Thursday, March 31, 2011

AFD's First Giveaway! {CLOSED}

      Surprise!!


      I've been thinking about a giveaway for a while now. I think they're fun and a great way to thank my loyal readers and to let you know how great I think you all are. I started this blog as a hobby really for my own personal purposes. I love fashion and I was starting to take an interest in photography, so I thought I would just document what I loved and learned along the way. I never imagined I would have any regular readers (other than my SO) let alone find people I would consider as friends! So as a thank you for connecting with me I decided to host this small giveaway. And it is....





        Rebecca Minkoff Un Deux Trois Pouch! YAY! The color is Olive Wax and has a little keychain attachment. So adorable! Great for a quick run to the store. 


        Note: This giveaway is solely sponsored by me, Cher. I'm not affiliated with Rebecca Minkoff in any way. I just like her stuff. :)


        You want it? Of course you do. By entering you are agreeing to abide by the rules, which are none too demanding.


Giveaway Rules:


(1) Giveaway open to U.S. and Canadian readers. The Canadian reader, if the winner, may choose to wait until I get home to have me mail the package so it will not be hit with duties. A warning, however, it may be a while until you get it! 
Disclaimer:  I will ship using a reliable method, but I am not responsible if the package is lost or is charged with duties.
(2) Giveaway ends Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 11:59pm (EST).
(3) Winner will be announced on Saturday, April 23, 2011 on this blog and on Twitter. Winner will have 72 hours to claim the prize. Remember to check back to see if you've won!


How to Enter (Mandatory):
(1) Complete the entry form.
(2) Follow AFD publicly, through Google Friend Connect. (+1 mandatory entry)


For Bonus Entries:
(1) Blog about the giveaway! (+1 bonus entry)
(2) Tweet about the giveaway! (+1 bonus entry)





       Good luck, ladies! 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: T Los Angeles Crop Top

     I've been wanting a boxy t-shirt for a while now. Something that was really casual, but a little bit different from the traditional tee. What I was afraid of was wearing something that would overwhelm my frame. There were so many options on Piperlime and I had no idea what exactly I was looking for, just that I wanted something similar to these tops found on Shopbop:


Vince Square T, $80.50 (on sale).


Wilt Boxy T, $67.90 (on sale).
     So I settled on this T Los Angeles Crop Top in Lagoon:






     I gave up on crop tops years ago when I realized that it didn't do my short torso any favors, but for some reason I thought that this would work because it meant less material to overwhelm me. I was wrong.




At first I thought the top was going to be way too short and emphasize my short waist, but now that I look at the photos, it isn't terrible. But the top was too wide despite being an XS. American sizing can really be so frustrating!


    Then I tried it with a tank underneath to help give the illusion of a longer torso:



Then off the shoulder for a different look, but it didn't quite work because it was just too boxy:




      I think it worked best with the long tank and worn on the shoulder. But for $57 plus an extra 30%, I was far from convinced.


      The verdict? Return.


     What do you ladies think? Could I have made it work?


     P.S. Make sure to come back tomorrow! I have a surprise! =)

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Review: Eight Sixty Silk Top

      I found myself a GAP G&G code that worked at Piperlime. This always give me a reason to break my shopping ban/budget. But this time around, I really struggled with finding something to buy. I suppose part of the reason is that Piperlime's style tends to be very "boho-chic" / Rachel Zoe-style, and as much as I can appreciate that kind of hippie-inspired look, I'm not often drawn to those types of pieces and they limited versatility in my wardrobe.  The other reason is that since I actually have set a tight budget this month, I didn't feel like I could justify the things I really *did* want. I finally settled on two tops and a pair of sandals (that are on back order until April). I'm going to review the tops separately so you ladies have something to look forward to in the next few days. Ha Ha.


