The boyfriend came to visit this weekend and we had a fun evening at the mall where we browsed Express Men and ended up buying some work pants for him. I had to coax him into getting the pants because he hates having too many pieces of clothing in his closet at once (and most of that closet space is occupied by beaten up Beatles t-shirts).

I stopped by Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft while we were there because I have wanted to try on all the cute things that other petite bloggers have reviewed in the last few weeks. Most of the good merchandise and small sizes were gone because I am late to the party but I still found some things to buy in spite of the lackluster selection.

My only purchase from Ann Taylor is this Silk Crepe Smocked Sleeve Shirt in deep aqua, it was on sale for $19.99 and the smallest size available was 0p. The material is somewhat stretchy so I grabbed it even though the 00p would have worked better. I sort of had a change of mind when I came home and took pictures for this post. It’s…not very flattering on me. What happened?

Ann Taylor’s sale merchandised was really picked over and barely discounted so I passed on a few items that I would’ve gotten if they were marked down appropriately.

I bought a few items from LOFT because the 40% off promotion is still in effect. They don’t look as great as they did in the dressing room but I guess good lighting and a slightly distorted mirror can have that effect.

I got this Petite Multi Tier Shell top in XSP, as this was the smallest size available at the LOFT near me. PAG tried this on in XXSP and declared it too “birthday cake”esque. The boyfriend was not a fan either but I threw on the blazer I was wearing over it and it looked somewhat less cake-like so I took it home with me to ponder further. SPG has it too!

Up next is the Habutai Flutter Sleeve Tee seen on PetiteXXS here and on TinyInTexas here (several other petite bloggers posted pictures too but I can’t find links right now). It’s pretty stretchy so the XXSP fit me too. This top cost me about $15 after discounts.

My third purchase from LOFT is this V-Neck Top with Front Draping in XXSP, I remember seeing it on a petite blogger too but my memory is too fuzzy to remember now. AHA, it was SPG, here are her modeling pictures. This is my boyfriend’s favorite…I don’t really understand why but at less than $20 I was willing to entertain his opinion.

My last purchase from LOFT is AN’s favorite Ruffled Front Cardigan in XSP Turquoise (also seen on several other petites, including PAG, SewPetiteGal, PetiteXXS, & Vicky)…it looks to be a sad return because it was the only one available in the entire store. I don’t think it’s available online anymore so I took it home. No pictures because I totally forgot about it when I was snapping away. Really REALLY lovely in person and I completely understand why it was recommended.

Lastly…these are pictures of my J. Crew purchase…the first shipment. I still haven’t taken pictures of the second package as it’s still in the box.

My favorite has to be this silk motorcycle jacket in 0 seen on another lovely blogger here. It’s a super thin material so my boyfriend was unimpressed. I really like it though and I’ve already worn it out. It got a lot of looks from the ladies on the streets so I’ll take that as a compliment.

I also got the Petal Stream Tank (left) in XXS and the Alice Ruffled Tank (right) in 0p. I am incredibly disappointed by the decline in J. Crew’s quality…the petal tank is so poorly constructed that I briefly considered returning it (which never happens because I hate the hassle of returns) but then realized how difficult the return process is. I am not happy with J. Crew right now and didn’t even bite on the 30% off sale that took place this weekend.

I won’t post modeling pictures of the Rose Vines romper because I haven’t figured out how to wear it properly.

I am really enjoying all the posts I have missed out on this weekend and am SO EXCITED that the third Petite Fashion Challenge has been announced.