June 29th, 2011

I want to preface this post with a disclaimer: I don't normally fall in love with shoes. I admire their design, but the prettiest shoes are always unwearable high heels. I do have a problem with buying shoes just because they fit and not because I love them, but I blame that on the genetics that decided to gift me with tiny feet. (My mother's feet are the same length but significantly wider, so she can wear size 6-6.5. I'm a tiny bit wide in the front, but my heels are too narrow to stay in pumps that are too long.)

However, the new Anthropologie July catalog just came out... and I am in LOVE with these Bookbinder Heels.

Anthropologie Bookbinder Heels

The sad part is... these have an infinitesimally small chance of making it to sale in my size. Already--and these are practically a brand new release online--there's only 3 pairs left in stock online. And my local Anthro doesn't carry shoes unless they're returned, so unless I make a special trip, I can't even try these on.

Honestly, I'm also a little afraid to try these shoes on... I have a birthday discount to spend in July--my birthday was in May but I never got a coupon, turns out they had my mom's July birthday in the system instead--but these shoes cost $140 even with the discount. And I'd be afraid to wear them in any kind of not-perfect weather, for fear of ruining the heels.

EDIT: In EA comments, someone mentions that these shoes/this brand runs long in length and narrow in the toe box--exactly the opposite of what I need (I would love to find a 5.5 or even a 6 that runs short, because it's more common than a size 5, and my toes are slightly wide).
So, my Lands' End bikini order came today. Surprisingly, the padded halter top did not work at all and the bandeau top, which was only available in one size up from my usual XXS, fit perfectly. The reviews on the latter were accurate in saying that there is really not much fabric to cover the bust--I can't imagine what the XXS looks like, nor what the top would look like on anyone bigger than an A-cup (in swimsuits, sans bra, I'm a 32AA).

I had ordered two bottoms to go with the polka-dot bandeau top: striped size 2 from Lands' End proper and the matching polka top banded bottom from Lands' End Canvas. Honestly, I would probably want to exchange for a size up in either, although they both fit.

And I have had the same problem with pants recently... I'm closer to a size 4 than a size 2 right now. And I'm almost 10 lbs. above my ideal weight. Now that I'm finally home, I can't blame cafeteria food and/or my addiction to free dessert... but it is definitely time to start an exercise regime and be careful of how much I eat.

So here's my incentive deal with myself: I am allowed to use my belated Anthro birthday coupon no matter what, BUT if I want to splurge on something that costs more than $40, I need to have made real progress toward my ideal weight. I am probably also going to Otakon at the end of July; if I'm slimmer by then, and haven't spent too much money at Anthro, I'm allowed to buy a (useless but gorgeous) steel-boned corset.

And, I need to do yoga at least every other night. I despise the gym, and running, so hopefully that will be enough.

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Seeing personal style through K's eyes.

I'll be chronicling my quest for personal style on a frugally-raised college student's budget. Fitting room reviews, style inspirations, musings/rants about dressing a petite, size-2 apple figure--just whatever is on my mind. I adore the Anthro aesthetic, but rarely pull it off in real life. Same goes for heels and make-up...

SIZING REFERENCE:

Height: 5'2"
Measurements: 31-28-33
Bust: 32A (or 32AA without padding)
Shoes: 5 women's/3 kids, also 5.5 if open-back
True size: 2 with consideration for my waist
Shape: "crabapple"
Ethnicity: Asian = straight black hair (now waist-length for the second time!), boring brown eyes and nonexistent lashes, medium yellow-toned skin

SPECIFIC BRANDS:
Anthropologie: 2/S dresses (0/XS fits tight), 2/XS tops, 4-6 skirts
J.Crew: XS/0 tops and dresses, 4 skirts
Banana Republic: 2 tops, 4P Sloan bottoms (sometimes 2/2P in other cuts)
H&M: 4/XS tops, 4/S dresses, 6 (sometimes 8) skirts
Forever 21: S tops and dresses, 26 jeans

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