Good Tuesday evening, all!
I made a promise in yesterday's JCA weekly exchange (looking to sell) post that I would do a quickie review of the beautiful secretary blouse in hummingbird floral that I was able to get from the Madison Avenue Collection store (via my awesome online personal shopper).
I am not going to be keeping it, but only because there are a few things that make it a less than justifiable purchase for me personally. Had these few things not been part of the equation, I would happily keep it, since it is very lovely.
That blue, though, is my ultimate downfall. Even if I could justify the higher price tag, in the end, this blue is far too cool for me to wear on its own, and I would need to pair it with a jacket or cardigan in a more flattering color (like the red or ivory in the print) to make it work. At the higher price I bought it for (I got a discount, but it was still very pricey), I would want a shirt that I could wear on its own too.
So, the pros of this blouse: Gorgeous fabric, exquisite print, soft, slightly sheer silk, neat details in the blouse's construction, and pretty colors.
Cons of this blouse for me: Wrong shade of blue, boring hemline, a touch too small at the bust, and way too high of a price tag for what I would be getting. I would only keep this blouse if I had managed to grab it at $75, which is never going to happen since the blouse is now all sold out.
found it at Jones and Vandemeer; out of stock there, but they still have some with the white background) as it had a similar feel but with a more greeny-blue background.
Upon receiving it, I was thrilled as it was exactly the right shade of blue for my complexion, and the print was just as lovely.
Of course, two days later my PS writes that she has found the secretary blouse, and because I know it would take me a while to make my plan B shirt, I figured I could wear that one in the meantime, and sell it when I had completed this shirt on my own.
Now that I know I won't be keeping it, I will be pressing forward more swiftly with my plan B, so I hope to have it done by late summer.
Okay, that's it! I hope this helped any of you who are considering this blouse (either in the hopes of a popback or on ebay).