Thursday, September 18, 2014

From Business to Edgy

I really love this dress and how easy it is to dress up or down; and the versatility to make it casual, edgy, glam or girly. It looks great with a blazer for a business setting, with sandals and a denim jacket for the weekends, can be glammed-up with a colorful statement necklace and heels, or edgy with a moto jacket and some dark lips. And might I add, the fit is super flattering...see it here!
H&M Dress (sized up 1 size) + Belt | F21 moto jacket (similar) + purse (similar) | Michael Kors sandals | M.A.C Hang-up Lipstick 

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

H&M + BR Reviews and Sale Picks

Hi Ladies! I hope you all had a great weekend. I also wanted to announce that Victoria L is the winner to my giveaway for the Drape Collar Coat + Organza Peplum BlousePlease contact me with your mailing info. Thanks to everyone that entered. To those of you who didn't win, don't despair because I have more goodies (makeup) to giveaway very soon! ;)

H&M Sleeveless Dress - Size 2
Okay, so I am a little obsessed with this style dress. I love the vertical style lines, the inverted pleats and the fact that there are no connecting waist seams. The princess seams allow the bodice to fit close to the body and the vertical lines give the illusion that you're taller than you actually are. The shoulder straps are a bit wide, so if you have narrow shoulders then this might not be for you. Ever since I saw this style dress, I have been contemplating how to make it. I asked my teacher how to pattern it and the method isn't difficult, but it requires a lot of fabric. It's also really hard to find a knit this sturdy and thick. If I hadn't already bought a similar dress (post) from H&M a couple of month ago, I would definitely purchase this without a doubt!
I've been in the market for a moto style jacket for work and play. I have a lot of blazers and I do like them, but my office is very (more like super) casual and I feel a bit overdressed when I'm wearing one. I like the melange fabric mixed with the pleather detail and that the style is girly with a hint of edge. This jacket did look very promising on the hanger, but once I put it on, I was not very in love. The sleeves are a tad long and I feel like the length of the jacket is too short for me. It hits at the widest part of my hips and it's not flattering because it emphasises the largest part of my body. I'd prefer it just a tad longer, but would recommend this for petites with shorter torsos. The back is also very ill fitting, there's too much ease and fabric in the back underarm and shoulder blade area. 


BR is having major mark downs on their site and if you sign up to receive their emails, you can get an extra 25% off!
Banana Republic Faux-Leather Trim Dress - Size 00P. Currently $50 and retails for $130.
I love an edgy spin on a classic sheath dress with the pleather details at the shoulders and welt pockets. It's a great piece for the fall since it's super versatile and easy to layer with. The dress is made of a sturdy knit with no lining, but I think it's fine since the self fabric is pretty thick and there's no show-through. The bust and waist fit pretty comfortably, but the hips are a bit wide (for reference my hips are 33"). For the price, I think it's a great buy though!
Banana Republic Piped Tweed Sheath. Size 00P. $140 marked down to only $39!
On the site, the piping at the neckline is actually black, but for some reason the piping for the one I tried on at the store is made of the self fabric. The dress is fully lined and made of tweed with a invisible zipper at the center back, so it is a super good value for $39. As for the fit, I'd recommend sizing down 1 size since the armhole, the bust, and hips were really roomy for me. I also had issues with the zipper getting stuck and had to have my bf help me get in and out of it. I saw a couple of reviewers say the same thing about the zipper issue and the piping color not being black. No bueno!
Out of all the items I tried on at BR, this is my favorite item! The waist, tush, and inseam (26") is perfect for me and I love the pleather panel running down the side of the pants. I think I also might love anything that is made of double knit and ponte because ironing is not required. I am sad that while everything fits well, there is pulling and drag lines at the crotch area. I might overlook this issue if the pants go on major discount. 

