Wednesday, December 28, 2011

J Crew January 2012 Catalog Images

**This post will be text and image heavy.

Who wants to see a few images from the January catalog? I was able to get one while in the store yesterday, where it is down to slim pickin's, let me tell ya. Even the full price items were running a bit bare. It was the same at Anthropologie. I wasn't able to scan this and had to use my camera so the colors aren't as bright as they appear in the catalog.

Garment-Dyed Twill: #62443, $108 - Festival Green, Blue Grotto, Light Citron, Bright Papaya, Neon Persimmon

Ankle Stretch in Classic Rinse: #46240, $125

Ankle Stretch in White Denim: #59424, $98
You've seen me in the Light Citron here. I am not sure if the Warm Jade will be an in-store only or will show up later in the month online. I caught a glimpse of the Bright Papaya in-store and it looks like a great color for my skin tone.

Ripplestitch Sweater in Stripe: #62111, $88 - Ruby/Chalk, Shallow Sea/Navy, Navy/Chalk, Heather Grey/Navy
Cutler and Gross Round Sunglasses Collection: #52953, $495
Toothpick Jean in Festival Green
Jayne T-Strap Ballet Flats: #57117 - Bronzed Beige, Black
Tillary Purse: #63033, $148 - Warm Sienna, Collegiate Green, Dark Poppy
The Ripplestitch Sweater description states: 'Like daughter, like mother. Due to popular demand, we took one of our most popular crewcuts sweaters and updated it just for you.'
The Jayne T-Strap Flats look very cute and the t-strap seems to have some sort of embellishment on it.

Keeper Chambray Popover: #44875, $78
Pleated A-Line Skirt in Ashbury Floral: #61602, $198, Silk, Fully lined - Bright Blue
Biella Metallic Penny Loafers
You've seen me in the Perfect Shirt and Jules Dress in this print. It doesn't state the length of the skirt but it looks to be a midi.

High-Waisted Buckle Short: #60118, $68 - Shadow
Cashmere Shell & Cardigan in Heather Henna
Tillary Purse - Collegiate Green
Bubble Necklace (It's back in more colors!): #92687, $150 - Turquoise
More colors of the ever popular Bubble Necklace. I am loving the Tillary Purse in Green too!

No. 2 Pencil Skirt
-Double-Serge Cotton: #59369, $110 - Natural, Citron, Black, Warm Jade, Casablanca Blue
-Basket-Weave Tweed: #63598, $128 - Grass Green, Marine Blue
-Waterfloral Collection: #60160, $228 - Glamour Pink
Now, I need another pencil skirt like I need a new pair of shoes but if I had to pick only one thing I would grab the cotton in Warm Jade. It speaks to me and is saying "AudreyBella, buy me first."

The Downtown Field Jacket: #19034, $148 - Mossy Brown, Black
Cashmere V-Neck Sweater: Heather Blush
No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Basket-Weave Tweed: Grass Green
Viv Flats: Henna
Edie Purse

Shrunken Fisherman Sweater: #41313, $88 - Beechwood, Cerise, Byzantine Blue
Minnie Pant in Stretch Twill: #18850, $79.50
Bubble Necklace: Either Coral or Papaya
Drea Patent Peep-Toe Pump: #64452, $198 - Neon Peach 
The Shrunken Fisherman Sweater was one of my favorites from the early Fall. I had the Beechwood in my closet for several months and just wore it recently with my Navy Flair Skirt. Absolutely love it. Now, I can't wait for the Byzantine Blue. I'd love to find it in White. Maybe that will be brought back later in the Spring.
So the Drea Peep-Toe Pumps are not quite the Joley Peep-Toe but the colors look gorgeous. I have a Kate Spade pump in a similar color of the Byzantine Blue but I'd love to see the Neon Azalea. 

Drea Patent Peep-Toe Pump: #64452, $198 - Neon Peach, Wild Mushroom, Casablanca Blue, Black, Neon Azalea 

Lucca Suede Sandals: #37224, $198 - Apricot Mist, Heritage Green, Soft Fuchsia, Navy, Espresso

Jackie Pullover: #65341, $65 - Canvas, Creamy Peach, Byzantine Blue, Warm Jade, Bright Violet, Vibrant Flame, Navy, Black
So the Jackie is coming in a pullover. I guess the popularity of the Tippi Sweater convinced TPTB to bring it in a cotton. The Warm Jade and the Canvas would be my first two picks.

