Thursday, June 24, 2010

I'm on Vacation ...

If you're a regular reader of mine, you're probably wondering to yourself, what the heck is up with Crew_Girl_in_Canada??? She never posts 7 entries in one day. It's a miracle if she were to post 1 entry every couple of days.

And if you're thinking that, you're 100% correct. And no, I'm not offended. I know that I suck at blogging. But I'm working on being better at it. So, yes, you're right. I've never posted that many posts in a day but I'm going on vacation tomorrow and I wanted to make sure that I was able to share many of my reviews with you.

We're off to see Honey's parents in Southern Ontario and will not be back until July 4. To my Canadian friends, Happy Canada Day and to my friends south of the border, Happy 4th of July. (I know that I'm about a week early but I won't be around to wish you a happy holiday so I'm just doing it a tad early).

Have a fantastic week my awesome readers. I will be back soon to share my purchases and my crazy stories with you.

Until our next meeting ... Be Fierce, Stay Strong, Love Yourself!

XOXO, karen

Anthropologie Review - Perilla Dress

style #18124172

I've seen a number of Anthro Bloggers in the Perilla dress. And they've all looked soooo beautiful in it. And so, I had to try this dress on for myself.

Truth be told, I've never given this dress a second look the first time I laid eyes on it. It just didn't do anything for me. But seeing it on Ashley at Anthropologie Girl here and it looked just fabulous on her, I had to try it on.

And .... I looked far from fabulous. It was just Meh on me. And Meh was being generous. The dress just sorta hung there. I'm not sure if it's the fabric or the design or the color. Maybe I should have tried the other color. But something just wasn't doing it for me.

As for fit, I've got the size Small on. It fits well. The skirt is a tad long on me. If I had loved this dress, I would have to get the shoulders lifted so that the dress sits higher on my waist thus causing the skirt to lift a little.

Guess I won't have to do that because it just wasn't doing anything for me. So I left it at the store to be loved by someone else.

Have you tried the Perilla Dress on? What do you think of it? Do you love it?

Anthropologie Review - Tambour Blouse

style #18684217
The Tambour Blouse is very pretty and feminine!

There's so much to love about the Tambour. 1.) The Color: A pale Robin's Egg Blue. 2.) The details: dainty pleats and ruffles down the front of the bodice, the pretty little cloth covered buttons and the eyelet and embroidery detail on the skirt. In one word, this blouse is Beautiful!

As far as fit is concerned, this blouse fits large. So you'll definitely want to size down. I had originally tried on the 6 and was swimming in it. It was large in the waist and throughout the bodice. It was even large in the arms - which meant that the side of my bra was showing. Not good!

I then sized down to a 4 and it fits very well. Not tight. Just right. I wouldn't go smaller. For comparison purposes, I have a 29 inch waist and a 36 inch chest.

Pardon the fact that I've got the Swirling Particles Skirt under this top. The bubble hem of the skirt is making the blouse poof out in a weird and bad way.

So, have you tried on the Tambour Blouse yet? What do you think of it? I like it a lot but not enough to bring it home with me at full price. I can certainly hear this blouse calling me when it goes on sale though.

Anthropologie Review - Licorice Lanes Skirt

style #18715235

I look at this skirt and I immediately think of Licorice Allsorts. I LOVE Licorice Allsorts and the pretty pink and white parts remind me of my favorite part of Licorice Allsorts - the candy, coconut tasting parts.

The first time I saw this skirt online, I knew that I had to have it. But like all things in life, it's virtually impossible to have everything. Let's face it, if I bought everything I loved, I would honestly be broke and in-debt to my eyeballs. And like so many of you, I decided that I would wait for a sale.

As you know, I visited Anthropologie yesterday. Unlike some of you where an Anthro store is down the street from your office or half way across town, the closest Anthro store is a 3 hour car ride from me and it's not even in the same city or state for that matter. In fact, it's in a whole nother country.

It's a BIG deal to visit an Anthropologie store. I have to plan in advance. I just can't wake up and go. Hell! I have to bring a passport! So, it's never a, "hey, I've not nothing to do today, let's go to Anthro" type of thing. Anyway, I digress.

