One of my resolutions this year is to find purchases that add value to my existing wardrobe as opposed to purchasing whole new outfits which I have done in the past. Right now I’m loving that Anthropologie has a pretty vast selection in their clearance section Freshly Cut. I don’t have a big budget and even their mark-downs are pretty pricy. Since I’m an 80/20 Rule person where I don’t buy anything wardrobe-wise unless I plan to use it 80% of the time, I could use a few accessories or choice items to round out the wardrobe I already have. Here are a couple picks I added to my wishlist:
Merriment Beaded Top
Printed Tuxedo Tee
My style these days is minimalist cozy. I’m a mom on the go and don’t have time to primp to perfection. Five minutes and I’m out the door! I already have a minimalist wardrobe. I just need a few items to update it a bit, keep it relevant so I could put my best foot forward in my work. Cuz if I’m feeling good, everyone’s feeling good!
Anthro Styling Service
One thing I would like to try is Antrhopologie’s personal styling service. If you go onto their website, there’s an ad for it and it looks like it’s FREE (at least the first session). I’ve done a Google search and found one blogger who was able to relate her experience here. I haven’t seen anything more recent so that should be a future blog post coming from yours truly.
My jalapeno pepper plant
I’ve never had a green thumb. Most of my house plants tend to die. The ones that did survive were the Ikea ZZ plant and miraculously this hand-me-down jalapeno pepper I received from a lady at my puppy‘s playgroup. Since I’ve started simplifying and decluttering my wardrobe through the Glam Save Style Challenge, I’ve found the time to learn how to garden.
Alys Fowler‘s Garden Anywhere from Anthropologie‘s clearance section in Boston has become my nighttime reading. (It sat on my bookshelf for awhile though.) I always wanted to start a garden but never knew where to begin. Anthropologie always had some gardening books and garden-inspired displays which piqued my mild interest in gardening.
Lauren Santo Domingo’s garden, Vogue (Sept. 2012)
I was also inspired by Lauren Santo Domingo’s garden in Paris featured in this month’s Vogue. Those large terracotta pots of lavender along with the purple salvia, bay, jasmine and roses reminded me of my mental note to start a garden (more for herbs and veggies, although flowers would be nice too). Seeing those pots made me think how container gardens seem like a good way to start since they’re smaller than traditional gardens and seem easier to manage.
Image from Alys Fowler’s Garden Anywhere
Nowadays with the drought affecting food prices, now may be a good time to learn how to grow some of our own herbs and vegetables. I remember after reading Barbara Kingsolver‘s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and Michael Pollan‘s In Defense of Food how I’d wanted to try to find some small way to go back to the land. This is one way to start.
So I finally found those Anthropologie Chooka rain flats I coveted back in March! (See previous post here.) They’re on Zappos for only $48! Alas, the size 7 was too big and I know size 6 would be too small :(. I’m a true 6 1/2 and never do well with full sizes. Also, the quality wasn’t as expected. I planned to use them for gardening and walking the dog in the rain. I was hoping for sturdy L.L. Bean quality but these are more for fashion and just look cute. I wanted to love these but didn’t work out that way. They had to be returned, otherwise I know in my heart I’d only use them maybe 20% of the time. Right now, I’m doing the Glam Save Style challenge where I purge my dated, unused clothing clutter, keep what gets the most wear and only buy quality items I plan to use 80% of the time. Anything not used at least 80% of the time gets the boot (no pun intended).
It doesn’t help too – the pictures really exaggerate what you want to believe in an online product. My fault though for not trying them on first. They didn’t have this product in the Anthro store near me to try on though. And the quality looked really good, but shame on me for not looking at advertising with a jaundiced eye and falling for the whole “Only 1 left in stock” in red caps for my size further enticing to buy the product. Lesson learned!
These shoes are so not on sale yet. I couldn’t resist getting a pic of this display from the store at Rockefeller Center in NYC. I looked on their website for the rainboot flat. Couldn’t find it :(.
There’s nothing like a good sale. Especially when you’ve eyed something out on the floor and it slowly makes its way to the clearance section. This Rideau Sweater Dress dropped from about $138 to $69.95. Not a bad price.
A Happy Thanksgiving to all! I’m looking forward to the Black Friday Sale. I’m not one to wake up early for any retailer but I may make an exception for the Anthro store and check out their goods at 6am. Better yet I’ll check out the Anthro site at 12AM and see what they’ve got! Happy Shopping!
Anthro has some great markdowns on clothing and accessories to keep you warm and toasty! This Dipped Nougat Coat with cape-like silhouette got marked down from $428 to $300. This camel hat went from $138 to $80. I’m loving these half-off motorcycle boots ($130) for that rocker chic look or something to add edginess to floral dresses or flowy shirts.
- Anthro Transitional Ensemble (suburbanologie.wordpress.com)
It’s rare to find anything cheap at Anthropologie. For those times where I don’t want to leave the store empty handed but am short on cash, I head for the kitchen section or scour their sale section for marked down kitchenware. The Lotus bowl is one of my favorites. I have several of them and find them useful for organizing make-up and toiletries. I also have one at my entry table where I leave my keys. For those items I’ve left the store with but have no use for, I’d always held onto them for future gifts which were almost always a hit.
One could expect a lot of holiday travel this season. With traveling comes packing and personally I prefer to travel light. Rather than stock my luggage with bulky sweaters and jackets, I plan on wearing my heavier outfits, packing only the neutral basics and some accessories. I’m excited that Anthro’s marked down some accessories. What I love about accessories is that they take the least amount of luggage space. I don’t mind having more of them to change out when creating different outfit options. One day I could wear a necklace with a black or grey top, the next day I could swap it out for a scarf. The yellow wallet could be used as a clutch rather than a wallet. As for toiletries, no need to carry around a big perfume bottle when the solid perfume will do – and take up less room of course.
- Anthro Transitional Ensemble (suburbanologie.wordpress.com)
Tuesday marks yet another sale day at Anthropologie. Check out these fabulous finds for less: