all basics (black and white)

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The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. –Leo Tolstoy

Top: Poof via Nordstrom Rack ($1)

Jeans: Old Navy ($11 marked down from approx $35)

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

Necklace: House of Harlow via Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Christian Siriano ($22 marked down from approx $40)  on clearance here 

Fashion Huntress tip: Winter, spring, who knows anymore?! But I’m enjoying looking through the ‘end of season’ sales that are happening right now! The sales at J Crew and Banana Republic are both great right now, if you’re looking for any winter items. For boots, the sale prices at 6pm.com are reaching seasonal lows!

faded and frayed (+#monthlymani!)

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Spring is in the air, readers…I’m eagerly awaiting some greenery and flowers in our lives here in Chicago! In the meantime, I continue to embrace layers and patience. (I’m tapping my bow high heel (sort-of) patiently).

Top: Burberry (gift)

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

Jeans: Old Navy ($10 marked down from $40)

Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft (approx $10 marked down from approx $50)

Shoes: Betsy Johnson via Marshall’s ($50 marked down from $160)

It’s #monthlymani time again! This month we picked a Spring Fling theme. …readers, I just really wanted to paint my nails to look like a magical spring unicorn. I mixed a few colors and the result was, indeed, a glittery shimmery unicorn (in my opinion). #nailedit. Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her Spring Fling #monthlymani! And join us next month for the #Aprilshowers theme!

 

black and white bold

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If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Top: thrift ($3)

Skirt: gift!

Jacket: Milly via ThredUp ($18, retails for approx $450)

Leggings: TJ Maxx ($5 marked down from $20)

Shoes: DSW (can’t remember! few years ago…)

I tried out the new Orly Breathable polish, which is a nail treatment and color; I have to say, readers, I am a fan! My sad peeling winter nails are much happier with breathable polish on them and seemed much stronger once removed. The color options are fab too! You can check it out here: http://www.orlybeauty.com/breathable-treatment-color.html

 

a week in review

Despite now having blogged for years, this is the first time I managed to 1) photograph my outfit Monday-Saturday and 2) dress up every day! Usually by Friday, I’m mentally about two steps away from yoga pants and a sweatshirt at work, but it was fun to challenge myself to rotate through some oldies but goodies in my closet. I haven’t posted on each of these outfits individually yet, but here’s a preview of what’s to come…! Have a fabulous weekend, readers!

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Anyone else challenging themselves to a closet rotation challenge? I vote, go for it!

little red riding coat

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Into the woods-
It’s time, and so
I must begin my journey.

-Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim

Top and pants: Shechet (custom, sadly not for sale anymore despite their awesomeness)

Jacket: Milly via ThredUp ($18, retails for approx $450)

Boots: Crown Vintage via DSW ($45 marked down from $120)

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(not yet) sunday fun day

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Shout-out to Sunday, even though it’s clearly not Sunday today. But, I just had to post this top my mom snagged for me. She knows Sunday is usually my day off, and cause for celebration! So…I’m celebrating mid-week this week…just a few days early! Happy mid-week, all!

Top: (gift)

Jeans: Gap ($20 marked down from approx $60)

Blazer: Zara (approx $30 marked down from approx $100)

Necklace: Vera Wang for Kohl’s (can’t remember!)

Shoes: Betsy Johnson via Marshall’s ($50 marked down from $160)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Blazers seem to be the one item I wear most frequently for work. You’re an instant professional in a blazer, if you ask me! I snag a lot of mine via Rue La La or via vintage finds at thrift stores. I’m not sure about the rules of white with blazers and Labor Day, blah blah, but I’m positive a white blazer in winter looks super winter white chic! 

2) I don’t wear a lot of t-shirts to work, but when I do, I always add the following accessories: jazzy heels or flats, a blazer, and a statement necklace. When you combine all of these components, you get a pretty professional look, depending on your work environment. If you give it a try, let me know! 

Thanks for stopping by, readers! Have a fabulous rest of the week!