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Top: Forever21 turtleneck, Ann Taylor Loft Striped Cardigan
Bottom: Ann Taylor Loft Skinny Jeans sz 6
Coat: Express Peacoat
Shoes: Steve Madden Candence Boots

This outfit is one of my favorite outfits to wear. I love casual wear because it’s just easy! There’s nothing hard about putting one layer over another. One is a neutral and one is a basic print. I need to master the art of layering but sometimes it’s just easy to dress how you normally dress. I dress for comfort and ease. I think as a mom, I have to resort to basics rather than mastering with leather jackets or midi skirts with pleated blouses. Ahhh, too confusing but doesn’t I won’t try.

What trend/style are you looking forward to try this year?

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Map of Paris Scarf + Striped Long Sleeved Tee

Top: BDG White Carditgan, Ann Taylor Loft Stiped Long Sleeved Tee
Bottom: Ann Taylor Loft Slim Leg Grey Cords
Shoes: Steve Madden Candence Boots
Bag: Coach Hobo
Scarf: StyleKelly Map of Paris Scarf from Yesstyle.com

I don’t wear a lot of jewelry because my kids like to yank on them. I have two curious little girls and they love my bracelects and necklaces. If I’m wearing one, it will be off and around their necks almost instantly. So instead of jewelry I accessorize with scarves and purses.

My scarf collection is mostly from Ann Taylor Loft because it’s very affordable. About a month ago, when I purchased my Tweed Jacket from Yesstyle.com, this Lemon Yellow scarf caught my eye. What was about this scarf? It’s a dainty yellow color with a greenish, gray trim. But it had a partial Map of Paris, France on it. It shows the area of the Seine River and around the Notre Dame Cathedral. I’m not sure if it’s an accurate map but I don’t mind. I think it’s pretty special. I had a lot of compliments because people thought it was pretty unique.

I live in comfortable clothing. I do know that I need to step up my outfit choices. It feels like my outfits still make me look like I’m in college somehow. Maybe instead of this cardigan, I need to wear a blazer. I do get frustrated of my choices, but I’m learning more and more everyday what an outfit can do.

What else should I change with this outfit?

Banana Republic Sweater Blazer + Leg Warmers

Top: Ann Taylor Loft Print Smock with banded hem
Blazer: Banana Republic Sweater Blazer
Bottom: Ann Taylor Loft Skinny Jeans
Leg Warmers: Hollister Leg Warmers
Shoes: Steve Madden Candence Boots

One of my purchases at the end of this summer season was this Banana Republic Sweater Blazer. It’s made of a terry cottom blend that is lightweight and perfect for the weather Houston has been having. With this outfit I wanted to try the Leg Warmer trend. But I think I failed at it. The Leg Warmers I have are a little schoolish, not trendy as I thought it would be. Maybe with the right outfit I can pull it off. I do like the overall outfit.

Ann Taylor Loft Cowl Neck + Layering Striped Shirt

Top: Cowl Neck Long Sleeve and Striped Boatneck Layering Shirt – Ann Taylor Loft

Bottom: Petite Modern Slim Leg Corduroy Pants – Ann Taylor Loft – sz 28 Petite
Shoes: Banana Republic Studded Wedges (old)

I bought the Cowl Neck Tee in 3 different colors – Desert Sand, Ultra Plum and shown Mystic Ocean. I love these cowl necks. They are soft and comfy. I like these more than a turtleneck because it’s looser and doesn’t constrict. So if it gets too hot outside, I’m less likely to overheat. For a nippier days, I’ll add the boatneck tee underneath for extra warmth. Now it hasn’t been getting that cold. It’ll be windy, and chilly in the morning but by noon it’s in the High 70s. Perfect for shorts and a tee. By putting on thin layers and just pulling them off when the weather changes, I’m able to adjust my outfit right at work or wherever I’m at.

I don’t feel like I’m wearing that much layers. It’s very light. The same goes for the Modern Slim Leg Cords. The ones I’m wearing is Incense Khaki. I also have it in Pink Rouge and Grey. These are lightweight cords that hug to my body and don’t feel like denim at all. The only complaint is that when I walk, the fabric on the inside of my thighs rubs together and it makes this grrrr, grrrr noise. A bit annoying.

Sunglasses: Cat Eyes – Ralph by Ralph Lauren

These glasses are not the average dainty sunglasses. I love the tilt of the glasses – the cat eye expression- very seductive. Why I had to have this pair? It’s PURPLE! Yes, the other side is striped purple to give a funky edge to the sunglasses. This is my go to pair now. It fits nicely and doesn’t pinch the sides of my head (like my Michael Kors one) and there is no pressure on my ears.

