Holiday Helper: The Laundress

using the festive activities from this month’s Looks We Love
as inspiration, the ladies behind The Laundress New York®
reveal their tried-and-true tips for solving those
uh-oh moments this holiday…
1. Makeup: “Blush on your shoulder? Lipstick on the collar? (Too much mistletoe!) No worries—apply The Laundress New York for J.Crew collars & cuffs stain bar and work the stain out with a little water.”

2. Mud and dirt: “Don’t worry about mud on your heels when dashing from store to store. Touch up patent leather with a spray and a wipe of The Laundress Glass and Mirror Cleaner to clean and shine!”

3. Tree sap: “Trimming the tree? Rub the tree sap with an ice cube and then gently scrape off the excess sap. Apply The Laundress New York for J.Crew collars & cuffs stain bar and launder at home.”

4. Static cling: “Don’t be embarrassed. Just spray The Laundress Static Solution in between your stockings and clothes and the static will be gone. Forgot your spray? Just wet your hands and wipe between the layers.”

5. Candle wax: “Too close to the flame? Hot wax can be cleaned off quickly with a blow dryer or a hand dryer. Solid wax should be ironed with a cloth between the fabric and the iron. As soon as you’re home, pretreat with The Laundress Stain Solution and launder with The Laundress Detergent in your machine.”

6. Greasy dips and dressings: “Ask your host or hostess for table salt, cornstarch or baby powder to lift up the stain. Treat further after the party with The Laundress Stain Solution at home.”

Want even more tips for staying spotless this season? Check out The Laundress’s ultimate cashmere care guide here.

(special thanks to Lindsey and Gwen of The Laundress)

Blogger We Love: Lizzie of Tomboy Style

chatting with Lizzie, the sartorial spitfire behind
one of our favorite blogs, Tomboy Style
On her blog’s beginnings:
I jumped around in the lifestyle journalism world and felt there was something of a void for a girl like me—I was always more interested in what my husband was reading. I love nail polish and earrings, but I also love sports cars, classic cocktails and duck boots. I wanted to start something that struck that same kind of balance.

The quintessential tomboy is:
Adventurous, confident, rebellious and plucky.

Daily must-reads:
There are so many great blogs out there, but these in particular are some daily reads:
Even*Cleveland
Quite Continental
Miss Moss
A Well Traveled Woman

On her upcoming book with Rizzoli:
I’m so excited about it! There will be some sneak peeks on the blog very soon. I’m just about done with it—I’m actually taking a quick break from writing photo captions right now.

Dream interview for Tomboy Style:
Is this an awkward time to ask if you know Jenna Lyons?

Looking back at it:
My first job in publishing was an internship at W Magazine, where one of my duties was to transcribe hours of interviews for an editor. At the time, I thought I’d really made it in the publishing world! I guess I would tell my younger self that things get better and more rewarding, but maybe that would have ruined it.

1. Infinity scarf
2. Authier® Tom’s vest
3. The Classic California Casa
4. Lizzie sunglasses by Winter Check Factory
5. Maison Boinet belt
6. Perfect shirt in Black Watch plaid
7. RGB nail polish in camp
8. Cambridge satchel

(Image credits: 1. Ali MacGraw by William Claxton, 2. Françoise Hardy, 3. Lee Radziwill by Harry Benson; scan via Tomboy Style, 4. Coco Chanel from the 1996 book Chanel; via Tomboy Style)

(British) Music to Our Ears

you may have noticed our office has had a touch of Anglomania this month
since we started shipping UK-side (check out our British Things We Love post for details).
well, our across-the-pond passion didn’t end there. we enlisted
Sara and Nadia of the London-based label Young & Lost Club—known
for launching indie sensations like Noah and the Whale—to compile their
ultimate UK playlist and show us how to rock out Brit style.
1. “Tomorrow,” Being There
A brand-new London band—their sound is an amalgamation of lo-fi ’90s guitars and wry, bittersweet lyricism.

2. “Modern Love,” David Bowie
This or “Let’s Dance” is always guaranteed to jump-start a dance floor.

3. “Give It All Back” (Live from RAK Studios), Noah and the Whale
Taken from their new album, The Last Night On Earth, it’s an exuberant piece of nostalgia.

4. “Stutter,” Elastica
The most effortlessly cool band of girls, ever.

5. “All Day and All of the Night,” The Kinks
Probably the most staunchly English of their ’60s contemporaries. This has been covered to death but the original is still best.

6. “Moon Crooner,” Egyptian Hip Hop
A ridiculously young Mancunian quartet that is the culmination of a whole host of English influences.

7. “Babies,” Pulp
Currently wowing the festival circuit with reunion shows, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp has now achieved English national treasure status.

8. “The Magnificent Seven,” The Clash
No playlist could possibly be complete without The Clash; “The Magnificent Seven” was influenced by old-school hip-hop.

9. “Set Fire to the Rain,” Adele
The musical phenomenon of the past year and such a London girl!

10. “Just Decided,” Hudson Mohawke
At the absolute forefront of music, Hudson Mohawke is influencing everything from clubs to Chris Brown.

11. “The Look,” Metronomy
Off the album of the summer for many—The English Riviera—it’s a tribute to the Devonshire coast.

12. “Don’t Bring Me Down,” ELO
A 1979 rock classic from the man who also wrote Olivia Newton John’s “Xanadu.”

13. “Shuffle,” Bombay Bicycle Club
Only five years after forming (when they were only 15), they’re already on their impressive third album.

14. “More Than This,” Roxy Music
Years later and Bryan Ferry is still infinitely chic. This song also features in the memorable karaoke scene in Lost In Translation.

15. “Cruel Summer,” Bananarama
Lifelong girlfriends who started by performing impromptu backing vocals for punk acts like Iggy Pop.

16. “I Wanna Be Your Man,” The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones released this Beatles cover a few weeks before The Beatles themselves did. A perfect snapshot of “Swinging ’60s” London!

17. “Moth-Eaten Memories,” ExLovers
Hailing from all over England, ExLovers now reside in London and are the epitome of laid-back, grungy cool.

18. “Tell Me a Tale,” Michael Kiwanuka
Michael Kiwanuka is a formidable new talent, with an exciting take on retro soul.

(illustration by Jim Datz, special thanks to Young & Lost Club)

Drawing the Line

our spring 2012 collections are recreated here by
artist Richard Haines, who attended our presentation at
New York Fashion Week with sketch pad in hand
Find more work by Haines on his blog, What I Saw Today.

(photo credit: NYMag & J.Crew)

Color Study

a perfect summer outfit masterpiece
The color comparison of our Collection lookbook by blogger Diana of Miss.Moss was so remarkable that it inspired us to reverse the process. We asked Diana to curate an outfit that reflected the art—in the spirit of her color comparisons, which have developed quite the cult following.

Steal from Matisse’s palette with our silk peplum blouse in vivid poppy. Our oxford scout chino is deemed the perfect canvas for a patterned belt and an airy linen cardigan, while leather sandals and a summer straw hat are classics for summer. Carry your summer essentials in our chic new Edie purse, and always be on time with our Timex® traveler watch.

1. Edgar Degas, “Edouard Manet Standing
2. Henri Edmond Cross, “Boats
3. William Merritt Chase, “Ms. Helen Dixon” 
4. Gustaf Fjaestad, “Frost on Frozen Lake
5. Robert Henri, “Viv in Blue Stripe

Feeling inspired to shop the collection? Find all the J.Crew Collection pieces here.
And make sure to check out more of Miss Moss’s color comparisons.

1. Edgar Degas, “Edouard Manet Standing”2. Henri Edmond Cross, “Boats”3. William Merritt Chase, “Ms. Helen Dixon” 4. Gustaf Fjaestad, “Frost on Frozen Lake”5. Robert Henri, “Viv in Blue Stripe”
Feeling inspired to shop the collection? Find all the J.Crew Collection pieces here. And make sure to check out more of Miss Moss’s color comparisons. 1. Edgar Degas, “Edouard Manet Standing”2. Henri Edmond Cross, “Boats”3. William Merritt Chase, “Ms. Helen Dixon” 4. Gustaf Fjaestad, “Frost on Frozen Lake”5. Robert Henri, “Viv in Blue Stripe”
Feeling inspired to shop the collection? Find all the J.Crew Collection pieces here. And make sure to check out more of Miss Moss’s color comparisons.

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