Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Simple Life.

   Some women insist on wearing accessories at all time. I, on the other hand, like the look of deliberately leave out the fancy baubles (except for maybe a big ring). Don't get me wrong, I love an arm-party, but the simplicity of minimal accessories can give an outfit a slightly more mens'-inspired and even edgy look:

Sweater: LOFT Boyfriend Cardigan (Olive, size XXS).
Blouse:Jacob Sleeveless Bow Blouse, without the bow (White, size XS).
Denim: Paige Curson Cargo Denim (Slate, size 25).
Shoes: LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amelie pumps (Black, size 6).
Watch: Michael Kors Runway (Silver).
Ring: Le Chateau.
Clutch: Botkier Charlotte Clutch (Black).

     I am gearing up for my Barrister and Solicitor exams right now. I think I have some EOTD photos backed up somewhere that I might post, I can't guarantee much more than that for the next month. The blog is going to slow right down until I'm finished.

     Wish me luck! :D

     My giveaway with eShakti is ending soon, don't forget to enter! :D

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Piperlime Sale (+10% Tuesday)

I'm on a self-imposed shopping ban, so I'm going to have to live through all of you. Piperlime is holding their twice-yearly Limetag sale, up to 40% off, plus today with your BR/ON/GAP card, another 10% with TUESDAY (don't forget you cash back!).

   Some picks of my own that I can't have, but would be great if you did:

    If you liked the Sam Edelman Beatrix flat that I reviewed here, then these are on sale for $89.99:

Sam Edelman Beatrix

     Stuart Weitzman Capsize for $219.99 (one left in 5.5!):

Stuart Weitzman Capsize

     Elizabeth and James Paige for $119.99:

Elizabeth and James Paige

     Hive & Honey Yvonna for $34.99:

Hive & Honey Yvonna

    And because I'm a denim fiend, Siwy Hannah Printed Skinny Jeans for $129.99:

    Piperlime has free shipping and returns, so buy now, think later for best selection! :D

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Review: Ann Taylor Chelsea Cropped Pants

    Because I was unsuccessful at getting my hands on a pair of Ann Taylor Compact Double Weave Cropped Pants in Cruise Blue (see my review), I decided to try my luck with the Chelsea Cropped Pants in 00R, hoping that the fit would be similar. I also ordered a pair in Intense Orchid as well:

    Seeing that it had a side-zipper (which you all know I dislike), I knew the fit was going to be different from the Compact Double Weave Crops, I just wasn't sure how different. But they were definitely bigger around the waist, hips, and butt:


    Like the Double Weave Crops, the waist band and loops are slightly wider than average. It also has rear besom pockets, but no side pockets. The overall craftmanship seemed good. The material is made of 98% cotton and 2% spandex--It definitely feels more like cotton than the Double Weave Crops, but not to the point where it makes them too casual-looking for the workplace.

     I wasn't too pleased with the Cruise Blue due to the fit, so I almost didn't on the the second pair, but I'm glad I did, because these actually fit a bit smaller:

    A little pressing of the butt area and slimming of the legs, these would be some pretty great pants (though, still big in the waist). I contemplated keeping them, but as nice as the color was, I'm not totally in love with it. Here are the measurements both in 00R:

                                                                                       Cruise Blue          Intense Orchid
                                                              Waist:                     28"                            26.5"
                                                              Hip:                        34"                             33"
                                                              Rise:                      7.5"                            7.5"
                                                              Inseam:                  27"                           26.5"
                                                              Leg opening:         12"                            11.5"

     The Chelsea pant can be currently be purchased on Ann Taylor for $49.50 here (regular price $69). Of course, it also comes in petite if you need the short length (and I'm sure it fits better if you're as petite as I am or smaller), see here.

     If you are wondering about the outcome of my white Double Weave Cropped Pants, the dry cleaner was unable to get the rust stain out. =( I am going to dye them, but I'm on the fence about what color. I'm leaning towards red, something that I can wear through the fall, but I'm open to suggestions. The color has to be somewhat on the darker side because of the color of the stain (I would have loved bright yellow pants!). What do you ladies think? Should I dye them red or some other color?

    P.S. Don't forget to check out my giveaway with eShakti!

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review: Ann Taylor Compact Double Weave Cropped Pants

   You all must be sick of my reviews by now. I am too. But not to worry, there will only be one more review post after this one and then [hopefully] there won't be any for a while due to my self-imposed shopping ban until at least mid-June. As a result of a trench coat purchase in combination with some irresistible sales this month and an emergency shopping buy (which I will discuss later in this post), I doubled my May budget for shopping. =/

   During the Ann Taylor Family & Friends sale a few weeks back, I made a trip to my local AT store to find some goodies. I've been craving some colored bottoms all spring, so when I read that online reviews that these Compact Double Weave Cropped Pants in Ann Taylor's Regular sizing ran tiny, I had to give it a go since petite pants are always too short for me.

