Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fun with Bud in the Dollar Store

My seven year old daughter took this picture of me before our nature hike in our neighborhood.  She is in between day camps this week so she gets to sleep in but the problem is she then can't fall asleep at night.  So I have to get us out of the house, even if it means a walk or a trip to the Dollar Tree.  As one of my favorite female comedians Stefanie Wilder-Taylor likes to say, you have to become Julie McCoy from the Love Boat.       
Today I'm dressed in full on mom attire.  I have been loving the bird theme that is everywhere so I have on the Target version by Merona.  My skinny cropped jeans are old Route 66 from Kmart and the espadrilles are last years Soludos for J.Crew.    

 You know you are desperate for a creative outlet when you start getting artistic in the Dollar Tree.  I staged these boxes of cookies for my photography and then snapped away.  A mommy has to find her inner Margaret Bourke-White.  I sure don't know who Bud is but apparently he has the best cookies.  
Although I did not purchase Bud's cookies, I did pick up these cute hair clips.   

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Coffee with Enid

As I have said before, I love different coffee houses and Peet's Coffee and Tea is one of my favorites.
The current summer flavor of their Freddo is a mint and coconut blend which is quite tasty.  At Peet's I never have to pull my version of a Clara Peller and question, "Where's the Coffee?" 
My love of vintage handbags includes Enid Collins who was known for charming themes and prints on 60's handbags.  Years ago I purchased an Enid Collins handbag with an Owl on it from an Ebay dealer and she also sent me this coffee themed version to get rid of it.  She thought it was not in the best of condition and just sent me this one as a freebie along with the Owl.  I really love it and didn't think it was in that bad of condition so it was a great bonus. 

Where's the Beef

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Plum Season

Since we are at the end of plum season I wanted to have a fun send off.  I remembered that I have a skirt buried in my closet with plums on it but upon pulling the skirt out I realized it is a little off.  There is not one plum but merely plum colored pears and lemons.  Oh well, it's still cute.  I want to say that this came from Chadwicks of Boston years ago and the brand is Chelsea Studio.         

We decided to can some of our plums this year so my daughter and I decided to stage the jars for this blog.  My new Cost Plus tablecloth that was on sale for about $24 makes a nice backdrop. 

I could not do a topic on plums without referencing this charming movie.  Goldie Hawn was too cute as the dance hall girl who sings a song, "Please don't Touch Me Plums."   I was probably nine or ten when it came on HBO in the 70's and like most kids, watched certain movies over and over.  This was one I was obsessed with.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Another Anthropologie Day

I am so happy about the Anthropologie Archival Collection that they have unveiled in celebration of their upcoming 20th anniversary.  They have 20 reissued items that have been offered to Anthro members first and judging by the excitement this has garnered on the fashion blogs, I have high hopes that they will be reissuing even more items.  I almost always wait for sales but in this case I really wanted to partake in this fun opportunity.  I decided on the Vine Skirt and I'm glad I did not wait too long as it has sold out already.  
I had my decision down to the Vine Skirt and the No. 2 Pencil Skirt and even asked my seven year old daughter for her opinion.  We both agreed on the Vine Skirt being a little prettier and I thought that for the price, the pencil skirt was just cute and I did not want to pay $118 for just cute.       

Monday, July 15, 2013

Anthropologie Sale Day Oops

(was $118.00)

 I was really excited today to find this cardigan on sale on the Anthropologie website.  I have been waiting for months but there was only one problem.  The mystery of the two prices.  I called to inquire about this and even the sales associate was at a loss.  I then began wondering if they had only put the petite size on sale and I was unfortunately correct.  This has always been a pet peeve of mine, when stores put only certain colors or sizes on sale but not the rest.  It leads to disappointment and confusion.  Just yesterday in Cost Plus I ran into this with the table clothes.  Most were on sale but one print was not.  A sale should be all or nothing in my opinion.  Maybe next week?             

At least I had a positive experience at Starbucks with their new caramel ribbon Frappuccino.  If you have a sweet tooth this one is for you.  I am an equal opportunity customer when it comes to coffee houses so I love the Mom and Pops and the big chain stores.  It had been a while since I had been in Starbucks but a couple weeks ago I discovered this and so today I went in for my second treat. Again, it is very sweet as you run into pockets of caramel syrup here and there.  Cheers. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Will the Real Size Please Stand Up

I feel like channeling my inner Muffy Tepperman and telling Anthropologie to, "Keep it consistent people!"
Oh damn, I have only been blogging for a week and I have already yelled at one of my favorite stores.  But why does the red Deletta Wynwood top fit larger than the other colors.  I tried the red, which is really a deep orange persimmon color, in the small last weekend and felt that I needed an xs.  So I ordered the orange, I mean the red, well, what they say is red, in the xs along with the blue and brown.  For the price of about $23, thanks to last weeks additional 20% sale, I felt like I was getting Anthropologie shirts at a Marshalls price.  So when they came pouring in this week from all over the U.S. I was disappointed to find that the brown and blue fit a little tight but the orange/red fit fine.  These are cute though, so since they are going, going and almost gone, keep checking everyday for pop backs.  I even spotted green the other day but it was not in my size.  I will be keeping an eye out for the smalls from now on.  One of the reviewers said they stretched, so I could wash them and give them a chance.      
By the way, I have always had such a girl crush on Jami Gertz so I am happy to reference her for a fun Friday.  Happy Friday people!  

