Friday, June 3, 2011

Current Obsessions: Kate Spade, Las Vegas and OOTDs

Happy Friday, everyone! How are you all doing? Well, I hope. My headache seems to be much improved - thank you for the well wishes - and I'm definitely looking forward to the weekend. I'm also looking forward to having time to get to the mall and try on/hunt down a couple Kate Spade items.

I have to admit, I'm a little obsessed. I've got Kate Spade on the brain.

It all started when I spotted this little wallet at the Fashion Valley Nordstrom:

Look at them! Cute little giraffes! Walking along, two by two! It gets worse though. One day, I was walking past the Kate Spade boutique window, and I saw this:

Oh my gosh - cute giraffe print, all over a shirtdress. SHIRTDRESSES ARE MY KRYPTONITE. I just about died. I can't believe I've withstood the temptation up 'til now. But I've been working - all year, in fact - on trying to curb my shopping habit, starting with my impulse buying shopping habit. I've been really really really trying hard to mitigate that, by making myself go home and think it over for a day or seven, to see if I really truly did like something enough to warrant a purchase. And then, of course, there'd have to be good reason for said purchase too.

Erm, is "it's a really cute shirtdress with a giraffe print all over it" a good enough reason, you think?

Yeah, I didn't think so either. Is that going to stop me from going into that store and trying on that dress this weekend? No. It's not. Will I buy said dress? Only time will tell. Maybe they'll be sold out of my size, and my attempts to be misbehave will be foiled?


As if that's not bad enough, several different department stores have some other lovely, covetable Kate Spade dresses on sale:

It's true - it's a shirtdress with little flowers scattered all over it. Mmhm. Does it get much more adorable? Yeah, I thought not. Oh, and then there's this:

Big bow, nipped in waist, black and white print that'll pair easily with any color cardigan I feel like wearing that day...

Yep. It's a good thing those two are already sold out in my size...sigh.

Anyhow, onto my OOTD - I finally pulled out the Buttondown Cowlneck I bought over a month ago, and wore it today. And as soon as I put it on, I found myself wondering why I'd waited so long to do it. I had some meetings today at work, so decided to play it conservative with some muted colors, but the next time I pull this out, I'm hoping to pair it with some brighter hues, to really make that chartreuse pop.

Shirt: Buttondown Cowlneck, Anthropologie
Skirt: Denim pencil skirt, Benetton (similar here and here)
Shoes: Pewter Ruffle Flats, Me Too (similar here and here)
Belt: Oh Hello Friend (from a vendor fair; similar here and here)

Hello Friends!

I hope you're all doing well!

Well, I can't say I have the same current obsessions as Carol at the moment, though I
am obsessed with finding a particular type of dress/outfit.

In about two and a half weeks, I'm heading to Vegas with some girl friends to try and attend the NHL Awards (because hockey players are one of my obsessions
^_-), which will be kind of awesome, since I never did have a bachelorette party before I got married (the timing was awful for everybody, and it just didn't work out) and this will probably be rather bachelorette party-esque. Sorta. Kinda.

The problem is, I'm not entirely sure my current Anthro/J.Crew/Gap-ish type wardrobe really lends itself to that whole "Vegas-glitzy" look.

The other problem, of course, is that I'm not sure that
I really lend myself well to that whole Vegas-glitzy look.

In short, I don't really pull off "slutty" very well.

So, I've been obsessed with finding something pretty to wear that's classy and cute but isn't too slutty or too glitzy.

...does that exist?

Here's what I tried:

bebe Simone Rhinestone Dress

Oh dear, I had all sorts of awful self-esteem issues in the dressing room when I went to pull this dress on.

First off, I couldn't even pull the Medium over my hips. I'm usually never bigger than a Medium at most stores, so I was a teensy bit horrified. I was able to get the Large on just fine, but the proportions up top were so loose that I'd need to have a tailor take it in.

So that was that. And that's all I've been courageous enough to try on, so far.

