merry, bright, and bold

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Maybe it’s the warm(er) weather and/or the rain here, but I find myself really enjoying the fact that I can still run my errands outside and walk to and from the subway comfortably (aka not fighting snow and wind). Mid-December outdoor walks? Totally a dream come true in the Midwest. The fiance and I even grilled over the weekend, readers. That’s how you know you’re in Midwest winter heaven: you’re outdoors grilling in 40 degree weather and loving every minute of it. In light of this warm and festive spirit, I pulled out my brightest, most neon look. I’m feeling very merry, bright, and bold.

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Dress: c/o Oasap available here
Pink coat: Gap ($25 marked down from $130)
Black coat: North Face (approximately 10 years old, for real)
Mittens: c/o Oasap available here (for $3!)
Lucite heels: Rock and Republic via Kohl’s ($5, marked down from $75)
Tights: TJ Maxx ($5 marked down from $10)
Necklace: Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($5 marked down from $44)
Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane Couture via Rue La La ($15 marked down from $150)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’ve decided that “outerwear” can totally be “inner wear.” I think this coat is probably an outdoor coat, but it actually functions more like a blazer in winter time. This coat/blazer definitely has me thinking more about the potential to use more outdoor pieces indoors, especially during winter. And, of course, there’s no easier way to go shopping than in your own closet! Check out your “coat” collection. You may find, like me, that a few of your coats can actually serve as an indoor blazer. I’ve found that this also works with ponchos, capes, and vests. Happy closet shopping, readers!
Btw, jacket was last shown here, also as an indoor/outdoor coat:
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 2) I’ve been wearing this statement necklace all the time lately; as you can see from my last few posts, this necklace is really versatile.
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 To invest in a great, high quality statement necklace, you don’t need to spend a ton! I do, however, like to pick-up statement necklaces that will match a lot of outfits. I also often pick neutral colored stones and gems, and a necklace that covers a lot of “surface area” for use with otherwise plain or neutral tops. 
Anyone else have a favorite statement necklace these days? Loving holiday brights? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy mid-week!

gone fishin’ (in fuchsia)

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I mean, do I even need to comment on this amazing fish wall mural? My thoughts exactly, let’s move on from the awesome fish and move on to the theoretical concept of fishing. I’ve been fishing (ie shopping) in all sorts of new locations lately: online, thrift, charity shops, you name it. This outfit is a blend of my gone fishin’ finds: a pair of shoes I couponed at DSW for $5, a button down I thrifted, and a few well loved gifts. One of my favorite parts of fashion is putting together the finds and loved pieces, old and new alike, and creating something new.  With endless resources, we could all walk around in the latest Chanel collection (and trust me, I wouldn’t turn it down; I’m no fool). But in the real world, most of us are out there fishin’ and making it work.

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Button down top: Forever 21 via resale/thrift ($3, retails for around $20)

Jacket: Gap ($25 marked down from $130)

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

Purse: Kate Spade (gift)

Shoes: DSW ($5 marked down from approx $75)

Chain link bracelet: Bauble Bar via Nordstrom (gift)

Giraffe ring: Forever 21 (set of 3 rings, only one pictured, $5 for 3)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m a huge fan of mixing “high and low” pieces. I’m a firm believer that you can “elevate” just about anything with the right styling. One of the easiest ways to do this is to invest in a great bag. Of course, you know what I’m going to say next, right? Get your bags on consignment or sale! You don’t have to spend a ton to snag a nice statement bag, but I think they are a great way to style up other pieces you are wearing.  Some of the best places to get a good bag are outlets- either online or in-stores. Many areas have outlet malls that do stock their store pieces. Sometimes, however, outlets stock pieces that they make more cheaply than their retail/store brands.  I always ask about this when I’m in an outlet store, because sometimes the quality can be not as great as what you’re expecting, and I think it’s good to know that up front. The Coach outlet, for example, generally stocks both “outlet” pieces and their store pieces that went from the full price store to the outlet after their season ended.

2) When shopping outlets, always look out for additional reduction sales. One of the best ways to do this is to get on the mailing list for the outlets near your house.  If you don’t live near any outlets, fear not! Many stores now have online stores for their factory/outlet stores. Some of these include: J Crew Factory (https://factory.jcrew.com), Saks off 5th (http://www.saksoff5th.com/), and Haute Look (https://m.hautelook.com/)

Anyone else have outlet tips? Like any other online outlet options? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend, for those in the US!

mad about magenta

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Readers, I found myself reaching for a sweatshirt this morning. Let’s face it. This whole winter weather in spring thing is kind-of a downer. On the other hand, it’s sunny. So, I had a mini talk with myself while getting ready:

“Self. You can’t wear sweats today to work. It’s not okay to violate a dress code just because it’s cold out. I know, I know. You want to stay in bed and stay warm. But you can’t do that either. You need to just go ahead and pick out a grown-up outfit. I know, I know. Times are tough. Now. Get moving. Oh, shoot. Now you’re late. Goodbye, Starbucks. I’ll miss you. GAH! Go go go! Oooo, that jacket looks FAB! Alright, day, let’s do this!”  I think that monologue says it all. Another day, another look, always just trying to make it work, right? Toss on something bright, a fun pair of shoes, and head right on out that door to take the world by storm all over again.
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Jacket: Gap ($25 marked down from $130)
Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($14 marked down from $60)
Pants: Gap ($8 marked down from $50)
Heels: BCBG via DSW ($11 marked down from approx $100)
Necklace: Mango store in Spain many years ago
Bracelet: J Crew ($10 marked down from approx $40)
(nails: Parka Perfect by Essie)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I saw this jacket many months ago, and figured it wouldn’t even make it to the sales because it was so cute. But lo and behold, it sure did. The funny thing is, it took months go on sale. I think I initially saw it in November? So, it just goes to show you. Most things really do go on sale eventually. There were very few winter items left, but the Gap sale continues, readers. If you are interested, most items were marked down to at least $20. 
2) It seems like many of us remain in areas that are still experiencing fairly cold weather. It’s remained in the 30s here in Chicago. It really makes spring dressing challenging! I’ve decided to stick with winter brights, as a result. This jacket is probably a “winter jacket” but the bright color really made it work for a spring look. I then added another bright to the look with the lace top. Together, the look is “spring” but still layered and warm. 
I would really love anyone else’s tips for how to dress in this really odd transition time! This is unseasonably cold, even for Chicago, so I feel a bit lost some days!
Thanks for stopping by, readers! Your comments, tips, and words of encouragement always make me smile.