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Boden Horseall Jacket: Online vs. In-Person

20 Feb

To be honest, I’ve had so much luck thrifting and visiting consignment stores over the past few months that I haven’t really bothered with retail shopping. However, there was this one jacket that I kept thinking about. I’d forget about it and then suddenly I’d start obsessing over it again. It was the Boden Horseall Jacket in Leopard.

Source: Boden.com

I love my thrifted leopard long coat and have been wearing it over and over again, so I thought a shorter option would be a great addition to my wardrobe. This jacket looks super adorable on the model! The reviews were really good (4 out of 5 stars) AND the jacket went on sale for $99 (original price $198), so I went ahead and placed an order.

When I ordered the jacket, they were sold out of most of the sizes except for US4 and US10. I am typically a US10 in Boden dresses, so I went for that size.

Okay, let’s check it out in-person:

Um, okay. It’s just okay. I mean it’s much more thick and fluffy than I expected. And the colors are a little more muted.

Wait, the shoulders are a little weird. Hmm… let’s check out the side view.

Um…what?! Well, this is really weird and unexpected. I look like I may be pregnant or have an unfortunate triangle shaped torso. Or um… both? It’s not flattering at all and I look like a weeble-wobble. Which is not really the look I was going for.

Luckily, Boden offers free shipping on returns because this jacket went right back in the mail. And I can easily say that this jacket won’t be haunting me anymore!

Do you enjoy my Online vs In-Person posts where I show pictures of how the item appears on the website model vs on me?

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Rothy’s New Style: The Mary Jane… Hmmm

19 Feb

As many of my long-time readers and Instagram friends know, I’m a big fan of Rothy’s. I had been looking for a comfortable, professional looking shoe that I could wear on a long workday and finally found that with the Rothy’s points.

Sure, they are pricey. But they are also washable and so comfortable that I can be on my feet for a 12-hour day and still not want to throw them across the room.

I’ve written about Rothy’s before, so if you want to catch up you can find:

Over the past couple years of my Rothy’s fandom, they have released a couple new styles. First, was the slip-on sneaker which I love for casual weekend looks and the occasional Casual Friday at work:

After the sneaker, Rothy’s introduced the Chelsea (aka the high top sneaker). Some people kind of side-eyed the Chelsea because they thought it was ugly, but I ordered a ‘wildcat’ pair immediately that they have become my weekend shoe of choice this winter.

They are a little warmer than the regular sneaker, I can stick a wool sock on my foot without it being seen, and it’s animal print… which makes even my most basic tee shirt + jeans + sweater outfit look cute.

Well, now Rothy’s has introduced yet another silhouette and I’m curious about your thoughts.

Source: Rothys.com

They’re called the Mary Jane and they feature straps to tie into a bow for a “soft, feminine look”. They are made to look like girlie ballet slippers and upon first glance, they are a little cute. I guess. But here’s the thing, to me the blue pair look like they have an ace bandage wrapped around them!

Source: Amazon.com

And once you see it, it’s really hard to un-see!

I do think the wildcat pair with the black bow is awfully cute, but here’s my problem with the Mary Janes. They look super trendy. The whole beauty of Rothy’s (to me) is that they are a classic, yet comfortable look that is totally appropriate for work. They’re not necessarily statement makers, but a workhorse in my closet. Sure, I have some bright color pairs that give you that pop of color or pairs that add a little sparkle to my outfits. But, I can see them still being ‘in style’ 10 years from now.

Source: Rothys.com

I’ve been trying not to buy things that I will just sell/donate/re-home in a year. And even though I’m a teensy bit tempted by this pair… I feel like I’d get bored of them pretty quick.

The Mary Janes just seem a little too STATEMENT MAKING, I guess. Also, I imagine trying to tie a perfect bow on the regular can be quite challenging. And don’t even get me started on what will happen if the bow unties and I end up tripping over it. Because that would obviously happen.

I’m curious though, what do you think of the new Mary Jane style of Rothy’s?

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Dressing Room Snaps: My Local Consignment Shop

6 Feb

I took a little trip up to my local consignment shop, so I thought would be fun to do another dressing room snaps post! The consignment shop I visited is called My Gossip Girls Consignments in Westminster, Maryland and when I visited, they had a 50% off yellow tags sale.

Sundance twisted sleeve sweater, $19.99, yellow tag sale for $9.99

Sundance brand clothing is like Free People, Lucky Brand and Johnny Was had a baby. Their sweaters usually range in cost from $128 – $178 and have some kind of fun detail. This one is a cotton/wool blend and has a fun little twist detail on the sleeves. I don’t actually own any light pink, so I thought this might be a fun addition to my closet. I typically don’t go for anything wool because it makes me too hot and itchy, but this doesn’t seem to bother me. I also tried on the blouse in the photo, but I didn’t like the fit and forgot to note down the brand/price.

Tahari sweater poncho thing, $19.99, yellow tag sale for $9.99

This sweater poncho thing is kind of boxy and cropped with crazy sleeves… and I love it. I don’t know WHY I love it, but I love it and it was worth the $10 to bring it home to see how it can work with my closet. It looks awfully cute with the jeans and leopard print sneakers I was wearing. I can also dress it up with a sparkly blouse underneath and black pants. I might even try it over a dress? It is definitely giving me Eileen Fisher vibes. This should be a fun experiment!

Marni dress, $59.99

YOU GUYS. I wandered over to the designer and vintage area and I was like a kid in a candy shop. When I saw this Marni dress with the ‘made in Italy’ tags, I braced myself for a huge price tag. I mean, Marni dresses range from $1,100 – $2,500. REALLY! So the chances that I would love this dress, it would look good on me, it would be my size AND it would be in my price range was pretty slim…

As it turns out it’s an Italian size 44, which is about an 8 in US sizing, but was marked a 14 at the consignment shop. Lucky for me, because it fit my 10-12-medium-large-XL body quite well! It has a v-neck, fun floral fabric, and a drawstring waistband. Not to mention it’s extra flowy in the skirt and a bit longer in the back. I’m OBSESSED with this dress. I mean, look how cute it is over jeans? It will be downright adorable paired with tights and heeled booties!

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Have You Heard that Nordstrom is Selling Used Clothes?

4 Feb

Yesterday on LinkedIn, I saw an article about Nordstrom selling used clothes was trending… so I had to click over and see what was going on. Apparently the company has launched See You Tomorrow.

According to their website, See You Tomorrow is “a selection of previously owned clothing, shoes and accessories that’s highly coveted, expertly curated and continually changing.” As of now, it’s only being offered online and at the NYC Nordstrom store.

As you know, I LOVE buying secondhand for many, many reasons (Let’s Talk About Thrifting). I clicked around on the See You Tomorrow website and found everything from Eileen Fisher pants for $67 (retail $188), Rag & Bone jeans for $128 (retail $250) and Paige Jeans for $72 (retail $199). While it’s certainly not thrifting prices, it will give services like Poshmark and ThredUP a run for their money!

What do you think? Have you heard about See You Tomorrow? Are you planning to shop secondhand through their website?

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