Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Petite Fashion Challenge #16: Summer Wedding

"Create an outfit for a summer wedding (the dress code is up to you)."
Thank you to Lauren for hosting this challenge!

CLOTHES: ali ro dress
JEWELRY: kate spade necklace
ACCESSORIES: ann taylor heels, coach purse

My first priority in assembling a wedding outfit is comfortable shoes...I love dancing! Next, a feminine dress is a great option. I received this beautiful silk Ali Ro dress for my birthday nearly two years ago. I have been too scared to wear it because of its bright color and my annoyance with anything labeled "dry clean only" (which I am trying to get over). After seeing this in pictures, I will give this dress some much-needed love this summer. :)

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PFC #1 hosted by Jean @ Extra Petite
PFC #2 hosted by Kelly @ Alterations Needed
PFC #3 hosted by Sydney @ Petite Little Girl
PFC #4 hosted by Elaine @ Curls and Pearls
PFC #5 hosted by Cynthia @ Shorty Stories
PFC #6 hosted by Jess @ Stylepint
PFC #7 hosted by Jessy @ The Little Dust Princess
PFC #8 hosted by Gracie @ Radiator Sessions
PFC #9 hosted by Elle @ Fast Food & Fast Fashion
PFC #10 hosted by Liz @ Fashion for Teens
PFC #11 hosted by Alli @ Ski Petite
PFC #12 hosted by Khatu @ I Am Khatu
PFC #13 hosted by Annie @ Really Petite
PFC #14 hosted by Couture Coco
PFC #15 hosted by Megan @ Long Live Classy

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Free People: The Hunt Is On, Week 4

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The logo for Free People's The Hunt Is On, Week 4 can be found when viewing Free People's Facebook Page. I received an email offer of 10% off tees and free shipping. I recommend the ex boyfriend tee if you are looking for a slouchy tee for the summer.

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See my review of the ex-boyfriend tee

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Free People Ex Boyfriend Tee

CLOTHES: free people tee & bralette, j. crew jeans
JEWELRY: necklaces from grandma's jewelry box, j. crew bracelet
ACCESSORIES: j. crew belt, tory burch flats, prada purse

This top was the only item from my Free People purchase that I kept. I love the neutral oatmeal shade. I think it is too sheer for a regular bra, so I pair it with a bralette.

Approximate Measurements and Details

size xs / measurements in inches
  • width at shoulders - 16
  • bust - 18.5
  • sleeve circumference - 15
  • length at center back - 25
  • length at center front - 20.5
  • 90% polyester / 10% cotton; machine washable

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Get 10% off intimates and free shipping during Free People's The Hunt Is On, Week 3
This top works well paired with the A&F benni shorts I reviewed here

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Free People Bowlry Bleached Tote

bowlry bleached tote
style #24762502   price: $68.00

I was eagerly awaiting my Free People order because of this bag. I was hoping for a casual purse that I could use to run errands. Although it does meet that expectation, there were a few other details that caused me to make the quick, Ack! Return! decision:

  1. The chain felt as if it was plastic coated with a metallic spray. This is what bothered me the most. All the "metal" details cheapened the look of the bag for me.
  2. The color listed on states black. My bag is clearly blue.
  3. A little larger than I expected. My fault. I should have checked the measurements.

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Besides the questionable exterior, the lining is adorable! That should have been the design, but minus the cheap hardware!

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Get 10% off intimates and free shipping during Free People's The Hunt Is On, Week 3

Monday, May 21, 2012

Free People: The Hunt Is On, Week 3

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The logo for Free People's The Hunt Is On, Week 3 can be found when viewing Free People's Tumblr. Scroll down and click on the The Hunt is On logo, then click again. I received an email offer of 10% off intimates and free shipping.

I am considering ordering the textured foil crop bra to go with the ex boyfriend tee that I purchased recently (btw...the only item that worked out of my my week 1 purchase) Reviews coming soon!

