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Well, I’ve recently (3 days ago) started a new 30 day challenge. Alas (and hooray), it’s not a no-shopping challenge this time, but rather a drawing challenge! Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always carried a sketchbook around with me or kept one at home. I think as I grew older, I became self-conscious about my self-taught skill (or lack thereof), and stopped drawing/painting/sketching. However, recently I’ve been totally inspired to re-connect with the younger unselfconsious me that loves to draw. So, I’m officially on day 3 and have 27 more days to go of completing at least one sketch per day! Who knows, maybe a some point, I’ll even share my sketches here. Go boldly, right? Happy mid-week, readers!

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Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($20 marked down from $70)

Skirt: Elle via Kohl’s ($15 marked down from approx $60)

Cardigan: Forever 21 via thrift ($5)

Shoes: Pink Key via TJ Maxx ($14 marked down from $60)

Necklace: Kohl’s (I can’t remember! Weird!!)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I really like the simplicity of this palette with the yellow and blue. I added a cardigan, just for some extra warmth if needed in a cool office- but kept the patterns “un-fussy” with matching the heart printed shirt to the heart printed cardigan. I did some research on grown-ups wearing hearts and decided it was totally okay- and then I validated it even further, by reminding myself that I always encourage people to wear what they love. If there’s one thing I love, it’s wearing my heart on my sleeve. 

2) If you read my blog somewhat regularly, you can probably guess what I’m going to say next. Sheer skirts call for slips! Even though this skirt was lined, I still tossed on a slip just to be sure it was opaque. Slips being shorter than the skirt is very popular lately, which I like, but also feel like calls for an extra slip to add some length. I actually only have two slips, but find that having more that one is handy just in case one is in the wash. I recommend one black and one beige/nude.

Anyone else loving heart prints lately? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

cozy cape (aka ode to sherlock holmes)

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Ever since Burberry debuted their cape/blanket wrap/shawl this season, all things cape-like and blanket-like are really having a moment. I can get on board with any trend that allows me to wear a blanket around all day (though not a snuggie, readers) (those are for the privacy of your own home). While the Burberry version is a bit (ha! more than a bit) out of my reach, I did find this nice Sherlock Holmes looking cape (with the tags still on it!) a few weeks ago while thrifting. I’m not sure if it’s an outdoor coat or an indoor coat, but I wore it all day (outside and inside) and really enjoyed myself. Outdoors, I kept buttoned up (it’s breezy and rain out!), but indoors, I let it flow openly. If Sherlock Holmes was a full time professional these days, I suspect he would appreciate the cape debut.

‘It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.’ Sherlock Holmes, A Case of Identity

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Cape: thrifed ($4, tags on it said retails for $60)
Denim top: Forever 21 via thrift ($4, retails for approx $25)
Necklace: Kohl’s ($5 marked down from $32)
Pants: Gap ($7 marked down from $60)
Shoes: Ellen Tracy at DSW ($9 marked down from $99)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Capes and “blanket wraps” really are trending right now. Frankly, I’m a big fan of this trend, but I have a seen a few photos of this trend going in a confusing direction. I, personally, think wearing an actual blanket is a bit shapeless. But, many of the wraps and capes do have a bit more shape so the wearer doesn’t look completely overwhelmed by the piece. For me, this is all about proportion. I paired my cape with skinny pants and heels so outfit felt a bit more balances and didn’t get too “baggy.”
2) This is the perfect time of year (depending on wear you live) to wear coats that have shorter sleeves, vests, or capes! It’s not very cold in Chicago (yet), but definitely requires a coat or vest. I have a random assortment of coats that aren’t really true winter coats, but I tend to overlook as indoor/outdoor pieces. The cape is a good example of a “fall coat” that can be worn indoors and outdoors. Vests are also a great option with button downs and skirts as an indoor/outdoor piece, so consider pulling out your transitional “outdoor” pieces and sporting them as part of your cozy indoor look!
Anyone else have general feelings about the blanket/wrap/cape trend? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I hope everyone had a great weekend!