Banana Republic Piped Cutout Top - 00P. On sale for $19! Sold out online.
I actually like the white color with the black trim on the neckline and a keyhole in the back. They didn't have any more 00P left at the store so I tried on the black for size. It's a nice fitting blouse that  skims the body and is very comfortable to wear. I like that it's a basic that will make easy pairings with skirts and bottoms and is light-weight enough for layering. I'd definitely buy this if the white color was available.
 Banana Republic Eyelet Fit-and-Flare Dress. 00P. Only white available online.
I really love eyelet fabric, but feel like it's more of a summer fabric so I'd have a hard time transitioning this dress into the fall. I do like the contrast colors of the red and navy together and shows off the eyelet fabric well. The bust area was snug on me (my bust is approx 31") so this would be great for ladies who have a really small frame. The length is a couple of inches above the knee and I love how the dress hugs the waists without being tight.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

H&M Pleated Dress

*Hey ladies! Tomorrow is the last day to enter my giveaway for a Drape Collar Coat + Organza Peplum Blouse! So you better hurry if you want a chance to win! ;)

I've been wearing this little black dress all summer long and haven't had the chance to take photos in it! This dress is really flattering and elongating on a petite frame because of the vertical style lines and the zipper running down the center. The details are hard to see in photos, but are definitely more evident in person. There are vertical darts in the torso which helps nip in the waist and also pleating starting from the high hip to give the skirt more volume. The center back has elastic to pull in the waist a tad more and also to give the fabric flexibility to accommodate a full belly after lunch. The flaws of the dress are that the fabric is semi-sheer and the neckline is low for a conservative work environment. I normally wear black shorts underneath, but one can also opt for a slip instead.
H&M Pleated Dress. Size 2 | F21 Cardigan (Similar) + Bag (Similar) | Carlos Santana pumps. Similar | MAC Up the Amp Lipstick

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Craving: Cutout and Lattice Details

I have a decent amount of cardigans and jackets in my current wardrobe. I'm good on those items for awhile, but definitely am in need of some cute tops to layer underneath my outerwear. I tried on this cute F21 Laddered Cutout Top a couple of weeks ago and really wanted the top to be a winner since the neckline detail was exactly what I was looking for. Even though the top was priced very reasonably, I decided to pass due to the fit in the armhole and chest area being very big. Below are a few items I've bookmarked and am thinking about purchasing the one on the top or bottom right corner.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Gray Gets A Bad Rap

According to the psychology of color, gray is conservative, boring, drab and depressing...
To me, gray is very calming and comforting. When I feel like I need a comfy warm outfit, I turn to my gray pieces. It makes me happy and I feel at ease which is very different from depressing! It's also a color between black and white which are also my favorite colors to wear. So naturally I guess I would like gray too...

Wearing: 
F21 Jeans, Cardigan + Necklace | Free People Tank. Similar | Coach Pumps. Similar 

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Difference Between Trousers and Slacks

Did you know there's a difference between trousers and slacks? I always thought they were synonyms or maybe slacks were for women and trousers were for men. Well, I learned from pattern class that trousers are pants that are fitted from the waist to the hips and hang loosely through out the legs; while slacks are based on the the trouser, the legs are slimmed and the crotch is shortened for a closer fit.

PS - I'm hosting a giveaway for a  Drape Collar Coat + Organza Peplum Blouse! All you have to do is follow my blog via GFC or Blogvin. Easy peasy! Current readers are welcomed to enter, but just let me know how you are following my blog by entering your GFC or Bloglovin ID. 
 H&M Blazer. Size 4 | Old Navy Tank. XS | BR Jeans. Similar | H&M Necklace. Similar | LV Speedy | Franco Sarto Sandals. Similar | MAC Pink Nouveau Lipstick


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Giveaway: Drape Collar Coat + Organza Peplum Blouse

Hi! Happy Friday everyone! I have a Drape Collar Coat + Organza Peplum Blouse from Choies to share with readers. Both items are a size small and would fit anyone from size 4-8 (H&M). For actual measurements, please visit the website.

Rules:
  • Giveaway open to all US and Canadian residents and prize will be shipped to those addresses only.
  • Entrant must be 18 years and older.
  • 1 winner will be chosen by random.org.
  • Last day to enter the contest is 11:59 pm PST on Sept 12 (next Friday).
  • You have 48 hours to email me to claim your prize. If you fail to claim your prize within the given time, another winner will be drawn.
*Once items are shipped, I'm not responsible for lost or stolen packages.
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Good Luck and Have a great weekend!!