Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Fresh Maker (OOTD)

First, I want to thank everyone - not least of all, Kathryn, for the very lovely birthday messages. You sure know how to put a smile on a gal's face.

Thanks as well for the reassuring messages about the outfit I wore here - sometimes, you just don't know and you can't put your finger on it, and even if you're not entirely sure it was a ripping success, it's nice to hear that at least you didn't make anyone's eyes bleed.*

And here's what I wore on my birthday, which was lovely and relaxing and would have been perfect, if not for the migraine that insisted on hanging around for a third consecutive day (the obnoxious thing started on Wednesday afternoon and has been extraordinarily difficult to shake off). The good news is the discomfort was mostly manageable and not debilitating, thanks to medications. The bad news is, there were a more than a couple of points in the day, when I just felt yuck, meds or no meds. However, by the time I had finished my very delicious birthday dinner at Cafe Chloe (one of my absolutely favorite places to eat), the headache seemed to have mostly dissipated and as of the time of writing, I'm feeling very nearly back to my normal, happy self again.

Which is a huge relief. Because really, migraines suck. And while I'm grateful that mine don't suck as much as this, they're pretty much the bane of my existence.

Sweater: Cotton Cable Sweater, J. Crew 
Pants: Ankle Stretch Toothpick Jeans, J. Crew (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes: Blake Pumps, Sole Society (similar designer version here and under $100 here)
Necklace: Caramelo Necklace, Anthropologie
Watch: Michael Kors Clear Acrylic Chronograph (similar here and here)

Thank goodness for mint-green skinny jeans, though. I've discovered they're really fantastic for helping convince oneself that one ought to get out of bed and enjoy one's birthday and to hell with chronic neurological disorders** or other uninvited aggravations. Even the DH mentioned that he liked them. "They're a fun color," was his comment. 

Well played, mint-green skinny jeans. Well played.

*Oh gosh, unless I did? And you couldn't even tell me, because you couldn't see the darn keyboard, through all the mess and gore? >_<  Eep!

**How wikipedia describes migraines. Anyone else find that definition particularly unnerving?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy Birthday, Carol!

Throw your hands in the air, and wave 'em like you just don't care, because...'s Carol's birthday!

When we say we go way back, we mean it.
I'll leave you to fill in the blanks as to which one is me and which one is Carol.

Yep, it's my shawty's birthday. And we're gonna party like it's her birthday.

And that's about as far as I'm going to go, with that song. (I really don't listen to a lot of Fiddy.)

And as you can see, Carol had style way back then. I could never rock pigtails the way she could.

Truth be told, Carol and I didn't actually know each other when this photo was taken. In fact, we didn't even know this photo existed until it was unearthed many years later, when my god-sister discovered it in one of those photoscanning-happy nights that people have when they reconnect with old friends on Facebook. For some reason, we had never made the connection that Carol and my god-sister went to kindergarten together.

We had always thought the oldest photos of us together were from when we were in high school, so it was pretty crazy when we found this one.

Oh, and another cool tidbit about this photo? Carol eventually married the little boy who's seated right in front of her.

Mind-blowing, isn't it?

Happy Birthday, Carol. My dear friend. May all your birthday wishes come true!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

So, um. This Happened. (Bucket List Purchase)


Hey, hi there! Kathryn here!

Okay, well...fancy shoes are still kind of a new thing for me. I mean, I've done the Nine West thing, I've done the Charles David thing, and I've even done the Tory Burch thing. But I haven't really done shoes from those kind of designers. (...y'all know what I mean when I say, "those kind" right?) My first foray into shoes by one of those kind of designers were those Jimmy Choo Phoenix Espadrilles that I bought last year.

Anyway, what with recent events and all that, something kind of snapped in me this year that's made me want to channel my purchasing energy into buying the things I've always wanted instead of a bunch of passing trends. Because, well...ya know, YOLO*. And all that. Hence, starting my fashion bucket list.

