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Saturday
Jan142012

Colored Denim Reviews! Dressing Room Pics And My (long) Road to Success!

After the Charlotte Russe purchases, I have been absolutely obsessed with colored denim. I want one for every day of the week. My desire for these chromatic jeans brought me to the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica, a great place to shop! I was met with much disappointment, but after the long journey...well, I don't want to give the ending away do I? I hope my dressing room reviews help you in determining the perfect fit for you! My requirement for denim is the slimming of the hips and thighs. This is a loooong post. Please bear with me.

First Stop: H&M

Bubblegum Pink Pants ($24.90): Eeewww. No. The pants were SO tight (this was a size 8. I am normally a 4) and made my hips and thighs look bigger than normal. Much like pink sausages. Worst jeans of the day! The fabric is too stretchy and does not hold anything in.

Fit: Size up 2 sizes. Rating: 1/5. Did not purchase.

H&M Jeans

H&M Jeans

Pink Skinnies ($29.99): A little better. I liked the bright color, but it still made my hips look bigger. I have larger hips relative to my torso, so I like jeans that slim the hips and thighs. This pair did not do it for me.

Fit: Size up one size. Rating: 2.5/5. Did not purchase.

H&M Jeans

H&M Jeans

 

Guess:

Brittney Skinny Jeans ($98): I liked this pair a lot. I sort of slimmed down my hips and thigs and elongated my legs. The fit wasn't too tight which was good. Passable for me. I was going to return to this store if I did not find anything better.

Fit: true to size. Rating: 3.5/5. Did not purchase. Available here.

Guess Brittney Jeans

Guess Brittney Jeans

 

Zara:

Pale Pink Skinnies ($29): I really wanted a light pink pair so I jumped at the chance. It was also marked down to $29 from $69, so I prayed that it fit. Again these were really small to size, as I fit into a size 8. I am normally a 2/4 in Zara. These jeans were pretty horrible too. They were quite tight and unflattering on the hips and thighs. I also was not a fan of the bottom side zipper. The sale in Zara was formidable and I was able to purchase a few other things instead.

Fit: Size up 2 sizes. Rating: 2/5. Did not purchase

Zara Skinny Jeans

Zara Skinny Jeans

Zara Skinny Jeans

 

BREAK TIME: At this point I had rejected so many jeans. I was feeling quite bummed. :( But I didn't give up! Let's continue!

Express:

Zelda Jean Legging in Dusty Rose ($79.90): I saw this on one of the sales assistants and fell in love! The color was a light muted pink, similar to the Zara ones but a little more saturated. It was okay on me. Passable.

Fit: True to size. Rating: 3.5/5. Did not purchase. Available here.

Express Zelda Jean

Express Zelda Jeans

J Crew:

Toothpick jean in garment-dyed twill in Festival Green ($108): I liked these jeans a lot. Althought they are not as slimming as I hoped, I liked the ankle-length and it looks a little better than the pictures suggest. I was a size 26 in their toothpick blue denim, but sized up to 27 for this pair.

Fit: Size up 1 size. Rating: 4/5. Purchased. Available here.

J Crew Toothpick Jean

J Crew Toothpick Jean

 

My last store: Nordstrom B.P.

Love Fire Jeans ($42): FINALLY. GREAT FITTING JEANS and at a price that can't be beat. I loved how the jeans really slimmed my hips and were not too tight. For the lighter pink denim, I was wearing a size 3 in the picture, but purchased a size 5 for a better fit. Be forewarned though, for ladies with straight or super slim hips, these jeans do not fit too well. It sort of slims the hips too much for them (my two skinnier friends tried them on and the denim didn't work on them) So my guess is that these jeans flatter women with curvier hips? So obsessed, buying the rest of the colors online.

Fit: True to size. Rating: 5/5!!! Purchased in a jiffy. Available here.

Nordstrom BP Fire Jeans

Nordstrom BP Fire Jeans

 


Thursday
Jan122012

J Crew Hacking Jacket Review + Other Sale Loot!

J Crew had a 25% off Final Sale a week ago (now upped to 30% with the code: WINTER. I purchased a Hacking Jacket, Elodie Blouse and a double serge bistro mini. Here are some fit pictures and reviews:

The Hacking Jacket Double-Serge Wool in Heather Acorn

I love this jacket! The fabric is substantial and the wool is soft and not at all scratchy (my neck is extremely ticklish to itchy fabrics) I would describe the color as a "not-quite-caramel" It is a cooler tone, more like an almond color, very yummy. I wanted a neutral jacket to tone down more colorful or glitzy outfits and for general daytime use. The lining is silky and my favorite detail is the inner pocket! The cream and gold buttons add a little shine to the jacket. Much like touted on the J. Crew website, the hacking features a slimmer and longer cut. This is especially true compared to the Schoolboy Blazer which tends to be a little boxier and looser at the waist. See review here. If you know your size for the Schoolboy and are wondering what sizing you are for the hacking, definitely size up for this one. The fit on the waist is more snug than I expected, but still comfortable enough to move around in. The shoulders, sleeve length and torso width and length fit me perfectly. For reference I am 5'5" to 5'6" and usually wear a 0 or XS in J Crew tops and jackets. I sized up to 2 for the Hacking and I'm glad I did. Now enough talking and lets see some fit pictures!

