Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Guest post: Reviews by Kathryn


Last week we welcomed the wonderful Carol from In Pursuit of Pretty Things to the guest blogging fold. This week her partner in crime Kathryn takes the reins with her own guest reviews set. I am thrilled that so many are willing to contribute to the community! I'm loving every second of it. 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...


Hello everyone! I hope this day finds you well! I took a trip down to San Diego last weekend to visit my good friend and co-blogger Carol, of In Pursuit of Pretty Things . Our objective was to interview Kelly McPheters, our Nordstrom Personal Stylist, for our blog. (The first part of our Kelly interview can be found here.) However, since there is a lovely Anthropologie store conveniently located in the same mall, and I had my birthday discount card burning a hole in my purse, we decided to stop by to take a peek!



Here’s a neat little dress by Leifsdottir called the Southern Chorus Shirtdress, Style #030038. ($278)

Carol noticed this dress right away and suggested that I give it a go, because a) it was by Leifsdottir, b) she had a feeling it would fit well, and c) it had frogs all over it. I was immediately drawn to all the pretty detailing, from the cutout shoulder detail to the gold buttons to the underlying stripes within the fabric of the dress. The overall shape and structure of the dress even looked cute on the hanger. So I grabbed my normal size 4 (I’m 5’8”, 130 lbs.), and whoa. I found myself scratching my head – there I was, admiring a dress covered in frogs.

Actually, from afar the pattern looks like some sort of abstract floral print. It’s only when you look closer that you realize the pattern is made up of frogs. I suppose if the frogs were shown in profile, or in mid-hop, or on lily pads on a pond, the effect could be too cartoonish. That said, the illustration of the frogs on this dress – flat and side-by-side to one another – brings me back to 7th grade biology class when I had to dissect a frog for the first time.



As for the cut and style of the actual dress, it fit like a dream. It was a little tough to get it on at first, as the gold buttons were not the easiest to button or unbutton. There is also a side zipper for the dress, but I found that I needed to unbutton and unzip the dress in order to be able to put it on. But once the dress was on, it nipped in very flatteringly at the waist and the skirt flared out ever-so-delicately. And I loved the slight asymmetrical hem at the bottom. The fabric felt like a high quality cotton blend.



The cons with this dress for me were the price (ah, the ever-so-“healthy” price of a Leifsdottir, the Lexus of Anthropologie dresses…) and…well, the frogs. I would actually be tempted drop three bills on this dress if it came in a floral pattern, straight solid or even if it was just the stripes, without the frogs. I loved the cut and the style and the fit that much. However, I know that the frog/stripe pattern is totally befitting of the Leifsdottir label. I’m just not sure I have it in me to pull it off.



Here’s the Followspot Tank by Odille, Style #013194 ($98).

This pretty little top caught my eye when it appeared on the website a few weeks back, so I was excited to see it in the Fashion Valley store. I love it! I adore the pop of colors and the soft, fluttery silk. I grabbed a size 4 and it fit pretty well. I’m a 34B, and it felt like I could’ve sized down to a 2 if I wanted. The 4 was fine though, and it might even be better for me, since I have a long torso. I could imagine layering this top under a cardi and pairing it with any range of bottoms – dark wash trouser jeans, suit pants or even a pencil skirt. There’s love here, ladies. What I don’t love, however, is the price. ($98! Gah!) Y’all best believe I’ll be watching like a hawk for this one to go on sale.



The Rainforest Morning Shirtdress by Moulinette Soeurs, Style #033050 ($158).

I already own the Maeshowe Shirtdress, so I decided to give this one a try since it seems to be its sister. If you missed out on the Maeshowe the first time around, I highly recommend getting this dress. It’s a flattering shape on various body types and the colors on the dress really pop! I own the Maeshowe in a 6, but tried the 4 in the Rainforest, and it fit just fine. I’d be tempted to snap this one up when it goes on sale.

Thanks for reading my guest reviews, and happy shopping!

Eye Candy: New April arrivals, plus a slight site makeover


I was not prepared for this. I am more of a winter Anthropologie lover but they have really outdone themselves this Spring. Usually I'm good at resisting the majority of warm-weather items that come out...but not this year. I want. It. All!! Love the overexposure in the shot above. And it looks like the Embroidered Thicket Blouse gets revived in new colors for Spring. Some of my favorite shots below, see more in my Facebook album!

