The Trade Market: Looking to Buy

Monday, May 31, 2010

Welcome to the Trade Market! This is Effortless Anthropologie's buy/sell/trade posting. You are welcome to create classified-style listings in the comments or link to an outside auction service. Please note that resellers are not permitted. Please note this post is for buying only -- there is a separate selling/trade post below.

All transactions listed within are conducted independently of this blog and as such I have zero involvement. If you have a positive experience you're welcome to leave a comment stating such. If you have a negative experience please send me feedback directly via email to snapsparkchik (at) Please make sure to read The Trade Market Guidelines before posting. You can also view past Trade Market posts by clicking on the "trade market" button in the sidebar. Cheers to a wonderful community!

The Trade Market: Looking to Sell/Trade

Welcome to the Trade Market! This is Effortless Anthropologie's buy/sell/trade posting. You are welcome to create classified-style listings in the comments or link to an outside auction service. Please note that resellers are not permitted. Please note this post is for selling/trading -- there is a separate buying post above.

All transactions listed within are conducted independently of this blog and as such I have zero involvement. If you have a positive experience you're welcome to leave a comment stating such. If you have a negative experience please send me feedback directly via email to snapsparkchik (at) Please make sure to read The Trade Market Guidelines before posting. You can also view past Trade Market posts by clicking on the "trade market" button in the sidebar. Cheers to a wonderful community!

The weekend in-store community post

Friday, May 28, 2010

Note: I will run new posts over the weekend but continue to have this post on top of the blog to encourage participation.

I have noticed a lot of community members sharing in-store deals and spots in the comments of various posts. Inspired by the weekly Seek & Find posts started by the lovely Alexis over at J.Crew Aficionada, I think now is a good time to start a similar weekly post here.

This post is for community members to trade information. You can ask for help in finding an item, report back on what you saw in-store at your local Anthro, ask general questions, make a request, or just stop by to say hello. I love how helpful this community can be!

Some FAQs....
- What does "sub" mean?
It means that people are subscribing to the comment thread. You can do this by checking the "send follow-up comments to x email address" box in the comment form.
- Someone in the comments said they wanted to buy an item from me, but it's been x hours and I haven't heard squat. What should I do?
I give people 24 hours for the benefit of the doubt. After that move on to the next person that contacted you.
- Someone said they returned an item at the store 20 minutes ago but I just called the store and it's gone. What gives?!?
A store associate might have taken a fancy to it or a customer might have grabbed it. Maybe it's just at the bottom of a big ol'pile. Unfortunately, you're out of luck.

Recommended reading:
Gigi's tips for a successful swap
Ways to find hidden inventory on Anthro's site
How do I find reviews for x item?
Ways to find style numbers on Anthro's site for sold-out items (it's right below the Lilac Ombre Heels photo)

Metapost: Road Trippin!

Wishing everyone a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! I'm going on a road trip with two buds. We're not exactly sure where we're going. My friend finished restoring his 1967 Chevelle SS a few weeks ago (pic above not his car but very similar) and invited me and another friend on the road to celebrate. Where better? We're headed south and the plan is to avoid I-95 in favor of back roads the entire way. We'll be camping out every night. The goal is to make it to the outer banks of the Carolinas. We'll see!

I won't be checking emails until late Monday night. I have a friend monitoring the blog for evil Banana Republic spammers though. The Trade Market and Sale Guessing Game will run as normal on Monday and fresh posts will resume on Tuesday morning.

Eye Candy: Store Inspiration

In this outfit: Silver Pessinus Garden Necklace with Decked Out Tank ($88),
Cylindrical Braid Belt ($34) & Fennel Flower Skirt ($98)

Time for Friday morning eye candy! I'm always mesmerized by the outfits the Anthropologie teams put together at the NYC stores. I thought I'd share a few of my favorite looks with everyone. Several readers were kind enough to send over looks from their local Anthros as well so I will include those over the next few weeks as well. If you have photos you'd like me to include please email me. I will be adding these (and a few other shots) to my store inspiration album on Facebook.

