March 31, 2016

Sale Alert: How to Get 55% Off Select Full-Price at Ann Taylor & 62.5% Off Select Full-Price Styles at LOFT

Ann Taylor Ruffle Sleeve Pintuck Tee Outfit
Ann Taylor Ruffle Sleeve Pintuck Tee in quartzite (I took size XXS regular, review of size XS regular and XSP here, Update 7/15 - this top is now available in navy blue, bird print and this spotted print)
Ann Taylor Mini Signature Tote (review here, new version here and reviewed here, similar here)

Ann Taylor - Get 40% off full-price tops and accessories and an extra 40% off sale styles. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 4/4 at 3AM 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). That's a total of 55% off select full-price promotional items!

Shop my sales picks here:



3/22/16 Outfit with J.Crew Gemma Leopard flats
Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench, size XXSP (review here, last seen here)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Jeans in deco wash, size 0P (review here, last seen here)
Louis Vuitton Lumineuse PM in Infini

Loft Lace Tee, size XSP
LOFT Lace Tee, size XSP (refer to my review from last year here)
Madewell Knotshine Necklace
Old Navy Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans (old wash)

LOFT - Get 50% off select full-price items and an extra 50% off sale styles. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER926 online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey items). That's a total of 62.5% off select full-price items! The coveted lace tee from last year is back in stock although it's not part of this current sale.

Shop my sales picks here:



S'ip by S'well now available at Target
FYI.  S'ip by S'well is now available exclusively at Target (c/o @sipxswell, review here

Happy shopping!
WhatJessWore Signature

March 30, 2016

Review: Closet Clean Out with thredUp

This is an unsolicited review of my experience with thredUp's clean out service. I shipped my first clean out bag back in early March and they finally processed it on March 24th. It took just under a month for them to go through what I sent but I've heard that it usually takes 5-6 weeks from other ladies I've chatted with that have also tried out their service. I neatly folded every item and my first bag was mostly old jeans and pants in good to excellent condition that no longer fit me correctly or comfortably.

For example, over the last few years I've amassed a small collection of white jeans because I'm always searching for the perfect pair. I now prefer jeans with a narrow ankle for a lengthening effect since I'm only 5' 2 1/2".  In the picture below, they ended up taking the two white jeans from the LEFT and both pairs have since sold. I held onto the other pairs in the middle to sell myself while the very first pair on the RIGHT is a new purchase this year (last seen here). Note that my favorite pair of white jeans this season are from Gap (see them on me at the top of this post).

I love white jeans if you couldn't tell

I was curious about thredUp's tolerance for items with stains since some of their listings are described as "This item is gently used with minor signs of wear (minor stain, needs washing)." The lace dress you see at the top of the pile below had a light visible stain on the skirt and I noticed their team didn't accept this item. They did take the other two dresses beneath it. At this time you can only order one clean out kit at a time so I was only able to fit the pants, dresses and two scarves in my first clean out bag (items in the first two vertical rows from the left pictured below minus the camis). They accepted 16 items and paid me $59.22 upfront. I can use the funds immediately as store credit to make a purchase on their site or wait two weeks to cash out the balance.

thredUp Clean Out Review on www.whatjesswore.com

How do they decide what to pay you upfront? Well they pay 10-40% of the initial selling price for items they expect to sell at $59.99 or less. Items with an initial listing price of $60 or more qualify for a consignment so you can earn 50% to 80% of the selling price once an item has sold. You can read more about their consignment service here. Items they didn't accept from my bag are either resold to third party sellers or upcycled by textile recycling partners since I didn't select return assurance. I have since ordered two more clean out kits but due to their lower payout I'll try other resale methods first before filling up the other two clean out bags I ordered. It takes about a week to receive a new bag in the mail so I would recommend ordering a few clean out kits at a time if you're culling your closet and want to free up space/hangers immediately.

thredUP Clean Out Bag

For each bag, they will provide a direct link to each item they list for sale and you will also receive email notifications once each item sells. Here are some of the items they listed from my closet that are still available:



These 5 items have already sold: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

I did a collaboration with thredUp in February (read about it in this post) where I selected a few items that were in excellent or like new condition. I was pleased with my experience as a buyer since both items arrived exactly as described. I usually prefer to have exact measurements if I buy pre-owned items so I was nervous the items I picked wouldn't fit but luckily both items worked out. You can get 40% off your first purchase so make sure to search the web for a valid coupon code but I believe their website will present you with a 40% off coupon code as a first time visitor.

Thanks for reading!
WhatJessWore Signature

March 28, 2016

[FINAL HOURS] Sale Alert: Get 40% Off Everything At LOFT + FREE Shipping & Get 40% Off Almost Everything Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench Outfit
LOFT Flecked Two-In-One Sweater, size XS regular (last seen here, review of size M here)
Update 8/9/16: A similar redesigned 3/4 sleeve version of this top returns for Fall '16!
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash, size 00 regular (last seen here)
Ann Taylor Charlie Patent Bow Pumps in blush pink (also available in black)
Louis Vuitton Marais BB in Monogram Empreinte Leather

Update 3/29: Both of the below sales are now over but you can always refer to this page for the latest sales and stackable coupon codes.

