Donut Worry, Be happy with Corey Lynn Calter for Anthro Petites

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Print designed by Stephanie Sterjovski available at the Glitter Guide’s SS Print Shop

Donut Worry, Be Happy because
Anthropologie Petites and Corey Lynn Calter have come together for petite and panza perfect attire!

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Doughnuts Equal Panza
When I think of famous panzas…I think Homer Simpson gets a special premio (prize)– a gold medal for this one.

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Puchica! (Salvadoran caliche for Wow!) Look at that panza!

Since childhood I have watched the Simpsons, and what will forever be engrained in my memory is Homer Simpson’s doughnut obsession. It’s quite iconic really. I suppose Homer’s panza accomplishments are reassuring for the tanchi. I mean who can say no to a doughnut that’s elegant, scrumptious, and irresistibly good–looking, specifically the ones made by the #1 voted donut shop in LA Weekly?

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They certainly can’t escape this tanchi or the tall and honorary tanchi that came with me to check out the new collection by Anthropologie Petites and meet Corey Lynn Calter herself! Rest assured all you panza lovers! Now with Corey Lynn Calter’s designs for petites, doughnuts are okay for tanchis, especially if they are the kind made by The Donut Snob.

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With Laura – honorary tanchi to my left, and Stephanie – the tall to my right

If Marie Antoinette were alive today, she’d ditch the macaroons for the Donut Snob.
No snob can resist these! If you have never thought you’d find yourself “checking out” doughnuts – at Anthropologie’s Petite Shop in Santa Monica, California – you would have here. The presentation of it all had that special Anthropologie touch – the kind you drool over in their infamous catalogues, where you want everything in sight as you turn the pages of their wonderland (or walk in the store, really). Stacks of caramel, berries, sprinkles, and other delicious doughnut toppings were paired with some wine and bubbly – it was a great start to a monumental event in petite world! Anthropologie is now launching in 7 stores their petites line! Tanchis – were talking actual made-for-petite clothes in a store! Exciting times!

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Although many historical critics have said Marie Antoinette never said to “Let them eat cake,” I’m sure at this occasion she would have said “Let them eat doughnuts” because now, tanchis, we can have our doughnut and eat it too. Be happy.

How so? With:

Panza Perfect Attire brought to you by Corey Lynn Calter
Meet Corey Lynn Calter, a designer who inherited a sewing machine from her grandfather, a tailor from Italy, and a sense of color from her mother, an interior designer. Corey’s been making her own clothes since her teenage years in Philadelphia. Nowadays, you can find her clothes in so many places featuring original prints, flattering cuts, and classic silhouettes. She’s also known for her maxis and jumpsuits – when I heard she was making exclusive petite clothing with long time collaborator Anthropologie – you can imagine the excitement that filled me!

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The tall and the tanchi – looking down and looking up!

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The tall and honorary tanchi meeting designer Corey Lynn Calter (center)

Tanchi Problems: Everything Fits, Mi Pobre Wallet
Everything I tried on fit. Everything. I mean everything – maxis, peplums, dresses you name it. Tanchis, with Anthro petites – our pobre (poor) wallets, but a win for our wardrobes! As fellow honorary tanchi, Laura, put it — now the problem we have as petites has changed. Now that everything fits – it’s like a whole new world has opened up to us where we can get fit and style at the same time. It’s what Aladdin and Jasmine must of felt like riding on the Magic Carpet.

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“A Whole New World”
Would you look at that: no panza. Boy, do I love a dress that can work that panza magic. Check out this Malmaison Petite Floral Dress ($198) – wearing a size 8. It’s a fantastic silk-tencel fabric with great hues for the floral print, a lady-like button up back, and a tailored silhouette that dares to use waist piping, yet doesn’t bring unwanted attention to the panza. This dress requires absolutely no alternations and I can see it easily becoming a staple in my closet! That’s right – no alternations. I’ve paired it with a swanky and very pretty burgundy velvet shoe that glitters light pink– these High Halls Pumps ($158) by Miss Albright are definite head turners!

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Remember that with Corey Lynn Calter’s designs you get an original print, a flattering cut, and classic silhouette – well every garment passes the test. Check out these other garments by Corey Lynn Calter.

