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Monday
May282012

White Jeans? The Search is OVER! Thanks J. Crew!

I have been looking for a good pair of white jeans for who knows how long, maybe 2-3 years now? I am not kidding when I say that I have tried at least 20 brands both low and high end. I've tried 7FAM, Adriana Goldschmied, Joe's, Citizens, Gap, Old Navy, F21, H&M, True Religion, Hudson, Siwy, J Brand, Current/Elliot and the list goes on and on and on. I actually gave up late last year as it seemed that the universe was conspiring against the pairing of white jeans and myself. White jeans are more difficult since they highlight your legs rather than slim them. Almost every pair I tried on was unflattering on the thighs and made my legs look too short. Just thinking about it makes me frustrated.

BUT...finally my time came and while at J Crew checking out the sale section, I saw a whole wall of Toothpick Jeans in white. I'm not really sure why they had so many racks of it right in front, but it certainly got my attention. With a reliquishing sigh, I picked up a size 26 pair (my normal J Crew jean size) knowing I was just setting myself up for disappointment...until I tried them on. 

J Crew Ankle Stretch Toothpick Jean in White Denim: Here is a stock image followed by the jeans on me:

J Crew Ankle Stretch Toothpick Jean in White

Not bad, not bad at all! I really liked the fit of the jeans! They were tight, but not suffocatingly so and looked great on the hips and thighs! The length was perfect on me as it hit right on the ankle! I was ECSTATIC! My search for the perfect white jean was OVER! Summer here I come! I loved it so much, I purchased 2 pairs, just in case something happens to one of them. Each pair was pricey at $125, but after 3 years of searching, it was well worth it.

If you are looking for well-fitting white jeans and have had good experiences with the Toothpick, try 'em on! 

Thank you for reading!

Love, 

Kim

Monday
May282012

J Crew Sale Reviews!

I stopped by my local J Crew today (Century City in LA) to see what they had in store. The sale section was pretty full. There were lots of No. 2 skirts, eyelet tops, dresses, toothpick denim (sizes 24, 29, 30, 31 and 32 only), shorts (00, 4 and up) and some skirts. This was the first time I saw a stocked sale section at this J Crew and I was loving it. Unfortunately the store did not match the extra 30% off offered online

Here's what I tried on with stock photos and me photos:

J Crew Blythe Blouse in Royal Blue:

J Crew Blythe Blouse in Royal Blue

I am a sucker for J Crew blouses, especially those in silk. I love the relaxed look of them and the versatility. No to mention they feel super soft against the skin as well. I really liked the looser fit of this top, but I passed on this one, only because I wasn't a fan of the blue color. I like blues, but I am looking for something a little more bright or pastel. This was a size 00. They had sizes 0, 4, 10 and 12 if I recall correctly. It was on sale for $69.99.

 

J Crew Toothpick Jean in Garment-Dyed Twill in Neon Persimmon

J Crew Toothpick Jean in Garment-Dyed Twill in Neon Persimmon

I have been lusting over these jeans since I tried them on a few months ago and when I finally decided to purchase, they no longer had my size in store and online. Imagine my euphoria when the SA informed me that they were on sale. But and a HUGE but, they were only available in sizes 24 and 30 and up. I am a 26 so those were no-gos for me. However, picking up the 24, it looked a tad bigger than normal so I decided to try it on. Just for kicks? With a bit, okay a lot of effort, I managed to get these babies up and button. Sure they give me a little muffin top, but who is gonna notice? The bright and cheery color will hopefully distract the onlookers! I plan to pair this with a more flowy top to hide the bulge. 

I honestly think that this pair is mislabeled and is possibly a size 25. Doesn't matter, it's with me now. The pair was marked down from $125 to $89.99

 

J Crew Relaxed Chino (Scout?) in Neon Peach

J Crew Chino Neon Peach

These pants look incredible on the model! On me? Not so much. The fit on the hip area is slightly dowdy and I like a tauter fit to my pants. I passed on this one. Color was beautiful though. It was on sale for $ 49.99.

 

J Crew Natasha Top in Polka Dot

J Crew Natasha Top in Polka Dot

Yes, yet another Natasha top for me. It's my 4th one I think. The sleeveless style is perfect for the summer and this shirt can be tucked in or left out. It would look great with jeans, skirts and shorts. What more could I ask for? Oh, and there are small ruffles around the neck and the armholes. Very cute. The fit is slimmer than the Blythe blouse, for that I am thankful for. This was marked down to $69.99, still pricey, but worth it.

 

J Crew Scalloped Sateen Skirt

J Crew Scalloped Sateen Skirt

I usually love J Crew skirts, but this was an exception. I liked how this skirt nipped at the waist and a scallop detail is one of my absolute favorites, but the flare of the skirt poofed out and added bulk to my hips, not a place I want highlighted. 

