layered and laughing

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Working in a hospital means we spend our days faced with illness and problem solving. To diffuse the stress, my partners in crime and I manage to take a few moments each day to enjoy the company of each other.  Not surprisingly, our breaks often involve taking the photos for the blog…and laughter ensues.  I don’t often share my outtake photos from these moments, but sometimes I think I really should- so today I am.

Behind the scenes of these photos:

My girlfriend: I don’t see you really going for it. Are you really trying to sit in that window?

Me: My bum won’t fit in it! It’s not that I’m not trying, it’s that I don’t fit!

(passerby: “I’m not even going to ask…”)

My girlfriend: Seriously, you have to just really try! It’ll look great!

Me: I can’t fit!

Resulting photo of me falling out of the windowsill:

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I am endlessly thankful for my all of my supporters (that means you!) for taking time out of the day to laugh along the way with me (as I fall out of windows, etc.). You all make the tough days much less tough, and the good days that much better. This is my layered and laughing ensemble- one of my favorites for so many reasons.

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Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)

Top: c/o Mihaela at Fashion Sky Fall.

Pants: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from approx $90)

Belt: J Crew (approx $10 marked down from approx $40) (hard to remember, so old!)

Shoes: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $110)

Jewelry and scarf: gifts

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Layering a non-fitted shirt under my denim shirt is new to me- but something that ended up working. The lace top added some visual interest and length underneath the denim top. The two tops together did get a bit bulky (I spared you the photos that showed just how bulky it got), so the belt was a necessity for this outfit.  I also balanced the layers on top with skinny pants, which also helped the layering seem less baggy. 

2) I am a huge fan of metallic shoes. They are so versatile and really dress up an otherwise plain outfit. You can find metallic shoes just about anywhere these days, though I found this pair at Banana Republic. As per usual, when I went through the shoe section, I looked at the price of every single shoe that I liked. Some of the exact same metallic flats were still tagged as “$50” while the others were listed at “$11.99.” I realize this may not be a completely realistic strategy for a full store of shoes. However, for a few racks of shoes, it was easy to look through all of them- and it totally paid off!

Anyone else layering unexpected tops? Loving metallics this winter?

Thanks for stopping by, lovely readers! I hope everyone is having a good start to the week!

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double take (purple plaid party)

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So there I was the other night, enjoying my dinner, when I came across a strange thing.  I was paging through a J Crew catalog and saw…my outfit. …that I didn’t get at J Crew…puzzling. Purple pants, purple plaid top and metallic shoes…hmm… The only reasonable conclusion is that someone from J Crew was following me when I shopped and decided to showcase my purple ensemble in their catalog. Yes. That must be it. It’s the only logical explanation.

Exhibit A (I took photos of the catalog, so forgive the image quality):

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Exhibit B:
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Can I have a moment with this uncanny matching outfit situation? Okay, thanks.

Their lovely outfit can be bought for $515. My outfit would have been $205…had I paid full price. But, this is a budget fashion blog, so you can reasonably assume I didn’t pay full price for anything. I ended up huntressing my whole outfit for, yep, $39. As my mom would say, “Hot dog.” As a result of this odd coincidence, I call this outfit my double take purple plaid party ensemble. (Side note: I was inexplicably watching a Full House  rerun and eating Jimmy Johns during this moment, so it was a party on a lot of levels) (should I not have admitted that?) (thanks for not judging).

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Top: Gap ($16 marked down from $45)

Pants: Gap ($11 marked down from $50)

Shoes: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $110)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I cannot stress enough (maybe I can) that I feel very strongly that good prices do not have to mean sacrificing any quality! These days, there are sales just about everywhere. There are even sales at high end shops such as Burberry (though the prices aren’t quite as low as featured on my blog). Most items do eventually go on sale, so keep a lookout for pieces that you’ve admired at full price.  I also recently created an email address just to give out to all the places (in stores and online) that ask for an email address. As a result, all of the store coupons go to one place so that I can easily retrieve them.  I get nearly weekly emailed coupons from some stores including Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy.  Some of the coupons can even be used on sale items. The separate email address is an easy way to organize coupons and not clutter your personal inbox.

2) The other day in one of my posts I mentioned wearing cropped pants in fall and winter. At this point, I’m fully embracing cropped pants for fall! By wearing plaid/flannel on top, these pants look completely fall (and work) appropriate. I added a shirt underneath the plaid top for extra warmth, and you really could not see it at all. However, the extra layer kept me warm given that my ankles and feet were bare. My official stance on cropped pants in fall and winter is: it’s a go.

Anyone else embracing cropped pants in cooler weather? Have you too found your own outfit in a catalog while watching Full House?

Thanks for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!