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Wednesday
Jun202012

H&M Sale!

I decided to stop by a mall while on the way back from San Diego. Not many of the stores stood out so I headed to H&M, always a safe bet. I was happy to discover that they were having a sale. A pair of shorts for $5? Yes please! I found a few nice things, most were not on sale, but still under $30. H&M is my go-to store along with Zara for trying new trends on the cheap!

Here's what I tried on and purchased:

Jersey Lace Skirt: 

This stretchy skirt with silver trims was marked down to 7 bucks! I normally don't go for thin and stretchy skirts because they show underwear lines and other shapely irregularities. But with the right underwear, I could definitely see myself wearing this. Purchased!

H&M Lounge Trousers

After trying Zara's extremely flattering satin lounge pants, I am obsessed. I decided to give this pair a try. It was marked down to $12 if I remember correctly. The fit was terrible. The fabric bunched up in the abdominal area and gave me a little pooch. I also like my lounge trousers slim (not tight) and this pair was too loose for my liking. Passed.

H&M Neon Coral Skirt

So remember my love for J Crew's Neon Persimmon jean color? Well it hasn't waned a bit! I like the mini length of the skirt, which is short, but not overly so. I plan to pair this with an easy chambray skirt for the day and something sparkly for the night! Purchased.

H&M Flippy Lace Skirt

I know I already reviewed this piece in my last post, but I was excited to find this skirt in my size! The XS hugged my waist a lot better than the S and I had to snap it up! Purchased.

 

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Kim

Tuesday
Jun052012

Massive H&M Fitting Room Review and New Arrivals

H&M is my go-to store for trying new trends that might come and go quickly. The quality may leave much to be desired but the designs are usually very modern and fashion forward. This is a review from the Century City H&M in LA and the massive one in SF.

Surprisingly I cannot get enough of H&M twill pants. They are similar to denim, but the fabric seems to be more tightly spun much like J. Crew's colored skinnies. The rise of the H&M pants is slightly higher than other brands, a feature that I love. They tend to run quite small though. I usually wear a size 6, but on occasion may fit into a size 4. Anyhoo, enough talking and let's get started:

Mint Green Shorts:

I am really into the mint color right now and the shade is really popular for the summer! These denim shorts were only available in a size 6 and were too loose on me. Also the bottom sort of flares out and I like a more thigh skimming fit. Did not purchase this one.

Blue Lace Stretch Skirt

This skirt was very pretty and quite flattering despite the thin stretchy material. However, it was too large and there were no smaller sizes. I think that this was a 6. Did not purchase.

Swiss Dot Dress

Man, oh man. I really wanted this dress to work out. I love the super cute swiss dot mesh overlay on the dress. The cut was great as it was a fit and flare dress. To my ultimate chagrin, this dress was the smallest one they had left in a size 4. I envy the lucky lady who was able to snag the smaller size. Did not purchase. :(

Pink Top + Black Pants

I'm not really sure how I should have tied the ribbons. They were initially just strands hanging on each side from the front and back so I just tied them together. It came out to a weird effect. Did not purchase the top, but loved the pants and did buy those.

Floral Skirt + Sleeveless Top

I was eyeing this skirt in the online catalog for a while now. I loved the fit and the design of the skirt. I am wearing a size 4 in this picture and as someone who is proportionally more hippy, this skirt fit quite well and wasn't too tight in the butt area. Purchased! (Finally!)

Lace Flippy Skirt

Again I wanted this skirt to work out so much. I love the A-line, skater shape of the skirt and the length was appropriate. Unfortunately, XS was not available so I am trying out small in the image. The skirt sat lower on the hips and meh, couldn't make it work. 

I held back the extra fabric to see what it would look like and I was impressed. I prefer skirts that nip at the waist and flare at the hips. However, to pay $20+ for alterations for a $20 skirt is definitely not worth it. Skipped, sadly.

White Slacks

This is similar to the J. Crew Cafe Capri, but is a tad wider towards the bottom cuff. It was cute and part of the conscious collection, but I passed. This pair is a size 4. I find their slacks to run 1 size smaller than the jeans/pants.

