bold (in black and white)

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I want to say, first and foremost, thanks for the awesomeness that ensued after my last post. Community is where it’s at and I certainly feel that way about the entire blogging community. Thanks for being you, readers!

Dress: Banana Republic via thrift ($10, retails for approx $110)

Necklace: gift! via Anthropologie

Shoes: Marni via consignment ($25, retail for approx $500)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I am on an all-thrift challenge lately; the summer “clothing budget” tends to be needed elsewhere (landscaping, vacation, etc etc). So, I decided to challenge myself to thrift for a few months. While I have gone into “full retail” stores, I have not bought anything there in quite some time! The all-thrift adventure is actually really fun- and I find myself setting challenges (i.e.find a black and white dress, etc). The thrill of the hunt is on! 

2) I’ve had my eye on a black and white dress that I saw in a magazine (for $5,000)….not quite budget friendly. But, if you’ve ever seen the Devil Wears Prada, you will remember well the scene between Meryl and Anne when Meryl talks about how a specific color was translated from the runway into a “bargain bin sweater.” I took this monologue to heart. Couture is very often translated into bigger “box retail” stores and a black and white dress is bound to appear at a lower price point. Sure enough, I found a dress that met the match (for $4,990 cheaper). Ha. (shaking my head).

Anyone else thinking up creative ways to approach their clothing this summer? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

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letting be

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I don’t know about everyone else, bloggers and readers, but the idea of not being perfect and “on task” with everything has been on my mind lately. I’ve been slower to post to the blog- and thought to myself, ‘maybe it’s time to let go of the blog.’ It feels pretty hard to get to posts every week with numerous time constraints and schedule demands, but I love it so. Decisions, decisions.

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I decided instead of just “stopping” (my mind calls that “quitting” (unfairly and incorrectly)), I think I’m just going to let myself post when I feel like it. So, I apologize in advance for the lack of steady flow- but this seems like a good step in the spirit of “letting go” (of ‘shoulds’ and ‘woulds’) and “letting be.” Refreshing.

Dress: Bloomingdale’s Outlet ($15 marked down from approx $75)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Boots: Not Rated via DSW ($60 marked down from $75)

Necklace: Bauble Bar ($28 marked down from $34)

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It’s also that time again: Monthly Mani with the girls! This month was “patterns and prints.” I went for multicolored prints, as you can see in my photo 🙂 Check out the other links below to see the rest of the Monthly Mani crew!

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Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Justine from The Thrifty Girl’s Guide

Lyndsey from Dressed in Mascara

bright white and sun spots

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A little bit of sun just goes such a long way, right!? It feels like a sigh of relief to have gotten enough rain to make our yard look like the Amazon (but for real, it’s out of control), and then a day full of sunshine. I captured a little on my walk to work today; have a good week y’all!

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“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” -Helen Keller

Dress: Michael by Michael Kors via Savers ($7, retails for $100)

Blazer: Badgley Mischka via consignment ($30, retails for approx $350)

Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack ($3 marked down from $15)

Boots: Not Rated via DSW ($60 marked down from $75)

Necklace: vintage via Greg’s Antiques in New Orleans ($3)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Even though it may not seem like it (or maybe it does? ha!), I rotate my clothes far more than I think it seems. As you can see below, I wear the boots from this post basically all the time (fall, winter, spring, doesn’t matter1). I also last wore this necklace and the same tights in a similar look (below). The key to my change-ups is usually swapping out my blazer or shoes, etc. The looks seem very different, despite the many similarities. The key to making your wardrobe versatile is using what you already have and styling it in new ways!

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2) While it is spring here, it’s still fairly cool (especially in mornings and at night), so I am still wearing my tights! Though, I do switch over to lighter colors tights this time of year, or at least wear dark tights but a very light outfit. I like to wear my dresses all year round; the easiest way to do so is just by changing out your tights and tops. 

Anyone else still layering up for the weather? I hope you have a great start to your week, readers!