Maybe it’s the warm(er) weather and/or the rain here, but I find myself really enjoying the fact that I can still run my errands outside and walk to and from the subway comfortably (aka not fighting snow and wind). Mid-December outdoor walks? Totally a dream come true in the Midwest. The fiance and I even grilled over the weekend, readers. That’s how you know you’re in Midwest winter heaven: you’re outdoors grilling in 40 degree weather and loving every minute of it. In light of this warm and festive spirit, I pulled out my brightest, most neon look. I’m feeling very merry, bright, and bold.
I mean, do I even need to comment on this amazing fish wall mural? My thoughts exactly, let’s move on from the awesome fish and move on to the theoretical concept of fishing. I’ve been fishing (ie shopping) in all sorts of new locations lately: online, thrift, charity shops, you name it. This outfit is a blend of my gone fishin’ finds: a pair of shoes I couponed at DSW for $5, a button down I thrifted, and a few well loved gifts. One of my favorite parts of fashion is putting together the finds and loved pieces, old and new alike, and creating something new. With endless resources, we could all walk around in the latest Chanel collection (and trust me, I wouldn’t turn it down; I’m no fool). But in the real world, most of us are out there fishin’ and making it work.
Button down top: Forever 21 via resale/thrift ($3, retails for around $20)
Jacket: Gap ($25 marked down from $130)
Jeans: Gap ($20 marked down from approx $60)
Purse: Kate Spade (gift)
Shoes: DSW ($5 marked down from approx $75)
Chain link bracelet: Bauble Bar via Nordstrom (gift)
Giraffe ring: Forever 21 (set of 3 rings, only one pictured, $5 for 3)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’m a huge fan of mixing “high and low” pieces. I’m a firm believer that you can “elevate” just about anything with the right styling. One of the easiest ways to do this is to invest in a great bag. Of course, you know what I’m going to say next, right? Get your bags on consignment or sale! You don’t have to spend a ton to snag a nice statement bag, but I think they are a great way to style up other pieces you are wearing. Some of the best places to get a good bag are outlets- either online or in-stores. Many areas have outlet malls that do stock their store pieces. Sometimes, however, outlets stock pieces that they make more cheaply than their retail/store brands. I always ask about this when I’m in an outlet store, because sometimes the quality can be not as great as what you’re expecting, and I think it’s good to know that up front. The Coach outlet, for example, generally stocks both “outlet” pieces and their store pieces that went from the full price store to the outlet after their season ended.
2) When shopping outlets, always look out for additional reduction sales. One of the best ways to do this is to get on the mailing list for the outlets near your house. If you don’t live near any outlets, fear not! Many stores now have online stores for their factory/outlet stores. Some of these include: J Crew Factory (https://factory.jcrew.com), Saks off 5th (http://www.saksoff5th.com/), and Haute Look (https://m.hautelook.com/)
Anyone else have outlet tips? Like any other online outlet options? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend, for those in the US!
Readers, I found myself reaching for a sweatshirt this morning. Let’s face it. This whole winter weather in spring thing is kind-of a downer. On the other hand, it’s sunny. So, I had a mini talk with myself while getting ready: