31 January 2011

Flutter Away with Me

Sweater: J. Crew marled cardigan (worn here before - similar here or here)
Dress: H&M embroidered (worn here before - similar here or solid here)
Tights: Anne Klein
Belt: UO Deena & Ozzy stretch (worn here before - similar here or here)
Boots: Vince Camuto Bronco (worn here before - exact here or here - on sale!)

Quick post today, ladies - here's an outfit I wore last week. I thought to include it because it fits in with the next Respect the Outfits feature (see below!)

Sorry I may be a bit MIA this week, because business has taken me away to the land of sandy plains and some pretty tall buildings - well just the land of the land of a certain tallest building in the world  ...

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It's time to announce the next Respect the Outfits reader feature! I have yet to meet a gal who doesn't love the fashionable duds from Anthropologie - and I have also yet to meet a gal who doesn't get wallet heartburn over some of the retailer's prices!

So this time (thank you, Callandra, for the great idea) for the next reader feature, send me your most Anthro-worthy outfits - without wearing any actual Anthro!

Shoot over a pic of your best Anthro-inspired outfit, plus your outfit details. If you want to incorporate some Anthro accessories, that's no problem, but please make sure your key outfit pieces are non-Anthro. If you had a previous outfit post that you think fits this criteria, go on and send it, and shoot me over the post URL too for some additional link love!

Post will go up on Tuesday, February 7, so please send me your pics before then - you can send them to respecttheshoes(at)live.com!

28 January 2011

A Belated One (and Giveaway)

Time seems to have flown by so quickly that I didn't even register it initially - only in retrospect did I realize that this little blog of mine is now almost 13 months old. So happy bakers' dozen me!

I know I've said this before, but never did I ever imagine when I wrote my first post that over a year later I'd still be posting and that real life people would actually be reading my rambling rambles! Much less such a wonderful community of generous and sharing ladies like yourselves!

As a mini thank you for all of you who have taken time out of your lives to read and comment and share on my blog, I would like to offer up the following for one of my lovely readers to win - the beautiful aspasia necklace from Etsy seller tree & kimball!

tree & kimball is the brainchild of former Anthropologie jewelry designer Lisa Bruemmer and her pieces are designed using recycled patches of vintage lace. The aspasia necklace is a dainty piece I could envision as a great finisher to a filmy top or casualed out just over a striped tee or solid turtleneck.

As a bonus, I will also be giving that same lucky gal her choice of either a $25 gift card to:


Entering is simple simple:
  1. Be a public follower of respect the shoes on Google Friend Connect
  2. Leave a comment below on this post with your e-mail address (if it is not already on your profile or blog) with which gift card you'd prefer
* For an extra entry, you can blog about this giveaway and leave the link as an additional comment.

And that's it! Contest is open to everyone, and ends on Sunday, February 6, at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Winner will be selected by our mutual bestie, random.org!

Tiny print - this giveaway is not sponsored by or associated with tree & kimball, Anthropologie or J.Crew. I like their stuff and I hope you do too!

26 January 2011

Respect the Outfits (the Forgotten)

We all have them. Deep in the dark recesses of our closets. The tangled, wrinkled masses, often still with their tags on. The shirts, skirts, dresses that we absorb into our wardrobe collective, left to accidentally be "discovered" once every few months as we rifle through our abundance - maybe every once in a while to be pulled out, considered, brows furrowed over, before being led back into the dark depths.

That's why in this Respect the Outfits reader post, we're featuring the closet Forgotten! A few brave souls reached into their closet depths and unearthed a few hidden treasures to share. Because all good clothes deserve their time to shine. Here are their stories ;o).

♠  Jen from vintageglammz - I got the Tatting Tank last October, on sale. This was part of the reason why I got it. I also found the colour to be versatile and the crocheted knit details very feminine which could easily be incorporated into my working wardrobe as well as for the weekend. As for the heart shaped sunnies, I consider them a novelty and fun piece and will only wear them on the weekend and when I'm on a seaside vacation. I got them for their too-cool-for-school appeal.

