Ann Taylor & Loft Doing it Right!

I am so impressed by everything that Ann Taylor and Loft have to offer these days! They are so on trend, with great price points, amazing sales, and materials that feel much more expensive than they cost.  Here are the items on my wish list right now:

Ann Taylor

ANN TAYLOR

1. Leopard Skirt $89

2. Quilted Heels $128

3. Quilted Flats $88

Loft

LOFT

1. Plaid Pants $47.70

2. Pocket Utility Shirt $49.50

3. Overlay Lace Skirt $79.50 

I especially love the fabric on the pocket utility shirt above. It feels more like silk than polyester and it can go right in the washing machine! Do you have any favorites you have seen in store lately? Let me know! Have a great day 🙂

Gold Rush

Gold Rush Boots

I typically get nervous buying shoes or bags with hardware. I am afraid that I won’t have as many outfit options and it limits my jewelry combinations. However, these beauties above are making me sing a different tune. I am lusting over the the Chloe ones but think I will end up with the flat Report style instead. Which bootie is your favorite?

1. Report $130

2. C. Wonder $198

3. Diba $49

4. Report $120

5. See by Chloe $425

Falling Into Place

Silky Pants

I can’t believe fall is here! Although I feel like summer went by too fast, I am starting  to get excited for sweaters, boots and hot apple cider!

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Before the cool air really sets in, I am sticking to pieces that are perfect for the transitional New England weather. Here are the pants I mentioned in my last post!  Although I have not made many clothing purchases recently, I knew I had to snag these since they reminded me of my back to school shopping days.

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These silky trousers are so effortless. They will appear more polished with a button down blouse and heels (Prabul Gurung from Target also worn here), and they will also be great for weekends in the city with a tucked in tee, ballet flats, and a scarf.

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Thanks so much for reading. Have a great day!

Orange is The New Frock

Earlier this summer, I attended a very special wedding in Vermont at the Woodstock Inn. It was my first time in that area, and I must say I can’t wait until the next time I can go back and explore it even more!

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I had my eyes on this Karen Millen dress for months but was hesitant about the $350 price tag. It fit like a glove, but it did not have any special bells and whistles that could make me justify the purchase. Screen Shot 2013-08-29 at 11.20.19 PM

I think the discount godmothers were looking out for me, because right before the wedding the price dropped to $235 and then an additional sale brought it under $145.  I also have another wedding in October that this dress would be appropriate for as well so I went for it. It seemed like a sign!

Prices Dropping

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To save even more money, I paired this dress with items I had in my closet: bridesmaid jewelry and shoes from a few of the weddings I have been in over the years, Grandma Grace’s “going out dancing” clutch, and contrasting turquoise nail polish done myself!

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I loved exploring the neighboring town Quechee and having lunch overlooking the falls at the Restaurant at Simon Pearce. (The glass blowing was mind blowing to say the least too!) The food at the Woodstock Inn was so delicious for dinner.  Our favorite breakfast was at The Mountain Creamery on Central Street in Woodstock. I have a weakness for breakfast diners, and this one did not disappoint. The homemade strawberry jam that was so good we took a few jars home for ourselves.

Woodstock Inn VermontHave a good rest of your week!

Stud Finder

Valentino from Sak's

I frequently take walks through high end department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue to scope out the latest trends and see how items are merchandised. After snapping this pic on my iPhone, I noticed a few of my favorite bloggers like Chiara from The Blonde Salad wearing these often.

Gladiator Sandals High Low

The gladiator sandals from Valentino are my favorite take on this trend. Although they are absolutely fabulous, their $695 price tag is not. If you want to achieve this high end look for less, here is a Zara version for only $49.90!

PVC Bow Flat

The other flat I love in this collection is the Valentino studded PVC blow flat. These are made in a variety of colors and cost $295. (Ouch!) A cheaper alternative to this look are these Aldo jellies. Although they do not contain as many studs, they have the same look and feel and only cost $25! 

Have a wonderful day 🙂

Back Up Plan

My favorite houseI am once again taking a trip down memory lane for this post. Here is an outfit I wore during my trip to New Orleans in April. On this particular night, we explored the Garden District and had a wonderful dinner at Commander’s Palace.

