October 27, 2016

Sweater Weather & LOFT Fitting Room Reviews

 Lou & Grey Bell Sleeve Sweater, size XXS regular

Sweater weather has arrived but this week it became so cold almost overnight! I love all the gorgeous, colorful foliage and walking through the leaves on the grounds.

 Lou & Grey Bell Sleeve Sweater, size XXS regular
Lou & Grey Bell Sleeve Sweater, size XXS regular
LOFT Modern Frayed Skinny Ankle Jeans in Medium Enzyme Wash, size 25/0 regular (review here)

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Above photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography
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 LOFT Mockneck Sweater, size S regular
LOFT Mockneck Sweater, size S regular

I had the pleasure of hosting another private shopping party with my coworkers Tuesday night at my favorite local LOFT store located in the Prudential Center. If you're interested in hosting a private event please check with your store to schedule a date and time with your girlfriends. I highly recommend it for a fun bonding experience and to refresh your wardrobe at a great price! Attendees receive an additional discount on top of all current in-store promotions.

SALE ALERT

Get 50% off select styles, sweaters and an extra 50% off sale styles at LOFT. Since no code is needed online you can use the stackable code INSIDER464 online for an additional $25 off qualifying full-price promotional purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey items). My favorite jeans (review here) are part of this sale! The frayed pair I wore at the top of this post is now on sale an an extra 50% off!

FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 LOFT Mockneck Sweater, size S regular
LOFT Mockneck Sweater, size S regular

This mockneck sweater was selling out fast since I couldn't find size XS regular to try. I tried on size S and I was surprised to find that I liked the fit on me. I like wearing the sleeves a bit longer to keep my hands warm. I'd say this sweater fits true to size but I prefer an oversized fit for a longer overall length.

 LOFT Ribbed Bell Sleeve Sweater, size S regular

I also liked this ribbed bell sleeve sweater but it runs one size bigger. You can stay with your usual size if you like an oversized fit or size down if you want a more fitted look.

 Lou & Grey Striped Signaturesoft Cowl Tunic, size XS regular
(also available in solid colors here)

I really liked this signaturesoft cowl tunic since it's really soft but I wasn't able to find it online last night since it's a new arrival that just became available online today. I wanted to get it during the shopping party but I wanted to know if it came in any other colors before committing to it. I also have a similar Lou & Grey sweater last year and I haven't yet taken out all my clothes from under our under the bed storage.

 Lou & Grey Striped Drop Shoulder Petalsoft Tee, size XS regular
Lou & Grey Striped Drop Shoulder Petalsoft Tee, size XS regular
(also available in another color here and solid colors here)

I love the softness and muted colors of this drop shoulder tee. I took home size XS regular which has a relaxed fit on me throughout the body but I didn't want the sleeves to be too snug. I'd say this tee fits true to size.

 LOFT Stitched Tunic Sweater, size MP
LOFT Stitched Tunic Sweater, size MP (similar here)

I tried on size XS and S regular of this stitched tunic sweater and decided to go with size MP. The round neckline is a bit lower and loose fitting and I found the petite neckline to lay the best on me. It's a very relaxed fit so this thin sweater is not for you if you prefer a more fitted look. I'd say this sweater fits true to size but as usual I sized up to avoid overly snug sleeves and for a slightly longer overall length.

 LOFT Ribbed Sweater Vest, size S regular
LOFT Ribbed Sweater Vest, size S regular

I happened to find this ribbed sweater vest in a few sizes hidden behind the racks. I completely missed it during my first sweep of the store but I'm glad I came across size S to try. I would prefer size XS regular but the size was sold out online and I really wanted to be able to get and wear the vest asap. It's the perfect layering piece over anything from long sleeves to dresses due to the neutral oatmeal color. This sweater has a very flattering drape and I found that it runs true to size. However, if I come across a smaller size later then I can give size S to my sister.

 LOFT Dot Eyelet Ruffle Shirt, size XS regular
LOFT Dot Eyelet Ruffle Shirt, size XS regular

This eyelet shirt was really adorable and I tried on size XS regular for size sine they didn't have it in petites. It runs really bit and voluminous so I would suggest going down one size.

LOFT Blossom Ruffle Henley Blouse, size XSP

The cute blossom print on this ruffle henley blouse caught my eye but as precious as this blouse is I didn't love how it looked on me. I need it in size XXS regular which is sold out. It has a very flowy fit through the bodice. It's also very sheer so a layering cami is required.

