Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tall Clothing Review: 38" Inseam Slim Bootcut Jeans From Tallwater

I have a rocky relationship with Mr. Jeans.  I remember the first time I tried on skinny jeans, I forcefully yanked on the pants and put myself into all sorts of contortions in an effort to get the jeans on.  Despite all of my squirming, I was only able to get the jeans on as far as my knees. Ugh!  I finally gave up for fear that I might seriously injure myself whilst hobbling around the dressing room trying to yank them up. Then there are the times that I breathe a sign of relief that I was able to get the jeans all the way up only to find that there is a waist gape the size of Texas in the back.  And of course there's always the length issue.   

Enter Tallwater Jeans founded by 6'2 and 6'3 twin sisters Lynn and Kate from my home state of California. Tallwater offers fabulous made-in-America jeans with an inseam of 37"-38" so that you can tailor the jean to your perfect length (if need be). Or, just leave them as is so you can flaunt those 5 inch heels you've been dying to wear! Tallwater has collaborated with a veteran denim master to create a line of jeans that doesn't just have a longer inseam but also longer rises and runs, wider leg openings etc.  In short, the jeans are tailor made for a tall woman's body.   Ummmm...yes please!!!

This all sounds fine and good on paper but would these jeans REALLY look good on my hard-to-fit size large thighs and bonbon, size small waist and long legs?  

As part of this year's Tall Speciality Shop Challenge, I first ordered the Kimora Slim Bootcut Jeans in a size 10.  True confessions - I couldn't get them completely over my hips and backside no matter how much I jumped around, wriggled and writhed.  It was not a flattering scene and Mr. L3 was feeling rather sorry for me while trying to stifle a giggle.  I almost threw a fit and was having traumatic flashbacks to my skinny jeans dressing room debacle until I remembered that I have gained 10 lbs in the past few months and it was probably time to accept the fact that I needed to go up a size.  I exchanged the 10 for a size 12 and - VOILA - they fit PERFECTLY and are oh-so-comfortable! 


38" Inseam Jeans for Women

Extra-Long Jeans for Ladies

Tallwater Jeans for Tall Women
Perfect length even when sitting down!
36" Inseam Jeans for Women
Figured I ought to show you how the jeans look whilst I'm trotting around
The jeans look perfect with my fav 2" heels from Paul Green.
Fit: I already gave you a sneak peek of the jeans in all of their 38" inseam glory before I took them to the tailor to shorten them a bit.  The inseam is now a smidgen above 36". This length is perfect for 2-3" heels (like the Paul Green sandals with a 2" heel that I'm sporting in the above photos), and the length also works just fine with flats too.  When wearing flats, I've been cuffing the jeans ever so slightly at the bottom so that they don't drag on the ground and get frayed.  Since the  jeans are a slim bootcut style, I also plan to wear boots over (and under) the jeans in cooler temps. The generous mid-rise hits me right at the sweet spot of my waist so that I don't have to fear that I'll flash my bum at someone when I sit down, nor do I experience the dreaded waist gape.  

Fabric: I can tell that the wonderfully soft 98% cotton/2% spandex fabric is very high quality and will last a long time.  The dark indigo is a classic color that can span all seasons and looks great dressed up or dressed down.

Wearability: If you've been following me for any length of time, you know I typically like to test drive new clothes before I review them.  I wore my Tallwater Jeans while doing some chateau gawking in the Loire Valley of France last weekend and was THRILLED with how comfortable they were and how great they looked.  Stay tuned for my next installment of Tall Travel Style which will focus on my meanderings around France in my new jeans.

Tall 38" Inseam Jeans for Ladies
Basking in the sun outside Chateau Chenonceau and marveling at how long my jeans are!

Your turn...


What's the longest inseam you've ever bought for jeans or pants? Have you ever had a traumatic fitting room experience while trying on jeans?

You might also like...

Sneak Peek: 38" Tallwater Kimora Slim Bootcut Jeans (Before Alterations), Long.Leggy.Lovin' It!
Tall Girl's Dressing Room Nightmares, Tall Girl's Fashion
Sunburst Plus Tallwater Jeans Review, Pretty Tall Style


Monday, May 18, 2015

A Delicate Subject - Undergarments for Tall Ladies

Do you ever think about what niche you would fill were you to start your own tall clothing line?  The niche I'd love to fill always makes me blush a smidge which is why I've kept it a secret.  Well today I'm spilling the secret - I'd love to start an intimates and hosiery collection for tall women since finding well fitting unmentionables has always been a source of frustration for me.  I also adore all things delicate and lacy and think it would be amazing to design some of these items.  

