Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fitting Room Reviews: H&M, Banana Republic, J.Crew and WHBM

WHBM Sleeveless Dot Print Sundress
I was so excited to see that they brought back this polka dot dress in a pretty gray color. See my taupe version from last year here. Since they don't have petites in store, I'm trying on a 00 (same size as my taupe). It feels like the cut is slightly smaller than last year but it's still loose in the chest, shoulders and back. The length is the same - hitting at the knees. According to the SA at the store, she said this is available in petites but I couldn't find it online. I love everything about this dress and it has pockets! Would definitely recommend.
H&M Ruffle Skirt
H&M Butterfly Sleeve Blouse - size 2 (buy here in 5 colors)
H&M Ruffle Skirt - size 2 (buy here)
I passed on both but the skirt is cute and size 2 fits me well.
H&M Ruffle Dress
H&M Ruffle Dress - size 2 (buy here)
I didn't care for this dress but thought I'd share in case anyone likes it.
H&M Polka Dot Circle Skirt
H&M Polka Dot Circle Skirt - size 2 (buy here)
It's really hard for me to say no to anything that has polka dots. The color is a dark navy and is from the "office wear" section. Size 2 fits me perfectly and is fully lined. Would recommend.
H&M Yellow Wrap Dress
H&M Yellow Wrap Dress - size 2
This is a brand new dress and I couldn't find it online to link to. I love the color and the way the dress drapes but unfortunately, the material is very thin and slightly see through in the back. You will most definitely have to wear a slip and nude undergarments. I passed.
J.Crew Cove Floral Dress
J.Crew Cove Floral Surf Dress - size 00 (buy here)
When I felt the material, I had to try it on. It's made of neoprene and was inspired by a wet suit. Since this is regular sizing, there are some fit issues. There's puckering near the arm holes and the shoulders/chest/back are loose. The waist and length are decent on someone my size. I like the floral print but it didn't do it for me. Passed.
Banana Republic Green Strapless Dress
Banana Republic Green Strapless Dress - size 00P (buy here)
The color is gorgeous in real life and the material is thick. Size 00P fits me perfectly off the rack. Usually strapless dresses tend to slip but this one seem to stay in place. The only thing I didn't care for was the front pleating, it makes it look like shorts instead of a dress. Passed.
Menbur Polkadot Bow Slingback Pumps
Menbur pumps - size 5 (buy here)
I was super excited to get these but was so disappointed when they arrived. Polkadots and a bow? It's a no brainer right? Unfortunately the ankle part is huge! It doesn't even sit on my ankles at all- just hangs there loosely. The quality wasn't that great for the price either. Returned. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Stripes, Chambray and Statement Necklace (plus sale alerts + winner of giveaway)

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Shirt: Loft - size XXSP (similar here and here)
SkirtForever 21 - size small (buy here)
Belt: Kate Spade - size small (buy here)
Shoes: J.Crew - size 5 (buy here)
Purse: Kate Spade (buy here)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (buy here or similar)
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Happy Monday! I just got back from a mini vacation at Pelican Hill Resort and feel so refreshed! Sometimes it's good to get a way from everything even if it's for a few days. Today's post is pairing chambray with stripes and a statement necklace. I love this combo both for work and on the weekends. I'm loving this Forever 21 skirt! I can't get over how well it fits and how thick the material is.  See recent review and measurements here.
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If you are in need of a chambray shirt, I'm loving this drapey softened one (darker color here) or this faded chambray - both available in petites. 
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I've been wanting this J.Crew sunburst necklace for the longest time and I was able to get it for free with my J.Crew rewards. Thanks to Gigi for helping me figure out what the difference between the regular and the factory version. Here's a very similar dupe from Ily Couture.
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Let's talk about this amazing Kate Spade bag! In case you are debating between the small or large beau, I'd suggest going with the smaller size (especially if you are petite). The large measures 10.5"h x 18"w x 6"d and the small measures 8.5"h x 15"w x 5.5"d. It's a pretty big difference in size even though it's only a few inches. It's very roomy and great for someone who carries likes to carry a lot of stuff. It also comes with an adjustable longer strap if you don't like carrying it in your hands/arms. This purse is a structured and more of a heavier purse so you might want to take that into consideration when purchasing. I love it and would definitely recommend. You can buy it here.
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If you are in need of some retail therapy, here are a couple of good sales going on today. Get 50% off everything PLUS free shipping at Loft.com with code CYBER50 - here are my picks:

