what jess wore: May 2016

May 28, 2016

Stripes & Polka Dots, A Few Fitting Room Reviews & Long Weekend Sales

Ann Taylor Stripe Boatneck 3/4 Sleeve Top
Ann Taylor Stripe Boatneck 3/4 Sleeve Top, size SP (review of size MP here)
LOFT Striped Ankle Tie Espadrilles (review here, last seen here)

I wore this outfit the other day for work and there was a lot of traffic on the way home so my husband and I stopped by this wall to take some pictures. I really liked how this shoot turned out since this polka dot wall (located on Lincoln Street in Boston, MA) pops with my stripe top. I ended up getting the stripe boatneck top in size SP which is still a loose fit on me. I wish I could have tried on the regular missy sizes for comparison since I usually prefer the extra overall length but I haven't seen the regular missy version in stores yet. I'd say this top fits true to size but I went up a size so that it would be more loose and comfortable.

 Ann Taylor Stripe Boatneck 3/4 Sleeve Top
Above photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography
Please check out his Flickr here

FITTING ROOM REVIEWS & SALE ALERTS

LOFT - Get 40% off new arrivals and an extra 60% off select full-price styles and sale styles. Valid in stores and online. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER927 online for an additional 25% off qualifying full-price promotional purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey items). Shop my sales picks here:



 LOFT Gingham Drop Waist Dress

I wanted this gingham drop waist dress but I wasn't sure which size to get in this print. Luckily I came across size XXSP and XSP in stores today. See size XXSP on me here. It fits exactly like the chambray drop waist dress that I reviewed in this post. It is a loose fit in my usual size XSP but size XXSP is a bit too short for my preference.

 LOFT Striped Off The Shoulder Top

This striped off the shoulder top caught my attention since it was on display front and center at the store. I tried on size S regular since it was the smallest size on the racks but then I noticed that the mannequin had size XS on. It's a loose, flattering fit and I love the color combination (the true color is shown below). It's meant to be worn off the shoulders but it actually works as a regular top and it provided adequate coverage over my bra straps. I'd say it runs one size bigger but I would prefer size XS so that the sleeve length fits like half sleeves.

 LOFT Double Tassel Beaded Necklace
LOFT Striped Off The Shoulder Top, size XS regular on the mannequin

 LOFT Denim Jacket in Vivid Mid Indigo Wash
You can see the denim jacket in mid vintage wash on me in this post.

Ann Taylor - Get 50% off full-price styles and an extra 40% off sale styles. Use code SUMMER50. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 5/31 at 3AM ET. Shop my sales picks here:



 Ann Taylor Matte Jersey Pleated Top

I wanted this matte jersey pleated top when I spotted it online and I tried on size S regular which was very roomy on me. I liked how the sleeves weren't too tight. I also tried it on in XS regular but I forgot to take pictures of it. I'd say this top fits true to size but it's definitely a boxy fit. If you love pleated tops definitely give this a try to see if it flatters your body type.

 Ann Taylor Structured Gingham Top

I saw this structured gingham top on the lovely Patty and I had to give it a try. Size XS regular fit me everywhere except the v-neck was too low and loose since I have a smaller bust although it's hard to tell that from the above pictures. The fit is on the short and boxy side so I purposely tried it on in the regular missy size for the extra overall length. I found that it runs true to size.

 Ann Taylor Silk Cotton Cropped Cardigan

This silk cotton cropped cardigan is a nice layering option over spring and summer dresses.Size XS regular fit me perfectly but I prefer a more cropped length so I would probably get this in petites. Open cardigans are also so easy to throw on over sleeveless tops to stay warm against the A/C that's usually blasting indoors this time of year. There's also plenty of neutral colors to choose from.

 Ann Taylor Shadow Floral Side Button Dress

The palm print on this shadow floral side button dress is gorgeous and I loved the buttons on the side. I tried on size 0P and the empire waist was big (around 31") and the arm holes were a bit generous. I personally found that this dress runs at least one size bigger than my usual Ann Taylor size so I would recommend going down one size unless you have a larger bust.

Banana Republic - Get 40% off your purchase with code BRTAKE40. Valid in stores and online. Exclusions apply. Sale ends 5/30 11:59PM ET. My favorite Gracie espadrilles (review here, last seen here) are included in this sale.

