fairy woodland wonder skirt

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Sometimes, when I find things at a super low price, I just can’t imagine my luck that others would have passed it over. The other day, when thrifting with my dear friend, I found this lovely watercolor/petal/fairy/whimsical skirt…for $4. Stop it. $4? Where am I not going to wear this whimsical fairy skirt?! This skirt got quite a few comments, mostly relating to how whimsical the skirt is. I really couldn’t agree more. It’s a fairy woodland wonder skirt and I’ll be sporting it whenever I can. Hmm magic fairy skirt….fashion life metaphor…am I reaching to say that this skirt is a reminder to carry a little whimsy and magic with us where ever we go? I certainly will take as much magic and whimsy with me as I can. Never know when you might need it.

“Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” Lewis Carroll

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Top: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $9)

Skirt: thrifted ($4)

Jacket: Forever 21 ($25)

Tights: Limited (approx $10 on sale many years ago!)

Shoes: Marshall’s (approx $20 marked down from approx $100)

Necklace: Gap (approx $7 marked down from approx $30)

Scarf: Urban Outfitters (approx $3 many years ago on sale!)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) When I am wearing a statement top or skirt, I tend to either further dress it up or dress it completely down. With this outfit, I went for “dress it up” when I added a striped top, herringbone blazer, and rhinestone necklace. Conversely, an option would be to completely dress it down by adding a plain black sweater- perhaps a cable knit sweater. Another way to dress it down would be with a jean jacket and tank top or t-shirt. There’s no wrong way to dress up or dress down a statement piece as long as you stay consistent with either dressing it up or down. I generally love to just go all out, personally!

2) I was wearing skinny jeans when I thrifted this, though I would highly recommend wearing leggings when thrifting for skirts and dresses in order to check for proper fit without the bulk of jeans! The skirt is a tiny bit loose, but with the striped top tucked in, it ended up fitting perfectly. Additionally, I think this skirt may have been overlooked as a “summer skirt,” but with leggings, you can see right away that it can serve as a cooler weather piece as well. I took a risk assuming this would be the case despite the fact that I was wearing it with jeans when I tried it on, but it ended up working out!

Anyone else loving whimsical pieces this fall? Find a favorite piece while thrifting or huntressing?

Thank you, readers, as always, for stopping by and sharing in my adventures, while also sharing your own!

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blogging buddies and mail magic

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Getting things in the mail is a rare treat these days in our electronic age. Well, mail dreams came true when I found out a couple of weeks ago that I won a drawing for an article of clothing from Mihaela at Fashion Sky Fall. You can imagine how jazzed I was to receive the top in the mail! Mail! Clothing! Fellow blogger love! It was a big day.

Blogging is such an interesting way of connecting to others around the world and even in our own communities. I’m endlessly grateful for the support I receive from readers, and amazed at how we end up forming relationships with those whom we have not formally met. A blog is often a glimpse into someone’s life, and a welcoming of others to share in our journey. Mail, blogging, readers, comments…it really is a small world after all. How wonderful to share it with each other to make our worlds both smaller through connections and bigger through expanding our horizons and awareness of others. A thank you to Mihaela at Fashion Sky Fall for her blog and to all of you out there in the blogosphere for supporting one girl’s dream of being a fashion blogger.

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Top: c/o Fashion Sky Fall

Cardigan: Cardigan: Marshall’s ($20 marked down from approx $50)

Scarf: gift

Leggings: Old Navy ($10)

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I love white lace as an unexpected fabric for fall and winter. Lace really seems to be showing some serious staying power this fall and winter, as I’ve seen lace dresses all over the place in blogs and on Pinterest. I like to layer on top of the lace to stay warm, and also to make the lace piece look purposeful in the cool weather, not out of place. You know how I feel about transitioning clothes to all seasons whenever possible, and this top is definitely no exception. In spring and summer, I’ll pair it with capris or tucked into skirts. Many pieces can be transitioned; try to transition them before you pack them away for the fall and winter months!

