Memorial Day Weekend. The official start of summer...even though the calendar has us waiting until late June. Since we had heavy snow at my house last week, I haven't given much thought to my summer wardrobe...but I'd better start!
If you're hoping to add a few new tops to your wardrobe this season, now's the perfect time.
Anthropologie is having a sale on sale!
I’ve never shared my Anthro Faves from the sale room before....but today, I'm doing just that.
Below are my current favorite markdowns at Anthropologie.
I'm sticking with tops because they're an easy fit.
And it's always nice to start a new season with a fresh top or two:-)
If you shop this weekend (May 26-29, 2017), you’ll save an additional 40% off of SALE merchandise. That means 40% off of the lowest markdown price!
Please know that some of these styles might have limited stock levels. Be sure to check online and in your local Anthropologie.
When in stores, if you don’t see an item you want on the sales floor, be sure to ask an associate for help. Sometimes there is more sale merchandise tucked away in the stockroom.
Hoping that by mentioning my sale ‘faves’, it'll help you can snag a few awesome deals and get on with the cookout phase of your holiday weekend!
As always, I’m not being compensated in any way for this post. I just enjoy sharing what I know and love at Anthropologie.
Deep-V Ribbed Top $39.95
This top is a lightweight layer for cool summer nights or chilly air-conditioning. Beautiful drape. It looks much richer than a sweatshirt. You can dress it up or down. All of the colors are pretty in person.
Peplum Pocket Top $49.95
I love this top. It’s essentially a sweatshirt with a stylish twist. The upper fabric is French terry cloth. The bottom is linen with just the right amount of flounce. It’s chic and easy to wear.
Margot Gathered Top $29.95
A t-shirt with a dash of sass. This top runs a bit big. It’s quite flattering on the body. Both colors options are flattering.
Washed Linen Shirt $49.95
This blouse is great buttoned up or worn open, more like a jacket. The green is less yellow in person. It’s good in all colors.
Alexe Embroidered Bomber $99.95
I love this bomber. It’s elegant and well-made. It works over a dress or pants...and looks equally sharp with a pair of jeans and a white t-shirt. The same-color embroidery on the back is stunning.
Allyson Textured Top $39.95
Perfect for date night. I own this top. It wears like a blouse, but it’s a knit. So comfortable. So pretty. I didn’t realize it came in military green...now I want that one too!
Maddie One-Shoulder Top $49.95
This chambray top has super style. The lines are good. The fit is a bit short so you might need to pair it with high-waisted bottoms. It’s a nice summer alternative to a basic chambray button-down or tank top.
Ruffled Linen One-Shoulder Top $29.95
I love this top. It’s a little playful and so pretty on the body. Soft and easy to wear on a hot day.
And since we currently have an awesome selection of new merchandise, I’ll throw in two of my favorite full-priced styles...
Seamed Raglan Tee $38
I haven’t purchased this one yet...but I think it’s on my short list. Cool detailing. Nice price. I’ll probably buy it in white. I like the idea of a new white tee with some interest.
Draped V-Neck Tee $48
I have this tee in grey. It’s fabulous. Effortless, but a touch more fun than a basic, athletic-gray t-shirt. Big surprise: I’ve even worn mine under a blazer with jeans:-) Super good.
Happy Sale Shopping!
Hope you find yourself a fab top at a dynamite price.
Questions about the pieces shown above? Or any Anthropologie merchandise? Comment below or email me at email@example.com.
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Feeling much gratitude for those who we remember on Memorial Day.
My first born child will graduate from high school tomorrow. It’s been a week of sometimes dizzying emotions. Long to-do lists, party preparations, the rapid firing of a dozen school year's worth of memories, out-of-town guests and the knowledge that our family is about to experience a wonderful (but profound) occasion. One that ultimately sets in motion a slew of enormous changes.
A few months ago, I vowed to do everything in my power to stay as present as possible during the weeks and days leading up to this grand occasion. I decided that I was going to soak it all in.
Well, I’m here.
It’s the eleventh hour.
T minus one sleep and it’s time for her to walk. Milestones can be tricky. Milestones that involve our kids, often take our breath away.
The past has a way of sharpening the edges. Making things that much more acute. Flooded with mental images of our ‘little kids', we often feel paralyzed. Trapped in our thoughts. Unable to move forward because the future seems scary...or completely inconceivable because she was just heading to Kindergarten five minutes ago!
Something happened to me earlier this week.
I felt a shift.
Without any decision or forethought, I felt myself surrender.
verb. abandon oneself entirely to (a powerful emotion or influence); give in to.
I rarely use the word surrender. The last time I recall even considering the word ‘surrender’ was when my three children were small. I was smack in the middle of the full-on mothering years. Monotony was the norm. Repetitive tasks filled my days. I felt a bit resentful and overwhelmed.
