not wavering in wind

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A blustery day, indeed, is featured in these photos. Despite all that wind and cold, I attempted to stay strong and get these blog photos in…this was perhaps the quickest shoot yet in Fashion Huntress blogging. I’ll leave this post brief, as I think the quote and photos say it all.

“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” -Arthur Golden

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Top: Nordstrom Rack (approx $15 marked down from approx $80)

Skirt: H&M ($20 marked down from approx $50)

Tights: Hue via Marshall’s ($4 marked down from $14)

Shoes: Ellen Tracy ($9 marked down from $99)

Hair flowers: H&M (approx $4)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I used to think platform heels wouldn’t work in a conservative work setting, but I’ve really changed my mind on that one. I’ve worn these heels many times at work, though I always wear them with tights or other conservative pieces. If you’re going to wear something that’s a bit less conservative at work (ie metallic, platforms, etc), then just pair them with an otherwise “covered up” look.  Though, again, this may not be true for all work environments, so you’ll have to take it case by case, based on your own work environment. 

2) I am loving pastels during this winter/spring transition! I’ve been wearing pastels with dark pieces to transitions my spring pieces in winter. For some reason, I used to shy away from pastels in winter, but I’ve noticed that when pastels are anchored with other “winter” pieces they add some much needed lightness to the cold. Bust out your own spring pastels, and consider matching them with dark tights, dark shoes, or whatever else you want!

Thank you, lovely readers, for stopping by! I appreciate it so much! I also appreciated all of the kind words on my birthday/blogversary. You are all so kind to share your thoughts and well wishes! I hope everyone has a good start to the week.

birthday and blogversary

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Well, February is a big month for the Fashion Huntress. I celebrate both my birthday and my one year blogversary! Birthdays are always a time of reflection for me. I consider the past year and the many years that have passed. I marvel at how many things have happened and changed…and how many things are just the same as always (and how comforting that is). I have so many things to be thankful for, including having been able to connect to so many of you through the blogging community. I can’t help but wonder at the crossing of paths and how grateful I am that so many wonderful people have crossed my path, and are now on the journey with me.

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” -Henry David Thoreau
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 Dress: Burberry (gift)
Top: Burberry (gift)
Tights: Forever 21 ($6)
Boots: Express ($20 marked down from approx $70)
Bow necklace: Nadri via Nordstrom Rack ($11 marked down from $50)
Turquoise bracelet: Banana Republic (approx $10 marked down from approx $60, hard to remember!)
Jeweled bracelet: J Crew ($10 marked down from approx $40)
Love ring: Forever 21 ($2)
Flower ring: gift
Twist ring: gift
Giraffe ring: Forever 21 (set of three animals, only one pictured, $5)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I want to write a full post soon about tights. I have a full blown tights obsession, just so you all know. I have a lot of luck finding good tights at a great price, probably more than any other item. This is a great time of year to get tights because it is warming up in many areas.  If you get them now, you’ll still end up wearing them now or keeping them for next year, so look around in your area! As I said, I will write about what brands I like and those that seem to last the longest, but for now, I recommend Nordstrom Rack for tights, as well as TJ Maxx/Marshalls. My favorite brand is Hue- and I find most tights for around $3-$4 on clearance at those stores.
 
2) What more can I say about these booties? I think I’ve worn them for the last 3-4 posts…sorry about that you guys, but seriously, neutral booties are SO versatile. This has the best way for me to get out of my winter boots slump. I’ve worn them with socks and tights every time, and feel like that 90s style is totally acceptable! If I haven’t convinced you yet about why neutral boots are great, then just look for my next 10 posts about them. Just kidding. …maybe.
 
Anyone else have tight-finding tips? Have a favorite pair of shoes this winter?
Thanks for stopping by, readers! I appreciate your feedback and comments so much! Have a lovely rest of the week!

brave peter pan

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I really can appreciate any day that starts with G’s take on my work outfit on any given day:

G: Don’t take this the wrong way…
Me: …okay….
G: You look like Peter Pan today. 
Me: ….
G: In a good way! In a good way! And maybe a little like that girl from Brave…
Me: Merida?
G: Yeah! Merida! Brave Peter Pan!
 
You know what? I’ll take it. Merida and Peter Pan both had endless enthusiasm, bravery, and commitment to their dreams. I’ll totally take that, and aspire to those characteristics, in my brave Peter Pan look.
 
