Drinking The Crewlade

JCrew on the Back Burner

Hello All:

I am so sorry I have not posted in a while.  We….well, I…..have been through a lot in the past 9 months.

As most of you know, my West Highland White Terrier, Delaney, was diagnosed with Lymphoma on November 12, 2018.  After six months of chemotherapy, she lost her battle on May 20, 2019 at the age of 11 1/2.

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My girl was everything to me.

Needless to say, J.Crew has been on the back burner.  It has been hard to continue to love things you previously enjoyed while mourning.  I am kind of still in that space.

I am intending on posting my current thoughts on Retail and Factory offerings, as well as a sneak peek of upcoming Old Navy Holiday!  Yay!

Until Next Time…

Keep Drinking the Crewlade…



New JCrew Retail Arrivals

Hello All!

JCrew Retail has new arrivals on their site!

Code GOFORIT gets you 40% off $200+ or 30% off under $200!

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I have curtailed my clothing allowance back due to my Westie, Delaney, being ill. She is undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma.  She is doing well and is currently in remission.  So, in short, I have been pretty picky about what I buy due to her medical needs.

This cardi is a repeat of a Fall 2018 offering.  The yellow color is being named Vintage Citrus.  I am a sucker for anything with sequins! It also comes in the color Flame:

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As some of you know I DESPISE THE COLOR ORANGE IN ANY FORM.  I have been told this is a true coral color.  I am hoping it is more pink than orange.  However, the color description – flame – leaves me to believe it is a true orange-y coral.  So, I just might keep it anyway due to it being so fabulous!

I also bought a couple of T-shirts from retail this time around.

My guy and I are headed up to the Marysville Outlets on Saturday.  I have a return to JCrew Factory to take with me this time around.  I am not sure if I will be exchanging what I bought for different sizes or just returning them.  Since JCrew Factory rebranded to JCrew Mercantile, their sizing has changed on a lot of items.  My normal size in tops is a size Small.  But, the items I am returning are HUGE on me and I need an XSmall.  The sizing is really inconsistent.

I am also looking forward to going to the Kate Spade Outlet.  I am not sure if I am going to buy anything, as I really do not need a thing from KSO.  Something will really need to be a good buy OR so cute I just have to have it.

I am also going to go into the Tommy Hilfiger Outlet.  I am hoping they still have some winter leather riding boots available.  I saw some in Macys a month or so ago, but they did not have my size available and the style in the store was not available online.

I am also going into the Gap Factory Outlet.  They have their Girlfriend Khakis on sale and they would go great with the JCrew cardi’s above!

I will film a video on my Outlet haul and post it on my Instagram.  My Instagram handle is: drinkingthecrewlade so go follow me for all things JCrew, Kate Spade and how to get the look for less.

I will post soon about Delaney’s health and her illness.

Until then….

Keep Drinking the Crewlade!



Old Navy 2019 Spring Preview

Hello Everyone!  Long Time No Blog!

I have to admit that when I initially saw Old Navy’s sneak peek of their 2019 Spring Preview Showroom, I was severely disappointed.  I did not see one item I wanted to buy, nevertheless covet.

A few weeks later, Old Navy posted a story on their Instagram account that featured some new Pixie pants that looked amazing ie: Dark Navy with Daisies, along with a new pointe knit Pixie with stripes (which I have come to love).

Then, sitting in a parking lot waiting for a store to open today I searched to see if Old Navy had posted anything in their Spring Look Book yet.  Low and behold, they did!

Here are some highlights and my thoughts on the items and styling of each look!  Below the pics are info on the items featured and estimation on availability at Old Navy!

