Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Anthropologie Reviews: Beach Blossom Tee, Hidden Isle Dress, Ronan Shirtdress, Sol Stripe Shorts

I really haven't shopped that much at Anthropologie lately. I love looking at their clothes - total eye candy - but once on they have not been working for me that well. I do have my eye on a few things that are more fall. This romper is so cute and since it stays pretty hot here well into October, I think I could make it work. And of course, I can never resist a cute little slouchy striped t-shirt dress. This one is so Madewell don't you think? Anyway, here are a few sale items I tried on the other day.

Beach Blossom Tee (XS)
 Birds and fruit - say no more. I love the little design on the front but somehow this t-shirt was frumpy. The sleeves were a bit too long and I was not feeling the ruching. The body draped fine but the overall look was blah and the material was a bit itchy. I was so disappointed! Pattern adorable, style not so much.

 Hidden Isle Dress (size 4?)
 I LOVE the print on this one. I'm pretty sure this was a size 4 and although I have put on a few pounds recently, it still felt too big. It's seriously comfortable and easy to throw on.

 It has a little belt that goes in the back that helps cinch it in ever so slightly to give some shape. My favorite part is those colors though!

Ronan Shirtdress (XS)
 Again with color! Love it and the oversize plaid and adorable collar. This was so comfortable and so tempting for a hot day. I just don't look great in swing dresses. I think it helps if you are smaller on top to make them work. Adorable though.

 Sol Stripe Shorts by Eva Franco (size 4)
Oooo rainbow stripy shorts! These did not fit. The reviews do not lie - these run seriously small and seriously short in the crotch. You can see that they are basically fitting like a diaper on me. The construction is nice and I would give them another shot if I could find a 6 which btw is 2 sizes up for me.

Overall, a swing and a miss for me but I am looking forward to checking out more arrivals as we get closer to cooler temps. I'm loving the look of this layered pullover for fall - the details make it more transitional. And this sweater reminds me of one of my favorite slouchy Madewell sweaters except with more exciting details. So cute!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hello old friends...and some J Crew Review

Hello! I am slowly trying to dip my toe back in the waters of blogging. I was not intending to take such a long hiatus but between the ever growing platforms of instagram and snapchat and a bit of personal upheaval, I thought it best.

We have moved. As in to a new state, a new life, a new everything. And it has been hard. In some ways, we have come home - family, where I went to high school, where my husband grew up. But in other ways, it is completely new. It all happened rather suddenly so the past few months have been spent frantically putting our house on the market, getting my oldest daughter into school, scrambling for a house, trying to find a job, and basically losing my mind. In the midst of all the stress and craziness I have also definitely packed on a few pounds so shopping has not really been at the top of my list. Nonetheless, I thought it might be nice to return to something that used to bring me great pleasure. Try it out, see if it feels good in a new space. So here I am!

Merino Wool Sweater-Blazer (XS) in Navy
 I have officially decided that blazers are just not for me. I do own a few but I am vowing not to add any more to my collection unless I am really over the moon about them. Something about the proportions just never works for me. Anyway, on the upside - this one is very comfortable, comes in a nice navy and has that boyfriend slouchy vibe going on. In fact, I'd be tempted to size up to make it even more so that way. The knit is thick and very comfortable and I think a lot of people will like it.

 Ruffled Popover Shirt in Polka Dot (size 00)
 I am neither into polka dots or ruffles but I really liked this top. The size 00 basically fit fine except it was super tight on the hips (which is apparently where all poundage has migrated recently). It is very light - so more of a spring/summer blouse IMO - but it is adorable. the ruffles here are so subtle and sweet.

Trying to get a close-up of the ruffle placket. Understated but charming along with the ruffle cuffs. I definitely have my eye on this one but would go with my normal size 2 or 0.

 Perfect Shirt in Liberty Arts Isborella Print (size 2)
 Everyone has been saying this runs a bit small. I think it runs slightly smaller than your average J Crew Shirt but nothing crazy. I still think I would buy a size 2 as I like my shirts fitted.

