Friday, December 30, 2011

J. Crew Toothpick Jean in Garment-dyed Twill

j. crew toothpick jean in garment-dyed twill, 24 in blue grotto
style #62443    my price: $108 $91.80

Colored denim is a trend many of us are seeking out. An electric blue color has been my preferred choice, so I was thrilled to see this new item in J. Crew today! Some of you may have noticed the price above and find this to be a rare occasion...I paid close to full price for an item! So why did I get them? Well, if I walked away from them, they would constantly be on my mind, and, as Kelly says, they put a stupid grin on my face.

CLOTHES: j. crew tee
JEWELRY: kate spade necklace / bracelets: banana republic and j. crew
ACCESSORIES: h&m belt / tory burch flats / prada purse

width - 14.25"; inseam - 27.75"; ankle radius - 9.5"
87% cotton; 10% rayon; 3% elastane
machine wash cold
EDIT: Recently, women over at J. Crew Aficionada have been commenting on the front zipper being off-center. When styled with a belt it is less noticeable.

There is a slight waist gap, but it does not seem to impact the fit. I will give you an update after these have been worn for a longer period of time and washed.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kate Spade No Sleep Till Brooklyn Eyemask

kate spade no sleep till brooklyn eyemask
style #PSRU0758   clearance price: $8.00 $4.00

If asked to list my top five favorite bands/artists, Beastie Boys would be among them ("Paul Revere" is definitely on my top five song list!). So, my fellow Beastie Boy lovers can understand why I instantly fell for the No Sleep Till Brooklyn bangle by Kate Spade. I loved it so much that I was willing to pay full price! gasp! Sadly, the bangle did not fit my tiny wrist. Enter the much cheaper item, an eyemask! Since I waited too long to purchase this novelty online, I had to seek one out via phone.

Tips when placing orders over the phone:

  • If free shipping is advertised online, ask for that same deal through the store (I asked, but was denied. The shipping was $5)
  • Ask for an email confirmation (I was told I would be sent one, but I never received it).
  • If your local store does not have the item, order from the nearest state or county. I placed my order through a California store on Tuesday (11/27) night and received it today (11/29).

Here are the other "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" themed items offered by Kate Spade:

Online purchases receive free shipping to all 50 states!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Petite Secret Santa Reveal

Those fun H&M finds you see above are from my Secret Santa, Annie. Some of you may remember the Petite Secret Santa Exchange 2010 hosted by Jessy. She coordinated another this year using a neat program called Elfster. The site allows you to set up a private group in which members can create a wishlist, ask anonymous questions, and answer anonymous user questions. Through this program, I was assigned Elle. I was so excited! I have known Elle for over a year now, so buying gifts for her was easy and fun!

Annie's gifts arrived earlier than expected, November 25! It was a nice early Christmas treat! Here are a few ways I have styled the items:

CLOTHES: michael stars tank / free people bralette
JEWELRY: necklaces and ring from grandma's jewelry box
bracelets: banana republic and j. crew
ACCESSORIES: loft scarf

This was worn the same day I received the package. I was so excited to create an outfit around the cuff! My husband and I had a meetup with a college friend planned at Yardhouse that night.

CLOTHES: loft sweater dress / free people jacket / forever 21 leggings
JEWELRY: necklaces: j. crew and loft
ACCESSORIES: tory burch flats / prada purse

I wore this out Christmas shopping with my family. This xs belt is the perfect size for me...I can wear it on my hips or around my waist.

CLOTHES: j. crew tee / james perse jacket / banana republic jeans
ACCESSORIES: unknown brand belt / b. makowsky purse / frye boots

I paired the scarf with my newest J. Crew bargain tee ($6.99!) on Christmas Eve. My husband said several times that day that he liked the scarf! :)

Thank you so much to Annie for these thoughtful gifts! They are all getting so much use!! :)

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

J. Crew Plaza Coat

j. crew plaza coat with thinsulate, size oo in black
style #60037   price: $325.00 $229.99

This was my first time trying on a J. Crew coat. Clearly, the fit of the size oo is too overwhelming on me. Elle did a recent review of this same coat in a size op in the gorgeous radio red color. Also, I want to apologize for these horrible fitting room pictures! The mirror was dirty and the lighting was bad. Lesson learned...ask for the large fitting room next time!

