I could have just called this post “A Few of my Favorite Things!” I’m such a sucker for plaid flannel shirts, it’s the college grunge Eddie Vedder obsessed gal inside still getting her sartorial moment in the sun. This skirt I’ve had for a few years now and love it; I’ll wear it now with bare legs and come winter I’ll wear it with tights as I did here last winter. These shoes… well if you’ve been reading for a while you know I’ve been rocking them (and replacement pairs) since 2010, first seen in this post. The bag is a new purchase I mentioned here and adore, and oversized Ray-Ban aviators have become my signature sunglasses (and Karl’s too, we share pairs!).
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I’m slowly filling in holes in my wardrobe. Though I lost some weight from Whole30 I am still not the same shape and size I was last winter so I need to do a bit of purchasing. I’m also noticing how some of my “classic” items aren’t all that classic. For example, Monday morning I was wearing a cream sweater (see below) with cream trousers and thought brown shoes would be perfect. I went up on a shelf in my closet to pull out my “classic” brown suede booties and realized they have a hidden platform, a weird chunky toe that points up a bit, and the brown is very reddish (these are the booties I’m describing). Yep, they’ll be on eBay before the month is through! Anyway, below are items I have recently tried, some I have loved and kept and others that didn’t make the cut:
I have a green leather jacket, a blue leather jacket, and a fake leather jacket but I really want a black leather one that is a classic fit, classic cut, and can be something I wear for a long time. In high school I had a black biker jacket, I wore it all four years and into college. I still have it, but it’s a very dated silhouette and I’d like a simpler version. This jacket from Halogen appealed to me because there weren’t any funky details, it’s under $300 for real leather, and it comes in petite. A big issue with previously purchased jackets is the sleeves are too long (or with the faux leather, it has bracelet sleeves which makes it hard to wear with long sleeved clothes, and well, faux leather isn’t very warm).
The jacket is well made, and like all the other Halogen leather pieces I own, very soft. This isn’t a classic biker jacket with the notched collar, but with a moto snap collar and then the wide placket to be able to zip up the jacket. The details are subtle so it’s a piece that will stand the test of time. A petite large fit me nicely, and I am usually a generous 12 or slim 14 in coats and need bust space. The sleeves weren’t too tight with a lightweight sweater, and the lining was soft against bare skin.
But I returned it. I didn’t LOVE it, and honestly, it looks so similar to my green leather jacket. It’s a little too polished for what I want; right now I want something that can wear a bit, dress up maybe with a midi skirt, but mainly be what I throw on with a tee shirt and jeans. While this is a great price for a high quality leather jacket, I am still looking for the right one for me.
During the Nordstrom Anniversary I purchased this skirt to replace this skirt from Hinge that I wore to DEATH last winter. Yeah, no. The skirt emphasized everything I’d like not emphasized and I realized it’s because the flare is right from the waist. So I returned it and decided to try this skirt from Halogen; the pleats start lower and are better managed (no belly pleating).
This skirt runs small. I purchased a 12 (my normal size in Halogen) and regular (more length for work) and I could hardly pull it over my rear and I couldn’t zip it more than an inch. Oh, and the description doesn’t mention that it’s textured, like a mini waffle weave.
I briefly mentioned this cape in this post, but think it deserves a proper review, especially since I wrote a review over a week ago on Nordstrom and it has yet to be published, and because other Wardrobe Oxygen readers mentioned the same issue with it.
While I own a lot of Vince Camuto and think they’re a great choice to wear runway-inspired trends without spending a ton, they sometimes go too cheap or get a trend completely wrong. This is one of those times. The cape is made out of a suiting-like material (and a cheap scratchy suit at that) and lined only in acetate; this isn’t outerwear but more like a weirdly shaped blazer. And it is weirdly shaped; I ordered a Large and it was huge on me, I looked as though I was in the Talking Heads. On the models the button seems to be near their navels, on me it was closer to my crotch; buttoned the collar gaped and looked cheap and unbuttoned it tented out. The armholes were very low down, I couldn’t get my hands out unless my arms were bent, and then only the first half of my forearms. No way could I reach the pockets. Mega fail.
