New Year’s Eve and Auld Lang Syne

Hiya ladies! We are only less than an hour away from 2011.  I hope that you ladies are having a safe and joyous New Year’s Eve.  I’m having a very low key celebration at home with my boyfriend. 

Earlier tonight, I looked up the song, Auld Lang Syne, because I realized I didn’t know all of the words.   Auld Lang Syne was written by Robert Burns in 1741 and is sung at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day.  However, despite the song’s popularity, it has been described as the song that nobody knows.  Auld Lang Syne literally means “old long ago” or simply, “the good old days."  So, I thought I should add the lyrics to the original Scottish version just for fun and for anyone else out there that didn’t know all of the words.  Enjoy!

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pou'd the gowans fine;
we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin' auld lang syne

We two hae paidled i' the burn,
Frae mornin' sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne

And here's a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

I hope that everyone has a Happy, Safe & Prosperous New Year!

Fitting Room Reviews: A Couple of Dresses

I hope that you ladies had a wonderful Christmas holiday with your family and friends.  I had a great time and I was happy to find a few Anthropologie goodies under the tree and an Anthro gift card.  I’ll let you know what I buy with the gift card in a later post.

Here are some fitting room reviews for a few full price items that I promised to post last week. 

Field Skirt…$78.00

(Size: 6) This skirt fits TTS and I love all the colors that it comes in – Gold, Navy, Dark Grey and Khaki.  This skirt fits the same as the Circle the Globe skirt from the summer.  The length is perfect for me because it hits my kneecaps.  I want all four colors, but I haven’t bought it yet.  I plan on purchasing this skirt soon. 

Volante Tee…$58.00

(Small) This top is as beautiful as it is online as it is in person.  I plan on buying this shirt too.  I love the bows on the side of the shirt and it is comfortable too.  This shirt comes in 3 different colors and I have all of them on my wish list.

Seaside Fields Dress…$138.00

(Size: 6) This dress is beautiful and very flattering.  I tried it on in a 6 and loved it.  This dress comes in two color ways – a Green motif and a Blue motif.  I have a pear shaped body and was worried that the dress would be too snug on my hips, but it wasn’t.  It was surprisingly flattering.  I definitely plan on purchasing this dress too.

Laced With Grace Dress…$168.00

(Size: 4) I’ve seen this dress in the catalog and on many other bloggers and I’ve loved the design.  I had to try it on for myself.  This dress is a silk sheer chiffon with a viscose lining.  I normally wouldn’t even look at this dress because of the color.  I thought the dress was cute, but I wish it was in a different color.  This is a pass for me. 

Haramaki Tank…$48.00

(Small) I liked the design of this cotton shirt – the pleats are flattering.  The shirt very comfortable and it would make a great layering piece, but it’s nothing that special.  I’ve only seen it in two colors: Blue and Black.  This shirt is a pass for me, unless it comes in new colors.

Fitting Room Reviews: Sale Items

Happy Happy Joy Joy!!!!  I hope that you ladies are enjoying today’s sale and I hope that you had better luck than I did today.  There were so many great markdowns, but I have literally reached my limit this month.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get much today because my wallet needed a break and let’s really be honest…some of the items were sold out.   The only thing I got was the Wightwick Manor Dress and I’m happy with that.

Here are some fitting room reviews of a few items that I tried on last Friday, but I never had a chance to post.  In honor of today’s sale, here are some of the items that went on sale today.  I will post the rest of the reviews for the full price items tomorrow evening. 

Let me know what you did today…did you cave in and buy more goodies?  Or did you sit this one out?     

Peppered & Striped Skirt…$128 (now…$79.95)

(Size: 6) This skirt fits TTS and it’s a great color combination. I have been waiting for this skirt to get marked down for a long time.  It’s the perfect length for work and play.   I paired it with the Volante Tee and it makes a perfect statement.  Unfortunately, this skirt sold out before I could buy it.  I’m still hopeful it will show up on my wish list or appear in a store after the holidays.  

Brass Band Sweater…$118.00 (now…$59.95)

(Size: Small)  I tried this sweater on in the small, and it fit perfectly.  I love this cardigan…it’s beautiful and cozy.  It is a perfect piece to layer over skinny jeans, dresses or skirts like this one.  This is one that I would buy now that it is on sale, but it is no longer available online.  I’m hoping that I could find it in the store later. 

