to shop / {sale alert} 40% off at ann taylor loft

Image source: Loft

LOFT has taken a phenomenal turn in their design and styling. Have you checked out their new line, Lou & Grey? Though I work next to a LOFT, I haven’t stopped in to examine the quality of their items, but I have ordered a few items online. I like the Scalloped Neck Cotton Sweater, Sheer Tux BlouseStripe Tuxedo Softened Shirt (which reminds me of an Emerson Fry tunic from last year), and the Floral Lace Dress. Get 40% off at LOFT through 3/30/2014 with code FRIENDS2!

to shop / {high & low} sam edelman ‘trina’ vs loft ‘talia’ low heel sandal

Sam Edelman Trina ($99.95) vs. LOFT Talia ($89.50 $53.70)

Since warm weather is around the corner, I’ve been on the watch for sensible, stylish summer sandals and have been gravitating towards nudes and golds since they are my colors of the moment.

I walked into the lower Fifth Avenue LOFT store while I was doing my walk down Fifth Avenue and was nearly about to walk out when I spotted the Talia sandals on the shelves. LOFT sells Sam Edelman shoes, so at first I thought they were the Trinas, but turns out they aren’t. Given the history of the Sam Edelman relationship, I wonder if they had SE slap the LOFT label on the Trina sandals. They look identical and it wouldn’t make sense for them to knock off a partner. I am usually an 8 and think I might be between a 7.5 and 8. The store did not have 7.5. Based on the Nordstrom reviews, others thought they ran big too. The beautiful thing about LOFT is that there is a 30-40% off sale almost every other day. Currently they are running a sitewide 40% off promotion with code NOW40. (It pains me when friends shop full price at places like LOFT and Gap.)

Note to LOFT: if you want to actually sell the shoes, you should have a proper shoe section. All of the Talia’s were high on the shelves as a display.

This particular sandal is really popular on the blogosphere. Aside from the nude (natural) color, there are a ton of other color options. I especially like the “Red Ink” and “Whiskey” with the gold heel, versus silver, and it looks like some buyers agree with me.

You can find ’em at:

The following stores have limited styles/sizes:

 

to shop / {high & low} striped dress, d’orsay pump, bow flats

Ann Taylor Rian D’Orsay “Sweet Biscotti” Nude Patent Leather Kitten Heels ($118) vs. J.Crew Valentina Patent Pumps ($238)

Tinley Road Black and Camel Striped Ponte Fit and Flare Dress ($79) vs. Kate Spade Carolina Black and Cream Stripe Fit and Flare Dress ($478)

J.Crew Nora Bow Ballet Flats in Black ($168) vs. Loft Madalyn Bow Ballet Flats in Black ($59.50)

to shop / capes!

I love autumn, partially because it is jacket season. I love jackets, coats, and blazers. If you’ve been in the stores lately, you can’t miss all the capes in the air. J.Crew has two right now — the camel/black merino wool streetscape cape (it runs big) and the wool great caper in gray and camel. Loft’s leather trimmed double breasted cape looks much better in their lookbook. The lack in quality shows. Leave it to Rachel Zoe to include a cape with dramatic flair in her collection — the $700 Ali Wrap Collar Cape has flown off the shelves.

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