Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Crazy Holiday Train

Every year Starbucks gets all the love with their famous holiday drinks.  So I wanted to give a kudo to Peets.  On this particular day, my peppermint mocha did not get enough espresso due to the machine not being calibrated.  This is what the Barista told me after I had finished my coffee that tasted more like a hot chocolate.  But for the most part, I always taste the coffee and actually prefer them to Starbucks.  Since my daughter is a better photographer, she offered to take the Peets display photo.    
Christmas is coming way too fast but I am hanging on and jumping through all the hoops that are being put in front of me.  As I get older, I find that it's important to find pockets of happiness.  Whenever I become calm, no matter how brief, I make a point of grabbing onto those feelings and running with it.  I also have to push myself at times to get happy.  One good example of this was when my daughter was three years old and we took her to a Thomas the Train event.  While boarding the train, I noticed how crowded it was and muttered something in a cranky tone.  I will always remember a woman, who upon sensing my irritation, said in an understanding tone, "Just keep smiling." I always think back to that whenever the grind of life pushes me too far.          
Elves have been taking a lot of heat this Christmas, so I wanted to let my elf flag fly.  This cute little guy has been in my life for as long as I can remember.  I have him posing with one of my blue trees from Anthropologie.      

Cardigan: Anthropologie Mallard Bay by Monogram.
Jeans:  Vera Wang for Kohls.
Turtleneck: Lands End in forest green.
Boots:  Isaac Mizrahi for QVC.
Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane from QVC.
Blue Trees: Anthropologie from about nine or ten years ago.   

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Old Anthropologie Finds


I purchased this Sleeping on Snow cardigan a few months back at my local consignment shop and I'm now finally able to wear it on these chilly December days.  I love the lace work on the sleeve with the hint of sequins and the sea foam color.  Again, it's one of those classic preppy styles, the fisherman sweater with that Anthropologie touch.
Mommy humble brag warning:  I think my daughter made a good observation about Anthropologie's style while describing their ornaments.  She mentioned that they look as if someone took old rags and pieces of fabric and made them by hand.  That they look old and homemade.  I agreed that sums up a few of their style aesthetics, including the clothing.            
Nature themes remain popular with holiday decorations.  I found this big glass owl ornament at Target the other day along with the cute cardinals in a glass house.  
The owl next to Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas is from my own tree.  Sally came from Disneyland this past summer and I'm pretty sure my owl came from Anthropologie last year or the year before.     


Cardigan: Anthropologie Sleeping on Snow Femme Fisherman.
Jeans: Vera Wang Kohls.
Tee:  Isaac Mizrahi from QVC. Essentials long sleeve
Shoes: Nine West white leopard flats.   

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Rush is On







I felt like a 70's version of Nancy Drew on this freezing Christmas shopping outing.  Today I realized that now is the time to grab everything you need for the holidays, as things are clearing out!  My Target was sold out of many of the Monster High Dolls on my daughter's list and the cute preppy pull-over sweaters I had my eye on weeks ago.  I could not even find gum drops for the Gingerbread houses the second graders are going to be building.  I had to ask a saleslady for help finding good old fashioned Honey Maid Graham Crackers.  They had been placed on the bottom shelf.  What store puts a classic item on the bottom shelf?  So I can say today's Target shopping trip was a dud.    
I snapped some pictures of cute fox ornaments while in Target.  Although $8 per fox is a fair price for them, I am used to ornaments being on some type of sale this time of year.   
I have decided to not wash my own sweaters anymore because even if I wash them in cold, they still shrink on me.  Luckily I can wear my long Lands End turtleneck underneath this sweater to solve the problem of the too small sweater look.     
Sweater: Vintage cat by Susan Bristol from Ebay.  I'm guessing from the 80's because of the shoulder pads.
Jeans: Vera Wang from Kohls.
Boots:  Isaac Mizrahi from QVC.
Scarf:  Isaac Mizrahi Cabled Eternity Scarf with Metallic Detail

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Party Warmth











It is getting to the point where if all I ever wore were Anthropologie items, I think I would be set fashion wise.  This cardigan, along with pieces like the mushroom blouse, garner more compliments than any other outfits.  I think it's just that unique style that I rarely find at any other stores.  The other bonus with this sweater is how warm it is.  Sometimes embellished tops and sweaters are not warm enough, but last Christmas I did not have to deal with the biting cold.  So this past Saturday I brought out this trusty outfit and wore it to a Christmas party.  And then another great thing happened.  Not once did I think about what I was wearing, except for when I received a compliment.  No discomfort from shoes, a skirt that's too tight, cold itchy tops, etc.              