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It's the final hours to get 40% off everything plus FREE shipping on any order at LOFT. Use code SHIP40. Valid online only. Sale ends tonight at 3AM EST. See the latest fitting room reviews in my previous post here (it's filled with lots of goodies across 3-4 visits). We got stuck in an epic amount of traffic heading back to Boston yesterday and everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong at work today. By the time I checked my shopping cart many of the items I really wanted to order were sold out in my size.
 
Also get 40% off almost everything at Ann Taylor. Use code MARCH40. Exclusions apply. Valid in stores and online. This sale also ends tonight at 3AM EST.

I love this classic trench but the one disadvantage of sizing down to XXSP is that it doesn't allow me much room to layer since it has slim sleeves and narrow shoulders. I would only wear this trench in the spring and summer anyway since it's a 1 out of 5 in terms of warmth so it's not a big deal. I also received the crystal cluster stretch bracelet but the one I received was missing a stone upon arrival. I'm not sure that exchanging it for a better one would be a good idea if the stones are only glued on and fall off easily. I loved the turnlock saddle bag in winter white and carried it this weekend. If you're petite and want to shorten the straps I personally found that adjusting it on the last hole looked a little odd with the extra long straps hanging off the sides of the bag. I think it looks best on the second to last hole and I'm tempted to make another hole in-between. I also received the eyelet flare dress and it fits true to Ann Taylor sizing (I ordered it in 0P) but I wasn't completely in love with the dress on me when I tried it on. It does picture well and you can see it on the lovely Jennifer here twinning with her adorable daughter. The hem of the dress skims just under my kneecaps.

Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench Outfit
See a close up of the Ann Taylor Charlie Patent Bow Pumps in blush pink here.

I adore these patent bow pumps and the blush pink color looks nude/neutral outdoors in bright lighting but the color is definitely mauve pink as I mentioned in a previous post. Refer to this clip I saved from my snapchat (username: whatjesswore) here. I'd say it runs true to size but those with narrow feet may want to go down 1/2 size since the shoe has a wider width. I have slightly wide feet and these were surprisingly comfortable off the bat. The material wasn't overly stiff like some patent leather shoes. Update 8/8/16: My favorite bow pump is now available in a similar style for the fall here and here. Update 11/10/16: The best selling pink and black Charlie patent bow pumps (review here) return for fall/winter!

Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench Outfit
See the back view of the trench here (apologies for the blurry pic)

Happy shopping!
WhatJessWore Signature

March 25, 2016

LOFT Fitting Room Reviews - Spring 2016

Lou & Grey Signature Cowl Tunic, size XXSP - http://rstyle.me/n/bjuu6irrke
Gap STRETCH 1969 true skinny ankle jeans in white, size 25P (recommended by Megan)
Vince Camuto Franell bootie (also available via Dillards, review here)
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM in Damier Ebene

TGIF! I've been meaning to post these fitting room reviews for a little while now but took a bit of a blogging break this month since I realized I only posted 4 times this month (now 5 with this post) and it's already near month's end. Just to warn you, this is a very picture heavy post since these try-ons were spread across 3-4 visits.

For the latest sale you can get 30% off almost everything at LOFT. New today, you can also get 40% off select full-price spring styles. This current sale excludes Lou & Grey items. Valid in stores and online. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER556 online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+. That's a total combined discount of 47.5-55% off full-price promotional items! I tested the code on some of the 40% off full-price promotional items in my shopping cart and it works even though they wrote that it is not combinable with other offers.

I noticed that the top banner of their website hints at a cyber spring event coming soon. I'm super curious to find out if it will be a better sale. I received my birthday coupon and LOFT card rewards so I'm hoping to use them towards items I'm sure I'll keep. I don't know about you but I have a lot of items from their spring collection in my shopping cart so I'm playing the waiting game to secure my wishlist at a good price.

LOFT Fitting Room Reviews
LEFT to RIGHT:

LOFT Laser Cut Floral Flare Dress, size 0P
J.Crew Elsie Pumps With Enamel Heel in kraft brown (review here, similar here and here)

I love the length of this laser cut floral flare dress but the bust darts were a little off on my small chest. I also tried it on size 00P but it was too snug so size 0P is the best fit on me. I'd say this dress runs true to LOFT sizing. It hit right above my knees for a work appropriate length and I love the laser cut details along the neckline and along the hem. The dress is also available in a pretty morning aqua color that's perfect for spring and it's on my wishlist. The arm holes are cut more generous on this dress but it does cover my bra. I would probably wear this dress with a cardigan since I am self-conscious about my (long) arms.

LOFT Lace Shift Dress, size 0P

The lace details on this dress make the dress but I found that the banded hem on the 3/4 sleeves were a bit snug on my forearms. This annoyance was most noticeable every time I bent my arms since I don't have slender arms. The navy lace is beautiful in person and the slip/lining is attached to the dress so it doesn't move around. I'd say this dress runs true to size but the sleeves fit slim.

LOFT Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress, size SP
LOFT Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress, size SP (now available in blue here)

This black short sleeve trapeze dress makes an appearance once again! Last year I bought it in XXS regular but I ended up giving it to my little sister. I bought this dress in store with my cash card but when I came home that night I realized that already had a similar dress from Old Navy last summer. This dress is true to size but lately my upper arms are bigger so the XSP sleeves were snug so I got size SP so the sleeves wouldn't be like sausage casings on me. The material is on the thin side so it may be slightly sheer in outdoor lighting. A simple black swing dress is always so easy to dress up or down with the right shoes and accessories.

LOFT Shirred Tunic Shirt, size XXS regular
LOFT Shirred Tunic Shirt, size XXS regular

I bought this shirred tunic shirt in XXS regular after trying it on in stores but I got ink all over it when my husband left a pen in his pocket. I did manage to get most of the ink stains out but will have to keep the sleeves rolled to hide one stain that I just couldn't get out. This is a loose fitting shirt that runs big but I really liked the extra length. I wash my clothes on cold and then air dry them to prevent shrinking so this shirt always washes just a tad wrinkly. It may require a little ironing if you like a more crisp look. It's hard to tell from this picture and their online stock images but this shirt has very thin stripes and isn't a solid color. I stopped by Ann Taylor the same night I tried on this shirt and noticed that they also have a very similar shirt here.

LOFT Jagged Lace Shell, size XSP

This jagged lace shell looked really cute with the lace trim. While it runs true to size (I tried on size XSP) I found that the arm holes are loose exposing the side of my bra (refer to the picture on right) so I had to pass. Not everyone has this issue but if I wear a cardigan with this top then it will hide the cute sleeve details.

LOFT Peacock Drapey Pocket Tee, size MP - http://rstyle.me/n/bjx3ihrrke
LOFT Peacock Drapey Pocket Tee, size MP (as seen on Megan)

I wanted this peacock drapey pocket tee after seeing it styled by the lovely Megan who is one of my top enablers lately. I tried it on in MP that night since it was the smallest size I could find and the print is just as gorgeous in person. I also paired it with the relaxed skinny denim shorts in bright mid vintage wash which I grabbed in 00 regular. These shorts run big since size 00 regular had a 30" waist so they were much too roomy on me since I have a 27" waist. Refer to this picture for the back view of these shorts. I really wanted these cut off denim shorts in distressed dark indigo wash but they sold out so quickly during the start of this sale!

LOFT Drapey Pocket Tee, size XSP

I was able to try on the solid version of the drapey pocket tee so now I have both the peacock print and this one in my wishlist in size XSP. It has a loose flowy fit which is very flattering on me but may be a bit wide on others in their usual LOFT size. The white color actually isn't see through for once since they didn't use the thin/sheer polyester material that they usually use so this top is a great staple to have. You won't have to layer it with a cami and worry about the lines and straps showing through ruining an otherwise clean look.

LOFT Scallop Lace Tee, size XS regular
LOFT Scallop Lace Tee, size XS regular

This scallop lace tee was on my must try list the moment I spotted it online and it's very similar to the lace sleeve tee from last year. It's a relaxed fit in your usual LOFT sizing so it is not a form fitting tee. The overall length is perfect and not too short/cropped. I love the half sleeves and the beautiful lace detail adds just the right amount of interest to an otherwise basic tee.

Petite Denim Jacket in Mid Vintage Wash, size XSP
June and Hudson Knot Hem Tee, size XS (review here, similar here)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash, size 00 regular (last seen here)
J.Crew Elsie Pumps With Enamel Heel in kraft brown (review here, similar here and here)

If you're a jean jacket hoarder then you should try this denim jacket in mid vintage wash. It runs true to size and I love the slightly cropped fit which will look cute with t-shirts as well as dresses. The medium wash looks great if you're into the denim on denim pairings where it's lighter on top and darker denim on the bottom.

LOFT Fitting Room Reviews
LEFT to RIGHT:

LOFT Circle Lace Bodice Dress, size 0P
LOFT Circle Lace Bodice Dress, size 0P (also featured on @ANNLOFTCareers)
Zara Flat Sparkle Sandals (item no. 2618/101, size 6 1/2 is EUR 37 and fits narrow)

I tried on this circle lace bodice dress but the first dress I tried on wouldn't even budge when I tried to unzip it. I was afraid to tug hard and ruin the lace detail right next to the zipper in the back so I asked for another dress in the same size and that one unzipped more easily. I loved the coral color and fit a lot but if you're not cautious about getting in and out of the dress you could potentially snag and ruin the lace by catching it badly along on the zipper. This dress runs true to size and it's fully lined so it isn't sheer.

If you noticed the Zara sandals here I was trying them on after picking them up in store. The size I ordered is both too snug and narrow on my slightly wider feet so I ordered the next size up. I have to pick it up in stores and return the wrong size and hopefully the new size works out. Size 6 1/2 is EUR 37 which fits like a true size 6.5 in my opinion. Sometimes their size 6 1/2 fits me and I usually wear US size 7.

