Friday, October 29, 2010

Endless.com Boot Sale!!

     Always looking for the perfect pair of boots? Me too! It's incredible difficult when you have small calves, so I find myself just trying everything on in hopes of finding something that fits or comes close to fitting that I love enough to make me want to invest in having a cobbler alter them to fit my calves (I've done it before on an old pair of boots and well worth it). Anyways, I just wanted to let you all know that Endless.com if having a boot sale! 25% off select boots AND an extra 20% off with code! Type in:  OCT29DOTD into the search box and when checking out, in the promotional box, "THANKS20". The code actually works on anything on the website until October 31. Oh, and don't forget your cashback! I believe it's 13.6% at Bigcrumbs.com right now. Happy shopping! Hope you find something great! 

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Networking EOTD



    [Well thankfully, my new USB cord came quickly! Phew! I was worried I was going to go weeks without being able to blog a single post. I am happy to say now though, that things can start getting back to normal.]


    The weather in DC has been rather strange the last few weeks. Completely unseasonal for the time of year, leaving me ultra confused as to what to wear when it's hot in the middle of the day, but really chilly in the morning and at night.

     I had to attend an alumni dinner last night, which meant schmoozing with some suits, so I thought I would step it up a little bit without actually putting a suit on. After all, you never know who is going to be there! This was the perfect time to make use of my new ATL cropped tweed jacket in a more conservative setting before it got too cold:
 
Sweater: Nygard Cashmere Turtleneck (black, size XS)
Jacket: ATL Cropped Tweed 3/4-sleeve jacket (size XSP)
Pants: Jacob Trousers (Black with black pinstripe, size 0)
Boots: Bandolino Indulge Booties (black, size 6.5)
Scarf: Love Quotes (Mallard)

      Just a little pop of color to stand out in a crowd. I was actually going to wear my suit pants, but I realized I hadn't orn these pants in a while, so I just put them on to see if they still fit, and they stayed on. When I stepped outside around 5pm it was still way too warm for this whole outfit! I'm sure I looked completely ridiculous with the turtleneck, jacket, AND scarf, but when I left the restaurant around 10:30pm, it was perfect. 

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You would not believe...

...that I forgot my USB cable for my camera at SO's this past weekend! ACK! Can you imagine my despair?! I ordered a new one from eBay, so hopefully it will come in the next few days. With my luck, the seller sent it super snail mail. I've also been planning to get myself a DSLR camera for my upcoming birthday, but it's been sold out for the last few weeks and I can't get my hands on one. When it finally does come, hopefully some better pics will come along with it. The thought of spending all that money on a single item always makes me feel anxious, but I'm pretty sure I'll love it so I'll try not to think too much about how much it cost. Have yourselves a wonderful week!

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

H&M Fitting Room Finds Quickie, Part 2

    A trip to H&M this weekend, another "quickie", but this time not because I didn't want to try anything on--in fact, I wanted to try as much on as I could, but I just couldn't find anything I really liked (or maybe I just wasn't in a creative mood)! Goes to show how hit and miss H&M can be. Only three weeks ago, I was overwhelmed by how many items I wanted to try on.


   I actually only brought two different items into the fitting room. The first was this grey button down blouse in size 4:



     I really liked this top; I see it as very versatile and it made pretty well. The sleeves are actually just above the elbow. It's not one of those long-sleeved tops that you can roll up and button. It is a 100% polyester, not silk, but I really didn't mind. Some people are still afraid of polyester, but polyester isn't what it used to be. Some really great quality items, including suits, are made from polyester blends these days. It can wear incredibly well. It is $39.95CA (likely translates to $34.95US). I came close to buying this, but I figured if I was going to buy it, I should wait until I get back to D.C. and save myself a little extra money since the exchange rate is about equal. 


