17 April 2015

Friday Finds at Anthro: Under $50

I recently decided to do a purge of my closet. I have been reading about Japanese organization (more on that next week), and was thinking about the ways that I really ratchet up the guilt on myself when I take a look at my clothes and see a whole lot of "goal clothes." You know those ones? The clothes that you say, "Oh I'll buy these too-small jeans that will look GREAT if I lose 10 pounds, and they will be my motivation!"

I'm done with goal clothes.

What surprised me was that when I got rid of all of these clothes (some of which legitimately fit me at one point in time but that I was keeping around again because of some silly standard of the size I think I should be), there was more room to incorporate new clothes that I love.

Enter these tops. All from Anthro, all under $50, most on sale. Click the photos to head to Anthro.

What do you think? Would love to hear from you in the comments!
Happy shopping and bon weekend!

16 April 2015

Suiting up

The woman's suit. It's an enigma. It can be totally unforgiving or really flattering. But most often they are either not fitted right or aren't the right cut or aren't a great material.

I highly suggest that you buy a suit and then get it tailored. Choose the suit based on the jacket because fitting the skirt or trousers is much less expensive than fitting the jacket. When choosing a skirt, choose one that hits at or just above the knee, and choose something that is forgiving when you sit down. I'm also a fan of choosing a suit with a bit of interest--peplum, an interesting tweed, or a small stripe, just so that it is not a boring old suit.

Any other tips for suiting up?

Happy shopping!

15 April 2015

Long skirts for Spring

I love long skirts for Spring, and Anthropologie has some great ones. What I especially love about Spring is that it's slightly windy, and long skirts look so amazing when they're blowing slightly in the wind.

Let me know what you think of these!

Happy shopping.

14 April 2015

Running essentials

I've gotten really into running recently, and just finished a 10 mile race. I love running. I love the feel of the wind in my face, I love how tired my body is after a long run, I love how competitive I can be with my own times, I love how it gets me out and exploring my city, and I love that running miraculously gets my energy up when I'm feeling down.

This is the very best season for running. I love the transition from Spring to summer because the mornings are still nice and cool, but the days are getting longer and every morning getting up early seems easier.

There are a few things that I highly recommend if for running--clothes and socks and shoes and accessories--and thought I would share them.

Happy shopping, and happy running!

13 April 2015

Date Night In

I got this book for Christmas and have had it on my to do list to share it for THREE MONTHS, but wanted to take it for a test drive first.

So here it is: my review of Date Night In, by Ashley Rodriguez.

This book came into my life at just the right time--my husband and I were trying to connect more while simultaneously trying to save money and eat out less. I was terrified by the idea of "connecting" in the kitchen because most often our joint kitchen efforts turn into me getting frustrated and him feeling like I'm bossing him around.

Nevertheless, we gave it a try. And there are things that I loved about the book. Rodriguez gives such a nice narrative to each of her groups of recipes (grouped by meal, with complimenting drinks). She nicely separates out tasks for two people so that it doesn't feel like one person is bossing the other person around throughout the process. The photos of the food are unbelievably beautiful, and it is no wonder given that she is a popular blogger. In full disclosure, I've never followed her blog myself.

There are a few things, though, that I don't like about the book. Lots of recipes you have to prep in advance--as in there are tasks to complete 1, 2, or 3 days in advance, I can see this being romantic for some people--the process of preparing for a date night in for a few days might really be a lovely time of anticipation--but for me prepping a day or more in advance was unrealistic.

In all, I would highly recommend the book if you are committed to date night in, but keep in mind that, like a relationship, it is a lot of effort!

Happy cooking!

10 April 2015

Friday Finds: Back to Basics at Anthro under $20

The transition from Spring to Summer is always a bit awkward--cool evenings and warm days means that layers are essential. So for this edition of Friday Finds I thought I would highlight some basics that I adore from Anthropologie. All of these are on sale for under $20.

What I especially love is layering tanks and sweaters, leggings and skirts, collared shirts and cardigans. So hopefully these pieces inspire!

Happy shopping.

09 April 2015

Bridesmaids dress planning

At my very favorite styled wedding all of the bridesmaids wore dresses of their own choosing from Anthropologie that were all made from the same or similar fabrics. I adored them. One of the things that I loved about it was that each person got to pick the perfect dress for their own body.

So I implore you, if you will be a bride this year, to be willing to let your maids (or matrons) pick their own dresses.

Anthropologie is a great option. Here are a few of my favorites.
Happy shopping, and if you are getting married this year, my hearty congratulations!