James Perse slub button-up top | black version at Saks Off Fifth
James Perse ruched pencil skirt | burgundy version at Saks Off Fifth
No6 mid-wedge clogs | sold out
Jas M.B. bag | cream leather version on sale at Barney’s Warehouse for $199
In my never ending effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information about what to buy now, and how things fit, I went out a couple of places yesterday to try things on, and I may or may not have bought a couple of things…
First, I went to James Perse to check out the canvas tote to see if it would suit me for a travel bag. I bought it, but will probably take it back because I didn’t think about the fact that there’s no closure on it – at all. Normally that doesn’t bother me, and I’ve flown with bags before that don’t close, but I want to find something once and for all that will hold all I need (aside from my small rollerboard) comfortably and securely. The tote is wonderful, and I love how big it is, and the faded canvas, and if it had a couple of snaps along the top or a zip closure, it would be perfect, but as is, it’s not. At least not for what I want it for. If I was made of money, I’d keep it and use it as a tote over the summer, and/or for car trips, beach, etc., but I need to find a bag that’s more useful than that.
So, I’m going to get the Everlane snap backpack instead, mainly because it has a padded area for my laptop. Does anyone have one of these? How do you find it for traveling? I’ve also considered this tote by Lululemon. Ultimately, I’d like to find something that I’d use for more than just travel, but I’m not sure that’s possible. I would use the JP tote, but I don’t think it’s suitable for airplane travel. I would never use the Everlane backpack aside from traveling, or schleping my laptop, but it seems very well suited to those tasks. And it’s reasonably priced…
While I was at James Perse I tried on a few things I’d been looking at: The crepe jersey a-line tank, and the crepe jersey blouson dress. The tank is a must-have – probably when it goes on sale – and the dress was great, I just wish it had more ruching on the sides as his older styles have (like the skirt I’m wearing in the picture). But it’s a nice departure in that the top is a more blousy fit, which I like a lot. I’m still waiting for this shirt dress to show up in the store so I can try it on – although I’m pretty sure it’ll be perfect, and I’ll have to have it.
Next, I made my way to Northpark, the mega-mall in Dallas, which was FILLED with people yesterday because it was the first day of spring break. Oy. I sort of wandered there for a while, looked at these Rag & Bone pajama jeans (REAL denim this time!) but didn’t try them on, because I was afraid I’d like them, and I don’t want another pair of slouchy pants. Anyway, I ordered the Frame Le Garcon jeans the other day, so I should be good for jeans…
Finally, I stopped into Splendid because they were offering 20% off basics and I wanted to check out some new pieces. I tried on a lot, but nothing that I really had to have, except this circle top, which was on sale in the store, but not online. I could have stocked up on more camis and layering tees, but since I’m trying NOT to own so many multiples of things, I didn’t. But if you don’t have any of their long camis or layering tees, I HIGHLY recommend them, especially at 20% off. The long foldover skirt is also on sale – I have it in two colors and it’s indispensable for traveling because it does double-duty (can wear it as a dress also!).
Here are the Splendid items for 20% off:
Have you done any shopping lately? Any exciting purchases? Or things you tried on?
oh!! the Outnet clearance starts today (hasn’t yet, as of 10:30 EST this morning), and it’s usually REALLY REALLY good, and things sell out super-fast, so make sure you’re on their mailing list to get notification when it starts.