from sevilla to chicago (black and white outfit and besties)

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Readers, it really warms my heart to share these photos with you today. They were taken by dear friend, Andrea of A Spoonful of Sugar Baking, who I met many years ago in Sevilla, Spain. Many moons ago, Andrea and I lived abroad together. Now back in our respective hometowns (Boston and Chicago), we have remained in contact and occasionally even get to visit in person! Our visit involved a lot of thrifting, photos, and snacking. It was a Sevilla to Chicago, black and white outfit and besties reunion- a joyful occasion indeed!

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Top: Ann Taylor ($5, retails for approx $60)

Skirt: TJ Maxx ($12 marked down from approx $50)

Blazer: Forever 21 ($5, retails for approx $40)

Necklace: Asos via giveaway from Windy City Wardrobe

Shoes: Chanel via consignment ($140, retail for approx $500)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Finally! After many years of searching, I finally found a pair of Chanel flats on consignment. This was quite the search, and difficult to find a pair that was both my size and my price point! If you’re looking for a particular item, often times, staff will make note of what you are looking for and call you if anything comes in. I did not take this route, as I wasn’t aware of this option! But, now that I know, I think that’s a great way to save time if you’re on the hunt for something specific. 

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2) In an effort to convey “spring” in my looks, I’ve completely overlooked black and white spring looks! I think sometimes we all can think in a narrow way about our wardrobes: “spring is for pastels” or “no tights in spring.” But, really, anything goes! Black, white and neutrals can definitely be spring-y! If you’ve found yourself feeling limited in your “spring options,” consider broadening your horizons to encompass more of your closet into a variety of seasonal looks.

A big thank you again to Andrea of A Spoonful of Sugar Baking for her amazing friendship and photography skills!

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Andrea!

I hope everyone is having a good week! Thanks so much for stopping by; I appreciate it so very much!

vintage vibe

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Oh my, readers…I spotted this vintage find from a mile away and it was love at first sight. Is it from the 60s? 70s? 80s? It’s unclear…but with an updated pair of heels, this vintage find stole my heart. I love when clothes find a second (or third or fourth) life with a new wearer. I just imagine who may have designed this dress many years ago, perhaps wondering how long it would remain in use, perhaps not. Either way, this vintage dress lives to tell another story- this is a totally vintage vibe Monday.

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Dress: vintage via thrift ($6)

Necklace: House of Harlow 1960 via Saks Off Fifth ($10 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Kohl’s ($23 marked down from $55)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I would be the first person to say that this dress is not for everyone. It’s actually a very flattering cut, but quite a bold print that could be off-putting if you’re not big into colors/prints in combination. Because the pattern does look quite vintage, I added a very modern heel to keep the dress from looking too vintage-y. For a fall styling, I will add a cardigan, tights, and knee high boots, to again, keep the look modern and fresh. 

2)As much as I like designer vintage shops (and there are plenty in Chicago), you definitely pay a premium on vintage pieces in “vintage shops.” I like to find my vintage pieces in charity shops/thrift stores, as the vintage pieces are the same price as any other dresses in the shop. In the Chicagoland area, it’s very common that vintage shop owners will dig through local charity shops on “new arrivals” day and then re-sell the vintage finds in their store-at a marked-up price. I’m guessing this is probably true in other areas, though, of course, cannot be sure. If you are short on time and love vintage, a vintage shop is the way to go. If you don’t mind taking some time digging, you can definitely scope out your local shops on “new arrivals” day yourself and save yourself quite a bit of cash. Just ask your local charity shop when new pieces tend to hit the store- and you’ll probably be thrifting with local boutique owners! 

Anyone else have vintage dress styling tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it; happy Monday!

totally jazzed in a jumpsuit (part 2)

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After I recently discovered my love of the jumpsuit, I have been stumbling upon so many jumpsuit gems! This Anthro find was no exception. I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I’m totally jazzed in a jumpsuit- again!

