Friday! Hurray! Hurray!

Hi there,

it’s been awhile, huh? Sorry about the lack of posts lately.¬† What can I say? I actually have a life now…Sort of. ūüėȬ† Speaking of which, this weekend one of aunts will be in town and we are running around South Jersey today, having a sleep over (Brendan’s coming too!) tonight, and doing the shore tomorrow.¬† I am so excited to do the beach, and in a retro suit no less.It looks something like this, but in chocolate-brown, with a sweetheart neckline:

I am so excited to spend time with my family this weekend.  I will be taking a ton of pictures and making up some posts about our time.

Alright everyone, who’s with me? Onward to the beach!

xoxo,

Katie

Friday! Hurray! Hurray! Errr.. I mean Saturday.

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Yes, apparently while I was in a flu-induces haze, I forgot to post this, even though I had it READY to go for Friday. Blergh.

Happy Friday!

I’m finally feeling a little better! How are you doing? Do you have any big weekend plans?

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Princeton New Jersey (which is such an amazing place).  We got this really amazing olive oil and strawberry balsamic at Carter & Cavero: Old World Oil Company, and visited a kitchen gadget  store called Kitchen Kapers.  It was so much fun being there, in this beyond charming college town, just the two of us focusing on each other.  It is wonderful being out together, and to feeling like we did those first few months of being together.

Here we are at Carter & Cavero:

Here I am tasting all of the delicious balsamic vinaigrettes.

There was such a huge selection of oils and vinaigrettes, we had a hard time picking our favorites.¬† In the end we got Truffle Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (so wonderful), Strawberry balsamic, Garlic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Tuscan herb Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, and Frantoio Extra-Virgin Olive Oil… Needless to say, we won’t be needing EVOO any time soon!

Also, here are somethings that I’ve been eyeing all week:

A la Patricia Blanchet

These shoes are awesome.¬† I’ve been wanting to find a pair similar to this for a few years, but nothing really spoke to me like these do.

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I love the look of driftwood. Whenever I see a cool drift wood piece it makes me want to learn carpentry so that I could have the ability to make furniture with pieces of awesome wood like the piece above.

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Brendan would never let me do this, and I’m not sure I would, but it’s pretty cool, right?

Smitten Kitchen’s Porch Swing sounds truly sumptuous.¬† Now that the weather is getting warming, I see myself having many a gin based cocktail on balmy New Jersey nights. Yum.

Once again, I pay homage to that glorious hue Kelly Green.  This room, designed by Christina Murphy is to die for.  Brendan and I both thought this was such a great look.  Maybe we will replicate it someday.. : )

And I’ll leave you with the sage advice of Ronald Swanson:

Have a stellar weekend! May all your dreams come true.

xoxo,

Katie

A Trip With a Friend

Heyooooo!

I’m back, and fully energized (finally)! This last weekend was one of the best I have had in such a long time. Stephanie and I had a great time roaming the streets of New York, and catching up.¬† There is nothing better than sharing a bunch of new experiences with someone you care about.

Here are some pictures from our trip:

Murray's Bagels...Yum.

The West 25th Street Market and Antiques Garage

 

yummy food at Chelsea Market

 

Steph's amazing hat from The Family Jewels Vintage

The Chelsea Hotel, home to Tennessee Williams and Mark Twain, also the site where Sid stabbed Nancy

 

La Maison du Macaron... SO GOOD!

No, four macarons were not enough.

Penn Station was so amazing

The New York Library... I don't think I'll ever get over how gorgeous it was.

Magnolia Bakery

Let's face it, I geek out when I encounter famous eateries...What do you want from me?

Were we looking for Jimmy Fallon? You betcha.

Too cute

Dinner at Monster Sushi

 

Can you tell me what's wrong with this picture?

Drinks at The Met

And that my readers, is our trip in a nutshell.  I loved every minute of it, and wish that we were still there right now. Come back soon Steph!

Spring’s A-Comin’

You know what that means: wedding season.

Now, if you’re anything like me, you dread having to find that perfect outfit.¬† That’s why when my friend Geri of A Girl and her Mixer, June asked me to come up with some outfit ideas for a spring wedding she’s attending, I leapt at the chance to brainstorm and overcome my wedding guest dress fear.

You guys have to go visit Geri’s website.¬† She is totally brilliant in the kitchen, but don’t take my work for it, look at these pictures.

Banana Coconut Muffins

Grilled Shrimp Pizza

Délicieux, non?

Okay, now that i’m hungry, let’s move on to my favorite wedding wear.

I love love love this dress. I think this cut of dress is flattering on a lot of body types, and that it won’t be going out of style any time soon.¬† When I saw “500 Days of Summer” I fell in love with the dress Zooey D wore, and wished that I could find one that was similar.¬† Look no further ladies, it’s right here. : )¬† I also am a fan of the moderate heel at weddings, if only because they are easier to dance in.

Cute dress, cute shoes, nice jewelry.  This dress would be comfortable and unique, garnering lots of compliments from fellow Anthro-lovers everywhere.

