j.crew review–part 1

Tartan plaid shirt; Red wine tee; Striped tissue turtleneck tee; Black tankini top; Black high waisted bikini bottom.

Red wine tee; Black coated J Brand skinny jeans (old, similar); Kenneth Cole New York ankle boots in cognac (old, similar).

I think I found my new drinking shirt, oh yeah. I got my j.crew order and of course, this tee was the first up at bat. It’s true to size (size Small) and it’s mid weight where it’s not tissue thin but not thick either. It’s a total keeper. You should buy this tee for the red wine lover in your life for the holidays.

On left: Tartan plaid shirt; Black coated J Brand skinny jeans (old, similar); Kenneth Cole New York ankle boots in cognac (old, similar).

On right: Tartan plaid button down shirt (old, similar); Black coated J Brand skinny jeans (old, similar); Kenneth Cole New York ankle boots in cognac (old, similar).

I ordered the wrong size for the new j.crew Stewart plaid shirt on the left, it’s a size 4. I should have ordered a size 2, which is the size of the j.crew shirt on the right. It’s from last year and still fits me, surprisingly. I would have exchanged the new shirt for a size 2, but the side vents are too high. I could see the waistband of my jeans, which I don’t mind, but I don’t wish to inadvertently flash my muffin top. So, I’m returning this shirt.

Striped tissue turtleneck tee; Banana Republic ruched skirt (old, similar); Vince cardigan (old, similar); Kenneth Cole New York ankle boots in cognac (old, similar).

The j.crew tissue turtleneck in stripes is another keeper for your fall/winter layering needs. It’s true to size (I’m wearing a size Small) and soft like your favorite thin tee. Keep in mind it’s fitted so it will easily fit under your sweaters, sweatshirts, cardigans, etc. without adding bulk. I bought several of these tissue turtlenecks before (and I wore the heck out of them), but they are too small for me now. I’ll get back to my fighting weight again. Until then, I stocked up on these for this fall and winter in other colors too (black, navy, wine and black/ivory stripe).

Black tankini top; Black high waisted bikini bottom.

I debated on showing a pic of me in the tankini since I don’t feel my personal best. But, here it is in the hope that it helps you decide on whether to try this swimsuit or not. Try it, you won’t regret it. It gets top ratings online for good reason, it’s awesome. Keep in mind that I have a longer torso, but it still keeps me covered in the middle. I usually don’t find one-piece swimsuits comfortable or flattering due to the long torso, so this tankini is flipping fantastic.

It’s true to size, I’m wearing a size Small. I also ordered a size Medium, just to see. The Medium was too big in the chest and in the back of the bikini bottoms (with puckered hems). I also love the pique matte fabric of this swimsuit, so flattering since it’s doesn’t highlight lumps and bumps. I also ordered this tankini suit in the red color and I’m keeping both. The top is adjustable with a halter tie at the top and a tie at the waist where you could tie a bow in the front or back. The high waisted bikini bottom locks in everything, which is great for this new mama. I highly recommend this super cute tankini!

Part 2 of my recent j.crew purchases will be posted soon, so please check back.

Happy Thursday! xx

Free People recent purchases & reviews

Sweatshirt dress in red; Cotton poplin dress in black; Sweaterdress in black/white; Plaid sequin blouse in red (also here); Ribbed leggings in oatmeal; Floral sweater leggings in black.

Free People had a flash sale online a couple of weeks ago and I quickly ordered a bunch of holiday party and winter looks. Well, out of the six items I ordered above, I only kept one dress and a pair of sweater leggings.

First, I ordered the red sweatshirt dress in a size Small and it was returned for being too short and too fitted around my stomach. The sweatshirt fabric was on the thin side too.

On the plus side, I kept the black cotton dress which is a size Small. The cut of the dress is flattering and adjustable due to the bow tie at the back of the neck. The poplin material is thin for the winter weather, but this subtly sexy dress will be clutch for my resort vacation and for the upcoming spring and summer. The open back amps up the sexy factor.

