Friday, July 30, 2010

The weekend in-store community post


Note: I will continue running new posts over the weekend below this one.

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 either clicking the small RSS icon at the top right of the comments section or by selecting either subscribe to "all new comments" or "replies" in the comment 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)

What's up with the new commenting system?
Guide to commenting with IntenseDebate.

**IMPORTANT NOTE** At the moment, the 'subscribe' feature is not working consistently in the comments. It's only working for people with IntenseDebate accounts, and only sometimes. IntenseDebate is "working on it."

Eye Candy: Store Inspiration

In this outfit: Kinship Blouse ($68)
and
Sidewalk Garden Skirt ($98, review here).
With Ruffled Cincher ($48) and Picture Perfect Clogs ($158).

Time for some Friday morning eye candy! Today's posts include a few shots from the NYC Anthropologies. There are also a few shots from Jacksonville, Fla. via the wonderful Debbie of Dark Horse. (Thanks Debbie!) If you have a picture to include in one of the eye candy posts please email me. I will be adding these to my store inspiration album on Facebook. On a sidenote, to anyone waiting on an email from me I have not forgotten about you! I have been miserably sick this whole week and will be catching up over the weekend. Thanks for bearing with me.



In this outfit: Marine Mural Dress ($248), Fractional Jacket ($88)
and
Burst of Chiffon Necklace (now $40).



On the left dress form: Dagmar Shirtdress ($148), Banded Together Belt ($38),
Hallowed Halls Oxfords ($128) and Jeweled Cocoon Necklace ($118).
On the right dress form: Collecting Thoughts Blouse ($78), Lift-Off Jacket ($118), Around Again Belt ($48), AG Tomboy ($178), Anticline Wedges ($158).
See a closeup of these dress forms here.



In this outfit: Raccoon Rumpus Blouse ($88),
Floreat Mystery Skirt ($158, review here)
and Gila River Rock Necklace (now $140).



On the left dress form: Clusters of Light Tank ($118, review here), Tomasina Blazer ($128),
AG Tomboy (now $100) and Forgotten Treasures Necklace ($58).

On the right dress form: Mystery Ric Rac Dress, Ruffled Cincher ($48)
and Knotty Necklace ($238).




In this outfit: Seaside Fields Dress ($138), Brief Meeting Blazer ($148),
Gift Bow Belt ($24) and Liquid Facets Necklace ($42).



In this outfit: Tatted Tides Skirt ($148), Showpiece Tee ($58),
Chopsticks Cardigan ($148) and
Gift Bow Belt ($24).

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Styled: Field Game Cardigan



Time to get back to it! A styling post from EA intern Rebekah (for the Cooling Palette Dress) is on the way later today. First up I shook of the dust with the Field Game Cardigan (now $60, style #013000), a popular piece in the community. This post was requested by Lauren S. I gave each colorway a shot and styled the cardi for now, mixing in lighter colors in the rest of the outfit.

First up is the ubiquitous blue colorway. The goal for me is to create a long, lean shape in my outfits. So here I chose a nice long tank to wear under the cardigan that can either be tucked into the skirt or worn peeking out from under the cardi. If you want to streamline your shape even more swap out the pink here with the blue version.

Since it's summer I thought lighter shoes were in order and a light-colored purse keeps this outfit from being too heavy via the cardigan. The owl posts provide the necessary whimsy for any Anthropologie outfit. Wear this look to school, work, or just for fun.

In this outfit:
Field Game Cardigan (now $60)
Creative Outlet Tank ($58)
Ringsend Heels ($90)
Alicante Denim Skirt ($168)
Burren Bag ($188)
Some Shining Wisdom Posts ($80)
Dungaree Petals Clip ($15)





I have two variations of this second option -- one with skinny pants and one with wide legs. For this look I was looking for something with a cowlneck to complement the cardigan. Though the top doesn't have red in it there are close enough tones to work and a nice summery print.

The skinny pants give this look a more urban feel. I chose the darker wash because that's what I lean towards, but there's also a beige wash that would work for those of you trying to avoid dark at all costs for summer. Choose a matching a pair of shoes to keep the leg line long. I prefer flats with skinnier legs, though heels could also work. Light accessories around the face help keep the feeling light.

