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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's Review - Spring 2015

A few years ago a reader asked me to do a review of LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's. Having shopped at Kohl's quite often throughout the years, the collection never really captured my attention enough to write a review until recent seasons. The pretty pastel color palettes, floral prints, and feminine silhouettes are perfect for the winter-to-spring transition, and I find myself loving some of the spring 2015 LC Lauren Conrad apparel. So better late than never, here's my Lauren Conrad for Kohl's fitting room review. 

LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's review, fitting room blog review of LC Lauren Conrad at Kohl's

My store recently received a new shipment of spring LC merchandise, and it was arranged neatly on the racks on the day of my visit.

LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's review, fitting room blog review of LC Lauren Conrad at Kohl's
LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's review, fitting room blog review of LC Lauren Conrad at Kohl's
LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's review, fitting room blog review of LC Lauren Conrad at Kohl's

For reference, I'm petite and currently a size 2 or XS at Kohl's, so that's what I tried on in everything. I'm also wearing 3" heels.

The floral jumpsuit was a favorite pick because not only do I adore floral prints, I also have a soft spot in my heart for jumpsuits. They remind me of my childhood, and of sunny, languid summer days. This one is ultra comfortable, has adjustable straps, an elastic waist, a large ruffle that hits near the waistline, and side slits at the hems. Bonus points for having pockets and also coming in a fun polka dot print. Wear it now with a turtleneck underneath or a cozy cardigan on top and for spring/summer with strappy sandals and cute layered jewelry.

LC Lauren Conrad Kohl's Floral Jumpsuit

Below I'm wearing the cropped floral mesh sweatshirt (which also comes in navy) and the scalloped-edge crepe shorts (which also come in polka dot and solid black). I have these shorts in black, and I love the side pockets, scallop hem detail, full lining, comfortable elastic waistband, and easy fit. Unfortunately, the sweatshirt's neckline is too big/wide for my personal preference, and the fabric felt stiffer than I'd like. 

LC Lauren Conrad Kohl's scallop shorts

Below I have on the lace bomber jacket, floral chiffon henley blouse, and cropped mid-rise skinny jeans (which also come in medium and dark indigo). The blouse was too sheer for my taste, but I love the floral print (see the other prints and colors it comes in). The fit was oversized, so I tucked it in for the two photos on the left. Bomber jackets are another wardrobe favorite of mine, so naturally, I adore the lace bomber jacket (I got it in pale blue and it also comes in black and ivory). I did spot some loose threads near the zipper, but loved the fit, price, and comfort factor enough to overlook that. The cropped jeans surprised me with their spot-on fit, mid-rise, and short length. I found them to be soft but not too stretchy, with some minor gapping in the back waistband that I fixed with the woven belt that comes with the jeans. They were thick enough to not be too revealing, as light denim can often be. Overall, I'm impressed with the fit and quality of the jeans. I wish they came in more pastel shades!

LC Lauren Conrad Kohl's pink skinny jeans, floral blouse, and lace bomber jacket

The Disney princess tulle midi skirt (perhaps part of a Disney/LC collab which I hadn't heard of?) caught my eye on the racks with its contrasting elastic waistband and aqua color palette. (See similar styles at Kohl's.) It's lined with an ivory slip and is super comfortable, but I found it to be slightly too loose in the waist. The soothing print reminds me of wallpaper or a watercolor painting, and I paired it with a blue crochet trimmed top (which also comes in shades of green and ivory). The skirt is perfect for a fancy lunch, a spring party, a bridal shower, or a twirl in the park.

LC Lauren Conrad Kohl's Disney Princess skirt and blue blouse

Watch this space for more shopping reviews, updates, and fitting room photos. 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sam & Libby for Target Review - Spring 2015

With the holidays behind us and spring on the horizon, new shoe arrivals by Sam & Libby are sprouting up at Target. It may be too cold to bare your toes, but this shoe addict thinks it's not too early to stock up on spring footwear. Like previous seasons, I tried on a few pairs and I'll be sharing my thoughts on fit and sizing in this review. 

Sam & Libby for Target shoe review

Sam & Libby for Target shoe review

Sam & Libby Ashland Sandal Silver

Styles range from sexy cage heels and wedge slides to chic two-piece flats and comfortable studded sandals. Below, the Arianna gladiator sandals in the fawn colorway are my top pick.

Sam & Libby Arianna gladiator sandals in beige

Unfortunately, the store I visited did not excel in visual merchandising, but the selection of sizes was decent. The styles that I tried on are all under $30. See the entire Sam & Libby spring 2015 collection, including bags.

Sam & Libby spring 2015 shoes

First up are the Nolan wedge slides, which also come in a gold and in a non-patent black colorway. This is the fawn colorway. They were easy to walk in with a perfect platform-to-wedge ratio and I sized down from my usual 7 to 6.5 for these. I love the color and the shiny finish, which makes them perfect for both casual days and more dressy affairs. My only concern would be potential blisters on top of the feet from the slightly stiff straps due to their synthetic composition. Note the tiny Sam & Libby logo on the side. I think they look more expensive than their $29.99 price point.

