happy in hand-me-downs

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Hand-me-downs can sometimes get a really bad rep (old, used, ill fitting, and/or out of style clothing). However, since I was a little girl, I’ve gotten some pretty rockin’ hand-me-downs. In the 90s, it was Doc Martens, overalls and flannel skirts. Once we all grew up a bit, it became more about heels, skirts and dresses. So, you can imagine how I happily welcome any and all hand-me-downs in my life. This skirt is no exception. My sister gave it to me…and then after the post pics said, “could I borrow that back sometime?” Ha! I’m telling you, I’ve gotten lucky! This is my “happy in hand-me-downs” look.

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Top: Gap ($7 marked down from $50)

Skirt: Hand me down (Odile via Bloomingdales)

Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft (borrowed)

Tights: Forever 21 (years ago, maybe  $5)

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

Necklace: Tiffany (approx $125)

Ring: Forever 21 ($5)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This skirt truly embodies the definition of a “full skirt.” Believe me, it looks even bigger in person. To wear something of this proportion at work, I paired it down with a button down and cardigan. Wearing this skirt in the evening is so easy, but making it work professional is a bit more challenging. My advice is to go conservative on top is you’re going to wear a skirt of this volume. (But, don’t forget to twirl around in your office and have some fun too).

2) Gap is having another one of their sale-sales. All items were 30% off their sale prices. I generally see these sales on Tuesdays and Wednesdays- though they are on the weekends sometimes too. Gap, to me, is known for similar items to be priced at all different prices. Some of the button downs were marked down to $45 (from $50), while others were marked down to $7-$8 (from $50). I’m guessing that the “more popular” patterns don’t get reduced all that much, but I loved all of the ones that were further reduced. Always look through all of the sale items; sale prices vary so much, it’s worth your while to check it all out.

Happy weekend, all! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope everyone has a good start to the week!

slightly pressured plaid on plaid

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One of the funny things I’ve noticed about being a fashion blogger is how my own internal battles manage to show themselves in my blogging prep (putting together outfits, writing, frequency in posting, etc).

Here is how the internal battle madness ensued the other morning when I thought, “my outfit isn’t really blog worthy” and then put all this pressure on myself to change multiple times. Then I had to have a whole talk with myself that looked like this:

“Seriously, self, that doesn’t even make sense. Your outfit is fine. You can blog a casual outfit. No one cares. Well, maybe it’s not that casual, maybe I could add more jewelry. Oh gah! Now I’m running late. Okay, it’s fine. Don’t post today. Well, you should post today. Just quick change your shoes. Okay now for real, you need to leave for work. Just come up with a jazzy title for the post. It’ll be great. Maybe not the best post, but it could be good….okay, go to work.”

…seriously, intense, right? Then, after all of that, I see the photos from today and think, “those photos look really great.” Thankfully, my photographer, G, can make anything look good, but still. Wow.

Blogging is a really good exercise in letting go. Some days, I don’t have on the most clever outfit, I can’t read every blog I follow, and my writing isn’t amazing- but that’s all okay. (yes, self, it is) because no matter what, I get out there and give it (blogging, fashion, life) what I’ve got.

Thanks for listening, you guys. That felt good. This is my slightly pressured plaid on plaid while letting go look.

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Top: Gap ($16 marked down from $45)

Scarf: Gap ($11 marked down from $35)

Pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($2.50 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Express ($20 marked down from approx $70)

Necklace: gift

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) There’s a lot of potential overthinking to be had in fashion. Sometimes, though, it’s good to just get back to basics and keep it simple: boots, pants, top. The results can really surprise you! They tend to surprise me. At the end of the day, the building blocks for every outfit are basically the same- stay grounded in that mentality in the morning dash and you’ll avoid my above monologue.

2) Neutral boots. I think someone may need to have an intervention with me in regards to these boots. I can’t stop wearing them! I looked and looked for the perfect pair at the perfect price. I thought maybe I could find some for less than $20, but this proved to be difficult! At some point, I just picked up a pair and I’m glad I did. I basically don’t take these off lately. I think sometimes you may have to forgo the “lowest possible price” mentality and get what you like! I tend to find boots just about anywhere- DSW, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and even many clothing stores such as Gap, Ann Taylor and Express. 

Anyone else have ways to avoid the morning “I have nothing to wear” drama?

Thanks for stopping by, lovely readers! I hope everyone is getting a great weekend!

nod to the nineties

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As you probably all know by now, I’m a fairly nostalgic person. So, when I put this outfit on, I knew I was drawn to it because of its 90s feel. As my girlfriend put it, it’s my “90s coffeehouse look…maybe Phoebe at Central Perk or Blossom hanging out.” …that pretty much covers it.

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

Sweater: Gap ($12 marked down from approx $55)

Leggings: Limited (approx $10 many years ago!)

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

Necklaces: (gifts)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m normally big on belts. I rarely layer bulky/flowy pieces without a belt. But, in the interest of ‘change it up 2014,’ I decided to try something different and ditch the belt. I ended up liking the look. Though, for the record, I kept a belt in my purse all day in case I changed my mind! One way to change up looks is to add a belt, remove a belt, change your tights, change jewelry, etc. All of those changes would change this look and allow for more usage of the dress and sweater as one outfit.

2) Sweaters over dresses. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, this is a brilliant strategy for getting more uses out of dresses (that I take no credit for). I last featured this dress as a dress:

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I loved this dress as a skirt, however, and it was good way to winterize an otherwise warmer weather dress. I haven’t found many dresses that can’t be layered/styled into skirts, so give it a try with your own dresses!

How does everyone else feel about layering without belts? Is it a fashion do or a fashion don’t?

Happy Sunday, all! I hope everyone had a good weekend! Thank you so much for stopping by!