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Zara and H&M Fitting Room Reviews: Fall Edition

Hello readers!

As a study break, I gave myself a couple of hours to return a damaged Zara dress and a little shopping. I headed to Century City Westfield mall to browse new arrivals, summer sales and to simply get a little sun. 

Here are some fitting room reviews. First up is Zara; I will try to put a stock photo up, when possible, along with my own fit photo for better comparison.

I tend to lean more toward Zara TRF due to the younger style and better fit for me in dresses, jeans and skirts. I love the regular Zara trousers, however.

Semi Push-Up Trousers in Burgundy (here)

Oxblood/burgundy is hot for Fall 2012. I like these pants, but didn't love it. I like jeans with a little more structure to hold in my inner thighs. These were quite stretchy. They fit well on the lower thighs and beyond. I am wearing a size 4. Did not purchase.

Semi Push Up Trousers in Olive (here)

For some strange reason this fit a little better. Still skipped on it though. I prefer the burgundy color.

Dress with Diamante Shoulders (here)

I love this dress! The silhouette is is quite flattering and curvy. I really like the clean and crisp white colors. Because the dress is tight, the more modest hem and sleeves are a welcome addition. These dresses run 1-2 sizes small. I am wearing a medium in this photo. Purchased.

Jacquard Tube Dress (here)

Cute with the jacquard/lace overlay, but a little too simple for me. I didn't like the cap sleeve length and grommet design. The color is similar to the stock photo, a deep forest green. I am again wearing a medium. Did not purchase.

Halter Neck Dress (here)

Zara Mid Heel With Ankle Strap (here)

When I saw this shoe online, I HAD to have it. The low heel is perfect for wearing during the day or for nights out when I want to give my feet a break from 4-5 inch heels. The nude color is very flattering and classic while the punk studded ankle straps presents a nice juxtaposition. It fits true to size.





Again with the burgundy pants. No bueno for me. The fit was unflattering on the hip area. I wore a size 6.

Sequin Dress

Oh my. Among a sea of knits and floral, this dress shined out like...well, sequins! I wasn't too sure about the blouseon cut because I generally like dresses that nip at the waist and flare out from there. I couldn't take my eyes off this dress! It was short, but since the top was more conservative, it was okay. The back is equally amazing! I love open back dresses and this one was no exception. I need a dress for Vegas anyway and I couldn't pass on this beauty. For H&M it was pretty pricey at $70. But it was well crafted, fully lined and sturdy unlike the cheaper stretchy sequin material. This is a size 2. Purchased.

Floral Dress

This dress was definitely cute and on sale for $20! The bodice was nice and snug, but the pencil bottom highlighted my pear shape. I passed on this one.

Floral Watercolor Skirt

A cute skirt to wear on brunches with either a simple mint sweater or a crisp sleeveless button down. I wore a size 4. Purchased.

Pink Shirtdress

The material is exceptionally thin. So thin that my undies were CLEARLY showing though so for decency's sake I found an obnoxious bow sticker to cover the goods. The shirt is cute in theory but is quite shapeless. You could belt it but the side slits are large (see in mirror) that the dress would become too short on the sides. Passed.

Well that concludes my study break! Hope you enjoyed this post!




Outfit of the Day

Today I dressed down for the warmer weather. I topped my outfit with a tweed jacket to add a touch of dressiness. I'm glad spring is here as the shorts, dresses ad skirts that I have accrued throughout the winter/early spring shopping can come into rotation!

Top: H&M Sleeveless Blouse

Bottom: Zara shorts (similar here)

Jacket: J Crew Confetti Tweed Jacket (here

Shoes: Tory Burch Revas

Thanks for reading!



Outfit of the Day and Forever 21 Skirts

Again, major apologies about the long pauses in entries. My finals are coming up so I severely need to spend every waking moment reviewing. But last week, I was able to take a little break and after a HUGE lunch (Mongolian Hot Pot, which is amazing!) I needed to walk it off. The nearest store was a Forever 21 so I decided to see what was new for the Spring.

The clothes were generally very Spring-y, focused on pastels, lace, brights and colorblocking, which are always popular in the warmer weather. I saw a few skirts I liked and have some fitting room reviews for you. 

Before all that, here was my outfit for that day. I know it isn't obvious in the photo, thanks to the tucked in shirt, but that red skirt was TIGHT. You know how when you wake up you seem super skinny, then after a large meal your tummy sort of puffs out. Well, note to self, only wear that skirt on an empty stomach. 

Chanel Baby Cabas

Top: Ann Taylor Whisper Blouse. Love this blouse. Feels like silk, washes like polyester!

Bottom: H&M Red Pleated Skirt in 1 size too small

Shoes: Zara Wedges

Bag: Chanel Baby Cabas

One style I really, really love is the mix of pink and navy. The combination is whimsical and classic. When I saw this peach and navy skirt, I just had to try it on! Even though it had the extra beige panel on it.

Forever 21 Colorblocked Mini Skirt (available here)

Forever 21 Colorblocked Mini Skirt

Forever 21 Colorblocked Mini Skirt

Loved the colors but the small was a tad too big on me. I grabbed the XS and bought it without trying it on. Bad idea, the XS seems 2 inches shorter! Not appropriate at all for class. :( Plan to return or exchange. Maybe I can wear the S size lower on my waist?

Forever 21 Essential Belted Skirt (available here)

Forever 21 Essential Belted Skirt

Loved the length of this one and I like pairing white with pastels and brights during the spring. The material was kind of sheer however, (notice how white the pockets look compared to the rest of the material) so even at a steal price of $13, I passed.

I did end up with a couple of sheer lace tees to wear with dark denim and a fedora for my upcoming Hawaii trip. 

Shopping is always a great stress reliever!




Outfit of the Day (or Night): High and Low

I had a little all-school party yesterday and the attire was listed as semi-formal. As much as I love cocktail dresses, I wanted to do something a little different. My thoughts gravitated to a maxi skirt with a simple blouse or silk top. I found a gorgeous maxi skirt with a slit on eBay, but USPS lost it. :( So in a last minute shopping trip, I was able to find a skirt at Zara. 

Top: J Crew Bonnie Blouse. Available here

Skirt: Zara Skirt. New Arrival available in stores

Shoes: Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandals. Available here

Bag: Chanel M/L Flap

I love the skirt! I was a little of a fashion renegade wearing sleeves and a longer hemline skirt, but I liked the "more conservative look" while also showing a little skin. The skirt had a elasticized waist that was a tad large so I took it in with safety pins and tied a black sash on top for a cinched waist look.

What do you think of the look? 

Thanks for reading!