My week was taken up with work, so I don’t think I blogged at all. Last week, I signed up for DoTERRA oils as a Wellness Advocate. I’m so glad I did. I received my kit early this week. The lavender oil is heavenly and has reduced my anxiety when I use it with the petal diffuser. I’ll be explaining more about essential oils and how I use them as I continue to blog, over time. You might remember that I used lemongrass oil and black strap molasses with success when I was having anemia issues. Now, moving onto clothes!
I was going to share picks from a few retailers’ sales, but my first online stop — J. Crew Factory— was very, very sticky. I have tried on so many items over the past few years that I never got around to reviewing. This year has been the most sparse with my review output. That said, I have seen and/or tried some of the following Factory items on, so I’ll share my opinion sans photos. Some I haven’t seen at all and have any opinion anyway. (slaps knee)
All of the following are on sale and get an additional 40% off with EXTRA40.
- Iridescent crystal dots necklace – Very pretty in-person. I almost got the purple for the sequin linen pants or dress (review) that was released last summer, but decided I don’t need it.
- Retro sunglasses – I loved these. Nicely quality aand weight. They were a tad too small for my face. I don’t know my face shape, but I prefer slightly large sunglasses on it.
- Stone drops necklace – I have the crystal. It’s very pretty. The weight is nice, but not too heavy. If you have something in grey from J. Crew the mint creme might l go nicely with it.
- 3″ embroidered pull-on short – A re-issue of last summer’s version. The white with the gold embroiderey and navy with silver embroidery. I have the white, retail and haven’t worn them. I didn’t have them in my “shorts box,” so I forgot about them.
- Eyelet skirt – I liked this in the fitting room and ended up buying it online. It made my butt look big, so I returned it. I prefer the retail clip-dot, but this is a nice midi, too.
- Ikat faux-wrap skirt – Too bad they didn’t get the wrap part correct for this re-issue. It still falls too wide when you’re seated, according to the reviews.
- Tailored shift in lightweight wool – I usually have to size up one to an 8 in the Factory shifts like this.
- Tencel-tie-waist short – I saw these irl. The drape looked nice. The taupe color is probably too dull with my skin tone. I’d get navy.
- Linen-cotton embroidered dress – Very Madewell. Most reviewers say it runs big and that can be the case. I think you’re safer to assume it will be big if you have a smaller bust. Some with a larger bust might find it tts under the arms. Reviewers rarely mention underarm holes, so I’m purely guessing. To say something ran big and don’t provide your measurements, means nothing. Also, just mentioning height and weight isn’t specific enough to help me. Body shape can be a critical factor in fit at times. Rant over.
- Placed stripe sweater – Lots of options still in stock. I generally don’t like variegated stripe patterns like this. Perhaps others feel the same.
- Seahorse Caryn – I have this in size M. I wanted to be sure I can put a long-sleeve t-shirt under, if I wanted. I love the gold thread.
- Watermelon Caryn cardigan – I would expect the pink threading to be bright, but not garish.
- Embroidered swiss-dot top – I have the navy in size 6. I’ve worn this top quite a bit. I don’t feel like it looks maternity gear on me. Love it. I think the difference in style number is because one is swiss-dot and the other is not swiss-dot. I would expect the fit to be identical.
- Gingham shell top – This looks as fresh irl as it did in the online, model photo when it was released. The colors are vibrant, but still have a muted quality. Pass for me, but very cute.
- Ikat printed top – Last year’s design was a little faded in hue. This one looks a tad more faded. Not a bad thing. Just pointing it out.
- Plaid gauze popover shirt – I love all of the prints available. I personally own red peach blue. The peach stands out the most. I haven’t noticed/paid attention to the blue. Remember that Factory colors mix easily with retail. The red peach blue goes with the retail tassel sandals (sold out).
- V-neck shell top – I tried the 6 and it was a little too big. I haven’t tried the 4, but I think it will fit. No matter the sizing, bra style is a consideration with the v-straps.
- Watermelon Caryn cardigan – I have the seahorse Caryn in size M. I wanted to be sure I can put a long-sleeve t-shirt under, if I wanted.
- Floral sundress – Mini picked this out and my eyes were like whoah. It’s bright! But my girl loves pink and it looks good on her. The initial cost of Crewcuts is high and can seem high, even when on sale. However, they’re very durable and none have disappointed me. She’s worn her few pieces so much and wears a Casey cardigan almost everyday. They’ve been well worth buying.
Have you shopped Factory lately?