Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday stroll.

     To my local Target, that is. The weather improved from yesterday, when it snowed. Yes, you read that right. It SNOWED. In October. In D.C.. That's wrong on so many levels. This coming from a Canadian. I guess I should count my lucky stars that we didn't get a foot of snow like in other parts of the country, but even so, being this far south I should not be seeing *any* snow this time of year.

Jacket: Jacob Leather Bomber (Black, size S).
Sweater: J.Crew Boucle Cowl Neck Sweater (Winter white, size XS).
Pants: GAP Really Skinny Pants (Black, size 00P).
Bag: Olivia Harris (Dark Teal Patent).
Boots: Marc Fisher Kevins Boot (Tan Leather, size 6.5).

    I decided to bring my camera with me because it hasn't been getting enough love. I'm still trying to get used to taking the photos with people around and proper posing is much easier when you aren't so self-conscious. I also thought my hair looked better than it did when I left the house, but apparently not (hence why my head is cropped off).


    GAP Really Skinny Pants and Jacob Leather Bomber Jacket re-styled here:

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Heart to Heart.


     Please excuse the hair. I'm about a month overdue for a haircut and my appointment with my stylist isn't until Wednesday. =/

Blouse: Jacob Heart print blouse (Black/white, size XS).
Trousers: Talula Babaton by Aritzia Trousers (Black, size 0).
Belt: Banana Republic (Black, size S).
Shoes: Ann Taylor Perfect Pump (Black Patent, size 6).

   I thought this Jacob heart print bow blouse was just the cutest thing. The print adds a little something to the basic bow blouse. It has a slim cut, so petite ladies who have very small waists might find this a little less boxy than a lot of flowy blouses out in the stores right now.  BTW, good news for Canadians (who live in Canada), Jacob now offers online shopping! Woot. This makes my life a whole lot easier now that Jacob has closed quite a few of their stores lately. Now I don't have to go on a hunt for a Jacob store whenever I go home, I can just shop whenever I want!


    And as a bonus to this post, I shall show you my J.Crew Hacking Jacket in double-serge wool:

J.Crew hacking jacket in double-serge wool (Bright berry, size 0P).

     I never intended to keep this, but the longer I have it in my possession, the more I want to hold on to it. It's beautiful. The double-serge wool is amazing, along with the quality, details, and overall fit. The only problem I have with it is the bracelet-length sleeves:


     It hits right at my wrist bone. Being the obsessive nerd that I am, I studied all the stock photos on the J.Crew website where the models are wearing the jacket, and it seems that it really is supposed to be this bracelet-length. It looks great layered over a blouse or sweater, but on it's own, it seems a little weird. If I keep this, I might consider letting out the sleeves at a later time. Other than this sleeve "problem", this is well worth the $200 I paid for it (purchased during the 25% off sale), and I would certainly purchase another in a neutral color if I could when it goes on super sale. As much as I'd hate to, I may have to return this due to budget constrictions.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

One of Three.

    I made a promise to myself that I would only buy three sweaters this fall and winter season. So far, I'm doing OK, but it's only October. It will be interesting to see how I handle the end of season sweater sales, especially since I would love to get my hands on more of these J.Crew Tippi sweaters.  I already have already purchased sweater #2 (which I will show in a later post), but I'm thinking long and hard about sweater #3. I'm pretty sure I want it to be a big and cozy cowl neck sweater. I saw a great one at the Theory outlet but I convinced myself at the time that it was overwhelmingly big for my small frame. However, now that I've left it behind, I'm having second thoughts.

Sweater: J.Crew Tippi Sweater (Heather dark grape, size XXS).
Trousers: F21 (Brown plaid, size XS).
Belt: Nine West reversible belt (size XS).
Boots: Coach Letty Wedge Boot (Black, size 6.5).
Watch: Michael Kors Runway Watch (Silver).

     I purposely left out the jewelry in this outfit. You might find this hard to believe, but I like the slight masculinity that the lack of jewelry gives off (yes, that was sarcasm :P); the three-quarter sleeves and the pop of color of the sweater helps balance it out a little bit.


    You can't really see much of my feet, but I'm actually wearing Coach wedge boots. They're a perfectly classic almond toe, that is just the perfect height I want in a wedge boot for work. I'm generally not a fan of Coach handbags, but I have to admit, whoever is designing their boots is doing a pretty impressive job.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sephora Family & Friends!

   I wouldn't necessarily call myself a beauty junkie, but I love playing with makeup, and it's that time of year again: Sephora F&F for 20% off entire purchase. Here's the link to generate your one-time use code:

Sephora F&F

   Hint #1: generate the code right before you use it or else you may lose some beauty points going back and forth between pages.
   Hint #2: forgot to buy something after already making your order? I always do. Use a different email address to generate a new code.
   Hint #3: Use BigCrumbs for 5.6% cashback. My referral link:

 

    Have fun!




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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day Six.


