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Saturday
Mar102012

Hawaii Day 3: Fashion

During the day, I treked up to the top of Diamond Head so I simply wore gym shorts and a t-shirt. After the climb, I wanted nothing more than to take a dip in the ocean! I am wearing a Voda Swim push up bikini underneath, which claims to add up to 2 cup sizes and will do a review in that shortly, and an ASOS cover up. The green dress is quite layered and long so I grabbed a couple of loose ends and tied a knot in the front to add some shape.

At night, the BF wanted to check out the clubbing scene so I gathered up what I could to look half decent. I did not bring any party dresses or skirts. I added the J Crew Schoolboy Blazer to add a touch of dressiness to a silk tank and shorts.

 

Monday
Jan162012

More J Crew Sale!

Just on a whim (and to return the Toothpick Jean in Garment Dyed Twill in Festival Green) I went to another J Crew Store, the one in Century City, LA. Again the sale rack was pretty picked over with mostly long-sleeved tees and sweaters hanging about. I was, however, able to snag a sequined top (this one) for $39.99 - 40% - 15%.

Here's what I tried on:

Fanfare jacket in peacock tweed ($199 - 40% -15%)

Fanfare jacket in peacock tweed

Fanfare jacket in peacock tweed

Fanfare jacket in peacock tweed

Fanfare jacket in peacock tweed

I liked the fabric and texture a lot. Wasn't so much a fan of the plastic looking buttons. The sizing runs similar to a Schoolboy blazer and one size smaller than the Hacking. 

Liquid Silk Skirt ($69 - 40% -15%)

Liquid Silk Skirt

Super soft and flowy, but the length is not for me. I don't think midi or calf length skirts are quite flattering on me. I like short, knee-length and maxi ones. Passed on this one.

Did you manage to snag anything at your J Crew store?

Additionally, there is another 30% off all Sale Items on J Crew with the code MUSTHAVE.

Here's what is on my radar:

J Crew Hacking Jacket in Tipped Double-Serge Wool

Feathered Crystal Necklace:

Floral Chiffon Maxiskirt

 

J Crew Eddie Oxfords

Sparkler Skirt in Tinsel Lace


 Love,

Kim

 

Sunday
Jan152012

Outfit of the Day (or Night): High and Low

I had a little all-school party yesterday and the attire was listed as semi-formal. As much as I love cocktail dresses, I wanted to do something a little different. My thoughts gravitated to a maxi skirt with a simple blouse or silk top. I found a gorgeous maxi skirt with a slit on eBay, but USPS lost it. :( So in a last minute shopping trip, I was able to find a skirt at Zara. 

Top: J Crew Bonnie Blouse. Available here

Skirt: Zara Skirt. New Arrival available in stores

Shoes: Badgley Mischka Decadence Sandals. Available here

Bag: Chanel M/L Flap

I love the skirt! I was a little of a fashion renegade wearing sleeves and a longer hemline skirt, but I liked the "more conservative look" while also showing a little skin. The skirt had a elasticized waist that was a tad large so I took it in with safety pins and tied a black sash on top for a cinched waist look.

What do you think of the look? 

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Kim

 

Saturday
Jan142012

J Crew Sale & Some New Arrivals

I went to the J Crew store at 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica yesterday. I hurried my friends to walk 4 blocks to get to J Crew. Since the online Final Sale was quite satifying last week, I wanted to see what was in the brick and mortar store. The idea of racks of sale items + 40% off + 15% off (student discount) was alluring. But...

The sale was dismal. Only cable-knit sweaters and long sleeved tees remained. I was hoping to find some silk shirts, skirts and jackets. There was a Plaza Coat in Cobalt (not my size) sitting in the corner so I decided to try it on. 

J Crew Plaza Coat

J Crew Plaza Coat

It was too big for me. The lady in the opposite dressing room asked if she could have it and I agreed without hesitation. Hopefully it worked for her! I was marked down to $229 from $325. 

Yup. That's it for the sale section for me. 

So I moved on to the regular priced arena. Nothing too eyepopping for me. I did want to try on the toothpick denim in a bright color (owing to my current obsession with colored denim) and I tried on some other cute separates.

Toothpick Jean in Garment Dyed Twill in Festival Green ($108). Showed this in my previous post. The fit was okay. A little snug in the hips and thighs. 

