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When in doubt, smell it out…and the Topoxte Dropwaist Tunic review.

The best and worst thing happened to me the other day. I should probably start with the best, right?

The BEST: I accidentally left a box of Chick Fil A nuggets in the car all afternoon. It was 95 degrees outside, making the inside liken to the surface of the Sun. By the time I got back in the car to drive my son to soccer, the aroma was off-the-charts awesome. It was like a party in my nose. My car smelled like Chick Fil A all week. Awesomeness.

The WORST: I almost accidentally licked poo off my arm……Weren’t expecting to hear that now, were ya? I’ll give you a second to, uh, digest that info before I explain….

So my 2 year old woke up the other morning ornery as all get-out. When that happens, it is difficult to get him to do anything without it ending with a major meltdown. We were in a hurry, I needed to change his diaper without a meltdown. Usually a ‘one-for-the-money’ style throw onto the bed gets him laughing and cooperative. So that’s what happened, though what I didn’t realize at the time was that one side of his diaper was already undone. (Critical point to the story here). So, we do the one-for-the-money throw, I quickly change the diaper, throw him on my hip and run to the car. Now I’m quickly buckling him in, look down at my left forearm and notice a brownish smear.

As a mother, dealing with smears is quite common. Especially with my kids. I am the kind of mother who bribes her children with chocolate to get them to quickly do what I want. Frequently that involves handing them a chocolate chip granola bar in the car. So….as I’m buckling, and notice the brown smear on my arm, I think…oh, a chocolate chip must have melted on the straps while he was eating the other day and I must have brushed up against it just now…. So I think to myself, (as both my arms are occupied and I’m in a HURRY)…

just lick it off.

This is all happening within nanoseconds, right? As I’m leaning over, literally on-the-way to my arm, something inside me….a little voice of warning, perhaps an angel of gladness, a voice from the heavens?….stopped me in my tracks and said, “smell it first.”

The nose don’t lie peeps….Survey says: POO!!

In that moment, there weren’t enough diaper wipes in the state of Texas…..My hands are rubbing at the skin on my arm so fast there really could have been flames shooting off. As I’m frantically rubbing, I’m shouting, “Eeeeewwwww!” over and over again, and other things like, “GROSS!!!” and “NASTY!” Absorbed as I am in the disinfecting process, I forget my little guy is strapped in right next to me. I look up at him, notice he’s literally grinning ear to ear, and then he says, “NATH-TY!” (I love that he can’t say his ‘S’s’ yet.)

And then he starts belly laughing.

Moral of the story: When you are in a hurry, do not throw your child on the bed with a diaper half-hooked because poo will fall out unannounced to you and you will then accidentally get it on your arm and almost lick it off. The end.

Good News: I wasn’t wearing this when the near-fatal poo incident occurred. I was actually in my gym clothes, exposing said-left forearm.

Wearing: Top-Anthropologie Topoxte Dropwaist Tunic, Pants-Anthropologie Pilcro Stet Slim, Shoes-Anthropologie Scarlet and Crimson Wedges, Earrings-Anthropologie Honeycomb Hive Drops

The Topoxte Tunic is one of my most FAVORITE purchases as of late. It is literally a reincarnation of the Swizzle Stripe Top from last year:

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.38.40 AMThe differences I’ve noticed are that Maeve decided to switch to numeric sizing for the Topoxte Tunic rather than the XS-XL sizing of the Swizzle Stripe, and the Topoxte Tunic in general has less fabric in the front, is shorter, and has sleeves that you can wear long or tabbed up shorter, as I’m wearing above. The colors are so vibrant and awesome. I can wear this with so many different bottoms and shoe options. Highly recommend. For reference, I took a size 6.

Hope we’re still friends despite all the poo talk today. This is life. My good, full, crazy, life in which I just try to keep the poo off my Anthro swag. ;)





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The Miel Dress requires that you learn to speak Citron.

Ah, yes, the Miel Dress.  I think a moment of silence is in order for this flouncy jolt of happiness.

Citron + Chevron + big bow + high neckline = Audrey Hepburn on crack.

Citron fullness on the bottom,…(seriously, we could just stop there, right? and be completely satiated….), graced with a fabulously graphic, black chevron striped bodice? Accompanied by a wide, substantial citron bow that actually (gasp!!) holds it shape throughout the day!!

I feel faint.

I’m pretty sure there was a back-door handshake deal that took place between Kate Spade and Moulinette Seours to birth this cross-bred chevron-citronic lovechild. Frankly, I’m good with it. Just as long as I get to wear it.

I rocked the citron on Easter Sunday and had so much fun exploring color options that I decided to share them. First photo is how I actually wore it.

Citron with analogous Orange:

Wearing: Dress-Anthropologie Miel, Cardi-BR Outlet, Slip-Vintage Hem, Shoes-Anthropologie Joppa Pumps, Earrings-Anthropologie

And here’s two more ways I intend to wear it quite soon:

Citron with cooling blues.