J.Crew - Get 30% off select full-price items and an extra 40% off sale styles with the code WEEKEND. Today only (5/30) get FREE shipping on all orders. Valid in stores and online. Valid online on full-price items marked "30% off with code WEEKEND" and on sale items marked "Extra 30% off with code WEEKEND." Sale ends 5/31 at 11:59PM ET. My favorite Gemma leopard flats (review here, last seen here) are on sale.

 J.Crew Sundress In Ratti Happy Cat Print

I received a $50 rewards card in the mail so I also stopped by J.Crew today and this sundress in ratti happy cat print caught my eye. I only grabbed size 00 regular to try and it was too snug since the empire waist is 26". The length works as a midi dress if you're around my height (5' 2 1/2"). I just love the bow tie straps and the fact that it has pockets. I was too lazy to try it in another size but I may go back another day to reassess the fit in 0 regular or just order it in petites. I probably need this dress in 0 regular or 2 petite and I ordered 2 petite for now so I hope it fits.

J.Crew Factory -50% off everything in stores and online plus an extra 40% off clearance online with code SOSWEET. Today only (5/30) get FREE shipping on all orders. Sale ends 5/31 at 11:59PM ET. Shop my sales picks here:



The Limited - Get 50% off almost everything and an extra 60% off select styles. Valid in stores and online. Online prices reflect discount. My favorite asymmetrical drape front cardigan (review here, last seen here) is included in this sale.

Nordstrom's half yearly sale is going on strong. Save up to 40% off select styles. This sale is valid in stores and online and valid through 6/5. Personally this sale gives me a lot of anxiety because I could spend hours looking through all the sale items for fear of missing out on a good deal. This Longchamp Honore wallet on a chain caught my eye as well as these Loeffler Randall Mara espadrilles although these Sole Society Elodie flats look like the similar for much less.

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May 22, 2016

Recent Outfits + LOFT Flash Sale Alert: Get 40% Off New Arrivals & An Extra 60% Off Sale Styles + FREE Shipping

 5/22/16 OOTD
Halogen Soft Collarless Jacket, size XXSP (last seen here)
LOFT Striped Swing Dress, size XSP (old from last year, review here, similar here, here and here)

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Here are a few outfits I wore recently. The striped swing dress I'm wearing above is one of my favorite dresses from LOFT last year. I was at LOFT Outlet last weekend and I recall seeing an in store poster with a model wearing this dress so I believe you can get it there in case you missed out on this dress last year. I'm a bit obsessed with this Halogen soft collarless jacket as well since I haven't stopped wearing it.

  5/20/16 OOTD
Ann Taylor Eyelet Back Top in white, size S regular (last seen here)
Zara Mini Crossbody Bag (item no. 8530/104)

 5/21/16 OOTD
LOFT Shirred Tunic Shirt, size XXS regular (sold out but sizes may pop back in stock, review here, similar from Ann Taylor)
LOFT Chambray Ankle Tie Espadrilles (review here, also offered  in stripes here and reviewed here)

SALE ALERT

Get 40% off new arrivals and an extra 60% off sale styles plus get FREE shipping, no minimum at LOFT. Use code FLASH. Valid online only. Sale ends 5/24 at 3AM ET. Shop my sales picks here:



 LOFT Berry Swing Dress, size XS regular
LOFT Berry Swing Dress, size XS regular

I tried on this berry swing dress on Friday since I wanted to make sure I ordered the right size. Size XS fit me a little loose which you can't tell in the pictures above so I need this dress in XXS regular. I'd say this dress fits true to size. Swing dresses are so easy and forgiving for the spring and summer. Just throw it on and you're ready to go. I wish this dress had pockets but I hope they offer this style in other colors and prints as the season rolls along.

 LOFT Leafy V-Neck Shell, size XS regular
LOFT Leafy V-Neck Shell, size XS regular

I also tried on this leafy v-neck shell since the print caught my eye. The v-neck and arm holes are a bit generous on me in size XS regular so I believe I need this top in size XXS regular but it's currently out of stock in that size. I'd say this top fits true to size to a little bit large because the cut is on the boxier side.

