causal and chic friday

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I know my Friday is off to a good start when I’m in my favorite Friday “work uniform.” I don’t have an actual work uniform, but I seem to always end up in denim shirts and skirts on Fridays. Toss in some sweater tights, and it’s a full blown casual Friday party. And, of course, icing on the cake? A statement necklace to keep the look from becoming a little too casual of a party at work. I’m keeping today short and sweet…casual and chic. Happy Friday, readers!

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Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft ($2 marked down from $60)

Top: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)

Tights: Gap ($2 marked down from $20)

Shoes: Not Rated via DSW ($50 marked down from $75) (seriously, I wear these ALL the time)

Necklace: c/o Oasap available here

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) When tights are around $2-$5, their price has generally gotten to the lowest that it will be. The current Gap sale has quite a few pairs of tights at this price point. I found that the in-store sale was better than the online sale, so it might be worth a trip to your local store, if you are looking for high-quality, low cost tights.

2) I don’t know about anybody else, but I often find that denim shirts and button downs just do not lay flat under skirts. As a result, I seem to get the “ripple/bulk” effect when I pair my button downs with pencil skirts. In order to avoid this, I often tuck my denim shirt or button down into my tights and then put on my skirt. This seems to really cut down on the otherwise bulky look that tops can add to pencil skirts. It may sound uncomfortable, but I really don’t even notice it- and of course, I generally buy my tights in one size up to leave the room I need for tucking in shirts. Side note, this top was last seen here (much less bulky with pants!):

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Anyone else have tips for keeping pencil skirts laying flat? I’d love to hear them! I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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cozy colors

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With all of the tasks that generally need to be completed in January, and all of the resolutions to be made, for me, there’s nothing better than a cozy outfit with a cozy cup of tea. As one of my favorite quotes says, “There’s absolutely no reason to be rushed along with the rush.” Thank you, Robert Frost. Very cozy indeed. This is my cozy colored mid-week outfit.

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Sweater: Gap ($9 marked down from $50)
Scarf: Gap ($5 marked down from $40)
Pants: Ann Taylor (approx $15 marked down from approx $70)
Shoes: Aerosoles via Savers ($4, retail for $70)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) The current Gap sale is rocking my world. The sale is 70% off sale price items, making most items around $5-$10. Some of the skirts were around ….wait for it: $2. So, if you’re in the area and in the market for some winter attire and long sleeve tees, this is when the prices really start to bottom out. The sale was not picked over at all when I was there, so it’s definitely worth a visit. 
2) Sadly, my feet have put up a bit of a fight this week in terms of heels. So, I’m embracing my under-utilized flats collection! Work flats, for me, can be difficult to find due to high arches and heel issues. I think everyone has their own ways of making it work with finding a balance between a comfortable but still dressy work shoe. For me, I adore Aerosoles. They’ve really upped their game lately in terms of fashionable and comfortable shoes. If you’re in the same situation, I definitely recommend checking them out: http://www.aerosoles.com/.
Anyone else have favorite flats? Or a brand that they recommend for work days? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! Happy mid-week!

true blue (and black and white)