    The first item I purchased was this Silk Top by Eight Sixty in Chateau Grey, size XS:



      I saw so much potential in this top because I could wear it either with a pair of flares, or wear it to work, tucked into a skirt or trousers. I pulled it out of the box and my first thought was, "Oh. It's purple." A very pale purple, but it was definitely purple. Silly me. I thought it would be grey, which would be more versatile with my wardrobe. Even if they were going for "french grey", this isn't quite what I was expecting. I could possibly overlook this if the fit was right. When I was ready to put it on, I realized that it had no buttons or zipper. I guess I assumed that it would given the placket and seaming down the front. Well, OK, that's fine too, I suppose. Now, if a brand isn't vanity-sized, I can generally fit into a regular XS on top (as opposed to a XSP or XXS). I'm really surprised (and disappointed) if it doesn't. And, this time, I was surprised:




     Holy boxy fit. The top was just wide all over. I tried even tucking it in a bit to try and make it work, but it wasn't having it.



    Here are the measurements:

          Shoulder to bottom hem: 23.5"
          Armit to armpit: 19.25"
          Shoulder to shoulder: 16.0"
          Total width of bottom hem: 20.25"

   It's regular price is $90, on sale for $58.99 plus 30% G&G and an insignificant amount of cashback. Even for ~$41, I couldn't justify it given that I would have to have this tailored.


     Verdict? Return.


     P.S. I have a surprise! Come back in a few days to see what it is!

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Deliberations: Flatforms.

      I love wedges. I also love platforms. They both not only give extra height to a short stature, but also (generally) aren't as painful to wear as regular heels. What's not to love?


     This spring/summer, the new trend is the "flatform". It's pretty much what it sounds like:




     They are basically a flat sandal/shoe on a platform.


     In theory, I could understand the appeal. A extra height without the pain of putting your weight on the balls of your feet sounds pretty great. But I don't think I can get over the physical appearance of looking like you have a pair of bricks attached to your feet. Sure, maybe I can picture them on the beach, along with rubber high-heeled flip flops. But in the city? I think not. Some flatforms are a little less extreme than others, like these by Nicole (photo from Piperlime.com):


     I may consider wearing them if there was at least a 1.5" arch.


     As I write this, I think I actually owned a pair that would be considered a "flatform" when I was in my early 20s. LOL! I remember when I tossed them out after a few years thinking how incredibly ugly they were. How in the world did my BFF let me buy these? If I had know they'd be all the rage ten years later, I would have kept them...or not.


     What do you ladies think of the flatform? Will you be adding them to your Spring/Summer wardrobe this year?

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Look at Me!

     My first feature!


    I die! LOL. 


    I'm featured on a relatively new style website called StyledOn.com. By it's own description: 




     I discovered StyledOn a few weeks ago. I have yet to put in a lot of time "socializing" on the website, but I have uploaded some photos from this blog and tagged some of them. It's a really fun way to find inspiration even though the community isn't all that large yet. You can "follow" other members that you find inspiring and leave comments and compliments. It's also not limited to just fashion. It also has sections for decor and culture.


   Being featured on this site is both cool, flattering, and a little embarrassing all at the same time. 


   Please check it out and let me know what you think!

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Petite Fashion Challenge #6: Dress Up Your Basics



"Jeans and a tee is a classic outfit starter. Depending on what you layer over this basic pairing, you can change style and feel of the entire look. This is your chance to show your personality and your creativity.
For this challenge, start off with a jeans and tee basic look (it can be any style or color) and dress it up to show off your personal style with accessories, jewelry, and whatever you’d like to add."
      So, TBH, I wasn't sure I was going to participate in this challenge which is kind of ironic since given the choice, I would probably just wear jeans and a t-shirt everyday. I had two of my own challenges with this post. One, posting something I haven't already done, and two, finding time to do it. But I finally came up with something AND found the time, miraculously. It's pretty rocker-chic and probably not everyone's style, but I thought it would be fun and would probably be a bit different from what the other petite ladies are doing. I apologize for the hair. Hair has finally grown out (and not well, I might add) from my last haircut debacle, and now it needs a trim and re-shaping. I'm also all sorts of crooked in these photos-- jacket, belt, scarf, and t-shirt:


Top: American Eagle Deep-V Favorite T (Black, size S).
Jacket: Jacob Leather Bomber Jacket (Black, size S).
Denim: Paige Premium Denim Verdugo Jeggings (McKinley, size 24).
Necklace: Forever 21 Tie Knot Necklace.
Scarf: Tolani Midnight Rose Scarf (Red/Navy).
Shoes: D&G Suede Booties (Dark Grey, size 6).
Belt: Le Chateau (Black, size M).

