Friday, June 27, 2014

J.Crew Fitting Room: Twist-back dress, California poppy dress, pleated flare dress




Wearing: Size 4
LIKE

I liked this print better than I expected to. Online, it looked quite garish and overwhelming, but in person it is lovely and vibrant. Not a huge fan of this dress shape, however. If I were to get a dress in this print, it would be this one. I also have very few occasions to wear a dress like this during the summertime, so buying it would be very unrealistic for me. My usual size 4 fit fine. 



Wearing: Size 4
LIKE

My go-to dress shape is the fit-and-flare, so I'm thrilled that J.Crew is making more of these recently. This is one I can definitely see myself wearing to school with a cardigan or blazer. It has pockets, which is always a plus, and the silk material doesn't feel too delicate. The reason it's a "like" and not a "love" is I think the pattern. I can't put my finger on why exactly I don't love it. Maybe there's too much pink in it for me? If it goes on sale, I will consider it because it just fits so well and is so adorable. My usual size 4 fit well. 

Wearing: Size 4
LIKE

Loved this color and the material of this dress! It was super comfortable. That's pretty much all I can say, as I didn't love the fit as much, and the pleating that started at the chest and went down was a bit odd. Overall, it was just kind of "blah" to me. My usual size 4 fit fine. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Dresses! (Anthro Rhododendron & Azure Lace, J.Crew Photofloral & Eyelet Stripe)

Hello, all! My summer vacation has begun, thank goodness! This school year was one of my busiest and most stressful ever, so I am very happy to be on a much-needed break. 

For my first summertime post, I have a few dresses to share with you all. I've always been a dress girl, so I get excited when it gets appropriate to wear them every day. Here are a few I've tried recently: 



 Wearing: Size 4

This is one of the two dresses I bought with my Anthro birthday discount in May. I went against my normal inclinations when I decided to try this pink dress. I normally shy away from pink--not because I don't like it, but because it rarely looks right on my skin tone; however, I thought this darker color could look decent on me. I ended up loving the color! It's really hard to see the lace detailing in these pics, but it's beautiful, especially around the bottom of the dress. The material is a sturdy cotton with a nude lining. The only thing I'm not thrilled about is the way the straps cut in at the top, which shows a bit more armpit than I'd like. As you can see, the back of the dress is really unique and unexpected given what the front of the dress looks like. I'm on the fence about keeping this one, so help me decide! 



Wearing: Size 6

Gah, this dress! Many of you know that I'd been looking for a dress for my bro's upcoming engagement party. I loved Anthro's Ivoire dress, but of course couldn't wear it because of the color. The Azure Lace dress is essentially the exact same dress, but sleeveless and blue. It would've been perfect, but it came out too late for my event (which is fine--I found a perfectly lovely dress!) I ended up getting this anyway thinking it could work for the rehearsal dinner. I do wish it had sleeves like the Ivoire dress; if I end up wearing it for the rehearsal dinner, I will need to find a shrug or cardigan to go over it. I sized up since Tracy Reese tends to fit on the small side, and that was the right call. The fabric is fairly delicate, but not so much that I would fear wearing this dress out and about. This one also has a unique back cut-out; thankfully it does not show bra straps (that white strap you see is the slip--it just got caught on the tag in this pic but would normally not show). 


Wearing: Size 4

I'm kind of obsessed with this dress. I've worn it at least three times already since receiving it, and I wish I could wear it every dang day. Of course, the print is fabulous (I also bought the skirt, which sadly I'll be returning, and the high-waisted bikini briefs with this top), but the material is what really makes this dress, in my opinion. It's a sturdy cotton pique with a bit of stretch, and it makes this print come alive. I also love the flared skirt and the longer length. Seriously, this might be my favorite J.Crew dress to date, and it is currently my favorite dress, period! 

 Wearing: Size 4

Sorry for the blurry photo, but I wasn't too impressed with this dress anyway. I don't know what I was thinking since spagehtti straps rarely work on my frame! I ordered my usual size 4, but the whole dress, especially the top portion, was at least one size too large on me. I could have easily sized down to a 2 (and I haven't exactly lost weight recently, so it definitely runs big!) I do think the neckline is flattering, and the length is great. I'd probably feel a lot different if the dress was more fitted to me, so perhaps I'll try again if it goes on sale. 


What do you think of these dresses? Which ones should I keep/return? 
Hope you all are enjoying your summer so far! 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Anthropologie fitting room: Matilde and Stitched blossom dresses

I stopped into Anthropologie on a spur-of-the-moment shopping trip last week. I've been in dress search mode, and these are two of the ones I ended up trying on: 




Wearing: size 6
LIKE

Online reviews say to size up in this dress since the material will show every lump and bump. I agree with that--the size 6 fit me well, and I think the size 4 would've been too tight. It is not lined, and the fabric is pretty thin. The design of this dress is super-unique; I love the way the straps hook in at the back. Unfortunately, as you can kinda see in the second pic, I had to hold one of the straps in place because the buttons wouldn't stay secured. In the third pic, you can see how the holes are all stretched out, making this a risky dress to wear! I love the polka dot version and will most likely pick up either that one or this green one once they go on sale, but I really don't think they're worth the full price. 



Wearing: Size 6
LOVE

I found a winner in this dress! I picked it up thinking it would work for my brother's engagement party, but I ended up deciding that it would be too casual for the occasion. However--I could totally wear this for other wedding events. The color of this dress is a pink-ish coral, and the "blossoms" are stitched right into the fabric--so um, the name is totes appropriate, right? I did not end up buying this dress, but it's a top contender to buy with my birthday discount and gift card this month! 


