I’m still trying to find my way, and thoughts again, but I do have a few reviews of actual orders; things I really wanted. Let’s see if they find a place in my closet.

~ Cashmere Bodysuit with Velvet Bow, Medium ~

I loved last year’s Cashmere Bodysuit. I’m a fan of bodysuits in general. There’s no shirttails coming out and everything lays flat. Of course, there is the bathroom issue, so I try to where them when I am not drinking too much or have easy access to a bathroom. Anyway, last year’s bodysuit was a cap-sleeve and came in a featherweight cashmere. I have it in light gray and navy and they are so easy to wear and layer.

I went with a Medium in this, the same as my other two, and it fits really well. The cashmere is featherweight and very soft. I love the black as it can easily be worn with anything. It looks really good with my favorite Vince Union Slouch Jeans. I am living in these and the Distressed version as well.

Here’s my dilemma with this bodysuit. Look how big that velvet bow is! And you really need a helper to tie it correctly. It took a little while twisting my head to look in the mirror to get that bow to lay a little straighter and not pointing at my head. I thought about taking to my tailor and having them cut the ribbon, add some snaps to close it and then make a bow and attach it to one piece and have it line up in the middle. It would be straighter and an easier closure. There’s plenty of ribbon for it. Honestly though, even though I bought it at a really good price, it’s not worth it for me to alter the bow to keep it. We are having a very mild Fall and I think Winter will be the same. I may only have an opportunity to wear this once or twice.

~ Striped Turtleneck Sweater-Dress, Black Saddle, Petite Medium ~

I can see why everyone loves this dress. It’s very comfortable and fits really well. I chose the Petite sizing to shorten the hem a little but I know I could have gone with a Small as well. I’m also happy the turtleneck on this is not tight. I don’t like being choked by my clothes. I’m wearing this dress with my Born Felicia Boots that I bought during the Nordstrom sale over the Summer. You can get them on sale now too! I have tall black boots as well and once it gets colder, for that one day in January, I’ll add some black tights.

~ Velvet Bomber, Navy, Medium ~
~ Madewell Cotton Whisper Tee, Gray, Small ~
~ Vince Union Slouch Jeans, Dark Vintage, 28
~ Soludos Velvet Llama Sneakers, 7 ~

This outfit has been my uniform. Sometimes with the Velvet Bomber but mostly without, until the days are cooler. This has been one of the most versatile jackets I purchased and it’s a nice break from a standard jean jacket. I can’t wait to add some tartan shirts underneath it in December. And aren’t these Llama Sneakers just the cutest? Husband hates them so I know I have a winner with these. I just love them!

I know J.Crew has some new arrivals in store and more coming but I haven’t really been too impressed. I am so very tired of the boxy and would like more fitted looks. I did see one or two items that look promising so I hope to see them soon in-store. When I do, I’ll share those with you!

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Here are a few other OOTDs from a week or so ago. Back story on this gorgeous white skirt. After seeing both the Wimbeldon Court Assistants and the US Olympic Athletes in White A-Line skirts I wanted one. Of course both of those skirts were Ralph Lauren and I wanted something a little less expensive. It had to be A-Line and knee-length. I had a hard time finding one since most stores were switching to Fall but the Kate Spade Outlet came through for me. And I was able to get if for around $60. I’m still unsure about Kate Spade clothing as this was a size 10. I did try on the 8 but it was just a bit too snug.
Sweater: J Crew Jackie in Mint
Cami: Anthropologie Draped Snails Blouse
Gilda Skirt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Lanvin Wedges in Black
The mint/blue/white combination is so fresh and pretty.

For this next outfit, I pulled the blue color out of the skirt that matched both the shirt and Soludos. This was just a casual day at home but I was comfortable.

Shirt: J Crew Linen-Cotton Striped Shirt
Skirt: J Crew Confetti Tweed Mini Skirt
Shoes: Soludos for J Crew in Chambray
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I really wanted to wear this skirt as soon as possible and didn’t want to wait for another go-into-the-office day (since I won’t have one for three weeks!!). So I decided to try my options to see which one I liked best for running errands on Friday. My goal was to keep things simple and let the skirt shine.

First, I paired the Porcelain Paisley Skirt with a J Crew Factory Favorite Fit Tank in Navy (similar here) and my trusty Stuart Weitzman Nude Wedges. For the hot day we had the tank was perfect.

