EXPRESS PETITES REVIEW

I’m excited to share this review because I’ve been wanting to check out more items from Express’ petite line ever since trying out their coats last Fall. It’s definitely been a while since I’ve shopped at Express. Honestly, I probably haven’t stepped foot in one since middle or high school. Was anyone else completely obsessed with their cami tank tops and t-shirts back in the day? While Express isn’t my go-to store, I’m always game to check out a brand that offers petite sizes.

30 AFFORDABLE PETITE-FRIENDLY ACTIVEWEAR FINDS TO KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR

Let’s face it when you’re petite, it’s much harder to shop for activewear. Workout tanks end up looking like dresses and mile-long leggings leave you wondering were your feet are. In an effort to make the shopping process a little bit easier for you, I rounded up some affordable activewear finds to help you kick off the new year. This post is organized into three different categories: $30 and under finds, $60 and under finds, and $100 and under finds. So hopefully, everyone will be able to find something that fits their personal budget! (For more reading on petite-friendly active brands, check out my post here.)

WHY I DECIDED TO START MY OWN BRAND

Today, I’m sharing a more personal post and talking about why I made the decision to start my own brand called LNO Studio (a custom womenswear brand). While I haven’t talked about my career much in the past, I’ve decided it’s time to open up about it more. Not only is fashion a major part of my life from a blogging perspective, it’s also been a large part of my life from a career perspective too. 

Starting my own fashion brand is something I’ve dreamed of doing for a long time. Let me start with a confession I actually started this blog three years ago because I was too scared to launch my own brand then. I was worried that I would fail at starting a company so I decided starting a blog would help me dip my toes in the deep end first. Like many women, I’ve had this mentality of constantly needing to prepare as much as possible ahead of time for everything that I might need to know. This mentality was also present in my career decisions. Every job I ever took after college was with the intent of learning lessons I thought would one day be valuable for starting a company. I think it’s pretty apparent at this point that I’m a serious planner. However, I now realize that it’s impossible for me to know everything I’ll ever need to know ahead of time. Life is about learning and growing, and if I was a 100% prepared for every situation then I wouldn’t be experiencing either of these things so central to the human condition. 

MY THAILAND TRAVEL GUIDE

I’m really excited to write this post because it’s the first time I’ve ever written a true travel guide for my blog. It’s somewhat surprising I’ve never written one before since I truly love traveling. Hands down Thailand is one of my favorite countries to visit so I decided it would be worthwhile to share the places I’ve fallen in love with there.

Five years ago after graduating from college, I visited Bangkok with some friends just for the weekend. Even though it was a short trip, I was hooked and knew I wanted to go back at some point. This past December, I finally had the chance to go back, however this time I was doing a solo trip. As an anxious person, I was definitely nervous to travel alone. It’s something I never thought I would be able to do, but I’m happy to say I proved myself wrong. One thing that did help me feel comfortable was the fact that I had traveled to Bangkok before. It was a nice feeling to have some places look familiar. That being said, I did try to take as many precautions as possible - like wearing a money belt rather than carrying a purse and mostly taking Grab taxis (aka cabs) to get places.

3 WAYS TO STYLE OVER THE KNEE BOOTS & LOOK TALLER

Living in New York, I’ve found that having a decent pair of over the knee boots is a necessity. Not only are they necessary for beating the cold, but they’re also an easy footwear option that pair well with most outfits. I will say the New Yorker in me does have a strong tendency to buy black, but hopefully you’ll spice up your wardrobe more than I do :)

I’ll go ahead and admit right now that I don’t have any hard and fast rules about what style boots I wear for my body type and height. At the end of the day for me, it mostly comes down to personal preference and style. However, there are still a couple of tricks that can help you look taller, which never hurts!

REDENIM PERSONAL SHOPPING REVIEW

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m always on the hunt for denim. While I’ve managed to find some reliable brands for me like Levi’s and Everlane, I’m always open to trying new brands. One company I recently found through Instagram is called Redenim, which is dedicated to helping women find high-quality, premium denim that fits them. So I decided to give them a try :)

INVESTING IN MY WARDROBE: RAG & BONE BOOTS REVIEW

Last year I realized that I wanted to start investing more in the pieces in my wardrobe (ranging from clothes to footwear). There have been a number of fast fashion items in my closet that I’ve truly loved from a design perspective, but sadly they have worn out after a year or two. Personally, I’m someone who likes to find classic yet trend-forward and interesting pieces that will last me more than one season. While on my blog in the past I’ve highlighted a lot of different trends each season, I’ve realized through the process I prefer to have a more consistent style. (Plus I seriously don’t have the energy to shop all the time!) Don’t get me wrong, I still love trying out new trends from time to time, but I’ve learned that my overall personal style is less defined by following all the latest trends.

LEVI'S JEANS REVIEW

If I had to pick one denim brand to wear for the rest of my life, it would probably be Levi’s. Personally, I find their denim to be some of the most pear-friendly out there. Their Mile High Skinny Jeans were legit the first pair of jeans I ever bought that didn’t have a waist gap when I put them on. It felt like a small miracle in my books!

Another thing that I love about Levi’s jeans is that they use a men’s sizing scale. This gives you so many more options to choose from compared to most size scales for women's jeans. This is how men's sizing works if you are not already familiar: the first number listed is the waist measurement and the second number listed is the inseam (or length measurement). Typically Levi’s offers women's waist sizes from 24’’ – 34’’ and inseam lengths of 28’’, 30’’, 32’’ and 34’’, which gives you more flexibility to find one that will work well for your body type.

Over the last two years I’ve finally found the styles that work best for me from Levi’s so I wanted to share them all with you :)

MY FAVORITE ITEMS ON MAJOR SALE FOR BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY

Black Friday sales are in full swing now and I’ve finally had a chance this morning to check out what the best deals are! Many of the items I’ve blogged about on my site recently are now on MAJOR sale so I wanted to share with y’all so you can get these items on the cheap! The good news is you can shop these sales from the comfort of your own couch, which it sounds like many of you are already doing based on my #InstaStories poll!

Happy Shopping!! Keep scrolling for deals :)

AAPTIV FITNESS APP REVIEW

When it comes to fitness and finding a regular routine, I’ve pretty much tried it all. From personal trainers to Class Pass to gym memberships to apps. The only thing that’s really been a constant for me is knowing that I tend to be better at holding myself accountable when there’s someone else either real or app setting the workout for me. That way I don’t have to think about what exercise to do next and given my busy schedule it’s one less thing I don’t have to plan myself.

WHERE TO FIND PETITE, PEAR-FRIENDLY PEACOATS

It’s officially starting to feel like winter in New York. Just this week we’ve had some days in 30s. Eeek and today they are calling for snow! One of my fellow readers recently DM’ed me asking where to shop for winter coats so I’m sharing reviews of coats I tried from Express, Anne Klein, J. Crew, Lauren Ralph Lauren and a few other brands.

What makes coat shopping difficult for me is finding a coat that doesn’t overwhelm my height and one where the sleeves aren’t too long. When it comes to coat shopping, if you’re under 5’ 4’’ I definitely recommend buying a petite size because the proportions of the jacket will be better suited to your frame and hopefully you can avoid having to get the item tailored. Thankfully, I found a good amount of petite options out there so keep reading to see what I found :)

EVERLANE REVIEW - FALL ITEMS!

This fall Everlane has had a bunch of new product releases so I decided to go check them out and see which ones were the most petite friendly. Out of all their new releases I have to say their new bodysuits are my favorite! They are so incredibly soft and comfortable. Keep on reading to see all the items I tried on.