Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I ate a horseshoe.

Only that statement could explain my very recent luck. Back in November, I told you how to avoid J.Crew (which really boiled down to how to avoid J.Crew in winter because you are allergic to the store's high-wool content. When I say "you," I really mean I.) Well, a week ago, I entered a giveaway hosted by GroopDealz on Instagram; they were offering up $150 to J.Crew. Seriously, for a giveaway that requires so much less effort than the 40+ things you have to do for nearly every blog giveaway, how could I not try?

Let us fast forward to this morning. After two weeks of antibiotics and in anticipation of a third week, I've been feeling--ummmm, how do I put this?--less than wonderful. This morning was particularly unkind to me, but I scolded myself and said, "get your butt to school, Danielle. It's just the stupid antibiotics. You'll feel better once you sarcastically reply to some witty teenager's remark." In the car, as I waited for the heated seats to toast my behind, I hopped on Instagram to check out the visual scene.

To my surprise, the bottom of the screen lit up in orange. Those wonderful little orange notifications brought me to a page with a few tagged comments that linked my Instagram handle (@likewo) and the word "congrats." On WHAT, you say? That $150 J.Crew gift card giveaway. Be still, my weak and antibiotic-laden stomach. Elle Woods was right. Endorphins make you happy, and happy people don't kill people. Well, that rush of endorphins actually made me feel better for the rest of the day. Magical, I tell you. And no one died by my hands today.

Is it pathetic that I am grateful for the gift card but even more grateful that the news of that gift card made me physically feel better for the rest of the day? So, thanks, GroopDealz, you proved how medicinal endorphins can be--maybe I need to work out in the mornings!?--and, from you, I learned that gift cards can now be sent via e-mail. It's like some fancy, electronic sorcery of the most exciting kind.

P.S. I am writing this post one day before you're reading it, which means these events happened on Tuesday. I hope you're not feeling confused now.

P.P.S. What are good, gotta-have-it buys at J.Crew? It's not a store I frequent, so I'm feeling a bit like a baby deer learning to use its legs.

P.P.P.S. Thank you to all of the people and companies who host giveaways. It's so kind and generous of you to do.

My colleague called this my "channeling Sarah Connors" look. 
(The Terminator Sarah Connors, in case you Google her and find some other chick)

The Look:
Sweater: Express (IT'S SO COMFY!)
Shirt: Express
Pants: Old Navy Rockstars 
Boots: Etienne Aigner via Macy's a few years ago
Necklace: New York & Co. a few years ago

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  1. So cool about the giveaway! I bet you could of get some great sale items there now. They also have great jewelry...well who am I kidding, I love everything at J.Crew. Cute outfit today, by the way.

  2. I'm sorry you're still feeling crummy, but at least you don't look crummy! I love your pants. I've had some burgundy pants on my wishlist for awhile, but I still haven't gotten around to buying any. I find J.Crew a bit over-budget for me, so unfortunately I have no good advice for you on that front. Let us see what you end up buying!

  3. I saw that on IG, so cool!! And even better that it made you feel better for the rest of the day after a rough start. And this outfit, UM I'M IN LOVE! What makes it like Sarah Connor though, the boots?

  4. Visiting from the Random Wednesday Link-up! Did Sarah Connor wear something like this? I thought she just wore a lot of tank tops? Maybe I'm thinking about the second movie. Oh well, either way... I like this look, very cool weekend casual.

    <3 Vicki


  6. I LOVE your purple pants!! I'm surprised their from Old Navy. I should probably go back to that store and try on pants again. The first time I went, I swear I tried on 5 different sizes and they all looked terrible on me. The RockStar jeans were recommended to me by several people so I tried them on and was sad they didn't work out as I had hoped. I really need to stop buying tops, blazers, and jackets and focus on my lack of bottoms. Purple skinnies are top on my list. You've inspired me to give them a try again.

  7. That is so awesome!! Is the gift card good at J.Crew factory, or just the regular store? I never find anything at J.Crew, but I LOVE their factory store and website. I especially love their popover and button-up/down shirts. My chambray popover from JCF is one of my most worn items!

  8. your outfit looks amazing, love your boots!! :)

    Leyla xx
    Leyla Writes...

  9. I Love this look. That sweater looks so cozy! I only own a few items from JCrew as it is much to pricey for my budget, but I have a few tissue turtlnecks that I adore. They are perfect for layering under everything! And I have tried on their chambray's and they are cute!

  10. I would go one of two ways: splurge on one piece (like a jacket) or get a couple of staple pieces (black skirt, button up shirt, colorful sweater). My only J. Crew pieces are the Blythe blouse and a boyfriend cardi. I guess you could also consider splitting it and giving some away to a reader ;-) jk. enjoy the win. Also, I want this outfit. And your hair.

  11. congrats on the giveaway!
    cute boots!

    stopping by from

    Alyssa B

  12. I absolutely LOVE this outfit! The colors are so pretty and perfect for the season, and I really love that top with those pants. Your sweater looks really cozy.

  13. Congratulations on your win, Danielle! I have never shopped at J.Crew before, so I'm not the person to ask about what to get. I do love the look of their elastic-waist skirts, though (no clue what they're called, haha). I really like this outfit, by the way. I'm still in love with black/white/maroon together, and this is just perfect!


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