Review: Grosgain Lace Dress

Today, I am reviewing this pretty dress in Caravan Blue.

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What: Collection Grosgain Lace dress by J.Crew

Season: Winter 2014

Material: 100% cotton outer, 100% polyester lining

Quality: Very Good, l love the lace detailing.  The only disappointment is that the thread can easily snag or pull out…So be careful where you seat and what accessories you use while wearing the dress. I love the caravan blue color as well.

Fit: True-to-size to slightly small.  If you’re in between sizes, I’d recommend to order your larger size.  The length is right at my knees, I could size up to get a little more length but will lose the fit at the waist. Dilemma of the giant 🙂

 

Sissi’s verdict: Got it on some major sale and lucky popback so a definite keeper!

Do you agree? Please share!

Review: silk georgette lace blouse

The blouse was on my watchlist and I could not wait to try on the ‘shell pink’ color.  My review below:

What: Silk georgette lace blouse by J.Crew

Season: Winter 2014

Material: 100% silk

Quality: Good, the silk is soft as expected.  The lace detailings are nice and a feminine touch to the blouse.

Fit: If you are a tall girl, I recommend to size up to get some length of the sleeves,  Otherwise, true-to-size.

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Sissi’s verdict: Wait for major sale. It looks like the white color has been a hot item online, I prefer the soft pink (probably because I have enough white silk shirts to justify the purchase of another white blouse). However, as nice as this is, I will wait for another price cut, but that’s just me 🙂

Do you have this blouse? Please share!

Review: Super Rich by Reem Acra

For my wedding a month ago, I picked the gorgeous Super Rich wedding dress by Reem Acra from her Fall 2013 collection. All pictures below are a property of eBelandi and Escudero Photography. All rights reserved.

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I did not try that many dresses, in fact, to be completely honest, I only tried on two dresses, both by Reem.  I had been assigned on Wedding Magazine duty by a dear friend of mine because she was terrified I would mess up my wedding due to my like of “girl” sense.  You see, as much as I strive to look like a girl, there are girly stuff I do not enjoy, such as dreaming of a wedding when am nine years old 🙂 I had no idea what dress I wanted but I knew I did not want lots of material and tying the train.  So, on magazine duty I was for a while, then got bore until I saw designs by Reem Acra.  They looked so feminine and simple without the extra structure that I disliked.

I had initially settled on this long sleeved dress below from Spring 2013, but when I visited the Elizabeth Johns store for a Reem Acra trunk show, the dress was not available.  They had a few dresses by Reem for her 2014 collection but most were wayyyyyyy out of my budget until I saw the Open Back dress from Spring 2013 and the Super Rich and tried both on…and LOVED both of them.  I debated for a long time whether to purchase both and wear one during the ceremony and the second for the reception but sanity (and our budget) took over and settled on the Super Rich, mainly because it just fit so right and I loved what I saw in the mirror (and Debbie Feehan, who was helping me with the pick, gave her honest approval lol).  If you are interested in pictures of my wedding, feel free to visit my wedding blog LJBABE. In the meantime, review below:

Sissi’s weekly Review: Super Rich by Reem Acra Fall 2013


 

WhatSuper Rich wedding dress by Reem Acra

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Season: Fall 2013 Bridal Collection

Material: 100% silk upper, rhinestones all over bodice and tulle at bottom

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Quality: Excellent.  The silk is substantial without being overweight.  The rhinestones on the dress are of quality and the beading work is exquisite. The dress was really worth the money.  One difference formt he runaway model is that the beading on the back are not as pronounced as the runaway model.  I was told that after the dress went on production, the designer noticed that the extra beads on the back placed on the illusion open back caused the mesh to tear.  The beads are still the same design but with less of a pronounced back-cleavage.

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Fit: True to size.  I lost a little weight prior to my wedding but the dress still hug the body though the upper had more space at the waist.  I had the dress custom fit so as not to worry about the length.  The only con is the chiffon tulle at the bottom.  There are so many layers that it gets difficult to avoid people from walking on your dress so you need to be careful of that.  I was able to dance though and move just as usual, never felt the weight of the dress.  And the sparkle with the reception lights…LOVED the look, and hubby did too.

Sissi’s Verdict: Worth every penny.  I would suggest to look for second hand dresses as I was able to find two online and at preowned wedding dress website.  However, I am a weird fit due to my height, therefore I did not go for it as alterations on such an intricate design would have cost a lot more than simply buying a custom fit from the store…

Do you have a Reem Acra dress? What’s your experience? Please share!

Outfit Ideas: Hello Honey

I have been absent for a while…my apologies, last month has been so busy and joyful! Am back with some outfit ideas while I was away. Hope you enjoy!

First, using different tops with the same denim shorts from J.Crew Factory.  Next, some random outfits from my vacation.  Let me know which you like best! I will be updating links to the outfits later this week.

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Shorts — pink top/purple top/lace top

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jacket/pants/shirt/belt/flats — dress — top — dress/belt

Review: Daisy Dress by BHLDN

As promised on my post last week, below is my review of this pretty dress:

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Sissi’s Review


What: Daisy Dress by BHDN

Material: 100% poly outer and lining (booh!)

Quality: Good, the lace is very cute and the design is sturdy. Loving the pink detailing which makes the dress not so wedding-like

Fit: Comfortable. Nice flare and length. It’s a playful dress and looks great when dancing.

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper…The dress is on super sale now so you may want to check it out. Have you tried on the dress? Please share!