Recent Purchases & Reviews

Ann Taylor Eyelet Ruffle Sweatshirt, size XXS regularAnn Taylor Eyelet Ruffle Sweatshirt, size XXS regular | J.Crew Rattan Clutch With Chain Strap | Banana Republic Stretch Espadrille in natural beige | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

It’s finally spring and I’m back with some new reviews. I love the feminine details of this sweatshirt and it’s an ivory color in person. My usual size is a relaxed fit and it’s perfect for the spring transition since temperatures in New England can be very erratic until end of April.

I caved and got this rattan crossbody since it was about $35 on promotion after Cardmember savings (use code CARDLOVE to save an additional 20% off when you shop with your J.Crew credit card through 3/31/21). The chain strap is shorter so if you’re taller than me (I’m 5′ 2.5″) then you may find it to be too short. I need to list the one I got a few years ago since it didn’t come with a crossbody strap on my Poshmark.

Ann Taylor Plaid Shirred Top, size XXS regularAnn Taylor Plaid Shirred Top, size XXS regular | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

I saw this navy and white blouse on another blogger on Ann Taylor’s feed here but I found that the higher neckline was uncomfortable. The button on the cuffs also hit a little higher on my wrists so it’s uncomfortable when I move my arms.

I also ordered this floral smocked waist top in my usual size XXS regular since the print and style looked cute online but it was too short and not very flattering on me (sorry no photos or video clips for reference). The regular size was already very short (hitting higher on my hips) so the petite size would have been too short. I also did not like the 100% rayon thin material.

This floral smocked waist boatneck top was really pretty but the cinched waist was not flattering on me in my usual size XXS regular (sorry no photos or video clips for reference). This style would look best on someone with an hourglass figure to show off your figure and smaller waist. I have a straight figure so it made me look wide. Despite the smocked waist detail it does have a relaxed fit so I would say it runs true to size. It’s lightly lined so you may see a faint outline of the waistband of your pants.

Kate Spade Link BraceletKate Spade Link Bracelet | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I love silver tone jewelry and this bracelet caught my eye when I was browsing the Kate Spade Surprise sale. For size reference I have a 6″ wrist.

Banana Republic Stretch EspadrilleBanana Republic Stretch Espadrille in natural beige | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

These neutral espadrilles run true to size and I was able to wear them this week without any break in. I got them on sale when they were 50% off and an extra 10% off for Cardmembers. I also ordered a bunch of items for my husband since he wanted them for work.

LOFT Twill Drawstring Jacket, size XXS regularLOFT Twill Drawstring Jacket, size XXS regular | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I had high hopes for this new utility jacket and I ordered it in both colors but it’s an oversized fit. The drop shoulders make the jacket appear boxier so I believe I would need to try the petite size instead.

LOFT Twill Drawstring Jacket, size XXS regularLOFT Twill Drawstring Jacket, size XXS regular | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

LOFT Eyelet Ruffle Sleeve Shell, size XS regularLOFT Eyelet Ruffle Sleeve Shell, size XS regular | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I love this eyelet top and I ordered it to try on for sizing in the hopes that size XS regular would fit but it was too loose all over. I would have preferred my usual size XXS regular or XS petite for a better fit although I’m not sure if it was ever available in petite sizing. It’s well made and fully lined so it’s not too sheer for a white top. It was really popular and appears to be sold out online at the moment.

J.Crew Camille shrunken sweater-blazer, size XSJ.Crew Camille shrunken sweater-blazer, size XS | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I ordered this sweater blazer a while back but it was backordered. I finally received it and I had ordered size XS since I didn’t want it to be too snug (I usually take size XXS or 00 regular at J.Crew). It’s a closer fit compared to the popular Sophie Open Front Blazer (review here) so I recommend ordering a size up for comfort and if you plan to layer underneath. I couldn’t see myself reaching for it much so I ended up returning it.

Ann Taylor Factory Dotted Ruffle Shoulder Top, size XS regularAnn Taylor Factory Dotted Ruffle Shoulder Top, size XS regular (similar here without the shoulder ruffles) | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I love swiss dot tops and this one did not disappoint. Size XS regular runs small since I’m usually size XXS regular or size XS petite. It’s not too sheer for a white top. Winter white is an ivory color so it’s not a bright white top. I’m also tempted to get it in the black color.

Gap Squareneck Eyelet Top, size XS petiteGap Squareneck Eyelet Top, size XS petite | Click here (with a cami) and here (with no cami) to view the clips from my try-on

I was eyeing this eyelet top for a while but size XS petite is too loose and wide on me. It’s a thinner material and sheer unless you pair it with a layering cami underneath. This top also comes in black and green.

I was hoping this Banana Republic Aerie waffle-knit cardigan sweater would work out but the v-neck of size XXS regular was too low cut for me to wear it by itself as seen here. Excuse the mess but I was taking a quick video to share with a friend so I don’t have a better clip.

Mango Neutral Crossbody Bags

I ordered a few neutral crossbody bags from MANGO to try (use code VIP30 for 30% off everything for orders over $180). Click here to see the pleated volume mini bag (also available in black and yellow) and click here to see the retro mini bag (also available in black) on me. MANGO is similar to Zara but they offer free returns via USPS dropoff service. Despite being neutral bags I realized neither style paired well with what I typically wear so back they went.

I’ve been looking for new summer sandals and I ordered a few styles to try recently. Click here to see the white color of The Drop Monika Flat H-band Slide Sandal and click here to see the cognac color on the feet. They run true to size but I didn’t love them on my feet. Click here to see the natural color of the Coach Essie slip on sandals on the feet. I found them to be true to size and best for wider feet but I didn’t like how they looked on my feet so I returned them.

Spritz 14oz Melamine Flower Dining BowlSpritz 14oz Melamine Flower Dining Bowl | Click here and here for a size reference of the bowl

I though that this melamine flower bowl was really cute and I use it to eat my salad and cut fruits. It’s available in other colors if you like a pop of color.

Anthropologie Westie PlanterAnthropologie Westie Planter | Click here for a close up of the planter

I’ve wanted this Westie planter for a few months and it finally arrived after being on back order. It’s well made and arrived with an earthy smell due to the natural material. Unfortunately, it didn’t fit the Pilea plant I wanted to put in it so I returned it. The store associate that assisted me couldn’t help but comment about how cute it was.

mDesign Acrylic Rectangular Serving Tray with HandlesmDesign Acrylic Rectangular Serving Tray with Handles (2-pack for $34.99) | Click here to view a clip of the tray

I ordered this set of acrylic trays to keep some paperwork together. I’ll use the extra tray here until I find another purpose for it.

I had also ordered this mDesign steel mesh fruit basket (set of 2 for $24.99) but it was bigger and bulkier than I expected in both sizes. Click here to see this clip for size reference.

Zara Home White Decorative Tray With Gold RimZara Home White Decorative Tray With Gold Rim (Ref 6359/040) | Click here to view a close-up of the tray

I ordered a few items from Zara Home recently and this pretty leaf tray was one of the items I liked enough to keep. Zara Home offers free shipping and free returns so every once in a long while I’ll find something from there.

Opalhouse Rattan BasketOpalhouse Rattan Basket | Click  here for a clip of what fits inside the basket for size reference

I got this basket to keep our throw and other items underneath our coffee table. I ended up returning this Studio McGee Rattan Turntum Weave Basket basket (review here) since I prefer the color and design of this basket instead.

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