Sunday, July 31, 2011

My One Year Old Baby Blog! Anthro's Sugared Dress has been Styled!



Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Anthro Closet Chaos
Happy Birthday to You

 That's right.  It's my one year Baby Blog Birthday.  See my very first post HERE.
 Thank you to these three lovely ladies who gave me a grand send off the very first day.


And thank you to every one of you for sticking around while I literally learn as I go.

I kinda have my own way of doing things.  Like today's post.

The Sugared Dress by Corey Lynn Calter - Anthro $198 - July 2011
Pippi Bow Heels in Tan  by Lola Ramona - DJPremium $175 15% off $149 FS Promo - June 2011

This post was a specific request by a Guest Comment.  She owns the Sugared Dress and asked me to style it for her.  So I did.  Six different ways. My goal was 10, but I ran up against the clock.  Because of the 100 degree plus heat, and rare humidity, I was forced to stage this shoot inside.  So please forgive the poor quality, in low light, images The photos were almost completely grey before editing.

All links are provided if product is available.  Otherwise you will be directed to my Virtual Closet for a product image and complete informational description. Hee-hee!

The first style is simplicity itself.  Nude Bow Heels and a Handmade Artisan Belt in Red.  Perfect for dinner, Birthday party or a night out in warm weather.  Add a Navy Coat and Nude Tights for cool nights.


The Sugared Dress by Corey Lynn Calter - Anthro $198 - July 2011
Pippi Bow Heels in Tan  by Lola Ramona - DJPremium $175 15% off $149 Free Ship Promo - June 2011
Quilted Patent Iris Bag in Cream by Orla Kiely AW10 - Yoox Orig $335 Sale $170 FS - Dec 2010
Toasted Meringue Cuff by Lee Angel - Anthro Orig $198 Sale $100 - Mar 2010

This outfit includes the same Nude Bow Heels with that delightful color display at the back.  I went with the belt that comes with the Sugared Dress.  Ivory Patent would have been my belt of choice if possible.  Must add to list of Closet needs.  I then dressed up the look with a Quilted Patent Bag and a Silk Bow Bracelet. The Sugared is now decked out in Wedding Finery.  Add Ivory Coat and tights for cooler months.

Shop the Pippi Bow Heels by Lola Ramona at DJ Premium HERE
Promo 40% off $200 or more

In whole sizes only.  If you are a half size, size down for a great fit.  If you are a whole size like me, size up.   These will fit a wider foot great, and slip on narrow feet. I tightened mine up with Heavenly Heels inserts by Foot Petals.


The Sugared Dress by Corey Lynn Calter - Anthro $198 - July 2011
Jackie Cardi in Rustic Twig by J Crew - Orig $62 Sale $40 - July 2011
High Gloss Belt in Yellow - Anthro $28 - Apr 2011
Rensselaer T Straps by Miss Albright - Anthro $148 - Aug 2010
Splash of Sunshine Umbrella by Jonathan Adler -  Modcloth $30 - Jan 2011

This outfit jumps ahead a few months to Fall.  Most of what you see here, is probably already in your Closet. Brown Sweater and T Strap Pumps with interest.  I tossed in an eye catching Yellow Belt.  This will take you to work, shopping, and lunch with your peeps. I'm not sugar, so a little rain won't melt me.

Shop the Jackie Cardi by J Crew HERE
The Jackie Cardi wins hands down over every other Cardi in my Closet
(cotton blend, machine wash, tumble dry, in a rainbow of 15 current flavors)

The Sugared Dress by Corey Lynn Calter - Anthro $198 - July 2011
Blushing Mercury Heels in Pearl by Chie Mihara - Anthro orig $380 Sale $190 - Mar 2010
Twinned Ribbon Cloche by Tony Merenda of Christys - Anthro $58 - Feb 2010

This dress begs for Pink. How about a Strappy Pink Sandal and/or Real Stone Jewelry in Pink for the warmer months. Add an Easter Cloche and the Sugared Dress will slip nicely into Spring

