Thursday, April 17, 2014

{Review} Peter Som for Kohls



Possibly the fastest I've ever gotten a review out. Like ever. Mini reviews are kind of awesome like. Granted, I didn't have much of a choice in the mini review option. My Kohl's really did not have a lot. Maybe a quarter of what was on the website? So I decided to review just the items I was most interested in.. Haha which ends up is still a good amount.

In general, I do feel like this collection ran large. I tend to shop the juniors section at Kohl's more than the women's but if I compare the sizing the few pieces I have tried on (think Lauren Conrad line), I'd definitely say this collection ran large. The good news is that Kohl's does go all the way down to an XXS/0. The bad is that it is online only and Kohl's shipping can be horrendously slow. In any case, I did enjoy this line quite a bit. I love rayon in my maxis and this line had plenty of. There were some issues of course. Mostly with print placement, but not so much in quality. Kohl's does tend to overprice their items in general. Full price, is honestly, never worth it. None of the dresses are lined, and every single one of them is over $50. But with the right amount of coupons, sales, Kohl's cash, etc.. the end cost will make a lot of these items worthwhile.

Ok! On to the (mini) review:

$78.00, Size XS



My Thoughts: I really love this print. Out of everything, the postcard print is probably my favorite, but I do think it looks best on this maxi. Part of my does wish they'd done it in a shorter length like the Palm Leaf dress. The purple portion is chiffon, and if it was truely sheer, I would probably favor this style more. I'm sure it will be different once I am in the sun, but as far as indoor lighting is concerned, its almost opaque. Aside from that, everything else about this dress if fantastic. The material is very comfortable and the dress itself wears so daily. The draw string waist allows for a fitted look without any uncomfortable band or elastic. I'm also loving the length of this maxi. Its seriously perfect for me to wear with flats or heels. In the photo above, I have the waist strings tied to my back instead of the front. I prefer wearing it this way since I think it presents a cleaner look and also allows for the option of a belt.

Fit: Runs long in the torso. Fit can be considered TTS consider its a drawstring waist, but I definitely have some extra material hanging down in the back. I ordered an XXS online and will hope that one fits better.


$78.00, Size XS



My Thoughts: I love stripes. You guys know how much I love stripes. And I love multicolor rainbow prints. I really, logically should love this dress.. but I don't. I actually think it may almost be too much? I love the idea of it, especially from what I originally saw in the sketches, but on an actual form - well, on my actual form, I don't find it very flattering. Granted I have the type of body that needs a defined waist and this is more clingy than anything (the most clingy of all the dresses I tried on). I need a lot more body confidence to be able to wear this out comfortable. Print placement here is vital. The first one I tried on, I just hated, and its because the horizontal stripes fell right at my widest point. I tried on another one with diagonal stripes going across and it was much better, but still not enough to fall in love with. Overall, though, the dress is very comfortable and easy to wear. Like the Postcard dress above, I found the length to be perfect for flats or heels, so huge plus there. I'm not overally crazy about the chiffon stripes. I think if it was more sheer (again), I'd like it better, but else I feel its a bit awkward.

Fit: TTS. In the photos below, I was trying out the different stripe placements. The Small had the best placement, but unfortunately felt too shapeless for me to take home.




$78.00, Size XS



My Thoughts: Hello. Did not expect to love this dress. I just tried it on for the sake of trying things on and BAM! I got hit with the love bug. Who knew it would be so flattering? Especially given the top is way too long for my torso. But again, its all in the right fabrics. This dress is made out of a nice heavy rayon so the extra material just hangs, almost flush. I did order an XXS online to try and see if I can still get the same flattering look without the extra material, but I'm happy enough with the XS size. This dress does seem to be a bit longer in length than the other two maxis. It drags when I wear flats so I would either need to get it hemmed or wear a pair of low wedges with this (or hope that the XXS loses like an inch of length :P). The waist is elastic--one of the few times in my life that I can sport an elastic waist. I think the reason for this is because the elastic is more of a suggestion (loose) and not a defining point (tight).

Fit: Runs big in general, especially in torso.