See more of Jen rocking her look here.

Top: Tatting Tank (Anthro) / Skirt: Weave the Ring (Anthro) / Belt: Paddy's Markets Sydney /
Shoes: Payless Shoes US / Sunnies: Paddy's Markets Sydney

♠  Lisa from Confessions of a Call Center Gal - My Anthro Thousand Island Skirt does not get enough attention 'coz I'm afraid it's a little too short for my age. I don't wanna prance around looking like a cougar dressed as a cub!

See more of Lisa rocking her look here.

Top - Target / Skirt - Anthro Thousand Island (Summer 2009) / Shoes - Anthro Hallowed Halls Oxfords /
Tights - Anthro / Belt - Anthro Snakebite belt

♠  Laura from Anthro Closet Chaos: I pulled this Dress and Sweater from my closet and planned to sell them. The Dress is dreaded Rayon. I didn't care for the see through net bodice or the tiny flower print. And the waist is elastic. Ehh! The Sweater is a little to Orange-Pink for my liking. I don't like ties around my waist. Besides, a long sweater without sleeves makes no sense. Both purchased on sale. Both more than a year old. Both worn only once. Not together! Both languishing in my closet wasting precious space. Neither getting much love or attention. To this day I have no idea what I was thinking when I ordered them. If I had an Anthro near me, I would not have left the store with either item. I couldn't return them to online since I had actually worn them. I proceeded to put them on. Dress first to see if it fit. Then the sweater. And whalla! It was a match made in Heaven. Quite by accident!

See more of Laura rocking her look here.

Anthro's Peppercorn Dress - by Maeve - July 2009 / Anthro's Above and Beyond Cardi - by Tabitha - July 2009 / Camden Wedge in Black - by Jambu - May 2010 (Ha-ha my Son's name is Camden) / Orange Agate and Purpurite with Copper Chain - Etsy Shop fleurfatale - June 2009

♠  Lisa from Sweet Laundry Loves: There are two items that I am wearing that don't get enough love. The first is the blazer, and I originally bought it as a light "jacket" to wear in the fall. I find that I'm not wearing it much in the winter because I usually grab sweaters to stay warm, and the blazer under the winter coat can be a bit uncomfortable at times. My other problem with this blazer is that I only know how to wear it with pants and have no idea how I would style it with a dress or a skirt. The second item is the skinny jeans. I bought these jeans in 2009 and haven't worn them within the past year since I discovered the comfort and stretch of the jegging. However, the quality of my jeggings are starting to fade, so I've decided to bring back the skinny jean.

See more of Lisa rocking her look here.

Blazer: Urban Outfitters / Shirt, Necklace: H&M / Jeans: Fidelity Denim/ Earrings: Anthropologie

♠  JG from Stuff Jewish Girls Like: I'm wearing my Interpretation Chemise. It hasn't been getting a whole lot of love from me because even though I think it works perfectly fine as a dress, I feel kind of strange wearing it outside and knowing that it was originally meant to be nightwear. I end up wearing it just to lounge around my apartment. It's a shame, too, because this little frock is too pretty to just sit at home! I need to give it more outdoors love.

Interpretation Chemise (Anthro) / August Silk Cardigan / Pure + Good Shlub Leggings (Anthro) / Trail Marker Socks (Anthro)

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I originally bought this cardigan after seeing Kim rock it, but this is the first time I've worn it after it got lost in the black depths of my closet. I don't know why I've waited so long now - this cardi is so pretty and easy - good thing Target online still hase a bunch of colors on super-sale because I am tempted to get more. As for the top and necklace - they are both more summery pieces that haven't gotten enough love at all. Who is to say you can only wear certain pieces during certain times of the year? Apparently me - mentally to myself, but not anymore!