Shop Clothe Hats at Couture Creations HERE
I love both my custom made hats by Milliner Mary Ann Koch.
She is fully recommended.
See my Sara in Turquoise Felted Wool HERE and shop Sara HERE
See my Kaitlyn in Teal Straw HERE and shop Kaitlyn HERE

Shop Stone Jewelry by my friend Saraporn of Etsy's Shop WahtVeritas HERE

Apple Pie Mary Jane Pump in Blue by Poetic License - Endless Orig $98 Sale $68 - July 2011
High Gloss Belt in Sky - Anthro $28 - Apr 2011

Now let's bump up Pink, and pair it with Aqua.  This dress accommodates both colors alone or together. For some real fun add Polka Dots.  There are Pink Polka's in the Dress Print.

Shop my Apple Pie Mary Janes by Poetic Licence HERE HERE and HERE

Anthro more than satisfies FUN for me. Heishe admires my colorful attire in passing. He will answer to Boy, Scallywag and even Cat Burglar.

The Sugared Dress is an easy to style dress that sprints through the Four Seasons.  Your Doorway (gateway) Dress for the entire year.  Does that answer your question about the multitude of doorways I am cavorting in?

Shop my Apple Pie Mary Janes by Poetic Licence HERE HERE and HERE
Shop The Sugared Dress by Corey Lynn Calter at Anthropologie HERE 
See my review  and initial styling for the Sugared Dress HERE

Other Bloggers Take on The Sugared Dress....

Kim of Anthroholic with Pink HERE
 Becca of Best in Shop with Aqua HERE
 Natalie of The Bobby Pin with Coral HERE
Molly of Anthromollogies with Navy HERE
I want those Lake and Land Heels.  No, scratch that. I NEED THEM!
No scatch that.  I bought them.  Happy Blog Birthday to me!

Anthro Sister Love (this is still my number one dress for this brief moment in time), Laura  
lauramartinsemail@yahoo.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Trinket Inspired!


Giddy Necklace in Purple - Anthro Orig $42 Sale $30 - July 2011

Every once in a while, it's fun to style in reverse.  That's what I did with Anthro's Violet tasseled, crochet covered, faceted plastic, bead bedecked Giddy Necklace.  Like mixed up berries strung out on a dainty looped Gold vine.  When shook it makes a quiet jingle only you will hear.

Shop Anthro's Giddy Necklace on sale HERE
Orig $42, Sale $30

Jaqueline Dress - by Maeve - Anthro $98 - July 2009
Featherweight Cashmere Cardi in Dahlia - by J Crew - Orig $158 Sale $99 - July 2011
Wide Scalloped Embroidery Slip Cream - Etsy A Slip Shop - Sale $18.75 - June 2011
Quelusia Heels in Purple - by Re-Mix Vintage Footwear - Anthro Orig $228 Sale $100 - July 2008
Giddy Necklace in Purple - Anthro Orig $42 Sale $30 - July 2011

I took a spin through my Closet holding the Necklace up in front of my cloths. I could have referenced the Color Wheel on the background of my Desktop.  Please tell me that you Gals keep a Color Wheel handy for reference.  

Jaqueline Dress - by Maeve - Anthro $98 - July 2009
Featherweight Cashmere Cardi in Dahlia - by J Crew - Orig $158 Sale $99 - July 2011
Wide Scalloped Embroidery Slip Cream - Etsy A Slip Shop - Sale $18.75 - June 2011
Giddy Necklace in Purple - Anthro Orig $42 Sale $30 - July 2011

Less than a minute later I found harmony for the Violet Giddy Necklace.  Anthro's Jaqueline Dress in Chartreuse.  On the Color Wheel, Yellow and Violet are directly across from each other. They're complimentary.  That explains why the dress and the necklace are pleasing together. As an added bonus, the Ivory bodice breaks up the outfit.  I wouldn't want to blind my friends and co-workers in passing.

