easy breezy summer shadows

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Contrary to probably many summer lovers, I love a cool summer day that is slightly overcast, allowing me to hang outdoors without breaking a sweat or running the risk of sun burn! A summery day where I can add a lightweight sweater? That makes me one happy camper. It’s my favorite kind of summer look: easy breezy with summer shadows.

 

Sweater: TJ Maxx ($16 marked down from approx $40)

Dress: Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($4 marked down from $58)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Belt: Old Navy ($1 marked down from approx $5)

Necklace: J Crew Factory ($16 marked down from $40)

Sandals: Calvin Klein (so old, can’t even remember where I got them!)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I thought this dress was a little on the short side when I was sitting down, which lent itself perfectly to being worn with jeans or leggings. Also, I generally shy away from a drop waist style, since I don’t think it’s a flattering style on me. However, once belted and layered, the drop waist look ended up working out just fine. Never say never in fashion because you never know what will end up working out in the end! 

2) I recently placed my first order with J Crew Factory, and was really pleased with what I got! The jewelry is a fraction of the price than it is in stores, and there is regularly a free shipping and/or additional markdown sale taking place. I simply waited for both a sale and free shipping offer to occur and was able to ensure that I got the best deal. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can use this link: https://factory.jcrew.com

Anyone else have favorite online shops for jewelry? Feedback on J Crew Factory? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

sunshine shades (of yellow)

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Sorry for delay in posts this week, readers! We had some bad weather, so it made it a little challenging to take photos outdoors without snow boots, mittens, and a giant down jacket (not so glam). But, hurray! Sunshine and warmth this weekend! I couldn’t resist sneaking some sun photos in throughout the weekend…

Our dog, Annabelle, couldn’t be happier to see the sun. Neither could I! I picked an outfit of sunshiny yellows to celebrate.

Top: vintage Carolina Herrara via thrift ($3) (shoulder pads and all!)

Blazer/jacket: Ann Taylor via thrift ($7, retails for approx $150)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Necklace: Bauble Bar ($24 marked down from $38)

Boots: Not Rated via DSW ($50 marked down from $75)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) As I’m sure you know from reading the blog, I rarely buy anything full price. However, jeans are one of the rare items I tend not to try and find on sale (if I do it’s a lucky day indeed). I generally just buy one light pair and one dark pair and then rotate them. In the past, I had a bunch of pairs of jeans, but usually ended up wearing the same pair over and over because it was the one pair that I favored and fit me best. Now, I just keep a couple of pairs and wear them all the time- and save myself the trouble of finding a specific fit on sale. Of course, that’s just me! I’m impressed by anyone who can find their fav pair on sale! If you’re in downtown Chicago, the Levi store is on Michigan Avenue is totally worth a visit. My favorite salesperson is Alex- he’s super helpful and honest! 

2) I recently made my first purchase online at Bauble Bar (necklace featured above). I really like what I got, but I felt like the pieces were a little off in color from what I saw online. I also felt as though the scale and size was a little off from online too. However, in the end, I kept everything I got and, for the price, the quality was good. I think next time, however, I will likely measure out pieces before I order them, as clearly the scale and color was a little off (could be me, could be them, who knows). They also sell their jewelry at Nordstrom, so that might be an easier way to assess the size and colors of pieces. 

Anyone else have Bauble Bar reviews? Sending you sunshine and warm vibes from Chicago! Thanks so much for stopping by, readers!

back(pack) to basics

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I have to admit, readers, that there are some things in the fashion world and the world of shopping that tend to baffle me. Jeans and backpacks are two of the items that I never seem to get quite right. Today, however, I’ve gotten these basics down pat with a little help from my friends (see tips below). What better friend to showcase the fact that I’ve mastered these basics than with man’s best friend (Belle the dog, as she is affectionately known in my family). I’m totally back(pack) to basics, and feeling like we really all do get by with a little help from our friends.

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Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($4 marked down from $60)
Jeans: Levi’s via the Levi Store ($35 marked down from $80)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Backpacks: c/o Carrot
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) If you are looking for a fun and fashionable backpack, Carrot is definitely the place to go. The quality of the backpacks is great; most of the backpacks are a thick fabric and have a ton of pockets inside. You can see my detail pictures below. But, seriously, these aren’t the backpacks we all remember from the 80s (mine was totally My Little Pony or something); these are backpacks with a seriously hip update. If you want to see more of these backpacks and others, Carrot is the place to go.
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2) If you live in the Chicagoland area, the Levi store on Michigan Avenue is well worth a trip. The entire back of the store is sale and clearance jeans and a TON of them. Unlike many other jeans clearance sections, there are endless options for jeans in various sizes, colors, and fits at the Levi store. Additionally, I worked with a lovely and talented gentleman named Alex who really took a ton of time helping me with sizes and fittings. I have to say, it was the least painful jeans trying-on in the history of the Fashion Huntress. I came in totally confused and left completely confident. I highly recommend looking for Alex next time you’re in the area for a great fitting and run-down on jeans!
Anyone else have a favorite backpack? Loving the updated prints? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers!