remix and rematch: one dress, four ways

When I posted my brown dress yesterday, I realized I hadn’t posted the dress the past couple of times I wore it. It’s true, sometimes fashion bloggers get behind (at least this one does!). But, I thought I would take this back logged opportunity to show how I wore one dress four different ways.

1) Traditional: no cardigan, belt, or tights

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2) Sweater: sweater zipped over the dress to make the dress into a skirt

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3) Long sleeve tee: long sleeve black tee under the dress, belt on top

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4) Cardigan: cardigan on top of the dress, belt under the cardigan

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So, there you have it! One dress, four different ways! It’s as though I planned this whole back logged situation…

Dress: Ann Taylor via consignment ($12 marked down from approx $120)

Anyone else have tips for remixing their dresses?

Thanks for stopping by readers! Hope everyone is having a good start to the week!

black and brown bliss

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I spent many years thinking you couldn’t wear black and brown together. I have no idea where I got that idea, or why, but I used to think that wearing black and brown together was a serious fashion no-no. Even as an adult, I put on my brown tweed dress and thought, “can I wear this with black tights? What will people think?” …apparently some old thoughts die hard, huh? Letting go of this fashion “rule” was so liberating, and the result? This traditional tweed dress got a serious modern update.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go.” Lao Tzu

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Dress: Ann Taylor via consignment ($12 marked down from approx $120)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)

Leggings: Blue from Filene’s Basement ($4 marked down from approx $20)

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from approx $25)

Earrings: Anthropologie ($4 marked down from $31)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Although I found this dress on consignment, I have been finding a lot of great pieces at Ann Taylor Loft lately. They continue to have 50% off their sale section right now.  I even got 50% off their “final sale” items, which brought some pieces down to $2-$7. Amazing, right?! You all know that I am not sponsored by anyone, I just am loving that store lately! http://www.loft.com/

2) I have no idea where I picked up “fashion rules” such as not mixing black and brown, not wearing white after Labor Day, etc. I have found that “fashion rules” do not really seem applicable anymore, especially in a time when “mismatching” is so popular. If any of these “rules” are stopping you in the mornings, consider just trying on whatever you want to wear and see how it looks! You never know how something will look until you try it on, and you may be surprised (as I was) to see that wearing what you love, without any rules, looks completely fabulous.

Anyone else have fashion rules that they find are now out of date? Fashion rules that they love breaking?

Thanks for stopping by, readers! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and staying warm! We are down to single digits here, so please bear in mind that my upcoming posts might largely reflect giant down jackets and piles and piles of wool. Maybe I can make a down comforter look like a chic parka…?

windy wonderland homage to alice

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Lately, I’ve had my head in the clouds, day dreaming. Day dreaming always makes me think of Alice, the perpetual storybook dreamer, falling down the rabbit hole into a world of dreams. This outfit was perfectly captured on a windy day; I suspect that if Alice were around today, and a working woman dressing herself on a budget, she would have felt right at home reaching for the clouds in this dreamy ensemble. I call this my windy wonderland homage to Alice outfit. 

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
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Top: H&M ($10 marked down from approx $20)
Skirt: Ann Taylor ($12 marked down from $60)
Sweater: Marshall’s ($20 marked down from $50)
Tights: Target ($8)
Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)
Belt: Ann Taylor ($5 marked down from $25)
Necklace: Tiffany & C0 (gift)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Chiffon and tulle skirts seem to be here to stay, at least for now. Many chiffon and tulle skirts are being styled in stores and catalogs for ‘holiday looks.’ I was initially intimated by styling chiffon and tulle skirts for work. I’ve found that it’s not difficult at all, especially in fall and winter. By tossing a sweater or cardigan on top of the skirt, you can instantly dress down an evening skirt.  By wearing a sparkly top underneath, you can easily dress the skirt right back up again for an evening out. Side note: you guys know I feel about chiffon/tulle/slips. Always wear a slip when needed, as is the case with this skirt!
 