No theme this week aside from fantastic outfits (as always). The look above and the one below are both from the Soho Anthropologie and the third look is from Chelsea Market. The last three dress forms are reader submissions from TGA. Thanks TGA! And the very last shot is a beautiful display from Soho that I wanted to share.

In this outfit: Lanai Welcome Necklace ($198)
with Moscow-in-Bloom Blouse ($98)
over Pilcro Bright Button Trousers ($98).
Belted by Checkerboard Belt ($38).

Left dress form: Catch-And-Release Scarf ($32) over Loops & Blocks Dress ($158).
Right dress form: Lace-Edged Tank ($40) under Gossamer Cascade Blouse ($98).
Paired with Pilcro Slim Straight ($98). Adorned with Tousled Web Necklace ($58)
& Collected Shapes Necklace ($42).

In this outfit: Phosphorescent Dress ($138)
with Burst Of Chiffon Necklace ($168).

In this outfit: Patches & Petals Tank ($78)
under Puckered Eyelet Jacket ($118).
Worn over Far and Wide Trousers ($88).

In this outfit: my beloved Palo Borracho Necklace ($158)
with Pueblo Dress ($148) and Insouciant Tank ($58) layered underneath.
Agadja Sash ($24) over the dress.

This is a store display at the Soho Anthropologie.
There's running water down the spouts on the left.
Possibly the coolest thing ever.

Email: The dawn of June & Free Shipping

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's a good day for anthro members! Not only did Anthropologie send us an email with a link to the June catalogue, they also announced complimentary shipping is in effect until Labor Day. Of course thanks to Kim we already knew this in the community yesterday. It's still a wonderful gesture on Anthropologie's part. The free shipping is only available to anthro members living in the United States. If you're not an anthro member you can sign up here.

I plan to take advantage of free shipping A LOT. Starting this morning, when I placed an order for the Ipanema Dress ($118, review here), the Crayon Wings Top ($78) and the On the Vine Ring (now $30). Will you be placing a free shipping order soon?

Reviews: Graphical Dress, June July August Dress, Doubly Dapper Dress, Know the Ropes Dress

The Graphical Dress ($128) is a little slice of heaven in dress form. I had a hard time deciding whether to try on the "red" (actually orange) or the blue version. Truth is I want them both! The colors are bold but since the dress is solid the strikingness is toned down.

I ended up trying on the orange which has a teal waistband. I grabbed my usual size 6 and it worked. This dress has a ton of things I love: great length; comfortable material; understated details like the pleated neckline; adjustable spaghetti straps...I could go on.

There is one knock though. In the back there is a tie sash right where the back of my bra normally sits. I guess Edme & Esyllte couldn't resist that one little detail but what a pain. It's not nearly as long as the product shot makes you think either. My bra strap was clearly visible. Sigh and grumble. Wishlisted.

I reviewed the navy blue version of the June, July, August Dress ($148) on Tuesday and here is its purple cousin. Luckily unlike the feather-adorned version this one didn't reek of dye. In-store I had no idea the two were even the same dress. This jersey frock feels light and easy and I love that it's Made in the USA.

In this version I tried the medium and like the previous version I would go down to a small to buy. I love the pattern of this dress but I am not impressed with how it sits above the waistline. Who wants a pattern trailing out diagonally? It makes your shoulders look broad. The dress also broadcasted my cleavage more than I'd like. A cami would be necessary if I were buying but I think I'm going to pass on this one. Lovely but not for me. Back to the rack.

Tabitha has a lock on dresses with a cargo-pocket bottom and hammered silk top. This latest incarnation is sleeveless unlike the Zoya Dress ($158, review here) or Night Blooming Dress. It's called the Doubly Dapper Dress ($148). I guess we can infer the sleeves cost $10 to set?

