Orange Yellow

J. Crew Majesty Peacoat || Zara Embroidered Lace Top in Mustard (size S) || J. Crew Sailor Skirt In Double-Serge Wool in Heather Honey (size 00; past season) || Prada Medium Saffiano Double-Zip Tote || Marc Fisher Mfescape Riding Boot My local J. Crew closed quietly this month–as part of the distressed retailer‘s plan for a smaller brick-and-mortar footprint–it’s a…

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Year In Review: Favorite Purchases of 2017

2017 has been a weird shopping year for me, which is why I struggled to shortlist candidates for this post. While I made quite a few purchases that have proven practical and necessary, my big-ticket purchases have not panned out as well as I had hoped (I am looking at you, Gucci GG Marmont Top Handle Leather Satchel). Still, there…

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Mini Skirt in Double-Serge Wool

J. Crew Factory is currently celebrating its fifth birthday, and has discounted everything by 50% (clearance styles are an extra 50% off) with no-minimum free shipping; use code BIGFIVE at checkout. I noticed that the factory store has recycled the “Sailor Skirt” that I picked up last year and is offering it in two versatile colors: navy and heather sand.…

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Twofold Marigold

This Racked article about the proliferation of British fast fashion retailers is jam-packed with information, but the thought that lingered in my mind was the argument that U.S. retailers are struggling because they are “conservative and safe” (does being conservative and safe render you necessarily boring or indistinct?) And I wondered if that idea merits more consideration. The article conveniently…

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Bow Sweater + Sailor Skirt

The first quarter of 2017 hasn’t been kind to J. Crew: same-store sales declined another 14%, and bankruptcy rumors have been swirling around after the release of its most recent 10-K filing last month. So, out of a misguided sense of chivalry, I have been trying to single-handedly boost J. Crew to profitability. While I don’t need this (adorable) bow…

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