Friday, July 31, 2015

Freshen Up Any Piece With a White Skirt

Oh, how I love a white skirt.  And white jeans, for that matter.  There's no way I'm wearing white jeans this summer since it's been warm and humid.  So, this great stretchy skirt it is.  (And uh, BTW, it's on sale for $18!  I'm normally 6/8 and got this in 8--the sizing chart was accurate.)

It is wonderful that you can pair a white skirt with almost anything.  Whether it's a t-shirt, a blouse like this one, or a button up like gingham, plaid or chambray, it'll freshen that piece up in a snap.  (See some of those HERE in the recent summer packing post.)  Today I just went with a pretty coral top, though!  

Anyway, I told you I was getting into watches lately, so when I got to try a JORD wooden watch, I was like, "Sure, why not?"  Little did I know how much I'd like this thing!  I love that it goes well with my casual outfits while still being polished, and the neutral color helps its versatility as well.  It's also very lightweight, and for a chunkier looking watch, being lightweight is a great attribute!  It's super quick and easy to put on and take off, too.  I've read that some watches can be annoying to deal with, but this one snaps into place, and snaps back open with one push.  Also, JORD sized the watch for me before sending it, saving me a trip to the jeweler.  Reallllly glad to have added this one to my growing watch collection!  :D

Also, P.S.--Sunday is the LAST DAY of the Nordstrom Sale.  If you were thinking about it at all, go for it!  It doesn't hurt to try since returns are FREE by mail!  I was just like, "What the heck, I'll just try this, this, and that," and found a bunch of amazing pieces!  (And I shipped my massive return packages yesterday, haha.)

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six

Shop for the Look:
Top: White Plum (similar, similar)
Skirt: Asos (exact--on sale for $18!)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact, similar, similar)
Shoes: Target (similar, similar)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

Wooden Wristwatch

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Old Navy and J.Crew Factory Reviews + Nordstrom Update

I was surprised but glad to hear how much some of you enjoy these review posts!  Wellp, like I said in the last post, here are some Old Navy and J.Crew keepers from vacation, plus an update on my last Nordstrom order, and a few more things I picked up.

I had quite a lot of room in my clothes budget that was unused from the year so far, and then recently selling some clothes boosted that up too.  So, even though I went shopping crazy the last month, I don't feel guilty about it.  (I personally find shopping within a budget freeing, not confining!  If you don't shop within a budget, I highly recommend it!)  Also, the J.Crew Factory and Old Navy ones items were all 50-60% off retail in store!

For reference, I'm 5'6", usually 6 or S/M on top with a short torso, and 6/8 on bottom.

J.Crew Factory
First up are a couple pieces from J.Crew Factory.  I have admired items online here for years but was usually hesitant to order because I was unfamiliar with sizing.  Also, the brick and mortar store is 20-25 minutes from my house, so returns wouldn't be easy.  I was delighted to find out one opened up just 10 minutes away from Benson's and my mom's houses, so I took advantage of that while we visited them.

Navy Gingham (size S) - Lightweight and perfect fit!  I can't tell you how long I've been looking for a navy gingham top, and I have been eyeing ones at J.Crew Factory for many seasons.

This one's not heavy or sturdy like some gingham button ups.  It would be better for summer or spring in most areas, but San Diego is seldom cold, so this will be great for fall/winter here too.  100% cotton.

Chino Short 5" in Navy (size 8) - I'm so happy about these!  Shorts tend not to agree with me (in particular, my legs), but these are 5" with a wonderfully comfortable loose fit.  There is lots of room in the legs.  They're also lightweight, which I've appreciated every time I've worn them this summer.

Comes in 8 colors.  I would personally not recommend white, as they seemed see-through in store.  There's a 4" Chino Short HERE in fun colors like coral and turquoise, though I'm not sure if the fit is the same.

Old Navy

Sweetheart Denim Shorts 5" (size 6) - I feel like I struck gold by finding another pair of comfortable shorts, especially denim.  The denim feels sturdy, but very soft with a tiny bit of stretch.  Again, there is room in the legs, though not as much as the J.Crew Factory Chino Shorts.  Old Navy's Sweetheart cut tends to be for those of us with curvier hips.