This entire outfit is easy to wear. I can wear it grocery shopping, hanging out with my kids, even go to my work (my office doesn’t have a dress code but still need to keep it professional). The pieces of clothing are easily mixed and remixed.

Have you run into any versatile pieces lately?

Girl’s Night [Out]fit – High Waisted Mini Skirt

Top: Ann Taylor Loft Sequin Short Sleeve Sweater
Bottom: Juicy Couture Lace Skirt
Scarf: Madewell Long Stem Roses Scarf
Shoes: Naturalizer Bates Booties

When I think of a good outfit to go hang with my girlfriends, I usually grab a skirt and heels. I don’t know why. I believe those two components just makes an outfit fun and feminine. I do like how the sequins of the shirt sparkle and shine. The sweater is very light weight and comfy. However, it’s very thin and the knit does catch on zippers (like the Juicy Couture skirt). I was able to straighten the knit out so no harm done. It’s getting really chilly in Houston, so the scarf by itself would not do. I am waiting for my cape to come in so hopefully it’ll be warm enough with this outfit.

This is my oldest, Megan. She wanted to be in the pictures but I think she was getting sleepy (due to that mean glare from her face). She’s very fashionable at 3 yrs old. And she will veto what I wear. By the way, I purchase the Juicy Couture skirt from Shopbop.com for a higher price. I had missed that Net-a-Porter had a sale going on and had the skirt at $40 cheaper than shopbop.com. Also if you like the skirt, it is meant to be worn high up. If you like it lower to your hips, buy a size up. My skirt is size 6 and I like it. It’s thinly lined though.

I chose the scarf for it’s French Paisian look. The soft colors worn with a slight bow at the neck. I love Madewell clothing. I think it’s durable and feminine. The scarf was also purchased from Shopbop.com. I have been a shopbop.com customer for a while but it’s only recently that I started shopping there again. I love the 2 day shipping and easy returns. I will probably return the skirt though, since Net-a-Porter is offering deeper discounts.

This outfit is a challenge from cuteandlittle.com. If you like my outfit, please vote for me here. Thank you!

4 Outfits from 6 Items

I have a lot of clothes that I don’t wear because it was pushed to the back of my closet or I could never find anything to go with it. While organizing my closet I found this lovely Ann Taylor Loft Shell from its Spring 2011 collection. It has been breezy, a bit chilly lately in Houston, TX, but the day I found this shell, Houston was having a somewhat humid 75 degree weather. I thought that it was a sign that I needed to see what I can wear with this top.

Top: Ann Taylor Loft Cream Shell sz S
Bottom: AX Armani Exchange Jeggings sz 28
Shoes: Banana Republic Cheetah Ballet Flats sz 7

Very comfortable outfit. I could totally see myself in this outfit when I’m shopping, or picking up the kids from school. I did notice that the shell looks boxy on me, so I decided to add a boyfriend blazer for work.

Blazer: Ann Taylor Boyfriend Blazer sz 6

I wore this outfit to work with the blazer. The blazer is a bit large on me. I bought this blazer as I was losing the baby weight. It fit then but I lost about another 5 lbs since then. So when I button the blazer, it’s loose around the waist. I probably have to get this blazer altered so it’ll be more fitted.

After work, our family planned to go out to eat. A blazer is too business like so I pulled a cardigan for our family night out. By evening, the weather became cooler around mid 60s. The fur collar totally kept me warm around my neck area. The shell isn’t cut too low but around this of the season I tend to get sick so easy that I just want to keep myself covered up.

Added: Ann Taylor Loft Removable Fur Collar Cardigan sz MP

This last outfit was inspired by Lauren Conrad and Fash Boulevard. Her Lauren Conrad outfit was super cute that it made me think how I can work with my Lauren Conrad Pleated Chiffon Skirt that I just got at Kohls.com.

Bottom: LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Chiffon Skirt in Cafe Tint sz 6
It’s a basic outfit that can be turned into a work appropriate outfit with a blazer or wear it with a cardigan for a causal look. Up the flirty, romantic factor by switching jeans for a trendy skirt. I’m very happy with the looks. I normally don’t wear skirts because I am not comfortable running after my kids in a skirt. But after seeing myself in this really romantic outfit, I think I’ll incorporate more of it in my daily wardrobe choices.