P.S. Do you know how hard it is to try and show a pocket and a thigh slit in one photo? :P


$68.00, Size 2



My Thoughts: Normally when you see the words "empire" to describe a dress, your mind auto images to a side profile that borderlines pregnant. Not the case here. The waist is extremely flattering actually. If this dress was cut shorter, I would've considered taking it home. In general, however, the dress itself is only OK for me. I think its nothing special. The fit is great, but could you really tell this striped dress from the millions of others out there? The whole point of paying a bit extra for the designer's aesthetic is so that is recognizable. That being said, at a more reasonable price, I would probably take this one home in a heartbeat. This is also one of the few items that have any kind of lining too it. Ironically, its not really needed considering how color and how thick the material is.

Fit: TTS




$74.00, Size 2



My Thoughts: There's always one isn't there? One that breaks your heart. Aside from the rainbow striped dress, I was looking forward to this one the most. Unfortunately, I think its just not meant for my body type. Sash waists work about as well as elastics on me. Too much hip emphasis. Plus the actual cut of the dress ended up being a bit disappointing. I thought it was one solid piece, but there is actually a ruffle hem that I'm none too crazy about. The material was comfortable, however. I also wish the dress had been lined considering it has some white elements to it.

Fit: I'd say it runs a little big, though I'm not sure if going down a size is necessary.




$64.00, Size 2



My Thoughts: I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this romper. I'm not crazy about the material, or how shiny it looks in person. Its 100% poly, so there will be some static issues in dryer weather. Not something you really want to deal with when you're wearing a romper. I want to like it, I actually love the stripe pattern, but I think overall its a huge miss for me. I kind of feel like I'm wearing a diaper and I don't think I could actually go down a size, despite feeling like the 2 is too big. The back zipper stops before the elastic waist so I was already wiggling to get into this thing. I'm pretty sure I would not be able to get this over my hips in a smaller size. Zipper fail Kohl's!

Fit: Runs big, especially in torso (running theme here).




$38.00, Size XS



My Thoughts: Slub material? Pineapple graphic? Um win. Minus that price tag however. I love this top, but I will be passing unless I randomly find it for less than $10 on clearance. Though, I think the chances of that happening will be slim judging by the sheer amount of blogger photos I've seen. Here's hoping, however. Much like the rest of the collection, this tank is super comfortable. It'll be easy to dress up or down. I'm not crazy about the side profile of the top. I think if the "straps" had been made longer, it would've hung better.

Fit: TTS.


$50.00, Size XS



My Thoughts: I'm pretty sure they must've sized up in the stock photos to give the sweatshirt that drapey look. Fitted, its OK, but not my favorite. I didn't care enough about it to try on a larger size, but given that the sweatshirt is made from rayon, I think it would've worked out well. The sweatshirt is cute and very comfortable. But this was an either or for me. It was either the dress or the sweatshirt, and I love the dress way more. For one reason or another Kohl's lines never inspire the desire to own the same print in multi things, which is really quite fortunate for my wallet.

Fit: TTS.


$78.00, Size XS




My Thoughts: I really like how this jacket looks zipped up, but not how it hung open. It was only just OK, and considering the fact that I tend to wear my jackets open instead of closed, I couldn't justify the cost. The jacket itself is super comfortable. Its a poly-rayon blend, so it'll be perfect for spring to summer nights. One thing, I really disliked was the weird seam on the arm. Not sure what is there.. but its very awkward and very visible.

Fit: TTS


$50.00, Size XS



My Thoughts: I'm starting to think that I really don't like charmeuse on a lower end level, so I might be a bit biased in my thoughts. I also prefer these types of pants to be made out of rayon or viscose, so that they drape down instead of puffing out - which I feel these do. It might be worth to try a size down to reduce the bagginess, since the waist is elastic. I couldn't try it since XS is the smallest size they carry in-store. The fabric does feel soft, but again, I'm just not a fan of it. The print is fun though, I wish these would've worked out. Also, compared to my Old Navy ones, the rise on this is a lot higher. This goes above my belly button, which I think doesn't help the baggy feeling around my hips.

Fit: TTS, but bit baggy.



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{Outfit} Peter Som for Kohl's Splatter Maxi



Its that time of year again.

That time of year where the itch for maxi dresses spreads like wildfire and the only cure is to give one good scratch.

Or two.