LOFT Palace Floral Shift Dress, size XSP

I was hoping I'd like this palace floral shift dress since the print is different but once I put it on I just didn't feel any joy for me so I put it back. It does fit true to size and the hem falls on shorter side hitting a few inches above my knees.

LOFT Faraway Floral Dress, size XSP
LOFT Faraway Floral Dress, size XSP (as seen on Jen)

I would have never tried on this faraway floral dress since it doesn't look like anything on the hangers but I saw it on Jen recently so I gave it a try. I noticed that it's also featured on @ANNLOFTCareers Instsagram. Unfortunately the top and waist were not very flattering on me since I have a smaller chest and I don't have a trim waist so belting things never doesn't do me any favors since I don't much of a waistline to accentuate. The skirt portion is really pretty with the tiered layers. I'd say the dress does run true to size so if you're into the boho girly look then definitely try-on this dress and you may be pleasantly surprised.

LOFT Striped 3/4 Sleeve Maxi Dress, size XXSP

A maxi dress with 3/4 sleeves isn't something I usually see so of course I had to try on this dress for size. Note that this dress has drop shoulders and it does run at least one size bigger since size XXSP was still a loose fit on me. The total length is good for petites around my height with flats on. For reference I'm 5' 2 1/2".

LOFT Swing Anorak, size XSP
LOFT Swing Anorak, size XSP

This navy swing anorak is very cute and simple but for the longest while LOFT only had one view of this jacket online so I was happy to find it in stores to try on and to finally see the back of the jacket. You can cinch in the waist from the inside to create more of a shape in the back but it is intended to be swingy fit as noted by it's namesake. I found that it fits true to size but the XSP sleeves were a bit short on me. If I get this jacket I would prefer this in XXS regular for the extra length in the sleeves and overall length. The inside is lined with a soft grey jersey material.

LOFT Vine Flutter Dress, size XSP
LOFT Vine Flutter Dress, size XSP (see it on Sara here)

I saw this vine flutter dress on another customer in store. The print is really pretty in real life. She looked absolutely adorable in it so naturally I had to try it on for myself. It's also available in another pretty print here. Check it out on the lovely Sara here. This dress fits true to size.

LOFT Scallop Lace Shift Dress, size 2P

I tried on this scallop lace shift dress in 2P in stores since I somehow thought that it looked like it ran small but size 2P is much too loose on me. I'd say it runs true to size but I was too lazy to grab my correct size since I already put on my clothes and my hair was getting a serious case of static. I'm afraid this type of loose lace could get caught on things easily but it is really beautiful and well made dress if you're looking for a versatile crochet dress that you can dress up or down.

LOFT Circle Lace Shell, size XSP
LOFT Circle Lace Shell, size XSP
Madden Girl Poppyy Espadrille Flat (old/sold out, review here, similar Target version here and another similar version here)  

I tried on this circle lace shell since I am drawn to anything white and lace but I found this top to fit a bit wide and boxy so I passed. I'd say it fits true to size but I like the lace details floral lace shell more which I reviewed here. Unfortunately the size and color I wanted sold out so I never got a chance to purchase it yet. Stalk LOFT much? ;)

LOFT Textured Mixed Media Top, size SP

This textured mixed media top is so lovely but I found that my usual size XSP fit snug across my arms and chest so I also tried it on in SP (pictured above). See size XSP on me here. It is slightly sheer so some may prefer to wear it with a cami. The lace details make this top unique.

LOFT Essential Skinny Ankle Pants in Marisa Fit, size 0P

I tried on these essential skinny ankle pants in the Marisa fit since I received a request to compare these to the tech stretch pants from last year which I own in 0P. They are similar in material and they have a seam that runs down the center back of the pant legs but this year's version is much too baggy in the thighs (sorry it's so hard to tell from the photos above) while the bottom legs are snug against my calves. If you don't have much cushion in your thighs then these dress pants will just look like saggy, stretched out pants on top even for this Marisa fit. That's a no thank you in my fit requirements.

LOFT Circle Lace Tee, size XSP

This circle lace tee looked so cute on the hanger but the bottom of the lace at the chest falls too low revealing too much of the top my nude bra on both sides. I don't know what bra to wear to fix this issue so I had to pass on this top. Perhaps if you have a longer torso you will not have this issue with where the lace hits the top of your chest. Otherwise this top fits true to size.

Happy shopping this holiday weekend! Happy Easter to those that celebrate!
WhatJessWore Signature

March 20, 2016

Flash Sale Alert: Get An Extra 60% off Sale Styles at Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench, size XXSP
Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench, size XXSP (review here, now $76 after discounts)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Jeans in deco wash, size 0P (review here)

There are technically two sales going on right now at Ann Taylor if you want to maximize savings and take advantage of the promotion on sale items and full-price promotional items. I ended up placing two separate orders since I wanted the classic long trench pictured above as well as some full-price items. You can see all of my recent purchases on this page.
  • Get an extra 60% sale styles. Use code SPRING60. Online only. Sale ends 3/22 at 3AM EST.
  • Get $50 off full-price dresses and 30% off full-price shoes and accessories. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends soon at 3AM EST. Since no code is needed for this sale on the full-price promotion items 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 47.5% off select full-price styles! Otherwise use the code FREESHIP for free shipping.
Note: The shopping cart only takes one code per order.

