Anonymous: "is there a difference between the j. crew factory 3 inch chino shorts and the regular j crew ones? which would you recommend (with the price AND quality in mind)"
Not in principle, no. I’ve never had an issue with the quality of things at J.Crew Factory. If you have a preference for ones at J.Crew than go for it but all else equal and for an item as casual as chino shorts Factory will still give you good quality at a better price. These lobster seersucker shorts and these anchor print chino shorts from Factory are particularly tempting to me right now.
Anonymous: "My friend's 18th birthday party is next week and to celebrate we're all going out for a meal. The problem is it's to a really fancy restaurant and I have no idea what to wear! Can you give me any advice?"
A classically cut dress would be nice. This one from Modcloth is classic and pretty, or this option from ASOS.