Somebody got a new phone! Why am I telling you that? Because you’re going to see a huge difference in quality in today’s dressing room try-on session. I am so excited to bring you my first fitting room blog post with my new iPhone 12 Pro. Plus, Talbots is offering us 30% off sitewide (with a few exceptions) and 3X the style points on our purchases through June 28. I liked this mid summer Talbots collection much more than I expected to. Let’s see if you do, too.
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I personally think Talbots is really listening to their clientele these days and making appreciable changes to their styles. I loved that many of the fabrics in the line are lightweight, while others are moisture-wicking. And I love the addition of zebra prints in this collection. Honestly, about half of the things I chose to try on for you are from previous collections. But it all works together beautifully.
Try-On Session Basics
Because of the past year’s pandemic, I haven’t done a lot of try-on sessions recently. So let’s cover the basics.
I’m 5’8″ and weigh about 155 right now. I have an X or hourglass shape and fairly even proportions. I generally wear smalls or mediums in shirts, tops, dresses, coats, etc. I almost always take an 8 in pants, jeans, skirts, shorts or dresses. Unless I tell you otherwise, these are the sizes I’m wearing in the photos.
If you have any questions about anything I show, please ask me in the comments section below. Other women may benefit from reading my response to your question.
Finally, while the camera on this phone is spectacular and you’ll notice a significant improvement from my previous one, keep in mind that lighting is not great and my hair is tossled from pulling clothes off and on. Let’s go!
Mid Summer Try-On Session at Talbots
Lightweight Stretch Wrap Hem Pants // I love the lightweight, 4-way stretch fabric Talbots used for these T by Talbots pants. They’ll be perfect for a car trip, walking the neighborhood or even a light hike. They fit true to size and come in black and navy, too. But I thought the summer sage was a nice addition to a warm weather wardrobe. They also feature Sunwell UPF 50 protection. Verdict: Kept.
Cotton Blend Jersey Tee // I just grabbed this Cotton Blend Jersey Tee to wear when trying on the Lightweight Stretch Wrap Hem Pants. I have one at home. But if you’re looking for a nice lightweight white tee to add to your athleisure collection, this is a good one. It fits true to size. Verdict: Already own.
Comfort Plush Hooded Jacket // I recently realized that I don’t have a lightweight hooded jacket for exercise or casual wear. This one is a nice thickness and has streamlined zipper pockets. I like that it is striated, so it looks good with the pants, but not overly matchy. It’s also available in a trendy yellow and lovely pink. Verdict: Kept.
Tie Front Stripe Tee // Can you believe how slimming this duo is? Goes to show that monochromatic dressing really is slenderizing. This Tie Front Stripe Tee is made from a 92% Cotton, 6% Polyester, 2% Spandex blend, so it’s very soft and has such a nice drape. It runs true to size and is also available in a soft blue. Verdict: Kept.
Lobster Print Shell // Who’d have known that I’d like a Lobster Print Shell so much. Lobster roll? Yes! But a women’s sleeveless shell featuring red lobsters??? But I love it. The fabric is soft, lightweight and a little on the thin side. Honestly, I’d probably wear it just as is, but if you opted to wear a lightweight, body skimming camisole underneath, you’d still be quite comfortable in this darling top. It runs true to size. Verdict: Passed just because I don’t need it. But it’s darling!
Chambray Shorts Bermuda length // Talbots shorts are selling out. But these Chambray Shorts Bermuda length are still pretty well stocked. They do feel comfortable and look nice with this darling lobster shell. They fit true to size and come in petite, plus and plus petites, too. Verdict: Didn’t buy. I just prefer a 7″ over the Bermuda length.
Kiwi Green Perfect Bermuda Shorts // I tried these shorts on in a size 10 because they didn’t have my 8. While these are a little roomy on me, I actually decided I’d like to have the short inseam in this size. But they’re sold out. I just love the combination of blue and green, so I thought these paired nicely. I’d say the shorts fit true to size, but if you’d like them a little roomy, go up a size. Verdict: Didn’t buy them. I have plenty of other options already.
Embroidered Chambray Tie Neck Top // Now this lightweight Tie Neck Top was a pleasant surprise. It’s actually part of the June collection (as are several of these items, actually), and I’d been eyeing it. Well, it didn’t disappoint. I think the embroidery looks festive and feminine, and the blue and white just look perfect together. It runs true to size. Verdict: Kept.
White Linen Shell // This White Linen Shell could serve as such a great staple in a summer wardrobe. It has a nice weight, a pretty v-neck and really nice detailing. Tuck it in or leave it out. It runs true to size. And I do think this White Linen Shell works beautifully with these crinkle cotton beach pants. Verdict: I didn’t purchase it simply because I have plenty of linen.