Measurements (courtesy of Elle's post)
chest circumference - 33.75"
waist - 32.75"
hip - 38.75"
across the shoulder - 14.5"
sleeve length from the center of the back - 31.25"
length from the center of the back - 34.5 "

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Elle's thorough review of this coat in OP

Friday, December 23, 2011

J. Crew Vintage Cotton Long-sleeve V-neck Tee in Stripe

vintage cotton long-sleeve v-neck tee in stripe, xxs in vintage champagne
style #61038    sale price: $39.50 $19.99

Sadly, J. Crew's website is back to marking some of their sale items as "final sale." This tee is one of those items, so I hope this review helps to ensure that you are confident if you decide to purchase it online! After viewing these pictures, I wish I would have purchased this top. I happened to find two other tees marked down to $9.99 plus an additional 30% off, but this tee was only marked down to $24.99, so it seemed less appealing. I will definitely look for this shirt again during my next store visit!

The arms and sleeve length fit great.

This is slightly sheer from the back. If I were to wear this for work, I would use a vest to cover up the bra band.

Remember my early Christmas outfit that I had put together after shopping at J. Crew recently? The shirt had a hole in the armpit! I am so glad that I did not remove the tag. Back it went, and I picked up the bateau tee and stripe wispy cotton crew (style #50078, no longer available online) in xxs for $6.99 each! At least I got to wear my holiday-ish scarf and the sparkly belt (not pictured). :)

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ann Taylor Aixa Lace-up Leather Platform Booties

aixa lace-up leather platform booties, 7
style #186415   my price: $248.00 $89.90

When I first slipped these on, I felt like I was in ice skates! Did anyone else purposely fall down when a cute skate guard was nearby? For reference, I am usually a 7 or 7.5, with the exception of my size 6.5 TOMS. The laces are not just there for decoration, they truly help adjust the fit. The reptile pattern on the tongue and just above the platform is a fun accent that is not highlighted enough on Ann Taylor's website.

CLOTHES: american eagle dress / j. crew tights
JEWELRY: armani exchange necklace / nordstrom studded cuff (unknown brand)
ACCESSORIES: chanel purse

These booties had their first night out at a Christmas party. Untimely pimples decided to appear on my back and shoulder, so I swapped out the American Eagle dress (featured in my PFC#4 post) for an Armani Exchange dress (see original post) and a suede French Connection belt. That night these booties did lots and lots of dancing! At one point, I got too warm and took off my tights. Big mistake! Your ankles must be covered with some kind of tights or socks. I did not notice the pain until I had to walk a farther distance. My friend was nice enough to walk at a turtle pace with me through the casino to the parking lot! A few days later I wanted to wear my booties, but my ankles were still too sore.

CLOTHES: loft sweater dress / ann taylor tights
JEWELRY: judith jack necklace / nadri bangles
ACCESSORIES: cotton on scarf

I was excited to wear my booties again! This is the outfit that I wore last night to a casual bar.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

J. Crew Vintage Thermal Henley in Stripe

j. crew vintage thermal henley in stripe
xxs, abstract blue
style #58405   sale price: $45.00 $35.00

The fit in the bust is not ideal. That fabric near the last button protrudes outward. Also, I prefer this style to be one or two inches longer. Overall, I feel too much like a little boy in this shirt. Such a shame because I love the color and the gold buttons!

I attempted to make it work with my Free People bralette.

Measurements before washing: 18" sleeve length, 22" length from back

I returned the henley today and found a striped tee, red scarf, and sparkly belt that I plan to wear for Christmas with my family this Sunday. Outfit post coming soon! :)

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ann Taylor Knit Zipper Leggings

ann taylor knit zipper leggings, oop
style #268041   my price: $98.00 $58.80

CLOTHES: french connection top / free people bralette, xs
JEWELRY: nordstrom necklace / swatch watch / bracelets from dillard's
ACCESSORIES: louis vuitton classique taiga leather belt, mens 85cm
ann taylor heels / chanel purse

I ordered these because I have nothing like them in my closet, but I am almost positive these will be returned this weekend. Thoughts?

What I like:
Great fit
The exposed zippers!!
Seam down the back of each leg

Reasons for returning:
I am having a difficult time styling these pants with what I already own
Like most black items, collects lint and cat hair (this is a big minus for me!)

Measurements before washing: 13.25" waist, 27.5" inseam, 8.5" ankle zipper
40% cotton / 29% nylon / 27% modal / 4% spandex - machine washable

Return or keep?

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Free People Suede Jacket and Naia Heel

suede jacket, xs in tan
style #22941710   my price: $298.00 $69.95

naia heel, 37 in tan
style #20570255   my price: $198.00 $49.95

vintage cotton v-neck tee, xxs in black / loft jeggings / j. crew belt / ann taylor necklace / prada purse and charm

This jacket was a great deal, but was almost a return for me. It had such a pungent leather odor that I actually stored it in an extra bedroom because I was afraid that it would smell up our closet. After spending a week "airing out", the leather smell is subtle and can be housed with my other clothes. I even wore it out last night and did not catch any intense whiffs. :)

Although this jacket is no longer available online, you can check its availability in stores when you click on the product link.

The jacket features an oversized collar and cropped fit. It also has front pockets. The sleeves are wide enough to layer over long-sleeved tops.

18.75" sleeve length (starting at underarm seam) / 18.75" length from back
Shell: 100% leather / body lining: 100% cotton / sleeve lining: 100% polyester
Professional leather care only

I ordered these in sizes 37/6 and 38/7. Important to note, the shoe box size does not match the Free People shoe size chart (which I cannot find online anymore). Typically, I am a size 7 or 7.5, with the exception of my 6.5 TOM's. If I do decide to keep these shoes, I will keep the 37. I could feel my heel slipping a bit in the 38, which would just get worse over time with more wear.

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20% Off Allison Izu

Now through December 24th, receive 20% off your Allison Izu purchase of $98 or more with code PETITEHOLIDAY. See my review of the HOTEL ST.: Kolohe TS.

This $19 shirt would be cute for the gym!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Victoria Beckham Waxed Stretch Denim Leggings

victoria beckham waxed stretch denim leggings, 24
sale price: $180.00 $89.90

free people top, xs / free people bralette, xs / paolo heels
bracelets: nordstrom (nadri bangles and unknown brand cuff)
necklaces: judith jack here and here, christian dior / chanel purse

Tonight is our (my husband and I both graduated from the same school, same year) ten year high school reunion!! Long story short, the person(s) originally in charge of the event did not want to plan it, so just a few months back some other classmates took on the job. It is nothing extravagant...a casual, smoke-filled bar. I went last minute shopping today for this outfit. I was so happy to find these pants! I will be styling my hair down, but this is what I will be wearing for the big event!

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend! :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Allison Izu Revew: HOTEL ST.: Kolohe TS

allison izu hotel st.: kolohe ts jeans, oo, 27" inseam
price: $167.00 $69.00

"Proudly manufactured in the USA, my company, Allison Izu, came out of my own frustration
with the fashion industry and my obsession with fit and detail”. - Allison Izu

Allison Izu is no stranger to the petite community. Several ladies shared their reviews in the fall of 2010, and there are more springing up this season. For those unfamiliar with the brand, here are a few highlights:

  • Caters to women 5'6" and under with two hem length options: 27" or 31"
  • Sizes range from ooo to size 10
  • The high-quality denim originates from America, Japan, and Italy, is designed in Hawaii (by Allison Izu), and is manufactured in California.
  • Free return shipping on your first purchase. However, there is a re-stocking fee of $5 for any items you return. Be sure to read the return policy carefully.

Measurements, Fit, and Details

image courtesy of

My measurements: waist - 24.5"   low waist - 27"   hip - 31"   thigh - 18.5"   

The size oo fits 13.5" across, which is snug on me (Allison Izu suggests this because it will stretch over time) with zero waist gap. There is a slight stretch to the material. The belt you see in this image is worn loose. After wearing these for several hours, there was no sagging. I even wore them to a three-course dinner...with a loose-fitting top, of course! I was nervous about the zipper coming undone, but it behaved.

The front seam is my favorite detail! The 27" hem length works best on my 5'3" frame when tucked in boots or cuffed with flats. If you are my height and plan on wearing these with heels, I suggest ordering the 31" hem length.

The inside waistband is lined with a fun Hawaiian print.

I love the added spunk on this tag!

Styled Three Ways

ann taylor blouse, op / frye boots
loft necklace with grandma's brooch
ann taylor bracelet c/o annie / coach purse

french connection top and free people bralette, xs / ann taylor heels
armani exchange necklace / nordstrom bracelet / chanel purse

j. crew tee, xxs / toms classic canvas slip-ons, 6.5 / necklaces from grandma's jewelry box / gap belt / ann taylor bracelet c/o annie / l.a.m.b. purse

When I wore these jeans out (the last outfit) it put a smile on my face because they reminded me of the online petite community. :) I encourage you to browse through the various styles on If you are unsure about the sizing, send your measurements and the style(s) you are interested in to for assistance. For more styles, check out reviews from other petites:

2011 reviews by Cher, Elle and Vicky

2010 reviews by April, Annie, Jean, Jess (see her skirt review), Liane, Sydney

Disclosure: The jeans featured were provided by Thank you for the opportunity! :)
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