Thursday, September 30, 2010

Petite Fashion Challenge #2 - Wear it Now, Wear it Later

Thanks to Kelly from Alterations Needed for sponsoring this challenge. The challenge is to pick one item in my closet, and create two outfits, one for spring/summer, and one for fall/winter.

Here is my take to the challenge. I picked a dress which is not too light weight and not too thick and heavy. It needs to be light enough for summer and drapey enough to pull it off in the fall. This is in fact relatively easy compared to the last challenge which I don't even want to post a link to. There are a lot of items like this, be it skirts, shorts, or dresses. I picked this cotton/cashmere blend dress I got from Theory outlet this year and came up with the following two looks.
Summer
Fall
Outfit details:
Dress: Theory
Cardigan: Loft (I'm loving it. buy it here)
Tights: DSW
Sandals: Aldo
T-strap heels: Target
bag: Coach
Necklace: JCrew

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

OOTD: Breton stripe and skinny jeans

It was hard to resist the 40% off Loft regular price sale last week, right? I didn't think so. I went to the store "just to take a look". You all know how that usually goes. I was completely thrilled to find out that the boat neck long-sleeve Breton stripe Ts Loft introduced into the market in the spring is back, this time with petite sizes. It comes in two colors, Chrome and Vintage Blue. I like its long length, for wearing jean tights with. It's true to size. I got a size xsp and feel the fit is just right. It's 100% cotton with no stretchiness. The sleeves are very fitted. It's a bit sheer, so I wore a cami underneath. I think it looks very refreshing, and comfortable.


Outfit details:
Long sleeve T: Loft (xsp, buy it here)
Jean leggings: Loft
Scarf: The Limited
Shoes: Bongo

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Giveaway Winner - Designer Sunglasses from VSP & Sweater Dress

Congratulations to the winner of the designer sunglasses giveaway - PetiteAsianGirl! Please contact me in the next 72 hours to claim your prize.  Thanks everyone for entering.

The fall weather is really upon us. I have been pulling out my warm gears and was able to wear my sweater dress for the first time this season yesterday. What a treat! Sweater dresses are fun and easy to wear. Just add belt for waist definition, a statement jewelry for fun, and tights for warmth. You can wear it without tights as well. I personally find it hard to find a day with temperature just right to wear a wool sweater dress without some sort of leg warmer substance. I will make this post more fun by not saying where I got the dress from and have you make a "wild" guess. The piece is from last year's fall collection. :) 




Outfit details:
Sweater dress: ??? 
Belt: Express
Shoes: Bongo
Necklace: The Limted

Saturday, September 25, 2010

OOTD: Fall Ruffle and Plaid

A quick post on a typical work outfit of mine. Various tops and skirts, with a cardigan to fend off the chilly mornings or air conditioning. The skirt is another Loft outlet find of mine. I have been very lucky with Loft outlet recently. They have some really cute and affordable skirts, so I snatched up a bunch. The skirt is 00P, it fits like a typical Loft 0P. I would prefer to wear it a little higher on the waist, but its waist is too big so it falls below my natural waist. I love its simple plaid pattern, and two cute buttons in the front to add just enough details but not overwhelming.




Outfit details:
Ruffle shirt: Express (XS)
Skirt: Loft outlet (00P)
Belt: The Limited
Cardigan: Loft
Sandals: Nine West
Snake necklace: Swarovski

Don't forget to enter the Designer Sunglasses Giveaway that ends on Monday. Click on the side bar icon to enter.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review: Loft Scuba Lean Trousers

Did I love these pants when I put them on in the dressing room! They were sooooo comfy, it felt heavenly. The fit was slim but less casual than tights. I didn't quite like the fact that it was "dry clean" instead of "machine wash", but I thought the fact that it didn't have the "only" after the words "dry clean" usually meant that I could put it in the machine and line dry. The original price was $79.50. I thought it was very expensive. I took advantage of the $20 off pants sale, and $25 off savings card, combined with other pants purchase, this one ended up to be around $26. Great deal right? I thought so, until I saw the pictures. Such horror!


The fit looks very nice from the front and side, but look at the back! I almost fainted when I saw the picture. I really couldn't see this view in the mirror. Now I'm really thanking my camera. One other thing that determines the fate of these pants is that when I took it off at the end of the day, I noticed that the seam on the outer upper left thigh had become undone. The picture shows (in the middle) a hole big enough for my little finger to go through. This pants is going back to Loft tomorrow.
Outfit Details:
Jacket: White House Black Market
Scuba Pants: Loft (buy it here)
T-strap: Target (buy it here)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Giveaway - Designer Sunglasses from VSP Vision Care

**** This giveaway is closed. Thank you for visiting! ****
Hope you are enjoying your week so far. I have been extremely busy with work and don't really have much time to post. Weather has been very nice here in Massachusetts. Highs in the 70s and SUNNY! I didn't think I would do another giveaway so soon after the Betsey Johnson Bracelet, but opportunity knocked on the door, and I'm very excited about it.
The right pair of sunglasses can not only look great and complete an outfit, but there is evidence they have a lot of health benefits. More than you might think. Some of these include protecting against cataracts and mascular degeneration plus keeping UV rays from damaging delicate skin around the eyes. As part of its continued commitment to proactive eye care and visual health, VSP Vision Care, the largest provider of eye care benefits in the US, is giving one of my lucky readers a free pair of designer sunglasses! 


