very merry, glitzy and bright (#monthlymani)

Woo hoo! The holidays are in full swing- which does mean busy busy, but also means traditions, family, friends, and lots of merriment ❤ Happy holidays, all!

Dress: Ann Taylor Loft via thrift store  ($2, retails for approx $150)

Vest: Nordstrom Rack ($40)

Leggings: TJ Maxx ($4)

Necklace: J Crew Factory ($16 marked down from $40)

Belt: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $5)

Boots: Crown Vintage via DSW ($45 marked down from $120)

 

It’s that time again: our #monthlymani club! This month we chose a ‘merry, glitzy, and bright’ theme. I opted for red, gold, and red and green glitter- simple and festive! Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her glitzy glam holiday #monthlymani too!

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flower power

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While I love florals, I’m not a huge daisy print fan…until this shirt. This Sea top had me swooning- and even more once I tried it on. I’m officially a daisy fan and flower child now. Flower power, indeed.

Silk top: Sea via Nordstrom Rack ($40 marked down from approx $300)

Skirt: Soprano via Nordstrom Rack ($16 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Ann Taylor ($20 marked down from approx $150)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I found these shoes in the heart of winter, which is how I got them so discounted. It’s hard to look past the current season, sometimes, and buy something “out of season.” But, it’s really the best way to find the best deals-by shopping out of season. Here’s a good article about “when to buy what” at the best prices. http://business.time.com/2012/10/26/the-best-times-to-buy-clothing/

2) If I’m wearing silk, I’m wearing a t-shirt underneath. Silk runs a risk of staining or becoming discolored as a result of sweat and/or deodorant. The best way to cut down on both dry cleaning and to keep your silk looking fresh is to layer a shirt underneath your silk top. I pick up “undershirts” at Forever 21, Gap, and Old Navy. You can normally find them for under $5 on sale and can wash them for quite some time without having any quality concerns. Buy them in neutral colors to ensure that they do not “show through” your silk top. 

Anyone else have silk tips? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!

bold (in black and white)

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I want to say, first and foremost, thanks for the awesomeness that ensued after my last post. Community is where it’s at and I certainly feel that way about the entire blogging community. Thanks for being you, readers!

Dress: Banana Republic via thrift ($10, retails for approx $110)

Necklace: gift! via Anthropologie

Shoes: Marni via consignment ($25, retail for approx $500)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I am on an all-thrift challenge lately; the summer “clothing budget” tends to be needed elsewhere (landscaping, vacation, etc etc). So, I decided to challenge myself to thrift for a few months. While I have gone into “full retail” stores, I have not bought anything there in quite some time! The all-thrift adventure is actually really fun- and I find myself setting challenges (i.e.find a black and white dress, etc). The thrill of the hunt is on! 

2) I’ve had my eye on a black and white dress that I saw in a magazine (for $5,000)….not quite budget friendly. But, if you’ve ever seen the Devil Wears Prada, you will remember well the scene between Meryl and Anne when Meryl talks about how a specific color was translated from the runway into a “bargain bin sweater.” I took this monologue to heart. Couture is very often translated into bigger “box retail” stores and a black and white dress is bound to appear at a lower price point. Sure enough, I found a dress that met the match (for $4,990 cheaper). Ha. (shaking my head).

Anyone else thinking up creative ways to approach their clothing this summer? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

bright white and sun spots

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A little bit of sun just goes such a long way, right!? It feels like a sigh of relief to have gotten enough rain to make our yard look like the Amazon (but for real, it’s out of control), and then a day full of sunshine. I captured a little on my walk to work today; have a good week y’all!

