rainy gray (with subtle spikes)

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It’s always a little odd when there’s a thunderstorm in Chicago in February, which is traditionally the ongoing heart of our winters. But, I’ll take rain over snow any day, so I grabbed my umbrella and shot some photos outdoors in the rain! I’m sporting one of my new favorite jeweler’s pieces: Joomi Lim. Her usage of, and perspective on, spikes just really rocks my world (read more below). I can’t say I was especially drawn to spikes prior to seeing her work…but now find myself feeling like Super Woman in Spikes, thanks to Ms. Lim. It’s a rainy gray day, but I’m still feeling super spiky and strong in spite of it.

Sweater: Banana Republic ($17 marked down from approx $80)

Top: thrift ($3)

Pants: Gap ($5 marked down from approx $60)

Jewelry: all spiked jewelry- Joomi Lim (bracelet $159, rings $150)

Shoes: Nine West via thrift ($12, retail for $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you aren’t familiar with Joomi Lim, check out this great interview here: http://newyorkcalled.com/portfolio/new-york-called-joomi-lim/. Please note this is not a sponsored post, just a shout-out. Some of her pieces are on sale online at ifchic.com. Enjoy!

2) I’m not sure what’s happening lately weather-wise, so I find myself dressing half for winter, half for spring (hence the pastels lately). I say, wear what you love and forget about the seasonal rules! It’s more fun that way, anyway. :) And if you’re still in winter mode, Banana Republic has a great sale on winter apparel right now (where I got my sweater featured here), so check it out!

Does anyone else have indie artists they love? Fill me in! Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

casual coat (aka totally tweed)

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I don’t think I can trace back my love of blazers. It’s not as though I was a wee Huntress wearing a blazer in elementary school. (Side note, would that have made me the coolest kid in school, or the oddest?). Anyway, well, apparently over the years, I developed a strong love of blazers and it just never left me. As Elle Woods says, “Always dress the part.”

Blazer: Zac Posen via consignment ($70, retails for $3,000)

Top: Banana Republic via thrift ($1, retails for $80)

Striped top: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $35)

Jeans: Levi’s ($80)

Boots: White Mountain via TJ Maxx ($40 marked down from approx $100)

Bracelets: skull-Alexander McQueen (gift), spikes-Joomi Lim ($150)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I last featured this blazer all girly-ed up with an all pastel look. The versatility of blazers is basically endless, if you ask me. In the look above, I was able to dress the blazer down with jeans and boots, for a casual work look. In the look below, the blazer was dressed up as full blown business. Bottom line: you can’t go wrong with a tweed blazer. 

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2) For some reason, I really have a hard time understanding how to pick out jeans for myself. It’s my fashion Achilles heel! I find that the best thing to do is go straight to a jeans store and ask for help. I highly recommend the same should you be looking for an item that you find difficult to style/pick out for yourself. In speciality stores (jeans, shoes, etc), the sales personnel is generally quite knowledgeable in their products/pieces and can really help you out!

Anyone else have tips for picking out jeans? Have a favorite shop? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

statement coat (with statement shoes)

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“Be sure to put your feet in the right place, and then stand firm.” -Abraham Lincoln 

…be sure to also put your feet in the right shoes.

Coat: Ann Taylor ($88 marked down from $268)

Blazer: Helmut Lang via Nordstrom Rack ($100 marked down from $1,000)

Top: French Connection via Savers ($3, retails for approx $100)

Skirt: Soprano via Nordstrom Rack ($16 marked down from $60)

Tights: H&M ($5)

Shoes: Cole Haan Lunar Grand ($70 marked down from $400)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Sadly, I think it’s gotten a little too cold to continue sporting my statement outdoor coat. I’ll be back to my full blown snowsuit now, but statement blazers are still good options! The designer clearance rack at Nordstrom Rack is where it’s at if you are looking for designer pieces at some of the lowest possible prices. I generally find that some of the “odd pieces” are left on the clearance rack because they just look odd on the hanger. This coat looked a little odd on the hanger, but looks really interesting on! So, I always recommend trying things on so you can get a real sense of pieces. 

2) As I’ve been saying for the last few posts, this is a great time to find any winter pieces you’ve had on your list. The sales at places like Loft, Ann Taylor, Gap, and Banana Republic are great sales; however, some winter items are starting to disappear, so it’s really time to grab the last of winter accessories and coats for next year! 

Anyone else have any places they like to find statement blazers? Or how they style them? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy mid-week!

snowy spots and shadows

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I swear, readers, it was significantly warmer when I took these photos outdoors than last time (see last post re: taking photos outside in 0 degrees). And I was wearing a coat part of the time! Woo hoo! Well, I’m in my first winter statement coat, and I’m feeling good about it. Snowy, spotted, shadows, and sun. Perfect combination. Happy weekend, readers!