These are the Spokane Wash. The Dark Wash is also on its way to my house because comfortable denim shorts are hard to come by for me.  I lucked out and got them on crazy sale online!

Swing Dress (size L) - I talked about this earlier HERE, but to reiterate--heart eyes all around.  It's stretchy, a more medium weight jersey material, and drapes really well.  Both S and M looked awkward on me, fitting my shoulders but being a little short and not having quite enough fabric to drape well.  I was certain sizing up to L would look strange around my shoulders, but nope.  Apparently on this dress it doesn't matter.  I machine washed it cold and air dried it, and I'm happy to report it did not shrink.

Nordstrom Updates + New Pieces Reviewed
It's the LAST FEW DAYS of the Nordstrom Sale!  Prices go up on Monday, August 3rd.  If you wanted to place an order, you'd better get on it!

Also remember, Nordstrom has FREE shipping BOTH WAYS with no minimum purchase.  Returns are realllyyyyyy easy because you don't have to go in-store! 

UPDATE: Washed Chambray Shirt (size L) - In my last review (HERE) I mentioned concern about wrinkling given that it's rayon, not chambray.  Happy to report there was no excessive wrinkling!  Since many of my rayon garments have shrunk in the past (annoying!) I tested this by wetting it in the sink, keeping the tag dry.  (Maybe I should be embarrassed or ashamed that I do that, but I really feel like if a store is gonna sell a shrinking shirt, I should not be responsible for that!)  Anyway, I'm happy to report if it shrank at all I didn't notice, or it wasn't significant.  Gosh, I really love how this hangs!

Remember, if you are looking for a slightly more structured chambray top try Old Navy's version HERE.  It's also a VERY great top and it did not shrink either.  ON's comes in light wash and a medium wash.

UPDATE: Mixed Media V-Neck Tunic (size Medium Petite) - WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WRINKLES?  I think I had a wrinkle problem last time because I ironed it and threw it on my bed without letting it cool completely.  Maybe?  This time I let it cool nice and flat, then wore it.  The pic above was taken after several hours of wear around the house.

That said, I've decided to return both of them, even though I actually LOVE both.  For whatever reason, I have doubts that I'll actually wear the purple one that often, though it is possibly one of my favorite colors to wear and a color I have searched years for in tops (which is why I seldom wear that color).  And since cleaning out my closet with my new rules I am trying hard to keep pieces that I just want to wear all the stinking time.  This one is hard to let go of.

The white one was even harder to let go of, because I knew I could remix the crap out of it.  I was concerned that the material would absorb stains easily, as I saw a small smudge on it already.  It is sooooo white and white + stain absorbent isn't great for baby rearing.  Even though the smudge came out easily, I don't want to worry about it.  But here's one last hurrah before I package it up for good--I LOVE HOW IT LOOKS!

Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic (size M) - LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE.  I'm trying to order this in ivory also, which would mean I wouldn't need the white one above anyway.  It being ivory and polyester instead of white and rayon should be better at hiding stains.  And this one's cheaper.  Wrinkles are from packaging; I didn't iron beforehand.

This is so super duper long that I never thought it'd look good on me, but I tried it anyway.  It drapes SO WELL that it's okay that's long because the nice drape means it half-tucks nicely.  Comes in 4 great colors!

Maroon Cardigan (size S) - Another long sought after find from my ongoing wish list!  Comes in light grey, olive, ivory, and black.  Maroon is in and out of being sold out, so you might get lucky and catch it when people return it.

It's soft and comfy, and not super tight so you can layer long sleeves under it.  Important note, the sleeves have a wide knit, so it's not that warm for a sweater cardigan.  But again, perfect for San Diego.

Please note, this is hand wash only.  Might be a deal breaker for some of you!

Diana Stretch Skinny Jeans (size 4 & 6) - I reviewed these in grey sz 6 last time.  For the grey pair I had problems with excess material all over, particularly the leg and crotch.  Sizing down to sz 4 improved the crotch area, but there was still excess material in the leg.  More importantly, the 9" rise was slightly too high for me.  Overall, it's a great pair of jeans.  Hefty material with lots of stretch, and not a bad price for good jeans while on sale.  Just not for me because...