My issue with this one is the same as with the previous versions. The top seems cut for smaller chests and as a result this looks like some demented empire on me. I think it's more a result of the material mixes than anything. I tried sizing up to an 8 for these shots to see if it helped but alas it did not. Given the quality issues of the Night Blooming Dress (rips at the zipper, tops pulling away from skirts) I was apprehensive to begin with and the fit did nothing to assuage that. I adore the colors of this dress but I have to pass. Back to the rack.

I was intrigued by the asymmetry of Moulinette Soeurs' Know the Ropes Dress ($148). These days I'm rocking a size 8 in this brand so I grabbed one and headed downstairs to the fitting room.

I love that this dress (and many others this year) is knee-length. Yay! A nice contrast to mini, minier and uhh, does that even cover my tush skirts of 2010. Unfortunately the dress's distinctive feature is also it's downfall to me. I think if the diagonal swath of fabric was solid white or black it would look better. The plaid just looks like a manufacturing error to me and I know that's not the intent. I love the different straps and overall the fit is great on this dress. Just can't get past the incongruous part. Back to the rack.

Here's a little bit of Sale for your long weekend

It's a small update to be sure but it's a nice surprise that Anthro added some additional markdowns before the long Memorial Day Weekend! As I mentioned last month (and Kim mentioned last night) to everyone that's been waiting for Free Shipping it is back and will stay on until Labor Day for anthro members in the United States. Something tells me stores may have markdowns additional to these so let the field reports begin! (Er, once the stores open anyway.) Happy Hunting!

Anchors Away Dress (now $80), style #17916891
Oroya Dress (now $100, review here), style #030025
Salty Seas Dress (now $70, review here), style #030040

Crossroads Tee (now $40, review here), style #013285
Daywalk Blouse (now $40), style #013239
Fissured Shell (now $50, guest review here), style #013054
Floating Fronds Blouse (now $50), style #010061
Geometric Cluster Blouse (now $50), style #18220970
Lavish Gleam Tee (now $30), style #013025
Magnified Geranium Blouse (now $50, guest review here), style #010059
Meteor Shower Tank (now $40), style #013251
Molecular Gingham Buttondown (now $50), style #013244
Poetess Blouse (now $40), style #17982828
Salitre Blouse (now $40), style #010005
Snowmelt Tank (now $50, review here), style #010077
Rising Falling Blouse (now $40, review here), style #013127
Soft Edges Tee (now $40), style #010073

Chimney Sweep Cardigan (now $90), style #18145946
Present Paper Cardigan (now $50), style #013047
Shimmering Pin-Up Cardigan (now $50, review here), style #013161

Pants & Shorts:
Burnished Short-Shorts (now $60), style #020020
On-The-Horizon Shorts (now $60), style #020002
Warm Season Romper (now $60), style #020038

Acute Coils Skirt (now $60), style #023091
Cloudfish Skirt (now $80), style #020042
Masterpiece Awaits Skirt (now $60), style #18171595
Sanchi Skirt (now $60), style #023128

Gilded Impatiens Necklace (now $20), style #944476
Unpredictable Prisms Earrings (now $20), style #18174656

Dear Banana Republic, quit spamming my blog!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dear Eric from Banana Republic's Social Media agency,

This is NOT a Banana Republic blog. As of now I wear Banana Republic's clothing. However if you'd like me to stop please do continue to spam my comments section with your contextual-but-not-really words of unwisdom. If you want to become a blog partner, cool! You can contact me directly. But this is not OK.

First of all, it's creepy to think that some dude named "Eric" is reading my blog and giving me unsolicited fashion advice. Secondly, why is said dude linking me to Banana Republic's skirt section?? Who does that??

Even better when I try to find out information about "Eric" there is of course no profile so no way to contact "him" directly to say KNOCK IT THE HELL OFF. So unless I get to spam your website in return please stop. You are making me angry.

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.

