Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Talbots Denim Review

You might be looking at this photo and thinking, "Boooooooring. Girl in jeans and tee shirt. What's so special about THAT?"

Well, I'll tell you.

I'm a longtime hater of pants, and that includes jeans. I own several pairs because I do get a yen every six or seven months, but that's about it. Why do I hate on jeans? Because I don't find them to be comfortable, don't like how they play off my proportions, and justfeel more l ike myself in a skirt.

So when Talbots approached me to review their new denim line, I hesitated. Was I really a good fit for this promotion? Me, a bona-fide jeans-hater? But my contact absolutely RAVED about the variety of fits and washes, and urged me to give it a go. So I did.

Very wisely, I was instructed to visit an actual Talbots store to select my fit and rinse. I tried on about seven pairs of jeans in various sizes, styles, and colors before selecting the pair you see here, which are the Heritage Fit, Straight Leg, Night Rinse jeans. And kittens, the moment I pulled them on, I felt a shift in my prejudices. These jeans fit my body, looked good, and FELT good. It's been at least five years since that has happened.

I resisted skinny and slim-leg jeans for ages, sticking to bootcuts and flares. But I thrifted a pair of J.Crew straight legs several years ago, surprised and pleased by how cute they looked on my bod. Yet they are SUPER low-rise and basically create a display shelf for my tum ... so I only wore them with loose, billowy, tunic-style tops. Then I purchased a great pair of dark gray straight legs from Urban Outfitters a year or so ago and again, they look fab in the leg, but the low rise creates a tum-shelf. Uncomfortable and limiting.

THESE jeans, on the other hand, have a higher rise that works with my natural curves and contours. The style description says they sit "at the waist," but that's a bit of an exaggeration - my natural waist is far, far higher. But these jeans sit high enough on my body that I can pair them with a normal-length tee and look ... well, good, if I do say so myself.

My one complaint? As is the case with so many mall store pants, they come in one length, and that length is far too long for anything but tall heels. And yes, better too long than too short! I can have 'em hemmed ... but if Talbots wants to offer the full denim experience, a variety of hem lengths is well advised.

Talbots was running a $5 off promotion on jeans and pants for several weeks  - but I'm afraid my crappy timing means we've missed that boat. Sorry about that. I am trying to make sure that all reviews include a giveaway or discount component, and did try to get a code for you folks ... but I'm plowing ahead with this as a plain old review because I was truly, truly impressed by my experience and by the jeans I now have in my possession. So much so that I'm probably going to pony up for a second pair myself.

Hit the right Talbots and you'll have access to plus sizes and petite sizes, too ... with additional petite-plus sizing online. And if you STILL can't find a denim style that suits you, I'd recommend contacting Talbots. They're really excited about this new line, and seem open to consumer feedback.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MetroStyle/Chadwicks Winner

And the lucky winner of the $150 gift card is ...

... Anonymous who said, "I've been looking all over for a "normal" denim jacket--one without crazy embellishments or odd shaping. Yay!" I'll be in touch to get your mailing addy, my dear.

AND HEY! Even if you didn't win MetroStyle has given Already Pretty readers a coupon code for 30% off one item. Punch in MSGIRL30 when you check out for the discount. The code expires on October 31, so use it soon!

More contests, giveaways, and reviews to come!

Monday, September 20, 2010

MetroStyle/Chadwicks Review and Giveaway UPDATED!

I'd been curious about the MetroStyle line for quite a while, so when the company offered to collaborate on a review and giveaway, I jumped at the chance. I decided to splash out a bit and requested these Luxe Leather Pants in garnet.

The pants are beautifully made, sturdily constructed, and fully lined. The leather isn't exactly butter-soft, but it's plenty supple and there's a slight flare to the leg, which creates great balance for hips such as mine. My one objection is that they're cut for someone with an ample bootay but a TINY waist. As you can see, they fit fabulously in the leg, but they're quite tight around my tum so I'll be wearing them with tunic-length tops exclusively. Which is actually just fine, since red leather pants are pretty out-there and I think a longer top might tame them a bit! Full price, this style of pant is $74.99, with several colors on sale for $39.99, and I'd recommend them for either price.

But just in case you'd like to get some MetroStyle clothes for free, I've got a killer contest for yas. In addition to my lovely red pants, I was sent a generous $150 gift card that will work at MetroStyle or its sister company, Chadwicks. Here's how you enter to win:

  1. Visit MetroStyle or Chadwicks and pick out your favorite item.

  2. Leave a comment on this post telling us which item you love best, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  3. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, September 26. I'll draw a winner at random the following week. This contest is open to all readers, including international, but I'd advise international readers to check the shipping policy first - both companies ship globally, but there are a few extra steps that need to be taken.

Good luck, everyone!

AND HEY! If you see something you can't live without, contest or no, MetroStyle just sent me a coupon code for 30% off one item. Punch in MSGIRL30 when you check out for the discount. The code expires on October 31, so use it soon!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Carissa Rose Coupon Code

When I got a sneak peek at the fall lookbook for Carissa Rose, I SWOONED. This specialty retailer offers clothing designed to comfortably accommodate and beautifully flatter a full bust, and I've long referred readers and clients to Carissa Rose for the classic Carissa Shirt. But now! Just look at these gorgeous new designs:

If you've been mulling a purchase from Carissa Rose, now is the time. In addition to giving us a glimpse of these sumptuous new designs, the company is offering Already Pretty readers a 20% discount on all purchases! Just input code PRETTYALREADY when you purchase to receive the discount.

This coupon is good from September 16 through September 22 ONLY, so don't hesitate. And let me know if you buy anything - I'm dying to see some of these styles on my lovely readers!

Huge thanks to Carissa Rose for this great offer.