I am not in the least entrepreneurial and I don't have any plans to start said tall underthings line, but let's get personal for a bit and talk about what has worked for me and what has worked for you and see if we can't help each other out on this topic. 

The Bottom Half

Underwear

I don't know about other tall ladies but I have a rather long rear. I remember Laura from All the Tall Things talking about "tall bum" awhile back so maybe it's not just me and really is a "tall" thing? My backside also happens to be quite ample.  Since I was three years old, my buns have peeked out of my bathing suits and even when I played volleyball in high school and weighed 50 pounds less than I do now, my buns STILL tried to make an escape from my spandex shorts every now and again.  Bun-peek has always been with me regardless of my weight or age and, lest you think I'm complaining, I like having a round, not-so-teensy bonbon.  However, the combo of a long and large backside often makes it difficult to find underwear that fits properly.

I FINALLY found a solution for underwear that will cover my whole long backside.  RETRO BRIEFS!  I bought some of these retro briefs from Blush and they've worked out great so far.  The last thing I want is for my briefs to ride up and cut my buns in half.  Who needs 4 buns? Not me! Two are enough, thank you very much! Thankfully, the Blush briefs stay put and fully cover my rear.  You might be thinking that these briefs are kind of frumpy and huge but they actually look really great thanks to the polka dots, lace, bows etc. and you exude that whole retro, pin-up vibe when wearing them.

Hosiery

I've had some luck with finding tall hosiery (mostly from Hue, DKNY and Donna Karen), but I feel like there is still a lot to be desired in the tall-sized hosiery selection. Or maybe I just need to explore the hosiery scene more.  One of my issues is that my thighs are a size large and as I pull the tights up they start getting rather thin not too far above my knee as they stretch both vertically and horizontally to cover all of my leg real estate. 

The Top Half

Bras

Do you find yourself having to let your bra straps out all the way and even then the straps still dig into your shoulders?  I'm not even that well-endowed and I still have this problem, so I can't imagine how uncomfortable the bra-strap-shoulder-dig might be for someone more well-endowed than me.  If you think about it, all areas of a tall lady usually involve more real estate so it would make sense that there would be a longer space from under our bust or from our upper back to the top of our shoulders. I don't really have a good solution here. Don't even get me started on sports bras! Those are THE WORST.  Do you struggle with finding bras that don't give you the bra-strap-shoulder-dig? Do you have any tips on finding well-fitting bras for tall ladies? 

The Full Kit and Caboodle 

Is it too much to ask for a pretty, lacey nightgown or slip that actually falls somewhere around mid-thigh rather than mid-bun or extends (gasp!) to to the floor?  Or, let's face it, sometimes us tall ladies want something a little sultry to wear like a bustier but I have yet to see one that would fit a long torso.  I've already written about my bustier shopping debacle for my wedding. I still get a little cranky when I think of my poor mom trying to cram me into that torturous garment and the dressing room attendant eyeing me up and down and saying "This is hitting you in all the wrong places because your torso is too long for it.  It's smushing your sides and giving you chubs."  Because THAT'S what you should really be saying to an obviously stressed bride-to-be. BAH!!!  

Even basics like cute tall PJs can be hard to come by.  My sister has been hunting for a PJ shorts set for the longest and finally found one that worked at a recent Long Tall Sally pop-up.  She says "I love my new pajamas. I bought a size medium and they are super comfortable. The light fabric will keep me cool on those warm summer nights. I've had a hard time finding pajama shorts that are long enough for me and these are the perfect length"!

Help is on the way!

After I've finished a blogrant, I usually try to end on a positive note.  As part of my Tall Speciality Shop Challenge, I came across VeRaf Clothing and noticed that they are launching a nightwear collection soon.  Judging by the slipdress in this photo, this nightwear line might be the answer to some of the problems mentioned above.  I hope to have more info on this launch soon.  Stay tuned!

Image courtesy of VeRaf Clothing
Your turn...