Jaqueline Dress - by Maeve - Anthro $98 - July 2009
Wide Scalloped Embroidery Slip Cream - Etsy A Slip Shop - Sale $18.75 - June 2011
Quelusia Heels in Red/Purple Combo - by Re-Mix Vintage Footwear - Anthro Orig $228 Sale $100 - July 2008

Did I go overboard by pairing J Crew's Cashmere Cardi and Anthro's Quelusia Heels?  Too much Violet perhaps? 

Next time I might try my Jackie Cardi in Radiant Orchid with Anthro's Infinite Loop Sandals for a toned down, casual variation of this outfit.

Shop Anthro's Quelusia Heels AKA Promenade by Re-Mix HERE
Orig $194, Sale Price $136


I've worn my Half Slip from Etsy's A Slip Shop 3 times in two weeks.  You don't need to be tall to enjoy a touch of lace along the hemline.

See how I wore this Half Slip with different dresses HERE and HERE.  Fancy and versatile!

What inspired your outfit today?  Did you find something you loved at the Anthro Sale

Anthro Sister Love, Laura (lauramartinsemail@yahoo.com)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

No Anthro Zone Review - The Sugared Dress by Corey Lynn Calter

The Sugared Dress - by Corey Lynn Calter - Anthro $198 - July 2011
Anthro's Swift Current Cardi in Blue - by Tabitha - eBay $48 - Apr 2011
Space Between Wedges - by Schuler and Sons - Anthro Orig $158 Sale $80 - Mar 2010

In yesterday's Post (read HERE) I briefly discussed my top 2 favorite dresses. Then I shared the news of a new #1 Favorite Dress.  I asked my Readers to guess the identity of my New Favorite Dress. The count down starts with...


Jen of Vintage Glammz made an excellent Educated Guess!

Humor me! Pretend you didn't see the lead image and feign surprise.

And now for my new #1 Favorite Dress...


Do you see a trend?



My interest was piqued the first time I saw this dress on Becca of Best In Shop. The color palette is stunning on this Blond, fair skinned beauty.

NO ANTHRO ZONE REVIEW:  The Sugared Dress by Corey Lynn Calter - $198 - July 2011

My resolve to wait for sale hit bottom last Wednesday.  As I sat in a training class bored to death, I suddenly whipped out my iPhone and placed my order.  

Bad Laura! 

I should have ordered The Sugared the previous week, while shipping was free.  Ha-ha!


SIZE:  Both my CLC dresses are size 6.  The FV Dress is snug.  The Atlantic-Pacific is perfect. Most reviews are suggesting TTS.  I made size 6 my educated choice. This dress is TTS for CLC.

I'm 5'5" Tall, 130 lbs, 34 C, 35-28-36.  Narrow Shoulders.  Larger than average Rib Cage at 31".



FIT:  It appears this dress is made for me.  The shoulders are a little wide and feel loose.  There is a tiny bit of gaping at the neckline.  The rest of the way down is sheer pleasure. My Girls are not squashed.  The bodice tailoring offers a great silhouette.  I was so happy when the zipper easily slid past my rib cage.  The waist seam hits at the perfect location and is a comfortable fit.  The length just covers my knees. I plan to take a tuck at the corners of the neckline to give my Girls added security.  The adorable cap sleeves can limit upward arm motion.

ISSUES:  This Dress has posed a few fit issues for many online reviewers.  Many found the bodice loose, and  gapping at the nape.  It's true, but for me the issue is minimal. 


DETAILS: 
Hidden side pockets. 
Pleating that starts at the waist and opens up down the skirt.
Back Zip with Hook and Eye.
Fully lined in thin White Cotton that is perfect for the Summer Months.
Narrow Dark Brown Belt unmarked (plastic/vinyl?) Two well made Belt Loops 
100% Cotton inside and out.Why is this Cotton Dress Dry Clean.  Cheap fabric?
(Anthro's Caranday Dress is 100% Cotton, Machine Wash,Tumble Dry)  

COLOR OPTIONS:
Navy Blue, Brown, Small amounts of Cream and White or risk washout, certainly Pink, definitely Agua and Bright Blue, and most especially Yellow. Mix Aqua and Pink. Pink and Yellow, Yellow and Aqua, all Blues and Brown. Liven it up. You get my drift?

