Friday, April 29, 2011

Concert Hall...

Title of the post is from this song (listen for it).  :)

Yes, I am {finally} publishing my outfit that I wore to the Rush concert last Friday.  It seemed fitting that exactly one week after I was at the concert, barely (and I mean BARELY) arriving on time, I would show off my sartorial choice. 

I don't know if I was the best dressed there, but I suspect I may have been in the top 10.  There were female fans there, but let's just put it into photographic proof how few of us there were.

This was the line to the men's room at intermission. is that long, from the door to WELL beyond my camera's angle.  Women's room?  No line, I was in and out in mere minutes, and well, you all know this, girls require much more "finagling" to go to the restroom.

And count how many women you actually see in the background...maybe one or two?  Exactly.

Also, most of the guys looked exactly like Mr. Dina.  You know, ancient Rush concert tee (the older proves what a HUGE fan of Rush you are--Snakes and Arrows concert tee isn't gonna cut it for proof of your fan status), pretty dank jeans, and more white tennis shoes than you can shake a stick at.  LOL.

The women, overall, fared much better.  Definitely tees, but women don't give two shakes about "proving" anything, so any Rush tee is fine.  In fact, just showing up at the darn concert is enough to prove how cool you are to a bunch of male Rush fans (including the women that were only there to prove how much they love their significant others--not my case, clearly, we both are BIG Rush fans, probably why we stay together).

So I specifically chose NOT to wear a female version of the male Rush look.  I wore what is in the above polyvore.  ;)

I call it "edgy" chic with a twist of sequins.  The boots made me feel a bit bad-a@@.

No jacket.  It was really warm in the "concert hall" that night and I had to go without the jacket.  Love how the scarf works exactly right with the sequined Target tank.

I wasn't sitting anywhere close enough to have the lighting play with my sequins, but had I been in the right place (in other words, places were there were fans who actually STOOD during the concert and rocked out instead of mutely staring at the band and looking depressed--huh, say what?!?--but that is a gripe for another post) these sequins would have for sure caught the eye of Geddy.  Right?  LOL.  :)

With the Madewell jacket which I bought this last winter.

BTW, this Friday was the only day amongst ten or so days that the weather didn't go above 70 degrees.  In fact, it was almost like early March...yucky, clingy rain and temps in the 40s.  I guess "edgy" chic doesn't go well with 80 degrees and sunshine, but still...ugh.

We left our house in Alexandria at 3:45 and after a quick trip to drop the kids off to my dad, we were on our way.   S-L-O-W.  OMG, SO S-L-O-W.  Baltimore is 50 miles from DC.  It took US THREE HOURS to get to Baltimore.  It was maddening.  We literally sat in our seats as the concert was starting.  (THANK GOD!)  I felt we were blessed by the rock angels but also a bit cursed by the rock devils.  Very strange.

My head shot.  :)

All Arbonne makeup, taken up about 12-15 notches.  I actually used liquid eye liner!  I felt like the look needed more hardcore makeup.

BTW, my current Arbonne offer expires this evening at 11:59 pm Eastern time.  To find out more on the offer, click on over to my website.

The band rocked so hard they completely and utterly kept me on my feet. 

Me, by myself, I might add.  What was wrong with my section?

P.S. My Friday night plans this evening?  Umm, swim coaching.  Sigh.  I wish I was at another Rush concert.

Does it Count if All I Did Was Wear a Scarf?

Well, Happy Wedding day to the new Duchess Catherine and Prince William. (BTW, I totally forgot that he is Prince William, not just Wills--how very American of me, we have a county just to the south of us called Prince William...I wonder how many poor VA souls think it was named after him and not this guy? LOL.)

Wow. Kate looked beyond beautiful this morning. I mean I literally felt my breath catch when I spied her in her dress. I am wondering how close Prince William was to losing it when he saw her for the first time this morning???

Anyhow, even though I am an Anglophile, I do have toddlers and an insanely busy life, so I did not have the energy to get up at 5 am to view the ceremony live. I was more than fine with catching re-caps and still photos after the fact...this is why 2011 is easier on us moms than 1981 must have been. :)

I am simply celebrating (emphasis on simple here) by wearing my Boden Union Jack Scarf that I received this week. I love that I have a tiny bit of Britannia with me today as I do regular mom things like chores, playing outside, and in my strange world, blogging. LOL.

