Thursday, January 28, 2016

Date Night in Rose Quartz

**Sale Update: Macy's is having a 15 or 20% off sale items with code WKND! My faux shearling cardigan (review here) that I wear on a weekly basis is on sale for only $44.99. Other items on deep discount that I'm also loving and available in small sizes: Faux-Fur-Trim Plaid Walker Coat, Draped Faux-Shearling VestStriped Asymmetrical-Hem Sweater DressFloral-Print Scuba Envelope Dress, Plaid Duffle Coat.

Today is my Friday! I'm really excited to have a long weekend and spend some quality time with my boyfriend. He's taking me somewhere fun, but he won't tell me where so I'm just packing a few date night outfits to cover my bases. This Blank NYC faux leather jacket has been one my favorite pieces during spring and has transitioned well into the mild San Francisco winter. I'm always impressed with such a great fit right off the rack and the all the little details put into this jacket for under $100. I also recently picked up this cute little Tippi sweater (use code SHOPNOW for extra 40% off) and I love that it's warm without adding bulk when layered under this fitted jacket. I'm wearing a size XXSP, but with my proportions, I think I'm better off with a regular size in XXXS with longer sleeves and over length.
J. Crew Tippi Sweater. XXSP | Blank NYC Faux Leather Jacket. XS | Baublebar Angelic Drop Earrings | H&M Faux Fur Stole. Similar | F21 Skirt. Similar | Coach Pumps. Similar | Botkier Bag. Similar

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Animal Instinct: Faux Fur and Faux Leather

I've been on the hunt for some faux leather leggings after my last pair bagged out. I loved that faux leather fabric really gives it that wow factor and makes them more fun and interesting than your regular knit leggings. I found these petite leggings at Asos and the fit is perfect. It has a higher rise that provides that tummy tuck effect and the stretch faux leather material gives it that comfortable and flattering fit. There are no zipper openings and they're a pull on style with elastic on the sides only. Measurements for 00P: rise 10", waist 22" (has stretch) and inseam 25.5". I also wanted to mention that this red off the shoulder dress (size 0) that I received from Asos today is perfect for a date night or Valentine's Day. The quality of the dress is amazing with a heavy textured fabric, boning at the bodice and is also fully lined. Smaller sizes are selling out quick and it's on sale for only $31. Such an amazing buy and I couldn't be more excited to wear it for my weekend trip.
I got this faux fur vest last year at Target and it's been one of my favorite layering pieces to wear over sweaters, knit tops and dresses. It's a great way to elevate an outfit while keeping warm at the same time. The faux fur is so soft, I (and others) always end up petting it while I wear it. LoL! Also how fun are these Baublebar earrings? Although the colors are neutral and very versatile, I love how they add such a big statement to my outfit. 
ASOS Faux Leather Leggings. 00P. Similar | F21 Sweater. Similar | Target Vest. Similar | Baublebar Bliss Drops | Nine West Pumps. Similar | LV Speedy (preowned)

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Anthropologie Windowpane Car Coat + Gap Flare Jeans

To think about it, I haven't bought a coat in so long. I do own a number of coats in classic silhouettes and neutral colors and just haven't felt the need to add more to what I currently have until I tried on this one. With investment items that I tend to wear over and over again like shoes, handbags and coats, I just don't buy too often because I'm really picky about fit and the if the style will remain relevant for years to come. What I love about this coat is the oversized fit, which is different than the few fitted coats that I have. The proportions are right for a petite with narrower shoulders, shorter sleeves and overall length even though it's oversized everywhere else. The fabrication of the coat consists of mohair, polyester, wool and acrylic which gives it a really soft and smooth texture plus it's  fully lined. The coat is also pretty light weight, but still keeps me cozy and warm in mild 50ish degree weather. It actually took me awhile to get my hands on this coat since the 00P was sold out for quite some time. I was constantly checking the site to see if they'd restocked my size and lo and behold, the 00P popped back up and I snatched it up so quickly!! My stalking paid off (LOL!) and I'm so excited to wear this with everything. This coat is currently 40% off and today is the last day to take advantage of Anthropologie's winter tag sale (with code XTRA40). Measurements for a size 00P: shoulders 14.5", length 33" (taken from center back) and sleeves 21.5".
I'm so glad non-skinny type jeans are coming back in style! I wear really high heels all the time and what I love about bootcut jeans, flares or wide legged jeans are that they hide my heels and give the illusion that my legs are longer than they actually are! I bought these Gap long & lean flare jeans a while ago on deep discount at the store and was willing to pay alteration cost since it was so cheap. The waist was a tad big for a 00, but the legs are fitted through out and of course the inseam was a few inches too long for me (which I had taken up and with the original hem still attached). There are petites sizes available and I think a 00P would have been a perfect fit! I'll probably invest in a different wash when these go on sale again.
Anthropologie Coat. 00P. Similar | Baublebar Necklace | Gap Long & Lean Jeans. 00 | H&M Chambray Shirt. Similar Here & Here | Botkier Bag. Similar 

