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Tuesday
Jan032012

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer Review

Let me preface this review by saying that this is the J Crew Factory Schoolboy Blazer in Navy. 

Okay, now let the gushing begin! I love, love, LOVE this blazer. It is actually my first casual blazer (okay, that's a lie). It is my first casual blazer that I liked. Other blazers either didn't fit well or were to glitzy for everyday wear. But this one is a gem! 

The wool outer layer is soft and not at all itchy. The jacket is lined with a satiny material. The two side pockets are nonfunctional and are sewed shut (probably my main qualm about the garment). This blazer can be considered lightweight. It is not too thick, but is not thin and flimsy either. I wore it out today in 70 degree weather and it was a tad warm, but not uncomfortable. I can imagine I would be able to wear it in colder weather, maybe down to the fifties. Ah, I am spoiled by warm southern California weather. 

The fit is great. I am 5'5" - 5'6" (depends whether I'm slouching I guess, which I do much too often :( ) for reference. The jacket hits perfectly at the upper hip, probably where the hip bones protrude. It fits perfectly on the shoulders, but is a little snug on the armholes when I reach forward. I sized up for the Hacking jacket so we'll see how that works out. The sleeves hit perfectly an inch beyond the wrist.

I prefer wearing my jacket unbuttoned, just for the increased freedom while moving. The buttons are beautifully detailed, but are a little lightweight. The jacket is a little boxy unlike the more streamlined Hacking, but I love it anyway. Leaving the jacket open eliminates the boxiness.

Here are some images:

J Crew Stock Photo


 

Hanging:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Wearing with the buttons fastened:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Wearing with the buttons unfastened:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Four Gold Buttons on the sleeve tip:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Front Buttons:

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

 

Because of this blazer, I have been on a blazer binge and have purchased 2 more from the J Crew online store! Uh oh... I'll do a review and comparison when the Hacking jackets come. I also plan to buy another Schoolboy blazer soon, so I'll do a comparison between regular and factory quality as well!

All in all this blazer is a 98/100 for me! I docked one point for the snug armholes which tickle my axillae and another for the nonfunctional (but still cute!) pockets. 

Thanks for reading and I hope this post was informative! Comment with any questions and I'll be sure to answer them!

Love, 

Kim

 

 

Tuesday
Jan032012

FREE 2 Bottles of Zoya Nail Polish (+$6.95 S&H)

Almost FREE (still got to fork over shipping and handling. Boo.) 2 bottles of Zoya Nail Polish of any color!

Here's How:

1. Add the 2 Zoya Nail Polishes that you want to try to your cart 
2. Enter the code (ZOYA2012) into the the coupon/promo field in the shopping cart and press the "Apply Code" button.
3. Complete Check-Out Process & Submit Order

 

Terms & Conditions
This promotion is valid online only at Zoya, Qtica and Art of Beauty in the United States only. Void where prohibited. Limit one promotion per account and household. We are not responsible for incorrect addresses and credit card entry errors. Please allow up to 4 weeks for shipping if volume warrants it. Not valid with any other coupons, codes or promotions.

Valid thru 1/9/2012

 

Enjoy shopping! Post what colors you chose!

Love,

Kim

Tuesday
Jan032012

BCBG Dress Haul

Been shopping a little too much lately. Maybe I should make "Shop Less" a New Year's Resolution? Nahhh...

Love BGBG dresses. The fit of BCBG is lovely (most of the time) I prefer dresses that are more fitted on top with a flowy or looser skirt. I purchased a few cocktail dresses and a few day dresses! 

Here they are:

Not so keen on this one. I think I bought it just because it was on sale and was not hideous. I need to stop. Might sell this one on eBay

BCBG Dress

Tiered Yellow Dress. I'm not too much a fan of trapreze dresses, but I do love the sunny color of this one. 

BCBG Dress

I bought this one for the more conservative look. I can probably wear this one to work with a blazer.

BCBG Dress

A little plain, but it is in a pretty mint color. 

BCBG Dress

My absolute favorite one! Possibly my favorite dress in my closet right now! I love the fit of this dress, it hugs my upper torso and waist and flares into a fuller skirt. The beading is just gorgeous! And for less than $150 on sale from over $300! Someone invite me to a wedding or party so I can wear this!

BCBG Dress

 

This is a BGBGeneration dress. It fits like a glove and is very comfy due to the elastic waist! 

BCBGeneration Dress

 

Another BCBGeneration dress. It was a little big for me on the waist area, but nothing that a belt or ribbon can't fix!

BCBGeneration Dress

 

If you would like images of the tag or the style codes, please just leave a comment and I'll get to it right away!

I hope you enjoyed this reveal.

In future posts I'll post pictures of the fit when my photographer (BF) comes back from vacation! Hope you enjoyed!

