Saturday, October 1, 2011

Banana Republic Mad Men in lace

Lately, Banana Republic has not been offering items that has caught my eye. It was a brilliant idea when they jumped on a Mad Men collection. Unfortunately, the only piece that I wanted was the cream sleeveless lace top. I held off buying because I already have an Aritzia version with sleeves. When BR put the collection on sale, I knew I had to place my order before they were all gone.

(Yes, those are bags under my eyes. I've been trying to finish the sixth book in the Clan of the Cave Bear series.) $43 after discount

XS were all gone so I went with next best - small - and hoped that my tailor can fix it. I also bought it in XS in black just to compare the fit. I showed my tailor the black one and she agreed that she can work with the cream to make it fit well.

The shoulders were pulled up about a half inch and the back neckline was reshaped. She also took it in along the sides. Cost $18.

I kept it in the closet before taking it to my tailor. The return date was looming near so I finally had to decide whether or not to keep. She was also deluged with back-to-school alterations so it took a while for me to get the top back.

I'm glad I kept this top even if I had to spend a little more for alterations. I know I will get much use out of it for years to come.

I've seen what other bloggers previewed from the Mad Men collection. It was a lovely collection but either the fit was off or the material was not likeable.

What did you think of the collection?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jorts, whorts and mube

The sun came out today here in usually wet Vancouver. I took advantage and wore an old sleeveless Jacob dress.

Everything is rushed in the mornings so these were taken at the end of the day. I don't think we can duplicate the lighting effect here. As you can see, a full day of sitting in front of the computer is evident on the skirt of my dress.

I had the top portion of the dress taken in. The lady who fitted me suggested padded bras. I had to press my lips tightly closed to stop from laughing. I would have to wear two or three padded bras on top of each other to fill it out.

Yes, it has functional pockets.

Many, including me, look through the newspaper for the Word of the Day. Today there was an interesting article about words used by five percent of the population. I think they are referring to fashionistas and personal shoppers - either one I am not. I am familiar with jeggings but have you heard of swacket? It is a combination of sweater and jacket. Here are other words I've learned today:

Spants - harem pants
Jorts - denim hot pants
Whorts - winter shorts
Mube - maxi tube dress

Apparently, the Oxford English dictionary has been updated to include "jeggings" and "mankini."

Am I the only one who hasn't heard of these words before today?