March 30, 2012

black & blues

I really, really enjoy Fridays - even though I have to work. Aside from the fact that I love my office and I love its location, I love that every Friday there are several food trucks that park right in the parking lot of my building! Today I had the opportunity to taste Gypsy Kitchen, which labels itself a master of "food for the wandering soul." I found the menu to contain mostly Indian food, which I know nothing about. I ended up getting a delicious Maharaja chicken sandwich with riceballs, and I'm certain I'll be back for more.
Jacket: Amy Beyer (old!)
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Francesca's
Belt: Saks Off 5th
Bag: Longchamp

March 29, 2012

animal print & condiments

I broke away from my usual mold this week at work when I wore this outfit. I immediately got compliments on it from my supervisor and her co-worker, saying I look great in color and I need to wear more of it to the office. The problem is, I was always told to "dress for the job you want" - to me that means I need to wear a suit every day. This was literally the first day that I didn't wear a jacket to work and I felt very dressed down all day, to the point that I was nervous if I saw any of the higher-ups because I didn't want to appear too casual. Oh well! Maybe I can get away with trying to be fashionable 1 day a week :)
Cardigan: Ann Taylor
Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Loft
Shoes: Miss Me?
Bag: Ann Taylor via Extra Petite's giveaway
Necklace: David Yurman
Sunglasses: Versace
Notice the dual animal print? My skirt is "giraffe" and my shoes have some "snake" on them! And of course the "condiments" portion of my title comes from my red/orange and yellow shirt combo.

March 22, 2012

What to Wear To: Outdoor Electro Music Festival

So, you're going to an outdoor electronic music festival and aren't sure what to wear or bring with you? Well, I've been down that road before and I hope my little suggestions can help you on your big day (or dayS) out. I'm personally going to Ultra Music Festival in Miami this year (starts tomorrow, eek!) and I learned from my first experience at Ultra two years ago. Two years ago I cared more about looking cute than functionality, and my feet bore the burden of that. I wore sandals and an outfit with a strapless bra, I showered and straightened my hair beforehand, and I brought a large purse to carry my many items. All of these things were a mistake because of MY situation - I was not there to impress anyone, I was there with friends, I was not planning on going out afterward. (I said "planning" on going out because FYI I actually hung out with my current boyfriend unexpectedly after going to the first night of Ultra 2 years ago!)

There's really two scenarios to plan your outfit around:
1) you are going to the festival and are NOT going out anywhere afterward
2) you are going to the festival and ARE going out somewhere afterward

Here's a practical yet fashionable outfit for the first situation.
Shirt: No name
Shorts: Forever 21
Bathing suit: Ritchie Swimwear
Crossbody: Dooney & Bourke
Shoes: Reebok
Sunglasses: Versace
Necklace: Forever 21

What's important is staying dry - wear undergarments that will wick off sweat (a bathing suit). Wear a loose fitting shirt and shorts to stay as cool as possible. Make sure you have a crossbody bag so you can feel free to pump those fists and dance without worrying about your stuff! Wear sneakers so that your feet are comfortable all day and don't get too muddy.

Here's an outfit that is slightly less comfortable yet serves a dual purpose for the second situation:
Shirt/Mini Dress: American Apparel
Belt/Headband: American Apparel
Sandals: Loft
Loose Powder: Elf

When you know you are going out afterward, an easy way to transform your day look to a nighttime look is with this versatile dress/shirt from American Apparel. Just take off your shorts, pull down the shirt so it stretches to its fullest, and you have yourself a mini dress! During the day you can wear the belt around your head as a headband to keep your hair out of your face, and at night you can wear it as a belt to add some definition to your dress. While I wouldn't say makeup is necessary when you KNOW you are NOT going out at night, I know for sure I wish I had brought powder with me 2 years ago because I looked like a sweaty mess by the time the festival was over. If I had to suggest 1 makeup product to squeeze in your bag, it would be loose powder. You can also get away with sandals, but only a fool would wear high heels to an event like this. The clubs tend to be more lax about the dress code during music festivals, so you could also get away with wearing sandals to a club instead of heels, especially if you are wearing a hot mini-dress above those sandals :)

Things to remember:
1) No "professional" cameras allowed (usually) - you can bring your DSLR but do it at your own risk.
2) You will get dirty. If you want to sit down the only place to sit is the grass.
3) Hydrate yourself before you go. Water (and other beverages) are extremely expensive but if you feel you need water, SPEND THE MONEY. No one wants you to get sick!
4) Remember sunscreen.
5) Wear clothes you don't necessarily care about because of said dirt and sweat.
6) Only bring "essentials" - for me this is my phone, a small point and shoot, a wallet.

