totally tweed (and super supports)

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Despite being sick most of the week, this week has been full wonderful- full of kindness and unexpected surprises. Shout-out to support systems: family, friends, partners, colleagues. You all make the world go round.
 
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ― Lao Tzu

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Dress: Tory Burch via TJ Maxx ($60 marked down from $500)
Top: Burberry (gift)
Tights: (gift)
Shoes: Vince Camuto Signature via Saks Off 5th ($50 marked down from $300) available here in other colors
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($10 marked down from $60)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I recently discovered that my local TJ Maxx has a “designer” clearance rack, which is in a different part of the store than the rest of the clearance racks. Once I realized there was a designer clearance section, I began checking it regularly (once every 1-3 weeks). I found that the prices are definitely discounted, but still not really within my price point. However, like anywhere else, it pays to scan through the rack when in the store for what I call the “really deep discounts.” Occasionally, items are marked down to over 80% off, so it does pay to take a couple of minutes to scan your local store when you’re already there, even if the discounts aren’t always that great. 
2) I’m a big fan of the Vince Camuto Signature line. I find that the shoes are edgy but classic, and can be found at great prices via Saks Off 5th (http://www.saksoff5th.com/). Once these shoes are discounted, they are seriously discounted! If you don’t have a Saks Off 5th in your area, they have a great online shop (especially the shoe section). While the clothing is also seriously marked down, the biggest savings seem to come from the shoe department, so check it out if you’re interested! 
Anyone else a Saks Off 5th fan? Any good finds? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

on the mend (in a color medley)

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Sorry for the delay in posting this week, readers. I’ve unfortunately caught whatever virus is going around, despite my best efforts to avoid it. I’m on the mend, though, drinking lots of fluids, and making my comeback! I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start…though seeing how it’s actually mid-week, I guess I should be saying, I hope the week is going well thus far!

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Top: Gap via thrift ($2, retails for $60)

Scarf: Diane von Furstenberg via consignment ($15, retails for approx $170)

Scarf ring: Hermes (gift)

Pants: J Crew via Savers ($4, retail for $90)

Shoes: All Black ($50 marked down from $150) similar can be found here

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’ve been working on taking some more “fashion risks” lately but styling monochromatic looks, while also styling seeming “random colors” together. It’s funny how being a blogger pushes you out of your comfort zone, but I personally think it really does! If you’re in the market for taking some fashion risks of your own, monochromatic looks are very easy to use as a starting point. If want to try putting random colors together, you can try working within color families. In this look, I stuck with jewel toned colors to create harmony within different colors and patterns worn together.

2) I’m still working on incorporating silk scarves into my fashion repertoire. It’s actually a lot easier than I thought it would be! Though, I’ve found that silk scarves from standard retail shops are quite pricey ($50+), whereas they seem to be much more affordable via consignment and thrift shops ($3+). For more scarf inspiration, check out Pinterest, where you will find a ton of silk scarf ideas! One of my favorite boards can be found here.

Anyone else pairing different colors together? Any color pairing recommendations? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

pink party continues

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Seriously, you cannot get me out of pastels lately, especially pink (see my last post re: my previous aversion to pastels). Maybe blush pink is the marsala of spring? Either way, I’m loving the lightness that you feel when in light colors. Now I’m just waiting for mother nature to show us the first blooms of spring…

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Top: Cloth via Nordstrom Rack ($12 marked down from $60)
Skirt: Bobeau via Nordstrom Rack ($12 marked down from $70)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack ($16)
Tights: gift
Shoes: Nine West Outlet in New Orleans, LA ($25 marked down from approx $100)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’m predominately focused on pink pastel right now, which makes it especially easy to mix and match pieces. This pink top would also look great with pastel pink pants, a pink skirt, or white pants. I’ve noticed the monochromatic looks are very popular this spring, which makes getting dressed basically easy as can be! I recommend focusing on a one color and then mixing and matching within that color, if you are looking for easy ways to get dressed in the morning. 
2) As odd as it sounds, I’ve been practicing “eye-balling” sizes when shopping in person. For some reason, I really struggle with sizing solely through looking at a piece. As much as I highly recommend trying everything on in a stores, many thrift and charity shops don’t have dressing rooms. Thus, I’ve been practicing in department stores: picking out pieces that “look like they would fit,” and then trying them on. I’ve found that this has really helped me in thrift stores when trying on pieces is simply not an option. 
I wanted to thank everyone for the tips on shoe stretching! I’ll be working on it this weekend and will report back! I hope everyone has a great weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by!

