Drinking The Crewlade

Sharing my love of J. Crew, Loren Hope And Kate Spade

Old Navy Fall 2022 is all about… Denim. Awful fitted Denim

I am warning you ahead of time that I am in the pissiest mood due to the dismantling of Roe v. Wade.

I was hoping to be cheered up by Old Navy finally releasing its Fall Preview. I was very disappointed and I warn you this is going to be a scathing review of Old Navy’s Fall 2022 Preview.

The explanation below is why Old Navy has not been a part of my shopping purchases for years now.

I will say whoever was the hair and makeup artist on this shoot did a remarkable job. The models look great!

Let’s start with the only one – one ☝️ outfit that is relatively wearable for me.

I am looking for a lightweight trench coat 🧥 for a while now and I may have to check this one out. I hope it comes in Petite and if not, I will have to disregard it as it would be too long. This outfit is casual, chic and wearable for me with the loafers, t-shirt and coat.

Now with the “what the heck we’re you thinking 🤔 “ portion of this post….

The WIDE leg jeans. Just…..NO 🤦🏻‍♀️ I think they look absolutely awful on this beautiful model.

They have called the above Jean style BALLOON JEAN. Can you see the seam go from the side to the front? WTF?

This pic is part of my same old – same old complaint. Boho chic prints with fugly colors. Ironically even though it’s fugly in coloring and pattern, it’s pretty much all the color offered in this preview – it’s all lots of black, tan, white, etc. No real substantial autumnal colors.

WHY OLD NAVY? Why on earth did you put a slit in the front of a pant? It looks awful. Just……H to E to the double hockey sticks NO.

The blazer looks great, albeit very oversized. If I entertain any blazer that is oversized it needs to be an extra small petite. I might try this blazer on if it comes in Petite XS.

So…..all in all….another seasonal fail in my eyes. Looks like J. Crew and Factory are probably getting my discretionary spending this Fall. It’s too bad….Old Navy doesn’t listen to its long time customers and does what it wants. They’re losing money as a result.

If you want to see all the photos in the preview, here’s the link….

Well…that’s all for now. Until next time….



Loren Hope Earring Sale on NOW!

Loren Hope is having a 20% off sale on earrings now through 11:59 pm Sunday, April 10!!! The code is HAPPY20

Only ONE discount code can be used per order.

If you have your eye on something under $100 – you will get a better discount if you use a $20 off coupon:

I initially was not going to purchase anything, but these kept calling my name:

These are the Gemma Studs in Pastel Multi. They’re beautiful. They have a French Clip to them, which even on my lobes 👂 is very secure. I cannot wait to get them!!!

What are you getting??? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time……..



Loren Hope Spring Pre-Order Event 2/17-2/23/22

Hello to you all! It’s been a hot minute since my last post. I have a good excuse though…..It’s because of this little guy….

Meet Suntory Charlemagne- aka – J. Crew!!! He was born July 27, 2022, so he will be six months old this week. He is a Lhasa Apso. He is such a puppy and we are going through potty training and the puppy mouthing/biting stage. 🤦🏻‍♀️ To tell you the truth, it’s been a little exhausting but it’s going to be worth it. This little man is just so cute.

Onto today’s topic. Loren’s Spring Pre-Sale Event is here and it’s going on now through 2/23. I wanted to share the piece I bought and some of my favorites!

These Florence Clip On Earrings are to-die-for!!! Just gorg!!

I almost pulled the trigger on these Eugenie earrings in Crystal. They’re also available in Light Sapphire (shown) and Rose. Beautiful!!!

These are the Paisley Studs in Violet. They are also available in a Peach colorway, which are equally pretty!!

These are the Amelia Studs. The stones themselves are beautiful but what makes these stand out is the placement— the reverse pear stone at the bottom and the square cut stone placed triangular in the center makes these earrings really stand out.

Now…..What did I buy you ask? I really had to hold myself back with this launch. I allotted myself one item. I chose this one…..

The Emily Four Drop Earrings in Pastel. OMFG. So gorgeous!!! I have three colorways of this style already and it’s my favorite drop earring style that Loren makes. This give me major Spring vibes!!!!

Ok – so again this pre-order event goes through February 23. Below is the link to all the new Spring styles:

If you want a discount- go to the link below for $20 off your first purchase – disclaimer- if you use a coupon from this link I will get a $20 off coupon also 👍🏻 — discount link below:

Oooooh – I almost forgot – here is a link below to Loren’s sale section. Lots of beautiful pieces that are being retired. I’m pretty sure you can stack the $20 off coupon on top of the sale price!

Well…..that’s it for me today. I hope you had a great weekend! Until next time….



Old Navy Spring 2022 Preview – WTF?

I hate to be a negative Nelly here, but the early preview of Old Navy’s Spring 2022 line is (In my opinion) AWFUL.


I am not a hippie. I do not like billowy loose dresses. I don’t wear clogs, Birkenstocks, sandals or crocs.

Ugh…..let’s let the pics speak for themselves…..

Just……NO. The combo of tennis shoes/birks/crocs/clogs with dresses, overalls, etc. is just awful.

The one – ONE – item I like is the ballet shoes in the pic below:

The ballet shoes are adorable and appropriate with the outfit. I may also like the striped T-shirt but I have to see it in person. The shoes also come in a medium brown/woven type pattern.

If you want to subject yourself to more – below is the link to all the pics in the preview:

I am sincerely hoping they come out with more pixie pants which are a staple in my wardrobe and more classic button down shirts.

In any event……Thanks for reading……

Until next time…..

Keep Drinking the Crewlade!



Loren Hope – The Ones that ALMOST Got Away!!

Happy Friday!

I own two pairs of Loren’s Perry Earrings – Crystal and Aqua.

