Ann Taylor “Chelsea” Crop, Revisited and Renamed

Black Pants for WorkForever 21 mint peplum (cap sleeve option) + belt, Ann Taylor “Chelsea” crop pant (now called “Carnegie” crop), Ferragamo shoes

It has been nearly a year since I slipped on my old favorite Chelsea crop. I used to live in these pants at work. They were the perfect mix of comfy and office appropriate and as I got more comfortable with the cuffed pants look, they became an absolute staple. But, interestingly enough, as I was writing this post and wanted to link back these pants for you, I noticed that Ann Taylor has changed the naming of these pants from the “Chelsea” crop to the “Carnegie.” While I can’t attest to whether the fit is the same, the stock photo looks identical to the old style. I am eager to get into a dressing room and try them on for comparison.

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Bow FerragamosThese shoes are also one of the most spectacular work investments i’ve ever made. Comfortable, stylish, and they make me feel cute the whole day.

Mint PeplumKeep your ears peeled for some exciting job updates on my end when I return from China. Fun stuff is happening!

The Best $20 Dress I Ever Did See

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Old Navy dress (wearing a size M), Zara bib (similar from Jewelmint), SPANX tights, J.Crew boots, LOFT coat (old)(similar)

It’s rare that I buy an item of clothing, put it on and feel like a million bucks instantly. That is pretty much what happened with this Old Navy number, and as an added bonus, it was less than $20 after sale. The fit is insanely perfect, the length is flirty and fun, and the material is a thickly knit weave that I appreciate from a discount store like ON.

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While a few inches short for me to be comfortable wearing without tights, I love the look of it layered here with SPANX and boots for frigid SF “summer.” I also plan to use this dress for upcoming pool days in Macau with Cesar and visits to the beach. There is an exposed zip at the back for some added edge and a beautifully done center seam that gives just the right amount of definition.

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For under $20 (or less) with the right sale, I plan to pick this up in other colors as well!  

The Most Controversial Piece of Clothing I Own – From Anthropologie

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Anthropologie top (in stores only), J.Crew belt, altered ASOS pants (see alteration story here), Ferragamo shoes, Joan Hornig earrings (generously gifted for brother’s wedding)

Every once in a while I see a piece in a store that I have a visceral reaction to. I get giddy and cannot wait to try it on, and am made more excited when I am wearing it, it fits correctly, and is flattering. That was the reaction I had when I saw this top in Anthropologie. I immediately thought of 4-5 ways to wear it, justifying it’s cost and uniqueness in my mind. I brought it home and wore it out to a fancier dinner with my boyfriend. And, that is when the controversy started.

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Cesar’s immediate reaction to this outfit was “wow, babe, I really don’t like that outfit, namely that top.” Now, Cesar is generally incredibly supportive of what I wear and the way I experiment. While not generally effervescent one way or another, his strong reaction made me stop and reconsider.

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While I do agree with him that the shoulder details “look kind of like spaghetti,” I am in love with the architectural details and the balance it brings to my hips. The soft cotton/angora blend of the contrasting knit base is just so comfortable, I can’t get enough.

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So, I ask you. What do you think? Perhaps toned down with basic jeans and a less vampy lip, this will be a winner. Or, perhaps the male species just isn’t destined to love it. Regardless, I do!

Closet Wish List: Club Monaco Renay Pant

Club Monaco Renay Pant

During a recent shopping trip with my favorite gal, Luci, I popped into Club Monaco and tried on these gorgeous Renay pants. Available in quite a few colors, they fit similar to my J.Crew cafe capri’s and might be a good work alternative. Have any of you tried on these babies? I might just have to give them a go!

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