Cannonborough Collective

You know that thing where you have an idea about someone from online and then you meet them in person and they are totally different and it ruins the image in your head? This isn’t that. My husband and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Mimi of the Tiny Tassel at her shop the Cannonborough Collective while we were in Charleston.

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I follow three schools of thought when I shop; shop small, shop local, shop black (women) and if at all possible do all three. Mimi checks off all the boxes with her little shop that she co-owns with Liz of the Charleston Weekender. I’d followed her on Instagram for a little while because women of color (particularly black women) in preppy spaces seem to be few and far between and I promised myself I would visit her shop if I had the chance because she seemed delightful. Plot spoiler she is! And the shop she co-runs is lovely as well!

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The little shop carries the only balloons in downtown, gifts, jewelry and clothes. Her mommy makes the adorable gingham items in her shops. (Take note, Mom. Hint hint.) While she herself makes the tassel earrings that gives The Tiny Tassel it’s name.

 

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If you ever have the chance to visit while in Charleston definitely do so, especially since the shop is right down from two other adorable shops Candy Corner and the instagrammable Sugar bake shop. Can’t find the other shops? Don’t worry they give out the cutest Charleston guide; so useful.

Go follow these ladies on instagram for an eye full of color and lovely.

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Also how cute are our guys in their gingham bandanas? Even dogs deserve a souvenir.

XO Prepfordwife

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J. Crew New Arrivals

Usually I avoid the new product post at all cost but I am deeply in love with maybe 100 of J. Crew’s 163 new items. I am trying to be a little more discriminant about what things I allow into my closet. I’m starting to run out of space and I don’t blog for a living so closet room for practical goodies only is at a premium. I think I am only going to go for solid fall pieces and bypass transitional pieces since we have very little transition weather and tend to go right into fall. I’m going to think about it for a week or so and then decide which items are a must add to cart. Here’s a round up of my faves and ones that will more than likely end up in my cart before the season ends.

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Embroidered Tunic 

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Collection Donegal wool sweater

 

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Pom Pom Sweatshirt

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Open Front Sweater Blazer

 

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Faux Fur Vest

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Polka Dot Embroidered Tulle Dress

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Parke Blazer in Velvet

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Tie- Neck Wool Dress

If nothing else I will absolutely get the tie neck dress. It’s right up my alley just professional enough for work but with a little wink. And you know I love a contrast trim with all my heart. I also love that it’s A-line instead of sheath. The older I get the less figure hugging I want my clothing to be on my bottom half. God forbid I be able to eat in my dresses. So those are my new arrival picks. Anything in the new arrivals that you must must must own?

XO Prepfordwife

To Keep or Not to Keep

In our living room is this mid century dresser. It’s been with us through three houses and has lived many lives as a dresser, a buffet and now a credenza. I consider it family at this point.

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It has several draw backs though. For one, it’s HUGE! It’s old school furniture which means its not wood veneers; it’s actual wood which means its heavy as all get out. It’s likely to break your back. It also needs some updating. At this point after two moves, two of the knobs are missing and the closet door is off the track on the left side. It also has a leg that is driving me absolutely nuts by falling off every now and again thereby making a heavy piece even more difficult.

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It’s also way too big for our newest space. The draws are deep and it intrudes on the space. Just looking from the side, you can see how wide the piece is. But it’s a quality piece and most importantly I love it.

 

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With the way the market is right now, it’s in favor of mid century pieces and so I could easily replace it but I kind of love it. At first, it was overwhelming because the wood with our dark hardwood floor boards made the room a little dark. Now that there’s a larger rug in that room and more color the wood and the warmth is actually nice. I’m glad I didn’t paint it a color that I regretted before we got the rug. Now I’m thinking what to do about it. Here are probable options.

Probable options

1) Different shades for the green lamps and painting the base of them gold.

2) Leaving the credenza as is and adding new midcentury knobs to replace the missing ones.

3.) Mount tv on the wall

4) Hide cords behind the wall

Nuclear options

1) Sell it for a smaller mid century piece which would fit in our new living room better like the West Elm Modern White Buffet.

2) Sell it for a smaller piece that isn’t midcentury modern because the midcentury modern may be a trend that is going out soon like the Ikea Besta Media cabinet.

3) Rehab and restain this piece since I love it so much.

4) Rehab and restain this piece and then sell it since the writing may be on the wall for midcentury modern.

5) Paint it to match our current color scheme.

What are your thought on next steps for my little (read: giant) piece?

