Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A new promo is up at Ann Taylor. Save 40% off dresses, no code necessary. THANKYOU44 appears to still be working for $50 off $100. I really want to order the trench dress. They showed it somewhere on the site with a white long sleeve tee and light blue jeans. If I were doing jeans, I'd wear my trusty Loft jeans in dark rinse with black pumps. The patent Valentinas (review) create great lines. I can see it now. Here are some picks:
Have you ordered from Ann Taylor in the past couple of days? Any dresses catch your eye?
Monday, July 21, 2014
We're now in the middle of Ann Taylor's current, diminishing discount promo. We missed an addtl 70% off sale items thru 12a PST this morning. Well, I did, anyway. The promo continues as follows:
Save an addtl 65% off sale items -- no code needed -- 12a -12p PST, Monday.
Save an addtl 60% off sale items -- no code needed -- 12p - 12a PST, Tuesday.
ETA: Code seems iffy. It didn't work at one point this morning and I updated the post to reflect that information. Then it worked at about 12:30p PST. I just did a mockcheck at 2:30p PST and it's no longer working. So I guess they've officially pulled it.
ETA: Another update. Someone tried the code a couple times over a period of an hour or two and it worked on the 2nd try. So maybe walk away & come back and it'll work. Good luck.
Tue 7/22: Addtl 60% off sale items still going, no code needed. THANKYOU44 appears to still be working as well for $50 off $100.
We've seen most of the items below in one form or another. Fit has been disappointing at J. Crew this year and I find that Ann Taylor items tend to fit nicely. I don't see a lot of the slouchy stuff we're seeing elsewhere. Therefore, if a stripe dress hasn't worked so far, maybe Ann Taylor has one for you. Or if the embellished tops at J. Crew were ridiculou$ or you missed on sale, check out the embellished 3/4 sleeve top and embellished keyhole shell. Most of J. Crew's were the boyfriend, buttondown style. I like the alternatives Ann Taylor is selling. Those tops are viscose, and poly. I tried to pick items that were cotton or a cotton blend. You can run, but you can't hide from poly. As I'm typing this, I notice I didn't put the in the lemon drop sweater in the mix below. It nets $24.50 thru 12p PST. I really liked the look of that one, even though I'm trying to accept that paler colors don't work as well on me as vibrant ones. At least it's not final sale. Watch out for those.
Also on sale, this jacquard dot sheath dress
A trench dress for Desert Flower. Regular price. Save $50 w/THANKYOU44.
Visit my other blog, 1060 Pairs for Ann Taylor shoe and jewelry picks. Regular price jewelry is 50% off, no code needed.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
J Crew linen pocket tee in surfboards, collection jacquard pant in neon tropical floral, tux-front tank, paneled sweatshirt in surf stripe & curator pant reviews
Linen pocket tee in surfboards (SU14, A7421, $42.50) runs XXS - XL. The color is called fresh cream sand. 100% linen. Hand wash.
7/17 - $34.99 online
Size XS - Here's the tee. I usually wear S in J Crew, sometimes M at the moment. I have been sizing down to XS in most of the graphic tees this year.
The surfboards are cute and would pop more if you had a pair of shoes on in one of the colors.
All of these graphics tees. Yeesh. I like the surfboards and the pocket. It would be nice if the linen didn't already look worn and if it were less see-thru. Pass for me.
Collection jacquard pant in neon tropical floral (SU14, A6413) run 00-16. The color is called neon pink multi. 73% poly, 27% cotton.
From the online description:
- City fit—our lowest rise.
- Sits just above hip.
- Fitted through hip and thigh, with a slim, ankle-length leg.
- 27" inseam.
7/17 - $99.99 online
Size 6 - Low rise isn't working for me. Almost, but not quite. If you have a pooch or your thighs touch like mine do, you might experience a similar fit. I like when the pants have belt loops. None on these pants. There are pockets, which didn't seem to poke out too much when I tried the pants on. I couldn't quickly think of 3 ways to wear these. A chambray shirt in the right shade is usually doable, but then what? White maybe. Navy.
A pass for me due to fit, first and foremost. The colors and print are fun.
Tux-front tank (SU14, A6115, $78) runs XXS - XL. The color is called heather dove navy. 100% cotton.