The Sugared Dress - by Corey Lynn Calter - Anthro $198 - July 2011
Anthro's Swift Current Cardi in Blue - by Tabitha - eBay $48 - Apr 2011


To summarize my raving review, I paired this dress up with at least 8 Pairs of Shoes (not including boots stored away for Summer) and a dozen Cardigans

My Closet is hosting a welcoming party for The Sugared Dress tonight.  Prepare for a bombardment of Sugared Outfits in the future.  

I couldn't believe how cute this dress is with my new Poetic Licence Apple Pie Mary Janes.  
I was thrilled when I paired it up with my Schuler and Sons Space Between Wedges as seen below.
I was overjoyed to discover that so many of my J Crew Jackie Cardi's would shine over this dress.  

See Allissa of Sweet Allissum review the Sugared HERE

See Kim of Anthroholic review the Sugared HERE

Shop the Sugared (not on sale) at Anthro HERE.

Modcloth had the identical Fetching Fresco Dress HERE (sold out in a few days)
I think they had 2 of each size for $12 more than Anthro. Minus the plastic belt.


The Sugared Dress - by Corey Lynn Calter - Anthro $198 - July 2011
Space Between Wedges - by Schuler and Sons - Anthro Orig $158 Sale $80 - Mar 2010
Magic Carousel Necklace Etsy Japonicas 28 May 2009
Retro Rosie Earrings in Coral - Modcloth $10 - June 2011
Petite Resin Clockwork Cuff in Pink - by Luc Kieffer Paris - Anthro orig $240 2nd cut sale $70 - Mar 2009
What do you think of my New #1 Favorite Dress?
Did I wisely move the Sugared to the top of the list?
Or should one of the other 4 Dresses in my Top Five 
(listed at the beginning of this post) be in the #1 spot.

Anthro Sister Love, Laura (lauramartinsemail@yahoo.com)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

University of Anthro! Positive Rotation and a New #1 Dress!

Anthropologie's Fragrant Valley Dress by Corey Lynn Calter
Happy Saturday Dear Readers!


I set out early Friday Morning for the campus of my Alma Mater.  It was the final day of my week long Ops Geology Class. The focus for the day on the role of the Ops Geologist in Drilling.



Fragrant Valley Dress - by Corey Lynn Calter - Anthro Orig $198 Sale $99 - June 2010
California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) Amphitheater

It was time to break out a new spin on my morning photo routine.  I'm certain you will see a noticeable change in my rotation. Perhaps more like my former self.  I worked my faithful tripod and camera remote. Does this pose above remind you of Super Woman preparing to lift the Amphitheater into the Blue?  I wasn't going for that.  It's my way of saying TGIF. 

I graduated in 1994 with my B.S. in Geology (Environmental Studies) and accepted my diploma on this very same slab of concrete, minus a roof.  CSUB hosts the Bakersfield Jazz Festival on this very spot.  By day and under the stars.

I'm wearing Anthro's Fragrant Valley Dress by Corey Lynn Calter.  This dress alone, can correct negative forces, and reverse a spin in the positive direction. 

It falls #3 on my All Time Favorite Dress List. Unfortunately booted from the #1 spot by a Half Sister the Atlantic-Pacific Dress from Modcloth now in the #2 position.



Fragrant Valley Dress - by Corey Lynn Calter - Anthro Orig $198 Sale $99 - June 2010
Woven Buds Belts - Anthro - Aug 2010
Infinite Loop Sandals - by Matt Bernson - Anthro Orig $178 Sale $100 - May 2009
Shining Eddie Bracelet in Purple - by Tataborello - Anthro Orig $218 Sale $100 - June 2010
First Class Citrine and Sterling - Etsy Shop bm1coastsbeadworks $22 - Sept 2009

See me wearing the Atlantic-Pacitic Dress HERE.  

