April 30, 2011

A Little Bit Country

Yesterday I went to Target specifically to get some sort of jewelry box to organize my jewelry. I decided to try and look nice, rather than throw on a t-shirt and jeans. I ended up looking kind of "country" but I like it.
Dress: ASOS Small, Belt: thrifted, Necklace: Kendra Scott via Gilt

Sandals: Nine West

I love the cobalt blue of this necklace - I wish the camera picked it up better. 

April 28, 2011

A Lesson Learned on Fit: What Not to Wear

What the h-e-c-k is business casual? Seriously, what does that mean? I think the hardest part of transitioning from college to the "real world" has been these random situations that are somewhere in the murky area that is in between business and casual attire. I had a mini final exam yesterday which took away from my studying for my REAL final exam today. In the exam yesterday I had to interview a pretend client and I was videotaped, so I was instructed to wear "business casual."

Shirt: pac sun t-shirt S, Cardigan: BR Factory XXSP, Pants: BR Factory 00P, Belt: from Ann Taylor skirt, Shoes: Payless, Necklace, Bracelet: Tiffany

I threw this on and I looked fine in the interview compared to everyone else, but then I came home and took pictures and YIKES - I hate it. 

From the front, not terrible, but we've got that whisker thing going on which generally means pants are too small. But from the back, I literally have "mom butt." I AM 24 YEARS OLD - TOO YOUNG TO HAVE THIS. I am blaming the pants for this one - my ass does not look like that in jeans or leggings, only in these pants it seems. 

The cardigan also looks baggy from the back. Maybe I just needed a belt to cinch the waist or something, but since the pants have belt loops I couldn't do it here. When I went into the actual interview I wore this jacket and ditched the cardigan:

Jacket: Loft 00P ($4.88 !!!)

I ended up feeling more professional just because of the jacket, but now that I'm seeing it, I hate that too. I think it is the t-shirt under the jacket/cardigan that is giving me a terrible vibe, because I wore the jacket here and I really loved it with that outfit. 

Anyway, the lesson I learned today - take pictures of yourself because what you see and what things really ARE can be two different things. Oh and I'm never wearing those pants again until I gain 5 lbs all in my butt area. 

April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend Outlet Shopping

I made a dent in my wallet this weekend at the Theory outlet and the Coach outlet, but I got some items I really needed.
I desperately needed a plain black suit for court and came across one at Theory that I liked. I purchased the Gabe B style in Broadway fabric in Black. 

Theory at ShopStyle
This one is in Tailor fabric. 
I purchased the Golda skirt in Broadway in Black also. The one above is in Tailor fabric.

Theory at ShopStyle
Theory was having a 25% off sale, so on top of the already discounted prices I got another 25% off. Of course the suit was not "cheap" but I ended up purchasing it for less than 50% retail price, AND I only have to get the skirt taken in at the waist, which the sales associate told me would be very easy.

I also made a stop at the Coach outlet. I never owned anything from Coach until this purchase. I don't want to come off as a snob, but when I buy something I don't want everyone and their brother to have it, which I feel is often the case with Coach items. Maybe it is because the items are slightly cheaper than other designer bags, or maybe people like the designs better, I don't know - but Coach is all over the place, and I never had a desire to buy it until now.

I was lured into the store by a serious crowd of people and a 30% off everything coupon. When I went in I immediately saw two gorgeous silk scarves that I had to have. What made the deal even sweeter was they were both an additional 50% off their reduced price, plus the extra 30% off coupon. I purchased one in grey with a bright pink stripe, and one with the classic C design in black and white. 
I figure at less than $20 dollars each for a beautiful silk scarf you can't go wrong. This is a terrible picture from ebay that I found. I will take some of the ones I bought later.

The real reason I went into Coach, however, was to buy a wristlet of some sort. I really like my bags and wallets to be practical in color so they match as much as possible, so I flocked toward this design and color:
It will definitely fit right in with almost everything I own. Perfect for keeping my money in place in my purse, and great for a night on the town where I don't want to be tied down by a big bag.  I may have found a new store to frequent! Everything I got was less than 40 bucks each, seems very durable, and is gorgeous! What do you think about Coach products?

April 20, 2011

Amrita Singh & Casual Work

Obviously, the petite blogging community is enamored with THEORY, and I am no exception. I actually found my first Theory blazer at a T.J. Maxx in 2008. I picked it up because I saw it was a 00, and at this point 00's were very rare. I tried on the blazer and was amazed at the fit right off the rack. I was not sure about the color because it was in between being blue and grey. Then I saw the price tag and at 100 dollars I was even more skeptical. (Keep in mind, this was 2008, I had never heard of Theory before, and my experience with suits was minimal at best, so I thought 100 dollars for a blazer was a lot - boy was I wrong.) 

