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November 13, 2017

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney Review

As an admirer of Tracee Ellis Ross since her days on Girlfriends, I looked forward to her capsule collection at JCPenney since the day it was announced. This lady exudes style and confidence, so I wanted to see more. Upon browsing the lookbook and catching glimpses of the #TER4JCP line on social media, I was most intrigued by the tuxedo looks and the sequin dresses

Just in time for the holidays, the collection includes party-perfect dresses, wide-leg trousers, cozy sleepwear, and affordable gifts such as throw pillows, sequin clutches ($19), and printed dessert plates ($19). 

Here's a look at the small selection that my store offered. 

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney kindness dress

What to expect: bold prints, bright colors, and easy layering pieces. Everything is under $75, with the Glow sequin dress as the most expensive item. Unfortunately, my store did not carry it. 

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney robe jackets

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney kindness dress

The sequin clutches ($19) are great gift ideas, as well as the scarves ($22) and home accents. 

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney clutches

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney hang tags

In the Fitting Room

For reference, I'm petite and I wear a size small and 2/4 in JCPenney. My store didn't carry my size, so I tried on the mediums and size 4.

Here's the Bliss robe jacket ($59) over my casual shopping outfit. The jacket, although 100% polyester crepe, was quite wrinkled and the length was best for taller buyers. The sleeve length was good, but the belt placement was too low to flatter my waist. I liked the pockets and lightweight feel, but I just felt like I was wearing a robe. It runs true to size, with an easy/adjustable fit. 

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney red robe jacket

Here's the jacket with the matching Bliss cuff trousers ($44), which were far too long for me. The trousers are a pull-on style with wide legs and side pockets. I wasn't crazy about the polyester fabric, and the lack of tailoring, as the pocket bags were visible and didn't lay flat. It also comes in blue, which I'd love to see in person. 

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney Bliss robe jacket and pants

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney Bliss cuff trouser pants

The Heaven tuxedo trousers ($59) were a surprise hit for me. They have front pleats, a zip and hook and eye closure, a black satin side stripe panel, but no pockets. I found them both comfortable and flattering. This was my favorite piece from the collection, along with the coordinating tuxedo jacket ($59), which they did not have in my size. 

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney heaven tuxedo pants

Although I rarely wear bodycon dresses, the Kindness striped dress ($34) looked and felt really comfortable. It's very stretchy, shows every curve, and runs small. I'm wearing a medium here. Although it's called a midi dress, it's more of a maxi dress on me. It has a tiny embroidered ladybug on the chest. It also comes in a colorful geometric print ($34) pictured above.

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney kindness stripe midi dress

Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney kindness stripe midi dress detail

If I have the chance to visit another store with a better selection, I'd like to try on more pieces to get a better feel for the collection. My top picks are the tuxedo jacket and trousers, as they are classic, affordable, and flattering. 

Catch up with me on social media @thekeytochic for more shopping updates, reviews, and fitting room photos. See more of the collection on social using #TER4JCP.

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November 2, 2017

Erdem x H&M Alternatives

Not surprisingly, the #ERDEMxHM collection is mostly sold out as of this writing. If you tried to shop online and in store without success, you've still got options. If you live near a store, then check back as often as possible in the coming days for returns. If not, then you're in luck because I've curated a selection of alternative items to to give you that signature Erdem look. Plus, there's always main line Erdem on sale.

Erdem x HM logo

Below, a look at my favorites from the collection.

Erdem HM Lookbook

If you're a diehard floral fan like myself, I've got you covered with beautiful blooms, chic outerwear, lace blouses, and other elegant picks. The best part? You'll still get the glam Erdem vibe without wearing the same thing as everyone else who shopped the collection. 

Here are some pieces that are great #ERDEMxHM substitutes:

There's always eBay if you're motivated. See what's available:

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October 24, 2017

Who What Wear at Target Holiday 2017 Preview

If you follow me on Instagram Stories (@thekeytochic), then you've likely seen me feature new arrivals by Who What Wear at Target each week. The Who What Wear Collection is always one of the first stops I make when I visit Target because I know I'll find something sophisticated, affordable, and easy to integrate into my wardrobe. This month, there are so many stylish pieces, especially for the upcoming holiday season. Here's a preview of my favorites from the holiday 2017 collection.

Parka with faux fur trimmed hood, $69.99 (also in olive). 

who what wear blue faux fur trimmed hooded parka

Metallic puffer jacket, $49.99.

who what wear silver puffer jacket

Metallic moto jacket, $44.99. The fit is boxy. I think this would be great styled with a band tee and a dressy skirt.

who what wear metallic moto jacket

Faux fur cropped coat ($54.99). How fun is the lining?

who what wear cropped faux fur coat

Metallic striped crew sweater, $27.99. (Has a slim, fitted shape.)

who what wear metallic striped crew sweater

Pearl-embellished denim is a key trend this season, and this pair ($34.99) is perfectly slouchy. I love them paired with the ruffle-sleeved tee ($22.99).

who what wear pearl jeans

The satin and lace midi dress runs true to size, and also comes in black or navy. It has a tie at the waist, flowy silhouette and looks great with open-toe heels. I'm thinking of wearing mine with these Who What Wear floral pajama trousers ($29.99) and my Gucci belt.

who what wear satin lace mmidi dress

I have a soft spot for tiered dresses. This one is the prettiest shade of pink and runs true to size ($34.99). 

who what wear tiered tie neck dress

It also comes in this black floral print ($34.99). I took this one home because the gorgeous blooms and romantic details gave me Erdem vibes. 

who what wear floral tiered tie neck dress

I tend to wear more animal prints in the fall ad winter, and this leopard print sweater ($29.99) with slightly puffy sleeves was irresistible. I think it would look amazing with these black cropped corduroy pants ($32.99) from the collection.

who what wear leopard print sweater

I adore the flounce and the lace trim on this lace layered mini skirt ($27.99). It's the ideal piece to wear with a dressy blouse or fitted sweater (like the metallic striped one) tucked in. 

who what wear leather skirt with lace trim

This ruffled slit midi dress ($36.99) is on my wish list. It would look cute with a leather jacket and high heeled boots for winter.

who what wear floral ruffle midi dress

This cascade lace blouse ($22.99) and metallic pencil skirt ($27.99) would make for a chic holiday office party look, especially with these patent ankle strap heels ($37.99) by Who What Wear. 

who what wear lace top and brocade pencil skirt

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November 28, 2017 update - Shop the newest arrivals:

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