The Tillary Collection
Bucket Bag: #63024, $198 - Warm Sienna, Dark Poppy (no Green! boo hoo!)
Purse: #63033, $148 - Warm Sienna, Collegiate Green, Dark Poppy
The Bucket Bag reminds me of the (and I'm dating myself) Dooney and Burke buckets that were so popular waaaaay back when. I love the green and wish it came in the bucket bag. The red looks very striking as well. I'd love to see it IRL.

Café Capri
Solid: #57064, $79.50 - Warm Jade, Casablanca Blue, Black, Natural, Desert
Italian Basket-Weave Collection: #60162, $228 - Glamour Pink - It's on Net-a-Porter here.
Green is my favorite color if you haven't guessed and this Warm Jade looks amazing. I really can't wait to see it IRL. I've only see the Casablanca Blue in-store so far. 

Blythe Blouse in Silk: #37871, $98 - Alabaster, Neon Azalea, Maraschino Cherry, Fiesta Purple, Royal, Black
Café Capri in Italian Basket-Weave
Tillary Bucket Bag: Dark Poppy
I wish I could have captured a better image of the Bucket Bag in Dark Poppy. It looks to be a gorgeous red in the catalog. I hope it's the same IRL.

Jules Dress in Waterfloral Collection: #60743, $285 - Glamour Pink
Biella Patent Loafers
The description says this Jules Dress is in the basket-weave cotton, like the Café Capri and No. 2 Pencil skirt in this print. This print looks amazing and almost tie-dye-ish.

Of course, this isn't the entire catalog and only looks to be a glimpse of what Resort/Spring 2012 will bring. I'm not sure when we will see these, if it's tomorrow or in a few weeks. There were Classic ballet flats and Cece ballet flats in various bright colors. Shorts and button-down shirts in new Spring colors too.  

What do you think of the new items? 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Que Bella - Christmas Edition

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas Day. We have been traveling north and south of my home the past three days seeing family for Christmas. I think everyone received what they asked for plus a little bit extra. I received some Talbots, Anthro, Philosophy and a little J Crew.

I was at my parents on Christmas Day and before leaving town I ran into my cousin, who's in from NYC. As you can see, I have a fashionable family. It was quite amusing to everyone, seeing us in the same print. I was able to find the dress on ebay after seeing Dina in it. I quite love it too and went with grays instead of blacks. My cousin did black and brown and I think she was wearing the MacAlister Wedge Boot in either Mink or Nut, or at least something similar looking.

On Fashionable Cousin #1: Black Turtleneck, Brown Belt, Brownish Booties, J Crew Flair Skirt in Floating Rose
On Fashionable Cousin #2: All J Crew-Tissue Turtleneck, Winsome Dress in Blurry Rose (6), Super Opaque Tights, Perry Peep-Toe Booties

I quite love this dress and can't wait to wear it again. And luckily, the next time I see my cousin she'll be getting married so there's no way we'll be wearing the same thing, although she suspects I will be in J Crew.

Have a Great Day!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Que Bella - Office Visit and Dinner

Hi everyone! We are in the home stretch of holiday shopping. Is everyone ready for Christmas? I have some presents to wrap and a few more gift card/stocking-stuffers to buy. I'll do that on Friday, after grabbing my Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks.

I was summoned to the office for the last visit of the year and was able to wear my flair skirt again. I've worn all three of mine at least twice each this month. I think my they are my favorite purchases of the year and probably the most worn!

Cardigan: J Crew Cashmere
Blouse: J Crew Natasha in Savannah/Wildcat
Skirt: J Crew Flair Skirt, Heather Acorn
Shoes: Cole Haan Booties
Tights: Forever 21

When I got home I changed into jeans and un-tucked the Natasha before heading out to dinner.
Jeans: J Crew Bootcut Jeans

Today, I have on the most coziest sweater from Anthropologie. I hope to post an OOTD of it tomorrow!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

J Crew New Arrivals...Spring 2012

I haven't taken advantage of any of the J Crew-palooza promos since Cyber-Monday. But with today's 30% off online and in-store I decided to stop in and make an exchange and see what new arrivals there might be. There were some bright new items for the Spring 2012 Collection. I was really excited to see new colors of the Tippi sweater. You'll see three of them below. I tried my best to capture the truest color of everything but without the right light it was a little difficult.

