Victory!

Readers, I have to be honest:  I did not know that DSW sold bags.  Therefore, I did not know that they sold high-end bags. You can imagine my surprise and delight when I came across this find at DSW.

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This is a pale wine shoulder bag made by Pour La Victorie.  According to their website, Pour La Victorie bags are sold at places such as Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. DSW is keeping it classy!

I have seen bags and purses by Pour La Victorie numerous times in various fashion magazines. You can see where they are featured in fashion magazines here:

http://www.pourlavictoire.com/press/

Anyway, let’s get to the magic that is this bag. It was in the clearance section.  I know, it is hard to believe. It was originally $300, but was marked down to $145. It gets better, though. This bag was one of the yellow sticker finds, which means it was 80% off the sale price. It ended up costing $33 with tax.

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Original price of the purse = $300, paid = $33

Savings: $267

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I normally make my way straight to the clearance section at DSW. Apparently, I just had to look around the store a little more to see what else it offered! Once I got to the purse section, it was definitely worth it to look through every single bag to find the nicer brands. The quality on this purse is great. I recommend looking through all of the accessories to find the higher quality bags that may have been passed over by others. The $145 tag may have deterred people who did not realize that the price was 80% off the list price.

2) This bag is not a ‘standard’ color, but I have a hunch it will match a bunch of different outfits- including that lace dress I posted about last week! A lot of the spring looks are featuring all sorts of patterns and colors that are not exact matches. Consider trying different colors and patterns to create a fresh spring look.

To see more of these bags (alas, full price), here is their website:

http://www.pourlavictoire.com/

Back to reality…

After spending a week in Disney World with my family, I am back and ready to work (and shop) again! There was not a deal to be had in the happiest place on Earth, but I loved every minute of it!

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Epcot photo credit goes to my brother, who has an amazing eye!

And, of course, a Disney post would not be complete without a Walt Disney quote:

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage.”

Thanks, Walt! Onwards and upwards, my fellow huntresses!

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fashion quote of the week

The way you dress yourself is a form of self-expression, and a way of communicating to others who you are. But style is broader than just fashion – it’s not only the way you dress, but how you decorate your home, the books you read. It all runs together…” Patricia Field, fashion designer and stylist for Sex and the City 

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Lovely in lace!

“I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.”  Coco Chanel, 1939

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So true, Coco.  Lace dresses, like peplum, are a trend I have wanted to try. When I found this dress at H&M, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.  I have to tell you, I first tried this dress on in a cream color. It definitely looked like an informal wedding dress to me, but maybe you guys will have more success with the cream colored version.  To avoid the wedding look, I opted for the burgundy color.  It is a little on the short side for work, so I think tights will be essential to making this work appropriate.  Stay tuned…

Original price of the lace dress = $40, paid = $15

Savings = $25

 Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I bought this dress at H&M in the sale section, once the sale had become 50% off the initial sale price. Those sales (sales on sales) are obviously the best deals, so keep an eye out for them!

2) Some of the dresses in the sale section were informal and made of thin (somewhat cheap) material.  The lace dress was the hidden gem.  In stores that have ‘hit or miss’ quality, look through the sale section for fabrics and materials that seem more substantial and well made. 

How I Wore It…lavender peplum spring look

It’s been raining for days here, but that is not stopping our spring spirit!

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Well…it may be stopping my spirit, but it is not stopping my spring fashion!

Here is how I wore the lavender peplum find from Nordstrom Rack:

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I paired the top with a charcoal pencil skirt from Banana Republic. The skirt is high-waisted and fitted, which is a great basic shape with the top.  I added a long purple cardigan, purple tights in the same color as the cardigan, and black heels to complete the look. The purple cardigan and tights matched one of the flowers that repeats on the peplum top.

Skirt: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from $89)

Top: Soprano from Nordstrom Rack ($9 marked down from $36)

Cardigan: Forever 21 (I think about $18; I’ve had it for years!)

Tights: Hue tights from Filene’s ($3 marked down from $13.50)

Shoes: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)

Fashion Huntress tips:

1)  I paired two different purples together in this look, and picked up my second purple hue from one that was in the shirt. I kept the tights and the cardigan the same color to keep the look coherent and anchored. I think black tights might also work, but I personally love colored tights.

2) Peplum is fun! But, it took me numerous trips before I found one top that worked for me. If you like a trend that you see in magazines, try it in various shapes and colors until you find one that works for you.

Side note: I miss Filene’s. I wished it had not closed!

The intrigue of peplum

I have loved the look peplum since it first started appearing on the runways and in magazines. My challenge with peplum is what it ends up looking like when actually on me. I tried on numerous tops before I realized the tricks to making peplum work are in the shape and fabric. For example, tops that have a small ruffle or a ruffle in fine/thin fabrics seem to lose the intrigue of the shape.  As a result, they end up looking weirdly baggy and shapeless when on my body.

I was not looking specifically for a peplum top, but then I found this gem:

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In the Nordstrom rack clearance section, I picked up four different tops in my size. Three were ill fitting, but this Sorano peplum top fit perfectly.

Original price of the peplum top = $36, paid = $9

Savings = $27

Fashion Huntress tips:
1) If you are going to try peplum, look for a top that has a clearly defined shape and ruffle. You can also look for peplum tops that are made from substantial fabric, which can help you avoid a flimsy fit.

2) I tried on four tops and found one that fit well. When shopping somewhere that has various designers and brands, you may need to try on more tops than you would at a store that solely carries their brand. Don’t give up!

Side note: If you’re not a ‘digger,’ look at my “Ask me!” section where I offer advice for avoiding digging when fashion hunting.