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6/28/16

LOFT Fitting Room Reviews - Part 2 of 2

Hi, Everyone!

I'm wrapping up the last part of my fitting room pictures and reviews from my recent visit to Loft. I tried on several pieces I want to share with you, including some pretty, new arrivals that would make great additions to your Summer wardrobe!

*Sale alert:  Loft sale items are an additional 50% off today in stores and online -- no code needed!

On to the fitting room reviews...


First up is this floral vine peplum cami. It immediately caught my eye with its vibrant, teal color, swirling floral-vine print, and peplum-hem detailing. The combination of the rich, lovely color and the pretty, Summery print had me daydreaming of a warm, tropical vacation, and I almost instinctively started planning multiple resort/poolside outfits with it in mind. I was pleasantly surprised to find it offered in petite sizing at my local store, as oftentimes the petite sizes are only available online. I grabbed size XSP to try, which was the smallest size available on the rack, and found it to run a tad wide. For a more relaxed, swingy look, this size would suffice, but for a closer fit, I would likely need size XXSP. While the fabric texture was a bit reminiscent of a linen blend, I checked the tag to see that it's 100% rayon and machine-washable, which I liked. The fabric is also thick enough to be worn alone without an additional cami or underpinning -- key in Summertime! One small drawback to this cami, however, is the lack of adjustable straps; the straps may be too short or too long on some ladies, making alterations a possibility. I was pleased to see the strap length wasn't an issue for me in this particular case.
If you are drawn to the floral vine print of this tank, you will be happy to find it repeated in the Vine Tie Swing Dress, which is an online-exclusive item, available in regular and petite sizing, made of 100% rayon, and machine-washable. An added bonus to note is the wider straps -- no strapless bra required (always a plus in my book!) Several sizes appear to already be sold out, but don't despair if your size is sold out; sizes often pop back, so keep checking!

Striped Swing Dress, Size SP - no longer online (similar here)
Next, I tried this navy-striped swing dress in size SP, which I happened to find tucked away on a rack in the back of the store. It was likely a store return, as it was the only one available. I quickly recalled to mind a very similar dress (albeit in a pretty, mustard-yellow shade) that Jess of What Jess Wore has recently reviewed here, and ultimately purchased, and was hopeful it would look equally as lovely on me. At first glance, this is a classic, navy-striped dress, but upon closer inspection, you will see vertical stripes down the lengths of both sides -- a fun detail that adds interest. The fit-and-flare silhouette of the dress is quite flattering, with it skimming the hips and flaring out ever so slightly at the hem. I also like that the dress itself is not itchy or overly restricting, as I sometimes find to be the case with similar dresses in this style. To the contrary, it is extremely soft and stretchy, thanks to the cotton fabric -- another plus. The only drawback is the dress length: it falls almost mid-thigh on me, which is much shorter than I prefer. I also don't want the added worry of any potential 'incidents' while bending over or sitting down, or feel the need to constantly adjust or tug at it. If the dress was available in regular sizes or even the taller sizes, I would definitely reconsider it.
Next, I tried on this colorful, floral, button-down blouse in size XS. The warm, citrus hues and large, floral print are quite pretty and Summery, albeit a bit busy. I think some ladies will find the print too overwhelming for their tastes. The fit runs slightly wide and boxy on my petite frame. Untucked, it also runs longer than I would like -- almost tunic-length.  Petite sizing with a shorter overall length would be ideal, but unfortunately is not offered; only regular sizes are offered. That said, it is still a lovely, airy blouse that drapes nicely without being too boxy, and is also machine-washable. I can see it pairing nicely with pencil skirts for an office look, or with skinny jeans or shorts for a more casual look. 
If you adore the print, you can find it in a slightly darker "coral shadow" hue on the Fiesta Floral Stroll Skirt, which features an elasticized waist and -- always a favorite of mine -- pockets!
   