Wightwick Manor Dress…$128.00 (now $59.95)

(Size: 4) I love this dress and I have been waiting for this little number to get marked down for the longest time.  This dress it TTS and the soft corduroy makes it comfortable enough to wear all day.  The elegant print makes it appropriate for a night on the town.  It looks great with tights and boots or sexy heels.  I’m very happy today, because I was able to pick this one up at the store!  I called first thing this morning and put it hold.  

Vapor Rise Dress…$158.00 (now $79.95)

(Size: Small) I love the look and the feel of this dress.  This is a nice option for work and then evening.  The top of the dress has chiffon pleats and the bottom has a stretchy merino wool skirt.  I thought that this dress looked great, but not on me.  I felt like the skirt made me look too curvy.  I’m going to pass on this one.

Jacinth Sweaterdress…$148.00 (now $69.95)

(Size: Small) This dress is a nice burnt orange color and it’s more orange than red in person.  The dress is comfortable and the skirt moves and drapes beautifully.   I love the chiffon detail around the neckline and skirt.  I think this would be a great dress to wear to work and later out in the evening.  Again…I hoped to grab this one today, but it was sold out in my size both online and in my store.   

xoxo Natasha

The Debut of the Dagmar / Fresh Picks to Follow - Top 10 Holiday Gifts Under $100.00

The Debut of the Dagmar

This past Friday my office administrative staff threw all the employees a breakfast to show how much they appreciate us.  It was pretty cool…I have never been to anything like that before.  They made us French toast, potato hash brown au gratin, cheese and bacon grits, egg and sausage casserole, a spiraled ham, croissants, fruit salad and blueberry muffins.  There was so much food and everything was amazing.  I wish I took a picture of all of the food. 

I wore my Dagmar shirtdress for the first time last Friday.  I really love this dress.  I’m so happy that I was able to track this down a couple of months ago…it truly makes a statement.  I paired this with a pair of black opaque tights and black suede boots.  I also added a black skinny suede flower belt from Anthropologie.  As you can tell from the second picture, I went to Anthro and I ended up trying on a few things.  Stay tuned for some reviews of dresses and skirts.  I really hope that I get a gift card this Christmas because I'm in trouble.  I want everything!
Anthropologie Dagmar Shirtdress
Anthropologie Fastened and Knotted Belt (style# 18843144 - call stores!)
Anthropologie HUE Opaque Tights (buy here)
Banana Republic Hina Slouch Knee Boot (buy here)

Fresh Picks to Follow – Top 10 Holiday Gifts Under $100.00

Hi ladies! Here is my top 10 list with holiday gift ideas under $100.00.  I’ve added links for each of the gift ideas to help you shop a little easier.  I'll add pictures a little later.  Please feel free to post any additional ideas that may be helpful to our fellow bloggers.  Happy shopping!

1. Coach - Kristin Leather Large Wristlet…$98.00
2. Coach – Barrett Sneakers…$88.00
3. Anthropologie – Hiking Ruffles Cardigan…$78.00
4. Anthropologie – Deuxhill Cowlneck…$88.00
5.  Anthropologie – Field Skirt…$78.00
6. Victoria Secret – UGG Australia Hat Scarf Set…$95.00
7. Brookstone – Iceless Wine Chiller…$99.95
8. Potterybarn – Gramaphone IPod Station…$99.00
9.  JustGive – Gift Card Donation…$100.00
10.  Williams Sonoma – Mother-of-Pearl Collection…$75.00-$98.00

A Snow-Covered Sale and I'm So Excited!

So from what I can tell, it looks like Anthropologie is getting ready to have their Semi-Annual Tag sale…and the sale is starting tomorrow, December 21st.  This will be my first tag sale, so I’m very excited.  I was hoping that the sale would start next week because my funds are running low.  I can’t believe how much I’ve already spent at this store.  I’m going to try to stick to buying things only on my wish list…so, we’ll see how that is going to work :)  Let me know what’s on your wish list and what you plan to buy.    

Fresh Picks to Follow – Top 10 Holiday Gifts Under $75.00

Hi ladies! Here is my top 10 list with holiday gift ideas under $75.00.  I’ve added links for each of the gift ideas to help you shop a little easier.  Please feel free to post any additional ideas that may be helpful to our fellow bloggers.  Just as side note:  I didn't have time to post any items for men this time...but I will add a post later.  Happy shopping!

1. Coach - Poppy Perfume Spray$60.00
I bought this wonderful perfume for my sister for Christmas.  I know she is going to love it.  This is a new scent by Coach that is sweetly scented jasmine and gardenia mingled with fresh cucumber and candied rose petals.    

