= Fast Food & Fast Fashion | a personal style blog: August 2011

Petite Fashion Challenge #10 - "Summer to Fall"

Liz at Fashion For Teens is the host for the tenth Petite Fashion Challenge and she has challenged us to transition summer apparel (sundresses, tanks, shorts, etc.) into pre-fall pieces.
I chose one of my favorite summer dresses to pull double duty. While summery in design the print is very "fall" in color palette. All it takes is a cardigan and maybe tights and boots for when it gets chillier to transform this lightweight summer dress into something autumn appropriate.
BB Dakota dress, F21 belt, no brand cardigan, Franco Sarto pumps
Be sure to check out other entries for this challenge at Fashion for Teens.

20% Off New Season Merchandise at ASOS

My previous order from ASOS has not arrived yet (just as I was starting to become really impressed by ASOS's delivery system - prior to this order I was getting purchases placed merely 5-7 days before delivery) but it's due to arrive this week so I'll post pictures as soon as I can.

Use USFLASH at checkout for 20% off full priced merchandise today only. Unfortunately, unlike the previous 20% off code, this only works on full priced items.

OOTD: What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy? - Ursula LeGuin

I decided to go grocery shopping, a Sunday afternoon ritual for me, after satellite maps cleared my area of Irene. Am I a little crazy? Possibly. But this girl will do some crazy things for discount teddy grahams. The winds were manageable but still aggressive.
This is my best effort at standing still for outfit pictures while police cars race by behind me on mostly empty streets, likely to tend to someone in need.
Ann Taylor Factory dress, F21 Cardigan, F21 Necklace, Rampage Shoes

Have you heard? A special "curated" collection of H&M Fall looks will be available via Elle Magazine today at noon E.S.T.

OOTD: The wind shows us how close to the edge we are

The wind shows us how close to the edge we are - Joan Didion

I spent the better part of this weekend holed up at home, following the movement of Hurricane Irene as she traveled up the Eastern seaboard. Thankfully the area in which I live was spared of the destruction that Irene could have wreaked. 

I feel lucky to have escaped unscathed and was grateful that local, state and federal authorities took the proper precautions to warn me about the effect that Irene could have. So it was disheartening to read that some people felt that the storm was "overhyped" (I really should just stay away from public forums that attract the most skeptical cynics). I wonder if the only way for people to truly appreciate the severity of a natural disaster is to see blood and that idea is deeply unsettling to me.
ASOS Top, F21 Necklace, F21 Shorts, H&M Trench, Hunter Boots

OOTD: Monochromatic Blue

This BCBG bandage/textured skirt was a favorite when I first got it but over time the novelty wore off and I started to resent purchasing three of them at once (I also have it in red and gray). I found them in my closet (which is currently under renovations) recently and remembered why they had been relegated to the back of my closet. This skirt, while flattering on many body types, was not particularly forgiving on my mostly curveless body. Additionally, it's nearly impossible to tuck in any kind of blouse while wearing this skirt as evidenced by these pictures. 

How would you wear bandage skirts? Or are they doomed for closet abyss?

I think these skirts have a rather high chance of becoming strictly "fun" clothes for date nights and whatnot. The length isn't too inappropriate on 5'2 me but I can't seem to find a way to wear it so that it would be appropriate for work.
photo credit: BCBG
I'll be brainstorming outfit ideas in the next two weeks that'll incorporate this skirt. Please leave a comment if you have any ideas.

OOTD: Trading Up

A few blogger friends wondered how this skirt in size M would look on me so here are some pictures of an outfit that I wore which incorporated the larger size.

I am pleased with the fit of the size M but am itching to go back and grab the size L as well. I really want even more length on this skirt but the size M was already falling off my hips without a belt so the L would definitely require some creative sewing on my part.

The size S was a bit roomy on my waist but hugged my hips but the size M was more in tune with what I was hoping for. I like that it fit loosely throughout without any curve hugging properties.

I really love this skirt but am stumped when it comes to styling. I couldn't think of another color other than white, navy and the exact shade of beige in the skirt which would go with this skirt.
I'll be brainstorming a few ideas for how to wear this in the next few weeks. As always, please offer any suggestions or ideas that you think might work.

And onto sale news! 

This 40% off ONE full-priced item sale isn't exactly spectacular because everything is still $70-80 after the discount and shipping is a hefty $9.95-$12.95.  I think I've been spoiled by their additional 50% off sales. The Fall collection really is a hit though.

Use code FALL40 at checkout. 
Lace Sheath Dress, Lilia Platform Buckle Pump, Abstract Bangles, Lady Bag
Left: Fringed Lapel Long Sleeve Shirt, Fashion Ankle Skinny Pants, Leandra Platform Shootie, 1/2" skiny belt - hairclf leop
Right: Silk Trench Shirt, BouTiQUE Stretch Twill Signature Trousers, Snake Print Cuff with Textured Lock

And the Limited is having a similar event this weekend as well except the discount is for the entire purchase.

OOTD: Stripes and Scallops

I have a bad habit of buying things that suit the outfit that I wear to go shopping so it's unsurprising that I ended up purchasing two navy knit blazers on the day that I wore an all-navy ensemble.

This swing/cropped jacket is an outlet find from the Banana Republic Factory store. I had been rather bored by the selection available when I spotted this jacket from 100 feet away.

Sartorial Bucket List #7 : Patent Red Belt

I've been looking for a modestly-priced red belt for some time now but for some reason it took me until last weekend to find the right one (actually, two).

I very recently became a belt convert - since starting a blog I've become more conscious of the use of belts and other accessories to adorn my outfits. Red is one of my favorite colors and I was ecstatic to have found both the thin and wide patent bright red belts at the Ann Taylor Factory.

The thin belt measures 36 inches long and the wider belt measures nearly 37 inches long.

Sorry about the blurry pictures.
Speaking of Ann Taylor, how gorgeous is their fall collection? I was starting to compile a list of items that I plan to order when a 40% off sale rolls around but the collection is selling out at an alarming pace online. 

Update: ASOS 20% Off Your Entire Purchase

So it turns out that the code for extra 20% off sale items also works on regular items, use code EXTRA20 for 20% off your total purchase.

I had ordered with the extra 15% off ((this, this, and this) thought that was good enough but this is even sweeter!

I think for those of us who don't live near a Zara, the ASOS ones are similar in quality and with free shipping and free returns is a risk worth taking.
Whistles is a brand that I've wanted to try for some time now, they have this RedValentino vibe going, very sweet and very proper.
And who can't get enough of pleats? I love these slightly longer lengths for the fall.
Lastly, some petite styles that I am watching.
ASOS PETITE Exclusive Seam Front Trousers, ASOS PETITE Mini Tulip Dress With Flute Sleeves, ASOS PETITE Midi Dress In Soft Chiffon, ASOS PETITE Chiffon Wrap Jumpsuit

Quick ASOS Review + Extra 20% Off Sale Items

I had sent back the rest of the sale orders that I placed and planned on keeping these three items but after taking pictures decided to only keep one. The good thing about blogging is that it forces me to scrutinize my purchases.

ASOS is also offering an extra 20% off code on sale merchandise - use EXTRA20 at checkout.

First up - ASOS Chiffon Hem Draped Suit Blazer in UK Regular 6/ US Regular 2: I thought this was really pretty and loved the chiffon hem but wow is it ever unflattering on me. It's not work appropriate and after some struggle I decided the material compounded with the fit will render it mostly unwearable for my lifestyle.
And this is one of my favorite styles from ASOS -  ASOS PETITE Cowl Back Shift Dress in UK Petite 4/US Petite 0/1: I am kicking myself for not ordering the black when it was still available. I decided to only keep the cream because I really don't like the color "rust" on my skin tone. The torso is a little tight on me but I love the back of the dress. I consider myself pretty broad-backed but this dress makes me feel less lineman-like.
The cream and rust fit similarly - so no sizing discrepancies between colors. I think I am too long-torso'ed for the petite length so will probably try to order the regular size 2 when it becomes available again. Crossing my fingers for ASOS to re-release this style in other colors.

I am eying the still full-priced ASOS Drape Cowl Back Dress with Strap Detail because of its similarity to this dress. 
And I thought I'd be able to wear my Victoria's Secret Pink® Multi-way Plunge Bra with this dress but had forgotten that it has back straps. The Style Secrets® U-plunge Backless Push-up Bra would be much better with it but I only have it in black and the dress in cream isn't thick enough to mask the dark bra.

Juicy Couture End of Summer Sale

I should've posted this sale earlier because sizes are selling out quickly but there are some terrific deals to be had.

Free shipping on orders of $100 and more.

I bought this Cobblestone Blouse with Ties a few months ago for nearly twice as much - the size "P" was big on me so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone smaller than me. If you are taller than me I can see this working out very well for you.
I love lace anything so already have similar items in my closet so I passed on this sweater.
I adore the Cotton Silk Allegra Dress (also available here and here) but boyfriend said it's a little too robe-like.
I've had my eye on the Ellie Jacket for months but am passing on it for now because I really love this similar Erin Fetherston jacket.
And here are some purchases from the Juicy Couture factory that I made over the weekend.

The Juicy Couture x Erin Fetherston High Shine Bustier Dress in size 2 - it's a tad big on me but I really like the valentine's day colors.
And this light navy knit blazer is an outlet exclusive new arrival - reasonably priced (for Juicy Couture) at $99 and was 30% off this past weekend. A little pricey for the material but I really like the cut so it came home with me. There is a similar design in their fall 2011 collection that is currently retailing for $200 plus. I feel better about this purchase already.
And some eyecandy from their Fall 2011 Lookbook.

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