September 25, 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Powerline Dress Review

I ordered the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Powerline Dress when the collection first came out. When I opened the package, the first thing I noticed was that I liked the feel of the material. It is crepe and feels more work appropriate and expensive than other fabrics from the collection. I also ordered the long-sleeve floral blouse but that was so bad (in my opinion) that it wasn't even worth a review. The material feels cheap, there were strings falling out all over the place, it's sheer, and it's very large. 
The faux leather belt felt a little cheap, but it was fully adjustable for all waist sizes and could easily be switched out with a belt of your choice. I also liked the faux-wrap front style of the dress for a bit of added interest. The allover pattern was also pretty. FYI, it looks black and white in these photos and online, but there are also hints of lime green/yellow-ish surrounding all of the black lines in this dress. I think it would look great with a black, grey, white/cream or camel blazer, and an array of colored cardigans for work.  
So everything's good, right?.... Wrong.
The dress runs very, very large. This is why I never end up buying anything from these Target collaborations. The dress is $49.99 and would require extensive slimming on the sides of the dress to fit, which will probably cost me $20-25 bucks. I have to decide if a TARGET dress is worth $70... right now I'm leaning toward no. 
If you are lucky enough to be able to fill out this dress sans alterations, I highly recommend it for work. 
Did you get anything from the 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target collection? What are your thoughts on the pieces you got?
Shop the entire collection HERE!

September 20, 2013

Burgundy/Plum & Tweed

I went outlet shopping last weekend and ended up buying a very dark burgundy suit from the Ann Taylor outlet, along with this sort of burgundy/plum colored sheath dress. I loved the color of the dress and it fit very well off the rack. I'm hesitant to say "it fit perfectly" because I think most things could use alterations, even a slight tweaking, to make it fit perfectly. I wore the new dress today to court and to the office. I can't wait to wear it with the burgundy suit too, but this was a fun first time out of the bag. If you are interested in this dress, check your local AT outlet - it's $109 originally but they frequently have 40% off the whole store sales which makes it a slightly more reasonable  ~$65. I'm sitting in my apartment as I write this waiting to go out to a late happy hour, and I'm not going to change my clothes. I love dresses like this where I can ditch the blazer and still go out at night. I would definitely say this is a more "mature" outfit for going out than I usually wear, but I'm a bit too lazy to change right now :)
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Blazer: Ann Taylor (similar)
Dress: Ann Taylor outlet (similar, similar)
Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar)
Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Michael Kors (similar)
Linking up with Style Elixer and Thirties Two Cents

September 19, 2013

Black & Grey

After a little more than 1 year of working as a lawyer, I am now more aware of the holes in my closet concerning work clothes. This past weekend I went to the outlet mall to look for a black sheath dress for work. I've been wearing my navy one weekly and feel like I'm wearing it out too quickly! I got distracted by some pretty, but unnecessary things, but ended up getting what I came for. I found two Theory dresses in my size, a black and the grey one below. The grey fits without alterations, but the black needs to be slimmed on the sides. The people at Last Call assured me I could take my receipt to any Neiman Marcus or Last Call store and get free alterations, so I'm in no rush since there is one close by. Have you ever gotten free alterations done at any place like Last Call or Nordstom Rack? Would you say the quality of alterations was the same as a private tailor? I always see free alterations offered but this will be the first time I actually think to use the service. 
Blazer: Theory
Dress: Theory (similar)
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)
Necklace: Bohypsy (similar)
Bracelet: David Yurman
Bag: Michael Kors (similar)

