Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stitch Fix Review: Box #4

Okay ladies, if I can remember correctly, I think this is my box #4! It's the first time I'm keeping everything. Wohoo!! When I first got my box, I was initially kind of disappointed with the fit but then I kind of thought about it and decided I was okay with! LoL! I do like all the styles and feel like each top is easy enough to throw on with jeans and be on the go!
I really like the style of this dress especially the the asymmetrical stripe down the front! I know this style is super old, but I been wanting one and I'm pretty happy with the fit and length. My complaints are that the stripes don't match up on the side seams. If I was making this myself, I'd definitely make sure all the stripes line up, but since I didn't make it, I tend to be more forgiving! LOL! The fabric is really thin and will show your every lump and bump. It's definitely not a dress you want to do AYCE! The under skirt is also detached from the rest of the dress (left pic) and the elastic is kind of loose. It causes that piece stop fall longer than the asymmetrical piece. 
This top is pretty long and has a loose fit! I was going to return it, but then I wore it out to dinner because I was in a hurry and threw it on over my jeans and pink moto jacket. Then I realized, I really do like it because it's super soft and comfy! I'm at home during the day and I've been wearing it with my leggings and it's perfect piece to lounge around in. I also needed a long sleeve top since it's been so cold in SF lately -- seriously like winter time. I think it looks great with a front tuck to help minimize the long length and loose fit. 
So I'm kind of obsessed with lace items! I love this lace top and was so disappointed with the boxy fit! I love flowy tops, but this top is so boxy! Well I decided to sew in straps and attach them to each side to cinch in the waist to give a slimmer fit. I think it works pretty well right?!? I also really like the white chiffon layer underneath to prevent any show through and the fact that I don't have to wear a cami or tank top underneath! This top is so pretty! 
I realized I don't have any solid color grey tops and could use something like this and plus I really love the lace sleeves (love love)! It's so feminine and girly and I think it's going to make a nice layering piece with any bottoms! I like the scoop neckline and what's great about the longer length is that I can tuck it into my jeans or skirt. I have a lot of petite tops and feel like they are a bit short on me and I can't do a front tuck sometimes. I also have a long torso so I decided to opt out of the petite tops. I could slim the sides, but after looking at it, it would shorten the bust darts and I'd also have to undo the topstitching on the sleeves. It's too much work and the fabric is too delicate! I'm okay with wearing it like this. 
So I got my box last week and I have been using this clutch ever since. The grey color is so versatile and pairs nicely with all my outfits...which consist of jeans and all the tops above. LOL! I like the size a lot too and think it's perfect for someone with my frame. It also comes with 2 straps: a long one to carry as a crossbody and a shorter one to use as a wristlet or to carry over the shoulders (that's like a 3fer!). My only complaint is that you can't really carry much. It's fits my credit cards, cash, iphone, a compact and a couple of lipsticks....I guess I don't really need anything else because I've been okay for the last week with those essentials and haven't felt like I was missing something.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Nordstrom Lush Kylie Dress in Floral Prints

I'm loving the floral print lately and picked up 2 of the Lush Kylie dresses last week since I couldn't decide which color I liked best! The lighter color is currently on sale for under $30 and it's honestly such an amazing deal. The dress is lined entirely except for the back bodice. I really like the easy and comfortable fit and versatility of the dress. We left town this weekend and I wore the yogurt mint color one with my utility jacket and grey sandals. I also really like the cobalt floral print which has  a nice pop of color and feels a little more dressy and thought I'd wear this to my cousin's graduation? 
Shop all the Kylie dresses below in many colors & prints:
In terms of fit I do like the V-neckline, but it could be too showy for someone busty. The armholes are a tad big, but not big enough where my bra shows. The back has a racerback with a keyhole so a strapless bra is necessary! If you normally wear a petite S, you can definitely size down to an XS for a slimmer fit.

