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 :)

J. CREW PLUNGE V-NECK BIKINI TOP & BOTTOM REVIEW

I actually wrote this review 3 years ago, but I decided to republish because it still holds true and I still own this bathing suit! Recently, on the blog I’ve been talking more about investing in your wardrobe. Basically, how do you find stylish, quality pieces that will last. (But not too trendy you want to throw them out after a season!) J.Crew’s bathing suits are definitely on the pricier side generally $100 - $150 for an entire suit (top and bottom), however they do stand the test of time! As I mentioned at the beginning, I’ve had this suit for over 3 years and I’m happy to report it’s in good condition.

THIRDLOVE BRAS REVIEW

I’m going to start out this post with a bit confession…

(Hope you don’t judge me!)

One thing I’m super lazy about buying are bras. I’ve heard that you’re technically supposed to replace them every 6 months to a year. However, that has not been the case for me at all.

I couldn’t tell you when I last got the Victoria’s Secret Pink T-shirt bras that I normally wear. As of late though, my old bras were getting more and more uncomfortable so I knew it was time to get some new ones. 

However, this time rather than going to VS, I decided to take my sister’s suggestion and try Third Love. 

I’ve heard all about their fit quiz so I decided it was worth a shot. After going through the process, it recommend that I try their 24/7 Classic T-Shirt bra (which I feel like they must recommend to everyone that takes the quiz) plus three other styles. Out of their recommendations, the 24/7 Classic T-Shirt bra was the only one I tried. However, I did order a few other styles they didn’t directly recommend because I thought they looked cute. Overall, I found the fit quiz most helpful for deciding which size to buy, but less helpful for deciding what styles to buy.

Spoiler alert…when it comes to bras I’m pretty boring and only wear T-shirt or bra-lettes that are nude or white. If it can’t be worn with literally everything I own, I won’t buy it. I’m too lazy to deal with different colored bras and make sure it won’t through whatever top or blouse I decided to wear. 

MY LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH FAST FASHION

This blog post is one I’ve thought about writing for a few years, but I was never entirely sure how to approach the topic. 

Does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with fast fashion? 

From news articles to documentaries, the problematic nature of fast fashion is being reported on more than ever. What once was touted as a genius business model that minimized risks for retailers is now widely criticized for harming the planet. 

Having worked in the fashion industry and spent time educating myself on sustainable fashion, I know that fast fashion isn’t great for the planet. However, at the same time I know it can be difficult to consume sustainably 100% of the time whether it’s for price or size reasons. Many times the sustainable options are not offered in petite sizes. For example, while Reformation carries some options the number of styles they offer in petite sizes tends to vary from season to season. I hate to admit it but often times fast fashion brands like ASOS and Topshop do they best job catering to my size.

THE PEAR NECESSITIES: THE BLAZER

I can still remember my first experience going shopping for a grown-up blazer. It was with my mom at Jack Wills in Georgetown. If you guys don’t remember Jack Wills is basically the UK version of Abercrombie except it was a bit more expensive and carried some more formal clothes. When I was in college, I thought their tweed blazers looked cool and I had been eyeing them for some time. While I remember loving how the blazer looked, I also remember the sleeves being way to long for me. So I used to fold them under so they weren’t swallowing my hands. However, it just made the sleeves look bulky and awkward because I was folding the buttons on the sleeves under. After a few years, I eventually got rid of the blazer (sorry mom if you’re reading this) because I didn’t feel 100% comfortable when wearing it. 

Over time, I’ve noticed this has been a constant theme in deciding what stays and goes from my wardrobe. If I don’t 100% love the fit, I inevitably get rid of it because I don’t feel as confident wearing it. I’m constantly fidgeting and adjusting since the improper fit annoys me. 

I have to admit blazers are definitely a category that I don’t shop for often and I think it stems from the fact that I’ve struggled to find ones that fit me and look cool at the same time! (However, I’m happy to report that I’ve found some great petite & pear friendly options that I’m sharing in today’s post.) 

As I evaluated the fit of the blazers I reviewed for this post, I kept this lesson I learned in mind. What I focused on was finding options that were comfortable, well tailored to my body type, and looked chic. Additionally, I biased towards finding options that require no alterations to avoid spending more on top of the clothing cost. Keep on reading for all the styles I recommend :) 

WIT & WISDOM PETITE JEANS REVIEW

A few months back, one of my readers reached out to me and recommend that I try out Wit & Wisdom jeans. Prior to this I’d never heard of the brand, but I’m always down to give a new pair of jeans a try. Happy to report that this brand makes super comfortable, pear-friendly jeans that won’t break the bank! Keep reading for the full reviews of the styles I tried. 

WHERE TO FIND PAPER-BAG PANTS WHEN YOU'RE PETITE & PEAR SHAPED

Recently, I had a reader reach out about where to buy petite paper bag pants. This an item I’ve struggled to find as well. I’ve only found one pair from Topshop a few years back that I truly love. You might notice reading this post that I only sharing style from two different brands, however these were the only ones I could find that I genuinely liked. Further proof that petite ladies always have less options to choose from :(

THE HISTORY OF THE BODY POSITIVITY MOVEMENT

What is body positivity anyways? How did the movement start?

Scrolling through your Instagram feed or reading articles on Refinery 29, you’ve probably noticed the words “body positivity” thrown around. Body positivity was a concept I first encountered when I started blogging nearly 4 years ago. While I initially thought I understood what these words meant, over time I realized there was a lot more history that I needed to explore. 

Last summer, I spent time reading about the history of the fat activism movement in order to better understand the origins of the body positivity movement. Additionally, I interviewed a plus sized blogger, Nyla, who I had been a following on Instagram for a while and has strong understanding of the movement. 

10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME

I can’t believe I’m writing this sentence, but it’s been nearly 4 years since I started this blog. It’s incredible how the time has flown. Recently, I realized that I haven’t ever written a true “get to know me” post for the blog. Since there have been some new faces around recently, I felt compelled to write one. Happy reading and can’t wait to see if we have anything in common!

THE PEAR NECESSITIES: THE WHITE BUTTON DOWN SHIRT

It’s been a long time since I’ve gone shopping for button down shirt. Generally, I stay away from this category because I find it challenging to shop for. Often times when a button down fits my bust area it’s then too tight it hip area! Can anyone else relate? However, recently one of my friends reached out about where to find a good button down and I realized I had NO IDEA off the top of my head! So I decided to order styles from a variety of brands to figure out which ones are truly pear-friendly! Keep reading to find out what brands I recommend!