I have to say that I like the bright blue and grey mist Georgias. The black is a nice basic, but it’s a flat black and not as rich as I like. Still, a nice basic. I am curious about the deep persimmon but I figure 3 of these dresses are enough and the orange-y color might not provide any interesting contrast with my skin tone.
I tried this on and I immediately thought $50 max, H&M. I usually don’t compare J Crew to H&M because I don’t see a direct correlation. But in this case I immediately thought of H&M. I can’t see paying $148 for this. #1 – It’s wool, but too lightweight. The Jamie jacket is heavier, imo. I realize the Jamie is made of cotton, but still. #2 – The ‘jacket’ falls into an open stance. There is one button under the collar and that’s it. It’s cut into a tapered, open shape. There is no way to close it. I guess this is something you can throw on as a cute topper for nice weather fall days. I already own cardigans and other swing jackets that will do the trick. This is a pass for me.
This is the mysterious black dress I saw in a J Crew b&m. It is currently not available in the Oct 2008 catalog or online.
ETA: This is the Madeline dress
I tried it on and the collar is great. The ruffles are done better this year than on last year’s sparkle phoebe blouse – maybe because the material on that blouse is lightweight. I didn’t try on last year’s Phoebe dress in wool. In this year’s design there is a square of material to go across the cleavage and operational buttons down the front of it. It’s set between the ruffles and it appears that you can see cleavage, but you can’t. It’s sexy in that regard. The fabric on this dress reminds me of the Super 120s wool. It’s lightweight, but feels strong — if you will — and I didn’t find it itchy at all.
You pull the dress over your head and there is a side zip. There are also the requisite pockets, as many of the newer dresses have. There are princess seams at the rear but not at the front. It may have taken away from the look of the dress to have seams running down the front but I felt like the dress is missing some shaping at the waist. Maybe I am supposed to be in a size 2, but I don’t think so.
I usually don’t visit Ann Taylor Loft on a shopping trip or frequent the store online, but I clicked on an ad today while on another website. I saw a very pretty bauble necklace for only $34:
I then went to retailmenot and found a coupon code. 89400012 takes $25 off of $50 through Oct 19. So I got the necklace, plus this scarf:
10/21 ETA: The scarf is very pretty in person. The overall colors and effect are darker than on the web. Also, it’s more voluminous than it appears and takes a second to tie it like the inspiration photo, but it’s worth it. The scarf is a good size. It can be worn around the shoulders in a shawl fashion as well.
I had to throw a pair of trouser socks onto the order to go above $50, but the net total was $40 including shipping. That’s pretty good.
Ann Taylor Loft is definitely a place to swing by for jewelry. I picked this up about a month ago in the store for $30 + 25% off:
Maybe I check them out more than I thought.