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.)


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


Great bags.


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.)


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!


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


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


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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