A Little Less Conversation, a Little More Action

It occurred to me the other day I’ve been talking too much about all the things I want to do with the house, but there has been very little action on my part (besides spending waaaaaay too much time on Pinterest dreaming). It is my intention to start doing little projects here and there to make our house awesome.  My first undertaking (I think) will be The Penny Beautification Project. That of course depends on the level of success I have at matching a lighter shade in the realm of Tiffany Blue at Lowes- I’m planning on doing a nice post alllllllll about that.

My next project (I think) will be my bedroom bench. Look at what I got in the mail! There is so much possibility in a quart of paint!

So Brendan and I are going to run out on the third and get some paint! We might even go to a fabric store!!! So excited. (p.s. my crossing out my address was really nicely done, right?)

Can you believe that it’s March already? I’ve started to prepare for Easter (Brendan’s family is coming out), and Dexter is preparing to be loved a lot by his aunt, uncle and grandparents.

Don’t ask me why Dexter is French here.. It just felt right, okay.

So there you have it folks. I’m going to beautify our house, one project at a time… Hopefully in time to impress my mother, if they ever come out and visit me. Yep, just called ya out Mom and Dad. On my blog. Look out, no one is safe.

Katie

 

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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

Anthropologie Fresh Cuts

It’s that time again! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means: Anthropologie Fresh Cuts!  Here is a run down of some of the fresh cut sale items, as well as a few lovelies that were previously on sale.

I’ll be honest, I was a bit disappointed with this weeks fresh Cuts.  They still featured two of the garments I talked about last week.  Here are some new listings…

This Fading Stitch Pullover, comes in yellow as well as grey. Unfortunately they only have XL’s left on the website, but it might be that you can find this sweater in stores on sale now. Here’s what people are saying about it:

1.Such A Pretty Pullover

Pros: color, style
Cons: dry clean only

I was first drawn to blend of sky blue colors of this pullover sweater. The look and feel is soft and feminine. Because of the delicate weave, extra care is needed not to snag it on anything. I bought a size up for longer length in the torso. The price is right for this one, too.

2.Soft and beautiful

Pros: color shape versatility

I first noticed this sweater in the catalog and was intrigued; when I saw it in the store, I loved it. I purchased the gold color which I think compliments my fair skin and blonde hair well. It is very soft and somewhat sheer–nothing a cami can’t cure. And whenever I wear it, I receive compliments, from family, friends, strangers, and even my dentist! Overall, a great purchase.

3.Too short

This sweater may look good on someone who’s shorter and not so busty. Did not look good on me. It went back…

Verdict: This is a lovely sweater, but not good for busty ladies.

This whimsical little number isGraphic Flutters Dress is now on sale for $139.95, down from $278.00.

1. I love this dress!!!

I’m ecstatic that this dress went on sale as quickly as it did. I really wanted to check it out but I just couldn’t be moved to pay the original price. I am fine with the sale price, because this dress is great. The fit is super- it fits like a glove. I am a bit hippy in the hips, that is- and this dress isn’t too snug or ill-fitting in that area like some other dresses cut in a similar sheath type way. There’s extra room there to accommodate curves. The fabric is amazing- the print is so interesting. The colors are varied and all beautiful, you could run wild with different colored accessories and footwear for this dress. I love the soft purple and the pops of electric teal/green, and the blues/greens here and there. The length was my perfect length- right below the knee. The dress is lined. It has pockets. Dry clean only- which for me is the only downside to this great dress.

Verdict: There are really too few reviews of this frock to really say, but it’s lined, and visually interesting.. What do you think?

The Scrawled Rain Blouse was the only Fresh Cut that I got really excited about this week. It is now on sale for $59.95, down from $118.00.

1. Clingy

This blouse has a lot going for it. I’m 5’7″ (23c-27-38) and the small worked well. It’s well made and a good length to cover the tops of jeans. The only drawback was that the silk stuck to my skin (static cling I guess) to the point that my skin color was showing through the white parts and it looked pink. Not sure if silk is compatible with anti-static cling spray so I passed. I’d recommend a strapless bra.

2. Try before you buy

Pros: shoulder design, pattern, colors, pure silk
Cons: boxy, size 0 too large
The actual top is different from the online photo. Nothing sticks out under the arms, instead the black shoulder strap continues like a facing around the armhole, which I think is actually a much better design.
I love the top, but not the fit on me. The silk is just thick enough not to show your bra, and the design and off-white background are just like the photo. Quality-wise it has lovely details like the silk-covered bottons at the bottom.
My problem was that I’m too short (barely 5’2″, long torso, narrow-shouldered 32-24-35) and sized out of even the size 0.
My shoulders fit the top and side straps with room to move, but the bust area was swimming. Also, the shape was boxy, very wide at the waist, and ended at my hip. Made me look very dumpy. I tried opening the buttons and belting, but that didn’t help. I think this will fit straighter figures much better.

Still, I love the pattern and shoulder style so much I may reconsider having it altered if it goes on sale. Or even better, maybe there will be a non-boxy dress version one day!

Verdict: This is a pretty top, with good quality material, but a bit boxy, and shear. I think you should definitely go to the store and try it on.