Dress: Ann Taylor ($20 marked down from $200)

Button down: Banana Republic via thrift ($1, retails for approx $100)

Blazer (part of suit): White House Black Market via thrift ($10, retails for approx $260)

Coat: Ann Taylor ($88 marked down from $268)

Necklace: gift

Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack ($3 marked down from approx $18)

Shoes: Not Rated via DSW ($50 marked down from $75)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’ve really wanted a statement coat for the past couple of years, but I rarely wanted to get one on sale! It doesn’t really seem like a piece that could be around forever (may go out of style), so I didn’t want to spend too much. This is a good time of year to look for a “trendy” item, if you’re looking for one, since the prices tend to be bottoming out between now and the end of February. As far as statement coats go, Asos has some great ones (generally quite affordable!), as did Ann Taylor. 

2) I’m a big fan of having full suits (and sometimes wearing them), but also wearing them as separates. As you can see from the picture below, this is the full suit. And in this post, I paired the suit coat (blazer) with a dress. I think suits are pretty easy to thrift, as well as finding them at places like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Nordstrom Rack. Plus, you never know when you may need one! So I think it’s always good to be prepared :)

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Anyone else have tips for statement coats? Buying or wearing, styling? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

cold (no coat!)

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I’m apologizing in advance for the lack of actual fancy fashion photos today. …well, I mean, as fancy as I get on the Fashion Huntress, at least. I had the (not so) brilliant idea of taking my photos outdoors today. I thought, “hey! It’s about 5 degrees above zero- it should be no problem!” Well, it was a problem. Ha. So, these are the best photos I could get in the two minutes I made it outdoors without a coat. #wintersafetyoverfashion

Dress: Ame Soeur via If Chic ($125 marked down from approx $450)

Necklace: Alexis Bittar via Nordstrom Rack ($30 marked down from $100)

Ring: Alexis Bittar via Nordstrom Rack ($40 marked down from $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) My top tip is don’t take outdoor photos in zero degree weather – HA! But, anyway, let’s move on from that. This dress is slightly thin (silk and cotton blend), so I just layered a long sleeve t-shirt underneath it. You can’t even notice the layer underneath and the dress was much warmer with another layer. As I always say, don’t limit your “summer wear” to just warm weather! 

2) Curated websites such as If Chic and Moda Operandi have really great selections of clothes that you might not otherwise see. I found this dress on If Chic, researched the designer (Ame Soeur) and learned it was made in Berlin, Germany by two super cool sisters with great design ideas. You can learn more about them here: http://www.amesoeur.de – online shopping has a great edge in this domain, so check out curated websites if you are looking for some smaller indie brands! 

It’s that time again: Monthly Mani! This month’s theme was the Pantone 2016 colors- rose quartz and serenity!

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Check out the other monthly mani ladies here!

Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Justine from The Thrifty Girl’s Guide

Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali

Ashley from Free Wills Studio

Lyndsey from Dressed in Mascara

 

 

sunshine and smiles

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I’m doing a slightly different post today because I just got back from vacation and was not taking blog photos, but rather landscape photos! My last week in California was full of vineyards, sunshine, mountains, and redwoods. What a lovely break from the below zero temperatures…sunshine and warmth on your face is glorious indeed- it left a smile on my face, along with some great memories.

Have a great week, readers! I’ll be back to fashion posts later this week. Thanks for stopping by, as always!

nestled in knits

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There are few things, in my book, more cozy than a comfy knitted top and a side of hot cocoa. I mean, toss me a book and a couple of magazines, and I basically won’t leave the house. I’m hoping everyone has a good (and cozy) rest of the week!

Sweater: Banana Republic ($24 marked down from $90)

Skirt: J Crew ($50 marked down from $150)

Tights: H&M (approx $5)

Shoes: Cole Haan via Saks Off Fifth ($40 marked down from $170)

Bracelet: Alex + Ani (blue), Alexander McQueen (black) (gift)

Ring: Alexis Bittar via Nordstrom Rack ($40 marked down from $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you’re looking for sweaters on sale, now is the time to get them! Most stores will soon be prepping for spring clothing (despite the fact that is the heart of winter in many areas right now!). I found that sweaters at places like Banana Republic, J Crew, and Ann Taylor Loft were all marked down to soon-to-be lowest prices. I tend to still pick-up lightweight sweaters this time of year, and prep to wear them for winter with layers and then in spring! 

2) I recently was looking around at Nordstrom and found the ring featured above at the “regular” Nordstrom as I call it (ie not the Rack). Anyway, the ring was full price in the “regular” Nordstrom. But, I looked at Nordstgrom Rack online and found the ring 60% off. When I asked the salesperson at Nordstrom about the price difference, she pointed out that the color at the Rack was different- so the price was lower because it was considered a “different season.” Alrighty. So, I went down to Nordstrom Rack and found the “off season” color for a significantly lower price. It took just a couple of minutes and saved some serious money! So, always check online for price variations and ask if they will match the price difference. If they will not price match, then just grab the item online and save that way. 

Anyone else enjoying cozy sweaters and knits lately? Thanks so much for stopping, by readers! I appreciate it so very much!