sunshine shades (of yellow)

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Sorry for delay in posts this week, readers! We had some bad weather, so it made it a little challenging to take photos outdoors without snow boots, mittens, and a giant down jacket (not so glam). But, hurray! Sunshine and warmth this weekend! I couldn’t resist sneaking some sun photos in throughout the weekend…

Our dog, Annabelle, couldn’t be happier to see the sun. Neither could I! I picked an outfit of sunshiny yellows to celebrate.

Top: vintage Carolina Herrara via thrift ($3) (shoulder pads and all!)

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

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

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

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) As I’m sure you know from reading the blog, I rarely buy anything full price. However, jeans are one of the rare items I tend not to try and find on sale (if I do it’s a lucky day indeed). I generally just buy one light pair and one dark pair and then rotate them. In the past, I had a bunch of pairs of jeans, but usually ended up wearing the same pair over and over because it was the one pair that I favored and fit me best. Now, I just keep a couple of pairs and wear them all the time- and save myself the trouble of finding a specific fit on sale. Of course, that’s just me! I’m impressed by anyone who can find their fav pair on sale! If you’re in downtown Chicago, the Levi store is on Michigan Avenue is totally worth a visit. My favorite salesperson is Alex- he’s super helpful and honest! 

2) I recently made my first purchase online at Bauble Bar (necklace featured above). I really like what I got, but I felt like the pieces were a little off in color from what I saw online. I also felt as though the scale and size was a little off from online too. However, in the end, I kept everything I got and, for the price, the quality was good. I think next time, however, I will likely measure out pieces before I order them, as clearly the scale and color was a little off (could be me, could be them, who knows). They also sell their jewelry at Nordstrom, so that might be an easier way to assess the size and colors of pieces. 

Anyone else have Bauble Bar reviews? Sending you sunshine and warm vibes from Chicago! Thanks so much for stopping by, readers!

snowy spots and shadows

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I swear, readers, it was significantly warmer when I took these photos outdoors than last time (see last post re: taking photos outside in 0 degrees). And I was wearing a coat part of the time! Woo hoo! Well, I’m in my first winter statement coat, and I’m feeling good about it. Snowy, spotted, shadows, and sun. Perfect combination. Happy weekend, readers!

Dress: Ann Taylor ($20 marked down from $200)

Button down: Banana Republic via thrift ($1, retails for approx $100)

Blazer (part of suit): White House Black Market via thrift ($10, retails for approx $260)

Coat: Ann Taylor ($88 marked down from $268)

Necklace: gift

Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack ($3 marked down from approx $18)

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’ve really wanted a statement coat for the past couple of years, but I rarely wanted to get one on sale! It doesn’t really seem like a piece that could be around forever (may go out of style), so I didn’t want to spend too much. This is a good time of year to look for a “trendy” item, if you’re looking for one, since the prices tend to be bottoming out between now and the end of February. As far as statement coats go, Asos has some great ones (generally quite affordable!), as did Ann Taylor. 

2) I’m a big fan of having full suits (and sometimes wearing them), but also wearing them as separates. As you can see from the picture below, this is the full suit. And in this post, I paired the suit coat (blazer) with a dress. I think suits are pretty easy to thrift, as well as finding them at places like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Nordstrom Rack. Plus, you never know when you may need one! So I think it’s always good to be prepared 🙂

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Anyone else have tips for statement coats? Buying or wearing, styling? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!