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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Reviews! Last set for now...

I am feeling really lazy with the blog recently but I'm committed to getting these reviews out for ya girls so here is my last set for a bit...

I am wearing my usual size XS here and find the fit to be true to size.  This is such a pretty pattern on this lounge cami, don't ya think?  Of course it is shear so if you plan on venturing out of the house I suggest layering a cami underneath.  You can see just how sheer the top is by looking at the bottom.  It is very comfortable, light weight, and made of my favorite fabric - cotton.  I plan on picking this up if it hits sale.  I like that it will work under blazers for the fall and be a great casual weekend top next summer.


So, this is what happens when I wait too long to put my reviews together.  Things disappear from the website and I cannot remember brand or price.  I do know I put on a size small.  I really liked this top and think it works great for an easy weekend look with skinny jeans.  I guess the best I can say about this top is that I like it and would buy it for the right price.  Sorry I can't give a better review...

Apparently if you want a super cute, whimsical sweater from Anthro these days you better be prepared to dig deep in your wallet.  Recession, wha?  This sweater is a blend of mostly non-synthetic materials but I still think the price should be around $120.  As you can see it's super cropped and close fitting.  I chose the small here which isn't necessarily sizing up for me since I sometimes go with a small in cardigans and sweaters.  I would stick with your usual size unless you waffle between sizes and in that case I suggest the larger size.  The sweater is soft, super cute, but also really limited due to the memorable pattern.  I won't be picking this sweater up but would recommend it on sale.

I chose a size 2 in this blazer.  It is such a beautiful blazer, well constructed with lovely details.  I don't like that the lining is polyester but that seems all too normal these days.  The fit looks spot on in the pictures but in reality it was too small.  Very tight across the back shoulder area with little room to move my arms comfortably.  I would have to size up to a four in this and would probably end up with a boxy look.  I'm thinking this will end up on second cut in some stores so hold out if this isn't a must have.

This is a Corey Lynn Calter sweater so I sized up but think I could have gone with an XS.  Not sure why they designed it with a cotton-rayon blend, I would have preferred cotton-wool or cotton-silk.  I guess then they would have doubled the price... It's  a pretty sweater and felt soft on but I don't think it would work in my wardrobe so well.

First, how fug are those pants the model is wearing???  Maybe I'm just falling behind in the fashion times, I dunno but good luck to Anthro moving those above a $10-$20 price point... I'm wearing an XS in the sweater.  It is completely synthetic but hand washable so maybe not too bad if you plan on wearing it in the fall.  I like the pink version but don't have green in my sweater collection so I tried this one out.  It is nice and I think could be very versatile while still maintaining a semi-special quality with the metallic threads.  Too bad it is too delicate to wear with a necklace; this one needs it and I wouldn't want to risk the constant snagging so passing on this one.

I chose the 2 in this all cotton top by Meadow Rue.  It fit well, while being ever so slightly loose.  I like the material, the length, the one-sided ruffle, but after seeing the pattern in person didn't really like that.  The top is machine washable too so that is a plus.  If you like the pattern I think this is a great top to pick up and the price isn't too bad.

If you missed my earlier reviews here is review set one and review set two.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

More Reviews!

Ok, on to round 2 of my reviews.  My last set can be found here.

I am wearing a size small in the Pindot shirt because my store didn't have any XS on the floor.  I would definitely need an XS for proper fit.  I love the barely there pin dots on this chambray shirt; it is what makes the top special.  However, my new improved fiscally responsible self says that if you need a chambray shirt in your wardrobe a $20 version from a cheap store should suffice.  I love the relaxed feel of the top and the super soft Tencel fabric which is really fabulous.  I found tucking in to be a bit of a problem since this top is so oversized.  I wonder if my proper size may help?  Definitely recommend you try this top on if you don't mind the inflated price tag for what you get.  

Of course Anthropologie has to execute a top that is different from their model shot.  Why would they actually give you something as cute?  I have button ups with interesting prints on the inside cuff and I think it shows way better on an elbow length cut sleeve like the model top.  So it's really disappointing when the real life version isn't the same.  I'm wearing the top rolled up like the model shot and look, no cute print.  :(

I'm wearing my usual size 2 and feel the fit is right.  Perhaps a wee big but if I sized up the arms would be too snug so I would stick with this size.  I like the back in theory but I don't think it translates well, at least it didn't in the dressing room.  Maybe a good press would solve the problem?  The top in white is completely sheer and requires an under layer which is fine for cooler months but that means you couldn't wear this top in the summer which is a shame.  

Another issue?  Oh, yes and it's a biggie.  This top is dry clean only.  It's cotton so I don't know why and if I owned it I'm sure I would throw it in the wash on handwash cycle; but then I'm risking ruining this shirt.  This top is a pass for me.  

