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Queen of Your Closet Series: Speedy Re-mix

It is not often a need in my life to have day to night looks. In fact, like….never. But last Tuesday evening found us unbelievably busy around here, with two school orientations, lessons that went til 6:00 p.m., and a meeting both MacGyver and I had to be at together, looking nice. Oh, we also had to fit in feeding the kids dinner and getting the baby down for the night in between everything else. No problem! ;)

Time was no luxury; I had two minutes flat to get changed for the meeting. So I pulled a speedy re-mixed look.

Day:

Wearing: Pants-Anthropologie AG Stevie Ankle, Top-Gap Outlet, Cardi-J.Crew Jackie, Necklace-Vintage, Shoes-J.Crew Factory

To Night:

Wearing: upper half all the same, Skirt-J.Crew No.2 Pencil Skirt in Double-serged Wool Tall length, Belt-J.Crew, Shoes-Anthropologie Fine Cut Oxfords

I love how the cut-out pattern in my shoes echo the print of the top. Subconscious at work here, people. I totally didn’t even notice that coincidence until right now. Technically, I could have kept on my flats, but I wanted to wear heels. I like wearing heels. My butt likes it when I wear heels too, because…..truth be told, it looks so much higher and tighter atop a pair of killer heels.

Gravity sucks.

Anywho…I just read on Roxy’s blog that “something big” is coming from Anthropologie this weekend. The anticipation is killing me. Free stuff? $9.95 rack? Secret Savings Card? Cheesecake bites and Italian Sodas while we shop? I kinda hope everything in the store goes for 1/2 off, for like a whole day. Well, okay, if we’re jotting down secret wishes here….how about 75% off? I also want a chair massage while I wait for a dressing room and a pet unicorn to lead around on a leash while I shop too. That’s all.

Who else out there is intrigued? Or have you decided not to hold your breath anymore? Curiosity killed the cat, and could kill me if you don’t speak up.

xoxo Molly

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Paint it Plaid, I Say.

First things first….this week’s sale at Anthro.  What did I buy? Only one item.  This flowy green goddess:

Valparaiso Dress

Her flowy sleeves make me simply giddy with satisfaction.  Dolman sleeves are kinda magic for the straight-waisters among us.  They “have the effect of making the shoulders look sloped, therefore minimizing the appearance of the waist.”  Dolman sleeves = good for Molly, especially for my in-between sizes while I morph back to my former self, and will be much appreciated on my normal body shape once I’m there.  I can’t wait to play with her.  What did y’all grab?  (here’s a tidbit….I may write y’all in my blog posts once in a while, but I never say y’all in real life because I’m not a born n’ bred Texan…just an implant.  But I like the idea of contracting “you all” as a principle, since it kinda just rolls off the tongue and is less work overall). Don’t y’all agree?!

I bit the bullet and bought the Painted Plaid Dress when it was full price.  I was GREAT with child at the time, “great” being liken to the size of a barn. But I knew this dress would be a cherished member of my closet arsenal for years to come and that I would end up mentally flogging myself from now and forever if I missed out on it.  So I bought it and stared longingly at it in my closet for a few months, tags attached, not even tried on, and then…..it hit sale.  And to make the deal sweeter, Anthro was offering the additional 50% off of sale when it hit, remember? You should…since this happened just last month.  So I returned the original and ordered it online for $49.95 instead of, what was it, like $168?

  It was WAY tight on my postpartum rib cage this first day I broke it out and I had to sweet talk MacGyver into zipper assistance…but when all was said and zipped, I felt pretty darn fabulous in it.  This is a feat, as a postpartum mom.  Many days are spent not feeling fabulous in your own flabby skin.  So when that dress zips up that you’ve been ogling for what feels like forever, it’s a good day.  A very good day.

Many of you expressed your liking for the post I did here, styling the Split Diamonds Shift dress several different ways.  So here I go again, only this time I’m painting it plaid. Hope you enjoy.  Tell me which is your fave, why don’t cha (another great contraction…thanks to these girls).  Sorry for the closet shots…my little guy was snoozing in the bassinet and you never wake a sleepin’ baby, not even for fashion. :)

Set 1: Jacket-Anthropologie Immutable Jacket, Belt-Anthropologie, Tights-Anthro, Shoes-Anthropologie

Set 2: Top-Anthropologie Lemon Liftoff Blouse, Belt-Anthropologie Vivid Brink Belt, Hat-Anthropologie Verdant Fields Cloche, Boots-Bjorn

