Posts Tagged ‘Ann Taylor’


Daily Deal – Red Ruffles!

May 12, 2010

This outfit is not on the Inspiration Calendar,  but I was just too excited to show you the shirt, that I couldn’t wait for the IC to possibly have “ruffles” or “red” as part of the combination, so I went rogue and wore it.

Price Breakdown:

Shirt: DYI (or something like that – I can’t figure out the logo) $8.00 (Bargain Basket)

Capris:  Ann Taylor $3.39 (Goodwill)

Sandals:  Bandolino $14.99 (Foley’s end-of-season sale)

Belt:  $1.59 (Goodwill)

Total Cost: $27.97

Yes, ruffles.  The style that, back in February, I swore I’d avoid wearing like the plague.  And here I am, in all my glory, proud as a peacock to show off my ruffles.

I had many compliments on it, and I had one friend who couldn’t believe I’d found it in a secondhand store.

“That’s so in fashion now,” she said.  “I can’t believe someone’s getting rid of it already.”

Yep, I told her, that’s me.  Cutting edge of fashion.


Inspiration Calendar – Belt an Oxford over a dress

May 3, 2010

OK, I cheated here.  I didn’t have an Oxford that I felt would work over a dress, so I reached for this little Talbot’s belted jacket that I’ve been wanting to wear for months.

Price Breakdown:

Jacket:  Talbots: $4.69 (Goodwill)

Navy Sheath Dress:  Ann Taylor $5.89 (Goodwill)

Shoes:  Mootsies Tootsies $3.59 (Goodwill)

Total Cost: $14.17

I’m sorry, but I just have to toot my horn here, because I am gushing with Thrift Pride.  How cool is it that for less than 15 bucks, I can put together this timeless, classic outfit?  Somebody at Goodwill needs to use this photo for a new Marketing campaign: “How to dress like a million bucks for less than $15!”

I should do for Goodwill what Jared has done for Subway, don’t you think?

OK, OK, I’ll regain some humility, but I’m actually quite proud here, because I also have the good length factor going here on both the jacket sleeves and the dress, and that rarely happens with me.  Even the height of the heels seem to show off a bit of sassiness, don’t you think?

I guess the only thing this outfit is missing is a splash of color – maybe a nice yellow purse matched with a yellow scarf instead of the jewel-toned beads.  I thought about that the day I wore this outfit, but then decided against looking for the ultimate accessory for this outfit.

I just don’t want to go down that road of accessorizing for perfection.  I like the simple understatedness of this outfit.  Trying to dot the I’s and cross the T’s with perfect accessories just seems too…..too perfect to me.

However,  being the “fickle” or capricious nut that I am, my actions are once again contrary to what I write.  Yes, I decided that I didn’t want to get caught up in accessorizing.

But look what I bought that very same day:

They were $9.99 each, which is a lot for me to spend on anything, let alone purses.

The one on the left is Coach, and I’m confident it’s authentic, and the one on the right is Chanel, and I’m pretty sure it’s not.  But it is adorable, isn’t it?  And I’m not a purse person at all.

In fact,  I’ve just about doubled my purse inventory with these two purses.

What do you think?  Will these be nice additions?  Would they have worked with the outfit above??


Day 25 – Finally, a scarf!

February 28, 2010

I am not a huge accessorizer. Which is sad, because I love accessories on other people.  I know that a nice statement necklace, a scarf, or pretty earrings can pull an outfit together yet I neglect to go that extra mile.

It’s something I hope continuous feedback from all of you will help me with.

I mean, it was less than a month ago that I admitted I was a beltaphobe, and here I am a converted beltaholic. So if anything, I am teachable.

Let’s take scarves, for instance. Just a nice little suggestion of a scarf from Rena on my boyfriend jacket/teal tunic outfit led me to try one out on this outfit:

Price Breakdown:

Jacket:  Petite Sophisticates $4.69

Teal Tunic #2 :  Apt. 9 $2.29 – I had so many compliments on my Ann Taylor tunic, I had to ride the momentum and try out my other one!  I’m shameless, aren’t I?

Jeans:  Apt. 9 $4.59 – check out the length on the jeans – how do you like me now, whaat! (My boyfriend’s 10-year-old daughter Sophie helped me get that phrase just right, including the spelling!)

Boots:  Transit $6.59

Total Cost:  $18.16

Sophie also voted this as my best outfit yet.  She’s one of my top fashion advisers.

As I mentioned above, aside from Sophie’s input, this outfit is the result of listening to suggestions and learning from other blogs.

I bought this Petite Sophisticates jacket months before I started this blog.  I absolutely loved it, but it sat in my closet because I had no idea how to wear it.  I kept searching for the perfect brown skirt or pants to go with it, I considered wearing it with black or tan, but nothing seemed to work.

So when I started writing this blog and reading about how other people wear short jackets, I finally found the answer with a pair of jeans and a tunic.  Then Rena suggested a scarf with I wore my other tunic, and here I am, looking very fashionable to a 10-year-old.  Are there any adults out there that agree this works?

A couple more things about scarves – for March, I am planning on using the Inspirational Calendar for my daily looks, and 3 of the days have scarves as part of the ensemble.  So I know I will wear a scarf at least 3 times in March.  That’s more than I did in February, right?

And finally, have you seen this excellent scarf-tying tutorial? I probably should have used the second method for my scarf above, don’t you think?   I think I’ll ask Sophie….

(By the way, she likes it the way I did it!)


Day 22 – Oops I did it again!

February 26, 2010

In this post, I really wanted to talk about the Boyfriend Blazer, and how versatile it can be – from dressing up some jeans to jazzing up your business casual attire.  However, if you’ll look at the pants length, I have once again made a huge fashion faux pas.

Price Breakdown:

Boyfriend Blazer:  Banana Republic $4.69

Teal Tunic: Ann Taylor $2.29

Pants:  Eddie Bauer $1.99

Boots:  Nine West $18

Total Cost: $26.97

I feel like I’m back in 7th grade.

7th grade was a pivotal time in my life.  Upon returning back to school after summer vacation, I immediately noticed that there was something different about all the other girls.  They had changed.  They seemed taller, bigger, more mature.   They were wearing make-up, carrying purses and  wearing bras because they had boobs.

It was like they had all gone off to “How to Be a Girl Camp” and came back with all this new information about things that I didn’t even know existed.

Me?  I had spent the summer like I always did – climbing trees and catching tadpoles.

With my recent outfits, I feel I’m right back there in 7th grade – everyone knows all these things about fashion that I wasn’t even aware of! Where have I been when all these fashion rules were made?  How could I have been so unaware?

Today’s topic is pants length.  And for all of you who were like me, unaware of the the current fashion standards, I have done some research by trial-and-error, and I can bring back some information for you. In other words,  I feel like I have attended “What is the Proper Pants Length”  camp.

Here’s what I’ve learned from the always helpful, kind supportive women at You Look Fab:

– Almost skimming the surface of the ground is about an eight of an inch off the ground – which is an ideal length. The photos on the left are perfect for bootcuts and wide legs.

– Skinny legs however, are different. Hems that taper cannot skim the surface of the ground – so we allow them to scrunch a little at the ankle instead.

For more information about pants length, visit click here.

So it’s back to my closet to re-evaluate my pants collection.  No wonder why I wear skirts all the time.  Pants are complicated.

Several people have commented how difficult it is in winter to wear pants this long in the winter.  Any thoughts?


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