March 2015 | what jess wore

March 31, 2015

LOFT Sale Alert: 50% Off Full-Priced Dresses (In-Store Only), 40% Off Everything + Last Day For Additional 25% Off Full-Priced Purchases Online

LOFT Sale Alert 3/31/15

Update 4/1: I just checked and the additional 25% off stackable code below still works online. This is no joke! 

Get 50% off full-priced dresses (in-stores only) and 40% off full-priced styles at LOFT in-stores and online. No code needed. Lou & Grey exclusions apply. As mentioned in my previous recent posts (here and here), use the stackable code INSIDER832B online (today 3/31 is the last day/night) for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey merchandise). That's a total of 55% off after discounts on full-priced items!

I've been trying on A LOT of items in-stores because 55% off everything is unheard of. Placing a lot of orders online without a lot of thought and then returning them if they don't work out can be quite a hassle. I don't enjoy being that customer holding up the line returning all the things plus I've been burned twice their return policy/ban if you make excessive returns. I'm not sure if they still scan your license along with your in-store returns but if your local store does this then beware of not being able to make any returns for 90 days if you reach the return limit. Ordering online only sizes and/or styles and then not being able to return something due to fit, quality or if you don't like it just sucks. Putting my experience out there may be over sharing but I do not work for LOFT and I simply enjoying blogging and sharing their clothes. :) It's a miracle I still like to shop at LOFT after that negative experience but their clothes are really cute and personally fit me well as long as I can snag an item in the right size.

LOFT Wild Cat Flippy Dress, size 00
Wild Cat Flippy Dress, size 00 regular (similar here)

During my in-store perusal tonight I came across this wild cat flippy dress on the racks in the regular missy section. I'm not usually one to ever gravitate towards animal print but I liked the shape of the dress which reminded me of the flattering Ann Taylor mini daisy flare dress (review here). I tried it on and I was pleasantly surprised by how well the regular 00 fit me. The dress was on sale and an additional 40% off in store (compared to final sale online) so this was the only item that went home with me since I plan to order the rest of my wishlist online for better savings.

LOFT Wild Cat Flippy Dress, size 00
Wild Cat Flippy Dress, size 00 regular

LOFT Cuffed Broken In Tee, size XS
Cuffed Broken In Tee in morning aqua, size XS regular

I ordered this cuffed broken in tee in size XXS regular (an online only size) and it should arrive on Friday. I tried on size XS tonight because I wanted to see how it fit and it's a little loose and relaxed on me so I am pretty sure size XXS should work out perfectly. The embroidered vented split hem is such a cute detail and I got this in morning aqua pictured here and peach melba.

LOFT Windowpane Tunic Softened Shirt, size XXSP

A while back I tried on this windowpane tunic softened shirt in regular XXS and it was huge! I was about to head into the fitting room when I spied this shirt in size XXSP so I tried it on for size. This gingham shirt runs about 1 size bigger in the petites version so size down. I personally prefer a full button down gingham shirt so I passed.

LOFT Eyelet Stripe Chambray Top, size XXS
Eyelet Stripe Chambray Tee (online exclusive), size XXS regular

I tried on this eyelet stripe chambray tee in regular XXS since I was excited to see this size returned to the store. It's not see through despite the eyelet detail but it's a bit boxy and wide so I passed but I was tempted to get it because of how cute it was. Note the hi-lo hem which is blocked by my arm in the right picture.

LOFT Lasercut Scallop Shell, size XXSP
Lasercut Scallop Shell, size XXSP (review of size XS here and XSP here)

For my final repeat try-on, I've been obsessing over this lasercut scallop shell because I love the details on the hem but after trying on all possible sizes in store (except for XXS regular which is online only and out of stock) I can't order it as part of this sale. Hopefully my size will pop up online if someone returns it or I'll find it in store. Size XXSP arm holes fit me perfectly but it's just a bit too tight and short for my preference.

I just spotted this etched shirtdress online (final sale) and I'm so curious if it fits like my favorite stripeblock shirtdress (review here) since the style looks so similar.

Note: I also tried on this dot lace sweatshirt not pictured but I'm only mentioning it in passing because I wouldn't recommend it. It's gorgeous to look at but the lace material makes crunching noises which is very strange and I couldn't get past it. It does run true to size.


