weekend wear (holiday style)

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I normally don’t post my weekend wear, but I wanted to share this weekend look because I wore it for my family’s annual outing to the Chicago Christkindle Market (http://www.christkindlmarket.com). We always enjoy potato pancakes, applesauce, cinnamon sugar pecans, and other German treats. Ever better, this year there wasn’t 1) snow 2) below freezing temps 3) sleet or rain. Woo hoo! Let’s hope for the same again next year!

Sweater: Gap ($9 marked down from $50)

Denims shirt: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)

Pants: Forever 21 ($9)

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

Purse: Mohzy tech bag via If Chic ($119)

Boots: Uggs ($90 marked down from approx $150)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Every year, Gap releases a seasonal holiday pattern (normally in November). I’m always a fan of these holiday patterns and colors. The one featured in this post is last year’s holiday pattern. The holiday pattern pieces (sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens) are usually on sale by January and February (hence how I got mine for $9)! You can see below how I styled this sweater last winter and one of the matching scarves. So versatile and thin enough to wear in fall, winter, and early spring. 

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2) Uggs may not be the most attractive shoe (understatement), but they are unparalleled for warmth for me. I cannot say it enough- waterproof, waterproof, waterproof your boots! Additionally, many dry cleaners will clean your boots at the end of winter if the salt has stained and hardened your pair. I have one pair that I wear in salt and snow that are waterproof by design and one pair that I keep out of the snow and salt outdoors. You can generally finds Uggs for sale at Nordstrom Rack and Saks off Fifth- easiest way to get them at a discount! 

Anyone else have suede boot tips? I loved the tips from the last post regarding care of leather boots! Thanks so much for stopping by readers!

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swinging in studs and stripes

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When I passed these giant subway posts today, I thought to myself, “you should go swing on that for the blog.” Totally normal walking into work thought, right? Well, that’s just what I did. Per usual, we received a number of puzzled glances (i.e. stares) as I climbed onto the metal work. The thing I’ve realized lately, however, is that when I just give up wondering what I look like as I awkwardly pose, the photos seem to turn out better. Climb on logs? Swing from metal posts? Lay on the street? Sure, why not? The more I let go of the idea of “how things should look,” the better things seem to turn out. I won’t even say it. Yes, I will. It’s another fashion metaphor for life. If only letting go was as easy in life as it is when I am looking away from a camera…

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” -Lao Tzu

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Sweater: Gap ($20 marked down from $45)

T-shirt: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $9)

Pants: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from approx $90)

Shoes: Rampage via Marshall’s ($16 marked down from $40)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I liked “doubling” up on stripes when wearing this sweater. I wore a stripped t-shirt underneath the sweaterto mirror the stripes in the sweater.  I find a lot of sweaters to be itchy (maybe it’s just me, but this seems to happen a lot!), so I generally wear t-shirts and long sleeve t-shirts underneath both to stay warm and to combat the itchy sweater situation. And, of course, this helps cut down on the cost of dry cleaning! If you’re going to wear a top under your sweater, you can definitely consider wearing a stand-out shirt underneath, instead of just a solid tee.  

2) This sweater and t-shirt combination was fairly casual for work, so I kicked it up a notch with studded patent leather t-strap flats. Need I say more? Studded. Patent-leather. T-strap. Flats! It was love at first clearance with those shoes…I found these gems in the Marshall’s clearance shoe section.  Lately, I’ve been scanning the clearance section twice, and of course, looking in all of the shoe sizes, not just my own. I found these in the wrong size section and during my second pass through the section. I know it may sound time consuming, but this takes about ten minutes!

Anyone else starting to pile on the sweaters and layers for winter? Battling itchy sweaters??

Thanks for stopping by, readers! I appreciate all of your support!