Sunday, January 23, 2011

The 4 P's of Anthropologie

How do you know you live in an awesome place? For me, it's when I have access to my FAVORITE store in the whole world, Anthropologie!! 

I've never lived in the same town as an Anthro, which means all my admiring of the beautiful clothes, pretty trinkets, and cute housewares has been via the Internet or during an occasional visit out of town. That's hard on a girl who loves to try on clothes and get lost in a store for hours. Long distance relationships just don't work out so well for me. But all is well with the world, as I now have TWO stores just a train ride away. I really couldn't be more pleased.

I remember when I first discovered Anthro, or, rather, I should say my sister did for me. She was working near one at the time, and, the moment she walked in the store, she knew I would gladly wear anything in it. So she took me there, it was love, and the rest is history. Right away, I could tell that going to Anthropologie would be like stepping into a magical land where everything is pretty, quaint, cute, girly, happy, sweet, and elegant. Or, as my edgy little sister would say, everything is very "delicate."

LA store at The Grove

Now for girls that live around here, loving and wearing Anthro already feels a bit like a club and/or sisterhood. Day one of work, one of my coworkers asked me if I liked Anthro, I got really excited, and she quickly told me where to find the nearest store (much-needed information!!). Plus, just the other day, I met a lady who was sporting a GORGEOUS mustard jacket that I had totally seen on the website, so of course I had to say something. She talked about how she'd been "stalking" the jacket for some time and luckily caught it on sale. We continued talking about how much we love the store for a good two minutes. So great.

Anyway, I finally had the chance to visit one of the stores yesterday, and it was wonderful! I was there most of the afternoon trying on practically everything. But my oh my, how time flies when I go there. Anthropologie really does a great job of creating a happy shopping experience, and I think I know why...

The 4 P's of Anthropologie: 
Mostly everything that I tried on during my recent store visit!

* Patron - They know their girl.
I obviously love this store, so it's hard to imagine others not loving it as much as me. But I do recognize that there is a specific type of girl that frequents the store, and Anthropologie has THAT girl figured out. Anthro girls embrace the beauty of their femininity, go crazy over anything vintage-inspired, and invest in quality pieces. Trust me, I'm of those girls.

* Product - They know what their girl likes to wear.
The store is filled to the brim with sweet pieces that you will meet and love for a very long time. I could easily pick up and wear almost anything in the store and be completely true to my style and also be on-trend. That is a rare find anywhere else. Yes, I can find pieces of my style in most stores, but Anthro KNOWS my style.

A few dressing room looks - you'll have to wait and see what I actually bought later!

However, just to be clear, I think it best not to limit yourself to one store for your style. I just think it's refreshing that Anthropologie gets me so well that I could incorporate anything from there into my wardrobe.

* Presentation - They create the environment that their girl loves.
Decor, lighting, displays, colors,'s a fantastical world at Anthropologie. Some of the larger stores have a really inviting home section with beautiful furniture. I could grab a copy of The Great Gatsby along with some warm tea and curl up on one of the couches for hours. It's just a cozy, warm atmosphere.

photo via Feminine Modern

Check out some pretty pictures of these stores: New York, Los Angeles, London, New Orleans, DC

* Personnel - They take care of their girl when she comes to visit.
Nearly every time I've visited a store, the sales associates have been fantastic and really gone out of their way to help me. There's no limit to the number of items you can take into the dressing room, they don't rush you out, and they're more than happy to grab a different size if needed. Plus, the associates are well-informed about the pieces they're selling--most likely because they love the store too.

I'll stop jabbering now and shall leave you with a few of the pieces on my wishlist!

Anthropologie Wishlist

(collage created via Polyvore - click on the photo for links to each item)

Happy week ahead! 


