Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Big review post! J. Crew, Cole Haan, and what dress did I choose for the ball?!!!

ALLLLLL that stuff I ordered finally made it all the way to China and are finally in my little hands. Most everything worked out wonderfully! so lots to review!

First up - do you need a good, basic long-sleeve layering tee? If so, Nordstrom's juniors brand Rubbish makes awesome long-sleeve shirts. I've had some for a few years and it was finally time to pick up some new ones.

This is the Rubbish Extended Cuff Tee. Currently on sale for $12.90. Because it's juniors I size up to a medium.

Here it is in grey on me.

Worn with my Lululemon Groove Pants (so stylin'! Hey, I didn't leave the house today...) BTW these tees are one million times better than J. Crew's "perfect fit" tee. I hate those things. They get so stretched out during wear and the sleeves are too short and the bottom rides up.. yuck.

Next up, Anthropologie's Camp Facile Shirt by Odille. I love this shirt. It's gorgeous. It feels like silk, but is actually rayon. I bought it in the army green color, which in my pictures actually looks a little distorted - it's more of a true army green in real life - you can see the true color in the photo below.

Look at the pretty details... gold buttons, the braiding on the sleeve cuff, which also goes along the back in a straight line.

I own about 2 or 3 Odille blouses, and took a size 2 in all of them - so I bought a size 2 in this as well. Truth be told, I could have sized up to a 4 - the button pulls ever so slightly across the chest. If I were in the US I'd exchange it for a 4 - being here, I will settle for the one I have. I also think that if I wear a less "pusher-upper" bra, that will solve the problem. ;)

Next up, J. Crew reviews! very happy with my recent J. Crew purchases.

First, the Sherpa Zip Hoodie, now on sale for $60. Love. So comfy! The sleeves and the pockets are not lined with the sherpa lining - I thought it was last year, but I don't know for sure. I took a size small - I think you should size up with this one.

MMM. Fuzzy. This is the warm taupe color.

Next, the popular Arrow Sweater-jacket (in black), which has been reviewed all over the blogging world. Currently on sale for $80, and I bought it during the additional 30% off sale. This sweater is 100% merino wool, very soft and very thick. Well worth the sale price. No quality issues so far, no pilling, etc.

I took this in a size XS. I like a more form fitting look.

Next is the Glen-plaid Sasha Coat. It appears to be sold out on the website, so no clicky. I bought this coat because it was on sale for such a great price... and I am so glad I did! I think it's super cute. It has a more boxy fit but it's still flattering - I like that it has a swingy look to it - very cute. Also love the plaid which is subtle but adds something extra. Net-a-porter is selling it for $300 still, but J. Crew just had it at a sale price of $99.

I went with a size 2 - it is great because it is roomy and there is no problem layering underneath this coat. It's funny because this coat didn't catch my eye at all and I really bought it for the great price... and it ended up being an awesome purchase.

In that picture I am also wearing my favorite style of jeans - 7 for all mankind's straight leg in rinse wash. These are the ones I bought for 30% off at I have other jeans in this same brand and style, and needed another.

For me, 7 for all mankind fits true to my waist size. Strange, but in light color washes, I find they stretch out and I size down one size. I also bought 7FAM's newest fit "the skinny bootcut" - no picture because they are really long and need to be hemmed, but I really like them - the fabric is definitely different than my other 7fam jeans - true to the product description on their website, this is a very stretchy, tighter-fit fabric - but my regular waist size still fit.

Nextttttttt.... another J. Crew coat - the Stadium Cloth Peacoat with Gold Buttons, in Navy. I also got this with a 20% off code, yay!

Sorry this pic is sideways... I really like the stadium cloth fabric - it feels very very warm and looks and feels rich and luxurious in my opinion!

I listened to my blogger friends and went with a size 4 in this, as I heard it runs a little snug - and the 4 is perfect. Can't wait to wear this coat!

BTW can you see my shoes in that last picture? They are the Cole Haan Air Astrid flats in Beige. They are MUCH lighter (in color) than I thought they would be (you were right Ehayes!) I bought them on major sale at Neiman's. They are super comfy and TTS. The downside is I think they are really plain and sort of boring, and I thought the color was going to be a rich camel color, which it is not... I feel it's sort of a "matronly" (OK, GRANDMA-Y) color.

Keep or return?

And, OMG FINALLY, the final product.... which I am in love with. The J. Crew Studded Ballet Flats, which I also had a coupon for (nice, J. Crew with all the recent coupons...).

They run TTS, they feel extremely well made, the leather is so soft and supple.... I love them. Can't find any sort of fault with these.

Their awesomeness, combined with my "blah-ness" over the Cole Haan flats prompted me to run out (well, run to the computer) to buy one more pair of J. Crew flats, the Kerrington flats (currently on sale) in metallic pewter.

I'll let you know how I like these when they come in.

And that's it. And please don't add up all my purchases. I don't want to know. ;)



PPS - Am I a huge blonde or what? I didn't even post about my ball dress! I guess I'll save that for tomorrow. ;)


  1. I love it all (girl, you could make anything look good!) but especially covet the Odille blouse and the J Crew Sasha and Stadium coats. I can't wait to see what you wore to the ball!

  2. I loveeee all of your coats, so cute!

  3. Ha, you're so cute that you forgot to post the gown picture. LOVE all of your purchases, they all look great on you. Especially the navy coat, it's a classic.

  4. LOVE the JCrew coat and the Anthro Tunic... funny about the shoes being lighter... are they super comfy?? if so, i say keep... if they aren't anymore comfy than J.Crew or TB or whatever else you usually wear, then maybe return... I know when I'm not 100% satisfied things just sit in my closet... can't wait to see the dress :)

  5. Awesome JCrew coat. I love the gold buttons with navy. Not digging the color of the Cole Haan's either, but I love the studded flats. Nice purchases all around!

  6. Amazing, amazing buys Steph! So happy for you! Great choices. That army green tunic is amazing, love the studded flats! That sherpa hoodie might be my favorite purchase (I got the olive color), it's sooooooo warm and soft, I can't get enough. Definitely good advice to size up in that item. I for one think the Cole Haan flats are gorgeous, I would keep them (but the color could be off between the picture and lighting and my computer).

  7. Wow steph, talk about shopping spree! I love your buys though, everything looks amazing! I especially adore that Anthro Odille military style shirt. If I see it at Anthro I must try it on. I love all of the flats too, but I agree with you on the color of the Cole Hann flats. They are sort of an odd color. I say return them if you have any reservations! Otherwise, I loved everything else =)

  8. What great items! That navy blue Jcrew coat is perfect. I especially love the bottons ;)

    <3, natasha @ twenty-something blog

  9. So many beautiful Winter items. I really need to go shopping! T-shirts just don't cut it in this weather! :)

    Kate x

  10. I really love the last jacket! so chic!

  11. cute cute! fall, ahhhh.

    Love catching up with your blog and I really appreciate all of the comments you leave on mine. I've left you an award on mine so pick it up and pass it on! Thanks girl!

    xo, colby
    electric fringe

  12. LOVE everything you got, it must have taken forever for the packages to arrive knowing int'l post. I especially like the Stadium Cloth Peacoat, too bad it's not available in my size anymore.

  13. Don't kill me - I just picked up the sherpa zip hoodie for $36... Of course, it was the only one in the store and had probably been a holiday return, but I didn't care. My size, good color, great price! :)