sun sun sun here we come

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“Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
And I say it’s all right.”

-Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles

Top: Banana Republic ($15, marked down from approx $80)

Blazer: Lauren Conrad via thrift ($3, retails for approx $65)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Necklace: from travels to Nantucket

Shoes: Banana Republic ($15, marked down from approx $130)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) The summer sales are definitely in full swing. I found these shoes just the other day at Banana Republic, sitting in a giant stack of shoes. The key to true sale hunting is “the quick scan.” Items are often grouped with all different colors, styles, and prices- and you essentially want to isolate first the best prices, then evaluate the finds. That process is the quick scan. It doesn’t take more than a few moments to just scan quickly by price and then pull the finds from there. While I don’t agree with buying something just because “it’s cheap,” I do think the quick scan basically rules out anything that you will inevitably want to get despite being “above the budget” and can help you stay on target. 

2) Summer is flying by, and it is already time for some festive 4th of July nails! You can see them below :)! 

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Anyone have plans for the holiday weekend, if you are stateside? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

head held high

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Some days, it just feels like when it rains, it pours. Today started out as one of those days. But, I called my mom (always helps). And then, I opened a magazine and the first photo was this:

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The quote is a little hard to read, but it says, “Keep your heels, head, and standards high.” -Coco Chanel. Coco, Mom, my sis G, I am feeling this vibe. Sometimes, you feel down, or scared, or worried, but you have to keep your head held high and have faith (and wear the right shoes).

Dress: J Crew via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Blazer: thrift ($5, unknown retail!)

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

Shoes: Crocs (seriously, I may never take them off)  ($40 marked down from $60) available

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It’s #monthlymani time again! This month the inspiration was a beach theme-! I painted an octopus and then its tentacles over both hands. 🙂

Check out the other ladies’ below!

Justine from The Thrifty Girl’s Guide
Kristi from Delightfully Kristi
Lyndsey from Dressed in Mascara

flower power

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While I love florals, I’m not a huge daisy print fan…until this shirt. This Sea top had me swooning- and even more once I tried it on. I’m officially a daisy fan and flower child now. Flower power, indeed.

Silk top: Sea via Nordstrom Rack ($40 marked down from approx $300)

Skirt: Soprano via Nordstrom Rack ($16 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Ann Taylor ($20 marked down from approx $150)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I found these shoes in the heart of winter, which is how I got them so discounted. It’s hard to look past the current season, sometimes, and buy something “out of season.” But, it’s really the best way to find the best deals-by shopping out of season. Here’s a good article about “when to buy what” at the best prices. http://business.time.com/2012/10/26/the-best-times-to-buy-clothing/

2) If I’m wearing silk, I’m wearing a t-shirt underneath. Silk runs a risk of staining or becoming discolored as a result of sweat and/or deodorant. The best way to cut down on both dry cleaning and to keep your silk looking fresh is to layer a shirt underneath your silk top. I pick up “undershirts” at Forever 21, Gap, and Old Navy. You can normally find them for under $5 on sale and can wash them for quite some time without having any quality concerns. Buy them in neutral colors to ensure that they do not “show through” your silk top. 

Anyone else have silk tips? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!

slowly strolling

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Since I’ve been working on “letting go and letting be,” I did the unthinkable during my work day…I went for a walk. A real live walk. And then…I stopped and looked at the river and skyline…and stood there looking. Below is a photo from said walk.

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Small victories, people. Learning to relish the small things is where its at, I think.

Top: Halogen via thrift ($3, retails for approx $70)

Skirt: Nicole by Nicole Miller via JCPenney ($20, marked down from $45)

Belt: Old Navy ($1.99 marked down from $7)

Shoes: Kate Spade via Nordstrom Rack ($20, marked down from approx $200)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I last featured this dress as a pattern clash look (below). For this post, I added a white peplum top to streamline the look and keep it simple. I then layered a belt over the peplum top with a color from the skirt to add some additional interest. Voila- same skirt, new look!

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2) Still on my thrifting kick, I’ve noticed that holiday weekends tend to be the weekend to sale thrift, which basically means prices are flat-out the lowest they will be (hence $3 for the top in this post). However, it was a big mistake to go at noon on a holiday weekend. Yikes. I could barely find parking and the store was jam packed. Note to self: go early!

Anyone else going for summer walks? Enjoying the weather? Thanks so much for stopping by readers; I appreciate it so very much!

seeing sequins

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If a favorite color can be sequins or glitter, then that would be mine. I finally was able to find a way to style it for work; the results were nothing short of pure joy…at least for me! Summer is finally here and I’m ready for it-! In sequins, of course.

Sequin top: J Crew via Savers thrift ($3, retails for approx $100)

Button down: Gap via Savers thrift ($3, retails for approx $55)

Pants: Gap ($15 marked down from $55)

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

Sandals: Marshall’s ($10 marked down from approx $50)

Bag: Betsy Johnson “All that Jazz” bag via Marshall’s ($40 marked down from $110)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Sequin tops can be very tricky to wash without losing a few sequins- and I like to avoid dry cleaning costs if possible! So, I tossed this shirt in a small laundry bag with a few other items to soften around the shirt and tossed it in the washing machine on the delicate cycle. Voila! Shirt was good to go- and lost no sequins.

2) It’s hard to style glitter or sequins for work- but I’m pretty sure it can be done, at least for most work situations. In a more conservative work environment, you can button up the button down and cover more of the sequins. Another option is to wear a glitter or sequin top with a blazer and button up the blazer. Either way- it can be done!