Saturday, April 28, 2012

AFD Inspiration: Freida Pinto

  Um, how cute is Freida Pinto at her "Trishna" Tribeca Premiere??

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   The colored suit done perfectly. No matron here.

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Friday, April 27, 2012


    Have you ever purchased an item of clothing that when you put on, instantly reminded you of your past? I had a flashback with this new blouse I purchased from Jacob:

Blouse: Jacob Sleeveless Bow Blouse (White, size XS).
Sweater: LOFT Boyfriend Cardigan (Olive, size XS).
Trousers: Club Monaco Ursula Pant (Navy, size 0).
Shoes: Ann Taylor Factory Signature Pumps (Porcini, size 6).
Watch: Michael Kors Runway Watch (Silver).
Ring: Le Chateau

    I actually didn't try the blouse on before buying so I had no idea that it would evoke such a strong reaction on my part until I got home. What exactly did this blouse remind me of? My days as a roulette dealer. We didn't actually wear a black tie like this, it was actually a red bow-tie, but for some reason this exact outfit overwhelmed me with old memories. Maybe I wouldn't have had the same reaction if the first time I had worn it the bottoms weren't black trousers, but as I finished tying the bow and looked at myself in the mirror, I couldn't help remember those days when I was spinning the wheel, watching the players try to figure out some sort of roulette strategy and then promptly taking everyone's chips away. ;) By far, the best summers that I can remember.

Do you have an item of clothing that reminds you of your past as soon as you slip it on?

    P.S. A quick note about these new Club Monaco pants. I actually exchanged these for the bottoms worn here because I was having too much trouble finding shoes to wear with the dark khaki-colored bottoms. But I adore these new trousers. They are reminiscent of the Theory Frayne Pants, but I like the fit of these better. They also come in black but neither can be found on the website(s) just yet. Regular price is $88, and they run TINY. I am wearng them in a 0, because I couldn't button up the 00. Great fit, with both front pockets and rear besom pockets. The only thing I wish it had that are missing are belt loops. But it does have a satin-like waistband which almost makes up for it. If you find these at your local CM store, they are definitely worth a try.


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012


   And we're back with the first EOTD in a while, although just briefly. I had been posting rather frequently the last few weeks, but it's about to slow down again. I just received the electronic version of my study materials for my Barrister & Solicitor exams that I'll be writing in June. It's only been a few days, but I'm already finding it difficult to find time to study, particularly after a nine-hour work day. After a long day, who has the motivation? I may have to force myself to take some time off work to focus on my studies, I was hoping I wouldn't need to. But in the meantime, blogging is going to be pushed down the priority list, at least until I can find some sort of balance.

Blazer: Zara (Black, size S).
Sweater: J.Crew Tippi Sweater (Bright Flame, size XXS).
Skirt: Zara (Royal Blue, size XS).
Shirt: J.Crew Perfect Gingham (Black/white, size 0).
Shoes: Sam Edelman Adena Loafers (Black, size 6).
Watch: Michael Kors Runway Watch (Silver).

  I actually put this outfit on yesterday, and immediately took it off. I was having one of those days where I felt nothing looked good. After five outfit changes, I gave up and just left the house angry.

  Anyone else have days where you feel like nothing looks good no matter what you put on?

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mini-Review: Taryn by Taryn Rose Kathleen

    This is the last review for shoe week on AFD until week. LOL. I found these shoes at my local DSW for approximately $130 (CORRECTION: $100) and have been debating about keeping them. I wasn't going to blog about them because they aren't readily available online anymore, but my friend was insisting that I do because she wants to see them.

     Please don't mind my veiny feet:

  I can only describe these shoes as a "work" shoe. The wedge measures 2.5 inches. They fit on the narrow side but the two qualities of this shoe that made me take them home with me to ponder were, one, they are super comfortable. There is lots of padding in the inside and absolutely no pinching or rubbing. I can't remember the last time (if ever) I put on a pair of pumps and my feet felt like I was wearing sneakers. And two, they didn't slip off my super narrow heels. They are a nicely shaped almond toe with zero toe cleavage. They aren't ugly shoes, but they aren't "wow" shoes either. Nothing to get excited about and I don't really like to keep things that don't excite me even if they are extremely practical. I think I would like them better if they were about a half inch taller, but since they're not, they almost seem to me to be a bit matronly. I'm leaning towards sending these back. 

     What do you ladies think? Should I keep them? Do you keep an emergency pair of "matronly work shoes"?

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review: J.Crew Cafe Capri in Pop Art Polka Dot

    I love colored bottoms. Printed bottoms intrigue me, but when I try them on in store, I always feel so uncomfortable in them. I ordered these J.Crew Cafe Capri Pants in Pop Art Polka Dot to fulfill my free shipping quota last week, just out of curiosity: 

    They're cute, right? 

    Here they are on me in 00P after a few hours of wear:

   Accidental fold in the cuff after some experimenting, oopsy:

    The color is navy blue with cream-colored dots. The exact measurements are:

    Waist: 26"
    Hips: 33.5
    Rise: 7.5" from seam to top of pants.
    Inseam: 23.75" including cuff.

    The measurements are bit deceiving. Fresh out of the bag, they *almost* fit my 32.75" hips perfectly. There was a bit of folding in the back probably due to being too big. I think with a little washing and shrinking, they would actually fit better. They fit slim to this hips and thighs, but have more of a relaxed fit starting just above the knee. They are made of 98% cotton and 2% spandex. There is some stretching out, but not as bad as my GAP Really Skinny Pants. The pants fit low, and the waist fits me, although I'm carrying a little bit of extra weight than I normally do at the moment (severe boredom at work + multiple 80-hr work weeks = almost certain weight gain, all to my mid-section, no less).

     They also have a cuff so I can let this out about 3+ inches for some extra length, which I LOVE--it is such a rare find (as is, they are such an awkward length on me). They also have besom (welt) pockets, and two off-seam side pockets, although the pockets are smaller than average sized--I can't fit my entire hand in them. Overall, I think they are just the cutest bottoms I've purchased in quite a while. The regular price is $118, which is fairly steep, but I also was able to use my J.Crew rewards card against it, making it ~$93. Still on the pricey side, but colored (non-denim) bottoms have been such a struggle for me many times due to length, and the ability to let the cuff down on these is a huge bonus.  These are cute pants, and I could see myself wearing these for casual wear or even at the beach because of the looser fit (although, how often do I go to the beach??). If they actually fit slimmer to the leg, I might consider wearing these to work. Is a little DIY slimming or shrinking in order??  As is, the looser fit looks a bit *too* casual for casual Friday in combination with it's material. $93 is a bit too much for me for just "beach" pants. But shrinking and letting down of the cuff might actually do it for me so as long as shrinking doesn't cause them to loose a lot of length. I shall ponder it a while longer.

What do you ladies think? Should I keep and slim or return and wait for a sale?

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review: Ivanka Trump Etta Fisherman Sandal

Shoe week(s) on AFD continues (I promise, it's almost done).

Look/Quality: I have to say, this is one nice looking wedge. A feminine wedge, unlike the big clunky things being sold these days. The actual wedge narrows toward the sole, making it more delicate looking, but also making it a bit more of a challenge to walk in. I love the peep toe for less "exposure". The quality seemed pretty sturdy, as well, which surprised me a bit. This is my first order of Ivanka Trump shoes (I think), and I wasn't expecting much, but this pleasantly surprised me. The one thing I didn't like was the gold plate tab thingy in the back. If you can't see it, it actually says Ivanka Trump. So like the Trumps.

Wedge Height: 4 inches.

Platform Height: 0.5 inches. Unlike the previous wedges I've been reviewing this is half an inch shorter than the others. Along with the narrowing wedge, it definitely takes a bit of extra effort to walk in.

Sizing: TTS, but a bit on the narrow side. Like the others, however, I would need to punch an extra hole in the strap, but I always have to do that anyway.

Comfort: Lots of padding in the footbed, and a rubber sole making impact on the concrete much softer. Leather is pretty soft as well. I didn't feel any impending cutting or rubbing.

Colors: Calf brown (as shown above), fuschia patent, rustic tan (light brown), black leather, and island lime (fluorescent lime patent).

Price: $140 at Endless.

