April 17, 2015

Sale Alerts, Weekly Outfits & Fitting Room Reviews

Sale Alerts:
  • Ann Taylor - Get 40% off select full-price styles with code 40FORYOU. In stores and online. Cardmembers enjoy free shipping. Sale ends 4/19 12AM ET. Shop my sales picks here:

  • Banana Republic - Get 40% off all tops, shirts and sweaters. Online sale ends 4/19. In store sale ends 4/22. I ordered this cute cropped factory hooded jacket in XSP. See it on me here (video clip saved from my snapchat). Note: According to the website, Banana Republic Factory items can only be exchanged or returned by mail.
  • Forever 21 - Get 10% off $40+ purchases with code SPRING10, 15% off $70+ (or $50+ in store) purchases with code SPRING15, or get 20% off $100+ (or $60+ in store) purchases with code SPRING20. Sale ends 4/20 11:59 PT. Shop my sales picks here:

  • Kate Spade - Get 25% off with code DEAREST. Sale ends 4/19 11:59 PM PT. I love this Lily Avenue Carrigan scalloped bag as recommended by StylishPetite (review here).
  • LOFT - Get 40% off everything with code SHAREIT in stores and online. Sale ends 4/20 12AM ET. Update 4/17: I've been waiting for this eyelet sleeve tee to be available for about three weeks and it's finally available tonight. Speaking of new arrivals, I also spotted this white eyelet sleeve tee dress and how cute is this Lou & Grey checked shirtdress? Shop my other sales picks here:


It finally feels like spring in New England so I've been able to wear a light jacket in the mornings and at night. Here are some of my recent outfits:

4/15/15 #ootd
LOFT Netural Rondelle Chain Necklace
LOFT Cropped Cotton Cardigan in morning aqua, size XSP
LOFT Lasercut Scallop Shell, size XSP (see size XS regular on me here and size XXSP here)
Banana Republic Skinny Jeans, size 00/24P (runs big so size down)
J.Crew Sloan Cap Toe Pumps (old, similar here and here)
Ann Taylor Pebbled Signature Crossbody Bag (review here)

Another view of this epaulet cardigan from @thelimited's #ScandalCollection. I took size XSP and it runs true to size. // �� Sign up once at www.LIKEtoKNOW.it and LIKE this photo to receive an email with product details. FYI. Direct link to exa
The Limited Scandal Collection Epaulet Cardigan, size XSP (runs true to size)
LOFT Rib Trim Tank, size XXSP
LOFT Neutral Rondelle Chain Necklace
Banana Republic Indigo Skinny Jean, size 0/25 petite (review here)
Ann Taylor Pebbled Signature Crossbody Bag (review here)
*Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here
 
4/14/15 #ootd
Lou & Grey Shawl Jacket (sold out), size XXS regular
LOFT Striped Tee (sold out), similar here
Madewell Knotshine necklace (as seen on Skirt The Rules)
Banana Republic Skinny Jeans, size 00/24P (runs big so size down)
Bandolino Mirabella (runs true to size)

I tried on this textured stripe flare dress recently and I fell in love with it as soon as I put it on. The dress skims and flatters in all the right places and the stripe placement creates the perfect amount of interest so minimum accessories are required. I'd say that it runs one size bigger since I fit size 00P perfectly. I scored this dress for 40% off during yesterday's sale plus and additional 10% off (total 46% off).

I'm loving this @anntaylor textured stripe flare #dress (runs big so I took size 00P which fits perfectly). I just purchased it on sale for 40% off + an additional 10% off with my store card! �� // �� Sign up once at www.LIKEtoKNOW.it an

My husband and I were in the city for dinner yesterday and it was such a nice night that we walked from his workplace to our favorite Indian restaurant and then to the local mall. Our usual lazy selves would have taken the subway or retreated home but I'm so happy to be able to wander around after a full day of sitting at work. I tried on this cute daisy print crepe wrap and I'd say it runs true to size since XSP fit me perfectly. There's a hidden snap at the v-neck but there's a noticeable gap at the bodice when you sit down so a cami for layering purposes is a must.

