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 allisonizu.com

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 allisonizu.com. If you are unsure about the sizing, send your measurements and the style(s) you are interested in to shop@allisonizu.com 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 allisonizu.com Thank you for the opportunity! :)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My Free People Deals

Hi ladies! I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and shopping weekend! I am looking forward to hearing about your finds! I stay inside on Black Friday, so here are my online deals from Free People:

naia heel, tan
style #20570255   sale price: $198.00 $49.95

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

esther's crochet fringe tunic, xs in black
style #22803324   sale price: $98.00 $19.95

supersoft hi low tee, xs in sunrise red
style #20607834   sale price: $48.00 $19.95

Free shipping until 11/28. Now you can check the availability of items online and in-stores!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

J. Crew Excursion Quilted Vest

excursion quilted vest, xs in candied cherry
style #49194   full price: $98.00

worn with j. crew vintage cotton v-neck tee, xxs in black

I have been wanting to style a cozy winter outfit with this puffer vest ever since seeing it in the J. Crew catalog. Unfortunately, the smallest size in-store was an xs. I decided to be bold and try it in orange (apparently it is candied cherry), but did not end up liking the color on me. I am sure the black tee did not help!

My local J. Crew fitting room can give a girl some self-esteem issues! So many shadows all over the face...egads! (our hackneyed expression in third period today)

I love the quilts!

The chest looks too large on me (not in a good way!) when zipped.

I would love to try this "getaway green" color in an xxs. Please make it to sale!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

J. Crew Vintage Cotton V-neck Tee

vintage cotton v-neck tee, xxs in navy
style #24500   full price: $29.50

loft jeans / toms classic canvas slip-ons, 6.5 / free people hat
j. crew belt / necklaces: judith jack here and here, christian dior
nadri bracelets / louis vuitton saleya damier azur purse and charm

For awhile I swore off t-shirts as too plain. However, after seeing so many bloggers add interest to a basic tee, I was inspired to try it out for myself. What I came up with was a casual look that received a boost with accessories.

Measurements before washing: 24.5" length (the back, from top to bottom) / 14" width
The material is 100% cotton. I plan on only washing this shirt and hang drying.
UPDATE I have been throwing these tees in the dryer on the gentle setting. Length has changed to 23".

Remember when I said my necklace broke? My brand new replacement came in only four days from the return of the damaged one!

My sister-in-law thoughtfully gifted me this bracelet as a "thank you" for helping with her baby shower. It measures 7" around. My wrists at their smallest point are about 5.25 inches.

What are your favorite petite-friendly tees?

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Cee styles a hot pink tee with lots of baubles.
Ping styles a J. Crew boatneck tee with a floral scarf.
Wendy styles a white tee with a skull scarf.

Friday, November 11, 2011

J. Crew Teacher Discount

loft dress, xxsp / forever 21 leggings / tory burch flats
necklaces: j. crew & loft / bracelets: j. crew and banana republic
grandmother's ring / prada purse

I am co-hosting a baby shower for my sister-in-law tomorrow (her first baby...a boy!), so I had lots of errands to run today. I chose to visit only one "me" store...J.Crew. No amazing deals, but I purchased items from my mental wish list...plain t-shirts (in xxs), chain necklace, and bracelets. I will save the tees for another post! :)

For the teachers out there, J. Crew offers an ongoing discount of 15% off your entire purchase, valid on sale and non-sale. However, it cannot be combined with other promotions. Bummer! (UPDATE: A sales associate did combine a 30% off sale promotion plus my 15% teacher discount at the end of December 2011. I guess it is like LOFT...it all depends who you get!) I also learned another lesson...if the sales associate does not give you a promotional discount (for example, the 25% off knits deal today that I did not receive!), you can be reimbursed by calling the store you were at and providing information from your receipt. I would have never driven back to get my $9, so I am glad that they could process it over the phone!

This is the outfit I have planned for the shower. Since I do not have a belt that goes with this outfit (black with gold hardware), I added some bulk to my new J. Crew find with a LOFT chain necklace.

resin and chain link necklace
style# 65969 current store price: $32.50 $19.99

I remember also seeing this necklace in navy and magenta. It was difficult getting a still picture of this without the cats trying to take it away!

sante fe string bracelet
style# 68927 current store price: $18.50 $9.99

These bracelets are adjustable. There were quite a variety of colors available. For some reason the cats did not show as much interest in these!? They look more like cat toys than the necklace!

