very merry, glitzy and bright (#monthlymani)

Woo hoo! The holidays are in full swing- which does mean busy busy, but also means traditions, family, friends, and lots of merriment ❤ Happy holidays, all!

Dress: Ann Taylor Loft via thrift store  ($2, retails for approx $150)

Vest: Nordstrom Rack ($40)

Leggings: TJ Maxx ($4)

Necklace: J Crew Factory ($16 marked down from $40)

Belt: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $5)

Boots: Crown Vintage via DSW ($45 marked down from $120)

 

It’s that time again: our #monthlymani club! This month we chose a ‘merry, glitzy, and bright’ theme. I opted for red, gold, and red and green glitter- simple and festive! Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her glitzy glam holiday #monthlymani too!

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practice makes perfect

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Okay, I fear that I may be a bit of an outfit repeater these days in my boots and leggings. I really hope I still can sit with the cool kids at lunch. …if you are befuddled by that comment, please refer to Mean Girls (“You can’t sit with us!”). But seriously, who has a brand new outfit everyday and how do they do it? Please feel free to comment in the comments section if you have the secret to all new clothes everyday.  On the other hand, there are a few pieces that I wear all the time because I love them so not just because I’m an outfit repeater…my ever faithful boots and leggings are definitely two of those pieces. After all, practice makes perfect, right? So I must be wearing these two pieces perfectly! (Let’s go with it).

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Dress: H&M ($15 marked down from $40)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)

Belt: Ann Taylor Loft ($5 marked down from approx $30)

Scarf: H&M (approx $5 on sale)

Leggings: Old Navy ($10)

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I tend to love H&M for trendy pieces and, truly, I think their dress quality can be quite good if you look for the right types of fabrics.  When I’m looking at dresses there, I tend to look for fabrics that are heavy and durable.  Though the lace on this dress is a thinner fabric, it’s pretty tear/run proof thus far.  I often pull on the fabric a little in the store to see if it will snag easily.  To see if it will wrinkle easily, I scrunch it in my fist and then release it to see how the fabric holds up.  These tests seem to work thus far, though they clearly are not the most scientific!

2) Outfit repeating without making it look as though it’s outfit repeating is all about changing out key parts of the ensemble. I tend to swap out my dresses and accessories to switch up an outfit.  Here, I included a scarf and belt with my lace dress.  I’ll post later this weekend (hopefully!) about how I’ve worn this dress in other ways.  And, as always with lace, don’t forget your slip or people will definitely remember the dress, the boots, and the leggings…and not in a good way! 

Any other tips for shopping for dresses and non-outfit repeating, readers?

Thanks for stopping by, all!! I love your thoughts and comments!