J.Crew popped up a few great Spring New Arrivals today and you can get and additional 25% off most of them with code GETSHOPPING. Quick picks I’m eyeing are the Sheath Dress in Fringy Lace, Linen Bermuda Short and the Tippi Short-Sleeve Sweater in Berry Print. I really loved a lot from this roll-out so I’m excited to see them IRL. I do have some fitting room pictures from the last rollout that are below.

~ Western Chambray Shirt in Vintage Indigo, size 8 ~
~ Cropped Silk Pant in Foulard, size 6 ~

The shirt fit snug in the arms so I would definitely need a size 10. I think this runs a little small so that size may not even fit. I like the snap-shell buttons and the color is a nice faded indigo. I do like this better untucked but that just could be a sizing issue. The pants were nice and the size 6 fit me fairly well. There is some bunching in the front but that’s really due to the elastic waist. The length is full to-the-floor on me. I like the print though it wouldn’t fit in my daily wear items.

~ Drake’s for J.Crew Bell-Sleeve Top in Giraffe Print, size 6 ~
~ Boyfriend Chino Pant, Honey Brown, size 6 ~

The size 6 fit in this Giraffe Print shirt but it added weight in the front. The bell-sleeves did hit me just below the wrist though the sleeve is a little more 3/4 on the model image. The shirt does look better un-buttoned but overall was just oddly fitting for me. The pants also fit me in the size 6. The size 8 would have a been a bit looser through the legs and probably really big in the waist. I think a Petite 8 would be the best fit overall.

~ Gathered Popover Shirt in Vintage Plaid, size 8 ~

I usually do take a size 8 in popovers so this fit TTS for me. I liked the look of the colors in the vintage plaid but not so much IRL or on me. Still, the colors are great for Spring especially under a Navy Blazer.

~ Striped V-Neck Sweater in Summerweight Cotton, Small ~

This cute sweater is a relaxed fit so the Small fit well. I like the navy/ivory combo for Spring. The sweater is very comfortable and lightweight. I could wear this through the Spring though I think our Summer will get here early. We’ve had a really warm Winter this year.

~ Tippi Sweater with Tortoise Critter, Medium ~

This little turtle is smelling a little bitty flower. It’s so cute but the color washes me out. Both the turtle and flower have an embroidered detail and outline.

~ Pop-Stripe Dress, size 8 ~

I really loved the skirt in this pattern but I knew I would not wear it very often so I haven’t purchased it. The dress was in store so I thought I’d try it on. I grabbed my normal size 8 it did not fit. I really doubted I dropped a whole dress size and online reviews confirm this dress runs  a size large. It’s loose through the chest and the waist. I definitely need an 8 Petite or even a size 6. I am disappointed this is polyester.

I ended up ordering the Western Chambray Shirt in a size 10. I’m hoping it fits and doesn’t run small. I’m a bit behind on the blog just due to a big work project, prepping for some upcoming travel and concentrating on my fitness journey. I’ll have reviews later this week of new arrivals.

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Banana Republic is having a Friends & Family offer through Monday. You can take 50% off up to 5 full-priced items with code BRFAMILY. Cardmembers can take an additional 10% off with code BRCARD. There are exclusions with the BRFAMILY code that include sale, BR Picks, cashmere and leather. But everything else is available at 50% off.

I ordered the Heritage Wide-Leg Crop Pant. I have the same pant in wool in both Navy and Ivory and have worn both quite a bit through “Winter”. I’m struggling with finding things to wear in my closet that I really love. I know these pants work for me and the gray color is a good neutral to go with tops and shoes. A linen-blend will also be perfect for the Spring transition. I also purchased the Chambray Off-Shoulder Dress. It has the fit-and-flare style I love and it looks like off-the-shoulder is here for another year. I purchased several sandals last year from J.Crew that should spice up the chambray.

