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Flex your Styling Muscle Series – Anthropologie Hourglass Form Dress

First, if you have a second, please feel free to check out my Shop Anthromollogies page as I have added many new items today, including J.Crew, Lululemon, Anthropologie, and Banana Republic.  Hope you find something you like.

Secondly, thank you all for your contribution in celebrating my one year of blogging.  As you can see below….the winners shall expect their loot in the coming days.  See?….

Blogiversary Winners' Loot. En route!

And, you may have noticed in the title of this post, that I’ve decided to actually give a name to my styling series posts, you know….the ones where I take an Anthro item and style it a bunch of different ways. The name:

“Flex Your Styling Muscle”.

You like?  Hope so.  In this post series, you can expect to see stylings of the same item done at least 6 different ways.  What I expect is to continually challenge myself to see an item in my closet differently, so that I fall in love with it again and again every time I wear it.  Here’s hoping it’s inspiring for not only me but you too.  That said, I invite you to send me requests of items you’d like to see styled in this series.  If I have the item, I will gladly go for it and style the item in person.  If I do not own the item, I’m just gonna have to Polyvore the heck out of it.  Hope that’s alright with you.

So, now that we’ve got the formalities out of the way, let’s flex some style muscle, why don’t we?

Game on, Hourglass Form Dress.


Hourglass Form Dress

This dress speaks yummy blank canvas to me.  And the mustard color is one of my faves for sure.  I’m sure some of you may disagree with me, but I do sincerely believe mustard yellow as a color pairs well with just about anything in a wardrobe.  I know, I know… many times I hear things like…I can’t wear yellow next to my face. Well, the beauty of this dress is that you can layer under and over, adding in pops of color that DO look good next to your face and balance the mustard factor out.  And, you’ll look dang cool in the meantime.

Set 1: Hourglass Form Dress with: Cardi-LiaMolly, Tights-Anthro Dotted Cluster, Shoes-Anthro Pointed Light Oxfords. This one was super easy. Black with gold touches? Add a bit of gray...done.

Here’s proof that I actually try on my styling sets to make sure they work as far as length, proportion, and hue.

Set 2: Hourglass Form Dress with: Sweater-J.Crew Jester Turtleneck (picked up for $18 dollahs. aww yeah!), Belt-J.Crew, Purple Tights-J.Crew, Shoes-Anthropologie Daybreak T-Straps. Ugh, SO SORRY for my streaked mirror. KIDS! What to do with 'em? Pass the beer nuts....hehe. Jewel Tones of Mustard, Green, and Purple. They're the three amigos, I tell ya. Close up of purple tights and green shoes below:


Set 3: Hourglass Form Dress with: Top-Anthropologie Tarpan Buttondown, Belt-Anthro Snakebite, Tights-J.Crew, Shoes-Anthro Lass and Laddie Oxfords. You could easily switch the belt out with a fuschia, light pink, gold, and switch the tights with brown or nude.

Set 4: Hourglass Form Dress with: Jacket-Anthropologie Cassia Jacket, Belt-Anthropologie, Tights-Anthropologie, Shoes-Anthropologie High Glossed Loafers. Bought the Cassia Jacket at the sale two weeks ago. This little drapey number has lovely windowpane detailing, and this colorway is the best one by far. Mustard, Rust, and Turquoise....be still my beating heart.

Set 5: Hourglass Form Dress with: Shirt-J.Crew Buffalo Check, Belt-Anthropologie Dusk Blue Suede Belt, Shoes-Faryl Robin, Tights-J.Crew. Continuing the Mustard, Rust, Aqua/Turquoise affair here. Loving the mix of prints here. I had fun with this particular Buffalo Check top and this dress; see below.

Set 6: Hourglass Form Dress with: Shirt-J.Crew Buffalo check, Necklace-Anthropologie Sun Kingdom Necklace, Belt-Anthropologie Dasara Belt , Tights-HUE dark green, Boots-Anthropologie Gilgarran. These colors are SO fall; mustard, rust, brown, and dark green. Makes me want to get to holiday eatin' again.

Set 7: Hourglass Form Dress with: Shirt-J.CRew Buffalo Check, Scarf-Anthropologie name?, Belt-Anthropologie, Tights-HUE green , Booties-Anthropologie Times Three Booties. Continuing with the mustard, rust and greens.

Set 8: Hourglass Form Dress with: Cardi-J.Crew Ethereal Ruffle, Shoes-Anthropologie Wingspan Heels, TIghts-HUE blue-green, Necklace-Anthropologie. These shoes just begged to paired with this dress. So I based everything off the sweet shoes. Could do a sweet skinny metallic gold belt with this set too.

I had several more outfits still to go when my sojourn in the closet was cut short by one wailing, chunky little 3 1/2 month old.  So sorry. But cheeks had to be kissed and loved on.

Per usual, I would love to know which set speaks your language.  Feedback, ladies….

I will be making a few changes to the blog in the coming days, adding pages up top specifically for DIY posts, Queen of Your Closet posts, and Flex Your Style Muscle Posts.  Hope this makes my blog much easier to navigate.  Any feedback would be appreciated.

Colorphile post still to come this week, a challenge, the Little Man Shower, and much more….

xoxo Molly





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Dark Horses

I love this dress.  I’ve only worn it once before, in this post here.  I was prego at the time with Mr. Banks, getting bigger by the second, and I almost had to call the Fire Department to come cut me out of the dress.  Seriously….I’m not kidding.  (Have you ever been stuck in a dress, arms up, trapped, panic-attack inducing trapped?!…I mean, I’m not normally a panic-attack kinda girl, but let’s just say I’ve had some seriously close calls in my day!)  The slip portion of this dress is cut REALLY small, like a size smaller than the dress. I only had the chance to wear this once during the pregnancy because by the next week I swear I had outgrown it.  But as I stated in that post when I wore it for the first time, I knew I wanted this dress in my lineup forever more, no matter that I couldn’t wear it for 7 or 8 months.  Currently the vice-like lining smooshes the girls somethin’ fierce, since I’m still more plump than norm.  But the dress itself was pure pleasure to wear again.  I’m still hooked on it’s bold blue color and to-the-floor length, vintage buttons and sleeves, and did I mention it’s BLUE?!

Wearing- Dress-Anthropologie,Extended Shirt Dress, Shoes- Anthropologie Bootlegger's Gal Heels, Necklace - Anthropologie Sun Kingdom Necklace, Belt- Anthropologie

The Sun Kingdom Necklace was a surprising dark horse during the  Anthro holiday sale-o-rama extra 50 % off.  I found it hanging there on the sale jewelry rack, all by her lonesome self.  This $88 gem came home with me for $29.95.  She’s much more modern than my usual taste, but the colors in this bib necklace are so beautiful and versatile I couldn’t leave it behind for that price.  She’s also really lightweight, which is a bit deceiving upon first glance since the cut of the stones on the bib portion appear heavy. But take a look at the dainty chain…..the juxtaposition of the light chain with a heavy fringe is what I really love about it too.

Have any of you checked out Roxy’s Eye Candy: Store Inspiration Post?  If not, click on over there and check it out.  I love seeing vignettes from other stores across the US (and Canada, and UK!).  I submitted these photos below from my local store.  The visual team here is superior.  Everything they do is executed beautifully, and I never leave the store without finding something new to be inspired by.  This Photo slide chandelier is one of my favorite displays they’ve done. It rocks.

Anthropologie Photo Slide Chandelier

I had planned on making one of these Ornament Ball hangings in my own house this season, but I ran out of time.  I bought the plywood, bought all the clear ornaments, bought the neon pink string…gorgeous, right?!  I may still do a version of this but make it slightly different.  More to come on that….

Anthropologie Ornament Art

Hope you’re all having a lovely day off.  I am enjoying MacGyver’s company, my drooling/cooing chunk o’ love Mr. Banks, and my 3 other chitlins.  (Sidenote: My mom used to affectionately refer to me and my siblings as “chitlins”, and I just now looked it up….and am shocked to read what chitlins really are.  Eww! But kinda funny…..) Here’s hoping none of you are actually eating chitlins today!  I’m also planning a little trip-o-roo to the mothership later to try on the Bike Lady.  Wish me luck. Also, a darling friend of mine is getting married and  “project wedding” is taking place around these parts in less than two weeks…I’m in full-fledged wedding decor manufacturing and must complete a bunch of it today.  Will definitely share photos of the event and projects I took on.

xoxo Molly

P.S.  What are you hoping makes it to sale this week?

P.P. S.  I hope nothing major make it to sale since I bit on the BHLDN extra 40% off this past week and bought a pair of shoes….will show when they arrive.  However if these make it to sale, they’ll be mine in a hot second.



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