October 31, 2009

Anthropologie Free Holiday Shipping

Per Effortless Anthropologie's excellent post, it seems East coast Anthro members have already received an email with details on free shipping for all website orders $150+ from now until December 23.

Additional details are available on the Anthropologie website here. Also signing up to be an Anthro member is totally free and easy to do.

Not sure why West Coast members haven't received it (technical glitch?). In any case... it's time to shop ;)

October 30, 2009

Links a la Mode: Our Differences Unite Us


Our Differences Unite Us

Edited by Fashion Pulse Daily

Coming off of Ashe Mischief's Independent Fashion Blogger's Post (Good Cop/Bad Cop: Participating in Links a la Mode), you all brought your A-game in posting the links a la mode -- which made it extra hard to edit! This week, the theme that I saw emerging throughout the posts is one of celebrating our unique diversity; each site has a different take and approach to fashion, art, beauty, media, lifestyle, music - you name it! From the dry shampoo trials at Dramatis Personae to Le Petite Cecile's observations regarding the bleached eyebrow trend, you all brought a new perspective to each topic at hand, a sign that indicates how wonderful and creative the blogosphere truly is. Get even more excited for Halloween with cmykaboom and Idiosyncratic Style costume suggestions that are sure to make you smile, along with DenimDebutante's discovery of the "zipholder". All in all, one things' for certain: we've got an amazing community of bloggers!

As expected, there was a fabulous round-up of links in the forum as well, all worthy of your eyeballs!

Links à la Mode : October 29th

October 28, 2009

Anthropologie Easter Egg Surprises

For the Anthro addicts out there, apparently there are various "easter egg" type surprises on the site you wouldn't know about from just browsing. So cozy up to the campfire, while I divulge:

Hidden sale items:

Anthropologie Aficionado - I just discovered this blog recently, but this is a great resource for finding various items on sale on the Anthropologie website that you wouldn't get from just browsing the sale item. Essentially it's a hidden link. The one time this happened to me, I thought it was a technical glitch. Apparently not so. This is a regular occurrence. Read her Welcome post for details.

UPDATE: It appears that Anthropologie Aficionado is now by invite only. However, I believe the following is a link to Embers (the blogmistress of Aficionado) original profile. You may also want to try emailing her at thefashiontip@yahoo.com I haven't personally tried doing this so I don't know if it will work, but good luck!

Hidden Catalogs -
At any one time, Anthropologie only displays a few of its most recent catalogs on its site. However, you can still browse the old catalogs for inspiration by manipulating the "catname=" part of the URL to the month and year you would like. Unfortunately I can't seem to crack anything earlier than 2008. But if you can, please divulge in the comments!

Here are the greatest hits from last year, 2008:

January 2008

February 2008

March 2008

April 2008

May 2008

June 2008

July 2008

August 2008

September 2008

October 2008

November 2008

December 2008

October 24, 2009

Twilight Merchandising: The Good and the Bad

Movie merchandising has been happening for quite some time, but life size cardboard cutouts of Edward and Jacob from Twilight???!! If I were Bella Swan, I'd be pissed that I was overlooked to become a tacky piece of cardboard cutout.

Yes to your right is a 6 ft tall piece of cardboard with Edward (actually Robert Pattinson in a suit) that requires some "minor assembly." Needless to say

1) Where the heck do you put a cardboard cutout in your house?

2) Having this in your room might be slightly creepy and tacky...

3) Cardboard frankly doesn't hold up well to hugging, drooling or any cage fights you intend to stage against the cardboard version of Jacob/Darth Vader/Xena.

Literary geek moment: Not to mention the two cardboard characters are sized the same despite the fact that Jacob is the taller one in the novel.

Let's just say, this is not what I expected from Nordstrom when they released their Twilight themed line of merchandise.

The tees and jewelry aimed at teenage girls, I can all understand.  In fact, I even think the Twilight DuWop Lip Venom was a brilliant idea and a great option for the more "grown up" fans:

Luna Twilight DuWop Lip Venom

No no it's not blood in the bottle but actually red lip stain on the bottom and clear conditioning oil on top. And vampires produce venom, which plays well with DuWop Lip Venom. Clever, right?

Cardboard cutouts on the other hand....

