feeling fall (but still summer)

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Ahhhh, I feel fall coming around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited! But, I am working on remaining “present focused,” so I decided to embrace a few more summer looks before moving onto beloved fall fashion…

Denim top: thrift ($5)

Blazer: thrift ($4)

Skirt: Nordstrom Rack ($9 marked down from $78)

Necklace: J Crew factory ($20 marked down from approx $75)

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

Bracelets: made most of them!

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Thanks for all of the ‘new post format’ love, readers! I’m going to intermix how-to posts with outfit of the day posts, so keep an eye out for the mixed up formats! In the meantime, I last featured these shoes in winter with tights. I don’t like to rule out open toed shoes for cooler weather, so I try and remember to pair them with tights to wear them all year round! 

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2) The necklace featured here is another win for J Crew Factory. You can check out their clearance section here: https://factory.jcrew.com/sale.jsp . Definitely sign up for their emails to know when they have free shipping (which happens really frequently) and additional discounts on their clearance section. The jewelry on there is SO much cheaper than at the actual J Crew store! 

stylin’ a la SJP

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I’ve been following Sarah Jessica Parker and SJP shoes on Instagram for a long time now. My obsession with her shoes runs deep. So deep that I recently casually stopped by Nordstrom just to look (aka try on and swoon) at one of my favorite pairs. I mean, how else would I know what size I would need if someone offered to buy me a pair?? (…erm…let’s go with ‘of course, that’s a completely logical reason.’).

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SWOON. But back to reality. Sorry SJP, j’adore you, but ouch on the price point ($400 pre-tax). So, I, of course, started Googling SJP shoes and lo and behold, I found some at 6pm.com, which apparently is a sister company of Zappos. Sounds legit. So, I order a fab pair and wait not so patiently. The shoes arrive and here’s what I find:

What in the world? They are unceremoniously dumped in a brown box, without any packaging around them and are completely scuffed. Disappointment ensues. I emailed 6pm.com immediately and expressed my dismay (“why would you ever package shoes like that? Doesn’t SJP deserve some respect? Don’t shoes deserve to be treated well?”). 6pm.com got back to me about 8 hours later (impressed, but I remain skeptical). They offer to return the shoes for free and send a new pair that they promise will be re-packaged. I await another package to arrive. This time- this is what happens:

YES! SUCCESS!

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Bottom line, if you love SJP shoes like I do, check out 6pm.com and online for the real deals. This is not a sponsored post, just my personal experience and opinions. If you do order anything, I would love to hear feedback on the packaging and your experience! If you want to follow SJP style with me, check out my Pinterest board: Stylin’ a la SJP.

I will post how I’m going to style the shoes ASAP, by the way. I was dealing with a broken phone this week, …which is a whole other story. XO, readers!

 

fancy free: new format!

My fabulous friend and blogger (and surgeon and photographer, etc etc the list goes on), Andrea of A Spoonful of Sugar Baking gave me the fab idea to blog about picking out outfits and how I shop. Ummm, why didn’t I think of this sooner?

Today’s topic? Shopping for accessories at Nordstrom Rack.
Okay, so I start by putting on shoes, going outside, and walking/driving to the store.
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Just kidding. Wow, you don’t need that much detail, right?
Okay, so when you walk in the store, you’re going to see a lot of shiny and glittery items. Walk PAST those items, reader. Just walk on past them. They have no power over you.
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Head to the red clearance sign in the accessories section, because this is where you really want to start.
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Now that I’m in the clearance section, I look around a little at the racks. Hmm. I’ve seen these Kate Spade necklaces in clearance for a while. Why aren’t they selling, Nordstrom Rack? Eh, the price isn’t great. Pass. Don’t worry, they will probably end up getting reduced again, so just wait it out, if you want/are feeling dedicated.
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We continue on through the clearance section, and here we go. You want to look for the red tags with ANOTHER red tag. That’s where you really make dreams come true.
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Now, I was in the market for something specific, so I didn’t pick up any of these items. But, you get the sense of how I generally approach the jewelry section. I thought, “I’m looking for a long rose gold necklace. I’ll start in clearance.” Having not found what I was looking for, I moved over to the House of Harlow section. I really like her line of jewelry, and the prices at the Rack are quite good. All of those earrings and necklaces in the photo are House of Harlow.
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At this point, Mariah Carey “Now that I know” is on and I start toe tapping and thinking, “huh, wow it’s been a long time since I’ve heard this song; oldie but a goodie…” Then, I tell myself not to succumb to tricky music tactics in stores…but this is totally my jam…okay, focus.
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Then, voila! I find my winner! $75 marked down to $24.97.
Now, let’s compare how much House of Harlow there is at Rack (at about 50%-75% off), and the online House of Harlow sale section. Wah wah. Very limited choices (only about 8 items) and not great prices. Why? Apparently it’s all at Nordstrom Rack.
And, of course, here’s how I styled my find:
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I’ll do a full post on this look in my next post🙂
So, what did you think of this blogging format, readers? Hopefully it’s helpful!

neon lemon lime

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Summer is flying by, readers! I feel like it was just yesterday I was wondering when it would finally warm up, and now I’m wearing neon (lemon lime) and embracing the warmth (as much as I can, I mean, it’s REALLY warm and humid). Who knows where the time goes, indeed. Have a good week, readers!

Dress: Oasap available here (now on clearance for $20!)

Shrug: Nordstrom Rack (so long ago, cannot remember the price!)

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

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Aside from a black, white, or denim blazer, one item I wear endlessly is a shrug. It’s perfect for cold office air conditioning, and for offering some coverage when needed. I have shrugs in three basic colors: black, navy, and cream. You can’t go wrong with any of these colors and, if you don’t already, you’ll wear them all the time! White House Black Market normally has a good selection, as does Nordstrom Rack.

2) If you want to tone down neon (I personally love how bright it is!), you can add a neutral shirt underneath (denim would work), or layer a cardigan on top. You could also opt for neutral jewelry (versus the statement necklace I wore in this look) and shoes, and then your neon is definitely ready to go in almost any situation.

Anyone else embracing neon and summer? Have a good week readers! Thanks so much for stopping by!

structural with a smile

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I remember bell shaped sleeves being “a thing” back when I was in junior high. I’m sure this structure detail has been on and off trend for decades now, long before I was even a wee Huntress. I’m thrilled to see the shape back in style again…it reminds me of oh so many memories. I’m headed way back in my memories today- this is my ‘structural with a smile’ look.

Top: Zara ($30)

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

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

Necklace: from travels to Nantucket

Bracelets: Alex and Ani   (+handmade bracelets)

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It is #monthlymani time again! This month we did our favorite mani/pedi combos…I couldn’t decide which mani/pedi I liked best, so I’m posting both sets that I painted🙂 Side note, it’s really hard to photograph your own hands and feet together in the same photo, so I decided to skip that mission and just photograph them separately.

Check out the other ladies via the links below!

 

not so long list

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When faced with some balance and time off, I find I often scramble to get to everything “on the list.” You know that list. THE list. Yeah, I’m over that list. I’m trying to take my own advice and sloooooooow down. The other day, I did just that. Slowed down on my drive home to stop and wonder at a magnificent sunset.

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Eh, my list just got even shorter.

Dress: Burberry via Nordstrom Rack ($110 marked down from approx $550)

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

Belt: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $5)

Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack (long time ago, can’t remember price!)

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You never see what you want to see
Forever playing to the gallery
You take the long way home
Take the long way home

-Take the Long Way Home, Supertramp

easy breezy summer shadows

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Contrary to probably many summer lovers, I love a cool summer day that is slightly overcast, allowing me to hang outdoors without breaking a sweat or running the risk of sun burn! A summery day where I can add a lightweight sweater? That makes me one happy camper. It’s my favorite kind of summer look: easy breezy with summer shadows.

 

Sweater: TJ Maxx ($16 marked down from approx $40)

Dress: Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($4 marked down from $58)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Belt: Old Navy ($1 marked down from approx $5)

Necklace: J Crew Factory ($16 marked down from $40)

Sandals: Calvin Klein (so old, can’t even remember where I got them!)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I thought this dress was a little on the short side when I was sitting down, which lent itself perfectly to being worn with jeans or leggings. Also, I generally shy away from a drop waist style, since I don’t think it’s a flattering style on me. However, once belted and layered, the drop waist look ended up working out just fine. Never say never in fashion because you never know what will end up working out in the end! 

2) I recently placed my first order with J Crew Factory, and was really pleased with what I got! The jewelry is a fraction of the price than it is in stores, and there is regularly a free shipping and/or additional markdown sale taking place. I simply waited for both a sale and free shipping offer to occur and was able to ensure that I got the best deal. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can use this link: https://factory.jcrew.com

Anyone else have favorite online shops for jewelry? Feedback on J Crew Factory? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!