EXPRESS CURVY PETITE DENIM REVIEW

If you read my first Express review about their petites line back in January, then you know that prior to that I had no idea they offered petites. Similarly, I also had no idea that they carried curvy fit denim, which is literally made for our body type. Since I tried these jeans around the same time as the American Eagle curvy fit denim, I decided to compare and contrast the two! The main differences are that Express’ jeans are more expensive, however the denim material they use feels like a higher quality. 

AMERICAN EAGLE CURVY PETITE DENIM REVIEW

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am that American Eagle launched a curvy denim line! Seriously, now I can actually kiss waist gaps good bye. While I’ve always been a fan of AE denim since they’ve continually offered a short inseam length, this latest product launch is a game changer for me! I always wore a belt with my AE jeans in the past (pictured above!). One other thing that’s super impressive about their new line is that they carry Sizes 00-24 as well as Short and X-Short inseam lengths! However, it’s important to note that their extended sizes and inseam lengths are only available online. 

Out of all the styles I tried on, I definitely had the best luck with their jeggings. Keep reading for my honest review of all their new curvy denim styles :)

WHERE TO FIND WIDE-LEG CROPPED PANTS WHEN YOU'RE PEAR-SHAPED

Everywhere I turn on Instagram, I see cropped wide leg pants! I really love how this style looks on others, but I haven’t been totally sure about how to translate it for my body type and height. After trying on a bunch of different styles across brands, I came up with three simple tips to help simplify your shopping if you’re petite and pear-shaped like me. 

1. Look for high-rise styles (Front rise measurement 10’’ and higher)

2. Look for pants with a more tapered leg opening

3. Look for pants with inseam lengths between 22’’ and 25’’ (if you’re about my height of 5’ 2’’)

EVERLANE REVIEW - SUMMER ITEMS!

Everlane’s had tons of new product launches this summer so I thought it was only fitting to write a review on which ones I found to be the most petite friendly! This year, they really upped their jumpsuit game so those were the styles that I was most excited to try. Keep reading to find out which styles worked best for me :)

REFORMATION SUMMER COLLECTION REVIEW

Reformation’s NYC stores are so cool! They are like stores from the future. Rather than picking up clothes off the clothing racks and schlepping them to your dressing room, they have touch screen monitors where you can pick out what you want to try on and everything is brought to your dressing room. It was such a nice change from the usually experience of shopping in stores in New York.

During my trip to Reformation, I tried on a bunch of different styles so I could review them for you guys :)

THE 7 FOURTH OF JULY SALES YOU NEED TO SHOP

One great thing about summer is that it’s the time of year when all the brands have massive sales! I rounded up some of the best deals I could find on summer styles I’ve recently blogged about. While it’s hard to think about any buying clothes other seasons than summer right now, they’re are some good sales to be had on wardrobe staples for Spring and Fall! 

Happy Shopping! Keep scrolling for my top picks :)

WHY I QUIT MY FULL TIME JOB

A close friend suggested that I write this post and to be honest I’ve put off writing this post for awhile because I wasn’t sure entirely where to start. However, after a recent conversation with a former colleague, I realized the importance of sharing this story. My goal in telling it is not to glorify my actions. Whatever I write will just be my summary and interpretation of the events since it’s impossible to capture every detail of what happened. My hope is that you will simply treat is as a story, not guidance on how to live your life. 

At the beginning of June last year, I woke up on Monday with no where to truly be. I didn’t have work because I’d quit my job. I never thought this would be me. The thought of messing up my perfect resume terrified me. The thought of not having all the answers terrified me. Yet here I was the girl who always had her sh*t together, suddenly didn’t have her sh*t together. 

I didn’t quit my job because I had an amazing plan lined up. I quit because I had no idea what to do with my life. My entire adult life, I’d always known my plan - be an entrepreneur. It was never a goal that I questioned, but suddenly what used to motivate me was something I wanted to escape from. I wanted all that pressure I was putting on myself to disappear. 

THE PETITE PEAR'S SHORTS GUIDE: DENIM SHORTS EDITION

My denim shorts guide is the second post of a two part series all about shorts shopping! One thing you might notice after reading this guide is that it’s a bit shorter than my blog post on soft shorts. Honestly, this is because I find it more challenging to find denim shorts that don’t gap at the back waistband and/or aren’t too short!


I headed to the usual suspects such as American Eagle and Topshop (plus others!) where I normally have good luck with jeans to see if they would come through in the shorts department. I have to admit I completely struck out at Topshop - nothing fit me quite right so I completely left them out of the guide altogether. Additionally, I branched out to some new places that I don’t normally go for denim shopping - GAP and Banana Republic to test the waters!


Scroll down to find out which denim shorts were truly the most pear-friendly :)

THE PETITE PEAR'S SHORTS GUIDE: SOFT SHORTS EDITION

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who wrote in on either Facebook or Instagram about what type of shorts you’re looking for this summer! Your feedback definitely helped me narrow down the shorts shopping search and focus what styles I thought you’d most like to see.

While originally I just planned on writing one blog post about shorts shopping, I quickly realized that I would need to write to separate posts since I found a number of great options :) Today’s post is dedicated to flowy & soft shorts and next week’s is all about denim!

Personally, I always find shorts shopping a challenge because it usually ends up being waist gap central! However, I hope this post will help you steer clear of that and make your shopping experience more enjoyable!

Keep reading for all my shorts picks this summer!


As a quick refresher, these were the top requests:

While originally I just planned on writing one blog post about shorts shopping, I quickly realized that I would need to write to separate posts since I found a number of great options :) Today’s post is dedicated to flowy & soft shorts and next week’s is all about denim!

Personally, I always find shorts shopping a challenge because it usually ends up being waist gap central! However, I hope this post will help you steer clear of that and make your shopping experience more enjoyable!

Keep reading for all my shorts picks this summer!

ALL THE SWIMSUITS YOU NEED THIS SUMMER IF YOU'RE PETITE & CURVY

I think it’s safe to say that swimsuit shopping is not usually an activity many of us look forward to. Aside from the complications of figuring out what size to wear in different brands, we tend to dread it because it means confronting what our body looks like (after months of hiding under layers during the winter). Swimwear hasn’t really been my favorite category to shop for either. When I was younger going swim shopping tended to be a reminder of the abs I didn’t have and my stretch marks on my upper thighs. Over time, I’ve gotten more comfortable in my own skin, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have days where I still feel self conscious.  

This shoppable swim guide ended up being a continuation of a post I wrote last year about my favorite swim trends. Most of the trends I loved in Summer 2018 (sporty one pieces, plunging v-necks, etc.) are still going strong this season! There’s nothing I love more than fashion trends that have staying power because seriously who has the time to keep up with all the changes! 

As you go through the swimsuit shopping process this year, I hope you know that if something doesn’t fit you, it’s more of a reflection of the fashion industry needing to get with the program from a sizing perspective than it is about the worthiness and value of your body. So have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously!

THE PEAR NECESSITIES: THE WHITE T-SHIRT

I originally published this blog post over a year and a half ago. It was my first post ever in the Pear Necessities series. Since it’s been a popular post, I wanted to update with recommendations you can shop versus only offering how I think about shopping for t-shirts. 

For me, finding a good fitting t-shirt can be just as challenging and time consuming as finding the perfect pair of jeans, which is kind of crazy since both are staple items in almost everyone’s closet. There are three key things I evaluate when looking for the perfect t-shirts: neckline, fit, and fabric. While these features are a good place to start in figuring out what will work best for your body type, I’ve learned you pretty much always have to try things on to figure out what will work. Let’s be real - this because very few brands are sized the same way.

WHERE TO FIND PEAR-FRIENDLY HIKING PANTS

Since I live in NYC, its safe to say that I’m not the most outdoors-y person. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the occasional hike and weekend getaway from the city. One of my favorite day trips I’ve taken was last fall with my sister when we went to hike Breakneck Ridge (in upstate New York). It was a wayyy more intense hike than I thought it would be, but the views were amazing and worth the effort. For the hike I just wore some fleece-lined leggings. 

However, recently I had a reader reach out about where to buy hiking pants that are pear-friendly! I realized that was a good question. I had no idea since I just wore leggings in the past whenever I went hiking. So I ordered hiking pants from all the major brands I could think of: L.L. Bean, REI, Eddie Bauer, etc. to find out which pants would work best for my body type! The good news is a lot of these brands offer petite sizes! Keep on reading to find out which styles I recommend :)