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J.Crew you’ve done it again

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Shirt, Chandelier Necklace, Daisy Flats, Beaded Rose Necklace, Wedges, Leopard Flats, Earrings

J.Crew i’m obsessed with you. Especially your accessories. Your Spring New Arrivals are to die for and I would like all of the items pictured above to magically appear in my closet tomorrow. Capiche?

Quick alteration tip: fixing a drooping skirt

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Andrew Marc leather jacket, Ann Taylor top, GAP skirt (similar), Target belt and scarf (old), SPANX tights, J.Crew boots

Unlike some, I like to keep my clothing for years. Through life stages, experiences, and many moves, my clothing stays with me as long as it is in working condition. However, part of this habit comes some headaches, like this skirt for instance. I have had this Gap skirt for nearly 5 years and have altered it many times to my fit fluctuating weight. Darts have been put in the back, length taken off the bottom, and yet still it does not fit me perfectly. To be able to keep this piece, I have found simple ways to “alter” it, making it wearable for weekend.

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As I mentioned above, crudely sewn darts were put in the back of the skirt a few years back to accommodate a weight loss. I have (thankfully!) maintained that weight loss and have even lost a few more pounds, making it droop once again. To solve this problem I use a simple skinny belt, some layering tips, and a blouse-y top to camouflage the ill fit.

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Aside from simply belting the skirt into place, I also almost always wear high waisted SPANX underneath, and layer a tank and a shirt underneath to add extra width in the waist. A blouse-y top and jacket make this acceptable for a casual weekend outfit.

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I have also considered using a bit of fashion tape under the belt to keep it in place on the skirt. Have any of you tried this tip?

Review: J.Crew double-cloth metro coat for pearshapes

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J.Crew coat + boots, Vince Camuto blouse (similar), Banana Republic jeans, Louis Vuitton Speedy 30

I found out a few weeks ago that I will be traveling to Pittsburgh every week for work for the imminent future. I spent my first few days there last week and to say the least, it was COLD. Freezing. I am a California girl at heart and have no idea how I survived. I also quickly realized that I do not own the proper clothing to deal with such weather. Namely, a good quality wool coat. After reading Jean’s review of her J.Crew Lady Day coat with Thinsulate lining, I decided to jump on the J.Crew 40% off deal and buy this coat to keep me warm in the Pittsburgh snow. While I got it for an amazing deal, and it’s clearly great quality, there are definitely some alterations that I am going to need to have done to make this coat flattering and proportional on my frame.

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First, let me preface my review by saying that I ordered a size 12 instead of my usual 10 because I always like my coats a little looser to allow for layering. I cannot vouch for the sizing of the 10.

Likes: I like that the coat is great quality, lined in a silk-like material and the Thinsulate really does keep me very warm. The camel color is a classic and the tortoise buttons are an interesting contrast. The back paneling has curved seaming and a strip of material which creates some definition. The shoulders fit me well (I have standard shoulders), and the sleeve length is just about right. Furthermore, the bottom button closes over my widest part without any pulling! Woohoo! This is my #1 problem with coats and the main reason I ordered up a size. This simple fact makes this coat a winner as compared to many others.

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Dislikes: Because this coat fits my hips, of course, it is too wide in the waist. As you can see below, it needs to be taken in about an inch on each side to create that hourglass effect. As it is now, I look a bit like I am wearing an army uniform. The length on this coat is also an issue. It is abnormally long given that I am of standard height (for reference I am 5’6′). It needs to be taken up at least 2 inches to maintain a contemporary feel.

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Aside from a few alterations, which I am more than happy to pay for, given the great price I got the coat, I am overall very pleased with the purchase. The Lady Day coat never fit me properly (the 12 was too big and the 10 was too small in the hips) so I am thrilled that this other very sophisticated non-belted coat fits pearshapes well. I can’t wait to use this for work trips and finally be warm!

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Have any of you tried J.Crew coats? What do you think of the Metro coat?

Wedding season dresses, bridesmaid style

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1. Dress, Shoes  2. Dress, Shoes  3. Dress, Shoes

A few months back I mentioned that my brother got engaged! Woo! As a bridesmaid in his wedding I will be attending a bunch of fun events: bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, bachelorette brunches. Of course these events (and the weddings of some of my close friends) have put me in the Spring-time shopping mood. This year I really want to invest in 2-3 amazing Spring dresses that can be mixed and matched with some high quality heels. I’m willing to spend slightly more than I usually would so i’m looking for something that really accentuates my pearshape curves. These are just a few combinations that have caught my eye but if you have any more suggestions, please leave them in the comments below! Oh, and this stunning Cynthia Rowley dress that Alicia wore a few weeks back is already on its way to me… I couldn’t resist just trying it on…more on that later.

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