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Week in Review: Summertime Gladness

Hard to believe we’re over halfway through August! Here’s what we’ve been up to lately…

Summer may be fleeting, but there’s no better time than the present to purchase a new pair of sandals (that’s what I told myself, at least). This time, I went with the Jack Rogers Capri Sandal in Platinum. Super comfortable + great for narrow feet! Rumor has it, there’s an “End of the Season” sale on now at jackrogers.com with savings up to 60% off!

In addition to my go-to summer sandals, I’ve been getting a ton of use out of my @seabagsmaine tote this season. Many of you asked [something along the lines of…]
Q: Would you recommend this oversized, excessively nautical tote bag?
A: Oh for shore! (Aren’t you relieved I didn’t say tote-ally?)

In all seriousness, I do really like it. The bag fits multiple beach towels, beverages, sunscreen – you name it! Also pretty cool that it’s made of recycled sails. ♻️ I went with the Large Navy Zip Top Anchor Tote + Hanging Pocket (I’d recommend both the zipper + pocket upgrades!).

Minnesota-Summer-Lake-Minnetonka-SailboatSo, I’m still saving up for that boat, but until then I’ll continue to snap photos like this and live vicariously though them. Follow along on Instagram @TheJCRGirls for more where this came from!


The title of this post isn’t entirely accurate. While I’m trying my best to embrace “Summertime Gladness,” the end-of-summer blues is really starting to hit home. To combat this, I’ve been spending tons of time outside – running, biking, festival-going and dining al fresco (that is, in addition to yard work, but I doubt you want to hear about that…).

P.S. – Still getting plenty of wear out of this Ratti “Into the Wild” print – as seen in our recent #JCrewChallenge series!

In the spirit of back-to-school season, I’ve rounded up some of our favorite geek chic accessories including: “You Got This” Trinket Dish, Gold & Acrylic StaplerShop Sonix Palm Print Case, Rose Gold Scissors, Rifle Paper Legal Notepad & Warby Parker Tortoise Glasses!


You know we can’t resist a good nautical motif, so this new necklace from LK Meyer (handcrafted in Rhode Island) and “Sail Away” notebook needed to join the collection of nautical necessities.

Back-to-School-Desk-Accessories We stretched the “back-to-school” theme even further and decided it was a great opportunity to refresh both desk and bar cart accessories.

From L to R: Mariposa Napkin Holder + Boat Shoe Weight / Moleskin Notebook / Papyrus “Dress Your Desk” Accessories / Target Scissors / Hair Tie Holder Bracelets Cuffs / Leatherology Envelope / Monogrammed Mariposa Wine Coaster.

And in true JCR girl fashion, we’d be remiss not to mention that the latest J.Crew Style Guide IS THE BEST ONE IN YEARS. Back us up on this, will you?

We started parsing through the pages and familiarizing ourselves with the 226 shades of pink (not a typo!) to bring you some a roundup of our favorite new blush tones in the form of:

Tune in next week, as we share details of our recent travels AND an exciting announcement!


Pastel Perfect

Easter is literally right around the corner. Oh my gosh you guys I started writing this post pre-Easter. My level of procrastination is almost impressive. So I guess now Easter is just behind that last corner you turned. This holiday always signals that it is really springtime for me. For this reason, not surprisingly, I can’t seem to get pretty pastels out of my head. Per usual, Crew has the exact pieces I want (you know I mean need) to get these thoughts out of my head and into my closet. Next step: win lottery, buy all of the following items.

J. Crew Pastel Shirt

Three Quarter Sleeve Stretch Perfect Shirt (Misty Aqua) $65

This shirt IS perfect. Perfect for summer and all the occasions that come along with it. Wear it to work with a cute black skirt, pair it with denim to dress down.

Pink J. Crew Pants

Garment-Dyed Ankle-Zip Toothpick Jean $125

Even though I am still debating the purchase of statement color jeans I totally support the idea of them. These are more on the neon side but whatever this is my post and they are pastel enough to live in it!

J. Crew Yellow Pencil Skirt - J. Crew Review

No. 2 Pencil Skirt $89.50

Dang, this skirt would have been ideal for Easter brunch. C’est la vie, I’ll have to save it for my cousin’s First Communion or a Brewers game. What?…I would wear a pencil skirt to a baseball game.

J. Crew Sperry Top-Siders - J. Crew Review Blog

Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes in Twill $98

We have been lusting after these shoes since their debut on the Crew website months ago. I need them to wear on my boat. That I don’t own. Okay, fine I just need them to wear to the coffee shop that is near the lake in Milwaukee.

What are your pastel picks for this spring/summer? Comment or Tweet us @JCrewReview!



J. Crew, I Love You But…

J. Crew Lovers, I have a confession to make. A confession that, deep down, the majority of you can probably relate to. It’s hard to explain, but is something along the lines of “J. Crew, I Love You But…” Sort of like a spouse, someone who you have loved and adored for years but certain things they do and say really make you angry. Yeah…it’s kinda like that.

The JCR girls began to realize that other people feel the same we we do – having an unending love for and unwavering addiction to J. Crew, but really truly hoping that some things could change.

Then we came across an eye-opening post by long-time J. Crew fan Mike Conklin. In this post, Mike laments about the J. Crew shirting collection. His post, titled “An Open Letter to J. Crew – Please Stop Trying to Decieve Your Customers,” sheds light on an extremely hot button issue. Read it Now.

After a lightening stroke of inspiration 100% accredited to Mike’s post, and wondering what if, by some stroke of luck, this letter got into the right hands or handhelds of the J. Crew design team, that maybe, just maybe, things could change. Since there is a glimmer of hope for this opportunity (and those of us who have been through business school know that listening to the customer is important, and increasingly easy given the tools of the Internet + social media) – so J. Crew Reviewers, we invite you to come up with a “J. Crew I Love You But…” statement or stance, and maybe we can make J. Crew even better than ever before!

Now we don’t mean to offend anyone who thinks their legitimate political lobbying is far superior, more important, and will actually result in World Peace. For those who feel this way, more power to you. We are just trying a little Open Letter strategy in an attempt to help the revered retailer that garners so much of our attention, and even more of our paychecks. Due to this extreme commitment of time, money and caring about the overall well-being of this brand, that we bring you this serious series.

The JCR Girls are pleased to bring you, J. Crew I Love You But…

But, we need your help. In the comments below or on twitter directed to @JCrewReview, please tell us what you would change if you were in charge.

Jenna, we love you, but…we really wish we could stalk you on twitter!
Jenna Lyons Creative Director

J. Crew Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, whether a “special someone” is in the picture or not, those of us with J.Crew obsessions will have to make some time for our longtime love affair with the Crew. From candy colored chinos to cozy cashmere cardigans, the new arrivals give us all something more to drool over than a box of dark chocolates (but I wouldn’t expect you to turn those away, either).

 Of all the new spring arrivals, two things caught my eye the most (I’m pretending I don’t see you, High Waisted Denim Pencil Skirt). Firstly, one of their signature colors this season is back – the neon pink we all died over last year, perfect for this February holiday and equally flattering on all skin tones. Also making a comeback? The classic and versatile Teddie dress!  Here are some weather-appropriate Valentine’s Day ideas using both, so that you’ll be prepared whether you’re getting ready for a fancy night out, a more casual date, or just staying in Pinning recipes and quotes from The Notebook.JCR



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