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” -J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
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Top: Banana Republic (approx $15 marked down from approx $45)
Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft (…full price. I know. A few years ago…approx $50)
Tights: bought in Spain, many years ago!
Socks: Target (gift)
Boots: Express ($20 marked down from approx $70)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Seriously, what is going on with these boots and me? I basically won’t take them off. Feel free to have an intervention with me…or feel free to notice how versatile they are and go find a pair of your own! DSW has a lot of boots, and they have a way to get coupons for $5 off via Twitter. Check out their Twitter feed for more information. https://twitter.com/DSWShoeLovers
2) Socks with tights! I’m so excited I checked this off my fashion ‘to-try’ list. I paired my tights with socks that were basically the same color. I then just bunched the socks up slightly to show them off (a la 90s!) with the boots. I think this would also look good with different colored socks- maybe a pair that matched the top. I’ll add it to my ‘to-try’ list, as I have not yet branched out further.
Anyone have socks and tights tips? Having a good start to the week? I hope so! Thanks for stopping by, lovely readers!!

slightly pressured plaid on plaid

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One of the funny things I’ve noticed about being a fashion blogger is how my own internal battles manage to show themselves in my blogging prep (putting together outfits, writing, frequency in posting, etc).

Here is how the internal battle madness ensued the other morning when I thought, “my outfit isn’t really blog worthy” and then put all this pressure on myself to change multiple times. Then I had to have a whole talk with myself that looked like this:

“Seriously, self, that doesn’t even make sense. Your outfit is fine. You can blog a casual outfit. No one cares. Well, maybe it’s not that casual, maybe I could add more jewelry. Oh gah! Now I’m running late. Okay, it’s fine. Don’t post today. Well, you should post today. Just quick change your shoes. Okay now for real, you need to leave for work. Just come up with a jazzy title for the post. It’ll be great. Maybe not the best post, but it could be good….okay, go to work.”

…seriously, intense, right? Then, after all of that, I see the photos from today and think, “those photos look really great.” Thankfully, my photographer, G, can make anything look good, but still. Wow.

Blogging is a really good exercise in letting go. Some days, I don’t have on the most clever outfit, I can’t read every blog I follow, and my writing isn’t amazing- but that’s all okay. (yes, self, it is) because no matter what, I get out there and give it (blogging, fashion, life) what I’ve got.

Thanks for listening, you guys. That felt good. This is my slightly pressured plaid on plaid while letting go look.

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Top: Gap ($16 marked down from $45)

Scarf: Gap ($11 marked down from $35)

Pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($2.50 marked down from $60)

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

Necklace: gift

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) There’s a lot of potential overthinking to be had in fashion. Sometimes, though, it’s good to just get back to basics and keep it simple: boots, pants, top. The results can really surprise you! They tend to surprise me. At the end of the day, the building blocks for every outfit are basically the same- stay grounded in that mentality in the morning dash and you’ll avoid my above monologue.

2) Neutral boots. I think someone may need to have an intervention with me in regards to these boots. I can’t stop wearing them! I looked and looked for the perfect pair at the perfect price. I thought maybe I could find some for less than $20, but this proved to be difficult! At some point, I just picked up a pair and I’m glad I did. I basically don’t take these off lately. I think sometimes you may have to forgo the “lowest possible price” mentality and get what you like! I tend to find boots just about anywhere- DSW, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and even many clothing stores such as Gap, Ann Taylor and Express. 

Anyone else have ways to avoid the morning “I have nothing to wear” drama?

Thanks for stopping by, lovely readers! I hope everyone is getting a great weekend!

rock out in socks (aka pastel pink)

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Well, it’s high time I jumped on the pink bandwagon, huh? I mean, it is almost Valentine’s Day and I’ll use any excuse I can to wear pink (and a lot of it). Today’s challenge was winterizing a shirtdress with my new favorite/most difficult budget saver: closet shopping. I really am getting sick of my Uggs, but my feet are freezing most days…so I decided to wear booties and just rock out with bright socks. The result is as grown-up looking as you get can wearing pink socks with hearts on them. I decided to just roll with it. -30 in February? At least I’ve got rockin’ socks.

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Dress: Gap ($6 marked down from $60)

Sweater: H&M (really old, but $20 marked down from maybe $40?)

Tights: Target ($8)

Socks: Target ($1)

Shoes: Sofft at Nordstrom Rack (approx $40 marked down from approx $120)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) For one of the looks featured, I wore a sweater over the dress to showcase the dress as a skirt. I didn’t like that look all that much. I think the black leggings and black sweater look a little boxy…I’m thinking next time that combination might look better with different color leggings or tights. Still, it would be an option to wear the dress as a skirt! Sometimes you can modify a look with what you’re wearing and a familiar combination, other times, it might need a bit of re-working. 

2) Sadly, I think the winter sales are slowing down, so check out what you can find before the sales end! I still saw a few things at Gap last week, though stores are slowing down on the sales. I’ve noticed that resale and consignment still have a lot of winter sales, so you can also consider those options for great winter sales. 