So, Geri said she wanted to get away from the LBD, and while I totally understand, I have to say, that the LBD is the ultimate in wedding wear.  If you want to breathe new life into that tired old black dress, pair it with a brightly colored shoe, and fun accessories. : )

I love this dress.¬† It feels kind of like Monet’s waterlilies, which is cool, especially after Rodarte turned Van Gogh’s paintings into fabric for Spring.

Pretty cool, right?

I hope that helped!Happy shopping!

 

Friday! Hurray! Hurray!

Hi!

Guess where we are going tonight!! You guessed it, New York!

Well… More specifically North Jersey this evening to stay with a friend, and then onward to New York tomorrow morning!

I am so so so excited. This is going to be such a wonderful experience shared with our good friends… Friends who, I need not mention, share my love of fabric, fashion, and all things vintage.

Here’s what we are going to do:

1. Vintage home goods shopping… Which I am totally pumped about.

2. Mood Fabric! I cannot wait to get some awesome fabric, and “make it work!”

3. The Met, costume¬† and instrument sections… Ahhh!!!

4.Shopping, of course.

5. Sunday brunch

And much much more, I’m sure.¬† Yeah!

What are you doing this weekend? Anything awesome? Or is it a laundry and pjs kind of weekend? I have those a lot… Which makesthisweekend especially thrilling!

 

Anthropologie Fresh Cuts

Hi! I am super excited about this week’s Fresh Cuts, and I think you will be too!

Look at the adoreable bow deatil!

Tropica Jacquard Mini-Dress is so sweet.¬† The beautiful fabric (cotton) has a liner which is always a plus. This dress also comes with straps if you want the extra support, or prefer that look. It’s down from $198.00 to $99.95, and still has all sizes available in regular AND petite.¬† Here’s what people are saying about it:

1.Beautiful Print, BAAAAAD dress

Pros: print

Cons: shape

I love the print, but the fabric is thick and stiff like a canvas tote, not like a party dress! The bow on the front made my chest look crooked., and if you look carefully it is supposed to lay sideways. This isn’t very pretty in my opinion. It is well made, and the length isn’t too short. I also had some bunching at the waist from the zipper. Too bad!

2.Vaca Super Dress, 

Awesome fit, TTS and great fabric. This dress is perfect for mid winter vacation. I am 5’6”, 120 and I usually wear a 0, which is what I purchased. The sweetheart cut is very flattering for my average 34C sized bust but I would imagine it could be a little tight for more curvy figures.aca super dress,
3. Review

Pros: beautiful fabric very festive
Cons: bust is very small, not for an hourglass figure

I was so excited to try this dress on, but alas. The size six fit at the waist but the top was a mess – the bust is cut very small. The size eight was too big at the waist but fit at the bust. I’m a C cup, fyi. The other thing is that the bow on the top is asymmetrical and it as well as the pleating in the front stick out very awkwardly. The fabric is beautiful though. I think this would look great on someone with a straighter torso and smaller bust. Definitely try before you buy.

Verdict: It is really hard to get a a handle on what’s wrong with this dress because people are contradicting eachother, however, I think that it is safe to say that the color is lovely, but the cut of the dress works best for people who have a moderately size chest, and nicely rounded hips (but not too rounded!).

Isn’t she pretty? The Vicia Wrap Dress is darling and I want to wake up tomorrow and see it in my closet.¬† I love a good wrap dress; and this one is down from $288.00 to $149.95. Here’s what people are saying:

1. Gorgeous Dress

I bought this dress in a size 0 and it fits TTS. I am 5’3″ and 102 pounds. The colors are vivid and the craftsmanship of this dress is exquisite. It hits a little above my knee and drapes beautifully. It is extremely flattering, and although it does fall open a bit when sitting down, the gorgeous purple slip underneath is all that is seen and doesn’t look strange at all. I wore this with some brown boots and got a ton of compliments. Just lovely…

2. Almost perfect

I got this for Christmas, and as soon as I tried it on I thought it might be the best Anthro purchase I had ever made. The fabric is gorgeous, and the fit is really flattering. My usual size 4 worked perfectly. It has a separate lining, and unlike other Anthro dresses I’ve tried on where the lining was either too large or too small, this one fit perfectly.
However, I couldn’t give it perfect marks. There’s a slight construction issue which I only noted as soon as I sat down in the dress. As soon as I sit down, the skirt sorta falls open and doesn’t stay closed, so everyone can pretty much see the slip underneath. I’ve not had this problem to this degree with any other wrap dresses. I think whoever made it didn’t cut the skirt portion large enough to fully wrap around the body. When I’m standing it’s not a problem. When I’m sitting I’m constantly struggling to keep the skirt closed so that I’m not flashing everybody. It’s definitely not a size issue, as the rest of it fits perfectly.

I’m not quite sure how to get around this problem. If it’s not an issue for you, I say go ahead and buy it, since it is really beautiful. Maybe other people will have better luck. However, for nearly $300 you might want something that is more exacting in its fit and construction. If I hadn’t received this for Christmas, I’d have to ask myself if the discomfort of struggling with the dress whenever I’m sitting down is annoying enough for me to return it.

Verdict: The dress is beautifully made but you either need to be mindful of the gaping, or go to tailor and sort the problem out.

I love these kinds of shirts You know, the loose fitting flowy type? I have a buh-jillion in my closet. The Gauzy Gale Peasant top is¬† no exception to my love of these shirts, down from$118.00 to $59.95, this looks like a winner to me.¬† Here’s what people are saying:

1. Pretty but a little short

I am torn about this top, I loved it a soon as I saw it online and it is just as pretty in person, the red is a bit more rusty than it looks online but the embroidery looks exactly the same, the fabric is really soft and a bit sheer so I would wear a cami. I felt really good in this top, it stands out but is still relaxed and so comfortable. I’m usually a 12 I tried a 10 and it fit really well on top. The bottom of the top kind of flares out, it almost reminds me of a twirly little girl dress and that’s the part I’m not sure about, I think it would look amazing on someone with long thin legs but for me it hit just at the top of my thigh and I felt like it made my legs look shorter and stockier, like the top went wider right were my legs are widest, I don;t think I would mind the wide bottom if it was a little longer or the length if it wasn’t quite so wide. Overall I think it is a great top!
2. It certainly is gauzy!

Pros: embroidery, color
Cons: transparency

I took my usual XS and while the sleeves were a tad snug the blouse was still too “tenty” for me. It’s also very see through so whatever you wear on the bottom will show unless it’s the same color as the blouse.

Verdict: This top is your typical peasant top.  It is voluminous, and gauzy. If that is not your style, walk away.
Three words: Retro Nautical LOVE.Anthropologies’ Sea Lines Dress is so lovely. Brendan, if you’re reading this, I would very much like to have it. This seaworthy gal is down from $158.00 to $79.95. Here’s what people are saying:
1.Maybe not for us busty girls

Pros: adorable, color
Cons: fit

Adorable dress, but the triangle top didn’t work for me at all. I tried a Size 2 which fit perfectly in the waist and hips, but the bust was too tight and cut too low to be flattering.

2. Darling Nautical Dress!

Pros: fabric/print, length appropriate
I adore this dress. It is eye-catching at a minimum – lovely shades of blue, fun rope pattern intertwined with stripes and a unique cut. The halter style is a welcome change from the standard strapless dress.
The dress is even better on! At 5’9″, the dress is long enough to be respectable but not too long to be matronly. It hit me an inch or so above my knee (I have a long torso). I took a size 2 and it was comfortable and TTS – I have a small bust. I love how the back of the dress Vs slightly and the fabric is soft and drapes well.

Did I mention the dress has pockets? Awesome.

3. So adorable

very true to size, fabric is just slightly thinner than i expected. but fits very well on the shoulders and under the arms. perfect length, very zooey deschanel feel. can wear with layers and tights during the winter and booties or as a summer dress!

Verdict: Well folks, apparently this dress is amazing, as long as you have a moderately sized bust, you’ll be golden.
I love love love the detailing n this blouse. The Jaglion Blouse, by Leifsdottir is all kinds ogf velvety goodness. Down from $228.00 to $99.95.
This is odd, but no one has reviewd this top.. Probably because it was SO expensive. Get thee to an Anthropologie and try it on!
There are many other lovely Fresh Cuts on Anthrpologies website, these happen to be my favorite. Happy shopping (or dreaming in my case)!
xoxo,
Katie

Look Out! That Girl is Crafty: Modcloth Knockoff

Hello again,

When Brendan and I got married, I registered for a sewing machine, and three lovely women banded together and got me one! Since then I have meant to start on a major project, and this is what I’ve decided to do:

This charming little frock is going for $319.00 on modcloth.com, but thanks to Sew Weekly’s Make This Look, I am going to make it for significantly less than that.

Jayma May's of Glee is wearing my future dress

Make This Look is so awesome because it take popular frocks and finds a pattern similar to it so that folks who sew can make it! They also offer fabric suggestions. I have not decided what fabric to use, but if you tune in next Monday, I will have selected my fabric and will begin working on it.¬† Full disclosure: this is the first real dress I have ever made, but I am up to the challenge, and¬† I am looking for the opportunity to spit in ModCloth’s metaphorical eye.. Don’t get me wrong, I love ModCloth, but $319.00? That’s just too much. I would be more inclined to buy¬†these or¬†these lovelies on ModCloth.

If you are curious and want to see the other clothing that Make This Look has replicated, you’ll find them here.

Enjoy being crafty!

xoxo,

Katie

Valentine’s Day Planning pt. 2: The Outfit

So you have your Valentine’s Day meal all planned out, now the question is what to wear. I have to say,¬† I’ve been having a lot of fun finding the perfect V-Day wear.

Here are some ideas. I hope you like them!

If you are wanting to see more of my V-day picks check out my Valentine’s Day Pins.

xoxo,

Katie