As with most of my fashion loves, I find myself drawn to specific colors, patterns, even feelings that a piece has. So, it was no surprise when destiny called me to stumble upon the Two Tickets’ instagram account (@twotickets). The lovely and talented designer, Amanda Schwartz, created her own line of fierce handbags and accessories after graduating from The Savannah College of Art and Design and working in small design house. Her aesthetic definitely speaks to me, especially her “evil eye” pieces that have superhero powers (if you ask me) of warding off bad energy and looking fabulous. You can tell that her natural talent is in creation when you see her shops (see links below). She notes that her core philosophy for Two Tickets is, “the result of the dream to unite form and function, past and present, beauty and durability.” I want to thank Amanda for the awesome bag, and for bringing female design power to the world-! I’m totally digging Two Tickets.
Top: thrift ($3, retails for approx $50)
Pants: Old Navy (50 cents marked down from $35)
Shoes: Franco Sarto via Nordstrom Rack (too many years ago to remember the price)
Necklace: J Crew (gift)
Bag: c/o Two Tickets
Want to learn more about Two Tickets and Amanda? You can find out more here:
See you later this week, readers! Thanks so much for stopping by!
“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.” -Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Top: Rock and Republic via thrift ($3, retails for approx $45)
Skirt: Nordstrom Rack (one penny, marked down from $48)
Blazer: thrift ($5)
Boots: Lucky via Saks Off Fifth ($40, marked down from $140)
Red bracelets: from London approx 15 years ago!
Silver bracelet: Lulu Dharma via thrift ($1, retails for $190)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Everyone knows how I feel about blazers, but even I was surprised at how often I wear my black and white blazer! I always say that a black blazer is the most versatile piece, but I think a black and white blazer is a close second! I can’t remember the last time I purchased a blazer anywhere other than a thrift/charity shop. Aside from button downs, blazers are probably the second easiest item to thrift. I like to target a price of anywhere from $3-$10 for a thrift blazer.
2) The penny skirt returns! I last featured this skirt in winter (photo below). I really love the long length of the skirt because it’s a perfect length for winter and fall, but still versatile enough for a cool summer day. This particular skirt also has a wrap front (also featured below), which makes it particularly versatile for summer, as it adds a little more breeziness to the look.
Anyone else loving a particular piece of clothing lately? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy Friday!
Well, I’ve recently (3 days ago) started a new 30 day challenge. Alas (and hooray), it’s not a no-shopping challenge this time, but rather a drawing challenge! Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always carried a sketchbook around with me or kept one at home. I think as I grew older, I became self-conscious about my self-taught skill (or lack thereof), and stopped drawing/painting/sketching. However, recently I’ve been totally inspired to re-connect with the younger unselfconsious me that loves to draw. So, I’m officially on day 3 and have 27 more days to go of completing at least one sketch per day! Who knows, maybe a some point, I’ll even share my sketches here. Go boldly, right? Happy mid-week, readers!
Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($20 marked down from $70)
Skirt: Elle via Kohl’s ($15 marked down from approx $60)
Cardigan: Forever 21 via thrift ($5)
Shoes: Pink Key via TJ Maxx ($14 marked down from $60)
Necklace: Kohl’s (I can’t remember! Weird!!)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I really like the simplicity of this palette with the yellow and blue. I added a cardigan, just for some extra warmth if needed in a cool office- but kept the patterns “un-fussy” with matching the heart printed shirt to the heart printed cardigan. I did some research on grown-ups wearing hearts and decided it was totally okay- and then I validated it even further, by reminding myself that I always encourage people to wear what they love. If there’s one thing I love, it’s wearing my heart on my sleeve.
2) If you read my blog somewhat regularly, you can probably guess what I’m going to say next. Sheer skirts call for slips! Even though this skirt was lined, I still tossed on a slip just to be sure it was opaque. Slips being shorter than the skirt is very popular lately, which I like, but also feel like calls for an extra slip to add some length. I actually only have two slips, but find that having more that one is handy just in case one is in the wash. I recommend one black and one beige/nude.
Anyone else loving heart prints lately? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!
Sometimes, we just know a kindred spirit right when we meet them, right? This is definitely how I feel about my friend A. The first time I met her, I noticed her jazzy glasses and shoes…and I just knew we would get along. Over the years, we’ve traded nail and clothing tips- and when I started getting migraines again, A. was my go-to doctor/friend. She tuned me right up, and happened to have a skirt in her bag for me (the one featured here!). I mean, what more can a girl ask for? Migraine free and a fancy twirly skirt? Well, let’s just say, I’m glad to have met her, for a variety of reasons- this look is my ode to A.