Lastly, I tried on the buffalo plaid poncho as seen in this clip. It fits more like a large blanket scarf with pockets than an actual poncho. I love the light blue color and the fact that it has pockets. The material is also very cozy and the best part is the pockets for your hands.

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October 23, 2016

Review: New Balance for J.Crew

 New Balance for J.Crew Review

When New Balance for J.Crew hit the website the other day I couldn't wait to see the pieces from the collection in person. I love the fun yet classic mix of polka dots and stripes and the blue, white and yellow for a pop of color were calling my name. I wasn't disappointed when I visited the store today and saw the dedicated setup in the middle of my local store. I like the excellent quality and the fun mix and match options across the entire collection. The price point is admittedly higher than I would prefer to pay but I know I will get a lot of wear out of the pieces I took home. I haven't purchased a single piece of althleisure or cute workout clothes in years if ever so I figured it was time to treat myself. I need motivation to workout on a more consistent basis.

 New Balance for J.Crew in-transit long-sleeve T-shirt in polka dot, size S regular

I tried on this long sleeve shirt in the polka dot print and I found the length of the shirt closer to tunic length on me so I wish it came in petites. I prefer my shirts to be more loose fitting so I grabbed size S to try on which fits me very well. It's also available in a stripe version here.

The navy running shorts fit me perfectly in size XS but the polka dot version didn't look as good since they seemed to plaster across my lady parts in an unflattering way. I also liked that the leg opening of these shorts aren't too voluminous because my thighs are on the smaller side.

 New Balance for J.Crew performance capri leggings in stripe, size S

I tried on these capri leggings in stripe and size S fit me perfectly. They may not work out for the very tall ladies since I'm 5'2 1/4" and the length fits me as pictured in their stock image. The waist of size S for these capris fit like size XS of the running shorts pictured above for size comparison. I love how these capris hug your curves (notice the lack of a bump for the shirt in the above photo versus when I paired them with the running shorts) and they also hide panty lines due to the stripe placement. I thought the colorblock print with the polka dots was really cute but you'd have to be really comfortable with your figure to flaunt it. I found the colorblock version to be a bit more form fitting (visually) than the striped version.

I wanted to try on the solid version of these capris but the sales associate misunderstood and handed me size S of the performance leggings which were very form fitting. The fit of the leggings are too exposing/tight so I passed on them. The length is also not petite friendly but they actually looked okay when I folded them up 3-4".

Lastly, I love and would recommend the 711 mesh sneakers. I tried on both navy and bitter melon which is a cheery yellow pictured above. I got the yellow for a pop of color but I may get it in the navy color too since I love them that much. They run true to size so I took my usual size 7 and they're very comfortable off the bat. Update: They are now available in pink!

Shop my favorite pieces from the collection here (J.Crew is currently offering free shipping on all orders for a limited time):



I recently tried using the weighted hula hoop in the gym and I really liked it so I ordered these arm hoops and my own weighted hoop to use in the comfort of our home. My little sister's wedding is in under a month and I have to wear a one strap sleeveless dress so I've been aggressively working out in addition to watching what I eat. Jump roping is my favorite way to burn calories quickly. I have to be careful to stretch out before and after since I always tend to injure my foot and ankles when I first start out after a long hiatus.

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October 18, 2016

Sale Alert: Get 50% Off Everything at LOFT

 LOFT Cape Coat Outfit
LOFT Cape Coat, size XXSP (review here)
LOFT Striped Peplum Tee, size XSP (last seen here)

I love fall jacket weather. I originally ordered this cape coat in size XSP but I exchanged it for size XXSP for a better fit. It runs about two sizes bigger so size down! The smallest size still fits me very loosely but it's perfect for layering comfortably underneath.

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October 08, 2016

Columbus Day Weekend Sales + LOFT & Ann Taylor Fitting Room Reviews

 LOFT Fall Casual Outfit
LOFT Plaid Tunic Softened Shirt, size XXSP (last seen here, review of XS regular here, similar here)
LOFT Faux Fur Trim Parka, size XSP (review here)
LOFT Modern Frayed Skinny Ankle Jeans in Medium Enzyme Wash, size 25/0 regular (review here)

  LOFT Fall Casual Outfit

  LOFT Fall Casual Outfit

  LOFT Fall Casual Outfit

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COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND SALES

Get 50% off your entire purchase. Use code FALL50. Exclusions apply. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 10/11 at 12AM ET.

Get an extra 50% off sale styles

Get 30% off select full-price styls an an extra 40% off sale styles. Use code YESPLEASE. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 10/11 at 11:59PM.

