Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ted, Kate, Vince, and Rebecca Got Together (Fitting Room Reviews)

Hi everyone! Hope you're all having a great week. My week has been busy with work but otherwise good. I'm putting myself on a self-imposed shopping ban for a little bit - well, at least until the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July (EEEEEEE!!! My favorite shopping event of the year!), and then definitely for quite a while after that, to make up for my Jason Wu and Kate Spade indulgences over the last couple weeks. This doesn't mean I won't do my duty by you, and scope out what's pretty and in store (and even what's not in store yet - Fall 2011 pre-orders are taking place at a lot of the department stores right now). 

So, here's who I found hanging out together in Nordstrom's Individualist department...



I spied this dress on Nordy's website last week and tweeted about it - the whimsical print and the brightly colored bead-embellished birds are just the sort of whimsical touch I love in a dress. I was definitely intrigued by the retro, mod-ish silhouette of the dress as well. I'm wearing this in Ted Baker's size 1, and it fit well, overall, considering that it's somewhat shapeless and shift-like. It's definitely a mini, and has sheer, blousey sleeves, which I thought could have stood to be a touch less blousey. Also, had the dress not had a raglan shoulder, I think I might have liked it better. It's got an exposed back zipper (see product shot here) and is dry clean only. Overall, super cute, but I think I'd wait for sale on this - except for the fact that it seems to be flying out of the stores (UTC only had this one left, and it was on hold for someone else. The SA was kind enough to let me try it on for size).


Kate Spade "Stella" Dress:


This little dress is classic Kate Spade, all silk and fully lined with a playful print, ruffles, and patent skinny belt. I'm wearing it in a size 0, and while it was super cute, the fit was all wrong for me. Pros: super cute ruffled neckline and dips into a flattering but-not-too-low "v," and good length on the skirt, hitting right at the knee. Cons: the bodice was too long on short-waisted me (you can see how the fabric breaks under my chest), the waist uncomfortably snug (I'd just eaten lunch, but c'mon, a girl should be able to eat and not suffer for it), the skirt a little too roomy in the hips, and it's dry clean only (not really a surprise). Sooo...if you're longer-waisted than me, with no belly but fuller hips (or no hips at all), then this could be the dress for you. ^_-




I'm wearing the Lola Dress in a size 2, so it was a bit big on me everywhere, as I think I'd need a size 0. But otherwise, this sheath-style dress was just perfect - pretty and ladylike and well-made. The lace-printed fabric is a cotton-silk blend that manages to be light and substantial at the same time. The dress is fully lined, there's a back zipper, and it comes with a skinny patent belt. It's dry clean only, as most Kate Spade garments are. Simply lovely.




I found this lone Vince dress hanging on a rack, and as I'm always intrigued by these odd, not-quite-drapey-artfully-shaped-to-seem-artlessly-shapeless dresses, I decided to give it a try. I'm wearing it in an XS, and couldn't find a link to it on Nordstrom's site, so the product link above goes to another retailer who is carrying the dress. It's hard to see in these photos (you can get a clearer view on the product shot here), but the sleeves on this dress are asymmetrical, much like those of the Neo-Refinement Pullover, only shorter. The dress is lined, dry clean only, and a pull-on style. I liked it, but found it a bit dear (Vince tends to be), even at the sale price ($174). Still, if you like this sort of thing, I'd recommend it.


Rebecca Taylor Wrap Dress:


This is a lovely plum-colored version (sadly, these photos don't do the color justice - it's much plummier than the purple you see above) of the python print dress I tried on a few months back (post here). For some reason, I wasn't able to find this purple version on Nordstrom's website, nor any other sites for that matter, so the product link above is for the python-printed version. You can probably call Nordstrom though, and ask for the "purple Rebecca Taylor wrap dress with the ruffle and belt" and if the SA has seen it, she'll probably know what you're asking for. I'm wearing the dress in a size 0 here, and the details are exactly the same as with the python-printed version: 100% silk, fluid lines, faux wrap-dress with elastic waist (covered by the belt), pull-on styling, dry-clean only. The skirt was a touch too long on me, but otherwise, this dress is lovely, lovely, lovely.

That's it for now. Do you have any occasions coming up for a pretty dress? 


24 comments:

  1. It looks like your kids had a great time, as always in dressing room with you :)

    I`m absolutely in love with these dresses and especially Vince Dress, amazing, so simple and looks so comfortable, and second one Kate Spade "Lola" Dress, but Vince Dress is my favorite. And you look so good in each of these dresses.

