Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dress and Costume Jewelry Window Shopping

I have mentioned before that dressing room photos are the worst.  But I really wanted to share the pretties I found at Target, Kohl's and Macys.  I want to say that I did not buy one thing and when I was leaving the mall, I felt like I was forgetting something.                
The funny part is, it wasn't until I uploaded the pictures that I realized how cute the jewelry looks with the dresses.   

I liked this Target Merona Floral Crepe Shift dress.  The fabric content is polyester and spandex which I found to be very comfortable.  I'm wearing the size small for a more casual and comfortable look but I think the dress is supposed to be more fitted.  A belt would look cute too.  It's currently $24.99.                 

As a lover of Betsey Johnson jewelry, I had to snap pictures of these two flower necklaces at Macys.  This rose one is $68 and I always try to buy these on sale.  I find that Macys sales can be frustrating at times when they advertise a huge sale, only to discover that what I'm interested in is not part of the sale.
This would look so pretty with the Merona floral dress.      
Now back to Target.  I know, this blog is all over the map.  I have had my eye on this green dress from Merona because it has a 70's business woman look.  Add a long gold chain necklace and Joan Holloway from Mad Men would be wearing this.  The high hem in the front and long in the back takes away the 70's, but I still like it.  One problem is that the sleeves are too long and I'm wearing an XS.  This Belted Crepe Shirt dress is $27.99 and because of the fit on me, I will pass but it is a nice dress.  There is a pink one online and I may consider it if it gets marked way down.      
This daisy meets ladybug necklace by Betsey Johnson is another pretty piece that could be worn with the green Merona dress.  It's $48 at Macys and I love the 60's vintage look about it.  I may have to add this to my wishlist, along with that rose one.  Yikes!     
At Kohl's I spotted this Croft and Barrow Starfish Stretch bracelet on sale for $12.  Online it's also offered in a gold tone and I find it to be cuter than the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Starfish bracelet.
I have it laying on a Milly for Kohl's dress.

I will do a little Milly for Kohl's review next week.   Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pining for Summer in Swans

Hopefully this will be the end of the cool days and we can soon start enjoying spring/summer.  I have shown this older swan skirt and necklace from Anthropologie before, but not together.  I did red with the skirt before but I prefer the orange colors.    
I received a 15% of coupon for doing an online Anthropologie survey, so I made a point to order a  skirt in the store to save on shipping costs.  I certainly did not plan on walking out with the Morning Petals cardigan peeking out of a wrapped package.  There have been too many good sales lately.   
I wanted to show the cute orange floral artwork in the Anthropologie windows.  They used old newspapers for the background.  
I brought out my older Rachel Zoe for QVC handbag and because I have been craving summer, there are a couple of Van Halen CDs inside.  Somehow Van Halen and Anthropologie seems like an odd mix but it keeps life more interesting.    

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Early Bird Catches Lilly

I debated about posting my Lilly Pulitzer for Target haul because I did not want it to appear as bragging.  But because it was such a pleasant small town experience, I wanted to share a positive spin instead of all the negative stories I had been hearing about this Target launch.

The funny thing is, I always complain about how our town has the worst shopping.  When we finally got a Target three years ago, I called it one big grocery store with everything else just sprinkled in.     
However, for the Target Lilly release, our lack of good shopping turned into an advantage.    

As soon as the Lilly items started becoming available on the Target website after midnight, I knew that the only chance I would have of possibly getting anything, was to push myself out of bed on a Sunday morning.  Lilly Pulitzer is one of my favorites but I have only been able to afford the vintage and or used from Ebay.  As a collector of certain fashion items, I was going to make sure to arrive at Target on time.    

Some pieces of advice from a website informed shoppers to not waste time stopping for coffee beforehand and go to an out of the way, less populated Target.  My husband's first response when I read this out loud was, "That's our Target."       

Sunday morning arrived and after showering, I did not even waste time with makeup.  Just a quick dusting of Bare Minerals and a dab of cover up on a honker pimple.  Then a half a cup of coffee and a few bites of toast to give me a little energy.      

My daughter agreed to join me, even though she is not a morning person either and together we drove in the misty drizzle to our local Target about 15 minutes away.  There was no traffic and when we arrived about five minutes before the 8:00 opening, we were relieved to see only about 10-15 people standing outside.       

When the doors opened, we all walked in and proceeded to look and pull down our desired items.  Nobody was grabbing or pushing and one added bonus was that I could actually take my time and choose the best pattern on the Maxi dress.  The charm bracelet was the item I wanted the most and there were about five hanging on the display bar.   

