Review: J.Crew, Kate Spade neon pumps, Ann Taylor polkadots and Guess shoes

Top: J.Crew {old} – size XXS
Jeans: AG – size 24
I’ve been wanting a pair of neon yellow pumps but haven’t had any luck with finding the right pair. I ordered these to try before the size 5’s sold out. I don’t own a pair of Kate Spade pumps and was curious about the sizing and quality. I love that Nordstrom has free shipping both ways so it’s easy to order things to try out at home and return if you don’t like them without wasting time and gas. I wanted to do a thorough review with clear and close-up pictures for you but I’m traveling and just don’t have the time. I am still debating on these for two reasons – the front is very pointy and they feel like big boats on me plus the price is much higher than I wanted to spend on trendy pumps. I like the heel height and bold neon color but need to really think about it before deciding to keep it. I love that it’s made in Italy and has leather soles. The size 5’s fits okay but has a tiny gap in the back. The front seems to be a tad uncomfortable since it’s much more narrower than almond toe pumps. They look much better in the photo than they do in real life (usually the other way around).
Verdict: Undecided

Top: Banana Republic – size 00P

Shoes: Christian Louboutin – size 34.5
Both of these skirts were really big on me (have the mint one pinned back. I forgot to measure but I believe the mint waist was 14″ and the pink was 13″ laying flat. The mint has pockets and is unlined. I was dissapointed in the quality. I like the pink one better but so frustrated with the inconsistent sizing.  I wouldn’t reommend either one of these. They were both just “meh” and are not worth the price. Shocking isn’t it? I can say no to polkadots! Ha!
Verdict: Return

Top: Loft {old, review here and last seen here) – size XXSP (recent colors here)

FYI – I will be selling my Forever 21 pleated polkadot skirt in XS if anyone is interested.
J.Crew Mari Nude Sandals

Shoes: J.Crew Mari – size 5 (available in three colors)

Likes: The color is a perfect nude sandal and is very versatile. You can never have too many nude shoes! The leather is buttery soft and the heel height is perfect at 3 3/4″. I love the chunky heel too. The sandals are made in Italy which is why I love most of their shoes. I am biased towards Italian made products.
Dislikes: I was very disappointed to find out that the soles are not leather like most of J.Crew shoes. It’s very plastic-y like the new versions of AT perfect pumps. I wore them recently for an entire day (see here) and the inside of the buckle rubbed on my ankle really bad. Everywhere else was comfortable except for that area. The price is very steep for non-leather soles. I hope it gets better which each wear because it’s too expensive not to be perfect.
Verdict: Would recommend but be careful with the buckle rubbing your ankle.


Top: H&M {old}
Blazer: H&M – size 2 {recent}
Skirt: J.Crew factory – size 00
Shoes: Franco Sarto – size 5

Likes: Navy + polkdots + pockets – need I say more? I’ve been wishing for J.Crew to come out with this bell style skirt in polkadots and so when I saw this online, I didn’t hesitate to purchase it in a 00. I was amazed at the quality – espeically being a factory item. Their clothes are usually made specifically for the factory store and is not as nice as the regular J.Crew stores. The 00 fits me nicely and is not too short.  The fabric is thicker and the lining is 100% cotton instead of polyester.
Dislikes: I love everything and have no complaints.  Maybe the price could be a bit cheaper?
Verdict: Recommend

I tried this on for fun since it was navy and I liked the simple silhouette. There were no size 00’s in stores so I threw on the 0. It’s too big on me but the 00 (which I was able to locate) fits someone my size perfectly. The material is a nice and thick ponte that doesn’t wrinkle – great for work. The length hits me in the middle of my knees. I adore the sleeves and flared bottom. The only downside is that it’s unlined. It’s currently on sale for $99 with 30% off = $69.99.
Verdict: Recommend

Dress: H&M Trend – size 2 ($59.95)

I didn’t buy this but wanted to share. Unfortuatnely I don’t have the style # but it is part of the Trend collection.  It’s a pretty blush/nude color but for some reason – I didn’t love enough to buy it but want4ed to share in case anyone is interested.
I got this right before I went out of town so didn’t have time to really assess and or try on for a lengthy period of time. They seem to fit when I put my foot in. I got them on sale for $75 but now I see they are back to full price online. I haven’t bought something from Guess since I was a teenager so I was curious how these would work out. Yes more polkadots, don’t judge. I know I have a serious polkadot problem but if it makes me happy, why not right? 🙂  I’ll keep you posted once I have time to really look at them.
On another note, I decided that my Ann Taylor factory polka dot crop pants (see here and review here) were too short for me after washing so I ended up giving them to my sister. I bought the Banana Republic version  instead (can’t find link – style #418324-00-1).  They fit me really nicely and I love the textured material. The length hits me where it should w/out alterations or shrinking.  I also like the navy Hampton fit dot crop here (on sale) but have too many navy with cream polkadots so I passed.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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  1. I love all your reviews. It makes my shopping so much easier since we are the same size. I know if something is worth my time before I ever hit the mall. I ordered the BR stripped ponte dress after seeing your review and I love it.

  2. I never commented as far as I remeber (altough I love your style) but now I have to say that the neon pumps look killer on you! Especially with that striped top… looks like a bit stepping out of your comfort zone and your usual outfits, but I suggest keeping 🙂

  3. I’m also polka dot obsessed hehe but I also didn’t love the Ann Taylor skirt when i tried it on. I want a pair of neon pumps after seeing yours but I don’t do heels so I know I’d never end up wearing them! Maybe I should find flats in that color:)

    PS I’d love if you checked my latest blog post if you have a chance-but no pressure!

  4. The neon pumps sound like they have a lot of fit issues so it may be best to return them even though they are the perfect pop of color. Hopefully you will find a pair that fits much better and I’m curious on your thoughts regarding the Guess polkadot pumps.

    I love the J.Crew sandals a lot– they look so cute especially paired with your cute striped skirt earlier this week. I hope the straps become more comfortable. If I absolutely adore the shoe I’ll wear a bandaid to prevent rubbing while breaking it in since blisters are not fun.

    The J.Crew ponte dress looks great on you and I hope you get it in your size. I thought the H&M khaki dress was perfect for work but I don’t like the higher neckline. Hopefully I can find both dresses in stores to try on when I am on vacation next week. 🙂

    • I think you are right Jess. If I’m already contemplating it, then it should go back. I’ll keep looking for a diff pair.
      Hopefully I’ll have time this week to assess the Guess polkadot pumps. I’ll try not to have polkadot goggles on but can’t make any promises. Lol

  5. i have the polka dot factory skirt! i like the material and fit much better than the jcrew stripe one. i also bought the plain navy factory one too! and are the jcrew mari sandals true to size? they sold out in my size and i was hoping i could get away with another size.

    • J.Crew shoes do run about 1/2 size smaller than AT pumps. I’m between a 4.5 and a small size 5. Hope this helps! 🙂

      •Sent from my iPhone•

  6. OMG the neon pumps are soo great! They look reallly good! You have to keep them.
    I am searching for pointy heels right now, but with a kitten heel.

    I have to say the J.Crew Mari don´t look as good as the other shoes. I thonk it is just ot the “right” nude.

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