Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Loving Now: Ann Taylor Striped Tee (& Burberry 40% off sale)

For the past few months, I've been shopping with one eye open for a classic striped tee. One that was fitted yet comfy for both work and casual wear. Last weekend at the Ann Taylor concept store opening in Chestnut Hill, MA - I lucked out and found a great one. It's an XSP, but 100% cotton should shrink.
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Tee: Ann Taylor Boatneck tee sz XSP, style # 257254 (similar for $19)
Skirt: Banana Republic Paper Bag Skirt  Belt: J.Crew  Scarf: H&M (all old)
Wedges: Target Xhilaration Teala Wedges sz 5.5 - under $25!
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Aren't these wedges fun? I missed out on those Cynthia Vincent for Target shoes, so I jumped on these. The wedge heel is actually very light and comfortable. I wore them for several hours running errands and shopping indoors, but changed into flats later on for roaming the city with one of my fave bloggers (more on that tomorrow). I can't find these in yellow online, but here is the Chocolate, Black, and Cognac version. I inspected all three colors in-person; out of those I think Chocolate looks the best in real life. Right now, you get 20% off of these online with orders of $75 or more.
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Blazer: H&M sz 2    Bag: Chanel Wallet on Chain
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In other news, I was at Bloomingdales' private sale (ends tomorrow, Thursday) and made a joyful discovery. Some longtime readers may know that I've been on the quest for a classic, double-breasted Burberry trench. One of their most classic trench options is called the "Harbourne," which allegedly is always available, but never on sale.

On a whim, I scanned a trench yesterday and it was a whopping 40% off. Still pricey at $585, but it was something that I would've eventually paid full price for. The SA kept on insisting it wouldn't be on sale, and her jaw dropped when the price came up. Both black and stone are 40% off until tomorrow only (but the sale is unmarked), so if you're interested, check your local store or call and ask for it to be shipped to your home (I had shipping fees waived).
I am modeling one size up (US 4) but ordered a US 2. See the stone-colored Harbourne on Kelly here. Notice that Burberry hasn't upped the retail price on this since 2008, unlike the monsters at Chanel! And for anyone who cares, I noticed these are made in England again and not Hong Kong - they must've had too many complaints about those and re-opened up their England factories.

45 comments:

  1. Wow, I really like it a lot! I love Burberry products but the price is out of my reach now. Maybe in the future. Good thing they moved their factory or whatever they did! I honestly would not pay that much for items from Hong Kong unless its like 24k gold jewelry... maybe. It just seems cheap because whomever sewed it together didn't get paid much.

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  2. jean, those are such fun sandals and i love the color. congrats on getting that amazing deal on that burb trench coat. still a lot, but better than nothing!

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  3. Cute look...as always, Jean. I LOVE those shoes!!!

    I'm going to Target! =D

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  4. awesome find on the coat! thats exciting when that happens!! i also have that AT top and it makes my wide shoulders look like a sumo wrestler. not attractive.

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  5. Wow that coat is still too expensive for me..lol but I'm sure you will get lots of use out of it:-)

    Those shoes remind me of Angie's yellow sandals that I love! You are so lucky your feet can fit a 5.5....so jealous! Lol

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  6. Congrats Jean on the Burberry purchase! That is a good mild winter coat for the West coast (when you follow your dreams to move). Those yellow sandals look like it will get a lot of wear. What shade is your nailpolish?

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  7. i love how u pair them with the mustard wedges!
    the wedges is so pretty!
    hehe i understand why nobody wants to pay that price for made in hongkong pieces. that wasnt a smart move!

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  8. gorgeous Burberry!!! I had no idea their trenches ran up to nearly $1000 wow...what a great deal for you though. Will a size 2 fit you? Are you gonna have to alter it? Can't wait to see an outfit with this!

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  9. @xoladiihoneyxo 24k gold jewelry, lol! I actually don't care that much...unless quality is noticeably compromised. I do notice though whenever I go into the Burb store, there are always Asian shoppers making a big deal to inspect the "made in" tag : )

    @Jackie I just got them this weekend in-store. They were a smidge cheaper there! $22 : )

    @purses and puppies Aww! I'm sure you are looking at yourself with more critical eyes than others. I can see how the combo of boatneck and horizontal stripes aren't for everyone, though!