In this outfit:
Field Game Cardigan (now $60)
Fountain Overflowing Tee ($68)
Level 99 Jared Skinny Twill ($98)
Wedding March Skimmers ($88)
Follow-Along Satchel ($198)
Through the Grapevine Necklace ($32)
Pave Pachyderm Posts ($80)




For the wide-leg version, I changed out the accessories with items that are both summer and fall-appropriate. Since this version of the cardigan is mainly red look for warm brown, yellow and green tones to match with it. (Avoid too much green though unless you want to end up being ready for Christmas in July.) If you're shorter, choosing a fancier neckline brings the attention upwards to your face while the wide legs lengthen visually.

In this outfit:
Field Game Cardigan (now $60)
Fountain Overflowing Tee ($68)
Voila Seeds Flats ($81)
Sunshower Earrings ($34)
Little Spindles Necklace ($32)
Uber-Urbane Bag ($290)





The grey version is probably the most summer-ready. I picked a bold top for underneath that you can choose to: 1 - cover up except for the bow and collar; 2 - belt the cardi open to leave the tuxedo placket exposed or 3 - switch out for another top altogether. This look ended up a bit more dressed up -- I couldn't resist the combination of the skirt and the pretty shoes.

A little red and yellow in the accessories pulls out the color in the top. If you prefer a simpler look do away with the necklace. This option would be great for work or a date.

In this outfit:
Field Game Cardigan (now $60)
Patches & Petals Tank ($78)
Acting Out Skirt ($88)
Tritone Trumpet Heels ($90)
Twined Hive Necklace ($38)
Little Larsen Posts ($28)
Burren Bag ($188)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Eye Candy: August catalogue preview

Grasby Gardens Dress ($348)

Anthropologie posted a slew of new arrivals today, including some items that have been in stores but not available online previously. They also unveiled the August 2010 catalogue, a trip down cobblestone streets in fall layers. Still no sign of the Presently, We're Pheasantly Skirt from Floreat but plenty of other items to love. I am (as usual) watching my wishlist explode. Which items have you drooling?


Oak Apple Dress ($178, reviewed here)
and Ha'Penny Cardigan ($128)


















Rushcliffe Cardigan ($148)
and Menswear Trouser (not yet online, see similar Aylesbury Corduroys ($88))












Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Corey Lynn Calter talks Anthropologie bridal line, more with The Cut

photo from Racked LA

Anthropologie has carried designer Corey Lynn Calter's pieces for several years now. Her distinctive looks include the full skirts we love to twirl in and contemporary pieces with a whimsical and Victorian twist. Today New York Magazine's discerning fashion blog The Cut published an interview with Ms. Calter, which among other things touches on the upcoming Anthropologie bridal line.

From the interview:
You're also launching a bridal line at Anthropologie this winter. Is this your first foray into bridal?
I did some bridal in the past; when you design corsets, people kind of hit you up for that. A lot of my training is in making custom gowns for people, especially when I worked for the opera. Those costumes are the closest thing to couture you can do in the United States.


Interesting! I wonder if Ms. Calter is the sole designer for Anthropologie's bridal line, or if others are involved? Either way this makes me very excited for January and the bridal line debut! Read the full interview on The Cut here.

Heads up Canada! Anthropologie to open in Calgary; looking at Vancouver


Canadian Anthro fans, I've got some news. Feeling like the 3 current brick & mortar locations are just too far away from you? That might not be the case for much longer.

Anthropologie has confirmed plans to open in Calgary in November of 2010. The store will be located in the Chinook Centre. Anthro and its sister store Urban Outfitters will both be settling into stalls in the mall before the holiday season.

In addition to the Calgary location, rumblings about a Vancouver store have been growing louder over the past month. Anthro has reportedly been scouting locations in the hip coastal city since mid-2009 and though nothing is official yet I'm told to expect some news by the end of the quarter.

Are you excited about the new Canadian locations? Where else should Anthropologie open a store? Back stateside, I'm crossing my fingers for a Financial District location here in NYC so I can have an Anthro within walking distance. South Street Seaport, maybe?

