Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wishlist Wednesday: Anthropologie

And thus my new *love affair* with Anthropologie continues...

Recently added to my wishlist:

So...anything new added to your wishlist? Have you been able to get any of your previous wishlist items? Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. :)

Have a beautiful and blessed day!


J.Crew: Shimmer Crinkle Shell

The Shimmer Crinkle Shell from J.Crew retails for $45. It comes in *Bronzed Twig* and *Heather Carbon*, sizes XSmall-XLarge.

The description on the J.Crew website reads:

An asymmetrical riff on the tux ruffle (it's our theme du jour this season), with some subtle sheen. We wove tiny metallic threads into this tank and then treated it to create a cool, crinkly texture. A perfect underlayer to a blazer or a long cardigan, it's also just as pretty all on its own. Poly/rayon. Crewneck. Sleeveless. Import. Hand wash.

I picked this up in the Heather Carbon color from another JCA on the Weekly Exchange post over at J.Crew Aficionada, and would like to try it in the Bronzed Twig, as well. This is the size XSmall:

This one is very comfortable and the *hint* of shimmer is subtle and pretty...appropriate for daytime, as well as the evening. I wore it the other day with my white *The Weekend* jeans, Skinny Flip-Flops in Metallic Pewter, and Metallic Silver accessories which included earrings similar to this pair, as well as this bracelet (in Silvertone). I also plan to wear it with blue denim, black, olive green and khaki.

Other *Shimmery* Alternatives:
*and also in this post from yesterday.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

You Look Very Familiar...Have I Seen You Some Place Before?

Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a great week so far! It's time for another edition of *You Look Very Familiar...Have I Seen You Some Place Before?*. This week is all about *Sequins and Sparkle*...let's get started. :)

A big THANK YOU to Alyssa, one of my *Fabulous Followers* who sent us this next *Familiar Find*:

J.Crew has the Lacey Crystal T-Strap Sandal for $250.
*Steve Madden offers the Bride sandal, which is now on sale for $58.23.

Thanks again Alyssa! :) (Btw, if you have a *Familiar Find* you would like to share, please feel free to email it to me:

That's it for this week's edition...I hope you've enjoyed it!

Have a beautiful and blessed day! :)


Monday, June 28, 2010

Inspiration: 20 Keys To A Happy Life

1. Compliment 3 people everyday!
2. Watch a sunrise
3. Be the first to say "hello"
4. Treat everyone as you want to be treated
5. Live beneath your means
6. Forget the Joneses
7. Never give up on anybody ~ miracles happen!
8. Remember someone's name
9. Be kinder than you have to be
10. Wish not for things, but for wisdom and courage
11. Be tough-minded, but tender hearted
12. Don't forget that a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated
13. Keep your promises
14. Leave everything better than you found it
15. Show cheerfulness even when you don't feel it
16. Remember that winners do what losers don't want to do
17. Remember that overnight success usually takes 15 years
18. When you arrive at your job in the morning, let the first thing you say brighten everyone's day
19. Don't rain on other people's parades
20. Don't waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them!

-- Author Unknown--

Have a beautiful and blessed day!


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday Shopping: Dresses

Happy Sunday Everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic weekend! This week's *Sunday Shopping* is a recap of some of my dress reviews, as well as window shopping for more *pretty little dresses* currently being offered at different retailers...hope you enjoy it! :)

From Anthropologie:
The Secret Treasure Dress from Anthropologie retails for $118 and comes in sizes XSmall-XLarge. It is available in the color Green and Blue.The description on the website reads:

"Maeve's retro-inspired frock is a hiding place for a plethora of intricate details. Disguised pockets, trickling vertical stripes and ruffled capped sleeves come alive with a closer look.

* Front pockets
* Button closure
* Cotton; cotton lining
* Machine wash
* 38"L
* Imported"

The cotton is lightweight and perfect for summer, plus it's super soft and comfortable, not to mention machine washable. The dress is lined and has tiny snaps between the buttons that help guard against any gaping. It can be dressed up with heels or worn more casually with flats.

Here it is on me in the Green
and also in the Blue worn with a belt.

A few more *pretty little dresses* from Anthropologie:
*Mullany Dress 
*Grosgrain Peaks Dress
*Walkaway Dress
*Manor Gates Dress
*Summer Twilight Dress

From Target:
The*Merona® Collection Kendall Embroidered Dress which retails for $39.99 and comes in numerical sizes which I believe to be 0-18, although only sizes 2-14 are available online right now. 
The description on the website reads:

* Sizing and Fit: Women Sizing with a Classic Fit
* Material: 100 % Cotton
* Material Lining: 65 % Polyester, 35 % Cotton
* Care and Cleaning: Line Dry, Machine Wash Cold
* Weave Type(s): Poplin
* Garment Length: Above Knee
* Neckline Style: Keyhole Neckline
* Sleeve Style: Sleeveless with a
* Closure Style: Zip and Hook Side Closure(s)
* Hem Style: Finished Hem(s)
* Garment Detail: Fully Lined, Front Darts, Embroidered Detail

Here it is on me in size 2:

As with most items at Target, this dress is so much prettier IRL than it is on the Target website. I love the color...Black and White together just happens to be one of my favorite color combinations. The dress is cotton and the weight of it is substantial, yet the fabric still feels soft to the touch, making the dress comfortable to wear. I wore this one with flats this past Thursday and received a ton of compliments everywhere I went. The embroidery is absolutely lovely, and the dress is completely lined, as well. This one can easily be dressed up with heels, or worn more casually with flats...another perfect little dress for summer.

