devil in a blue dress

Blue is my favourite colour (my nephew and I have that in common, even if he doesn’t want to share), in all shades.  I’m beginning quite a collection of blue dresses in my closet.  My favourite is Anthro’s Skyfall Dress, followed closely by Anthro’s Oak Apple Dress, but really, how can I choose?

Three days, three blue knit dresses this week.  (And the same pair of shoes.)

Velvet dress | Anthro Oolite Necklace | Bos & Co heels

I almost got rid of this dress in my last closet purge.  At the last minute, as I was about to put the bag of purged items into the clothing donation box, I rescued this dress.  I love the colour and I love an easy knit dress, but I’m undecided if I still love it enough to keep it.

Anthro Network Dress | ayala bar necklace | Bos & Co heels

I just realized that I’ve worn this exact outfit before, during the winter 30 for 30 challenge.  It’s not that I never repeat outfits (I do all the time, I’m definitely not creative every day), it’s just that I normally don’t photograph them twice.  But, uh, I’m in a different setting.  And my hair is different.  And my legs appear more muscular (lord knows why, it’s not like I’ve been exercising or anything).

Anthro Pezza Dress | J. Crew Featherweight Cotton Cardigan | Anthro necklace | Bos & Co heels

Vancouver Canuck colours!  I’m a fairweather hockey fan at best, but of course I’m cheering for them!

It was ridiculously easy to get dressed this week. I’m thinking dresses are definitely the way to go this summer.

I’ve successfully survived two weeks of my new job, and it’s been really good.  But I’m way behind on my blog reading, and I need to figure out a new routine that includes blogging.  I’ll get there, but it might take a while.

Anthropologie catalogue: May 2009

Every week I take a look back at past Anthropologie catalogues and what I loved from then.  (Thanks to Natalie for posting all the links.) I used to think that it’s impossible to find these pieces again, but thanks to Roxy’s trade market and eBay, anything is possible.

May 2009

floating lotus dress – gorgeous photographed underwater, but too much like a nightgown for me.

bergamot one-piece – love the detail

tigerlily toplove the colour and print

lagoon blossom blouseagain, looks great underwater, but much different IRL.

peony drawstring top, grass blade dress, ruffle tier tank – would never have been able to guess that the dress is green, but I like the shape.  Also love the purple tops.

honey-dipped dress – I can appreciate yellow, but I don’t want to wear it.

water's reflection top, washed ashore necklace – great colour and print on this top

high-wire act table and chairs – cottage weekend, anyone?

parrot jungle plates – I love plain white plates, but every now and then I think I want some fun colourful ones.

guru paisley bedding, acacia wood floor lamp


why can’t every weekend be a long weekend?

I think it might be a bad sign that I had only been back to work for a week and already I was grateful for a three-day weekend (yay, May Two-Four!).  But the good sign is I’m actually looking forward to going back to work tomorrow.  I hope it lasts.

Saturday was a gorgeous summer day and my first day out in bare legs, but of course I didn’t get a photo of my first real summer outfit.  Instead, here’s an outfit from last week when I was still wearing tights.

Anthro Climbing Cowlneck (C. Keer) | Anthro Anadyomene Cardigan (Rosie Neira) | Club Monaco pencil skirt | Wolford Satin Opaque tights | Michael Kors heels

I’m out of practice when it comes to putting together outfits for work, so this is just a replay of my last-day-of-vacation outfit with a skirt.  So I spent some time this weekend looking at my closet and considering my outfit possibilities, so the next week will be a little more interesting.

I’m also experimenting with full bangs; we’ll se how long these last.

We’ve had some stormy weather since Saturday, but it’s made from some good pictures from my condo.


Anthropologie catalogue: May 2008

Every week I take a look back at past Anthropologie catalogues and what I loved from then.  (Thanks to Natalie for posting all the links.) I used to think that it’s impossible to find these pieces again, but thanks to Roxy’s trade market and eBay, anything is possible.

May 2008

cool, cool water dress -

seven palms dress – nothing like a light knit dress in the summer

alejo road mini, summer solstice tote –
really cute bag, but the big grey bow doesn’t seem very “summer” to me.

salton sea shifts – so cute!

wake-the-world tee – gorgeous colours on this top

azetecia top, scrollwork skirt, cherry-on-top heels – I adore this entire outfit.  I must try to recreate it somehow.

waterway tank – a book and a pretty colourful top.  Love.

chuparosa dress, solano canyon cardigan, candied lemon peel slingbacks – I love this whole outfit, especially the yellow shoes.  And i| don’t like yellow.

cerrito tee, rancho mirage trousers

beach glass necklace, calimesa dress – I actually ordered this dress based on the catalogue.  I love how it looks on the model, and I love the twist-front detail that I thought would be flattering.  It wasn’t.  White isn’t a great colour for me. Back it went, sadly.

pier-side thongs – summer beachiness

myna t-straps


…that’s why we only work when we need the money…

So let’s face it, if I didn’t have to work, I wouldn’t.  But since I have to work, I’m glad I got this job. 

First day back to work outfit:

J.Crew ruffled tank | Anthro Beribboned Buds Cardi (Tabitha) | Anthro necklace | Club Monaco pencil skirt | Wolford Satin Opaque Tights | Tory Burch Reva flats

Since I’ve gone back to the same company I left at the end of March, everything is very familiar.  So familiar that I felt the same sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I arrived at the same office building on Monday morning.  I had to stop and remind myself that I wasn’t going back to the same job, that this was something new and better.  And it is.  My new boss took me out for lunch on Monday to get to know me (that really impressed me, but given what I was used to with my old team, my low expectations are easily surpassed), my new coworkers took me to lunch on Tuesday to get to know me, and my old coworkers (the ones I’m friends with) were really happy to see me.  I have no idea what the work is actually like because I haven’t actually done any yet, but I have high hopes.

I’m also thrilled that after six weeks of sitting on the couch eating macarons and gelato, my non-elastic-waistband clothes still fit me.

Anthropologie Craft & Creation Top | J.Crew Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan | Hilary Druxman necklace | Anthro Alluring Sway Skirt (Cartonnier) | Wolford Satin Opaque Tights | Tory Burch Reva flats

Now if only the sun would come out, I’d be one perfectly happy camper.


It’s so much better on holiday…

My six-week “vacation” is over. Sob…

The past week, since I learned that I got the job I wanted, has been pretty stress-free and awesome.  I wish I’d learned I would be starting work tomorrow three weeks ago so I could have had more stress-free time off.  I’m really going to miss my free time.  But I’ve had six pretty self-indulgent weeks, so it’s time I start working again.  Any longer and I’d have a really hard time going back.

It has been pretty lonely at home too; I’ve been missing the daily social interaction.  And, of course, there is that small matter of a regular paycheque.

But the most difficult transition will be getting out of elastic waistbands and into “real” clothes again. 

Anthropologie Climbing Cowlneck (C. Keer) | Anthro Anadyomene Cardigan (Rosie Neira) | Anthro necklace | American Apparel leggings | Cole Haan Air Tali MJ Ballet Flats

I’m going to miss those leggings.


Closets & Cocktails

Pop on over to 365 Fashion Rehab to see the Closets & Cocktails post featuring me!

Thanks to the lovely A & P for inviting me to participate!  And no worries, I don’t mind being called “cute”.  I can’t change what I am. ;)


In the mood to try on clothes

So I’m going back to work on Monday, and this is my last week of freedom.  I’m really going to miss sitting on the couch eating bon bons (my friend Patrick’s dream), or in my case macarons and gelato.  I’m also going to miss being able to go to the grocery store in the middle of the day, watching Food Network and HGTV all day, going for long walks, and going to Anthropologie whenever I want to try on clothes.

I’ve been in the mood to try on a LOT of clothes, so here is what has attracted me lately.

Pesisir Top by Fei, CAD$88, size 6.  I’ve always admired the corset tops, but I’ve never bought one.  This one may just change my mind.  I love the purple batik print and the front pockets.  It’s a little snug; I might consider sizing up for comfort.  Or I could stop eating macarons and gelato and drop a few pounds. 

Summer Souffle Dress by Moulinette Soeurs, CAD$218, size 6.  Talk about a disappointment.  Cute online, and look how cute it is on a mannequin, but one me it’s too long, too billowy, too high-waisted (or not high-waisted enough??), too sheer (even with the voluminous skirt).  I’d love a white summer dress, but this ain’t it.

Drapey Bubbled Tee by Bordeaux, CAD$68, size S.  I love the colour and the asymmetrical draping.  But I don’t love the neckline, and the banded hem was a little tight around my hips, though that’s easily fixed by sizing up.  Nice top, just not very “me”. Pass.

Sagebrush Skirt by Blue Tassel, CAD$148, size 6. Love the colour, but I’m shying away from A-line skirts because of the added volume on my lower half.  This one isn’t too voluminous and it fit well at the waist, but I’m not feeling the embroidered flower details.  It’s a little too “twee” for my taste.  I’m not willing to spend $150 on a skirt I find just okay, and I probably wouldn’t buy it on sale either. Pass.

Gauzy Tiers Skirt by Edme & Esyllte, CAD$78, size S.  There’s nothing wrong with this skirt—in fact it’s a very nice summer skirt—but it’s nothing special to me.  Pass.

Glass Glow Shift by Fish Fry, CAD$198, size M.  I guess this dress is supposed to look like stained glass, but I don’t think I’d want a window in these colours.  I’m not a fan of the V-neck (is it low or is it high?), and the fit is pretty terrible.  I didn’t like the stiff cotton fabric either.  Pass.

Approaching Blue Dress by Ankur Modi & Priyanka Modi, CAD$198, size 6.  This dress intrigued me in the April catalogue.  I love the idea of it, especially the two shades of blue at the hem, but I don’t love it in practice. The neckline and the hem look messy.  The full slip underneath was really tight (I’d probably have to size up), and it was attached to the dress in a really strange way.  If I were to buy, I would detach the slip entirely.  The dress itself is a wrap that attaches with a hook and eye at the waist.  Now that I look at the photo of me in it, it makes my waist look really small, but that’s not enough to make me want to buy it.  Pass.

Quechua Dress by We Love Vera, CAD$188, size 6.  I love the black-and-white print, the bright red sash, the light fabric, and the fact that it pulls on over the head (no hooks and zippers to mess with), but the fit is off.  Maybe sizing down would help, but I didn’t love it enough to even bother.  Pass.

I feel like I’ve tried on the whole store in the past week, but out of these, only the Pesisir Top is likely to come home with me.  That’s okay, I have my eye on a lot of other things right now.  If I wanted everything, I’d be in serious trouble.

Anthropologie catalogue: May 2007

Every week I take a look back at past Anthropologie catalogues and what I loved from then.  (Thanks to Natalie for posting all the links.) I used to think that it’s impossible to find these pieces again, but thanks to Roxy’s trade market and eBay, anything is possible.

May 2007

lupita dress – summery prettiness

san blass floral tote, serpiente thongs, maraca platforms, wicker slingbacks, desert rose t-straps

papaya punch cardigan, vallarta blouse, joe's honey gigi

smocked sur dress – love this

rippled gauze skirt, patio dot slingbacks – love these shoes

criss-crossed tee, whale-watching trousers – I have a thing for tops with a twist, literally.  I love the colour of this one.

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