comfy cozy

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If there’s one thing I can get behind in winter, it’s comfy cozy accessories. Today, I opted for my biggest scarf yet: the “blanket scarf.” Blanket scarves double as shawls and scarves. It’s my first foray into blanket scarves, believe it or not, but I can already tell I’m a fan. Today is all about comfy cozy.

Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)

Cardigan: Target ($13 marked down from approx $30)

Pants: NYDJ via Nordstrom Rack ($15 marked down from approx $100)

Scarf: Forever 21 ($14)

Shoes: Betsy Johnson via DSW ($16 marked down from $140)

Necklace: gift from Express a long time ago!
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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you’re in the market for any seasonal shoes, DSW is having a deal where if you spend $50, you automatically get $10 back on triple points days (like today!). Signing up for their points program is free and the points add up pretty quick before you get $5- $10 coupons sent to you. Additionally, you receive coupons for your birthday and additional offers in the mail. I highly recommend it- and it’s free to sign up!

2) Despite the fact that I thought it would be difficult to style, a blanket scarf is actually pretty easy to style. You can go full blown giant around the collar (first photo in post), or you can go cape or drape (both shown in post). Forever 21 has a good selection of these scarves at fairly low prices- so it’s a good way to try one out! 

Anyone else loving blanket scarves? Have styling tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

feeling very fall

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First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for the well wishes for our wedding last weekend! Now that the wedding planning is complete, I am back to catching up on the rest of life :)! It seems that while I was planning away, fall had officially arrived in the Chicago area. As I walked through the preserves to take these photos, I couldn’t help but pause for a few moments in the autumn quiet. Heart and head are content. This is my feeling very fall look.

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Sweater: Target ($22)

Button down: thrift ($3)

Skirt: Nordstrom Rack (one penny, marked down from $48)

Cape: Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $50)

Shoes: Seychelles via DSW ($10, marked down from approx $120)

Necklace: vintage via Greg’s Antiques in New Orleans ($3)

Tights: H&M ($10)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This skirt ended up being much more versatile than I expected; as you can see below, I’ve styled it in spring/summer, winter, and fall. Despite the bold print, the skirt really does pair well with all different tops and accessories. Given the bold print, I focus on keeping the rest of the look streamlined with neutral tops and accessories.

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2) We remain in the part of fall here in Chicago where many mornings are cooler, and the afternoons tend to warm up. As a result, I basically live in lots of layers. I find that I really have been drawn towards my cape this fall, as it is versatile- both indoor and out- and adds a nice layer of warmth, for crisp mornings. Capes and shawls are nearly everywhere these days; you can find them in just about any discount store (Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s). And, if you’re like, you may have saved a few shawls from a few years ago when they were popularized again. If so, pull them out now! It’s the perfect time of year!

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Happy fall! Have a wonderful weekend!

bright brocade

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There’s a few styles of fabric and prints that have my heart (denim, toile, houndstooth, to name a few). Brocade has always been one of my favorites, but I rarely find brocade prints and fabric, let alone in metallic! So, I was, of course, super excited to find this skirt at BCBG over the summer. It hung in my closet, just waiting for the perfect fall day to make its debut- which was yesterday. I even got to pull out my first pair of fall tights. Sigh. I’m a happy camper. Bright brocade for a bright day.

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Blouse: L.K. Bennett via thrift ($1, retails for $300)

Cape: Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $50)

Skirt: BCBG Max Azria ($40 marked down from $195)

Shoes: Vince Camuto Signature via Saks Off 5th ($50 marked down from $300)

Necklace: House of Harlow via Saks off Fifth ($15 marked down from $50)

Tights: Simply Vera, Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($7 marked down from $14)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) There’s always a few pieces that become somewhat surprising staples. I definitely feel that way about my Nordstrom Rack cape/blanket from last season. As soon as the cool weather hit, my cape was back in action. There are so many capes around these days, you can easily find one for around $20. I actually saw this same cape at Saks off Fifth a few weeks ago. So, clearly, they are widely distributed. I personally like that this is a piece you can wear indoors and out, versus a coat, which is a bit more limited in terms of being worn indoors. Below are pictures of how I’ve style this cape in the past. 

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2) Cream tights. You would think they look a little juvenile, but I’ve found my cream patterned tights to be quite versatile. However, I strongly recommend wearing cream tights with very “grown-up” clothes- such as with heels, dresses, and very clearly mature pieces, to avoid the risk of looking like a little girl. Unless, of course, you are a little girl, in which case, you go! My 4 year old niece looks fab in white tights without the worry of styling them properly :).

