Thursday, April 17, 2014

J. Crew Review: Photo Flora Dress, Cotton Pique lace Dress, Eyelet Shirtdress, Skinny Sweatpant and Sailor Tee

I went into J Crew the other day solely to find the Long-Sleeve Sailor Stripe Tee. I LOVE this tee. The weight is just right and the extra length is good for covering tummy right now. Luckily I found both the grey one and the navy/cream one and took both home for about $15 each. Yahoo! There were lots of new arrivals so I thought I'd give those a go to.

Photo Floral Dress (size 2)
It's a lot of look but overall I think it's a nice dress. Don't be fooled by how tight it looks, if I wasn't preggos it would be perfect in my sizez. The bodice is beautifully fitted and the waist really nips in. I don't normally love poufy, overly full skirts but I think this one worked. Very feminine. I want to go to a Garden Party.

Pockets! And they lay very flat. Huge plus.

Cotton Pique Lace Dress in Light Citron (size 2)
This is also a nice summer dress. I do wish J Crew would start doing slightly lower necklines. Nothing scandalous, just a little room to let the girls breathe, please? Again this looks tight but would fit fine normally. I do think this fits slightly more snug than the photo floral dress. The subtle pleating in the front is nice but I couldn't get it to lay as nicely as I wanted.

 Eyelet Shirtdress in white (size 2)
Oh how I love a good shirtdress - especially in white and eyelet! Yum! Usually these dresses run on the big side (at least that's my experience with some of their shift dresses this year) but this one ran pretty TTS if not slightly small.

The pockets on this one are not quite as perfectly placed. Still cute though. I like the contrasting eyelet patterns - it's a fun detail that works. If I thought there was any hope of fitting into this in the coming months I might be it but alas... :)

 Long-Sleeve Sailor-Stripe Tee (XS)
Oh this tee! Everyone should own this tee. I have a high hopes that it will not end up with holes all over it like every single other JCrew tee I own. Loveth. And at $15, what's not to like?

 Side-Stripe Skinny Sweatpant (XS)
I'm not a real sweatpants girl except when I'm lounging at home in the evening (I tend to pull my Mr. Rogers routine of changing into comfy clothes when I get home from work), so I would probably not spend more than $20 on these. I think they're fine. The butt shot sort of scares me but I'm hoping it's the angle. They are definitely skinny. Comfy enough but skinny. I think the grey ones would show too many lumps and bumps.

What do you think of J. Crew's new arrivals?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Anthropologie Review: Francophile Tee, Melanie Dress and Fara Layered Tunic

Just a short set of reviews today. I'm still trying to look for pieces that will work during and after pregnancy but I don't want to go crazy so I'm mostly chilling out on the shopping. I did "treat" myself to a new pair of maternity pants but I'm not quite there yet so they are just sitting there in my closet. I think this phase is the hardest when you are sort of in between.
I think Anthropologie will be a good resource for clothes that will work before and after so I keep on checking out their latest offerings.
Here's a few things I tried.

Francophile Tee (size XS and S)
Yes, I've reviewed this before but I couldn't remember if I tried on XS or S. The XS is on the left and the S is on the right. It's a little hard to tell but the XS is definitely the right fit - loose but not baggy (even on my more voluptuous pregnant top half) so I would definitely recommend sticking with your regular size. A lot of the reviews said to size up but I don't think that's at all necessary. Did I mention the color is gorgeous and the material is so soft I just want to wrap my whole body in it?

 Melanie Dress (XS)
This just went on sale. It's sort of a nothing dress in my opinion. The fabric is sort of interesting but the style seems so 80's/90's to me. The drop waist, ruffle hem, pleating at the bustline. It's very comfortable and forgiving but not terribly exciting.

 Fara layered Tunic (XS)

I was intrigued by this one. There's a lot going on - gems at the neckline, shirt hem, shoulder patches - maybe too much. I think I would prefer it if it was just a little sweatshirt dress. That being said, it's sort of cute and definitely comfortable. It runs big. This is an XS and I felt like it was pretty loose even considering my expanding body. I'm not sure how I feel about that, "Look I'm wearing a button down shirt dress under this sweatshirt" look. What do you think?

That's it for now. I'll have some J Crew reviews coming over the next few days.

Anything grabbing your fancy at Anthro right now?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Madewell Reviews: Outbound Jacket, Mercado Shiftdress, Casita Shiftdress, Seaside Sweater, Structured Sweater and Silk Pleated Maxidress

Thank you so much to all the lovely people out there who read my blog and have posted congratulatory comments on my blog. I really appreciate it! This 1st trimester has been sort of a slog so I'm hoping that my 2nd will be an improvement...
I thought some of Madewell's new summer dresses looked promising for both pregnant and non-pregnant me and wanted to stop in to try a few. I found some very cute things!

All-Weather Outbound Jacket (XS)
 Ok, so this is not a summer dress but it was on sale but by the time they took 30% off and 15% off for teacher discount it was $40. And it's weatherproof. I had actually bought this jacket before and returned it. The XS just felt slightly snug and was squishing even my pre-pregnancy breasts. The material is quite stiff because of the weatherproofing - great for the jacket holding its shape but not good if it is slightly snug.

All-Weather Outbound Jacket (S)
 I was afraid the small might look too big but actually I don't see much difference at all. But it sure felt different! I could button it up without feeling constricted (plus there are some inner ties to bring the waist in) and the shoulders still lined up exactly. Even if I was preggers, I probably would have decided to size up in this jacket. It is currently sold out online but my store had a few still lingering in the sale section.

