Recently Gilt City had a free coupon code for 25% of J Crew Factory. All you had to do was claim it. As soon as my code came through I used it. No waiting for me. I ordered several Polos that were on promo for both myself ($14 each in Mint and Navy) and The Boy ($12 each…can’t be that!), along with a men’s Lobster Tee, Lobster scarf (orange one), Cardigan and the Seersucker Ruffle V-Neck Dress.

I ordered a size 6, confident about that due to my last try-on of the Blakeley Factory Dress in Vintage Zebra Stripe. It’s a perfect fit all over. Currently the V-Neck is held together by some thread but I expect that to break any time. I will be replacing that with a little snap button.

It also comes in a Neon Persimmon, which reads pink to me online. The dress is Cotton with a Cotton lining. Perfect for summer. I expect it to be scorching this year.

Who doesn’t love a little seersucker to prep it up a bit? I have pants, shorts and a vest all in seersucker and love all of them. I think this will be great for my upcoming trip too, with a little cardigan and Cece flats. I have on the Seville Espadrilles in Navy in these pics. Look for a “Shoesday” post soon on those!
Right now, the dress is $59.50 online. I also just received an email stating most Factory items in store were up to 50% off. My guess is this dress is at least 30% off in a store but off the full price of $98. It doesn’t hurt to call and see.
I expect there will be New Arrivals at the Factory soon. Everything is looking a little repetitive. Especially since they are currently having a “Clear the Clearance Event with 30% off Final Sale” (use code GETMORE). 
Have a Great Evening!

I have a couple of Que Bella’s to post but I’m delaying that to bring you a Factory find that’s not on the website yet. I know a lot of you missed out on last Winter’s Wildcat Scarf in wool. Before making a return I, of course, walked around the store and found the Factory version of the scarf. I only see a Leopard scarf online but not this one.

The Retail version from last year is on top and the Factory version on bottom. The color of the Factory version is more like the blouse and Jules Dress last Winter. The width is the same as is the length. You can see they cut the Factory pattern, at least on this scarf, so that the smaller spots are in the middle.

A close-up of the pattern. Retail on top…Factory on bottom.

Tag Details…$46.50, #17552, 100% Rayon
The Factory store also had 30% off scarves. If you liked this print and missed out last year I highly recommend this scarf. The Factory Wildcat Scarf is soft and I know will feel very comfortable
around your neck. I’m glad to have found this version as I like the
coloring better and my Retail version has some snags in it because the
material was a little more delicate. 
Have a Great Day! 

I have a lot of love for the Casbah print in Jade from J Crew Spring 2011. I have the dress and scarf and pined over the Perfect Shirt and Silk Blouse. I regretfully missed the swimwear in this print that the lovely xoxo has and considered, for a brief moment, the Romper. A good print will do that to you. It will make you consider wearing it in something you know is going to look ridiculous on you. 
When Rynetta, from the blog jcrewismyfavstore, posted a pic of what looked like this lovely print in a skirt I immediately called my local Factory Store. I described it to the best of my ability, without the Style # (which is 37532) and luckily, this was the only green printed pencil skirt in the store. The SA confirmed it was a pencil skirt. I was hoping, just a little, that it would be the Belle Skirt. How cute would that have been?
As expected, it arrived today and I am loving it. It is cotton but un-lined which is fine by me. I ordered my normal size 6 and it is a perfect fit, per usual.
Such a pretty print. It is 98% Cotton and 2% Spandex and the color is Jade. Since this is in Factory stores now my guess is new arrivals will be on the website tomorrow. I wonder what other Spring goodies we’ll see! 
Thanks for reading! 
Two posts in one day…I’m loving my new app! Now, when I have a blog post in my head I can whip out Diva (I’ve named my iPad) and start typing away. She’ll be one hard-working iPad. 😉

I had a salon appointment Thursday afternoon and since I was so close, I headed up to the outlets. I was very interested in seeing the new arrivals at the J Crew Factory Store, after hearing on Saturday they would be in Wednesday. There were lots of pretty new things, bright colors, new accessories and almost everything was on promo. Add the additional 20% off if you spend over $150 (see Alexis’s post here on the JCA blog) and you’ve got some good deals.

40% off Gallery Tees
30% off Fisherman Cable Sweaters, The Skimmer Pant, Footwear, Blazers, Jackets, Jackie Cardigan, Tunics/Cover-ups, Belts, and Jewelry
20% off Shorts, Skirts, Dresses and Suiting
Crewneck S/S Tee $16.99 promo
V-Neck S/S Tees $19.99 promo (The striped ones are very cute and I was tempted to get them in all colors.)

There were lots of cute little critter necklaces along with some new types of pearls and other necklaces. Here were just a few I was able to snap pics of.

Crab Necklace (I meant to get this, being a Cancer and all, but I completely forgot.)

