J Crew Factory Try On + Summer Reads

Happy Monday! We are in the last full week of school, heading into exams. Hurrah! This has been a crazy year.

It’s blistering hot here. I feel like we are living in the south, where I barely have the energy to fetch a sweet tea.

The kids were studying for exams or out with friends, so I spent much of the weekend reading. I sped through the Devil Wears Prada sequel When Life Gives Your Lululemons (the premise is Emily from DWP hangs out in Fairfield County, Connecticut.) Oh my gosh, it made me laugh. The author clearly knows her leafy suburbia as her descriptions of the ubiquitous Lulus, Starbucks runs, shopping parties, attitude towards money, gossip, back to back OrangeTheory and spin classes, alcoholism, and whispers about infidelity were spot on.

Ironically, I was in leafy suburbia guzzling Coconut LaCroix from Whole Foods as I read (to paraphrase something I once saw on Twitter, LaCroix is like you are drinking a glass of sparkling water when someone in the next room yells, “Coconut!” yet it’s so good.) Author Lauren Weisberger’s observation that “There was something contagious about suburban living that she didn’t remember from the city,” I’m not sure there is anything more basic than reading chick lit on the patio while drinking LaCroix, but when in Rome…

Speaking of Rome, I went to the J Crew Factory Store and got my chambray shirt and olive chinos as planned. They were marked down significantly and practically free. 

The Perfect Chambray shirt was lovely. It’s quite roomy, so the small fit well.

I debated between Slim Boyfriend Chino in Sweet Moss and the Laney Chino in Cool Cyprus (the colour is more khaki than the photo indicates.)

Here is the Laney:

This is much closer to the colour.

I found it slightly dressier than the Slim, as it’s in a smoother cotton. And the colour was a little less yellow, which I preferred. They fit a little snugger, making the Slims more comfortable, but in the end, the Laney won the day.

Needs a belt!

Saturday, my daughter wanted to go to Sephora. I really want one of their fancy mirrors for home. So flattering! I wore my 800 year old ruffle madras jacket from J. Crew that you can still pick up from time to time on ebay.


If you are looking for summer reads, these are my picks so far:

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger. Yes, please!

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll. Fun if you like domestic drama and reality TV, but I wanted to like it more.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I LOVE this book. Social commentary, a well paced story, and complex characters. So good.

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth. If you like Liane Moriarty, I think you will like this too.

Mrs. and The Last Mrs. Parrish are also good beach or cottage reads.

I’ve just started The Husband Hour and Slightly South of Simple and will let you know what I think.

Are you reading anything good?




  1. So nice to read your positive report on When Life Gives You Lululemons – I picked it up a couple of weeks ago and stowed it in my suitcase, ready for our cruise!


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