|Gratuitous display of a new coat on my new dress form
Zara coat with gathering on the shoulder (Ref. 5274/043), sz XS
J.Crew Factory Multistrand Dotted Pearl Necklace (old)
It certainly took me long enough but I finally pulled the trigger and purchased the dress form that Annie recommended from PB Teen. It’s actually the same one that she bought a while back so please check out her blog post as well in case I’ve missed any details. She was sweet enough to share a 15% off promotion code that she wasn’t using and I had a $100 gift card so I only had to shell out an additional $80.
The dress form came in a huge box and it was carefully packaged inside. It arrived in three pieces so the assembly was very easy. You will need to secure the base to the body and the knob on top of the neck piece. No tools are required so I was able to put it together by myself (the box is huge so my fiance brought it upstairs during his lunch break but he wasn’t there when I got home). Unlike Annie’s experience I had no complaints about the condition of the one I received. The dress form has little gray marks on the white finish for a shabby chic feel. Overall I’m really excited that I have something nice that I can use to display my clothes.
Next up is my recent Zara haul. For some reason their spring and summer pieces really speak to me even though I don’t shop at Zara much during the fall/winter.
Below are the items that are in my ‘yes’ pile:
(Thoughts and intervention are always welcome.)
|Zara coat with gathering on the shoulder (Ref. 5274/043), sz XS|
This coral coat has a slightly more feminine cut and fit than my crewcuts bow coat which is straight up and down since it’s meant for a child. They’re both similar in weight so it’s light jacket perfect for spring/fall. The sleeves are 24″ long which is a good sleeve length for me and the shoulders measure approximately 13 3/4″. It wasn’t as easy to measure the shoulders due to the gathering on the shoulders combined with the light shoulder pads.
|Zara top with contrasting piping (Ref. 2507/041), sz XS (see another view here)
Zara cotton blazer (Ref. 2382/761), sz XS (see another view here)
When I first laid my eyes on this blazer in real life I couldn’t help but notice how large the lapels were. However, once I tried it on I think it drapes rather nicely on the body. I also wasn’t sure about the buttons which look like brushed stainless steel but they seem to work with the style. The sleeves measure 23 1/2″ and the shoulders measure approximately 14″. I had a slightly difficult time trying on the contrast black and white top (in the picture above on left) because the opening for your head is on the smaller side. It’s white so if you get makeup on it then it’s game over. I think it would have helped if there was a zipper in the back. I am definitely thinking about returning the top for this reason.
|Zara combination jacket with zips (Ref. 2282/852), sz XS (see another view here)
As seen on Anh of 9to5chic.com
I saw this tweed jacket online and totally had grabby hands for it. Then I saw it on Anh a few days ago and I definitely had to try it on in store. The sleeves on size XS measure 21 1/4″ so they’re bracelet length sleeves on me. This seems to be as intended/designed based on where the sleeves hit the model in the stock image. The shoulders measure approximately 13 1/2″.
Here are the items I returned right away:
|Zara fantasy diamond top (Ref. 7521/724), sz XS|
The beading on this top was very pretty but it was way too sheer. I think some people don’t mind their bras (and belly buttons) peeking through but this top is definitely not within my comfort zone.
|ZARA floral lace top (Ref. 1639/050), sz XS|
I love lace so as soon as I saw this new arrival online I was a little click happy and received it in the mail the next day (I really love Zara’s free shipping and prompt deliveries). The floral lace pattern is really adorable but unfortunately it was not a comfortable fit on me because it pulled at my arm/armpit when I moved around.
|Zara boat neck striped sweater (Ref. 5747/164), sz S|
This striped sweater was too roomy so I took it right off. I should have known better and not ordered it to begin with.