Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Join the Cardi Party - Including J Crew Merino Ocelot Cardi

I loved GingerSnap's post yesterday about having a Cardi Party. I feel like I go for long stretches in a Cardi Party. And this is a fab way to catch up on some outfit posting, too... And I get to show off, once again, that I finally downloaded Picasa to my desktop so I can do collages. You'd think I'd get more creative, but I'm pretty pleased with myself thus far.

So yesterday, day before that, day before that, and 2 other random September outfits that I actually photographed.

Moving from left to right (thought I added text to the pic but apparently I'm not as good at Picasa as I thought I was...):

First up from waaaaay back on September 10, classic J Crew - misty lavender Jackie, white vneck tissue boyfriend tee, and khaki cafe capris. Twisted crystal necklace and Target sandals that are way comfy. Very basic J Crew. Next?

September 17 - finally wore IRL the merino Ocelot since it was cool enough. I had been waiting ever since our Tysons JCA event to wear it. Like Patina, I really just love this cardi with the usual bf tissue tee for me, natch. The cardigan (#19006, orig $88) is sold out - no surprise there - it's gorgeous. Maybe it will pop back one of these days. Gigi actually reviewed it in this post earlier in the month, and she & quite a few others preferred the Target version. Me? I really love the colors in this cardi - so pretty. I find the fit to be pretty much like the Jackies - which does make sense since it's pretty much the same cut as the Jackies (although we all know how wacky their fits can be...).

September 27 - outfit for church - cotton-cashmere bouquet cardi plus...once again, white bf tissue tee and jeans. Ooooh, think I need some new under-tops. Anyway, I heard mixed reviews on washing this cardi - but will vouch for the fact that it irons like a dream since, um, mine was at the bottom of a pile of cardis and was all wrinkly. Wore my new cutie cap toe ballet flats, too - loving these shoes!

September 28 - Kids off school for Yom Kippur, which we don't celebrate, chill day at home, some errands, lunch with dad. Actually the chilling out at home was huge - M & E have been fighting off colds just like me, so we needed an extra day of rest. And I actually didn't wear a bf tee that day. Love the linen cardigan - great layering piece and great on its own. It's still available online on sale for $29.99, if you are interested. Plus Minnie pants, confetti necklace and cap toe ballet flats again.

And that brings us to yesterday, September 29 - Hello my dear old friend. 1st wearing of the season for the Library Shawl Cardigan. I love this cardi today as much as I did the day I bought it. Like that lovely striped sweater I had in my last post, it was worth every penny of full price - and that's how you know you made the right purchase. (ps - if *everything* feels like it's worth full price, you may need to put down the Crew-lade...just sayin'....) This cardi just feels like a hug every time I wear it - and yesterday was so blustery, it was perfect. Jeans and a tee...again...I know.

When you look across the board at how many times I'm wearing a ponytail (even in not-hot weather), you will understand why I actually got 2 inches chopped off my hair yesterday. Oh, it felt so good! Pics later today or tomorrow.

So now we are pretty much caught up through yesterday. And here's the Polyvore-o-rama to go with the outfits above:

September 10:

9/10/09 by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew

September 17:
9/17/09 by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew

September 27:
9/27/09 by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew

September 28:
9/28/09 by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew

September 29:
9/29/09 by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew

And the Cardi Party rocks on...


Suburban Princess said...

I love the ocelot cardi!

dinagideon said...

Ooh, thank you for the reminder to visit Gingersnap...I have been way busy today!!! :)

I wear my library shawl cardi a lot, but get this, as a house coat of sorts. I just think it looks like a robe on me and as comfy and awesome as it feels, I just can't bear to show it off in public, on me. You look great, however. Very jealous!!!

I look forward to wearing my ocelot cardi soon...I have worn my purple pencil skirt (finally) but I wore it with an amber top and an amber printed cardi...maybe I can wear my ocelot cardi tomorrow (although if it goes up to 70, it will be too warm for me to wear it...hmmm...)

Thanks for the exhaustive reviews...this will help so many people, HeidiG. You rock!

hkm said...

I will be kicking myself forever for missing out on the ocelot. *sigh* You rock!

Suzy said...

Heidi - Loved your post today! I wear some type of cardigan EVERY DAY. Even if it's the french terry cardigans (And Dina, I wear these around the house as "robes" too!). I need to relax my cardigans a bit, however, with my basic tees for a while, instead of all of the glammed up sequin tees and silky camisoles. Thanks for the inspiration. You are taking me back to my r e a l l y comfortable footwear and basic tees!
And, got my nails done today in a very very dark OPI purple that is almost black in some lights. Stepping outside my box of french manicures and "natural" pinks. All your doing!!! ;-)

Take care!

Patina said...

hi heidi!! you look gorgeous as always. I love all of your outfits, but my favs have to be the ocelot, cashmere bouquet and LBS...why???? Because I have them too and they are fab (smile). They're so comfortable and feel so luxurious on. I was afraid of what might happen to my precous flowers, so I took my bouquet cardigan to the dry cleaners. After reading your post, I still don't know if I have the nerve to wash it. I'm glad you're feeling better. Have a great night.

DaniBP said...

Love the post! I have the same cotton-cashmere bouquet cardi in the natural and I wore like crazy all summer. I had many friends ask me if it was vintage. It's just cool like that!
I was just thinking about cardi-wearin' today. I have two new pencil skirts (crewlade!) that I plan to wear with silk cami's and cardi's all fall. Plan being the key word. The Cardi does help when one is trying to dress like a lady!;)

jmpb said...

Lovin the cardi party! You look great in all of them!

Cloggsy said...

Look at you, you gorgeous thing!! I wear a cardigan every day, they are part of my uniform and I feel naked without one.

Kathy said...

I love a cardigan! You are doing a fab job with the photos, I love the collage!

GingerSnap said...

OMG! I love that you are totally into the cardi party too! I love your pictures (and I love those little pave heart earrings too!) I think we should get everyone to join the cardi party :) I'm already brainstorming ideas...

I think my favorite "party guest" is Jackie. She is classic, colorful and comfortable! I think she should be the guest of honor at the cardi party!

HeidiG said...

Suburban Princess - TY!

dinagideon - I can totally see you doing the housecoat thing - too funny. Can't wait to see the pics of the purple pencil skirt! It was so fab on you.

hkm - sorry you didn't nab the ocelot cardi - I can't believe it's gone already.

Suzy - oooh, I bet your nails are gorgeous! (Lincoln Park After Dark or another purple?) Perfect for your upcoming NYC weekend!

Patina - hehe, thought you'd enjoy some of these cardis! I haven't actually laundered by bouquet cardi - just ironed it. If I do launder instead of dry-cleaning, I will let you know.

DaniBP - oh yes, cardi = lady-dressing, that's for sure. Love them with pencil skirts (on others - pencil skirts don't work so well on a short-shinner like me).

jmpb, Cloggsy & Kathy - TY!

GingerSnap - I'm going to differ with you - I think Jackie is the hostess of the cardi party, since she is the grande dame of the cardi society. What do you think? :)

Anonymous said...

They are all very beautiful ensembles! But I especially like the lavender Cardi. outfit (surprise) I loves me some purple!

Anonymous said...

P.S. I used to like Jackie--but I've become closer to Michelle!