I read the reviews of these earrings and customers posted pictures of the Perry earrings they bought. Many customer posted pictures of three color ways that are no longer offered – coral pink and opal, fuschia and olive green, and my favorite- zircon and sapphire.

I saw these and I said to myself DAMMIT! I wish I had these!

Soooooooo……I dm’d Loren’s business account on Instagram asking if there’s a pair hiding around in their showroom in Newport. Loren dm’d me back saying she would get back with me once they’d have a chance to look.

Loren’s Operations Manager, Justine, emailed me directly saying they still have the stones and they can make a pair for me if I wanted them. Ummmmmm…..YES PLEASE!!!

Done and Done. They have been shipped and they are on their way! Can’t freakin’ wait.

This is the customer service and care that can only come from a small business. I sincerely appreciate it and it’s why I keep buying from Loren. They know me and appreciate my business.

I cannot recommend this company enough if you love jewelry or looking for a very special piece for an upcoming event or for a gift.

Something special is coming next week……Watch this blog for more deets to come soon!!!!

Remember to sign up for a $20 off Loren Hope Coupon here:

I will unbox these pretties next week when they get here. Go follow me on Instagram at drinkingthecrewlade 👍🏻

Until next time…….



Tons of New Arrivals at Loren Hope!! Volume 2!!!

There are new colors in three different styles of necklaces!! It’s been a hot minute since new colors have been offered in these necklaces.

All colors are offered in these styles:

Kaylee Necklace: 10 mm stones — this is one of Loren’s best selling items ever! When she came out with the Cotton Candy Ombré Kaylee last summer she could not make them fast enough. She would announce the pre-order for them and they would sell out before the shipping date!!!

Arista Necklace: 8 mm stones

Milly Necklace: 6 mm stones

Check out these new colors!!! The pictures below are of the Kaylee Necklace.

All of them are so gorgeous!!!! And – they are available in bracelets also!!!

The necklaces also come in crystal, apricot, emerald, and rose.

If you’re interested here is a coupon for $20 off your purchase at Loren Hope:

I hope you all have a wonderful day!!! Happy Shopping! Until next time….



Tons of New Arrivals at Loren Hope!! Volume 1

Hello Hello Hello!!!

It’s been a minute since my last post…..

Today I wanted to write about my most recent Loren Hope purchase – the newly released Joyce Flower Brooch!!!

This brooch is truly a work of art! It’s just stunning! I saw it and just had to add it to my Loren Hope collection.

Some of the stones are vintage and the stones are hand set.

The brooch currently is on pre-order and will start shipping on November 1. It’s going to be worth the wait. Below is the link to the Joyce Flower Brooch:

So….let’s talk a little bit about all this newness coming out on the site. I’ll be posting later about these new items. Every single thing is absolutely gorgeous.

However, I am being very picky about what I am buying at this point for several reasons. First, I work from home and don’t wear my upscale costume jewelry every day. Second, I have too many necklaces I rarely wear already. Third, unfortunately, Loren had to raise prices on about 60-70% of her items due to supply increases. I know this is beyond her control and not every single piece has risen in price. But, to me it is significant to the point where items I have reconsidered items I previously considered buying. I’m not talking a $10 increase – it’s $20-30 on a single piece. Again, I repeat, it is NOT Loren’s fault – it just is what it is and I am just now being super picky about what I will buy.

I will post about the other new items soon. One thing at a time……

Don’t forget – here is the link for a $20 off Loren Hope Coupon:

That’s it for now. Until next time…..



Old Navy Holiday 2021 Preview!!!

Hello Peeps!!! I know it’s not officially fall yet.

But……here comes the Old Navy Holiday Preview!

I’ll give you the link later in the post so you can see everything yourself. But, in preparation for viewing all the pics – I have some opinions…

First: I am so sick of sweats. I rarely wear sweats outside my house if I am going anywhere. I know, I know – COVID. But….I am just done with sweats. They can go bye bye…..

Second: Let’s talk about the Shacket (shirt and jacket combo) trend. It’s from the 90s and it needs to go away. I’m not here for it.

The combo of one and two in the preview makes it look like you just rolled out of bed and threw something on. No effort and it makes people look like a shapeless slob.

Don’t even get me started on the shoes featured in one and two 🙄

Third: Distressed denim. Massive Holes in jeans. I can handle a little hole in the knee but come on people….it makes you look even more sloppy.

With that being said, there are a few gems in the preview. Below is my favorite:

This fair isle cardigan sweater — what I can see of it — is right up my alley. I might need to go up a size because it’s cropped. It’s adorable!

This fair isle sweater is really pretty. I am feeling the pink and black color combo.

I will be buying this sweater. Love the color….Love the snowflake pattern…..Just LOVE…..

I am a sucker for rainbow looking patterns. Love this sweater!

If you want to view the entire press kit here ya go:

In summary- there are a couple of gems in here, but nothing really to entice me to have my discretionary spending going here for the holiday season.

I hope you enjoyed this preview…..Until next time….



Loren Hope the ones that MAYBE got away??

Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend!

I am an owner of Loren’s Betty Bow Earrings in Ruby. These earrings were my first purchase from Loren and they are my favorite earrings ever!

They have a ruby stone on the post and the stone in the drop portion is pink. I am a sucker for the red and pink color combination!!!

Loren made these earrings in another colorway – Emerald and Aqua!!

I slept on buying these and they sold out!!!! Ugh…..


Saturday I sent a DM on Instagram to Loren’s account and just asked if they have any left in the stores showroom. She responded saying SHE MAY HAVE ONE PAIR LEFT! I understand the main word in that sentence is may but I am crossing my fingers 🤞🏻 there is a pair left. That would be so awesome!!!

If not, this would be classified as a holy grail that got away……..

I’ll keep you posted. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Until next time……



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