     I also tried on this dress, which I saw on a fashion forum. I loved the green color, so when I saw it in the store, I rushed to try it on. I picked it up in a size 2 and a 4. The first one I tried on was the size 4 because I seem to have more luck with this size recently:



Loved the color on, but you say it looks a little bit in the front? Yes, I agree. But do you know why?



     I could not zip the 4 all the way up! This dress is SMALL. I have never worn a size 6 in H&M, ever. But I definitely needed it in this this.  I could actually zip it up a little higher than I show in these pictures, but it was not all that comfortable. I couldn't really think of an occasion to wear this dress so I didn't even bother looking for a size 6. The price is $59.95CA (or $54.95US?). It was very pretty though and it  seemed to drape nicely (despite not being able to zip it up).


     I should also mention, I am totally in love with everything in Jacob right now. LOL. I'm usually much more of a fan of their fall/winter collections than of their spring/summer items. I don't like to take pictures in the fitting rooms there because the lighting is so poor. But I should mention to my Canadian readers (I don't know if this promotion applies to the stores in and around Boston), that on Monday, October 25, if you go into the store and for every piece of used clothing you donate (it has to be in good and wearable condition), you will get 25% off a single item in the store. So say you bring in five used items to be donated, you will get 25% off five items in the store. Great deal for a great cause. So if you are eyeing some pieces in the store, Monday is definitely the time to go...if only I was still going to be in town! ARGH! 
EDIT: This is good until December 24th on all regular sale items! No shoes, socks, underwear, or clothes that are soiled or ripped. 

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Review: Bandolino Indulge Boot (and Bonus EOTD)

     I am quite aware that I put myself on a super-low/no-buy this month, but I went ahead and bought these boots:


     Bandolino Indulge Bootie in Black, size 6.5 (my regular shoe size is 6). My excuse? I needed a work boot that I could wear with pants that wasn't so high that it looked like I was wearing flood pants and was practical for walking the city streets of the District. Most of my work pants are hemmed (or unhemmed) for heels. So I had three choices: I hem all my pants (which I don't want to do), buy all new ones (heck no, I have a hard enough time finding pants), or buy a new pair of boots. I also had like $350 worth of Amazon.com credit that I could use which made it look like I wasn't actually spending any money. =)


     At first I was really skeptical about these boots. Mostly because of the bow. I'm not really into the whole frilly, girly stuff, but seeing as how they were going to be covered up by my pants anyway, I thought I would give it a go. Plus, I actually love the seamed almond toe of the Bandolino boot. I have a wedge style with the exact same toe shape, and it's just so classic (photos taken from Zappos):

     The regular price of these are $109 at Endless.com and they were having 20% off boots with a $125 purchase (I also bought my mom a pair of knee-high boots for her upcoming birthday).  So here they are:




     When I pulled them out of the box, I found the leather to be very soft and quite supple. The heel itself was a perfect height ~3.5". When trying them on with a pair of work pants, which are usually about a 32" inseam, they didn't drag or flood. Actually, to be honest, they are a just a *touch* too short for my personal preference, but it's probably a good thing--less chance of my pants dragging on the wet and salty pavement in the winter.

      To my surprise, the bow is actually a very nice touch. I can see it really adding a little something if I chose to wear these boots with skinny jeans or a dress. 

      The fit? I purchased a 6.5 like I do with all my boots, and although it did fit with an insole and my regular sports socks, the heel was very wide. So wide, that my heels slip when I walk. Really weird for a boot.  I usually have that problem with pumps, but never boots. It could really annoy me (and be really dangerous!) when I'm walking, so I decided to go half a size down to see if that helped. It didn't. My toes felt squished AND my heels were slipping out. No good. Plan B? Put some thick heel pads in the back to keep my heels from lifting. Much better!

      Verdict? Keepers!

      Here's a bonus EOTD with the boots (I know I haven't been posting many EOTDs lately. I've been so busy and uninspired!):

Cropped 3/4 sleeve Jacket: ATL [purchased for $50 after extra 50% off sale price!] (size XSP).
Sweater: Smart Set Turtleneck (dark green, size XS).
Denim: Habitual Audrey Legging (Eventide Redux, size 25--these run really small).
Booties: Bandolino Indulge (black, size 6.5)
Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff MAB (dark brown).

