Thursday, October 30, 2014

Forever21 Friends & Family

Hey ladies! Forever 21 (in store and online) is having friends and family! I wonder if this is the first time they are doing it?  I love any kind of discount to F21 because their stuff is so cheap and the extra 20% off is just icing on the cake. Below are quite a few items from my recent purchases so if you love anything this is the perfect time to pick it up!

*Use code F21Friend for 20% regular price items (from 10/20 - 11/2)

My Picks: Lace Collar Shift Dress , Colorblock Layered Tee, Button Down Lace Blouse, V-back Chiffon Blouse, Cable Knit Asymmetrical Cardigan, Tartan Plaid Scarf, Leopard Print ScarfCheck Plaid Toggle Coat, Plaid Boucle Mini Skirt, Open Leopard Cardigan

I made my mom an open leopard cardigan (similar to the link above) for mother's day last year and she totally poo pooed on it and complained there were no pockets! I thought it was super cute and wish I'd have kept it for myself and just given her money. Yes, my mother likes money over hand made gifts. LOL. Anyway, I might pick up the leopard cardigan and can't decide what else I'm getting!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Anthropologie Reviews [Petites in Stores]

I have a co-worker who always dresses super cute and shops mostly at Anthropologie. I told her that I don't really shop there because they don't have petite sizes in their stores and am afraid to order from their website in case things don't fit and I need to return. The fear is due to a friend telling me she got banned from buying and returning via Anthro's website frequently (yes, she got a letter saying she is blacklisted!!). My co-worker goes, "well they have a huge petite section in the SF downtown store!" What?! I never knew of this! I guess I've been living under a rock because I had no idea Anthro started carrying petites in their B&M stores. Anyway, I stopped by the store this weekend and the petite section is indeed huge! I'm really excited to have another store carrying petites because I honestly hate ordering and returning stuff from online.
 
Anthropologie Ophora Dot Dress. Size XXSP. [Fits True to Size]
It's really hard to tell in these pictures, but the polka dots are a gold color (not white) which is different from what you normally see. I also like the dot size and that they are not too small or big (I hate big polka dots!). The dress is made of a thick knit fabric which is so comfortable to wear and (from what I can remember) is also fully lined. The length of the dress is great for shorter petites and I love that it hits above the knee to show more leg. The flattering V-neckline helps elongate the torso and the cross draping also gives the illusion of a slimmer waist. There is also an exposed zipper down the center back. Oh, it also has pockets!! Who doesn't love pockets? I ended up passing on the dress due to price, but I'd definitely buy on a good sale.
 Anthropologie Maite Tunic. Size XXP. [Recommend 1 size up]
I have a lot of solid color tops so I thought this would be a fun addition to my wardrobe. I like the bright colors, pattern and the mixed media. The length is also longer and great to pair with tights or leggings. There is also gathering across the bust (where the lace and the printed fabric connect), so if you are small chested (like me) this gives the illusion that you're more endowed than you actually are. The fit of the sleeves was really tight and the armholes felt restricting as well. The hips ran narrow and I like my tops to be a little more relaxed in a woven fabric.
Anthropologie Pinion Dress. 00P. [Fits True To Size]
Oh my gosh, this dress had all the hanger appeal! I love the beautiful bold colors and the brush stroke print! The fabric had a nice weight and was also fully lined. The fit, on the other hand, was less appealing (on me) and I thought it made me look a little juvenile. I have a long torso, so this dress seemed to sit really high on my waist (almost empire style). The combination of heavy fabric and lots of gathers creates this poofy effect! I felt like I could be a wedding cake topper! A reviewer online mentioned that there's a layer of tulle underneath the skirt (I don't remember that) so if you love this dress and want to de-poof it, you can always take out that layer. It is a beautiful dress with pockets and an exposed zipper down center back. Unfortunately, this was a no for me but the small petite sizes are sold out online so it must fit other people well.
 Anthropologie Quilted Tema Dress . 00P. [Fits True To Size] Also comes in a rust and green color.
I like the tailored look of this dress mixed with the floral print and bows on the straps (I know it's hard to see!). The pockets are also a nice touch and the length hits right above the knee. The overall fit is nice, with the minor issue of the straps not laying flat against my shoulders (but an easy alteration by un-doing the lining and shortening the straps). This dress gets lot of positive reviews online and everyone loves the fit and the green color. I don't have much to say because I'm feeling kind of indifferent about it and I also don't really need a pencil dress in my life at the moment.
Anthropologie Wrapped Wool Coat. XXSP. [Fits True to Size]
I love the rust color and the fit of this jacket! The silhouette  is very flattering since it nips in at the waist and flares out at the hips. It's made of a boiled wool fabric and is also unlined. If you have super sensitive skin, this might not be for you since it felt a little itchy to me (but I wasn't extremely bothered by it). It also has a hood which made the coat more casual which is great for the weekends or casual work settings. The sleeves are a little wide to accommodate a long sleeve or sweater and I think the length is also perfect. The minor issue is that the back length is a little long on me, but that's my fault since I have bad posture and stand with the hips forward. I'd would purchase if this went on sale.
Anthropologie Iguazu Pencil Skirt.XXSP. [Fits True To size] + Nettie Pullover. XXSP
This skirt! I love the fun print!! My collection of (solid and neutral color) pencil skirts are so dull, it'd seriously put you to sleep. Honestly, I can't even...LOL! I like the longer length of this skirt and thought it's more sophisticated than what I normally wear. There is no waist gap and everything fits pretty nice, but here's my little rant. It's an elastic pull on waist skirt! Why isn't there a zipper? I have a small waist and big hips, so I had to wiggle myself out of this skirt and felt like I was stretching out the waist band. It's very spendy for a knit skirt that is on the thin side, but I think the fun print makes up for it. I am definitely stalking this item and hope it goes on sale!