March 18, 2012

St. Patrick

This past week was my "spring break." It's in quotations because it was NOT a break at all! In fact, I spent every day at the library studying for part of the bar exam. The exam is called the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) and it tests your ability to know the ethics rules governing lawyers. The material itself is not that difficult, it's mostly common sense (for example, don't have sex with your clients!!!). But the test-makers obviously felt the need to test our knowledge with extremely convoluted examples of these rules.. so in short, I have no idea if I passed! I will find out in 5 weeks and that's that! I was so engrossed in my studying, in fact, that I actually forgot that yesterday was St. Patrick's day until I woke up and got ready to take the exam. So, here's an outfit in honor of my Irish heritage, wearing my newest green skinny pants.
Tee: Old Navy
Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar, 0R
Jacket: Forever 21
Heels: Mixx
Jewelry: Etsy
Sunglasses: Versace
A note about the pants - I decided to return my 0P blue pair when I tried on this pair in 0R. They were slightly easier to get into and more comfortable in the waist, while also being the perfect length. The petite pair were a little too short for me, hitting above my ankle bone, whereas these fall just below my ankle bone.

March 14, 2012

a little much

Sometimes ideas look better in your head than in practice. I liked the idea of a monochromatic look but this was just toooo much turquoise. Truthfully, I did not wear this out of the house but I wanted to post it because 1) it is something that I've never done before with any outfit, and 2) I just reviewed the yellow version of these jeans and wanted to post pictures of the "mint" here (but as you can see these are not mint, they are really just turquoise). If I were to wear this outfit outside, I would change two things - I'd add nude heels or flats to break up all the turquoise, and wear my nude faux leather bomber jacket on top to also diffuse some of this vibrant color. Might have to try that soon..
Pants: Forever 21 Twill Skinny Pants in Mint, Size 24
Shoes: Target 
Necklace: Hautelook
Bracelets: Etsy, Tiffany

March 13, 2012

Review: Forever 21 Striped Moto Jacket & Colored Twill Pants

Because of my slight obsession with colored jeans, I picked up 2 more colors about a week ago from Forever 21's "style deals" for only $15.50 a pair. In order to get free shipping I added in an interesting striped moto jacket with no intention of actually liking it. I just received the order on Saturday and I was pleasantly surprised by everything.

Forever 21 Striped Moto Jacket in Taupe and Cream, Size Small (Also comes in Navy and Cream for a nautical look)
Fit: For a size Small, this fit pretty well. The jacket itself is a knit material so it is prone to wrinkles (as you can see in the shot of the back) but it is also more form fitting because of its stretch. On my 5'3" frame, the arms hit just below my elbow for a 3/4 sleeve look, and the length of the jacket is cropped. The only fit issue I have is that the shoulders extend ever so slightly longer than my natural shoulder on each side. However, the only picture where it is even noticeable is the picture with my hand on my hip above. I found the measurements from Forever 21's website to be accurate, "21" approx length from high point shoulder to hem, 32" chest, 30" waist, 17.5" sleeve length from shoulder ridge, 14" shoulder width." 

Quality: I was pleased with the details and quality of this little jacket. There are fully functioning pocket zippers and zippers from the end of the sleeve to the elbow. The stripes on the arms line up with the stripes on the body. Notice in the picture of the side of the jacket above how the stripes on my arm match up exactly to the stripes on my body? Now that's some serious detail! The only qualm I'm having is that the jacket seems to wrinkle (see bottom 2 pictures especially), but I also haven't ironed it yet.


Forever 21 Style Deals Twill Skinny Pants, Size 24 - Purchased in Yellow and Mint

Fit: I found these pants to fit true to size and tighter in the waist than reviews online indicated. Maybe I've just gained weight, lol, but these pants fit perfectly and were not baggy at all in the waist area. They are truly high rise pants - on me hitting only 1 inch below my natural waist. The pants are skinny but are not as tight around the ankle as some of my other skinny jeans. On the models online, all of them have the pants rolled up like I do.

