Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shopbop F&F

It's Tax Day! And you know what that means! Shopbop's annual sale! Use code INTHEFAMILY14. This year it is 25% of both regular price and sale items (subject to exclusions), so there are some great deals to be had! 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014


Top: J.Crew Grid Blouse (Black/White).
Trousers: Theory Max C Tailor (Black)(similar).
Shoes: LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps (Black).
Rings: Aldo Praema (Silver).

It's turning into a problem. This is my third Club Monaco trench in as many years. There's not much to say except that they're beautiful and are made beautifully, which is why I can't help myself. I tried this long version here from Zara, though much cheaper, it was way too long--it hit me about mid-calf! (Also see this one and this one.) Despite being more costly, I'm much happier with the quality of the Club Monaco version. It is partially lined, and falls above my knee cap. The soft drape gifts the trench a bit of a feminine touch, which admittedly, can oftentimes be lacking in my outfits.

 If you're interested in this, they're going fast! So buy now, think later! By the time I get this post up, I think it might already be sold out on the U.S. site and limited sizes on the Canadian site. It also comes in navy blue, which is a great transitional color for the cooler temps. Here are some other options I found that might be worth checking out:

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Sunday, April 6, 2014


Top: Wilfred Free by Aritzia Georgia Cropped Top (Black, it's not really sheer, the flash just makes it look like it). 
Skirt: Zara (White)(similar).
Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch (Black, textured)(similar).
Shoes: LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amaya (Black)(similar).
Rings: Forever21.
Bracelet: Forever21.

Cropped tops was one of those trends that I swore that I would never do. For one, I'm not in my teens or my twenties anymore so showing tons of skin tends to make it look like I'm trying too hard. Two, as hard as I work in the gym, I don't have abs like Marisa Miller. And third, my waist is short, so tops that are cropped emphasize my short torso. 

But never say never.

I had an event to go to, and as any other time I have somewhere to go and I need to get a little dressed up, I pondered about what I would wear. I suddenly had this idea that if I could pair the cropped top with a high-waisted skirt so that only a teeny bit of skin showed through, it actually might result in an acceptable outfit that didn't look like I wished I was 16 again. I could totally get on board with that. 

So I did a quick online search. I really wanted to keep covered up as much as possible, so I opted for a long sleeved version, but I kept my mind open to sleeveless versions as well. I also didn't want the top to be too short (although not that hard, since I'm short-waisted anyway) and I didn't want to pay too much. I checked several online stores and settled on this top from Wilfred Free (by Aritzia). I lucked out when I went to the B&M store on my lunch break there was only one black one left, and it fit! It was meant to be!

I paired it with this white Zara pencil skirt that sits extremely high on my waist. So high, you can't even see skin showing in the first photo. And for the most part, unless I was bending or reaching, you wouldn't see skin at all, which I suppose defeated the purpose of purchasing a cropped top, but oh well.

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