 Matcha Lattes & Cake Rolls at Ogawa Coffee
Matcha Lattes & Cake Rolls at Ogawa Coffee
10 Milk StreetBoston, MA 02108

I finally went to Ogawa Coffee with my friend after they've been open for exactly one year. Thanks to Vicky for sharing this gem. I bookmarked it but I never went until this weekend because I didn't realize it was super close to my daily jaunts around town. I admittedly have the worst sense of direction so if I had known where it was then I would have definitely gone sooner/last year. It's closest to the State Street T stop off Washington Street for those of you in Boston. My friend and I requested Totoro and a bunny for the latte art and their talented barista, Haruna Murayama, made it happen. Both drawings turned out so well and we were trying to take THE perfect picture of our drinks until I realized the ice cream that came with our cake rolls was starting to melt.

Totoro and bunny matcha latte art by Haruna Murayama
Totoro and bunny matcha latte art by Haruna Murayama

 Lulu Cafe Menu
Lulu Cafe Menu
4508 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139

I'm going back home to see my family next weekend and I just realized that I forgot to share this cute new bubble tea shop I went to in Philly called Lulu Cafe. My sister took us and the Taiwanese shop owner is the sweetest! It also turns out that she is good friends with my cousin and his wife in New Jersey. Talk about a small world. Hopefully next time we go for some tea and snacks Lulu the french bulldog will be there. She's the shop's namesake and she is super cute.

 Lulu logo on the cups - too cute
Lulu logo on the cups

 My first peonies
My first peonies

Lastly, if you follow me on snapchat (username: whatjesswore) we came across peonies for $6 a bunch (5 in a bundle). The flower stand in front of Bath & Bodyworks, the new Forever 21 and Primark stores in Downtown Crossing sell the unopened ones for $6 a bunch but if you want the fully open blooms then they're $10 a bunch. They take cash only but if you're looking for affordable peonies then definitely swing by. It was our first time buying peonies so we were both super psyched. I'm looking forward to seeing how they'll bloom in the next few days.

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May 19, 2016

OOTD: Denim Jacket & Maxi Dress + Sale Alerts & Fitting Room Reviews

 OOTD: Denim Jacket & Maxi Dress on www.whatjesswore.com
LOFT Denim Jacket in Western Moon Wash, size XXSP (old review here, similar here and here, review of size XSP here)

Ann Taylor - Get 40% off tops, shorts and skirts and get an extra 60% off sale styles using the code MAY60. Alternatively, use the code THANKS9 for $50 off your full-price promotional purchase of $100+. This code works on top of the 40% off select full-price items. Shop my sales picks here:



 Halogen Soft Collarless Jacket, size XXSP
LOFT Ruffle Hem Sweater, size S regular
LOFT Denim Leggings in Vivid Dark Indigo Wash, size 25/0P (review here, last seen here)
Ann Taylor Signature Laser Cut Crossbody Tote (review here, last seen here)

I ordered this Halogen soft collarless jacket in XXSP and I love the style and fit but it does get wrinkled at the sleeves where you bend your arms. The above picture is after a full day of wearing the jacket. It also gets slightly wrinkled in the back. It's a thin jacket for looks and it doesn't offer any warmth. XXSP fits me really well except it's a bit snug around my forearms when I fold up the tab sleeves but I was afraid size XSP would be too boxy and loose. It also comes in black and a pink blush color. It's pricey at $88 for the thin material they used but it's hard for me to find a cropped utility style jacket that I like so I kept it. To see the true color of this jacket refer to this clip I saved from my snapchat (username: whatjesswore) here.

 Ann Taylor Stripe Boatneck 3/4 Sleeve Top, size MP
Ann Taylor Stripe Boatneck 3/4 Sleeve Top, size MP

I was looking to see if there were any new arrivals in store the other day but this stripe boatneck 3/4 sleeve top was the only top that caught my eye in the petites section. I grabbed size MP to try but it was a bit roomy on me although I think it looks really cute. I will have to try size SP for comparison before I decide on which size I should get. My local store had plenty of petite sizes at the time since the petite sizes are practically sold out online. I usually go up at least one size for a loose but comfy fit. This top is only slightly boxy so it's very flattering on. On my way out of the store this matte jersey pleated top caught my attention. I wish I tried it on for sizing but I just wanted to head home.

