After seeing Jean tweet about the extra 40% J. Crew sale items in store, I of course went to the mall to scope out the deals.
J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Maraschino Cherry, Sz 0 (buy here)
Imagine my glee when I saw this on the sale rack. I quickly snatched it up and tried it on only to find that it had been misplaced and was actually a regular price item. :( At $188, I'm going to wait and see if it will go on sale before I pull the trigger. For now, it has been placed high on this year's lust list. The sz 0 actually fits me really well. Sleeves are fitted but not tight, shoulders fit well, waist is nicely nipped but doesn't pull, and the length is perfect (pls excuse my untucked shirt). My favorite part of this blazer, aside from the bright red color, are the gold buttons. I always underestimate the power of a good button until I see one.
Verdict: Wait and stalk online :)
This is a rather long post so see more after the jump!
Merino Cambon Cardigan, XXS (buy here)
I loved the look of this but it just didn't fit right on me. There is gaping at the chest and the looseness in the torso seems to make me look lumpy. I was so tempted to buy this and just wear it unbuttoned but I held back.
Verdict: No. For the price, I think I should be able to wear it both buttoned and unbuttoned.
Drapey Sequin Tank, Sm (buy here)
I had to size up to a small in order for this tank to actually be drapey. XS fit but clung too much to my tummy - not flattering! It was cute but looks much better on Amber and Kelly.
Gimlet Skirt in Coaster Stripe, Sz 2 (buy here)
I was really drawn to the pleating and stripes on this skirt but it made me look short and I'm not quite sure why. Maybe because it takes up such a large chunk of vertical space?
Ringspun Stripe Henley, XS (buy here)
The XS fits well and I love the width of these stripes. I originally grabbed this to try on with some cords but those were an epic fail. My post partum body just isn't ready for most pants.
Verdict: No, just not something I have to have.
The next day I headed to J. Crew Factory:
Girls' Enamel Bangles, $9
I finally found bangles that don't slip off! The picture on the right is a size comparison to a regular bangle. It doesn't look that much smaller but it makes a world of difference. My store had red and turquoise available.
Verdict: Bought both colors. Special thanks to Annie who shared her bangle buying experience in the girls' section of H&M.
Factory Perfect Shirt in Maxi Check, XS (buy here)
I was intrigued by the large pattern check of this (as well as the colors offered). XS was the smallest size in store and had a little bit of a relaxed fit (something I prefer for button downs) without any unsightly gaping at the chest. The sleeves are strangely long and go almost all the way to the tips of my fingers.
Verdict: No for now, not a must-have
Factory Perfect Shirt in Plaid, Mineral Gray (buy here)
In case anyone was looking for a gray / white gingham.
Uber-comfy shopping outfits
I just got these new Born Susanne boots last week from 6pm.com (buy here) and LOVE them! They have a slight heel, a lovely caramel brown color, and are super comfy (can withstand walking around all day).
I didn't make a shopping-related resolution this year (I failed miserably at this for 2011) but I felt rather proud that I didn't go crazy and only purchased 2 bracelets for myself and some items for the kiddos. Any good shopping finds lately?