board game blues

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“WOW! That dress! You look like a board game!” -my friend, Eve
You know, readers. I’ll take it. I guess it sort-of does look like a board game. And with the comment coming from a close friend and confidante, I think this dress simply must be the board game blues. Minus the blues. All the fun.
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Dress: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $120)
Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)
Tights: Apt 9 at Kohl’s ($7 marked down from $12)
Shoes: thrifted ($8, unclear what they retail for…)
Necklace: Juicy Couture charm from bracelet and Kohl’s necklace ($5 marked down from $24)
Bracelet: Juicy Couture (many years ago!)
Ring: Banana Republic ($5 marked down from $40)
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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) As you all know, additional markdowns on sale times are where it’s at when sale shopping. Most stores have these types of sales about two times per month, if not more. I always check my emails and stores’ homepages to see when the sales are. Banana Republic normally takes 40-50% off their sale items, as does Ann Taylor Loft. J Crew will also occasionally take 20-30% off their sale items. So it’s always worth checking your favorite stores to snag the best deals. This type of sale shopping is how I found this dress for a such a great price!
2) I will often find a great sale item that’s in a different size than my own. I used to bypass these items, and I’ve now realized what a mistake that can be! I bought this dress, pulled out a tape measure, some pins, and pulled in both sides of the dress in approximately 10 minutes. If you are sewing by hand, I would think this type of alteration would take about 30-45 minutes. With a sewing machine, it just took 10 minutes! I’m not a master seamstress, readers. This type of alteration is a super easy fix. So, think twice before you pass something up based on a slightly “off” sizing issue. I do, however, bypass most items that flat-out cannot be altered or that are significantly off in sizing.
Anyone else do basic alterations on their own? I know many of you out there make your own clothing! I would love some basic tips for amateur seamstresses like me! Thanks so much for stopping by, readers!

dreamy diner

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I have consistently driven past this retro drive-in diner, Superdawg, and said, “I need to go there!” So when the bf suggested we go, I was on board. Actually, I believe I said, “Gah! Best day ever! Yes!” …what can I say, I’m enthusiastic about retro diners. Anywho, I believe I was slightly overdressed for the event (if there is such a thing), but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Superdawg is where it’s at if you’re in the area and looking for a fun and delicious flashback meal. Be sure to overdress for the event too.

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Sweatshirt: Gap (approx $5 marked down from approx $40)
Denim top: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)
Jeans: Gap ($20 marked down from $60)
Scarf: Limited ($7 marked down from $35)
Heels: Michael Antonio via thrift ($4, retail for $50)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) There’s often a question of whether one can pair denim with denim. I love how popular denim with denim has become. So my answer is a strong yes!! I often wear light denim with dark denim when if wear it together. However with this look, I wore light denim with light denim and added a dark sweatshirt. The result was a seriously comfortable weekend look.

2) I’ve often questioned sweatshirts at work. They can be exceptionally tricky to style in a conservative work environment. Generally speaking, I think sweatshirts should be reserved for the weekends. If you’re on the fence, you can try out a formal sweatshirt that is solid color (not heather) with some detailing. Overall, though, this is one trend that I think should probably be resolved for outside of work wear.

Does anyone else feel differently about sweatshirts at work? Have styling ideas? I hope everyone had a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

cozy comfort

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Flannel dress, cozy sweater, tights, falling leaves and autumn trees…need I say more, readers? I think not. I’m swooning over fall, as per usual. This look is cozy comfort and autumn dreaming…

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Dress: Gap ($13 marked down from $60)
Sweater: Gap ($12 marked down from 60)
Tights: Gap (I can’t remember! maybe $8?)
Shoes: Made by Elves at Urban Outfitters ($20 marked down from approx $110)
Necklace: Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s ($5 marked down from $32)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Gap is having another one of their “take an additional 40% off sale items” sale. I was surprised that a good portion of the sale is actually fall and winter apparel. Many of their fall dresses and coats were marked down significantly. If you’re mad for plaid, like I am, there is a lot of plaid and flannel on sale. Check it out!

