Ann Taylor & LOFT Sale Alerts & Reviews + Birthday Weekend Recap what jess wore

May 05, 2016

Ann Taylor & LOFT Sale Alerts & Reviews + Birthday Weekend Recap

 Ann Taylor Signature Laser Cut Crossbody Tote
Ann Taylor Signature Laser Cut Crossbody Tote (previously reviewed here, available in a larger size as seen on me and clutch as seen on Jen)
Circus by Sam Edelman 'Gia' in naked natural (these run 1/2-full size smaller since I took size 8, see them on me here, buy them for less here)


Ann Taylor - Get 40% off full-price dresses and tops an extra 40% off sale styles. Valid in stores and online. This sale ends Sunday night.

To my disappointment the 25% off $100+ code (ANNT3BE) has expired. If anyone has a new code please let me know. I'd really appreciate it! In the meantime there are two other coupon codes you can use. Use the code GIFT9 for $30 off $60+. I noticed this code works on sale styles for even further discounts if you're placing a small order for sale items. I would only use this code and pay for shipping if you're pretty confident the items will fit you (refer to my example below). If the items do not work out you will not get the $8.95 shipping fee back.

 5/4/16 Ann taylor Order Using The code GIFT9 for an extra $30 off $60+

I also received the code THANKS2 last month for $50 off your full-price purchase of $100+. This code supposedly expired on 4/28/16 but I noticed it still works. Refer to this blog post for an example of how I've used this coupon code to save more on top of current promotions. Note: The shopping cart only takes one code per order.

My favorite ruffle sleeve pintuck tee has been restocked in quite a few colors and sizes (review of size XSP here). I ended up getting this top in size XXS regular and the true color is shown here. I also ordered the white color the other day when size XSP popped back in stock. Update 7/15 - This ruffle sleeve pintuck tee is back in stock in navy blue, bird print and this spotted print. Shop all of my sales picks here:

LOFT - Get 40% off dresses, pants, accessories and shoes and an extra 50% off all sale styles. Valid in stores and online. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER489* INSIDER927 online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey items). That's a total of 55% off select full-price styles after online discounts! If you only want to place a small order and are willing to pay for shipping, Sara recently shared the code MAY29LC for an extra $25 off full-price purchases of $75+. This code expires on 5/10/16.

If you received the most recent LOFT mailer then there is a coupon inside for an extra 25% off $100+ for LOVELOFT cardmembers or get an extra 20% off for non-cardmembers using the code SUMMER. This code expires 6/5/16. I'm not sure if this code stackable in stores with the current promotion but it's valid on full-price purchases only. That's a total of 52% for non-cardmembers or 55% off select full-price styles for cardmembers after online discounts!

Shop my sales picks here:

*There is an issue with the LOFT Insider code (INSIDER489) for the month of May. Special thanks to a sweet reader for sharing the new valid code (INSIDER927)!


 Ann Taylor Signature Laser Cut Crossbody Tote Comparison
Ann Taylor Signature Laser Cut Crossbody Tote (Spring 2016 current version)
Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote in white (Spring 2015 version, review here)

I finally pulled the trigger and got this signature laser cut crossbody tote when it was 40% off as mentioned in this post. I used the coupon code THANKS2 for $50 of $100 and the bag was $35.58 before tax and shipping. I noticed that this code still works on full-price promotional items. I love the laser cut detail which makes the bag more unique. I need to get a 8" x 4" base shaper since the material is less structured but I'm using a piece of white cardboard for now. See a close up of the bag here.

 Ann Taylor Signature Laser Cut Crossbody Tote Comparison

As you can see from the above two photos, this year's version is noticeably smaller than last year's version which I reviewed here. It's also missing the front pocket which I never really used anyway. Given the new placement of the hooks for the crossbody strap on the sides you will not be able to see the trapeze shape of the bag unless you hand carry the bag. Using the crossbody forces the bag to retain it's rectangular shape even when you unzip the sides.

The measurements with the sides zipped are as follows:

Height - 7.75"
Width - 8"
Depth - 4"
Base - 8" x 4"
Crossbody strap at the longest length (last hole)* - 49.5" (24.75" drop)
Crossbody strap at the shortest length (first hole)* - 44" (22" drop)

*Measurement includes the hardware clasp measured end to end.

