Thursday, April 30, 2009

Exclusive Luxury Fashion Night - Will you be attending?



I just received this invitation but it's a little far and out of the way for me... but this might just interest those who live in and around the Orlando, FL area.

You are invited to Orlando Premium Outlets for an exclusive evening of luxury outlet shopping at Barneys New York Outlet, DKNY, Giorgio Armani, MaxMara, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tag Heuer and more. Visit Plaza de las Luces outside the Food Court area for special Mother’s Day offerings from The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Orlando and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando. Enter-to-win a Ritz-Carlton Custom Massage (50 minutes) or Tailored Facial (50 minutes) and Round of Golf for Two Players. You will be treated to exclusive discounts, in-store demonstrations, fabulous prize drawings and delightful refreshments. Purchase the perfect Mother’s Day gift or treat yourself to something special.

Print and present this event sheet here, at participating stores at Orlando Premium Outlets to receive discounts.

RSVP to shopper@premiumoutlets.com and receive a complimentary gift bag.

Sounds like it would be a fun-filled evening. It's too bad that I live 5000 miles from this event.

Will you be attending?

J Crew Reviews

As you know, I drove to both the U Village plus the Bellevue J Crew Stores on Saturday. I spent about 2 hours in each store and had an opportunity to try on lots of stuff.


Unlike the last time I went to Bellevue, I did bring my camera along with me this time - with the intent to take pictures. I managed to take a couple of pictures - of which I will post shortly, but I did not take many. The reason being that both stores were packed and there was a line-up for the Change Room. And although I wanted desperately to take more pictures, I felt guilty for tying up the room. Furthermore, I was feeling rather self-conscious hearing the shutter go off everytime I took a shot. So, my apologies that I don't have many in-store pictures of what I had tried on but I do have pictures of what I bought - which I will be posting in the coming days.

FRENCHIE SLICKER

I managed to find one of these Frenchie Slickers in the Sale Section in a Tan shade (sorry, I don't know the actual name of it). It was on sale for $99.99 (I believe). I tried it on in a size 2. I normally wear a size 4 jacket (just in case you were looking for a comparison). The size 2 fits but it was snugger than what I would normally wear. I liked the color - for it was timeless and I really liked the ruffles on the collar and the sleeves. But the one thing that I wasn't crazy about was the placement of the belt tie. The loops for the belt was situated quite high (in my opinion) - around one's natural waist. I personally like my belts a little lower - say about an inch above my belly button - but having it quite that high made it feel uncomfortable. Needless to say, I didn't get it. I'm glad that I had an opportunity to try this jacket on for now that I know of its' fit, I would likely not be getting it unless it went on a crazy sale and I could have it tailored to where I like it to sit.

STRIPE BEACH HAT

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the concept of this hat. It is a nice soft straw material; it is soft enough that if it got squished in my luggage white travelling, it would have still looked good when I arrived at my destination. The color combination is amazing; I love the bright yellow and natural straw combination. And lastly, I love how large the brim is; prior to trying the hat on, I could honestly see myself wearing this beautiful hat, walking down the promenade in the South of France, dressed all in white and looking tres chic! But having had the opportunity to try it on, it is the brim I truly hate. The brim is so large and floppy that when I tried looking at my reflection in the mirror, I couldn't even see myself. All I could see was the floppy brim. The brim came down past my nose and blocked my entire view. In order for me to see my reflection in the mirror, I had to tilt my had back substantially. I don't think I would look particularly chic strolling the shops in the French Riviera with my head tilted back like that, would I? This hat also fits generously - and maybe that's why it blocks my view. I have a big head. Take my word for it. I truly hate my big head. But this hat made my head feel small since I still had lots of room left. So if you have a small or regular size head, I'd suggest that you try this on before buying because it could honestly swallow you whole. Needless to say, I didn't get the hat either.


STRAW FEDORA HAT WITH FLOWER
Did you know that this hat comes in 2 different colors? The darker straw with the Shell Flower and a lighter straw with a yellow flower. I didn't know that when shopping online. Doesn't the hat look cute in the picture? Unfortunately this hat didn't work for me. Firstly, this hat will not travel well. The hat is well-formed and would get crushed in my luggage. Additionally, it didn't look as cute on. I know that the style says Fedora - but in my little pea-brain, I was hoping that it would be less Fedora and a little more Floppy / Sun Hat like. Unfortunately, it's pretty much a Fedora hat - read, small brim. What I need is a hat that is a cross between the Floppy and the Fedora hat. I guess I'll keep looking.

Gotta run now. Lunch is over. I will post more tomorrow. I would tonight but the puck drops at 6pm and I've got to cheer my boys on. Go Canucks Go!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My J Crew Saturday.

3 days ago - on Saturday, I drove to WA state to spend my 25% Red Card that Joan so generously gave to me as discussed in this post here.

Did you see how I didn't say I drove to Bellevue?

The reason I didn't say I drove to Bellevue is because I not only went to Bellevue but also to U Village. I WENT TO TWO J CREW STORES. That's right! It was a virginal J Crew moment for me. I have never been to 2 J Crew stores in one day and after that experience, let me tell you, there's just no going back!

From now on, whenever I plan on going across the border to go shopping, I will certainly be visiting both J Crew stores.

And while I had the impression that Bellevue was the larger of the two stores (okay - it's because Bellevue told me that), I personally think that the U Village store is actually larger than the Bellevue store. As far as selection goes, they are about the same but I like the fact that the U Village store is not as congested and that there's breathing room.

A funny thing happened while visiting the U Village store. And naturally, I can't help feeling somewhat stupid about the entire situation but here's what happened.

Upon entering the store, I noticed a large man, in his late 30s standing near the front doors. He was nicely dressed and well groomed. Seeing that my husband hates shopping, I couldn't help but think that he was waiting for his girlfriend / fiancee / wife and thought to myself - gee, I wish my husband would do that for me ... that is, wait patiently for me while I shopped. I thought that he was being very patient and very generous.

I picked up a bunch of stuff, gave it to the nice lady who proceeded to set up my change room for me. I walked around some more, gave her more stuff and more stuff and still noticed that he was still waiting for his lady. Anyway, after looking around the entire store and having tried everything on, I came out to find him still standing there. Well, at this point, I was feeling downright sorry for this poor man. I figured, hey if I could talk this long in the store, I'm sure his girl could as well. But since her man was a part of their day out, she really ought to get her act together, buyswhat she needs and leave already!

I had made up my mind to go home and tell my husband what an amazing man I saw at the J Crew store today - one who was extremely patient while waiting for his woman - when the man in question walked up to the Sales Assistant I was dealing with to tell her that he was going on his break.

What???!!! What do you mean ... Going on his break??!!

Isn't he a kind, patient and and generous man waiting for his girl? Oh My Gosh! He was Security!

