November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Sales, J.Crew Chateau Parka & The Limited Scandal Collection Reviews

Banana Republic Lisa Scarf & LOFT Striped Mesh Trim Sweater, size XS
Banana Republic Lisa Scarf (now $35.70 after 40% off)
LOFT Striped Mesh Trim Sweater, size XS (now $20 after an additional 50% off)
Ann Taylor Pebbled Signature Crossbody bag (now $49 after 50% off and available in 4 colors)

  • Amazon  - Shop their Cyber Monday deals here.
  • Ann Taylor - 50% off your entire purchase through 12/2 3AM ET with code CYBER50 (valid US only).
  • Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy - 40% off your purchase with code CYBER. Ends 12/1 at 11:59 PM ET. Shop my picks here:

  • Bloomingdales - Take 25% off a great selection of regular and sale-price items.
  • C.Wonder - 40% off everything. Ends 12/1.
  • Forever 21 - In-stores and online: 20 % off when you spend $60 with code CYBER20. 30% off when you spend $100 with code CYBER30. 30% off sale items. Free shipping on all orders ends today 2:59AM ET! These wrap faux suede boots look like the Rag & Bone Harrow booties but for a fraction of the price. Shop my other picks here:

  • J.Crew - 30% full price styles, extra 40% off sale styles and free shipping with code MONDAY. Ends 12/1.
  • J.Crew Factory - 50% off everything plus get an extra 10% off and free shipping with code YOUVEGOTSALE. Ends 12/1. I love this ruffle-collar dress coat but note that it's on the thinner side.
  • Kate Spade - 30% off their entire site with code CYBER30. Ends 12/2 at 2:59AM ET.
  • LOFT - 50% off everything online only with code MONDAY (valid US only). Ends today 11/30 3AM ET then it's 50% off in stores only tomorrow 12/1. Shop my picks here:
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  • Lord & Taylor - Extra 25% off regular and sale priced items online only with code MONDAY. Ends 12/1.
  • Nordstrom -  Many items are up to 40% off.
  • Piperlime - 30% off sitewide and extra 40% off sale items with code CYBERSALE. Ends 12/2 at 2:59AM ET.
  • Shopbop.com - 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 with code GOBIG14 from now until 12/1 11:59PM PT.
  • The Limited -  Get 40% off the Scandal Collection (not combinable with other sitewide offers), 60% off online exclusives and 50% off everything else with code THANKS. Also ending midnight tonight (11/30) get an extra 15% off your purchase of $100 or more.
  • Tory Burch - 20% off $300, 25% off $500, 30% off $750 with code LUCKY.  Ends 12/1 11:59PM PT. I would recommend their Sullivan boots if you're 5'3" and above since the shaft is taller (see my review here).

Many Black Friday deals are still valid through tonight 11/30. Please see my previous blog post here and also check out my gift ideas here. As I mentioned in my previous post I purchased this J.Crew Chateau Parka in heather dusk which is the grey color. I love the relaxed, swingy fit of this jacket as seen in the few pictures I shared below.

Size 00 regular measurements are as follows:

14" shoulders
36" chest
48" along bottom hem
24" sleeve length
12" upper arm circumference
32" total length

J.Crew Chateau Parka, size 00 (heather dusk)
J.Crew Chateau Parka, size 00 (heather dusk)
Forever 21 Mixed-Knit Cowl Neck Sweater in grey, size XS
Stuart Weitzman Justmine boots (similar, OTK Mainline style is back in stock here and here)

Banana Republic Lisa Scarf & J.Crew Chateau Parka, size 00 (heather dusk)

Update 12/8: Here are some updated photos of the J.Crew Chateau parka that my husband took for me when we went to see Portland head lighthouse in Maine.

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The Limited is my little sister's favorite store. She was shopping in store when I spotted the Scandal Collection which I tried on despite the fact that petites wasn't available. I was surprised by how well some of the items fit me. My favorite item from the collection was this embroidered lace sheath dress which is gorgeous in real life but it wasn't available in a smaller size for me to try on. All of the items I tried on in stores were in size XS and at the time it was only 30% off but I just noticed that the collection is 40% off online with code THANKS. See Gigi's try-ons and reviews on the collection here.

The Limited Scandal Collection - Tailored Cape Coat, size XS
The Limited Scandal Collection - Tailored Cape Coat, size XS
(This cape ran a little loose for me in the chest but fit elsewhere and it's warm since it's double layered. It's like a vest with a cape so it's not open in the back unlike many other capes.)
Forever 21 Mixed-Knit Cowl Neck Sweater in grey, size XS

The Limited Scandal Collection - Funnel Neck Tweed Jacket, size XS

The Limited Scandal Collection - Ruffle Collar Top, size XS


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November 25, 2014

LOFT Sale Alert: 50% off Everything & UPDATED Black Friday Sales


  • Aerie - 40% off everything plus free shipping now until 11/30 with code GOBBLEUP
  • Amazon  - shop their Black Friday deals here
  • Ann Taylor - 50% off your entire purchase through 11/29 3AM ET with code THANKS (valid US only).
  • Banana Republic - 50% off one full-priced item with code BRFIFTY. 40% off the rest of your purchase with code BRFORTY. Ends today 11/27.
  • Bloomingdales - Up to 50% off (20-30% off select Burberry styles)
  • Forever 21 - Check out their Black Friday deals here.
  • J.Crew - 30% off select items, additional 40% off sale items, and free shipping with no minimum today through 11/30 with code HOLIDAY. Valid in stores and online.
  • J.Crew Factory - 50% off everything and free shipping on orders of $50+ today through 11/30 with code THANKS. Valid in stores and online.
  • Kate Spade - 25% off their entire site with code HOLLYJOLLY. Shop their surprise sale for up to 75% off when you spend $200 or more now through 11/29.
  • LOFT - 50% off everything in stores and online with code TREAT (valid US only). Ends today 11/27 3AM ET.
  • Lord & Taylor - Extra 20% off almost everything + 25% off fine jewelry with code THANKS now until 11/30.
  • Madewell - 25% with code GIFTON now until 11/30 12AM ET.
  • Nordstrom -  Shop their Black Friday deals now including their designer clearance here.
  • Old Navy -  Up to 50% off in stores and online now though 11/28. Online Only: Use code GRAVY for an additional 15% off your purchase valid through 11/29.
  • Shopbop.com - 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 with code GOBIG14 from now until 12/1 11:59PM PT.
  • Theory - 40% off their holiday preview selection
  • Tory Burch - 20% off $300, 25% off $500, 30% off $750 with code LUCKY from now until 12/1 11:59PM PT.

I was browsing LOFT after church on Sunday and came across this light and airy floral scarf. I loved it once I tried it on since it didn't look like much in a dim corner of the store's sale section. Since my mom loves my scarves I got her one too.

LOFT Twilight Floral Scarf
LOFT Twilight Floral Scarf - now $14.99 online and in stores

I've been thinking about this Chateau Parka (see my review here) non stop since I didn't get it a few weeks ago and I tried it on for my mom to see today. Luckily it was 30% off in stores and I used my $25 rewards card so I felt like I made out like a bandit.

J.Crew Chateau Parka, size 00
J.Crew Chateau Parka, size 00 (see my review here)
Madden Girl 'Poppyyy' flats (see my review here)

What visit to the mall would be complete without a browsing the local LOFT? Here are some things I tried on today and within the last week or so. From of all my try-ons I only took home the animal jacquard sweater in size S for a more relaxed fit since it's oh so soft and comfy (see size XS on me here).

LOFT Faux Leather Sleeve Blazer, size 0P
LOFT Faux Leather Sleeve Blazer, size 0P

The faux leather sleeves are too short on me in petites and they would look better pushed up similar to their online stock image but that's not really practical for me. Also, how do people wear a blazer and a coat in the winter? I've tried and it's just too stuffy and uncomfortable. I usually put it in my bag and then change into it at work.

LOFT Lace dress, size 0P
LOFT Lace dress, size 0P

LOFT Lacy Sleeve Sweater, size XS

LOFT Animal Jacquard Sweater, size S

LOFT Lace peplum shell, size 0
LOFT Lace peplum shell, size 0 was a few inches too loose around the waist so I would need size 00

I also spotted this coveted blanket scarf today at both Aerie and Forever 21 in the Willow Grove Mall. In my opinion the Aerie version (product no. 2273-184) is nicer since the Forever 21 version (sold out) looks rougher in comparison (see picture here). There were 3 scarves left at the Forever 21 in the Willow Grove Mall and a few scarves left at Aerie as well (in addition to the one they had on display below).

