Friday night out

We were able to spend the evening with some friends and decided to try out wearing boyfriend jeans with boots.  I think it looked kind of cute!  Now, that being said, I don’t think it gave me the longest leanest look, but it was a new way to wear jeans that I normally reserve for the spring and fall.

 

Landsend Canvas Cheap Thrills Tee and Cardigan

Landsend Canvas Cheap Thrills Tee and Cardigan

 

Striped Tee from Landsend Canvas line (on sale for 7 dollars now…a steal)

Black Cardigan from Landsend Canvas line (also on sale for $13.50)

Belt from last year Loft

Boyfriend jeans from Target

Boots from Gap

What is interesting about this outfit is that none of the items are petite, they just are able to all work together without making me look too sloppy.  If you haven’t checked out the Canvas line, do so they are having amazing sales and they almost always provide free shipping.  Always check with retailmenot before you order!

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Still alive!!!

Oh hello! It has been awhile huh? Welp, I am going to try to change that as soon as possible! I took a little time off…a lot of time off, but I still have continued to grow my ideas on styling and enjoy looking at bloggers who are able to keep up with their sites. My turn!!!

I did leave my part-time job and am hoping to devote some of my new found time on my blog. Since I have no new pictures of outfits I have done lately, I’ll include in this post some things that I have been loving…

My Gap booties. I wear them all the time running around tending to the children:

Gap Bootie

They work really well with leggings and jeans, plus they are on sale right now!!! The style proves to be an easy on, easy off design and I love that!

I also have been loving this tunic top from Lands End Canvas:

Lands End Canvas Tunic

Lands End Canvas Tunic

This is technically not a petite, but the length is perfect with skinny jeans and leggings. Snagged it on sale too! Give Lands’ End Canvas line a peak. They have some really cute things! I have a shopping bag full for the next time they have a good sale…which hopefully will be soon.

I also have been wearing the Ann Taylor Petite Knit Cargo Pant (could not get the picture to copy), but they are cute and comfy to wear with tunics. These pants are currently on sale and the sizes are dwindling. If you see your size, pick up a pair FAST!! I guarantee you will wear them all of the time.

And finally I am waiting for a good deal to come along on a pair of J Crew Minnies in the bi-stretch wool. Of course these pants are not offered in petite length in my local store, so that means waiting for a code for free shipping or for them to go on sale. I think these will be a good work horse in my closet.

JCrew Wool Minnies

JCrew Wool Minnies

My next post I hope to have more pictures of me actually wearing some things!! I need to get on the ball and start sharing my finds again.

See you soon!!

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On Being Stylish…

It is hard to put together the perfect outfit that will take you from running errands, coffee with the girls, picking up kids, running around the neighborhood after school, then running to different practices. Now, some would say, “Just wear sweats or workout clothes.” No, I don’t think so. I feel too sloppy and not put together. So, I begin my new school year (now that the kids are settled and we are more on autopilot) in search of highly functional clothing and accessories that fill my needs perfectly. They can’t be too dressy (no fancy fabrics or high heels), but they must look polished, but I refuse to be uncomfortable. When you try to do it, it can be tricky!!! Ann Taylor Loft used to be a go to place to find things, but with all the synthetic fibers, I just can’t take it!!!!

Here is an example of an outfit which would take me through a busy day:

Okay here is my point…I can’t find any looks!!! Then coupled with needing a petite size and wanting natural fibers, this may prove to be impossible! But I will try.

Oh, I did find this coat at Old Navy in leopard print in the petite size:

Old Navy Leopard Coat

Old Navy Leopard Coat

Yes, it does have some synthetic fibers, but I am more lenient with a coat, a cheap coat. I just want a cool leopard print!! The thing about coats is that they can smarten up an outfit quickly without a lot of effort. On days I just can’t pull it all together, I just need to throw on some kind of pant/jean and top it with this coat. Bam! Instant cute. We’ll see how it looks. I got it with a 40% off code, so it wasn’t pricy at all. I’ll keep you in the loop.

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Been A Bit Uninspired…

So there has been a marked absence…things got a bit busy and frankly, this time of year can be a bit uninspiring to me. Still a bit too warm for true fall things, but at the same time, I am pretty sick of my summer wardrobe. I did put this together for work the other day…

A Bit Uninspired

A Bit Uninspired

It is a cream (very old tank…just a cotton/silk blend from Ann Taylor…no synthetics) shell paired with a newish skirt from Ann Taylor. It’s called the Asymmetrical Ponte Skirt with Leather Zipper Pull. I bought this in the 4, in store, and it is already on sale. Things just aren’t moving at Ann Taylor. Take some time and check out some of the good deals in store and online. I am waiting for another percentage off sale items to pick up a cute dress in store…The rest of the outfit is the red Ann Taylor belt being currently offered and http://www.ninewest.com/Smooch/5656708,default,pd.html. I love these shoes, especially for working retail, but I did have to size up to a 7.5. The jewelry is some fun bangles from both Ann Taylor Loft and Ann Taylor.

Ann Taylor and Loft Bangles

Ann Taylor and Loft Bangles

I am really liking the plainer version offered by Loft as well as the animal printed larger bracelet from Ann Taylor. They are fun to wear and are an easy way to perk up an outfit.

I am planning on getting back on course now that the kids are settling in and I am getting my time organized better. I’ll be back soon!

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We Have A Winner!