Wearing: Anthropologie Miel Dress, Cardi-J.Crew Jackie, Slip-Vintage Hem, Shoes-J.Crew Factory Paulina, Earrings-Anthropologie

And Citron with spicy red.

Wearing: Anthropologie Miel Dress, Cardi-Anthropologie Cropped Mae Shrug, Slip-Vintage Hem, Shoes-Chie Mihara Nerito

Citron and I are getting along nicely. In fact I plan on adding this Christian Siriano dialogue to my “learning to speak Citron” experience.Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 4.16.29 PMGenius. For REALZ.

Any other Miel fans out there? Or maybe citron fans?





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Colorphile Series: A Case of Burgundy (pun intended….)

Dirty red.

Who’d have thunk dirty red would be named one of THE heavy hitter colors of fall? “Darker, more bada*s, and unapologetically sexy” is how Instyle Magazine described this deeply pigmented specimen when compared with your average regular red.

I’ve gotta say, I’m a fan.  I love dirty red. I also love dirty yellow, dirty green, and even dirty orange. “Dirty” in the sense that it muddies the hue so as to morph it into an “in-between” color. Not quite red, not quite brown. I thrive on the in-between color wave. I’m most comfortable there, since those colors play much more nicely in the sandbox than bull-headed pure ones do.

One store that gets the “dirty” colors right? You got it. Anthro.

Dirtied-Chic in burgundy, mustard, and tweedish brownish black.

Dirtied-Chic in burgundy, mustard, and tweedish brownish black. Wearing: Skirt-Anthropologie In The Trees, Sweater-Anthropologie French Knot Cardigan, Belt-Anthropologie Snakebite, Tights-Anthro Tartan Tights, Shoes-Chie Mihara Amerelo, Fur Collar-Anthro Lavish Collar in red.

By the way, about this cardigan….I never gave it a second glance in the black and white pictured on line.  I walked into the store and saw a stack of ‘em in this dirty mustard and about had an out-of-body experience. Vintage Anthro feel to this one. FREAKING FABULOUS. Don’t be a tool….buy it. (even better, I got 20% off of it on Black Friday. Awww yeah.) As for the fit, it’s by HWR, and I’d say it runs generous in sizing. I’m normally between a small and medium in cardigans and I went with a small on this one.

Aside from the Lavish Collar and Chie Mihara Amarelo’s I’ve sprung for so far this fall, I’ve also added the following burgundy playmates:

J.Crew Factory Charley Sweater in heathered Burgundy

J.Crew Factory Charley Sweater in heathered Burgundy

Anthropologie Plume and Gem Clip

Anthropologie Plume and Gem Clip (stocking stuffer…from….Santa. He got 20% last week ;) Jolly and smart.)


Fairisle Tights. Smart Santa, again with the 20% off. ;)

And he got a deal on these too: Fairisle Tights. Perhaps these are more a stepsister to burgundy, but close enough that I’m including them.

Other burgundy cousins I have my eye on:

Steppe Knit Hat

Steppe Knit Hat

Shimmer Band Fedora. Ballsy. I like it.

Shimmer Band Fedora. Ballsy, eh? I like it.


Calf Hair Satchel by Steve

Non-Anthro: Calf Hair Satchel . I totally just want to pet it.  found here.


Handmade Boot Cuffs. Brilliant! Found here.

Handmade Boot Cuffs. Brilliant! Found here.


Hilary Booties. So rich and and velvety I kinda want to lick them.

Hilary Booties. So rich and and velvety I kinda want to lick them.

Pure and Good Slubby Lace Hoodie. It's like tomboy lingerie, right?

Pure and Good Slubby Lace Hoodie. It’s like tomboy lingerie, right?


Hannah Sunglasses.

Hannah Sunglasses. DIGGING these!

MAC Lipmix in Burgundy

MAC Lipmix in Burgundy. Zac Posen’s vampy lips nearly stole the show, why can’t mine? Hopefully resembling these gorgeous puckerers below.


The totally lust-worthy yet impractical for my life, (as I can just see my 2-year old hand-plucking each sequin one by one off of this beauty):

Delphine Sequin Skirt found here.

Delphine Sequin Skirt found here.

And truthfully, with all of this exposure to burgundy lately, I’m strongly considering going burgundy-headed:

I'd have to be way cooler, younger, and clubbing to pull this off.

If I were younger, single, and clubbing it nightly, I could probably pull this off. But the PTA members might pee their pants if I showed up to our next meeting burgundy-headed. Maybe a little less VIBRANT….

Other color combos I plan on trying out with my burgundy:


Cobalt and Burgundy. source

Red and Burgundy via H&M

Red and Burgundy
via H&M

Burgundy and Pale Aqua

Burgundy and Mint

Burgundy and Orange via BCBG

Burgundy and Orange…which, as you’ll see next week, I have embraced already with my Family photos this year. ;)

oh wait! Here’s an old outfit where I did do burgundy and orange (with hints of purple):


From September 2012. For this season though, I’d ditch the purple and do gold or dark brown mohagany as the anchors.

Any other dirty red, a.k.a. burgundy, fans out there? How are you showing it the love this season?

xoxo Molly



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