Apparently my last post on my vintage Milly dress was well timed, because I realized that the Milly for Kohl’s line is now available (in stores and online)! Never one to miss a designer collaboration with an affordable retail store, I checked it out. Not too surprisingly, many pieces were already sold out in my local store, but I managed to snag the sole remaining lemon dress that I had admired online. The prices for the line are a bit steep, if the pieces are not on sale. However, with the Kohl’s coupons, discounts in the stores, and Kohl’s cash/points, the pieces did become more affordable. And, an important side note, the quality on this line is pretty impressive and generally true to the Milly designer line aesthetic.
Well, it’s about that time, readers: time to focus on goals for 2015. I mean it, I really mean it, this year, I’m going to clean out my closet and keep my “donate” pile going! I’m also going to try and finally get my dry cleaning to the cleaners (versus hanging out in the trunk of my car), get my shoes re-heeled, and all-around addressing the bags that sit on the floor in the corner (you know what I’m talking about, right?!)! Aside from fashion goals, there’s always the personal growth goals. Letting go tends to be one of my residual goals from year to year. There’s always room for improvement, right?
Oh my…it’s that time of year, readers. I admit that I can get a little caught up in the winter whirlwind around this time of year. This year, predictably, is no different. Even my to-do list starts to look confusing, which is an indication that I probably need to slooooooow doooooown. So, I tried to slow down a little today by doing one of the things that I love best: putting together a new look from a couple of new items and lots of older items. I’m reminding myself to take it easy and remember the joy that comes from the season, so as to avoid further succumbing to a winter whirlwind. So, cheers to a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season, readers!
If there’s one type of sale I love the most, it has to be a sale at an outlet store. When I found this dress at the Bloomingdale’s outlet for 60% off the outlet price (and I had a coupon), I was in Fashion Huntress heaven.As you’ve probably noticed, I don’t wear a ton of black and white, but occasionally there’s nothing I love more than a not so basic black dress, especially when it’s a full dress with a bow, lace, and pleats. And having found this not so basic black dress for the perfect price? Well, it was just meant to be.
I don’t know about you guys, but lately I’ve been all about breaking fashion “rules.” I wore a button down shirt (wait for it) …OPEN! Stop it. I know. It’s too much! I haven’t been this excited about wearing a button down shirt open since the early 90s, when it was super cool to wear flannels open- a la DJ Tanner on Full House. While I was breaking rules, I started tossing on layers, colors, a statement necklace, wearing my hair in a high ponytail. I’m a free woman! I do what I want!
…okay, maybe my reaction to wearing an open button down is a bit overzealous, but come on, breaking fashion rules is just so rewarding, right?
“Be daring, be different, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers…” -Cecil Beaton
Umbrella top: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $50)
Button down: Forever 21 via resale ($3, retails for approx $20)
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Pants: Gap ($7 marked down from $60)
Shoes: Cole Haan ($70 marked down from $400)
Necklace: Banana Republic ($7 marked down from $80)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Gray is a great alternative to black for dress pants, and I think gray is a lot softer for spring and summer than black pants. Gap has a great selection of colored pants- especially lately. In the past few weeks, I continue to see their pants marked down to $5-$15, which is a great price range! One thing I have noticed about their pants is they don’t seem to have much stretch- probably because they are 100% cotton and have no spandex. As a result, I recommend considering a size smaller than your standard size so that they don’t lose too much shape throughout the day!
2) Cole Haan has a surprisingly amazing sale section on their website. I’ve noticed in the stores that the prices really don’t go down nearly as much as they do online, which is a bit unusual! I recommend figuring out what size you wear there, and then shopping on the website. I found these amazing green shoes at a great price online- when there were additional reductions on their sale online.
Anyone else have online shoe shopping tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers!! Happy Monday!
Happy Monday, readers! Do you like how I added the exclamation mark to hopefully add some enthusiasm to Monday? I’m not sure if it’s working, but it’s worth a try, right? The weekends always pass so fast, but I’m still managing to sneak in some crafting here and there, including this tassel necklace that I made a few weeks ago. Maybe it’s just me, but I think crafting is good for the soul and mind. I probably would have made about 100 of these tassels because it was so relaxing, but alas, errands and chores were calling! A short and sweet post today, readers. Ta-ta for now!
Elephant print button down: Gap ($7 marked down from approx $50)
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($27 marked down from approx $80)
Pants: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from approx $90)
Shoes: Vince Camuto via Marshall’s ($25 marked down from $100)
Tassel necklace: made it! Tutorial available here.
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’ve been checking out more and more online tutorials on Pinterest lately, and have been finding a ton of great jewelry projects. I generally look for ones that are straight forward and not overly time consuming, because I love being able to start and finish something in one sitting! Many of the crafts include using materials that I already have laying around, or that are fairly low-cost materials. In the case of this tassel necklace, the thread came in a package of approximately 20 different colors of thread for about $4. I used a jump ring and a chain that I got at Michael’s, both of which probably came to about $5 for a bag of rings and three chains. You really cannot beat the price of a good DIY! Check out the tutorials on Pinterest if you’re interested! And, of course, always look for coupons online before heading to your local crafting store, or check out your local Dollar Store for crafting supplies.
2) As you all know, I’m a fan of Banana Republic sales. The pants I have gotten there are virtually indestructible and can be found for great prices. Lately, I’ve been waiting for the 40% off their sale section sale; pants are generally less than $20 at those sales, so check them out. The one thing I have noticed is inconsistency within the stores on their price tags. Always check their price tags twice, and compare tags of the same items. Additionally, when you go to pay, make sure that what they are ringing matches the tag. I’ve pointed out errors numerous times lately, which leads me to believe that they are tagging things quickly and then they are not updated in the system. One pair of shoes I found was still coming up as $60 in the system but were $9.99 on another pair I saw on the shoe rack. When I pointed it out at the register, the cashier noted that the markdowns from the day before weren’t put on every shoe and that she would double check the price. Sure enough, the tag was wrong. Definitely double check these things, readers!
Anyone else have DIY jewelry tips? Happy Monday, readers. Thank you so much for stopping by!
Readers, I know how to drive, but I spent many years not driving. One of the joys of living in an urban area is that you can survive without a car. Recently, I started driving more and found myself not feeling all that comfortable behind the wheel. I mean, I can get the car from point A to point B, but that was basically the extent of it. Don’t even get me started on the expressway (aka a terror of people moving at insane speeds or a complete parking lot). Anywho, so, last weekend, I took a car control class; the bf and his dad are instructors and gently encouraged me to come on down. On the days approaching the class, I kept thinking, “…I’m going to really embarrass myself out there.” So, I get to the class, and it’s a full day event. The instructors teach a small class, and then you hop in your car with an instructor and take it out to a mini course that is wet down with gallons upon gallons of water. The goal is to learn how to get your car out of control and then bring it back under control.