October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Once again fueling my obsession of all things nautical, I was sailor for Halloween this year. It's hard to find sailor costumes that aren't revealing these days... but I snagged this one at Target weeks ago before it got sold out. Sorry for the yucky iPhone photos!
Nick and I also did some pumpkin carving... his delirious pumpkin on the bottom and my tiny pumpkin on top! I love the feeling of fall weather and all the warm colors and pumpkins everywhere!
I hope everyone had a fun night. :)

October 28, 2011

Latest finds...

Lately I've been so busy that I couldn't do daily outfit pictures, and then I got hit with a fever and sore throat! So this week has unfortunately been unproductive for blogging. But as I'm quickly recovering, I figured I'd show you all what I've purchased these past couple weeks... and reviews will be up ASAP!
First up are these classic high heeled boots from Ann Taylor. The original price is super expensive at almost $350, but during AT's 40% off sale (as well as the extra 30% off code fellow bloggers have been circulating), I was able to get these all-leather boots for a little under $150!

For this winter season, I wanted a pair of mature-looking fleece boots at a good price. I have had cheap winter boots similar to Uggs, but I just found they aren't as sophisticated and have those cheap foam soles. These boots from Land's End are exactly what I was looking for, and at a good price too! Original price was $90, and I got them on sale (as well as with a promo) for about $50.

For the last of the shoes, I just ordered these Vera by Vera Wang flats from Kohl's. I wanted an elegant, neutral colored pair of flats that I can wear to work with pants and minis, and it had to be good quality. I think these will be a winner.

As for clothes, I bought these two lace shells from Banana Republic. A lot of petite bloggers have reviewed these lace shells from the BR Mad Men collection, and I have been dying to get one (or two, actually) for myself. These shells were about $60 a piece original price, but I was able to get them for about $18 a piece with their sale and a promo code.

I had also bought quite a few pieces from the classifieds sale at Land's End Canvas, but since the pieces are now unavailable online there would be no point in doing a formal review.
Check back next week to get the full reviews on all these pieces! I hope everyone has a great weekend. :)

October 25, 2011

Petite Fashion Challenge #11: Travel chic

Since joining the blogging community, I've found that a lot of petite bloggers out there are participating in what is called a "petite fashion challenge". This is where bloggers are set to create outfits based on the challenge's guidelines, and all post their outfits by a certain deadline. I thought it would be fun to finally be a part of it, so here is my first ever Petite Fashion Challenge entry!

This month's challenge was hosted by SkiPetite. Here's the challenge: "Put together an outfit made for sightseeing. It should be one that will be comfortable for walking around in and can last you from the early morning until dinner and drinks in the evening. Plus, you're on vacation, so you'd better make sure you look good in photos, which you'll have for years to come.
You can choose just one outfit but vary it by adding or taking off layers or accessories to take you from the a.m. to the p.m. and make one outfit easier to last through the day."

I'll admit, my outfit took me about five minutes to put together and is so simple. But, considering that we are supposed to create an outfit for vacation, simple is better! I also didn't add any accessories, because I hate bringing extra jewelry, scarves, etc while traveling. I also assumed that the weather at the destination was slightly crisp; Not too hot and not too cold. So here we go!

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I started off with an easy base... skinny jeans, light flowy blouse with a cami, and flat leather boots.

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Then I added a lightweight khaki pea coat just in case it gets chilly while sightseeing.

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For night, I switched out the khaki coat for a simple black blazer, and switched the boots to nude heels.

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The pieces I used are easy to pack and can match with a various outfits, which is essential while traveling. The khaki pea coat and black blazer can be worn over and over again during the trip. The same jeans, of course, can be worn multiple times without anyone noticing. As for shoes, the flat boots are comfortable for walking, while still remaining style-conscious. Nude heels are the only ones you need to pack, because they go with everything! The only multiples you need to bring are different blouses and shirts to switch up the styles everyday. And of course, while I lack accessories, adding your own can definitely change up styles even more.

Blouse: Old Navy (old)
Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters
Khaki Jacket: Land's End Canvas
Blazer: Dillard's (old)
Boots: Steve Madden "Candence" (bought in 2010, although the style is still being sold at my local Dillard's and online here)
Heels: Steve Madden "Ulltra" in blush

I hope I did alright for my first PFC! I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with! :)

October 23, 2011

Fall Fashion Photoshoot

Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot for my good friend Regina! we only had time to do three different outfits before the sun went down, but we got more than enough pics! Her style is definitely a little more on the trendy side as compared to my style, so she brings a fresh perspective to this blog. Here are some of my favorites!

