Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend Roundup

A really quick post this morning with today's ootd and a couple from the weekend.

Saturday AM

J Crew Striped Painter Tee
J Crew Factory Striped Weekend Cardigan
American Eagle Skinny Jeans
J Crew Frog Necklace
Soludos Striped Espadrilles

Saturday PM
J Crew Factory Striped Hoodie
American Eagle Skinny Jeans
Soludos Striped Espadrilles

Monday, Monday....
J Crew Tippi in Vibrant Flame
J Crew Scout Chino in Khaki
J Crew Skinny Leather Belt in Vibrant Flame
J Crew Frog Necklace
J Crew Leopard Patent Viv

Also to come, a few Crewlet reviews....the Factory Mirabel Dress, Seersucker shorts and the Casbah print scarf.  Stay tuned....

Friday, April 27, 2012

OOTD 4/26/2012 - Copy Cat

J Crew Jackie Cardi in Breeze
J Crew Natasha in Wildcat
Old Navy Skinny Jeans in Black
J Crew Camille Wedges

I totally stole today's look from the lovely Slastena at About All and Nothing At All.  She always looks fabulous and this outfit was no exception.  I love the pairing of leopard with the soft blue-green cardi.

Also today, I'm wearing my hair in a sock bun...yes, there's an actual sock in there.  Have you heard of it?  It's adorable and super simple....I just need a little more practice with the bobby pins.

I wish that I could have gotten some better pics for you...sorry! (But do you know how hard it is to take pictures over your shoulder?  :o))  If you're interested, check out The Other Emily.  She does a much better job!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

OOTD 4/26/2012 - Rock The Casbah

J Crew Crystal Frog Pendant Necklace
The sharif don't like it, Rock the Casbah, Rock the Casbah...What can I say, I was in high school in the 80's and this song was popular.  It will be stuck in my head now for the rest of the day! :o)

I just realized that I'm completely "factory-ied out."...the factory casbah, the factory thandie and the factory chambray schoolboy.  Love them all....if you missed them, here are my reviews.
The Factory Casbah Pencil Skirt
The Factory Thandie Sweater
The Factory Chambray Schoolboy Blazer

Also, if you like the Thandie, it is now available in sea mist (light aqua) and modern red (an orangey-red).

Hope everyone has a fabulous Thursday...hang on, we're almost there!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

OOTD 4/25/2012 - Spotted Fever

J Crew Spotted Cat Cardigan - Size S
J Crew Factory Striped Perfect Shirt in Blue - Size S
J Cew Cafe Capri in Warm Jade - Size 2
J Crew Serengeti Peep Toe- Pumps

Grrrr!  I may have taken my leopard love over the top today!  :o) 

I was in-store last week and ran across these cafe capris in jade on the sale rack with an additional 30% off...yes, please!  (J Crew kills me with their inconsistent pricing....these pants are still full price on-line.)  If you haven't tried these pants, I highly recommend them!  They have a slim, more tapered leg than the classic cafe capri and the color offerings are out of this world.  Everywhere you look these days, you see color, color, color...from fashion magazines to store windows, it's all about color.  These pants would be a great way to dabble in the trend.

Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Sunshine Award

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Award!  Thank you to Laura from Who Planned This for thinking of me.  I am truly honored to be able to bring a bit of "sunshine" into someone's day!

Sunshine Award rules:
  • Include the award’s logo in a post on your blog.
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers.
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.
Answers to the 10 questions about myself:
  1. My favorite color: Currently, it's orange and if you frequent my blog, you probably already know this.  (I even have orange nail polish on my toes right now!  OPI's A Roll in the Hague...I highly recommend it.  :o))
  2. My favorite animal: Oh, I LOVE animals period!  I've always wanted a pig but I haven't been able to talk my husband into that just yet.  I guess if I have to choose just one, I'll choose the good 'ole dog...loyal and always there when you need a friend! 
  3. My favorite number: 7 – In Hebrew, it means full, complete, good and perfect.
  4. My favorite drink: Starbuck's Salted Caramel die for!
  5. Facebook or Twitter: Neither...I may be the only person in the world not logging on to one of these. 
  6. My passion: On a Serious note: My son!   On a superficial note: J Crew!
  7. Prefer giving or getting presents: Can I choose both?  I love giving gifts and who doesn't love receiving.
  8. My favorite pattern: Stripes, stripes and more stripes!
  9. My favorite day of the week: Saturday
  10. My favorite flower: Tulips
And for bringing sunshine right to my laptop every day, here are my Nominations for the Sunshine Award:

