Sunday, April 13, 2014

Coming Up For Air

Cardigan: Old Navy
Earrings: Anthropologie
 
"Tender we fall, quiet and alone, tired and gone. Just speechless. Coming up for air." - The Acid
 
It's been awhile, hasn't it? Slowly over the past 6 months, I've let the time between posts on this blog get progressively longer. I was posting twice a week, then once a week, and now once a month if I'm lucky. I'm sure I've lost many of the followers I once had, few and far between as they ever were. I'm also aware that some of you who are left think that I should just quit this blogging thing all together. Here's the thing, though: This is not my job.
 
You see, that's the beauty of being a nobody blogger with no advertisers or sponsors. I don't get any "care of's", so I don't have to give a fuck. I'm free. Free to be myself however fucked up that may be. Free to say "fuck" if I feel like it. Free to go away for awhile when life is kicking my ass and pop back in from time to time.
 
With that being said, I miss posting more regularly on here, so I'm going to try to get back into the groove of things over the next several weeks. The weather has gotten warmer, and I've felt like venturing out for some photo shoots. I also made another trip to my local Anthropologie store recently, so I've got some more reviews coming your way.
 
See you soon!     

Basic Instinct by the AcID on Grooveshark

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Anthropologie Fitting Room Reviews

Ok, I'm going to try and make up for how shitty a blogger I've been this year by offering up 13 items for review in this post. Lucky number 13! Spring has sprung at Anthropologie, and it has a distinct boho vibe to it. Translation: I've added tons of items to my wish list and a few to my closet lately, including many items from this review set. 
 
Embroidered High-Low Tee ($78)  I thought I was really going to love this top, but once I got it on I felt pretty blah about it. This is a size medium, and I thought it fit good but the silhouette was not the most flattering. It made my hips look even wider than they are. Also, it's pretty see through which means I'd have to layer a cami underneath it, and I'm not a big fan on layering during the warmer months. Pass.

 Daisy Chain Tee ($88) This top is very similar to the one above, but I liked this one much better. It has a strong hippie vibe to it and the silhouette is very flirty and fun. Once again, this top is see through, but it's so darn cute I might be willing to sweat to death in the Summer and wear a cami. I tried on a size medium, and it was a little snug through the boobage area, but not too tight. Wish listed.

Micaela Tee ($68) I'm obsessed with lace lately. Most of the clothing I've purchased the past few months has had some sort of lace detail on it, so I couldn't resist trying on this pretty little tee. It's a great basic for Spring/Summer. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of it with many different things. It has gotten some bad reviews on Anthro's website for being too boxy, but I didn't have a problem with that at all. The material is a lightweight cotton and is very comfortable. It looks slightly see through in this photo, but I checked when I got home and it's not an issue in daylight. Yep, that's right, I succumbed to the lace one again and purchased this tee in a size medium.   

Lace Peplum Tank ($68) I was really excited about this tank top when I saw it hanging in the store. It's my favorite color, it has lace on it, and it looks cool and comfortable for Summer. I was pretty disappointed in it once I got it on though. Medium was the right size, but there was something off in the sewing on this one. I don't know if it was just this particular one, but the lace detail that runs down the middle seemed crooked to me, making the front part hang really weird. I might could live with it at $30, but for $68, no way. Pass. 

Jasper Henley Tank ($48) Hello, Summer staple! This is just a simple tank top in a vibrant turquoise color, but it has some pretty little details that up the ante. There's a sweet little floral print that runs down the button placket and peaks out each side of the top. The double row of buttons is also a nice touch. I can see going for this one on those oppressively hot Summer days when I would rather have nothing on at all...except I can't do that because nobody wants to see that...so this top will have to do. Purchased in size medium.  

Tail Stripe Tee ($58) Ah, the look, the feel, of super soft rayon that looks like cotton, the fabric of my life. This top is crazy comfortable. It feels like pure buttah on my skin, and it has an effortless casual chicness about it. I love the sexy deep v in the back that you can still wear a bra with. It also has a interesting long tail that I think is pretty cool. This comes in a variety of color combinations, but I was partial to this grey and melon striped one. Purchased in size medium.   

Quinby Dress ($168) I immediately gravitated towards this dress in the store. I love the colors and the pattern. It says "Spring" without shoving the pastely sweetness of it all down your throat. Many reviewers have complained about the seam running down the front where the pattern doesn't line up, but it didn't bother me at all. Weird, considering I'm pretty OCD about things in general. Another common complaint is that it's made of a weird mesh-like fabric, but that didn't bother me either. The two things that did bother me: the length and the crinoline thingy made into it. The length is just weird. It's in that no-man's land just below your knees. No-man's land as in no man will want to come near you in this dowdy dress. As for the crinoline, it is unnecessary and itchy. Cut a few itches off this dress taking the itchy crinoline with it, and you've got yourself a winner. Pass.    
 