Anthro's site also got a slightly lighter skin for the warmer months. I'm liking it! If they brought back the old cart I will be 100% pleased. Let's enjoy some April eye candy, shall we? Be sure to let me know which item is your favorite in the comments. I'm leaning towards the Red Delicious Blouse...



Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Reviews: Cherished Trinkets Necklace, Dripping Gems Necklaces, Dripping Dew Necklace


I have mentioned before that I have a true fondness for costume jewelry, and this spring I've been taken with many of Anthro's offerings. Since the website is not great at showing scale of these items I thought I'd do some reviews.



Above is the Cherished Trinkets Necklace ($38). It's been backordered since it appeared on the website but Anthropologie is slowly starting to fulfill orders. This piece was well worth the wait. I wasn't sure how the green clear beads would work against the gold chains but this mishmash of gold (plated), clear (plastic) and sparkly acrylic work quite well together. I especially like the small gold beads around the blossom. I really get the effect of a flowering vine. It's not heavy at all. Since Anthro's jewelry hardly ever makes it to sale I never wait if I like a piece. This one is worth full price to me.



There are two variations of the Dripping Gems Necklace ($42). This is the "grey" version which is actually aubergine drops and clear lilac droplets. The chain on this necklace quite frankly sucks. It's thin, easily tangled and I'm in constant fear that it will break. At 20"L it's also a good three to four inches longer than I like my necklaces. Still it's a keeper because I love the colors. It goes with so much in my spring wardrobe and can either dress an outfit up or hold its own against a fancier look.



Here's the "blue" version of the Dripping Gems Necklace ($42). The beads are so vivid in real life and make my hazel eyes pop. The scale on this variation of the necklace is more natural to me with the larger droplets balanced against the smaller ones. It has the same weak chain as the grey version above and like the other version I wish this was a few inches shorter. In spite of these issues it's another one living contently in my jewelry box.



Finally, this is the Dripping Dew Necklace ($38). The color is called "dark blue" but I think I bought another variant that is more of a blush/pink color. I grabbed this one to polish off a gift card and thought it would be a return for sure but surprise! The neutral tones have me constantly reaching for this piece. I love the irregular mix of large facets and small circular drops. I have a couple of pairs of earrings that match well with this. The chain is slightly thicker and therefore better than the one on the Dripping Gems Necklace.

While in-store I noticed that a silver version of the Pessinus Garden Necklace ($32, not online) is floating around. Soho had both the silver and gold in stock last week. Do you own any of Anthro's jewelry?

Reviews: Twirling Peony Blouse, Punnett Blooms Shirt, Sea's Epitome Shirt, Tuberose Tank


Note: not a single new sale item but there are some pretty new arrivals!

Because I ridiculously adore all things strapless, I was quite taken with Floreat's Twirling Peony Blouse ($88) in the March catalogue. I love the soft pinstripes, the crisp poplin material and the detailing around the bust.



The top appeared in Soho last week so I pounced. I have a styling idea for this top already...so long as I could make it work. I knew to size up considerably to accommodate my 34D chest. So I sized up two sizes to a 10. This seemed to do the trick thanks in part to a bit of stretch in the shirt. It fit comfortably though it's just barely long enough.

I am not sure why the bloom accent stands off from the shirt so stiffly. Looks funny, doesn't it? A shot of steam should settle it right down though. I couldn't wait to bring this one home -- look for it in Sunday's OOTD composite post. And for a different body type, see it on Dea here.



one.september has a similar look in their Punnett Blooms Shirt ($78). Same badge of blooms. Same navy stripes (done to a more intricately styled degree). Of course I could not resist! Normally I am a small in one.september's tops but even the medium I have on was pretty tight. The online reviews confirm that this top runs small. I have a feeling it will stretch as the day goes on to get more comfortable. The closeness emphasized my curves more which I like but I am not loving how the top half looks. The shoulder ruching is adding broadness.

I see this as a good option under a blazer or spring cardi. Wishlisted.



I see sailing in my future courtesy of Porridge's Sea's Epitome Shirt ($58). I see the nautical theme for sure in the blue but I have a harder time buying it in the red. No matter. I grabbed my normal size medium. It fit alright but was shorter than I like in the back. This shirt is pretty clingy and it failed the raised arms test by exposing tummy. Meh. The pattern is very cute but I'm going to pass. Back to the rack.



