Saturday, August 17, 2013

J Crew 30% off sale and Andie colour conundrum

J Crew got me again with its tantalizing extra 30% off sale.
I did a moderate order, mainly items for my offspring and husband. I also bought my wonderful mother a few basics.
It was hard not to throw in a few items for myself:
Drapey sailor stripe tee. I got this in XS. Hope it's not too big....
My old APC stripey tee has finally died, so I'm hoping this will be a good replacement.
Jackie Cardie in Byzantine Blue. Got this in XXS, which tends to be a good fit for me in cardigans. I already have several Jackies, which tend to get worn a good deal in Spring and Summer here.
I also want a navy one, but am too mean to pay full price. Let's hope navy goes on sale soon.
Finally, I'm tossing up on what colour to get in the new Andie Chinos.
I'm tending towards the grey colour, but would love any input from those who've seen these in real life.
I'm planning to get size 00P. Cafe Capris in 00P are too big on my waist and bum, but I'm hoping these are a smaller cut.

Did you buy anything? 
I'd love your thoughts on the Andie Chinos.
Hope you're having a fab weekend!

20 comments:

  1. I wish I had your problem!

    BTW I heard a talk on Irritable bowel syndrome yesterday- the experts are now saying that fructose malabsorption is so common that if people have symptoms (and other illnesses excluded), best to try low FODMAP diet. See a dietitian.

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    1. Hi Cilla, that's very interesting. I suspect that my issues are exacerbated by sugar. Certainly alcohol sets it off :-(
      I'm going to get a referral to a dietician v soon. Is there a difference between a nutritionist and a dietician, I wonder? I want to see someone with a background in evidence-based science, not food quackery!!

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    2. Thought I'd chip in on the IBS. Not sure the history of yours so excuse me if you have gone over this. Probiotics and cutting most dairy really has helped me. I do have some episodes (love cheese) but it is so much more manageable.

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    3. Dietitians are extensively trained in human nutrition and are licenced to work in hospitals. Many of them are members of the Dietitians association of Australia.

      Anyone with any (or perhaps none?) nutritional training/education can call themselves a nutritionist. They may have a degree or two. There is a lot more variability in them.

      I would go with a Dietitian. You don't need a referral for one, and can get a rebate with private health insurance. GPs can do referrals to dietitians via a primary care plan, but that is mainly for people with chronic health conditions. So find one with an interest in irritable bowel syndrome. There is a bit of evidence coming out about it now, mainly by Sue Shepherd/ Peter Gibson out of Melbourne.

      I am still assuming you have been checked out for coeliac disease. If you haven't you can get a blood test. Breath tests can be done for Lactose intolerance.

      Blue Booby, there is no lactose in cheese, so you may be fine if lactose is your problem. It's never recommended to remove food groups from the diet until things have been investigated, and I say this as a doctor (one who has research interests in nutrition). I love cheese too!


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    4. Thanks BB and Cilla.
      I don't drink milk, haven't done for years, nor do I eat any dairy products at all, except for the odd bowl of natural yoghurt.

      I'm going to hunt down a dietician and see if I can get to the bottom of it (haha!)
      I think I eat a fairly healthy diet, but evidently there's something that my body doesn't like....
      I have been checked for Coeliacs.

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  2. Hi Ruth, looking forward to your review of the drapey sailor tee. I'm curious about the fabric blend (rayon, linen, wool), it sounds strange and I am afraid the wool content might make it scratchy. I tried on the Andie chinos in store a couple weeks ago, and I'm waiting for a full price promo. In my opinion, I thought they were definitely slimmer and smaller cut than café capris. I normally wear 4 in the capris, but had to go up to a size 6 for the Andies. I think you should be okay with the 00P. Colour-wise, I'm planning to get the khaki and the olive fatigue colours.

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    1. Hi Louise, I'm a bit concerned about the fabric, as if there's too much wool, it won't be good for our climate. I'll post a review as soon as it arrives.
      Concerning the Andies, I love the green colour, just worried I'll feel too 'army' in them! I really do not like camouflage At All, and so am always a little lairy of fatigue green, even though I love the colour....

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  3. Be prepared for that stripy top to run to holes a lot quicker than the APC one though. It does look a little like my favourite J Crew one (bought a few years ago, and went to holes after one year. It's now a gardening top). I love the Jackie cardies- I have one in navy, bought a few years ago, and I wear it all through spring/ Summer. So handy, and works with everything - maybe you should just get it next time you have a code, it's definitely worth it. xx

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    1. You're right, Heidi. It will probably be holey by the end of the year.... APC have really gone up in price, though. Nearly $200 for a tee is beyond me. My last one was about $95 I think, which was OK.
      Thanks for the review of the navy Jackie. I will keep my eye out for a promo!

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  4. Sucker :) Nice to see I am not alone. I will be returning several items today and will check out the colors of the chinos for you.

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    1. Thanks BB. It would be great to hear what the colours are like - would love to hear any feedback on them!

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    2. Well...the colors are pretty standard. My store did not have the coral. I believe the J Crew website gives very accurate pictures. I personally like the fatigue. A true olive green. And the steel grey. As far as fit, they did not work for me which I expected. But then I have an aversion to anything skinny with my curves. They are Soft and stretchy.

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    3. thanks for reporting back!
      Decide to go for the fatigue green colour. It's backordered until Sept 23rd, so will have to wait a bit!

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  5. Crossing my fingers for a good fit in the stripey T.

    I don't mind green and have had J Crew's version of green khaki before and it doesn't feel to army, because of cut. I am actually trying a pair of skinny fatigues from Gap (hope they arrive this week) - they are too much fun and for some reason, I wanted to try them. Either cute or a hot mess!

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    1. That's good to know. I'm actually quite drawn to the green colour, probably because the other colours are a bit too similar to all my other pants. So, grey or green? ….. I wish they came in black ;-)

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  6. Ruth,i ordered the stripey tee too,but in the barn color(waitlisted till beginning of oktober).I cant wait what you say about it and if the xs is a good fit(thats the size i got too).

    I wish i could help you with the sizing,for me they were TTS to cut a little small.

    Enjoy your sunday!

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    1. Just had to go and look to see what colour 'barn' is!! J Crew do have some strange names, don't they?
      Will post as soon as it arrives, although you'll probably get yours before me now that you're local!!
      You were really helpful about the fit of the Andies, so thank you! I think I'll go with the P00 and hope that they're not too tight!

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    2. Ruth my tee is waitlisted for oktober so you will get yours earlier.
      The color is a burgundy.

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    3. Aha! Will report and post pics of mine once it arrives - hopefully before the weekend!

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  7. The Byzantine Blue color is gorgeous and is going to look great on you. I have so many of those Jackies and absolutely love them!

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