Review: The perfect holiday dress for pearshapes, from Asos

Asos dress, Gap belt (similar), H&M necklace (similar holiday option), Urban Outfitters clutch (similar), SPANX tights, Cole Haan pumps

I have never felt prettier, or more comfortable than in this dress. It goes against most rules I have always had for my body type, but feels so right when on. It has a puffy A-line shape, pleating, and came with tulle attached inside to give it extra puff on the hip area. Normally I go with sleek, body hugging styles, but there is something about a looser bottom that allows breathability and mobility. After a few minor alterations and adding some simple accessories, this is my official Holiday dress for this year!

Originally the dress looked like it did above (minus the bow belt). It came with 3 layers of tulle crudely sewn on each hip area making the dress dramatically puffy. When I tried it on my boyfriend immediately said I looked like a cupcake (and not in a good way). I chose to take out the tulle and absolutely love the shape now. There is still a subtle poof to give it that skater dress shape, but not so much to exaggerate my hips.

I added simple accessories like this waist synching bow belt from gap and large bauble from H&M to draw emphasis upward and to my smallest point. Clean black tights and pumps elongate my legs for an even sleeker look. Though, i’m thinking of purchasing a pair of polka dot tights to add some more fun to this already feminine, exciting outfit.

This weekend my boyfriend and I will be traveling to Reno, NV and San Francisco, CA to see some of his family for the holidays. On the agenda is the annual Nevada “Santa Crawl” which we participate in every year. I can’t wait to sport this perfectly girly and festive frock for the occasion.

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Andrew Marc leather jacket

Cyber Monday was really really good to me this year. To say the least, I was on my game. I have been searching for the perfect leather jacket for what seems like years. I had very specific requirements and was unwilling to settle on any one detail. I wanted a lamb leather jacket with black hardware, an asymmetrical hem, knuckle length sleeves with no zipper, and “biker” -esque details all around. This Andrew Marc jacket from Nordstrom fit every requirement, and at 40% off retail I couldn’t ask for more.

Along with all of the above details, this particular jacket had curved seaming along the front and back giving it a curve-hugging lady like shape; something I really appreciate as a curvy girl. I am wearing a size L and the sleeves fit with ample room for sweaters and the length and shoulders fit beautifully. The sides also come equipped with adjustable straps allowing for an even tighter fit when pulled.

And, if its possible, the jacket looks even better zipped. 100% in love. Score!

1989 Vintage Chanel Flats

Andrew Marc leather jacket, Ann Taylor jeans, LOFT lace tee, Vintage Chanel flats, Zara collar (similar)

Last week I stumbled upon the holy grail of vintage Chanel. Charlotte isn’t exactly known for its consignment boutiques but when a new one popped up on my neighborhood I had to check it out. Upon walking into this teeny tiny shop, the first thing I spotted were these gold gap toed 1989 vintage Chanel flats. I wandered over to them thinking they would either be much too expensive for my budget, or not even close to my man-sized shoe size. Lo and behold, the shoes were on sale for 40% off, and were an exact 39.5 (my ideal European size). I was shocked. Stunned. And knew immediately they would be coming home with me.

The owner of the boutique is a Chanel collector herself and had these shoes fit her she would have purchased them personally. They had come into the store only days before and were in near perfect condition. Made of 100% italian leather soles and cap toes with a suede upper, these flats are simply stunning. They are the most beautiful gold, almost mustard yellow or rust color and pair well with almost everything. Unlike most Chanel flats that require some breaking in, because these particular ones are suede they are comfortable from the get-go.

These shoes were my first ever Chanel purchase and I am so incredibly in love. I can only imagine passing these along to my future daughters and explaining “these were Mommy’s first Chanel.”

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Review: J.Crew Wide-Calf Harper Leather Boots

Nordstrom sweater (similar), Gap skirt, SPANX tights, Nordstrom belt (similar), J.Crew Harper boots (ordered up to a 9.5)

Traveling so much for work means that my wardrobe has very little consistency. I spend the work week in different cities around the country and my weekends in Charlotte, and as such have a closet that looks more like a mismatch of items than anything cohesive or weather appropriate. But if there was one item that transitions well from the chilly (albeit dry) weather of North Carolina to the freezing Winters of the Northeast and beyond, it is the riding boot. Boasting calves with a nearly 17″ circumference  finding a pair of boots that fit my feet, narrow ankles and wide calves has proven nearly impossible, until now.

J.Crew is one of the few retailers that sells wide-calf boots. I have tried a number of other pairs over the years and never found them very comfortable or of particularly great quality. During their last 25% off sale I decided to try again with these gorgeous side-zip Harpers, and couldn’t be happier with the purchase.

First and foremost, the leather is of amazing quality. I can see them lasting for years and being incredibly supple and molded to my foot shape over time. The sole is 100% leather and the gold zipper detailing and snap closure above are also of top quality.

The boots have a 17.5″ calf circumference leaving just about a 3/4 of an inch of extra room for me at the top. This doesn’t bother me at all as I have never liked the look of boots that were so tight they appeared painted on. The leather of these is stiff enough that they stay up on my calf regardless of the extra space. The toes are a beautiful almond shape and very comfortable for all day wear. If leather isn’t your thing, the boots also come in a gorgeous suede that also looks so supple and comfortable. One final note, I did size up from my normal 9 at J.Crew to a 9.5. I wanted a bit of extra room for thicker socks, but upon receipt have found that these boots do run slightly small. While i can tell that the size 10’s would be much too big, the 9.5 leaves just a smidgen of extra room for thick socks.

In other, completely random news: I purchased my first clip-less curling iron and loooove the result. I have naturally very frizzy, curly, and unruly hair and on days when I don’t want to blow dry or straighten it into place, this iron makes my natural waves bouncy and frizz-free. I highly recommend the iron I purchased and particularly love the quickness with which I achieved this look.

Have you found any wide-calf boots that you’re loving?

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