'Cause really, there's at least two gorgeous maxi dresses that I'm coveting from the new Peter Som for Kohl's collection. This water splatter one being the first. I love how this material just hangs. The torso is actually too long for me, but because the fabric choice is quite spot on, you can't even tell. I'm wearing an XSmall here, but I did notice they sell XXSmall online. I might give that one a try and see if the torso is a better fit.

And did I mention it has pockets? Because it does. And thigh high leg slit. What more could a girl ask for? Well maybe the slit could be a touch higher ;) but that may be more of a petite issue than not. Plus I can almost, almost wear these with my sandals. Its actually a bit too long and I have to lift the dress when I walk, but if I stand pretty then its right.

I really adore the fact that this dress doesn't need much. Just slip it on and go out on the town.






P.S. Yes, I realize this post is on a Tuesday and that I am playing with my blogging schedule once again. :( Sorry about that! Ends up.. its kind of difficult to regularly post on a Wednesday. Who knew that one day could be so vital?

Have a great Tuesday everyone. Look forward to the review post that will go up on Thursday.



Peter Som for Kohls Splatter Maxi Dress
Fergalicious (c/o DSW) Ferocious Gladiator Sandal
ASOS Body Chain (old - similar)
The Limited Clutch (old - similar)







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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

{Outfit} Vegas Slots and Michael Kors




There's a story behind this bag. This wonderful, beautiful little bag.

The story starts with our trip to Las Vegas. FH likes to gamble. I don't. My type of gambling normally involves whether or not these shoes I just purchased will destroy my feet or not. Don't get me wrong, I like to watch. I don't actually hate gambling. The play of blackjack or other games is quite interesting, but also gives me mini little heart attacks when I think about how many dresses or shoes could've been purchased with the money that was just taken away. So when we go on trips to places like this, sometimes FH will make it a bit more interesting for me. Every now and then, he'll say, if I'm up X amount, then we can pick something out for you. With this trip, he said, if I'm up a grand, you can take some of that and purchase a bag.

Am I marrying someone awesome or what?

Granted, being up a grand in Vegas is rather difficult, and a bit unrealistic. So I just laughed and shrugged it off. But then we came across a slot machine based off The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead is one of our favorite TV shows, so naturally, FH had to try it. He only put in $10, but some how, after almost 2 hours of playing, we walked away with a grand of winnings. And true to his word, I got to walk straight into the Michael Kors store and take this gem home.

To be honest, I probably don't deserve this bag. I lost track of the amount of times I told him to cash out. Who actually wins on slot machines? Well apparently, it happens.

And now.. I kind of think I like gambling. ;)






Peter Pilotto for Target Cropped Sweatshirt
Target Chambray Shirt (sold out - similar)
Rampage Faux Leather Shorts (old - similar)
Candie's Faux Leather Sneaker Wedges
Michael Kor's Large Sutton Tote


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

{Outfit} Safari Hunt



I am so proud of this outfit. Well, mostly the main body of the outfit. See, Loehman's had been going out of business for a few weeks, but like any good bargain shopper, I ignored all the going out of business sales notifications. The truth is, most going out of business sales aren't that good until the last few days. Don't get me wrong, you can get decent deals, but a lot of times companies will mark up the retail cost and then advertise it as 50% off to try and make as much money back as possible. It goes this way until they get desperate and really have to clear everything out.

And one sunny weekend, I woke up to an email that told me they were finally desperate. 80-90% off everything left in-store. Which is really the only thing that will catapult me out of bed, ready in 10 minutes and out the door. Well, this and Disneyland. Since it was the last weekend, there wasn't a lot left, but that didn't stop me from getting this Vintage Havana sweater for $1, or a Rebecca Minkoff dress for $11 (seriously. I'm still in shock from that). These Theory shorts were actually the most expensive item purchased at $15.

It seemed only fitting to strip off all my clothing and readorn myself in my new finds. It seemed even more fitting to dress up like I was about to go on a safari hunt since I view bargain shopping as a form of hunting anyways. :P

Now if I could only find that H&M leopard ear straw hat. Yes, its meant for kids, but gosh darnit, I have a small head.






