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Best of 2016 – Style Edition

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1. Comme Des Garcon Play Striped Tee: This is turning out to be my favorite t shirt of all time. It costs 10 times as much as Gap Tee and about 4 times as much as an Everlane Striped Tee. I am yet to find out if the ‘Made in  Japan’ tag lives up to its hype. If you go strictly by cost per wear, it should last at least 100 wears without even trying too hard.

What do I already love about this Tee? It is a nice mid-weight. I love the vibrant blue stripes and the little heart (cliche, but so nice without being too cute!). It washes well and holds it shape. This is also the first t shirt that is good length for me. Most T shirts hit me mid-thigh! I am not sure if all women are that tall!! I also love that the shoulder seams sit at the right place. I am a little tired of the ‘drop shoulders’ trend. It is neither too boxy nor too fitted. I am not really sure how CDG striped Ts compare to Saint James ones. Probably next year, I can do a comparison if I get around to buying a Saint James T.

2. Theory Cashmere Sweater: I live in Arizona and don’t have much need/ use for sweaters. We hardly have 2 to 3 months of cold weather. Winters are pretty tame, even when compared to California or Nevada. This is my first 100% cashmere sweater. Yep, at the ripe old age of 30, I bought my first one. There is something romantic about 3/4th sleeve sweaters. I don’t know.. maybe I like to romanticize boring things. I love the mauve color of this one. It’s so light and warm!. The faux turtleneck is a nice twist. I am hoping that it’ll last me a few years. For the money I spent, I hope it does!!

3. Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Pumps: I cannot stop talking about these shoes. They just elevate my everyday outfits. I wear them to work, parties, and date nights. They are comfortable for a couple of hours of standing and walking around. But, in all honesty, they start to hurt when I do serious walking (exploring cities and down-towns on foot etc). I have been told that patent leather can take a while to breakdown. But, I think it is really to do with my wide feet. Ferragamo, if you are hearing, please make a size 4 in a C width. In terms of wear and tear, they seem indestructible. I might have to get them re-soled at the end of 2017. Other than that, I think they are made to last.

4. Ann Taylor Dress: This one is Polyester. Also, for all I know AT manufactures most of its clothes in China (this one is made in Vietnam). As much as I would love to buy all my clothes from more transparent brands, I cannot afford to.  Many transparent brands don’t manufacture silhouettes and styles that look good on me. That is the sad truth. I try to compensate by buying less and less things every year. I am also starting to buy from second hand markets (Poshmark, TheRealReal, Ebay). This dress is really well made and doesn’t show any signs of wear or tear yet. I’ve worn it upwards of 40 times.

5. Cambridge Satchel Saddle Bag: This is slowly turning into my favorite weekend/ run-errands bag. It doesn’t fit much – My card holder, a travel size comb, sun glasses (in a pouch), a lip balm / lipstick  and my phone. That’s it. It keeps me in check from carrying too much and hurting my shoulders. What makes it great is the leather – It is pretty much bullet proof. The texture, look and feel of it makes it a great casual bag. I got the original strap resized at my cobbler’s as it was too long for me. I got it on sale at less than $150.

6. Marc Jacobs Honey: This is such a warm and happy perfume! I am a big fan of honey (the one you eat) in real life and was curious to try it when I saw it in Sephora. I love that is NOT overly sweet after it settles down. It is a nice daytime floral. I bought the biggest bottle I found (100 ml) at TJ Maxx for about $40.

7. J. Crew Cardholder:  I had some store credit from 2015. For less than $15 bucks (sale price), it has served me very well. Surprisingly, it holds upwards of 10 cards (both sides and the middle inner compartment). I just slide it in my pocket and I am all set for my walk to the local coffee shop. One of the best buys. I think it’ll last another year, if not longer.

What are your favorite purchases of 2016?

Note: This is the first time I’m attempting a proper flat lay. I am still learning and have a long way to go. The search for the best background is on! Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.
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  1. Everything is the picture looks beautiful! I really like the color of your cashmere sweater, it’s still neutral enough but not as boring as black, navy, or grey (all the three colors that I tend to gravitate to). I have made a post of my best buy of 2016 too 🙂 But the best of the best is a pair of boots from Isabel Marant. So glad that I could get them discounted because they have been worn a lot since I got them.

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    January 8, 2017
    • SA. #

      Thank you Ellya. The sweater’s color was a conscious decision to add some color to my basics. I am going to stop by and checkout your list right away!! Isabel Marant boots have a cult following among quite a few of my stylish friends. I have very less need for boots where I live. For now, I’ll admire them from far away!

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      January 8, 2017
  2. There is something charming about the Play tee. You got a deal on the MJ fragrance I’m looking at the price on Sephora. Well done!

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    January 8, 2017
    • SA. #

      Thank you P! What were your favorite purchases of 2016? I loved the beauty roundup that you did recently!

      I see MJ Honey, Dot and Lola re-stocked along with Ck and Burberry ones at my local TJ Maxx all the time. I keep thinking if anyone still buys the mid-range perfumes at full price anymore. I understand the high end ones are not available at such stores or outlets. But, on most other perfumes, you can potentially get a deal in a store.

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      January 8, 2017
      • I should do a post. I can’t go wrong with anything I buy from Rick Owens, H&M black suede pants, my massive ridiculous Gucci sunglasses. So nice that I had to buy them twice. (I stupidly damaged my 1st pair while I was on vacation).

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        January 8, 2017
      • SA. #

        Yeah, I consider you an authority on Rick Owens clothes. I hear that they are made to last. I love that! Those Gucci sunglasses must be really good if you repurchased them. I look forward to seeing your round up.