So after driving for 3+ hours, yes... I know, I said 3 hours but there was major road construction around the mall where Anthropologie is located and I had to take this detour and all which added another 20 minutes to my drive... but I finally arrived, pulled up to the front of the store and right in the front window, facing my car is the Licorice Lanes skirt.

It's like it knew that I was coming and so it came out to say "hello!". I immediately turned to my daughter and squealed, "Don't you just love that skirt?" To which Kitty replied, you mean the one that looks like Licorice Allsorts?

Oooooh! The battle was on. I was now battling the demon in me to keep from buying that skirt and bringing it home with me.

I stayed away from the skirt for as long as possible but finally caved to try it on.

As far as fit is concerned, it fits true to size. As you know, I normally wear between a size 4 and 6 skirt. I tried on the size 6 and it fits perfectlyl. Not too tight, not too lose, just perfect! The length is fabulous as well. It falls slightly below the top of my kneecap. This is important. I like my skirts to cover the top of my kneecaps. Why you ask??? Well, I have fat kneecaps. Yes, that's right. I hate that part of my leg that is slightly above my kneecap. It's fat. No one else can see this - trust me, I've brought it to many a people's attention, but they can't see it. But I can! It's there! Staring at me, day in, day out. Fat knee caps. Hate them! But I digress.

Since they cover up the fat part of my knees, I was thrilled! I had heard that this skirt fits short, but since I'm only 5'3.5" tall, it fits me exactly where I want it.

By this time, part of me really wanted to buy the skirt but the other part of me wanted to wait for a sale. But since I wasn't 100% sure, I asked that they hang on to it for me while I looked around the store some more.

They kept the skirt on the back counter - behind the cash registers. Everytime I walked by, I was certain that the skirt was taunting me, asking me to bring it home. In the bright and beautiful Anthro store, the colors of the skirt was stunning. The combination of bright coral, delicious watermelon, juicy bubblegum, combined with the black and the white, was impossible to miss. The colors are beyond stunning.

And so I caved. I bought it. My rationale was this. At $78, the skirt really isn't really pricey. Buying it now would thus allow me to wear it immediately. Had I waited for a sale, I would be shortening the amount of time I've got to wear it. Furthermore, had I waited for a sale, I would really only be saving $38. So I bought it.

What do you think of the Licorice Lanes Skirt? Do you own it? Have you tried it on? Do you like it? I can't wait to wear mine!

Anthropologie Review - Anthurium Blouse

style #013282

I had missed out on the same blouse in the Fall of last year and was determined not to miss out on it this time around.

By the time the blouse went on sale, all that was left in the Blue colorway was a size 4, 6 and a 10. Knowing that this blouse fits small, I ordered the size 6 in the Blue.

But when I arrived at the Anthro store in U Village and saw both the size 6 and size 8 sitting there on the rack, patiently waiting for my arrival, I immediately made grabby hands.

Not only did they have the blouse in my size in the blue, they also had it in the cream, so I tried both on.

This blouse certainly runs on the smallish side. While the size 6 fits in the waist, the upper part of the bodice - particularly the shoulder straps were loose. The blouse is designed in such a way that you simply cannot shorten the straps without damaging the design of the lace.

So I tried on the size 8. The size 8 is somewhat looser in the waist but because I am able to pull the blouse down somewhat, I was able to get the straps to sit nicely on my shoulder.

Between the Blue and the Cream colorway, I certainly like the Blue much better. The cream is nice but the blue shows off the details so much more.

Below are pictures of me in the Blue as well as the Cream.

I personally like the blue so much better - hence, it came home with me.
Have you tried the Anthurium Blouse on? What do you think of it? Do you like the Blue or the Cream?

Anthropologie Review - Stemmed Sweetbriar Dress

style #18544882

Like the Flight 'Round The Garden Skirt, this dress arrived the morning I arrived. Again, I was the first to try on this dress and everyone was dying to see what it looked like. I couldn't get the dress on fast enough - for I kept getting "have you tried it on yet? We're dying to see it."