Even though there are exclusions, this is a really great sale to shop. I really thought about the Embroidered Jeans but Husband already calls me Punky Brewster when I wear my two Pilcro jeans, the Bejeweled and the Embroidered, so I didn’t want to give him anymore ammunition. 🙂

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I apologize for dropping the ball on getting the Banana Republic reviews out to you. Good news is there is another 40% off promo, no code needed, both in-store and online. Bad news is that it ends today. Bonus news is I was able to try on a few more items so this post will be lengthy.

~ Pink Tweed Fringe Blazer, size 8 ~

Out of all the pink tweed fringe items this blazer was the one I liked the most. The fringe is around the cuffs and edges of this blazer. After having to size up to a 10 in BR blazers I can finally say this fits TTS in the 8. The sleeve length is “almost” perfect. I don’t button any of my blazers but it isn’t tight when I button this tweed blazer. Though you really see the pink it’s a little more on the red side due to the blue mixed in the tweed. It’s so perfect for Spring. As much as I loved this blazer, I don’t really think I would get much use out of it.

~ Double-Breasted Chambray Blazer, size 8 ~

This looks a bit weird buttoned now that I look at the picture, but again, even though this is double-breasted, I probably won’t button it. I like the loose swingy look it gives when it’s not buttoned. Again, the size 8 is a great fit and though I should get the cuffs hemmed, I usually end up rolling them. The denim is a little darker than a normal chambray color and will be a great transition to Spring. Even though we’ve had a few cold days, I think I’ve only worn my Peacoat once. Otherwise, I’ve been layering with a blazer on top.

~ Girlfriend Fit Jeans, Medium Wash, size 28 ~

I know sizing is a little looser at Banana Republic compared to J.Crew but it’s always nice to “size down”, especially in jeans. I loved the medium wash which is closer to a dark wash. The fit on these Girlfriend Jeans were perfect for my hips and curves, unlike Boyfriend Jeans which usually gape at the waist and are tight at the thighs. I am trying to whittle down my jeans collection so I did not buy these. I’m still trying to figure out what style of jean I really want to keep. These are a good start to a new denim collection.

~ Flutter-Sleeve Polo Dress, Green, Small ~

This was in the recent new arrivals from last week and I couldn’t wait to try it on. First, the green is more of a Kelly Green when you see it in person, just like the website image. I was hoping there would be a little more shape through the body. The sleeves and above the chest are a little snug. Reviews put this as running small and I agree. I was ready to buy this if it had fit well, though in the black colorway. Maybe a Petite Medium would work better?

~ Embellished Fit-and-Flare Dress, size 8 ~

This was a lovely dress and the embellishment on the upper part are sown on fairly well. The size 8 was a perfect fit for me. There is a side zip and the buttons down the front are functional making this very easy to get in and out of. If you want something a little more subtle, the faux-leather pouch is really cute.

~ Flounce Wrap Dress, Black, Small ~

I love wrap dresses and though this one fits well in the Small the hook at the chest comes undone when you move. If you lean forward or make major arm movements it unhooks and then you’re semi-exposed. It’s a shame because I liked the ruffle across the skirt portion.

~Plaid Midi Pencil Skirt, size 6 ~
~ Riley-Fit Pleated Ruffle Shirt, White, size 6 (French Blue, Dot, Stripe)~

~Plaid Midi Pencil Skirt, size 6 ~

I haven’t tried on a pencil skirt from Banana in a while and this one looked to pretty to not take to the fitting room. The material feels a little chiffon-y and is 100% Polyester. The size 6 fit great and comes just below my knee. I wish I worked in a office so I could wear this more than once or twice a year. This pretty plaid print also comes in a dress and ruffle shirt.

~ Riley-Fit Pleated Ruffle Shirt, White, size 6 (French Blue, Dot, Stripe)~

I was hesitant to try on this shirt. I didn’t love it on the hanger. The ruffles seemed to be a bit much all asymmetrical and askew. But once I tried it on I loved it. There is still a collar so the ruffles are not climbing up your neck. The fit in the size 6 was amazing, though it’s also because it’s sleeveless and you’ll see why in a bit. I comes in a few other options that I’ve linked to above.