Hugs and anti-kisses,

Eye Candy: June catalogue preview

Anthro has unveiled some of its June catalogue shots and they are stunning. I am ready for summer more than I was before. I can't even pick a favorite so here are 10 shots that are making me drool. Which new arrival is your favorite? Can't wait for the full catalogue!

Reviews: Breakfasting Dress, Vappu dress, Sunwashed Dots Shirtdress, Rushing Ruffles Dress, Rising Vapor Dress (redux)

Headed for some fun in the sun.

I hadn't really associated Deletta with making dresses but this year they've released several cute ones. I'm always surprised when I see the tag -- Deletta?? -- and each time I try their frocks on I'm pleasantly surprised.

That trend continued with the Breakfasting Dress ($138). The website reviews range from curiously harsh to fangirl raves. Count me in the latter group. I will concede that the waffle-knit fabric is a bit thick for summer and there is some unusual gathering happening around the hips. But my hips already protrude somewhat anyway and I didn't feel the dress projected to a cartoonish degree. And as for the material I can see wearing this to a winter ball so it doesn't bother me. I love the trio of flowers and the folded pleats along the neckline.

I tried on a small in this brand, as I always size down in Deletta. It was a comfortable if not loose fit and I debated whether to try an extra small or not. The slim and petite will find themselves sized out of this one. I'm not getting married but it's that season and this strikes me as a wonderful rehearsal dinner dress. I can see wearing it to outdoor parties on the beach where the wind calls for a more structured materials. In case you can't tell I'm smitten by this dress. I hope it continues to get bad reviews so I can snap it up on sale. Wishlisted!

The Vappu Dress ($98) from Maeve is getting a lot of love in the community and even on Anthro's site. So of course I had to see what the fuss is about. I didn't have much luck with last year's Jacqueline Dress and I found myself apprehensive about this one. First the things I liked. The dress is comfortably long and the material is nice and I light. I love the golden yellow of the skirt and the little sweetheart tucks on the bodice portion. Plus there are pockets! The price is appealing by Anthropologie standards at under $100.

My usual size 6 fit but was a bit tight around the chest. I'd probably buy in an 8 for comfort. Unfortunately I think this dress is going to be hard to wear with a normal bra which reduces its appeal to me. The back is smocked but pretty low cut so even a strapless bra is going to be a tough sell. I'm left less than enamored. Very cute but not for me. At least not at full price. Wishlisted for sale reconsideration.

The curious name of Porridge's Sunwashed Dots Shirtdress ($128) comes from large, clear sequins plastered light circular burnouts all over it. They catch the light and sparkle a bit to earn the dress its name. It's that little touch that makes this dress an Anthropologie number, since without it it'd be dress x from any generic store.

I tried on a size 6 which is my normal size. The dress was pulling a bit around the chest and so I'd have to go up to an 8 for purchase. There's no zip on this one so build some time into your schedule to undo enough buttons to get in and out. I like the versatility of this dress as it would be a great work to Happy Hour piece. I wish the sash were the nice vivid color in the product shot. In real life it's a nice green but much closer to lime than lemon. It is pretty thick though on the dress I tried the sash looked like it had been folded over or something.

The nicest thing? It's cotton. Real cotton! No poly, no rayon, no crap. Cotton with a cotton lining. Real stuff never felt so good. Wishlisted.

The British Anthropologiest tried on the Rising Vapor Dress ($128) in a guest post way back in January for the community. Recently a taupe color was unveiled so I decided to take the dress for a spin myself. And spin I could have as the waves on this dress kind of remind me of a brushless car wash.

Ric Rac (Ricrac?) has been pretty quiet this year which makes me sad. It's my favorite Anthropologie brand and I'm used to buying my spring/summer staples and finding the familiar label inside. C. Keer seems to have supplanted them and I found myself nostalgic while slipping this dress on. I tried on the medium and found it a lovely and comfortable fit. The material feels light and loose, so much so that I fear this dress may stretch over time. I felt like I was wearing a tutu. The waves on the front weren't overpowering but I feel like having them on the back is overkill. Then again without them this dress would look quite plain. I like this dress but I am confused by it. Waiting for sale.

