Review: J.Crew Wool Pocket Skirt

The beauty of sample sale shopping…you purchase items you have not seen online, only to find out they are indeed online, though slightly different.

This week’s review is the Wool Pocket Skirt by J.Crew.  Online, the skirt is only available in grey (excuse me, heather carbon that is).  My friend, Mrs MSquared, found this skirt in my size during the sample sale in a gorgeous blue.  It is close to the byzantine blue though the pictures do not really give it justice (I need a better camera).  The color is vibrant and the skirt is very well made.  My review below.

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Pros: The A-line figure, the very sturdy wool, the hidden buttons on the front, the subtle lace opening at the front slit, the length (right below my tall knees), the gorgeous blue (I cannot speak for the grey, have not seen it in person)

Cons: The retail price, am so glad I did follow Mrs. MSquared advice on this one… thanks, darling 🙂

Fit: I would say it runs a little big but I would not recommend to size down as it would definitely be too tight for the front buttons.

Material: the exterior is 100% wool.  I believe the lining is polyester.  Also, the lace details must be polyester as well.

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper!!! At the sample sale price, this was a stealer! Thanks Mrs. MSquared!

Do you own the Wool Pocket Skirt? If so, do you agree with my review? Please share!

Wishlist: End of December 2013 New Arrivals at J.Crew and A Scarf Face-off

Saw some new updates on Friday Dec. 27th 2013.  While most look to be a slight variation of previous offerings, I am fond of two new prints: the Misty Fog and the Moonglow Paisley.  J.Crew is offering each in dresses, tops and/or shorts (why not  skirts 😦 ). I am personally drawn to the tops…See for yourself below. collection_secretary_blouse_misty_fog-27dec2013Collection Blouse in Misty Fog

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Update: Shopping with M has reviewed this tee in her latest post.

Also, while perusing Banana Republic’s website, I came across their floral statement scarf….similar to the Hothouse floral scarf from J.Crew that you can see on Ina. Hmmmm

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Any new items on your wishlist? Please share!

Weekend outfit: Kiernan, Cyan Blue and Flaming Red

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Here, paired with two pastels: cyan blue (an old H&M sweater) and flame (… I know, really).  Purchased the Collection floral brocade skirt from J.Crew on popback last winter, but available in factory version here (much shorter as well).

I was not too crazy about the shape of this skirt initially but it has grown on me (a fitted top balances out the wide bottom in my opinion). The colors of the skirt are gorgeous in real life, not sure if the factory version lives up to the retail colors, but if you own the factory version, please share your review!

Review: Anthropologie in sequins and Modena faux leather

Stopped by Anthropologie to check the sales and tried on two dresses: the Starlit Stripes and the Modena Shift.

First, the Starlit dress:  This sequined dress in blue and black stripes was on my watch list, mainly due to its longer length 😉

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Pros: the length!! Perfect for tall girls, may be too long for regular but there is petite version available.  I love the the fit of the sequined top, and the voluminous skirt actually looks pretty nice 🙂

Cons: itchy!!! Uncomfortably itchy I should add…Also, the skirt is a mixture of polyester…for that price, I would gladly pass.

Sissi’s verdict: Will Pass (sad though, really liked the length 😦 )

Next is the faux leather shift dress.

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Pros: gorgeous color!! I love the beige/maroon color (the website calls it nude).  Also the contrasting cotton on the back softens the toughness of the faux-leather.  I love the shape as well, similar to a pencil dress.  Nicely pulled together, Anthropologie!

Cons: too short for taller girls. Additionally, I am not crazy about the bulk around the waist, which usually happens with straight dresses…on me at least.

Verdict: Keeper if you are comfortable with the length.

African Print Dress: Sleveless and Blue Sticks

I like to design my own African outfits whenever I purchase material to sew.  Below is a dress made about two years ago that I have only worn for the first time this past weekend (shame 😦 ).  Ironically, the pretty color (blue) matches the Quinn Cuffs from J.Crew (purchased without the dress in mind, and reviewed HERE).  The fabric for my dress is a 100% cotton Super Wax by Vlisco.  If interested in purchasing the same material, send me an email or leave a comment and I’ll get you connected with local vendor.

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Loving the image enhancements from Instagram 😉

For this outfit, I was after a sleeveless figure with large straps and a flowy skirt. Let me know what you think of the dress.

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