WOOTD » Work Outfit Of The Day

April Showers Bring May Flowers! It’s been cloudy and a bit windy in Houston. I can feel summer creeping up with the humidity going up. I’m not looking forward to taking photos in Texas heat.

But the wind brings some cool breeze that a nice jacket would keep me warm. I get cold very easily so I stock up on caridgans to lightweight jackets. Lots of bloggers have purchased this Zara tweed jacket – called Fantasy Blazer on zara.com. What I like about it, is the structured shoulder and mainly the beautiful color.

This is my third tweed jacket and it is the best fitting and the softest to the touch. My Malang jacket from Uniqueen and the Yesstyle.com Stylekelly tweeds are more tight in the shoulders especially when I lift my arms straight out in front of me. Another thing is the texture of the jackets. Zara is made with softer materials. Uniqueen’s and Yesstyle’s is just a bit more scratchy but not overly. I’m probably just being picky.

And most importantly, Zara’s tweed jacket has bigger pockets!

One thing I have noticed about the Zara jacket – the threads are already loose around the pockets and the hem of the sleeves. Little strands are puffing up and so it looks a bit beaten up. I haven’t decided if I like it that way.

Top: Ann Taylor Colorblock Top (here)
Jacket: Zara Fantasy Blazer (here, new but similar here)
Bottom: Ann Taylor Cottom Perfect Capris (here)
Shoes: Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Pumps (here)
Bag: LV Speedy 25 in Damier Azur
Jewelry: Jewelmint Necklace + Ring, Ann Taylor Loft Bracelets, House of Harlow 1960 Peacock Bangle (here), Forever21 Bracelet
Nail Polish: Essie Beach Bum Blu (here)

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Sale Alert: Ann Taylor and Loft 40% Off Everything – Code FRIENDS

Sale ends 04/22/2012. I have been waiting for this event for quite a while! Unfortunately, I already spent my $20 rewards coupon several weeks back. But I do see a couple of items from both retailers that I am itching to get my hands on. Check out my picks!

Ann Taylor

Keyhole Shell Crepe Dolman Sleeve Top Ruffle Cascade Top
Scattered Blossom Top Riley Patent Strappy Sandals Club Stripe Tote

Ann Taylor Loft

Eyelet Tank Ruffle Top Spring Gingham Camp Shirt
Abstract Print Drop Waist Dress

Frances Color Pop Wedges

Chambray Shorts

Let me know below what you had picked out!

Metallic Mini Skirt + Animal Print Cardigan

Top: J. Crew Print Cardigan
Botton: Ann Taylor Metallic Jacquard Skirt
Shoes: Naturalizer Bates Booties
Belt: Faux Leather Wrap Belt (old)

I rarely wear skirts. I normally wear jeans, pants/leggings, then dresses with leggings and finally skirts. I had this discussion with a friend. Skirts are not “Mom friendly.” Many skirts do not have pockets so I can stick tissue for those runny noses or whatever hair clips, rubber bands, or random “artifact” the kids pick up.

That being said, this pocketless outfit was inspired from a random perusal of my closet. I wanted to put together an outfit beyond my normal comfort level. I still don’t know if I like the skirt. I love the material. The glittery metallic fabric is very different from plain jane office looks. I also like that it’s a good length for me. Not too short, not too long.

The problem is would I wear it more often?

Review: Ann Taylor Kamela Lizard Stamped Leather Wedges

Shoes: Ann Taylor Kamela Lizard Stamped Leather Wedges

First of all, sorry for the awful picture quality. I don’t know why the first one was good but subsequent pictures did not turn out as well.

The wedges were bought during Ann Taylor’s insane 50% off everything on Cyber Monday. I also bought a pair of the Perfect Pumps. So happy to get them at 50% off retail with Free Shipping. Originally the wedges are $178.00 – 50% off = $89.00. It features a rounded toe, leather padded inner sole, and a 3 inch heel. I wanted a new pair of wedges to replace my Banana Republic ones that I have for over 5 years now. My Banana Republic Wedges are starting to wear at the heel. I found that the wedge is chipping at the sole. I had also been eying the Christian Louboutin Ron Ron Zeppa 85mm Wedges but it’s priced at $695.00.

I was super estactic when I received it. That sentiment changed when I opened the box. I have been an Ann Taylor shopper for 3 years. I have never received an item in such a bad display. The shoe box looked new, but when I opened it, everything was in disarray. The shoes had no stuffing inside but was sitting on a pile of shoe stuffing that was torn and it was a mess. I knew I received someone’s return. That was confirmed when I checked the bottom of the shoes. It had granules of dirt. Not much but they were there.

Still hopefull, I tried on the shoe. The size 7 1/2 fit perfectly on me. The leather sole felt amazing. Unfortunately the sole was loose in one shoe. It was already peeling off the footbed! I was saddened to see that I did not receive a product in pristine condition.

Regarding comfort, I was somewhat please. There is enough cushioning for my picky feet. However, there was no arch support. After a couple of minutes, I began to feel my arch being strained. I guess everyone knows my verdict: It’s going back. I will probably wait for the next sale or save enough to get the Christian Louboutins. Hopefully I get lucky and find something more affordable.

Would you keep this shoe if you received it in this condition?