I have already reviewed the Rushing Ruffles Dress ($188) from Bailey 44. Sometimes I forget though and that was the case here. At least I grabbed the grey this time instead of the black.

So how did this dress fare in warmer weather? About the same. I find the dress very appealing with the diagonal ruffle and easy stretchy fit. A medium fit fine though I think the black was more flattering. It's the price that makes me stop in my tracks -- $188? Please see: Dress, Vappu above. If this dress were $88 I'd probably own in both colors. But at $188 I am still waiting for sale 3 months after my original review.

Reviews: Hinterland Dress, Fresh Current Dress, Undercurrent Dress, June July August Dress, Glazed Fruit Dress

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Anthropologie caters to curves pretty well. Every once in awhile they really hit it out of the park, and that was the case with the Hinterland Dress ($138, already sold out online, style #18321604). I don't know who the fit model Rebekah Maysles used was but please Anthro use her for everything!

My usual size 6 was very form fitting but also oh so flattering. It hugged every curve just right and fit over my hips comfortably without making me look wide. Hey -- there's an hourglass in there! If only every dress fit so wonderfully. The price is also quite fair for an Anthro collaboration. I wish I had some event that justified purchasing this dress. I might just grab it anyway, since dresses that fit this well don't come along very often.

Girls from Savoy's Fresh Currents Dress ($158) has a wonderful spring floral print and an odd bit of bustle ruffle in the back. I was drawn to the neckline and the warm mix of greens and blues. There are thick ribbon straps which gets points from me. The length was also very nice on my 5'8" frame. My usual size 6 was a loose fit everywhere but the chest. I wasn't really happy with the silhouette though. The ruffle that cuts diagonally across the back is odd and adds a lot of poof.

I decided to send this one back to the rack for now, to be reconsidered upon sale time.

My expectations were high for Moulinette Soeurs' Undercurrent Dress ($148). Recently I have needed to size up in this brand so I grabbed an 8. It was a bit loose in the dress itself but the lining was tight. This keeps happening to me with this particular brand -- what gives??

I love the top portion of this dress. It has faux-wrap styling with good coverage. I like the floral adornments on the hip. I wasn't as crazy about the skirt, with it's tulip shape and frumpy middle. I can see this dress working well for work but it's more likely to find a home in my closet on sale.

This Nell Couture dress is the June, July, August Dress ($148). It comes in two vibrant patterns. I tried both on and will have the purple motif in an upcoming post. I wasn't really able to gauge the fit on the rack so I grabbed a medium. It was too big though -- I'd buy in a small.

The print on this dress is beautiful feather. Ironically the dress isn't really light as one; it's more midweight. But what really made this dress a HELL NO was the smell. Oh my god it was terrible. It smelled like a mixture of dye and gasoline that was almost rancid. I was holding my breath the entire time I had it on. The dress was the same way at a couple of other Anthropologies I went to. Whatever they used to dye this dress was horrid. Back to the rack.

The last dress I tried was Ek Jam Factory's Glazed Fruit Dress ($228). I adored this one! It's got a straight shapelessness to it that makes it easy and fun and I love the stripes along the bottom portion. The neckline is also beautiful with what looks like sliced fruit dotted by a pretty blue bead.

I grabbed a medium and it fit well. I would not size down to a small for fear it would be shorter on me. I think it would be fun to throw a nice wide belt on in a bold color over this frock and be summer-ready. Wishlisted for sale!

I have 9 more dress reviews coming up between tonight and tomorrow. I love Anthropologie dress season!

