Review: BDG High-Waist Black Jeans

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Nordstrom top (similar), J.Crew belt, BDG high-waist jeans, Sam Edelman sandals (my color is sold out, but my next pair will be these)

Get ready to see quite a bit of these jeans in the months to come. I tweeted a few weeks back that I was searching for the perfect pair of high-waist black jeans and one of my lovely readers, Franziska responded with a recommendation for these BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters. I quickly went online and at $38 a pop after sale, I ordered two pairs at varying sizes to test them out. I ended up with my usual size (i’m typically between a 30-31, and went with a 31) and love them.

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They are true skinny jeans, tapering very tightly around the ankle which I appreciate. They also are very high-waisted on me, sitting about an inch above my belly button. The material isn’t as sturdy as some designer jeans, and it feels like I might have to repurchase these after a few months of wear, but i’m so thrilled to have found a cheap black jean alternative.

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The pockets are placed just a tad bit wide for my particular rear end but boyfriend gave them the nod of approval, so I decided to keep them regardless. To this day the only pair of black jeans I have found that have the proper pocket placement for me are Ann Taylor curvy slims, and those fade very quickly and don’t taper narrow enough to tuck into boots.

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 Please let me know if you check out these jeans and what you think!

The Sexiest and Comfiest Sweatpant + a Giveaway – CLOSED

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 Banana Republic tank, Kings of Cole sweats (c/o) I am wearing an XL for reference

Anyone that spends a significant amount of time with me knows that I am entirely obsessed with sweatpants. Regardless of the time of day, when I get home my clothes come off and sweats go on. However, I still want to look somewhat put together and mildly attractive for my man, so sweatpants that are flattering and retain some of my shape are important.

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Enter: Kings of Cole. With a universally flattering straight leg fit, roomy hip/thigh area and elastic waistband, they are the perfect lounge-at-home pant. This particular sweat comes in a variety of colors and is the perfect warmth and softness for harsh San Francisco evenings.

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I absolutely love the detailing of these sweats. With rose gold side diagonal zips, they add a luxurious touch without bulk in our widest part. The zippers are finished with the Kings of Cole signature door-knocker like zip that I think is just so adorable.

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To fit my height I ended up folding over the top once to shorten the rise and also expose a little tummy for added sexiness. Also of note, the pants are a tad bit long on me (for reference I am about 5’6′) but not an issue for at-home.

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The line was created by entrepreneur Elana Brynes and is worn by some serious celebs: the Kardashians, Tracy Anderson, and even Mrs. Jacqueline Laurita of TRHONJ…color me impressed! Needless to say, i’m truly in love with these sweats and have worn them non stop since I got them.

P.S. see those little red and blue legs sitting on the ledge beside me? Cesar’s “Pinocchio” he picked up while we were in Italy. I swear he is 12 inside!

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Because Elana and the whole Kings of Cole team is so amazing, they are doing a serious giveaway + promotion for ThePearShape readers:

One winner will receive their own pair of Kings of Cole sweatpants, in the size and color of their choice. And as an added bonus, Kings of Cole has given ThePearShape a promotional code for 20% off for the next 7 days! Enter code “KOCFFD” when you check out on www.kingsofcole.com for 20% off your entire purchase.

To enter to receive the sweatpants simply complete the following steps and I will pick a winner on August 7!

1. “Like” Kings of Cole on Facebook

2. “Follow” Kings of Cole on Instagram

3. “Follow” Kings of Cole  and ThePearShape on Twitter

4. Leave me a comment below with your preferred color and size sweatpant (see kingsofcole.com for the selection)

Best of luck and as always thank you for supporting the amazing brands I adore, xo

WINNER CHOSEN and CONTACTED 🙂 Thank you SO much for entering!

Styled By Boyfriend: Summer Outfit From a Man’s Perspective

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Ann Taylor top (in stores or great, flattering white version here), Paige jeans, Chanel vintage flats, Prada sunglasses

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that this last weekend Cesar and I went on an adventure. For the first time in the history of our relationship (or my life, really) I allowed him to walk me into any store in the mall, pick out any outfit he thought would look great on me, and I would buy it and wear it here, on the blog. The goal behind this wasn’t to give up my “right” to choose what I want to wear, but more of an experiment to see his sense of style and flattery from a man’s perspective. Plus, after last week’s controversial post, I thought I owed him one.

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To say I was surprised by his choices would be an understatement. Being the frugal guy that he is, he only selected one top and opted for his favorite “tush hugging” jeans and classic flats that I already owned. We started by wandering into Nordstrom where he instantly felt overwhelmed by the multiple “women’s” departments, and quickly made our way to Ann Taylor (again, I was surprised by the conservative choice of store). Cesar operates in a “it’ll jump out at me if I like it” methodology, and typically gravitated towards things on manequins as I think they gave him more of a visual.

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He settled on this bright pink top, after having me try on many a not so flattering dresses (to which I kept my mouth entirely shut). The top is in a cowl neck shape (I found out these were his favorite), and hugs in all the right places, as he said. Entirely not something I would pick out for the sheer fact that it clings to some of the curves i’d rather hide, I appreciated his adorable gesture and will wear it with pride.

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A dainty necklace and a natural face of makeup, per his request, finished off this basic, everyday look. He did admit to me that one of the reasons he loved this outfit was that it was simpler than most of the items I own, and allowed him to really “see me.” Just call me putty on the floor.

Have you ever done a similar experiment? Do share!

The Most Controversial Piece of Clothing I Own – From Anthropologie

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Anthropologie top (in stores only), J.Crew belt, altered ASOS pants (see alteration story here), Ferragamo shoes, Joan Hornig earrings (generously gifted for brother’s wedding)

Every once in a while I see a piece in a store that I have a visceral reaction to. I get giddy and cannot wait to try it on, and am made more excited when I am wearing it, it fits correctly, and is flattering. That was the reaction I had when I saw this top in Anthropologie. I immediately thought of 4-5 ways to wear it, justifying it’s cost and uniqueness in my mind. I brought it home and wore it out to a fancier dinner with my boyfriend. And, that is when the controversy started.

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Cesar’s immediate reaction to this outfit was “wow, babe, I really don’t like that outfit, namely that top.” Now, Cesar is generally incredibly supportive of what I wear and the way I experiment. While not generally effervescent one way or another, his strong reaction made me stop and reconsider.

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While I do agree with him that the shoulder details “look kind of like spaghetti,” I am in love with the architectural details and the balance it brings to my hips. The soft cotton/angora blend of the contrasting knit base is just so comfortable, I can’t get enough.

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So, I ask you. What do you think? Perhaps toned down with basic jeans and a less vampy lip, this will be a winner. Or, perhaps the male species just isn’t destined to love it. Regardless, I do!

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