Thursday, September 29, 2011

Just a taste.

     A friend was visiting from England and it was her birthday, so I decided to take a little break from studying to take her out for a birthday dinner. I need to eat anyway, right? Every time she comes into town, it's my chance to perfect my [awful] English accent.

      I don't have my tripod with me right now and no one to take my picture, so the best I could do was prop up the camera up on a table. So here is half my outfit:

Blazer: Zara (Black, size S).
Shirt: Jacob (Black/white stripe, size XS).
Necklace: Forever21 Pendant.
Belt: Ann Taylor Leather Skinny Belt (Leopard calfhair, size S).
Scarf: Tolani.
Denim: Habitual Audrey Skinny Jeans (size 24).

     LOL. Better than nothing, I suppose. Other blogs manage to make little snap shots of "half-outfits" look so cool. I'm working on it.

    My big exams are in FOUR DAYS. Am I hyper-ventilating? Maybe just a little. Please send me good vibes! 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Need a good laugh?

    You have to admit, this is pretty ridiculous (from the Jamesjeans website):

    Um. Negative pant sizes? OK then.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011 F&F Sale.

It's that time again!

20% off minimum purchase of $100 at using code "SEPEVENT". And don't forget the 13.6%  cashback with Bigcrumbs! Referral link:

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Monday, September 26, 2011

AFD Opinion Poll: Boooottsss.

I want a classic and versatile boot. Mostly to wear under pants at work, but I suppose, if it looks nice with skirts as well, that's a bonus:

@Piperlime, $210
@Aldo, $120

Both are leather, but obviously, they have a pretty marginal price (and probably quality) difference. So, (1) or (2)? Please leave your preference in the comments below! Your reasons also appreciated (but not required)! :D

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's a Love Story.

This is a combination of some of the pieces in my closet that I'm loving right now:

Jacket: Talula by Aritzia Exeter Blazer (Black, size 0).
Blouse: DV by Dolce Vita Camper Shirt (Orange, size XS).
Denim: J Brand Lightweight Lovestory (Dark Vintage, size 25).
Boots: Charles David Nexus Boot (Black, size 6.5)
Bracelet: Express
Necklace: Stein Blye
Watch: Michael Kors Runway Watch (Silver)
Belt: Ann Taylor Calfhair belt (Leopard, size S).

     I think I need to try harder with adding earrings when I accessorize an outfit. I like earrings, but it just feels like too much effort to put them in and take them out everyday (OK, mostly because I have a lot of piercings and I can't be bothered).

    I like to re-use my clothes. See?:

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Review: J.Crew Pencil Skirt in Wool Crepe.

     Almost two months ago, I received a 20% off coupon in my inbox from J.Crew. How often does that happen? Like, almost never. I couldn't pass the opportunity up even though I shouldn't have been buying anything in the first place.  I ended up getting this Pencil Skirt in wool crepe:

     What I *really* wanted was the double-serge skirt (last year's version in 00P fit me perfectly) but for $96 after sale, the price was still too steep for my bank account. I'm a little obsessed with non-neutral colored skirts, so at the time I thought that it would be a good compromise. The fact that it's wool crepe also means that it could be suitable for all-season wear, as opposed to the double-serge skirt which is a much thicker, and heavier material that can only be worn in cooler months.

   After I made the purchase, I started to have second thoughts. I'm not sure what it looks like on your screen, but the from the photo above, the color ("decadent red") looks like it's on the verge of being a bit "pastel-like". For me, this is a problem because I really dislike matching pastel-y colors with bolder colors like black and other deep jewel tones which makes up most of my closet--I find it too sharp and odd of a contrast. On the other hand, I was going though the J.Crew website and found this dress also in decadent red which looks like a much bolder red:

    See the difference? It's quite subtle, but the fact that it's a richer red actually means I could wear black  and other darker colors with it. Anyway, this skirt went on backorder and for a few months I've just been hoping that when it finally comes, the color is as bold as the dress...and of course, that it fits. When I opened the package, it

     The actual color is more like the dress rather than the skirt--more of a reddish-orange. But being orange actually wasn't a problem--the color is actually quite beautiful. In fact, even the fit wasn't a problem. Despite the fact that the skirt was a little too short for my personal preference, it actually fit well in waist and hips in 00P (keep in mind I carry most of my weight in my middle and my hips are very narrow). What I didn't like was the quality of the material. *Very* unhappy. The wool seemed like it was something that would come from H&M. It was thin and flimsy and if not for the lining underneath, I would imagine that it would be see-through. Some may like this super lightweight wool material for summer months, but I am not a fan, especially for the price. The regular price is $98 and I purchased it with a 20% discount and cashback. So *not* worth it, IMO. I'm going to wait on the double-serge wool skirts. Extremely unhappy J.Crew!

