ballerina dreams

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I never took ballet classes as a little girl. I really did not have the agility and poise for dance. Trust me on this one. However, probably like many other girls, I always did love seeing big tutus, tulle, pastel tights, and satin shoes. So, when I saw that ballet skirts were on trend, you can imagine my excitement. Finally! I could wear ballet attire!

I found a ballet inspired skirt this weekend and decided it posed a good challenge. How can one wear ballet attire at work? I did some Pinterest perusing and decided to look through my closet to see what I could pull together. Below is what I settled on.

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Skirt: Ann Taylor ($12 marked down from $60)

Top: Banana Republic  ($18 marked down from $45)

Belt: Ann Taylor ($13 marked down from $30)

Tights: Hue at Nordstrom Rack ($5 from approx $20)

Shoes: Ellen Tracy at DSW ($9 marked down from $99)

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As I was walking home last night, a little girl skipped up to me and shyly said, “I like your skirt,” and skipped away. With that stamp of approval, I call my ballerina dreams for adults ensemble a success.

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Check out my Pinterest board for other ballet inspired looks. I pinned some of my favorites. I cannot wait to try other looks with the skirt. I am thinking of pairing it with a denim chambray top next time. Oh, the possibilities!

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) When wearing anything sheer at work, slips are your best friend. The skirt pictured here was lined and still needed a slip. No one wants a sheer see-through slip-up at work (pun intended).

2) I have a general rule that if I cannot think of how I can wear a piece, I will not buy it. Why keep clothes sitting in a closet or drawer unworn? That’s not budget friendly! I loved this skirt, but was not sure about how to wear it. I checked out Pinterest and other blogs, and then decided I had enough pieces at home to create at least three different outfits with the skirt. You can also ask a salesperson in the store how they have been displaying it. In some stores, especially the discount stores, the salespeople may not know. However, in chain stores, they should have an idea or at least a catalog to help you.

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cozy chic

It is a bit cool here for June, so I felt as though I was dressing for fall this morning. With a chill in the air, my mind was thinking of cozy things this morning.

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Much like my sweatpants, I cannot wear my slippers all day at work. Therefore, I settled for my next favorite cozy thing while getting ready this morning: a cup of tea.

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This, naturally, inspired my outfit today.

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This teacup (or as many of my colleagues said: coffee cup!) printed shirt is perfect for work, but did need a little dressing up.  I added black pants, a bold printed scarf and heels. Voila! My cozy chic look was complete!

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Shirt: Gap ($27 marked down from $55)

Pants: Banana Republic ($90. Sigh. Full price. But, if you’ve read about my pants postings before, sometimes you have to just get pants when they fit and you find them!)

Scarf: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from approx $60)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)

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1) If you are not sure about wearing a bold printed top, consider pairing it with a cardigan or sweater to cover part of the pattern.  I opted to keep my printed shirt simple by pairing it with black and white pants and shoes.  I loved the teacup shirt immediately, and I think you have to wear what you love! If you like a bold print, go for it! 

2) To add some color to my outfit, I added a brightly colored scarf.  Scarves are one item that I really try and get on super sale.  An extensive and colorful collection of scarves can easily change up pieces you would like to wear more frequently.  Now is a good time of year to get them if it is warming up where you live. Off season shopping is key for snagging steals! 

pastel french manicure

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Well, it’s Sunday again, which means I am painting my nails for the week. Lately, I have been inspired by some beautiful nail art (see: here and here). I decided to try some nail art of my own: a pastel french manicure! I wanted to try out some neon nail polish this week, but it has gotten cold and sunless here again. Oh well. Thankfully, fall and winter clothes are on the catwalk now for some inspiration. Stay tuned for some cozy looks this week…until summer finally decides to arrive!

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Nail colors pictured:

Tickled Pink by Wet n’ Wild ($1) and Turquoise and Caicos by Essie ($7.50)

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I don’t really think nail art is my strong suit, but it was a lot easier than I thought! Check out online tutorials and blogs to read step by step instructions.

2) Many stores save their biggest discounts and sales for the weekends. For example, last time I was in Banana Republic, the salesperson told me that they often have 40-50% off their sale section on the weekends, but rarely during the week. Next time you are at a store that is having a sale, you may want to ask if there are going to be additional markdowns at a different time during the week/weekend.

 

denim dress day

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I wanted to wear my new heels this week, but decided to reserve them for an evening debut (though I think they are definitely work appropriate too!). I started my work day with a denim dress from Nordstrom Rack and a cardigan. I added the polka dot shoes that I seem to be wearing all the time!

The cardigan has beautiful bead work and the dress has great shoulder detail:

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Dress: Love Ady at Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from approx $80)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($27 marked down from approx $80)

Shoes: Gap ($21 marked down from $50)

To transition this look from work to evening, I simply added a heel and ditched the cardigan!

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Dress: same as above

Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs ($10 marked down from approx $300, via vintage resale)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Nordstrom Rack has a great clearance section for dresses. However, they also have quite a few $20 price point dresses in the regular dress section. I’ve looked in a different few locations and this does seem to be a theme at all of them. You can either ask a salesperson, or search on your own for the racks that have the $20 price point. They are often clustered together amidst higher priced racks. Those dresses are often more discounted than the clearance rack! That method was how I found the denim dress posted here, and others.

2) Readers, you know I love denim at work. It’s so versatile! Use it as a neutral and add your favorite accent colors. I added the coral cardigan and blue shoes for work. Then, for night, I dressed it up with heels. It was simple to dress up the denim with the fancy couture (and so affordable!) shoes! Easy peasy!