    @Canadianpetite Hi Canadianpetite, the polish is Essie clam bake (looove it, an easy to apply red-orange). And I'm not sure sure my dreams are at the West Coast anymore! Nick told me there are no seasons there, and I love seasonal food like eating fresh lobster in Spring/Summer and then freshly pressed apple cider in the Fall...ahh I will miss those : /

    @ShinyPrettyThings Thank you! A sz 2 will definitely need some alterations... shortening sleeves, possibly slimming, but not too much. I'll be taking it to the regular Burberry store for alterations. They charged reasonable alteration prices in the past (free for full priced-purchases), so I hope that hasn't changed!

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  10. just wondering, if the sale is unmarked, how did you know it was 40% off? a friend of mine actually works at burberry, but even with the discount it is still a bit pricey lol

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  11. hehe those wedges look familiar! :) 5.5 is a tad too big for me but i still wear those babies everywhere. glad you took the dive into the yellow hive!

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  12. Omgosh! Your trench looks so gorgeous! I've always wanted one, but it's def. out of my price range. Maybe when I grow up and have a job. >.<

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  13. I LOVE the color combinations in your outfit! The scarf adds such a nice touch and pulls everything together!

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  14. pls make more makeup videos!

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  15. I love your blazer! And of course your wedges are amazing! =) The burberry trench looks so nice! Definitely still out of my price range though =P

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  16. Great score on such a classic piece (both the striped tee and trench). Can't wait to see how post-alterations turn out. Is a concept store worth going to? I think there is one this weekend in my area, but it's still a semi-hike to get to.

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  17. Such a fun outfit Jean and that really is a great striped top - very classy! Looking forward to the trench alterations! I always love seeing the before and after alterations pics.

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  18. *fainting at the coat price*

    lol

    West Coast does have seasons, btw, just not drastic changes in Southern CA. But there are two towns to do the apple thing in fall, the beach, mountains, and desert are right here, and it's great to never have to shovel snow unless you're in said mountains. I've to nearly every state and most towns leave me bored after a few days...living in Cali never has.

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  19. I love your lip colour! Would you share what lip product/shade you are wearing? It's so pretty!

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  20. I love seeing you in casual outfits, Jean (not that I don't like you in professional attires). LOVE your sandals very much. I have recently developed a yellow color craze. I want yellow top, bottoms, purse... and now shoes!! lol

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  21. First of all the trench coat is amazing, and such a great price!! And second, the tee is perfect. It is something I've been looking to add to my wardrobe as well!

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  22. Loooove your outfit! The yellow heels are awesome! ♥

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  23. Jean, those yellow wedges are sooooo cute! That's the first thing that jumped out at me. Love your pop of color :) As always, very stylish.

    Congratulations on your Burberry trench!! That price though makes me quiver in my knees!

    You'll still have seasonal food actually in the West Coast : ) There are seasons, just subtle. No snow though. The weather here has been odd this past year though. Been colder on average than normal.

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  24. Untrue Nick!

    Shell-fish season is back in and The Boiling Crab in Orange County never tasted better. =p the crawfish are finger lickin gooooooood.

    way to represent the West Coast. hahaha.

    the only thing I will give the East Coast (primarily Northeast) is better public education, more worthy touristy things to see/visit, and places have more character/history, ergo more interesting place to be in general.

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  25. Such a steal with the coat! And rats, I would love to have yellow sandals like that :D

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  26. love the casual outfit :) i'm so tempted to hunt for the burberry trench but alas, i've spent way too much $$ recently so i gotta curb my spending. probably rings true for most of us bloggers eh? :D

    i'm a cali girl 100% and i wouldn't move anywhere else. although i love to travel, cali is where the heart is hehe. i would say the only thing i wish CA has is yellow leaves in autumn. seriously, can anything be more beautiful than autumn leaves? hard to come by around here. but seafood? abundance! apple farms? yep. just don't live right smack in the middle of LA then you're alright haha...

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  27. loving the striped tee and those colorful wedges! I think I need to head down to Target asap! xo

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  28. Great casual outfit, Jean! Those colors played really well together. I've seen those wedges at Target but was hesitate to get them since I wasn't sure how to style them. They look amazing on you!