    I'm currently in Toronto AGAIN, for another wedding. Except this time, I'll be hanging around for a while because I have some very big exams to write in early October (one of the many reasons why my blog has slowed down to about one post a week).  I have a few posts in my backlog, but it's not a lot, so either (1) this will become more of a "lifestyle" blog rather than a "style" blog for the next three weeks, or (2) I may disappear for a little bit, but hopefully not for long.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fashion Fixation: Rebecca Minkoff Covet

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     Need I say more? I haven't seen this purse in this color before, and this is hanging off the arm of Michelle Trachtenberg at the Rebecca Minkoff S/S 2012 Runway Show, so it's probably one of RM's new spring colors.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Sucked in. [Zara review]

     Anyone else who got sucked in to purchasing stuff at Zara when it went online, raise their hands! Yep. That's me.

     We've had this conversation not too long ago, but I have a love/hate relationship with Zara. I can stare at their clothes all day (and I've done this on their website many, MANY times), just don't let me come within six feet of it. If I see seams or buttons coming off, or feel polyester that seems like it will catch fire at even just the sight of a matchstick, I will put it down faster than Clark Kent can put on his blue and red spandex suit.

     However, one thing that can almost always suck me in to buying something is free shipping and free returns.  It's a brilliant idea and I wish more online stores would take the hint. I will buy twice as often if you just offer me free shipping and give me a way to return for free even if that requires that I go to the mall (BTW, Nordstrom does this now too, and as a result, I made a purchase a few hours within learning of this fact. LOL). Heck, if you don't offer me free shipping at all, there's a 98% chance I won't ever buy from you online. EVER. Zara, you so smaht (in my best Chinese fob accent).

    Do you know how badly I got sucked in to buying Zara online? I bought a coat. If there is one thing that I avoid buying at Zara, as much as I love the look of them, it's the coats. Generally, they are just made terribly with horrible material particularly the wool coats (or whatever they're made out of). And as much as they are visually appealing, it's not enough to justify the price tag. Oh, but did I take heed of my own knowledge when browsing through the website? Nope. I ended buying this trench coat:

     It's not wool, so it had a chance. I loved the subtle military-inspired look of it--the high collar/lapel and the narrowly placed buttons), the extra structure, and being able to buy risk-free, I couldn't resist. So for $129, this made it's way to my doorstep (or more specifically, my concierge). 

     One of the (many) things I was worried about on this jacket, was the length. Given how long this was on the model, no doubt this was going to be super-long on my 5'1-self. But hey, if I like the quality and look of it overall and it fit in the shoulders and waist, I may be willing to hem this to fit. I've been needing a lighter colored trench and Burberry is not within my budget.

     I ordered on the 7th and I received shipping confirmation on the 8th and the package arrived on the 10th. Not bad! 

   Here it is (Sorry, I made no attempt to hide the tags):

      The length hits me just above the bottom of my kneecap. With heels, it doesn't look too long, but with flats, it looks a bit overwhelming on my frame. To be properly proportioned, this would need to be taken up a few inches. The sleeves are also a little bit long. It was small across the chest and the shoulders, however, which is pretty typical of how Zara coats fit me. I wouldn't describe myself as particularly "broad" or "wide" on top, but my shoulders are more muscular (?) than a lot of smaller petites out there. I definitely have to go up a size in this jacket for comfort especially if I want to do some heavier layering underneath. I kind of laughed at these pictures when I first looked at them because my shoulders look so squished even with the top unbuttoned.

   And the quality? Well, actually for $129, it's not bad. The material feels a little rubbery (which in a way I suppose is good because it means it will be water resistent?). The outer is made out of 48% polyester, 44% cotton, and 8% nylon. The lining is 100% polyester. It's mid-weight, so this jacket can probably get me through November in D.C., and mid-November in Toronto with some thick sweaters underneath. There is quite a bit of padding in the shoulders, but that's to help give it a strong shape since it's military-inspired.