 Laced Verbena Dress ($198) Remember that pastely sweetness I spoke of? Well, this dress is pretty much the epitome of that. This is a size 8 and the fit was a little too tight through the breastestes. I thought a size 10 would have been the perfect fit, but they didn't have a size 10, so I tried a 12. Surprisingly, the 12 was great. It was comfortable while still flattering to my figure. I ended up purchasing this to wear to my office holiday party which FINALLY took place this week. I mean, where else you gonna wear an over-the-top, Spring-in-your-face dress than to the office holiday party close to Easter?

Bam! It's Spring, bitches!


 Ikat Chambray Shirtdress ($148) I'm not a big fan of shirtdresses. They are usually made out of stiff, wrinkly cotton and the buttons gape open like a mofo. However, I couldn't resist trying on this dress because of the Ikat. I'm an Ikat whore. You put Ikat on it, and I'll buy it. Plain denim shirtdress? I'm not interested. Ikat denim shirtdress? Where's the checkout line? I tried this on in a size 8, and it was perfection. This ain't your grandma's denim. In fact, it's not denim at all. It's tencel. I have no idea what tencel is nor do I care. It looks like denim, yet it's super soft - that's all I need to know. Purchased. 

 Teahouse Dress ($148) This dress comes in a solid and a couple of patterns that are very different from each other. I chose this little black and white sophisticated number. It was a little bit out of my comfort zone style-wise, but I loved the fit of the size 8. The fabric is a bit heavy, but it's easy to put on and still pretty comfortable. This would be a great dress to wear to work. I might actually look professional, but who the hell wants that? Wish listed.

 Boteh Maxi Dress ($228) Oh, you knew I couldn't go to an Anthro without trying on a maxi dress. It's like against the laws of nature or something. So, here's the token maxi dress. Unfortunately, this one wasn't a winner for me. I tried on a size 8, and it was crazy tight through the chest. It's not even zipped in this picture and my boobs were still squashed down like pancakes. I can't imagine what size I would have to go up to in order to accommodate my ample bosom. I decided that this dress was just made for the flatter chested ladies of the world. Pass.

Liban Shawl Dress ($118) with Sapphire Flame Cardigan ($128) Last but not least, is this little combination that I fell in love with on the mannequin. I tried on a medium in both the dress and the cardigan. I loved them both, but Jerry thought the shawl front on the dress looked a little weird. I would definitely have to wear a cami under it to keep the girls from falling out, but I didn't hate the shawl effect. Dammit, I'm starting to run out of words to use to refer to my boobs! It's a definite trend with all these reviews..my boobs are a problem. Life would be so much easier without boobs. Sigh. Anyway... I loved the lite, gauzy material of the dress. I loved the colors in the cardigan. However, I didn't love them both enough to drop $250 for the whole outfit in one fell swoop. Especially since I would only be able to wear the cardigan for another month or so. Wish listed both.

Monday, March 17, 2014

It's Not Easy Being Green

Necklaces: Tree and Kimball and The Limited
Booties: Anthropologie Irene Lace Booties
 
"And I wanna find myself so free." - Wake Owl

You would think with as much time that has passed since my lost post that I would have tons to talk about, but I'm just not feeling it today. It's cold, rainy, and I'm so over Winter. Usually, I would wait to post something until I was feeling it, but who the hell knows when that will be? Besides, I wore this nice, green dress last week with the plan of posting it on St. Patrick's Day, so here ya go!

P.S. I took a trip to Anthro this past weekend, so I have some reviews coming your way!

Wake Owl - Madness of Others

 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Perfect Match

Dress: Anthropologie Torsade Jersey Dress
Boots: Frye Melissa Button Boots
Earrings: Tree and Kimball

"I wanna see just how it ends when you play the red but the black wins." - Water Liars

Well, this is my third post in February. Pitiful, I know, but the outfits and my life have been pretty boring lately. I'm not complaining. I'll take boring over troubled any day. I've been passing these dull Winter days by playing many, many matches of online Spades. I've gone through spurts in my life when I've become addicted to Spades. I was even a member of a neighborhood Spades club for awhile. So, I guess I'm officially back on the Spades bandwagon or "off the wagon", depending on how you want to look at it.

The thing that has struck me as being different this time around is the rudeness of the other players and not just from my opponents. You see, Spades is a game all about cooperation between partners, and oftentimes, my "partners" have been the biggest meanies. I have never been called so many nasty, cruel names in my life...well except that one time when I trapped a poor, innocent man in my evil seductress web. It's not like I'm a bad player. I've got a pretty decent rating and have even been yelled at for doing the right things. My theory is that every angst-ridden teenager in America logs onto Spades to get out their aggression. Although, that theory was pretty much debunked last night when I was called a "puta" by a player of Spanish decent.

