pattern play (ie snakeskin, houndstooth, tweed and denim!)

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“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” Paulo Coelho

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Top: thrift ($4)

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

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

Shoes: Pour la Victorie ($60 marked down from $275)

Necklace: Forever 21 ($5)

Earrings: Forever 21 ($4)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If there’s one thing that is seriously underrated as a staple, I think it’s the white blazer. I can’t believe I didn’t have one until recently! Now that I do, of course, I find myself wearing it all the time as a great staple for a work wardrobe. Even though tweed is traditionally considered a fall and winter fabric, in a white blazer, I find it really works well for spring and summer. There tend to be a lot of blazers via thrift, Nordstrom Rack, and Rue La La, if you are ever looking for one!

2) There’s a lot going on with this look, but the denim and white definitely serve as neutrals for the look. Additionally, while the back of the denim shirt is open, I added a tank top underneath and then added the blazer to ensure the look was conservative enough for work. This is an outfit that easily translates to an evening look, solely by wearing the blazer for daytime and then going sleeveless for evening. 

Anyone else loving white blazers? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

mix and match

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I decided to go full-blown mix and match today, and let me tell you, readers, I really need to be doing this more often! It’s super fun to reach in your closet and just pull out some pieces in a similar color palette and voila, the easiest outfit you’ve had to put together all week. I think the look is a mix and match controlled chaos. As Donna Karan once said, “it’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.” Well put. Happy Tuesday, readers!
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Top: French Connection via Savers ($3, retails for approx $100)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($10 marked down from $150)
Pants: Gap ($8 marked down from $55)
Shoes: Banana Republic via Crossroads ($20, retail for approx $120)
Necklace: Apt 9 via Kohl’s ($6 marked down from $18)
Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane Couture via Rue La La ($15 marked down from $150)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I really like thrifting silk tops, probably more than any other item. I just think that silk/flowy/sheer tops are so forgiving, you can easily find tops that will work in your size, and a size or two up or down. If I’m thrifting sheer tops, I look through all of the sizes and all of the racks. Again, this sounds more time consuming than it is. You can easily get through a rack in 5-10 minutes. Always be aware of the hidden cost of dry cleaning! If you have to dry clean something frequently, it may not be worth the cost of the top to you. 
 
2) Although this look is seemingly completely random, it’s actually not very random at all! I stuck with jewel tones for all of my pieces, and easily paired pieces together as a result. Another way to mix and match like this is with all pastels, all primary colors, or all neutrals (black, white, and gray). I have seen mixed color palettes (jewel tones with pastels, etc), but I have not yet tried this. Once I day, I will post on how it goes! It’s always fun to have new fashion adventures.
Monthly manicure time! Check out these other lovely ladies and their Valentine’s Day themed manis!

Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Piniel from Pins-Place

Justine from The Thrifty Girl’s Guide

Kate from Into the Stratosphere

Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali

Erika from Erika’s Style Diary

Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty

 
Anyone else trying out new trends? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

helping hand

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In the past year, I’ve realized more and more that I really struggle with asking for help sometimes. As a blogger, this can get awkward…seeing as how blogging takes a village to really make it work (photos, editing, etc, all involve multiple people). I’ve gotten to the point of feeling like I can ask for help with blogging (thanks, Eve for taking my photos today!). But asking for emotional support? No thanks. The funny thing is, the more I reach out, the more I realize people’s genuine willingness to be supportive and helpful. As I learn this over and over, I want to say thanks to all my helping hands; there are so many of you. And frankly, this blog wouldn’t exist without you…and neither would my sanity! Big Huntress hug.

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Top: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)
Pants: Gap ($8 marked down from $55)
Necklace: Anthropologie ($14 marked down from $70)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Gap has a good sale going on right now for fall favorites, and has an extra 20% off their online shop today. There’s a lot of denim on sale, including the shirt featured here. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, Gap does denim right. Their denim is highly durable and comes in so many great shapes, colors, and styles. And don’t forget, as a fellow blogger taught me, they do match their online prices in stores, so ask the sales rep to adjust the prices if they don’t match the online price.

2) Umm someone is going to have to pry these mint shoes off my feet at some point. They are so versatile! I apologize that my last three posts have all included the same shoes, but I just love them, and basically won’t take them off. So, I’ll use this opportunity to say that Sam Edelman makes a very comfortable heel, as far as heels go. They also make great flats and sandals. They can almost always be found at Nordstrom Rack, though not usually in the clearance section, in my experience. You can also find them on Zappos, but the sale prices seem to be better at Nordstrom Rack.

