anna cottrell + ann taylor:: a royal flush.

as i'm sure many of you have taken notice, the style of

Ann Taylor

has evolved greatly over the past few years under head designer

lisa axelson

.  my first {major} doubletake happened when the adorable kate hudson for

ann taylor

campaign began popping up all over the place for spring '12::  the vibe was youthful, fresh, on trend... and for the first time in a while i wanted


.  {

remember this skirt?  yes, i blame kate hudson

}  designer lisa axelson has focused on reinvigorating "the soul of the brand, starting with the foundation" – the perfect blazer, the perfect pant, the perfect pencil skirt, etc – and transforming the basic to the extraordinary with amazing fabrics, special details and lots of feminine finesse.  prided on being a brand for real women, with real lives {busy ones!} - meaning that fashion should be fun, rather than intimidating.


ann taylor

reached out a few months ago for a potential collaboration with

tulip louise

, it ended up falling through and i was crushed.  so!  when i was tapped again for this fun styling project, i was over the moon and couldn't say "YES" fast enough.  they sent over an advanced copy of the fall '12 lookbook, in which i was asked to thumb through and select my favorite pieces.  once the products were available, a box was overnighted to my doorstep and i immediately started mixing + matching.  whether it was haircalf, ponte, or leather i was happy to find that the quality of the pieces is super luxe + top notch!  

the images you see here are of the final styled look, that wholly exemplifies what fall style means for me;  fashionable, cozy, effortless, and fun.  thank you again to my sweet new friends over at


!  ;)

yours truly-