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!
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!
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!
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!!).
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.
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!
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.
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:
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!