Readers, I know how to drive, but I spent many years not driving. One of the joys of living in an urban area is that you can survive without a car. Recently, I started driving more and found myself not feeling all that comfortable behind the wheel. I mean, I can get the car from point A to point B, but that was basically the extent of it. Don’t even get me started on the expressway (aka a terror of people moving at insane speeds or a complete parking lot). Anywho, so, last weekend, I took a car control class; the bf and his dad are instructors and gently encouraged me to come on down. On the days approaching the class, I kept thinking, “…I’m going to really embarrass myself out there.” So, I get to the class, and it’s a full day event. The instructors teach a small class, and then you hop in your car with an instructor and take it out to a mini course that is wet down with gallons upon gallons of water. The goal is to learn how to get your car out of control and then bring it back under control.
One time, I wrote a whole post about About a Boy and the song “Rainy days and Mondays.” I’ll spare you guys rehashing that story again (I mean, if you’re really interested in hearing that monolouge, here’s the post). So, instead of talking about my love of About a Boy and rainy days, I’m going to just chatty chat about rainy day trenches. You may find this hard to believe, but I do not have a lot of coats in my fashion repertoire. I’m not really sure why, but for some reason, I don’t really feel drawn to coats like I do, for example, shoes. Despite this somewhat ambivalent attitude towards coats, I tried on this statement trench and realized I had officially fallen for a coat. …oh my…I hope this doesn’t open a whole new can of worms. But for now, my statement coat collection is limited to this trench, and I feel really good about it. It’s like a fancy floral suit of armor for walking around town- and, really, you just cannot go wrong with a fancy floral suit of armor out there in the world.
Peplum top: Express (approx $11 marked down from $30)
Denim top: Forever 21 ($20)
Pants: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from approx $90)
Necklace: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $80)
Jacket: Banana Republic ($30 marked down from $175)
Shoes: Gap ($12 marked down from $40)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I had a somewhat odd experience at Banana Republic when I picked up this jacket. I found it in a size small regular for almost $75 more than the medium petite. Confusing, right? So I asked the salesperson and she told me that the regular sizes were more expensive than the petites and that they generally don’t get the same markdown. Huh. Okay. Well, I tried on a size up in the petite and it fit just fine. So, if you’re looking at pieces in a store, go through all of the sections and remember that you can always size up or down as needed. I think coats are a lot more forgiving than other pieces, but certainly it can’t hurt to look various sale sections for a lot of other pieces as well.
2) Denim under a peplum top? Yep! It totally worked, too! I saw a few other bloggers doing this; so, thanks for the tips! Adding the layer underneath the peplum allowed me to wear this “summer” top in spring. I did go ahead and fully tuck-in the denim shirt underneath the peplum to make sure the peplum kept its original shape. You can also layer a lot of tank tops this year, especially those with thick straps. Try it out!
Anyone else have layering tips? Sizing quirks when sale shopping?
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
Readers, I found myself reaching for a sweatshirt this morning. Let’s face it. This whole winter weather in spring thing is kind-of a downer. On the other hand, it’s sunny. So, I had a mini talk with myself while getting ready:
I wouldn’t consider myself a seamstress by any stretch, readers, but I do like to sew. I decided it was high time to try and mesh my love of sewing with my love of fashion- the outcome? My first-ever handmade grown-up skirt. Admittedly, it has what I would call some “structural issues” mostly because I had to sew it on myself (patterns? eh. that seemed complicated) and then hem it while half way on (again, this is what happens when you don’t use a pattern), but nonetheless, this bad boy is my first creation! I think my pride in having done something I hadn’t done before outweighs any structural issues there may be. Belts really help make a lot of things work, right? Anywho, my point is that it’s really fun to surprise yourself sometimes and do something different. You never know ’til you try…
I’m a huge fan of designers, in general, but a few of them really have my heart. Diane Von Furstenberg is one of the designers that really has my heart, my respect, and my admiration. Having started her company in the 1970s, she invented the wrap dress in 1974. Wrap your brain around that, readers. The wrap dress didn’t exist before she came up with the concept. What? …Wow. The most universally flattering dress design (if you ask me) came out of her brain. Aside from that, she’s had a life that always made me think, “wow…nothing will stop her.” I always heard that you “feel like a lady in a DVF wrap dress.” Well, I’m here to confirm that, readers. That woman has some serious talent! If you want to read more about her and her life, you can read more here.