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If I had to pick a power color (or a color I wear most frequently), I would have to say it’s blue. There’s something about the theme and variation on blue tones that just rock my world, especially on a cold Monday. While writing my post, I looked up “blue quotes” and found this lovely quote by Raoul Dufy: “Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones…it will always stay blue.” Power color indeed. I am in my true blue silk (and black and white) on this chilly Monday. Stay blue, readers (aka stay you).
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Top: Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom Rack ($30 marked down from $268)
Skirt: Soprano via Nordstrom Rack ($16 marked down from $60)
Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)
Tights: Target ($8)
Shoes: Messeca via Rue La La ($50 marked down from $140)
Necklace: Banana Repbulic ($7 marked down from $80)
Bracelets: gifts
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’ve only had my blazer for a week and it’s already seeing some pretty heavy rotation. To be honest, I never really invested in a high quality blazer because I always felt like the ones I found were a little too plain. This blazer has a nice amount of detail, but is not so modern that it will become outdated. Long story short, I now officially endorse owning a high quality black blazer! It’s so versatile, you’ll wear it forever. To ensure longevity, dry clean your blazer instead of machine washing. I really like the options on Rue La La for blazers, as well as Haute Look. I tend not to find them at great price points in stores, so I recommend considering looking for one online instead of in stores. 
2) When in doubt, the easiest way to get out the door and to work quickly is with your staples: dress pants or a pencil skirt, silk sleeveless top, heels/flats, and a blazer. I find this equation particularly helpful if I forget to lay out my outfit the night before (which means, inevitably, that madness ensues). I keep my silk/sleeveless tops in the front on my closet, right next to my dress pants. That way, if I’m ever in a hurry, I’m not digging for anything and can pull together an outfit in less than a minute. …gotta leave time to get your morning coffee, right? Here’s another example of an outfit with this same skirt and same “formula.”

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Has anyone else found blazers online? Or have you found one you love in-stores? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy Monday!

beautiful bird’s eye view

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“Birds-eye view
Awake the stars ’cause they’re all around you
Wide eyes will always brighten the blue
Chase your dreams
And remember me, sweet bravery
‘Cause after all those wings will take you up so high
So bid the forest floor goodbye as you race the wind
And take to the sky” -Owl City

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Top: c/o Oasap available here

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

Tights: gift

Shoes: Betsy Johnson via Marshall’s ($50 marked down from $160)

Cardigan: Target ($7 marked down from approx $25)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Ive been trying to branch out a bit into online shopping, readers. As you may know, it’s always been a struggle for me, but there are, in fact, many finds to be found! I really like Oasap, Rue La La, Haute Look, Saks Off Fifth, and Nordstrom Rack online. If you’re more of an online shopper than an in-person shopper, it’s really easy to refine searches and “dig” for steals virtually. The only thing I have noticed is that you do need to be diligent, since many of the best finds (highest quality, lowest cost) tend to go really fast. 

2) A note on suede shoes: I had an unfortunate situation during which I was washing my hands and approximately five drops of water dropped on my suede shoes. The horror. I hadn’t yet sprayed them with a suede waterproof spray, and the water stained the shoes. I was able to get the stain out with a suede brush, but suede brushes are a little tough even on suede. Note to self: even if you’re not wearing suede outdoors, spray your shoes with a spray protector! They are available in-stores and online (Amazon.com); Scotchguard and Kiwi sprays tend to get the best reviews. 

Anyone else have suede care tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

eye on elizabeth and james

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Having grown up watching Full House, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been in my life for years. (Side note: I’m sure they probably are annoyed with the Full House references. So, I’m sorry, ladies, if you’re reading this). Anywho, I’ve had my eye on their two lines: The Row and Elizabeth & James for years now. I finally took the plunge when their Elizabeth and James line was on Rue La La, (seriously discounted). I snagged a blazer, and let me tell you, readers, I am a FAN. Talk about well made; the piece is beautiful non-itchy wool, constructed with beautiful details, and has that perfectly polished feel that only a great blazer can bring. I totally have my eye on Elizabeth and James, and the fabulous Olsen twins that created such a refined yet laid back line.

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Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)
Top: Ann Taylor Loft via thrift ($1, retails for approx $70)
Dress: Banana Republic via thrift ($1, retails for approx $130)
Tights: gift
Shoes: Cole Haan Lunar Grand ($70 marked down from $400)
Necklace: gift via Charming Charlie
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Rue La La (https://www.ruelala.com/) is where it’s at for super high-end pieces at affordable prices. Sometimes, the prices are only so-so, but other times, the discount is so high, I can barely believe it. It’s a site that you basically just have to get used to perusing on a somewhat regular basis. The real steals go FAST, so if you really want something, get it when you see it. Many items are also final sale, so be sure to look through the sizing chart to ensure that you are getting the right size. I shy away from pants since fits can vary so much, but shoes and tops/blazers/dresses seem to be fairly straight forward in terms of fit. Additionally, once you get something, you have free shipping for the next 30 days on any other orders, so essentially you pay once for shipping for the full month.
2) Many charity shops have points during which they mark-down their clothes even further; this section is known as the “$1” section. Some stores have “$1 bins” or a “$1 table.” I recommend that, if you’re a thrifter, find out when and where the $1 section is in your local charity shop. If there’s one thing I’ll say about charity shops, it’s have patience! Allot at least 45 minutes- 1 hour to really go through the shop and make sure you’ve been able to really look through the entire place. 
Anyone else loving Rue La La? Happy Wednesday, readers! Thanks so much for stopping by!

