a week in review

Despite now having blogged for years, this is the first time I managed to 1) photograph my outfit Monday-Saturday and 2) dress up every day! Usually by Friday, I’m mentally about two steps away from yoga pants and a sweatshirt at work, but it was fun to challenge myself to rotate through some oldies but goodies in my closet. I haven’t posted on each of these outfits individually yet, but here’s a preview of what’s to come…! Have a fabulous weekend, readers!

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Anyone else challenging themselves to a closet rotation challenge? I vote, go for it!

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stop and smell the roses

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I’m feeling much better this week, readers; thanks for the well wishes! I have so many things on my mind for the new year- in a good way! With the encouragement and support of my family, I’ve worked on making changes to my schedule to enable me to seek a little more balance. I think it’s so easy to get wrapped up in work, especially when you love what you do. Technology has made our work accessible basically at all times. But, there needs to be time set aside to stop and smell the roses, right? Well, in my case, to stop and photograph my shoes. Cheers to balance, readers!

Sweater suit: St John via thrift ($1, retails for around $500)

Coat: thrift ($9)

Necklace: J Crew ($12 marked down from approx $36)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79) (I just had them re-heeled and they are good as new!)

Tights: H&M ($5)

Bag: Reed for Kohl’s ($32 marked down from approx $120)

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What else is up this week, you ask? A new mani and some thrifted finds!

It’s that time again! Our theme this month for the #monthlymani (with my girl Kristi of Delightfully Kristi) is Frost Bite! I used a baby blue blue base color and then dabbed tissue paper in polish to add gold and glitter on top. Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her truly awesome “Frost Bite” themed mani- it’s fab!

You can also see the buttons (photos above) that were on that jacket initially that I decided to remove to make the outside of the jacket look a little more sleek. It took just a couple of minutes and I saved the buttons for another project. Easy peasy. Buttons are a super easy way to change up a look- give it a try!

easy breezy summer shadows

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Contrary to probably many summer lovers, I love a cool summer day that is slightly overcast, allowing me to hang outdoors without breaking a sweat or running the risk of sun burn! A summery day where I can add a lightweight sweater? That makes me one happy camper. It’s my favorite kind of summer look: easy breezy with summer shadows.

 

Sweater: TJ Maxx ($16 marked down from approx $40)

Dress: Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($4 marked down from $58)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Belt: Old Navy ($1 marked down from approx $5)

Necklace: J Crew Factory ($16 marked down from $40)

Sandals: Calvin Klein (so old, can’t even remember where I got them!)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I thought this dress was a little on the short side when I was sitting down, which lent itself perfectly to being worn with jeans or leggings. Also, I generally shy away from a drop waist style, since I don’t think it’s a flattering style on me. However, once belted and layered, the drop waist look ended up working out just fine. Never say never in fashion because you never know what will end up working out in the end! 

2) I recently placed my first order with J Crew Factory, and was really pleased with what I got! The jewelry is a fraction of the price than it is in stores, and there is regularly a free shipping and/or additional markdown sale taking place. I simply waited for both a sale and free shipping offer to occur and was able to ensure that I got the best deal. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can use this link: https://factory.jcrew.com

Anyone else have favorite online shops for jewelry? Feedback on J Crew Factory? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

sun sun sun here we come

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“Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
And I say it’s all right.”

-Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles

Top: Banana Republic ($15, marked down from approx $80)

Blazer: Lauren Conrad via thrift ($3, retails for approx $65)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Necklace: from travels to Nantucket

Shoes: Banana Republic ($15, marked down from approx $130)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) The summer sales are definitely in full swing. I found these shoes just the other day at Banana Republic, sitting in a giant stack of shoes. The key to true sale hunting is “the quick scan.” Items are often grouped with all different colors, styles, and prices- and you essentially want to isolate first the best prices, then evaluate the finds. That process is the quick scan. It doesn’t take more than a few moments to just scan quickly by price and then pull the finds from there. While I don’t agree with buying something just because “it’s cheap,” I do think the quick scan basically rules out anything that you will inevitably want to get despite being “above the budget” and can help you stay on target. 

