So my first semester back in school in a decade ended this week and as a treat for myself I zoomed off to Orlando for my version of a treat- an extended time in the dressing room of Anthropologie without kiddo interruptions ;) Reviews follow, but first, I wanted to mention a review that will NOT unfortunately include a picture of me. That is of the Ajisai dress by Saira - a beautiful little dress that features rather prominently in the new catalog that was just released today.
find the new catalog here: (and see how many times you can spot this dress, I'm pretty sure I counted three times)
I searched the racks for my normal size 12 and came up with a 10 and a 14. I debated not trying this dress on at all, and then grabbed the 10. It almost zipped up. It might have even zipped if I had help and wasn't contorting myself to try to zip it- however, that might have threatened the dresses integrity, and honestly, it's too pretty for me to want to threaten it (Stand back or the dress gets it! Sorry, wrong review). My lovely SA scoured the store for me and came back 10 minutes later admitting that my location had *every* size except a 12- and two 0s in the back room. Do I know if the 12 will be perfect? No. Do I dream that it will be? Heck yeah. But then, I am a dreamer. And the colors are pretty, the dress is swishy, the bodice part is dramatic and sexy, and the print appeals to the new found design side of my brain in a way I didn't expect. I really like it. Top of my wishlist like it. Oh- and the colors are a little different than the product shot- you'll see it in the background of a couple of my later shots, but it's a mossy greeny brownish base with coral and turquoise pops of color (um, there is so much turquoise and coral in my closet it's sort of crazy, this dress would feel like it was among family) and the stems are sort of a lime greeen-ish. BTW- I promise the rest of my reviews won't be a book like this one ;)
On to products I actually have pictures of ME in. Here's a little top that I had high hopes for because honestly, the design appealed to me online- dolman sleeves, strangely appealing star shaped seams, nice colors, a striped design. Covered a lot of my favorite bases. BUT, I had some major issues with fit and body in it.
Dots within Blouse
Lemon Liftoff Blouse
This may not be immediately obvious from the pictures, but this blouse is definitely too tight on me in my tts- I needed a size up but my store did not have it. Here is what you may not be able to immediately tell- My bust is being severely restricted, the waistband was constantly moving up because it was too small, the flare did a lovely little bump thing that looked like a muffin top but wasn't (was just not flowing because it was too small- ok, that you can sort of see in the last picture...it's the blouse, I SWEAR!). All these things said, I love this top. The puff sleeves aren't too puffy for me- I tend to wear a fair amount of puff sleeves actually (for some reason they work well on my arms). It has a bow! The silhouette is a nice one for my body type- helps define that waist that I do have, and the bust that sometimes allows the waist to get lost (the biggest problem that flowy garments cause for hourglass body types) The material is a bit sheer due to the color- it is a bright, light lemon yellow. Love the owls. Length seemed perfect for just about any way I'd want to wear it. Price....price is higher than I want- but I'm just not sure if 14s are going to last till sale so I'll be stalking online stock on this one, because I can see it being pretty versatile.
Paint the Sky Tee
Noon & Night Dress
that's the last Anthro pic from this visit- Hubby said something about going tomorrow as a family (I think we do this after every time I go by myself and come home with pictures....very interesting)...not sure if that will mean a few stragglers of photos. Here's two random bonus tts H&M pics too ;)
If anyone happens to spot that skirt in a size 12 and wants to hook me up......let me know. I'm actually trying on a 10 in the picture- and the hook and eye at the top isn't fastened. The 12 would be perfect and it's a darling pleated skirt with polka dots..... so I was smitten. *but the next closest H&M is 2 hours away*