Archive for category Reviews
I recently acquired a Rebecca Minkoff wristlet in “baby blue” (it’s really more of a mint color as you can see in the picture) and decided that I needed some matching ballet flats for Spring. After scouring the net, I found this pair at Express that seemed to match and were also super affordable – only $34.90 here. The color is really close to that of the wristlet, and they are very comfortable. The pointy toe is a bit witch like, but it also makes them more interesting than most round-toed flats I own. Pics below.
I have been hesitant to purchase any printed denim since the trend started for fear that I would instantly hate the print. However, for some reason I have an affinity for snake prints (especially for handbags and shoes). So, when I saw these French Connection pants on sale at Bloomies I decided to try them out.
Note: They are not denim, they are a stretchy legging – like fabric with a snake texture. They also have an elastic waistband, which I thought was strange at first, but I don’t really mind it that much. They only downside of the elastic waistband is that you can’t wear these pants with shorter shirts that end at the hip.
Fit wise, they are super comfortable and feel like you are wearing your PJs out in public. The high contrast print makes them super flattering, especially at the thighs. They are very versatile and can be paired with colorful pieces as well as neutrals. Since they end right at the ankle, they can also be worn with flats, which is awesome for running around in the city.
You can still get them on sale at Bloomingdales for $83.16
We just got these new J Brands in at work and all of the girls have been lusting after them. Acid washing and heavy distressing are going to be huge trends for Spring, and these fall into both categories. I think they are technically considered an “acid washed black”, but they are really just white jeans with a distressed wash. They have holes at the knees and a raw, frayed edge at the ankles as well as textured wrinkles at the hips. I have to say, the distressing looks like something that would work on a looser jean, so I was curious to see how these actually looked on. Here is a picture of them on the J Brand model:
I snuck into the dressing room during lunch and popped them on to see how they would look on a “normal person” since clearly no one else has legs this skinny 🙂
I am not 100% sure how I feel about these. They definitely fit true to size which is nice, and they are actually a reasonable length (considering most J Brands are 3-5 inches too long on me). BTW – I am 5’5″
One thing I do not like about them is the fact that my knee was poking out of the hole. I feel like jeans with holes should be a bit looser so that they don’t look like you created the hole by squeezing your thighs into a pair of pants that didn’t fit. Also, the distressing at the hips looked a bit weird because of how tight they are. Again, I associate that type of distressing with looser jeans, and don’t think it works with this slimmer fit.
I could see them looking really cool with an edgy outfit – like with a leather jacket and some chunky jewelry and studded boots, but only for the skinny legged women of this world. I will probably pass on these.
Just got home from work to a wonderful surprise: My Steve Madden Abonita boots just arrived 🙂 They really do look a lot like the Rag & Bone Newbury boots. The heel is a great height for walking around in, while still giving you a bit of height. They also have a nice, small ankle opening, which I find hard to find in ankle boots. Most of the ones I try on have a huge opening that moves around when you walk and looks weird with skinny jeans or shorts. They are on sale on Amazon for $99 right now. I highly recommend as a wardrobe staple this year!
An absolute must have item for the transition from Winter into Spring is the open cardigan. I decided to go with two neutral and wearable colors: Black & Oatmeal. I purchased these two cardigans last week from Kensie.com (with an extra 20% off discount that ended on Feb 1).
I was very impressed with the ordering process through the Kensie.com site. They processed the order quickly & kept me notified about when my shipment would arrive. It is actually surprising to me how many online retailers keep you in the dark about where your orders is. Anyway, I ordered a small (which is what I normally wear) and it fits perfectly. The material is very good quality and the sweater is nice and thick. It has light ribbing on the inner arms and pockets which are super convenient. The rolled hem and draped fit make it stylish but simple. This sweater is also available in “neutral” which looks like a light cream color in the pictures. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a basic cardigan to transition their wardrobe from winter into spring.
The second cardigan I got from Kensie was this soft cotton blend one in a size Large. They were out of all the other sizes so I decided to give the large a try. After trying it on, I realized that it fits just like the small. Good for me, but I worry about anyone who normally wears a large. There is literally no difference between the way the small black one fits and the way this oatmeal colored large one fits. The draping on this one is a bit different than the black one. It has more of a waterfall effect in the front and the ribbing on the sleeves goes from the cuff to the mid forearm. This one does not have pockets, but fits very nicely and is extremely comfortable. It is only available in “oatmeal” but it is a very neutral color that fits nicely into the nude color themes for Spring.
I had a chance to try on the J Brand Earhart Flight Pants today and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them. Unlike the houlihans that, lets face it, don’t really look good on anyone under 5’7″ or weighing more than 115 pounds, these pants were both comfortable and flattering. Although, I do recommend sizing down in them because they run a bit large. You can dress them up with nude heels and a fitted blouse or wear them casually with strappy sandals and a slouchy tee.
If $235 is a little steep for you (I know it is for me), there are some alternatives out there that can get you the same look for less:
Try these Madison Flight Cargo Pants at Lonnys.com for only $78