July 31, 2010

Bayou Salvage Designs to be Featured in New Orleans Anthro Store

Bayou Salvage is an etsy boutique from Keri Fitts with fantastic "Southern Gothic" looks and true charm. Per her etsy store announcement - her work will be shown at "Anthropologie's new flagship store in New Orleans come September."

Read more about her in an etsy Storque article.

And check out the beautiful sunny yellow dress from her etsy store below! Lovely!

Photocredit: Bayou Salvage

July 30, 2010

Links a la Mode: Looking back, moving forward?

links a la mode

Looking back, moving forward?

Edited by: Florrie Clarke of Intrinsically Florrie.
This week's links bound across time as we go from the first incarnations of the handbag, to both the glamour and reality of the mid-20th Century and the modern phenomenon of online shopping. And when, in all this, will women be happy with their bodies? Debenhams may now be using unretouched images alongside the photoshopped, but the Daily Mail and the UK's new equalities minister have decreed a new, and for a lot of us unattainable, body shape for us to aim for.

Links à la Mode: July 29th

    July 28, 2010

    Mizrahi 24.21 - Style to Try

    This is the 21st in a series of questions from Isaac Mizrahi's fantastic book How to Have Style with my personal answers below.


    Discovering Your Style, Question #21: What look or style have you always wanted to try but have never had the nerve?

    Menswear. I've always been a bit of a girly girl, but have also really liked menswear type looks on other gals. I like pinstripes, vests, yet re-tailored for a woman's body, the whole feminine-masculine tug of war. It's just a look I've never been managed to work for myself.

    Some great examples are:
    Ashley Olsen doing the menswear look with killer heels

    Sassy!

    Glasses so nerdy they are chic

    July 27, 2010

    Wanted: Chianti Red Patent Booties

    Anniversary Sale Price $69.90 (Orig $109)

    Söfft has come up with an absolutely gorgeous dark wine coloured patent leather shoes that have the feeling of a vintage bootie, but have a very modern heel. The suede laces dyed to match are the perfect touch. I loved these once I saw them online- not to mention the fact that they come in a large size range from 4 to 12! I ended up trying on a pair in a size 5 at a local Nordstrom's, but am waiting for a 5 1/2 to come in the mail to see which suits me best.

    UPDATE: I mulled over the 5 and 5 1/2. For some reason I seem to be ideally between the 2 - not like Sofft makes 5 1/4! Sadly I realize it's best for me to return both lest I risk pinched toes or wobbly heels. Try them on for yourself though! I still think they are gorgeous.

    July 25, 2010

    Review: Anthro Sundried Hat

    style #18365049
    $59.95...was $128

    I tried this one on at the San Francisco store (about 2 of them were in the sale section yesterday). I thought it was a very pretty and well-made in person. Not a scratchy $10 straw hat - it was clear this was high quality. The fact the brim curves in would make it excellent for shielding the sun from your face. However, I thought it did tend to be a bit on the larger side for my own head and even from the catalogue photo I realize it does tend to sit rather low.

    Verdict: Since it didn't fit me perfectly, I wouldn't fork over $60, but try it on yourself.