October 23, 2009

Links a la Mode: Thrifty Chic

Thrifty Chic

Edited by Retro Chick

There’s a thrifty feel abound in this weeks Links á la Mode. Maybe we’re all saving money for Christmas, or perhaps we’re all those recessionistas I hear so much about. Oranges and Apples spends a week living out of a capsule wardrobe to prove it can be done, Further Ado tells us why “Investment Dressing” is just another way that Fashion Magazines try and part us from our cash, Style Symmetry shows us 3 ways to work the same plaid blazer and Fashion is my Crush saves money by making her own studded vest (that’s a waistcoat if you’re British…)

As the end of October creeps closer and the nights draw in this weeks Links á la Mode also, inevitably, includes some Halloween inspiration from The New Wave and Style Amor along with the usual amazing mix of give-aways, interviews and reviews that we’ve come to expect.

Of course, if you need more tips and tricks remember to check out all the submissions for this week in the Links á la Mode thread.

Links à la Mode : October 22nd

  • A Typical Atypical – Make me a… 1940’s wartime woman
  • Awakened Aesthetic – Men need sexy shoes too! Awakened Aesthetic searches for the best men’s dress shoes…and all of them are vegan.
  • Bobbins and Bombshells – Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes. A modern Hitchcock Blonde with a guitar.
  • Fashion in my eyes – Revlon fantasy eyelashes review and giveaway
  • Fashion is My Crush – DIY Embellished Vest: make your own hardware strewn vest with some beads, studs & chains.
  • Fasshonaburu – Alyssa & Vyque go to the local Shecky’s Girl’s Night Out
  • ferOHHHsh – Blatant Designer Knockoffs- Not just in the back of vans anymore.
  • Further Ado – Investment dressing – is it a real investment, or another women’s magazine catch-phrase used to encourage us to buy, buy, buy?
  • Idiosyncratic Style – Q & A with amazing photographer Dana Brushette
  • kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS – Emily Howse A look at an up-and-coming fashion graduate with a taste for ethical production, architectural inspired pieces, and plenty of ruffles.
  • Little Miss Makeup – Brown is the new gray! Learn how to do a smoky eye for daytime.
  • Oranges and Apples – The Capsule Wardrobe Challenge: Roundup and Reflections
  • Prom Mafia – 80s Done Right: How to Rock the 80s Fashion Trend
  • Retro Chick – Win an organic cotton jumper, worth £70 from Urban Buzz
  • slsvgg Fashion – Lily Allen’s jewellery line has finally been released in Selfridges
  • Style Amor – Need Costume inspiration with a bad ass fashionable twist?
  • Style Symmetry – Three Ways to Wear a Plaid Blazer This Season!
  • Styletastic – A roundup of SS2010 runway shoes – what will we all be wanting to wear on our feet next summer? (Or not as the case may be)
  • The Coveted – Behind the Scenes at Christian Francis Roth
  • The New Wave – DIY Halloween inspiration from the S/S 2010 runway shows
  • The Working Wardrobe – Something to Remember: Your Work Attire Not Only Represents You, It Represents Your Workplace. Think Before You Dress.

October 17, 2009

Design Gone Bad: J. Crew Overdo

I never thought I'd ever say this, but I think J. Crew may have over dressed this poor kid to the point she barely even looks happy.

I saw this email from J. Crew for its crewcuts kids line, which usually has some of the most gorgeous styling ever seen on kids.

Unfortunately throwing what appears to be a blue blouse, purple cardigan, pale blue coat, floral print skirt, striped tights, blue sequin ballet flats, and heck let's add a necklace on top of that.. is just too much for me.

What do you think? Did J. Crew overdo?

Photo credit: J. Crew

October 16, 2009

Links a la Mode: Ethics and Morality in Fashion City

Ethics and Morality in Fashion City

Edited by Ashe Mischief

This week’s Links á la Mode covers the gambit in regards to the ethical and moral questions surrounding fashion right now…. we have Confessions of a Fashion Editor’s take on fashion blogging & paid posts, and Oranges and Apples reports on a German magazine’s ban of professional models. threadbared talks about Lara Stone, French Vogue, and the controversial use of blackface in recent issue, while Hong Kong Fashion Geek revisits the argument about fashion, price discrimination, and designer knock-offs as Alexander McQueen sues Steve Madden.

As usual, there was a spectacular round-up of links in the forum as well, all worthy of checking out!

