Having a go-to store that you can rely on time and time again is a gift from the shopping gods. Knowing the store will have something that impresses and excites you before you even push open the door is a happy, calming and reliable feeling in a world of endless possibilities (and returns and exchanges).

For many women (present company included), that store is Ann Taylor, or their sister store, LOFT. Both carry classic pieces as well as trendy and up-to-the-moment clothing, along with fantastic jewelry, shoes, sunglasses, and accessories of all kinds. If you go to shop, there is no way you will leave an Ann Taylor or LOFT store empty-handed. The sizing is perfect, the quality is as high as you can get for the price, and the pieces last and stay in style forever. In simple terms, an Ann Taylor woman is chic, stylish and shops with smarts.

When shopping for the women in your life this holiday season, there is no need to look elsewhere for that perfect scarf, dashing bracelet, cozy sweater, or pretty blouse. You won’t break the bank, the gifts will be adored, and your great taste will be appreciated (FYI: LOFT runs a bit lower in price overall).

In addition to having a beautiful new winter/holiday collection, Ann Taylor stores are also making it easy for shoppers to get in touch with their philanthropic sides this season. Ann Taylor is offering a line of cuter-than-cute elephant charm jewelry to honor St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They created the limited edition St. Jude Elephant Jewelry Collection, with 50 percent (!!!) of the purchase price being donated to the hospital now until January 31, 2015.

The charm was inspired by the iconic elephant, which is a symbol of family, strength, and good luck. These characteristics perfectly summarize the families, parents, children, and staff that are part of St. Jude. The collection currently offers four pieces – a ring set, pendant necklace, chain necklace, and charm bracelet.


Elephant Ring Set, $39.50


 Elephant Pendant, $39.50


Elephant Necklace, $49.50


Elephant Charm Bracelet, $49.50

You can also donate directly to St. Jude on the Ann Taylor website. Click here.

Here are some of Hot2Molly’s favorite looks from Ann Taylor’s gorgeous new holiday collection. The burgundy color that floats through the collection is rich and stunning and the coats are to-die-for (give me that white trench this instant!).


 Faux Leather Leggings, $98 – Your new staple.


Quilted Faux Leather Skirt, $104.99 (plus additional 40% off!) – A must-have in every woman’s closet.


Chalet Coat in Tan Stone (also available in Indigo Ocean), $298 – You will worship this coat for forever!

Petite Boiled Wool Flounce Skirt in Charcoal (also available in Snowy White), $89


Cropped Snowflake Sweater, $149 – Dress it up with slacks or wear it with slim jeans and ankle boots.


Jeweled Shift Dress, $228 – Perfect for any holiday party and very special.


Cheetah Coat, $248 – With fun faux leather underneath the collar!


And a few perfect pieces from LOFT stores…


Square Cabochon Sweatshirt, $79.50 – Super cool and pretty.


Cluster Drop Earrings, $29.50 + 40% off – Just gorgeous.


Lapeled Light Chambray Softened Shirt, $29.50 – A cool, unique spin on a classic.


Metallic Jacquard Mini Skirt, $69.50 – This skirt also has holiday party written all over it.


Happy shopping and happy holidays!!!