I really, really like this sweater from Line (is this a new Anthro brand?).  It is a cotton-nylon-silk blend and dry clean only which is understandable looking at the construction.  I love this shade of green and think that it would work really nicely right into fall.  I also think this would look great layered over a long sleeve tee, shirt, or dress.  It is relaxed, comfortable, and has all those special details I look for in my clothes.  My only fear would be wearing a necklace because of snagging possibilities and since this is a plain top I would really want to wear a necklace.  I am wearing an XS in this sweater and think it fit just as it should.  I recommend this sweater but must be getting super cheap because I still think $60 is too high.  

I chose the XS in this dress and think it fit me like a glove.  I adore this dress and adore the green color. Green is my favorite color and this shade is almost the exact shade that makes my heart swoon.  I think this dress would work as a year round dress depending on how you style it.  I think a blazer would look fantastic with it and while it needs a belt (in my opinion, at least) I think it would work with a lot of different belts to create different looks.  Sparkly belt and strappy shoes = special occasion; leather belt and pretty pumps = sophisticated chic (add a blazer and I think this would be work appropriate).  I don't have the need for another semi-dressy dress right now so I'm not feeling the need to buy, but I do think it is super flattering and definitely recommend if your in the market for a versatile dress that you can wear to many functions.

I still have one more round to go so I will get to those really soon.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Found my way into Anthropologie for some fitting room reviews.  Left empty handed, 'cept for these reviews for ya'll.  As a reminder I am 5'6.5", 120'ish pounds, have a long torso, small waist, round rear, small hips, and overall a petite build.  I am usually a size 2.  

Here is a polyester blend dress from Maeve.  I am wearing a size 2 and felt like it could work but it was a bit loose overall.  I would like to try on a size 0 to determine best fit.  The dress is a pretty heavy weight fabric with a full skirt and in my opinion really needs something to break up this busy print.  The belt I have on is probably to thin and I recommend doing a more substantial belt.  Totally not my style so a pass for me.  

 This dress is much more my style and the fit was a whole lot better too.  I took my usual size 2 and like the little detail of smocking in the back to ensure a nice fit.  I captured a photo in my last pic.  The lace is a pretty detail while being good and sturdy at the same time.  The skirt lets this dress be as casual as you like since it is denim.  I'm just a bit surprised at the release time since I feel like this dress should have come out in the spring instead of fall.  White lace doesn't say fall at all to me, ya know?

 This dress has some major pluses.  It is machine washable in cotton (although with the dreaded polyester lining), has pockets, and has enough details to keep it interesting while being plain enough to play around with a lot of different looks.  I like this dress but don't think it will work for me with fall coming on so quickly so if it is hanging around and I've got $70 burning a hole in a my pocket I may pick it up.

Not willing to let the little hippy in me die while trying to FINALLY embrace the skinny jean/loose top trend I tried on the City cousin blouse with the Pilcro blue denim jeans.  

First the top.  I like it.  I'm wearing a size XS and felt it fit the way it should; notice it is slightly longer in the back which I guess is great when you are basically wearing leggings and should cover your arse, but I really like my backside and don't want it covered so not so much a plus for me.  The top is sheer-of course- so you see it worn with a camisole underneath.  It is a linen-cotton blend so decidedly summer; if you like this top I would expect it to hit sale sooner than later so wait it out is my advice.  

Now the pants.  They feel like leggings.  I like my jeans to feel like jeans so right off the bat I wasn't a fan.  I am wearing the 26 and while they are tight in the photos, this ain't my first rodeo so I know they will stretch out to a proper fit within hours of wear.  Pilcro is notorious for stretching so always buy jeans from Pilcro that feel like you should size up when trying them on.  Trust me.  I've made the mistake of sizing up one too many times and always regretted it.  The jeans are a cheaper option to the AGs and they don't give me flat butt but at the same time $100 for colored skinny jeans is way too much when you can find this style at any old brick and mortar for next to nothing.  Pass.

Check out this affordable option from Anthropologie's skirt selection this fall.  It's a linen cotton blend, machine washable, and adorned with a whimsical print of chairs.  At first I was annoyed by the belt when dressing, but then realized it is a blessing as it is the only thing keeping this skirt up.  There are two snap buttons to help, but really snap buttons ain't gonna hold up your skirt for long!  This skirt would be a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen without the belt and still may allow for a good flashing since that fabric could easily be whipped up by a good wind gust or getting caught on something.  As for fit I agree with an online reviewer who reported it as TTS to a little small.  I am wearing a size 2 and could probably go for a size 4 which would allow for better tucking in of tops and give a bit more length.  Though for a shorter skirt I don't mind this length.  It's a pass for me because I'm experiencing an identity crisis and want to quit my quirky print obsession but I wouldn't be surprised if I grabbed it for $40 come sale time.

I've got more reviews to come but I'm gonna stop here for today.  Hope this helps someone!