Can You Spot the Panza?
Wearing a size 10, very unique geometric print that almost never works on the tanchi body – but of course with the Hypatia Petite Corset Top ($118) – there is the ultimate exception. Nothing like power of a corset to make your panza oh so flattering!

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Laura’s honorary tanchi status makes petiteness so in this season, wearing a wine colored Jeweled Arezzo Petite Maxi Dress ($298) – wearing a size 0. Love the zipper slit detail on the dress and POCKETS!

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We seriously had to stop trying on clothes…

We Loved Everything!
It was a great event put together by the ladies at Anthropologie. They sure pulled out all the stops you can in catering scrumptious hor dourves such as lettuce wraps, bacon wrapped dates, pork sandwiches and so much more.
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As part of the event, they also had a unique photo booth – reminiscent of the 15 ft black pillar in the film, ‘2001: Space Odyssey,’ making every photo look very cool without an Instagram filter which you could instantaneously text, Tweet, or email to yourself.

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#NoFilter
No filtering needed here, or as I always say, curating – the way of the tanchi. Anthro petites has taken away half the curating battle for us (the unpleasant ones) by addressing typical tanchi problems, and allowing us tanchis to enjoy curation for style’s sake and finding cuts that flatter. No filter needed to look fantastic, No settling here for tanchis with Anthro petites.

That’s a wrap at Anthropologie’s Petite Launch with Corey Lynn Calter.
La Bella Tanchi has been covering Anthropologie’s petite line infiltration into stores from the beginning, and you can expect more coverage on their growth. Catch more coverage on Anthropologie’s petite line in a pervious post, Que Yuca ser tanchi, until Anthro did petites!, and, A Tanchi’s Dream Jean; Meet Stevie. Anthropologie has been one of the leaders in offering petite apparel for women that strays away from historical experiences in department stores we’d rather leave in the past. So donut worry, tanchis, be happy! Looking forward to continuing coverage for more great events, collaborations, and fashion, which Anthropologie consistently delivers. Gracias Corey and Anthropologie – tanchis love you! (Even though our carteras (purses) may have a different opinion).

Que Yuca ser tanchi, until Anthro did petites!

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All the way from UK – The Carmen by Jeetly Petite

Wahoo! Royal Mail has arrived!

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All the way from UK – The Carmen – I fell in love with the Carmen the moment I saw it at Jeetly Petite. I own a similar style in pink from bebe, but it’s not so great of a blouse for the workplace. You can always count on Jeetly, though, for your “This isn’t college anymore (or entry level)” wardrobe – not to mention I’m huge fan of their bold colors with bow ties!

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Jeetly Petite is an emerging online petite retailer based out of the UK making quality petite apparel perfect for any tanchi’s workplace attire. They are perfect for the tanchi in her 20s – going from entry-level to mid-career professional. It’s that stage in your life when NY&Co. and fast-fashion isn’t cutting it anymore but your not in your 30s yet – ready for the Ann Taylor and Express fashions. Jeetly Petite garments have it all in quality– construction, style, material, and fit. It is a price point value worth every penny! Right now the Carmen and others are on sale – get them while you can! They truly live up theirs claims of being chic and classy, no tailoring necessary, giving a confident look, and using smart tailoring.

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With Jeetly Petite, not only will you get a great product for it’s price but because they are garments made especially for petites – no alterations are required and the fit is impeccable on the tanchi body – especially the panza region. When the Carmen arrived, I didn’t have to wait to schedule my shoot until alteration were done because I put it on and it fit perfectly! Is this really happening?

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It’s so lovely. The feminine details such as an oversized neck bowtie and the satin wrapped button on the cuffs. Such a marvelous piece to put on! A word of caution, though — as silky and soft as the garment is – it is also delicate. It absorbs body sweat easily and I highly recommend saving it for the Fall or Winter season.

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For such a feminine piece – I paired it with a more masculine look, staying in line with Fall 2013 trends. To achieve the fem/masculine look I wore black high-waisted bebe trousers and white suspenders I got ages ago from Wet Seal.