Guest post: The Canadian Anthro experience by Rachel


What's it like on the other side? That's the question Rachel is here to answer today. She's in Canada and loves Anthro just as much as the rest of us and she'll shed some light on the hoops our neighbors to the north have to jump through to get themselves some flowy. 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 all! I’m Rachel, a Canadian Anthropologie lover. I can usually be my at my blog promises like pie crust, where I write about fashion, shopping, and being a shopaholic. Huge thanks to Roxy, not just for letting me share my thoughts about the Canadian Anthro experience, but also for her amazing blog.

I live in Toronto where two of the three Canadian stores are located (the third is in Edmonton), so I'm among the lucky ones.

The Yorkville store:




The Shops at Don Mills store:




Both stores are lovely and consistent with all Anthropologie stores I've visted in the U.S. The Yorkville store is only a 10-minute walk from my office--makes lunch hours very dangerous!

As a lucky one, I feel like I shouldn't bellyache. However, I can't ignore the few things that rankle and make me wish that I lived in the U.S. (but only for a few minutes, I am a proud Canadian!).

My first (relatively minor) gripe is that it takes longer for items to appear in Canadian stores. The Anthro blogging community has already reviewed an item or I've received an email about a new item, so of course I go to the store right away, and no such luck. In my experience, the delay is about a week or so.

My next (more serious) complaint is with the prices, which are marked up more than the exchange rate would warrant. Let's take Natalie Lété's Marine Mural Dress as an example (because I love it and I tried it on last week). It costs USD$248, which at the current exchange rate would be about CAD$258, but the Canadian price is CAD$288. With 13% Ontario tax, this comes to CAD$325.44. Ouch. There are many factors to consider in the Canadian price, but when I think about it I want to have a tantrum. I want to yell "but...but...it's cheaper in the States!!! Why are you ripping me off???"

You might say, just wait for the sale, which brings me to my next gripe...

Every Tuesday when Roxy posts her list of sale items, I read it and sigh because I know I won’t find most of them here. The Canadian website doesn't even have a sale section. The stores have sales, but it's rare that I ever find anything that I want.

Never mind lasting for a sale, some items don’t even last a week! Last May I bought Floreat's Sub-Continent Dress in a size 6 for a summer wedding. The size 6 was a little too tight in the torso, so I went back a week later for an 8. It was completely sold out at the Yorkville store, and the Don Mills store never had it to begin with. So I returned the 6, went home, called Customer Service, and had the 8 shipped to my sister in Boston thus taking advantage of U.S. prices, free shipping, no duties, and no taxes in Massachusetts.

The second item that disappeared on me was Nathalie Lété's Stemmed Sweetbriar Dress. I tried it on a Friday at the Yorkville store. The next Tuesday I went back to try it on again. But it was like the dress never existed. I wondered, did I dream it? No, I have photographic proof. Later that week I found the dress at Don Mills, so I have it on hold for some thought. It's still pricey but I'm afraid it will disappear! Unfortunately, this does lead to a lot of buying at full price.

Lastly, I have to complain about the online shopping experience. As I already mentioned, the Canadian website doesn't have a sale section. It also doesn't have a search bar, for some inexplicable reason.




Not all items on the U.S. site are available either. But why would I want to shop online when the duty and taxes are so heinous?




I wish Anthro would just ship items without adding on the duty and taxes (like J. Crew), and let us take our chances with getting charged at the post office.

The Canadian stores don't accept returns for items bought online (but they will accept returns for items bought in the States), so more expensive shipping costs to send anything back. When I occasionally shop online, I use my sister as a post office, but many shoppers outside of Toronto and Edmonton don't have that option. However, the three stores will mail any in-stock item within Canada (pay by credit card on the phone) for $10. It's better, but not ideal.

In the end, I put up with the annoyances because, well, I love Anthro. You ladies understand!! I’d love to hear about other Canadians’ experiences. Thanks again Roxy!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Playing the Sale guessing game


Rumors are that the markdown will be small to non-existent this week, but the guessing game goes on! I am waiting for the Gentle Loop Necklace ($168) and Shifting Feathers Dress ($98) to go on sale. Hint, hint Anthro! Kim from Anthroholic will be scoping out the scene and be sure to come back here for the full list once the sale items appear on Anthro's website.

