poplin on the prairie

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A true Midwesterner at heart, I love being in prairie restoration sites. I was able to take some of my photos in such a site (staying on the path and not disturbing anything!) and felt totally at home. Of the 240 million acres that once existed in the Midwest, less than 1% remains today. Thanks to what I can only assume are very dedicated efforts by many people, you can still find pieces of prairie around the Midwest if you look closely. Today I’m feeling peaceful in my poplin top on the prairie.

Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($15 marked down from $55) top on sale here

Pants: Ann Taylor, years ago!

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker ($30 marked down from $465)

Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($20 marked down from approx $45) necklace on sale here

 

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botanical bridge

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“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right”

-The Beatles, Here Comes the Sun

Dress: Ann Taylor Loft ($25 marked down from $90)

Sandals: Nine West ($45 marked down from approx $90)

Cardigan: thrift ($2)

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bee yourself (Victoria Beckham for Target)

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Is anyone else watching Grace and Frankie? Shout-out to Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for being the most fabulous ladies in television right now, if you ask me! I love love love Jane Fonda’s classic style (and attitude) in the show. In an ode to Ms. Fonda, I’m popping my collared shirt collar and sporting a scarf today…and a ‘don’t take no for an answer’ attitude!

“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” -Jane Fonda

Top: Haberdashery x J Crew via thrift ($5)

Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft (approx $9)

Scarf: Victoria Beckham for Target ($20)

Scarf ring: Hermes (gift)

Earrings: Kohl’s ($2 marked down from $18)

very victoria (Victoria Beckham for Target)

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I haven’t seen a ton of reviews on the Victoria Beckham line for Target, so I wanted to offer my two cents. First, excellent work Target in prepping. At least in the US, the website seemed to be in better working order and did not crash when I was attempting to order. And while somehow my 5 am wake-up to place my order still meant I didn’t get a dress I had my eye on, I thought the process was a lot better than previous years! Second, the quality is truly as good as you’re going to get at Target and still a lot better quality than other Target items. To be fair, I actually think you get what you pay for and a little more at Target, so that’s not a criticism on my end. I heart Target for life. Lastly, the pieces are truly unique, and pose some interesting styling challenges. I have a couple more pieces to style and post, but here’s my first glance!

Top: Who What Wear for Target (approx $9 marked down from approx $30)

Skirt: Victoria Beckham for Target ($30)

Jacket: Gap ($25 marked down from $130)

Interested in checking it out? It’s still available in some stores and online. You can find it at Target.com

bright white and sun spots

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A little bit of sun just goes such a long way, right!? It feels like a sigh of relief to have gotten enough rain to make our yard look like the Amazon (but for real, it’s out of control), and then a day full of sunshine. I captured a little on my walk to work today; have a good week y’all!

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“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” -Helen Keller

Dress: Michael by Michael Kors via Savers ($7, retails for $100)

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

Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack ($3 marked down from $15)

Boots: Not Rated via DSW ($60 marked down from $75)

Necklace: vintage via Greg’s Antiques in New Orleans ($3)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Even though it may not seem like it (or maybe it does? ha!), I rotate my clothes far more than I think it seems. As you can see below, I wear the boots from this post basically all the time (fall, winter, spring, doesn’t matter1). I also last wore this necklace and the same tights in a similar look (below). The key to my change-ups is usually swapping out my blazer or shoes, etc. The looks seem very different, despite the many similarities. The key to making your wardrobe versatile is using what you already have and styling it in new ways!

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2) While it is spring here, it’s still fairly cool (especially in mornings and at night), so I am still wearing my tights! Though, I do switch over to lighter colors tights this time of year, or at least wear dark tights but a very light outfit. I like to wear my dresses all year round; the easiest way to do so is just by changing out your tights and tops. 

Anyone else still layering up for the weather? I hope you have a great start to your week, readers!

merry in marimekko

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I’ve been a fan of Marimekko for years, so I was thrilled to see the Marimekko for Target collaboration this week! The Marimekko for Banana Republic line stole my heart a couple of years ago, so I had high hopes for this collection. While the line was mostly geared towards the outdoors (gardening, patio decor, and bathing suits), there were some clothing pieces that really stole the show. All in all, I am happy to report that the Marimekko line at Target is indeed quite merry.

Top: Marimekko for Target ($20)

Pants: Marimekko for Target ($30)

Necklace: thrift ($3)

Shoes: hard to remember the price…so many years ago! But they are Chinese Laundry via Nordstrom Rack

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This collection isn’t selling out as quickly as others have in the past; that’s good news, though, because if you still want some of the pieces, you can find them online! The link is below. The sizing was a little off for me to calculate online (especially the pants), so I ordered two sizes and just returned the size that didn’t fit. I would recommend doing the same if you really want to get the right fit! 

http://www.target.com/c/marimekko-brand-shop

2) Many of the clothing pieces could easily be worn as everyday attire, or as beach cover-ups. So, think out of the box when looking at the pieces! If you’re loving the prints, but not the clothes, the outdoor patio and home pieces really are great. It doesn’t look as though you can purchase them online, but you can do a search online and see if the items are still in a store near you. 

It’s monthly mani time! The theme this month was artist inspired! I painted my nails in a Jackson Pollock theme 🙂 check out the other ladies via their blog links below!

Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Ashley from Free Wills Studio

Lyndsey from Dressed in Mascara

Did anyone else check out the Marimekko for Target line? What did you think of it? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

 

knowing in neon

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I recently had lunch with a friend and was discussing confidence and lack thereof sometimes. My friend responded by saying that sometimes the only person that thinks we cannot do something is ourselves. …hmmm. That rang true for me, and I’m guessing, many others. We seem to be the least likely person to feel confident in taking a risk, while others around us are celebrating our risks. I’m holding on to the idea of “knowing” this week. Knowing and believing (in neon).

Top: thrift ($3)

Blazer: BCBG via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Shoes: Rampage via Amazon ($20, retail for approx $50)

Necklace: Bauble Bar ($24 marked down from $38)

Scarf: thrift ($3)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you’re going to wear neon to work, I definitely think it works best to anchor it with neutral (blazer and jeans). You can see in the photos without the blazer that this top is a true neon- very bright! For a winter look, you could easily add a sweater over the top and just have a little pop of neon. 

2) I like to thrift button downs because they are so versatile in terms of size. Most of them can be dry cleaned or washed at home- and are good as new! Always try them on and/or inspect them very careful for stains, tears, and snags. You may not see them right away, but some shirts will have been donated for that very reason. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!