  1. 1 More Shopping Blog - An awesome resource for clothing reviews.
  2. A JC Shopping Habit - We share the same J Crew OBSESSION.
  3. About All and Nothing At All - Another great resource for irl pics, clothing reviews and outfit inspiration.  I don't know if she knows it or not, but she was one of the first blogs that I began following...and the rest is history!  :o)
  4. Crazy For Crew - Another Crew Addict (thus the name).  She is currently living in Spain and we connected through blogging...get this, as it turns out, she is originally from the same city in NC where I work.  Talk about a small world!
  5. Ina In Wonderland - My friend from Germany who shares my passion for J Crew. (Are you seeing a pattern, here? :o))
  6. Jcrewismyfavstore - Another lady who's drinking the Crewlade!
  7. Musings on The Mountain - Love to check out her daily outfit posts!
  8. Respect The Shoes - Love this chick!  She has fabulous style, is a master at accessorizing and always has a thought provoking post.
  9. Shopping With M - An excellent resource for clothing reviews, as well as, current promotions and sales....this girl's on top of things!  :o)
  10. Viva la Beagle - Another of the J Crew obsessed and she has a cute puppy on her blog!

I hope these blogs bring a bit of sunshine into your day too!

OOTD 4/24/2012 - Happy Birthday, Baby

Gap Striped Sweater Blazer- Size S
J Crew Cotton Contrast Perfect Shirt- Size 6
J Crew Wool Cafe Capri in Maraschino Cherry- Size 4
Ann Taylor Loft Irene Mid-Heel in Tropical Sand

Eighteen years ago today, my baby was born...and even though he's all grown up, he's still my baby!  I love him more than words can say!  For all of you ladies out there who are in the midst of late night feedings, temper tantrums, bad attitudes and the like....this too, shall pass!  Eighteen years will fly, so enjoy every one of them!

Friday, April 20, 2012

OOTD 4/20/2012 - Fashion On A Budget

Sure you can!  Be fashionable, that is, without spending a fortune.  Today's outfit is proof positive!

Here's the run-down:
-Target Chambray Shirt   $9
-Old Navy Sweater   $15
-J Crew Bubble Necklace via Ebay  $15
-American Eagle Jeans $30

Under $70 without the shoes.  (which by the way, are old Ann Taylor Loft).  Sometimes we have this mindset that we have to spend a mint in order to be fashionable, but with so many great retailers out there, that's just not the case.  Target and Old Navy are both great options for on trend but yet affordable attire.  Have you shopped either of these retailers recently?  What other stores offer fashionable and affordable clothing/accessories?

I hope everyone has a blessed Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

OOTD 4/19/2012 - Bright and Dotty

Today's look is inspired from one of J Crew's April catalog ensembles.  As I was perusing the latest catalog, I was instantly drawn to this pairing in all of its polka dot and bright colored glory so I immediately scurried off to the closet to see what I could pull together in an effort to re-create this look. 

Here's what I came up with....

Crew Jackie Cardi in Bright Blue - Size M
Land's End Canvas Peat Dot Shirt - Size S
J Crew No. 2 Double Serge Cotton Pencil Skirt in Warm Jade - Size 4
J Crew Serengeti Peep Toe Pumps

Just an fyi...the No. 2 Double Serge Cotton Pencil Skirt in warm jade on-line reads more teal, when in fact, irl the color is definitely more green (or jade) as the name suggests.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

OOTD 4/18/2012 - Baubles and Sequins

J Crew Factory Chambray Schoolboy Blazer - Size 4
J Crew Factory Sequin Stripe Henley - Size S
J Crew Wool Cafe Trouser in Heathered Acorn - Size 4
J Crew Bubble Necklace (via Ebay)
J Crew Teuta Peep Toe Pumps in Orange

O spring, spring, wherefore art thou spring?  The NC weather has turned cool and rainy...but I refuse to go back to winter attire. (stomps foot)  Today's outfit is my attempt to be both warm and yet "spring-like".