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? If you see an item on sale today please let us know so I can update the list.

Curiously back in stock locally.
(Note: this is sometimes an indicator, but not always.)

Blushing Bouquet Cardigan ($88)
Chocolate Chip Dress ($128)
Eyeleted Islands Dress ($158)


About due for a shuffle to sale.
Both Worlds Jumper ($248)
Camilla Dress ($138)
Comet's Trail Tank ($58)
Creative Outlet Tank ($58)
Flowing Tiers Tank ($68)
Flutter Flutter Blouse ($88)
Four Petal Cardi ($88)
Graphical Dress ($128)
Jasmine Top ($188)
Magnifying Glass Dress ($138)
Oratory Dress ($98)
Perilla Dress ($128)
Poured Paint Tank ($68)
Proscenium Cardigan ($68)
Roaming Frills Cardigan ($88)
Shifting Feathers Dress ($98)
Undercurrents Dress ($148)
Vappu Dress ($98)
Whirl & Wind Cardigan ($88)


Second wave colors are disrupting my sale dance.
Buoyant Bunches Cardi ($78)
Breezy Ride Cardigan ($98)
Caballo Falls Dress ($168)
Chantico Tank ($88)
Drifting By Dress ($168)
Florid Facade Top ($88)
Molded & Melded Tee ($48)
Pearly Glow Tank ($68)
Traced Twirls Dress ($158)


Anthropologie, are you taunting us?
Falling Strands Blouse ($228)
Two-Wheeler Shirtdress ($128)

Doing the sale dance for these.
Percussive Cardigan ($78)
Rise & Fall Cardigan ($128)


Dear Anthropologie, my budget requires that the following go on sale.
Curated Tee ($48)
There-She-Goes Vest ($68)


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Congratulations to...



Congratulations to...Emily from Cream Colored Ponies and Crisp Rhubarb Strudles!! She is the winner of Effortless Anthropologie's Lazy Summer Contest!! The winner has 72 hours to claim her prize.

THANK YOU to everyone who entered, followed, tweeted and blogged about this contest! You're helping to grow this community which only means more awesomeness to come. Sad you didn't win this contest? Don't worry, I have more coming up very soon. So don't go anywhere. You don't want to miss out on the next chance.

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!

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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!

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

The weekend in-store community post


**IMPORTANT NOTE** At the moment, the 'subscribe' feature is not working consistently in the comments. It's only working for people with IntenseDebate accounts, and only sometimes. IntenseDebate is "working on it."

Note: I will continue running new posts over the weekend below this one.

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 either clicking the small RSS icon at the top right of the comments section or by selecting either subscribe to "all new comments" or "replies" in the comment 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)

What's up with the new commenting system?
Guide to commenting with IntenseDebate.

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OOTD: Hot in the City, part 2


Happy Sunday! Continuing where I left off with yesterday's OOTD post, this post is a mix of weekend wear and work wear. This one kicks off with the weekend.

I am a big believer in the power of dark denim. When you have the right pair on it can make you look taller and more put together. I've been very happy with the AG crops I bought last year. They've retained their dark wash nicely (I wash them inside out) and the length is pretty good. If they were an inch longer they'd hit me at the perfect spot. I tried on this year's version hoping for similar magic but sadly the fit was off for me.



For this weekend look I threw on the orange Winding Indus Tank. Anthro calls it red motif but I think it looks pure orange. The tank is a little sheer so I have a grey cami on underneath. The banding on the top is right at my hips, which I realize is not the most flattering look for me but I'm willing to look beyond it because the top is so damn comfortable. And from the back it's also beautiful.

Funny moment of the day: an SA at one of the NYC Anthros complimented my necklace and then asked where I got it. The answer? Anthro, of course!

In this outfit:
Top: Winding Indus Tank (now $30, review here)
Pants: AG Crops in nic (similar here, here and here)
Shoes: Target Studded Flats ($17)
Necklace: Cherished Trinkets Necklace (similar here, here and here)
Earrings: Pieces of Eight Earrings
(similar here, here and here)



It's a double-shot for the crops. This outfit is a work look. I haven't worn my Through the Clouds Tank as often as I thought I would. I think it will get more wear after this look -- as soon as I was fully put together I was quite pleased with how it all turned out. It's a pain having to layer a cami under the tank but it's necessary. I hope Anthro kills the sheer thing next year.