Anyone else have a favorite pair of shoes? Happy Sunday, all! I hope everyone had a good weekend!

perfectly parked (30 days no shopping, day 16)

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I’m probably one of the happiest people in Chicago right now because it’s basically fall weather, and has been for the past few weeks. I know, I know, there’s people out there that are saying, “WHAT?!” What can I say? I’m a fall lover through and through. Hopefully this look captures summer and fall all at once…and a little humor. I want to just add two caveats: I’m not a doctor, and I don’t know who owns this parking lot…but I sure did enjoy a little chuckle while embracing the cool weather and the signs in this photo shoot. 

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Lace top: H&M ($5 marked down from $15)
Tank top: Express (erm, like 10 years ago, no joke)
Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)
Pants: Gap ($8 marked down from $55)
Shoes: Audrey Brooke at DSW ($30 marked down from $60)
Scarf: H&M (approx $4-$5)
Necklace: gift
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I think there’s lot of potential to wear dark colors in summer. These pants were definitely marketed as “winter pants,” but they tend to translate well to other seasons.  By adding a lightweight top and sandals to them, they easily transitioned into a summer look. You may be surprised at how many of your fall and winter pieces you can transition with some small adjustments.
 
Here’s how I wore the pants in winter and spring, respectively:
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2) My no shopping challenge continues with today being day 16). Interestingly, I find myself taking more time at night looking through my closet to style my current clothes in new ways. I’ve actually really enjoyed it so far. Though, I’ve noticed it does take a bit more time to think about my current clothes in a new way (that’s no surprise, right?). I highly recommend that if you’re trying a no shopping (or reduced shopping) challenge that you try and lay clothes out the night before to avoid the “I have nothing to wear” staring at a full closet of clothes phenomenon. If you are shopping, Gap is still having some great sales, as are many stores, during their “summer clear out” sale, so check them out!
 
I hope everyone is having a good week! Any others trying a no shopping challenge? Have any tips? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so much! 

bring on the frill (aka lovely lace)

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Shoulder frill. How undervalued is shoulder frill, you guys? I mean, the shoulder pad is one thing that I don’t really miss…but shoulder frill? You just don’t see it enough, if you ask me. Lace, houndstooth, giant statement necklace, open toed mules, and shoulder frill?! It’s like a fashion party explosion gone girly happy. Sigh.

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Top: c/o Mihaela at Fashion Sky Fall. (giveaway)

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

Necklace: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $80)

Shoes: DSW ($11 marked down from approx $70)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) DSW is one of the few discount shops that really does carry shoes that are on trend and sells them at a discount up front, instead of having to wait a season or two for them to be discounted. When I went on the search for open toed mules/shoe-booties, I found approximately 20-30 pairs there! A few of them were already on clearance, as opposed to just their regular discounted price.  As always, you know what I’m going to say, right? Sign up for the emails and their club! 

2) I bought these pants over winter, so I was, of course, super excited to try and style them for spring and summer. Despite being a dark print, they really lightened up with a light colored top and open toed shoes. I kept the top unbelted to add more of a light/breezy feeling.  All in all, it was really easy to transition these “winter” pants. I think they would also look great with a denim top and maybe a yellow cardigan. Try summerizing your “winter” print pants! 

Anyone else have winter pants styling tips for spring and summer? Happy Monday, readers! Hope everyone had a good start to the week!

radiating red (aka just enough of a good thing)

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I don’t know what it is, but lately I haven’t had much to say in my posts. I think the winter blues have sunk in due to a lack of sun and endless snowy cold days. It’s hard to feel fashion inspiration when you’re wearing a floor length down sleeping bag (ie my coat) and Uggs- day in and day out.

I really dug down deep today and busted out the best pattern mash-up I could muster up. Initially I thought that this was my “too much of a good thing” look, but I decided it was just enough of a good thing, especially in the midst of a dark winter spell. In chatting about fashion and weather throughout the day, I remembered that sometimes we bring our own versions of sun to the day, in whatever form that takes.  When we bring our own sun, we end up bringing just enough of a good thing- a sympathetic ear, smile,  cupcake,  good belly laugh. All just enough of a good thing. For that reason, I call this my radiating red look.

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Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)

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

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

Scarf: Express ($7 marked down from $35)

Shoes: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $110)

Necklace: (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Gap has a great sale right now. I happened to have been stalking these pants in stores, and finally found them on clearance. Interestingly, each pair of printed pants was a different price, so look through all of the pants you like to get the best deal. I saw some pants marked down to about $5-$10!

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2) I really red-ed (clearly not a word, but go with it) up this look. However, I think it would also be nice to change up the look by wearing less red, and adding a simple black, blue, gray or cream sweater. Even though printed pants can seem less versatile than solid colored pants, think about wearing your printed pants differently (and more frequently) by either color clashing, color matching, or adding a neutral tone on top. 

Anyone else have printed pants tips?

Happy Monday, all! I hope everyone had a good start to the week!!