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!

 

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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

(not so) mean mr mustard

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Changing it up today, here is my open letter to the color Mustard.

Dear Mustard,

You and I have,  historically, not been friends- hence, Mean Mr. Mustard. I’m sorry that I called you that name. I used to think you deserved it, but I can now see the error of my ways.  It’s just that I thought you made my blonde hair look washed out. I also thought that your name sounded like a character from Clue and that you hung out in the library with a wrench.  I’m sorry I judged you so wrong, and I really hope moving forward we can be friends. I think we are really coming along these days, and I think we have many more happy days together ahead. Please accept this apology for ruining your good name as a color.

Sincerely,

The Fashion Huntress

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Dress: Banana Republic ($7 marked down from $110)

Shoes: Jellypop via DSW ($12 marked down from $60)

Belt: Old Navy ($1.99 marked down from $7)

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

Necklace: gift (handmade in Panama)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I think my open letter here pretty much says it all about never saying never. I basically never used to wear yellow (mustard or otherwise), but I’ve found that no colors are really “off limits.” Admittedly, some shades of colors may look better than others, but don’t shy away from colors that you might otherwise skip over. I also tend not to wear straight line dresses because of my pear shape (I’m more of a fit and flare girl), but I’ve found that some actually do fit. If you like something, just try it on, regardless of shape or color! Worst case scenario, you end up not liking it. Best case scenario, you find a new love!

2) Based on my last couple of posts, it seems we can all agree that online shopping versus in-store shopping varies a lot by store. I found this particular dress online still listed for approximately $70, even though I found it in the store for $7. $7, you guys. If you have the time, check out the in-store sales and then compare the online sales. Generally, I find that the sales at Gap, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Loft, and Old Navy all seem to be better in the store. 

Anyone else have colors that they used to avoid but now wear?

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

not wavering in wind

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A blustery day, indeed, is featured in these photos. Despite all that wind and cold, I attempted to stay strong and get these blog photos in…this was perhaps the quickest shoot yet in Fashion Huntress blogging. I’ll leave this post brief, as I think the quote and photos say it all.

“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” -Arthur Golden

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Top: Nordstrom Rack (approx $15 marked down from approx $80)

Skirt: H&M ($20 marked down from approx $50)

Tights: Hue via Marshall’s ($4 marked down from $14)

Shoes: Ellen Tracy ($9 marked down from $99)

Hair flowers: H&M (approx $4)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I used to think platform heels wouldn’t work in a conservative work setting, but I’ve really changed my mind on that one. I’ve worn these heels many times at work, though I always wear them with tights or other conservative pieces. If you’re going to wear something that’s a bit less conservative at work (ie metallic, platforms, etc), then just pair them with an otherwise “covered up” look.  Though, again, this may not be true for all work environments, so you’ll have to take it case by case, based on your own work environment. 

2) I am loving pastels during this winter/spring transition! I’ve been wearing pastels with dark pieces to transitions my spring pieces in winter. For some reason, I used to shy away from pastels in winter, but I’ve noticed that when pastels are anchored with other “winter” pieces they add some much needed lightness to the cold. Bust out your own spring pastels, and consider matching them with dark tights, dark shoes, or whatever else you want!

Thank you, lovely readers, for stopping by! I appreciate it so much! I also appreciated all of the kind words on my birthday/blogversary. You are all so kind to share your thoughts and well wishes! I hope everyone has a good start to the week.