2) Summer is flying by, and it is already time for some festive 4th of July nails! You can see them below :)! 

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Anyone have plans for the holiday weekend, if you are stateside? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

radiating (sun) and reflections

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I distinctly remember the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of high school. The last day of school is still vivid in my mind, so many years later. It was a warm, sunny day, but not the usual overly hot and humid, as we normally have in summer. I remember feeling completely weightless- like I could breathe, sit around, walk around, talk, do, and be basically anything I wanted, for the next three months during summer vacation.

I often think of that feeling. The idea of weightlessness. And how it really doesn’t seem to extend into life beyond high school, college, or otherwise. Responsibilities of being “an adult” are indeed weighty. But, every once in a while, I’ll find myself smiling for a moment as a ray of sunshine warms my face and a breezes passes by me. For that moment, I feel weightless again, and think, “what if every single thing currently weighing on my mind is actually completely fine?”

I felt that way today taking these photos and enjoyed my moment so much, I wanted to share. Perhaps that emotion is captured in the photos- or perhaps it gives you insight into what was on my mind today. Either way, I hope everyone has a moment (or even longer!) like that today. Thanks for stopping by, readers.

Denim top: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)

Black and white top: Target ($6, retails for approx $20)

Skirt: Cynthia Rowley via thrift ($5, retails for approx $80)

Necklace: Tiffany

Shoes: Nine West outlet in New Orleans, LA ($25 marked down from approx $100)

Tights: Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($7 marked down from $14)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Not quite warmth enough to ditch tights, I opted for a pastel tight to keep from looking to “winter.” I seem to have mostly darkly tights, but noticed I don’t have many light colored or pastel tights. If anyone has suggestions for other colors to try, I would love to hear suggestions!

2) I try and pattern mix with what I consider to be “balance.” My top and shoes are both black- so black on top and on bottom (my sense of “balance”). Then, I picked a light denim top and lighter skirt- light on top and on bottom. I picked the tights based off of the pink tone in the skirt. So, if you want a “template” for pattern and color play, think of balancing your top half with your bottom half. It seems to work! 

Anyone else feeling hopeful and un-stressed this spring? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

stripes on stripes

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I love that moment in fashion/getting dressed when you think, “what!? That’s madness!” to something that isn’t really that “out there” or revolutionary. This outfit is an example of my own response to something that is new to me: stripes on stripes. My inner dialogue sounded a little like this, “….hmmm black and white, and black and white…that part works…but stripes on stripes…is this a thing? Are people doing this…I don’t know…maybe it’s too much of a good thing…or maybe just enough of a good thing….Okay, I need to leave the house. This is what I’m wearing.” Seriously, you’d think I was developing some sort of national space program with the amount of thought I put into this. The result? A simple stripes on stripes look. …Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

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Top: H&M (kids, $8)
Skirt: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from approx $70)
Necklace: made it!
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Well, I continue to be on a DIY/handmade jewelry kick. The inspiration for this necklace came from Anthropologie (love their jewelry). The necklace on the left in the photo below is from their catalog (cost of their necklace was approx $58). My necklace is on the right. 
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My cost was approx $2 because I used an old pearl necklace that I didn’t wear often, and then spray painted a plastic seahorse to string onto the pearl necklace that I re-strung. Ta da! As my mom would say, you can’t beat that price with a stick.
If you’re not into DIY, there’s a great post here about how to save at Anthropologie: http://thekrazycouponlady.com/style/how-to-save-at-anthropologie/
 
2) A classic black skirt is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own (much like a little black dress). But, I cannot resist a black and white twist on a classic black skirt. It’s still very versatile and can be worn with just about anything! Here’s another black and white skirt that I tend to rotate quite a bit:
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I think the skirt selection at Banana Republic is top notch and good quality. Go straight to the sale section (especially on the “additional markdown” days), and check out their skirts. When they have their additional markdown days, skirts are around $15-$25. They seem to have their additional markdown days on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Saturdays, though I have yet to figure out if they have an “official” schedule.
 
Does anyone ever know about markdown days in advance? If so, how did you find out? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! It’s almost the weekend!