Sunday, November 22, 2015

Getting Back Into the Routine

Hi Everyone! I know it's been such a long while since I've posted! I really have no good reason besides being unmotivated to blog. Blogging is like going to the gym, once you start going and get into a routine, then it's really not a problem. It's the initial push to get yourself to start doing it. Speaking of the gym, I signed up a few months ago and started running a couple of miles 2-3 times a week during my lunch break. I should run more and do strength training to make an impact, but at the moment I think a light work out will do the trick in helping me mentally feel healthier. I tried running 3 miles, but that seriously tires me out for the rest of the day and I just want to take a nap afterwards. I know a lot of people feel more energized after working out, but it does the opposite for me. Like the gym, hopefully I can get myself to start a routine and blog more consistently. I've met so many wonderful people and built so many great friendships on this platform, I'd love to continue doing the same and connect with more awesome bloggers and readers. 
Here's an outfit that has been on repeat! If you hung out with me recently, you've probably seen me in this outfit. I love shift style dresses since it's so easy to wear and I can throw it on without having to think. It is a looser fit and has gathers around the hip area which give it more volume and movement. This one gets bonus points since it has sleeves (which aren't too long for my short arms) and can be paired with boots and tights for the cooler fall and winter weather. The drapey sweater vest is so cozy and I love that the faux fur collar gives it that glam factor, but it's also removable so you can pair it with more casual outfits.
Stitch Fix Etha Dress. Size XS. Similar | Stitch Fix Kendy Vest. Size XS. Similar | Kate Spade Mini Brantley bag. Similar | MAC Ladybug lipstick | Stuart Weitzman Boots. Similar

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Blank NYC Faux Leather Jacket

I'm normally not a pink girl, but fell in love with this jacket once I put it on. I love the edgy silhouette mixed with the feminine blush color and the fit is near perfect! I tried on both the black and pink (see below) and was literally torn between the two since black is versatile and can be worn all year round. At the same time, I already have a couple of similar black moto jackets and thought I could use one in a different color and it was fun to go out of my comfort zone. To my surprise, I have been wearing this jacket a lot to dinners and out during the weekends since it matches a lot of my lighter color tops and jeans. 
The jacket does have shoulder pads and I normally avoid anything with that because I have broad shoulders. But I don't mind it in this instance since the jacket is nicely fitted and kind of gives the illusion of a smaller waist and an hourglass figure. There is bunching in the elbow area so the sleeves could be a half inch to an inch shorter for me. This jacket is definitely a great value (under $100!) since it's fully lined, with zipper details and lots of top stitching. All those little details take a lot of work so I'm really impressed by the quality! See Jean of Extrapetite's review in the black version & this post on how she styled it with a maxi dress. 
Blank NYC Jacket. Size XS. Only black available. | BR Lace Tank. Size XXSP. Similar | 7 for All Mankind Gwenevere jeans. Size 23 | F21 Necklace. SimilarStitch Fix Elle Woven Clutch |  Halogen Camden Bootie. Sold Out. Size 5.5. Similar

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Lush Tulip Hem Maxi Dress. Size XS
On another note, this was a dress I purchased for my cousin's graduation in San Diego, but I ended up not wearing it because it was so cold and rainy. I'm wearing 3" heels with the dress and it's still dragging on the floor. It probably needed to be shortened 2-3", but I really didn't feel like doing the alterations since it's a chiffon fabric and the hem is at a bias and I can see that fabric stretching out and the hem bubbling and causing me issues. Even though I loved this dress and so did my bf, I ended up returning this since I don't see any future occasions to wear this to. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Floral Lace Romper