Let's chat! Do you find it difficult to find the kind of intimates and PJs that you want?  Do you also have "tall bum" like me?

You might also like...

Underwear. It's a Tall Issue, All the Tall Things
Sleepwear for Sleepless Nights, All the Tall Things

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tall Blogs on Bloglovin'

Bloglovin...where have you been my whole life?!?  I honestly don't know what took me so long to start using Bloglovin', a website that keeps track of all of the blogs you follow and allows you to read new posts in a user-friendly format.  I signed up a few months ago and am totally hooked!  


If you're looking for new blogs to read, why not check out the websites and bloggers I'm following here.  While you're at it, sign up for a Bloglovin' account (if you don't already have one) and follow  Long.Leggy.Lovin' It's feed so you never miss a post.  Also, be sure to follow Tall Snob and Tall Clothing Mall to catch all of my guest posts on those websites. 

Have a blog you love but don't see it on Bloglovin'?  Why don't you add it! I've definitely don't this a time or two. You can also create collections (something I plan to do soon) and save posts that you want to refer to again.  Long story short - Bloglovin' will make you feel oh-so-organized in the blog reading world! 

Your turn...

Have you discovered the wonderful world of Bloglovin'?  If you are a blogger and I'm not following you yet, let me know so I can! I'd also love to hear what your favorite blogs are so I can follow those. 

You might also like...

European Tall Fashion Blogs, Long.Leggy.Lovin' It!
Blogs for Tall Men, Long.Leggy.Lovin' It!
Tall Blog List, Long.Leggy.Lovin' It!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tall Shopping Road Trip Series - Tall Boutiques in the U.S.

It's almost summer and you know what that means - ROAD TRIP!!  For the second installment of the Tall Shopping Road Trip Series, I'm featuring tall speciality stops around the U.S.  Grab a tall girlfriend or two, pack up your car and cruise around the U.S. on a dreamy tall shopping trip!  If you're feeling really daring, you can even go coast-to-coast. Check out the interactive map at the end of the post to create your own route. 

First stop - Talltique 

6'4 Talltique founder Helen Pappas knows a thing or two about tall shopping (or the lack thereof).  Lucky for us she saw a problem and decided to be part of the solution!  The pants and jeans at Talltique start with an inseam of 37" and go all the way up to 41"! Whoa! Wait! What? 41" inseam?!?!?! Can you imagine?   In addition to long pants and jeans, you'll find on-trend maxi skirts, jackets (like my faux leather bomber jacket that I love so dearly), tanks, tops, dresses and even accessories.

Want to know what it's like to actually visit the boutique? The Tall Muse was lucky enough to visit Talltique recently and kindly shared this photo with me.  Check out her write up and more photos here

Photo of Talltique
Snapshot of Talltique courtesy of The Tall Muse
Second Stop - Amalli Talli  

Remember my Entrepreneurial Tall Sisters write-up featuring Amalli Talli? If not, here's a refresher. Amalli Talli is a specialty boutique in the Minneapolis area providing casual and fun style options that flatter tall women.  They carefully select trendy merchandise from national mainstream vendors that have the right silhouettes that work for longer arms, torsos and legs, and stock over 35 styles of denim in inseams from 34-38"!  

If you can't make it to the store, Amalli Talli just launched its online store last week.  I pretty much want to buy everything on the webstore.  Quick! Somebody confiscate my bank card!

Shopping for Tall Women's Clothes
The Amalli Talli Store 
Third Stop - Long Tall Sally


Depending on your level of wanderlust and time, your third stop can be at one of the 3 LTS's in the U.S. - Utica, Bloomington or Denver.  And this summer, you can add Chicago to LTS's list of U.S. stores.  


If wanderlust got the better of you and you chose the coast-to-coast route, your last stop will be Barneys Beverly Hills where you can try on clothes from the Taller Than Your Average (TTYA) line.  You can also check out the TTYA line at Barneys in Manhattan.

Click on the icon in the upper left of the map to see a full list of stores or click on the red place markers in the map for more details including each store's website.  Make the map your own by using the buttons at the top right....share it, download it, open it in Google Maps etc.


Your turn...

Have you ever visited any of these stores?  Am I missing any tall stores in the U.S.? Do you love road trips as much as me or do they drive you nuts?


You might also like...

