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Parisian Chic At Ann Taylor

I have to tell you, I am dying over Ann Taylor’s fall 2012 collection. When I saw the photos I was absolutely gobsmacked! Where did this come from? Have I been missing out on fabulous pieces? I admit, I have not been in Ann Taylor for years. It’s always felt very business lady to me, but not anymore. Inspired by head designer Lisa Axelson’s trip to Paris, this collection screams parisian cool girl. Featuring animal prints, pencil skirts, boxy gamine peacoats,cropped fur jackets and capes, and amazing accessories, there really isn’t one piece I don’t want. And don’t even get me started on the black and white wedding collection. I just hope someone gets married so I have a reason to buy one of the glamorous party dresses. Here is a sneak peak, featuring my favorite items.

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Love this dress. The silhouette is perfection!

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Tweeds with lace is so sexy!

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The details, like the back bow, are really what makes each piece special.

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The flare on the bottom of the skirt turns it from corporate to playful.

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The cut and color of this coat is amazing.

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Swing coats are always a very good thing.

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A longer sleeved shift dress-perfect for fall and winter events.

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Hello Paris!

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With heels or boots, this dress is a must-have for me.

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Super cool girl, not working girl. Ann has got some edge!

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Where do I even start? This is a Megan outfit personified.

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Each look is styled so well. The accessories are stunning.

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The satin cuffs, the bracelets, the color…

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I love that they’ve done a thicker heel.

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One of the many shoe tables. One of everything please!

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A winter wedding, a fabulous dress.

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There are no words…

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And just the right accessories…

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A stunning little black dress that works all year long.

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For work or special occasion (I adore the bow)

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A view of the wedding collection.

All pieces will be available Fall 2012 at Ann Taylor

For more photos and information, please visit Fab Sugar

So, are you as blown away as I am? I cannot wait for fall. Ann Taylor has truly become a fashion force to be reckoned with.

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Spring Fashion Trends 2012

Spring fashion is starting to filter into stores everywhere, so I thought I’d give a quick overview of what’s being forecasted as the “it” pieces for 2012. While some might look crazy, there are elements from all that can be incorporated into your wardrobe.

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Metallic Basics. No, you don’t want to be head-to-toe in metallic, but adding a piece here or there can give you that little extra sparkle.

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Cheerful Color Blocking. For most of us, the thought of being draped in colorful fabric is daunting. I know I feel much more comfortable in black. However, adding a colorful piece with a more neutral one can really brighten your day and bring warmth to your face.

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Anoraks. These are always great jackets for spring, but now they come in beautiful colors and unique designs. A new twist on a classic design.

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Super Bold Prints. Again, I tend to shy away from prints, but nothing says spring more than a colorful and playful dress. Hair, makeup, and accessories can stay neutral and the dress can be the star.

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Oranges and Tangerines. These colors started popping up last spring, but now they are in full-force. I actually really love these shades and wear them in small doses. But, looking at these dresses, I think it might be time to take a bigger spoonful.

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Pink Short Suits. I used to have the most adorable pink skirt suit. I got it at Merry-Go-Round (remember that place?!?!) and I loved that the jacket and skirt could be worn together, but also worked with many other items in my closet. It’s a bold move to wear a colorful suit, but you definitely get miles out of it.

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Pastel Shades. Very pretty, very soft, and very romantic, these are perfect shades for those who want to play with color, but are afraid to go bold.

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Colorful Camo. A more girly way to do camo (which I actually like).

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Peplum skirts, shirts, and dresses. While I am not a fan of peplum on me, they can be very flattering on a lot of body types. This trend has been around for years and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.

Judging by these trends, spring looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait!!

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New Year’s Looks from Banana Republic

With New Year’s Eve only one day away, I figured it was time I start planning an outfit. I hadn’t checked out Banana Republic for awhile, and I found some amazing pieces that will work for a night out on the town or can mix and match with other pieces already in my closet. That’s the great thing about Banana-classic pieces that you can style up for any occasion. Here are my favorite items.

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Monogram Silk Twist Front Dress $129.99
Perfect for New Year’s or a wedding. Love the shimmer!

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Strapless Sequin Sheath $129.99
Super sexy for that special party.

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Annie Faux Wrap Dress $98
You can’t go wrong with an LBD and this one is great for many occasions. Plus, a wrap dress works with any body type.

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Monogram Silk Dress $175
A pretty pop of color will definitely turn heads!

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One-Shoulder Top $79.50
A great silhouette for the night clubs.

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Sequin Tank Top $89.50
This can also be paired with denim for a more casual look and works all year long.

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Five-Pocket Velvet Skinny Pant $89.99
A great compliment to the tops above. Velvet is always a good choice for the holidays.

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Heritage Draped Cowl-neck $49.50 and Sequin Pencil Skirt $110
Nothing says New Year’s like sequins. Paired together this is a stunning outfit, but both pieces will work with the items pictured above. The cowl with the velvet pants would be stunning!

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Natasha Velvet Mary Jane $120
You can never go wrong with a Mary Jane. Maybe that’s why we wore them as children-they always worked.

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Rayna Embellished Suede Sandal $112.99
These are super fun and sexy.
All pieces available at Banana Republic

Whatever your plans and whatever you wear, I’m sure your New Year’s Eve will be festive and stylish!

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Holiday Looks By Zara

I spent the morning browsing through Zara’s holiday look book-wow! There are some really fabulous looks with pieces you can work into your every day life. And while there’s no Zara here in Minneapolis, they do offer free shipping (which is always a plus). Here are the looks I love the most!

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Bowed Shirt $39.90 with Metallic Thread Shorts $49.90
These shorts are great! I love the zippers and the texture.

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Fur Coat $99.90 with Extra Fine Jumper $59.90
I had to feature this fur coat-the color is amazing, and jumpers are a very hot trend for the holidays.

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Lace Top $39.90 with Sequin Shorts $49.90
This is a very glamorous look which may be too much for some. Each piece separately would still add sparkle to any outfit.

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Fur Coat $99.90 with Lace Top and Skinny Trouser with Piping $59.90
Here’s another option for the lace top. Paired with trousers and a fur coat it’s a perfect outfit for those holiday parties on cold winter nights.

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Combined Dress $59.90
I love this dress-it gives the illusion of being two pieces, but it’s one dress. You could really dress this up or make it more casual (maybe with a jean jacket and flip flops in the summer).

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Leather Jacket $159 and Tulle Skirt $59.90
I always love a good tulle skirt and paired with the leather jacket it becomes edgy instead of sweet.

For more great outfit ideas, check out the Zara look book. And remember-free shipping!

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