magical milly

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I’ve been a long time fan of the designer and creator of the brand Milly, Michelle Smith, but have rarely found her pieces at my standard retail “go-tos.” So, of course, I was beyond excited when I found this vintage Milly dress at a local thrift store. Who would abandon such a gem? And where can I thank them for doing so? I did a bit of research on the Milly line and have grown to appreciate Michelle/Milly that much more! You can read more about her story here and here, among many other places. Cheers to the hunt for treasured finds- which, after all, is at the heart of the Fashion Huntress.

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Dress: vintage Milly via Goodwill ($5, retails for approx $400)

Blazer/jacket: Ann Taylor via thrift ($7, retails for approx $150)

Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($10 marked down from $60)

Tights: Simply Vera, Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($7 marked down from $14)

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I legit basically live in these boots! I will say that they were not the super sale price that I usually hope for, but I end up wearing them so often, I think they were well worth the cost. I personally recommend having an ankle boot as a solid year-round option for comfortable footwear. It can be challenging to find something that specific at a “super low” price, but DSW and Nordstrom Rack are good options for finding boot options on sale, if not on clearance racks. On the other hand, this is actually a good time of year to get a pair of ankle boots, since the majority of them will be on clearance as part of the “left overs” from winter. I saw quite a few pairs at Gap for around $15-$20. 

2) Now that I’ve officially become a thrifting fan, I will say that not all thrift stores are created equal. I’m not sure why, but in my area, Goodwills and Savers tend to be the “gold mines” over Salvation Army thrift stores. I strongly encourage people that thrift (or are thinking of thrifting) to sign up for the email lists for thrift stores in their area- as thrift stores tend to have sales at least a few times a month, which means your finds will be at the lowest possible price. Many stores, including Goodwill and Savers, also have a free “membership card” which means that you can shop during “special member-only” discount days. 

Anyone else have a favorite thrift store? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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magnolias, marsala, and mint

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The sweet smell of magnolias is in the air, readers! Annabelle, our dog, couldn’t resist joining me for this photo session. She too loves to hang around spring flowers…and to try and make friends with birds and squirrels. Given the slight chill in the air, I combined the “fall color” of marsala with the “spring color” of mint for a cool spring morning look. It’s magnolias, marsala and mint- and waiting for more May flowers!

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Denim top: Olive and Oak via thrift ($10 marked down from $70)

Marsala top: Honey Punch via thrift ($7 marked down from $60)

Necklace: vintage via thrift ($1)

Pants: NYDJ via Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from $110) NYDJ sale

Boots: Franco Sarto (given to me by a friend!)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Knee high boots tend to be worn more in fall and winter, but I liked wearing these boots with pastel pants for a cool weather winter to spring transitional look. By mixing mint and marsala, I streamlined my “winter gone spring” look even further. Lastly, adding a denim button down allowed a way to layer for both indoors and outdoors without having to wear a separate coat. Mixing and matching your “season specific” pieces allows you to get more wear out of your entire wardrobe, which is always a bonus!

2) I found my “whistle while you work” bracelet via the Alex and Ani line designed for Disney.

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Umm, basically my heart beats for anyone that does a collaboration with Disney. You can read more about the collection and find some of the pieces online here and here. If you happen to be in the parks, some are sold exclusively in the parks. You can find what shops sell them here. I found mine in the Women’s Fashion section of the “Emporium” retail store right near the entrance of the Magic Kingdom. Below are two of my pictures from the trip! 

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Anyone else loving Alex and Ani? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

silky and springy

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Hi, readers! Thank you so much for all of the warm wishes for my vacation! After a seriously magical trip to Disney World with my family, I am back in Chicago and back to work. Sigh, I definitely miss the most magical place on Earth, but I think I’ve stocked up on enough magic to last me until my next trip. I also am hoping that I’ve brought some extra sun and warmth with me back home, because it’s definitely summer in Orlando! Happy Monday, readers!

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Top: Equipment via Saks Off 5th ($50 marked down from $215)

Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft ($5 marked down from $70)

Pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($5 marked down from $60)

Boots: Not Rated via DSW ($60 marked down from $75)

Bracelet: Bauble Bar via Nordstrom (gift)

Jacket: Kenzie via Nordstrom Rack ($35 marked down from approx $115)

Necklace: (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I had a really great experience at Ann Taylor Loft recently, which isn’t too surprising, since I’m generally a big fan. Any who, I didn’t see a clearance rack there last time I visited. So I asked if there was one, and the salesperson pulled some pieces from the back for me that weren’t on the floor. Woot! Super nice! So, if you don’t see a sales rack there, you can definitely ask if there is one or if there are items that are not on the floor. 

2) I wear a lot of button downs, but this is the first time I’ve worn a silk button down. Let me tell you readers, I’m a long time fan! My silk button down is basically like wearing pajamas at work. I’ve found that silk tops are quite expensive, but there’s a great selection at Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off 5th for good prices. I highly recommend wearing them with an undershirt, so as to avoid any staining and reducing increased dry cleaning costs. 