Get 50% off everything PLUS free shipping at Ann Taylor.com with code WOW50 - my picks are:

Happy shopping and have a great day! I promise to announce the J.Crew mint bangle giveaway winner later on today The winner is Giuseppina! Congratulations! Please contact me to claim your prize. Thank you for all who entered! :) 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: ASOS and White House Black Market Petites

ASOS petite midi skirt with pockets
Skirt: ASOS midi skirt with pockets - size US 00 petite (buy here)
 Measurements: waist 10 3/4" laying flat, length 23.5" (see review of the peach and red version HERE)
Left Top: Loft {old, similar here} Right Top: H&M (buy here), Blazer H&M - size 2 (buy here)
Left Shoes: J.Crew (similar) Right Shoes: Ann Taylor (buy here)
This is the exact same skirt as my peach one worn and reviewed here. It looked more "mint" online but in person, it's a light pastel blue (so pretty). I don't have any skirts in this color and I can't seem to turn down a full skirt with pockets. Keeping and would recommend. FYI - the waist doesn't provide much stretch so I'd recommend sizing up. 
ASOS scuba skirt
Skirt: ASOS scuba skirt - size XXS/UK6 (buy here)
Measurements: Waist 11" across, 16" total length
Top: H&M (buy here)
Blazer: H&M - size 2 (buy here)
Shoes: Ann Taylor (buy here)
This reminds me of my other ASOS yellow neoprene skirt (see here and here). I bought it pre-owned on eBay and the waist has always been slightly too loose on me. The waist on this skirt runs small and fits me perfectly. It's regular sizing but the XXS is tiny and comparable to H&M size 2. I wish it was a couple inches longer in length but other than that, it's adorable. The material is made from as stretch scuba material and is thinner than neoprene. It drapes nicely and doesn't seem to be wrinkle prone. Would highly recommend. Perfect for Spring/Summer. It's also available in white/cream (buy here). **This was recently on sale for $45 but now is back up to full price.
ASOS high waisted chartreuse pencil skirt
Skirt: ASOS high waisted pencil skirt - size US 1 (buy here)
Measurements: waist 12" across, length 23"
Top: H&M (buy here)
I've been looking for a thinner chartreuse pencil skirt for Spring/Summer and had high hopes for this one. I love the tapered fit and longer length but the material is a bit strange. It's unlined, thin and seems to wrinkle easily. The price is decent buts still debating if I can live with the material.
WHBM Tweed Dress with Bow Belt
Dress: WHBM Bow Belt Sheath - size 00P (buy here)
Measurements: shoulder 11.5", armpit 15", waist 12", hips 16", length 34"
This is a very classic black/white sheath dress. The 00P fits me like a glove. It comes with a detachable bow belt but I think it looks better w/out it. The oversize bow on the belt makes my waist appear much bigger (who wants that?). It's fully lined and a great addition to my work wardrobe. Would recommend. 
WHBM Striped Blazer and Polka Dot Skirt
Blazer: WHBM - size 00P (buy here)
Measurements: shoulder 13", armpit 15", sleeve 17", length 19"
Skirt: WHBM - size 00P (buy here)
Measurements: waist 12", length 22"
Here is the petite version of this striped blazer (see previous fitting room review here). It runs very small so I'd recommend sizing up. If you are similar in size to me, the 00P fits me nicely. This polka dot pencil skirt is adorable and runs true to size. The only downside is that the dots are made of tiny white sequins and I'm afraid that some will fall off over time. Other than that, it's super cute and would recommend both pieces! I also got the petite version of this chanel-esque jacket and it fits much better than the regular (see here). 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stripes and Polka Dots (plus some recent work outfits)