Cardigan: Anthropologie Dimensional Petals by Yellow Bird from 2012.
Skirt:  J.Crew Factory Jade wool pencil skirt from 2012.
Boots: Isaac Mizrahi for QVC.  Leather Ankle Boot
Ornament: Anthropologie Glittered Owl Ornament from 2011.
Lady Ornament:  Macys this year.  

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving




I celebrated Thanksgiving in my owl sweater that took forever to go on sale.  When I came across this cute item at the end of July, I assumed that it would not take long for it to be marked down.  But I found myself waiting and then when October came, I knew that Anthropologie would hold off in hopes of the Halloween style attracting shoppers.  Thanks to the good old store search, a sales associate located one for me when the sale did hit. 
It was nice to have a prop for these blog photos since the same old hand on hip can get monotonous.  My daughter and I are proudly showing my favorite Thanksgiving treat.  While taking these photos I had a fear that the pecan pie would end up a pecan splat, but it survived.  And my daughter survived being seated at the kid table, even though she had made it clear this morning that she did not want kid silverware, did not want her food cut up into tiny bits and did not want to sit at the kid table.  She only got three of her wishes, so she had to sit with her cousins who are five, three and two.  This was not the most fun for a seven-year-old.                  

Sweater: Anthropologie Wisened Pullover by Moth
Jeans:  Wit and Wisdom from Nordstrom
Shoes: Rocket Dog

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cardigan Love Found on the Anthro Mother Ship



I find it interesting when I walk into an Anthropologie and see an item that just did not catch my eye on the website, only to be impressed when spotted in person.  This happened over the weekend when I saw the Tabitha Fanned Vines Cardigan and fell for the pink and grey combination.  Every year Anthropologie does a 50's style cardigan which I then add to my wish list, but this year we have three to choose from all at once.  The Fanned Vines also offers an oatmeal color with yellow embroidery and there is also the Tabitha Posey Patch cardigan.  I have been in love with 50's style cardigans since college when I would see the artsy bohemian girls in their vintage beaded sweaters.       
The Odette skirt by Troubadour caught my eye but I can't help but think that for the price it should have a zipper instead of elastic waist.  I always imagine elastic wearing out and I associate better quality skirts with zippers.  With a $168 price tag, this is definitely a wait for the sale item.  I'm wondering how low will it go?       
           
Not the best photo, I know, but I do like the mustard sweater with this skirt.  Since I'm more of an orange girl and have yet to enter mustard territory, I would like to try a persimmon color and bring out the beak.    

Anthropologie Odette Skirt
Anthropologie Fanned Vines Cardigan

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Curve Collar Dreams




It seems that just when I have conquered something on my Anthro wish list, something else has to pop up.  I waited patiently for the Burgeoning cardigan to hit sale, along with that stubborn owl sweater that took months to make the cut.  So in the last few weeks of successful Anthropologie sales, I have felt that odd sense of completion when I delete purchased items off of the list.  Then afterwards, there is always the guilt of buying more stuff which I don't need.  
I recently tried on the Curve Collar cardigan while I was in Anthropologie this past weekend and soon after, added it to my wish list.  Hopefully December will bring some nice sales to help with the waiting game.     

Cardigan: Anthropologie Burgeoning by Sparrow.  Cardigan
Jeans: Vera Wang from Kohls
Shirt:  Isaac Mizrahi Essentials Long Sleeve Tee in Shocking Pink.  QVC.
Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi Leather Ballet Flats. QVC.
Jacket:  Anthropologie Curve Collar Cardigan by Guinevere in bottom picture.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Little Floral in Fall















I was pleasantly surprised when I wore this cardigan on the mild fall day we had yesterday.  It's really a thin spring/summer cardigan, but since I paired it with a thick cotton tee, it worked great.  I was tired from dealing with a sick kid the night before, so I went with understated jewelry and shoes.  The picture on the bottom shows the light pink shoes I really wore, but the first picture looks better with the brown artsy looking shoes. I found these shoes at Marshalls about two years ago and their crafty style reminded me of Anthropologie.
I really wanted to wear the sash/belt that this cardigan came with but it is lost at the moment.  When I first bought the cardigan, I was not impressed with the belt and tossed it aside, somewhere.  Instead I found this Anthropologie belt which turned out fine since the little acorns are very autumnal.             

Cardigan: Anthropologie Blossomed Lengths by Moth.
Jeans: Nordstrom Wit and Wisdom Skinny denim in mango.
Belt: Anthropologie Lucky Penny.  A few years old.
Necklace: Forever 21 owl.  A few months old.
Shoes: Brown artsy looking flat by Rocket Dog.  Style name is Vigor Sparky Wool.  About two years old.
Shoes:  Light pink from Jessica Simpson.  Style name is Emmly.  Sold at Macys in nude and black. 
Shirt:  Isaac Mizrahi Essentials Long Sleeve Knit Tee in Ecru.  Sold at QVC.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Dr. Bombay Strikes a Blog Pose




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I thought it would look cool to wear my reading glasses in this picture but because of the bad lighting it wasn't exactly the look I was going for.  I was happy to finally wear this teal Anthro blazer, even though I bought it last winter.  I have had a bad habit for years of waiting to wear certain items and I'm impressed with other blogger's who wear their new clothes over and over.  I am finally conquering the idea that I have to save my nicer clothes.  That ribbon hanging down in Dr. Bombay's photo is from the Burgeoning Cardigan from Sparrow that I hope to wear on Friday. 
I originally was going to talk about this Deletta tee, seen in the last photo, during summer but I held off because the picture seemed off to me.  I later realized that I needed some fake tanner on the chest area, so next summer all lower cut tops will require some Jergens.  The only reason I didn't delete this picture was because I liked the funny look on my cat Coraline's face.  This look on her face pretty much sums up how she is feeling these days.

We have a new member of our family and we wanted to give him a witch name, which is difficult for a boy.  But after researching some character names from the old TV show Bewitched, we came up with Dr. Bombay.  I had forgotten about Samantha calling for Dr. Bombay from time to time. 
Both of my cats have yet to warm up to the idea of this new kitty, who is 8 months old.  Nobody wanted to adopt this poor guy and every time we made a cat food run to Pet Smart, we would see him all alone in his cage.  So this last weekend, I said if he is still there, I will consider him and consider turned into a meet and greet, which led to bringing him home the next day.  He is happy as a clam now that he can run and play and live a normal life outside of the small cage he lived in for two and a half months.  It's great that Pet Smart allows groups like Animal Friends Rescue Project to set up a viewing room in their store.            





Blazer: Anthropologie Ruffle Collar by Elevenses purchased winter 2013.
Shirt: Isaac Mizrahi Essentials Long Sleeve Knit Tee for QVC.
Necklace: Target Elephant purchased on sale in September.
Boots: Target Mossimo Kaelyn from last year.  Brown is on clearance now.  Kaelyn Boot.
Jeans:  Vera Wang for Kohls.
Pillow: Owl pillow from Cost Plus about two years ago.  Cost Plus has great pillows.  

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Halloween





I had fun being Jacqueline Kennedy for our school Halloween Festival this year.  It gave me a reason to wear this vintage suit that I bought off of Ebay about eight years ago and the pillbox hat, which was purchased at an antique shop.  The whole outfit was really comfortable too, which was a bonus since dressing up for Halloween can sometimes be difficult. 
Since Monster High dolls remind me of Halloween, I decided to post these pictures I snapped when I was out shopping.  My daughter and I are intrigued with the artistry of these funny dolls.  The first time I saw them I thought they were a bazaar toy.  Then gradually with each store outing, they started to grow on us and it was hard not to stop and stare.  Now we are completely fascinated, but we haven't made the leap yet since we are both Barbie and American Girl lovers.

Suit: Vintage I.Magnin.
Necklace: QVC Jacqueline Kennedy Classic Triple Strand Simulated Pearl Necklace.
Shoes: Old Payless Kash kitten heel pump.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Eve in ModCloth



I made my first ModCloth purchase which is a cute cotton dress celebrating Edgar Allan Poe; perfect for Halloween time.  My one complaint is that for a $90 dress, it should have been lined.  I became hooked on the cute crow/raven prints and the nod to the mysterious writer, so I gave this a try.  Hopefully my next purchase from them will have the quality of Anthropologie, like a nice lining under the garments.  Even a cheap one is better than nothing.            

Dress: ModCloth Nevermore Lovely Dress.  Dress
Cardigan: Old August Silk from Ross.
Shoes: Jessica Simpson Leve flat
Ring:  Kenneth Jay Lane Wild Rose Ring in black.  From QVC

  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pairing a Halloween Shirt with Anthropologie


Since I love Halloween, I have a few festive shirts for the occasion.  The trick to not falling into the dreaded dorky, holiday shirt problem is in the pairing and the picture.  This long sleeved tee shirt from Kmart that I bought about four years ago has the traditional witch and black cat looking subtle, not goofy.  I then finished the outfit off by pairing a pumpkin colored  Anthropologie cardigan from last year.
The last two pictures show the charm of this traditional fisherman style sweater.  One of the trademark styles of Anthropologie that I love, is when they take a classic style and add a charming touch.  This cardigan is longer in the back which is perfect for low rise jeans and the bottom is finished off with a pretty ribbon detail.       

Cardigan: Anthropologie Far Away From Close Skirted Fisherman Cardigan. Fall 2012
Shirt: Old Kmart Holiday Editions.
Jeans: Old Kmart Route 66.
Shoes: Nine West Naughty leopard.  About two years old.  

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