    @Aubrey: This may sound gross but finger-licking was the best part at The Boiling Crab :)

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  29. Yay!! You got the Burberry trench you wanted! :)

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  30. Loving this striped tee. I feel like all I'm in the mood to buy recently are striped t-shirts. They go so well with so many things and are such an easy way to make an outfit a little more interesting and classy.

    And your jacket looks great too!

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  31. Love the tee and the bag. Very classic pieces. :) Overall it's a very chic outfit.

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  32. I love the stripes and khaki look; it's so classy and chic. I can't believe the Burberry is on sale... :O

    I almost bought this very coat in Spain for 1300 euros but then decided that the quality didn't justify the price. It was made in Hong Kong and had loose threads and uneven stitching! At the Burberry store! Since then I consider Burberry a bygone :( Really? Loose threads and uneven stitching for 1300 euros???

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  33. are you happy with the fit? I remember reading an old post where they looked a little boxy. I'm crazy over buying a burberry trench but most of the one's i've tried on drown my tiny little figure. (5'3 96lbs) Is this one fitted? Are you planning on having any alterations done? if so, do tell.

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  34. Come eat The Boiling Crab with me! The girl there always hits on my boyfriend, lol

    Love the outfit Jean! :)

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  35. @Anonymous By asking someone to scan it at the register to see what price it comes up as : ) What's the employee discount there?

    @Carla Krae @grace @AubreyOhDang! @Sunshine LOL didn't mean to stir up a ruckus with that comment : ) I visit the Southern CA several times a year and always have a great relaxing time there. And yes I'm dying to have some boiling crab. Unfortunately though there definitely is not fresh lobster from the shore, clam chowder, and oysters in San Diego the way there is in New England, and like Sunshine said, the beautiful turning of the leaves ... I'll miss those for sure if I move.

    @PetiteLittleGirl Sydney, they actually go with everything! I'm going to be wearing them more than brown sandals because the mustard is actually more lengthening on the leg...blends in more to skin unlike brown.

    @nomoneylotsofstyle Oy....that's no good at all! Makes me feel better about this one for this price. I'll have to inspect the workmanship once it arrives though.

    @TinkerCo I'm going to do a detailed compare with past styles I tried on. None of those styles were the classic trench and I was very displeased with the one from Nordstrom's half yearly sale, if that's the one you're referencing : ) And I will be getting alterations. Probably shortening sleeves and slimming of the sides. I'll probably pay for those to be done at the regular Burberry retail store.

    @Kellie I want! It always looks delish in others' photos.

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  36. @Anonymous Thanks! It's Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Coral Reef - love it : )

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  37. Love the yellow shoes. Definitely spices up the outfit.

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  38. I love your dress sense a lot Jean. How lucky of you to have snagged that beautiful trench at a whopping discount and I agree about the monsters at chanel. There goes my dream bag!

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  39. Hi Jean, I actually went to a Burberry store to have a SA scan the trench coat w/ the product number in your picture. However, they give me the cold shoulder saying in the system, this coat was not and will never have 40% off.....Just wondered is it a Boston special sale or universal. Thanks

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  40. @Catty2004 Catty - did you do it today? Because the sale ended yesterday night (so I tried to get that post up emphasizing it ended Thursday). It was store-wide and not just Boston because I had to have my coat ordered from a CA store. I'm so sorry that they were cold! I just hate that...too bad they couldn't have been proven wrong : (

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  41. i love this outfit! the stripes and mustard wedges are amazing! <3

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  42. Amazing outfit and those wedges are fabulous!

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  43. I bought this shirt a few months ago becuase I just loved it. Even paid more than I usually do because it was EXACTLY what I wanted. But I've only been pairing it with khakis and silver jewelry, so seeing a new take on it is really nice.

    Thanks!

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  44. I absolutely adore your style and enjoy reading your blog! FYI- came across the Cynthia Vincent wedge sandals on Shopbop: http://www.shopbop.com/jackson-strap-stacked-wedge-back/vp/v=1/845524441893147.htm?folderID=2534374302175298&fm=sale-shopbysize-viewall&colorId=13711

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  45. I'm looking for a pair of skinny khaki jeans, any thoughts? something like this:

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rag-bone-jean-skinny-stretch-jeans/3186212?origin=keywordsearch&resultback=1697

    Nordstrom is sold out!

    Thanks,

    C.

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