I need your help. I have a wedding shower to attend this weekend in my hometown. I don’t want to wear something too nice/dressy because I certainly don’t want to outshine the bride-to-be. I have narrowed it down to three outfits, and, apparently all J Crew. (Yes, I have other clothes…I think.)

Here’s the Polyvore.

Here are the IRLs. First up, Tunique Dress with gladiator sandals.

Second A- Vintage Zebra Blakely Dress with Burnished Leather Belt and gladiator sandals

Second B – Vintage Zebra Blakely Dress with Flowerette Sash and nude heels

Third – White Shirt with Linen Sinclair skirt, Flowerette Sash and Nude peep-toe pumps

Which Outfit Should I Wear?


…was NOT a success. It was the most painful thing we’ve done together in a long time, maybe ever! I remember a time when we used to go shopping together and he would find clothes for me to try on that he liked or thought would look cute on me. Now, if I can even get in the dressing room before he’s at the front door of the store waiting that is a feat.

Which is what happened Saturday.

We walked in to J Crew and I did my usual walk-around starting at the front. That is where the tunic dress was hanging. I also did not recognize a single SA. That kind of scared me and I don’t really know why. I don’t know any other SAs at any other stores and I’m perfectly fine shopping there. Anyway, Husband and The Boy went to the back to the men’s section. I saw there was a 6 in the dress and knew it would probably fit but wanted to wait to grab it and try it on until I did my full walk-around of the store. By the time I got to the middle of the store, Husband and The Boy were waiting by the front door. Huh? Seriously? That’s all I kept thinking. So I took that as my cue to leave with them. I never even tried on the tunic!!! I was sad.

As soon as I had a free moment I called the store and had them hold the dress for me. It was the only size 6 and there wasn’t an 8 or a 4 left so I knew it would sell out if I didn’t have the SA put it aside for me. Later, I called back and purchased it over the phone and had them ship it to me.

What an ordeal. I won’t take husband with me or go with him when he suggests it. I’m much better shopping alone. Even The Boy is a much better companion. He hates shopping but at least he indulges me and waits patiently.

Soooo, I went back to the store yesterday and walk-around again. Thankfully, some of my favorite SAs were there. Whew! Also, my dress hadn’t been shipped out yet so I was able to try it on. Love it! Although I will need a little cami underneath it. I also grabbed the Watercolor Lily Short and the Milliner Hat Tee. The print on the Watercolor Lily Short is also the same print on the Waterfloral Pastiche Cardigan, Wool Floral Scarf in Cotton Candy, Chiffon Papillon Waterfloral Pastiche Blouse (in the latest catalog, Style #24445, $178), Lone Patterned Ballet Flat in Cotton Candy, Waterfloral Pastiche Perfect Shirt, Waterfloral Pastiche Delphinia Gown, AND Watercolor Pencil Skirt in Cotton Candy (Style #35096, $110, Petite #24777, $110). They really like this pattern. There’s also a CrewCuts dress. If you like this pattern you have many options to purchase.

OK…So I got the shorts.

And the Milliner Hat Tee, for $19.50 thank-you-very-much.
And brought my little tunic dress home with me too

I have to say I did very well with this set of arrivals. I did not over do it and go crazy buying everything I liked and wanted (pencil skirts please). I’m in the middle of a huge process of cleaning out my closet and have lots of stuff on ebay right now so once that’s all done I’ll decide if I need anything else.

Summer and the warm, wait, who am I kidding…HOT weather is on it’s way to Central Texas and so that means shorts and tees and tank tops. I won’t need my little cardigans and long-sleeved shirts for too much longer. For example, it’s supposed to be 80 today!!!

I’ve also decided I’m going to try and wait until some of the things I really like go on sale at J Crew. I’m getting pretty P.O’d that clothes I’ve purchased go on sale less than a month later. I figured out your little game JC and we’re about to PLAY! (Jackies excluded because she’s my new love and you can never have just one.)

Enjoy your day and sorry for not doing a Shoes-day post. I’ll get back to that next week. I have a dress/clothing dilemma I need help with so I’ll post that in a day or two. I have to go to a wedding shower for a family member but don’t want to OVER-DRESS. Even if I wear a distinct piece of jewelry that may be a bit much. I’ll explain all later.

Also, Miss Bella is doing fine and came home yesterday. She does have to live in a cage (OMG!!! HOW AWFUL!!!) but has adjusted well. Nursing a dog back to health is hard and is making momma really sad at times. Here she is in her cage and on mommy’s lap.

And sorry for the lengthy post. If I posted more I wouldn’t be so chatty, huh?
Again, have a great day and hopefully it’s sunshine-y where you are!