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        January 8, 2017
      • The Divintus is the queen of RO. I just find RO suits my body type and my mental projection perfectly, admittedly the line is best suited for devastatingly thin women. Even I have to go up a size at times. The Lilies line is more delicate since it is knit jersey fabrics, but I think that is part of the RO appeal since they are known for their unfinished/frayed/ultra long hems. Also jersey tends to stretch out as its worn and then shrinks back down once its washed. So it depends…. on the line: the drkshdw (typically cotton fleece or denim) or main line (wools, silks, cashmeres, leathers etc…), and if you’re super die hard Hun (exotics: alligator, fur). I would say RO clothing is meant to be worn and lived in, which I don’t find is the case for other designers that appeal to avant-garde-esque tastes.

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        February 3, 2017
  3. That perfume bottle looks so stinking cute. I am finding myself looking at fragrances again. I’ve had a long period of not being interested becuase of the synthetic components, but now I’m slowly starting to feel the appeal again. I haven’t found a good natural perfume yet, but I am just starting my search.
    And I also use one of those cardholders for my small summer bags. They are perfect for that. But right now I carry a huge crossbody with an equally gigantic zip wallet, but it’s the middle of winter and I live in New England where winters are tough, so everything I put on these days is oversized.
    This is an excellent exercise: it can be so useful to keep track of best previous purchases to inform future ones. I should do it too.

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    January 8, 2017
    • SA. #

      Thank you Lori! That bottle really looks good in the bathroom. Natural perfumes sound like a fantastic idea. Perhaps, I’ll do some research too. I lived in Boston area for a 6 months (winter). So, i know what you mean 🙂
      I look forward to your reviews!

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      January 8, 2017
  4. LL #

    The Vara shoes are way out of my budget, but every time I see them, I want them. I don’t have anywhere to wear them, really, but they are just so charming and lovely. The J Crew wallet looks nice, and I have been looking around for something to replace the (similar) one I currently am wearing out.

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    January 8, 2017
    • SA. #

      The Varas were a gift this year for my 30th birthday LL! Also, Varas are found for more reasonable prices on ebay all the time if you wear an average size (between 6 and 8). The J Crew wallet – I found at an outlet/ factory store and just picked it up as it felt nice to the touch 🙂

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      January 8, 2017
  5. Xin #

    I also shove a surprisingly large number of cards into a cardholder-style wallet. I’m not sure I see myself going back to one of those big long-zip type wallets again, as it’s so much easier to slip the cardholder into a coat pocket.

    I really like 3/4 sleeves in tops and sweaters – I think they cut off at a flattering place on the arm. I guess I like to show off my wrists, haha.

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    January 8, 2017
    • SA. #

      Me too! I love to show off my forearms and wrists, but not so much my shoulders and upper arms 🙂 Once you go for cardholders, you find those big wallets such a pain. They don’t fit in evening bags or jackets. Will you please do a best of 2016 for beauty and fashion purchases? I’d like to see what made your list.

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      January 8, 2017
  6. You picked up some lovely stuff this year. I love the CDG tee. I totally agree about the drop shoulders, I’m not sure why they exist?? I did try on some Saint James tops while in NYC last week, but neither of the styles I tried on was what I was looking for. However they are a good length (I’m short too!).

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    January 10, 2017
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      Thank you! Another short girl like me. So Saint James Tee did not work out.. huh? I think 2017 is going to be the year of stripes for me!

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      January 11, 2017
      • I guess I have something specific in mind and the styles either had sleeves that were too long/baggy (the unisex meridien) or the neckline too high (the guildo). I suspect I want the women’s version of the meridien but they didn’t have it in stock in my size and I don’t dare order it online without having tried it on first!

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        January 11, 2017
      • SA. #

        I totally get what you mean. Even on this cdg tee, the sleeves are so long for me. I wish we had a good brand that made long lasting tshirts for petites every season. The everlane ones are so long on me. I hate doing half tucks and full tucks on everything 🙂

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        January 11, 2017
  7. D #

    Gah – I have been wanting a CDG Play t shirt for a while now, and keep putting it off because it is a lot for a t-shirt. You are convincing me I will get as much wear out of it as I imagine = )
    – D
    http://www.styledtour.blogspot.com

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    January 23, 2017
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      Haha! I wore it about 6 times in the first month of buying. I don’t ever want to be an enabler. But this T lasts. I am a little gentle on it ( wash cycle or air drying etc). The only reason for that is because it fits me so well and I don’t want to keep dropping so much money for a t shirt as a routine!

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      January 24, 2017
  8. I really like the color palette of the things. And about CDG… I love their designs and that little heart patch. The more I think about it, the more I want a t-shirt like that! Good to know that is shorter than regular ones; as a petite girl myself, it irritates me how many hemlines hit under my butt instead of above it. Not to mention the problem with pants. I’m grateful for the trend of above-ankle length of trousers. Saves me a lot of time adjusting them, haha.

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    February 18, 2017
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      I apologize for the responding so late. I have been traveling out of the country.
      I am definitely getting a lot of wear out of my CDG T and it holds its shape well even after washes. Yes, I wish there was a brand that exclusively made T shirts for petites (or with custom lengths). About trousers, I am still on the look out for a pair of trousers for my pear shaped, petite body. Please let me know if you have any recommendations. 🙂

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      February 23, 2017
      • No need to apologize. 🙂
        Petite sizing – it’s not that much a breaking discovery but when shopping, I go for Spanish/Italian brands or producers. Their sizing is smaller both in clothes and shoes, therefore suiting me more. Anywhere else I need to go one size down. 😦 However, I have no recommendation of any particular brands. If I stumble upon something that I like aesthethically and sewing and material-wise that also fits me well, I usually buy it right there. 😀 It doesn’t happen often that a thing would tick off all these criteria AND would be something I need at the moment.

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        February 23, 2017

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