Tippi Sweater - #46725, SGR (something Green), M, $72.50 - Love this color! I couldn't pass up the 30% off so this one came home with me.

Truer to the real color

Tippi Sweater - #46725, NAZ(Neon Azalea), M, $72.50 - This is a great color too and not as bright as the Blythe in this color.

Floral Perfect Shirt - #60715, BBL, 8, $88, 57% Cotton/43% Silk - The texture reminds me of the Rose Vines Perfect Shirt. I do like it with the Neon Azalea Tipp and it looks good with the other Tippi below.

Jules Dress in Floral - #61607, BBL, 6, $188, 100% Silk/100% Acetate Lining - On the hanger this print is a lot to take in. But once you get it on it's not so bad. I love that it's 100% Silk.

Stripe Sweater Dress - I tried this on here and this one is the size Small. I decided to exchange the original Medium for the Small. It fits better and will probably stretch a bit.

Tippi Sweater -  #46725, LBL (something Blue, maybe Lagoon?), M, $72.50
Collection Striped Silk Tunic - #56512, FGR (something Gray), 8, $128 - This size was big on me but I didn't have the chance to try on the 6.
Ankle Toothpick Jean in Garment-Dyed Twill - #62443, LCI (Light Citron), 30 - These jeans are so comfortable and soft and bright! But they do show things you might not want shown (dimples and extra things and stuff). Not sure if the Blue Grotto will be the same. The Neon Persimmon looks like a good color too.

Such a pretty color for Spring!

Closest pic to the true color.

Stretch Perfect Shirt in Classic Stripe - # 44175, SUN (Sunflower), 8 - I like it tone-on-tone with the jeans.

City Mini in Blackwatch Plaid- #62440, BLA (Blackwatch), 6 - This must have been just an in-store only release. Cute and there weren't many left in the store. But I was able to snag the Schoolboy Blazer in Blackwatch Tartan on sale plus the 30% off so I passed on the skirt.

What do you think of some of these Spring items? I am really liking the Tippi colors and you'll be seeing the green on me soon.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Que Bella - Cashmere

Many years ago I disliked Cashmere very much because it was too itchy. My opinion has since changed and I love wearing it alone or layered. I must have had a bad batch or something because cashmere is no longer itchy to me but so soft and cozy. I could wear it all day, every day. And I pretty much have been doing just that.

Right now I am a J Crew snob and only have J Crew Cashmere BUT I do want to try other brands (Talbots, LE, etc.) if I can find just the right color. I have purchased at least one "fun" color and one "staple" color a year. I have a range of Tees (short and long-sleeve), Cardigans, V-Neck Sweaters, and Shawl Collar Sweaters. I have only bought my Cashmere on sale or with a % off or both (as it seems to be with JC these days). The rest I have found on ebay, quite the treasure trove out there, but I know you KWIM.

As far as my "fun" colors, I have Bright Dahia, Deep Poppy, a true Red from Old Navy, Jalapeño, Viridian Green or something similar to that, Dark Orange, Pink and Turquoise. For my "staple" colors, I have Snow (white), Black, Navy, Heather Caramel (camel), Cobblestone (gray) and Green. I like the fun colors because they do liven up a pair of jeans or pants. 

So, I found some time to take 3 outfit pics this week. I am lucky I have found made the time to get dressed every day. But each day I've had little errands to run so I'm not doing it at the last minute on Christmas Eve.

Monday...I felt patriotic but very warm and cozy. My legs were a little cold and could have used tights and boots instead of flats. I LOVE the Flair Skirt. It was a sizing issue for me that made me originally not like it but when I found my perfect size I was happy with the fit and "flair" of it all.
Sweater: J Crew Cashmere L/S Tee, Dark Poppy
Skirt: J Crew Flair Skirt, Navy, 8P
Shoes: Prada Calf Hair Flats (I've had these beauties for 6 years!)

Wednesday...I really like the color of these cords. I never saw them online so I believe they were an in-store only color. I had these hemmed for flats even though I bought the 29 Short. I think she removed at least two inches. As for this tee, I thought I had lost it. It had been missing for almost a year and then one day when I was going through my "handwash" only laundry I found it. Yay!
Cardigan: J Crew Cashmere Cody, Cobblestone
Tee: J Crew Reindeer Tee (2009)
Pants: J Crew Stretch Vintage Bootcut Cords, Bristol Blue (in-store color)
TOMS Shoes Black Glitter

Today...I wanted to somewhat re-create this look. I know the image is a little small and blurry but you can go here to see it. 