Stock Photo:

J Crew Hacking Jacket

Front Buttoned:

J Crew Hacking Jacket

Front Unbuttoned:

J Crew Hacking Jacket

Side:

J Crew Hacking Jacket

Front Hanging:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Back Hanging:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Front Button Detail:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Sleeve Button Detail:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Lining:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Inner Pocket (yay!)

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

 

Next up is the Elodie Blouse in Paradise Blue. I am obsessed with silk blouses now for their soft feel and the gentle way they fall. I really loved the Elodie Blouse, but only had XS in Tall. I bought it anyway since it was on sale for only $30. Note to self (and to you): Please size down when buying Tall sizes. This shirt looked more like a tunic to me, and was quite loose. No worries though, I plan to tuck them in or wear them with leggings. The color is lovely.

Stock Photo:

J Crew Elodie Blouse

Front:

J Crew Elodie Blouse

Back:It covers my butt! Perfect for leggings!

J Crew Elodie Blouse

 

Finally, the Double Serge Bistro Mini in Bright Beet. I have been wearing this skirt in the previous photos. Here's a full view of the skirt. I like the fit of the skirt. It is short, but not inappropriately short. Though the color is a bit more chromatic, it seems easy to pair. I think I can wear this skirt with shades of blue, ivory, beige, black and purple. The color is brighter than the pictures suggest. Boo sucky camera.  

J Crew Double Serge Bistro Mini

J Crew Double Serge Bistro Mini

J Crew Double Serge Bistro Mini

 

Overall, great purchases! J. Crew what would I do without you? Thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions, feel free to post!

Love, 

Kim



Saturday
Jan072012

J Crew Toothpick Jean Review

I saw the J Crew Toothpick Jean in cobalt online and it looked great on the model. Jeans are tricky however, and finding one with a great fit is quite difficult. I am interested in colored denim so I decided to give these a go. I tried the same style in a different color in store. Here are the results: 

Just for reference here is a picture of my legs in tights. My thighs have a little pooch on the inner side. My greatest requirement for good pants would probably be thigh slimming. 

 

 

The jeans were average for me. The material is not very stretchy and more rigid than other jeans. They don't really flatter my thighs and were not as slim as I had hoped. A pass for me.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Kim

Friday
Jan062012

Mail's Here! Bloomingdales Shoe Haul

Here's the mail It never fails! It makes my wanna wag my tail...

My bloomingdales shoe purchase finally arrived! Here's a reveal and review of the three heels.

DV by Dolce Vita Blore Pump

Dolce Vita Blore Pump

Dolce Vita Blore Pump

That 5" heel! 

Dolce Vita Blore Pump

Dolce Vita Blore Pump

Dolce Vita Blore Pump

This is my Barbie heel! The color is a bright pink, a little more red than the purplish tinge that the pictures suggest, but just a tiny bit. These shoes a HIGH! As a perinnial flat wearer, I will probably teeter on these a bit, but they are deliciously feminine with and edged up spike heel and almond toe! It is made out of a suede upper and a manmade sole. As for comfort, no 5" heel is comfortable, so I would probably not wear these babies out to dancing, but to dinners, movies or parties, my tootsies should be fine. The fit is a little tight, but not enough to size up from your regular size. Available at Endless.

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandal

Please, please, please excuse my ugly toes. I just got out of my flats that I had been wearing for 8 hours and my toenails are hardly presentable, but I wanted to post this entry tonight. 

I love this sandal. It is acutally a bridal shoe (comes in white) but I think it would look great with dresses, skirts and even cropped pants. The jeweled ankle strap is divine. It is pretty comfortable and I like how it doesn't have a platform. The ankle strap is a tad tight though and it is quite difficult to put on because the strap does not detach, there is just a back zip as can be seen on the last image. Just gotta cram your heel in there. I think this is the perfect formal shoe for me! The fit is true to size. Available at 6pm for half the price!

Caparros Viziano Sandal

  

Caparros Viziano Sandal

Caparros Viziano Sandal

Caparros Viziano Sandal

Caparros Viziano Sandal

Caparros Viziano Sandal

I couldn't decide between this pair and the Badgley Mischka Decadence pair and these were only $40 so I thought why not? You can't have too many black shoes right? I really like the simplicity of the shoe and the jeweled clasp! So shiny! As for comfort, eh it is average, but beauty is pain right? Right? Maybe in moderation. The fit is true to size You can get these shoes at Endless.

If you have any questions please leave a comment or email me! Thanks for reading and I hope this post was entertaining and helpful!

Love, 

Kim



Tuesday
Jan032012

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer Review

Let me preface this review by saying that this is the J Crew Factory Schoolboy Blazer in Navy. 

Okay, now let the gushing begin! I love, love, LOVE this blazer. It is actually my first casual blazer (okay, that's a lie). It is my first casual blazer that I liked. Other blazers either didn't fit well or were to glitzy for everyday wear. But this one is a gem! 

