maxi dress and mountains

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Hello, readers! My apologies for the delay in posting! I was at a family wedding over the past week/weekend. It was such a lovely and beautiful event, completely filled with love and joy. Below are two of my pics from the road trip there:

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Now I’m back in Chicago and back to the daily grind. This is my maxi dress and mountains look- perfect for summer, if you ask me!

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Dress: Forever 21 ($24)

Blazer: thrift ($5)

Tank top: Mango (had it for ages! can’t remember the price!)

Shoes: Crocs ($40 marked down from $60) available here

Necklace: Forever 21 ($3)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Omg! Can you believe these shoes are Crocs? Umm, they are. I don’t believe Crocs make it to the fashion blog scene very often, but I have to say, these shoes really don’t look like Crocs and are seriously comfortable. In fact, I walked 10 straight miles, in Disney world no less, with zero foot pain (which is unusual for me, since my heels will generally start to hurt). For long summer days and vacation, I think these sandals are a great option for looking stylish and still comfortable. They remain on sale and can be viewed via the above link. 

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2) I cannot say it enough- slips are pretty much essential for maxi dresses. Most summer maxi dresses are unlined, and therefore, definitely require a slip. I prefer my slip dress to basically all slips. It’s the easiest to wear due to being a full dress slip, and doesn’t add too much layer/heat to any outfit. Slips are pretty easy to find via places like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. Many are available at undergarment specialty stores, but tend to get quite pricey! I recommend finding one at a discount shop, since you won’t really need it often and it doesn’t need to fit like a glove anyway! 

Has anyone else tried out Crocs? Loving? Hating? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

bright white and neon

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“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.” Thich Nhat Hanh

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Dress: Diane von Furstenberg ($20 marked down from $150)

Blazer: Badgley Mischka via consignment ($30, retails for approx $350)

Shoes: Sophia Webster via Saks Off Fifth ($100 marked down from $450)

Belt: Old Navy ($1.99 marked down from $7)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Ahhh, Sophia Webster! Wow, I just LOVE her shoes. This is my first pair, mostly given that they tend to be quite expensive and challenging to find on sale! However, if you’re in the market for Ms. Webster’s lovely designs (they get so elaborate, you have got to check out her website…it’s pure magic), they can be find at Saks Off Fifth at times, and via the website the Outnet.

Websites to check-out:

https://www.sophiawebster.com/

http://www.saksoff5th.com/

http://www.theoutnet.com/

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my heart beats for these babies. #unhealthyobsession

2) I really loved this DVF dress but the back of it was wide open- totally fine for some people, I just don’t feel comfortable in that style due to limited undergarment options. Thus, I grabbed some lace and lime fabric at my local Hobby Lobby and sewed up a patch in the back “v” of the dress. You can see my DIY in the photo below; this is a great, super quick, easy fix, on an otherwise open back dress. It took about 10 minutes and was about $2 worth of fabric! No pattern needed- right up my alley!!

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Anyone else have tips for open back dresses? Loving Sophia Webster? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

pattern play (ie snakeskin, houndstooth, tweed and denim!)

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“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” Paulo Coelho

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Top: thrift ($4)

Blazer: Badgley Mischka via consignment ($30, retails for approx $350)

Pants: Gap ($8 marked down from $55)

Shoes: Pour la Victorie ($60 marked down from $275)

Necklace: Forever 21 ($5)

Earrings: Forever 21 ($4)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If there’s one thing that is seriously underrated as a staple, I think it’s the white blazer. I can’t believe I didn’t have one until recently! Now that I do, of course, I find myself wearing it all the time as a great staple for a work wardrobe. Even though tweed is traditionally considered a fall and winter fabric, in a white blazer, I find it really works well for spring and summer. There tend to be a lot of blazers via thrift, Nordstrom Rack, and Rue La La, if you are ever looking for one!

2) There’s a lot going on with this look, but the denim and white definitely serve as neutrals for the look. Additionally, while the back of the denim shirt is open, I added a tank top underneath and then added the blazer to ensure the look was conservative enough for work. This is an outfit that easily translates to an evening look, solely by wearing the blazer for daytime and then going sleeveless for evening. 

Anyone else loving white blazers? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

colorful in coral (and cold!)

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Brrr! It is alternating between downright balmy and then downright breezy in Chicago! How does one dress for 90 degree weather that then switches to 50 degree weather? Colorful layers! Well, at least, I’ve decided that’s how! When I’m busting out leggings and boots in June in Chicago, something is definitely amiss. But, since I have a lifelong love of leggings and layers, I’m happily accepting this weather. It’s cold, coral, and colorful! Happy weekend, readers!

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Jacket: J Crew via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Top: thrift ($3)

Skirt: J Crew via thrift ($1, retails for approx $100)

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

Necklace: Nordstrom Rack ($15)

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m never totally sure about wearing leggings and boots in “summer,” but when the weather gets cold enough to warrant that type of dressing, then I get on board. I pinned quite a few articles about how to wear boots in spring and summer to my Pinterest board, if you’re interested in reading more. You all know that I love getting year-round use in my wardrobe and was thrilled to see the number of looks that involve boots for summer! Check out my Pinterest board if you’re looking for more inspiration- you can find it here.

2) This is definitely the time of year to pick up blazers on sale, if you’re in the market for any. Charity shops/thrift shops, in particular, have a lot of sales on blazers, given that this is the “off season.” I’ve even picked up a couple of winter coats for $10-$30, recently. They are happily sitting in my closet, just waiting for fall and winter. Even though you may not be using them now, off season shopping is a great way to snag seriously good deals. In stores, many of the fall and winter clothes are sold out, but online and in thrift stores are still stocking quite a few cold weather items. I even noticed that places like Nordstrom Rack did had some winter coats around, as well as spring jackets. This weekend is the Clear the Rack event at Nordstrom Rack, so it’s a good time to grab any items you’ve been looking for on “super sale.”  More details are here: https://www.facebook.com/NordstromRack

It’s not too late to use the coupon code THEFASHIONHUNTRESS35 to receive a $35 credit on your next order from eShakti! You can click here for additional details!