7/19 - $64.99 online
Size S - The fit down the front was fine. I'm not a fan of these shirts because the idea is corporate/work appropriate, but the fabric isn't.
A closer shot. And then the truth brought to you by the side view. The armholes were low. A flaw on repeat this year at J. Crew.
I've done a couple of these in the past and never wore them, so a pass for me. It's hard for me to be objective about this one because it just doesn't make sense. Not to mention that the tuxeo bib style has been done pratically every single season at J. Crew.
Paneled sweatshirt in surf stripe (SU14, A6805, $78) runs XXS - XL. The color is called heather silver combo (HSC). 100% cotton, 100% poly front panel.
7/17 - $49.99 online
Size S - Another sweatshirt. I do like these colors together, though.
The front panel is a bit stiff. It made the fit not so flattering. This sweatshirt also would've enefitted from seams at the shoulder, instead of the raglan cut.
Has potential. Drawbacks include the fit and the stiff, poly front panel.
Curator pant (SP14, $128) runs regular 00-14 (88164) and petite 00-12 (33577). Color choices are black, navy and soft grey. 100% polyester.
6/2 - navy $89.99 in-store
7/17 - soft grey $99.99 online
Size 6 - navy - Too bad the mirror was dusty and dirty. These looked great on the hanger and I was hoping they would work out as a nice, basic pant. Yes, poly and all. Overall, they looked and felt good on.
However, I didn't like the way the pleats looked when I moved in the pants.
Didn't work for me, but more or less a thumbsup.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Time for a close cleanout.
All items are J. Crew retail, unless otherwise stated in the product name.
Sale prices includes shipping.
Please send an email to gigiofca@gmail letting me know which item(s) you wish to purchase. I will email an invoice to you thru Paypal.
Note: I was going to close out this sale on Tuesday, 7/22 at 9p PST, but I plans have changed. I won't have time to consign/sell the next day. So. You can shop with me until Monday, 7/28!
ETA Mon: If you already visited this post, the new additions are in pink.
$10 shipped (U.S. contiguous)*Be-gone headache tee - sz XS, EUC - SOLD
*Candy tee - sz XS, EUC - SOLD
*Candy tee - bright tulip - sz S, EUC - SOLD
*Factory printed infinity scarf - NWT
$15 shipped (U.S. contiguous)*Anchor cardigan - sz S, EUC
*Bevin blouse - sz 6, white wash, EUC
*Factory doggie tee - sz S, NWOT - SOLD
*Factory sketched reindeer tee - 4th pic - sz S, NWT
*Lightweight oxford tunic - sz XS, white, EUC
*Dream Fair Isle vest - sz S, NWT
*Heathered lumière ruffle cardigan - sz S, NWOT, heather driftwood
*Max and Molly art tee - sz XS, EUC, the one w/the dog, basket & bike - SOLD
*Natasha top - sz 4, black, EUC
*Silk cami - sz M, EUC, 100% silk, machine wash gentle, it's a pretty nutmeg color
*Slub cotton beaded Florence tee - sz XS, shale, NWOT
*Sparkle waves henley - sz XS, NWT, blush stone
*Textured jersey ribboned rose tee - last 2 pics - sz XS, NWT, heather grey
*Tulip ruffle cami - sz 4, NWT, dragonfly blue on Confessions of a JCrewaholic
*Vintage thermal tee in stripe - color SCC - sz XS, the color in the link, NWT
$20 shipped (U.S. contiguous)*Anthropologie Charlie & Robin cardigan - sz SP, NWT, cotton/nylon/viscose, underarm-to-underarm measures 18" flat, front center to hem = 17.5"
*Delaney eyelet shirt - sz 6P, black, NWT
*Delaney eyelet shirt - sz 6P, white, NWT
P6 - Chest = 38.75", Center Back Length = 25"
*Lunette mini - sz 6, NWT - PENDING