Paige Skinny Jeans (size 29) - THESE JEANS ARE THE BOMB.  I still haven't gotten the hang of taking accurate jean selfies (strange angles don't always capture how good/bad they look), but these are the jeans that make me feel like the best possible version of myself.  You know what I mean?  And thank you, Nordstrom Sale, for lowering the price to $119 for my foray into the world of designer jeans.  At this point I wouldn't have paid full price for them, but if they hold up and impress me over time that tune will change.

Whew! That was a lot of stuff, but they are all pieces I'm extremely happy with. Hopefully you're finding pieces you absolutely love as well!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

That Swing Dress Tho.

I totally thought I couldn't pull off a swing dress.  I thought having some curves to my hips and a little junk in the trunk would mean I'd need more structure.  But, surprise!  Either I can wear swing dresses after all, or this Old Navy dress is just the bomb dot com.  Or both.

Turns out the key was sizing up--a lot!  I'm normally S/M and I'm wearing this dress in L without alterations.  When I put on both the S and M I was like, "Oooookay, I guess these dresses aren't for me."  But I tried the L just to see, and what do you know?  Perfect.

And you guys, this dress is SO COMFORTABLE.  Truly!  Because it's a swing dress, it has extra material all around (when I sized up, at least) and for some reason that helps me feel more covered.  It's soft and stretchy, and the material is also on the thicker side of these types of jersey dresses.  I wear a cami and slip under EVERY dress, and I actually don't feel like I need them under this one!

It's darker and more purple in real life.  I couldn't get the color right in these pics, but it does look more like product page (HERE), at least on my screen.  It also comes in b/w stripes, solid black, and solid orange.

I wore this for nearly a week when I got it, mostly similar to this or with tan wedges and white accessories.

Old Navy is running 35% off until the end of TODAY with code COOL--online only!  Now's your chance!  Remember, ON has free shipping AND NOW FREE RETURNS online for orders 50+!  While you're at out, you might wanna pick up one of these:

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Old Navy (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact is sold out but might come back in stock, similar, similar)
Shoes: Target (similar)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)
Cuff: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact)
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (exact)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Forum: Watches

Can we try something new?  There have been a few things I've wanted info on and thought some of you might have great advice to give.  Like, a while ago when I posted about designer jeans you guys had some really helpful things to say!

I'm hoping today's post will be a sort of forum where interested readers and I can glean from those of you who have more experience in this area: WATCHES!  

Growing up I wore a watch as if it were glued to my wrist.  I wore it so much that I developed a watch tan so good you would have thought I was wearing a white watch.  (I know you're jealous of my stylish watch tan, but what you should really be jealous of is my dope sock tan!)

Thanks to a gift from Daniel Wellington I've gotten *really* addicted to having a watch again.  I often wear my black DW watch even though it doesn't go with my outfits--haha!--because I'm a little compulsive about knowing the time.  

Now I'm looking at a BUNCH of watches, mostly gold watches like THESE and ones with leather bands in more colors like THESE.  

Questions - Help a Sister Out!
But first, I have some questions.  Hence the "forum" aspect.  I haven't worn watches since I was a kid/teenager and therefore don't know if there are features, whether regarding design or function, that I should pay attention to.  
  • Overall, how do you decide on which watch to get?  I'm looking into a gold one AND a non-black leather one, since my DW watch is black leather.  
  • Are there functions or features to look out for, or do you have advice when inspecting quality?
  • Anything I should know about the size of watch faces?  How big or small is TOO big or small that it will look awkward on your wrist?  I tend to like medium/larger faced watches.  What's your preference and WHY?
  • What is a typical amount you pay for watch resizing?  I called two places yesterday, and one said $7-8 while the other said from $10-20.  What's your average?

Or is it really as simple as every watch is basically the same, just choose a design you like?  They're just sort of big purchases, so I want to be more informed as I make decisions!  

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five  |  six  |  seven

Here are a few watches I've been looking at.  My mom never knows what to get me for gifts and somehow tries to buy me an iPad every year, even though I don't feel like I need one.  I think one of these watches would be fantastic instead.  I'm also going to receive a Shopbop gift card to review their shopping experience/service, so my first thought was to put it towards a new watch.  

I'd love to hear any advice you have, your own experience with watches, or any questions you have that someone else might be able to answer!  

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