Wool Blazer & Denim Shorts (+ J. Crew Signet Bag Review)

Monograms became passé for a time—not unlike the logo fatigue we are currently experiencing—but its recent resurgence (fueled by the “personal branding” movement) counts even luxury fashion houses among its champion. J. Crew, who has offered discreet monogramming for some of its bags and clothes, has ramped up its efforts to monetize this renewed interest in customization. The Signet Bag…

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Review: Jessica Simpson Mandalaye Ballet Flats

Jessica Simpson Mandalaye Elastic Ballet Flats in Natural I keep a pair of flats near me at all times, as my tolerance for uncomfortable shoes ebbed. Two of my favorite emergency flats are the Kimchi Blue Elastic Cross-Strap Flats (see on me here) and the Jessica Simpson Mandalaye Elastic Ballet Flats (on sale in five colors) reviewed in this post.…

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Cap Sleeves (+ J. Crew Resumé Dress Review)

In recent years I’ve stopped purchasing suits and separates for work, and instead have been focused on amassing racks of sheath dresses. Beyond removing variables from the getting-ready-in-a-time-crunch equation, I also no longer have to concern myself with how neatly my shirt is tucked into my skirt. I am especially fond of dresses with cap sleeves, and regret not ordering…

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Vibrant Red (+ J. Crew Promotion Dress Review)

One of my closet workhorses, the J. Crew Promotion Dress, is now on sale for $60 (with code LOTSTOSHOP). The design invites comparisons to my all-time favorite work sheath, the Black Halo Jackie O dress (reviewed here), which I recommend with caveats: the length is not petite friendly and the price, while not prohibitive, is not exactly easily affordable. The…

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Tweed Jacket (+ J. Crew Fringy Tweed Jacket Review)

This J. Crew Tweed Jacket is easily one of the best purchases I made this year—it’s incredibly versatile and works well with both denim shorts and pencil skirts. It sold out immediately, but has been restocked occasionally. I had hoped to share these photos when the style is restocked in more sizes, but it doesn’t seem likely that J. Crew…

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