Vintage Havana Colorblocked Sweater
Theory Raska Shorts (sold out - similar)
American Eagle Contrast Strap Bootie
ModCloth Right Under Your Nose Necklace
Sammydress.com Streetlevel Handbag (c/o)




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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

{Outfit} Old Navy Pixie Pants + Review



Old Navy put a good deal of marketing into these new Pixie Pants. Everyone's been talking about them, so naturally, you know I had to try them on. The fact that they happen to come in an anchor print had absolutely nothing to do with it (there's a lot of sarcasm in that sentence if you didn't pick it up ;). Like everyone else in the world, I've always been really skeptical of Old Navy pants. They are notorious for stretching out beyond wear or just not fitting right. But the Pixie promised some sort of magic, so I had to see if they would deliver.

Now, the Pixie Pants are not necessarily a "new" kind of pant as the marketing would have you believe. These are actually Divas in an ankle slim cut. The tags on all of the pants still say Diva, and so does the in-store marketing. Online they are marketed as Pixie and even noted as "Previously known as The Diva Ankle Skinny." However, if you order a pair from online, the pants that arrive on your door step, will still say Diva on them.

Its all very confusing and probably why no other blogger has even bothered to mention it, but as you lovely readers know, I like to over indulge on information. ;)

In any case, you've got to be wondering as I was wondering. Now a days, bloggers, sadly, cannot always be trusted. (Especially given the amount of OASAP and ROMWE glowing reviews out there. :P) But I promise to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, paid or not paid (which btw, this is not a sponsored post), and I am here to tell you the truth about these pants.

Are they in fact magical? Why yes, ma'am, I do believe they are. They are, in the least, quite magical on my butt. Or so FH likes to keep telling me in severely inappropriate tones. I also find them to be quite flattering on my legs and I don't feel like they shorten my height like a lot of ankle pants tend to do.

Do they wear well? Or stretch out in typical Old Navy fashion? YES! Miracles upon miracles, these wear extremely well. They do stretch out just a smidge, as things normally would with wear. I found these to stretch out in the hips, knees, and waists but none to a baggy level. In fact, my pants were a bit too tight in the waist, but stretched to perfectly to a no-muffin top kind of fit. Life is always good without a muffin top (unless we're talking about actual muffins, then muffin tops is all I want). I've actually worn my anchor pants a couple of times now (without a washing in between) and it has held its shape quite nicely.

Is this a fit everyone can wear? Honestly, no I don't think so. While I found these to be true to size (I am a 2R), I do feel like they put quite a bit of emphasis on the hips. If this is an area you are already self conscious about, I would not recommend these.







Tobi Born Charmer Jacket
Le Tote French Penny Plains Top
Old Navy Pixie Pants in Anchor Print
Report Tanzy Heels
The Limited Clutch
Delias + Le Tote Bracelets



All in all, I'm fairly impressed with The Pixies and will be (and already have) buying several more pairs. I really love the J.Crew-ish look they give off, but without the expensive price tag. As with all lower end brands, there are some sizing inconsistencies, which worked out well for me. Since I have such a short torso, I suffer quite a bit from muffin top issues. Where pants typically taper in for the waists is where typically where my hip is still going. By comparing a few of the same sizes I was able to pick out a pair of size 2s with the widest waists, but same fit in the hips and legs.



I also played with the idea of wearing these as regular length pants instead of ankle ones. I purchased a size 2 in the talls as well, and found everything to fit about the same (hips, butt, waist) and just the length to be longer. It was actually perfect for my inseam, but since these are cut to be ankle length the knee placement fell in the wrong place. You can see in the photo below that there's a bit of a knee wrinkle (which my lovely friends actually pointed out) that only got worse with a few hours of wear. While this may not bother all, it definitely bothered me so I decided to stick with the regular lengths.



Left: 2 Regular; Right: 2 Tall

I tried on almost all the different colors and patterns, and how things look will really vary depending on your frame (for my petite size the larger prints really did not work, but the smaller ditsy ones did). I'll spare you the army of photos, but did want to share photos of the white ones. I was really disappointed in these. I love a pair of clean white pants, but these are unfortunately too thing and cause ugly pocket overlaps. It also totally shows my underwear and I am quite thankful the camera did not pick that up!




What do you readers think? Have you tried on a pair yet and do you like them? Has any one else tried the original Diva Ankle Pants and noticed if there's actually an improvement between the two?

Thanks for reading!


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