LOFT Chambray Flutter Tie Waist Shirtdress, size XSP
Hi, I’m Jess.

I live and work in the Boston metro with my Instagram husband who used to take my blog photos. We’re doting pawrents to our fur baby Ralphie.  I blog in my spare time and my full-time client-facing job involves single sign-on (SAML 2.0) configurations and troubleshooting, OGNL expressions, data transfers, metadata feeds using Alteryx Designer, SCORM 1.2, API integrations with learning management systems/learning experience platforms (LMS/LXP) and other techie things and acronyms that I won’t bore you with since you’re surely here for fashion.

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I started my blogging journey with a heavy focus on LOFT fitting room reviews after I received the dreaded 90 day return ban twice back in 2013 (hangs head in shame). When I first discovered LOFT I mainly shopped online since the petite styles and in-store selection were very slim back in 2012. Since I was new to shopping at LOFT I ended up returning a lot of items that did not fit due to vanity sizing, inconsistent sizing or quality issues. I hope that my fitting room reviews will help you order the right size at a great price. If you’re new to my blog you can refer to my measurements for size reference.

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I believe that LOFT still has not changed their return policy for scanning IDs on returns with a valid receipt in order to deter excessive returns. Note: Based on my recent experience, the LOFT stores are more likely to scan your ID for returns on merchandise purchased in-store versus returns on merchandise purchased online. You can continue to make purchases but the 90 day return ban applies to in-store returns only so you can still make returns via mail at the cost of the return shipping label. While I was disappointed and discouraged by my personal  experience with the temporary return ban (it was a long 3 months each time) I still genuinely loved LOFT’s clothing.

I turned my negative experience into a positive one by sharing my fitting room reviews on this blog. All opinions are my own and I try my best to keep it honest since I try to share the good and the bad. I had the honor and pleasure of doing a Instagram takeover for LOFT in January 2017– hooray for 24 hours of insta-fame! In 2018-2020 I finally landed paid partnerships with a few of my favorite brands and while it felt like a dream come true it also came with a lot of pressure to stay true to myself, juggle photo shoots and deadlines and be fully present. I had to re-prioritize my blog due to the Covid-19 pandemic and I appreciate the support of my longtime followers that have stuck with me throughout the years.

At home try-ons and fitting room reviews are a essential part of my shopping process and documenting my try-ons is as much for my own benefit as well as my loyal followers who can relate to the sizing angst of online shopping. I try to include a video clip from my try-on that is linked below each image as a better point of reference especially now that everything is video-centric.

I started sharing more finds from other brands but I used to do the majority of my shopping at LOFT and Ann Taylor before the Covid-19 pandemic. I enjoy sharing my favorite finds and a good sale. My personal style is classic and simple. Less is more.

I’m striving to be more selective about the things I buy/order and keep so I periodically cull my closet to keep it manageable. Please check out my Poshmark to shop my closet.

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A little more about me:

– I am introverted (INFJ) so I am most comfortable one on one or in smaller groups (more than 4-5 is a crowd).
– My parents are Taiwanese but I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. Growing up I spoke Taiwanese (Taigi) with my family at home. I do not understand Mandarin beyond some simple phrases. My husband is also American born Taiwanese and he grew up speaking Taiwanese as well.
– I visited the city of Boston, MA for college and I went to Boston University (class of 2005). I fell in love with the city of Boston and I was fortunate enough to stay in the Boston metro after finding a job at a publishing company where I still work (going on almost 18 years).
– Aside from blogging, I enjoy spending time with our Shih Tzu Ralphie, cooking and binge watching Netflix series with my husband. I also love reading but since taking up blogging I haven’t left myself with a lot of free time to relax and enjoy a good book.
– I love bubble tea, simple Taiwanese comfort foods such as minced pork, paneer makhani (one of my favorite Indian dishes), Japanese curry, hamburg, mapo tofu, spaghetti and meatballs and I prefer fried dumplings.
– I’m not a die hard sports fan and I don’t like lobster or shellfish despite living in New England all these years.

I would love it if you followed me via the social channels below. I’m active on Instagram stories when I have free time and I share the latest finds on my Insta Shop for avid shoppers.


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I hope to see you again real soon!

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  1. Simone Macario
    May 2, 2017 / 1:41 am

    Can someone help find the Dressshirt item code 415970 size 8 or 10?

  2. Jess T
    May 2, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    @simone marcario I saw your comment and Size 8 just popped back online! :)https://www.anntaylor.com/colorblock-shirtdress/415970

  3. Sarah
    November 25, 2018 / 4:25 am

    Hi! In a 2012 post you reference a Jellycat Nugget bear. He has been retired. I am desperately trying I find a replacement for my son. Do your u know where I can purchase one? Or do you still have that one to sell? Thank you!

    • Jess T
      November 25, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      Hi Sarah, I no longer have the Nugget bear since one was a gift and the other bear I gave away too. I would check eBay (I currently see one from the UK but his face looks different so I don't think that's the right one) or a Facebook mom group for help. Best of luck!

    • Sarah
      November 29, 2018 / 11:13 pm

      Thank you for getting back to me!!

    • Jess T
      November 30, 2018 / 3:20 am

      You're welcome, Sarah!

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