Weekly Shopping Update: 11.21.2014 (+ Ann Taylor Fitting Room Reviews)

Chateau Parka

Retailer: J. Crew
Discount: In stores & online: 30% off winter picks. Plus, extra 30% off fall sale styles with code SHOPNOW
Picks: Full Skirt In Bonded Satin, Buffalo Check Bomber Jacket, Cashmere Patch Pocket Hoodie, Skirt In Bonded Crepe, Dolman Sweater, Rib-stitch Turtleneck, Cashmere Chunky Turtleneck, Mixed Tweed Dress, Box Pleat Skirt in Crepe, Plaza Skirt in Tweed, Prom Midi Skirt In Bonded Satin, and Quilted Boyfriend Fatigue Jacket.

Stadium-cloth Standing-collar Coat

Retailer: Forever 21
Discount: Free shipping on orders of $30+
My picks: Ruched Knit Dress, Classic Moto Coat, Asymmetrical Draped Zipper Top, Mélange Boyfriend Coat, Plaid Woven Coat, Sheer Lace Peplum Top, Classic Cape Blazer, Quilted Faux Leather Moto Jacket, Textured Midi Skirt, Textured Woven Overcoat, Baroque Pattern Lace Top, and Classic Bouclé Overcoat.
Recent order: Twisted Drape Top and Turtleneck Poncho Sweater.

Turtleneck Poncho Sweater
Cable Knit Mock-Neck Sweater
Collarless Textured Knit Coat
Double-Breasted A-Line Coat

Retailer: LOFT
Discount: 50% off select items
Picks: Chambray Two-In-One Top, Floral Jacquard Short Sleeve Dress, Ballet Boatneck Sweater, Starburst Jeweled Sweatshirt, Lou & Grey Blockstripe Moto Jacket, Quilted Skirt Dress, Stitchblock Sweatshirt, and Split Neck Shirred Blouse.

Double Plaid Infinity Scarf (additional color here)

Retailer: ASOS
Discount: 25% off ASOS All-Stars
Picks: Victoriana Lace and Organza Top, Premium Checked Jacket, Sweetheart Skater Dress with Half Sleeves in Texture, Cami Swing Dress with Pleated Skirt, Dolly Skater Coat, Boyfriend Shirt with Elasticated Cuff, and Top with Clean High Neck.

 ASOS Poncho in Cable Knit with Roll Neck

Retailer: Ann Taylor
Discount: 40% off select styles with code PARTY40
Picks: Cable Trim Sweater, Versatile Tie Blouse (love!), Jewel Neck Sweater, Cashmere Cable Sweater, Sequin Tuxedo Dress, Champagne Lace Tee, Merino Wool Cowl Neck Sweater, Merino Wool Wrap Sweater, Winter Lace Top, Crepe Wrap Top, Embellished Ann Cardigan, and Cashmere Turtleneck Poncho.
I stopped by Ann Taylor last week to try on the holiday collection. Here are some pictures and short reviews:
I loved the Day Coat online (especially in “Smokey Pond”) but thought it was a bit too insubstantial for New England winters in person. The fit (below in XXS) was also loose and boxy.

Day Coat

 And though I was not particularly impressed by the Ombre Plaid Coat‘s stock photo, I fell in love with it in person. The coat in XXS (below) fit me (5’2) fine in overall length but the sleeves were a little long. The material was cozy and warm. The Chalet Coat was also a winner for me; it reminded me of the J. Crew Wool Melton Duffle Coat (reviewed here), just with a less boxy shape.

Ombre Plaid Coat
Chalet Coat

Another style that I loved (and plan to collect in all colors) was the Cable Turtleneck Sweater. The XS fit me in a relaxed way and the material was not scratchy.

Cable Turtleneck Sweater

I also tried on the Jeweled Shift Dress and the Shimmer Flounce Skirt. The former looked beautiful on the rack and the mannequin but the shape was not perfectly flattering on my already rectangular shape (I’ll give it a shot). I think when styled properly, it could work for more body types. Both styles fit true to size (below in 00P).

