Entries in J.Crew (6)



J.Crew's red scalloped short - yes.


J.Crew, coming through in the clutch

I've had my eyes peeled lately, helping a dear friend and winter bride-to-be track down the perfect clutch for her wedding. She wants something small, silvery, maybe jeweled... hardly a tall order, right? Well. A simple search on her humble specs returns little. Etsy's selection is sparse. Google goes zero to Judith Leiber in one click. There must be something in between?! My next stop was J.Crew where, lo and behold, I've found the prettiest and most reasonble silvery minaudière yet. Confectionary, isn't it? What would we do without J.Crew?

And P.S., if you have a lead on small, silver, sparkley clutches, do chime in! XO


Archie Grand notebooks

These colorful little sketchbooks caught my eye this morning on J.Crew's website, so I googled "Archie Grand" and I'm completely 110% head over heels in love. Look at these things! So smart and funny. Says the website: "Archie Grand produces high quality notebooks for shopaholics, artists, fashionistas and 55 other breeds of charlatans, scoundrels and luminaries." While I decide which one I'm going to order (there are so many good ones!), I'm off to try to inject some of this creativity and wit into my old brown bag Moleskine. Perhaps I'll consider certain types I've met and liked for inspiration? Happy Sunday!


Whatever it is, they've got it


You may have noticed these two yesterday on The Sartorialist, featured together in a different photo. And if you're anything like me, then you peered into your closet, sizing up your own denim shirt and your old torn up jeans because the Washington weather's finally right for jeans and you have to run to Trader Joe's for a bag of spinach and Jenna, ahh, she just looks so cool. And then, if we're even more alike, you talked yourself right out of it, embarrassed you even considered it, there is, of course, only one Jenna Lyons. And only one Amanda Brooks, too. These shots are from today's "On the Street" slideshow on vogue.com. I didn't even recognize Amanda (of Vogue, I Love Your Style, and crisp white shirt fame) at first - her shades stole the show! And those pants, killer color. I so admire them both, and how they trot out their own special brands of style consistently and with such aplomb - Vogue and J.Crew are all the better for it.


Window dressing

Asked how a couturier might approach decorating a home, Oscar de la Renta replied, "I would never try to dress a woman like a couch, or a couch like a woman." Well, of course - just because you want to upholster your chairs in, say, China Seas Aga Reverse, it doesn't mean you'd want to waltz around in a gown to match. But upholstery notwithstanding, I do think there's a real interplay between what I like to wear and what I've done with my apartment. Crisp white shirts? Crisp white couch. Blue pajamas? Chambray duvet. Neon bangles peeking out from under a camel cashmere sleeve? (okay I'm getting ahead of myself, still wayyy too warm for sweaters!)... but the neon bangles are like the picture on my wall with a hot pink matte, one among an otherwise basic collection of black and white frames. And anyway doesn't Miles Redd - creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home - doesn't his drapery above remind you a bit sort of H.R.H.'s most delicious bridal confections? I'd wear those windows down the aisle faster than you'd want to point out they're not even white.

But I digress! I'm quite certain I couldn't pull off this Albertus Swanepoel for J.Crew fedora, and yet I think it's the yummiest leopard print I've ever seen. And remember when I said there's nothing like a good huntery-featherish-green to get me falling all over myself hoping for clouds and wind and rain? It's on my mind again - I'm working on new pillows for my couch and I'm on the look out for fabric that's sufficiently Barbourish and leopardy. If they turn out anything like this coat and hat, I'll have succeeded.