Lush Kylie Skate Dress in Cobalt Floral. Size XS | F21 heels (similar) | Kate Space purse (similar) | Loft Onyx cuff (similar)| Gorjana Cuff & House of Harlow Earrings via Rockbox (use code allaboutfashionxoxo for 1 month free subscription)
Kylie Skater Dress in Yogurt Mint. Size XS | Macy's American Rag Utility Jacket. Size XXS (on sale!) | Stitch Fix Elle crossbody/clutch (love the versatile color!) | Loft Onyx cuff (similar) | Gorjana Cuff via Rockbox (use code allaboutfashionxoxo for 1 month free subscription)

If you have never heard of Rockbox, it's a subscription service to borrow jewelry and try it out before you buy. For a monthly fee of $19, you receive a curated box containing 3 pieces of designer jewelry with the option to borrow, buy or swap at any time! You also receive a $10 credit each month which can go toward your purchase. Thanks to Rockbox for giving me a 3 month complimentary membership and I can't wait for my next box! Remember to use code allaboutfashionxoxo for 1 month free subscription!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Anthropologie Spring Dresses (Petites)

So I'm still searching for cute spring/summer dresses that I can wear to upcoming weddings and thought Anthropologie might have potentials. They're also having an extra 20% off sale items and I thought maybe I might find a good deal, but of course everything I picked out was full price.
The print of this dress is so pretty and I love how vibrant the colors are! It's a very flow-y and twirl-able dress, if you know what I mean! It has that slinky texture and it's nice that this dress is lined. The dress has a pull on style without any openings. In terms of sizing, I'd say it's too big and I'd recommend sizing down 1 size, plus it would look better on someone a couple of inches taller (I'm almost 5'2"). The smaller sizes are currently sold out online, but there are quite a few available at the SF location if anyone is interested.
Anthropologie carries the nicest maxi dresses! The knit fabric almost feels like a double knit and not like a thin jersey fabric and it's also lined. At the same time, it's quite pricey so I guess I wouldn't expect any less. Although the dress fits really true to size, I feel like the style is pretty matronly on me. It definitely looked better on the hanger. I'd prefer to show a tad more skin in the shoulder and clavicle area since the rest of the dress is so covered up. I do like the surplice neckline and ruched waist band that help defines the waist. 
I'm a sucker for scallop lace fabric! It's so pretty and romantic and I like the blue in contrast with the white. In terms of fit, the bust and the waist area is a tad loose for me. For reference, I wear a 32B at Victoria Secret and the 00P probably will fit someone with a least a 34" band and bigger cup. It's not something I'd recommend doing alteration on (no myself at least) since its lined. I'm just not a fan of doing alterations when things are lined or when the fabric is delicate since I'm kind of rough and can see myself getting angry and ripping the thing apart. LOL. This dress was a no for me. 
I can't find this dress on their website, but the size is either a 00P or XXSP. It has ruching in the waist area and it's super fitted throughout and especially in the bust area! I'm a little confused by this dress. I think it's too casual to wear to a wedding, but too dressy for a normal day time dress and too fitted for work. It might be good to wear on a date!? I'm not sure I love the 3/4" length sleeves with a fitted silhouette and think sleeveless or cap sleeves might have been more suitable for the style. I can't pinpoint how I feel about this dress besides that I'm confused by it. This dress is a no for me. 
Express Coral Elastic Fit And Flare Dress. Size XS - will fit someone that is XXSP.
This dress is from Express and it's been awhile since I've stepped foot in there. I've been a big fan of the coral color for spring and I really like the crisscross bodice of this dress. It has a pull on style with lots of stretch and according to the site, they describe the fabric as polyester/rubber! To think about it, the fabric did feel stiff like it was made of rubber bands. What bothered me is the the different depths of pleats, with the sides pleats being shallow and the middle one being deeper compared to the rest. I also like a softer and more flow-y skirt! I asked my bf what he thought and he said he liked it, but didn't love it. So that pretty much means, it's okay. I'm on the fence about this dress and I can see where my bf is coming from. I do like it, but just not in love with it. I'd purchase if it went on deep discount!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sephora Discounts: Beauty Insider/ VIB / VIB Rouge

Hey Ladies! It's that time of year where you get a discount on cosmetics which rarely happens!! I always take advantage to replenish on all my favorite go-tos and it's always fun to try new things without paying the full price.