As you know from this post here, I was prepared to join a Society just so that I could wear this dress. I was even going to learn how to drink tea properly - with my little finger sticking up and not spilling the tea on myself and all. I was almost prepared to join a bunch of old men if need be so that I could wear this dress and attend one of their Tea Parties. Luckily, I won't have to do any of those things now...

I had such high hopes for this dress. I was certain that it was going to be coming home with me yesterday. Unfortunately, I won't be adopting this pretty dress.

It's pretty. Very, very pretty. The Robin Egg Blue is gorgeous. The printed flower details is stunning. The style is beautiful.

It even fits true to size. I normally wear between a size 4 to 6 dress at Anthropologie and this dress was no different. It fits beautiful around the waist, the length was good ... but what the heck is wrong with my boobs????

I look like I've breast-fed about 18 kids... one after another, for 18 years straight!!! My boobs look like sad, flat, week-old Danishes on my chest. Can I look any flatter?

The SAs all agreed that I looked flat-chested in this dress. Really, you think???

I would say that this dress would look great on a larger chested girl. I, unfortunately, don't qualify.

Have you tried Nathalie's Lete's Stemmed Sweetbriar Dress? What do you think of it?

Anthropologie Review - Flight 'Round The Garden Skirt

style #18647396

I couldn't believe my luck when they told me that the skirt arrived the morning of my visit. That's right! It arrived just before I arrived at the store and I was going to be the first person to try this skirt on.

I asked for a size 6 and got a size 6. I double and triple checked the tag - both the hang tag and the tag on the skirt. Problem 1.) I couldn't get the skirt (which happens to be a full skirt btw, and not a pencil skirt - over my hips. I guess there's a first time for everything. I asked the SA for a larger size - explaining that I could not get the skirt over my hips.

She told me to wear it from the top - meaning over my head. Ummmmm... okay. I've never had to wear a skirt this way before ... but I'll try. Over my head it is!

No problem getting it over my head. That was the easy part. Problem now was the skirt was about 2 inches short of zipping up. Yes, that's a picture of me and a whole slash of skin between the edges of the zipper. And the skirt was short.

So, I asked for a size 10.... thinking that, for every size up, the width increases by 1 inch. So, if I'm 2 inches shy of zipping up, I'll need a size 10, right?

Er.... wrong. I need a size 8. Here's the size 10 on me (pictured below). It's lose and it's sitting a little lower on me. I should have tried the size 8 but it was just too much work in order to get the right size.

Tracy, the personal shopper at the store, confirmed that Nathalie Lete skirts fit on the small side. I guess they must because I tried on one of her dresses and they seem to fit TTS. So maybe it's just her skirt?

The skirt itself is very pretty. I love that there's pretty little beads sewn on the flowers. You can barely see it in the picture - but they're there.

It didn't come home with me unfortunately. I didn't like it enough to bring it home at full price. Maybe when it goes on sale?

Have you tried Nathalie Lete's Flight 'Round The Garden Skirt? What do you think of it?

Anthropologie Review - Floreat Clock Skirt

I fell in-love with this skirt the very first time I laid eyes on it on Sara at You, Me & Anthropologie here. I knew right away, that I MUST have this skirt.

I love whimsical, unusual, different things. I love the look of Antique clock faces. I knew that I would be hard pressed to find another skirt like this, anywhere. So my mission began.

Knowing that I was going to be going to Seattle for the day, I called ahead to find out if they had the skirt and yes, indeed, they did. I got them to put it on hold for me so that I could try it on during my visit.

It was the very first thing I tried on yesterday and it didn't disappoint. It's stunning! It's fabulous! It's so me! I'm going to known as the girl with the clock skirt. People will say, hey, that's the girl with the clock skirt. I wonder where she got that fantastic skirt from. And I'll smile to myself because only you and I know exactly where it came from. Isn't it fabulous?

As far as fit is concerned, I normally wear between a size 4 or 6 at Anthropologie. In this Floreat skirt, I'm wearing a size 6 and the 6 fits like a glove. I tried the 4 on and it was a tad uncomfortable. So as to give you a better idea, I have a 29 inch waist (before eating, that is - for it expands exponentially after I eat). And since the skirt is full and poofy, there was no concern of fit in the hips.