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March 29, 2015

Weekly Outfits, LOFT Flash Sale Alert, Fitting Room Updates & Recent Finds

Sale Alert: The are two sales going on at LOFT right now:

1) Flash Sale - Get an additional 70% off all sale styles with code FLASH (valid online only). Sale ends tomorrow 3/30 at 10AM ET. Shop my sales picks here:

2) Get 40% off full-priced styles in stores and online. No code needed. Lou & Grey exclusions apply. As mentioned in my previous post, try using the stackable code INSIDER832B (code valid through 3/31) for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey merchandise). That's a total of 55% off after discounts on full-priced items! The code was supposed to be one time use only but I noticed that it was still valid. Since I've shared it there had been a few ladies that confirmed that they've been able to use it online with LOFT's latest sale.

Today's #ootd featuring @loft blossom shell as a layer under my favorite marled bateau #sweater. (Note: Grey crystal leaf #necklace is sold out.) #liketkit #loveLOFT #liveloveloft #loftgirl #bfftrends #instaANN #thenewBR
Marled Knit Bateau Sweater, dusty grey size SP (last seen in this post)
Grey Crystal Leaf Necklace (sold out, now available via Nordstrom)
Blossom Shell, size XSP (review in this post)
Banana Republic Indigo Denim Leggings, size 0/25 short (review here)
  Ann Taylor Pebbled Signature Crossbody Bag (review here)

I loved the marled knit bateau sweater so much I bought it in both dusty grey and blue fog.  I've paired them with different shells underneath to slightly change up the look as seen in this this post. This sweater has been on heavy rotation in my wardrobe and it's a light sweater that will transition well into spring.

@loft neutral rondelle chain #necklace, marled knit bateau #sweater (in deep blue fog) and ikat dot rib trim tank. The rib trim tank is now available in solid colors and stripes. 💁 #liketkit #love

Wearing my #favorite @loft #stripe blouse today. 👯 I'm also loving these black skinny jeans from @bananarepublic since they're very stretchy and comfortable. They run big so I sized down to 24/00P and the inseam is perfect for petites. (Cap toe pu
LOFT Bold Stripe Pocket Blouse, size XXSP (runs 1 size bigger)
Banana Republic Skinny Jeans, size 00P (runs 1 size bigger, now $29.99)
 J.Crew Sloane Cap Toe Pumps (old)

I wore this bold stripe pocket blouse to a meeting earlier this week with my comfy, new skinny jeans from Banana Republic. After trying on 25/0P in stores I realized that I needed to size down to 24/00P because they run about one size too big and the material is very stretchy. They're currently $29.99 with code EGGHUNT. These skinny jeans are such a good deal right now that only size 00P is left but the 'short' inseam should be the same/similar. The petite inseam on this pair is on point for petites with no hemming required.

This @loft neutral rondelle chain #necklace is so cute and sparkly. ✨ Grab one on sale and use the stackable code I shared #ontheblog. #linkinprofile #liketkit #anthropoligie #sunglasses #statementnecklace #love

The neutral rondelle chain necklace is the second statement necklace I purchased from LOFT and I absolutely love the smaller size and sparkle. It's just the perfect touch of girly glam.

Ann Taylor Scallop Lace Dress size 0P vs. LOFT Floral Lace Dress size 00P
Ann Taylor Scallop Lace Dress, size 0P (LEFT)
LOFT Floral Lace Dress, size 00P (RIGHT, review here)

Last week I tried on both the Ann Taylor scallop lace dress (StylishPetite informed me that this dress was back again this season) and the LOFT floral lace dress in size 00P (review here). Both dresses are gorgeous but the v-neck on the Ann Taylor version is lower and the dress is more figure hugging giving it a more sexy vibe. I personally prefer the LOFT version because I think it's prettier and white (the lining is a cool/pale blue) as opposed to cream/off white.

LOFT Scalloped Crop Illusion Dress, size 00P
Scalloped Crop Illusion Dress, size 00P (see review of size 00P and 0P here)

I tried on this scalloped crop illusion dress again since the store I visited had steamed it which makes such a huge difference. However, no matter how I look at it, the bust darts on the sides just don't lay perfectly on my small chest and they would need to be taken in. See size 00P on StylishPetite here. You can also see this dress on Kayla Gross here and styled here by Montage Fashionista.