I stumbled upon (or the Universe directed me to:-) a book titled Surrendering to Motherhood- Losing Your Mind, Finding Your Soul by Lois Krasnow.
This honest, 200 page read opened my eyes to the art of surrendering. Ms. Krasnow’s words hit home. I needed her message. It helped me yield to the demands of my busy life mothering three toddlers. In yielding, I discovered some contentment.
The act of surrendering is powerful. The relief that follows the ‘letting go’ is profound.
I’ve been overcome by an unexpected wave of peace this week. My heart and soul have decided to simply ride it out.
All the way.
Right through the heartstring-tugging sounds of Pomp and Circumstance, past the celebration of Greta’s exceptional K-12 career. . .and clear into next week when I’ll be that mom who can say, “My daughter just graduated from high school”.
The tsunami of emotions? I’m riding that out, too. Feeling all the feels.
In the past few days...I’ve quietly fallen apart talking with favorite Anthropologie clients and old neighbors. I’m sure if the deli counter guy asks ‘How’s it going this week?’, I’ll become a puddle. I'm very thankful for waterproof mascara.
But...and this surprises me a bit...it feels okay (even good) to feel it all.
I guess I always thought of surrender as a sign of weakness. I usually opt to dig in my heels and fight. Often I'm merely fighting myself by resisting what is. Holding on too long to an idea or a thought or a way of being.
I’m beginning to think that all the work I’ve done to be more present is actually paying off. I truly believe that this week’s unconscious surrendering is a beautiful byproduct of living more fully in the Now.
I didn’t choose to surrender, it just happened.
By yielding to all of the feelings, emotions and memories that accompany this big life event, I’m finding real joy.
I am incredibly proud of Greta.
I’m excited for the Now when her name is called and she walks to receive her high school diploma.
I will be 100% present.
Surrendered fully to the moment and the milestone.
Happy Weekend, folks. If you see a woman in the grocery store today who looks like she’s been testing her waterproof mascara, whisper a wish of surrender...she might be needing it.
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P.S. I’ve been randomly listening to Pomp and Circumstance on my phone since before Greta’s sixth grade graduation. My hopes? That by the time she graduated from high school, I’d be immune to its triumphant sound and not fall apart during the first few measures. No such luck. It’s playing in my office as I type these words. Blubbering mess:-)
As I type, I realize this post screams, ‘first world problem’. I’m struggling to even continue writing. However, this issue comes up very often in my line of work. Women are always asking me, “What causes those annoying little holes on the front of my t-shirts and how can I prevent them?"
My clients are currently stocking up on new cotton tanks and t-shirts for summer. They want to avoid the all too common outbreak of tiny holes just below the bellybutton.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, feel free to skip this post...or read on and file this info away for future reference:-)
These tiny mystery holes always seem to crop up on the lower front part of cotton t-shirts.
Right about where the button is on jeans or where a belt buckle hits the shirt.
If you Google this bothersome issue you’ll quickly discover that there are lots of theories out there about the origin of the holes. And lots of solutions.
In an effort to help you avoid this damaging situation, I'm offering my two cents.
From my own personal experience, here’s what I know for sure…
I very rarely, if ever, get these holes in my t-shirts.
I almost always tuck in the front part of my tops.
I usually wear a belt.
These little holes don't seem to discriminate. I’ve seen this problem occur with lots of variables...
Women of all shapes and sizes
Hand washed and machine laundered
Line dried and tumble dried
$78 tees and $5 tees
100% cotton and blended fabrics
Want to avoid the holes?
I suggest the following-
Rock the front tuck
Bonus: this simple fix gives your outfits a modern, youthful look.
Wear a belt
My go-to favorite is leopard print. You can see it here.
Cut off the sticky part of a Band-Aid and use it to cover the button on your jeans. While I haven’t ever tried this, I’ve had many clients tell me this method works like magic. No more holes!
Take It Back
Return the damaged top to the retailer...most stores will stand behind their merchandise. Anthropologie is great about this. Don’t hesitate because the top has been worn. All clothing should hold up under normal wear, laundering and circumstances.
Please share. Let’s save each other from future tiny holes!
UPDATE! (June 2017)
After posting this, I received the nicest email from a gal named Lauren. Turns out she owns a company called Holé. She sells button covers that eliminate the problem of tiny holes in t-shirts! She kindly offered to send me a pack to try out. They are awesome!
Holé button covers are small silicone 'jackets' for your buttons. The covers easily slip over the button on your jeans and prevent your shirt fabric from rubbing on the button.
Genius! Click here for more info on Holé Button Covers. Thanks, Lauren!
I'm heading into graduation week for my daughter. She will officially be out of high school next weekend! Lots of feelings and emotions (combined with waterproof mascara and a pretty hanky:-). Soaking it all in. Now is now.
