Petite-friendly Jeans

Petite jeans

Petites, it looks like more and more retailers are starting to carry petite-friendly jeans in-store. This week, I have been on the search for jeans to update my wardrobe….and what do you know I found some at stores that I hadn’t tried before.

I knew Target & Gap both had petite-friendly clothing on-line, but I hadn’t seen or tried their “short” sizes at their stores. I stopped by Gap earlier this week since they were having their up to 75% off sale. I didn’t find anything on sale, but I thought I would check out their jeans. Last time I had been inside a Gap, must have been several months back and I didn’t see any petite-friendly jeans that time. However, this time, I noticed they had “short” sizes. So I grabbed a pair and tried them on…and they actually fit pretty nicely. They weren’t on sale, but since it’s so hard to find jeans that fit, I went ahead and bought a pair ($70).

Then just today, as I was at Target getting some stuff I needed….you know I had to check out their clothes. I noticed their sales signs, Buy 1 Get One 1/2 OFF Women’s Jeans. And again, I was pleasantly surprised that they carry “short” sizes in the Mossimo & Denizen jean brands. I grabbed a few styles and tried them on. I am not a big fan of bootcut jeans since even at a “short” size they tend to be a bit longer than I want them. I did find a pair of Denizen modern bootcut jeans that weren’t too long, but I would definitively have to wear heels with them. I ended up buying two pairs of Mossimo straight-leg jeans (modern fit). I paid around $45 for both pairs. The Buy 1 Get One 1/2 Off Women’s Jeans sale is going on now until 10/25. You can also buy them online, as right now they are offering free shipping on all items.

I am just glad to know that from now on, when shopping for jeans, I have more options than just Loft– which had been the only place that I could buy petite jeans from in-store. Now, if only Target & Gap (as well as other retailers) would start carrying other petite-friendly clothes (like trouser pants, dresses, sweaters, etc) in-store as well…..

Clothes Customized for You {eShakti}

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If you are like most women, shopping for clothes can be frustrating at times. And when you do find something you like– it often is either too long, too short, too wide, or worst yet that fab piece you come across doesn’t even come in your size at all. How does shopping for clothes with the freedom to customize it to create the perfect fit for YOU sound? Well, I recently found out this is possible thanks to eShakti whose motto is, “We design. You customize.”

I recently had the opportunity to work with eShakti to see what this whole customization to your fit thing works. I was given complete freedom in choosing one free piece from their collection to see for myself how it all works. The hardest thing for me was choosing a piece, as they have many amazing clothes. I finally chose this short black trench coat because this is a classic piece everyone needs in their closet. As a petite, I am pretty limited in the places that carry jackets in petite sizes. And usually they only carry the long trench coats anyways. This eShakti black trench coat came out perfectly, it fits me just right. Something that bothers me, even about “petite” trench coats it that the belt always seems too long. With the eShakti trench coat, I didn’t have this problem…the belt was the right size for me.

When customizing a piece, you are given the option on choosing a standard size or custom size. Within the custom size option, you then specify your measurements (shoulder, waist, hip, upper arm, etc.). With both standard size & custom size, you provide your height and are given a custom styling option (optional). Custom styling option for the trench coat was if I wanted it to be hip length or as shown in the photo. For other pieces it could be things like, what length do you want the dress to be for example–you like the design but you see yourself wearing it as a mini or mid-calf length, that kind of thing. So not only are you customizing it by your measurements but also by style. I thought this was a great option because there are times I see clothes I like but think, “oh, this would like great if only it was quarter-sleeves, or if it had pockets here.” And what is even better is that the customization is only $7.50 vs. what it would cost to take it to a tailor.

If you have problems when it comes to shopping for clothes, you really have to check out eShakti. They have many different styles to choose from—retro, contemporary, special occasion, boho chic, and all styles are available in sizes 0-36W!! If you shop eShakti, you can get 10% off with promo code “bonjourchica” from now until 11/09/2014. Just make sure you enter it in the promotional code box, it’s not case-sensitive, you can use as many times as you want during this time, and you can use with other promotional offers, but not on sale/clearance or overstock categories. I for one, have my eye on several of their dresses

Wishing you all an awesome week!!

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REVIEW: VS Pointed-Toe Flats

VS Pointed-Toe Flats

Hello again! I am back from NYC and wishing I was still there. But I will tell you more about my girls getaway later. Today, I wanted to share with you my review on the nude flats I bought for the trip.

If you remember from my nude flats post, I told you I bought the Victoria’s Secret pointed-toe flats in Evening Blush. I wanted to share with you my thoughts on these shoes since I could not find any reviews on them when I first purchased them.

Pros: style (love the pointed-toe look), colors (love the evening blush nude), versatile (they go with everything!), comfy (I walked entire days & streets of NYC with very minimum foot pain); they look great with jeans & dresses/skirts.

Cons: Okay, so when I first opened the box, I was a bit disappointed. They had this strong smell, like paint or a cheap store. I was seriously thinking of taking them back. They felt a little cheaper than what I expected. They are bit pricey $68 but currently on sale for $48.

The style of the VS flat shoe is great, but they feel a little cheap; maybe a step above Forever 21 but sort of reminded me of the ballerina flats you can find at Target–except I couldn’t find pointed-toe ones in a nude color when I looked there. I ended up falling in love with this pair of VS pointed-toe flats since I did a lot of walking (and even some dancing) in them and my feet didn’t hurt as much. I loved walking and taking the subway, so I knew there would be some foot pain but I felt very minimum.

Would I buy another pair of VS pointed-toe flats again? You know I probably will…if they are on sale. I just can’t get past the actual quality vs. their original price. I’ve bought $60+ ballet flats before from other stores and the quality was much better.

Here is a picture of them (after walking all over NYC in them–sorry I meant to take a before photo) & the box they came in:

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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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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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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!!

*This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

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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Petite Fashionista à la Mode: Merrie

Merrie

Phoenix, AZ Blogger at Petite Career Girl • Height: 5’2″

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Hi Ladies!

It’s nice to meet you! I’m so happy to be featured as the Petite Fashionista à la Mode today…I think it’s a great idea of Aida.  I joined the blogging world because I was always looking for different outfits to wear and ways to broaden my clothing options through tailoring.  I knew of several great Petite bloggers, but wanted to add my thoughts to the mix!

My Lookbook

Today, I’d like to share some of my favorite looks:

Pink & Navy

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Read my full post to find out more about this outfit here!

Pink Wrap Dress

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Three ways to style a wrap dress (full post).

Red & Teal

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This outfit was inspired by Kate Spade NYFW (full post).

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Petite Fashionistas à la Mode is a series to show the world (& the fashion industry) women come in more than one size. If you are petite (5’4″ and under) then consider participating by sending an e-mail to bonjourchica@ymail.com

Petite Skinny Ankle Pants

Petite Skinny Ankle Pants

A favorite of celebrities, skinny ankles pants have become quite the trend.  And of course no one wears them better than petites!  Just make sure you are actually shopping for “petites”—for a stylish fit and look.

Styling skinny ankle pants is pretty easy—it’s all in the shoes. For work and an evening out, your best choice will be shoes with height such as classic pumps or wedges à la Kate Middleton. If you are going for more of a casual look, ballet flats or sandals will work just fine.

Do you know in which decade ankle pants first became popular?

Make sure to check this collection of petite skinny ankle pants so you can compare styles & prices!