Lilac Denim

This came in a variety of pretty pastel colors. I grabbed the size 6 but it was a tad ill-fitting around the crotch and knee area due to excessive bunching. Was too lazy to grab a smaller size so skipped on this one.

Pants in Navy

This is similar to the black pair pictured above (with the pink tank) in a size 6. I think I have every color in this style (2 in black). I purchased this one because you cannot have too many pairs of flattering dark pants!

Thanks for reading and I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions, please ask!

Love,

Kim

Monday
May282012

White Jeans? The Search is OVER! Thanks J. Crew!

I have been looking for a good pair of white jeans for who knows how long, maybe 2-3 years now? I am not kidding when I say that I have tried at least 20 brands both low and high end. I've tried 7FAM, Adriana Goldschmied, Joe's, Citizens, Gap, Old Navy, F21, H&M, True Religion, Hudson, Siwy, J Brand, Current/Elliot and the list goes on and on and on. I actually gave up late last year as it seemed that the universe was conspiring against the pairing of white jeans and myself. White jeans are more difficult since they highlight your legs rather than slim them. Almost every pair I tried on was unflattering on the thighs and made my legs look too short. Just thinking about it makes me frustrated.

BUT...finally my time came and while at J Crew checking out the sale section, I saw a whole wall of Toothpick Jeans in white. I'm not really sure why they had so many racks of it right in front, but it certainly got my attention. With a reliquishing sigh, I picked up a size 26 pair (my normal J Crew jean size) knowing I was just setting myself up for disappointment...until I tried them on. 

J Crew Ankle Stretch Toothpick Jean in White Denim: Here is a stock image followed by the jeans on me:

J Crew Ankle Stretch Toothpick Jean in White

Not bad, not bad at all! I really liked the fit of the jeans! They were tight, but not suffocatingly so and looked great on the hips and thighs! The length was perfect on me as it hit right on the ankle! I was ECSTATIC! My search for the perfect white jean was OVER! Summer here I come! I loved it so much, I purchased 2 pairs, just in case something happens to one of them. Each pair was pricey at $125, but after 3 years of searching, it was well worth it.

If you are looking for well-fitting white jeans and have had good experiences with the Toothpick, try 'em on! 

Thank you for reading!

Love, 

Kim

Monday
May282012

J Crew Sale Reviews!

I stopped by my local J Crew today (Century City in LA) to see what they had in store. The sale section was pretty full. There were lots of No. 2 skirts, eyelet tops, dresses, toothpick denim (sizes 24, 29, 30, 31 and 32 only), shorts (00, 4 and up) and some skirts. This was the first time I saw a stocked sale section at this J Crew and I was loving it. Unfortunately the store did not match the extra 30% off offered online

Here's what I tried on with stock photos and me photos:

J Crew Blythe Blouse in Royal Blue:

J Crew Blythe Blouse in Royal Blue

I am a sucker for J Crew blouses, especially those in silk. I love the relaxed look of them and the versatility. No to mention they feel super soft against the skin as well. I really liked the looser fit of this top, but I passed on this one, only because I wasn't a fan of the blue color. I like blues, but I am looking for something a little more bright or pastel. This was a size 00. They had sizes 0, 4, 10 and 12 if I recall correctly. It was on sale for $69.99.

 

J Crew Toothpick Jean in Garment-Dyed Twill in Neon Persimmon

J Crew Toothpick Jean in Garment-Dyed Twill in Neon Persimmon

I have been lusting over these jeans since I tried them on a few months ago and when I finally decided to purchase, they no longer had my size in store and online. Imagine my euphoria when the SA informed me that they were on sale. But and a HUGE but, they were only available in sizes 24 and 30 and up. I am a 26 so those were no-gos for me. However, picking up the 24, it looked a tad bigger than normal so I decided to try it on. Just for kicks? With a bit, okay a lot of effort, I managed to get these babies up and button. Sure they give me a little muffin top, but who is gonna notice? The bright and cheery color will hopefully distract the onlookers! I plan to pair this with a more flowy top to hide the bulge. 

