Ann Taylor Is 50% Off — Even New Arrivals! (Sponsored)

ann-taylor-is-50-offDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your usual friendly blogger Kat.

Oooh: Ann Taylor is having its sale of the season, with 50% off almost everything, and even new arrivals are included. I’m loving all the fall colors and textures I’m seeing, like this absolutely stunning lace vine print shell (pictured at top), which comes down to $49(!) in the sale. In addition to all of the great on-trend, season-specific pieces, some of my favorites are some of the simpler, more basic pieces that add polish and sophistication to every working woman’s wardrobe.  Some of my favorites, below:


ann-taylor-crepe-side-pleat-topNo matter how casual or conservative your office, elevated basics like this have a place in every polished professional’s wardrobe. This machine washable pleat top is as easy to wear as a long-sleeve tee, but has a bit more style with the pleated side, as well as the keyhole detail in the back. I love this aubergine color, but it also comes in black and white; in the 50% off sale it comes down to $24.50 from $49.50. (This dropped waist shell is similar and under $20!) Pictured:  Crepe Side Pleat Top
ann-taylor-pleat-blouseOoh: another basic where Ann Taylor hits it out of the park.  This mixed media pleat blouse is easy to wear with skirts, trousers, ankle pants — beneath blazers and cardigans or by itself — with all sorts of necklaces (long, short, delicate, statement). I love the pleated sleeves, the fact that it’s machine washable, and the fact that it comes in black and winter white for $29.75 (down from $59.50. Mixed Media Pleat Sleeve Top
ann-taylor-vine-blouseThis vine print (color: “Molten Lava”) is one of their new “of the moment” prints, and even though orange isn’t usually my thing, I must say I love the print, as well as the other details about the blouse — the slight bell sleeves, the covered placket, the shirred shoulder seams and back yoke — gorgeous.  It’s available in regular and petite sizes XXS-XXL, is machine washable, and at full price is $69.50 — in the sale it comes down to $34.75. (The print comes in other versions — love this topper, lace peplum shell (pictured at top), and this sweater — and if you like the shape of the pictured blouse but NOT the print, it also comes in solid versions.) Pictured: Vine V-Neck Blouse
ann-taylor-merino-woolI always love a good merino wool sweater for warmth and durability — and because they’re generally thinner than cotton or cashmere sweaters, I often find them easier for layering beneath blazers.  (This one is hand washable, also.) This cowl neck sweater looks like a great workhorse to keep in your closet for years to come — it’s available in five colors, regular and petite sizes, and comes down to $39.75 in the sale ($79.50 full price).  Merino Wool Cowl Neck Sweater
ann-taylor-sheath-dressAnn Taylor, of course, has a ton of great sheath dresses right now — it’s hard to choose which one I like the best. (Other favorites: this faux wrap dress, this tropical wool dress, this flounce dress, and this spotted jacquard sheath dress.) This dark olive sheath dress (it also comes in navy) looks fabulous for work and beyond — the split neck is flattering without adding exposure, and I always like a waist that sits slightly higher, like this one.  It’s $139 full price, but comes down to $69.50 in the sale. Doubleweave Split Neck Sheath Dress
ann-taylor-mary-janesWe all know I love a good strappy pump, and the scalloped edges on these suede Mary Jane pumps really take these to the next level — love.  In addition to black, they come in a hunter green and a burgundy, available in sizes 5-11, for $148 full price; with the sale they come to $74, available exclusively online. (If you’re looking for a pointy toe block heel, do check out these metal heel pumps.) Pictured: Alissa Suede Mary Jane Pumps

Ladies, which are your favorites from the big Ann Taylor sale? Have you gotten any amazing pieces from the brand lately?

Thank you so much to Ann Taylor for sponsoring this post!





Tales from the Wallet: Wealth Building in Your 20s and 30s

Protect your moneyThis post is written by your regular friendly blogger Kat, but sponsored by Regions Bank, which features a Women and Wealth initiative to educate, equip and empower women by providing the information and tools that will help to ensure financial success for women.

Ladies, what are your best tips for building wealth in your 20s and 30s? For those of you (most of you) in that age range, what did you do in your 20s you were proud of — and what are your goals for your 30s? At the outset, let’s just acknowledge the awesome power of compound interest (these interactive calculators from Regions Bank are pretty cool) — it’s why this stuff is so important to get a handle on as early as possible, which I didn’t necessarily do. (Pictured.) Some of my best tips are:

[Read more…]

Deal Alert: Ann Taylor’s Sale is On MAJOR Sale (60% Off!)

ann-taylor-sale-on-saleDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your regular friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

Happy Sunday, ladies! Ann Taylor’s sale section just got even better: you can take an extra 60% off all sale styles, starting now and ending tomorrow night (9/26) at 10PM EST. This is one of my favorite sales of the year, and it can be a great time to stock up on basics, newer trends, and even get multiples of things that you already own and love so much you want them in a second (or third) color. A note up front: there are lots of lucky sizes in the sale, so start by filtering by your size first.