September 16, 2013

Ain't Nobody Gonna Break-a My Stride

Wore this to court and to some depositions on Friday. I normally wouldn't wear animal print to court, but it was a Friday, so, yeah. I'm noticing that matching suits are only necessary if you're going to trial. I think a lot of the rules for lawyers are about impressing a jury, and many are starting not to apply at all anymore. I thought the tweed of the jacket and the subtle animal print of the skirt were a cool combination, and although I could have chosen any color blouse, I reached for my new pink-ish one from Loft. I'm really liking the way the tie neck drapes slightly over the waist of the skirt, adding some more interest. 
I get emails sometimes from people thinking about going to law school asking advice about whether they should go or not. I want to share a story from college...
My university didn't have a "pre law" major, but a lot of students who wanted to go to law school were "Government & Politics" majors. My sophomore year I qualified for the major and officially started taking classes. One of my best friends in my sorority was also a GVPT major. One night as we were in her dorm room getting ready to go out, we were drinking and talking, and she told me about this mock trial team she was on. I immediately was like "that sounds so awesome, can you help me apply?" She immediately struck me down and said "Elissa, you need to be, like, smart, to join this team. You need to actually, like, do work." Obviously these statements stung - I wasn't a straight A student in college but I certainly wasn't stupid or lazy. I decided not to pursue joining that team because I didn't want to do anything involved with that girl, but from that moment on I focused everything on getting into law school. I took relevant courses, I applied for relevant internships, etc. The conversation may have ruined my friendship with her (she probably never noticed, but I did), but it also gave me the push I (maybe) needed to do my best and get into school. My point is, if you want to go to law school, don't let anyone tell you you can't. All types of people from all different backgrounds go to law school. You don't necessarily need straight A's (or even B's) to get into school. Schools care about diversity and what you will bring to the table that will enhance everyone else's time there. A friend of a friend who had a low LSAT score (the test you take to get into law school), and an average GPA from a not-that-recognizable school got into law school - probably because she has a very interesting ethnic background and back story about how she ended up in the U.S., and she took a few years off between undergrad and law school which gives her work experience. Anyway, sorry for this block of text but my point is don't let anybody break your stride or tell you you can't do something. If you want it, work for it. 
Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar)
Skirt: Loft
Blouse: Loft
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Michael Kors (similar)

September 14, 2013

Equipment, Clover Canyon, and Rebecca Taylor Reviews

After Elle posted that the Theory outlets were having an extra 40% off items I decided to head to my local outlet for some shopping. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of good stuff at the Saks Off 5th Outlet. They had racks of Equipment items, Clover Canyon, and Rebecca Taylor. These are all brands that I've been interested to try, but this was the first opportunity I've had to try them on in person.

First up are the Equipment items I tried. I was soooooo excited when I saw the racks of beautiful silk blouses and dresses. I've always wanted an Equipment blouse and was really happy to see many colors to choose from, and reasonable prices. The blouses were all either 109 + extra 30% off or 119 + 30% off. Ebay prices are not usually much better than that. Unfortunately, I realized the brand runs very large. I'm trying on size XS in the photos below... I guess I can stop checking Ebay for Equipment shirts now because it's never going to happen for me :( .... unless I get a sleeveless blouse, maybe. 
Left: Equipment Lucida Dress ($139 + extra 30% off) (the dress was basically sheer!)
Right: Equipment Signature Silk Blouse ($109 + extra 30% off)
Above: Equipment Blouse - Don't know the style name. 

Now for some Clover Canyon items. I was first introduced to the brand when Jean bought her beautiful dress. I wouldn't say I've been dying to own anything from the brand, but if the price was right I'd consider making a purchase. My overall impression is that the brand runs small. The XS blouses fit me in the shoulder and the arms wouldn't need slimming, but they were just slightly long in the arm but that's expected for a short person like me. The dresses run very tight, but I think they would be great for after hours and dates. 
The prices were not that great for the blouses below, but I put the dress on hold because I checked Ebay and the dress was cheaper than what Ebay sellers are selling it for. However, after walking away to shop more I never ended up coming back for it. I'll consider purchasing a dress in the future but only if I can get it for around $150 or less. Preferably less. 
Above: Clover Canyon Neon Filigre Blouse  (Size XS) ($154 (I think!) + extra 30% off)
Above: Clover Canyon Pink Candy Car Blouse (Size S) ($154 (I think!) + extra 30% off)
Above: Clover Canyon Dress (Size XS) ($164 + extra 30% off) (I'm obsessed with the back!) (here's a link to one for sale on Ebay)
Above: Rebecca Taylor Black & White Tweed Lambskin Trimmed Dress (Size 0) ($299 + extra 30% off)
I also put this dress on hold because it fit me great and I thought it would be great for work. The only problem was the price tag. I was THIS CLOSE to justifying spending my entire monthly clothing budget on this one dress, but after I put it on hold at Saks I went into Last Call by Neiman Marcus and found 2 Theory dresses which also fit me great for the same price as one Rebecca Taylor dress so I had to pass it up. Maybe it will end up in my hands some day!
Do you have any experience with any of these brands? What are your thoughts on Equipment, Clover Canyon or Rebecca Taylor items? Worth the price? Do they hold up over time?