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LOFT 
Get 40% off everything. Use code FALLFEST. Valid in stores and online. I was trying to be good but then I noticed that this gorgeous striped lace mockneck top (as seen on Jessi Klein) is now available. Also, I just came across this blog post from a former employee. I highly recommend reading it to learn more about shopping and saving at Ann Taylor LOFT. It's very informative!

Use code COLUMBUS on a weekend of deals. Otherwise take an extra 25% off clearance. Use code WOW25. My Furla Nikole crossbody bag (last seen here) is on sale and available in select colors for $179.99.
Get 25% off select clothing shoes and accessories and 20% off jewelry. Sale ends 10/9. My favorite Furla Piper Mini Crossbody is now 25% off ($156)!

Get 30% and 40% off select full-price styles including these comfortable and flattering, Francesca driving flats (last seen here) and an extra 30% off sale styles. Prices online reflect discount.

ANN TAYLOR FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 Ann Taylor Lacy Peplum Top, size XS regular
Ann Taylor Lacy Peplum Top, size XS regular (review of size S regular here)
LOFT Denim Leggings in Vivid Indigo Wash, size 24/00P (review here)
Vince Camuto Franell western booties (review here, buy here)

I last tried on this lacy peplum top in size S regular here but I ended up purchasing it in XS regular in navy (pictured above) and winter white below. I'd say this top runs true to size.

 Ann Taylor Lacy Peplum Top, size XS regular

Ann Taylor Button Back 3/4 Sleeve Sweater, size MP

I tried this button back 3/4 sleeve sweater in both SP (not pictured) and MP and size MP fit me best. I find that Ann Taylor sweaters tend to run smaller so I would recommend going up at least one if not two sizes for this sweater.

Ann Taylor Side Pleat Top, size M regular
Ann Taylor Side Pleat Top, size M regular

I was browsing the go back racks when I saw this side pleat top that nips in at the waist. I tried on size M regular to gauge the sizing. I'd say this top runs true to size if you like a more fitted look since size M was too loose on me but not overly so. Otherwise I would suggest going up one size. I'd probably prefer this top in size S regular since the fit is more fitted/clingy in the bodice than I would be comfortable with in my usual size (XS regular). I like my tops to be longer longer so I wouldn't get this in petites since I prefer the longer overall length of the regular missy size.

 Ann Taylor Ruffled Shell, size XS regular
Ann Taylor Ruffled Shell, size XS regular (see my other review here)

I previously tried on the floral version here but I ended up returning it since it didn't look as cute under my blazers and cardigans. I also tried it on in this pretty soft pink color in size XS regular pictured above and size SP pictured here. This top runs true to size.

 Ann Taylor Lacy Pleated Shell, size XS regular

I love the lace details on this lacy pleated top but note that they are see slightly through where the lace detail is even though the top is lined. This top runs true to size and there were plenty left in the sales racks in stores in both white and black.

Ann Taylor Mixed Media Tie Tee, size XS regular

I wasn't sure about the tie on the bottom of this mixed media tie tee since I would personally worry that it ends up in the toilet but this top is really cute on. I'd say it runs true to size.

 Ann Taylor V-Neck Peplum Top, size XS regular
Ann Taylor V-Neck Peplum Top, size XS regular

I love the drama of the sleeves on this v-neck peplum top. Size XS regular fit me pretty well except for the dart busts since I have a smaller chest.

 Ann Taylor Mixed Media Shirttail Top, size SP

I've seen multiple people gravitating towards this mixed media shirttail top in the hunter green color in the fitting room. I tried it on in SP and the sleeves run really snug so I would suggest sizing up like I did if you're interested in this top. Otherwise the body runs true to size.

LOFT FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 LOFT Fall Fitting Room Reviews on www.whatjesswore.com
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 LOFT Striped Lace Mockneck Top, size XS regular

I specifically went in store to seek out this striped lace mockneck top (as seen on Jessi Klein) and I was pleased to find that my local LOFT carried it in both white and black in the regular missy section. Size XS fit me okay but I ordered my usual size XXS regular. You can also refer to the video clip I saved here for a better view of how it fits. Update 8/2: A similar lace top is now available here and here.

LOFT Striped Lace Mockneck Top, size XS regular

 LOFT Striped Bell Sleeve Shirt, size XSP

If you're looking for a strong sleeve game then look no further than this striped bell sleeve shirt. Size XSP fit me perfectly but I found the fabric to be on the thinner side so a layering cami is recommended. This feels more like a spring and summer top to me than a fall item. To see a better fit of this shirt on me refer to this clip I saved from my Instagram story here. I'd say this top fits true to size.

