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Petite Island Style with Allison Izu + Giveaway

July 28, 2014
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Hello everyone and happy Monday! You’re in for a real treat today. Meet Allison Izu, the talented designer behind a popular Hawaiian clothing brand Allison Izu Petites. Allison and I met over tea literally right after I got off the plane. As a petite woman herself, Allison understands the frustration of trying to find clothes that fit and hates being a slave to alterations. Her design exudes the perfect blend of sophistication and playful charm, and the fit is spot on for petites. A lot of petite brands I’ve worn up until now have slightly been too long or wide. However, every piece of clothing I tried on from Allison Izu Petites fit me just right. I wear size 00 and XS in her brand. It’s an amazing feeling when you know the designer completely understands the petite body type and tailors the clothes so perfectly from head to toe.

When I saw these shorts and top for the first time, I was immediately smitten. They’re absolutely adorable and have modern island vibe about them. If it had been cooler, I would have paired this outfit with a fitted blazer and turned it into a cute short suit.

Love these shorts I’m wearing? Allison would love to giveaway a pair to one lucky reader. Yes! Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.

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How to Shop for Petite Clothes Online

It’s hard shopping for petite clothes online, but I’ve found that being diligent in my research helps me tremendously in determining if a brand is the right fit for my body type.

1. Know Your Body
It’s hard to gauge if you don’t have a baseline to compare to. So if you haven’t already done so, get yourself measured or do it yourself. The most important measurements to know are the hips, waist, bust and inseams. Most brands specify measurements in inches so I’d stick with that. For more information on how to measure yourself, check out this comprehensive article from LaurenConrad.com.

2. Look At The Sizing Chart
Not all petite brands are equal. Before you make a purchase, take a look at the brand’s sizing chart and see if the measurements are within your range.

3. Read The Reviews
Some sites have reviews and I read them religiously. Usually, I look to see if they run small or large or the height of the person that writes the review. This helps me tremendously in my assessment.

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4. Read The Product Description
Some websites include the models’ measurements in the product description which is extremely helpful. If I see that the model is 5’9 and is wearing an XS, chances are the item will probably not fit me.

5. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask
Sometimes the best way to find out before buying is asking the brand themselves. Most brands are more than happy to help you determine if their clothes will fit you, so don’t be afraid to reach out and ask.

6. Be Flexible and Creative
Because of my size, realistically, I know certain brands won’t fit me perfectly right off the bat and I’m okay with that. If the item is great deal but is slightly large, I will find ways to make it work if I think it’s worth it . If the waist is slightly wide, belt it. If the skirt is a bit too long, wear it high waisted. If the top is a bit loose, tuck it in. As long as there is some wiggle room, be creative and find a way to make it work.

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OUTFIT DETAILS
Shorts – c/o Allison Izu
Top – c/o Allison Izu
Shoes – Enzo Angiolini (similar HERE)
Bag – Aldo

What do you adore most about this outfit?

Mother’s Day Bloom : Red Roses & Cobalt Shorts

May 9, 2014
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It’s funny that I’ve lived in the bay area for years now but it seems like I’ve explored so little. There have been several landmarks on my list to visit, and this past weekend I was finally able to cross off one – The San Jose Rose Garden. This place is absolutely breathtaking especially right now since the flowers are in bloom. Every corner you turn is a surprise filled with radiant beautiful colors. The feeling I get here is utter happiness which somehow makes me think of my mom. Roses are her favorite flowers. She always fusses when we buy her roses for Mother’s Day because she thinks it is a waste of money, but her eyes and smile can’t hide the fact that they make her happy.

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Keeping it chic and casual, I’m wearing a pair of cobalt blue shorts, soft white blouse, my trusty white heels and a super cute chartreuse satchel. Besides my skater dress, I own very few yellow pieces so this bag is definitely a standout in my wardrobe right now.

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I promised Luis I would smile more often, and here it is. =D

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Luis and I were playing hide and seek in the garden. We are forever kids at heart.

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Last but not least, congrats to Cassandra J & Karla M for winning the Photoshoot and ASOS giveaway! I hope you’ll have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend and thank you for stopping by.

OUTFIT DETAILS
Top – H&M (old, similar HERE)
Shorts – c/o Old Navy
Shoes – Enzo Angiolini (old, similar HERE)
Bag – c/o Ami Clubwear
Watch – c/o La Mer

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White T-Shirt 5 Ways

April 16, 2014
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Hello everyone! How’s your Wednesday going? A few months ago I was invited by District Clothing to participate in a style challenge – wearing an iconic white t-shirt in 5 different ways. On the day of the challenge shoot, as I was getting ready in the bathroom Luis walked in. He found the room to be too dark so he decided to open up the blinds to brighten it. Just as he released the blinds, streams of soft light began flooding the room. How lucky were we to have caught the sun at its most beautiful and romantic time of the day. So inspired by the gorgeous light we decided to capture our challenge shoot at home. =)

As most of you know I love restyling outfits. While I have a few unique pieces, most of what I own is versatile and a white t-shirt is definitely high on that list. Be it a casual or sophisticated look, a plain white t-shirt can be styled for any occasion. What’s your favorite look?

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Bohemian Song

I never thought of wearing a t-shirt with this skirt, but it just works. There is something quite ethereal in this sheer pleated maxi skirt and white t-shirt combo. It’s simple, airy and has summer bohemian style written all over it.

OUTFIT DETAILS
T-shirt – c/o District Clothing
Skirt – FE (old, similar here)

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Friday Business Casual

Tone down the conservative vibe of a blazer by pairing it with a white t-shirt and jeans. This classic will combo never go out of style.

OUTFIT DETAILS
T-shirt – c/o District Clothing
Blazer – H&M (similar here)
Jeans – Holister (similar here)

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Coachella Summer

I couldn’t make it to Coachella last week but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t be there in spirit. Pairing the white t-shirt with my favorite crochet shorts and flower headband, I’m totally feeling the Coachella vibe.

OUTFIT DETAILS
T-shirt – c/o District Clothing
Shorts – Target (old, similar here)
Headband – Aldo (old, similar here)

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Skater Style

You’ve probably seen me in this skirt before, and that’s because it’s highly versatile. Pairing it with the white t-shirt, I feel so girlie.

OUTFIT DETAILS
T-shirt – c/o District Clothing
Skirt – Forever 21 (old, similar here)

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Hello Jeans!

You cannot get anymore classic than blue jeans and a white t-shirt, which is why I pair it with a cincher belt to add a touch of edge. From this view, the cincher belt looks like a corset.

OUTFIT DETAILS
T-shirt – c/o District Clothing
Jeans – Hollister (old, similar here)

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