Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vacation! Gone Fishing....

Hello all! Hubs and I are off on a long-awaited vacation in Arizona...sightseeing, roadtripping, seeing a dear friend, and having fun! I have been tweeting some pictures but mostly it has just been great to feel the sun and be outside. Oh, and eating TONS of Mexican food.

Tomorrow we head to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. If anyone has any favorite shops/restaurants/sights to recommend, please post them here! I'll be back with more pictures and updates soon.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Coming Soon...LL Bean Signature

There has been a lot of buzz over the new Lands End Canvas line, but yesterday I stumbled across a new line that will debut in March from LLBean, their Signature line. I am smitten by the new classic, vintage, nautical, and preppy items that look effortlessly timeless in the promotional video on the teaser site. Go here to see more.

Is that an orange buoy print wrap dress? Please hold one for me! I love the yellow and blue, the skirt, shirtdresses, the vintage leathers used. Looks great, can't wait to see more! What do you think?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Brand Expansion...Er, Explosion

Hubs asked me recently to pick up some deodorant at Target. Before you Unfollow the blog due to this mundane start to this post, WAIT I am going a different direction. I stumbled down the aisle and found myself face-to-face with the above display. Actually, the aisle was full of probably 6 sections like this 3-foot wide one I shot, above. WHO KNEW that there were so many different products where once there was just plain old Old Spice? You probably can't see from this view, but there were offshoot product lines such as STRENGTH, and then the even more amusing travel line with scents like Fiji, Matterhorn...Body Wash called Swagger, etc. I was amazed. I think it was shopping for something that I don't usually look at that made me take notice at how some of our favorite, everyday household brands have exploded.

Every brand now has a million offshoots, and decisions in shopping have become more complicated and more specific. I think this is something that is fascinating to watch. Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon? Where do you see it most?

Trying New Things--Hitting Anthropologie

Wow, its been almost a month. I feel like I haven't had much to write about, but I think I need to start getting a new perspective! Find interest in the every day, mhmmm that shall be my new mantra.

Every once in a while I get an itch to inject something new into my wardrobe. I feel like this must happen to all of us, the feeling that everything in your closet looks the same, snore. Its not really true, but just that feeling can be enough to set off the search for some fun new pieces. I turned to Anthropologie, partly from inspiration from the marvelous Kim at Anthroholic. I haven't shopped much at Anthro--I think I have always had a tough time understanding how to put the feminine, whimsical pieces together. Kim's (and others'!) blog has helped me to see that you just need to jump in and have a little fun. I have found myself prowling the nearby Anthro stores, especially the sale racks, looking to plunge into some new wardrobe fun.

Here are a few recent pieces that caught my eye.

First, a floral wrap top that I don't see on the website right is on sale for $69.95. I sized up to get some more length on the top...I think it is pretty but price is still a little high for me right now. I do like the beading detail on this one (see second photo).

I found this Floreat top on the sale rack as well, but I have to size down and haven't found that size in person. This one is $39.95, ivory with henley buttons and a bit of gold metallic striping..a pretty top thats neutral but special. This one has been on my mind so I might have to try and hunt it down.

These next two just hit the sale section online today and I am very intrigued.

I think this Scalloped Dot Skirt is so cute, would look cute both with tights now and later with a fresh white tank. Now $49.95.

And this dress begs for a wide brown belt, maybe cowboy boots...In A Moment Dress, now $59.95.

How do you use Anthro pieces in your wardrobe? Better yet, how do you mix it up when its February, you are bored with your clothes and spring is nowhere in sight? :)

I missed you all, thanks for patience!
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