Thursday, April 24, 2014

JCA "Help Style Me!" Weekly Post

This is the weekly "Help Style Me!" post, where we can share items we are having trouble putting outfits together with. Elaine (in this post) says it best, "You know, that thing you bought because you love it and you keep pulling it out and then putting it away without wearing it?"

Please share your J.Crew item (either that you own or are thinking about getting) that you would love help creating an outfit with.

Also, please help out by offering your styling advice. Feel free to include links to your blog (where you incorporated that piece) or to Polyvore (where you showcased an outfit with that piece). Thanks in advance! :)

How to Work a Silk Scarf

Confession time: I hoard beautiful silk scarves. (Some of my favorites are J.Crew's location scarves like the London Scarf.) Why do I hoard? I find it difficult wearing them. I never know how to wrap it around my neck without it looking "off".

Thankfully I came across a post from one of my favorite British retailers, Joules, that wonderfully illustrates how to tie silk scarves. (Refer to the "To tie or not to tie" post for more.)






I love how simple they made it all look. More importantly, they are all stylish ways to work the silk scarf.

Do you wear silk scarves? If so, how do you tie them? Are there any tricks/tips you use? If so, please share! :)

"Looking to LOVE" with J.Crew

This is the weekly "Looking to LOVE with J.Crew" post, a place to share our favorite experiences with J.Crew.

If you have recently experienced a positive situation with J.Crew, maybe you might be willing to share that information with us in this post.

Please feel free to share your story on almost any topic— including stellar experiences with purchases & orders, promotions/ offers, in-store visits, transactions with store associates, etc.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

J.Crew Factory's Summer Sneak Peek (extra 25% off everything)

"Thanks!" to many of you, who shared the following news/email from J.Crew Factory with us.

J.Crew Factory is offering an extra 25% off with promo code SALE25. Yey! This offer expires April 27, 2014. 

J.Crew Factory is also offering a "Summer sneak peek", but I can't seem to see any new pieces. Maybe I am overlooking something.

On a different note, one of Factory's looks includes the Factory tropical short-sleeve shirt with the matching Factory printed pull-on short. Both pieces are quite lovely (and already sold out!) However, I do not care for them paired together.

The look screams "Pajama Party". The leather hand bag and heels can't save this look from the bedroom either. I am not sure why J.Crew thinks this PJ trend is worth pushing.

Did you notice the "Summer Sneak Peek" at Factory? Any pieces you are interested in getting? Thoughts on the matching PJ look? Please share! :)

J.Crew Updates Website with New Arrivals!

"Thanks!" to many of you, who let us know that J.Crew had an update to its website (click here to view online).

There are some new arrivals for men (click here) & women (click here). {wahoo!} It looks like Crewcuts (click here) has been updated, as did the J.Crew Collection (click here).


The APRIL catalog (click here to view) is still up. However, the latest MAY catalog is not. As mentioned by several JCAs, J.Crew posted several images of the newest catalog over at Pinterest (click here to view).

NOTE: J.Crew changed their latest promotion to make it slightly worse/better depending on which item you were interested in. J.Crew is offering an additional 30% off *SELECT* full priced women's and men's items (plus 30% off sale and 50% off final sale) with code GOSHOP. (What's the difference? Originally it was 25% all full priced items.) This offer still expires April 27, 2014.

NEW ARRIVALS: The good: I like this roll out compared to the previous ones. There are definitely pieces I am excited to see. The bad: This roll out could still be a lot better. The skirts and dresses are seriously lacking in terms of style, wear-ability, and affordability. I complain about this a lot. So feel free to skip this part. Otherwise, let me continue my rant... What do I mean? The Lobster Skirt and the Cotton Taffeta Belle Skirt, both great examples of what J.Crew use to offer in the Summer that I l-o-v-e! I just don't understand why there are so many short, plain skirts, or long pencil skirts. Can't we offer a bit more?

* The Oui mon cheri sweatshirt (item A7426; $65.00) looks super cute. Reminds me of something Madewell would offer.

* The Ratti Fish print is back with the Ratti Fish Rash Guard (item A7349; $175.00)! I like the print, but when I saw it on the Rash Guard, it reminded me of the 80's arcade game "Space Invaders". ;) By the way, check out the price tag... ouch!

 * Schoolboy blazer in floral linen (item A7291, $198.00) looks like one of those pieces that could go either way. I like the print, but I worry if it is too busy. Can't wait to see and read reviews for this one.