Shop my sales picks here:



Ann Taylor Blossom Flare Dress, size 0P
Ann Taylor Blossom Flare Dress, size 0P (review of size 00P here)

I was in the city again today to run some errands which included dropping off my LV Neverfull tote and Gucci crossbody bag for repair (update 4/6: Gucci quoted $500 to re-line the bag so I guess I won't be doing it after all since I'd rather spent that money on a new bag with no defects). I use my LV tote a lot so I am going to really miss it until I get it back but the straps really needed to be replaced (total cost $180 for both straps). I have the 2011 version where the glazing on the straps cracked and supposedly it was a known issue according to what I read on TPF. The binding around the top of the bag was also showing signs of wear so I asked for that to be repaired as well (cost $60). The bag was around the $700s when I bought it back in 2011 and it's now $1260 in 2016 so it's definitely cheaper to replace it. Anyway back to the sale at hand, I stopped by the store again to try on this blossom flare dress in size 0P. I wanted to make sure I ordered the right size online for better savings because that's how I roll. See my review of size 00P in my previous post here.

I also took another look at the turnlock saddle bag which I liked in birch branch since it looks light grey in real life. I ordered winter white because a crisp white bags is perfect for spring and summer. I also saw this gorgeous crystal cluster stretch bracelet which I ordered. Cue drooling over the the matching crystal cluster necklace but I wasn't sure how often I would wear it and I already have too many statement necklaces that I barely wear. I'm also spending way more than I wanted to so I removed the stone tassel pendant (similar here) before I committed to my online order. I saw the gold tone version and it was very dainty and tasteful.

Ann Taylor Double Eyelet Dress, size 0P

I tried on this double eyelet midi dress in 0P in the hopes that it would sort of help me decide what size to order for the eyelet flare dress since the top portion of the dresses looks similar. As it turns out that dress is online only so I hope I ordered the right size and that it runs true to Ann Taylor sizing. The dress above fit me perfectly in size 0P but the shoulder straps cut in a lot which means I can't wear a regular bra with it so I passed. The eyelet lace detail is stunning in person and the lower half of the skirt shows the silhouette of the bottom half of your legs in bright light so it doesn't cut you off and make you look short/stumpy. I want both colors of the Charlie patent bow pumps but I decided on blush pink for now. The color is darker in person and closer to a mauve pink. Update 8/8/16: My favorite bow pump is now available in a similar style for the fall here and here. Update 11/10/16: The best selling pink and black Charlie patent bow pumps return for fall/winter!

Happy shopping!
WhatJessWore Signature

March 19, 2016

Ann Taylor Fitting Room Reviews & Sale Alert + Extra 25% Off Coupon Code

Ann Taylor Blossom Flare Dress, size 00P

Spring is almost here but New England may get some snowfall for the start off the new season. To get my mind off the colder temperatures I've been obsessing over all things spring. Get $50 off full-price dresses and 30% off full-price shoes and accessories at Ann Taylor. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 3/21 at 3AM 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). That's a total of 47.5% off select full-price styles! Otherwise use the code FREESHIP for free shipping. Note: The shopping cart only takes one code per order.

Shop my sales picks here:



I tried on the blossom flare dress pictured above in 00P since it looked like it ran slightly big on the hanger. The waist was a bit snug on me and when I checked with the small tape measure I carry around it measured 26" (I have a 27" waist). I already put back on my clothes so I was too lazy to try on 0P for sizing but when I compared the waist of size 0P with 00P it looked like it was 1" wider. I'll probably try it on another time. Note that each dress is unique due to the placement of the floral print. I would recommend trying on a few dresses of the same size to decide which one you like more. This was my favorite dress I tried on although I was looking for the eyelet flare dress which was not available at the store I visited.

Ann Taylor Piped Doubleweave Sheath Dress, size 00P

I spotted this gorgeous piped doubleweave sheath dress in blue iris and again I sized down and tried on size 00P since it runs big. It's also available in bright golf green and rosebud blush. This dress skims in all the right places but from certain angles it made me look like I have a belly pooch so I begrudgingly passed on this dress. The length hit the middle of my kneecaps and it's a very flattering length for work and play (refer to this picture here).

Ann Taylor Striped Wrap Blouse, size XSP
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash, size 00 regular (last seen here)

I received a request to try on this textured club jacket which I've seen in stores but passed on multiple times since their jackets tend to run big and boxy. However, once I put it on I was surprised by how well it fit and I'd say it fits true to size. I tried on both the winter white and pearl sand color options in size 0P. I also tried on size 00P which was really tight and snug on me as you can see here. I also loved this striped wrap blouse which I tried on in size XSP and I'd say it runs true to size. The v-neck is a bit low for my taste but the hidden snap button can probably be moved up half an inch for more coverage. Both the blazer and blouse are on my wishlist for now since they're not included in the current sales promotion.

