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Friday, June 14, 2013

Kiki

Kiki Ballet Flats
 One of my best friends is named Kiki so of course I was immediately interested in these ballet flats from JCrew.  But as you know I haven't been shopping JCrew at all due to the pink skirt fiasco.
Yet I kept looking at these flats and reading little reviews and the description online.  Could they really be lined in leather, could they be comfortable?

I have a pair of black Repetto ballet flats that are a couple of years old, they are fit for the pit.  They are also not terribly comfortable due to a thin sole, when I wear them on city sidewalks I feel like I am pounding and plodding along in a bone-shattering way, it's not very pleasant.

So with a 30% discount and free shipping I thought I'd try out the Kiki flats in black.

They're excellent!  I've been wearing them constantly, so much so that I started considering the other colours.
 Like this absolutely fetching shade of red.
Super comfortable straight out of the box.
 And this very summery sand and navy combination.

Perfect with all of my navy outfits.

 Speaking of navy outfits, I have to say I've really changed my basic uniform.  I can't quite explain it but I am really enjoying wearing the Cafe Capri from JCrew.  I know, it's weird, I've been sworn off pants for years but they are really fitting me well and priced so reasonably.  They are all-cotton, easy to wash, and are easy to wear with the Perfect Fit Tee from JCrew.
The outfit, above, is typical for me these days, these are the Cafe Capri in Pinwheel Eyelet in navy, paired with a navy Perfect Fit V Neck Tee.

I love these pants!  I believe that Wendy has a pair, that must be the reason I ordered them in the first place.  They are the perfect dark navy, all cotton with a full cotton lining.  It is clothing like this that made me love JCrew years back, it's what made them my go-to for basics.  Well it seems they are pulling off some good basics again as I seem to be wearing a JCrew uniform head to toe.

I'm still wearing dresses for any occasion I can muster up.
Last night I wore a dress that for me has the same feeling as the navy cafe capri shown above: great basic colour, wonderful fabrics, perfect fit and so comfortable with a full cotton lining.
The dress is from JCrew 2007 and it is one of my very best.
2007 JCrew Dress
Silk skirt, linen top, fully lined in cotton.
It was the perfect frock for my daughter's graduation.  I brought along my Smythson bag with a Brora cropped cardigan tucked inside and I wore my Brora coat over the whole thing.

That's a hanky tucked into my bag for dabbing at the tears in my eyes!

I won't be around for a couple of days but I'll be back for a chat on Monday.  We're off on a bit of an adventure, I'll fill you in when we get back!
Have a great weekend.
xoxDani

45 comments:

  1. Great looking flats!
    It is difficult finding ones that feel like they have a decent sole so I am off to look at JCrew now....
    Enjoy your weekend Dani.

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    1. Hi Hostess, yes the sole is a nice thickness and they also have a wee heel which helps with comfort!

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  2. Those are nice looking, classic flats. I wish I could wear ballet flats, I adore the look. Clicking over to have a peek at those Capri pants now. Have a fun adventure!

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    1. Hi Jennifer, thanks we had a great time, I just wrote my post all about it!

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  3. Oh you look so beautiful in that pic even with camera face! yes, those capris are lovely, I always eye up Wendy's, the flats are perfect too, you've built a perfect capsule wardrobe.

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    1. Tabs I haven't been a fan until recently, I love Wendy's collection too.

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  4. I love you in the pants!!! And no toe cleavage!!! I am sold! I think I will go red now and then black for fall!! But those cream/navy ones are also divine...You are right; the red is perfection itself....

    Love you in the dress/pearls and hair up! And the smythson is proving indispensible! I think when I become independently wealthy (er, well, at least have a job again) I will put GF in charge of finding the perfect Wendy bag, though I am pretty sure it won't be a Smythson. Hmm. that it making me think of a post...

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    1. Wenders good point no toe cleavage, one of the things I like about them!

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  5. Oh you look so lovely for the graduation. Congrats Mom. Have a fun filled adventure.

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  6. I looove the kiki flats. They are classic - will never, ever go out of style. Now I want to try them!

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    1. JCrewJD, I recommend! I hope they put them out again in the fall... I'll be watching for them.

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  7. dani you look absolutely stunning. i love everything on you. navy & j.crew are a perfect combo on you. have fun on your adventure!

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    1. Thanks Janet, speaking of adventure I hope your jet lag has run its course!

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  8. Dani, I'm loving your whole kit here. The flats are flattering to your foot and I love that they have some support. I know what you mean about pounding the ground in a ballet flat. My feet can't do it anymore! I also adore the pant and the T! Hopefully J Crew is getting back to their quality things. I'v had some good luck there lately too.

    Your dress is perfect! I hope the graduation was lovely and you are having a marvelous adventure!

    xxKim

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    1. Thanks Kim, my Repetto flats killed my feet but these ones are so comfy and 1/3 the price too.

