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posted by Colleen Shirazi on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 9:19 PM (Pacific)'re in the right place, at my new Blogspot location. :)

Got this:

strapless bra

...after returning this:

lace strapless bra

The lace version was prettier, but the plain one is better-designed. I went down a band size, but couldn't go up a cup size since they don't make it. The smaller band, frankly, is not particularly comfortable, but I can see it wouldn't have worked in my regular size. I suspect it's a matter of having it stretch out a bit with wear, like new shoes. Ugh.

jcrew jackie cardigan in sand dune
J.Crew Jackie Cardigan in Sand Dune

J.Crew churned out new shades; good thing, as I am in the market for a brown cardigan. It seems to take about two weeks before the new stuff hits the b & m shelves. I journeyed out there last weekend, but ended up trying on this:

jcrew linen charter skirt in light flax
J.Crew Linen Charter Skirt in Light Flax

This is a beautiful skirt, actually. The pockets...yes, it has pockets. After years of pocketlessness, manufacturers have finally twigged that pockets are a useful innovation. The pockets here are a bit shallow, but the overall look of the skirt is sublime.

The sole bugger is it's really too short. Unlike the Nico Black Blossom skirt, where buying a big size moved the waistband down, the Linen Charter skirt looks far too nifty at waist level to try similar finagling. Even with tights, it would still be too short for work. I'm 5'5" so perhaps someone more petite could pull it off...two or three inches longer would have done.

Or maybe I should stop dressing like a nun? I dunno, I haven't figured that out yet.

This seems to run true to the size charts on the 'Crew site btw.

Tried on this as well:

jcrew linen silk-pocket cardigan in smoke
J.Crew Linen Silk-Pocket Cardigan in Smoke

I grabbed a Medium, and it actually fit, to my surprise (this runs large). But, ah, it was...hideous. Likely the "dusty orchid" version would have been prettier, but this greyish brown sweater was total Witchy Poo. The sleeves were too long (not in a good way), and the fabric seemed happy to snag if you so much as breathed on it. In fact one of the sweaters in the stack had already snagged, badly.

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