Banana Republic Factory, Zara and Other Reviews

Banana Republic Knit T-Shirt Dress, size PXSBanana Republic Knit T-Shirt Dress, size PXS | Zara Canvas Basket Bag (ref no. 6403/610) | c/o Ann Taylor Liv Cork Block Heel Sandals (review here) | Floral Wreath | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I was curious about this dress since it looked like it would be very comfortable. Size PXS is 39″ total length. The top runs big and looser so you might want to size down for a closer fit. The dress is unlined so I would be mindful about wearing it with seamless undergarments.

Banana Republic Factory Scallop Top, size PXXSBanana Republic Factory Scallop Top, size PXXS | Exact shorts are old from Target (similar here) | Zara Vinyl Pearl Slide Sandals (ref no. 6862/001) | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

I love scalloped tops and I ordered this top to try. It’s fully lined so it’s not too sheer but it has a short boxy fit. I think it would have been more flattering if the v-neck wasn’t so high. The measurements of size PXXS are as follows: 34″ chest, 36.5 along the bottom hem, 19″ total length.

 

Banana Republic Factory Striped Organic Cotton Boxy Pocket T-Shirt, size PXSBanana Republic Factory Striped Organic Cotton Boxy Pocket T-Shirt, size PXS | Click here to view a clip from my try-on

This tee is boxy and oversized. I ended up returning my usual size and I ordered it in 3 colors in a size down for a better fit. The measurements of size PXS are as follows: 44″ chest, 42″ along the bottom hem, 21″ total length.

Update 8/3: I just received size PXXS in the mail and it’s a much better fit as seen here (excuse the wrinkles since I haven’t steamed it just yet). I also received these comfortable tie-waist cargo jogger pants and they are a great fit in my usual size XS petite (click here to view a clip of them on me). I ordered them in both black and olive so I will provide an updated review with better photos in an upcoming post.

Lark & Ro Women's Florence Puff Half Sleeve Fit and Flare Dress, size 0Lark & Ro Women’s Florence Puff Half Sleeve Fit and Flare Dress, size 0 | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

In full disclosure I ordered this dress using my monthly Amazon gifting code. It’s a nice dress but the length was a little longer so I tucked the front under the elastic waist as seen here. The measurements of size 0 are as follows: 32″ chest, 26.5″ elastic waist, 36″ total length.

Daily Ritual Women's Supersoft Terry Puff-Sleeve Dress, size XSDaily Ritual Women’s Supersoft Terry Puff-Sleeve Dress, size XS | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

I ordered this dress to try and I did not like the drape and length on me although the puff sleeve detail is really cute. The material is soft and not too thin. Size XS is 35″ total length and for size reference I’m 5′ 2.5″ and currently 108 pounds.

Zara Canvas Basket Bag (ref no. 6403/610)Zara Canvas Basket Bag (ref no. 6403/610) | Chinese Laundry Artist Leather Sandal

I loved the clean and simple lines of this Zara bag and I was happy to see that it was well made when I received it. It comes with a removable zipper pouch and a removable 1.5″ wide crossbody strap (42″ end to end for a 21″ drop). I like that it can be hand carried and it’s also comfortable worn at the crook of my arm.

Zara Canvas Basket Bag (ref no. 6403/610)Zara Canvas Basket Bag (ref no. 6403/610) | LOFT Vintage Soft Peplum Tank, size XSP (review here) | My exact shorts are from Abercrombie last year (similar white shorts I took in size 26) | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

Zara Quilted Mini Crossbody Bag (ref. no. 6608/610)Zara Quilted Mini Crossbody Bag (ref. no. 6608/610) | Zara Vinyl Pearl Slide Sandals (ref no. 6862/001) | Click here, here and here to view the clips from my try-on

I was also curious about this quilted mini crossbody bag but the one I received had a crooked flap as better seen in the below photo. It was also a snug fit for my iPhone when I slipped it into one of the two inner pockets so I didn’t bother to reorder for a better one.

The pearl slide sandals run true to size. I usually take US size 7 and they only come in size 7/12 (EUR 38) so they’re a bit longer and looser. The pearls are not glued on but they’re secured with studs as seen in this clip so they do not look like they’ll fall off easily. That’s a good thing since the straps are only pretty as long as all of the pearl embellishments stay on.

Zara Quilted Mini Crossbody Bag (ref. no. 6608/610)Zara Quilted Mini Crossbody Bag (ref. no. 6608/610)

Chinese Laundry Artist Leather SandalChinese Laundry Artist Leather Sandal | Click here and here to view the natural color on me

I love my friend Lilly‘s sandal recommendations so I had to try this pair myself. I ordered all three colors to try and the natural color is my favorite (as shown below) so I’m leaning towards returning the other two colors even though I have to pay for return shipping. I wish the white color’s sole was lined up to the toes since I thought the stark white soles show too much white underneath my feet. The H-band straps are a looser fit so if you have thin/narrow feet then these sandals will be too big. I took my usual size but the length of the sandal is shorter so you may prefer to go up half a size if you’re afraid of your heels hanging off the back. Update 9/7: The color easily scratches and exposes the white material underneath so you need to be careful not to scuff the sandals while you’re walking or they won’t look as nice. Honestly it’s very hard not to scuff your sandals so it’s probably best to keep looking for a better pair.

Zara Canvas Basket Bag (ref no. 6403/610)Ann Taylor Floral Smocked Midi Dress, size 0P (review here)

Wearing the new bag and sandals for a quick run to get some cool refreshments.

Bubble Tea at Home

I’ve been making bubble tea at home so I was happy to save and reuse this thicker plastic cup from Shinmio Tea which is a new bubble tea shop that opened in our neighborhood. Their prices are a bit higher but if you prefer a stronger tea flavor then you may enjoy this place. They’re still in their soft opening phase so they ran out of boba during one of our recent visits.

Shinmio SmooTeasShinmio Tea SmooTeas

Shinmio Tea Black Milk TeaShinmio Tea Black Milk Teas

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