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Free People: The Hunt Is On, Week 2
Free People: The Hunt Is On, Week 1

Thursday, May 17, 2012

J. Crew Sequin Anchor Tank

j. crew sequin anchor tank, xxs
style #80404   price: $98.00

I did not like the tight and shorter fit of this tank. I am curious how an xs would fit.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

H&M Rugby-Striped Cotton Dress

CLOTHES: H&M dress
JEWELRY: crewcuts cuff, necklace and stretch bracelets from maui
ACCESSORIES: j. crew belt, american eagle sandals, l.a.m.b. purse

After re-organizing and cleaning our closet, I determined that I wanted more sleeved items for the summer. I also knew I wanted to keep the price low. I immediately thought of H&M. Normally, the crowds and abundance of choices are a deterrent, so rarely do I step foot in this store. But after braving the more-than-crowded grand opening of the The Container Store, H&M seemed like a piece of cake!

Fit of XSmall vs. Small

Approximate Measurements and Garment Details

xsmall on left / small on right; measurements in inches*
  • width at shoulders - 13 / 14.75
  • bust - 14 / 15.25
  • midpoint - 12.5 / 14.5
  • length of sleeve - 4.5 / 5.25
  • sleeve circumference - 10.75 / 11
  • length at center back - 30.5 / 31
  • length at center front - 23.75 / 25.75
  • 95% cotton / 5% elastane; machine washable

*Credit goes to elle.j on the AN forum for suggesting some of these basic measurements. :)

I decided to get both sizes. The size small will work belted for the day time. The xsmall is more suitable for late-night drinks. I also purchased this blouse in two patterns, which I will feature later. If interested in the general fit, here is a pic of the front view and a pic of the side view.

Hope everyone is enjoying their day! :)

Free People: The Hunt Is On, Week 2

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The logo for Free People's The Hunt Is On, Week 2 can be found when viewing the Starry Eyed Sequins Dress. I received an email offer of 10% off dresses and free shipping.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Tory Burch Eddie Flats

tory burch eddie flat, 7.5 royal tan
style #351372   price: $178.00

These appear to be the perfect flats for me: wear-with-anything color and no hardware. Additionally, after wearing these out (work, shopping, errands) more than ten times, the size 7.5 (I am usually a size 7 or 7.5 in shoes) did not cause any blisters. I also find them to be much more comfortable than the Reva flats. But don't get too excited...

Unfortunately, these flats have one major downfall...the bottoms are already showing wear. Here is what one reviewer had to say about these flats on

I have two other pairs of Tory Burch shoes -- which I love. I ordered the Eddies and they are, I'm sorry to say, awful. Not only do they run at least 1/2 size small, but after just 3 wears the leather is already wearing on the bottom/side of the shoe because the bottom sole isn't wide enough. They are one of the worst purchases I have made -- and because I wore them outside I cannot return them.

Here is a look at the premature damage of my shoes...

I am disappointed in the quick wear of these flats. I expected a much better quality out of this brand.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Teachers Have Class and Style

CLOTHES: j. crew jules dress
JEWELRY: judith jack necklace & bangle
ACCESSORIES: j. crew belt, tory burch eddie flat

Teachers Have Class and Style is a feature hosted by Tara of Mix and Match Fashion that invites teachers to share a snapshot of their work attire. She timed this roundup of outfits during Teacher Appreciation Week. Visit Tara's Teachers Have Class and Style Link-Up to see the other contributions.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!! :)

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See my review of the dress featured in this post
Review of the Tory Burch Eddie Flats

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Free Shipping at Free People: The Hunt Is On, Week 1

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To receive your "first prize", visit the Free People Horoscopes blog post and scroll down to Libra to find The Hunt Is On logo. Once you click on the logo, you will be asked to fill out an entry form, which requires you to set up a Free People account to receive the promotion. There is no promotion code, but a clickable link sent to your email address. I received 10% off swim and free shipping.

Here is what the free shipping deal suckered me into buying:

bowlry bleached tote
style #24762502   price: $68.00

ex boyfriend tee, xs in oatmeal
style #24704736   price: $58.00

bandana print booty short, xs
style #24280927   price: $49.95

The following are items I might consider purchasing with future promotions:

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