I overexerted myself on a run last fall and woke up the next morning with a soreness in my right ankle that lingered. While becoming more sedentary has helped the discomfort, I have also been more measured in my high heel use. And after my ankle recovered, I suddenly struggled to get excited about wearing heels on the weekends. As it turns out, I really like wearing fashion sneakers, ballet flats, and leather loafers, especially after I settled the pesky question of which liner socks and no-show socks to wear with what shoe.

The only downside to my gaining more mobility is that, because I have Icarian tendencies to be both complacent and overconfident, I have become even more accident-prone than normal. Whereas before I had to pay close attention to the ground I walk on when wearing heels, now I am empowered to walk right into trees while gawking at cute dogs, or wander too far from the beaten path and have to GoogleMaps my way back to civilization.

J. Crew Striped Button-Shoulder Turtleneck in Ivory Dark Seaweed (size XXS) || Burberry Bowpark Rain Jacket (size 2; reviewed here) || Salvatore Ferragamo Saffiano Leather Shoulder Bag || LOFT Skinny Tie Waist Pants (size 00P) || Adidas Superstar Sneaker (also here and here) // Scunci Effortless Beauty Skinny Plastic Headbands (both the quality and function are so-so, but it is cheap and somewhat effective in taming unruly flyaway hairs)

I want to highlight a promotion that I am very excited about: sale styles are an extra 50% off at J. Crew until Wednesday night with code HOORAY. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been unrestrained when shopping the J. Crew sale section, even in the absence of a relevant promotion. At this point, I’ve tried just about everything in its sale section, and can now make pretty good recommendations.

Striped Button-Shoulder Turtleneck Most of us certainly don’t need another striped top, but at this price point ($12 after discounts), I am encouraging of starting a reserve. The fit is a tad boxy (but true to size) and it is best worn untucked because of the medium-weight fabric (100% cotton). While the buttons at the shoulder might be a little awkward for those with a shorter neck (like me) and the sleeves a little short if you are tall, this is still a well-made and classic piece that I would urge you to consider.

Italian Wool-Blend Scarf in Leopard I bought a few of these for my mom as she keeps randomly giving hers away to people who reacted positively to it. The wool-blend is warm and the print classic. If you wear a lot of neutrals but don’t own a printed scarf, this is the one to get.

Open-Front Sweater-Blazer I own this comfortable and versatile piece in three colors. I leave one in my office and another in my car as it’s the perfect piece to throw on when it gets a little chilly. The material (100% merino wool) is medium weight and soft. While J. Crew calls it a “blazer,” it is really a cross between a duster cardigan and an open jacket, and probably most suitable for work environments that are more casual. As the fit is “relaxed,” you might consider sizing down if you prefer a more fitted look.

Sheath Dress in Spotted Tweed This well-made dress combines some of my favorite details: tweed, spots, nautical colors, and a sheath silhouette. As with other J. Crew sheath dresses, the cut is slim, so you may want to size up if you are curvy.

 

Some more sale picks:

Shipping is free on all orders until the end of this promotion.

Happy shopping!