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The J.Crew news you need to know – April Edition





Flashback Friday: Faves from JCrew Catalogs of 2006…

While I don’t miss the bootcut jeans, bermuda shorts, or cargo chinos of ’06, I’m still rather fond of the following…
 This outfit, does it come in my size? (This catalog featured the debut of Crewcuts!)

JCrew-Catatlog-Plaid-2006Mother-Daughter Madras. Because: adorable.

JCrew-Catalog-2006-fish-in-the-sea-dressI must eBay stalk this fish print dress… 

JCrew-Denim-VestDenim vest done right (still not sure I could pull it off, but I’ll pretend I can)

Navy Blue Swiss Dot Top

JCrew-Catatlog-SweaterThe always-in-style Navy Blue V-neck Sweater (I wear mine religiously)

JCrew-Catalog-2006-ArgyleI love the look on the left from the knees up. Pretty sure I tried to copy this knee-high look back in ’06..I now realize how ridiculous I looked.

JCrew-Catatlog-Striped-SkirtThis striped skirt (and striped wallpaper). Can I have it?

JCrew-Catatlog-Bikini-SeersuckerSeersucker swimwear is always a good idea. I liked it then (note: dog ear) and I like it now!

And polka dots? Yes, polka dots are also always a good idea.JCrew-Polka-Dot-Bikini-Top

I had this bow dress in fuschia. Then had to gift it to my roommate because I was only a size 0 for like, 2 months.

JCrew-Catalog-Wedding-DressAnd whatever happened to this $470 wedding dress? Seriously – $470?? #BringItBack

What are your favorite JCrew styles of yesteryear?



P.S. There’s a sale on current J.Crew items.
Shop it here:


The Spring Sale Roundup: Early April Edition

So many great sales going on right now!

1. Kate Spade Friends & Family Sale {as detailed by Jocelyn here}

2. Sephora Beauty Insiders Get 15% Off!

A few of our faves

3. J.Crew has EXTRA 30% off sale items and extra 50% off final sale items – ENDS TODAY!
Use code: SHOPNOW

A few of our faves

4. BHLDN is having a GREAT BIG SALE (as Aislinn has so kindly alerted us!)

Warning: You may fall in love with a few items then come to realize that your size is SOLD OUT. Just a heads up!



Brighter Days Ahead

So my black, grey, and navy wardrobe is really starting to get me down. Despite the fact that the temps for most of this week were in the 20′s and 30′s…it’s technically Spring so I can start really thinking about what to stock my closet with to brighten it up! Here are the pieces I’m absolutely loving for the brighter days ahead…

Oh, and make sure to check out Gap like NOW! They are having 40% off site/store-wide through today. What better time to scoop up some of their cute pieces like this (could the back be any more perfect?!)


Travel Tips: Ireland

The JCR Girls absolutely LOVE St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe it’s because the majority of our childhood was dominated by Irish dance practice, performances, and competition.

Even though J and I both grew up in Milwaukee, we were in separate (read: rival) dance academies. The rivalry was fierce. It wasn’t until the end of high school that we even became friends!

The point is, we were raised on Irish music and tradition. Which is why my study abroad destination during my junior year of college was none other than Ireland. My first day in Dublin I met Aislinn and knew we’d be friends from the minute I saw she was wearing a Navy Blue Velvet Schoolboy Blazer. True Story. We spent the next five months traversing the country (oh, and studying a little bit). Here are some of the highlights:

Hiking in Howth


Because sometimes all you want to do is sit on a cliff by the sea.

Cliffs of Moher

Pronounced “More,” as in, “Gimme Gimme Moher Moher.”

Giants Causeway

Are you sensing a theme yet? I like nature when it involves Irish cliffs.

Also worth noting: Enchanted forests, secret gardens, Irish moss, little islands, cake…


Avoca-Carrot-CakeWords cannot describe the magic that is Avoca carrot cake.

Croagh Patrick


Upon hearing that we wanted to climb Croagh Patrick Aislinn’s dad said, “I’ve climbed that mountain nine times. And I did it barefoot, drunk, and in the middle of the night.”

The Homestead

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One of the highlights of my first trip to Ireland – visiting the thatched roof cottage where my great-grandmother grew up!