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look 01
Ribbed Pullover: 391155; 2/18; $36.99 
Crew Pullover: 284687; Cont’d; $29.99 
Striped Button-Front Shirt: 392214; 1/14; $36.99 
Power Straight Jean: 394219; 2/18; $34.99 
Shoes: 146172; Cont’d; $24.99

I am coveting the striped shirt and it looks like the crew pullover is right up my alley too!


look 02
Mariner-Stripe Tee: 391050; 1/14; $22.99 
Soft-Brushed Coat: 391102; 1/14; $49.99 
NEW! Power Straight Jean: 394218; 2/18; $44.99 
Slingback Heels: 392947; 1/14; $34.99

The new style of coat I will have to try on to see if the style suits me.  I am in love with this new shade of pink!  The Mariner Stripe Tee is a staple!!!


look 03
NEW! High-Rise Rockstar with 24/7 Sculpt Jean: 391900; 1/28; $49.99 
Hoodie: 380883; 1/14; $29.99 
Soft-Brushed Coat: 391102; 1/14; $49.99 
Mule Bootie: 391365; 1/14; $39.99
Again, the new style coat will need to be tried on, but this is a very interesting blue shade.   It’s a bit of a cornflower blue hue.  Me likey!!!
look 05
NEW! High-Rise Rockstar with 24/7 Sculpt Jean: 394220; 2/18; $44.99 
Striped Button-Front Shirt: 390939; 1/14; $26.99 
Ribbed Pullover: 345970; Cont’d; $39.99 
Soft-Brushed Coat: 391090; 1/14; $59.99 
Striped Crossbody Bag: 394897; 1/14; $29.99 
Ballet Heel: 378968; 1/14; $34.99
THIS WHOLE LOOK – JUST SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY OLD NAVY!  I especially can’t wait to get my hands on the pink striped shirt. 
look 06
Mariner Tee: 380895; 1/14; $24.99 
Eyelet Ruffle-Sleeve Top: 390994; 2/18; $34.99 
NEW! High-Rise Rockstar with 24/7 Sculpt Jean: 391898; 1/28; $49.99 
Coat: 391103; Cont’d; $49.99 
Mule Bootie: 391365; $39.99
This look is a little strange in its styling – a tee under a ruffle sleeve top.  Weird…..But the coat featured, what I can see of it, would be an awesome spring staple!
look 10
Wide-Leg Crop Jean: 394304; 1/14; $39.99 
Poppy Top: 390940; 1/14; $26.99 
Water-Resistant Fleece-Lined Anorak: 390908; 1/14; $59.99 
Double Strap Heel: 392947; 1/14; $39.99
Ok.  So, this LOOK is very cute.  But the color – NOT!  I look like I am dead in this color, but the styling of this look is right on point.
look 12
Track Pant: 381880; 1/14; $34.99 
Track Jacket: 390704; 1/14; $36.99 
Tee: 381809; 1/14; $19.99 
Soft-Brushed Coat: 391101; Cont’d; $49.99 
Beanie: 379942; Cont’d; $12.99 
Heel: 393900; 2/18; $29.99
Ok.  With this look, Old Navy is trying to channel JCrew with the juxtaposition of styling athletic wear with daily clothes.  I am not sure about it (never have) and really don’t like it, but I wanted to show that Old Navy is trying to mimic a Jenna Lyons – JCrew styling technique.
look 14
Pink Rugby Shirt: 391071; 1/14; $29.99 
Burgundy Rugby Shirt: 391071; 1/14; $29.99 
High-Rise Button-Fly Rockstar Jean: 394030; 1/14; $44.99 
Block-Heel Sandal: 391393; 2/18; $29.99
THIS. LOOK. IS. MY. SPIRIT. ANIMAL. – KEEP TAKING MY MONEY OLD NAVY!  I miss Rugby Shirts!  I am a child of the 80s and rugby shirts were so comfy and snuggly.  In fact, I just ordered a couple of rugby shirts from JCrew last week and I am patiently waiting their arrival.  I will be buying every color Old Navy makes in these shirts. However, I will not be wearing these types of shoes with this style shirt.  I will be wearing loafers, as it will be January in Olympia and friggin’ cold out! 
Here are a couple of other pics from their Spring Showroom:
So, in short, I need to reserve my negative opinion on these previews until I see more from Old Navy with their Lookbooks.  The showroom sneek peeks just don’t show a whole lot and it’s just a snippit of what they will be offering.
I can’t wait to get my hands on some stuff.  I will be spending more this spring than the last TWO spring seasons.  Keep it up Old Navy!
Until next time…..
Keep Drinking the Crewlade!