Anyone else loving capes or cream tights this season? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

comeback in a cape

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Oof! Forgive the lack of posts last week, readers! I’ve been feeling under the weather lately (migraines!) (curses!). However, hopefully I am on the mend. I decided maybe I needed a super hero cape (ie floral kimono) to help me make my comeback. Hey, it can’t hurt, right? Happy Monday, readers!

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Dress: Vince Camuto via thrift ($7, retails for approx $150)

Cape/kimono: Nordstrom Rack (approx $10 marked down from approx $50)

Shoes: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)

Purse: Kate Spade (bag)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I wouldn’t normally think to pair a long drapey cape/kimono with a long drapey dress, but I noticed that this layering actually really worked! I’m always looking for ways to layer a sleeveless dress, given that I cannot go sleeveless at work. I’ve found that capes/kimonos are a great option to still stay cool in warmer weather, while also not exposing “bare arms” at work. Definitely pull back out of your capes and kimonos for spring and summer, if you have them stored for fall and winter! Nordstrom Rack generally has a great selection of both capes and kimonos, if you’re looking for one!

2) Although the drapey look seemed to work here, I liked the addition of a thin belt to add a little bit of shape to the look. While I actually don’t have many thin belts, I find that my nude color belt seems to go with just about everything. Belts are very easy to find on sale and clearance. I found the belt here on the “final sale” rack at Ann Taylor Loft, which generally has quite a few belts. But, you can also find belts on clearance at places like Nordstrom Rack and Old Navy. I like the braided belts most, as the leather isn’t prone to “cracking” as it can on solid leather belts (especially inexpensive ones!).

Anyone else still wearing their kimonos and capes? How are you styling them? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

treasures from the trunk show (charleston, sc, cont.)

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Continued from my last post, I’m adding additional details to my magical experience at The Trunk Show in Charleston, South Carolina. The Trunk Show is a (very) high-end consignment shop in the heart of downtown Charleston. The window display is quite unassuming, with a few mannequins and some gowns. However, when you walk in the door, you can see why people come from all over the south to shop there. There is more couture consigned, organized, and squeezed into a small place than any other store I’ve visited. Ever. The staff is exceptionally friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable Unlike many other consignment shops, this staff knows exactly what is in the store and where it is. If you go in with a request, they can help find you an outfit. What? I know. This store is a rare gem.
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Hat: vintage 1950s via The Trunk Show ($20, retails for ? priceless)

Top: Nordstrom Rack ($19 marked down from $40) similar here/here/here

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

Blazer: Banana Republic (approx $50 marked down from approx $200)

Necklace:Juicy Couture via Kohl’s (approx $5 marked down from approx $40)

Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)

Scarf: cape worn as scarf Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $50)

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) My top tip for The Trunk Show, as with almost every other consignment shop, is ask where the discount section is! Many high end consignment stores don’t sell “steals” on their designer inventory. Yes, it’s discounted, but unless you’re in the market for a consigned Chanel suit for $3,000 (and more power to you, if you are!), then ask where the sale section is. The real steals are always in the 70-80% off sale section of any consignment store. In most stores, it’s 1-3 racks, so take your time and evaluate your options.

photos from The Trunk Show:

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2) I always ask if clothes have to be dry cleaned and/or laundered before they come in to any resale shop. High quality consignment stores will require this and often sell items in the dry cleaning bags. For me, this is a good sign that the store is discerning with what they accept and won’t sell damaged or stained items.

If you’re ever in the area, check them out: http://www.charlestontrunkshow.com/
My review is 100% my own opinion and I did not receive anything in return for this review.

