neatly knitted

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“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” -A.A. Milne

Dress: DVF via TJ Maxx ($115 marked down from $500)

Blazer: Armani Exchange via thrift ($10, retails for approx $200)

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

Shoes: Miu Miu ($100 marked down from $1,000)

Tights: H&M ($5)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Very interesting to see that Rent the Runway clothes are now being sold at TJ Maxx, at least in Chicago. These clothes are in completely mint condition, from what I can see, and are marked down pretty significantly. From what I understand, Rent the Runway has a few sales each year to sell some of their merchandise. You can either regularly check their website, or follow their Facebook page for more information. Thus far, I’m a fan of quality and price!

2) We are still in the half winter half spring weather around the Chicago area, so lighter dresses and tights seem to be the way to go. I highly recommend pulling out your spring and summer dresses and just adding a couple of layers to wear them now! I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m done with wearing my winter coat and sweaters!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by readers! Anyone else waiting for full blown spring to arrive and stay!? Happy mid-week!

refresh and renew

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Woo hoo! Well, my closet is slowly being organized and unpacked in our new place and it’s so much easier to FIND THINGS! Ha, what a novelty, right? There’s something really fun (at least to me) about starting over and organizing yourself afresh. Pull out the label maker, some music, and a little spare time- it’s a party.

Dress: thrift ($10, retails for unknown!)

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

Belt: J Crew (so long ago, can’t even remember!)

Tights: Nordstrom Rack ($5 marked down from approx $15)

Shoes: Ivanka Trump via DSW ($15 marked down from approx $120)

Necklace: Pam Hiran via Anthropologie ($15 marked down from $60)

Bracelets: Alex and Ani  for Disney (+handmade bracelet)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This is my first pair of Ivanka Trump shoes, and thus far, I am quite pleased with the quality! They are quite comfortable, the heel height is perfect for longer days, and the sole is padded. I’ll report back on their longevity. But so far, I’m into them! On another note, I posted my Jessica Simpson shoes a couple of weeks ago. Readers, wow, really, they are FALLING APART after about three wears. Unreal. I’m hoping I got a defect, but yikes, quality control is not looking good so far for them. Pictured below:

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The soles are actually pulling apart…either way, I’m curious to hear other’s feedback. Perhaps this was an outlier pair?? I reached out to their customer service, so hopefully I will hear back. I’ll report back, readers!

2) The necklace for the above outfit isn’t clearly visible in some of the photos, so I’ve posted a close-up below from a previous outfit/styling. I really love the uniqueness of the jewelry at Anthropologie. They seem to use a lot of local artists and really produce some great pieces. The prices, of course, can be a bit high. However, their online sale section generally lists the best prices on their jewelry. I’ve found the clearance jewelry is often sold-out in stores, so online is likely your best bet.

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Anyone else have experience with Jessica Simpson shoes? How is the quality? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

seriously sunny

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Hmmm, well these photos clearly turned out overexposed with sunlight…but I decided to roll with it. Having finally been able to dig out clothes from my move, I was just happy to be able to put together an outfit and blog! When life gives you too much sunlight in your photos…enjoy it!

Top: Peter Som for Kohl’s ($8 marked down from $48)

Skirt: TJ Maxx ($12 marked down from approx $50)

Jacket: J Crew via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Tights: H&M ($5)

Bag: Segolene Paris Noir via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $400)

Shoes: Sophia Webster via Saks Off Fifth ($100 marked down from $450)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I put some of my favorite pieces together for this look. As you can see below, each of these pieces have been featured as separate looks. Each look is definitely very different, but somehow all the pieces came together in the above look! Black and white generally reads as a neutral, so any other colors work well with a black and white piece. Above, I picked coral and lavender as my accent colors. 

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2) This is the time of year that gets challenging to figure out how to style winter or spring clothing. I generally opt for bright colors with some darker neutral to keep the look from seeming overly summery. …not to mention that it’s very sunny…but still quite cold! I basically refuse to wear my winter coat anymore, so layering is essential!

Anyone else have spring/winter transition style tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

moving madness

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Hi, all! Wow, what a lack of posts in the past week! …allow me to explain. The hubs, our dog (Annabelle), and I were supposed to move in two weeks…except our move was moved up two weeks…leaving us with 4-5 days to pack up our house and skedaddle on out. Needless to say, there’s been a lot of sleepless nights and now a lot (understatement) of unpacked boxes- and, of course, my actual job in between! So, I am really hopeful that I can unpack my clothes enough to post this weekend!! Thanks for your patience during the moving madness. As you can see from the photo above, our dog Annabelle feels the same way about the current status of tasks to be completed 🙂 Have a great weekend, all!

spring has sprung (?!)

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Ahhhh, the feeling of warm sun and air on your face! I am out celebrating in a bright white jean coat and springy pastels. Enough said; perhaps spring has officially sprung! Happy Monday, all!

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

Top: Target ($14)

Skirt: gift

Jacket: Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from approx $75)

Necklace: Bauble Bar ($28 marked down from $34)

Tights: H&M ($5)

Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) The scale of the top and the skirt make it easy to style these two black and white pieces together. The key to pattern mixing is to match the scale and size of the print, regardless of matching the colors. Target has a ton of striped basics right now, which are really a good price point for the quality, if you ask me. 

2) I really have trouble figuring out the “rules of wearing white,” so I kind-of just ignore them. I suppose technically it’s not yet time to pull out my white pants, but I usually follow my internal instincts. For me, it’s a little early in the season to wear white pants, just because it doesn’t feel warm enough for a thin pant. However, it definitely feels like time to pull out my white denim jacket! I say, forget the rules, and wear what you want!

Anyone else cautiously pulling out their spring clothing? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

lucky leap year

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Since yesterday was Leap Day, I’ve been thinking about Leap Years today. Apparently the history of Leap Day goes back centuries (who knew?!), and historically has been about women taking “non-traditional roles,” often in terms of asking a man to marry her or out on a date. While this idea feels a little antiquated in terms of “non-traditional roles,” I do love the idea of female empowerment. So, I’ve decided that Leap Years are now about women doing whatever they aspire to do! …should I try and pass some sort of law or something…is there a decree for people to sign…? 🙂 Either way, Happy Leap Year, readers! Whatever that may mean to you.

Dress: Robert Rodriguez via thrift ($7, retails for approx $400)

Button down: Ann Taylor Loft via thrift ($1, retails for approx $70)

Bracelet: Hermes (gift)

Ring: Alexis Bittar via Nordstrom Rack ($40 marked down from $100)

Necklace: TJ Maxx ($15 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Cameo via If Chic ($8, marked down from $200)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This dress is very clearly spring and summer, but, as I tend to do, I added a white button down underneath it to wear it in winter. I felt as though there was a lot of “white” space where the button down met the v-neck of the dress, so I added a chunky necklace to fill that space a little more and ensure that the look still seemed like a cohesive winter look. I also wore open toe shoes with tights, and added to the “half spring/half winter” theme of the outfit. 

2) You can see below how I last featured this same styling technique (button down and dress) with another dress, and how I last wore this necklace (in summer and fall). I love to rotate pieces, especially jewelry!

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Anyone else layering for winter while waiting for spring? Happy Tuesday, readers! Thanks so much for stopping by- I appreciate it so much!