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  9. Loving the new flats in both colors, I find that I always feel like princess and the pea when I used to wear repettos as well! Now i swear by the carina flats by hermes. They are pricey but I get them on sale and two years on they are still like new and still so comfy.

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    1. Naomi I have to look up these Hermes flats, I've not seen them, love Hermes anything though.

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  10. Dani, congrats on your daughter's graduation. I love the outfit you wore. We had my son's graduation last week and we are now in the process of purging his room of years of frightening clutter.
    Thanks for the heads up on the shoes. I'm so reluctant to wear any flats after getting plantar fasciitis from wearing the J Crew flats and capri sandals pretty much all the time last year. I'm so glad the Cafe Capris worked out for you- they look very Dani in spite of your dislike for pants. I really like them as well, in fact I tried them on in the store on two different occasions but I really needed the tall size which they did not have.

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    1. Agree it's annoying you can never get tall anything at JC in the store!

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    2. AmW, clutter-clearing, good luck! I do LOTS of ballet exercises for my feet, I'm terrified of having sore feet and it is so easy to mangle them up in the shoes we wear. Have you looked at Classical Stretch? Miranda was a ballerina and the foot exercises feel great.

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  11. Perhaps they have a bit of arch support as well? I like the little heel on these so I will try as I wear flat shoes 99% of the time.

    I have worn the capris for a couple years now; I have black and natural. I bought 2 news pairs from Current/Elliott this year ( called "Buddy" pants, I think) in vintage coral and mermaid blue. They have bigger front pockets than the JC ones and are supremely comfortable. They both look good with my navy Everlane Vneck T and navy cabled linen V neck sweater from last year.

    You were a very stylish mom at graduation in that lovely navy dress!

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    1. Lane your outfits sound excellent. I do have high arches and I think it is the heel that makes a difference, that and a thicker sole.

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  12. You look gorgeous! Love the navy blue dress, it reminds me of Audrey Hepburn. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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    1. Hi Louise, thank you, the dress has a really nice neckline, it's a good one!

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  13. Lovely outfit Dani, you are beautiful. Congratulations to your daughter. Will she be off to college this fall?

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    1. xoxo yes she is, she's doing a Classics degree. She wants to study history so she feels it's a good place to start, she's going on academic scholarship (and she was given a second scholarship at graduation, we were thrilled for her!)

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  14. Lovely graduation outfit, so elegant and feminine. I love the Cafe Capris. I think they are stylish with out being too fitted(Minnie,I'm thinking about you). Are the Kiki's comfortable ? I love the Cece's and cannot even consider the Classics- they are so flat.

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    1. Knityarns, I can't wear those Minnie pants either and oh how I've tried!

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  15. Hi Dani, congratulations to your daughter! I agree - both the outfits you showed are simply lovely! I just love those simple looks.

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    1. Patricia, I'm really enjoying simple just now too.

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  16. You do navy like nobody's business!!!

    Have you ever thought of modelling? And no, I'm not trying to butter you up:).

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    1. LPC we're both navy fans! Aww thanks for the confidence booster.

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  17. Love your shoes, dress, and capris. I especially love the navy/cream shoe - so Chanel. I hope you're having a great adventure and congratulations on your daughter's graduation.

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    1. Kathy I hope you're well, any news?! I agree those shoes are Chanel-esque in a good way. Thank you.

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  18. Congrats to your daughter on her graduation! Have a lovely weekend!

    p.s. LOVING those flats - such a fabulous red! And navy always looks wonderful on you.

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    1. LR they are the perfect red, no orange undertone. Thank you!

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  19. I've never had red shoes. I am tempted!

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    1. Susan they are fun and great with navy!

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  20. I love the capris, too. You described them very well. I like the navy tee w/them. You looked beautiful for your daughter's graduation, Dani. Congrats all around :)

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    1. Thanks Gigi, and it seems like she was just the age of your Mini G!

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  21. SHOE IN Dani, glad you found some ballets to click your heels over. May try them before month is out (yay for return of leather lining.) Also loving the all-cotton capris this season; my VPS sent a schwack of new patterns from this Wednesday's roll-out. Kudos to DD and wishing her a wonderful summer before uni. Looking forward to the Mop Monday adventure report!

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    1. Hi GF, well the report is a day late but as you know I had a wee tired girl home yesterday, no time for posting shenanigans... Yes try them, especially with the GMCAN15 code and free returns! No PTTO!

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  22. Can this be true, the perfect ballet shoe?

    I also have the same navy eyelet pants, we can be triplets with WMM.

    Love your updo with the pearls and navy frock. You look beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much TIffany Rose, yes to capri triplets. Well perfection is subjective in a shoe as you well know but they are the best I've found for sure!

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