Ann Taylor Textured Club Jacket in pearl sand, size 0P

Ann Taylor Signature Large Tote
J.Crew Elsie Pumps With Enamel Heel in kraft brown (review here, similar here and here)

Here is how the large signature tote looks like on me. The bag appears bigger since it's slightly taller this season. Personally I've been looking for small crossbody bag and this turnlock saddle bag is a decent option on sale. Speaking of crossbody bags, I need to get my vintage Gucci bag relined (it's suffering from flaking on the inside) and I'm also coveting this Cortlandt crossbody bag from Henri Bendel (if you sign up for emails you get a 20% off welcome code).

I also tried on the Charlie patent bow pumps and found that I need them in size 7 even though I sometimes take size 7.5 in pointy heels. There is a slight gap in the back but it wasn't noticeable. I'm trying to decide if I need both colors but then again I rarely wear my black pumps. I may just order the blush pink color if I can just make up my mind. I'm still bummed I missed out on the Carson suede tassel pumps and I've been stalking them periodically online. Update 8/8/16: My favorite bow pumps are now available in a similar style for the fall here and here. The Carson suede tassel pumps are also back for the fall in black and blush pink suede

Thanks for reading!
WhatJessWore Signature

March 13, 2016

Weekend Sale Alerts + Recent Outfits & Purchases

3/11 OOTD
Burberry Brit 'Pirmont' Quilted Jacket (old/sold out style, similar here)
June and Hudson Knot Hem Tee, size XS regular (similar here)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash, size 24/00 regular (review of size 25/0P here)
J.Crew Elsie Pumps With Enamel Heel in kraft brown (review here, similar here and here)
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM in Damier Ebene

WEEKEND SALE ALERTS

Ann Taylor - Get 40% off your entire purchase. Use code FRIENDS40. Exclusions apply. Valid in stores and online. Sale now extended through 3/15 3AM EST.

Ann Taylor Ruffle Sleeve Pintuck Tee, size XS regular
Ann Taylor Ruffle Sleeve Pintuck Tee in quartzite, size XS regular
Banana Republic skinny jeans (old)

I tried on this gorgeous ruffle sleeve pintuck tee in size XS regular the other day and I also tried it on in size XSP below. The v-neck was too revealing on me in the regular missy size but I hope XXS regular will be a better fit. I wanted the sleeves to be slightly longer to cover the tips of my elbows so I didn't go with XSP. I ordered XXS regular in the quartzite color in stores for free shipping since I didn't want to order any other filler items this time around. The winter white color is sold out in my preferred size so I might get it in petites at a later time. This top definitely runs really big and wide since I was able to fit into the smallest size (see size XXSP on me here) but I would recommend going with your usual Ann Taylor size for the best drape. I felt that XXSP looked too boxy on me.

Update 7/15 - This ruffle sleeve pintuck tee is back in stock in navy blue, bird print and this spotted print

Ann Taylor Ruffle Sleeve Pintuck Tee, size XSP

I also ordered the Skyler patent leather pumps and Eryn patent leather kitten heels but I returned them since they weren't exactly what I was looking for. The patent pumps were too pink while the kitten heels were too narrow to be comfortable for my slightly wide Asian feet. I reviewed them on my snapchat (username: whatjesswore) on 3/5 and saved the story here. I also ordered the modern super skinny ankle jeans in carnival wash in size 24/00 regular so I could have the option to cuff them (review of size 25/0P here).

Banana Republic - Get 40% off regular-priced items. Exclusions apply. Use code BRCFIT. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 3/14 11:59PM. Luxe cardmembers get 50% off 5 full-price items in-stores and online. Exclusions apply. Check your inbox for your unique, one time use discount code! You must use your Luxe card as the payment method. I went in store to try on a few items before placing an order for my husband and I. I ordered this raw-edge peplum jacket in size XSP to try since I couldn't find it in stores.

Mixed-Floral V-neck Maxi Dress, size 0P

I wanted the solid goddess maxi dress in deep hunter but they didn't have my size to try on so I tried this mixed-floral version for size in both 0P (pictured above) and 2P. Both sizes had a 25" waist which was very strange. The fabric/waist has no give and I have a 27" natural waist so both sizes were too tight for me to breathe when I zipped it up. Size 2P had a slightly longer torso so visually size 0P fit me better. Sadly I will have to pass on this dress since the size zipper was almost bursting on me. You can see the movement of this dress here. I am wearing 3.5" heels here.

Banana Republic Floral Cap-Sleeve Dress, size 00P

I reviewed this cute floral cap-sleeve dress in size 0P in my previous post but when I tried on size 00P yesterday it didn't drape on me as I had hoped. It made me look very flat chested. The empire waist was also a tad snug on me so it's probably around 26".