2) I grabbed a couple of long cardigans at Marshall’s last season for approximately $20 each.  I find that I consistently wear these sweaters week after week with pants, skirts, and leggings. Personally, I like to keep my sweaters simple (black and/or gray), and then add color with pants, skirts or tights. One way to save money on a “cold weather versus warm weather” wardrobe is by wearing your pants and skirts year round, and investing in neutral sweaters to wear over your “spring and summer” pieces. 
 
Anyone else embracing chiffon and tulle this season? Anyone have styling suggestions?
 
Thanks for stopping by readers! I appreciate your thoughts and comments so much!

starry night space shoes debut

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Well, I went on and on about these shoes two days ago, so I’m going to just post the photos today. Unless anyone wants to hear me recount the story again? No takers? Okay, okay. (Seriously, my family members are begging for mercy at this point!). Well, here they are in all their glory…and there’s no better way to showcase space shoes than with dreamy fall night backdrop…

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Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)

T-shirt: BCBG (…? so old…? maybe $10 on clearance eight years ago?)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)

Pants: Gap (approx $35 marked down from $55)

Necklace: c/o Zegna Jewelry

Shoes: Cole Haan ($70 marked down from $400)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I cannot get enough of layering lately! I’ve had all of the clothing pictured here for a long time, but have not worn all of the pieces together at the same time before. Layering summer (t-shirts) and fall pieces can serve as a great substitute for winter sweaters. While I do love to cozy-up in sweaters, I actually don’t have too many. I tend to purchase more cardigans than sweaters because cardigans can be worn year round, whereas sweaters can be limited to just late fall and winter. If you want to really make your pieces last year round, consider investing in cardigans and then layer them up for late fall and winter.

2) Speaking of making pieces work year round, I’ve been wearing my “spring and summer” printed pants this fall, and will continue to wear them into winter. I got most of my printed pants at the end of summer on sale, but have found that they transition easily into cooler weather solely by wearing layers on top. I’m all about breaking from the “tradition” spring and summer wardrobe concept lately! …though I say that now…I may change my tune when it drops below zero degrees! For now, I’m on a mission to get the most use of pieces possible!

Anyone moving away from the concept of spring and summer clothes? Loving layering?

Thanks for stopping by, readers! I truly appreciate it!

swooning in scarlet space (shoes)

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You guys. Can I get serious for a minute? (Not that I ever joke about fashion). One time, many many months ago, I saw a pair of Cole Haan Lunar Grand Chelsea pumps in the Cole Haan for $400. Sigh. I don’t really know why I go in there. It’s sheer torture. But, anywho, I saw those heels, tortured myself further, and tried them on. I did lap after lap in the store, and then left.

For approximately the next eight months, I checked the Cole Haan website every week to see if they went on sale. I even went to the outlet store; I called there three times like a complete stalker looking for them. As the months went by, I almost lost hope (almost). I’m sure pretty much everyone was sick of my storytelling of the Lunar Grands. I figured perhaps it wasn’t meant to be.

Don’t fret, this story ends well. I mean, this is a fashion fairytale, after all.

One magical day last week, I checked the website again. I couldn’t believe it, I saw them on sale for $70. Here is my homage to the scarlet space shoes…tomorrow I’ll post how I wore them, but today, I swoon in the sheer love of seeing them out and about, where they belong.

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Shoes: Cole Haan ($70 marked down from $400)

btw, they are still available online for $100 (extra sale price was a weekend event): http://www.colehaan.com/

scarf, stripes, and statement (necklace)

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I don’t have too much to say today except that I am swooning over this statement necklace by Pam Hiran that I found at Anthropologie the other day. Seriously, they have such great jewelry there, and this necklace is no exception. I had been looking for a big statement necklace and finally found this unique gem! I paired the necklace with my striped sweater and favorite fall coat/scarf combination.

By the way, seriously, I think my leaf background posts are getting a little out of control lately, but I just can’t stop myself! My girlfriend and I were lamenting today that we will really be suffering when we try and take the blog photos in the snow. But, for now, I am still lovingly including the colorful leaves and an ability to stand outside for a full three minutes without my coat! I mean, this necklace just had to be photographed in natural light! It’s only right! (Brr).