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  2. Is Rowan playing air guitar behind you in the pic where you're trying on the Vince dress? 

    I love seeing your reviews for the clothes, of course . . . but the cameos by your adorable kids give extra value. :)

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  3. Everything is gorgeous, esp the Kate Spade.  I just love how as the photos go on, the activity in the background increases.  So cute!!

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  4. You look great in all these dresses.  My faves are Rebecca Taylor dress (the colour must be heavenly in real life) and the Lola dress.  The whimsical print on the Ted Baker one speaks to me as well.

    I love seeing the kiddos playing in the background of your pics.  They are adorable and crack me up!

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  5. You look beautiful in everything, but that plum Rebecca Taylor is such a stunner! And love the photo with Rowan playing air guitar in the back-- SO ridiculously cute! :)

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  6. You look so cute and I love the kids playing in the back ground.  I tried to make that Ted Baker dress work, and absolutely love it, but between the price and the oh so short length-it just wasn't meant to be. I'm only 5'5", barely an average height and even with leggings I felt over exposed :-(
    I love the Anniversary Sale too.  My appointment with already scheduled with my favorite women's shoes SA-plus the kids will get their shoes from her as well.  Happy shopping :-)

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  7. Oooo, the birdcage dress!!!  I LOVE it, it looks just fantastic on you.  I also love the purple wrap dress - so flattering!  You are too cute, and your kids are adorable.

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  8. I really like the birdcage dress on you carol! ps. nordy's anniversary sale is also my favorite sale of the year!!!

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  9. I am excited for the Nordy sale! So excited. I'm on a shopping ban too, so I can definitely be ready for the sale!

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  10. Love the Lola & the wrap dress on you but what I really l love are your kids, having fun, in the background. That made me really smile. :)

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  11. carol_prettythingsJune 22, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Yay! =D I'm fairly certain I'll have to be on a shopping after the sale as well, just to recover from it. ^_-

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  12. carol_prettythingsJune 22, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Thank you! And yay! (Anniversary Sale)

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  13. carol_prettythingsJune 22, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Thank you, thanks, and thank you! =D

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  14. carol_prettythingsJune 22, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    The birdcage dress felt short on me too, and I'm only 5'2", so I can only imagine it'd feel quite a bit shorter on someone taller. I've also scheduled my appointment with Kelly (my fantastic personal stylist)! 

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  15. i heart the ted baker dress!  so lovely.  and rowan is rockin' it ;)

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  16. carol_prettythingsJune 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Thanks, Maya! And he's so funny - I asked him, "Did you think the dress was rockin'?" And he replied with a thumbs up.

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  17. carol_prettythingsJune 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Thank you!

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  18. carol_prettythingsJune 23, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Haha, you can't see it in the photos, but at one point, Kate actually figured out she could crawl under the dividers of the fitting rooms, and Rowan had to go after her - he caught up with her 4 fitting rooms away. Thank goodness they were all empty!

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  19. carol_prettythingsJune 23, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Hahaha, yes he is. And thanks! =)

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  20. carol_prettythingsJune 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Thanks, Monika. =) I really liked that Vince dress too. And judging by the amount of noise they were making, I think the kids did have a good time.

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  21. Wow, these dresses are beautiful. I have a wedding coming up and everyone is encouraged to wear a hat (a la royal wedding) so I think the Lola dress would go perfect with a wide rimmed hat. Something a woman would wear to the Kentucky Derby. Thanks for this, it's great inspiration. And your kids are so cute :)

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  22. HerlatenightcravingsJune 24, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    You guys have a lovely blog! The plum dress is gorgeous!
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    Jayme & Mendi @  Her Late Night Cravingshttp://herlatenightcravings.blogspot.com/

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  23. I love the whimsy of the Birdcage Print dress. Also love how your adorable kids photobomb your review pics!

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  24. ABCD for MichelleJune 26, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Oooh, I saw that Ted Baker birdcage dress at my Nordstrom and loved it! I didn't bother to try it on because I didn't think the fit would flatter me at all (it looked a bit too sack-like on the hanger). It looks fantastic on you!! Makes me wish I had tried it on....The Rebecca Taylor dress is just gorgeous. Makes me want to see it for real, because even in the picture the color is amazing!

    Nope, I don't have an occasion to wear any of these pretty dresses, but I would most definitely create an occasion for them.

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