December 11, 2012

Tall Tricks: Creating the Perfect Skinny Jean

7 For All Mankind Ginger Flare Trousers
7 For All Mankind Ginger Flare Trousers; J.Crew Booker Tall Mid-Heel Boots; Ralph Lauren Newbury Flap Satchel J. Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve Tee; J.Crew Factory Wool-Blend Walking Coat; H&M Bracelets
7 For All Mankind Ginger Flare Trousers

There's nothing worse (maybe bathing suit shopping?) than shopping for skinny jeans. You don't want anything so tight that it restricts movement, but you want something long enough that you can wear heels with and skinny enough to be able to tuck into jeans.

Here's a trick that I learned a few months ago...turn your jeans into skinny jeans!

Step 1: Find your favorite pair of jeans. Everyone has a favorite pair of jeans. Mine happened to be a trouser jean (see here and here).

Step 2: Bring them to your tailor and ask for the jeans to be converted into skinnies! Who knew?! It will usually cost anywhere between $20 and $50, depending on where you go.

Step 3: Buy a new pair of your favorite jeans!

Above, I'm wearing my recently converted skinny jeans. I love how they fit into my boots without being too tight. You can see a side-by-side comparison of the before and after below.

If I can convert my ex-trouser-pant-monstrositiy into a nice pair of skinnies, then you can certainly convert your jeans!

Readers - Are you brave enough to convert you favorite jeans into skinny jeans?

December 8, 2012

Travel Diaries: Shots from the Cruise

Beyond Vintage Dress
Beyond Vintage Dress
Beyond Vintage Dress
Beyond Vintage Dress; Kate Spade Marie Bow-Toe Pumps
J.Crew Factory Polka-Dot Blouse
J.Crew Factory Polka-Dot Blouse
J.Crew Factory Polka-Dot Blouse
Forever 21 Skirt (similar here); J.Crew Factory Blouse; J.Crew Polka-Dot Bag; Factory Enameled Dot BangleColor Bubble BIB Statement Fashion Necklace - Turquoise; Banana Republic Ashley Bow Ballet Flats

Hello! I got back from the Caribbean just under a week ago and it took me the whole week to get back into the swing of things. I think my mind is still on vacation!

Above are a few outfits I wore to dinner on the ship. While I dressed up every night, I tended to live in my bathing suit during the day. I didn't take as many pictures as I had planned and instead ended up relaxing as much as I could.

I'm excited to start blogging again!

November 22, 2012

Travel Diaries: What to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise

I'm going on a Caribbean cruise in a few days and I thought I'd share some packing tips with you as well as what I'm bringing.


Below are a few tips I've learned over the years. 
  • Know the dress code. It's always fine to wear shorts and tees during the day, but there are ususally at least one or two formal nights that you should plan for.
  • Dress for the destinations. Think through all the possible scenarios you could experiencelounging on the beach, snorkeling, kayaking, hikingand plan your outfits accordingly.
  • Bring layers. No matter how close to the equator you are, it's going to be freezing on board in the dining room.
  • Plan for two outfits a day. One for the day and one for the evening.
  • Mix and match. Stick to one color palette and choose items that you can remix to get more than one wear out of them.


Below is a sneak peek of a few things I'm bringing on the cruise. I stuck to bright colors, fun patterns and lightweight, comfortable fabrics. Stay tuned for the cruise outfit posts coming in a week!

For the flight:

Shirts + accessories:
Tops + Accessories

Bottoms + shoes:
Bottoms + Shoes

Here's the complete list of what I'm packing:
  • 3 shorts
  • 3 skirts
  • 5 dresses
  • 3 blouses
  • 5 tees
  • 2 tanks
  • 1 sweater
  • 3 bathing suits
  • 1 pair board shorts
  • 2 pairs of dress shoes (one bright, 1 neutral)
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 pair of flip-flops
  • 1 pair of water shoes
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses
  • 1 hat
Readers - Do you plan this much before going on a vacation? Is this overkill?

November 20, 2012

J. Crew Excursion Quilted Vest Review

J. Crew Excursion Quilted VestJ.Crew Classic Mini in Felted WoolJ.Crew Factory Skirted Dress Coat; Hue Tights; J. Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve Tee; Banana Republic Factory Flats; Color Bubble BIB Statement Fashion Necklace - TurquoiseSelima Sun for J.Crew Sophia Sunglasses; Factory Enameled Dot Bangle  

I built this outfit around the Excursion Quilted Vest in Herringbone from J. Crew. I'd been looking for a vest that I could wear to casual events in lieu of a winter jacket and when I saw this option from J.Crew, I fell in love. It has an old-school vibe from the tweed pattern, but the double zipper and black trim give it a more modern twist. I thought I'd be able to pair it with a lot in my wardrobe. 

I ordered a small hoping it would be provide more shape around my waist than in the picture on J. Crew (see here). Unfortunately, it didn't work. The vest is too big and it isn't tailored around my waist. This makes my waist look like the same width as my hips. As a taller girl, this is a big faux pas. People call us big already, so the last thing we want to do is wear over-sized or ill-fitting clothes.

Overall, here are my thoughts:
  • SIZE: The jacket fit fine in the arms and the length was fine, sitting just on my hip. 
  • FIT: There was little to no shape around my waist. As a tall girl, it's extra important to accentuate our smaller areas to make us look more feminine and prevent us from looking "bigger". I hate it when people say that! 
  • MATERIAL: The vest is made of polyester and is filled with a thin layer of down. When I took the photos it was in the high 30's and I was definitely colder than I thought I was going to be.  
  • DETAILS: I love the double zipper, standing collar, and black trim. 
  • COLOR: I LOVE the pattern and the neutral hues make it an easy item to pair with.
While I think this vest could be tailored to give it more shape, I think I will end up returning it and seeing if a smaller size does the trick.

Readers - Have you had any luck with puffy vests?

November 14, 2012

Outfit Ideas: Red Mini Skirt + Pop of Plaid

J.Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool
J.Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool; J.Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve Tee; J.Crew Factory Classic Button-Down in Flannel; Hue tights; Aigle Ecuyer Riding Boots; American Eagle Necklace; H&M Earrings
J.Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool
J.Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool
J.Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool

I decided to start a regular type of post called "Outfit Ideas." These posts can be thought of as inspiration and likely won't contain the tall tips and tricks you're used to seeing in my other posts.

I wanted to start this type of post for a couple of reasons:

  1. Not everything I wear is a tall size. I'm actually on the shorter side of tall and therefore wear a considerable amount of regular-sized clothing.
  2. I haven't been posting as much as I'd like because I feel like every time I post, I need to share something monumental or inspirational (it takes me a lot longer to put together a thoughtful post). I'd rather be more consistent in posting than only posting once in a while.
Now, let's talk about the outfit I'm wearing above. 

I wore this ensemble out to breakfast on Sunday morning. I tried pairing plaid with a bright red skirt and I love how the thin red stripe in the plaid shirt matches the red skirt perfectly. This helps to pull the outfit together. I'm also loving how seasonal this outfit feels. All I need is hot chocolate and Christmas songs. Is it too early for that?

If I wear this again, I would try flats instead of boots to give it a softer, more feminine look. I feel like fats would also make my legs look longer because they wouldn't truncate my leg at my knee.