At that very moment, I honestly felt like I had lived my entire life under a rock. I mistook Security for a quality I was looking in my husband... which leads me to think that if I paid my husband, would he actually wait in a store for me while I shopped?

Er........ Likely NOT!




BTW, I will be posting pictures of what I purchased plus review of items I tried on starting tomorrow. So please be sure to come back and read them.

My Latest and Newest Resolution.

My latest resolution. Well,…. the latest that you know about, that is. This resolution has been in effect for 2-1/2 weeks now.

What is this new resolution you ask? Quit Smoking? No, sorry, I don’t smoke? Quit Drinking? Really! Like I would really stop doing that? Quit Shopping? … Well, that’s still on my to-do list. So what is it?

As crazy and as trivial as it sounds, my new resolution is to change my purse weekly.

I know. It sounds soooooo trivial and sooooo superficial in light of everything that is going on in the world today but to me, (and only to me), it’s a great resolution.

Let me tell you why. You see, I have a lot of purses and handbags. Well, okay, maybe compared to other serious shopaholics out there, my collection is small, but based on my circle of friends, my collection is significant.

So, how many purses and handbags are we really talking about here? Well, I have about 17 handbags / purses – not including any evening clutches or sport-sacs, travel-sacs, etc. I have about 17 handbags that I could technically carry to work, go out on a social basis, etc. But the problem is, I always stick to 1 bag – a Coach Shoulder Bag that sits right under my arm. I carry that poor thing everyday, in Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. I’m just too darn lazy to move everything from one bag to another – hence, I carry the same thing everyday.

Then about 3 weeks ago, I decided that I was being absolutely silly for having all these bags and not enjoying them. For instance, I have a wool Burberry bag that I purchased about 2 years ago that I have yet to carry – not even once! Isn’t that just down-right crazy?

Anyway, over drinks after work, one Friday evening, while on the subject of fashion, I told P and C (the other 2 Fashion-Forward Managers (FFMs) on my floor) that I was going to start changing my purse weekly. And that's how my latest resolution began.

So, how do I like my new resolution? Well, I’m really loving it. I’m loving the fact that I’m using what I already own without having to run out and buy something new. Since I am rotating my purses every week and since I have 17 of them, by the time I get around to carrying the first purse in my rotation, it would be like carrying a brand new purse. I’m loving this resolution.

However, like all resolutions, there is an aspect of my new purse-rotation that sucks. That is…… My purse doesn’t always coordinate with my outfits for the week. I guess I could change my purse – but that would require waaaaay too much effort on my part so I guess I’ll just learn to live with the fact that my purse doesn’t quite match my outfit….. or my other option is to create my outfit based on the purse I’ll be carrying for the week.

Hey! I like that idea!!!

So, there! That’s my latest resolution.

How do you handle your handbag sitauation? What do you do? Do you change your purse daily? Weekly? Monthly? Seasonally? Never? I’d love to hear what you do with respect to your purses, handbags, etc. I hope you’ll share.

Monday, April 27, 2009

MY FIRST EVER GIVE-AWAY!!!


THE DELICIOUS TRUFFLE GIVEAWAY!!!

I got the idea from Jackie here, on my post about my fantastic score on Lindt Lindor Truffles. As you know, I ended up purchasing 48 bags of these Lindor Truffles a week after Easter. Although I purchased 48 bags, my husband, daughter and I have polished off half of my original purchase.

Very Scary, isn't it?

Anyway, I thought that it would be fun if I was able to share these Truffles with someone else before my family and I polish them all off. By the way, they have been to-die-for!!!

The winner will get two (2) 150 grams Bags of Lindt Lindor Truffles - 1 bag of the Stracciatella - Italy's classic ice cream flavor - White Chocolate with slivers of cocoa and a delectably smooth centre; and 1 bag of the Milk / White - Milk Chocolate with a delectably smooth white centre.

The Best Before Dates on these Truffles are Feb 28, 2010 and November 30, 2009 respectively - which means that you will have lots of time to enjoy these delicate morsels.

All you'll need to do is post a message about your Best Ever Score of a Deal. I will draw one (1) winner and post the Winner on Monday evening, May 4, 2009. (Please keep in mind that I'm on the West Coast.)

This giveaway is open to all. No Anons will be accepted (sorry).

Good Luck!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Can you rock this style?



I don't know about others but I get a lot of my styling ideas from J Crew - be it the Catalog or Online.

I realize that the pictures seen on line are often highly stylized - ie. wearing 4 to 5 different bracelets together or wearing 2 shirts, a sweater and a cami under a coat, you know what I mean. Similarly, the front tuck in tank, cami, shell... where the front is tucked in and the back is hanging out, is also very stylized ... but I can somewhat get away with a similar look and still look put together.

HOWEVER.... there is no way in hell I can get away with this look. This half front tucked in shirt looks like I've just finished rocking some guy in the file room and barely tucked my shirt in before someone walked in and caught us in the act.

I just don't think this highly stylized look will work for me. What about you?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It's all about the Score!



I know that these aren't clothes. But hey, to me, they come a very, very, very close second. I'm talking about Chocolates. Delicious, Delicate, Smooth, Rich, Delectable, melt-in-your-mouth, I've-died-and-gone-to-heaven, super scrumptious Chocolate. And of the many, many varieties out in the market, one of my favorite yet totally affordable brand is Lindt - in particular Lindor Truffles.

Don't get me wrong. I'd rather have a box of Godiva's any day but at $2.00 a truffle, I'll settle for my other favorite - Lindor.

And while I LOVE Lindt chocolates, I love them even more when I am able to get a deal on them. We're not talking a regular deal but AN INCREDIBLE DEAL.

On Sunday, while at the Grocery Store, I approached Customer Service and asked if they had any Easter Chocolates left. (While I don't buy much chocolates normally, I did have a hankering for some that day - hence my request). The young lady working the Customer Service desk told me that they had a bunch the day before but for some reason, she thought that all of the Chocolates had sold out... however, she would put a call into the Grocery Manager and find out if there was any left.

I stood there for a long while as she appeared to have a "personal" conversation with the Grocery Manager (or so I thought). She then got off the phone and pointed to a stand located in a far corner of the store and said, "that's all the Easter Chocolates we have left. If you are interested in buying a bunch, the Manager said that I could give you a discount."

Great! I love discounts! as I pushed my buggy towards the case of leftover Easter Treats. As I approached, I see that the case is filled with chocolates I don't normally like. You know the kind, solid bunny made with "not so yummy, does not really melt in your mouth and kinda chewy" chocolate and then out of the corner of my eye, I spotted some Lindt Chocolates. As I rounded the case with my buggy, I see that there was a bunch of Lindt chocolates on the stand.

