Friday, April 22, 2011

Favorite Females Friday: Amy Adams

I have recently become a fan of Amy Adams, especially of her fashion sense, style and love for Carolina Herrera. No matter what she is wearing, she always looks sophisticated and well put together. And she's a great actress to boot. Here are a few of my favorite Amy Adams looks:

Carolina Herrera: 2008 Gotham Independent Film Awards (Image Source)

Carolina Herrera: 2009 "Julie & Julia" NY Premier (Image Source)

Carolina Herrera: 2006 SAG Awards (Image Source)

Burberry: 2009 "Sunshine Cleaning" LA Premiere (Image Source)

Marchesa: 2011 Golden Globes (Image Source)

Christian Dior: 2010 (Image Source)

Valentino: 2011 Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon (Image Source)

2007 Film Independent Spirit Awards (Image Source)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Window Shopping: Banana Republic

I've never really explored Banana Republic before. I suppose that I always viewed it as the "preppier" version of GAP, if that's possible. But recently I was on the website and was surprised by some of the clothing items that I came across. They seem to be on par with what is "hot" right now in fashion, including ruffles. It seems as though everyone is selling the same ruffle blouses and shells right now, or at least very similar versions of the same style. I'm okay with that since I like that style, but I'm afraid that it is a trend that is going to get old pretty quickly.

Here are some of my faves from Banana Republic:

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A giveaway just in time for spring!

In celebration of receiving 200 followers, Shopping with M is hosting a giveaway. She's giving away a very spring-like bracelet by Kate Spade AND a great necklace from Anthropologie:

Enter her giveaway here. All entries need to be received by 4/24. Good luck!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Window Shopping: Anthropologie

It seems as though everyone shops at Anthropologie! I would love to shop there too, but unfortunately, it's rather out of my budget. Seriously, some of the prices on these items are outrageous! I am assuming that most women shop the sales at an actual store, but seeing as there are no stores within 100 miles of me, I have to settle for window shopping instead.

Here are some of my current favorite items from Anthropologie:

And favorite items currently on sale:

Monday, April 11, 2011

My First Fitting Room Review!

I went shopping this weekend. Yay! This was the first time in what seems like forever! I was in Burlington, VT this weekend and hit up a few stores, including Kohl's, JCPenney, LOFT, Victoria's Secret, and American Eagle. Doesn't sound like anything too super exciting, but for someone who never goes shopping, it was! I tried on the most clothes at Kohl's, mainly because they were having a sale. Here's what I tried on, and what was purchased:

Apt. 9 Floral Tiered Mesh Top - Original $36.00

I also tried this on in a pink floral color, but couldn't find it online to share. I hated this top. Okay, I didn't really hate the top itself, but I really disliked the cap sleeves on it. They really are not flattering on me. I suppose this top may have been okay under a cardigan. I tried on a medium, which was too big, but I did not feel like running back out to get a size small to try it on. I'm not a huge fan of trying on clothes. This top, which also comes in gray, has two 5 star ratings on the Kohl's website. Needless to say, this one did not make it home with me.

Lauren Conrad Ruffle Chiffon Top - Original $34.00

This top is also available in a gray color and pink rose. The top that I tried on was the only green moss one left, and it was a size XS. I love the color of this shirt and the way that it fit. This one was a keeper. It was also on sale for $22.99. I have a pair of green sandals that will match well with this top. It will be perfect for work and casual outfits! (Received one 5 star review online).

Rosette Banded-Bottom Top- Original $34.00

Also available in boysenberry (pink). This was another top that did not make it home with me. There were several things that I did not like about it, one being that the medium I tried on was too big, but it was the only size available. I also did not like where the sleeves hit on my arms, and top itself was not very flattering on a bigger chest than shown in the photo. I think it's a really cute shirt, especially as shown in the photo, it just didn't fit that way in person. (No online reviews).

Must-Have Pleated Tee - Original $26.00

I tried on this top in both "black" and "blue ribbon", according to the tag anyway. In person, it looked like the "mulled grape" color, not a blue color at all. Either way, I liked both of them. I grabbed both a medium and a small, but ended up going with an XS in this top as well. It definitely runs large. I wasn't sure about this top when I first grabbed it, but liked it a lot better when it was on. (It does not look so great in the online photo). I ended up purchasing the "blue ribbon" top for $17.99. I think that it will work both tucked in or untucked. This one received a 3.6 star rating based on 11 reviews and is available in 5 different colors.

Vera Wang Dot Embellished Tank- Original $44.00

It's a little difficult to see in this photo, but this tank actually has accents of a green moss color next to the black dots. This top was really cute in person. I tried on a medium, which was too big, but did not go back for the small. If I had a full-time job where I would definitely need clothes like this, I would have tried on the small and probably would have ended up purchasing this one. It would look great with a moss colored cardigan and black pants or pencil skirt. (No online reviews for this item yet).

I also tried on three mock-layer cardigans, but could not find them online as they were clearance items in the store. I did, however, find a very similar item on the JCPenney website for comparison. I tried this one on in both blue and gray. I loved the blue one, but unfortunately, the ruffles down the front were crooked! I don't know if it was just the way the top hung on me, or if they were in fact stitched crookedly, but it was too noticeable for me to ignore. I ended up with neither one. I also had a hard time getting past the way the cardigan part hung from my larger chest (larger than the model's, that is). It made me feel as though I were wearing a maternity top, and after spending well over a year in maternity clothing with my two sons, I wasn't about to venture there again.

At JCPenney, I picked up two short-sleeved tunic sweaters, on clearance for $7.17 each (originally $36.00!). I got one in "parachute purple" and another in black. I also tried on this shirt, in polynesian blue. I really liked it, but I already have so many tops in that shade of blue that I had to pass, which was difficult to do, especially since two saleswomen in the fitting room told me that it was made for me! But I suppose that was part of their job, to compliment the customers into purchasing as much as they can.

In addition to those tops, I picked up some new underwear from VS and a pair of jeans from American Eagle. I went into LOFT, but didn't try anything on. I had already made my other purchases, and was struggling with the idea of spending any more money after that. I really liked a few items in there, including the Wide Stripe Ruffle Tank in yellow:
 but I could not rationalize spending $45 on a tank top! I do, however, think that it might be time to create a new LOFT wishlist, as I see many new items that were not included on my wishlist for March!

Overall, I think that I did pretty well for someone who hates the idea of spending money, especially when it's money that I don't really have. I really enjoyed my shopping experience, I just wish that I had a well-paying full-time job so I could do this more often and be able to pick up more items that I would have liked! Hopefully soon!
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