    July 24, 2010

    Links a la Mode: More than a Fashion Blogger

    links a la mode

    More than a Fashion Blogger

    Edited by: Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista
    Whatever your thoughts are about fashion bloggers, this week's links a'la mode reads were quite evocative. Hardly does an article leave me questioning my own thoughts or ideals, especially when talking fashion. I may be moved to buy, but deeper? (sans any type of societal injustice) These bloggers brought more to the table, as Vogue Gone Rogue did with her declaration of the coexistence of feminism and fashion. Yet, I was proud to be an entrepreneur after glimpsing into the world of a bridal consultants leap into fashion design.In a world where a new fashion blog is born everyday and everyone is a critic. Confessions of a Fashion Editor interviews an outspoken blogger critic while The Vintages ponders if we should even care what others say. Whether you read because of the pretty pictures, fun reads, or fashion tips, know your authors are more than fashion bloggers.
    • 365 Fashion Rehab- The Cost/Quality Conundrum. Three tops in three different price ranges: How do you really know if the quality of a garment matches its price tag?
    • A La Modest- Thrifting Down the Mainstream: "With this new wave rave for vintage, even Goodwill is raising their prices because the more affluent kids are ransacking their racks for one-of-a-kind retro rompers and sixties sandals."
    • Bachmans Sparrow- Transform your basic tanks into beautiful, statement pieces with just a little lace. Check it out in my easy DIY tutorial!
    • Bobbins And Bombshells: Who's That Behind Those Foster Grants? Part fashion history part give away!
    • Confessions of a Fashion Editor- Nati Hell, of 'Fashion Bloggers Why?!' Answers Back
    • Cuffington- The Tale of the Tape- A chance encounter with an old handmade mix tape cover (crafted nine years ago from a page torn from an issue of W) takes me back to the very moment when I truly became interested in fashion, and what fashion was capable of.
    • Denim Debutante: Paula's Denim Dear John Letter
    • Eva Lu- Tame those Bangs! 3 ways to keep your hair looking pretty while cycling through the city.
    • Fashionizehaus- Style vs. Fashion: Tips on Developing the Fomer
    • French Leaving- Lovely Clusters of Beige: A collage of selected Etsy/Lovely Clusters picks of beige items.
    • Hello Beauty Blog- Bobbi gets a little rock 'n roll with her latest collection, Denim & Rose.
    • Independent Fashion Bloggers: When Words Attack Bloggers
    • Living Embellished- Unmask Italia: Learn of the wonders that lay in the Venetian Masks
    • Miss Jones and Me- Binary Opposition: Applying the device to my life and my wardrobe
    • Parker and Muse- Balancing my day job as a bridal consultant/photo editor with starting a fashion line: The economics of pursuing my passion.
    • Style it You- Condé Nast recently rejected Mario Epaya's proposal for Vogue Africa. Will fashion ever embrace diversity in beauty?
    • The Curvy Fashionista- Christian Siriano for Payless for Fall 2010: From Runway to Realway?
    • The Haute Hoosier- Supermodels are Dead: Introducing the Catwalk Queens You've Never Heard Of- A round up of some of today's hottest catwalk queens.
    • The Vintages Contemplations on caring about public opinion and considering the potential success of the typical blog - one with a blogger who is not particularly glamorous, rich, or thrifty, only average, as most of us are.
    • Vogue and Vintage When the day is going bad just hop on your bike and ride out into the sunset. Your worry's will melt away as the sun sets! Let the wind blow all the cares away! And do it in style of course!
    • Vogue gone Rogue- A closer take on feminism and fashion.

    July 23, 2010

    What I Love now! - July Heatwave Edition

    J'Adore Dior. In a total splurge, I got a pair of Dior sunglasses from my optometrist's office. I wanted a pair of nonprescription sunglasses with Crizal Sun coating to get rid of the glare from driving around in the California sun. Plus, they look adorable!

    I used to think investing in sunglasses was silly when you can easily get a pair for $10. Then, I realized you get what you pay for. $10 sunglasses will last a few months, or even weeks, before breaking and are usually not fitted properly since they are usually not custom adjusted by a professional.

    My personal preference is not for a too-obvious logo sunglass and I prefer oversized glasses for the look and the larger area of UV protection.
    $245 at Nordstrom.com

    Tiered Ruffles. I know this dress has been considered too precious by many, but frankly I'm a sucker for bows, ruffles, and all sweet pretty girly things. I bought this in a 4P (this dress does run a good bit on the small and short side - so I sized up even though it was petites. It's definitely to be worn at miniskirt length!)


    style #18216101
    $79.95...was $158

    Sassy CharactersMatilda Sturridge as Frances in Poirot: The Third Girl has a fantastic look throughout the film. Not to mention it's great to see how another relatively baby-faced gal, can be transformed by makeup, costume and hair to a vampy, artistic-looking Frances. And, I want that lipstick!

    Matilda as Frances

    Matilda as Frances

    Matilda's Agency Headshot


    July 21, 2010

    Mizrahi 24.20 - Morning

    This is the 20th in a series of questions from Isaac Mizrahi's fantastic book How to Have Style with my personal answers below.


    Discovering Your Style, Question #20: What is the first thing you think of in the morning?

    Usually some combination of:
    1) I want to keep sleeping... ZZZZZ zzzz ZZZZ
    2) I have nothing to wear! What should I wear? Ack!
    3) What colour for today?

    I often start outfits by choosing a colour or a specific piece to work other pieces around - then it's a mad dash to get dressed and off to work!

    July 20, 2010

    Review: Elevenses First Mate Blazer

    style #013098
    $69.95...was $128

    I loved the nautical pins and styling when I first saw this blazer. However, I would say that there are 2 issues with it: 1) It's too large for petites and 2) the clasp used to keep it together seemed to be a bit loose.