I honestly think that this pair is mislabeled and is possibly a size 25. Doesn't matter, it's with me now. The pair was marked down from $125 to $89.99

 

J Crew Relaxed Chino (Scout?) in Neon Peach

J Crew Chino Neon Peach

These pants look incredible on the model! On me? Not so much. The fit on the hip area is slightly dowdy and I like a tauter fit to my pants. I passed on this one. Color was beautiful though. It was on sale for $ 49.99.

 

J Crew Natasha Top in Polka Dot

J Crew Natasha Top in Polka Dot

Yes, yet another Natasha top for me. It's my 4th one I think. The sleeveless style is perfect for the summer and this shirt can be tucked in or left out. It would look great with jeans, skirts and shorts. What more could I ask for? Oh, and there are small ruffles around the neck and the armholes. Very cute. The fit is slimmer than the Blythe blouse, for that I am thankful for. This was marked down to $69.99, still pricey, but worth it.

 

J Crew Scalloped Sateen Skirt

J Crew Scalloped Sateen Skirt

I usually love J Crew skirts, but this was an exception. I liked how this skirt nipped at the waist and a scallop detail is one of my absolute favorites, but the flare of the skirt poofed out and added bulk to my hips, not a place I want highlighted. 

 

J Crew Ankle-Zip Toothpick Jean

J Crew Ankle-Zip Toothpick Jean Antique Fig

Finally I tried on these pair of skinnies. This style runs one size smaller than my regular toothpick size and is a lot stretchier. I liked the fit, but not the color. This purple pair would be great for the fall, but I am in a more spring/summer mood right now. This was available in 24, 27, 29, 31 and 32). It was marked down to $89.99 from $125. I passed on this one.

Overall a great day at the sale section in J Crew. I also checked out the new arrivals and purchased one amazing thing, which will be reviewed in another post.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, please ask!

Love, 

Kim 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
May232012

J Crew 30% Off Sale Items with code: LOVEIT

Thank the heavens! It been a long and dry spell without a promotional code from J Crew. Snag an additional 30% off all J Crew Sale items (Factory too!) with the code: LOVEIT. This promo is good until May 28th.

Here's what I scooped up:

 

J Crew Natasha Top in Grape

 

J Crew Cafe Capri in Bright Dahlia

 

J Crew 3" Chino in Peach

 

J Crew Factory Heathered Tee in Pale Peach

 

J Crew Factory Snakeskin Capri Sandals

Total came to about $170+ including the discount and shipping. Hoping for new additions during the weekend.

What did you get?

Love,

Kim

Wednesday
May232012

Outfit of the Day: Brights and Lace

To celebrate a warmer weather, I wanted to wear something cheery and bright. I paired a sheer lace top with a coral paperbag skirt. Two looser fitting pieces were connected with a waist-cinching belt tie. I wish I owned a pair or nude espadrilles, but a gold pair will have to do for now. 

Top: Forever 21

Skirt: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Celine

Bangle: Kate Spade

Until next time!

Love, 

Kim 

Tuesday
May012012

A distinct lack of posts...

There has been a distinct lack of posts for the past week. For that I apologize. I am in the midst of moving and the effort of packing, carrying boxes, building furniture has taken up at least 23.5 hours of my day. I'm almost moved in, so the entries will come again very soon. 

As a sidenote. Moving is quite the sobering event. I did not realize I had so many belongings until I had to pack and schlep them all. I found clothes that I had never worn before, new with tags! Unfortunately, I might have transitioned styles and the articles were no longer attractive to me, so I donated them. 

From now on I will be much more selective in my purchases, fewer trendy items and more classic pieces. 

See you all again soon!

Kim

Monday
Apr232012

Outfit of the Day: A Pop of Pink

For a recruitment fair out in the lawns, I wanted to dress appropriately for the warm weather, yet be a tad more professional than my regular day's wear. I also wanted to infuse my outfit with a little bit of fun with hot pink studded smoking flats. 

Top: Ann Taylor Georgette Bib Sleeveless Shirt (here)

Bottoms: H&M Trousers with belt

Shoes: Dolce Vita

Bangle: Kate Spade

I loved the looser fit of the trousers, which made for a very comfortable pair. Sleeveless blouses are my summer go-to's. They go with everything!

Hope you enjoyed!

Love, 

Kim