J. Crew New Arrivals

Usually I avoid the new product post at all cost but I am deeply in love with maybe 100 of J. Crew’s 163 new items. I am trying to be a little more discriminant about what things I allow into my closet. I’m starting to run out of space and I don’t blog for a living so closet room for practical goodies only is at a premium. I think I am only going to go for solid fall pieces and bypass transitional pieces since we have very little transition weather and tend to go right into fall. I’m going to think about it for a week or so and then decide which items are a must add to cart. Here’s a round up of my faves and ones that will more than likely end up in my cart before the season ends.

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Embroidered Tunic 

sweater

Collection Donegal wool sweater

 

pompom sweater

Pom Pom Sweatshirt

sweater blazer

Open Front Sweater Blazer

 

furvest

Faux Fur Vest

polkadot

Polka Dot Embroidered Tulle Dress

pinkblazer

Parke Blazer in Velvet

tieneck

Tie- Neck Wool Dress

If nothing else I will absolutely get the tie neck dress. It’s right up my alley just professional enough for work but with a little wink. And you know I love a contrast trim with all my heart. I also love that it’s A-line instead of sheath. The older I get the less figure hugging I want my clothing to be on my bottom half. God forbid I be able to eat in my dresses. So those are my new arrival picks. Anything in the new arrivals that you must must must own?

XO Prepfordwife

To Keep or Not to Keep

In our living room is this mid century dresser. It’s been with us through three houses and has lived many lives as a dresser, a buffet and now a credenza. I consider it family at this point.

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It has several draw backs though. For one, it’s HUGE! It’s old school furniture which means its not wood veneers; it’s actual wood which means its heavy as all get out. It’s likely to break your back. It also needs some updating. At this point after two moves, two of the knobs are missing and the closet door is off the track on the left side. It also has a leg that is driving me absolutely nuts by falling off every now and again thereby making a heavy piece even more difficult.

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It’s also way too big for our newest space. The draws are deep and it intrudes on the space. Just looking from the side, you can see how wide the piece is. But it’s a quality piece and most importantly I love it.

 

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With the way the market is right now, it’s in favor of mid century pieces and so I could easily replace it but I kind of love it. At first, it was overwhelming because the wood with our dark hardwood floor boards made the room a little dark. Now that there’s a larger rug in that room and more color the wood and the warmth is actually nice. I’m glad I didn’t paint it a color that I regretted before we got the rug. Now I’m thinking what to do about it. Here are probable options.

Probable options

1) Different shades for the green lamps and painting the base of them gold.

2) Leaving the credenza as is and adding new midcentury knobs to replace the missing ones.

3.) Mount tv on the wall

4) Hide cords behind the wall

Nuclear options

1) Sell it for a smaller mid century piece which would fit in our new living room better like the West Elm Modern White Buffet.

2) Sell it for a smaller piece that isn’t midcentury modern because the midcentury modern may be a trend that is going out soon like the Ikea Besta Media cabinet.

3) Rehab and restain this piece since I love it so much.

4) Rehab and restain this piece and then sell it since the writing may be on the wall for midcentury modern.

5) Paint it to match our current color scheme.

What are your thought on next steps for my little (read: giant) piece?

***Update: Target recently launched a new line called project 62 and there’s a cute little midcentury modern hutch in our price range. There was literally one available at my local Target so I took that as a sign from God that he wanted us to have it and impulsively added it to the cart. I am building it “as we speak”. I’ll let you know how it goes. In the mean time, the credenza that I know and love in going to go in our home storage area while we live in this house since I love it too much to part with.

Update on the Update: I didn’t keep the media set from Project 62. But here’s a photo of it so you can see it.

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