Jeweled Shift Dress
Shimmer Flounce Skirt

I really wanted to love the Wool Blend Open Cardigan but the XXSP was much too tight for me in the arms with layers underneath and the larger sizes didn’t fit me well in the torso. I also felt it was a little overpriced so if you are interested, wait for a discount (and Ann Taylor isn’t stingy with those).

Wool Blend Open Cardigan

Retailer: Aeropostale
Discount: Extra 40% off clearance with code EXTRA40
Picks: Long Sleeve Striped Boxy Crop Sweater (great value for ~$5.40), Map to Mars Long Sleeve Striped Bodycon Turtleneck, Map to Mars Sheer Happy Lace Crop Top, Shaker Stitch Crop Sweater, Fitted Puffer Jacket, Solid Chevron Quilted Vest, Bow Earmuffs, Cable-Knit Over-The-Knee Socks, and Pointelle Over-The-Knee Socks.

Solid Hooded Pea Coat

Happy shopping!

Weekly Shopping Update: Yellow and Marigold

J Crew Gingham Utility Shirt
J. Crew Gingham Utility Shirt (worn here, now on sale)

Gucci Swing Tote
Paul & Joe Oksana Wool Blend Twill Coat
The North Face Venture Lightweight Jacket
BB Dakota Naples Jacket
 Tamara Mellon Stretch-crepe Dress
 Charlotte Olympia Kitty Suede Flat
Aldo Frattapolesine
Cosabella Never Say Never Sweetie Soft Bra
J. Crew Excursion Quilted Vest
 RED Valentino Flared Taffeta Mini Skirt
Marc by Marc Jacobs Shoulder Bag
ASOS Clear Rain Trench
Burberry Brit Wool Blend Coat
 Taylor Halter Floral Printed Fit and Flare Dress
ISSA Bailey Wool-blend Tapered Pants
DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Vivid Oversized Brushed-felt Coat
 Fendi 2Jours Large Leather Tote
Polo Ralph Lauren Utilitarian Coat
Cosabella Never Say Never Foxie Chemise
J. Crew Lady Day Coat
Tibi Printed Crepe Maxi Dress
Kenneth Cole New York Princess-Seamed Coat
Solid Cozy Blanket Scarf

Happy shopping!

Cropped Cable Sweater

Ann Taylor Cropped Cable Sweater | J. Crew Majesty Peacoat | Zipia Lace Top | H&M Faux Leather Pants | c/o Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote | c/o Marc Fisher Aprille High Heel Dress Booties

A cream cropped sweater has been on my wishlist for several seasons now but no affordable option registered on my radar until the Ann Taylor Cropped Cable Sweater. This sweater is more tightly knit and hides base layers better than similar options.

Though I wish the length were an inch shorter, the current length lends it more versatility. Layering the sweater over longer tops also allows me to wear the sweater with low-rise bottoms without being concerned about unintentionally exposing my midsection.

I wanted to get this review up while the sweater is 60% off on the Ann Taylor website (no code needed, discount taken in cart); sizes in all three colors are aplenty.

In XXSP, the sweater measures 19.5″ in length, 15″ across the bust, and has 18″ sleeves.

Some sale picks: Cheetah Print Cocoon Dress and Embellished Skirt (from this post), Faux Leather Pleated Skirt, Colorblock Crepe Blouse, Stripe Collared Peplum Top, Crepe Ruffle Blouse, Textured Jacket, Pindot Flounce Skirt, Faux Leather Sleeved Striped Top, Billie Cutout Leather Peeptoe Shooties (own and love), Mixed Media Button Down Shirt, Lace Applique 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan, Flapper Statement Necklace, Faux Leather Flounce Skirt, Split Neck Ottoman Dress, Embellished Collar Crepe Shell, Embellished All-Season Stretch Pencil Skirt, Trench Shell, Embellished Faux Leather Collar Crepe Shell, Dressed Up Denim Jacket, Structured Pullover, Signature Skinny Belt, Ribbed Day Dress, and Ottoman V-Neck Sweater Dress.

Happy shopping!