*Merino cielo cardigan - sz M, autumn spice, NWT
*Merino pinwheel cardigan - sz M, EUC, worn once, maybe not at all
*Merino ruffle moto sweater - sz S, dark raisin, NWT
*Minnow chino short - sz 4, waistband measures 16" flat, 3" inseam, NWT - SOLD
*Ochre ikat pencil skirt - sz 2, listing as EUC, although I don't think I ever wore it
*Ombre pencil skirt - sz 2, blue, NWT, waist measures 14" flat, front center to hem = 22"
*Perfect shirt in schoolboy madras - sz 6, NWT, underarm-to-underarm measures 18" flat
*Silk cami - sz M, neon melon, NWT- SOLD
*Silk solid tunic - sz 8, fresh guava, EUC, underarm-to-underarm measures 20" flat, middle of shoulder to hem = 25"
*Tippi sweater in stripe monarch - sz 4, EUC
*Tweed-front tee - sz S, EUC - SOLD
*Vintage zebra mini - sz 4, NWT
$25 shipped (U.S. contiguous)*Banana Republic mon cheri pullover - sz S, navy, NWT
*Benny blazer - sz 4, EUC
*Boy shirt in snowcat - sz 4, underarm-to-underarm measures 18" flat
*Factory version of the torque moto cardigan - sz S, NWT, 38% viscose, 34% nylon, 5% cashmere
*Gladiola print pencil skirt - sz 4, NWT - SOLD
*Merino linen studded cardigan - sz S, NWT
*Merino turtleneck sweater - sz S, heather dusk (lighter grey), NWT
*Plaid boyfriend cardigan - sz S, NWT- SOLD
*Tippi sweater - sz M, turquoise pool, NWT
*Ultra eyelet shell - sz 6, chili, NWT - SOLD*Ruffle rose dress - sz S, black, NWT
*Tulipe silk cami - sz 2, NWT, olive moss
$30 shipped (U.S. contiguous)*Anthropologie Charlie & Robin cardigan - sz S, NWT, 100% wool
underarm-to-underarm measures 18" flat, back center to hem = 24"
waist = 30.5", hips 37.5" from J. Crew customer service
*No. 2 pencil skirt in corduroy - shale - sz 4, NWT
waist = 30.5", hips 37.5" from J. Crew customer service
*Eden cardigan (scroll down) - sz S, NWT, color VCH vanilla...?, season is FA11, 100% merino wool
*Liquid silk skirt - sz 4, NWT, brilliant blue
waistband measures 14 1/2", front center to hem = 28"
*Poplin Brynn dress - sz 8, black, NWT
*Silk ruffle top - sz 8, neon amethyst, NWT
*Wide pearl garden bracelet - purchased from Ebay, never wore, paid a little more than this
$40 shipped (U.S. contiguous)*Anthropologie draped snail tank - sz 6, NWT
*Blythe silk blouse - sz 6P, shallow sea, NWT
*Flair skirt in double-serge wool - black - sz 6, NWT
*Flair skirt in double-serge wool - heather acorn - sz 6, NWT
waistband measures 14" flat
*Madewell - chambray popover in linen wash - sz M
*Merino cambon cardigan - sz XS, NWT, underarm to underarm measures 17" flat
*Shrunken fisherman sweater - sz S, white, NWT, good old school J. Crew quality
$45 shipped (U.S. contiguous)*Café capri in houndstooth wool - sz 2, NWT - love these. I have a size 4. Have no clue what I'm doing w/a size 2 in my possession, waistband measures 16" flat - SOLD
*Double-serge stripe pencil skirt - sz 4, NWT
*Factory double-serge pencil skirt - sz 6, NWT, style# 46575, casablanca blue, across waistband measures 16" flat, front center to hem = 21.5"
*Pencil skirt in wool garbadine - sz 4, black, NWT, very nice suiting
*Sunnie pencil skirt - sz 4, NWT, GMU the grey color pattern, link goes to AppGal's blog - SOLD
$50 shipped (U.S. contiguous)*Allie dress in abstract floral - sz 6, NWT - SOLD
*Chiffon dot top - sz 2, warm ivory, NWT
*Double-serge pencil skirt - sz 6P, NWT, black
*Double-serge pencil skirt - sz 6P, NWT, nightfall blue & vintage wisteria ($50/ea)
WILL ADD PHOTOS HERE
*Double-serge pencil skirt - sz 6P, NWT, heather carbon (dark grey)
*Double-serge pencil skirt - sz 6P, NWT, PGR pale grey (?)
