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Happy Holiday Shopping Season! ~ J.Crew Gift Ideas


It’s here (whether we’re ready or not)! In an effort to avoid shopping malls and make the holiday shopping experience as painless as possible, we’ve decided to organize a series of Gift Guides (at every price point) plus roundups of the best sales + deals at your favorite retailers.

We’ll kick things off with one of our all-time favorites, J.Crew.

If you live in a frigid climate like me, you’re likely looking for a cozy new coat with a feminine fit. Take advantage of holiday sales (Black Friday + Cyber Monday, in particular) to treat yourself to a new winter coat (or point Santa in this direction…)

The Chateau Parka

The Chateau Parka comes in six luxurious colors and is made from J.Crew’s exclusive stadium-cloth wool (from Italy’s Nello Gori mill).

I’ve also been a long-time fan of the J.Crew Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat.

And you really can’t go wrong with the Classic Majesty Peacoat. I love the way the gold buttons pop on the navy version.

This season, you can have some fun with saturated hues like Turquoise, Golden Sun, and Neon Electric Flame.

If you’re shopping for a little crewcut, the Girls’ stadium-cloth peacoat with furry collar is as cute as can be!

Need some boots, too? Get them at J.Crew (but hurry, these sell out quickly)!

If you’re in the market for some under $50 gift options, we recommend:



Black Friday – We Went Shopping

In annual Black Friday ‘Midnight Madness’ shopping tradition, we went shopping right after Thanksgiving dinner. Stores opened at 9:00pm at the Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets in Kenosha, WI and Jack, Matt and I found some great deals!

Here’s a recap:

First Stop: J.Crew



Jack brought some shirts. Ironically, the polka dot chambray looks super similar to this number – one of my favorite shirts! #ThatAwkwardMomentWhenYouAreWearingTheSameShirtAsYourBrother.

JCrew-Black-Friday-Sales Matt also found some shirts and girlfriend approved!

And I found, well, several things.
Clearly, I was attracted to Peter Pan collar tops.

And these Pixie Pant Jodhpurs.

And sweaters…Because you can never have too many sweaters!
I got the V-neck in navy blue at last years’ sale and wear it all the time. Opted for a bright blue this time around a merino Tippi ‘Charley’ sweater in kelly green.

And lastly, the Factory Pleated Shift Dress in Floral.
This piece, true to my ‘Quality Control‘ review earlier this week, is definitely lower quality than the original. But, it’s such a fun print and was only $30, I decided to go for it! (As a reference, it’s currently $54.00 online, so the sales in store and online are not exactly the same. Neither is the selection – much more to choose from in-store).

But, of course, you can’t beat shopping J.Crew Factory from the convenience of your own home. And — lucky for all of us — J.Crew Factory Online Sale = 50% Off Everything!

We zipped in and out of J.Crew the came Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Fossil, Target…
Between the three of us we found some great gift items (for ourselves…and others…)

Mens-Fossil-Watch-Sale Matt found some nice Fossil watches. Shop the selection.

Brooks-Brothers-Flannel-Button-Down-Shirt-Sale We brought my dad some good ‘ol Brooks Brothers flannel button downs.


Confession: I’ve been wanting a Target ‘pleather‘ jacket for a while now. I actually want a fancy genuine leather jacket, but of course the practical #HelpMeImPoor version is this $20 Target number (typically $40, so get it while it’s on sale)! Since it’s trendy a not an everyday jacket, I don’t mind going faux. Shop similar.

Another Black Friday, another successful shopping trip! What did you find? Let us know in the comments below!

It’s Tartan Time

Throughout the years J.Crew has debuted hundreds of plaid pieces – in a variety of colors, textures and patterns. This catalog cover from August 2007 was part of JCrew’s preppier set, but it’s great to see the retailer is still featuring quite a bit of ‘borrowed from the boys with a feminine fit’ styles.

J.Crew Catalog-Fall-2007

I know WAY too much about tartan (plaid) from having worked at a school uniform store during my summers before college. Many private school uniforms require plaid jumpers or skirts (multi-pleat or box pleat). Having worn the same red, white & navy blue plaid pattern from kindergarten through 8th grade, you’d think I’d think I’d want to steer clear of criss-cross stripe patterns for life.

Maybe it’s because I live in Minnesota now and just about every MN man’s closet is dominated by flannel (some of which are actually, quite stylish). Or maybe it’s the holidays that bring on the ‘Mad about Plaid’ vibes, but whatever the case, we can rejoice because retailers have a great selection of tartan shirts, scarves, and throws again this year!

Traditional tartan patterns each have a name and a purpose (in Scotland they were to represent your clan and/or your occupation). Learn all about the History of Tartan on good ol’ Wikipedia.

I plan on wearing this J.Crew plaid ‘kilt’ (from Holiday ’12) again this year:


…but maybe with tights now that it’s ten degrees in MN.



Gifts for Guys

When I asked my brother for ideas for a “Gifts for Guys” blog post, his response was, “Like Urban Outfitters fake hipster, super mainstream, tech-y geeky, gamer type, private school preppy?” He’s in college…don’t mind him.

He did come up with some pretty decent ideas though! I also asked my boyfriend – who has a thing for collecting watches and can’t seem to grow out of playing video games. But to his credit, I really like the QZ’s (quarter zips, people) that he picked out. See below for gift picks for guys – from guys!

If you have additional gift ideas to add, tweet us to tell us @TheJCRGirls!









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