Tuesday, June 19, 2012

NYC Quick Trip Part 1 - H&M fitting room reviews

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During my brief visit to NYC, I was delighted to find out my hotel was steps away from shopping and locally-famous quick eats. I pretty much ran to Shake Shack which I've been wanting to try for a while. Their signature Shackburger + fries plus water came out to be a hefty $10, but boy was the burger itself delicious. My patty was cooked medium, which I thought was unusual for a fast food chain, but that probably contributed to the juiciness. They are also known for frozen custard which I look forward to sampling next time. I won't comment on it myself, but I am curious how In-N-Out fans feel the two burgers compare.

After chowing down (and praying that no one noticed the small, voracious person sitting alone with ketchup, mustard and mayo on her face), I hopped next door to try on some form-fitting dresses at H&M. Should probably reverse that sequence of events going forward.
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Floral print tank dress in sz XS, item # 045008, $34.95 & Ferragamo bow shoes (current version here)

I first tried on this tank dress with a print that reminded me of Wendy's gorgeous Tibi shift. I thought it was a very fun piece and I liked that the print was all-around, but I currently have no need for such a curve-hugging dress. Verdict: Passed.
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Divided print shorts, item # 067314, $24.95

Next up, another piece that appears to be strongly influenced by Tibi's leopard and chain print. I loved the look of these shorts but only a lone size 10 was left...

There was a rack full of racerback tanks in the same print, which I tried on for fun. Please pardon the indecent pants-less photo. This top would look cute tucked in the front with white or colored denim, but I wasn't a fan of the front-only design, unadjustable straps, and crinkle-prone material. Verdict: Passed.
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I took a quick spin in the career section and this seafoam blazer was the only thing that caught my eye. You can't tell in the photos, but the material of the blazer has good weight and the torso was nicely cut and smooth. Oh, what a pity that they ruched the sleeves. In my opinion, the ruching ruined the sleek look of a collarless style, and made already-wide (typical of H&M) sleeves look even bulkier. I suspect it can be removed, but not worth it for the price Verdict: Passed. Also passed on the divided lace dress which did not fit right.
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Seafoam blazer in sz 2, item # 058118, $49.95

I then stumbled across this oversized sweater in the basics section and was drawn to the slouchy shape and neutral oatmeal & black palette. The mix of stripe width also adds aesthetic interest and breaks up the torso and the skirt. An XS is definitely roomy but I would not try shrinking this - machine washing and drying sweaters are the quickest way to make them look pill-y and worn. I will either wear this casually as-is (like I did today at the airport) or slightly slim the sides and sleeves.  

Material is an average-quality, thin 60% viscose, 40% cotton. It is so lightweight that this is one of those dresses in which you'd be in danger of obliviously leaving the bathroom with it tucked into your undies. I triple checked my backside each time after using the loo. Verdict: Purchased w/ 35% off coupon (expired yesterday).
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H&M "Basic" line striped sweater sz XS, item # 098783, $17.95 (got it for $11.67)

Lastly, I brought home two children's items to think over. These beach-friendly crochet knit shorts come in black or white and are marked down to just $7. I got size 12-13 which are a tiny bit loose on me in the front/crotch area, but I didn't want itty bitty shorts that don't even cover my butt cheeks.
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H&M kids crochet shorts, item #050599, $7 and kids Conscious Collection tank, item #068786, $4.95

If you're in need of basic tanks, I highly recommend checking out H&M's children's department. There was quite the selection of tanks in solids or stripes, often in organic cotton at extremely reasonable prices. I liked the simple nautical feel of this one, and the 95% organic cotton & 5% elastane material is comfy and smooth to the touch. The 10-12 fit me nicely, but I also saw 12-13 and 14+ for fellow grown women who like to rummage through the kids department. Verdict: Keeping tank, contemplating the shorts.

Readers - please share any favorite finds from H&M lately!

88 comments:

  1. In-N-Out Burger and Shake Shack aren't really comparable. An In-N-Out burger, while delicious, costs $2-3 and is considered a fast food burger. Shake Shack's burger is $7-8 because the meat is 100% all-natural Angus beef, vegetarian fed, humanely raised and source verified. (No hormones or antibiotics either!).

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    1. Must be why it tasted so yummy! However, SS burgers started at $3 something...didn't see $7-8 except for the fully loaded ones.

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  2. I love that striped sweater! I have a special place in my heart for striped sweaters that are absolutely perfect in their imperfect slouchiness. Great find!