What do you think of these two dresses? 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Reminder: Out of Print Fundraiser

Just wanted to put out another shameless plug for my school's Out of Print fundraiser!

Our Beta Club, a service and leadership organization, will receive 30% of all proceeds when you use the promo code ASHEBETA at checkout (you'll have to click the "apply a coupon" link at the bottom of your checkout page, and you will see the school name in your final order.) The fundraiser ends next Friday, May 16th. 

Here are some more of my picks:










1. Go to Out of Print
2. Add desired items to cart
3. On the last page of checkout, down near the bottom, find the link for "apply a coupon"
4. Enter the promo code ASHEBETA in the box. You will see the school name added to your cart.
5. Checkout! 

Thanks for supporting these hardworking kids! 



Saturday, April 12, 2014

J.Crew Review: Collection Chocolate Cosmos dress

I'm still on the hunt for event-worthy dresses for my brother's upcoming wedding. Finding evening appropriate dresses is always a struggle for me, so I started looking early!

I noticed the Chocolate Cosmos dress when it rolled-out several months ago but only recently considered it as an option when I saw it pop back on sale. With the gorgeous floral print and silk material, it seemed like a great pick for the engagement party in May.






Overall thoughts: I like it a lot. I ended up buying a size 6 since it was the only size available during the recent promotion. It is a bit loose on me especially through my hips. However, I appreciate the extra room, as I don't intend to be shy with my celebration that night (<--the party is 2 days after the assessment for the teaching certification I've been working on lately. There will be MUCH to celebrate that night!) While the flared drop waist is probably not the most flattering on my body type, I think it makes this dress unique. I do wish it were more of a normal fit-and-flare, but I'm not sure that the drop waist is a deal-breaker.

The material is really interesting. It's silk, but feels more like textured cotton. And let's not ignore the fact that the floral pattern is insanely gorgeous. The darker color is actually a dark burgundy, and it matches my J.Crew Martina wedges in aubergine perfectly (although I'm not sure they're the best shoe for this look).

How do you like this dress? Think it's appropriate for the occasion? 




Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Anthro fitting room reviews: Spring 2014

Let's just get right into it, shall we?



Wearing: Size xs/s
LOVE

So apparently this skirt has been around, in other colors, for a while now? How did I not know about this? I was very skeptical when I first saw it in the store. The material was weird and stiff (see how it stands up on its own in pic #3!) and I certainly didn't think I could squeeze into the size xs/s. But oh man, is this a magic skirt or what?! It gave me a waist! It made me look legit skinny (not the case as I've gained a few stress lbs)! Holy crap, I'm officially in love. Could not justify buying a $100+ item at the time, but this is definitely on my wish list.




Wearing: Size 6
LOVE

I picked this one up as a possible wedding shower/engagement party dress for my brother's upcoming festivities. The closest available in my size was a 6, which fit well (but again, stress lbs and all, so it may be TTS). Going up a size also helped make it longer on me. This is a gorgeous dress. The lace design is more unique than the thousands of other lace dresses on the market. It also has a few randomly placed pink sequins, which I'm not sure I liked, but it wasn't a deal-breaker. I loved this dress, but will wait for it to hopefully go on sale soon to pick it up.



 Wearing: Size small
LIKE

I've had this one on my wish list for a while now. I love a good floral sundress! In reality, I didn't fall in love with this dress. I didn't like the way the wider neckline looked on me, and the material was an odd mesh-like fabric. It also had a seam going down the middle of the skirt (see pic #2) which I wasn't a fan of. I still like it and could definitely see myself wearing it, but I'm not feeling like I HAVE to have it right now. 



Wearing: Size small
LIKE

I thought this one was adorable. Such a comfortable, easy dress. I'm not exactly sure where I would wear it, as it's a bit too casual for school and a bit too dressy for lounging (I'm more of a sweatpants kind of lounger). This could definitely be a sale purchase, though. 

Wearing: Size 6
LIKE

So. This dress. I hemmed and hawed over it when it hit sale, as it's another contender for my brother's wedding festivities in October. The fabric is thicker and would be perfect for cooler weather, and the fit-and-flare shape works well on my body type. However, what is up with the neckline? I mean, it's definitely unique, and it's not exactly unflattering, but it's just...weird. I just couldn't make peace with it, plus the skirt didn't fall quite right (which may have been due to the security tag on the side). They only had a size 6 left, so maybe trying a size 4 would help with the skirt. 


What do you all think of these items? Which do YOU love? 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

J.Crew and Factory Review: Chambray baseball caps

I've been loving the trend of retailers producing baseball caps that are a bit more "chic" than your usual tattered and more casual team hat. Last year I got Madewell's floral version, and this past fall I got J.Crew's colorblock wool baseball cap. I love them both and wear them often on weekends. When I saw that both retail and factory j.crew put out chambray versions, I was thrilled and ordered both to try. I will only keep one, so help me decide which to choose! 




I of course love this for the polka dots. However, I think this would be harder to pair with outfits, especially those that already have polka dots (which would most likely be often, let's be honest). It fits well on my head and is so freakin' cute. The chambray is a bit darker than the retail version below. 




The plain chambray will of course be more versatile, going with pretty much anything I wear, aside from an all-chambray outfit! I really like the color of this one and the texture of the fabric. It almost looks like cross-hatched linen.

What do you think of these two hats? Which one should I keep?