Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Banana Republic Factory tweed dress (00P) post-alteration

I finally got a chance to wear this petite favorite today - alteration done last week, but had to wait for a warmer day so I don't freeze my butt off. The only alteration on this dress was that the hem was taken in for 3". Rest part of the dress fits perfectly. See how other petites wear this dress here.

Nice thing about a great fitting sheath dress like this is that it's simply to style it. Simply throw a jacket or cardigan over it, add a strand or two of pearls and you are all set. I chose one of my favorite purchases of the year - BR sweater and added a scarf.

Now I realize what I was missing - my new baby.

Next two pictures are for you, Kelly! :) Wearing J.Crew stadium cloth coat.

Now the closeup of the scarf - a gift from a friend.

Monday, March 28, 2011

OOTD: Spring floral and bright tights

Just want to do a quick post on my outfit today. Just came home and had dinner and totally exhausted. Hoping  to get this post in to join Kileen's Color Brigade tonight. I wish I could join the color brigade every week, but that was just not practical. So I try to do it as often as I can manage. I wanted to wear this Loft top so much that I ignored the cold windy weather forecast today and added tights to keep my legs warm. (I started with sheer leggings, but changed my mind, Brrrr...)

Outfit details:
Loft Abstract Print Shell (xxsp, buy here)
Jcrew cotton bell skirt (00, last worn here)
Jcrew Cielo Ruffle cardigan (xxs, last worn here)
Ann Taylor golden belt (S)
Anthropologie tights
J.Crew ladyday coat (see review here)
Vanlentina crossbody
Ann Taylor golden pumps (size 6)
Aldo lace up platform (size 6)

Don't forget to enter Carolee's Earrings Giveaway here. Ends in 3 days.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Review: Target GO International dresses

I must be really bored last week and felt like ordering some not so conventional dresses from the Target GO International collections online. No stores near me have any of the dresses in stock, so I took a risk and ordered 3 dresses online, with shipping cost (around $9). I figured I'd be happy if one dress is a keeper. It turned out to be a complete flop. I was so disappointed that I didn't even bother taking any pictures. All 3 dresses are already returned. Yes, I couldn't stand keeping them any longer in the house. I didn't think I'd write this post, but figured this would help some of you to make decisions if you are thinking of ordering them.

Rogan® for Target® Leopard-Print Shift Dress in Black/White XS

This dress is so sheer that it's completely indecent to be worn alone. Adding a slip underneath might help, but I don't feel like bothering. It looks flowy yet fitted on the model, but completely overwhelms me. Too big and shapeless. The 100% silk material is very nice and smooth and comfortable, so for a few seconds there I considered keeping it to wear as a night gown in the summer. I dismissed the idea quickly because I think it's ridiculous even as a night gown and for $40? Verdict made in a few minutes: RETURN.

Libertine® for Target® Striped Tunic in Green/Blue in xs

This one is too short for a dress and too long for a tunic on my petite frame. The puffy sleeves look ridiculous on me. The color doesn't flatter me. No matter how much I want to love it, it still looks sad on me. RETURN.

Behnaz Sarafpour for Target® Silk Georgette Lace Dress in Ivory (size 3)

I was most hopeful on this dress. It's so pretty on the model and very delicate in person. It's thicker than I thought. The dress is fully lined, and very well made. Unfortunately I ordered a size 3 (that was the smallest size available), and it's too big on me. The reviews on the Target website said it ran small, and suggested sizing up. But my experience says it's true to size and have a fitting problem with petites. It hits just above my knee on me and the fitting on the arm hole and shoulders are weird. Definitely not meant for people my height. Verdict: RETURN. Although this one was the hardest to let go.

Depressing as it was, I did get a kick out of the words on the tag of the leopard print dress. Twitter friends might have already seen it. I had a good laugh at it and hope you will too. Cheers!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

PFC #6: Dress Up Your Basics

Update: Thank you all so very much for taking the time to read and comment on this post. For the fun of it I did a quick tally of the 3 looks. As of evening of 3/26/2011, I have 6 votes on #1, 10 votes on #2, and 5 votes on #3. #2 is clearly the winner. I didn't expect it, and really feel good about pulling that look together now.  Thank you all again.

