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Friday, March 30, 2012

J. Crew Tessellate Necklace

Hi Everyone!

I stopped by the J. Crew retail store yesterday to see the Tessellate Necklace IRL.  I LOVE this necklace!  Here are a few IRL pictures:



What do you think of the J. Crew Tessellate Necklace?  Do tell!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review: J. Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Pop Art Polka Dot

Hi Everyone!

I received the  J. Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Pop Art Polka Dot yesterday.  This skirt was love at first sight for me when it appeared on the website!  I LOVE polka dots.  Here are a few IRL pictures of the skirt:



What do you think of the J. Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Pop Art Polka Dot?  Do tell!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

J. Crew Wishlist Additions

Hi Everyone!

My J. Crew wishlist just keeps expanding.  Interestingly, necklaces are at the top of my list.  Here are my wishlist additions:

The Cactus Flower Necklace:



This necklace is shown with an orange top on the J. Crew website, which I think really makes the colors in the necklace pop.

I've also added the Flower Patch Necklace to my list:

I'm a sucker for coral, and this beauty will fit nicely into the color schemes in my wardrobe.

I'm all over the Tessellate Necklace; the Succulent Green color of this necklace is just gorgeous:


Finally, the non-jewelry addition to my list is the Chambray Top:



Those are my wishlist additions!  What's on your wishlist?  Is your wishlist constantly expanding?   Do tell!

Thanks for stopping by! 



Sunday, March 25, 2012

On the Bubble

Hi Everyone!

Earlier this week, the wonderful AppGal had a fabulous post about the J. Crew Bubble Necklace.  You can read AppGal's great post HERE.  

I wanted to make a huge plug for the Bubble Necklace because I think that it adds great pop to an outfit without being too gaudy.  Here is an older post of mine featuring the Red Bubble Necklace:


And, here is an IRL picture of the Turquoise Necklace:



I want to recreate the following outfits with the Turquoise Bubble Necklace:




What do you think of the J. Crew Bubble Necklace?  Do tell!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

J. Crew Reviews: Azalea Necklace and Gondola Stripe Top

Hi Everyone!

I stopped by the J. Crew retail store this morning to take a peek at a few of the new arrivals.  Last week, I overlooked the Gondola Stripe Tee because I thought that the stripes would make me look wide up top.  My personal shopper was off last week too, so I wanted to get her opinion on the top.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this top!  Here are a few IRL pictures of the top paired with the Azalea Necklace (which I love as well):


I love how the Azalea Necklace is paired with this top in the following website image:




I'm really glad that I decided to revisit this top because I really like it.  I also want to point out that the Talitha  Popover in Feather Paisley is on sale in retail stores for 69.99.

What do you think of the J. Crew Azalea Necklace and the Gondola Stripe Tee?  Do tell!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: J. Crew Viv Printed Patent Flats

Hi Everyone!

I received the J. Crew Viv Printed Patent Flats earlier today.  I know that I've said this before, but I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these shoes.  Here are a few IRL pictures:


I highly recommend these shoes if you're thinking about them!  These shoes are currently on promotion for 158.00.  I grabbed them during the recent J. Crew 30% off sale promotion.  I sized up a 1/2 size as the website recommends.  The fit is great.

Here is the link to a Polyvore set showing how I plan to style the shoes with the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton in Royal Violet:  Future OOTD.

What do you think of the J. Crew Viv Printed Patent Flats?  Do tell!

Thanks for stopping by!

J. Crew New Arrivals: What I'm Loving

Hi Everyone!

I was super excited to see that J. Crew updated their website with new arrivals this morning!  Here's what I'm loving:

The Tippi Sweater in Linen Stripe:


I love how this sweater is paired with the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton in Light Rose!

I'm also loving the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Pop Art Polka Dot:


I was super excited to see another solid color of the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton, the Marrakech Purple:


I grabbed the Popover in Java Floral this past weekend in the retail store.  The pattern of this top is super cute IRL:


Finally, I'm loving the Azalea Necklace:


That's what I'm loving!  What J. Crew new arrivals are you loving?

