J.Crew Brushstroke Mini

The new Brushstroke Mini from J.Crew is now one of my favorites from the new collection for summer. I bought it not having read too much on it in the blogosphere mainly because (I assume) this skirt is catalog/web only, and not many people are willing to take the risk in purchasing blind.

J.Crew Brushstroke Mini

Well, I did! And am I glad I did. I sized up for a bit of length, since this skirt is said to be only 16″. The material looks just like a painter’s canvas, sort of a light basketweave. Matches up perfectly with the huge brushstrokes. It feels light and very comfortable, but most importantly, I think it looks so chic even paired with a simple tee.

J.Crew Brushstroke MiniJ.Crew Brushstroke Mini

I’m wearing: J.Crew Vintage Cotton V-Neck Tee, Matt Bernson Bo Peep Espadrilles

I don’t think it’s too short – do you? At $79.50, this skirt is pretty pricey, but I don’t want to wait until middle or end of summer for it to go on sale because this is the perfect summer skirt! So…I say everyone go get this skirt here at J.Crew!

Express Embellished Sexy Basic Tank

Could my gigantic J.Crew order come any slower?!! Ahhhhh. Anyway, the Embellished Sexy Basic Tank is the first thing I’ve purchased from Express in years. Sequins are everywhere this season, and I realized I had been buying up basically everything at J.Crew that had sequins on it, especially when it’s something that wears comfortably but looks dressy. When I happened to browse by this tank at Express, I immediately liked it for the ombre sequin effect, but then thought maybe there’s too much of an overload of sequins for this to look classy.

Express Embellished Sexy Basic Tank

I really like it, though maybe not to wear professionally. Not sure if it’s a bit too much to wear to the work place. But maybe if I really tone down the rest of the outfit?

Express Embellished Sexy Basic TankExpress Embellished Sexy Basic Tank

I’m wearing: Gap New Pencil Skirt, Guess Carrie Pumps (most comfortable 4″ stilettos you will ever wear. seriously, buy these in every color and you will look amazing at work)

Either way, I think it’s pretty cute for casual wear. Semi side shots to show the shininess of the sequins a bit better.

Express Embellished Sexy Basic TankExpress Embellished Sexy Basic Tank

I’m wearing: Old Navy Smocked Skirt (similar here), Matt Bernson Bo Peep Espadrilles

Anyway, I highly recommend! I bought them during Express’s promotion of buy 1 get 1 half off, so they were not J.Crew level prices.

Get them from Express here for $29.50 a pop. Hurry because they are running out of sizes!

Preview Post, Part II

So…I ended up buying a whole lot more than I originally decided on. Eeeep. Crewlade will be pretttty busy very soon…

J.Crew Studded Bar-Car Belt – $19.99

J.Crew Studded Bar Car BeltI only recently realized that belts are awesome. Add one to an outfit and you instantly look put together, or at least that you put thought into your outfit. Now when I look at an outfit, I always feel like something is missing…and that something is always a belt. I only own 2 belts so far (both from J.Crew) and this one looks like a good neutral to add to the collection, especially with the addition of the current trend of studs.

Get it here on sale from J.Crew for $19.99.

J.Crew Distressed Leather Denim Belt – $48

J.Crew Distressed Leather Denim BeltJ.Crew Distressed Leather Denim Belt

Ok, J.Crew marketing got to me on this one. I saw this belt on practically every other image on J.Crew’s site and catalog. I already have the Leather Equestrian Belt but this one looks like a softer, more casual belt in a more earthy cognac color. Could just be my justification for buying another $50 belt at full price, but dammit I love it.

Get it here from J.Crew for $48.

J.Crew Printed Kelsey Ruffle Top – $49.99

J.Crew Printed Kelsey Ruffle Top

I know I already got the Kelsey top in a solid color, but couldn’t resist the printed version when it popped back in sale this morning. Since I loved the print on my Palmera Ruffle cami, and this one is so similar, it’s already a winner in my mind.

Get it here from J.Crew for $49.99.

J.Crew Cropped Vintage Denim Jacket – $39.99

J.Crew Cropped Vintage Denim Jacket

I remember when this jacket first arrived, I really liked how it looked on the model and I wanted to get it, but I’ve never worn a denim jacket before and I wasn’t sure if I could even pull it off. I held off, and now this jacket is on sale for only $39.99. Ideally I would’ve gotten it in a size bigger but they only had one size left so we’ll see. I think this will either end up looking totally hokey on me or hopefully very chic per the styling above.

Get it here from J.Crew for $39.99.

J.Crew Ink Blossom Pencil Skirt – $110

J.Crew Ink Blossom Pencil SkirtI keep looking at this skirt on the J.Crew site and can never decide whether I like it or hate it. I finally just decided I will have to see for myself. It’s in that new shorter length “for summer” that J.Crew is trying out with its pencil skirts, which definitely is the length for me both aesthetically and comfort wise. Hopefully I will love it!

Get it here from J.Crew for $110.

J.Crew Brushstroke Mini – $79.50

J.Crew Brushstroke Mini

I’m not sure why I like this mini, but I think it’s the whole arty brushstroke thing that got me. It’s very unique type of colorblocking. See how you can wear it with just a simple tee and you still look very chic. Plus, I can always use more neutral but cool looking skirts. I sized up so hopefully it’s not too short!

Get it here from J.Crew for $79.50.

J.Crew Merino Boyfriend Sweatshirt – $69.50

J.Crew Merino Boyfriend Sweatshirt

I know it’s summer, so who’s even thinking of buying sweaters? Well, I realized I don’t own any sweaters besides cardigans. Yup, it’s true. I really like the slouchy sweater + pencil/mini skirt look, and since this sweater is merino wool, I think it can be light enough to wear in those cooler summer days. I got it in Heather Carbon.

Get it here from J.Crew for $69.50.

J.Crew Long Merino Cardigan – $89.50

J.Crew Long Merino Cardigan

I really fell in love with this cardigan because of this picture. I have like 3 long gray cardigans, but all of them are TOO oversized and thus come off sloppy. This one looks like a much more fitted version that would look amazing belted over a pop color and a cute, short A-line skirt. This season J.Crew is also releasing this cardigan in some amazing colors (Paradise Blue, Wild Plum, Pomegranate!) so if the gray one I got works out, I will probably be picking up the others. However, I have a feeling no one will be picking this up before fall so I may just wait for the sale…

Get it here from J.Crew for $89.50.