I have to come clean about something.
For the last few weeks, I've been having an irresponsible love affair with J.Crew.
I know it's no good for me; I'm trying to save money (in general, and also maybe for a folding bike). But I just can't seem to help myself; between the recent percent-off promotions and an impromptu weekend trip to Atlantic City (read: outlet shopping), I found myself submerged in a sea of button-downs and pencil skirts and friends, I simply did not want to emerge.
Here are a few of my favorite buys, both J.Crew and not-J.Crew (some of which are still available online):
Factory Multi-Bead Bib Necklace in Sea Foam:
($49.50 online, $30 in stores; purchased this weekend with an extra 40% off)
Doesnt this necklace remind you of Anthropologie's popular Stormy Seas necklace? The resemblance didn't jump out at me online, but it's doing the job in person.
(Anthro's Stormy Seas necklace; photo from Little Gray Pixel)
Factory Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton:
(Between $50 and $75 online; one purchased for $35 online, a denim one purchased for $13 or something similarly crazy online, and this gorgeous Kelly green color purchased for $65 in the store).
Yes, you read that correctly; I bought this skirt in three different colors/fabrics. Online I purchased the classic black and a denim variety, and in the store I nabbed the above green colorway. Seriously, how gorgeous is that skirt?! Don't even answer that, because if you don't agree with me on this we may need to stop being friends.
I will say that the fit on this skirt may not be for everyone; as you can see from the cut it does poof a bit below the belt, but does so in a flattering and not a FUPA way, if such a thing is possible. There is seaming on the back that creates a very slim silhouette. Overall I'm completely in love with this thing!
(The denim variety, no longer available)
And other non-clothing loves...
International Delights Almond Joy Coffee Creamer
Thank you, Amazon.com, thank you.
Laser Hair Removal
I invested in about eight laser hair removal sessions over the past year and a half at Satori Laser in NYC (they really deserve their own post, because they are fabulous). This is what my leg looked like after not shaving for nearly a month. Before...well, let's just say that it wasn't like this at all.
SO WORTH IT. Hellloooo summer!
Incredibly Thoughtful Readers
You may have heard me rave about incredible rugelach I had in Jerusalem last year from a bakery named "Marzipan" in the Mahane Yehuda market. Well, periodically I get emails from readers who are on their way to Israel for birthright and would like advice of various sorts. I am always happy to oblige, and it's fun to hear about how their trips went when they return.
Amazing reader Nicole actually BROUGHT ME BACK several pieces of delicious Marzipan rugelach. It was so good that I couldn't get a picture of a piece that hadn't already been half-eaten.
The rugelach was probably about a week old at this point and was still and delicious and wet; it's that gooey moistness that makes the rugelach taste so good!
*dies many times*. Thanks again, Nicole!
Cute Office Gear
I finally got my business cards delivered recently (how does one survive at networking events in DC without these?) so I started hunting around for a business card holder to place on my desk. I was so excited to find this one!
How has your week been going? I've been pretty busy at work, but I just booked my next trip to Vegas so I've got a nice vacation to look forward to in June!