The pullover is just okay in my book. I like the burnout jacquard detail and that it's on the thinner side which makes it easy for layering. The length is too short to wear with pants or jeans and I don't love how it flares out at the bottom. I'd only wear this top tucked into a skirt. So a definite no on the pullover.

Anthropologie is having a sale at their stores and website. Use code "Extraextra" for 25% of their sale items. Happy Shopping and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sweater Dress Weather

I haven't been wearing any of my dresses as of late because most of them are made of light weight knits or polyester fabric and are too thin for the current fall weather in SF. I do miss the ease and convenience of a dress since you don't have to think about matching a top to a bottom. I've been so busy lately (and also trying to get more sleep) that I barely have time to do my makeup and hair in the morning. If you look at all my pictures in recent photos, my hair is styled straight because it takes 2 seconds to do. I prefer my hair to be curly (like this), so I'm hoping getting dressed quickly will allow my to at least give my hair some loving care and get maybe 10 more minutes of sleep. 

*Most dresses below are in the $40-50 range and all are under $100! Pretty awesome deals!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oversize + Cozy

A little sad that our Indian Summer was short lived and fall weather is finally here. It's been drizzling the last couple of days and I wish it would rain harder. Not because I love the rain, but because my car needs a wash super bad!! Speaking of car, these booties are not good for driving. When my foot presses on the gas or brake petal, the top edge of the shoes push against my shin. So I do have to take off my shoes when I'm driving, but other than that I love these booties! I have worn them to school, a couple of times to work and out shopping. Very comfy and easy to walk in, but I am used to walking in high heels. I don't wear anything else but heels and people never believe me when I tell them that (until they see me everyday in heels). Anything without a heel is uncomfortable to me...I swear!  
Halogen Camden booties. Size 5.5 | F21 Cardigan (S)  and Jeans (24) | Botkier Bag. Similar

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BR Fitting Room Reviews + Purchases

Hey ladies! I got an alert this weekend via Shopstyle that this BR dress (below) that I've been eying for the longest time is on sale. I was super excited and went online to BR and had this dress reserved in store, just in case they sold out. You never know!! While I was at the store, I saw so many new things I liked and there were also so many things on sale. If you live in SF, I'd definitely recommend visiting the flagship store on Grant St. (parking is a biatch though). They have a huge sale section in the basement and one of the largest petite selections I've seen. More often than not, store promotions are better than the ones online (use code BRSAVE for 30% off ).
 BR Faux Wrap Dress. XXSP [fits true to size | good for rectangle body]
Like I said, I was super excited to see this dress on sale. In my head, I just thought this dress was going to look and fit AMAZING (yes super duper amazing). I think I had preconceptions of how fabulous this dress was going to be and when I did try it on, it didn't live up to my expectations. Even my bf thought it was just okay and he always likes short fitting dresses. I was hoping the fabric would be more sturdy, but I guess they had used a soft thinner jersey for the dress to drape the way it does. So I'm totally not mad at them for that! What I don't like is that drapes give the illusion of a tummy and wide hips! It was a huge let down, but I'm sure this would look amazing on someone who has more of a rectangular body and wants to look more curvy. If you're interested in purchasing it, this dress does fit true to size and also comes in a grey color.
 