Thank you, Jess from stylepint, for hosting this Petite Fashion Challenge!!!

The challenge: 
"Jeans and a tee is a classic outfit starter. Depending on what you layer over this basic pairing, you can change style and feel of the entire look. This is your chance to show your personality and your creativity. For this challenge, start off with a jeans and tee basic look (it can be any style or color) and dress it up to show off your personal style with accessories, jewelry, and whatever you’d like to add."

Click on the PFC button below to see how other petites take on this challenge.

I was very excited about this challenge, because I love to wear jeans and tees, and I love playing with this combo, a lot. So I did 3 outfits with this challenge. A little overly zealous, I know, but it was FUN!

The basic tee (Loft) and jeans(Gap). A bit boring, right?

1. Dress up with a jacket (Theory) and a nice little purse (Chanel). Instant glam! 

2. Dress for a party. Add sparkly to a basic tee by wearing a loose fitting sequins top (Loft) and a long necklace (Peri Cameo).
Add more wild element by putting a leopard print cardi (Loft) over it. Leave it unbuttoned to show off the sparklies. Add matching color ring. (Forever 21).

3. I like skinny jeans because I can wear boots over it. Add knee high boots (Via Spiga) for instant coolness.   Top off with military jacket (Loft) and a casual crossbody (Cole Haan). 

Readers, how do you think I did? Which one do you like the best out of the 3 outfits? I can't wait to see all the entries!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Review: JCrew petite stadium-cloth peacoat - 0P

I thought I'd do a quick post on this JCrew basic black short wool peacoat to show you how it looks on me. Kelly from Alteration Needed has already done a very good review of this coat, so I don't need to go into details. I just want to mention what I like about this coat:
-- Fit: very nice on me. What I love the most is how well the arms and chest area fit. It fits snug yet very comfortable.
-- Length: It's a short length coat which is great for transition time like now. I find short coats work very well with knee high boots. This coat is thicker and warmer than the Colletta coat I got without thinsulate.
-- Fabric: I like the feel and look of the fabric of this coat better than the Colletta. It looks like very high quality wool.

Here's how it looks on me buttoned.

Here's how it looks on me unbottoned.

Is Jasmine going to reach my height pretty soon? Yikes!

Loft ripped jeans (last spring)
Nine West wedge boots
Kenneth Cole necklace

Sunday, March 20, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Carolee Earrings (2 winners)


Let me start with a basic introduction of Carolee.
  • For over 35 years, Carolee has offered distinctive jewelry collections that reflect a contemporary woman's lifestyle and the finest in quality, prestige and sophistication. Carolee jewelry collections span from sleek and modern sterling silver, to classic and colorful pearls, to fashion-forward seasonal trends. Carolee LUX is under $250, and 80% of Carolee is under $100.
  • Carolee jewelry is made using the same techniques and care as used in making fine jewelry. One design takes three months to complete from the drawing board to the final inspected piece. The materials used in Carolee jewelry are chosen for their exceptional quality and beauty.
  • The Carolee Bridal Collection features a wide range of exquisite adornments for the bride and her bridal party. Carolee is THE destination for brides. The Carolee brand has built strong ties to its customers representing a sense of style, taste and quality - and has become known.
Vicky's Daily Fashion Blog and Carolee are giving away 2 sets of these beautiful  Make My Day or Night Double Teardrop Pieced Earrings retailing $32 each for the Prom season.  
Giveaway Guidelines:
-- Open to U.S. and Canadian Readers Only.
-- Giveaway ends on March 31st, 2011 at Midnight EST.
-- Two winners will be chosen using
-- Winners will have 72 hours to contact me to claim their prize or I'll re-draw.

How to Enter:
-- Fill out the entry form.
-- For 1 bonus entry, tweet about this giveaway here, or spread the word via Facebook.
-- (Update) 1 bonus entry to include the giveaway button in your sidebar. Please leave me a comment and link to your blog where you post this button.

Good Luck Everyone!

