Anthropologie: New Arrival Edit

The Anthropologie catalog arrived in the mail this weekend. I always love to flip through and see what beautiful landscape and props they’ll use to show off their bohemian-leaning lines. And this catalog was no exception. Case and point…

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I gotta say it was full of stunning items with which I’d love to line my closet. If only had a little more lining my wallet – it’d be fun to start from scratch right from the pages of Anthropologie.

From ballgowns to bathing suits, here’s a roundup of some of most favorite pieces in the New Arrivals section.

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Literally a ball gown… er ball skirt & tank

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And this little black number… va voom!

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Summer weddings perhaps?

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Love that you could pair this sheath with a number of matching cardis, sandals and bright jewelry options.

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Could the pleating on this bodice be any more gorge?

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Well you gotta wear something underneath, right?

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I don’t know which I like better, this flowy top in turquoise or the eyelet shorts.

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This top is so ultra chic up front (and back!)

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You can never have enough sheer, lacy and white blouses.

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect white wrap blouse for years!

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Cutest paperbag shorts with bow EVER!

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Bring on the 70’s and these fabulous flared jeans. I’m also loving the French striped tee.

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Oh Nanette Lepore, you never let me down!

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And last but not least… this gorgeous scalloped maillot that is no longer available. I just couldn’t skip it!

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Daily Covet: Huit Swimwear

It’s only early March, but I’m already thinking about the summer I’m going to spend by the pool with my three boys.

Why would I subject myself to this before spring even hits? Why would I subject myself to this at all?

You see, I’m on a major quest to look somewhat decent fabulous in a new suit. And the new bathing suit is my motivator. I’ve promised myself a sleek new bathing suit, if I can reach my goals by the time pool days roll around again.

Oddly, searching out the best option to reward myself with has also been a huge motivator. It gives me a visual every day when I am scouring the Internet for the perfect suit.

So far, these two suits from Huit have been my faves. No surprise they are both blue too.

The tops are very structured, which I need because this mom of three boys rarely gets to just sit and lounge by a pool. Instead I’m getting in and out of the “deep end” and reapplying sunscreen and digging for snacks and whatever else my brood needs during the day.

So while the strapless versions of these suits are really adorable, you can bet I’ll not be removing the removable straps. Between the two (here and here), I prefer the boy shorts. In the past, this hasn’t been the best style for me because of my pair shape and short legs. While I can’t do anything about my short legs, I am hoping to eat, sweat and lift my way to smaller hips so that I can finally wear boy shorts with confidence.

We’ve got approximately three weeks until summer rolls around and I’m just one week into my 12-week plan to build more lean muscle and shed some baby-induced (ok everything-induced) pudge.

Wish me luck!

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Swim in Spanx too?

Yep.  Spanx has swimwear… could 3 dearer words be spoken?

Not, if you are like my mommy friends and I, who are still at odds with the fact that our pre-baby bodies are never coming back.

While some of my friends look just as good, they will tell you that things just didn’t bounce back.  Their boobs aren’t as full, their tummies aren’t as tight (despite the dieting and zillion crunches) and that their hips will forever be wider.

In reality, it’s a small price to pay for our beautiful children… but isn’t it nice to know that Spanx, every woman’s not-so-secret weapon, has our backsides so to speak, when it comes to swimwear too.

Spanx swimwear can not only be a tool, but it can also be deeply discounted.  Take a look at some great options from Zulily.com today.

Nicole Richie… best dressed

While I’ve been sucked into another season of The Voice, I have also managed to catch a few of the shows following its Monday and Tuesday night time slots.  And Fashion Star is the object of my affection from 9 – 10pm CST, Tuesday nights.

The primary reason I love this show is because of my love for fashion and my super secret dream to create my own line of…. something.

But the cherry on top is watching Nicole Richie.  She has come a long way from her show… whatever that was with Paris Hilton… and I have to say she’s quite possibly one of the best dressed celebrities.  She’s got fabulous taste and I love the direction that she takes with the designers on the show.

So here’s a little summer inspiration from the bathing beauty herself.

Dress Simply…

I could live in dresses.  In fact, in the spring, summer and fall, I usually do.

Dresses are easy.  They always fit, and if you buy the empire waisted ones that are so popular – and plentiful – in the marketplace they provide great coverage on those not so sleek days.

I love that I don’t have a waistband to get hot and sweaty in our middle America humidity.  I love that I’ve was able to wear non-maternity dresses a lot longer, even when I was pregnant.  And I love that I don’t have to find dresses to fit both my waist and my hips at the same time… a super irritating task when it comes to pants.

Here is a small collection of fun dresses (find shopping info on Polyvore.com) that are also very inexpensive, which is how I like my summer clothes because they are usually having picnics in the grass, drenched in sunscreen or semi-damp from being layered over my bathing suits.

Daily Covet: Spring Break-Worthy Swimsuits

Last year at this time, my family was gearing up for a Spring trip to Orlando, and to Disney World for the first time.  I remember stocking up on cute, warm-weather duds and bright bathing suits, which I made great use of by the amazing pool at the Animal Kingdom’s condo complex.

This year, no such trip is on the books.  But we will be at the pool the minute it opens.  And it’s reason enough for me to be scoping out new suits.  I know you’ll be shocked when I tell you that my favorite 2-piece is black.  My favorite 1-piece is charcoal gray.

So this year, I have planned to throw caution to the wind, and invest in suits with color.  I’d say these Missoni-esque Arden B. suits are a good place to start, wouldn’t you?  They’ve even got that chevron thing going on… which is also very fashion-forward this Spring.

Zig Zag Twist Bandeau Top $44 & Zig Zag Tie Side Bikini Bottom $32, ardenb.com

Zig Zag Print Monokini, ardenb.com $79