bell (sleeves) and bows

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Well, we all know the bell sleeve and knot trend is everywhere these days, and I’m completely swooning over these embellished styles- especially given that these tops are 100% cotton and comfortable versions of these trends. Hand me a pumpkin spice latte, and fall is off to a perfect start 🙂 ! I’m going to be cozying up with books, coffee, pumpkin everything, tea, and of course, embellished everything!

Bell sleeve top: Zan Style $75 (though currently on sale for 70% off)

Knotted gray top: Zan Style $11

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Shoes: Chinese Laundry via DSW ($3 marked down from approx $80)

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There’s a huge sale on the site now, so if you’re interested in these tops or other fab finds, check out Zan.Style  ! I really enjoyed the cotton blends, as they are super soft and don’t wrinkle easily (one less task when you don’t have to iron!!). Have a lovely week, readers!!

everything embroidered

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It’s hard to nail down my favorite fashion trends lately because there’s so many fun and creative options! In this look, I’m embracing the embroidery trend. I love the texture and custom feel embroidery adds to items like shoes, coats, and dresses. As a side note, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I style my top knots and hair braids (as seen in these photos). I have my top knot tutorial here, but stay tuned for a hair braid tutorial next. Honestly, it’s as easy as my top knot. I’m all about low maintenance (though my husband might disagree 🙂 HA!). Have a good rest of your week, readers!

Top: J Crew ($40 marked down from $60)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Coat: Rosegal ($30)

Shoes: Jessica Simpson via DSW (approx $50 marked down from $90) available here

Head scarf: Coach (approx $20 marked down from approx $65)

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It’s that time again! #monthlymani time! We went with a pirate theme this month to change it up a bit :)! I mixed Sparkle Aplenty from Revlon with Indi-glow from Sally Hansen to have a festive pirate theme. Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her pirate themed #monthlymani! Aarrgh! (I couldn’t resist)

patience in patterns

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Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. –A.A. Milne

Top: New York and Company ($15 marked down from approx $70)

Skirt: Joa via Bloomingdale’s ($20 marked down from $80)

Shoes: Kohl’s ($23 marked down from $55)

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This is the perfect time to snag summer deals! The best bikinis and tankinis are here! The best plus size tankinis are also on sale! Looking for end of summer tops? Check out these Hawaiian shirts!

 

stop and smell the roses

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Sometimes I forget the wonderful splendors around me because I’m busy rushing from one place to another, taking care of errands, going to work, going to the grocery store, blah blah blah. But, I’ve been working on being more mindful of taking a breath. This week, my husband and I took another trip to the local gardens and, sigh, it’s just such a beautiful place. It really makes me happy to stop and smell the roses. What about you, readers? What things of beauty are you seeing in the world around you? Leave a comment below!

Top: Rosegal ($12)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Shoes: Crocs ($40 marked down from $60) (seriously, I wasn’t joking. I’m not paid by Crocs, I swear, but I wear them whenever I’m going to be on my feet for long periods of time/walking miles on end).

Fashion Huntress coupon alert! You can find other oversized blouses here. Interested in the top in this post? Summer sales ongoing, all from 33% off. Use code RGEN for another 10% off! Time for a new outfit! Surprise code: RGEN

nifty thrifty

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Y’all, this Plenty by Tracy Reese dress was a dollar. $1.The blazer? $2. They retail $250 together, but cost me $3. Yep. Thrifting is one of my most favorite hobbies, and while I do also shop at big box retailers, I find thrifting to be the most rewarding. Never tried? Want to do more of it? Check out my list below!

Reasons why I thrift:

1) It’s good for the environment! Clothes in a landfills is a real problem across the world.

2) It gives back! A lot of thrift stores benefit local communities, give jobs to people in the community, and often recycle clothes they don’t sell.

3) It’s affordable! $1 dress above. Enough said.

4) Hunting for deals is a joy in (my) life! Finding a gem while thrifting is just a happy thing.