     This is a super cute little jacket I found at ATL today. They are having an extra 50% off all sale stuff! It's a good time to run to your local ATL and see if they have any good items left over. I've had my eye on this little jacket for a while, but could never bring myself to buy it (or even try it on in fear of loving it too much). My mom is in town, and she bought it for me! YAY! It's so cute layered over a long-sleeved sweater. I would even love it over a pair of elbow-length leather gloves, which I sadly do not own. This is what the jacket looked like in the fitting room over an ATL V-neck sweater that cost $15 after the 50%:


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fashion Fixation: Matiko Naamah Boot

      I admit it, I just didn't understand the whole short/cuffed boot trend. I mean, why would you want your boot to look like it had it's own built-in pants? That, and in general, I think think the short boot just hits the leg at such an awkward height and they reminded me so much of elf shoes. 


       Then, I saw this picture of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on JustJared.com:






      Suddenly it hit me as to how cute they could be if the boots were heeled and not flat. So while at work, though I wasn't intentionally looking for boots (I swear), I came across an ad showing these boots by Matiko:





     They are the Naamah boot. I kind of liked them, though I wasn't completely sold until I saw this picture of them on Revolve:






     Convertible boot?!?! I love the wrap around strap. It gives the boot a little bit of edge, and the fact that the boot is a little slouchy means it could be much more forgiving around thin calves. I want them, though they are pretty pricey. $284 regular price, half price on Hautelook right now, but not in my size. The only other two places I can find them are Endless (not on sale) and on the Matikoshoes.com website, and apparently I missed Matiko's big sale a few weeks ago which had 35% off everything. Just my luck.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Review: Guess Solar OTK Boot

     I saw these boots on Endless, and although I have no intention of keeping them, I thought I would check them out and compare them to the Steve Madden Sabra Boot that I tried out here. They are very similar, and the review that I read said that the calves on these were super tiny. I wanted to see for myself!

     If you recall, the two biggest problems with the SM Sabra Boot were the super stiffness of the leather and the buckle behind the knee which really hindered any sort of walking. You'd have to have some pretty long legs and be able to take a lot of pain to walk in those! I was wondering if I was going to encounter a similar problem with these Guess Solar Over the Knee boots.  Pic from Zappos:


     Very intriguing indeed. Its regular price $224.95 on Endless plus 20% off with sale discount and 13.6% cashback on BigCrumbs.com.

     Surprisingly, they actually came in a full sized box:


     And here they are (sorry, some of these pics aren't very good. It's so hard to take indoor pics at night, but I had no choice since I'm stuck at the office during all hours of daylight!):



     The first thing I have to say is that the leather is SIGNIFICANTLY better than the Sabra Boot. I don't mean super soft and squishy like Stuart Weitzman type of leather, but the leather was definitely much softer and pliable. I had no problem walking in these. They were a little bit on the stiff side right out of the box, but nothing a little conditioner and breaking in couldn't handle. The buckle behind the knee was just behind the bend of my knee, but since the leather is soft, it did allow me to walk:




     No rubbing at the ankles. Sizing? Pretty TTS. I bought these in a 6.5, and it was just right with my insoles and thick socks. The calf wasn't as small as the review I read said it was going to be. It was pretty typical for an OTK boot. 

     As for the toe of the boot, it was a nice shape for a riding boot. Not too square, not too round: 


     Verdict? If I had the money, I would probably keep these. Definitely a pair to try out (on sale) if you were afraid of the Steven by Steve Madden Sabra OTK Boot.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Just for Fun

     Over the last few weeks, I've been collecting some accessories to spice up my outfits. Here are a few them. Nothing too crazy and amazing, but hey, we all love a little pic spam every now and then.