Overall: Such a pretty shoe, good for more narrow feet. Wider feet might have comfort issues with this sandal, but otherwise they seem rather comfortable for such a tall wedge. I would keep these if I were looking for something like this, but unfortunately, I'm on the hunt for an everyday walking wedge. These aren't it.

What do you ladies think of these wedge sandals?

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Deliberations

I just had to share. :D

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Saturday, April 14, 2012


   We interrupt Shoe Week on AFD for an opinion poll.

   I ordered this leather sleeve jacket from Zara:

   Here it is on me:

   Zara jackets and coats have always fit me kind of oddly. Sometimes I can wear an Extra Small, and sometimes I'm forced to wear an Small to accommodate my shoulders and back. For this jacket however, I had to go up to an Medium! The Small fit in the back of the shoulders, but across the front was much too tight when buttoned up all the way. This jacket above is a Medium and fits across the front. I love this jacket, but does it look too big?  The sleeves are too long, but they have zips at the end, so they cannot be shortened. I can cinch at the waist for a more customized fit, but I think that it fails to camouflage how large the back is. At first, I was convinced that this jacket looked alright, but now that I look at these photos, I think it does look a bit large looking at the back and overall, just too long. But maybe it's OK?  I'm a bit confused by the size because I've never worn a Medium in my life, and  I'm afraid that I might blinded by the fact that I really want to keep it. So I need someone to be the voice of reason.  What do you think? Do you like it? Is it too big? Please leave a comment below!

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I got one too.

...a J.Crew Canvas Tillary Tote (no longer available, but can get a super cute bucket version here using the code SHOPNOW for an extra 30% off).  

   I love the ladies of the petite blogger community. Without exception, they are all super sweet, extremely helpful, and so, so funny (if you haven't already, come join us!), but they are enablers of the worst variety. I can usually avoid getting caught up in the frequent obsessions that take over some of the twitter conversations, but this time I could not resist. $69 for this Celine-inspired canvas tote with leather trim down from $288? Why not? That's what my credit card said too.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review: Steve Madden Starla Wedge Sandal

   I ordered one more SM shoe. And I actually almost kept these until I started to walk in them.

Look: I liked the rather simplistic look of these. It has a larger open-toe, but nothing too "exposed". With the elastic straps, they certainly *looked* comfortable. It also had a rubber sole for good traction and softer impact when walking.

Wedge height: 4 inches.

Platform height: 1 inch.

Comfort/Fit: When I slipped these on, they felt really good. No digging or pinching and not too hard under the feet. They are TTS, with normal width. However, the fit issue I had was revealed only when I began to walk. I'm not sure if the straps aren't tight enough or if the problem was my narrow heels (it is quite possibly a combination of both), but as I walked, the shoe was flip-flopping around on my ankles. A sure way to break my ankles if flopped the wrong way given that these were 4 inches high. I'm not so sure that a heel grip would have fixed this, but admittedly I didn't try. 

Quality: The shoe itself was pretty decently made. I'm not a fan of imitation leather, which is what the heel backing is made of. But I really didn't notice the stiffness of the material. The jute rope wedge looked pretty sturdy on this heel. Note however, that SM shoes tend to vary in quality from shoe to shoe of the same style.

Other colors: Cream, black, and brown. Shown above in olive.

Price: $49.95 at DSW.

Final comments: Like the others, too high for daily use, but if you can these wedges to stay on your heels when walking, I would imagine that this would be a very comfortable shoe. The elastic straps, though not the prettiest, are extremely comfortable. I would recommend to try, but not for me. Return.

What do you ladies think of elastic straps on sandals?

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Review: Steve Madden Wade Wedge Sandal

     I keep saying that I'll never by Steve Madden shoes again, but here you have it...more SM shoes. I suppose I'm hoping that I'm going to eventually find a pair that I actually like and will want to keep so I just keep buying, but inevitably I return. This time around, I think I was just too obsessed with finding the perfect wedge sandal that I didn't care if it was Steve Madden. I was willing to try it out anyway.

    These espadrilles come in both canvas and leather upper. The jute rope or braid extends beyond the wedge heel, and wraps around the ankle. I'm generally not a fan of this type of detail, but I was willing to overlook it in this case.

     In taupe leather:

     In brown canvas:

Quality: Probably one of the better made SM shoes I've come across in a while. The shoes didn't seem to have issues with leather version or the canvas version, but I personally prefer the leather version based on looks. They also had good traction on the outsole.