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Suspenders are a favorite accessory of mine to wear to the work place – very fashion forward, yet professional. And yet again, my go-to choice for fashion is bebe because it does everything right. They even make high-waisted pants that are fab in style and fit for the tanchi (even with a panza)!

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For shoes I picked a slightly higher kitten heel high by Steve Madden – plain black closed toed heels. Topped off with accessories – an Anne Klein silver watch and bebe black and white purse – making for the complete “This isn’t College Anymore (or entry-level)” look.

I mean, a new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later.” – Diana Vreeland.

Vreeland and Jeetly Petite share this mindset- a garment is worth a thousand words and This isn’t college anymore so make sure to take care of the scrunchy bottom looks!. A Scrunch can make all the difference – keep it classy with smart tailoring (and in San Diego) – the only kind you’ll find at Jeetly Petite.

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Shopping tips:
1. I purchased a size 14 (equivalent to a Large) in the Carmen because with petite apparel I always go one size up plus one more for UK and European companies.
2. The price for the Carmen plus delivery comes out to $65.54 in dollars. All pricing is in pounds but you can use Dollars2pounds to help convert.
3. You may get a fraud alert call from your credit card company if you have never purchased overseas.

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Welcome to The Petite Shop, not your ordinary Candy Shop

“We are the Dreamers of Dreams”
When I was young, I used to watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the original film via VCR, and replay the intro scenes that took place in the candy shop and factory with the wonderland of candy. Pressing start, then rewind, then pause, then play again. Those were the days.

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I was in it for the Candy. 
The rest of the film was irrelevant to me. It took me years to learn the characters names and by the time the Oompa Lumpas came on, I was over the film. Sorry Wonka. I was in it for the candy. Perhaps this has contributed to adult hood panza problems, but how could I resist? I loved seeing the jars and jars of every candy imaginable made to quench your sugar rush and the magical land where anything was possible, from a marshmallow filled life-size mushroom you stick you hand into to bon bons dangling from a tree.

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Credit: (C) Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 1971

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Credit: (C) Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 1971

A Willy Wonka-like Factory for Petites…Imagine That
Imagine a place where the same options existed for tanchis, but filled with petite clothing yumminess? A Petite Shop mimicking the endless options as the candy shops from our childhood wonders minus the VCR.

Welcome to The Petite Shop – A la Orden (At your service)
It can happen, and with Elizabeth Bates’ vision for her emerging petite apparel start-up, The Petite Shop, I’m incredibly excited to see what she offers for her petite customers! Meet Elizabeth: Professional Petite Problem Solver minus the top hat, ascot, cane, and swag coat. The petite apparel industry is growing and Elizabeth was inspired to start her own solution to the problem, driven by her own personal frustration while seeing the numbers confirmed her assumption of the general population.

Like Elizabeth, fellow tanchis can relate:

Ever been frustrated with clothes? Ever wonder why statistics are gathered showing over 50% of women are petite and yet the industry is still so underdeveloped and underserving the population?

With so many people who know someone of petite height, she realized there are many moms, sisters, and friends with this same problem – they can’t find clothes that fit. Elizabeth has specialized in this specific niche and has since dedicated her online petite apparel business to providing people what they want and foremost educating women about their petite status.

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It’s Not You, It’s ME.
It really isn’t you petites. Elizabeth knows it’s a big job to teach that there are clothes available for us. The process begins by acknowledging or knowing whether you’re a petite to begin with. Even though it is a needle in a haystack to find designers who are willing to do petite or are explicitly petite designers, Elizabeth manages to find great clothing and is encouraged by the emerging market. The key to Elizabeth’s success is knowing how and where to look for clothing – utilizing superb curation technique, the same as the tanchi does curation!

What’s going on in the Petite Apparel Industry?
Challenges with the petite apparel industry haven’t stopped Elizabeth. She shares great insight to what is holding back the petite market. Over the years, department stores kind of gave petite clothing a bad rap by offering ugly clothes that no one ages 20-35 was going to wear. Women aren’t exactly eager to associate themselves as “petites” when there is nothing fashionable to choose from. I love this, because to answer Why do Petite Clothes Suck? (featured in a previous post), it contributes to what is a multifaceted answer. Elizabeth’s explanation offers insight to what Ramit Sethi of, ‘I Will Teach You To Be Rich’, calls “invisible scripts.” Invisible scripts are basically the things we tell ourselves over time that we believe to be true. We’re talking deep rooted psychology, so deeply embedded that we don’t even realize they guide our attitudes and behaviors.

