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Monday
Dec032012

Black Friday Part 1: J. Crew

Hello!

Black Friday shopping was pretty eventful for me this year. Of course I had to hit one of my favorite stores: J. Crew. The sale was 25% off everything, which was a little disappointing since they had the same promo the week before and a better one the week after (30% off $250+)

But in the Black Friday spirit, I was ready to shop. I went to a the J. Crew store in SF and Corte Madera, as well as the online store. Here's what I got with some reviews:

Toothpick Jean in Polka Dot: (here)

I got this pair in a size 26, my normal size. I LOOOVED this pair of jeans. The material is more rigid than the garment-dyed toothpicks and really sucks you in. The material is comfortable and conforms to your body shape. It is so much more flattering than the regular toothpicks and gives a slimming effect. The fabric is identical to the Toothpick in Geometric Print, which I reviewed a few weeks back. If J. Crew could switch their jeans to this material or make more I'd be a happy camper! They need to stop increasing the denim prices though haha!

Toothpick jean in garment dyed twill in Soft Peach (here):

I got this pair mainly because it was so cheap, essentially $30 after the sale! The fit was tighter that normal as you can see the outline of the pockets, so I'll save these for my skinnier days. As always the material is very soft, but not too flattering on the thighs. The color is a little darker than depicted online, but is still a very pretty light pink. It goes pretty well with the J. Crew heart sweater.

Toothpick jean in garment dyed twill in Shallow Sea (here)


Another purchase because of the price. This pair was also on sale for $30 and green is my favorite color! How could I resist? I already have the toothpick jean with ankle-zip in a similar color, but I wanted a full length pair. I ordered this in a size 26T so it would go beyond the ankle. The fit is TTS, again not as flattering as the polka dot pair on the thighs, but the color is pretty.

Downtown Field Jacket in Mossy Brown (here)

I have wanted this jacket for a while now as I needed something in between a hoodie and a blazer for casual nights. The color is an olive green and it fits nicely, with the shoulders not too broad. This is a size XXS and it runs TTS to a tad larger (I am 00 or 0 in jackets). The material is VERY stiff, so that might turn off some people. I can't even raise my arms fully straight over my head because of the constraint. I'm willing to forgive that though because it looks great on. 

Heartbreaker Sweater in Dusk Navy (here)

Is it me or are some J. Crew sweaters (especially the wool/angora blends) itchy? The sweater was cute, but a little short for my tastes. I like the neutral color palette, but yeah...itchy. I am wearing a size XS.

J Crew French Hen Sweater

Haha! Isn't this the cutest print? A hen with a beret! This sweater is sold out online and I was lucky to find it at a store as they thought they no longer carried it. It is the itchy blend I mentioned above, but I willing to overlook that for that French hen! I took a size XS.

Dream Colorblock Sweater in Mint/Grey

This sweater was SO much more comfortable. It is a wool/nylon/cashmere blend is a way softer and much less itchy than the wool/angora/viscose/nylon mix. The colorblock is flattering as the darker color whittles the waist. I am wearing a size XS.

Silk Crepe De Chine Pant (here)

I really like lounging pants. plus points if they are attractive enough to wear out too! The bottom is tapered so the fit is slimmer and more flattering. It is machine wash too I think. Score! The cobalt blue is very saturated and the waistband is elastic with a drawstring. I am wearing a size XS.

Saturday Pant in Heather Coal (here)

Another lounge pant from J. Crew. This time more fitted like tights. The pants are very wearable on their own, not under a tunic or a dress. The material is stretchy and thick, much like sweatpants and incredibly comfortable. Though I often find these types of pants unflattering, it actually fits great due to the thickness of the material that holds you in. I am wearing a size XS.

That's all for now! Hope you found my reviews helpful and if you have any questions, leave me a message!

Love, 

Kim
 



Monday
Dec032012

Quickie: Bracelet Stack

I'm a little late to the party about bracelet stacking. I used to keep it single, especially because I had anatomy lab quite often in med school, and wearing jingly-janglies is a huge no-no. But the chunky look has always intrigued me. I wanted a mix of punk, delicate-ness (is that a word?) and a hint of sophistication on my arm candy. I took me a few weeks experimenting with different bracelets/bangles to finally find a combination I liked. I have warm undertones, to naturally gold would look better on me. I didn't want to limit my options, so I decided to include a small mix of silver in it as well.

Here's what I came up with:

From left to right:

Etsy personalized bracelets, Dad's Rolex, Noir Pyramid Stud Necklace worn as a bracelet (here), Cartier Love Bracelet

What do you think? Too much, too blingy? It's a really closeup shot, it looks much less intimidating normally.

Thanks for viewing!