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco" said Mark Twain, and it's all true! I've been leaving SF during the weekends to find warmer weather. It's amazing to see the neighboring cities be 20-30 degrees warmer and it's so foggy in the city lately. I went to Napa this weekend and just relished in the heat, warm breeze and gorgeous scenic views. I might have to go there more often for the wine tasting, beautiful weather, great food and the outlet mall! 
I bought this floral lace romper from F21 a few weeks ago and was so excited to wear it. I love the brighter colors, floral print and the lace details. It was only $24 and also fully lined. I see reviews on that site complaining about the quality, but the stuff is so cheap. If you're looking for quality, F21 is probably not the place where you should be shopping. But for $24, fully lined and hidden zipper is pretty #amazeballs! It does run big and normally I don't like to do alterations on something fully lined, but I liked the romper so much that I decided to take on the project. I slimmed the torso on my machine and put back the lining by maybe an hour at most which is not too bad.
I've been looking for neutral color sandals that are versatile enough to go with all my outfits and I found these from Asos mid heels sandals and they are seriously so comfortable. According to the site, the heel height is 3" but I'd say it feels more like 2.5". I have been wearing them non stop with all my outfit because they're so easy to slip and off. It is a wide fit so it's a little loose in the toe area which I don't mind and I normally wear a size 5.5 and sized down to a 5 which fits great. The best part is that these only cost $32!! Can't beat that! It also comes in a white color and I'm considering getting that as well.
I haven't blogged in so long, I feel like I have so much to talk about! So this Gorjana necklace is from Rockbox (use code allaboutfashionxoxo for 1 month free subscription) and its another piece that I have been wearing non stop. I love delicate jewelry and feel like it's a classic piece that I can wear for a long time. As a Rockbox subscriber, I have the option to buy pieces I love and what's great is the prices are often less expensive than what it retails for. This necklace retails for $70, but I can buy it for $56 and I also have a $10 monthly spending credit, so it ends up being only $46 which is pretty awesome! So I think I might buy this piece!! 

F21 Romper. Size S. (similar) | Asos sandals. Size 5 (normally wear a 5.5) | Gorjana necklace via Rockbox (use code allaboutfashionxoxo for 1 month free subscription) | Stitch Fix Elle Woven Clutch

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stitch Fix Review: Box #4

Okay ladies, if I can remember correctly, I think this is my box #4! It's the first time I'm keeping everything. Wohoo!! When I first got my box, I was initially kind of disappointed with the fit but then I kind of thought about it and decided I was okay with! LoL! I do like all the styles and feel like each top is easy enough to throw on with jeans and be on the go!
I really like the style of this dress especially the the asymmetrical stripe down the front! I know this style is super old, but I been wanting one and I'm pretty happy with the fit and length. My complaints are that the stripes don't match up on the side seams. If I was making this myself, I'd definitely make sure all the stripes line up, but since I didn't make it, I tend to be more forgiving! LOL! The fabric is really thin and will show your every lump and bump. It's definitely not a dress you want to do AYCE! The under skirt is also detached from the rest of the dress (left pic) and the elastic is kind of loose. It causes that piece stop fall longer than the asymmetrical piece. 
This top is pretty long and has a loose fit! I was going to return it, but then I wore it out to dinner because I was in a hurry and threw it on over my jeans and pink moto jacket. Then I realized, I really do like it because it's super soft and comfy! I'm at home during the day and I've been wearing it with my leggings and it's perfect piece to lounge around in. I also needed a long sleeve top since it's been so cold in SF lately -- seriously like winter time. I think it looks great with a front tuck to help minimize the long length and loose fit. 
So I'm kind of obsessed with lace items! I love this lace top and was so disappointed with the boxy fit! I love flowy tops, but this top is so boxy! Well I decided to sew in straps and attach them to each side to cinch in the waist to give a slimmer fit. I think it works pretty well right?!? I also really like the white chiffon layer underneath to prevent any show through and the fact that I don't have to wear a cami or tank top underneath! This top is so pretty! 
I realized I don't have any solid color grey tops and could use something like this and plus I really love the lace sleeves (love love)! It's so feminine and girly and I think it's going to make a nice layering piece with any bottoms! I like the scoop neckline and what's great about the longer length is that I can tuck it into my jeans or skirt. I have a lot of petite tops and feel like they are a bit short on me and I can't do a front tuck sometimes. I also have a long torso so I decided to opt out of the petite tops. I could slim the sides, but after looking at it, it would shorten the bust darts and I'd also have to undo the topstitching on the sleeves. It's too much work and the fabric is too delicate! I'm okay with wearing it like this. 
So I got my box last week and I have been using this clutch ever since. The grey color is so versatile and pairs nicely with all my outfits...which consist of jeans and all the tops above. LOL! I like the size a lot too and think it's perfect for someone with my frame. It also comes with 2 straps: a long one to carry as a crossbody and a shorter one to use as a wristlet or to carry over the shoulders (that's like a 3fer!). My only complaint is that you can't really carry much. It's fits my credit cards, cash, iphone, a compact and a couple of lipsticks....I guess I don't really need anything else because I've been okay for the last week with those essentials and haven't felt like I was missing something.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Nordstrom Lush Kylie Dress in Floral Prints