The Sophia Webster for J.Crew shoe collection is also finally available! The shoes are definitely a departure (a fun one though!) from J.Crew's usual offerings.

What items are you most excited about and why? Which items are you surprised (or not surprised) to see? Which items did you hope would be included? Were you expecting a bigger roll-out? Also, did you receive the latest catalog? :)

"Looking to VENT" with J.Crew

This is the weekly "Looking to VENT with J.Crew" post, a place to share our not-so-stellar experiences with J.Crew.

If you have recently experienced a frustrating situation with J.Crew, maybe you might be willing to share that information with us in this post.

Please feel free to share your story on almost any topic— including poor experiences with purchases & orders, promotions/ offers, in-store visits, transactions with store associates, etc.

Weekly Share: Other JCrew-like Retailers

This is the weekly "Other JCrew-like Retailers" post (similar to the "Off On A Tangent" posts), where we can share our finds from other retailers that have offerings similar to J.Crew (like Anthropologie, LE Canvas, Gap, BR, Talbots, Ann Taylor, and the like.)

If you have recently encountered items that are similar to J.Crew, maybe you might be willing to share that information with us in this post.

Please feel free to share your story on almost any topic— including experiences with certain merchandise pieces, promotions/ offers, in-store visits, transactions with store associates, etc.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

J.Crew Reviews {straight from the JCAs!}

This is the weekly "J.Crew Reviews {straight from the JCAs}" post, to help each other share our reviews.

So if you have recently purchased, or stopped by a J.Crew store to try on an item (or two) from J.Crew, maybe you might be willing to share that information with us in this post.

Also, this request is not just limited to clothes. Please feel free to discuss bags, shoes, jewelry, accessories, etc.

In particular, if you could mention a few of the noteworthy details like fit, size, fabric, and the like— that would be fantastic! Thanks in advance! :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

J.Crew: 25% Off Full Priced Styles

"Thanks!" to many of you, who let us know about the following promotion this morning.

J.Crew is offering an additional 25% off full priced women's and men's items (plus 30% off sale and 50% off final sale) with code GOSHOP. This offer expires April 27, 2014. The fine print for this offer includes:
*25% off full-price men's and women's styles valid in J.Crew stores and at jcrew.com from April 21, 2014, 12:01am ET through April 27, 2014, 11:59pm ET. Offer not valid on women's denim, men's Ludlow footwear, babies', crewcuts or Garments for Good merchandise; or on select Collection, wedding, Ludlow suiting or third-party branded merchandise. 
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*ONLINE: 30% OFF SALE, 50% OFF FINAL SALE. IN STORES: 40% OFF SALE. 30% discount valid on the purchase of sale items at jcrew.com. 50% discount valid on the purchase of final sale items listed in the 50% Off Final Sale Styles assortment under the Sale tab at jcrew.com. 40% discount valid on the purchase of sale items in J.Crew stores. Offers valid from April 21, 2014, 12:01am ET through April 27, 2014, 11:59pm ET. Final sale items cannot be returned or exchanged. 
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**Offers not valid in Liquor Store or Ludlow Shops; in 769 Madison Avenue, Bloor Street or J.Crew Factory stores; at jcrewfactory.com; or on phone orders. Offers cannot be applied to previous purchases or the purchase of gift cards and cannot be redeemed for cash or used in combination with any other offer. In-store discounts automatically taken at the register. To redeem online, enter GOSHOP in the promo code box. Limit one code per order. Offers valid in the U.S. and Canada only. Terms of offers are subject to change.
I l-o-v-e these types of promotions (because everyone wins!) Full priced items get a discount, but so do sale items. Plus, stores will still offer an additional 40% off their sale. Yey!

Remember when J.Crew would *rarely* offer a universal promotion for all full priced items?!? Usually it was a selected category depending on the season.

Will you be taking advantage of this latest promotion? What are your thoughts on this sale? Are you loving the latest arrivals from J.Crew?

J.Crew Factory: 50% Off Everything

"Thanks!" to many of you, who shared the following promotion for J.Crew Factory.

J.Crew is offering Factory Store shoppers a special treat. Customers can take 50% off purchases in stores. This offer is good through today.

These promotions over at Factory are the best! (Customers get the best prices at brick and mortar stores. Better than the "Factory First" promotions too!)

Will you be stopping at a J.Crew Factory Store? Will you be taking advantage of this offer? If so, please share! :)