Next, I added a J Crew Cotton Cardigan, from 08/09, in Navy (similar here). A nice pairing but I didn’t like the longer length covering the print of this skirt, at least for today. 
I swapped the wedges for the Cece Suede Ballet Flats in Wild Berry, making the outfit a little more casual, with a pop of color.
I swapped the Navy cardigan with a Factory Jackie in White (similar here) and the Mona Heels in Wild Berry. I love the pop of pink. 
Finally, I swapped the heels for the Chambray Soludos. I quite like this for a super casual look. It was the one I went with today and ended up not wearing the cardigan since it was so hot today. 
So tell me…what do you think of these pairings? I must confess I was going to wear a red tank but it was too big on me so I had to go for a smaller one. How will you style this skirt? 

This past weekend was pretty busy for us. We had a family reunion that involved a 3-hour drive, one-way, for us and it was also our Wedding Anniversary. Because of the reunion, we were unable to go to dinner Saturday night. Husband picked a super-casual place for dinner Friday night so I wasn’t able to wear what I originally wanted, the Lace Blouson Dress in Black.

I still wore a dress, my new Loft purchase I blogged about here. I paired it with the Mossimo Pollie Strappy Espadrille. These are going to be my favorites for the summer.  

It looks like the dress never made it online and it was sold out in my store when I stopped by over the weekend. It is all one piece and has slightly diagonal stripes on top with ruching/gathering at the side which then allows the stripes to change to completely horizontal. I like the slight cap-sleeve, fits great in a Size Medium and is lined (in poly…boo).

For the reunion, I went all J Crew wearing the Linen Cable-Knit Sweater in Navy, with a navy cami underneath, J Crew Summerweight Chino Shorts in Modern Red (same color in the 9-inch shorts) and the Soludos for J Crew in Navy Stripe. 
Now, regarding the comfort of the Soludos, I love them. The rope insole does not bother me in the slightest. I think I may add an insole but only because they are the tiniest bit loose on me. As I stated before, I am a 6 1/2 to a 7 in shoes and chose the bigger of the two sizes (6, 7). Aldo has some great terry insoles that are perfect for these casual shoes. Also, they’ve added a Chambray online and I saw a Navy/Red Stripe in store over the weekend. These are now in serious consideration for my trip. I’m tempted to buy them in white and soak them in tea to change the color, since they’ll dirty up pretty quickly anyway.
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Thanks everyone for all the comments on my Straw Handbag post. I will be keeping the Brompton as it has more featues I like than the Leslie. I think because I have the larger Brompton it somewhat swayed me. But the more neutral Brompton along with the ease of opening it works better for me and my lifestyle right now. I’ll look at the Leslie again in a different color/material in the future. Also, I think, as Ema suggested, I’ll take it to my cobbler (who’s also my cousin!) to add “feet” to it. 

And speaking of feet (I know, corny segway)…I am a fan of espadrilles, both flats and wedges. I saw the Soludos for J Crew Dali Espadrilles and Classic Espadrilles pop up on the site a few weeks ago. It looks like a nice little collaboration for a cute summer shoe. And the price is great!

From the website: When Manhattanite Nick Brown couldn’t find espadrilles like the canvas classics he wore during childhood summers in England, he jumped at the chance to fill the void stateside. Based on the traditional espadrilles that have been sold in the markets and on beaches in the Mediterranean for centuries, Soludos – the name is a mash-up of the Spanish wors “salud” (cheers) and “sol” (sun) – stay true to the originals, with a few modern twists for added comfort. From the eco-friendly jute used for the soles – not too hard, not too soft – to the pure cotton fabric (in four exclusive colors you won’t find anywhere but J. Crew), Soludos are built to let your fee breathe even on the hottest summer days.

The Dali Espadrilles are solid and come in Neon Peach, Bright Spearmint, Lemon Zest and White. I chose the Spearmint as I have been wanting something mint-colored for summer for a while. According to the Soludos website, the Dali is named after Salvador Dali, the whimsical artis who would wear espadrilles while meandering the streets of his hometown Barcelona. There are some other great colors on the Soludos website including a Grape that looks like the J Crew Bright Dahlia color, my fav!
The Classic Espadrilles are Navy White Stripe and RedWhite Stripe. I really couldn’t decide between the red and the navy as I always gravitate towards Navy and the Red is a great strong color but I chose Navy as it goes with more in my closet. 
As far as fit, these come in Whole European sizes and mine is a 37. I gravitate between a 6 1/2 and 7 in various brands, J Crew included. The European 37 fit well and wasn’t too tight or narrow for me. I’ll have to report back on comfort but as far as trying them on they felt really good. 
What do you think of the Soludos? Have you tried them? 
Have a Great day!