In-between getting the kids stuff for school (if they didn’t grow, this would be A LOT less expensive), I was able to located a pair of boots for this coming winter to wear with skinnys and leggings. Ta-da!

Gap Moto Boot

Gap Moto Boot

This is the Gap’s short moto boot. I have very complex criteria for boots. They have to be easy on, easy off while I am running in and out of the house all day. They have to not have much of a heel. I enjoy wearing heels, I just cannot, out of sheer practicality, be running around in 4 inch heels every day. The shaft of the boot can’t go too far up, otherwise it will chop my leg right in the middle. AND it has to be leather, not suede. I mess up suede too fast!!
Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner. The leather on the moto boot is pliable and the shaft is low, with an easy on, off fit. The sole of the boot is also nice and flexible, so it is quite comfortable. Nice job Gap!!

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Boden Petite Review – Part II

I recently received the Canterbury Tunic that I purchased from the new Boden petite line. Here it is:

Canterbury Tunic from Boden Petites

Canterbury Tunic from Boden Petites

I really like the fit that Boden did with their petite line. This tunic fits well in the overall length, the sleeve length is perfect, and the neckline is just the right placement; not too high to look stodgy, but not too low to look like I am showing off too much of the goods. Nice!! I got this in a 6 Petite. It is a bit snugger then my usual Ann Taylor 6 petite, but not too far off. Overall, I think we have a winner! This picture captures the color of the tunic a bit better…

Better Color Representation of the Tunic

Better Color Representation of the Tunic

So far, so good with the new Boden petite line! I would greatly recommend the line to any woman who finds a better fit with a petite cut, and order your usual petite size if you are solid in that fit. If you find yourself wanted a bit of a looser fit, order up a size. I am really excited for my pants to come…I have to wait a while for those though….happy shopping the new Boden petite line!!

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Boden Petites Review – Part I

I received my Chic Velvet Coat from Boden in a Petite size 8. The fit is really nice. A bit bigger then I was prepared for, but I do like a bit more room for heavier sweaters. The sleeve length is just right and the waist hit at the correct spot, as well as the overall length of the coat was perfect for my height. So, good job on fit by Boden in the new petite line.

Boden Chic Velvet Coat

Boden Chic Velvet Coat

What I wasn’t crazy about was the print! It is a little bit too big, I think. For me, it wasn’t as “chic” as it could be…I was expecting a smaller, more classic animal print. Boo.

So far the fit is really nice for petites. I think if you were in the market for a transition coat or lived in a warmer climate, this would be a great option for you…maybe in the solid color. I am not going to keep this because the print just isn’t what I am looking for right now.

I am waiting still for my other items to arrive and will critique as soon as I can. It is hard to be patient!!

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Striped Tie Waist Tank Dress from Loft

I wore this out on a casual date night with my husband:

Loft Tank Dress

Loft Tank Dress

I wrote about this sundress earlier because, well, I love it. (Got it in the navy too). It is easy to wear, cool, and is the right level of looking like I tried, but I really didn’t have to put a lot of effort into it at all. This dress is still available online at Loft and probably in store too.

Banana Republic Ring

Banana Republic Ring

I wore this ring with the dress. This showed up briefly online at Banana Republic. Because it was so cool, it wasn’t around for very long. I am loving coral and turquoise together (I however refuse to say pop of color) and my Dolce Vita Jollen Wedges, which are now on sale, in limited sizes, on Piperlime. We have been enjoying our summer, but I think I am getting really ready for the first few glimpses of fall.

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Apparently I have Boden’s Ear…Not Really!

So the other day I receive in my in box the news that Boden has introduced Petites into their offerings. Yeah!!! So, naturally I feel the need to try out the fit and the offerings. These caught my eye:

Canterbury Tunic

Canterbury Tunic

This is the Canterbury Tunic. I think I am going to try it in the size 6 Petite. I think it would be a nice transitional piece from the summer into the fall with some leggings and wedges or when it cools, boots.

I also like this velvet coat:

Velvet Coat

Velvet Coat

This is the Chic Velvet Coat…I will definitely order this in the 8 Petite as I like a coat to fit a bit on the looser side. I have ALWAYS wanted an animal print coat and I think the brown leopard color will work with either browns or blacks. I am really excited to see this one in real life!!

Then, of course, I need to try the pants. Really, I am just trying a crap shoot and ordering the 6 and 8 in the Petite size.

Straight Leg Wool Capri

Straight Leg Wool Capri

These are the Straight Leg Wool Crops in the Slate Marl. We’ll see. Pants are tricky so this may work out or it may go horribly wrong. Unfortunately, I have to wait and see as they are back ordered for 4 weeks. Sigh. Oh well at least maybe the weather will be a little bit cooler by then.

Yea!!!! Boden for trying out a petite line!!! I am so excited to see how it fits!!

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It’s Been Hot… Duh!

We had an outside, at noon, birthday party in the hood. I wore this:

Landsend Canvas Outfit

Landsend Canvas Outfit

The outfit is from the Canvas line again. Nothing is in a petite size (GASP), but I think because they are catering to a younger demographic, it isn’t too bad on a petite. The shorts (great plaid) are the Women’s Madras Mini Shorts. I got em in the size 6, again to be a little longer as they are riding lower on my hips. The top is a looser fit tank, Women’s Scooped Neck Pocket Tank, in a size small. This one I am so happy with as it is a breezier fit and very comfortable and forgiving when the temperature soars into the 90’s and you find yourself (regrettably) outside.

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