waistband = 15" flat, front center to hem = 21.5"
If you buy more than 1 of these pencil skirts, then $45/each
pale grey & heather carbon
*Tippi sweater in argyle - sz M, NWT, underarm-to-underarm measures 18" flat
$60 shipped (U.S. contiguous)*Excursion vest - sz S, warm bisque, EUC might be NWOT - I own 2 of the same color. Oops. Measures 19" underarm to undearm. Should be approx 38" around - SOLD
Email with any questions or to request a Paypal invoice: gigiofca@gmail
Presenting the August 2014 catalog. J Crew is loading catalog images on their Pinterst page, so I almost didn't post this.
But I have pricing info, too. (cackles)
I was bracing for atrociousness given the tepid JCA responses so far. I think that got me to focus more on the specific items than the presentation of the catalog. My main problem with J Crew's clothes is how regularly they repeat styles. I already have a blue gingham check shirt. They've offered one every year. In the same color. It's ok that mine doesn't have pockets. How many pairs of green fatigue cargos can I own? The answer is currently 3 for me, but apparently they want me to have more. Or I guess I'm supposed to wear them for one season and then trade for whatever new detail they've added to them in the next season. Once I find a good fit, I try to wear those pants as long as I can. I don't need to move between high and low rise now that I know midrise is the best for me. Other repeats include the fatigue jacket, And my least favorite: shirts with sayings. I have plenty and most of the overflow has been gone to the re-sell shop. I find that on most days I don't feel like shouting a foreign quip to the world. Bien fait from Madewell was and still is great. As I said, a couple few is enough and they need to move on.
I work with different types of companies at any given time and dress according to the company culture. In recent times my corporate gear was very dressed down, but not to the point of graphic tees and sweatpants. However, I was surprised that my suits were sitting in the closet for almost a couple years. Ok, well I was pregnant in between there, but still. Things are changing in companies again, for whatever reason and I've worn more suits this year or at least suit jackets w/trousers & a blouse. So no, J. Crew, this...whatever...you're doing will probably not be gracing my fall wardrobe on the professional side. I appreciate the upcoming refined jewelry options, but probably wouldn't buy them from the collaborations at J. Crew. I would buy from a place like Nordstrom where there isn't a limit on the return policy. I don't plan on returning things after wearing them, but when there are quality questions in play it's good to have the option. On the upside, there are 2 dresses -- one crepe, one Super 120s -- that don't have the low-cut, gonna get you sent home-chest exposing issue.
If I had to pick my top 3 based on this catalog, I'd choose the quilted jacket in natural (catalog pic shows it in shadow), triple tassel necklace and toile sweatpants.
ETA: Ok, a comment from Cass reminded me of a thought I forgot to include. Lemme quickly think how to express it. Basically, (the probably non-pc sentiment is that) I don't want to dress like a boy. J Crew has a good number of outfits where either sex could wear them. I.e. a sweatshirt, buttonown, denim jacket, jeans and the only difference is heels, if a woman is in the oufit. Or if a female model is in those Adidas slides (similar), then the same look could just as well be a guy outfit.
JSR mentioned normcore on The Mothership, which I think I've heard of, but I'm not really keeping up w/the fads. Visit Lucky Mag's normcore slideshow, which includes the Adidas slides. Whatever it's called, the I'm-not-trying-hard and androgynous fashion combos are in and reflective of political times. Clearly this is a Let's Talk post about femininity, gender & gender identity that I may never get around to. I'm not even sure that I want to. So without overanalyzing or over clarifying, I'll just say that I like having clothes in my wardrobe that are made for a woman's body. If there are guys or transgender individuals that want to wear women's clothes, it doesn't bother, perturb or threaten me at all. Go for it. I appreciate clothes that aren't very tailored just as much as the non-tailored. However, I think there are sooo many options that lack shape & tailoring these days and far too many people in shorts & flip flops and pajamas that it's embarassing as a nation. Sometimes George & I are in similar looks and sometimes I've changed if we're going somewhere together. We don't need two of us in a buttondown plaid shirt and jeans together as often as it has occurred in the past. And that is all I have time for today.
2014 J. Crew Fall Collection images here if you haven't seen them.
So. Tell us what you really feel...