I now own two pairs of these pants. I wore them here in black, and now I also own navy. These pants are the perfect work pant. You can machine wash them (I line dry, I hang by the legs, making a crease and a clean look by matching the seams to one another and using the weight of the pant to make the legs taut), they’re stretchy, yet hold their shape all day and through multiple wears, look professional/pair nicely with blazers, and the lack of lining does make them not as polished but more comfortable for business casual offices. Though they have belt loops, the waistband is very flat so it doesn’t look bulky under fitted knits. The pockets are ridiculous, I can’t even fit a credit card in them but again, no bulk. I purchased the 14 petite and they are a comfortable fit and comfortable length with mid-height heels. The Marisa Fit is best for me because while I have a booty, I don’t have a very hourglass shape. The Julie Fit of these pants is better for curvy frames, and the Zoe Fit is great for straight shapes with smaller booties; they all come in Regular, Petite, and Tall. All this and under $80 (and then LOFT is always having some sort of promotion!).
I thought I ordered a Large, I ordered a Medium. It fit, but it fit too well to the point of looking dated. I think if I exchanged it for Large Petite I’d like it better. This sweater is very soft, perfect for those who can’t deal with wool and scratchier fabrics. The knit is tight so no need for an under layer for modesty. It looks expensive and elegant, a classic. This sweater would look nice with jeans, but I think can dress up and look quite lovely with a button-front shirt underneath, or paired with a pencil skirt or work trousers. However, I mentioned this sweater in my post where I was looking for a fisherman sweater and this sweater is NOT that. This is a tailored, ladylike sweater. A great sweater, but you won’t be mistaken for Ernest Hemingway in it for sure!
Gotta love it when the sale item is the one you like best! I cheated a bit with this sweater, I had borrowed the lavender version of it from Gwynnie Bee this summer. From Gwynnie Bee, I ordered a Large and it was a bit too heavy and boxy for me. However, in cream I thought a Large would be quite Hemingway-esque. But like the other Lands’ End sweater I seemed to flake out and ordered a Medium (what I wear in Lands’ End for most knits and dresses). When it first came I thought it was too fitted to accomplish my goal, but I tried it with different items in my wardrobe and decided this size is more flattering and versatile. I wore it this weekend sightseeing with my Gap Real Straights rolled like boyfriend jeans and my Converse Shorelines and as mentioned above, wore it to work with cream tropical wool trousers and booties. I’ve styled this sweater at home with my pleated leather skirt and also like it over a denim shirt. It has a boatneck and gold buttons in back which makes it look a bit more expensive and special than a traditional cable, but may limit your styling. At the time of writing this, there were still lots of sizes available in Petite, Regular, and Plus.
This is not something I needed, but per my post Wednesday, something I bought to hopefully wear to a wedding. I really wanted this in blue but it was out of stock so I ordered it in black, 12 Petite. I ordered for the wedding, but thought the fabric and style would make it year-round wearable and versatile enough to dress up and down. Glad I ordered petite because this dress is LONG! Like even in petite I’d need to wear heels to not have a train long. And that’s not where the fail ended for me. The sleeves are a weird length (longer on me than in the photo) that look too casual for the rest of the dress (and tight too), the neckline was so low I’d have to pin to hide my bra, and the wrapping in the middle added bulk instead of flattering my curves. A plus is that it fit nicely in the torso and over my hips and rear; the fabric is opaque and heavy enough to not cling. I’m glad I didn’t get the blue because I may have fallen in love so much with the color I would ignore the faults in the dress. I think this dress would look far better on someone who is taller, and I think it’s made for a woman with her curves below the waist; some hips would really make the skirt flow nicely.
So now I want to hear from you, have you purchased anything lately that is phenomenal? Anything so awful fellow readers should get a warning? I learn so much from all of you, I’d love to know what’s on your radar!
So I received one package from Ann Taylor on yesterday, and three packages today – Nordstrom, Local Celebrity and J. Crew.
Local Celebrity was presents. A tee shirt for my sexy hubby, and a tee shirt for my friend who is turning 30 next weekend and says things like “golly,” “good gravy,” and “he’s a keeper.” Appropriate.