Commander's PalaceThe Garden District has some of the most gorgeous houses I have seen and they are truly my architectural aesthetic. (Is it possible to build a house like this in Boston or Brookline? Pretty please?)  As for dinner, the food at Commander’s Palace was unbelievably good and the service was outstanding. Since we were celebrating the completion of a very stressful presentation, we felt like it would be worth going all out and trying this restaurant with such an impressive reputation. Although we do not spend money on dining out like this very often, we felt like we truly received all that we paid for and more, which made it a worthwhile experience.

Walking to the restaurantOne of my friends was on the fence about this Tibi dress that I picked up a few months back and thought it was a little shall we say risqué.  The original price was almost $500 and I had my eye on it for quite some time. Finally when the price dropped to $75 I snagged it in February. Apparently there were some fit issues with it. (Ok, I’ll admit it was a little uncomfortable while sitting). Despite that it is a little tricky to wear, it reminded me of origami because it was so structured (for those of you who don’t know me very well, I leave a trail of origami paper cranes where ever I go). I know I will wear this frock again later this year with tights and ankle booties to a holiday party or two!

Back it up!I paired the dress with my Target shoes that were a part of the Prabul Gurung collection, and my leather jacket that has certainly earned it’s keep! Of course an outfit is never complete without a fabulous clutch. I especially treasure this leather one as it belonged to my grandmother, Grace.

Target Shoes from Prabul Gurung

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Off to dinner we go!

Oh New Orleans… I miss you so much!!! Have a good day everybody 🙂

P!nk Rock

Inspiration From Bloomingdales

A few weeks ago I went to a P!nk concert. I saved this image from a Bloomingdales catalog and was hoping to somehow recreate it when I had the chance. Attending this show gave me the perfect opportunity to finally put together a rocker chic look.

Full Length Rocker Chic

I wore this Forever21 tee printed with one of my favorite Shakespeare quotes, my American Eagle Boyfriend Jeans, Rock & Republic bright blue Shoes (from Kohls) last worn here, and my leather jacket last worn here.

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Here is a faux version of my jacket that is  currently at Forever21.

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I love the fact that you can just switch out the tee shirts and shoes and make many different outfit combinations!

T Shirt Options

1. H&M, 2. 47Brand, 3. French Connection (50% Off at Newbury Street store)

Shoes Shoes Shoes

1. Victoria’s Secret, 2. Target

Have a great afternoon!

Louisiana Purchase

Love the doors in NOLA

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to travel to New Orleans for a quick get-a-way. (After this past week, I could certainly use another one soon too.) As some of you may know, New Orleans is one of my favorite cities to visit. For me, the combination of art, music, architecture, history, and the best cuisine I have ever enjoyed in my life all rolled into one is what makes this city a true escape. During my visit, the temperature was in the low 70’s and sunny which made it even more pleasant coming from a very harsh winter up North. If you have any flexibility to travel to The Big Easy, I highly recommend going during Jazz Fest (coming up soon) because I think you experience the greatest blend of what NOLA has to offer and near perfect weather!

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Forever 21 Necklace

On this particular day, I was on a mission to explore The French Market. A while ago a local told me that Loretta’s was the absolute best place to go in the French Quarter for fresh authentic Pralines! I could not resist having one at that very moment! There is a huge variety and they literally melt in your mouth.

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And if I did not already have enough of a sugar rush, I also swung by Cafe Du Monde for a fabulous trio of beignets and chicory coffee. Since it is open 24 hours we did end up here once again for a late night snack later in the weekend!

Cafe Du Monde & Beads

Walking & Eating

I also loaded up on some local Cajun Spices while I was in the French Market to bring back for my friends.

Get The Look

Get The Look

Dress To Impress: JBrand Jeans, Spendid Chambray, Swarovski Necklace

Look For Less: Forever 21 Shirt , American Eagle White Jeans , Asos Necklace (Similar to my Forever21 Necklace that is no longer available).

Prabul Gurung for Target

I cannot wait for Sunday!!! Not only is it my birthday, but the Prabul Gurung for Target Collection will be available online and in stores! You can go online now and preview the collection. Although prices are not currently listed, here are a few of the items on my MUST Have list from this line.

Target Collage

My absolute favorite part of the collection are these shoes. So many high end designers are doing versions of these ankle straps. I would love to get this look in my closet!

Prabul Gurung Shoes

Do you have your eye on another style in this collection? Have a great day!