Sweater: Xhiliration by Target lace cardigan
Top: Anthropologie Molded & Melded (worn here before - similar here or here)
Jeans: Forever 21 skinny ankle (similar here)
Shoes: Seychelles Ring in the New Year (worn here before - similar-ish here)
Necklace: Anthropologie Double Torsade (worn here before - not that close, but kinda here or here)

25 January 2011

The Apollo Program

I spent parts of the weekend watching Clash of the Titans and Percy Jackson and the Olympians, so my inner nerd is reawakened and wants its fill of more Greek mythology. Back in the days of junior high, I was very much into ancient lore of all kinds: the Greek gods, Arthurian legend (yeah, Mandy!), vampires √† la Anne Rice and L.J. Smith.

So deep was my love for the gods that I willed my high school-shy self to volunteer to play the part of Persephone for my class' video re-enactment of her myth (it had nothing to do with my then-crush already being signed up to play Hades).

My favorite god has always been Apollo - I mean, what's not to crush on admire? A golden blonde guy with a natural penchant for athletic activities and a sensitive soft for music, poetry and animals? Who loves to be outdoors in the daytime and can't tell a lie? Hello, McDreamy! Can we tell yet that 12 to 13 year-old  Lisa lived a wee bit in her head more so than the real world?

One of the things that I thought was really cool about Greek mythology was that it was all very sordid. Going through the stories of the gods and demi-gods is like flipping channels at two in the afternoon on a weekday - nothing but outlandish drama, scorned lovers, double-crossing siblings, plotting fathers, cougar mothers. Apollo seduced Cassandra - who happened to be the daughter of Hecuba, an ex - with the promise that he would teach her the art of the prophecy, but she dumped him after she learned his secrets, so Apollo punished Cassandra by telling her that she would only be able to foresee tragedies and no one would believe her. Ooh, burn! Come on, One Live to Live, can you top that?

Are you into ancient legends at all? Do you have a favorite Greek god, and why?

I was dressing for my fave Greek god today - bright sunny colors in a pattern that faintly reminds me of ancient Greece (not, but I'm trying here), animals on my belt, short skirt, shoes I could go chasing the rays in ...

Dress: Forever 21 frond linen blend (worn here and here before - similar here or here or patterned here)
Cardigan: Forever 21 (worn here before - similar here)
Belt: Anthropologie city safari (worn here before - similar here in brown)
Tights: Target
Boots: Born Taro (worn here before - similar here)

24 January 2011

Check Out the Stripes

This is an outfit I wore last Friday for some casual end of the week fun. I took inspiration from Eleanor and Courtnee, two fantastically fashionable do-it-all women who are pros at strong style and rocking a peg leg boy jean.

One of the many reasons that I am so obsessed with clothes is how I love how choosing an outfit in the can help to define my mood for the day. Putting on a sparkly number will suddenly make even a dreary evening in seem like a special occasion. A strong-shoulder suit jacket and killer patent heels gives me the subconscious air of authority I need for vendor negotiations. A flippy skirt will have me dancing down the street.

What I love most is how putting together a great outfit or specific piece of clothing can give me a shot of stand-up-taller-shoulders-back-flip-of-the-hair-big-smile-on-my-face confidence. There's something about a blazer that makes me feel competent and put-together. I think it's the mix of the defined shoulders and the fit-and-flare of the waistline that makes me feel more woman-ly. 

What piece of clothing do you have that makes your feel like a strong and confident woman?

Jacket: Anthropologie Cartonnier Hello Sunday (worn here before - similar here)
Shirt: Lands' End Canvas gingham poplin (worn here before - similar here)
Jeans: AT Loft modern bootcut (similar here)
Belt: J. Crew embossed (worn here before - similar here)
Necklace: Anthropologie double torsade (worn here before - similar-ish here)
Shoes: Nine West Temani patent wedges (worn here before - similar ankle-strap here or color here)

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I'm behind on my blogger-ly duties, so if you haven't submitted an outfit pic yet for this week's Respect the Outfits reader post, there's still time!

