Friday, July 25, 2014

Crackalackin

Skirt: Cracker Barrel
Necklace: Anthropologie Bijouterie Layering Necklace
Flip Flops: Old Navy
 

"Show me my silver lining. Try to keep on keeping on..." - First Aid Kit

So, I fell in love with a dress. Yeah, I know, that's pretty much a daily occurrence for me, but no, seriously, I FELL IN LOVE with a dress. From the moment I saw the Shibori Maxi Dress on Anthropologie's website, I knew it must be mine. The subdued grey tie-dye print, the gauze-like material, the cute cut out in the back...ah, it's a hippie chicks dream dress.

Even though I think I spied this dress the minute they put it on the website, it was on backorder. I think Anthro does that just to torture the junkies like myself. They'll put a dress out on the website way before they have any inventory. You know, just to fuck with us and make us want it even more, and it totally works. As the weeks went by, I was practically foaming at the mouth to get my hands on this dress. Finally, it shipped! It felt like Christmas when the package arrived in my mailbox, and I ripped into it like a crazed, hope-filled kid jacked up on Christmas spirit. Of course, once I got it on my body, it was a total letdown. The dress fit beautifully everywhere except...you guessed it...my motherfreakn' boobs. I got a medium, and I couldn't even zip the damn thing. So, back to the store it went.

Over the next couple of weeks, I found myself thinking about the dress at random times, wondering what might have been if the makers could have just considered that busty gals want to wear cute hippie dresses too. Eventually, though, I let it go and moved on with my life. After all, I had a road trip to take to Tennessee.

As is the case with many of our road trips, we ended up at a Cracker Barrel for breakfast one day, and as usual, I got suckered into buying toys at the parental money pit that is the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. However, this time, mama got a little something-something for herself. While my little girl was seeking out the perfect toy, I found the silver lining to this story: a Cracker Barrel Exclusive Tie Dyed Maxi Skirt. Yep, I bought a skirt at Cracker Barrel. I can't believe I just typed that sentence...

I'm telling you, though, the country fried set has apparently gone cookoo for boho. There was a little section in the corner of the store that looked like a mini-Anthro. I saw several tops and necklaces that I would have bought if I had the money, but in the end, I just stuck with the $30 skirt. It's no Shibori Maxi Dress, but it comes pretty damn close.   


My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit on Grooveshark

Friday, July 18, 2014

Anthropologie Fitting Room Reviews

I had a chance to visit the new store in my area again this past weekend, and this time I managed to arrive early enough to snap some pics for reviews. So, here ya go:
 
Windward Dress ($178)  This is definitely a gasp worthy dress on the hanger, but sadly, my lovely lady lumps proved too much for it to handle. You pretty much have to be flat chested to wear this thing. I sized up to a 10 and my boobs were still packed in like sardines. Also, can I just vent for a minute about my utter disdain for built in slips? By the time you figure out how to get your arms and head through all the different holes, 5 minutes has gone by and you're a sweaty, hot mess. Once you cool off and are able to take a look at it in the mirror, you realize the slip part is all kinds of crooked up in there. After fighting with the cursed slip for a few more minutes, you are finally dressed, but you are so hot and frustrated, all you want to do is take the damn thing off! Pass!  

Rubus Maxi Dress ($168) Jeweled-toned maxi dress? Yes, please. Weird mesh fabric? Not so much. I had a few problems with this dress. To start, it's one low cut motherfucker. I looked in the mirror and the first thing I said to myself was, "Bewbs!" They are out there in all their glory in this dress. Secondly, it's a tad bit long to wear with flats, and I pretty much always wear flats with maxi's. Who am I kidding? I'm old. I pretty much wear flats, period. The last problem was the pantyhose-esque material I mentioned earlier. I can see myself going postal on some people if forced to wear this dress in hot, humid conditions. Still, with all those problems, I loved it. I love the pattern and the colors are really awesome on me. So, here's what I did: I ordered the petite version in a medium, and I plan on wearing a camisole underneath. I figure with the darker colors, this dress can take me through the Fall with a nice denim jacket. Purchased.   

Pelona Shirtdress ($118)  Green dress, great fit, good price - sold! I got this one in a size medium and not a minute too soon. We had some of our hottest temperatures this week, and this dress came in real handy. In addition to being easy to throw on, it was cool, comfortable, and still work appropriate. Purchased.

Manen Top ($48)  I was drawn to this top by the color, but took one look at the shape and decided to pass it by. However, Jerry stopped me and said, "You're not going to try that on? I think it would look good on you." So, I took this into the fitting room for him, and see? I was right. No bueno. I tried this in a size small. Oh, and did I mention that I was right? Pass.

Tassel-Fringe Tank ($68)  This top had that hippie vibe to it that is my bread and butter, so back to the fitting room it went. Once I got it on, though, I just wasn't feeling it. The little tassels on the front looked weird to me, and the fit of the medium was just off. Pass. 