Thanks for stopping by!  


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Wardrobe Building: Where do you start?

Hi Everyone!

I want to begin this post by thanking you for being here!  I really appreciate you!

I wanted to get this post finished Thursday; however, the day from hell got in the way.  Let's just say that I backed our car into another car that was speeding through a parking lot.  I looked in all directions multiple times before I started easing out and the car came out of nowhere.  I am super grateful for a very loving spouse whose smile, laughter, and arsenal of jokes never fail to lift my spirits.  I'm a very blessed girl.

I wanted to stop by the mall yesterday to take a peek at the J. Crew new arrivals, but I decided to heed the don't shop when you're mad or hungry advice.  I stopped by the retail store today, so I will post reviews of a few tops tomorrow.

So, enough of my rambling:  let's talk about Wardrobe Building:

Lately, I've been thinking about how/why I choose specific clothing items.  My style has evolved significantly over the years.  At one point, particularly when I started gaining weight, I'd only shop for jackets.  I was convinced that jackets would "cover up" my problem area, my stomach.  I learned quickly that jackets weren't a cover all when a woman at church  patted my stomach and asked me if I was expecting......while I was wearing a jacket.  This wasn't the first time this happened.  These experiences freed me up to move beyond looking solely for jackets.  I can't tell you how many J. Crew pencil skirts I missed out on from 2007 because I just wasn't looking for them.

Now, I start at the bottom when I'm shopping.  Most often, I start with shoes and then work my way up.  For me, the toughest part of putting an outfit together is deciding which shoes to wear.  And, I think that, in large part, accounts for my recent shoe purchases lately.  Consider, for example, this beautiful J. Crew pencil skirt:

I LOVE this Royal Violet color, but what shoes do I wear with this skirt?  I'm thinking an animal/leopard print like the J. Crew Viv Printed Patent Flats seen below:


What do you think about pairing these shoes with the Royal Violet skirt?  And, where do you start when building your wardrobe?  Do tell!

Thanks for stopping by (and for indulging my rambling!!).



 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Madewell Patent Sidewalk Skimmer in Crystal Blue

Hi Everyone!

By now, it's no secret that I LOVE the Madewell Sidewalk Skimmers.  I received the Patent Sidewalk Skimmer in Crystal Blue today.  I love, love, love this color!  Here are a few IRL pictures:


I really like these shoes!  My wonderful husband made me promise that I won't order another pair of these shoes.  And, since I'm a woman of my word, that's it for the Skimmer reviews!!

What do you think of the Madewell Patent Sidewalk Skimmer in Crystal Blue?  Do tell!

p.s. I was SO embarrassed earlier today.  My neighbor and her husband just got back from Vegas this week.  So, she and I were chatting it up when I went to check the mail.  All of a sudden, she says to me, "I see that the UPS truck is at your house a lot.  Let me know if you guys ever need me to grab a package when you're out of town."  Ummmm, as if it's not bad enough that the UPS guy is my husband's cousin.  Hangs head in shame.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Aisha Tyler of "The Talk" Wearing J. Crew

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share this clip of Aisha Tyler of "The Talk" wearing the J. Crew Fanfare Cardigan with red pants.  I think that this is a super cute outfit, what do you think?  Do tell!

p.s.  I can't tell what pants she's wearing, but this isn't the first time I've seen her wearing J. Crew.  I spotted Aisha wearing the J. Crew Heart Sweater a few months ago.

Here's the clip:

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Madewell Skimming It.....Again!

Hi Everyone!

If I don't watch it, my closet is going to look like the following image of Madewell Sidewalk Skimmers:


What can I say?  I absolutely love these shoes!  I received the Madewell Suede Sidewalk Skimmer in Green Garland earlier today.  Here are a few IRL pictures:


What do you think of the Madewell Suede Sidewalk Skimmer in Green Garland?  Do tell!

p.s.  I'll have a review of the Madewell Patent Sidewalk Skimmer in Crystal Blue when they arrive on Wednesday.  I LOVE this color:


Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

On Blogging and Body Image

Hi Everyone!