Friday, March 18, 2011

OOTD: Late St. Patrick's Day Green

I totally forgot to wear green on St. Patrick's Day and was mocked at work for it. So to make it up, I'm wearing green today. Also temperature went up to the mid 60s today, although windy, I was still pretty happy that spring is finally in the air. Finally, my photographer is back and I'm totally feeling the difference. How about you guys?

Outfit details
Loft twisted neck shell (xsp)
Loft outlet skirt (00P)
Banana Republic Factory open cardigan (xxsp)
Target black pumps (size 6)
Banana Republic Factory black trench (xsp)
Cole Haan Crossbody
Forever 21 earrings
Peri Cameo (gifted by Extra Petite)

Hope you have a great weekend and take advantage of the GAP/Banana Republic/Old Navy Give and Get 30% off sale. Forever 21 is giving all its online proceeds today to Japan's earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. So if you are thinking of donating, this is a good opportunity. 

I have a little giveaway lined up this weekend. Stay tuned, and check back!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Replacing a short black jacket from H&M with J.Crew stadium cloth peacoat

My new order from J.Crew arrived today and in came this beautiful stadium cloth peacoat in black, size 0P. Fits perfectly and looks pretty good. Post coming soon.
I can't justify keeping two short black coats in my closet even though they are different style and quality. So I'm looking for a new home for this brand new, worn once for pictures in this post, tag somehow lost, H&M size 2 coat. Note that this coat does feel a bit too tight on me, so I wouldn't suggest anyone bigger than me to purchase. I bought it last November for $34.95 28, and I'm selling it for $20 + exact shipping. If you are interested, email me directly.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

OOTD: Found in my reject folders

Good news, my Dad is coming back to Massachusetts tomorrow, and I can't wait! This means two things. One, I'll have my regular photographer back. Two, I can get my BR factory dress altered finally. Yay!!! These days I have been completely swamped (up here) and haven't had any time to have pictures taken. So I went and found a few old pictures that didn't make it to any post and here they are. This was taken at the beginning of January BEFORE the big storms.
See how cold it was?

Outfit details
J.Crew cardigan
F21 skirt
Anthro tights
Nine West boots
Gap skinny belt
F21 ring
Miss Sixty coat

Look who's waving goodbye before getting on the school bus?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Big Blue - my quest to a vintage cameo

A lot of my twitter friends already knew that I have been looking for a vintage cameo for awhile. I first spotted one on Jean during our meet up.  I thought it was very nice and decided to get one myself. She told me it was a Peri Cameo from Ebay and she paid less than $10. Of course, I was an Ebay rookie and wasn't sure how to find it and how to even make a bid.  So the wish was put on hold, and I was too busy to even remember it. Then this post from Annie came along, where she showcased her pink cameo by Peri. This rekindled my interest and I told her that I wanted to find one just like hers. She also told me that it's from Ebay and I shouldn't pay more than $10 for it. So I started my mission.  First one came along, and I watched it for a few days and totally forgot to bid on it until the bidding ended and the Cameo was sold for about $13.  I then told myself that spending a little more than $10 was ok, because really, I found Ebay bidding extremely time consuming, and for a few bucks, I couldn't bother. So I decided to set my price limit at $14 and go for it. Soon another one came along and of course it went for $16. I got a bit frustrated, and voiced the frustration to my twitter friends. At the same time, I saw this post by fabulous Jean, wearing her beautiful cameo.  I knew that the post could only mean trouble to me. Many readers expressed interest and asked where she got the cameo from. Sure enough, a few days later, when I tried to bid $16 on a cameo, that baby went for $41.  In the mean time, Jean secretly started a parallel mission to find me a cameo. First, she bought one for me and told me that I could stop bidding on ebay now. The next day she informed me that the lady who was packaging the cameo for shipping dropped it on the tile floor and broke it. Was that freaky or what! "You and the cameo are just not meant to be." She told me. At that point I gave up on looking.  Then I heard from Jean again. "This one is really big." She told me. She took a picture of her wearing it so I could have a sense of the size. (Isn't she the sweetest?) I love it. She called it "big blue" and sent it to me as quickly as she could. I wore it 3 days in a row and was really happy to find out that it goes with EVERYTHING!
My quest to a vintage cameo is officially over, and how could I forget to mention that Annie was obsessively hawking Ebay for a cameo for me the whole time as well. Thank you, Annie! I sure have friends who don't give up easily. :)

