VIDEO POST: What’s In My Bag

Bag: LV Speedy 30, Pouch: Rebecca Minkoff (adorable option)(bag version here), Sunglasses: Prada (in tortoise shell), Wallet: Coach

Just a quick discussion of the massive amounts of stuff I keep in my bag on the daily! All products listed above or in the info box of the YouTube video on my channel.

Thanks for watching and be sure to let me know what you want to see next!

Trend/Pearshape Solution: Black and White + J.Crew Midi Skirt Review

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My Outfit: Banana Republic tank, J.Crew skirt, Sam Edelman shoes, J.Crew bracelets, Chanel WOC, Gap belt (similar)

This month on the Trend/Pearshape Solution post I am collaborating with the lovely Megan from Step-Brightly! A longtime blog friend of mine, Megan and I decided to both style the popular Spring trend of black and white. We had total free reign to create any look we wanted in this color palette based on our tastes and bodies, and as you can see, they couldn’t be more different. Just further proof that fashion trends can apply to women of all shapes and sizes!

Megan opted for a black and white striped sweater, black skinnies and ankle booties: perfect for her petite frame. The scarf brings some added interest upwards while the fully black bottom is streamlining.

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For my look I decided to pair this stunning J.Crew midi skirt with my tried and true LOFT striped trench. I wanted to avoid wearing horizontal stripes on the lower half of my body for this particular trend as I feel like they add bulk. A black and white skirt in a gauzy, fluid fabric allows me to still experiment with blacks and whites without adding width.

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This particular skirt has a thinner waistband and less pleating allowing it to just graze my bottom half rather than adding to the bulk. I paired this piece with some basic accessories: my favorite black Gap bow belt for added girliness and metallic sandals to give me some height.

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And can we talk about the shoe print on this skirt…dying.

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Thank you Megan for participating in April’s Trend/Pearshape Solution post! Be sure to pop over to Megan’s blog for more amazing fashion inspiration.

Review: J.Crew Black/White Geometric Sundress

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J.Crew dress (released only in stores), Cole Haan pumps , LOFT coat (similar), Revlon Color Burst lipgloss

While in Union Square last week I stumbled non-chalantly into J.Crew. Recently disheartended by the majority of their selection, and the way that it fits pearshapes, I wasn’t expecting to find anything at all that I love. But that darn 25% off lured me in, so browsing I went. I wasn’t finding anything I loved, even on the rack, and then I spotted this black and white beauty. With geometric designs, a narrowed, banded waist and flattering length, I immediately went to try it on.

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Lo and behold, a size 10 fit beautifully in the waist, was even roomy in the hips, and sat exactly where I like my dresses to rest on my natural waist. The black and white bands are not placed in awkward parts of the body, but rather work well to continue to enhance an hourglass frame. The straps allow for a bra and the buttoned front allowed me to fold down the sides, creating a v-neck look.

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The thick, woven knit material keeps this dress from flowing in the wind too much and was perfect for a recent rehearsal dinner. Finally, the dress is fully lined meaning no visible underwear colors! In all, i’m in love. My perfect black and white Spring/Summer dress. The only bummer? It’s so weird but it is only sold in stores! I couldn’t find it on the J.Crew website and called to confirm. At this point, you can only pop into your local J.Crew to get it.

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What do you think of this J.Crew piece? Has anyone else tried it on?

Quick solution for a dress that feels too tight

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Theory sweater (similar. buy a few sizes up for a slouchy fit), LOFT dress (similar), vintage Chanel flats, Anthropologie necklace

Recently i’ve been feeling a little self-conscious in certain dresses that I own. Maybe it is that they shrunk in the wash, or I gained weight in that area, but tight fitting dresses that pull over my stomach have been making me feel uncomfortable. I wore this dress a ton last season and love its simplicity yet flattering cut on a pearshape. To make myself more comfortable in it I layered a thin knit and chunky necklace to draw the eye upward away from my stomach and the horizontal stripe of the dress.

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I tucked the sweater under a bit to keep it from hitting me at my widest part and cutting straight across my rear end. The thinness of the sweater still allows some visibility of my shape but provides warmth and another layer.

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In other news, I feel like my hair looks a bit drab and dry in these photos. Does anyone have any recs for great products to combat this? I’d be forever grateful! xo

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