The skirt is lined with a full hem topped with netting to give it extra poof. It also has a metal zipper. The waist band is 2" high and the skirt is gathered all around the waist. I like how the skirt is gathered. It's neither too full nor too flat. There's just the perfect amount of poof to bell-out the skirt and accentuate the waist.

I had originally thought that the clocks were printed on the skirt. They're not. They are actually embroidered on the skirt, together with the faces, numbers and hands.

It's darling! And at $118, I thought that it was priced well. I am normally a sale shopper - so for me to buy this skirt at full price is saying a lot about this skirt.

I love it! And I hope my awesome reader and newest friend Carly loves it too!

Since it hasn't shown up on the website, just in case anyone is looking for this skirt, the style number is: 18813535 (and that's for a size 4 - coz I'm reading it right off Carly's size 4 skirt that I had picked up for her yesterday). The size 6 style number is: 18813543.

Needless to say, it's come to live with me.... because I'm going to be known as the Girl with the Clock Skirt.

Have you tried this skirt on? What do you think of it?

Monday, June 21, 2010

HIWI - Tuxedo Front Cheetah Cami

I honestly wish that it would warm up in Vancouver.

It's the first day of Summer and it honestly feels like the first day of Spring. Brrrrrr! Luckily, I haven't quite put away all of my early Spring clothes. With the slight chill in the air, my wardrobe is considerably larger than usual since I've got both my early spring and my summer clothes all in my closet at the same time.

Today, I had the opportunity to wear my J Crew Tuxedo Front Cheetah Cami. I haven't worn this cami for a while. In fact, I cannot seem to remember when I last wore it.

And since I was feeling particularly girly, I decided to pair it with a twirl skirt, fitted cardi and a large cabbage rose corsage.

The outfit is a little dark for the first day of summer, but it honestly doesn't feel like summer around here so I guess I could get away with it.

Here's how I wore my Tuxedo Front Cheetah Cami.

As shown online at J Crew

Here's the Cami with my favorite Club Monaco skirt. I love, love, love this skirt. Super twirly sheer organza piped with white, over a full tafetta lining. Cheapie F21 belt at waist.

Here's me with the above outfit but now with my J Crew Lea Merino Cardigan. Silk Flower Corsage is from H & M.

I think that this outfit looks so much more polished with the cardi and the corsage.
I also wore a double strand large pearl bracelet with this outfit.

So, that's my HIWI and OOTD. Hope you had a fantabulous Monday.
Tomorrow's my Friday. Yippeee!!! I cannot wait! I'm officially on vacation as of 5pm tomorrow evening. What do I have planned??? Well!!! I'm headed to Seattle for the day on Wednesday. I hope to go to both J Crew and Anthropologie. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sale either tomorrow or Wednesday at Anthro. Not doing much Thursday only because I've got to pack and get ready for our trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake on Friday. It's our annual trip to see Honey's parents. So I'll be gone until July 5.
But I'm way more excited to be driving to Seattle versus going back East. So, remember to check back Thursday for I'm hoping to post some reviews.

Until next time, stay true to you. Love, Karen

Sunday, June 20, 2010

HIWI / OOTD - Around the World Dress

Happy Sunday Pretties! And Happy Father's Day to each of your dads!

I had full intentions of being around and posting earlier but it was one crazy weekend for me and my fam. You see, my daughter, who by the way is an awesome ball-player (and I'm not being biased - but I am a Mom, so pardon my lack of modesty) and her team were playing in the North Vancouver Fastpitch Championship Tournament.

We started off yesterday morning at 11am. They played against the Bobcats and won that game 13-8. They then played the Dolphins in the afternoon and again won that game 17-12. Although they may appeared to have beat both teams easily, it was still extremely stressful for us parents who were sitting on the sidelines cheering the team on.

