Bird it’s cold… Is it spring yet?

Swan River {Photo courtesy of my little sister}

Birds on ice {Photo courtesy of my little sister}

Lately the chilly days have me daydreaming about moving to a warmer climate and eating shaved ice all day long. I keep checking the extended forecast even though I know it’s about as reliable as asking me for directions (I have no sense of direction). In the meantime I’m content to add some basic spring/summer pieces to my wardrobe. Think warm thoughts!

Banana Republic Bold stripe top (Petite Small) & Gap 1969 legging skimmer jean (00 R)
Banana Republic bold strip top, in petite small (glad I sized up)
Gap 1969 legging skimmer jean, in san clemente blue, 00 regular

Gap 1969 legging skimmer jean – I ordered these in the regular length so that I could wear them in my normal inseam instead of ankle length as intended. San Clemente blue is a brighter wash even though the true color didn’t come through in the poor lighting on my iPhone picture. There are currently two disparate reviews online to help you make up your mind about this wash (I am returning). One reviewer described the color as ‘electric blue’. I also ordered a darker wash which had no stretch. Even though I thought they were the same style and size I couldn’t zip up the darker pair which I liked more due to the subtle distressing. I would definitely size up if you get the darker, distressed pair.

Banana Republic Fran pleated skirt, 0 Petite
Banana Republic Fran pleated skirt, in 0 Petite

Banana Republic Fran pleated skirt – I need more skirts in my wardrobe since I’ve been wearing my trusty black Zara skirts to death. My wardrobe is in dire need of some color and the red is gorgeous but the pleats are a little strange because they don’t go all the way around. What do you think? Is it a keeper?

Banana Republic Fran pleated skirt, 0 Petite

Old Navy Mixed Eyelet Dress in 0 P
Old Navy Mixed-Eyelet Dress, in 0 petite
Target Merona Marguerite Closed Wedge Canvas Espadrille

Old Navy Mixed-Eyelet Dress – I’m a sucker for eyelet prints and lately I have a thing for yellow. Unfortunately I think that 0 petite may be better suited on someone more petite than I am. It now comes in a total of 6 other colors (when I ordered it I think it only came in 3 colors). I’m thinking of sizing up and/or trying it out in some of the other colors.

I ordered a polka dot sheath dress in regular XS in the hopes that it would be petite friendly but alas that was not the case. It looked like a loose sack on me. I also ordered the jean jacket from Gap in petite XS but it was too big as well as boxy fit on me.

Target Merona Marguerte Espadrille

Target Merona Marguerite Closed Wedge Canvas Espadrille, in neutral size 7


Target Merona Marguerite Closed Wedge Canvas Espadrille – Yesterday I went to Target with my coworkers during our lunch break and came across these adorable wedges. It was helpful to try them on before purchasing since I wasn’t sure if Target shoes ran true to size. I remember seeing these featured on Long Live Classy’s Instagram made a visual bookmark and I’m so glad I did. They are comfy and I like them better than the neutral espadrilles I scored on sale in this post. The higher wedge heel is more flattering and leg lengthening. I hope the rubber soles don’t come apart like some other espadrilles I’ve owned.

In other news, I received my wireless remote for our DSLR. Thanks to Annie for her helpful tips! Hopefully I’ll be motivated to take nicer pictures going forward instead of subjecting you all to my horrible, dimly lit, grainy iPhone pictures and crowded hallway full of shoes. I’ll save those for my Instagram account. 🙂



  1. Sheila
    February 22, 2013 / 12:11 am

    Those are great purchases Jess! I love that yellow eyelet dress from ON!! And the red pleated skirt is pretty on you too! :)xo – SheilaEnterto win Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Eye Cream!

  2. Jess L
    February 22, 2013 / 12:59 am

    Thanks Sheila! You should check them out too.

  3. Jess L
    February 22, 2013 / 1:02 am

    Thanks Lisa! Agreed. An actual camera is much harder to use. I tried the self-timer option but running to my place between shots was too difficult so this remote is long overdue.

  4. Jess L
    February 22, 2013 / 1:02 am

    Thanks Annie! Fixed it so thanks for pointing this out. I appreciate it.

  5. Jess L
    February 22, 2013 / 1:04 am

    Yes still debating. I need to try it on a few more times and make sure it goes with the things in my closet.I'm going to try on the yellow dress again too. I think it'll be a good length and fit on you. I'm afraid if I return and size up it'll be too loose in the top.

  6. Jess L
    February 22, 2013 / 1:12 am

    Sorry for not posting the measurements. The petite 0 is about 13 1/4" in the waist and 18.5" long. The skirt just rests comfortably on my hips but it isn't a snug fit so I would say it may run a bit big. I'm at my personal heaviest in the winter and slim down in the spring/summer so buying skirts in the winter is not always a good idea as it may be too loose with the change in seasons. Hope that helps you make up your mind.

  7. Chrissie
    February 23, 2013 / 1:48 am

    Despite the fact that it's only partially pleated, I think the red skirt looks great on you. And I really like the dress from Old Navy. I remember browsing and not even giving it a second glance, but after seeing it on you, it makes me want to try it.xo

  8. Jess L
    February 23, 2013 / 3:30 am

    Thanks Chrissie! I haven't had a chance to try on the items on again since I posted these pictures. Depending on when you last checked the Old Navy dress it now comes in more colors (compared to when I first checked it). You should definitely give it a try. 🙂

  9. abtblog
    February 23, 2013 / 7:34 am

    I'm such a sucker for eyelet dresses too! I think the pleated skirt looks a bit odd without pleats all the way around, but that's just me. Can't wait to see your new pics :)

  10. Jess L
    February 24, 2013 / 3:27 am

    Thanks Brittney! I returned the eyelet dress. After taking pictures of it with the DSLR I realized that it wasn't flattering on me. iPhone pictures are too forgiving.I am still debating on the skirt for that reason.

  11. modern.girl
    February 25, 2013 / 4:55 am

    you look so cute in that yellow dress! ok you need to take more photos like that, so i can see you in all your full outfit glory!modern.girl

  12. Jess L
    February 25, 2013 / 5:37 am

    Aww… thanks Yvonne! <3 I returned the yellow dress since I thought the short torso (in the petite sizing) didn't do anything for me. Next time they do a promotion I will order it in the regular size to see if that fits me better.

  13. Always Maylee
    February 25, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    I really like the Banana skirt on you. Did you decide to keep it!? And I really like yellow on you.. if you end up getting it in the regular size, I think you should stick with yellow! xo, Yi-chiaAlways Maylee

  14. Jess L
    February 25, 2013 / 7:07 pm

    Thanks Yi-chia! I tried the red skirt on with a few other tops yesterday to help me decide. If I keep it I can't wait to cut open to free the pockets!I love the yellow too. I plan to order multiple colors in the regular size when ON decides to have another sale.

  15. Jess L
    February 28, 2013 / 10:27 pm

    Thanks Morgan.I tried to visit your blog but it wasn't in English. Wishing you the best!

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