    Also, how gorgeous are you in your latest Instagram pictures with that beyond stunning dress? Can't wait to see the blog entry!

    xoxo,
    Sabrina

    http://www.thepetitestyle.com

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  3. I've been wanting to try out Shake Shack too next time I go to NY. I'm in love with that print dress. When I took a first glance at it, it did remind me of Wendy's Tibi dress, and then I read afterward that you thought so too :) Great pick with the sweater dress!

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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  4. love the way you share your shopping experience!
    ~ www.Tinacious.Me ~

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  5. I love that lace one!

    http://blowarainbow.blogspot.com/

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  6. I love the first dress on you! Would've bought it even if I didn't have anything coming up that needed it - after all, you never know when that moment will come up!

    As for Shake Shack - it looks delicious! I wanted to try it last summer but the line up was so long and my starving bf didn't want to wait. So had to pass :( Oh well, next time! This time we're hitting Boston...on Saturday! Can't wait to go back to Quincy Market!

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  7. Love the lace shorts! If you don't end up keeping them, I call dibs :)

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  8. I'm purchasing those shorts today! They are such a steal for $7.00! And I absolutely love that sweater dress. It might be a bit saggy, but it looks great for a comfy do-nothing type of day at home!

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  9. The dress looks fabulous! Love it!

    -Tina

    http://2petite.blogspot.com

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  10. Love the sky blue blazer! The burger looks delicious!

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  11. I love SS! It's a must go to when I visit NYC. And I agree with the basics at H&M. Really inexpensive and good for layering.

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  12. Totally have that same H&M striped dress and love it!

    In-n-out & Shake Shack for me don't really compare. I love, love, love In-n-out and could eat it every single week (I think there are periods of time when I do), but it's a different taste than that of Shake Shack. Shake Shack tastes more like a hamburger you'd get at a restaurant which makes it nice to get in a more casual setting like they've got set-up, and In and Out tastes like a really high end fast food burger. I don't even know if that made sense, but jist of the story is I can't compare the two at all and love them equally.

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  13. As a native so cal girl, even I'd have to say that shake shack really does hit the jackpot when it comes to the quality of the patty. as for the rest of the burger and overall value, I'd take in'n'out any day :)

    I don't post comments often but I am a loyal reader! Heading to Boston towards the end of next week...any must-shop/must-eat recommendations?

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  14. Love the striped sweater dress. I still need to go to H&M to find my daughter a dress for her PK Moving Up Graduation. Maybe I'll get lucky and find tanks and basics from the children's line for myself while I'm there :)

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  15. I'll have to try Shake Shack whenever I decide to hit the East Coast or make a trip out to NYC. But, I LOVE In N' Out. I've tried many a burgers here (Five Guys, Smashburger, Burger Lounge, etc.) in San Diego, but I always run back to In N' Out. It's the definitive fast food burger. Whoever mentioned that it is like a high end fast food burger is exactly right! And oh so delicious!

    Though, since Shake Shack is so environmentally and animal conscious, I am now very curious.

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  16. That first dress looks great on you!

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  17. love that slouchy striped sweater. definitely need to look for that when i head to h&m next!

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  18. Love those shorts at the end of your blog!
    How's the fit?

    xo Annie
    http://inspiredbythesethoughts.blogspot.com

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  19. The lace short is adorable :)
    x
    cammi
    http://www.cammilicious.com

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  20. Oooh I really like the sweater dress you ended up getting and for such a great price too! Lately I've been more drawn to slouchy comfy fitting stuff which is probably why I'm a bit bored with all the pencil skirts I've accumulated!

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  21. love the combination between the lace and the blazer
    xox
    http://chicfashionworld.blogspot.com/

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  22. What necklace are you wearing with the striped dress? Love it!

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    1. Hi Jessica - it's from Talbots on sale! Should still be in stores : )

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  23. Oh man, you passed on the custard? the custard is the best thing there! (I like it better than the burgers. ssshhh don't tell.) Seasonal custard flavors are the best. June's Saturday flavor is Coffee & Donuts. It is sublime. Last year they did a Bacon and Waffles flavor, which was to die for.

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  24. I'm glad you passed on the print dress. Those two roses on the front are in a very awkward place...

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  25. Shake Shack? Never heard of it...are we going to have to get some in NYC this fall? =)

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  26. Do you have a long torso?

    Any tips on dressing such a body type? I think I have an abnormally long torso because I always look a lot taller when I am sitting compared to when I am standing.

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    1. The blogger who commented above you, Kelly, has a self-proclaimed long torso and shares some tips on how to dress for it on her blog!