 BR Swing Pullover. Size XSP [sized up 1 size]
I found this sweater in the sale section and wanted to try it on for fun! It's definitely sweater weather in SF, so I've been hoarding any kind of sweaters I've seen lately. I didn't see a size XXSP, but the one I'm wearing fits just fine. In fact, I think an XXSP would be too tight (especially the sleeves)! The sweater has a short gold zipper down the center back with a slight high low hem. I ended up not getting the cream color because there was a substantial snag, but I did find one in the navy color and got that instead!
 BR Drape Jersey Top. XXSP [fits true to size]
This was another item I've been wanting to try!! Like the dress, I was quite disappointed with the fit and fabric. The jersey is super soft so I'll give them that, but it is extremely thin and clings onto the body. I felt self conscious in it and also can see this shrinking in the wash. I also didn't like the sloppy neckline which I had to keep readjusting and couldn't get it to look pretty. This was a no for me, even on sale for $30.
BR Draped Wool Coat. Size XXSP [runs large - size down 1 size]
I saw this on the hanger and thought it looked so cozy, like a huge blanket you wanted to snuggle up in on a cold day. Like a reviewer said, this is the Olivia Pope coat and I definitely thought the same when I saw it. The coat is unlined and might be too thin for really cold snowy climates (okay for SF). This coat is really oversized and it's obvious when not belted. If you have a short/slim torso, the large collars might overwhelm you. The sleeves were also very roomy and a tad long (easy alteration though). If this is something you're interested in, I'd recommend waiting for a good sale and sizing down 1 size. 
BR Riviera Blouse. Size XXSP [good for inverted triangle]
I've been really into henley blouses lately and thought this was super cute in the plaid pattern! Small sizes are sold out online, but it's available in store. The shoulders on this blouse are wide and felt like it was going to fall off me and the sleeves were too long (plus anything with cuffs are a pain to alter). At the same time, the bottom was narrow and felt almost too tight for my hips (my hips are 33") and I like my tops a little more relaxed, especially in a woven fabric. If that was the only issue, I think I might have bought it though. The top would be great for someone who has an inverted triangle body (wider shoulders and small hips).

BR Soft-Washed Gingham Flannel. Size XXSP.  [fits true to size]
This top, I love! It was so soft and cozy just like the name indicates. Even though it's in petite sizing, the length is longer than what I typically expect. I have a long torso so definitely don't mind it at all. The longer length also makes its great for layering under sweaters. The only issue was that the sleeves are a tad long, but I'd normally roll up my sleeves when wearing a button up shirt to make it look less formal. I'd definitely buy when it goes on a good sale!

BR Skinny Ankle Jeans. Size 24. These jeans are the jeans I'm wearing in all the pictures above. I originally needed this to try on with the tops and fell in love with how soft and comfortable they are! The fit is near perfect! I purchased this in store ($20 off original price) and then realized that I had a 40% off coupon when I got home. I'll take more detailed pictures later. Thinking about returning and then rebuying...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: Old Navy Pixie Ankle Pants

I know a couple of you were curious about the fit of these Old Navy Pixie Pants, so here's a quick review for you ladies. What initially attracted me to these pants were the fun prints and variety of colors they come in. Any pants with the word ankle makes me automatically want to try them out because I have short legs and ankle pants always fit like full length pants on me. #petitegirlproblems 

*Side note - omg my hair is so long from the back view! My layers in the front are so much shorter so I never to really see how long my hair is. I feel like in no time, it's going to reach butt length. Ahhh! Need to cut asap!
I returned these pants and totally forgot to take measurements (I'm a terrible blogger!). For reference I normally wear a 24" for jeans or 00P for dress pants. The inseam of these pants are approx 25.5" and there is no waist gap. The fabric is like a ponte and there's a good amount of stretch in these pants. Personally, I think these pants fit okay on me. They aren't terrible, but they're not that great on me either. There's a lot of bunching in the (front) knee area and there's also some drag lines below the butt (meaning it's a tad tight). In the back of the knee, you can see the fabric tucking under and I asked my fitting teacher why this happens. She said it's because I have fat deposits on the sides of my knees. I'm honestly kind of indifferent about fit and color so the right thing to do was to return them since I promised myself to not keep anything I don't love. My original pick was the b&w houndstooth print, but it was sold out. ON restocked and it's currently available again in the print I want! The little devil on my left shoulders says to order them and is trying to convince me that it might fit better in print. LOL! 
ON Pixie Ankle Pants. 0P | F21 Pink Chiffon Blouse. S. Sleeves altered | Tory Burch Wedges. Similar | LV Palermo PM | Orange Bib Necklace. Similar

These TB wedges (above) reminds me of how much I love her designs! She makes the cutest shoes (esp wedges) and I really like her logo not for the brand recognition, but think it's a really creatively designed insignia. Here's some eye candy for you ladies from TB's new arrivals!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Neutral Colorblocking

Remember when color-blocking was huge a few years ago with super bright colors? I don't know if you've noticed, but it's back in a totally different way. I think I love it much better. It's so much easier to wear especially for those who work in a conservative work environment and want to incorporate this trend. It has a softer and more chic vibe and is so much more classic than the latter. On top of my list is the first dress(left) and the olive midi sheath from Misguided and the raglans from J. Crew Factory! I almost made a purchase last night, but the Misguided site was having glitches and wouldn't let me add items to my cart. Tonight, I'm too tired to pull out my credit card as I'm writing this. Plus I just received my Nordstrom's Halogen booties when I got home from work and I couldn't be more happy with my purchase. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, but I don't care and am definitely sporting them.