I've been thinking about this post for a very long time, so I finally decided to get it out.  My retail personal shopper had been encouraging me to start a blog long before I did.  Each time I mentioned a J. Crew item by name, she'd say "you should start a blog, you'd be really great at blogging."  I kept thinking that it was a great idea.  Secretly, however, I loathed the idea of taking pictures of myself and putting them on the web, but not because I don't like my body.  I'm comfortable in my own skin and I LOVE my body.  No one else can love my body for me.  I'd love to lose 10-20 pounds, but a rare neuromuscular disease often prohibits me from doing strenuous cardiovascular exercise.  So, I try to watch what I eat and move as swiftly as possible when I have the energy to do so.  Growing up, I was a size 4.  Medication changes significantly altered my weight.  Things are under control now, thank God.

I want to be careful here.  Loving my body doesn't mean that I don't struggle with my weight at times.  Recently, for example, when I stopped by my J. Crew retail store, I had one of those "I wish that I was a size smaller moments" because a number of the pencil skirts I looked forward to adding to my wardrobe aren't offered in my size.

It's no secret that I love J. Crew clothing as evidenced by the title of this blog.  I've written here and other blogs about my frustration with the recent sizing offering inconsistencies at J. Crew.  Here's an excerpt from a recent letter that I sent to the J. Crew leadership team:

J. Crew is undoubtedly my favorite store.  I LOVE J. Crew clothing, jewelry, shoes, and other accessories.  Indeed, 99% of my wardrobe consists of J. Crew items.  I eagerly anticipate J. Crew new arrivals so that I can add quality, beautiful pieces to my wardrobe.  Recently, however, I was extremely disappointed to learn that I cannot purchase many of the items I desire because they are not available in a size 14.  The most recent J. Crew catalog insists that the J. Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt will be a clients’ “most noteworthy wardrobe addition.”  I am excluded from adding multiple styles of this wonderful pencil skirt to my wardrobe because they’re not offered in size 14s in certain patterns.  Sadly, the following J. Crew pencil skirts won’t find their way into my wardrobe:  the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Gardenshade Floral (style #64008), the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Medallion Paisley (style #72585), the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Terrazzo Tweed (style #65088), and the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Eyelet (style #76229).  I can list others, and I can recall other pencil skirts from previous years that weren’t offered in a size 14. 

I am delighted that the solid colors of the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool and Double-Serge Cotton are offered in a size 14.  Moreover, I recognize that patterns such as the “Fanfare” are also offered in a size 14.  I sincerely hope that the J. Crew leadership team will offer ALL patterns of the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in a size 14.  I know that I’m only one customer, but I purchase every J. Crew pencil skirt that is offered in a size 14 at full price unless my retail personal shopper tells me that the color/pattern doesn’t work for me.  Moreover, I sincerely hope that size 14 skirts will be offered in retail stores. 


J. Crew pencil skirts are amazing; the colors, fabrics, and quality of these skirts cannot be duplicated.  Let me be clear—I do NOT want to shop anywhere else. 

I wonder if eliminating size 14s from most of its skirt options can be traced to Jenna Lyons's recent proclamation that J. Crew is trying to become a "high" end retailer.  I'm still thinking through my frustrations about the lack of size 14 skirt offerings at J. Crew, but I'll end this post by saying that I hope the J. Crew leadership team actually does something about this size exclusion.  I know that I'm only one customer, but judging from how quickly size 14s sell out, I can't be the only person feeling this frustration.  Perhaps we can trace the speed with which these sizes disappear from the website to the company ordering low quantities in the first place.  Who knows?  I still think that it speaks volumes about the demands for this size.

What do you think about the sizing issues at J. Crew?  And, what do you think about blogging and body image?  Do tell!

Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Banana Republic Ashley Bow Ballet Flat

Hi Everyone!

I stopped by Banana Republic yesterday.  I was shocked that my wonderful husband agreed to go in the mall with me, but he did.  My husband has great style, but he's one of those "go in the store get what you're looking for and get out type of people."  I am SO not one of those people.

