Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sale Away: J.Crew, Madewell, Brooks Brothers, Anthropologie, and GAP - Save Up to 40% Off!!!

Hello Everyone! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend, and a very beautiful and blessed Easter Sunday! This is just a quick note to remind you about some Extra % off & Free Shipping deals that will be ending soon...check out the details of each one below. :)

 J.Crew is offering 25% Off & Free Shipping on orders of $150+ with code LOVEJCREW at checkout until the end of today. J.Crew Cardmembers receive 30% Off & Free Shipping on orders of $150+ with code CARDMEMBER at checkout until the end of today, as well.

Click here to shop, and take a peek at my picks below. :)

*J.Crew Liberty perfect shirt in June's Meadow floral - I own this one and absolutely love it. The colors and print are subtle and very lovely. You can see an IRL photo of the shirt here.
*Classic pavé link bracelet - I own this one and wear it almost daily.

**J.Crew also added new Promo-Priced items and Markdowns this week (they also receive the extra % off) - click HERE to see the updated list.

Madewell is offering 25% Off Orders of $125+ and Free Shipping with code 4SPRING at checkout until 4.2.13. Click here to shop the deal. :)

 My picks:

***Madewell added new Promo-Priced items this week, too (they also receive the extra % off)- click HERE to see the updated list.

 Brooks Brothers: Save an additional 25% Off your purchase when using your Brooks Brothers MasterCard or 'The Brooks Card', or Save an additional 15% when using any other form of payment. There are also special markdowns sitewide and Free Shipping on All Orders until 4.1.13. No code necessary, the discounts are applied automatically at checkout after entering your form of payment.  

There is so much to love at Brooks Brothers right here to shop, and be sure to take a peek at my picks below. :) 

*Silk Sailboat Print Bow Blouse

Anthropologie is having a Spring Dress Event - Enjoy 20% Off all Regular-price Styles until the end of today (no code necessary, prices are as marked). With spring officially here, this is the perfect time to pick up a lovely new dress or chemise. Also, if for some reason an item doesn't work out, you can either return by mail or to your local Anthropologie store at any time.

Click here to shop, and take a look at my picks below. :)

***If you are looking for Anthropologie reviews, advice, and much more, be sure to check out Roxy's blog Effortless Anthropologie...I consider her to be our resident Anthropologie expert. :)

GAP is offering 40% Off your purchase with code GAPEGG at checkout until 4.1.13. Shoppers can also save up to 40% off Select Styles in stores (discount taken at register). 

Click here to shop online, and take a peek at my picks below.

*New tailored print shirt
*Chambray tailored shirt - AppGal reviewed it here

 Have a lovely day, and Happy Sale Shopping! :)


Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! 

Wishing you all Peace, Love, & Happiness on this special day...may it be a very beautiful and blessed one for you and your family! :)


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Lands' End Dress Reviews: Pattern Cotton Modal Wrap Dress, Pattern Squareneck Dress, Border Stripe Faux Wrap Dress, & Polka Dot V-Neck Dress

'The Big Spring Sale' is taking place right now at Lands' End until 4.2.13. Shoppers can save up to 30% off all Dresses, Pants, Shorts, & more, plus get Free Shipping on Orders of $50+ with code JELLYBEAN pin 2502 at checkout. I purchased several dresses during the LE F&F event last month, and have a handful of reviews in case anyone is considering a purchase during this sale.

First up is the Short Sleeve Pattern Cotton Modal Wrap Dress - in Ink Blue Floral. 

The description on the Lands' End website reads:

 An iconic women’s dress style, a super soft fabric.
  • Soft, smooth-draping blend of cotton and rayon-modal
  • Classic full-wrap style
  • Gathers at the shoulders and sleeves soften the silhouette
  • Gentle A-line skirt
  • Falls to the knee
  • Shoulder to hem lengths: Regular, 40″; Petite, 37 1/2″
It might be the most feminine knit wrap dress we’ve offered — with pretty gathers at the shoulders and sleeves. The wrap style whittles your middle with self-fabric ties. The overlap is generous, too — keeps you covered. 58% pima cotton/38% rayon-modal/4% Lycra® spandex. Machine wash. Imported.
  Oh how I adore this dress! Out of all the dresses I tried, this is by far my absolute favorite. Not only is the floral pattern and color very pretty, but it is extremely flattering on, and incredibly comfortable to wear, too. This is a versatile 'everyday' dress to wear at home, for running errands, and even out to dinner in many cases. 

