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Saturday
Oct192013

J Crew 30% Off! A few more days...

Just a couple more days until this promo ends! Get 30% off all sale items. Unfortunately this is Final Sale. Is it just me or has the J. Crew sales not been as great as before? Prices are generally marked down $10-$30 from original price. Meh. Are you going to indulge? Or save for Black Friday which is coming up in less than 2 months! 

Thursday
Oct172013

Outfit of the Day: Pastel Sparkles

Hello everyone!

Long time no post! Sorry about that. I'm in my 3rd year of medical school and rotations in the hospital are intense. I work ~15 hours a day and get one dat off every 1 or 2 weeks!!! 

But I found some time to squeeze in a post. 

It was the BF's birthday recently and we went to this fantastic restaurant Sushi Zo. Pricey, but pretty worth it if you like sushi. There are about 30 servings of different sushi/sashimi/seafood, which come out piece by piece. They specify how you have to eat it. Kind of rigid, but the food was good! Although I wasn't full after 30 small pieces. :( For $160 per person, I'd expect to be stuffed!

Anywhoo here is my outfit of the night:

Outfit specs:

Dress: French Connection (on sale here)

Shoes: Christian Louboutin "Sex" Pigalle 120mm pumps

Bag: Chanel medium flap in gold


So...remember how I said I would never spend too much money on shoes, because they just touch the ground anyway and are difficult to maintain?

Erm, I would like to retract that statement. I have fallen head over heels (pun intended) over Christian Louboutins! More on that to come soon!

Wednesday
Jan022013

Ladurée Love: Parisian Macarons

 

Im on my way back from a quick trip to New York and I just HAD to share with you the amazing macarons from Ladurée. I have heard of this pâtisserie before and have tried the macarons at Vanilla Bakeshop and lette's in Beverly Hills before. I thought macarons were similar with some tasting a tad better than others. Boy was I wrong.

Ladurée was a gorgeous shop. Very fancy french neoclassical. It is filled with thousands of sweet confections arranged in conical displays. The manager confirmed my wonderings that the tiny macarons were in fact mixed, baked and assembled in France and shipped by boat stateside. Imagine that! What you hold in your hand is a little piece of Paris! That made the experience even more grand.

Rows and rows of colorful macarons were on display. If i were mega-wealthy, I would lie in a bath of these sugary confections and not get out until I have eaten them all.

I purchased 2 boxes of 24. They had 18 flavors in total, so I picked a few extras in each box.

If you are ever in New York, I implore you to try these babies. The line may be long, but do not be discouraged, as it moves pretty fast.

Monday
Dec312012

Outfit of the Day: Sweaters and Sparkles

A house party can be a little tricky to dress for. Is it super casual? Would a simple shift be too much or too little? I decided to dress up a sweater with sequins or conversely, to dress down sequins with a sweater. My favorite sweater right now would have to be the French Hen Sweater by J. Crew. It has elements of sophistication and whimsy and is perfect for the Christmas season. Unfortunately, my dad stuck my sweater in the hot dryer and now it's shrunken! :( any tips on how to resurrect my favorite garment?

My outfit:

Top: J Crew French Hen Sweater

Skirt: JC Penney Decree Sequin Bodycon Skirt (here)

Stockings: Express Metallic Back Seam Tights

Jacket: Express Minus-The-Leather Asymmetrical Jacket

Boots: Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Knee High Boot

And an advanced Happy New Year!

Love,

Kim

Friday
Dec282012

Animal Sweaters at Every Price! Sweaters are Better with Critters

This winter season, every store is popping up with sweaters printed with representatives of the Kingdom Animalia. The trend is cute and adds a little bit of adorable intrigue and whimsy to an outfit. If you like the look and are unsure of how much you want to spend, I've gathered a collection of great animal sweaters at multiple price points so you and your wallet can feel comfortable wearing the cute topper!

$10 - $24.99

Old Navy Sheep Sweater (On sale for $15! Here)



Forever 21 Mirrored Seahorse Sweater ($19.80, here)


Forever 21 Panda Sweater ($22.80, here)


$25 - $74.99

A Wear Exclusive Swallow Sweater ($43.98, here)


Brat & Suzie Polar Bear Sweatshirt (On sale for $51.01! Here)


Just the Fox, Ma'am Sweater ($72.99, here)


$75+

J. Crew Frenchie Sweater ($98, here)


Wildfox Sequin Lion Friend Sweater ($178, here)


Shae NY V-Neck Horse Intarsia ($300, here)


I'll be on the lookout for more!

Love, Kim

Monday
Dec242012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Blogosphere + A Little Bit of J Crew

As the fires warm us on this cold winter eve, I would like to wish everyone the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of Holidays. Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope my posts continue to be useful and entertaining. Your visits and comments bring me great joy!

I went to a nearby J Crew on the 24th to see what was new in store. Nothing much really. But I did try on a few things.

J Crew Minnie Pant in Boulevard Green (here)

This is the 2nd time I tried the Minnie pant and my verdict remains the same. While it may be flattering on some ladies, I don't like the fit on the thighs and calves. The material kind of bunches out in the calf area and narrows at the ankle making my calves look more muscular than they are. I think the Cafe Capri is a better fit for me. I am wearing a size 2.