YUMMY and DISCOUNT is all I can think of at this point.

I picked up 4 bags in total - 2 of the Spring Lindor Truffles and 2 of the Lindor Truffles Stracciatella 8.5oz bags. (If you haven't tasted the Stracciatella Truffles - oh, do run to the store and get some. They are TO DIE FOR!!! It's the most amazing White Truffle with cocao pieces that imparts a flavor of Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. It's Heavenly!!)

The "After Easter" Sale price for these Tuffles were $5.99 a bag. I stuck the 4 bags into my cart and headed back to the Customer Service counter wondering the entire way, what sort of discount she would give me.

Thinking that if she offered to sell them to me for $2.99 a bag, I would go back and get a few more - for after all, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lindor Truffles. I placed the bags down on the counter and she said, these will be 35 cents a bag.

35 CENTS A BAG???!!!!

I normally pay $5.99 or $6.99 for a bag of Lindor Truffles and think that it's a deal. But at 35 cents a bag, that's an amazing deal!

I realize that I don't need 48 bags of Lindor Truffles nor do I need 960 Truffles in total (there's 20 to a bag and at 48 bags, I get 960 individually wrapped Truffles) but I couldn't say no to a phenomenal purchase.

I paid $16.80 for 48 bags of Lindor Truffles. My discount? A WHOPPING $270.72!

Now, THAT IS A SERIOUS SCORE! Don't you think?

However, I do have 1 small problem. I don't know how I'm going to stick 48 Bags or 960 Truffles in my small Upright Freezer. Houston, we have a problem...

Banana Republic - shhhhh... SECRET SALE




I received this Sale Coupon today. VALID IN CANADA ONLY. Sorry my fellow US bloggers. However, if you are planning on visiting Canada over the weekend, .... hey, just email me and I'll gladly send this to you as well!!!

In order to redeem it, you will need to print the Banana Republic email and bring it into a Banana Republic Store. It's 30% off your entire purchase. Whoooo Hooo!!!

If anyone is interested in this coupon, please post your email and I will email you the Banana Republic email with the Coupon code attached.

Valid in Canada and in-store only between April 24 and 26. Not valid online.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I think I'm winning or am I?????


I think I'm winning. Or part of me thinks I'm winning anyway.


Yes I have. I have been fighting with myself lately trying to stop myself from hitting the purchase button at J Crew. I have a terrible time saying no to a Sale. A Sale sign is like a huge beacon. It's beckoning me! It's screaming... Come! Check this out! I have lovely, desirable things just for you!


It's been very hard but so far, I haven't purchased anything yet. Though I have to say that it's very sad seeing things disappear from my basket.


So why am I not buying, you ask?


Well, firstly, I've noticed that J Crew has been tacking on a huge Duty Charge on all Canadian purchases. For instance, earlier today, I had approximately $160 worth of items in my basket and when I proceeded to check out, J Crew tacked on a whopping $40 in taxes and duties. THAT'S AN ADDITIONAL 25% THAT I HAVE TO PAY (on top of the shipping charges)! Yikes!


I know, I know... it's not J Crew's fault - it's the Canadian Government ... yes, they want a piece of the tax pie but that's a lot of money. So when I factor in the new Taxes and Duties and then add the exchange on top of that, a pair of Everyday Chinos which is currently being sold for $19.99 now cossts $31.23. I know it's still a good deal but it's now more expensive than I had originally wanted to spend. Waaaah!!!!


The other reason for not buying (for now) is that I'm planning to head across the border to Bellevue on the weekend - which means that I get to see my beloved J Crew collection in person. It's sooooo much more fun to be able to feel, touch, try and check out these pieces on me in person. I love it and cannot wait to go.


Needless to say, that's the reason why I haven't purchased anything lately. I don't know about you but it's very difficult for me when I want to purchase soooooooo badly.


Do you ever go through the same ordeal? Do you fight with yourself in an attempt to figure out if you should buy or not buy? What about the other J Crew Loving Canadians; have the increased duties and taxes turned you off buying J Crew online? KBear brought this to my attention about a month ago and in all honesty, my purchases have declined substantially since. I hope fellow Canadians will share their thoughts on the matter of taxes with me.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Things I'm Loving ...

Straw Fedora Hat with Flower
I can always use a summer hat - particularly a pretty feminine one without being prissy. It's soooo pretty, don't you think? I think it's the delicate flower on the hat that's sucking me in!


Metallic Flower Belt
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this belt. What an ingenious idea to place a leather flower on a belt. I sometimes embellish my belts with a silk flower but I really like the look of the leather flower for it certainly looks like it's part of the belt - as opposed to me sticking it on the belt myself. However, I cannot imagine ever wanting to pay $68 for it. But obviously I'm in the minority because it's sold out in XS and Large. Only Smalls and Mediums are left. I doubt that there will be any left when it goes on sale. Maybe this just isn't meant to be for me. But I can always hope, can't I?


Frenchie slicker
Isn't this stunning? I love the ruffles on the jacket. Feminine yet so unexpected. It'll be perfect for Vancouver weather as well seeing that it rains so darn much here! The size 4 in the Papaya is back ordered until June 1. Can I really wait that long for one?????

Perfect-fit chiffon ruffle tank
I'm suck a sucker for anything Ruffle. What an adorable little tank, don't you think? I just love the chiffon and cotton knit combination. AND... add ruffles to that and I can't barely hold back my J Crew Credit Card. Only thing... I'm not loving the color choices available. I look much better in bold colors. The Navy is nice - but I've got lots of Navy. I like the Beechwood and the Natural in theory but I know they won't look good with my skin tone. Both will make me look absolutely washed out. So, I'm going to hold off until I go to Bellevue - in hopes that they'll have this in other colors. Does anyone know if this comes in other colors?


Piqué V-neck ruffle dress

Isn't this dress just darling????!!! It's screaming, BUY ME! TAKE ME HOME! I WANT TO COME AND LIVE WITH YOU! I love, love, love the ruffled V neckline. It's soooo pretty and would give me that added boost in the cleavage that I sooooo need. I just checked the sizes available and I see that I'm not the only one who's LOVING this dress. It's sold out in a bunch of sizes already. Hmmmm... I normally wear a size 4 dress. And it's sold out in size 4. I wonder if I can wear a size 2. AND.... the Tea Rose is only available in size 10. ARGH!!!! Crap!


Milla Tank
It's the colors! I am in-love with the color combination on this Tank. It's stunning, unexpected yet timeless. I want it! I want it! I want it! Note to self: Make sure to try this one on when I go to Bellevue next!