I'm loving the floral print lately and picked up 2 of the Lush Kylie dresses last week since I couldn't decide which color I liked best! The lighter color is currently on sale for under $30 and it's honestly such an amazing deal. The dress is lined entirely except for the back bodice. I really like the easy and comfortable fit and versatility of the dress. We left town this weekend and I wore the yogurt mint color one with my utility jacket and grey sandals. I also really like the cobalt floral print which has  a nice pop of color and feels a little more dressy and thought I'd wear this to my cousin's graduation? 
Shop all the Kylie dresses below in many colors & prints:
In terms of fit I do like the V-neckline, but it could be too showy for someone busty. The armholes are a tad big, but not big enough where my bra shows. The back has a racerback with a keyhole so a strapless bra is necessary! If you normally wear a petite S, you can definitely size down to an XS for a slimmer fit.

Lush Kylie Skate Dress in Cobalt Floral. Size XS | F21 heels (similar) | Kate Space purse (similar) | Loft Onyx cuff (similar)| Gorjana Cuff & House of Harlow Earrings via Rockbox (use code allaboutfashionxoxo for 1 month free subscription)
Kylie Skater Dress in Yogurt Mint. Size XS | Macy's American Rag Utility Jacket. Size XXS (on sale!) | Stitch Fix Elle crossbody/clutch (love the versatile color!) | Loft Onyx cuff (similar) | Gorjana Cuff via Rockbox (use code allaboutfashionxoxo for 1 month free subscription)

If you have never heard of Rockbox, it's a subscription service to borrow jewelry and try it out before you buy. For a monthly fee of $19, you receive a curated box containing 3 pieces of designer jewelry with the option to borrow, buy or swap at any time! You also receive a $10 credit each month which can go toward your purchase. Thanks to Rockbox for giving me a 3 month complimentary membership and I can't wait for my next box! Remember to use code allaboutfashionxoxo for 1 month free subscription!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Anthropologie Spring Dresses (Petites)

So I'm still searching for cute spring/summer dresses that I can wear to upcoming weddings and thought Anthropologie might have potentials. They're also having an extra 20% off sale items and I thought maybe I might find a good deal, but of course everything I picked out was full price.
The print of this dress is so pretty and I love how vibrant the colors are! It's a very flow-y and twirl-able dress, if you know what I mean! It has that slinky texture and it's nice that this dress is lined. The dress has a pull on style without any openings. In terms of sizing, I'd say it's too big and I'd recommend sizing down 1 size, plus it would look better on someone a couple of inches taller (I'm almost 5'2"). The smaller sizes are currently sold out online, but there are quite a few available at the SF location if anyone is interested.
Anthropologie carries the nicest maxi dresses! The knit fabric almost feels like a double knit and not like a thin jersey fabric and it's also lined. At the same time, it's quite pricey so I guess I wouldn't expect any less. Although the dress fits really true to size, I feel like the style is pretty matronly on me. It definitely looked better on the hanger. I'd prefer to show a tad more skin in the shoulder and clavicle area since the rest of the dress is so covered up. I do like the surplice neckline and ruched waist band that help defines the waist. 
I'm a sucker for scallop lace fabric! It's so pretty and romantic and I like the blue in contrast with the white. In terms of fit, the bust and the waist area is a tad loose for me. For reference, I wear a 32B at Victoria Secret and the 00P probably will fit someone with a least a 34" band and bigger cup. It's not something I'd recommend doing alteration on (no myself at least) since its lined. I'm just not a fan of doing alterations when things are lined or when the fabric is delicate since I'm kind of rough and can see myself getting angry and ripping the thing apart. LOL. This dress was a no for me. 
I can't find this dress on their website, but the size is either a 00P or XXSP. It has ruching in the waist area and it's super fitted throughout and especially in the bust area! I'm a little confused by this dress. I think it's too casual to wear to a wedding, but too dressy for a normal day time dress and too fitted for work. It might be good to wear on a date!? I'm not sure I love the 3/4" length sleeves with a fitted silhouette and think sleeveless or cap sleeves might have been more suitable for the style. I can't pinpoint how I feel about this dress besides that I'm confused by it. This dress is a no for me. 
Express Coral Elastic Fit And Flare Dress. Size XS - will fit someone that is XXSP.
This dress is from Express and it's been awhile since I've stepped foot in there. I've been a big fan of the coral color for spring and I really like the crisscross bodice of this dress. It has a pull on style with lots of stretch and according to the site, they describe the fabric as polyester/rubber! To think about it, the fabric did feel stiff like it was made of rubber bands. What bothered me is the the different depths of pleats, with the sides pleats being shallow and the middle one being deeper compared to the rest. I also like a softer and more flow-y skirt! I asked my bf what he thought and he said he liked it, but didn't love it. So that pretty much means, it's okay. I'm on the fence about this dress and I can see where my bf is coming from. I do like it, but just not in love with it. I'd purchase if it went on deep discount!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sephora Discounts: Beauty Insider/ VIB / VIB Rouge

