Category Archives: clothing

Cris-crossed: another Anthropologie dress

The lines on this column dress add a dramatic statement to an otherwise simple dress. Perfect for work with a cardigan or blazer and chunky jewelry!

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Ruche – a cheaper alternative to Anthropologie

This is an example of the power of Facebook campaigns.  I’ve never heard of this company until I clicked on their ad on my profile sidebar.  They bill their site as “Vintage-Inspired Indie Dresses,” which is right up my alley, so I was definitely intrigued.

The site has a mix of Anthropologie’s whimsy with Modcloth’s affordable prices.  I haven’t had a chance to compare items from all three sites but there’s definitely a sense of deja-vu upon visiting Ruche (I did just see some BB Dakota items which Modcloth definitely sells too).

Some cute items include:

Clermont Polka Dot Dress ($46.99)

Vincenza Polka Dot Blouse ($32.99)

Windrose Rufflehem Coat ($98.99)

All Dressed Up T-Strap Heels ($94.99)

Pemberton Cropped Sweater

I wanted to browse some more but the site is extremely, painfully  slow!  However, I plan to stop by again in the future to do a little more window shopping, and perhaps purchase some items to check out the quality of their products and user-friendliness of their site.  More to come soon!

Modcloth sale!

Modcloth is in the midst of a huge sale right now.  Tons of cute clothing, accessories, and home stuff at great prices.  I’ve heard mixed reviews about the quality of their clothes, but decided to give them a try starting with the sale items (I’ve persued their site a lot but never purchased anything until yesterday).  I was in a very indecisive state of mind, so justified buying 4 dresses by saying it is in the name of research so I can share my findings with other potential customers!  lol!

I will follow up with a review of my purchases, but check out their merchandise (sale and regular price) before hot items sell out!

Does anyone have any thoughts or feedback on Modcloth merchandise that you’d like to share?  Please let me know – I’d really appreciate your comments!

Product review: Umi Shoes

I bought a pair of Umi shoes as a Christmas gift for A. this year.  It’s a company I never took very seriously because they’re quite expensive, but I was fortunate to stumble on their site during a 50% off sale they were having for the holidays.  I was really surprised at the quality and care they put into their craftsmanship and understood a little more why they charge a premium for their products.  They also have a social mission, dedicated to being an environmentally friendly company using sustainable products and packaging.  My son loves his Umis and always runs to me with these in hand when it’s time to go outside.

Style-wise, these shoes are super cute with a variety of colors and styles trending on the conservative side (no bling or big logos anywhere) but definitely versatile enough to dress up or down.

I can’t justify paying full-price for a pair just yet since toddler feet grow so quickly, but next time there’s a sale, you’ll totally find me there.  Speaking of sales, you can get 10% off any new styles with code NEWSPRINGSALE12 at checkout.  There’s also a nice selection of clearance items, including the cute Tendems I mentioned above.

Happy shopping!

When I lose the baby weight…

I’m gonna go on a huge shopping spree!  Just kidding…we’re going to be so broke by then.  New baby + single income (during my maternity leave) + husband’s b-school tuition equals eating ramen noodles by candlelight at night for the next 3 years.

One of my favorite online shops, Red Dress Shoppe, recently added some cute retro-inspired dresses to their inventory.  I fantasize about fitting into their size small like I used to.  Now, I”ll be happy to squeeze into a large. 

The Holly Dress looks airy and comfortable
The Miss Sadie Dress looks like something out of “Mad Men”
The Lemon Drop dress looks perfect for summer
Love the huge rose belt on the Shoshanna dress
See their entire stock on their website – there’s tons of great retro-inspired clothing at a very reasonable price!  I’m so tempted to buy something right now…to help motivate me to lose weight, of course…haha…

Jeggings (jean leggings) are the best!

Our LA winter has been relatively mild thus far, but there have been a good number of chilly nights so I haven’t been able to unpack my shorts/flip flops from storage just yet.  I bought a pair of J Brand jean leggings (aka “jeggings”) which have been a staple of my wardrobe for the past several weeks.  They look just like regular jeans, including front pockets (which are actually fake) and back pockets (real), plus a zipper and button.  Did I mention they’re also SUPER comfortable and go well with anything?

I’d buy another pair except I’ve placed myself on a budget this month.