Sunday, August 29, 2010

More slim pants - Review: Ann Taylor Capris sz 00P

Many petite favorite retailers are offering slim pants this season and I coudn't be more thrilled. I've always loved slim pants for work, but previously only Theory carried them in small sizes. J.Crew jumped on the bandwagon with the Minnie pant, and now Gap, Ann Taylor, and LOFT each have their versions.

In Boston, most women commute to work in flats, so cropped, slim cut pants are a must-have for me to avoid tripping over long hems. I find them to be more versatile than boot-cut trousers, and much easier to incorporate into weekend casual outfits.
Blouse: Banana Republic 00P
Jacket: Theory Caprine 00P
Pants: Ann Taylor Stretch Twill Capris sz 00P (also comes in black)
Belt: J.Crew (similar here - love "heather dove")

Even though I just bought a pair of Gap slim crops, I was enticed by Chloe's claim that these pants ran small. They are more like ankle pants on my short 28" inseam legs, which some of you may find asthetically awkward, but I don't mind at all. Continue reading for my review...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Petite Fashion Challenge #1 - "Do a Petite Don't"

**If you haven't yet, don't forget to enter the giveaway to win Allison Izu jeans! There will be three winners chosen Sunday night.**

Thank you to all the petites who decided to join me in the first little "challenge." Readers, I hope you will check out the participating posts and leave these ladies your thoughts : )

In alphabetical order by blog name (please let me know if I left you out!):

Nelah @52 New Days - capris and a big belt 
Kelly @Alterations Needed - ankle strap shoes
Hanna @Evolving Style - maxi dress
Caramel Covered Everything - bermuda shorts
Curls and Pearls - very wide-legged jeans
Elle @elleandish - wide legged jumpsuit
Elle @Fast Food and Fast Fashion - long dress
Khatu @ I am Khatu - stripes, capris, and wide legged pants
Sydney @Petite Gorgeous - oversized shapeless dress
Sydney @Petite Little Girl - long shapeless shirt
Petite XXS - wide-legged capris
Kiki @Psyched for Style - ankle strap shoes
Cynthia @Shorty Stories - slightly too long dress
Vicky @Vicky's Daily Fashion - flowy mid-calf dress

Due to my lack of creativity, here I am giving wide-legged pants another shot. The last time I showed such pants, many readers confirmed that they were unflattering. A few suggested trying a more fitted top...and sadly I could only find my pandex-y undertanks:
Tank: Theory one size
Seersucker Pants: Banana Republic 00P
Heels: Marc Fisher sz 6, thrifted
Necklace: J.Crew  Handbag: LV Speedy 25

Heh, heh...and just for fun, a big fat N-O...the same outfit idea but with a baggier top and flats:
Click below to continue reading...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bloggy Sale & Fall Wants

I took some blog sale photos last weekend and was thinking about posting them Wednesday night (circa 9:30ish pm EST). Nothing exciting...but please stop by if you have nothing better to do : ) It will be mostly stuff that is either too small or too big for me. Purchases will be first come first serve and payment will be accepted via Paypal.

On another note, my mind is all about Fall dressing now. I can't wait to pick up new stuff in cozy knits, unique textures, and vibrant Fall colors. Some items on my watch list:
Geo Jacquard Skirt in 00p, will you run small? LOFT skirts to date have been misses for me.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Samples Sales & A Good Coupon

Just wanted to do a quick post to share a coupon and some sample sales that I'm actually interested in!

1. Gap's "give and get" is back! Click here for a 30% off in-store coupon.

This is a pretty awesome coupon...it's good on anything from Gap, Banana Republic, Gap outlet, BR Outlet, and Old Navy from August 26th-29th. The best part - 5% of what you spend goes to charity.

2. Sample sales I'm watching. All of these happen to be on Hautelook (click here for a referral):

- Today: Stila Cosmetics.
I bought the smokey eye quad on xppinkx's rec. She said she loves it as much as Urban Decay's Naked palette!
- Tomorrow: Mackage Coats.
I've heard so many nice things about this brand from fellow coat aficionados. They have size XXS.
- Wednesday: Urban Decay.
I'll be looking for their highly reviewed primer potion! My bare lids are a terrible canvas for eyeshadow.

3. Petite Fashion Challenge #1 is this week! Refer back here for the rules. If you're still interested in participating, please fill out the little form below so I can make sure to link to you accurately : ) Non-bloggers, feel free to send me your photos.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Review: Gap "Premium Black Pants" - Slim Cropped in 00P

This summer, Gap introduced their "premium black pants" in 7 cuts, retailing from $49.50 - $59.50 (at least 40% less than their sister brand, Banana Republic). Intrigued, I ordered several styles to try on in size 00P. Gap does not offer petites in stores, so I had to get everything online.
Blouse: LOFT Ruffle Halter in XSP (love this!)
Belt & Shoes: Banana Republic
My favorite of the bunch, by far, were the slim crops. I'm a legging lover, so these were a welcome alternative for less casual outfits. They are comfy, like a cross between jeans and pants, and have nice trouser details like the tab waist and pockets. I've seen a lot of Gap employees wearing these, so I think it's safe to say they are a universal favorite.  
Pros: 
- Sturdy & stretchy 95% cotton/5% spandex material- Slimming & versatile cut
- Affordable (especially with Gap's frequent coupons & sales)
- Runs smaller than all their other pants

Cons:
- Extra room in the tush and thighs causes creases (on my body type, maybe better for curvier types). However, I have not washed these yet. Since the material is 95% cotton, they might shrink.
- Material is a lint magnet
- Waistband is a little big, yet the hips and thighs were snug
Measurements: 13.5" across the waist, 16.5" across the hips, 24" inseam, 7" rise

On Saturday I wore these with a simple tank and flats. The waist problem is fixed by a belt, but you can still see visible creasing in the back view.
Back:

Overall, I recommend these pants for those who are either my size or bigger. I'm interested in seeing how they look on fellow petites with different body types.

Side anecdote: When I went online to write a review for these pants, I did a double take:
Jean Lover...who are you, and can we be friends?

Readers - What do you think? Will you be trying on these pants?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Thrice is Nice: Allison Izu Premium Denim Giveaway

**Giveaway is now closed. Stay tuned for the winner!**
For those of you who didn't win PetiteLG's giveaway, worry not - Allison Izu has agreed to do one for readers of Extra Petite. THREE lucky ladies will win a pair of premium denim of their choice, plus a top from Allison Izu.

In order to thank Allison for being so generous, I'm really hoping to spread the word. As a refresher, Allison makes premium denim from size 000 (triple zero) to size 10, available in 27" or 31" inseams (for ladies up to 5'6"). Her jeans are designed in Hawaii and manufactured in California from Italian denim.
Refer back to my review HERE

Giveaway rules:
1. Open to readers of ExtraPetite.com in US and Canada. Allison is opening this giveaway to US readers only, but I don't want to leave out our large community of Canadian petites. I will personally "forward" the prizes there if we have Canadian winners.
2. Giveaway ends in 10 days on August 31st, 2010, midnight EST. Winners will be chosen by random and prizes must be claimed within one week.

How to enter:
1. Visit Allison's Store and let me know which style you would like to win. She has many more styles than the four I reviewed. (Mandatory, +1 entry)

2. Post the giveaway button above in either a new post or on your sidebar. No giveaway blogs, please. (Optional, +1 entry)
Here is the HTML code for the button (just copy & paste): <a href="http://www.extrapetite.com/2010/08/thrice-is-nice-allison-izu-premium.html" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Cbvkjeyut70/TG_QX624orI/AAAAAAAACqU/9OUZSV3l27A/s200/allisonizu_giveaway.jpg" width="200" /></a>

You don't have to be a follower to enter, but I appreciate each and every one of you who do follow or subscribe. By publicly supporting ExtraPetite (and sharing it with those who may be interested), it encourages me to continue blogging :

Friday, August 20, 2010

Reviews Coming Soon (& Ann Taylor coupon codes)...

I'm on a pants roll this month...

Ann Taylor is having $20 off PLUS free shipping on any full priced pant (no code needed). I don't think I've ever tried on AT 00P pants so this will be a first. Chloe says that these twill stretch pants run small so I got them in the lighter color, in addition to the trousers above (love the texture for Fall!).

