Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I am inlove with the Selvedge Chambray shirt. I'm inspired by J.Crew's fall looks, a la the one used in my photo. I think this look is so purposeful and adds that working contrast in comparison to the usually feminine looks you see.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
3. The Tiered Ruffle Skirt, $148, in Light Pewter.
I have to say I love this skirt. I've seen the reviews by other girls (Slastena, Gigiofca) and have been wondering about it. But seeing it IRL sealed the deal for me. The materials are gorgeous, and I think hard to appreciate from the web only. I love the chiffon they used in the tiers and I think it's playful but long enough to not be too kiddish. I am loving the look paired with the Rimini flat gladiator sandals, as in the picture. I'm thinking about pairing the skirt with the jacket and a cute skinny belt too.
& Ladies if I had a camera with me, I'd be all about the IRL photos. & to think I finally have a full length mirror, not to mention the bravado, here to do the deed.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Well. I digress. I decided to give it another shot today and pulled it from the Yuck Pile since I have packed my suitcase and am now hemmoraging for something to wear. It's way too casual for work, but it's Spring Break, no one's here, I'm only in the office for a couple hours to tie up loose ends, and it's Friday. Heck! It's practically a holiday. Well it is to some, it's Good Friday here.
So I have paired the dress with the dreaded Lea cardigan in the Snow color. I normally hate this cardigan. I luuurrrrve the buttons. The buttons are fab. However the shape is too boxy and I don't like the way it opens up. It's too open, IMO, when it's unbuttoned. It doesn't have a cute open-ness, if anyone knows what I mean. It has a tendency to look sloppy, which is weird with the gorgeous antique buttons. I guess I jut find it awkward.
Well since I have nothing to wear, and it matched the Rapallo, I put it together, and it actually looks kind of cute. I wore a brown leather belt I miraculously found in the Yuck Pile (how things Yuck come back in vogue, non?) that I used to wear with jeans back in the day, and the little outfit looked so adorable, it might make another comeback.
On my feet, given the casual mood, I've got the black & white capiz shell capri sandals from Summer '08. Everytime I walk, it sounds like I'm the tambourine (wo)man. But whatevs! I leave for Hawaii tomorrow and I'm enjoying my day a lot more since I have repurposed some of the stuff I would have left for possible Thrift Shop-ville. I feel good about it. We all need to go back and shop our closets again. Old is New!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Ahh. The Cotton Cady Claudine Tank Dress. Have you ever thought that it's really sick that we all know the names of these items? That we care about our beloved J.Crew so much that we have set aside certain areas in our frontal lobe for this? Anyway. I digress. This dress has been on my mind for some time. I love the fabric. I mean I loooooove it. & I think the style is timeless. Also, no one can see the jelly roll I have going on underneath this thing and so the not-so-perfect areas of my figure are now flattered. & for $69.99?! Shoot... I am considering wearing to a wedding in Hawaii in May. Am envisioning this, with a cymbidium corsage, or something along those lines. You know, keep it old-school. & the metallic Collection Lulus. Oh I love.
I got the men's belt because I was inspired by the J.Crew's Fall Collections here.
I love how for $29.99 I can transform an otherwise feminine ensemble into something with a little masculinity. I'm definitely considering pair this with the Claudine dress above. & maybe even the cardigan over the dress, too. What do you think?
I also got the Bobbie dress for $59.99. I already have the white one pictured here, and on this order I got it in navy. I am telling you, this is the BEST summer dress. With a cardigan and some gold thin sandals, or the gladiator sandals that were on sale for $49.99 a little while ago (I was able to snag them in the metallic gold color and I love the way they look), this dress is going to be a gem, especially on vacay in Honolulu in late spring and in summer here in Okinawa. I realize weather will affect how much you love this dress, but I am a fan of the wash-n-wear, especially when sooo many of my J.Crew pieces are the opposite of that. I think I brought up my horrendous dry cleaning bill in the past.
This was kind of those, "Should I or Shouldn't I" things that Gigiofca usually does great reviews of. I threw it in at the last minute because the price was good, and the neck kind of spoke to me. I got it in the charcoal color and am envisioning it as a casual piece, maybe with leggings and ballet flats and an oversized cardi for the plane. Or maybe with flip flops at the beach. What I'm hoping is that Size Small will work. When dresses say S or XS, I'm usually a size in between. I'm hoping that this will not be left to the yuck pile.
Not pictured but also snagged the Hammered Silk black dress (don't know the name, I know, sacriledge, right?) for $49.99.
Well, that was my happy happy evening last night. Am very excited to see these in my mail box soon.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Does'th mine eyes deceive me or am I seeing something other than the dreaded Final Sale?? What is Spring Sale and why am I having the hardest time editing my shopping cart down? Surely I can do better than the obscene amount of money I have totaling at the bottom of the page.
I am salivating.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Dark Tuesday by nojcrewinjapan featuring Theory shorts
So today is dark and a little cloudy and dreary over here in usually lovely Okinawa, Japan. I am on Day 2 of searching the back of my closet for things to wear that don't *totally* suck to conserve outfits for my upcoming trip this week to Hawaii for work. I made my last drycleaning run yesterday so this is really it.
After some cursing this morning because I wasn't able to wear the goodies I picked up from the drycleaner yesterday, like my black cotton poplin dress, I ended up picking out this ensemble.
The pants are a 60's inspired skinny-leg wool pair from Theory that I haven't worn in a really.long.time. The top is similar to the Marc Jacob's shown, but is from Banana Republic a few seasons ago and has flutter sleeves, as well as a dark forest green and white houndstooth check.
I just got my pearl necklace from J.Crew yesterday in the mail and have decided to pair that with my Chanel J12.
In keeping with the 60's theme of the pants, I opted to put my hair in a stretch headband, which creates that teased, beehive-ish effect at the crown of my head. I stuck with pale lids and lips, and went for tons of black mascara and black eyeliner.
Somebody pass me a hula-hoop! I'm ready to do the twist.
Instead I opted for oranges, reds and greens. On the surface it sounds too colorful. Even for me. But against the beiges, ecrus and flax backgrounds, the colors seemed to pop. & the house is truly a little beach cottage. So a playful mix of color seemed appropriate.
Monday, April 6, 2009
monday monday by nojcrewinjapan featuring J Crew sweaters
I am finally back! I've been distracted the last couple of weeks by our move to the new house, making sure all the boxes were unpacked and getting things ready for our housewarming party. Now that we're finally settled i can turn my attentions back to my beloved little space here.
Today's kind of a *blah* outfit day, but for good reason. I leave for Hawaii for work next Saturday, and I've got to conserve the good outfits for the trip. I'll be there for 5 weeks. Trying to rustle all the things I hardly wear out of my closet this week and keep the goodies for next week.
I told you before I have thismany tartine cardigans. I don't know, but when they came out they were addicting. So here's my rhubarb tartine in action. I paired it today with the tissue pleated top in white, and it is tucked into my denim pencil skirt. The outfit is soooo blah it was almost not worth mentioning, but I thought I'd throw it all on the blog to get rolling again.