~ Jersey Faux-Wrap Shirt, Navy, Small ~

This was another item I really loved when I saw it online but after trying it on I didn’t like it so much. It looked so cute online and though the Small fit well the buttons were awkward. I guess you’re only supposed to button the bottom one. I liked the material but just couldn’t get over the look from the front.

~ Denim Peplum Top, Dark Denim, Small ~

I ordered the Chambray Peplum Top last year and though I liked the lightweight material of the chambray I though it ran long for a Peplum top. This one is no different. The denim is a little stiffer and pulls over the head. There’s a single button at the back of the neck that took forever to get unbuttoned. Then I had to wiggle myself out of this shirt. Had it been an inch shorter I might have considered buying it.

~ Riley-Fit Denim Bow Shirt, Blue, size 6 ~

Here’s another Riley-Fit shirt but this time with sleeves. This is the cutest denim shirt though I didn’t do a very good bow. The arms are really snug in the size 6 and I definitely need a size 8 in this. I love that these Riley-Fit shirts have some shape through the body for a lovely feminine look. I would get tired of the bow but it does come off so you essentially get two shirts in one!

~ Embellished Elbow Sleeve Sweater, Navy, Small ~

I think Banana Republic did an embellished sweater in the Fall but the front was decorated. This time it’s the sleeves. The beading at the sleeves was a little odd but I kind of like the way the embellishments look on the sleeves. This sweater is pretty stretchy and a Small fit very well.

~ Flutter Sleeve Polo Top, Small (2 weeks ago) ~

I saw this shirt weeks ago online and knew I wanted it. When I went to try it on originally, a little over 2 weeks ago, the Small was too snug in the arms but fit well through the body. I tried on the Medium and I was swimming in it. I assumed the Medium Petite was the best fit but kept missing it online. We skip ahead two weeks to Monday and, just to be sure, I tried on the Small again. The arms fit without being snug or tight. To be positively sure it wasn’t a mis-labeling issue I tried on another Small in the Ivory. It fit too! I really liked this top and wanted it to work. I love the length of the sleeves with the flutter at the end.

~ Flutter Sleeve Polo Top, Medium ~

~ Flutter Sleeve Polo Top, Small (2nd try-on) ~

Overall, the Flutter-Sleeve Polo Top was the only thing I bought in this sale. Had the Flutter-Sleeve Polo Dress fit better through the body I would have bought that as well.

I’m finding I like a lot more Banana Republic this year. What about you?

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Banana Republic is having a rare and fantastic promo through Monday, February 13th. They usually have a 40% off promo every other week but what makes this one so rare is that NOTHING is excluded!! Cashmere, Leather and Suede are all included and there’s no code needed but you do need to reach $200. Just add your item to the basket and once you reach $200 the 40% off will automatically apply! Card members will also receive an additional 15% off with code BRC15.

I bought this lovely gray suede A-Line skirt in December when it went on sale and I absolutely love it. The suede is gorgeous and I’ve worn it several times since purchasing. I ended up sizing to a 6 in this skirt. I’m so tempted by this sale to get the Leather Skirt since the suede one worked out so well.

I’ll return tomorrow to share more picks and some try-ons from Banana Republic! I love the Double-Breasted Chambray Blazer. It runs TTS and is very lightweight. I’ll share more tomorrow!

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J.Crew has a new promo today through Monday. You can take 30% off your purchase of $150 or more or 25% off if it is less than that, with code HEARTYOU. You can also get Free Shipping but for today only. Sale is also 30% off. I did take advantage of this promo and Free Shipping and bought the Tippi in Burnished Moss along with the Oversized Striped Turtleneck.

