back(pack) to basics


I have to admit, readers, that there are some things in the fashion world and the world of shopping that tend to baffle me. Jeans and backpacks are two of the items that I never seem to get quite right. Today, however, I’ve gotten these basics down pat with a little help from my friends (see tips below). What better friend to showcase the fact that I’ve mastered these basics than with man’s best friend (Belle the dog, as she is affectionately known in my family). I’m totally back(pack) to basics, and feeling like we really all do get by with a little help from our friends.


Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($4 marked down from $60)
Jeans: Levi’s via the Levi Store ($35 marked down from $80)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Backpacks: c/o Carrot
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) If you are looking for a fun and fashionable backpack, Carrot is definitely the place to go. The quality of the backpacks is great; most of the backpacks are a thick fabric and have a ton of pockets inside. You can see my detail pictures below. But, seriously, these aren’t the backpacks we all remember from the 80s (mine was totally My Little Pony or something); these are backpacks with a seriously hip update. If you want to see more of these backpacks and others, Carrot is the place to go.
2) If you live in the Chicagoland area, the Levi store on Michigan Avenue is well worth a trip. The entire back of the store is sale and clearance jeans and a TON of them. Unlike many other jeans clearance sections, there are endless options for jeans in various sizes, colors, and fits at the Levi store. Additionally, I worked with a lovely and talented gentleman named Alex who really took a ton of time helping me with sizes and fittings. I have to say, it was the least painful jeans trying-on in the history of the Fashion Huntress. I came in totally confused and left completely confident. I highly recommend looking for Alex next time you’re in the area for a great fitting and run-down on jeans!
Anyone else have a favorite backpack? Loving the updated prints? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers!

36 replies to “back(pack) to basics

  1. Um, how cute is Belle🐶!! Great backpacks! I love the blue and yellow one, definitely a style you can get lots of use out off. My old backpacks never look that good, I can remember having Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony!lol! 🙈🙊
    xo, Jackie

  2. ooh, backpacks are cool & handy, as they don’t make your shoulder ache just on one side! 😀 my personal faves are the Fjällräven Kånken backpack and Japanese schools’ backpacks (randoseru), because i love bags that hold their shapes even when they’re empty.

  3. I just sent a link to your post to my friend in Chicago who has complained to me about buying jeans (which I feel like every one does at some point!). That store sounds amazing. I love a good customer service moment!

  4. I still can’t believe the colorfully printed back packs I toted around in my early teens are back in vogue today! I’ve never heard of brand Carrot – but it’s good to know from you that they are as sturdy as they are pretty. I recently went on a backpack craze myself – and got my hands on a vintage leather one. =) I just haven’t posted it on my blog yet.

    Jeans on the other hand, are much easier to style. With so many silhouettes, embellishments, washes, and treatments, it’s quite easy to dress them up or dress them down. You can’t go wrong in a pair of Levis!

  5. Looooove these basics! You rocked the basics look with those jeans and backpacks! I am pretty much obsessed with all of my jeans (I wear jeans more than I wear anything else), and I am usually seen carrying a backpack several days a week, so I know what I’m taking about! 😉

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