Friday, May 29, 2015

Reviews: May at Anthro

It's sale season! Lots of retailers are having big sales right now and there are some good deals out there. Sales at Anthropologie seem to have become more common, but you know what? It has been a really, really long time since I've bought anything at Anthro. I can't quite put my finger on the reason why. It might just be that my store doesn't get as much selection as bigger stores in the U.S., or it might be because I'm put off by fit and quality issues.

For example, I saw the Sonora Dress online and was instantly drawn to the pretty colours and loose breezy shape. When I saw it in the sale room last week though, the polyester material felt so cheap and uncomfortable that I didn't even try it on. 

Moonsong Dress
I usually really like Maeve dresses. This one has a pretty, unique pattern and the colours are different from what I tend to gravitate towards. It's made of cotton, fits true to size and has an exposed, contrasting zipper in the back. I like the knee length skirt as well. I wanted to like this dress but it didn't seem to fit quite right. I found the waist of the dress was placed higher than my natural waist, and this made the dress feel really boxy. I think Roxy at Effortless Anthropologie has commented that this seems to be a common Anthro failing lately. Back to the rack for this one.

Pippa Romper
I don't own any jumpsuits. (Sorry, I just can't call them playsuits or rompers... both sound ridiculous to me.) But, I'm trying to be openminded and push my boundaries so I decided to try on this one. Most of the jumpsuits I've tried on thus far have been drapey and have not won me over. This is completely opposite, with thick and substantial fabric and a structured feel. It has pockets and like the dress above, also has a contrasting back zipper. It also felt a touch short waisted. I think it might look better with a belt? I'm not sure about this one. It just reminded me of a post-apocalpytic dystopian uniform.  

I could not find the name of this dress anywhere, but I did actually consider getting this one. I love the neckline and how it draws attention to the shoulders. The colours are pretty, and the length was pretty much perfect... no hemming required. I found it fit true to size. I gave it a pass though because the synthetic fabric felt like it'd be really uncomfortable on a hot summer day.

Fleur Blanche Embroidered Top
This top is so pretty. The details are hard to make out in this photo, and I'm not sure the Anthro website photos are much better. It is covered with embroidered white flowers and lacy details. I found it billowy but not boxy. I didn't get it because I wasn't sure what I would wear it with. 

Pieced Brocade Dress
This dress is basically a variation of the popular Carissima Sheath. It's made by the same designer, Byron Lars. It's definitely a dress that will get attention because of the striking colours and design. It comes with a knotted belt which the model is not wearing on the Anthro website. I found this dress to run a bit smaller than the Carissima Sheath and would probably size up although like the Carissima Sheath, I found that the bum area was a bit loose. It has a nude liner so no need to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. I'm not sure I like the contrasting front zipper, but it's definitely more functional than all of the little hooks on the Carissima Sheath which tend to unhook themselves. I didn't buy this because I already own the Carissima Sheath and can't really justify buying two similar dresses, but this is very pretty and definitely worth a look.

Have you bought anything from Anthropologie lately? Any other sale purchases?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Outfit: Oscar de la Renta

After the Flashdance debacle, I thought it would be hard to convince my husband to go to another musical with me. Luckily, the next musical touring through Calgary was the Book of Mormon.

It's written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creative minds responsible for South Park, with Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) so this should give you an idea of what to expect.

The basic premise: two Mormon boys go to Uganda for their mission. They end up in a village which is under the control of a warlord, General Butt Fucking Naked and set to work helping them the only way they know how: by trying to help them find Jesus.

To be honest, I thought that the show would end with General BFN massacring the entire village for converting to Mormonism. I guess that maybe tells you something about how cynical I am. Or maybe it tells you a bit about my experiences working in other countries.

In any case, that's not actually what happens, although there is a lot of dark humor and irony in the show.

I thought I would find the show offensive and juvenile. It definitely has its moments. One of the most controversial songs, "Hasa diga eebowai" is supposed to translate to "Fuck you, God". Some of the last lines of the song are: "If you don't like what we say, try living here a couple days. Watch all your friends and family die. Hasa diga eebowai". Although I think the show often exploits shock value for laughs, I can't argue with those last lines.

As a musical production, the songs are generally catchy but trite. The second act really seems to drag. There are a lot of cheap shots at the Church of Latter Day Saints, which I found lazy on the part of the writers. In summary: not the best show I've ever seen, but also not the worst.

Bag: Alexander McQueen Knuckle Box Clutch (these are often available for cheaper on The Real Real) (similar)

Outfit details:
Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Scarf: old, from Cambodia
Tights: old, Target
Shoes: Valentino Rockstud Booties (similar but with a low heel)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

April showers...

It's been more than a month since I posted for lots of reasons.

I wrote in my last post that March was tough. It was a really busy month for me at work, and then on March 10, one of our friends, Robson Gmoser, died in an avalanche. We hadn't known him for long but he was such a warm person that we really felt like we'd lost a good friend.

A beautiful day at Battle Abbey
Heading over to a run called "Steepness", with Robson in the lead
I'm not sure how it happened, but somehow April was even busier than March.

The one high point of April was our trip to Fairy Meadow. I wasn't sure how I would feel spending time in the backcountry after what happened in March but that joy and wonder that I've always felt in the mountains is still there. I skied 8 days in a row, most days covering more than 20 kilometers with 2000 meters of elevation gain.


I'm hoping May will be a better month and that I'll be able to post weekly again. Thank you for continuing to read!