April 30, 2014

Needle & Thread Dress Review

Below is the dress that I wore to the black tie (optional) event I went to this past weekend along with some pics from the event and a quick review of the dress. 
I found Needle & Thread while browsing the ASOS website. The pieces are all hand beaded which adds to the price point, but I found all the dresses to be unique and I had a hard time picking only one out to try. I ended up choosing Geo Sundown dress. It has all-over sequins along with some different sized beading in a geometric pattern on the front. The sizes range from US2 to US10. ASOS's US2s are generally the equivalent of size US0 or 00 so that's the size I bought. Unfortunately, it turned out the US2 was true to size. However, I ended up keeping the dress because I didn't want it to be a tight mini-dress - I wanted it to be sort of classy, and the looser fit made it more of a shift style dress and the longer length made it appropriate for a work event. Overall, I was impressed with the quality of the dress and I would definitely purchase another (if I have another fancy event to attend). Right now, Needle & Thread is still a fairly new company - their website isn't even fully functioning yet (says coming 2014), but you can check out the website to see where you can purchase the items in your country. 
needle & thread, dress, review
needle & thread, dress, review
needle & thread, dress, review
Dress: Needle & Thread (same dress but different color here, midi length here)
Silver shoes: Calvin Klein
Bracelet: David Yurman
Clutch: (barely pictured) Amazon
(Note: the clutch is really small - I could fit my iPhone (barely), some money, my ID, a credit card, and my apartment key - that's it. No room for lipstick or gum. Still a pretty clutch though)

April 28, 2014

Test Driving

I wore this outfit to celebrate Easter with my family. As I drove around town, I noticed a lot of people were taking full advantage of the "warm" 50-60 degree weather by going bare legged, but there I was wearing my boots and leather jacket, haha. In other inconsequential news, while I was in CT, I test drove 3 types of Jeeps and I'm now obsessed with the Wrangler. I'm going to buy a car in the next few weeks so I need to decide what I'm going to do on that front. On the one hand, other cars I've looked at have safety and plenty of "features," but on the other hand... there's the badass Wrangler. Decisions decisions...For reference I also test drove the Jeep Patriot and Cherokee, the Toyota Rav4, and the Honda CRV. If you have any suggestions of similar "crossover" type SUVs to try please let me know! And if you have a Wrangler I'd love to hear about your experiences!

Jacket: ASOS (mine is not petite - bought it before they made it in petite sizes)
Sweater: Ann Taylor (similar)
Blouse: J. Crew (similar pattern)
Jeans: Forever 21 (similar)
Boots: Ann Taylor (similar)
Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar), Ann Taylor
Watch: Michael Kors
Rings: Michael Kors (similar), David Yurman
Bag: Longchamp
Oh, and these are my parents' dogs - Yoshi and Jasper. Love them even though Jasper is a cranky old man these days. 

April 25, 2014

Rent the Runway Review

I mentioned a little while ago that I rented a dress from Rent the Runway for a black tie optional event that I have tomorrow, so I wanted to do a quick review of the dress I received and the overall experience. 

First of all, I will say that the service is very convenient and easy to use. I was able to add an additional size of this dress to my order at no additional cost. I was 95% sure I wouldn't need the extra size (and I was right) but it's still a nice option if you are between sizes. The delivery was actually 1 day earlier than originally anticipated so that was nice also. The dresses arrived well-packaged on individual hangers and inside individual plastic garment bags. There was also a tag hanging on the garment bag that tells you your return date and instructions on how to return and what to do if the dress doesn't fit. The company also makes returns extremely easy - there is a prepaid UPS envelope included in the box. All you have to do is put the dresses inside (sans hangers and garment bags - you get to keep those) and drop it off at a UPS drop box. 
I will tell you right now: I am not going to wear this dress to my event. I will do a review of the dress I'm wearing soon because I loveeeee it.

My issue was not with the RTR service but with the quality of the dress itself. This is a Moschino Cheap & Chic dress (don't be confused by the "cheap" in the brand's title - this dress retails for like $450), and I expected a high-quality piece. If you compare the stock image below to the pictures of the actual dress, you might see where I felt betrayed. What appeared to be a shiny/satiny dress is actually a wrinkly cotton mess in person. I would never pay full price for the dress let alone the $70 it cost me to rent it (I used a coupon code to get $25 off - they are readily available). This dress actually looks and feels very similar to a $40 H&M cotton work dress that I never wear because it wrinkles after a 20 min car ride to work. I do not feel this dress is black tie optional appropriate AT ALL. Especially with the inevitable wrinkles.

The dress did fit pretty well. I am obviously short (5'3") so I knew it would be a bit long in length, but I think this length hitting right below my knee is actually elegant. The straps were slightly long but some fashion tape could fix that. The bodice of the dress fit really well, even though this is marked as a US-4. I'm currently probably the slimmest I've been since college, so I was worried the dress would be too big but it fit great. However, (and this is the thing that pissed me off the most about this dress) -- it literally looked like it had been worn 100 times before me. It looked almost ragged up close. Anyway - if you have a more casual event to attend and are my size, this dress will fit you! Yay.

So, moral of the story? If I had looked at all of the customer photos (I did, but I was blinded by the stock image) I would have noticed the dress was wrinkly on everyone. If I had looked at the fabric content, I would have noticed it's 97% cotton (not so fancy). That might have saved me some headache.  Would I use the service again? Yes, but I would be more careful about the fabric content especially and I would thoroughly read the customer reviews before ordering.

If you've used RTR before I'd love to hear your experiences - both good and bad! 

April 23, 2014

Unexpected Dog Park Scenery

I usually take my dog to a small dog park in Coconut Grove, but a few weeks ago I took her to the dog park at Kennedy Park in the Grove instead. The dog park itself wasn't anything special, but it had views of the water, and the area that I took these pictures in was about 100 feet from the park. Talk about pretty! You can see the Grove Marina and all the sailboats from this bridge/walkway...it was such a nice surprise. I'll definitely be coming back again. 
Blouse: Express (similar)
Shorts: Forever 21 (similar)
Sandals: Target (similar)
Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar)
Necklaces: Forever 21, Etsy (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Rings: Michael Kors (similar), David Yurman
Headband: Ebay (it's a satin do-rag - it can be our little secret)
Bag: Longchamp

April 18, 2014

Preppy Lumberjack

I'm currently in CT for the Easter holiday and this is what I wore out and around the town on Friday. It's way colder here than I expected, but I asked my dad to hurriedly take these shots in the afternoon when the sun was still high in the sky. I wanted to have some 'foliage' in the background but none of the trees have leaves yet except the pine trees. Unfortunately, the light was weird from the angle with the pine trees in the background which made my skin washed out.. oh well. Anyway here is what I wore:
Jacket: J. Crew
Flannel: J. Crew (similar)
Jeans: Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: Report
Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
Bag: Longchamp
Watch: Michael Kors
Rings: Michael Kors (similar), David Yurman

April 14, 2014

Miami Blow-Dry Bar: Glam & Go

I mentioned in my last post that I have a black tie event to go to in 2 weeks. One of my best friends recently tried a "blow-dry bar" in Miami and had pretty good results, so I'm thinking of following suit and getting my hair professionally blown out for the event. I also just recently heard about Glam & Go, which seems like the perfect fit. They cater to the after-gym crowd, where they will give you a drywash (with dry shampoo) and style after the gym (for $20 - it only takes 15 minutes!) or a blowout after your shower (for only $35 - and it only takes 30 minutes!). I would be interested in trying the full on blowout for my event. They have two locations in Miami - one on South Beach at the Loews Hotel, and one in Brickell at the Epic Hotel. See the graphic below for some of the styles they offer. I'm loving the "Serious Curves" one! 




Have you ever tried a blow-dry bar? What have been your results?

April 13, 2014

Casual Friday

Wore this to work on a recent Friday. On a completely different note, I had the pleasure of being recognized at a bar last night by a reader and fellow lawyer- HEY Julia if you're reading! Great meeting you. I've got a busy few weeks coming up.. I am going home for Easter next weekend and the following weekend I have a black tie lawyerly event to go to. I rented a Moschino Cheap & Chic dress from Rent the Runway so I'm excited to see how that turns out. But because I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket I also bought a dress from ASOS as a backup in case the RTR dress doesn't fit. I'll return the ASOS dress if the RTR dress works out (although I am pretty obsessed with the dress.. I'll post pics and a review soon). Has anyone ever used Rent the Runway before? Tell me about your experiences!
Jacket: Ann Taylor
Shirt: J. Crew (similar)
Jeans: 7FAM
Shoes: Forever 21 (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)

April 1, 2014

Windowpane

I've been wanting a checked/windowpane print shirt for a while now and scored this silk one during a J. Crew sale. I've already worn it to work a few times and out on the weekend because it's flowy and long enough to wear casually. The black and white colors also make it pretty versatile, but for my first outfit for work I kept it simple with an all black suit and gold accessories. Do you own anything in windowpane print? How would you wear this print to the office?
Jacket: Theory
Blouse: J. Crew (same tee but different print)
Skirt: Banana Republic (similar)
Heels: Cole Haan
Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar) & Ann Taylor
Watch: Michael Kors