Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Quit Playing Games With My Heart

I spent a good portion of a few conference calls perusing the Anthropologie website in every effort to cheer myself up over yesterday's sobering post that was deepened by a big ol' dose o' Monday.  Blech.

Now that I have Anthro's 15% off coupon burning a hole in my mind and on my desk I've allowed myself to be temporarily swept away to fall days where I skip through colored leaves in the most fantastically supple leather boots you ever did see, eventually collapsing in a crunchy pile - of leaves not boots, while warm apple turnovers bake away in my gourmet kitchen and chic grey cashmere pillows miraculously appear on my white couch just in time for cozy movie marathons and yet another episode of Felicity where she appears fresher than ever back for another year at UNY (and it is UNY in Felicityland so get there and get the dvd's if you haven't already - they'll change your life).

The reality is I probably won't see a colored leaf that isn't burnt and brown here in SoCal, and I'm not falling into a pile of anything that could potentially cause a broken hip - deal with it - but Felicity, apple turnovers, grey cashmere and cozy days are imminent (sans the gourmet kitchen - damn you money fairies).  And what better way to conjure up the images than dressed in some wonderful Anthro finds that just so happened to be purchased for 15% off?  See?  I'm getting there...:)

Imagine it...
How about the Bianka Blouse with a pair of JBrand Love Story Bell Bottoms?
Can you hear the leaves crunching beneath your knee high Miu Miu's
while your wavy tresses blow ever so slightly in the still-warm fall breezes?

Maybe you're out for a lunch with the girls on a semi-crisp day.
It's not cool enough for a jacket, but you still need 
a little something to keep warm.
I'm imagining it over a fab fitted James Perse Scoop Neck Tee 
and my most fave J.Crew Ankle Stretch Toothpick Denim
(because those fit past the ankle on me)
Chances are I'll be in these sleek knee high Loub's 
or maybe a knee-high military?
I prefer a little height on the heel with this long sweater, personally.

 Just because it's fall don't say good-bye to the dress!
...or at least not the Paseo Ruffled Skirt (yes that IS leather!)
There are so many ways you could wear this!!
How about with this sheer fabulosity Padded Shoulder Blouse (tucked in) from Vince?
And this Rag & Bone Military Jacket over top?
A knee high sleek boot might also be in order with this one...I'll let you choose.

And before I run off...let me just say I almost forgot my name 
on one of the calls today
because I could not stop staring at/dreaming about the Loose Reign Boots!
Can you imagine???  Because I know I sure can!
Bring on the leggings/jeggings/skinnys, one of Isabel Marant's thermals - 
yes I have seen, touched, tried on and damn near died - 
and a fitted blazer or military jacket,
and you just might hear the following headline:
Southern California Woman Spontaneously Combusts Over New Fall Wardrobe.

Don't test me Anthropologie!! 

Update:  Everyone - I will not be commenting today.  I don't know if you read Bumpkin on a Swing's blog, but I learned this morning that she passed away and she is someone I considered a friend.  Just going to take a moment and reflect on a woman who had a highly infectious personality
and a real zest for life.  You should check out her blog.
Love, Carrie

74 comments:

CC Taylor said...

Bianka Blouse + JBrand Love Story jeans = my kinda ensemble perfection!

Leia said...

All of these are gorgeous! I'm especially loving that leather skirt... although I try to limit the amount of leather I wear since I'm vegetarian (oh, why does the conscience always mess with my buying-of-things?!)

A new Anthropologie opened in London a few months ago, and judging by your post I should avoid it at all costs :P

Leia

Katie said...

I love it all! It'll make your birthday better :)

Diana Mieczan said...

They are testing me too...hahaha...I love the fall collection so much and I adore those boots....Perfect for my feet:)

Kisses,sweetie and have a great morning:)

Krystal said...

aahahaha so funny, i love these picks, especially the boots. i almost got ran over by a car playing in a leaf pile...that was awesome! (not) hope you are feeling better today, love

Stacey said...

Love that Bianca blouse. It would go perfectly with a pair of my Diesel jeans and the Jbrand too:-).Love those boots!

The Zhush said...

That Biance blouse needs to be mine! Great pick!

sophiasa said...

mmmm apple turnovers..yup, i need a turnover now.Those are some gorgeous picks there hun! I especially love those boots!

Lynzy said...

Aw, these Anthro posts do nothing for my savings account!!

xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

The Frat Pack + Me said...

that vest and those boots are THE BOMB! Now I am jonesin' for some Anthro!

Style of a Fashionista said...

Great picks I am glad I do not have to choose but that chunky knit cardigan is gorgeous xoxo

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I love that first shirt. I shall daydream about it today as the temps here top 100...

jemina said...

OH, that jacket!!! xoxo

Cara said...

that sweater is so ME!

Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

thanks for stopping by love - i'm now ur newest follower!!! i'm ALL about Vince, clicked on the link, ALL ME .. greaty style babycakes!!!!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Debby said...

You know I'm all over those boots! Damn Anthropologie for burning a hole in my wallet! xo

Zabrinah said...

Hehe. I love your writing. It's hilarious and well thought out.

Anyway, I usually don't like leafy patterns, or flowers made out of fabric on my clothes, BUT I LOVE that Flower vest so much. It's darn near perfect. I agree. It needs to be paired with a heel.

And those boots so unique, yet just right! They're so original and beautiful. I can't stop daydream about them too!

:)

Great post, dear!

~Z

dennicapearl said...

i adoreeeee your header.
its so inspiring.

the flower vest is beautiful as well <3

im a new follower.
follow back :D

http://eyesofapearl.blogspot.com

Daisy said...

OK, it is weird that the old school backstreet boys song is now in my head?!

Pretend I didn't say that.

I pretty much love everything you picked out.

Jordan Streetman said...

Cute cute! I just had my anthroplogie fix yesterday, I couldn't resist anymore...but now I am really wanting this top and sweater!

Dallas Shaw said...

like this little skirt
dallas
http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

Staley Mc said...

I am loving all of their new arrivals. That top shirt is my favorite!

kirstyb said...

love the skirt x

myvisualillusions said...

Hahaha because of this post, I have the number of the Backstreets boys in my head: 'Quit playing games with my heart, with my heart, with my heart!'

lovely blog!

merciblahblah said...

Give me a chunky knit or give me, well....don't give me death, because not even a cute sweater is worth that. Just give me a chunky knit, some skinnies, a tissue knit slouchy tee, and my Frye's, and no one will get hurt.

Merci,
Shan

Fifth Sparrow said...

Ooo 15% off anthro can brighten any day! Loving the pieces you've picked, can't wait to see what comes home with you! That skirt is gorgeous and so interesting! xx

http://fifthsparrow.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

Love all of your picks! I get more and more ready for fall every day I'm pretty sure! xo

http://www.ciaobellablog13.blogspot.com/

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow, soooo many great items!! Why do all the good clothes have to cost so much!!! :p
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

Nikki said...

OMG Carrie, this post is torture. I need that leather mini skirt and chunky sweater knit!!
I spent a few minutes on anthro.com last night but I didn't see any of this! I did spot some amazing wrap knit cardigans paired with chunky necklaces... that I spent the night dreaming about.

xx
Nikki

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

Wow! I am pretty much drooling over those boots! I agree that this post is kinda torturing us! With it's flower power vest and cute ruffle skirt... I think I would wear all of those things together!

Oh I can't wait to own and be able to wear cute things again!

xoxox

Sophie said...

Love your blog, it's really lovely. I just tagged you in a post on mine - check it out if you have the time!x

Bella *Bellgetsreal said...

I just sent you an award, come by and get it.

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

OOOooooh, I love that skirt! =)

Cafe Fashionista said...

First, you NEED those Loose Reign Boots. Second, gah! Your imagery...now I am even more eager for Fall to arrive. I'm not going to lie, I got so impatient waiting for it that I wore fall-ish clothes on Sunday - needless to say I almost died from the heat, but it was so worth it. Fall, fall, fall!! :P

Mango Gal said...

I absolutely love that Bianka blouse! So pretty!

Lacey in the City said...

Oh hellloooo love these images!!! You've got me craving Fall for sure. I've still got a good month and a half of this humidity (you need a little dose of this weather for your summer fix, I think) and then it's on to boots and cozy sweaters and my all time fave accessory: the SCARF. YES.

Charleston Girl said...

I LOVE those boots and have been lusting over them for days - I just can't quite bring myself to make the financial plunge. I love the boots with the bows on the sides as well... I'm almost ready for Fall - I'll miss my tan, but I love bundling up in layers.

Josie said...

Dying, dying, dying. Your taste is absolutely flawless. I'm obsessed with that first top (with dark skinnies and riding boots, HELLO) and I love more than anything that you gave a shoutout to Felicity. I'm obsessed with that show; I always wanted to watch it when I was little and finally did when I hit college!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

PursuitOfLLT said...

that blouse is too perfect. my birthday is in september and I'm also an anthro card holder so i'm anxiously awaiting the coupon! i'd like to wear that with my skinny jeans, tucked in those MK boots I'm lusting after and paired casually with that jcrew bag crossbody bag. ah, wishes. :)

hope you're feeling better today!

Nicole said...

Love your style!

Abby said...

But if you combust, who will wear those pretty clothes?

Tayebug said...

I love those boots! They're my favorite.

nookie said...

love the Bianka blouse

Marie Z. said...

Ha ha, great post! I have decided that you need to get ALL of these items! Especially the boots. You can thank me later ; )

Valerie said...

