Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Reader Request: Tory Burch Revas

A kind reader left me a comment regarding my Tory Burch Flats. Are they worth the price and all the hype? Are they comfortable? I'll admit that when I first became interested in purchasing a pair of my own, I was very skeptical. The on-line reviews I read, especially on Nordstrom.com, weren't stellar. Many people claimed that the Revas were quite uncomfortable due to the elastized detail on the heels of the flats.







I will attempt to give my own little review, but please keep in mind that 1) I have only worn these four times thus far (albeit all four times I wore them all day long). 2) I have extremely narrow feet. 3) This is only based on my own experience! I will break this down into three parts:

Sizing:
Ok, so I think sizing is a definite issue for many. Overall, I would say that these run small. To be on the safe side, I would order a half size up. I am a size 6 1/2, but can sometimes bump up to a 7 depending on the brand or style of the shoe. However, after much contemplation, I  purchased my usual 6 1/2 and I have no regrets. I tried both the 6 1/2 and 7 on at the Tory Burch store. At first try, the 6 1/2 felt a bit too snug in the toe, but the heel felt perfect. I was curious to see if the 7 would provide more toe space, and it did. However, the heels were way too large and loose. When I took a few steps, the back of the heels kept falling down due to the ruching. I personally would rather have some very slight discomfort in the toe and have the possibility of some stretching than to have a shoe that is constantly feeling as if it's going to fall off my feet and magically turn into flip-flops ;) Again, I have very narrow feet and small toes. Someone with wider feet may or may not have this same problem choosing between sizes.

Comfort:
Overall, I can attest that the Revas are preeeetty comfortable, Sort of. Kind of. Not like my Gap flats (which are by far the most comfortable flats I own) but still comfy enough to get through an eight-hour day. I'm still getting used to them. They definitely mold to my feet, thanks to the softness of the leather and the heel detailing I have mentioned.  I do hope they stretch out a little because they are still tight. I am actually thinking of taking them to Nordstrom to have them stretched. I also wish that the soles were slightly more padded, but I'm sure if it really becomes a problem I can stick some squishy gel inserts into them. I rate comfort at about an 8.  In case anyone is interested, here are the dreamy Gap Flats that I could walk all day in:  Link: Studded Bow Ballet Flats On Sale!




Lastly, Cost Per Wear/ Appearance Factor:
I really do recommend the Revas, despite the fact they take some breaking in. If you are going to invest in a flat, it may as well be designed by Tory Burch because the woman knows what she's doing! The Revas (named affectionately after her own mother) are chic, timeless, and polished looking. I love staring down at my happy feet and seeing the shiny signature TB emblem. They undoubtedly go with every outfit, no matter what you are wearing. I can only speak for myself, but this was a smart purchase that will (hopefully) last for years to come.

Got any more questions? Just ask!
♥ Noelle

Thursday, September 23, 2010

OOTD: Classic

As much as I've loved scoping out the Fall trends this year, there is nothing that appeals to me more than classic pieces I can wear over and over again. I don't have a huge closet (nor an endless supply of money) and so I think I tend to gravitate to staples, and then build upon them with fun accessories. When I found this khaki trench at H&M last week, I knew I needed to give it a happy home:

Thank GOODNESS you don't have to look like a model to love clothes ;)

Trench: H&M
Black Leggings: Target
Peep-Toe Pumps: Nordstrom Rack
Camel Bag: Michael Michael Kors (TJ-Maxx)
Messy Ponytail - all mine!


I'm going camping at the beach this weekend, so it's back to shorts and flip-flops until Monday (gotta soak in the sun before it's gone). I'll be back next week!
♥ Noelle
 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

OOTD: Banana Republic Petite

I've discovered some new things about myself Readers. 1) Half of my closet consists of cardigans. 2) I ♥ leopard way more than I ever thought I could. 3) All but two pairs of my jeans are of the skinny variety. And finally, 4) Banana Republic is the place to go for a great selection of petite clothing.

Petite Skinny Dark Wash Jean  I want more, maybe in black! These are also available in-store, which is where I got mine.
Beige Lacy Tank: H&M
Nude Pumps: Steve Madden
Assorted Gold Baubles


This ring is from Forever 21, purchased recently. I think it's fascinating for some reason:
On my nails: Sephora by OPI in Personal Shopper


Again, I highly highly recommend the petite cardigan and the petite skinny jeans. The sleeves of the cardi are the perfect length for my short arms. I don't have to roll them up at all (something I almost always have to do with regular sized cardigans). I bought a size medium because that was all they had left. It's a tad bit loose, but I kinda dig that because it just feels so darn cozy.