The $20 off is stackable with the following:
- AUGUSTAFF25 for 25% off $150 or more - exp 9/5/2010
- AUGUST20 for 20% off $100 or more
- 3% cash back at ebates

Coming soon: a big giveaway to be announced tomorrow, plus lots of Gap pants reviews (one keeper)!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Petite Outfit Critique - The Camera Never Lies

Last week I wore an outfit to work and thought that I looked amazing. I had combined some of my favorite pieces into what I believed was one very pretty outfit. Only after I got home and snapped some photos did I realize what a walking "fit" disaster I was.
Jacket: Theory Caprine sz 00
Shell: Ann Taylor sz XXSP
Skirt: Ann Taylor Tropical Wool skirt sz 00P (new color for Fall!)
Pumps: Ann Taylor Perfect Exotic Pumps sz 5

Can you see all the ways this ensemble fits wrong? Ay yi yi...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Target Designer Preview on Gilt.com

Saw this in my email this morning and thought it was interesting...
I'd like to see what they have for the Mulberry collection. I sure hope they use real leather, otherwise it wouldn't really do the designs any justice. If you don't already have a Gilt account, click here for an invite.

In other news, please stop by Petite Early Morning Style to welcome Callandra to the online petite community (you may remember her as a close runner-up in the work outfit contest). She describes herself as "curvy" so it's great to add some shape variety to our community. And if you haven't already, check out my blogroll page to see other petites who have started blogging recently.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Life with PAG: A Hair-y Past

I've been looking for a new hairstyle/color for Fall, and ended up digging through past photo archives. Let's just say that the hair gods have not always been kind to me. Shall we start the journey back in the 1990's?
Ages 3 through 10:
If you've had the Asian bowl haircut, raise your hand...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Tame Zebra & A Mini Falsies Giveaway

To switch things up a bit on the blog, I wanted to show a simple look for going out. I've never had trouble finding clothes for going out - the abundance of stretchy minidresses at H&M or F21 usually suffice for petite frames.
Outfit:
Dress: H&M sz 2 (olddd)
Elastic Belt: H&M sz S

"Glammed up" face:
NYC Black Liquid Liner

Continue reading for a mini-giveaway...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Outfit that never was" & Petite Fashion Challenge # 1

A while back I bought this lacy skirt from Urban Outfitters and a beige boyfriend jacket from H&M to match. I envisioned a girly chic outfit a la SJP (thanks, Soo for the inspiration image!). The skirt and jacket were $30 each and I spent hours debating whether or not to keep em!

Skirt: Urban Outfitters sz XS (buy it here)
Boyfriend blazer: H&M divided, sz 2
Shoes: Aldo sz 36
Belt: J.Crew sz S

After much deliberation, my pickiness about fit won over. Anyone see something funky about the below pics?
Continue reading to find out...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Review: Allison Izu Premium Petite Denim

A number of you may have heard about Allison Izu Premium Petite Denim from either PetiteLittleGirl, ShortyStories, or AlterationsNeeded. I was really excited to try this brand out for myself. I lugged the heavy package into my apartment, and 8 pairs of petite denim spilled out... sigh, what a tough job I have : )

Before I begin my review, some info about this brand:

- Sizing goes from 000 (triple zero) to 10, and inseams are offered in 27" and 31"
- All jeans are designed in Hawaii and made in California using Italian denim
- Free shipping for orders over $100 and FREE return shipping on your first order. However, a restocking fee may apply if all items are returned. Read here for details.

1. Chinatown Trouser Jean in sz 000/31" inseam, $169 $69
(click any photo to zoom)
Sz 000 leaves a 3/4" waist gap:
Pros: Wonderful fit throughout the hips, tush, and thighs, high quality sturdy dark denim, surprisingly flattering trouser leg fit, elongating stitch seam down the middle of each leg. I think this cut and color is the most universally flattering out of all the styles I tried on.

Cons: Waist gap! What causes this?

Update 8/11/2010  - Helpful response from Allison:
"Waist gaps usually occur because the wearer has a smaller waist compared to her hips or buttocks area (a "curvier" body).  For Allison Izu, i try to design different styles to accommodate different body types, so the "athletic" body (which has a straight waist & hips/buttocks - this is my body, no waist & the flat Asian butt - haha) would work best with the Trouser and UK Zipped.  And a person with a "curvier" body works better with the Hotel St & Bootcut.”