As I sulked my way out of the fitting room, the sweet sales associate asked me what was wrong. I confessed to him how I was feeling down about needing a larger size than I had anticipated, and he said to me, with incredible gusto:

"Oh honey! Don't you worry - you are fabulous, and sometimes sizes are just a beezy!!"

...yes. Yes they are.

God bless that sweet man. I walked out of there with a smile.

So here's me, in my OOTD, trying desperately to feel fabulous in one of my Memorial Day scores that Carol actually helped me score - yay!

Neo-Refinement Pullover (similar here and here)
Anthropologie Cartonnier Trousers (similar here and here)
Anthropologie Idesia Necklace (similar here and here and here)
Charles David Bow Wedges (super old, similar-ish here and here)
Nordstrom BP Wooden Cuff (similar here)

So the hunt for a Vegas dress/outfit continues, as does the hunt for my self-esteem. Though I think I'll try my best to keep my chin up and have that sales associate's voice in my head whenever I'm in a fitting room and something doesn't quite fit right - "I am fabulous, and sometimes sizes are just a beezy."

Thank you all for reading, and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


  1. MikaelasobsessionsJune 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    bebe runs really small!! it's not you, it's the store! not only does it run small, but everything is cut to fit skin-tight!

  2. I love both of your OOTD pics...super cute looks!  Hope you both have great weekends!

  3. QuestforFashionSenseJune 3, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    You both look fabulous!  Also, Kathryn, re: Vegas, anything goes!  If it helps at all, my cousin got a really cute dress at Windsor similar to the one above that was on sale for $25.  I've also seen the more fitted dresses at Ross for about $20 (not sure if you're a Ross shopper).

    For reference: (the dress my cousin got from Windsor)

    and a tight/fitted dress from Ross that I bought for $20:

  4. Love that KS tweed dress. And I love sales associates like that!  They really make shopping so much more enjoyable.  I love the pullover top!

  5. Carol, the KS giraffe wallet is totally adorable :)

    Kathryn, I have the Simone dress and I wore on my trip to Asia for a family function. ( The top of the dress was also loose on me but I was too lazy to take it to the tailor and I used a safety pin!  Good luck in finding a dress!

  6. Ah, I've been obsessed with Kate Spade for about ten years now! Number one pick on my wish list is a kelly green Kate Spade wallet :)  You have some great picks here!

  7. I think us woman forget that size us just a number. It's the fit that matters. A friend of mine told me she has cut the sizes out of many items because she didn't like the number. Lol. Not a bad idea.

  8. Love your outfits Ladies!!!!  I have the Neo Refinement Pullover and I love them.  Yes I love them so much I got one in plum and one in gold.  I tried on the crowlneck blouse today but unfortunately I need a size bigger and they didn't have any 2 left.  Boohoooo.... Oh well. 

  9. I think you look great in that Bebe dress - even if it doesn't fit quite right.  I find that Bebe sizes run unbelievably weird.  I know Kim Kardashian is one of their designers/spokesmodels, and I can't even imagine how she fits in some of the clothes.  I'm 5'8", and aside from running SUPER small, their stuff tends to be so short that if I were to bend over, everyone would see my butt.  I do like the advice from the sales guy, though!

  10. i absolutely LOVE LOVE ADORE the way you styled the neo refinement pull over. you look so wonderful! and those pants are so flattering on you. bravo!!

  11. I'm 24 so when I'm in Vegas I tend to up the skank factor. However, I understand if that's not really your cup of tea. There is a dress from Express that I think you should try. We have very similar body types (same height, small chest, more hips/rear than many Asian women-also why I love your Anthro reviews) and I really like this dress on me.
    It's currently on sale and Express is always having those spend x amount and get y amount off coupons. Plus it comes it multiple colorways so you're bound to like one of them. It is tight and on the short side but you can size up a bit for comfort and the top isn't too revealing (you'd be able to wear a normal bra). is also a one shouldered version. I haven't tried it on but it looks to be the same cut except for the sleeves so I'm guessing that it would fit about the same. I love the plum/blue combo it comes in.