This last pick is not a fresh cut, but I love it, and wanted to share it with you.

The Garcia Dress is so beautiful.  The cut is classic, and the color is sassy. I’m thinking that this would make a superb Valentine’s Day dress. What do you think? Here’s what some people had to say:

1. Valentinesy perfect!

Pros: beautiful color, somewhat adjustable waist, incredible sale price

i love this dress! the color is a true candy apple red (not too orangey, not too winey, just RED, which is great.) it has a pretty, swishy skirt, and falls just below the knees on me. the top does run a bit big, so if you’re between sizes, or smallish busted, i’d advise sizing down. some people complained they felt it was TOO big up top, but the top is ruched, so i believe it’s meant to look fitted, yet also a bitsy-bit gathered and drapey. personally, i really like the look! as for the placement of the waist, just look carefully inside your dress when you get it, and you’ll notice an inner elastic waistband of sorts. you can arrange it so that the waist falls where you want it to, maybe so it sits a little higher or lower, depending on what works for your shape. it’s a formal-ish dressy dress, so i plan on wearing it for valentine’s day, but i also intend to dress it down for less-fancy occasions with a cozy cardigan, vintage brooch, and ballet flats. this was one of my very favorite purchases of the year! if you’re lucky enough to find one in your size for the sale price, i’d recommend that you snatch it up!

2. Nice Dress but top is too large

I like this dress and the feminine look of the skirt, however, the top was too large so I had to return it. Maybe if you size down it would work better.

3. Matronly on me

Pros: fabric
Cons: wrong fit for me

I ordered this online. I’m tall with wide shoulders and an hourglass/full figure. On me, the shoulders weren’t cut wide enough – they were in about 1-2 inches from my shoulders, which always looks dowdy on my body type. The horizontal gathers on the bodice added bulk around my waist, and the skirt was full and just past the knee. So the overall effect was kind of dumpy bridesmaid.

4. Fits my Small Bust

I’ve always wanted this dress, so I freaked out and ordered this in the early morning when it first went on 50% sale. It got here in time for me to wear to a Christmas Eve party.
I got SO MANY COMPLIMENTS on this dress! It fit wonderfully. I am a 34A and so when I read all the “huge bust” reviews I thought, well, I’m screwed. But it actually fits me just fine at the bust. I do have a nice set of shoulders, so that may be where this supposed extra fabric went, but in my experience this dress has a very proportional chest. .
The waist was a little high at first, but there is this inner elastic strap that you’re meant to cinch underneath. Once I did that, I could scootch the seam down a little to exactly where my natural waist is, making this dress look tailored exactly to my figure.

I adore this dress. It’s now one of my absolute favorites, totally a special-occasion dress.

Verdict: Adjustable waist? Flattering cut? Truly red? Yes, I would like to own this one.. : )

So there you have it folks, my Anthro fresh cuts, and other sale items.

xoxo,

Katie

Anthropologie Fresh Cuts, and other Sale Items

Confession: I am obsessed with Anthropologie. It is my favorite store in the whole world, because of its sophisticated,  unique well-made clothes.  I have been a faithful shopper for the last three years, and I have to say, no other store has come close to cooling my ardor for this store.

The only thing that i don’t like about Anthro is the fact that it is so expensive, which is why I mainly hit the sales rack when I go there, unless something is just too good to pass up. One of th important things to know about Anthropologie is that they post their new Fresh Cuts sale items on their website every Tuesday morning, and I have to say that today’s Fresh Cuts did not disappoint.  Here are my favorites:

This Zenobia Tee is on sale now for $39.95, down from$68.00.

Here is what some of the reviewers have to say about the Zenobia Tee:

  1. Sweet Tee, 
    December 31, 2011

    This tee has been on my wish list for ages, but I was hesitant to purchase online because of previous reviews. I was able to try on both a small and medium in the store and decided to go with a medium. It’s just personal preference. I’m 5’9″ 128lbs 34D and typically wear a small. The small wasn’t obnoxiously tight, but I felt more comfortable in a medium. I don’t find the material sheer as others have mentioned.

  2. My new go-to top with skirts., 
    December 31, 2011

    I hate the way most cotton/t-shirt material tops look tucked into a skirt. This top is perfect. It hugs your body and doesn’t bunch up above the band of the skirt. The combination of the casual torso material with the lace sleeves and sheer collar make it easy to dress up or down, and it works just as well with a billowy gypsy skirt as a smart pencil skirt.

  3. Pretty but sheer, 
    December 28, 2011

    The sleeves on this top are beautiful, but I wish it wasn’t so sheer. I tried this with a pair of wide-leg pants, and it looked great, but there’s no way I could wear this for work without something over or under it. I have a pet peeve about wearing a cami under t-shirts, and putting something over it defeats the purpose of the pretty sleeves. If it was just a bit thicker, I would have come home with this one.

