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J. Crew Mini Chain Link Pave Bracelet

Feb 5, 2014

About a month ago -- whenever MLK Day was -- I didn't realize I had a precious 3-day weekend until the Thursday before and couldn't get my life in order fast enough to jet away to some exotic isle. Also, being a jet-setter costs more money than my budget can handle right now, and all my friends that I might visit on a whim are married at this point, I take that back, they all have babies now -- so...

...I easily convinced two fellow Singletons to check out the new Tanger Outlets at National Harbor with me.

Outlet malls have long been reserved for road trips home and trips to the beach. And I know this is a first world problem, but it's really hard to get all those emails about the sales, knowing I will miss them all every time, y'all! Sad face!

I'd heard late last year these outlets were coming, and I didn't even realize they were open until I had to find something to do with my holiday and noticed J. Crew was having a 40% off sale and I was invited to check it out online or at National Harbor!

It was a 20-minute drive from DC to National Harbor, and parking was plentiful. It wasn't even that crowded, but I bet once word spreads about their opening it will be worse.

I really only wanted to go to J. Crew, but we hit up Banana Republic and Calvin Klein as well. I got a couple of things at Banana, but my best find was at J. Crew.

Originally I told myself I was only going to buy one of their pencil skirts, which are the best pencil skirts to have ever been designed, in case you're looking for any.

But in the checkout line, I noticed my friend K had this bracelet:

"WHERE DID YOU FIND THAT!" I asked her, flabbergasted.

"Over there with the other bracelets. It's just like the one..."


"BUT SMALLER!!!" she finished.

She held my place in line as I darted to the accessories table. I couldn't believe it! I'd been looking at the large ones on ebay lately (J. Crew sells them for $125).

And I'd tried on a knockoff at Target ($19.99) before I took the plunge just to make sure I loved it as much as I thought I did.

But when I finally had it on, it was way too clunky for my tiny wrist and elfin hands. I was explaining all this to K as she nodded exuberantly.

"I know! I did the exact same thing!" she said. "This one is the same idea and looks so much better with our tiny hands!"

It really was just as nice, with the same glitter and soft gold as the larger one, as well as little details like the rhinestone charm at the clasp. And with the MLK Day sale, it was only $21!

I can't find it on the factory or main website, but I had checked out J. Crew factory online before we went, and I didn't see it there either a month ago. I'm pretty sure I would have noticed it, because it's exactly what I've been wanting but better! Definitely worth a look if you happen to be by some outlets, or, if you're in the DC area, it's a great time of year to go check out the ones at National Harbor. 

(Presidents' Day is right around the corner!)


  1. I. love. that bracelet! I may have to make a trip to the outlet at National Harbor, even if it is a bit of a trek from nova... Hmmmm. Maybe if I go in the middle of the day?

  2. Ohmygosh it's my favorite now! I approve you playing hookey in the name of budgetary fashion. :)

  3. As a former J. Crew employee and longtime customer (probably for life now, knowing their product as I do now), I can tell you that that was originally in J. Crew stores late last summer. Which is why you wouldn't have necessarily seen it on the Factory website, and you wouldn't have seen it on the main website either because it sold out online long before it sold out in stores...which it also did very quickly.

    All that to say, JEALOUS! That piece is gorgeous and I contemplated buying it myself with my employee discount...but I must tell you, you got an even better deal than that. :) Go you!

  4. did I miss it last year?! There were still a few at the outlets I went to. Worth taking a look if you're near some!

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