2. J&R - Twelve South BookBook Hardback Leather iPad Case…$69.99

I love the look of this iPad case.  The BookBook for iPad is a handmade one-of-a-kind, hardback leather case provides impact protection to the iPad overall.  Twelve South also makes great cases for laptops, but they are over the $75.00 limit.

3. Victoria Secret – Afterhours Satin Pajamas…$59.50

These satin pajamas comes in 14 different colors/patterns and there are 3 different lengths for the pajama pants. 

4. Red Envelope – Year of Seeds…$59.95

This starter kit comes with 12 packets of easy-to-grow seeds that will create a mini garden in your windowsill.  The seeds include the following:  petunias, marigolds, pansies, lobelia, alyssum, zinnias, impatiens, baby's breath, dianthus, cosmos, poppies and sweet peas.

5. Best Buy – HP 7” LCD Digital Photo Frame…$64.99

The clock and calendar display option of this digital photo frame can be used with or without a slideshow making it an ideal office accessory. Proudly display up to 50 of your favorite photos on the high-contrast LCD screen.  This is a great sale price from $99.99 and there is also free shipping on this item. 

6. Anthropologie – Volante Tee…$58.00

This beautiful shirt is playful and feminine.  I love the cascading ribbons on the left shoulder.  This top comes in three colors:  dark grey, beige and purple.

7. Coach – Thin Signature Bangle…$68.00

This is a great bracelet for any diva that loves Coach.  This bracelet comes in 3 colors: gold/white; black/silver and silver/silver.  This bracelet looks smart solo, feminine and flirty in a stack.

8. Anthropologie – Bianka Blouse…$68.00

This ruffled breezy blouse by Odille was a big hit over the last few months.  This top came in several other colorways, but it looks like this raspberry color is the last one left.
9. Potterybarn - Wood Gallery Multiple Opening Frames…$23.00 – $64.00

These frames are a wonderful addition to any home.  Grab a few for presents and one for yourself.  These come in black, white and espresso.

10.  Crate and Barrell - Breville® Duo Panini Press…$69.95

This is great addition for your favorite cook.  This is a quick and easy way to make panini right on your countertop. You can grill authentic Italian-style sandwiches and more without oil or butter.  This item was originally $99.95, but has been recently reduced to $69.95.

25% Off at Anthropologie

Extra, extra read all about it ladies.  Anthropologie is taking an additional 25% off of all clothes, accessories and shoes in the SALE section.   The additional sale is applicable to online purchases and in-store purchases from today until Sunday, December 19th.  And if that wasn’t enough, Anthropologie is also giving an additional 25% off all of the jewelry pieces.  Yippee!  As you can tell, I’m very excited.   Happy Shopping Ladies!

miscellany monday

happy monday ladies – i’ve added my random ramblings to carissa’s miscellany monday party!  check out carissa’s blog here and join in on the fun. 

{one} holiday cards. i didn’t follow through with my holiday cards this past week.  i used to be really good about sending these out early.  i’m still going to try to get them out by the end of the week. 

{two} first christmas party. last friday i had my first christmas party for my office.  we decided not to do secret santa, but have a gift exchange.  every that wants to participate must bring a $5.00 dvd of a movie.  i ended up with the movie that i brought after lots of trading.  the movie that i brought was a james bond movie – “die another day” starring pierce brosnan and halle berry…it’s one of my favorite bond movies.   i didn’t own this one, so i wanted to get it back.  i originally got the simpsons christmas movie.  i was more than happy to trade that movie…i’m not a big fan of the simpsons.    just a little side note:  “die another day” is the 20th movie in the james bond series and the last movie to star pierce brosnan as james bond.  

{three} christmas shopping.  i’m almost finished with my christmas shopping.  i bought a lot on saturday and i only have 3 more presents to buy.  i even managed to get some candy to give out to my co-workers later this week.  i felt like i accomplished a lot. 

{four} knitting.  i’m currently making a baby blanket for my cousin who had her first daughter a couple of weeks ago.  you guys might remember i went to her baby shower in october.  i’m hoping to finish the blanket by the end of the year.  i’m also making my sister a chunky ribbed scarf for christmas.  i’ve been promising her a scarf for a few years and i never had time.  so, this is her year.  i’ll post some pictures when i complete my projects. 

Honey Jacket

Fresh Picks to Follow – Top 10 Holiday Gifts Under $50.00

Hi ladies! Here is my top 10 list with holiday gift ideas under $50.00.  I’ve added links for each of the gift ideas to help you shop a little easier.  Please feel free to post any additional ideas that may be helpful to our fellow bloggers.  Happy shopping!

