Friday, September 4, 2015

J Crew Factory IRL pic & review guide (Sep - Dec 2015)


Irl Pic Reviews

Crewcuts
Casey cardigan  ($59.50) - Quickpic (bottom of post) - The ones I've purchased for Mini G have worn very well. Only one flaw and that was one of the J. Crew labels became unstitched inside the neck. No quality issues on the wear, though. Her size 2s lasted for a long time. I just bought a round of size 3s. She's 36 in tall, so I stayed w/the size chart and got a 3 for her because 4-5 would be way too big.


Accessories/Handbags/
Leather envelope clutch ($78) - henna, metallic silver & pale gold reviewed
Neon pendant necklace ($98) - $39.97 in-store on 11/15 - review
Quilted envelope clutch ($98) - review


Jewelry
Brass-plated crystal necklace ($54.50) - review
Crystal-lined scallop necklace (SP15, $42.50) - review
Crystal teardrop necklace (SP15, $36.50) - review
Crystals necklace ($69.50) - review
Embellished rope necklace (SP15, $64.50) - review
Geometric centerpiece necklace  ($21.99) - review
Geometric collage necklace (SP15, $64.50) - review
Gold-plated chainlink necklace ($69.50) - I've worn this quite a bit - review (scroll down) & Gigi's Gear
Mixed-media chord necklace ($29.99) - $29.97 in-store on 4/1 - review
Tortoise and crystal necklace  ($27.99) - own & love this necklace - review


Shoes/
Addie printed loafers ($53.99) - stripes! - on Audreybella
Addie suede loafers ($98) - I wear 7.5 and fit 7.5 in the retail Darby version. In the Addie, I tried 8 first and it was comfortable, but possibly a little loose. I only tried the shoe on my slightly bigger foot. I felt that if the 8s stretched out, they would start slipping off my foot. Then I tried the 7.5. They fit exactly and were just a little tight. I checked the toe room in both and I would probably go with the 7.5 and count on them stretching out with shoe stretcher spray. There's also one by Kiwi, but I don't know if it's aerosol or pump. The one I have (not by Kiwi) is a pump and I like that. I usually only spray the upper inside of the shoe and try to not get it on the sole. It sees like there would be less control wtih aerosol. -  Pic of navy
* Double-strap slides (SP15, $54.50) - review


Jackets/Outerwear
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Bonded trenchcoat (FA15, $54.50) - review
Wool varsity bomber jacket ($88.99) - review


Dresses
A-line ponte dress (SP15) - I saw this after I came out of the fitting room. The color is so, so pale. It looks a lot like a tennis dress. No pockets, fyi. It's not cotton like the pleated ponte dresses mentioned below. The fabric felt a little odd. Polyester-y, I guess?
Colorblock ponte dress (FA14) ($29.99 & $39.99) review
Crepe short sleeve dress (SP15, $108) - review
Diamond print basketweave dress - review
Nautical knit dress - On sale for $39.97 in-store on 4/1. I bought this one. #stripesick - review
Pleated ponte dress (SP15, $89.50) - review
Pleated ponte dress in stripe (SP15, $98) - review
Printed textured cotton dress (SP15) - This is the navy & green photofloral print. I own the retail skirt and am not sure if I want to keep it for this year, so I ordered a 8P in this dress, which I'm still waiting to receive. Yesterday I was able to try a 6 and it's a nice sheath. The skirt on the retail photo floral dress was flouncy and not a straight pencil style. The sheath style is less voluminous on me than the skirt portion of the retail. I swear the lining is cotton. I do know that the exterior is. I'll have the accurate deets when I review it.
Schuyler candy wrap dress ($68.99) - review
Short-sleeve basketweave dress (SP15, $118) - review
Tipped ponte dress (FA14) ($29.99) - Reviews of navy and red currant


