Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Anthro-style for kids

Has anyone else checked out the online kid's clothing store, Matilda Jane? My friends, Lily and Viv introduced me to the site, this past weekend.

It's infant and girl's clothing, which is beautifully designed and photographed (with a recent contest between 45 photographers, all using the same dress--see below "I see the Moon" photography).

I can't get over how cute their items are. Very boho chic and pretty much priced like Anthropologie.

Sigh. If only they had weekly sales, too!

I sense Scooter and I are going to need to start budgeting.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

More Jackets and Sale Finds

Happy Sunday, fashion peeps! Here are more of the delightful finds from my day and a half in Santa Barbara on Labor Day. I've started to just try on anything and everything in my size on the sale rack that can possibly cover my increasing girth.

Loved the Horseshoe Falls Top, $29.95 which comes in a rainbow of colors, but apparently fate only wanted me to have it in white since they had run out of all the other smalls.

So I could layer it under this striped, bowed hoodie. Which I would have bought, except I have a unseemly dislike for 3/4 sleeves. I prefer either full length or short sleeve above the elbow--anything in the middle is unbearable and morally unacceptable.

But the bow sure was cute.

Oh, Tracy Reese. This Phlox and Coral Coat for a mere $288, looks so cozy and warm and appropriate for a jaunty tromp through the English countryside.

I loved the look in the catalog, but realized quickly that this was not as practical everyday coat as my Cream Confection jacket, which I have worn this whole week. And still love deeply.

I tried on a size 2 (I'm usually a size 0), which fit Scooter and me just fine. It would be great for a maternity coat, but it is definitely "poufy" as one reviewer stated, since it's an empire cut, made with almost a tapestry type fabric.

In fact, I did feel a tiny bit like a human couch--albeit a very chic human couch.With lovely pockets I could just tuck my hands into.

Loved the collar. And the coral trim. Agh. So lovely.

I finally tried on this sweater coat which looked so cuddly and ladylike on the hanger. Unfortunately, it couldn't be found yet on the website UNTIL I used the reference number from the photo on the tag.

Anthropologie, you are so sneaky!

You listed this Sleeping on Snow, Herringbone Sweater Coat, $118 under Sweaters, NOT "jackets" or "outerwear."  

And by the way, why do we need an separate "outerwear" section?! Are jackets not outerwear? Is it only to confuse us well-meaning bloggers and shoppers? If so, mission accomplished.

It's got these panels around the collar, which are only attached at the beautifully cinched and pleated empire waist. You could slip your hand underneath it, like so.

I love Herringbone, especially this lovely cream/beige combo. I completely plan to sale-stalk. Cozy, but great for work, too.

I tried on the small, instead of the XS, since I'm not anymore. It fit fine.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Awesome Anthro Jackets and Sale Finds

Addendum: Thanks, girls, for the name reminder. It's the Cream Confection jacket that has entranced me and many others. See the last paragraph. 

Hey kids,
      I perused the gorgeous Santa Barbara store Labor day Thursday and found some good sale items. This long sleeve maroon tissue tee was trying to achieve mediocrity, so I had to leave it behind. 


I found this Deletta tank so fun and interesting. Plus, I love Deletta's handiwork. Their fabrics always seem sinfully soft and luxe. Even a simple tank can be interesting and longlasting. Not to mention belly-friendly.

Just 30 bucks. Not bad.

Ooh!!I finally tried on the Terrace House jacket $138.00 which reminds me of some other jackets Tabitha has done in the past. See the brown Tabitha jacket in this earlier post.

They do such a beautiful job of tailoring with the details around the collar.

ARGH! Stop it, Tabitha!! Stop making awesome things that are impossible not to buy!

Another reluctant walk away--since I have no idea if it will fit later on. You know, when I lose 50 lbs. After gaining 80.

Then, the tour de force.

Boo, but I cannot find this jacket for the life of me on their site.

But I LOVED it. The clever ruffle around the edge--which becomes a functional and cozy pocket. And the subtle Edwardian collar. Oh! I literally walked up to the checkout counter with the jacket still on. Unable to part with it.