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Shirt: J.Crew - size 00 (buy here)
Blazer: J.Crew - size 00P (buy here and here)
Jeans: Old Navy - size 0short (buy here)
Shoes: Saks Outlet - size 5 (similar here and cheaper here)
Purse: Tory Burch (buy here)
Bangle: J.Crew (similar here and here)
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Happy Wednesday! I didn't have a post planned today so here is an outfit I wore several weeks ago. I didn't like how the pictures came out but was desperate to get something up so here it is! If you are looking for some mint bow flats, this one is almost identical to mine and you can buy it here. It took me over a year to break these in and they are finally comfortable enough to wear!
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Here are a couple outfits I wore to work this week:
Chambray and Stripes
Shirt: Loft (similar here and here)
Skirt: Forever 21 (buy here)
Belt: Kate Spade (buy here)
Shoes: J.Crew (buy here)
Purse: Kate Spade (buy here)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (buy here)
I still can't get over this Forever 21 skirt! See recent review and measurements here.
Peach and Navy Polka Dots
Top: H&M {see review here} - size 2 (buy here)
Skirt: Asos {last seen here} - size 00P (buy here)
Purse: Kate Spade (buy here)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin (buy here)
I last wore this skirt back in February and now it's available in a pretty mint color (buy here). If you haven't picked up this H&M navy polka dot tie neck top {see review here}, I would highly recommend it. It seems to go with everything and can be worn alone or under a blazer/cardigan (see here). That's all from me today, thanks for reading and hope you have a great rest of the week!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Shabby Apple Brand New Me Dress (plus fitting room reviews)

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Dress: Shabby Apple {hemmed and shrunken} - size 0 (buy here)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin - size 35 (buy here)
Purse: Prada (buy here)
Necklace: Pearls (similar here and here)
Earrings: Kate Spade (buy here)
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Happy Monday!  Today I want to share with you this adorable Shabby Apple dress. I love dresses with elbow sleeves and this one is was too cute to pass up. It comes with the black sash too!
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The smallest size they have is a 0/2 which was a bit wide and long for me. Since the material is 100% cotton, I was able to wash and dry it on high heat (one cycle) which made the dress slightly smaller. Shrinking clothes is not recommended and is also very risky so please do it at your own risk. I also took up the hem several inches (forgot how long it was originally).
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You can wear the black sash with the bow in the front or back. I like it both ways depending on my mood. I would definitely recommend this! On another note, here are some items I tried on this past weekend: 
Banana Republic Petite Dresses
Pieced Panel Sheath Dress - size 00P (buy here)
Ponte Cross-Back Fit and Flare Dress - size 00P (buy here)
H&M Navy Sleeveless Dress
H&M sleeveless dress in navy - size 2 (buy here)
This is the same as the yellow in my previous post and also the same as the blush that I tried last year or the year before (too lazy to find the photo). I did end up taking this home with me. I like that I can wear it to work and on the weekends. Would recommend.
H&M Yellow Sweatshirt Skirt
H&M Sweatshirt Skirt - size 2 (buy here)
 I didn't care for this but wanted to share in case anyone likes it.
H&M Textured Dress
H&M textured tweed dress - size 2 (buy here)
This is from the "Trend" collection and is super cute. It was hard for me to pass on this but now I'm sort of regretting it. I love that it has pockets and sleeves but unfortunately has an exposed zipper in the back. 
Forever 21 Striped Knee Length Skirt
Forever 21 striped knee length skirt - size small (buy here)
Meausrements: waist 11.5" across, length 22"
I was shocked at how thick the material on this skirt was. I couldn't believe the quality and forced myself to try it on. Size small fits me perfectly but I must warn you, it does not provide much stretch so I'd suggest sizing up if you are unsure. I like that the length is modest and hits me right at my knees. I'm so glad it's not skin tight on me and I'll be able to  wear it to work. The best part is - the skirt is only $10.50! And the stripes on the sides actually line up (my biggest pet peeve when they are uneven). It's available in black/white or navy/white. I got navy/white (obviously). You can buy it here.
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Thanks for reading and have a great day! :)
P.S - Don't forget to enter to win a mint J.Crew bangle here - ends soon!