So here’s what I purchased last week from the new fall arrivals at J Crew.

The Frances cami in Deep Rose & Dark Slate, the Evening Primrose Cardi and the Stretch Twill Minnie pant.

I’m taking the pant back. It’s supposed to be a “vintage-inspired cropped leg” but is regular length for me. After bringing it home I don’t like having my “flaws” exposed. And without Spanx underneath that could very well happen. It fits well without Spanx but this is not for me. I’ll stick with the straight leg or wide leg pant.

I also purchased two necklaces, one of which is online – The Shimmering Teardrop necklace and the Glass Barrel & Chain Necklace.

The “teardrop” was a lot larger than I expected – 1 1/2 inches.

I purchased the following from my Factory Store trip. (I have no i-dea what the original names were.)

Black “Fireball” necklace

Black Crystal Chain necklace

Black Ribbon Pearl necklace

Here they are all together.

And minus the Crystal chain but with the Teardrop necklace.

I didn’t get any of the blazers. I really did like both but in the end, it’s still to hot to even consider jackets. The sweater was the closest I could do. And I did NOT LIKE the Merino Chiffon sweater. It’s just a mess. It also looks like it could easily come undone from looking at the stitching on the inside. There’s no backing to hold it together a little more.

The Textured Jersey Boatneck tee fit a bit snug in the chest. I tried on a Medium. A large would have been too long and may have looked like a tunic. The Cotton Tuxedo shirt was cute but meh…I have a white one from the Gap and a navy from Express that I never wear. So I’ll just stick with those 2 that I don’t wear and not add to it. I did see the Crinkle Cotton Perfect Shirt in Navy and Pale Wisteria but none in my size.

I also ordered the Wool Pencil Skirt from the red phone and should receive that tomorrow. I can’t wait to see what it looks like. I hope I’m not disappointed.

Last year J Crew had some “sequin/embellished” tees of a motorcycle and a bulldog. I think they came out around the same time as the Chiffon Rose tee. I bought the motorcycle tee but not the bulldog. I thought about that puppy a few days ago and now wished I would have bought that too. I searched ebay and couldn’t even find a used one. Gone forever you cute little bulldog.

Motorcycle Tee

Or so I thought…

I went to my area outlet mall and stopped by J Crew. The first thing I saw was a bulldog tee, with embellishment. Yay! Score! And 25% off! I looked closer and it wasn’t the exact bulldog tee but his little sister…ha ha ha. The bulldog has a cute little pink bow. She’s precious. I quickly scooped it up and was tempted to buy the rest just so no one else could have her.

I looked around and saw some cute stuff. Some Victoria ruffle cami’s in purple, ivory and gray, various cardigans, tees and button down shirts. I bought some jewelry, a long/boyfriend cardi in olive and, of course, the bulldog tee.

Here she is.
I haven’t forgotten about the better IRL pics of my fall arrival purchases but it won’t be until this weekend before I get to it.

Have a great day! I will, wearing my little bulldog.

Yay! Not only are the J Crew Fall arrivals now in store but I received my rewards card today too!

Below are pictures…I’ll post better ones of the purchases later and add more comments but I wanted to get these out here.

Silk Frances Cami-Deep Rose Sz 6 (a little snug around the arms for me, got an 8)
Stretch Twill Minnie Pant – Black Sz 8 (very bunchy around the crotch and ankles & too big in waist, got a 6)

Merino Wool Evening Primrose Sweater – Burnished Olive Sz M (not online, think only B&M)
Wearing over Frances Cami


With Velvet Eden Blazer – Iris Sz 8

Stretch Wool Schoolboy Blazer -Heather Carbon, Sz 6 (I think)
with Frances Cami

with Slub Cotton Imperial Tee (purchased but I’ll have a better pic later) & Evening Primrose Sweater

Silk Frances Cami – Dark Slate, Sz 8 (fits me much better)
w/Merino (?) Chiffon detail sweater, Sz M

Close-up of Sweater, in a light purple

Textured Jersey Boatneck Painter Tee – Mars (?) This is more orange than red. Sz M (I didn’t like the fit on me at all.)

Cotton tuxedo shirt

w/Ecole blazer
What I wore…Olive Slub Twisted V-Neck, Deco Dots mini, leather belt, leopard flip-flops.

I’ll post better pics of what I purchased along with prices later this evening.

