The Best $20 Dress I Ever Did See

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Old Navy dress (wearing a size M), Zara bib (similar from Jewelmint), SPANX tights, J.Crew boots, LOFT coat (old)(similar)

It’s rare that I buy an item of clothing, put it on and feel like a million bucks instantly. That is pretty much what happened with this Old Navy number, and as an added bonus, it was less than $20 after sale. The fit is insanely perfect, the length is flirty and fun, and the material is a thickly knit weave that I appreciate from a discount store like ON.

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While a few inches short for me to be comfortable wearing without tights, I love the look of it layered here with SPANX and boots for frigid SF “summer.” I also plan to use this dress for upcoming pool days in Macau with Cesar and visits to the beach. There is an exposed zip at the back for some added edge and a beautifully done center seam that gives just the right amount of definition.

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For under $20 (or less) with the right sale, I plan to pick this up in other colors as well!  

5 Jeans Every Pearshape Should Own

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J Brand Maria High Rise Skinny Jean worn with Superga sneakers

I have spent quite a long time cultivating my jeans collection. As an item of clothing that I wear multiple times a week, I choose my fits carefully, and have scoured the market for the 5 jeans every pearshaped woman should own in building a flattering wardrobe.

First up is the high rise skinny. After trying on countless pairs of skinny and high rise options, this slightly pricier J Brand is my personal preference, however the multitasking skinny ankle coupled with the waist slimming top make it a necessity in any pearshape’s closet.

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Paige bootcut jeans worn with Ferragamo low-heel pumps

This is by far my most worn jean. A classic bootcut shape, it works across all seasons and with almost any shoe type. The double button of this particular style helps in the tummy control area, and the dark wash makes it appropriate for work. I have even worn these to a more casual interview!

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Ann Taylor Curvy Slim Colored Jean (here in this season’s Summer colors) worn with JCrew flats

My experimentation into colored denim actually happened on this blog, and this was my first pair. I have grown to love colored bottoms (in darker, flattering colors) and the cut of this pair has my heart. The back pocket placement doesn’t accentuate the rear too much and the tapered, though not skinny, leg opening makes it wearable for every day.

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Banana Republic Flare Jean worn with Kelsi Dagger wedges

Flare jeans are my go-to night out on the town choice. I always feel sexy in these jeans and love that the wider bottom makes my thighs appear slimmer. Again a dark wash makes these perfect with heels or wedges for evening.

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Ann Taylor Curvy Slim Black Jean (here in this season’s Summer colors) worn with Madewell flats

Lastly, the black jean. I have gone through so many pairs of black jeans over the years that I just can’t get enough. I love the instant pulled-together look and the versatility. This is a duplicate of the colored pair above (can you tell I love the AT curvy slims?!) and I have worn them to death. I am actually in the market to try a new pair and can’t wait to get my hands on these.

Gucci Clear “Handbag” & Casual Sunday Outfit

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Brooks Brothers top, Jessica Simpson dress, Sweet & Spark necklace, Sam Edelman sandals, Prada sunglasses, Vintage Gucci “handbag” (similar)

I’m spending the early part of this week in San Diego with my family, and couldn’t be more excited to get in some suburban relaxation. Aside from the obvious amazing time with my loved ones, one of my favorite parts about coming home is scouring through my mom’s vintage treasures. This particular visit resulted in an unusual find: a Gucci clear cosmetics bag that I repurposed as a modern clutch.

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A free “gift with purchase” from Gucci cosmetics ~20 years ago, this bag has been tucked away in my mom’s closet, perfectly preserved. After seeing similar bags on every major retailer, I couldn’t be more happy to have a luxury version for completely free! Thanks mom!

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This got me thinking, every “gift with purchase” bag I receive can surely be repurposed in some way, be it in clutch, travel bag, or storage form.

Thanks for reading!

Flattering Workout Clothing

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Under Armour top (similar) and pants (similar), New Balance shoes, Prada sunglasses

With the warm weather approaching, I have been doing my best to workout more. I love short skirts and arm-bearing tops during Summer months and I always feel better in both when i’ve at least been working out. I absolutely hate looking gross and disheveled at the gym, or worse, pregnant in a huge shirt, so I take some care in choosing what I wear. Most importantly, my pants have to have a few basic features to help my bottom half look as flattering as possible.

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I opt for bottoms with some detail (fun colors, etc) and tops that have a built in sports bra for extra support, and side color blocking to slim. I’m not too particular about the sleeve length but for those that are, this and this are great basics.

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However, my single important requirement is a thick waistband. Nothing bothers me more than a thin waistband digging into my love handles or making my belly pour over when doing sit ups. A thick waistband sucks everything in and also helps with the lovehandle situation.

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What are your “requirements” when looking for great workout clothing?

*Photos by Luci

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