very merry, glitzy and bright (#monthlymani)

Woo hoo! The holidays are in full swing- which does mean busy busy, but also means traditions, family, friends, and lots of merriment ❤ Happy holidays, all!

Dress: Ann Taylor Loft via thrift store  ($2, retails for approx $150)

Vest: Nordstrom Rack ($40)

Leggings: TJ Maxx ($4)

Necklace: J Crew Factory ($16 marked down from $40)

Belt: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $5)

Boots: Crown Vintage via DSW ($45 marked down from $120)

 

It’s that time again: our #monthlymani club! This month we chose a ‘merry, glitzy, and bright’ theme. I opted for red, gold, and red and green glitter- simple and festive! Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her glitzy glam holiday #monthlymani too!

snowy (sweater) weather

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We’ve gotten quite a bit of snow lately, as you can see from my photos! I have an annoying (to me) fear of driving in snow, but am feeling hopeful that I can overcome it this year! My husband is definitely encouraging me to drive whenever it starts to snow so he can help me conquer my fear, but I manage to come up with a lot of excuses of “being busy” (“Oh…erm…I have to go organize my socks…”). Ah well, it’s good to set goals, right? 2017! The year of not being scared of driving in snow!

Sweater: JOA via If Chic

Button down: (so old! Faconnable from Nordstrom, I remember that much!)

Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft ($15 marked down from $90)

Tights: Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx ($4 marked down from approx $20)

Shoes: DSW (wow, another one I can’t remember, sorry!)

Necklace: J Crew ($12 marked down from approx $36)

Clutch: Kate Spade (gift)

Fashion Huntress tip: People often tell me how their shoes have been stained by salt or snow. The key is to pack your shoes in your bag and wear commuting shoes or boots when outside. I always, always wear snow boots, y’all since ‘the fall of 2013.’ One time, the ONE time I didn’t in 2013, I wiped out in the middle of the city on a patch of ice and hurt my ankle (and my shoes). So, safety first: wear snow boots, and pack your heels!

totally target (dress)

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Oh man. Target. Let’s face it. It’s really hard to get out of Target with just one item. How much time do I spend in the dollar section before I even make it to the rest of the store? Now, I find myself strolling through the women’s clearance clothing racks before I make it to the grocery/cleaning supplies/actual necessities section. One such stop resulted in this great dress marked down to $10. I swapped out the belt it came with (photo below), jazzed it up with another belt I had at home and a clutch. Totally Target style.

Dress: WhoWhatWear for Target ($10 marked down from $10)

Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from approx $60)

Clutch: Reed for Kohl’s ($5 marked down from approx $30)

Necklace: gift

Tights & shoes: (so long ago, I can’t remember!)

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m a fan of swapping out a “generic” or “standard” belt for a statement belt to jazz up a dress. I think a custom belt adds a little edgier or more custom look to any dress. You can see both belts in the above photo.

2) I would definitely gentle wash and hang dry most dresses and thinner fabric items from Target. It’s really easy to underestimate wear and dry from washing and drying items, but if you want clothes to last (especially when you aren’t sure about the quality), I definitely recommend minimal washing and drying wear and tear. I also tend to wear long sleeve t-shirts under dresses in winter just to add a layer of extra warmth and to minimize any staining from lotions (a necessity in winter), perfume, and deodorant, which also cuts down on heavy washing needs.

Anyone else liking Target style lately? I hope everyone has a lovely rest of their week! Thanks for stopping by, readers!