I may not be able to find the perfect match in online Spades, but I did manage to find one in this dress and earrings. I purchased the dress a few months ago and received the earrings on Valentine's Day two years ago. I don't think I've ever purchased two items separately, without the intention of wearing them together, that go together better. It's uncanny, so I knew I had to document this outfit for the blog. That, and this dress somehow manages to make my rack look like the perfect pair. ;-)  



Friday, February 14, 2014

Shot Through The Heart

Jeggings: Hue
Boots: Frye Melissa Button Boots


A shirt with Cupid's arrows, big toothy smiles, skipping like a school girl, and hugging of pink walls...because I love you.

Friday, February 7, 2014

White Winter

Sweater: Anthropologie Intarsia Wrap Cardigan
Top: Anthropologie Parkway Convertible Top
Jeggings: Hue
Boots: Chooka
 
"I was following the pack all swallowed in their coats with scarves of red tied 'round their throats to keep their little heads from falling in the snow." - Fleet Foxes
 
We got some very rare snow here in my small town, so I took advantage and froze my butt off (I wish) to pose for these photos. However, my feet were nice and toasty thanks to 2 pairs of socks and my trusty rain boots. I don't like the cold, but I can get along pretty good if my feet are warm. It always amazes me how the fashion bloggers who live in colder climates manage to pose in the snow in pumps or sometimes even sandals. Those bitches are tougher than me. I start whining like a little baby when my feet get cold.
 
My hair looks super red in these photos. I guess it's the contrast of the white snow, because it's not like my hair has been freshly colored. In fact, this is 2 months post color-treated hair. Yep, I've been using that little root marker for all it's worth. I guess I better enjoy it while I can because the lady at the beauty supply shop said I bought the last one. Apparently, they have discontinued the color I use, and I'm starting to panic about what I'm going to do when this one runs out. It was the perfect match with my hair color. I don't want to have to go back to getting my hair colored every month. I know, first world problems.
 
Speaking of first world, anybody else been following the Olympics? I'm an Olympics junkie. Summer, Winter - I love 'em both! However, I was starting to get a little freaked out about this Olympics because of all the horror stories coming from the journalist trying to check into their hotels in Sochi. Hotels with no lobby, door knobs coming off in people's hands, and my personal favorite, the "beer colored" water that people were told not to wash their face in because it contains "something very dangerous." I was so relieved when the Olympics premiered on TV last night and all seemed normal. Although, Bob Costas was looking a little worse for wear with his infected eye. My sources on Twitter speculate that he must have washed his face in the water. 
 

White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes on Grooveshark

Friday, January 31, 2014

Holding On

Sweater: Anthropologie Matinee Cardigan
Tights: Target
Boots: Ruche
Necklace: Anthropologie Aurora Necklace
 
Girl, take a seat. Rest your weary bones...You're holding on for life. Holding on for life, love.
Holding on for love. - Broken Bells
 
Sorry for all the depressing posts this month, but I can't pretend that January isn't anything other than what it is: the lamest fucking month of them all. It's smack-dab in the middle of my least favorite season, and what do I get for enduring 31 days of cold, dark hell? The second lamest month of the year - February.

Yep, as January's go, this one has been a doozy. Nothing has seemed to go my way. I won't get into all the personal shit, but I will share a fashion related fuck-over that's bound to make you feel better about your life. You know, because it's always nice to hear about people who have it worse than us, especially in the month of January. That's the kind of shit that gets us through. So, you're welcome in advance. Anyway...

As usual, I spent a large amount of money at the beginning of this month at Anthropologie. For being a good little consumer I received not 1, but 2, New Year's firecrackers in my bag. These cute, paper firecrackers contained coupons for variable percentages off merchandise the second half of January with 15% being the lowest percentage. Of course, both of mine were 15% off, but, whatever, I was happy to get them. Over the next couple of weeks, I visited Anthropologie's website many times, adding and deleting things from my wish list in anticipation of using at least one of my coupons on my next purchase.

Despite all the planning I put into it ahead of time, I made the purchase and completely forgot to key in the promo code at checkout. By the time I realized my mistake the next day, the order had already shipped (lightning fast shipping for once, just my luck). I called customer service and spoke to 2 different assistants who informed me that I could not get the discount after the order had shipped even though I had 2 perfectly legit, unexpired coupons in my possession. I explained to them that these were coupons that I received for purchasing merchandise at their store earlier in the month and that just one of these coupons would save me $40 on yet another purchase I had just placed FREAKING yesterday. My attempts were futile. I basically got the "sorry but rules are rules" spiel from both really nice customer service assistants. OK, I don't mean to sound like an entitled bitch (yes I do), but I spend thousands of dollars at this store every year, not to mention they get a lot of free advertising from this blog. They can't come off $40? Needless to say, I will not be sending Anthropologie a Valentine next month. They can stick their firecracker where the sun doesn't shine.

Speaking of sun, there's only one more month of Winter left to endure and then Spring will be here. As my mama would say, we're in the short rows now. We just have to hold on a little bit longer...

Goodbye, January. Can't say I'll miss you.           


Holding on for Life by Broken Bells on Grooveshark