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Store Review: Fall Fashions at the New Talbots Store in Town Center, Corte Madera, CA

The first chill of autumn is in the air. It’s one of my favorite fashion times of the year. I love to update my wardrobe with a new sweater, cozy knit, or jacket.

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I recently visited the new Talbots store in Town Center, Corte Madera CA to explore their new fall collection. Talbots generally carries a fairly classic style of clothes. I found the new store bright and airy with a good selection of petite sizes. The dressing rooms were also spacious and well lit. If you live in the bay area it’s worth stopping by the store.

Another thing I like about Talbots is that you can also find plus-size petites online. Remember, petite just means you are under 5’4″. Petites come in all shapes. One of my favorite finds was this soft wool double-faced jacket in grey and blue. The jacket material was soft, draped beautifully and the cut was a great fit for my petite frame. It also has a winged collar which added extra flare. Loved this jacket paired with my favorite jeans (Page Denim – Verdugo Ankle found here). It would also look great dressed up with blue or grey trousers. It is a versatile piece as you could use this as outerwear on a warmer fall day or a comfy, casual blazer in doors.

If you want to take a walk on the wild side and play with the Leopard/Animal print trend, there was a haircalf & leather foldover oversized clutch that would be a fun and easy way to incorporate some leopard print spots into your wardrobe. The haircalf exterior felt nice and soft. There is an interior zip pocket and 2 internal slip pockets. Size is 8” X 12” L 1 ¼ W with twill Chino lining. The size of the bag was a good proportion for petites. This would be great bag for evening and would go with everything.

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Cheers!

Catherine

Lift, Tone, Burn – Pure Barre Fort Lauderdale

A fitness post? Crazy, I know, but it’s the beginning of a New Year, I’m on a health kick and lets face it, this kick probably wont last much longer so I might as well talk about it while I can.

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I was recently invited to participate in a blogger’s Pure Barre fitness class by Aileen who blogs at Newsy Parents and helped organize the class here in Fort Lauderdale. Believe it or not this wasn’t my first time taking a Pure Barre class so I already knew what I was in for — unbelievable soreness. Why did I sign up for this again? I did ballet for about ten years so when I heard about Pure Barre I was excited to try it out. Unfortunately, after taking a class, I realized the closest thing Pure Barre offers to ballet is the barre. Instead of looking graceful and elegant at the barre (like a ballerina would), I found myself shaking uncontrollably and sweating like crazy. Not cute. But hey, it was an amazing workout and for that, I will definitely continue lifting, toning, and burning with Pure Barre. They even provided us with some Pure Barre “sticky socks” which are a necessity so you don’t fall on your face (or worse, find yourself doing the splits when you physically can’t).

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The Pure Barre Story:

Pure Barre is the largest, most established barre franchise in the nation, with more than 180 studios across the country, and more opening every month. Pure Barre is a total body workout that utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, which burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques.

Pure Barre was founded by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr. Carrie opened her first studio in the basement of an office building in Birmingham, MI in 2001. With no initial clients, staff, signage or even a bathroom, Carrie successfully grew Pure Barre into the dynamic company it is today.

In July of 2009, Pure Barre became a franchise and has exploded in popularity, due to its extremely effective technique (which transforms the shape of a woman’s body in record-breaking time); friendly, high-energy atmosphere; and fun, motivating music.

Pure Barre is more than just a workout; it’s a lifestyle. At Pure Barre, women share a sense of community, in which they are inspired and empowered by each other’s fitness and lifestyle goals. In addition to classes, Pure Barre also offers DVDs, equipment and exercise apparel.

If you live here in South Florida and would like to try a Pure Barre class for yourself, check out Pure Barre Fort Lauderdale. They’re having their grand opening this weekend, January 31 – February 2, with demonstrations, giveaways and more. They are located in the Union Planters Plaza, next to Dick’s Sporting Goods and Whole Foods at 2408 North Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale.

Have you tired Pure Barre before?

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Pure Barre: Facebook – Pure Barre Fort Lauderdale | Twitter: @PureBarreFtLaud | Instagram: @PureBarre_FTL

Union Planters Plaza: Facebook – Union  Planters Plaza | Twitter: @UPlantersPlaza | Instagram: @unionplantersplaza

Review: The Sunset Sweat Pant From Allison Izu

Petite clothing designer, Allison Izu knows what she’s doing when it comes to designing for the petite frame.  Just recently, Allison sent me a pair of her Sunset Sweat Pants.  Sweat pants? I know it might sound weird but don’t let the term ‘sweat pant’ throw you off because these are far from your normal sweats.  While they’re definitely just as comfortable, they’re WAY more stylish than the average Hanes.  Even though I styled the pants with an espadrille wedge for this photo shoot they’re great with flat sandals too (trust me, I wore them to the store with flip flops earlier today).  They’re stylish, comfortable, versatile and best of all, made for petites!

Pant details:

  • Front Rise: 11 1/2″
  • Back Rise: 13 1/2″
  • Leg Opening:  Elastic 6″
  • Inseam:  22″
  • Side seam pockets and pleated back pockets.
  • 98% Cotton/2% Elastine
  • Made in Hawaii (Aloha!) 🙂

You can find the Sunset Sweat Pants online here and for a limited time, Petite Fashionista readers can take 20% off of $98 or more at AllisonIzu.com! Use code: PETITEFASHIONISTA at checkout.

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Outfit Details: Pants – Sunset Sweat Pants from Allison Izu (find here) // Top – Basic Tank from H&M (find here) // Shoes – Black Espadrille Wedges from DSW (not available anymore) (find similar here) // Hat – Fedora from Forever21 (find here).
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Have you tried Allison Izu?  You can find the Sunset Sweat Pant Jeans online here.

Lovely In Lace: The Bachelorette Dress

Catherine The BachelorWe all have our own guilty pleasures, watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette just happens to be one of mine. So when The Petite Shop asked me to review their new “Bachelorette Dress” I was thrilled. During the last Bachelor “After The Rose” ceremony, Catherine (Sean’s pick) wore a lovely navy lace cocktail dress (pictured below). Luckily, The Petite Shop was able to track down a petite specific version and I’m happy to say I’m giving it two thumbs up!

The quality of the dress is outstanding and it fit perfectly. The details on the lace are so sweet. This is the perfect dress for a wedding or night out.

The dress is available in Navy (seen below) or in Berry and comes in size 2P-14P. To give you an idea for sizes, I am wearing a 4P.

**My measurements are:
Bust: 32B
Natural Waist: 26
Waist where pants normally sit: 32
Hips: 37

I have just enough room in the dress to feel comfortable. I wouldn’t want it any tighter otherwise I’d feel too restricted.

You can find the ‘Bachelorette Dress’ here at The Petite Shop.

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