This past weekend I went shopping with the hopes of finding my ideal law school graduation dress. I am on a Gossip Girl kick on Netflix and I've been loving the ladylike and mature style of Blair Waldorf. Yes - it ages her to some extent, but the styles of dresses she chooses are always classic and usually not too revealing, unlike Serena who is all about showing off her curves. I think for a law school graduation (or any professional school or graduate degree program especially) I need to take a step away from cleavage and leg and focus on a classic, timeless silhouette. This is why I decided I really want to wear a sheath dress as my graduation dress. Surprisingly, I only own one sheath dress and it is black and really only appropriate for work and no other occasion - except maybe a funeral, lol. Here are some options I've been eyeing (and I'll let you know which I found in-store).
This was the best fitting of all the dresses I tried on. After finding this dress I decidedly prefer an all-lace sheath dress, but finding one that fits perfectly will definitely present a problem. This dress in size 0 just grazed all my curves and hit me in the middle of my knee-cap. With high heels this would look elegant, and I could see myself wearing it as a skirt to work in the future. The deciding factor was the price tag - at $248 with no promo-code or sale in sight, I had to let it go.
I found this in a 2P on a random rack at Macy's and was hoping and praying this fit me because I loved the colors AND it was on sale! Note: the colors in the photo are not accurate, in real life the blue is a dark turquoise and the white is really a grey. The problem with this dress was with fit - it was much too large everywhere. Why do all these brands only come in size 2??? It's discriminatory, I tell ya!
I couldn't find this in petite, and the size 2 regular was absurdly large. I didn't even try it on, but I loved this print and the color combo of purple and yellow is so pretty. If I could find something similar to this dress in a size that fit me, I'd be all over that!
I did not see this one in store, but I looked hard for it. I just found it online at Nordstrom in a 0P so I ordered it to see how it fits. If its amazing I'll keep it, if it's even a little "bleh" I'll return it, because I'm trying not to waste money on special occasion dresses anymore. I think $148 + tax for a graduation dress is still pretty steep.
My search continues. Let me know if you know of any really pretty lace, floral, or bright spring sheath dresses preferably with a defined waist that come in small sizes! I'd love to hear any input.
Hello hello! It has been TOO long since I've posted an outfit. The past 2 weeks have been extremely stressful and hectic. Although I did wear some outfits that were worthy of blog posts, life came first, and I had litrally (picture Parks & Rec when you read that) no time nor desire to photograph myself. To update anyone who cares - I passed the MPRE Ethics exam by a whopping 40 points! I only needed an 80 in Florida to pass but I got a 120 - all this means is if I suddenly decide to move to California I can practice law there too (well, if I take the Cali bar also...). I also didn't get the most recent job that I decided I wanted. That was a pretty big bummer, but I know eventually I'll be able to find something. I'm just thinking its probably going to be after I pass the bar in September... I think I can handle a little "vacation" while I wait for my bar results, what do you think?
Speaking of taking the bar, all that stands between me and studying for the bar is my studying for all my finals! I have two finals and two papers to complete in the next 2.5 weeks. I'm trying to get the papers out of the way this week so I can just study for finals starting next, but we'll see how THAT goes. Graduation is on May 12, and ironically, I got called to Jury Duty May 14. Not sure what I'm going to do about that, because my bar studying course starts May 14 also... I might have to defer my jury duty until July after the bar, or just show up on May 14 and BEG them not to keep me.
Anyway, not to drag on, but the real purpose of this post is because I'm a selfish girl and I can't help but think about what I want to receive as a graduation gift. For my Undergrad graduation my parents gave me a tiffany necklace and the sweetest gift EVER - it's a long story but I will try to explain it quickly - when I was in high school I threw a party at my house and about $2000 of stuff was stolen. As punishment my parents made me pay them back and it took me 2 years, including every cent I made working at a tennis camp along with pretty much every dollar I received as a gift for my birthday, christmas, and other holidays, but finally by high school graduation I had paid them back. Well, apparently my parents kept that money and they gave it back to me on my college graduation! It was really, really nice of them in my opinion and was a real gift from the heart.
Not to be dismissive of gifts from the heart, but I have a bunch of real and tangible items that I could use in my life! Here we go:
New lens for my camera. I'm finding that the things I want to do stylistically cannot be done with my kit lens. However, I can't decide if I want to get a telephoto lens, a macro lens, or just a good plain lens with no zoom and a low F-stop to try to get a blurred background. I feel like a telephoto might be the most practical and have the most uses, but I just. dont. know.
A stylish camera bag. When I've wanted to bring my camera out of the house, do you know how I carry it? I wrap it in a T-shirt and put it inside my Longchamp. Not classy! Not safe! The problem is, 95% of camera bags are UGLY, and most of the other 5% of the "stylish" bags are not my style. Enter The It Bag - it is perfect for me, but it is currently sold out/backordered! What to do?
A piece of jewelry I wouldn't (couldn't) buy for myself. I've been loving John Hardy jewelry for a while despite its name resemblance to Ed Hardy, but the problem is I'm an unemployed student and I can't really afford a 600 dollar bracelet, haha. I've mostly been coveting this one though - super thick, makes a statement on its own, but still classic silver and will be in style for years.
A new scent. I was at Sephora a few weeks ago with a friend and I smelled probably 30 perfumes. I have found that I love the ones that lean toward smelling like cologne - is that weird? I'm guessing it can't be weird because I like some of the most popular ones - Marc Jacobs Daisy, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, for example. I actually found out the Kenneth Cole Reaction I've been wearing for 7 years was the men's cologne version... oops. But an entire collection that really caught my eye/nose were the "Clean" scents - specifically "Warm Cotton." It literally smelled like clean laundry and I LOVED it.
