28 September 2011

Midweek Treats: Wedge Booties Please

I cannot wait to wear these babies... with EVERYTHING.

A recent study is saying caffeinated coffee may help fight depression amongst women. I knew there was a really good reason for having vanilla lattes daily. ;)

48hour Flash Sale from British retailer ASOS. They've put a bunch of Fall pieces for up to 50% off. The sale ends tomorrow night PST. Thank you London.

The Everyday Handbag

Every woman needs that everyday bag to go to in the morning. You know what I'm talking about: the kind that will fit anything and everything you could possibly imagine, from your makeup bag and wallet, to the book your reading to make the commute a little less boring.

The bag I currently have holding that coveted spot is a Fossil satchel in a camel brown leather that I acquired during the Christmas holiday's back in 2007. My little baby has held up but is begging for retirement. I figured, as long I was spending loads of useless hours drooling over pretty handbags, why not share some good options for those that may be in the same boat as well?

the everyday handbag

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No need for confusion, I did just feature a white handbag just as we're about to get hit with Fall full force. Reasons why I love a white bag, and why it's cool to do for fall? It's bright and a great complimentary piece. Imagine you in your black trousers and heels wearing a rust orange silk blouse and that bag is on your arm. You just took a bit of Summer with you into a new season in a very appropriate way.

The Longchamp is a tried and true by just about everyone kind of bag, and there's a reason for that. It's functional. For those who are still in school, or the working women who has to lug a laptop or books around as a part of their job, everything fits nicely inside and you still have room for the daily necessities.

The Michael Kors bag is just beautiful. I tend to feel like satchel handbags are everywhere the last season or so and I happen to think he does them beautifully, and his prices cause no sweating compared to the popular Mulberry bag.

The last bag  is another classic silhouette turning up everywhere. I don't know about you but I think there's something powerful and sexy about a women carrying a handbag that resembles a briefcase. Who doesn't want to look like they mean business?

Thank you for reading and have a good day!

22 September 2011

Accessories: Watch Edition

Watches are by far my most treasured accessories, and they're convenient too. I love the image of a person looking at their wrist for the time instead of their mobile phone. I bought a classic black watch from Swatch a few years ago, and it's the first accessory I go to every morning. It's a great simple watch that allows you to play up other accessories but still serve the function of checking the time. Recently I've been looking to add to my collection.

There are so many options out there that I think it's good to keep a few key things in mind:

1. Know what you want. Are you looking for a long-term investment or the current trend that may only last a few seasons? Neither is a bad option but it is important to know what your choice is. It will help to narrow your purchase down further.

2. As a general rule, I wouldn't go out and buy a $300 watch that I may not like a year from now. Unless you're a Rockefeller, create a realistic budget for the piece you're looking for and it's longevity in your lifestyle.

If you're looking for an investment piece, I would stick to  gold tone, silver, or a leather strap, based on your personal taste. Here are some that caught my eye:

Classic Watches

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There are also some great styles in watches appearing everywhere now. I would consider these to be more seasonal, and some will definitely rise and fall like the sun in terms of popularity. It's up to your own careful discretion whether or not it's worth the price to you. There are so many beautiful watches at different price points, that you never really have to fork over $500 for one.

Hot Now- Watches

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I love watches because they're an accessory that just never gets old. Even as we move further into an age where the technology of a watch can seem outdated, there is something so classic about having a watch on your wrist. Thank you for reading, and have a great day!

19 September 2011

Reading this week: there's no deadweight loss

I thought it might be fun to share things I come across each week. This may become a regular post, and will mostly be fashion/beauty related (Capitol Hill Style was the source for my inspiration here, but I'm not sure I will do this that regularly) In other news, I have a few other posts that will make their debut this week. Until then, hope you enjoy these.

Through my favourite think tank, the Mercatus Center, I came across this bit on the Economics of Gifts. It certainly has made me think more about the gifts I give and receive. You can also view this neat little video featuring one of the Economist's quoted in the first link. Gifting appropriately, especially to those closest to you, is very important.

The shopping gods have answered my prayers. Ann Taylor has extended their 40% OFF EVERYTHING sale. They're also offering free shipping on orders over $150. AND if you shop through ebates (my new favourite thing), you earn cash back! Join through my invite here. I'm already trying to narrow down a very long list for my must-have piece in the sale.

The petite's of the world are finally getting a voice. Hemmed is a great site for all things petite. My shopping trips will be that much less stressful thanks to this site. It's fairly new but I see their endless potential.

I'm obsessed with wedge boots for Fall. Here are some pairs I've been drooling over: here and here, respectively. (I also seem to have a grey obsession).

