Readers, it’s an absolute and total honor. Imagine my surprise today when I visited Effortless Anthropologie on my daily blog rounds, and found thatI had been nominated for “Best Outfit Stylings” in the Anthropologie Blogging Awards! Yes, I do take pride in the strong styling aspect of this blog, but wow, it was still a surprise. I thank you so much for the nomination, Readers. You truly have no idea how much it brightened my day (a wonderful day-after birthday present!)! Now, I really don’t expect to win, as this is still a relatively new blog, but again, it means a great deal! Thanks!
Anyway, as you know, my birthday was yesterday! It was lovely! I started out the day on a decadent note…chocolate chip pancakes, with Ghiradelli 60% cocoa chocolate chips (they’re huge!). For dinner, I had some awesome guacamole, mango salsa, and cheese quesadillas (avocado is my favorite food!). Dessert was chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting. It was divine, and I can’t wait to have more tonight! As for gifts, I received J. Crew’s Stretch Twill Minnie Pants in black, J. Crew’s Dressage Belt in black, and J. Crew’s Traversa Cardigan in sweet almond. I also got two books – one on dresses that changed the world and the other on shoes that changed the world. I got a calendar for 2011 with pictures of vintage Paris posters as well. And, I’ve been told I’m going to receive more gifts…perhaps some Anthro?! What great gifts! I’m so lucky and blessed!
I’m actually wearing the Minnie pants today (petite, size 00). Besides looking adorable, they are incredibly comfy! The cardi is super cute on (size XS, a bit big but doable), but I’m having doubts about the belt (size S). While its design is great, it’s big on me. I could add extra holes, but because of the design, I could only add one. I’m not sure if that would do the trick or not. I’ll update you on whether I decide to keep it or not.
Lastly, thank you so, so, so much for the kind birthday wishes! They were so nice to read!
Yesterday I told you about how much I love Project Runway. Today, we’re going to continue on with that theme. This time though, I’ll be creating a few Anthro looks inspired by last episode’s winning look!
I’ll mostly be looking to the high fashion look for inspiration, which is the look on the left. I’ll admit though, both looks have a similar vibe. What is this shared essence? Edgy, cool, graphic, eccentric and bold.
Shall we have a look at the looks I came up with? Caution: These looks are not for the timid!
The gorgeous blouse and cardi pair nicely with the streamlined black pants. The necklace adds a needed bit of sparkle and the contrasting bag finishes off the look!
Now, while these looks are fabulous, I understand that they may be a bit out of some of your comfort zones. So, I’ve created a more subdued look (this is of course in the spirit of the Project Runway challenge, because the designers also had to come up with a ready-to-wear look!)!
I said this was subdued, but that doesn’t mean boring! The contrast of the red and black makes for a bold look, while the shoes add the perfect touch of edge. The clutch is not too matchy – matchy, but rather further emphasizes the red color story.
Want one piece that brings in a little of Mondo’s vision? Try any of these pieces!
Tout Va Bien Pullover (navy) – $248 – This has a quirky sensibility, with its almost backwards design (it has buttons down the back). This of course is a tribute to Mondo! Promise me you’d style this right though…because it could easily go from cute to matronly!
Inside Out Wallet – $108 – This is streamlined and gorgeous, and would be the perfect pop of color to any outfit!
Do I even have to go into explaining why I love Project Runway? If you’re going to make me, I’ll give you two words: Tim. Gunn. ‘Nuf said.
So anyway, I was perusing Anthro’s new arrivals pages today and came across the Forthright Shift ($138). Then, it hit me. This dress definitely has a similarity to Gretchen’s ready-to-wear look from the most recent show. Maybe I’m seeing it more so than you, but still…check it out. I think if you didn’t watch the episode, you might be thinking, “What?!” But on the runway, when the model was walking, Gretchen’s look had similar side panels to this dress.
