the cropped jacket

This is a trend I have been noticing more and more as the days get ever so slighty warmer, and I have to admit, I dont really get it. There are some trenches with short sleeves that are definitely great, but the trench would look just as good with regular long sleeves, and would make it way more practical, especially on the east coast! 

This trench from Burberry is a perfect example:

burb-700For $700, couldnt you just give me a little bit more fabric?

anne-klein-200This Anne Klein short sleeve trench is what I really do not get. For $200, all I’m getting is “huh?”

The fad has also transfered over to sweaters, which I think I understand a little bit more.

express-40I do like the concept of this, but the sleeves are just so big and baggy, and for somebody like me, who has such a tiny frame, the idea just doesnt seem flattering. I do like the belt paired with this one though, which I found on Express’s website for $40.

express-2950I think the buttons on this one are better for me – and my friend Jen has it in a bright purple color and its great on her. I just dont really know if I like it for me, or how much I really like the look in general.  This one is only $30 at express, so if anything, I’d probably go for this piece, which wouldnt hurt my wallet too badly.

express-98This jacket just doesnt make sense to me. It’s $98, also from express – why would I fork over $100 for a jacket that wont even keep me warm? Maybe I sound like a grouchy old lady, but I truly just dont get it. Cute, I guess. But even in the spring when you dont need to stay warm, I still just think it looks silly. Maybe its just me.


March 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

the morning after

Since I posted about my dress & Jen’s dress for our school dance [I swear, I’m not in high school] over the past few weeks, I figured I’d show you the final results since the dance was last night.

rach & erin

Me & the roomie, Erin! [the only photo of me that gets my entire body, haha]

rach & jen

two tickets to the dance: $60
little red dress: $18
new eyeliner: $5
quick dry black nail polish: $4
new necklace: $8.50 at claires
new silver hoops [finally!]: $5 at claires
late night snack at cheesecake after the dance: $20 with tip
total: $120.50
Well worth the expense – we had so much fun!

February 8, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

the search for a black, patent leather belt

Apparently this week was my week for shopping adventures. I had a slightly hectic weekend, so they’re all getting posted now, but on Friday afternoon, my friends Jen, Briann & I went to Cambridgeside in search for a black patent leather belt. We didn’t think the task at hand would be so challenging, but we spent almost 4 hours perusing the mall trying to find what we each had in mind, and it turned out to be quite the challenge. I think what we found in the end was a pleasant surprise, although not what any of us had pictured.

jens dress

Jen bought this dress at Express for a dance we have coming up, a gorgeous satin racerback that I’ve been staring at for weeks. The problem? Jen weighs 99 lbs, and shes an absolute stick. the dress fit well on her chest, but was baggy around the waist. It needed to be cinched somehow, so when she called me on Thursday afternoon from the fitting room asking my opinion, I told her she should pair it with a fun belt, and that we’d go shopping Friday to find one if she didn’t find one at Express or somewhere else in the Pru. She found one at the Ann Taylor there, but it was $50, and considering she only paid $35 for the dress, she decided that was a little out of her price range. 

What I had in mind was something like this:

pink forever beltOf course, this belt is $3.50 at, but there are no forever 21’s in this area, and to pay $6 for shipping when it isn’t even guaranteed to arrive for 10 days [the dance was in 8] isn’t worth the risk.

In the span of two hours we went into Express, New York & Co, Aldo, Aldo Accessories, Macy’s, H&M, Claires, Ann Taylor Loft, Arden B and Old Navy. Nothing. We saw a few that we liked, some out of our price range, most didn’t fit jen’s tiny tiny waist. We ended up in Macy’s sale section trying on other dresses, but of course after 20 dresses we only had 3 that we were iffy on, and the third had a broken zipper that Jen wasn’t willing to risk taking home. We even tried on some chain belts, but we decided that they clashed too much with the ruffles and defeated the purpose since they didnt cinch her waist enough. 

Eventually, defeated and frustrated that all paths had failed, we wandered into Wet Seal. Although we’d tried on a skinny silver belt at Ann Taylor for $30, we hadn’t thought seriously about the silver until we saw the belt in Wet Seal. It was a bright, popping silver, wide enough to make a statement with a buckle that wasn’t too obnoxious. for $10.50, we had our winner.

February 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.