J Crew & Ebay, of course…I’m going on a shopping ban next week. I’ll only spend money on new clothes, shoes or accessories if I have been given it (birthday is tomorrow) or from sells on ebay. Otherwise, no más compras para esta chica. (Sounds better in Spanish, I think.) Self-imposed, yes…but also because hubby is on medical leave starting today and will be home for at least three weeks. Can’t have him asking “Who’s that?” when the UPS guy comes knocking, can I?

I received my latest (and LAST!) J Crew order today along with some ebay purchases (soaps from B&BW).

Silk Indigo Floral Blouse – Sz 8
I really loved the print on this the first time I saw it online. The skirt looks gorgeous too but I think I’ll get more use out of the blouse. I purchased a size up since I noticed the armholes on the model online looked a bit small and I’m glad I did. It does fit a little small in the underarm area. The print was almost like the one online. I know sometimes it “shifts” around.


Rosette Tee in Pewter – Sz M

Slub cotton twisted V-Neck Tee
I bought this in the tan color and it went well with my Delfine Pencil Skirt. I love green and this color was too pretty to pass up. IRL it looks just as pretty. 

I purchased this in-store last week.
Dual Rose Ribbon Tee in Gray
I originally saw this on JCBelleMarie in the Blue and White. I didn’t like the look or feel of the tee in those colors but the gray seems nicer, softer even.

On another note, I am on my 5th week of South Beach and have reached my goal of losing 10 pounds by my birthday (tomorrow/30th). I’m actually holding steady at 10 lbs. I still have more to lose but I have noticed all my shorts (mostly J Crew) are fitting a little looser. I purchased a pair of the tweed Bermuda’s (not listed online) in a 10 since the leg and booty made it run 2 sizes too small and it fits loose now. Today I also started taking the Bragg’s ACV, which I first heard about here. The taste, yucky; but I drank all I was supposed too. The water really should be cold like Gigi said. It does make a difference.

Tomorrow, I’m having lunch at the Mariposa cafe at Neiman’s with my son. Can’t wait! I’ll try to stay away from the Shoe Salon but it may be hard since the sale is still going on.

J Crew has new arrivals in store starting today. I was supposed to have received an invitation to the store event but it never came in the mail. I don’t think all the items are in store. At least not mine. I can’t wait to see what is online. They went with a Navy blue theme and it’s so pretty.

Here are pics of what I tried on. I bought several items too. (Forgive me, I don’t know the J Crew names for these items.)

Sleeveless brown & tan ruffle collar shirt w/Navy Mica Mini
The fit was a little tight right at the underarms for me with a size 6. The 8 was o.k. but seemed too big. I liked it but not enough (you’ll understand once you see the other stuff.)

Zoom of the collar

Cream T & Blue Stone Flower
I’m a sucker for an J Crew beaded T. I have so many I really need an intervention. I didn’t realize the pattern were flowers until I looked on the inside of the shirt. This shirt should only be worn with good posture (shoulders back ladies) as the stones adjust the shirt if you are standing straight up.

Zoom of beaded flower.

Here it is in Grey w/Pink Stones.


Zoom of stones.

One of my favorites – Royal Blue & Black Calligraphy Mini
This didn’t appeal to me on the hanger but the SA recommended it so I tried it on. Loved it!

Podna Beaded T
Meh…THE/BRASS/BAND are all beaded.

I’m going to call this Navy Ikat Print Short (3 in).
I love the pattern and they had this in a mini too which I loved more than the shorts but I went with the shorts (for now). I got a size bigger so they wouldn’t be so short on me.

Zoom of pattern

Navy Ikat Mini
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS (As I type I wish I had gotten it. So what if I purchased 3 skirts instead of 2.)

Denim Perfect Shirt
This is the most comfortable shirt I’ve ever tried on. The SA recommended it too. They had this exact pairing on a mannequin with a brown belt (no belt loops). Looked great so I had to try it on with the shorts too. It looks a little weird on me because I was in a hurry when I tucked it in.

Zoom of Demin Perfect Shirt

Navy Mica Mini
This is so much prettier than the picture shows. I got a size bigger so it wouldn’t be so mini on me.

I got all of these except the Podna T, Navy Ikat Mini (which I’m kicking myself for…I really think I’m going back and exchanging the short for the mini…I just have to remember what size I tried on) and the Brown/Tan Ruffle Collar shirt. I also got a few essential V-Neck T’s since they were on sale and the Ombre’ capri sandals in Hydrangea (grey).
They also had the Ombre’ pencil skirt but in Navy. The Daffodil was on sale. There were other new items but nothing really standing out. I’d love to see or know what was in other J Crew B&Ms in bigger markets/cities. They did not have the polka dot dress from InStyle magazine.