musing in Marni

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New Version of You 2014 continues this month, as I continue to try and pair old things I have in new ways. Having put myself on a serious fashion budget ($15-$20/week), I’m taking my own advice (somewhat of a rarity, I can admit), and shopping in my own closet. This morning I pulled out two of my favorite pieces and combined them for a colored pattern mashup party.

This is a skirt that I don’t wear all the time because of its bold pattern, but I do love it so. It actually has a matching jacket that I wear sometimes with the skirt for a full blown mod suit look (you can see the full suit here).  Anywho- the skirt. When the Marni for H&M collection was set to be released, I sat outside, in line, on Michigan Ave starting at 4 am because I just had to have the suit. To be honest, I’m not really the person who is willing to wait in serious lines for things…but the suit coat and skirt really were calling my name. I would probably do it again, and love that the skirt has taken on a new life with the flannel top. Today, I’m musing over creating a new version of ourselves in 2014…and giving loved pieces new life. Cheers to that.
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Flannel: H&M ($20 marked down from $25)
Skirt: Marni for H&M ($60)
Tights: unknown…but I’m guessing I got them in a pinch from Walgreens a while ago
Shoes: Express ($20 marked down from approx $70)
Leopard ring: Express ($6 marked down from $35)
Bracelet: Banana Republic (approx $10 marked down from approx $60, hard to remember!)
Green ring: from travels in Ireland
Necklace: gift
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 Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Express continues to have a good sale going on, though was starting to look a bit picked-over as of yesterday. The sale remains 50% off their sale section.  These booties are the first pair of shoes I’ve gotten at Express, though, thus far, I am really pleased with the comfort and quality.  The shoes are suede, so they require a good waterproofing spray and suede brush. I get both the spray and brush at Nordstroms, though I’m sure Amazon has both at a good price.  Suede is no joke, readers! Make sure to spray it and, personally, I don’t wear suede with any threat of rain or snow. I carry these booties to and from work in a separate bag and then wear them inside once I get to work.  Even though they weren’t expensive, they aren’t bad quality and will have a much longer life with proper care.
 
2) Brown with black. I debunked that myth a few months ago, and readers, you were all in agreement that brown and black together are a fashion do! Despite this, I wavered in the brown shoes with this outfit. I decided, ultimately, that if you’re going to go bold, just take it all the way. I piled on jewelry (two rings, a chunky bracelet, necklace), polka dots, plaid, and studded booties. Somehow, it’s all coherently bold enough to work. If you think something may work together, just starting trying it all on and then give yourself a few minutes to continue getting ready.  After a few minutes, go back and look at what you’re wearing. I’m a firm believer that some things take time to consider (probably a lot of things, actually!). If you love it, wear it- you’ll always be wearing a fashion do if it fits and it’s what you love!
 
I’d love to hear any tips you have for trying to wear your old pieces in new ways! How do you get ready in the morning when trying new combinations?
Thanks for stopping by, readers!
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radiating red (aka just enough of a good thing)

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I don’t know what it is, but lately I haven’t had much to say in my posts. I think the winter blues have sunk in due to a lack of sun and endless snowy cold days. It’s hard to feel fashion inspiration when you’re wearing a floor length down sleeping bag (ie my coat) and Uggs- day in and day out.

I really dug down deep today and busted out the best pattern mash-up I could muster up. Initially I thought that this was my “too much of a good thing” look, but I decided it was just enough of a good thing, especially in the midst of a dark winter spell. In chatting about fashion and weather throughout the day, I remembered that sometimes we bring our own versions of sun to the day, in whatever form that takes.  When we bring our own sun, we end up bringing just enough of a good thing- a sympathetic ear, smile,  cupcake,  good belly laugh. All just enough of a good thing. For that reason, I call this my radiating red look.

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Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)

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

Pants: Gap ($8 marked down from $55)

Scarf: Express ($7 marked down from $35)

Shoes: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $110)

Necklace: (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Gap has a great sale right now. I happened to have been stalking these pants in stores, and finally found them on clearance. Interestingly, each pair of printed pants was a different price, so look through all of the pants you like to get the best deal. I saw some pants marked down to about $5-$10!

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2) I really red-ed (clearly not a word, but go with it) up this look. However, I think it would also be nice to change up the look by wearing less red, and adding a simple black, blue, gray or cream sweater. Even though printed pants can seem less versatile than solid colored pants, think about wearing your printed pants differently (and more frequently) by either color clashing, color matching, or adding a neutral tone on top. 

Anyone else have printed pants tips?

Happy Monday, all! I hope everyone had a good start to the week!!