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Review: Shabby Apple Dresses

30 Aug

Lately, it seems like Shabby Apple is everywhere but I’m not sure how it fits a petite.

Previously, I tried the Rendezvous dress in XXS with disastrous results that I could have avoided if I read the reviews. The lining was too small for the dress and I did zip it up, but I had the hardest time getting it off. The proportions were all wrong for a petite, but perfect for someone whose 5’7″ and above.

Still one experience is not enough to deter me since I might have picked the wrong dress to try. I think the knit dresses are more flexible with fit, but I wasn’t drawn to the styles. So I took a risk and went for the fitted dresses, specifically Cider and Mt. Greylock.

First, Cider. I got it in XS and it’s made of 100% cotton.

Looks pretty good on the model.

And on me?

From the first photo, it doesn’t look so bad, it’s just a little long.

The fabric feels thick and stiff, almost like crepe paper, but it’s definitely fabric. The construction on the garment is pretty decent though I wish the zipper was invisible instead of being purple. And the detail around the neckline is pretty reminiscent of things I’ve seen from Ann Taylor.

The other photos show that the dress is not flattering and it’s way too big. The shoulder area is too wide. At the waist, I can pull away 4 inches of fabric. And the flare at the bottom is overwhelming on my frame. Even if I got the XXS, it’d still be loose and the proportions would still be off.

Keep or Return? Return.

The next dress is Mt. Greylock in XS. It’s a herringbone knit print made from 100% Wool.

Trendy and sophisticated. It’s also spot on with the fall trend with herringbone and the lady-like silhouettte.

And on me?

The style is super cute and an XXS would probably looked better since the fabric stretches. But the proportions are off once again and the detail at the waist makes it look like I have a pooch. I could put on this dress without unzipping the zipper…that’s how loose it is and how much it can stretch.

If I altered the dress in XXS, I’d have to adjust the dart and seam positions, raise the waistline, and shorten the hem. And maybe shrink the size of the sleeves by an inch or two.

Keep or Return? Return.

Shabby Apple  has several cute styles of dresses, but it’s just not made for a petite in mind. I’ve seen some bloggers wear Shabby Apple dresses but they either altered it in some way, kept it long, or they’re just the perfect proportion for those dresses.

Maybe I  chose the wrong styles for my body type, but it just didn’t work out for me.

What do you think? Have you tried Shabby Apple and what were your results?

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A Flashback …Plus, I Need Your Input!

25 Aug

A few weeks ago, I was supposed to hang out with one of my good friends but she needed to run a few errands before our meeting. So I went to the local Goodwill to kill some time. They were having a sale on dresses for $3.99 that day so I went straight for the dress racks.

Most of the time, there’s nothing for me, but that day, there was this awesome 100% silk dress that looked brand new. I checked the tag and it said Robbie Bee Petite, Size 4. It required a little fixing since there were two missing buttons and the elastic was stretched out at the waist. I decided to purchase it and figure out its potential later.

The dress looks pretty good in its original state.

Outfit Details: Robbie Bee Petite – 4 (Goodwill), Valentino Garavani heels (DecadesTwo)

Totally 80’s right?

Well, here’s where I need your input and your fashion advice.

I want to do a DIY project with this dress, but I’m not sure how to proceed because I have several ideas. So I’m leaving it up you readers to decide for me.

You can provide other ideas in the comments below! =)

The Neutral Zone

18 Aug

Outfit Details: BCBG dress + belt – XXS, DIY necklace (gift), Aldo pumps

When I’m feeling lazy, I just want to put on a dress and get going. It takes too much effort to think about separates sometimes. So this outfit is very basic but it still looks put together.

My birthday is tomorrow and I have no idea what I’ll be doing…probably nothing. I’m not one to make a huge fuss about these things so I’d rather have a low-key day.

Another year older is another reminder of how quickly time passes. There’s so much I want to do, but I always give out the excuse that “I don’t have the time” or “Someday.” In reality, I never know what the day brings and things I push for those somedays may quickly become never. So, I’m really trying to accomplish what I keep pushing back. Things as simple as visiting a friend, going camping, or touring another state.

I’ve also been thinking about no-spending days. Last Sunday, I went on a 7 mile hike around Mt. Hollywood and it was amazing! Every once in a while, it’s nice to get away from the city and see things from a different perspective.