September 13, 2013

LOFT New Arrivals and Sale Reviews

I ordered a few items from Loft last week during a 60% off sale, and 30% off full price tops promotion. I'm currently looking for tops in fall colors (think burgundys and forest greens) as well as "flowy" tops in any color that can be worn to work and casually. If you like any of these items, Loft is currently having a 30% off everything (sale included) sale with code EVERYTHING. I'm also linking up with Tara at Mix and Match Fashion for the "What I Wore to Work" Linkup.
Jacket: Theory
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
I want to start off by saying I actually like the above outfit, but I could not wear this to court (ever) and I could probably only get away with wearing it to my office on a day I see no one.. and what's the point of wearing an outfit if no one sees it? Lol. I love the color of this blouse, but after trying on a petite XXS (above and below) and the regular XS, I'm not sure which to keep, if any. The length of the petite blouse is good for work, but the arm holes feel a bit too tight to wear casually. The regular size adds some length to be longer than my blazers, which means I could only wear it tucked in for work, but it will also look better casually than the shorter petite version. But, I like the option of being able to wear shirts tucked in or untucked and with this top I won't have that option if I keep the regular length. With the 30% off promo at the time, the blouse came to $35. 
The pants were on sale for $24. I bought them to see if I could make them work appropriate. I was envisioning an outfit like above with the blazer, but the fit of the pants was not great and, in my opinion, were not worth alteration costs. The back is elasticized, which means they will fit more body sizes, but they are still big on me. The ankles could be tapered and slimmed a bit. The thigh ran a little too big. The pants come in the Marisa and Julie (curvy) fit (and I just saw the black in the new Zoe fit). The material feels like a cheap polyester, but they have a nice drape and the pattern will help to conceal wrinkles. The pants are probably worth the $24 but not much more due to the thin material and construction. Practically, I'm not sure where these pants are appropriate. I personally wouldn't wear them to work after trying them out above and below, and they are a bit too loose/not flattering enough to wear casually.
FYI if you like these pants but don't love the color I chose, they have a bunch of other colors available right now in the same style: red paisley print, plain black, blue floral, black speckle
I thought maybe a belt would fix the fit of the pants, but meh. 
I like the color of the green Pleated Tie Neck Blouse, but I wish it were a little more green. I'm wearing the regular size. The petite size runs VERY small, with the arms being about 2 inches shorter than these arms, and the shoulders running very tight. I think I'll get more use out of a sleeveless blouse (feels more comfortable under jackets for work, and is more casual for weekends), so I am probably going to return this blouse and hold out for a more true forest green color. 
This Short Sleeve Tie Neck blouse is currently on sale. It also comes in white but I tried the white on in the store and it is VERY sheer. This "faded rose" color is pretty opaque but a patterned bra will show through a little bit. The shirt runs short, in my opinion. This is the regular length and it is about the same length as the petite shirts that I ordered, the petite was too boxy and short on me. It was only $16 after the sale and will make a good work shirt so I will probably keep it. 
Let me know if you shop the Loft sale and what you bought!