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Jumpsuit: Corey Lynn Calter for Anthropologie ($17 marked down from $170)

Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)

Belt: gift

Hat: gift

Bracelets: gifts

Black ring: Tory Burch via Nordstrom Rack ($10 marked down from $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) As I mentioned in my last jumpsuit post, jumpsuits are a little tricky on the fitting, if you ask me. I’ve had some trouble finding a jumpsuit that fits perfectly right off the hanger. When you think about it, though, it’s really no surprise. A jumpsuit is a top and a bottom in one piece, assuming that we all are one size on top and bottom! Don’t be discouraged if you’re having the same issue! I found that a little basic tailoring goes a long way. I “pulled in” the top of this jumpsuit by sewing the top in a little smaller under each arm. Five minutes, needle and thread, and you’ve got a perfectly fitting piece! 

2) Wow, I’m super late on the matte nail trend, huh?! Nails are not my forte though, readers, as you all know! Anywho, I received the Essie “matte” top coat as a gift from my cousin- and I’m a huge fan! It makes any color a “matte” color. However, I’ve found that the matte top coats work best on colors that are “flat” meaning no metallic, sheen, or glitter in them. Below you can see how I recently used a tooth pick (for the nail art on my thumb) and a matte top coat for a fun spring manicure.

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Anyone else have jumpsuit tips? I hope everyone is having a good week thus far! Happy mid-week and thanks for stopping by!

fuchsia fever

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These shoes, a recent find at, yet again, Kohl’s have me totally feeling fuchsia fever. As much as I love my tights, I’m totally happy that it’s warm enough to enjoy some sun, warm weather, and all the outdoor activities that we miss during Chicago winters. My current favorite outdoor activity, when I can squeeze it in? Sitting outside, reading a book, and hanging in our hammock. Fuchsia fever, indeed, and spring fever!

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Top: Diane Von Furstenberg via Saver’s ($5, retails for $250)

Blazer: Rachel Zoe via consignment ($20, retails for $250)

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

Shoes: Juicy Couture for Kohl’s ($10, retail for $65)

Necklace: Asos via giveaway from Windy City Wardrobe

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I balanced these very feminine high heels with a “boyfriend” cut blazer, which added a nice balance to the look. Spring and summer are probably the easiest seasons to go from “coffee to cocktails.” I always add a blazer to my sleeveless tops for work, and then ditch the blazer for any after-work activities (generally shopping, ha!). My fastest go-to outfit in spring and summer is sandals, sleeveless top, skirt, and blazer. Seriously, there’s basically no thought involved and helps me get out the door on time to get to work!

2) Black blazers are definitely my standard go-to blazer, though lately, I’ve really tried to branch out and consider blazers in other colors! I tend to find the majority of my blazers on Rue La La and via thrift stores. For whatever reason, blazers are really easy to thrift- Goodwills and Salvation Armys have a LOT of blazers. Even if you find a full suit, you can either keep or re-donate the skirt, if you don’t want a full suit. I often thrift suits and wear the jacket and skirt as separate pieces.

Anyone else have a go-to outfit in spring and summer? Happy Monday, all! I hope everyone had a good weekend!

never too much (tutu)

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Seriously, if you put “Disney Princess” on an article of adult clothing, I’m pretty much sold on it. Enter: the Lauren Conrad LC Cinderella collection for Kohl’s. Between the Milly collection and the Cinderella collection, Kohl’s totally has my heart lately. Never say never, readers, they have really upped their fashion game, if you ask me. I’m totally embracing my inner Disney princess today because there’s never too much tutu in this world!

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Denim top: Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from approx $45)

Top: Nordstrom Rack ($19 marked down from $40) similar

Skirt: LC Lauren Conrad Cinderella for Kohl’s ($26 marked down from $65)

Tights: Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($7 marked down from $14)

Necklace: Tatty Devine via If Chic; Pegasus wings necklace

Shoes: Juicy Couture via Kohl’s ($15 marked down from $75)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) A lot of the LC Lauren Conrad Cinderella has sold out online. However, when I was in the store, I found quite a few items that were sold out online. So, if you’re still in the market to snag anything from the line, I definitely recommend checking out your local store. There are still a few pieces online as well (I’m definitely eyeing that “bippidi boppidi boo” shirt, personally). You can find the collection at: http://www.kohls.com

2) Tutus. At first, I thought they were a little difficult to style. But, in actuality, they really aren’t! Pinterest is definitely your friend if you are looking for inspiration and ideas.  The key, I think, is to ensure you both look professional and not child-like. I opt for high heels, and avoid any other “frills” such as bows or ribbons. The tutu is more than enough frill and fun for the workplace, so I definitely recommend keeping everything else streamlined and simple.  My Pinterest board has quite a few tutu images. If you’re ever interested in checking out my inspiration board, you can find it here!