  4. Do your crunches, 
    December 14, 2011
    Pros: design, great colors
    Cons: size up for sure if you have a tummy
    the sleeves on this top are a beautiful and unobtrusive way to participate the lace trend that has crept from fall collections right into the winter (no complaints!)… but be prepared because the fabric on the rest of the piece is quite clingy, and will not conceal those four cookies you ate at the holiday luncheon… oops.
    i bought the red color in medium (TTS, in my opinion) and did end up putting a lightweight nude cami underneath, for coverage and warmth (who would be so silly as to layer this piece and cover up the lovely lace?)
    i would really love to style this with a pencil skirt with heavier-weight fabric. overall, another really pretty piece i didn’t mind paying full price for.

So, the general consensus seems to be that it is a pretty shirt, that is pretty tight, so you may want to go a size up from what you would normally do.

I absolutely love this Night Phlox Blouse With it’s rich colors and wonderfully romantic puffed sleeves (It feels kind of Anne of Green Gables to me).  The Night Phlox blouse is now on sale for $59.95, down from $118.00.

Here’s what people are saying about this blouse:

  1. Beautiful blouse, ruined by sleeves, 
    December 30, 2011
    when i saw this top i immediately picked it up. the pattern on the blouse is beautiful, and the colors are awesome. it would be very easy match with almost anything, and it would look great with a pair of jeans.
    though i loved the blouse intially, it was ruined by the sleeves. they are very big and poofy, and they almost dominate the top. also, they are a very awkward length (not quite long sleeve, not quite 3/4 sleeve).

    the length of the top is great, and the quality is too. if the sleeves were different, this would be an awesome buy. many people may be able to pull this off if they like the dramatic sleeve, its not like its a bad product.

  2. So so, 
    December 29, 2011
    Pros: colors
    Cons: sleeves, length
    I’m not one for flowery tops, but I thought I’d give it a go.
    It’s a nice material with beautiful colors, but the sleeves are just too much. It would have been more flattering if there wasn’t such a dropped shoulder. When the puffy sleeves lined up with the bust line, it made me look very wide.
    Also, the shortened bottom was a bit of a hassle.

    Fits true to size.

  3. Edgy yet Elegant, 
    December 7, 2011
    Pros: it’s pretty

    I really like this blouse. It can go anywhere and be worn with anything. The orange (my favoirite color) contrasts nicely with the blue. It makes sense since those colors are on opposite sides of the color wheel. I just love how the silk feels on my skin. I have no complaints with this. I’m 5’3″ 34B and I’m wearing a 4 in the picture.

  4. Prettier in Person, 
    November 8, 2011
    Pros: surprisingly versatile

    This lovely blouse looks much better in person! I bought it to wear with the Anthro orange lace skirt & jeans. It has poets shoulders, snug at the elbow (I left it unbuttoned) & looked good tucked into the skirt. It is a true navy & gold infused orange – very versatile blouse!

So, people had problems with the sleeves, but I’m thinking that if you’re wanting a nice statement piece that is a little bit more edgy, as reviewer three said, this is your top!

So the rest of my favorite garments are not fresh cuts, but still on sale now.

These Fairisle Clog Boots are so beautiful, and look like they would keep you warm! What a great statement piece! The boots are now on sale for $149.95, down from $278.00.  Here’s what reviewers say

  1. Sanitas are awesome, 
    January 5, 2012

    I have a ‘vintage’ pair of Sanita booties, so I ordered the 39 (my normal size) and they fit great. They are clogs and wear as one should expect – the sole does not bend, but there is tons of support and comfort.
    These are very cute, and the print works out as neutral, very versatile.
    Highly recommend at the sale price, they will last forever.

  2. Love hate relationship, 
    January 3, 2012
    Pros: adorable on
    Cons: no foot bed liner so slippery inside, fit
    I suppose I’ve no one but myself to blame. Ordered them when the additional 30% off was on offer. They came. I liked the way they looked. I am petite, with curvy calves, and was worried these might make my legs look shorter. Was surprised to find that this was not a problem with my dark skinny jeans, and even with black tights, and a knee length skirt. I get gobs of compliments on them too.
    However, the fit is less than optimal and I don’t see myself wearing them on long shopping trips anytime soon. I ordered one size up as suggested. In the dimension of length I’m glad for it, because my foot slides forward at every step, causing my toe to bump the front of the boot. Meanwhile they are exceedingly wide, and my heel sloshes about in the back. Partly this is due to the fact that there is no lining in the foot bed at all. You’re sliding around on polished wood, very slippery indeed with luxuriantly thick winter socks. I’ve begun to amend these deficits by adding pads in the foot ball area of the shoe, but am still not entirely satisfied.

    Yeah, could have returned them… but, wowzers, they’re cute!!

  3. Unbelievable comfort for a stylish heel., 
    December 29, 2011
    Molds to your feet after a couple wears, Sanita has been around since 1906 and the Danish know how to make clogs. The boot has grip to make it slip resistant even for a 3 inch heel. Every time I wear them they get more comfortable I even forget I am wearing boots which is amazing.

    Also a pretty warm boot that can be worn comfortably all 3 seasons

Mmmm-hm! Looks like I will be saving my pennies for these bad boys!

I hope you enjoyed my Anthropologie Picks as much as I did! What are your favorite stores?