still summer

Eyelet shirtdress in white (sold out, similar); Gingham espadrilles (also in navy or silver); Navy tassel earrings (sold out, similar); Halcyon Days hinge bracelet (gift, similar).

Lilly Pulitzer romper in indigo sunseekers (print sold out, other prints here & here); Navy tassel earrings (sold out, similar); Halcyon Days hinge bracelet (gift, similar); Gold initial necklace; Gap slide sandals in white (old, similar).

The weather of Summer 2017 is still going strong as evidenced by my recent outfits. I will be sad once autumn officially starts next week since summer is my favorite season and this particular summer whizzed by so fast.

The only items I will review is the gingham espadrilles I’m wearing in the first image and the romper in the second picture. The espadrilles are made out of neoprene so they are made for the water. The soles are rubber and have decent traction on the bottom. These will be my beach shoes (bye-bye uncomfortable flip flops) and for running around town. True to size with a snug fit so as to keep out sand, bits of seashells, etc.

I picked up the romper during the recent Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale and I really like this romper. It’s a stretchy t-shirt material and the straps are wide enough for a regular bra. It’s so easy to get on and off. The print is vivid and beautiful in person. I ordered a size Small and I feel it’s an appropriate fit. It’s long enough for my longer torso and the shorts aren’t too short.

Hope you are enjoying these last days of summer! Have a great weekend, xx!

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MOREPLEASE j.crew

Boiled wool coat in camel; Sweater-Blazer in grey; Navy espadrilles (also in gingham or silver).

J.Crew is running an up to 30% off your purchase (if you buy at least 3 eligible items) with promo code MOREPLEASE. If you buy two eligible items, it’s 20% off your purchase. There’s free shipping too! I took this opportunity to get some goodies for fall. I also had a 15% off sales card that my local J.Crew store handed me during my recent visit, so I was able to stack the two promo codes.

I have wanted a camel coat for a long time but I never seem to find exactly what I want until now. I love the minimalist look to this boiled wool coat. I ordered a size 0 since it’s very generous in its sizing. I originally ordered a size 4 but after seeing a few reviews on Instagram, I called J.Crew’s customer service and the rep, Carla, canceled my size 4 and re-ordered a size 0 for me. She also honored the two promo codes that I used earlier online, which I appreciated very much. So, J.Crew had great customer service.

I want to try out the sweater-blazer since it’s popular online. A little more polished than your regular cardigan, but it’s still soft and cozy. I ordered the light grey color. I’m jazzed that this is 100% merino wool, no blend here with subpar acrylic.

I have been stalking the website for the navy pair of espadrilles in my size. I love the gingham pair that I ordered earlier. They are true to size and are made of neoprene so they are made to dunk in water! So much better than flip flops, since they keep out sand and tiny rocks or broken shells.

Did you order any goodies from J.Crew?

Have a great Thursday! xx

weekend outfits

Madewell lace-up top in navy (old, similar here & here); Lilly Pulitzer capri leggings in pop up lobstah roll navy (sold out, similar); Vans slip-on sneakers in navy leather (old, similar); Michael Kors polarized sunglasses (also here); Charles Krypell aquamarine earrings (gift).

Beach Bum sweatshirt (also here); Banana Republic Factory Store cuffed denim shorts (old, similar); New Balance sneakers (old); Michael Kors polarized sunglasses (also here); Charles Krypell aquamarine earrings (gift).

Here are a couple of outfits from last weekend. The colorful leggings in the first image are from the recent Lilly Pulitzer after party sale. The print I’m wearing has since sold out, unfortunately. You could get another print, however, very easily. They run a smidge big as they are a tiny bit loose in the waist and the legs. But it’s very comfortable and totally well made.

The Beach Bum sweatshirt was a birthday gift and it’s an instant favorite. I’m wearing a size 2 (medium) and it’s a loose and slouchy fit which I like for sweatshirts. Love the drape on this top as well as the vivid colors. I also love that the top was made in the USA.