Anyone else have silk top tips? Thank you so much for visiting, readers! So glad to be back!

spring in my (gold) step

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I feel like shouting from the rooftop, “AT LAST!” Spring is here in full force now, and my down coat and Uggs are officially retired until further notice. It’s funny how a little bit of sunshine and warmth brings so much light to our spirits. I’m practically skipping around this spring, with a lot of spring (pun intended) in my gold step.

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Top: Tracy Reese via consignment ($30, retails for $250)

Pants: Gap ($5 marked down from approx $60)

Blazer: H&M (approx $15 marked down from approx $40)

Necklace: Nordstrom Rack ($15)

Shoes: Cole Haan via Saks Off Fifth ($40 marked down from $170)

Purse: Kate Spade (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Pastel pants ended up being a lot more versatile than I expected. Though I will say that one downside to these particular Gap pants is they look wrinkled pretty early on in the day. I’m never a huge fan of the wrinkled pants prior to around 4 or 5 pm! However, I did some research and it looks as though this could potentially be prevented. I will try this out and report back! In terms of versatility, these pants (and necklace) were last seen here:

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2) Peplum can be very tricky to style, but I love that it’s still in style this season! I thought it would add volume to looks, but it actually helps pull in the waist and then flares out from the waist, which is a great cut/style. I like peplum with skirts and pants, especially high waisted pants. Pinterest, as always, has amazing ideas for styling peplum. Here are some peplum looks below:

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Anyone else have peplum or no-wrinkle pants tips? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!

spring stripes

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Oh my, it’s a big day!! I am exposing my toes to the elements! And it’s going really well because I can still feel my toes, there’s a warm breeze, and the sun is shining. It really is the little things, right? Today, I am coloring inside the lines in black and white stripes. …my toes are wiggling as we speak; I think we are all excited for sandals, summer, and sun!

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Dress: Evereve via thrift ($9, retails for $100)

Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)

Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)

Belt: gift

Leggings: Blue ($4 marked down from approx $20)

Necklace:Asos via giveaway from Windy City Wardrobe

Shoes: DSW ($11 marked down from approx $70)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I hadn’t visited Asos in the past, so when I won the giveaway through Windy City Wardrobe, I was, of course, super excited. First and foremost, I love Dasha’s blog and love how the blogging community unites people, both near and far. In this case, Dasha is a fellow Chicago blogger! Secondly, I love checking out new fashion sites, especially ones that have such a diverse range of clothing and accessories. I found the necklace featured here, and still have more finds to share! Stay tuned! If you are new to Asos, check them out, along with Windy City Wardrobe!

2) If there’s one thing I love in this world (besides shoes…and denim…and clothes…okay, well you get the idea), it’s reversible pieces. Would you believe this dress is reversible? I’m swooning. Reversible pieces are like getting two pieces for the price of one. If it’s a year-round piece, as this dress is, even better! Reversible dresses also come with a built-in lining, which you cannot beat in summer! Zappos has a great selection of reversible dresses, as do various travel attire retailers. 

Anyone else have recommendations for finds at Asos? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much and happy Monday!

feathery fringe

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I knew I was on the lookout for a feather or fringe skirt; so when I finally found one on sale (!), I debated long and hard about how to wear fringe at work and still look professional. Turns out, it’s really not that hard. Add a serious-looking top, and it’s all business on top and a party on the bottom. The hardest part of wearing fringe at work? Resisting the temptation to wiggle around like a hula girl (see last photo below) all day. I’m totally feeling feathery fringe at work this spring.

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Top: J Crew via Saver’s ($7, retails for $75)

Skirt: Ann Taylor ($25 marked down from $125)
Tights: gift
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Necklace: Banana Republic ($7 marked down from $80)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Personally, I find that figuring out how to make trendy items work in a conservative work environment is a constant challenge. I rely on Pinterest quite a bit for researching trends and how to style them for work. Sometimes I find a work look on Pinterest, other times I do not, but I often get ideas and a starting place for specific trends. If you see a trend on my blog, odds are that I have inspiration pins on my Pinterest board. If you’re ever interested in checking out my inspiration board, you can find it here!

2) When I found this skirt, there was only one left and it was a few sizes too big. As is often the case with clearance items, you are left with whatever didn’t sell earlier in the season. Taking things in is always easier than letting things out, so I will often pick up a clearance item if I think I can do some basic alterations. I researched how to take this skirt in, but ultimately ended up taking the “path of least resistance” and folding the waistband in on both sides and then sewing the fold over by hand. Yes, this probably could have been done in a more professional way, but it only took about 10 minutes and looked perfect once on. If you want more information, there are some great basic tutorials online, you can find some of them here.

Anyone else loving fringe and feathers lately? I hope everyone has a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it so very much!