 The print is lovely and light. I wasn't initially drawn to it but I have so many dark floral shirts that I thought something with a white background and lighter colors might be a nice addition to my closet.

Garment-Dyed Pique Polo Shirt (XS) in Navy
I'd say this runs slightly small up top. It's an adorable basic polo but is not doing me any favors in the belly department. And I think I need a better bra. Ok, maybe it's me and not the polo. Nice thick pique. Runs slightly short.

 Always Chambray Shirt (size 00)
 I have been stalking this shirt forever, i just don't want to pay that much for it. I vacillate between a 0 and a 2 at J Crew and the 00 actually fit pretty well. I liked how it looked in the body but it was slightly snug at the hips. Once I've dumped the stress weight I think it would look good. I am looking for a more fitted chambray shirt to dress down some pants and skirts I have but still look neat and tidy. I LOVE this shirt. It will be mine eventually.

 Short-Sleeve Popover Shirt in Chambray (size 0)
 I don't even know what to say about this one. Judy Jetson meets Rosie the Riveter. It is so bad on my body. It does cover the tush which is good but those sleeves... good heavens.

 Eyelet Short (size XS) in vibrant red
 I had never noticed these but I do love J Crew's pull-on shorts. Easy, comfy, elastic waist - yay! These have a slightly longer inseam which I also liked. Very casual and yet interesting with the eyelet detail. Very good price with the current promo - $18!

 Sunday Slim Chino (size 0)
 I thought these were something else. I REALLY want to love the Sunday Slim Chino but the rise it just a bit too high for me. The leg is perfect - love the slight slouch - but the rise is a no no for me. Otherwise, adorable.

 Spaghetti-Strap Dress in Polka Dot (size 2)
 I would say this is TTS. Very sweet little dress. I tried the similar style in the Ratti Happy Cat Print which I will review soon. I think if anything I'll try the Midi Shirtdress in Stripe. Still interested in trying this cute little shirtdress as well. By the way, did anyone ever notice this Mara Hoffman Dress? I guess it went on sale and I missed it. Boo. Adorable!
 Here is the back which I particularly liked. I feel like a low back is a great way to add just a little bit of sex appeal. Well done JCrew.

Sammie Pant in Corduroy (size 2) in pale rose
 LOVE this color. The jury's still out on the whole cropped flare pant thing for me. The top part is lovely. I'm not buying any pants until I go to the gym again ;)

Also tried these shorts and these shorts. I liked then both and will return with a review soon.

Is anyone else holding out for 50% off or further reductions? I feel like most stuff is just sticking around in the sale section and I'm just waiting for it to drop in price a bit.

Happy almost September!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Anthropologie Review: Ava Knit Blazer, Garden Party Lace Dress, Hisbiscus Lace Sheath, PIcotage Sheath and Gathered Stripes Midi Dress

Finally had a few moments to check out some Anthro items... here's what I found:

Solstice Sherpa Jacket (S)
Definitely size up on this one. This is a S and I would say it fits perfectly. It is soooo soft. I think it was mismarked because if I had realized it was $19.95 I probably would have bought it. I like the stretch panels on the side - makes for a slim fit. This little Black version by BlankNYC looks cozy and cute. This Urban Outfitters version is amazing - buffalo check in a cool neutral light color and sherpa lining. Yes. And a little vest version? Love it.

 Ava Knit Blazer (XS)
I tried this on a whim and it is awesome. I felt like it ran a little small although I did like how slim it was. It's the perfect summer layer - check done. This Three Dots one is sooo cute. This old navy one is a great price and looks like the perfect amount of slouch. I haven't shopped The Limited since the 90's but love the look of their Madison Blazer.

Garden Party Lace Dress by Tracy Reese (size 2)
Pretty princess, that's how I felt in this one. Sometimes I have to size up in tracy reese but this was pretty true to size. It fit really well and I am obsessed with the back - how gorgeous it that view and it still covers my bra. Yay! This moderately priced lace midi dress is really cute and half the price. This one has a bit more of a boho vibe but it's by Trina Turk which means I will love it. This is out of my price range but the lace looks gorgeous on the bottom and it's just sexy enough without being too revealing.

