Sunday, June 5, 2011

Truly, Madly, Deeply (Kate Spade Fitting Room Reviews)

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I've been doing my due diligence as an aficionado of pretty-things, and I just wanted to share with you the heartbreakingly lovely and totally budget-busting beauties I discovered this weekend, while "researching" my recent Kate Spade obsession.



I tweeted this outfit Saturday night, for those of you who follow me on twitter, and oh, be still my heart! I put it on, and I really didn't want to take it off. It was one of those moments, when it's so perfect, you want to wear it home, the way you used to wear home new shoes from the store when you were a kid. I totally and completely big-red-puffy-heart this sweater and skirt. I'm wearing the Kati Beaded Cardigan in an XS. The cardigan is a cotton/silk/cashmere blend (this is a hand-wash item), making it soft and comfy (feels more like cotton than cashmere, but in a good way). There are small fabric flowers with tiny bead centers strewn over the upper half of the sweater, up to the shoulders. In the photos, the flowers look very white, but in person, they're more of an ivory color. The sleeves are a three-quarter length and the sweater is cut to follow the lines of your body - fitted, without being in any way tight or too huggy, if that makes sense. 

I tried on the Lillith Stripe Skirt in a size 2. It fit me comfortably, and as you can see in the photo below, I was able to tuck the sweater into the skirt, with little difficulty. The skirt is made of a very sturdy linen/cotton blend, with a distinctly A-line shape. It sat at my natural waist and lengthwise, hit right below my knee. It's got a side zip, on-seam pockets, and comes with a patent black skinny belt. This item is dry-clean only.

I can only reiterate and confirm my true, deep, and intentional love for this outfit. Absolutely and most definitely wishlisted.

Detail shot of the skirt's waistband and included black patent belt.




Here's the Two by Two Dana Dress, which I've been going on about over the last couple of weeks. I'm wearing the dress in an XS, which had to come off the mannequin in the window. On the hanger, it's not all that impressive, as it's cut straight, like a sheath, and the button placket doesn't run the length of the dress - rather, it's only three-buttons long, sort of like the placket of a polo shirt. The dress is a pull-on style, and has a self tie-belt, with no pockets. The sleeve comes rolled/cuffed, with a little gold button, fastening it. It's 100% linen, and lined in cotton. The skirt is a bit on the shorter side, hitting a couple inches above my knee. Still, it felt fairly modest, and I think I could probably wear it into the office, if I'm wearing flats. I liked the dress much more once it was on me, and just loved it, when I paired it with my Jackie Cardigan (from J. Crew), which you can see in the photo below. Totally wishlisted as well:

The dress paired with my lime green Jackie Cardigan from J. Crew (color from a couple years ago). LOVE!

I've never actually purchased any Kate Spade apparel before - I've had wallets and a handbag, but that's been the extent of my purchases from this line. I think, though, before the season is out, I may need to add some of Ms. Spade's collection to my closet. These are the types of pieces that I've been missing from Anthro this past year, and hope to see more of, as the year continues. 

Oh, and speaking of Anthropologie, don't forget to RSVP if you're planning to attend the shopping event, here in San Diego, next Sunday from 5-7 PM. Email me at carol.prettythings [at] gmail.com and let me know if you're coming, who you're bringing with you (if you are) and whether you want to join us for dinner afterwards. We're so excited and so looking forward to meeting some of you! We really hope you can make it! 

Hope you have a great weekend, and as always, thanks for reading!

25 comments:

  1. Oh Carol... as I wake up with my coffee...my eyes behold perfection!!  LOVE that sweater and skirt on you.....but  oh dear ...$600 is a bit pricey.   I agree...anthro is missing some things!  Get with it anthro!

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  2. Thanks for the reviews carol! The first outfit is pure perfection. It's a really classic look. The giraffe print dress is very cute! Looks great with the lime cardi.

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  3. I love that Two by Two Dana Dress... Definitely on my own wishlist despite its price tag.

    PS: I always love reading your reviews, because we're iPhone case twins! I love the dots and the pink :)

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  4. Carol, you look fab in both outfits! Love your wedges! Who is the designer and where can I get a pair? How do they run...narrow or wide? I have been looking for a pair of nude patent wedges forever!
    Thanks.

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  5. The beaded cardigan and striped skirt are classy with a capital C! Love it!

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  6. The dress/cardi combo looks amazing on you!  You need it:)

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  7. Carol, I love love the first outfit too! And thanks for doing these reviews! I'm in love with Kate Spade's current offerings as well with no store to try on in sight. I'd maybe a half size smaller than you (usually straight 0 in Anthro) and was wondering how the XS items fit particularly, just perfect?

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  8. I like the striped skirt, but the giraffe print wins all- it's especially charming with the extra bright green cardigan-LOVE!

    I'm dying for the Violetta dress...want.

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  9. The first outfit is off-the-charts adorable. Love, love, love. I wasn't sure about the second dress until I saw it styled with the cardi (and phone, lol-the perfect accessory!). That whole shot is whimsically pretty.

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  10. I must know where your wedges are from! WANT!! Both outfits are adorable on you. Love the lime green cardi:)

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  11. Oh how I love Kate Spade everything! You look so pretty in all the pieces. WHY is Kate Spade so darn pricey?!

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  12. carol_prettythingsJune 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    I know! It's awful - totally and completely mean, don't you think?

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  13. carol_prettythingsJune 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    These are the Jimmy Choo Phoenix esapdrilles - I bought them last year - my first and only pair of Jimmy Choos. I lusted them for months, before I finally broke down and bought them. Sadly, the nude color never goes on sale.

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  14. carol_prettythingsJune 6, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Thanks, Gigi! =D

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  15. carol_prettythingsJune 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    I know - I just love that silly giraffe print! And I was inspired to put the green cardigan over it by the colors they used in the wall paper and bench in that Kate Spade fitting room. They're terrific together, aren't they?

    Oh, the Violetta...oh...

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  16. carol_prettythingsJune 6, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    The fit was really good overall - not too snug, not too loose. Pretty much perfect. If you're half a size smaller than me, it might be a touch roomier on you, but should still be okay. I find the sweater to be a little long, but I can live with it. =)

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  17. carol_prettythingsJune 6, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Thanks! I do, right? Haha...

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  18. carol_prettythingsJune 6, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Thanks, Lisa! =)

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  19. carol_prettythingsJune 6, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    The wedges are Jimmy Choo Phoenix Espadrilles, in the nude patent color. I love them. They run a touch narrow, but not so much so (for my feet) that they're painful. Just snug.

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  20. carol_prettythingsJune 6, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Yay, iPhone case twins! I love that case too. =D The pink and polka dots - and I love that the word "courage" is printed on the inside. It's perfect. 

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  21. carol_prettythingsJune 6, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Thanks, Jen! I love that first outfit too. You'd look fantastic in it. And the giraffe print dress is just so fun. =)

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  22. carol_prettythingsJune 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Thanks, Barbara! The pricing is painful, I agree. 

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  23. you look great! love the fitting room reviews. gives such a real perspective to how things fit, and how you felt in them! thanks for sharing :)

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  24. Thanks, Jen! I love that first outfit too. You'd look fantastic in it. And the giraffe print dress is just so fun. =)

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  25. Any chance you would be willing to sell the lime green cardigan? Been searching for that color forever!

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