Denim/Pants/Shorts
3" printed boardwalk pull-on short (SP15, $56.50) - I got the ripe kiwi -> review
5" cotton short ($39.50) - review
5" oxford short ($44.50) - review
Basketweave short in scattered dot (SP15, $59.50) - review
Denim roll-up short in white ($19.99)
Drapey pant (SP15, $88) - review
Frankie chino ($69.50) - review
Frankie chino in tuxedo stripe ($24.99) - review
Gigi pant ($84.50) - on Shopping Obsession
* Linen-cotton drawstring pants (SP15, $68) - review - I got these in navy, 6. They're the same fit as the printed linen-cotton drawstring pants, reviewed below.
Linen-cotton drawstring pants chambray, (SP15) - Given that I liked the fit of the solid color and got the navy (listed directly above), I thought I might get these. I passed because I wanted them to be darker.
Midrise skinny jean in distressed indigo ($43.99) - on Audreybella
Pleated short ($49.50) review (scroll down)
Printed linen-cotton drawstring pants (SP15) - These have a batik look and feel to them. They kind of made me think of something you might find at an African booth, at the flea market. The print is good. It didn't do anything for my height. I decided to size down, for some reason. The 4s fit, but they didn't look great. There was no 6 and the 8s seemed to fit, but I didn't feel excited by them, so I returned the 4. Thumbsup, though.
Skimmer pant ($64.50) - 1 More Shopping Blog
Skimmer pant in cotton oxford ($69.50) - review
Skimmer pant in wool ($29.99 & $43.99) - review
Skinny ankle jean ($79.50) - review
Skinny ankle jean in white ($79.50) - on Stethoscopes, Style & Grace
Skinny zipper jean ($41.99) - pack green $49.97 in-store on 11/15
Slim-stretch wool pant ($42.99 & $43.99) - review
Slim utility chino ($24.99, $29.99 & $36.99) - review
Straight and narrow jean ($79.50) - cherish wash $29.99 in-store earlier this year review and a newer review here
Winnie pant in stretch twill ($72.50) - review


Skirts/
Flared skirt ($78) - review
Pencil skirt in double-serge cotton with pleats ($75) - review (black & succulent green)
Pleated (wool) mini (FA14, $74.50) - review
Printed cotton sateen mini ($28.99) - review
Printed-linen cotton mini ($19.99) - incl the roller girl print - review
Printed pencil skirt in stretch cotton ($34.99) - reviewed review review
Shirttail mini in houndstooth (FA14, $79.50) - review
Swingy stretch mini ($16.99) - review


Sweaters/Sweatshirts/
Airspun baseball sweater in colorblock (2nd cut to $24.99)  - review
Airspun waffle beach sweater (SP15) - Qualitywise, it's a factory version of something we'd see in retail. Who knows how it will wear. Will it pill easily? We don't know. But I'm pretty sure I gave it a thumbsup. I tried heather natural in S. It looks a bit like a henley pullover online, but it definitely reads as a sweater irl.
Always cardigan ($39.50) - review
Clare cardigan ($49.50) - Review of champagne and heather grey
Clare cardigan in seahorse ($33.99) - $29.97 in-store noted way back on 7/3/14
Cotton floral crochet sweater (HO14, $79.50) - review
Embroidered anchor Teddie sweater (SP15) - It's thin/lightweight. The arms were snug in the S. I would go for a M for overall look & comfort.
Fleece hoodie ($24.99) - review
Merino Charley sweater ($88) - select colors (incl vintage aqua/VAQ) $44.97 in-store on 11/15
Merino mesh-sleeve sweater (SP15, $75) - review
Necklace sweatshirt ($39.99) - review
Side-zip sweater (SP15, $79.50) - review
Warmspun cardigan sweater with ribbed sleeves (FA15, $78) - review
Warmspun colorblock zip sweater ($24.99 & $43.99) - review
Warmspun waffle sweater in stripe ($24.99 & $41.99) - review


