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Friday, February 6, 2015

Eyeing & Buying Lately

I don't know about you, but I've noticed that I will go for a couple of months hardly buying anything, and then one month I'll purchase a big haul of stuff.  It all balances out in the end and I'm never outside of my budget, but some months I'll admit I do look a little crazy.  

That said, NO, I did not buy all of the things listed below.  Not yet, anyway.  Muahaha.  I bought some of them along with a few others I didn't show but will link to below, and I'm contemplating the rest.  I usually love fall clothing, but I'm not gonna lie...right now I'm really excited for spring!  It's hard not to be when it's 70 and sunny over here.  D

Here's what I'm eyeing or buying these days:


1.  Tomato Red Pintuck Blouse - Allllmost purchased this, and still contemplating.  I have a top just like this in navy (worn here) and wear it a lot more than I thought I ever would.  I love this bright tomato red and don't have much in my closet like it...but maybe that's for a reason.  I couldn't decide if I would really wear it--namely if it actually went with anything else in my closet--or if I was letting my emotions decide for me, which is not my favorite way to shop.  SO, I left it for now to continue thinking about.  Comes in white and navy too.

2.  Lace Skirt - I looked at this a week or two ago online, but it was sold out in my size and now it's back in stock.  Woohoo!  I even went to the store to try to hunt it down, but no dice.  We have several weddings left this year, and with Addie still not taking a bottle I want another option for separates that I can dress up for a wedding and still nurse in.  I hope this skirt fits me because it'd fill a really nice hole in my closet!  

3.  Embroidered Top - Also in white and navy.  I'm still contemplating this one.  It's a great piece for spring and summer as it'll go with a lot of things and have the same versatility as a plain tee but look more interesting.  I'm just not sure about the structure of the sleeves for my arms.  Only way to know is to try it, right?

4.  Metallic Dots Tee - Have not ordered yet, but WANT.  And selfishly I did not want to even tell you guys about this tee until I ordered it because I don't want it to be sold out.  Especially because it's on sale.  It's one of those pieces that is basic and neutral, which is easy for remixing, but has something special to it which keep outfits interesting.

BTW, can anyone speak to sizing for J.Crew Factory?  I've only actually bought things from there minimally, but I look longingly at stuff all the time and think I'd purchase from there more if I got familiar with the sizing.

5.  Floral Top - SO PRETTY.  Contemplating this too.  It's a little pricier than I would normally pay for a top, but I can see it going with sooooooo many things and in a lot of different scenarios: casual, business casual, business (not like I need that one, though), and dressy.  I know there's this whole thing about cost per wear and yaddy yadda, but it's still hard for me to get over a certain price for a shirt.  If I end up with it, I will have thought loooooong and hard about it.

6.  Striped Sweatshirt - What can I say?  I'm a sucker for stripes.  I haven't bought this and ultimately don't think I will because I juuust bought a workout sweatshirt thing.  I'd way rather have this one, but too bad for me!

7 & 8.  Grey and Red Pebbled Clutches - I agonized over grey or red, but ultimately went with red.  I already have a cognac clutch and just got this black clutch from Sole Society, so I didn't feel like I'd use a grey one much.  It's a great color though!  And how cute would the red clutch be with the floral top?  <3

9.  Sunglasses - Oops, I just realized I included the wrong pair in the collage.  I didn't purchase those because they're sold out.  I purchased this similar pair in hopes that they are enormous.  (I looked at the measurements online, but you never know.)  I'd love some huge sunglasses right now!

That's all, folks!

If any of you can tell me about J.Crew Factory sizing, I'd love some info!  Also, what are you all looking for as you get ready for spring?

32 comments:

  1. Becca :: Making RoomFriday, February 06, 2015

    I haven't ordered much from J.Crew Factory because my sister said she ordered a size 0 skirt and it fell right off her! I ordered a dress once, though, and it fit true to size. I'm very curious to hear what others say.

    And finally, I'm hosting a Paris-themed book giveaway on my blog if anyone is interested. :) http://beccagarber.com/giveaway-of-book-paris-letters-and-a-letter-from-paris/

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  2. I've gotten some of the chinos and a few tops from J Crew Factory and I feel it is TTS. I'm a small and size 4 pretty much everywhere. And I think my tee (very similar to that one except gray and black) is a good fit, right length.

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  3. I call myself a medium most often, but often do small at JCrew.

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  4. I find them pretty TTS, but I find their tees and sweatshirts (really, anything washable) tends to shrink significantly in the wash, sometimes even up to a full size. If it's at all short on you, it will shrink 1-2 inches shorter (and a lot tighter) in the wash, so just bear that in mind when you're deciding whether or not to keep something.