Here are some of my favorite DVF quotes:
“Personal style is accepting who you are.”
“Attitude is everything.”
“You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”
Diane, girl, if you are reading this (erm…a wee bit unlikely), shout-out to you and your fab self.
Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg via consignment ($35, retails for approx $400)
Shoes: Moschino via consignment ($24 marked down from approx $400)
Necklace: Charming Charlie’s (approx $10 on sale)
Tights: Simply Vera, Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($7 marked down from $14)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, if you are all about finding great designer pieces at a good price, I strongly suggest consignment. I found this dress just hanging out on the “designer” rack in a consignment store outside of Chicago. The dress was marked at $60, but was on sale, so I got it for $35. I know, it’s hard to believe, but even resale and consignment shops have sales! Ask the shop owners what their policies are for pricing and sales. I know whenever I’ve asked, I’ve been shocked! Deals on top of deals!? Fashion Huntress heaven. I bought the dress and brought it to my local dry cleaner- and ta da! Ready to go!
2) Kohl’s. Let’s have a moment. So, I have not ever lived very near a Kohl’s, which has limited my ability to report on their clothes. However, I visited one recently and, wow, they have a lot of designer collections there! I wasn’t super impressed with their prices, to be honest, but they have a LOT of sales and coupons there. The Simply Vera line had great dresses that were still about $70-$90. Eh. But, on sale and with coupons? The dresses were much more accessible, price-wise. I think it’s definitely worth a visit and you can sign up for their coupons in advance here.
Anyone else have Kohl’s tips? Feedback on their lines?
Happy Monday, readers! I hope everyone is having a good start to the week and thank you so much for stopping by!
“Start every day as though it’s on purpose.” -Hitch
I mean, maybe that quote came from another source, but I know it from the movie Hitch. For some reason, that concept really resonates with me. I have a dear colleague and friend who told me that every morning she puts two feet on the floor and says, “Thank you for letting me walk another day.” …Wow. Right? Now that is starting the day on purpose. Well, we all know that the Fashion Huntress is a blog about fashion (and life, but mostly fashion). So, in true Huntress style, let’s talk about how this applies to fashion. Well, my sister called me yesterday and explained that she had worn an outfit to work that she didn’t really like and she felt like it just put a damper on her day and the tone of day. Yes. I hear that. I really do. When I am in an “I give up” outfit or I’m rushed to get ready and didn’t lay out my outfit the night before, my day is started with a not so great tone. I just didn’t start the day like it was on purpose. Some may say I’m an overthinker (guilty as charged), but I’ve given that idea a lot of thought. I think getting up, getting dressed, liking what you wear, having something to eat/drink, and a grateful attitude, all contribute to starting the day like you mean it. When the rest of the day is generally chaos, I think a little bit of control and intention goes a long way. I think we need some semblance of control to be able to best cope with whatever else comes our way. Often, I think that takes the form of deciding what to wear, what we project to the day, and frankly, what we project to ourselves. Alas, the Fashion Huntress is not a master of this process….but you can bet I’ll be striving to wake up everyday like it was on purpose. This outfit is my best version of controlled chaos- a mix of colors, patterns, and textures that is slightly chaotic, but also completely on purpose.
Button down: Gap ($7 marked down from $50)
Skirt: Gap ($5 marked down from approx $50)
Tights: Limited (old, maybe $10)
Ankle boots: Marshall’s (approx $20 marked down from approx $100)
Necklace: vintage via resale ($6)
There’s not much to say about this incident yesterday: