(This is a scheduled post; I'll try to answer any questions upon my return : )
**Ann Taylor is having 40% off everything again. The extra 30% off shared by a reader here still works!** My pick is the Overlapping Placket Blouse, now $32.76, available in petite and regular in many colors. I've raved about a Gap drapey blouse which did not come in petites (I settled for a reg XS and altered it). This AT top in "Crisp Nougat" looks like a good dupe - the perfect neutral for wearing with prints, bold skirts, jeans, or layering under crewneck sweaters.
Wanted - an elegant pair of leopard print pumps to jazz up my solid-colored work outfits. Requirements - approx 3.5" heel, almond toe, good quality, some toe cleavage, thin heel, dark camel with true leopard brown & black spots, under $100, maaaybe $150....do you exist out there?
2011 version. I like the luxe "pony hair" material, but in-person, the spots are not right for me. Instead of true leopard spots, these are reminiscent of cocoa pebbles up close, or black polka dots from afar. Small and close-together, with no brown in the mix at all.
Although the fit, quality, and material are all great and what I expect from Ann Taylor shoes, for $83 I'd rather wait for the perfect leopard pump. Maybe, just maybe...they'll do a third version next year and it'll be the winner. Here are other styles I considered, but for one reason or the other (price, crappy material, heel shape) none were perfect:
The second item I got were these Perfect Patent Pumps, scored for just $65 with this coupon (still going on right now!). I like patent shoes in general because you can wipe off dirt, scuffs and scratches more easily than regular leather. Having already hoarded three colors of the same style shoe (black leather, exotic taupe, and gray suede), I know I don't need one more. Nevertheless, I'm holding on to these to ponder over the next 60 days.
Readers - Do you find the leopard pump flashy or classy? Any rec's?