Last top of this reviews set is Bailey44's Tuberose Tank ($98). Wow -- a tank top with thick straps! Will wonders never cease? Consider me thoroughly pleased. This top is super comfortable in jersey and I love the flower blooms that make up the bodice. My normal size medium was a perfect relaxed fit. The price is still a bit eyebrow raising. At $58 it would have been mine, at $78 I still probably would have caved but at $98 this one's wishlisted for sale. You can see this top (and some other lovely items) in Kim's review roundup from last night.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Congratulations to...

...Tissa!! The winner of EA's Scavenger Hunt contest. The winner has been contacted and has 72 hours to claim her prize.

Thank you to everyone who entered; this contest was a huge success despite ending prematurely. And stay tuned -- I'll have another contest soon.

Playing the Sale guessing game


***Still tallying up the contest results!***

Ah, it's Monday night and you know what that means -- time to guess which items will go on sale tomorrow. Usually I'm pretty on top of this game but I honestly have no clue what tomorrow will bring. I hear that a big sale is coming up...but is that tomorrow? Or later on in April? I sure don't know but I am excited for whenever it comes! Can't say for sure which items will and won't make it so I thought it would be fun to take some educated guesses. This post is no guarantee that any of these items will actually be on sale come tomorrow. What are you hoping to see? What do you think will/won't go on sale?


About due for a shuffle to sale.
Beribboned Buds Cardi ($88)
Bougainvillea Cardigan ($128)
Cinched Cables Cardigan ($118)
Covered in Cables Cardi ($88)
Field Game Cardigan ($118)
Hues Unfolding Cardi ($128)
Kerchief Cardi ($128)
Midnight Daisy Cardigan ($148)
Snowmelt Cardi ($68)
Balcony Tee ($68)
Bouquet of Stripes Tee ($68)
Buds & Stripes Top ($78)
Claudine Tee ($48)
Dewy Meadow Tunic ($98)
Feathery Tank ($68)
Foliage Fancy Tee ($58)
Oscillating Folds Blouse ($88)
Secured Corsage Tee ($58)
Skybound Button-Up ($88)
Spotlights Tank ($58)
Solar Star Blouse ($98)
Sun Grown Tank ($58)
Tartan Rose Tieback ($88)
Through The Clouds Tank ($68)
Torsade Tee ($48)
Fifth Form Shift ($128)
Horticulture Society Dress ($298)
Speckled Ink Dress ($158)
Snow-Covered Fields Dress ($148)
Wright Dress ($168)


Anthropologie, are you taunting us?
Dwarf Quince Cardigan ($98)
Plaza Cardigan ($128)


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


Doing the sale dance for these.
Around the World Dress ($168)
Reed Shirtdress ($118)
Prairie Rose Cardigan ($88)
Tic Tac Toe Blouse ($98)
Vanilla Bean Blouse ($128)


Dear Anthropologie, my budget requires that the following go on sale.
Bordurette Tank ($98)
Ruffled Terraces Cardigan ($88)
Four Points Camisole ($78)
Shimmering Pin-Up Cardigan ($88)
Stratus Cloud Top ($78)

The Trade Market: Looking to Buy


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) gmail.com. 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) gmail.com. 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!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The weekend in-store community post


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)

EA Scavenger Hunt: answers and some stats


The EA Scavenger Hunt contest has come to a close and I'm currently tallying up everyone's scores (by hand). Thanks so much to everyone who entered! I am having a great time reading through the guesses and love that some of you added personal notes. :) I'll reply to as many as I can.

Below are the answers and some stats I've found along the way. Please note that if you supplied an answer I have not listed below I will try to find evidence that it's right. If I can find support for your answer I will give you credit it for it.

Some stats:
Total entrants that completed all 3 days: 365
Question missed most frequently: Where did Anthropologie open its first international location?
Total number of entrants that got all 15 answers right: still being tallied (will update)


Day 1:
1 - When was Anthropologie founded as a company?
October 31, 1992 (Kudos to those of you with the full date.) Answer in this post or on Anthro's Facebook page.

2 - Who is the CEO of Urban Outfitters?
Glen Senk. Answer found most recently in this post but most likely in this one.

3 - Who is Anthropologie's Head Buyer?
Keith Johnson. Answer found in any of the posts about "Man Shops Globe."
Also accepted: Wendy Wurtzburger or Wendy Brown (thanks erinaomi and Lauren!)

4 - Who is Anthropologie's Executive Creative Director?
Kristin Norris. Answer found in this post.

5 - Besides Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters has four companies under its umbrella. Name three.
Accepted answers: Urban Outfitters, Free People, Terrain, Leifsdottir. Answer can be found in any of the quarterly earnings call posts, most recently in this post.

Day 2:
1 - Name 7 clothing brands that Anthropologie carries in its stores.
Answer easiest to find in EA's sizing guide.
Accepted answers:
7 for All Mankind
AG Jeans
Alibis
Allihop
Anika
Anne Pinkerton
Anna Sui for Anthropologie
Araucaria
Bailey 44
Bayla Jane
Belgo Lux
Blue Robin
Blue Tassel
Bordeaux
Burlapp
C. Keer
Cartonnier
Charlie & Robin
Charlotte Tarantola (or just Charlotte)
Chocolate
Chocolat Blu
Citizens of Humanity
Civil Smith
Corey Lynn Calter
Cosabella
Cyn and Luca
Daughters of the Liberation
Deletta
Edme & Esyllte
Elevenses
Eloise
Ett Twa
Eva Franco
Fei
Felix Ray
Field Flower by Wendi Reed
Fleur Wood
Floreat
French Dressing
Girls from Savoy
Gryphon
Guinevere
Habitual
Hanky Panky
Hei Hei
Heidi Klein
High Street
Hoss
Hue
I Love Binetti
Idra
In Clover
Ink
Ipa Nima
Isabella Sinclair
Issa
J Brand
James Jeans
Johnny Was
Joe's Jeans
Junior Drake
Kathleen Cook
Keds
Knitted & Knotted
LA Made
Language
Le Caprice De Marie
Lee & Mann
Leifsdottir
Lenny
Level 99
Liamolly
Lil
Likla
Limon Peel
Linea Pelle
Liquid
Lisa Curran
Little Yellow Button
Madigan
Maeve
Maloles
Maple
Mara Hoffman
Marimekko
McGinn
Michael Stars
Mise en Scene by Ruffian
Moth
Moulinette Soeurs
Nathalie Lete
Nicole Miller
Odd Molly
Odille
Oiseau
Olive and Orange by Orla Kiely
Ondamedar
one.september
Ophelie
Oryany
Paige Premium Denim
Paperboy by G1
Paul and Joe Sister
Penguin Group
Peyton
Pilcro
Plenty by Tracy Reese
Porridge
Pure & Good
Rachel Pally
Red Bird
Red Carter
Ric Rac
Rosa Cha
Salinas
Salt
Saltbox
Saturday/Sunday
Seafolly
See by Chloe
Sine
Siyu
Skirt!
Sleeping on Snow
Sophia Eugene
Sparrow
Splendid
Stellapop
Tabitha
Tano
Tee Party
The Shirt (by Joe's Jeans)
Thomas Paul
Tibi
Tintoretta
Tiny
Tracy Reese
Trey Speegle
Twinkle by Wenlan
Velvet
Vera
Waterlily
We Love Vera
Weston Wear
Yemee
Yoana Baraschi
Zehavale
Zimmerman

2 - This brand, which got its start at Anthropologie, just launched its own website and will open its first store in NYC. Name it.
Leifsdottir. Answer in this post.

3 - During Urban Outfitters' 2009 Q4 earnings call, it was announced Anthropologie will be launching a new specialty line to debut in Spring 2011. What kind of line is it?
A wedding line. Answer in this post. (What a fruitful post!)

4 - Name a brand carried by Anthropologie that is made in the USA.
Answer found by searching "usa" on Anthro's website.
Accepted answers (other answers will be checked for validity):
AG Jeans
7 for All Mankind
Bailey 44
Citizens of Humanity
Dolan
Eloise
Eva Franco
Habitual
Hanky Panky
Hue
J Brand
James Jeans
Joe's Jeans
Karla Colletto
LA Made
Liamolly
Liquid
Mara Hoffman
Michael Stars
Paige
Sine
Splendid
Weston Wear

5 - In 2009, Anthropologie carried several exclusive designer collaborations. Name 3 (note: these can be clothing, home, or curiosities.)
Answers found by Googling "Anthropologie collaboration."
Accepted answers (other answers will be checked for validity):
Anna Sui for Anthropologie
Corey Lynn Calter home goods
Eley Kishimoto
Givaudan scents
Hatch Show Print
Marimekko
Mise en Scene by Ruffian
Serge Rosenzweig for Anthropologie
Koi Suwannagate
Gryphon
Nathalie Lété
Vera Neumann
Sonia Boyajian
Isabella Sinclair
Fred Shand

Day 3:
1 - Where did Anthropologie open its first store?
Wayne, Pennsylvania. Answer in this post. Also on Anthro's Facebook page.

