Even on vacation, I could not stay away from Anthropologie

Sunday, March 29, 2009

During my vacation, here's how the weather went: sunny and 70s to 16 inches of snow within a 10-day span. I kid you not! It was a wonderful time in Colorado as usual though. While I was there my sister and I did some shopping and I hit two Anthropologie stores. I was surprised that there was no Anthropologie up in the mountains...they are missing out on major snow bunny shopping opportunities!

It was interesting to see the stock differences in Boulder/Denver vs. NYC. The 29th St. store in Boulder for example had far fewer dresses out and more emphasis on tops and the cottony capris and shorts for warm weather. At Park Meadows the mix leaned towards going-out I felt. Both stores were a bit lacking in the accessories department but I really loved the decor at each. The photo at the top of this post is from the Boulder Anthropologie. The unfocused jars (sorry, operator difficulties!) was a beautiful lighting installation made from Ball Jars. Ball Aerospace is a local company and I'm pretty sure that the jars were produced locally until recently. Nice local touch, Anthro!

There were plenty of wish list-able items to choose from. I ended up making a Ric Rac day out of it. The first top to catch my eye was the Star Grass Tee ($78). The model shot above does not represent the true color of the shirt. The product shot is closer but in real life I found the shirt to be a dark golden color. I was wondering how the back would fair against my, ahem, plentiful bottom area but I was pleased to find that the pleat didn't poof out much in real life. As with all Ric Rac tops, I sized down from a medium to a small.

A couple more meandering minutes led me to the Teaming Coast Scoopneck ($78). I really like the lace detail at the top of this shirt...it's very dainty without feeling old and I feel like this is what the love child of the Sgraffito Squareneck ($88) and the Pinch, Dash, Smidgen top (now $70) would look like. Yes, your bra will show through the top so plan on wearing a nude or white bra with this top. I sized down to a small in this Ric Rac top as well. In the sale section I found a pair of Socialite by Joe's Jeans (no longer online, in-store sale for $100) which I grabbed in a size 31. I kind of wish I had stuck to my guns and gotten my true size 30, but these jeans are low-rise with a flare and in the store I wasn't sure which way to go. They stretched as I wore them though and I'll have to take them to a tailor to be taken in. The jeans have a 34 or 35-inch inseam which is great for tall people like me! My sister, a petite 5'4", just glared at me.

Sis found the Calendar Pages Dress ($118) in the gorgeous purple color you see above. The x-small fit her like a dream and just avoided being too long. With heels it will look simply amazing on her! The middle ruching gave her this cute little hourglass shape and she couldn't stop twirling around in it. I want to give the staff the benefit of the doubt but I have to mention that two of the associates tried to convince her that a lighter purple sweater went well with the dress when it was gawd awful hideous (and both sis and I knew it). Upselling with stuff that works well together? Fine. Upselling for the sake of upselling? Not cool.

My sister also bought a bunch of knobs for a home-improvement project which I'll post about later this week. And the Tivoli Scoopneck ($88) in an x-small, which I made her promise not to wear on the same day as me while I was in town! All in all another successful day at Anthro. Oh, and because I can't resist sharing one mountain shot, here's a sunset over Long's Peak as seen from our friend's backyard just outside Longmont: