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! 

golden sunshine glory (+giveaway continues!)

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Ahhhh we are having such glorious fall weather here in Chicago…it’s pure bliss! Now that Halloween has passed, my mind is moving towards Thanksgiving and, of course, Christmas. While always a busy season, it’s a season full of blessings. I’m looking forward to all of the seasonal activities, family time, friend time, and the last of the outdoor walks before winter hits. …and of course, celebrating fall fashion the rest of the month.

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

Jacket: thrift ($5)

Pants: Greylin via If Chic (approx $98)

Shoes: Nine West Outlet in New Orleans, LA ($25 marked down from approx $100)

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This is my first pair of super wide leg pants. At first I felt a little daunted by them! How does one style such a wide leg and flowy pant? I decided by pairing the wide leg pants with a streamlined blouse and jacket, and a pair of heels. While I do think you could wear flats with a super wide leg pant, it might look as though you aren’t wearing shoes! So, I recommend going with a kitten or high heel. Also remember to look for a pant that is lined, given that the material is on the thin/gauzy side. 

2) Nothing says classy to me like a tweed blazer or jacket. Fortunately, they are really easy to come by just about anywhere these days. While I personally would love a Chanel version…that’s “a little” out of my price range (ha!). However, there are plenty of alternatives at thrift stores, Forever 21, H&M, Marshall’s, and TJ Maxx. Blazers don’t need to be super high quality unless you plan on wearing them every singe day. You can go for a mid range tweed blazer, and find that it elevates any outfit! 

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Anyone else embracing wide leg pants? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!

feeling very fall

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First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for the well wishes for our wedding last weekend! Now that the wedding planning is complete, I am back to catching up on the rest of life :)! It seems that while I was planning away, fall had officially arrived in the Chicago area. As I walked through the preserves to take these photos, I couldn’t help but pause for a few moments in the autumn quiet. Heart and head are content. This is my feeling very fall look.

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Sweater: Target ($22)

Button down: thrift ($3)

Skirt: Nordstrom Rack (one penny, marked down from $48)

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

Shoes: Seychelles via DSW ($10, marked down from approx $120)

Necklace: vintage via Greg’s Antiques in New Orleans ($3)

Tights: H&M ($10)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This skirt ended up being much more versatile than I expected; as you can see below, I’ve styled it in spring/summer, winter, and fall. Despite the bold print, the skirt really does pair well with all different tops and accessories. Given the bold print, I focus on keeping the rest of the look streamlined with neutral tops and accessories.

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2) We remain in the part of fall here in Chicago where many mornings are cooler, and the afternoons tend to warm up. As a result, I basically live in lots of layers. I find that I really have been drawn towards my cape this fall, as it is versatile- both indoor and out- and adds a nice layer of warmth, for crisp mornings. Capes and shawls are nearly everywhere these days; you can find them in just about any discount store (Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s). And, if you’re like, you may have saved a few shawls from a few years ago when they were popularized again. If so, pull them out now! It’s the perfect time of year!

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Happy fall! Have a wonderful weekend!

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!

friend and faux

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Well it’s been, per usual, a whirlwind week leading up to the wedding (now less than three weeks away!). Between work and planning, I’ve been sneaking in a few blog photos when I can!! I was loving the dreamy-fantasy look in these photos, given the early morning sun. The sitting area ended up looking, to me, like a cozy sun drenched cave. Add in my faux fur vest, and it was quiet cozy indeed. This my friend, and faux, fur vest cave cozy look. That’s a mouthful! But feels totally fitting to me.

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Dress: Gap ($13 marked down from $60)

Vest: Nordstrom Rack ($40)

Leggings: …I can’t remember!

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

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

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Faux fur vests…they always look cool to me, but I wasn’t sure if I could pull one off. Pssht, what was I thinking? Anyone can pull off a faux fur vest! It’s so much more versatile than you might think! I found that I’ve been wearing mine like I would a coat, but a coat that I can wear indoors. This vest looks especially great with dark skinny jeans and booties, so it can easily transition from a work look to a weekend look. Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx had the best selections at the best prices that I’ve seen thus far. So if you’re contemplating a faux fur vest, I say go for it!

2) I wear this dress a LOT. As you will see in the photo below, I’ve also styled it with tights, booties, a statement necklace, and a sweater on top. Shirt dresses are, by far, one of the easiest transitional pieces you can. You can wear them pretty much all year round and style them in very different ways. Almost all of my shirt dresses are from Gap. While the quality of them isn’t quite what it used to be a few years ago, I do find that if you look for the thicker material shirt dresses, they are quite durable. I recommend the “double ply” versions at Gap, versus the thinner one layer of fabric dresses. The thinner dresses have ended up with small holes after multiple washes. It’s nothing that can’t be easily sewn up, but save yourself the trouble and look for the thicker dresses.

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Anyone else have recommendations for vests or shirt dresses? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much! Happy Monday!

 

time flies (and fun ahead)!

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WHOA, September! Between getting married in five more weeks, changing jobs, and opening a business, time is FLYING! …and The Fashion Huntress again takes a back seat. But I am here, readers! And I appreciate so very much all of your support! This is an exciting time, and I love being able to share it, and even manage to squeeze a few photo shoots in with my trusty tripod and remote. Happy (albeit early) Autumn, readers!

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Jacket: Banana Republic (gift)

Denim blazer: thrift ($4)

Jumpsuit: Corey Lynn Calter for Anthropologie ($17 marked down from $170)

Belt: thrift ($6)

Shoes: Coach via DSW ($45 marked down from $345)

Ring: Tory Burch via Nordstrom Rack ($10 marked down from $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I last featured this jumpsuit during some warmer weather (photo below). I featured a smaller belt, mint heels, and lightweight short sleeve blazer for indoors. I also added layered bracelets and accessories when I last wore it. For this look, I kept it simple by wearing a bigger belt, but keeping the rest of the accessories minimal. Despite it being the same jumpsuit, the looks seem quite different to me solely by changing out accessories, layers and shoes. You can do the same with your own jumpsuits, dresses, etc!

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2) I was quite surprised to find the Coach mules featured on this post at DSW. And, even more surprising, they were marked down quite a bit, and then on extra sale! I didn’t find them in the clearance section, where I normally start my shoe search (and find most of the best markdowns). DSW sneaks a few additional markdown clearance items along with the other shoes (not in the clearance section in the back of the store). So, I recommend a quick scan for the colored signs (normally green or blue) in the main part of the store to ensure not missing some great clearance finds.

Anyone else loving this fall weather? Pulling out their layers? I hope everyone has a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!

thankful

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Tomorrow, in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. While reflecting on blessings is not limited to one day, Thanksgiving, to me, is an important day to celebrate with loved ones and reflect on the many blessings we have experienced throughout the year. I am so thankful this year for the many blessings that have come my way and for all the people that I have to share them with, including you, lovely readers. The Fashion Huntress used to just be a dream in my mind and now it’s a reality. I’m thankful for endless support and the blogging friends I have met along the way. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and weekend. We’ll be back to our regular programming at the end of the weekend.

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all for fall

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Back when I was just a wee Huntress, I used to have a book called “All for Fall.” I’m pretty sure the book was about jumping in leaves and generally enjoying fall. Maybe that’s where my love of all things fall began. Either way, I am definitely all for fall as an adult: fall colors, throwing leaves, wearing tights, you name it, I’m all about it. This is my all for fall look…welcome, Autumn. I missed you, girl.

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Dress: Savers ($4, retails for ? no idea!)

Necklace: vintage via Greg’s Antiques in New Orleans ($3)

Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack ($3 marked down from $15)

Shoes: Banana Republic via Crossroads ($20 marked down from approx $120)

Jacket: Banana Republic ($30 marked down from $175)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I was a little on the fence about a short sleeve sweater dress, but I ended up really liking it! It’s especially perfect for a fall-ish/summer-ish day. And, of course, I can easily add a long sleeve tee-shirt underneath to add more warmth in winter. So if you’re on the fence about short sleeve sweater dresses, fear not, they are a definite go for fall and winter. I think this one is a little on the short side, so I wore completely opaque tights to ensure looking work appropriate.

2) I found this dress on my first visit to Savers and let me tell you, readers. I. Am. A. Fan.  They have a very interesting business model that helps support local non-profit agencies. The Savers in my area support the Epilepsy Foundation. Super cool. From what I gather, Savers is essentially a for-profit discount chain that provides local charities with financial support for bringing in clothes, regardless of whether or not Savers ends up selling the clothes in their store. The prices are just slightly higher than at Goodwill (approx $5-$6 for a top versus $3-$4).  If you donate there, I’ve been told that they will give you a 20% off coupon for your next visit. I definitely found myself digging quite a bit, but the stores are very spacious and well lit. There are even big changing rooms, carts, and baskets. If you have 30-60 minutes, I definitely recommend trying out a Savers near you. You can read more about them here: http://www.savers.com/

Anyone else have feedback about Savers? Tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! As always, I appreciate it so very much! Happy almost mid-week!

blogging buddies and mail magic

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Getting things in the mail is a rare treat these days in our electronic age. Well, mail dreams came true when I found out a couple of weeks ago that I won a drawing for an article of clothing from Mihaela at Fashion Sky Fall. You can imagine how jazzed I was to receive the top in the mail! Mail! Clothing! Fellow blogger love! It was a big day.

Blogging is such an interesting way of connecting to others around the world and even in our own communities. I’m endlessly grateful for the support I receive from readers, and amazed at how we end up forming relationships with those whom we have not formally met. A blog is often a glimpse into someone’s life, and a welcoming of others to share in our journey. Mail, blogging, readers, comments…it really is a small world after all. How wonderful to share it with each other to make our worlds both smaller through connections and bigger through expanding our horizons and awareness of others. A thank you to Mihaela at Fashion Sky Fall for her blog and to all of you out there in the blogosphere for supporting one girl’s dream of being a fashion blogger.

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Top: c/o Fashion Sky Fall

Cardigan: Cardigan: Marshall’s ($20 marked down from approx $50)

Scarf: gift

Leggings: Old Navy ($10)

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I love white lace as an unexpected fabric for fall and winter. Lace really seems to be showing some serious staying power this fall and winter, as I’ve seen lace dresses all over the place in blogs and on Pinterest. I like to layer on top of the lace to stay warm, and also to make the lace piece look purposeful in the cool weather, not out of place. You know how I feel about transitioning clothes to all seasons whenever possible, and this top is definitely no exception. In spring and summer, I’ll pair it with capris or tucked into skirts. Many pieces can be transitioned; try to transition them before you pack them away for the fall and winter months!

2) When wearing fitted pants (such as leggings), I like to go layered on top to not look too “fitted’ for work. The lace top definitely added some length over the leggings, but I added the cardigan for even more length over the leggings. In a conservative work environment such as mine, leggings are not allowed as “pants” but you can wear them with long tops and sweaters. I don’t let the conservative dress code stop the leggings, but I do wear them with coverage in the form of layers! After all, I basically live in leggings in winter. Fleece leggings. Need I say more? They are real and they are magic. Get ready for those babies to be busted out on the blog pretty soon.

Anyone else sport leggings at work? Still wearing your lace?

Thanks for stopping by, lovely readers!