Talltique: Clothing Store for Tall Ladies, The Tall Muse
First Visit to a Long Tall Sally Store, Long.Leggy.Lovin' It!
Tall Shopping Road Trip Series, The Netherlands, Long.Leggy.Lovin' It!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tall Travel Style: Amsterdam - Hungry Birds Food Tour and Dinner at Restaurant Sinne

You might not want to read this installment of Tall Travel Style on an empty stomach.  I'll be sharing about a couple of memorable food experiences that we had in Amsterdam and it's likely to make you a bit hungry!

Activity #1 - A nice dinner at one of the newer hotspots in Amsterdam, Restaurant Sinne.

What I wore:
Loft Tall Blazer
Ann Taylor Graphic Skirt
Long Tall Sally Black Layering Tee
HUE Tall Tights
Tory Burch Pointy Toe Flats
Kate Spade Turquoise Necklace

Why I wore it: Even though it was a chilly night, I was determined to wear a skirt to dinner because I'm SO tired of pants. I mean it IS spring, isn't it? Luckily, I had brought a pair of tights to help fend off some of the chill.

I originally wanted to wear a camisole or dressier black top under my blazer but ended up opting for the LTS long sleeve layering top so that I wouldn't have to wear a coat over my blazer. To add a little pizzazz and color to the plain black top, I wore my turquoise Kate Spade necklace.

I still don't know how people wear high heels while out and about in a big city!  There are slippery, uneven cobblestones, trams to hop on and off of, crowds to weave in and out of and, in Amsterdam, tons of bikes to dodge.  If you have any pointers on how to wear heels under these conditions, PLEASE let me know! I threw on my Tory Burch pointy toe flats which are my go-to shoes when I want to be dressy but don't want to wear heels.  Overall, I felt warm, chic and comfortable in this get-up. 

Ann Taylor Loft Skirt and Blazer

Tall Graphic Skirt and Tall Grey Blazer

I highly recommend visiting Restaurant Sinne which is outside the crowded touristy area of Amsterdam in the Pijp neighborhood.  Although it was recently awarded a Michelin star, it is a very laid back restaurant (the servers wear jeans!) where the focus is on the food rather than pomp and circumstance.  I always appreciate a completely open kitchen because Mr. L3 and I like to watch the chefs work their magic.  Mr. L3 even walked over there and asked a question about one of the dishes.  The food is simply exquisite and suits a broad range of budgets.  You can get 3 courses for 35 Euro all the way up to 6 courses for 60 Euro.  I don't think I've ever seen a Michelin-starred restaurant with prices starting around $40 for a full meal!

Here are a few of my favorite dishes:

Michelin Star Restaurant Amsterdam
 Michelin Star Restaurant Amsterdam

Michelin Star Restaurant Amsterdam

Activity #2 - The Hungry Birds Food Tour is a 4+ hour tour including 12 stops throughout Amsterdam and all manner of culinary delights.

What I wore:
Talltique Bomber Jacket
Floral Ann Taylor tank
Lucky Brand Boyfriend Jeans
Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish Boat Shoes

Why I wore it: Even though it was a brisk day, I still wanted to look springy and channel all of the flowers I'd seen the previous day at the Keukenhof, so I paired the bomber jacket with a floral tank.  I like that the floral tank brought a feminine touch to the more edgy bomber jacket.  I completed the look with my Lucky boyfriend jeans and Sperrys.  Overall, it was a comfortable outfit that allowed for A LOT of eating and walking.  I saw a lot of other ladies in leather jackets and felt like I fit right in!

Pit stop at Begijnhof on the food tour
We spent a good deal of the first part of the tour meandering around the huge outdoor Albert Cuyp Market where we feasted on raw herring, deep-fried cod, stroopwafels, poffertjes (fluffy pancake-like -but-poofier treats) and other tasty morsels.  Other stops on the tour included an Indonesian market/bakery, a hipster-y organic yogurt place, a family-owned cheese shop, a FEBO (with it's vending machine wall of warm croquettes and other snacks), Van Stepele Koekmakerij (a bakery that only makes ONE kind of cookie and it's the most drool-worthy cookie I've ever had), a private garden behind an antique shop serving amazing Indonesian soup and several other places finally ending with a beer at Cafe Hoppe.  All of the food was honestly a bit overwhelming and we certainly did not need dinner that night!
Raw herring
Cod - Deep-fried deliciousness!
Looking pretty excited about my raw herring... It was delicious!
Don't you love the zipper detail on the sleeve of the jacket?
Hammin' it up with my fresh stroopwafel.