Shop The Atlantic-Pacific at Modcloth HERE.

Um...no that isn't the Robot Johnny 5 from Short Circuit.



It's the lean shadow of my haphazard photographer.   Today he has managed to cast his shadow away from me. I'm completely to blame for his shadow blunder HERE.

Are you wondering what Dress has rocketed to #1?
The answer it imminent!


Shining Eddie Bracelet in Purple - by Tataborello - Anthro Orig $218 Sale $100 - June 2010


I had no idea The Fragrant Valley Dress had Flower Seeking Capabilities.  Not only that, it appears to seek it's own kind.  Irises.  Such special powers are spared for Anthro's Shining Eddie Bracelet by Tataborello.  

I stopped here to Enjoy.



Fragrant Valley Dress - by Corey Lynn Calter - Anthro Orig $198 Sale $99 - June 2010
Infinite Loop Sandals - by Matt Bernson - Anthro Orig $178 Sale $100 - May 2009

I could not have asked for this bank of flower stalks and leaves in the most brilliant shade of Greenest Green. From now on, this dress is hear by declared my Lucky Dress?  Not only that, my Toe Nail Polish is aptly named...get this... Ivy League.

I swear I didn't plan this. OK!  To call my school Ivy League is a huge stretch. Oh the Luck of it all.

I have contemplated rubbing my hands on my FVD and casting a first Wish in hopes a Genie will appear.  My first Wish? More Anthro Dear Genie!



Sailboat Skirt - by Odille - Anthro $78 - June 2011
Who's-Got-the-Button Top in White - by Pilcro - Anthro Orig $58 Sale $30 - July 2011
Mini Ruffle Cardigan in Blue Glow - by Banana Republic - Orig $60 Sale $50 - Mar 2011
Sliver Belt in Pink - Anthro Orig $38 Sale $20 - Apr 2011
Highest Vista Platforms in Navy - by Frye - Anthro Orig $188 Sale $99 - May 2009
Copper Goddess 5x Leather Wrap - Etsy Crea Vita Designs $90 - May 2009 
Glitzy Starfish Earrings - Anthro $80 - Feb 2010

I digress back to Thursday. At which time I am wearing Anthro's Sailboat Skirt by Odille with the Who's-Got-The-Button Top by Pilcro in White.  The sizng is true.  There is a narrow section up the front and center that is slightly sheer, with a double layer on each side.  The sides under the arm are also single layer and sheer.  You will need to layer over or under.

Shop Anthro's Sailboat Skirt 0-10 HERE.

Shop Anthro's Who's-Got-The-Button Top in Red All Sizes HERE.

The Ops Geology Class focused on Pressures and Fluids in the Drilling Environment.  During class I noticed a Young Gal wearing Anthro's Amplified Stripes Blouse in Red.  If it pertains to Anthro, it qualifies as note worthy.



Sailboat Skirt - by Odille - Anthro $78 - June 2011
Mini Ruffle Cardigan in Blue Glow - by Banana Republic - Orig $60 Sale $50 - Mar 2011
Copper Goddess 5x Leather Wrap - Etsy Shop Crea Vita Designs $90 - May 2009 

Today I had the opportunity to meet up with a Local Reader.  Allison is from the Small Mountain community of Lake Isabella, an hours drive to the East of Bakersfield. She and her 3-year old son Brady met me on campus to pick up the En Plein Air Dress that was too Small for me. We chatted for a few minutes.  She has the most gorgeous Red hair and perfect skin tones to show off the Brilliant, Colorful Print of Eva Franco's Dress.  She was a pleasure to meet.  I hope to see her again in the future.


Highest Vista Platforms in Navy - by Frye - Anthro Orig $188 Sale $99 - May 2009

Green Toes once again!



