Friday, August 28, 2009

J Crew Frances cami and more gray nails

The J Crew Silk Frances Cami (#17428, $88)...this year's Victoria. Honestly, I do not own a Victoria (gasp... I know...). I tried it on once and it just wasn't great on me, but I may have had my sizing off. Anyway...tried on the Frances last Sunday in the dark slate and love love loved it...and brought it home. And I realized that I really don't have anything like this in my closet - since I almost never have to be in full professional dress, and in dressy occasions like to go with an actual dress or a sweater, I just don't have much in the way of dressier blouses. Ok, I'm sure a large part of it is that hate to iron.

Many other bloggers have reviewed the top and most seem to be fans. I love the dark slate - this color works really well with my complexion in summer or winter. But it comes in other fab colors, too - ivory, deep rose, light sage, autumn sun, misty lavender. The other reason I love the dark slate is that it is not sheer at all - not sure if I could say that about the other colors.

I sized down to a 6 because there is plenty of room - and with it being sleeveless, I don't need the extra room for my shoulders. There is just enough room at the hem to be able to wear it untucked without grabbing. I love the ruffles - so soft, so pretty.
I wore this on Thursday with my khaki cafe capris. And then added black sandals, Dina hoops, and garden pearl bracelet. I put up my hair to show off the hoops and the collar on the Frances - I think it works better on me with hair up. And this is the last picture of my bad old-lady forehead. I couldn't wait until my next hair cut/color, so I went ahead and re-trimmed my bangs on Thursday afternoon to bring them up to regular bang length. So much better!!

Exciting day on Thursday - Open House at school so the kiddies got to see their classroom, meet their teacher, see all their friends...total craziness there! Later in the evening, I had book club at a friend's house, so I just added a black cashmere Jackie for warmth (you know, A/C effect). I anticipate wearing this exact outfit - Frances, Jackie, cafe capris with my black patent heels when the weather cools off a bit.

And in more dark gray news...on our Tysons outing on Wednesday, I picked up a bottle of Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees - also from the Coleccion de Espana. What a gorgeous deep blue-gray. And out come the fall nails, because I've got it on tips and toes. Yes, my fingernails are officially ready for fall! I anticipate wearing this a lot this fall, and can't wait to pair a Skis pedi with Essie Chinchilly on fingers - should be a good mix.
Isn't fall nail polish fun? It's my favorite season - for clothes and makeup. And I still have a couple more fall nail polishes to share.

Polyvore for today:



16 comments:

luvallthingsjcrew said...

Beautiful pic. of you in the Frances! I agree that your hair up with this collar looks divine! The Polish is cool too!

gigiofca said...

I like that nail color. When I saw gray nails I was literally thinking Lowe's or something. I should know by now!

I added you to my silk frances post:

http://gigisgoneshopping.blogspot.com/2009/08/j-crew-silk-frances-cami.html

I luuuurvs you in that blouse :-)

Patina said...

Gorgeous! Literally, from your head to your toes, you're are gorgeous. Love your outfit

Pamela said...

That outfit looks great on you! and that nail color is fab. I was trying to find a new dark color for fall and I'm definately checking this color out.

RatsOnParade said...

The frances looks awesome on you! I've still got it hanging in my closet - unworn - one of these days I may just have to try on. Oh and LOVE the nail polish! It does work so perfectly for fall!

Kristin said...

Stunning outfit!

casual-crew said...

I have been lurking for awhile now, this is my first post, love your outfit, I like the way you put your clothes together you always look great!

Anonymous said...

Oh I was thinking about purchasing the Frances in the gray now I definitly will! You look amazing!

pixelant said...

Very cute! I am still debating about the Frances Cami as well. The real issue is what color to get! It's good to know that the darker color is less sheer. I was leaning towards the purple color or maybe the mint green.

Cloggsy said...

Looks STUNNING on you!

Chasing Davies said...

That blouse looks amazing! So cute. I need to still go try it on. I've been meaning too...

LOVE that nail color too! Gonna have to mimic that. Really fun.

Christyrenee said...

I want that cami SO bad!! lol. I love the slate color and I love that OPI color! Thanks for posting the name - I have a coupon for a free one and I think I'll grab that one. Love it!!!

post-fab princess said...

It's so pretty on you! You have made me covet...

HeidiG said...

luvallthingsjcrew - thank you!

gigi - Lowe's...hehehehe. thanks for adding me to your post! I think it was your pics with the dark slate that made me really want that color.

Patina - thank you!

pamela - thank you! hope you enjoy the nail polish - I am loving this Espana collection, and I still have 1 more color from it to test out.

RatsOnParade - thank you! Looking forward to seeing your IRL pics, too!

Kristin - thank you! Clearly I need to break out of my usual knits-mode once in a while.

casual-crew - thank you - that's so kind of you! I really appreciate it.

anon@4:27 - thank you! hope you love it, too!!

pixelant - there are so many great colors in the Frances, it's a tough choice. I do think that purple is stunning, and if I had something like this already, I would have probably gone with the purple or the yellow.

Cloggsy - thank you!

Chasing Davies - so many things to try on, no? Hard to get to it all - I still have a "to try" list. Enjoy the polish, too!

Christyrenee - coupon for free polish? yay for you, lucky girl. then you just need to pay for the cami. :)

PFP - uh oh, coveting...(sorry and thank you)

Sweet Tea in Seattle said...

love that color Frances and the nail polish on you!

3-Penny Princess said...

I really love the Frances on you, especially in that color! I felt exactly the same way as you. I never got a Victoria or even an Elizabeth (crazy, I know). But I can't stop raving about the Frances. Finally, a winner!