Saturday, September 28, 2013

Factory Commendatory

Before I could say highly recommend, the Factory classic button-down shirt in jeweled oxford sold out oh well and the Factory skinny cord in polka dot is just about gone. The polka dot cords are part of the Fall Essentials Sale of 40% off selected items good through Sunday, Sept. 29. If you use the SEPTSAVE code (10% off $75+, 20% off $125+, 30% off $200+) at checkout, there are some gems of a good deal.
Close-up of the "jewels" on the button-down.
The thin wale corduroy jeans are skinny. No need to size down.
In fact, I'm afraid of what might happen when I wash and dry them. Wearing size 25 here and thinking I should grab the size 26.
The material is 99% cotton, 1% spandex.
They don't get baggy saggy during the day ... yay!
But you cannot get undressed in a hurry, I had a tough time getting the leg opening over each foot pulling them off. 
Did I say they are skinny?
They're what I'd consider a comfortable, favorite fit and could very well become my go-to jeans. I don't have to worry whether it's one of my skinny days. I know they won't ride up or droop down.
They won't cut and bind (you're supposed to hear Brett and Dale Jr. say this).
And they're not distressed to look too casual.
I even feel tall (ha) when I wear them.
They're rough and tumble, earthy, sturdy and substantial.
I won't even care if I spill on them or sit on a dusty park bench.
Heck yeah, I love, love, love them. Especially for $33.25.
The Factory skinny jean in black can also be had for the same price. They have the same fit, and just like the classic rinse, they're
98% cotton, 2% spandex, but feel just a tad thinner.
With black stitching instead of the usual contrasting thread used for
blue denim jeans, they don't read as obvious jeans.
I think they're quite versatile and make great traveling pants.
The above were on the travel days for my recent business trip.
(The giant sequined heart is to cheer up the grumpiness that can be the airport crowd.)
(Better pics of the black skinny jeans since they're not off a hotel mirror.)
The shirt is the Factory two-pocket chambray shirt that has been around for at least a couple years, now better for me because it comes in XXS. Though it's not the fine, silky chambray of the selvedge chambray shirt, the rough and tumble, earthy, sturdy and substantial shirt has earned some love in blogland. What some said.

I've reviewed a few more Factory shirts that are part of this double whammy SEPTSAVE on top of Fall Essentials Sale. Just click on the Chambray-Denim Shirts tab at the top to see.
Happy shopping and happy weekend!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Twinkle Toes

When lovely Shopping with M posted about the Bijoux bow ballet flats, they looked so pretty on her feet I started stalking them endlessly though I hadn't noticed them before then. After a couple months of absolutely no luck, imagine finding these:
 Yes, this is one of my infamous handbag dust cover shots.
Look at the bling:
Ha! My shoe has more sparklies than yours.
And no cheaping out beneath the top layer ... love that.
They even made wearing Vera B-ish jeans kinda cool:
Well ... maybe not:
But I could not help but stared a lot at my feet all day:
Here's the best part: nice leather shoes, quality bling, wide enough and comfy out of the box ... and costing only a fraction of the price of the Bijoux even on sale with a big percentage off.
I know, I know. You're singing "tell me more, tell me more!"
(That song from Grease, silly.)
If the blinged-out ballet flats aren't to your liking, what about these (leather upper, lining and sole) for $45?
Or these suede cuties, also $45?
How about these very ladylike lambskin lovelies for $55?
Or these all-leather lace-ups for $59?
Like my friend, Blue Booby, you could hop over to and go crazy ... they have 132 pages of shoes, showing 120 pairs each page, ranging from $18 to $2,795.
I kidded BB about being her personal shopper but note the Yoox friend-referral program ... for example, if you send your email address to me at and you (if first-time shopper) bought something within 60 days, accessing through the email link sent to you, I get $35 credit in my account. Isn't that great incentive?
But that is not why I'm telling you this ... I LOVE that site for pretty or funky or fun or needed shoes that are quite affordable, especially when they have the big sale like they do now on Spring-Summer shoes. And! Until Sept. 10, you get another 10% off of sale prices like those above by using YOOXSALE10 in the YOOXCODE box when you check out.
Yoox delivers to more than 100 countries around the world, free shipping on orders of $150+. Most of the brands are unfamiliar to me but then, I'm not really up on brands designers. I've loved everything I've taken a chance on, including discovering how wonderful Daniele Ancarani (and a few others') shoes are for my wide feet.
The scary thing: I could end up the poster child for