I hope U.S. readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday with your loved ones. Turkey at my house is hit or miss, but my mom's "fusion" bird this year was a complete success. She stuffed it with sticky rice, cooked soup with the carcass, and made steamed buns with the leftover meat. For those who asked about the stuffing recipe, the basics are: 1) cook the sticky rice (she uses brown for healthiness and texture) in the rice cooker; 2) sautee finely diced carrots, black mushroom, ginger, garlic, and turkey giblets (if you eat these) with oil, soy sauce, and sugar until partially cooked; 3) mix in with the cooked sticky rice then stuff into your bird. This dish was my favorite part of the meal...the flavor imparted by the turkey onto the rice was quite tasty.
In "Black Friday" sale news, J.Crew is having 25% off everything again (w/ COLOR25), so I wanted to provide an update on items purchased. Over a year ago, I reviewed two of their signature blazers and returned both. Since then, however, I've had so many outfits that just needed a basic camel blazer. Although the J.Crew Schoolboy is not perfect, I haven't been able to find another wool option that fits better off-the-rack. Alas, I finally picked it up again in 00P during the last 25% off sale.
Center: J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer in "heather carmel," old LOFT top, AT pants
My likes & dislikes with the Schoolboy blazer remain the same from this review. For now, I'm happy with it for being functional and for filling a wardrobe void. It goes with many things, and the color is great for neutralizing bright colors or busier prints.The Lady Jacket in Double Serge Wool also arrived, and I love it. It has it's issues -boxy torso, 3/4 length sleeves- but the overall fit is decent, the quality is good, and the textured wool is warm. Measurements of a 00P are: 16.5" across the chest and bottom, 15.75" across the waist, 14.25" across the shoulders, 19" long sleeves, 5.5" sleeve width, and 18" back center length. I did get the matching pencil skirt, however bottoms in neutral prints, gray, or winter white would look less matchy-matchy.
Banana Republic is having a better promo - 40% off everything w/ BRFRIDAY, today only. I noticed that they are currently offering free return shipping in addition to their free everyday shipping on orders over $50. My picks are:
- Martin flannel trouser (3 colors), ordered in "cocoon" in hopes of expanding my slacks collection
- White wool-blend belted coat ($150 after promo)
- Monogram lace dress (restocked online in petites) from this post
Readers - Please share any favorite purchases or deals from this holiday weekend!