The measurements of last year's version are as follows:

Height - 8"
Top width - 13"
Bottom width - 10"
Depth - 4"
Base - 10" x 4"
Strap lengths: 30.5" (15.25" drop) , 31.5" (15.75" drop) and 32.5" (16.25" drop)

I actually like last year's strap more with this year's laser cut bag so I switched out the strap in the above and below pictures. I found the crossbody strap it came with a tad long for my preference even after I made two more holes for a 21" drop.

 LOFT Autumn Anorak OOTD
LOFT Autumn Anorak (old, last seen here)
LOFT Relaxed V-Neck Sweater, size XS regular (old, review here)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Jeans in deco wash, size 25/0P (review here)

 Lou & Grey Cozy Moto Jacket OOTD
Lou & Grey Cozy Moto Jacket, size XS regular (review here)
LOFT Ruffle Hem Sweater in antique white, size S regular (review of size MP and S regular here, review of XS regular here, last seen here, similar here)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Jeans in deco wash, size 25/0P (review here)

See another view of this outfit from this clip I saved from my snapchat (username: whatjesswore) here.

 Ann Taylor Fitting Room Reviews on

Ann Taylor Fringed Tweed Jacket
Ann Taylor Fringed Tweed Jacket, size 0P -
LOFT Ruffle Hem Sweater, size S regular (review here)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Jeans in deco wash, size 25/0P (review here)

I stopped by my local Ann Taylor last night but they didn't have anything new in my size so I tried on a few sale items that I was curious about including this fringed tweed jacket. Size 0P fit me true to size but the fit is slightly boxy. Note that the sleeves are 3/4 sleeves on me (I take 23-24" sleeves) but I have slightly longer arms so the sleeves will probably fit like full-length sleeves on most petites. The color is cream in person and I thought I wouldn't like the zipper but it's not too noticeable except for the zipper pull at the ends. This jacket may be worth trying on if you're looking for a neutral layer for spring.

 Ann Taylor Eyelet Back Top
Ann Taylor Eyelet Back Top, size S regular

Next I tried on this eyelet back top which is the same color as the striped short sleeve sweater dress I reviewed here. Unlike the eyelet back dress I reviewed here the back of this top is unlined and will require a cami. (Update 5/6: I saw this one in store today and the color was almost an exact match. I also noticed this cropped version is available in mustard as well.) There was only one small regular left and loved the way it draped and the half sleeves were loose but flattering on me.  The overall length was also perfect for someone my height (I'm 5' 2 1/2") so this top will be a tad short or cropped if you're taller. This top is currently on sale for $29.99 after discounts so I ordered both colors using the code GIFT9 for an extra $30 off $60+. I threw in a random cheap t-shirt on final sale for $5.93 after discounts so that the total would be over $60 in order for the $30 coupon code to qualify. Refer to this clip I saved from my snapchat here for another view of this top.

 Ann Taylor Twist 3/4 Sleeve Top, size XS regular

I ordered this twist 3/4 sleeve top in XXS regular as seen below but I found it was a didn't drape as expected on me especially across the bust so I also tried on size XS regular in stores. I found this top fits true to size and I think I'll try to exchange the it for XS regular. If you prefer your clothes to be more form fitting them I would stick to your usual Ann Taylor sizing although I noticed this top seems to run narrow at the shoulders. I have 14" shoulders so you can see where the seams fall on my shoulders in both sizes. This top may also be too short for taller ladies but the regular missy size is a great length that falls at the hips for petites.

 Ann Taylor Twist 3/4 Sleeve Top, size XXS regular

LOFT Striped Ankle Tie Espadrilles
LOFT Striped Ankle Tie Espadrilles (refer to my review of the chambray version here)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash, size 24/00 regular (last seen here)

Ann Taylor Garden Print Popover
Ann Taylor Garden Print Popover

This garden print popover is a new arrival that caught my eye on Friday night but I didn't have time to try it on. I normally wouldn't go for bold prints but this airy blouse will look amazing with white jeans. At first glance it looks like it runs true to size. I also spotted this lace curve seam dress the other day but it was the only one left and not close to my size so I couldn't try it on.

