sail away

20130624-080117.jpg20130624-080135.jpgMissy photo 1

Happy Monday, readers! I love prints (as you may have guessed), and this skirt I found is no exception! Even though I’m not currently on vacation, this silk skirt reminds me of being on vacation! A close second!

I wore ankle strap heels and one of my Charming Charlie necklaces to complete the look (sorry for the dark photo!). These ankle strap heels were a real find at $6! I found them at my favorite consignment shop…another find that looked as though they had never been worn. They are surprisingly very comfortable!

20130624-165031.jpg20130624-164901.jpg

Skirt: Allison Taylor ($16 marked down from approx $70 via consignment)

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

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

Necklace: Charming Charlie’s (approx $10 on clearance)

20130624-131004.jpg20130624-080127.jpg

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This skirt is very busy with the stripes and print. I looked for tops that would match, but ultimately settled on a black cardigan tucked into the skirt. When I added a bold necklace that matched the skirt, the outfit still looked coherent but not overly busy. And, joy of joys!, my nails ended up matching perfectly.

2) One of my favorite tricks at stores is to look through all of the racks, including the sizes that do not generally fit me. First, every manufacturer/designer has their own sizes, so you never really know what “true size” you are. Second, sometimes pieces wind up in the wrong section. I found this skirt in a different size section than where it belonged. I’m guessing people saw that and looked past it. It pays to go through all of the racks, you guys!

Have a good week, readers! Thank you for all your support in my fashion hunting adventures!

purple pastel polka dot polish!

20130623-120416.jpg20130624-080127.jpg

Let’s face it: I have become addicted to nail art. Admittedly, I am still working up to more involved nail art. For now, I am sticking with easy-to-paint polka dots. Maybe in the next few weeks, I’ll try something else! I found a skirt recently with purple details, so I took a cue from the skirt for this week’s nails. Check out Monday’s post for more on the skirt!

Other polka dot looks I’ve painted thus far this summer:

20130617-202748.jpgphoto (4)

This week’s polka dot look seems a little spring-like to me, but I decided to keep it anyway.

20130623-120427.jpg20130623-120440.jpg

Colors:

Light purple is St. Lucia Lilac by Essie (free, I had a gift certificate!)

Darker purple is On a Trip by Wet ‘n Wild ($1.99)

 Fashion Huntress tips:

1) It is pretty safe to say this look may not match a lot of what I am going to wear this week, but who knows? Maybe it will! If not, I still like it! Often, when I am pairing things together for the first time, or out shopping, I think “this might be weird-looking…” but I always end up liking it. Fashion is a form of self expression and having fun! An easy way to start trying new things is on your nails. If you do not end up liking your look, just start over! I often hear people say, “I could never wear that,” or “I could never try that.” Why not?! Have fun and give it a try!

2) Polka dots have been the easiest way for me to try nail art because I have been using a toothpick or a wooden skewer to make the dots. The toothpick/skewer makes it especially easy to paint when you are using your non-dominant hand!  There are so many great nail blogs out there for inspiration.  Check out the blogs I follow for inspiration of your own.

Happy Sunday, readers! Thanks for visiting!