Sam & Libby Nolan wedge slide in fawn

I also sized down half a size for the Arianna gladiator sandals. They also come in black. I could've gone a full size down because the length of these seems long. I adore the tassel trim, adjustable laces, and the easy back zip. These came home with me due to their high comfort factor, textural detail, and easy-to-style neutral color. Pair with a printed day dress or a fringe kimono and cutoffs for spring festival vibes.

Sam & Libby Arianna gladiator sandals in fawn

Sam & Libby Arianna gladiator sandals in black

The Heidi two-piece flats come in other colors (which my store did not have). I went down half a size because they also seem to run big/long and pointy. I found them a little narrow in the toe box, so my verdict is that they are best for people who don't have wide feet. Otherwise, I think they're a cute and chic option, just not a great match for me. I'd recommend styling them with ankle length skinny jeans, cropped trousers, or pencil skirts.

Sam & Libby Heidi two piece flats

I have the Ashland sandals from last season in both black and silver, and not only are they extremely comfortable for long days on your feet, I got a lot of compliments on them. They're back this season with an updated mock croc texture and silver studs. I love this luxe update! I'm wearing my usual size 7 here. They run true to size. I predict the black will sell out quickly, so don't hesitate to scoop these up! I wear mine constantly in rotation with my Birkenstock Arizonas

Sam & Libby Ashland sandal in black

Sam & Libby Ashland sandal in silver

The Cheri cage heels are reminiscent of the Prabal Gurung for Target heels. They also come in a pretty beige colorway. The heel feels slightly higher and harder to walk in than the Prabal style, but the laces are softer and more comfortable. I would've preferred a lower heel or higher platform. On the other hand, I love the easy back zip, strappy design, textural detail, and tassel trim on the laces. I found these to run big; I'm wearing a 6.5, and could've even sized down to a 6. 

Sam & Libby Cheri cage heels pumps

I also scored the Chelsea bow flats on sale in the elusive gold color I'd been wanting. I went down half a size for a snug fit. I have quite a few pairs of these because I find them so comfy, plus they're leather! Considering that flats are tricky for me since I'm used to arch support and ankle boots, these are major must-haves. The Chelsea flats also come in silver, in pink floral, and in a laser cut update in black or white for spring.

Sam & Libby Chelsea bow flats in gold

Watch this space for more photos, shoe reviews and Sam & Libby updates, and keep up with my shopping adventures over on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Where To Shop Alexa Chung for AG Jeans

She's the style icon that makes everything she wears look effortlessly cool. British "It" girl, author, television host, and model Alexa Chung's 20-piece collection for L.A.-based denim label AG Jeans debuts in the United States on January 20, and judging from both the European sites that are selling out of stock as I type this and the super chic lookbook, there'll be some instant hits. 

Chung scoured thrift stores and took her inspiration from the late '60s and early '70s for her first AG jeans collaboration, designing everything from high-rise cutoff shorts and boyfriend denim to lightweight tees and graphic sweatshirts. The end result is a collection of casual, easy-to-wear wardrobe staples. My money is on the button-front shirtdress and denim skirt as the most popular items (they are already selling out quickly on European sites), as well as the black overalls, ruffle denim dressskinny jeans and high-waisted shorts

Alexa Chung for AG jeans lookbook, #ACforAG

See more from the Alexa Chung for AG Jeans lookbook, which the 31-year-old beauty models herself.

Alexa Chung for AG jeans lookbook, #ACforAG
Alexa Chung for AG jeans lookbook overalls, #ACforAG
Alexa Chung for AG jeans lookbook denim dress, #ACforAG
Alexa Chung for AG jeans lookbook denim skirt, #ACforAG
Alexa Chung for AG jeans lookbook denim, #ACforAG
Alexa Chung for AG jeans lookbook black overalls, #ACforAG
Alexa Chung for AG jeans lookbook denim shorts, #ACforAG
Alexa Chung for AG jeans lookbook denim skirt, #ACforAG
Alexa Chung for AG jeans lookbook, #ACforAG

photos via Tumblr

Shop the collection now (items are selling out) at these international retailers: net-a-porterAvenue32Stylebop and Matches, or at these U.S. retailers on Jan. 20:

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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Look for Less - Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag

It's one of the most sought after handbags, and with good reason. It's been a fashion editor favorite for a few seasons, and it's refreshingly simple silhouette is the ideal antidote to the logos and embellishments that adorn so many other designer handbags. The often wait-listed and hard-to-find Mansur Gavriel bucket bag has quickly achieved 'it' status thanks to its minimal, boxy shape, playful bow detail, and $500 - $700 price points. If you're seeking the chic bucket bag look for less, there are myriad options to choose from for all budgets. No wait list needed!

Mansur Gavriel bucket bag look alikes, get the look for less
1. Michael Kors, $156.45 
2. Sole Society, $49.95 (also comes in camel)
3. J.Crew, $138 (also comes in fatigue and stone)
4. Kelsi Dagger, $141
5. Mansur Gavriel, $625 (in rosa pink here or pre-order and get it here in white)
6. Merona, $19.99
7. Sole Society, $54.95 (also comes in black)
8. Forever 21 $27.90 (also comes in cream and navy)

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