2) I’ve gotten a few questions lately about tights and the brands I like. My favorite tight brand is Hue- they are seriously durable and very comfortable. Hue tights are generally $5-$10 on sale and well worth it. Check out their online sale section for more information. I swear, Hue doesn’t pay me! They probably don’t even know I love them- but I do! As a side note, I strongly recommend you wash all tights by hand and hang dry them in order to make them last. You can find Hue at Nordstrom Rack and via their website: http://www.hue.com

Anyone else have favorite tights and leggings brands? Thanks for stopping by readers! I hope you have a great rest of the week!

fancy & festive

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t have a strong desire to repeat my middle school dances. But, there’s something about a full and shimmery dress that just speaks to my middle school heart. This dress is reminiscent of those fancy and festive dresses from many moons ago, though in a grown-up way. I call this my fancy and festive look for work, minus the awkward arms extended dancing, gym mats, and 98 degrees slow song. If you ask me, this is how you do fancy without the middle school awkward. #grownup

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Dress: Mad Men for Banana Republic (gift)
Head scarf: Mad Men for Banana Republic (gift)
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Necklace: Anthropologie ($14 marked down from $70)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) As you know, I really enjoy a good Banana Republic “additional markdowns on sale items” sale. They often have these sales on the weekend and generally involve an extra 40% off the sale and clearance items. Different dresses, colors, and styles are all marked different, so it pays to look through the entire sale section to find the best prices. As with many places, I generally look at least one-two sizes up and one size down from my usual size, as you never really know about fit, and may miss a good piece if you don’t check additional sizes! I subscribe to the Banana Republic emails so I always know about when the “additional markdown” sales occur. 
2) Speaking of emails, I have a separate email address that I use as my “shopping” email. That way, store emails don’t fill up my entire inbox, but I still know about the sales as they are occurring. I generally go through the email once every couple of days; many stores send information about new pieces, but I also get various coupons (Kohl’s, for example), and special offers on “free shipping,” etc. I think it’s worthwhile to have an email that just collects these emails for you (and it’s free!); you won’t get overwhelmed by them in your daily inbox and can pull up the coupons on your phone, if you have a smart phone, while you’re shopping. This is definitely easy peasy coupon and sale organization! 
Anyone else have email tips? Banana Republic finds lately? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much; it’s almost mid-week! WOOT!

happily in a hat

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Lately, I’ve been feeling like taking chances. Maybe a hat doesn’t seem like “taking a chance” to a lot of people, but it felt that way to me. (My internal dialogue: Hats…hats….are hats a thing? Yes, hats are a thing. Can I wear hats?…Who can wear hats…? Can anyone wear any hat? …What type of weather calls for a hat?) ….ummm, yeah, I’ll save you from the rest of this dialogue, as I stopped myself and said, “Self! Huntress! You can wear a hat! Now go wear one!” The rest is history. It’s funny how often we abide by a self-made internal rule, and how liberating it really is to break our own “rules” and embrace being whatever we want. Today, I’m a person that happily wears a hat.

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Top: Free People via Savers ($5, retails for approx $75)
Shawl: H&M (hmm long time ago, maybe $10?)
Hat: Coach (gift)
Pants: Ann Taylor (approx $15 marked down from approx $60)
Shoes: Sofft at Nordstrom Rack (approx $40 marked down from approx $120)
Necklace: Urban Outfitters (gift)
Pink ring: Judith Ripka ($100 marked down from $400)
Silver ring: Tiffany (gift)
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack (approx $5 marked down from approx $35)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I do love a good fall and winter knitted hat, and often find them at places like H&M, Old Navy, Target, and Forever 21. Hats really don’t get much wear and tear, so I find you can get away with getting them just about anywhere. All of the above stores seem to have great sets this time of year for around $5-$15. I tend to buy one fun color or print each season and then one neutral. This is the time to buy them, as they are often on sale in fall before winter hits!
2) Clearly, I have a cape and shawl obsession this year…I’ve even turned some of my thicker scarves into shawls this season! Many of the Gap scarves, for example, are big enough to wear as a shawl. Capes are also very basic to make, if you sew, so check out Pinterest for DIY tips. And, if you make one, be sure to tell me about it! I would love to see your work!

