First, J. Crew reviews. Like the rest of blogger community, I hit J. Crew's extra 30% off sale online after seeing it posted by Elle and was very excited when I got my shipment several days later.
Merino Chiffon-Placket Cardigan, Gold, XS, $21
This cardigan is making the rounds in the petite community (I believe Vicky, Elle, PAG, Really Petite and Alterations Needed have reviews thus far - let me know if I missed you and I'll add the link). As Elle noted, the cardigan has weirdly tight sleeves but a loose torso. I wore it under a blazer the other day but will also be trying it per PAG's suggestions for future occasions. I love the color of this and despite the fit issues, I'm going to keep it. I also ordered Weathered Wood but returned it because I was hoping for more a rust color and mine looked very brown. After looking PAG and AN's posts, I'm thinking maybe I judged it too harshly from bad lighting. Oh well, better for my wallet!
Darla Ruffle Cami, Charcoal, Sz 0, $14 (orig. $88)
I love the silk material and ruffle detail. It's a tad low-cut and big in the torso (particularly from the side), but silk for $14 is a good deal and the 2 cons aren't deal-breakers.
Always Pocket Cardigan, Heather Dove, XXS, $17.50 (orig. $39.50)
I HEART this cardigan! It's super soft and it fits so well though the arms are a tad tight again. Maybe my arms are just big for my body? I'm going to use this as a basis for my future cardigan DIYs.
Pleated Flutter Shell, Gossamer Peach, XS, $14 (orig. $39.50)
Another super soft tank with a silk-trim placket. It's a teeny bit loose but has a slim silhouette which is my primary concern.
Muse Tank, Golden Topaz, XS, $21 (orig. $59.50)
I originally saw this on Vicky and absolutely loved it (PetiteXXS also reviewed this in Gray). It does NOT look as good on me. I like the color a lot but I'm not sure if this is a keeper.
Verdict: Undecided, what do you think?
Now on to the mall where I headed to H&M.
Gray Cowl Neck Sweater, XS, $15
How many gray cowl neck sweaters could a gal really wear (I bought this one at LOFT)? Ordinarily, I wouldn't have bothered but the material was just super soft and I loved how this looked boat neck style (thanks PAG for the idea!). Plus, it was only $15!
Bird Print Blouse, Sz 4, $17.50
I love the whimsical bird print. It's a tad short to wear with low-slung pants but I think it'd be perfect with a skirt.
Next, after seeing Really Petite, Cee, and Elle review Express outerwear, I decided to go check it out myself.
Cotton Canvas Belted Trench Coat, Midnight Plum, XS
I thought the fit was pretty good but I just didn't love it. I don't think I can pull it off.
Verdict: No - wish they had it in Camel!
(Minus the) Leather Belted Jacket, Gray, XS
There was a brief instant wherein I thought I could pull this off. But I definitely can't - I'll leave the leather jacket style to Really Petite :) It fit well though!
(Minus the) Suede Flyaway Cardigan, Gray, XS
This looked very cute on the model but not so much on me. It was a little bigger than I expected it to be.
Tiered Bottom Wool Trench Coat, Camel, XS
Ah, the famous coat seen on Cee and Elle (see links above)! I had high hopes for this and the waist fit well but I just don't have enough substance in the chest area to fill it out so it looks a little floppy there.
Phew! That was a lot of shopping! I must seem crazy but I will be cleaning out the closet for Goodwill donations.
And, just to put you in a festive spirit, here's my (failed) attempt at a gingerbread house. I'll do better next year! :)