Refer to this page for daily updates between blog posts.
JANUARY 10, 2019
I was reading this article and #6 really resonated with me with regards to how I feel about blogging and growth or lack thereof on social media. "The financial cost is actually the least expensive part; it's the mental energy and loss of confidence that takes the biggest toll."
I spotted another view of these pretty new bow loafers on @anntaylorfactory_hershey's feed.
I will try to work on a new blog post tomorrow or Saturday. Stay tuned!
JANUARY 8, 2019
I spotted a new section on the LOFT site today for Back In Stock items and this popular turtleneck poncho sweater (last featured here, review here and here) is back in regular missy sizes.
JANUARY 7, 2019
I feel like I'm always shopping but what I'm really looking for are those pieces I want to wear on repeat. Pieces that fit well, wash well, are timeless and most importantly versatile. I value comfort and easy dressing and I prefer neutrals that are perfect for mixing and matching. There's a constant barrage of new arrivals as my favorite retailer has moved into fast fashion territory. I order new things to try on for fear of missing out but many items have been missing the mark lately due to poor fit and/or quality or the style just isn't for me. I still end up with regret purchases and I hold onto items that don't spark joy beyond the initial try on or one wear. In 2019 I hope to embrace the mantra to buy less, choose well.
JANUARY 6, 2019
I had a chance to stop by LOFT yesterday so I'll share new try-ons again soon. I was hoping there would be a flash sale today but there has been no update online.
I watched the first two episodes of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix and I hope I can get better at keeping only the things that spark joy. Did anyone see the epic pile of clothes in episode 2 (my jaws dropped)? Before the new year I had cleaned and de-cluttered quite a bit but there are still some areas I haven't tackled or I'm afraid to throw out because they're not my things.
Meanwhile you may want to check out this article on 'How To Tell If Someone Is Truly Smart or Just Average'. I bookmarked it for later since I didn't want to quickly skim it.
DECEMBER 28, 2018
There are quite a few new arrivals at LOFT. Here are some of my favorites and many styles are 50-60% off:
DECEMBER 11, 2018
Here are some LOFT new arrivals that caught my eye:
DECEMBER 2, 2018
I uploaded a few of my recent try-ons on my Instagram stories here. I wanted to blog this weekend but I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed.
If you're looking for gift ideas I came across a really cute store yesterday at my local mall called Altar'd State which reminds me of Anthropologie. These gloves were so cute and soft and I liked the ivory color.
NOVEMBER 30, 2018
Here are some of my favorite LOFT new arrivals! This sweater is my new favorite and you can see it on me here.
NOVEMBER 26, 2018
This popular ribbed sweater vest is back in regular and petite sizes. It's not yet on promotion but hopefully soon. I also linked to the polar bear slippers below since a lot of people seemed to like and buy them yesterday with the free shipping.
NOVEMBER 24, 2018
This bow-front coat is back in black this year (review here)!
NOVEMBER 21, 2018
I received a few of my orders early yesterday so you may see me upload new photos and video clips to my Flickr as I work on a new post.
I recently deleted some less popular pages from my 'Shop' tab so if you're looking for something that used to be there please let me know. I was trying to reduce the clutter.
NOVEMBER 14, 2018
Have you checked out the latest LOFT new arrivals? Here are some of my favorites:
NOVEMBER 11, 2018
I'm sure some of you are wondering whether or not to shop now or later. Below are LOFT's Black Friday & Cyber Monday promotions since 2013. If there is anything you're looking for me to review please send me a message so I can keep an eye out in stores.
2017 - Started with 40% off everything and then switched to 50% off everything
2016 - 50% off everything
2015 - 50% off select + extra 60% off sale
2014 - 50% off everything
2013 - 50% off everything
2017 - 50% off everything + FREE shipping
2016 - 50% off everything + FREE shipping
2015 - 50% off everything + FREE shipping
2014 - 50% off everything
2013 - 50% off everything
NOVEMBER 9, 2018
I didn't get a chance to include this dotted wrap dress in my recent post but the measurements of size XSP are: 32" chest (measured pit to pit), 28" waist, 33" total length and 22.5" sleeve length. I did not like the dress on me since the draping and folds made me look wider at the waist. I also updated my Insta Shop with a new sweater I received in the mail. It arrived later than the other items from my order because they sent me the wrong item so I had to call customer service to send the right item.
NOVEMBER 4, 2018
I created a new page for my husband's picks in case anyone is interested especially since the holidays are coming up.
NOVEMBER 2, 2018
I caught up on the latest Ann Taylor new arrivals and these are my top 15 favorite new items. Refer to the Sale Alerts for the latest coupon codes.
I just received the Elevated over-the-knee-boots boots in the mail last night and they are a great fit through the legs as seen here. The length of these boots are longer (my toes are 1" away from the end of the front of the shoes) so I'm sure I could go down half a size if I wanted to. I'm 5' 2.5" and I have 12.5" calves. Since I'm shorter they are borderline thigh high boots on me. You can also find the boots on eBay if you are sure of your size and as long as you buy them through a seller with positive reviews. The measurements of size 7 are: 22.5" shaft, 15" circumference, 8" ankles, 2.5" heel.
Last night I had a small shopping event with a few coworkers after work and I learned that my local LOFT store (@loveloft_prudentialcenter) will be carrying an extended Petites collection and they will no longer be carrying Lou & Grey in their store. They're the pilot store for extended Petites. I had noticed that they already started moving around the store a bit.
OCTOBER 31, 2018
If you're a Boston local you can use the Prudential Center's PRUferred Card to save 20% off your full-price purchase at LOFT or Ann Taylor. There is no minimum purchase amount required to use the card. The PRUferred discount works on full-price and full-price promotional items. I called the Prudential LOFT store for clarification and they confirmed that the PRUferred card will not work on top of store wide (% off) sales so the card will not work when the store is having a 40% off everything sale. However, the PRUferred card will combine on top of promotions on select full-price items (e.g. $39.50 pants and jeans). Stop by the Concierge Desk located in the Center Court to pick up a PRUferred card for free today.
More shopping tips and the latest coupon codes can always be found on the Sale Alerts page.
OCTOBER 28, 2018
OCTOBER 27, 2018
@costcodeals shared this Pendleton Ladies' Water Resistant Wool Jacket on their Instagram. It looks like it may be cheaper in store at $69.99 than online where it's $79.99 (members only).
I love this Wilfred cocoon coat by Aritzia and size XXS fit me well for a figure flattering fit. I love the heather white (light grey) color. I tried on camel which was selling out quickly in store but I didn't love the color on me but the dim lighting in store wasn't my favorite. If you sign up for emails you can get 10% off your first online purchase.
I stopped by Macys today to look for a coat but instead I found a few things that caught my eye. Style & Co. petites (how cute is this thermal peplum top which I fit in PS but I would prefer XSP) and Michael Kors petites (this cropped black leather moto jacket is very fitted and flattering in size P) seem to fit really well. This faux suede blazer by Charter Club drapes beautifully too (size P fit me well).
I also stopped by Banana Republic quickly to check out more of their jeans but I ended up spotting a few things worth noting. I fit this unstructured ponte blazer in size 0P but if I want to button it I probably need to try size 2P. The sleeves are a bit shorter on me than I prefer. This faux fur bomber jacket runs true to size and size XSP fit me well but again the sleeves were a bit shorter than I prefer. This faux fur snood was very nice but if you don't like a snood then this faux fur stole from Macys is another well-made option. They also had a neutral colored teddy jacket but I forgot to take a picture of the tag. It was very oversized in XSPwhile the sleeves were 3/4 length on me.
Lastly, I tried on this Sophie open-front sweater blazer in size XS and the sleeves are very loose but there were no size XXS left for me to try on for comparison. I love the large pockets and more structured material as well as the color options. I still have yet to try on the popular J.Crew Factory sweater blazer for comparison.
OCTOBER 24, 2018
I saw this cute tote at TJ Maxx last night where it was $59.99. I found the matching card holder that looks really cute with the horsebit detail. I didn't buy it but the rose color is really pretty and I had seen it at another store in a different color. The white color is on sale and would be perfect for the summer.
OCTOBER 23, 2018
I received the Madden Girl Women's Eviita Booties I shared in this post tonight and my usual size 7 fits well. The heels are 3.5" and they are slightly narrow on my wider (right) foot but not uncomfortable. They are an almond toe so they're not too pointy.
OCTOBER 22, 2018
I updated my Poshmark tonight. It's going to take me a while to get through all the things I need to list. I'm on a mission to declutter my closet of things that don't fit me well or that I haven't reached for.
Shop a few of my sales picks linked to this post from my Insta Shop while everything is 50% off plus FREE shipping at Ann Taylor. Use code HURRYUP.
My Zara package and a scarf I ordered from Nordstrom should be arriving in the mail today! Update: See the scarf on me here. The one I ordered was snagged in the back so I need to reorder it and hope I get a perfect one. I ordered this furry llama bag (it's so cute so I couldn't resist seeing it in person) but since it's a Zara kids bag it only fits my cardholder and keys. It doesn't fit my iPhone at all so I am returning it. These flat black OTK boots were too loose on my legs but they ran true to size (6 1/2 fits like US 7).
Looking ahead a bit I noticed that end of October there was a Mystery sale last year for 50% off at LOFT.
I found my Zebra print scarf (featured in this post) on eBay in case anyone was looking for one. It's a great price and new with tags.
OCTOBER 21, 2018
I shared some quick reviews on this page of some items I recently tried on or received in the mail.
I received one of the free large LOFT canvas totes as a gift with a purchase of $85+ in store yesterday. The store let me combine this mobile offer for 40% off + 10% off with the Cares card. In case the Cares cards are sold out in stores, I recently ordered one via Ann Taylor using ShopRunner and they even emailed a copy of the card with the barcode until the physical savings card arrived.
OCTOBER 19, 2018
Thanks to Kim for the heads up that the Madden Girl Women's Eviita Booties I shared in this post are on sale for 15% off (now $50.99 after discounts) with code LOVE2SAVE. I ordered the taupe and black colors to try in my usual size. I should receive them early next week.
I have some LOFT mail when I get home tonight so I'll try to share new reviews soon!
OCTOBER 17, 2018
Please check out my new blog post here. I have a few packages arriving later this week so I'll try to do another update.
The natural color of this plaid triangle scarf looks really cute. I wish there was a store closer to me so that I could use the in store pick up. I also like this plaid triangle scarf.
OCTOBER 11, 2018
There are lots of LOFT new arrivals today!
I just ordered these Zero Gravity Ankle Jean with Asymmetrical Fray Hem reviewed in my recent blog post here.
OCTOBER 10, 2018
Not sponsored but after years of only have a Capital One regular savings account that at a 1% APY I finally signed up for the Capital One 360 Money Market account which has a 1.85% APY as long as your daily balance is over $10,000. My husband kept on telling me to make the switch for maybe two years but I am horrible about these things. I made this financial milestone in my retirement account 6 months into being 35 (yes, I'm an older millennial) if I'm just accounting for my day job's base salary. For years I kept a lot of my money in Bank of America until earlier this year and their APY is pitiful in comparison. My little sister uses Discover Bank which I noticed also has 1.85% APY and it looks like they require no daily minimum.
My company deposited our annual bonus this past Friday and it just felt good to not spend it on anything or have to give a good chunk of it to my family for once. Growing up my parents took out loans to make ends meet since I don't come from a wealthy family so I strive to have financial security. I still remember one of my college professors sharing how it's important to have a "go to hell fund" (excuse the language) and to never spend beyond your means. Just because you make more doesn't mean you have to spend more but I know finances are very personal so I won't say much more on this subject.
OCTOBER 8, 2018
There's a new post sharing some recent purchases and reviews! I meant to blog all weekend but for some reason I felt very unmotivated until last night and this morning.
I came across this article due to the headline but Amazon is raising their lowest wages to $15. My mom works for a company that has to fulfill Amazon orders which is why the article had peaked my interest. I recognize the need to advocate for myself at work too so if I am not present here on my blog and Instagram as much then it's because I am focusing on my day job.
OCTOBER 5, 2018
I checked out the latest new arrivals from LOFT and here are some of my favorites:
OCTOBER 4, 2018
I updated my current weight and measurements on this fit reference page for those of you that depend on my reviews. I seem to be getting wider with age. A few weeks ago I had finished The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and I found it oddly fascinating that Midge would measure herself daily while exclaiming that she has been the same weight and measurements for the past 10 years. I can honestly say I can't make the same claim since my natural waist and hips fluctuate the most but I have never bothered to measure my arms (okay once in a long while I recall measuring my upper arms for reviews where I mention that the sleeves run tight), thighs or ankles.