Here's how she spent it (contest update)

Way back in March many of you participated in Effortless Anthropologie's Scavenger Hunt contest. We laughed, we cried, Anthro cut us off early. Then a winner was chosen! I asked Tissa if she would send along a guest post on how she spent her $250 gift card and she was kind enough to do so! Below is her post. We'll have another contest soon!!

First off, I want to thank Roxy for putting together such a fun contest. Thank you for all of your work!

I’d been coveting the Reed Shirtdress for months and was delighted to score it on sale in the blue pattern. It’s really the perfect shirtdress: so much so that I’m dreaming of owning it in other colorways!

I was both excited and skeptical when I first saw the Cartography Cardigan pop up online; excited because I love anything having to do with maps or ships, and skeptical because that color tends to wash me out. I ended up loving it when I tried it in store and took it home immediately, as I was afraid it’d sell out before making it to sale! (Side note: I was expecting to have to size up based on the reviews, but my usual size XS ended up fitting me better. The XS was a little snugger than I prefer, but the small was just too baggy in the upper arm/chest area. I’d suggest sticking with your regular size if you’re small-chested like me and sizing up if you’re not.)

The Blue Book Blouse was a no-brainer. I’d missed out on its fall version, the Dewpoint Blouse (it was sold out in my size by the day it was put on sale... sad), so I purchased this straightaway rather than risking missing this one too. (Though- not going to lie- I’m a little sad that I ended up being wrong and could have saved a bit if I had waited. C’est la vie!) On a positive note, I did end up liking this blouse more than I did the fall version: the fit is perfect at the waist and the blue is lovely!

Last but not least, I got the Pessinus Garden Necklace in silver! I’m not a jewelry person at all, but I loved it on Maria and Tien and I couldn’t resist when I spotted it in store.

This actually isn’t part of the purchase, but this package arrived for me right before I started taking pictures and I couldn’t resist including a picture of my new Plaza Cardigan! (The same package included a Spilling Ruffles Cardigan- kudos to the Woodcliff store for sending out my stuff so fast- but I was tired of fiddling with the tripod at that point. Newfound admiration for fashion bloggers and hatred for prime lenses.)

I look forward to participating in more contests on this blog! :)

More markdowns,are they coming? (Playing the Sale Guessing Game)

Monday, May 24, 2010

After last week's impressive (but not quite as much as I was hoping) markdowns, word is that more markdowns are on the way this week for Memorial Day. Unfortunately I'm getting conflicting reports from my network on exactly what the deal is. So I'm going to share all the information I have and hopefully you can help me put it all together. My goal in sharing this is to help the community plan their sale stalking accordingly. I don't have high expectations for this markdown but my hope is that some of the full-price stragglers (ahem, Air Mail Skirt!) finally trot their way towards a price cut.

From what I've heard markdowns will be in-store on Thursday. While I hope that cuts happen online on Thursday morning I have no confirmation of this as of yet. Also, while some stores immediately confirmed cuts are coming on Thursday other stores I asked (i.e., all the NYC stores) are either playing dumb or not participating. I've never known stores to withhold information about upcoming sales so it's possible that only some stores are doing additional markdowns, and only on select items. We just had a sizable cut last week. Kim from Anthroholic will be scoping out the scene on Wednesday night, so be sure to stop by her blog to get a first peek at what's being marked down.

My guess (and hope) is that this will be a company-wide sale just like normal sale weeks are. Hopefully cuts show up online on Thursday morning or at the latest Friday morning. In the case that this does end up being a YMMV (your mileage may vary) sale where only select stores make cuts, here are a few things to keep in mind:

- if the cuts are not companywide, customer service will not honor price adjustments (PAs)
- if the cuts are not companywide, other stores will not honor PAs
- if the cuts are not companywide, stores that make cuts will only honor that price on in-store purchases for as long as they have that item in-stock

Have you heard about more cuts coming to your local Anthropologie on Thursday? What are you hoping to see on sale? My usual list below...

