Hey guys! Happy Friday - today is the official day of the beginning of Thanksgiving break for us. While we do have 2 big exams the week we get back, I'm excited to take a bit slower the next week, spend time with my family when they come into town, and to do a bit of "in store" shopping when I go to Cleveland this weekend. I did just put in a pretty big order to LOFT, and since they are currently offering $25 off of several of the pieces, I wanted to give a quick review in case you had your eye on any of them!
First up is this open front cardigan. I keep on trying to make these work on me, and I just can't seem to find ones that look right on me. This one has a beautiful boucle front, while the rest the cardigan is ribbed. I really liked this lighter color (it's described as a heather gray, I would say it's more of a light outmeal) and the fact that is has pockets. I wish it was about 2 inches longer though - it would have been a keeper had they made it in talls as well as regular and petites. It is currently included in the $25 off sale.
Next up is this polkadotted blouse. I love the pattern on it - slightly swirled and irregular, yet discrete enough that it isn't all in your face. My favorite feature is that you have two options for the neckline. In the picture on the left, I have the top button unbuttoned and the left side folded under, creating a v-neck. This would be perfect for a more casual day at school, or out with friends. On the right, I have it buttoned closed - this will make it appropriate to work with patients next year, and in more formal situations. The reviews say it ran small on them, but I found the opposite to be true. I'm wearing a large, and it feels slightly too large in my waist. I'm leaning towards keeping it, but want to steam it and try it on with a few different outfits until I make my final decision. If I decide to keep it, I may end up taking it in to my tailor and have her take in the waist slightly. It is currently not on sale, and is an online exclusive, so if you are interested, I would suggest waiting until next week when it is certain to be on sale during Black Friday.
I have wanted to try this sweater from the Lou & Grey line for over a month. It looks so cozy and versatile online - I can see myself wearing this with a button down underneath it for school, but also more casual on the weekend or the library. The problem is that I wasn't 100% in love with it when I first tried it on. I don't know if my expectations were just too high because I had wanted it for so long, but I wasn't blown away. I also just bought that H&M sweater which has a similar color, and do I really need two similar sweaters? Maybe... I'm leaning towards no currently, but will play around with it a bit more before I make my final decision.
And now for my favorite item from the order, this short sleeved dress. I didn't actually have this as a part of my original order, but then Hally mentioned how much she loved hers, so I called and had them add it to my order. I listened to the one review on the website, and went down a size, and I also ordered it in a tall because I wanted to make sure it was an appropriate length. You guys. I LOVE this dress. The fabric is thick, it hits me at right spot on my waist, the length is elongating, and it has full short-sleeves (no stupid cap sleeves!). It has an abstract flower-like pattern, with a black jacquard stitching on a tan background (not as white as the website shows). Because of the simple shape of the dress, it'll be easy to dress it up or down - either with a scarf, cardigan, and boots for school, or with a statement necklace and heels for a night out. I HIGHLY recommend it. It's currently included in the $25 off sale.
Like I said, I'll be at an actual store this weekend where I will be doing a few returns, and hoping that they have this pretty lace peplum top...just to try on, of course ;)