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  5. J.Crew Factory does run a bit big--I usually go down a size for skirts and dresses. Shirts and pants are a little less consistent in terms of whether they run big or small. Their collector tees (like the one you mentioned) are usually true to size though. I have a JCF store about 10 minutes from my house, so I go pretty often. I'd be glad to try things on for you the next time I go :)

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  6. I have 3 JCrew Factory collector tees - 2 fit in XS, 1 i had to size up to S! Hard to order online because of size inconsistency in my opinion. I normally buy XS in other stores.

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  7. For a change, I think I can actually be of help to you! :) I shop J. Crew often (clearance and sale that is! ;-)) and I've learned that when it comes to pants they are true to size, same with dresses. On tops however - if the cotton is thicker (like their striped boatneck 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve tees) the fit is TTS, BUT if it's light weight cotton or tissue weight (the vast majority of their short-sleeved tees, embellished tops, collection tees - you'll want to go down a size from what you'd wear in Merona at Target. That rule of thumb has served me well - hopefully it helps you too! :)

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  8. I love that metallic dot tee. So simple and chic.

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  9. J. Crew and J. Crew Factory always run big for me. In a T-shirt, I'm guessing a small might be a little too big for you depending on how loose of a fit you want. They're on of the only brands where I'm still comfortable ordering a small, even though I'm still hanging onto a few pounds of baby weight. That metallic dot shirt is super cute!

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  10. I have an earlier F21 version of this skirt from about four years ago (black lace over a beige-ish background, and I love it, but I've never quite figured out what to wear with it besides black, beige, or maybe off white with black accents. I'd be so grateful if you could give me some ideas!

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  11. Hi Sue! I was thinking of a cobalt top, saturated pink, or saturated green. I think a pastel pink would go also, but I don't own that color at the moment! And I would top off the looks with a gold statement necklace of some sort.

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  12. I ordered two similar foil tees from J Crew Factory and found them too big from my usual size. Also I wasn't thrilled with the quality when I saw them in person.

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  13. I agree with Audrey! I wear mine with a beautiful green (almost emerald) top. I've also worn it with deep red and it looks amazing that way as well.

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  14. I am really trying to stick to my budget too. I have been making lists before I buy and I even opened a checking account for budgeting! I added that embroidered top and the floral top to my wish list for spring!! Love those! Groop Dealz has a metallic dot tee on their site today! Cute and affordable! Susan

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  15. Thanks for the heads up about the Groop Dealz metallic dot tee, Susan! Personally, making a shopping list is sooooo helpful for me to stay on budget. When I don't make a list I'm kind of just shooting in the dark!

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  16. You are welcome! There is one at Brina Box too. I was going to order it for my daughter. I actually opened a separate checking account for budgeting this month. It is helping a lot!! Susan

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  17. if youre feeling crafty, you could DIY the polkadot tee -- the Pretty Life gals posted a DIY for this very thing here:
    http://www.prettylifegirls.com/2014/10/plg-diy-gold-foil-polka-dot-shirt.html#.VNjSRbFnD48

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  18. I do my shopping the same way - not much (or very little) for months and then a lot of shopping at the beginning of seasons - usually spring and fall.

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  19. I think J Crew sizing runs small. Where I'm normally a size small at Loft I'm a size medium at J Crew Factory.

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  20. I have one of the collector tees from J Crew Factory and I think they are pretty true to size. I tried ordering one a size larger than my normal size because I wanted it to be loose fitting and it was way too big, so it had to go back. I would say that even if you are looking for a looser fit, still order your normal tshirt size.

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  21. I'm looking for dresses, most of which I'll probably make. I'm taller than average so dresses hit me a little higher and may not be office appropriate. New York & Company had a good sale, so I bought a few cardigans to go with them.

    I get what you mean about the tomato blouse. Whenever I make a purchase outside of my normal color range, it usually sits in my closet for a year before I give it away.

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  22. That was incredibly helpful. Thank you so much!

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  23. You're very welcome! J. Crew's online outlet also has some of the prettiest necklaces! Sign up for their emails, and when you get a discount code you can score $50 necklaces for about $14. ;-)

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  24. I do the same, buy nothing for months and then hit the stores hard. But alas Spring is just over the horizon here in PA. I am pumped for it. And I would like to know how u fair with J Crew factory, I'm have similar concerns about sizing.

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  25. The XS tissue tee fit me in a very fitted way, but I preferred S for a looser fit.

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  26. Did you end up purchasing the floral top (#5), Audrey? I'm curious if I'll see it styled here in the near future... :)

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  27. I did purchase it, but I'm returning it because the shoulders didn't work for me. My shoulders are a little broader and these sleeves are capped which didn't look good. Sad, cuz the print is so pretty!
    Sent from Outlook

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  28. Hi Audrey, I am contemplating on buying this floral top from J Crew Factory but not sure of their sizing, I am usually a petite XS in Loft, Ann Taylor. What size would you recommend?

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  29. I'm normally S or sometimes M in regular Loft tops, and the S for this J.Crew Factory floral top fit me much better than the M.

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  30. Thank you ! Love your blog btw :)

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