Today I wore out this dotted button back blouse that I was excited to get last night in the mail but it wrinkles so badly that I regret keeping it. Size XXSP fits like size XSP if you caught a glimpse of it over on my Instagram stories. I also received more packages tonight and my favorite items are this blush pink swingy sweater and this striped swingy sweater (review of size XS regular here) which I took in my usual size XXS regular. It fits true to size for a relaxed fit. The solid pink color is 1" longer (26") than the striped sweater (25") even though they are the same exact size. Update 10/5: I steamed out both sweaters (I haven't washed them yet) and they each became one inch longer since the steam does make the fabric stretch. The pink one is still 1" longer than the striped one.
I also received size XXSP for the striped tulip back sweatshirt (review of size XSP here) in the mail today and the shoulders (13"), bust (32.5" measured pit to pit) and sleeves are too snug for comfort so it's going back. Sadly I'm somewhere between size XXSP and XSP so there is no happy medium for me for the sizing on this top.
OCTOBER 3, 2018
AdEspresso is my favorite site for keeping up with the latest Instagram updates. I finally got the new 'Your Activity' feature after updating my app and I cannot believe how much time I spend on the app. My daily average is 3 hours 8 minutes and hopefully I can work on reducing that.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
Yesterday I was able to use this coupon in store at LOFT for $25 off $75+ on top of the promotion on $49.50 dresses and I got two dresses for $74. I know the LOFT Cash cards are a better deal but I don't have any left and the dresses I wanted were out of the smaller sizes online. The other option is to add a very small ticket item such as a face mask in your cart so that you can use code LOFTCASH in order to get $25 off your full-price promotional order of $50+.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
I just came across an interesting article about how to ask for a raise without sounding obnoxious which I pinned. If you try this tactic I would love to know if it opened up a comfortable space to negotiate as this article suggests.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2018
Tip: If you check out my flickr and Insta Shop you can usually catch me uploading images (and video clips) in advance of a blog post. Keep an eye out for an update on my Flickr as I work on an upcoming post!
AUGUST 28, 2018
I will be doing a major closet purge within the next few weeks! I just created a page for my Poshmark herehttp://www.whatjesswore.com/p/poshmark.html and I will be updating the page with the sizes and links to items I need to let go of in advance of posting them to Poshmark so you can get first dibs on the items if you send me a private message.
AUGUST 15, 2018
I came across a very interesting article today about the Khasi people of Mawlynnong who follow a matrilineal system. If I ever had the travel bug I would love to visit this village which is the cleanest village in India.
I was also curious about India lately because one of my old pins (this one) went viral over a month ago and my monthly Pinterest views went from 100k to 738k this month. There has also been an increase in referral traffic to my blog all from this pin which has somewhat impacted my site's bounce rate. To put things in perspective, India has a population of 1.324 billion people.
AUGUST 13, 2018
Select Lou & Grey styles are now available for purchase via Nordstrom! Nordstrom does price match in case you see the item on sale on loft.com or louandgrey.com.
AUGUST 9, 2018
I updated my FAQ today in case you wanted to know more about me.
AUGUST 1, 2018
I noticed that the new version o my favorite Francesca driving flats are back this season. I love the simple buckle detail and the deep olive color.
JULY 16, 2018
It's Amazon Prime day and if you're considering a membership you can read more about it here.
JULY 11, 2018
I started using Jamaican black castor oil on July 5th for my hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. It's been a full week so I figured I'd share an update. I tried a few different ways to apply the castor oil but what works well for me is to mix/dilute the oil with aloe vera gel since the oil is very thick on its own. The oil has a roasted smell (the smell will dissipate) to it so mixing it with aloe vera gel helps with the smell. I wish the 8oz glass bottle came a dropper for easier dispensing so I have been using a q-tip for application. I have thin, fine hair so I have only been applying a dime sized amount of the castor oil and a pump of the aloe vera gel. I sometimes mix in lavender EO (if you're pregnant or nursing do not use lavender EO) since I heard it also helps to promote hair growth.
I apply the castor oil and aloe vera gel mixture to my hair, eyebrows and eyelashes at night but I haven't been as diligent during the day. My eyebrows had some tiny, sparse spots and after a week those sparse spots seem to have filled in so I now have less to fill in when I'm getting ready in the mornings (yay for small wins!). Unfortunately, unlike other reviewers' experience my lashes haven't seen any growth or thickness yet. I first tried to apply castor oil by itself to my lashes but it was too thick and it made my eyes water. My eyes tolerate castor oil best when it's mixed with aloe vera gel and applied sparingly with a q-tip. Too generous of an application and my eyes water when I lay down.