marsala and the wooly mammoth

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I think the title of this post sounds like a children’s fairy tale, except the story of this vest isn’t long enough to be a story, let alone a fairy tale. Nonetheless, here’s my tale: once upon a time (last week), I went to the magical Anthropologie sale (40% off sale items). I chanced upon this giant loopy knitted vest, and knew it 1) had to be mine 2) would henceforth be known as the “wooly mammoth.” And readers, that is the whole story. So, today, I’m in the color of the year, marsala, and the wooly mammoth.

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Knitted sweater vest: Anthropologie ($24 marked down from $150)
Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)
Pants: Calvin Klein via Costco ($14, retail for $70), can also be found at macys.com
Shoes: Moschino via consignment ($24 marked down from approx $400)
Necklace: Anthropologie ($14 marked down from $70)
Hat: gift via Gap
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Yes, you read that right. I found these pants at Costco, readers! What!? I know. To be perfectly honest, I have never found clothes at Costco. As the Fashion Huntress, yes, I always go through their women’s clothes when I’m grocery shopping, but haven’t found anything worth stopping for. However, I found these pants and was floored. They seriously fit like a glove and were $14. You can’t try things on there, so I estimated my size; you can always return items if they end up not fitting, but I would say if it’s spandex (as these pants partially are), they are pretty forgiving in terms of sizing. So, my tip is to check out your local Costco; apparently you never know what you will find.
2) Furry vests and oversized tops are very big (ha, ha) this season. I tend to shy away from oversized because I feel as though the pieces overwhelm me. However, I found that when I streamlined the rest of my outfit (skinny jeans and heels), the outfit was proportioned just fine. Additionally, I always like to look online or in-stores as to how a particular item is being styled. I found a picture of this vest online and saw that Anthro had styled it with streamlined pieces, and thus, had a better idea of how to style it with what I already had in my closet. Oversized is definitely doable!
Also, happy #monthly mani link up! This month’s theme is Pantone Spring 2015!
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Check-out the other manicures via their blogs at:

Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Piniel from Pins-Place

Kate from Into the Stratosphere

Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali

Erika from Erika’s Style Diary

Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty

Anyone else loving oversized this season? Finding fab finds in unexpected places? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

safari dress in the sun

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After recovering from the flu last week, I was feeling better just in time for a “heat wave” (45 degrees) and sunshine. Perhaps more importantly, the week brought sunshine in other unexpected ways: visits with friends, meeting new people, and a (finally!) cleaned out closet. I love weeks that end up better than we could have even expected. This is my safari dress in the sun- because we never really know when the sun is peeking out…

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Dress: Burberry (gift)
Tights: gift
Boots: Not Rated via DSW ($60 marked down from $75)
Necklace: Nadri via Nordstrom Rack ($14 marked down from $50)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Long sleeve dresses are one of my favorite types of dresses because they are so easily styled from season to season. Below you can see how I styled the dress in summer and then in fall. Changing out your shoes and tights makes for completely different blocks with the same started pieces. 

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2) Anthropologie is having one of their somewhat infrequent “40% off sale items.” I was surprised to see how many items were in the sale and to see so many reasonable prices. I found that the stores had more items than the online store, though both modalities have a lot of options. You can check out the sale here: http://www.anthropologie.com/

Has anyone visited the Anthro sale? Found any good finds? I hope everyone had a good weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!