Perfect-fit corsage scoopneck tee

Oooooooooh! Me LIKEY THIS VERY MUCH!!! Me needs all the help with the Sistas. Having lost quite a bit of weight, I also lost my boobs and now need lots of help in the chest. This tee ought to do it for me. I LOVE the deep scoop neck plus the flowers by the shoulder for it'll help draw the eye up. Plus, the tee looks like it's more fitted in the waist - versus the recent ones that were cut a little looser around the waist. I'm liking this very very very much. I may just have to get it in a few colors! Hmmmm...I wonder if the Retail stores carry other colors.

What's on your "Things I'm Loving" list?


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dear Easter Bunny ....



I know Easter is over now but yesterday while picking up after my daughter, I found this letter under our Living Room Sofa addressed to, The Easter Bunny.

Originally thinking that it was my daughter doodling on a piece of paper, I started reading it only to realize that it was a genuine letter from her to the Easter Bunny. I thought it was soooooo sweet that I felt compelled to share it with you. (Just in case you were wondering, I did get her permission to share this letter with you).

My daughter Kitty (not her real name) is 9 years old - she just turned 9 in late February. She's quite a character. Here's her unedited letter with spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, etc.

Dear Easter Bunny, on your way around the world please stop at Mini Clip Headquarters and leave a note saying my entery for the scetch star competition was the best. I have watched it several times and I think it is great. If you do not belive me, go downstairs and check if the computer is on. If it is not make sure the light in the computer room is on. Then go to the other computer and press the on button. then go to miniclip and log me in. Then go to scetch star and look at "my animations" look at the only one there. Watch it. if you think it is good check this box.
Kitty draws a box with an arrow pointing to the box. She also signs her name. But then I guess she realizes that she's missed something so she writes the following...

P.S. fold this note up and leave it or bring it with you downstairs. I would like you to chose #1.
Last week, Kitty had created an Animation Sketch for a Mini Clip competition. She was sooo proud of her creation and was hell-bent on winning even though the rules stated that she had to be 12 years old in order to compete. Needless to say, she didn't win. But Kudos to her for even trying and even resorting to having someone with clout (ie. The Easter Bunny) help her by pulling a few string. LOL! Good Job Kitty!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

THANK YOU JOAN!!! You're such a Doll!


I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank Joan (Jaspermcgee) for being so kind and generous.

You see, slightly over a week ago, Joan had posted on the JCA blog that she would not be using her J Crew 25% off card and was willing to give it away.

Being Canadian sucks when it comes to J Crew because whenever J Crew engages in these Marketing giveaways (ie. Store Discount Cards), they never include their Canadian Buyers - which is rather Ethnocentric - in my opinion because, we Canadians own cars and will drive to the States to shop specifically in a J Crew Store(s) - so please don't forget about us hicks who live north of the 49th paralle. That said, I can also certainly understand why J Crew didn't include their Canadian followers for many would likely not drive to the States.

Anyway, I digress. I apologize.

Seeing that I didn't get a card, and seeing that Joan was offering to give away her card to someone who could actually use it, I emailed her and she generously offered to mail the card to me in Canada.

I personally think that it's soooo very kind of her to have done that. Thank you Joan!

I am planning to do my 3 hour drive to Bellevue in the next couple of weeks - definitely before the end of the month - so that I may spend my disposable Canadian income at J Crew.

I have read that J Crew is cracking down on these cards - meaning that they don't want others using them - other than the ones they've sent the cards to. I can certainly appreciate their position and I agree that they have every right to decide who they want to give these cards to and who they don't. However, I am hoping they don't give me a hard time about it. I truly hope that J Crew can see past the fact that I wasn't the true recipient of the card but that a kind and generous person gave me her card (she's never used it - it's still stuck to the invite) and that while I could easily spend my money here in Canada I'm choosing to spend my money at J Crew instead. That said, I hope that they'll accept my card and my hard-earned cash.

Regardless if they do or not, I want to take this opportunity to thank Joan nonetheless. And as promised, I will be posting pictures of my purchases, so stay tuned!

Thanks once again Joan! Hugs, K (Crew_Girl_in_Canada)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Welcome to My Crappy Day!

What do you do when you’re having a Crappy Day?

I’m having one of those days. You know…. When there’s nothing really wrong but for some reason, I’m just feeling downright blue and nothing can cheer me up???.

Do you have those days?

I don’t get them often but when I do, it sucks …. Like it sucks royally, like it does right now at this very moment.

For the life of me, I can’t seem to put my finger on what’s needling me but when I get like this, I normally….

1.) Go Shopping.
I went shopping during my lunch hour today. First place I went to was the Drug Store and bought myself a nice fat bag of Candy Coated Easter Eggs. Yes, I know, Easter is over but so what???!!! These Eggies are now 50% off and they taste way better when they are on sale

Then I went and walked in the mall, Pacific Centre Mall to be exact. I window shopped at Club Monaco and found a few really cute pieces that I really, really want but am refusing to buy for they were, in my opinion, ridiculously expensive – even though they were super cute. And then I walked over to Jacob where I found some really cute polka dot socks. I love cute, fancy socks. Although no one can really see what’s on my feet since my boots or shoes normally cover them anyway, I love the fact knowing that I have the cutest pair of socks on. They were having a special on the socks – 3 pairs for $15. So I picked up 2 pairs of the Pewter Dots on Heather Charcoal plus 1 pair of the Teal Dots on Slate socks. I also picked up a really cute Halter Top in a Cotton Knit fabric which is reminiscent of something one would wear on the French Riviera. I can sooooo see this with cropped white sailor pants - which I don't own, just in case you were wondering - but I can always imagine, couldn't I??? I was going to describe the top but it’s just easier to post pictures – which I will shortly.

Then I walked into H & M for a look-see. I get soooo overwhelmed whenever I walk into H & M. I have difficulty dealing with racks upon racks of clothing. Feeling overwhelmed as usual, I walked out after lasting a mere 5 minutes.

I walked by Bebe and saw the cutest little dress in the window. I was ready to go in to check out the dress when I realized that the dress would never look half as good on me as it does on the mannequin for the mannequin had one of them 38-22-36 inch figures and legs up my armpits. So I kept on walking.

I walked into La Senza. Did you know that La Senza is owned by Victoria’s Secret? We don’t have a Victoria’s Secret in Canada but we have La Senza which in my humble opinion, does not come close to being what Victoria’s Secret is in the US. I still LOVE VS. La Senza is like a cheap knock-off … but since I can’t get VS here, I guess I will have to learn to live with La Senza. Anyway, I went in looking for underwear. I found the ones I wanted but they didn’t have it in the color I wanted. Seeing that I couldn’t find a sales person within the store, I left.

2.) Vacation Planning.
Nothing makes me feel better than planning a vacation. I love planning vacations – imagining in my little head where my husband, daughter and I are going to go next. Seeing that Vacation Planning allows me to go to my happy place, I decided that I would think about my next vacation.