     I didn't notice any seams coming apart of buttons falling off. I do see a few threads sticking out of the seams, but nothing that made me extremely suspect of the overall workmanship. There were a few things that did bother me though. First, was the fact that there was no rear vent, which, practically, means nothing because in no way was my walking impeded by the lack of vent, it's just purely for aesthetic reasons; but more significantly what bothered me more was the flap pockets. When tucked in to try and get a welt pocket, the pocket didn't sit flat. Neither are huge issues, but sometimes it's those little details that can make or break the deal:

      I wish the coat was slightly darker, but it doesn't really bother me that much. Admittedly, it's probably one of the nicer looking trench coats I've come across in a while at this price point, so I may order this in a size S to see how that fits if I can get over the vent and pocket issues. But I fear that it will fit in the shoulders and across the chest, but be too large at the waist and I'm not sure if I'm willing to get this thing shortened.

   I also got these shoes for $99.90:

  They are total beauties...from far away. And they were much too small. I ordered them in a 6, which is my usual pump size, but they were still too small. Maybe a half to a full size. The suede was decent, but the black leather, which apparently is real leather, was just awful. I honestly thought it was plastic. My heel was also slipping out of them despite feeling tight in the front (my typical problem of most shoes) and that's not really something that could be fixed with a heel grip because the zipper is in the back. So back these go.

    Returns are pretty easy. You have to get Return Authorization online, which is super fast. Seal up the box and send it away Fedex by pick-up or drop-off. For me, that's easy because I actually have a Fedex office downstairs from my apartment.

   Anybody get some winners from Zara?

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Little Romance.

Blouse: T. Babaton by Aritzia Georgette Blouse (Whitecap Grey, size XS).
Skirt: Zara (Royal Blue, size XS).
Shoes: Nine West Jaewon Mary-Janes (Black, size 6).
Purse: Botkier Charlotte Clutch (Black).

     I know, I know. Ankle-straps shorten the leg line. But I couldn't help myself. There's something about a sexy mary-jane that can really change the feel of an outfit. I fell in love with these Nine West platforms.  They are so pretty on the feet.

     Skirt remixed here:

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Suit up.

     If you have to wear a suit to work every day, you know that sometimes it can get pretty difficult to be creative and it gets so tiring after a while, you just don't even bother anymore. I personally love a great suit. Perfectly tailored, a great pant suit can look absolutely amazing and flattering without having to be tight or look as if it was painted on. Luckily for us ladies, we have a lot more variety at our disposal unlike the men who are basically stuck with a button-down and a tie.

     A lot of the "grown up" blogs out there focus a lot of casual and business casual wear--which is great, but the truth of the matter is, there are many professionals out there, including myself, that need to dress more formally. Many blogs also focus on a fashion that is a lot more feminine, and while I do sometimes enjoy a little bit of femininity in my workwear, it doesn't always appeal to my tomboy tendencies. LOL.

     A little pop of color and pattern can instantly make a plain ol' suit more interesting without having to accessorize with a lot of jewelry (if you're brain dead in the morning like me to even remember to do such a thing):

Jacket: Theory Nichelle Blazer (Light Heather, size 0).
Trousers: Theory Max C Trousers (Light Heather, size 00).
Belt: Ann Taylor Calfhair Skinny Belt (Leopard, size S).
Shoes: LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Zabrina Pumps (Black, size 6).
Sweater: GAP Elbow Length Cardi (Coral, size XS).
Cami: Smart Set Lace Cami (White, size XS).

   A few non-deliberate folds below the elbows there. Oopsy. But can I tell you how much I LOVE Theory suits? This suit I'm wearing is completely unaltered! Not even hemmed! My only complaint is that the rise is a little too high for me but I can overlook it. 

     This is the Nichelle Jacket, not the Gabe. For some reason the Gabe fits me really strangely in the shoulders. I can't get it to sit flat. Does any one else have this problem or do I just have very large trap muscles?! It was really quite frustrating when I was trying to choose a matching jacket for the trousers because the Gabe is the most popular Theory jacket made with every color and every material.

    Other suit brands I like are Aritzia (they fit much smaller than Theory!), and Club Monaco's are which very nice too, but they still fit about half a size too large on my frame. Do you have a favorite suit brand? Please share! I may need to check it out!

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday Deliberations: AFD Style Poll.