Tops/
Birds collector tee  ($39.50) - Instapic
Classic button-down shirt in flannel (FA14) ($33.99) - acropolis blue and mustard grey
Classic button-down shirt in suckered plaid ($64.50)  - $29.97 in-store noted 5/1
Classic chambray shirt ($68) - review
Draped henley tunic (FA14, $98) - review
Embroidered tunic top (SP15) - This one is long. The size S fit, but the silhouette wasn't right. The XS also fit and looked better in the shoulders. The best size for me (5'0") would be PM. It runs long. I don't remember my thumb rating, but they've done better versions of this style on the factory side. The quality has gone down a notch in some cases, if you can believe it.
Eyelet tee (SP15, $79.50) - review
Flutter sleeve top (SP15, $69.50) - review
Lace tunic (HO14, $84.50) - review
Layering v-neck tee ($26.50) - navy and white reviewed
Linen lace tee (SP15, $75) - review - thumbsup
Lovely sweatshirt (SP15) - The S ran a little relaxed. The arms are regular to a bit longer in length. The XS fit, but wasn't doing me any favors. Get your usual alpha size, unless you want a tighter look and fit. The lovely is spelled out in lace. I was expecting it to look a little like graffiti or like partially erased chalk. This was a return for me. I have enough sweatshirts and 'almost' hasn't been cutting it in many cases, lately.
Merci beaucoup collector tee ($6.99) - Not the same fabric as other collector tees. Horrible - review
Metallic ski collector tee ($18.99) - review
Ponte peplum top (short sleeve) ($34.99) - $39.97 in-store on 11/15
Printed cross-back drapey top ($74.50) - review 
Printed embroidered peasant top (HO14, $75) - review
Printed tuxedo cami ($69.50) - review
Printed voile popover ($64.50) - cobblestone (review #4) and polka dot (review #2)
Racerback camisole ($49.50) - on lolcatgurl
Scalloped collar top in geometric dot ($38.99)
Stretch classic button-down shirt ($54.50) - select colors (incl vintage aqua/VAQ) $29.97 in-store on 11/15 review 
Stripe shirt  (SU15, $64.50) - review
Striped swing top with zip back (SU15, $64.50) - review
Swing top with zip back (SU15, $59.50) - review
Three quarter sleeve lace front tee (HO14, $59.50) - review
Two-pocket denim shirt ($38.99) - review 
Woven-back swing tee (HO14, $39.50) - review


I like

Double-strap slides (SP15, $54.50) - bought these - review
Drapey pant (SP15, $88) - review
Gold-plated chainlink necklace ($69.50) - I've worn this a ton. For over a year now. Great necklace - Gigi's Gear
Isabelle pumps - I really love the Isbaelle fit and comfort, even though they're not leather. Review of the hummingbird floral printed Isabelles on 1060 Pairs from March 2014. I bought the current Ikat print and love them.
Pleated ponte dress in stripe ($98)
Printed textured cotton dress ($118)
Crystal-lined scallop necklace ($42.50) - review


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

J Crew Factory printed sleeveless blouse, homespun popover & Sydney pull-on pant reviews

One
Factory printed sleeveless blouse (FA15, C9701, $69.50) runs 00 - 16. Machine wash cold, inside out. Tumble dry low. Color choices for each print are called oxbow blue and black (BLA), which is a herringbone print.

Size 4 - oxbow blue - The polyester on this top on the mid-weight side, not thin. I do kind of wish the flowers were a little bit bigger and maybe even more spaced out just a little bit so you could get a better idea of the design. Yes it's polyester, but it would look good underneath a suit. The only problem is if you need to take your jacket off and it's bad etiquette to show your arms. In the corporate work I do and even in commercial, arms are a no-no.

The size 4 good, which is the smaller of my two sizes. For size reference, I'm 5'0" and 34DD. It's not a personal buy for me because I either already have J. Crew tops that pair well with suits or I'm finding new ones at Forever 21, like this one ($14.90, sz S) that I wear to auditions with a grey Ann Taylor suit.


The Feeling



Two
Factory homespun popover (FA15, C8263, $64.50) runs XXS - XXL. 100% cotton. Made in Mauritius. The color is called barnett blue (BBL).

Size S - This one made me think of menswear, but sized down to fit a woman. The cloth was sturdy. White/blue/red print. True to size for me. The S fit well.


The Feeling

Three
Factory Sydney pull-on pant (FA15, $88) run 00 - 16 (C8389) and petite P00 - P12 (C8595). 100% polyester. Dry clean. Made in the Philippines. Color choices are black (BLA), deep burgundy (DBU) and night shadow (NSH).

Size 6 - deep burgundy - I haven't purchased any of J. Crew's polyester jogging pants because they remind me of granny pants.

I usually don't like zippers but they do give the pants a little bit of design and edge. The pleats aren't horrible, but they will not work for everyone.  I do love the burgundy color. And the elastic bottom also gives them some sense of style.


They fit true to size. I would get the 6.  The pants have a cloth like feel as opposed to a scratchy,  polyester feel. I'm not flatly against poly pants, but it's not my first choice.


The Feeling
The style can be found cheaper, elsewhere. Good color, though, and fit as expected. 




Factory Promo
The Labor Day Weekend promo started on Wednesday, 9/2. 50% off storewide & online, no code needed.

Bonded trench (currently $84) - review

Long belted puffer (currently $99) - I have the retail version in XS. I don't wear it often, but when I do, I'm so grateful for it. Big thumbsup. 

Metallic elephant sweatshirt (currently $39) - I have this in S and really like it. I haven't been able to wear it yet because it's too hot. It's more forgiving than the retail gold elephant t-shirt from last year (review).

Quilted puffer vest (currently $49) - I decided on size XS in these last year and have been happy with the choice to size down one. They juuuust zip, but I usually wear them unzipped most of the time. The S was too big under the arms. If you wear many layers and/or chunky sweaters, you might want to go with your usual alpha size. I'm wearing navy in this Instapic.

Shawl collar cardigan sweater (currently $44) - The cut of this looks like the rib-stitch cardigan from FA14 (review). This sweater is cotton, too. I'd expect it to be lighter in weight than the retail. 

Textured D'Orsay pumps (currently $69) - I had to see this and currently have them. They're lovely. I wear 7.5 and took my usual, J. Crew pump size of 8. They fit like the Factory Isabelle pumps. 


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

J Crew Factory warmspun cardigan sweater with ribbed sleeves review


J Crew Factory warmspun cardigan sweater with ribbed sleeves (FA15, C8699, $78) runs XXS - XL. Color choices are black, deep forest and heather dusk. 37% viscose, 35% nylon, 28% merino wool. Hand wash cold. Do not wring or twist. Lay flat to dry. Warm iron as needed.

Size S - heather dusk - The S felt a little big in the arms and a little long. I love the heather dusk. It's comfortable and I like the long cardi look/style. I am 5'0" to give you an idea of sizing.



Size S - black - The XS was a better fit. It fit closer to the body. If you notice, it looks liek the cardigan is tapering in towards the middle. That's the case and not an illusion. The ce

The scale of the ribbing on the sleeves is larger than the ribbing on the body of the sweater.  Also, there's a slight drop shoulder which, actually doesn't bother me in this case The regular small gives more room to layer a buttondown underneath. The question is whether or not there will be pilling problems on this one.


The Feeling
I would go with sz S, so tts, imo. Nice basic.



Factory Promo
The Labor Day Weekend promo started on Wednesday, 9/2. 50% off storewide & online, no code needed.

Bonded trench (currently $84) - review

Long belted puffer (currently $99) - I have the retail version in XS. I don't wear it often, but when I do, I'm so grateful for it. Big thumbsup. 

Metallic elephant sweatshirt (currently $39) - I have this in S and really like it. I haven't been able to wear it yet because it's too hot. It's more forgiving than the retail gold elephant t-shirt from last year (review).

Quilted puffer vest (currently $49) - I decided on size XS in these last year and have been happy with the choice to size down one. They juuuust zip, but I usually wear them unzipped most of the time. The S was too big under the arms. If you wear many layers and/or chunky sweaters, you might want to go with your usual alpha size. I'm wearing navy in this Instapic.

Shawl collar cardigan sweater (currently $44) - The cut of this looks like the rib-stitch cardigan from FA14 (review). This sweater is cotton, too. I'd expect it to be lighter in weight than the retail. 

Textured D'Orsay pumps (currently $69) - I had to see this and currently have them. They're lovely. I wear 7.5 and took my usual, J. Crew pump size of 8. They fit like the Factory Isabelle pumps. 
Reviews - printed sleeveless blouse, homespun popover (thumbsup) & Sydney pull-on pants


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

J Crew Factory bonded trench coat review


J Crew Factory bonded trench coat (FA15, $168) runs 00 - 20 (C8511) and petite P00 - P12 (C8602). The color is called dark desert (DDE). Made in Vietnam. 100% cotton. Dry clean.

Size 4 - I usually wear 4 or 6P in J. Crew coats, and this fit exactly. I've been having Crohn's flares, so it looked a little tight when I buttoned it. It didn't feel uncomfortable not was it an ill fit, though. In order to be able to get a sweater under it, I'd go for a 6. If I only wanted to wear it in spring or fall where I only need a thin sleeve, I'd get the 4. For size reference, I'm 5'0", 34DD and 39" hip.

The fabric is very sturdy. There are anchors etched into the buttons. It's a subtle design. I liked it. Not aligning that you can pull apart from the body of the jacket. Color isn't right for me size or if it if I don't know I can talk underneath. I recommend going with your usual size. I would pick size 6. I like the last at the wrist. Could be a problem for someone that is taller.



I usually don't like this wide of a lapel on a trench given my height, but it works on this jacket. The elastic hem at the sleeves works well, too. Another little twist I wouldn't expect to like. If you have longer arms, the elastic might come up a bit short. Probably something you experience on a regular basis. I'm mentioning it because the elastic might exacerbate the irritation factor for you.