Do we go to Scottsdale and stay at the Four Seasons Resort at Troon North – so that my husband can golf and our daughter can play in the pool and I can go shopping to my hearts content? Or maybe we should go to Cancun and stay at the Royal Sands – afterall Kitty (that’s not my daughter's real name. That's what her friends call her at school) was just talking about going back to Cancun this very morning in the car on the way to school. … or maybe, just maybe we could go to Cabo and spend a week at the Cabo Azul Resort and Spa. It’s slightly longer of a flight than to Phoenix and there’ll be a beach for Kitty to play on, it would be great!

But then I remembered my husband saying that he really wants to go to Scottsdale in the Fall so I guess Cancun and Cabo would be completely out of the question. Seeing that Vacation Planning wasn’t making me any happier, I turned to my next comfort activity.

3.) Eating.
Remember that fat 200g bag of Eggies, well, I polished half of it off planning our next vacation. Suddenly realizing that I ate half a bag of eggies, I folded up the other half and put it away. By the way, eating all that chocolate didn’t make me feel any better. In fact, it made me feel sorta FAT. Oh well.

4.) Blog.
Since I wasn’t getting any satisfaction from any of my usual “Make Me Feel Better” activities, I decided that I would blog about my crappy day. And for some reason, writing about what I did to make me feel better about my crappy day is… weirdly… making me feel better. I’m certainly feeling lighter (no, I’m not talking about the chocolates I ate) – I’m talking figuratively that is.

You know, I still don’t know what the hell is needling at me but at least, I’m feeling somewhat less anxious compared to when I left the office at noon to go shopping.

So, let’s hear it. What do you do when are you are having a Crappy Day? Do you shop? Eat? Drink? Cry? Blog? What makes you feel good when you are down in the dumps?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Goodbye Dear Friend...


Yesterday, my husband and I buried a dear friend of mine.


Although I had only known my friend for 20 months, I had grown to become very fond of her - despite the fact that I wasn't crazy about her when she first came to live with us. But through her, I became healthier - both physically and mentally, and because of her, I became a different person. She helped sculpt me into the person I am today, literally.


So, yes, it was difficult parting with her yesterday... but the smell at the Dump was overwhelming and I couldn't wait to get out of there.


NO! I'm not heartless! We didn't bury our pet at the Dump. What kind of person did you think I am???!!! My husband and I buried our Elliptical Machine. And if you must know, it was my husband who KILLED her!


Until about 20 months ago, I lead a pretty sedentary life. I wasn't much of an exercise / activity type person. Then, an activity would consist of sitting on the couch, exercising my jaw on a bag of potato chips. Sad picture, isn't it?


Needless to say, I was not a picture of health. At 5'3" tall, I weighed 175 lbs and was wearing a size L top and was between a size 14 and size 16 pant.


But I had good intentions. While I wouldn't go to the Gym, I would tell my husband that if only we had a Treadmill at home, I would be able to work out and lose some weight. But my husband being as frugal as he is, kept suggesting that I walk the 3 blocks to the gym.


Needless to say, I didn't.


Then one day, my husband returned home to tell me about an Elliptical Machine he saw at, of all places, London Drugs - a Drug Store! He said that it was only $350 and he was considering buying it. I told him that I would rather invest in a sturdier, more expensive machine. He refused to hear of it. He specifically stated that he wasn't going to spend $1000 for an Elliptical that would eventually become a Clothing Butler.
Since we were at an impasse, we forgot about the machine... or so I thought!


Obviously, he didn't, for 2 weeks later on a Saturday, he came home and said, "Honey, I bought an Elliptical!". My first reaction was, "Why did you spend $350 on a flimsy machine without first talking it over with me". His response was, "I didn't spend $350! It was only $100!"


ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS????!!!!


Okay, despite the fact that I wanted a sturdier machine, $100 really was a good deal! I couldn't possibly fault my husband for that!


So our new $100 Elliptical went into our Family Room. It sat in the corner for about a month before I decided to get on it.


Laugh all you want, but the first time, I got on our cheapy Elliptical, I lasted 3 minutes. Man! It was a tough workout! But then in my defence, I was 175 lbs and I hadn't worked out since the months leading up to my wedding - so, that was like, 11 years ago!!!!


But with each day, I became stronger. My workouts went from 3 minutes to 10 minutes, then to 20 minutes then 30, and occassionally, they would be as long as 90 minutes.


Of course by this time, I had laid full-claim to the machine. This little $100 machine that my husband brought home in his Camry, was now MINE, all mine! It wasn't a fancy machine by any stretch of the imagination. She was a basic Elliptical. She offered no levels, no distance, nothing! She didn't even plug in. All she had was a tiny little screen that showed the length of my work-0ut and this little clock worked completely on manual labor... meaning that it counted as long as I was peddling. She was truly a sad little machine but I loved her nonetheless.


Since she lived downstairs in our Family Room, working out was easy. I would get up at 5am on weekdays, change into my workout gear, walk downstairs and hop on my little machine. Since I loved her soooooo much, some days, I would work out twice a day!


One day, about a year back, she became ill. She squeeked and groaned while I paddled on her. She truly sounded sick. I called my dad and had him come over to check her out. My dad is the best fixer-upper guy in the whole wide world. If anyone could fix anything, my dad could!
He opened my little machine up, inspected her closely and then told me that she had a crack in her front frame - where her upright arm met her base. I was devastated! She had to be re-welded together but he couldn't do it for me. She needed to be fixed by a Professional Welder.


My dad was kind enough to find a Professional Welder who offered to weld my little machine back for $200 and she would be gone for a week! TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS???!!! ONE WEEK???!!! While the cost of the repair was Waaaaaaaaay more than my husband had spent on this machine I was more upset with having her gone for 7 days! But since I loved her so, I relented and had her rewelded.


My dad delivered her home and she stuck with me for another year UNTIL, my husband decided that he was going to start working out as well.


As you know, she was a delicate little machine. She wasn't built for a guy, let alone a guy who was going to run on her and kick the crap out of her!


My husband, who used to be a runner, decided that he couldn't just work out on her like any normal human being. He decides that since he couldn't increase the resistance on my little machine, he would simply increase his speed instead. And by doing this, he ran my little machine into the ground. After 5 days of kicking the shit out of my little Elliptical, I got on one morning (I hadn't been working out for a while for I had Walking Pneumonia) to a horrible deathly noise. It was awful! It was soooo bad that I could hear the noise over the music from my iPod. I immediately called my dad when I got to the office and asked that he come over and check out my machine. He was there when I got home and that's when he told me the news.


She was done. There was no saving her. My darling husband had killed my dear friend. He completedly cracked the back of the frame and almost tore through the belt. The only reason that she hadn't keeled over was because there was about a 1" piece of metal that was keeping her upright. I asked if we could possibly bring it back to the professional welder guy but there was no point in that.


