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Tee: Nordstrom | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Shoes: Nordstrom | Necklace: Express (Similar) |
Returned: I returned Jacket One and Two. Initially I liked jacket one, but once I got jacket three I thought that was a little more flattering and a better choice than #1. Jacket Two was just cheap and awful in person. Thin, papery fabric, itchy seams, and flimsy all over. It's draped for the photo but in reality I couldn't walk two steps and have it stay that way.
Kept (for now): Jacket Three was my favorite of these and I don't have any complaints about it. I say I'm keeping it "for now" because I haven't worn it yet and I'm still thinking about whether I want to hold out for a jacket with a lighter shade of grey like I originally wanted (if I can find one!). If it had the color of Jacket One with this fit it would be perfect.
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TWO: Sweater: Express | Jeans: Express | Booties: Old Navy
Returned: All three sweaters. Here's a little explanation on why I returned each one:
1. Sweater One (Olive) was just too cropped for my liking. I don't want to worry that my stomach will show when I lift my arms. It will also show my bra straps (or cami straps if I wore one to keep my stomach covered) at the shoulder and I just didn't want all that fuss.
2. Sweater Two (stripes) was too skin tight. Reviews said it runs small and they aren't exaggerating. I'm wearing a size XS in the Olive and Pink sweater, but I sized up to a Small for the striped sweater and it's still way too tight for my liking.
3. Sweater Three: This was cute and really comfy, but just looking at the pictures I didn't feel like it was the most flattering on me. I've also seen this on quite a few bloggers lately and each of them have a bit more trendy style than I do, so I just felt like this just wasn't quite "me."
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ONE: Sweater: Macy's | Jeans: Express | Boots: Amazon | Necklace: Amazon
TWO: Sweater: Macy's | Jeans: Express | Boots: Amazon | Necklace: Amazon
THREE: Tee: Macy's | Jeans: Express | Boots: Express | Necklace: Express
Returned: Sweater One and Two. Sweater is an overstatement with these tops...they're really more like scratchy t-shirts. I really like how they look in the pictures, but the quality was lower than items I've purchased at Target so that was quite disappointing. They ran a bit small (I think they look okay in these pictures but they were very snug under the arms) and I would have been tempted to size up and try again since I liked the overall look, but the fact that they were so thin and uncomfortable was a deal breaker. I will probably avoid buying anything from this particular line again (Maison Jules) based on this experience.
Kept: Just a basic, fitted-but-not-tight striped top for layering with jackets, etc. It was only $10 during the sales so it was worth keeping. This is from the same line as the sweaters, so maybe I won't write it off entirely but proceed with caution and purchase only when I can get something at Target pricing.
JEWELRY + ACCESSORIES:
Returned: The Kendra Scott Station Necklace (center necklace on the mannequin). The gold on this "gold" station necklace was very pale and washed out. I've had this happen quite a few times with Kendra pieces and it's always a disappointment. I am sure I can find a similar style of necklace for even less than the sale price of this that will have a true gold color, so this wasn't worth keeping.
Kept (for now): I kept and loved everything else. My only hesitation is with the pendant necklace (far left). I've tried it on with a couple of outfits and it didn't really complete the look the way I wanted. I will give it a few more tries before I think about returning because I really do like the look and style. But just like with the station necklace (or any Kendra piece really), for the price it really needs to be exactly what I want and functional with my wardrobe.
I also purchased this Glitter Clutch:
I am keeping this although I haven't had a chance to use it and it's currently 30% off if you have your eyes on it. So far my desire to attend holiday parties exceeds my need for glittery holiday attire this season. But I'm 100% prepared if that changes! I also don't plan to limit using this just to the holiday season, so yeah...keeping it!
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So there you have it! Not exactly my most successful Black Friday/Cyber Monday in terms of finding great new items at great prices. Hope you all had better luck than I did!