TWO WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS AND I AM DONE SHOPPING !! WHOOO HOOO ! FEELING EXHAUSTED FROM THE PAST MONTHS OF HUSTLE AND BUSTLE, I PLOPPED MY BODY INTO MY COMPUTER CHAIR AND TURNED IT ON. HMMMM, I THOUGHT, NOW WHAT DO I DO THAT MY SHOPPING IS ALL OVER WITH. I FELT A SENSE OF LOSS. AFTER ALL BUYING GIFTS FOR MY LOVED ONES IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO. I DECIDED TO GO ONTO "OVERSTOCK.COM" AND CHECK ON THE STATUS OF MY PLACED ORDERS. I GOT A LITTLE SIDETRACKED AND FOUND MYSELF ON THE MENS PAGES SCROLLING THROUGH THE MOST EXPENSIVE AND GORGEOUS NECK TIES (that I was unable to purchase for my husband). I FOUND THAT I JUST ENJOY PICKING OUT A CERTAIN TIE AND THEN FINDING THE PERFECT DRESS SHIRT , USUALLY PINSTRIPPED WITH FRENCH CUFFS ...(then I can buy a new set of cuff links for Mike). I HAD A WHOLE NEW OUT FIT , INCLUSING DRESS PANTS, SHOES AND A BELT FROM ITALY WHEN I SAW A PICTURE IN MY MIND OF A CHILDHOOD MEMORY. MY MOM USED TO TAKE MY TWIN SISTER AND I TO THE GROSSE POINTE VILLAGE OR TO THE "HILL" TO GO WINDOW SHOPPING . USUALLY IT WAS SNOWING, CHRISTMAS CAROLS WERE PLAYING OVER THE SPEAKERS AND THE LITTLE VILLAGE ALL A GLOW WITH TINSEL AND TWINKLY LIGHTS. THE STORES WERE OPEN LATE BECAUSE IT WAS NEAR CHRISTMAS. EVERY YEAR I WOULD LOOK FORWARD TO PEERING THROUGH GLASS WINDOWS AT THE CAREFULLY CREATED DISPLAYS OF CLOTHING ALL A GLOW WITH WHITE TWINKLE LIGTHS AND SPLASHES OF BRIGHT RED SCARVES OR TIES AND ONCE I RECALL SEEING A BRIGHT RED WOOL MENS BLAZER A MANICAN WAS SPORTING. USUALLY THERE WOULD BE THE MANICAN WEARING A DARK NAVY WOOL BLAZER WITH BRASS BUTTONS AND AN EMBROIDERED SCHOOL INSIGNIA ON THE LEFT OF THE LAPAL. THEN IT CAME TO ME ! I HAD NOT EVER BOUGHT MY HUSBAND A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS BLAZER TO TOP OFF THE DRESS SLACKS OF GRAY, THE HAND MADE ITALIAN BELT, THE CORDIVAN WING TIPPED DRESS SHOES, THE RED AND BLUE THIN PIN STRIPPED SHIRT WITH FRENCH CUFFS AND OF COURSE SPARKLING CUFF LINKS AND THE PERFECTLY COLOR COORDINATED TIE THAT I HAD PURCHASED FOR HIM THIS YEAR. I HAD FORGOT ...ABOUT THE GROSSE POINTE NAVY WOOL BLAZER THAT I WOULD SEE EACH CHRISTMAS PEERING THROUGH GLASS WINDOWS PRETENDING TO BE SHOPPING...AND HOLDING ON TO MY MOMS HAND. HOW COULD I HAVE EVER LEFT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF A MANS DRESS CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY OUTFIT. THE CAREFULLY CREATED LOOK THAT MY HUSBAND WOULD SPORT AT EVERY VISIT TO A FRIENDS OR RELATIVES HOME FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER OR MAYBE JUST FOR HOT EGG NOG AND BRANDY....WITH THOSE HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS COOKIES DECORATED WITH CINNAMON CANDY , COLORED SPRINKLES OF SUGAR, TOPPING OFF THE WHITE CREAMY SWIRLING PUFF OF SOMEONES GREAT GRANDMOTHERS RECIPE FOR CHRISTMAS COOKIE FROSTING..RECIPE. I IMMEDIATELY TYPED IN "MENS CHRISTMAS NAVY BLUE WOOL BLAZER , GOLD OR BRASS BUTTONS, INSIGNIA" AND UP POPPED A PICTURE OF A "ZONETTIE-FERRECCI" DESIGNER NAVY BLUE WOOL BLAZER EVEN WITH BRASS BUTTONS! IT WAS PERFECT ! CHECKING OUT THE PRICE TAG BROUGHT ME SUCH JOY ...EXPECTING TO SEE THE UNAFFORDABLE, I SAW THE VERY VERY AFFORDABLE PRICE TAG OF JUST OVER $80.00 ..I QUICKLY SCROLLED DOWN , FOUND MIKES SIZE, CLICKED ON A 38 REGULAR, COLOR/NAVY BLUE AND CLICKED ON "BASKET" !! NOW, THIS SPECIAL GIFT HAS NOT ARRIVED YET SO CHECK BACK AFTER CHRISTMAS AND I WILL LEAVE AN UPDATED REVIEW FOR ALL OF YOU TO READ...MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ITALIA. .JANET DELVECCHIO.
Truthfully, considering its $65 price, I should really award this blazer 5 stars. It looks pretty nice and the buttons are cool. They are silver/gray and understated, as opposed to the more flashy and boarding school esque gold buttons navy blazers often come with, which are moderately ridiculous. I gave it 4 because it will require some tailoring in the waist area if you are thin. This blazer will probably fit the average person quite well. If you are thin like I am, it is somewhat boxy in the lower half, as it is not a particularly modern/slim fit. It definitely fits snugly in the shoulders though, and the sleeves are the right length.
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