The Merona® Elbow Sleeve Shirtdress from Target retails for $24.99, and comes in size XSmall-XXLarge.

Specifics from the Target website:

* Sizing and Fit: Women Sizing with a Classic Fit
* Material: 97 % Cotton, 3 % Spandex
* Care and Cleaning: Tumble Dry Low, Machine Wash Cold
* Weave Type(s): Poplin
* Garment Length: Above Knee
* Neckline Style: Collared Neckline , Pointed Collar
* Sleeve Style: Elbow Sleeve with a Tie Straps Rolled Cuff(s)
* Closure Style: Front Tie, Button Down Closure(s)
* Hem Style: Finished Hem(s)
* Pocket Style: Front, Chest Pocket(s)
* Garment Detail: Front Darts

I purchased this in Black, size XSmall and absolutely love it! It is extremely comfortable to wear, and I really think it looks and feels more expensive than $25.

Here it is on me:
This is how I wore it on 6.12.10 for our trip over to the beach condo. I removed the self-tie belt and replaced it with my Roughed-Out Leather Belt from J.Crew :

The Mossimo® Black Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress retails for $24.99 and comes in sizes XSmall-XLarge. The colors on this one are black, Heather Grey and Royal Blue (which is currently sold out).
The description on the website reads:

* Sizing and Fit: Women Sizing with a Contemporary Fit
* Material: 100 % Cotton
* Care and Cleaning: Machine Wash Cold, Tumble Dry Low
* Garment Length: Floor
* Neckline Style: V-Neck Neckline
* Sleeve Style: Short Sleeve with a Kimono
* Back Style: V Back
* Closure Style: Pullover Closure(s)
* Hem Style: Finished Hem(s)
* Garment Detail: Elastic Band

Here it is on me in the XSmall:
I love this comfy and casually chic. I fell in love with the silhouette after seeing the Lemlem® Lucy patio dress, so this is my less-expensive alternative. The fabric is incredibly soft and the overall silhouette of the dress is flattering to all body types.

More from Target:
 *Converse® One Star® Bengal Stripe Dress in Blue and Antique Grey
*Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Scallop Hem Dress
*Merona® Sundress in Ebony Print. This one also comes in a Blue Print as well as Plum and Pond Green
*Mossimo® Black Crossover Empire Dress in Navy. It also comes in Ebony, Aqua, Purple, and Spanish Brown.

From J.Crew:
The Indigo-Stripe Schuyler Dress from J.Crew. The dress retails for $168 and comes in sizes 0-12.
The website describes the dress as: "A darling daytime piece that's as functional as it is flattering with artisanal-feeling woven indigo stripes. We engineered the sweet, feminine design—through seam and darting detailing, a deep V-neck at the front and back, a fitted bodice and a fuller pleated skirt—to highlight each special stripe. Linen. Sleeveless. Shift silhouette. Back zip. A-line skirt. On-seam pockets. Fully lined. Falls above knee. Import. Dry clean."

I pre-ordered this dress in sizes 0 and 2 (with the Extra 20% promo offered at the time) after seeing an image of it here on Slastena's blog. I loved the stripes and thought it looked like a great dress option for summer. Even though it looks really short on the model, I assumed it would be longer on me since I'm only 5'4", and I was right, but not by much. The dress is indeed still short on me, but not *indecently* short, at least.

The size 0 gives me the best fit through the waist, but it's too large in the bust (for reference I'm a 34B), so ladies with a larger chest will have a better fit in the dress than those of us who are not well-endowed. The dress is lined, has pockets (yay), and the quality appears to be decent. I really like the fabric, color, and striped pattern on the dress, but the silhouette is not a good one for my build, so unfortunately it went back.

Here it is on me in size 0:

Here's a closer view of the stripes and color:

If you like the shape and style of the Indigo-Stripe Schuyler but want it in a solid color, checkout its sister the Solid Schuyler Dress which is also currently on sale.

More from J.Crew:
*Canterbury Bells Carolina Shift Dress

From Kohls:
*LC Lauren Conrad Striped Empire Dress
*Gloria Vanderbilt® Daphne Solid Shirtdress
*SONOMA life + style®Dip-Dyed Dress

From LOFT:

Have a beautiful and blessed day!


Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Little CHANEL for Saturday

"I am no longer what I was. I will remain what I have become." --Coco Chanel--

Have a beautiful and blessed day!


Friday, June 25, 2010

Old Navy Promo: 30% Off The Whole Site

Happy Friday Everybody! I hope you've had a great week, and are looking forward to a wonderful weekend, as well. :) Old Navy sent out a *Wholey Moley* email to let shoppers know they are offering 30% Off merchandise on the ENTIRE SITE with code ONBIG30 at checkout through 6.29.10. This is a FABULOUS promotion and their are definitely some great deals to be found. :)

The sizes get limited very quickly during these promotions but it's always worth a try to see if yours is still available or perhaps check the stores, since this deal appears to be good there, as well.

*Surplice Drawstring Maxi. Seen here on me in the *White Butterfly* print.

Have a beautiful and blessed day!