So Ann Taylor arrived. An angora cardigan in a leopard pattern. Not sure what drugs I was on when I ordered it. First I ordered Petite. I am petite in trousers and suit jackets, but not in sweaters or tops. Why I have no clue, but this sweater barely hit my waistband, it was so short. Also, I don’t wear many prints for a reason. I look foolish and brawny in them. RETURN.
Then I got a pair of trousers. Nothing spectacular about them except that they are on sale and that lovely all-season suiting fabric. Perfect for work. A little annoying that they are petite and still dragging on the ground unless I wear my 3 1.2″ heels, but hey, a quick hem will fix that. I wore them to work today and looked very nice. KEEP.
Then today came the two merinos from J. Crew. Can I say I didn’t remember the colors I ordered? I think on here I said burgundy v-neck and blue scoop. Ah no, it’s a blue v-neck and brown scoop.
The brown scoop has a rolled hem. Ew. Also it’s so long it is like a tunic. A fitted stretch merino tunic. Ew. Nice neckline but the rest was goofy. RETURN.
Then the other merino.
The same as the pink one, but in a nice blue. Less robin’s egg, more late in the day come summer. Very pretty, flattering, nice. KEEP.
And the box from Nordstrom. SHOES!!!!! In this box was a pair of wine leather heeled loafer type shoes for work.
Um, they are heinous. Yes they were on sale for like $30 but they look as though they are of pleather, they come up too high on the foot, they are dorky. I see why they are on sale. Oh, and they hurt. RETURN.
The second shoe I ordered on a whim. Total whim. Don’t need them, have nothing that color in my wardrobe.
I mean, I don’t wear teal, I don’t usually wear suede, I haven’t owned wedges since my Steve Madden slides of 1998. But something called out to me.
That something was SOOOO SMART! These shoes are AMAZING. I mean like everyone must buy them amazing. I wore shoes today that hurt, I put these on and my feet feel soothed. The wedge is out of rubber, covered with suede so they look hip but feel fabu. The width is perfect, the size is perfect, the color is cute (nice compliment to the new blue sweater!) and they look good with the new gray trousers, with my jeans, with a black dress! LOVE LOVE LOVE! KEEP KEEP KEEP!
So three out of six ain’t bad. Going for sushi with a girl friend tonight, wearing the blue sweater, my dark denim Gap jeans and my new teal suede shoes, silver hoops and cuff! Have a nice night!
If you follow fashion and beauty bloggers, I’m sure you have heard of JewelMint, StyleMint, and ShoeMint. These are celebrity-sponsored sites that offer a monthly “showroom” of pieces based upon your personal style.
You start by filling out a survey of your personal style – are you more Zara or J. Crew? If you’re getting a pedicure would you rather read InStyle or Cosmo? From this, the Mint site decides what from their collection is most appropriate to your taste and creates your custom showroom. The collection is updated each month, so you have new pieces to choose from.
The idea is fabulous – jewelry designed by Kate Bosworth and her stylish friend, shoes picked for you by Rachel Bilson, tees via the Olsen twins (and skincare via Jessica Simpson, though I won’t be discussing BeautyMint site in this article).
All of these sites are subscription sites – once you make your first purchase, your credit card is on file and you will be charged every month. You have the first five days of the month to dash to their site to say “skip this month” or else you will be charged the monthly cost ($29.99 for Style and JewelMint, $79.99 for ShoeMint).
Last year, I won a “gift certificate” to JewelMint. I had a devil of a time trying to figure out how to use it, and realized in essence it was just a free credit for the site. I went to the site, and wasn’t too impressed with the options – my skin doesn’t react well to rings not made of silver or platinum, I am not really an earring person, and I don’t like delicate necklaces. However, they had a green pendant on a longer gold chain that looked promising.
The necklace came quite quickly, and I was impressed with the packaging. A glossy mint green box with magnetic closure, the necklace was carefully displayed on a velvet-covered foam box insert. The packaging was so pretty and luxe, I felt I was getting an item from a high-end designer. Then I opened the box… and was underwhelmed. The necklace was… fine. The quality was average to below average – lightweight, a weird color of gold that looks fake even from several feet away, an odd length of chain. A stylish friend said it looked like a piece from Forever 21 and I had to agree.
