dog days

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It’s official- our dog, Annabelle, basically refuses to go back inside mornings when I take my photos. …and insists on being involved in the taking of the photos. Ha! So, I’m rolling with it. After all, we should all be able to enjoy the wonders of spring. Please enjoy the photobombing in these photos…Annabelle clearly outshines the outfit anyway!

Top: J Crew via thrift ($5, retails for approx $100)

Skirt: Asos via consignment ($10, retails for approx $60)

Shoes: so many years ago…Nordstrom Rack is all I remember!

Bracelets: Alex and Ani for Disney (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) One of my favorite consignment shops, Trends, is in Oak Park, slightly outside of Chicago. If you’re ever in the area, it’s definitely worth checking out! http://www.trendsoakpark.com

If you’re looking for a consignment shop in your area, I definitely recommend looking at Yelp reviews- which is how I initially found Trends! I also seem to find more shops on Yelp than I do through just a Google search, so it’s definitely worth looking into! 

2) With constant weather and temperature fluctuations here, I’m dressing up and dressing down, and layering up and down daily! The key is layers; I generally wear cardigans and leggings as my easiest layering pieces.  I’ve been looking for white leggings recently, but haven’t found any that I like. If you have any tips for where to look, leave a comment below!

Anyone else checking out consignment shops this spring? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

floral feeling

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I’m feeling so very floral lately, thanks to the arrival of spring. We’ve certainly had many April showers, and even a few May flowers! (photos below from the garden). Can you see the pink buds on the tree? Ahh! So exciting!

Anyway, this dress has a special place in my heart because I wore it for my rehearsal dinner- the night before my wedding. I love that it lives to see a new day- outside of our first home and in springtime. So many new beginnings. I’m feeling so very floral.

Dress: Anthropologie ($20 marked down from approx $250)

Blazer: Harlyn via If Chic

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

Belt: Ann Taylor Loft ($5 marked down from approx $20)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m tempted to write a tip on how my dog photobombed my above photo. Ha! But I guess there’s no tip there- aside from just bring your dog to your photo shoots. Anyway, this dress is fairly formal but I added a denim-ish blazer to keep it more casual. I also added an informal belt, and ta da! the dress is ready for daily wear. 

2) I actually found this dress on the Anthro clearance rack (hence the price), but the sizing was significantly off. I took it to my talented wedding seamstress (The Alterationist, http://thealterationist.com) and she altered the dress right up! Even with the cost of alterations, you can often still save significantly on a clearance dress. So, if there’s a dress or piece I really love, I often still get it and either alter it myself or bring it to a tailor. 

Anyone else have styling tips for more formal dresses for daytime wear? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

merry in marimekko

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I’ve been a fan of Marimekko for years, so I was thrilled to see the Marimekko for Target collaboration this week! The Marimekko for Banana Republic line stole my heart a couple of years ago, so I had high hopes for this collection. While the line was mostly geared towards the outdoors (gardening, patio decor, and bathing suits), there were some clothing pieces that really stole the show. All in all, I am happy to report that the Marimekko line at Target is indeed quite merry.

Top: Marimekko for Target ($20)

Pants: Marimekko for Target ($30)

Necklace: thrift ($3)

Shoes: hard to remember the price…so many years ago! But they are Chinese Laundry via Nordstrom Rack

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This collection isn’t selling out as quickly as others have in the past; that’s good news, though, because if you still want some of the pieces, you can find them online! The link is below. The sizing was a little off for me to calculate online (especially the pants), so I ordered two sizes and just returned the size that didn’t fit. I would recommend doing the same if you really want to get the right fit! 

http://www.target.com/c/marimekko-brand-shop

2) Many of the clothing pieces could easily be worn as everyday attire, or as beach cover-ups. So, think out of the box when looking at the pieces! If you’re loving the prints, but not the clothes, the outdoor patio and home pieces really are great. It doesn’t look as though you can purchase them online, but you can do a search online and see if the items are still in a store near you. 

It’s monthly mani time! The theme this month was artist inspired! I painted my nails in a Jackson Pollock theme 🙂 check out the other ladies via their blog links below!

Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Ashley from Free Wills Studio

Lyndsey from Dressed in Mascara

Did anyone else check out the Marimekko for Target line? What did you think of it? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

 

knowing in neon

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I recently had lunch with a friend and was discussing confidence and lack thereof sometimes. My friend responded by saying that sometimes the only person that thinks we cannot do something is ourselves. …hmmm. That rang true for me, and I’m guessing, many others. We seem to be the least likely person to feel confident in taking a risk, while others around us are celebrating our risks. I’m holding on to the idea of “knowing” this week. Knowing and believing (in neon).

Top: thrift ($3)

Blazer: BCBG via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Shoes: Rampage via Amazon ($20, retail for approx $50)

Necklace: Bauble Bar ($24 marked down from $38)

Scarf: thrift ($3)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you’re going to wear neon to work, I definitely think it works best to anchor it with neutral (blazer and jeans). You can see in the photos without the blazer that this top is a true neon- very bright! For a winter look, you could easily add a sweater over the top and just have a little pop of neon. 

2) I like to thrift button downs because they are so versatile in terms of size. Most of them can be dry cleaned or washed at home- and are good as new! Always try them on and/or inspect them very careful for stains, tears, and snags. You may not see them right away, but some shirts will have been donated for that very reason. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

 

radiating (sun) and reflections

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I distinctly remember the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of high school. The last day of school is still vivid in my mind, so many years later. It was a warm, sunny day, but not the usual overly hot and humid, as we normally have in summer. I remember feeling completely weightless- like I could breathe, sit around, walk around, talk, do, and be basically anything I wanted, for the next three months during summer vacation.

I often think of that feeling. The idea of weightlessness. And how it really doesn’t seem to extend into life beyond high school, college, or otherwise. Responsibilities of being “an adult” are indeed weighty. But, every once in a while, I’ll find myself smiling for a moment as a ray of sunshine warms my face and a breezes passes by me. For that moment, I feel weightless again, and think, “what if every single thing currently weighing on my mind is actually completely fine?”

I felt that way today taking these photos and enjoyed my moment so much, I wanted to share. Perhaps that emotion is captured in the photos- or perhaps it gives you insight into what was on my mind today. Either way, I hope everyone has a moment (or even longer!) like that today. Thanks for stopping by, readers.

Denim top: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)

Black and white top: Target ($6, retails for approx $20)

Skirt: Cynthia Rowley via thrift ($5, retails for approx $80)

Necklace: Tiffany

Shoes: Nine West outlet in New Orleans, LA ($25 marked down from approx $100)

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Not quite warmth enough to ditch tights, I opted for a pastel tight to keep from looking to “winter.” I seem to have mostly darkly tights, but noticed I don’t have many light colored or pastel tights. If anyone has suggestions for other colors to try, I would love to hear suggestions!

2) I try and pattern mix with what I consider to be “balance.” My top and shoes are both black- so black on top and on bottom (my sense of “balance”). Then, I picked a light denim top and lighter skirt- light on top and on bottom. I picked the tights based off of the pink tone in the skirt. So, if you want a “template” for pattern and color play, think of balancing your top half with your bottom half. It seems to work! 

Anyone else feeling hopeful and un-stressed this spring? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

patience in pink

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Boxes, boxes, everywhere! I am practicing patience this week as we continue to dig our way out of boxes in the new place…I am rejoicing in having found most of my clothes, at the very least!

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” -Saadi

Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal via TJ Maxx ($20 marked down from approx $200)

Jacket: Gap ($25 marked down from $130)

Belt: Nine West via TJ Maxx ($12 marked down from $35)

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’ve learned that TJ Maxx and Marshall’s near me seem to get deliveries on Tuesdays. You can always ask someone in the store, if you aren’t sure. You can also ask when “next markdowns” will take place, as clearance items will be reduced again if they do not sell after the first markdown. Going on “shipment day” really is the best use of your time, if you don’t want to do much digging around the store. Additionally, you’ll find the best prices on days when they have done additional markdowns. If you can’t figure out the pattern on your own, just ask someone in the store- it definitely is a time saver and money saver!

2) I last featured this coat during the spring/winter transition last season (photo below). As you can see below, I again paired it with neutral and bold colors. I find that when it’s still cold, but you are tired of wearing winter sweaters, bright layers are key! Most winter pieces that are still in stores are at their lowest prices- so anything else you can still find in stores should be seriously marked down!

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Anyone else have reduced price store tips? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!