Above is my outfit which I am calling "the easy, breezy Anglophile SAHM."  Scarf is made from a lightweight wool that is not itchy and the colors are super-saturated.  I can see why this scarf costs $58 (although I purchased it with a promo).  The tee is a striped tee from J. Crew a few years ago that sort of reminds me of Dennis the Menace and a sailor, except made for me!  The jeans are a pair by "Seven" not 7FAM...and the shoes are my Japanese sandals that just happen to match the tee.  :)

Close up of the scarf.  I knotted it in the front, swung the knot round the back of my neck and then knotted again to create this scarf tying technique.  I like this technique, allows the full impact of the scarf to be felt without being too bulky.

If you open the pic up, you will see the detailing in the is very pretty and I adore the colors.

Although this is a red, white, and blue scarf, the jingoistic patriot inside of me will not allow me to wear this on Independence day.  Ha.

I need this photo for polyvore.  Seriously, how are people clipping items to polyvore from Boden???

So I did this SAHM outfit all in honor of this woman's wedding.  Hurrah!  And that dress, gobsmacked am I!

Oh, what the heck.  Here I am in my bridal attire.  Not quite Kate Middleton, but for 80 degrees on a Washington October day back in 2001, seemed perfect.  ;)

You all enjoy your day. Cheers!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Boden Weekly Review Roundup! Featuring, Count 'Em, 16 Items!

Okay, all.  This is gonna be a long one...there are a ton of reviews, which means this roundup thing is heating up!  Yay!

Okay, same as always...if you want to see an item at Boden's website, click on the photo as provided by Boden, once there you will be able to see measurements, size availability, and other colors.  To see an item close up on me or my kids, click on the photo to see it a little larger.  To see the item on a bloggy friend, click on the link that I provided to their blog (or polyvore).

There is the 20% off $150 coupon in my sidebar this week, which looks like a sentence.  There is also the 15% coupon, which is better if you want to buy something for less than $150. 

Okay, onto the reviews!!!
Beach Shirt Dress, from the front.  I was ga-ga for this dress during the summer preview and I am really glad I purchased this truly is a Hawaiian print shirt, except made for a girl!  :) 

This is a UK 10 Regular or US 6 Regular. 

Okay, this is what happens when people are visiting the house and don't get that when I stand near the water, it means I am a-posing.  LOL.  That's grandpa in the back and CW behind me.  This pic was supposed to show you that there are on seam pockets, but the pic clearly was taken at the wrong time.  Sigh.  :)

Okay, that's better, but there is still CW fussing with my bracelets (J. Crew--in store only from a few years ago).  The shoes, btw, are from Banana Republic in 2004 maybe?  They went perfectly with the fudge vase print...which in reality is a muted brown background with white and aqua tiki vases.

I was a little worried about the pockets and originally it seemed they would ruin the line of the dress, but it turned out it was me stressing over a detail that was more than fine (and the pockets were nice for placing my hands throughout the day). 

From the side.  I like the length, too.  :)

My grandpa was trying to make me laugh when I was taking this photo, and it totally worked.  That said, I need to figure out a time to take photos when my family is around, way too distracting!

From the back.  It has more waist definition than I expected...

Beach Shirt Dress
Beach Shirt Dress (I wore the Fudge Vases but it has a groovy print in other colors).