***Update: Target recently launched a new line called project 62 and there’s a cute little midcentury modern hutch in our price range. There was literally one available at my local Target so I took that as a sign from God that he wanted us to have it and impulsively added it to the cart. I am building it “as we speak”. I’ll let you know how it goes. In the mean time, the credenza that I know and love in going to go in our home storage area while we live in this house since I love it too much to part with.

New Headboard. Who dis?

So I have been slowly (heavy emphasis on the word slowly) completing projects around our home. The most of the ones I have completed so far are boring (read: not design based) but my first completed design project was a reupholstering of our headboard.

I fell in love with a sketch of a Kate Spade bed from the comforter that we purchased and thought how cute would it be if this bed were a real bed?

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It was just my luck that Kate Spade actually makes a very similar bed and the design in the photo is just up my eclectic preppy little alley.

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So I drove myself down that alley of the Kate Spade Worthington Bed and instantly pumped my brakes, as it retails for the low low price of $7,345 and includes an additional fee of $199 and a shipping and handling charge. But who’s counting?

So this piece became my lofty inspiration and the jumping off point for several ideas. I dabbled with the concept of getting this feel with a vintage scalloped headboard and painting the trim black or getting an upholstered headboard that had the wood exposed. Nothing was showing up when I hunted for vintage wood beds and I refuse refuse refuse to pay $2000 for a bed when I am currently sleeping in a perfectly good one.

One weekend, I woke up and realized I love the shape of our current bed. I just want the feel of the contrasting Kate Spade bed. *Queue DIY music* I decided to reupholster our headboard and just add a contrast trim instead of the piping that was already there.

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Here’s a before shot of our headboard. Note the comfy way I’m reclining against it. I more than paid for that because after years of owning it, our headboard had giant prepford wife (and prepford husband) size stains from body oils. Knowing I wanted a white headboard I took that into consideration when deciding on which fabric to get.

Before leaving the house, I stripped the old headboard so I would know how much fabric I needed.

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It is very much apparent that I did this project on a whim since I didn’t even clear out space for it in our bedroom. Basically in these photos, I removed the legs of the headboard then the decorative black backing GENTLY as I had no intention of paying for more of that strictly decorative netting. When I removed the netting, I realized very quickly that our headboard was made of two pieces which is what gave it the trim that we had. In the third photo, I also realized that there was piping that created that nice line of piping that was on the original headboard. I gently pulled it away, mentally documenting the order that I removed the pieces.

I ended up with three pieces of distinct fabric in the end; the part from the main headboard that I rest against, the trim and the piping. I am the “Measure halfway twice and cut three times”. By measure halfway twice I mean I guesstimate and eyeball how much fabric I need and then run off to the store. I have a good eye for spacial reasoning and distance and have only been wrong maybe once or twice. I swear this method makes my husband nervous.

I went to Joann Fabrics (armed with my customary 40% coupon) and sprinted back to the upholstery wall. I have to be fast in the store because the husband loathes the fabric store and I took him along for his opinion. I purchase furniture the same way I purchase clothing; by touch. I went to the white upholstery fabrics and found a piece that felt appealing and after a visual assessment looked appealing. At $24.99/yd and with 40% I could absolutely swing it. While we were in the upholstery section we also snagged a can of Scotchgard because we were not going to make the same mistake twice with the body oils.

I knew from measuring that I needed about 1.75 yards of fabric and I was going to bump it up to 2.5 yards because I was so lazy with the measurements. At the counter the girl helping us said there was only 2 yards on the bolt. Insert nerves in my gut here. Obviously I took it since I was on a serious deadline here. I also decided to make this a no sew project  -oh you know, since I don’t sew- and grabbed a roll of grosgrain black ribbon for the contrast trim.

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I spread the white fabric out on the living room floor (don’t worry, I swiffered first) and laid the biggest panel of fabric from the old headboard out in a way that left room for the other panels. I eyeballed as usual.

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I cut the panel out, making sure to leave enough to be able to pull around the edge and staple it down. At the bottom of the panel which is the straight end. I left enough fabric to be able to lay the large plank which had the trim (it’s the part that labeled A in the earlier pictures) onto this and staple the fabric to the back of it.

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The batting on my headboard was in surprisingly good condition but if you need any, definitely add it before stapling down. You can see my batting peaking out at the bottom there. IMG_5606

I then added fabric to the piece where the contrast is (part A again). I cut out a piece of fabric by just cutting a few inches from around where I cut out the first piece of fabric since it pretty much made the perfect cut out. For the part with the corners, I just created a bit of a fold in the fabric, pulled really taut and then stapled down to the back to create uniformity. Now for the piping.

