4.18.2014

A Preview of J.Crew April and May New Arrivals

The Vintage Terry Sweatshirt, item A6883 (similar here)
Collection Photo Floral Mirror Pencil Skirt, item A6474 
similar fun graphic print skirts here, here and here

It's always fun to see what's around the corner at J.Crew. Here's a sneak peek at a few of the goodies that we can look forward to in the upcoming April and May roll-outs. 

Oversize Boy Shirt, item A5795
Side slit soft pencil skirt
Evie metallic midheel

Sleeveless Drapey Top in Photo Floral, item A5859
Malta Mirror Metallic Sandal, item A7378 (similar here and here)

Embroidered Floral Racer Dress, item A5586
(similar white dress options here, here and here)

Linen Tee in Une Belle Vie, item A6357
Slim Linen Pant, item A4896 (drapey linen pant here)

Herringbone Linen Dress, item A4863
Back-Zip Highheel Sandals, item A4959 


Will you be adding any of these to your wishlist? My favorite is the Collection photo floral mirror pencil skirt with the pink and green background colors, so pretty!  As usual, there are a few items that are similar to what I already own, so I'll be putting a few inspired outfits together from these looks.

I hope you have a restful Easter weekend. I'm behind on my blogging and plan to do some catching up. Thanks for visiting!


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4.13.2014

Old Navy Shoe Deals, J.Crew Linen Tee, No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Lattice Medallion Print

These Are The Days Tee for the weekend, or this colorblock top for the office

Every year the same thing happens, winter turns into spring (seemingly overnight) and I feel like I'm scrambling to figure out what to wear. I unpacked my spring and summer items last week to make the transition easier. I also took advantage of the ongoing sales at J.Crew to add a few spring items to my closet.

Pointed ballet flat in silver, similar here and here in leather

A couple of J.Crew look-a-like shoes also caught my eye at Old Navy, and I decided to give those a try as well.

First up, the pointed ballet flats in silver from Old Navy. These are a cute silver shoe option if you don't want to drop a lot of cash for similar styles at J.Crew. Of course the quality is not comparable to J.Crew's leather Viv's, but I think they're worth a closer look since they're a fraction of the Viv's price. These flats run TTS, the insole is cushioned, and they have non-slip soles.

Sueded demi wedge sandals, similar here and here in leather

Next are the sueded demi wedge sandals. I tried these in black and beige and decided to keep the beige pair. These sandals are a nice looking and affordable alternative to J.Crew's suede demi wedge sandal. They're comfortable with a TTS fit, and the sueded material looks like the real thing.


From J.Crew, this skirt and tee were unexpected favorites. At first I was on the fence about the tee because of its raw edge neckline, but it's soft and comfortable and works equally well under a denim jacket, casual blazer, or cardigan.

Have you already figured out your spring transition outfits, or are you still looking for inspiration?





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4.04.2014

J.Crew Cleo Woven Leather Loafers



I just received some of the goodies that I ordered during the recent sales at J.Crew. First up are these Cleo woven leather loafers that were on my wishlist.


I wanted to give these a try since there was an additional discount off the current sale price. They feature a leather sole, lining, and upper, and a dark navy and off-white woven design. These say 'classic' print shoes to me.


Pattern mixing: Cleo loafers and the No. 2 Pencil skirt in lattice medallion

Fit is TTS and my only complaint is that they do gape a little along the sides, especially when I bend my feet. I think that's partly because the vamp is cut lower on these than on the Darby loafer. Also, I have long and narrow feet and this happens more with flat shoes that aren't made with a stiff leather. It's not a deal breaker for me, and I really like the shoes in every other way, but I'll just need think on them for a few days before I decide whether to keep or return them.

For heel lovers, the Collection Sloane woven leather pumps are another option in this pattern.
Chime in on the Cleo loafers if you've tried them, own them, or have them on your wishlist too.

I hope you're having a great start to the weekend, and thanks for visiting my blog! :)




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4.03.2014

New Arrival Favorites At Club Monaco


  1. Elsa Sheath Dress
  2. Gala Skirt
  3. Darla Silk Scarf
  4. Matalin Lace Top
  5. Marlo Suede Sandal
  6. Fallon Leather Trim Shirt
Another favourite (not shown) is the Darla Tassel Sandal.

It's the season for new arrivals and I'm making the rounds to check them out. I haven't officially joined the addicted to Club Monaco shoppers list (I'm sure it exists), but I'm definitely in the fan club. Like with so many other retailers, their items often remind me of something I expect to see on J.Crew's website. 

CM's skirts tend to be on the short side for taller gals like me, but April's roll-out offers at least a couple of perfect length hemlines that I really like. They also do the clean aesthetic look well, and I think these picks could work in the closet rotation for many seasons. 

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4.02.2014

Easy Outfit Inspiration - Gingham Shirt, Blue, Neutral



  1. Belted safari jacket (watch for pop-backs or check in stores), also try this jacket 
  2. Fitted non-iron gingham shirt (watch for pop-backs), steal one on sale here, also love this trench as a topper
  3. Navy ponte fit and flare skirt, similar here
  4. Candace crossbody (watch for pop-backs in the aquarium blue), similar color here
I'm sure we've seen this combination of colors before. When it comes to the gingham shirt, it's been styled in almost every way you can think of. It was still nice to see the well loved pattern return in the spring roll-out from Banana Republic. The combination of vivid blue with a light neutral and navy (or black) works spring through fall and always looks sharp. Much better than I was able to capture in my photo.


  • Gingham Perfect Shirt (J.Crew) - a pricey but nice option here, or a deal on navy/white gingham here
  • Safari leather jacket (Danier) - nice luxe similars from TB here, also Club Monaco here
  • Cafe capri in wool - similar here
  • Leather belt (J.Crew) - similar
  • Valentina printed patent d'Orsay pumps (J.Crew) - similar in solid (soft desert)

My gingham shirt is black and white, and my jacket is soft leather in the perfect shade of beige for spring to fall.  The navy fit and flare skirt really updates this as a spring look, although I wear pants more than skirts so I would swap out the skirt with slim, cropped pants.

Things must be hopping at Banana Republic because the original outfit separates are almost gone. I think of the gingham/check shirt as a closet staple and it's not surprising if they sell out at other retailers too.

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