Ann Taylor Daisy Print Crepe Wrap, size XSP
LOFT Netural Rondelle Chain Necklace
Ann Taylor Daisy Print Crepe Wrap, size XSP
Banana Republic Skinny Jeans, size 00/24P (runs big so size down)
Forever 21 Metallic Colorblocked Sandals (runs true to size but requires breaking in, straps may cause blisters so this is a regret purchase)

I tried on this ribbon stripe full skirt this past weekend in 0P but I held off on sharing it because I couldn't find it online for my previous post. I've seen a few ladies buy this skirt in stores during the sale but for a pull on style skirt, I found that the stretchy thick waistband (I folded it in half below) didn't do me any favors. I'd say this skirt runs 1-2 sizes bigger but it's worth trying it on in stores so you buy the right size.

Ann Taylor Ribbon Stripe Full Skirt, size 0P

I spotted this bumble bee silk perfect shirt yesterday but I only grabbed 2P since I thought 0P might be too small but 2P was definitely a little loose on me. Despite the cute bee print I couldn't get past how see through it was so I passed. You can see the outline of my bra and the extra fabric where I tried to do a half tuck. I also checked the care tag and it was 100% silk. I prefer 100% polyester so I don't have to dry clean.

Ann Taylor Bumble Bee Silk Perfect Shirt, size 2P

I saw this drapey jacket at LOFT over a week ago but I still haven't been able to purchase it online. It's really cute as a backup to my favorite Zara utility jacket which I've favored for years. Today I found the direct link after searching the product numbers on the tags but it's currently marked as 'out of stock'. I recently learned that it's LOFT's method of creating a placeholder for a product before it's available for purchase online. They did they same thing with the scalloped cropped illusion dress and banded sandals. Usually once I find the placeholder link the item is available online within a few days to a week.

LOFT Drapey Jacket (Item no. 373966)

If you're shopping in stores, I saw both regular and petite sizes available at my local LOFT and I tried on SP yesterday in store. I believe I need this jacket in XSP but that size must have been snapped up quickly by in store shoppers. The cinching at the waist is very flattering and allows you to get your usual size or a size up without sacrificing the loose drapey fit of this jacket.

LOFT Drapey Jacket (Item no. 373975), size SP
LOFT Drapey Jacket, trying on size SP (I think I need XSP)

I also tried on this quilted chambray shell recently since I've been gravitating towards blues but I didn't get a chance to share it sooner because it was another item available in stores first. It's made out of a very soft chambray fabric but the cut makes it look like a maternity top. It runs true to size but I found the arm holes were cut a bit too big for my preferences.

LOFT Quilted Chambray Shell, size XSP

I received my latest LOFT order this afternoon and it included this shadow floral shirt dress. I ordered it in 00 regular to try and it fit me loosely but it pictured well. I'd say the dress runs true to size and the regular missy size is a petite friendly length. The cute floral fabric is light but doesn't appear to be see through and the bright yellow exposed zipper in the back is a really fun touch.

Size 00 regular measurements:

12.5" shoulders
33" bust (measured pit to pit)
34" waist
36" hips (measured where the floral colorblock begins at the seam)
32.5" total length

LOFT Shadow Floral Shift Dress, size 00

I also received this beach swing dress which I ordered in XXS regular. I somehow missed the note that it's part of their swim collection which means that it can only be returned in the mail. I ordered this dress as a filler since a friend of mine wanted the Lou & Grey marled cowl tunic which was on sale for $18 after discounts. Unfortunately, the arm holes are really big so I'd have to wear this dress with something over it like my trusty white denim jacket. Due to the tent-like fit on me I think I should return it in the mail even though I'll be charged a return shipping fee. I'll mull over it some more because the pink and white stripes are so sweet.

