black and white (and a blizzard)

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Forgive the delay in posts, readers; we’ve been digging out of a winter blizzard over here! The snow is up to my height in many parts of the city, which is saying a lot because I normally wear pretty tall heels. As we slowly dig our way out, I send my thoughts to all those who are snowed in and/or lost power. Winter builds quite the fortitude in all of us. This is my black and white, and a blizzard, look. Let no amount of snow get you down!

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Button down: Burberry (gift)
Blazer: Kensie via Savers ($3, retails for $89)
Skirt: Halogen via Nordstrom Rack ($13 marked down from $80)
Tights: Simply Vera via Kohl’s ($2 marked down from $16)
Shoes: Made by Elves via Savers ($6, retail for approx $110)
Necklace: (gift)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) In keeping with my blazer love, I also keep a short sleeve blazer around, even in winter. I don’t know about anybody else, but I often get just a little too warm some days if I’m in too many layers while indoors (outdoors is clearly another story!). So, I keep a long sleeve and short sleeve blazer at my desk in order to layer up or layer down. There are soooo many blazers at thrift stores and charity shops. Most of the time, they are great quality. So, if you’re in the market for a blazer, I definitely recommend starting at your local thrift and/or charity shop.
2) A white down is another wardrobe essential. I have two that I have ready at any given time. They match just about everything and add instant formality to any look. I used to have just one, but then that one would often sit in a dry cleaning bag…and well, you know how it goes. So, I now like to have two, in order to ensure that at least one is clean at any given time. As with any white tops, I always wear a t-shirt underneath in order to prevent staining of your button down. Trust me on this one- it really helps ensure the longevity of your top! 
Anyone else have white button down tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

professional in pearls

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Some days, you wake up and think “I just want to wear a t-shirt and sweats today.” Right? I don’t think this is just me, especially when the weather gets cooler. I’ve written about days when I ponder how to pull off a snuggie at work, flannel pajama pants, etc. Seeing as how those dreams are not about to become realities, I decided to wear dress pants today…and a long sleeve t-shirt. How do you dress up a t-shirt for work, you ask? Well, it’s actually really simple. Pearls and heels.

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Also, can I please have a moment to discuss the amazing, elegant, and magical (okay, maybe that takes it too far…nah) nail wraps by Marchesa for Revlon? It’s safe to say that I’ve stalked the shelves on these babies.  Now that I finally have them, I am loving them! I am completely in love with Marchesa’s designs in general and feel that these nail wraps may be the closest I will come to owning anything by those talented ladies. Sigh. Lovely.  Here they are in all their glory, and no, neither Marchesa nor Revlon know anything about this blog. I am just a long-time fan, readers and frankly, can you blame me?

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Long sleeve t-shirt: Banana Republic  ($18 marked down from $45)

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

Pants: Banana Republic ($90. Sigh. Full price. But, if you’ve read about my pants postings before, sometimes you have to just get pants when they fit and you find them!)

Shoes: Betsy Johnson via Marshall’s ($50 marked down from $160)

Pearls: gift

Nails: Marchesa for Revlon nail wraps ($5 on sale!! Normally $10)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m a strong believer that you can dress up a lot of casual pieces for work.  T-shirts and long sleeve t-shirts really are no exception.  Adding dress pants, accessories, heels, and other more dressy accents can easily transition your weekend wear to work wear.  This is a great way to save money on your “work clothes” budget and your “weekend clothes” budget.  It’s rare that I have something that flat-out cannot be made to work at work, even formal dresses, as I posted on a couple of days ago! I like to call this transition of clothing the ‘coffee to cocktails’ transition which I lovingly picked up from my mom. Getting creative with layers and accessories can really save your fashion budget to get more use out of even your more casual pieces.

2) Power heels. What else can I say? They can really work wonders for your wardrobe. If you’re going to invest in a good pair of power heels, they don’t have to be plain.  I do think they need to be versatile. The bow on the heels pictured here is big and unique, but the style of the shoe is versatile, as is the color.  Similar to my first tip, these shoes can go from coffee at work to cocktails at an event and not look out of place. If you don’t already have a pair, you can still find a good price on a pair without sacrificing quality! I like Marshall’s, DSW, and Nordstrom Rack for power heels.

Anyone else strongly believe in power heels? Marchesa nail wraps? Comfy casual chic at work?

Thanks for visiting, lovely readers!

PS- Shout-out for support, I want to thank the lovelies at Girl on the Go and loveriennelife for nominating me for two awards this week. I very much appreciate it- and cannot say thank you enough for all of the support!! Both of their blogs are a joy to read; here are the links to check them out:

http://girlonthegoblog.wordpress.com/

http://loveriennelife.wordpress.com/

day (and night) dreaming

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I generally prefer to be overdressed rather than underdressed. When my boyfriend and I were going to an event one night, he told me that I would probably be the only person there in sequins. Yeah, I’m generally the only person anywhere in sequins. For the record, I was wearing a sequined sweatshirt, not a ball gown, but you get my point. In a culture that is generally underdressed, I roll with dressy. Today, however, was a real challenge because I had a formal event right after work. However, the evening dress was a bit too dressy for work, even for me.

Well, lovely inspiring readers, I’ve seen or read about your wearing a sweater over a dress to transform it. And today, I did exactly that. Daytime wear transitioned easily to nighttime by adding and removing a black cardigan.

Daytime and nighttime wear aside, this Vivienne Tam dress has a special place in my heart because I adopted it from a consignment shop for $8. I later saw it online for $170. Oh yes readers, an $8 dress can be too formal for work, but I transformed it with your inspiration. I was happily day and night dreaming in this ensemble.

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Dress: Vivienne Tam via consignment ($8 marked down from $170)

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

Daytime kitten heels: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)

Nighttime stilettos: Betsy Johnson via Marshall’s ($50 marked down from $160)

Pearls: gift

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) It is official. I’m convinced that a good majority of dresses can be transformed from day to night through the usage of sweaters and cardigans. Even for variety with daytime dresses, adding a cardigan or sweater on top can make many dresses look like skirts. Many people commented on my “skirt” throughout the day, so this is a tested method!

2) For this outfit, I also transitioned my shoes from day to night. I wore kitten heels at work and then stilettos in the evening. Frankly, the kitten heels are just easier on the feet in comparison for work. I think either pair of shoes would have been appropriate for day or night, but that depends on your work environment and how much you want to torture your feet. Okay, I’m kidding about the torture, but those stilettos are no slipper or Ugg.

Readers, any other suggestions for daytime or nighttime transitions?

Thanks for sharing in my day dreaming! Hope everyone has a good day!