Last but not least, I tried on this dash stripe cut-out flare dress in size SP. I was immediately smitten with this one for several reasons: the soft and flowy, lightweight fabric (a rayon/spandex blend); the pretty, azure-blue color; the subtle dash pattern in a contrasting chevron placement at the bodice for added interest; and the fun cut-out at the lower back. I was unable to snap a picture of the back of the dress, but I am happy to report that the cut-out is not too large or distasteful in any way. Undergarments are kept fully concealed, which always passes my test! The fit of the dress itself is also relaxed and forgiving yet very flattering, and the length hits at about an inch or so above the knee on me (I'm 5'2".) It's exactly the kind of grab-n-go dress I reach for in Summer when I don't want to over-think my outfit, but still want to stay cool and feel pretty. Of all the pieces I tried on, this was the winner that came home with me, and I know it will see plenty of wear this season and beyond.
I hope you found these reviews helpful! Thank you for reading, and let me know if you snag any of these or other pieces during the current sale -- I'd love to hear from you!
Have a good evening!




6/25/16

LOFT Fitting Room Reviews - Part 1 of 2

Hi, Everyone, and happy Saturday!
 
I'm finally getting around to posting my fitting room pictures and reviews from my visit to Loft last weekend. I'm breaking it up into parts since I tried on several pieces and didn't want these posts to run too long.
As a quick side bar: Loft is one of my favorite retailers for a host of reasons, a few of them being that they offer a plethora of lovely, versatile clothing and accessories at great price points. I especially love their work wear, as I primarily wear dresses and skirt-and-blouse combos to the office. (My work environment is business-casual, yet I prefer to over-dress given my occupation.)
Now, on to the reviews! I had popped into my local store to return a few items, and really hadn't intended to try anything on, but some pretty, new arrivals caught my eye and ultimately swayed me otherwise. (That always seems to happen...ha!)
 
 
Here are a few of my fitting room picks:
From left to right:
Dash Stripe Cut-out Flare Dress // Striped Swing Dress (no longer online, very similar here) //
 
 
 
The pretty, antiqued, floral print of this dress immediately caught my eye. I must say that the online photos don't quite do it justice. The "vintage blush" coloring is soft and feminine, and it is offset nicely by the pops of reds, corals, and soft blues of the flowers in the print. I'm always partial to easy, grab-n-go dresses, but this one has extra noteworthy details, i.e. flutter sleeves, a shirred elastic waist for ease and comfort, and a button keyhole at the back of the neck. I tried on size XS regular, which was the smallest available in-store, but it comes in petite sizing as well. (For reference, I'm 5'2" and about 102 lbs.) I like the length of the regular sizing; it hits me right at the knee. The waist seam also sits nicely at my waist as it should. I fear the petite sizing would make the waist come up too high on me, as another reviewer noted online.
Overall, the dress is lovely, fits nicely, and looks great with a wide belt to cinch the waist (I grabbed this stretch belt to try on with the dress and really liked the combo!) Side note: I noticed that this same print is offered on a few other items, i.e. the Floral Dot Infinity Scarf and the Floral Tie-Neck Top -- both of which are equally pretty!
 
 
Next up was this floral blouse and striped wrap skirt combo. I grabbed both on my way to the fitting room and actually ended up liking them together! I did notice that both items ran large on me, so I would recommend sizing down. I'm trying on the blouse in size XSP; size XXSP was unavailable in-store, but I see it's available online if you're similar in size to me. Untucked, the blouse is slightly wide and boxy, but still drapes nicely. I didn't capture it in the photo, unfortunately, but the blouse has a hi-lo hem, a slit on each side, and piped trim along the lower bottom -- fun details that dress up an otherwise ordinary floral shell. It would pair nicely with skinny jeans or shorts, too, for a more casual look.
On to the skirt:  I tried on size 0, and the waist was a bit loose on me. I would suggest sizing down in order for it to sit higher up on the waist, which is my personal preference. Also, the skirt runs a bit short for my office environment. (Skirt length is 18.") I would probably reserve it for more weekend or evening use. That said, I was happy with the slightly A-line silhouette, the thicker, cotton fabric, and the intermixed cobalt and slate hues of the stripes. I also like the faux-wrap detailing; it alleviates any worries of accidental peek-a-boo incidents while walking or sitting! Overall, it's a nice Summer skirt, and I can see it paired with micro prints, bright solids, white tees, and other endless options.
 
