H&M dress (old, DIY altered), Ann Taylor necklace (may still be in stores for $19.88)
Ann Taylor hit it out of the park last season with this cabochon necklace. If I didn't know better, I could've mistaken this for costume jewelry passed down by someone's grandmother. It has good weight and makes a statement against any backdrop. I especially love wearing it with large pearl stud earrings to really bring out the white stones. It's now on final sale for a mere $19.88 (sold out online) - I shelled out more, but it's earned its worth in wears. Thankfully, I no longer work on a team of fashionistas who used to chastise me for wearing favorite pieces too much.
These taupe pointy patent pumps are also a recent Ann Taylor purchase...
They would've never been on my radar if it weren't for my friend Ping's helpful review. I ordered my typical Ann Taylor size 5, and have been very pleased. Ever since sending back these Porcini perfect pumps over 2 years ago (I had just started working and was very thrifty...got them for 30% off but wanted to wait for 40% off), I've wallowed in regret countless times. There have been so many outfits that just needed a subdued taupe pump - and now that void is finally filled.
These pumps have a lower 3 and 1/4" heel which is very manageable, and is made of leather inside and out. In my opinion, these are fairly comfy, but not as comfy as the almond toe perfect pumps...because frankly, no one's feet are shaped like a triangle at the tip. Small sizes are currently sold out online, but I have seen occasional pop-backs.
I also ordered this Polished Cotton Cropped Jacket to try on during their extra 40% off sale items promo. I thought the cropped length would be flattering on a petite frame, but something looked off - the long lapels were too reminiscent of a tux to me. Also, now that my arms are sore from ironing my BR Factory white dress so many times, I'm avoiding wrinkle-prone cotton suit separates. I tried this on so hastily that I forgot to take measurements.
While returning the jacket at my local store, this beautiful ponte skirt in "avocado" caught my eye. In person, it's a lovely chartreuse color, almost like a muted lime green. The skirt runs smaller than their normal suiting skirts, but sizing is tricky with ponte - 0P was a tiny bit big on me, but a 00P would probably be too fitted around the tush and short for work. If you can fit regular sizes, my solution would be to order one size down in regular sizing (compared to the size you take in petite) to get the 1.5" of extra length for work.
These skirts reminded me of my bright blue ponte skirt from AT, which I've stopped wearing to work because it's borderline too short. The material felt softer than prior seasons but may be more pilling-prone as a result. One very pleasant surprise, though, was that the new ponte skirts are now fully lined, making them hang smoother and feel like much better quality. Am definitely adding the avocado to my wishlist for when a sale hits!