Since our team won both games, they didn't have to show up at 9am this morning. Thank God for that as we got to sleep in (though I honestly don't think that 7:20am was quite sleeping in) but who's counting, right? Instead, the Dolphins played the Bobcats and the winner - the Dolphins met us in the Finals.

Kitty and her team played in the finals this afternoon at 1pm. After the first inning, they were down by 3 runs. They kept the Dolphins to only 3 runs in the 2nd inning, scored 5 runs on them and at the end of the 2nd, the score was 8-6. At the end of the 3rd, the score was 11-8.

Pretty good, right? Er... wrong... because that where the nail biting began. In the 4th inning, the Dolphins came back and scored 5 runs on us and kept us to only 2 runs. The game was tied going into the 5th. In the first inning, both teams scored another 5 runs each and again the game was tied.

We were only supposed to play 5 innings because this is 9 year old girls team. But since we were tied, we played a 6th inning. Again, both teams scored 4 runs each and the game remained tied.

We had now been playing for 3 hours straight and the girls were pooped. We were sure that we had to play another inning when the Commissioner announced that according to the rules, in the event of a tie after the 6th inning, the team who was winning in the inning before the tie automatically wins the game.

That means .... WE WIN! WE WIN! Okay. We essentially won by default but we still win! We beat the Dolphins yesterday and although we tied them in the last 3 innings, we did come back after the 1st and was winning in the 2nd and 3rd innings today.

How exciting was that???!!! I almost cried when they awarded Kitty her trophy. It was such an amazing feeling. I was sooo very proud of her and her accomplishment.

And so that you know that I'm not just being a proud mom, I was told by several other parents that the Dolphins coaches were very impressed with Kitty's pitching abilities. Go Kitty!!!

And that's why I hadn't been around much. But now back to my HIWI - How I Wore It - the Around the World Dress.

Here's the Around the World Dress on its own.

I paired it with a capped sleeve Ann Klein Cardi, the same color as the red in the skirt which, I think, truly brings out the red in the skirt. And to futher accentuate the waist, I've donned a cheapie F21 grey belt - which also brings out the grey stripes in the skirt.

Here's a semi-side view of my outfit.

So, how do you like how I wore my Around the World Dress? How do you wear this dress? I'd love to hear how you've worn it. Please share.
Again, happy Sunday everyone! I can't believe how quickly this weekend flew by. Luckily, my business week is only 2 days long this week. Yippee!!! I'll be on vacation starting Wednesday. I can't wait to be off from work.
Until the next time, have yourself a fantastic week. Be Fierce, Be Strong, Be Yourself. Love, Karen

Friday, June 18, 2010

My Anthropologie Wish List

If only I had my neighbour's money.... I would honestly burn mine!

God knows that I need their money so that I can buy everything I want on my Anthro Wish List. And since they certainly don't appear to be wanting to give any of it away (which is rather selfish of them, don't you think?) - okay, you do realize that I'm only jesting, right? Or am I??? I guess I can only wish to have these items for the time being.

Dagmar Shirtdress
I can so see myself wearing this now and into the fall. The print is simply stunning! And the color. I'm certain the color will look fabulous on me, and on you too!

Time Gone By Dress
Isn't this loverly? Sigh... Just loverly!
I need to get this dress like I need oxygen to breathe and water to live. I neeeeeed this dress!

Tambour Blouse
I love the eyelets, scalloped hem, ruffles, pleats, sleeves, buttons, color.... you get my drift.

Flight 'Round the Garden Skirt
I love the dreamy designs of Nathalie Lete particularly when it's on a skirt and I can wear it about and show the world her paintings instead of having it hang on my wall or on my table. Okay, I guess I could hang this skirt on a wall or lay it on my dining table, but why do that when more people can see her pretty paintings as I parade around Vancouver in her skirt.

Stemmed Sweetbriar Dress
Another pretty and romantic piece by Nathalie Lete. This dress, a wide brim straw hat with a Large Ivory Silk Rose, and these shoes....

Dusty Roads Mary Janes
I know, I know, I've blogged about these already but I still haven't gotten them yet and I still love them and say that I must get them... But these and the Nathalie Lete Dress would look absolutely stunning at a Society Afternoon Tea Party. Don't you think?

