just faux fun

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I couldn’t help it, readers! I LOVE a fashion pun! But, for real, the real deal, these faux fur shoes are just too fun. And everyone has amazing feedback to fur on shoes, from “those remind me of a muppet…in a good way!” to “those just look like a party…so festive!” To me, they felt like Cinderella’s glass slipper; they just brightened my day right up. It’s, faux real, the little things in life. (see what I just did there?)

Sweater: Sweet Romeo via Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from $78) (still on their website and now for $14!)

Jacket: Ann Taylor via thrift ($3, retails for approx $180)

Pants: Banana Republic ($17 marked down from approx $90)

Necklace: Argento Vivo via Nordstrom Rack ($17 marked down from $68) (also still online! and now $13!)

Shoes: Misguided via Asos ($35 marked down from $60)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Perhaps somewhat surprising, I have not yet checked out the post-holiday sales. But, I have heard good things from very reliable sources (i.e. my friends), that now is the time to get things on sale that you had been eyeing throughout winter. And, certainly that makes sense for retailers. They generally will mark down many items after everyone has done their holiday shopping. So if you were waiting for a good price for an item, now might be the time to go check it out! 

2) Nordstrom Rack’s website has really impressed me lately. While I tend to shop in person, their website really is great. In fact, I paid more in the store for my sweater and necklace than was listed online. I am sure Nordstrom would likely honor online prices if you can show the reduced online price. Had I been more savvy that day, I would have done so right then and there! So, I would say perhaps this is a store you want to consider opting for online!

Anyone else enjoying the faux fur trend lately? I hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready for the beginning of a wonderful New Year!

 

sunny winter solstice

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The winter solstice is tomorrow…and bringing with it 50 degree weather! It’s funny how a little unexpected warmth can add so much joy to the day. I’m even pulling out my hot pink lipstick and mint pants to celebrate. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, after all! So much to look forward to this week…I’m humming holiday songs and snacking on winter spice cookies. It’s a sunny winter solstice to celebrate…

Top: Finders Keepers via If Chic (approx $120)

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

Blazer: Banana Republic via thrift ($5)

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

Shoes: Tahari via DSW ($17 marked down from approx $120)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) The post holiday sales will start next week; so, if you’re looking for something specific, next week is a good week to start looking. Winter apparel will start to go on sale in January, and should be on clearance by February and March, if you want to stock up for next year. I generally stock up on next year’s winter basics (scarves, socks, gloves) at the tail end of winter and find the best deals. I tend to like the Gap winter sales the best since items starting approaching <$5 for winter basics! Keep an eye out for pieces you want to pick up when they go on sale. 

2) If you follow my blog fairly regularly, you know that I’m basically obsessed with blazers. And yes, I get almost all of them at thrift stores. Blazers are very easy to thrift for since they don’t really need to be a specific size (like shoes or pants, which are more challenging to thrift and find in good condition). I always dry clean mine and don’t bother with trying to gently wash them myself (since most need to be dry cleaned anyway!). You do need to factor in the cost of dry cleaning, though if you don’t already have one, affordable dry cleaners are out there. I found mine on yelp! 

I hope everyone has a great start to the week! Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy holidays!

 

circus (sort-of) sweater dress

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Apparently I’m loving stripes this season, seeing as how I just posted my retro colored striped sweater a couple of posts ago! This dress has a similar retro feeling to it. Although, I don’t know why, but it this dress reminds me a circus “big top” when I hold it wide (see below photo). Can you see it?! Is it just me? Well, big top circus or not, I’m feeling very cozy and festive…and just in time for Christmas, which is right around the corner!

Dress: Moth via Anthropologie ($35 marked down from $195) (I don’t still see this dress on their website, but they have other Moth dresses on super sale right now online!)

Necklace: gift

Belt: vintage (gift)

Bracelet: Hermes (gift)

Shoes: Audrey Brooke at DSW ($12 marked down from approx $90)

Tights: Gap (I can’t remember! maybe $8?)

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It’s #monthlymani time again! The theme was ‘holiday glitz’ this month! Check out mine and the other ladies’ below! I chose a glitter black nail polish (Haute Tub by Essie) and then a sparkly green and red topcoat by Sinful Colors 🙂

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Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Justine from The Thrifty Girl’s Guide

Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali

Lyndsey from Dressed in Mascara

winter warmth

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Is it just me, or are we having some amazingly awesome winter weather this year? Chicago has been blessed (knock on wood!) with some seriously “warm” days, and I’m loving every minute of it! It may not be sunny, but it’s definitely unseasonably warm- and I’ll take what I can get! I’m happily enjoying taking my photos outdoors and enjoying the winter warmth! Have a great weekend, readers!

Sweater: J Crew ($24 marked down from $98)

Skirt: Kate Spade via Saks off Fifth ($35 marked down from approx $90)

Coat: Nanette Lepore via thrift (Savers) ($8, retails for approx $400)

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

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I recently discovered the Kate Spade kids line at Saks off Fifth (also available on their website). While many of the dresses in the biggest sizes just were not suited to an adult shape (and believe me, I tried!), the skirts and some of the tops fit just fine in the biggest sizes. So, if you’re in the market for some Kate Spade at reasonable prices, I recommend checking out the line at Saks off Fifth. 

