Behind the Blues Interview Series: Erin from Life of A.J.

by Jaime on April 22, 2010

It’s still my birthday week (I don’t care if yesterday was my birthday, it’s my birthday WEEK guys!) and we’ve got more amazing interviews for you.


If you’d like to take part, shoot me an email at [email protected] and I’ll put you on the site, too!

First of all… The Life of Ann James… by someone named Erin? What’s up with that?  That’s the most common question I get when I tell people about my blog.  I suppose that Ann James is my alter ego, as weird as that sounds (and I know it sounds weird). Okay… let me explain.  I started out with the intent that the blog would be totally anonymous, so I decided to come up with a fake name.  My mom’s middle name is Ann, and my dad’s is James, so there you have it.  Mystery solved :) The blog started out mostly a place for me to unwind after work and write what’s on my mind at any given moment.  It’s still that place for me, but recently, I’ve also used Life of AJ to share deals and bargains and to ask for advice.  I’m about a year into a “fashion revolution” of sorts, where I am trying to upgrade my closet one article of clothing at a time.  My friends and readers are there to share my journey, which is really exciting for me. 

Okay, now onto serious business.  I was asked if I wouldn’t mind talking about my favorite jeans, and I said that would be awesome fun, especially since my journey of fashion upgrades began with my denim wardrobe!  I am incredibly blessed that my work “uniform” is jeans. I wear a pair every day… with the rare pair of cords or khakis thrown in for kicks every so often.  For that reason, I’ve been working to have a stellar denim collection.  Lucky for me, I met Miss Jaime right around the time I started the revolution!    

My very first pair of designer jeans were Aristocrat denim.  I really liked that the brand was eco-friendly and I liked the A pockets.  Of course, they were long, and I had to hem them, but I have worn them many times since I got them almost a year ago.  I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for those Aristocrats :) But are they my favorites?  NOPE!  

I am really torn on my favorite pair.  I am the proud owner of 3 pairs of Kasil Jeans, 5 pairs of AG jeans, 3 pairs of Red Engines, a pair each of Joe’s Jeans, J Brands, Fortune Denim, Citizens of Humanity, and Black Orchid… and more.  (I’ve become somewhat of a fanatic… can you tell?)  

My favorite “casual”  pair are James Jeans that your own Denim Debutante alerted me to! I am definitely no model, but here’s a shot of me working in them:  

They are just awesome.  So well fitting, such a nice color.  I wish this was a better picture so you could really see them!  Of course… had to hem.  The curses of being only 5’3”!  

My favorite “formal”  jeans… that is tougher because I think all of my jeans are nice enough to go out in.  (Low standards, maybe? ha)  Anyway, I’d say the jeans I wear the most are Proportion of Blu Vintage Skinny.  These were my very first pair of super tight skinny jeans.  (Yes, I made it to my mid-to-late-20s without buying a single pair of skinny jeans!  Don’t judge me!)  I have pretty thin calves, and these are the only pair I have been able to find that are tight all the way down to my ankles.  I haven’t worn them yet this season, but they looked great in the winter under my boots!  Unfortunately, I can’t find them at the moment and I don’t have any pictures of me wearing them, but you can check them out on an actual model:

I was asked to provide one tip for DD readers, but… as you can probably tell, I like to blab, so I have four tips:


1. Don’t pay retail.  Sigh, I know, some pairs are worth it, but if you can avoid it, hold out! There are so many incredible sales out there! I have debated buying Red Engine and J Brand skinny jeans at full price, but I just can’t do it.  I’m too much of a cheapskate.  

2. Know what you want.  I have to keep an actual inventory of what I’ve bought and what I could possibly buy.  It helps to avoid repetition!  Who wants two pairs of almost identical jeans?  Not me.  Even in my fancypants closet, I don’t have room.  

3. This might sound gross, but you really don’t have to wash your jeans.  Nice jeans will hold their shape and don’t need it unless you’ve spilled or if you’re especially stanky.  And last but not least… 

4. Make friends with JP.  She’s never far away and can talk you down from a denim ledge or convince you that you shouldn’t walk away from a great deal!    

Now I’m off to find those Proportion of Blu skinnies…

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