Thrifting doesn’t make your heart sing? No problem! Check out this handy dandy chart to see what you can do with your old clothes.

 

Dress: Plenty by Tracy Reese via thrift ($1, retails for approx $130)

Shoes: Sam Edelman ($50 marked down from $150)

Blazer: Express via Thrift ($2, retails for $120)

fun fact, part 2 (leave another! do it!)

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Y’all, fun fact part 1 was so fun, I just HAD to do another fun fact post! So, without further ado! Additional fun facts and leave yours below- that’s the best part!

Hablo español! A lot of people don’t realize that I am bilingual 🙂 I spent a year living in Spain, and I also majored in Spanish literature during my undergrad years. Spanish comes in handy all the time; I wish I spoke even more languages! Maybe one day #lifegoals.

I used to get made fun of for my glasses and my hair! I just was chatting with my sister the other day about the challenges of middle school and high school; we both had stories. I’ve had glasses since 2nd grade, and I used to get made fun of for them, as well as for wearing my hair in a ponytail. Isn’t that ridiculous?! It took me a long time to own my glasses since I can’t wear contacts, but now I really do own them. They are part of my identity. And, I still love ponytails. Man, kids those (these) days, am I right, so petty!

Ruffle bodysuit (hello, 90s! they are back!): Rosegal ($19)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless ($15 marked down from $35)

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charming chambray

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This gorgeous backdrop is from our last trip to New Orleans a couple of months ago; New Orleans is full of wonderfully kind people, fabulous food, a vivid culture, and so much more. I feel grateful that my travels have led me there twice, and I can’t wait to go back. Also, shout-out to the hubs for sparing me the trouble of my tripod and remote his photos are always so much more fabulous than my own! Happy weekend, readers!

Top: thrift ($2)

Eyelet skirt: Banana Republic ($5 marked down from approx $110)

Shoes: Crocs ($40 marked down from $60) (when I travel, I never take them off)

boldly black and white (and blisters!)

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I want to give everyone a HUGE thank you for all of your fun facts from my last post! They were so fun to read and completely made my day. I think there’s another fun fact post in order soon- it was that much fun. Speaking of fun facts, I had to go barefoot at our local botanical garden after my heel blistered in these shoes 🙂 Isn’t it strange when you’ve already broken in a shoe and that happens?? I guess it’s a mystery of life. It was a beautiful trip to the gardens regardless! Have a lovely day, readers!

Dress: Rosegal ($12)

Shirt: thrifted ($2)

Shoes: Gap ($12 marked down from $40)

Necklace: thrift ($3)

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Coupon code! Check out Rosegal for more summer fashion! I love the black and white dress featured here, the blue skater dresses, and the shift dresses! Summer sales ongoing, all from 33% off. Use code RGEN for another 10% off! Time for a new outfit!

fun fact! (leave yours too!)

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Every once in a while it occurs to me that many people know me via my blog, but not much more! I would love love love it if you left a random fact about you in the comments below; there are so many of you that I know via your blogs as well, and I love our virtual community! So, to kick off the random fact party, I’ll share a few! I’ll spare the I ❤ fashion fact, because you all already know that.

I love to read. When I was a kid, my parents read to us nightly and always brought us on trips to the library and the bookstore, which I think created a strong love of books in me. Used bookstores and libraries are probably some of my most favorite places on Earth.

I love label makers. I will label just about anything and everything. My closet is full of labeled bins 🙂 It just makes life easier when you can find whatever you need, whenever you want, right?!

I didn’t always like dogs. When I was a kid, I LOVED animals and learning about them. (You can ask any member of my family about my ongoing love of whales.) When I met my to-be husband, he mentioned he wanted to get a dog. I was so stressed out, I couldn’t imagine caring for a dog. HA! I love our dog to bits now, and will now approach any dog imaginable on the street like a total creep. “CAN I PET YOUR DOG?!”

Dress: c/o Sammydress ($16)

Leave a random fact below- should you so choose! I would love to hear about you, readers!

zaful review

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Alrighty, this week was my first foray into online abroad shopping and I’m here to tell you about it! I’ve read a lot of reviews regarding “fast fashion” and abroad markets; frankly, the reviews were completely mixed. Some reviews were great, others were terrible. So, I’m going to speak from my perspective knowing that it’s just that- my experience alone.

I was approached by Zaful to review their clothing in exchange for an honest review; I am not being financially compensated for this post nor through an affiliate program, so these opinions truly are my own! Okay, so the website has a LOT of items for sale. A. Lot. That being said, I found the best way to approach the website was to type in a keyword search like “fit and flare dress” (my favorite shape), and then review what items came up. Simply paging through all the items for sale is impossible; there’s just too much. That all being said, the negative feedback I read online was “slow delivery” and “wrong sizing.” The response from Zaful was “read the sizes” and “check the delivery times.” Alrighty. I did just that. I read the sizes (they vary from item to item) and I planned for a longer shipping time than an item coming to me from the US. These items go through customs, so yes, the shipping takes longer. That all being said, I got exactly what I ordered, in the two week time frame, and the sizes were all accurate. My honest opinion is that this was pretty straightforward and I really like the dress; the quality is what you would expect from a shop like Zara, H&M, etc. I hope that if you choose to order, you have the same experience that I did.  I’d love any feedback in the comments section, if you have any!

 

Dress: Midi dress c/o Zaful ($15, I ordered “light blue” but there’s four color options!)

Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless ($15 marked down from $35)

Coupon alert: for Fashion Huntress readers interested in this dress, rompers, midi dresses, midi long sleeve dresses and short sleeve dresses or any other Zaful  items, you can use the code ZFEN01 for 10% off!

full on flounce

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Flouncy sleeves are everywhere right now, and I’m all in. I found this top at Zara, but the style is really easily found in a lot of stores right now. I’ve had my eye on basically every item Johanna Ortiz creates…but will settle for ready to wear versions, as her dream creations are out of my price range! She’s all over my Pinterest “oh la la” board, if you want to see these dreamy creations for yourself. Long story short, I’m feeling the flounce this summer.

Top: Zara ($20 marked down from approx $50)

Jeans: Old Navy ($10 marked down from $35)

Shoes: DSW ($5 marked down from approx $75)

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My first Zaful order came in! I’ll post the items shortly, and my full review! In the meantime, I’m awaiting my first Rosegal order. I found some off the shoulder tops that I’m eager to style; I’m impressed by the variety of sizes in their clothing, as well as the variety of styles in general. There’s plus size workout attire, yoga attire, plus size active wearleggings in all shapes and sizes and seriously a million more styles. As soon as my Rosegal order arrives, I’ll write up a full review.

 

(not so) cold shoulder

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My girl Andrea of A Spoonful of Sugar Baking recently suggested a closet challenge to me, and I was all in! I recently posted this top, sandals, and bracelets (pics below) and decided to challenge myself to re-style all of the items! #outfitrepeater  The result was fun and challenging…so of course I’m signing up for an all month closet challenge (with myself-ha!)! Stay tuned, readers! And have a lovely weekend!

Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($15 marked down from $55)

Pants: Old Navy (50 cents marked down from $35)

Bracelets: Alex & Ani (blue with gold beads), rest are handmade by me!

Sandals: Nine West ($45 marked down from approx $90) (I’ve been living in these all summer!)

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I’m waiting for my first Zaful order, but wondering if anyone has checked out Rosegal? If so, tell me your picks and your thoughts! I’m in the market for summer maxi dresses and summer suits! I never seem to tire of summer dresses, especially maxi dresses, which transition easily into fall with sweaters and cardigans. If you’ve checked out Rosegal let me know! I’ll post my first order ASAP! I’ve got my eye on some off the shoulder tops!

 

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