Thursday, December 31, 2009

January 2010 Catalog

The January catalog is just gorgeous! It's been photographed in some alternate dimension, where joyously frolicking ladies wear sleeveless blouses and dresses in JANUARY. Not exactly my reality, but poetic and delightful nonetheless.

Around The World Dress
and Shoofly Trench

Tic Tac Toe Blouse

Floating Forthythia Dress

Sun Dot Dress

Speckled Ink Dress

Beanstalk Dress

On A Wing Blouse

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

They Unshrunk the Underwear!

It seems like we went around full circle. Underwear reached it's smallest wearable size and now it's growing again! Yippee, big bloomers are back!

Nadia Underpinnings and shorts
Big underwear done right could look very poetic/nostalgic, wouldn't you agree?


Embrace underpinnings and shorts

Tiny Buds Bloomers

Hayward Briefs

Silhouette Brief
Ok, there's comfortably roomy and there's damn gigantic.
As in Bridget Jone's diary, don't get caught "naked" in these.

Be sure to arch your back when wearing your big underwear.
Without this seemingly minor detail the effect will be lost.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Of Viruses and Vexations

My apologies for being quite and antisocial for a while. I seem to be haunted by some bad luck. Nothing terrible, Thank God, just vexing.
I'll catch you up.
Let's see...
First I was sick, achy and drowsy for a week. Then, I developed a barking cough that kept me up at night. My primary Dr was too booked up on a Sunday and would not let me come unless I was dying. In retrospect, I should have convinced them that I was, but back then, my pride got the better of me and I went to a Pulmonologist who was willing to see me the same day. He diagnosed me with bronchitis and prescribed avelox antibiotics. On the third day I took the antibiotic I became nauseous, then dizzy, then the right side of my head, my neck and my chest became numb and prickly. This was seriously scary. I didn't know what was happening to me and whether this would result in something a lot more serious than bronchitis. I was sitting there, making deals with God, "If YOU"ll let me live, I will....(fill in the blank) and I will never....(fill in the blank)... again!"
Husband went on-line and read up on avelox. Turns out a bunch of people had this reaction, but no one wrote anything about the outcome. My primary physician finally called me back, reassuring me that everything I was feeling was a common reaction to this antibiotic and that I just had to wait out the symptoms and NEVER take it again (as if there was a chance of me doing so!). No way to detox, just drink water and suffer until it goes away. The effects lasted for about 12 hours.
Though I was somewhat reassured by my Dr, feeling alternating body parts growing numb and prickly was freaky enough for me to make all sorts of religious resolutions that night. What a fragile creature a human being is! The next day, still feeling dizzy, first thing I did was to fill out an application for life insurance. Just in case, ya know.

Of course by the natural progression of things, my son had to get sick right after me. A week of entertaining him at home made me feel ready to move in to a room with padded walls.

The next sequence of unlucky events:
1. Got a call from the credit card fraud department, that my ATM visa card # was stolen and used in India which put our bank account in a negative balance. Great! Husband and I wasted many hours filling out all kinds of papers in the bank, opening a new account, and still waiting for the balance to be refunded.
2. Computer got infected with the most annoying virus which I spent hours hunting down and killing. Thankfully my Dad walked me through it , since his computer got the very same virus the night before. People who write computer viruses should.....!
3. Husband got two tickets in one week. Parking and red light (claims he went on yellow and the lady cop was just delusional).
4. Coffee spilled on my lap top, destroying the keyboard. Had to use the on-screen keyboard for a week, typing at a snail's pace. Definitely no patience with posting while clicking one letter at a time.
5. Broke! So very broke! Oh, wait, that's nothing new but our permanent state. Very daunting.
7. I have a good fungus story too, but I'm too much of a lady to go into particulars.

On the positive side, our new (a bit bent, but still in working order) keyboard finally arrived in the mail and I can actually type with two hands. Never thought how much I might appreciate a good-old keyboard. I promise to put out a real post about something pretty that I can't have within the next couple of days (for those of you who are not yet completely turned off from ever visiting my blog again).
In the mean time, do try to appreciate the little mundane things we tend to take for granted while dreaming of the BIG things.
And stay off avelox.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

New Arrivals

My favorites of the new arrivals.

Anemone Expanse Tee - $78

Upended Poppy Tee - $68

Grown In The Shade Top - $68
I always had a thing for 3/4 peasant sleeves.

Enveloped Petal Cardigan - $248

Blooms Revealed Cardigan - $128
Something different. This cardigan reminds me of what ladies might have worn in the 30's and 40's, an era that I am very much fascinated by for many reasons. Hopefully I will expound on this in a later post.

Vines & Buds Cardigan - $128

Horizon Line Dress - $138
This dress looks so sweet and feminine.

From The Green Cardi - $128

Night Blooming Dress - $158

Monday, November 23, 2009

To Plaid or NOT to Plaid

Am I the only one who finds plaids on shirts horrendously ugly?
I could understand on a skirt....maybe, but not on shirts. It reminds me of a clip South Park did once. It was a parody on a commercial for a toy action figure, The ALABAMA man. He wore a red plaid shirt and came in a set with a beer can and a bowling ball (no offense to anyone residing in Alabama).

If I wanted something this ugly, why would I bother paying Anthropologie prices for it?
I'm sure big plaid shirts are not hard to come by in stores like Target and Sears.

Cabin Fever Tunic

Banking Grounds Blouse

Smartly Shaped Blouse

Smoky Plaid Tunic

Plaid Perfection Blouse

Clark Park Button-Up

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Boden Spring 2010 Preview

Though Winter hasn't officially kicked off yet, Boden is already showing off their Spring preview.
Not only that, they're offering 20% off with free shipping and free returns if you shop the Spring preview before December 3rd.
I sound like a payed advertisement, but I assure you that I am in no way affiliated with Boden, I just enjoy being the bearer of good news (and good discounts) .
If the folks at Boden would like to show appreciation for this free PR, you know where to find me :-).

Boden's signature look are bright, happy colors paired with wearable silhouettes.

Here are a couple of items from the Spring collection that caught my eye.

Scallop Trim Coat
Favourite Jersey Dress

Santorini Cardigan

Fun Skirt

Hamptons Cardigan

Printed Swishy skirt

St Barts Cardigan

Canvas Plimsolls


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