I liked the Tuxedo pant with the scarf and the glittery shoes. I completely missed out on this scarf but was able to find it at ASOS for much less than the JC Cashmere Scarf. Thank you Andrea, over at Life's Divine blog, for pointing me to it! (Also see the Forever 21 scarf!) I wanted to layer the Cashmere Tee but realized I do not have a black button-down shirt other than the Tartan Perfect Shirt, which I wore Thursday (sorry no pic) so I couldn't wear it again. (You can see it in my Polyvore strip on the right.) I settled on a J Crew Haberdashery in White from a few years ago along with Wool Tuxedo pants. I added the Asos scarf and I was off to J Crew. 
Shirt: J Crew Haberdashery, White
Sweater: J Crew Cashmere Tee, Snow
Pants: J Crew Wool Tuxedo Pants (ebay)
Shoes: Steve Madden Madee, Glitter

Scarf: Asos

I think I finally found a present for Husband the he will not expect. Not only is he hard to buy for but he spoils his gifts every year, including the Kindle he was going to get this year. He also found a stocking-stuffer and tried to use it before I caught him. The Boy is easy - cash and gift cards to Barnes & Nobles. But I am working with Santa on a special gift this year. Something he's not expecting at all. As for what I want, thank goodness for the Amazon Universal Wishlist Button or I wouldn't have anything under the tree. Not that I really want anything but it's helpful for the in-laws so they can pick something they know I will like.

Well, I'm off to try and wrap some presents this evening. Tomorrow I will be shopping for the nephews and niece and grabbing stocking-stuffers.

Have a Great evening!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Que Bella - Christmas Casual

Husband and I are off to an office Christmas party this evening. The dress code stated "Christmas Casual". This is about as "casual" as I'm going to get and still feel fan-cee.
Sparkley top, bright pants, fab shoes = Christmas Casual

Let's add bangs...
OK...let's not.

And talk about those favorites from last year, the J Crew Flannery Platform Peep-Toe. I love everything about this shoe. The different textures: flannel, suede, patent. The heel height with a platform making it very manageable to walk-in. The mary-jane strap and the peep-toe that has the maroon patent peeking out.

The top is J Crew Factory I purchased last month and the pants are the Lolli's from last year. I'll throw on my Boutonniere Blazer from last year and be ready to go. I must confess it was really hard to keep this outfit my version of casual. And from also being too typical "Christmas-y". You know, lots of red and or green.

How would you do Christmas Casual?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Review: Jules Dress & Stripe Sweater Dress

One of my last few orders from the recent J Crew Sale-a-paloozas were the Jules Dress in wool and the Stripe Sweater Dress. I had been eyeing the Sweater Dress for a while and like how it is styled online with a white button-up underneath. I have much love for the Jules Dress in Wildcat and was hoping I would like one of the solid colors just as much.

First up the Jules Dress. I debated for a few days between the Heather Aluminum (Gray) and the Fresh Strawberry. I could add pops of color to the Gray or add black or navy to tone down the Strawberry so it was a tough choice. I ended up choosing the Fresh Strawberry to have a bright color to punch up the winter time.

This is a size 8, which is the same size as the one in Wildcat that I own. I'm not quite sold on this. The wool is nice and lightweight. The color is not a strong red but is still pretty bright. I think I should have gotten the gray but my size is now sold-out so if I return this one I may not have another chance at it again, in either color.

Next up is the Stripe Sweater Dress. This is a Size Medium. It is a little loose in the shoulders and upper arms for me, which is a nice change for me and means it won't feel tight when I add a button-down underneath. As you can see, short-arm syndrome has struck again but the sleeves can be cuffed. I like the length as well on this too. And, it's not itchy. And the color, I love the color.

Side View

Here it is belted, which I really like. I lost a teeny bit of length but now it has some shape to it.
Two front pockets you barely notice

I would say you could size down on this one. I could exchange it for a Small but because of how I plan to wear it, layered and belted, I will stick with a Medium. Also, I think the stripes are a nice width that they don't make me look wider than I already am in the hips.

So what do you think of these two dresses? Plan on purchasing them during the new promo offer?