thankful

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Tomorrow, in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. While reflecting on blessings is not limited to one day, Thanksgiving, to me, is an important day to celebrate with loved ones and reflect on the many blessings we have experienced throughout the year. I am so thankful this year for the many blessings that have come my way and for all the people that I have to share them with, including you, lovely readers. The Fashion Huntress used to just be a dream in my mind and now it’s a reality. I’m thankful for endless support and the blogging friends I have met along the way. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and weekend. We’ll be back to our regular programming at the end of the weekend.

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happy pre-holiday

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I’m generally in the camp of limiting a lot of holiday spirit before Thanksgiving, but lately I just can’t stop myself! I’m already listening to holiday music and putting up holiday decorations. Poor Thanksgiving. But you can’t really get into a Thanksgiving themed outfit quite like you can a holiday themed outfit (ie lots of gold and glitter). This is my happy pre-holiday look, both pre-Thanksgiving and pre-holidays. Even thought it’s a little early, I’m loving every minute of it.

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

Skirt: HIP via Nordstrom Rack ($21 marked down from $32) similar here/here/here

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)

Leggings: Limited (approx $10, a long time ago!)

Boots: Bloomingdale’s Outlet ($18 marked down from approx $60)

Necklace: Anthropologie ($15 marked down from $60)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) It can be really challenging to find tulle skirts at a decent price, for whatever the reason! Finding a tulle skirt around $20 took me a while, but I found a bunch at Choies. If you find that the tulle skirts you are finding are too long, you can always consider shortening them on your own. I had to modify the one I found at Nordstrom Rack by cutting off approximately 8 inches of tulle. I like the long versions, but liked the shorter version for work. Either way, I’m here to say that you can find an affordable tulle skirt and you can make it work appropriate!

2)  Speaking of searching high and low, would you believe that I found these boots in the kids’ section at the Bloomingdale’s Outlet? I’ve read in the past that if you anywhere from size 8.5 and smaller, you can generally fit in kid shoes. I never believed it, until I found this pair! It’s true, readers, it’s actually true! So, why not check out the kids’ section next time you’re at a department store? Just look for the sizes that look similar to your shoe size (hold up an adult shoe next to them to compare). You might be surprised at what you find!

Anyone else loving tulle skirts lately? Wearing them to work? Wearing kids’ shoes? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much! Happy Monday!

wonderful wool

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Layers, readers. I can’t stop myself. It’s going to be four, five, or six straight months of layers. Despite only being November, it’s already getting to the point of not being able to have exposed skin outside in Chicago. So, I’m layering up in a cozy cocoon of warm wonderful wools and knits. I’m not going to hibernate, though, don’t worry. These cozy looks are too fun not to share. Stay warm (and cozy chic), readers!

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Top: Forever 21 ($20) similar here/here

Shrug: Ann Taylor via thrift ($4)

Skirt: J Jill via Savers ($5, retails for approx $80) similar here/here/here

Boots: Not Rated via DSW ($60 marked down from $75) here

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

Necklace: Banana Republic ($7 marked down from $80)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I find wool to be a little tough on the skin, personally. So, if I’m wearing wool, I’m wearing layers to avoid itching, etc. Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to have the same reaction to wool and mohair. I really love the warmth, however, so I find that layering with tights, leggings, and long sleeve tees helps to ensure that my wool actually gets worn. Additionally, for me, wool is a dry clean only situation. I don’t try and toss it through the machine (like I do with just about everything else). So, wearing layers with your wool helps to ensure that you won’t have to dry clean the item every single time you wear it. 

2) You all know, probably very well at this point, about my denim obsession. However, for many people, denim in the workplace is not an option due to dress codes. Denim tops can easily be substituted for a white button down, a navy button down, or a sheer dress shirt with a camisole underneath. I love the versatility of denim, but other solid color button downs are just as neutral. I love the button downs at Gap, H&M, and via resale/thrifting. If you want to go high end, just make sure to dry clean your high end/designer pieces. 

Btw, this month I’m teaming up with the #monthlymani girls for the Black Tie theme! Check out my themed nails below:

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The other #monthlymani girls to check out their fab looks:

Kristi from Alligator Toe

Justine from The Thrifty Girls Guide

Piniel from Pins-Place

Kate from Into the Stratosphere

Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali

Erika from Erika’s Style Diary

Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty

Anyone else have wool wearing tips? Loving nail art? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

holiday houndstooth

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Something about houndstooth really says, “the holidays are here.” And despite not loving the snow and cold, I’m super excited for winter white, glitter dresses, houndstooth, and sparkle everything. And don’t even get me started on ABC Family’s Countdown to Christmas holiday line-up because I won’t stop telling you how excited I am for that too. In short, I’m just feeling the holiday love in my houndstooth dress.

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Dress: c/o Oasap

Blazer: Forever 21 ($25) similar here and here

Necklace: Express (gift)

Shoes: Qupid via DSW ($25 marked down from $50) still available here but check in-store feature for your size

Leggings: TJ Maxx ($5 marked down from $15)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I had a lot of success at DSW on my last visit. I’ve noticed that, more often than not, their clearance shoes are actually more discounted in stores than online (which is somewhat rare, compared to other retail stores, besides Banana Republic). For example, the shoes featured here are still $35 online, but were $25 in stores. It definitely pays to go to the store if you have the time. Don’t forget to also sign-up for DSW’s free “point” card to earn points and a birthday coupon. 