J Crew Toothpick Jean

Schoolboy blazer in Prince of Wales Wool in Tobacco ($325) I'm really into blazers right now as well, so I decided to try this Schoolboy on. The fabric was slightly lighter than my other Schoolboy which I think is a good thing. Again J Crew did not have my size, so I am wearing one size larger.

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Prince of Wales Wool

J Crew Prince of Wales Schoolboy Blazer

J Crew Prince of Wales Schoolboy Blazer

J Crew Prince of Wales Schoolboy Blazer

J Crew Prince of Wales Schoolboy Blazer

 

J Crew Two Tone Circle Skirt ($250, on sale online for $179.99) My friend picked this out for me. I normally don't wear longer skirts so I was weary. I thought that a skirt that hit slightly below the tip of my kneecaps would be unflattering but it wasn't half bad. She chose it for me because she knows how much I liked cinched waists.

J Crew Two Tone Circle Skirt

Overall not a successful trip for me. I got the toothpick denim and plan to buy the skirt online since it is on sale. I might return the jeans though (if I find the dang receipt) because I found a new favorite brand of colored denim (see previous post)!

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Love, 

Kim

 

Thursday
Jan122012

J Crew Hacking Jacket Review + Other Sale Loot!

J Crew had a 25% off Final Sale a week ago (now upped to 30% with the code: WINTER. I purchased a Hacking Jacket, Elodie Blouse and a double serge bistro mini. Here are some fit pictures and reviews:

The Hacking Jacket Double-Serge Wool in Heather Acorn

I love this jacket! The fabric is substantial and the wool is soft and not at all scratchy (my neck is extremely ticklish to itchy fabrics) I would describe the color as a "not-quite-caramel" It is a cooler tone, more like an almond color, very yummy. I wanted a neutral jacket to tone down more colorful or glitzy outfits and for general daytime use. The lining is silky and my favorite detail is the inner pocket! The cream and gold buttons add a little shine to the jacket. Much like touted on the J. Crew website, the hacking features a slimmer and longer cut. This is especially true compared to the Schoolboy Blazer which tends to be a little boxier and looser at the waist. See review here. If you know your size for the Schoolboy and are wondering what sizing you are for the hacking, definitely size up for this one. The fit on the waist is more snug than I expected, but still comfortable enough to move around in. The shoulders, sleeve length and torso width and length fit me perfectly. For reference I am 5'5" to 5'6" and usually wear a 0 or XS in J Crew tops and jackets. I sized up to 2 for the Hacking and I'm glad I did. Now enough talking and lets see some fit pictures!

Stock Photo:

J Crew Hacking Jacket

Front Buttoned:

J Crew Hacking Jacket

Front Unbuttoned:

J Crew Hacking Jacket

Side:

J Crew Hacking Jacket

Front Hanging:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Back Hanging:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Front Button Detail:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Sleeve Button Detail:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Lining:

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

Inner Pocket (yay!)

J Crew Hacking Jacket Heather Acorn

 

Next up is the Elodie Blouse in Paradise Blue. I am obsessed with silk blouses now for their soft feel and the gentle way they fall. I really loved the Elodie Blouse, but only had XS in Tall. I bought it anyway since it was on sale for only $30. Note to self (and to you): Please size down when buying Tall sizes. This shirt looked more like a tunic to me, and was quite loose. No worries though, I plan to tuck them in or wear them with leggings. The color is lovely.

Stock Photo:

J Crew Elodie Blouse

Front:

J Crew Elodie Blouse

Back:It covers my butt! Perfect for leggings!

J Crew Elodie Blouse

 

Finally, the Double Serge Bistro Mini in Bright Beet. I have been wearing this skirt in the previous photos. Here's a full view of the skirt. I like the fit of the skirt. It is short, but not inappropriately short. Though the color is a bit more chromatic, it seems easy to pair. I think I can wear this skirt with shades of blue, ivory, beige, black and purple. The color is brighter than the pictures suggest. Boo sucky camera.  

J Crew Double Serge Bistro Mini

J Crew Double Serge Bistro Mini

J Crew Double Serge Bistro Mini

 

Overall, great purchases! J. Crew what would I do without you? Thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions, feel free to post!

Love, 

Kim



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

 

 

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!

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

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