She was done.


It was truly hard to say goodbye to my dear friend. She changed my life literally! With her help, I lost 50 lbs and dropped 5 clothing size AND gained much needed confidence. She changed my lifestyle and in essence, my life.


AND... She was only $100!


It was truly hard to say goodbye to my dear friend... That was until they delivered my new Machine!

Meet my new Man Friend - He's the Octane. He not only looks tough, HE'S TOUGH!

He came to live with us as of yesterday. After a life-changing 20 months, and having proved to my husband that an Elliptical isn't going to turn into an expensive Clothing Butler, I was able to convince him to part with $3,000 and get me this new heavy-duty machine. Isn't HE handsome????!!!



And he'll give my husband a run for his money! Welcome to my home, Big Boy!





Here are a couple of Before Weight-Loss and After Weight-Loss Pictures.

BEFORE



Husband and I in Puerto Vallarta 3 years ago. I wasn't at my heaviest yet. I was about 165 lbs in these pictures. I was wearing a size L in tops and size 12-14 in bottoms.


AFTER






These pictures were taken in January on our Mexican Riviera Cruise. I was 125 lbs, wearing a size S in tops and size 4 in bottom.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Latest Creation - Fireball Drop Earrings









I just have to share my latest creation with you - Fireball Drop Earrings. I am absolutely in-love with Fireballs. I love, love, love the gitter and shine of Fireballs in general (as you can tell from my creations - lol) and I finally got around to creating a pair of earrings with the Fireballs as the focus.

I can't wait to wear these earrings. They match with sooooooo much - from the J Crew pieces that I own - the Crystal Ball Earrings and the Twisted Crystal Necklace - to the pieces from my own collection - the Pink Czech Glass and Fireball Necklace as well as the Ribbon Fireball Necklace.

I never considered myself a blingy person until I started accessorizing. Don't get me wrong, I don't like head to toe, look-at-me, look-at-me blinging kind of way; I like shiny and glittery but in a classic sense. Does that make sense?

Where do you sit in the Accessories spectrum? Do you like delicate jewelry or big and bold, or are you somewhere in between? Do you prefer natural materials, ie stone and distest bling, or are you one who's head to toe dripping in glitter? Maybe you're like me, you like tastefully shiny? What sort of accessories girl are you?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

It's a Charmed Life - Vintage Numb3rs Charm Bracelet








Here's another one of my new creations. I've just been on such a Charm Bracelet kick lately and was intent on designing a few for myself.

Anyway, I've designed 2 thus far. The first was the "Love's in the Air - AMORE charm Bracelet seen here, and here's my other - the Vintage Numb3rs Charm Bracelet.

I designed this as a year round, all-purpose bracelet - meaning that I could wear it in all 4 seasons, be it dressed up with say a skirt or pant suit for work; or dressed down with jeans for an evening out with friends.

This whimsical bracelet has an antique charm about it. I certainly think that it's the vintage style tokens with its antique brass finish, old world numbers under a unusual green dome, large faceted black resin beads, irredicent Chartreuse beads and the antique finish link bracelet, all lends itself to years gone by.

Today's Outfit - Greys, Yellows and a Pop of Pumkin




Here's today's outfit:

- Scoop Neck Argyle Sweater with 3/4 length sleeves from Reitman's
- Striped Pencil Skirt in Grey (the skirt is a tad too larger for me and I need to bring take it in to have it altered - which I've been promising that I would do soon, yeah, right!)
- Stone Fireball Necklace (which I think goes soooo much better with this outfit than yesterday's, don't you think?)
- Juliet Heels in Pumpkin for a pop of color

Today's Outfit - Dark Chambray with Paisley Coppelle





This was actually yesterday's outfit. I didn't have a chance to post last night for I got home late from the Screening of the new Hannah Montana movie. Oh My Gosh! I have never seen that many girls, ranging from 3 years old to 14 at one time. I honestly didn't quite know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the movie and I can so see some of her friends wanting to do a Birthday Movie party around this movie.

If you have a daughter between the ages of 3 and 14, and she likes Hannah, I highly recommend that you see it. I honestly didn't know how they would handle the "kissing scene" for Hannah falls-in-love in the movie and I have to say, Disney handled it extremely well.

Anyway, here's what I wore yesterday:
Paisley Coppelle Sweater
Dark Chambray Skirt
Stone Fireball Ribbon Necklace (my creation) - though, I don't necessarily think that it was a good piece to wear with this sweater. There's so much happening on the sweater that the necklace seems kinda lost in it.
Rampage Dark Brown Round Toe Chunky Heels

This Ain't Your Mother's Liz Claiborne!











For those who read my post about how my daughter's Girl Guide Cookie Selling Event cost me $500, here's finally, the pictures of the 2 Liz Claiborne Skirts I purchased.

I remember Liz Claiborne as being B.O.R.I.N.G! The look was matronly and downright a yawn! And then last year, Mizrahi was hired to design for Claiborne and I have to say, his Liz Claiborne New York line is amazing!

Have you had a chance to check out his styles for Spring? What do you think of it? If you have had a chance to check it out, here's the link.

So, what do you think???

Anyway, I love the line. I think it's Hip and Happening. It's young and uber pretty! My only complaint is the sizing. I won't go ranting and raving about the sizing again, since I did it once already here. But can you believe it??? Those skirts on me are a size 10 and a size 12 respectively.

I should preface by saying, please pardon the flower tee under the Lea Cardigan. I know it doesn't quite go with the outfit. I just happened to be wearing it when I threw on the skirt adn the Cardigan. If I'm keeping the skirt, I will likely find an off-white tank to wear under it. So, please judge the skirt on its' own merits rather than as an outfit.

The top 2 pictures show me in the size 10. While the bottom 2 show me in a size 12.

Now that I'm sooooo over the size of the skirt, which size do you think looks better on me?

The size 10 sits at my belly button. And since it fits higher, the length is shorter. It stops right at my knee. It's also fuller in the hips since that's where all the fabric is.

The Size 12 sits lower. In fact, it's about an inch below my belly button. It's not a full through my hips and it's certainly longer on my legs.

Which look do you like better? or can you even tell the difference? If you can, what size should I keep? Or should I keep it at all? I'd love to hear your opinions, so please share! Thank you!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Delightful Obsession - My New Etsy Shop

One-Of-A Kind Handmade Custom Jewelry

Having been inspired by the beatiful jewelry created by Wardrobe Review and the encouragements from several readers of my blog, I finallly took the courage to open up my own Etsy Shop.



My shop is called, Delightful Obsession. I would have made it plural, ie. Delightful Obsessions, but the darn name was too long to fit; hence, Delightful Obsession.



