spring in my (gold) step

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I feel like shouting from the rooftop, “AT LAST!” Spring is here in full force now, and my down coat and Uggs are officially retired until further notice. It’s funny how a little bit of sunshine and warmth brings so much light to our spirits. I’m practically skipping around this spring, with a lot of spring (pun intended) in my gold step.

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Top: Tracy Reese via consignment ($30, retails for $250)

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

Blazer: H&M (approx $15 marked down from approx $40)

Necklace: Nordstrom Rack ($15)

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

Purse: Kate Spade (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Pastel pants ended up being a lot more versatile than I expected. Though I will say that one downside to these particular Gap pants is they look wrinkled pretty early on in the day. I’m never a huge fan of the wrinkled pants prior to around 4 or 5 pm! However, I did some research and it looks as though this could potentially be prevented. I will try this out and report back! In terms of versatility, these pants (and necklace) were last seen here:

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2) Peplum can be very tricky to style, but I love that it’s still in style this season! I thought it would add volume to looks, but it actually helps pull in the waist and then flares out from the waist, which is a great cut/style. I like peplum with skirts and pants, especially high waisted pants. Pinterest, as always, has amazing ideas for styling peplum. Here are some peplum looks below:

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Anyone else have peplum or no-wrinkle pants tips? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!

spring stripes

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Oh my, it’s a big day!! I am exposing my toes to the elements! And it’s going really well because I can still feel my toes, there’s a warm breeze, and the sun is shining. It really is the little things, right? Today, I am coloring inside the lines in black and white stripes. …my toes are wiggling as we speak; I think we are all excited for sandals, summer, and sun!

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Dress: Evereve via thrift ($9, retails for $100)

Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)

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

Belt: gift

Leggings: Blue ($4 marked down from approx $20)

Necklace:Asos via giveaway from Windy City Wardrobe

Shoes: DSW ($11 marked down from approx $70)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I hadn’t visited Asos in the past, so when I won the giveaway through Windy City Wardrobe, I was, of course, super excited. First and foremost, I love Dasha’s blog and love how the blogging community unites people, both near and far. In this case, Dasha is a fellow Chicago blogger! Secondly, I love checking out new fashion sites, especially ones that have such a diverse range of clothing and accessories. I found the necklace featured here, and still have more finds to share! Stay tuned! If you are new to Asos, check them out, along with Windy City Wardrobe!

2) If there’s one thing I love in this world (besides shoes…and denim…and clothes…okay, well you get the idea), it’s reversible pieces. Would you believe this dress is reversible? I’m swooning. Reversible pieces are like getting two pieces for the price of one. If it’s a year-round piece, as this dress is, even better! Reversible dresses also come with a built-in lining, which you cannot beat in summer! Zappos has a great selection of reversible dresses, as do various travel attire retailers. 

Anyone else have recommendations for finds at Asos? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much and happy Monday!

feathery fringe

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I knew I was on the lookout for a feather or fringe skirt; so when I finally found one on sale (!), I debated long and hard about how to wear fringe at work and still look professional. Turns out, it’s really not that hard. Add a serious-looking top, and it’s all business on top and a party on the bottom. The hardest part of wearing fringe at work? Resisting the temptation to wiggle around like a hula girl (see last photo below) all day. I’m totally feeling feathery fringe at work this spring.

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Top: J Crew via Saver’s ($7, retails for $75)

Skirt: Ann Taylor ($25 marked down from $125)
Tights: gift
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Necklace: Banana Republic ($7 marked down from $80)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Personally, I find that figuring out how to make trendy items work in a conservative work environment is a constant challenge. I rely on Pinterest quite a bit for researching trends and how to style them for work. Sometimes I find a work look on Pinterest, other times I do not, but I often get ideas and a starting place for specific trends. If you see a trend on my blog, odds are that I have inspiration pins on my Pinterest board. If you’re ever interested in checking out my inspiration board, you can find it here!

2) When I found this skirt, there was only one left and it was a few sizes too big. As is often the case with clearance items, you are left with whatever didn’t sell earlier in the season. Taking things in is always easier than letting things out, so I will often pick up a clearance item if I think I can do some basic alterations. I researched how to take this skirt in, but ultimately ended up taking the “path of least resistance” and folding the waistband in on both sides and then sewing the fold over by hand. Yes, this probably could have been done in a more professional way, but it only took about 10 minutes and looked perfect once on. If you want more information, there are some great basic tutorials online, you can find some of them here.

Anyone else loving fringe and feathers lately? I hope everyone has a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it so very much!

more mint please!

