summer breeze

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It definitely smells like summer here, and the air feels slightly humid and warm. The air reminds me of summer breezes, tall prairie grasses, and swimming pools!

I took swimming lessons throughout my childhood and into my teenage years. These warm days and summer breezes remind me of mornings in the park district pool- wearing my hot pink swim shoes and ruffled bathing suit as a girl. While, alas, I do not go to the pool on Monday mornings, I still reminisce in grown-up hot pink accessories at work. In my adult hot pink summer clothes, I wore a brightly colored pleated chiffon skirt with a neon top and necklace.

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Skirt: Ann Taylor ($20 marked down from $70)
Shirt: Ann Taylor ($10 marked down from approx $25)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack ($14 marked down from $40)
Shoes: Jellypop at DSW ($12 marked down from $60)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Platforms are an easy way to walk in heels at work. I was not sure if the metallic heel would be too edgy for work. However, by pairing the shoes with a long skirt, I was able to keep the look conservative enough for work. These shoes were a yellow sticker purchase at DSW, so they were 80% off! When I last checked, the shoes were available here! They are not on clearance online, but still a pretty good deal online at 50% off.

2) Make neon pieces work appropriate by only wearing 1-2 neon pieces at a time. The shirt and necklace were both neon, but the skirt was a bit more muted. Adding brown pumps (even these jazzy ones), still kept everything work appropriate.

Wearing hot pink at work just makes everything brighter!

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Victory!

Readers, I have to be honest:  I did not know that DSW sold bags.  Therefore, I did not know that they sold high-end bags. You can imagine my surprise and delight when I came across this find at DSW.

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This is a pale wine shoulder bag made by Pour La Victorie.  According to their website, Pour La Victorie bags are sold at places such as Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. DSW is keeping it classy!

I have seen bags and purses by Pour La Victorie numerous times in various fashion magazines. You can see where they are featured in fashion magazines here:

http://www.pourlavictoire.com/press/

Anyway, let’s get to the magic that is this bag. It was in the clearance section.  I know, it is hard to believe. It was originally $300, but was marked down to $145. It gets better, though. This bag was one of the yellow sticker finds, which means it was 80% off the sale price. It ended up costing $33 with tax.

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Original price of the purse = $300, paid = $33

Savings: $267

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I normally make my way straight to the clearance section at DSW. Apparently, I just had to look around the store a little more to see what else it offered! Once I got to the purse section, it was definitely worth it to look through every single bag to find the nicer brands. The quality on this purse is great. I recommend looking through all of the accessories to find the higher quality bags that may have been passed over by others. The $145 tag may have deterred people who did not realize that the price was 80% off the list price.

2) This bag is not a ‘standard’ color, but I have a hunch it will match a bunch of different outfits- including that lace dress I posted about last week! A lot of the spring looks are featuring all sorts of patterns and colors that are not exact matches. Consider trying different colors and patterns to create a fresh spring look.

To see more of these bags (alas, full price), here is their website:

http://www.pourlavictoire.com/