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  27. That H&M dress may not be work appropriate (not without a blazer anyway), but it will look great for a night out I reckon! Well you look great in it nonetheless. Shorts are super cute too! And how about those Ferragamo flats? So jealous cos the ones they have now have a much rounder toe which I HATE! I have to go for the more pricey Roger Vivier for work flats :(

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  28. I've been looking for that orange shorts and I can't find it! I visit H&M almost every week and it never comes up... I wonder if this store never take in that shorts... :(

    Ayumi

    theayumiaspect.com

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  29. oOoOo...the print of that first dress is GORGEOUS! but i also LOVE the stripe one you came home with! =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  30. Yowza! The floral dress looks hot!

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  31. I love the heart and arrow necklace, where did you get it?

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    1. I think they're from ASOS.

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    2. it's from stella&dot. she mentioned it in an earlier post. :)

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    3. Thanks Amy.

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    4. Sorry for the late response (and thanks, Amy!). It is this one http://shop.stelladot.com/style/b2c_en_us/on-the-mark-necklace.html

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  32. Oh!! I am in love with that sweater dress! There you go again...making me want to stop by H&M! :p

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  33. Stopped by h&m to find the sweater but no luck :(

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  34. i love the printed dress and the striped sweater..it looks very nice..I have a suggestion..you can probably try the sweater with a belt. A broad belt may look nice..

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  35. That burger looks wonderful! We all love our Angus beef burgers that can be bought at the supermarket so I can make them at home too.
    I love your slouchy sweater and I'm sure you can style with different belts and scarves etc..Great purchase!
    I bought some stuff for my kids and ended up with a stripey sailor dress which is too big for my Tween girl - post will be up tonight. It's fantastic quality with long sleeves for a few pounds. Plus I scored a wonderful parka (XP size) in the mens department. There's a sailor sweater and a lace dress again from the girls department that I'm also waiting for :-) It really is a great place to rummage!

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  36. I've been looking for those printed shorts EVERYWHERE =( .. nice post !

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  37. Maybe it was the jacket covering part of the lace dress, but I thought it fit pretty well, or nothing a simple alteration won't fix. It looked great on you.

    I've been to NYC 5 times in the last year (I'm from San Francisco) and have not tried SS, although I have been meaning to. I will definitely try it next time. Thanks the review!

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  38. Seriously LOL on today's humorous post! The small voracious person (this could be me, except as a bigger voracious person) who then proceeded to try on form-fitting dresses - priceless :D

    I wish that floral print dress was more body-skimming rather than body-hugging because the print is so pretty. Love the striped dress! You mentioned it was thin. Is it see-through at all?

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  39. Wow, I love that floral dress -- that's one of the prettier floral prints I've seen this season.

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  40. Such great reviews, I love that striped sweater dress on you.

    xo, Yi-chia

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  41. Really like that stripe dress! Where did you get your iphone case? I really like that pattern and colors.

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    1. It was a bday gift from my friend but I believe she ordered it from Etsy

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  42. I think you should have kept the first dress! I also like the kids' picks. I've had both In n Out and Shake Shack - I think they're both good in their own ways, but In n Out does feel a bit healthier (not to mention, it's cheaper).

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  43. I really like the slouchy dress! Very casual but can be dressed up if needed.

    Helen

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  44. I'm not a fan of that print tank either, but I love that blazer -- might run to H&M to pick it up.

    lawmoda.blogspot.com

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  45. I shop in the children's department too ;) I really like the crochet shorts, but H&M shorts tend to "stretch" when I wear them the whole day and in the end, they are way too big.
    The print on the first dress is amazing! I need to have a closer look at that one!

    x
    Sabrina
    a pixie's view on fashion

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  46. Great finds Jean! I love the floral printed dress, but the fit of it doesn't lend itself well to being versatile enough. Hate it when that happens! I love the striped dress and lace shorts though!

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  47. I like H&M clothes, waiting when they gonna open it in Latvia!!

    byLenaGi

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  48. The looseness of the striped sweater dress gives your figure a more feminine silouette. Please don't alter! = )

    The Tibi-reminiscent dress' curve-hugging cut does not lend any help to making your figure look feminine. I find that the more slender the figure and more slight the curves on a woman's figure, the more she should stay away from curve-hugging dresses as they make the figure more masculine-looking.

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  49. That dress is amazing, but I have more working out to do before it ends up in *my* closet ;)

    xo,
    Lela
    Enter to WIN my Vintage Tea Party giveaway!

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  50. I LOVE that slouchy striped dress you got. Such a steal for $11 too. I was at H&M this past weekend and didn't see that =/ I saw a lot of summery things so I wonder if it was hiding somewhere. Looking forward to how you style it or change it in the future!

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  51. I just came back from NYC last night! (I'm from Montreal). I ended up getting a striped dress from H&M too, but it was from their divided collection. And I also went to Shake Shack! But I only got their milkshake as the line was way too long for us!

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  52. I was at H&M today and didn't see any cute sweater dresses like yours! I'll be visiting a different one tomorrow, so my fingers are crossed! Those lace shorts are so cute! A company recently sent me a laced crochet pair that I'm excited to share with everyone! Very comfy.

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  53. I actually really like the crochet shorts you picked. I am going to have to look for it in Toronto. I've always heard of shake shack.

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  54. SS seems like fast food because they seem to be everywhere. Up until 2008 they only had 1 or 2 street carts with ridiculous lines. They are expanding so quickly, I hadn't even noticed that one opened up by my apartment. Thankfully their rapid growth hasn't interfered with quality.

    Love the sweater dress

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  55. Woah, I think I saw you at Copley this morning! Just doing my usual thing and getting on the T for work and I think I saw you and Nick walking up the stairs. I'm not stalkerish or anything so no worries on that front. I'm just a petite Asian that has been following your blog for a few months. I love your helpful hints. A lot of blogs are about rampant consumerism, but I appreciate how you take care to delve into why things look good or bad. So kudos from me.

    Were you wearing a green sleeveless top with a skirt this morning!? If so, sorry for not introducing myself. Running late for work.

    Cait

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    1. Hi Cait! How funny...yes that was me. Hope we get to cross paths again not in morning rush hour : )

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  56. Loved the floral dress on you. but the best was your sweater dress!

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  57. Yubin from the Wonder Girls was wearing that first dress for their recent comeback performances lol, except her's was hiked way up her legs.

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  58. That floral dress and sweater dress are awesome - I'll have to go check them out :)

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  59. I really love the print of this dress - reminds me of Mary Katrantzou. I wonder if they have it in the UK...

    www.diaryofasmallgirl.co.uk

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  60. Beautiful floral dress - lovely fit on you! I also almost picked up the mint blazer too, love the colour but passed due to the sizing. <3

    www.nostrictdresscode.com

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  61. Cute finds Jean! I love the crochet shorts and the sweater dress!

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  62. Thanks so much for visiting us at Shake Shack on your trip to NYC. It always feels good to hear when guests have great first experiences at the Shack.

    Our team can't wait to see you again on your next trip (we'll have the frozen custard ready for you)!

    -Brandy, Shake Shack

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  63. You are definitely my personal shopper. Lol. I love about forty minutes from an H&M, plus with school and work .. I hardly get to go shopping as often as I like. =). So, when I see you put up something that I definitely love .. I'll make a trip to shop. =)

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  64. I liked all the dresses on you! But for practicality's sake, I would have only picked the slouchy, striped one too. I wouldn't find enough opportunities to wear the others myself.
    Your burger looks amazing!

    http://ohtheendlesspossibilities.blogspot.com/

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  65. Great finds! I really like the first printed dress actually - the form fitting shape and the print kinda reminds me of a Chinese qipao for some reason :) I love the seafoam blazer on you; too bad the fit wasn't so great for you. The lace shorts are really cute. I don't think I would dare buying kids sized shorts for fear of having my backside exposed haha

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  66. i <3 shake shack!!! in and out burgers are good but i'm not in love with the fries.. maybe they're too healthy? the shakes/custard at Shake Shack is actually only ok imho. i did really like the 'bee my honey' flavor they had for valentines one time though! the brooklyn brewery shackmeister is pretty decent beer too!

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  67. What a cute sweater dress! And too bad about the body hugging 1st print 'cause it's quite pretty!

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  68. I've been eyeing those kids crochet shorts too! Do u mind posting a pic with them on and do a quick review?

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    1. Hi Sinthee! I actually returned them already...sorry! They were just slightly too loose on me in that size.

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  69. where did you get the necklace you are wearing in the sweater dress pic? LOVE!

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    1. Talbots ... a few weeks ago, on sale. Should still be there : )

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  70. Lived in California all my life, love in-n-out, love shake shack's burger (and cheese fries!) even more. Almost died of happiness last year when I was in Arlington for work and discovered That shake shack had opened in dc

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  71. Next time you're in NYC check out MINKvixen in the East Village. They carry a ton of small sizes starting at 00 and up. Awesome prices, too!

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