GC CODE: THEFASHIONHUNTRESS35  $35 off your next purchase, Valid till 06/21/2015, Enter this code in the ‘Gift Coupon / Referral Code’ box at checkout

Anyone else wearing boots this summer? Thanks so much for stopping, readers! I appreciate it so very much! Have a great weekend!

surprising patterns from (jc)penney (+giveaway winner!)

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So, there I was, going through my mail, when I came across a coupon for $10 off a $10 purchase for JCPenney. Huh. Now, readers, I personally hadn’t been to JCPenney in at least twenty years. But, clever, clever JCPenney, perhaps they knew that. Perhaps they didn’t. But either way, that enticed me to check out what JCPenney is up to these days. Turns out they’ve got a few great lines there; my favorite of which was definitely the Nicole by Nicole Miller line. I’m proud to say this entire look came from JCPenney. First time visitor in quite some time, but JCPenney (cue the old tagline), I like your style.

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Top: Nicole by Nicole Miller via JCPenney ($5, marked down from $40)

Skirt: Nicole by Nicole Miller via JCPenney ($20, marked down from $45)

Blazer: Zara via thrift ($6, retails for approx $150)

Shoes: Franco Sarto via Nordstrom Rack (too many years ago to remember the price)

Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane Couture via Rue La La ($15 marked down from $150)

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In other news! Today is the GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!

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drum-roll (old school, super fancy, low tech version of a giveaway)….

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CONGRATS TIMEKA/SEWLOVEABLE from sewloveable.com!! 

Thanks so much to all who entered!! Cheers to Acorn Oils for offering such a super cool giveaway and amazing products to the Fashion Huntress readers!

Interested in learning more about Acorn Oils? Check her out via:
instagram: @acorn_oils
For Fashion Huntress readers only: Enter this Etsy promo code: HUNTRESS  (for 10% off- expires 7/10/15)

rainy mondays and floral flourishes

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Wow, Chicago has gotten so many rainy days, lately! The flowers, grass, and trees are in full summer bloom! Rainy Mondays always have me feeling cozy and calm. I wore a floral skirt and breezy top to celebrate the rainy warmth and full bloomed flowers that are gracing us with their presence. “Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” -John Updike

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Top: Lady Manhattan vintage via thrift ($1.50)

Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft ($15 marked down from $90)

Necklace: gift

Gold wrap bracelet: Lulu Dharma via thrift ($1, retails for $190)

Gold bracelet: Alex and Ani for Disney ($45)

Shoes: Derek Lam via TJ Maxx ($60 marked down from $350)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) It’s about that time when offices start blasting their summer air conditioning, which always means light layers for me. I like to pair cardigans and/or light blouses with skirts and sandals for a professional air conditioning proof professional look. 

2) This month’s manicure link-up (#monthlymani) theme is “summer picnic.” Despite the rainy and overcast days, I decided to go full blown neon with my nails this week. I even added sunglasses, complete with glitter. Below is a picture of my summer nails; check-out the other #monthlymani girls for their summer picnic themed nails!

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Justine from The Thrifty Girl’s Guide
Kate from Into the Stratosphere
Kristi from Delightfully Kristi
Natalie from Being Mrs. Olson
Ashley from Free Wills Studio

Giveaways and coupons!

It’s not too late to enter for a chance to win my giveaway with Acorn Oils! If you are interested in entering, click here for your chance to win! For Fashion Huntress readers only: Enter this Etsy promo code: HUNTRESS  (for 10% off- expires 7/10/15). 

It’s also not too late to use the coupon code THEFASHIONHUNTRESS35 to receive a $35 credit on your next order from eShakti! You can click here for additional details!

GC CODE: THEFASHIONHUNTRESS35  $35 off your next purchase, Valid till 06/21/2015, Enter this code in the ‘Gift Coupon / Referral Code’ box at checkout

feathery friday (+ giveaway and coupon!)

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A feathery tube top might not seem like a go-to work piece, but I’m happy to say that this top made for a feathery Friday with a blazer and conservative skirt. Unlike feather skirts, in my experience, the feathers stay put when woven into a top, and add interesting texture to any look. In short, I’m totally feeling light as a feather this Friday- it’s a rainy day in Chicago, which means I’ll soon be drinking tea and reading a book in some cozy pajamas…heaven.

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Top: Robert Rodriguez (gift)

Skirt: vintage Christian Dior ($18)

Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)

Necklace: Asos via giveaway from Windy City Wardrobe

Shoes: Nine West Outlet in New Orleans, LA ($25 marked down from approx $100)

Tights: (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) It’s not too late to enter for a chance to win my giveaway with Acorn Oils! If you are interested in entering, click here for your chance to win! For Fashion Huntress readers only: Enter this Etsy promo code: HUNTRESS  (for 10% off- expires 7/10/15). 

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enter for your chance to win one of these Acorn Oils!

2) It’s also not too late to use the coupon code THEFASHIONHUNTRESS35 to receive a $35 credit on your next order from eShakti! You can click here for additional details!

GC CODE: THEFASHIONHUNTRESS35  $35 off your next purchase, Valid till 06/21/2015, Enter this code in the ‘Gift Coupon / Referral Code’ box at checkout

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eShakti dress/skirt; order yours today at http://www.eshakti.com

Did you enter the giveaway yet? Are you also embracing the feather trend? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Friday!