Set 3: Top-Anthropologie Nicoletta Blouse, Belt-Anthropologie, Tights-J.Crew, Necklace- Anthropologie Verveine, Shoes- Chie Mihara Foreso, or Anthropologie Bootlegger's Gal Heels

Set 4: Top-Anthropologie Nicoletta Blouse, Belt-Anthropologie, Shoes- Anthropologie Marquee Gemmed Heels, Tights-J.Crew, Necklace-Anthro Verveine

Set 5: same as above except with brown and black tights from J.Crew

Set 6: same, except TIghts - Hue, Shoes- Anthropologie Fine Cut Oxfords

Set 7: Same as 6 except Tights-J.Crew, Necklace- Anthropologie Papaya Pebble

Set 8: Sweater-Anthropologie unknown- brand is HWR, Belt-Ann Taylor, Tights-J.Crew, Shoes-Anthropologie Carved Celadon Heels

Set 9: same as set 8, but shoes are Chie Mihara Foreso.

Can you tell I had fun playing around, especially with the Nicoletta Blouse? Word to the fashionable-wise: Tights and accessories always save the day. If you like the styling in sets #8 and 9, heed the following warning…..The style of  pull-on style sweater you wear needs to nip in at the bottom.  It needs to be somewhat fitted in the bottom half in order to tame the volume going on with the dress.  If you ignore this point, you may be disappointed with the IRL execution of the set.  That’s my disclaimer.  Just sayin’……

Hope you’ve got some excellent plans brewing for the weekend.  Do something fun for me, k?  Laundry and menial cleaning is on the agenda around these parts…

xoxo Molly

 

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A Non-Invasive Facelift

Okay, so the Anthrofied DIY challenge is now officially closed.  Thank you so much to all who entered….And may I just say, that you are all in for a splendid, crafty feast.  I’m so proud of you readers who dug deep, burned your fingers to a fare-thee-well, burned the midnight oil (in some cases), and made it work, people!  Sleep? Who needs it.  Sleep is always worth sacrificing for aesthetic pursuits.  (Shh….don’t tell my book club compatri0ts I just said that, being that we just finished reading Nurture Shock and spent quite a chunk of time singing the praises to the chapter on sleep needs.  Hypocrite much?  Yes, when it comes to creating things with my hands, I toss sleep aside faster than last week’s garbage). Anyway……

I can’t wait to show you what all these crafty-McCraftersons have been up to.  Alas, you must wait another day.

Today though, I wanted to show you how my Uncle Buck’s doing.  That nook he’s in just keeps a-changin’.  After I gave Bucky a nice new coat of shiny white, I decided I still wanted a bit of funk in there.  So Bucky went funky. He got a non-invasive Facelift.

Uncle Buck gets a Facelift

I’ve seen yarn-wrapped twigs done in the name of decor, and I’m sure I’ve laid eyes on antlers wrapped in yarn at one point or another….most likely on Pincrackerest.  Yes, Pinterest is crack.  There, I said it.  Anyone who disputes this claim hasn’t tried it.  And once you do, you’ll be a gonner too.  Go ahead, …try it.  Prove me wrong.  Pretty soon they’re going to have to open a Betty Pinterest clinic for addicts.  You’ll never know when I commit myself…I’ll totally use an alias. :)

Back to Bucky….I really dig his new look.  The yarn wrapping reminds me of quirky sweatbands, but I think that’s the whimsy/unexpected touch I tend to like about design, whether it be in decor or fashion.  Unexpected, funky-yet-cohesive touches.  I added a few old white books I picked up from Goodwill for a wedding I did a few months back to tie in the white theme…and there you go.  I told Bucky he looks cooler with his sweat bands….don’t you think he looks a little bad ass, like he might belong to a deer gang or something?  Don’t mess with the Buckster.

My 10 year old had a solo in the 5th grade performance the other night….they always tack on a PTA meeting before school performances to trick us into attending an actual PTA meeting.  It’s lame, but I see the point.  Otherwise, how would they ever get a vote on what kind of plants we want on the front walk?!  And how much of our budget should be allocated for balloons?  Life or death decisions, y’all!  Here’s how I rolled (literally) to the PTA meeting/ performance….

Wearing: Sweater-Banana Republic, Skirt-Gap Maternity, Belt- Anthropologie Vivid Brink Belt, Shoes-Anthropologie Fine Cut Oxfords, Earrings- Anthropologie Triphasic Hoops

I know it’s not exciting….but seriously, I’m a 10,000 degree kiln, and prefer to be naked every second of the day if I could….so this outfit you see above is kind of a miracle.

Hope all’s well today in your neck of the woods.

xoxo Molly

 

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