Thursday, May 26, 2011

Anthropologie Wish List

I've noticed on other fashion blogs that people don't seem too thrilled with the latest offerings at Anthropologie (or lots of other stores, for that matter).

I must admit that I concur.

But as I've mentioned in the past, it's no real surprise to me, since I have always preferred my fall-winter wardrobe to my spring-summer one. I like to layer things; I don't like my neck or arms exposed (weird, I know); and my legs are so pale that I hate wearing shorts and skirts.

I hope this season to pick out a few things from my closet that I like, and basically wear them into the ground. If I make it to September alive and clothed, I will be satisfied.

So I've been pretty surprised at how hard I'm lusting after a few certain dresses at Anthropologie considering my anti-spring tendencies. Aren't these dresses amazing? I love the mint greens and pastels. They're quirky, but still sweet. And the shapes are simple enough that they could be worn to lots of different occasions.

They're all pricey though, so I'll have to wait for a few cuts before they're in my price range. I get to visit my sister in a few weeks and we plan on lots of Anthropologie shopping. I hope these dresses are in store so I can try them on!!

Verdant Slip Dress $138

Sugared Dress $198

Gathering Breeze Dress $258

Friday, May 20, 2011

Out and About: When Anthropologie and J.Crew collide

Do my eyes deceive me?

 I was browsing J.Crew's site this evening and found their "See How They're Wearing It" feature, which depicts nine different women all wearing the Perfect Linen Shirt.

Imagine my surprise when I saw what I'm pretty sure is Lil's Plaited Brushstrokes Skirt, on sale at Anthropologie for $49.95!

I love Courtney's look because it combines the easy, preppy cool feel of J.Crew and the funky, free-spirit vibe of Anthropologie. I've pretty much been shopping exclusively at J.Crew and Anthropologie for the past few months so it's great to think about how their aesthetics complement one another.

Plaited Brushstrokes Skirt $49.95

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My April 2011 Purchases (aka Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing)

Oh, Suzanne....You were doing so well! Remember February? When you only ordered some sweaters and a couple of workout tees???

Sigh..... Yes, I did a very bad, bad thing in April. I discovered Talbots. I have heard tell about Talbots' recent attempts to modernize their clothing, but I had no clue what they even were so I didn't really care at the time.

And then, I got a coupon in the mail. And then realized that we actually HAVE a Talbots store in the area. And it's been downhill ever since. I love everything! I love all the pretty work clothes for a kind of job I don't actually have yet. But someday, I will be the best dressed person in that TBD office.

BABY'S GOT THE BLUES: One particular thing I prided myself on in April, was that I carefully considered my color options. I love blue. I have always loved blue. But I see magazine articles and Website images of svelte models wearing neutral, neutral, neutral, and I say, "I want to be that!" In particular, I love the idea of wearing a pretty floral skirt with a slouchy tan sweater belted on top. CUTE!

Well, sometimes, we just have to recognize that we can't buy into every single trend. Because no matter how much I want to embrace spring's neutral craze, I just don't look good in creams or white. I'm very pale with less-than-pristine skin, and I need rich colors around my face. My eyes are blue, and so I like the look of blue tops to bring out my eyes.

Along those lines, I purchased the Temperate Climes Pullover (size Medium), which is a GORGEOUS blue color. It's very comfortable, albeit a little short. But over dresses, or high-waisted pants or skirts, it will be just beautiful. I also got the Floating Clef Earrings in blue, which I thought might be a nice accessory to bring out my eyes (even if I'm wearing neutrals on top). Totally frivolous. They're a very pretty blue but they're very dangly/long, and for a person like me who rarely even wears studs, I'm not sure that I will ever reach for these except for special occasions.

TALL ORDER AT TALBOTS: I also got two dresses from Talbots: the Bardot dress (size 8) and the Chiffon shirtdress in French teal (size 8). Both of these dresses are absolutely gorgeous. The Bardot dress is fitted up top with cap sleeves, and flares out beautifully which fakes me some curves. I bought the Crossroads Belt at Anthro (size L) specifically to pair with the Bardot. The neutral version is almost a flesh-colored tone with pink threading. Up-close, it's a bit frightening, but I think from far away it looks much more demure. The Chiffon shirtdress is a stunning teal color with an easy fit. It flows beautifully, although the teal belt that came with it is about 3 sizes too small for my thick waist.

Also from Talbots, I got a pair of grey Cross-Dyed shorts (size 10), Amelie Floral skirt in blue (size 8), and the daisy lace pencil skirt in white (size 10). All of which I plan to wear with my new blue pullover from Anthro! And I think J.Crew's gingham vintage schoolboy shirt in light mist (size 8) will also go great under the pullover. (I'm wearing this shirt as I type; I've worn it twice in the past week since I got it. I love it! A little pulling in the bust, and my third button down has popped open quite scandalously a few times, but I love the style and the color.)