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Monday, January 18, 2016

A Lemon Zesty Turtleneck Sweater

It's funny how your taste changes as you get older. I used to hate duck, bacon, dark meat, corn, turtlenecks and floral prints. The list of things I used to hate, has now turned into things I enjoy, with the exception of corn. I'm actually really open-minded when it comes to food and will eat weird stuff like gizzards and Asian delicacies, but corn is unpalatable to me. I used to not like wearing turtle necks either and felt like they were so suffocating. I bought a cowl neck sweater a couple of years ago and it was so warm and cozy that the idea of a turtle neck has really begun to grow on me.
This yellow merino turtleneck sweater is currently on final sale from J. Crew and it comes in lots of fun colors. I was initially worried that it would be itchy, but the fabric is actually really soft and comfortable. I'm wearing a size XXXS and it's feels very comparable to other J. Crew items I have in size XXSP with the exception of the sleeves and over length being longer. I prefer the longer lengths since most petite tops are too short for my longer torso and arms. I also have the Tippi sweater (pink wash) in size XXSP and the fabric is rather thin, but a great piece for layering. The pink is a soft blush color which I love and it's fitted throughout the arms and bust and a tiny bit loose in the waist. I think a size XXXS regular would have been a better fit for me. I also love their painter tees (I wear a size XXS since it shrinks in the dryer) and would have taken advantage of the extra discount, but I just purchased one recently during the X-mas sale. I also tried the No. 2 pencil skirt and the 000P fits perfect in the waist which is very rare (my waist size is 24"). I'm always worried about buying things on final sale, so readers please feel free to share with me with what items work for you and are worth getting!!
J. Crew Sweater.  Currently on sale! XXXS | Baublebar Necklace | H&M Jacket. Similar in petites | Vince Camuto Booties. Similar | F21 Skirt. Similar here, here + here | Kate Spade Mini Brantley (new version)

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Afternoon Tea Party in Asos Petite Tea Length Dress

I wore this dress to my best friend's bridal shower that I threw. It was actually my first time attending a bridal shower and also my first time throwing one. My bridal shower cherry got popped! LOL! I've been invited to a few showers but somehow always managed to miss them due to scheduling conflicts. For those of you who've never been to a shower like me, I thought I'd share with you what goes on at these parties. I had to do a lot of research and sought out a couple of friends who have had experience throwing them. I didn't know there were games, prizes and also party favors given out to the guests. We played three games: one determining how well the bride knew the groom (example), another one with questions on how well we knew the bride (example) and what's in you purse (example). Most of the templates are online and you can download and print them for free, but I had my boyfriend help me design my own templates and I also made up some questions so it's more fun and personalized. Since we had an afternoon tea party at the Palace Hotel, the favors were a teacup and saucer with a little L'Occitane hand cream (love their stuff!) inside of it. If you're thinking about throwing a bridal shower or just want to enjoy great afternoon tea, I highly recommend the Palace Hotel! Although it is really pricey, the venue was absolutely gorgeous, the ambiance was perfect for a bridal shower and the food was really girly, cute and of course delicious.
Let's talk about this dress from Asos! I absolutely love this dress since it fits like a glove. It is currently almost 60% off the original price and the quality is amazing. It has boning inside the bodice, the dress is fully lined and it has pockets at the hips. There's also tulle inside the skirt that you can easily remove if you wanted less poof, but I decided not to remove it because I like the drama of a full skirt. I actually haven't ordered a fitted dress from Asos in a while and was shocked at how small it ran. I went braless in this dress because I only have the heavily padded strapless bras from Victoria's Secret and when I wore that under this dress, it felt so tight. I didn't have time to order the next size up to try, but I'd definitely recommend sizing up if you're in between sizes or just want to feel more comfortable. This would be a great dress if you're looking for an alternative to wearing red for Valentine's Day. I see some of the sizes have sold out due to the deep discount, so act quickly if you're interested! Measurements for this dress in 00P: bust 29", waist 24" and length 32" (measured from center front to hem).
Asos Floral Dress. 00P | J. Crew Lady Day Coat. 00P | BaubleBar Necklace | Stitch Fix Elle Clutch | Forever21 Sandals. Similar

