Thursday, April 24, 2014

Something blue

I'm finally getting around to posting an outfit with the Ruched Pencil Skirt that I bought a few weeks ago.

It's still winter here, so I'm continuing to rock the tights, boots and cardigan.  (Actually, who am I kidding.  I'm always cold, and if I could wear thick woollen tights year round I probably would.)

And here's what the outfit looks like without the cardigan.  I highly recommend this shirt.  It's made of silk, and it is loose and drapey but not boxy.  It looks nice untucked with jeans as well.  I just have to watch what I eat when I wear it because knowing my luck, I'll probably end up dropping a spaghetti sauce-soaked meatball right on the middle of it.  (Korean food is also out... Kimchi ends up staining really badly!)

Outfit details:
Cardigan: Banana Republic (similar)
Shirt: Banana Republic (similar)
Skirt: Ruched Pencil Skirt, Anthropologie
Tights: Target
Boots: Frye Paige Stud (similar)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reviews: Lots!

I made a trip to the Anthropologie sales room to see what's on offer today.

First, I tried on this silk top by HD in Paris.  It's also available in grey and white.  The material is really staticky and clingy, so it took some fiddling in order to make sure that the shirt was sitting correctly.  The colour is beautiful and I like the sweet little ruffles, but I wasn't impressed by the top's boxy shape.

Top: Tiered Midi Top
Next, I tried on the Laced Lantern Top, also available in black.  The body of the shirt is made of a comfy, sweatshirt-type material while the sleeves are a lighter, almost lacy fabric.  There is some poofiness going on in the sleeves where the seams are, as you can see.  Again, I find this top too boxy and shapeless.  This seems to be a common complaint of mine.  
Next up: the Laced Frost Dress in navy (also available in white).  It appears to be out of stock on the website but there were several different sizes in Calgary.  It is a heavier cotton (just the tiniest bit scratchy), with lace sleeves and an exposed zipper.  The paneling and seams on the dress are very flattering.  I thought this dress had a mod feel to it and actually wish it had been a bit shorter.  It's a beautiful dress and fits true to size, but it wasn't calling my name.
The Camo Pencil Skirt is a study in contrasts.  It's made of a black stretchy material, with a panel of shiny camo in the front and the back.  The waistband is a ribbed knit, and the skirt hits just below the knees on me.  At first, I didn't even realize the pattern was camo because it's so pretty and shiny.  The skirt fits true to size, and with its higher waist, I think it would pair nicely with crop tops.  The knit waistband and darker colours make me think of winter though, and as pretty as this skirt is, I don't think I can get over my aversion to camo.  

Skirt: Camo Pencil Skirt
There is a lot of fabric in the next dress, the Terrace Sheath.  It has a lacy crocheted netting with a pretty fuschia and green lining, and feels quite heavy and thick.  I feel like the lace is a bit too long and might have looked better if it was shorter than the lining.  Also, don't let its name fool you.  It's not a sheath, as the poofiness at my waist and hips will attest.  This dress just feels very voluminous.  

Dress: Terrace Sheath
I was surprised to see the Edisto Column Dress in the sale room as I find that the different incarnations of the column dress tend to sell at full price in my local store.  The material is very stretchy and the placement of the stripes is very strategic which makes the dress comfortable and flattering.  I tried this on in an XS and found it fits TTS.  If you like column dresses, this one gets my stamp of approval.  I didn't pick it up because it's too similar to the column dress I already own.

Dress: Edisto Column Dress
The next dress is business in the front, party in the back.  Remember how Bridget Jones' mum is always going on about having your colours done? My mom actually did this and concluded that we're both Winters.  I'm not sure what colour this is, apart from it being some variant of green, but it's definitely not a Winter colour.  I was surprised that it seemed to look ok with my skin tone.  The material is thick and lined with a hint of stretch, but it's still going to show every bump and curve.  The back is pretty and worth going to the website to check out.  I tried snapping a photo over my shoulder but couldn't get a good one.      

Dress: Crystal Structure Sheath

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Jeweled collars

Statement necklaces are kind of out of my comfort zone although I've seen lots of fashion bloggers rocking them.  I'd say my style tends to be pretty simple and unadorned, although lately I've been beginning to suspect that too often, I'm confusing simple with boring.

I think Anthropologie's Jewelscape Tee is a good way to ease myself into the statement necklace trend.  It's an older top, but seems to pop back fairly frequently.    

Top: Anthropologie, Jewelscape Tee (similar)
Vest: Central Park West, old (similar)
Jeans: American Eagle, old (similar)
Belt: Banana Republic, (currently on sale!)
Shoes: Nine West (similar)
In case you're wondering, Oscar is staring ahead with laser precision focus at... the dog treat on the counter.

Are there any trends you're intrigued by but hesitant to try?