Posts Tagged ‘elegant’

Ready to Shop Ann Taylor…with the Friends & Family Discount

April 19, 2010

Ann Taylor, one of my favorite stores for petites, tall and plus (up to XXL and size 18) on select items, is having a 30% off regular priced items from 4/20 – 4/25. They are also offering free shipping on orders of $100 or more.

Here are outfits assembled with a few of my favorites from their current line. If you like what you see, think fast. This is a huge sale and they do not restock items.

Prices shown below are BEFORE the 30% discount.


Outfit for workThis work outfit centers around the Sequin Collar Type by Wyeth and Sharkskin Lined Trousers.

Add a Cotton Sateen Blazer in crisp white, a pretty Pearl and Ribbon Chain Link Necklace, a Perfect Exotic Pump in navy and the In Bloom Tote to complete this look.

For variations, try any of the following:

  • Exchange the trousers with a lightweight wool or linen pencil skirt and the pump with a peep-toe pump for a different take on this work-appropriate look
  • Swap the jacket with a cardigan, the trousers with a denim skirt or pants and the pumps with a metallic flat or sandal for a casual take
  • Pair the top, shoes and jewelry with a suit for a business professional take


Casual Work OutfitThe Cotton Shantung Jacket is a versatile piece for work or a night out.  Pair it with a pair of Cotton Twill Capris in white for a warm-weather day.

Add a pop of color on top with the Pleated Sleeveless Shell and a shoe in a coordinating color like the Perfect Dahlia Flat.  Top off the outfit with a Long Pearl and Tulle Necklace and the In Bloom Tote.

For variations, try any of the following:

  • Exchange the capris with a long short for an even warmer-weather look (not for the office)
  • Swap the peach and red colored themed items with another color theme like blues or yellows
  • Glam up this look with a sequined top, metallic shoes and a beaded clutch


The Ruffled Sweater Outfit The Scalloped Ruffled Cardigan is a great example of how Ann Taylor adds pretty details to a classic item.  Pair the sweater with a Denim Pencil Skirt for an outfit you can wear to brunch, shopping or casual Friday.

Add color to this look with a Perfect V-Neck Tee, the Elodie T-Strap Sandal in a coordinating teal and a pretty Glass and Grosgrain Necklace.  The Woven Leather Clutch adds a sophisticated touch to this casual look.

For variations, try any of the following:

  • Exchange the white skirt with a navy cotton skirt or a pair of jeans to dress the look down for the weekend
  • Try a pink or melon color scheme in place of the teals to enhance your complexion
  • Pair the cardigan with a sleeveless cotton dress and strappy sandal for date night


Elegant OutfitThe Heavy Lace Pencil Skirt is one of Ann Taylor’s longer skirts, perfect for special summer events like weddings. The Tie Neck Shell, available in several muted colors, is pretty without competing for attention.

Pair it with a basic cardigan like the Rolled Hem Cardigan in hyacinth (note: I have not seen this cardigan and it may be a touch too casual for this skirt; proceed with common sense), a Pearl and Ribbon Bracelet, the Perfect Patent Pump and Knotted Mini Tote for an elegant occasion.

For variations, try any of the following:

  • Go with a monochromatic top for a very chic dress-like look
  • Swap the tote out with a sequined clutch and the pump with a strappy sandal for an evening party
  • Exchange the cardigan with a jacket for a dressed up work look


Day to Night OutfitI love the Silk Georgette Shell with Crystal and Lace Front for making an understatement with over-the-top details.  I also love the idea of pairing it with a feminine take on pinstripes – the Modern Tropical Wool Pinstripe Trouser.

Add a simple layer with the Cotton Sateen Blazer and show off a 3-Strand Faceted Glass Stretch Bracelet and Piper Embellished Sandal.  The Knotted Mini Tote pairs well with this look.