Some of my favorites from the sale include:


Pictured: shell / blazer / dress / pants

  • (at very top of post) – There are a ton of wrap dresses in the sale, and they all look amazing. Some of them are only available in lucky sizes, but this leafy wrap dress still has a bunch of sizes left, 00-18, in regular and petite sizes. It was $98 at full price, then marked to $85; with the sale it comes down to $34.
  • (in collage above) This lacy pleated shell looks lovely — it’s available in winter white and black, sizes XXS-XXL (regular and petite), and was $79.50, then marked to $64.99, but it comes down to $26 in the sale.
  • Also in winter white: this collarless jacket, available in regular and petite sizes 2-16.  It was $198, then marked to $170 — with the sale it comes down to $68!!
  • Oooh: this swaying flare dress looks great for desk to dinner — I like the almost sporty cut of the shoulders and the breezy rayon/spandex blend.  It’s available in navy, black, and “amethyst haze” for $28 in the sale (originally $98!).
  • These birdseye ankle pants only come in limited sizes, but they’re a great classic piece to stock up.  They were originally $129, then marked to $99; with the sale they come down to $39.  Nice.

They have some awesome suits and shoes not included in the 60% off sale, but definitely worth checking out as well. Ladies, what are you eager to get at Ann Taylor?

Thank you to Ann Taylor for sponsoring this post!


Celebrate Business Women’s Day with Last Call

last-call-friends-family-saleThis post is sponsored by Neiman Marcus Last Call, where they just started their Friends & Family sale, but written by your regular friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

Did you guys know that today is Business Women’s Day? Fun fact: The first American Business Women’s Day was sponsored by the American Business Women’s Association in 1982. It was recognized by Congressional Proclamation in 1983 and 1986. (Source.) In honor of the holiday, Neiman Marcus Last Call asked me to take a look at some of their business fashion picks for women. If you’re not familiar with Last Call, they have some killer deals on both affordable brands as well as more splurgey brands (hello, Donna Karan on deep discount!) — and a ton of great outfits for the office. Luckily for you guys, they also have a great Friends & Family sale going on right now — through September 25th, you can take an extra 40% off everything with your NM Credit card and code FRIEND40; or take 30% off everything with any other form of payment.  (Note that it excludes clearance, estate jewelry, fragrances, Godiva, Gorski furs, Tom Ford, merchandise more deeply discounted, NM new arrival merchandise, and special events.) I especially like that the 30% off sale prices are marked on each product.

Some general brands where they have a TON of workwear stuff includes: Theory, Lafayette 148 New York, Vince, Joie, Cinzia Rocca Due, and Vince Camuto (tons of VC Plus).

On the jewelry side of things their Alexis Bittar collection is so good I had to stop writing the post midway through to buy a gold and black necklace (last one left!) — I also like their Majorica and Kendra Scott collections. On the weekend side of things I love to stock up on Splendid, James Perse, Current/Elliott, and Rag & Bone.

[Read more…]

The Limited and Eva Longoria Take You From Work to Wine

longoria-limited-work-to-wine-2Please note this post is sponsored by The Limited, but written by your usual friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

Have you guys checked out the new collaboration between The Limited and Eva Longoria? The Limited has been among reader’s favorites for years now for affordable suiting (their Collection Suiting line is awesome), their colorful Madison blazers (love the fun lining), and their very popular Ashton blouses and shirtdresses — so I was excited when they teamed up with Eva Longoria for a “work to wine” collection.  I’ve heard great things about the collaboration, particularly about the fabrication of the garments being amazing and the feel of them being super soft, so I decided to take a look… and the pieces indeed have a perfect desk to dinner vibe.

Pictured at top: black/white dress, cobalt dress (on EL), black top (on EL), black jacket (on EL), black/white dress on mannequin. Pictured with Eva: @fda553587.

