new year, new start!

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Happy New Year, readers! Between the holidays, and now being sick, it’s clearly been a challenge to post- but I’m here now! I couldn’t get many photos of this look because it was -5 degrees with the wind chill and I couldn’t bear being outside any longer without a coat- even my dog thought it was madness. I hope everyone has had a good start to the year!

Top: Ann Taylor ($16 marked down from $70)

Pants: Ann Taylor Loft years ago!

Scarf: Target ($5 marked down from approx $20)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79) (I just had them re-heeled and they are good as new!)

Bag: Reed for Kohl’s ($32 marked down from approx $120)

My husband got me this great nail art set for Christmas by Caption Polish (photos above). The art screens allow for stamping a ton of designs onto your nails. You can see my second attempt at nail stamping in the photos above (the first attempt was a bit of a struggle). If you’re thinking about trying your hand at nail stamping, I definitely recommend this set. There’s great online tutorials, and with a little practice, your nails come out looking totally fab! You can check out their art screens via this link: http://www.captionpolish.com/art-screens/

very merry, glitzy and bright (#monthlymani)

Woo hoo! The holidays are in full swing- which does mean busy busy, but also means traditions, family, friends, and lots of merriment ❤ Happy holidays, all!

Dress: Ann Taylor Loft via thrift store  ($2, retails for approx $150)

Vest: Nordstrom Rack ($40)

Leggings: TJ Maxx ($4)

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

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

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

 

It’s that time again: our #monthlymani club! This month we chose a ‘merry, glitzy, and bright’ theme. I opted for red, gold, and red and green glitter- simple and festive! Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her glitzy glam holiday #monthlymani too!

snowy (sweater) weather

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We’ve gotten quite a bit of snow lately, as you can see from my photos! I have an annoying (to me) fear of driving in snow, but am feeling hopeful that I can overcome it this year! My husband is definitely encouraging me to drive whenever it starts to snow so he can help me conquer my fear, but I manage to come up with a lot of excuses of “being busy” (“Oh…erm…I have to go organize my socks…”). Ah well, it’s good to set goals, right? 2017! The year of not being scared of driving in snow!

Sweater: JOA via If Chic

Button down: (so old! Faconnable from Nordstrom, I remember that much!)

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

Tights: Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx ($4 marked down from approx $20)

Shoes: DSW (wow, another one I can’t remember, sorry!)

Necklace: J Crew ($12 marked down from approx $36)

Clutch: Kate Spade (gift)

Fashion Huntress tip: People often tell me how their shoes have been stained by salt or snow. The key is to pack your shoes in your bag and wear commuting shoes or boots when outside. I always, always wear snow boots, y’all since ‘the fall of 2013.’ One time, the ONE time I didn’t in 2013, I wiped out in the middle of the city on a patch of ice and hurt my ankle (and my shoes). So, safety first: wear snow boots, and pack your heels!

totally target (dress)

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Oh man. Target. Let’s face it. It’s really hard to get out of Target with just one item. How much time do I spend in the dollar section before I even make it to the rest of the store? Now, I find myself strolling through the women’s clearance clothing racks before I make it to the grocery/cleaning supplies/actual necessities section. One such stop resulted in this great dress marked down to $10. I swapped out the belt it came with (photo below), jazzed it up with another belt I had at home and a clutch. Totally Target style.

Dress: WhoWhatWear for Target ($10 marked down from $10)

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

Clutch: Reed for Kohl’s ($5 marked down from approx $30)

Necklace: gift

Tights & shoes: (so long ago, I can’t remember!)

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m a fan of swapping out a “generic” or “standard” belt for a statement belt to jazz up a dress. I think a custom belt adds a little edgier or more custom look to any dress. You can see both belts in the above photo.

2) I would definitely gentle wash and hang dry most dresses and thinner fabric items from Target. It’s really easy to underestimate wear and dry from washing and drying items, but if you want clothes to last (especially when you aren’t sure about the quality), I definitely recommend minimal washing and drying wear and tear. I also tend to wear long sleeve t-shirts under dresses in winter just to add a layer of extra warmth and to minimize any staining from lotions (a necessity in winter), perfume, and deodorant, which also cuts down on heavy washing needs.

Anyone else liking Target style lately? I hope everyone has a lovely rest of their week! Thanks for stopping by, readers!

totally turtle(neck)

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I have very actively avoided turtlenecks for at least two decades. I mean, just the name: turtleneck. It’s just…not a good name. But lately I’ve had a lot of turtleneck envy (seriously, can we look into a name change on this item of clothing?). Anyway, turtlenecks seem to have taken a turn for the chic lately.

After I saw a few people styling them so chicly, I took the plunge. I purchased my very own turtleneck from the Gap. It’s long, relaxed, cozy, warm, and so versatile. Honestly, I’m going to challenge myself to layer this turtleneck all winter and see how many ways I can wear it. Who says people don’t change? Certainly not this turtleneck wearing Huntress.

Turtleneck: Gap ($15 marked down from $35)

Dress: c/o Oasap

Leggings: (sorry can’t remember!)

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

Coat: Ann Taylor ($88 marked down from $268)

Necklace: TJ Maxx ($15 marked down from $60)

Life lately is…watching trees transition from fall to winter, crafting a sew-mage to Frida Kahlo and a family friend having given me her pair of Tieks!

never tutu much tulle (+monthlymani!)

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Wow, time is flying by and Thanksgiving is almost here! Because this time of year becomes so very busy, I find myself trying to slooooowww down when I can. I had the perfect opportunity to slow down, when I looked out my window and saw this very foggy morning; I just had to take a moment to enjoy it and snap a few shots.

Top: H&M (so old, can’t remember anymore!)

Skirt: Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s ($30 marked down from $64) on sale here

Belt: Urban Outfitters (so old, can’t remember anymore!)

Necklace: J Crew ($70 marked down from $150)

Boots: Express ($20 marked down from approx $70)

Jacket: Banana Republic via thrift ($10 marked down from approx $300)

Bag: Reed for Kohl’s ($25 marked down from $120) on sale here

It’s that time again: #monthlymani time! Our theme this month was Golden Harvest for Thanksgiving! Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her fabulous gold and glam mani too! I hope everyone has a great and, hopefully, restful week!

glitter and ruffles galore

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Glitter and ruffles. Sigh. I’m always sold on glitter and ruffles. I took these photos before I left for our honeymoon, but we are very fortunate it’s still remained quite warm in Chicago, so the look still applies. Fingers crossed fall continues to last…

Top: J Crew ($40 marked down from $60) on sale here

Pants: J Crew (approx $30 marked down from approx $100)

Glitter heels: Ann Taylor Loft ($20 marked down from approx $120)

Cuff: Hermes (gift)

Photos above are life lately! I’ve been eyeing the Kate Spade glitter posts for over a year, so I decided to finally get them- I happily wear them all the time. There are also more fall photos, because I just can’t get enough!

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
― John DonneThe Complete Poetry and Selected Prose