I’m almost done with my second MICU month. Thank goodness it was a bit easier the second time around! Still, I haven’t really been doing too much outside of work. I do make an effort to attend yoga, which really helps my mood. And I’ve made some time to do some largely unsuccessful online shopping. I have found a few keepers, though.
I finally got around to trying out my new cosmetics from the Sephora F&F sale! Some things were awesome, but most things ended up returned (better for the budget, right?). One definite keeper was Lancome’s nail polish. They don’t have a ton of color options, but all of the colors I got were super pigmented, streak-free and easy to apply (and I have no nail painting skills)! Such a great formula. I also tried a bunch of foundations, BB creams and tinted moisturizers. Ugh, not fun. I was rash-y and broken out almost constantly. The two products that didn’t break me out and looked wonderful all day were Dior’s skin tint and YSL’s illuminating foundation. I’m in the process of deciding which one to keep! One last unexpectedly good product was Illamasqua’s cream blush. I got it in zygomatic, which gives a beautiful, natural tint. I’ve never heard of that brand before (maybe I’m the only one?), but I’m impressed. They have an array of beautiful powder blushes too, that I’m tempted to try out!
I think I’m gonna keep the few items I bought from J. Crew a while back. I got a pair of Sloane patent pumps (again). Last time I bought them in a 6.5, but this time I grabbed a 6. I’m in between sizes for these, so I’m not sure what to do. Maybe I’ll stretch out the 6′s with the sock + hair dryer trick? I’m also a fan of the Collection cashmere pocket tunic, that apparently went back up to full price. I took an xs in this (vs. xxs). I like the extra length and room in the arms and body. This comes in such beautiful colors!! I’m sure it’ll be back on sale soon (and I wouldn’t mind grabbing it in another color!). The “surprise” in this order was the Deep ivy plaid shirt. This is way thicker and warmer than I was expecting!! It would be do-able to layer a sweater over it (maybe a slight bit bulky), but I think I’m going to layer another button down under it and essentially use this as a “sweater.”
I caved last minute during J. Crew’s Cyber Monday sale and placed another order (just to try? lol). The stuff hasn’t arrived, so I can’t comment on the items just yet. Just a warning, this is the most random order ever. I think I was pretty tired! It started out with some toasty socks. Then I added a colorblock baseball cap (what?). Somehow, the Collection cafe capri in pintucked heavy shantung ended up in my cart next. In vivid avocado… interesting. Last but not least, the Collection tailored sweatpant in velvet hopped into the cart. They won me over with the “What to wear when you don’t want to get dressed” comment. I do appreciate some good advertising. I wouldn’t be surprised if the only think I kept out of this order was the socks.
Coat: Burberry (old) // Blouse: J. Crew, 00 (here)
Pumps: J. Crew (sold out, either wait for a popback or try the silver version)
Bag: Celine (old)
At the rate I’m posting these days, this could very well be my last post of 2013! Hopefully not I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy! Have you come across any amazing holiday recipes yet? If you do, please share! I’ve been looking for something new to try for a while now. And as always, thank you for reading. Have an awesome weekend!
I don’t know about you, but November was a strikingly slow shopping month for me. Prior to black Friday sales, I had purchased (and kept) a grand total of… nothing. I was making an effort to save more, but I really wasn’t trying that hard. There just weren’t any good sales. Or if there were, I guess I missed them. Which wouldn’t be surprising considering my poor laptop died (no online shopping…). I find electronics shopping just as exciting as my brother finds shoe shopping, so I took my sweet time finding a worthy replacement.
And then I placed a jcrew.com order. The 30% off plus 10% cashback from ebates.com was too good a deal to pass up! I finally picked up the Collection cashmere pocket tunic (on sale now, too!) that I’ve been eyeing for months. Wasn’t sure what size to grab, so I got both the xs and xxs. I’ll do a review when it arrives, I’m quite excited about it! I also had to pick up the deep ivy plaid shirt. J. crew seems to come out with at least one must-have plaid shirt each year, and this is the one. I also finally bought my pair of Sloane patent pumps in nude. I bought and returned a pair a few months back and have been waiting to get them for a decent price! These are so comfy. Just high enough to wear out, but low enough to wear to work, at least on easier days! I also tossed the Majesty Peacoat into the order. I’ve tried on previous years Majesty Peacoats and liked them. I haven’t been lucky enough to get one on super sale yet, so I’ll try again this year. I picked the charcoal one up to test out the fit, just in case it’s different than last year’s. My order was getting a bit extensive, so I had to hold back. I was so close to grabbing the silk boy blouse in owl print (adorable) and Collection cashmere long open cardigan. But I didn’t.
So that’s it. Some (hopefully) amazing boots, tights for the holidays, super cozy sweater, classic plaid shirt and nude pumps. Basic, versatile items. What were your holiday purchases?
In this post I will review J. Crew’s Military Parka, item 06823. It has a factory version called the Factory Hooded Parka, item 03492. And there’s also a cozy Woolrich John Rich & Bros. version too, called the Arctic Parka, item 17621.
Sizing: I’m wearing an xxs regular in this coat. I’m wearing some thin layers under it fits comfortably. Not too tight and not too loose (well, maybe a little too loose). If you’re between sizes definitely size down. Ladies that are smaller than I am should consider the petite version. It also comes in tall. The length is good for me in the body in this regular version, but might be shorter than desired for those over 5’3″!
Fit: The fit isn’t the most feminine, but that’s intentional for this style. It is a slim cut overall with a cord that can be cinched at the waist to give the coat a little shape. Its not fitted, but also isn’t overwhelmingly puffy. A good balance for those that need a functional coat!
Warmth: This coat would provide adequate warmth in most climates, I think. Probably not below 20 F for me. Its made of a wind resistant thicker nylon. It has a huge insulated hood to really help keep the heat in. And it has a cozy quilted liner.
Colors: I got the green color, which I find really pretty. Its neutral enough to wear with any casual outfits. The navy would be pretty too, I’m sure.
Quality: I like the quality of the parka, but I think its overpriced for what you get. There aren’t any amazing features or materials for this parka. Its pretty basic. I like some of the details like the removable fur trim and double closure in front, but these don’t justify the price. I’m surprised it hasn’t made it to sale yet!
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