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Kate Spade Cape Drive Margy Scallop Crossbody in soft aqua
Kate Spade Cape Drive Margy Scallop Crossbody in soft aqua (Bloomingdale's Exclusive)

I tried on this Kate Spade cape drive Margy scallop crossbody which is exclusive to Bloomingdale's. I've been on the hunt for a new spring bag and there are so many cute options including this new Kate Spade Cap Drive Hallie Tote. It's also available at Nordstrom and they're price matching and Kate Spade's current sale for 25% off.

Kate Spade Cap Drive Hallie Tote in black
Kate Spade Cap Drive Hallie Tote - Available at Bloomingdales, Nordstrom (they're price matching and Kate Spade's current sale for 25% off)

J.Crew - Get 30% off your purchase. Use code TIMETOSHOP. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 3/13 at 11:59PM ET. Valid online on full-price items marked "30% off with code TIMETOSHOP" and on sale items marked "Extra 30% off with code TIMETOSHOP." Exclusions apply. I tried on these Gemma leopard flats last night and found that they fit a half size larger (you can see how they fit in this clip I saved from snapchat here). Update 3/31: The Gemma flats run true to size. I must have tried on a stretched out pair in store and I wish I stuck to my usual size 7. I also snagged this stadium-cloth cocoon coat in black, size 00 regular and on clearance for an extra 30% off. I used my work/university ID for an extra 15% off so it came down to $113 and change.

LOFT - Get 40% off select full-price styles and an extra 40% off all sale styles. Lou & Grey exclusions apply. Valid in stores and online. Since no code is needed for this current promotion you can use the stackable code INSIDER556 online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+. If you earned cash cards from your previous online orders then you can use them in stores on top of this latest sale promotion. To redeem multiple cash cards online you will need to call and place your order with customer service. The code on the back of the cash cards is LOFTCASH. LOFT also sent a mailer a few weeks ago with a cash card equivalent coupon for $25 off your full-price purchase of $50+ with code SPRING25. Both of these $25 off codes expire on March 20th.

RECENT OUTFITS

3/9/16 OOTD
J.Crew Crewcuts Girl's Bow Coat (old from Holiday '12, last seen here)
LOFT Striped Boatneck Tee, size XS regular
Old Navy jeans (old)
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM

3/9/16 OOTD
S'ip by S'well water bottle (c/o @sipxswell) #sipxswell

S'ip by S'well recently sent me this new 15 ounce water bottle in jelly bean green. It keeps your drinks cold or hot for quite a while. I love my water cold and this is a great size that encourages me to take water breaks at work since I usually refill it 3-4 times. It will be available in Target stores April 1st for $25. Check out their website for more details and color options. I love the whale and lemon prints and they would make adorable presents. Who doesn't love cute and stylish water bottles?

Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Cowl Tunic, size XXSP
Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Cowl Tunic, size XXSP (stripe version here)
Banana Republic skinny jeans (old)

I ordered this signaturesoft cowl tunic in XXSP and it is an oversize fit so I would recommend sizing down. Size XXSP fits like XSP. It's also available in a stripe version here. If you normally take regular missy sizes you may want to try the petite version for a better fit and overall length.

RECENT PURCHASES

BP. Thin Stripe Scarf
BP. Thin Stripe Scarf (currently sold out online but it may pop back in stock, similar here)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash, size 24/00 regular (review of size 25/0P here)

I snapped this thin stripe scarf and knot hem tee when they were both available online. They're both currently sold out online but they may pop back in stock randomly. For example, I was browsing after midnight last night and noticed the scarf was back in stock for $7.97. Note that the t-shirt is significantly shorter where the knot is so the length may be too short if you have a longer torso as seen on this blogger here. The material looks like a sweater than a tshirt. Honestly the material has a pilled texture to it but I really love how it drapes so I kept it. I washed it in cold cycle and air dried it and it did not shrink.

June and Hudson Knot Hem Tee, size XS regular
June and Hudson Knot Hem Tee, size XS regular

LOFT Drawstring Anorak in fresh lavender, size XXSP
LOFT Drawstring Anorak in fresh lavender, size XXSP (similar here and here)
LOFT Striped Long Sleeve Tee, size S regular (old/sold out, review here, similar here)
LOFT Dangling Crystal Ribbon Necklace (last seen here)
Vintage Gucci Crossbody Bag from The Bargain District

I've been meaning to do an update on some items I bought from LOFT. First up, I ordered this drawstring anorak in size XXSP since their jackets tend to run big and it has an oversize fit. This jacket was no exception and it runs at least one to two sizes bigger. In fact, the fit and sizing is comparable to my favorite relaxed utility jacket (last seen here). The measurements of size XXSP are as follows:

18" drop shoulders (seam to seam)
37" bust (pit to pit)
34" waist when completely uncinched
29" long in the front
31" total length in the back.

