Monday, October 31, 2011

Anthrogeek: Judge Me By My Size, Do You...

Halloween is my favorite non-national, dress-up holiday of the year (St. Paddy's a distant second--that leprechaun outfit gets a little dingy). 

I have always spent the day with or without costume, hanging out with friends, gorging on chocolate. First, because it's Halloween, but mostly because it's my birthday.

This year, since I have Avery to dress up against her will, I started scouting out costumes early. She had a few back-ups that we tried out (bunny rabbit, dragon, Minnie Mouse) and we actually still HAVE assorted costumes in our possession. Just in case Yoda wasn't going to be adorable. Which, of course, it was.

'Course, I also had to get into it. Mismatched hair shades notwithstanding (yes, that's a braided bun headband, no, it's not from Anthro), we had a blast yesterday at our birthday/halloween bash in our backyard. Thirty of our friends celebrated with cake, In-n-Out Burgers, homefried potatoes, and lots and lots of candy.

Btw, I'm not the Star Wars geek (I hadn't even seen any of the movies in their entirety). Someone else is. Won't mention any names. But he's in the picture. Standing next to me. In gray. No, not Avery. And that's the only hint I'll give you. 
We ended up watching Star Wars after the party clean-up, to make our costumes more meaningful. I guess Avery and I need to fully understand the responsibility of representing Leia and Yoda. The Force is not to be trifled with. 

Neither is the birthday discount. I scoured my local Anthro for everything that I had on my wishlist, last week. Will show you guys what I got in a few days. After the chocolate coma has subsided. 
Happy Halloween and may the you-know-what be with you...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Thank you reader(s), for being so patient with me. I know I only blog once in a blue moon, but I still get weblove (no, don't be gross) from you.

Some thoughts since our last meeting:

-Like most, I wish I didn't have to work. But even when I'm off, there's so much to do at home, that I end up more tired than when I just haul myself to the salt mines. Hanging out with a 9 month old all day is NO JOKE. Avery is Miss SuperBusyBee (must! crawl! and grab! anything shiny! or sharp!) and doesn't seem to understand my need to sit down once in a while and not carry her 20 pound HEFT everywhere.
Is that just life? Probably. Especially being a mama? Most def. Love it. But it's a tiny bit...totally exhausting.
On the flip side, I have lost all of the baby weight! How, you ask? Nursing plus braces plus carrying 20 lb bulk is a great workout, apparently.

-Anthro felt a little blegh to me in the last, oh...9 months? Mainly because I was so busy and tired, and solely browsing via the interweb...instead of going into the actual brick and mortar stores where I usually just feel so exhilerated. But I still got a little tingle in my toes when I saw these today:

 SO Betty Draper (although I would rather look like Joan). Love the pleats, the thin waist, the colors. Not sure about the penguins, but hey, preferable and more interesting than the usual woodland creatures Anthro usually uses (i.e. raccoons, canines, etc).

 I loved the collar on this coat, and the length and structure reminds me of a kinder, gentler Matrix. Like Trinity on Xanax. No guns, no killing. Just maybe the occasional rude memo, but cloaked in very PC verbage. Please cc to NEO, i.e. the One.

LOVE being yellow. And Asian in general. Ha! Well, this skirt is so sweet and perfect for a stroll to brunch on a foggy Sunday morning. Even better if paired with the sweater below. 

But I almost swallowed my tongue when I looked at the prices. Is it just me, or is $350 crazy for a skirt, and $390 excessive for a pullover? Unless it's coated with platinum baubles and was worn by Kate Middleton and is wrapped in stock tips from Buffett? That made me a little irritated. Like, Anthro, get a grip, already!

I told our teenage babysitter about my love for all things Anthro, but not its prices. 
She said with a little smirk,"Who do they think they are--Prada?"
True, they're not Prada. Yes, that's too expensive. For goodness' sakes--get a clue--there's a recession going on. But...sigh. I still love me some Anthro.