OPI Ski Teal We Drop, OPI Jade is the New Black.


Knuckle Ring from Aldo, $12


Ring from Le Chateau, $20

Love Quotes Scarf in Mallard, $88 

     I've been obsessed with this particular scarf for over two years since I saw it on Ashlee Simpson in a random celeb photo! And it's everything I imagined. It is made of italian linen and viscose, it is super soft and fluffy. I'm going to get tons of wear out of this scarf (yes, you have already seen this in an outfit a few posts back).

     And finally, something more sentimental. This gold bracelet from my late grandmother:



      It's just costume jewelry as you can see from the elastic on the inside, and it probably didn't cost very much but I love costume jewelry anyway and thought this was very pretty. It was one of my choices when all the aunts and cousins were going through my grandmother's belongings. I'm sure it will be a great addition to just the right ensemble.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

     Basically a useless fashion post, but I wanted to wish my Canadian readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! Even when times are hard, there is always something to be thankful for. Enjoy and appreciate them! Now eat your turkey! Please. =)

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

H&M Fitting Room Finds Quickie

     First off, I want to apologize for the lack of posts in the last week. I've been going through some personal issues and have been working extra hours. Together, not exactly a good motivational situation to blog. I'll do the best I can though, but please forgive me if there are large gaps between posts in the next while, I'll need some time to pull myself together.


     When I went to T.O., of course I made a quick stop at H&M. I put myself on a super-low/no-buy this month, so to avoid temptation (yes, I know I shouldn't even be in the store anyway), I didn't try much on despite seeing some really interesting pieces.


    I tried on this nude colored dress that is sort of similar to the last H&M nude dress I tried on here:




    I tried it on in a size 4, but it seemed rather large when I put it on. I probably could have gone down to a 2. It was just too large around the shoulders and the bust. Compared to other nude dress, I just didn't like this one at all despite the really pretty pleating. I forgot to take a picture of the price tag, so I have absolutely no idea how much it cost. If I had to guess, it was probably $39.95CA.


     I saw this really great skirt with lace overlay:


   I saw so much potential in this skirt that I just *had* to try it on. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my credit card), there was only a size 2 and no 4:



I couldn't quite get it to zip up all the way! It was really beautiful though, and if it had fit, I would've had a really difficult time putting it down.  It seemed pretty well made as the skirt itself was actually quite thick, and just the perfect length too. A simple blouse with a great pair of pumps and even with a small jacket on top would make an classic and sophisticated outfit. It's price is $39.95CA. Love, love, love!

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall Trend: Velvet

     It's still pretty warm in D.C., but I'm already super excited about Fall clothes! It's my favorite season for fashion. I'm far more creative with my wardrobe during the fall. In the summer, my inner tomboy emerges and all I really want to wear is a t-shirt or tank and a pair jeans, which in D.C. is apparently not allowed because it is so humid!


     One of the biggest trends this coming Fall/Winter is textured fabric, including velvet (also don't forget tweed, lace, felt, faux fur, etc.). I'm not an overly huge velvet fan, and I don't like velour at all (I think it's a result of my parents owning a velvet covered couch back in the '70s and '80s), but I can certainly appreciate a great velvet jacket to polish off an outfit. I would have never bought this blazer myself, but my mom bought this for my birthday one year and I just never had a chance to wear it. I think this coming fall season will be the perfect time:


 

     It's originally from Jacob, maybe four or five years ago. Size 0 in this dark plum color. Looks gorgeous with a pair of dark jeans and heels. It's pretty warm. I was starting to sweat in the apartment when I was taking pictures so it's definitely for cooler weather. Also worn with Smart Set lace trim  camisole (white, size XS), Paige Laurel Canyon Jeans (McKinley, size 25), Calvin Klein Feliz Boot (black calf, size 6.5), and Olivia Harris Satchel (Teal patent), and another big trend this season, a leopard scarf (from eBay).


  

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