So no colored denim for me, thus far. No Kate Spade sample sale. No Kate Spade, in general. No J.Crew. And nothing recent from Anthro, other than the Pieced Column Dress, which was a birthday present.

This was a kind of a big thing for me, shoes-wise (shooz-wise?), so I thought I'd document it. For posterity's sake. And because this crap is important, gosh darn it.

Behold, the box! (...and a little glimpse of my Pottery Barn-furnished home.)

(I really should have adjusted the color levels in these photos, but I'm way too lazy to do post-processing. Sorry about that.)

And what happened when I opened the box!

(Red! So pretty!) new shoes.

I'm in love. And it's the good kind of love. The kind where you don't just love them, but you like them. And I personally feel it's important to have those relationships where you don't just love the ones you love, but you like them, too.

If...any of that makes sense.

Er. Anyway.

A couple of quick notes: Christian Louboutin shoes don't have the best reputation for comfort, but these are much more comfortable than I imagined they'd be, and they do mold to your feet. It's difficult for me to say they're the most comfortable shoes ever, but I'm not the best person to ask when it comes to the comfort level of shoes due to my moderate to severe hallux valgus. Everything hurts my feet, after a while. And I mean everything - running shoes, TOMS, UGGs, everything.

Which means there's probably a podiatrist or two or a thousand or ten thousand who would scold me for this purchase.

Oh well.

I decided to take my new Christians to a local cobbler to have a protective sole added to the bottom in order to preserve the pretty pretty red. I've heard that the red chips fairly easily and quickly once you walk across a parking lot. And let's face it - if I'm going to pay that much for shooz (especially from one of those kind of designers), I want to take the best care of them humanly possible.

As always, thanks so much for reading! Or skimming...or whatever it is that you do when you stop by! Just, thanks for being here. And thank you for being a friend. Travel down the road and back again. Your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidant!



*I really hate it when people say "YOLO," but I also confess there's something so ridiculous about it that it makes me laugh.

EDIT: How appropriate that I'd end up posting about my first pair of Christians today, when it's just been announced that he will re-create Cinderella's famous glass shoe this summer! ^_^

Life in Print

I often think that my personal style is hard to pin down. I love feminine, I love vintage/retro, I love classic, I love preppy, I like boho, I enjoy minimalist, every so often, I go for gamine. There's not a whole lot I haven't tried (including goth-ish looks, back in high school) and very few trends I'll entirely eschew. So all that being said, the things that have been fairly consistent throughout my adolescent and adult years of playing with fashion and style, are color and print.

So, when I see beautiful colors and intriguing prints, I can't help it. I need to look. And touch. And sometimes, photograph. 

How about you?

Azzedine Alaia Dress

I'll be the first to admit - I wouldn't necessarily wear all of these things nor could I possibly afford most of them. But the textiles...*happy sigh.*

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Not So Much... (OOTD)

I'm not totally sure this outfit actually works. I suppose it's important to document my misses as well as my hits, right? So, here - an outfit that sort of worked in my head, but in execution wasn't quite what I was hoping.

Sweater: Tippi Sweater, J. Crew
Shoes: Sole Society Blake Pump (if you need an account, open one here)
Necklace: Pearl Collar Necklace, H&M (similar herehere, and a sequin version here)
Bracelet: Anthropologie (similar here, here, and here)

I've been wanting one of these "collar" necklaces for quite a while and was thrilled to find this one at H&M the other day. Have you had any good finds lately?*

Hope you're all having a great day! Thanks for stopping by. ^_^

*Sorry about the totally uninspiring post. I'm so dead tired today. I'll do better tomorrow, pinky-promise. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Summer Sandals - Part 2

First of all, thanks to everyone who left me suggestions! You guys are awesome. In fact, there were so many great suggestions, I thought everyone would benefit from them, so I'm sharing them here, in a post, along with a few others I came across, while researching the ones you so intrepidly suggested. Here they are:

