to shop / apc half moon bag & jcrew wool pinstripe topcoat review

Two items I’ve successfully acquired at end of season sales:

  • J.Crew wool pinstripe topcoat (regular/petite) – Not the warmest of wool coats, the quality on this menswear-inspired topcoat is impeccable. It is dark navy with chalky pinstripes. I can’t wait to wear it for less cold days. It’s on final sale + 40% off. Sizes pop up almost every morning. It took me a while to find my size and I’d say it is true to size.
  • A.P.C. half moon bag in natural beige textured leather – I blogged about this back in October. I’ve been looking for a non-black crossbody bag and found this at Steven Alan with a sale on sale and free shipping. I bought it sight unseen like most of my purchases and have no regrets. Despite its compact profile, it can hold a good amount of items – 2 slim wallets, Mophie charger, compact, and more. The leather has a embossed texture (like saffiano), so it’s much more durable than the typical calf leather. I dropped it in the parking lot once and there were no marks. The caramel hue is rich. The color (natural beige) was a seasonal color.


to shop / reviews!

(1) There was a frenzy a while back and this Love Sam lace blouse sold out. But, then Shopbop restocked and Anthropologie got it too. It’s a copy of Etoile Isabel Marant’s Garbo blouse from last summer. I don’t have the appetite for Etoile Isabel Marant prices, so this will suffice. It is on the shorter side and runs big. It’s super breezy for hot summer days. It comes in black as well on Shopbop, but it’s too dark for the summer!

(2) I’m not keeping this mesh dottie top by Sweet Pea from Anthropologie, but some people might like the style. It’s a bit too vintage for me.

(3) My favorite proper striped boatneck mariniere is from Uniqlo (second would be Petit Bateau!). Warning, it runs big and is a heavier cotton so it’s not for hot weather. I have two from a few years ago and they both have held up very well. Sidenote: If you get your hands on the Airism slip, it’s fabulous for hot weather. It’s hard to find though – sold out super fast in the US and I didn’t even see it in HK/Singapore.
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to shop / uniqlo faux leather leggings pants review

Image source: Uniqlo

Run, don’t walk! These Uniqlo faux leather legging pants are spectacular and they are only $29.90. In many instances, I prefer faux leather to real leather and these pants are no exception. You can’t tell they aren’t real leather and let’s face it… faux is much easier to maintain. The legging pants come in black and brown. For a legging fit, size up. For a pants fit, size 2 sizes up. I love how Uniqlo has measurements posted for every single product.

to shop / nike tech fleece cape review

I saw this Nike Tech Fleece Cape Women’s Hoodie a few months ago, loved it but couldn’t find any reviews, and then forgot about it. Sad as this style is hard to find in a smaller size in the gray/black modeled by Maria Sharapova. It runs big and long, so size down if you want a sleeker fit! It is very lightweight and warm (read more about the material here). The black is more chic than the black tipped grey in real life. I would argue that this style is versatile and great for dressing down, up (to a certain degree), or actual athletic activity.

Find it here or here.

Sold out? Check back as I’ve seen lots of restocking for Nordstrom and Nike.com.

Image source: Nike

to shop / {sale alert} gap pintucked trapeze top review (and why i love gap)

I love this pintucked trapeze top. Despite the lackluster rating, the price was right (<$15 during a promotion) and there were many positive reviews to balance out the negative. I’ve found that many  negative reviews on apparel websites aren’t due to quality but sizing — most reviewers are too lazy to try on another size before slapping on a low rating.

As an avid Gap shopper, I ordered it in XS, S, PXS, and PS. I am near the petites cutoff and found the petite to be shorter than desired, so I opted to keep the XS and S. For some reason, I liked the white in S and the navy in XS, but the differences are pretty negligible if you can only find one of the sizes. The airy rayon/cotton blend is perfect for sweltering temperatures (I speak from experience) and/or buffets. Pair it with a slim bottom to offset the volume. I might try belting it one day. Since I’m very picky when it comes to prints (fear of print fatigue), I did not try the print version of the top.

Through tomorrow, September 4, you can get 40% off Gap clearance (not to be confused with the rest of the sale items), including this top!

Of course online reviews are helpful, but one must always consider who the reviewers are – typical suburban housewife, city slicker, etc. On Gap.com, you don’t run into the same factors as on Yelp (where I may dig deeper into the reviewer – elite? all negative reviews? comments with no support?) but when someone raves about an Old Navy super casual dress being perfect for a wedding, you think twice.

Over the years, Gap has remained one of my favorite brands. As an American brand, it’s managed to continue to appeal to the fashion forward crowd while appeasing its conservative audience which will always expect to find their classic chinos, jeans, and tees.

Don’t stop churning out trendy items, Gap (and in case you forgot, re-read this post on Gap’s Fall collection)! Another brand with a similar issue is J.Crew. See what CEO Mickey had to say about that.