Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Review: Corso Como Delicious Pumps

      Ok, not really. Just nude feet. I found these great (or what appeared to be great) nude pumps on Piperlime. They are Corso Como Delicious. They cost $151. I wasn't too keen on the price, especially since I've been really splurging lately on items including my new RM studded hobo, Lululemon pants, and a Marc by Marc Jacobs bikini. Yes, I did say Marc by Marc Jacob. I know, it's completely unnecessary especially given that I never go to the pool. I guess now, I have to. It's a darn cute suit though.


      I went ahead and bought the shoes, fully expecting they weren't going to fit anyway, but in case they did, I would be really upset with myself because then I'd have to keep them!




      Out of the box, it was an absolutely stunning shoe. Good quality, and lots of padding in the inside. Although, I wasn't that sure about the color. They seemed a little bit too light for me.


      Despite the color, I was really excited about these, because they looked very similar to AT pumps. The perfect almond toe, and the not too high heel (about 3"). I had never tried Corso Como pumps before, in fact, I don't think I'd ever seen them. I've only seen flats and sandals. When I put these on, my heart sank. They were definitely half a size too large--I needed a 5.5 instead of a 6. And what is with the lack of toe cleavage? A little toe cleavage is good, IMO, to prevent that granny look. You can see toe cleavage on my right foot there because it's my smaller foot. There was no way that shoe was going to stay on my foot no matter how much padding and heel grips I stuck in the inside. Feeling both relieved and disappointed, I sent these shoes back.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

True Blue.

   I was browsing the new items on Revolve one day at work and immediately saw this:




       AKIKO Knot Front Dress in Turquoise. I was totally in love. I don't say that too often about a dress. I wanted it. And now. Except that it said "Out of Stock". Out of stock? How could that be? They just posted the dress online, and haven't even sent out the email saying that new items had arrived, and it was sold out? How sad.


      For the next few days, I stalked the dress, because that's what I do when I love something. LOL. Suddenly, one day after I arrived home after work, it was available for pre-order. WTF? I was so excited I couldn't find my credit card fast enough. The problem? The only sizes were S, M, and L. Did that mean that I was too slow and someone bought the XS before me or it just didn't come in XS? I emailed Revolve asking if I could special order the dress in XS and immediately I received a response that it wasn't available. This made me think that it just didn't come in XS because usually it takes them one week to get back to me. So I went ahead and purchased the dress in Small hoping and praying it would fit.


      I received it in the mail a few days ago and tore the package open in excitement. Strangely enough, I actually expected the material to be shinier and lighter in color as it is in the picture. In fact, it was a matte, jersey material and a dark teal color. No matter though, it was still very pretty. Here it is (I apologize for the laundry bag and umbrella in the corner there):



      My first thought was, "I'm not sure". Size-wise, it fit well considering it was a Small instead of my typical XS or XXS; the adjustable straps also helped, and it wasn't too long so that it required hemming. I'm sure the dress would look pretty fabulous on someone with a longer and smaller torso than I do. My torso is short, and a little "thick" in proportion to the rest of me. I'm very ruler shaped, so a tiny and toned waist is something that I long to have, but probably never will no matter how many hours I spend at the gym. The front of the dress is low, but not too low, so I can wear a strapless bra with it. Normally, I wouldn't even bother with a bra if I could get away with it, but given that this dress benefits a more curvier body, I had to put on the bra to give the illusion of a more hourglass shape. Oh, don't forget the Spanx. I put those on too to help shrink the waist. I'm thinking now that maybe I should get some thing that is more of waist cincher, but I'm probably taking this tiny waist thing a little bit too far. LOL. The price tag is $151, but I got 15% off with the code "TULIP", making it $128.35. A little bit on the pricey side, but not a price I wouldn't be willing to pay for a stunning dress. Looking at the pictures now, I see that it does look great. Perfect for a wedding and/or wedding reception. Sometimes you just don't recognize how great (or bad) something looks in the mirror, but in the pics, the dress looks pretty nice. I think it's a keeper!


EDIT: I just noticed a big hole in the back of the dress. As if someone actually took a pair of scissors to it.  UGH! How annoying is that??  =(

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

EOTD: [Really] Hot, Casual Sunday

Club Monaco Slub Top (Grey, XS)
Aritzia Talula Babaton Bermuda Short (Black, size 0)
Cynthia Vincent Gladiator Sandals (Yellow, size 6).

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Oh, dresses!

      I've been really struggling with my wardrobe lately. It's been obscenely hot and humid in DC, and my closet is not equipped to deal with it. I've been doing a lot of online browsing the last week or so for work appropriate clothes and summer outfits (namely, skirts and dresses) that aren't too girly and frilly. I'm finding a few cute things, but most of them in black. I like black, but I try to avoid an all black outfit in the summer--I would even settle for navy, but too much black in the summer makes me feel a little depressed.