Top: Gap via thrift ($3, retails for approx $50)
Shoes: Kohl’s ($23 marked down from $55)
Necklace: Anthropologie ($15 marked down from $60)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Sometimes, okay more than sometimes, I just go full-blown pattern mash-up. This look is definitely an example of serious pattern clashing- though I kept the look coherent by wearing shoes that had the colors of both my top and my skirt. When pared down, the look is essentially a mix of black, white and pink, which seems to work- despite being three different prints! My Pinterest board is FULL of pattern mixing looks- you can check out my Pinterest board if you’re looking for more inspiration- you can find it here.
2) Hands down, for me, the easiest thing to thrift is a button-down top. If you haven’t thrifted much or are looking to thrift more, I recommend starting in the “long sleeve button down” section of any thrift shop. First, button-downs really don’t need to be specifically fitted since they are often layered and/or tucked in to pants or skirts. Second, most thrift store stock a LOT of button-downs, so you are likely to find at least 1-2 tops (or 3-4!) that you like. Target price for a button down at a thrift store? About $2-$6. Happy hunting!
Anyone else loving full skirts and pattern mixing this summer? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!
As you may already recall, Alex and Ani already had a place in my heart, as of a while now. So, when I was approached to collab with this fab company, you can imagine my reaction. This company is all about positive energy: girl power, feeling empowered to live your cause, and to celebrate life with fabulous jewelry and charms that represent you. My first exposure to Alex and Ani was actually through my dear friend Andrea of A Spoonful of Sugar Baking (surgeon, baker, chef, and photographer extraordinaire), when she sent me some beautiful bracelets in a care package. It was love at first sight. I then hunted down the Alex and Ani Disney bracelets when on a family trip to Disney World… and the love story has continued! Below you will see my new favorite picks- ones that were particularly meaningful to me. Most exciting of all, I will have an Alex and Ani giveaway in the near future, so stay tuned and start looking through their site for your own personal favorites!
Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($4 marked down from approx $45)
Pants: Gap (approx $10 marked down from approx $55)
Shoes: Crocs (seriously, I may never take them off) ($40 marked down from $60) available here
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($5 marked down from approx $40)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Interested in learning more about Alex and Ani ? Click on the name to link to their site. You can see how I styled the bracelets in this post, however, I also have my Disney bracelets too! If you happen to be in the parks, some are sold exclusively in the parks. You can find what shops sell them here. I found mine in the Women’s Fashion section of the “Emporium” retail store right near the entrance of the Magic Kingdom.
2) Clearly the Ann Taylor Loft clearance section has really been calling my name lately. Interesting enough, they mixed their magical “final sale” items in with their regular sale items when I was last there! This called for, of course, some serious digging through the racks to find the $4 items. I thought this hunting would take a long time, but realistically, it took me about 10 minutes and some patience. It’s unclear whether this is how they are not distributing their final sale items, but it’s worth asking at your local store if you’re interested in learning more.
Anyone else have their own fav Alex and Ani pieces? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!
Something about this dress feels very Alice in Wonderland to me…Alice wandering around, checking out the scenery, pondering where she may go next…I’m channeling Alice today, open to where ever that may lead me…
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Dress: eShakti custom-sized dress (on sale, around $30, I think?)
Blazer: thrift ($5)
Bracelets: from years ago and/or thrifted!
Shoes: Derek Lam via TJ Maxx ($60 marked down from $350)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I personally love a good belted dress, but there’s something so liberating about not belting an otherwise voluminous dress! In order to keep this dress a little more streamlined for work, I added a buttoned up blazer for meetings, which gave the look more structure and a more “professional look.” I can’t say it enough- blazers can take just about any dress from cocktails to coffee very easily, which gives them a ton more versatility.
2) I’ve been noticing lately that not all TJ Maxxs and Marshalls are created equal. I tend to frequent the downtown Chicago (Michigan Ave/Magnificent Mile) stores when I’m in the area, and find that the selection definitely includes a lot more high-end brands than other locations. On the other hand, it all depends on what you are looking for, which may impact the location you choose. The one store that tends to always carry designer, regardless of the location, is Nordstrom Rack. Happy hunting!
Anyone else loving non-belted dresses this summer? Dreaming the days away? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!