1. Corso Como 'Friendship' Sandal
2. Seychelles 'Pansy' Sandal
3. Boutique 9 Piraya Sandals (also called, "Tingo T-Straps" on Anthropologie's website - please note, these shoes are not made of leather, as advertised on Anthropologie's website. The uppers are made of a synthetic material. - Thanks, Chazz!)
4. Seychelles 'Iris' Sandal (also called, "Aubade Heels" on Anthropologie's website)
5. Seychelles 'Stick to Your Guns' Sandal
6. Zara Strappy Sandal (um...I love these! They look like they'll provide me NO foot support whatsoever, but I want them anyway!)
7. Mossimo 'Winifred' Braided Flat Sandal (for this price, I'm going to have to hunt down the blue pair!)
8. Jambu 'Barefoot Vegan'
9. Ancient Greek Sandals 'Myrtis Sandal' (and available in brown here)

One reader suggested I look at Madewell while several others suggested pairs they'd spied on Anthro's site, and well, you know I was looking over J. Crew's selection the other day, so, here are a few more pairs I came across that are in the running:

10. The Station Sandal, Madewell (I want to try them on first, but these might be "The Pair.")
11. The Turnabout Sandal, Madewell (love the colors)
12. Lilibeth Patent Sandals, J. Crew
13. Lena Sandals, J. Crew
14. Triple Strap Slides, Anthropologie (good for just slipping on quickly)
15. Sunkissed Slides, Anthropologie (these look super comfy and what a great price!)
16. Paso Fino Sandals, Anthropologie (maybe not the most practical shoe, but so pretty - especially the blue version!)
17. Glasir's Grove Sandals, Anthropologie (perfect, for when I'm pretending I'm a forest elf! ^_-)

I'll keep you all updated on how I do and how it all turns out. Let me know what you end up with too!

Thanks so much for reading!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I'm the Mayor*...

...and I just want it all. Barring that, I'll take the following six outfits. 

No details for this look yet - available for pre-order. But wow, I love this. L. O. V. E. it.

What? Being Mayor doesn't entitle me to free outfits? Well, what's the bloody point then??? HMPH. I guess I'll just have to narrow it down to the first two outfits then. One at a time and preferably on sale. I'm adding them to my wish list now. See? Wishlist. Added. (J. Crew, you are just killing me right now. SIGH.)

It's a good thing it's finally the weekend. I'm seriously going to catch up on my sleep. I'll be insufferable otherwise. Then, a visit to my local Anthropologie's Earth Day event (featuring crafts for little ones and a silent auction of artwork - the proceeds go to the Wyland Foundation), followed by the EarthFair in Balboa Park. 

Hoping you're all having a great day! Thanks for stopping by.

*Of my local J. Crew, according to foursquare. Yeah, you thought the title was a total red herring, didn't you? Nope, it's just the way my wiley/wacky-shopaholic-brain works. Mmmhm.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Together Again (OOTD)

My earliest memory of having a jean jacket (as we called them "back in the day") was from middle school. It was the late 80s, and I think it was stone washed (not acid washed - two totally different things, you know) and boxy, with an almost dolman-like sleeve. I seem to recall that there were panels set in the shoulder, that sported a checker-board pattern, in varying shades of washed denim blue. It may have had an elastic waste band. But I can't confirm that. I thought it was very cool. Though, I'm pretty sure that back then, I would have said, "rad" and not "cool." It was a *cough* really long time ago.

I can't remember if I wore denim jackets in high school. I don't remember jackets from high school terribly clearly. I remember wearing the letterman jackets of upperclassmen boys from time to time (I know, so high school and kinda lame, isn't it?) and eventually my own letterman jacket (I'm not telling you what I lettered in. You can't make me). But I have no other lasting memories of jackets or coats from back then. I can recall certain sweater vests, baby-doll dresses, and scrunchies. But jackets? No. Definitely fuzzy on those, for some reason.

College. Yes. I had jean jackets in college. Well, I had one I borrowed regularly from my roommate, until finally I broke down and got my own. It was a man's jacket and of course, I swam in it, it was so big on me. But I think that was the point. I think it was sort of a medium washed blue. Nothing special. Probably from the Gap or Old Navy. 