LOFT Lasercut Scallop Flounce Dress, size 00P

I've been eying this lasercut scallop flounce dress online and had I ordered size 00P to try but I've yet to receive it in the mail. Today I was able to find it in stores to try on for size and petites runs about one size larger since I usually take 0P and the length hits a few inches above my knees. It's a really cute dress if you're into the drop waist style and the laser cut details at the neckline and hem are on point. Note that the regular missy size does run really big and long as I noted before and I believe at least one online reviewer noted this as well.

Update 3/31 (I just received this dress in the mail today) - Size 00P measurements:

11.5" shoulders
32" bust (measured pit to pit)
36" along the bottom hem right where the flounce hem begins
32" total length

LOFT Blossom V-Neck Cardigan, size SP

This v-neck blossom cropped cardigan looks really cute with the big blossom print and I like the true cropped fit. This cardigan has a light pink tinge that isn't showing up in my photo above but you can see what I mean in the stock image of the similar blossom cotton cardigan. I'm also loving this cropped cotton cardigan in morning aqua and whisper white (back again for 2016 here). A good cropped cardigan is essential for staying warm in the chilly office once they start blasting the air conditioner.

LOFT Lasercut Scallop Shell, size XSP
Lasercut Scallop Shell, size XSP (I tried on and reviewed size XS regular in my previous post)

The LOFT I visited today at Natick Mall had this lasercut scallop shell in petites so I tried on size XSP which actually fits me fairly decently. I didn't find the petite sizing to be too short or boxy but the arm holes of this shell are still a a little big on me as you can see above.

LOFT Relaxed Trench, size XXSP
Relaxed Trench, size XXSP

I also tried on this relaxed trench in XXSP and there is a lot of extra fabric on the sides that when I cinch it I don't like how it bunches. I'm not sure if I like the ruched sleeves but they make pushing up the sleeves and keeping them there that much easier. I wish this trench was available in a classic khaki color in addition to this blue color. See it styled by Cece Wong here.

LOFT Funnel Neck Anorak, size SP

I spotted this windy day anorak on the rack in size SP and it was the only one so I figured I'd try it on for size. Size SP fit very boxy on me but cinching in the waist helps give this jacket some shape. The fabric has a nice smooth feel to it and the gold hardware makes it look more polished (see another picture here). Petite sizes appears to be sold out online but the regular missy sizing is still available.

LOFT Constrast Collar Utility Blouse, size SP

I saw this contrast collar utility blouse online and wanted to check it out in store. I tried on size SP which fits similar to regular XXS (my usual size for their button up blouses) which is currently out of stock online. The white collar against the light blue body really stands out in person.

LOFT Striped Rib Trik Tank, size XXSP

This striped rib trim tank as well as the solid version today fit exactly like the ink dot rib trim tank which I own and love (see my review here). I did notice that the way they finished the tank along the armholes and neckline has very visible stripes in  a crisscrossing direction. The overall look is very cute and crisp with the thin stripes if you can get past this detail when you see the top in real life.

Jack Rogers Liliana in bone/gold
Jack Rogers Liliana (runs true to size to half a size smaller, may be best for narrower feet)

I ordered these Jack Rogers Liliana sandals from Piperlime last week when I had a coupon code for 40% off. The code wasn't supposed to work on this Jack Rogers but it did so I made out like a bandit. I ordered the bone and platinum colors to try as well as the Lauren style but this color and style was my favorite out of the three pairs. Note that the front strap is kind of tight so its probably best for narrower feet but otherwise I found the Liliana style to run true to size to half a size smaller. I ordered them in size 7.5 and I usually take size 7-7.5 in most brands. This is probably my better judgement but I've decided to keep this pair and try to break them in. I really hope the straps will stretch out.

Kate Spade Lily Avenue Carrigan Leather Tote in black/pebble

Lastly, I tried on this at Kate Spade Lily Avenue Carrigan Leather Tote (recommended by StylishPetite) at Nordstrom and I love the simplicity of this style with the scallop edges at the top and the contrasting color inside. You'll notice that the hang tag even has a cute bow detail. It's a large bag about the size of a LV Neverfull MM but I think it still works for someone around my height (for reference I'm 5' 2 1/2").

Kate Spade Lily Avenue Carrigan Leather Tote in Island Deep/Fresh Air


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March 26, 2015

Sale Alert: 40% Off Everything at LOFT + Additional 25% Off Stackable Code

LOFT Spring New Arrivals & 40% off - 3/26/15

Get 40% off everything at LOFT in stores and online. No code needed. Lou & Grey exclusions apply. I recently received a stackable code INSIDER832B (valid through 3/31) that seems to work for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100 or more (excludes Lou & Grey merchandise). It was supposed to be one time use only but I tried it again and it's still valid. Give it a shot and let me know if it works for you. I tried the code on both my account and my mom's account and it still works.

There are so many gorgeous new arrivals for spring including the return of the floral lace dress which sold out quickly last year. Note that last year's sizing ran about one size too big so I ordered 00P and I hope it works out. I'm going to swing by my local store after work today if I don't stay too late at the office and provide fitting room updates.

Here are my favorite picks for those shopping online:

Fitting Room Update:

LOFT Floral Lace Dress, size 00P

I missed out on this pretty floral lace dress last year (refer to the measurements in this old post) so I ordered it online in 00P based on last year's measurements. Tonight I was able to find size 00P to try on and it fits me decently but I feel like the bust darts are a little off on me. It gave me pointy boob issues since I have a smaller chest. It definitely runs one size larger and hits above the knees.

Update 3/31 (I just received this dress in the mail today) - Size 00P measurements:

12" shoulders
32" bust (measured pit to pit)
28" waist
34" hips
33" total length

LOFT Mixed Eyelet Club Dress, size 0P

I spotted this pretty yellow mixed eyelet club dress in store but there was no size 00P so I tried on 0P for sizing even though it looked really big. The eyeley pattern is absolutely gorgeous but it's really loose fitting and 0P fits like a 2P. I would recommend getting a size down if you're considering this dress.

LOFT Banded Sandals (item no. 370169)
Banded Sandals (item no. 370169)

I was eagerly anticipating these banded sandals after seeing them in the mailer and they look exactly as pictured. They're of decent quality, fit true to size and for the sale price (especially with the stackable code) it wouldn't break the bank to stock up on a few pairs since they're so versatile. If you have really narrow feet then these sandals may not work out for you due to the wide set of the bands but they are very friendly for normal width to slightly wider feet.

LOFT Blossom Shell, size XSP
Blossom Shell, size XSP

Sara (@lofty.closet) recommended this blossom shell and I'm obsessed. I would say this fits true to size since I took size XSP and I love the smaller floral print in the back. It's easy to take on and off due to buttons that go halfway down the back. Out of all my try-ons today this was the only item that went home with me since it was 40% off and I could use my $15 birthday rewards. Note: The polyester material of this top is very thin but with a nude bra it should still work. You can barely make out the outline of my nude bra above.

Size XSP measurements:

9.25" across the shoulder straps
34" bust (measured pit to pit)
39" hips (measured at the split where the high-low hem begins)
22.5" front length
25" back length

LOFT Lasercut Scallop Shell, size XS
Lasercut Scallop Shell, size XS regular (review of XSP here)

I was eying this Lasercut Scallop Shell online so I was excited to see this new arrival in stores. The strawberry ice color that LOFT is offering across many styles including the scalloped crop illusion dress (review of size 00P and 0P here) is just gorgeous. I tried on size XS in this top to assess the fit and I love the length of the regular size but the arm holes were way too big gaping out. See my updated review of this top in size XSP here. Note that despite the similar lasercut pattern this top is made of a textured fabric unlike the lasercut scallop skirt (below) and lasercut scallop flounce dress (review of size 00P here). I've seen the lasercut scallop flounce dress in regular missy sizing in stores and it runs extremely big and super long (at least 1-2 sizes too big and probably more suited for taller ladies).

LOFT Lasercut Scallop Skirt, size 00P

This lasercut scallop skirt was another new arrival I was eying but I didn't love it on me. 00P runs big since my natural waist is 28 inches so I would recommend ordering at least one size down from your usual LOFT size. The lasercut details are so cute and the length hits above the knee so it's very work appropriate.

