Review: GAP Skinny Ankle Utility Chino


Top (here in navy), Pants (currently 40% off), Shoes (vintage, similar here), Bag, Sunglasses (the color I have is sold out, but here they are in black and tortoise)

I’m excited to review another pant that has recently become a favorite in my wardrobe: the GAP skinny ankle utility chino. I’m wearing them in the army green color, and let me just tell you that they are so versatile and have worked their way into outfits of mine, weekly.


On top of the awesome color choices, the fit was stellar right off the rack. I did have to size up in these, i’m wearing a 14, but I did that mostly because I wanted a bit of a baggier look, rather than a skin-tight jean kind of look.


These pants have about a 28 inch inseam, making them just ankle length when rolled down, and perfectly messy when rolled as I have them here. They also have a mid-rise, coming to just below my belly button.

I absolutely adore the long side pocket look and don’t think it adds any additional bulk.


If I could make one complaint about these pants it would be that the back pockets are flaps that close with a snap closure, and never quite stay securely shut. This isn’t the cutest look when walking around the office, but I find that I just close them every time I use the restroom and the problem is solved.



Are there any other pants you’ve found and are loving lately? I’m always on the hunt!

My Current Favorite Jeans


Top (currently 25% off!), Jeans (currently 40% off), Shoes

Let me just say this: I don’t take jean buying lightly. It’s a painful process, they’re largely uncomfortable to wear, and in the end, few pairs are flattering.

I’ve personally spent many many weekend days, and online ordering binges (as i’m sure you have) trying to find the perfect jean. I’ve come close a few times, but these Banana Republic Sculpt Skinny Jeans are as close as i’ve come as a size 12-14 woman.


First thing’s first, they’re the right length. They’re about 32″ in length, which for me is absolutely ideal for rolling. If you read this post, you’ll know that i’m a huge fan of messily rolling pant legs and actually prefer a bit of additional length over a perfectly fitted pant leg.


On the topic of color, these jeans have no crazy wiskering or fading. There’s nothing worse than fading on the front of your thighs (this will make them appear bigger), or on your rear end. These are nice, clean, gently faded dark blue jeans. Perfect.


Finally, the pocket placement in the back is ideal. Tip from me to you: avoid jeans with pockets that are set too far apart in the back. This will only make your butt look bigger. Closer pockets with a bit of a slant draw the eye inward, perfect for ladies with a substantial tush.


And last but not least: rise. Ugh. I can’t even tell you how perfect these are. They hit me about an inch below my belly button, with no gaping in the back. They sit flat on my stomach and don’t do that annoying thing that some jeans do when they dig into your stomach when you sit. With a mix of 80% cottom, 13% polyester and elastane, they have just enough give to be perfect throughout the whole day.

Please do share if you try these jeans, and let me know your opinion.

Also also also! I’ll be reviewing Khloe Kardashian’s new denim line Good American in the next week or so after I receive the 3 pairs I ordered this morning. It was designed to fit curvy women, and was made in sizes 0-24. Stay tuned.

Curvy Girl Styling Leggings for Work

Outfit Details: Leggings (mine are Lululemon “high times” pants, but similar here), Boots (wide calf, and amazing), Vest (old, but this would work as well), Top

I’m the first one to say that as a curvy girl with an ample bottom half, constricting clothing has the potential to just ruin a day. Sitting in jeans through meetings all day long is never my idea of fun, so i’m always looking for ways to be stylish and comfortable, especially in the pants department.

Enter: opaque leggings.


There are a few rules of thumb I try and stick to when wearing leggings, especially in a work environment:

1. Cover the tush and the crotch <-- Absolutely no one at work needs to see the contours of your tush or your camel toe. Cover that ish up.

2. Keep the top half non-constricting <-- Because the item you're wearing on the bottom is tight, keep the top half flowy and looser fitting. This will help create some balance and make it appear like you're wearing real clothing, and not coming straight from the gym.

3. Heels <-- Leggings can be frumpy. Let's be real. Heels will help make the outfit look put together, and give some class to an otherwise inappropriate workday piece.



Tips for Choosing a Wedding Dress Silhouette for Your Body


My dress: top and skirt

From the get go I knew that finding the dress that would most flatter my frame wouldn’t be an easy task, and I knew others would want to know the process I went through. For reference, i’m 5’6, about 190 pounds at this point, with a 36F bust and a short torso. Meaning, my body isn’t a “straight” size, and finding a dress that flattered me was more challenging than I care to admit.


I vowed to try on dresses of every silhouette, style and shape before making my decision; and try on every dress I did. Some were really bad (above), some weren’t so horrendous (below), but there were a few key factors I considered across each style I tried.

1. Did I feel pretty? <-- Above all else, I wanted to feel beautiful on my wedding day, and if trying on a dress didn't produce that feeling, I moved on.

2. Was my chest supported? <-- I have a large chest, and I didn't want to worry about falling out all over the place on my wedding day. If I loved a dress that didn't allow for straps, I seriously thought about how difficult alterations would be to add straps of some kind. Which brings me to my next, most crucial piece of advice.

3. You don’t have to take dresses as they come. <-- With every dress I tried on I considered whether or not I could make simple alterations to it that would make me more comfortable. In my mind that was: a) could I add thin, or thick, straps? b) Could the cups be expanded to really fit my chest? Both of these alterations are relatively minimal, but in the end made a huge difference for me.


When it came down to it these tips were crucial, but not as important as the last one, which I discovered as a result of an amazing sales associate at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in San Francisco (highly recommend, by the way): Think outside the box.


This woman recommended that I try on a two piece dress (!?). Can you believe it? Cue the freakout moment. My immediate response? “I am NOT wearing a crop top to my wedding…” Duh. But nope, wedding dresses these days come in two pieces that allow the bride a bit more customization.

In my case, I purchased a tulle skirt (of the fullness I desired), and a bustier top of a style I loved. This allowed me to wear the skirt at my most flattering, natural waist, instead of the pre-defined waist of a one-piece dress. Score!

This was the top and skirt I ended up with. Absolutely stunning, comfortable for the day, and one that I felt like really flattered my figure.

And now, time for some beautiful wedding photos, courtesy of Carla Boecklin Photography.




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