In my mid to late-20's, I definitely had a denim jacket (I think by then, that's what we were calling them). I still own that one, in fact. I wore it pretty regularly and I can still remember the day at work, while living in upstate New York, that I layered it over a solid black tee with a stripy scarf (muted colors) from the J. Crew outlet store in nearby-ish Massachusetts. My supervisor and another co-worker, while stopping to talk to me about something work related, commented that I was finally "dressing like a New Yorker." I'm not entirely sure what that meant (had I, for instance, dressed recognizably like a Californian up 'til then? Was that a good or bad thing?) but I do remember feeling faintly pleased with the remarks - which I'm nearly certain were intended as compliments.

I think, before eventually moving back to California, and my current home here, in San Diego, I bought this darker-wash denim jacket. You know, to kind of switch it up with my tried-and-true older more-medium-washed one. They're both from the Gap and have a very similar cut to them, and while this darker one never really got as much play in my wardrobe as the older one (I think I found it to be sort of boring and blah, and now that I think about it, denim jackets were sort of on their way out, by then) I hung onto it anyway, along with the one that had made me a New Yorker. They've been taking up valuable real estate in my closet for about the last 5-6 years, pretty much unworn the whole time. But guess what? Guess who's been rewarded for her pack-rat tendencies? Can you guess who's back...?

Jacket: Gap Denim Jacket (old; similar here, here, and here)
Dress: Akin Tunic, Anthropologie
Necklace: Kate Spade 'Hang in There' Necklace (similar here and here; lots of eyeglass pendants on Etsy here)
Belt: J. Crew (similar here and here)
Ring: ??? (super old; minimalist version here and a fierce version here)

Which only goes to show that maybe you shouldn't always listen to those well-meaning books and magazine articles that tell you, most earnestly and sometimes even stridently, that anything in your closet that you haven't worn in the last year or two absolutely must go.

Some things, I think, never really leave us.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mission: Summer Sandals

Good morning (or afternoon/evening) Ms. Reader. Your mission, should you decide to accept it: to find the perfect pair of summer sandals to wear with skirts, dresses, shorts, and rolled up jeans this summer. Should you choose to accept this mission, you will need to complete reconnaissance on sandal selection at online or brick & mortar stores of your choice. It is requested that you file a report on what you discover. 

As usual, should you or any of your IPoPT Agents be ensnared or inveigled into making a purchase of such a pair of sandals, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. 

Okay, so I'm being a little silly today. But do you ever feel like while there are a million pairs of sandals for sale in every shop and store, none of them are exactly right? That's what I've been experiencing lately. At first, I thought the pair above might be worth splurging for, but when I actually tried them on, I found that while I definitely liked them, I didn't love them. I'm looking for a pair of flat or lower-heeled sandals that will go well with casual summer dresses mostly. But as I mentioned, I'm not having a lot of luck, for one reason or another. 

Anyway, should you also choose to accept this mission (which I, unfortunately, already seem to have done), here are a few that have caught my eye, but haven't been properly sussed-out yet, in terms of comfort, versatility, fit, etc. 

If you have any recommendations, feel free to share. And in case you were wondering, this post will not self destruct.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Smurfing a Smurfed Blue Smurf (OOTD)

Time spent wearing Dea's dress & loving it + J. Crew Extra 30% Off Sale = Me, wearing a striped blue dress. 

(J. Crew calls this color "lagoon blue." But I call it "Smurf blue." Just sayin.')

Dress: Maritime Dress, J. Crew
Necklace: Mini Orbit Necklace, J. Crew (similar here, here, and here)
Watch: Michael Kors Crystal Chronograph (similar here and here)

Believe it or not, in-store, this dress was marked at 39.99, so when I bought it on Sunday, it was already a great deal. But then, with a price adjustment after the extra 30% off sale items promotion, well...that made this a $28 dress. Twenty-eight dollars.

Seriously, you can't do better at Target.* 

There may or may not have been some interchange with a No. 2 Pencil Skirt of a Warm Jade persuasion (tagged at the in-store price of $59.99 + 30% off) as well. At time of press, these claims could neither be confirmed nor denied. 

