Summer shorts

I just finished a wonderful 70 hour work week and finally got a day off after two weeks straight of slaving over a computer screen. It’s been a while since I’ve worked that  many hours in a week, and I’m not overly thrilled about it. But for now, I’ll have to just suck it up and attribute the long hours to my learning curve and hope it will pay off in a few months. So I apologize for the sporadic posts, but unfortunately it cannot be helped. For the first time, I have an appreciation for my hypoglycemia, as without it I’d be on a strict coffee-only diet.

Linen Shorts + Madewell Boardwalk Lace-up sandalsClub Monaco Silk Blouse (old) / Wilfred Allegra Shorts / Madewell Boardwalk Sandals / Le Chateau Rings 

After hunting high and low for the perfect black summer shorts, I purchased a linen-blend pair a few months back. I love the slouchy-ness and the light fabric so much I’m contemplating another pair. Aritzia is about to start their summer sale, I think it’s open to everyone starting June 23. I am also loving this pair.

These lace-up sandals are the Madewell Boardwalk Sandal, and even though I have bypassed sandals for sneakers the past few summers, I’m kind of loving these. They are currently 25% off with the code: UNIFORM. I went down half a size after reading several reviews. And I think it was the right decision. They just fit.

On a different note, I was just informed that my office has decided to make everyday denim day (with the exception of client meetings, presentations, etc.). I am pretty ecstatic, who doesn’t want more variety? I have yet to decide how much this is actually going to change what I wear to work, but I do imagine that I’d still be wearing “work” trousers/skirts at least a few times a week. It will also be interesting to see how people interpret these “casual” days. Sure we’re allowed denim, but what will my younger colleagues think that extends to? Leggings?  Hoodies? Yoga pants? If I worked in HR I think this would be a legitimate concern as I often see that many millennials don’t understand the concept of “business casual” entails, let alone “casual in the workplace” (um, belly tops? what?). We shall see.

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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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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