  • Shiseido Benefiance Eye Cream: Gets amazing reviews and I love how moisturizing it is! I can definitely see my fine lines  erased and my eye area more soft and supple. Most eye cream works for a couple of hours and you feel like you need more, but this keeps you skin soft all day and a little bit definitely goes a long way. It's also in the $55 range which is not bad for a good eye cream. I used to used Dr. Perricone eye lift and that was uber expensive and I feel like this works better!
  • Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Emulsion: I have combination skin, but more on the dry side so I can't use anything that is too heavy or else I get oily. At the same time, I also need the moisture since I'm also dry and this lotion with SPF has definitely worked the best for me. It's hydrating without being greasy or heavy! 
  • Bobbi Brown Gel Liner & Brush: I've probably been using this over the last 10 years and have not been swayed by any other product! It's super easy to apply and you can get the thinnest line or you can build on to create the cat eye and also really easy to tight line. Most importantly, it's water resistant! See my tutorial here
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube: This is the best primer I have ever used and I even use it when I'm not wearing eyeshadows. It prevents my eyelids from getting oily and helps your eyeshadow stay vibrant and keeps it from moving around throughout the day.
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick: The secret to dewey and glowing skin. See my thoughts here and how to use it!
  • Josie Moran Argan Oil: I blow dry, flat iron or curl my hair everyday! I seriously was getting so many split ends, I couldn't even deal. I started using this and I could totally see a difference and my hair feels and looks so much healthier and now there are no split ends in sight. It's a small bottle, but a little bit goes a long way! I have a lot of hair and I only need 2-3 drops!
  • Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry: I got a deluxe size sample a few weeks ago from Sephora and I am sold! I apply this to my hair which its wet and then I blow dry. It makes my hair more manageable, voluminous and so soft! It's pretty amazing and I have gotten so many compliments about my hair lately. Someone even asked if I had extensions in my hair because it's so full. I'm almost done using my sample so I am definitely getting the full size. 
  • Clarisonic Mia: I got lazy and stopped using this for a while and can definitely see my skin is starting to look dull. I started again and can tell the difference with my skin when I wake up in the morning and that it's more clear, it glows, and I can tell its absorbs my lotion better. I love the gentle exfoliation and of course you can choose the brush head that suits your skin. I don't need the whole system, but I am replenishing on my brush heads.
  • Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush: I use this in conjunction with the Shimmer brick and I feel like it gives me the pop of color I need. It's looks super pink, but it goes on a lot lighter. It's a great color for spring and summer!
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Medi-Spa Kit: I used to get facials all the time, but since I can't afford to do it every month, this has been my go to. It may seem expensive, but you can get so much use out of it! I've had this since September of last year and I still have about 1/3 of the pads left and I do this once every 2-3 weeks. Read my review here.
  • Bobbi Brown Soothing Oil: This is what I use to cleanse my face! It's so natural and made of a blend of oils that are so gentle on the skin. What I've been doing every night is taking a couple of pumps of this and massaging it over my face until the makeup dissolves and then I rinse my face with water. It's so hydrating, I haven't really used a face moisturizer after! I know, its kinda bad! I need to moisturize at night. I'm going to Sephora today and maybe I'll find one that I will love. 
Here are the discount codes for different member levels:
10% off for Beauty Insider: use code BILOVE
15% off for VIB: Use code VIBLOVE
15% off for VIB Rouge: Use code ROUGELOVE
*Code expires 4/21/2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Macy's (Junior) Review: American Rag + Levi's

Hey ladies! The weekend is almost here! Woo-hoo!! Here's is a quick review on all the stuff I ordered last week during the Macy's end of season sale (or whatever sale it was). They always have sales and I'm sure they will have one this weekend too. I'm definitely not complaining, because I love a good deal. A few items went on deeper discount after I ordered and I called their CS and they were willing to do a price match on the lower sale price so that was awesome too!

1. Levi's Junior Cropped Leggings. (If this link doesn't work, search product code 1864186)  Size 24. These fit amazing and true to size! They are the softest jeans and are so slimming and hug your every curve. They also make your butt look amazing!! They're supposed to fit like cropped leggings, but on me they were more like ankle length. I want these in different colors too! My bf loves his Levi's and I have never had a pair that fit me until I found these. I've been to the Levi flagship store, but the smallest size available is always 25's which are too big, but these in 24 fit so perfect. LOVE!! These are keepers of course!
2. American Rag Hooded Cargo Jacket. Size XXS. This was probably the best fitting utility jacket I've tried. It's not too long or too baggy and it has a drawstring at the waistline to give it shape. You can wear the jacket with the 3/4" roll up tab sleeve (weird length for me), but I prefer it to wear it full length (with the cuff rolled back once since it's a tad too long). I also really liked the lace detail on the placket which makes the jacket a little more feminine. It's also unlined, so it's a nice jacket for spring and summer in SF. This one is also a keeper. 
3. American Rag Lace-Hem Knit Top. Size XXS. I like the longer length and the lace detail at the hem. I disliked that the textured/nubby fabric and that it was super sheer (I'm wearing a cami underneath). The fit is on the looser side which I didn't mind, but the color was a tad too girly for me so this was a return. 
4. American Rag Chambray Button-Down Shirt. Size XXS. The shirt was just too long and big overall. The sleeves were baggy and long and the length of the shirt was more like a tunic than a shirt. This was also a return. 
5. American Rag Crochet-Back Pintuck Top. Size XXS. I love the color, but the cropped length was a definite no go! It made me look really top heavy and hippy! The back was made of a crochet fabric so it is sheer. This was a return. 
6. American Rag Sleeveless Crochet-Knit Tank Top. Size XXS. I love the flowy silhouette and the halter style. I also don't have anything this color and thought it would make a nice addition to my wardrobe. The back is a t-back/racer style so you definitely need to wear a strapless bra. I really like this top and definitely am keeping. 
7. American Rag Cropped Jeans. Size 0. The jeans are so unflattering - the high rise, the baggy leg opening, the thin fabric (you can see the pocket lining)! I mean, I returned these so quick! Bye Felicia! 
8. XOXO Karol Ankle Booties. Size 5.5. These run 1/2 size too big and the material of these shoes look really plastic-y in person. It's really stiff and I can't see it getting soft and worn it. This was also a return. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Anthropologie Maeve Utility Wrap Dress (Petite)

