Monday, July 21, 2014

Style Day: Basic Tank Remix

Better late than never? Maybe. Regardless Monday was not going to pass without a remix! Even if it was from last Wednesday. That's as good as it gets.
Remixing and Basic Tank ::
sunnies:: Tory Burch perscription scarf:: J.Crew cardi:: J.Crew Factory tank:: J.Crew chinos:: J.Crew Waverly (similar) shoes:: Birkenstocks

Last week was so crazy, so my hair air dried and once again, I wasn't wearing a stitch of make up in these pictures. With preparations for the International Convention going on and getting everything in order at work to be gone for the weekend, getting "completely" dressed wasn't really my first priority. When I say completely dressed, I mean accessorizing, doing hair, and putting on make up. I'm kind of embarrassed to say that when I'm stressed and busy, the first thing I start letting go of is myself. Thank goodness for things like a plain tank. Tanks have been on heavy rotation with the hot weather outside and cold weather in my office. I cannot live without this tank! Despite the fact that I really don't like white tops, since they tend to be a little translucent, it's a closet necessity. Also I just want to take a minute and declare my love for my Birkens. Yes, I did the trend the first time. No, these are not just like the ones I had when I was 9. I had the two strap sandals back then. And the clogs. And they got worn with short-alls. Let's not discuss it. These are a little more my speed. Slightly trendier with the patent leather and still just as comfortable. These babies saved my feet this past weekend walking back and forth to the Georgia Dome for the convention.

Is there a piece in your wardrobe that isn't your favorite, but can't live without? Have you gotten on the Birken train yet? (I don't plan on getting off...)

Remixing and Basic Tank ::

Linking up with:
Lauren at Fizz and Frosting
And Marissa at The Modern Austen
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Favs on Thursdays: Ipsy Sensationally Sunkissed Glam Bag July 2014

My Favs on Thursday is a weekly link up with my best bloggy buddies Katy and Nicole and share our favorite thing of the week.

It's Thursday so I'm sharing my newest favorite. Make sure you link up below with your favorite too!

I've discussed before how much I'm addicted to subscription boxes. As much as I function online, there is something special about getting packages in the mail. July is the first month I have received an Ipsy Glam Bag. About two years ago, I started receiving both Birchbox and Ipsy and was quickly disappointed by Ipsy so I stopped it. Everyone's glam bags looked amazing last month, so I signed back up. Today I bring you an unboxing video of what I got in my July Ipsy Glam Bag:

Overall, I'm kind of disappointed in this month's especially after seeing the full sizes of perfect products last month that others got on Instagram, but I'm sure favorites are to come from my Ipsy!

What subscription boxes do you get? What do you think?

Make sure you link up to share you favorites this Thursday below:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Style Day: Factory v. Retail:: J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt

Retail vs. Factory posts show the differences and discuss pros and cons of J.Crew items sold at both locations.

I am so excited to share another J.Crew factory v. retail post. This time I'm comparing the coveted No. 2 Pencil Skirt.

J.Crew Retail vs. Factory No. 2 Pencil Skirt Review ::
As of January, the No. 2 Pencil skirt got a make over with slimming seams similar to the factory version, a slimmer waistband and "softer fabric." My retail pencil skirt is from this past winter, so it doesn't have the updated seaming or slimmer waist band. I've tried on the "updated" one, and there's not a ton of difference, so this one I could get my hands on works well for pictures and comparison. They are both brand new so that you can see the most differences.

Retail is on the left and top of each photo set. So the biggest differences are inside and from the side view. The factory version is not lined, the zipper isn't sewn in. You can't really see in the photo of the backs, but because the zipper isn't sewn in, the back seam pulls terribly, or at least for this pear shape it does. Also from the side, the pockets visually aid any kind of "pouch" you may have. It's pretty terrible in my opinion. 

My retail version is the long No.2 pencil skirt so it comes in at 27 inches long instead of the regular length of 23.5 inches. The factory version is only 21.5 inches long. For someone like me that has quite a bit of thighs, it takes more inches to cover everything the way I like. 

Here's the run down on the retail and factory pencil skirts:
  • Pockets:: The Factory version has them, but they may not be flattering on everyone.
  • Lining:: The Retail version is lined, adding a lot of value since that makes most colors practically seasonless. Also it helps with seam stability making it an over all better made skirt in my opinion.
  • Length:: The Retail version is two inches longer than the factory version. If you're tall, go for that.
  • Seaming:: When comparing the updated No. 2 to the factory version, the seaming details have become very similar, so this point has a little less weight on your decision.
  • Price:: Here's the kicker. The Retail version is obviously more expensive running about $110-$118 while the factory version runs around $88. BUT both go on sale all the time. Right now the retail is on sale with an additional promo code, putting it around $40. That's a steal for piece that will be in your closet forever and most likely run around pennies per wear.
As far as overall quality and my personal preference for the way it fits me, I will pick the retail version over the factory. It used to be the complete opposite, so I find this comparison enlightening even for me. Hopefully this information will help you decide in your shopping!

Do you have experience with both? Which one do you prefer?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Style Day: Stripe Crop Pant Remix 2

Well that weekend went by fast and Monday hit like a ton of bricks today, so there's no make up, and I'm remixing a previously remixed piece today for Mix it Mondays.

necklace:: J.Crew (similar) top:: J.Crew pants:: Gap shoes:: Sam Edelman
This is actually the outfit I'm wearing today. That happens one out of ten times with my outfit posts. It was a crazy weekend leading into another crazy week, but I'm ready for it. These pants I consider my "easy" button pants. They're easy to pair with just about anything and they always fit, even at certain times of the month. Besides the necklace, the shoes and top are a new way I've paired these pants. Two thumbs up on the shoes, especially for the price. $15 for a trendy, well-made, comfortable shoe is right up my alley!

I'm about to go get my afternoon caffeine refuel if that lets you know how crazy it's been around here. Hope your week started out right! 

What makes an outfit "easy" for you? 

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Linking up with:
Lauren at Fizz and Frosting
And Marissa at The Modern Austen
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