I've been through a few black peplum tops. I outgrew my pleather one (probably too small to begin with) and the one I bought from H&M always felt too snug to be truly comfortable. So I added this one to my bag for a mere $27 when I was ordering some sweaters from Last Call a few weeks ago, and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived. Full, dramatic skirt. Sheer details. Gorgeous floral texture. For work, I have to layer a black tank underneath to counteract the sheer front and cover up bra straps in the back, but it doesn't take away from how pretty the top is. I wore this to work with a tweed jacket for day, then ditched the jacket for dinner with friends at night. I've always been a fan of the all black look, but have never felt truly comfortable in it until this outfit!
One of the weird things bloggers get to work with are c/o items - care of, for the non-bloggers out there. It's no secret that companies looking for more eyeballs on their website and goods send free clothes to bloggers in hope that it'll help promote their brand - it's cheap, easy advertising. The hard part for bloggers is making those c/o items work in their wardrobe.
So today, I'm making a case for the c/o. It's more than just getting something for free. I like to look at it as an opportunity to review a company for you guys, so you know if it's worth your time or not. Enter today's top from Abadday. It's actually a set - top and shorts - but the entire thing together felt slightly costumey so I split them up.
I actually wore the shorts first - my friends went crazy over them! I also received a number of compliments on my top today, making me feel like I did a good job with choosing. I just wasn't bold enough to wear them together...yet. My overall review of Abaday is a good one, though. They were much quicker with shipping than other Asia-based websites have been, and while the quality was pretty much expected (so-so), the uniqueness of the pieces made up for that.
My style icon is a fictional character. Dr. Zoe Hart (Hart of Dixie - cutest show ever) has perfect city-chic style - with just a hint of girly glam. Rachel Bilson is a fellow shorty and usually nails it in real life as well, so I'm constantly pulling sartorial inspiration from her. At one point, I even looked up all of the brands she normally wears on the show so I could start shopping those to further refine my style.
One Zoe Hart's favorite designers is Rebecca Taylor; I'm a big fan myself, but most of her tops run in the $200-300s and that's pretty pricey for most people. But good things come to those who wait - after seeing this top on Dr. Hart, I was able to score it for a little over $60 (originally $265!). I plan on eventually writing a blog on how to get great deals on designer pieces, but most of the tips you probably already know. This was scored from Saks Off 5th with a coupon code for a little extra off.
....and that's the face I make when my husband tells me my camera isn't focusing properly. I've had focus issues with this camera ever since I upgraded to a prime lens, so it might be time to upgrade my camera body as well. Perhaps with all of the cash I saved on this shirt, I'll be able to tuck some away towards a new DSLR. Boom.