2) Sadly, this is the last post and photo memory of my boots that are no more. I wish them a fond farewell and thank everyone for the awesome tips on how to care for boots in winter! Any additional tips are welcome! 

Anyone else trying out the Kate Spade kids line? The grown-up line? 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it so very much- happy weekend!

 

weekend wear (holiday style)

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I normally don’t post my weekend wear, but I wanted to share this weekend look because I wore it for my family’s annual outing to the Chicago Christkindle Market (http://www.christkindlmarket.com). We always enjoy potato pancakes, applesauce, cinnamon sugar pecans, and other German treats. Ever better, this year there wasn’t 1) snow 2) below freezing temps 3) sleet or rain. Woo hoo! Let’s hope for the same again next year!

Sweater: Gap ($9 marked down from $50)

Denims shirt: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)

Pants: Forever 21 ($9)

Necklace: thrift ($5, retails for $40)

Purse: Mohzy tech bag via If Chic ($119)

Boots: Uggs ($90 marked down from approx $150)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Every year, Gap releases a seasonal holiday pattern (normally in November). I’m always a fan of these holiday patterns and colors. The one featured in this post is last year’s holiday pattern. The holiday pattern pieces (sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens) are usually on sale by January and February (hence how I got mine for $9)! You can see below how I styled this sweater last winter and one of the matching scarves. So versatile and thin enough to wear in fall, winter, and early spring. 

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2) Uggs may not be the most attractive shoe (understatement), but they are unparalleled for warmth for me. I cannot say it enough- waterproof, waterproof, waterproof your boots! Additionally, many dry cleaners will clean your boots at the end of winter if the salt has stained and hardened your pair. I have one pair that I wear in salt and snow that are waterproof by design and one pair that I keep out of the snow and salt outdoors. You can generally finds Uggs for sale at Nordstrom Rack and Saks off Fifth- easiest way to get them at a discount! 

Anyone else have suede boot tips? I loved the tips from the last post regarding care of leather boots! Thanks so much for stopping by readers!

spots, snow, and shadows

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I’ve always been a fan of the intermittent gray day- especially a quiet gray day with a little snow falling silently (key here: a little snow). I guess I must have been inspired by Mother Nature, because I wound up in a shadowy grayish outfit, which seemed to match the surroundings. It’s the perfect blend of spots, snow, and shadows.

“Silence is a source of great strength.” -Lao Tzu

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

Blazer: Zara via thrift ($7, retails for $150)

Pants: Shechet (custom, sadly not for sale anymore despite their awesomeness)

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

Necklace: Anthropologie ($14 marked down from $70)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) As you can see from the photos below, I last featured this shirt and necklace combination with a much lighter look. By adding tall boots and a blazer, the top and necklace went from spring/summer to winter/fall. If I could live in denim and blazers for work…I probably would! I find my favorite denim shirts at Gap; they are regularly on sale and can be washed a ton and still look new. 

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2) Sadly, I finally wore through the soles my old black boots. I don’t even think they can be restored at this point, which is sadly my own doing!  That being said, if you want to keep your boots in good shape, you do need to keep an eye on the heels and soles and bring them in for repairs and restoration potentially every 1-2 years, depending on usage and quality. Remember to store your boots either in their original boxes, or stuffed with paper and standing up. Leather boots will also need conditioning. Check out your shoe brand’s website for specific instructions for your boots!

Anyone else have boot care tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Have a good start to your week!

comfy cozy

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If there’s one thing I can get behind in winter, it’s comfy cozy accessories. Today, I opted for my biggest scarf yet: the “blanket scarf.” Blanket scarves double as shawls and scarves. It’s my first foray into blanket scarves, believe it or not, but I can already tell I’m a fan. Today is all about comfy cozy.

Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)

Cardigan: Target ($13 marked down from approx $30)

Pants: NYDJ via Nordstrom Rack ($15 marked down from approx $100)

Scarf: Forever 21 ($14)

Shoes: Betsy Johnson via DSW ($16 marked down from $140)

Necklace: gift from Express a long time ago!
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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you’re in the market for any seasonal shoes, DSW is having a deal where if you spend $50, you automatically get $10 back on triple points days (like today!). Signing up for their points program is free and the points add up pretty quick before you get $5- $10 coupons sent to you. Additionally, you receive coupons for your birthday and additional offers in the mail. I highly recommend it- and it’s free to sign up!

2) Despite the fact that I thought it would be difficult to style, a blanket scarf is actually pretty easy to style. You can go full blown giant around the collar (first photo in post), or you can go cape or drape (both shown in post). Forever 21 has a good selection of these scarves at fairly low prices- so it’s a good way to try one out! 

Anyone else loving blanket scarves? Have styling tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!