 Hibiscus Lace Sheath (size 4)
The fit of this one is a little off. This is a size up from my usual and the waist fit perfectly/snug when full and sat a little high. The top also fit perfectly but the hips felt a little wide. I don't know, it just felt a bit funny. Anyway,  I love the lace and the hem and I even like the high neckline. It's a really beautiful piece. Reminds me of the  Lace Garden Pencil Dress which I would really like to try.

Here is the back view. I didn't zip it up only because I'm having some shoulder problems and I knew I wouldn't be able to contort myself in a way to get it unzipped.

Picotage Sheath (size 2)
I've tried this one on before. The size 2 does feel slightly snug but the material is thick enough to hide lumps and bumps. It does feel a bit like a magic dress. Flattering and comfortable.

Gathered Stripes Midi Dress (size S)
Um, ok, I could not for the life of my figure out how to make the skirt go back to normal. I think it's a cute enough dress, and very soft, but I don't think I need a knot on my hip. Just sayin'. I like this simple version of a knit striped midi at a great $37.99 price! And look at this crazy "tornado" version on 6pm.com. If you missed out on one of the "classic" Bailey 44 dresses they actually offer them on their website. I've gotten a ton of use out of mine.

Unknown Dress? I think a 4P
This fit very well and I love the oversized pockets. It feels a little bridesmaid to me because of the seaming on the bust.

Overall some nice things and many more I wanted to try. Have you been lured in by all the recent promos?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Madewell Reviews: Clearweather Pullover, Silk Composition Tank, Embroidered Peasant Top, Cabana Jacquard Shift Dress and Shrunken Trapeze Shirt

A few Madewell reviews for those of you considering the 30% off!

Clearweather Pullover Sweater (XXS) in Brick Dust
I loved the color on this one - plus Madewell knows how to do slouchy sweater quite well. The XXS felt good width-wise - slouchy but not sloppy - but then the side slits were so high! It ended up feeling a little short. Overall, it is a nice lightweight cotton sweater for the summer. I've been contemplating a Vince sweater, something like this, but they do run on the pricey side.

 Silk Composition Tank Top in Dots and Stars (XS)
Also offered in solid colors and an adorable black and white print version! This sucked me in because of the stars. I love stars almost as much as I love stripes. It's very swingy and comfortable. Mine got a bit staticky as I tried it on so it's not flowing quite as nicely as it should. Very lightweight and nice for summer.

Embroidered Alma Peasant Top (XS)
I love the embroidery on this little top - it's really beautiful and just enough to make the top special. I think this would look better on someone with a C cup or below. It fit fine/a little tight across the bust but the real problem was the pleating below the embroidery. It just added bulk to my already generous chest. I love this one from South Moon Under - so easy and lots of blue embroidery. Or you can't beat this F21 one for $10 (plus this F21 is gorgeous!). This TJMaxx version is simple and rings in at a fair $24.99. And if you want to go upscale, this Parker peasant top looks perfect.

Cabana Jacquard Shift Dress (XS)
Again, cute embroidery, and pockets! The neckine is quite high which I'm not used to - also a bit of the same problem with the pleating under the embroidery - big boobs beware. Word of warning - the material is THICK and lined so I wouldn't wear this in the deep heat of summer - more of a spring dress. This Lucky Brand version is adorable and looks more breezy. This striped embroidered shift has a Tory Burch feel to it, without the price tag. Love this off-the-shoulder embroidered bell-sleeve dress - makes me want to go on vacation. Finally, check out this Neiman Marcus Last Call peasant dress. Easy and right on trend.

 Shrunken Trapeze Shirt in Cat Walk (XS)

I was immediately drawn to the adorable leopards. Oh my goodness this print is SOOOO cute. The shape of this shirt, however, is not for me. Very wide and the material is a slightly scratchy stiff linen. It does look okay "at rest" since it drapes fairly well. I really hope they put this print on something else. It makes me smile!

Anything you are wanting to buy with the 30% off?