light & lace

img_9026

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” -Saint Francis de Sales

Dress: Nordstrom Rack ($19 marked down from $125)

Shoes: Chanel via The Real Real ($150, retails for approx $1,000)

img_9027

 

Advertisements

sweet sheer summer

20130725-172950.jpg

With this lovely breeze and cooler weather in Chicago, the fashion doors have opened and I am back to looking through my pants and long sleeved tops! I opted for a sheer floral top today with my pastel pink pants. You can never have too much pink, in my opinion.

In the picture below you can see the floral detail and how there are two pieces of fabric (ties) that hang down the front of this shirt.  Personally, I like to leave these pieces untied for a laid back look, but the top does look great with the fabric ties in a bow as well.

20130725-173035.jpg

To dress the look up a little, I added my metallic heels.

20130725-173016.jpg

There is no red in the top, but I think the red nails are in theme with the romantic and feminine vibe of this outfit.

20130725-173026.jpg

20130725-173007.jpg

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I do try and practice what I preach when I’m putting together my daily work ensemble.  With this outfit, I thought pink khaki pants might not make sense with a sheer top, but I tried them together anyway. I was surprised at how much I liked this pairing. The whole vibe of the outfit is very feminine and breezy, but the heels keep it from looking too laid back for work. 

2) I posted about DSW yellow stickers yesterday. These metallic heels are great for work because they instantly dress up any work outfit.  The phrase “work appropriate metallic platform heels” might sound like a complete misnomer, but with the heel not being too tall and with an otherwise conservative outfit, these heels definitely look great at work! Whenever I’m unsure about how something may look together, I just try it on. Sometimes pieces I thought would look great together look completely odd, but other things (ie metallic heels and pink khakis) end up looking like a perfect match. 

Thanks for visiting, readers, and for sharing in my fashion adventures!

airy asymmetrical

20130704-111014.jpg

A slight cold front had me pulling out my faithful black leggings again this week. With foggy, cold weather starting again, I went with an airy asymmetrical look at work.

20130704-110831.jpg20130704-110817.jpg

Dress: Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from approx $45)

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

Leggings: Old Navy ($10)

Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from approx $25)

Shoes: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)

20130704-110825.jpg

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I love asymmetrical clothes! This dress was a great find at Nordstrom Rack. As I have mentioned in past posts, they have a great selection of dresses that are around $20. Many of the dresses have trendy finishes and are perfect if you want to try out a new trend. Look around the dress racks to see if you can find them; they are not in the clearance section, which is amazing considering the good price!

2) The Nordstrom Rack “Clear the Rack” sale just started! Double point days coincide with the sale and are July 5-7. To benefit from their rewards program, you can get a Nordstrom card that links to your debit card versus opening a new credit card. For those who prefer to shop with debit versus credit, this is a great program and a smart way to earn points without having to open a new card.

Here is information about the sale:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/nordstrom-rack

You can learn more about their rewards points program here:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/rewards-chart

Happy Friday! Thanks for visiting!

watercolor reflections

20130626-130847.jpg

 

It is another rainy week here! I took note of the weather and wore one of my favorite dresses by Donna Morgan.  The is a beautiful water-like/watercolor printed fabric, which I immediately loved when I saw it.

The dress has some nice structural details with the bold side zipper and the draped neckline.

20130626-130941.jpg20130626-130907.jpg

 

Because this dress has a lot going on with the print and cut, I kept my accessories simple.  Somehow, even the purple nails seem to look okay with this dress! I added the heels I wore earlier this week to complete the look.

20130626-130900.jpg20130626-130917.jpg20130626-130847.jpg

Dress: Donna Morgan at Nordstrom Rack ($40 marked down from approx $130)

Shoes: Nine West ($6 marked down from approx $100 via consignment)

Watch: Gift

Rings: Tiffany

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I am a big fan of the Nordstrom Rack clearance dress section, as I have mentioned in the past. When you go in the store, there are always regular dress racks.  However, when you look around (often in the back), there should be a section labelled “clearance.” You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see red stickers on the price tags. 

2) Nordstrom Rack is having their semi-annual “Clear the Rack” sale starting next week! The sale runs July 2-July 8.  Items that are part of this sale are up to 75% off. This is a great time to check out their clearance section- especially the shoe section! 

Nordstrom Rack Clear the Rack sale: click the link for more information about their sale:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/nordstrom-rack

Happy mid-week, readers!

remix and rematch, part 2

As promised, it’s time for another remix and rematch! It is always fun to try and wear something in a new way. It is also much more budget friendly to rotate pieces than to buy all brand new pieces to create a new look.

Without further ado, here are the remixed looks from the past few weeks.

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

photo 1 (23)photo 4photo 3 (37)20130622-152723.jpg20130620-080430.jpgphoto (3)

Necklace: Hot pink and gold necklace from Nordstrom Rack ($14 marked down from $40)

20130622-154817.jpg20130619-152625.jpg20130610-165400.jpg20130618-215413.jpg

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I wear my black and white shoes like a neutral. As you can see in the photos, they actually read like a neutral shoe from a distance.  It is only when you are closer that you can see the black and white spots. Try rethinking some of your own items to see if you can pair them with other patterns and prints that you have not yet tried.  

2) Even pieces that you think may not be that versatile can end up being heavily rotated in your looks if you just try them out with unexpected clothes you already have.  I was surprised that the hot pink necklace, for example, was so easy to pair with different outfits.  I got extra use out of it by wearing it short when I double looped it. Most long necklaces can be double looped for wear with outfit that looks best with a shorter necklace.  Just be careful that the necklace material is sturdy enough to be looped and re-shaped!

Happy weekend, readers!

denim dress day

Image

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:

ImageImage

Image

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!

Image

Dress: same as above

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

photo 4 (20)

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!

The intrigue of peplum

I have loved the look peplum since it first started appearing on the runways and in magazines. My challenge with peplum is what it ends up looking like when actually on me. I tried on numerous tops before I realized the tricks to making peplum work are in the shape and fabric. For example, tops that have a small ruffle or a ruffle in fine/thin fabrics seem to lose the intrigue of the shape.  As a result, they end up looking weirdly baggy and shapeless when on my body.

I was not looking specifically for a peplum top, but then I found this gem:

ImageImage

In the Nordstrom rack clearance section, I picked up four different tops in my size. Three were ill fitting, but this Sorano peplum top fit perfectly.

Original price of the peplum top = $36, paid = $9

Savings = $27

Fashion Huntress tips:
1) If you are going to try peplum, look for a top that has a clearly defined shape and ruffle. You can also look for peplum tops that are made from substantial fabric, which can help you avoid a flimsy fit.

2) I tried on four tops and found one that fit well. When shopping somewhere that has various designers and brands, you may need to try on more tops than you would at a store that solely carries their brand. Don’t give up!

Side note: If you’re not a ‘digger,’ look at my “Ask me!” section where I offer advice for avoiding digging when fashion hunting.