Petite Fashion Challenge #4: “Holiday Party”

 

This is my very first Petite Fashion Challenge! Why is it only my first? I suppose I felt too overwhelmed by the pressure with the previous challenges that I couldn’t think of anything to wear! I thought I would give this one a try because an outfit immediately popped into my mind when I read about this. This time around, the challenge is hosted by Curls and Pearls, who just always looks adorable! The challenge:

Create a holiday party look using festive colours and/or holiday pieces without looking like a greeting card. 

DSC01041 DSC01000 DSC01019 DSC00990DSC00984DSC00977Ann Taylor Drape Sleeveless Top /  Ann Taylor Belt / Jacob Skirt  / Hue Tights / Adrienne Vittadini Adam Bootie  / Opera Length (16-button) Lambskin Leather Gloves / Le Chateau Bracelet

Aren’t the gloves to *die* for?!! I’ve had a serious obsession with leather gloves of all kinds in the past few years. You can pick up a pair of these gloves at leatherglovesonline.com (free shipping both ways within the US!), or if you live in Canada, you can get a similar pair for a steal at Danier (see here).

Happy holiday partying!!

Review: DEX Boat Neck Sweater

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DEX Boat Neck Sweater /  J Brand Lighweight Lovestory / Michael Kors Parker Boot / Forever21 Pendant
 
Lots of reviews lately, but I’m still working though my Piperlime haul. I got this DEX Boatneck sweater hoping for a great casual look paired with one of my favorite pairs of jeans, J Brand Lovestory.

I really liked the idea of this sweater. But even though the picture did look like it had dolman sleeves, the description on Piperlime didn’t explicitly say so, so I thought maybe that it didn’t. It definitely did.  And in combination with the thick knit and boatneck, I felt like the sweater made my shoulders look extremely wide and broad. If I had been wearing skinny jeans with this sweater instead of the flare, I would have looked like an upside down triangle. The sizing itself is TTS, and the overall length is pretty good. It hits about mid-hip. The original retail price on Piperlime is $79, plus I managed to get it with an extra 25% off for a total of $60 plus cashback. Still not impressed. It’s going back.

As you might have noticed, my hair got chopped off. And no, not on purpose, at least not by me. For the long version of the story, I missed my appointment with my regular stylist because I was still on the road from D.C. to T.O. and I was so desperate for a haircut that I decided to go to the local mall for a cut. Bad idea. I asked for a collarbone length cut but the stylist disagreed with me saying it would make the ends go all crazy and instead he’ll make it shorter….and *snip*. Yep. He took off a whole three inches more than I had asked. Argh. I’m really annoyed. I look twelve years old.  I’m not one to be overly attached to my hair…so as long as I’m the one who chooses to cut it. I know the cut doesn’t look that bad, but I still hate it! And it takes exponentially more time to style in the morning. On the bright side, I probably won’t need a haircut for another six months.  Anyways, that’s my sad, sad story.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend (whether it was a long one or a short one). Mine was great except for the massive loss of hair.

Review: Ella Moss Kinga Top and Adrienne Vittadini Adam Booties

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Ella Moss Kinga Drape Top / Paige Premium Denim Verdugo Jeggings / Adrienne Vittadini Adam Suede Booties 

I’m starting to really get into the loose-fitting-top-with-slim-cut-bottom-look lately. I think I generally try to avoid anything too loose-fitting because I’m afraid I will be overwhelmed by all the excess material. But I think I’m starting to learn as long as there is a proper balance and it’s not *too* big, this look can be achieved without looking like I started shopping in the Men’s department (or that I should go back to the Junior’s department).

I purchased both the top and the boots from Piperlime during G&G. I was so excited about the top! I mean, check out this embellishment:

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Embellished shoulders have been one of my favorite trends these past few seasons. And I think I really do love this top, but I’m going through a “I’m-just-so-cheap” phase and I can’t bring myself to keep it. The color is lovely, the material so soft and silky, and shoulder detail is just stunning. The top is a little bit on the large side, but I think it is meant to be like that, or least, I can get away with it. It’s regular price is $118. I purchased it with an extra 30% off from the GAP G&G plus another 10% off from an old code that GAP customer service sent me for trying to sell me something that was out of stock, PLUS another $20 off gift certificate from buying too much stuff from BR/GAP/Piperlime in the past year. Oh yea, and cashback. So this top is approximately $50 after it’s all said and done. I love it. But not enough to keep it because my conscience is telling me I should buy something more classic and versatile and preferably more work appropriate. The darned conscience is right. =(

If you remember, I was obsessing about little booties that dip in the front a few posts back. I thought that maybe I would give these Adrienne Vittadini Adam Booties a try and see how they worked out:

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Their regular price is $89.99 plus 30% off.  Beautiful soft suede (you know I love suede!), a 4″ heel, and a non-seamed, almond toe. The front dips just enough so that a little skin peeks out from under my jeans. So pretty. The soles are completely rubber, no slippin’ and slidin’ with these babies. The padding of the insole is rather strange though. It has a weird pattern in the inside of the shoe and I can feel it under my feet when I walk. Not sure whose idea that was. The heel is also a little wide so I do have some heel lift which does annoy me somewhat, and since I got my regular shoe size there is no room for a heel grip in the back of the heel without adding some discomfort. I think also the heel lift has something to do with the fact that I have narrow feet and small ankles, so there is a lot of space between the top of my foot and the top of the shoe. So instead of putting the extra thick heel grip in the back of the shoe, I put it at the front of the shoe and voila! Perfect fit!

Shoe Verdict?? Even though I really shouldn’t, keepers!

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