Letting it all hang out

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Ann Taylor Leopard Trench Blouse / J Brand Lightweight Lovestory / Zara Blazer, popped collar / Forever21 Necklace   Le Chateau Ring / Coach Letty Wedge Boots / Botkier Charlotte Clutch 

I’ve been experimenting with my shirt-tails lately. Fully tucked in, the “mullet”-tuck (think J.Crew), and all hanging out. The mullet-tuck and a fully showing shirt-tail isn’t always so appropriate for work, but it’s still kind of fun to see how it looks under layers of different lengths. In this case, a shorter jacket.

The story behind this AT Leopard Trench Blouse: I am in love with it.  I’m not sure what possessed me to try this on in the store, but when I did, there was no doubt that I wasn’t leaving the store without it. In fact, I loved it so much, I didn’t even really pay too much attention to the fit (does anyone else do this?!). It felt a little small in 0P (my regular size), but I thought that was just because it was polyester and there wasn’t much stretch to it. But when I brought it home (to Canada, no less), I realized that it was *REALLY* small.  I’m pretty much a 0P/XSP on top across the board in most brands, sometimes an XXSP, or a regular XS in Canadian or Euro-brand things. But I had to exchange this for a 2P! I don’t think that’s ever happened before in my lifetime. But even still in 2P it is still a little snug across the chest when buttoned up all the way, and I’m not even large chested. I contemplated going up to a 4P but thought that this would make the blouse way too boxy around the waist. I love this thing though and I thought I would never be one to wear a leopard blouse. How things change.

Hey there, Sailor!

Trying to hold my purse J.Crew-style, but it just looks messy. Too many straps. I give myself an “A” for effort though:
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J. Crew Hacking Jacket in Double-Serge Wool / Theory Alleen Trousers / Banana Republic Factory Belt / Jacob Sweater / Coach Letty Wedge Boots / Michael Kors Runway Watch / Le Chateau Ring /  Olivia Harris 

If you’re wondering what the title of this post has anything to do with this outfit, the color of these Theory trousers are actually called “Sailor”. They are deep, deep navy. Almost black. In fact, I thought they were black until I took them to the cashier at TJ Maxx and realized under the lighting that it was actually blue. It reminded of when I was a child and my dad always asked me if his socks were black or blue because he could’t tell. I thought he was nuts. Apparently as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become nuts as well. Like father, like daughter.

Heart to Heart

Please excuse the hair. I’m about a month overdue for a haircut and my appointment with my stylist isn’t until Wednesday. =/

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 Jacob Heart print blouse  / Talula Babaton by Aritzia Trousers / Banana Republic / Ann Taylor Perfect Pump
 

I thought this Jacob heart print bow blouse was just the cutest thing. The print adds a little something to the basic bow blouse. It has a slim cut, so petite ladies who have very small waists might find this a little less boxy than a lot of flowy blouses out in the stores right now.  BTW, good news for Canadians (who live in Canada), Jacob now offers online shopping! Woot. This makes my life a whole lot easier now that Jacob has closed quite a few of their stores lately. Now I don’t have to go on a hunt for a Jacob store whenever I go home, I can just shop whenever I want!

And as a bonus to this post, I shall show you my J.Crew Hacking Jacket in double-serge wool:

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I never intended to keep this, but the longer I have it in my possession, the more I want to hold on to it. It’s beautiful. The double-serge wool is amazing, along with the quality, details, and overall fit. The only problem I have with it is the bracelet-length sleeves:

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It hits right at my wrist bone. Being the obsessive nerd that I am, I studied all the stock photos on the J.Crew website where the models are wearing the jacket, and it seems that it really is supposed to be this bracelet-length. It looks great layered over a blouse or sweater, but on it’s own, it seems a little weird. If I keep this, I might consider letting out the sleeves at a later time. Other than this sleeve “problem”, this is well worth the $200 I paid for it (purchased during the 25% off sale), and I would certainly purchase another in a neutral color if I could when it goes on super sale. As much as I’d hate to, I may have to return this due to budget constrictions.

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