Hope everyone has a nice weekend! :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

a.n.a Roll Sleeve Shirt (again!)

a.n.a roll sleeve shirt, sp in blue
sale price: $34.00 $10.20

GAP legging jeans, light gray, oop / LOFT booties / Yochi NY cameo necklace
Free People skinny braided belt / Bracelets: Nordstrom & Banana Republic
Nordstrom tote (free with beauty purchase awhile back)

I really wanted to highlight this versatile shirt again. It is one of the few shirts that I will wear for both work and play. I took it to Seattle with me...twice! It is a big deal when a shirt is selected for a vacation! :) Also, I have worn it quite a few times for work. You may already know that my classroom is very warm. This shirt does not make me overheat and can be paired with so many different pieces in my closet...again, versatile!

Remember, I am only wearing the petite small! There is even a petite extra small! See my full review of the shirt here. I would love to know if anyone does buy this shirt! Leave a comment or send an email: minimaestra@hotmail.com

I am starting to realize that braided belts are a great option for xxs ladies! I found this belt last Christmas season at the Free People off Stewart in Seattle. I was about to pass it up because it was too long, but my mother-in-law showed me how to tie it in a simple knot.

Just wanted your opinion on the pants...cuffed (see above) or uncuffed?

$10 off $25+ with code ITSASALE, or
10% off entire order with code RMNAFF10

(courtesy of Chloe)

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See my full review of the shirt
My review of the GAP leggings.
See me style the braided belt with a dress

Sunday, November 6, 2011

LOFT Rugby Stripe Boiled Wool Jacket

LOFT rugby stripe boiled wool jacket, xxsp, safari green
style #271799   full price: $118

I thought this jacket was adorable! I especially love the lapel and cropped fit!

The sleeve length is great!

This is a dry clean only item, but that is expected with a wool coat. It is not like a shirt that would need to be laundered after every wear. So if we meet again when it is on mega sale ($50 or less), then perhaps I will make it mine!

I also wanted to let you know that I have added a new page to this site, Current Items. It features an updated list of all items still available online in the size I reviewed.

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekends! :)

30% off your entire full-price purchase when you buy a sweater. Use code SWEATER30

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ann Taylor Drape Neck Button Front Blouse

Ann Taylor drape neck button front blouse, op
item #266900   my price: $88.00 $34.99

Gap legging jeans, oop / Free People bralette, xs / nina boots, 7M / J. Crew belt
Necklaces: see below / Louis Vuitton monogram vernis brentwood purse (2006)

Many bloggers have been styling sheer and flowy blouses. One of my all-time favorite looks is Wendy's rendition with yellow shorts. Ping also did a great job sporting hers with black skinnies. After months of searching, I finally found my match! Here is my first go at styling this trend.

The oop blouse at my local AT was damaged with three spots on the shoulder that looked like clear nail polish, so I went with the op instead. It is difficult to measure, but it is about 19" for the width and 24.5" for the length.

I found these booties on the Dillards clearance rack for $32 this past March. They were originally $109! Banana Republic's milan platform peep-toe is similar in style.

This is my first time pairing these necklaces together. The brass disc piece is an old Anthropologie find. My mother-in-law picked out the blue one from a local artisan in Maui.

Any tips on styling a flowy blouse?

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See my review of the GAP super lightweight back-zip legging jeans
Annie styles this blouse for work
Elle features this blouse here and here
Elaine styles this blouse after receiving it from her Secret Santa
Ying styles this blouse for a formal event
See Jean share the BR Man Men collection izzy classic leopard pump

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Judith Jack Reversible Pendant Necklace

Judith Jack reversible pendant necklace
item #331534   price: $100.00 $66.90

My selection of bracelets is too sparse to get a good arm party going on. Rather than miss out on the fun, I just use necklaces. Not only is this piece currently 33% off on Nordstrom's website, but they also offer free shipping on all orders!

One day I tried pairing it with another sterling silver necklace.

Then I thought to add my Judith Jack round pendant convertible necklace. Just a side note on the round pendant necklace...it broke during class today!! I called Nordstrom as soon as my students left for lunch! The SA was so helpful! All I need to do is bring in mine and they will send a brand new one to my house...phew!

I also tried adding some color with this Free People locket.

The chain measures approximately sixteen inches. There is one setting with a lobster clasp closure.

Have you ladies tried layering your necklaces?

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