Have a great week! xx

the j.crew review

Hello! As promised, here is my follow-up review from my earlier blog post.

J.Crew linen tank in white and metallic gold and black; Madewell shorts in green; Steve Madden ‘Ecentric’ leopard sneakers (old, current version).

The linen scoopneck tank tops are a solid wardrobe staple from J.Crew. They are true to size as I ordered a size Small and it fits me perfectly. It covers regular bra straps and I’m very pleased with the drape, length and opacity of the fabric. Black and white are a no-brainer but I’m loving the subtle sparkle of the gold metallic tank.

J.Crew horoscope t-shirt in Cancer; Madewell shorts in green; Steve Madden ‘Ecentric’ leopard sneakers (old, current version).

The Cancer horoscope tee is too small for my liking. I ordered a size Small and it’s tight in the armpit and stomach areas, so I’d say it runs small. Overall, I’m not sure if I’m in love with this tee. It’s a parchment or natural color, and I’d prefer the tee to be white. I’m returning this and I may pick it up in a Medium in the future if it goes on clearance.

J.Crew romper in rowing green and Playa statement earrings (old); Steve Madden ‘Ecentric’ leopard sneakers (old, current version).

I love this utility romper! I ordered a size 2 and a size 4 for this romper and the size 2 was too short for my long torso. The size 4 is a great fit and I’m wearing it in the image above. The weight of the fabric is substantial, which I like a lot. The elastic waist nips you in for a feminine silhouette. All of the five pockets are functional and deep. The main reason for loving this romper is that it is flattering for my figure. It hides my pooch (look at that side view) and my short legs appear longer than they actually are. Lastly, it’s just so cool and chic. I seriously recommend this romper.

Not reviewed is the pair of gingham espadrilles that I had ordered. J.Crew sent me a size 6 pair and I’m a size 8. I want to reorder but I’m hoping they will have a deeper discount than the 25% off when I ordered last week.

Did you order anything recently that you love?

Happy Tuesday! xx

recent purchases & reviews

Linen tank in black, white and metallic gold; Horoscope t-shirt in Cancer; Romper in rowing green; Gingham espadrilles (also in navy or silver).

Earlier this week, J.Crew ran a 25% off your online purchase promotion on selected items. I bought the same linen tank in three different colors, a military inspired romper, a Cancer tee and a pair of espadrilles. The romper is what started it all, I think it’s utterly cool and chic. I think the horoscope tees are too cute, so I had to pick one up in my astrological sign (the other signs are available too). The gingham espadrilles are actually made for the water where they are made of neoprene with a non-slip rubber sole. The linen tanks are very popular and highly rated online. Check back next week for some follow-up reviews.

Camouflage v-neck tee.

I really love his tee, it has the most flattering drape and the longer length is perfect (for untucked, fully tucked and the half-tuck). I like the v-neck too, it’s not too low. I ordered a size XS and S and kept the Small since it draped nicely over my torso.

Ruched knit dress in heather grey; Vans grey leather slip-on sneakers (old); Turquoise earrings and collar necklace (both gifts).

A follow-up review my earlier post. This tee dress is a keeper. I am going with the size Medium (the size Small was too tight over my stomach). It’s successfully conceals the pooch in the front and from the side. It’s like magic, ha. I also purchased this dress in black.

Shift dress (on me) and Baby shift dress (on my daughter) in Tiki Pink Tappin It Back Small; GAP slides in white (old).

Behold our first outfit selfie! I’m seriously dying at our matching outfits from Lilly Pulitzer. My daughter received the dress as a lovely gift when she was born. This flamingo print is so fun and the bright pink and orange colors just light up your mood. So, I just had to get a matching dress.

My shift dress has the coolest lime green trim on the back zipper. I ordered a size 6 in this dress and it’s not too tight or too short for me. I’m very happy with my shift dress.

TGIF and enjoy your weekend! xx

postpartum dress find

Ruched knit dress in grey and black.

