A night of Anthro

A few years back, when I had recently moved to Vancouver, I came across a website for a clothing store This clothing store was Anthropologie. I was instantly smitten with the lovely sophistocated vintage inspired pieces. Not so much with their prices. Since the only Canadian location at that time was Toronto, I decided that when I saved up enough money, i'd take a little trip down to Seattle to do a little shopping. 
But I never had enough money. I'm a student, yo! And I somehow resisted ever making a purchase online. Even that time with the bicycle dress, I resisted. (Sometimes, I am practical.) The first time I made it to an actual store was in Edmonton. (Just my luck, they opened a store up in Edmonton after I moved!!) And it was even more wonderful in person. 
So I was over the moon when I found out they'd be opening up in Vancouver!! 
The grand opening was Friday, but lucky me a friend of mine won tickets to a special even on Saturday night! (A smaller crowd is always a good thing in my world.)

The night was basically just a crowd control shopping event. Which is kind of awesome, because like I mentioned earlier, I'm not a fan of crowds. There was also musical performances and a delicious (and all vegetarian!!) snacky foods provided by Whole Foods. Music, vegetarian food, and gorgeous clothes? Basically a perfect night for Erin. 

Of course being a woman of size (haha, I can't believe I just typed that) aka plus size aka fat, Anthro is a bit dicey. They usually only carry up to a size 14. My weight is like a yo-yo. I can be anywhere from a 12 to an 18. Currently i'm a 16/18. So I didn't exactly have high hopes to find much to buy. Which might also be a good thing considering i'm a broke and unemployed college student.
There was also the issue of how i'd get treated. A lot of times I walk into a store and get the stink eye from all the associates. This happened a lot when I was home recently shopping with my (size 4) sister. To some, I don't even deserve to set foot in their stores because of my size. This is why I never set foot in Forever 21 or any other of those stores unless I am shopping with a skinny friend. But I went into Anthro with a positive attitude and that's what I ended up with, a positive experience. All the sales attendants where lovely and accommodating (except for a small issue with belt sizes, which I explain later.) and none of the other customers gave me the "What the hell is the fatty doing here?" look I so often get. Infact, everyone was so lovely and friendly to one another. It was like we were all high on pretty clothes. A few other customers struck up conversation with me, which is not very typical as I am super super shy. I even ran into my neighbor there! Small world.  

Onto the clothes!! 
First I tried on a lovely white dress. It was a 14 but the cut/fabric had no give. No dice. So I continued browsing. I did notice a few tops here and there that came in XL and looked like they'd fit, but they were all too expensive to bother trying on. Since I'm poor I only wanted to try on things i'd love enough to buy.

Then this lovely salmon/coraly dress caught my eye. I've been into this colour for a while now, and it looked flowy enough to fit. And it did! 

But I felt it needed a belt. 

So the sales girl fetched me some belts. In size small and medium. 

...um seriously? Does she not see what i've got going on here?! So that's why I look like an amputee in the nect photo. I am holding the belt together at the back since I didn't bother asking her for a large. I also didn't bother correcting her when she heard my name as "Anna" so I was Anna for the rest of the night. Awwwwwkward. 

Anyways, I liked the dress much better belted. Basically I was just in love with the colour. I was set on buying it until a lovely floral number caught my eye. And it was even cheaper! 

I decided I liked this one much better. I love the fit (it has a tie in the back for some waist definition, the pattern (very Monet looking), and the weight of the fabic (light and perfect for summer!). And did I mention it was way cheaper?! I can't wait to wear this all summer long!!

And then as I was on my way to pay for my new purchase, this lovely headband caught my eye! (That's how they get you!) It was just too gorgeous to pass up so...I gave in and bought it. I adore the colour and beadwork. It was definitely pricey ($40!) But I will wear the heck out of it I am sure. 

Basically, I am still a lover of Anthro just as much as ever. And i'd like to encourage others out there who may be afraid to go check it out because of their size. It may not be a great experience (I've got some rude looks at the Edmonton location when i've been there) but it may also be a good one. And you just might find something that fits that you love! 


{cardi & tank: old navy, skirt: addition elle}

In trying to be a more organized, punctual person, I try to have an outfit in mind for the next day. When I am really on top of things, I even lay out said outfit. I did that last night. Which means I should've been on time for class today.
Then mother nature threw me a curve ball. It was sunny. Which I was thrilled over, of course. Then kinda annoyed because I had to ditch the cardigan, leggings, skirt, and boots I had put together the night before. And then thrilled again because IT WAS SUNNY!!!!