Anyway, I decided to get the jacket because I had never had something fit me so well, and I figured I could make it work. It sat in my closet for 2 years unworn. Here is my now beloved blazer, the Theory Nettie in 00.

I didn't wear this thing from 2008 to 2010 because I was a student, and the job I did have I was allowed to dress business casual so I stuck to cardigans. Then last summer, working at my first truly legal job, I had to wear it, and I made it work. I needed to wear a blazer almost every day, so I pulled this baby out and tried it with white, navy, and tans. It sure is no black suit, but it is a nice change of pace to wear this working in a "black grey and navy" field. 

Blazer: Theory Nettie 00 - no idea what the fabric name is, Shirt: Polo sz 2, Necklace: Amrita Singh Montauk via Hautelook

I LOVE Amrita Singh jewelry. It is pricier than I normally pay for costume jewelry (way out of the Forever 21 approx $6.80 range) but I love the stones she uses, the colors, and everything seems very sturdy and well made, which cannot be said for Forever 21 stuff. The fact that the pieces look very classic and are severely discounted on Hautelook helped me to order 3 things this past sale (I already own 2 more). So, I got the light pink Montauk necklace and matching earrings...

The stones almost remind me of the YSL Arty ring that everyone seems to have. I also got this necklace from the Hautelook sale:

Necklace: Amrita Singh Temaz, Shirt: Express XS, Blouse: bebe XXS
The necklace looked much shorter and thinner online than in person - but I am completely OK with it being longer and thicker. I wanted it as a statement piece and it SURE IS. I wore this outfit to a friend's apartment for dinner last night and got many compliments on the necklace. The necklace itself is made up of tiny little gold colored leaves that are all grouped together and made into a strand. Very interesting when you get up close. I should have taken a picture.

First Post

I've been reading style blogs for a while now - especially within the petite blogging community. I figured I should give my own a shot. Expect me to start out slow - I don't have the best quality camera, and I currently do not have a ton of time to post. Consider this a work in progress. I've already been experimenting with lighting, so the next few pictures should be better quality than these. So, here goes nothing!

Sweater: Banana Republic XXSP, Ruffled Shirt: Banana Republic Factory XXSP, Blazer: LOFT 00P, Pants: Banana Republic Factory 00P, Belt: taken from Ann Taylor Skirt (00P)

I live in Miami, so its like 90 degrees out every day. However, the office I just started working in is FREEZING. Everyone in the office has a space heater under their desk! So, I figured despite sweating from the walk to and from my car, I should be warm while I am working. I attempted to layer a ruffled short sleeved button down from the BR factory, with a more detailed BR sweater over it, cinched at the waist by the belt, and then a blazer over it all. I really liked this look when I wore it to work that day, I felt really classy. I'm trying to brighten up my wardrobe - this day I failed. Everything is grey black or white. I also forgot to put on jewelry! As I said...a work in progress.

Shirt: Banana Republic XS, Sweater: BR XXSP, Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch 00, Belt: Super old - we're talking elementary school

I have to say, this BR silk shell is HUGE ON ME. The only reason I bought it in an XS regular sizing was because BR was having a buy 1 get 1 50% off sale online last year, and they had a sheath dress that I really wanted. I liked the pattern on this shirt so I figured I would give it a try. After purchasing the items, I got an email saying the sheath dress was out of stock! I made sure I was still getting the discount on the shirt, and I was, so not everything was lost. However, the shirt is so boxy and huge on me that I have to wear it tucked in all the time. It looks nice with a high waisted pencil skirt because it's kind of billowy, but I can never wear it untucked from anything. 

 This semester I took a litigation skills course, so 3 times a week I had to wear a suit to class. I HATE being constricted by a suit and will avoid it by all costs. So, instead of wearing a suit all day, I tried to wear a blouse to class and would bring my suit in my car to change into later. 

This outfit was originally supposed to be in a reverse day to night post. Most people show you how to go from the office to a night on the town - I, on the other hand, often have to go from street clothes to office attire at night. Nonetheless, the lighting was so bad at night that I didn't take a picture of me in nighttime suit attire. Imagine a dark grey skirt suit, this shirt tucked in, with the white belt around the skirt waist. It was pretty standard.

Decent first blog post evarrrr, no? I look forward to this!