Put some coins in a slot, open a glass compartment, take out the food and devour it? Ummm...sure. I was skeptical but these hot croquettes from the "snack vending machine wall" at FEBO were actually quite tasty.  The food is made fresh daily, is kept hot inside the glass compartments and makes for a nifty little snack.
FEBO fast food!
Poffertjes, yogurt, cheese and cookies...oh my!
Indonesia tumeric chicken soup in a private garden
Your turn...

Are you tired of wearing pants during spring like me? What are your tricks for wearing your skirts and dresses while it's still chilly? Are you a fan of food tours?

You might also like... 

Scotland: Argyll & Bute, Girl in the Pretty Dress
Unique Boutiques in Den Bosch, Tall Wife
Holiday Outfits and Eats: NYC, Long.Leggy.Lovin' It!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Happy 5th Birthday to My Tall Blog

The other day, I was looking for an older blog post and happened to go allllll the way back to my very first post.  Then I noticed the date of my first post and was like WHAT THE WHAT?!?! My blog is turning 5 soon?  I can't believe that it's been five years since I started regaling all of you with my random encounters with people who aren't used to seeing a 6'2 woman wear heels and showing you my tall fashion finds. I'm feeling rather nostalgic so why not take a walk down memory lane with me?


My main reason for starting the blog was to give myself an outlet to write some fun, lighthearted pieces since the writing I was required to do in my job as a paralegal was...zzzzzzz...you guessed it...a complete snooze.  It seemed only natural that my blog should be focused on my life in the tall lane.    Like a lot of tall ladies, I frequently have funny (and sometimes awkward) encounters with strangers whether it's TSA agents, a chiropractor, a weird guy at church or the drug store clerk.  I still get a good giggle when I go back and read those earlier posts. 

After a year or so, I delved into the wild world of Twitter and Facebook for my blog. I was amazed and insanely excited to find a wonderful, fun, supportive community of tall folks.  Seriously...y'all rock!  I learned so much from Twitter (launches of new tall lines, how to find the best seats on a plane, free tall personal shopping), that I did a little series called Stuff I Learned From Twitter (Part 1 and Part 2).

In October 2011, after a moody rant about the rather blah state of the tall shopping landscape, I kicked off my first tall shopping challenge wherein I imposed a "ye shall only buy tall clothes for the next 4 months" shopping rule on myself.  It was a fun and eye-opening experiment and made me realize just how annoying and ill-fitting most of the non-tall clothes in my closet were! 

One of the highlights of this challenge was following the tall activewear company Elle Mayers from pre-launch to launch.  I was thrilled to be one of Elle Mayers' first customers and, because the quality and fit are so superb, I have not bought activewear from anywhere else since the company launched in 2011.  More importantly, I was able to get to know Liz, the fabulous, upbeat (and of course tall) owner of Elle Mayers and always enjoy my interactions with her. 

A few of my favorite buys from this shopping challenge came from Tall Couture and Elle Mayers, and I'm still wearing all three items 3+ years later!

 Blouse from Tall Couture
Elle Mayers Workout Tank
36" Inseam Joe's Twiggy Jeans from Tall Couture 
After my tall shopping challenge, I became curious about the world of custom-made clothes and...you guessed it...imposed another challenge on myself where I bought at least one custom-made item per month for 4 months.  My results were 50/50...Three items (a blazer, dress and skirt) didn't work out, but I did end up with a pair of custom jeans, and two tops.  I still wear all three of these items!  Click here to see some photos and to read about this challenge.  

Here's one of the versatile custom-made tops that I scored made by a fellow 6'2 tallista:
Capiche by Victoria Custom-Made Top
In 2013, I found the website Putting Me Together and it completed rocked my fashion socks off!  I was so tired of standing in my closet and feeling like I had NOTHING but loner pieces and therefore NOTHING to wear.  It was insanely frustrating and made me want to hurl something at the wall. Using the guidelines and tips on Putting Me Together, I embarked on  Project Remix where I focused on building a wardrobe around 4 colors of my choosing (grey, navy, orange and teal) in order to create a wardrobe that plays nice together.  I honestly had no clue how to create anything that remotely resembled a cohesive outfit before I found Audrey's website.  If you've never had a gander at her site, I highly recommend you mosey on over there. 

