1. Pants (real pants, not sweat/yoga pants) are pretty uncomfortable after living in skirts for a month.

2. My (finger)nails are currently painted OPI She Sells Sushi by the Seashore, which is just a bit too bright to be a true neutral, but not bright enough to bother me. I would call it a muted peachy pink. I'm still on the hunt for a pale pink that isn't too sheer and doesn't strike my ugh-pink radar... I might just give up, buy sheer pink and opaque white, and learn how to do French nails.

JCPenney is having a BOGO 50% off sale on OPI polish. I went with a friend, so we each bought one bottle for $6.38 each. I like the quality much better than Revlon or Sally Hansen. It's very thick, essentially opaque after just one coat, but not tacky.

Toes are alternating OPI Jade is the New Black (review with swatch, although it photographs brighter/lighter than IRL, in my opinion) and an opaque cobalt blue Sally Hansen.

3. Went to Purebread Deli for lunch, and their Italian wedding soup is WAY too salty. This from someone who loves salt.

4. Also went to Talbots to return my last sandal order--I have two more pairs coming in the mail, which I will hopefully like better--and tried on a few things. I saw a cute chevron-striped dress that I wish I'd seen during the $40 dress sale. I tried on three skirts (2 were the same style in different colorways) in 2P/4P/6P, out of coincidence. I definitely need 2P bottoms at Talbots, because the shorter of the two skirts still fell to my knee when worn at waist, and only the 2P sat at my waist.

Recall that I have a 28" waist! And I'd call the 2P waist measurement a 28.5 or maybe even 29 because I'd just finished lunch and it fit comfortably. Crazy vanity sizing--same goes for my size 2 The Limited pencil skirt--even if you go down to 00, that's only a 26" waist measurement. Which, in jeans, = size 2.

Oh, quick review on the sandals I returned, which were the Twisted-Rope Leather T-Strap Thongs (no longer available online). They are like pictured, but I just didn't like the look and feel of the T-strap--my foot was very bare and I felt like I was going to step out of the shoe when I walked, even though it's secured with an ankle strap. Plus, I think the bareness calls attention to the abnormally small size of my foot... my TOMS do that, too, but I'm OK when it's a casual look. I had ordered these sandals to have a flat shoe for work, and the strap is too much to bother with for casual occasions.

5. Hopefully going to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale tonight, and I'm kind of scared. It's all hyped up to be a huge deal, but this is the first year that Delaware has had ANY high-end department store presence. (No Bloomingdale's/Neiman Marcus/Saks.) It's a pretty small store, too, noticeably smaller than Macy's and not that much larger than the Forever 21 flagship XXI store.

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Seeing personal style through K's eyes.

I'll be chronicling my quest for personal style on a frugally-raised college student's budget. Fitting room reviews, style inspirations, musings/rants about dressing a petite, size-2 apple figure--just whatever is on my mind. I adore the Anthro aesthetic, but rarely pull it off in real life. Same goes for heels and make-up...

SIZING REFERENCE:

Height: 5'2"
Measurements: 31-28-33
Bust: 32A (or 32AA without padding)
Shoes: 5 women's/3 kids, also 5.5 if open-back
True size: 2 with consideration for my waist
Shape: "crabapple"
Ethnicity: Asian = straight black hair (now waist-length for the second time!), boring brown eyes and nonexistent lashes, medium yellow-toned skin

SPECIFIC BRANDS:
Anthropologie: 2/S dresses (0/XS fits tight), 2/XS tops, 4-6 skirts
J.Crew: XS/0 tops and dresses, 4 skirts
Banana Republic: 2 tops, 4P Sloan bottoms (sometimes 2/2P in other cuts)
H&M: 4/XS tops, 4/S dresses, 6 (sometimes 8) skirts
Forever 21: S tops and dresses, 26 jeans

Resident of the teensy state of Delaware, whose greatest virtue is 0% sales tax!

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