Who's-Got-the-Button Top in White - by Pilcro - Anthro Orig $58 Sale $30 - July 2011
Glitzy Starfish Earrings - Anthro $80 - Feb 2010



If you look closely to your Left, at my Right ear, you will catch a glimpse of a Glitzy Starfish Earring.





Have you lost patience?  






Are you at the edge of your seat? 






Can you guess the identity of #1?






...a dress so flattering, 






...so versatile






 ...so exceptional






...it has thrown down the top competitor's on it's rise to #1.








I can't wait to show you on Monday!




Ha-ha!




I would love to hear your Educated Guess!








Anthro Sister Love My #1 Dress, Laura
(lauramartinsemail@yahoo.com)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Old School Anthro! In Training with Leifsdottir and Anna Sui!



I'm all about Old School. This week, I'm in Training (Operation Geology) at my Old School.  California State University Bakersfield. I graduated from CSUB with my BS in Geology in 1994. With me this week are two Old School Anthro dresses.


Avonlea Dress - by Leifsdottir - Anthro Orig $298 Sale $70 - Dec 2008
Wide Scalloped Embroidery Slip Cream - Etsy A Slip Shop - Sale $18.75 - June 2011
Quilted Patent Iris Bag in Cream - by Orla Kiely AW10 - Yoox Orig $335 Sale $170 FS - Dec 2010
Lady Beetle Necklace - Anthro Orig $118 Sale $50 - June 2008

Today I'm wearing Anthro's Avonlea Dress by Leifsdottir.  I ordered this $298 Silk dress on 2nd cut for $70 in 2008.  This was back when Anthro actually gave Leifsdottir 2nd cuts.  I keep hoping Leifsdottir will begin cranking out Old School dresses again.  Sadly, by dreams are so far unanswered.




Avonlea Dress - by Leifsdottir - Anthro Orig $298 Sale $70 - Dec 2008
Wide Scalloped Embroidery Slip Cream - Etsy A Slip Shop - Sale $18.75 - June 2011
Pot of Gold Heels in Seafoam - by Seychelles - Seychelles $90 - Mar 2011 
Quilted Patent Iris Bag in Cream - by Orla Kiely AW10 - Yoox Orig $335 Sale $170 FS - Dec 2010
Lady Beetle Necklace - Anthro Orig $118 Sale $50 - June 2008

I took a quick tour of the campus early this morning before Class. I visited the Duck Pond where my 23 year old son Camden (a toddler then) chased the ducks.  Then the ducks would about face and chase him.  He was fearless, regardless of the fact that many were twice his size.


Avonlea Dress - by Leifsdottir - Anthro Orig $298 Sale $70 - Dec 2008
Wide Scalloped Embroidery Slip Cream - Etsy A Slip Shop - Sale $18.75 - June 2011
Pot of Gold Heels in Seafoam - by Seychelles - Seychelles $90 - Mar 2011 
Quilted Patent Iris Bag in Cream - by Orla Kiely AW10 - Yoox Orig $335 Sale $170 FS - Dec 2010

This dress is a bit short, so I layered a new Scallop Trimmed Half Slip from Etsy's A Slip Shop.  My slip is showing, don't you love it?

See me wearing this dress slightly different HERE


Bird's-Eye-View Dress Pre-Owned - by Anna Sui - Anthro Orig $228 eBay Auction $76 - July 2011
Jackie Cardi in Laquer Yellow - by J Crew - $62 - June 2011
Framboise Peep Toes in Raspberry - by All Black - Anthro $158 Sale $80 - Aug 2009 
Chiaroscuro Bracelet - Sundance $130 - Labradorite 14K Gold Vermeil Sequins - Mar 2009 
Labradorite Briolettes - Etsy - 2010
Karen Hill Tribe Handmade Silver Rose Necklace - Etsy Iris Jewlry Designs $45 - May 2009
This is Monday's outfit for my first day back in class.  Another Old School Anthro Dress.  The Birds-Eye-View Dress by Anna Sui for Anthro. The dress is pre-owned and in perfect condition, except for a pull in the Silk Shell at the back.  I don't recall seeing this dress over the last three years.  I didn't find it in the Anthro Catalogs.  Google images turned up Anthro's Product Images only.