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

totally tweed

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What is it about tweed that feels so fall and so grown up? I guess maybe because kids don’t wear a ton of tweed (do they?). When I’m in tweed, I feel like I’m all grown up- like I’m organized and know what I’m doing. So, of course, whenever I find a tweed piece on super sale, I generally don’t think twice about getting it because it seems like a somewhat rare fabric these days. The fact that this dress is tweed, hot pink, and metallic…forget it. It was love at first tweed sight.
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Dress: Moulinette Soeurs at Antropologie ($30 marked down from $145)
Top: Forever 21 ($20)
Shoes: Vince Camuto via Marshall’s ($25 marked down from $100)
Tights: Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($1 marked down from $14)
Necklace: Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s ($5 marked down from $32)
Pink ring: Forever 21 ($2 marked down from approx $5)
Peach ring: Banana Republic (approx $7 marked down from $36)
Bracelets: Kate Spade (gift)
Cape: Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $50)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’ve found Anthropologie’s clothing sale section to be somewhat confusing in terms of when their first and second markdowns occur. As of today, they do have a sale (online and in-stores) of an additional 25% off their sale section. That’s how I managed to snag this dress last week at such a great price. Frankly, Anthro’s sales often still mean paying about $100 for a dress, but if you go through every sale rack, you will generally find at least 1-3 dresses, skirts or tops that are marked down to $20-$30. I’ve found that the best way to know about their sales and free shipping events is to subscribe to their emails, versus popping into the store multiple times.  
Here’s a great guide to the Anthro exclusive brands:
2) Jewelry at Anthro almost always goes on sale, unless the item is exceptionally popular and sells out before hitting the sale section. Once you find a jewlery item for $10-$20, it generally will not get marked down again. Additionally, items that are $10-$20 go very quickly online and in stores. I’ve often seen something and told myself to just “check-out” by the end of the day, only to find it has sold out. Additionally, the online shop seems to have the best markdowns on jewelry, versus in-store markdowns. The other week I was in the store and the necklaces were still marked as $30 in the store, but were $15 online. However, when I pointed this out, the salesperson did honor the online price. So, it pays to look online first if you are looking for jewelry in-store, and it pays to get it when you see it if it’s a great deal and you’ve had your eye on it!
Anyone else have Anthro tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much! Stay warm!

windy wonder woman (cape)

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Well, per usual, someone is going to have to conduct some sort of intervention with me in regards to my new obsession/love: the windy city wonder woman cape. Seriously, for $25, this cape is pure joy and worth every penny. It’s indoor/outdoor, and basically a stylish fleece blanket that is socially appropriate to wear in public. Okay okay, enough about the cape. I’m also sporting one of my other absolute favorites: my butterfly metamorphosis DVF dress. I’m realizing that most of my articles of clothing have adjectives, names, or titles…I don’t know, readers…I think I’m in too deep with fashion (or just deep enough), but there’s no turning back now…this is my windy wonder woman cape in cahoots with my butterfly metamorphosis dress.

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Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg via Nordstrom Rack ($115, paid $70 with gift card, marked down from $365)
Necklace: Anthropologie ($14 marked down from $70)
Tights: TJ Maxx ($5 marked down from $15)
Heels: Nine West via Savers ($8, retail for $100)
Cape: Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $50)
Work look:
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Flats: DSW (long time ago…maybe $15?)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) With the heels, this dress looked great, but potentially a little too dressy/night looking for work. I added flats and a cardigan during the day for a day look. As you can see here, the dress looks complete different with a cardigan and flats: 
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For evening, I just put on my heels and ditched my cardigan. Super easy transition!
2) I last featured this dress in fall with purple tights and boots. As you can see below, this dress also looks completely different with colored tights and boots. Never underestimate the power of swapping out basic accessories (tights, necklace, shoes) to make a completely new look with your other pieces!
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Anyone else equally as obsessed with capes? Other trends this fall? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so much!

beautifully buggy

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This weekend my niece and nephew celebrated their birthdays with a bug themed birthday party. What does one wear to a bug party? A bug themed look, of course!

Exhibit A: print on my top

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Is anyone else impressed that my three year old niece chose a gender neutral theme? I would have thought Frozen would have been a top pick, but  I guess she decided to go with less predictable. I like it; the party was was definitely beautifully buggy.

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Top: Gap shirt dress ($22 marked down from $60)
Skirt: Soprano via Nordstrom Rack ($16 marked down from $60)
Leggings: TJ Maxx ($5 marked down from $15)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Hair pin: actually a brooch (gift)
Cape: Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $55)

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) As you can see from the photos, temperatures really dropped here this weekend! I put a skirt on over my shirt dress to add a little warmth and to style a seemingly summer dress for fall. I wore a skirt that wasn’t very fitted so that you couldn’t see any extra bulk from the bottom half of the shirt dress. Here’s the dress worn as a dress:

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2) I think pins are an underutilized accessory in my world, and I think it’s high time to change that! I took my messy bun up a notch by using a bobby pin to affix a bee brooch as a hair accessory. Umm, why haven’t I been doing this more frequently? Nothing says class like a hair accessory! I’ll try to incorporate more hair accessories and report back.

Anyone else have brooch tips? I would love to hear them! Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much! Hope everyone had a good weekend!