For variations, try any of the following:

  • Swap the jacket for an ivory cardigan and the trousers with a white or ivory pant for a very elegant take appropriate for a wedding or fundraising event
  • Dress the top down with dark denim jeans for a more relaxed day
  • Add color with a bright top layer, colored shoe and/or colorful jewelry for a confident, bold look

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Buh-Bye Blah Swimsuits…Choose One that Says “Holla,” “Hello” or “Hi”

April 6, 2010

Here’s the thing.  It took me awhile to find a swimsuit that I wanted to try on and subsequently, wanted to wear in public.  But the hunt was SO worth it!  I actually bought two in the same style – one in lipstick red (va-va-voom) and one with a blue casual print for every day.

Now it’s your turn to find a swimsuit that balances your figure, flatters your skin tone and makes you feel comfortable and sexy.

Before diving in to my picks, a few words.  And apparently I have no shortage of advice…


  • Consider a swimsuit as an investment.  A good one doesn’t necessarily need to cost a lot, but it should be well constructed, made out of comfortable material and feel good against your skin.
  • Pre-shop online.  You don’t have to buy online but you’ll get an idea of what’s out there.  Most sites categorize swimsuits by body shape.
  • Start shopping NOW.  If you know you’re going to be near water this summer, give yourself time to find a good suit (or two).
  • Accessorize.  Whether or not a new suit is in your future, consider a hat, a bag or a jeweled flip-flop for a complete look.
  • Wear eye protection.  Big sunglasses are critical…look for a pair that minimizes cheek interference when you smile.


  • Swim skorts and swim shorts.  You may think they’re more flattering but they aren’t – and the longer they are, the less flattering they are.  Note: they don’t even flatter the models!
  • Settle for a suit that doesn’t fit the “girls.”  Too much cleavage and side boob stinks of look-at-me desperation…avoid at all costs.  If there is too much space or room, it will only emphasize “small.”
  • Pick a completely shapeless cover up.  If your swimsuit cover up doesn’t have shape, neither will you.
  • Pick the wrong size.  Swimsuits can expand a little when wet, so you need to makes sure it’s not too big.  You also don’t want to fall or hang out of one that’s too small.
  • Really?  Another black swimsuit or cover up?  Come on.  You’re going to be in the sun and should be having fun.  I fully believe you’ll have more fun in color!
  • Bring a man into the dressing room.  True story…my husband was humiliatingly hunted down and kicked out of a department store dressing room…and rightfully so.  Other women probably didn’t want him in there.  And honestly, girl to girl, they are not likely to add value to the selection process, will get bored and will randomly pick one just to end the painful process.

And now, introducing 2-piece, 1-piece, plus and maternity options.

Say “Holla” to the Statement

2-piece, 1-piece, plus and maternity

If it isn’t obvious by the category title, this is the suit you wear when you’re ready to rock the pool/beach.  You feel amazing, you look amazing and you’re ready for the sun!

  • This Victoria’s Secret 2-piece is unique with the 1-shoulder strap, while being modest in coverage.  Oh, and it’s a great color!
  • The 1-piece from J. Crew is all flirt in a muted color which makes it work for girl weekends AND romantic getaways.
  • For plus, this smart, not-too-large print keeps the eye moving with a flattering cut.  Be careful with the girls…I think the suit model should have been a cup size smaller.  Available at
  • I love-love-love this maternity swimsuit.  It looks like it will hold up the girls while giving your baby and belly plenty of room to grow.  And I love the colors and print.  Available at
  • For accessories, this complementary set will let your swimsuit do the talking.  A hat in a bright color (Spiegel, note: try a color different from your suit), paired with a half-sarong (Nordstrom, preferably in white but I could only find a decent picture of a black one!), a cute straw bag (Spiegel) for all the magazines/books and stylish and comfortable sandals ( will help you stay coordinated from room/car to pool/beach and back.

Say “Hello” to the Classic

2-piece, 1-piece, plus and maternity

This is the swimsuit you choose for the fancy spa or when you win the Rachael Ray giveaway to The One&Only Palmilla resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Simple and elegant without the snooty factor.