The only daunting thing was waiting for a dressing room since our Target has so few rooms.  Even that was no big deal.  We just chatted in line and found out that the darling lady in front of us was buying clothes for her Honeymoon.  She had a cart full of housewares that she could not take into the dressing room, so I offered to babysit her cart while she tried on clothes.  My daughter then volunteered to be on cart watch duty so I could start the dressing room process.               
There were some feel good moments too.  After loading my first round of items in the car and then returning to Target for the second wave for toiletries, I noticed a larger size shift dress hanging on the rack.  Rather than risk losing the more comfortable dress, I bought it and went back to the car to  retrieve the smaller size to return.

As I was preparing to do the return transaction, I saw a lady with someone who I was guessing could be her mother.  I overheard her saying in a serious tone, "That's the dress I wanted."  I then quickly  announced, "I'm returning this!" and she immediately wanted to know the size and if she could have it.  As soon as the sales lady completed the transaction, it was in her hands.

It sounded as if these two ladies arrived too late, not realizing that the store opened at 8:00.  By now it was about 9:30 and I overheard a few Target employees mention that they were so surprised that barely anyone came for the Lilly housewares.  I then decided to grab a Lilly pillow and a Lilly bathing suit for my daughter to add with my toothpaste and soap purchase.         
In the end, my daughter and I had a lot of fun and the whole experience turned out better than expected.                   
I was wondering if the name Lilly would be mixed in with the prints since the clothes are known to have the name swirled in with the colorful fabric.  I found this on the Maxi dress and thought that the Target logo added a cute touch.  It's also a good reference for future collectors.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cynthia Rowley Maxi

I bought this Cynthia Rowley skirt at Marshalls a few weeks back and I'm loving it.  Because of the length and the fact that I'm about 5 foot 4, I do have to pull up the waist band and roll it a few times.
It actually looks better in real life and what sold me on this was the pinks and greys.  I have noticed that it's hard to find Maxis in pink tones, especially lighter pinks.       

I wore this Haskell necklace from Macys to bring out the pink.  To add even more pink, I brought out my older corduroy jackets from Tulle after being stored away in my closet.   

Although I love the jean jacket look with Maxi lengths and other styles, I'm just not a denim jacket kind of gal. I own a classic Levi one that I'm saving for when my daughter can fit into it.  The compromise for a more rugged jacket look came when I bought this pink Tulle utility jacket from Ross more than ten years ago.  It was an impulse buy but I was sold on the pink and soon found myself wearing it with jeans a lot.

Now that I want that jean jacket look over my maxi skirts, I have now brought out these jackets.  I have one in mint green and a second larger pink one found at Goodwill.              
I use a lot of shopping willpower when it comes to ModCloth.  I had this, "Fun for the Books" cat skirt on my wishlist but never got around to buying it because the price was too high for an unlined cotton skirt.   
Well, it popped back and I got an E-mail from ModCloth saying that it was now back in stock.

This is how I am justifying this purchase.  I never pursued the J.Crew library skirt from the mid-2000's and I missed out on the Tommy Hilfiger book print shirt dress from last year.   

Even though I just received it today, it already says that it's sold out.  However, ModCloth is doing that great thing where if there is a great demand they will re-order.  Just click your size and the "I need it" button and hope for the best.
Just to be clear, I'm not affiliated with them.  

I found this vintage cardigan today at one of my favorite consignment stores for $17 and it's in perfect vintage condition.  Although I want to cut back on shopping, I think certain vintage purchases are OK.  
I am thinking about letting my grey hair come in out of curiosity.  I love the grey hair trend with the younger ladies, especially when they add a candy color.  However, at my age it does add about ten years which I don't want. 
It's going to be hard not to color my hair the bronze shade I love, but I will see how long I can go.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Xanadu Lisa Rinna Skirt

With my continued fun adventure of Maxi skirt hunting, I recently purchased some Lisa Rinna skirts from QVC.  This one in particular is not a Maxi, but it has a nice long drape to it.  

This skirt is called the Sharkbite Hem skirt, but I'm calling it my Xanadu skirt.  Anytime I see an asymmetrical hem, I think of Olivia Newton John's costume in Xanadu.  I'm also reminded of Disco skirts from the late 70's.  

I was first irritated that my older Target tee was bunched up in this picture, but then I realized that it was OK since I prefer to have my blog be realistic.  Although I am human and can at times feel a little jealous of the blogger's who look like they stepped out of a magazine, that's not me.  I may be the only blogger who has ever posed in Anthropologie while standing in front of my new septic tank.   

I think this outfit complimented both the navy Rodo and cat Enid Collins handbags.  
I found this very pretty navy Rodo handbag at Goodwill and I'm not sure if it's vintage or a fake.  I still like it regardless since I love wicker handbags.

I haven't decided if I want to buy this cute Target Mossimo shirt or not.  It looks like an Anthropologie style but with a generous price of $17.  I wish it came in more colors other than cream and black.  Dark green or rust would be perfect.    


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