 Seaside Side-Zip Sweater (XS)
 Stripes! I just can't quit you! This sweater is PERFECT. It's a nice dense, thick knit that holds its shape beautifully. The little zippers on the zide are super cute and the boatneck is executed perfectly. My usually XS looks a little snug here but that's just because of my body changes. TTS. Absolutely a perfect sweater that I will purchase when it hits sale. Also comes in a lovely black stripe.

 Structured Sweater (XS)
 I love the slouchy sweater looks but because this has some stiffness to it, it just sort of sticks out funny. It's certainly cozy and soft but I can't imagine doing my body many favors. I would definitely wear super skinny pants with it but even so. I feel a bit too "sponge bob" in shape with it on.

 Casita Shiftdress (S)
 This is something that I'm hoping might work this summer for me, even with a big ol' belly. They didn't have a size XS so I tried on the S and it was basically fine.  The top part with the embroidery is stiff and very heavy. I sort of had trouble getting over my head for a minute. I like the front view but am not sure about the side view. I do love a nice easy cool dress for summer but the heaviness up top concerns me.

 Mercado Shiftdress in Pure White (XS)
 This was an adorable surprise. I thought it would look shapeless and dumpy on but I think it looks pretty cute! The material is very lightweight (but not see through since it is lined) and the embroidery is lovely. The neckhole is pretty small so I did have to tug it a bit over my fairly ginormous noggin. TTS.

 Silk Pleated Maxidress (size 2)

 I had to really lighten my pictures up so you could see the details of the dress. The last shot is me taking a "how would this look if I pulled the waist over my belly" picture. First of all, I would say this runs pretty big since I'm wearing my normal size 2 and I feel like I'm drowning in it. Second of all, the static that was generated by this dress was insane so I couldn't really get it to flow properly. The good news (for me) is that there is plenty of room to accomodate the ever-expanding chest but the bad news is that it looks sort of shapeless. I think it needs a belt to give it some definition.

Overall, I liked some of what I saw. Do you have any Spring favorites from Madewell?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Anthropologie Reviews: Francophile Tee, Ara Pullover, Clara Buttondown, Boteh Maxi Dress, Askew T-Shirt Dress and Firefleur Maxi Skirt

This is going to be quick because as I've mentioned in my previous 2 posts - I am pregnant! And tired. So very very tired. Basically my clock starts ticking around 3:00 pm and it's just a downward slide into bed from there :) So without much ado...

Francophile Tee (S) in Paper Moon
OMG. I will probably end up buying this tee in most of its iterations. It is the softest cotton ever, thin but not tissue thin and it drapes perfectly without clinging. I only have a few tees that meet these standards and I always wear them until they are basically in shreds. I even love the colors and graphic. Love love love. Here's the unfortunate thing - I can't actually remember if this is a small or XS. I will go back and check and update but I can't for the life of me remember.

 Ara Pullover (S)
I also love this little sweater. I am generally not a fan of orange on my skin tone but I didn't mind this. The varying thickness of stripes is a cute detail and the sweater is almost a mesh which I love for summer. Great sweater to have in your purse to throw on at the end of the night. I even like the longer hem in the back for better bum coverage. This is a S and while it was a little big I like the relaxed feeling of it. Not sure I would need my normal size XS.

I don't know why I can't find this on the website. I was attracted to the pattern and the thought that I might be able to get away with it for maternity wear but there was just too much material in the front. There's nothing wrong with it I just didn't think it looked very fresh or modern.

 Clara Buttondown (size 2) in Blue Motif
This is super cute. I love the little bird pattern and again I am a fan of extra bum coverage. The neckline is a bit strange since it almost goes straight across - I would probably iron the top of the placket open to show a little more neck. The split hem in the back is a cute detail. Simple and straight forward.

Boteh Maxi Dress (size 2)

This dress is gorgeous! I have no place to wear it and it definitely won't fit by summertime but I think it's really special. the colors are vibrant without being garish and the fit is perfect. I'm pretty busty and my usual size 2 felt pretty good in that area as did the waist. Considering I'm a little thicker in both areas right now, I'd say this runs TTS/slightly big.

Askew T-Shirt Dress (size XS)
Love a good t-shirt maxi dress. The middle layer is very flattering sort of creating a lengthening and slimming illusion. I would have to get it shortened but I don't mind doing that for a piece I think I'll get a lot of use of. TTS with lots of stretch.

Here's where it gets a little weird - the t-shirt is sewn onto the middle layer but only halfway. The rest is left to drape - I guess this is the "askew" part. I really wish they hadn't done that and had just let the t-shirt drape over the middle layer, or sew the whole darn thing down. 1/2 and 1/2 is weird. The slit is quite high but nothing too risque.

Firefleur Maxi Skirt (size S)
The print is so gorgeous but the fit is a hot mess! They only had a size S to try on but I don't think the XS would have made any difference. The waistband in the front works quite well and the pleats drape beautifully down from it. But.... the side stick out and the butt is horrendous! It added at least 10 pounds! It's just gathered elastic back there and it looks like I just grabbed some material and gathered it around me. Such a bummer because the flowers are truly gorgeous. Sigh.

I saw a bunch of new arrivals at Anthro today that looked promising. what are you liking these days?