Does anyone know what year it was sold on Anthro?  See the Product Page HERE.  It's has to be at least Two years old, because there are no online reviews.

Bird's-Eye-View Dress Pre-Owned - by Anna Sui - Anthro Orig $228 eBay Auction $76 - July 2011
Jackie Cardi in Laquer Yellow - by J Crew - $62 - June 2011
Chiaroscuro Bracelet - Sundance $130 - Labradorite 14K Gold Vermeil Sequins - Mar 2009 
Labradorite Briolettes - Etsy - 2010
Karen Hill Tribe Handmade Silver Rose Necklace - Etsy Iris Jewlry Designs $35 - May 2009

Here I am wearing my J Crew Jackie Cardi in Laquer Yellow. Again!  That's 3 times in 8 days.  I've always wondered if J Crew intentionally miss-spelled Laquer.  Which should be spelled Lacquer.  Perhaps it's the week long dose of the classroom, that brings this small Faux Pas to my attention.

Shop the Jackie Cardi HERE.

Anthro left me out in the cold for Cardigans.
This Gal has gotta have Cardigans...All Year Round.


Bird's-Eye-View Dress Pre-Owned - by Anna Sui - Anthro Orig $228 eBay Auction $76 - July 2011
Karen Hill Tribe Handmade Silver Rose Necklace - Etsy Iris Jewlry Designs $45 - May 2009
I'm not normally a Whimsy Print sort of gal. Blogging has changed that.  I found myself attracted to the Sheer Silk, replete with Swooping Birds, Blossoming Cherry Trees, Butterflies, Caterpillars, and Marching Watermelon Slices at the hemline.  As if that wasn't enough,  add a hail storm of raining Red and Green Cherries.  The style is a bit strange.  Why the deep plunging neckline for such a modest dress?  But as it turns out, the fit was perfect.

I can't believe my one year Blog Anniversary is only a week or so away.  Imagine that.  


What should I do to Celebrate?  Any ideas from my loyal Readers, Bloggers and Friends would be greatly appreciated.

Anthro Sister Old School Dress Love, Laura (lauramartinsemail@yahoo.com)


Sunday, July 17, 2011

No Anthro Zone Review: Head Over Heels for Apple Pie Mary Janes!

Apple Pie Mary Janes - By Poetic Licence - Endless Shoes Orig $98 Sale $68 - July 2011

Polka Dot Be They Name


On sale they are too tempting to ignore.

No Anthro Zone Review:  Apple Pie Mary Janes in Blue - by Poetic Licence - Endless Shoes Orig $98 Sale $68   

I ordered my normal size US 8. Despite the fact that the heel is fairly low, I found my foot sliding forward against the slick insole.  It was then I checked the shoe, and discovered that the bottom is clearly marked EUR 39, While the inside reads US 8M.
  
The Endless Size Chart claims US 8 equals EUR 38 
In my experience US 8 equals EUR 38.5 or UK 38.5.  So I was confused.
Endless sent me the correct size shoe according to the Manufacturer's Conversion on the shoe.

I checked my Poetic Licence Backlash (Anthro's Lass and Laddie Oxfords) and they are also marked US 8 on the inside and EUR 39 on the bottom. I put them side by side. The Apple Pie Mary Janes are 1/2 an inch longer. That explains it.

The Product Page for this shoe is listed in US sizes. I recommend sizing down one 1/2 size.  So if you wear US 8, order US 7.5.  The sizing may not be consistent with other Poetic Licence shoes in your closet.

Available is Blue sizes 8-10
 $64 with free 2-day ship at Endless HERE



Available is all Colors and Sizes
 $54 with $6 ship at 6PM HERE

Pink and Black available 
 $64 with free ship at Zappos HERE

Apple Pie Mary Janes - By Poetic Licence - Endless Shoes Orig $98 Sale $68 - July 2011
More Details....

