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?

Easing into a jersey maxi dress

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Gap maxi dress, J.Crew shirt, Andrew Marc jacket, Kendra Scott necklace via Gilt, Halogen flats, Gorjana rings

This maxi dress was a purchase that was completely out of my comfort zone. Jersey knit = clings to everything. To ease into this style and also make it Winter appropriate, I layered some of my favorite items: silk shirts and leather jackets.

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I think the formfitting nature of the dress makes the less shapely top figure flattering. The silk shirt also gives a tiny bit of coverage in the back and the leather jacket has seaming that keeps it close to the body and still tailored. That jacket was still the best purchase, ever.

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Finally, a gold bib draws the eye upward to keep the attention away from the hip area. Always a good thing in my book.

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Do you wear maxi dresses? I’d love to see your style. Link me in the comments!

Finally found: a sweater dress that flatters (and is on mega sale)

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Pim and Larkin sweater (on super sale!), Scarf from Mom, SPANX tights, Steve Madden boots

I have always found sweater dresses cumbersome and unflattering for anyone with curves. Something about the ever present bubble hem or thick knit always made me feel bulkier and less shapely. I ordered this sweater “coat” thinking it would be a fun staple for Winter to be worn over skirts and tights, or even leggings. Upon receiving it I realized that it was big enough around the hips to button all the way, and could also double as a dress all on its own!

*In other news, I hope everyone is safe and warm after Nemo! Charlotte was surprisingly sunny and warm on that day, enough so that this outfit was perfect for the weather. My thoughts go out to everyone on the Northeast!

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I wanted to get this post out quickly because this sweater dress is on mega sale on Piperlime for only $24! While it’s final sale, it is entirely worth the money and the risk. I am wearing a M and it fits great. For reference my measurements are 36-30-43 and I typically wear a 10 in pants.

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I love the versatility of this piece (i’ve already worn it lazying around the house) and can’t wait to continue to style it through Winter!

Do you have any sweater dress recommendations that have looked flattering on you?

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