Quality: These pants have less stretch than I expected but on me were still very comfortable (I wore them around my apartment for a few hours to test them out - I have learned from my previous mistake lol). The length is slightly long on my 5'3" frame. Forever 21 claims the inseam is 29.5" on a size 25, but I usually wear a 29 inch inseam and these felt about an inch too long on me. Nothing that cuffing up or under cannot fix, however. These pants are noticeably softer and (in my opinion) feel more like chinos than regular jeans. I'm guessing that's why these are labeled "twill pants" instead of "jeans." As you can see above, the yellow is every-so-slightly transparent, and you can see the pockets coming through the front of the jeans. The yellow is not as vibrant as the pictures online - I feel that my pictures above are more representative of the true color, which is still very pretty. The "mint" that I ordered with the hopes of being truly mint are really just turquoise. I can't decide if I'm going to keep them or not because I do have a slightly less saturated pair last seen here - but those have serious fit issues. I think maybe for 15.50 I should keep these turquoise pair and retire the others unless I can successfully shrink them.

PS - I'm kind of loving this little outfit that I happened to put together just to do the review. Purple and yellow kind of go great together!

March 10, 2012

lilac, periwinkle, turquoise

I'm loving the pastel trend that is hitting stores in time for spring. A few days ago I stopped into Old Navy to return those legging jeans (way too tight in the size I ordered) and I saw they had a ton of beautiful colored v-neck tees on sale. I picked up 3 colors - lilac, yellow, and coral, with the intent of wearing them on the weekend and hopefully pairing them with some of my new colored jeans for a color blocked look. I read somewhere (probably a blog) that Old Navy is now offering these tees buy 1 get 1 so I am probablyyyy going to head over there right after I write this post to pick up a few more colors (I'm thinking creamsicle orange and a light blue could be useful). I wore this outfit out to brunch this morning with my BF. And now I'm gonna wear it to Old Navy - see ya!

Tee: Old Navy, XS
Jeans: Forever 21 (tucked under about 2 inches)
Loafers: Target
Necklace: Hautelook
Bracelets: Etsy, Tiffany
Clutch: Hautelook
Fun fact - as I was standing on this ledge by the canal something was rustling in the bushes right below me. I joked with my boyfriend when I first moved into this apartment complex that alligators lived in the canal and he "unjokingly" (aka, seriously) responded "they probably do live in the canal." I forgot about that conversation until I heard said rustling... I FLIRTED WITH DEATH for these pictures. I hope you enjoyed them, haha.

March 7, 2012

leather & mint or turquoise or whatever

I had high hopes for these jeans. Such high hopes, infact, that I tore off the tag before I gave them a good wear around the house. Had I given them a good "try" for even an hour I would have noticed 1) that the butt starts to sag and 2) that there is some serious crotch bunchage when I stand with my legs crossed. Sure signs of ill-fitting jeans! Well, you live and you learn, my friends. The crotch bunchage won't stop me from wearing these jeans either. I really love the color - it is somewhere between mint and turquoise AND I got a compliment on them today despite the bagginess. Plus I can't return them, so I should try to find the good in this situation. I also got a compliment on this scarf today! Fun fact - I once took a class in high school about interpersonal relationships (senioritis had set in) and one day in the class we literally went around and gave each other compliments and had to practice taking them, too. I will admit before this class I was terrible at taking compliments - I felt so awkward. Sometimes I still feel awkward but I'm way better at faking a sincere thank you now! :)
Leather jacket: Asos
Tee: Pac Sun
Jeans: Forever 21 (review here) (sold here if you want to try them yourself)
Shoes: Liz Claiborne via DSW
Necklace: David Yurman
Scarf: Cynthia Rowley

March 6, 2012

bright work wear

Admittedly there is brighter work wear out there. I recently saw a kelly green suit from the Limited, for example. However, one of the easiest ways to brighten your wardrobe (and your day, possibly?) is to add a bright blouse to your typical formal suit. When the suit is buttoned, there is just a hint of color, but when the jacket is open... BAM there is some coral in yo face!
Suit: Ann Taylor
Blouse: TJ Maxx
Shoes: Ann Taylor
Necklace: David Yurman
Watch: (not visible) Michael Kors
Legs: haven't been to the beach in months
P.S. --> I was fooling around taking pictures of Wednesday today and I realized just how big she's gotten when I came across this other picture in almost the exact same pose from about 9 months ago! I have never loved anything more :)