Continue reading for more styles...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Petite Fashion Challenge - any takers?


The idea: an occasional (1x a month, max?) outfit challenge. All petite bloggers or interested readers are welcome to participate. Challenge topics may include outfits for specific occasions, budgets, or outfits involving specific garments or interesting themes. Ideas for topics are more than welcome.

How it works: The challenge topic can be announced beforehand, and participating posts can be scheduled subsequently by each blogger.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saturday Shopping Recap: LOFT

The Ann Taylor & LOFT friends and family sale ends tomorrow, so I popped into both stores today to try my luck. Boo Ann Taylor for not carrying extended sizes...I browsed for 2 minutes, found no sz tiny returns, and left. LOFT however, surprised me again with their selection of pretty & feminine pieces, with plenty of XXSP items in stock.

Again, use code FRIENDSFB for 30% off, or print out this coupon for in-store.

1. Petite Ruffle Front Halter w/bow tie back, sz PXS, $35 after coupon.
This is an online exclusive but I found a return. I checked online on my phone and saw that there were no PXXS's online, either. The color is a soft periwinkle that is really pretty in person. Although the side view is boxy (I may try taking it in myself), I decided to buy it after seeing how cute it looked tucked in.  I think I will get a lot of wear out of this tucked in under my plain black suits : )


Verdict: Purchased!

Continue reading for more reviews....

Friday, August 6, 2010

Trench Quest, Part II - Burberry Kids sz 12

Ever since I started blogging, I've been slowly distancing myself from the kids department. The kiddie section is great for bargains, but 90% of the time there is something about the garment that just says "KIDS." This month, however, I was lured in by Burberry's selection of (relatively) affordable kids trench coats. Many readers have been asking about the fit of these, so I ordered a few (3, to be exact!) in the name of experimentation.
 Trench: Burberry Girls Mini Ivybridge, sz 12Y / 152cm (adult version sold here)
Jeans: H&M kids sz 11/12

I picked up the Mini Ivybrdige in sz 12Y/152cm (my height exactly!) for $475. In comparison, the adult Ivybridge sells for $995. This one fit the best out of the three. Continue reading for my review...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Petite Lookbook Rejects

Most of you probably know that petite-friendly Ann Taylor and LOFT are having their friends and family sale right now with 30% off everything, including sale stuff! Use code FRIENDSFB for both, or print out this coupon for in-store purchases. My super affordable picks:

1. LOFT beaded tank in XXSP (tried it on here) - $7 after discounts
2. LOFT Rosette Chain Tank in XXSP - $14 after discounts
3. LOFT Petite Ornate Zebra Pencil Skirt in 00P (also tried it on here) - $21 after discounts

On a separate note, I was digging around my photo archives and came across a number of outfits that just never made it into "lookbooks"... I guess I'll show a few anyways so my dear boyfriend's photography efforts don't go completely to waste!
Didn't make it # 1 - All Shroomed Out
Oversized Tee: H&M Divided sz 2
Shorts: H&M Divided sz 2

Pardon the huge frown...I was trying to look suave. I wore this on a lazy weekend afternoon with lower gladiator wedge sandals. I paired the same colors together trying to create the look of a romper (love those!).

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Trench Quest, Part I: Burberry Petites Double-Breasted Trench

This month marks the beginning of my quest for the perfect, classic Burberry trench. Bear with me if I seem to be nit-picking in the reviews, but I've splurged before on items that I wasn't completely satisfied with, and I want to make sure that doesn't happen again.

The first candidate is this trench from Nordstrom's anniversary sale in 2P, their smallest size. This coat got nothing but rave 5-star reviews from shoppers ("classic" ..."gorgeous" ..."slim"..), so my hopes were high. I was also curious about Burberry's petite sizing - a Nordies exclusive - but the regular Burberry store does such a good job with alterations that petite sizing isn't a huge deal to me. 
Coat: Burberry Double-Breasted Trench sz 2P ($895 was on sale for $550)
Jeans: H&M kids sz 11/12
Heels: Aldo sz 35

Material: When I opened the box, my face fell. The material was reminiscent of waterproof windbreaker fabric, instead of the classic cotton trench material I had expected. Upon reading the label I saw that it was 100% polyester. After feeling the slightly shiny material, I already knew this coat was going back.
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