bee yourself (Victoria Beckham for Target)

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Is anyone else watching Grace and Frankie? Shout-out to Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for being the most fabulous ladies in television right now, if you ask me! I love love love Jane Fonda’s classic style (and attitude) in the show. In an ode to Ms. Fonda, I’m popping my collared shirt collar and sporting a scarf today…and a ‘don’t take no for an answer’ attitude!

“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” -Jane Fonda

Top: Haberdashery x J Crew via thrift ($5)

Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft (approx $9)

Scarf: Victoria Beckham for Target ($20)

Scarf ring: Hermes (gift)

Earrings: Kohl’s ($2 marked down from $18)

very victoria (Victoria Beckham for Target)

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I haven’t seen a ton of reviews on the Victoria Beckham line for Target, so I wanted to offer my two cents. First, excellent work Target in prepping. At least in the US, the website seemed to be in better working order and did not crash when I was attempting to order. And while somehow my 5 am wake-up to place my order still meant I didn’t get a dress I had my eye on, I thought the process was a lot better than previous years! Second, the quality is truly as good as you’re going to get at Target and still a lot better quality than other Target items. To be fair, I actually think you get what you pay for and a little more at Target, so that’s not a criticism on my end. I heart Target for life. Lastly, the pieces are truly unique, and pose some interesting styling challenges. I have a couple more pieces to style and post, but here’s my first glance!

Top: Who What Wear for Target (approx $9 marked down from approx $30)

Skirt: Victoria Beckham for Target ($30)

Jacket: Gap ($25 marked down from $130)

Interested in checking it out? It’s still available in some stores and online. You can find it at Target.com

all basics (black and white)

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The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. –Leo Tolstoy

Top: Poof via Nordstrom Rack ($1)

Jeans: Old Navy ($11 marked down from approx $35)

Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)

Necklace: House of Harlow via Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Christian Siriano ($22 marked down from approx $40)  on clearance here 

Fashion Huntress tip: Winter, spring, who knows anymore?! But I’m enjoying looking through the ‘end of season’ sales that are happening right now! The sales at J Crew and Banana Republic are both great right now, if you’re looking for any winter items. For boots, the sale prices at 6pm.com are reaching seasonal lows!

black and white bold

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If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Top: thrift ($3)

Skirt: gift!

Jacket: Milly via ThredUp ($18, retails for approx $450)

Leggings: TJ Maxx ($5 marked down from $20)

Shoes: DSW (can’t remember! few years ago…)

I tried out the new Orly Breathable polish, which is a nail treatment and color; I have to say, readers, I am a fan! My sad peeling winter nails are much happier with breathable polish on them and seemed much stronger once removed. The color options are fab too! You can check it out here: http://www.orlybeauty.com/breathable-treatment-color.html

 

happy heart day!

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Happy heart day, readers! I’m thrilled to run with a theme- are you surprised? So, I pulled out my heart button down and new red Milly coat I got online at ThredUp. As I mentioned in my last couple of posts, this was the item that I really love that I got at Thred up. I am exceptionally thrilled with the quality of the coat; it was exactly as listed. Happy heart, indeed. I hope everyone has a wonderful day and is able to spend time time with friends, family, or on their own- just enjoying the day!

Heart top: beachlunchlounge via TJ Maxx ($20 marked down from $60)

Necklace: Bauble Bar ($28 marked down from $34)

Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft ($5 marked down from approx $70)

Shoes: Ivanka Trump via DSW ($15 marked down from approx $120)

Jacket: Milly via ThredUp ($15, retails for approx $600)

Woo hoo! It’s #monthlymani time! The theme this month is Modern Romance. I found this fab Christian Siriano polish set at Walgreens for $5 (!!) and was so pumped, I used every color to create an updated ombre look. A photo of the set is pictured above, as are a few of my fav Heart Day items…and of course, my #monthlymani. Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out super chic and modern mani themed nails!

another year…blogaversary and birthday!

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It’s about that time again- I’m celebrating my blogaversary and birthday! When I think back over the past few years, it’s amazing how many things have changed since I started the Fashion Huntress. Despite all these changes, the one constant has been the endlessly positive support of the people around me, including, you, the readers of this humble endeavor. This blog is a true labor of love and it’s been so wonderful to get to know people near and far through the adventure. Shout-out to all of you, and my loving friends and family, as we cheers to another year!