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This part is kind of tricky to see but I saved the old piping and made sure that I chose a pretty thick and long grosgrain ribbon. I measured the length of the old piping which was about 156 inches and made sure to get a ribbon that was long enough on the spool so that I would have one continuous piece. When I started this part of the project, I wrapped the ribbon around the old piping like a hotdog bun and then stapled the part that would be open against the side of the white trim. If you look at the pictures above and below, you can kind of see the old canvas color peeking out of the bottom of the black ribbon at the right. I was totally unphased by that since the main part of the headboard would be going over it. IMG_5608

Here’s a much closer picture of it. I continued along the headboard, wrapping and stapling, wrapping and stapling until I got to the curvy portion.

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At the curve, I wrapped and tacked to the headboard and pushed into the corner real good to make sure it didn’t come loose. At this portion of the program it was well into 2 am so the pictures stopped but this is definitely the home stretch. Once the ribbon was in. I placed the other main headboard layer into the hole created for it, pulled the fabric taut on the main headboard piece and staple the back on. Before doing so, I poured almost a whole bottle of wood onto the big trimmed piece.

If I remember I will add more pictures of the headboard.

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Voile finished product. The headboard could definitely have been pulled more taut. That step is very very very important if you want a nice clean finish but overall, I am satisfied with the results and this $35 fix will tide me over until I find the vintage headboard of my dreams.

 

XO Prepford Wife

 

World Market Kendall Sofa Review

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blushkendallWe finally tracked down our beloved blush sofa as pined over here and here. We ended up with the blush Kendall sofa from World Market. Because this color in this style is brand spanking new, we decided you needed a “thorough” review.

This sofa retails for $699.99 and is currently on sale for $549.99 with $59.95 shipping  which can be waived with a free ship code.

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The Good

The listing says it’s “large and comfortable”. Check! In spite of how surprisingly regal they are able to make a $700 sofa, this thing is so comfortable. The cushions are incredibly comfortable and yet seem to be holding up against the weight of full grown people. My husband is linebacker sized and he fits on this sofa without dwarfing it. When we decided to buy it, I had this guy who serendipitously passed sit in the chair for me. He was about 6’4″ 300 lbs and looked comfortable in the chair without being way too large for it. I took that as a sign. It’s also got pretty sturdy cushions. My sister in law took a nap on it the other day and the cushions popped right back.

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“Radiant velvet like fabric with a subtle sheen in a soft blush pink hue”. Double check! Its actually less of a blush and more of a rich mauve color. This is what we were hoping it looked like. Since the Kendall in this color never hit the store, we weren’t sure what it would look like. We were pleasantly surprised by the richness of the hue. Because our style airs on the side of whimsical Kate Spade, we needed the sofa to feel a little mature more mature and the color helps it do that. The velvet like fabric is also really nice. It’s so beautiful that had I not read this descriptor, I wouldn’t have known it wasn’t actual velvet. It’s also pretty stain resistant so far. Disclaimer: we are a family with no children and we own black dogs that don’t get on the furniture and have a history of owning white couches that we have been able to keep clean with no problem. Meaning? Don’t use us as a barometer for stain resistance. However our dogs brush against the sides of the chair and I have literally been able to hit wipe any dog hair off with my bare hand.

In addition to being resilient, it’s also resilient. Before buying this sofa, we watched the floor model of the Kendall in turquoise in our local store for two years. Two years later, still in beautiful condition so much so that someone bought it right off the floor one day. The chair of it is still in the store and it’s in perfect condition so I have all the faith in the world that this chair will hold up. The wear and tear it can take makes it worth even more than the $700 for me.

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The Bad

I have none except that I wish the back were taller. This is totally a personal issue  our dog crates (that white sofa table) are behind our sofa and I’d like the sofa to completely cover them. But alas, got to take what I can get. We may sub out the legs for slightly taller ones to give it more lift.

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Overall, I’m 3000% satisfied with this sofa (and anything I’ve recently purchased from World Market). If this sofa does anything to betray me, I will absolutely update you. What do you think? Did we make the right choice with this sofa? Are you considering one for yourself by chance?

XO Prepford Wife

The Pineapple Skirt

 

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I looked for this pineapple skirt for literally years. It debuted from J. Crew for the first time in 2012 and then again the next summer. At the time I was too much a college student to rationalize the $89 price tag for a skirt. Fast forward four years and I was still loving on that skirt and willing to pay the price.