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“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” -Helen Keller

Dress: Michael by Michael Kors via Savers ($7, retails for $100)

Blazer: Badgley Mischka via consignment ($30, retails for approx $350)

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

Boots: Not Rated via DSW ($60 marked down from $75)

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Even though it may not seem like it (or maybe it does? ha!), I rotate my clothes far more than I think it seems. As you can see below, I wear the boots from this post basically all the time (fall, winter, spring, doesn’t matter1). I also last wore this necklace and the same tights in a similar look (below). The key to my change-ups is usually swapping out my blazer or shoes, etc. The looks seem very different, despite the many similarities. The key to making your wardrobe versatile is using what you already have and styling it in new ways!

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2) While it is spring here, it’s still fairly cool (especially in mornings and at night), so I am still wearing my tights! Though, I do switch over to lighter colors tights this time of year, or at least wear dark tights but a very light outfit. I like to wear my dresses all year round; the easiest way to do so is just by changing out your tights and tops. 

Anyone else still layering up for the weather? I hope you have a great start to your week, readers!

knowing in neon

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I recently had lunch with a friend and was discussing confidence and lack thereof sometimes. My friend responded by saying that sometimes the only person that thinks we cannot do something is ourselves. …hmmm. That rang true for me, and I’m guessing, many others. We seem to be the least likely person to feel confident in taking a risk, while others around us are celebrating our risks. I’m holding on to the idea of “knowing” this week. Knowing and believing (in neon).

Top: thrift ($3)

Blazer: BCBG via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Shoes: Rampage via Amazon ($20, retail for approx $50)

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

Scarf: thrift ($3)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you’re going to wear neon to work, I definitely think it works best to anchor it with neutral (blazer and jeans). You can see in the photos without the blazer that this top is a true neon- very bright! For a winter look, you could easily add a sweater over the top and just have a little pop of neon. 

2) I like to thrift button downs because they are so versatile in terms of size. Most of them can be dry cleaned or washed at home- and are good as new! Always try them on and/or inspect them very careful for stains, tears, and snags. You may not see them right away, but some shirts will have been donated for that very reason. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

 

neatly knitted

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“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” -A.A. Milne

Dress: DVF via TJ Maxx ($115 marked down from $500)

Blazer: Armani Exchange via thrift ($10, retails for approx $200)

Necklace: J Crew ($70 marked down from $150)

Shoes: Miu Miu ($100 marked down from $1,000)

Tights: H&M ($5)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Very interesting to see that Rent the Runway clothes are now being sold at TJ Maxx, at least in Chicago. These clothes are in completely mint condition, from what I can see, and are marked down pretty significantly. From what I understand, Rent the Runway has a few sales each year to sell some of their merchandise. You can either regularly check their website, or follow their Facebook page for more information. Thus far, I’m a fan of quality and price!

2) We are still in the half winter half spring weather around the Chicago area, so lighter dresses and tights seem to be the way to go. I highly recommend pulling out your spring and summer dresses and just adding a couple of layers to wear them now! I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m done with wearing my winter coat and sweaters!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by readers! Anyone else waiting for full blown spring to arrive and stay!? Happy mid-week!

spring has sprung (?!)

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Ahhhh, the feeling of warm sun and air on your face! I am out celebrating in a bright white jean coat and springy pastels. Enough said; perhaps spring has officially sprung! Happy Monday, all!

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

Top: Target ($14)

Skirt: gift

Jacket: Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from approx $75)

Necklace: Bauble Bar ($28 marked down from $34)

Tights: H&M ($5)

Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) The scale of the top and the skirt make it easy to style these two black and white pieces together. The key to pattern mixing is to match the scale and size of the print, regardless of matching the colors. Target has a ton of striped basics right now, which are really a good price point for the quality, if you ask me. 

2) I really have trouble figuring out the “rules of wearing white,” so I kind-of just ignore them. I suppose technically it’s not yet time to pull out my white pants, but I usually follow my internal instincts. For me, it’s a little early in the season to wear white pants, just because it doesn’t feel warm enough for a thin pant. However, it definitely feels like time to pull out my white denim jacket! I say, forget the rules, and wear what you want!

Anyone else cautiously pulling out their spring clothing? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!