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

08 September 2011

Slim Picks: Ann Taylor Refined Chambray Shirt

I did not make it a secret that I love this shirt in a previous post. Well, it finally arrived and....... it needs work. It REALLY needs some slimming (what I get for ordering a 2P?). I am honestly okay with paying the costs. However, due to the fact that I am trying to spend my money on quality and versatile pieces, I would like your opinion. Also feel free to inform me if I am missing an alteration or two that needs to be done besides slimming..

Sorry this is a random, short, and a not very productive post. I promise I have several in the works for the near future :)

06 September 2011

Fall Trends: Burgundy

I have to say that the Fall trend I am most excited about is the increased appearance of the colour burgundy. The colour red is just so vibrant, and I personally feel that burgundy is the most universally flattering colour in that colour family.

Here are some burgundy items I'll be keeping my eye on this season:

Zara Sheath Skirt in Wine (here)

I found this skirt while browsing one of their District stores a few weeks ago with a girlfriend. It was love at first sight and I hope to bring her home before it becomes impossible to find. It comes in letter sizing, and I tried on the XS. Let's just say, it fits AMAZING. Another great thing to note about the skirt is that it had lining! This got me very excited. Every pencil skirt I've owned has lacked that feature and well it just adds to the complication factor in terms of undergarments and tucking things in. The idea of a lined skirt excites me because now I won't have to worry about whether my shirt is bunching or if people can see the outline of my undergarments. I plan on making another trip to Zara soon, and will be sure to get some fitting room pictures.

Tahari 'James' in Ruby (here)

Burgundy may be big this Fall but it's definitely a colour that has staying power for years to come. With that in mind, why not invest in a burgundy pump? I think the above shoe is great. It has got a do-able heal height, the colour looks great in patent, and it has my favourite name in the world. This is definitely going on my wish list. For more burgundy shoe options, you can check out this post from one of my favourite blogs CapitolHillStyle.

I also couldn't resist taking these little babies home with me from Aldo (buy here) last month. They come in four colours: Bordeaux, Navy, Black patent, and Black Synthetic. They're pictured below in Bordeaux, which also happens to be the colour I purchased them in.

I've worn them a few times and they are super comfy. One thing to note however is the sole fabric was loose and I had to super glue it down to the shoe. Clearly not of the highest quality in terms of craftsmanship but I've had no problems since that so they were well worth it anyway.

I hope you enjoyed reading!
Are you love this Fall's burgundy trend? What items do you have your eye on?

01 September 2011

Gap Weekend Sales: Trousers and things

Through Extra Petite, I found out about the Trouser/Jeans sale at the Gap last weekend. Being a recent college graduate with NO professional wardrobe (ill-fitting items do not count) I decided to take this opportunity to see if I could find my ideal pair of trousers. That being said, my ideal pair includes: a slim leg, and hits at the ankles. Being petite, even when you find a regular boot cut trouser that fits, you run into the problem of excess fabric dragging on the ground.

As I knew exactly what I wanted upon entering the Gap, I made a bee-line right for them and then just skimmed the Fall arrivals quick to see if anything else caught my eye. I was also interested in trying on the Gap Legging Jean after reading this ExtraPetite post.

Gap Slim Cropped Trouser in black 00R (buy)

Here's the part where I extend an apology for my socks. It was raining that day, so not cute footwear. These photo's aren't the best of quality but you can pretty much see they fit perfectly. It's also good to mention they're a 00R, NOT 00P. This Gap didn't carry Petites, that I could find anyway, so I gave regular sizing a shot. These are probably supposed to end just at the lower calf or right below it but for my purposes, regular sizing turned out great.

Gap 1969 Legging Jean in brilliant blue 24/00 (buy)
It turns out I don't have any fitting room photo's of these. If you look earlier in the post you'll see that I have linked to Extra Petites post about them. I will give a mini review though. I loved the colour. I love blue, it's so vibrant and bright.  It's easily my favourite colour to wear when I feel like dressing a little funky. I also loved that these jeans were actually fitted. Most of the time, I have to shrink my jeans in the dryer several times before they're adequate. The one thing I did not like was the fabric, it felt thin and lacked support. It reminded me of these jeans all the kids wore when I was 13. They just don't lift, and they certainly don't add structure. That's something I need in a pair of jeans, so I passed on this find.

Gap Raw-edge layered T in XS (buy)

This top was so cute in person. It's very simple but I love the detailing. It fit loosely, but that was intentional. The only reason it did not go home with me is because, even in an XS, the sleeves had too much of a gap for me. It wasn't huge, but I find that I am really particular about that. If you're not too picky about it or have a longer torso, then I think this is a great basic t-shirt to add to your wardrobe. I can see it being formalised for work or with jeans for weekend errands. Goodness, writing this makes me want to just forget my picky ways and buy it. :)

Thank you for reading! Have a great day!