Thursday, December 9, 2010

Some J Crew Fitting Room Reviews

Today I had two returns to make at J Crew which means return shopping...whoo hoo! Perfect timing with the 25% off promo on all purchases over $150. Today was one of those days when I liked everything I grabbed and if my budget had allowed they may have all come home with me.

Bright Dahlia Wool Lolli Pants $118 (Size 8) These pants have been all the buzz since gracing the catalog. I hadn't thought too much about them since I usually gravitate to skirts but when I saw them in store I had to try them out. They are so comfortable and the color is stunning. What I didn't expect is that they are lightweight and unlined which works well for me (since it doesn't get too cold in San Diego). I found the fit TTS. I used to wear a 6 in their pants but since I have gained some weight the 8's are much better (I always have worn and 8 in the skirts though go figure). The 6's would have fit but they didn't have any left and I honestly think the 8 will work better anyways.

Silk Bloussana Tunic $98 (Size 6) When I first tried this on my initial thought was no way...the sleeves are a bit poofy at the shoulders but that lasted under a minute and I really fell for this top. It is soft and flowy and fits TTS.
This is a new dress that was in the store in denim and a soft pink. I don't see it online yet but the price was $128. Call me crazy but I like this one. I would never wear it bare legged like this but I can see it with leggings and riding boots.....once it goes on sale that is. $128 for a casual dress is too much for me. This is a size 8. I found it TTS if not a little small

 Starry Night Cardigan $128 (size M)-this cardigan is gorgeous IRL. It is really light and although it is a jersey knit you would never know just by looking at it. This runs a little large. Small would have worked better but my store didn't have any. I tried on a XS but the arms were too tight.

Lace Rows Tank on sale for $69.99 (Size 8). This runs TTS, I usually wear a 6 in these tops but they only had an 8 left. I like this top a lot  better then the Lace Love Tank I returned. I didn't find it too boxy but is is a looser fit through the waist

 Drapey Sequin Tee $79.50 (Size Small). I really loved this tee. It sold out online but there were plenty in the store in this colorway. The fit is great and I was able to size down easily. One thing is itchy. In fact the lady in line in front of me was returning hers for that exact reason.
 Here is what I wore shopping:
J Crew Perfect Fit Striped Boatneck Tee
LOFT double breasted jacket with patch pockets
J Crew denim Pencil Skirt
J Crew Tortoise Juliette Heels

And here is a little bonus I found when checking out. The glass ornament earrings  for $14.99. With the current promotion they came to $11.24 down from $50. Woo Hoo
Are you planning on shopping this promo? I would have passed if it weren't for the returns...hard to justify shopping for myself this close to Christmas......

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Clothing Tri-Fecta

J Crew, Anthro & LOFT wrapped up into one outfit. The perfect fashion tri-fecta for me! Sorry for the quickie post but dinner is ready and then I've got to run to work...I'll catch up with you tomorrow

Here is the Polyvore with the outfit details:

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Velvet Shell for Erin

Here are some styling ideas that reader Erin requested for the Velvet Shell. Remember today only it is 30% off at the LOFT (40% off when you like them on Facebook and get a code)

Velvet Shell 4

Velvet Shell 1

Velvet Shell 3

Velvet Shell 2

Friday, December 3, 2010

I may need a sequin intervention

I just can't help myself....I love a good sequin! Casual or dressed up, a sequin can fit anyone's lifestyle.

Here is how I wore my sequin stripe henley yesterday to run errands with the kids, I really love this top and I am so glad it was restocked and then marked down because I skipped its first release.
And here is how I wore my sequins a little dressier tonight for an early dinner with the family and then off to work:

Here are the Polyvore's for the two outfits so you can get all the details. Also remember that tomorrow is LOFT's big event. I also saw on their facebook page there is a link on how to get an additional 10% off tomorrow (totalling 40%) so be sure to check it out!!



Tano 4650, $198

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ho Ho Ho

Can you believe it is December??? Christmas is right around the corner so I got into the spirit the other day by throwing on a big red sweater. I realized I had zero red in my wardrobe so I have been trying to add a few red pieces in my wardrobe here and there.

Here is the Polyvore for this (the items will be listed below each set) and what else I have been wearing this week. I have not been able to get back in the OOTD pic habit since the kids went back to school but I will get better....promise.

'Tis the Season

Tano 4650, $198


And last, but SURELY not least.....Chase wanted to show off his muscles for you. What can I say? He is a character

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

 Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Between my parents being in town and gearing up for the holiday crowds at work things have been even crazier then normal (I wasn't sure that was even possible). Now it is over and I can breathe a sigh of relief until tomorrow when it is time to start finalizing Christmas planning ;)

Here is what I wore on Thanksgiving (excuse the super duper pale legs). These are all recent J Crew purchases (besides the shoes which are older and off eBay) and I love them all seperately and together. The Sunnie Pencil Skirt is sold out online but it didn't hit stores until recently so it shouldn't be too hard to find (hopefully).
Patent Tortoise Juliets-J Crew

Here is a picture of the table before they all dug in (that is sparkling apple cider in the wine glasses, just as an FYI).
I didn't get to do the Black Friday shopping thing because I was working it but I did do a little online sale shopping. I picked up the Wii Fit and some J Crew goodies. I was able to combine the extra 25% promo with the 40% off factory and made out pretty nicely. There were so many other things I wanted but the budget would not allow it.


And here are a few outfits I wore last week that I didn't get IRL pictures of (sorry). For anyone considering the lace tee-get it. I LOVE it and I have had zero problems with the lace snagging:


Lace tee love


Lace Tee

Did you brave the Black Friday crowds or score any great deals??

Monday, November 15, 2010

LOFT Friends & Family Picks

The sale starts tomorrow (actually today if you are a cardholder). You do need the coupon for the discount so don't forget to print yours out and bring it along.If you haven't gotten your coupon yet, the link is here

For my LOFT Friends & Family Sale picks I thought it would be useful if I put some looks together so you had some outfit ideas before you head out to shop.

LOFT F & F look 1

LOFT F & F look 2

LOFT F & F look 3

LOFT F & F look 4

LOFT F & F look 5

LOFT F & F Look 6

LOFT F & F Look 7

LOFT F & F look 8

LOFT Friends & Family Sale

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ahead yet still behind

I managed to take some OOTD photos last week (just didn't find time to post them). I am trying to get ahead this year for far so good but everytime I think I am in good shape I think of other things. So far I have all the Christmas cards ready to mail next month, all the big presents and everything I need for the packaging of my homemade goodies. Yet somehow I know I will end up rushing around like a mad woman at the last minute. I keep trying to remind myself of the true meaning of Christmas so I can keep it all in perspective.

Oh yeah.....and there is Thanksgiving to host still.....oops. Well here is some of what I wore last week:
long lean cardigan-LOFT
buds and bunches tank-Anthropologie
Denim Pencil Skirt-J Crew
Come Dancing shoes by Seychelle
necklace-Banana Republic

cardigan-J Crew
Long Sleeve Tee-LOFT
Pencil Skirt-J Crew
Come Dancing shoes-Seychelles

Terra Paisley Shift Dress- J Crew
Bling Cardigan-J Crew
Shelley Pumps-Bandolino
Skinny Belt-J Crew

Perfect Shirt-J Crew
Maya Cardigan (factory version)-J Crew
Long & Lean Jeans-GAP
shoes-super old

Saturday, November 13, 2010

For Liz

Blog Reader Liz recently wrote:

".....I recently purchased LOFT's Painted Stripe Boat Neck Tee (navy stripe) and the Foiled Printed Cardigan (it says grey but it looks taupe-ish to me). Do you have any tips for styling those two tops? I love the infinity scarves at LOFT now, they have some really cute stuff!"

First up...the foiled printed cardigan which I totally agree is more of a taupe then a gray. Online it is sold out but there are plenty in our store so I know you can find one. My store is 1583 in Escondido, California just in case ;).  This scarf would also look great with it but my Polyvore clipper is on the fritz so I couldn't use it in the sets.

Foiled Again

Now for the Painted Boat Stripe Tee-I love the fit of this one. It looks large when you hold it up but it fits TTS.  This one can probably be found in a store search too, we have a few left but I think they are in our back room because they hadn't found a new place for them on the floor yet.

Painted Stripe Two

Painted Stripe

Painted Stripe

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ruffles, Sequins and a Secret....shhh

So I know I have been missing lately but I promise i have something good for you at the end ;) My J Crew orders arrived and here are the verdicts: yay-Arrow Jacket, denim pencil skirt, traversa cardigan. nay-muse tank, skinny ultra lounge pant. I will post some IRL pics tomorrow of the Muse tank since I know a lot of you were interested.

traversa tank-J Crew
Ruffle Cami-LOFT
Modern Slim Jeans-LOFT
Kady Boots- Target

Here is an outfit I wore the other day (I have lots of catch up to do)
scalloped zipper cardigan-J Crew
Sequin bin tank-J Crew
ultra thin cotton pencil skirt -J Crew
Vera Sandals-Banana Republic

So, now for the good stuff. LOFT's Friends & Family Sale is coming up on the 16th (preview day for cardholders on the 15th). I should be getting the link soon so if you want  a coupon, please do the following:

send an email to with the subject LOFT coupon

that's it! I will work on a post with my new LOFT favorites and some IRL pictures next week