Nude Ballerina Flats for Traveling In Style

Nude Ballerina Flats

In a week, I’ll be in NYC! Last year, I went to NYC for my 30th birthday. This year, a few friends and I are making it a girl’s trip to the Big Apple. I am so excited since this will be our first girl’s trip, post college.

I know we will probably be doing a lot of walking since there is just so much to see and do in NYC. Whenever I am traveling, I am a big fan of wearing ballerina flats over tennis shoes. Sure, they might not be as comfy, but at least you look somewhat stylish.

When I first started wearing ballerina flats, I actually started off with the pointed-toe ones. They seem a bit more elegant to me than the rounded-toe ones. Although nowadays, I wear both kinds. But for my trip to NYC, I really wanted a nice pair of nude flats with a pointed-toe. I ended up buying the Victoria’s Secret pointed-toe ballerina flats in Evening Blush (the ones below the word “ballerina” on the image above; on sale $54). I haven’t worn them yet, but I’ll review them later on.

It’s so easy to shop for nude ballerina flats! They have become so popular that you can find them in any price range. You can find them anywhere from the super pricey Lanvin ($500+) to affordable Forever 21 ($13). I even made it a bit easier for you by starting a collection on Mavatar of Nude Ballerina Flats. Check out these flats and more by clicking below:

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Chic Tees by Casual Friday

Chic Tees

What has everyone been up to this summer? I’ve been super busy at work that I haven’t had much time to blog. However, I just had to share with you my latest fashion find!

Last Friday, I happened to have a little time for myself. I stopped by the Shops of Legacy in Plano for a quick fringe trim.  They  ended up trimming them a bit shorter than I wanted but oh well. As I was leaving, I decided to stop by a cute little boutique called Bevello. The chic graphic tees caught my attention right away. Not only did they look super comfy but I  really like the charming sayings on them.

The stylish t-shirts are by Casual Friday and you can find them at several boutiques around the US. They are bit pricey for a tee ($46-$48).  Several of the t-shirts are sold out on Casual Friday, but you might still find them at your local boutique. Although, they probably sell quickly as the one I bought was the last one they had in that saying. And they had just received them that Monday. They look a little big, but I think it’s just because of the shape of the t-shirt.  I bought a small and even though it looked bigger than smalls usually do, it ended up fitting fine. It’s not super loose or tight. It did just fall off the shoulder a bit on one side, but that’s fine with me.

I bought myself the “Caffeine, Cupcakes, and Chanel” t-shirt, although I really wanted all of them. Alas, I went for this one as I liked it the most plus they didn’t have the Dior one or I might have just bought that one instead. I haven’t worn my Casual Friday tee yet, but I plan on wearing it with some nice jeans and heels.  I can also see myself wearing it with a blazer during the cooler months. And then of course with shorts on super hot days.

Stay chic my friends!

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5 Fun Summer Finds {Forever 21}

5 Fun Summer Finds

Forever 21 never disappoints. I took a little bit of time this weekend to hit up the mall. I ended up only making it to Forever 21, but that’s all right since I found some great stuff.

I had been looking for a new pair of pj’s for the summer. I had a lot of trouble deciding since Forever 21 has so many lovely pj sets. I ended up picking this one since I love the colors. These “coffee first” pj’s will surely keep me cool this summer.

On my list of must-find were pieces of clothing that look both professional but will keep me cool during the day. If you remember, I am a real estate agent so I spend a lot of my time out driving around. And it can get pretty hot just from the car to the house that I am showing. Forever 21 has several sleeveless blouses like this one pictured above, that I can wear with  both slacks and skirts. What’s great about them is that if I take care of them, I can wear them even in the fall and winter with a cardigan.

I really like this red dress since it’s really pretty and professional looking. Now, the model makes it look a little more like a dress you would wear on a date but it’s all in how you accessorize it.  Plus, since I am petite this dress  does not look as short on me.

What the French Toast?! I love this tote, not necessarily because of the saying (although–I do love me some french toast!), but because of how it’s built. It has a zipper & inside pockets! It’s lined inside so it’s not just your regular tote. I’ll be using this to carry  my paperwork & iPad as I go from appointment to appointment.

Gorgeous upon gorgeous nail colors! I could not leave without picking up some beautiful nail polish. It was buy 1 get 1 free, so I chose this pretty hibiscus color (that reminds me of Barbie) and lovely teal color.

I was in a bit of hurry so this was all that I picked up on this trip, but I definitively need to stop by again soon.

I hope you are all having a great weekend and have a fabulous week!!
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A Womens Jeans Buying Guide {Superdry}

Superdry Womens Jeans Buying GuideIf you have problems finding jeans (like I do), perhaps this infographic by Superdry can guide you. If it’s hard for you to read, just click on the image and you should be able to zoom in. 

As a petite, jeans are probably one of the most difficult things to shop for. Even though it’s summer, I am always on the lookout for jeans (since my options are always so limited). If you are petite like me, give straight jeans a try. I’ve come to realize bootcut jeans don’t do me any favors. I try to stick to straight cut jeans since they seem to look better on my petite frame. Boyfriend jeans can make me look a little boxy. Superdry has some cute jeans, except I didn’t see any “petite” sizes but we could probably wear the cropped ones! If you are not petite, then you should definitively browse their collection of jeans.

If you are not already washing your jeans inside out, then you should start as Superdry mentions –it reduces fading while washing them. And I can honestly say this is true, as this is how I have been washing my jeans for years. My first job was at Sonic, where we were required to wear black jeans. Washing my black jeans inside out kept them looking pretty new. I wasn’t using the detergent for dark clothing either, just liquid fabric softener. My jeans lasted me longer than other of my co-workers jeans; I could see theirs fade much quicker than mine. I have noticed that when I get lazy and don’t turn my jeans inside out they do indeed fade much quicker.

Are there any other tips you want to share on how to find the perfect jeans?

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Lamp Shade Makeover

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A few weeks ago, I found these two old lamps at a thrift store and thought they would be perfect for a makeover. Most of the lamp makeovers I have seen on Pinterest with these kind of lamps, consist of spray painting the base some bright color. However, I didn’t want to paint the base since I actually like the gold look.

For the fabric, I wanted a modern print in black & white. At first I was thinking just stripes and maybe if I could find a fabric with all three colors–black, white, and gold that would be great. I went to JoAnn’s Fabric first but I didn’t see anything that I liked. They did have some black fabric with small white polka dots but I just didn’t like it that much. At Hobby Lobby,  I ended up finding tons of gorgeous modern prints. Ultimately, I ended up with this fabric since it was pretty close to what I was looking for. The fabric was $5.60 a yard, so I bought three yards. I ended up with some extra fabric which I will save for another project.

I found a tutorial online for how to recover a lamp shade which looked pretty easy. However, I had a hard time cutting the fabric to fit the lamp shade. That is until I found this super helpful video that shows you how to draft a pattern for a lamp shade.

Overall, this lamp shade makeover was not too difficult. I could see myself doing it again. It beats paying lots of $$$ for a lamp! While I was at Hobby Lobby, I saw this simple yet classy gold lamp that I really liked …$119 vs. my lamp makeover $13 ($5 for lamp + $8 for fabric).

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Make sure to check out my Thrifting Shopping Tips for Petites.

How to Style Floral Skirts

Floral Skirts

 I am not a huge fan of flowers on clothing. I personally feel, for me anyways, that they make me look like I am ten. However, in recent years, I have warmed up to floral skirts. I’ve realized that you CAN achieve a chic look with a floral skirt.

The key in achieving a modern look with a floral print is by pairing it with something simple. For skirts or even shorts with a floral pattern, you can throw on a graphic tee with a cute saying, a chambray blouse, a striped t-shirt, or even just a basic tee. As you can see from the outfits above, you can create several different looks with one floral skirt.

I chose a few more floral skirts you might like (besides the ones above) that you might just be able to pick up on sale for the summer. Just click on the Mavatar Collection:

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Petite Thrift Store Finds

Okay ladies, so yesterday I shared with you a few helpful thrifting tips for petites. Today, I wanted to show you some of my finds from last weeks thrifting trip.

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I found this Ann Taylor Tweed Print Wrap, this exact one! It’s in perfect condition, and I want to say I paid about $3 for it. It’s not a petite size, but luckily the one I found at the thrift store was size XS so it fits me perfectly. When I saw it, I thought it would be perfect for work with slacks or even a skirt.

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Next I found this Merona cap sleeve french terry top ($5). I remember seeing this top at Target only a few months ago. It looked practically brand new. It didn’t have the tags but it didn’t look like it had been worn at all.

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Remember, I was looking for skirts & dresses. Well, I had no luck with dresses but I did find these two skirts. A black BCBG skirt ($4) and a Merona black and white skirt ($5).

And last but not least, I found these two jackets. I found a Loft blazer ($9) and a Loft casual green jacket ($3). The blazer is not petite but the sleeves were not too long. So I can easily roll them up slightly for a modern look. The green jacket is very lightweight so I can wear it during the spring over a tank top. I also found a J. Crew blazer in blue, petite size for $9, but I ended up not buying it because I already have a blue blazer. Although, if I go back and it’s still at the store I might just be tempted to pick it up.

As you can see, it is possible to find great stuff at the thrift store even if it’s not “petite.” If you haven’t already, make sure to take a look at my thrifting tips for petites, as that’s how I ended up finally finding clothing pieces for myself.

I found most of the items at the Family Thrift Center (Dallas area), blazer at Goodwill, and BCBG skirt at New2U in Plano. To find a thrift store in your area, just click here.

 

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Thrift Store Shopping Tips for Petites

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Thrift shopping can be fun for some, but for me it use to be frustrating. Being petite, clothes shopping in general can be difficult so thrifting always ended up as a fail for me.

I would be so excited about it up to the point I actually walked in. How could I possibly find something trendy AND in my size? I would give up right away and walk away with nothing. Yet, I know people who go thrifting and they always seem to find great pieces at fab prices. I always thought it was because they were not petite that they had better luck than I. However, after a recent trip to a few local thrift shops and some research I found out thrifting is possible even for us petites.

I found these thrifting tips for petites very helpful (in fact I even finally bought a few trendy pieces for myself!):

Be Patient

This is probably the one thing I was not doing in my prior thrifting excursions. I would walk in expecting a “petite” section. I did not have the patience to look through the clutter of clothes.

Go with the mindset that this shopping adventure will take both time to do some digging and lots of patience. Don’t give up after looking at a couple of things.

Have a Plan

I found out that having a plan made thrifting so much easier. When I went knowing exactly what I wanted and planned accordingly then I did much better than when I just went in without knowing what I wanted.

Since the weather is pleasant and it is only going to get warmer, I knew that I really wanted to find at least a dress and/or a skirt. So when I went thrift shopping last week, I checked out the skirts/dresses racks first, then moved on to tops & blazers. Blazers are great in all seasons. During spring & summer they are perfect for the office over a sleeveless top or dress. Plus, I really just wanted to expand my blazer collection.

Regardless of when you go thrifting, just make sure you have a plan as to what you would like to find as it helps keep you both on budget and will save you some time at the store.

Re-Fashion

This a great tip I found through Pinterest. Keep an eye out for clothing pieces you can easily refashion. If you find something you love–maybe it’s the fabric or print on an item, don’t give up on it just because it’s too big. Some clothing items have great potential, you just have to be a little creative.

If you know how to sew, or have a relative inexpensive tailor, then go ahead and buy that too-big for you clothing item.

Need to be inspired? Check out what these fashion bloggers did with their thrift finds.

refashioncollageTo see how Extra Petite transformed a blouse into a cute top, click here. Are you into florals? Then check out Ruffles & Stuff for their floral dress diy or Cotton Curl’s floral skirt project. Need a new dress for the office–then Our Life is Beautiful has a DIY for a peplum dress.

Check Out the Big Kids Section

If you sometimes check out the big kids (children’s) section at the major retailers then you should do the same at thrift stores. Plus their prices might be even less, meaning you will save even more!

Go Often

Regardless of whether you are petite or not, your best chances of finding great clothing pieces is by going to the thrift store often. They are always getting new items so if you don’t have much luck one week, then instead of giving up (like I had done in the past) give it a try on a different day or the following week.

After trying out these tips for myself, I realized…I actually enjoy thrifting! Just remember…Don’t give up. Don’t get frustrated. Try again!

Do any of you have any other thrifting tips for petites?

 

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Petite Summer Skirts & Dresses Under $50 {Plus How to Win a $25 Gift Card}

Petite Summer Skirts & Dresses

Who is ready for the summer? I am…kind of. You see for us here in Texas our summers are usually unbearably hot…100+ degrees. Right now, it’s been mostly pleasant, 70-80 degree weather. However, I know hotter days are coming.

During summer, I like to wear mostly dresses & skirts for both work & on the weekend. Even though the office is kept cool, it can get warm in your car as you are driving (yes…even with the air conditioner on). For the office, if the dress is sleeveless, I usually take a light-weight cardigan with me. And on the weekend, I like wearing cotton dresses like the blue polka dot pictured above, simple and comfortable!

If you are looking to update your summer wardrobe, please check out my collection on Mavatar of Petite Skirts & Dresses Under $50. Plus, each month, two of my readers who make a purchase from one of my Mavatar collections will get a $25 gift card! So how does it work? To enter, all you have to do is simply share a screenshot or photo of your receipt of an item you purchased online from one of my collections and post it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #mymavatar and tag me (tag me on twitter as @bonjour_chica and on Instagram as @bonjourchica). That’s it!

If you would love to participate but are not on Twitter or Instagram, or do not want to share your receipt on social media, you can still participate. Just send me an e-mail with the screenshot or photo of your receipt to bonjourchica@ymail.com and I will forward it on to Mavatar so you can be one of the two lucky winners of the $25 gift card of the month.

Here is my collection of Petite Skirts & Dresses Under $50, and don’t worry if you are not petite, these items also come in regular sizes! So click, take a look , shop and enter to win a $25 gift card!!

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Think Pink {ColorBlocking for Spring/Summer}

Think Pink {Emma Stone}

My favorite look from this year’s Met Gala had to be Emma Stone’s pretty in pink look. I thought she looked gorgeous.

What did you think of this look? I found it fresh, young and trendy. Overall perfect for spring. Even though Emma Stone is not petite, I loved the maxi skirt. Usually, I am not into long skirts because I feel like they make me look even shorter. However, I would wear one with a slit like Emma’s. In fact, when I was in high school I sewed my own maxi skirt with a slit (mine was on the side) and I loved wearing that skirt.

What did you think of the side braid? I personally really liked it. Which by the way, my 4-year-old is obsessed with braids at the moment. Every morning she asks for them, either she wants the Queen Elsa/Frozen look (like Emma’s) or she wants the pigtail braids like Princess Anna. Today she went for the Anna look, yesterday it was the Queen Elsa look. Any other moms out there getting hairstyle requests from their little ones thanks to Frozen?

Don’t forget to check out my Pink Color-blocking Collection on Mavatar to see where you can find tops & skirts to create your own spring pink look.

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