    Verdict: Great for taller/bigger gals. If you're petite, you may want to consider sizing down to see if it can work for you that way.

    July 18, 2010

    Sweetness for Less: Ruffle Jackets for Fall

    The Inspiration:

    Free People and Anthropologie have both released very pretty asymmetrical ruffle jackets for fall.

    Style#013226

     Free People Military Ruffle Jacket, $148

    The Look a Likes:
    Nordstrom, usually known more for it's high end items and prices, has actually released some reasonably priced ruffle jackets during it's Anniversary Sale:

    Caslon Ruffle Front Jacket, $44.90 (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Price)



    Klovis Ruffle Trim Crop Jacket, $33.90 (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Price)


    July 17, 2010

    Links a la Mode: Couture Today



    Couture Today: An Exploration

    Edited by: Ann Colville Somma of Holier than Now

    Couture: clothes painstakingly custom-made from the finest materials; alternatively, something Juicy - or even Filthy. It's hard not to chafe at the degradation of the term, which is technically reserved for members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture (houses that create made-to-order pieces for private clients, amongst other criteria). Looking at creations recently sent down the runways, it's sad to think artisanal techniques like hand beading may not survive in a world of rhinestoned terry sweatsuits.
    But in fact, the handmade movement is ever gaining steam with the support of many bloggers. "Couture" may be associated with impossibly high prices, but in your own hands it's an affordable way to obtain one-of-a-kind style. This week, review Couture Week round ups from The Well-Appointed Catwalk, La Chanelfile and more - then become your own private client, with tips from Fashion Butter, The Fashion Planner, and Twitch Vintage.

    Links à la Mode: July 15th

    July 16, 2010

    Free Urban Outfitters Music

    If you ever have loved the soundtracks they play in-store, Urban Outfitters offers Free iTunes downloads via their site. They released their 10th playlist with 25 songs on it here. I wish sister-brand Anthropologie would also release their store playlists!

    July 14, 2010

    Leifsdottir Summer Sale Begins


    Leifsdottir has just announced it's summer sale via beautiful email.

    Some notables:

    Leaf Canopy Dress, $79.95 (orig 158)


    Kerala Suede Blazer, $199.95 (org $398)

    Paper Lantern Dress, $144.95 (orig $288)

    Mizrahi 24.19 - Copycat

    This is the 19th in a series of questions from Isaac Mizrahi's fantastic book How to Have Style with my personal answers below.


    Discovering Your Style, Question #19: When you were a little girl, who did you dream of looking like? Did you try to copy the style of anyone in particular?

    Like many little girls, I would often try to copy my mother and what she would do to dress herself. Oddly I always thought Chibi Maruko Chan (a famous Japanese cartoon character) and her mother, Sumire Sakura, reminded me a good bit of myself, a mischievous little girl, and my own mother.



    July 13, 2010

    Video Review: Tiny Windows Dress, Puckered Eyelet Jacket

    Yay another outfit/dressing room review video! This time I paired the Tiny Windows dress in pink with a cream jacket (for chilly evenings?).

    Here's the video:


    And here are the items I am wearing:


    style #18481432
    $59.95...was $118

    A really nice shirt dress with a bit of a vintage feel to it. I loved the colour, which is really more of a coral pink. Fit true to size and hits me right below the knee at 5 ft 1. Very pretty look and colour.

    Verdict: I already bought a shirt dress from Anthropologie in an orange/red so I passed on buying another one. However, I thought the pink was much prettier than the lavender (light greyish purple) in person if you are debating.

    style #013307
    $59.95...was $118

    This jacket is cut pretty much identical to the Tabitha Short and Sweet jacket from Fall/Winter, but just done in eyelet instead. Even the hook and eye closure is identical. It's quite pretty, however I would say it did look a slightest bit bulky in the video over the dress and might be better suited over pants. Fit true to size and works for petites.

    Verdict: A pretty choice if you want a light weight cotton jacket for summer. If I didn't already have the Short and Sweet jacket, I would probably get this.

    July 12, 2010

    Video Review: Tambour Blouse, Floreat Pants

    style #18684217

    This is such a beautiful blouse with the ruffles, little buttons and cut work. Also it's nice to finally see pastels at Anthropologie again! I tried on a size 2 since that was the smallest available in store and thought it was a little bit on the big/long side and probably would stay with a 0 if I were to buy.

    Verdict: A size 0 is definitely going on my wishlist!