WISHLIST FULFILLMENT: And lastly, I bought the Pond Reflections dress (size 8), which I've been hoping to hit sale for quite some time. I tried it on in a store a few months ago, and I loved the length, the floral pattern, and the easy-to-wear vibe. What I don't love is the top half---it requires a strapless bra or none at all, because it criss crosses in the back and the straps in the front come in almost like a halter top. However, I plan to wear this as more of a skirt anyway, with sweaters and T-shirts layered over the top.

Alright, that does it for April, folks. Your job is to slap me on the hand whenever you telepathically sense that I am going to try to purchase something. (Which is kind of all the time...) It's a tough job, but someone has to do it!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

I Spy Anthropologie: Sable Trimmed Cardi

Good morning, blogger world!

Just a quick post before I head off to work. I figure I really need to get my blogger act together because right now The Square Root of Style has been so neglected that it has accidentally become the premier Internet spot to find pictures of sugar bears. I kid you not. I get about twenty hits a day from people Googling "sugar bear pictures." All because of this year-old post. This is my service to the world!

Alack, alack, for though I love sugar bears, I also love fashion. So here's a sighting of Anthropologie that I found on People Style Watch's Website. Click here to see the picture flourishing in its natural habitat.

It's Dianna Agron in Sparrow's Sable Trimmed Cardi. Anthropologie is marketing it as a beach cover-up, but how cute is it as a relaxed "airport-style" cardigan? I have an old Loft purple, leopard-print scarf just like hers, so, of course, it only makes sense for me to purchase this flowy topper. Right?

Of course, right.

Sable Trimmed Cardi ($118)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

My March 2011 Purchases

Hello, everybody. Long time, no see. I've been MIA, and now I'm a month behind on my monthly clothes purchase updates. Oops! Turns out I also went hog-wild shopping in March and April----coincidence? I think not.


A.) Because it's actually embarrassing to publish my purchases. The more I buy, and the bigger my "rectangle of images" gets, the more I realize how addicted I am to accumulating "stuff." Knowing I have to share my purchases at the end of the month actually curbs my spending impulses.

B.) Because seeing what I've bought recently, helps me keep track of what I already have in my closet, and whether my new "must-haves" would really fit into my aesthetic, or if I already have a similar item that can serve the same purpose.

C.) Because I'm a little bit obsessive-compulsive, and "tracking" my monthly purchases actually satisfies the same craving I have for purchasing those things. So instead of buying, I spend my time editing a "Purchases" image and a "Wish List" image in Microsoft Paint.

Anyway, I went crazy in March and April, so expect to see some major editing in May. Summer weather is almost upon us, and I don't expect to like many things anyway. Cross your fingers!

MARCH 2011

OFF-SEASON DEALS: Most of the items I bought this month have been on my wishlist at Anthropologie for quite a while. Evident in their complete inappropriateness for impending spring. :) But don't those fall colors look gorgeous together? Deep wine. Mustard yellow. Reddish-clay brown.

I love the Eastpointe Garden Top (size 6), and I'm already plotting to buy its Spring version, the Loosened Shelby Blouse, in the floral motif!

The Theodora jacket is great. I got it in a size 8, and the color is unlike anything else in my closet (very true to the product pic IMO). I will be able to fit thicker layers under the size 8 and be comfortable. Unfortunately, the jacket is also quite heavy, and thus will probably be hanging in my closet until fall when the weather is colder!

The bummer is that I went to wear these three items together several weeks ago....and found the anti-theft tag still on my sweater. DOH! I called the Anthropologie store and shipped it back for them to remove the item. Not only did they refund my shipping cost, but they gave me an extra 10% off the purchase. Anthropologie, I love you....

NEUTRALS AND BASICS: I bought these Pleats Galore Pants at Anthropologie with absolutely no expectations. I mean, what CAN you expect for $19.95? Turns out, I really like them! The Size 8 fit well (one size down from my regular pant size), and the pleats don't seem to add as much bulk around my hips as I had thought they would. My only fear is that, being black, they'll attract fuzz and puppy hair.

The black tunic (Facile Camp Shirt) I also got in size 8, and it pulls a little around the bust, but not too badly. It came with loop threads on the sides for the cloth belt, but I snipped them off so I could wear the shirt tucked in without the belt (otherwise, the loops stuck out quite noticeably.) I wore this shirt to an interview, tucked into a vibrant turquoise pencil skirt and felt very comfortable and confident in it. I've since also worn it untucked over jeans (without the belt).

The khaki bow skirt I saw/tried on in a White House Black Market store and kept wavering between the size 8 and the size 6. I ended up not getting it, and of course, found out later that it was pretty much OOS online. Oof. I later got a coupon in the mail for $25 off $125 so I called the store and ordered the skirt and some jeans I had tried on. The jeans are my new everyday go-to. They're a size 10, PLUS they're very stretchy, so they are flattering but don't give me a muffin top. :) They are called The Favorite Blanc jean, and I highly recommend them.

