Friday, October 24, 2014

Madewell Fall 2014: Fair Isle Hoodie Sweater, Flannel Boyshirt in Storm Plaid, Linen Curveball Tee in Colorblock, Noir Sweatshirt

This next set from Madewell include some random tops.

I like the look of this hoodie on the hanger but on me I thinks it's a mess. I didn't feel like me or very comfortable. It has too many things going on with it. The hoodie, which I forgot all about; the front pouch pocket; the short zipper in front along with the flap you can bring up and button. Not to mention the dropped shoulders that at least have the Fair Isle pattern matching with.

I liked the fit of this flannel shirt along with the gray and blue check pattern. It was just your standard fit, TTS. I'm not really into flannel shirts and currently don't own any but I thinks it's a good one to get. 

Linen for Fall is still weird to me. Both Madewell and J Crew are doing it and I'm not sure why. If not cared for properly the linen will shrink to doll-size. I should know as I've done it plenty of times. This shirt was just ok for me in general. As far as fit, you can see how tight the arms are but they are plenty long. I'd say this runs small but then sizing up one more would make the length and arms longer. The Linen Curveball Tee is meant for someone who's not built like me.

~ Noir Sweatshirt, size??? ~
I forgot to take a picture of the tag but I want to say this is a Small. These looked pretty oversized on the hanger. I liked not only the comfort of this sweatshirt but the price. The dark gray is a nice color too. The "Noir" I think was faux leather but I wasn't paying attention. sorry   Adding faux leather to the collar would have been a nice touch but probably would have jacked up the price about $30. 

Currently online only, Madewell is having a 25% off  "Wear Now" styles. Of the items I've reviewed, only the Boulevard Skirt is included in the promo. The Charley Boot in Night Vision is that navy boot I've been searching for. I also like the Texturework Cardigan in Marled Black as well as The Stockholm Tour Crop Sweatshirt. Lastly, I'd add the Silk Spotlight Shirt in Warm Bluegrass to my closet. I like quick and easy tops to wear alone or under cardis or sweaters. 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Que Bella - Office Visits

I am lucky enough that I am able to work-from-home most of the year. I usually have to visit the office once or twice a month. It's not required, but sometimes a project or meeting needs my actual presence, not my virtual one.

I love my Plaza Skirt in Glen Plaid and couldn't wait to wear it again. This time I pattern-mixed it with the Tory Burch Peg Shell (now on sale). I was in a rush and didn't have time for a great pic. I'll wear this again though as I absolutely loved this pairing!

Hover over the hearts on the image for the rest of the outfit details.

I wanted to be casual but chic on my Wednesday visit and chose the same colors from my Old Navy post. The blazer came off around lunch since it wasn't as cool by the afternoon. I probably could have done a darker wash jean but I love the Toothpick Jean in Miller Wash. They are so stretchy and comfortable.

These are two of my favorite outfits. I can't wait to style something similar again!

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Madewell Fall 2014: Textured Crop Sweatshirt, Premiere Skirt in Colorblock, Collarless Popover in Wheaton Plaid, Turnout Skirt, Chevron Crop Sweater, Boulevard Skirt

As I've mentioned during the week, Madewell opened a store in San Antonio, at the Shops at La Cantera. I arrived before the party to try on clothes. I walked the store twice and then started pulling items I wanted to wear. Once in the dressing room, I tried to make outfits with a few items. I was also able to try on some items from my picks.

I grabbed a Small in the Textured Crop Sweatshirt because it looked like it ran big on the hanger. Throughout the body it does. It's very boxy. The shoulder is dropped and the arms are a little tight for me. Sizing to a Medium would only make the body even larger.

 The Premier Skirt in Colorblock fit well in the Medium and was very comfortable on. The waistband is all elastic so it's a nice easy pull-on style, as well as currently on sale. I like the colorblocking of black and gray, which are two colors I seem to be gravitating towards this Fall.

~ Turnout Skirt, size 8 ~
I liked the pattern and colors of the Collarless Popover in Wheaton Plaid, but even the Small ran pretty big on me. It looks pretty sloppy untucked, but my choice of bottoms wasn't the most flattering with this shirt. It might look better with some skinnies. 

I tend to stay away from Midi Skirts but loved the Turnout Skirt. I did feel it was a little too big/poofy through the hips. Unfortunately, the size 6 would close at my waist so the 8 was the best size for me, right now. The length description online states 21 1/4 inches but I felt it was at least 23 inches. It certainly looks better on me with heels than flats. The mesh insets are an interesting detail to set this apart from being a plain poofy skirt. Though I wish this skirt had worked out for me, overall it is a pass. It wasn't marked with a sale price in-store but online it does show to be $79.99. 

~ Chevron Crop Sweater, Antique Cream, Small ~
~ Boulevard Skirt, Antique Cream, size 8 ~
I grabbed the wrong size in the Chevron Crop Sweater. The Small is way too tight in the arms, though the waist is a nice slim fit. I would probably get this in the Heather Bark in a Medium. This a cropped sweater but on me it covered the top of the skirt well. I'm sure it would look more cropped in a low-rise or slouchy boyfriend jean. Really cute but a pass for me.

The Boulevard Skirt with it's little ruffle hem is really nice, though the size 8 just fit. I might go back and try on the size 10 to see if that was a little more comfortable. This is a mini skirt and also comes in dark gray, which is the color I'd probably get. This skirt is not something I'm looking to add to my closet but would look cute with tights and boots.

The Turnout Skirt was my favorite of these outfits. I may need to go back and try it on with a different top. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Madewell Grand Opening Party

I just wanted to share a few pictures from the Madewell Store opening Tuesday.

I arrived a little early and was able to try on several items. By the time I was done the party was about to start. I timed it perfectly!

I did try on a few items from the picks I posted on Monday and brought one of them home with me. I cannot wait to share!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Shoes-day: Gap Chelsea Bootie

I have a Shoes-day Guest post today! A new online friend, Dianna, has agreed to give a quick review on the Gap Chelsea Bootie in Black Leather.

I am pleasantly surprised by my new purchase.  At 40% off the retail price with a coupon code, these booties are reasonably priced with a superb quality.  

The leather is soft.  The stitches are precise.  And they are really a comfortable pair of shoes if you need to be on your feet for a long time.  

The knit side made it easy to put on the take off the shoes.   It comes in brown and gray too.  Well done GAP!

Thanks Dianna! I have seen the Chelsea Booties in person and the black look really nice.

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