It warmed up unexpectedly yesterday after three days of misery here in the Northeast. I had bundled up in anticipation of harsh winter conditions but by lunch I was out and about without a jacket.

j crew townhouse trench heather caramel flair skirt old navy american eagle sweater
J. Crew coat & skirt, American Eagle sweater (striped version here), F21 necklace, and Hunter boots (and here)

j crew townhouse trench heather caramel flair skirt old navy american eagle sweater f21 necklace

I thought I would do a quick review of the AE Long Cable Sweaters that I purchased two weeks ago. I ordered about 10 colors in all and returned about four of them (due to color difference and manufacturing defects, small holes specifically).

american eagle v neck sweaters

What I like about this particular sweater is that it’s logo-less (eagle logos stop being age appropriate for me about 10 years ago) and the price is very reasonable (I got them for less than $10 each). The XXS fits snugly but since I don’t normally wear a tank top underneath sweaters and plan to wear the sweater like a fitted top, I don’t mind the fit.

rainbow colors american eagle v neck sweaters

 The sweaters are rather thin and with lighter colors a nude color bra is necessary (unless the intention is to make your bra color known). The sweaters also vary quite a bit in fit across colors. Of the 10 sweaters that I got, the green sweater shown here is perhaps the tightest fitting (along with the red and the black).

AE Long Cable Sweater American Eagle Green

The length of the top and the sleeves were a bit long for a 5’2 person but nothing egregious.

In all, I think the beautiful colors are what sold me on the sweaters. I also don’t own very many sweaters in a similar style so these ended up being keepers for me.

AE Long Cable Sweater American Eagle

See the sweater on my beautiful blog friend Pauline.

I thought I was all Ann Taylor’ed out after a relentless sale season but their spring arrivals made my heart beat a little faster than usual. The current promotion is only 30% off (code : SPRING30) which typically isn’t enough of an incentive for me but I ordered the Promenade Coat to try anyway.

Promenade Coat | Cotton Colorblocked Two-Piece Trench (Burberry one in same color palette)

I also ordered a few recently reduced sale items. I think Ann Taylor marked down a batch of previously full-price items this morning and with the extra 40% off (no code required) and the stackable 20% off on orders of $100 and more coupon (10000004822), the sale items all of a sudden became appealing.

Sequin Front Halter | Sequin Front Merino Wool Cardigan

These are two items that I ordered before Christmas, the skirt was a return for me because it didn’t fit me properly but the clutch was a well received present.

Petite Sequin Mini Skirt | Sequin Clutch

The Jet Lace Necklace is merely $19.99 in stores (no additional discount apply) but the golden lace necklace is $99.99 online plus an additional 40 percent off. I picked up both necklaces because I think they are simply gorgeous. Consider the fact that I almost pulled the trigger at full price, I think these are pretty good deals. They are both currently sold out online but the stores should have plenty of stock. (You can also order by phone and have the necklaces sent to you for $7.50)

Jet Lace Necklace | Golden Lace Statement Necklace

I also picked up the matching golden lace cuff, marked down to 59.99 in stores and the glitter bangle, which got marked down online today.

Golden Lace Cuff | Glitter Bangles

And I can’t express in words how much I love the vibrant “chili pepper” red that Ann Taylor splattered all over their fall and spring arrivals. I tried the jewel neck jacket a little while ago but decided to return it because it was ill-fitting. I do plan on eventually buying everything else once they come closer to my target price range.

Chili Pepper Jewel Neck Jacket | Silk Rolled Sleeve Camp Shirt
Wraparound Waist Cowl Neck Halter | Wool Mini Skirt

Edited: a few sale styles that are still available in small sizes: Woodland Cable Crew Neck Sweater, Cascade Lapel Sleeveless Top (also in petite), Petite Lady Tweed Jacket, Cropped Drop Shoulder Top, Cropped 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan, Foil Detailed Cable Sweater, Tie Neck Halter Top, Twist Front Short Sleeve Top, Petite Flurry Print Ruched Shoulder Long Sleeve Blouse, and Petite Colorblocked Side Button Sleeveless Top.

Have you ordered from Ann Taylor recently? What did you get? Did you keep it or return it?

I am a novice when it comes to donning bold prints and the leopard print in particular is a pattern I only recently grew comfortable wearing. This no. 2 pencil skirt in leopard (here in petite) is the first leopard print clothing item I bought and I am playing it safe by styling it with like colors and neutrals.

j crew no 2 pencil skirt leopard print townhouse trench heather caramel
J. Crew Coat & Skirt, Ann Taylor blouse (similar) & belt (in black), and YSL shoes (similar)

j crew no 2 leopard pencil skirt

J. Crew skirts rarely fit me perfectly off the rack. In my ideal world the waist would be an inch smaller and the length an inch shorter but with a belt the skirt is passable. At $118, the 100% cotton skirt is quite overpriced but I haven’t found a pattern I liked as much as J. Crew’s version so this is a keeper for me.

j crew no 2 pencil skirt leopard print townhouse trench heather caramel ann taylor white button down blouse

I see myself wearing it with a sweater tucked in for early spring or pairing it with a sequin top for a more glam evening look. I’ll be experimenting with a few more ideas in the next few weeks.

Here are a few more options to consider:

River Island Leopard Print Pencil Skirt, BCBG Max Azria Gavin Leopard-Print Pencil Skirt, Bluemarine Leopard Print Wool Jersey Pencil Skirt

Leopard print accessories are generally welcomed by most but are leopard print clothing items too much? What are your thoughts?

I have an odd affinity to the color green. To be honest I didn’t care for the color before college but after attending a school whose mascot and school color are both green for four years, I eventually grew to love it. Now I can’t walk into a store and not be stopped by things in green. 

Do you have a color (or a print) you never thought you’d like but now love?

Burberry Trench (also here), H&M Dress, Ann Taylor Belt, and Stuart Weitzman Pumps (and here)

The dress is knee length but I used fashion tape to raise the hemline a little because I am bothered by the skirt to coat proportion

And since orange is the new black, I came home from H&M the other day with an arm full of orange items (unintentional). The dress is a new arrival but the two skirts are currently on sale. The midi length one in the middle fits TINY. The size 2 measures just short of 11 inches across the waist. If I had tried it on in stores I probably would’ve left it behind but since I came home with it I’ll try to make it work. Have you caught the orange bug yet?

One of the challenges in wearing my shorter Burberry trench is skirt length. For some reason my aesthetics are trained to enjoy coats no more than 3 inches shorter than the skirt/dress so this has proven to be a unique challenge. This particular outfit was comfortable to wear but in pictures bothered me because the trench seems two inches too short for it. 

Or maybe I am looking for an excuse to get Burberry trench #2.

Ann Taylor Dress (in reg), Burberry Trench (also here), H&M Boots, and See by Chloe Bag

When it comes to pairing dresses/skirts with short trenches/coats, do you go long, short or stick with pants?

via Pinterest | 1 2 3

p.s. Woah, and I just realized how hopelessly repetitive I am. This outfit looks eerily similar to an outfit from a previous post.


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