nestled in knits

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There are few things, in my book, more cozy than a comfy knitted top and a side of hot cocoa. I mean, toss me a book and a couple of magazines, and I basically won’t leave the house. I’m hoping everyone has a good (and cozy) rest of the week!

Sweater: Banana Republic ($24 marked down from $90)

Skirt: J Crew ($50 marked down from $150)

Tights: H&M (approx $5)

Shoes: Cole Haan via Saks Off Fifth ($40 marked down from $170)

Bracelet: Alex + Ani (blue), Alexander McQueen (black) (gift)

Ring: Alexis Bittar via Nordstrom Rack ($40 marked down from $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you’re looking for sweaters on sale, now is the time to get them! Most stores will soon be prepping for spring clothing (despite the fact that is the heart of winter in many areas right now!). I found that sweaters at places like Banana Republic, J Crew, and Ann Taylor Loft were all marked down to soon-to-be lowest prices. I tend to still pick-up lightweight sweaters this time of year, and prep to wear them for winter with layers and then in spring! 

2) I recently was looking around at Nordstrom and found the ring featured above at the “regular” Nordstrom as I call it (ie not the Rack). Anyway, the ring was full price in the “regular” Nordstrom. But, I looked at Nordstgrom Rack online and found the ring 60% off. When I asked the salesperson at Nordstrom about the price difference, she pointed out that the color at the Rack was different- so the price was lower because it was considered a “different season.” Alrighty. So, I went down to Nordstrom Rack and found the “off season” color for a significantly lower price. It took just a couple of minutes and saved some serious money! So, always check online for price variations and ask if they will match the price difference. If they will not price match, then just grab the item online and save that way. 

Anyone else enjoying cozy sweaters and knits lately? Thanks so much for stopping, by readers! I appreciate it so very much!

ready in red (for spring)

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Well, now that the holidays have passed, I’m ready for spring! Ha! No such luck, I suppose. So, I’m channeling spring in florals mixed in with a little (lot) festive winter reds. There’s no rhyme or reason to the look…which is perhaps why I love it so!

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” -Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Floral top: hmm, so old, I can’t remember anymore! but from Banana Republic

Denim top: Olive and Oak via thrift ($10 marked down from $70)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)

Pants: Gap ($8 marked down from $55)

Shoes: Kohl’s ($23 marked down from $55)

Black bracelet: Alexander McQueen (gift)

Gold & silver bracelets: Alex + Ani ($45 and $45)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I can’t say that this outfit had much rhyme or reason (as noted above), but I think that’s the fun in pattern mixing and matching. These days, basically anything goes. I tried to keep the look coherent by wearing red on top and bottom, and then floral on top and bottom. But really, there’s no formula needed! If you want more pattern mixing inspiration, you can use the search bar on the right side of the blog and search “pattern mixing” to see other looks! 

2) If you have followed the blog, you know I’m a big fan of Alex + Ani-especially when Alex + Ani teamed up with Disney to make some fab all-grown-up magical charms. My two favorites are pictured here; both of which I picked up in Disney World during a visit last year. However, they are now available for purchase online. So, you can skip the trip to Disney (I suppose, much more cost effective) and grab them online if you’re interested! Online: http://www.disneystore.com/alex-and-ani/mn/1014204/

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

just faux fun

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I couldn’t help it, readers! I LOVE a fashion pun! But, for real, the real deal, these faux fur shoes are just too fun. And everyone has amazing feedback to fur on shoes, from “those remind me of a muppet…in a good way!” to “those just look like a party…so festive!” To me, they felt like Cinderella’s glass slipper; they just brightened my day right up. It’s, faux real, the little things in life. (see what I just did there?)

Sweater: Sweet Romeo via Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from $78) (still on their website and now for $14!)

Jacket: Ann Taylor via thrift ($3, retails for approx $180)

Pants: Banana Republic ($17 marked down from approx $90)

Necklace: Argento Vivo via Nordstrom Rack ($17 marked down from $68) (also still online! and now $13!)

Shoes: Misguided via Asos ($35 marked down from $60)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Perhaps somewhat surprising, I have not yet checked out the post-holiday sales. But, I have heard good things from very reliable sources (i.e. my friends), that now is the time to get things on sale that you had been eyeing throughout winter. And, certainly that makes sense for retailers. They generally will mark down many items after everyone has done their holiday shopping. So if you were waiting for a good price for an item, now might be the time to go check it out! 

2) Nordstrom Rack’s website has really impressed me lately. While I tend to shop in person, their website really is great. In fact, I paid more in the store for my sweater and necklace than was listed online. I am sure Nordstrom would likely honor online prices if you can show the reduced online price. Had I been more savvy that day, I would have done so right then and there! So, I would say perhaps this is a store you want to consider opting for online!

Anyone else enjoying the faux fur trend lately? I hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready for the beginning of a wonderful New Year!

 

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!

 

spots, snow, and shadows

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I’ve always been a fan of the intermittent gray day- especially a quiet gray day with a little snow falling silently (key here: a little snow). I guess I must have been inspired by Mother Nature, because I wound up in a shadowy grayish outfit, which seemed to match the surroundings. It’s the perfect blend of spots, snow, and shadows.

“Silence is a source of great strength.” -Lao Tzu

Top: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)

Blazer: Zara via thrift ($7, retails for $150)

Pants: Shechet (custom, sadly not for sale anymore despite their awesomeness)

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

Necklace: Anthropologie ($14 marked down from $70)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) As you can see from the photos below, I last featured this shirt and necklace combination with a much lighter look. By adding tall boots and a blazer, the top and necklace went from spring/summer to winter/fall. If I could live in denim and blazers for work…I probably would! I find my favorite denim shirts at Gap; they are regularly on sale and can be washed a ton and still look new. 

