Sunday, January 29, 2012

LOFT Textural Stitch 3/4 Sleeve Sweater Jacket

loft textural stitch 3/4 sleeve sweater jacket, xxsp
style #278130   full price: $79.50

Not too long ago, LOFT was my first choice when trying to re-build my work wardrobe. Now that I have accomplished that task, I am not at LOFT as frequently. I do like to stop in occasionally to see if I can score an amazing deal. Sadly, I could not find anything this weekend. I did try on a few new items to share with you, including this sweater jacket, the slubbed linen/cotton sweater, and a colorblock dress that is not yet available online. The latter two items did not fit well in the smallest sizes available. I will prepare reviews soon so you can see my gripes.

I think these buttons look weird because they are too close to my chest. They hit the model much lower, so it does not look as strange on her. If I were to purchase this item,those buttons would be removed! I am kicking myself for not checking to see if that is possible.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Banana Republic Pink Trench

banana republic pink trench, xsp
style #656193   full price: $175.00

I am re-building my basic wardrobe with grey, oatmeal, and blue items, but I am also trying to branch out and try some "fun" colors (I am still so in love with my J. Crew blue grotto pants). This jacket was actually really cute and fit decent. This would be a fun item to have in my closet, especially if a colder climate is in my near future. I will definitely check back at my local Banana to see how low this item will go!

I have very little experience with coats, but the sleeve length felt just a scant short. It made me think that an xxsp would not be good for me. What do you more experienced ladies think about the sleeve length?

The belt is long. I immediately thought that if I were to make this purchase, I would refer back to Jean's post on how to tie a trench belt.

The gold buttons limit the accessory and jewelry pairings.

Shell: 100% cotton / Lining: 54% polyester, 46% rayon / water resistant / dry clean only

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Banana Republic Zoey Striped Wrap Dress

banana republic zoey striped wrap dress, xsp
style #640549   full price: $98.00

Hey ladies! I noticed that this spring item from Banana Republic is already selling out online in regular sizes, so I wanted to show you the fitting room pics before the petite sizes are no longer available. I did not like the fit of the xsp, but I hope these fitting room pics will help anyone who is interested in the dress order the correct size. Currently, petite sizes online are only available in the black combo, but I was able to find a different color at my local BR store.

This fit too loose in the bust for me.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Haircut

CLOTHES: j. crew dress / loft tights
JEWELRY: ann taylor necklace / j. crew bracelet
ACCESSORIES: j. crew belt / cotton on scarf / frye boots / louis vuitton purse

Hey ladies! At my hair appointment this Saturday my girl took off a few inches, thinned out my hair, added some layers, and made me more of a strawberry blonde. I love the was time for a change!

As for updates on our potential seems like our top two choices right now are Seattle and the Boulder area in Colorado. My husband is still in the phone interview stages. As for me, I will figure out what I am doing once we move.

Enjoy your week! :)

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

J. Crew Silk Marlice Popover

j. crew silk marlice popover, oo in french grey
style #56512   full price: $128.00

Hey ladies! I want to take a moment to share some personal things with you. Jon and I have been spending the weekend with our new nephew, Alex. I am twenty-eight years old, but I have never held a baby, until him. I want to hold him more, but I do not want to hog him!! The sad thing is, we may be leaving Alex in a matter of months. Jon and I have both lived in Las Vegas since we were twelve years old, but are getting ready to move on to another state. He has applied for jobs in: Washington, Oregon, Colorado, California, and Idaho. So many emotions right now...being in limbo is no fun!

And now for the intent of this post...a reader recently emailed me asking about some "Coming Soon" items, including the silk marlice popover from J. Crew. This is another item that has left me questioning the fit. I am very curious to try this item on again, because I am unable to make up my mind from these pics. The silky feel and slouchy sleeves have me wanting this item to work...but only for an amazing sale price! Help!

These look like pajamas at first. I also noticed that the online photo does not this top justice.

This blouse is 100% silk, but machine washable. I could feel some static cling.

I liked the look of the sleeves when rolled up, but layering anything over it (like a sweater) would look bulky in the arms.

Looked a little sloppy in the back when I did the front-tuck.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Banana Republic Pocket Cowlneck

banana republic pocket cowlneck, xs in dark pewter
style #125043   full price: $45.00

I am still building up my arsenal of casual tees! The pocket cowlneck from Banana Republic is a great option. Unfortunately, I could not find the petite version in-store, but it is available online. After trying this on in regular sizing, I would most likely go for an xsp or xxsp. I would be willing to buy an xs in regular sizing for a sale price of $10 or less.