  • This navy bikini from Tommy Bahama is modest with pretty pleats below the bust for a hint of flavor.  There are three options for bottoms so you can find something you’re most comfortable wearing.
  • I’ve tried this 1-piece from Land’s End on and it’s to-die for in terms of fit and flattery.  The suit comes in a couple of colors, but I like the unexpected surprise of purple.  Also available in short torso, plus and plus short torso.
  • This plus swimdress, seen at,  also has a non-dress version that is just as cute.  Swimdresses are fantastic for modesty with a feminine and flattering fit.  An empire-wasted (under the bust) dress will do much more for your figure than one that has big skirting at or below the waist.
  • This maternity suit from Nordstrom makes me think light and airy.  The panels in the front are sheer and the turquoise color is both trendy and classic for this pregnancy…and the next?
  • Accessories with clean lines will help keep your look sophisticated.  The straw hat (Spiegel) is woven with metallic thread for a little bling.  Pair it with an elegant cover up (J. Crew) in a classy color, a two-tone bag (Spiegel) and barely-there metallic sandals ( for a complete look.

Say “Hi!” to the Casual

2-piece, 1-piece, plus and maternity

Is it family time?  Whether you’re with your kids, siblings or parents, these swimsuits will keep you covered and cute.

  • I love this new sweetheart bikini top, which Land’s End offers in a variety of colors and patterns, along with your choice of several coordinating bottoms.
  • When I saw this 1-piece at, I was pleasantly surprised to see they are offering a little bit of fashion.  A cute print with flattering details that will make you forget you need a cover up.
  • For plus, I like a tastefully done large print.  So many of the large prints are all busy and no style!  This suit from Lane Bryant has the flattering details similar to the 1-piece with a very fun pattern and color combination.
  • Who else but Motherhood Maternity would think of great details like a deep v-neck, accompanied by a panel that ensures everything stays behind closed doors.  I love the geometric pattern and especially love the red band that accentuates the waist and the bump.  Available in regular and plus.
  • Pair these cute and casual swimsuits with a no-fuss straw hat (Target), a simple cover-up (Nordstrom), a roomy-yet-practical tote (Target) and comfortable, colorful flip-flops (

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Fabuliss Helps Kate Express Her Colorful Personality

March 30, 2010

Hello, Kate (with a "K")!

Kate is a huge inspiration to me on many levels as a genuinely happy and immensely creative individual.

She had a Fabuliss party awhile ago and has really embraced color into her daily routine.  I recently caught up with her colorful closet and fun assortment of accessories and pulled a few looks together.

Orange You Glad?

Orange is a great color on Kate’s olive skin.  The casual look on the left with skinny jeans, a sweater, knee-high riding boots and a funky necklace, is perfect for date night or girl’s night.  I love how the colors in the necklace pop off the sweater.

The dressier look on the right with tan trousers, a buttery soft leather jacket, a bright colored shell, a chunky necklace and those amazing boots, is suitable for networking or a work day at the agency.

The mix of colors and details really help Kate stand out in a crowd as an approachable, interesting person who looks fun and put together from head to toe.

One Dress, Two Looks

When I saw the dress, which has a beautiful embroidered braid down the front, I couldn’t help but pair it with Kate’s new boots for an edgier take on the dress.  This is a great date night outfit!

We kicked it up a few notches by adding a red cardigan, black belt and cute necklace, perfect for attending a party with girlfriends.

All Dressed Up

These looks are more classic while still incorporating Kate’s vivacious personality.  The red dress is to die for!  It fits Kate in all the right places and pairs so elegantly with a simple set of pearls.

On the right, the long sweater jacket provides structure while giving the purple blouse and pearls a chance to pop out at the neck.  I would recommend this outfit for a special work-related event like a holiday party in a more conservative environment or a networking event with business professionals.

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