Black wool sateen tuxedo jacket with lace trim (sleeves cuffed) – Ann Taylor (not available online, found on clearance rack yesterday)
White tank – Caslon for Nordstrom (best ribbed tanks EVER!)
Jeans – Not Your Daughter's Jeans “Hayden”
Bracelet – Anthroplogie via eBay
Black leather booties – Miss Sixty “Jaiden”
So I stopped in the Connecticut Avenue Ann Taylor last night on my way to the Metro and only looked at the clearance section. I was hoping for some sort of gem, especially since they are having 40% off their sale merchandise. Gem found! This jacket is a 12, it was originally $149 and was on sale for like $49 and then 40% off! SCORE! It's a gorgeous fabric with a slight sheen, and I thought the lace trim was pretty nice without being too trendy or flashy. Pics don't do it justice, it has a one-button closure, sleek cut, very classic and elegant. Would love to find some cigarette pants to match and I would totally rock this at the next wedding I attend with a silky cami and some stellar heels!
I just have to rave about the Connecticut Avenue Ann Taylor – they had a pretty stellar manager there when I started working in this part of DC three years ago, but she left the company a year or two ago. They went through some transition, but have a pretty good team now. I believe the manager now is Carlos who is a totally awesome guy – knows his fashion, remembers his customers, is in 50 places at once, always trying to make the experience better and the staff better. There's so many associates there that are really fantastic – last night a guy rang me up and he was so gracious, apologizing for the line, came around the counter to hand me my bag, etc. The fitting rooms are in great shape, the store is easy to navigate. After a decade in retail as a manager and visual merchandiser, it's hard to impress me. However I am always impressed when I shop this location. I also love it because I think their sale department is so good because so many people shop online and then do in-store returns near their office. There's always a lot of petites, larger sizes, and crazy discounts available. Last night I saw a bunch of dresses and suit jackets in 18 petite – I mean really, how often do you see that size in an Ann Taylor store?
This weekend we are going to an open house for a nursery school in town – if all goes well Emerson may start in the fall just two mornings a week. I think it would be a nice break for my husband, and a fun experience for E. Our friend is in a producer battle Saturday night – don't think I will be able to go because of Emerson, but my husband will most likely go and cheer him on. Other than that, the weekend is pretty open and I am LOVING that! What are your plans this weekend?