 
Next, I tried on this dandelion shell in size XS. I had to stifle a giggle because it was utterly tent-like on me, which is a shame because I adore the whimsical print! Unfortunately, I may be sized-out of this one since the smallest size available is the XS. If it was offered in an XXS regular size or, better yet, an XXSP size, I'd probably snag it in a heartbeat. I would certainly suggest sizing down one or two sizes on this one. Apart from the exaggerated sizing, there is so much to love about this blouse:  the pretty print, the feminine ruffle across the bodice, the lightweight feel and drape of the fabric (100% rayon) and the convenience of being able to machine-wash it. I can see it tucked in to a pencil skirt or circle skirt (latter shown online) for a more dressy look, or untucked with skinny jeans, slim-fitting ankle pants, or shorts for a more casual look.
 
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for Part 2 of my fitting room reviews -- coming soon!


6/23/16

Shopbop: Extra 25% Off Sale Items!

 
SHOPBOP SALE
Extra 25% Off all Sale Items!
 
Mini Satchel - $117 (buy here, here in lavender) // Kate Spade Wedges - $89 (buy here) //
Kate Spade Key Fob - $36 (buy here) // Kate Spade Floral Pumps - $156 (buy here) //
Kate Spade Daisy Earrings - $31 (buy here) // Scalloped Crossbody - $123 (buy here) //
Flamingo Scarf - $24 (buy here) // Gingham Espadrilles - $89 (buy here) //
Kate Spade Bow Flats - $170 (buy here) // Kate Spade Pink Crossbody - $62 (buy here)
 
Shopbop's huge 25% off sale is going on now!
If you've been eyeing any designer items but haven't pulled the trigger because you've been waiting for a good sale, your patience has paid off! 
You can get 25% off all sale items with code '25EXTRA' now through tomorrow (sale ends July 24th at 11:59pm, PST.)
 
I've rounded up several of my favorites above. I was happy to see that several Kate Spade items were included in the sale, including the pretty floral licorice pumps, cedar street wristlet, and striped wedges. Love them and these rarely go on sale! And the flamingo scarf? So adorable for Summer and would make a great gift! 
 
Items are selling out fast, so now's the time to snag those pretty pieces at a fraction of the price!
To browse all of Shopbop's sale items, click here.
Happy shopping, and let me know if you pick up anything!

 

6/16/16

Welcome / Mustard & Chambray

Welcome to my new personal style/fashion blog!  
 
Hi! My name is Sara, and I'm a native Southern Californian, wife, mom of 3, and a corporate professional. I enjoy sharing daily outfits, style tips, sales finds, and overall fashion inspiration.
My style is ever-evolving, but I would largely classify it as feminine, classic, modest and yet contemporary. I love gorgeous floral prints, polka dots, stripes, lace, and those extra special details like scalloped hems, bows, whimsical prints, and pockets in skirts and dresses. I also love infusing beautiful color into my everyday wear; it's an easy way to liven things up!
 
I hope you will enjoy this journey with me -- truth be told, this is a new, scary/exciting venture into unknown waters -- but I am grateful for your support and thank you for joining me!
 
Now, onto the fun stuff:  my outfit details!

Mustard-yellow top - old (similar here, here, here, here)
Chambray-striped skirt w/ pockets - only $18! (here)
Tory Burch handbag/clutch - old (similar here)
Camel pumps - old (similar here)
Layered gold necklace - gift (similar here, here, here)
 
There's just something about a pretty, sunny yellow that screams Summer, don't you think? Funny thing, though: I used to despise wearing yellow; I never thought it was flattering on me -- too bright! But, over the years, it's really grown on me, and when I found this adorable top on the sales rack at Anthropologie, with its darling bow detailing, I knew I had to have it.
I'm pairing it here with my new favorite chambray skirt; yellow and chambray play off of each other so well. And remember those extra special details I mentioned? This skirt is the epitome of just that:  vertical stripes (very flattering); pleat detailing, side pockets (love!); functional buttons down the front; and an elastic waist band in the back for extra stretch and comfort. It's really lovely, and I was so happy to find it online for a mere $18! I love it and highly recommend it.
I kept the rest of the look simple by adding classic, cognac leather accessories and dainty, gold jewelry.
 
That's all I have for now!  Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

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