Gap is currently running a friends and family event where it’s 40% off online a with promo code FFSALE or 50% off in store. I picked up a few cute things for my daughter and this dress in the two available colors for about $29 each. Also this sports bra in tropical blue, which is on sale so there’s double dip savings (nets to $17).

I need postpartum belly friendly clothes. I’m shrinking everywhere else but my belly, so it’s a work in progress to say the least. I figured this dress with the ruched gathered waist may camouflage my problem area. Let’s hope I’m right!

Enjoy your weekend! xx

think pink

Pink lace top; Denim cuffed shorts (old, similar); Pink bow slides.

Hey there and happy last day of July! I hope you have been enjoying your summer.

I’ve been wearing workout clothes all the time lately since they are what I can fit into (elastic waistbands are my postpartum belly friend) and my baby girl and I have been walking daily around town. It’s a great bonding experience with my daughter and my blood pressure has been slowly and steadily decreasing (yay).

But I was thrilled to discover that I now fit into my old pair of denim shorts, although they are from my larger-sized collection, lol.

I’m still loving all things pink. The lace top is new from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (hurry, sizes are limited but I’d also keep checking for any popbacks) and the bow slides are relatively new. I’m wearing a size medium in the top (it fits well in the neck and in the shoulders) and the slides are true to size.

8/3/17 update: I kept checking online for a size Small in the lace top and it paid off. I was able to order a size Small in the pink and as well as in the ivory. And the size Small fits me better than the Medium–success.

Enjoy your Monday, friends! xx

dress & one-piece swimsuit review

Halter midi dress & Floral one-piece swimsuit.

Happy first day of Summer 2017! Here’s my follow-up review from this earlier blog post. I was looking for postpartum-friendly pieces for the summer.

I ordered a size Small and Medium for the halter dress. The Medium was too big on me in the chest and too long in length. I’m wearing the Small in the photo above. I really liked the idea of this boho halter dress but I’m returning it. The reason why is that you really can’t wear a bra underneath the dress because the back is very low. It’s a shame because this dress is such beachy boho perfection.

I ordered a size Medium and Large for the one-piece swimsuit. The Large was too big on me, especially in the torso area along the seams. The Medium fits me very well (worn above in the photo) and I’m keeping this swimsuit. I typically don’t do one-piece suits because they flatten my chest and don’t comfortably fit my longer torso. This suit does not flatten my chest because the top part is the same as my favorite string bikini triangle top. It’s padded, which is a huge plus. The torso feels very comfortable for me, so it’s a go for my longer torso.

The only potential issue is the “cheeky cut” of the bottom (their terminology, not mine). Fortunately, it’s not too revealing and I have a flat butt so it works for me.

I love the low back on this swimsuit and that I can get a custom fit with the halter strings at the top and at the lower back. I highly recommend this one-piece!

Let’s have a summer to remember, everyone! xx

latest purchase

Floral one-piece swimsuit & Halter midi dress.

I just ordered the swimsuit and halter dress last night. I’ve been eyeing this one-piece for a week or two and finally pulled the trigger. I’m hoping the cut on the butt isn’t too bare, but I ordered a size Medium and a size Large to get more coverage.

I love the boho goddess vibe to the halter midi dress. I think it is sexy yet casual. I hope this dress works out, I would love to add red to my summer wardrobe.

Have you scored any recent faves? TGIF! xx

tassels squared

Pleione bell sleeve top in pink smoke; Paige Denim Skyline ankle peg jeans; Cream tassel platform loafers; Tassel earrings in white; Halcyon Days enamel bracelet in pink & gold (gift, similar); Madewell ring (old, similar).

A quick post of my outfit today. I’m so glad I bought this top months ago, the blush pink really complements white denim. The tassel platform loafers are super comfortable and are stylish for days. I finished the look with my white tassel earrings.

You’re in luck if you like any of the items, I think everything I’ve linked are on major sale right now. I’d hurry on the top though, since sizes are limited.

Have a wonderful Thursday! xx

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