I have no idea why these pants feel like dancing pants, but they just do. In the bleak midwinter, I always welcome brights, neons, and anything to liven up the overcast days (as you could see from my last post). After all, sometimes we have to carry our own sunshine with us, right? These are my dancing pants- in all brights and neon. As Hal Borland said, “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” I’m still waiting patiently for the fresh blooms and sun of spring, but in the meantime, I’ll be wearing the blooms instead.
Top: French Connection via Savers ($3, retails for approx $100)
Kristi from Delightfully Kristi
Piniel from Pins-Place
Justine from The Thrifty Girl’s Guide
Kate from Into the Stratosphere
Miche from Buttons and Birdcages
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Erika from Erika’s Style Diary
Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty
Navy blue shirt: J Crew ($2 marked down from $55)
Forgive the delay in posts, readers; we’ve been digging out of a winter blizzard over here! The snow is up to my height in many parts of the city, which is saying a lot because I normally wear pretty tall heels. As we slowly dig our way out, I send my thoughts to all those who are snowed in and/or lost power. Winter builds quite the fortitude in all of us. This is my black and white, and a blizzard, look. Let no amount of snow get you down!
I know my Friday is off to a good start when I’m in my favorite Friday “work uniform.” I don’t have an actual work uniform, but I seem to always end up in denim shirts and skirts on Fridays. Toss in some sweater tights, and it’s a full blown casual Friday party. And, of course, icing on the cake? A statement necklace to keep the look from becoming a little too casual of a party at work. I’m keeping today short and sweet…casual and chic. Happy Friday, readers!
Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft ($2 marked down from $60)
Top: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)
Tights: Gap ($2 marked down from $20)
Shoes: Not Rated via DSW ($50 marked down from $75) (seriously, I wear these ALL the time)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) When tights are around $2-$5, their price has generally gotten to the lowest that it will be. The current Gap sale has quite a few pairs of tights at this price point. I found that the in-store sale was better than the online sale, so it might be worth a trip to your local store, if you are looking for high-quality, low cost tights.
2) I don’t know about anybody else, but I often find that denim shirts and button downs just do not lay flat under skirts. As a result, I seem to get the “ripple/bulk” effect when I pair my button downs with pencil skirts. In order to avoid this, I often tuck my denim shirt or button down into my tights and then put on my skirt. This seems to really cut down on the otherwise bulky look that tops can add to pencil skirts. It may sound uncomfortable, but I really don’t even notice it- and of course, I generally buy my tights in one size up to leave the room I need for tucking in shirts. Side note, this top was last seen here (much less bulky with pants!):
Anyone else have tips for keeping pencil skirts laying flat? I’d love to hear them! I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!
With all of the tasks that generally need to be completed in January, and all of the resolutions to be made, for me, there’s nothing better than a cozy outfit with a cozy cup of tea. As one of my favorite quotes says, “There’s absolutely no reason to be rushed along with the rush.” Thank you, Robert Frost. Very cozy indeed. This is my cozy colored mid-week outfit.
Awake the stars ’cause they’re all around you
Wide eyes will always brighten the blue
Chase your dreams
And remember me, sweet bravery
‘Cause after all those wings will take you up so high
So bid the forest floor goodbye as you race the wind
And take to the sky” -Owl City
Skirt: H&M ($20 marked down from approx $50)
Shoes: Betsy Johnson via Marshall’s ($50 marked down from $160)
Cardigan: Target ($7 marked down from approx $25)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Ive been trying to branch out a bit into online shopping, readers. As you may know, it’s always been a struggle for me, but there are, in fact, many finds to be found! I really like Oasap, Rue La La, Haute Look, Saks Off Fifth, and Nordstrom Rack online. If you’re more of an online shopper than an in-person shopper, it’s really easy to refine searches and “dig” for steals virtually. The only thing I have noticed is that you do need to be diligent, since many of the best finds (highest quality, lowest cost) tend to go really fast.
2) A note on suede shoes: I had an unfortunate situation during which I was washing my hands and approximately five drops of water dropped on my suede shoes. The horror. I hadn’t yet sprayed them with a suede waterproof spray, and the water stained the shoes. I was able to get the stain out with a suede brush, but suede brushes are a little tough even on suede. Note to self: even if you’re not wearing suede outdoors, spray your shoes with a spray protector! They are available in-stores and online (Amazon.com); Scotchguard and Kiwi sprays tend to get the best reviews.
Anyone else have suede care tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
Having grown up watching Full House, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been in my life for years. (Side note: I’m sure they probably are annoyed with the Full House references. So, I’m sorry, ladies, if you’re reading this). Anywho, I’ve had my eye on their two lines: The Row and Elizabeth & James for years now. I finally took the plunge when their Elizabeth and James line was on Rue La La, (seriously discounted). I snagged a blazer, and let me tell you, readers, I am a FAN. Talk about well made; the piece is beautiful non-itchy wool, constructed with beautiful details, and has that perfectly polished feel that only a great blazer can bring. I totally have my eye on Elizabeth and James, and the fabulous Olsen twins that created such a refined yet laid back line.