Yesterday I told you about two fantastic styling requests I got from Sawan, and I completed the first part of her request. To see how I styled the Southward Stop Shirtdress, go here! I left you hanging though about which dress I would be styling today. Got any guesses? Hint…look at yesterday’s (and today’s) post titles. Second hint…it has a connection to this post. Think you know? Totally stumped? It’s the Distant Chirping Chemise (no longer available at Anthro)!
Yes, this is technically a loungewear piece. But as I directed you above, my post on loungewear transitioning to outside of the house proves that if done well, loungewear can be successfully worn outside. This doesn’t mean I suggest wearing that oversized ratty t-shirt; in fact, I am so against pajamas being worn in public. The thing is, you have to trick people into thinking what you’re wearing was meant to be worn in public. Make sense? I’m going to start out by just giving a few pointers when debating whether a loungewear piece has potential to be transformed into everyday wear.
Use a critical eye:
Is it too short?
Is it too sheer?
Does the fabric look to shiny?
Does the material look cheap?
When analyzing a piece, if you answer yes to any of these questions, you should probably stick with wearing the piece in the comfort of your own home. The bottom line: use caution!
Back from the slight side track and onto styling the Distant Chirping Chemise!…
For fall, it’s pretty much imperative to pair a sweater or cardi with this look, unless you live in an unusually warm climate. Deep rust colors are going to look great, as would navy. The right gray or burnt orange could also work nicely. Like with Southward Stop Shirtdress, pairing the dress with a belt, tights, and a cardi would work wonderfully. Adding a belt would actually help it look even less like loungewear, because it adds chunkiness and makes the eye think it’s more expensive looking. If I had to sum it up, the real key here is accessorizing. Shall we get to some looks?
Wear this gray toned sweater with the belt around it (not underneath it) and you’ll get a nice, clean, cinched in look. Add a pair of navy tights, a charming necklace, and some adorable shoes and you’ve got yourself a complete look!
Distant Chirping Chemise (no longer available at Anthro)
This styling is a little different than the rest…instead of a cardigan/sweater, this beautiful turquoise blazer will work wonderfully. Because the blazer has some structure, there is no need for a belt. The tights compliment the wine colored shoes perfectly and the necklace is that perfect finishing touch. The turquoise and wine will work so nicely together in this outfit and will really make the colors in the dress stand out.
We’re done with complete looks, but let’s take a look at some other pieces that would pair nicely with the dress.
Punch Card Belt – $48 – Interesting, but still not too over the top, this would be a great addition to the dress.
Caladoc Heels – $258 – Let’s be honest…these are some killer shoes! The color would really bring out the rich hues in the dress.
Garment District Blazer – $148 – As long as the feather addition was removed, this could be quite an eye catching pair to the dress. Leave it unbuttoned and add some more feminine accessories and you’ve got a to-die-for look!
Any of these tights would add an extra dose of fun and sophistication to the dress.
So, that wraps up the second part of the lovely styling requests from Sawan! I sure hope all of this was helpful and inspiring! Remember…you may send your styling requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter what the request (well maybe I shouldn’t say that, but in most all cases!), I’ll be happy to help! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
First on the agenda is the hugely popular Southward Stop Shirtdress ($128). Have you seen the fit of this one?! It seems to be one of the most flattering dresses!
The pockets have this utterly adorable subtly contrasting polka dot print. Check it out.
I haven’t seen this dress in person, so when I was closely examining it online, I realized what a range of colors it has…namely browns, blues, and pinks! Here’s a close up of the print:
Before I get to my styling of it, let’s take a look at the way Anthro styled it!
I do like the way it looks here, however a) I wouldn’t recommend a long sweater like this for shorter women out there (myself included!) because it can easily make you look…short, b) it’s paired with the Double Overhand Belt ($34), which while it looks lovely in the picture, if it didn’t have the sweater covering a large majority of it, I don’t think it would in fact pair so well with the dress. Even with these cons, we can take away a few ideas (which you might have already been able to assume on your own, but still); the dress works well with tights, sweaters, and/or belts.
