I Love Ann Taylor Loft

Over the past few years as I’ve been working a full time corporate job, I’ve come to love Ann Taylor Loft.  They have a nice variety of work and casual clothes and a lot of what I call in between clothes.  Things that you could wear in both situations depending on the top/bottom/accessories paired with it.

I rarely buy anything full price here, because they always seem to be having sales.  This weekend I took advantage of the 40% off everything and added a few new pieces to my wardrobe.

What I purchased:

Lace print pleat neck sleeveless dress

Mini chip print tie neck blouse

Jewel embellished sweatshirt

Striped drawstring neck tunic

I also picked up a cream tank and a basic 3/4 sleeve black cardigan to replace one I have that isn’t very black anymore.

LOFT ShoppingObviously the tunic is a casual only piece, but I just had to get it.  For days when I work from home it will be perfect.

The tie neck blouse is a great example of an in between piece.  With a pair of dark jeans and black flats, a great outfit to grab a glass of wine with the girls on Friday night.  For work I could wear it with a skirt or dress pants.

The jewel embellished top is an interesting fabric, to me it feels like a mix between sweatshirt and sweater.  I think I could still wear it to work, but I’d go for a pencil skirt and heels to make sure it felt dressed up enough.

The dress I was thinking could be dressed up enough for a wedding or paired with a cardigan or blazer for work.


Surprise Visit Weekend

Way back in March my mom and I planned a surprise for my sister and dad. I would come home to Connecticut for Memorial Day weekend to surprise them.  My sister goes to school in Minnesota and was only home for a week in between the end of the semester and her internship. Since we weren’t telling her we figured why not keep it a secret from dad too.

Although it went a bit differently than planned, the surprise still worked! My flight was supposed to leave Reagan at 10:05 pm, but with all the crazy thunderstorms going on, the departure board looked like this:

Airport DelaysMy 10:05 flight was delayed to 10:50, then 11:05, back to 10:50 then 11:20. Once we actually got on the plane, air traffic control put a hold on all flights going the direction we were due to some isolated storms. We finally took off around 12:30 am, flew faster than normal and landed in Hartford at 1:15 am.  Surprisingly it wasn’t as bumpy of a ride as I was expecting but I still felt much better being on the ground! By the time I got to my parent’s house it was 2 in the morning so everyone was asleep. The surprise waited until morning when they woke up. Both of them had no idea I was coming and my sister even had a few tears, especially when I told her I’d made a few appointments for us to go shopping for wedding dresses.

Other than the rainy weather on Saturday and Sunday, it was a nice to spend the weekend at home and see my family and dog. I even got some exercise in. Mom, Molly and I went to yoga on Saturday morning and Monday morning at The Yoga Shop.

Tired Gertie

Such a tough life of napping for Gertie

Friday Lunch at Higashi

Sushi Lunch


Dress Shopping (didn’t buy this one)

Dress Shopping

At Stars of Avon

Bowling at Foxwoods Casino

Bowling at Foxwoods

Classy, right?

On Monday the sun came out just long enough for me to get sunburned and enjoy one of these:

Beer on the PatioAfter that it was time for my flight back to DC sitting in front of the screaming baby.  At least the flight was on time?

Who else is excited for a 4 day work week?