If Your in Denial Petites, Elizabeth is Here to Help
In October 2012, Elizabeth became an industry game changer by offering clothing and taking on the base challenge in changing minds. The Petite Shop offers fashion-forward style for women ages 25-35. Her main goal is to build a forum for exclusively petite designers. She strives to make a petite community full circle, supporting the designers so they can continue to provide high-quality, unique petite clothing for us!

Post Banana, Ann, and J.Crew
This community then offers options aside from Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Loft, and J.Crew that have their own in-house lines. By working with indie designers – they’re doing things just for us. Coming up on La Bella Tanchi is a rarity – an actually petite jumpsuit from the shop! 30″ inseam, tube top, flare leg, navy blue! Until then, approximately 66% of the Petite Shop garments are petite specific – true to petite proportions. Giving tanchi’s the best possible online shopping experience and their panzas too.

Use coupon code BELLA for 15% off!

Check out other great petite bloggers for more features on The Petite Shop:

Stylepint
Sydneys Fashion Diary
Petite Style Online

Si Se Puede wear neon in the workplace with Gambita style

This past week has been filled with Si Se Puede spirit in the air. It was big week! DOMA was dismissed in the U.S. Supreme court, immigration reform legislation passed in Congress and Sonia Sotomayor – first Latina Supreme Court Justice – had her birthday this week! Carrying on the Si Se Puede mood – I am si se pueding it by featuring neon attire for the workplace – it can be done. Especially at Gambita – an online boutique shopping experience for fashion-forward petites.

Wearable neon garments for the workplace are tricky. The color and cut have to be just right. It’s no where near the task of fighting for gay marriage and immigration reform, but curating attire for the workplace with neon garments is by far one of the most challenging for me to pull off. It’s why the neon green Ryder Shirt by Alice & Trixie was a garment I just had to style and feature on this blog! It is one of the pricier items at Gambita, but they are offering La Bella Tanchi readers a special promo! Just enter Gambita4LaBellaTanchi at checkout for 25% off all items in your order!

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Last week I featured a Day-to-Night look with the gorgeous coral Lena Tank, also available at Gambita. They have so many garments for sale that are incredibly versatile!

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For today’s post, I paired the Ryder shirt with pleather shorts from Forever 21, an animal print belt from bebe (of course), black Toms shoes, and neon pink studs from Express – previously featured in my first post on neon attire for the workplace.

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I choose black bottoms since it’s a great color to work with for the work outfit and nightlife outfit also.

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For the work look, I paired the Ryder with an Express black pencil skirt (similar here) and my “Party in the front, Work in the back” bebe leatherette panel icon skinny jeans for night time.

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No matter what the mean girls say – I stand by my vests, and I paired one with the Ryder skirt a navy pinstriped one from the Gap. It’s a great way to make the Ryder shirt work-appropriate. You’ll notice one of the great and uncommon features of the Ryder shirt is the open back cut-out! This is wonderful for day and night, but not so much for the workplace. It’s why a vest is a great way to hide the cut-out – not to mention also to tone done the bright neon color and create a slimming look (dark colors) – making me look taller and covering the panza.

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The Ryder shirt is a tanchi and panza friendly shirt. There’s no tailoring necessary and it falls just right on my petite proportions. It does the trick of making the panza look fab whether tucked in such as in the day and work looks, or hanging loose. The last component to make the switches happen, is simply swapping the Toms for Alfani black patent and blue suede pumps which are great for work and night time.

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Bright Blue and neon green is a favorite color combo pairing of mine. For years, I didn’t wear this Macy’s shoe clearance find, but eventually started wearing them all the time when I discovered great neon pairing. They’re a fun shoe, yet professional – again great for sporting the color but having some darker hues to tone it down.

