I heard all the hype and saw the store from the outside but based on the prices I had seen in magazines, online etc, I never bothered entering the doors of our first UK J.Crew on Regents Street. Why I don't take my own advice in looking as you just never know, I don't know. My sister now travels a lot with work so when she told me she was near a huge shopping mall in Seattle I had a browse and saw there was a J.Crew. Yep, I should have tried stuff on! I investigated further and found the prices were like for like pound to dollar. Oh and that the US had a 25% off promo going. God I love the US. I spent the entire evening composing a wish list for her last month based on nothing but images and hear say it was good stuff. I was willing to take the risk. My sisters criteria, only two items, her choice based on quality, fit for me and actual colours. Poor lady, no pressure Emma.
It didn't end up being entirely left to her. Bless her she called me twice as had found a merino jumper she also thought was 'me' but I abstained. Error! As soon as I opened my package this week-end (she now lives in Dublin, so I've had to wait!) I knew they were going to fit me. I love it when I find a brand that just works. I am so petite up top and always struggle but they fitted like a dream. Size wise they are bang on what they say they are. I only hope the quality lives up to my expectations washing wise. Second major plus, the prices. The below cotton top is £39.50 in the UK, $39.50 in the US then it was reduced to $29.99 -25% = £13.50. I left it up to my sister on the colour choices but I now wish I had asked her to get both. It is currently sold out in the UK, follow this link to see it. It doesn't feel like just a normal cotton top, it is thicker, in between a cotton tee and a sweatshirt. The 3/4 sleeves ended at just the right point. Love it.
Pumps: Jones Bootmaker
|The grey version|
Second purchase was this grey silk tee, added to my wish list based on my love of silk. £65 in the UK, $65 in the US - 25% off = £29 rounded up - less than half the price! See it here but I'm afraid it's also sold out (I know how to pick them!). Now just warm up weather so I can wear it.
I am an eternal bargain hunter. It hugely winds me up to pay more for something that is less elsewhere. My poor sister will now be armed with lists when in the US particularly. When she was in Dubai in January she was trying to buy me some discounted Manolo's but as I wasn't 100% on my sizing (and funds weren't available!) I declined. Typical there's now currently 30% off J.Crew in the US. She unfortunately isn't going back this month, damn.
PS Laser eye op didn't happen. Long, boring story with pants eyes so contact lenses and glasses it is for me! Just such a shame it was on the day of the surgery they find something else out but I guess it just wasn't meant to be.