*Okay, in strict honesty, you just might be able to find a dress for less than $28 at Target. But we all know that it might leave you in constant fear of flashing your hoo-haws at random strangers or even worse, extended family members. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Loungin' (OOTD)

Some days, life just requires that you move quickly from one thing to the next. What you wear matters - because 1) it has to be easy to throw on and 2) it has to be easy to move around in.

And some other days? Well, some other days, you're just sort of a distracted and disorganized mess and for some reason you can't quite get anything done. And what you wear...just needs to be easy. Because anything harder would mean...well, that you never get out of your pjs.

This day was one of the latter. But I'm pretending it was the former. SHHHHH! Don't tell! It'll be our little secret. I blame my ongoing sleep deficit.

Dress: Akin Tunic, Anthropologie 
Necklace: Caramelo Necklace, Anthropologie
Belt: J. Crew Leather Belt (similar here and here)

I could not keep Kate out of the photos today. Have I mentioned that she's got a mind of her own? Yep. 

"Look, Mom! I put my foot like this!"

"Kick, Mom, kick!" And when I fail to comply: "MOM! KICK! KICK!"

This "dress" is from Anthro's lounge-wear section. It's made from a sort of sweatshirt-y fabric. Which means I just want to live in it. What better for a day when you need something easy to wear? And you're doing calisthenics with a bossy toddler?

Hope your day is a great one. Thanks for stopping by!

Better Than Coffee (OOTD)

As those of you with small children know, it matters not a whit how late you were up, working on tax returns and blogs - they will not allow you to sleep in. They'll wake up at the crack of dawn (okay, so not the exact cracking of dawn, but early enough to you that it feels like it) demanding things like "big hugs," and "bre-fest" and "canIwatchmyshowMom-MomcanIwatchmyshow?" 

I swear, the first three hours of the day, I quite literally felt like I was moving through a thick, cobwebby fog, despite having had an enormous cup of joe. I finally felt rejuvenated after an outing to the mall. There's not much that a little fresh air and walking amongst pretty clothes can't fix. ^_-

Skirt: Kate Spade 'Lillith' Stripe Skirt (similar colors/shape here and here; same cut but different colors/prints here and here; and a sparkly party version here)
Bag: Jason Wu for Target Satchel (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes: Sole Society 'Blake' Pump (If you don't have an account, sign up here; otherwise similar here and here)
Necklace: Anthropologie (old; similar here and here)

The shoes I'm wearing in these photos are my first and so far, only purchase from Sole Society. For those of you who aren't familiar, Sole Society is a (free) membership shoe retailer that provides you recommendations monthly based on your style profile, which is determined via your answers to a short introductory quiz. What's nice about this site are the prices - all shoes are priced at $49.95 except for some boots. The Blake pumps, which I'm wearing above, are TTS, made from real suede, and super comfortable. The first time I wore them, I ended up traipsing around Santa Monica on foot - and nary a blister or sore spot was to be had! Pretty impressive for a shoe with a 3.75" heel. I don't know if the level of quality and comfort is consistent across all of their offerings (I will say I started by ordering the Phebe, and sent them back, because they were much...chunkier than I expected them to be), but I'm looking forward to trying out another pair. The next on my radar are the Val Colorblock Platform Sandal

What about you? Have you tried out Sole Society, or other membership sites like Shoe Mint? What's your experience been with them and their products?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April Showers... (OOTD)

My first grade teacher taught us a lot of little poems and verses. She was a treasure trove of them, now that I look back on it. She knew a little bit of verse for each month of the year, and while I don't remember them all, I do remember learning, "April showers bring May flowers." Which, at the time, didn't make much sense to me, because it never seemed to rain in southern California back then, and the flowers were already abloom.