I adore the curved shape under the arch for Poetic Licence pumps this year.  The heel is not too dainty, nor too chunky. The height is just right for a vintage inspired 40's pump.  Overall, the styling speaks clearly.

The vamp strap is elastic with a decorative Gold Apple Button. The glitter is glossed over, so it will not chip. The Endless Details Tab describes the Button as a closure.  However, it is non functioning.

I describe the Blue as Aqua or even Cyan.  The Pink Polka Dots are Bright.  Almost Neon.  The White Polkas are not Pure White.  The fabric has a slightly rough, nubby texture that is appropriate.  

My foot is medium at the front and narrow through the arch and heel.  The shoe feels wide toward the back.
These may not work well for a Narrow Foot.  The vamp strap is not tight at all.  Which is how it should be, or these would hurt without tights. The strap does prevent my heel from slipping out of the shoe.  A very good thing.

The toe box has ample wiggle room. Neither the heel or sides caused a problem.  I did have pain in one toe from sliding forward and hitting the front of the shoe.


I don't expect these to last forever.  But, with proper care and attention (be careful where you walk) these should look good for a few years.  

I added Foot Petal Inserts for additional cushion 
and to prevent my foot from sliding forward and jamming my toes to the front.


  I also applied Fabric Protector before wearing them outdoors.  I plan to re-apply often, after using a soft brush to remove dry dust and debris.


My shoes arrived late the night before. When I opened the box in the morning, there was no turning back.   So I threw this outfit together in 5 minutes. So versatility is clearly not an issue.





Sketchwork Tee - by Dreamy Dances Beneath Starry Skies Wandering Through Perfume Gardens 
Anthro Orig $58 Sale $30 - Oct 2009
Ruffled Denim Skirt - by Leifsdottir - Anthro Orig $158 Sale $70 - July 2009
Jackie Cardi in Laquer Yellow - by J Crew - $62 - June 2011
High Gloss Belt in Sky - Anthro $28 - Apr 2011
Apple Pie Mary Jane Pump in Blue - by Poetic Licence - Endless Orig $98 Sale $68 - July 2011



Something about Aqua and Yellow makes me swoon.


Would you wear these Polka Dot Shoes?

Anthro Sister Polka Dot Love, Laura (lauramartinsemail@yahoo.com)

SOLD 072111 Anthro Blog Sale - En Plein Air Dress by Eva Franco - Size 4 - Brand New - $85


SOLD 072111



En Plein Air Dress - by Eva Franco - Size 4 - Brand New from Online - $85
(Shipping Included w/ insurance)

This dress will only be sold to a known Anthro Community Member!

I will not tolerate anyone attempting to profit from this transaction!


This Dress is scheduled for delivery by UPS on Monday July 18, 2011. I had not read the reviews that the dress runs Small.  Size 4 was already a stretch. It will not fit me.  

In fact, I have already purchased the dress in the correct size from Rue La La for almost the same price.  

En Plein Air Dress - Size 4 - by Eva Franco 
Orig $258 - I paid $70 
 you pay $85 which includes CA tax and shipping w/ ins
PayPal Only

Why is this dress so cheap? I purchased it from Anthro Online, on Pop Back, at the second cut price of $69.95 with Free Ship at the time. Since I haven't received it yet, I have no idea what condition the dress is in. 

En Plein Air Dress Reviews HERE

If you are interested in purchasing this dress please email Laura at (lauramartinsemail@yahoo.com)  Selling to you is a win/win for me.  I don't have to pay return ship to Anthro, and I don't have to wait 2-3 weeks for Anthro to credit me. I don't mind the extra effort, as long as I know this dress is going to an Anthro Community Member.  If you are an eBay re-seller, please do not even think about contacting me about this dress.  

If I suspect you are a re-seller, be prepared for an interrogation.  I may request mutual blog references.

Anthro Sister Eva Franco Love, Laura (lauramartinsemail@yahoo.com)