Wedge height: 4 inches.

Platform height: 1 inch.

Sizing: TTS. Normal width. Around the ankle, definitely needs an extra hole punch for smaller ankles.

Comfort: Surprisingly, decently comfortable under the feet. The problem, however, is that if I was to punch an extra hole into the strap for a better fit, the strap dug around my ankle and would most surely cut into my skin after some walking.  Of course, that's a deal-breaker.

Price: $49.95 at DSW

Other colors: Also comes in cognac leather which is not really cognac, but a darker version of the taupe (slightly brownish). The canvas comes in olive, black, and nude.

Overall: A pretty decent shoe for Steve Madden. I really like the peep-toe and t-strap design, but again, like yesterday's shoe, too high for my daily walking. If you have slightly larger ankles than my own that don't require an extra hole punch into the strap and you can walk around with this high of a heel then I would actually recommend that you try these out. For me, return.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review: BCBGeneration Gracyn Wedge Espadrille

    A little bit of a late start to the week. I went home to Toronto for the Easter weekend, and when I returned to DC after a full day of traveling, I had a lovely email waiting for me, telling me that I need to put in a few hours of work at home. Needless to say, I was not pleased, but this is the explanation as to why "Shoe Week" is slightly delayed.

   First shoe review of the week is BCBGeneration Gracyn Wedge Espadrille. The first time I saw them online, I thought I was in love with them. I used to have a pair similar to these quite a few years ago, but they were very painful after wearing them for a day. The rubbing on the feet was excruciating despite the fact that they looked amazing under trouser jeans. I eventually had to give them up because I couldn't stand the pain in the aftermath after I wore them, but when I saw these, I thought I had another chance. Here in Pebble/Almond:

Comfort: They look great, no? I thought so too when I pulled them out of the box. And then I put them on my feet. Have you ever put on a pair of shoes and knew immediately that these were going to be so painful that you weren't even going to attempt to walk in them? Yes, I had that exact thought when I put these on my feet. Besides the fact that they felt about 1/2 too small, I could feet that the edge of the shoes were going to cut into my skin and that there was definitely going to be some rubbing issues. The padding under foot felt non-existent. This shoe was not good all-around. If you are one of those women who will suck up the pain for style, these shoes are for you.

Sizing: As mentioned above, at least 1/2 size small. Good for small feet, if you are willing to take the pain. The ankle strap could use an extra hole if you have small ankles.

Quality: Looked fairly well-constructed, but as discussed above, material is stiff and minimal padding under the feet. Good traction on the outsole.

Heel height: 4 inches.

Wedge height: 1 inch.

Price: $89, also comes in other colors such as black, lime, and tea rose (pink).

Final comment: Besides the pain factor, these were just too high for my lifestyle. I don't mind wearing a 4 inch wedge with a platform if I'm not doing a whole lot of walking, but I'm a pedestrian/city-dweller and these just aren't practical. At least half an inch lower would be closer the my ideal shoe height. I don't really recommend these, unless you have some tough feet. Mine are pretty wimpy as I have "thin skin" and everything rubs and cuts. I took only a few steps in these and immediately had to take them off. Return.

    And on a somewhat unrelated note, I had a shoe DISASTER this morning. I decided I wanted to wear my new MICHAEL by Michael Kors Flex Mid Pumps to work today. Three inch heels is normally not a problem for me. However, after I got off the Metro and was half way to the office, the tip of my heel scraped down so that the shoe was basically un-walkable. AGAIN. I felt like one leg was walking on a 45 degree angle. This is the SECOND time this has happened to me. The first time it happened was in NYC a few months ago, which caused me to buy these new pumps in the first place. I'm baffled. Luckily I had brought a pair of emergency flats with me because I never would have made it to the office. What's going on?? Does this happen to anyone else? Am I suddenly dragging my feet so that the tip shaves down after 10 minutes of walking on concrete? Am I buying cheap shoes? Are the sidewalks too uneven? All of the above? Argh. If anyone has an explanation for me, I'd be happy to hear it. It's so embarrassing to have to stop in the middle of the street to change my shoes, not to mention, I have to purchase another replacement. I'm not a happy girl. =(

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