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October 20, 2011

Daily Outfit: Very Audrey...

Breakfast at Tiffany's, anyone? Okay, so it doesn't look exactly like Audrey Hepburn (my style icon!) in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (my favorite movie!), but it sure does remind me of her! This is one simple, fool-proof way to style my new Gap sleeveless bell dress. It's nothing special, but I find it to be very classic, just like Audrey!
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Dress: Gap Sleeveless Bell Dress, size 0
Shoes: Ann Taylor Perfect Pumps, size 7.5 (40% off now!)
Necklace: Dillard's (old)
I wish I could be as glamorous and classy as Audrey Hepburn was!

I'll definitely have to look into different ways to style this dress. I think the possibilities are endless!

October 17, 2011

Review: Gap Sleeveless Bell Dress

For quite a while now, a classic black sheath dress has been on my wish list. I just couldn't find the perfect one that would be versatile enough for work and play. After seeing this Gap dress on Jean and Ping, I figured I'd give the dress a try! Their reviews show disappointment with the dress, but my experience is far from disappointing. The fit is superb and the material is just right for any occasion. This is definitely going to be my go-to LBD!
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Dress: Gap Sleeveless Bell Dress in true black, size 0 (I had bought mine 50% off; Unfortunately the sale is over)

One of the negative aspects both ladies mentioned was the size of the arm holes and the long shoulder straps, and they had even bought theirs in petite sizing. I didn't seem to have this problem. I suppose you could say I got lucky with this dress! I'm so excited to start dressing it up and down and accessorizing it! Anyone else try this dress as well?

October 16, 2011

Classy Weekend Recap

For such blog-worthy outfits this weekend, I'm disappointed that I didn't have enough time (or a photographer) to take nice pictures. (The shorter days don't help either.) This weekend's outfits were more summer appropriate, since the highs are now back in the 90s. What happened to fall?? Saturday's outfit was for Nick's birthday party. I had planned to dress up a bit more, but ended up going a bit more casual. One of my favorite tops to wear casually is peasant blouses. They're comfortable, but still make you look put together. Win-win!
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Top: Hollister Co, sz M (Bad idea to size up)
Cami: Forever 21
Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters slim boot jeans (rolled up), sz 6 (these were from when they actually made normal jeans!)
Belt: American Eagle Outfitters
Shoes: Merona for Target

Next, was Sunday's outfit... which did not get the seal of approval from Nick. He kept telling me I looked like an Egyptian and a five year old. I beg to differ! Most of you already know that I'm obsessed with anything nautical, but my second obsession is definitely Grecian style dresses. Unfortunately, it's hard to find ones that don't make you look like you're on the way to a toga party. I've had this dress since I was a freshman in high school... but it's never really been worn until just recently. I think it's the perfect summery dress with just the right amount of Greek!
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Dress: Mark. (Branch off from Avon)
Shoes: Gap (old)
The dress may need some accessorizing, maybe with a gold belt at the waist. And now that I look at it, it could either be Grecian style or Egyptian style. What do you all think?

October 14, 2011

Daily Outfit: Fall's rich reds...

Dressing for the fall season means lots of warm jewel tones and cozy fabrics. I think that's what many of us look forward to when it comes to fall fashion-- Different colors, textures, and obviously, different styles! Today I tried out corduroy for the second time ever and embraced fall's colors...
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The only thing I hate about this skirt from Land's End Canvas is the very low rise. I would have loved it in high school, but now I wish I would have sized down... I'm so used to wearing skirts at the waist these days, and this made me feel just a little shapeless and juvenile. I'm not too sure if I could get it taken in with the corduroy fabric. I will have to see! Now, check out my Target wedges... These were a bit out of the ordinary for me, because I love my classic pumps! But I think these complimented such a casual style. I wore this to work, so I had to dress it up with pearls... but looking at it now, it looks like something more appropriate for the weekend. Ah, well.
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Nick is also taking part in fall's warm colors! :) Have you ever thought about how simple a guy's wardrobe is? Their basic choices consist of pants, tee, button up, belt, shoes, and either a sweater, blazer, or jacket. Dressing up in the morning must be so easy! Not that I'm jealous. ;)

On me:
Cami: Forever 21, sz S
Sweater: Abercrombie and Fitch, sz M (runs small)
Skirt: Land's End Canvas, sz 2 (need to size down to 0; Unavailable now)
Shoes: Target (online exclusive; on sale here!)

