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July 25 2014

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15 posts tagged "J. Crew"

A Sporty Brit Brand Brings Its Beauty Stateside

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I took the ferry to Nantucket for a friend’s wedding recently and found myself a bit unprepared for the chilly island temperatures. In search of a scarf or something woolly to wrap around myself, I popped into Jack Wills, a quirky British apparel shop that recently opened in a former hardware store there. The brand first debuted in the seaside town of Salcombe in Devon, England, a decade or so ago, selling a laid-back mix of modern and rakish gear intended for the university crowd. Besides the Nantucket location, they can also now be found on Martha’s Vineyard (in a revamped speakeasy, no less) and, beginning this fall, on Boston’s posh Newbury Street. Wills’ stock of hoodies, broken-in tees, and distressed button-downs for guys and girls can best be described as J.Crew-meets-Abercrombie & Fitch (back when it was cool)-meets-the undone street edge of London. And much like J.Crew’s recent foray into beauty (the U.S. retailer began stocking a few choice shades of Essie nail polish at its stores last summer), Wills is also venturing into lacquers. Its new Northbridge Nail Varnish collection features punk shades of vermillion, poppy green, rust orange, and one very amazing dark violet, which I’m definitely lusting for. Sadly, the entire range is back-ordered in the States since it’s sold out in Britain, according to the sales clerk. But happily, it can be purchased online—and at only $8 a pop! Order multiples while supplies last.

Photo: Courtesy of Jack Wills

Drugstore Discovery of The Week

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Calluses, corns, cracked heels, ingrown toenails—the list of gross-outs went on and on in yesterday’s New York Times article about widespread foot neglect (and the subsequent shame that goes along with it). But there was one common foot complaint it didn’t get into. We’re talking about blisters, which more often than not are caused by a very attractive, albeit uncomfortable, pair of shoes (you know who you are, J.Crew Dauphine neon patent T-strap sandals). When fashion trumps function—and it so often does—Band-Aid Blister Block is a quick and easy solution to stop the friction before it starts. A cool $7.50 can make all of your ridiculous, er, “complex” shoes instantly sensible.

Photo: Courtesy of Band-Aid

J.Crew Hearts Essie

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As we’ve previously reported, J.Crew has been feeling the beauty beat recently, putting an increased focus on bright statement lip and nail embellishments on the pages of its catalogs. The company’s summer mailers were brimming with tips painted in Essie’s bright orange shade Short Shorts—which even got an on-page shout-out via a 2-D inspiration board—suggesting to us that it’s only a matter of time before the fashion purveyor starts selling lacquers alongside its wide selection of chinos and cashmere cardigan sets. That time is apparently now, according to www.thefrisky.com, which alerted us to the fact that the store has indeed stocked a few choice polishes for Fall, including Essie’s One of A Kind, the orange-melon color whose praises we’ve been singing of late. Now all the brand needs are some choice offerings from a few niche fragrance and cosmetics labels, and it’d be the kind of one-stop shopping that’s right up our alley.

Photo: Courtesy of J. Crew

Michelle Watch: It’s A Bob!

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Those J.Crew cardi sets and the Jason Wu inaugural gown may have made headlines, but this right here is front-page news if we’ve ever seen it: The First Lady has appeared to cut her hair, foregoing the increasingly popular “lob” in favor of a shorter, more conservative version of Posh Spice’s early trips to the chopping block. While the look becomes the First Lady (there are few things that couldn’t), we are a little disappointed with what seems to be a move toward the more traditional style of Capitol Hill, which mandates tight, side-swept crops with little movement. We would’ve added some choppy layers to her shoulder-length hair but, hey, that’s just us. You?

Photo: Matthew Cavanaugh-Pool / Getty Images

J.Crew Mouths Off

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The new J.Crew catalog came in the mail yesterday. Its arrival has been an exciting day for us ever since we first perused its well-styled pages back in middle school. (We went through a brief period in which Delia’s was our catalog of choice, but that, thankfully, was a passing phase.) J.Crew’s May ’09 edition is pretty standard summer fare: pencil skirts, skinny belts, lightweight cashmere cardis, linen separates, and fantastic swimwear that never fails to inspire seaside dreams in which a perfectly askew silk scarf is tied in our hair. The marked difference this time around comes in the form of a poignant beauty note: Bright lips colored a few of the glossy pages, which are usually populated by models with perfectly tousled hair and “natural look” makeup. It just serves to further our point that lipstick is back in a major way—and also makes us that much more interested in Mona Johannesson’s “dark persimmon” Painter’s Tee.

Photo: Courtesy of J. Crew