2) When wearing fitted pants (such as leggings), I like to go layered on top to not look too “fitted’ for work. The lace top definitely added some length over the leggings, but I added the cardigan for even more length over the leggings. In a conservative work environment such as mine, leggings are not allowed as “pants” but you can wear them with long tops and sweaters. I don’t let the conservative dress code stop the leggings, but I do wear them with coverage in the form of layers! After all, I basically live in leggings in winter. Fleece leggings. Need I say more? They are real and they are magic. Get ready for those babies to be busted out on the blog pretty soon.

Anyone else sport leggings at work? Still wearing your lace?

Thanks for stopping by, lovely readers!

feeling so very fall (and cold!)

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Well, readers, it’s getting to the point where it’s a bit difficult (read: freezing) to pose outside without Uggs and a down jacket. But, fear not, I will continue to bravely sport my outfits outside as long as possible! I just cannot resist the falling leaves and yellow trees as a backdrop. Can you blame me? My girlfriend and I do get a few odd looks here and there as people pass by as we take the blog photos. It’s all in the name of fashion, people.  All in the name of fashion.

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Top: Ann Taylor Loft (approx $9 marked down from approx $30)

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

Shoes: Dolce Vita ($20 marked down from $100)

Coat: Gap (approx $25 marked down from approx $70)

Scarf: got in Spain many years ago

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) While it is a bit chilly to wear this outside without a jacket, this outfit definitely works indoors this time of year. Once the heat gets going inside at work, long sleeve t-shirts work just fine indoors. I also tend to wear my flats and heels without socks/tights/knee highs until it gets a bit colder out. I don’t really have a rule of thumb about when I stop wearing bare feet with shoes, but I would say it tends to happen when there is snow on the ground or when my feet get too cold indoors. When I do make the switch over to socks/tights/knee highs, I keep my same summer, spring, and fall shoes out and just add a layer to my feet. Adding a layer is a good general strategy for transitioning clothes and shoes!

2) This long sleeve t-shirt is definitely casual for work, but I dressed it up with a scarf and dress pants.  On Fridays, I tend to wear my more casual tops (this outfit was from Friday). As I’ve posted before, I think you can definitely wear t-shirts and long sleeve t-shirts at work within reason, as long as your other pieces (pants, shoes, jewelry) are more formal.  Wearing your weekend tops with more formal pieces allows you to get a lot more wear out of your “weekend” clothes by wearing them at work.

Anyone else find themselves still going barefoot in their shoes? Wearing t-shirts at work?

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Thanks for stopping by, readers!

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happily halloween

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Happy Halloween, readers! While there’s no dressing up at work, I couldn’t help but wear an orange and black ensemble today to celebrate the holiday. I also celebrated by eating festive Halloween candy at my desk. I mean, it’s only right to celebrate a holiday focused on candy by eating candy, right? I will also be watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” tonight. Talk about a party.

Chocolate? Check. Charlie Brown? Check. Pumpkin seeds and squash? Check. Black and orange ensemble? Double check. That’s definitely happily Halloween to me.

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Pants: Gap ($10 marked down from $50)

Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)

Moto fleece: Gap ($40 marked down from $70)

Bow belt: Target ($8)

Shoes: Sofft at Nordstrom Rack (approx $40 marked down from approx $120)

Bag: Coach
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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m not sure if anyone remembers these pants from the ill-fitting post a few weeks ago. If you do, I’m impressed! Either way, the moral of that post was that the lovely orange pants require a belt. This time, I was prepared  by actually leaving my house with a belt. They do look a bit menswear-inspired due to their fit (hence the belt), so I tucked in my top to show more shape.  I then added heels to the look. Lastly, I slightly rolled up the cuffs of the pants to show more of the shoes. If you’re wearing something with a loose fitting shape (such as slouchy pants), consider adding something with a bit more shape to balance out the look.

2) Ankle pants were very popular this spring and summer. I thought I would have to store them all fall and winter! I wasn’t completely sure how they would transition for fall and winter, but it turned out to be pretty easy. I actually cuffed these pants to show off more of the shoe, thus making the cropped style seem intentional, even in cooler weather. I think cropped pants definitely work for fall and winter, especially when the rest of the ensemble is clearly a cool weather look (think scarves, sweaters, fleece, tights, etc). 

Anyone else wearing cropped pants this fall? How are you styling them?

