Finally, finally I made it out to Arden Fair mall this past weekend to check out some of the new stores. I got there early and, for a short while, had the entire new J.Crew store to myself!
And what a beautiful job they did turning the former Eddie Bauer digs into this sleek, very New York-like store. (It's between Sephora and Gap on the first level.) Lots of wood and cool J.Crew artwork. There are comfy chairs for folks who need to take a load off from shopping. Women's clothing is in the front; men's clothing toward the rear.
If you're a J.Crew fan, you'll be delighted by the expansive inventory. I saw lots of the latest fall fashions, including the great City-fit cropped pant and the cute cashmere short-sleeve tees, which were marked down. I grabbed one in heather pine (a pretty green), but the table was loaded with lots of other colors, from jewel tones to neutrals like charcoal gray, black and navy blue.
I like the vest look for men, worn with a striped shirt underneath and the washed cord sportcoat.
Everyone should be able to find something dashing for fall. I know I did! While you're there, grab a free copy of the store's most recent catalog (pictured).
I also poked my head in the M.A.C cosmetics store. It's been there for awhile, but I like that you can look through the products and try things out. I'm a big fan of their creamy cleanser.
Granted, I personally havenít been shopping much during the summer. Flip-flops and skirts get me through the dog days. But with the Gap moving down next to J.Crew at Arden, I walked down the mall to see whatís going into the Gapís former digs near the LíOccitane store.
Coach, which currently is next to Illuminations, will move into this much bigger space. And that means more fab handbags!