 

J Crew Ankle-Zip Toothpick Jean

J Crew Ankle-Zip Toothpick Jean Antique Fig

Finally I tried on these pair of skinnies. This style runs one size smaller than my regular toothpick size and is a lot stretchier. I liked the fit, but not the color. This purple pair would be great for the fall, but I am in a more spring/summer mood right now. This was available in 24, 27, 29, 31 and 32). It was marked down to $89.99 from $125. I passed on this one.

Overall a great day at the sale section in J Crew. I also checked out the new arrivals and purchased one amazing thing, which will be reviewed in another post.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, please ask!

Love, 

Kim 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
May232012

J Crew 30% Off Sale Items with code: LOVEIT

Thank the heavens! It been a long and dry spell without a promotional code from J Crew. Snag an additional 30% off all J Crew Sale items (Factory too!) with the code: LOVEIT. This promo is good until May 28th.

Here's what I scooped up:

 

J Crew Natasha Top in Grape

 

J Crew Cafe Capri in Bright Dahlia

 

J Crew 3" Chino in Peach

 

J Crew Factory Heathered Tee in Pale Peach

 

J Crew Factory Snakeskin Capri Sandals

Total came to about $170+ including the discount and shipping. Hoping for new additions during the weekend.

What did you get?

Love,

Kim

Wednesday
May232012

Outfit of the Day: Brights and Lace

To celebrate a warmer weather, I wanted to wear something cheery and bright. I paired a sheer lace top with a coral paperbag skirt. Two looser fitting pieces were connected with a waist-cinching belt tie. I wish I owned a pair or nude espadrilles, but a gold pair will have to do for now. 

Top: Forever 21

Skirt: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Celine

Bangle: Kate Spade

Until next time!

Love, 

Kim 

Tuesday
May012012

A distinct lack of posts...

There has been a distinct lack of posts for the past week. For that I apologize. I am in the midst of moving and the effort of packing, carrying boxes, building furniture has taken up at least 23.5 hours of my day. I'm almost moved in, so the entries will come again very soon. 

As a sidenote. Moving is quite the sobering event. I did not realize I had so many belongings until I had to pack and schlep them all. I found clothes that I had never worn before, new with tags! Unfortunately, I might have transitioned styles and the articles were no longer attractive to me, so I donated them. 

From now on I will be much more selective in my purchases, fewer trendy items and more classic pieces. 

See you all again soon!

Kim

Monday
Apr232012

Outfit of the Day: A Pop of Pink

For a recruitment fair out in the lawns, I wanted to dress appropriately for the warm weather, yet be a tad more professional than my regular day's wear. I also wanted to infuse my outfit with a little bit of fun with hot pink studded smoking flats. 

Top: Ann Taylor Georgette Bib Sleeveless Shirt (here)

Bottoms: H&M Trousers with belt

Shoes: Dolce Vita

Bangle: Kate Spade

I loved the looser fit of the trousers, which made for a very comfortable pair. Sleeveless blouses are my summer go-to's. They go with everything!

Hope you enjoyed!

Love, 

Kim

 

Sunday
Apr222012

J Crew Brick and Mortar Sal

Because I was feeling especially down during the cleanse, the BF convinced me to hit up J Crew and check out some of the new and sale items. This is a review of the Century City location sale section.

The sale area was pretty stocked. There were tons of No. 2 pencil skirts in purple, paisley, green, lime and blue. There were also some Blythe blouses in purple for $59.99, but only in size 6's and 10's. Here is what I tried on:

J Crew Blythe Blouse in Silk Pebble Dot:

Not really fond of the print. Passed.

J Crew Natasha Top

Fell in love with this top after receiving the green color. Purchased.

J Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt:

 

Meh, the skirt was snug on the hips, but loose on the waist. Skipped.

J Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Big Apple:

 

I really liked the bright color of this skirt. Perfect for the summer. The length was great too! Purchased.

Overall, pretty good sale section. Sales associates were kinda snooty today though. 

Love,

Kim

 

Sunday
Apr222012

Juice Cleanse Day 2

I received the same assortment of juices at my door at 3 AM. I was quite hungry throughout the day, especially since I skipped both the beet and carrot juices because of the overwhelming ginger taste.

Alas, I sort of diverged from my diet by snacking on some beef and broccoli that the BF was having for dinner, then I had a bite of a burrito. This consumption was due to my lightheadedness during the cleanse.

Unless you have experience performing cleanses, I would not recommend doing one right off the bat. You may want to augment it with veggies or just something light to fill your tummy.

I hope tomorrow goes better for me!

Love,

Kim