Monday, February 3, 2014

Blue

Do you have a go-to colour? One that you always gravitate towards?
Navy blue seems to be on my radar at the moment. I used to buy hoards of black items, and black was my go-to colour for almost all basics, but recently I've eschewed it in favour of blue.

Gary Bigeni navy blue dress, APC bronze sandals


The beach was pretty crowded this past weekend. Even though I've lived in Sydney for 15 years now, I still get a huge thrill out of the beautiful city beaches.
This is Bronte Beach, one of our favourites:



You can't see from this photo, but the surf is pretty scary here. This is a safe rock-pool area where we usually swim. Just to the left of the photo there was a huge rip and the surf-lifesavers had to pull a couple of tourists out of the water!



I've been avoiding the J Crew website for a while now, but had to have a peek at the new Spring stuff.
There are a couple of skirts that caught my eye. The one above in particular.
Has anyone seen this in the flesh?
Any thoughts?
It's a bit steep, price-wise but I am a total sucker for a graphic print. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Another question: Do any of you ever buy Boden stuff? Is it any good? I notice they have a petite range and am sort of pondering whether or not to order a couple of things at some point.

Hope you're having a good week, and for those of you suffering in the polar vortex, fingers crossed for some warmer weather soon! 



23 comments:

  1. Hi Ruth, Julie over at JulieStyles has ordered that skirt! You could ask her about it before you commit to ordering. I love the pattern on it, it reminded me of something but I couldn't figure out what it was, then I realized I owned a pair of capri pants in a similar pattern about 12 years ago. Fancy pants! This pattern is particularly great with the brown in it, it could be paired with so many things.
    I love navy blue and just now I am pairing grey with blue in my mind for spring. This is how I am trying to keep from going insane with the long winter!

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    1. Thanks for the heads up! I'll visit her and ask her to report back.
      I'm just concerned that the pattern won't match up at the seams, and that is a real bugbear of mine. It's fine on a cheap item, but at $300 it would not be fine at all.
      Sorry to hear about your long winter. I hope it will be over very soon! love your pic on instagram, though. Winter is very photogenic!

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  2. I love navy blue too, Ruth, though my love this winter has been pinks and corals. I can't get enough! I am not much for graphic prints, I don't know why, but I do quite like that skirt and I think Dani's ideas are good. My only worry is the whole JC quality these days. Some show up perfect and others, not so much...

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    1. HI Wendy, I love your pinks and corals! I know what you mean about JC. It's a gamble. I'm just worried about seams not matching up and yucky lining!
      I'll wait for a few reviews and see if there's a sale at some point.

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  3. Love your dress! Navy is so versatile and wearable in any season. It's great for work and casual too, especially if you're doing a nautical look, living so close to the beach as you do. Of course you know I'm crazy for violet but for work I have as much navy suiting as I do black. I find it much kinder to my complexion and just as easy to accessorize.

    The Australian J.Crew prices are obscene! It would be helpful if they opened a store there so you could at least see and try before you buy.

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    1. Navy is super versatile, isn't it? I wish JC would open a shop here, but the prices would still be huge and I don't think they carry the petite range in stores.

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  4. I was thinking that rock pool looked safe from sharks, wasn't even thinking about rip tides, yikes! I'd trade our weather for that lovely looking beach though! I've been in a blue and gray mood for a long time. I have ordered from Boden but not their petites. I think their quality is good and consistent, better than J. Crew IMO. It's a matter of whether you like their style. I've never been disappointed by the quality from Boden. It's good for the price (although I don't know if they jack up the prices for you in Australia but I think they are very reasonable here in the U.S.) and they make our returns free and easy which was why I gave them a try to begin with.

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    1. I think .sharks are fairly rare...but I really shouldn't tempt fate!
      I'm certainly going to have a look at Boden. The prices aren't too bad, really.
      Some of the styles are too flowery and cute for me, but the basic stuff looks good

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  5. Yep, I'm a navy girl, and grey, and white. I only have one item from boden. A cashmere tie cardigan. I had to size down I think but I do love it. I am not a print person but have at the skirt. I am sure you'll do a cubist well.

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    1. I was thinking of you, BB, with your navy fetish!

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  6. Navy blue anchors my wardrobe and the next tux I buy will be midnight blue. That little navy number looks great on you. Is that what an Edwardian loo looks like?

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    1. A midnight blue tux sounds very fine indeed.
      The loo is in an art deco building that houses my office. It's not very elegant, but provides a full-length mirror and passable light! My house is far too dark most of the time - I leave early in the morning and don't usually go upstairs til it's dark at night!

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  7. Like you i have always just bought black,but now i am crazy on blue.
    On all shades of blue,but esp navy and indigo. I cant get enough of it:)
    All lot of JCA buy from Boden,for me its too flowery and playful.
    Lucky you to have such a beach near you!

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    1. navy and indigo are lovely. I also love cobalt!
      Boden is a bit flowery, but some of the basic things look good - plain cashmere knits etc, and the coats look interesting.

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  8. Hi Ruth, love that Gary on you. I occasionally buy from Boden, it's a bit cheaper than J Crew, but the quality is good, and they generally run true to size. I ordered an 8 in a dress recently and it's a true 8 (not a Country Road 8). The reviews they have on the site are really helpful when ordering sizes too. You should give them a go, they have some nice things in the new spring range which is great as it works right now. I'll do a post on my things in the next day or two so you can see what I got. Xx

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    1. Thanks for the info, Heidi. I'm going to do a small order later in the month, I think. Would love to see your items. Good to know the sizes aren't huge! I was eyeing up the Portobello coat (I think that's what it's called) and the cashmere crew necks.

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  9. Hi Ruth, I love navy blue, I never wear black, (it takes all the colour from my face) but I wear navy as much as I can. Love how that dress is gathered like that at the side. That skirt looks ace, I will scope it out for you when I have a minute. I don't fit the trousers at J crew but I do like their everything else, they have great cardies. The beaches in Sydney and surround are gorgeous and as I am definitely of the ilk of the more peopleto watch the merrier, I love city beaches.

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    1. Thanks Jody! navy is kinder to the skin, I think. The dress is actually sort of looped at the front - Gary Bigeni is a master of drippy tailoring. He's a local designer, so probably not know in the US.
      It would be great if you could scope the skirt out for me. As I'm short, it might be a bit overwhelming…
      Sydney beaches are great, and the people-watching is wonderful. There were a lot of 'enhanced' mammaries on show!!!

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  10. Hi Ruth, that dress looks great on you.

    I like that pattern on the skirt but I think it's too big of a pattern for you. Do you usually wear such big patterns? I can't think of anything that you have that we have seen that is that size.

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    1. Abby, I think you might be right. I do have some big prints: the J Crew butterfly skirt is quite big, as is one of my DVF dresses, but it might overwhelm me. I will wait for reviews. With any luck, someone of a similar size to me might post some pics.

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  11. Hi Ruth, you look gorgeous, love that dress on you. I also gravitate towards navy blue in the spring and summer months - it always looks elegant and polished. I have ordered from Boden on occasion. Boden quality is much more even than J. Crew and their return policy is very friendly. It also helps that the product measurements for every size is on the website.

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    1. Hi Louise, it is great that Boden have measurements. I'm always surprised that J Crew don't. It's so useful that one would think it would be an obvious feature of an online clothing site.

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  12. Beach girl from infancy here. Medium blues with sandy beiges are a favorite. Hmm. Well, I guess that figures.

    Love the blue dress on you, I think that skirt would be great with solid tops, have awful feeling that it will appear in J.Crew windows teamed with striped or polka-dot tees.

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