It's a tiny little shop right now. There are only 4 items available - 3 of them are necklaces and there's 1 bracelet. I have another necklace and another bracelet to post. Those will likely be later in the week for I'm taking my daughter to the Pre-Screening of the new Hannah Montana movie tonight.



Do you know what's the coolest thing thus far? I had only set up shop on Saturday and already, I have two (2) "I Heart Delightful Obsession". I'm sure that others have waaaaay more but I'm just thrilled that there are 2 individuals out there that are Hearting my stuff. How cool is that???!!!



Anyway, I hope you'll check it out here. My etsy shop link is also posted to the right hand side of my blog. You can access it that way as well. I'm just thrilled to have a little store to call my own (as I brim with pride!)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

How my daughter's Girl Guide Cookie Selling Event cost me $500+

It's my daughter's fault. It's entirely her fault ... even though she had nothing to do with what happened and how it ended up costing me over $500. It's solely her fault because I had to drive her to the mall.



My daughter who is 9, had to go help sell Girl Guide cookies at the Park Royal North Mall yesterday. I had originally planned to drop her off and run errands but at the last minute, decided that I wanted to walk around and go the Liz Claiborne department at The Bay to see if I could find the skirt I've been coveting online.


In an attempt to delay my purchase, I thought that I would "window shop". Window Shopping is such a bad idea for me. It's bad because it makes me want to buy stuff.


My first stop was Jacob. While they had a new shipment in of Graphic Tees, I didn't see anything else I liked. Moreover, there wasn't much color at Jacob (actually, they normally don't carry much color - they have nice basic chinos, cords, jeans, etc - but little color). I was proud of my restraint. I guess it's not hard to restrain when there's nothing you like. But I was proud of myself nonetheless.

My next stop was Bennetton. I don't normally shop at Bennetton - I don't know why I don't .... because I really ought to! They carry lots of color and their designs are awesome. Mental note to self: Start shopping more at Bennetton from now on.


Anyway, the reason I had gone into Bennetton was because I spotted what I thought was the cutes pair of Tulip Pink chinos with Flared Legs on the Manniquin in the window and.... I knew that I HAD TO HAVE THEM!


So, off I went into the store. I found them easily. First off, they are not Chinos. They are Jeans. They were Tulip Pink Jeans. How freaking cute is that???!!!


A lovely Sales Associate by the name of Maryanne approached me and asked, what size I needed. I told her "I wear a size 4 pant at J Crew". She then said, these are European sizes. She grabs me a size 42 and says, this is about a size 6 US but they fit small so these should be fine. I was able to get into the size 42 but in all honesty, they looked like they were painted on me. They looked hideous! Absolutely grotesque. My legs looked like 2 shrinked wrapped pink sausage. No shit they fit small! (Ashley - this is for you from your post earlier today) I almost left without trying on a different size. But there was another lady in the fitting room who saw the pants on me and said that she would like to try a pair on as well for she liked how the pink looked on me. Nothing makes me want to buy more than when someone else wants the same thing. So, I tried on a larger size.



I TRIED ON A SIZE 44.



A freaking size 8.



And guess what????? THEY LOOK AMAZING ON!!! Suddenly, my legs didn't look like shrinked wrapped weiners anymore. They sat nicely on me and they were screaming.... BUY ME! BUY ME! BUY ME!!!



I didn't care that they were a size 8. Okay, I kinda did but I liked them soooo much that I had to get them. Moreover, I knew that I wasn't going to find a pair of Tulip Pink Chinos, Pants or Jeans anywhere else. (BTW, these Pink Jeans are the exact color of my Tulip Pink Lulus - how cuuuuuute is that???!!!) While these were Regular Price, (and I seldom purchase anything at regular price - remember, I'm in Finance) but the promotion was "3 days Only, Take 30% off your total purchase", I purchased them. It's not like there were Regular price anymore, were they? I also purchased an amazing handbag and a scarf. But I'll write about that another day.



Then off I went to AE. Again, I don't normally shop at AE but I remembered how much I liked the Jeans that Chloe had on in the pictures found of on her fabulous blog (of which you can check out her post here and here) and kindly told me that they were "AE Real Flare Jeans". I couldn't believe my luck when I found them and to boot!, they were $19.99. Well, I HAD TO HAVE THOSE because they made me look skinnier!!!



Then finally, I made my way to the Liz Claiborne Department at The Bay. For those who haven't had an opportunity to check out Mizhari's hand in the new Liz Claiborne line, Oh My Gosh! You MUST check it out. I've never really liked Liz Claiborne. I've always found their style to be too old, too boring, too blaise. The designs have always been Yawn! and the colors are an even bigger drag. But thankfully, Mizrahi's creativity has added new life into a floundering clothing line. The colors, fabric and texture combination is incredible. The Liz Claiborne New York line is nothing like your mother's frocks from the past. It's hip, it's happening, it's sooooo NOW!

And that's the reason why I had to go check out the new Liz line. When I got to the Bay, I found that most of the line had sold out. The Peony Sweater that I wanted (the one that matched the skirt) was completely gone.... and, I couldn't find a size 4 or 6 in the skirt. I was going to leave when I spotted a size 8. Thinking that the 8 was going to be huge, I thought to myself, ... but that's okay, I can wear it lower on my waist. It'll still be alright.

When I tried zipping up the skirt, I found that the size 8 was waaaaaaay to small in the waist and since it is a dirdl style with lots of gathers around the waist, I suddenly looked like I had a 50 inch waist with a 70 inch hip. I looked like a freaking BELL. Yes, you know, the ones that go DONG! DONG! DONG! just before mass on Sunday.

But I soooooo love the print! I needed to try it on in a larger size. Peering out of the fitting room and unable to find an associate to assist me, (try to picture this), I left the fitting room, still looking like a giant human bell with Puma sneakers on, in search for a larger size. I know that they've got Security Cameras in the store. I can only imagine what those Security people were thinking when they saw a woman creep out of the dressing room in a skirt that obviously didn't fit her and sneakers to boot, searching for a different size on the rack. I must have been quite a scene. Anyway, I found both a size 10 and 12, tried both on, they both fit but could not get over the fact that they were a size 10 and a size 12, so I left completely dejected.

After wandering around for a bit, I decided that I loved the skirt and regardless of the size, I was going to get it. Since I hadn't decided which size I wanted, I purchased both.

I then glanced at my watch and realized that it was past the time I had to pick my daughter up from the Cookie Selling event. My entire purpose of going to the mall was to drop her off. I had no intentions of spending any money. In fact, I've been very good lately. I've been trying desperately not to spend unnecessarily. I didn't even buy anything from the recent J Crew 30% off Final Sale - even though, there were a couple of things I wanted. But I restrained.