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I think we can all agree that my obsession with mint may be reaching an unhealthy level. But seriously, I cannot stop myself and really see no reason to anyway. I can’t help but think back upon a time when colored pants weren’t even being made with much frequency, unless, of course, they were Spandex (80s and 90s). I love how liberating it is to be able to choose between jeans, dress pants, colored pants, printed pants, leggings, you name it: because our options are seemingly unlimited. The world is our (fashion) oyster; more mint please!

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Plaid button down: Gap ($7 marked down $50)

Floral sweater: Ann Taylor Loft ($5 marked down from $55)

Pants: NYDJ via Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from $110) NYDJ sale

Necklace: vintage pearls (gift)

Shoes: Sam Edelman ($50 marked down from $150)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’ve recently found that Nordstrom Rack is stocking a LOT of Not Your Daughter’s Jeans brand jeans for really affordable prices ($30-$5). The online sale prices at the official NYDJ website (link above) aren’t great, but I would argue that these pants are worth it if you have a hard time find pants that fit well, especially if you are pear shaped. NYDJ also stocks standard jeans, as well as colored pants in various colors and cuts. I’m a first-time buyer, but now a long time fan. You can see how I last styled these pants below:

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2) This time of year is the perfect time to grab the last of winter items that are now on clearance. Most stores are stocking the last of their sweaters and heavier pants, and have them at the lowest prices you are likely to find. A recent visit to Gap revealed sweaters between $5-$10, and Ann Taylor Loft ‘final sale’ sweaters for around $3-$5. I’ve found that many stores no longer have much outerwear on sale, as I’m guessing it has sold out, but certainly pants and sweaters are still being sold at great prices. 

Anyone else finding some end-of-winter deals? Any recommendations for where to look? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

gone green (floral)

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What a gorgeous weekend we had here in Chicago! I couldn’t be happier! I’m still patiently awaiting greenery, which is very slowly beginning to show itself here and there. I figured if I wore green and floral, perhaps I would bring my own flowers to the day. Cheers to, hopefully, a sun-filled Monday, readers.

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

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Blazer: Ann Taylor via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)
Dress: thrifted ($2)
Belt: (gift)
Tights: Urban Outfitters (long time ago, can’t even remember!)
Shoes: Nine West via consignment ($8, retail for $100)
Bag: Kate Spade (gift)
Frog bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane Couture via Rue La La ($15 marked down from $150)
Crystal and glass bracelets: (gift)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) At first I thought this outfit might have too many different textures, but by keeping the theme “green,” the look remained coherent. Despite the various prints and textures, it was actually very easy to put this look together by focusing on one color and then surrounding it with neutrals.If you have various textures in your look, keep your outfit streamlined by focusing on one color palette. Alternatively, you can incorporate more colors if your textures are all fairly consistent. 
2) I noticed half-way through my day that I had a run in my tights. SIGH. Luckily, I always have clear nail polish in my desk for this very reason. However, I could have been more prepared, as I don’t keep a spare pair of neutral tights in my office. My snag was small this time, but certainly sometimes tights are beyond repair! Here’s a really good article on how to keep your tights in good shape (and what better people to offer tips than the Rockettes, right?). 
Anyone else have snagged tights tips? I hope everyone had a great weekend! Thanks so very much for stopping by; I appreciate it!

high waisted and horses

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I’ve never been really drawn to high waisted full leg pants, readers. But, in trying on my first pair, I decided I’m actually a long time fan. I think high waisted pants full leg pants are basically the power pants of spring, combine them with power heels and horses? I’m in high waisted and horse, warm weather, power heel heaven…

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Top: Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from $70)

Pants: Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom Rack ($7 marked down from $258)
Shoes: Cole Haan Lunar Grand ($70 marked down from $400)
Necklace: gift
Silver bracelet: Lulu Dharma via thrift ($1, retails for $190)
Floral bracelet: vintage via thrift ($3)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I tried out the pants both with my blouse tucked in and then left out; I think both of the looks really worked and looked quite different. It’s nice to have a pair of pants that can be versatile, which is pretty unique for pants. So, if you’re on the fence for high waisted pants (or like me are pear shaped and are unsure if they will work), just go ahead and try them on! You may be surprised; and if not, no harm in trying!
2) Initially I thought, “hmmm red shoes, how often will I really wear them?” Answer: ALL the time. I actually tend to wear colored shoes more often than “neutral” shoes, especially with neutral pants. In a conservative work environment, colored shoes add a little fun without adding “too much” fun. Depending on what colors you wear, red or blue shoes are both great options for venturing out in to the colored shoe world. You can see how I’ve worn these heels below:
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Anyone else have colored shoe tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers!