Wednesday, October 28, 2009

and we're back!

Woot, woot!  iPhone delivery!  Score 1 for an otherwise crappy Tuesday!

Let's get on with it, shall we?

Not going to lie - I've been wanting to wear this jacket all week but have been waiting until my ladies' room photo sessions could resume... Vanity, thy name is Shrunken Prep-School Blazer from Ann Taylor Loft!  ATL and its big sista Regular Ol' AT have really stepped it up this season - there's about a dozen things I'd  scoop up from each of the Anns if I weren't on a self-imposed spending hiatus.

This blazer is definitely a keeper though - I love the crest buttons and the tweed / velvet combo... there's something very Sexy-Skull-&-Bones-Society about the new prep school jacket trend and I am totally digging it!  Can't wait to wear this with something slightly more funky in NYC this weekend!

(oh dear. bad lip angle)

The silk shell is also an ATL find and the perfect top for work-to-cocktails (which I'm hoping to snag with HDH tonight... fingers crossed for my secret - and very unlikely - gettaway).  ATL actually had this top styled with a wider belt at the waist and I think I'll try that next time for a slightly more flattering look.

And yes, I know what you're thinking: MORE RUFFLES, but I just can't stop.  Is there Ruffle and Rosette Rehap?  Perhaps someplace lovely and green and cool in Northern California?  Where I can do sunrise yoga and make my own green tea bags and take horse therapy?  Send the brochure my way if you get a chance.

(jazz hands for early work departure luck)

Prep School Vest - Ann Taylor Loft (link not on website)
Cascade Ruffle Shell - in "Rosette(!)" - ATL
Pencil Skirt - Michael by Michael Kors via Nordstrom
Serengeti "Juliet" Pumps - J.Crew
Gold Flower Cocktail Ring - J.Crew
Gold Medallion Necklace - wedding gift
Gold Link Chain - J.Crew

And a lovely reader inquired as to the patent heels on the J.Crew Harper pumps... I have found that the patent leather covering on the heels holds up pretty well!  I wear these shoes All.The.Time. and am greatly impressed with the quality of both the suede (which I treated with protector) and the patent.  Granted, I do not walk in them as much as a gal in NYC or Chicago or some other fabulous place with the wonders of efficient public transportation, but I've done my fair share of tromping around Uptown Dallas in these shoes and to date, they only bare a small nick on the right heel.  As an aside, I generally prefer my patent leather shoes to my normal leather ones - so much easier to polish and keep looking shiny and new!


  1. I adore that AT blazer... it's just perfect and fits you so well!

  2. LOVE the shoes! I secretly look forward to seeing your picks every day!

  3. love this outfit! atl does have so many cute things this season!

  4. I am going to have to make my way towards a Loft sometime soon.

  5. I so wish I was also not on a clothes spending hiatus. I could do damage in J.Crew, Loft, and AT myself... sigh... spending hiatus sucks. Your top is fab!

  6. i love that ruffle top. i must have one!!

  7. Here's a link to the blazer:

    If the link stops working, just search for the Item Number and use the feature to locate in a store near you.

    And no, I have not ever worked for AT/ATL, but I have been foraging their racks for years to cobble together cute and functional work attire :)

  8. such cute outfit! Love the Magenta with a chance of rain!


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