 The skinny jeans (not to be confused with the ultimate skinnies) have a lot of stretch to them, which I find flattering. They sort of form to fit your body, and the denim is extremely soft. Come to think of it, they almost remind me of leggings. I think petite girls who also have some curves like myself will be very happy with these, as well as petite girls who aren't curvy at all. They are universal.  The length is perfect for heels, but I also tried them on with my TB flats, and they looked equally good. Keep in mind I am 5'2 and 110 pounds. I bought a size 27P. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Rajasthan

I ordered this NARS eyeshadow duo in Rajasthan when the fall collection debuted a couple of months ago. It was sold out everywhere, including the NARS website so I ordered it from Neiman Marcus even though it was on back order. I had no idea it would take so long to arrive in my hands. The wait was most definitely worth it. The colors are beautiful. The peacock blue shade in particular is rather unique, with flecks of teal, navy, and even gold. This will make for a gorgeous smoky eye, and I forsee it really bringing out the gold tones in my brown eyes. The lighter tawny shade in the duo will make a perfect all-over lid color, a great option for work. The formula and pigmentation is smooth and buttery.








It was difficult capturing the beauty of the blue color with my camera. I moved by the window to see if the sun would help. Not quite, but I think you get the picture.


I highly recommend this duo if you are tired of the usual charcoals for smokey eyes. Also, I will reiterate that this looks amazing on brown eyed girls. Rajasthan was a splurge, but I know it will last me forever.

Friday, September 17, 2010

It was my birthday, and I can shop if I want to!

So I did! The best part of birthdays is being able to treat yourself. I love and appreciate the sweet gifts that my family and friends give me, but there is something so rewarding about being able to go out and shop for yourself, especially when you are like me and have been ultra-stressed at work! These are just some things that I have collected over the past week and I must say - I am very happy with all of my new finds.

First, the Lela Rose booties I received this week: Tip - I had them delivered at my local Payless instead of having them delivered to my home. It saved me a few bucks in shipping.
They look incredible on. I found my Perfect pair of booties for the Fall.



Thank God for stores like Banana offering up petite sizing right in their stores.



This long cardi is from Forever 21. I have been looking for an extra long cardi to wear with leggings.



I saw this long black and white tank on Veronika and wasn't even looking for it when I walked into Target the other day to look at the Tucker for Target line. It looks great tucked into a skirt or worn with leggings.



This beautiful classic trench coat is only $50 dollars at H&M! The striped inner lining is really cute, and it peeks out when you wear the sleeves rolled up. I think every girl should own a trench coat, and this one is well-made and affordable.



~My two favorite purchases~

It may not be the real thing, but hey? What can I say? I bought this at Mango, my new favorite store.





I saved and finally got my Tory Burch Classic Revas.


Do you girls splurge on yourselves for your birthday? I hope so, at least a little! Have a happy weekend!
♥ Noelle

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I'm Hooked On Forever 21 Jewelry

When it comes to fun, trendy baubles, Forever 21 is THE destination. I love how inexpensive it all is, and even though you get what you pay for (by this I mean the quality isn't always the best), it's fun to experiment and play without breaking the bank and feeling guilty. Here are some of my picks, all of which are currently on their website:




Owls are everywhere this season!



These are gorgeous. I love the look of white and gold, so chic. I normally wear studs, but I want these.



I recently bought these, and I have been wearing them quite a bit.



I love the look of layered necklaces. Pearls will always be classic, whether they're real or not!



This ring has a Tiffany&Co look...at only $1.50, it doesn't have a Tiffany's price!



Such a statement. I also recently purchased this. Love at first sight.



My great-grandmother wore cameos all the time. As you can see, I love the retro vibe that's dominating many of the trends this Fall.





What's your take on mass stores like Forever 21 and H&M offering affordable, trendy jewelry?
♥ Noelle


Monday, September 13, 2010

I've Got A Little Problem...

And everyone knows it!

Exhibit A:

Yup, my name is Noelle and I'm (obviously) addicted to Starbucks. Or is it coffee? No, I think it's actually Starbucks. I swear they put a little extra somethin' in their drinks. My birthday was yesterday and some friends treated me to ungodly amounts of money via gift cards. They're the best!

Happy Birthday to my fellow Virgos out there! I had a wonderful time at a day spa with the bf. I wanted to take pictures because the place was gorgeous, but I realized too late that I forgot to pack my camera ;) I do that a lot.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs  (images found on Google)




It was so relaxing! I hope everyone had a great weekend ♥

Friday, September 10, 2010

Back to the Dark Side

As much as I loved playing with my lightened locks this Summer, there was still a huge part of me that missed being a full brunette. Having my hair so close to my own natural color is just easier - no roots, no brassiness, no worries! And, it's much less expensive than living at the hair salon to get touch-ups. Do I regret going a little lighter? Not at all. It was a good change from my normal routine. But, I just feel more like myself again.

This morning: No more highlights! It's all just one shade of chocolate brown. (It's actually quite a bit darker in natural lighting. The salon lights are deceiving)





I like the dark side ;)


I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!
To those going out later this evening for Fashion's Night Out...I'm envious! Have a great time! I wish I could be in New York City to partake in all the fashion week craziness. Keep us posted!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall & Winter Nails

As much as I love the fun, fluorescent nails of Summer, there is nothing that looks as rich and glamorous than the darker hues of Fall and Winter. I love looking down at my hands and seeing shiny wine colored finger tips as the backdrop for a giant cocktail ring.

This season, the dirtier the color, the better. Last year, it was all about navy and dark muted greys. I think teal has replaced navy, while olive has replaced grey (although I still love grey!)

With Flash: Essie Sew Psyched and O.P.I. Ski Teal We Drop


Love!


Two coats of both polishes. These are quite opaque, a great sign for those of you who I know love opaque polishes. I ordered Sew Psyched off of Amazon, and it arrived within two days! This is definitely "good" Essie. The formula is much better than other Essie polishes I own. Both of these are part of the Fall collections (Essie and O.P.I.)

Of course, I have my old standbys:
These will never go out of style
L to R: Essie in Bahama Mama, Sephora by O.P.I. in Meet for Drinks, O.P.I. You Don't Know Jacques!, Sephora by O.P.I. in Metro Chic


What do you girls think of olive and teal on the nails?  What are your must have polishes?

Monday, September 6, 2010

The CR Lace Top Strikes Again

Happy Labor Day Readers! I hope everyone is enjoying the last days of Summer and taking advantage of the long holiday weekend.

I fell in love with this lacy, vintage looking top when I first saw it on Chloe's blog a few weeks back. I ran to Charlotte Russe the very next day and loved it even more in person. Since then, I've seen it featured on several blogs. I was hesitant to post an outfit because let's face it, you all have seen it! But I love it so much that I just have to. It has become one of my favorite things to wear and the boyfriend loves it, which is always a plus.






The Clothes:
Lace Top - Charlotte Russe. I couldn't find it online anymore, but it might still be in stores.
Skinny Jeans - Express, purchased ages ago.
Quilted Nude Heels - Zara
Tan Clutch - Jessica Simpson from TJ-Maxx
All Jewelry - Forever 21
Nail Polish - OPI in You Don't Know Jacques!


♥ Noelle


Friday, September 3, 2010

Behold...

The Urban Decay Naked Palette!


I finally nabbed one last night! I remember a couple of months back, I asked one of the salespeople at Macy's to call me if they ever received any more shipments in. I was hesitant when this palette first debuted; yes, it was beautiful and practical, but how many neutral eyeshadows does one girl really need? I'm not really a collector of makeup, as many beauty bloggers are. I buy things I know will get a lot of use. So I held off and held off until I decided I couldn't pass one up. Once I realized I wanted one, they were no where to be seen. That is, until I got the phone call at work yesterday afternoon. It was the day from Hell at work, and this was such a pleasant surprise! By the time I got to my Macy's after rush hour traffic, their shipment had been completely depleted again. All that remained was the one put on hold for me.


I won't bother to do swatches, since I think everyone has seen millions of them by now. But this leaves me with a question for you: Why do we want what we can't have? I find myself constantly trying to keep up with various new releases in the makeup world, and you know what? It's exhausting! I just wanted to know what your thoughts are on this phenomenon! ♥ Noelle

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Updates and Ramblings

Happy September my Dears! I hope everyone had a good start to the month today. Work was crazy, but then again, it usually is. I just wanted to do a quick/ semi-random post about a couple things that I am loving at the moment, along with some recent online shopping purchases that I can't wait to receive in the mail.

First: NARS' Albatross lipgloss is gorgeous! I am so happy that I made a wise choice in grabbing it at Sephora. I have so many colorful glosses, from pink to purple to coral. I guess I needed a break from those sort of stand-out colors, and simply let my own lips do the talking so to speak.

With flash


Natural light


Natural light, on my lips.
See the slightly golden/honey gleam? It makes my pout look ten times fuller. I normally don't receive compliments or comments on my lipgloss or lipstick, but I have when I am wearing this. If Albatross is the perfect highlight to the cheeks, than this gloss version is equally stunning on lips. I need to buy another tube because I read this is LE. Of course, right?!


I am also loving these flats from The Gap that I just purchased over the weekend. I have worn them to work all week! The soles feel like I am walking on air. Not exaggerating. They are comfy, period.

While browsing the lovely Natasha xoxo's blog, I nearly stopped dead in my tracks when I saw these booties (they call them shooties?) on the Payless website. They are designed by Lela Rose:

I was hoping to snag the taupe pair she featured on her blog, but my size was long gone and now all that remains is black. You girls know that I have been dying for a pair of booties to wear with dresses, skirts, and skinny jeans for Fall. The peep toes, cut-outs, and back zipper were what made these my ideal find. But who knows? I still might get another pair ;)




Keeping with the subject of Fall and coveted items, I searched every ULTA near me for this nail polish by Essie. I know, I need to stop with the Essie, especially since the formula is becoming more and more questionable by the minute! But this dirty, dingey, olive is nowhere to be found and I was getting this feeling of Panic! The Urban Decay Naked Palette has escaped me thus far, I couldn't let Sew Psyched escape me too. I ordered a bottle for $6.95 off of Amazon:


Lastly, to complete this ridiculously all-over-the-place post, I leave you with three women who I absolutely and positively adore. Two of these pictures are now gracing the side bar of my page.

Gorgeous

Gorgeous

And...Gorgeous


A little beauty (well, beauty IMHO) to leave you with
♥ Noelle