Fall Favorites

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One of my favorite things about fall is layering up and walking around my neighborhood. My husband and I decided to test out a new lens recently and captured many nature shots and close-ups before realizing that it was a little too cold for this. Once inside, I decided to bake a yummy blueberry pound cake, light some candles and bundle up. Fall is one of those seasons during which I enjoy being outdoors as much as I do staying in!

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Everlane

Like a lot of shoppers, I’ve  been searching for the perfect basic tees for many years. I currently own two scoop-neck tees by James Perse (via TJ Maxx) and two v-neck tees from Madewell. The James Perse tees are very soft and have lasted for at least two years. My only concern with the style I chose was that since it’s very slim, I don’t have much room to be bloated/ out of shape. Obviously no one plans to be bloated, but when it happens, I still have to wear clothes! On the other hand, the Madewell v-neck tees were very soft and long, but I already have holes in the pair I purchased about 4 months ago.

So recently, I decided to test out the domestic start-up retailer, Everlane.  At $15 a pop, I figured it was worth the try, especially since the tees are made in the USA. After reading reviews on other blogs, I settled on the xs white v-neck and xs grey v-neck. I usually wear size small or size 2 in most brands, size 0 in stores with vanity sizing (J Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor), so based on my measurements and the Everlane sizing chart, I went with an xs.

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The verdict: I really love the fit (tight up top, looser on the bottom) and the fabric (100% supima cotton) feels soft yet strong. I have broader shoulders, but the shoulders of the tees measured about 14.5 inches between the sleeve seams. So far, so good! I hope these last for as long as my James Perse ones have.

Check out the brand, Everlane! I haven’t bought any of their other items, but I would suggest reading more reviews before you buy.

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P.s. This is not a sponsored post.

Changes

In my opinion, this week has been one of the coldest weeks of the summer season. As I stepped out of my apartment wearing a bright orange sundress, it was clear that I didn’t quite get the memo.  So, to get into the mood for Fall, I’ve decided to post my favorite runway looks and trends for cloudy days and strong breezes.

Black & White

viktor & rolf

Viktor and Rolf

Tia Cibani

Tia Cibani

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Laurel

Laurel

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung

Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez

I can’t get enough black and white. It seems to be my favorite color combination season after season, especially in dresses.

Crazy Prints

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Tsumori Chisato

Tsumori Chisato

Rena Lange 2

Rena Lange

Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson

Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto

Though this is not a new trend, it is one that resonates with me, perhaps because of my heritage and love for geometric shapes. This season, I’ll look for dresses or separates with eye-catching prints, and combine them with simple accents and accessories. Also, I haven’t paid much attention to Peter Pilotto before, but this London-based design team’s work is incredible!

Prep and Propper

Misha Nonoo

Misha Nonoo

3.1 phillip lim

3.1 Phillip Lim

Rena Lange

Rena Lange

Perhaps my uniform days never fully left me.

Modern and Sleek

See by Chloe

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Both, See by Chloe

Richard Nicoll

Richard Nicoll

Rena Lange 3

Rena Lange

I find that as I build my “working woman” wardrobe, I’m attracted to pieces that look timeless, effortless and svelte. I think the apparent ease in the looks above is deceiving, however, since it takes some restraint to dress like a minimalist.

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Wedding Wednesday Post #8

Lately, I haven’t been posting much about my progress with planning the wedding or about anything really.

To be honest, I had to take a break from blogging to focus on other areas of my life that need my attention (like searching for an apartment in a new city and study for my upcoming GMAT exam–2 more weeks to go!)

However, this doesn’t mean that I’ve put wedding planning on hold. On the contrary, my fiance and I have

  1. found a photographer
  2. blocked off hotel rooms for out of town guests
  3. selected one of our desserts
  4. choose all of our ceremony music
  5. finished our wedding website (we used WordPress)
  6. ordered invitations
  7. and I bought some killer wedding shoes

Exhibit A: B Brian Atwood Laplata Sandalslaplata

Surprisingly, Neiman Marcus was the retailer with the best price! Unfortunately, now they’re all sold out. Anyway, the color of the shoes is very saturated and the laser work is superb. Also, they make my calves look great, though no one will be seeing my calves under my wedding dress haha. I will have to practice in them and break them in before the wedding, however, since they’re so high (4.5 inches with NO platform what-so-ever)!