Xo,
The Fashion Huntress

Dress: Burberry (gift)
Coat: French Connection (purchased many years ago! Can’t remember price!)
Earrings: Tiffany and Co. (gift)
Tights: H&M ($5)
Shoes: Sophia Webster via Saks Off Fifth ($100 marked down from $450)

try, try again: thredup buying review

In the spirit of trying new things, I decided to give online consignment a whirl and placed my first order with ThredUp. They were running a $50 off and free shipping sale, so it seemed like the perfect time to try it out. The following opinions are completely my own, and ThredUp is not involved in this review.

So. I ordered a few items- all of which were categorized in the “This item is in excellent condition. You might mistake it for brand new!” category. Alright, alrighttttt, feeling good, readers. I was feeling good. I waited patiently for my box to arrive. And arrive it did. I’ll give ThredUp a ton of credit on their shipping time and “wrapping.” Everything was wrapped nicely in tissue paper and the shoe box was bubble wrapped. What happened next was a bit of a let down. First, one of the tops I ordered wasn’t included in the order. In lieu of that top was a different top that I did not order. ….okay…(photo below). Not a Marc Jacobs top…and appears to be a nightgown.
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Then, I looked over the Tory Burch dress I had ordered. Nearly new? Not so much. It had a number of issues (photos below). This was particularly surprising to me because they reportedly accept a small percentage of what people send to them, and this dress was in bad shape. Almost every seam was struggling:
I contacted ThredUp and heard back the next day. 10 emails back and forth later, the customer service agent was incredibly helpful and did offer a free return and full refund on whatever I wanted to send back. The missing shirt that I ordered still hasn’t been located, but I assume they are working on that. Overall, I was really pleased with the customer service aspect of the process. I opted to keep the Tory Burch dress, hopeful that I might be able to sew up the seams myself, but I did ask for an additional discount- which was granted. The highlight of the order was easily the Milly coat, which was in pristine condition and amazingly priced at $18 (it retails for approx $350). I decided to send almost everything else back.
So, in the end was it worth it? …I would say yes, because I really love the Milly coat and you can’t beat the price. I was able to stitch up the Tory Burch dress enough to make the issues unnoticeable (though not nearly perfect); for the $10 I ended up paying, I think it’s a fair deal considering the dress retails for around $700. Lastly, the final sale top I tossed in my cart on a whim was a $70 top that was priced at .70 cents, and was in great condition.
Pros:
-If there’s a sale (additional discount, free shipping), you can end up with some really great deals- likely far better than you would find in person (especially in the 99 cents section).
-There’s so much inventory, it’s hard to even filter through everything. But, with that much inventory, you can definitely find a few gems. When they run the 99 cents deal, you can dig through a lot of inventory and find a few steals. There’s obviously far more online than you could ever find in an in-person shop. If you like thrift and consignment shopping and the thrill of the dig, this is a fun site to dig through.
Cons:
-It’s really hard to assess quality on the internet. While descriptors are there, they seem somewhat unreliable and no one probably looks through items the way you would yourself. The “zoom in” feature doesn’t offer much help in terms of inspection, so I felt like I was completely relying on someone else’s judgement of an item’s condition.
-You have to pay to return items unless you’re willing to accept store credit. Final sale items cannot be returned.
-Remember to factor in the cost of dry cleaning to applicable items. Most of what I got was dry clean only and you’re going to want to dry clean these items. While I assume most people clean items before consigning them, you don’t really know.
Bottom line: If you’re willing to be flexible and not get your hopes up, I think ThredUp makes sense for online consignment. My best feedback would be to order when they have a free shipping offer or additional discounts and order a few pieces (there’s  40% off sale happening now). Be prepared to ship things back, and potentially accept store credit to waive the shipping costs to return items. If you’re all in for those constraints, then I think ThredUp could be for you. If you’re into in person inspection and details/don’t want to deal with returns, I would stick with what you know.
I’ll post actual outfit pics of the dress and jacket in my next post! Anyone else have feedback about ThredUp or online consignment?