life lately (in fashion)

Well, it’s the holidays, so the usual increase in tasks and work has arrived again! I still managed to snap a few pics of life lately (aka what I was wearing lately). The top photo is my debut of my new arm tights from Spanx. They are fabulous and are helping me transition my spring and summer wardrobe into my winter wardrobe. I have my eye on the black metallic pair next! And bottom photo- I checked out the new line at target “A New Day.” Super cute line- and perfect for the price. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!

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happy halloween!

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“tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch.” -Linus

Coat: Banana Republic via thrift ($1)

Sweater: Gap ($10 marked down from approx $70)

Button down: Gap ($9 marked down from approx $60)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

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I also had some questions about my felted animals that I’ve been working on as some #selfcare #crafternoon activity. A photo of my creations is above!

And, lastly, for this month’s #monthlymani: it’s a Pumpkin Spice theme! I chose Leggy Legend by Essie as the perfect pumpkin spice color with a little maroon on top to add some depth. Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her fall themed #monthlymani!

 

calm & centered (leave your tip!)

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Readers, I’ve been taking blogging a bit easy lately, since I’ve been extra focused on work and finding a sense of balance in my day to day ebb and flow. Things have a way of getting out of balance quickly and I find it’s a constant effort to feel like I’ve got everything calm and centered. Some of the ways I try to stay grounded are below. Please share your grounded, centered, and calming tips in the comments section below! I would love new ideas! 

  1. Connecting with friends and family; talk about a taking a village, am I right? Even just a quick text to share in a moment feels like a wonderfully balanced act.
  2. Alone time; most people are shocked to know I’m a massive introvert. I really only recharge being completely by myself and I’ve implemented “task free days” where I just CHILL and do whatever I want. So liberating!! Those days, I’m often thrifting, at the library, or catching up on a few of my favorite shows.
  3. Creating! I LOVE to craft just about anything. These days, I’ve been working on felted wool animals. Yep. It’s so relaxing and calming!
  4. Yoga, mindfulness, and running. Enough said!

What about you, readers? Share your “ommm” strategies below! 

everything embroidered

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It’s hard to nail down my favorite fashion trends lately because there’s so many fun and creative options! In this look, I’m embracing the embroidery trend. I love the texture and custom feel embroidery adds to items like shoes, coats, and dresses. As a side note, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I style my top knots and hair braids (as seen in these photos). I have my top knot tutorial here, but stay tuned for a hair braid tutorial next. Honestly, it’s as easy as my top knot. I’m all about low maintenance (though my husband might disagree 🙂 HA!). Have a good rest of your week, readers!

Top: J Crew ($40 marked down from $60)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Coat: Rosegal ($30)

Shoes: Jessica Simpson via DSW (approx $50 marked down from $90) available here

Head scarf: Coach (approx $20 marked down from approx $65)

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It’s that time again! #monthlymani time! We went with a pirate theme this month to change it up a bit :)! I mixed Sparkle Aplenty from Revlon with Indi-glow from Sally Hansen to have a festive pirate theme. Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her pirate themed #monthlymani! Aarrgh! (I couldn’t resist)

glitter and ruffles galore

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Glitter and ruffles. Sigh. I’m always sold on glitter and ruffles. I took these photos before I left for our honeymoon, but we are very fortunate it’s still remained quite warm in Chicago, so the look still applies. Fingers crossed fall continues to last…

Top: J Crew ($40 marked down from $60) on sale here

Pants: J Crew (approx $30 marked down from approx $100)

Glitter heels: Ann Taylor Loft ($20 marked down from approx $120)

Cuff: Hermes (gift)

Photos above are life lately! I’ve been eyeing the Kate Spade glitter posts for over a year, so I decided to finally get them- I happily wear them all the time. There are also more fall photos, because I just can’t get enough!

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
― John DonneThe Complete Poetry and Selected Prose

golden haze days (+giveaway entry 4 days left!)

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The days are really flying by lately…I can’t believe we are a month away from Christmas already! Still, Autumn is in the air and the leaves are crisp below my (high heeled) feet. I’m holding on to the golden haze days- and trekking out in the woods in my heels and jumpsuit to enjoy them.

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Jumpsuit: Ann Taylor Loft ($5 marked down from approx $98)

Necklace: thrift ($5, retails for $40)

Shoes: Banana Republic ($75 marked down from $130)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Personally, I find that if you’re going to wear a jumpsuit, you want to consider pairing it with a shoe with a heel or a wedge. I know that I would legit look like I was wearing some sort of costume if I did not have my jumpsuit styled with my pumps and accessories- so I’m guessing the same goes for most people. However, I am always open to hearing more about how to style jumpsuits! My Pinterest board “Oh la la” has a lot of jumpsuit inspiration, you can find it here.

2) Oh, Ann Taylor Loft, you are tricky! Sometimes there is a very clear “FINAL SALE” rack- for items that are under $10. However, sometimes I find that the final sale items are mixed in with the other sale items. The trick is to ask a sales rep when you arrive in the store if there are “final sale” items in the sale section or elsewhere. Obviously if the final sale rack is around the store, it’s much easier to go through one rack than to dig through all of the sale racks to find the final sale items, but at least you will know where to look!

There’s still 4 days to enter the Alex and Ani giveaway!  To enter, click on the Rafflecopter link below!

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Anyone else have jumpsuit styling tips? Still loving fall weather and looks? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

bright brocade

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There’s a few styles of fabric and prints that have my heart (denim, toile, houndstooth, to name a few). Brocade has always been one of my favorites, but I rarely find brocade prints and fabric, let alone in metallic! So, I was, of course, super excited to find this skirt at BCBG over the summer. It hung in my closet, just waiting for the perfect fall day to make its debut- which was yesterday. I even got to pull out my first pair of fall tights. Sigh. I’m a happy camper. Bright brocade for a bright day.

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Blouse: L.K. Bennett via thrift ($1, retails for $300)

Cape: Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $50)

Skirt: BCBG Max Azria ($40 marked down from $195)

Shoes: Vince Camuto Signature via Saks Off 5th ($50 marked down from $300)

Necklace: House of Harlow via Saks off Fifth ($15 marked down from $50)

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) There’s always a few pieces that become somewhat surprising staples. I definitely feel that way about my Nordstrom Rack cape/blanket from last season. As soon as the cool weather hit, my cape was back in action. There are so many capes around these days, you can easily find one for around $20. I actually saw this same cape at Saks off Fifth a few weeks ago. So, clearly, they are widely distributed. I personally like that this is a piece you can wear indoors and out, versus a coat, which is a bit more limited in terms of being worn indoors. Below are pictures of how I’ve style this cape in the past. 

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2) Cream tights. You would think they look a little juvenile, but I’ve found my cream patterned tights to be quite versatile. However, I strongly recommend wearing cream tights with very “grown-up” clothes- such as with heels, dresses, and very clearly mature pieces, to avoid the risk of looking like a little girl. Unless, of course, you are a little girl, in which case, you go! My 4 year old niece looks fab in white tights without the worry of styling them properly :).

Anyone else loving capes or cream tights this season? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!