You can find all of my Project Remix write-ups here. These are a few of my favorite looks:

Project Remix Look
I'm afraid I neglected my little blog a bit in 2014 and only wrote a whopping total of five posts the whole year.  Since I felt like I'd kind of fallen off the tallosphere radar, I thought "Meh...I'm sure nobody misses my blog or cares to read it so maybe I should just call it quits". You know what was one of my main motivations for getting back in the blogging saddle at a full gallop for 2015?  Receiving really nice comments from a couple of new followers.  Fellow tall blogger Paty of Antes Alta Que Sinsilla found my blog all the way from Barcelona and left me a really nice comment and another tall blogger Sara of Girl in the Pretty Dress asked me out of the blue when I was going to blog again. WHAT?!? People actually missed my blog posts?!?  It was such a boost to my spirits and just the kick in the pants I needed to fire up my website again. 

Which brings me to the BEST part of this whole five year journey: Getting to know all of my fabulous readers, social media followers, fellow bloggers and tall entrepreneurs. When I started this journey 5 years ago, I had no clue that I would find such a magnificent community of tall folks. The tall community is wonderfully supportive,  interactive, helpful, fun and sometimes a little crazy (in a good way).  To all of my readers, tall or not: You have been a bright spot for me (especially when things have been a bit difficult in life), and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate and enjoy your comments on my blog posts and the interactions on social media.  

I am quite excited to see what the next 5 years bring!  2015 is off to a fun start with the Tall Speciality Shop Challenge, my new Tall Travel Style series and my new Instagram account. I've also become a contributor to the Tall Snob and Tall Clothing Mall websites.  If you're not already following these sites, be sure to add them to your Bloglovin' feed so that you don't miss any of my fashion finds!  And speaking of the fabulous tall community, I've also recently found several new tall blogs from around the globe.  I have them all listed here by country. 

I am now off to devour a carrot cake cupcake in celebration of my blog birthday.  I think you should go get a piece of cake too! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tall Travel Style - Visiting the Keukenhof

I always find it useful when bloggers show how they wear their clothes while out and about because it's nice to hear about how the clothes held up throughout the day.  Was the jacket enough to fend off chilly weather? Did the cute shoes tear up your feet or were they comfortable after miles of walking? You get the idea. 

Along those lines, I figured it might be fun and useful to start a series about how all of my tall styles hold up when I travel.  Disclaimer: I may will definitely sneak some travel photos in this series too just for fun. 

My packing M.O. to date has been to throw a bunch of stuff in my suitcase and hope I can create some outfits once I arrive at my destination.  I took a different approach for our recent trip to The Netherlands and actually thought about what activities we had planned for each day, picked an outfit and wrote it down which took all of the stress out of the "what the heck am I going to wear" franticness every morning.  Except for the fact that I overstuffed my suitcase a bit, this system worked quite well for me.  

The activity:
On a Friday morning, we took a 30 minute bus ride from Amsterdam to the Keukenhof (AKA tulip heaven) to behold the 7 million (yes I did just say SEVEN million) tulips, hyacinth, daffodils and more. It's been a longtime dream of mine to visit The Netherlands in April to see all of the tulips and it was simply splendid. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity. 



J.Crew tall jacket


What I wore: 
J.Crew Downtown Field Jacket (size Small/Tall)
Long Tall Sally Scallop Stitch Sweater, (Size Small; gift from LTS)

Why I wore it: 

It was chilly with a stiff breeze, and I knew layering a sweater and a light jacket would be smart. We planned to ride bikes out in the tulip fields, so I chose a long sweater to avoid worrying about panty peek. Don't you hate it when you have to tug on and fuss with your top to keep it pulled down over the top of your pants?! Bah! It's one of my pet peeves. We decided not to ride bikes because we were both getting over bad colds and riding into the stiff breeze didn't thrill us. However, the long LTS sweater did come in handy when squatting to take photos of the tulips.  In hindsight, I don't think the J.Crew jacket would have been comfortable on a bike ride. It's a bit stiff and fitted and with a sweater underneath, I'm not sure I could have bent my arms very well which is sorta kinda a problem when trying to ride a bike. The BR skinny jeans are ├╝ber stretchy and comfortable.  They were the perfect pants for hours of walking (and would have been great while riding bikes). My Sperry boat shoes were quite comfortable for four hours of tromping around the gardens and held up well in the wet grass thanks to the water and stain resistant nature of the shoes.