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Natural ACNEdote by Alba Botanica

When I was out on my spontaneous adventure a little over a month ago, I came across this skincare line. The clean white bottles looked promising, so I picked one up, smelled it, read about the ingredients, and debated purchasing. As a girl who has tried practically everything that is out there for acne, my skin can handle and needs strong acne-fighting solutions. And since my skin becomes somewhat immune to various cleansing treatments after a while, I try to switch up my products when I can. In need of a switch is right where I found myself when I discovered ACNEdote by Alba Botanica

But I didn't purchase the product(s) that day, even though I probably should have. I needed some time to research the ingredients, check out reviews, and compare prices online (yes, I'm one of those shoppers). Plus, even though my current skin care system (at the time) was beginning to lose its effectiveness, I still liked it and wasn't ready to risk having painful breakouts or allergic reactions from a brand I hadn't ever used. However, it was becoming pretty expensive to invest in every three months. So when I returned home, I started researching and quickly became very impressed with the Alba Botanica brand. I liked their use of natural ingredients--something I had surprisingly never tried for skincare.  

The key ingredients in ACNEdote are willow bark extract (natural source of salicylic acid), lemon balm and parsley extracts (for deep cleansing and oil control), and green tea (to calm irritated skin). One of these ingredients makes the system smell really good. My sister walked by the bathroom when I was treating my skin and could smell the aroma, so it's quite a strong scent. Your face feels clean, refreshed, cooled, and tingly right after, which is something I certainly love.

Currently, I am using the following products from the line:
* Deep Pore Wash, $7.47 - I thought I wouldn't like this foaming wash because it doesn't exfoliate your skin, but it does an amazing job cleansing. It also leaves your skin feeling soft while cutting down the oiliness.
* Deep Clean Astringent, $6.97 - This is the product that makes your skin cool and tingly. It might feel slightly harsh the first couple times, but you just have to get used to it. I look forward to putting it on my skin everyday.
* Oil Control Lotion, $11.47 - I love using this as my moisturizer. It works so well with my acne fighting foundation during the day.
* Invisible Treatment Gel, $6.97 - For those target areas where you have a spot, this gel is perfect. I really have seen great results within a few hours, as promised on the packaging.

Since ACNEdote has passed my test with flying colors and I still miss a little exfoliation, I am ordering the face and body scrub to complete the system. All of the products, except the scrub, are available at Wal-Mart on the natural beauty product aisle. Obviously, it's very affordable for everyone!

Anyway, I highly recommend this skincare line for anyone with acne-prone skin. In the month that I have been using it, my complexion has improved tremendously. Three cheers for clearer, smoother, softer, and happier skin! 


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Leaving on a Jet Plane

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go...

As you're reading this, I am on my way to a NEW city to begin a NEW job!!! It feels a bit like starting college again, as I'll be making all new friends and figuring out how to make a city my own turf again. This time, however, I am even less familiar with where I'm moving, making it all the more exciting...and slightly scary perhaps. But I thrive when challenged and thrown out of my comfort zone, so I am definitely embracing this fresh start and opportunity to grow.

Now I'm sure my goals will evolve more once I figure out this new place and realize what I need to get out of the experience, but what would a new year be without resolutions? Here it goes!

For the blog:

* Make schedule for posts and follow them through
* Connect better with the fashion blogger community
* Channel my philosophical thoughts about fashion in periodic essays

For personal growth:

* Challenge myself beyond others' expectations - always, always, ALWAYS
* Read at least one book per month - especially those relating to politics, religion, philosophy, and history (my brain is hungry for knowledge again!)
* Continue to enjoy new things - types of food, genres of music/film, forms of entertainment, etc.

Just for fun: 

* Incorporate unique and "not-necessarily-me" pieces into my wardrobe periodically to keep things interesting - This might be something like putting a studded, semi-punky belt with a delicate, feminine dress. In general, I don't do stuff like that because I gravitate and love the pretty look. Now, I have no desire to change my style or have different taste, but I do want to spice things up and foster creativity in my wardrobe.

It's going to be a wonderful year lovelies. Looking forward to sharing it with you!


Fittingly, with my big move and everything, here's a pretty cover of John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by Chantal Kreviazuk: