windy wonderland homage to alice

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Lately, I’ve had my head in the clouds, day dreaming. Day dreaming always makes me think of Alice, the perpetual storybook dreamer, falling down the rabbit hole into a world of dreams. This outfit was perfectly captured on a windy day; I suspect that if Alice were around today, and a working woman dressing herself on a budget, she would have felt right at home reaching for the clouds in this dreamy ensemble. I call this my windy wonderland homage to Alice outfit. 

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
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Top: H&M ($10 marked down from approx $20)
Skirt: Ann Taylor ($12 marked down from $60)
Sweater: Marshall’s ($20 marked down from $50)
Tights: Target ($8)
Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)
Belt: Ann Taylor ($5 marked down from $25)
Necklace: Tiffany & C0 (gift)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Chiffon and tulle skirts seem to be here to stay, at least for now. Many chiffon and tulle skirts are being styled in stores and catalogs for ‘holiday looks.’ I was initially intimated by styling chiffon and tulle skirts for work. I’ve found that it’s not difficult at all, especially in fall and winter. By tossing a sweater or cardigan on top of the skirt, you can instantly dress down an evening skirt.  By wearing a sparkly top underneath, you can easily dress the skirt right back up again for an evening out. Side note: you guys know I feel about chiffon/tulle/slips. Always wear a slip when needed, as is the case with this skirt!
 
2) I grabbed a couple of long cardigans at Marshall’s last season for approximately $20 each.  I find that I consistently wear these sweaters week after week with pants, skirts, and leggings. Personally, I like to keep my sweaters simple (black and/or gray), and then add color with pants, skirts or tights. One way to save money on a “cold weather versus warm weather” wardrobe is by wearing your pants and skirts year round, and investing in neutral sweaters to wear over your “spring and summer” pieces. 
 
Anyone else embracing chiffon and tulle this season? Anyone have styling suggestions?
 
Thanks for stopping by readers! I appreciate your thoughts and comments so much!
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fantastically faux

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With the heat wave continuing here in Chicago, I decided to continue embracing summer looks…seeing as how the weather is giving us little choice! As I did with my outfit yesterday, I added long sleeves to make this look a bit more transitional looking versus strictly a summer look.

Since it’s not really fall, I’ve decided it’s faux fall/faux summer. In honor of the weather, I decided to make my theme today “faux.” I wore my faux pearls and faux “I’m a ballerina” skirt. I classify that skirt as “faux” because I don’t have great hand-eye coordination and could never be a ballerina. True story. Seriously, ask anyone that’s seen me try to throw a ball.

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Along with my pearls, I added pointy toed kitten heels that have a bow on the front.

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My faux look was complete!

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Top: Ann Taylor Loft (approx $10 marked down from approx $30)

Skirt: Ann Taylor ($12 marked down from $60)

Necklace: Forever 21 (I can’t remember, but I’m guessing around $5-$7)

Shoes: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) When I’m clearly wearing costume jewelry, I tend to go all out costume.  The pearl necklace I found at Forever 21 is definitely costume jewelry, and with the rosette on the side, I think even more so. Personally, I love costume jewelry for the right time and place.  There are so many great places to get big statement/costume pieces for great prices. I love Forever 21 and H&M for these types of necklaces, and jewelry in general.  While I don’t wear this particular necklace a ton, I have had it for a number of years now, and it’s still in great shape.  I do keep all my jewelry laying flat/hanging on a cork board, if possible, as I think that tends to prolong its life, shape, and quality.

2) Transitioning clothes this time of year can be tricky when the weather does not cooperate! I like to keep my looks half summer/half fall during “fall months” when it is still exceptionally warm.  I think the easiest way to do this is to add long sleeves to outfits with skirts or short sleeves to outfits with pants.  Not showing a lot of skin is a must in most conservative work settings, so this is a good rule of thumb in general. Also, when wearing your sheer summer pieces, always wear a slip. Slips are perfect for summer, tights and leggings are perfect for fall and winter.  Forgetting one is a mistake that you hopefully only make once. Yikes. We’ve all been there!

Anywho, what do people think of costume jewelry at work? Go? No-go? What about ballerina looks?

Thanks for reading, readers! As always, thanks for visiting and commenting!!