Anyone else finding winter sales still going on?

I hope everyone had a great start to the week! Happy Monday!

musing in Marni

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New Version of You 2014 continues this month, as I continue to try and pair old things I have in new ways. Having put myself on a serious fashion budget ($15-$20/week), I’m taking my own advice (somewhat of a rarity, I can admit), and shopping in my own closet. This morning I pulled out two of my favorite pieces and combined them for a colored pattern mashup party.

This is a skirt that I don’t wear all the time because of its bold pattern, but I do love it so. It actually has a matching jacket that I wear sometimes with the skirt for a full blown mod suit look (you can see the full suit here).  Anywho- the skirt. When the Marni for H&M collection was set to be released, I sat outside, in line, on Michigan Ave starting at 4 am because I just had to have the suit. To be honest, I’m not really the person who is willing to wait in serious lines for things…but the suit coat and skirt really were calling my name. I would probably do it again, and love that the skirt has taken on a new life with the flannel top. Today, I’m musing over creating a new version of ourselves in 2014…and giving loved pieces new life. Cheers to that.
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Flannel: H&M ($20 marked down from $25)
Skirt: Marni for H&M ($60)
Tights: unknown…but I’m guessing I got them in a pinch from Walgreens a while ago
Shoes: Express ($20 marked down from approx $70)
Leopard ring: Express ($6 marked down from $35)
Bracelet: Banana Republic (approx $10 marked down from approx $60, hard to remember!)
Green ring: from travels in Ireland
Necklace: gift
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 Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Express continues to have a good sale going on, though was starting to look a bit picked-over as of yesterday. The sale remains 50% off their sale section.  These booties are the first pair of shoes I’ve gotten at Express, though, thus far, I am really pleased with the comfort and quality.  The shoes are suede, so they require a good waterproofing spray and suede brush. I get both the spray and brush at Nordstroms, though I’m sure Amazon has both at a good price.  Suede is no joke, readers! Make sure to spray it and, personally, I don’t wear suede with any threat of rain or snow. I carry these booties to and from work in a separate bag and then wear them inside once I get to work.  Even though they weren’t expensive, they aren’t bad quality and will have a much longer life with proper care.
 
2) Brown with black. I debunked that myth a few months ago, and readers, you were all in agreement that brown and black together are a fashion do! Despite this, I wavered in the brown shoes with this outfit. I decided, ultimately, that if you’re going to go bold, just take it all the way. I piled on jewelry (two rings, a chunky bracelet, necklace), polka dots, plaid, and studded booties. Somehow, it’s all coherently bold enough to work. If you think something may work together, just starting trying it all on and then give yourself a few minutes to continue getting ready.  After a few minutes, go back and look at what you’re wearing. I’m a firm believer that some things take time to consider (probably a lot of things, actually!). If you love it, wear it- you’ll always be wearing a fashion do if it fits and it’s what you love!
 
I’d love to hear any tips you have for trying to wear your old pieces in new ways! How do you get ready in the morning when trying new combinations?
Thanks for stopping by, readers!

fab collab (aka my photographer)

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This blog really would not be possible without the efforts of so many amazing people, including all of you, the readers! I wanted to take an opportunity today to recognize one of my photographers. G, my amazingly graceful and compassionate friend and office mate of almost five years, graciously takes photos nearly every day for the blog. She is always willing to take her daily break to offer up her advice while photographing my outfits. Having been a model when she was growing up, her posing tips are hysterical (and seriously useful). You know you have a quality friend (and photographer) when they point out that your bum looks a bit odd in a photo, or that you’re looking a bit stiff…and is willing to call out the tips publicly as you go.

In short, this is a shout-out to G for her tireless work on making the Fashion Huntress photos look so fabulous with what I consider to be somewhat limited resources (ie an iPhone and a lot of long, sterile hallways).
I’d also like to thank:
1) My bff A for her willingness to step-in whenever G is out. Sometimes she calls me to say, “I’m concerned about when those photos are going to get taken today…” A sample of A’s work:
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2) My boyfriend J for the weekend photos that he never complains about…including when we have to drive somewhere because the outfit “really wants to be photographed in a forest.” A sample of J’s work:
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3) My mom for being a seriously dedicated editor. She even edited when she was on vacation in Argentina. No joke. (A sample of my mom’s work is every typo you, hopefully, never saw!).
And for all of you who read, comment, support, offer input, send me messages and pics of your own finds, those of you who read my blog at 2 am while getting up to check on your newborn (ie my sister), and all the blogging friends I have met along the way.
To all of you, a big blogging hug and high five.
xo,
The Fashion Huntress