     We all have our own personal fashion rules. For example, don't mix black and brown, don't mix leathers, no white after Labor Day, etc., etc. I personally have no problems with those particular things. However, one "rule" I do seem to have is: Don't cover exposed zippers with belts. I'm not sure if this is irrational or not, but it seems to me that if the zipper is supposed to be exposed, why obstruct it's view with a belt? I'm sure it's just a personal preference, but what do you ladies think? Is covering an exposed zipper with a belt OK? Or am I being irrational? 

     What are your own personal fashion rules that you can't seem to break, but you know it might be completely irrational? Leave a comment below!

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

From the backlog: Shorted Out.

     I found these photos in my backlog. I can't remember why I chose not to post these intially, but I think it was because I forgot to put on a necklace (again). Nonetheless, I've to posted these photos anyway until I can come up with another outfit post since I've been a little slow keeping up. Adding a pendant necklace would have been perfect for this. 

Blouse: Ann Taylor Silk Camp Shirt (Winter White, size XSP).
Shorts: Forever21 (Brown Plaid, size XS).
Belt: Abercrombie & Fitch Braided Belt (Bronze Metallic, size S).
Bracelet: Aldo (Gold).
Watch: Michael Kors Runway Watch (Silver).
Sandals: Aldo Cork Wedge (Natural, size 6).
Necklace: F21 Pendant.

      If I had changed out the sandals for booties, this may have qualified for PFC #10, which was only a few days ago.

      I like to think of myself as a fairly practical shoe buyer. And I am, for the most part. My hyper-sensitive feet makes sure of that, but I do make mistakes. I'm trying to completely eliminate those occasions where I buy shoes that I'll only wear once. The first and last time I wore these wedges was my law school graduation (the first one), I think. It's an awful cycle. I'm always on the look out for a pair of shoes that I can wear for years and years. When I finally find a pair, they are almost always out of my budget, so I figure I will wait until I can afford them...which seems to be never. But when I really need shoes for a specific occasion, I don't have anything in my closet so I'm forced to purchase a pair of shoes at the last minute that I may or may not wear again. And do I wear them again? More often than not, no. I seem to do this with dresses as well. Anyone else do this or am I freak?

      Ann Taylor Silk Camp Shirt and Forever21 shorts remixed here:

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Endless Love (Again).

I don't do a lot of sale promotion on my blog, but I have a tendency to do it for I'm not sure why (I swear, I'm not affiliated). I probably just love it too much, and sometimes you can just find the *best* deals. Endless is having an extra 25% off select styles (including sale stuff!) for Labor Day (taken off in cart), plus you can get 13.6% cashback though BigCrumbs! My referral link by clicking the image below:

     Good news, Canadians (and other non-Americans)! Free International Shipping for purchases over $100! And my favorite part is the free returns (US only). Click here to find the extra 25% off select items. They haven't added a special search or a link on the site to find this sale yet, so the best thing to do is add stuff to your cart first going through the link I've given above, and then when you're ready to make your purchase, to get your cashback, go to BigCrumbs and continue on to the Endless website and check out.

     I also noticed in my inbox this morning is having 40% of everything through the weekend. A great chance to pick up some basics or some Aerie undergarments. They also have a few pairs of colored denim (blue and red!) and a few cute blazers. Labor Day sales may make me break my reduced budget for clothes and shoes this month, I know it!

P.S. As of 1:15am 09/03, the 25% looks like it's working on EVERYTHING on the site. EEK! 

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Wedding.

     Not mine, of course. But it was beautiful and a lot of fun! I had a other photos on my camera, but I gave my camera to my friend to use during the ceremony, and some reason was playing around with the ISO (I think because he couldn't figure out how to adjust the aperture) so everything from 1:00pm and on is really poor quality. =( So just a couple of photos taken by the best man:

Traditional Filipino Money Dance

     I had my makeup done professionally, and the makeup artist actually said to me, "Your eyes are too big!" Umm, so what exactly did you want me to do about that?? =/

    If you are wondering about the cake, it is made by Erica of ERICAKES who is located in the Toronto area. She is AMAZING and the cake tasted sooooo gooooood! If you order from her, make sure you get the red velvet! One of the best red velvet cakes I've ever tasted! I don't even really like cake, but I gobbled this up. She is worth every penny she charges (which is actually *very reasonable*), and more. And I'm not just saying that because we shared a locker in Grade 9. =P

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