Love,

Kim

 

Wednesday
Nov142012

Birthday Festivities and an "H" surprise!

Hello everyone!

Hope you had a great 3-day weekend (although some offices still had work :( ) My birthday fell on a Saturday this time, which is always perfect! Let me walk you through my night.

The BF and I went to Melisse, a french restaurant in LA for dinner and had the "Ten", an appropriately named 10-course dinner" The decor was pretty and I was able to sight my 1st celebrity since coming to LA (Pink!). 

Here's a quick run through of what we had:

Salmon Egg Roe and Lobster on a Crispy Rice Cracker:

Egg Caviar

Yellowtail

 

Pumpkin Soup

Raw Scallop Wrapped in Pear

John Dory

Scallop

 

Suckling Pig

 

Venison

Cheese

Flavors of Banana Split

Overall the dinner was good, but not exceptional. For example, the small pieces of yellowtail were very tough and seemed frozen! The pumpkin soup was mediocre, something you'd find in a less fancy restaurant. My biggest pet peeve is overcooked scallops. And yes they did it. For $200 + wine per person, I'd expect well cooked seafood. And the servings are TINY. I'm not a big person with a huge appetite, and I wasn't full by the end. It was a good dining experience, however and the wine was great.

Halfway through the dinner, my BF pulled out an ORANGE box. He gifted me my first Hermes piece ever, a Hermes Clic Clac. I was ectatic since I've been eyeing it on other bloggers (Mica!) for a while now. He got me the wider size, which I LOVED but wasn't sure about:

Needless to say I was ecstatic, but still swaying back and forth between the Clic Clac (wider) and the Clic.

So guess what he did...

He ran out the next morning and got me...

I just about died. He spoils me too much and I tell him to stop, even my parents tell him to stop haha! But deep down inside, I love it. :P

Here is a comparison of the Clic Clac and the Clic:

Which size do you prefer?

Thanks for reading! 

Love,

Kim

P.S. J Crew is offering 30% extra on sale items online AND 40% off all J Crew Factory items IN STORE.

Tuesday
Nov062012

Unif Dream Jumper Dress from Nasty Gal: Review and Alterations

I posted here about this gorgeous Unif Dream Jumper Dress when I purchased it from Nasty Gal online. The rainbow of shifting colors were beautiful and I loved the sheerness of the skirt as well as the length. The one qualm I had about it however, was the miniscule shorts underneath. I tried to think of a way to add a little more modesty to the dress.

First, here is the dress on me:

As you can see in the previous and next photos, the attached shorts underneath are REALLY tiny. They also bunch up in the crotch area, making me feel like I am wearing a diaper. Not flattering at all. 

So I decided to remove the shorts altogether. I was hoping to find a high waisted jersey skirt in a similar color, but to no avail. 

Instead I used a shaper skirt slip in a nude color underneath. I liked the formfitting style of the skirt as a contrast to the billowy maxiskirt layer.

Now I can confidently wear this dress out! I looks even more lovely in the sun as the material is slightly glimmery as well. I am wearing a size XS. The dress is still available at Nasty Gal in sizes XS, S and L. It is marked down from $148 to $74!

I paired this dress with gold flat ankle strap sandals and a gold crossbody bag. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

Best,

Kim

 

 

Monday
Oct292012

J Crew Sale Section Finds: 

I needed to return something at a department store, and since J Crew was a few stores away, I was drawn there against my will...that's a lie. I went so much on my own accord sadly.

J Crew Sparkly Row Cami in Vintage Ivory and Navy (here)

These tops were marked down to $69.99 + extra 30% off. These tops were very pretty. The delicate rhinestones overlaying vertical pleats was a nice design. The top is quite boxy, however. The ivory/nude color was a little see through on the unpleated parts. I am wearing a size 00. Passed on both tops.

J Crew Collection Cashmere Bateau Sweater (here)

 

This sweater was marked down to $129.99 + 30% off. I really liked this sweater. The size was perfect for me and the length was great as well. I liked how it was long enough to cover the top of my jeans, but short enough to layer, just like in the stock photo. The cheery light green color is amazing! I can't get enough of greens. I am wearing a size XXS.

J Crew Pleated Crepe Skirt in Vibrant Fuchsia (here)

This skirt was marked down to $59.99 + 30% off. I love fit and flare skirts! I tried on a size 0, but it sat lower on the waist than I wanted. I pulled back the waistband of the skirt a little to see how it would look and I liked the cinched look better. They no longer had a size 00 available.

J Crew Nicky Top in Navy Polka Dot

This top was marked down to $69.99 + 30% off. This top felt more like satin than the regular chiffon. It was cute, but again boxy. This was a size 00.

