This year I participated in a secret Santa exchange organized by Jessy (thanks for setting it up!). I drew the sweet Elaine from Toronto Beauty Reviews and immediately knew to get her Ann Taylor stuff (which she loves, but is not available in Canada). I first got a leopard top, then remembered Elaine doesn’t wear animal print. Oops! Next, I exchanged that for a sweater, then remembered she was allergic to wool. Silly, forgetful me. I hope my last exchange was a winner : ) Head on over to Elaine’s post to see what she received!
My own secret Santa turned out to be a thoughtful reader (and now a new blogger) – Ying. I had stud earrings and makeup in winter shades on my wishlist, and Santa did an amazing job picking out gifts (and wrapping them so beautifully). Thank you so much, Ying!
Shoes are no-brand leather boots scored from eBay.
On a separate note, here are some photos of an affordable gingham alternative from H&M.; I would’ve never tried on this shirt if Kelly didn’t point it out, because it’s part of the “l.o.g.g.” casual basics department which I usually pass right on by. Continue reading for my review…
Material: This is sort of a cross between a gingham and a flannel shirt, leaning more towards the latter. The print is check but the 100% cotton material is warm, soft, and feels completely like flannel. An interesting feature (and surprising for a $20 garment) is that the entire shirt is double-layered (see bottom left pic). The outer is check and the inner is a striped material. At first I thought it was just double-sided fabric, but no – you can actually pull apart the two layers.
Pattern: Blue has larger checks than the green or pink.
Fit: Sz 2 is a slim (but not too fitted) on me and a little long both in total length and in sleeve length. It measures 14″ across the shoulder, 16″ across the armpit, 15″ across the waist, 24.5″ sleeve length, and 25.5″ total length.
Verdict: I brought the green one home with me, but after trying it on with some items, I just don’t love it as much as my other (albeit much more childish and ill-fitting) Gap boys shirt. That shirt is made of a stiffer gingham material that allows for a crisp, clean, preppy look which I love. This one is more pliable and cozy, and is good for casualwear if that’s what you’re looking for. I ended up returning this one.