Kate Spade Picnic Mariella Dress (+ Kate Spade Friends & Family Sale Picks)


Burberry London Westland Sateen Trench (similar) | Kate Spade New York Picnic Mariella Dress | Ann Taylor Bowtie Clutch | Michael Kors Runway Watch (also here) | Zara Court Shoes (similar)


If clothes are an outlet for personal expression, nothing makes a statement quite like prints do. I wear some jewelry–a watch, simple necklaces, the occasional bracelet–but do not find that particularly striking pieces mesh well with my lifestyle. In the absence of accessories that deliver powerful punches, prints add most to my outfits with the least amount of effort.

Kate Spade New York does prints better than many of its peers (imo); its abstract bow print drained my fun fund last year (two skirts, a scarf, a tote, and a wallet finally put out that fire) and I was very sad that this “picnic” print dress sold out before steep discounts could be taken. Luckily, I found the dress in my size on eBay several months after the season ended and now count it among my most treasured possessions.

The newest print addition to my closet is the Transcontinental Travel Tag Scarf which I ordered today with the Kate Spade F&F discount (30% off with code F14FFUS). In my cart are the Prospect Boots and Maxine Pearl Sweater. I am also eying the Izarra Heels, Dorothy Coat, Lee Bow Skirt, Silk Mini Dress, Bow Wristlet, Leopard Licorice Heels, and Denisa Dress.

Happy shopping!

Weekly Shopping Update

Retailer: Ann Taylor
Discount: Extra 75% off select sale styles with code FALLSALE (or 50%/60% off other sale styles; Cropped Cable Sweater already on sale) 40% off everything; use code ANNWELCOME4 for an additional 25% off
Sale picks: Cheetah Print Cocoon Dress (from this post now $15), Faux Leather Pleated Skirt, Colorblock Crepe Blouse, Stripe Collared Peplum Top, Crepe Ruffle Blouse, Side Zip Poncho, Textured Jacket (poorly reviewed but looks great on the model), Pindot Flounce Skirt, Pebbled Signature Tech Wristlet, Faux Leather Sleeved Striped Top, Billie Cutout Leather Peeptoe Shooties (own and love), Signature Chain Link Scarf, Mixed Media Button Down Shirt, Lace Applique 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan, Flapper Statement Necklace, and Striped Crepe Button Down Blouse (from this post, love to pieces! Faux Leather Flounce Skirt is still available in most sizes.)

c/o Ann Taylor Striped Jacquard Top Embellished Skirt, Risa Sandals, and Pebbled Signature Tech Wristlet

Other sale picks: Split Neck Ottoman Dress, Embellished Collar Crepe Shell, Embellished All-Season Stretch Pencil Skirt, Tie Waist Skirt Dress (limited sizes but love the style),  Trench Shell, Tortoiseshell Embellished Top, Embellished Faux Leather Collar Crepe Shell, Dressed Up Denim Jacket, Structured Pullover, Signature Skinny Belt, Ribbed Day Dress, and Ottoman V-Neck Sweater Dress.

Cropped Cable Sweater in size XXSP

Full-priced Picks: Crepe Wrap Top (review of last year’s version here), Stripe Perfect Shirt, Faux Leather Pleated Skirt, Wool Blend Trench, Bird Print Sweater, Doubleface Seamed Sheath Dress, Owl Split Back Sweater, and Pebbled Signature Hobo Bag.

Retailer: Shopbop
Discount: 25% off with code FAMILY25 (exclusions here)
Picks: Tory Burch Grace Riding Boots, Madewell Transport Tote (worn here; also in black), Rebecca Minkoff  Perry Satchel (a Givenchy Antigona Satchel Bag doppelganger), Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress (reviewed here), Tory Burch Simone Over the Knee Flat Boots, Alice + Olivia  Stuffed Animal Bear Bag, Mackage Zandra Coat, Club Monaco Stalina Skirt, Penfield Hazelton Parka, BB Dakota Lillian Jacket, and Marc by Marc Jacobs  Top Schooly Jax Printed Cross Body Bag.

 meli melo Thela Large Classic Bag

Retailer: LOFT 
Discount: 50% off select fall favorites with code EXPLORE Extra 40% off sale styles
Picks: Jeweled 3/4 Sleeve Sweater, Whisper Stripe Pullover, Button Back Tuxedo Softened Shirt, Bow Belt, Heathered Knit Button Down Shirt, Diamond Pointelle Sweater, Autumn Bloom Cotton Cardigan, and Turnlock Stretch Belt.