2 - Anthropologie is no longer just a US store. Where are their international locations?
Canada x 3 (Torontox2, Edmonton). Answer in this post.
England x 2 (London's Regent St/Kings' Road.) Answer in this post.

3 - Where did Anthropologie open its first international store?
Toronto at Don Mills (4/22/2009). A lot of entrants got tripped up on this one. Answer in this post.

4 - Which store is Anthro's highest volume store?
Rockefeller Center, NYC. Another tricky one. Answer in the transcripts from one of their quarterly earnings calls.

5 - As of 3/20/2010, which US states do NOT have an Anthropologie store?
Answer found (I kid you not) by going to the store locator page on Anthropologie's site and singing the "50 Nifty United States" song to myself.
Alaska
Arkansas
Hawaii
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Maine
Montana
New Hampshire
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming

Day 4: (These are the questions I didn't get to ask sadly)
1 - Where did Anthropologie shoot its March 2010 catalogue?
Los Pazas in Xilitla, Mexico. Answer in this post.

2 - One catalogue a year features children's clothing. Which month is it?
November. Answer found via Google.

3 - Name 2009's longest catalogue. (Most pages.)
November. Holiday catalogs are always the longest!

4 - Name 2009's shortest catalogue. (Fewest pages.)
From the Hip (this probably would have been another one to trip peeps up). Answer found by checking all my catalogues from 2009. Also via the catalogue links on Anthropologie Addict.

5 - Which 2009 catalogue featured a collaboration with Hatch Show Print?
June 2009. Answer in this post.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Surprise! Small batch of markdowns on Anthro's site


Well, it's no Tuesday markdown but this morning we had some {surprise} markdowns on Anthropologie's site. Just like the old days! Markdowns before the weekend. I checked to make sure I didn't actually wake up in 2007. Not that I mind one bit. Thanks for all the tips ladies. If you see anything additional on sale from your wishlist please let us know in the comments. Happy mini hunting!


Dresses:
Plains & Prairies Dress (now $80)
Bayan Dress (now $90, review here)
Monukka Dress (now $80, review here)
Burgeoning Latitudes Dress (now $70)

Tops:
Crossroads Buttondown (now $40)
Preppy & Peppy Blouse (now $40, review here)
Tranquil Flow Tunic (now $60)
Hidden Hue Blouse (now $70)
Gentleman Caller Blouse (now $40, guest review here)

Pants:
Minor Mariner Trousers (now $40)

Jackets:
Short & Sweet Jacket (now $60)
Immutable Jacket (now $40, review here)

Legwear:
Opaque Tights (select colors $5)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kiboshed -- again!! Contest ends.


You sly foxes! I figured you'd all be scouring the internet looking for the Scavenger Hunt answers but many of you have taken to calling stores, Customer Service and even Anthro's corporate headquarters for the answers. Very clever. According to Anthropologie they've had numerous calls from readers.

Unfortunately it's also bad news -- Anthropologie has asked me to kill the contest because it's putting stress on their operations. So I will. The contest will close at 11:59 PM tonight. I will still draw a winner for Monday. Sad to have to end this one early but it is what it is. It's not fair to disrupt Anthropologie's business -- that is the opposite of what I want -- but that is what is happening.

Please DO NOT CALL CUSTOMER SERVICE looking for answers. Please DO NOT CALL STORES looking for answers. Leave Anthropologie alone as they are not involved in this contest at all. Anyone who ignores this will be disqualified from the contest.

EA Scavenger Hunt contest: Day 3


Welcome to Day 3 of the Effortless Anthropologie Scavenger Hunt! For complete details and rules, please see this post. The category is stores. To enter email your responses to effortlesscontest@gmail.com. Responses for Day 3 will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET tonight.

