Ann Taylor x Birchbox Boston - August 15

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Ann Taylor outfit c/o - peplum shell, striped skirt (altered), cap-toe pumps, necklace & Bowtie clutch

Fellow Bostonians - if you're free the evening of Thursday 8/15, please consider joining me at the Prudential Mall Ann Taylor! I'm excited to be hosting a night of fashion and beauty in collaboration with Birchbox. There will be mini-makeovers, gifts, plus cocktails and treats.
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Complimentary Birchboxes and gift with purchases are limited, so please RSVP here if you'd like to come! 

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Prior to the event, the Ann Taylor x Birchbox team asked me to stop by and try on AT's latest collection and experiment with some beauty favorites...
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First stop was at the Escape Aveda salon, where the Birchbox team had sent a package of their top user-rated products. This was their "Daytime Chic" look, which consisted of clean, fresh skin, light lip gloss, and defined lashes.
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One happy discovery from the makeup session was Benefit's "They're Real" mascara. My lashes have gotten more and more sparse over the years, but a few light coats of this added noticeable length and thickness.
AnnTaylor_Birchbox_Salon3For hair, I simply asked for volume at the crown and a low, messy bun. My sweet makeup artist turned out to be quite handy with a teasing brush.
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Over at the Ann Taylor store, I loved the themes of navy and orange throughout the current collection. I thought this graphic cotton skirt would be adorable with the chain-trimmed blouse (not visible in this pic, but delicate gold chain runs along the neckline).
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This tie-neck blouse w/ contrast pockets had a little touch of masculinity, and it must've been popular, as I could only find a regular sz 2 (extra material scrunched in the back).
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Jungle print dress - versatile for work, or a late summer / early fall wedding. Petites already sold out online, but regular sizes still available. AnnTaylor_Birchbox_Store EP2
Ann Taylor has been a staple of my comfy work shoe collection over the years. While I certainly don't need more solid "perfect pumps," I was drawn to this Lara pointy heel. The beige base and rose gold cap toes are different in-person than in the online photo, which appears more blush pink with gold. Another new arrival is the patent animal-print pump with coordinating belt - the caramel colors are dark enough for more conservative outfits, but the printed patent maintains some interest.
AnnTaylor_Birchbox_Store EP6I was thrilled to discover that my local AT stores started carrying extended petite sizing again. Even though the items may still need some tailoring, it's great to be able to try on pieces without waiting and paying for shipping. Now if only we could get a bigger selection, and some extended shoe sizes too! For anyone interested in the items in my final outfit, I have a more detailed review coming this weekend.

49 comments:

  1. Exquisite style with both of those dresses. Fabulous style in these pictures!

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  2. I wish that I didn't have a prior commitment that evening. I'm in the Boston area and would have loved to come to this fun event. Have a wonderful time!

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  3. Ann Taylor has never looked so chic! Xo.

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  4. Where is the black lace dress from? Do you have a recommended outfit from Ann Taylor for weddings?

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    1. Hi there - it's an old crochet dress from Ann Taylor factory. What is the setting of the wedding? outdoor/indoor, which season, etc? I love the green floral dress here the way they styled it (with the statement pearls) for a casual wedding.

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  5. The collection looks great and I love the way they did your hair! Quite elegant.

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  6. YOU make Ann Taylor look chic! Such an elegant outfit!

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    1. So true! This makes me want to go shop there haha

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  7. Love your outfit!!! So classy, and elegant!!!

    Would have love to come to your event... But I'm not living in the US!!! Unfortunately...

    xxx

    Le monde des petites
    http://www.lemondedespetites.com/

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  8. Wow love this whole outfit, especially the chevron skirt!

    --Emilia

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  9. Congratulations! Wish I could attend!!

    xo Tia

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  10. I love the outfit that you picked out! I wished I lived in Boston!

    An
    http://thestylerx.com

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  11. What a wonderful outfit! I've been following your blog for a while now and do live near the Boston area. Perhaps I'll get to see you at the event. :)

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    1. Thien - would love to meet you!

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  12. Hi Jean!

    Have been following your blog for years and this is my first time posting. I really love your outfits and this post reminded me of a similar outfit I put together last year. Don't you just love the colour combination? :D I'm living in Singapore or I'll definitely pop by Ann Taylor in support of you!

    http://theclassyfied.blogspot.sg/2012/08/royal-rose.html?m=0

    Oh! And thank you very much for sharing many beautiful pictures of your Coach Court bag. You were the one that tempted me to get my own! :)



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    1. You look great! Can't go wrong with this color combo : ) Also I'm so glad to hear you like the court bag - your chocolate colored one is gorgeous.

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  13. the jungle print dress is beautiful. i like your updo and all the elegant outfits you put together. wish i lived in boston!

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  14. Love the hair! It looks very stylish and sophisticated.

    Oh, the hours I've spent with textbooks in that courtyard....

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  15. Perfection!! You make Anne Taylor look so good!

    Sheri
    http://shapelychicsheri.blogspot.com/

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  16. I love this outfit, especially the skirt. You look great, Jean.

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  17. Hi Jean!

    Do you mind doing a hair how to update? I think mine has a similar texture as yours. Thanks :)

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    1. Hi there - I have been going back to old habits of just putting it up in 4 buns at night and sleeping on them for "waves" in the morning. It doesn't always come out right so I use a curling iron to quickly 'touch up' any runaway waves in the morning. It's a quick process compared to curling the entire head of hair with an iron in the morning!

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  18. So elegantly and beautifully put together! I hope the fashion night is a success!
    FashionEdible

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  19. I love the outfit that you styled, and that necklace is so beautiful! Have a wonderful time at the event!

    Suzie Q
    www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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  20. Jean, you are the epitome of a classy woman. You look fantastic, and I love your blush in the pictures! I wish I could be in Boston to attend the event and meet you.

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    1. Lana, thank you for your kind words - hope we get to cross paths sometime!

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  21. I wish my AT had shoes! I've heard great things about their pumps.

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  22. Totally adore those patent animal print heels, and the outfit you wound up with. That necklace is amazing, and could transform any outfit.

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  23. Love this outfit, Jean! The I'm a huge fan of stripes, and this skirt is a great color and fit. Only sad you didn't pick to tortoise shell pumps--those were my vote on instagram! :)

    Style by Joules

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  24. You look beautiful in all these photos. I love how you styled everything.

    xo
    Maggie A
    Love Mavin

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  25. Hi Jean! Where is your lace dress from? It is beautiful!

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    1. Hi Mila, unfortunately it's old from Ann Taylor factory.

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  26. The hair and the necklace make you look older than your age. You are in your mid twenties, why do you want to make yourself look like you are in mid fourties?

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  27. That skirt looks so wonderful on you. This post couldn't have come at a worse time! I'm trying to lay off the shopping a bit, but I NEED that striped skirt. Argh!

    Also, love the hair. Very chic!

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  28. I love the navy/nude look. It looks like a dress not a blouse/skirt combination. I also love the bold necklace.

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  29. You look gorgeous girl! Love the details and accessories!

    I've just followed your lovely blog with twitter and bloglovin, hope you'll follow me back, would mean a lot to me if someone like you follows me :)

    Enjoy your day!
    -xoxo- Roxanne | BALUZ

    Connect with BALUZ:
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  30. I love your style! Such an inspiration for us petite girls. We are about the same size ( I'm just over 5 feet tall, 91lbs) but you are way more proportionate as I have such a big chest (DDs). Beautiful pictures!

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    1. Thank you so much! If you haven't checked out the Alterations Needed forum yet, I saw several threads on there for curvier chested petite ladies sharing tips & recommendations.

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  31. Lucky Boston readers! Here in the DC area I'm also finding the petite selection at Ann Taylor stores to be incredibly tiny and only offering a scant few items from whatever the current season is. And it's usually a very small small corner tucked away in the back, the sales associate always tell me to order online.

    Your blouse posts have been very helpful (ordered 2 silk camp blouses from AT recently to try)! I was wondering if you've come across any other simple and clean cut ones in good/decent fabric? Do you handwash your silk blouses or take them to the dry cleaners? I've noticed AT says to dry clean those blouses but the Tinely Road one indicates handwashing on their webpage.

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    1. Hi Linh, I have several "drapey" blouses from LOFT in polyester which honestly feel better now than the "affordable silks." Also you never have to worry about hand or machine washing with poly. Just make sure the material is not a cheap poly that generates static (test it just by rubbing once or twice on your hair). I hand wash all my silk blouses from the thrift store and have had mixed results (sometimes the colors run pretty badly, sometimes the silk gets crinkly and doesn't recover), so with other store bought silk ones I now take them to the cleaners to avoid damage.

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  32. I love this outfit on you. Good luck with the event :-)

    www.petitestyleonline.com

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  33. Hey, congrats!
    Ale from Sweden

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  34. Beautiful. I love the outfit and accessories you picked out. Too bad I'm not in your area or I would go. :(

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  35. This is an absolutely gorgeous look - initially I thought it is a dress.
    I love the necklace and nude pumps too which are my favourite type of shoes anyway.
    Your hair looks amazing!

    Annette | Lady of Style

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  36. Soooo gorgeous! I need to make one of those pearl necklaces ;)

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  37. Awesome collection. I love the blue dress.

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  38. I saw the Ann Taylor ad for this outfit and didn't think too much of it. But now that I see pics of you in it-- I want it too! Thanks for always inspiring me through your blog.

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  39. AT is my favorite. 99% my wardrobe is from them. You look gorgeous in those outfit.

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