eBay Picks of the Week

Hi,

It’s Wednesday and you know what that means eBay Picks of the Week!

1. Have a look at these lovely little boots (emphasis on little, they’re a size 5.5!).  Creamy white vintage leather boots.  These boots remind me of Jacque Demy’s 1967 Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.  If you haven’t seen it, go to Netflix immediately and watch it. A good friend of mine introduced me to the movie, and i’ve been a little obsessed since.

Here is Les Demoiselles de Rochefort


2. These Ann Demeulemeester brown leather lace-up boots are so amazing. 3. These Dries Van Noten shoes are to-die-for. I love the colors. They would add a quirky little pop of color to any outfit. Love.

4. These lovelies, made by Miu Miu are whimsical and wonderful. I love the glitter and the way the heel is curved. So COOL!

5. You could kick some serious butt with Proenza Schouler booties.

So there you have it, my eBay picks of the week. Ready…Set…BID!

xoxo,

Katie

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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

Collar-lovin’

On my shopping trip I also picked up a pair of jeans and a white button-up shirt.  Like a lot of people, I have fallen in love with the buttoned-up collared shirt. A lot of designers were loving this look, here are just a few examples from Spring Ready to Wear collections:

Jonathan Saunders did it.

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Miu Miu

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Valentino, too.

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More Valentino

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I have been really interested in finding an antique  big necklace, perhaps done in the art deco style to pair with my new shirt.  Here are some options:

I found both of these vintage lovelies on eBay.. Which is the best do you think?

I hope your Monday is going well… Is it weird that I’m at home, blogging, and applying for jobs, wearing red lipstick? I needed a pick-me-up I guess..

xoxo,

Katie

Nice Kitty

Howdy!

Did you all have a good weekend? What did you do? Brendan and I mostly hung out on Saturday, and then we went to the mall, where he promptly disappeared muttering something about how he’d be in the most manly store he could find… Poor guy. Anyway, to start the week off I thought I would share the most recent in adds for The Jason Wu for Target adds, an adorable cat-centric commercial. Enjoy!

Tune in later to see my latest shopping finds, and my search for the perfect accessory. : )

xoxo,

Katie

Anthro-lovin’… Waiting for the sales.

 

Anthropologie has done it again. I’ll admit it, Anthropologie is kind of my Achilles heel.  Their prices are so high, and yet I always feel the inclination to buy at full price… Not good I know, but I suppose that’s what happens when a store has conditioned its buyers to buy at full price.  Here are my most recent full price amours…

There are so many things to love about this Slouched Sailor Blouse, currently priced at $98 (crazy, non?).  I think what gets to me the most the adorable collar with the tie.  I might have to start looking for one at vintage stores…

The Lacuna Petals Blouse is so lovely, and this peachy color looks nice on lots of different skin tones.

Look at the back!!

And this up-close look at the details

This is one of the things that I love most about Anthropologie- the thoughtful little details.  It’s the little details that make an amazing garment.

Well folks (as I wipe the drool off my chin), that’s all I have for now. I hope you come and visit me again.

xoxo,

Katie

Come Away With Me

At the end of next month my good friend Stephanie is coming out to Jersey to SEE ME (pause for happy dance)!!! We are planning on going to Philly, since I live so close, and also to New York. I haven’t been before (this kills me because we live SO CLOSE), so I don’t know what is good to see aside from the obvious things.  For those of you who have been there, or live there, what should we do? Where is the good shopping? What about good restaurants?

Help!

I hope to hear from you soon..

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?