2) There’s approximately 100+ houndstooth dresses via Oasap. Most of the dresses range from $15-$35. I found that the online measurements were accurate and that the fabric quality was quite good. I even tossed this dress in the washing machine (in a garment bag), and then let it air dry. The dress came out perfectly. (I’ll leave the part about spilling hot cocoa on it out, since that was a terrible situation. Seriously, I’m really clumsy). Anywho, you can find all of their dresses online here. There’s free shipping worldwide and Fashion Huntress shoppers can use the coupon code “oasap1st” for a discount on your first order. A big thank you to Oasap for the dress!

Anyone else loving winter whites? How do you style your winter whites? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it and love all of your comments!

gone green (aka flannel revival)

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Well, readers, I fear it has begun…my slightly irrational attachment to flannel and sweaters has started up again this season. I promise, I will do my very best to not just feature flannel and sweaters for the next six snowy/cold months in Chicago. I might as well just say it: I, The Fashion Huntress, have an addiction to warm layers and flannel. I even pulled out my snow boots and down coat…there’s no turning back, readers. The cold is here to stay. I’m going to keep it fashionable, though, because the cold will not stop the Huntress (except when it gets below zero. Then all bets are off).

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Sweater: Banana Republic (approx $17 marked down from approx $70)

Flannel: H&M ($20 marked down from $25)

Pants: Ann Taylor Loft (approx $20 marked down from $100)

Shoes: Miss Mooz via Nordstrom Rack (long time ago, can’t remember anymore!)

Necklace: Forever 21 (approx $3)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This sweater and flannel were last seen worn differently as seen below. I love fall and winter layering because it gives you many more opportunities to wear the same pieces over and over, but in new ways! Sweaters and button downs can be rotated and combined endlessly, and when you swap out the pants, you have even more options! 

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2) There are quite a bit of button downs and sweaters on sale now, but most of them are from the “fall collections.” Personally, I wear “fall sweaters” and “winter sweaters” interchangeably throughout the seasons, especially with layers. So, now’s a great time to pick up sweaters and button downs, though remember that boots, scarves, and winter coats are not likely to be on sale for at least another 1-3 months, so you may want to hold out on those items!

Anyone else getting ready for winter fashion now? Pulling out the sweaters and layers? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

three dollar treat via target

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So there I was at Target the other day…grabbing some groceries, you know, cleaning supplies, etc etc. Well, I stopped by the clearance clothing section (of course), and found this Altuzarra for Target dress on clearance for $13. Sold. Anywho, I was at the register checking out when their machine froze and stopped working. I didn’t really care all that much, but the store was very apologetic and gave me $10 off my purchase. As a result, I figured this dress wound up being a three dollar treat. Ta. Da. Also, it’s softer than my pajamas, and it’s snakeskin print. I mean, really? It’s a three dollar treat via Target.

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Dress: Altuzarra for Target ($3 marked down from $45)
Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack ($3 marked down from $15)
Shoes: Nine West Outlet in New Orleans, LA ($25 marked down from approx $100)
Scarf: Limited (approx $7 marked down from $35)
Ring: Forever 21 ($1.50)
Huntress necklace: made it!

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) If you’re a fan of the Altuzarra collection, or even if you have yet to see it, there are still a LOT of pieces available online and seriously marked down. Go to target.com and enter “Altuzarra” in the search box to find the available pieces. There are still skirts, tops, dresses, and shoes available (when I last checked). I think the quality of the collection is quite good; I got stopped many times about this dress and kept telling people it was from Target. Target is where it’s at, right?! 
2) I went pretty bold with this look, despite the bold print. Sometimes you want to just go all out, right? But this dress could be easily “toned down” with black tights, black shoes, neutral cardigan or blazer, and a neutral scarf. As with many dresses, you could also layer a sweater over the dress and make the dress into a skirt to “tone it down” into a smaller print. 
Anyone else find some pieces in this collection? Going to snag some on sale? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

day dreaming (in prints)

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau

If I could live in one clothing item forever, it would have to be printed dresses. I adore whimsical, dreamlike prints and the memories and thoughts that prints can evoke; this print is absolutely no exception. This whimsical print has me dreaming of days past, vacations to come (hopefully), evening walks in Venice, and all-around adventures that have yet to be experienced. I’m day dreaming in this dress…heading towards the direction of my dreams.

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Dress: c/o Oasap

Denim shirt: thrifted via Savers ($3)

Leggings: TJ Maxx ($5 marked down from $15)

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

Necklace: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $80)

Ring: Anthropologie ($5 marked down from approx $35)

Scarf: c/o Oasap

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I love a printed scarf with a statement necklace and printed dress. For me, it’s just enough of a good thing. If I’m going to wear a scarf with a necklace and printed top, I generally wear a thin scarf versus a heavy flannel which can weigh down the look. You can see here how this Paris scarf gave the look a breezy feel and nice depth without looking like “too much.”

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2) Oasap has really great pieces for amazing prices. You can find this dress here. I also adore this version here. For $15-$25, you cannot beat how unique the dresses are. There’s currently a sale for an additional 20-25% off all items, including sale prices. In order to ensure the dress would fit (as I was shopping online), I pulled out my tape measure and, sure enough, the dress was definitely the size that was listed online. Additionally, I found the quality of the fabric to be quite good. This dress has a nice brocade/stiff feeling to it that gives the dress great shape, while still being comfortable. A special thank you to Oasap for the opportunity to check out their amazing clothes. I’ll definitely be back for more unique finds!

Anyone else have a love of romantic prints? Tips for styling? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!