LOFT Boho Lace Top, size XXSP
Boho Lace Top, size XXSP

I tried on size XXSP in this boho lace top and it was very loose and swingy on me so I would recommend ordering one size down. The petite length wasn't too short or boxy on me. This babydoll style top may not be everyone's cup of tea and I realized I would probably tire of it so I passed.

LOFT Striped Ladder Lace Tee, size XS
Striped Ladder Lace Tee, size XS regular

I picked this striped ladder lace tee to try one since the stripes and small grid details along the sleeves and neckline caught my attetion. The XS regular missy length is on the longer side so I will order size XSP to try.

LOFT Flutter Lace Top, size PXS

Lastly, I had crossed this item off my wishlist but I just had to try on this flutter lace top for size so I wouldn't keep wondering about it. It's very boxy and sheer so I'm so glad I made the right decision.

Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

March 22, 2015

LOFT Flash Sale Alert, Recent Finds & Spring Cravings

Chelsea28 Scallop Edge Tank, size XS
Chelsea28 Scallop Edge Tank, size XS (recommended by StylishPetite)
DSTLD Low Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans in cream tencel, size 24 (runs big so size down, review here)
J.Crew Sloane Patent Pumps (old, similar here)

Sale Alert: LOFT has a flash sale event for an 60% off select full-priced items and an additional 60% off sale styles. Use code FLASH. Ends tomorrow 3/23 at 10AM ET. Shop my sales picks here:


It's the third day of spring here in New England but it still feels like winter. Our two week forecast doesn't seem very promising either so it's no surprise that I have spring on my mind. It looks like Mother Nature will continue to taunt us with a few "warm" days only to plunge back to colder temperatures that don't allow us to put away our winter coats just yet. I am hesitant to put my winter wardrobe into storage until I see consistent temperatures above 50-60 degrees but I'm definitely buying up spring things starting with this beautiful Chelsea28 scallop edge tank (recommended by StylishPetite).  I adore the darling scallops along the edge and the beautiful floral print that pops against the navy. The arm holes are a tad big on me so I would ideally need a size XXS which has been sold out. Size XS measurements are as follows:

11" shoulders
35" bust (measured pit to pit)
39" along the bottom hem
23" total length

Chelsea28 Scallop Edge Tank & LOFT Scallop Chambray Riviera Shorts outfit
Chelsea28 Scallop Edge Tank, size XS (recommended by StylishPetite)
LOFT Scallop Chambray Riviera Shorts, size 00 regular
Andre Assous Josie Espadrilles (review here)
Coach Factory Bag (old)

I ordered this eyelet mesh layered top last weekend and finally received it on Friday along with another top I posted on Instagram. The other top is such a fail in the fit that it's not worth sharing and the consensus was that this top is much cuter anyway. The peach color is gorgeous but it's unlined so you'll need your own cami. After taking these photos I realized that I desperately need a nude cami to go underneath it since my light pink cami doesn't blend in well with the peach. I'm just trying it on below to show the fit. I think it makes me look a tad wide but hopefully a nude cami as pictured in their stock image will make a difference by creating a slimming illusion. Size XS measurements are as follows:

12" shoulders
32" bust (measured pit to pit)
30" waist
24" total length

Forever 21 Contemporary - Eyelet Mesh Layered Top, size XS
Forever 21 Contemporary Eyelet Mesh Layered Top, size XS
See closeup here
Ankle Skinny Jeans in cream tencel, size 24 (runs big so size down, review here
J.Crew Sloane Patent Pumps (old, similar here)

Forever 21Contemporary - Eyelet Mesh Layered Top outfit
Forever 21 Contemporary Eyelet Mesh Layered Top, size XS
 DSTLD Low Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans in cream tencel, size 24 (runs big so size down, review here)
Louis Vuitton Marais BB in Monogram Empreinte, color Noir
J.Crew Sloane Patent Pumps (old, similar here)

LOFT Scallop Chambray Riviera Shorts, size 00
LOFT Ink Dot Rib Trim Tank, size XXSP (see it on me here and here)
Also available in whisper white and tahiti blue
LOFT Scallop Chambray Riviera Shorts, size 00 regular

I was determined to use my LOFT cash cards for $25 off $50 full-priced purchases since they expire soon (today) along with the code LOVESPRING so I went in store after a late day at work last week. I left with these cute scallop chambray riviera shorts since their current sale doesn't include any of the items in my wishlist. Yes I am weak against LOFT but usually I don't use up all my cash cards and I still have one left in my wallet so they didn't take all my money. I believe I should have more cash cards but I never received them with my other order due to how they split up shipment by having items sent from their local stores and distribution centers. Please note that if this ever happens to you then you should call customer service and they will make a note in your account. You will need to call in to have them place a phone order for you but this means you can use all the cash cards at once instead of placing separate orders.