Sizing: I ordered the dress in an XXS Petite, and the fit is just right. Because LE tends to run on the large side, I order the petite sizing as long as the length is not too short. Thankfully the petite length on this one is 37.5 inches, which is perfect for my height of 5'4", and the dress comes to just above my knee.

Next up is the Pattern Squareneck Dress in 'Light Dew Green Print'. The description on the website reads:

Soft and pretty.
  • Soft, smooth-draping knit
  • Face-flattering square neckline
  • Shirred self-fabric belt is attached at front, hugs your waist
  • Graceful flared skirt
  • Falls to the knee
  • Shoulder to hem lengths: Regular, 40″; Petite, 37 1/2″
If you’ve never worn a square neckline, you’ll be amazed at how flattering it is. (Shows off a necklace to perfection, too!) This dress feels easy in every way. And its smooth-fitting bodice and gently flared skirt flatter every figure. 95% rayon/5% spandex. Machine wash. Imported.

This was another 'keeper' for me. I am always on the lookout for comfortable, flattering dresses to wear on a daily basis at home and for running errands, and this one fits the bill. Plus the print and colors remind me so much of 'Old School' J.Crew!

Sizing: Once again I ordered the dress in an XXS Petite, and just like the wrap dress, the fit is just right. 

I also decided to give the Short Sleeve Border Stripe Faux Wrap Dress a try because I think the dress silhouette, colors, and print are really lovely. The description on the website reads:

Pretty and iconic.
  • Crisp-yet-soft stretch cotton sateen
  • Flattering-yet-secure faux wrap style
  • Dolman sleeves have a rolled cuff
  • Striped border adds interest at the hem
  • Falls to just below the knee
  • Shoulder to hem lengths: Regular, 42″; Petite, 40 1/2″
A wrap dress is so flattering. But you know what's even better? A faux wrap. Just as slimming, but you don't risk a wardrobe malfunction. Some extraordinary details here, including a border in a coordinating stripe and pretty pleats in the skirt. Dolman sleeves (no shoulder seams) and a hint of stretch in the sateen fabric make it comfortable, too. Machine wash. Imported.

The fabric and quality of the dress are both excellent. The colors are beautiful IRL, although as you can see from my pic below, the cream portion of the dress is not as light as it appears on the LE website. The dress comes without a belt, and while it can definitely be worn that way, I think it looks best when worn with a belt.

Sizing: I ordered the dress is a 0 Petite, and it was still too large for me, especially at the waist. It did fit better when belted, but flared out a bit too much for my personal liking. Sadly, it just did not work out for me overall and was returned.

The Polka Dot V-neck Dress from LE Canvas caught my eye due to the color, print, and silhouette, so I decided to also give it a try. The description reads:

This year’s vintage.
  • Smooth cotton poplin
  • Sprightly polka dot border print
  • Easy dolman sleeves
  • Invisible side zipper
  • Rope belt is included
  • 42″ from shoulder to hem
  • XS(0,2); S (4,6); M (8,10); L (12,14) 
Design: The fabric name is “50s poplin print.” Seriously. A vintage look without the dust and must.

Material: 100% cotton. Machine wash. Imported.

 This is yet another dress made of substantial fabric and is excellent quality. The color is an absolutely lovely shade of blue with off-white polka-dots.

Sizing: I ordered this one in a size 0, and while it fit perfectly at the bust and waist, the length was just way too long and the skirt portion was too voluminous, so it went back, as well.

All in all, I am very pleased with the quality of the dresses I ordered, even though the fit was off for me on a couple of them. In my experience, the quality at Lands' End is always excellent, and I think that they are definitely moving in the right direction when it comes to their style, print, and color offerings.  

That's it for now! Have a lovely day, and Happy Shopping!!! :)


P.S. Just a few sale shopping reminders...

