The February Challenge: Day 6 : Fanfare & Townhouse

The ASOS pussybow dress seen here hasn’t been worn in several months. It was one of the items that I had picked for the 30×30 challenge that I did last summer and was then relegated to the back of my closet once the challenge ended.

A simple two-tone dress is the ideal blank canvas to paint on; belt it to further accentuate the colorblocking trend and try a skirt over the bottom or a cardigan over the top and it’s a brand new outfit. For a lazy morning dresser like me it’s a clear closet staple. 

J. Crew coat & jacket, ASOS dress (similar here and here), Ann Taylor belt (in black) & shoes, Talbots gloves (similar), and Prada bag

Do you own a two-tone dress? How do you wear it?

The February Challenge: Day 5 : Hemming Woes

I bought these Theory pants last summer and briefly contemplated doing my own DIY hem but abandoned the plan at the eleventh hour because I didn’t have enough confidence to operate on such a fine piece of garment.

Ann Taylor blouse, J. Crew coat, Theory pants, Ziginy shoes, and Prada bag

I also haven’t decided how much to hem it so it’s been gathering dust in my closet. It is pictured at the original length and it’s obvious that it won’t work without a serious hem job.

How much do you typically hem your pants? I suffer from serious hem job regret sometimes which is part of why I don’t own too many pairs of pants.

OOTD: Deja vu

I haven’t been posting very many work outfits because they have been fairly uninspired. It’s hard to find motivation to dig through a room littered with clothes in the morning for an unexpected pairing.

And while I love a classic silhouette, with my more relaxed work environment on most days I can get away with a somewhat creative outfit. So…I have resolved to dress more whimsically for work and try out different styles to  see how they look on my shape. 

This is the jumping off point for me. I don’t veer too far from button up, pencil skirt and a pair of pumps so I’ll at least swap out the skirt for something different on Monday. 

red theory skirt j crew townhouse trench heather caramel ann taylor leopard shoes
Ann Taylor top (similar), necklace & shoes ($$$ here), J. Crew coat, Theory skirt, and Prada bag

ootd red theory skirt j crew townhouse trench heather caramel ann taylor leopard shoes ann taylor white blouse black calfskin prada bag

If you see some weird pairings in the next little while, just forgive me for trying to integrate a bit of my own idiosyncratic elements into those outfits. That, or I really just rolled out of bed and put on the first things I see.

Wish me luck!

OOTD & AE Long Cable Sweater Review

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.

Ann Taylor Spring Arrivals & Winter Sale (Extra 40% Off Sale + 20% off on $100 and more)

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?

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