Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Soft peach and gold accents

pink dress gold heels LOFT petite flutter sleeve dress (torso slimmed), J.Crew blazer & heels (both old)

Today only - take 50% off everything at LOFT with code RUSH50. I ordered this gorgeous geo print skirt which has just 1 but a very positive review so far. My other suggestions include this basic knit button down (pic on me), the soft ruffle top, utility softened shirt, or this pretty floral scarf. I had the scarf on my wishlist and am bummed I forgot it in my order (and don't want to pay again for shipping!). The dress I'm wearing here is < $50 and left in limited sizing, but you can try the "Find in Store" feature to search local stores.
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This dress and tote were two of my few pre-spring purchases, and I've gotten serious mileage out of both pieces. I love the feminine soft peach color and exaggerated flutter sleeves, different from my more rigid and conservative dresses. I've worn the dress to work un-belted (belting adds nice waist definition, but it raises the hemline too much on me for work) with a blazer and closed-toe pumps. I've also worn it to casual BBQs with flat sandals, and to brunch parties with metallic shoes as shown.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Ann Taylor petite spring reviews

A few sales of note: from now through 4/22, take 50% off women's & men's apparel at J.Crew Factory (prices as marked) and 25% off full-priced items at J.Crew regular. Thank you to several ladies who let me know J.Crew Factory now carries petites sizing! My pick is this classic-looking cotton trench for $99.

Ending Tuesday 4/22, Neiman Marcus has extra 25% off sale items (prices as marked) plus a $50 off $200 regular price coupon with APRIL50. These two are stackable on a number of items, at least in the home department where I was browsing. Saks is having their 25% off F&F sale from now until Monday 4/28. Unfortunately most designers brands are excluded, but Ferragamo, Kate Spade, and Tory Burch appear to be included. My favorite classic suiting brand, Theory, is also having 25% off sitewide. All of these stores now offer free everyday shipping, with NM & Theory also offering free return shipping.

Ann Taylor is having their best sale I've seen from them this season - 50% off site wide plus free shipping at any price with WOW50 *sale ended.* My quick picks are the Kenzie pumps (looks like an office staple) and the Horizon skirt, and the mitered stripe full skirt (see factory versions on me below). Also see this post for a few reviews from this season (note: bags are unfortunately excluded from sale). I've been in need of a basic white skirt for work and ordered this stretch twill one to try.
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AT factory petite skirt (retail $90 - huh? more than the regular store? plus 40% off I think), gingham top

I passed by an AT outlet this weekend and was lured in by the pretty colors and prints. There was extra 60% off sale items there, plus ad hoc extra discounts on top of other pieces. I was in a rush so I took note of the retail prices, but am not 100% sure about the additional discounts for the items below. I do have to say some prices at the regular store are surprisingly better, even before the current promo mentioned above!

First up, I tried on this floral skirt to show it as an alternative to the WHBM one I love, which is now sold out. The knit quality felt good and I believe it was fully lined with an invisible zip. Please note in the photo above I have about 2" pinched back with a hair clip to show where it should sit. This blouse came in several versatile patterns and colors, but the fit was just too boxy all around (excess material balooning in the back).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fan print skirt + cropped cardigan

full skirt cropped cardigan
Gap tie-neck top (similar in black), Kate Spade skirt (altered), LV Speedy 25 bag
Sole Society Olyvia heels (5 colors), Target cropped cardigan (old)

I wore this to work on Monday, which already feels like a distant memory with snow back on the ground. Spring in Boston...why such a tease? Anyhow, this is another outfit that combines old favorites plus one of my go-to color pairings. I kept the rest of my look neutral, finishing with pumps that provide plenty of leg-lengthening action despite having a low, manageable heel.
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I first learned about Sole Society through Cee's many posts remixing their shoes and handbag. I remember being surprised at genuine leather for the price points, but Cee keeps a very edited closet so I trust her opinions on quality. I was happy to see that the brand offers shoes down to a sz 5, plus has cute jewelry and scarves to boot. Short legs be damned, I'm a sucker for ankle-strap heels and was drawn right in to this pointy-toe style.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

shop bop sale 041414 F&F sales are kicking off left and right - first up, take 25% off many designer items at Shopbop with INTHEFAMILY14 until 4/17. They always offer free 3-day shipping + return shipping for U.S. shoppers (international rates may vary). Please note the site is notoriously slow during this sale, and may take a bit of refreshing. Shopbop picks:

1) J Brand midrise cropped skinnies: I wear denim from all ends of the price spectrum, but my J Brands are a favorite. Both pairs I own make even a flatter rear end look fantastic, and have maintained good hold and resiliency. I haven't tried this specific pair, but wanted to share as the 25" inseam (intended to be cropped jeans) might work for shorter ladies with no hemming needed. See J Brand jeans (hemmed) on me.

I've also heard wonderful things about Rag & Bone denim quality, and ordered these well-reviewed high-rise skinnies to compare (love the consistent wash). As commenter S. pointed out below, their higher cotton content could lend to a thicker, sturdier denim.

2) I've eyed these Blank spray-on jeans since seeing them so often on Kelly - ordered a pair to try as well, since my ON white jeggings are now misshapen and in dire need of a replacement. I noticed there is another Blank option in the same style but with 98% cotton and 30% cheaper, however limited sizes are available.

3) I've been enjoying the Rider bag (update: brown now sold out, but Nordstrom might price match if you live chat with customer service) and all its convertible features. See my past reviews here and here, but please note mine is saffiano leather versus regular. I can see this neutral brown color looking better with age and a little wear.

Another sale of note is at Lord & Taylor -  take 25% off almost everything with code FRIENDS, and 10% off beauty. There's several pretty spring picks in their petites department, but sizing for their brands carried usually start at 2P/XSP only. Here are some of those pieces that caught my eye and are on double discount with the F&F promo. The dotted 100% cotton sweater has a removable collar - versatile for using under other tops/dresses for a chic layered look without the bulk. The bold floral print cardigan would look adorable tucked into a black or white full A-line skirt.

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Lastly, take an extra 25% off the entire store at all Theory outlet locations from 4/15 - 4/21. A good opportunity to pick up quality suiting separates, as they're usually already marked down at least 30% at the outlet. The biggest selection I believe is at Woodbury Commons, NY, and they can ship orders for $15 if you know the style names, colors and sizes you want.
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