Archives for December 2012

Review: The perfect holiday dress for pearshapes, from Asos

Asos dress, Gap belt (similar), H&M necklace (similar holiday option), Urban Outfitters clutch (similar), SPANX tights, Cole Haan pumps

I have never felt prettier, or more comfortable than in this dress. It goes against most rules I have always had for my body type, but feels so right when on. It has a puffy A-line shape, pleating, and came with tulle attached inside to give it extra puff on the hip area. Normally I go with sleek, body hugging styles, but there is something about a looser bottom that allows breathability and mobility. After a few minor alterations and adding some simple accessories, this is my official Holiday dress for this year!

Originally the dress looked like it did above (minus the bow belt). It came with 3 layers of tulle crudely sewn on each hip area making the dress dramatically puffy. When I tried it on my boyfriend immediately said I looked like a cupcake (and not in a good way). I chose to take out the tulle and absolutely love the shape now. There is still a subtle poof to give it that skater dress shape, but not so much to exaggerate my hips.

I added simple accessories like this waist synching bow belt from gap and large bauble from H&M to draw emphasis upward and to my smallest point. Clean black tights and pumps elongate my legs for an even sleeker look. Though, i’m thinking of purchasing a pair of polka dot tights to add some more fun to this already feminine, exciting outfit.

This weekend my boyfriend and I will be traveling to Reno, NV and San Francisco, CA to see some of his family for the holidays. On the agenda is the annual Nevada “Santa Crawl” which we participate in every year. I can’t wait to sport this perfectly girly and festive frock for the occasion.

Thank you for reading!

One dress, two seasons

Dress: Madewell (this season’s)

Left// LOFT sweater (similar), vintage necklace, J.Crew boots, SPANX tights Right// J.Crew flats

I am all about purchasing items that have staying power through multiple seasons. This Madewell dress was one of the few garments I have purchased at full retail price and was definitely hesitant about it at the time. However, it has proved to be one of my most comfortable clothing pieces, and I have found countless ways to style it from Spring to Fall and Winter.

I particularly love that it is collared which allows for some fun pattern mixing, and that the material is thin enough to be layered with just a light sweater. The black and white polka dot lends itself to pairings with almost any color; from vibrant blues to neutrals like silver and gold.

In other news, i’m really getting into blow drying out my hair to give it this swooping, voluminous effect. I have been trying out countless haircare products and am thinking about doing a post about it soon. Stay tuned!

Andrew Marc leather jacket

Cyber Monday was really really good to me this year. To say the least, I was on my game. I have been searching for the perfect leather jacket for what seems like years. I had very specific requirements and was unwilling to settle on any one detail. I wanted a lamb leather jacket with black hardware, an asymmetrical hem, knuckle length sleeves with no zipper, and “biker” -esque details all around. This Andrew Marc jacket from Nordstrom fit every requirement, and at 40% off retail I couldn’t ask for more.

Along with all of the above details, this particular jacket had curved seaming along the front and back giving it a curve-hugging lady like shape; something I really appreciate as a curvy girl. I am wearing a size L and the sleeves fit with ample room for sweaters and the length and shoulders fit beautifully. The sides also come equipped with adjustable straps allowing for an even tighter fit when pulled.

And, if its possible, the jacket looks even better zipped. 100% in love. Score!

1989 Vintage Chanel Flats

Andrew Marc leather jacket, Ann Taylor jeans, LOFT lace tee, Vintage Chanel flats, Zara collar (similar)

Last week I stumbled upon the holy grail of vintage Chanel. Charlotte isn’t exactly known for its consignment boutiques but when a new one popped up on my neighborhood I had to check it out. Upon walking into this teeny tiny shop, the first thing I spotted were these gold gap toed 1989 vintage Chanel flats. I wandered over to them thinking they would either be much too expensive for my budget, or not even close to my man-sized shoe size. Lo and behold, the shoes were on sale for 40% off, and were an exact 39.5 (my ideal European size). I was shocked. Stunned. And knew immediately they would be coming home with me.

The owner of the boutique is a Chanel collector herself and had these shoes fit her she would have purchased them personally. They had come into the store only days before and were in near perfect condition. Made of 100% italian leather soles and cap toes with a suede upper, these flats are simply stunning. They are the most beautiful gold, almost mustard yellow or rust color and pair well with almost everything. Unlike most Chanel flats that require some breaking in, because these particular ones are suede they are comfortable from the get-go.

These shoes were my first ever Chanel purchase and I am so incredibly in love. I can only imagine passing these along to my future daughters and explaining “these were Mommy’s first Chanel.”

Thank you for reading!

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