Crinkle Cotton Beach Pants // I didn’t realize these were Crinkle Cotton Beach Pants and intended to be worn with a swimsuit when I tried them on. Ha! But I can definitely imagine that now. They are silky soft and have a nice drape. I did find them to fit true to size, too. I think these Crinkle Cotton Beach Pants are a great option for a beach vacation because you could easily slip them over our suit for lunch on the veranda. Verdict: Didn’t purchase. I just don’t need them. But they are lovely.
Next, I tried a couple of sweet sundresses. I had really wanted to try this Embroidered Palm Tree Shift Dress, but they didn’t have it in the store. It’s just lovely and so fresh looking.
Oasis Palm Voile Fit & Flare Dress // I had seen this Oasis Palm Voile Fit & Flare Dress in the catalog and was curious. It is a pretty print, and the fabric is soft and lightweight…very summery. I’d also say this 100% cotton voile dress fits true to size. Unlike some of the other simple dresses, this one is sized by number and I’m wearing my TTS 8. But I just don’t like this neckline or silhouette on me. I also think the Oasis Palm Voile Fit & Flare Dress might look better if you wore a pretty leather or rattan belt with it. Verdict: It’s beautiful, but not for me.
Jersey Eyelet Dress // This Jersey Eyelet Dress, on the other hand, really resonated with me. I love the t-shirt-like fabric and the wide eyelet trim on the tiered skirt. And I’m not sure why it’s called Zinnia orange because it’s an orange-red at best. But it almost reads like a true red. I love the casual, feminine feel of this fun sundress. Verdict: Undecided. I left it there, but maybe…
Next, I reached for a patriotic tee. Or shall I say, the tee grabbed me. Ha! I didn’t really find the jeans I wanted to try it with, so I settled for these Modern Ankle Jeans with Ribbon Tape in sea glass wash. I’d probably prefer either a darker wash jean or white with this tee. But in the end I fell in love with the jeans, too. Ha!
Modern Ankle Jeans with Ribbon Tape // These jeans are summery soft and oh-so-lightly distressed in just a few places. The ribbon trim elongates and slims the leg. It’s a navy and white stripe trim. These jeans fit beautifully true to size. I’m wearing the size 8. I love that they have a modern slim cut – not too full, not too skinny. Verdict: They are my new favorite summer jeans!
Heart Spangled Banner Tee // I’m sad to report that this Heart Spangled Banner Tee is just about sold out. But click through if you’re interested, there are still a few sizes in each category. It’s a soft, lightweight tee with such pretty colors. I’m a real patriot, so this tee speaks my language! It runs true to size. Verdict: I kept this one for the 4th of July!
Embroidered Zebra Tee // It may or may not surprise you (depending on how much you’ve been hanging around here!) that this Embroidered Zebra Tee is my favorite find from this try-on session. I knew I wanted to try this darling novelty tee the moment I saw it in the catalog, and it did not disappoint. The reason I love it so much is because it’s fun and lighthearted, but it’s also a true neutral, so you can pair it beautifully with any color…or neutral. Verdict: Winner!
Wide Leg Crop Chinos // These Wide Leg Crop Chinos are another summer weight option that I love. I especially like that they are a wide leg crop that reads more like a straight leg. They’re also available in navy and white. I’m wearing my TTS 8 and they feel so good. Verdict: Love and kept.
There were a lot of items in the new Tropical Daydream collection that were not available in the store. So while I enjoyed trying these on for you (and me!) I still think the best way to shop this line in online. You’ll find a wider selection of colors and sizes (misses, petites, plus and petite plus) online. And remember, you get 30% off your purchase (shorts and other brands excluded) and 3X rewards points on your purchases.
Let me know if you have any questions about anything I’ve shared here. I’ll be editing my video today, so I’m sure I’ll be watching the comments pretty carefully. Have a good one!
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Blessed for My Day
Do you ever wish there were more to the Bible? Like perhaps you long for more specific instructions on how to live. Or maybe you’d like to know more about Jesus’ childhood or young adult years. Then again, maybe you’re more curious about Old Testament matters, such as creation, the flood or Jonah and the big fish. Indeed, sometimes as we read the Bible it feels as though key elements are missing.
But the truth is that God has given us everything we need to know Him sufficiently for now and to live in a way that honors Him. Instead of giving us the answer key, in some ways He has given us an ever-unfolding story. But He has revealed Himself to us in a way that whets our appetites for more. I’ve found that the more I meditate on, say “yes” to and obey what I read in the Bible, the more He reveals of Himself to me. Getting to know Jesus is a lifelong journey. The question is, are you on it?
Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. ~ John 21:25