Interestingly, we've now had more than 3 days of rain here in San Diego, this April (which is quite a lot). The last couple of days have been intermittently wet, cold, and windy - and they've sent me digging through my warm-cozies again. Here's what I wore yesterday:

Shirt: Ruffle neck shirt, J. Crew Outlet (old! Similar here, here, and here)
Pants: AG Stevie Cords (2010; similar herehere, and here)

I should note the forecast for the coming week promises to bring back our more familiar spring weather.

Let me report that I have emerged from the Kate Spade F&F sale unscathed. But I blame the inordinate amount of time it took me to file my taxes (yes, I know, I do like to push things pretty late). I'd actually planned to at least pick up the Elements of Style necklace, but I'm afraid by the time I looked up from H&R Block Online, it was well past midnight, and my window of opportunity had already closed.

The disappointment hasn't quite hit me yet. But when it does, I expect I'll have to run out and grab the Pieced Column Dress, to console myself. *cough* What? It's three times the price of the necklace? Well, serves me right, for procrastinating, doesn't it? That'll teach me.

Disclaimer: At the time of writing, Carol had spent around five hours completing her tax return and was in dire need of sleep. Any disjointed or irrational thinking expressed in the above paragraphs are strictly the product of delirium and should not be taken at all as a guide for appropriate or responsible behavior. Though it can be confirmed that the statement regarding the number of rainy days in San Diego within the past month is entirely true.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Kate Spade-Colored Fantasies (Wishlist)

Upon waking this morning, I was greeted by a tweet:

And what red-blooded style blogger can resist the temptation of something like that?

So, here's what I'm happily fantasizing about (this means I put them all into my shopping cart, and then hastily close the window, before any real damage can be done) this delightful first day of the Kate Spade F&F promotion...

From the Sale Section:

1. Elements of Style Necklace (okay, this one I might actually pull the trigger on...)
2. Glossy Graduated Necklace (a good alternative to the J. Crew Bubble Necklace and with the promo, cheaper too!)
3. Japanese Floral Melinda (for Nordstrom Card holders who want to accrue the points - don't forget the Nordstrom will honor the discount for items they have in stock!)
4. All Aboard Little Gia (so adorable! Love the whimsy)
5. Jeweled Gail Dress (I've been wanting this one forever. Is it now or never?)
6. Japanese Floral Austin Dress (so lovely, but not sure how it'll fit my short-self)
7. Japanese Floral Pierce Jacket (what Jess was pointing me to in the above tweet. SO cute!)

From the Full Price Section:

1. Tretorn Trey (Coral? Black? Both???)
2. 'Mom's the Word' Posey Park Studs (because Kate will pull on dangly earrings...)
3. Melody Skirt (oooohhh! But even at 25% off, still ouch!)
4. Polka Dot Adira Top (speaking of dots...)
5. Louella Skirt (actually less at Saks 5th, right now...and look, the Japanese Floral print is on sale for less at Bloomie's too!)

So...what pretty things are you fantasizing about today?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

FEED and Clarins (and Nordstrom too!)

Being the inveterate shopper that I am, it does my bleeding consumer's heart good when I know that I'm spending my dollars with companies who have a social conscience as well as an eye towards improving more than their profits. So, I was really pleased when I came across this collaboration between Clarins and FEED.

For those of you unfamiliar with Clarins, it's a French luxury skin care and cosmetics company that prides itself on its plant-based products and commitment to sustainable practices. FEED is a social-entrepreneurial company founded by Lauren Bush, which utilizes a set donation built into the pricing of each product to provide school meals via the United Nations World Food Program and nutritional initiatives via UNICEF.

Each of these pouches below represent 15 meals that will be provided to hungry children throughout the world. And they're sold exclusively at Nordstrom.

To Left: Clarins FEED 15 Set ($44 value) containing a Hand and Nail Treatment Cream (1.7 oz), Moisture-rich Body Lotion (3.5 oz), and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Shade 01 Rose Shimmer (0.15 oz). To Right: Clarins FEED 15 Set ($54 value) containing a full-sized UV Plus HP Day Screen SPF 40 (1 oz), Moisture Rich Body Lotion (3.5 oz), and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (0.15 oz).