Eva Longoria's dress from the DNC (under $125!)A number of the dresses are made of “power ponte, an impeccable double knit fabric with amazing stretch.”  I’ve felt some of the fabric, and it’s a nice, heavy weight ponte, with a slight touch of a “suck you in and smooth you out” kind of appeal.  This winter white dress, with a fabulous windowpane texture (you can see it better here) on the ponte, is one of my favorites — it’s a total show stopper, and great for a warmer climate. (For some reason I love the idea of it with dark red nails, but that’s me.) The dress is $109.95, available in XS-XXL. Eva Longoria Textured Power Ponte Dress
Eva Longoria for Limited black/white dressThis black dress is very similar to the above white dress, but the knit is slightly lighter weight — the white dress above has 68% cotton / 28% polyester / 4% spandex, whereas the dress pictured here has 60% cotton / 38% polyester / 2% spandex.  I love the pattern, though, as well as the elbow length sleeves and the boat neck — and huzzah for it being machine wash/tumble dry. The dress is $109.95, available in sizes XS-XXL. Eva Longoria Power Ponte Patterned Sheath Dress
Eva Longoria Limited cobalt blue faux leather sheath dressYou know the dress must be good if Eva Longoria herself picked it to wear to some store parties — this picture of her and two different women (with different body shapes, and they all look fab) is great. I love the vibrant cobalt color, the flattering color blocking and the stretchy knit. (I like the sauciness of a touch of faux leather, but note that this is very much a “know your office” situation.) The dress is machine wash/line dry, and is available in sizes XS-XXL, for $129.95.  Eva Longoria Power Ponte Faux Leather Dress 
Limited Eva Longoria Work to WineThe dresses are the real stars of the collection, but there are a few colors of this dramatic top with an asymmetrical peplum hem, which looks great with pencil skirts, ankle pants, and more. (There are also two dresses with the silhouette, and if you like the look you can also pair it with a matching pencil skirt in the same fabric/color.) I love the idea of it with a long pendant necklace (like this or this), but that’s me — it’s available in black and cobalt, in regular and petite sizes XS-XXL, for $99.95. Eva Longoria Power Ponte Peplum Top
Eva Longoria cropped jacket LimitedThis cropped cardi/jacket is super soft, and the draping is fabulous. I love the color combination, too — a dusty gray/blue/navy can be really versatile. It’s $109.95, available in XS-XXL. (If you’re in a more casual office, this drapey vest in black is similarly soft, but it’s much longer.)  Eva Longoria Textured Cropped Jacket

Readers, have you checked out the collection yet — what are your favorite pieces? 

A huge thank you to The Limited for sponsoring this post! 


Grab Your BFF and Get to Ann Taylor: The Friends and Family Sale is On

ann taylor friends and family sale This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your regular friendly blogger Kat.

Ann Taylor’s Friends and Family sale is ending TONIGHT, with the entire site being 40% off with code FRIENDS40 until then. Sales are so much fun to shop with friends, and I’d love to hear what the Corporette community has bought already, is still considering buying, and is going back for more! I’m absolutely loving the patterns and textures I’m seeing, all amidst the classic shapes we know and love from Ann Taylor. Some of my favorites are below — but which are your favorites? 

Bold Patterns for Work

Bold patterns are a lux, sophisticated way to inject a ton of personality to your workwear. Pair them with neutrals to play it safe, or try mixing patterns and textures to have a bit of fun.  Some of my favorites from the sale:

ann taylor patterns

Above: dress / skirt / dress / blouse

  • Modern Geo Tie Waist Dress – I love this one for work and beyond! To make the dress more versatile, don’t forget that you can always top it with a slim cut merino sweater in navy to wear it just as a skirt; you can also layer it with a thin navy turtleneck beneath it for winter. The dress is $159 full price, available in regular and petites, and sizes 00-14; in the sale it comes to $95.
  • Colorblock Pencil Skirt – The slanted color block pattern here is amazing — classic but interesting at the same time. White and navy are the obvious things to pair it with,  but I’d also urge you to try it with a pale blue. The skirt is $89 full price, avilaalbe in regular, petite, and tall sizes 00-18, and comes down to $53 in the sale.
  • Diagonal Stripe Wrap Dress – Wow, I love this. It usually drives me batty when patterns don’t line up just so, but it looks intentional and artsy here — and the flattering, feminine colors somehow remind me of a tie.  The dress is available in regular and petite sizes 00-14, and it’s $98 full price, but comes to $58 in the sale. (There are actually a TON of great patterned wrap dresses if you’re looking, and this particular pattern also comes in a silky wrap blouse.)
  • Bird Ruffle Sleeve Top – While ruffles and birds aren’t for everyone, I think this top shows that you can still “put a bird on it” and be professional — love the way the pattern just looks abstract at a difference, and the unusual mix of pale peach and a brighter, almost fuschia-like pink in the pattern — interesting and great. The highly-rated top is $79.50, but comes down to $47.70 in the sale — it’s available in regular and petite sizes XS-XL.

Sophiticated Textures

Texture is a fabulous way to elevate your wardrobe — depending on how textured a fabric is, it can almost read as a pattern — but it’s far easier to mix and match pieces and colors without sticking to neutrals.  Ann Taylor’s new collection showcases a ton of great textures; some of my favorites include:

ann taylor texture

[Read more…]