The Thomas Mason for J. Crew Ruffle Skirt in Gingham was at the top of my must-have list from the most recent rollout! This skirt does not disappoint IRL! And, I love the way that it is styled a bit casually on the website.
Here is an IRL picture of the skirt:
I sized up one size in this skirt. I love the fit and the ruffle detail. This is one of those fun skirts that can be styled casually with a graphic tee such as the J. Crew Bermuda Garment-Dyed T-Shirt or that can be dressed up for work. And, it's a very unique skirt in my opinion. The skirt is great quality. I highly recommend this fab piece!
And, of course, I totally copied this amazing look from the J. Crew website:
The J. Crew Linen Dress with Eyelet Detail is absolutely stunning. The eyelet details are breathtaking. And, the dress is one of those easy breezy styles that can be worn on the hottest days.
Here are two IRL pictures of the dress:
This dress fits TTS. The elastic detail in the midsection helps to make this a super flattering fit. Moreover, the eyelet details are absolutely exquisite. I paired the dress with the J. Crew Cotton Jackie Cardigan Sweater. This dress is an easy/breezy put on and go style! I highly recommend this stunning dress!
The J. Crew Collection Pencil Skirt in Austrian Lace is one of the most recent new arrivals that appeared on the website last week. This skirt caught my eye immediately because of the gorgeous and unique lace details. This skirt does not disappoint IRL.
Here are two IRL pictures of the skirt:
And, here is a closer look at the lace detail:
I decided to pair this skirt with the J. Crew Vintage Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt so that the lace details can stand out/pop. I sized up *one* size in this skirt because the fabric does not have any "give." There is an "inner lining" that also helps to make the black pop. This piece is worth every penny. I highly recommend this gorgeous and versatile skirt.
Typically, I avoid sharing details about my health
because I never want anyone to think that I am looking for sympathy.I do not feel bad for myself, so I never want
anyone else to feel bad for me.However,
I have decided to share a few details about my ongoing physical battles in the
hopes that my story can inspire someone else.I am constantly reminded that the battles we face are NOT about us.So, I never ask myself why me?Instead, I constantly wonder, why NOT me? I started college in August 1994.Like most undergrads, I was looking forward
to being independent and to enjoying all that campus life had to offer.But instead of soaking up the fun of campus
life, my first year of college turned into what would be one of the most
challenging years of my life.During the
first week of Freshman Orientation, I fell down a flight of stairs
backwards.As someone helped me to my
feet, I kept thinking about my clumsiness.I wish that the story ended here.As I would learn years later, being clumsy was the least of my worries.Throughout my first year of college, I
continued to fall, continued to struggle up and down stairs, and continued to
have issues chewing and swallowing.I
was suffering from what I later learned was muscle weakness, and in 1995, I was
diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular disease called Myasthenia Gravis.Those two fancy words simply mean “muscle
weakness.”I have always been a positive
person.Rather than wallowing in
self-pity, I made a decision to listen to my amazing Mom who always reminded me that I could "be better or I could be bitter."I also made a decision to keep going and to
continue pursuing my goals.I had (and
still have) SO much to do during my time here.
Some days are better than others physically. Some days I move around without any mobility
issues while there are some days that I struggle to do ostensibly simple tasks
(buttoning my own pants/shirts, opening a container, walking without taking
frequent breaks, getting out of a chair without help). In the face of adversity, I am SO grateful
that I have an amazing support system, that I have amazing health insurance
plans, and that I have been blessed to see my dreams come to fruition. I graduated from college with honors. I earned a Ph.D. And, I get to do what I LOVE. God has consistently surrounded me with
loving friends and family. Before I was
officially diagnosed with MG, my college roommates literally carried me on
their backs to and from class. My
amazing husband takes GREAT care of me.
He has helped me get dressed, climbed under public bathroom stalls to
help me up, and carried me on his back more times than I can count. And, my friends are always there to offer a
steady arm or an encouraging word to keep going.
Despite all of this, I am SO grateful that I serve a
healing God. And, I am SO grateful that
I have been blessed with an amazing life.
I encourage you to keep pushing no matter what obstacles you face. I cannot count the number of times I've received funny looks if my husband helps me out of a chair while we're in public. So, I encourage you to not stare when someone who seems fine is struggling physically. And, most of all, I encourage you to ALWAYS be kind.
The J. Crew Collection Off-the-Shoulder Dress in Silk is one of the most recent new arrivals (see my post about a few new arrivals that were added to the website here). I knew that I would be adding this gorgeous dress to my wardrobe the moment that I saw it!
Here is an IRL picture of the dress:
The green color is absolutely striking. I've said it before, but I will say it again--no other retailer does color as well as J. Crew. And, this dress is a stunner. Be sure to size down *one* size. I would have been swimming in my normal size. The belt adds an unexpected bit of flair to the dress. It also works to hide the lumps and the bumps in the midsection if that's an issue for you. The quality is superb.
Today, I am sharing a review of the J. Crew Pleated Sweater-Skirt in Stripe . This skirt receives 4.5 stars on the website, but a few reviewers complain about the material/fabric. Here are two IRL pictures of the skirt:
Fit/Details: I took my normal size Large in this skirt, but I could have definitely sized down because of the elastic waistband. As the website description says, the material is "slightly spongy." The material does feel a bit mesh-y, like a robe, but I absolutely love it. And, several other reviewers on the website love it, too. The skirt flows nicely and it will work well during the hot days of summer.