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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shopping Haul: Petite Legging + Jegging Review

Hi Ladies,
Golden leaves, apple cider, jeans and leggings - that's what I think of when I think of fall. :) My street is lined with lovely trees, Starbucks has brought back their fall menu and I've got a drawer full of petite-length leggings. To me, that's a perfect way to start the season!

 Since I"m 5'2" (not 6 feet tall as most legging designers seem to think I should be), I wanted to get a length that wouldn't puddle around my ankles. However, I couldn't find any at the mall. Thankfully, we have the internet and a quick visit to the online sites of Old Navy, The Limited, GAP and Ann Taylor solved my problem! As soon as I got my boxes, Minnie hopped in to inspect them, and then we settle down to write this review...

ann taylor legging review
  • Material: This pair from Ann Taylor is made out of great, heavy, stretchy material. Perfect for a true fall or winter, but a little hot for the 80 degree weather we've been having in California. (Not see through.)
  • Fit: As with most leggings, I would size down from what you would wear in regular pants. These stretch a lot.
  • Overall: On me, I'm not crazy about this cropped look, but I think they may work for someone else. Especially if you wear them with boots. You won't get all that bulk in the ankle area.
 **GAP had a similar cropped legging with a side zipper. They were a little cheaper (I spent about $31) and fit the same as the Ann Taylor pair. You can purchase them here*** 
 
 
gap jegging review
  • Material: These jeggings from the GAP are stretchy, but substantial and a little darker in real life.
  • Fit: Size down. During the day, the stretched a bit in the waist, so I did have to pull them up a few times. As for the length, they sold out of the petites by the time I placed my order, so you may not need to alter yours if you can get the petite length.
  • Overall: A keeper!
 
old navy legging review
  • Material: These gray leggings from Old Navy are made out of a heavy, substantial, stretchy material. (Not see through.)
  • Fit: A little snug in the waist, but the next size up was huge all over. Size down. 
  • Overall: Great price and a great, inexpensive alternative to the Ann Taylor pair. (They also come in black.)
 
  • Material: A thinner, cotton blend than all the other pairs. Kinda your typical legging material. (A little sheer.)
  • Fit: Size down 2 sizes. On me, the L Petite had extra material in the leg.
  • Overall: I love these! The length is a little longer than my leg, so it scrunches nicely. Plus, they are light-weight enough to wear during the Indian summer.


Lastly,  I want to share one of my favorite things to wear under leggings. These boyshorts from Soma have a vanishing edge, so there is very minimal VPL. Plus they are super comfy! (I would love to say that there is no VPL, but I gotta be honest - I have never found anything that completely gets rid of it.) :) 

Soma Intimates • Vanishing Edge Microfiber Boyshort •  $15.00–16.00


Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review. If you have any ideas for making my reviews more useful (or leggings/ jeggings to recommend)...please let me know!
 


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Monday, October 20, 2014

OOTD: Cranberry Flare Skirt

Hi Ladies,
I'm really getting a lot of use out of this skirt. :) Checkout how I wore it last week. I'm also really loving these Ann Taylor cardigan sets. I'm a cardi fanatic, so I buy several every season. These come in 7 colors and are a soft blend with no wool.  I'm not trying to sound like an ad, but I'm really happy with them. :)

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I also wanted to share my new favorite Korean food from Mixed Grains in Walnut Creek, CA: beef short ribs. Mmmmmm...they are sweet, as if they had been marinated in a teriyaki sauce. To go with them, I had the purple rice (below on the left) and a side of seaweed salad and glazed potatoes (below in the middle). The rice was a little bland by itself, but the miso sauce that it comes with takes care of that. :)

Have you tried any new foods lately?

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blue Blazer + Flare Skirt

Petite fashion: blue blazer + cranberry flare skirt
Hi Ladies,
I'm probably wearing this outfit right now in Des Moines, Iowa. I'm writing this on Sunday night. I fly out tomorrow, but have no idea what the weather will be like there. Plus, if you've ever been in a conference room in corporate American, you know they are usually freezing! So, I've got a backup pant outfit.

Also, try not to make fun of me for posing with my iPad. :)  I'm playing out a fantasy where I've gotten rid of my big, bulky work laptop and replaced it with something small and sleek.

Plus, checkout the bottom of the post to see some of the fun I had this weekend, and don't forget to come back next week...I've been working on something special! :)

Petite fashion: blue blazer + cranberry flare skirt

Petite fashion: blue blazer + cranberry flare skirt

Petite fashion: blue blazer + cranberry flare skirt

Petite fashion: blue blazer + cranberry flare skirt
This is the one fun thing that I got to do last weekend: I went to the Oakland Farmers Market and got Dim Sum! I don't know if farmer's markets just weren't a big thing in the south, but I didn't really get into them until I moved out west. I plan to do a full post on it some time, but for now...I'll just tempt you :). The first 2 pictures below are of steamed dumplings...I just told them to pick out some yummy ones for me, as long as they weren't salmon. (They've got about 20 different kinds, so there is no way I could pick them out myself.)
Gourmet Dim Sum Review - Oakland Farmers Mkt

Gourmet Dim Sum Review - Oakland Farmers Mkt
My other favorite Dim Sum dish is sesame balls...like below. They are a pastry, filled with sweet bean paste and rolled in seasame seeds. (I understand that sweet bean paste, may not sound tempting to some, but it's delicous!!!)
Gourmet Dim Sum Review - Oakland Farmers Mkt
 These are potstickers that I have to try next time. Take care ladies! Bye!
Gourmet Dim Sum Review - Oakland Farmers Mkt

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