I received these striped ankle tie espadrilles and I can't wait to wear them with dresses this spring and summer. I already have the chambray version which I reviewed here. Refer to the below clip to see how they look like on my feet. They are very similar to the popular Soludos version but without the striped laces and keyhole opening in the back of the heel. I personally found that these run true to size and I took my usual size 7 but if you have narrower feet then these will probably run about a 1/2 bigger. They may also stretch a bit with wear so you may want to go down half a size. I've only worn the chambray one twice so I can't speak to any quality issues yet but they haven't fallen apart on me with the first wear as mentioned by an online reviewer.

LOFT Striped Ankle Tie Espadrilles

LOFT Peplum Henley Shell in peach sorbet
LOFT Peplum Henley Shell in peach sorbet, size XXS regular (also available in floral print here)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash, size 24/00 regular (last seen here)

I love peplum tops if you couldn't tell and this peplum henley shell drapes very well without accentuating the hips. This sleeveless shell will be perfect under cardigans and blazers or worn alone so I'd love to get this in the yellow color as well after my insta friend Jenna pointed it out to me. Size XXS fits me true to size and it's slightly sheer so some may prefer to wear this with a cami underneath.

LOFT Spotted Drapey Hi-Lo Top
LOFT Spotted Drapey Hi-Lo Top, size XXS regular (review of XSP in the tea green version here)

I really wanted to like this spotted drapey hi-lo top but I didn't love it on me so I returned it. I think I like the striped version better since it's more unique so I'll order it next time it's on sale if my preferred size is still available. I ordered XXS regular for the extra overall length after trying on XSP and it fits true to size.

LOFT Geo Ruffle Trim Henley Shell
LOFT Geo Ruffle Trim Henley Shell, size XS regular (review of the striped version here)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Jeans in deco wash, size 25/0P (review here)

This new geo print ruffle trim henley shell caught my eye and I really like this print but I think I'm satisfied with the striped version (review here) for now. It runs true to size since I reviewed size XSP here but I like the regular missy sizing for the extra length. Pictured is XS regular above which is slightly loose on me. I have the striped version in XXS regular.

LOFT Sateen Five Pocket Leggings
LOFT Sateen Five Pocket Leggings in cloudy blue, size 25/0P (old/sold out online, review of size 26/2P here)
LOFT Ruffle Hem Sweater, size S regular (review here)

I reviewed these sateen five pocket leggings back in October so I was surprised to find this pair in the sales rack. The cloudy blue is such a pretty neutral color for the spring and summer but per my previous review here size 25/0P is too form fitting for my taste. If only I came across it in size 26/2P. I tend to bookmark and stalk items I really want but trying to find an item this old is a bit of a long shot. 

 Hello Kitty Carvel Ice Cream Cake
Hello Kitty Carvel Ice Cream Cake

For my birthday weekend we went to Wabora for dinner since I was craving sushi. We also tried their red bean shaved ice which was so soft it tasted like snow melting on your tongue. Their sushi is really fresh but a bit pricey. We ordered mostly cooked rolls and the mango roll and yam roll was everyone's favorite so much so that we ordered both rolls twice. I can't wait to go back in warmer weather to try their other shaved ice flavors.

 Sushi overload at Wabora
We had two sushi boats for 4 people. Way too much food but it was so good!

We played badminton with my brother and sister-in-law and we manged to break all their shuttlecocks but at least we worked up an appetite before dinner on Saturday. We haven't watched any movies in a while so we saw Keanu and Jungle Book and my husband got me a Hello Kitty ice cream cake which was adorable.

 Eggette Puffle Cones from Monkey King Tea
Eggette Puffle Cones from Monkey King Tea

We also finally tried the eggette puffle cones from Monkey King Tea and they were really good. I just wish they would give you more ice cream since they only come with a single scoop per cone. Note that the puffle cones are only served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They also have short hours of operations- I noted that their hours for April 11-May 31 are as follows:

Monday-Thursdays - 3-7PM
Fridays - 3-8PM
Saturdays & Sundays - 12-8PM

I really wanted to go to Ogawa Coffee but I guess we'll save that for another weekend in the near future. ;)

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