 I’ve also invited people to my NYC bachelorette party using a new evite site I discovered called pingg.com. Hopefully, I’ll have a hotel reserved by tonight.

Other wedding to-dos for May include:

  • Selecting a DJ
  • Choosing wedding bands (we returned to our engagement ring jeweler but aren’t 100% excited about the options we saw)
  • Booking our own hotel room
  • Finalizing our registry (We’re using the aggregate site Registry Love GiftRegistry360.com)
  • Choosing our wedding ceremony words
  • Booking activities for my Bachelorette Party

I think we can do it, but I literally have no time!

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Gilt Sale and Recent Purchases

The Gilt Groupe Warehouse sale from a few weekends ago was a really unique experience. I’ve never been to one before but I’m so happy I did!

Here’s what we found:

Gant Deck Jacket
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Jack Spade Sweater

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Thakoon dress

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Something fun 😉

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My sample sale shopping tips:

  1. Don’t make a list, but do have a budget. I made (and posted here on the blog) an extensive shopping list. This turned out to be a big waste of time since I didn’t really know beforehand what I would find. I do recommend having an idea of the maximum amount you’d like to spend for the event. This way, you can shop and buy with a clear mind.
  2. Wear tall shoes. I felt bad for the shorter girls, but having height definitely helps you spot items over people’s shoulders and sift through far away clothing racks.
  3. Wear form fitting clothes. The room will get packed and you will knock into your neighbors, so minimize your impact by wearing clothes that won’t get caught by hangers, etc.
  4. Eat breakfast. Working a sample sale requires a lot of energy. You don’t want to be exhausted or slow when shopping in a room full of crazed deal-seekers. You need to be alert and quick!
  5. Arrive early. Ok, we may have overdone it by arriving at 7:30am for a 9am event, but the line builds quickly and if you’re competitive like me, you’ll want to get first dibs on everything inside.
  6. Don’t drink too much Prosecco. If you do, you may need to waste critical shopping time waiting in line for the restroom. Don’t do this to yourself. Stay focused and grab drinks when you’re done perusing the room 2-3 times.
  7. Don’t shop with friends. I brought my fiance with me to look for guys clothes, but as soon as we got in line, we agreed that we should split up. We were both on missions and didn’t need distractions! This plan worked out quite well because there’s no way we could have browsed both men’s and women’s sections together within the allotted timeframe.
  8. Know your size in different designers and which silhouettes flatter your body. This one is tough because sample sales often expose shoppers to items they may not have access to on a regular basis. However, if you know that you generally wear a certain size in certain designers and that straight and narrow shapes don’t flatter your curves, this can help you quickly separate the maybes from the no-ways!

Other recent purchase

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I also bought a book for the spring as I work on my resolution to read more this year. I’m currently wrapping up a book on consumer behavior called Consumerology and can’t wait until I get started on this one.

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Wedding Wednesday Post #5

Whenever I think of bridal fashion, I typically don’t consider menswear. However, my guy is rather excited about what he’s going to wear, so I’ve dedicated this post to that! Unlike other brides, I don’t want to dictate what my s.o. wears to our wedding. Perhaps it’s because I trust his aesthetic and fashion sense. Anyway, he’s decided to wear grey, black and white.

This Suit with a better blouse.  [The Hugo Boss James/Sharp in Grey (he has it in navy)] 

With these Shoes (Allen Edmond Strands in Walnut)

Thankfully he has the Strands, but we’ll have to purchase the suit (and probably a new shirt).

Regarding my attire, I still need to find my wedding shoes and accessories. We also have our engagement photo session scheduled and chose our outfits a few days ago.

I can’t wait for the shoot and especially can’t wait for the wedding!

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P.S. I found my gown!!

It’s My Birthday!

Today I turn 23 and I couldn’t be more excited!

As gifts, I got a new dress from Diane von Fursternberg,  a brown pair of classic Stuart Weitzman pointy pumps and some freebies from Aveda and Sephora (join their birthday programs if you haven’t already!).

I avoided throwing a party or big dinner since I’m new to this city, but serendipitously a friend of mine decided to throw a Mardi Gras cocktail party tonight which should be a lot of fun.

This year, I’m going to focus on experiences with loved ones and growing as a young professional. I’m so blessed to have a job and great people around me; I just want to make sure that I enjoy it all!

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