      I actually found the pants in size 0R. Unfortunately AT does not carry 00R in their B&M stores, so I prayed that the 0R fit. They did not...but it was close! So close that I ran to a computer and tried to see if I could make a purchase in 00R, but to no avail. I even called customer service hoping that there would be a return somewhere to be found, but it wasn't in the stars.

   So a few weeks ago, with a 30% off code, I decided to purchase the same pants in both black and white, as well as the Chelsea Crop pants, which I will review in the next post just because it is easier (for me). Here's what happened:

    In white:

In black (a bit blurry, sorry, I think had the camera on the wrong setting):

    The fit was pretty good. It wasn't the most amazingly flattering pants, but with a little shrinkage and pressing out of the wrinkles, the butt could be better. The waist was a little bit too large, and the leg opening was also a little too wide for me, but I could slim the legs easily easily (and actually did slim the white ones a day later). The pants are made of 53% cotton/41% polyester/6%elastane. The material has a slight sheen to it, to make it look a bit dressy and suitable for work, rather than something super casual. The polyester helps ensure that it doesn't stretch out (and I didn't notice any when I wore it around the house). The belt loops are a little wider than average, with rear besom pockets, but no front pockets. There is a seam going down the back of each pant leg, a detail that doesn't bother me, mostly because I can't see it when I'm wearing it. 

     The white version wasn't too sheer. Nude underwear could not be seen though them, but I could see the side seams of the pants seen as well as the rear pockets. Despite the few minor flaws, I was pretty happy with them and contemplated even keeping the black until my fashion disaster. 

   What happened, you ask? Well, I decided I was going to wear my brand spanking new white pants, freshly altered by moi, to my god daughter's baptism on the weekend. The pant leg wasn't sitting quite the way I liked because of the crease down the front, so I decided to press it out using my mom's iron. I ignored my instincts to iron on the wrong side of the pants, and of course, there was rust on the metal plate of the iron that got pressed into the pants leaving a nice stubborn rust stain. Neither I, nor my mom, who is a stain-removing magician, could get the stain out. =( Since I was only home for the weekend, I only brought one outfit that was appropriate for the baptism, which I obviously could no longer wear. As a result, I ended up at the mall looking for a replacement item. I did find one, however, I spent much more than I would have preferred, hence being unable to keep the black version. =/ Oh well. And the white pants? We'll find out tomorrow whether my dry cleaner could get it out. The whole experience might not have been so painful if the pants weren't brand new. *sigh*

   Here are my exact measurements of the black and the white pants. Although the measurements are almost identical, the black actually felt a bit tighter around the thighs:

                               White       Black
Waist:                       26"           26"
  Rise:                        7.5"         7.25"
 Hips:                         33"           33"
 Leg Opening:          11.5"         11.5"
 Inseam:                    27"         26.5"

The Compact Double Weave Cropped Pants in white and black can be purchased at Ann Taylor currently on sale for $49.50.

     Do you have any fashion disasters similar to my own? How did you deal with it?

     P.S. Don't forget to enter my eShakti giveaway!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

eShakti Giveaway!

   In honor of their Spring/Summer website makeover, eShakti has been kind enough to sponsor a giveaway to AFD readers! One lucky winner will get to choose a product of their choice as their price (it can be custom-sized/custom-styled). Giveaway is open to US and Canadian readers!

   Giveaway will run from Tuesday, May 21st to Saturday, June 2nd. The winner will be announced on Sunday June 3rd. Winner will have 72 hours to contact me.

   For mandatory entries:

   (1) Visit the new eShakti and let me know in the comments what item you would choose if you won.
   (2) You must follow eShakti on Facebook AND Pinterest.

  For bonus entries:

   (1) Follow me PUBLICLY on Google Connect.
   (2) Follow me on Bloglovin'!
   (3) Tweet about this giveaway!

   A few of my personal picks are:
On The Dot Dress

Budding Blooms Dress 
Doppler Effect Blouse

    Enter the giveaway here:
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    Good luck!

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Monday, May 21, 2012


 Sweater: J.Crew Tippi Sweater (Brilliant yellow, size XXS).
Belt: GAP Double-wrap studded leather belt (Black, size S/M).
Trousers: Club Monaco Ursula Trousers (Navy, size 0).
Shoes: LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amelie Pumps (Black, size 6).
Ring: Aldo.

    I'm in love with this Zara bag. I was dreaming up outfits with it even before it reached my doorstep. Looking at the measurements, I knew it was going to be big, possibly even too big, but I was in denial and ordered it anyway. 

    It's huge. *HUGE*. I love big bags, but this thing is a monster. It is borderline least on petite little me. It measures 20.4x16.2x9 inches. I could probably get away with it as a work tote, but casually? It's pretty ridiculous. After hours of trying convince myself that the size was OK, I came to my senses and set it back in the box for return. The Zara Mini-Shopper is probably a better size, but I would really like it in black. So now I'm on the hunt for a large black leather shopper tote with a little edge...unless someone can get me excited and tell me that the Mini-shopper also comes in black.

   In case you're wondering, it does have a removable zippered pouch inside.

   Have you ever kept something you loved so much and only later realize (too late) that you were just in denial about its bad fit or size?

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Shopbop Big Event!

    Missed out on these Pour La Victoire Mai Wedges on Shopbop last week? Perfect time to get them at Shopbop!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: Sam Edelman Beatrix Ballet Flats

       This is the last shoe review, hopefully for a while. These are the Sam Edelman Beatrix Flats. I love my SE Adena Studded Loafers (get an extra 30% off at Last Call!), so I thought that these flats would complement them nicely. I'm always looking for a great, comfortable pair of flats. So far I'm really stuck with one brand, and as much as I love them, it's nice to have a little variety.

Look: I love the spikey cap toe. It gives a rather feminine shoe a little bit of edge. No toe cleavage but the toe is a bit too rounded. I feel like a little girl wearing them, and that might just be a deal breaker for me.

Comfort: Like my SE Loafers, these flats have a lot of padding in the footbed, so there is no issue there. There is an elastic around the opening, which I need because I struggle with flats staying on my feet, but most flats with this feature tend to be too tight and dig into the back of the heel. These flats were actually very comfortable. I walked around in them and I didn't really feel like there was going to be any digging despite there not being any padding in the back like my beloved Matt Bernson Waverly flats.

Sizing: TTS in length, but they felt too wide for me around my arch. If you have a wider foot, these will probably fit you more comfortably.

Quality: The shoes appeared to be made well. I always have people asking me if the spikes fall off my loafers. I have had a few of the jewels pop off, but not the spikes. I wouldn't expect anything major to fall off these shoes. The leather used on these flats felt rather supple.

Price: Find them at Endless for $129.95.

Verdict: Return. Too wide for my feet, and I'm not a fan of the super rounded toe, I love the spikes though!

What do you ladies think of these flats?

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review: Belle by Sigerson Morrison Wallis Pump

   I couldn't resist trying another pair of Belle by Sigerson Morrison Shoes since my last pair has worked out so well. Here are the Wallis Pump:

  With one exception, I have never met a slingback that would stay on my heels, and I regret not making that purchase. =/ But these slingbacks *almost* stayed on. The sling on my left foot stayed on the whole time but the shoe on my right smaller foot, slipped off a occasionally as I walked. I wasn't sure if a heel pad and a foam strip placed in the back of the strap was going to help, however, and I wasn't about to take part in another expensive shoe experiment.

    The details:

Look: Very pretty. A pointed toe that is not so pointy. The inner side has a bit of reptile detailing and there is minimal toe cleavage.

Heel height: 2 inches.

Sizing: TTS, probably a little bit on the narrow side.

Comfort and fit: Very comfortable. Good amount of padding in the footbed, edges of the shoe not sharp so that they dig into the foot. Straps are secure and the heel is not high so it makes a commute to work very comfortable, but still gives a little height to shorties like me.

Quality: Good quality, just like my other pair of  BSMs. The leather is smooth with the exception of the reptile detailing. It has a leather sole which will eventually need to be re-soled by a cobbler:

Colors: Cobblestone (nude) and Baltic Blue (Bright blue patent).

Price: The Cobblestone color is currently on sale for $173.14 plus an extra 20% with the F&F code (FRIENDS2) and 13% cash back from ebates making the final total about $120.51. The Baltic Blue is not on sale. Its regular price is $225 and the F&F code with the cash back applies. The total will come to $156.60.

Verdict: Return due to the fact that I'm not sure if I can make the right shoe stay on my foot, but I do recommend these. Get them here.

     One more shoe review coming. Hopefully I can get it up before midnight so you can take advantage of the F&F code. Otherwise, Endless has free shipping and free returns within the US. No risk buying! Do it! =D

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AFD Fashion Fixation: Polka Dot Denim

    I'm not one to over-do polka dots. They're cute, and I'll wear them in moderation, but they certainly won't take over my closet. However, when I spotted these Paige Polka Dot Verdugo Denim on Shopbop yesterday, I have to admit, I was completely enamored by them. And they're Paige, so you know the fit is going to be fabulous:

    Get them Shopbop for $190. 

   Need it cheaper? If you can fit Girl's denim, Target has a similar pair currently on clearance for $13.98 (regular price $19.99) by Harajuku Mini for Target:

    <3 <3

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