Note to self: 1.) Must become part of a society - preferably a chic one with fashionably dressed women and not one with old stuffy men; 2.) Society must hold Tea Parties; 3.) Learn to drink tea without spilling it on myself.

Which brings me to my first throught, if only I had my neighbour's money, I would honestly burn mine!
If you have your neighbour's money, what would you buy? Would you buy any of these pretty things?

Happy Friday my lovely readers. Have yourself a wonderful weekend. Please check back later during the weekend. I hope to post pictures of the outfits I wore this week.

Be Fierce, Be Strong, Be Yourself. Peace to All, Karen

Friday, June 11, 2010

Belt Update ...

So after declaring in this post that I was going to be buying the Weft and Warp Belt, by the time I actually got around to placing my order, my beloved belt was sold out! Stoopid! Stoopid! Stoopid!

I don't get myself sometimes. Why do I wait until something is sold before I want it? There is something about being "Sold Out" that makes me want something even more. I think it has to do with the fact that I can't have it. That must be it, right? Do you get like that? Anyway, I digress.

So, I ended up ordering it in a size L. I honestly don't need a large and in the back of my mind, I know that the large will be.... well, pretty large on me. But I had to have the belt. And so it remained like this for a few days .... until, a Medium suddenly popped back up on the screen. Whoooo-Hoooooo! A Medium. Just what I needed. So I placed my order. That was 2 days ago and I still haven't received a cancellation notice which is a good thing, right? Because that would mean that there's a really good chance that I'm going to get this belt in a Medium right?

Anyway, I now see that the Large is also sold out. It's completely sold out in all sizes. I doubt that I will need the Large. So, if any of my awesome readers is interested in the Large - when I get it, that is, please email me or post a comment in my blog and you're welcome to it for the price I paid plus actual shipping cost.

Anyway, that's the update for my belt.

Anyway, that's it for me this evening. Good night pretties. Have a fantabulous weekend. Be fierce, be strong, be youself. Love, Karen


Here's a few more outfits that I wore this week. Please bear in mind that the weather in Vancouver has been sucking big time. We've had rain, more rain, wind, rain, clouds, rain, wind, rain, even more rain and today, cloudy, marine fog and some clearing in the afternoon. Perfect weather if I were a piece of moss that is. Hence, I haven't been able to wear my summer clothes yet and have had to continue wearing my warmer wardrobe.

J Crew Merino Scoop Neck Sweater
Club Monaco Pleated Polka Dot Skirt
F21 Cheapie Belt
F21 Cheapie Pearl Cluster Necklace

Thursday - an even colder day - that's why I look like I'm dressed for November.
J Crew Perfect Fit Long Sleeve Tee
Anthropologie Cafe Creme Skirt
Necklace - my own creation

Anthropologie Maeshowe Dress
F21 Cheapie Belt
DKNY Fishnet Tights
Anthropologie Winding Ruffle Boots
F21 Cheapie Necklace

Close up of the Maeshowe Dress, F21 Belt and Necklace
I'm just thrilled that this week is finally over. It was a very long and dreary week. I honestly need some sun because this cold, damp weather is slowly turning me into a Chia Pet!
Have an awesome weekend pretties! Love, Karen

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

OOTD - For a few days that is...

Me... pretending to be hip and cool.

Friday's Outfit

Anthropologie Thousand Tiers Dress
J Crew Lea Cardigan
Necklace - ,y own creation

Saturday's Outfit (Date night with Honey)
J Crew Dress
C & K Purse
Necklace - my own creation

Close up of the bodice and necklace. I LOVE this dress!

Dinner at The Boathouse in Horseshoe Bay.
Picture of my Belini Royale

Sunday's Outfit (Dim Sum with my parents)
J Crew Sequin Tee
J Crew Lea Cardigan
J Crew Skirt

My shoes for Sunday's Outfit
Navy Flats with Ankle Strap from Charles David (purchased during my Orlando trip)

Today's Outfit
Anthropologie Spotlight Tank
Cheapie F21 Skirt
J Crew Acorn Necklace