Thanks for being here. Go have yourself an amazing week!
When I was a child, my maternal grandparents lived in Niagara Falls, New York. My family would visit them every summer. I have lots of wonderful, vivid memories of their home.
Wiffle golf balls tied to strings at the back of the garage to guide my grandparents to perfect parking.
A tandem bicycle for after-dinner rides.
A next door neighbor with a trampoline.
And...an antique commode (or potty) that was used as an end table in the family room.
This potty is a cool piece of furniture, in fact, I secured it for myself when it was time to divide my grandparents’ possessions. It’s sitting right next to me in my office as I type this:-)
However cool the potty, for me, the best part of it was what sat on top.
Piled precariously high atop this ancient necessity was a stack of magazines. Women’s magazines. Redbook, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping. Months worth of glossy pages just waiting to be explored.
I loved that pile.
It represented to me all that was possible as an adult. I could have a beautiful home, make delicious meals and have lots of time to sit and read magazines. (Truth be told, I rarely recall my grandmother sitting down to read a magazine)
I guess this is where my love (bordering on obsession) of magazines was born.
In my teens and twenties, I spent lots of time paging through fashion and celebrity magazines. I’d carefully cut out images and collage anything that would hold up to spray mount….closet doors, locker doors, dorm room walls. It was like living in a Pinterest board. Way before Pinterest:-)
Recently, my love of magazines has become a bit of a problem.
I currently have 10 basically unread magazines in my bedroom. By ‘basically unread’ I mean that I’ve cracked a few open...but haven’t found time to actually enjoy the entire issue.
At this stage of my life, magazines taunt me.
Thanks to my husband’s airline miles, I’m regularly solicited by the Miles for Mags folks. And I usually cave. After all, there’s no cost and there are so many great titles available in exchange for a few miles.
And if I'm actually paying for the magazines, I concluded some time ago, that it’s far more economical to have a subscription to a publication than to buy each issue at the newsstand. I mean, the savings is ridiculous.
The problem with a subscription is...they just keep coming.
Month after month after month.
And...I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to magazines.
I want to save each new issue until the perfect afternoon arrives...
and my schedule is clear...
and the light is just right...
and I can curl up and devour the issue from cover to cover.
In such an ideal setting, I just know I'd benefit from all of the promises, with lots of time for the proper oohing and aahing over all the beautiful images, getting lost in the glossy pages!
However….and I’m quite sure you can already guess the trouble…
Those idyllic afternoons are few and very far between. Or a fantasy altogether.
So, a new issue arrives. Snug in it’s plastic safety cover. I give it a place of honor next to my nightstand.
And I wait.
Then, astonishingly fast, the next ‘new issue’ arrives. What?! I haven’t even taken the plastic off of last month’s issue.
My work requires that I stay current on all things style and organizing. So, reading magazines could be considered ‘Research and Development’ for my work at Anthropologie and The Together Act.
However, as I continue to simplify my life...I'm having a struggle with the magazine pile.
"feelings of deserving blame especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy."
Here's what happens in my mind...
Every time I glance at the pile, I begin to feel guilty that I’ve never opened these amazing tomes of information. I’m fooled into thinking that the answer to a better life is within those unread magazines. Each issue containing information that will surely improve my world.
And I also I feel bad about all of the paper wasted and energy/resources required to bring the issues to me.
I feel crummy about my too busy life.
I beat myself up.
How can I not find time to read a magazine? Or six?
Even with a pile at home, the pull of a new issue is strong. If I'm in the grocery store for a few items mid-week...I spy a new issue of a magazine that I don’t have a subscription to...and I honestly consider buying it! Until I remind myself that I have 10 unread magazines already at home!
All this to say that I need a new plan.
It’s time to simplify my magazine reading program.
After all, I'm saving them like they're a great Guilty Pleasure, but I'm missing the pleasure part.
I’m not sure if making time to read the magazines will make me want to keep receiving issues or have the opposite effect. I’m certainly aware that most magazines repeat the same basic fluff every few months...so what am I really going to gain by reading 5 or 6 magazines every 30 days? Just typing it makes it seem exhausting!
I want to love magazines again.
Or, I want to realize that my love affair with glossy page has come to an end.
Something needs to change.
Either the pile or my outlook.
I’m going to schedule some magazine time on my calendar.
Then, once I’ve spent some time actually reading the magazines, if I don't feel like I’m gaining anything...I’m going to cancel the subscriptions.
The miles can expire or add up to equal a fabulous trip!
Guilt. What a waste.
Our mind decides we should feel bad or worse, inadequate...and so we do. We spend precious minutes of our one and only life feeling a sense of self-imposed yuck.
What’s making you feel guilty?
How would you feel if you just let it go?
Please share your thoughts...
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,