Happy Halloween, readers! Thank you for stopping by, as always!!

super studded and shiny

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When I see pieces like a tartan, studded, poofy shouldered flannel in the clearance section, I just can’t imagine why anyone would pass it up. I also marvel at my luck while huntressing.

Wearing studded pieces at work was a definite goal of mine, though many of the studded pieces I’ve seen aren’t really conservative work appropriate. Enter: tartan, studded, poofy shouldered flannel. Oh yes, readers, I was able to check this goal off my list. …and yes, I sure do have fashion goals! Fashion metaphor for the week: dream big and set big goals. It is possible to be super studded and shiny at work and still manage to look completely appropriate. Dreams do come true.

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Top: Marshall’s ($12 marked down from approx $50)

Pants: Banana Republic ($90, the full price pants that everyone comments on!)

Shoes: Vince Camuto via Marshall’s ($25 marked down from $100)

Scarf: Gap ($15 marked down from approx $25)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Per usual, I was searching through all of the clearance racks at Marshall’s and found the gold kitten heels in the wrong size section. They seemed a bit holiday to me due to the gold, but no one else seemed to think that! Thus, I’ll be wearing them year round but especially November-January! Some shoes are definitely seasonal (sandals, for those of us who live in climates that get quite cold). However, many shoes can be transitioned through the seasons. Who can forget the gorgeous open heels and socks look from Burberry? If you’re trying to transition your heels or peep toe shoes, check out Pinterest for great inspiration. 

2) It was not easy to find something studded that was work appropriate, but I definitely managed to find something after looking around for a few weeks.  If you like a trend, but are unsure whether it works for a conservative work space, think about incorporating it in a small way. The studs on this shirt are a small detail, and the rest of the shirt is definitely conservative. The key to incorporating “edgy” trends at work is moderation!

Back at home now, readers! I will try and get my San Diego hat store post up by tomorrow. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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happy (layered) hearts

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Transitioning my summer clothes to fall clothes is one of those tasks that initially can seem daunting but ends up being a real joy. It’s kind-of like cleaning my closet, but that’s a whole other post.

Anyway, there I was musing over how to make my silk heart Marc Jacobs dress work for fall. I couldn’t quite wrap my brain around it until I thought, “just add leggings and boots.” Ah yes, the ‘keep it simple’ approach. Voila. This dress is totally fall fashion worthy and brings about an air of coziness- happy layered hearts.

I see that I have stumbled upon another fashion blogging metaphor for life, huh? Some tasks seem so daunting at first. But, then you complete the task and are wondering what your fuss was all about. I know they say that fashion imitates art, but I can’t help but wonder if fashion imitates life too.

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Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs via consignment ($23 marked down from $300)

Top: H&M ($10 marked down from approx $20)

Sweater: Marshall’s ($20 marked down from $50)

Leggings: Old Navy ($10)

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) To me, this dress really does not seem like a fall and winter dress in terms of its airiness and silk; I also found this dress in summer, so it was displayed as a summer dress. However, it was really easy to transition it into a fall look.

Here’s how I wore this dress in spring and summer

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By adding leggings, boots and a sweater, the dress was ready for cooler weather.  I also added a long sleeve t-shirt underneath the dress, which added warmth (for me), and the look of cooler weather.  Another way to transition this dress would be with tights and flats. The possibilities are endless, and most dresses can definitely be transitioned simply by adding or subtracting layers.

2) Consignment shopping is one of my newer favorite things. You literally never know what you will find! You can see in the spring and summer looks that I belted this dress. The dress is a little big in the torso area, but otherwise fits perfectly.  Consignment shopping can mean variability in fits and sizing.  By adding a belt in spring and summer, I kept the dress looking tailored.  For my fall look, I really did not need a belt due to multiple layers and a looser fitting look.  If you prefer not to belt things, you can always consider layering and going for a loose fitting look. If you like to belt pieces, the fall look could have easily had a black belt over the dress and under the sweater for a more fitted look.

Anyone else transiting their seemingly solely summer dresses into cooler weather? Do you have any tips for the transition?

Happy mid-week readers, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing in the fashion adventures!