Aerie blanket scarf (style no. 2274-184)

Finally, I ordered all of the below items from Forever 21 last week except for the pom pom beanie and they should be coming in the mail tomorrow. I saw the bunny phone case in stores today and it's really cute but the gray is a  bit darker in real life. Please check out my gift guide here for other present ideas. I usually gift my favorite things to my friends and family members since we tend to like the same things.

Note: Hover for details and direct links to each item

Left to my own devices, I'm not creative when it comes to gifting so around this time of year I tend buy 2-3 of a few things that I think would be a huge hit. For example, I purchased these cute coin purses to gift from Coach Outlet online and they were $34.50 each.

Coach Outlet Darcy Patent Bow Coin Purses
Darcy Patent Bow Coin Purse from Coach Outlet

Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels this holiday season!
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November 19, 2014

Sale Alert: 60% Off Select Items at LOFT

We celebrated a special little boy's 100th day tonight. I loved how simple and comfy the @loftgirl 'cap sleeve dress' is. It's perfect for work and play. 👯 // 👉 Sign up once at www.LIKEtoKNOW.it and like this photo to receive an email
J.Crew Stadium Cloth Boulevard Trench (from 2011; altered by hemming a regular size 0)
Ann Taylor pebbled signature crossbody bag
LOFT cardigan (from last year)
LOFT cap sleeve dress (fits true to size; petite sizes still available), size 0P
Wolford Individual 20 tights, size S
Louboutin Simple 100 pumps

LOFT is having a flash sale for 60% off select items with code FLASH until 10AM ET tomorrow. The cap sleeve dress I bought this summer (last reviewed here) is still available in petite sizes! I bought it because it was really flattering and reminds me of a Theory shift style dress.

Here are my other sale picks:




I also spotted some LOFT favorites from last year at the outlets last week. The scallop hem skirt is available in black, this scalloped lace dress is back in purple and both are available in regular sizes and petites. I also got some cute graphic t-shirts like this one.
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November 15, 2014

LOFT Coated Long Anorak & Ann Taylor Crossbody Styled 8 Ways

@loftgirl Coated Long Anorak in XSP. I got it for 60% off! 👯 As seen on @lofty.closet in tall and @stylishpetite in XXSP.  // 👉 Sign up once at www.LIKEtoKNOW.it and like this photo to receive an email with direct links to available it
LOFT Coated Long Anorak, size XSP (see it on Annie here in XXSP; see it in tall on Sara here)
LOFT striped popcorn sweater (old, from last year)
Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (see  my review here)
Old Navy rockstar legging jeans
Madden Girl Kendall & Kylie 'Poppyyy' flats (see my review here)

I ordered this anorak at 60% off about two weeks ago and I'm so glad I did! It has adorable details from the cinched in waist, back storm flaps, the pretty floral lining seen in the hood to the bright golden mustard color. The details make this jacket so unique and I can't wait to wear it this spring since it's now too cold for such a light jacket here in Boston area. The XSP sleeves are 22.25" which is a bit short for my preference but I think it still looks too cute to give up. Unlike the other reviews I didn't have any issue with the pulling at the arms, shoulders and bust in my usual size but then again I have a smaller chest and shoulders.

Size XSP measurements:

15" shoulders
34" bust (armpit to armpit), measurements taken with jacket zippered and buttoned
22.25" sleeves
12" upper arm sleeve circumference
38.5" along the bottom hem
28" length
Fully lined
Water repellant

Another one of the items I got for 60% off was this scallop neck sweater which I took in regular XS.

Today's #OOTD featuring @loftgirl scallop neck sweater (wearing size regular XS). 40% off with code SHAREIT. // 👉 Sign up once at www.LIKEtoKNOW.it and like this photo to receive an email with direct links to available items. @liketoknow.it ww

Note that Ann Taylor is having a Friends & Family event now through Monday 11/17 with code FRIENDS40. The code works on their bags including my favorite crossbody bag which is a great option from casual to dressier outfits. Here are some examples of how versatile this bag can be:

@anntaylor crossbody styled 8 ways. Get it now for 40% off with code SHAREIT. // 👉 Sign up once at www.LIKEtoKNOW.it and like this photo to receive an email with direct links to available items. @liketoknow.it www.liketk.it/DfFy #liketkit
Ann Taylor Crossbody - styled 8 ways

Please note that I updated my blog post on the J.Crew Girl's Wool Melton coat which I ended up exchanging for size 12. I provided updated measurements and pictures of the fit for your reference.

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November 12, 2014

My Dream Wedding

What Jess Wore Wedding: My Dream Wedding
Custom veil by Meadowbelle (inspired by this pin)
White by Vera Wang wedding dress (Style: VW351178)
{Photo by Branham Perceptions Photography}

It's been a little over two months since we've been married but it feels like our wedding was just yesterday. It was a very long day (I was up at 4AM and barely slept due to my excitement) but everything happened so quickly. I certainly don't miss traveling back and forth and late nights spent planning and discussing minute details and customs. However, all the stress paid off once we saw everything come together so perfectly. Everyone's collective efforts helped make our wedding the happiest day of my life thus far. I know a lot of people say this about their own wedding but it really was the best day ever! I miss being amongst all our family and friends in such an intimate and beautiful setting.

Here are some of my favorite photos. There were so many pictures to choose from and I actually still haven't seen the ones my sister took. I'm really looking forward to going through them when I visit my family for Thanksgiving. She took many photos in the morning prior to our photographers' arrival and I know her boyfriend took more throughout the day.

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What Jess Wore Wedding: My Dream Wedding

What Jess Wore Wedding: My Dream Wedding

What Jess Wore Wedding: My Dream Wedding
DIY custom hanger by my talented sister
{Photo by Branham Perceptions Photography}

What Jess Wore Wedding: My Dream Wedding

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Custom Petal Fascinator by Meadowbelle
Hair style inspired by Hera Studio
Hem & Bustle by Irina Sigal
{Photo by Branham Perceptions Photography}

What Jess Wore Wedding: My Dream Wedding

What Jess Wore Wedding: My Dream Wedding
Chair Sashes from Elegant Sashes and More
Other chair sash option (my original inspiration)
{Photo by Branham Perceptions Photography}

Our head table was unique from the other tables with a tall floral arrangement surrounded by three smaller arrangements and chair sashes.

What Jess Wore Wedding: My Dream Wedding

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Beautiful floating candles rented from Blush Events
{Photo by Branham Perceptions Photography

Our wedding invitations had a cherry blossom theme. Continuing with this theme, my talented sister and her boyfriend made DIY table numbers, menu cards and the escort cards.

What Jess Wore Wedding: My Dream Wedding
I adore this shot of our cake cutting moment
{Photo by Thu's husband}

Our romantic illuminated cake stand was inspired by this pin. The materials for our cake stand were sourced by the ever resourceful team of Blush Events. Our cake design inspired by this pin and luckily the bakery had a very similar design.

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Our DIY photo booth resulted in awesome gems like these photos

Here's a test shot of our dreamy photo booth created and designed by my sister and her boyfriend. He drafted the specifications for the modular PVP pipes used to put together the photobooth. We needed for it to be light weight and easily portable in our family's compact car. We used Simple Booth Event Edition, my iPad mini and a small printer capable of air print. I highly recommend Simple Booth for it's highly customizable options and our guests were able to print or email the photos to themselves. The adorable DIY props on a stick were also made by my sister and she found the gold frame which she retouched at a yard sale.

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DIY flower pomanders and expressive bread buns from Asia Crafts in Philly Chinatown

LESSONS LEARNED

It may be just one day but a wedding is a project in it of itself. Planning or a wedding will test how well you work with your future husband, in-laws, and family and friends. It will require a lot of trust and try your sanity because life has a way of making work, schedules, the weather and insurmountable wedding errands work against you.

Planning

Arrange for day of coordination either hired or with a trusted friend or family member. Make sure your wedding planner is someone that communicates well with you and your husband so that he/she can help execute all of the finer details with your vendors. A good wedding planner should have your best interests at heart, tell you the truth when you need it the most, and save you money where it counts thereby justifying the cost of hiring an expert to handle it all on your day.

Communication

Communicate with both sides of the family. It may be your day but the key to a happy day for everyone is to listen and try to be respectful of your family's wishes to the best of your abilities.

Ask for help early and often and remember to follow up. You'll be surprised how many people are happy and willing to help out. You'll probably save a lot of time, money and frustration this way too.

Don't be afraid to give constructive feedback. It's all about how you deliver your message and communicate what you want with clear examples. If it's not your strong suit then take more time and ask for second opinions. Never deliver an important message with a lot of emotion behind it. A lot of the time the things that I weren't happy about were all within my control but my natural inclination is to keep it to myself.

