The following is a guest post from Andrea Rodgers of popular society and style blog Ask Miss A.
Kay Krill, President and CEO of Ann Taylor Stores Corporation and Christine Beauchamp, President of Ann Taylor Stores were in Washington, D.C. this week to take part in the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, which brought together the most prominent women leaders in business, philanthropy, government, education, and the arts. While in the nation’s capital, Kay and Christine hosted an event in partnership with DC Magazine to celebrate the new Ann Taylor at their store downtown at 600 13th Street, NW.
Ann Taylor invited local college students to come meet its leadership team, learn more about their corporation, and take advantage of special savings at the event. Many of the students were shopping for interview attire, which brought back memories of shopping at Ann Taylor for my own interview suits back in 1993! Back then, I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. But really, how could I have known what I wanted to do? The internet was in its infancy back then, and social media and blogging didn’t exist. It’s amazing how business attire has changed since the early 1990’s.
I enjoyed meeting Christine Beauchamp who spoke to the crowd about the new Ann Taylor prior a talk by Ann’s Style Director Kristin Rawson about hot fall trends.
Attendees enjoyed hors d’ouevres and refreshments, and a special 20% discount, which I used on the purchase of a gorgeous new jacket. I am a big fan of vintage-inspired little lady suit chic. I adore this jacket. It can be worn with a little black dress or a pencil skirt, but is just as cute with a black cropped pant, or skinny jean. I am a big fan of statement necklaces, and love Ann Taylor’s new jewelry designs. I was thrilled that the event gift bag included one of the many beautiful bracelets in the Ann Taylor jewelry collection. I really appreciate Andrew Taylor, Director of Public Relations for Ann Taylor inviting me to the event. The photo on the left is one of myself, Kristin Rawson and Andrew Taylor. Andrew and I first connected last spring in New York to talk about the Ann Taylor blog, and I have to say I love what the brand has done with the blog, especially the philanthropy posts they have been writing.