Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Anthropologie Purchase

Hi everyone, hope your week is going well. Only one more day and then it's on to 2011. I can hardly believe how quickly this year seemed to fly by! Wow!

I did a little post-holiday shopping with my gift card this evening, so I thought I'd drop in to show you the latest purchase from Anthropologie.

Yep, I did it, I brought home the Soft-Structured Dress that I blogged about a few days back. The colors and pattern are simply stunning, and although it was more than I would normally pay for a jersey dress, I couldn't resist with my free money.;)

Now, this isn't styled or anything. I won't even be wearing the dress until next week, at which point I'll be breaking out the tights, some cute shoes, and switching up the jewelry to complement the dress. However, I couldn't resist trying it on yet again once I brought it home, so I snapped a quick pic for you guys to see.

I tried on both the XS and the S, but ended up taking home the small because the fit was more flowy. I work in a pretty damn conservative office, so I can't be prancing around like Jessica Rabbit in super form-fitting clothes all day. The small still flatters my frame, but allows me to maintain a more modest appearance when dealing with all those corporate types in power suits all day long.

Have a terrific evening and a fun, safe New Year's Eve!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Forever 21 Purchase - Quick Pics

Hey, girls, just dropping in to say hello! Finally digging out of all this snow here in the Big Apple. I had to go back to work today, which I wasn't too thrilled about. It was nice having a couple of days off following the Christmas holiday, but alas, all good things must come to an end.

I wanted to wear something extra pretty today to perk up my mood, so I decided to break out one of my most recent clothing purchases. I first saw this skirt (which has since sold out online) on Kim over at Anthroholic, and it looked so cute on her that I HAD to have it for myself. Really, very, very pretty, and I could not get over the fact that this was a) under $20 and b) from Forever 21!!! I'm so used to their hoochie little skirts that barely cover one's behind. I swear, I haven't purchased a skirt from that store in quite some time, as the clothing definitely isn't work or age appropriate, in my opinion.

I paired this little beauty with an old blouse from Beyonce's House of Dereon line and a beautiful vintage necklace. I am drawing a blank as to where I got these adorable shoes, but I was really happy with my ensemble and it made me feel just a little bit better about having to trudge through snow and slush into the office once again.

Hope you're all having a great week and I'll be back soon to discuss more purchases!:)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Seasonal Confusion

Hello, ladies, I hope you've all been enjoying a wonderful holiday season so far! I'm just trying to dig out of the 20 inches of snow that just got dumped on NYC over the past 24 hours!:(((( Some of you may think it looks so pretty, but I really do not enjoy it AT ALL! I think I seriously need to consider relocating to a different part of the country. Give me warm, sunny beaches any day over having to schlep around in this nonsense!

I received some gift cards to my favorite store, Anthropologie, so I've spent a little time on their website today, just scoping out new possibilities for my closet.:) I have to tell you, it appears that their buyers have some serious seasonal confusion going on! Today, the website unveiled a few new offerings, but these items sure don't seem like winter wardrobe staples to me! Pretty pastel shades, gauzy silk fabrics, and whimsical floral patterns? Not to mention sleeveless or barely there sleeves. Hmmmm....I couldn't wear any of these items until June, even if I liked them! Take a look to see what I mean.

Powdered Pigment Dress from Plenty by Tracy Reese ($228)

Holy Open Back! Can't picture breaking this out to wear in the 2 feet of snow we currently have on the East Coast.

Martagon Sketch Halter Dress (Label not listed - $158)

Work-In-Progress Dress by Cantao ($168)

Magnified Corolla Dress by Coquille ($168)

Wow, so not a lot of options for me over at Anthro right now! That's a pretty rare statement. However, there is one dress that I absolutely ADORE and hope to bring home with me tomorrow. It's the Soft-Structured Dress by Weston Wear. This little beauty has looked incredible on several bloggers and I absolutely must own it! Featuring a rich navy shade and an eye-catching floral print, this dress is just so darn pretty and seems to flatter one's curves in all the right places.

Being that I sort of have that J.Lo/Kim Kardashian thing going on with my behind, I want to try on both the XS and the S to see just how clingy the material is. After all, it's a thin jersey fabric and I do want to be able to wear this to work. At $148, I know that it's pretty expensive for what it is, just a simple jersey dress, but it's getting such fantastic reviews, so I feel like I should probably go for it now, especially with my gift card. After all, it may sell out before it ever makes it to the sale rack!

Well, I'm off to shovel more snow. Have a fantastic afternoon and I'll be back soon to show you my post-Christmas purchases!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Crazy For Coats

Hi, ladies, hope your weekend is off to a great start! I just can't wrap my brain around the fact that Christmas is only seven short days away. I've barely done any of my present shopping, and I'm not normally one to procrastinate like this. As soon as I'm done with this post, I'd better pry myself away from this chair and head out into the holiday madness.:)

So, as far as fashion goes, I've been pretty uninspired by what the stores have been offering lately in terms of fall/winter outfits. Even my beloved, tried-and-true Anthropologie has failed to dazzle me with their usual array of beautiful dresses and amazing skirts. I find myself looking ahead to spring/summer fashion, even though it's only 20-something degrees outside as I type this. Wishful thinking, I suppose, but what happened this season? Do you girls find the stuff that's out there to be boring right now? Maybe it's just me, but I seem to remember buying TONS of stuff around this time of year, and right now, I'm struggling to select much of anything.