Some great reviews from other bloggers and from friends:

Pleat Neck Dress
Pleat Neck Dress. Polly models the yellow dress, both loose and belted! :)

Tropical Maxi Dress
Tropical Maxi Dress. Remember the first review that Lauren PhD did for us on the black version? Well, she received the marine banana leaf version and has this to say: I just wanted to let you know that I finally received the marine banana leaf print version of the Boden maxi dress (their exchange process takes a really long time, but at least it was free). I LOVE this dress. The print is interesting, yet subtle. And for some reason the print version fits better than the black, which was a tad larger even though I bought the 6R in both. The print version is a couple of inches above my ankle bone, while the black brushed the tops of my feet (I'm 5'4", if that helps). {It does, THANKS!!!}

Shimmering Broderie Skirt
Shimmering Broderie Skirt.
Gorgeous Cashmere Cardigan
Gorgeous Cashmere Cardigan.
Kit's Mommy made a polyvore reviewing this and said this about this very pretty limited edition skirt and cardigan: I fell in love with both of these pieces when this line debuted back in February. In the past, I have liked many Boden items in their pictures, but have been let down with fit or color, so I was hesitant to purchase these. The high price tag also factored in. Last Thursday, I caved and yesterday these two pieces were on my doorstep.

Both items are superb. The sweater was expensive at $228, but honestly, it looks like a $228 sweater. The cashmere is thick without being overly fluffy and the beaded detail is very well made. I will be using it with jeans, partywear and office clothing. The fabric in the skirt is much more beautiful in person.

I am usually a 2-4 in J Crew and Ann Taylor. I ordered a 6 in both pieces as Boden runs a little bit small in my experience. I am 5'4" and 124# and was pleased with the fit on both pieces. I prefer a relaxed fit on my sweaters and this is relaxed without being baggy. I could have sized down, but then I don't think the sweater would have hung as well due to the cropped length and band around the bottom. Several reviewers complained about the cropped nature of the sweater, but it hits me just below my waist. It is definitely not skimpy. The skirt is a tad bit big in the waist, but I could not size down in the hip (I have a 26.5 inch waist and 38 hip so this is a common issue for me).

Overall, I would highly recommend these pieces.

Swishy Viscose Skirt
Swishy Viscose Skirt. Egyptomaniac shows us how lovely the pinky-purple and grey version looks, especially when paired with the exact right cardi, tee, and accessories.

Santorini Skirt
Santorini Skirt. Fiona wore the yellow version on Easter, and her outfit truly is exactly like Easter is...colorful and happy! Love it!

Fringed Tweed Jacket
Fringed Tweed Jacket. Lisa paired hers with a red shorts, and I have to say, I am sold. Thanks for sharing with us this amazing combo!

Forget-me-not Top
Forget-me-not Top. Suburban Mom once again shows us how perfectly she makes this top a winner. Love this outfit she wore recently. I am now done, I must have this top!

Gypsy Top
Gypsy Top. Fiona paired this to in pink with the yellow santorini skirt on Easter, very pretty!

Favourite Crew Neck Cardigan
Favourite Crew Neck Cardigan. The green version looks beautiful on Suburban Mom, and although she would have preferred to wear the Notch Neck Shift on Easter, I think her Plan B was perfection!

Union Jack Scarf
Union Jack Scarf. I have this scarf and plan to wear it on Friday (yay, Kate and Will) regardless of the DC hot weather, and it seems that shopwithm has similar plans, as well. I guess you can call us both big time Anglophiles. LOL. :)

Slingback Clogs
Slingback Clogs. Fiona also wore these with her Easter outfit, and I love the mix of animal print with florals. Awesome!

Casual Satchel
Casual Satchel. Polly shows us that with a little bit of fixing and moving, this versatile bag can be the only bag you may ever need (well, except for the fact that we are all girls and love our bags!).

On Rex:
Only way I can get Rex to pose now is to tell him to do something.  He is here "typing on the computer."  :)

He is a big boy, and though 4 barely, is wearing size 5-6 here.  It runs tts, which means Rex is the same size as a kindergartener.  Scary!

Big Print T-shirt
Big Print T-Shirt. Rex has on the blue octopus.

On CW: 
CW is wearing the blue chambray birds version, in a size 3-4.  I sized up for her so she could wear it next summer, too.  The skirt is very well made, with very pretty embroidery and a cotton lining.

Embroidery is all over the skirt, not just the front.  :)

Tucked in, you can see the elasticized waistband, which while unnecessary and kind of lame for adult females (outside of pregnancy, of course), is 100% important in little girl's clothing.  :)

Embroidered Summer Skirt
Embroidered Summer Skirt.

Alright, you all have a great night.  I am tired now.  LOL.  :)