I know there are other things I've been "lusting after" that I just can't remember right now, so maybe I'll do another post as I come up with more ideas.
I had a Moot Court event on Friday which called for "business attire," but we always go out after these events so I really didn't want to wear a suit. I pushed the limit with this outfit but still came off looking polished for a night-time professional event. Admittedly this outfit borders on inappropriate for the office, but for a night event at your office or a business party I think it could definitely work.
This month's Everybody Everywear challenge hit home for me - pastels! I absolutely love pastels and I was busting out my pastel colored clothes even before it was Easter! I honestly had too many outfit ideas, but decided to go with my light turquoise pants with my lavender tee and a jean jacket that has never gotten wear before. There's a first time for everything, right?
Miami weather... You can't beat the heat, but I also haven't had a chance to wear most of my winter wardrobe this year. Summer is quickly approaching and a 75 degree day is considered "cold" this time of year. I decided to bust out one of my long sleeved dresses and boots while I can still wear them on this "cold" 79 degree day. I think what reminded me of the 60's mod era were my hair and the mini dress with knee-high boots. Hopefully it doesn't look too much like a costume because I'm wearing this today!
Happy Easter and Passover weekend to everyone who celebrates! I was raised Catholic but I'm going to two passover seders with friends this weekend. I wore this outfit to a seder last night and I better get dressed right now if I want to be on time for the one tonight! See below for my review of the Uniqueen No. 5 Tweed Jacket.
Price: I purchased this Uniqueen No. 5 jacket about a week ago and have been wearing it non-stop since then. I figured I'd do a little review because the jacket is currently on sale. I haven't seen any crazy sales for Uniqueen, but they do have a nice deal where you get %15 during your birthday month. Their jackets are a little bit pricy, about the pricing of Zara blazers and jackets. This particular jacket was $81, and shipping is on the expensive side at $13, but if you can use a 15% off code that pretty much makes shipping free.
Sizing: There are 3 sizes for this jacket - S, M, L. The jacket runs really small. I ordered a Small, and a Medium would probably look better on me because it would be looser in the shoulders. The measurements on their website are very accurate, and as predicted, the sleeve length is perfect for me. The only thing I did not account for were the padded shoulders. Although the jacket really is 13" in the shoulder, which should fit me perfectly, because of the padding in the shoulder the jacket fits much smaller than 13". On me, the small fits in the jacket length and sleeve length. It is tight in the shoulders and if I wanted to add a clasp to the front to make the jacket have a closure, it would be too tight across my 32" chest. Quality & Style: I already said the quality was similar to Zara items I own. But what outweighs anything to do with quality is the style of this jacket. It has a great shape and is very Chanel-esque at a fraction of the cost. The jacket comes in 7 colors (black, brown, navy, light pink, white, coral pink and yellow) and it was honestly difficult to choose just one jacket. I might re-order another color in Medium to see the sizing difference - and because I want another color :) . The jacket is a tweed material and the black has some sequins interwoven throughout, along with a sparkly weave that when the light hits it creates a checkered pattern. The sparkles are also along the trim. It has gold buttons with mock pockets and it comes with a cute "5" pin with pearl accents.
Overall, I really like the jacket and can see myself wearing this not only on the weekend, but to work too. I am planning on removing the sparkles in the trim, and once I do that it will be even more work appropriate. And I'm probably going to order another color, but I just can't decide which one yet!
Today was my first day off in months. I really should be writing an opening statement for an interview I have next week, but I just needed to get out of the house, have a nice lunch, and walk around the mall for a few hours before I get back to work. I've got two passover seders to attend this weekend so maybe I'll have some more outfits to post! And the "pastel" Everybody Everywear challenge is coming up on the 10th so I'm looking forward to making up an outfit for that, too. But for now, today's outfit. Worn to lunch, the mall, and Target - I'm wearing sunglasses I purchased from that mall trip, and new lipstick from Target.
I much prefer the typical blazer to any other cut of jacket, but every once in a while I get lured into something unfamiliar and I purchase it to try out a different silhouette. I purchased this Michael by Michael Kors swing jacket about 3 years ago on super sale (about 20 bucks) in size "P." Every time I wear it I wear it buttoned and I wanted to see what it would look like unbuttoned... Well the jury is out and the answer for me is NO. The jacket looks much cuter buttoned, and unbuttoned it looks pretty boxy and grandma-ish. I'm 25 - too young to be wearing grandma clothes, so this experiment was a fail.
I own a decent amount of tie-neck blouses, but it wasn't until earlier this week that I learned there was a "right" and a "wrong" way to tie the perfect bow. Obviously, what you consider "perfect" is going to be based on your personal preference. For me, this outfit resembles how I'd like all my tie-neck blouses to look. I used this youtube video to learn to tie my bow. The trick for me was once the bow was tied, I spent a few extra seconds fixing the front part of the knot to my liking so it wasn't all bunched up and limp looking.
And now for something completely unrelated to bows - let's talk about these pants. I have literally 7 or so pants sitting folded in my closet waiting to be taken to the tailor. For at least 3 years these pants have sat unworn in my closet! I really felt like wearing these pants the other day, so I did a quick DIY hem-job using double sided tape and strategically placed small safety pins and I was able to wear them to work. Seeing pictures now, I'm not loving the crotch, but work pants have always been harder for me to "love" than skirts. Even my Theory pant suit isn't as perfect as I'd like! Anyway, I've really got to get these hemmed. And I've got to save up for laser hair removal on my legs - if I didn't have to worry about shaving, I could wear skirts every day!!!