Is there a piece of clothing that you plan on rockin’?

Ann Taylor Loft Lace Yoke Tee + Pink Slim Leg Cords = Rocker Outfit

My Rocker Chic Look

Top: Ann Taylor Lace Yoked Tee sz. S
Bottom: Modern Slim Leg Corduroy Pants in Pink Rouge sz. 28 Petite
Shoes: Naturalizer Bates Booties sz. 7
Belt: Ann Taylor Loft Metallic Skinny Belt

I didn’t really like the Lace Yoke Tee. I thought it was a bit too much when I first opened the box. I however love the Pink Cords. They are super soft and very comfy. It is a really lightweight corduroy, not a thick material at all. I don’t know why I wanted PINK pants, but I got them anyway. I thought to myself what can go with this pair of pants? Well I didn’t have anything else but the Lace Yoke Tee, so why not try it on. When I looked in the mirror, I thought to myself, “I look completely different!” What shoes do I have to kick it up an extra notch? My booties.

For an EXTRA kick, I curled some pieces of my hair with my flat iron to give it a tousled look. So my Rocker Chic Look was born. I feel empowered and younger. Wait till you see the demure PTO outfits that are coming up for review and you’ll know why this unexpected outfit made my day.

Is there an outfit that empowers you?

Ann Taylor Loft Lace Applique Sweatshirt Outfit

Ann Taylor Loft Friday Date Night Outfit - Fall 2011

Ann Taylor Loft Lace Applique Sweatshirt

Blazer: Banana Republic Blazer (2002?) sz: S
Top: Ann Taylor Loft Lace Applique Sweatshirt sz: S
Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft Skinny Jeans sz: 6
Shoes: Merona Mandana T-Strap Pumps sz: 7.5
Necklace: Banana Republic Factory

When I saw this outfit on Ann Taylor Loft’s site, I knew I had to have it. But the sweatshirt was consistently unavailable. Using the Loft item Store locator still brought up ZERO found. I just needed this sweatshirt. I have a similar blazer, jeans, and shoes. So my search ended when I decided to just go to my nearby Loft store. And they had a rack full of these sweatshirts from XS-L. Unbelievable!

YIPPEE! I felt so good. So I used by Birthday Coupon from Loft, and got this top originally $44.99, 40% off plus a $15 off Birthday coupon, totals to =
$11.99. Awesome deal.

The XS on me was more fitted. I liked it more than a S. But it is a sweatshirt French terry material, it will shrink. I just pulled the sleeves up a bit so the sleeves wouldn’t bunch at my wrists. The look is very cool, classy, and charming.

Any amazing deals have you ran across?

Ann Taylor Loft Fur Collared Caridgan Outfit

Caridgan: Ann Taylor Loft Removable Faux Fur Collar Cardigan – $59.95 online (in stores $39.99 + 40% OFF!!!) sz: MP
Sweater Dress: Ann Taylor Loft Sweater Dress (Winter 2010) sz: MP
Tights: Black Opaque tights from Hue
Belt: Ann Taylor Loft Metallic Skinny Belt sz: M
Shoes: Banana Republic Cheetah Ballet Flats (outlet)

This was a very cozy and warm outfit. It was a very cold day in Texas the day I took this picture. Cold for Texas at 50 degrees. I wore ballets flats because I had to take the kids to school. With 2 small kids, I rather be safe than sorry if I need to race after one or both of them. At first look on Loft.com, I didn’t really want a Fur Collar Cardigan. I wanted a Fur Vest. It has been an on going search to find the right Fur Vest that would look right on me. Then I happened to stop by the Ann Taylor Loft store in Sugar Land, TX. It’s about 5 miles farther than my usual Loft store. Very quaint boutique, with an abundance of sale items, I quickly scanned for something different. It was the fur that caught my eye. Not as bushy as I thought it would be. I love the fit of it. It has just the right amount of fur detail. And I could remove it when the weather gets warmer.

Anything you recently seen that jumped out and begged to be bought?

40% OFF Ann Taylor & Ann Taylor Loft – code FRIENDS

I woke up this morning to an unexpected email from Loft. 40% EVERYTHING. Sale ends November 13, 2011. Use FRIENDS code at checkout.

Oh wow! But I already bought many items that I wanted. I feel this week many companies have been bombarding me with spectacular sales. But this urgency (and the saturation of the ads) is a TURN OFF! I will still look to see if there’s any thing that catches my eye but doesn’t mean I’ll buy.

Are all these ads being pushy is because of Black Friday?