JewelMint has a referral program – get others to join with your custom URL and you get free credits towards more jewelry. I ended up acquiring four credits in 2011. Each month I would go to JewelMint to use my credits, and leave with nothing. Seriously, I could get free jewelry and couldn’t find a single thing I would actually wear. Last month I saw a gold link bracelet that looked promising and used a credit towards it. Again, the piece arrived very quickly, and in quite luxe packaging. And again the piece is underwhelming. While this bracelet is a better color of gold, it’s still lightweight, simplistic and should cost less than $29.99. I have heard from friends and fellow bloggers that pieces have turned their skin green and have broken in just a couple months’ time.
Even with my less-than-awesome experience with JewelMint, I was curious about StyleMint. I respect Mary Kate and Ashley’s personal style and taste. Also,the blogger A Girl in Boston had the StyleMint “Venice” tee and I liked how it looked on her. I also got an email from StyleMint for a discount on my first purchase so I decided to give the site a go.
Based on the size chart on StyleMint, I got a size 5/XL. With my shoulder, arms, and bust I usually err on the side of too big with tees to get a flattering and work-appropriate fit. While I felt the cut of the “Venice” tee would be cute with jeans on weekends, I was also hoping to wear it sucked into pencil skirts for an office-worthy ensemble.
As with JewelMint, the purchase arrived quickly and was wrapped with care. At first glance, the tee looked pretty nice – a soft lightweight knit that had a luxe, silky finish. Unlike cheapy big box retailer tees, there was care to have the stripes line up at seams. I liked the neckline – a slim hem that would look appropriate with a blazer or for casual wear.
The other night I tried on my tee… and it was huge. HUGE. The sleeves were so long they went past my fingertips, the neckline gaped and displayed a bra strap, and the swing cut made it look like a maternity piece. With all these Mint sites, returns are accepted but it cannot be worn, washed, must be in its original packaging, you need to contact them for a shipping label, and while shipping is free there is a $5.95 restocking fee.
I looked at the label – 100% cotton (though online it says 50% cotton, 50% modal), though it said to wash on gentle and lie flat to dry. I decided to throw it in the washing machine and dryer in hopes it would shrink. It did – not a lot, but enough to make it wearable. I was pleased to see that the color did not fade, and the knit held up nicely through the machines.
Yesterday I wore this tee, and I like it… okay. It’s a beautiful color scheme, and a unique silhouette, but I don’t know if it’s really worth it for a tee sight-unseen, especially with the return process. The swing style is a bit too short to be flattering on most – even my sister agreed that a couple more inches would make the style more wearable (able to tuck in), and more flattering. It’s nothing dramatically awesome, and by looking at this month’s options, I don’t really know if any of them are. While the price is reasonable for a designer brand tee shirt, I don’t really consider StyleMint to be a designer brand, just associated with designers/style icons. I would rank the quality and style to a store like Gap or LOFT.
These Mint sites are great if you have a pretty standard size or personal style and crave something new each month. However, they can quickly become expensive if you aren’t quick to manage your memberships. Unless you tell them otherwise by the 5th, these sites will charge your card each month, whether or not you purchase anything.
The cancellation process for these different sites vary – for StyleMint you need to call them during business hours, for JewelMint you can send them an email. I sent an email today and within a couple of hours, they replied saying it had been done. I was pleased to find it so simple, no attempt at wooing me back with discount codes, just a cancellation notice and request to rate the customer service experience.
I have not tried ShoeMint because I am a hard-to-fit person. I know certain brands fit me best, and prefer to have the ability to try the shoe on in the store.
Have you joined any of these Mint sites? What are your experiences with the product or the service?
Feeling so much better today than I did on Friday, however still not 100%. Getting there!
This weekend was really nice – Saturday evening we went to a neighbor’s house where we adults had dinner and our kids had a blast together. Yesterday, I went to the mall with my sister – I didn’t plan on buying anything, but ended up getting a bangle bracelet, a bag, and a skirt. I find some of the best accessories at the cheapest places – the bangle is big and green and fun and I found it at The Icing; the bag is a small emerald green patent “Kelly” inspired bag with a crossbody strap that was less than $20 at Forever21 – not something I would wear every day, but great for concerts and events when I need a smaller bag (and the color is phenomenal!).