And then I go and blow it all in a marathon 2 hour shopping jaunt at Park Royal. That was the most expensive Cookie Selling session we have ever experienced in the 4 years my daughter's been in Guides. I think next time, I'm just going to get my husband to drop her off instead.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Vanity Sizing Insanity!!!

Have you ever bought something because the item was a size or two smaller than what you normally wear? I know I have! You won't believe the number of times I've actually done this!

Have you ever refrained from buying something because the item that fit was marked a size larger than what you normally would buy? I know I have done this too!


Are you tired of having to try on multiples of a particular clothing because there's such a huge difference in sizing? I know I do!


Because there's such a huge difference in sizing from one manufacturer to the next, and since I hate having to guess what size would fit me, well.... besides the fact that I like J Crew style, I have stuck solely to buying J Crew! J Crew makes up about 75% of my wardrobe today.

Despite the complaints from other JCAs about the variation in sizes at J Crew, I have to say that most of the time, I know the size that I should be purchasing when shopping at J Crew. I know that a size 4 short pant is going to fit me well. I know that a Medium Sweater is going to be waaaaaay too big on me. Size Small fits me 99% of the time, but occasionally, I might have to go into an XS. I know that I wear a size 2 Pencil Skirt and that a 4 will fit me in the hip but be way too big in the waist.... You get the gist.


I like knowing, on the most part, what will fit and what won't. I hate having to bring 3 sizes of the same skirt or a tee into the fitting room - only to have the Sales Associate tell me that 5 is the maximum number of pieces I can bring in.


So, what am I ranting about then?

Well, I've been wondering if J Crew engages in Vanity Sizing? Why do I ask this? The reason is, while I am a size 4 pant at J Crew, I am not a size 4 pants anywhere else. Neither am I a size 2 skirt anywhere other than J Crew. Similarly, I have difficulty fitting into a size Small Sweater or Tee and seldom will a size 2 or 4 blouse fit me anywhere outside J Crew. Which leads me to think that maybe, I'm really not as small as I've been lead to believe!


Don't get me wrong. I am not complaining about my size. I'm not complaining about being fat or overweight. In fact, I'm quite thrilled that I was able to lose a bunch of weight and keep it off for over a year thus far. I am also thrilled by the way I look today. But what I would like is to fit into a size 2 skirt, size 4 pants, size small tee, sweater or cardigan, and a size 2 to 4 blouse everywhere.

Do I miraculously shrink whenever I wear J Crew clothing? or do I instantaneously expand when I put on a different brand?


At Jacob, I wear a size 8 bottom and a size small / medium tee. At Club Monaco, I am a size 6 bottom and a size small top. At H & M, I need to remove a Rib before I can fit into a size 10 dress. AND TODAY, while trying on the amazing Mizrahi inspired Liz Claiborne, I found that I am between a size 10 and 12. What the heck????!!!

Yes, I realize that every label's sizing is different. But, can it be THAT different? Can I go from a size 2 in J Crew Skirts to a size 12 at Liz Claiborne. If I'm between a size 10 and a 12 at Liz Claiborne, then what would a size 12 J Crew be wearing at Liz Claiborne? It boggles my mind to think that the customer would be wearing a size 20? It's either that Liz Claiborne has really $#@%ed-up sizing or that J Crew engages in Vanity sizing or maybe it's a combination of %$#@ed-up sizing and vanity sizing.

Just in case you were wondering, yes, I ended up buying the Liz Claiborne skirt today in the size 10 and the 12. I haven't quite decided if I am going to keep them or return them just yet. The print is very pretty (yes, I will be posting pictures soon), BUT IT'S A FREAKING SIZE 10, POSSIBLY SIZE 12!!! Am I vain? Of course I am. But I'm no different that the next person. In my tiny little brain of mine, I'd like to think that I'm thiner, and prettier and taller and fit into a smaller size than I really do in real-life.

I love the fact that I wear a small size at J Crew.... even though when the item is measured against a different brand, it's exactly the same measurement. But size 2 sounds so much better than size 12, don't you think?

So, do you think that J Crew engages in Vanity Sizing? Perhaps Liz Claiborne should jump on the same Band-Wagon. I know that I would certainly be keeping one of the skirts if it had read size 2.

Yes, I know, I'm being foolish. It's only a number. And no one is going to know what that number is. But I do and I hate knowing that it's anything other than a size 2!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Today's Outfit - Metallics, Tartine and Crystals





I was ready to wear a skirt today but being only 2 degrees outside, I decided to to dress a little warmer. Since it was such a dreary day, I decided that I needed to add a little shine to brighten up my outfit.

So, here's what I wore today:
Matilda Jane "I'm with the Band" Graphic Tee
Tartine Ruffle Cardigan in Heather Mushroom
Chocolate Flared Trousers from BR
Twisted Crystal Necklace
Woodbead and Fireball Necklace
Metallic Guava Thompson Tote
Metallic Sherbet Claudia Crackle Metallic Pumps

I hear that it's going to be sunny tomorrow so, there may be a good possibility that I'll get to wear a skirt tomorrow. For the sake of Georgia_Crew_Girl and her friend who are visiting Vancouver for the weekend, I honestly hope that it warms up and turns beautiful for them. Kirstin, if you're reading this, I hope you're enjoying our city!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Today's Outfit - Camilla Jacket in Bright Flame







This was the item that first made me fall in-love with J Crew. It's called the Camilla Jacket from the 2007 Fall Collection. The first time I laid eyes on it, I knew that I had to have it. This was the description:

Cotton in a 9-gauge double-knit. A beautifully detailed sweater jacket in a refined Milano knit, with wide rib trim and neat little pockets. Spread collar. Rib trim at neck, cuffs and hem. Three-quarter sleeves. Chest pockets with button closure. Hits at hip. Import. Machine wash.

It came in Navy and Bright Flame. I purchased an XS in the Bright Flame and weeks later, purchased the Navy in the S. Since the knit is tight and heavy, the XS is slightly tighter than I'd like wearing my sweaters / jackets normally. But since this is a boxier style, down-sizing actually helps make the jacket look more fitted. My Navy Camilla is slightly more boxy but it's still stunning nonetheless.

The last time I wore the Camilla Jacket was early last Fall to a party and received numerous compliments on it. The girls love the design and the color. So do I! And although I have had it for 18+ months, I'm as in-love with it as I was when I first laid eyes on it.

So, here's what I wore today:
Perfect Fit Stripe Tank in Bright Flame
Charcoal Grey Flared Leg Cuffed Trousers (I was going to wear my skinny leg trousers - but could not find them. They're in the house - but are in hiding. URGH!)
Camilla Sweater Jacket in Bright Flame
BR Bauble Necklace
Black Pointed Toe Pumps

Are you familiar with the Camilla Sweater Jacket? Do you own it? Do you like it? If you've seen it but don't own it, do you regret not getting it?