Louben cobalt silk top, size 6, $75
Halogen petite ponte pencil skirt, 0P, $19.97
NORDSTROM RACK: This shirt is made of a beautiful heavyweight silk with a nice sheen and gorgeous deep colors. I tried on another one that was a vivid grape-jelly purple and one in teal. I haven't heard of Louben before, and don't ever recall finding it at Nordstrom Rack, but I wouldn't mind running into one of these shirts (heavily discounted!) in the clearance section a few weeks from now.
My birthday is coming up, so I asked my mom to pick up the skirt for me as a birthday present. I've been wanting to add some patterned and colored skirts to my closet. Bonus: this one is made out of a stretchy but substantial material that is fitted, but not indecently clingy, and it's amazingly comfortable! Confession: I may or may have not sang "Happy Birthday" to myself while holding the skirt up to myself and admiring it that evening ...
OLD NAVY: I've seen so many people rave about the Rockstar jeans that I decided to try them on. I'm a bit baffled by the sizing. I remember buying a gray pair online a year or two ago and returning it after realizing that I really needed to size up. I took a range of sizes into the dressing room with me, ranging from 4 to 10. The 10s were consistently too big, but check out the size 4 in black and size 8 in gray below:
black in size 4
gray in size 8
I would have liked to try the black in a size 6 or even 8, but given that I was only window-shopping, I decided to not dig through the piles. In store I was surprised by how small the gray pair fit, but after browsing a few of the online reviews I've realized that the black jeans seem to run a bit big while the grays run really small.
Overall I'm not convinced that these jeans are flattering on my figure. I think they really emphasize my rear, hips and thighs and I'd probably end up wearing them as leggings with a long enough top to cover the aforementioned areas. I think I'll stick to my trouser-cut or boot-cut jeans for the time being.
p.s. Katie of Hems for Her looks fantastic in her pair of Rockstars - lucky girl! :)