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Of course once I was ready to pay, I could find the skirt no where. I’ve talked/bemoaned about it several times on the blog and completely blanked on updating you guys. I finally found it.

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As luck would have it, I didn’t find it at a J. Crew warehouse sale like I thought I would. I found it on eBay and not once but twice. I’m now the proud owner of two of these little skirts. Sometimes grail dreams do happen and just in time for summer! Happy Friday to you all  I hope your dreams, big and small, come true this weekend

XO Prepford Wife

New Stuff in Our Living Room

Our home is coming along. If anyone saw our home they would assume I’m the only one who lives here since it looks like me; very Kate Spade meets J. Crew meets Anthropologie meets world’s dopest thrift store ever. But friends who know my husband well can spot his intertwined aesthetic from a mile away. He is single handledly responsible for all of the big pieces that have come into our home since I would never spend the amount of money he spends on nice things.

As we buy and return (and buy again) here are the things that have made the cut in our home lately. For the most part, it’s all found it’s home in our living room. We just want to get the downstairs of our home complete at this point. Also, it turns out that I really really like animals. I promise I’ll stop after this room.

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Serena and Lilly Awning Stripe Pillows | Pottery Barn Teen Snow Cat Fur Throw| Paper Mache Springbok Bust| Paper Mache Rhino Bust| Multiple Kate Spade lamps (Homegoods)| World Market Blush Kendall Sofa| World Market Camel Print| World Market Giraffe PrintWorld Market Giraffe Print| Target Woven Tassel Lumbar Pillow| Target Striped Throw Blanket| Kate Spade Dotted Pillow (Marshalls)

Affordable Pink Sofas Under $1000

We’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pink sofa. Ideally, a velvety blush sofa fit for a small space but not a loveseat would be ideal. Anthropologie has a few worth drooling over but I don’t want to pay more than $1000 and figure someone else may not want to as well. So here are nine pink sofas options for less than $1000.

FullSizeRender (37)Novogratz Brittany Sofa $219.99

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Novogratz Vintage Tufted Sleeper Sofa $299

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Salley Tuxedo Sofa $979.99

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Pottery Barn Kids Pale Pink Luella Settee $519

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Pottery Barn Kids Bright Pink Luella Settee $454

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World Market Marian Loveseat $349.99

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Sofus Mid-century Modern Sofa $665.99

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Goodale Mid-century Modern Sofa $750.99

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World Market’s Blush Kendall Sofa $699.99

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Depuy Apartment Loveseat $559.99

Long Living Room Layout

When it comes to design, I usually don’t plan ahead. I have no one to explain myself to but myself. Well and husband, but he’s usually really good about seeing my vision. I spoke once before on instastories about my credenza conundrum and the living room layout is single handlely responsible for why that’s a conundrum in the first place. It’s a really long room, a room that more than likely should be split into two parts. Part living room, part dining room. My husband is adamantly opposed to the notion of formal dining when we don’t need it though so that idea was nixed. This left us with a really long room with no intent.

Between my huge credenza, the need to store our huge dogs crates and our insistence upon having a tv in our sitting area (while still having a fireplace) and you have a problem of epic proportion. Especially since there’s a window on the one free wall and a sliding door on the other.

It became imperative to plan. I downloaded the app “Rooms” one midnight when I couldn’t sleep and got to going on a layout that made more sense for our space.

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Here’s our current situation, and by current, I mean three weeks ago before I rotated these bad boys all over the place at 2am.

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Key

  • Striped rectangles are dog crates. I took used the measurements to make them to scale. There are other places they could live in the house but Sirius barks if he isn’t on the lower level with views to the doors. Eyeroll at him being temperamental.
  • Gold table is a bar cart that I thrifted years ago before brass was really in style. It’s been through three homes with us and was a prop at our wedding so it has some sentimental value. I wanted to keep it if I could even if it was as a printer stand (again).
  • Rectangle behind the sofa is a white parsons desk. We have two of them. One lives in our office and has a new life as a polka dot desk and the other is in the living room so we can work while enjoying our living space.
  • The Brown box on the right is the credenza. The amount of room it’s taking up is to scale.
  • Purple rug is a 5×7 rug that we purchased before we knew what size this room was.
  • Tv on top of fireplace which is to the right but it’s way too high to watch tv from
  • Long white- sliding back door, Right white stripe- Fireplace, Bottom white stripe- window

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Trial 1

Moves: Credenza offset of the fireplace, dog crates flanking the sofa, bigger rug

Problem: Credenza takes focus off fireplace and tv is off sight of the sofa, can’t see tv from chairs. Dogs are on the rug. No go

Good: bigger rug is a must

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Trial 2:

Move: Bigger Rug, both dog crates near back dog, all furniture on rug, back of sofa to fireplace.