purely pastels

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When I was but a wee huntress, I LOVED neon. It was the 90s, after all. Head to toe neon was the thing. My favorite outfit was one that I had picked up with my grandmother: rainbow neon leopard print spandex pants and a matching leopard sweatshirt (with an actual leopard printed on it). Seriously, I felt like a rockstar in that outfit. (I hope I’m painting a solid picture of myself as a lil’ huntress). I made a point to never wear pastels back in those days. Pastels, to me, were just a boring bunch of colors that didn’t interest me. …flash forward to present time. Here I am, embracing purely pastels. It’s funny how our conceptualization of style and fashion changes over time. Though, I have to say, I still think that leopard print look was pretty cool in retrospect…but perhaps is best as a memory versus a current look. So, ditching the leopard, neon, and spandex, this is my purely pastels look: The Fashion Huntress all grown up.
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Top: Banana Republic via thrift ($1, retails for $80)
Pants: Gap ($5 marked down from approx $60)
Blazer: Zac Posen via consignment ($70, retails for $3,000)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack ($15)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Color mixing within hues is one of the easiest ways to mix and match colors in the same outfit. I have four different shades of pastel in this look, but with all pastels, the look manages to read as a very cohesive outfit. If you’re new to color mixing, staying within one hue is the easiest way to begin.
2) Hmm, something strange happened with these shoes: the leather actually wore through on the inside by my toes. This has actually never happened to me before and I was a little disheartened. I’ve always had good luck with Sam Edelman shoes, but this made me question the quality a bit. Outlier? Or not so great quality? I would love to hear others’ feedback on this issue and if it’s happened to you before?
Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much. Happy mid-week!

spring (zebra) stripes

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Well, readers, it is official…and I don’t think there’s any turning back now: spring is upon us. I’m like a kid in a candy shop. I found myself just driving around in circles and walking around the block to take the fresh air in. The smell of spring always reminds me of my younger years, when the smell of spring meant that summer vacation was just a blink away. While there’s no three month long vacations anymore (sigh), there’s still plenty of time to just…be.

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Dress: Issa for Banana Repbulic ($10 marked down from $140)

Necklace: Anthropologie ($10 marked down from approx $90)

Bracelet: Lulu Dharma, thrifted ($1, retails for $190)

Leggings: TJ Maxx ($5 marked down from $10)

Shoes: Not Rated via DSW ($50 marked down from $75) (seriously, I wear these ALL the time)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I always feel like it’s important to re-visit the idea of leggings as pants. Personally, I don’t feel confident in wearing leggings as pants and it’s also not allowed where I work. Thus, I always err on the side of caution and ensure my back side is always fully covered when wearing leggings. This dress would actually be a little on the short side for work, but totally works with leggings! But as always, wear what you love readers! That’s just my two cents on leggings!

2) You might think a zebra kimono is not very versatile, but, readers, I find that it sure is! Below you can see how I’ve styled it for winter (with long sleeves underneath) and summer (leggings and heels), and now (above) for spring! I change up the tights, necklace, and shoes, but the kimono never changes. You know how I feel about wearing clothes year round; a wrap dress/kimono is a great piece to style year round. Try it out!

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Anyone else have their favorite “year round” piece? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much! Happy Monday!

feeling very floral

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There’s little bits of grass showing around town, and my heart is a-flutter, readers. I took inspiration from Mother Nature and wore little bits of floral on my feet and around my neck. I don’t know about anyone else, but sometimes it feels like I’m holding my breath through the cold winters and dark days, until I can take that first deep breath outside in the spring air, and exhale…and it sort-of feels amazing. Perhaps this is why spring is known as the season of renewal.
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
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Shirt:Gap ($16 marked down from $60)
Pants:Ann Taylor Loft ($20 marked down from $100)
Silk scarf: BCBG Max Azria via Nordstrom ($50 marked down from $80)
Scarf ring: Hermes (gift)
Shoes: Alice + Olivia via Saks Off Fifth ($40 marked down from $350)
Bracelets: Coach & Bloomingdales (gifts)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I decided it was high time I got into silk scarves. They are endlessly classy, chic, and timeless! If you’re a beginner at thrifting, silk scarves really are a super easy item to thrift! Most consignment and thrift stores stock silk scarves anywhere from $3-$30, depending on the store and brand. I take mine to the dry cleaners for their first wearing, and then just fold them up nicely after I wear them to keep them from getting too wrinkled looking. Hermes has a great app for ways in which you can style and tie silk scarves. The app is free and can be found here.
2) I’m going to be honest, readers. These shoes really are not comfortable. I think that’s the very time I’ve ever said that! But, really, they just aren’t. I think the biggest barrier is that, while they are my size, they really need some stretching out. So now I’m asking for your tips! Anyone have any suggestions!? 
Anyone else have tips to stretch shoes? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much and have a great weekend!

entrenched in a trench

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Greetings, readers! Another day of warmth and sunshine in Chicago, and I am loving it! I’m having one of those weeks where my thoughts are entrenched in their own space. So, I decided to just ride the wave and be entrenched…in a trench. (I clearly have an addiction to puns, by the way). With another amazing pun, I’m off to my thoughtful place…

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha

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Dress: Burberry (gift)

Cuff: Hermes (gift)

Necklace: vintage pearls (gift)

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

Shoes: Sam Edelman ($50 marked down from $150) Trench: Banana Republic (gift)

Scarf: Burberry (gift)

Bag: c/o Neverest Outfitters

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Tights in warmer weather always throw me through a loop. I feel like “spring” tights “should” be lighter colored tights, though I’m not entirely sure if that is true. If I’m wearing a darker colored dress in spring, then I do like to opt for light tights, personally. However, I would love others’ ideas on this topic!

2) A trench, for me, is a wardrobe essential. As much as I love prints and bold colors, a neutral khaki trench is one of the most versatile coats around. You don’t need to spend a ton to find a nice one. This time of year, trenches are not likely to be on a sale, approaching spring. However, if you are looking for a trench, May and June are likely great times to find them on sale! 

Anyone else have opinions or tips for “spring” tights? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!