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Wool Herringbone, Pink Romance (here)

This blazer was marked down to $129.99 + 30% off. It looks pink in my photo, but its actually bits of red and white in a herringbone pattern. It looks better open, than closed. Again it looks a little boxy, I would have preferred if the jacket nipped in the waist a little. It's weird, but I like the fit of the factory Schoolboys better than the regular ones. Good for my wallet I guess?

Thanks for reading! Don't hesitate to ask any questions!

Love,

Kim

 

 

Thursday
Oct252012

Outfit of the Day: Last Day of Summer Picnic

Today, I joined a picnic in the botanical gardens as part of our school's care group. They use this time to make sure that we haven't gone bat-**** crazy after all the information crammed into our heads. The day was relatively warm, and I felt like wearing white. Here's what I wore:

Dress: Jack By BB Dakota Aurora Lace Dress (here in ivory or poppy)

Shirt: J Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt (here)

Shoes: Sam Edelman Felicia Flats (on sale here)

Purse: Louis Vuitton Eva Clutch

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Kim

Wednesday
Oct242012

Do You Buy Different Colors in the Same Design?

Guilty! When I REALLY like a certain piece of clothing, I purchase the other colors as well. Here's an example: Madewell's Casey Dress in silk is to die for. I love the simple cut of the dress and the slimming effect of the fit and flare style. I first purchased it in black a few months ago. It was incredibly versatile. In it's plain state it is perfect for simple days. If I add a leather belt, it becomes a tad dressier, and with a jeweled belt, it is upgraded for fancier nights out. Being, sleeveless, you'd think this is just for warmer weather, but add a chunky sweater and a belt, tights and boots and you have a wintery outfit. 

The only downside is that it is silk, thus dry clean only. Well, I can wear it a few times without it being too disgusting right? 

I then purchased the same dress in Mint and Fuchsia. I'm obssessed. Now it is almost sold out. The fuchsia one is still available on Shopbop's sale page for 70% off (here)! In terms of sizing, it runs a little large. I wear a size 0.

Here is the dress: 

Might have gone a little overboard? But I know that I'll be wearing these dresses often and forever, especially if I can keep the drycleaning up haha!

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Kim

Monday
Oct222012

J Crew New Arrivals: A Rainbow of Pants and More!

My love for colored jeans has not waned even into fall. Basic blue denim is always a steady option, but dressing up with a pair of bright pants is just so much fun. I tried on quite a few pants from jeans to trousers to sweatpants. So without further ado, lets begin.

J Crew Cafe Capri in Iced Lilac: (here)

The pair looks a little less mauve and a tad more lilac than in my photo, not as light as shown in the stock photo however. I felt that it fit a little tighter than normal, compared to the cotton material cafe capri I was in a size 0. It was tight on the butt area, but loose on the thighs. The material was nice and thick. I passed on this because of the ill fit on me.

J Crew Toothpick Jean in Geometric Print (here)

These bold pants really caught my eye on the shelf. The material is different from the garment dyed colored toothpicks. It a little stiffer and has less stretch. I would compare the texture to coated denim. I liked this new textile though. I thought it hugged the body better, held my thighs in more and was more flattering in general. I could see myself wearing this with a black or navy sweater and black chelsea boots or loafers. I'm pretty excited to wear this out! I am wearing a size 26.

J Crew Toothpick Ankle Jean in Garment-Dyed Twill, Vibrant Fuchsia (here)

Interesting super bright denim for the fall. If you like bright, saturated pinks, this pair is for you. I'm not sure if there were small alterations made to the fit of their toothpick denim, but I feel that they are less flattering on me than before. I feel that they are quite snug on the thighs. I wore my regular size 26. Maybe I should try sizing up?

J Crew Toothpick Ankle Jean in Garment-Dyed Twill, Citron 

I couldn't find this one online, but it was among the 'New Arrivals' displayed in the store. Again the fit was poor in my opinion. These jeans really are unflattering on my thighs. Skipped this one.

J Crew Saturday Pant (here)

These pants feel very comfortable. They are thicker than tights, but thinner than sweatpants. Being snug from top to bottom, they are far from forgiving, but a good option for long plane flights or quick grocery runs if paired with a longer top or sweater. This pair is actually on sale online, unlike in the store.

J Crew Toothpick Cord (here)

I'm not exactly sure about the name of this color. Online I want to guess "pale turquoise" but it is definitely less of a blue and more of a mint shade. This fits a tiny, tiny bit tighter than the toothpick denim, but not enough to size up. Again I was unhappy with the fit on the tights. You must be sick of hearing me complaining about the lower body fit, but I hope it can help pear shapes like me. Passed on this one.

Hope you liked my pants reviews! :) Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, please leave me a message or shoot me an email via the Contact Me page!

Love, 

Kim