to shop / recent sales and musings (aug 2019)

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I’d been looking for a minimal baseball cap and found the answer at Everlane (referral link)! It is unisex, lightweight, and I like how it is not shallow. They are not a staple item and the colors get updated whenever they come back in stock. Of course I got it in black. It also comes in white, light grey, and light olive green.

I tried the day glove in leather and reknit. They felt the most comfortable sizing up, however, I did not like the style on my feet. I also noticed the reknit had a very slippery and thin bottom sole. Those aren’t anywhere near the Rothy’s, in case you were wondering.

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I’m really loving this season’s Uniqlo extra fine cotton shirtdresses (mentioned in my last post). It makes a perfect weekend outfit; I’ve found it a little too casual for work. It also has drawn random compliments from strangers. I got it in both stripe colorways (one is a brighter blue and the other is a darker navy blue) and light blue. I hang dry once I take it out of the washing machine and it dries mostly unwrinkled. It fits true to size for an oversized fit — I would recommend not sizing down. The pockets are also deep enough for water bottles, mini umbrellas, sunglasses, etc.

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If you’re interested in something by J.Crew, check Net-a-Porter (US, Europe, Australia), Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and 6pm . (I was surprised by the 6pm! They are owned by Amazon via Zappos.) Prices are not uniform across the board, which can work to your benefit.

My interest with J.Crew goes up and down so it is inevitable that something from a past season catches my eye and sold out, and monitoring popbacks is tiring. I was happy to find this Liberty chamomile red floral shirtdress (Nordstrom Rack, J.Crew, NAP US, NAP FR, NAP AU) and the buffalo gingham shirtdress (Nordstrom Rack, J.Crew) at other shops at reasonable prices. (I’m really into shirtdresses at the moment.)

Other recent likes:

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Ferragamos are my work and dress shoe of choice. My recent discovery is that all the European boutiques seem to default to the wide width of C for whereas the US retailers default to B. I prefer C only for patent styles. When the sales kicked off last month, I found deals thanks to the European sale prices + favorable exchange rate + free express international shipping. The wide width threw off my plans. Thank goodness for free returns! On a similar note, Bloomingdales is having a pretty good sale and some items get an extra 50% off. Ferragamo sale shoe selections update throughout the day. Gilt also has a pile of Ferragamo shoes but it’s disorganized. I avoid final sale when it comes to Ferragamos because I go between two sizes, even if it’s the same style.

There are still a lot of Repetto deals to be found, especially if you have tiny feet — Farfetch, 24S, Gilt, Shopbop. And Webster has one pink gingham pair for a huge discount (code on top of page). Watch out for final sale as well.

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I really like the APC Meryl quilted bag. They’ve brought it back this season in black, navy, burgundy, and a tan brown, but you can snag it in brick (red? orange?) on sale. There are also some sale bags at Shopbop and APC, but slim pickings.

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If you like Muji and Ikea home goods, you may or may not have discovered Yamazaki Home. As someone who loves white everything, I love their minimalist, thoughtful style. Their products are also carried at Bloomingdales, Amazon, Container Store, Urban Outfitters, West Elm, etc. Prices can vary. I admire more than I’ve actually purchased. If you like to hang clothes temporarily, I have a few of these over the door valet hooks at home. You do have to see if your door would scratch when you close it though.

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Hermes had a popup sale at Short Hills, NJ recently. A friend graciously gave me a ride. It made me think of the Paris soldes from years past (previous). I don’t remember the prices for the Paris sale, but this sale was 50% off US retail. I am the owner of a few more silks (as is my father). I need to research scarf rings. I was about to purchase Hermes scarf cards on eBay, when I found them in PDF on the internet.

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My favorite Drunk Elephant product is the C Firma vitamin C serum. It comes in a very mini 0.27 oz as well as the full 1 oz size. Late last year they released a limited edition midi size (0.5 oz) and included it in the Get Even value set. I’d never used such fresh C Firma before that. I went to look for more but Sephora and Drunk Elephant are sold out of the set. However, it’s still available in Sephora stores in JCPenney stores in the US (locate store and order) and at Space NK UK (they won’t ship to the US).

to shop / gap and uniqlo lately (june 2019)

I haven’t loved anything from Gap in a long time. Their site isn’t as easy to browse (I like to sort by what’s new ), but I love that they have petite sizing and easy, free returns.

This puff sleeve utility jacket is very Goop, without the price tag and petite sizes! I prefer it in khaki without the belt. The pockets made it perfect for travel. Despite the linen content, it does not wrinkle easily. Perfect for spring or any space with air conditioning.

The Polka Dot V-Neck Popover Shirt is made of a lightweight, synthetic material. Perfect for balmy summer work days. It does run long, a little big, and low, so once again petite sizing was a winner. It was nicely cut.

The cotton and Lyocell material makes the Girlfriend Chino Joggers light enough for super humid summer. Trust me, I tested it in 96% humidity and 90+ F. It runs big and I think  they stretched out. I like the dark color — the green one had lighter stitching which I did not like. I also tested the High Rise Culottes (not pictured), which I recommend if you’re looking for culottes. They are easy to match and structured/light enough.

On to Uniqlo…

I’m late in posting, but these pleated pants are so comfy. They run BIG.

The extra fine cotton A-line 3/4 sleeve dress runs much longer than my favorite shirtdress of 2018 and comes off more casual. But it’s not bad. It comes in solids and stripes. I prefer stripes. It runs more TTS than the asymmetrical version.

I wear the lightweight v neck cardigans every summer and love this year’s version.

Images from Uniqlo and Gap

to shop / uniqlo u lightweight bag & ss 2019 mini review

My favorite item from the Uniqlo U SS 2019 collection is the U lightweight bag in black. I held back from ordering more t-shirts though, so that could have been a contender.


  • It’s a super lightweight nylon bag. It folds down easy for storage.
  • It’s meant for light, bulkier contents. Measurements: Height: 15.3″/39cm, Width: 19″/48.5cm, Length: 5.5″/14cm, Handle Length: 22.8″/58cm.
  • It hangs easily on the shoulder.
  • It has adjustable drawstrings on the ends. This makes it perfect for travel, especially if you want to protect any nicer bags. I personally hate putting most bags directly on the floor, x-ray machine, etc. The drawstring also makes the contents safer.
  • At $29.90, it is pretty affordable.

The Uniqlo U collection is always a big hit or miss for me. The fit typically runs oversized and tall. I was not into most of the color choices. Mini reviews for what I’d caught my eye online:

  • WOMEN U WRAP SLEEVELESS DRESS – Soft rayon material. Nice drape. If you’re ever the type to have to size up, you may need to size up for the best fit. Verdict: Maybe…
  • WOMEN U MIDI SKIRT – Soft rayon material. Runs big. Verdict: No, because I don’t need it/it’s too casual for work.
  • WOMEN U BIG LONG-SLEEVE SHIRT – Yes, it is called big and long. Maybe it would’ve worked if the material felt nicer? This was a great hit per the Uniqlo.com reviews. Verdict: Not for me.
  • WOMEN U COTTON DOUBLE FACE PANTS – Wrong cut for me, but if it looks like it would work for you, get it! Verdict: Not for me.
  • WOMEN U BALLOON HALF SLEEVE DRESS – It is a light knit sweater dress with a nice silhouette, but unfortunately, it is very clingy in the midsection, especially obvious in a bright color like green. Works best for those in great shape. The emerald green is so pretty.  The blue is not a true navy. Verdict: Not for me.
  • WOMEN U SHIRT LONG-SLEEVE DRESS – I didn’t have time to check to size chart for measurements. The material is very stiff. The fit is long and waist very slim. Verdict: Not for me.

See the rest of the collection.

Images: Uniqlo

to shop / uniqlo x ines de la fressange, spring/summer 2019 review

The new Uniqlo x IDLF collection dropped today for women and girls. It is inspired by the relaxed wardrobe of Saint Tropez. The lookbook didn’t excite me too much but I couldn’t resist the tuck shirtdresses. It comes in linen cotton or cotton lawn prints. No surprise that these are selling the fastest.

I like some of the basic jackets and linen items, but I don’t need or love them and hate ironing. I have not been impressed by IDLF sweaters in the past and would opt to avoid.

The recurring Uniqlo x JW Anderson collection is dropping in 2 weeks.

Image: Uniqlo

2018 thoughts on clothes and shoes

Yup, still catching up on my 2018 thoughts. Previously: 2018 thoughts on bags and self-care

In general, I think I have a better sense of what works for my body and lifestyle. I also think I spend less on clothes than I used to, but I have not backed this up with credit card statement analysis. I have gotten better at returning things on time. Earlier in the year, I was better at reselling whatever didn’t work. I need to get back on that.

I work in New York City. Companies have gone more casual. My office has a business casual dress code with most women veering on the casual end and it saddens me.  With that said, women dress for other women and I’m pretty demotivated to dress nicely! Of course, it is a personal choice on how to dress, but I still prefer to dress nicer. Even outside of the office, when I do go out, people don’t dress up. And it’s not because we’re going to a KBBQ. I prefer to buy clothes that can be worn all the time.

I still love neutral colors, especially black and navy. It’s versatile. I used to really like red as an accent color. Now, not so much. Perhaps forest green is the new red for me?

I. Clothes

Brands I can’t quit

UniqloStill my favorite for basics and the occasional collab. I consider it affordable enough that sometimes I buy at full price. I also had no problems with their e-commerce this year. I prefer to pay through PayPal (and they refund return shipping). My 2018 faves:

  • Airism slip (previously). I wear this year-round under most dresses. Sorry, it’s not available… I did wait 4 years for it to come back the last time so I did stockpile this!
  • U Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt (previously). The Uniqlo U collaboration is recurring and each season has a new batch of colors. I haven’t checked out the new season (just launched) to confirm the fabric weight is still the same but I’m semi-shocked that Uniqlo increased the retail price from $9.90 to $14.90! You can find the past season on sale. New season also has a boxier relax fit version (unsure if it’s the same weight).
  • Blocktech Outerwear (previously). However, this is one where I like to see them in person as I do not like the stiffy, boxy ones. Current Blocktech styles.
  • Tomas Maier Flight Jacket. I got it in olive green (sold out). It’s on the lighter side for a jacket and perfect for layering, travel. Lots of pockets. This was an unexpected love for a lackluster (to me) collab.
  • Extra Fine Cotton A-Line Striped 3/4 Sleeve Dress (previously). My favorite dress of the summer and perfect for those balmy summer days. It also does not require ironing after washing! Uniqlo has brought it back in slightly different colors. It also comes in dark solid colors, but I personally prefer the lighter colors since it’s a bit tenty.
  • Light V-Neck Cardigan (previously). Also another summer staple. Hunter green has been having a moment and I couldn’t resist (and it’s a departure from my standard black and navy). Hope they will bring back the style for this spring, but I am stocked up for now.

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