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Sweater: Banana Republic (approx $17 marked down from approx $70)

Button down: Gap (approx $11 marked down from $55)

Pants: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from approx $90)

Necklace: Pam Hiran via Anthropologie ($15 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Shoes: BC at Urban Outfitters (they are so old, I can’t even remember the price! Approx $30 on sale)

Jacket: French Connection (bought years ago when I lived in Spain!)

Scarf: Burberry (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) There are so many places to get great statement jewelry! If you are looking for unique pieces, I think Anthropologie and J Crew have great jewelry, though it can be costly unless you wait for the sales. Some of the “chain” jewelry selections include Charming Charlies, H&M, Bauble Bar, and Forever 21. I have seen, both on blogs and in stores, amazing finds at those shops/websites. I personally like to dig through pieces in person to find unique and durable necklaces. Durable may seem like an odd word choice, but if you’ve ever had a necklace break and beads fly everywhere, then you know what I’m talking about! I like to look for metal necklaces and/or beads strung on metal wire, in order to ensure that the necklace will last. 

2) I really wanted the necklace to stand out in this outfit, though I think it would also look great among layered tops and thick sweaters. I also think pairing it with my hair up and big gold bracelets would showcase a totally glam look.  Sometimes very unique pieces can seem less versatile than more “standard” pieces, but I find that many unique pieces are quite versatile. The shoes seen here, for example, are turquoise wedge loafer/moccasins.  That doesn’t sound too versatile, right? But, I wear turquoise all the time, so I wear the shoes all the time! Same goes for the necklace. The turquoise beads mean I’ll likely end up wearing it a lot. If you like a specific color and tend to wear it a lot, consider picking your statement pieces in those colors to ensure you will wear them frequently!

Anyone else have a strategy for getting use out of unique pieces?

Thank you so much, as always, for reading and stopping by!

fairy woodland wonder skirt

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Sometimes, when I find things at a super low price, I just can’t imagine my luck that others would have passed it over. The other day, when thrifting with my dear friend, I found this lovely watercolor/petal/fairy/whimsical skirt…for $4. Stop it. $4? Where am I not going to wear this whimsical fairy skirt?! This skirt got quite a few comments, mostly relating to how whimsical the skirt is. I really couldn’t agree more. It’s a fairy woodland wonder skirt and I’ll be sporting it whenever I can. Hmm magic fairy skirt….fashion life metaphor…am I reaching to say that this skirt is a reminder to carry a little whimsy and magic with us where ever we go? I certainly will take as much magic and whimsy with me as I can. Never know when you might need it.

“Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” Lewis Carroll

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Top: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $9)

Skirt: thrifted ($4)

Jacket: Forever 21 ($25)

Tights: Limited (approx $10 on sale many years ago!)

Shoes: Marshall’s (approx $20 marked down from approx $100)

Necklace: Gap (approx $7 marked down from approx $30)

Scarf: Urban Outfitters (approx $3 many years ago on sale!)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) When I am wearing a statement top or skirt, I tend to either further dress it up or dress it completely down. With this outfit, I went for “dress it up” when I added a striped top, herringbone blazer, and rhinestone necklace. Conversely, an option would be to completely dress it down by adding a plain black sweater- perhaps a cable knit sweater. Another way to dress it down would be with a jean jacket and tank top or t-shirt. There’s no wrong way to dress up or dress down a statement piece as long as you stay consistent with either dressing it up or down. I generally love to just go all out, personally!

2) I was wearing skinny jeans when I thrifted this, though I would highly recommend wearing leggings when thrifting for skirts and dresses in order to check for proper fit without the bulk of jeans! The skirt is a tiny bit loose, but with the striped top tucked in, it ended up fitting perfectly. Additionally, I think this skirt may have been overlooked as a “summer skirt,” but with leggings, you can see right away that it can serve as a cooler weather piece as well. I took a risk assuming this would be the case despite the fact that I was wearing it with jeans when I tried it on, but it ended up working out!

Anyone else loving whimsical pieces this fall? Find a favorite piece while thrifting or huntressing?

Thank you, readers, as always, for stopping by and sharing in my adventures, while also sharing your own!

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