      I'm super happy that Shopbop has finally given in to free returns. Now if only they would have more coupon codes! I am definitely more willing to order stuff from their website knowing I can return with no fuss and no $$. So I went ahead and bought a few dresses this week. First,  another tank dress for me, Free People Solid Poison Ivy Tunic in Raspberry, size XS, $38:




      I really had high hopes for this dress. It was cheap, simple, my style, great color...but, no. The material was soft, but way too "flimsy".  And it just didn't "hold" the body in. So if you have even just a little bit jiggling, or are a little bloated, this dress wasn't going to do you any favors. The back is quite low too, so no bra allowed, which might have been fine if the the dress had some hold to it. But it just didn't. Totally going back. I also see something similar on UO for slightly cheaper. I may go for that and see how it works out instead.


      And I'm not really sure why I bought this, but I did. Velvet Lomena Dress in Cherry, size XS retailing for $124. 




     The color is really pretty, surprisingly. I'm not really a red person because I don't think it goes that well with my skintone, but I actually really liked this color on. There is ruching on one side which helps to cover any imperfections, and also double-lined, so I guess which goes towards the price tag. The length isn't too bad either. I probably wouldn't hem it if had I decided to keep it. It's nice, but for $124? What was I thinking? I will reconsider for a lower price point, as much as I liked this on, it's just too expensive for what it is. Maybe if I was actually hard pressed for something to wear to an event (which I'm not) I would be inclined to keep it.


0/2. =(

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

EOTN (Ensemble of the Night)

   It was a friend's 30th Birthday yesterday. We were having a small rooftop party and then going out to a bar to see a live 90s cover band. I could not figure out what to wear! Jeans are just out of the question with this humidity, which meant I didn't have much left to choose from. I don't have any day-to-night dresses, since it has been only recently that I've actually started to buy dresses. And skirts? Apparently, I only have two. I need to work on that. So this is what I came up with. There are actually two outfits, the only difference being the shoes. As much as I wanted to wear the high heeled booties, I went with the cage shooties because it was far more appropriate for what we were doing:


Jacob drape neck top (grey, XS), Aritzia stretch skirt (black, XS), Forever21 bracelet, Nine West Abi Boot on the left, (Black, size 6), Mea Shadow Camelia Shootie (Camel Leather, size 6).

     I kind of felt like the shooties didn't go with the rest of the outfit, but I had no desire to wear any other type of sandal that I had. I had lots of compliments on the shoes though! I think at first, people are a little apprehensive about the style, it being so...unusual. But seeing it real life, they find that they're actually super cute! 

     Hope you ladies have a great weekend!

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Friday, June 18, 2010

H&M Fitting Room Finds

   I went to Georgetown on Monday to return something at Lululemon. I bought a Cool Racerback Tank in "Sangria" thinking it was going to be kind of a raspberry pink, but in fact, it was more like highlighter pink. I'm not a huge fan of pink to begin with so to try and make me into a highlighter was just not going to happen. The other reason I went into Georgetown was because there is an H&M and I saw a skirt on a forum that I wanted and was determined to find. Well, I didn't find that skirt. Actually, I did, but in black. I saw a few on the rack, and a few were being pulled out by a sales associate, but not in the army green color that I was looking for. I scoured the entire store twice, but nothing. It was the first time I went into that particular H&M and was surprised to find how small it was. I'll have to go to another H&M to track it down. I did find a few cute things to try on, however.


    Like many of the form fitting black dresses that appear in H&M, I had to try this strapless dress with sweetheart neckline. The sides had elastic panels with an exposed zipper in the back:






I tried it on in a size 4. It wasn't terribly small, but the zipper did not go up that easily. I struggled to get it up a little bit. It looked OK, but I didn't buy it since the last thing I needed was another black dress, but it retails for $34.95 and also comes in army green. Maybe I should have tried it in green, hmmm.


     The next item I tried on was a black and white tunic tee. I actually thought I could get away with wearing it as a dress, but no go. Still too short, and too see through. Here in size XS:




     You can see how sheer it is by my visible navy blue boy shorts. Not cute. I think the shirt was $6.95. I forgot to take a picture of the price tag so I couldn't forget. What I was trying to do was find a cheaper imitation of this A.L.C. Twisty T Dress from Shopbop but without the $295 price tag:




     Yes, I know. Not even close. I did find something kind of similar to this $198 Monrow Stripe Racer Dress, however:




For $12.95, I could get this:






A major difference however, was that it did not have a racerback:




      I still liked it though, and if anything, I could wear it as a cover up at the beach or pool. I'm wearing it in a size 2.