1 - Where did Anthropologie open its first store?
2 - Anthropologie is no longer just a US store. Where are their international locations?
3 - Where did Anthropologie open its first international store?
4 - Which store is Anthro's highest volume store? (note: I am asking for a specific store location here, i.e. Westport, CT or 5th Ave, NYC. If a city has more than one Anthro make sure you specify which location you mean.)
5 - As of 3/20/2010, which US states do NOT have an Anthropologie store?

I am overwhelmed by the response so far! The participation has far exceeded my expectations...I'm absolutely ecstatic!!! Tomorrow will be the final set of questions. I'll reveal answers on Saturday and the winner will be announced on Monday. Good luck!!

Reminder: This contest is not sponsored by, endorsed by or affiliated with Anthropologie or Urban Outfitters.

Reviews: Roaming Frills Cardigan, Edana Cardigan, Tagalong Tee, Pipe Up the Band Jacket


Guinevere has two very similar cardigans in-store at the moment. On the left is the Curling Posies Cardi ($88) and on the right is the Roaming Frills Cardigan ($88). The plackets are clearly different but overall these cardis have the same look. It's good to have options...at least Anthro isn't charging extra for buttons.



I grabbed the Roaming Frills Cardigan ($88) in a medium. There was some gapping when closed so I would size up to a large to buy. It was shown on the same table as the skirt and top (reviewed in this post) but it was total ruffle overdose for me. The cardigan, which feels soft but thin, is extremely cropped. I could see it working well as something to throw over a dress. The buttons however rivaled the Falling Ribbons Sweater in terms of button pain. Ow abounded as I tried to open it so sorry, but it wasn't getting re-closed for this review.

Note to Anthro: softer buttons please! Splurging should not be this painful. Wishlisted.



Sparrow's Edana Cardigan ($98) is already gone, gone, gone from the website. I guess it must have been one of those purposely scarce items Anthropologie sometimes makes. I can see the appeal -- the back is super cool. It was one of those items that I saw on the rack and internally monologued: oh this is really cute. But it will never work on me. Why does Anthro insist on doing hip flares??!? And sure enough even the large you see on me above was not very flattering.

A little longer and it would have looked like a longer riding coat. At this length though it was a no-go. I would be concerned about the long-term durability of this one anyway due to the thinness. Sparrow hasn't really impressed me with their quality lately. Back to the rack. If you want to see this cardigan looking terrific, check out this OOTD from Chloe's The Chloe Conspiracy.



I saw these two items together on a dressform in-store so I gave the look a shot. Rain boots aside they work well. The top is Michael Stars' Tagalong Tee ($48). This one size fits all thing continues to confound me, especially since the brand comes oddly close to actually fulfilling that promise. In this case there was too much pulling for me to feel comfortable. The material is also kind of itchy. Most likely this is from the subtle sparkle in the shirt. I like it but it's a pass.

The jacket paired is the Pipe Up the Band Jacket ($128) from Idra. I grabbed the large on instinct and my instinct was wrong. I should have stuck to my true size medium. The jacket has three or four hook-and-eye closures along the top third and lays open to the bottom. I love the idea of the design across the front but it looks somewhat cheap to me. The piping is very well done. This spring jacket would work well for a biz casual look. Wishlisted for further consideration.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

EA Scavenger Hunt contest: Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of the Effortless Anthropologie Scavenger Hunt! For complete details and rules, please see this post. The category is brands. To enter email your responses to effortlesscontest@gmail.com. Responses for Day 2 will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET tonight.

1 - Name 7 clothing brands that Anthropologie carries in its stores.
2 - This brand, which got its start at Anthropologie, just launched its own website and will open its first store in NYC. Name it.
3 - During Urban Outfitters' 2009 Q4 earnings call, it was announced Anthropologie will be launching a new specialty line to debut in Spring 2011. What kind of line is it?
4 - Name a brand carried by Anthropologie that is made in the USA.
5 - In 2009, Anthropologie carried several exclusive designer collaborations. Name 3 (note: these can be clothing, home, or curiosities.)

Good luck all! Just wanted to mention that this contest was made possible by your support -- when you click on links in EA's posts or the ads in the sidebar you are contributing to the contest fund. And that's pretty sweet.

Reminder: This contest is not sponsored by, endorsed by or affiliated with Anthropologie or Urban Outfitters.

