, I gasped over Anne Hathaway's gorgeous movie wardrobe like every other red-blooded female on the planet. That white coat with the newsboy cap. The green coat with the furry collar. The dresses in Paris. And on and on.

And let's not forget the bangs. Oh, those bangs!

Anyway, this ensemble from the movie has been burned in my brain for years:

I never did track down this cotton voile Calvin Klein dress, so when I spied the Pezza Dress in green back in February, I was instantly smitten. I feel like I've been trying to recreate this look for years; and besides, I'm a sucker for jersey dresses.

It was quite an adventure tracking this little dress down. The minute it went on sale on Tag Sale Day, I did the little stock-check trick online that I learned from Sara of You, Me and Anthropologie, and I saw that stock was dwindling (and by "dwindling," I mean it went down from 99 to 69 in a quick clickety-click) so I went ahead and ordered it. I thought all was well...until two days later when I received an email from Anthro letting me know my order had been cancelled.

It took a bit, but I finally tracked the dress down in a store that shall remain nameless. Interestingly enough, she had just pulled the Pezza in the same size and color for another customer who also happened to live in Southern California and who also had her order cancelled by CS. Strange. I grew even more concerned when the sales associate jotted down my address and read it back to me with a few transposed letters and numbers.

I basically had no faith whatsoever that I would ever receive my dress.

But sure enough, it arrived. And all was well, after my husband stopped glaring at me once I explained I had a giftcard for it.

So here, at long last, was my interpretation of that outfit - throwing a cardigan on top when it turned out to be a little nippy in the morning:

Anthropologie Pezza Dress
(on sale now, call CS for stores and cross your fingers, or try this one)
Nordstrom BP Cardi by Susina (from the Anniversary Sale in...2009? similar here and here)
Oh, Hello Friend Eiffel Tower Brooch
Oh, Hello Friend Bicycle Necklace
House of Plum Red Belt
Matrushka Construction Earrings
Jessica Simpson "Oscar" Patent Pumps (similar here)

And here's me, without the cardigan, trying (rather pathetically) to reenact the scene from the movie:

(adding a pair of Coach sunglasses, for effect...similar pair here)
(...and, drat! I had a bangle bracelet [like this] but I forgot to put it on!)

...yes, I know. I'm a dork. You don't need to tell me twice. ^_-

I still can't believe I ordered my dress when it seemed like there were plenty in stock, only to Linkhave my order pulled out from under my feet a couple of days later. Did any of you have these kinds of issues with the Tag Sale?

Well, because I wouldn't be me if I didn't leave off with something hockey -elated, I want to congratulate the Boston Bruins for making the Stanley Cup Finals. It's their first trip to the big dance in over twenty years (though they have not won a championship since the early 70s), and they'll be going up against the aforementioned Vancouver Canucks. So it's a team that hasn't won the Stanley Cup since 1972 versus a team that's never won the Stanley Cup.

Either way, history will be made.

I still haven't the heart to change the wallpaper on my phone though:

(yep, that's Joe Thornton again.)

*sigh* I love you, Joe. You played like a warrior and did everything in your power to win. If you were my guilty crush before, you're my not-so-secret love affair now. You have the heart of a champion. I hope the surgery to fix your finger went well and that your shoulder heals nicely.

As always, thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


  1. How do you check the stock on the Anthro website??

  2. I love this outfit! The one from the Devil Wears Prada still haunts me too (along with many other looks from the fashion montages). I like your interpretation and am glad you found your dress. You look great!

  3. Could you please share how you can check the stock online?  I keep hearing about it but I don't know how to do it!  Thanks!

  4. I am {still} mildly obsessed with her wardrobe in the movie- especially the black Chanel/red lips/hair gardenia combo- amazing.  I love the Pezza dress in the blue colorway, but it didn't love me back- it looks great on you!

  5. Yay- I remember your post about this outfit- I'm glad you managed to track one down!  I have one coming to me, but I'm terrified that I ordered the wrong size (I hate that moment of decision/indecision while ordering online, desperately second-guessing all the reviews you've read...).  I love it without the cardigan so you can see the nice draping!

  6. Anne's green dress is my favorite outfit from the movie, too. Especially since she wears it to do the impossible and blow Dragon Lady's mind.

    Also, I second and third the wish to know how to stock-check! How do you do it?? 

  7. Gorgeous outfit!
    Also, that's awesome that you're going to Vancouver over Canada Day.  I've been to Vancouver several times in late June/early July and the weather is always gorgeous.  And Canada Day is always fun, although I think it's best in Ottawa. :) 

  8. I love how you finally recreated Anne's look (vaguely recall you trying this before?) - and the Pezza is so flattering on you. I was really happy to get a PA on mine in blue during the tag sale. :)

  9. You know which outfit I'm obssessed w/ in the movie?  That butterfly top that she wears when she goes to her friend's art gallery showing!  That top still kills me.

    This is a great recreation!  Glad you snagged that dress!

  10. Would love to know the stock check trick ... cannot find it on You, Me and Anthropologie's blog!  Help!

  11. ABCD For MichelleMay 29, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    I've always loved that outfit too! I don't even like that movie, but I'll sit down and watch the whole darn thing because of the outfits!

  12. The outfit was my favorite from the movie! And yes, I fell under the sway of bangs that season. I think I did pretty well with them for a few months until I hit the wall where I just couldn't stand them being in my face anymore.

    I don't want to add to the stream of other requests but I'm not sure if you just respond individually -- I'd also like to know about the stock check trick. I can't find it on Sara's blog. Thank you.

  13. Love it! I have this dress too but I haven't worn it yet.. Any ideas on how to make it more casual? 

  14. Aww, thank you so much! Your comment brings a huge smile to my face! =)

  15.  Oh, I know! That movie was just a smorgasbord of eye candy. There are several outfits from that movie I'd love to recreate. Thanks so much for reading and for your sweet comment! =)

  16. Oh gosh, I hate that too! I'm having that dilemma right now, with the Apothecary Skirt. I don't know which one to order! Thanks so much!

  17. That scene is so satisfying, right? I always feel like screaming, "I'LL TAKE THE STEAK OF SHE DOESN'T WANT IT" when she dumps it in the sink, lol. 

  18. Yay, thank you! I'm really looking forward to it. =) It's funny, I've *only* been to Vancouver in June/July, so I only know it as a gorgeous city with mostly sunshine and lots of green trees. My DH assures me that there really is rain (and my weather app confirms it, lol) 9-10 months out of the year.

    And I would LOVE to experience Canada in Ottawa someday! =)

  19. Thanks so much! And yes - PAs are just the best, aren't they? Thank goodness for those. =)

  20. Oh girl, I know what you mean. I'm also obsessed with the white coat + newsboy cap outfit she appears in for 1.5 seconds as she runs through the streets of NY. Just one of many outfits shown during that "makeover" montage. Sigh. Can I just have that whole wardrobe or...?

    And thanks so much for reading! =) 

  21. Haha yeah, I don't love that movie by any means, but I'll keep it on just to live through the outfits again! =)

  22.  It's amazing how a movie can have influence over our personal style, hey? =)

    Thanks for reading!

  23.  I've been contemplating the same thing...I'm guessing it'll look just fine with a pair of flat sandals? Maybe throw a denim jacket over top?

  24. Oh, for sure, my best friend from university moved out there and she told me about one year when it rained for 40 days straight.  I think I would go bonkers. :P