Thursday, July 31, 2008

Boden Shops at Anthropologie

As I was leafing though the new Boden fall catalog I came upon this page and had myself a nice little chuckle.

What you're seeing here is a Boden (British clothing catalog) model drinking out of an Anthropologie cup. And why not? From what I hear the English take their tea time very seriously and if you're young and hip (or middle aged and hip), you know Anthropologie is a great place to go for your teacup collection.

While we're on the subject of Boden, I have to add that I'm not thrilled about their Fall '08 catalog. The clothing is ok, but I'm irked by the fact that they shot most of the catalog in NYC. I guess people who don't live here may feel differently about seeing NY streets on catalog pages, but personally I see way too much of NY in reality. The reason I enjoy leafing through an Anthropologie catalog is because it has an element of fantasy land, someplace where I'm not. In some ways (Though very different from Anthropologie) Boden also had that quality until now. I don't know about you, but I definitely tend to buy more stuff when their's an appeal of the "Far and Away" attached to it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Swimwear Blues

Blue waters and sandy beaches have been calling me since the beginning of summer and so I've started looking for a new bathing suit early in the season. Although there seemed to be ample selection, procuring one that would meet my three million needs proved somewhat challenging. After browsing on-line and in stores I've come to the conclusion that a swim suit that would please me and fill all my requirements simply doesn't exist. If it's got the right shape, it doesn't come in the right colors, if it comes in nice colors, it doesn't have the shape I want and if it has the shape and the color the price is so astronomical I feel silly paying it for something that is essentially underwear .

These were my requirements:

Shape: The bathing suit/bikini has to cover my belly without making me look like a grandma (Not that there's anything wrong with looking like a grandma, but I'd rather wait till I become one to look like one).

I don't like feeling like I'm falling out of my bikini top every time I lean over (I guess it's all part of getting None of those little triangle-string bikinis for me. It must have ample support.

I'm not particularly fond of solid color swimsuits. My husband claims prints make me feel younger in my "old age". Really though, to me a swimsuit is the essence of summer and summer is all about happy colors.

I've noticed that most decent bathing suits cost as much or more than most Anthropologie clothes. I don't get why that is. It takes much less fabric to make a bathing suite and it has less seams, so why should it cost so much? Would someone explain this to me please? Under the pretense of allowing us more selection and mix and match options, stores charge for each piece what the entire bikini set should have cost. Am I the only one who thinks it's completely insane to pay $55 for bikini top plus $49 for the bottom? The bottom is just underwear in a stretchy fabric, why can't it cost $10?

So what will it be? Here are some of the swimsuits that caught my attention :

Floral Halter Tankini from
I like the color and the toile floral print which I find to be unique for a bathing suit. I also like the amount coverage the Tankini provides. Not crazy about the bottom though. I would have tried this one out, but the smallest size it comes in is 8. Oh well. It's now on sale for $39 which is reasonable.

Regal Isle mix & match separates from
This one came in three different colors and a variety of shapes for both top and bottom. I actually like the boy-short, makes me feel secure in moving around and not being too exposed. The only drawback is the price.

Maui Bikini from J.Crew
I love the color and print of this bikini. I don't know who had the bright idea of mixing orange with light blue, but it works! The bottom makes me nervous since it seems to be so low. It doesn't fit my "covering the tummy" requirement. Plus even on sale it's pretty pricey and J.Crew doesn't take returns of sale items. Bummer.

Cubed Ice Tankin from
I like the tankini but not crazy about the undies. Also pricey, $80 on sale for top and bottom.

Hotchpotch Swimsuit from
Very cute even if a tad juvenile looking. Covers the tummy! Original price was a bit much but Boden is good with coupons and sales.

And there you have it. Unable to find the perfect swim suit and convinced by my husband that "the ideal" is the enemy of the "good", I settled for two not so perfect ones.
The blue Hotchpotch suit from Boden was my first purchase. I got it on sale (which makes me feel less guilty for overpaying for my 2nd purchase). I wore this swimsuit on my vacation and was overall pleased with it . The only thing that could be improved on is the fabric, which is 40% cotton. It seemed like a good idea at first and the cotton did feel very nice when dry, but once it became wet it took forever to dry. Also I could have done with less of a leg opening.

The second swim set I got is the boy-shorts and bikini top from Athleta. I kept waiting for this set to go on sale but after looking at it for two months I noticed that sizes started disappearing and the suit still did not go on sale! The nerve! I finally caved and purchased it. It came in the mail today and I was pretty happy. Athleta actually has a surprisingly good selection of swimwear. Who would have thought? Don't let the photos of all those butch women scare you, the sizes seem to be accurate and the quality is good. It meets all my fit requirements and although the color looks brighter than it appeared on the website I'm willing to live with it. Or swim in it...
I'm becoming incoherent which is my cue to catch up on my sleep.
Happy swimming!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

New Additions To My Table

Ever since these little mushroom shakers from Anthropologie sprouted on my dining table, my family and my guests developed a sudden obsession with salting and peppering their meals. Not that I can blame them.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New Additions


I just got back from a wonderful vacation with my family.

Being back in NY is somewhat equivalent to shock therapy. The legendary New York rudeness began before we even left the airport. That got me seriously thinking about moving. Moving where? I'm still in search of a utopian society. I've been irked by everything in NY for years now. From the pollution to the poor climate (My kids are constantly sick) to the self absorption of NY residents. I shouldn't stereotype, as I'm sure there are some very nice people living in NY as well, but I encounter sour faces and honking, cursing drivers on daily basis.

Anyhow, as I was sadly contemplating all this, a little surprise came for me in the mail to brighten up my day. An envelope from Anthropologie, containing a cute birdie note card that read "Thank you for being a good customer". Enclosed was a $25 gift card. Well, I almost fell off my chair! Good old Anthropologie.....
I immediately set to updating my wish list. Here are some of my new favorites.

Cormorant Button-Up, my favorite color.
(I always wonder how they come up with these names)

Libretto Blouse

Pas De Deux Cardigan

Geppetto Peplum Cardi

How cute are the bird buttons?


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