Outfit details:
Ann Taylor factory merino wool sweater (xsp)
J.Crew cotton bell skirt in toffee (00) (on sale here)
Gap studded skinny belt
Anthropologie tights
Kenneth Cole pumps
Vintage Peri Cameo

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Warning: I caught the Chanel bug

Update: tipped off by Jean again. The Bloomingdale's is having a triple reward program on the 10th and 11th. So if you are thinking of purchasing, do make sure to do it on one of these two days. You get an extra 9% back in store gift card on top of the 20% you save.

Update: Make sure to read Sydney's post on how to convince your significant other that spending 2K on a bag is normal.

I have always viewed myself as a practical and logical person, and would never have thought that I would catch the Chanel bug that a lot of girls do. I still don't admit that I am as "sick" as most of my friends are.  When I was tipped off by Jean (yes, that girl who seems to know everything that's going on in the shopping world, and always seems to be able to find the best deal!) that Bloomingdale's is having a 20% off first day of shopping when opening an account, including Chanel, I wavered. As sensible as I am as a human being, I can't seem to ignore a "good deal". (add sarcastic face here.) (For more info about the sale, see her post here.) So I dragged dear hubby to Bloomingdale's yesterday to "take a look." I swear I didn't even think about buying, I just thought it didn't hurt to look. I was wrong. I did hurt to look. The bags were too beautiful to resist. It felt wrong to leave the boutique without taking one home. So I did, I took TWO home.

Update: A lot of questions on the promotion itself from my readers. I'll capture the gist of it.
-- The promotion runs from March 10th to the 13th. (Thurs - Sun.)
-- Only 3 bloomingdales in the US carry Chanel. The one I went to was in Chestnut Hill in MA. My SA's name and number are: Jane Simon, 617-630-6723. She's a very nice lady who is super patient and helpful. Tell her that Vicky sent you. (no, I don't get commission for doing this. lol)

Number 1: Wallet On Chain (WOC) in quilted lambskin leather with silver hardware. (Retails $1575)

My heart skip a beat when I saw this beauty. I know lambskin is hard to maintain. I have read all about caviar is the way to go. But when I put this one and the caviar one next to each other, this one is clearly the winner for me. (sad face!) FYI, the caviar one retails for $1295, and looks a lot like Jean's WOC, only the front flap still straight, unlike Jean's that is curved.  I am kicking myself for not taking any pictures there, oh, well. There is also a Camilla Lambskin one that looks like this one, only in black, which retails $1295 as well.

Number 2, the Petite Shopping Tote (PST). I never thought I'd pick this up, but when I put it on me, hubby liked the look. Also it's Caviar leather so it's sturdier. This one retails $1600 so it's a good price. (I can't believe I'm saying that!!!) One note on this bag. The silver hardware version has softer leather. The gold hardware version has much harder leather, sturdier look, and coarser caviar grains. I asked the SA about it, and she confirmed that the silver version is softer, and they wash the leather to get to that state.  I personally like the size of this tote a lot. It's not overwhelming on my petite frame, but it's large enough to carry substantial amount of crap, which I do all the time. (I blame it on the kids. lol)

These two Chanel bags are both entry level bags that together cost less than a basic small flap. I tried on both the small flap (retails $3200) and the M/L flap (retails $3400), and thought the M/L flap looked more flattering.  For some reason none of the basic flaps looked good on me. Weird. I love the look of a basic flap on the bloggers. So before you buy, do try it out. You might be surprised on how it looks on yourself.

Another important note from the SA at Bloomies: Chanel bags are forever returnable if they are never worn and has a tag attached to it. It gives me a peace of mind.

What do you think of these bags? Are you one of the few out there who caught the Chanel bug as well? Do let me know your thoughts!


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