Also making a repeat appearance are my trusty Raazle peep toes. These shoes have broken in nicely and are now one of my most comfortable pairs. The washed grey is fantastic because it coordinates with nearly anything. I couldn't find the actual earrings I wore online so the pair shown is similar. Mine are oval filigree with the same little beads around the outside. Does anyone remember the name of the oval earrings?

In this outfit:
Top: Through the Clouds Tank (now $40, review here)
Pants: AG Crops in nic (similar here, here and here)
Pumps: Madden Girl Raazle (similar here, here and here)
Earrings: Sunshower Earrings ($34)



Pilcro's Brass Band Tank was too soft to resist. I found it stretches a surprising amount over the course of the day though -- I originally bought the top in a medium but it was so loose by the end of the day that I had to throw on a cardigan to stay decent. So I went back and bought a small. Expect the medium to be on my sale blog soon. The tank will make an excellent layering top come chilly weather.



The sandals are a new acquisition. I like to keep my feet covered so I like that these sandals protect the tops of mine from the sun while still letting my toes show. The long necklace works with the long tank to create a nice lean line. Overall this look makes me seem tall and streamlined, just as I like it.

In this outfit:
Top: Brass Band Tank (now $30, review here)
Skirt:
Gap Grey Denim Slant Pocket Skirt (similar here, here and here)
Shoes: Antelope 715 (now $77) -- remember to use ebates!
Necklace:
Radiant Necklace (similar here, here and here)
Earrings:
Pieces of Eight Earrings (similar here, here and here)



Even though it's summer black is still out in full force in the city. Occasionally I'll notice that I seem to be the only one popping color for what seems like blocks. Black to me denotes serious so when clients come in or if i have a big meeting it's the color I immediately reach for.



I'm glad the Kyoto Medallion Top finally went on sale. I ended up ordering an 8 instead of my usual 6 because the 6 felt just a bit tight around my hips. One issue though -- the shoulder strap shown sidewards in the product photo above the IRL shots kept pulling its partner strap down too. So throughout the day I was subconsciously (and then consciously) tugging at it. I thought I had outsmarted the problem the second time around by wearing a brooch but it still slid down. Final verdict? The 8 is a bit loose up top for me. Sigh.

In this outfit:
Top: Leifsdottir Kyoto Medallion Top try here or here, (similar here)
Skirt: Express (similar here, here and here)
Necklace: J.Crew Deco Necklace (similar here and here)
Ring:
Noir Porcupine Ring ($125)
Earrings: Express (similar here, here and here)
Pumps: Madden Girl Raazle (similar here, here and here)



My Snowscape Tank was waiting patiently in my closet to be worn again. It was hidden between a couple of blouses and revealed itself when I was doing my late summer closet purge. Despite its name it's ready for warm weather. So add in a pencil skirt (my beloved Many Moods Skirt, natch) and a nice pair of pumps and voila! Instant work outfit.



I feared the weight of the tank's embellished neckline would pull it down but even at the end of the day it was fine. The hammered silk did wrinkle unfortunately but I was at least expecting it and used my in-office cardigan to minimize the effect. A quick stop at home to steam the top and I was at Happy Hour before anyone even noticed I'd arrived late.

In this outfit:
Top: Snowscape Tank (similar here, here and here)
Skirt: Many Moods Skirt (similar here, here and here)
Shoes:
J.Crew Petra Nubuck D'Orsay Heels (similar here and here)
Earrings: Garden's Gate Earrings (similar here, here and here)



Sometimes a work look calls for a little bit of fun. There's a ballerina chic trend quietly happening right now and after seeing an entire section of subway riders with buns on top of their heads I decided to take part in my own way.



My modified tutu was made from J.Crew's Gold Lamé skirt and Ann Taylor Loft's Floral Chiffon Tee, aka the Rose Tee for less. (Ebay sellers will still happily sell you the ringspun original at only $$$ above retail price!! Or claim the outlet version is the original!) With a few delicate pretty accessories the look was complete. I may not have the body of a dancer but for one day I pretended to look like one.