      I found this ruffle tank that came in several different colors, I tried it on in white because it was the first one I saw:




     It was just OK. I'm wearing it in XS. I'm not sure why I didn't like it, maybe because there is no real shape and a little poofy. But also, I guess it's because it's so...ruffle-y. The price tag on this one is $17.95. The mini tube skirt I'm wearing with it I picked up to go with another top. It has this funky stretch pattern to it and also comes in black, retails for $12.95. I should have taken a closer pic of the skirt on its own. 
Here it is with the top that I picked up (in size XS):




     When I first pulled the top off the rack, I inspected it for a few minutes, and decided I had no clue how to style it. What in the world was I going to wear with it? You really have to put your thinking caps on when you step into H&M. But when I saw the textured skirt, I thought, AHA! The top is made from a light chiffon-type material and retails for $24.95. I tried it on in a size 4. As is, the top just looked rather bulky and well, strange. I decided then, that maybe it needed a belt. I should learn to bring a belt with me every time I go into the H&M fitting room, just in case. I always seem to need one. I looked around for the sales associate, but she was nowhere to be found, so I went back into the room and used my hands. Sorry, you'll have to use your imagination for this one:




     With a brown cinch belt, this outfit was a go. I liked the way it pulled together in the front and gave an interesting asymmetrical line in the top together with the different textures in the skirt. I seriously thought about purchasing this outfit, but ultimately decided against it. Upon some extra thought, the top along with a belt might also look really cute with some skinny jeans. 


      In the end, I walked out with the striped tank dress and a long cami dress for layering underneath it.  All for merely $22.15 including tax. Nice. 


      Here is the cami in taupe. $7.95. Even though it's not quite beige, it's still invisible under white. I bought it in size 4 and it fits well, but I think I could have also gone down to a 2. I was just too lazy to go back into the fitting room to try it on:




      Sisley near you, they are having 40% off everything in the store. I saw a few cute things, but wasn't really tempted. My last stop was Banana Republic, but only because I saw the bus drive right by me, so I had at least another 20 minutes to kill. I'm not really a fan of what BR has going on this season in their regular collection, but their Monogram Collection? LOVE. The BR in Georgetown carries the Monogram collection--a lot of the items they have aren't even available online. I think I even saw an item that has been sold out online for months. They are just beautiful. Even one lady walked into the area not speaking to anyone in particular said out loud, "Wow, isn't that gorgeous?" Unfortunately, the items in the Monogram Collection do not come in petite sizes, so anything you might fall in love with will probably require a trip to the tailor. I would have tried on the whole collection if I hadn't been waiting for the next bus to arrive but they are totally worth a look if you have a BR carrying the Monogram Collection in your city.


    One more look at my very small purchase at H&M:




   Too cute.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

The hunt for the perfect nude pump

   If you've read my blog since I've started, you know that I have major shoe issues, and I don't just mean shoe-buying issues. I have a shoe buying problem mostly because I have such hard to fit feet. I'm super grateful to websites such as Endless.com that have free shipping and free returns, though I'm sure one day soon they will ban me from purchasing anything from their sites.
    I'm always on the hunt for a great pump and so far, I've only found one brand around the $50-$200 range that works: Lauren by Ralph Lauren, more specifically the Zabrina for an almond-toe, and Amaya for a pointy-toe pump. Anything else that might fit is way out of my budget right now. Unfortunately, the Zabrina does not come in nude, so I'm constantly looking for something that might work. On Endless, I found these great looking almost toe pumps:



 Charles by Charles David Pompadour Pumps in Camel Leather (pic from Zappos.com)


This pump sells for $99.99, and with the 30% Bing cashback going on right now I decided to take the plunge. I never get too excited about purchasing pumps, because more often than not they just don't work. This was no different. I wasn't too sure about the sizing. Many reviews said it was 1/2 a size too small. But given that I have narrow feet, I decided to go with the 6 anyway. 









They looked quite nice out of the box, but the real test is when I put them on:



All I have to say is, Ouch. Definitely 1/2 a size too small on my larger foot. However, that should mean that it should fit my right foot, since my right foot is about 1/2 a size smaller than my left. But, my right foot still kept slipping out when I walked, and my left foot also kept slipping out despite the shoe being a 1/2 size too small. Odd. Despite the sizing problem, however, the shoe seemed to be of fairly good quality, and the heel a bit on the higher side. Just about 4 inches, so not exactly a daily office shoe.  I like my work shoes to be around the 3-3.5" mark, otherwise I will feel the pain at the end of the day. These are definitely going back. 

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

It's here...








...my new Rebecca Minkoff Linear Stud Nikki Hobo in Black. I'm not really a hobo type of girl...I much prefer satchels, but a little variety is nice and of course, as we all know, I'm a sucker for studs. Right out of the box, the leather was super soft and super squishy. The studs are a gunmetal, so they don't stand out too much, and interior has 4 pockets, one of which has a zipper. The lining has little white and red birds on it (I'm not sure of the official name of it) and as you can see in the above picture, it also comes with a white dust bag. Here I am wearing it (sorry, I'm wearing my It's-super-hot-outside-and-I'm-lazy outfit):



      It looks pretty large now, but I've been told that once it breaks in that it won't look so big. Hopefully that's true, because as much as I love large bags, it almost looks like I can jump inside. LOL. I've been wanting this bag since last year, and I'm totally ecstatic that I got it at such an awesome price. It retails for $595, but was on sale for $455 on Endless.com, plus they were having an extra 30% off selected brands AND 30% Bing cashback for a total of $222. YES!

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