Here's the back, which wasn't particularly exciting. No storm flap. Plain. The pic on the right is the interior fabric, which is a knit. The exterior feels like a canvas. Remember, the jacket is 100% cotton. The interior didn't stick to my blouse as an online reviewer described on the website. It was a non-issue for me.



The Feeling
I wouldn't expect to like the elastic at the sleeve hem, but I did. The fit felt great overall. The color didn't  work for me, which I was bummed about. I would have purchased it.



More Factory

Long belted puffer - I have the retail version in XS. I don't wear it often, but when I do, I'm so grateful for it. Big thumbsup. 

Metallic elephant sweatshirt - I have this in S and really like it. I haven't been able to wear it yet because it's too hot. It's more forgiving than the retail gold elephant t-shirt from last year (review).

Quilted puffer vest - I decided on size XS in these last year and have been happy with the choice to size down one. They juuuust zip, but I usually wear them unzipped most of the time. The S was too big under the arms. If you wear many layers and/or chunky sweaters, you might want to go with your usual alpha size. I'm wearing navy in this Instapic.

Shawl collar cardigan sweater - The cut of this looks like the rib-stitch cardigan from FA14 (review). This sweater is cotton, too. I'd expect it to be lighter in weight than the retail. 

Textured D'Orsay pumps - I had to see this and currently have them. They're lovely. I wear 7.5 and took my usual, J. Crew pump size of 8. They fit like the Factory Isabelle pumps. 
Reviews - printed sleeveless blouse, homespun popover (thumbsup) & Sydney pull-on pants

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Little Mermaid Party Ideas


As a creative person, I love DIY. When I'm in a mode or get into a zone, I come up with designs of my own. But aint nobody got alotta time for that. Mostly, I see something I like and mimic it to fit whatever color scheme I need it for. I was forced to be creative when replicating designs when DIY-ing for our wedding because YouTube and blogs didn't exist like they do today. As a result, I had some pretty unique things for our wedding. Nowadays you can find a tutorial for whatever design idea you see online. And I lean on them.

I priced tassel garlands for Mini's party and felt that the price I would have to pay for a custom one could easily be beat by tissue paper from the Dollar Tree. I was right. What I rarely factor in is the amount of time it's going to take to complete a task and where I'm going to get that time from. That's a different type of cost.

But there I was last nite, working with light blue, metallic blue and pink tissue paper, similar to this strand. Mini has seen some of the decoration ideas, but I didn't show her this one. At first I was thinking whyyyyy did I think this was a good idea? Then I went thru some YouTube videos that I had saved for later and listened to them while tasseling. The time flew. I stayed up until 2:30 am, twisting a bunch of them.  She better love it.




Mini G did not like this. I was sorely disappointed. I'd been scouting out prices online and in-person, plus deciding what technique to try. I think long and hard before I commit to how I'm going to execute. I cannot stand having to scrap materials and begin again. It's probably better that she didn't like this one.



I showed her this one, too. I was able to get very clear diy directions for it. But it was vetoed. You better believe I paid attention to what she said. I will not run the risk of her showing up to the party and throwing herself on the grass because her 4-year old self doesn't like something. However, she's been in a emotional maturing growth spurt as of the past 2 wks, so I'm pretty sure we're going to be ok with what I've decided for the final decor picks.



She absolutely loooved this one. Um, no. Even if I only created the tent portion and ignored the cushions, all that fabric would cost a lot of money. Maybe when she's 13. 




She didn't like this one, but she's getting it anyway. I hope I can pull it off balloons-in-netting on the inside of our pop-up tent. George is going to pop it up in the street tonite so I can measure it. I got the net from Hobby Lobby. It's brown. I was thinking of spray painting it white or metallic, but decided not to.



How cute is this? A parent is behind the cardboard and hooks a little price onto the stick. I've seen it at a carnival. Maybe you have. She didn't know what it was when she saw the pic, but she liked it. I vetoed it because...finding cardboard and painting. Not to mention the cutouts. 





Instead of the fishing game, above, I'm going to spend time towards decorating our hallway like this. We've done a birthday entrance for her the past couple of years. This one will be really fun. 

Last nite, the first tassel garland poms I made were purple. I then realized I needed to do blue/pink or blue/orange. I'll do blue & green in the hall, then put the purple tassels at the end of the hall, in the house. Somehow. Thank goodness George is good with color and ideas and will help. 





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