So I have decided that this dress is cursed, because I stain it every time I wear it. My bf is the stain master so I have begged him quite a number of times to work his magic on this piece. The dress is super easy to wear with an easy fit and flattering faux wrap silhouette. It also has pockets which I LOVE and tab sleeves that you can unroll. It's a great piece that I can throw on with my booties and add a couple of accessories and I feel super chic and put together without looking too dressy.
Anthropologie Maeve Dress. XXSP. Similar | BP Trolley Ankle Booties Size 5 (Sized down 1/2 size) | LOFT earrings (similar) + cuff (similar) | J Crew Belt | LV Palermo PM (bigger version)

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Review: Coral Lace Dress, Floral Rompers and Tropical Maxi

I have a couple of weddings to attend this summer and have been on the hunt for dresses that are appropriate and fun. I would also like to go somewhere warm on vacation (don't know where yet), and would like to be prepared for the occasion and have some cute warm items on hand!
I have been eyeing this dress for the longest time and love the bright coral color and the lace fabric! I also love  the unfinished hem line with the raw edges. The reviews say the dress runs small and I had a really good feeling that it was going to be a winner. The length is perfect, its nether too long nor short for my frame. The price is a really reasonable because lace fabric can get really expensive if I were to buy this and make it from scratch and it's also fully lined (a lot of work). I almost bought this dress, but the one thing that bothers me is how low the armholes scooped down. If I were a busty gal, there would definitely be some side boob action! I knew this was something I did not want to take upon myself for alterations and since the armholes were so problematic, I decided to pass.
This dress looked so cute on the hanger and the fit was actually not bad! I forgot to take a more detailed picture of the back, but the bow detail is super adorable (you can adjust the tie to fit your body). The back scoops really low so you wouldn't be able to wear a bra, but the bodice is lined so if you don't need the support then it should be fine. The pleating below the waist gives the shorts some flounce, which is super cute and the length is perfect for a petite (which I was totally shocked about). If this was a different color, then I would have totally bought it, but pastel colors aren't really my thing and I think it's more suited towards someone who is more fair skinned (not saying I'm tan or anything lol).
The fit doesn't look bad in the picture, but I'd say this romper fits about a size too big. The crotch is sitting really low (2-3" below mine), so I think this is probably better for someone at who is least 5'3 to 5'4 or with a really long torso. The fabric is 100% poly and very lightweight and also unlined. Considering that it's backless and you can't wear a bra, I'd prefer for the bodice to be lined like the romper above. I'd like the shoulder length to be shortened a couple of inches so the neckline isn't so low.  Love the bright colors and bold print, but this one was a definite no for me.
I am obsessed with maxi dresses and love how comfortable they are! The print and color of this one is just so pretty and gorgeous and the price is under $20! I mentioned that I work from home a lot and have been wearing them around the house (instead of pj's) so I don't feel like a hobo. It's cute enough to throw on a sweater or denim jacket over it and be ready to grab lunch with friends, run errands in, or go to dinner with my bf. This dress is really roomy in the bust area and it also sits  a couple of inches below my natural waist. The length is about 3-4" too long for me, but that is definitely an easy fix. The lining goes down to the knee and there are slits on each side of the skirt. I was on the verge of buying this, but knew I would be bothered by the roomy bodice and it would be too much work for me to take apart and alter. I'd definitely recommend sizing down 1 size if you're interested in this dress.