I saw this blouse the other day when I was in Anthropologie and immediately knew I could re-create it with what I already had.

Gelateria Blouse – $98

Very easy to re-create don’t you think? Everyone has a button-down white shirt (even a different colored solid shirt would probably work.)

I used the J Crew Slim Stretch Shirt in White and a black sash from a dress I had. I’m partial to navy blue so I think I’ll go by the hobby store and grab some satin ribbon. I also had to double-bow the sash I had.

Bow in front

Bow on the sideI love this. Of course the J Crew Bouquet Sash Belts will work. I also found this one on Etsy.

Navy Blue Magnolia Silk Flower Belt by carolinabean $48

I think it gives the classic white shirt a little update.

I went browsing over the weekend and stopped by Anthropologie. I don’t know why I haven’t shopped there in a while (J Crew) since the clothes they sell have a more feminine cut. I saw lots of stuff I liked and tried just a few things on.

Below are the website pics, link and IRL pics.

Tie-Front Cardigan (Medium) – In the store the colors were gray, black, red/cranberry and teal. I did not like the way this looked on and certainly have better cardigans to wear in my closet.

Baraschi Seasonless Skirt – I tried on a size 6 but I think an 8 would have fit a lot better. The 6 passed the bend-over test. It’s also a knit feel (poly/spandex) so I’ll wait until it goes on sale.

Anna Sui for Anthropologie Minako Wrap Blouse – I tried on a 6 (even though the tag pic is an 8). I love the wrap, ruffles and print and looks good with the skirt.

Delancy Skirt – I really liked this pencil skirt (tried on in a 6). The top of the band was a little “wavy-like” instead of your standard straight line. I think it would go with the Deep Rose Frances Cami I have.

Boucle’ capeChloe purchased and reviewed this. It looks great on her. I tried on a Medium and was swimming in it. It was very pretty and so soft. I really liked it but I have a cute one from the Paul & Joe Target Collection from a few years ago. If it is still available when it goes on sale I’ll get it (but won’t hold my breath…it’s too cute.)

And the last item…Moth This Way, That Way Cardigan – This one had me laughing the moment I slipped it over my head. It was a mess.

This is why I was laughing. Some adjustments need to be made after putting it on.

A little better…

I didn’t find out until AFTER I took it off that it could be unbuttoned. More laughing…I’m such a goof sometimes. After looking at the website it is meant to be worn different ways. There are buttons on both sides so it can wrap different ways. There were other colors (Beige, Black Turquoise) but it’s a different name on the website – Transformations Cardi.

I liked the pattern but I don’t have time to button & un-button and figure out which way I want to wear it.

I didn’t purchase any of these since I don’t really “need” anything and none of them felt like a “have to have” item. I’m pretty proud of myself. 🙂