Thursday, October 27, 2011

Indigo Ink and Vintage Violet

Raise your hand if all these fall promos from the last few weeks (and counting) have been killing your wallet. I know mine's been feeling like a money tree, lol. Hopefully these upcoming reviews will be useful when the real fall sale rolls around in a few months.

New items I'm wearing:
1) Ann Taylor overlapping placket long sleeve blouse in indigo ink, size 00 (sold here) - It took me long enough, but I've finally realized AT's petite blouses do not work for me -- the sleeves are always too short for my liking (of course, just as I'm saying this, I roll up the sleeves. D'oh!) Likes: opaque, fits well, pretty color. Dislikes: material seems very high-maintenance and snags quite easily. I also picked it up in the crisp nougat color... but I'm still on the fence about which color to keep, if at all.

See it on Fast Food & Fast Fashion. Did anyone else pick this up?

2) J.Crew classic mini in felted wool in vintage violet, size 00P (sold here) - This skirt measures ~12.5" across the waist and ~15" in length down the center. Likes: the color is gorgeous. Dislikes: the inside lining ends about 1" above the hem and the wool is sort of itchy. I plan on returning this skirt because I think one size up will look better on me. It's a little too high-waisted as is, don't you think? In the meantime, it's never too early to start planning outfits around this skirt ;) Tights, suede shoes, cozy sweaters in neutral colors that I couldn't pair with my wool bell skirt.
jacket: American Eagle classic peacoat (this season's version sold here)
belt: J.Crew piped glitter (similar; similar)
bracelet: Forever 21 chain link (similar; similar)
ring: Forever 21 delicate etchings (similar)
shoes: Ann Taylor covered platform bootie (this season's two-toned version; similar)

20 comments:

  1. *raises hand* Thankfully, a lot of stuff is going back. I've totally lost track of how much I've bought, but in a few weeks after I make all my returns I'll assess the damage. I've been looking at that skirt, but it's still to expensive for my taste even with that 25% off J.Crew had. It's really high waisted? Hmmm. I don't like that.

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  2. I LOVE the color of the skirt! I don't think you need to get a bigger size, but if you want the waist lower and the skirt to sit longer on your leg then go for it! It's too pretty to pass up

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  3. That skirt is such a lovely color. The color of your necklace is perfect with this outfit. :)

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  4. Love the color of the felted mini, can't wait to see how else you'll style it! I ordered the same blouse in crisp nougat but returned because of the button placement. The weren't any buttons between the top and lower chest so if I wore it buttoned up there was a gaping hole which I didn't feel like finding a solution for.

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  5. me, me!! i spent wayyyy too much. have lots of jcrew reviews coming, too. the color of that skirt is so pretty. i agree, one size up should be perfect. i've found that ann taylor blouses just dont work for me in general. i've given up. i stick to their knits, skirts and shoes :)
    Easy Petite Looks

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  6. I actually love that skirt on you Cee! I think one size up might give you too much room in the legs but you never know 'till you try it on right?! I love that Forever 21 chain link bracelet too!!

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  7. I am surprised that skirt is going back!! I was thinking how curvy it makes you look! It is a sexy cut! Keep!!!

    I love that blue, too!

    I have not done any shopping in a long time! I will probably drag myself to the mall tomorrow. I just get so annoyed driving to the Strip area. Blah!

    And about the belt...it is official...my work does not clean the bathroom floors because I see the sparkles from my belt all over the floors! Lol!

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  8. This outfit is fabulous! Love the color combo!

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  9. OMG, i NEED this skirt!! i totally love the color on you!! i love how you paired it with a navy top and coral necklace. i agree that a size up might fit you better. oh how i wish this skirt would go on sale already! :)

    cute & little

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  10. I don't like the fit of the skirt although its a pretty color. The price is also too high for my liking. I am hearing that the fabric of the blouse is difficult to maintain --- this would be a deal breaker for me if the blouse was expensive.

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  11. Great color combination, Cee! Blue and purple go so well together. The color of this skirt is stunning but there's just something off about the fit. I don't love the price either =) Have a great weekend!

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  12. I totally agree. That 25% off at Jcrew definately killed me. That exact skirt is on it's way to me and I can't wait. Thanks for the inpiration for how to wear it. I am loving this color combo.

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  13. Goodness - the color of that skirt is amazing, gives the outfit such a pop of color! I love how you paired it with those awesome booties and beige jacket. So chic! Thanks for sharing.

    thu
    http://justtututiny.blogspot.com/

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  14. This is a gorgeous color combo...might have to steal this one :)

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  15. @Cher - You're smaller than me, right? If so, I think the skirt will sit lower on your waist. That's the reason I want to size up, for that more casual look.

    @Elissa - Yes, I feel a skirt like this would look better if it sits lower on my waist -- more casual and wouldn't look weird in heels.

    @R.L. - Hmm, I didn't notice the button and gaping issue, but that probably means I'm not as proportioned as you :) I think I'm going to return both blouses too... I looked at the existing blouses in my closet and I already don't wear those enough, so I really shouldn't be adding more to the pile. Their sales sucked me in too easily :( haha.

    @easy petite looks - Excited for your J.Crew reviews! If not for their darn final sales, it would be so much easier to buy, try, and return :)

    @Callandra - Hmm, haven't thought about the leg issue. I'm wondering if by sizing up the skirt will take on a more a-line shape. If so, I think I can deal with that.

    @Michelle - Lol, I actually have a waist, right?! I like this type of skirt to sit lower on the waist for a more casual feel though, so definitely planning on sizing up. Re your glitter belt: Now you make me want to inspect the floors at my office, hahaha. I hope that still means there's plenty of glitter left ON the belt!

    @The Little Dust Princess, @kileen, @PetiteLittleGirl - Taking a wild stab here, and basing it on past skirt prices, but I'm guessing the skirt will eventually go on sale around ~$40 (sale + additional % off). Let's hope that's not wishful thinking on my part and there will be plenty sizes left to choose from!

    @Jarucha - Do you like more of a flare shape to your skirts? J.Crew's city mini this year (looks the same as last season's wool bell skirt) also has a gorgeous purple color. I never buy duplicates, but I'm seriously thinking of getting that same skirt in another color, lol.

    @Angela - Crossing my fingers that you will love it as much in person as I do!

    @Anonymous - J.Crew certainly knocked it out of the park this fall/winter season with all their wonderful colors :)

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  16. I normally don't wear bright colors, but that color skirt looks so perfect with that outfit - definitely makes me want to try that color combo!

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  17. Um, yes. The fall sales have absolutely killed my wallet. But getting packages delivered to my door all of the time has been ridiculously fun, so I'll take it for now :)

    I love the color of that J Crew skirt...that will be so awesome to remix into different outfits!

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  18. Oh wow Cee, these colors look stunning together on you! I actually think the mini skirt hits you at a good place. Do you prefer a lower-slung look?

    I've been trying my hardest to avoid the sales (at least some of them) :)

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  19. beautiful Cee. i actually told Ping not to get this color. what a mistake bc here you look phenomenal.

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