Another round of Anthropologie survey goodness


Ladies, roll up your sleeves and grab that coffee! This time around I was actually included in the recipient list for a survey all about bags. I was stoked because I love half of Anthro's bags and find the other half quite head-scratchingly odd choices. Taking this survey gave me a chance to grab screens from all of the pages of the survey and I'm intrigued to hear your opinions. You can click on any of the photos to zoom. Thanks are due as well to Lisa, who forwarded this my way also. My answers in the comments. Shall we?


Question 1: Pick your 3 favorite leather bags from the choices above.


Question 2: Pick your 3 favorite fabric bags from the choices above.
(Uh, Anthro, isn't E from last year?)


Question 3: Goldilocks, which size bag is just right?


Question 4: Designers, please choose your favorite color palette
from the choices above. And then we're off to Mood!


Fun times. I am loving all these surveys. If you receive one, please forward it along to me for a future post!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Guest post: Reviews by Kathleen


Please welcome back Kathleen for another round of guest reviews! She reviews Anthro, Ann Taylor, J.Crew and all the rest of the brands I love on her blog Princess of Taylor. 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...


After not trying on anything at the Rockefeller Anthro (see here), I was in severe withdrawal and hit up my local store. As predicted, the new arrivals were much more limited as was the selection in general, but I found a few cute things to try on.
My sister over at The Square Root of Style had spotted some tops she was interested in. She doesn't have a local store so I tried on the first two things with her in mind.




Khosrow Blouse ($88), size 8

I thought this top was pretty, but was concerned about the length. I wasn't crazy about the length in person, but the photos don't look so bad. However, from the front, the blouse is adorable and makes my waist look positively tiny (I had the sash tied really tight). From the side though, ugh I look pregnant! Too bad - I love the pattern and the material is a nice soft cotton. There is a side zip that makes it easy to get into. Oh well.



Solar Star Blouse ($98), size 8

I love the color of this blouse - so pretty and summery! And I don't have any yellow tops. This top fit well but the fabric pulled along my hips. The blouse was just long enough that I'd have to size up to a 10 to buy, but that would probably mean too much bagginess on top. If it goes on sale, I'll consider the 10 and alter it down as needed, but for $98, it needs to fit perfectly.



Acting Out Skirt ($88), size 12

I'll admit that I didn't have high hopes for this skirt. I had seen it online and loved it, but I have not had luck with Anthro skirts. The hips are too tight or the waist is too big. Frustrating! I looked for the 14 which is what I usually take in a pencil skirt, but the biggest size was a 12. I grabbed it with little hope that it would work. Oh my gosh - this skirt is amazing! It is the perfect mix of pretty and professional and I can totally get away with this not only at work, but at court as well! The fit was perfect too - it zipped right up and I could move around and the extra rouching on the side smoothed out my hips rather than draw attention to them! I was so excited that this skirt worked that I had to buy it! Had to!



Castle Lake Dress ($168), size Large

This dress is so cute, but it was a bit big on me. I would definitely size down to Medium to buy. The dress doesn't have any zipper or buttons - the waistband is elastic and it just stretches over your head. The material is nice and the pattern makes it relatively casual. I could definitely see myself wearing this out and about this summer. Also I see online that it has pockets. I didn't notice them, but that just makes me love the dress more! Too cute! I'm wishlisting a size Medium. I tried on a bunch more things (and also a few things over at J.Crew) that I will post on my own blog later in the week.

EA Scavenger Hunt contest: Day 1


Welcome to Day 1 of the Effortless Anthropologie Scavenger Hunt! For complete details and rules, please see this post. The category is corporate trivia. To enter email your responses to effortlesscontest@gmail.com. Responses for Day 1 will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET tonight.

The questions:
1 - When was Anthropologie founded as a company?
2- Who is the CEO of Urban Outfitters?
3 - Who is Anthropologie's Head Buyer?
4 - Who is Anthropologie's Executive Creative Director?
5 - Besides Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters has four companies under its umbrella. Name three.

Good luck all! Just wanted to mention that this contest was made possible by your support -- when you click on links in EA's posts or the ads in the sidebar you are contributing to the contest fund. And that's pretty sweet.

Reminder: This contest is not sponsored by, endorsed by or affiliated with Anthropologie or Urban Outfitters.