 LOFT Sheer Lace Peplum Shell, size XSP

I was in the Lou & Grey section of the store when I saw this sheer lace peplum shell that someone abandoned. When I checked it was size XSP and I was ecstatic since I've been wanting to try this top. I'd say this top fits true to size and it will require a layering cami. It's probably the prettiest lace blouse I've seen in a while. I couldn't wait to wear it right away as you can see from this clip here of my outfit on Friday.

 LOFT Striped Lantern Sleeve Blouse, size XS regular

I love stripes and this blouse looked adorable so I grabbed size XS regular to try on for sizing and it fits very loose on me but it still looks cute. I'd say this top runs true to size as I would prefer it in XXS regular or XS petite which are my usual sizes at LOFT. The material is a good weight for 100% polyester so it's not sheer at all.

 LOFT Woven Pleat Shell, size XSP
LOFT Woven Pleat Shell, size XSP (review of XS regular here)

This women pleat shell is currently sold out online but there were plenty available in the petites and regular missy session when I was at the in store this past week. I love how simple this top is and the pleats make it more chic. Size XSP fit me perfect so I'd say this top runs true to size. I am wary of the rayon lining in the back which can become noticeably shorter after washing but I found that  you can steam it back out to the regular length once the item is completely dry.

LOFT Modern Peasant Blouse, size XSP

I usually hate blouses that have elastic cinching at the wrists but this modern peasant blouse has a nice and loose fit and doesn't feel like a rubber band around my wrist. I love the pretty lace trim details. The black color isn't too sheer so I may not wear a layering cami underneath. I found this blouse to fit true to size. I noticed in comes in a beautiful royal red that would be perfect for the holidays.

 Lou & Grey Linecut Top, size XS regular
Lou & Grey Linecut Top, size XS regular

I wanted this Lou & Grey linecut top when I saw it online in the pink stripe but after trying on size XS regular in stores I may have to pass. It's a very cropped fit (you can easily remedy this by layering with a cami or collared shirt underneath) and it runs really wide and boxy. I'd suggest going down at least one size. The sleeves of XS regular were so baggy and loose on me and the boatneck opening was really wide and showed my bra straps.

LOFT Ribbed Dolman Sweater
LOFT Ribbed Dolman Sweater, size S regular 

I love the relaxed look of this ribbed dolman sweater. The sleeves of the regular missy size are really long and I have them folded up once here so I would probably need this in XSP for the slightly shorter overall length. I love white sweaters so I would want this in whisper white. I'd say this sweater fits true to size or size down if you want a more fitted look.

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October 02, 2016

Recent Outfits & Sale Alert: 50% Off + FREE Shipping at LOFT

J.Crew Crewcuts Girl's Bow Coat
J.Crew Crewcuts Girl's Bow Coat (old from Holiday '12, review here, similar here)
LOFT Striped Peplum Tee, size XSP (review of size XS regular here)
LOFT Denim Leggings in Vivid Indigo Wash, size 24/00P (review here, last seen here)

Get 50% off everything plus FREE shipping at LOFT. Use code SHIP50. Valid online only. Sale ends 10/4 at 12AM ET. Shop my sales picks here:



 Talbots Francesca Driving flats
Talbots Francesca Driving flats (last seen here) - Now 25% off ($89.25)! Sale ends tonight.

 Daniel Wellington Dapper Bristol Watch (c/o) in rose gold 34mm
Use code WHATJESSWORE15 on www.danielwellington.com for 15% off 
Ann Taylor Floral Bell Sleeve Blouse, size S regular (review of size S and M here)

LOFT Striped Peplum Tee, size XSP
LOFT Striped Peplum Tee, size XSP (review of size XS regular here)

I received this striped peplum tee in XSP and I've been reaching for it at least once if not twice a week. Refer to my review of size XS regular here.

 LOFT Plaid Tunic Softened Shirt, size XXSP
LOFT Plaid Tunic Softened Shirt, size XXSP (review of size XS regular here)
LOFT Denim Leggings (old, similar here

I also ordered this plaid softened shirt in XXSP after trying on size XS regular in store last week here. It runs big since size XXSP fits like XSP.

 LOFT Flutter Peplum Top, size XXS regular
LOFT Flutter Peplum Top, size XXS regular
Converse Shoreline Sneaker (similar here, last seen here)

Lastly, I received this flutter peplum top in XXS regular and it fits true to size. I saw it in store last week and the smaller sizes were sold out so I was surprised that XXS regular was still available online when I went to order it.