In this outfit:
Top: Ann Taylor Loft Floral Chiffon Tee (similar here, here and here)
Skirt: J.Crew Gold Lamé Skirt (similar here, here and here)
Shoes
: White Sands Wedges ($280 -- non-Anthro link!!)
Bracelet: Phosphorescence Bracelet (similar here, here and here
)
Necklace: Rachel by Rachel Roy wing necklace (similar here, here and here)
Earrings: American Eagle (similar here, here and here)



Sometimes I will get inspiration from the blogging community. While prepping guest posts before my Mexico trip, I visited Bonnie's wonderful blog Small Town Fashionista and saw the delightful Limited dress you see above in this post. I was instantly in love! She looked so fantastic in the dress that I could only hope to borrow a bit of that awesomeness myself.



I was even more excited when I saw that the dress was on super sale (it pops in and out of stock these days). I wore it to work right after I got back from Mexico and had one of those days where everything seems to go right. So this dress is now in heavy rotation with me, which is both good and bad. Good because I feel fanfriggintastic in it, bad because the dress is low quality and probably won't make it to next year. Boo.

In this outfit:
Dress: Limited Floral Flounce Dress (now $35)
Necklace: Hawaii (similar here)
Earrings: Hawaii (similar here)

Shoes: Nine West Babealish ($78)
-- remember to use ebates!



Back to the weekend. What does one wear to shop when it's nearly 100 degrees out? If you're me, shorts and an airy tee. The Foliage Fancy Tee has been great for staying cool. I've found it's also very slimming due to its length and close cut. It has enough room to fit over my hips without stretching but airy enough that it doesn't stick to me.



I felt terribly underdressed when my friends and I ended up at Bergdorf Goodman until another girl came up to me in the same tee! She had hers over a ruffle tiered skirt and looked quite cute. New York City has a reputation for being mean but the two of us were laughing over it. We met up again later at the Tom Ford beauty counter, where I treated myself to one of his new lipsticks, Vanilla Suede. The color is fantastic and the lipstick tastes really good. Like, too good. I want to eat it when I put it on.

In this outfit:
Top: Foliage Fancy Tee (similar here, here and here)
Shorts: J.Crew 7" chino shorts in shadow (now $32)
Shoes: White Sands Wedges ($280 -- non-Anthro link!!)
Necklace: Banana Republic (similar here, here and here)
Earrings: Oneiros Drops (similar here, here and here)



Each year my friends throw a hipster picnic. (They live in Williamsburg. If you're a New Yorker, this makes sense.) The prerequisite is that you must come dressed as a hipster which can be harder than it sounds. This year I was fretting over what to wear and even considered repeating my outfit from 2 years ago at one point. Then J from The Look 4 Less alerted me to this fantastic updated Daisy Buchanan look:



...and I was sold! Well, on the look, not the price. The Great Gatsby is my all-time favorite book. The look is hipster without the douchiness. Guys have it so easy when it comes to this stuff, I swear. There was no way you'd catch me in socks with oxfords but with a couple of slight tweaks I knew this would be the look for me. And so I set out looking for appropriate pieces.



Luckily, I already owned a J.Crew top with a similar neckline and a cardigan that would do nicely. I love the belt in Shopbop's look but they don't even bother linking to it themselves so instead I doubled up on two skinny J.Crew belts I already own (are we sensing a pattern yet in the brands of this outfit?). Topping it all off is my lovely Flora Fedora from Anthropologie. Ready for a picnic? Most definitely. All in all I only had to buy one piece (the skirt) to reproduce the look. Too bad my Secret Keeper Mini Bag didn't arrive in time for the picnic -- it finishes the outfit off nicely!

In this outfit:
Sweater: J.Crew Michelle Cardigan (similar here, here and here)
Top: J.Crew Silk Twyla Tank (now $40)
Skirt: Banana Republic Eyelet Skirt ($70)
Belts: J.Crew Solid Patent Belt ($35) and Skinny Leather Belt (now $20)
Shoes: J.Crew Serengeti Heels in cool graphite (similar here and here)
Bag: Secret Keeper Mini Bag ($160 -- non Anthro link!!)