Talbots Take Two + Scarf Ring Giveaway

January 26, 2011

Giveaway Closed, Winner Announced.

My last post about Talbots had a rather ominous tone to it so I am glad that I have a chance to maybe reverse that impression.

I don't have a Talbots close by to have the convenience of trying on items before purchasing so my last (and first) purchase was disappointing (post here). Over the weekend while traveling I happened upon a rather large Talbots and thought I would do the store justice and just go in to see if I can find anything. 

And I did, to my surprise (breaking my browsing ban AGAIN and even made a purchase). I think I made the mistake of ordering more structured pieces in my online order when I should've just played it safe and gotten knits. You'll notice that I wore Talbots cardigans in my two of my previous outfit posts, I like my cardigans to fit looser rather than tighter so the size P was perfect for my preference

So I ended up with four Gold Button Cardigans (See it on Shopping with M) - I have been searching for quality cardigans for some time now so I am not too bummed about buying them. I can finally donate my old cardigans that have pill'ed up a storm.

Here is how Talbots cardigans (the second from the bottom) compare with Banana Republic's XS (the one all the way at the bottom), LOFT's XXSP(the dusty pink one on top) and LOFT's XSP (the second from the top). They are, in true Talbots fashion, much bigger than the petite sizes in LOFT but I do think the are really well made and the fit isn't too far off.
I also found this Talbots ruffled tweed sheath (See the same dress on Cardiganista here) on sale for really cheap (originally $169...on sale for ~$25). The 2P was a bit big for me but I have been lusting after tweed sheaths after seeing the BR ones on the AN Forum (So far seen on PAG, Aubrey, Really Petite, and several others) so I think I'll get this altered.
This particular store did not have any 0P so I wasn't able to gauge the fit of other pieces. The 2p that I tried on in several styles fit about the same as the 0P that I ordered.

I also found these super adorable scarf rings on sale. I don't know why anyone would spend $19 on them but for less than $5 they were a steal. I got an extra to give away because I need some ideas for how to use them! So, for this very humble "prize", what you have to do is just leave a comment below suggesting ways for me to use it. If you left a comment and I accidentally picked you using random.org I would really appreciate it if you can play with it for a little bit and tell me if you figure something out. I'll do the same. 

Talbots' 50% off sale is still going strong - I plan to order this incredibly beautiful Flower Station Chain & Bead Ribbon Necklace (No more random purchases! I guess I'll just have to live without it)using the code (024840756) that Bianca posted on her blog.

p.s. Talbots charges a $6 flat rate to ship OOS items online from their regular stores, you do have to find out from their online chat service which stores have your item in stock (and then you have to call the stores yourself to order; I had to call three stores before finding one that had what I wanted in stock so their central system isn't as updated as I thought). But it is rather convenient and the customer service representatives are nice.

Source: Red Chair Confessions

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  1. I really like the tweed dress on you. The neckline is so pretty. 2P doesn't look that big on you, so hopefully alterations won't break the bank. But I can see it as a great investment piece in the future, so good buy! (Even if you did break your ban, hehe).

    I have never heard of scarf rings before today o.O But I suppose the customary way to wear them is to loop scarves through so it serves as a placeholder for a knot? They'd also look super cute looped through a chain and worn as a necklace. Can't wait to see the different ways you wear it, Elle!

  2. I think the tweed sheath was a smart purchase. It is a perfect work appropriate dress that can be worn from September - April. So, although you are on a shopping/browsing ban, I wholly support this purchase, especially since it was on sale.

    I see a tweed sheath of my own in the near future...just need to find some tweed fabric first.

  3. oh nooooooo. Another tweed post which means for me, another tweed lust. Why??! Why must you post this, make me fall in love w/the neckline, and now I want to purchase it?? sigh.

    Well, I def cannot enter this giveaway. After clicking on the link, I have no idea what a scarf ring is and still confused. Looking forward to a post where you teach us. wink wink!

  4. That dress is totally worth keeping if you are going to alter it! I love the ric-rac!

    That necklace is so gorgeous! Can't wait to see it on you!

  5. Those are rings?! Man..I read "scarf rings" and in my head, I STILL thought "bracelets" for like 20 seconds. LMAO I have a scarf ring (if it means a bunch of rings connected) and I LOVE it. It's just plain silver and I've had it since I was 10 (was loose though)..now it fits perfectly!

    I really like the tweed dress on you..after it gets altered, it will look soo good. Tweed is love. ♥

    xx The Little Dust Princess

  6. Oh that dress is definitely something one want to own as you can wear it for anything! You look so pretty in this!

    Stay Happy and Positive!




  7. @20 York Street Thank you! :)

    @The Little Dust Princess I think those are rings for scarfs? I am not entirely sure about that. I'll have to play with it some more.

    @Michelle I was a little hesitant about the dress but am glad that people like it. :)

    @AubreyOhDang! lol sorry Aubrey. I have to say that Talbots will be too big for you though. Besides, your BR one fits you like a dream!

    @littlenashua I can't wait to see your tweed sheath creation - I have no idea how much materials cost. Is tweed costly?

    @Cee The 2P really wasn't bad at all! Most of the 2Ps fit about the same so I was surprised that the 0P wasn't much smaller. :(

  8. Tweed is generally expensive. Based on my calculations, for me to sew a dress similar to your Talbots one, it would end up costing me about the same as what you paid for it ($~25). If the Talbots dress fit me I would just buy it since the cost is the same and there is no labor involved. But I am probably too short for this, so making my own is the only option.

  9. Hi, I rarely use scarf rings, but when i have i usually fold the scarf in a triangle, put it over my shoulders tie in front and thread the ring over the ends and pull up.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    vbgems at gmail dot com

  10. Another generous giveaway from you! I love the scarf rings and if I dont end up winning your giveaway, I may have to purchase one for myself! I like to use scarf rings not only to hold my scarf together but I also use them as huge pendants when I need some outfit sprucing up :)

    The buttons on your talbots cardigan looked oddly familiar and then it hit me that it's the same one I have in coral! (http://www.wardrobeanticipation.com/2011/01/ootd.html) Loved it so much (didn't help that it was pretty cheap at the outlets) that I got it in two other colors, haha! Great choice.

    $25 for that dress is a total steal! Post pics when it comes back from alterations!


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