I could get lost for hours in that store. I literally find at least ten things I NEED every time I go in there. Those boots! Hello 15% coupon! I didn't even end up using mine, so sad. I let July slip away and now all I have to show for it is a candle necklace and a bad attitude. Haha.

xo
Valerie

shari @ little blue deer said...

Sooo gorgeous! And guess what? I just won a $25 Anthro gift card from Debby at Inspired Design (my sista from another mama!). So, woo hoo, I'm off to shop! XO!

Kristin W said...

Oh how you tempt with gorgeous finds from Anthro. I am OBSESSED with the first blouse. Can't wait to see these pieces in action :)

Sydney at PetiteGorgeous said...

I'm very excited about fall. Can't wait for this Texas summer heat and humidity to go away. I imagine lots of orange, yellow, and moss green for fall :).

Daniela said...

great picks
love the "imagine it" had me laughing out loud

Isabella said...

LOVE. Love your writing..keep up the fantastic blog!

Xx
Isabella

isabella-treschic.blogspot.com

vickileestyle said...

the skirt and boots are fabulous!

Simone said...

Hi honey

Just read your comment and wanted to say thank you....I am totally shock at the news about Lisa, isn't it just heartbreaking. She was just one of those inspirational people who have an energy all of their own and are really something special. She would send me funny emails and I will miss her.

I can't stop thinking about her actually....her and John.

I just LOVE those boots in your post...Anthro has opened here in London finally....I will check them out when I get back from France :)

Take care of you xo

Alicia said...

I love the image of fall you conjured up! and that ruffled(LEATHER!!!)skirt is simply amazing! you need it!!! ;)

Ellen said...

ah such cute things! love love love the boots

Style, She Wrote said...

Love the flower to flower vest -- checking it out now -- and the BSB title!! xo

SweetHome said...

Great minds! I have been thinking about Felicity too! And would trade anything to have crsip fall leaves.....spend that birthday card :) I can't believe I missed Bumpkin's blog....touching. -M

Jess said...

Oh Carrie - why oh why did you have to post a picture of those boots?! They are unreal, and I want them now!!! ;)

She Wore It Well said...

Leather mini skirt.. sigh. Been hunting for one for ages. Missed out on the sass & bide skirt of my dreams that was half price! The hunt continues :(

Ms. Emily Ann said...

That sweater, and those boots!! Oh my goodness!!! Love!

...and right after you got me thinking about cashmere sweaters and Christmas time!! My credit card is in trouble!

Anna Walker said...

Oh my gosh! I love all the things that you have picked out! SImply amazing! And I am so sorry about Lisa from Bumpkins on a Swing :/

ryan said...

Great stuff that you have picked out. And more importantly I am sorry for your loss, I did not know Lisa but I am going to check out her blog right now xoxo

Melissa~ said...

I loved the skirt and the boots.
Great selection.

Kisses<3

Highdee said...

AAA you are making me crazy with those boots!!!

x

p.s give away! erin wasson x low luv earrings on my blog!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

That sweater vest is amazing. Love it!
Thank you for the sweet comment. I'm sorry I haven't been around as much lately as I would like to. Too much personal issues lately to deal with. I hope to be posting regularly soon.
I, too, and deeply saddened by the loss of our dear Lisa.

Lady Grey said...

oh great picks, darling, I love them!
oxo

MarchMusings said...

So sorry to read of that blogger passing away. About the Laura Mercier-I love it 'coz it stays put, has two bits: one for under the eyes and one for blemishes. and best of all it is good to my skin.

Indie.Tea said...

15% off, lucky girl! And I adore those boots in the last picture.
I heard the sad news about Bumpkin on a Swing :(

the chirpy bird said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. That's so sad. I will definitely go over there and pay my respects.. It's funny I saw a piece of jewelry today at forever 21 and immediately thought of you - it's a bird cage with a bird sitting on the outside of it! It's adorable!
xo tash

Anna Jane said...

leather skirt. leather skirt. leather skirt. i'm sorry for the chanting, but that's my vote!

That is so tragic about your blogger friend, Lisa. I'm so sorry for your (and everyone else's) loss. She seemed like quite an amazing gal.

xx anna jane

Niki B. said...

THE LEATHER RUFFLED SKIRT. Need I say more?

x Niki
A Haute Mess

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Hey... well, I feel bad saying this now as I am feelin' sad but the fashion you found is beautiful and holy crap, I am drying for those boots and that sweater. You have a great eye for these things. Secondly, I read Bumpkin's blog fairly often and oh how sad I am feeling right now. Lump in my throat. :(

Jane said...

thanks for visiting my blog :)
im an anthro lover too. probably got it from my mom haha. i'm even thinking about purchasing bedsheets from there.

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh, that's so sad :( So fast. I hope her family is ok

Jessica said...

I hope you spring for that leather mini. My hips are too wide to pull that off and still have appropriate coverage on my rear end. So, you should buy it and I will admire from afar.

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