Black shift dress – Mossimo for Target (no longer available)
Black tights – Nordstrom
Black booties – Miss Sixty “Jaiden”
Champagne pearls - Nordstrom (this size and this size)
Gold necklace and bracelet - J. Crew (no longer available)
Day 2 of homemade bangs – hair is second day, I took my flat iron to all my hair for a more sleek look. Not sure about it, feel very Rashida Jones. I want to try this look wavy and see how I still feel about the bangs before I fully take the dive and call up Kathleen to have proper straight bangs cut!
This evening I am going out right after work, needed an outfit that could survive all day sitting at my desk and shoes that could handle a night on my feet; this outfit fits the bill with a comfy wrinkle-resistant knit and my trusty Miss Sixty booties. I planned on wearing this dress with black opaque tights and my black suede platform pumps, but it’s in the 70s in DC today so that combo will just have to wait! BTW, if you like the dress it’s only $44… and who can resist one-step colorblocking?
This sweater is mega cheap right now at Ann Taylor; the color is really fun, a coal-tinted red. When I bought it I was thinking of replacing the buttons with something more fun and more me, but didn’t have any on hand the right size. I decided to work with the horn buttons by doing my version of a preppy nautical ensemble – but have to stay true to myself with the black leather accents!
Good outfit wasted on a bad day. Seriously, I dig this outfit and it seems others do too, but it’s near impossible to see due to the horrible cold rain this morning. Pics were taken with my husband huddled under the hatchback of his Subaru in a rush so we could get into the safety of the car. Of course now it’s sunny outside!
Orange sweater jacket - J. Crew (no longer available – similar)
Ivory and black striped tee – Ann Taylor
Black pencil skirt – Calvin Klein
Tights – Nordstrom
Black leather peeptoe booties – Miss Sixty “Jaiden”
Gold bracelet - J. Crew via eBay
Gorgeous day – that’s why my face looks yellow, the sun was shining right in my eyes! However it is cold again. Such a change from yesterday where a coat wasn’t even necessary. I am glad to have March here – it may come in like a lion, but I am patient and can’t wait for it to turn into a lamb in a couple of weeks!
Sweater – BCBG c/o Nordstrom Rack
Tee – LOFT
Jeans - NYDJ
Shoes - Miss Sixty “Jaiden”
Bracelets – Mix of eBay and Ann Taylor
Earrings - Claire’s Boutique
Bag – Banana Republic
When was the last time you saw me in glasses? Going through my archives it seems as though it was 2006. And folks, I have had these glasses since at least 2004, if not earlier. Same prescription too.Needless to say, they are scratched, stretched out, keep falling off and are giving me a headache. But this bug I have had decided to leave my body through my eyes and there’s no way I am going to put contacts in there. Grody.
I am still sick, but no fever and the brain fog has lifted somewhat. Figure come Monday I will be 100%. Hope the weather is as well, for I have a fab new pair of shoes that are begging to be worn!
A BIG thanks goes out to reader Amanda. I had broken the heel on my Miss Sixty heels when I went to the DC Sip & Swap a couple months ago. Went to two different shoe repair places, one said it would cost $85 to repair, another said it wasn’t worth it. While I get many a comment on the blog that I don’t have the legs to wear such booties, I love them. They must look better IRL because I get many compliments when I wear them, and I love how I can run in them, they are so comfortable.
Well a week ago, Amanda hit me up on Twitter and informed me that my beloved Miss Sixty Jaidens were on Gilt for $69! Not only cheaper than what the cobbler quoted me, but cheaper than every pair I had been stalking on eBay (and none of them were my size). I ordered, and they arrived a couple days later. I came home to the box, was so excited, tried them on… and they didn’t fit.
I tried the next morning… they didn’t fit.
I tried them that weekend… they fit but were a tight squeeze. I wore them while watching TV for about 45 minutes. The next night, I wore them for an hour. Last night I put them on and they fit just like my old pair did when I first got them – a bit snug, but in a good way. No pinching, no rubbing. The leather is really soft, so I know with wear they will end up like my old ones!