Size XXS measurements:

10" shoulders
31" bust (measured pit to pit)
62" circumference at the bottom hem

LOFT Beach Striped Swing Dress, size XXS
LOFT Linen Denim Jacket from last year, distressed option here
Madewell Knotshine necklace (as seen on Skirt The Rules)
LOFT Beach Swing Dress in pale tea rose, size XXS regular (also available in dark turquoise)
Note: The beach swing dress is part of their swim collection so it can only be exchanged or returned by mail.
Jack Rogers Liliana (runs true to size to half a size smaller, may be best for narrower feet, review here)

I love this faux wrap heathered sheath dress I recently bought from Forever 21 with my store credits.  I actually saw this dress some time this past winter in store and I remember trying on size M. They recently restocked it online much to my delight but it sold out quickly yet again. I took a gamble and ordered size S which fits me decently. I love the gathered detail at the waist and the dress drapes really well and looks more expensive than the price I paid.

Forever 21 Faux Wrap Heathered Sheath Dress, size S
Forever 21 Faux Wrap Heathered Sheath Dress, size S
Madewell Knotshine necklace (as seen on Skirt The Rules)
 
Forever 21 always has cute stuff and as I shared at the beginning of this post they're having a sale right now so I'm tempted to order a few things. At the same time I'm afraid to place another order because it can take me many orders/months to find things that I like and that fit me well.

F21 wishlist
Shop this look and my other sales picks here:



Lastly, in addition to the epaulet cardigan I also ordered this high waist grid skirt in XSP when The Limited offered an amazing sale a few weeks ago. It arrived with some loose threads at the seams but nothing I couldn't easily trim. I have a similar grid print dress from Banana Republic Factory so the below look is a variation of this favorite look of mine as seen here and here.

Size XP measurements:
26" waist
21.5" length

The Limited High Waist Grid Skirt, size XSP
Urban Outfitters Tela Lace Crop Tee (old, similar here, cute yellow version here)
The Limited High Waist Grid Skirt, size XSP
J.Crew Sloan Patent Pumps (old, love these suede pumps from Madewell)
J.Crew Factory necklace (old, pretty option from Ann Taylor)
Louis Vuitton Marais BB in Monogram Empreinte, color Noir

Thanks for reading!



Jess

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April 13, 2015

Jacket Weather & Early Birthday Present

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LOFT coated long anorak (old from last year, review here)
Forever 21 windowpane print scarf (recommended by @thedarlingbrunette)
Old Navy The Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans (really old wash called 'campfire', 2P)
LOFT Metallic Bar Cateye Sunglasses
Ann Taylor Pebbled Signature Crossbody Bag (review here
*Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here

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My husband and I enjoyed a lovely spring stroll in the city on Sunday and he surprised me by getting this pretty Prada continental bow wallet as an early birthday present. I adore the pretty light blue (astrale) color with the silver hardware. I've been trying to get more practical bags and wallets for everyday use but I splurge on a new luxury bag every few years if something catches my eye. Last year it was the Marais BB by Louis Vuitton. However, the last time I bought a luxury wallet was in 2008/2009 and I was surprised by his sweet gesture. I also asked him to take a few shots of my outfit for the blog and he ended up snapping up a storm so I had plenty to choose from. Most of the pictures were unusable because I was busy making angry faces at him while he told me to do yet another pose. Ha. If you've followed my blog for a while then you've noticed that I like to take my photos in the comfort of our home. I'm admittedly quite shy so it was a good thing these side streets didn't have that many people passing through or I would have really slayed him with my death stares.

Prada Bow Continental Wallet

Ann Taylor Dotted Chiffon Ruffle Shell, size XSP

I was also able to find this dotted chiffon ruffle shell at my local Ann Taylor in size XSP (see regular size XS on me here) during the 40% off sale promotion. It comes with a cami that has adjustable straps for the lining but I found the cami to be on the shorter side. I may switch it out for one of my own if I wear it untucked. If you plan to wear it tucked in then the regular size may work since the petite sizes are currently sold out online. I'd say this top runs true to size.

SHOP THIS POST & MY SPRING LAYERING PICKS



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Jess

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