pattern play (ie snakeskin, houndstooth, tweed and denim!)

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“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” Paulo Coelho

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Top: thrift ($4)

Blazer: Badgley Mischka via consignment ($30, retails for approx $350)

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

Shoes: Pour la Victorie ($60 marked down from $275)

Necklace: Forever 21 ($5)

Earrings: Forever 21 ($4)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If there’s one thing that is seriously underrated as a staple, I think it’s the white blazer. I can’t believe I didn’t have one until recently! Now that I do, of course, I find myself wearing it all the time as a great staple for a work wardrobe. Even though tweed is traditionally considered a fall and winter fabric, in a white blazer, I find it really works well for spring and summer. There tend to be a lot of blazers via thrift, Nordstrom Rack, and Rue La La, if you are ever looking for one!

2) There’s a lot going on with this look, but the denim and white definitely serve as neutrals for the look. Additionally, while the back of the denim shirt is open, I added a tank top underneath and then added the blazer to ensure the look was conservative enough for work. This is an outfit that easily translates to an evening look, solely by wearing the blazer for daytime and then going sleeveless for evening. 

Anyone else loving white blazers? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

sunday funday

Happy Memorial Day weekend, readers! Sunday is much more of a funday when we have a long weekend! A long weekend means a relaxed Sunday dinner out! Still cold and rainy, my boots made their third appearance this week, though tonight I added my jean jacket and lace dress.

Out to dinner:

ImageI last wore this dress to work with a cardigan and heels. You can see the look here. Adding a belt, boots, and a jean jacket kept the outfit a bit funkier for a dinner out, while still being casual and comfortable.

Much like my boots, the black and brown belt has also been getting a lot of usage lately!

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And, I loved that I could add my Pour La Victorie purse that I found on super clearance at DSW. The color of the dress and purse went great together. ImageDress: H&M ($15 marked down from $40)

Tights: Blue ($4 marked down from approx $20). These are actually the zipper tights that I wore earlier this week

Jacket: DKNY (no price can be recalled, over 10 years old!)

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

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

Purse: Pour La Victorie at DSW ($33 marked down from $300)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I am always glad to mix and match pieces to get more wear out of them. In this outfit, I added boots, a belt, and a jean jacket to take this dress from work to dinner. I still have my fingers crossed that it will warm up enough so that I can wear this dress with sandals! Try adding a belt or different jewelry to change up a dress. I often try on a few belts or necklaces that I already own before I settle on something. You never know what pieces will look like together until you try them on!

2) I like to do high/low mixes of pieces. The purse is the highest end part of the outfit, and I think it takes the whole ensemble to a higher level. The mix of lace, denim, leather, and metal keeps this outfit visually interesting.

Victory!

Readers, I have to be honest:  I did not know that DSW sold bags.  Therefore, I did not know that they sold high-end bags. You can imagine my surprise and delight when I came across this find at DSW.

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This is a pale wine shoulder bag made by Pour La Victorie.  According to their website, Pour La Victorie bags are sold at places such as Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. DSW is keeping it classy!

I have seen bags and purses by Pour La Victorie numerous times in various fashion magazines. You can see where they are featured in fashion magazines here:

http://www.pourlavictoire.com/press/

Anyway, let’s get to the magic that is this bag. It was in the clearance section.  I know, it is hard to believe. It was originally $300, but was marked down to $145. It gets better, though. This bag was one of the yellow sticker finds, which means it was 80% off the sale price. It ended up costing $33 with tax.

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Original price of the purse = $300, paid = $33

Savings: $267

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I normally make my way straight to the clearance section at DSW. Apparently, I just had to look around the store a little more to see what else it offered! Once I got to the purse section, it was definitely worth it to look through every single bag to find the nicer brands. The quality on this purse is great. I recommend looking through all of the accessories to find the higher quality bags that may have been passed over by others. The $145 tag may have deterred people who did not realize that the price was 80% off the list price.

2) This bag is not a ‘standard’ color, but I have a hunch it will match a bunch of different outfits- including that lace dress I posted about last week! A lot of the spring looks are featuring all sorts of patterns and colors that are not exact matches. Consider trying different colors and patterns to create a fresh spring look.

To see more of these bags (alas, full price), here is their website:

http://www.pourlavictoire.com/