Faux Leather Trim Quilted Dress

Retailer: Piperlime
Discount: Sign up for emails and enjoy 30% off one item 20% off everything with code FALL20
Picks: Michael Kors Runway Watch, Lemieux Jacquard Stripe Skirt, Pim + Larkin Windowpane Sweater, Kate Spade New York Deco Dot Crepe Top, Piperlime Collection Lace Pencil Skirt, Loeffler Randall Pari, Skies Are Blue Nautical Stripe Dress, BCBGMAXAZRIA Solace Ruffle Sleeve Dress, Rory Beca Jetz Dress, Sunday in Brooklyn Textured Ponte Fit N Flare Dress, and Piperlime Collection Allover Lace Dress.

Michael Kors Runway Watch

Retailer: Macy’s
Discount: Extra 20% off with code FALL or $10 off $25 with code FALL25. Or use code GREAT for up to 30% off on select items in multiples.
Picks: Tommy Hilfiger Wool-Blend Toggle-Front Pea Coat, Tommy Hilfiger Wool-Blend Walker Coat, MICHAEL Michael Kors Zip-Front Hooded Wool-Blend Coat, Lucky Brand Emmie Flats, Aerosoles Nuwlywed Flats, NY Collection Seamed A-Line Skirt, Tommy Hilfiger Pleated Colorblocked Chambray Skirt, Anne Klein Double-Breasted Wool-Blend Hooded Maxi Coat, and Steve Madden Women’s Swift Two Piece Ankle Strap Pumps.

Steve Madden Elusion d’Orsay Flats (also here and here)
 Steve Madden Ecentric Sneaker (also here and here)

Retailer: Forever 21
Discount: 30% off sale styles with code TAK30 Extra 50% off sale styles with code TAKE50. No minimum free shipping.
Picks: Watercolor Floral Pencil Skirt (ordered!), Bold Bow Skinny Jeans (worn here), Tartan Plaid Skort, Pleated Stripe Skirt, Elegant Faux Stone Dangle Bib, Striped Chiffon Blouse, Scalloped Crochet Pencil Skirt, Hooded Toggle Coat, Sleeveless Peplum Top, Abstract Floral Bodycon Dress, Chic Bejeweled Bangle Set, Regal Caged Bib Necklace, and Rhinestoned Statement Necklace.

Wool-Blend Plaid Overcoat

Retailer: Juicy Couture
Discount: 50% off full-priced styles with JCWEEKEND.
Picks: Lace Detail Silk Romper, Brushed Wool Cape, Guipuere Tee, Wool Peacoat W/ Rib Collar, and Leather Moto Jacket.

Juicy Couture Guipure Skirt

Retailer: The Gap
Discount: 30% off your purchase with code HAPPY 40% off with code NEWOUTFIT
Picks: Classic Indigo Trench, Cable Knit Jacket, Stripe Hoodie, Cable Knit Sweater, Stripe Merino Sweater, , Fitted Boyfriend Plaid Oxford Shirt, and 1969 Mix-Denim Boyfriend Shirt.

Retailer: ASOS
Discount: Up to 70% off select sale styles
Picks: Dress With Asymmetrical Frill In Broderie, Playsuit in Check Print, Shift Dress with Pep Hem, Bardot Dress in Multi Color Floral, Pleated Deep Waistband Midi Skirt In Scuba, Sunflower Overall Short, New Look Petite Strappy Playsuit, Playsuit in Mini Sunflower Print, and Bandeau Playsuit.

ASOS PETITE Exclusive Jacquard Skater Dress

Retailer: Banana Republic
Discount: 40% off everything with code BRWEEKEND
Picks: Slubbed Gray Knit Pant, Heritage Shine Midi Skirt, Black Mixed-Media Coat, Black Midi Skirt, and Metallic Cross-Back Pullover.

 Textured Cropped Pullover

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