Lou & Grey Natick MA & giveaway

lou and grey makers gift 1Some of you might recall I posted about Ann Inc.'s newest brand, casual comforts line Lou & Grey, back when it opened up at the Natick, MA mall. They invited me back to check out their latest "Makers" items curated from artisans and small shops around the country. There's handmade jewelry, books, lots of natural skin products and more which each would make thoughtful gifts. These Makers items are not available online, so I purchased some of my favorite pieces to make a gift package for one of you guys! This is a quickie in time for the holidays - simply fill out the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post, and I'll draw a winner in 48 hours this Sunday.

Sidenote, I wore my drapeneck tunic up above which I posted about briefly during the last major sale. My usual size xxs petite fit well and the length is just right, covering up below the butt in case I want to wear leggings but not too long. The material is on the lighter side and is a soft and comfy knit for easy lounging.  lou and grey makers gift 2
Trying on Lou & Grey striped tee, scarf, and "Makers" jewelry (available in-store only)

The first item I picked for the giveaway gift package is this super cozy cable knit scarf. I hope L&G will start offering their scarves online soon!lou and grey makers gift side by side 670Lou & Grey cardigan, J.Brand jeans, Nine West flats, Tory Burch tote

Fitting room break - I had been eying this contrast cardigan online however it didn't come in petite sizing. I tried on XS regular in-store and the fit was actually good for a casual, drape layer and wasn't too long. It's available starting in XXS regular online and for 50% right now!
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Anthropologie holiday $300 giveaway

**Update: This giveaway is open internationally! Check where Anthro ships to. Anthropologie holiday dress petite
Geisha Designs Sugared Ruby dress thanks to Anthropologie
Antrho monogram mug (full of puppy treats : ), Kate Spade heels (similar in "Gold")

I've planned a series of holiday giveaways for you guys, and am excited to start with one of my favorite brands for both clothing and home goods! I love the unique collections at Anthropologie, oftentimes available in petite sizing that's exclusively sold there. This dress is by Geisha Designs which I hadn't heard of until recently, and the petites in my usual size fit like this off the rack. To win a $300 gift card there (thanks to Anthro!) towards your favorite items, simply fill out the giveaway form at the end of this post.Anthropologie holiday dress petite3
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Holiday Tutorial: DIY Full Circle Skirt with Tulle Overlay

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DIY skirt (tutorial below), or if you prefer to buy, this one is very similar & affordable

Tulle isn't too practical for my everyday wardrobe, but I do love how fanciful it looks for special occasions (like NYE parties!). These skirts cost me just ~$10 each in materials, plus the basic circle pattern and elastic waist can be applied to skirts of all types of materials. The only tricky part if you're a beginner might be sewing on the elastic waistband in step #13. If you're not big on tulle and want a regular swingy circle skirt, do just steps 1 through 3 using a fabric of your choice, then skip to step #9! I can't wait to make another one with just a fun printed fabric. The plaid, pearls + tulle trifecta above was inspired by Blair, who has shown several stylish ways over the years to wear her tulle skirts.
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LOFT scarf, J.Crew shirt + shoes (old)

I initially made one of these as an inner "petticoat" as shown in this post, then realized how easy it was to make them into presentable skirts that can also be worn on the outside. As suggested in my post on how to re-style a bridesmaid dress, tulle also looks soft and romantic for engagement photoshoots (or bridal activities which I might use this white one for). Yes I'm freezing my toes here again but the snow was so pretty, I couldn't resist jumping outside for a pic.

H&M plaid shirt (borrowed from cousin, current), DIY skirt, Manolo Blahnik BB heels
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Ready to begin?  : )

Stuart Weitzman boots update (sizes 4-12 avail) 35 to 45% off sale

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Stuart Weitzman Semi low wedge boot or Quiltboot (35 to 40% off, sizes 4 - 12)

I've posted a few deals this month on Stuart Weitzman OTK boots (which I highly recommend for both shorter and narrow legs) but most of the time sale sizing goes fast, especially for sz 5. I got an email about SW's current promo and sizes for these boots are fully in stock with 2 widths. The deal is get 35% off 1 pair, and 45% off additional pairs of select fall styles (lots of pumps and sandals too) with free shipping. The caveat is purchases under this promo are final sale, which is not ideal. I'd recommend trying on sizing at another retailer first, and if you have an interested friend/sister/mom, maybe purchase together to take advantage of a higher blended discount. I usually wear between size 5 to 5.5, and my boots in size 5 fit well (however I only wear them with tights or very thin socks). Also see my friend Sydney's quick review on the Quiltboots. **Update - better deal thanks to EngineerL for the heads up, the Quiltboots are 40% off on Amazon with most sizes left and are not final sale, with free ship & returns!**

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And for those who wear sz 6 and up, the lower wedge SW boots I mentioned a few times earlier just got restocked in a few sizes for 40% off. One of my friends ordered from there and although there was no style name on the box, I got to see them today and confirm they looked just like my Mainline pair.
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