Olvera Tank ($78)  This was the first item I saw when I walked into the door. I wasn't sure if I liked it or not, but once I got it on, I was smitten. I tried on a medium, and the fit was spectacular. It's surprisingly slimming for a swingy top. I don't wear many corals and pinks, so I felt like this would be a good piece to have in my closet. It's a welcome departure from all the blues I've been buying lately. Purchased. 

Anatole Tank ($88)  Jerry strikes again. I picked this top up in the store and instantly knew it wouldn't work on me, but Jerry insisted that I try it on, so...you know how this story goes... (everybody say it along with me) I was right. I believe this is a size medium, and well, it just looks like a big lace box to me. Also, the cutouts at the bottom remind me of a court jester's hat. Pass.

Scrollwork Maxi Dress ($138)  Man, did this dress throw me for a loop size wise. When I held it up and looked at it, it looked like even a size large would be too small for me. This thing looks tiny on the hanger. Once I tried it on, though, I realized that I needed a medium. The medium is the one you are seeing in the photo above. I think it looked smaller than normal on the hanger because the top part of the dress cuts in around the shoulder area so much. I thought this dress was fabulous, and I have a cross back bra that would work great with it. However, I have so many maxi dresses and the majority of them are blue, so I just couldn't justify purchasing another one. Reluctant Pass.  

Tulipan Tank Dress ($49.95)  This looked like it would be a comfy little dress, and I really liked the crisscross strap detail in the back. Oh, and of course, it's blue. Blue is quickly becoming the new green for me. This is a size medium, and I thought it fit pretty good. I don't know, though. I just wasn't wowed by this dress. I know that it's meant to be gussied up with accessories and such, but I just didn't feel like I needed it in my closet. Shit, I don't really NEED anything in my closet, but you know what I mean. Pass.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Jaded


Ring: The Limited
 
"Heavy are the branches hanging from my fucked up family tree." - Menomena

I've been sitting on these pictures for weeks now. For some reason, I've been avoiding this place like the plague. I'll think to myself, "I should write a new blog post," and then my mind immediately answers in it's best Scarlett O'Hara impression, "I'm not going to think about that today. I'll think about that tomorrow." I suspect my avoidance of writing has something to do with the fact that my mind is a tangled mess. Things have not been going well on the ole' sanity front lately. Let's just say if you have a loving, supportive family then consider yourself lucky. It sucks when you don't.

So, for the sake of getting these pictures out here, I'm just going to stick with talking about the clothes (the fashion bloggers version of talking about the state of the roads and the weather). I picked this dress up on a recent trip to the new Anthropologie store in Raleigh. Yes, my favorite store is now 30 minutes closer to where I live. Ninety minutes, and I'm there! Bam! Before too long they'll be everywhere, except, of course, my town. Nothing comes here. We don't even have a Target, but...we can get nowhere really fast. One of the perks of a small town - no traffic. Glass half full, yada, yada, yada...

Anyway, this new store was real nice. The dressing room floors and mirrors were even clean - not a dust bunny in site. You'll have to take my word for it though. I didn't have time to get any pictures because the damn store closed 30 minutes after I got there. Surprise! This store closes earlier than most. I had just enough time to get this dress and get out. I love the fit of this dress and for once I'm not stepping on a maxi dress from Anthro, but I'm still a little unsure about the print. I'm afraid it might read a little "granny." Hmm, a former classmate of mine did just have her first grandchild, so technically, I could be someone's grandma...

Speaking of being old, the day I wore this outfit, I was reminded of something from my childhood that I had forgotten. Don't you love it when that happens? A lady at work asked me if my earrings were made out of Jade. I told her I wasn't sure, and that the only thing I knew about Jade was that I had a action figure named Jade when I was a little girl. She was my favorite because she had red hair and a green outfit. I decided to do a Google search, and I found her, along with all the other toys I had in that collection! "I'm going to be Golden Girl!" Ah, the memories... I also did a quick search on www.freshtrends.com for Jade jewelry, and it does indeed look like my earrings are made out of Jade. I do love me some Internet...most of the time.  

Heavy Is As Heavy Does by Menomena on Grooveshark

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bonnie's Closet: A Blog Sale of "Maxi"mum Proportions!

If you're in the market for Maxi dresses then I've got a sale for you! Check it out:

Bonnie's Closet: Blog Sale!: Anthropologie Pakpao Maxi Dress Size 6 - $55 shipped   Anthropologie Sky Trails Maxi Dress Size XS- $50 shipped Anthro...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Geo Fabulous






Ring: Ruche
 
"Obstacles they come and go, that’s the name of this game you know." - Matisyahu 

One month later...

So...how's it going? Yeah, I know. I've got a lot of nerve showing my sorry face back here after a whole month of nothing. I've got no excuse other than life, man - life and it's crazy obstacles. May was a blur of dance recitals, birthday parties, and work catastrophes. Things have settled down a bit for now, so here I am during my first free moment in weeks.

