when life happens (and a waist trainer review)

I wish I could say I was on vacation or something the last few weeks and that’s why you haven’t heard much from me. Unfortunately, my absence has more to do with work being just ridiculously busy and I’ve hardly had time to breathe, let alone blog. But hey, life happens and I’ve finally made a re-appearance.

J.Crew Martie Pant + 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli SatchelJ.Crew Martie Pant + 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli SatchelClub Monaco Top (old) / J.Crew Martie Pant / Sam Edelman Dayna Lace-up Pumps / Daniel Wellington Sheffield Watch / Banana Republic Triple Wrap Leather Bracelet / Forever21 Rings / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Bauble Bar Layered Necklace (similar)

This top I actually purchased from Club Monaco years ago, and it is actually two sizes larger than my regular size. I was quite hesitant when the sales associate handed it to me, knowing full well it was going to be oversized but I actually liked it and actually works.

Now you’d never know it, but underneath these garments I’m wearing a waist-trainer. I’ve been seeing these around the internet, and while I would probably never purchased one on my own, I did find it rather intriguing since  I’m more of a straight-cut/ruler body-type. I have never had that hour-glass shape, and while I’ve accepted my body is what it is, there are some days, where I long for a more defined waistline.

When KJ Couture offered to let me try their “FAJA” (i.e., waist-trainer/girdle), I thought, hey why not? I ordered according to the size chart, which turned out to be a size S (32) in Hypoallergenic KJC Beige. My natural waist hovers around the 25-26″ depending on the day (and time of day). I opted for the beige because assuming that I was going to wear this under my outfits, I wanted to be as seamless and invisible as possible.

When I received it in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised at how pretty it was. The material as very smooth and in the inside of the waist is a very pretty aqua color. There are three rows of hooks to adjust according to your waist size. In all probability you would start on the outer most row and work your way in when your waist grows accustomed to the trainer.
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KJ Couture Faja Waist Trainer

The first thing you have to do, of course, is to try and get this thing on. During my first attempt, I was absolutely sure there was NO WAY this was getting on my body. It seemed way too small and I was also concerned because I am so short-waisted, I wasn’t sure it was going to fit length-wise. After about five minutes, I got one hook on and that was as far as it was going. I took it off and tried it again a few days later. Still no go. I made one more attempt the next day and it still wasn’t happening. Hrmph.KJ Couture Faja Waist TrainerKJ Couture Faja Waist TrainerFrustrated, I went to the website to see if I could find any tips on getting it on. In fact they have this great video assuring you that as long as you followed the size chart, your FAJA really does fit. The trick is either to get someone to help you, or if you are putting it on yourself, to put it on first thing in the morning before you eat. AHA!

The next morning, I proceeded to put this on before breakfast, and voila! After much tugging and pulling, sweating (it’s quite an arm workout!), I managed to get it on. And wow was it tight! So tight, my posture was impeccable. The first day, I managed to keep it on for about an hour and it was actually much easier to wear if I was standing for most of the time. I tried the Faja on again the following day and found it much easier to get on myself. Maybe it just needed that first little stretch. However, I still can’t wear it for much longer than an hour at a time.

I have to say, this thing is STURDY. Of course, given how it’s used, you would hope that it would be but all the pulling and tugging that goes on with this thing as you try to put it on, not once did I think that one of the hooks would pop open.

There a lot of articles out there either claim that these work or that they are terrible for body. Whether you try this for yourself, it’s really up to you. I’m still on the fence, though I do kind of like how it’s been helping my posture since I haven’t been doing too much yoga lately. I haven’t worn it often enough to see if this actually works to make my waist smaller, I might just keep trying this and see if it works.
If you would like to check it out, see KJ Couture and all their Faja options!
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**Thank you to KJ Couture for sponsoring this post. While I received a free product for my review, all views are my own.

Linen

It somehow feels wrong to be wearing these linen trousers when just a few days ago I saw snow and hail falling from the sky. That’s right, I said SNOW. You can probably guess how I feel about that. But on to a little review of these J.Crew full-length linen pants that I have fallen in love with.

J.Crew Full Length Linen Pants + Sleeveless Mockneck J.Crew Full Length Linen Pants + Sleeveless Mockneck J.Crew Full Length Linen Pants + Sleeveless MockneckJ.Crew Full Length Linen Pants / Ann Taylor Mila Leather pumps / Wilfred Michael mock neck top / Forever21 rings / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Babaton Nicky Trench / Daniel Wellington Sheffield Watch

I’m usually the first to shun high-waisted pants because of my short torso, but these hit me and just the right place on my waist to give that leg-lengthening look I only see in catalogs. It is probably due to the fact that these are petite-sized and therefore perfectly proportioned so that there is some sort of separation between my underarms and my legs. Thankfully these pants come in a 32″ inseam, which is a quite a bit longer than most standard petite sizing and allows me to wear heels. Whether this is due to the fact that these are expected to shrink–since it is linen after all, I have yet to find out. I do wish these had side pockets, but I suppose it’s a fair trade off for such a great fit. Are you wondering about wrinkling? Yes, definitely, no doubt about it. You can see it pretty clearly in these photos but it really doesn’t bother me much.

Measurements on 00p:

Waist: 25in.
Hips at base of zipper: 34in
Inseam: 32in
Leg opening: 21in
Rise: 9.5in from crotch seam

These trousers currently on sale for $99 plus an extra 30% with your J.Crew card and free shipping on all orders. Use code CARDSONLY. And for those of you without a J.Crew Card, you can still get 25% off with code SUMMER.

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Rocking Culottes

I’m constantly trying to think of new ways to wear these culottes. In hindsight, I probably should have purchased this J.Crew Patio Pant in navy blue for some added versatility, but what is done is done. Pairing them with these awesome lace-up pumps and leather jacket to toughen them up is just so much fun.

J.Crew Patio Pant + Leather Jacket + Lace-up Pumps J.Crew Patio Pant + Leather Jacket + Lace-up Pumps J.Crew Patio Pant + Leather Jacket + Lace-up PumpsJ.Crew Patio Pant in Bi-Stretch Wool / Sam Edelman Dayna Pumps / Forever21 Rings / Max Veda  Classic Leather Jacket / J.Crew Blouse (old) / 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch

Coming soon will be a review of these Sam Edelman Dayna Pumps!

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