     OK, I just realized it's not really much different from my EOTD from last week. LOL. But how can you go wrong with a leather jacket and a great pair of heels?


     I can't wait to see what the other petite ladies have come up with!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Pocketed.

     I didn't think I would like the combination of this silk blouse and these cargo pants with the pointy-toe heels, but I kinda do! Sorry about the gym hair. My coif is starting to get out of control.


Blouse: Ann Taylor Dot Blouse (Navy, size 0P).
Bottoms: Jacob Twill Cargo Pants (Mocha, size 0).
Shoes: Lauren by Ralph Lauren Amaya Pumps (Black, size 6).
Belt: Nine West Reversible Belt (Black/Brown Patent, size S).

     I just noticed that my necklace isn't straight in my photos. Gah. I suppose that's what happens when you have to take your own photo and there's no mirror to be found.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Deliberations: Lovely Lacquer.

      So I decided to start something new on AFD.  I call it "Sunday Deliberations". A few of the blogs I like to read do a weekly post such as, Awesome and Awkward Thursdays at The Day Book, and Rule-Breaking Mondays at I'm Clothed Much. I figured since my blog is called A Fashion Deliberation, I should probably...deliberate more. LOL. It will be a little different from the other blogs, however. Instead of just outfits, these posts will actually make you read and encourage some thoughtful discussion and comments (hopefully) and maybe even let me get to know you all better (or maybe just the other way around). Don't be alarmed. I'll also try to include photos where appropriate. =) These posts will generally be fashion-related, but since it is my blog, I reserve the right to digress. Ha Ha. Why Sunday, you ask? No particular reason. It has sort of a nice ring to it and since Sunday is a day of reflection for some, why not?


      My first Sunday Deliberation post will be about...nail polish! It's not directly related to fashion in the typical sense, but after years of avoiding these little paint bottles like the plague, I've come to the realization that nails can actually be a great accessory to an outfit!


      If you've followed my blog for a while, then you know that I'm really a tomboy at heart and you probably wouldn't be surprised to learn that as a child and early teens I was completely anti-nail polish. If I was going to wear it, it would be clear polish and that's it. No red, and DEFINITELY NO PINK. I just couldn't get past how girly it was and it just made me feel really self-conscious. But as I got older, my style evolved. And as the more "alternative" colors were being sold (remember Revlon Streetwear?), I became more interested with this special paint.  I was totally fascinated with blacks, metallics, and other dark colors because it wasn't so girly. LOL.


     I would buy a bottle here and there, but not really wear it out in public. I would literally put it on, wear it around the house and then take it off. Around the age of 23, I realized that having a good pedicure was probably a smart idea when wearing open-toed shoes and I went ahead and myself a "french manicure pink" color. It was almost as if I was wearing nothing, but made my feet at least presentable to the world. For years, that's the only color I wore on my toes.  Any other color and I was convinced it would draw attention to my feet, and I didn't want that! =P


    Fast forward a few years and I suddenly had an epiphany: Nail polish can totally transform the "mood" of an outfit. Darks can give some edge, brights can make an outfit fun, and reds, of course, can make an ensemble totally sexy. Who knew?


   After years of collecting lacquer, I'm still drawn to the darks--especially blacks and blues. But I've ventured out into the greens, and now even neons and reds (although reds tend to look brown against my skintone, which I hate). Pink, unless its a french manicure pink is still off the table. LOL. Here are a few photos of my ever-growing stash, which I know is nowhere near what other ladies have:




      And a photo of the first red polishes that I've purchased in the last few months:




    My most recent purchase is Mezmerized by Essie that I found at Target (artificial light followed by natural light):



    My technique isn't that great and I'm incredibly impatient. I can't wait for my nails to dry and what makes it worse is the fact that I have this weird tendency to sit on my hands. Obviously, my freshly painted nails do not survive.


    What do you think of nail polish? Do you wear it? Why or why not? What are your favorite colors ever?

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