|Anthro's Sweet Osmanthus Shift - by Ranna Gill - $178 - May 2011|
The APB is for my new found friend and co-conspirator, Kris. Ha-ha! Did that sound like I put out an APB looking for her? This is on her behalf. And yes she is the person I met up with this weekend. You will be seeing and meeting her in the near future.
|Shinning Eddie Bracelet in Purple - by Tataborello - Anthro Orig $218 Sale $100 - June 2010|
Over the weekend, Kris took a Shine to my Shinning Eddie Bracelet by Tataborello. She would love to have one of her own. I know it's a long shot. The bracelet is from the 2010 Spring/Summer collection. So, if you have this Tataborello in your possession, and are willing to part with it, please contact me (Laura) at email@example.com. I will connect you with Kris to work out the details.
|Anthro's Sweet Osmanthus Shift by Ranna Gill - $178|
No Anthro Zone Review - Anthro's Sweet Osmanthus Shift by Ranna Gill - Online Exclusive - $178 - Size Small
Osmanthus - A genus of 30 flowering plants native to Asia.
This dress was an Impulse Buy. Within minutes it was in the Bag. The only reason I didn't check out immediately was to shop for a pair of sandals.
Loud crack of a whip heard.
Shoe reviews to follow
SIZE: Since this is an online exclusive, I took the plunge without reviews for guidance. I ordered my normal size Small (4 to 6) for dresses. I'm 5'5" Tall, 130 lbs, 35-28-36, 34C to D, narrow shoulders.
FIT: I'm smaller through the hips. The dress fits from the waist down with enough room to sit. The arm holes are not too long. My bra was completely covered. But the bodice was a vise. The girls were FLAT OUT unimpressed. Despite the fact that this is described as a SHIFT, the fit is tailored.
If large through the chest, order one size up from your True Size
If small through the chest stay with your True Size
The length was ~ 2 inches above the knee.
DETAILS: The White Embroidery is exquisite. This is what Ranna Gill is best known for.
Not a stray thread or hiccup in the patternNo crossing over seams. The flower stems start from the hemline, obviously stitched after the pattern was cut. The inside is reinforced. That said the looped edging that resembles Pom-Poms at the hem and neckline was already beginning to fuzz after trying the dress on twice. No Pockets! Side Zip!
The placement is precise
The placement is precise
FABRIC: Yummy Leafy Green Cotton Voile that is...
thin, sheer, and wrinkles easily
For the price, a liner should have been included to back the sheer shell and cover the maze of embroidery on the inside. The dress is 100% Cotton and Dry Clean Only. You can't wear this perfectly pressed for more than 2 minutes. Unless you plan to stand the entire time.
ZIPPER MALFUNCTION: Unfortunately for me, the ribbon loop at the top of the side zip was pulled into the zipper on the way up. The only means of escape from this dress was over head. The zipper is top quality YKK brand.
When will Bad Laura learn. Impulse Buys net nothing but large shipping and return fees. Remember Modcloth's Enchanting Entomologist Dress by Corey Lynn Calter? Review seen HERE. Need I say more!
Not recommended at Full Price. I'm not even tempted on sale. Cut is tailored and fitted. TTS or Size Up if Busty. Needs a Liner. Fabric is thin, sheer and wrinkles easily. The only thing going for this dress is the Exquisite Embroidery!
Shop the Sweet Osmanthus HERE
No Anthro Zone Review - Silver Dusted Wedges by Dolce Vita - Online Exclusive - $168 - Size 8
These are the Sandals I picked for the Sweet Osmanthus Shift. Even though I crossed the dress off my Wish List, I still love these shoes. But the style is OLD Laura. So I am going to resist temptation. I doubt the 7.5 will ever make sale.
These are an excellent Neutral Sandal. Easily styled dressy or casual
The color looks both Silver and Gold depending on the light
SIZE: I normally wear an 8. Occasionally an 8.5. Very seldom do I need a 7.5. I went with size 8.
|Anthro's Silver Dusted Wedges by Dolce Vita - May 2011|
FIT: It's clear I need a 7.5. There is an inch of space to the front. Otherwise, the fit it fabulous. Not too loose around the ankle. Perhaps just slightly big across the top of the foot. No toe squash or bite between the soft leather straps.
Run long - Size down a half size
The top of the zipper bites at the back of the heel
Nothing a Foot Petals Strappy Strip can't handle
DETAILS: These are not a quick, slip-on-and-go Sandal. You will have to sit to put these on carefully. I'm not a fan of the Large Tassels that hide the Knot detail down the front. The tassels can be removed without cutting them.
These are Fully Recommended even at the Original Price. Very comfortable Size down 1/2 size.
Shop the Silver Dusted Wedges HERE
Then I saw Keiko of Keiko's Tan PoPo wearing Anthro's Peggy of She Hath Done What She Could tracked down a pair for me. Last Thursday I paired the Finest Hour Heels with my favorite Tippi Dress by Anna Sui. Sweet!
No Anthro Zone Review: Finest Hour Heels by Miss Albright - Orig $158 Sale $80 - May 2011
Sold out online. Possibly available in stores.
Online Reviews HERE.
Peggy managed to find a pair in my true size 8 at her local Anthro. She put them on hold for me.