One thing that hasn't changed, though, is my love and obsession with winter outerwear. Being that I have another 3 months of extremely cold weather to endure, I find it much easier to deal with if I'm decked out in a gorgeous coat. Since I spend so much time walking around the city streets, even to and from the subway, it's essential that I have a great collection of coats in my arsenal.

I've received some Christmas money and plan to head down to the new Mackage store in Soho to bring home a new beauty. Because I don't earn incredible amounts of money each month, these coats are a real splurge for me, and it's not like I can bring them home in multiples. So, once again, I'm reaching out for some reader opinions, because I plan to get one of these 3 items:

Mackage Leigh Coat in Camel - Love the color and collar, but will it keep me warm this winter?

Mackage Jamie Coat - Gorgeous dove gray color and amazing tailoring/structure. I love the idea of a corset belt to cinch the waistline even more.

Mackage Esther Coat - Fabulous design and I adore this Marine Blue shade.

I can't say anything bad about any of these coats. I only wish I could bring home all three!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and hit me up with some opinions!:)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cute New Anthropologie Dress

Hi girls, just dropping in on this freezing cold Tuesday evening to say hi and share this adorable new fashion find with everyone!

I just adore this sunny yellow and cream frock from Anthropologie! It doesn't have a place in my life at the moment, seeing as it's about 20 degrees here in NYC, but it's fun to think ahead to sunnier, warmer days, isn't it?

Sun Shades Dress by Moulinette Soeurs

Aside from this item, I've been really disappointed with the dresses from Anthropologie this fall. I haven't seen anything in the longest time that really calls out to me. I'm hoping that this slump ends quickly, because I could use another Anthro fix right about now.;)

Have a great evening and stay warm!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pretty in Purple

Hey everyone, hope you're all enjoying a wonderful weekend! I apologize for the lack of posts lately, but I've been feeling soooooooooooooo unmotivated this past week! I feel like I'm in a slump. Must be all of this freezing cold, dreary winter weather that seemingly has no end in sight. Sigh.

Well, to perk up my mood, I attempted to escape the doldrums by doing a little window shopping online. I've been on the prowl for a purple dress, and think I just may have found the right one to bring home. You see, readers, I simply adore bright, bold colors. I may live in NYC, land of the black, gray and neutral fabrics, but there's nothing like color to instantly perk up my mood.

Purple has always been one of my favorite colors. I adore all of the lovely shades, from deep, dark plums to rich raspberry hues, to vibrant jewel tone shades of royal purple, and everything in between.

Image courtesy of Girl Whimsy

I came across this dress by Adrianna Papell on Nordstrom's website, and am seriously considering pulling the trigger. I think it will work well with my light hair and complexion, and the vibrant shade will hopefully make my blue eyes pop. I also love the ruffled sleeves and belt that cinches in the waistline.

What do you think, do you ladies like it???

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mackage Opening in the Big Apple!!!

Just wanted to let all of my coat-lovin' New York City ladies know that Mackage will be opening its first U.S. store down in Soho!!!! Many of you may be familiar with the super chic and edgy designs from this Canadian-based retailer. Well, now Big Apple residents will have access to some amazing winter fashion with just a quick ride on the subway.

*Images courtesy of Hey, Lady Grey

Located at 123 Mercer Street, this 2,000 square foot retail space will also feature an exclusive line of shearlings. Doors will be open on 12/3/2010. That's right, girls, TOMORROW! As a coat fanatic, I can't even tell you how amazing this news is!

Read more about it here.

If you girls own or love Mackage coats, you know this is big news! Anyone heading downtown tomorrow to check things out?

Have a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Dress Love

Sigh, I just had to share my latest lust-worthy fashion find. Once again, this beauty is from I've had pretty good luck in ordering from this store, so I'm REALLY tempted to pull the trigger on this vintage-inspired lace beauty. Wouldn't it be gorgeous for the holidays?

Well-Mannered Minx Dress

At $189, it's a bit pricey and I'm not sure how much daily use this could get. What do you think,
do you love it? Should I fork over the dough for this?

Look Familiar?

ModCloth's Gary Pepper Dress

Hello girls, Happy Wednesday! Only 2 more days and then another weekend is upon us.:) It's pouring cats and dogs here in New York City today, so I'm really looking for this week to be over soon.;)

I was doing a little web browsing this morning and I discovered a very familiar looking dress over on ModCloth's website. I know that they tend to be "inspired" by a lot of the fabulous fashion from Anthropologie, but this is almost a twin of the Discovered Lace Dress that so many bloggers have fallen in love with.

If the original hadn't fit me so poorly, I'd actually consider giving ModCloth's cheaper version a shot, but it was just not the kind of dress that I love. For those of you who do like the look of this, you may want to consider ModCloth's version to save a few pennies (although the Anthro version is now on sale).