colorful in coral (and cold!)

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Brrr! It is alternating between downright balmy and then downright breezy in Chicago! How does one dress for 90 degree weather that then switches to 50 degree weather? Colorful layers! Well, at least, I’ve decided that’s how! When I’m busting out leggings and boots in June in Chicago, something is definitely amiss. But, since I have a lifelong love of leggings and layers, I’m happily accepting this weather. It’s cold, coral, and colorful! Happy weekend, readers!

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

Top: thrift ($3)

Skirt: J Crew via thrift ($1, retails for approx $100)

Leggings: TJ Maxx ($5 marked down from $10)

Necklace: Nordstrom Rack ($15)

Shoes: Not Rated via DSW ($50 marked down from $75)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m never totally sure about wearing leggings and boots in “summer,” but when the weather gets cold enough to warrant that type of dressing, then I get on board. I pinned quite a few articles about how to wear boots in spring and summer to my Pinterest board, if you’re interested in reading more. You all know that I love getting year-round use in my wardrobe and was thrilled to see the number of looks that involve boots for summer! Check out my Pinterest board if you’re looking for more inspiration- you can find it here.

2) This is definitely the time of year to pick up blazers on sale, if you’re in the market for any. Charity shops/thrift shops, in particular, have a lot of sales on blazers, given that this is the “off season.” I’ve even picked up a couple of winter coats for $10-$30, recently. They are happily sitting in my closet, just waiting for fall and winter. Even though you may not be using them now, off season shopping is a great way to snag seriously good deals. In stores, many of the fall and winter clothes are sold out, but online and in thrift stores are still stocking quite a few cold weather items. I even noticed that places like Nordstrom Rack did had some winter coats around, as well as spring jackets. This weekend is the Clear the Rack event at Nordstrom Rack, so it’s a good time to grab any items you’ve been looking for on “super sale.”  More details are here: https://www.facebook.com/NordstromRack

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Anyone else wearing boots this summer? Thanks so much for stopping, readers! I appreciate it so very much! Have a great weekend!

winter whirlwind

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Oh my…it’s that time of year, readers. I admit that I can get a little caught up in the winter whirlwind around this time of year. This year, predictably, is no different. Even my to-do list starts to look confusing, which is an indication that I probably need to slooooooow doooooown. So, I tried to slow down a little today by doing one of the things that I love best: putting together a new look from a couple of new items and lots of older items. I’m reminding myself to take it easy and remember the joy that comes from the season, so as to avoid further succumbing to a winter whirlwind. So, cheers to a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season, readers!

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Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($20 marked down from $70)
Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft ($15 marked down from $70)
Necklace: Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($5 marked down from $44)
Shoes: Qupid via DSW ($25 marked down from $50), still available here
Tights: Hue ($3 marked down from $13)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) This is the time to hit up Ann Taylor Loft, readers, if you’re looking for a good deal. The $4.88 rack is marked down to $1.88 at some stores! And, the rest of the sale section is generally about 50% off. Loft can be very hit or miss for me, but this particular sale was a definite home run. Most of what is on sale is work wear: dresses, skirts, and tops. I saw some pants, but not many, and not very many sweaters. However, the skirts and tops are interesting prints and colors. Even the $4.88 rack was pretty full. Remember to look for it as the rack labelled “FINAL SALE $4.88 and under.” 
2) The clearance rack at Kohl’s is where it’s at for statement necklace for $4-$7. They now have a Juicy Couture line, and some of those pieces have already hit the clearance rack. Additionally, they continue to sell the Vera Wang, Lauren Conrad, and Jennifer Lopez lines. I think the jewelry is very good quality; I haven’t had any issues with any of the pieces I’ve gotten there as of yet. They also have a new rewards program that is free. You essentially just “sign up” for a free “tracking card” that tracks your purchases and gives you points, regardless of your payment method. You can read more about the program here: www.kohls.com/feature/rewards.jsp
Anyone else have luck at the Loft sale? With finding great holiday deals? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I always appreciate it so very much!

cozy and changing

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The temperatures are slowly dropping in Chicago. In fact, it even snowed last week..and the snow accumulated, readers. As much as I sometimes dread the onset of months of snow, wind, and cold…I also secretly love the idea of cozying up in my sweaters (okay, fine, sweatpants) and watching some holiday movies while drinking tea (and eating cookies). So, I’m doing my best to embrace the change. After all, it’s going to change whether I like it or not, right? Oh Mother Nature, you’re never done with your life lessons, are you? This is my cozy and changing look, completely Mother Nature inspired.

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Top: Anthropologie ($17 marked down from $70)
Coat: H&M ($20 marked down from approx $80? It’s old, hard to remember!)
Pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($2.50 marked down from $60) (Yes, $2.50)
Plaid top: Gap ($7 marked down from $50)
Shoes: Anthropologie ($18 marked down from $100)
Necklace: Forever 21 (approx $4)
Horseshoe necklace: Chicago boutique (don’t remember price!)
Ring: Banana Republic (approx $5 marked down from $40)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) This is one of the hardest times to find winter gear on sale, especially coats. I generally stick with what I have for the season, until after the holidays, when winter outerwear tends to go on sale again. If you’re anything like me, your winter gear could use a good cleaning. I recently went through my disorganized “winter basket” where I toss all my winter gear when I get home, and found, of course, everything I had been looking for (“THERE’S MY HAT!”). This is a good time of year to dig out your missing mitten, hats, etc, and assess what you have. Then, when everything goes on super sale, you’ll know what you want/need!
2) Now is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping, if you exchange gifts. I created my spreadsheet and have it with me whenever I am shopping, so that I remember what I have and what I have to get. I tend to be a little forgetful if things aren’t written down (understatement), so having my spreadsheet with me keeps me organized and ensures I find awesome finds in plenty of time before the holidays. 
Anyone else started their holiday shopping or crafting? Any great ideas for gifts this year? I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!