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Reviews: Factory Casbah Pencil Skirt and Icon Trench

I paid the Crewlet a visit this weekend and came home with the Casbah Pencil Skirt in tow.

The colors are absolutely gorgeous...blues, greens, brown and black! The possibilities for this skirt are endless.

The fit is tts to a touch small. My normal size 4 was a bit tighter than some of my other pencils in the same size, but not enough so that I felt the need to size up.

Also, the Factory Icon Trench....

All in all, it seemed fairly well made and the fit was tts.  (I swing between 4 and 6 in coats and jackets and the 4 was a perfect fit)  It is fully lined and hit my 5' 5 1/2" frame three or four inches above the knee.

Have you paid the Crewlet a visit lately?

OOTD 4/17/2012 - Kickin' It Old School

Ann Taylor Loft V-Neck Cardigan in Black - Size S
J Crew Joelle Blouse in Royal Purple (From Spring 2008) - Size 4
J Crew Domino Jacquard Pencil Skirt (From Fall 2008)- Size 6
J Crew Leather Bow Slingback Pumps

Today I'm wearing one of my all-time favorite skirts from J Crew.  I passed on it initially only to realize, "OMG...What Was I Thinking!!"  After many hours spent searching ebay, I was finally able to score one about a year ago.  (It was time well spent!  :o))

This skirt is a classic!  If you can lay your hands on one, I highly recommend it!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chambray For Work And Play

One of the items that every closet needs is a chambray shirt.  Talk about a work-horse!  It goes with almost everything, can be dressed up or down and even better, you don't have to spend a fortune...mine actually came off of the Target clearance rack. ($9)

Here are two examples....


J Crew Forever Cardigan in Light Spearmint - Size S
Merona for Target Chambray Shirt - Size S
J Crew Seersucker Pencil Skirt - Size 4
J Crew Viv Leopard Flats


Merona for Target Chambray Shirt - Size S
American Eagle Skinnys - Size 4
J Crew Bubble Necklace (via Ebay)
Michael Kors Loafers

Do you have a chambray shirt in your closet?  If so, is it in high rotation like mine?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Little Of This, A Little Of That

A couple ootds...

J Crew Featherweight Cardi in Navy - Size S
J Crew Factory Stripe Perfect Shirt in Blue - Size S
J Crew Matchstick Jeans - Size 27
Target Pearl Cluster Necklace
J Crew Driving Moccasins in Kelly Green

J Crew Spotted Cat Cardi - Size S
J Crew Factory Perfect Shirt in White - Size S
J Crew Wool Cafe Capri in Yacht Blue - Size 4
J Crew Skinny Leather Belt in Glazed Hazelnut - Size S
Target Pearl Cluster Necklace
Cole Haan Tortoise Pumps

Also, I ran across some cute shoes at Old Navy.  (All ran tts)

I especially loved the orangey-red and the green with polka dots but these also came in black, as well as, cream.



This last pair is somewhat reminiscent of J Crew's Viv.  I've actually got my eye on the leather viv's in rooftop red...but if they're not in your budget or you can't wait for a sale, these would be an excellent substitute.

Have you visited Old Navy lately?

Friday, April 6, 2012

OOTD 4/6/2012 - Parisian Chic

J Crew Tippi in Navy - Size XS
Old Navy Leopard Scarf
American Eagle Skinny Jeans in White - Size 4
J Crew Deseree Leather Sandals

I read Ines de la Fressange's book, "Parisian Chic: A Style Guide" where she offers pointers on how to dress like a Parisian.  A couple of her must have items for your closet are a navy sweater and a pair of white jeans.  So today I went Parisian chic, paired the two together and accessorized with one of my favorite scarves....the look is classic, timeless and effortless. 

I hope everyone has a blessed Easter weekend!