Giveaway Guidelines:
1. Open to US readers only.
2. Ends Monday, September 27th, 2010 at Midnight (EST).


To enter:
  1. You have to be a public follower to this blog in order to enter. This is mandatory.
  2. Go to www.seemuchmore.com, VSP's new website to promote eye health. Leave a comment on this post and tell us something you learned about your eyes that you never knew before. (1 entry)
  3. Blog about this giveaway using the icon below and post the link in the comment. (+2 entries)
  4. Friend me on facebook by clicking on the Facebook Badge on the left hand side of the blog. (+1 entry)
  5. Post this giveaway on your facebook wall. (+ 1 entry)
  6. Friend VSP on facebook by going to www.facebook.com/vspvisioncare.(+1 entry)
A winner will be chosen by random.org and will have 72 hours to contact me with her info.


Good luck everyone!



Saturday, September 18, 2010

Review: Ann Taylor merino wool jacket and pearls

The Ann Taylor package (the 40% off sale one) finally arrived after what seemed like forever, but when I checked the date of the order, it only had been 7 days. I eagerly opened the package that contained the boiled fine merino wool jacket. I immediately had a very good feeling of this jacket BEFORE I even put it on. It was soft to the touch. (I have very sensitive skin, so I usually can't stand the scratchiness of wool). This one is different. It feels almost cashmere like. (Note, I say almost, which means it's NOT quite.) The AT website described it having a "felt-like texture", which is probably more accurate. Then I started looking at the seams and the stitchings. They were perfect. It was made as if it was a suit jacket. The inside of the collar had a lining. After I put it on, I knew immediately that it was a keeper. The fit was very good everywhere. The sleeves could be a tad shorter, but it was definitely at an acceptable length. Now I could stop here and give this jacket a score of 10/10, but I wouldn't be fair without mentioning the cute peplum detail on the back. Yes, the peplum again. Kelly, are you reading this? So added +2 bonus point to this jacket. Completely recommended without reservation. Sorry about the ripped jeans. I was wearing it for the weekend casual look, and was too lazy to change to pants.

Petite Boiled Merino Jacket (black, sz xxsp)




The fillers to get free shipping are the pearl set that I have been eying for a while. I don't think I can get better deals than 40% off. I wasn't sure which ones to order so I ordered all of them. With AT's easy return policy, I feel I have nothing to lose.
-- Pearl Necklace with Pave stem Caps
-- Pearl Bracelet with Pave Stem Caps
-- Pave Stem Cap Pearl Earrings
pearl bracelet with pave stem caps Ann Taylor-pearl necklace with pave stem caps Ann Taylor-pave stem cap pearl earrings
I was totally surprised by how BIG each pearl bead were. I measured it and it was about 0.5 inches. I'm not used to wearing pearls this big. They look too fake when they get to this size. They look very well made. They are cool to the touch. They don't have the shine that pearls that I'm used to have. They look great, but they don't look real. I posted a message on AT facebook wall hoping to get a confirmation on the make of these "pearls". (Another reason why I think they are not real? The price.)  Even if they are not real, I think I can justify keeping part of them, if not all. The gold and CZ pave stem caps are super cute. They look nice on me, barring being too big for my liking. What do you guys think of them? My pearl expert friends out there?

I look old and tired.



I was trying to show that the bracelet is a bit big for my wrist, but when rolled up, it was fine.
Outfit details:
3/4 sleeve sweater: BR outlet (Labor Day sale)
Slim fit jeans: Loft
Sandals: Aldo

Thursday, September 16, 2010

OOTD: Chocolaty Brown

I couldn't wait to wear this wool skirt from Loft outlet and the weather was finally cooperating. I'm not posting an outfit from today. These pictures were actually from last week. Today I can't even think of wearing a skirt. I woke up with outdoor temperature of 46 degrees. Yes, you heard me right. I bundled up today, yes I did. I'm glad I have some pictures in the backup pile. So here they are. (Winter is gonna be fun...)








Outfit details:
Cotton/Wool Top: Gap (old, got when I was pregnant with my daughter and couldn't even try it on at the time. It was $3, what could I lose? I still love it! Deals nowadays are not as great as the tech boom days.)
Skirt: Loft outlet. (00P)
double looped belt: Loft (xs)
Shoes: Jones New York (sz 6)
Earrings: Banana Republic outlet
Bracelet: Chico

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Giveaway Winner - Betsey Johnson Charm Bracelet (take three)

This is getting interesting. The second owner failed to contact me too. Let's see how long this is going to last. I might break the record of some sort....

The new winner is
petitexxs from http://www.petitexxs.com/

Please claim your prize within the next 24 hours. And congrats!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

OOTD: Turquoise and brown, AND military jacket

Some of you are wondering what the Loft military jacket looks like on a real person (not a model). So I made an effort to come up with an outfit that allows the grand debut of this cute jacket. To make it even better, I also worked in the famous Loft ruffle front cardigan that everyone is jumping on recently.

I also want to mention that if you have multiple Loft $25 off $50 savings cards in your hand and you are frustrated with the $49.50 regular priced items in Loft, and don't know how to best take advantage of it, here's a few tricks you can use now.
1. You can use multiple $25 card in one transaction IN STORE. Notice this doesn't apply to online purchases. Only one card is allowed at a time online. When using multiple cards, getting it to the right amount is relatively easier.
2. Loft is having $20 off regular priced pants right now. This is a promotion (without an expiration date), not a sale. Which means that you can still use your $25 cards on the pants purchase. I took advantaged of it last weekend and it worked. Here is an example with one $25 card. If the pants cost $79.50, the promotional price would be $59.50. After your $25 card, the final price is $34.5 which gives you an effective saving of 56.6%. If you have two cards, and buy two pants at $79.5 and $69.5 each (I'm not making these numbers up, these are from my transaction slip), then the promotional prices would be $59.5 + $49.5 = $109. After 2x$25 cards, the final cost would be $59, giving you an effective discount of 60.4%. You get the picture.







Outfit details:
Dress: Ann Taylor outlet
Cardigan: Loft
Military jacket: Loft
Sandals: Aldo
Necklace/Earrings: Avon
Bracelet: Fine Jewelry store

Giveaway Winner - Betsey Johnson Charm Bracelet (take two)

Lucky for the rest of you, the winner of the giveaway failed to contact me within 72 hours. So I used random.org to pick another winner. This time, I will give the winner only 24 hours to claim the prize. If she fails to contact me, I will then pick the next winner, so on and so forth, until the prize is claimed.

The winner is:
Jenni from Found in my Closet

Congratulations, Jenni!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

OOTD: Fall weekend look

I have never been sooooo geared up for fall. :) The weather has turned cooler since last week, and sweaters and jackets have finally got a chance to make their appearance. I have done one more thing just for the fall which never ever occurred in my whole life ... that is to paint my nails in fall color. Yep, I am welcoming this season with open arms (and nails). The nail polish is by Rimmel in Steel Grey. It has a bit of brown, purplish grey to it. I just LOVE the color. I picked this sweater out a few weeks ago in Anthro sale rack just because I needed to use my $25 GC that I won from In Pursuit of Pretty Things. My final out of pocket was $24, which is fantastic for this really pretty and unique sweater. I can't stop being amazed by the quality of their clothing. Notice the bumblebee appliqués on the neckline? Aren't they adorable? They loop around the neck, so you can see them in the back as well. And need I mention the color?

On a different note, the military crop jacket that I got a size 0P of was exchanged to a size 00P and will be making its debut soon enough. Stay tuned. (I was so glad that they had a 00P in store.)






Outfit details:
Sweater: Anthropologie (xs)
Bootcut Jeans: Ann Taylor. (00P) old
Purse: Ann Klein (last season)
Sandals: Michael Kors
Necklace: Fine Jewelry store
Nail polish: Rimmel in Steel Grey

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Giveaway Winner - Betsey Johnson Charm Bracelet

Just want to do a quick post to announce the winner of the Betsey Johnson Charm Bracelet. The winner was chosen by random.org.

Carmen T from http://hopelesskami.blogspot.com

Congratulations! Please contact me within the next 72 hours.
Thank you all for entering.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

OOTD: Urban Outfitter Peplum Jacket (finally)

Oh the jacket that has been shown, reviewed, discussed, rediscussed, again, and again, and again. If you are interested in how it looks on other petites around the globe, here's the list:
Chole from The Chloe Conspiracy
Kelly from Alteration Needed
Stylepint: Pint-sized Musings
Jen from From Head To Toe
Sydney from Petite Little Girl
Liane from PetiteXXS
New addition to the list, where you can see everyone's picture in one spot:
Jean from ExtraPetite

Please let me know if I missed anyone. :) The jacket is a big hit, for a reason. It has a very unique fit. It's stretchy so it conforms to any body type. I especially like the back view, the peplum!
buttoned and cuffed


side view

My favorite - back view. Ha.

unbuttoned, just as cute.


Uncuffed
My fall gears are slowly coming out.
Outfit details:
Peplum jacket: Urban Outfitters (xs) sold here.
Pearl Necklace: my birthday present from my sister
Slim fit jeans: Loft (0p)
T-strap heels: Charles David
Tote: Coach

Now so far I haven't seen any negative reviews about this jacket.  And I have to say that my opinion of this jacket is two thumbs up as well. However I do have one nit picking negative argument about this cute looking jacket: the internal stitching. Whoever stitched up my jacket seemed to have been drunk. The stitching was so crooked that it goes on and off the end. It also has many many loose threads all over the jacket. If you turn this jacket inside out, you'll notice how cheap looking it is. But I still decided to keep it, because it's cute, fits very well, and all the cheap stitching can be ignored for its price.
Notice the corner stitching was repeated multiple times, hence all the extra threads.

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