I ordered this sweet little dress from Simply Be after seeing it on blogger What Laura Loves (see left).  Simply Be offered 30% off and free shipping.  Worth a shot, right?  It was my first ever purchase with Simply Be, and while the dress is going back, it won't be my last purchase with Simply Be.  They have too many other cute things, and now that I have a feel for their sizing, I'll be able to purchase with more confidence in the future.  Hopefully the sleeves are both the same length though...  

So anyways, I ordered the dress in a size 16 even though I've heard their sizes usually run large.  The dress was a good fit, maybe a little roomy.  The color was a pretty peach, the beading was super cute...on the hanger, it was everything I wanted it to be.  When I tried it on, I noticed it was really comfy but also a bit short and little girlish.  I like cutesy, feminine clothes, but this looked too Cupie dollish on me.  Sad, since it doesn't look that way on the model or on What Laura Loves.  The biggest problem was that one sleeve was more than an inch shorter than the other.  I'm not a fan of cap sleeves anyways, but I thought the ruffly sleeve on the dress would make up for it.  Sadly, not so.  So I took off the dress, disappointed, unsure of whether I wanted to simply return it or swap it out for another one.

The next day, I straightened my hair and put on a little bit of makeup to see if it helped to improve the dress.  I really should learn not to try on clothes with my hair in a messy bun and no makeup on.  No matter what I wear, it's going to look crap under those conditions.  So, looking a tad more presentable, I tried the dress on again.  Better, but still not good enough.  I don't think solid pastels are for me.  Maybe a pastel print?  The peach was too close to the color of my skin.  It really is a darling dress, which is why I'm so sad, but it just isn't darling on me.  Back to Simply Be it goes with "defective" on the return slip so no other young lady receives a dress with one sleeve shorter than the other.

And instead, this Evans dress I've been drooling over is on its way.  It was half off plus a 10% off coupon.  Evans is another company I've only recently heard about, so this is my first order with them as well, so hopefully the fit is good.  I love the print, although the color combo is a bit "unique."  I think that's part of the appeal though.   
Also...I just received my "Happy Birthday To You!" coupon from Anthropologie for the month of July, so these adorable little shoes are on my mind.  They'll match the Evans dress and nothing else in my closet, so, you know, they're very practical.  But adorable nonetheless.
And while I'm fantasizing about birthday purchases, I'm going to put together a little wishlist collage for Anthro.  Gotta love that 15% off bday coupon!     
Rosy Plumes Dress - $228
Beryl Skirt - $128
Kahakai Skirt - $68
Kelwa Dress - $298
Golden Age Earrings - $48
Vintage Cocktails - $50
Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi - $35
Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining - $16.95
Sparkling Fete Bobbies - $24
6/21/2012 06:57:30 am

I want almost everything you posted at the bottom! Too bad I'm trying to save for a house and a wedding or else I'd shop at Anthro more. Fun stuff!

Liz (Deliberate Whimsy)
6/21/2012 11:50:50 pm

It truly is a "wish list." I can't see convincing Kyle that the purple dress at $230 is in any way a "must-have," even at 15% off.

They do have the most beautiful fashion books, cookbooks, and coffee table books though. It's a great place to put together a gift: cookbook, serving ware, cute apron and pot holders, fancy linen napkins, etc. Or a fashion book with a piece of jewelry and hair accessory.

You could always make a wishlist on Anthro...your bday is coming up! And people shopping for presents for you could use their 15% off coupon to get more for less. Plus, if you sign up for their mailing list, you'll get their card (not a credit card) and they'll send you a 15% off coupon for August.

6/22/2012 08:34:08 am

Aww that's such a shame you didn't like it - it looks nice in the photos but if you didn't feel great in it then there's no point keeping it. That's an awesome wishlist! x


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