The Perfect Black Work Pant

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I’m looking for the perfect black work pant, which is no easy task. I’d like something fitted, but still comfortable. I also want them to be ankle-length with a skinny leg opening. I know I’m not the only one who finds it difficult to find pants that fit well. I’ve got a little bit of junk in the trunk, so it can be hard to find pants that fit well in the bottom and thigh areas without having that annoying gap in the back. I’m also on the shorter side (5’3″), so regular pants are sometimes too long or cropped pants will hit me at an awkward length. The point of all that is that I prefer to try on pants in stores since sizes and fit can vary widely. I’ve been looking for a few weeks now and here are a few pairs that I have my eye on:

Ann Taylor Sleek Stretch Ankle Pants I actually bought these pants last week for about half-off. On the hanger, I was not loving them, but then I tried them on and my opinion completely changed. They fit rather well and they are pretty comfortable. I’m not 100% sure that I’ll keep them though. We’ll see if they pass the at-home test.

Banana Republic Black Soft Pant I like the slouchy vibe of these and I think they’d be great for warmer months. I’m not sure how they’d look with flats though, or if I could pull them off.

Banana Republic Sloan-Fit Slim Ankle-Zip Pant I tried these on in the store a couple weeks ago and I kind of liked them. The legs are actually skinny and I like the side zipper- it gives a flattened, slimmer silhouette. I was having fit issues though. I was in a bit of rush when I was trying these on, so I’d like to go back to a store and take my time.

J. Crew Minnie Pant I know people love these pants. I’ve seen them in the store, but I’ve never tried them on, so I’d like to do that at some point.

Have you found your perfect black work pant?

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Noted 09.

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I haven’t done one of these posts in a while! In this series, I round up a few things that have caught my eye during my nightly sessions browsing the web. Usually these don’t fit into one nice, neat category, but I like to share these finds with you from time to time. Today we have…

– the Kate Spade Saturday and West Elm collaboration. This seems like a perfect marriage to me. Kate Spade Saturday has the best prints and they translate really well into home decor. My favorite print from the collection is the one pictured above- it’s so bright and cheerful.

Everlane’s striped tees. I own a couple Everlane tees and they’re both great. They’re quite soft and they’ve held up well through many washes. I really like Everlane and what the company stands for. I think I’ll be able to lift my self-imposed spending ban soon and there are several Everlane pieces that I have my eye on. I particularly love the look of this striped shirt. I already have several striped tees, but I love the effortlessness of this one. I know the quality of Everlane tees is great and I know that if I bought this tee, I would live in it.

– this kitty pouch from J. Crew. Crazy cat ladies unite. This pouch is so cute. Definitely not something I need, but I think I would make a cute makeup bag or something like that. I’m watching this and if it goes on sale, I might have to get it.

– the Sephora Formula X Sheer Strength nail polishes. I currently own one Formula X polish and I like it. The color is gorgeous, but the formula is a bit thicker than what I normally like. Recently I saw these sheer strength nail polishes. Usually I want my nail polish color to stand out, but I like the idea of these sheer colors that also act as nail strengtheners. I think it might be good when I want to give my nails a bit of a break, but I don’t want to leave them bare. If you’ve tried any of the Formula X polishes, let me know what you think of them (image via).

Ray of Sunshine

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When I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and saw Léa Seydoux’s dress, I had to do a double-take. I think her yellow dress (and the whole look, really) is so dreamy. A few years ago, yellow was one of my least favorite colors, but at some point that changed. I actually painted my walls pale yellow a couple years ago- talk about a change of opinion! Now I think of yellow as such a happy color and in these dreary winter days it feels like a breath of fresh air.

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Top image via W Magazine. 01. Bank Of Me textured-leather pouch 02. Zip pencil skirt 03. Backless chiffon dress 04. Pleated tulle skirt 05. Long-sleeved blouse 06. Rose stud 07. Selma mini textured-leather shoulder bag

Gift Guide 2014: For Her & For Him

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Tell me: How’s your holiday shopping going?

01. Hugo Guinness for J. Crew Ceramic Box 02. Starlight Bracelet 03. Snowflake Fair Isle Sweater 04. Clear Rosa iPhone Case 05. Golden Ikat Tee 06. Heart Pouch 07. Bow Ankle Socks 08. Salut Travel Cup 09. Leather Card Holder 10. Misc. Goods Co. Playing Cards 11. Touchtec Ragg Wool Gloves 12. Slim Sweatpant 13. Fishs Eddy for J. Crew Ceramic Anchor Mug 14. Twill Tablet Case 15. Winterweight Flannel Workshirt

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