02.04.17 Outfit of the Day!!!

I have not posted an OOTD lately.  During the week I get up at either 4 or 4:30 to get ready for work, so dressing up and putting on makeup is not high on my priority list that early in the morning.  If I do dress up, I usually wait to put makeup on later in the morning at work. 

Then I get busy and forget to take a pic of my cute outfit.  Ugh….

So, anywho here is my OOTD!

Old Navy cardi, t-shirt and jeans, Bass boots (it’s pissing rain today in Olympia, WA), and JCrew Lucite Necklace.  The necklace was a Christmas gift from my sister in law.  I love it! It has a grosgrain ribbon closure.  It’s fabulous!!!

I hope all of you have a great weekend.  I am running errands today.  My guy and I are going  out for lunch, take a look at some treadmills (we are in the market as our old treadmill finally died), head off to Lowes to look at items we are considering doing for our yearly home improvement projects.  It’s going to be a fun day!!

Until next time!!!



Flashback Friday!!

Long time no write!  Hehe….


Today’s JCrew flashback is from October 2009.  This outfit is subtle, yet stunning.  I love the subtlety of the blush pink cardi.

The jewelry is in a class all by itself!  I adore the crystals paired with a grosgrain ribbon!


Until next time….



January 21, 2017 Women’s March:  A Letter of Thanks

Dear Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Susan Brownmiller and Robin Morgan:

Along with my parents, you are my heroes.   You, along with my parents, are why my life is so great today.

You helped moved the masses to lessen the gap of gender inequality and fought for our body equality to keep Roe v. Wade intact at the federal level.

I was born in 1971.  I was almost 18 months old when Roe v. Wade was decided in January 1973.  I admit I have been in a cloud all my life thinking Roe v. Wade will be forever intact and will never be threatened.  This election really woke me up. This new administration is hell bent on moving women’s rights back 44 years.  I cannot sit back silently anymore taking our right to reproductive freedom for granted.

I will not let the young women and little girls of today think they cannot have the same child free life I had the freedom of having.

I am at this Women’s March because of you.  I am here to salute you and all you have done for millions of women in this country.  I am also here at this Women’s March for you.  I am here to help continue what you started.  Our work is not done.

I have lived my child free life unapologetically solely because of you.  You helped give me the right to be a unique individual with a specific set of hopes and dreams and live them out without guilt or judgement.  I would not have been able to have this type of life without you and I will be forever in your debt.

With all my love and gratitude,
Cricket C.

Olympia, Washington

January 21, 2017

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday!

Let’s go back in time to December 2012 in JCrew Land!!!!




All these looks are sooooooo adorbs!  I *heart* each and every one of them!

Happy Friday!  Enjoy!




Happy New Year!!!!

Delaney and I wish you all a very Happy New Year!  We hope your goals and dreams come true in 2017!

I have several projects and goals I will be working on in 2017.  One is working on getting this blog all prettied up and functional for potential retail use.  My second project is top secret, but I’ve had this project in my head for years and a long time friend has pointed me in the right direction to start working on it.  Yay…..

So my outfit today consists of:

JCrew Wool Teddie Sweater and  teardrop necklace

Old navy denim shirt, gold brocade pixie pants and smoking flats

If these pants don’t scream New Years, I don’t know what does!

Today is also my 12 year anniversary with my boyfriend.  We will be headed to our favorite local restaurant for dinner tonight.  

Thank you for your support this year!  Have a great New Years Eve everyone! See you in 2017!



Flashback Friday and I’m Drinking the Crewlade yet again!!

It’s Flashback Friday! I love this JCrew Factory outfit from 2013!!!

I just wish I was that skinny!!! One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to get in better shape.

I’m Drinking the Crewlade yet again! JCrew Factory is offering 40% off all clearance using code SHOPCREW.

I purchased this Marnie Sweater in Belvedere Red, Light Thistle and Neon Azalea. 

I love this type of pullover. It’s very versatile. Neon Azalea is a color JCrew offers in many items every single year. It is a gorgeous shade of pink!

I also bought a pendant necklace, which will go with everything!

Until next time…….


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