recent purchases -march 2023

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i blinked and somehow we’re already through the first quarter of the year! how?! easter is in less than two weeks and i’m still uncertain what i’ll be wearing. let alone what the twins will be sporting. let’s be honest, it’ll probably involve the avengers and/or spiderman but a mom can dream, right? ANYWAY, this month felt equal parts long and short. i blame the ever-developing scandoval story as well as a second round of sickness for the entire rivera household. while news continues to trickle out from the former, i can confidently say we’re finally on the other side of the latter. just in time for spring. and hopefully with warmer weather will come a few more winning purchases, in the meantime, here’s a summary of what didn’t work (and what’s to come!) this month.

the misses

leset pointelle short sleeve tee (medium –sized up) || in an effort to add a few more basics to my closet, i decided to add this baby tee (totally influenced by one of my favorite instagram follows, ashley kane) to my recent shopbop order. i loved the pointelle design and the feminine detailing. when it arrived, it was every bit of a baby tee, emphasis on the baby. i had heard the leset ran small, i just didn’t know how small. i sized up to a medium and while it fit, it was definitely a snugger silhouette than i’m used to wearing. i probably would have sized up to a large in hindsight. while it was a cute take on a basic white tee, overall i didn’t find it to be AMAZING. a few people mentioned that it gave them 90’s vibes, too and while i’m not quite opposed to the trends of my youth making a resurgence, i’m not quite sure how open i am to adopt them for a sophomoric time. therefore i decided to return it.

DL1961 hepburn wide leg high rise vintage ankle jeans (25) || at this point, i’m never not buying a pair of jeans to try. my latest purchase were these wide leg ankle style from DL1961. i had heard good things about this brand from petite women, so i was wondering if their denim would be as friendly on a taller gal like myself. you may have caught my thoughts on instagram, but basically i broke down my thoughts into pros and cons columns. pros –they’re super soft, have a bit of stretch, a flattering crop length (on my 5’7″ frame), and a great mid-blue wash. the cons were the fact that they had a zip fly (i much prefer a button-fly), were too soft for my liking (i also prefer a thicker, more substantial denim fabric), weren’t quite high enough in the rise (i want them past my belly-button, lol), and honestly, just didn’t make me feel like a million bucks. objectively i can see why the brand is popular but i just much more prefer agolde and citizens of humanity’s styles. and since they’re all around the same price point, i decided to return them and purchase an agolde pair instead. in terms of sizing, i’m toggling between a 25/26 these days and i opted for the 25 since they had a bit of stretch. i’d say size down if you’re in between sizes as most denim continues to give with wear.

sezane x sea NY lilith dress (2) || oh this dress had so much potential. i initially saw it on a british style blogger and it looked so chic i decided to try it for myself. truth be told, i’m currently on the hunt for a frock for our annual family photo session coming up in may and this navy number looked like it could be just the ticket. while i was incredibly impressed by its impeccable details (the lace! the pockets! the quality fabric!), the high neckline and actual lace placement read more butter churning than cute mom of two. i will say that the fit is perfect and the dress itself is incredibly well-made. i loved every single piece from the sea NY x sezane collaboration and i’m just bummed this dress ultimately fell short.

sezane x sea NY axel blouse (2) || this blouse was SO close to being a homerun (i’m wearing it in the photo above). i was honestly shocked by how much i loved it, especially when i styled it with a few pairs of pants in my wardrobe. ultimately however, after looking at the blouse with a critical eye (as i always do when adding potential pieces to my closet), i realized that what i loved most about the top was the silhouette (the ruffles and the rounded hem) and not the actual print. i feared i would tire of the patchwork pattern after a few weeks. aside from that, the fit was a little off, too. i have found that i can comfortably wear a size 2 (european 34) in most everything from sezane, but this top was a leeetle tight around my lats, an aspect i knew would keep me from grabbing for it when getting dressed on the daily. so despite loving it paired with my distressed jeans and new ballet flats, i decided to do the responsible thing and return it. i have it on authority that good things are coming from sezane in the coming weeks so hopefully i’ll score some homerun pieces soon!

and what has yet to arrive

gap denim shirt jacket with washwell (small) || i have been on the search for an easy throw-on-and-go denim shacket (shirt + jacket) for a while -to wear with workout clothes or over a tank and leggings for a legoland-appropriate outfit. i landed upon this one from gap and ordered it when it went on sale for 60%(!) off its original price. of course it’s on backorder until may, but hopefully it’ll be worth the wait.

aliceanna sheet cake set (xs) || i initially saw this sweet little gingham set on ashley streicher (hair guru to the likes of mandy moore) and immediately clicked on the product tag. i mean it screamed “hello, wear me everyday this summer!” i soon discovered the most charming small business based out of baltimore and after a sweet exchange with the owner, herself, i decided to make the purchase. it’s a little more than i would normally spend but i love the idea of supporting a female (and mother!)-owned business and the fact that the set can be worn together as well as separately. the shipping time says two to three weeks so fingers crossed it arrives before easter. i think it could be the perfect holiday ensemble.

i’m also [ ] close to hitting purchase on these babies. another day, another pair of jeans, y’all.

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