The Hollywood Sign is on the left hill in the photo. You can barely make it out, but it’s there.

I loved watching the horses go by…apparently this is part of the trail that was featured on Girls Next Door.

And this crew beat us to the peak by taking all the steep shortcuts up the mountain. But the view was totally worth it.

Review: Cynthia Steffe Dress

29 Jul

When I started venturing into Loehmann’s a few months ago, the first thing I purchased from the store was a Cynthia Steffe dress in size 0.

I’ve only worn it once before the hem fell and since it’s silk, I don’t want to mess with it. So, I put it in my “tailor” pile and let it sit. Since I’ve been thinking of going to the tailor again, I looked into my pile and re-discovered this dress.

The dress is cut pretty close to a petite size. It’s the perfect length and the armholes are surprisingly small. Though the neckline is a bit low, the dress could be more fitted, and it’s unlined…it works very well.

So with this dress, the hem will be fixed (it’s taped up for the photos) and the midsection will be taken in so it skims my body better. I think I got this dress for less than $50, but I’m not sure about the exact amount.

Anyways, I’ve tried mostly tops from Cynthia Steffe. If you really love that loose blouse look, size 0 is right up your alley. I would have picked up more items, but this dress was enough.

For now, this designer is on my lookout list.

What do you think?

Have you heard of Cynthia Steffe or tried anything from this brand?

Where Did I Go?

26 Feb

I apologize for the lack of updates lately. I’ve been having some internet problems and I’m working on a couple of projects that you’ll soon find interesting. No worries, I’ll have plenty of photos to put up soon enough.

But for now, here’s my “going-out” outfit from the other weekend.

It’s quite sad to think that I have only one dress that fits like a glove and it’s this one from Arden B. I had posted about it a while back, but I haven’t worn it around that much. Since I’ve been kicking up my workouts, I noticed that this dress is slowly starting to get loose. It seems like I’ll need to pick up a corset or some sort of shapewear to add bulk to my midsection to prevent this dress from falling down!

By the way, I’m sorry about photo quality…in one, my camera only wants to focus on my shoes, and in the second one, I have that angry face. LOL. I’ll take better photos next time!

Outfit Details: Arden B tulip dress XS, People’s Liberation for Charlotte Russe asterisk shawl cardigan, Forever 21 tights, Payless pumps

That’s a Wrap!

5 Oct

I kept hearing about the whole Anna Sui Collaboration with Target and I was a bit skeptical. After all, a cheaper version of a great design is still cheap. But I decided to give it a try. A couple of outfits caught my attention, but once I tried it on, there were awkward cuts and things that didn’t look good on my body.

But, a wrap dress did make it through the finals. Though the clasps for the dress are a bit flimsy, the dress held together well and the length was perfect!

I didn’t feel very creative, so I only thought of shoes and stockings. Perhaps I’ll find a cardigan to go over it…but I’m thinking about colors…what colors would make this outfit pop? I really want to love this dress, but if I can’t find other ways to wear it, I might just have to return it.

What would be another way to wear this dress…any suggestions?

What I’m Wearing for the 3 Outfits:

  • Forever 21 Cuff
  • Black Slip
  • Qupid Khaki Faux Alligator booties
  • DKNY purple tights
  • Charlotte Russe Purple booties
  • Zara Thigh High boots

October Shopping Goal

1 Oct

Last month, I created a $50 budget for accessories and $0 for clothes and shoes.

I FAILED!

For accessories, I ended up spending about $35 on a Anne Klein Silk Scarf and the DIY sweater clip…not bad. But towards the end of the month, I purchased $96 in clothes at Arden B! They suckered me in with the whole ‘Buy One Get One Half Off‘ deal.

What did I end up getting for $96?

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I got the embellished tiered dress and a bandage mini skirt. As long as I have an occasion to wear these items, they’re worth it. I did need a casual black skirt, because the only other one I have is a pencil skirt…and whenever I wear it, it looks like I’m going to work. At least I didn’t buy pants or shoes because that would be completely unneccessary.

So, for this month, I’m continuing the September budget. No spending on clothes and shoes, but $50 for accessories. Let’s hope I have more self-control this time around!