1. Williams-Sonoma - Mini Croissants…$39.95  

This was one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2010.  This gift comes with 24 croissants and it is shipped frozen.  I hope to try these croissants one day. 

2. Sephora - Stila Purrfect Eyes - The Talking Palette ($96 Value)…$45.00

I wish I had this palette to help with my cat eyes.  The Talking Palette walks you through the five easy steps to a modern, eye catching look.

3. Bath & Body Works – Aromatherapy Large Gift Box, Stress Relief…$45.00

This Eucalyptus Spearmint set comes with Body Wash & Foam Bath (10 oz.), Body Lotion (6.5 oz.), Massage Oil (4 oz), a Wallflowers® Pluggable Home Fragrance Diffuser Set (includes Starter and one Bulb), and a pair of Aloe & Peppermint-Infused Socks.  I love this scent – amazing!

4. Anthropologie - Echoes Scarf…$38.00

I love the ruffles in this scarf and I love the fact that it is lightweight.  I haven’t seen this scarf in person yet, but it has made my wish list.

5. – Fine Leather Journal with Free Embossing…$34.95

A classic gift that is always put to good use, a leather journal is a meaningful way to record personal writings and business notes.  This journal comes with 192 blank pages made from high quality paper.

6. Urban Outfitters - Mirror, Mirror Jewelry Box…$39.00

This jewelry box is the perfect gift for any woman.  This has been on my wish list from the day that I saw it.  This mirrored jewelry box has 3 compartments, all with neat deco-like floral etching and scalloped plastic crystal handles.  It’s beautiful in person.

7. Red Envelope - Stainless Steel Wine Stoppers…$34.95

This gift is a set of two wine stoppers that provides an airtight seal that prevents wine from oxidizing.  The set includes one round and one square stopper that may be engraved with a single initial.  

8. Macy’s - Coby CAM3001 Camcorder, SNAPP Mini…$34.95

This is a great gift for anyone that doesn’t want to miss out on those precious moments.  This mini camcorder fits right into your pocket and has 2 hours of recording time.  What an awesome gift for an awesome price. 

9. The Sharper Image - PedicureSpa Salon Footbath…$49.99

This gift is perfect for anyone that loves a good pedicure.  The footbath comes with 5 salon attachments: Dry Heel Reducer, Stone Pumice, Finishing Pumice, Nail Brush and Nail Buffer. 
10. Brookstone - Single Cup Coffee Maker…$39.95

This is a great gift for any coffee lover that needs a jolt of java, but doesn’t want to make a full pot of coffee.  This little number will brew a cup of coffee in 4 minutes and the double walled mug keeps your drink hot for a long time. 

Here is also a list of a few gift ideas for men also under $50.00:

1. Macy’s - Polo Ralph Lauren Pajamas, Flannel Pants…$34.50
2. L.L.Bean - Auto Aid In Bottle…$29.95
3. Red Envelope - Personalized Pub Glasses…$49.95
4. The Sharper Image - Travel Charging Valet…$39.99 
5. The Sharper Image - Electric Wine Opener…$49.99

A Festive Sale!

Hi ladies – Did you enjoy today’s sale?  What did you purchase?  I picked up a few things again.  I have a serious problem and unfortunately for my sister, I’ve made her just as obsessed as me.  Just a couple hours ago, my sister called me from her local Anthro right at the same time I walked into the dressing room at my local Anthro.  We had a good laugh and then we finished shopping together over the phone.  We got some good stuff sister was able to score the Cream Confection Jacket.  Love it!

Well, here are my purchases:
Eze Sur Mer Top…$29.95

Loosely Looped Tee…$29.95

Breezy Polkas Cardigan…$49.95

Undercurrent Dress…$29.95

Chasing Wake Belt…$19.95

Bistro Dessert Blouse…$19.95 ($49.95 online)

I also bought some jeans for $19.95, but I don’t know the name of them.  I’ll have to find the name and post them later.   

Let me know if you bought anything today or if you sat this one out.  

miscellany monday

happy monday ladies – i’ve added my random ramblings to carissa’s miscellany monday party!  check out carissa’s blog here and join in on the fun. 
{one} oh christmas tree. i decided not to put up a tree this year, but i plan to put some lights and little decorations around my apartment. 
{two} first christmas party. my first christmas party is this friday for my job.  we decided not to do secret santa, but have a gift exchange.  every that wants to participate must bring a $5.00 dvd of a movie.  i thought that was a cool…i’ll have to let you know what movie i end up with on friday.
{three} holiday cards. so, i usually have a lot of plans for my days and nights, and i have to make lists and prioritize.  one thing that is on my list that i really want to follow through with is sending out my holiday cards.  i’ve given myself a deadline of a week, so i can mail them out next monday.   hopefully, that will work out. 