Hey Ladies! It's that time of year where you get a discount on cosmetics which rarely happens!! I always take advantage to replenish on all my favorite go-tos and it's always fun to try new things without paying the full price.

  • Shiseido Benefiance Eye Cream: Gets amazing reviews and I love how moisturizing it is! I can definitely see my fine lines  erased and my eye area more soft and supple. Most eye cream works for a couple of hours and you feel like you need more, but this keeps you skin soft all day and a little bit definitely goes a long way. It's also in the $55 range which is not bad for a good eye cream. I used to used Dr. Perricone eye lift and that was uber expensive and I feel like this works better!
  • Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Emulsion: I have combination skin, but more on the dry side so I can't use anything that is too heavy or else I get oily. At the same time, I also need the moisture since I'm also dry and this lotion with SPF has definitely worked the best for me. It's hydrating without being greasy or heavy! 
  • Bobbi Brown Gel Liner & Brush: I've probably been using this over the last 10 years and have not been swayed by any other product! It's super easy to apply and you can get the thinnest line or you can build on to create the cat eye and also really easy to tight line. Most importantly, it's water resistant! See my tutorial here
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube: This is the best primer I have ever used and I even use it when I'm not wearing eyeshadows. It prevents my eyelids from getting oily and helps your eyeshadow stay vibrant and keeps it from moving around throughout the day.
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick: The secret to dewey and glowing skin. See my thoughts here and how to use it!
  • Josie Moran Argan Oil: I blow dry, flat iron or curl my hair everyday! I seriously was getting so many split ends, I couldn't even deal. I started using this and I could totally see a difference and my hair feels and looks so much healthier and now there are no split ends in sight. It's a small bottle, but a little bit goes a long way! I have a lot of hair and I only need 2-3 drops!
  • Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry: I got a deluxe size sample a few weeks ago from Sephora and I am sold! I apply this to my hair which its wet and then I blow dry. It makes my hair more manageable, voluminous and so soft! It's pretty amazing and I have gotten so many compliments about my hair lately. Someone even asked if I had extensions in my hair because it's so full. I'm almost done using my sample so I am definitely getting the full size. 
  • Clarisonic Mia: I got lazy and stopped using this for a while and can definitely see my skin is starting to look dull. I started again and can tell the difference with my skin when I wake up in the morning and that it's more clear, it glows, and I can tell its absorbs my lotion better. I love the gentle exfoliation and of course you can choose the brush head that suits your skin. I don't need the whole system, but I am replenishing on my brush heads.
  • Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush: I use this in conjunction with the Shimmer brick and I feel like it gives me the pop of color I need. It's looks super pink, but it goes on a lot lighter. It's a great color for spring and summer!
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Medi-Spa Kit: I used to get facials all the time, but since I can't afford to do it every month, this has been my go to. It may seem expensive, but you can get so much use out of it! I've had this since September of last year and I still have about 1/3 of the pads left and I do this once every 2-3 weeks. Read my review here.
  • Bobbi Brown Soothing Oil: This is what I use to cleanse my face! It's so natural and made of a blend of oils that are so gentle on the skin. What I've been doing every night is taking a couple of pumps of this and massaging it over my face until the makeup dissolves and then I rinse my face with water. It's so hydrating, I haven't really used a face moisturizer after! I know, its kinda bad! I need to moisturize at night. I'm going to Sephora today and maybe I'll find one that I will love. 
Here are the discount codes for different member levels:
10% off for Beauty Insider: use code BILOVE
15% off for VIB: Use code VIBLOVE
15% off for VIB Rouge: Use code ROUGELOVE
*Code expires 4/21/2015