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.

Review: Sam Edelman Dayna Lace-up Pumps

Lace-up shoes are so huge right now and show no signs of waning.  Though I usually to stick to more timeless styles when it comes to shoes, I couldn’t help myself with these Sam Edelman Dayna Lace-up Pumps. And I have no regrets. They pretty much go with everything and I’m tempted to just wear them with every outfit!

Sam Edelman Dayna Lace-up Pumps

Sam Edelman Dayna Pumps via Nordstrom

Look: Well, awesome! What more is there to say? They’re sexy, without being over the top so that I feel they are appropriate for the workplace. The photos in the post are a bit messy since the laces are just laying out and I didn’t make too much of an effort to tame them. These pumps also come in fuchsia as well as gorgeous nude suede, which is oh so tempting.Sam Edelman Dayna Lace-up PumpsSam Edelman Dayna Lace-up Pumps

Sam Edelman Dayna Lace-up PumpsComfort: For a 4″ heel, these are actually very comfortable. Decent padding under the feet, and have not experienced any unsightly rubbing or pain. A lot probably has to do with that the laces keep my feet secured in the shoe. You can certainly wear the shoes tied up all the way up the leg if you prefer that look, but from past experience with an old pair of lace-up wedges I had ten years ago, keeping the lacing low and around the ankle allows for more circulation to run through the leg!Sam Edelman Dayna Lace-up Pumps

Fit: TTS, in width and length. I took my regular size 6.

Quality: The shoe seems to be a pretty good quality for its price point. I expect these to hold up well with regular wear. The outer is made of suede. The laces are synthetic, but I wouldn’t expect otherwise.

Price: $120US before any discounts.

Sam Edelman Dayna Lace-up Pumps

Price: At Nordstrom, you can find these Dayna sandals for 40% off, but only sizes 7+ are available. You can also try websites such as Shoes.com and Onlineshoes.com that always have good discount codes available.

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Review: Ann Taylor Mila Pump

Yes, it’s true, two reviews in one week. Although this one is quite timely given that Ann Taylor is currently holding their Family and Friends Sale right now, offering 40% off everything with code FRIENDS40. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect nude pump what seems like forever and I’ve tried every nude pump that has ever existed (OK, not really, but it certainly feels like it). I just can’t seem to find the right combination of heel height, color, and fit. But when I saw these Ann Taylor Mila Pumps, I knew I had to try them.

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Ann Taylor Mila Pump, $128, via anntaylor.com

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Look: These are beauties. The color is more of a neutral undertone, without leaning too yellow or too pink. Those with a paler skin tone might find these too dark to be truly “nude”, but it goes well my medium to tan skin tone. I also love the heel, which is a bit on the straighter side, which I think gives heels a more modern look as opposed to a very curved shank.

The heel measures 3.5″ from the outside of the heel to the bottom of the heel, which is what the website states as the height of the heel. There is a perfect amount of toe cleavage (in my opinion), not too little and not too much.

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Fit/Comfort: The inner sole of the shoe has a good amount of padding and could be worthy of all day wear. The toe box is also not too narrow for a pointed shoe, which if very important if you don’t want your toes to feel squished after an hour of wear. However, I do have to say, that for me, they run a half size too large. I’ve always had trouble “walking out” of my pumps, but these didn’t even have a chance. This surprised me given that the review I read said they were a bit snug, which part of the reason I jumped at the chance to buy these in the first place! I can usually tell when a shoe simply won’t fit due to the shape of my heel and when the shoe is simply too large, and these shoes definitely ran too long. Width-wise, they seemed to be pretty normal, not too wide and not too narrow.

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Quality: These shoes appear to be pretty sturdy. The sole is made of leather as is the inside and upper of the shoe. They also feel pretty malleable without feeling like they will stretch out, but instead conform to the foot, which is an absolute must in my book, as I cannot stand a shoe that stretches out almost immediately, but neither can I stand a shoe that it too stiff with hard edges. Of course, because of the sizing issue, I cannot be positive that they won’t stretch out so don’t hold me to that statement!

Verdict: Return, due to sizing issue. Unfortunately for me, the website seems to be OOS in the 5.5. I will just have to hope for a return so that I can give these another go in a smaller size! They also come in navy (ooh!) and black!

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