    Separately I also tried on a pair of Elevenses wide leg white pants which no longer appear to be available online. The smallest available in store was a 4S (size 4 short) but they were still very large on me. Normally I would wear a 0 or 2 in pants. 

    On to the video:



    July 11, 2010

    Video Review: Elevated Eyelet Blazer, Gyroscope Skirt, Alpine Ranch Shirt

    Hello sweet reader!

    It's been a long time since I've done video reviews from the dressing room. This time I decided to get a bit creative and put together several Anthropologie pieces together!

    Here were the items:

    style #010087
    I don't think this blazer suits petites well as I felt it ran large and rather long on me. You'll see in the video. However, the fabric eyelet is very pretty in person - just wish they made a cropped version.

    Verdict: Wouldn't buy for petites. The fabric is beautiful though.

    style #023111
    $29.95...was $128

    Out of all 3 pieces I thought this fit best. The 0 felt true to size and the use of silk was a nice touch and is quite affordably sale priced. However, I just didn't think the skirt popped on me particularly.

    Verdict: Try this one on! See if you like it.


    style #18329771
    $19.95...was $78


    The shirt looked quite pretty on the rack but was very long and big on me - even though I grabbed an xs. You can see in the video that I had to tuck it in but it was still very large. Also the material was very sheer and ideally you would need to wear a camisole underneath.

    Verdict: Probably best for tall girls.

    And on to the video. This time I also took footage of the care and materials tags for additional reference.




    July 10, 2010

    Blog Facelift

    Ahhh - perhaps it's a serial obsession for bloggers - but we all seem to enjoy updating our layouts. I hope you like my new look! If not please comment with your suggestions!

    I think it's a bit cleaner than before as now all posts are to your left and all other items are to your right.

    Also, now this blog actually can use some of the Blogger functions since I'm using a more compliant template.

    July 09, 2010

    Jeremy's Anthro Arrivals

    Jeremy's recently sent out a sale newsletter announcing new arrivals which include several Anthropologie dresses from prior season(s) in case you are looking for them and as much information as I can remember about them.

    Update: Thanks to goldenmeans I now have the full names and links for all these dresses!

    Clockwise from top left:

    1) Lil Tassel Fronds Dress $99 - Style # 933249 - silk floral print, very lightweight if I remember correctly
    2) Tracy Reese Picture Show Dress $89 - Style # 013035 - a combination of silk and lace I believe and I remember it being a bit awkward on top
    3) Girls from Savoy Lime Juice Dress $99 (orig 138) - Style# 033002 - this was a silk dress and lovely material, though I remember the ruffles being a bit overwhelming on my petite figure
    4) Deletta Cosgrove Dress $89 - Style #933180 - not sure if it was cotton/man made





    July 08, 2010

    Links a la Mode: Questions, questions

    links a la mode

    Questions, questions

    Edited by: Jennine Jacob, IFB

    They say the only dumb question is one you don't ask, and these days the questions keep coming and the answers? Well, we try. In the fashion world... Lady Gaga, is she really doing it for the girls? What does working with Terry Richardson do for/against her cred? Should we question the ethnic headdress trend? Has fashion blogging become overloaded and narcissistic? What's the real price of our clothing? And more importantly what should we wear to a movie date!?! Oh man, the questions they keep coming. Luckily this week's roundup has some answers.

    Links à la Mode: July 8

    July 06, 2010

    Summer Tent Sale

    Terrain, the home, garden and body store brought to by the same folks as Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, is hosting a Summer Tent Sale.

    Full details on getting early access are available in it's announcement here.

    The cute invitation graphic is also pasted below for your enjoyment!

    Review: Edme and Esyllte Gilded Lily Skirt




    $39.95...was $78
    style #18322198

    I thought the layers on the skirt were just lovely and liked the use of linen. But the skirt was very shiny in person and more suited towards an evening cocktail party as opposed to daytime wear. The waist does run bit on the snug side - so you may want to try a size up as well. Also I would say the skirt isn't quite a pencil skirt shape - it's a bit looser but obviously not an a-line skirt either.

    Verdict: If you're looking for an evening skirt for a warm climate this may work - but not really sure it works for day.

    July 05, 2010

    Back from Vacation!

    Yay! I'm back home from a whirlwind Canada Day trip to Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria (whew!). A bit exhausted and don't have pictures downloaded yet, but will post later :)

    Enjoy the rest of your 4th of July weekend everybody!
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