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Review: A few Prabal Gurung for Target pieces

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Believe it or not, Prabal Gurung for Target is the only Target collaboration I have tried. I usually feel like the collaboration pieces are cheaply made, more so than standard Target clothing. As a fan of Prabal Gurung, I decided to order just two pieces from the collection to test out. However, upon receiving the goods I am less than impressed and ended up returning both. For reference, this is the top I ordered (in a size M), and this is the dress (in my usual size 10), and neither fit properly. See below for more fit details.

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For starters, the shirt fit very large everywhere but the arms. As you can see in the above photo, this top would do well if I was about 9 months pregnant but currently it is much too baggy. However in the arms, it was tight when I moved, and I don’t consider myself to have thick arms. Finally, the shirt was semi see-through and the lace did not sit properly on the front of the shirt but rather laid flat and created a sort of shelf look. At nearly $40, I have found much better work options elsewhere.

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Online this dress looked like it would have potential. I’m a fan of anything that has side panels as it inherently slims the body, but this dress was terrible in so many ways. First off, the material was itchy, stiff and had no stretch. The bottom had a “flutter” hem and looked childish. The band across the waist sat much too high for someone with my chest, and most importantly, the dress didn’t even come close to fitting. The above right photo shows how off the sizing is. I range between an 8-12 in dresses depending on brand and for this dress to fit I would have to order at least 2-3 sizes up. The arms were also incredibly tight much like the shirt also described above.

Have any of you tried out the Prabal Gurung for Target collection? I’d love to hear your thoughts on these pieces or any I haven’t tried.

Fashion bucket list item purchased: Ferragamo “vara” pump for work

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J.Crew silk top, Zara dress (similar), Ferragamo “vara” bow pump, Stitch fix + J.Crew bracelet, Gorjana rings

This week was one of classic purchases and scratching items off longtime wishlists. These Ferragamo Vara bow pumps were high on the list of loves for years. My dad, a longtime lover of Ferragamo shoes for men, always said that when I was old enough, I could wear the beautiful bow pumps I saw on mannequins in the women’s department. That was years ago, and more recently, after seeing them on Jean quite a few times, I decided to truly begin my hunt. These bow pumps retail for almost $500, very expensive for a work shoe in my humble opinion. I knew they would go on sale at some point and decided to be patient and price watch. It was a few weeks ago during one of Bloomingdale’s sales that the price of these shoes dropped to around $300 that I decided to pull the trigger, and i’m in love.

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I decided to go with the Vara 1″ heel pump versus the popular Varina flats simply for a bit of interest. My love for flats is well documented and I thought this low heel version would make for an interesting contrast to my growing flats collection. I have actually tried on the Varina before and have found that the Vara is actually more comfortable.

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The low heel provides extra support and I found they break in a bit easier. The patent leather is definitely more durable than standard leather, but fair warning that they do take some time to mold to your foot.

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In other news, I love the idea of mixing colors in the same family and reworked this dress worn during summer for a Winter look by pairing a silk top. I’ve been using my basic Blythe silk blouses as cardigans or layering pieces to get more life out of expensive work staples.

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Have you purchased any Ferragamo shoes? Which are your favorites?

Review: J.Crew silk pants

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Andrew Marc leather jacket, Nordstrom top, J.Crew pant, Cole Haan heels

Lately I have seen silk pants everywhere (namely Pinterest). They were all over the runways, and every brand seems to have their own version. Because I had a giftcard to J.Crew I decided to try their version and to say the least, the style doesn’t flatter my figure.

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For starters the front bunches. The thigh area wasn’t too tight but when I walked the fabric pulled in the crotch and made me appear like I had a substantial tummy. Furthermore, the rise was an odd length. Not quite low rise but also not high rise, I ended up folding over the band to force a low rise fit and make them a bit more flattering.

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From the back these pants are doing even less for me. My boyfriend described them as “unflattering workout pants” and said that from the back it looked like my rear was saggy. Those comments alone were enough to return.

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In short, while I love the idea of silk pants I realize that as a woman with thighs that slightly rub together, and a rear that needs support, this is a trend i’m going to just have to pass on.

Have any of you tried silk pants? If so, where from? Did you like the fit?

Workday makeup routine

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I have mentioned in previous posts (here and here) that I work as a consultant for a technology company, in a very conservative and male dominated environment. The majority of my colleagues are 30-40 years my senior, meaning that my work wardrobe and makeup have to be very very conservative and toned down. I have showed you what makeup products I love, but I wanted to share my everyday makeup routine that takes me a maximum of 5 minutes that can be used in any work environment (with a few fun product updates!)

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Step 1: Foundation and Concealer (Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer + concealer)

I am a big advocate of high quality face makeup especially if you have skin that is prone to breakouts. Laura Mercier has tinted moisturizers that are light and provide just enough coverage. The under-eye concealer I am holding doubles as a blemish concealer and has a great waxy consistency that lasts through my 14 hour days.

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Step 2: Contour (product I use: Bare Minerals Bronzer)

Contouring was something that I learned from a YouTube beauty guru, Carli Bybel. She showed a tutorial of how she does it and I found that incorporating a few simple steps into my everyday routine made a big difference in keeping my face looking alive all day. First, I take a bit of strong-pigmented bronzer and with a narrow brush, drag a bit of it along the sides of my nose as shown above. Next, I take a bit and pull it along my cheekbones to create definition.

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Step 3: Basic eyeshadow (Maybelline eyeshadow expert wear quad)

Strong eyeshadow colors are the biggest mistake I see newbie workers make in my office. They wear colors like oranges or strong blues and greens and it just reads as unprofessional. I found this Maybelline palette a few weeks ago and it has been my go-to through the week. The soft blue acts as a base and the purples are layered to bring out my green eyes without being overbearing.

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Step 4: Mascara (L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black)

I cannot stress how important it is not to walk into a workplace with crazy long eyelashes. Fake eyelashes are not ok and neither is 3-4 coats of mascara. One coat to open your eyes and help you look awake is all you need.

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Step 5: Light/nude lipgloss or lipstick (Revlon Super Lustrious Lipgloss)

Finish it off with a light or nude lipstick to tie everything together. I prefer a not-to-glossy gloss as lipstick tends to stain everywhere and often appears on my teeth. Not a great impression! This gloss is longwearing and is a gorgeous coral shade that has me longing for Spring.

What is your work makeup routine? Are there any products you love and would recommend?

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