February 08, 2016

Sale Alert: How to Get 47.5% Off Select Full-Price Styles At LOFT and Ann Taylor

2/8/16 - LOFT & Ann Taylor Sale Alert
Ann Taylor Carson Tassel Suede Pumps - $148 retail, now $77.70
Ann Taylor Signature Crossbody Tote - $98 retail, now $51.45
LOFT Striped Tassel Scarf (reminds me of Burberry) - $39.50 retail, now $20.74

Get 30% off dresses, skirts and accessories and an extra 40% off sale styles at LOFT. Valid in stores and online. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER664 online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+.



Get 30% off shoes and accessories and an extra 50% off sale styles at Ann Taylor. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 2/11 at 12AM EST. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code ANNT3BE online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (exclusions may apply). Otherwise use the code SHIP125 for free shipping on orders of $125+. Note: The shopping cart only takes one code per order.



That's a total of 47.5% off select full-price styles for both current promotions!

Update 2/10: I went in stores today to look for the tassel suede pumps to try on but I still couldn't find them. I did take a closer look at the new signature totes and here is what the small crossbody looks like next to the large tote.

Spring 2016 - Ann Taylor Signature Large Tote and Signature Crossbody Tote

I was curious about the quartzite color and it's a dark grey in person as pictured below. I have to tilt back the screen on my laptop for the stock image to look like the color I saw in person. They changed the strap yet again this season and it now has an adjustable buckle. I really wish they would bring back the gorgeous chain strap. Due to the placement of the straps the trapeze shape is only seen if you hand carry the bag with the two shorter straps. When you use the crossbody strap the bag looks like the above picture. When the side zippers are open the side gussets show off a suedette material which is a slightly different shade/texture than the faux leather material. Both bags only have one inner zip pocket now and the small outer pocket has been removed along with the gold emblem from the first iteration (reviews here and here).

Spring 2016 - Ann Taylor Signature Crossbody Tote in Quartzite

LOFT Striped Tassel Scarf

I spotted this striped tassel scarf in stores today and it's exactly as pictured. The pink thread is the color of bright maraschino cherries and not red like I thought since LOFT's stock images can be over exposed making it hard to see the true color.

LOFT Mixed metallic Fringe Pendant Necklace

Lastly, I received this mixed metallic fringe pendant necklace and the little bars have a good weight to them. My necklace did arrive tangled in the mail so just beware of that if you purchase it online. I really like the simplicity of this piece and the chain has a few adjustable lengths but it's definitely a long necklace even at the shortest length with a 15" drop (which translates to 30" total length). I'll wear it at the shortest length since I'm only 5'2 1/2". Also, the longest bar in the middle is 1.5" and the short bars on each side are 0.5".

Happy shopping!

February 05, 2016

Fitting Room Reviews & Sale Alert: Get 40% Off Select Full-Price Styles At Ann Taylor + An Extra 25% Off Code

Ann Taylor Sale 2/5/16

TGIF! Here is a Friday sale PSA for you!

 Get 40% off wear now styles and an extra 50% off sale styles at Ann Taylor. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 2/8 at 3AM ET. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code ANNT3BE online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (exclusions may apply). That's a total of 55% off select full-price styles! Otherwise you can use the code SHIP125 for free shipping on orders of $125+. Note: The shopping cart only takes one code per order. To see what I ordered click here. Shop my sales picks here:



Also get 50% off wardrobe essentials when you buy one at full price and get an extra 50% off sale styles at LOFT. Valid in stores and online. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER664 online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+.

Here are some updated fitting room reviews. I was trying to find some items on my wishlist to try-on in stores before I decided if I should place an online order for the additional savings.

Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench, size XXSP
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Jeans in deco wash, size 0P (review here, similar wash here as reviewed here)

This classic long trench coat is not part of the current collection so I just wanted to put that out there. I was skeptical about how it would fit when I saw it on the hanger because the Italian khaki color is a slightly darker shade and it looked extremely long (this was before I knew the extra length was by design). However, I grabbed the smallest size available which was XXSP and I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it on while I'm bent on the quest for a classic khaki trench. (For other trench coat options, you can refer to my review of the LOFT eseential trench here and my review of a J.Crew chateau trench coat here and here.) I was pleasantly surprised to see that it fit me like a glove and there wasn't any excess bunching when I belted it. Size XXSP measured approximately 36" long and has 22" sleeves and I currently have a 27" natural waist and 33" hips. Refer to this picture for the backview and this clip I saved from my snapchat (username: whatjesswore) for an all around view.

Ann Taylor Floral Cut Lace Tee, size XSP

This floral cut lace tee is very pretty in person but it has a somewhat short and boxy fit. I really love the long half sleeves since I'm conscious about my upper arms. I'm debating whether to order size XXS regular to try. The layer underneath the lace is slightly sheer but not enough to bother me. I'd say this runs one size larger although true to Ann Taylor's usual sizing for XSP tops of this style.

Ann Taylor Lacy Short Sleeve Top, size XS regular

I wanted the new lace cardigan and I saw it on the tables but I liked this lacy short sleeve top more. I tried on XS regular for the extra length in the torso and half sleeves. How gorgeous is the lace on the sleeves? It has a slim fit versus a boxy fit and runs true to size. Note that this top is not part of the current promotion.

Ann Taylor Mock Neck Sweater, size L regular

This mock neck sweater caught my eye online and I was glad to find it to try on in stores. Since it has a short, shrunken fit I debated about which size to take the the fitting room. I only took size L regular with me which has a very loose and relaxed fit on me and I wish I tried on size M for comparison. Again I am digging the adorable half sleeves of this number. I'd say this runs about one size smaller so size up or stay with your usual size for a more fitted look.

Ann Taylor Split Hem Sheath Dress, size 0P

Lastly, I tried on this split hem sheath dress in size 0P and I loved the mix of horizontal and vertical stripes but I wasn't too thrilled with all the hanging threads that you have to trim. Size 0P has a 28.5" waist so it skimmed my figure in all the right places without being too form fitting. I'd say this dress runs about one size bigger. Here is a better view of the back view of this dress. Note that this dress is also not part of the current promotion.

J.Crew Chateau Parka, size 00 regular (2015/2016 version)
J.Crew Chateau Parka, size 00 regular (2015/2016 version, review of 2014 version here)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Jeans in deco wash, size 0P (review here, similar wash here as reviewed here)

I also stopped by my local J.Crew to track down this year's version of the chateau parka to try on size 00 regular which I own in grey from last year (review and measurements here). This year's version fit similarly on me in the sleeve length and along the bottom hem from what I could tell in these photos. You can also refer to this clip I saved from my snapchat. It's currently 25% off with the code SHOPSALE. If you need another common point of reference, I didn't buy the popular lady day coat but when I've tried it on in stores and found that I fit size 2 regular in the waist. Size 2 was too long in the sleeves and overall length so the sales associate told me that meant that I should try 4P. The lady day coat runs more true to numeric sizing so the chateau parka definitely runs big and roomy at about 2 sizes bigger. If you're really slender and petite you probably will not like the fit of the more casual coat.

Happy shopping!