Love, 

Kim

 

Sunday
Jan012012

SALE! J CREW 25% Off All Sale Items!

Breaking news! J Crew is offering an additional 25% off all sale items through the code MUSTSHOP! Both regular and factory sale items are included. Head there now and scoop up some of your classic favorites! This sale is available through January 6th, 2012 (I keep on typing 2011 by accident!)

Here's what I snapped up:

J Crew Hacking Jacket in Double-Serge Wool - Heather Acorn ($139.99 after code)

J Crew Hacking Jacket


J Crew Elodie Blouse - Paradise Blue ($29.99 after code)

J Crew Elodie Blouse

 

J Crew Factory Double-Serge Bistro Mini - Crisp Beet ($69.50, not on sale, but that's okay)

J Crew Mini

 

Happy Shopping! 

Love,

Kim

P.S. I'll post a followup when the items arrive!

Sunday
Jan012012

Happy New Year!

It's only been a few days since I started blogging and I've loved every moment of it. 2012 poses to be a great year if we maintain a positive outlook and with a little bit of hard work.

As a tradition, my family writes 3 wishes on a piece of paper and burns them in the fireplace. The smoke rises to the heavens where hopefully our prayers are answered. Wherever you are and whatever your traditions are, I wish you all happiness and success for the coming year!

Thanks for reading my blog! 

 

Love, 

Kim 

 

Saturday
Dec312011

15% Cash Back Bloomingdales via eBates!

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I already purchased a pair of Revas, my go-to black flats.

I'm not sure how much longer this promotion is going for, so hurry on and get some money back!

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Enjoy shopping and saving!

Love,

Kim


Saturday
Dec312011

Shopping Haul: End of the Year

Yesterday I went to check out some deals at local shopping centers and ended up with a few much needed basics and a little glitter in between. Many shops had an additional percent off, so that was a much added incentive. Here is what I got:

J Crew Outlet Skimmers $69 (+15% off for student discount): I wanted a few ankle length trousers for work and play. I think the black pair would look good with the white coat and a blouse or sweater underneath. Simple and perfect for the hospital. The orange pair was kind of a shot in the dark. I have never owned any orange clothing. I think it will go well with a subdued navy or grey.

J Crew Skimmer Pant

Trying the skimmers on in the dressing room. Good fit on the waist and butt. A tad loose on the thighs. I'm sort of pulling the right pant leg back a bit.

J Crew Skimmer Pant

 

J Crew Outlet Schoolboy Blazer in Navy $168 (+15% off with student discount): This blazer has started a whole new craze for me. Now I just want to wear blazers all the time. Just got 2 more online. One in heather acorn and one in bright berry. Uh-oh. 

 

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer

J Crew Tights $20 (+15% off with student discount) Just a simple pair for wearing under tunics and such

J Crew Tights

BCBG Dress $200 down from $380. It has tiers of chiffon and sequins. Understated with a secret layer of sparkle.

BCBG Dress

BCBGeneration Dress $119. A simple lace slip dress. I'm thinking of ways of spruce this outfit up.

BCBGeneration Dress

Ann Taylor Blouse $98 I love this top. I wanted a flowy buttondown shirt for the longest time. The only problem is that it is kind of sheer. My next color? Blush.

Ann Taylor Blouse

Ann Taylor Sweater $40 This sweater has a cute tie-bow back detail. 

Ann Taylor Sweater

Jones New York Beaded Cardigan $139. I LOVE this cardigan. It has beautiful beading plus the shape and closure reminds me of a blazer. This cardigan would look great with a simple top, jeans and jeweled flats!

Jones New York Beaded Cardigan

Charlotte Russe Tops. $15 (BOGO!) A couple of my cheap thrills! I like the sheerness of the tops. I'm thinking of wearing a camisole underneath and tucking them into skirts!

 

Charlotte Russe Top

Thanks for reading about my reveal!

Love, 

Kim

Saturday
Dec312011

Currently Craving: Smoker Loafers | Smoking Flats

I do not support smoking. I do, however, adore the simple classic shape of the smoker loafer. It provides more coverage than the traditional ballet flat and adds and air of sophistication. I would pair this shoe with cuffed or ankle skimming trousers to show off the loafer and a wool blazer to add extra polish to the look. 

In an attempt to add a little pizzaz to the shoe, I would go further and look for bright colors, exotic textures or embellishments for updates. I've found three reasonably priced smoker loafers in bright pink. I think it can spark up an otherwise conservative or traditional attire. Here they are:

 

Dolce Vita Wink Flats $46.99 (6pm.com) Also available in taupe and black

 

Dolce Vita Koko Flats $56.99 (endless.com) Also available in natural snake and black

 

Target Mossimo Vilda Flats $19.99 (target.com)

 

I bought the Dolce Vita Wink flat. Hope it comes soon. Enjoy shopping!

Love, 

Kim