rainy gray (with subtle spikes)

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It’s always a little odd when there’s a thunderstorm in Chicago in February, which is traditionally the ongoing heart of our winters. But, I’ll take rain over snow any day, so I grabbed my umbrella and shot some photos outdoors in the rain! I’m sporting one of my new favorite jeweler’s pieces: Joomi Lim. Her usage of, and perspective on, spikes just really rocks my world (read more below). I can’t say I was especially drawn to spikes prior to seeing her work…but now find myself feeling like Super Woman in Spikes, thanks to Ms. Lim. It’s a rainy gray day, but I’m still feeling super spiky and strong in spite of it.

Sweater: Banana Republic ($17 marked down from approx $80)

Top: thrift ($3)

Pants: Gap ($5 marked down from approx $60)

Jewelry: all spiked jewelry- Joomi Lim (bracelet $159, rings $150)

Shoes: Nine West via thrift ($12, retail for $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you aren’t familiar with Joomi Lim, check out this great interview here: http://newyorkcalled.com/portfolio/new-york-called-joomi-lim/. Please note this is not a sponsored post, just a shout-out. Some of her pieces are on sale online at ifchic.com. Enjoy!

2) I’m not sure what’s happening lately weather-wise, so I find myself dressing half for winter, half for spring (hence the pastels lately). I say, wear what you love and forget about the seasonal rules! It’s more fun that way, anyway. 🙂 And if you’re still in winter mode, Banana Republic has a great sale on winter apparel right now (where I got my sweater featured here), so check it out!

Does anyone else have indie artists they love? Fill me in! Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

dancing pants (and shoes)

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I have no idea why these pants feel like dancing pants, but they just do. In the bleak midwinter, I always welcome brights, neons, and anything to liven up the overcast days (as you could see from my last post). After all, sometimes we have to carry our own sunshine with us, right? These are my dancing pants- in all brights and neon. As Hal Borland said, “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” I’m still waiting patiently for the fresh blooms and sun of spring, but in the meantime, I’ll be wearing the blooms instead.

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Sweater: J Crew (gift)
Denim top: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)
Necklace: gift
Pants: Ann Taylor ($11 marked down from $80)
Shoes: Nine West via Salvation Army ($12, retail for $100)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Today I pushed color mixing a little further than the last post, and picked a color palette in all different shades. Because these pants are so bright and “summer/spring,” I paired them with a darker, heavy winter sweater. You can see how I last featured these pants in summer:
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 As always, you know how I feel about wearing clothes all year round! With a little layering, most pieces can be worn year round.
2) Saks Off Fifth is having a great shoe sale right now. Most shoes, even designer labels, were marked to $30-$150. As always, this is a sale that I wanted to shop in person versus online, in order to get a feel and fit for the shoes. However, I’ve also shopped online via their website and they do have a great return policy. You can check out the sale here: http://www.saksoff5th.com/ Also keep in mind that when you sign up for emails, you will receive coupons and extra discounts. 
Anyone else wearing neon and brights this winter? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much, as always!

clumsy but classy (30 days no shopping, day 18)

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Well, in typical Fashion Huntress fashion, I was hanging at work in my giant prom-like dress, when I dropped a container of veggie dip on it. I was going to post today about how it’s fun to style what could be a prom dress for work…but really, I think I’m going to just settle on the fact that I can (and probably will) drop food and drinks on just about anything. And while I’m talking about the fact that I’m slightly clumsy, I figure since this is a safe space, I’m also going to disclose that my hair was styled with….Hot Buns today (google “Hot Buns bun styler” for more information). Yep. Hot Buns happened. Hot Buns, veggie dip, and a pseudo prom dress. Good thing it’s almost Friday.. Oh, and btw, I styled this dress with two different pairs of shoes, you know, because it’s good to have shoe options in life. Especially if you’re going to spill on a pair of them.

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Dress: As U Wish via resale ($4, retails for approx $70)
Denim blazer: Lux at Urban Outfitters (approx $10 marked down from approx $60)
Bracelet and watch: gift
Hot pink heels: Nine West via resale ($12, retail for $100)
Brown cut out heels: DSW ($11 marked down from approx $70)
Rings and necklace: Tiffany
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) In my experience, the best way to snag great resale is to go resale shopping in a great neighborhood, or adjacent to a great neighborhood. It is my understanding that most stores do keep the donations they receive at the store’s donation center.  I have heard that sometimes they ship clothes they receive to other stores, but generally, they keep their donations where they receive them. Thus, resaling in a fancy neighborhood means you will often find great quality donations. Regardless of where you are: 
-look closely at the seams to ensure there are no tears
-look closely for any potential stains
-look for any “quick fixes” (shortening a dress, reinforcing a seam, etc) and assess whether you can do the fix, or if it’s worthwhile enough to send it out
-try everything on! (see tip #2)
2) Some resale shops don’t have changing rooms…which can make shopping there a bit interesting. You’ve got all your finds, your purse, your shoes, and then you have to potentially put your things down, take off your shoes, and try something on? Oof. 
Be prepared! Take a very small crossbody bag with you, or put your things in a pocket (ha! I carry way too much for this, but someone probably can fit their things in a pocket). Wear socks in case you have to take off your shoes and go barefoot. And, lastly, wear minimalist clothes. I generally go with jeans and a tank top or leggings and a long tee-shirt, so I can try things on right on top of my clothes. Before you think it’s odd that you are trying things on in a store with no dressing room, just remember that it’s completely appropriate and expected. Most places, at the very least, have a mirror- so just ask where it is!

happy in hot pink

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Happy Wednesday, readers!  To celebrate Wednesday, I’m showing a work look and how I styled the work look into a weekend look- a new posting theme for the Fashion Huntress. The lovely Fuchsia Couture by Liliana, whom you all met a few weeks ago, sent over a sneak peek look at her jeans. I was swooning over the fuchsia stitching which really looked fab with the hot pink shoes, without even remotely being too pink….if there is such a thing. As with the dress, Liliana didn’t even take measurements and I wound up with jeans that fit like a glove. Sigh. You guys, I just love when clothes fit and make you feel so fab. …what can I say? I’m clearly in too deep with clothes and probably need an intervention soon…save me…or don’t…because I’m totally happy in hot pink.

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Work look:

Top: Banana Republic ($9 marked down from $65)

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

Blazer: Forever 21 ($25)

Shoes: Nine West via resale ($12, retails for approx $100)

Necklace: gift

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Weekend look:

Jeans: c/o Fuchsia Couture by Liliana

Here’s where she can be found: Fuchsia Couture by Liliana
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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) You’ve long since learned that I love bright colors, but hot pink is really just a bundle of joy, right? When I found these grown-up girly heels, I debated how I would be able to style them for work. I went with all black and white, and then add a touch of neon with the shoes. The shoes actually looked pretty toned down for the workplace, if you ask me. I think shoes are one of the easiest brights to style for work; you can basically tone down your entire outfit with neutrals and then go all out with bright shoes. 

2) Custom jeans really can come at a high price, though if you have a hard time finding jeans that fit (who doesn’t?!), it’s a great option. I like Liliana’s line because the pieces really are affordable and much more affordable that many custom sites I’ve seen. You can give her a shout-out with any questions you have and she will definitely get back to you! 

Any other readers like wearing their super brights at work? Have styling tips? Thank you, as always, lovely readers for stopping by! It means so much to me!