March 5, 2012

presentable

Today I had to give a presentation for my advanced evidence seminar. We've each been given nuanced topics of contested evidentiary issues to explain to the class and write papers on. My topic was autopsies and the confrontation clause. Basically, the defendant in a criminal trial has the right to "confront" or cross examine the state's witnesses. If for some reason the person who prepared the autopsy report is unable to testify, but the state still wants that report to come in as evidence (maybe to prove the cause of death or whatever) then you can make the argument that the defendant has lost his right to confront the medical examiner about his findings during the autopsy. ANYWAY... There was no requirement to dress up for the presentation but I wanted to be "presentable" so I threw on this Loft blazer that hardly gets any wear. I do love it though.. the pleats give it something different than the average black blazer. I'm going to have to try to wear it more often.
Blazer: Loft
Tank: Forever 21
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Target
Necklaces: Barneys Co-op, Lord & Taylor
Watch: Michael Kors
PS - I found out that a few of my law friends know about this blog.. so if you are reading, oh HEY! Please don't judge me too much :) 

March 4, 2012

barrister's ball

Every year my law school throws a party in March to honor faculty and students blah blah blah. I have no idea who won any of the awards last night, but it was a great opportunity to dress up, hang out with friends, and have a nice meal with an open beer and wine bar! As far as getting dressed goes - I always seem to gravitate toward the same shapes for cocktail dresses. My friend and I were shopping and talking about this -- like you seem to find one shape that looks good on you and then next you know you own 7 of XYX type dress. For my friend it was dresses with one shoulder, for me it is strapless. As I was trying on my dress options I even tried, really really tried to wear one of my other "silhouettes" but BF liked this one the best.. so that's what I went with. 
On Me:
Dress: bebe
Bracelet: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless (similar, $$$)
Purse: Longchamp
On Him:
Suit: Theory
Shirt: Calvin Klein
Shoes: "no idea" lol
Belt: Tommy Hilfiger 

March 2, 2012

blood orange, royal blue, teal

I'm kind of loving this sweater I got from Ann Taylor on clearance. I have nothing like this in my wardrobe. As I reached for it this morning in a rush to get ready for work, I also grabbed the next brightest thing hung nearby - this Ann Taylor tie neck blouse. And to end the outfit, my teal low wedge heels from Target. Unfortunately the color did not come out true to life in the photos, but they are just as colorful as the rest of the outfit. I kind of love Fridays.
Cardigan: Ann Taylor
Jeans: Forever 21 (only $10.50!)
Shoes: Target
Bracelets: John Hardy, Movado, Ann Taylor, Unknown

March 1, 2012

true blue - colored jeans review

Today Google Friend Connect ended for non-Blogger blogs. Fortunately, I do run my blog on Blogger. However, I think it's about time I start using Bloglovin' instead to follow my favorite blogs. I'm noticing that some bloggers' posts do not show up in my Google Reader, so I'm missing out on all the action! I hope that you'll follow me on Bloglovin', too!
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In other news, I purchased several colored jeans in the past two weeks. Here is a short review of 4 different pairs from 3.5 different brands (3.5 because 2 are from F21, but 1 is from Heritage 1981, a subdivision of F21).

2. Heritage 1981 Vibrant Skinny Jean in Periwinkle, Size 24
3. Gap Always Skinny Skimmer Jean in White, Size 24/00
The Acid Wash Jeans run large(er) and are extremely stretchy. After sitting in them for a few hours I had to pull them up every time I stood up. The waist and the butt really stretches out - but on the plus side the pants come with a belt. The pants are a good length for petites at 29". I'm planning on trying to shrink them in the dryer. 
These Vibrant Skinny Jeans feel considerably smaller than the Acid Wash because they have less stretch in them. They run longer than the Acid Wash jeans and I have to cuff the bottom under for them to fit correctly. 
These run very tiny (lots of complaints about that online - good for the tiny girls!) They have very little stretch to them. I have to do a good "shimmy" to get the pants on. 
These pants run the smallest by far. I literally had to dance around to get them on, but once on, they hug every curve and make my butt look great (says the BF). They do have some stretch, so although putting on the pants was very uncomfortable, they did stretch to fit and felt more comfortable after a few minutes. I will say that I also ordered the Gestalt Green in the same order in the same size (0P), and I could not even get those on over my hips. They were at least an inch smaller across the hips and waist so I had to return them. I am not sure if that color is universally smaller, or if it was just a mixup with that one pair of pants. 
Old Navy is currently running a promotion on jeans in-store, so if you purchase these online at full price (approx 35 bucks) you can go into the store, return them, and buy them back for $19. That's what I did! Because of the SO small fit, I actually re-ordered them in Size 0 Regular and Size 2P to see if I can find a better fit. Even if those don't fit, I'm happy enough with the 0P that I wouldnt be too disappointed if neither of the re-orders fit.