waning in warm and cold

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Well, it’s that time of year, readers. We’ve hit the period of spring and winter collision. It’s 30 degrees in the mornings, and 60 degrees by the afternoon. Well, this puts us all in a bit of a dressing conundrum, if you ask me. In the morning, I’m wearing down and Uggs, then I end up in a cardigan and sockless. It’s confusing. But, I’m busting out the scarves and serious layers to wax and wane in warm and cold. By the time I get the hang of this weather and dressing for it, I’m sure Mother Nature will change her mind and go straight for 100 degrees. I’m onto you, Mother Nature. I’m one step ahead of you, and totally ready for whatever is coming my way. …fashion metaphor for life? You betcha.

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Top: Gap ($6 marked down from $30)

Pants: Gap ($7 marked down from $60)

Scarf: Gap ($4 marked down from $30)

Purse: Kate Spade (gift)

Necklace: made it! (more info here)

Blue shoes: Dolce Vita ($20 marked down from $100)

Daytime kitten heels: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Significant temperature changes throughout the day can be really challenging, especially for work ensembles, when you basically pick one look in the morning and have to wear it all day. I recommend scarves, cardigans, and a change of shoes! As many of you know, I keep a lot of shoes around my office for this very reason. I always have a least one pair of flats in brown and one in black on hand; I also keep heels in brown and black on hand. At the very least, you can always transition your shoes, as needed, to keep up with whatever the weather has coming.  As a side note, I photographed this look with two different pairs of shoes to show a more causal and more formal look.
2) This is basically the very last of the winter clothes I think we will see in stores (at least in the Chicago area).  I went to Gap this week and saw their scarves had been marked down to about $4-$5. You can always get them now and store them for fall, or use them throughout the winter/spring transition.  I have not seen much winter footwear or jackets left…but I do think sweaters and scarves seem to be floating around on sale quite a bit, so keep a lookout! 
Anyone else still finding winter clothes for good prices? Thank you, readers, so much for stopping by! I appreciate it so very much! Enjoy the sun, if you can!

dollar store dreams

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You may be surprised to know that the Fashion Huntress did not previously know about the magic that is a good dollar store. How did I not know about this, for real, you guys? Let’s start with the fact that not all dollar stores seem to be created equal, but a good one is totally worth its weight in gold. Seriously, get me outta that place, because I could see it getting out of control really fast as I buy $100 worth of dollar store items! Okay, but let’s get down to the highlights/gems I recently found: nail decals and crafting supplies. I went for marbles for my DIY (do it yourself) necklace, and then found these great animal print nail decals.

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By the way, DIY instructions for necklace can be found via this great tutorial by a blogger named Kerri.

Anywho, I’m a fan of the dollar store, readers. A big fan. The necklace cost me, wait for it, 15 cents to make. I mean, are there words? It’s just good old fashioned fun to craft and relax, and even more fun when you’re not breaking the bank via crafting hobbies. Dollar Store? First time visitor, long time fan.

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Cardigan: Banana Republic ($15 marked down from approx $110)

Button down: Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from approx $45)

Pants: Gap ($7 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Nine West via consignment ($8, retails for approx $100)

Necklace: made it!

Ring: Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom Rack ($15 marked down from $50)

Nails: Dollar Store ($1)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) As I mentioned, not all dollar stores are created equal. Some of them are not actually dollar stores. What? I know. Confusing. But in the real deal stores, everything is a dollar. Even if you’re not into crafting, I still recommend going for the cheap beauty thrills. The nail decals are definitely good quality and are significantly cheaper than any others I have seen in the past. I do recommend using a base coat before you put them on to ensure they adhere properly- and then add a topcoat when you’re finished. I’m sure some of their beauty stuff is not great quality, but just look through what they have and see for yourself. Especially with trendy beauty products, you can always try out a $1 version and decide if it’s worth investing in other products from other stores as well.  

2) I went with all sorts of patterns and colors in this outfit, but tried to keep the look mostly neutral in terms of the basics; the pants are a neutral gray and the top is a neutral denim. When your basics are neutral, you can layer and add all sorts of colors with your other pieces. Denim tops are one item that I consider to be a definite staple. I try and keep one light denim and one dark denim top on hand at all times for a quick go-to outfit. Gap, to me, is definitely known for their durable denim, as is J Crew. I also like Nordstrom Rack for denim tops, as you can get great quality for a good price. 

Anyone else jumping on the dollar store bandwagon?!

Thank you so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!