Wow, readers! Another year has passed and The Fashion Huntress is now two years old! It’s hard to believe that only two years have passed…though, on the other hand, time really does fly. I want to take this opportunity to thank you, my readers. As I’ve said so many times in the past (and it remains so true today), I really cannot express enough gratitude to the blogging community for welcoming me. The Fashion Huntress has been my favorite creative outlet to date; I value each and every person that has offered me their kind words and encouragement in helping the Huntress grow into what is it, and what it continues to become.
Continued from my last post, I’m adding additional details to my magical experience at The Trunk Show in Charleston, South Carolina. The Trunk Show is a (very) high-end consignment shop in the heart of downtown Charleston. The window display is quite unassuming, with a few mannequins and some gowns. However, when you walk in the door, you can see why people come from all over the south to shop there. There is more couture consigned, organized, and squeezed into a small place than any other store I’ve visited. Ever. The staff is exceptionally friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable Unlike many other consignment shops, this staff knows exactly what is in the store and where it is. If you go in with a request, they can help find you an outfit. What? I know. This store is a rare gem.
Hat: vintage 1950s via The Trunk Show ($20, retails for ? priceless)
Pants: Gap ($8 marked down from $55)
Blazer: Banana Republic (approx $50 marked down from approx $200)
Necklace:Juicy Couture via Kohl’s (approx $5 marked down from approx $40)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Scarf: cape worn as scarf Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $50)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) My top tip for The Trunk Show, as with almost every other consignment shop, is ask where the discount section is! Many high end consignment stores don’t sell “steals” on their designer inventory. Yes, it’s discounted, but unless you’re in the market for a consigned Chanel suit for $3,000 (and more power to you, if you are!), then ask where the sale section is. The real steals are always in the 70-80% off sale section of any consignment store. In most stores, it’s 1-3 racks, so take your time and evaluate your options.
photos from The Trunk Show:
2) I always ask if clothes have to be dry cleaned and/or laundered before they come in to any resale shop. High quality consignment stores will require this and often sell items in the dry cleaning bags. For me, this is a good sign that the store is discerning with what they accept and won’t sell damaged or stained items.
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.
Anyone else loving vintage hats? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!
Some days, even though my job doesn’t really call for it, I just really want to rock a power suit..and not just a power suit, I want to power clash in a power suit. While I don’t envy people who have to wear them everyday, I like the option of sporting the look occasionally. Well, let me tell you, readers, G (my fab photog) really outdid herself this time with capturing the spirit of the suit in these photos. The thing is, G is one of those people who doesn’t judge when poses go all sorts of awkward (and they get plenty awkward, let me tell you). In fact, she doesn’t even mind when people walk past and stare during photo shoots (for example, as cars drove past today in the alley way, people rolled down the window, and asked what we were doing) (taking blog photos, obvi). And don’t even get me started on her contributions to The Fashion Huntress, because I’ll get all teary-eyed… Anyway, the spirit of power suit/power clash is exactly what G is all about: owning it. Given that we spend 40+ hours together a week (for the past four years now), I think (I hope) I may be picking up her spirit to just own it…I sure hope so. Cheers to the people to who lift us up and inspire us to be the best version of ourselves …and doing it while in a fab outfit. #ownit #beyou #grateful
Suit (blazer and skirt): Marni for H&M (…years ago, but I did pay full price; maybe $150?)
Bonjour shirt: H&M ($8)
Necklace: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $80)
Shoes: BCBG via DSW ($11 marked down from approx $100)
There’s something about the change of the seasons that gives the feeling of renewal, change, and new life. I think this feeling especially rings true in Spring. Finally, we can see the actual ground! Grass (albeit brown)! Puddles! I decided to celebrate and welcome these changes with flowers, stripes, bright colors, patent leather wedges…and of course, mustard tights. Thanks for coming, if only for a day, Spring. I’ll miss you when we get another foot of snow tomorrow, but I loved you while you lasted.
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” -Hal Borland
Top: Fringe via Nordstrom Rack ($11 marked down from $80)
Skirt: Soprano via Nordstrom Rack ($16 marked down from $60)
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender via Nordstrom Rack ($100 marked down from $350)
Tights: Hue ($3 marked down from $15)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Let’s talk power clashing. My sister and I were recently talking about how power clashing is kind-of confusing because there’s seemingly no “rules,” but that it seems complicated, yet easy. I definitely hear that and feel the same. There really aren’t rules, just what looks good to you.
Sometimes, when I find things at a super low price, I just can’t imagine my luck that others would have passed it over. The other day, when thrifting with my dear friend, I found this lovely watercolor/petal/fairy/whimsical skirt…for $4. Stop it. $4? Where am I not going to wear this whimsical fairy skirt?! This skirt got quite a few comments, mostly relating to how whimsical the skirt is. I really couldn’t agree more. It’s a fairy woodland wonder skirt and I’ll be sporting it whenever I can. Hmm magic fairy skirt….fashion life metaphor…am I reaching to say that this skirt is a reminder to carry a little whimsy and magic with us where ever we go? I certainly will take as much magic and whimsy with me as I can. Never know when you might need it.
“Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” Lewis Carroll
Top: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $9)
Skirt: thrifted ($4)
Jacket: Forever 21 ($25)
Tights: Limited (approx $10 on sale many years ago!)
Shoes: Marshall’s (approx $20 marked down from approx $100)
Necklace: Gap (approx $7 marked down from approx $30)
Scarf: Urban Outfitters (approx $3 many years ago on sale!)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) When I am wearing a statement top or skirt, I tend to either further dress it up or dress it completely down. With this outfit, I went for “dress it up” when I added a striped top, herringbone blazer, and rhinestone necklace. Conversely, an option would be to completely dress it down by adding a plain black sweater- perhaps a cable knit sweater. Another way to dress it down would be with a jean jacket and tank top or t-shirt. There’s no wrong way to dress up or dress down a statement piece as long as you stay consistent with either dressing it up or down. I generally love to just go all out, personally!
2) I was wearing skinny jeans when I thrifted this, though I would highly recommend wearing leggings when thrifting for skirts and dresses in order to check for proper fit without the bulk of jeans! The skirt is a tiny bit loose, but with the striped top tucked in, it ended up fitting perfectly. Additionally, I think this skirt may have been overlooked as a “summer skirt,” but with leggings, you can see right away that it can serve as a cooler weather piece as well. I took a risk assuming this would be the case despite the fact that I was wearing it with jeans when I tried it on, but it ended up working out!
Anyone else loving whimsical pieces this fall? Find a favorite piece while thrifting or huntressing?
Thank you, readers, as always, for stopping by and sharing in my adventures, while also sharing your own!