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Weekend Outfits

July 27, 2015

This past weekend I traveled to Charleston for my best friend Ashton’s bachelorette party, which was just a lovely time. Charleston is so beautiful and it has been awhile since I’ve spent some quality time with its great shopping and delicious food.

I posted the above photo on Instagram that got a few requests for some outfit details, so I figured I’d let you know wassup.

I snagged this crop top and shorts in Zara while traveling in Spain, but both pieces are sold out now unfortunately. But don’t worry, they have some super similar stuff in stock and it’s on sale right now. Woot. And so are the shoes!

four of us

Similar top / similar shorts / sandals / clutch old, similar here

This is what Take #1 looked like. Snort.

take 1

Ah, the difference of what real life looks like versus what we post to Instagram. 

Here’s my Saturday pool bathing suit combo. I bought this bathing suit top for major sale on Shopbop and paired with my go-to bikini bottoms from J. Crew. Because they are black you’d never know they aren’t actually a set. My own form of magic. 

pool outfit details

top / bottoms / flip flops / nail polish

And then because you can’t go to Charleston and not snap annoying iPhone photos of your food, here’s some of those as well.


Brunch at The Rarebit. Twas quite delicious. This was the special breakfast sandwich of the day — English muffin, two fried eggs, bacon, caramelized onions, fig jam, and Gruyere cheese with a side of potatoes. It was terrific. 

delish drink

Drinks at Husk. This was a “Blinker” — it’s not on the cocktail menu, but you must request it because its amazing. Vodka, grapefruit juice, club soda, St. Germain, and something else that I cannot remember.

cheese plate from husk

Lovely little cheese plate.

All in all, it was a most successful weekend and I loved celebrating my best friend of 14 years. Old friends are the best friends. 

Fashion and Beauty

Friday Shoe Fetish

May 1, 2015

Ah Friday, there you are. I’ve been wondering where you were all week. Good to see you.

A few nights ago I was doing some innocent online shopping. The reason it was innocent was because I added things to my virtual shopping cart with no real intention of actually buying anything. I was satiating my shopping fix without spending money. Am I the only one who does this? Anywho, I was benignly perusing Zara when I happened upon the most beautiful pair of shoes. For $100. Eeeeeee. 

Wilson was sitting beside me and our conversation went like this:


Wilson: What! What? What happened?


Wilson: Anna! What!

[silence] [intense laptop starring]

Wilson: Would you STOP looking at your laptop and answer me? You can’t just scream holy shit and then not answer.


Wilson: ANNNNNA!

Me: Oh. Sorry. These shoes!

[Wilson leaves the room to get another drink.]

Wilson brought it to my attention that I do this all the time. I will exclaim about something, and then won’t say another word. It’s kind of like the boy who cried wolf, but only cried wolf once, really loudly and alarmingly. Similarly, I also like to refer to things as the thingy-ma-jig and whatchacallit, and refer to people as whatshisface and whatshisbutt. I realized I actually am guilty of these annoying things when, in a meeting at work, I referred to someone whose name was escaping me as “whatshisbutt.” I’m a work in progress. Always. 

As usual, poor Wilson.


Zara Shoes for $100




The last thing I need is another pair of nude shoes — I think I’m approaching double digits — but these are just too good. And that price? Come on. They practically hopped in my online shopping cart themselves. In the event that you are looking for a fantastic pair of nude heels that will add just enough spice to your outfit without being obnoxious, these heels are the answer to your shoe prayers. Am I the only one who does this?

Fine, the cheese stands alone. Next to my wine. 


Fashion and Beauty

5 Closet Staples Under $100

March 27, 2014

I asked Wilson the other day what he thought of this blog post, and he said, “I liked it. My character is evolving.” Pardon monsieur? When asked what this meant, he responded, “It added another layer to my character’s personality — [readers] now know that Wilson procrastinates.” You mean YOU procrastinate???


At a wedding two weeks ago, someone asked me about the blog and its purpose. Wilson cut me off jumped right in and excitedly explained the title and premise, and how he was the main character. Some time before that, I heard him refer to it as “our blog.” Monsieur, you’ve been drinking.

I think I may have created a monster.

Because Wilson is now referring to himself in the third person, it may be time to dial down his character — to avoid a diva sitch — and discuss something he knows nothing about — fashion staples. The trouble is, he is just so entertaining it’s hard not to share. He makes me laugh.

On to closet staples.

A great way to stay within your budget but still have a fabulous and useful closet is to take stock of the items you have and identify the ones you need. I’ve listed five staples you need, if you don’t have already, that are also reasonably priced.


5 Closet Staples Under $100
5 Closet Staples Under $100 by annabjones featuring Forever 21



  1. Every lady needs a nice pair of nude pumps. I don’t have these personally so I cannot speak to their comfort level, but Gilt Groupe always provides good quality items and so I feel good about recommending them. Heels are an unnatural species in and of themselves, and ones that pinch your feet should be outlawed. I would ask Charlotte Mayor Cannon to add this to the next city council meeting agenda, but I don’t think I could afford the bill. 
  2. A lightweight cardigan to stuff in your carry-on or hang on the back of your office chair is a must. I love this one because it has such a pretty pattern.
  3. I could write a love song to my J. Crew pixie pants. Even though they are almost $100 for glorified leggings, they are amazing and you must get them. Must. I’m thinking something by Lionel Richie…
  4. A sturdy, classic handbag can last you a lifetime and doesn’t always have to be expensive or a designer label. I love this one from Zara and it looks very similar to the Givenchy ones that everyone is freaking out over.
  5. I’m not a huge fan of flats — I prefer heels because they make me feel like a boss — but everyone needs at least one pair of flats that are good for all seasons. This pair is super cute and super cheap.

Building your closet around key pieces that you wear a million times is the best way to spend your money judiciously. The point of fashion, in my opinion, shouldn’t be how many silk tanks you can acquire — it’s how many different ways you can express yourself with one great top, over and over again, season after season. Doesn’t that feel so much more fun and less wasteful?

Don’t keep up with the Joneses, we don’t give a shit about what you have.