Review: Wool, bling and a sweater

A week ago, I woke up at 4AM, begged for a ride to the closest Greyhound station, waited 30 minutes for a late Greyhound bus and ended up in NYC at 7AM, sixth in line (in freezing weather may I add) for the opening of the J.Crew sample sale.ebelandi_jcrew_sample_nyc_nov16_1 ebelandi_jcrew_sample_nyc_nov16_2 ebelandi_jcrew_sample_nyc_nov16_4ebelandi_jcrew_sample_nyc_nov16_3

Five hours later, I came out of the store with cute finds, new “sample shopper friends” and a few dollars less in my purse.
ebelandi_jcrew_sample_nyc_nov16_5I’ve already shared previous sample sale shopping experience on this blog before. As always, the moment I always find enticing is when you “discover” one-of-a-kind items that are not quite the final production apparel available in the regular stores.

This trip, I found a cute jeweled sweater. Little did I know that the sweater has been offered in retail stores in a different color (see it on Jcrewismyfavstore). My review below:

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Review: Everly satin pump

What: Everly satin pumps by J.Crew

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Season: Summer 2015

Material: Viscose and silk outer, leather lining and man-made sole. The color is a creamy ivory white.

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Quality: Excellent! The silk and viscose combination gives an edgy and shiny look to the pumps without being over the top or cheap-looking. The heels are manageable and the toe cleavage is minimal in my opinion.

Fit: True to size

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Pros: The heel height, the creamy ivory color, the simple design and the sale price

Cons: Maintenance…it’s hard enough to keep white shoes clean but satin shoes seem harder to maintain when the heels are satin covered as is the case here (again personal experience).

Sissi’s verdict: Keeper on super sale. The stores were offering 75% on shoes (though I decided not to as I am after white leather versus satin).

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Review: Scattered floral sequined top

What: Scattered Floral Sequin Top by J.Crew

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Season: Spring 2015

Material: 100% cotton outer.

Quality: Very good! The embroidery is just too cute, specially on the green/rustic mint top. Love it! The white top is good too, but the rustic mint color just elevates the whole design in my opinion.

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Fit: True to size
Sissi’s verdict: Keeper at sale price!

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Review: Grosgain Lace Dress

Today, I am reviewing this pretty dress in Caravan Blue.

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What: Collection Grosgain Lace dress by J.Crew

Season: Winter 2014

Material: 100% cotton outer, 100% polyester lining

Quality: Very Good, l love the lace detailing.  The only disappointment is that the thread can easily snag or pull out…So be careful where you seat and what accessories you use while wearing the dress. I love the caravan blue color as well.

Fit: True-to-size to slightly small.  If you’re in between sizes, I’d recommend to order your larger size.  The length is right at my knees, I could size up to get a little more length but will lose the fit at the waist. Dilemma of the giant 🙂

 

Sissi’s verdict: Got it on some major sale and lucky popback so a definite keeper!

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Notable sales: Weekend Dec 13th J.Crew, Banana and others

J.Crew is offering 30% off (and 40% on special warm styles) with code GIVETHIS. And if you stop by tomorrow Saturday 13th Dec 2014 at select stores between 8-10AM, you will receive free bagels 🙂

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Now, if you prefer Banana Republic, they are offering 40% off a full-price item with code BRCARD until Sunday 14th Dec 14 (you need to use your BR card).

Gap is offering a $20 e-gift if you take advantage of the Visa Checkout.  You also get 30% with code SHOP and 40% with 40DEC if you use your GAP card.

gap_specials_dec12 Bloomingdales also offer deals up to 55% off (I love these DV boots)

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The designers’ sale up to 40% off still going strong at Saks.

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And finally, some updates on the clearance section at Boden.