Ship’s Wheel Necklace

Jeweled Bee Necklace

Ladybug Necklace

Round Bauble Necklace in Blue, also comes in a Mustard-y Tan (at the bottom of the pic)

Jeweled Bee Earrings

Belts in a lot of colors
Striped Jackie Cardigan – #65041, M, Navy – So I was eyeing this Loft sweater last week but it fit too cropped and tight in the arms, in a Medium, so I passed on it. This cardigan fits TTS and has bracelet sleeves and I don’t have a striped cardigan. And navy and white is so classic. – .$54.50 plus 30% off

Sailor Sweater – #65022, Sm, Sailor Blue – I sized down from my normal Medium. This fit well in the Small. I suppose it is meant to be loose and slouchy. Also comes in Black Linen. $69.50 plus 30% off

Floral Tunic – #12572, Sm, TAM – I believe this is meant to be worn as a cover-up, otherwise you’ll need a cami underneath to avoid exposing the girls. I have this pulled up some to avoid exposure. $59.50 plus 30% off

Factory Cap-Sleeve Blouse in Gingham – #66618, Sm, AGI Azalea Gingham? – Mary Ann or Ellie Mae? Cute but not for me. I don’t like elastic on my sleeves. See it here in Chambray. $44.50 plus 20% off

And look what’s made another come-back? I don’t/can’t see the style # but it is $59.50.

Cotton Shift Dress – #36740, 6, Navy – This is a very cute dress. It comes in Navy, Modern Red, and Natural. The Size 6 fit well through the bust and good through the waist seaming.

Modern Red, Sz 8 – You can see the pleating at the bust lays a little flatter than the 6. I preferred this size to the 6 but I would say get your normal size if you are interested in this dress. I would have bought this in both the Navy and Modern Red, if there had been an 8 in the Navy. $98 plus 20%

Cap-Sleeve Dress – #69414, 6, Popsicle Pink – This was a little tight in the bust an arms for me (elastic sleeve), and short. It zips up the back with an exposed zipper. And it a very PINK dress. I couldn’t not try it on, it was so bright. I would size up to an 8 but there weren’t any to try on. $89.50 plus 20%

Striped Dress – #68389, 8, Black – This is a very cute dress. It’s a pull-over style, with no zipper and only a button at the back of the neck. The waist is elastic in the back. As you can see it is a little blouse-y on top. I would have sized to a 6 but there were none left.

Dotted Strapless Dress – #23064, 8, Navy – This is a teeny tiny polka-dot dress, with pockets. I want to say this is the Lorelei style, in the retail version. Very cute.

Same Dress in a Size 6. This fit a little more snug in the top but I was able to zip this up all the way. I’d stay with an 8, which is what I’d normally get in a strapless dress.

Seersucker Mini – #23294, 8, Classic Navy – Very cute mini skirt with some adorable buttons. $59.50 plus 20%

Textured Cotton Mini – #25807, 8, Wild Blackberry – I liked the texture of this mini. I have a pencil skirt in the same texture. It has a slightly exposed back zipper and comes in Natural and Rhubarb. I could have sized to a 6 as this was a little loose in the waist and hips. $56.50 plus 20%

Twill Bell Skirt – #61251, 8, Poppy – I prefer to wear an 8 in these elastic waist skirts so I can adjust how I wear it to give me more or less length. $58 plus 20% off

Agate, 6 – If there had been an 8 in this Viridian Green-ish color I would have brought it home with me. Love!

Vineyard Pencil Skirt – #65816, 6, DPE – A remade-for-factory retail skirt from last year. See it on me here. Fits TTs and just as cute as the retail version.

I did not try on any shorts but here are some in-store right now.
Pink Gingham

3-inch Critter Chino Short – Navy Ivory Anchors

 Bermuda in Modern Red and Pale Coral

And finally, here’s my OOTD and new ‘do.

Tippi Sweater – Heather Dark Grape
Anthro Havana Fresca Maxi Skirt
Cece Ballet Flats 

So what do you think of the New Factory Arrivals? Anything catch your eye?

I haven’t been to the J Crew Factory Store in ages. But today, I did a “hand-off” of The Boy to his great-uncle/godfather so he could go to the Longhorn/Tech game. I laughed so hard when my uncle called to tell me The Boy forgot his cell phone in his truck and he had to walk 20 blocks to get it at half-time. He was ranting and raving and all I could say, through my laughter, was “Welcome to the managing-a-teenager club.” But they’re having a great time.

I was able to get to the Factory Store right as it opened. I did a quick walk-through and then started picking out things I have been interested in from the online store. There were lots and lots of sales going on throughout the store. I’ll try to list all the ones I remember or took pics of. I will try to link to all the items I find on-line as well. Let’s get started.

Sequin-Front Tee – UGR, Small, #53120, $88 (plus $10 off sequined tees)
This fits TTS. I should have sized up to a Medium in this. This also came in a cream color which I liked too.

Drapey Sequin 3/4-Sleeve Tee – Black, Small, #53161, $69.50 (plus $10 off sequined tees)
This was a little snug for me in the arms so I tried on a Medium too. I tried on the Retail version of this last year and could feel the stitching of the sequins on the inside of the shirt. This one didn’t bother me so much. It also comes in Heirloom Pink and Dark Pewter. Here’s a link to the short-sleeved tee. It looks the same except for the sleeve length.