Size 00 regular measurements of the scallop chambray riviera shorts are as follows:

30" waist (these rest right at your hips)
11.5" total length
4" inseam

I also tried on the scallop jacquard riviera shorts in black last weekend (see it on me here) but I noticed those are fit a bit looser despite being a similar style.

Size XXSP measurements of the ink dot rib trim tank are as follows:

10" shoulders (the narrower straps means your bra straps may show but I have small shoulders)
32" bust
36" along the bottom hem before the opening for the rounded shirttail hem
24.5" total length

LOFT Button Back Softened Shirt, size XSP
LOFT Button Back Softened Shirt, size XSP
J.Crew necklace (old)
LOFT Ikat Dot Rib Trim Tank, size XXSP (see it on me here and here)
LOFT Scallop Chambray Riviera Shorts, size 00 regular

I was eying this button back softened shirt online but I'm glad I didn't get it because when I tried it in store on I realized that it was too boxy and see through for layering anything under it successfully. It's really cute with the cutout details and buttons down back but I passed on this but I figured I'd share in case anyone else was curious about how it fit.

Snagged this #lace sleeve tee @loft outlet for $11.99 (style no. 358251). #liketkit #salealert #loftoutlet #springstyle #chambray #philliplimfortarget #flatlay #outfitgrid #loveLOFT #liveloveloft #loftgirl #bfftrends #st
LOFT Outlet Lace Sleeve & Hem Tee (style no. 358251, similar), size XS regular (grey version here)
LOFT Neutral Rondelle Chain Necklace
LOFT Scallop Chambray Riviera Shorts, size 00 regular
Madden Girl Poppyy Espadrille Flat (review here)
3.1 Phillip Lim for Target crossbody bag (old from 2013)

I watched Insurgent with my husband on Friday and of course there is a LOFT Outlet right across from our favorite movie theater. Naturally I popped in to see if there were any cute new arrivals. I took a quick cursory glance and spotted this lace sleeve and hem tee in white plus they had my size so I was ecstatic. I thought these tees were all sold out but I was able to get this on clearance for $11.99 which is better than the ~$19 I paid for the grey one I bought earlier this month. They're perfect for wearing alone or for layering.

Spring and summer are my favorite seasons because of the warmer temperatures, extra sunlight and of course all the pretty clothes. There are so many things on my  ever changing wishlist so I figured I'd share them here along with some of my recent purchases. Every year I always find myself on the lookout for the following:

1) Cropped blazers and cardigans

I've been eying this epaulet cardigan from the latest Scandal Collection from The Limited. I'm unsure of their sizing so I'm hesitant to order but I love the way it drapes when buttoned.

2) White pants

3) Breezy tops and blouses

4) Feminine dresses

I'm obsessed with this Hattie dress by Boden in the multi parosols print. I keep getting their catalogs in the mail and one day I'll probably cave in and order out of curiosity. I haven't worn skirts lately but I had bookmarked this high waist grid skirt (also from the latest Scandal Collection from The Limited) and it's now practically sold out in most sizes. :(

5) Comfortable sandals and shoes (I lean towards neutral footwear)

6) Light jackets for those cool spring and summer nights

7) A bag that pulls together the look

8) Accessories to complete the outfit

New #pens from a sweet coworker. 😻 #toocutetouse #kawaii #cats #kitties #officesupplies #instagood #latergram #cutecloud #instacute
Cat Pens from my coworker (buy them here and here)

On an unrelated fashion note, my coworker came back from her trip to Asia and she got me these cute cat pens. I had shared this picture on Instagram and in case anyone is looking for them one of my sweet and helpful followers (@sarahta) informed me that they're available for purchase via

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