Friday, July 31, 2015

Another (very) belated birthday post

I'm 35! I had another great birthday. If you can swing it, I would highly recommend making your birthday your own personal stat holiday. I took the day off from work, went to the mall for some birthday freebies, had lunch with my brother, went for a massage, went to a yoga class and then had a beautiful dinner with my husband at Vero Bistro.

This dress was my present to myself. I totally fell in love with the pretty flowers and when it finally went on sale, I couldn't resist. I got this bag during the Black Friday sales last year and it is beautiful and very functional. It's become my go-to bag for traveling because it has so many pockets and compartments. The leather scuffs a bit easily, but apart from that, it's been a good purchase.

Outfit details:
Dress: Oscar de la Renta, sold out
Bag: Proenza schouler, sold out (second hand in jacquard on The Real Real)
Shoes: Nine West, old (similar without an ankle strap, in white)
Do you have any birthday traditions?

Friday, July 10, 2015

Anthro: Tag Sale Reviews

I've been pretty busy lately so today was the first opportunity I had to check out Anthro's tag sale. They are running an additional 20% off sale items so I'm glad I waited!

I tried on this shirt dress first. It has lots of pretty details, including the lovely light blue pattern and the eyelet along the sides and back. I also love the collar. I found this dress fit true to size, and the slip inside is integrated into the dress rather than being a separate piece so it's really easy to put on. I seriously considered getting this dress but the volume of the skirt is just a bit too overwhelming for me.

Seapane Dress
Next up was this pretty dress with ties on the straps. The pattern is pretty and for some reason makes me think of summer trips to Europe. Unfortunately, although the dress is silk twill, the lining is made of polyester. Hot, heavy, scratchy, cheap-feeling polyester. Boo.

Tied Acionna Silk Dress

I also tried this lovely dress on in a size small. It was too big, unfortunately, and the neckline was pretty low on me. I did like the draping around the hips as it gives the dress a unique silhouette. I think I would have taken this home if my size had been available. I could not find this one on the website which may mean it's already sold out. Not surprising, since it is very pretty and feminine.

I tried on this dress by HD in Paris. It's made of a stretchy knit material, but fortunately the seams are not as lumpy as other stretchy dresses I've tried on in the past (Tanith dress, I'm looking at you). This is a nice, versatile basic that I can wear to work now and in the winter. For $49.95 minus 20% off, it was an easy decision to bring this home.

Marceline Flounced Sheath

I've seen this dress all over the blogosphere and Instagram. The halter neck has buttons on it rather than a tie which keeps the look very clean and graphic. The horizontal stripes might be intimidating but they're actually very flattering. I love how the black stripe in the middle defines the waist. Unfortunately, the dreaded polyester curse stirkes again. If I can be very whiny for a moment, "Whyyyy, Anthro??? Why? Why make such a beautiful, unique dress in such a cheap material?" Sigh.

Candymint Halter Dress
Have you found any good deals at the tag sale? How do you feel about polyester?