Next, the black and white sweater dress in a size Small was returned due to being fitted in the stomach area and the material looked a bit cheap, where you just know it will pill like crazy.

So, I had high hopes for the red plaid blouse since I saw it in the Free People store, but there was no time to try it on. I ordered it in a size XS because it’s generously cut in the torso. Sadly, I returned this because the stitching along the back of the top was on the tight side. Also, there are these gorgeous tiny sequins that sparkle in the light. BUT, the sequins are quite itchy at the collar and neckline, it was a deal-breaker for me. I may try on a size Small to see if the collar is less or not itchy.

The oatmeal ribbed leggings (in a size Small) were a hard pass for me. Thin and see through, yikes. I tried on a size Small.

Lastly, the floral sweater leggings are the bomb! This is one of my favorite recent purchases. They are cozy and the different colors in the floral pattern complements lots of my tunic sweaters. I purchased a size Small and they are true to size. I wore the leggings for nearly three days in a row during Thanksgiving weekend, I did not want to take them off! These would make for an excellent holiday gift too.

Happy Tuesday night to you! xx

recent purchases & outfits

Happy Thanksgiving week! I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of 2017. This is a follow-up from my earlier post featuring my recent purchases (discussed here with reviews and sizing information). As you can see below, I love and recommend them all.

Colorblocked tunic (old, similar); Grey leopard leggings; Grey slip-on sneakers (old, similar).

Oversized sweater in red; Camo leggings leggings (similar); Dolce Vita white ankle boots (similar here & here).

Striped beach caftan.

Tassel sweater (also here, here & here); Moto vegan leather miniskirt; Zara metallic ankle boots (old, similar).

Camo hooded jacket; Striped camel/navy turtleneck (old, similar); Current Elliott Stiletto jeans (old, similar); Grey flannel high top slip-on sneakers (old, similar); Michael Kors polarized sunglasses (also here).

Are you hitting the Thanksgiving sales? Let’s have a great week! xx

my recent loves

Camo hooded jacket; Tassel sweater (also here at 30% off, here & here); Striped beach caftan; Grey leopard leggings; Moto vegan leather miniskirt; Easy Breezy ankle socks.

Happy November to you! Here are a few recent purchases that I’m seriously loving.

I ordered a size Small and Medium in the camo quilted jacket, but I kept the Medium. I am going to wear the jacket over sweaters and sweatshirts, so I needed to go up one size from my usual Small. The weight is great for transitional fall weather and I love the deep hood to keep my head and neck warm. It has two exterior hand warmer pockets and it’s machine washable. I highly recommend this camo jacket.

I ordered this pricey tassel sweater on a whim because it was instant love, yet I was hoping to hate it due to the price. I paid full price for it too, which is rare for me. But of course, it’s perfect. The slouch factor is on point and the details are really special. It looked especially cute with skinny jeans. A total keeper. I’m not the only one who thinks this way, because it’s nearly sold out already. I have a size Small and it runs true to size.

The striped beach tunic was just ordered online so I haven’t received it yet. I’ve been stalking this caftan for months and it’s now 65% off. I’m hoping it will be a great addition to my summer wardrobe. We also have a family vacation planned for this winter so this number should come in handy. I ordered a size XS/S for reference.

The grey leopard leggings are fun and inexpensive. I plan on wearing my oversized tunic sweaters with these leggings. I also ordered a regular leopard pair and a camo pair but it looks like they have sold out online. I’d check back to see if they have been restocked though, because cute. I went with my usual size, Small.

I’m very excited for this moto mini in faux leather! I haven’t received it yet and I am praying that the size 6 I ordered fits. I followed the size guide on the website. I can see this being versatile. And cool.

The socks are just fun. And on major sale. Easy breezy, right?

Happy Election Day, don’t forget to vote!