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2) Sadly, I finally wore through the soles my old black boots. I don’t even think they can be restored at this point, which is sadly my own doing!  That being said, if you want to keep your boots in good shape, you do need to keep an eye on the heels and soles and bring them in for repairs and restoration potentially every 1-2 years, depending on usage and quality. Remember to store your boots either in their original boxes, or stuffed with paper and standing up. Leather boots will also need conditioning. Check out your shoe brand’s website for specific instructions for your boots!

Anyone else have boot care tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Have a good start to your week!

surprising first snow (+giveaway winner!)

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Call it denial (because it definitely is), but when I heard “lots of snow was coming,” I scoffed. Psssht, it can’t be that much this early in the season. Or can it? Well, as you can see from the photos, lots of snow was coming. And indeed it did. I’m using this as an excuse to start my Christmas music and lighting my pine scented candles early…and a reason to pull out a snowflake sweater. Surprising snow, indeed!

Sweater: Nordstrom Rack ($30 marked down from $90)

Scarf: Gap ($3 marked down from $35)

Jeans: Gap ($20 marked down from approx $60)

Boots: White Mountain via TJ Maxx ($40 marked down from approx $100) (lots on sale on their website!)

Hat: Saks off Fifth (free, had coupon!)

Mittens: gift

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Alex + Ani giveaway winner!

I want to again thank Alex and Ani for their amazing giveaway offer for Fashion Huntress readers! Thank you for all of the entries and without further ado…the winner (chosen randomly by Rafflecopter)… Michelle of https://nyrmirez.wordpress.com ! Congrats to Michelle!

Have a wonderful start to the week!

feathery friday (+ giveaway and coupon!)

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A feathery tube top might not seem like a go-to work piece, but I’m happy to say that this top made for a feathery Friday with a blazer and conservative skirt. Unlike feather skirts, in my experience, the feathers stay put when woven into a top, and add interesting texture to any look. In short, I’m totally feeling light as a feather this Friday- it’s a rainy day in Chicago, which means I’ll soon be drinking tea and reading a book in some cozy pajamas…heaven.

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Top: Robert Rodriguez (gift)

Skirt: vintage Christian Dior ($18)

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

Necklace: Asos via giveaway from Windy City Wardrobe

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

Tights: (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) It’s not too late to enter for a chance to win my giveaway with Acorn Oils! If you are interested in entering, click here for your chance to win! For Fashion Huntress readers only: Enter this Etsy promo code: HUNTRESS  (for 10% off- expires 7/10/15). 

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enter for your chance to win one of these Acorn Oils!

2) It’s also not too late to use the coupon code THEFASHIONHUNTRESS35 to receive a $35 credit on your next order from eShakti! You can click here for additional details!

GC CODE: THEFASHIONHUNTRESS35  $35 off your next purchase, Valid till 06/21/2015, Enter this code in the ‘Gift Coupon / Referral Code’ box at checkout

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Did you enter the giveaway yet? Are you also embracing the feather trend? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Friday!

simply suited

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We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds. -Aristotle Onassis

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Suit: Ann Taylor via thrift ($6, retails for approx $170)

Top: Ann Taylor Loft via thrift ($5, retails for approx $50)

Necklace: Nordstrom Rack ($15)

Pink bracelet: Lulu Dharma via thrift ($1, retails for $190)

Purple bracelet: made it!

Blue bracelet: Bloomingdale’s (gift)

Shoes: Rock & Republic for Kohl’s ($23 marked down from $75)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I haven’t worn a pair of wide leg pants in quite some time, but I’m glad that I tried them again! I definitely felt like they looked best with heels, as opposed to flats, or they would have completely covered my feet. If you haven’t tried wide leg pants in a bit, it’s definitely worth giving them another go. As with most fashion, this style was “in,” then “out,” and then back “in.” …why not just wear what you love?

2) I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, you can definitely thrift a suit! It’s not the easiest task, but most thrift stores have a lot of suits and blazers. I try on various sizes in suits, since you never really know the sizing. My best advice is to look through all of the suits and blazers in all sizes, and definitely try on anything that looks as though it may fit. 

Anyone else loving the wide leg trend? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

lilac and lace

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It may still be snowing here at times, but I am feeling very floral and pastel these days (see my last three posts, ha!). I found this dress over the winter and wanted to save it for spring, which is unusual for me. I normally tear the tags right off and style away! But, there’s something about the wait for spring that always feels so refreshing and rewarding to me. After a long winter, spring is nearly upon us, as is the sense of renewal. This is my lilac and lace look, greeting and patiently awaiting the season of renewal in a soft palette.

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Dress: Simpy Vera for Kohl’s ($10 marked down from $70)
Blazer: H&M ($15 marked down from approx $40)
Necklace: vintage via Greg’s Antiques in New Orleans, LA ($3)
Tights: (gift)
Shoes: Rock and Republic via Kohl’s ($5 marked down from $75)
Bracelet: Lulu Dharma via thrift ($1, retails for $190)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Lucite can be really tricky to pull off at work, readers. Personally, I think clear lucite is exceptionally challenging at work. On the other hand, a colored lucite tends to add visual interest while still looking professional. The lucite in these heels is a very subtle detail that’s almost imperceptible. My advice: if you’re going to go lucite at work, go subtle. You can see how I last featured these shoes below:
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2) When I find vintage jewelry, I always consider whether or not the piece can be “cleaned up” when it’s not in the best shape. This necklace needed a good cleaning and was originally strung on a string instead of wire. I simply washed the beads with soap and water, and then re-strung the beads on a thin wire that I bought at a local craft store. String tends not to hold up well over time, whereas wire will definitely stand the test of time. You can see how I last featured the necklace below:
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Anyone else have lucite heel tips? Or vintage jewelry tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy Monday!