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Colorphile Series: Mint, Salmon, & Persimmon

It was with great satisfaction that I happened upon this awesome color inspiration a few weeks ago.  I Pinned it of course.

These colors are so vivid, I can taste them. Synesthesia, anyone?

Source – this blog rocks

You know what happens when something so colorfully spectacular happens to your retinas?  The cones residing in them commence having a dance party, that’s what.  They party at supersonic speed, pipe lined through the optic nerve, and explode in the brain as genuine inspiration.

In short: “Ooooooohh!  Aaaaaaaaahh!” and then “Oh man, I’ve gotta try this!”

So I did.

Wearing: Top-J.Crew Buffalo Check, Pants- J.Crew Scout Crops, Shoes-J.Crew Factory Bow Patent Ballet Flats, Bracelet- J.Crew Belt, Earrings- Anthropologie

 I Crewed it up with this outfit, didn’t I? Only the earrings hail from Anthro. I knew I wanted a pop of color on my wrist.  I had a bracelet that was perfectly Persimmon, however the vibe/design of it was just….off. It didn’t belong.  It was like “one of these kids is not like the other”, but not in the good yin and yang fashion sense way. I wanted a bit of simple ruggedness.

That’s when I saw this belt out of the corner of my eye.

I started wrapping, and then…..Voila!

Belt as bracelet. Why not?

Anyone else out there feeling at one with Persimmon, Mint, and Salmon?

Or are you a compatriot Synesthete? For the record, I haven’t formally been diagnosed with Synesthesia, and don’t think I would be. But if you ask me what the color blue tastes like, I literally salivate; and when I hear music, it looks like a flaming, moving rainbow.

Synesthete or not, I enjoy it. So crank up the music, I say. And wear something colorful while you’re at it.

xoxo Molly

P.S. A little birdie told me the Anthropologie sale this week (on Tuesday) is gonna be GOOD. REALLY good. So make sure you check out Roxy’s blog tonight and especially tomorrow morning for sale post info!

 

 

 

 

 

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It was $9.95.

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?

Da-duh-duh-dah!

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.

Right?

xoxo Molly

 

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You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important

If you have read any novels recently, and are not buried in a hole deep in the bowels of Mongolia, than you have heard of The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.  The post title is indeed a line from the book, my favorite line of it all.  My book club read it over a year ago.  It was phenomenal.  I was reticent to see the movie because of the deep love and respect I had for the book and the writing, though I knew I would end up seeing it no matter what.  Last night was the night, and it was nothing short of fabulous.  More often than not, books that are made into movies fall short.  Did this one?  Thank goodness, no, it did not.  The casting was dead-on.  The flow of the movie was excellent.  Did I feel the magic of the story all over again?  Yes, indeed I did, so much so that fat, splashy tears ran down my cheeks.  RUN, do not walk, to see this movie.  First, though, make sure you have some besties with you and a healthy supply of tissues.   Then go out for chocolate pie afterwards….. :)

A bonus point to the movie was the costuming. Lovely, fitted 1960′s housewife dresses; bright blue capris that-I swear- J.Crew is carrying the cousin of right at this very moment-vivid colors, bright prints….It’s Mad Men style but pumped up and girlier.  I found this article discussing the costuming by Sharen Davis, whose own grandmother worked as ‘the help’ in Shreveport, LA .  How did she design a wardrobe for southern belles dressing for bridge club?

“For costume designer Sharen Davis, that meant hyper-feminine dresses in Easter egg shades, with bold floral prints, modest necklines and full skirts nipped at the waist.“This is probably the most color I’ve ever used in my life,” said Davis, whose credits include “Dreamgirls” and “Ray.” “And it’s the first time I have not used a color palette for a film. Each of the women had her own story, her own home and her own color palette.”Davis built 50 costumes from scratch using vintage fabrics (the rest were sourced from costume rental shops and vintage stores).  The job was challenging because the film, which opens Wednesday, was shot in Greenwood, Miss., where resources were nil. “The only store is a Walmart. There wasn’t even a Starbucks or a Target,” she said. “I had to fly a lot of people back to L.A. for fittings on the weekends.”

One of my favorite looks of the film was on Celia.  This top?  I want. Anthro could SO recreate this.  Are you lookin’, textile designers?  It’d sell like hotcakes.

And this subtle, pink, large-scale gingham printed dress just reads Corey Lynn Calter to me:

See those sleeves and neckline, Anthro?  I want.  I would buy.  I promise.

Go and see this movie.  But read the book first.  You’ll fall in love twice. Guaranteed.

I did not wear this outfit below to the movie, but did wear it on Sunday.  This skirt has been awesome to me.  I can’t believe I can still get it on, albeit wedged up and over the belly, completely unzipped.  Nothing a tank and cardi can’t disguise, right?  No belly band needed.

Wearing: Skirt-Anthropologie Odille, Top-ATL, Cardi-J.Crew Jackie, Belt-J.Crew Outlet, Shoes-Anthropologie, Cuff-Anthropologie

I’m so proud….I’ve already finished two book mobiles I told you about in my last post.  I’ll have an instructional later this week.  They are SO EASY, and I mean that.  But today, I’m off to Houston for the BHLDN sneaky peaky.  I can’t wait!  Another reason to be stoked?  Two items on my wishlist finally hit sale, which I promptly snagged this morning:

My lovely friend Calliope

and

my other bestie, Baubled Fan

What were you able to snag?  This free shipping deal is going to get me in mucho troublero.  I can feel it already.  I’ll be back with a full report, mostly likely Thursday.  Have a lovely day!

xoxo Molly

 

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