Review: Lanie Stacked Heels by J.Crew

12 Aug


These heels had been on my watch list for a while (as you know, I love ankle shoes).  Also, I was attracted by the stacked heel. Well, see the review below :)

Sissi’s Review

What: Lanie Stacked-Heel Sandals by J.Crew

Material: 100% leather upper and lining, man-made sole.

Quality: Very good leather; sturdy heel; should last a long time if maintained properly. I also love the color, some neutral grey that could be matched with various outfit. Too bad this summer has been cool. Feels like Fall already!


Fit: Great! You can really feel the leather lining, almost similar to the Nike air technology by Cole Haan as far as comfort is concerned, at least to me.  I like the stacked heel as it helps for balance because those heels are pretty high, they feel higher than four inches :)

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper!.  Do you agree? Please share!

Style Watch: Roland Mouret at Banana Republic

6 Aug

I was looking forward to the Roland Mouret line for Banana Republic…well I received an invitation this morning to check it out and…the items I coveted are not available in my size anymore! Amazing :( :( Oh well, maybe there will be some when the collection hits the stores. I was looking forward to the colorblock one-shoulder dress and the colorblock long sleeved dress.  The black mesh with knee length is also cute!


You can see the lookbook on the BR website. Which item caught your eye? And if you were able to score some of them, let us know how they fit!

Review: Piqué and Maxi

5 Aug

Howdie! Below are two reviews: (1) The cotton piqué dress (a tennis dress really) that I promised to review few days back and  (2) The collection silk floral dress that was newly on sale.

Sissi’s Review


What: Cotton Piqué by J.Crew

Material: 100% cotton, polyester lining Quality: Good, sturdy cotton, white is more a creamy white in my opinion.  Really like it easily gets stained. The pleats are good. ebelandi_review_jcrew_tennis_dress_5aug14

Fit: Good and comfortable.  This is an easy fitting dress though am not quite sure about the location of the pleats but overall it works especially if purchased on super sale.  The dress is supposed to reach your knees.  I could not get a tall size so I purchased a regular which is a little over mid-thigh.

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper…if on super sale.  Otherwise, I have a feeling you can find a similar style at a much affordable price point at H&M or Forever 21.  Have you tried on the dress? Please share!

number2_picture What: Collection Silk Floral by J.Crew

Material: 100% silk, I have not checked the lining but it is not clinging to the body so I would presume the lining is polyester…

Quality: Very nice silk.  The feel is great, and it is all flowy and all. ebelandi_review_jcrew_collection_silkfloral_dress_5aug14_3 ebelandi_review_jcrew_collection_silkfloral_dress_5aug14_2 ebelandi_review_jcrew_collection_silkfloral_dress_5aug14 Fit: Nice and easy fit.  I’d say you can size down but your regular size should work and leave you some room.  I love the ruffles and the longer length which hits right below my knees.  Above, I have paired the dress with a green belt but there is much more that can be done to fully use the floral patterns of the dress :) It is a maxi dress but with a interesting twist thanks to the placement of the ruffles in front and back.

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper…if on super sale.  While the quality may justify the price, I also feel one could get a similar pattern and style from other stores and still look just as good.  If you are after the quality, then I will recommend to track the dress down while on sale.  Otherwise, a stop at JC Penney or Marshalls should give you a similar look.  I saw some floral maxi dresses at TJ Maxx last weekend as well. Do you agree with my reviews? Please share!

Love: The Gele

4 Aug

How beautiful is this? Oh My!!!


Weekend Outfit: Neutrals in light pink and grey

21 Jul

Hi all! Long time no post! It’s been busy month and will get a lot busier the next two months but will do my best to keep up with the posts. I did promise a review of the tennis dress by the Crew so will make sure to post tomorrow.

For today, below is an outfit inspiration from last weekend…am still on my resolution to pair an all neutral outfit with bright accessories.  In this case, the accessory was a blue Vince Camuto perforated drawstring that I found on the sale rack at Saks few weeks back. I did not take a picture of the bag, but will try to remember to have it as a review series in the coming weeks as well.  In the meantime, there is a writeup on the bag HERE though the color is camel, not blue.

The skirt is the same H&M circle I have reviewed here, but in the pale rose (excuse me…power pink) color. The skirt seems sold out online but you can find it in stores.


Skirt/top (BR, old)/shoes (Saks, old)

I hope you all had a great weekend, and let me know what you think of the combo!


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