Rarely do I get to use that phrase when speaking of an Anthro purchase. But today? Today I do. This tank I’m wearing, looks silk (but isn’t) with awesome silver metallic threading and detailed neckline, was $9.95 when I bought it in 2010. It’s awesome. Even more awesome is that originally, it was $118. I’d never even noticed it before the day I waltzed into the sale room. A wicked awesome manager pointed me in the direction of the $9.95 items, usually a place I don’t find anything in my size or to my liking. And yet, there sat this gem. It’s by Weston Wear, and runs generous. This is a size small, and when I’m not an easy-bake-oven, it’s pretty amply-sized on me. A perfect top with skinny jeans or for when I’m planning me some serious eatin’. Right now, whoa boy…it barely made it over the Pillsbury dough-boy belly. I loved the print party happening on my belly today. I think the little man did too….he danced and flipped his way all through church. Anyway, my point is, I didn’t buy it just BECAUSE it was $9.95….I bought it because I loved the print, the detailed neckline, the potential versatility in styling, and because I have very little black and white in my closet.
Wearing: Skirt-Anthropologie Raven's Crossing, Top-Anthropologie Carys Shell, Cardi-Target, Belt-J.Crew Outlet, Shoes-Via Spiga, Earrings-made by friend, Bracelets- Anthropologie
Anthropologie Carys Shell
These Via Spiga shoes were a birthday money purchase from a few years back. My mom actually forgot my birthday….but had called me that day just to chat. After talking for a while, when I asked if she had anything else she wanted to say, she sounded confused. That’s when I pointed out what the day was. Awkward! A week later, I had a gift card to Nordstrom’s in the mail, double the amount she usually gives. Guilt money. I have no problem whatsoever with that. So I bought these babies that I’d been pining for. Dark eggplant beauty-booties, with zips on the instep. Better yet, they went on sale like a week after I bought them, so I got $100 back in price adjustment. And bought myself some other goodies.
If you noticed, the upper left sidebar has a new addition….a due date ticker. Thanks to Laura of Anthro Closet Chaos for the suggestion. I chose this particular ticker because the baby moves, all the time, kinda like the little guy I’m totin’ around. It spins, flips, and wiggles….I felt it was quite appropriate.
I also admittedly visited the Mothership on Friday for a much needed Anthro injection. It was a rough week. MacGyver’s been working like a dog, kids first week back to school and resultant adjustments, the carpet fiasco, etc. etc. It did the trick. I just want to pump Anthro straight through my veins all the time so I can be a mellow, Volcano candle-smelling Goddess. Thank goodness they had the Lepidoptera loveliness, and the Calligraphy Strokes Skirt so I could get up close and personal with both.
I’m just going to say it to ya straight: they both came home with me.
After checking first with MacGyver to make sure no feelings would be hurt (which I already knew his wouldn’t be….he just doesn’t roll like that), I returned the Sugared Dress he had purchased for me and instead bought the Lepidoptera. He just wants me to have a dress that I really want post-baby. Since I can’t wear either yet, it was really a matter of which one would I cry my eyes out if I missed out on it? I also returned the Calliope Dress that I had purchased on sale a few weeks ago. Decided it would need a second cut to make it in my closet. With those returns, they ended up owing me $12. Nice. Crossing fingers that I bought the right size in both new additions.
In other news, I finished my book mobiles (rock on) and we’re hanging them tonight. Hoping to post the tutorial and final product later this week. They turned out pretty sweet.
MacGyver also did me a solid and put up a double towel bar I purchased to hang my belts. See?
My belts have previously been rolled and kept in shoe organizers or a big bin. I didn’t like not being able to see them all in front of me when I went to make a selection. So I took a cue from Anthro and hung them. Yes, I realize other retailers do this too….however, the epiphany first struck me at Anthro when I was looking at the way they hung their belts over horizontal racks, especially the belts that don’t have a traditional buckle (i.e. they snap or slide together), or the buckles are too big to hang on hooks/pegs. Since I have many Anthro belts, it seemed an obvious solution to try this route. I totally love it! Slowly and surely, my entire house will one day (hopefully) look and feel like Anthro. Good goal, eh?
Those little 'S' hooks I have my skinny belts on are from Home Depot...normally used for hanging plants! $1.98 for a pack of 2.
How do you store your belts? Seeing mine in plain view will hopefully help me recognize I’m a few belts shy of being “that crazy belt lady,” and that alone will keep me from buying any more. I shall make two exceptions however: for this one and this one in green. Totally. Need. Both.