Monday, February 8, 2016

Casual Outfit: Nordstrom Petite Cargo Vest + Leith Body Con Dress

Hi ladies! I was super busy last week and didn't have time to post! I mentioned last time that my boyfriend was taking me on a surprise weekend trip. He ended up taking me to Monterey for a relaxing long weekend to celebrate my birthday. I didn't know where we were going so I decided to pack quite a few outfits. Better to be safe than sorry, right? I took a lot of fancy dresses and night out looks with me, but I should have taken this casual outfit with me. We took a long drive along Pebble Beach where we saw the beautiful Pacific coast line and some amazing mansions. We also had dinner at 1833 (a historic landmark building) where I tried squid ink pasta for the first time and it was so delicious. I always had the notion that it would be fishy smelling, but it didn't smell at all and it and was so tasty. We also spent the day on Cannery Road in Monterey eating, drinking and also exploring local boutiques. I'm a kid at heart and had to stop by the local arcade to play a few games, but I'm not very good at them and ended up not winning enough tickets for a prize. LOL!
I've been on the hunt for a cargo vest for a while and ended up getting this cotton twill military vest from Nordstrom since petite sizes were available. When I first received this in the mail I thought it looked really boxy, but the drawstring along the waist really helped cinch in the fabric and gave it a little more structure. I've never been a huge vest person, but have been loving them lately as they are a great piece to layer with and also add warmth to an outfit. I also considered this one from Macy's (size XXS was available), but thought it looked a tad long. I really like long sleeve dresses that I can wear boots with during the winter and also have been eyeing this Leith ruche long sleeve dress and went to try it in the store but it ended up being too big for me. The SA suggested that I try this body con one and to my surprise, it was such a snug fit compared to the other one. In case anyone is interested in either of these items, I thought I'd list approx measurements for you. The vest in XXSP: bust 35", shoulders 15" and length 24" (taken from center back). Dress in XS: sleeves 24", length 33", shoulders 14", bust 29" and hips 31".

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine's Day: Pink Polka Dot & Red Fringe

I've been loving the fringe trend, but have been a little hesitant to outright embrace a full fringe jacket or purse but thought these sandals were the perfect way to get my toes wet. The fringe detail at the toes are so fun and they have a nice movement when you walk. The tassel ties are whimsical and add another wow element to these sandals. I thought the red color was perfect for Valentine's Day and a great way to add a pop of color to this soft blush polka dot dress.
I never realized that I was a polka dot lover until my boyfriend pointed out that I have a number of polka dot print dresses, blouses and sweaters. When I saw this dress,  I was instantly drawn to the pretty color, light & airy fabric and of course the polka dot print. Unfortunately, the proportions of this dress are better suited for someone a few inches taller or with a longer torso. The waist was a bit loose on me and I had it pinched back a couple of inches to show how it should fit. Measurements for a size XS: shoulder 12.5", waist 25", bust 30" and length 37.5".

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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