My arrival back in New Jersey was heralded by torrential rain and sticky humidity. Any plans for Saturday were ditched and, faced, with a day indoors, we opted to spend it at Short Hills, a mall spoken of in the same breathless tones as Westfield in London.

We had a splendid afternoon poking through Chanel, Vuitton et al, marvelling at the women buying thousands of dollars of accessories in what is supposed to be a crippling recession.

Disliking shopping intensely, I cannot remember the last time I saw any mainline fashion in a store, as opposed to on a runway/on a rail in a fashion cupboard/ being clamped around a model’s body on a shoot, so I was fascinated by the whole customer experience. I had a grand time requesting bags to be shown to me, poking through displays and turning garments inside out to check hems & finishes, with assistants hovering, clearly slightly bemused by the dissonance between my distressed denim shorts, hedge backwards coiffeur & cork wedges and my obvious insider knowledge.

Of course I was virtual shopping, as opposed to real shopping: I’m broke until some clients decide to pay me. But I did do some trying on in the stores I can actually afford to dress from. J Crew in particular has raised its game to a level as to be unrecognisable from the store’s offer even two years ago.

Because of my bizarro body shape (apple: long stick legs, huge bosom, tummy), if I find one thing I like AND which fits me in a store, I am doing remarkably well. J Crew scored & scored again. So, instead of making this a post of immense length, I have turned to Polyvore, dear reader, & created a composite of the pieces on my virtual wishlist. If you click through to Polyvore, it will show you a list of the pieces, with all the prices and links to the J Crew website.

J Crew Fall 2009
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I love JCrew clothes for Fall. I just picked up a dress and blouse yesterday at the Garden State Plaza mall (it has a better variety than Short Hills but JUST JCrew, I do my luxury at Short Hills also.)

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Had I known you were at Short Hills, I would have popped down the street to say hello.

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Great bags.

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Looks fab; I'm definitely going to head there soon. (I've just moved to Long Island, and live near Americana Manhasset – now that is a great luxury mall.)

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There is nothing like j crew for fall! Wow, my stepson just flew back home to NJ (morristown) on sunday. I didn't realize it was so wet there. For luxury at my house, its South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. But online is still my favorite!

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Love J. Crew lately, although quality has been disappointing in a couple of items I've bought.

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I loooove J Crew! Wish there was one in the UK!

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Congrats on your first polyvore! I think it's great fun. Lovely list, too. And I adore your blog; it wakes me up from the drowsiness of living in a house full of boys! x

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