Wednesday, July 31, 2013

J. Crew Reviews: Thistle Print Top, T-Shirt Dress, Keeper Chambray

Items tend to pop back up on J. Crew's site, so I figured I would post a few pictures of the items from my most recent sale order. The measurements provided are before washing.

thistle print top, navy, 0 (more colors here)

Measurements: 23.25" front length, 24" sleeve length, 14" shoulder to shoulder, 17.5" bust, 19" bottom width
Labeled navy, but it appears black. Thanks to Gigi (here and here) and other JCA's for their helpful reviews, which suggested sizing up. The image at left shows a little bit of tugging at the bust. A camisole will help solve this problem.

t-shirt dress in oversize paisley, xxs

Measurements: 33.5" front length, 14" shoulder to shoulder, 19" bust
Like Sydney stated in a previous comment, the material of this dress is thin. This dress does not work as is, requiring some adjustments. I made it shorter and shaplier by belting it for a casual look (original inspiration goes to Jean). To make it work appropriate, my solution is layering with a skirt. Close up images of the fabric can be found here: 1, 2, 3. See this same dress on Jean in the seahorse print.

keeper chambray shirt, 00

Measurements: 23.25" front length, 23.5" sleeve length, 14.25" shoulder to shoulder, 17" bust, 18" bottom width
The above images are from 2012 when I first tried it on. More pictures from the fitting room can be found here. For a more accurate view of the "afternoon sky" color, click here.

chambray on sale: camp popover, faded popover, selvedge shirt, striped popover

I also see that the toothpick jean that I previously reviewed is marked down.

If you are looking for more reviews, check out the weekly J.Crew Reviews {straight from the JCAs!} over at J. Crew Aficionada. I also suggest visiting Amber and Gigi.

Take 40% off final sale through 8/4 with code STYLE40

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Outfit Featuring Reneu Naiya Flats Review + Extended 15% Off Code

Free People tee (review), dress as skirt (seen here), J. Crew purse, Tory Burch bracelet (review), Reneu flats

Last year my black reva flats went out of commission due to the elastic backing on one becoming stretched out. I recently purchased a replacement pair, the naiya comfort flats by Reneu. According to Nancy's Gone Green:

Launched in Spring 2012, Reneu is a line of fashion footwear made with lycra-covered memory foam insoles and consists of eco-friendly upper materials such as hemp, recycled polyester, eco-friendly ultrasuede, and other eco-friendly materials. Reneu shoes provide comfort for the feet and leave minimal impact on our planet. The shoes are 100% animal free and produced in a small production center in China according to fair labor standards.

Using this sizing method from, I found my shoe size is a 7.5, average width. I can range anywhere from a 6.5-7.5. Since Reneu shoes are only offered in full sizes, I did some debating over what size to order. Eventually a 7 was decided upon, but I am finding I may have been safe with a size 8. With only a few hours of wear around the house and a dinner out (outfit above), my only concern is that the shoe might cause my feet to feel a bit scrunched over the course of a more intense work day. If you have narrow feet, you should have no problems. To combat the possibility of initial discomfort, I plan to continue wearing these on more sedentary days at first. From there I can gauge if these are ready to hold up to a typical day of teaching. If being a workhorse does not work out, they will get plenty of use with casual outfits.

Here are more Reneu options offered at Nancy's Gone Green. The zaria and bela have additional colors to view.

zaria memory foam, naiya comfort, bela comfort

Take 15% off your order extended through August 10 with code fitting15
Free shipping to the U.S. and Canada for orders of $100+

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Outfit Featuring Ethos Paris Dress & Neuaura Luna T-Strap Sandals

save 15% off on the dress (review) and sandals with code fitting 15

Since receiving this dress, it has been worn every week (sometimes twice), and I never tire of it. I know the word gets a lot of use, but "versatile" pops into my mind. Pairing it with different accessories makes it feel new again.

Like the dress, the sandals have become a summer favorite. I have used them for various occasions, ranging from trips to the grocery store to an outdoor wedding in Washington. Mine are a size 6 (I am typically a 7-7.5). The heel to longest point measures approximately 9.5", and the widest part is 3.5". I am especially happy to report that I did not experience any blisters.

seneca organic cotton dress styles still available in xs, more by ethos paris

luna t-strap sandals, more styles by Neuaura

Take 15% off your order through July 31 with code fitting15
Free shipping to the U.S. and Canada for orders of $100+

Thursday, July 25, 2013

One Mango Tree - 50% Off Select Items + Free Shipping

Woohoo! I have been waiting for the little bottles twisted hobo (see my review and company spotlight here) to go on sale. It is that special to me that I want a duplicate, just in case. The free shipping deal lasts until Thursday, August 1. Check out the sale selection here. The twisted hobos are marked down to $14.

little bottles, magenta sun, olive, square dance

Aside from the hobo, I also ordered the dolman dress in xs. I have not tried their clothing items yet, so I am excited to see how this works out. I noticed there is a free exchange shipping policy, another way to ease our online shopping hesitations.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

J. Crew Sale & Social Responsibility

I re-visited an old favorite to fulfill some back to school wants. As you have probably already heard, J. Crew is having a 40% off final sale + free shipping deal today. Use code STYLE40.

Does J. Crew align with my new shopping habits? They seem to be making an effort to avoid unfair labor practices (check out their social responsibility info), so unless I learn otherwise, I will continue to be a customer. I hope additional major retailers expose this type of information to their customers. I understand that companies want to make a large profit. However, I have a much greater respect for businesses that accumulate wealth and attempt to decrease their negative impact on society.

So with a $100 gift card courtesy of my mom and dad (a thank you for watching their cats while out of town...they have 4), here is what I picked up for myself:

collarless shirt in thistle print, t-shirt dress in oversize paisley, keeper chambray shirt

Interestingly the keeper chambray (see my review here) was on sale last night, but is back to full price today. Also, it was not marked final sale on my receipt.

A note regarding the sizing of the thistle print top...with the help of reviews from J. Crew Aficionada and Gigi (here and here), I decided on a size 0. The overall consensus was to size up.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Washington Pics + New Hair Color

I have been in Washington for a family trip. It was relaxing being a good distance away from the city. The fresh air and rustling of the trees was so peaceful. One of these days I hope to live there (or Maui!).

One of my favorite parts of the trip was riding around on a moped (pic of my first moped experience here). Despite the pic, my husband did all the driving.

Below are some of my favorite scenic views from the trip:

Current items pictured: Marine Layer striped top (xs), Lagos owl necklace, Sperry boat shoe (review), Ray-Ban polarized aviators

Friday, July 12, 2013

Acai Stretch Bracelet and More Jewelry at Nancy's Gone Green

Another piece from my first Nancy's Gone Green order was the acai stretch bracelet. It is cute solo or with other bracelets. The owners of Nancy's Gone Green make these to measure around seven inches. You can also send the ladies an email to request less or additional beads. Check out more jewelry offered at their online boutique below:

The newest collection are bamboo pieces from Molly M Designs of San Francisco:

bamboo cattail, bamboo pith, bamboo petiole cattail

Hannah Naomi crafts unique pieces from scrap metal:

stacking, infinity knot, pebble, spiral, linear

The pieces by Jaszy are handmade in the U.S. using ethically sourced and recycled materials:

star leaf charm, circle pearl, starfish charm, fantasia

Use code fitting15 for 15% off
Free shipping to the U.S. and Canada for orders of $100+

Disclosure This is not a paid advertisement. I agree with the ethics of Nancy's Gone Green and want to give them exposure.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Fourth of July Outfit and Kitchen Remodel

pinkerton dress, lagos chain from this necklace with lagos pendant, ariella puzzle and skull bracelets, havaianas flip flops

Above is what I wore for an evening BBQ over at my sister-in-law's house. Prior to that Jon and I took advantage of his day off by getting deeper into the kitchen prep work for our painting project. The plan is to paint the cabinets white. We have already researched and bought an air compressor, spray gun, and paint. Here is a look at the prep work so far:

It is too hot to paint in our garage, so we are using the front room. Originally we were going to cover the walls with plastic sheets, but our brother-in-law had the idea to create a tent. So last week my husband nailed wood poles to a square wood base to create four posts.

Yesterday my husband removed the cabinets. I had fun labeling the baggies that housed the hardware. :) I also got started removing items from the cupboards.

As you can see, still lots more to be done!

And in the spirit of the Fourth of July, below is a music video that I love sharing with my students when we learn about the Declaration of Independence. It is so well done, it actually gives me the chills. The official site can be found here. You might also enjoy Bad Romance, which I use when we learn about women's suffrage.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My 30th Birthday

mink pink dress, J. Crew purse (review), ann taylor heels, necklace from grandma's jewelry box

Saturday marked my 30th. It all started with Melting Pot on Friday night with my husband. I was happy to find out that the flowers at the table were for me to keep. :)

ethos paris dress (review), lagos necklace (b-day present), judith jack bracelet (b-day present)

Then over to my parents on Saturday afternoon. It was cute that my dad got a little goofy with the decorations. I especially loved my floating Snoopy.

At left: red velvet cake at my parent's. At right: white chocolate raspberry at my sister-in-law's.

Later that night we went to my sister-in-law's for a Hawaii-themed party. Thanks to my brother-in-law, there was a Mai Tai waiting for me when I arrived.

Also wanted to share these old pics of my 21st birthday with you. My first drink at a restaurant was at Z'Tejas. I was probably holding a Baskin Robbins pralines and cream cake.

This post is linked up to Tara's Summer Style series.

Happy Fourth to those celebrating! :)

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