Let me start by simply showing some belts I think would work nicely. Don’t worry…I’ll get to complete outfits too!
Feather-Clasped Belt – $58 – While I would strongly caution that you not get too theme-y with the bird motif, this belt would be a subtle, delicate touch that would in fact work. Something like the Ring Of Plumes Belt ($38) with actual feathers…now we’re getting carried away (i.e. please. don’t. wear. with. this. dress!)!!!
Double Overhand Belt – $34 – This belt, pictured in Anthro’s styling of the dress, wouldn’t be my first choice unless you also wear a cardi/sweater. If you do wear a cardi/sweater with it though, it could work well, adding just that tiny extra bit to the look.
Soft Bow Belt (brown) – $28 – This belt is so sweet and would be the perfect addition.
Gift Bow Belt (black) – $14.95 – This is really more of a navy color to me than black, which would bring out some of the blue in the dress nicely. It’s on sale currently too!
I’d say the general rule of thumb when picking out a belt to wear with this dress is that it should be fairly simple – cutouts won’t work as well because they’ll be distracting and will compete with the print, as opposed to complementing it.
A sweater has the potential to really spice up the dress. I would strongly suggest something more drape-y. A structured sweater, such as the gorgeous Herringbone Sweater Jacket, would just not work so well because the dress has a structured feel to it. You don’t want your look to appear too structured, because then you end up looking uptight (remember, fashion is non-verbal communication!)
Delicate Drafts Cardigan (purple) – $98 – This color would be gorgeous with the dress, bringing attention to both the blue and pink coloring in the dress (it will draw out the pink and make the blue pop)!
Dimpled Cardigan (navy) – $98 – This would add some great texture, but it wouldn’t compete with the print because it’s in a dark enough color. The navy would, again, bring out the colors in the dress.
Boucle De Souffle Jacket (brown) – $128 – I know I strongly suggested you didn’t do anything too fitted with the dress, but I think this particular jacket would work, as long as you left it open (not closed!). The ruffles help keep the look from being too blah or boring, but they’re not overkill.
In terms of pointers for legwear, I would say that again, you want to be sure to not pick anything too boldly patterned. Don’t get me wrong…some patterning, preferably pretty subtle, would look awesome.
What was that? You’re ready for some complete looks?! Here we go!
This is a seemingly neutral outfit…until you get to the purple/pink tights! Not only will they pop, but they’ll help to bring out the pink hues in the dress. They’re a fun touch. The slightly metallic colored flats help to polish the look, while the ring hints to the shoes and adds the finally oomph to the look. To tone down this look, you could certainly swap these tights for a more neutral brown (patterned or opaque). Then, if you still wanted a bit of pizzazz, but not too much, you could add a pop of color in the form of a skinny belt.
Replace the belt that comes with the cardigan with this feather belt (so wear the belt outside the sweater). This will give such a nice, soft, organic vibe to the outfit. Brown tights and booties finish off the look!
Finally, here are two more pairs of shoes that would pair fantastically with the dress.
Pixie Hollow Flats – $188 – They would really make the blue/green coloring in the dress stand out!
Asbury Flats – $135 – These subtly green shoes would be the perfect complement!
So…we’re through the first part of this styling request! I’ve got to make the executive decision here to split this post into two parts…I don’t want to overwhelm anyone! Therefore, I should have the second part of the styling request up tomorrow! In the meantime, feel free to send me your styling requests (at email@example.com) and take the poll! If you want to make any guesses as to the other dress I’m styling, go ahead in the comments too (hint: look at the title of this post)!
This is the post I was talking about here! The technical glitches went away! Hurray!