I have issues with a receding hairline on the right and left temples and the back of my natural part has become more visible than I would have liked now that I'm in my mid 30's. I've been so self conscious about my visible part that I even fixate on other people's parts. I noticed that a lot of Asian females suffer from thinning hair at their natural parts so it's not just me.
I focus on massaging the castor oil and aloe vera gel into the roots of the problem areas and my receding hairline is already seeing an improvement after one week. The baby hairs at my temples are coming in nice and fluffy. I'm still waiting to see more improvement to the back of my part. I also had a very mild case of dandruff and I have seen no tell-tale white flakes since applying castor oil to my roots. I wash my hair every day which is supposedly not normal/recommended since everyone else seems to talk about their unwashed hair and love for dry shampoo. I only apply castor oil to my hair at night before bed. I tried applying castor oil to my hair in the mornings but the oil causes me to loose what little volume I have in my hair before the end of the day.
Update 8/9: Since last week (7/29) I switch to using Jojoba oil mixed with aloe vera which I prefer because it doesn't have any scent, it's less oily and it works just as well for my fine hair texture. You can see a recent video clip of my hair for the movement and shine in this IGTV video. My last haircut was June 8th.
Update 9/21: I switched to this brand of Castor oil end of August since I cannot stand the smell of Jamaican black castor oil.
JULY 10, 2018
Thanks to Kristie for alerting me to the fact that LOFT's return policy has changed from 45 days to 30 days. This update to their return policy applies for purchases made July 9th and onward. Does anyone remember when LOFT used to have a 60 day return policy?
JULY 8, 2018
I uploaded my first IGTV today @whatjesswore! Please let me know what you think and if you prefer this format or regular Instagram stories videos with the option to swipe up for the product links.
I just made a dedicated page on my blog about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for those looking for my sales picks. I also took away Disqus and I have enabled comments via the native platform for my blog so hopefully it's easier for you to leave comments or questions.
JULY 4, 2018
I reorganized my purchases page and I also updated this page of my blog so that you can easily find my reviews by retailer. It's found under the 'Shop' tag of my blog at the very bottom.
JUNE 28, 2018
I tried using lavender essential oil on my mosquito bites as recommended by one of my kind followers yesterday and I'm happy to report that it helps with the itch. My spots were also less red when I woke up this morning. She recommended using the one from doTERRA but I was desperate so the one I found and tried is this one which was available at CVS.
JUNE 26, 2018
Today is the launch of Ann Taylor Factory online! They offer unique to factory styles as well as repeats of past season favorite styles such as the flat version of these cork ankle strap sandals.
JUNE 25, 2018
If you love LOFT & Ann Taylor I discovered this eBay shop via one of my friends. I have no idea how they can sell these items at a discount but they do have really good deals. I noticed they hardly have items in petite sizes but they usually update their shop with regular missy sizes.
JUNE 19, 2018
It's a big day for LOFT Outlet because you can now shop their newest styles online! I noticed some issues with the site but I'm sure they're working out all of the features that may not be fully functional right now. I'm currently eyeing this cropped 3/4 sleeve denim jacket in white.
JUNE 18, 2018
I just came across this very interesting article regarding "Why You Can't Really Trust Negative Product Reviews." It's a good read but if you're pressed for time just read the last 7 short paragraphs.
JUNE 12, 2018
I updated my thredUP Closet Clean Out post and I posted a few looks on my Insta Shop.
Last night I received this cami in white and black in size XSP and it fits perfectly. It's the best petite length cami I own with adjustable straps thanks to my fellow petite friend. I had previously ordered size SP in nude and white which was too loose fitting but size XSP hugs perfectly.
MAY 7, 2018
I somehow missed the memo but I just noticed four petite bras by The Little Bra Company at Target! I will order this strapless bra to try and this military jacket since it looked so good on my coworker.
APRIL 13, 2018
I was reading about avocado for face masks and if you like to get rid of your tan faster then you may want to try this tip. I usually prefer to stay covered or in the shade during the summer since my skin tans rather easily.
APRIL 6, 2018
I'm starting to pick up my Pinterest account again and I'll share sizing in the comments of my pins where applicable.
APRIL 3, 2018
I came across a new brand today called Bershka which is a sister site to Zara. I'm curious about their quality. If only they had the same return policy as Zara. This crepe blazer comes in a lot of colors. This pug and cactus print top is adorable. I'm eyeing the following shoes: 1, 2, 3, 4. These bags look cute: 1, 2, 3.
Thanks for your stopping by!