*J.Crew is offering 25% Off & Free Shipping on orders of $150+ with code LOVEJCREW at checkout until 3.31.13. J.Crew Cardmembers receive 30% Off & Free Shipping on orders of $150+ with code CARDMEMBER at checkout until 3.30.13, as well. There were also new Promo-Priced items & Markdowns added this week. Click HERE for the updated list.

**Madewell is offering 25% Off Orders 0f $125+ and Free Shipping with code 4SPRING at checkout until 4.2.13. For more details, and to see the list of Madewell Promo-Priced Items click HERE.

***Target is offering a Buy One, Get One 50% Off promotion on select Shoes & Handbags purchased on their website until 3.30.13. The discount is automatically applied at checkout, shipping is Free on orders of $50+, and you can return the items to any Target store if they happen to not work out. Click HERE for more details, my picks, and links to reviews.

Friday, March 29, 2013

J.Crew: New Promo-Priced Items & Markdowns Plus an Extra 25% - 30% Off & Free Shipping on $150+!!!

J.Crew is offering 25% Off & Free Shipping on orders of $150+ with code LOVEJCREW at checkout until 3.30.13. J.Crew Cardmembers receive 30% Off & Free Shipping on orders of $150+ with code CARDMEMBER at checkout until 3.30.13, as well. J.Crew has also done a 'switch-up' on the Promo-priced items this week...a lot of new items have been marked to promo-price, while others have gone back to regular-price or marked down to sale price (now making them final sale).

For those of you who aren't familiar with Promo-priced items, they are select Regular-price pieces that J.Crew marks down to a 'Promotional Price' for a short amount of time. These items are eligible for any extra % off sale or full-price promotions that may occur at any time. The Promo-priced items are also eligible for the Educator and Student Discounts, so if you are a teacher or student you can receive an additional 15% off on them, as well.

The promo-prices are usually in effect for a week or two (sometimes longer), then they either go back up to full-price or move on into Final Sale. I have noted the majority of the Women's Promo-priced items currently available on the J.Crew website, as well as the items that have been marked down (please note that the items ending in $.99 are the ones that have been marked down further from Promo-price and are now at Final Sale). 

New Promo-Priced Items:

*Nora bow ballet flats - Soft Sand on promo
New Markdowns:

*Collection Nora calf hair ballet flats - $199.99 in Hazelnut Leopard 
 *Featherweight french terry sweatshirt- $39.99 in Hthr Marine and Hthr Neon rose
New Markdowns (3.27.13):
 *Liberty quilted jacket in Chive floral- $169.99
*Collection cashmere boxy boy sweater- $159.99
*Stripe gauze cardigan- $49.99 
*Pixelated houndstooth skirt - $99.99
*Kimono-sleeve maxidress - All colors now $69.99

Additional Promo-Priced Items:


Shirts, Tops, & Tees:


*Schoolboy blazer in crosshatch linen - Brilliant Blue and Flamingo on promo
Dresses & Skirts:

Pants, Denim, & Shorts:
*Minnie pant in stretch twill - Navy, Byzantine Blue, and Bright Berry on promo
*Pull-on crepe pant
*Toothpick jean in garment-dyed twill - Select colors on promo
 Weekend Wear, Beachwear, & Sleepwear:
 *Stripe bandeau tank - Frosted Lilac on promo
*Stripe string top - Frosted Lilac on promo
*Stripe twist bandeau top - Frosted Lilac on promo
*Stripe bandeau swing top - Frosted Lilac on promo
*Stripe lowrider - Frosted Lilac on promo
*Stripe bikini - Frosted Lilac on promo
*Snail print underwire top
*Thomas Mason® for J.Crew pajama set
*Whisper gauze baja dress- White and Bright Guava on promo

*Classic leather ballet flats - Select colors on promo

Jewelry, Belts, and Accessories:

25% Off 2 or More:

Select Socks & Tights - 25% Off 3 or More:


*Collection pink paisley top - $179.99
*Sosie top - $79.99
*Golden gears necklace- $89.99
 *Tippi sweater in multistripe - $69.99
*Tweed-front tee - $59.99
*Bazaar scarf - $49.99
*Collection Cece Liberty floral ballet flats - $149.99 
*Tipped boy shirt - $79.99
*Military popover - $119.99
  *Liberty-collar merino sweater in stripe - $89.99

**To see the list of Additional J.Crew Markdowns click here