Saturday: Weekend Style

Top: Ann Taylor | Jeans: NYDJ | Necklace:Cameron” c/o Kristin Biggs, Stella and Dot | Flats:Mary” c/o Ecco | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

My weekend style is pretty simple – solid or striped knit top with jeans. When it's cold those jeans are covered with tall boots, when it's warmer the flats come out. Yes folks, I do own flats and wear them on weekends to give my feet a change of pace. Ecco sent me these flats and I adore them because they are a soft leather, have good structure and arch support, and I love the soft metallic finish.

This top was a final sale from Ann Taylor online and I wish it wasn't for I would likely return it. It's extremely boxy which makes me look a bit like a linebacker and the side zippers scratch my stomach. Oh, and even though I bought it online and it arrived with tags, it smelled like another person's deodorant and perfume and had blonde hairs twisted into the knit. Seems to be a running theme lately with online shops as I made my first MYHABIT purchase – a lovely red Latico leather crossbody that is the perfect color and size for casual spring and summer activities (and half the price of what it's selling for online). Though it had tags on it, the bag came with a “purse score” (festie terminology: when you find something random and good on the field after a performance at a festival it's called a ground score) of a Yogi Bedtime tea bag and a clay bead. I get that shops re-sell returned items, but where is the quality assurance that checks pockets, sterilizes and cleans items before retagging?

On a positive note, The “Hayden” jeans from NYDJ in petite is a pretty good straight jeans for the spring per my fantasy fashion wish list!

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17 Comments

  1. Stella
    April 4, 2013 / 10:44 pm

    I think you look cute! =)

  2. March 25, 2013 / 10:31 pm

    I so wish I could pull off aviators. You look ready for Spring here lady. I know y’all had snow today, but at least you had a few days of sun. I love those shoes, the gold color is nice.

  3. J9
    March 25, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    You look lovely as always, but what really caught my eye was that GREEN GRASS…man on man, we’ve still got two feet of snow! It’s been a tough, snow filled, long winter here on the Canadian Prairies!

  4. March 25, 2013 / 6:03 pm

    What a huge bummer about your shirt not arriving in “brand new” quality! And the fact that it isn’t quite what you’d hoped? Boo. 🙁 On the flip side, your hair looks great in these pictures!!!

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  5. bubu
    March 25, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    I too am on the hunt for a good new skinny jean that works on petites — and these look great! Would you say the sizing runs true? I don’t even really know my size anymore! Also, do you know if these are available in any stores? thanks!

    • March 25, 2013 / 2:00 pm

      NYDJs are sold at most major department stores. They run big, go down a size (I am wearing 10s in this picture). Each style and fabric runs a bit differently but those with the more traditional denim feel seem to be best down one size.

      • bubu
        March 26, 2013 / 10:27 am

        thanks!

  6. March 25, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    Ugh, I would hate to smell that on a new blouse! The color looks good on you though and the flats are super cute!

    • March 25, 2013 / 2:09 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, I realized final sale, went to the store they sort of told me tough noogies so I washed it. Not cool, I worked for years in retail and would never let such a thing happen.

      • March 25, 2013 / 5:10 pm

        Tough noogies? Well, tough noogies for THEM, there’s this nifty thing called the internet that puts a lot more control into customers’ hands than we used to have…

  7. Red Peeptoe Pumps
    March 25, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    I know you were on the fence about this hair cut, but I think it’s looking great!

    • March 25, 2013 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks! Did a bit of hacking myself and figured out how to style it pretty successfully. Now just need to go to my stylist to clean it up! 🙂

  8. Lisa A Walter
    March 25, 2013 / 11:06 am

    Oh Ali…..final sale on a top that is not new? Of course it is new…but in poor condition. Obviously someone wore it, returned and there was no quality control. I would push the issue and tell them that a final sale should not apply to a used item (if it smells and has hair its used!)and that if you order a new item thats what you should get!

    • March 25, 2013 / 2:09 pm

      Agreed, got some flack from the store and they pretty much told me too bad, so I thought… well I’ll take it to the blogosphere! 🙂

  9. March 25, 2013 / 10:15 am

    I was just thinking how good that top looks on you! Yes, it’s structured, but in a good way I think and the colour is great. Maybe wear a singlet under it to protect your tum?

    Also, I am SO jealous of that sunshine. It’s freakin’ freeeezing in England a the mo.

  10. March 25, 2013 / 10:15 am

    eBay the top? Or take it in at the sides – put it on inside out and pin it at the sides, take it off and it will only need a few stitches either side to give it a bit of shape. The zipper problem can be fixed by sewing (or ironing on with bonding tape if you don’t actually need the zippers to function) a fabric placket inside the zips. It’s a great colour on you.

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