September 9, 2013

Transitioning Mint to Fall

I'm kind of an impulsive person on the weekends. I don't usually have serious plans because my BF lives in another state, so I generally wake up and lay around for a while and suddenly decide what I'm going to do. This weekend I woke up, it was raining so I couldn't take my dog to the park, nor did I want to walk anywhere, so I decided on the whim to drive up to Ikea. I'll have a post about what I bought at Ikea and a little weekend art project another day. Anyway, instead of taking a lot of time to pick out my outfit, I immediately grabbed the first pair of jeans that I found in my drawer - my mint pair. Then I figured it was going to be cold and air conditioned inside Ikea so I wanted to be warm - and voila, I chose a flannel shirt. I'm actually liking this color combination. After all, mint is a shade of green, so since the forest green of the shirt and the mint green of the pants share the same color family I don't think it looks terrible. Plus, now I have a new, darker combination to help transition these mostly "spring and summer" jeans into fall! I think the copper booties and the field jacket also help with the fall vibe. How are you going to transition your summer colored jeans to fall? Or are you just planning to pack them up until next spring??
Shirt: J. Crew (similar)
Jeans: ASOS (similar)
Booties: Sam Edelman (thrifted) (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Dooney & Bourke (I like the rustic look of this one)
P.S. - I know it seems insane to wear heels to Ikea, but I wasn't going there for the whole "experience" - I was there for less than 30 minutes because I knew exactly what I was looking for - some picture frames and a new rug! Unfortunately the back and forth drive was longer than the whole time I spent in the store, lol. 

September 5, 2013

Labor Day Weekend in Chicago Part 2

I wore the outfit below out to dinner and drinks on Saturday night in Chicago. We went to dinner at Lou Malnati's, which is supposed to be the best Chicago style pizza in the city. I'll let you Chicagoans fight about that one. I'm an East Coast girl through and through so this was quite the experience for me. I mean, I'm from the pizza belt! Overall impression: this was not pizza. It made for a hearty meal, but it definitely wasn't pizza. This is pizza :)
Anyway, after "pizza", my BF and I kind of wandered around trying to find some bar to go to. He lives in an area of town that isn't known for its nightlife so we weren't sure where to go. We ended up venturing to Public House because it's a chain and the one in Philly is fun. Then we wandered down the street and found a street that seemed pretty bustling with a bunch of bars. We ended up going to El Hefe for the rest of the night. Their website classifies themselves as a nightclub but to me this was just a bar.. but maybe this is what "clubs" are like in Chicago? - not sure. I noticed nobody really fist pumps in Chicago. What's up with that??!?
About my outfit: I hope I don't look like "Halloween" in these pics, lol. Wearing orange and black together can be a recipe for disaster but hopefully this is not one. I missed this jacket for many months because it's so hot in Miami and I was glad to be able to wear it in Chicago (even though it was definitely hotter than I thought it would be at night). Also, FYI, there were about 15 GIANT SPIDERS hanging all around me during these photos. It took everything I had to stay out there for 1 minute to take the pics. BF needs to buy some Raid or something! So gross! 
Jacket: Zara (similar)
Shirt: Ann Taylor
Pants: Forever 21
Shoes: Shoedazzle (Sahara style)
Necklace: Ann Taylor (similar)
Bracelet: Ann Taylor
Watch: Michael Kors

September 4, 2013

Labor Day Weekend in Chicago

I spent Labor Day weekend visiting my BF in Chicago. Without the pressure to do "touristy" things we had a great time just doing whatever we wanted to!  On Saturday we went to brunch at this place called Eggy's which we went to last time I was in town. It was raining all morning and the weather report called for rain in the afternoon and I was so upset that it was going to be bad weather. I originally wore the outfit below, but with all the rain, when we went back to his apartment to change for the rest of the day I added a sweater and leather jacket. Thankfully, the rain stopped about mid day so I was able to ditch the jacket.
We spent the day just walking around downtown Chicago. It's amazing how crappy the shopping is in Miami compared to Chicago. We stopped into All Saints - it was my first time in a brick and mortar store. I loved all the leathers! A bit (a lot) out of my price range though, but the sales associate said they have sales about twice a year. We also stopped into Zara and Nordstrom Rack. The Zara was amazing. The Nordstrom Rack was also amazing but it was really crowded probably because of the holiday. I always wonder how people always get such great things at The Rack since I NEVER find quality designer items in my size at the one in Miami. I know if I had more time to search through the racks at the Chicago store I would have found something to buy. As it was, I found at least 5 things in my size from great designers (DVF and Theory to name a few) that I was close to buying but didn't pull the trigger. I'll update with my other outfit from the trip another day! What did you do this labor day weekend? Hopefully you had fun!
Jacket: ASOS
Sweater: Old Navy (similar)
Blouse: Express (similar)
Pants: Forever 21
Shoes: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: B. Makowsky
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