So I guess there weren’t as many “Travel Tips” in that post as you maybe were expecting. Feel free to tweet me if you want some actual advice for your upcoming trip to Ireland, @MissMarthaMae.

The moral of the story – Go to Ireland and go adventuring!

True Life: We’re Obsessed With Marble MacBook Decals

So, we’re obsessed with our new Faux-Marble MacBook Decals! So much so, that we debuted an online shop to bring them to our favorite fans and followers! Please do check out our Shopify Site for more information. If we don’t carry the specific dimensions you need, just shoot us an email or comment below and we’ll try our best to accommodate your special request.

Because we’re OBSESSED
ere’s a bunch of photos of this baby:



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*P.S. Did we mention shipping is FREE?

In addition to marble for MacBooks, we like marble for other things, too. Like Etageres, cheese knives, soap dispensers… you get the idea.



Reading List: February

So, I’m already failing at my NYR and didn’t finish any books in February to share with you guys (judge me). So instead I asked my boss (and friend, and NYC spirit guide), Erika to share one of the books she read this month and absolutely loved! I can’t wait to borrow it to include in the books I WILL be reading in March! See below for her review of How I Live Now.


How I Live Now

Let’s face it, YA books love their clichés, especially ones about children in times of war. Not so for How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Set in the near future, at the outbreak of a third world war, this is a story of first love and survival told in a refreshingly realistic teenage voice. Daisy, a smart mouthed New Yorker, is sent off by her father and evil stepmother to live with her distant family in the English countryside. When political conflict kicks off, stranding their only adult supervision in Oslo, Daisy and her gang of somewhat mystical English cousins are left out in the country to fend for themselves. In the midst of this madness she falls in love.

Unlike her YA counterparts, Daisy doesn’t possess extraordinary skills or abilities, she isn’t exceptionally beautiful or smart, and if we’re being honest, she isn’t especially likable at the start. Yet, you root for her every step of the way, because underneath that jaded New York shell is a vulnerable teenage girl with a heavily guarded but warm heart. Adult yet childlike, graphic yet tender, and violent yet romantic, this is a book my angst-filled teenage self would have greatly benefited from.

What books are on your “must read” list for the coming month? Share in the comments or tweet us @JCrewReview!



J.Crew: The News You Need to Know

Have you seen the March Collection? Over 200 new arrivals, just in!

BONUS: Cardmembers receive 20% off. Use code CARDSONLY with your J.Crew Card.
DOUBLE BONUS: For a limited time: Enjoy free shipping on all orders.

That’s not all…

The Wedding Event is still on thru March 4th!

Which 2014 dress styles are your favorite?

We know you love J.Crew, but investors do, too! J.Crew said to be in talking with banks about a 2014 IPO.

“With 451 stores and about $2.4 billion in annual sales, J. Crew may fetch a valuation of as much as $5 billion, one of the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private information” via Bloomberg.com.


Francesca Joy + York Design Co. *Giveaway Alert*

Did you hear? We’ve teamed up with Elise from Francesca Joy to bring you an exciting giveaway! Elise is an extremely talented designer and entrepreneur – read all about her business in our recent interview, “Current Obsessions: Francesca Joy.” Enter to win two of our all-time favorite Francesca Joy designs:

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Elise sells hand painted canvas totes on her etsy shop, FrancescaJoyTotes. These custom totes feature a variety of colorful prints. Here are a few of our faves:

Roy Destination Compass Medium Tote

Bali Honeymoon Toile Tote

Palm Beach Breakers Bag

Keith Richards Coral Medium Tote

Charleston, SC Scene Tote

Washington, DC Cherry Blossom Blues Tote

Connect with Francesca Joy on Social: Facebook / TwitterPinterest / Instagram

Elise also designs needlepoint bracelets for York Design Co. Their range of needlepoint accessories spans cuffs, belts, handbags and headbands. Here are some of our favorites from the online shop:

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Connect with York Design Co. on Social: Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram


The giveaway ends Friday, February 21st. Winner announced Saturday, February 22nd. Best of luck!