I had a few 40% off Wednesdays coupons and I'd been wanting to try on the Banana Republic Ashley Bow Ballet Flats.   I am super glad that I did.  I LOVE these shoes.  And, they're cheaper than the J. Crew Classic Ballet Flats, which did not fit me properly for some odd reason (my normal size 9 was flopping off of my feet).  

Here are a few IRL pictures of the BR Ashley Bow Ballet Flats in Royal Blue:


What do you think of the Banana Republic Ashley Bow Flats?  Do tell!

Also, a big congratulations to the lovely Rose of the wonderful 1 More Shopping Blog for reaching the 200+ follower mark!!!  Be sure to enter her giveaway HERE.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Review: Madewell Holepunch Sidewalk Skimmers in Siberian Red

Hi Everyone!

I received the Madewell Holepunch Sidewalk Skimmers in Siberian Red earlier today.  Like the Madewell Polka-Dot Sidewalk Skimmers, I LOVE these shoes!  I wear flats a lot, so these beautiful shoes will be in constant rotation in my wardrobe.  Here are a few IRL pictures:


See these shoes on the lovely Whitney HERE.

What do you think of the Madewell Holepunch Sidewalk Skimmers in Siberian Red?  Do tell!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Reviews: J. Crew Raindrop Lace Top, the Boy Shirt in Folly Beach Plaid, and a Dotted Scarf

Hi Everyone!

Here are a few J. Crew shirt reviews:

The Raindrop Lace Top




I really like the Raindrop Lace Top.  I always layer tops, so I will definitely wear this top with a jacket or a sweater.  See this beautiful top on the following lovely bloggers:  shopwithm, fshnonmymind, audreybella, Closet Crisis, and MegCrew. I hope that I didn't miss anyone!

The next shirt is the Boy Shirt in Folly Beach Plaid



I'm a sucker for plaid, so I had to grab this top!

And, here is a shirt that I don't see online yet.  It's a linen shirt; the color code on the tag is "FG," which I think is Festival Green:


This shirt fits TTS to a little big; it's kind of slouchy.  Please excuse my hunched shoulders!

Finally,  here is a picture of a scarf I've only seen in retail stores:




See this scarf on the lovely Tammy HERE and the red version of this scarf on the wonderful ajc HERE.

What do you think of these shirts and the dotted scarf?  Do tell!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


OOTD: Navy Check and Viridian Green

Hi Everyone!

Here is a quick post featuring the outfit that I wore to church today.  I've loved the following website image since it appeared on jcrew.com:


The Viridian Green color of the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool is my absolute favorite!  I tried to recreate the outfit shown above.  I added the Tippi Sweater in Navy.  Here is my outfit:


My husband tried to capture the Navy check print, but it just isn't showing up well.  The navy checks really added another dimension to the outfit.

I will be back later with a few J. Crew shirt reviews!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

J. Crew Factory Pencil Skirts

Hi Everyone!

I received two J. Crew Factory Pencil Skirts yesterday and I really like both of them!  Here are IRL pictures of the Factory Printed Pencil Skirt in Retro Orange and Black Plum:

Here is the Retro Orange:


Here is the Black Plum:


Check out these great skirts on the lovely Rose HERE.  And, check out the lovely Alexis's recent post about the J. Crew Factory Store HERE.  

What do you think of the J. Crew Factory Printed Pencil Skirt in Retro Orange and Black Plum?  Do tell!

p.s.  I have a review of the J. Crew Raindrop Lace Top and reviews of a few other J. Crew shirts scheduled for tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Review: Madewell Polka-Dot Sidewalk Skimmer

Hi Everyone!

I had the chance to stop by a Madewell store today to try on the Sidewalk Skimmer shoes.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these shoes.  The shoes are super comfortable and very cute.  Here are a few IRL pictures:


I am super grateful to MB for telling me about these super cute shoes!  

What do you think of the Madewell Polka-Dot Sidewalk Skimmer shoes?  Do tell!

Thanks for stopping by!