general / brain dump

(Image source: The Animal Print Shop)

I. Food

  • I’ve been following David Lebovitz‘s pastry blog for ages. His new iPhone app just relaunched and is only 99 cents. I got it even though I don’t have my next trip planned. There is tons of food p0rn!
  • This recipe for the famous wings from Portland, Oregon’s Pok Pok look surprisingly easy.
  • If you frequent Starbucks, I hope you have a loyalty card (which can be created from any gift card). I don’t go as frequently as I used to, but if you do, I highly recommend buying a discounted gift card. I’ve been a happy customer of Raise.com. They are legit and Starbucks gift cards sell on average for 20% off. Though $80 or even $100 sounds like a lot, Starbucks fans know that that doesn’t last very long. Raise.com has a ton of other retailers as well so it’s a nice, indirect way to get a discount on something that never goes on sale. Why pay full price when you don’t have to? (Note: I’ve never sold any gift cards through them and can’t comment on that.) New customers get $5 off orders over $50.

II. Fashion

  • Gilt City has a free 30% coupon for J.Crew Factory through September 14. It works on top of existing promotions but does have some fine print. In general, I’m not a fan of outlet quality but have really liked some of the J.Crew incarnations at Factory. You can find reviews if you Google, but often the Factory version is more wearable (whether it’s longer, in easier to maintain material) and the price isn’t bad. These Baggus (already on sale) are excluded from the promotion but are still a great find! These jewelry trays are cute.
  • Love the new Clare Vivier spot design. Especially this Margot tote and this pouch. If she ever did a collab with Baggu…

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to shop / j.crew factory quality

I’m not a big fan of outlet stores that sell outlet quality merchandise at retail store last call prices, but I have been slightly impressed by J.Crew Factory of late. I’m sad that J.Crew split jcrew.com and Factory online stores… it was fun using promotion codes from J.Crew, and returning Factory items to J.Crew stores while it lasted. I like what I order 50% of the time – Factory’s done a great job at nailing some of the dressier past season styles and making them more wearable (read: longer) without sacrificing much quality. Here are my favorites and can you tell that my favorite colors (to wear) are black and blue?

Row 1:

Row 2:

  • Factory ponte pant. This is the factory version of the pixie pants, which I’ve never tried. I wore them throughout vacation and give them two thumbs up for the side zipper (pixie has a back zipper… what if it slips down?!?, doesn’t stretch out, and somewhat sucks it in). The dry clean and length does suck slightly. How I miss my washing machine.
  • Factory polka-dot popover. It looks nice, but I don’t love the popover fits as much as I love the look.

Row 3:

  • Factory three-quarter sleeve boatneck tee in stripe. Curious to see what the weight of the fabric is… but I don’t need another striped shirt, do I? It also comes in yellow for the more adventurous.
  • Factory anytime dress. This is the factory version of the Teddie. I prefer the factory version for length. As someone who likes to buy the same style in different colors, I had to resist very hard from going for any of the other colors after I got a black. The codes around the holidays were pretty good. The fit is TTS to slightly small.