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter Pastel and Lace Trim

My friend was going through my closet the other day and she was pulled out one of the coats and said how much she loved it. She asked where I bought it and I told her I made it. She said I should make more of my own clothes again. I'd totally love to, but the task just seems too daunting when you're working full time. I remember it took me a week to make this coat and I'm not even taking into account the time it took me to design and create the first pattern. Before I started school,  I would randomly draw my patterns and sew it up and expect it to fit. Then I got to school and my teacher was like "No, Ping. That's not how it works." You have to draft your first pattern, make a muslin out of it to determine fit issues, then make corrections to your pattern and do another fitting to make sure your corrections were right. This jacket was definitely a labor of love. I made this coat in a red color and the fit was all wonky and then I redid it in this pastel color. I need to wear it more to show off my handy work. I guess I don't read my own blog too often, but I clicked on my DIY tab and I kind of shocked myself with all the things I made in that period of time. LOL!
Asos Sweater. 00P | DIY Coat (similar here + here - comes in petite & on sale) |  Via Spiga Boots. Similar | Stitch Fix Elle Crossbody. Similar | Levi Jeans. Similar - expensive, but I heard great things about this brand and want to try 

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Layers : Sweater Cardigan on Sweater Dress + Anthropologie Sale

***Sale Update: Hey Ladies! Anthropologie is having an extra 25% off (use code TAGTIME) on their sale items: the Shimmer skirt I wore here is $96,  my Windowpane Car Coat is $149 (review), Minette Dress is under $100 (review),  Hooded Gwynn Jacket is $44 and has great reviews, Ambrose Knit Jacket looks so cozy and soft and is $59 (I might have to get this!), Cowled Sweater Dress is $37, Textured Wool Moto Jacket is $59 (oh I love a good moto jacket, this I really have to get!),  Hetty Coat ($89), Cable Cashmere Sweater ($89). Hurry before smaller sizes run out!!!

Every year, I feel like the winter weather becomes increasingly frigid in SF. I decided to combat the cold by combining my favorite cozy sweater dress & sweater cardigan and the two items layered together make a super warm outfit! The sweater dress is currently 40% off for just under $30 and the sweater cardigan is only $19! Also see how I previously styled this sweater dress and cardigan here & here.

BP Sweater Dress (currently 40% off). XS | F21 Cardigan. S | Stuart Weitzman Boots. Similar | Kate Spade Mini Brantley (new version)

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Twirl in Anthropologie Petite Shimmer Spot Skirt

Happy Sunday! I thought this month was going to be a casual chill month, but then realized I have a few events coming up that I have to look nice for. My best friend is getting married and I'm planning her bridal shower. I've known her since second grade, it's kind of crazy how long we have know each other and have stayed in touch after all these years. We're doing an afternoon tea at the Palace Hotel - I've never been there, but the venue looks gorgeous and I've always heard amazing things about it. My birthday is almost coming up which means I'm getting older and more grey hairs are popping up (sad face). If you look closely at my recent pictures, you can see a few pop up here and there. I haven't gotten to the point where I have to dye it, but I can see that happening in the near future! Then, there's also Valentine's day which is just around the corner. I can't remember if me and my boyfriend celebrate it, but I thought it would be nice to have something ready. LoL! I know, we are that romantic!
My boyfriend was really generous and got me a gift card to Anthropologie so I could splurge and get whatever I wanted. I normally wouldn't buy their stuff at full price since my budget doesn't allow for it. I picked up this shimmer spot skirt and thought it would be the perfect piece to kill 3 birds (3 events coming up) with one stone. I really like the gold circle appliqué on the skirt which gives it dimension and a whimsical factor. It was so fun to take pictures in this skirt since there's a lot of volume to swish and twirl in it. I probably looked like a looney to passersby, but I just couldn't help myself and had to be a little silly in such a cute skirt! The sad part is that I ended up returning this since the waist was really big on me. I had the waist pinched back with a clip to show how the skirt is supposed to fit. I just couldn't justify keeping it at full price and also added alteration fees. The tulle fabric, which is the top layer, is really delicate and I just don't have patient hands to gently take it apart. I can see myself totally messing up and ruining this so I would definitely have someone else take in the waist for me. Measurements for 00P: waist 25.75" and length is 25".
Anthropologie Shimmer Spot Skirt. 00P (currently on sale for under $100!) | Ann Taylor Top  (Similar here + here) + Pumps (Similar) | Banana Republic Necklace. Similar | LV Speedy (pre-owned)

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Grey Day In Asos Petite Swing Dress

Hey Ladies! I thought I'd share with you all a 10% discount code to Forever21. If you liked any of the pieces I recently wore, this is a good time to pick them up. Use code 10ZGLZF at checkout for 10% off your order. Check out my Christmas Eve Dinner Outfit wearing this Pleated Skirt + Off the Shoulder Sweater and also this casual outfit wearing the Plaid Cardigan,  Faux Suede Pumps + Bow Blouse.