On Nick:
Polo: Hollister Co.
Pants: Hollister Co.
Belt: American Eagle Outfitters
Shoes: Perry Ellis America

Also: Just got my Ann Taylor Perfect Patent pumps in the mail, as well as a matching patent belt from the 40% off everything sale + an extra 30% code that's been circulating on all the petite blogs! Can't wait to put them to good use!

October 12, 2011

Daily Outfit: Parisian Sailor Chic?

Here's just a quick outfit for today, inspired by Jean from Extra Petite (see it here!). Although I wish I had a top just like Jean's, I'm putting my new J. Crew tee to good use.
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I unfortunately didn't have enough time to take better pictures. These shorter days get really inconvenient sometimes!
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Shirt: J. Crew Featherknit boatneck tee, sz XXS (Unavailable now, I believe.)
Skirt: Dillard's (old)
Blazer: American Eagle Outfitters (old)
Shoes: Steve Madden Ulltra pumps in blush

I didn't think this color combination would work, but it surprisingly did. This is one of my favorite outfits for work, but I don't think it'll work well into the winter months. It's definitely for the summer and early fall, especially for more business casual occasions.
What do you think?

October 11, 2011

Daily Outfit: Ann Taylor tropical wool

I finally have an outfit with my new Ann Taylor tropical wool pencil skirt! After reading so many awesome reviews on other blogs, I had to buy one... especially during AT's 40% off everything sale. Looking at these pictures, it looks like it needs some more alterations. I had gotten it hemmed about 2-3 inches, but now I can clearly see that the waist and hip area looks loose. I know the waist fits a little loose for being a size 2, but I try to hold it up with a belt. Looks like it's gotta go back to the tailor's-- my grandma! I probably should have gone with petite sizing or a size 0, but I followed the size chart closely and it led me to a size 2.
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^^This is one of the pics where it looks very ill-fitting. I didn't have my "modeling mojo" today either. :( ^^
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I'm actually wearing a necklace other than pearls to work! I've had this American Eagle Outfitters necklace for a while but just didn't know what to wear it with.
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And... the outfit without the khaki blazer (I like it better without the blazer). I love the blazer for more casual occasions, so I think I need to find a more tailored one. This one from Old Navy just doesn't seem to work well with more professional outfits, but all of my navy blazers are a shade or two different from the skirt's color!

I love the high quality material of the tropical wool (it really doesn't wrinkle), but even with the 40% off sale, it can get a little pricey at around $70. I know as college students or people on a budget, paying this much for a pencil skirt is expensive! But I promise that this is a piece that will last you for years to come, as it will never go out of style! If you could only get a couple things from Ann Taylor, I'd always gravitate towards their pencil skirts and perfect pumps. Those are timeless, classic pieces that will last forever and allows for you to get multiples, since they are such basic pieces.

Shirt: Gap favorite crew neck tee, sz S
Blazer: Old Navy (old)
Skirt: Ann Taylor Tropical Wool Pencil skirt in navy, sz 2
Belt: Came off another skirt
Necklace: American Eagle Outfitters (old)
Shoes: Ann Taylor Perfect Pumps in black leather, sz 7.5

October 9, 2011

Classy weekend: Fall has arrived!

It's already October and it's been quite warm outside (as usual), but the temperature dropped significantly this weekend, allowing everyone to break out their light layers! I've been wanting to wear my new khaki pea coat for a couple months now and I finally had the chance:
I absolutely love wearing light layers for fall. This is the perfect classic light pea coat for the season, and I finally found one that fits perfectly! (Also... you see my reddish hair? Yuck.)
Jacket: Land's End Canvas Heritage pea coat, sz XXS (Unavailable now; Check back as it may go on their classifieds soon)
Sweater: Land's End Canvas essential v-neck sweater, sz XXS (buy here)
Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters slim boot jeans, sz 4
Scarf: Dillard's (old)
Belt: American Eagle Outfitters (old)
Shoes: American Eagle Outfitters (old)

AE jeans have disappointed me lately. There's not much of a selection of clean cut jeans anymore! Everything has too much fading and distressing. Their sizing and fit also seems a little bigger. As you can see, these jeans don't give much of a shape. I'm still trying to find the perfect pair of jeans that's classic, clean cut, and low/mid rise. If anyone has suggestions, let me know!