      I've been trying to come up with different ways to style this pussy-bow / neck-tie blouse:

Blouse: T. Babaton by Aritzia Collette Silk Georgette Blouse (Whitecap Grey, size XS).
Sweater: LOFT Cardi (Army Green, size XS).
Bottoms: GAP Really Skinny Pants (Black, size 00P).
Bracelet: Express.
Watch: Michael Kors Runway Watch (Silver).
Boots: Marc Fisher Kevins Boots (Tan Leather, size 6.5).

      Today is day six of my 80 hour marathon work week. I'm not feeling too bad yet even though I do look a little sleepy in the last photo (it was 6:30am!), but it's usually after I've gone about two weeks without a day off is when I start to get super tired.

      I know I haven't had any EOTD posts in a long while (and I see some readers have protested by un-following me), but along with not having the time (it's dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home from work), I'm also really trying to figure out what I want to do with this blog -- and my life for that matter! I've hit such an impasse in my life, and it's really been illuminated by watching all my friends "grow up" and settle down and have seemingly decided what they wanted out of life while I sit and watch from the sidelines. It's really a very strange and trying place to be, to say the least.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Boots!

   An early birthday present from my parents:


   Marc Fisher Kevins boots. Shaft circumference? 13". Look pretty great with jeans. On a bare leg, just a bit roomy on my 12" calves, but still look pretty darn awesome.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Review: Ivanka Trump Magnolis Ballet Flat in Wild Leopard Pony

    I've been a little obsessed with leopard print shoes lately. I used to have a pair of leopard print flats that I loved a few years back. But having extremely narrow heels, once they stretched out even just a little bit, I couldn't wear them anymore. I was actually walking down some stairs in the mall when they decided they didn't want to stay on anymore so every time I lifted my feet to go down a step, my shoe would fall off. So embarrassing.

   So I've been on the hunt since then. And since leopard is big right now, it's a really great opportunity to find that perfect leopard shoe. I found these Ivanka Trump flats in haircalf (calfhair?) and with Endless' F&F sale, I couldn't resist:


    The fact that it had an elasticized collar was enough to win me over initially to try it out.

Look: You are all going to think I'm crazy, but I hate the little bow. LOL. The toe is also too rounded for my liking. I feel like an 8 year old.

Quality: Not bad. The sole is leather and the shoe overall seemed pretty well-constructed. Not sure I would pay full price for these though.

Fit: Pretty TTS length-wise, but as to width, they seemed a little wide for my slightly narrow feet.

Comfort: Actually, kind of hurty for my hyper-sensitive feet. The slight elastic around the collar of the shoe just felt too "rough" against my feet all around. I'm not sure how else to describe it. It wasn't digging into my feet, per se, but it just didn't feel very nice. The footbed wasn't too bad though. These might work for someone with "tougher" feet than I have.

Price: $130 regular price, with 20% off with F&F and 13.6% cashback with BigCrumbs. ~$90

Verdict? Return.

     On a side note, I'm starting a project with really heavy overtime hours, which is good because it means I'm making some money after three months off. The bad news is that I'll be working an 82+ hour work week for the next 3-4 weeks, possibly more. The blog? Well, keeping up with posts might be a problem. When I work hours like this, there's usually no time to do anything except sleep and work. I set up my camera in the corner of my room like back in the day and hopefully I can sneak in a few EOTDs or "half-EOTDs" before work. I can't guarantee the quality is going to be spectacular though. :P I'm going to be a zombie by the time this project is done. But as they say, you gotta do what you gotta do.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My mom hates my shoes.

Well, "hate" is a pretty strong word but she definitely thinks they're weird.


    The story behind these Sam Edelman Adena Loafers: I actually purchased these shoes from Endless during their F&F sale. I've been seeing smoking slipper/loafers everywhere online and even though they're really unusual-looking, they've really intrigued me because they seem to be a great alternative to the ballet flat. Months ago I purchased the Matt Bernson Gitanes loafers and they were insanely hurty. After that, I kind of convinced myself that all loafers would feel like the same way. But I can't resist an F&F sale, and despite these weird looking spikes and sparkles, I went ahead and ordered them even though I fully expected to return them once I received them. But when I actually put them on, they were so comfortable! Lots of padding under the feet, no rubbing, feet for the most part didn't slip out, and they didn't dig into my ankle bone which is generally what happens with 95% of shoes. They are really funky, and I'm usually not one to fall for trends, but they look so darn cute with a pair of denim. I bought so many pairs of boots and shoes in the last few weeks and I still have my eye on another. I need to return a few pairs, but I'm having a hard time putting these back in the box. What do you ladies think? Do you agree with my mom?

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!


    
   Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! I was actually home in Toronto with my family for this Thanksgiving, so for that alone I am thankful. Sorry, no EOTD yet, and I'm not sure when I'm going to be able to post one up. My mom is staying with me for the next three weeks which basically means no time (or space) to myself for quite a while. I may go a little insane. If you want to see if it will actually happen, follow me on Twitter. :P

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