So after riffling through my clothes, I put together a near replicate of Sundays outfit, well, just the cardi and tank. But instead of the black pencil skirt, heels, and curly hair with a flower I went with on sunday (can't you just picture it? Good. Because I didn't take a photo.) Today I went for a a jean skirt, flats, and a pony tail since I had no time for hair.

Then I made a yummy sweet and sour tofu stir fry for dinner. Which I posted here. Yes, I have a food blog that I often neglect. Much like parents are to a middle child...


Just the beginning...

Today was a wonderful day. Why? The sun came out!! That might not seem like that big a big deal to most, but when you live in Vancouver, it really is. The entire city changes with a glimpse of the sun. All of a sudden people are friendlier, more hopeful. There is a spring in everyone's step all of a sudden. 
I spent my day soaking up the sun, walking around my lovely neighborhood, snapping photos of cherry blossoms before they vanish. They are truly the most beautiful sight I have ever laid eyes on. 

Then I went to a friends party, which was a barbeque. So I decided to throw on something that felt summery and barbequey. Yes, this is pretty much my easter outfit repeated with different jeans and a belt...but everyone's guilty of that so... whatevs. 
I did mix things up just a bit with this hair piece which I like to break out in the summer. A dear friend of mine from California brought it for me from down there. And I love it! It's got peacock feathers which are my absolute favorite. 

I can't wait for more days like today. Sunshine, and time outdoors. So wonderful! 


Don't you just love this elephant necklace? No? Then go see Water For Elephants. I dare you not to love elephants after that. 

Another day, another outift. Look forward to more of these because the new semester started up. School = a reason to get dressed in the morning. Which is kind of why my posts were lacking in the last few weeks I had off. But now I have returned to school, where I re-learn what a preposition is. I'm only in my second year of college. No big deal or anything. Not that we were learning abut prepositions per se, it was that my teacher had a joke about such and had the good sense to remind us all what they are because only two people could recall what it was off the top of their heads. 

Which means I really need to brush up on my School House Rock.

My first year college English course I took last January had weekly grammar quizzes, which I studied for with S.H.R. Thanks to Mr.Morton, I rocked the quiz on subject/predicates. 

No shame. 


I love my mom

As we all know today is mothers day. To celebrate, since I am away from my mother, I decided to break out a new skirt she made me while I was home recently.

I commissioned my mom once again (remember the dress?) to help me make some things I had in mind for a while now. The first was a skirt. We went shopping and found this lovely yellow flower print. We picked out a pattern, and within a day we had made a brand new gorgeous, perfectly fitted, custom skirt. Of course by "we made", I mean I cut out the fabric while she sewed away. The woman has got some serious skills. I'm in love with my new skirt!!

I'm also in love with my new necklace. It's a knock off of an Anthro necklace from over a year ago, that I had admired, but since it was cray expensive I didn't buy it. Now much later, I picked up a replicate at The Bay on sale for only $12! 

And as if it wasn't enough to make me a skirt, she also made me an adorable apron!! I have been wanting to make an apron for a while now, so when we were out shopping I found this incredible vintage inspired print by Amy Butler. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my apron. I kind of want to wear it out in public it's so cute. But that may look a little crazy...so I just wear it around my apartment. And every time I regret not buying more fabric to make a dress out of it. 

Now allow me to gush about my mom a little bit. She's the best. I know everybody says that about their moms, but with my mom it's totally true. My sister and I both notice the same problem of having friends be jealous of how awesome she is. She's sweet, and caring, and hilarious, and talented, and kind, and has sacrificed so much for her children, especially me. Like letting me live in Vancouver on her dime. Pretty sweet, right? So even though she gave me terrible (truly, truly, terrible) vision, and weird ugly feet, with almost no baby toe, (which I just realized I have now exposed in that apron photo! Ahhh!) she has always given me, and continues to give me her constant support, in every way. Not just temporally, but emotionally, and spiritually. I have always known she has loved me with all her heart. I joke around that I'm her favorite, but really, she loves all her children this much. (But I'm still totally her favorite.) She's incredible and such a wonderful example to me. I'm so glad to have her as my mom. 

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