all basics (black and white)

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The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. –Leo Tolstoy

Top: Poof via Nordstrom Rack ($1)

Jeans: Old Navy ($11 marked down from approx $35)

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

Necklace: House of Harlow via Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Christian Siriano ($22 marked down from approx $40)  on clearance here 

Fashion Huntress tip: Winter, spring, who knows anymore?! But I’m enjoying looking through the ‘end of season’ sales that are happening right now! The sales at J Crew and Banana Republic are both great right now, if you’re looking for any winter items. For boots, the sale prices at 6pm.com are reaching seasonal lows!

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!

blogversary and birthday- year 3!

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February is an exciting time because it’s both my birthday and my blogversary. Fashion Huntress turns three this year (I’m clearly slightly older than my blog-ha!). As another year passes, I am reflecting on the numerous changes that have occurred, the transitions, the moves, the marriage!, the business, and all the wonderful people I have encountered along the way. I want to thank each and every one of you who have stopped by, left likes, thoughtful comments, support, and so much more over the past year. Cheers to another year!

Striped top: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $35)

Skirt: Joa via Bloomingdale’s ($20 marked down from $80)

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

Shoes: Jessica Simpson via DSW ($15 marked down from $100)

Necklace: H&M ($2 marked down from approx $20)

Tights: H&M ($5)

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Thank you so much for stopping by, readers! Cheers to another year and thank you so much for your support! XO, The Fashion Huntress

musings on milly (for kohl’s)

IMG_4751 Apparently my last post on my vintage Milly dress was well timed, because I realized that the Milly for Kohl’s line is now available (in stores and online)! Never one to miss a designer collaboration with an affordable retail store, I checked it out. Not too surprisingly, many pieces were already sold out in my local store, but I managed to snag the sole remaining lemon dress that I had admired online. The prices for the line are a bit steep, if the pieces are not on sale. However, with the Kohl’s coupons, discounts in the stores, and Kohl’s cash/points, the pieces did become more affordable. And, an important side note, the quality on this line is pretty impressive and generally true to the Milly designer line aesthetic.

My verdict on this one: I don’t think many of these pieces will hit the clearance section due to their quality and popularity. If you want anything from the line, grab some coupons online, register for a free Kohl’s cash points card, and visit your local shop/online today!
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Dress: Milly for Kohl’s ($35 marked down from $70)
Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)
Necklace: Juicy Couture charm from bracelet and Kohl’s necklace ($5 marked down from $24)
Tights: gift
Daytime kitten heels: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)
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 Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Designer collaborations via retail stores such as Target and Kohl’s can be a little hit or miss though, overall, I’m a fan. I prefer to check-out these collections, if possible, in the actual stores to look over the quality and fit of the pieces. With any line that I really have had my eye on, I tend to view the ‘lookbooks’ online via the official press releases.  After the release, I will attempt to go to the store the week of the release. With very popular lines, the collections tend not to go on sale. If you don’t mind potentially missing out on a collaboration, I just wait it out and see whether any of the pieces end up on sale. Here are a couple collaborations that are currently available:
 
2) As with my last post, I actively used the size chart again to attempt to find this dress in the correct size. Victory! Once again, I have gotten the message that online size charts really are your friends. I keep a flexible tape measure in my desk and my purse for this very reason- you just never know when you will need one! You can find flexible/fabric tape measures online and at your local craft store; they are $1 at my local sewing shop.
Anyone else checking out the Milly for Kohl’s line? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much- happy mid-week!

(slightly belated) blogversary!

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Wow, readers! Another year has passed and The Fashion Huntress is now two years old! It’s hard to believe that only two years have passed…though, on the other hand, time really does fly. I want to take this opportunity to thank you, my readers. As I’ve said so many times in the past (and it remains so true today), I really cannot express enough gratitude to the blogging community for welcoming me. The Fashion Huntress has been my favorite creative outlet to date; I value each and every person that has offered me their kind words and encouragement in helping the Huntress grow into what is it, and what it continues to become. 

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Dress: BCBG via Saks Off Fifth ($20 marked down from $200)
Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)
Scarf: Saks Off Fifth ($10 marked down from $60)
Tights: blue tights (H&M $5) lace tights (Marsha’ll’s $5 marked down from $15)
Shoes: Joe’s Jeans via DSW ($10 marked down from $110)
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A big hug from me to you! I’ll be back to our regular programming on the next post!

eye on elizabeth and james

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Having grown up watching Full House, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been in my life for years. (Side note: I’m sure they probably are annoyed with the Full House references. So, I’m sorry, ladies, if you’re reading this). Anywho, I’ve had my eye on their two lines: The Row and Elizabeth & James for years now. I finally took the plunge when their Elizabeth and James line was on Rue La La, (seriously discounted). I snagged a blazer, and let me tell you, readers, I am a FAN. Talk about well made; the piece is beautiful non-itchy wool, constructed with beautiful details, and has that perfectly polished feel that only a great blazer can bring. I totally have my eye on Elizabeth and James, and the fabulous Olsen twins that created such a refined yet laid back line.

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Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)
Top: Ann Taylor Loft via thrift ($1, retails for approx $70)
Dress: Banana Republic via thrift ($1, retails for approx $130)
Tights: gift
Shoes: Cole Haan Lunar Grand ($70 marked down from $400)
Necklace: gift via Charming Charlie
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Rue La La (https://www.ruelala.com/) is where it’s at for super high-end pieces at affordable prices. Sometimes, the prices are only so-so, but other times, the discount is so high, I can barely believe it. It’s a site that you basically just have to get used to perusing on a somewhat regular basis. The real steals go FAST, so if you really want something, get it when you see it. Many items are also final sale, so be sure to look through the sizing chart to ensure that you are getting the right size. I shy away from pants since fits can vary so much, but shoes and tops/blazers/dresses seem to be fairly straight forward in terms of fit. Additionally, once you get something, you have free shipping for the next 30 days on any other orders, so essentially you pay once for shipping for the full month.
2) Many charity shops have points during which they mark-down their clothes even further; this section is known as the “$1” section. Some stores have “$1 bins” or a “$1 table.” I recommend that, if you’re a thrifter, find out when and where the $1 section is in your local charity shop. If there’s one thing I’ll say about charity shops, it’s have patience! Allot at least 45 minutes- 1 hour to really go through the shop and make sure you’ve been able to really look through the entire place. 
Anyone else loving Rue La La? Happy Wednesday, readers! Thanks so much for stopping by!