Posing with my favorite mixed flower bed:
J.Crew Tall Downtown Field Jacket

J.Crew Tall Clothing

And now just for fun, here are a few of my favorite flower photos from the Keukenhof:













Your turn...

What is your packing strategy when you travel? Have you ever taken the time to plan an outfit for each day?  Do you love tulips as much as me?

You might also like...

Talltique Bomber Jacket: Tall Fashion At Its Best, (as worn in Strasbourg) Long.Leggy.Lovin' It!
Ready for Spring! Vibrant Blue Long Tall Sally Tunic, (as worn in Prague) Long.Leggy.Lovin' It!
Holiday Outfits and Eats: NYC, Long.Leggy.Lovin' It!
Tall Speciality Shop Challenge, Long.Leggy.Lovin' It!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Long Tall Sally Pop-Up Review From My Mom and Sister

I'll never forget the first LTS pop-up shop that I went to with my sister back in 2011.  It was such a fun, exhilarating experience to browse all of the tall styles surrounded by several other fabulous tall women.  Even though I don't live near her anymore, my 5'11 sister has continued to shop at the pop-ups and this year, she took my lovely 5'11 mom with her.  I wanted to be there shopping with them so badly!!!  Now that I'm done whining, I'll show you their favorite buys.

My sister scored this gorgeous coral lace dress and when I saw it, I had a momentary fit of jealousy.  I had flashbacks to when I was a bratty little kid and my grandparents gave me a small gift on my sister's birthday so that I wouldn't pitch a fit about all the presents she received.  For the record, she also received a small gift on my birthday so my brattiness benefited her too. I also had flashbacks to when I used to be able to share clothes with my sis.  Ahhhh...those were the days!  If I lived near her, I'd definitely be stealing borrowing this dress because I adore the color, the lace, the box pleats. I also that my sister is rockin' some serious wedge heels.  

Tall Lace Dress

Here's her take on the dress: "I love my new dress! It's classic and versatile and it won't go out of style. I can wear it with flats, sandals, boots, or wedges. I love the lacy detail and the fabulous coral color. I'm 5'11" and 175 lbs. and wearing a size 8. It is a tad snug in the waist but not uncomfortable. The size 10 was too big. I can wear it to church, weddings, and our upcoming anniversary dinner. The quality of the dress is great."  Wow! Sounds like an incredibly versatile dress!

Tall Lace Dress

My lovely mom was able to beef up her collection of work pants by purchasing the 37" inseam Allegro Pull-On Pants in the charcoal color.  I think she's looking pretty smart in them, don't you?
Here's what she has to say about them "These pants are incredibly comfortable. It's hard to believe that they are elasticized because they lay flat and don't bunch. I'm probably going to buy some other colors because they look so nice for work but are comfortable as I said."  Apparently, my mom isn't the only one loving these pants since they have 4.5/5 stars from 75 reviews!

Extra-Long Dress Pants

Mom also scooped up the 36" cotton tapered trousers in stone.  Here's her take on these pants "These pants come with a skinny belt and also are very comfortable. They fit nice in the hips." LTS describes these pants as a chic alternative to jeans and recommends rolling them up a bit and pairing them with ballet flats and a tee for a fresh, casual look. Again, judging by the reviews on the LTS site, these pants seem pretty popular and Mom looks super cute in them if I do say so myself.

36" Dress Pants

I love this last photo! My mom and my sis are my two best friends (besides Mr. L3 of course), and I miss them on a daily basis.


I think it's fantastic that Long Tall Sally has styles that work for such a wide range of ages. Hopefully, LTS will be back soon with another round of pop-ups.  In case you haven't heard, the next LTS store will open in Chicago in summer 2015.  That's awesome news but how about giving some love to the West Coast, LTS?!?  And maybe a few more stores in Europe pretty please?!

Your turn...

Have you ever been to an LTS pop-up?  How was your experience? Did you stock up on more practical items or splurge on some unique pieces?

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