Problems: Sofa back is to fireplace and that’s a no go as far as establishing a focal wall.

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Actually try by moving furniture 

Moves: Bigger rug, All furniture legs on the rug, leave credenza, Both crates near front window, tv on credenza, bigger sofa

Problem: Crates feel awkward credenza takes up a lot of space

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Actually try by moving furniture 2

Move: Bigger rug, Bigger sofa, All furniture legs on the rug, dog crates behind sofa to make a sofa table

Problems: credenza may still be taking up too much space

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Ideal but nuclear option: Get rid of credenza

Problem: Got rid of the credenza

Final Solution: We went with the option labeled try three. Doing so meant that we had a large space to the left of the front window. We managed to put the parson desk that originally started out in the living room in that corner. So far we are pretty satisfied. Doing this by way of an app beats the heck out of manually moving every single piece of furniture. Especially when you are struck by this genius idea at 2am when your husband is sleeping and you’re moving all of the furniture alone.

Promise I’ll show you our living room once its complete

Thank for following along with my home woes

Love, Prepford wife

J. Crew Warehouse Sales, Again

I had no intention of doing one of these on a J. Crew Warehouse sale as I’ve done one before in the past. There’s an older extensive post about one of the traveling warehouse sales here and here. But there’s a J. Crew warehouse sale this weekend at the Lynchburg, VA location. The sale is at a new location. Its the former Millrace Clearance store location. The entrance will be the main entrance at the glass doors.

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I love warehouse sales. My favorite thing about them is that I get to see some of my favorite J. Crew peoples. We had an early sneak peek this evening and as usual, I didn’t go to blog but I can give you some shots of my haul. I also didn’t keep the price sheets but feel free to pop over to my other post to get a feel for what prices are like.

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Madewell Transport Tote $168

Want Les Essentiels De La Vie for J. Crew tote $398- No longer available

Madewell The Savannah Saddlebag $168- Sold out

The Lisbon O-ring Saddlebag Pouch Belt $78- Sold out

Madewell x Et Sezane Claude Messanger Bag ~$178 (I can not find the exact link)

 

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Blue J.Crew Sam Glasses $168

Teal Madewell Playlist Sunglasses $55

Tortoise Madewell Playlist Sunglasses $55

Red Madewell Headliners $55

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Adidas Red Stan Smiths $75 -Sold out

Adidas Green Stan Smiths $75

J. Crew x Figue Leo Pom Pom Sandals $195

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J. Crew Cap Toe Etta Pumps $248

J. Crew Elsie Pave Pumps in Black Watch Plaid $278

Madewell Cara Ankle Strap Heel $158

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J. Crew Jeweled Sweatshirt- No tags or labels inside but typically run for $118

J. Crew Factory Sequins Slip Herringbone Dress $128

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J.Crew for NET-A-PORTER wide leg pant with striped piping $285

J. Crew Factory Sailor Trouser $79.50

 

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Madewell Dot Shirt $72

J. Crew Puckered Gingham Blazer $188

Madewell Meridian Sweater Jacket in Stripe  $178

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Madewell Rainy Day Umbrella $29.50

That’s my entire haul but bonuses include my husbands belongings as well.

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J. Crew x Sperry Chukka Boots Light x 2 (Two of this same shoe were purchased. A pair isn’t picture since we gave them to a friend for his birthday.) $125

J. Crew x Sperry Chukka Boots Dark $125

J. Crew x Sperry Driving Moccs $120

J. Crew x Sorel Boots $115

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J. Crew Gingham Secret Wash Shirt $59.50

J. Crew Short Sleeve Oxford Popover $59.50

J. Crew Vintage Oxford Popover $69.50

So that’s everything and in total our haul retails for approximately $4228.50. We ended up spending around $510. I don’t have the talley sheets so I can’t tell exactly what each item costs but I am perfectly happy with our purchases.

Could this post be better quality? Absolutely. But could I get it out in time for you to go to the sale? Not at the same exact time I couldn’t 🙂

If you’re in the area, go enjoy and if you’d like to get on the email blast for J. Crew’s future warehouse sales -both the brick and mortar stores like the Lynchburg store and the Asheville stores as well as the traveling stores- I do believe you can shoot an email to warehousesales@jcrew.com