I almost didn't buy this dress. As you may or may not know, May is my birthday month. (Whew! That was a lot of "may's" in one sentence.) So, I had a couple of Anthropologie birthday discount cards burning a hole in my pocket. A couple because Jerry's birthday month just happens to be in May too, and of course, he signed up for the Anthro club just for mwah. Man knows where his bread is buttered...

Anyway, I was all excited about my 15% off and then Anthro decided to offer free shipping, and I got even more excited. However, my excitement turned to frustration, when I discovered I could only take advantage of one promo code on my order. I went with the 15% off because it offered more monetary value, but to really up the value of my discount and lessen the sting of no free shipping, I threw this dress in my cart at the last minute. You know, cause nothing says, "Fuck you Anthro!" like buying even more merchandise from them. Usually I stalk dresses for weeks or months before purchasing them, but this one wasn't on my radar at all. Something made me take notice of it at the last minute, maybe it was the bold geometric print, and I thought, "What the hell," and went for it.

Like any seasoned shopper, I read the reviews after I placed my order, and I was pretty sure I had ordered the wrong size. Most of the reviewers said to "size down," but I had purchased my usual size 8. I was skeptical as I retrieved the dress from my mailbox and took it out of the packaging, but once I got it on, I discovered that this baby fit like a glove. "Size down," my ass...or maybe my ass is just bigger than I thought.

12. Obstacles - www.CdsParaBaixar.Org by Matisyahu | www.CdsParaBaixar.Org on Grooveshark

Monday, May 5, 2014

Anthropologie Fitting Room Reviews

Well, here they are! The reviews I promised 2 weeks ago. Yeah, I suck, but let me tell you something you didn't already know...
 

Galapa Split Tank ($58) with Level 99 Linen Shorts ($68)  I loved this tank so much I couldn't decide which pattern to take back to the fitting room with me, so I took all three. As you know from my last outfit post, I ended up getting the more conservative black and white print. I didn't have anything against the other two prints. I just thought I'd get more wear out of the more neutral one. Also, I loved it with these green linen shorts from Level 99. I can't say enough good things about these shorts. If I had to come up with one negative, it would be that the cuffs come undone easily. Other than that one small issue, these are the perfect Summer shorts - loose, lightweight, and the perfect length. I loved them so much that I ended purchasing them in green and grey in a size 30. I purchased the top in a size medium.

Jaipur Jumper ($98)  I tried this equivalent of an adult onesie on for a good laugh. If I'm being honest, I was hoping by some miracle I would look hot in it, because I secretly love rompers. They are just so darn cute on all those skinny little models. On me...not so much. This is a size medium and I guess it fit, but the thunder thighs/high waters look was not doing it for me. Pass.  
  

Floral Vignette Dress ($168)  I ooohed and aaahed at this dress on the hanger, but it was just a lifeless sack on my body. I'm not one to shy away from sack dresses for sack dresses sake, but this one was more along the lines of a sad sack rather than a happy sack. I tried it on in a size 8, and I thought the fit was good through the arms and chest. I'm regretting not trying a belt on with it now, because looking at it in this picture from the front view only, I want it to work so badly. I might give it a try with a belt the next time I'm in a store. For now, it's a pass.


Tisana Dress ($128)  I know what you are going to say. You are going to say this dress looks good on me, and I agree that from the front it's super cute. However, the side view was a different story. My boobs made the loose top portion of the dress stick way out from the rest of my body. The effect wasn't flattering, and it just looked plain weird. This loose cropped top (not sure of the proper fashion terminology) must be a new trend, because I saw it incorporated into several tops and dresses in the store. It's cute on the hanger, but it just didn't work on my body type. It's a shame because it was a comfortable dress and the pattern was so beautiful. I tried this on in a size 8. Pass.


Galen Dress ($128)  Last, but certainly not least, is this pretty little number. This is probably the most flattering dress I've had on my body in a long time. It looks great from all angles. The material is comfortable and doesn't wrinkle at all. With a hip geometric print in a vibrant blue, this dress is a real eye catcher. It is a little on the short side, but I find it perfectly acceptable for work with flat sandals. The more conservative top portion of the dress does a good job of balancing out the shorter length. I ended up purchasing this in a size medium.  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easy Does It





Jeggings and Flip Flops: AE
Earrings: Anthropologie
 
- Real Estate
So much for a comeback. It's been 10 days since my last post. It's harder getting back into this blogging thing than I thought it would be. I'm still determined to do it, though. I guess I'm just going to slowly ease back into it.
 
In the spirit of easiness, I present today's outfit: Tank Top, Jeans, and Flip Flops. It doesn't get much easier than that. Adding to the ease factor is the fact that these photos were taken in my back yard and that today's song has no lyrics.
 
Next thing you know, I'll be donning sunglasses and typing no text at all. I mean, who has time for eye contact and using their words?
 
April's Song by Real Estate on Grooveshark