SPRING SPLURGE: This Talbots Amour Floral dress doesn't look near as slinky on me as it does on the model. But I did have a horrible time finding the right size. The bottom fit on all the sizes I tried, but the V was way too low/scandalous. I went from Size 8. To Size 6. To Size 8 Petite. To Size 10 Petite. I ended up sticking with the 10 Petite because the waist was slightly higher, making the V higher. I'll still probably need to wear a little lacy camisole underneath it though. I love the gathering at the hip, which drapes beautifully and hides my tummy. It's only available in a neutral color online now, but try your store for the gorgeous coral color pictured!

Friday, March 25, 2011

I Spy Anthropologie: Potpourri Edition

Hi, everyone. Long time, no see!

I've been super busy, so please excuse the lack of posts. I just have time for a quick post tonight to give you a backlog of Anthropologie sightings I've been hoarding. Enjoy!

1. Spliced Ikat Shift in an Edible Arrangements TV ad

(Too bad this shift dress didn't look this good on me!)

2. Liquid Bouquet Tank in a Honda Odyssey Magazine Ad

(I originally saw this in one of my old InStyle magazines, but eventually took this picture from
an old Redbook while visiting my grandmother........I've got my finger on the pulse, baby...
No, really. That's my finger right there....on the pulse....see it?)

3. Cockatoo Feather Dress worn by Kate Walsh 
in the InStyle Look of the Day (March 14, 2011)

I am in love with this dress. I am not, however, in the love with the $498 price tag. Yikes!

And as always, remember to check out Anjali's great blog, goldenmeans, for even MORE great Anthro sightings!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My February 2011 Purchases

What, you ask----this is it?

Yep, I was quite frugal during the month of February, mostly due to financial reasons. There's something eye-opening about standing at the front door, counting out quarters, to pay the Girl Scout who is holding your Thin Mints hostage.

Oh, you guys.... I didn't *actually* do that.

I made Husband do it.

heh, heh.

But I did have to shake the beejeez out of my Cabbage Patch doll piggy bank to get said quarters, so that alone was traumatic enough to scare me into shopping-restrictive submission.

It was really tough, I admit it. And a few times I almost caved and made some huge purchases, but now that the month's over, I do feel proud and ... somewhat liberated. It feels good to overcome materialism, and I'm able to focus on appreciating what I have.

Of course, I say all this, and a new month is starting, and who knows how long my willpower will last. But I can only hope that my good habits will continue. Wish me luck!


Zoetrope Cardigan (Anthropologie): When I added the Zoetrope Cardigan to my wishlist several months ago, no way did I think it would ever make it to my doorstep. At $238, it was nowhere near my budget. Enter Cut #1 to $120. Still too pricey but I kept tabs on it just in case. And, voila! Enter Cut #2 to $60. Much more palatable for my wallet. I got the Size Medium, and truth is, I like this sweater, but I'm still not sure if I am keeping it. The sleeves are very tight, so I could only wear a sleeveless/short-sleeve thin layer underneath. Since it's currently so cold out and this sweater is pretty thin, I'd like to wear a third layer over the cardigan (like in the Anthro styling pic below), but I don't currently have anything that fits the bill. I'm afraid that on its own, it's a little too wacky in-your-face. It sorta needs a layer on top to tone it down (even though it would cover up the thick black/white stripe pattern on the back of the cardigan).

Fab Plimsolls (Boden): Both J.Crew and Boden have been churning out catalog styling pics with grey sneaks and dress pants, and I've been dying to try it out myself. I've been on a shoe shopping ban since January 1, but this was the perfect pair to break my ban for. I'll get a lot of wear out of these, and the details are marvelous: the metallic toe cap, the denim body, the ribbon laces. I am normally a size 9 US, so I got a size 40, which fit perfectly. I do think the "Boden" label is a bit ostentatious on the back of the shoe, but I doubt anyone will really notice.

Brittany Jumper (Boden): I have been pining over this top for a while now, but I was worried about sizing. My only previous clothing purchase from Boden was the denim laidback shirt, which I got in a size 8, but it a little tight. So this time, I sized up to a 10 (just in case). It fits perfectly for me (a little loose and comfortable). It's very thin and see-through, otherwise I would say I could have gotten my regular size 8. As it is, I think an 8 would have emphasized my tummy. Even with the size 10, I'll probably wear a white or nude camisole underneath to tuck everything in. I love the light grey color though and the soft fabric, and can't wait to use it with some fun pattern mixing.

Nike Dri-FIT id Women's Training T-shirt: I bought three of these shirts for working out. And I love them. They're semi-fitted, so you don't look sloppy even though you're comfortable. Sometimes I just get sick of wearing revealing tank tops, so this is a nice change of pace for those days when I'm not trying to be a fashion-plate. Truth is, these shirts are so great that I am considering buying more: to sleep in and even to wear out in the real world. Great purchase. (For comparison's sake, I purchased one Nike Pro Combat Core Women's Training T-shirt, hated it, and returned it. It was way fitted, and accentuated my big tummy problem area.)