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With just a few swamps, this tanchi is ready for the workplace to strut the neon or for any occasion in a jam-packed day! Neon on neon with a touch of classy black garments makes this Ryder shirt a great addition to the tanchi and panza friendly only closet!

If you have loved the Lena Tank and Ryder top thus far, be sure to check out the great selection at Gambita. Here a few of my favorites!

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Beth Romper

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In addition to the great selection at Gambita, the service is impressive! Especially since Gambita is a start-up. Often, petite apparel is only available online which makes for a hassle with shipping and handling, but Gambita offers free shipping and returns. I have to say, I have yet to encounter a comparable online shopping experience that’s as good as the one with Zappos.com. I love places that make it an ease to shop and Gambita does it right! This wont be the last tanchis of Gambita features – she’s got fresh stock and it all so fitting for my petiteness and the panza!

Thanks to Tyson Gardner for the photos! I’m excited to start collaborating with this photographer on upcoming shoots!

Day to Night Looks with Gambita and protection from evil spirits!

Gambita and I share this in common – we don’t refer to shrimp as “camarones” – instead we revert to our Spanglish ways.

I was born a #Spanglisher. Once when I was 7 years old, I didn’t know better and was explaining the art work I had made in school to my mom. I said, “Y dibuje un cam-e-ron.” My family to this day never lets me live that one down. If you think me making up words and intertwining Spanglish is at an all-time high on this blog – you should have heard it in my childhood (when I seriously didn’t know better). Caroline, too, has put a Spanglish spin on the word “shrimp” in Spanish, she uses “Gambita” to sell petite apparel and educate women on petite matters.

Gambita literally means “little shrimp” in Spanish. Gambita’s founder, Caroline got this nickname from her husband and loved it because it was original and she couldn’t help smile when she heard it. Gambita and I share in our shrimp ways (in creative dialect renditions and height size) but also our fashion birthdays! I previously featured a post while on a visit to NYC where I met up with Caroline. We #petitenerdedout on petite topics, her store concept, and her process for curating the merchandise she sells.

I got to know more about Caroline. She was born to Brazilian parents, split between Mexico City and New York for upbringing, and has had the good fortune of traveling to 25+ countries around the world. Caroline, like the rest of us petites, has always found shopping for our height troublesome – requiring strategy. Caroline decided to make an online shop from her years of strategizing, after a career in international development. She spent many years in El Salvador with VisionSpring, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable eyeglasses in the developing world. Gambita is passionate about supporting this cause, which is why they donate 1% of their profits to 10×10, a social action campaign leveraging the power of storytelling to generate mass awareness, individual advocacy and global action for girls’ education.

Caroline tries on clothing after clothing after clothing. She makes sure that if she is shopping for a petite – it’s been product tested by a petite (no animal testing necessary – so unverde like). Such as with other specialty boutique shops, typically the price point is higher and consequently so is the value. Caroline essentially “curates” for petites – so every piece you get from her shop is going to fit – skipping the safety pin tactics or waiting a week before your seamstress can turn around a fitted garment (I swear I love you Mrs. Lee!)

She offers a range as low as $22 to as high of about $392 (for an actual petite maxi dress! – so rare). In this post I’m featuring a coral floral print Lena Tank by Yumi Kim. (Gotta get my protection from evil spirits). It’s incredibly panza friendly and the length is just perfect for a tanchi! The tank runs for $106 but Gambita is offering La Bella Tanchi readers a special promo! Just enter Gambita4LaBellaTanchi at checkout for 25% off all items in your order!

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I selected items from the shop for a Day to Night feature. Whether a day running errands, or at work – you can be ready for the cocktail hour or night out in town. The Lena Top here for day wear is topped with a pair of Børn gold gladiator sandals, similar pair the ‘Jill’ at Nordstrom and Levis’ skinny with short seams available from Zappos currently on sale for $39.99 (incredibly curvy friendly). I rolled the pants to show off the sandal – so comfortable with its padded cushions. For accessories, I wore purple large-size studs by bebe, a tan leather cross body purse by Fossil, and my necklace is a piece of original metal work done by the artist, Amparo Ochoa.