LOFT FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 LOFT Fall Fitting Room Reviews on www.whatjesswore.com
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 Striped Ruffle Cuff Top, size XSP
Striped Ruffle Cuff Top, size XSP (review of size XS regular here)

I really wanted this striped ruffle cuff top but it wasn't available in petites to try on last week. I was finally able to try it on in XSP today but the sleeves fit snug like spandex while the body has a nice drape to it. The sleeves weren't too short in petites like I thought they would be. I wanted to size up to SP to see how the fit compared but the sales associate couldn't find it. Later when I walked the floor again I found SP to compare against XSP and it fit a lot longer and looser so I didn't bother to try it on for size. I also tried on SP in the black solid version and it fit similar to XS regular as reviewed here but the sleeves were too short. Size SP of the solid black version was noticeably shorter than SP of the striped version when I held them up for a side by side comparison. Even though they seem like similar style tops they differ a bit in the fit due to the different material they used.

 Mosaic Tunic Shell, size XXSP
Mosaic Tunic Shell, size XXSP

I found this mosaic tunic shell in size XXSP hidden randomly behind some other tops. In case someone hid it there to come back to it I put it back where I found it after trying it on.  It looked like it ran big so I tried it on for size and size XXSP fit me pretty well but the arm holes were cut just a bit too high/narrow on me for comfort. I'd say this top runs one size bigger so I would suggest sizing down.

Long V-Neck Cardigan, size SP

I like this long v-neck cardigan and size SP fit me pretty well length wise. The sleeves do fit a bit snug so you may want to size up if you plan to layer something under it. It looks like it's a very popular item online since almost all sizes and colors are gone in regular missy and petite sizes.

 Valley Floral Lace Bib Shell, size SP

This valley floral lace bib shell is a lovely print for fall. I'm not usually into darker prints but the contrasting print and the embroidered detail make this top very pretty and unique. The arm holes of size SP were too generous on me as you can see from the right picture so I would probably need it in size XSP for a better fit.

 Boyfriend Cardigan, size XS regular
Boyfriend Cardigan, size XS regular

I also grabbed this boyfriend cardigan to try on for size in XS regular and I found that it runs true to size. The sleeves fit looser which should make it easier to layer underneath.

 Lou & Grey Jerseyknit Cowl Neck Top, size XS regular
Lou & Grey Jerseyknit Cowl Neck Top, size XS regular (available at louandgrey.com)

This jerseyknit cowl neck top is such a cute cropped top. If you don't mind the shorter length it will look great over jeans or your workout clothes. It runs true to size and is meant to be a relaxed fit.

I also tried on the sateen five pocket legging jeans in size 26/2P in Marisa fit and they run a little bit snug in the waist while the petite inseam is spot on (I"m 5' 2 1/2"). I will have to try on the next size up in another visit to compare for sizing. Note that the legs and ankle opening are very slim which I prefer. The black color looks like it's prone to attracting lint but they look amazing and slimming. By the time I got out of the fitting room all the black colors of these pants were almost gone from the table. I can understand every girl's obsession for the perfect pair of black pants.

 Ponte Five Pocket Legging Jeans in Marisa Fit, size 4P

In contrast I tried on these five pocket legging jeans in Marisa fit in size 4P and these look and feel like leggings pretending to be pants. The inseam was too long on me and I had to cuff them once since they were bunching otherwise.

BANANA REPUBLIC FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 Banana Republic Sleeveless Embellished Top, size XS regular

I also stopped by Banana Republic on my way home and tried on a few things including this sleeveless embellished top. Size XS regular fits more like XSP in my opinion and the opening for your head is a bit narrow so I took my earrings off so I wouldn't lose them as I pulled it off and on. You can see it styled by the lovely Sunny here. It's currently 40% off online but it was full-price in store.

 Banana Republic Italian Cashmere Blend Two Pocket Pullover, size XS regular

I also loved the mint color of this Italian cashmere blend pullover. This is another petite friendly sweater since size XS regular fits like XS petite. The material didn't feel itchy at all when I tried it on. It's currently 30% off so I'll wait for a better sale to snap it up.

 Banana Republic Pleated Ruffle Top, size XS regular

Lastly, I tried on this pleated ruffle top in size XS regular since I had previously tried on the solid black color in XSP but it ran too short and narrow across my shoulders. I wasn't in love with the fit on me but the paisley print is very lovely.

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