October 5, 2011

Latest finds from J. Crew

I couldn't resist J. Crew's online sales, especially with their extra 30% off promo, so I ordered a few items. I was a bit unsure of the sizing, since I've never really worn anything from them before, so a lot of these sizes are jumbled. Trial and error, I suppose. Also, I am debuting my new hair cut and color... the cut is great, but the color turned out a little too red for my liking. (Sigh.) Let's begin! (I don't know why the pics came out in such a low quality, but I hope they will suffice.)

First off is a cotton gauze dress in size 2 Petite (unavailable online now). According to their website, "petites" fall under 5' 4". Since I'm 5' 2.5", I figured the length would be just right. (Also, their petite sizes had more color selection!) I love the dress, but it's actually a bit shorter than expected.
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Here I'm wearing it with my nude striped wedges from DSW.
Pros: Light fabric, built in bra, good quality material, can be worn with or without straps.
Cons: Petite sizing is too short, a bit tight around the chest area.
Verdict: Even if I wanted to return this, I couldn't, because it's on final sale. I will have to make due with the shorter length, which I don't mind too much. I'll just balance it out with a cardigan or jacket.

Next, are two "featherknit stripe boatneck tees" (available here). I've been looking for the perfect, classic nautical striped tee and these come very close to what I've been looking for. I had to get two of them; the blue is in size XS, and the white is size XXS. I can't tell the difference in sizing!
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Worn here with Hollister shorts.
Pros: Lightweight, classic, just-right-slouchy fit
Cons: Can only be hand washed and air dried.
Verdict: LOVE both of them!

Last, is a classic taupe pencil skirt in "bi-stretch wool" (available here). Once again, I went with a size 2 Petite... and it came out shorter than expected. The waist is absolutely perfect, but the length is not "classic pencil skirt length" on me. I should have gotten a regular size, but after getting a size 2 Regular in my Ann Taylor tropical wool pencil skirt and having to get it hemmed, I thought petite sizing was the way to go! The length still works for me though.
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Here I'm wearing it with my Ann Taylor perfect pumps. It is quite short for a pencil skirt, especially with heels! I could probably work this with flats.
Pros: Great fabric, great fit, great color, nice detailing.
Cons: A little too short, seems to wrinkle easily.
Verdict: This was a final sale item, so I can't exchange it for a regular size. The length is alright for me though.

I had also purchased two classic long sleeve crew necks in size XS, to wear casually with scarves and jackets in the winter! I'm very happy with my J. Crew purchase, and will have to keep the sizing in mind.

October 3, 2011

Bringing summer sun dresses into fall

I wish I had better pictures to show you all, but this will have to do. I had just got home right after sunset and I still needed to take pics! I will definitely post a part two with much better pictures. But for now-- my favorite way to get more wear out of my summer dresses is one finishing touch: a denim jacket.
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When wearing the jacket on top, especially if you don't plan on taking it off in public, you don't need to worry about hiding bra straps! While this dress is strapless, I can wear a regular bra, since I won't take the jacket off when I'm out. Comfortable and classy!
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Dress: American Eagle Outfitters, sz 4
Jacket: Old Navy, sz S (They have the most classic ones!)
Belt: came from different dress
Shoes: American Eagle Outfitters

I used to be afraid of denim jackets for fear of looking like I'm stuck in the 60's or 70's. But after seeing some outfit inspiration and finding this classic blue one, I love to wear it with dresses for Fall! I don't think I'd ever wear a denim jacket with anything else though.
Readers-- What else do you wear your denim jackets with?

October 1, 2011

Daily Outfit: Casual Friday revisited

Remember this outfit? Here's an update for Fall:
The thing I love about dressing up for Fall is the light layers that seem to pull outfits together. Adding a cardigan and brown moccasins adds the perfect Fall touch to an otherwise plain outfit!
Shirt: Merona for Target, sz XS
Cardigan: Merona for Target, sz XS
Pants: Mossimo Supply Co for Target, sz 5, hemmed
Belt: American Eagle Outfitters
Shoes: American Eagle Outfitters
While this was still appropriate for the office where I work, this outfit may still be a little too casual in other work environments. However, the idea works in various ways. I could switch out the khakis for a pair of jeans and untuck the shirt (this only works if the shirt hits right about where your belt is. If its longer, it will look sloppy. Therefore, tuck it in.) to make the look more weekend appropriate. Plus, the endless color combinations for the shirt and cardigan (as well as shoes!) makes it a very versatile outfit idea. :)
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