First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!! I wish that everything you desire comes true for you this year!!!
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I have to share what I did on New Year's Eve. I arrived home on New Year's Eve to a package from J Crew. Like with any addiction, with my heart's thumping rapidly in my chest, I rip open the package to find the Astrid Boucle Jacket - you know, the one with the floppy flower. I grabbed a pair of scissors and slit open the bag, pulled the jacket out, ripped open the tissue that was covering the flower. Normally, by this time, I would have gotten my instant high, but as soon as I laid eyes on the flower, my heart sank.
I am an optimist. YES, I AM! I have blue skies, white puffy clouds, and beautiful warm sunshine in my rose-colored world. I live my life with the "just because it didn't work out for someone else, doesn't mean that it won't work out for me" attitude. And when I saw that droopy, sad, imancipated, almost dying, it needs love and water, silk flower lying like a limp "you know what" in my hand, I knew that I had to "make it work". This sad flower was not going to remain a sad flower. I knew that I had it in me to make it bloom, .... to make it look like the flower that it was portrayed to be in the beautiful, glossy J Crew catalog.
But first things first! I had to make sure that the jacket looked good on. Having read a few posts about the sizing on the jacket, I decided to size down when I purchased it. I normally wear a size 4 and ended up purchasing a size 2. And with most of my online purchases, I then spent the next 2 weeks fretting if the 2 was going to fit. Would it be too small? What if it's too tight in the waist? What if I can stretch out my arms and steer my car? What if I can't breathe in it? What if the armholes dig into the pit of my arms? ARGH! As you can see, I'm slightly irrational in addition to be obsessive when it comes to online purchases. Too bad that my purchases can't simply show up immediately as opposed to weeks after the fact. Naturally, I keep my irrational thoughts to myself. I honestly think that my Husband would leave me if he knows how insane I really am. But I digress.
The size 2 is the perfect size. As you can see in the pictures, the fit is awesome. This jacket is supposed to be a classic-fit, but by sizing down, I was able to get it to be a little more fitted but still with room to spare. The sleeves fall past my wrist (I'm quite tired of the bracelet sleeves - they appear like my jackets shrunk at the Cleaners), the waist hook and eye closure hits at my natural waist (which I really like since it makes my waist look smaller that it really is) and the color, Oh My Gosh! the color is truly AMAZING! I absolutely LOVE the Bright Berry. The color looks rather garish on the J Crew website but in real-life, the color is fabulous. It's a rich, highly saturated shade of pink. I love it!!! Okay... with the exception of the sad, droopy flower, that is. But I can fix that. I know I can!
So, right after nice home-made Italian dinner with my husband and our daughter, (of which my husband made while I was trying on my Droopy Flower Jacket and working out), I started my mission - that is, to revive my droopy flower.
I removed the flower from the jacket. The flower is attached to the jacket via a small pin with a safety clasp. The pin is actually sitting on top of a little mount. I removed the pin from the flower but snipping the threads that attached the pin to the flower. I then restitched the opening where the pin was placed originally.
Then with the pin in my hand, I had to go back and use some of that Grade 3 Science I had leant from many years back. To "prop" the flower, I had to minimize the amount of force (or in this case, gravity) exerted on the flower. I first moved the pin to the side of the mount. By moving the pin off the mount and close to the pivot, I was in essence, shifting the load, thus lifting the top of the flower and since the force (gravity in this case) was minimized, the flower was better balanced.
Once done, I started ironing the petals of the flower (since they were flattened upon arrival). The petals seemed to revive themselves during the ironing. The flower was then turned over, shakened by hand to fluff it up a bit. Once I liked how the petals curled and fell in place, I held the iron over the flower and lightly steamed the petals in place. VIOLA! My flower now looks just like the one in the J Crew Catalog. It's a plump, lushious, beautiful pink flower. It's like my sad little flower went through an Extreme Makeover and came out looking amazing!
Yes, your flower will require a little love when it arrives but at the current price of $59.99, this jacket is sooooo worth it. I am now tempted to get it in the Golden Avacado as well!
What do you think of the Golden Avacado? Should I get it?