fancy free: new format!

My fabulous friend and blogger (and surgeon and photographer, etc etc the list goes on), Andrea of A Spoonful of Sugar Baking gave me the fab idea to blog about picking out outfits and how I shop. Ummm, why didn’t I think of this sooner?

Today’s topic? Shopping for accessories at Nordstrom Rack.
Okay, so I start by putting on shoes, going outside, and walking/driving to the store.
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Just kidding. Wow, you don’t need that much detail, right?
Okay, so when you walk in the store, you’re going to see a lot of shiny and glittery items. Walk PAST those items, reader. Just walk on past them. They have no power over you.
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Head to the red clearance sign in the accessories section, because this is where you really want to start.
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Now that I’m in the clearance section, I look around a little at the racks. Hmm. I’ve seen these Kate Spade necklaces in clearance for a while. Why aren’t they selling, Nordstrom Rack? Eh, the price isn’t great. Pass. Don’t worry, they will probably end up getting reduced again, so just wait it out, if you want/are feeling dedicated.
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We continue on through the clearance section, and here we go. You want to look for the red tags with ANOTHER red tag. That’s where you really make dreams come true.
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Now, I was in the market for something specific, so I didn’t pick up any of these items. But, you get the sense of how I generally approach the jewelry section. I thought, “I’m looking for a long rose gold necklace. I’ll start in clearance.” Having not found what I was looking for, I moved over to the House of Harlow section. I really like her line of jewelry, and the prices at the Rack are quite good. All of those earrings and necklaces in the photo are House of Harlow.
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At this point, Mariah Carey “Now that I know” is on and I start toe tapping and thinking, “huh, wow it’s been a long time since I’ve heard this song; oldie but a goodie…” Then, I tell myself not to succumb to tricky music tactics in stores…but this is totally my jam…okay, focus.
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Then, voila! I find my winner! $75 marked down to $24.97.
Now, let’s compare how much House of Harlow there is at Rack (at about 50%-75% off), and the online House of Harlow sale section. Wah wah. Very limited choices (only about 8 items) and not great prices. Why? Apparently it’s all at Nordstrom Rack.
And, of course, here’s how I styled my find:
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I’ll do a full post on this look in my next post 🙂
So, what did you think of this blogging format, readers? Hopefully it’s helpful!

charmed in charleston (south carolina)

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As you may know from my last post, I was happily on vacation last week. While we somehow arrived in Charleston, South Carolina for record low weather, we nonetheless enjoyed our time in the charming city. Perhaps you won’t be surprised to learn that I had researched the shopping in the area. During my research, I came across various reviews of a high-end consignment shop called The Trunk Show. Readers, I’ve been in more resale and consignment shops than I can count, and I will tell you, The Trunk Show is something to behold. Check out my Wednesday post for additional details, pictures, and tips for shopping The Trunk Show, if you are ever in the area. For now, I’ll leave with you my warm thoughts of sun and the south (and this suit!)

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Suit: Komarov ($40, retails for approx $600)
Top: Burberry (gift)
Shoes: Qupid via DSW ($25 marked down from $50)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($10 marked down from $40)

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I normally don’t thrift or consignment shop while on vacation…and I have no idea why I previously hadn’t! With so much else to see and do, I researched and then committed to digging through one store in a maximum of 45 minutes. I used travel guides and yelp to help guide my research. I have yet to find a reliable website other than yelp for this type of research, so I welcome any suggestions!

2) I actually loved the jacket on this suit; it was initially what drew me in. However, I will say that if you find a suit but don’t need a full suit, still get both pieces! You never know when you will want a full suit, and you won’t want to have half of one at that point. Additionally, I wear all of my suits as mix and match pieces, making the suit that much more versatile.

If you’re ever in the area, check them out: http://www.charlestontrunkshow.com/
My review is 100% my own opinion and I did not receive anything in return for this review.

Any one else have tips on finding thrifting and consignment shops in your area? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so much!

fancy & festive

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t have a strong desire to repeat my middle school dances. But, there’s something about a full and shimmery dress that just speaks to my middle school heart. This dress is reminiscent of those fancy and festive dresses from many moons ago, though in a grown-up way. I call this my fancy and festive look for work, minus the awkward arms extended dancing, gym mats, and 98 degrees slow song. If you ask me, this is how you do fancy without the middle school awkward. #grownup

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Dress: Mad Men for Banana Republic (gift)
Head scarf: Mad Men for Banana Republic (gift)
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Necklace: Anthropologie ($14 marked down from $70)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) As you know, I really enjoy a good Banana Republic “additional markdowns on sale items” sale. They often have these sales on the weekend and generally involve an extra 40% off the sale and clearance items. Different dresses, colors, and styles are all marked different, so it pays to look through the entire sale section to find the best prices. As with many places, I generally look at least one-two sizes up and one size down from my usual size, as you never really know about fit, and may miss a good piece if you don’t check additional sizes! I subscribe to the Banana Republic emails so I always know about when the “additional markdown” sales occur. 
2) Speaking of emails, I have a separate email address that I use as my “shopping” email. That way, store emails don’t fill up my entire inbox, but I still know about the sales as they are occurring. I generally go through the email once every couple of days; many stores send information about new pieces, but I also get various coupons (Kohl’s, for example), and special offers on “free shipping,” etc. I think it’s worthwhile to have an email that just collects these emails for you (and it’s free!); you won’t get overwhelmed by them in your daily inbox and can pull up the coupons on your phone, if you have a smart phone, while you’re shopping. This is definitely easy peasy coupon and sale organization! 
Anyone else have email tips? Banana Republic finds lately? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much; it’s almost mid-week! WOOT!