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!

sun sun sun here we come

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“Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
And I say it’s all right.”

-Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles

Top: Banana Republic ($15, marked down from approx $80)

Blazer: Lauren Conrad via thrift ($3, retails for approx $65)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Necklace: from travels to Nantucket

Shoes: Banana Republic ($15, marked down from approx $130)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) The summer sales are definitely in full swing. I found these shoes just the other day at Banana Republic, sitting in a giant stack of shoes. The key to true sale hunting is “the quick scan.” Items are often grouped with all different colors, styles, and prices- and you essentially want to isolate first the best prices, then evaluate the finds. That process is the quick scan. It doesn’t take more than a few moments to just scan quickly by price and then pull the finds from there. While I don’t agree with buying something just because “it’s cheap,” I do think the quick scan basically rules out anything that you will inevitably want to get despite being “above the budget” and can help you stay on target. 

2) Summer is flying by, and it is already time for some festive 4th of July nails! You can see them below :)! 

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Anyone have plans for the holiday weekend, if you are stateside? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

head held high

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Some days, it just feels like when it rains, it pours. Today started out as one of those days. But, I called my mom (always helps). And then, I opened a magazine and the first photo was this:

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The quote is a little hard to read, but it says, “Keep your heels, head, and standards high.” -Coco Chanel. Coco, Mom, my sis G, I am feeling this vibe. Sometimes, you feel down, or scared, or worried, but you have to keep your head held high and have faith (and wear the right shoes).

Dress: J Crew via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Blazer: thrift ($5, unknown retail!)

Necklace: Bauble Bar ($28 marked down from $34)

Shoes: Crocs (seriously, I may never take them off)  ($40 marked down from $60) available

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It’s #monthlymani time again! This month the inspiration was a beach theme-! I painted an octopus and then its tentacles over both hands.:)

Check out the other ladies’ below!

Justine from The Thrifty Girl’s Guide
Kristi from Delightfully Kristi
Lyndsey from Dressed in Mascara

flower power

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While I love florals, I’m not a huge daisy print fan…until this shirt. This Sea top had me swooning- and even more once I tried it on. I’m officially a daisy fan and flower child now. Flower power, indeed.

Silk top: Sea via Nordstrom Rack ($40 marked down from approx $300)

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

Shoes: Ann Taylor ($20 marked down from approx $150)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I found these shoes in the heart of winter, which is how I got them so discounted. It’s hard to look past the current season, sometimes, and buy something “out of season.” But, it’s really the best way to find the best deals-by shopping out of season. Here’s a good article about “when to buy what” at the best prices. http://business.time.com/2012/10/26/the-best-times-to-buy-clothing/

2) If I’m wearing silk, I’m wearing a t-shirt underneath. Silk runs a risk of staining or becoming discolored as a result of sweat and/or deodorant. The best way to cut down on both dry cleaning and to keep your silk looking fresh is to layer a shirt underneath your silk top. I pick up “undershirts” at Forever 21, Gap, and Old Navy. You can normally find them for under $5 on sale and can wash them for quite some time without having any quality concerns. Buy them in neutral colors to ensure that they do not “show through” your silk top. 

Anyone else have silk tips? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!

slowly strolling

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Since I’ve been working on “letting go and letting be,” I did the unthinkable during my work day…I went for a walk. A real live walk. And then…I stopped and looked at the river and skyline…and stood there looking. Below is a photo from said walk.

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Small victories, people. Learning to relish the small things is where its at, I think.

Top: Halogen via thrift ($3, retails for approx $70)

Skirt: Nicole by Nicole Miller via JCPenney ($20, marked down from $45)

Belt: Old Navy ($1.99 marked down from $7)

Shoes: Kate Spade via Nordstrom Rack ($20, marked down from approx $200)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I last featured this dress as a pattern clash look (below). For this post, I added a white peplum top to streamline the look and keep it simple. I then layered a belt over the peplum top with a color from the skirt to add some additional interest. Voila- same skirt, new look!

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2) Still on my thrifting kick, I’ve noticed that holiday weekends tend to be the weekend to sale thrift, which basically means prices are flat-out the lowest they will be (hence $3 for the top in this post). However, it was a big mistake to go at noon on a holiday weekend. Yikes. I could barely find parking and the store was jam packed. Note to self: go early!

Anyone else going for summer walks? Enjoying the weather? Thanks so much for stopping by readers; I appreciate it so very much!