LOFT - Select full-price styles are on sale including tops starting at $8, shorts start at $25, dresses, skirts and pants starting at $39.50 plus get an extra 40% off sale styles. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER927 online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey items). That's a total of 55% off select full-price styles after online discounts! Shop my sales picks here:



 LOFT Berry Shirred Utility Blouse, size XXSP

I love the bright and bold color of this berry shirred utility blouse and I tried it on in size XXSP since it looked big. I'd say it runs one size bigger and the sleeves may be a tad snug for some. The tab sleeves were a little snug on my forearms which measure 9".

 LOFT Traveler's Jacket, size XXSP
LOFT Traveler's Jacket, size XXSP (review of size XSP here, also see it on Sara)

I tried on this traveler's jacket before in this post in size XSP and I decided to try on size XXSP for comparison. I'd say it runs one to two sizes bigger because size XXSP feels like size XSP.

 LOFT La Bonita Dress, size XSP

Lastly, I tried on this La Bonita dress since my insta friend Jenna was talking about wearing it on her shoulders. It definitely looks cute when worn this way versus off the shoulders to cover your bra straps. I'm not a fan of gathered elastic sleeves and prefer loose/flowy sleeves so I passed on this dress. I'd say this dress runs at least one size bigger. The material feels thin and gauzy and it is unlined.

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OOTD: Denim on Denim

Denim on Denim OOTD
LOFT Denim Jacket in Western Moon Wash, size XXSP (old review here, similar here and here, review of size XSP here)
LOFT Striped Ruffle Trim Henley Shell, size XXS regular (last seen here, review of size XS regular here)

Last weekend we celebrated my brother and sister in law's belated birthdays and we also went strolling around Boston Common. My husband has been using his DSLR more to take my photos and he took a lot of fun shots of me. Taking outdoors photos in public isn't something I enjoy but with all the tourists around the city it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. We also met KC the Parti Pom and he reminds me of Boo so much!

Denim on Denim OOTD

  Denim on Denim OOTD on www.whatjesswore.com

  Denim on Denim OOTD on www.whatjesswore.com

  Denim on Denim OOTD on www.whatjesswore.com

  Denim on Denim OOTD on www.whatjesswore.com

KC the Parti Pom and his owner
KC the Parti Pom and his owner (follow him on Instagram and Facebook)

Above photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography
Please check out his Flickr here
 
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May 16, 2016

Pineapple Lace & Sale Alert: Get 50% Off Your Purchase At Ann Taylor + Updated Fitting Room Reviews

Ann Taylor Pineapple Lace Shell Outfit on www.whatjesswore.com
Ann Taylor Pineapple Lace Shell, size XXS regular (review of size XS regular here)
Gap STRETCH 1969 true skinny ankle jeans in white, size 25P (last seen here, measurements here)
J.Crew Elsie Pumps With Enamel Heel in kraft brown (review here, similar here and here)

SALE ALERT

Get 50% off your purchase at Ann Taylor using the code MYSTERY50. Valid online only. Sale ends 5/17 at 3AM EST. I finally got my hands on this pineapple lace shell when my size popped back in stock over a week ago. It's a boxy fit and the regular missy length will work for petites. XXS regular is usually my preferred size at Ann Taylor for their tops and blouses.

Shop my sales picks here:



Ann Taylor Pineapple Lace Shell Outfit on www.whatjesswore.com
Photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography
Please check out his Flickr here

ANN TAYLOR FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

Ann Taylor Striped Cotton Boatneck Tee, size L regular
Ann Taylor Striped Cotton Boatneck Tee in spice brown, size L regular
Circus by Sam Edelman 'Gia' in naked natural (last seen here, buy them for less here)

I noticed that Jules picked up this striped cotton boatneck tee the other day but I was only able to find it in the spice brown color at my local store. There was only size L left but I tried it on since it looked like it ran small/more fitted. Size L was a bit too loose in the sleeves and slightly long on me so I would probably need this top in size M regular.

 Ann Taylor Eyelet Back Top in white, size S regular
Ann Taylor Eyelet Back Top in white, size S regular (see the golden sunray color on me here)

I ordered this eyelet back top in white since I loved the sunray color and the half sleeves (review here). I actually wore it on Friday and I took a picture of my outfit in the fitting room quickly before I changed into a few tops I wanted to try on for sizing. I really love the length which is petite friendly in the regular missy sizing. I took size S regular but it fits like XSP in my opinion. FYI. I was able to wash this top in the cold wash and air dry it to prevent shrinking.

 Ann Taylor Crepe Peplum Top, size XS regular
Ann Taylor Crepe Peplum Top, size XS regular

I was hoping to love this crepe peplum top but I was disappointed by how the weathered bloom color looked in person. It was not light pink as pictured on the website and it looked more like a lavender pink. Playing it safe, I decided to try on the black color but I didn't like the slits on the sleeves. I'd say it fits true to size since XS regular was a bit loose and long on me. It's definitely one of those peplum tops that you should try on first to see if it will drape well on your body type.

LOFT FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 05.14.16 OOTD
LOFT Relaxed Utility Jacket, size XXSP (old, last seen here, similar here)
LOFT Striped Ruffle Trim Henley Shell, size XXS regular (review of XS regular here)
Circus by Sam Edelman 'Gia' in naked natural (last seen here, buy them for less here)

I wore the above outfit on Saturday night since I needed to return a pair of chucks that I had ordered online. My feet swell in the heat so they were too narrow and felt binding on due to the elastic but it is a cute, versatile sneaker. I had to go down half a size for the length since it has a very long toe cap. I tried on Cove style which are also slip-ons and they were much looser in the width but again this style is really long in the two cap so I would need to go down half a size.

Anyway I'm digressing but here are a few LOFT fitting room reviews from this weekend since they just extended the First Look event. Please refer to my previous post for my sales picks and fitting room reviews.

 LOFT Cut Off Denim Shorts in White, size 00/24 regular

I tried on these cut off denim shorts since I was looking for them in the distressed dark indigo wash but I ended up getting these because they were 50% off online. The nice sales associate was able to honor the online promotion/price. Size 00/24 regular fit me but I noted that the waist measures 30" so they do run bigger. These short fit me the same as the relaxed skinny denim shorts in vintage dark indigo I purchased and reviewed here. I have a shortage of denim shorts in my closet and this is my only second pair since I tried to cut and make my own last year from a pair of old jeans.

LOFT Umbrella Infinity Scarf

I wanted this umbrella infinity scarf so I was happy to find and try it on in stores. It's a really cute print with beach umbrellas and ladies in itty bitty bikinis sunbathing. Refer to this clip I saved from my snapchat (username: whatjesswore) for a closer look at the print and the texture of the scarf. I'm waiting for it to go on further discount before I snap it up.

 LOFT Peplum Henley Shell in forever navy, size XSP
LOFT Peplum Henley Shell in forever navy, size XSP (see size XS regular on me here in the floral print and size XXS regular in peach sorbet on me here)

I was curious about the fit of XSP versus XXS regular for this top because I really wanted the floral print and my preferred size sold out. The top fits true to size but the arm holes are cut a bit more generously and for some reason the arm holes of size XSP above look even  bigger on me than that of size XXS regular. The fresh sunflower color looks like this picture I took here so the name of the color seems rather fitting.

 LOFT Palm Mixed Media Tank, size XSP

This mixed media tank caught my attention when I saw another customer with it in the store and she was trying various necklaces with it at checkout. I decided to grab it to try on because who doesn't love palm print? I really like how it's a flattering but loose drape and I found that it fits true to size. It's also a good, longer length in the petite sizes so it covers the front and rear just enough which is my preference when wearing tanks untucked. It's also available in a few other prints and colors here, here and here.

LOFT Seersucker Collarless Softened Shirt, size XSP

This seersucker collarless softened shirt looked deceptively cute on the racks but it was a poor fit on me due to the narrow sleeves especially at the forearms (my forearm measures 9") and extra long overall length. The sizing is tricky for this shirt but ladies that normally wear regular missy sizing may want to check out this blouse in petite sizing for the correct right length. Regular missy sizes would probably fit ladies who usually prefer tall sizes at LOFT.

LOFT Lace Trim Dress, size XSP

I saw this lace trim dress on the return racks and I quickly snapped up size XSP to try. The color is a light, pale pink in person but the lining is thin so it's very sheer. I could see my panty lines through the material and I also noticed that the back of this particular dress was defective. You can see the poor workmanship on the back of the dress since the lace hem refuses to lay well creating an indentation inwards. The lace hem pictures well but in person it's see through so personally the dress felt even shorter to me and I would be very self conscious of exposing too much once I sat down.

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