Additionally, here are some of the other ways I’ve styled tulle/tutus for work:

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Anyone else have tutu tips? I hope everyone has a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

musings on milly (for kohl’s)

IMG_4751 Apparently my last post on my vintage Milly dress was well timed, because I realized that the Milly for Kohl’s line is now available (in stores and online)! Never one to miss a designer collaboration with an affordable retail store, I checked it out. Not too surprisingly, many pieces were already sold out in my local store, but I managed to snag the sole remaining lemon dress that I had admired online. The prices for the line are a bit steep, if the pieces are not on sale. However, with the Kohl’s coupons, discounts in the stores, and Kohl’s cash/points, the pieces did become more affordable. And, an important side note, the quality on this line is pretty impressive and generally true to the Milly designer line aesthetic.

My verdict on this one: I don’t think many of these pieces will hit the clearance section due to their quality and popularity. If you want anything from the line, grab some coupons online, register for a free Kohl’s cash points card, and visit your local shop/online today!
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Dress: Milly for Kohl’s ($35 marked down from $70)
Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)
Necklace: Juicy Couture charm from bracelet and Kohl’s necklace ($5 marked down from $24)
Tights: gift
Daytime kitten heels: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)
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 Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Designer collaborations via retail stores such as Target and Kohl’s can be a little hit or miss though, overall, I’m a fan. I prefer to check-out these collections, if possible, in the actual stores to look over the quality and fit of the pieces. With any line that I really have had my eye on, I tend to view the ‘lookbooks’ online via the official press releases.  After the release, I will attempt to go to the store the week of the release. With very popular lines, the collections tend not to go on sale. If you don’t mind potentially missing out on a collaboration, I just wait it out and see whether any of the pieces end up on sale. Here are a couple collaborations that are currently available:
 
2) As with my last post, I actively used the size chart again to attempt to find this dress in the correct size. Victory! Once again, I have gotten the message that online size charts really are your friends. I keep a flexible tape measure in my desk and my purse for this very reason- you just never know when you will need one! You can find flexible/fabric tape measures online and at your local craft store; they are $1 at my local sewing shop.
Anyone else checking out the Milly for Kohl’s line? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much- happy mid-week!

jazzed in a jumpsuit

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Umm, I haven’t been this jazzed about a trend since I realized I could wear denim tops to work, readers. I decided I am LOVING the jumpsuit trend. For the record, I had tried on shorts/rompers many times in the past, before I realized I just feel more comfortable in a full length/pant jumpsuit. My fiance, J, is endlessly supportive of my quirky fashion, but he just could not get on board for this trend, noting, “you will definitely look back and question this one.” I laughed and decided he may be right…but, for real, today, I’m totally jazzed in a jumpsuit.

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Jumpsuit:Asos via giveaway from Windy City Wardrobe

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

Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)

Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from approx $60)

Necklace: gift (from Anthropologie)

Purse: Nine West via the Nine West outlet in New Orleans, LA (approx $20 marked down from approx $75)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) To order a jumpsuit or a romper is pretty challenging due to the specificity of the fit of these types of pieces. However, once I busted out my tape measure and got really committed to using the “size chart” offered online, I was able to order this jumpsuit online and have it fit perfectly! I generally ignore the size charts online, to be honest, which, I know, is probably surprising and a bad habit! Size charts really do help with knowing whether a piece will fit and whether some basic alterations, on your end, will help ensure that your online pieces will fit like a glove. 

2) While many people can sport a jumpsuit/romper without a belt, I quickly identified that the no-belt look wasn’t going to work for me and my proportions.  Additionally, the blazer helped add a better sense of proportion and balance to the look.  Overall, the jumpsuit was one of the more challenging pieces I’ve styled, but I found that patience was key. Once I tried on a few belts, some heels, and various blazers, I was able to find a combination that looked professional and balanced. As with most trendy pieces, I highly recommend styling your challenging pieces by trying them on with a variety of combinations. The “flat lay on the bed” method just doesn’t seem to work for me when I’m styling a “trendy” piece. 

Anyone else have jumpsuit and/or romper styling tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I hope everyone had a good weekend!