Links à la Mode : October 15th

  • Confessions of a Fashion Editor – Morality, the law, and fashion blogging
  • Denimaniac: – Best Denim Shops | Q&A with LA’s Mister Freedom
  • dramatis personae – Costumes from Holidays Past…
  • ferOHHHsh: – Champagne from a shoe?? J’Taime Le Rituel!
  • From Betsy With Love – Bringing some Lynchian Style to the Web!
  • Grit and Glamour – Manscaping 101: Guys should groom, not preen. A little chest hair never hurt (but a shaved chest does).
  • Hong Kong Fashion Geek – What’s the harm in Steve Madden doing an Alexander McQueen knockoff? Is it really sue-worthy?
  • idiosyncratic style: – Idiosyncratic Style: Dare to put your legs center stage this season.
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – Poll : How do you feel about Sponsored Posts?
  • Large Black Diary: – Austie has a beautiful collection of hair accessories
  • Oranges and Apples: – German magazines bans professional models – an in-depth disussion
  • Prom Mafia – Betsey Johnson does DC.
  • Rags to Reverie: – Five tips for shopping at an American Apparel Flea Market
  • Retro Chick – Lusious Lingerie: Vintage Style from Fred & Ginger
  • sweetarchivia: – Review of Man Shops Globe event held at the San Francisco Anthropologie store
  • The Art of Accessories: – The Art of Accessories shows you how to accessorize your winter wardrobe with tights.
  • THE COVETED – SPUN Around: Integrating organic basics in your wardrobe.
  • The Curvy Fashionista – The Business of Plus Size Fashion: Blogger turned boutique owner Marie Denee discusses the growth of plus size fashion.
  • The Working Wardrobe – Virtual Dress Code: How Professionalism is Working its Way into the Avatar Wardrobe
  • the3st: – The First EVER Philadelphia Fashion Week is this week. Interview with the directors of the week:
  • threadbared: – We react to the recent Lara Stone editorial in French Vogue in “Blackface, and the Violence of Revulsion.”
  • |mode.ulation|: – Mode-ulation is back from hiatus..we bring you a quick glance through Paris fashion week with the cutest trend – the updated toga.

October 11, 2009

Review: Man Shops Globe Anthro Event

I managed to get into the Man Shops Globe event that I mentioned in a previous post.

Backstory: Man Shops Globe is a joint collaboration between Anthropologie and Sundance Channel that features the journeys of Keith Johnson, one of Anthro's "Found objects" buyers. In other words, this is the guy who buys all the interesting furniture and decor pieces you see in the stores.

The Event:


1) The Show. The show itself was awesome to watch, which they screened on 2 plasma's for us. I wasn't able to stay the entire event but I saw bits of Keith Johnson running around in France. You can view clips here. It was hilarious to watch him haggle with various sellers in France (slightly ironic when Anthropologie's prices aren't exactly cheap) and run around trying to find various pieces of furniture and decor. Keith, will you take me on your next trip with you?

2) The Momentos. The store placed the special luggage tags below on the chairs as well near the exit. As you can see one side is just a little ad for the show. But there's a cloth luggage tag that says "found object" and features a place for your name and address on the reverse. Kudos to the artist for a fun  design that really tied in with the series and event!

3) The Crowd. Interesting mix of folks showed up from the Ladies-who-Lunch crowd to urban hipsters to regular gals off the street. It really showed how diverse the clientele is and obviously Anthropologie was not being stingy in giving invites only to customers who spend alot with them.

Photo credit: sweetarchivia.blogspot.com. Please contact me if you would like to use these photos.

The Lowlights:
Okay I have to confess this was not quite as glam of an event I expected and there could be improvements made:

1) The Space. For those who have been to the San Francisco Anthropologie store, it's actually not that big, hence the space was definitely cramped and not everybody could get a seat. Not to mention, parts of the store were in a good bit of disarray before the event from shoppers earlier on in the day and the shop girls were definitely crunched to put things back together quickly.

2) Food/Drink (or lack therof). I have to admit when I saw "drinks and dishes" on the invite, I  definitely expected at hot hors d'oeuvres since it was an evening event. Instead drinks meant: sparkling water (I think from Crystal Geyser), Stella Artois beer (one of the event sponsors) and champagne. Dishes meant: Brie cheese, fruit, saltine crackers (no I kid you not!), and Fererro Rocher chocolates (another event sponsor). If Anthropologie held another event like this, I would suggest they take a page out of Nordstrom's Christmas shopping events in terms of the caterers they hire.

Overall, there definitely weren't any special sales/deals/raffles. This was strictly a celebratory event and any shopping proceeds were to the benefit of AICAD (nice touch, Anthro). I'm definitely hoping this will not be the last of the events Anthropologie does in its stores!

October 09, 2009

Links a la Mode: Fashion Roller-coaster

Fashion Roller-coaster

Edited by Jennine

Wow… we’ve got an interesting bunch this week… word from fashion weeks has put us on a roller coaster from the creepy toenails on Shoe Daydreams to the stunning Alexander McQueen on ferOHHHsh, a much needed shopping bill of rights ondramatis personaeand Bay Area Style File wonders why cigarette cases are marketed to teens at Urban Outfitters. We’ve also got some new faces in our round up including one of my favorite French blogs, Morning by Foley whose beautiful photography reminds me how sweet fashion really is.

Links à la Mode : October 8th

October 05, 2009

Review: End of Summer Anthro Items

Anthropologie recently put items on sale last Friday (unlike the usual Tuesday schedule). My guess is it's trying to clear out alot of the summer stuff as even here in California, the weather has turned pretty chilly.

In other words, get your tanks, silks, and other summery items now for cheap but you may have to alas, wait until next year to wear them.

Items I bought:

Acres-of-Indigo Shirtdress in Blue by LA Made

I've always admired cotton shirtdresses, but found many to be too mannish or unshapely. This one has the perfect level of femininity and I love the pin-tucking details.

The photo seems to hide this fact, but in reality the dress poufs out quite a bit and the top and waist are very fitted. In other words, if you a more pear shaped, this dress will work, but probably not the other way around.

I preferred the blue version of this one as I found the white to be not quite as crisp of a summer white as I would prefer.

Caveats to keep in mind:
1. For some reason the Anthro website says that this is US made, but the dress itself has tags saying "Made in China." It is definitely an external brand and not an internal branded Anthro item. So not sure what happened there...

2. Don't expect to button this dress all the way to the top as the neckline is very small. Although I did manage to button it, I can't imagine wearing it all buttoned up on a summer day. It would be too hot.

Verdict: Still, for those who love cotton dresses, it's an easy buy for next summer (or for the lucky ones, your next tropical vacation this winter) at $19.95.

Petal Strewn Cami by Eloise

I've been trying to stick to my "need" list rather than just my "want" list. Hence I was shopping for a relatively basic black cami but I always love classics with a twist.

A basic cotton cami with the feminine twist of petals around the neckline fit the bill.

The straps are thankfully adjustable and the cami is long enough to cover your torso completely. (Yes I hate it too when manufacturers essentially make you a bikini and sell it to you as a cami).

Verdict: $19.95 isn't exactly the cheapest price I've seen on a camisole, but if you're looking for something a little bit more special, I think it's a good choice.

Items I passed on:

Flossie Blouse in Ivory by Odille

Overall, a beautiful, crisp blouse from Odille.

However, the one thing that prevented me from buying is that the portrait collar was definitely cut too deep for petites and the body was a bit large, even though I was trying out the size 0. This blouse was cut rather large for Anthropologie standards.

Verdict: Definitely worth a try. Hopefully you'll have more luck than I did with this one. You may want to grab one size down as well.

 Convertible Seamless Cami by Eloise

In theory, this is a great concept: a cami you can convert into strapless tube top at will. Unfortunately the execution was not great.

Despite this thing being entirely nylon and spandex (definitely felt tight on), it couldn't stay put as a tube top and ended up more like a cumberbund.

Furthermore, the cami is cut rather square across the entire top, unlike with typical camis which tend to be cut curved so that you have more room under your arms to move around. (That might sound weird, but it was true for me).

Also the built in shelf just drives me nuts. I hate built in shelves. Except on bookcases.

But anyways, try on for yourself, but don't say I didn't warn you :)

October 04, 2009

Design Gone Bad: Mink Cell Phone Cases

Mink Cell Phone Case

"Hello? Yes. I would like to chat with you on my phone which currently looks like a small, furry dead animal. In fact, my cell phone case is made of mink; PETA be damned. Folks on the street think I am holding my pet hamster in my hand. ...I'm sorry I need to hand up now because my cell phone is going to overheat and I am currently being chased by the fashion police. Bye darling!"

Don't be a fashion victim. Vivre, usually you showcase a finely edited collection of accessories of good taste... what happened?

October 02, 2009

Links a la Mode: October 1st

Edited by Debutante Clothing

I just turned 35. It’s a landmark year not just chronologically, but style wise. I am now approaching that next age bracket in the How to Dress for Your Age features in mags. You know the ones. Thank goodness for my blogger pals here at Independent Fashion Bloggers. You’ll find some of the best style guides here this week. Guides such as Mischief My Dear’s advice on finding the perfect LBD and Fasshonaburu’s Spring 2010 trends guide. But beware the urge to dress too sexy. 39th and Broadway tells you why toddlers and stilletos don’t mix, and Squareectomy questions the taste level of visible thongs. Enjoy!

Links à la Mode : October 1st

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