The wool outer layer is soft and not at all itchy. The jacket is lined with a satiny material. The two side pockets are nonfunctional and are sewed shut (probably my main qualm about the garment). This blazer can be considered lightweight. It is not too thick, but is not thin and flimsy either. I wore it out today in 70 degree weather and it was a tad warm, but not uncomfortable. I can imagine I would be able to wear it in colder weather, maybe down to the fifties. Ah, I am spoiled by warm southern California weather. 

The fit is great. I am 5'5" - 5'6" (depends whether I'm slouching I guess, which I do much too often :( ) for reference. The jacket hits perfectly at the upper hip, probably where the hip bones protrude. It fits perfectly on the shoulders, but is a little snug on the armholes when I reach forward. I sized up for the Hacking jacket so we'll see how that works out. The sleeves hit perfectly an inch beyond the wrist.

I prefer wearing my jacket unbuttoned, just for the increased freedom while moving. The buttons are beautifully detailed, but are a little lightweight. The jacket is a little boxy unlike the more streamlined Hacking, but I love it anyway. Leaving the jacket open eliminates the boxiness.

Here are some images:

J Crew Stock Photo


 

Hanging:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Wearing with the buttons fastened:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Wearing with the buttons unfastened:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Four Gold Buttons on the sleeve tip:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Front Buttons:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Because of this blazer, I have been on a blazer binge and have purchased 2 more from the J Crew online store! Uh oh... I'll do a review and comparison when the Hacking jackets come. I also plan to buy another Schoolboy blazer soon, so I'll do a comparison between regular and factory quality as well!

All in all this blazer is a 98/100 for me! I docked one point for the snug armholes which tickle my axillae and another for the nonfunctional (but still cute!) pockets. 

Thanks for reading and I hope this post was informative! Comment with any questions and I'll be sure to answer them!

Love, 

Kim

 

 

Tuesday
Jan032012

BCBG Dress Haul

Been shopping a little too much lately. Maybe I should make "Shop Less" a New Year's Resolution? Nahhh...

Love BGBG dresses. The fit of BCBG is lovely (most of the time) I prefer dresses that are more fitted on top with a flowy or looser skirt. I purchased a few cocktail dresses and a few day dresses! 

Here they are:

Not so keen on this one. I think I bought it just because it was on sale and was not hideous. I need to stop. Might sell this one on eBay

BCBG Dress

Tiered Yellow Dress. I'm not too much a fan of trapreze dresses, but I do love the sunny color of this one. 

BCBG Dress

I bought this one for the more conservative look. I can probably wear this one to work with a blazer.

BCBG Dress

A little plain, but it is in a pretty mint color. 

BCBG Dress

My absolute favorite one! Possibly my favorite dress in my closet right now! I love the fit of this dress, it hugs my upper torso and waist and flares into a fuller skirt. The beading is just gorgeous! And for less than $150 on sale from over $300! Someone invite me to a wedding or party so I can wear this!

BCBG Dress

 

This is a BGBGeneration dress. It fits like a glove and is very comfy due to the elastic waist! 

BCBGeneration Dress

 

Another BCBGeneration dress. It was a little big for me on the waist area, but nothing that a belt or ribbon can't fix!

BCBGeneration Dress

 

If you would like images of the tag or the style codes, please just leave a comment and I'll get to it right away!

I hope you enjoyed this reveal.

In future posts I'll post pictures of the fit when my photographer (BF) comes back from vacation! Hope you enjoyed!

Love, 

Kim

 

Sunday
Jan012012

SALE! J CREW 25% Off All Sale Items!

Breaking news! J Crew is offering an additional 25% off all sale items through the code MUSTSHOP! Both regular and factory sale items are included. Head there now and scoop up some of your classic favorites! This sale is available through January 6th, 2012 (I keep on typing 2011 by accident!)

Here's what I snapped up:

J Crew Hacking Jacket in Double-Serge Wool - Heather Acorn ($139.99 after code)

J Crew Hacking Jacket


J Crew Elodie Blouse - Paradise Blue ($29.99 after code)

J Crew Elodie Blouse

 

J Crew Factory Double-Serge Bistro Mini - Crisp Beet ($69.50, not on sale, but that's okay)

J Crew Mini

 

Happy Shopping! 

Love,

Kim

P.S. I'll post a followup when the items arrive!

Saturday
Dec312011

15% Cash Back Bloomingdales via eBates!

eBates is offering 15% cash back on all Bloomingdales purchases! Couple that with the current Bloomingdales sale and you'll be saving tons!

I already purchased a pair of Revas, my go-to black flats.

I'm not sure how much longer this promotion is going for, so hurry on and get some money back!

If you haven't heard of eBates yet, it is a cash back site that gives you 1%-40% back of what you spend in hundreds of stores including Bloomindales, eBay, Neimans, Macys, J Crew, Banana Republic, 6PM, Gap, Sephora! It is free to join and to use!

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Enjoy shopping and saving!

Love,

Kim