This week, we're featuring items from your closet that haven't had enough love - send your outfit pic, plus details and a short descriptor on your particular piece(s) to respecttheshoes(at)live.com.

You now have until Tuesday at midnight - thanks so much! And for you gals who have already submitted pics, thanks for your patience!

20 January 2011

Quick Bacon Love

Top: Anthropologie Odille Bianka (most sold out online, check stores - similar print here, style here)
Sweater: J. Crew featherweight cardigan (worn here before - similar here)
Pants: AT Loft modern bootleg corduroy (worn here before)
Shoes: Artisan by Clarks (worn here before - similar here or here)

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My BF's mom spent much of her younger days raising two kids by herself while holding down a hellacious work schedule as a nurse. She'd often be gone for twelve-fourteen hour stints and come home exhausted after having spent her days on her feet non-stop and taking care of children in distress. Her two kids, an academically gifted girl and natural sportsman boy, often had to take a back seat to other people's children who were undergoing life-changing surgical procedures.

Suffice it to say, BF's mom never found a fondness for cooking. She didn't enjoy food prep, looking up recipes or going shopping for exotic ingredients. She wanted something nutritious, tasty and - most importantly - hassle-free quick that she could throw together for the kids when she got home after a long day.

This was one of the recipes she often made for her family, specifically because it could be made in advance, got better with some sitting time, and could be served cold. She made it for dinner a few months ago when the BF and I went over to visit and what she had forgot to mention to us when she first served the salad was that it is damn good (especially for a "convenience" salad).

BF's mom didn't have a specific reference for the salad but I was able to find it online easy enough. This recipe for bacon-swiss tossed salad is pretty much what we've been served, and I was glad to find it because now we can replicate the same hearty salad at home. Add on a nice crusty hunk of bread and dinner is served.

What doesn't go better with a bowl of bacon?

Give the salad a big old tossing.

Finished product. I had to put my own slight spin on things and added in some mushrooms - sauteed in a bit of the bacon grease, of course!

19 January 2011

Skirting the Anthro

As we Anthropologie lovers know, the retailer knows how to make a memorable dress. Unfortunately we can't all afford everything we love and - worse yet - not everything works on us. So it is good to know that other stores are taking notice and making versions of some of our favorite Anthro dresses in very reminescent skirt form! So if you've missed out on some pieces or if they sadly didn't work for you, maybe a skirt will do?

Suffice it to say that I may have already bit on one of these gorgeous inspired-by pieces and am seriously eyeballing one or two more ...

♥  Anthro Compeer dress as skirt: Cooperative textured knit skirt from UO

♥  Anthro Monochromatic Corset dress as skirt: chevron striped sway skirt from WHBM

♥  Anthro Spinning Lace dress as skirt: River Island lace skirt from ASOS

♥  Anthro Rising Vapors dress as skirt: Bobby J Scarlett cascade skirt from Alloy

♥  Anthro Mullany dress as skirt: polka dot skirt from Kate Spade (now on sale, only available in size 2)

♥  Anthro Discovered Lace dress as skirt: Peek Thru Lace skirt from Robert Rodriguez(now on sale)

Lastly, if you have your eye on the Anthro Apothecary skirt, the exact skirt is currently on sale at Dillard's as the Parameter printed skirt for more than 50% off the current Anthro retail price!

(Now that I'm sufficiently warmed up in my Google kung-fu, if there are other Anthro pieces that you'd like me to find doppelg√§ngers for, just leave let me know and I'll put on my virtual Inspector Clouseau hat! though maybe Magnum PI is the better option because he's more contemporary - haha. Nothing wrong with rolling around Hawaii in a Ferrari 308 with the targa top down, wind blowing through my hair and Tom Selleck's mustache - sweeeeet.)
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