Any cape or hat shopping tips? Share them below! Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I hope everyone had a good weekend!

windy wonder woman (cape)

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Well, per usual, someone is going to have to conduct some sort of intervention with me in regards to my new obsession/love: the windy city wonder woman cape. Seriously, for $25, this cape is pure joy and worth every penny. It’s indoor/outdoor, and basically a stylish fleece blanket that is socially appropriate to wear in public. Okay okay, enough about the cape. I’m also sporting one of my other absolute favorites: my butterfly metamorphosis DVF dress. I’m realizing that most of my articles of clothing have adjectives, names, or titles…I don’t know, readers…I think I’m in too deep with fashion (or just deep enough), but there’s no turning back now…this is my windy wonder woman cape in cahoots with my butterfly metamorphosis dress.

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Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg via Nordstrom Rack ($115, paid $70 with gift card, marked down from $365)
Necklace: Anthropologie ($14 marked down from $70)
Tights: TJ Maxx ($5 marked down from $15)
Heels: Nine West via Savers ($8, retail for $100)
Cape: Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $50)
Work look:
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Flats: DSW (long time ago…maybe $15?)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) With the heels, this dress looked great, but potentially a little too dressy/night looking for work. I added flats and a cardigan during the day for a day look. As you can see here, the dress looks complete different with a cardigan and flats: 
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For evening, I just put on my heels and ditched my cardigan. Super easy transition!
2) I last featured this dress in fall with purple tights and boots. As you can see below, this dress also looks completely different with colored tights and boots. Never underestimate the power of swapping out basic accessories (tights, necklace, shoes) to make a completely new look with your other pieces!
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Anyone else equally as obsessed with capes? Other trends this fall? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so much!

all for fall

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Back when I was just a wee Huntress, I used to have a book called “All for Fall.” I’m pretty sure the book was about jumping in leaves and generally enjoying fall. Maybe that’s where my love of all things fall began. Either way, I am definitely all for fall as an adult: fall colors, throwing leaves, wearing tights, you name it, I’m all about it. This is my all for fall look…welcome, Autumn. I missed you, girl.

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Dress: Savers ($4, retails for ? no idea!)

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

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

Shoes: Banana Republic via Crossroads ($20 marked down from approx $120)

Jacket: Banana Republic ($30 marked down from $175)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I was a little on the fence about a short sleeve sweater dress, but I ended up really liking it! It’s especially perfect for a fall-ish/summer-ish day. And, of course, I can easily add a long sleeve tee-shirt underneath to add more warmth in winter. So if you’re on the fence about short sleeve sweater dresses, fear not, they are a definite go for fall and winter. I think this one is a little on the short side, so I wore completely opaque tights to ensure looking work appropriate.

2) I found this dress on my first visit to Savers and let me tell you, readers. I. Am. A. Fan.  They have a very interesting business model that helps support local non-profit agencies. The Savers in my area support the Epilepsy Foundation. Super cool. From what I gather, Savers is essentially a for-profit discount chain that provides local charities with financial support for bringing in clothes, regardless of whether or not Savers ends up selling the clothes in their store. The prices are just slightly higher than at Goodwill (approx $5-$6 for a top versus $3-$4).  If you donate there, I’ve been told that they will give you a 20% off coupon for your next visit. I definitely found myself digging quite a bit, but the stores are very spacious and well lit. There are even big changing rooms, carts, and baskets. If you have 30-60 minutes, I definitely recommend trying out a Savers near you. You can read more about them here: http://www.savers.com/

Anyone else have feedback about Savers? Tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! As always, I appreciate it so very much! Happy almost mid-week!