Thrifty Thursday a Day Late

Last week I stopped by my favorite consignment shop after my daughter's Dentist appointment and found this green Anthropologie Odille skirt for $10.  I love fun finds like these.  I wore it with a green Isaac Mizrahi tee shirt and these mystery Browsabouts espadrilles which were buried in my closet.  Unlike the red ones, these have a wild eighties print inside.  I want to do more investigating and find more of these shoes.  Maybe Isaac could do an espadrille with a little heel like these.  You would be guaranteed a pink pair, among every other color of the rainbow because that's just how Mr. Mizrahi rolls.         

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Anthropologie Pairs Nicely With Isaac

July 10, 2013

My hairdresser is on maternity leave but I braved a picture anyway and decided to go for the full affect with little makeup.  I like to focus more on fashion anyway so I will give myself a pass for tonight.  I wanted to showcase the full affect of this cardigan which I'm wearing in a size XXS.  I think the Anthropologie Ampay necklace from Spring 2012 matches well with the vibrant colors on this sweater.  One of Isaac Mizrahi's specialties are his printed cardigans, which primarily come in floral prints.  These 50's style cardigans have a fan following with many collectors, including myself.
This Ralph Lauren jean skirt came from Goodwill a few months back.  I love straight denim skirts because they are casual yet at the same time you can dress them up for a polished preppy look.
These leather espadrilles from Talbots were on an amazing sale about four years ago, so I snapped up extra pairs of the pink.                 

Isaac Mizrahi Brushstroke Floral Printed Cardigan.  QVC Isaac Mizrahi Cardigan

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Whimsical Prints

July 9, 2013

This old Heritage 1981 skirt from Forever 21 was perfect for the 4th of July.  I can't believe it took me so long to wear this cute thing.  It looks like the printed skirts from the 40's and 50's and the roosters give it an old Americana style.  The red espadrilles were interesting because I bought them at Ross about 8 years ago and they looked like dead stock vintage shoes.  I highly doubt that they were, but the tag looked old and the brand is Browsabouts. An online search lists mainly vintage shoes however, I did find out that Browsabouts is a registered trademark used for footwear owned by Step Abouts.  The fact that they look like old espadrilles makes me happy that I scored the red pair and kelly green as well.    

Monday, July 8, 2013

Old Anthropologie Skirt with Garden Necklace

July, 8, 2013

Old Anthropologie Skirt with Garden Necklace 

Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores because of its vintage styles and whimsical prints.  I love how the Filigree Pollination necklace looks with the Odille Camille circle skirt from 2004.  I was hesitant to buy this necklace by Lenora Dame but it is so much prettier in real life.  The pictures on Anthro's website and of course mine, do not capture the vibrant colors and sparkle.
And what vintage lover can turn down birds, especially if they are made to look like 1950's wallpaper.    

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Think Pink With Isaac Mizrahi

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Think Pink With Isaac Mizrahi 

I have been a huge fan of Isaac Mizrahi since the early nineties when that dreaded grunge was all the rage.  I spotted his designs in the fashion magazines and swooned over his Audrey Hepburn style dresses.  I want to add that if you love pink, this man's for you.  It was hard to go from an eighties girl only to enter the world of grunge that was anti color, prints and glitz.  Basically anything fun in fashion.  I mean brown lipstick is fine, but not when pink lipstick is viewed as some evil intruder.   I have to get off my tangent now and continue the praises of Isaac.  So, I could not afford his clothes until he came to Target, yipee!  I then followed his outfits to his short stint at Liz Claiborne and now I am happily at home with his merchandise for QVC.  Yes, QVC.  This is not your Mom and Grandma's QVC anymore.  Give it a try if you haven't already.  I find that QVC clothes run big so I tend to purchase the 2's and XXS and XS.  For reference my waist is about 27-28, bust 34 1/2 and hips 37-38.      
Only a few sizes remain in Isaac Mizrahi's Adriana dress and unfortunately not mine.  I love this magenta color and wish that I had purchased the orange and blue when I had the chance.  The pink handbag is by Isaac Mizrahi for QVC as well and I hope they bring this one back.  It's a great leather bag which I constantly use.  My shoes are on sale at Lands End and they are extremely comfortable.  Because I'm on vacation in Las Vegas in this picture I'm wearing more sensible shoes for walking in the heat.              


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