Me vs. evil winter virus. I’m finally winning (after about 5 days of battle)! The viruses are really bad this year. All sorts of fevers, chills and night sweats (those are the worst) on top of the regular URI stuff. I spent my thanksgiving weekend alone, mostly sleeping. I felt like I was hit by a bus. Fortunately, or unfortunately, this week is my planned vacation. I’ll apparently spend it recovering.
While being only half-alive did keep me from going to any in-store sales, it didn’t stop me from turning on my pc every 4-6 hours (about the time my meds wore off) to browse the online sales stuff. I’ve received a few items so far. Some are keepers, some will go back without a second thought! I’ll share the good ones…
I do a good amount of J. Crew shopping during the holidays when the sales are good and the prices are reasonable. I’ve bought a few more than a few pairs of elsie pumps so far this fall (beige suede, black suede, black/white plaid fabric and pink leather). I love them all… they’ve added so much to my wardrobe! I decided to add one last pair to the collection this weekend… metallic camo! I’d love to wear these with black trousers and a neutral top! I’m selling a bunch of less comfortable pumps to make way for these (no point in having gorgeous yet uncomfortable shoes sitting in the closet). I also grabbed a boyfriend flannel shirt (great for layering or wearing alone and surprisingly flattering), the shearling-lined sweatshirt (not overly flattering, but adorable in a cozy sort of way) and the oversize stripe turtleneck (love the style and fit, quality is just ok). I do have a few basic items on the way: the Thomas mason boy shirt and the Thomas mason french cuff shirt. I love a flattering plain white blouse!
My other go-to holiday retailer is Yoox.com. Yoox offers designer items at deeply discounted prices (items that make it to the end-of-season sales are eventually are 80% off). The items are typically a season or so old, which isn’t a big deal to me. I typically shop for high quality, classic items (black pants, cashmere sweaters, etc). I have a few pairs of black wool pants on there way right now! They’re offering an extra 25% off today, and I’m debating trying out a few new sweaters (I’m thinking this toasty Golden Goose turtleneck or something similarly cozy)… I can always return them when I realize I’ve overspent. Or step up my eBay selling!
I hope you had a good (perhaps long?) weekend! Make sure you take care of yourself and stay healthy
Mmmmm, back to the diurnal life. I actually prefer working in the hospital at night. But night shifts mean 70 hour work weeks, and that gets draining pretty quickly. I just finished my last shift on Monday morning, and spent Monday catching up on “life things” (finally!). I though if I stayed awake on Monday I could fall asleep and stay asleep Monday night… no such luck. I managed to fall asleep at 8pm but was wide awake at 2 am. Bummer. I did get some amazon shopping and house cleaning done, though. I guess it was a half win? But coming back to work on Tuesday was rough. Coffee. Lots of coffee.
I’ve made some awesome new additions to my closet recently, which has partially made up for life being so blah. For one, I picked up my pants from the tailor. Six new (well, pre-owned, actually) perfectly fitting pairs of pants! Yay! I’ve also been impressed with a few J. Crew offerings recently, and I’ve made a few items permanent residents of my closet. I mentioned in my previous post that J. Crew was likely going to put out some new Elsie Pumps… and they did (you know how in love I am with my suede versions, which seems to be selling out crazy fast!). J. Crew just came out with a black and white pattern version, which is going to be perfect to dress up my basic black outfits… I plan on wearing these tomorrow. They also came out with a full leather version. I have to say, these are gorgeous, and I anticipate they’ll be quick to sell out, too. I got the gossamer peach ones, which are more pink than the blush stone version, but are just as stunning. I bought the misty green color too, but I’m not sure I’ll keep them. They are so so pretty, I’m just not sure they would get enough wear. Instead I got the light gray ones to compare. Aaaaaannnndd, I’m still debating getting the metallic camo pair. Gosh, they’re pretty. But what to wear them with? I know what you’re thinking, because I’m thinking the same thing. This is a ton of new shoes. Its pretty ridiculous, but after wearing another pair of these all day today and having no foot pain, these shoes are worth it to me. Honestly they’re the most comfortable pumps I’ve found.
Beyond my excessive shoes additions I have made just a few other purchases. While in store the other day making returns I came across the boyfriend flannel shirt. I was instantly won over by the softness of the flannel. The fit is oversized, but I stuck with my regular size 0 (sometimes I size down to a 00). This top is surprisingly flattering for being a boyfriend fit. I’m looking forward to wearing it all winter! The same style also comes in a dark bluegrass colorway, which is unfortunately sold out in my size. I’ll be on the lookout for it if/ when it pops back into stock! Two soon-to-be purchases are the oversize stripe turtleneck and the brushed wool funnelneck sweat shirt. I just have to decide on what colors to get! Mmmmmm, so cozy.
Alright, enough shopping talk. I should really take some ambien and try to get to sleep before I really turn into a daytime zombie. I can’t wait to take some outfit pictures again with the new stuff! I haven’t been this excited about purchases in ages… it was about time!
Aesthetics: I love the look of these shoes! They have a sleek, classic design. They feature a modestly pointy toe and medium-high heel. They come in a variety of stunning colors. If you’re a more adventurous type, perhaps the bright red, bold violet or neon pink would be your pick! I’m a neutral lover, so the beiges and black were calling my name.
Sizing: The sizing on these is, well, interesting. The first pair I got was the kraft brown. I got them in a 6.5, my usual J. Crew size (I’m a tts 6). They were a little bit big, so I put a cushion in the toe box. I still have a little extra room in the heel, but not so much that my heel slips out when I walk. When the next batch of shoes came out I decided to compare the 6 and 6.5 (I bought the black and the blush stone). I’m not sure if this second batch ran a slight bit bigger or if its just my feet, but it seemed like the 6.5 was just too big, even with a foot cushion. The 6 fit absolutely perfectly. Snug, but not too snug (and I’m sure they’ll stretch out a bit). So, while most J. Crew heels are 1/2 size too small, I’d say these are running pretty true to size.
Comfort: There are very few pairs of pumps that are comfortable enough for all day wear, but these are one of them! They have a few things going for them. First, the toe box is on the wider side, which eliminates the typical pinching of the toes (and allows room for my foot as it swells slightly throughout the day). Next, they’re a super soft suede and are lined in leather. The suede eliminates any potential painful rubbing at the edges (note this is not true with the fabric versions) and stretches just enough to conform perfectly to the foot. The leather foot bed is slightly padded, which is comfortable enough for casual wear (but I add some extra cushion in the ball of foot area for even more support). Last, the heel is advertised as 3 7/8″ high (with no platform). I was a bit nervous about the height (I typically don’t go above 3 1/2″), but they don’t feel so high… not sure why. Maybe its the placement of the heel?
Quality: To be honest, J. Crew’s quality is totally hit or miss. Sometimes the suede doesn’t totally match, or there are marks on the suede, or the leather lining is bumpy… you get the idea. I’ve already returned a few pairs of these due to defects. But the pairs that I’ve kept are perfect. So, good pairs do exist, but just be aware that you may potentially have to exchange a defective pair. I’d advise avoiding final sale, if these ever make it there.
Overall: Its already quite clear that I love these shoes. I have them in three colors already and will likely buy more (I’ve seen a leather version in the J. Crew catalog that I’m super excited for)! The price on these is middle-of-the-road ($245). Its definitely not designer price, but definitely not cheap, either. I’m a little bummed that J. Crew keeps increasing the price of their pumps, and I’m especially bummed that these have been excluded from every single sale. Oh well, I can’t blame them, I guess. If the shoes are selling out at full price, why put them on sale?