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Sandals, tanks, and political innuendos in jewelry are typically not workplace go-tos, so for the workplace I threw on a mustard yellow bebe blazer, rolled down the jeans and put on a pair of teal Minnetonka Studded Kiltie Moccasins These are the most comfortable moccasins ever! They’re currently not available in teal, but are available in black and brown at Nordstrom. The statement necklace is also by BP Nordstrom.

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Naturally for my workplace attire – I decided to climb a tree. I know, my tanchi ways – I can’t help it!

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#fashionbloggerproblems coming down from the tree from your photo shoot.

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Lastly for nightime wear, just slip off the shoes and put on a pair of pumps. These are my suede royal purple pair by Steve Madden, paired with the same blazer and studs. Merely slipped back on the Amparo necklace and I’m ready!

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Whether you’re a little shrimp, tanchi, shortie, half pint, or just damn bella – Gambita has you covered and I can not wait to keep checking out the fresh styles (my panza too!)

Thanks Bianca for the photos!

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A Tanchi’s Dream Jean; meet Stevie

Are you Petite with a quest for a fitting Jean?
You’ll only find Stevie’s for petites at Anthropologie. The Adriano Goldschmied Stevie line is exclusive to the Anthropologie brand and is the best jean I have found yet for this tanchi!

Meet Anthropologie’s Adriano Goldschmied (AG) Stevie!
The only downside to the Stevie is the cost (like most Anthropologie gear–I wish I could splurge on more!). But right now, they’re having a sale and the AG Stevie petite slim straight ankle is going for $49 dollars, down from the $158 regular price. A steal! At regular price, it’s still higher than my beloved bebe, but having a scrunchy bottom free look, while looking fab on my curves, and being a quality soft denim in an unusual color is worth every penny of the Stevie. (It even feels a little weird not to have so much cloth around my ankles!)

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What makes the Stevie so good?
The feel of the denim is heavenly! A soft yet stiff denim – easy on my panza and a great hugger on my curves. I hate when a jean pinches your panza when you sit down or goes too stiff after a few washes. In these outfits, I’m wearing a size 29 jean paired with a bebe white peplum top and an Armani black and white pinstriped t-shirt paired with a yellow mustard bebe blazer. Considering the color – I find endless combinations to pair the jeans with. It’s also fun to mix it up from my usual black and white palette! The Stevie is a great traveling pant because of its versatility and comfort. Who wants to sit on 3 and half hour plane ride wearing uncomfortable attire?

When Jet-setting, a Stevie is your best bet
I recently ventured on my annual pilgrimage to the East Coast, and this year also included a new trip to New Orleans! I love the clean cut and classic style out there and that “dressing up” is a norm. I wore my Stevies for 3 days – until the humidity got to be too much and I finally had to switch it up. I went monument hopping in Washington DC at night! Can’t imagine seeing them any other way – the night makes it that much more dramatic and there are less crowds as well!

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Where MLK stood and gave “I have a Dream” speech!

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The Man – Abraham Lincoln

Museum Hopping in my Stevie’s
I also made my way to the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Museum of Art for the first time. As a museum nerd and lover – I was in awe!

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I only wish I could have stayed longer. I got to see great portraits of some of my heroes: Dolores Huerta and Caesar Chavez. On the art side, the contemporary art floor was my favorite, in particular this large scale installation work by Nam June Paik, Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995. To learn more about this great piece click here. Paik regards the electronic superhighway as real. It is an enormous physical object that occupies a middle ground between the virtual reality of the media and the sprawling country beyond our doors.

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Tanchi Does DC
To end my brief DC visit, I got a chance to catch up with one of my old college roomie, Maritoni, over dinner at Matchbox followed by Poste. I have Toni to blame for my bebe ways. Congrats on completing law school! I threw on a multi-colored H&M scarf on with this outfit – the peplum all white top feels like a canvas waiting for an accessory!

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Can’t wait for my next visit to the east side! Such great museums and friends, while feeding my love of taking the public transit systems (even if I get lost here and there). So long as I’m in comfort and style with my Stevie’s, I can take on unknown transit systems — even the visual ones Paik’s creates of virtual highways!

Tilly Doro Giveaway
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a free custom made Tilly Doro coral necklace! You need your protection from evil spirits too! Contest ends Sunday!