mix and match

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I decided to go full-blown mix and match today, and let me tell you, readers, I really need to be doing this more often! It’s super fun to reach in your closet and just pull out some pieces in a similar color palette and voila, the easiest outfit you’ve had to put together all week. I think the look is a mix and match controlled chaos. As Donna Karan once said, “it’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.” Well put. Happy Tuesday, readers!
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Top: French Connection via Savers ($3, retails for approx $100)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($10 marked down from $150)
Pants: Gap ($8 marked down from $55)
Shoes: Banana Republic via Crossroads ($20, retail for approx $120)
Necklace: Apt 9 via Kohl’s ($6 marked down from $18)
Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane Couture via Rue La La ($15 marked down from $150)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I really like thrifting silk tops, probably more than any other item. I just think that silk/flowy/sheer tops are so forgiving, you can easily find tops that will work in your size, and a size or two up or down. If I’m thrifting sheer tops, I look through all of the sizes and all of the racks. Again, this sounds more time consuming than it is. You can easily get through a rack in 5-10 minutes. Always be aware of the hidden cost of dry cleaning! If you have to dry clean something frequently, it may not be worth the cost of the top to you. 
 
2) Although this look is seemingly completely random, it’s actually not very random at all! I stuck with jewel tones for all of my pieces, and easily paired pieces together as a result. Another way to mix and match like this is with all pastels, all primary colors, or all neutrals (black, white, and gray). I have seen mixed color palettes (jewel tones with pastels, etc), but I have not yet tried this. Once I day, I will post on how it goes! It’s always fun to have new fashion adventures.
Monthly manicure time! Check out these other lovely ladies and their Valentine’s Day themed manis!

Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Piniel from Pins-Place

Justine from The Thrifty Girl’s Guide

Kate from Into the Stratosphere

Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali

Erika from Erika’s Style Diary

Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty

 
Anyone else trying out new trends? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

but it’s not my birthday burberry (30 days no shopping, day 28)

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When a friend says to you, “I’m not wearing this Burberry dress and top anymore, do you want it?” The only reasonable thing to say is, “Absolutely.” Am I right? Well, that’s the full story of this dress and top. And while it was no special occasion, birthday, or otherwise, I was very thankful to take these hand me downs, despite saying, “Are you sure?” approximately twenty times. I don’t know why hand me downs get a bad rep. I’m a huge fan. 

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Top: Burberry (hand me down)

Dress: Burberry (hand me down)
Shoes: Banana Republic via consignment ($20, retail for approx $120)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’ve been doing some research on clothing swaps and found some interesting websites. From what I can gather, large scale clothing swaps that are put on by organizations charge an “entry fee” (around $25). After you pay your entry fee, the general expectation is that you will bring your own clean clothing that you are willing to give away (swap), and that you are able to “take what you want” for free (after the entry fee, of course). Here are a couple of links that have information about formally organized clothing swaps. 
Personally, I think organizing one among friends, family, and coworkers is a great way to have one! Below are some tips for hosting your own:
 
2) Sundresses are great for work, and can easily be modified for a work setting. I tend to layer under my sundresses that are a bit low cut for work, as I did with this dress. You can, of course, layer on top of the dress and wear it as a dress, or a skirt. Don’t leave your weekend sundresses in the closet during the week! Pull them out and dress them up. This is a great way to ensure they get their full usage.
 
Anyone have clothing swap tips? Attend any? I hope everyone had a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!