I love the cowlneck on this. As usual, I am attracted to the grey color.

The seem does not line up perfectly at my shoulder.

The armpit is roomy. There is also lots of excess fabric after doing the front-tuck. Perhaps I just need to do a better job at tucking?

The sleeve length in regular sizing is long, but because of the cuff, it can be pushed above my wrist without falling back over my hand.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Free People Marled Yarn Pullover

marled yarn pullover, xs in ice combo
style #20410627   full price: $88.00

I know I have said this before, but I am very excited that I finally have a Free People store in Las Vegas! On my first visit, I tried on the marled yarn pullover. I love all the possibilities of this neutral piece, but I was not wanting to pay full price. I hope it is reduced soon!

I tried these on with the vegan shorts in a size o. They seem to look okay in the pictures, but they were a tad too big at the waist.

I wish I would have grabbed a bralette or bandaeu top to try on with this in the fitting room.

The sweater was so cozy!

I hope you are having a nice start to your week! :)

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

J. Crew New Ankle Stretch Toothpick Jean in White Denim

j. crew new ankle stretch toothpick jean in white denim, 24
style #59424   full price: $98.00

As you can see from the coming soon page, I have several newer J. Crew items lined up. I noticed that they have unfortunately brought back their scary "final sale." Those words always make me nervous, rarely do I purchase items with that label. So on my last visit, I sought out quite a few pieces that I thought readers might be interested in purchasing. I hope these fitting room pics can give you more confidence when buying items marked with those dreaded words!

My first impression was that I loved these pants! I have been craving white jeans, mostly because of Khatu.

Upon further inspection, I noticed that the front pocket lining was apparent.

Slight pinching at the sides, but the next size up would have probably been too big for me. A thong is a must!

I do have to say, I was wearing undergarments with a bright red lace trim and design, but the color did not show through. So that is a huge plus for white pants!

The day I tried these on, there was a 30% off the entire store promotion. That was not enough to get me to buy these. I put them on more than once trying to figure out if I liked them. What caused my second guessing was the bunching of the fabric at the front pockets, below the rear, and at the knees. But when I compare these pics with the ones of the fun blue grotto ones I just got from J. Crew, they seem similar. And I love my blue pants! I am considering buying other colors if the size 24 ever makes it to sale at the right price.

What do you think of the fit? Should I consider getting these after a significant sale? Or is the fit all wrong?

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Friday, January 6, 2012

J. Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt

j. crew keeper chambray shirt, oo in afternoon sky
style #44875   full price: $78.00

With so many chambray fans out there, I thought you ladies would be interested in seeing the fit of the keeper chambray shirt from J. Crew. Overall, I felt it was a relaxed fit when tucked. I can see this as a cute look to wear during the day. I like it paired with the J.Crew garment-dyed jeans I am wearing in the photos. It is a nice neutral palette that would allow you to have fun with accessories!

Have a great weekend! :)

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Petite Fashion Challenge #12: From Night to Day

"Restyle a glamorous look that you would typically wear for a night-out-on-the-town into daytime casual wear."

Thank you to Khatu for hosting this challenge!

CLOTHES: queue tube dress (old) / free people crochet tunic
JEWELRY: na hoku hawaiian slipper
ACCESSORIES: martin + osa belt / bcbgmaxazria sandals / j. crew purse

See the night version of this tube dress styled for the PFC #7

This picture was taken in Maui in 2009, but it also gives you an idea of the "night" item I am wearing. And introducing my husband, Jon! :)

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PFC #6 hosted by Jess @ Stylepint
PFC #7 hosted by Jessy @ The Little Dust Princess
PFC #8 hosted by Gracie @ Radiator Sessions
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Banana Republic Leopard Shrug and Saffiano Leather Belt

banana republic leopard shrug, xs in light gray heather
style #8842404   my price: $59.50 $20.99

Those of you familiar with Banana Republic know that their in-store markdowns tend to be better than their online prices. For example, this shrug was tagged at $29.99 (plus an additional 30% off), but the online price is $34.99. I chose a regular size xs, which provides just enough room in the arms to be comfortable in my warm classroom, but still fit well.

Measurements before wash/dry: 19.25" length in back; 9.5" sleeve radius

This belt measures 37.5" (not including buckle) and has 13 hole options. It was 30% off the sale price of $14.99.

banana republic saffiano leather skinny belt, s in black with gold hardware
style #855851   my price: $24.50 $10.49

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