About due for a shuffle to sale.
Blushing Bouquet Cardigan ($88)
Clinging Blossoms Cardigan ($88)
Cooling Palette Dress ($188)
Field Game Cardigan ($118)
Snowmelt Cardi ($68)
Balcony Tee ($68)
Breeze Along Cami ($78)
Florid Facade Top ($88)
Free Flow Tank ($78)
Paisley Swoop Tank ($58)
Pratia Tank ($68)
Things & Joys Dress ($128)
Torsade Tee ($48)
Both Worlds Jumper ($248)
Daily Gathering Dress ($188)
Eyeleted Islands Dress ($158)
Hello, Good Day Dress ($118)
Rising Vapor Dress ($98)
Rushing Ruffles Dress ($188)
Traced Twirls Dress ($158)
Wind Catcher Dress ($168)
Aniseed Skirt ($128)

Anthropologie, are you taunting us?
Dwarf Quince Cardigan ($98)
Speckled Ink Dress ($158)

It ain't the holidays anymore.
Demi-Sec Cardigan ($128)

Doing the sale dance for these.
Air Mail Skirt ($98)
Banderole Tank ($98)
Beda Dress ($118)
Breezy Ride Cardigan ($98)
Chalk And Charcoal Skirt ($88)
Falling Strands Blouse ($228)
Hushed Season Shift ($98)
Knotted Poppies Dress ($158)
Kyoto Medallion Blouse ($188)
Molded & Melded Tee ($48)
Percussive Cardigan ($78)
Shibori Silk Dress ($298)
Two-Wheeler Shirtdress ($128)
Winding Road Tank ($48)

Dear Anthropologie, my budget requires that the following go on sale.
Shimmering Pin-Up Cardigan ($88)
Curated Tee ($48)
Dewbud Tee ($88)
Endless Chevrons Dress ($198)

Mini guest post: Reviews by Julianne

This week will be heavy on reviews. This past weekend lots of new stuff was out so I tried on as much as possible (giving my arms a nice workout). But let's kick things off with a mini-guest review set. This is Julianne's first time guest posting for EA and I'm excited to welcome her to the fantastic guest posting roster. If you're interested in writing a guest post please email me or click the "contact" link near the top of the blog. On to the guest post...

Hi readers, and thanks so much Roxy for letting me post! I live in Vancouver, B.C. and there is no Anthropologie nearby (there is an Urban Outfitters, though, so I keep my fingers crossed!) so I have to wait for things in the mail. My other option is to drive to one of the fabulous Seattle locations which I do every couple of months. Without further ado, here are my reviews:

Lily of the Valley Blouse ($128) by Floreat: First off, I love this blouse! I think it's really pretty, and I will definitely wear it. It is cotton, slightly sheer, and the lace is so beautiful. It is by Floreat, if any of you know what Floreat's sizing is like, and I am wearing a size 6 (my normal size). Truly, though, if I wanted it to fit like the model's (and sometimes I do like my clothes a little looser) I would go to an 8. The 6 fits well and comfortably, but if you want that looser, more hippie-sh look, then sizing up is the answer. It is fitted around the waist band, and it is not very forgiving in the bust (snap closure) so if you have a large ribcage or are very busty, size up as well. I completely recommend this blouse, I think it's really gorgeous.

Chiminu Kata Tank ($78) by Edme & Esyllte: I thought this tank was really wonderful online! I still do, but I'm not sure it's worth $78. This is a size 6, by the way. It has a suspension back (see the product shot) which is super gorgeous. The way that the print is arranged on the top could be very slimming, and it flares out slightly at the hips. My mother tried this on (she is very tiny) and on her little frame the top was very overwhelming so very petite girls, bear in mind. It is an easily wrinkled fabric (you can tell from the photos) but otherwise, a very easy summer top. For me, the only things I wasn't so sure about were the fabric and the cost. I'm not sure if I love it enough... maybe if I still am eyeing it at sale time. I could also get something similar, I think from a hippie store on Vancouver's Commercial Drive.