A Weekend in Chicago

Last weekend I went to Chicago to visit my boyfriend. (Did I mention he’s living there now? How come no one warned me that long distance relationships are so difficult?) Since it snowed on Saturday and I had a sinus infection all weekend, we decided to pare down any ambitious endeavors. Despite this, we still managed to do a lot of exploring.

Chicago is full of fun activities in the summer (boat rides at Navy Pier, Taste of Chicago food festival, concerts in Millennium Park, frolicking around Buckingham fountainthe list goes on!) But when faced with a cold and snowy weekend, we had to come up with some alternatives.

Here are my suggestions for a Winter Weekend in Chicago:

Because brunch is always a good idea. We were in the burbs, so we chose Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe – which was absolutely delicious, but we did have to wait over an hour to be seated.
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Chances are you’ll ultimately get hungry – again! I’d highly recommend Eataly (especially during “off hours”). We had lunch at 4:00pm and it was crowded, but I sense it’d be all the more crowded during lunch or dinner time on the weekend!

Our spread:Eataly-Chicago-Lunch

Everything there looks amaze tho. Mozzarella Bar. Cannoli. Carving Station. Carpaccio. If it’s Italian and delicious – Eataly’s got it.

If you’re feeling less fancy, Portillo’s is always a good idea! If you are feeling fancy and confident that you can actually get a table – head to RPM Italian - A modern Italian restaurant by Bill and Giuliana Rancic... and some other people. You might actually see them there and get starstuck. This is known to happen. I’m still working on getting a reservation for next time, but this is promising:


Depending on the occasion, Pops for Champagne or Starbucks on State (Winebucks / Starbucks Evenings) would be a great stop. This Starbucks literally has wine and beer on the menu. Not to mention small plates including Mac and Cheese:

Depending on the length of your stay, I would also recommend the museums and/or catching a Blue Man Group show.

Shopping on Michigan Ave (the Magnificent Mile!)
Burberry Store Michigan Ave Chicago
*We didn’t actually go to Burberry. I just love the architecture and design of this storefront…

A trip to Chicago is not complete without some shopping. Given the cold and snow, we made only a few select stops. Can you guess where?

Ding Ding Ding!
I was hoping the new J.Crew at the 900 North Michigan Shops would be open, but alas, still under construction. I was full of questions – When will it open? Will this store have Men and Women? Crewcuts? J.Crew Baby? Be larger than the current storeMatt seemed to know all of these answers. I was astonished!

Then he pointed to the writing on the wall:

How did I miss that?!

Fashion Outlets
If you came to Chi to shop, you’re definitely going to want to head to the Fashion Outlets (Especially if you are flying out of O’Hare. Because they are literally 5 mins away from O’Hare). This mall is nice and clean and NEW! I know my way around an outlet mall (See: Black Friday: We Went Shopping) but this one is different. For one – it’s all indoors! Also, it has some higher-end designer outlets including: Burberry, Diane Von Furstenberg, Elie Tahari, Gucci, Tory Burch, Trina Turk…

Tory Burch has a limited selection of handbags and wallets, but a lot of footwear. Just don’t get your hopes too high because they might be sold out of your size! ‘Bloomingdales The Outlet Store’ is a great spot for deals on designer sunglasses. But be prepared to try on a lot of pairs, and withstand remarks from the boyfriend along the lines of “What? That’s considered high fashion? Those look ridiculous!” (Why you no like Prada Baroque? It’s ok, I don’t have the face for them anyway).

There is also a Sperry outlet and a J.Crew Factory Store. So yeah, we checked out both. But nothing was really on “sale sale” so I was like “meh.”

Bonus: This mall has above-average dining options! We enjoyed some Freshii and Froyo.
Freshii at the Fashion Outlets Chicago

Last weekend we also went to the Chicago Auto Show because the bf is obsessed with cars (See: R3dline_Photo on Instagram). Here’s my amateur attempt at car photography:

If you just tilt it, it’s artsy, right?IMG_0510_2

Get Low! Lean In!Chicago-Auto-Show-2014

The car show was open til 10pm and we closed that place down! Turns out, I actually found the event to be rather interesting! The only problem: my car lease is up in May and I can’t afford any of the beauties I saw at the showbooooo….

So, tell me, what are your favorite things to do in Chicago? Let me know in the comments below!