~ Striped Perfect Shirt with Eyelet Trim, size 8 ~
~ Tie-Waist Skirt in Ornate Floral, size 8 ~
~ Audrey Flat in Snakeskin-Printed Leather, size 7 (review) ~

I really liked this Perfect Shirt. The collar and cuffs are scalloped and embroidered. Online it didn’t look all that great but IRL the two details together are really cute. A mannequin was styled this exact way (with a necklace) and I actually thought the pairing worked. I’m in an 8 in the top but still would feel a little more comfortable in a size 10 right now. The sleeves are fitting better in the 8 but the button at the chest pulls just a little. I still say to take your normal size in this cute shirt.

~ Tie-Waist Skirt in Ornate Floral, size 8 ~

I tried to tie this so it didn’t make the waist look so big but I don’t think I was very successful. The skirt is midi-length in the regular size and there is not a Petite option. The size 8 fit fine through the waist and hips. Though the Audrey Flats look cute with this skirt I would have to always wear heels due to the length of the skirt. Though it is one of my favorite skirt silhouettes I own very few pencil skirts. I did notice a couple of new skirts at Nordstrom and they are hidden on the J.Crew site so you’ll have to do a general search to find them. The Pop Stripe Skirt (and here) is so colorful but I don’t see it offered in Petite. The Wool Stripe Skirt (and here) in the Navy/Ivory is perfect for Spring. Check out these Ball Skirts in Gingham and Tulle! March arrivals are on their way and they look pretty!

~ Ornate Floral Ruffle-Trim Top in Silk, size 8 ~
~ Lookout High-Rise Garment-Dyed Crop Jean, Bright Baltic, size 29 ~
~ Audrey Flat in Snakeskin-Printed Leather, size 7 (review) ~

~ Ornate Floral Ruffle-Trim Top in Silk, size 8 ~

This is the size 8 and it ran snug across the chest (I’m a 34C). I would definitely size up in this top. Otherwise, the silk is nice and the ruffle at the neck and sleeves gives the busy print a little more detail. It’s a pass for me though.

~ Lookout High-Rise Garment-Dyed Crop Jean, Bright Baltic, size 29 ~

I loved this bright blue color and know the Mint will be too light in color for my skin-tone. The size 29 fit fine in the Lookout and the length hits me just below the ankle. I’ll pass on colored jeans though.

~ Striped Boatneck Tunic with Tie, size 8 ~

Tunics are some of my favorite tops to wear but this one misses the mark. I like the boatneck style but the shoulders drop a little and the size 8 really is too big, at least through the body and arm-length. Untied this tunic looked huge. I’d rather it had a little shape than a tie at the waist.

~ Penny Windowpane Top with Cuffed Sleeves, size 8 ~

Not only does this top run big but it’s sheer as well. I grabbed the size 8 because a square neck like this enhances the chest. I also though it would be tight across the chest but it is not. The sleeves are very loose and the shoulders are puffy. This blouse is loose and boxy through the body. You could probably get away with a nude or black bra underneath but I would really recommend a cami under this blouse, especially for work.

~ Striped Long-Sleeve Off-the-Shoulder Top, Navy Ivory, Medium ~

This off-the-shoulder top seems like it will stay put even when you move around. The Medium fit well but I think I could size to a Small in this top. The end of the sleeves have a little ribbon tie. I have enough OTS clothes for the Spring and Summer but the Navy and the Yellow combo are really cute for Spring.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m being pretty picky about everything I try on. I have struggled the last month finding things in my closet that I want to wear. I have lots of clothes but right now, feel my best in jeans, a Tippi and heels or booties. Of course, the weight loss I’ve experienced is making everything I wear fit better. So YAY for that!

Some of the hidden upcoming new arrivals are included in the HEARTYOU promo. For the skirts I just did a general search for ‘skirt’ and all of them came up. They aren’t filtered in the categories. I don’t know if they’ll catch their mistake and remove them or just leave them there so it’s worth a look/search now, especially with the 30% promo.

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