J. Crew Crystal Pinwheel Necklace in Topiary and the Schoolboy Blazer in Seersucker

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It’s no secret that I’m the queen of buying multiples, so you know that I had to have both colors of the J. Crew Crystal Pinwheel Necklace.  I received the coral version earlier this week and my online personal shopper worked her magic to find the Topiary version two days ago.  Here are two IRL pictures of the Topiary version:

I LOVE this necklace!  I think that it’s super versatile, and it fits nicely into my wardrobe.

I’m wearing the Schoolboy Blazer in Seersucker in the first picture, which I love as well!  Here is a close-up IRL picture of the blazer.  The fit is TTS; I’m wearing my normal size 12:

What do you think of the J. Crew Crystal Pinwheel Necklace in Topiary and the Schoolboy Blazer in Seersucker?  Do tell!

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Thursday Thoughts: On Marriage and Money

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I’ve been thinking about this post for a long time, so I decided to finally get it out.  It’s no secret that I love to shop…..ahem, I have a shopping blog, LOL!  And, as my wonderful husband tells people all the time, I’ve always been honest about how much I love to shop and how much I love all things J. Crew.  One of the many things that I love about my husband is how he supports me wholeheartedly in every aspect of my life:  professionally, personally, and so on.  I can be honest with him about my struggles without him judging me.  I’m super blessed; my husband sees me at my worst, and he still loves me unconditionally.  Here’s a picture of the two of us:

Now, let’s talk about how everything I’ve said above relates to money and marriage.  I believe wholeheartedly in being honest and transparent at all times.  Most often, my husband takes me to the mall and drops me off at the door so that I don’t have walk long distances given my neuromuscular medical condition.  He rarely comes into the mall with me because he’s one of those get what you’re looking for and leave kind of shoppers.  That’s never been my story.  I mention this because he sees everything I buy.  And, he worked from home years ago, so he signed for the UPS packages his cousin delivered to our door.  Now, I leave the packages behind the love seat in our living room so that he can see what I’ve purchased.  Also, my husband snaps my blog pictures so he sees everything.  Moreover, all of our money is together, so there are no secrets.  This works best for us.

Lest I sound self righteous, let me tell you about my struggles:  I’ve rarely kept to my monthly clothing budget.  Indeed, I’ve exceeded it more times than I can count.  And, I’m not happy about that.  Moreover, a few years ago, I purchased a Kate Spade coat that my husband clearly told me was not in our budget at the time.  I figured that I’d try it on and convince him that it fit into the budget.  Nope.  I can’t even begin to describe the disappointed look on his face when the coat arrived……twice.  The first time it didn’t fit, and since there isn’t a Kate Spade where I live, I shipped it back to get a smaller size.  The smaller size didn’t work either, and my husband thought the coat was flat out ugly.  The second time he googled the nearest Kate Spade and we drove a few hours to return the coat.  This story is funny now, but it certainly wasn’t funny in 2008!

I tell you all of this to say that I believe it’s important to be honest at all times.

How do you reconcile/handle money/marriage/shopping?  Do tell!

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J. Crew New Arrivals: What I’m Loving

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I was super excited to see new arrivals on the J. Crew website this morning!  Here’s what I’m loving:

The No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Raj Paisley:

I knew that I had to have this skirt when the lovely ajc reviewed it HERE.  I LOVE this vibrant paisley print!

I’m also loving the Tippi Sweater in Linen Stripe:

The Tippi Sweater in Linen is equally adorable.  I LOVE this vibrant purple color:

Finally, I’m loving the Cotton-Silk Perfect Shirt in Raj Paisley:

That’s what I’m loving!  What J. Crew new arrivals are you loving?  Do tell!

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J. Crew Viv Bow Flats in Wild Mushroom

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I received the J. Crew Viv Bow Flats in Wild Mushroom earlier today.  I can’t say enough positive things about these shoes.  I’m hoping to snag the Viv Bow Flats in black too.  I sized up a 1/2 size to a 9.5 in these shoes.

Here are a few IRL pictures:

What do you think of the J. Crew Viv Bow Flats in Wild Mushroom?  Do tell!

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J. Crew Cactus Flower Necklace, Monotone Beaded Necklace, Chambray Shirt, and Stripe Sequin Tank

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I received the J. Crew Cactus Flower Necklace, Chambray Shirt, and the Stripe Sequin Tank earlier today.

I’m really loving J. Crew jewelry this season.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Cactus Flower necklace.  Here is an IRL picture:

The Cactus Flower Necklace is a little weight-y, but not overly so.  I really like this beauty!  And, it fits nicely into my wardrobe.

Also, here are 2 IRL pictures of the Chambray Shirt:

Here is a picture of the top paired with the Monotone Beaded Necklace in Mineral Green:

This top is super cute and versatile, but it needs some jazzing up to make sure that it’s not shapeless.  

And, finally, here is an IRL picture of the Stripe Sequin Tank:

This tank was paired with the Navy Schoolboy Blazer in the retail store.  I’m thinking that I will layer the tank with a polka dot long sleeve shirt underneath.  I’ve seen another blogger create a really stylish look with this tank, so we’ll see.

What do you think of the J. Crew Cactus Flower Necklace, Monotone Beaded Necklace, Chambray Shirt, and Stripe Sequin Tank?  Do tell!

On another note, I received the wrong size of an item for the first ever today.  It’s crazy, the sticker on the plastic says size large, but they sent me an XL.

p.s. I have reviews of the Schoolboy Blazer in Seersucker, the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton in Marrakech Purple, and the Viv Bow Flats in Wild Mushroom scheduled for later this week.  

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