I had forgotten my wallet back at the hotel where Chris and I had stayed. So I had to parade around in front of him to seek his financial patronage while batting my eyes and trying to appear vulnerable and cold, while carrying his child. Who will not stop kicking me in the gut.

Long story short. He loved it. I tried on the black. It's just as cute and maybe more versatile, given my own wardrobe palette.
I'm wearing the jacket right now, as I'm typing. LOVE IT.

A little steep, but c'mon. So stinkin' cute. And that ruffle is worth its weight in Anthro gift cards.

Ok. More coming later. I have to go read Tim Gunn's new book "Life's Little Lessons for Making it Work" now. Don't laugh.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

AnthroTour--Gorgeous Santa Barbara

Hey girls,
    I know it's been 5 days since the Labor Day Sale, but I did want to show some awesome pics I got of the Santa Barbara store. Chris and I drove up the coast on Wednesday night, and browsed about the town on Thursday morning, just in time for their delightful Anthro to open its doors.

The Santa Barbara art museum is reflected in the window. All the original buildings in that town are Spanish style and are covered with brightly fuschia-hued bougainvillea, and dark green ivy, tinted with red. 

Very travel-themed store. Loved the different colored suitcases.

I found this colorful, eclectic jumble of cups, bowls, plates so very perfect and chaotic and lovely. Would probably never use any of them, just leave my cupboards open so I could gaze upon the loveliness.

Dream library. Lots of variety. All very pretty.

More pics to come. I did score at the sale, how about you guys?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

End-of-Summer Reads

I love Anthro's books, as you can see from my previous summer reading list.

As summer is closing, the weather in Southern Cal is still quite balmy, and one of my favorite activities is sitting in our backyard, with a good novel, legs tucked under me, and a chilled lemonade at my side.

Here are some non-Anthro books that I've picked up at my new 2nd favorite place--my neighborhood library. Just around the corner and a quick jaunt from our new house, nestled in a charming, woodsy, tree-lined park! Oh, the joy of our tax dollars hard at work!

I am able to prego-waddle down there, pick out a few items, and slowly totter back within an hour! AMAZING.

Hope you enjoy these. And let me know some of your own favorite end-of-summer reads. 

1. My Life in France, Julia Child.

She is so funny and plucky and enthusiastic. And Meryl Streep does these DEAD-ON impressions of her voice and idiosynchroses. DOWN TO THE HEAD SCRATCH at 0:20 and 0:23!

2. Watership Down, Richard Adams

An oldie but goodie. Who would have guessed that a story about a warren of rabbits could have displayed so much courage, heartbreak and adventure? Not to mention an entire new vocabulary?! i.e. "Silflay hraka, u embleer rah," meaning, "Eat my rabbit poop, you stinking chief rabbit." INTENSE!

3. The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler
Kind of rambling and no easy answers. But with pockets of wisdom--like being realistic about life and the world is one of the keys to not having unrealizable expectations. I myself am not Buddhist, but I do recognize the truth in what the man has to say.
Sorry, that paragraph was kind of rambling, too.

4. The Well-Behaved Child, John Rosemond
Because I don't know how to say no, I volunteered to give a presentation on child-discipline among other topics to a bunch of TEEN MOTHERS at the end of the month.

The very demographic that will probably find me the least compelling--for one, compared to them, I'm older than time. Also, I'm not "technically" a mother, YET. And what would I know about their tough, suddenly very adult lives?

Well, ignoramus or not, I found myself nodding continuously and knowingly throughout this GEM of a book. Essentially, emphasizes that many (although obviously not all) kids have been overdiagnosed with disorders and parents want too much to be their kids' friends. Effective discipline hinges on parents falling back on the 50's style "BECAUSE I SAID SO" philosophy. Doesn't that just ring true to you?

Especially when there is increasing volume-demon-shriek and scissor-kick tantrum-throwing in the middle of the Barbie/Hot wheels aisle at Target that does not respond to either ice cream, threats or a swift swat over the diaper. Oh boy, I think I just jinxed myself there. Now you guys know exactly what to expect for me in T-2 years.

It's all very easy for me to say--after all, the best parents are those who have no children yet and still consider themselves experts. Ha!

5. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Sad. Amazing. Amazingly sad. But triumphant as all sad memoirs should be.

Any other favorites?