Yesterday I had the chance to pour over the latest collection for CAbi and there are so many gorgeous textures, silhouettes, and prints! My consultant Lisa Holt loaned me a few pieces to test drive this week, one was this sweater. At first glance I didn’t think I’d like it, but it fits great and I love a cardigan that looks good buttoned up (so many lose their style when you try to stay warm). The pictures don’t do the sweater justice, it gave me an hourglass shape so I emphasized it with my short pleated leather skirt.
Another rainy day in DC, I figured how better to battle the weather blues than with a bright red dress? When I tweeted that I received this gorgeous necklace from my Stella and Dot stylist Kristin Biggs, Stella and Dot suggested I pair it with a bright color. I had plan on going goth and wear it with gray or black, but decided to try their suggestion… and I really like it! I was worried about this necklace – I have a thick neck and feared it would be a choker on me, but was pleased to see there’s plenty of chain length to adjust. I like it as-is, but since this dress is so straight and simple, I used a hair elastic to extend the chain so it would hang on more of the dress.
“Oooh Mommy you look like a princess!” is the first thing I heard from Emerson this morning. And for a pretty craptastic morning (I won’t go into details, just trust me it sucked), such a fun skirt did make everything a bit better. Tonight I am going to NOVA Fashion Week’s “Behind the Scenes” event – if you are going (and you should!) you’ll know what I am wearing (though I may have a jacket on over this) so you can find me in the crowd!
Yesterday I was at work very late, and this morning I got started on a project very early. Such a schedule means a dress – simple way to look polished with very little effort! I know I wore this same exact outfit recently, but it’s easy (and love that this dress went in the washer and dryer and ended up looking this great!).
What are your weekend plans? Tomorrow night my husband and I are going to have a Date Night – my mom is watching Emerson, we’re heading into the city for dinner and then to see Band of Skulls at the 9:30 Club. Can’t wait!
Cardigan – c/o CAbi
Ruffle Tank – c/o CAbi
Skirt - Ann Taylor (similar)
Tights – Nordstrom
Shoes - Miss Sixty (similar)
Bangles - Lauren Ralph Lauren
White and pave bracelet – c/o t+j Designs
Link bracelet - Jewelmint
Lipstick – Nars “Heatwave”
Today is a day where the outfit looks far better in person than these photos. This morning I thought it was ready to snow, it was so gray and gloomy out. But the outfit is pretty cheery and fantastic. I considered my teal pencil skirt but asked Emerson (yes, Emerson) and she said that the “shiny black” skirt was a better choice. My husband agreed, said it was less “Sesame Street” which is what he calls my overly colorful ensembles!
What do you do when you walk out of your house and break the heel of your pumps? Gran your trusty booties and keep going. I know they aren’t the best choice for this outfit, but I was short on time (and on heels!).
And the last picture is me imitating Emerson when she shows off her “muscles.” Having a girly girl raised by a dad who loves to exercise means she loves dresses, ruffles, the color purple, being strong and having muscles. I think it’s a great combination!
As you can tell by the MySpace quality of these photos, it was an early work day! I wanted to wear something comfy, but more work-appropriate than knits. I slipped on my husband’s sweater to go downstairs and let out the dogs and thought… hey maybe I can make this work for work! With a knot in the side (sorry beeb, it will reshape after I wash it!) and my booties it turned out to be a pretty fun look!
Would love to stay and chat, but today is a pretty crazy busy day at work. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Black poncho – c/o Goddis Knitwear
White tank – Caslon
Jeans – Sofia Boot c/o Lucky Brand
Boots – Miss Sixty “Jaiden”
Bracelets – eBay, boutique in Rehoboth Beach
Bag – Banana Republic (no longer available – similar)
Back to work! I went on Friday but it totally wore me out and I think made me sick again. However yesterday other than a horrible cough, I am feeling good. I still wanted to be comfortable, so I went pretty casual. I just got this poncho from Goddis and I adore it – it’s like curling up in a cozy throw but looking chic! And these jeans from Lucky Brand are so comfortable – they are full of stretch, lightweight, and really hold their shape throughout the day!