If you’ve never watched Fashion Police on E! after award shows, you’ve got to! Basically, a small group of people (usually three to four) critique the fashions, bringing in a bit of humor, but really…the best part is that it’s about FASHION!!! I must admit I miss some of the people who used to be on, like Debbie Matenopoulos, Peter Ishkhans, and Jay Manuel, but it’s still a worthwhile show to watch. I was so beyond thrilled to learn a few weeks ago that they were going to come out with weekly episodes of fashion police, critiquing each week’s celebrity fashions. They started these weekly shows two Fridays ago. Now why am I bringing all of this up? For one, you really should check out the show, but two, I was really inspired by something someone said on the first weekly show. Unfortunately, I cannot remember who said it or what the exact quote was, but it went something like this, “Fashion is non-verbal communication.” Perhaps you’ve heard this before, maybe not. The more I thought about it though, I realized I couldn’t agree more! What you wear reflects your self-image, whether you mean for it to or not. Shall we explore this a bit more, using Anthro (of course!)? We’ll look at an Anthro picture and I’ll give you my take on what the outfit says about the person (we’ll pretend these aren’t models doing their job, but rather individuals putting their own look together). This, of course, will be easier said than done. And it’s okay if you and I disagree a little…maybe you, for example, are picking up on something I’m not. Finally, don’t forget that it’s not so much the individual pieces you wear, but the overall styling that gives off the biggest message.
She’s a confident, creative, quirky woman. She has grace and sensibility, and has her head on her shoulders. Some of her inner child is peeking out.
She’s a fun-loving person, but very refined. She’s someone you can feel comfortable approaching, and will be there for her friends.
She is ambitious and sophisticated. She is on the path to success, but doesn’t want to give up any of her personality along the way.
Obviously, I could have said a lot more about each, but I think you get the gist of what I’m saying.
What do your clothes (and styling choices) say about you? What do you wish/hope they say? Do tell! Here…I’ll go first: I, personally, hope my wardrobe says: I’m approachable, mature, sophisticated and responsible, but I still can have fun (and love to have fun!). I have a sense of humor and am unique. I’m happy to be me.
In the future, when emailing styling requests to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, feel free to include some adjectives describing the look you’re after. It’s not mandatory in any way, but if you feel like it, why not?! And please don’t hesitate to send your requests! I’m currently working on one that I should have up soon!
On a final side note, Debbie, of possess and obsess let me know she actually checked out the Cream Confectionary Jacket look-alike at Macy’s (check out the post on this here, if you missed it!). She said the fabric was actually a faux-suede. I never would have thought! She did say that there was another version though, that is cotton. For more on her findings, go here.
Today I was typing up a post…but then lightning struck. Figuratively, that is, of course (although it is raining…). You see, I was getting ready to insert photos, and no matter what I tried, I could not get anything to work to allow me to paste photos! Grrr…technical difficulties! Lately, WordPress (the site I use for this blog) has been acting a bit strange. I think changes are being made to the site. I really, truly am not trying to make excuses, but am telling you the truth. So there will be no post other than this today, unfortunately (if I’m able to get it to work later on in the day though, I’ll go ahead with posting). However, in the mean time, head on over to Debbie’s blog (if you haven’t already) and check out her styling of the Berry-Stiched Boots. Remember a few weeks ago I did a post on styling them? I think she did an absolutely lovely job, if I do say so! Thanks for sticking it out through this technical glitch with me!
Sorry for a lack of posts in the last few days, but I was extremely busy and am now under the weather! Therefore, today’s post is a bit of a short one. Please bear with me until I’m feeling better and am back to regular postings!
If I could wish for some snuggly loungewear Anthro items to appear suddenly (because I’m in bed resting, even as I type this), what would I wish for?
In the name game category, Anthro definitely pulls out ahead. And I know one should really try both on to compare fit (thus overall value), but if I had to point one out as the better, it would be Anthro. Surprise? Perhaps not. To me, Anthro’s version just looks more expensive….and it is! Macy’s goes for $79, as opposed to Anthro’s $178. Macy’s option might not be that bad in the end…
Which do you like better?
EDIT: Possess and Obsess actually went to Macy’s, and informed me the look-alike is actually faux-suede! I wouldn’t have guessed! She confirmed that the Cream Confections is by far the winner in this situation!