J Crew Classic Mini Felted Wool in Brilliant Fuschia (here)

I liked this skirt a lot. Since it flares out a little at the end, it looks better with a tucked shirt rather than with the top draped over it. The color is a little more purple and less magenta than in this pic. I am wearing a size 00 here. It was also on sale for $69.99.

J Crew Liberty Toothpick Jean in Emma and Georgina (here)

I have been eyeing these jeans for a bit now. I was excited about the printed look and how the pair might be similar in material to polka dot and graphic print denim, both of which have a lovely firm fabric that is oh so flattering. Unfortunately the material of these is similar to the soft garment dyed denim twill. I know it looks pretty good in pictures, but it wasn't as well fitting and slimming in real life. Must be the pose. It runs a size smaller too in my opinion. I am wearing a 27 and am normally a 26. The print is pretty though. I like how the flowers are small and not overbearing.

J Crew Scattered Sequin Sweater (here)

A cute festive sweater that is perfect for the holidays. I don't know if I would wear it outside of Christmas season time though. It is a little shorter than their normal sweaters. Not too itchy at all, but not as soft as the merino or cashmere sweaters. I am wearing a size XS.

J Crew Pear Sweater (here)

Here we have another novelty sweater that I have been a fan of lately. It is a pear, nothing more so I passed. It didn't have the adorable feel of the French Hen or Frenchie Dog sweaters. The length is nice and elongated. I am wearing a size XS

Again, Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. Keep safe, warm and happy!

Love, 

Kim

Sunday
Dec232012

Boots for Narrow Calves: Part 2 (Stuart Weitzman 50|50 Boots)

As promised, here is the second part. 

In this review I am going to show you the Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Boot in Black. The over-the-knee (OTK) style is the more popular one for this boot, but I don't know if I could pull off the OTK look. I'm sure a lot of women can do so classily, but I think it makes me look a little pretty women-esque. But I decided to bite the bullet and get the OTK look anyway since so many women were raving about them. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that they also came in a knee high version! :D

So here they are: 

Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Boot in Black (here, here or here)

 

The boot is appropriately called the 50/50 because it is half Nappa leather (or suede if you wish) and half neoprene, a wetsuit-like materal. The boot, unstretched is quite narrow at 12-12.5" around. It is also very soft, and the shaft will not stand on its own.

The soles are rubber with the name "Stuart Weitzman" emblazoned on.

 

Now for my thoughts. This is seriously the softest leather that I have touched...even more so than the inside of a Chanel bag, if I might say. I'm worried that it might scratch easily, but I've worn it out twice and so far so good. The elastic neoprene is great! It is quite thick so it doesn't over stretch and it does a great job of staying on the calf without slipping down. The beauty of the boot is how amazing and slim it makes your calves look. Here is a picture of me wearing the boot on one leg and none on the other, so you can see that it pretty much skims over your leg. There is little bulk anywhere.

 

The one gripe that I have (aside from the $600 price tag, ugh) is that since it is a pull on boot, I probably cannot wear it with jeans. It seems really difficult to roll down the shaft and roll it back up over denim. I have so far worn it with a bare leg and tights and there is no problem with that!

So, I know this boot is quite pricey (It does go on sale between $400-$500 once in a while), but it is very much worth the money. The materials and craftmanship are top notch, and the boot is very comfy. It fits great over the leg, especially for ladies with slimmer calves where boot-buying can be a problem. 

Thanks for reading! I'll post an outfit pic with the boot in a bit!

Love, 

Kim

 

Tuesday
Dec112012

Boots for Narrow Calves Part 1

Hello!

I'm back and am very excited to share with you a new purchase. See, I have never liked wearing knee high boots. First, California is warm enough to get by wearing flats and sneakers year round. The bigger reason however is the poor fit of the boots. The calf circumference of knee high boots were adjusted to fit the average population, which is fine. However women in the farther ends of the spectrum may have trouble fitting into those average pairs. I have seen quite a few options for wider calves, but not as many for ladies with narrow calves, unless you want to go all out and spend $1,000+ for a designer pair (Prada, Hermes I'm looking at you!)

The thing I disliked about the fit was the unflattering look the boot gave you. Instead of enhancing my legs, they made me look stumpy due to the generous space. The gap between the calf and the boot is one thing I can't stand. I know a lot of women life the slouchy look, but it just isn't for me. I love a sleek, equestrian style that enlongates the wearer. 

So that being said, I surprised myself when I purchased the Pour La Victorie Loryn boot (here) online. The description detailed a narrower calf circumference, so decided to give the pair a try. After all, it is wintertime in LA (still 70 degrees though) and I am making a trip to Maryland at the end of the year. Brrr...

Let's see how they went:


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The boot itself is gorgeous with buckle detailing on the ankle and top area and a full zip down the back. Now for the fit.

Before anything, here is an image with one boot on and one boot off to compare the look of the boot. I have narrow calves that clock in at 12.5"-13" depending on the time of day.

The boot looks good! It is actually very flattering and follows the contour of the leg! Impressed.

There is a little gap still at the top of the boot, but that's fine. I figure I'll have space to tuck in my jeans and whatnot.

So I'll stop whining about how unflattering boots are now. I really do like the look. You just need to find one with the right fit, and that is the hard part.

Thanks for reading! A delicious Part 2 is coming up with another pair of boots, considered a "cult classic".

Love always,

Kim