The lilac color caught my eye and it's really pretty in real life. I'm not sure if I would wear a pastel jacket a lot so I'm on the fence about keeping this one at the moment. I styled it above so I could see the potential. If you love pastel hues then you need to get this jacket! The long sleeves are a good length for petites (20.5") and I have them folded up once since I prefer the 3/4 sleeve look for my spring layers. This jacket is unlined so I'd give it a 1 out of 5 for warmth. It's 49% cotton, 39% polyester, 12% nylon and machine washable.

LOFT Striped Boatneck Tee, size XS regular
LOFT Striped Boatneck Tee, size XS regular
Banana Republic jeans (old)

I bought this striped boatneck tee in store and I thought it was on sale and the last one but it was actually mis-marked. It's a new arrival and I would agree with the other reviewers that it fits big and boxy. If I had known it was a new item I would have ordered it in XXS regular for a better fit instead of purchasing it in size XS regular. You can't tell from the pictures but the shoulders are a bit big on me. When I wear a jacket over it the boatneck neckline can shift around a bit. It's a really thin t-shirt so I am worried if it will last the season. I didn't find that it was see through with a nude bra on.

LOFT Lace Babydoll Dress, size XXS regular
LOFT Lace Babydoll Dress, size XXS regular (review of size S regular here)

I was coveting this unique, lace babydoll dress when I first spotted it online and I was able to secure it in size XXS regular during the leap day sale. I think the dress I received has a defect on the lace hem on the left side but I will try to iron it to see if it will lay better. Right now it poufs out a bit more on the left side and looks rather strange when I tried to take a picture of the back view. This dress has an oversize fit since it's a babydoll style but I would still recommend ordering your usual LOFT size for the best fit and drape. Refer to my review of size S regular here.

Ann Taylor Pearlized Crystal Brooch Statement Necklace

I actually ordered this pearlized crystal brooch statement necklace and returned it in stores but Ann Taylor sent it to me again by mistake. I received a mystery package one night and I was quite surprised to see it once again. Since they have local stores fulfill partial online orders I suppose there is plenty of room for error. I ended up reaching out to them but I will hold onto it unless they tell me otherwise in case I find an occasion to use it. It's a big statement piece and the details are gorgeous.

J.Crew Factory striped knit dress, size XXS regular
J.Crew Factory striped knit dress, size XXS regular (review here, similar here)
Ann Taylor Mini Signature Tote (review here, new version here and reviewed here, similar here)

I love this striped knit dress for spring. I styled it in this post but I realized that I never shared how the dress looks like on me.

Bandolino Mirabella in pink
Bandolino Mirabella in pink - currently $ and 20% off with code SHOP20 + free ship
Similar to my favorite Bandolino Mikea sandals from last year (last seen here

I was on the quest to find similar sandals to replace my favorite Bandolino Mikea sandals from last spring and summer when I came across this similar style at Shoemall.com. I ordered two of these Bandolino Mirabella sandals in pink but for this price I may need another backup for my backup. I wish they were available in nude but this pink compliments my skin tone well. I reviewed them at the beginning of  this clip I saved from my snapchat here.

Sleeping Sheep Eye Mask from Amazon
Sleeping Sheep Eye Mask from Amazon - Ordered on 3/1 and received via China post on 3/11
Lindt Milk Chocolate Mini Lamb (available at Costco or get this limited Easter set here)

I was looking for a eye mask for our weekend trip to NJ/NY last weekend but this item didn't arrive in time. It turns out this sleeping sheep mask was shipped from China and I received it in 10 days since I ordered it on 3/1 and it arrived on 3/11. There were some excess threads I trimmed from the elasticized band but it's decent quality and the lining feels like satin. The band isn't too tight so it makes for a comfortable fit. I did not receive the storage pouch mentioned in the description.

Pillow Cover from HomeMakeOver
Pillow cover from HomeMakeOver

Our pillow covers were getting old so I ordered this new print from the same Etsy store. I would highly recommend their pillow covers and they ship within a few days of ordering. I am not sure what color to get for our slightly smaller throw pillows (not pictured) but I was thinking of getting covers in a solid color so it wouldn't be too busy. I purchased down filled inserts from Marshalls since they are easy to fluff back up. I find that other inserts tend to become lumpy so I put up with the annoying feathers that sometimes poke out. In this case I ended up keeping the older covers on and putting the new covers over them so I hope that will minimize the loss of feathers.

West Elm Modern Weave Tall Lidded Storage in whitewash
West Elm Modern Weave Tall Lidded Storage in whitewash - now $ and on final sale
Blown Glass Bird (old from Crate & Barrel)

Lastly, I ordered this modern weave tall lidded storage on final sale from West Elm. I've been wanting something for this corner of our living room to stow away any blankets and other items I want to keep out of sight and this basket was the perfect solution. Our TV stand is very close to it right now but I will be moving our furniture around a bit in the near future. I also ordered this organic cotton duvet and standard sham in the light blue (moonstone) color. It's been so long since I bought a new sheet set so this is a long overdue purchase. Maybe it will spark some sort of home decor frenzy but I have to work on de-cluttering our place first. I'm currently reading the popular Marie Kondo book that my friend got for me.

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