Monday, July 23, 2012

J. Crew - New Arrivals and Sale Goodies

My hubby and I were traveling for a night away from our precious little lady (which happens about once a year) and of course I had to take a moment to visit a bigger J Crew! Having the time away was so relaxing - it's hard to realize just how much time and energy you spend focusing on your child. We had perfect weather and a relaxing day of strolling and people watching, what else could you ask for?

On a side note - I had such a funny experience. I had been interested in trying on the double serge cotton mini and found it displayed in the regular price section. Upon trying it on I asked the SA, "Isn't this on sale online?" She said, "Oh good for you - yes it is and if a customer comes in knowing that we are happy to honor the price but otherwise we don't like to advertise it."
I had 2 thoughts:
1) Wow. So glad I know about these things through awesome blogs like J Crew Aficionada and Gigi's Gone Shopping
2) Isn't that unfair that some other person will come in and pay $89.50 for it when I just paid about $30 (with educator discount)?
Left a bad taste in my mouth.
Anyway... on to the reviews!

Tippi Sweater in Heart Me in Cove Dusk (XXS)
Very cute. I can do the XS or XXS in the Tippi Sweater - just depends on how fitted I want it. I really bothers me that the heart is sort of lop-sided. I understand why the design is this way - a straight up heart could be sort of cheesy while a slightly asymmetric one is more interesting or "fashionable" - but it makes me look like there is something wrong with one of my boobs.

The colors are much more muted than they appear on the website. The size 4 was definitely the right choice. I didn't find it too full on the hips and the pleats laid well. It is extremely expensive even with the 40% and I just felt like the print didn't do anything for me.

Classic Mini in Double-Serge Cotton in Natural (size 2 and size 4 respectively) 

This is adorable and so well made. I think it will transition well into fall with some tights and cozy sweaters and boots. I did end up sizing up to the 4. The 2 rode closer to my natural waist making it shorter and thus less age appropriate. The 4 fit slightly below the waist and looked a little less scandalous. Purchased in the Bright Spearmint - will wear with Lustrous Blue Tippi.

When I saw these in a size 2 for $29.99 in store I thought - perfect! But they are seriously dumpy on. I have heard they run big but they fit well - they just weren't flattering to my thighs.

I do see why everyone loves this jacket. The XS fit in a flattering way but also had a enough room for a sweater underneath. It's really cute. I have something similar from LECanvas so I cannot justify it but I do like it. Notice the slim arms? That is a real plus.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend. I think I'm ready for the promos to stop!

Next up: Madewell Reviews and Anthro Reviews!


  1. I think I may be becoming a Downtown field jacket convert! I think this looks really sharp on you! And I agree about the salesperson - not really fair, IMO.

    1. Thank you! I really liked it. Yes I think the price game JC plays is pretty unfair although I am glad to be on the savvy side of it.

  2. Do the slim arms in the downtown field jacket mean you couldn't fit a long-sleeve sweater under it? Or maybe just a Jackie?

    1. I didn't try the jacket on with a sweater but I think it would be fine with one. The arms were only slim in an attractive way, I don't think they would be restrictive. Next time I go maybe I'll try it on with a sweater. HTH!

  3. I almost bought the jacket last year. I'm seriously considering it. I was hoping to get it on sale, but missed out.
    It looks so good on you. Did you see the moss brown color? I can't decide which color I like better.

    1. I didn't see the moss brown but partially because I love navy. It's a lovely jacket and I imagine it will sell well again this year.

  4. It's so cool to see someone in the silk kerchief paisley skirt. Great reviews. I have the downtown field from 2009 in XS and wish I'd gotten a S for lightweight sweater considerations. Ah well.

    1. Thanks! I think if I had excess money to blow on something I would consider it but alas that is not the case! I'm still sort of kicking myself for missing out on the pleated skirt in ashbury floral.