Biggest regret

Our biggest regret is not hiring a professional videographer. Luckily some of our family members took video footage knowing this but it's not the same quality. Perhaps we can look into how to take the videos we do have and making them into a short clip.

Have a good time

Smile a lot (cameras are everywhere). You want your happiness to show through in the photos and you should own that bridal glow.

Finally, relax and enjoy the party. You only spent forever planning for this day so don't let anything keep you from having a blast. It's inevitable that little and big details may not go exactly as planned but what matters is that you're there with your loved ones.

DETAILS

Photography: Branham Perceptions Photography // Wedding Planner: Blush Events // Flowers: Cut 1 Floral Design // Hair & Makeup: Reiko Utsugi // Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang wedding dress (Style: VW351178) // Reception Dress: Ann Taylor Mya Cowl Neck Wedding Dress (See my review  here.) // Custom petal veil and fascinator: Meadowbelle  // Wedding Cake: Palermo's Bakery // Venue: Westin Jersey City // Decor: Chair Sashes: Elegant Sashes and More. DIY bridal hanger, photo booth and props, ceremony programs, table numbers, menus and escort cards all thanks to my talented sister (maid of honor) and her boyfriend. Gold chargers, floating candles and cake stand rented and/or sourced from Blush Events. // Uplighting: We had a bad experience with this vendor so I chose not to disclose/recommend them to anyone.


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November 04, 2014

Review: J.Crew Crewcuts Girls' Wool Melton Bow Coat

J.Crew Crewcuts Girls' Wool Melton Bow Coat, size 14

Thanks again to Annie for telling me about the return of this favorite topper which I have from 2012 in chartreuse, size 12. I rarely shop at J.Crew so I probably would have completely missed this coat until all the sizes were gone during the end of the season. As promised in my previous post, here is a quick review with measurements for those that are curious about how this fits. For those of you not familiar with my sizing please refer to my clothing size reference.

J.Crew Crewcuts Girls' Wool Melton Bow Coat, size 14
Back, front and side views shown with the coat buttoned

Size 14 measurements and fabric/material (current year's version):

15" shoulders
37" bust (armpit to armpit), measurements taken with coat buttoned
24" sleeves
12.5" upper arm sleeve circumference
10" end of  sleeve circumference
43" along the bottom hem
30" length

Outer shell:
79% wool
4% other fibers

Lining: 100% polyester

Made in China

Update 11/9: I exchanged size 14 for size 12 after I confirmed with a J.Crew associate online that size 12 has 13.5" shoulders and 22.25" sleeves. I will provide updated measurements here when I receive the new size.

Update 11/14: Updated 2014 version of size 12 measurements below. After trying on both versions I like the overall fit of size 12 better and I may consider getting the sleeves let down by my tailor. My preferred sleeve length for coats is at least 24".

Size 12 measurements (current year's version):

14" shoulders
35" bust (armpit to armpit), measurements taken with coat buttoned
22" sleeves
12" upper arm sleeve circumference
9.75" end of  sleeve circumference
42" along the bottom hem
30" length

J.Crew Crewcuts Girls' Wool Melton Bow Coat, size 122014 version of size 12
Back, front and side views shown with the coat buttoned

Size 12 measurements and fabric/material (2012 version):

14" shoulders
35.5" bust (armpit to armpit), measurements taken with coat buttoned
20.5" sleeves
12" upper arm sleeve circumference
10.5" end of  sleeve circumference
42" along the bottom hem
29" length

Outer shell:
70% wool
22% nylon
8% cashmere

Lining: 100% polyester

Made in China

Fit:

The jacket is on the boxier side for me in size 14 compared to size 12 from last year but the sleeves fit me perfectly. To distract from the boxiness it helps to throw a scarf over it and/or wear it unbuttoned when indoors as pictured below. If you have any questions about the measurements of this year's version in other sizes I believe you can chat or call J.Crew and one of their associates can give you the exact measurements.

Warmth:

In both cases both last year and this year's version is a thin coat better suited to climates with warmer winters. However, if you love to layer then this coat is a perfect choice due to the extra room in the body and sleeves. 

It arrived and I'm obsessed! 👯 Wearing #crewcuts girls' wool melton bow coat in size 14. // 👉 Sign up at www.LIKEtoKNOW.it and like this photo to receive an email with direct links to available items. @liketoknow.it www.liketk.it/BocQ

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