Fresh Picks to Follow – Top 10 Holiday Gifts Under $25.00

Hi ladies! Here is my first top 10 list with holiday gift ideas under $25.00.  Please feel free to post any additional ideas that may be helpful to our fellow bloggers.  Happy shopping!

1. Target - Smith & Hawken Red Lion Amaryllis Bulb Kit…$10.00
2. William Sonoma - Peppermint Bark Cookies…$22.50
3. Macys - Martha Stewart: Recipe Cocktail Shaker…$24.99
4. Philosophy - Warm and Toasty Holiday Gift Set…$25.00
5. Anthropologie - Latte Bowls…$20.00
6. Anthropologie - Sweater Weather Candle Tin…$18.00
7. World Market - 10-pc Green Crackle Sushi Set…$19.99
8. Anthropologie - Batik Lavender Sachets…$16.00
9. A Plus R Store - Karim Rashid for A + R: Grobal Self-Watering Planter…$25.00
10. Godiva - Holiday Mini Cocoa Tin Trio…$20.00

Here is also a list of a few gift ideas for MEN also under $25.00:

1. Uncommon Goods – Teamwork Magnetic Card Holder…$18.00
2. SIGG - Water Bottles…$17.99-$24.99
3. Best Buy - Insignia™ - 1.8" LCD Digital Photo Key Chain…$14.99…was $19.99
4. All Modern - Blomus Cino Wine Bottle Holder…$12.07 
5. The Container Store - The Ultimate Hammer Tool…$14.99

Oh Happy Saturday!

Hi ladies - Happy December!  Unfortunately, my computer crashed again right after Thanksgiving, so all of my pictures and pending posts were all erased.  I don’t know what it is with my computer – this is the second time this happened within the past few months.  I admit, my computer is about five (5) year old, so it may be about time to suck it up and buy a new one.  It is also a Dell computer, which in my opinion should say enough.  I’m not bashing the company, but just venting about my experience with this computer – maybe I got a lemon.  Anyways, I just got my computer back and I’m finally up and running again. 

So, yesterday I missed my opportunity to post my Friday “Fresh Picks to Follow” segment, but I figure I can post it late.  I was thinking that with the holidays coming up, it would be appropriate to post holiday gift ideas for the next four (4) weeks.  My posts will list my top 10 gift ideas that will start at $25.00 and increase in increments of $25 by the end of the four weeks.    

Simply a Giveaway by Simply Cindi

Happy Thanksgiving Eve ladies!  I wanted to share some good news about a wonderful giveaway by Simply Cindi.  Cindi has reached 100+ followers on her blog and wanted to thank everyone by hosting her first giveaway.  What is she giving away?  You have the choice of picking two (2) Anthropologie Alphabet Monogram Mugs in any letter that you want.  If you are interested in winning these mugs, please check out Simply Cindi’s awesome blog for the details.  Good Luck!

Another Sale Day

Happy Sale Day ladies!  I was good today; I didn't buy anything from this sale (yet).  Now, if something pops back up on my wish list, then that might be a different story.    I’m trying to stay out of the store for a couple of weeks because I have to start focusing on buying Christmas presents for my loved ones.  Luckily, I have picked up things here and there, but I’m not finished.  Let the holiday count down begin!  I have an old OOTD that I need to post.  These pictures were actually taken last week, but somehow I just never got around to posting them until just now.   Here is my OOTD.

Shirt – Banana Republic – Old ¾ Length Sleeve Jersey Knit
Skirt – Anthropologie – Laurenti Circle Skirt
Shoes – Gianni Bini – Old Peep-Toe Red Pump

miscellany monday

happy monday ladies (well, technically it's tuesdaybut oh well) – i’ve added my random ramblings to carissa’s miscellany monday party!  check out carissa’s blog here and join in on the fun. 

{one} oprah’s favorite things. omg ladies! i believe that this single entry says it all. i don’t know what to say about oprah’s favorite things.  i was in complete awe.  i didn’t have the pleasure of seeing friday’s episode, but i did see today’s episode.  i only have one word to describe the show – amazing.  this show in particular was a major surprise for all of her guests.  these particular guests thought they missed the favorite things episode because the show was taped right before them.  however, oprah wanted to honor these guest because they are everyday heroes.  so, for the first time and last time ever, oprah had two favorite things episodes.  how amazing is that?  i’m just  jealous that i didn’t get anything, but i’m happy that these gifts went to people who often do good things.

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