Online Shopping Review | UrbanOutfitters.com's Pins and Needles Pintuck Shoulder Blouse

Online shopping review time! This one is all about a pin-tucked blouse I spotted on sale at UrbanOutfitters.com. It just hit under $20 so I had to check it out. At first glance, I loved the color, the cut, and of course, the price. This is the kind of blouse I've been known to grab in the past and can wear to death (translation: I can count on both hands how many ways to wear it, and then some). Did I throw $20 away on this or was it a true deal that has since found a new home in my closet?

Only scrolling will tell... Here's the product shot. Click to shop the blouse for yourself:

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product shot courtesy of www.urbanoutfitters.com

That's what I shopped. Here's what showed up at my front door. Images courtesy of Instagram, etc. Click here to follow along.

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Ok fine, I bought a few things (I'll review the rest soon). For now, this is just me having way too much fun with Instagram. I do love a good group shot:

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Meet the blouse in question:

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Right, so here's the scorecard (keep in mind every online shopping review I write is completely unbiased). The scorecard spectrum? Easy, five stars, unreal. One star, a sad day in shopping land. And...go:

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That's right, it got a total of four stars. Pre-tty good.

The fact that I got this top at under $20 (before tax) and the number of ways I know I'll be wearing it, makes this a win-win. Yes, it is officially at home in my personal closet, happy as can be.

Here's the review: I love the color. The fabrication is synthetic which is not my favorite, but for the price, I honestly can't complain about that. It has the feel of chiffon (sheer, so you'll need to layer a tank or cami underneath for sure) and yet is far more practical, yet another positive note on it. I can't stand silk when it comes to the heat of summer. This blouse, although synthetic, breathes a bit. Be careful though, if you are heating up and wearing too much of one scent or another (usually deodorant is a problem with this) that scent is not going to come off. That's the backlash of synthetic fabrics. Once the scent sets in, it's over, I don't care how much Febreeze (or Laundress product) you dunk it in.

Moving on, it fits well and has stayed in one piece through quite a bit of wear and tear already (two ferry rides in the Virgin Islands, and a subsequent twenty-four hours of being in and out of planes between St. Thomas, through Atlanta, and finally Dallas). Through it all, this blouse held it together. The same cannot be said for myself. Let's just say I took full advantage of the free drinks in first class when I got upgraded.

Finally, the product shot on-line almost makes it look cropped or hi/low, but I would say it's not covering that trend in full fashion force. I think the model just got overzealous with the arching of her back or something. Anyway, it hits right at the waist in front and has a subtle dip in the back. Technically, yes, it's a little hi/low, but not in a dramatic way.

Now, on to the best body type to pull this off:

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It's an all-skate moment. I can see the blouse on everyone, from Pears to Rectangles, Hourglasses to Apples, it applies. That was easy. Actually, that was one of the easiest body type assessments I've ever done. Which is just ONE more reason to love this blouse. I mean, it just keeps going...

I mentioned versatility earlier. I figured I'd spell it out for you via a few quick Look equations below. These are exactly what I create (condensed version; clients get a full e-Lookbook) when clients send pics from their closet. See what I'm talking about here or head straight into the four and counting ways I am going to wear this new pick:

1. Grey skinny jeans + neutral sandal + oversized hobo

2. White pencil skirt + layered under a streamlined blazer + black pumps

3. Black leather (faux) leggings + strappy black heels + jumbo clutch with hardware embellishments

4. Layered with a basic grey tank + cobalt blue cropped pant + neutral strappy sandal with a major heel

5. I could keep going but I've got more product reviews to pull together...

Ok fine, here's one more way to pull this blouse off. I can't help myself:

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The point is to try it out. If something works, fabulous. If not, move along to the next option. Eh 'hem, speaking of options, they're all lined up with the rest of my favorites that I update weekly in the virtual StyleShaker Closet. Click below and see the latest batch of favorite picks out there from my favorite shopping spots on the web:

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See more where that comes from. Check out more product reviews, style tutorials, and takes on how to wear the latest trends in fashion, all right here (click the images below):

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So Now What? We Shop. Today's Top 5 Shopping List Line Up Has Arrived...

Good morning and welcome to the next round of the top five fashion picks that have been added to the never-ending (would it ever be any other way?) shopping list that is The StyleShaker.

Today's list ranges from a printed silk blouse via A.L.C. that I'm swooning over, to a clutch from a new name out there in Fashion Land I'm counting my  lucky style stars that I just discovered. Sit back, relax, and scroll away to start the shopping momentum...

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1.

There's a black pump and then there's a black pump. I know, that sentence makes very little impact when you can't hear the inflection in my voice, so I'll elaborate. This sophisticated Zanotti pump takes the go-to basic suede version and turns it on it's head, courtesy of a little metallic pop in the heel. Just because a black pump is a basic essential to any woman's closet doesn't mean it has to look basic right? Right. Classic, with a twist.

shop the GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI Black Suede Nan Pumps

Here's the look that inspired this pump pick.

Keep it simple. So often we go down the rabbit whole when it comes to putting a look together, and why wouldn't we with all of the shopping options out there that lead to massive style sensory overload? There's no need to stuff it all into one look, I don't care what 'they' say the trends are. Take a step back, and go with what works for you. If that happens to be a tank and skinny jean, perfect.

 

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Artessorio is a newbie to the mix for our team, and we're happy to add the label to our roster. I stumbled upon this python-printed number while on the hunt for a clutch that had a little oomph to it, and lo and behold, I found this guy. Meet one of the top shopping discoveries this week.

shop the Artessorio Python-printed Construction Leather Clutch

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All right, let's just put it out there. I'm officially adding a printed blouse to the list of essentials that belong in every woman's closet. It's official (and yet I'm blatantly aware this semi-bold statement is nothing new or novel, just give me my moment). A.L.C. is a name I have grown to know and love, and for good reason. Why? The overall style aesthetic always, and I mean, always, resonates with me. It's just that simple. The below Marianne silk blouse is no exception.

shop the A.L.C. Marianne Silk Printed Blouse

Here's the look that inspired the blousy shopping list pick. It's casual, yet incredibly polished and pulled together thanks to Miss Conrad (we would expect no less). The best part about this blouse pick however, is the fact that this is just one of countless looks you could pull off with this one printed top. Versatility is a golden quality for anything hanging in your closet to have.

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4.

I'm happy to admit I now have a full-on, designer-crush/soft-spot for Mademoiselle Felee. I first met the designer in this post after having fallen in love (pun intended, you'll get what I mean when you see the ring I featured) with her work. I'm actually writing to you now with that ring on my finger and I'm happy to report the image I saw on-line is exactly what I  got, if not better than expected!

Mademoiselle Felee's designs range from demure to bold, so of course, I had to give the latter end of that style spectrum a cameo in the way of this amazing statement piece, the etoile gold collar necklace. It's a work of art and now has it's rightful spot on today's shopping list.

shop the Mademoiselle Felee Etoile Collar Gold

5.

Ah yes, three little letters that hold such power: D, V, and F. Diane von Furstenberg needs no introduction, let alone someone to elaborate on her extensive and fabulously timeless body work, so I'll just get to it with the next shopping list pick, the 'Missy,' dress. Less is more anyway as this dress speaks for itself.

Meet the perfect dress to have in your bag when you vacate the chilly temps for something a bit more beachy this winter. Add this one to the resort packing list.

shop the Diane Von Furstenberg 'Missy' Dress

And finally, the look that inspired the shopping list pick. The bold, lemony-lime neon yellow is super crisp and perfect for a little infusion of citrus color into any woman's wardrobe. It's the kind of editorial image I could stare at for hours and never gets old...

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sources: 1. Giuseppe Zanotti Nan Pumps (www.ssense.com), 2. Artessorio Python-printed Clutch (www.boticca.com), 3. A.L.C. Marianne Silk Printed Blouse (www.mytheresa.com), 4. Mademoiselle Felee Etoile Collar Gold (www.boticca.com), 5. Diane Von Furstenberg 'Missy' Dress (www.farfetch.com) | Looks: look 1 (www.thedenimguy.com), look 2 (www.peoplestylewatch.com), look 3 (www.fashiongonerogue.com

And there you have it, the top picks for today's shopping list. See more lining the shelves of the StyleShaker Closet here, because our Top 5 is not meant to be the final fashion word, it's just the jumping off point. Keep the shopping momentum going strong:

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Time for a quick quote, or really this time around, the little three-word reminder I always go to when things get tough:

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I'll keep this short and sweet, just like the quote. Have you ever found yourself at the end of your rope, things just didn't go your way, and you're exactly where you really didn't want to be? Maybe this is a repeat of what just happened, making it even more challenging to swallow?

Yea, been there. We all have and I am making a generalized assumption that we all have also attempted to find ways to dig out and deal with it. Some better than others.

This is how I suck it up, for lack of a better phrase. These three words are the words I turn to when there's not much else to get me moving my right foot in front of my left. These three words shift my focus from looking at the 'blech' situation I'm in  for far too long, to looking at what I'm going to do to get out of it, and usually that involves lots of little baby steps. But the point is, this phrase gets me moving and sometimes, just those small steps are all we need to hang our hat on. Those are enough for now.

Examples of said 'blech' situation would be:

1. You just broke up with someone you thought you'd end up with. Ok, so now what?

2. You just left the job you spent the last ten years of your life stressing over. Ok, so now what?

3. You didn't get to everything on your laundry list of items for the day. Ok, so now what?

4. 'It' isn't what you thought it would be. Ok, so now what?

The oversimplification that comes with this expression is not a result of lack of compassion. Far from it in fact. In a way, it brings you directly back to yourself, back down to earth.

The, 'so now what?' moments in life are there to show you that life does go on, this too shall pass, and oh yea, hmm, this could get really good. Maybe even better than you possibly could have imagined had that 'blech' situation not brought you right here, right now.

Funny how that goes...

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