Also some Nordstrom pieces I wore and reviewed recently went on sale as well. My boyfriend got me the BB Dakota Romper (review) for Christmas and it's currently on sale for 40% off. Hopefully it's hasn't been more than 2 week so we can get a price adjustment. My cozy BP Sweater Dress is also currently on sale for $28 and the Colorblock Blanket Scarf I wore with it is now $14 from $30 (amazing deal!!).

It's raining cats and dogs today in San Francisco! Isn't that a weird saying? I remembering hearing my teacher say that in grade school and I was like "what, no it's not! That's not possible!" Another saying that also puzzles me is "I just stepped on a barking spider." Have you guys heard of that one before? It's something you say when you've just passed gas! LOLOLOL! Spiders don't bark, but I guess if they did, it would make that sound. It'll never make sense in my head, but I guess I will just go with it.

I've been loving swing dresses, especially this comfortable and cozy one from Asos. It's such an easy piece to wear and also versatile enough to dress up with boots or you can dress it down with flats on a warmer day. I also wear my longline cardigan from Forever21 a lot over my outfits at home. It's like a bathrobe, but it looks dressy enough when I put on boots or heels to go get coffee or lunch.

Shop This Outfit:Asos Swing Dress. 00P | F21 Cardigan (Similar) + Necklace (Similar) | Via Spiga Boots. Similar | Botkier Bag. Similar

Monday, January 4, 2016

Light Showers Call for Burberry Rain Boots

Happy Monday everyone! Now that the holidays are over, it's back to casual and comfy outfits! My casual outfits, home clothes and weekend wear all intermix and are pretty much the same thing. The other day I was wearing my J. Crew Painter tee (I have a couple of these since they're so comfy and easy to layer with) and was cooking pasta in it and splashed tomato sauce all over the shirt. Normally, I would beg my bf to help me get the stain out, but I knew the shirt was totally donezo and had to order myself another one.

On another side note, my bf was so generous and got me a gift card to Anthropologie for one of my Christmas gifts. I think he's secretly tired of me going into the store, trying on stuff and not buying anything! LOL! So I've been stalking the website because I fell in love with the Windowpane Car Coat (reviewed here) and saw that the 00P came back in stock. I jumped on ordering that so quickly and also the Shimmer Spot Skirt to wear to my friend's bridal shower that is coming up in a couple of weeks. I'm going to be so mad if I receive an email saying it's out of stock and they won't be shipping my coat because it's currently out of stock again!
J. Crew Painter Tee (currently on sale). Size XXS | Levi Jeans. Similar | Stitch Fix Kendy Vest. Size XS (Similar) + Necklace (Similar) | Burberry Check Rain Boots. Size 5. Similar | Kate Spade Crossbody. Similar

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Kensie Red Blazer + Stitch Fix Cut Out Floral Blouse

Hey Guys! Happy New Year! Is anyone sad that the holidays are over because I am! It's the same way I feel about vacations. I always get super sad and depressed when they are over and you have to go back to work like a normal person. I didn't do much for NYE besides dinner since my boyfriend and I were both sick (and are still sick). I remember telling my boyfriend a couple months ago that I rarely get sick, and lo and behold, I got over the flu a month ago, then food poisoning and passed out (thank god my boyfriend was with me) this week and now I have a cold. So never say never because it will happen!
Kensie Blazer. Size XS. Currently on sale for only $54!! I have a red blazer from Zara and every time I tried it on, it just didn't seem to fit right because the length was too long. I was looking for a casual blazer that I can just throw on over a blouse or t-shirt or to dress up jeans. I'm stumbled upon this Kenise blazer that comes in 9 fun colors and I love the relaxed fit and the three quarter length sleeves (will be full length if un-cuffed). The site says it's fitted, but it fits me on the looser side so if you're looking for a tight fit, I think you are safe to size down. The blazer is pretty light weight and a great piece to wear under a coat and will transition nicely for spring and summer. The shoulders are lightly padded and it's also full lined with a really cute polka dot print so I love wearing it cuffed to show that off. I recently got this Stitch Fix Adelana Cut Out Top in my order and love layering it under jackets and blazers. I like the combination of the cutouts which gives it that edgy vibe and the floral print which makes it really girly as well. What's great about getting items from Stitch Fix is that I can't find them anywhere else which makes it really special. 
Measurement for size XS: Sleeve Length 21.5", Length (taken from center back) 22", Shoulder Width 14", Waist 30"
Kensie Blazer. XS | Stitch Fix Adelana Cut Out Top. XSP. Similar | J Brand Super Skinny Coated Jeans. Size 24. Similar | Vince Camuto Booties. Splurge or Save | Kate Spade Crossbody. Similar

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