I know it's a little weak-sauce to be sitting in my comfortable American home, applying my luxury French skin care products and feeling simultaneously self-satisfied that I've helped provide a meal for 15 hungry children. But the fact is, those are at least 15 more instances when children, somewhere, will be fed. And that's not nothing. Especially when I might be sitting in my comfortable American home, applying luxury skin care products that don't help feed anyone. 

Little things count. And they add up. For FEED, they add up to the tune of some 68,746,730 meals provided to those in desperate need around the world. Take a look at who's being helped and how:

Hope you're all having a great Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

With A Little Luck (OOTD)

A few weeks ago, I got super-lucky. Not Mega-Millions super lucky, but pretty lucky, no less. Sian, of The British Anthropologiest was hosting a giveaway sponsored by Shopbop and amazingly, I won! After several days of careful deliberation, I decided on the Madewell Stucco Stripe Songbird Dress - or the "Madewell Striped Avalon Dress" as it's called on Shopbop.

This was my first experiencing "shopping" with Shopbop, and overall, I have to say that I had no complaints at all. The only "challenge" with Shopbop is that it has so much merchandise to choose from. It's like eating at the Cheesecake Factory, whose menu practically needs multiple volumes. That being said, the check-out was easy, the delivery was quick, and the dress arrived in good condition.

Speaking of the dress, I love it. I think I've worn it at least three times since getting it. (Some of you accurately identified it in my Vince Camuto post a few days back. Also, for those of you who were asking, I got it in a size 0, which fits me very comfortably. The only thing I don't like about this dress is that it wrinkles pretty easily - hence its condition in the photos below).

And I'm not sure what I was doing in this first photo. I can only imagine it was really hot that day? (We did have some very warm weather last week.)

Belt: J. Crew (similar here and here)
Shoes: Alberto Fermani Slouched Boots (originally purchased from Nordstrom in 2010)

And here, accessorized with a scarf (thanks, Jess!). I know, sometimes I'm very lazy when it comes to changing up the styling. But hey, if it works, it works:

Scarf: Anthropologie Voluminous Scarf (similar here, here, and here; great tutorial on how to make your own at Kristina J's blog here)

Hoping you're having a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Take Me Down to the Polka-Dot City (OOTDs)


Okay, so I guess I have a thing for polka dots. And Tory Burch Reva Flats.



Anthropologie Remaining Lilies Cardigan (pretty option here)
Modcloth Hepcat Dress
Betsey Johnson Crystal Bow Hoop Earrings
Tory Burch Reva Flats
(upper righthand corner, Jason Wu for Target Trench)

About a month ago:

Mullany Dress, worn as a skirt (sorta similar-ish here)
Anthropologie Arid Season Button-Up (similar here)
Brass Plum 3/4 sleeve boatneck sweater (similar here and here)
White House Black Market Patent Belt (similar here)
Nordstrom Tights (similar here)
Tory Burch Reva Flats

Last week:

Reverie Market Yellow Ruffle Sweater
Anthropologie Peppered & Striped Skirt (kinda-sorta-not-really-here)
Anthropologie On the Rocks Necklace (similar here)
Nordstrom Tights (similar here)
Tory Burch Reva Flats

...though I'm sure I'd have been just as happy to wear these outfits with a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps. *wink*

And thus concludes my study in polka dots. I'm sure that won't be the last I see of them. What can I say, I like 'em.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs start this week. My team isn't one of the teams competing for the Cup. Sadface. To the max. I could go on and on about the reasons why, but I don't think things like puck possession (or lack thereof) and statistics and regression to the mean would be very interesting here, so I'll just sum it up with this:

The Ducks suck.

But Teemu rules. #TeemuForever

with Teemu Selänne at this year's Ducks' Casino Night

(...uh. Yeah, somehow I ended up on television with one of my heroes. I guess this season wasn't all bad? Though it was pretty darn bad...)

Anyway. Much love to you all, and thanks so much for reading!


(p.s. Go Canucks Go. That is all.)