Size Medium – Fits a little looser

Tartan Scottie Graphic Tee – Black, Medium, #53244, $34.50 (plus 40% off tees)
Printed Flannel Sleep Pant – Red Dot, Small, #52344, $39.50 (plus 20% off flannel sleep pants)
The tee is so cute and fit TTS. I haven’t bought a graphic tee in a while so I did get this one. The pants are long on me but the fit is great. A medium would have fallen off me. There were lots of colors in-store and they are all online as well.

Sequin Snowflake Tee – Tuscan Olive, Medium, #33137, $45 (plus 20% off tees)
Fits TTS. Cute tee but green snowflakes don’t appeal to me. Plaid pants review is below.

Jackie Cardigan – Deep Poppy, Medium, #14041, $49.50 (plus 40% off cardigans)
I like this “red” color better than the retail Maraschino Cherry.

Cotton Tuxedo Tunic in Check – Dark Charcoal, Small, #33813, $64.50
This size fit great on me. I would not size to my normal Medium. I almost bought it but decided to pass on it not knowing if I would really wear it a lot.

Factory Plush Vest – #61970, $125 (plus 20% off)
I think I also saw this in black in the store. Cute but not my style.

Black Watch Tartan Wool Pant – Blackwatch, 6, #53183, $89.50 (plus 40% off, I think, maybe it was 30%)
Not sure why I tried on the 6 when 8 is my normal pant size. These pull at the hips on me but fit great in the booty and leg. I’d have to get these altered (I’m on my tippy-toes in this pic). I have the retail Cafe’ Capri so these are a pass for me. If you can get to a store with the email coupon these will be a great deal for you.

Plaid Pants – ESPresso, 8, #60967, $89.50
These are an EXACT match for the Cafe Capri in Houndstooth Wool that are currently on sale and which I reviewed here. I checked the tag and it does have a factory tag on it not a retail tag. They fit TTS on me.

Tartan Marvelle Skirt – Black, 6, #54361, $74.50 (plus 30% off skirts)
I’ve been eyeing this skirt online since it first came out. I love my black Marvelle Skirt from last year and was excited to see it in a plaid. But, it is cotton not taffeta like last year’s Marvelle skirt. I would also have liked to try it in a size 8 for just a little more length. It does seem to be popular in-store as there were only 8 left.

Black Watch Tartan Skirt – Blackwatch, 6, #53269, $79.50 (plus 30% off skirts)
I like this skirt and also tried on the 8 for length as well.

Size 8 – Not much of a difference in length. This was sitting on my hips as well.

Fireside Plaid Skirt – Rosy Red, 6, #53742, $79.50 (plus 30% off skirts)
This seems the same as the retail version of this skirt from last year. I think the factory version is not as “leggy” on the pleated side. You can see the retail version on me here.

Taffeta Marvelle Mini – Manchester Purple, 8, #46894, $74.50 (plus 30% off skirts)
This one is not as “poufy” as the retail version (see on me here). I also like this color and, of course, didn’t get it. Wish I had.

Sunnie Pencil Skirt – Gold Multi, 8, #53743, $89.50 ($10 off pencil skirts)
This one is a good material and doesn’t seem cheap. It is not as heavy as the retail version but still has a good weight to it and is lined.

Timber Tweed Pencil Skirt – Bronze, 6, #53734, $89.50 (plus $10 off pencil skirts)
This is another great factory pencil skirt with little bronze flecks throughout. I need another pencil skirt like I need a new pair of shoes…or a hole in my head.

Sequin Velvet Dress – aka “the I’m Kicking Myself Dress” – kick, Kick, KICK! – Black, 6, #55627, $198 (online $178, on sale for $168…in-store promo 30% off of the $198)
Not sure why the pricing is different but I don’t really care because I’m still kicking myself. First off, I don’t know where the velvet is on this dress. There’s no trim or lining in velvet. It is lined though and has a blousey top. This is a pull-over dress, no zippers or buttons. Ugh, this would have been about $110 with the in-store discount and my email coupon. I don’t know when I’ll be back to the store. Why oh freaking why didn’t I get this dress?!?!

Sundrine Shirtdress in Solid Flannel – Heather Elm, 6, #52615, $98 (plus 40% off)
Cute dress and I wore the perfect boots today to try this on with, the Anthropologie Pebbled and Primped boots. This was a great fit, has a drop waist and pockets. I can’t wait to add some tights and wear this.

Factory Suede Ballet Flats – These look just like the Cece Ballet Flats in Oasis Green. $79.50 plus (20% off ballet flats).

Other promos in-store:
Jewelry: 30% off
Hair Accessories: 30% off
Socks: 30% off
Hope these IRL pics help if you’re looking at some online items. I also had the email coupon for 20% off if you spent $125 or more. If you are near a Factory Store I suggest you print out the coupon, which Alexis posted about here on JCA. There are some great deals in-store and with the coupon, it makes the deals even better.
Have a Great evening! I’m off to see Stomp tonight so I need to find something to wear. Shouldn’t be too hard to do, right?