beautiful bird’s eye view

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“Birds-eye view
Awake the stars ’cause they’re all around you
Wide eyes will always brighten the blue
Chase your dreams
And remember me, sweet bravery
‘Cause after all those wings will take you up so high
So bid the forest floor goodbye as you race the wind
And take to the sky” -Owl City

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Top: c/o Oasap available here

Skirt: H&M ($20 marked down from approx $50)

Tights: gift

Shoes: Betsy Johnson via Marshall’s ($50 marked down from $160)

Cardigan: Target ($7 marked down from approx $25)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Ive been trying to branch out a bit into online shopping, readers. As you may know, it’s always been a struggle for me, but there are, in fact, many finds to be found! I really like Oasap, Rue La La, Haute Look, Saks Off Fifth, and Nordstrom Rack online. If you’re more of an online shopper than an in-person shopper, it’s really easy to refine searches and “dig” for steals virtually. The only thing I have noticed is that you do need to be diligent, since many of the best finds (highest quality, lowest cost) tend to go really fast. 

2) A note on suede shoes: I had an unfortunate situation during which I was washing my hands and approximately five drops of water dropped on my suede shoes. The horror. I hadn’t yet sprayed them with a suede waterproof spray, and the water stained the shoes. I was able to get the stain out with a suede brush, but suede brushes are a little tough even on suede. Note to self: even if you’re not wearing suede outdoors, spray your shoes with a spray protector! They are available in-stores and online (Amazon.com); Scotchguard and Kiwi sprays tend to get the best reviews. 

Anyone else have suede care tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

eye on elizabeth and james

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Having grown up watching Full House, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been in my life for years. (Side note: I’m sure they probably are annoyed with the Full House references. So, I’m sorry, ladies, if you’re reading this). Anywho, I’ve had my eye on their two lines: The Row and Elizabeth & James for years now. I finally took the plunge when their Elizabeth and James line was on Rue La La, (seriously discounted). I snagged a blazer, and let me tell you, readers, I am a FAN. Talk about well made; the piece is beautiful non-itchy wool, constructed with beautiful details, and has that perfectly polished feel that only a great blazer can bring. I totally have my eye on Elizabeth and James, and the fabulous Olsen twins that created such a refined yet laid back line.

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Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)
Top: Ann Taylor Loft via thrift ($1, retails for approx $70)
Dress: Banana Republic via thrift ($1, retails for approx $130)
Tights: gift
Shoes: Cole Haan Lunar Grand ($70 marked down from $400)
Necklace: gift via Charming Charlie
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Rue La La (https://www.ruelala.com/) is where it’s at for super high-end pieces at affordable prices. Sometimes, the prices are only so-so, but other times, the discount is so high, I can barely believe it. It’s a site that you basically just have to get used to perusing on a somewhat regular basis. The real steals go FAST, so if you really want something, get it when you see it. Many items are also final sale, so be sure to look through the sizing chart to ensure that you are getting the right size. I shy away from pants since fits can vary so much, but shoes and tops/blazers/dresses seem to be fairly straight forward in terms of fit. Additionally, once you get something, you have free shipping for the next 30 days on any other orders, so essentially you pay once for shipping for the full month.
2) Many charity shops have points during which they mark-down their clothes even further; this section is known as the “$1” section. Some stores have “$1 bins” or a “$1 table.” I recommend that, if you’re a thrifter, find out when and where the $1 section is in your local charity shop. If there’s one thing I’ll say about charity shops, it’s have patience! Allot at least 45 minutes- 1 hour to really go through the shop and make sure you’ve been able to really look through the entire place. 
Anyone else loving Rue La La? Happy Wednesday, readers! Thanks so much for stopping by!

marsala and the wooly mammoth

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I think the title of this post sounds like a children’s fairy tale, except the story of this vest isn’t long enough to be a story, let alone a fairy tale. Nonetheless, here’s my tale: once upon a time (last week), I went to the magical Anthropologie sale (40% off sale items). I chanced upon this giant loopy knitted vest, and knew it 1) had to be mine 2) would henceforth be known as the “wooly mammoth.” And readers, that is the whole story. So, today, I’m in the color of the year, marsala, and the wooly mammoth.

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Knitted sweater vest: Anthropologie ($24 marked down from $150)
Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)
Pants: Calvin Klein via Costco ($14, retail for $70), can also be found at macys.com
Shoes: Moschino via consignment ($24 marked down from approx $400)
Necklace: Anthropologie ($14 marked down from $70)
Hat: gift via Gap
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Yes, you read that right. I found these pants at Costco, readers! What!? I know. To be perfectly honest, I have never found clothes at Costco. As the Fashion Huntress, yes, I always go through their women’s clothes when I’m grocery shopping, but haven’t found anything worth stopping for. However, I found these pants and was floored. They seriously fit like a glove and were $14. You can’t try things on there, so I estimated my size; you can always return items if they end up not fitting, but I would say if it’s spandex (as these pants partially are), they are pretty forgiving in terms of sizing. So, my tip is to check out your local Costco; apparently you never know what you will find.
2) Furry vests and oversized tops are very big (ha, ha) this season. I tend to shy away from oversized because I feel as though the pieces overwhelm me. However, I found that when I streamlined the rest of my outfit (skinny jeans and heels), the outfit was proportioned just fine. Additionally, I always like to look online or in-stores as to how a particular item is being styled. I found a picture of this vest online and saw that Anthro had styled it with streamlined pieces, and thus, had a better idea of how to style it with what I already had in my closet. Oversized is definitely doable!
Also, happy #monthly mani link up! This month’s theme is Pantone Spring 2015!
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Check-out the other manicures via their blogs at:

Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Piniel from Pins-Place

Kate from Into the Stratosphere

Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali

Erika from Erika’s Style Diary

Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty

Anyone else loving oversized this season? Finding fab finds in unexpected places? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

safari dress in the sun

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After recovering from the flu last week, I was feeling better just in time for a “heat wave” (45 degrees) and sunshine. Perhaps more importantly, the week brought sunshine in other unexpected ways: visits with friends, meeting new people, and a (finally!) cleaned out closet. I love weeks that end up better than we could have even expected. This is my safari dress in the sun- because we never really know when the sun is peeking out…

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Dress: Burberry (gift)
Tights: gift
Boots: Not Rated via DSW ($60 marked down from $75)
Necklace: Nadri via Nordstrom Rack ($14 marked down from $50)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Long sleeve dresses are one of my favorite types of dresses because they are so easily styled from season to season. Below you can see how I styled the dress in summer and then in fall. Changing out your shoes and tights makes for completely different blocks with the same started pieces. 

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2) Anthropologie is having one of their somewhat infrequent “40% off sale items.” I was surprised to see how many items were in the sale and to see so many reasonable prices. I found that the stores had more items than the online store, though both modalities have a lot of options. You can check out the sale here: http://www.anthropologie.com/

Has anyone visited the Anthro sale? Found any good finds? I hope everyone had a good weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!

forever forward (with neverest outfitters)

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I’ve always been a person who relies on my instinct and intuition in life. …sometimes to a fault. For example, when I claim I don’t like a store because I don’t like the way it “feels” inside. …yeah, I’m that person. But let’s move on from that, and focus on when instinct and intuition are a bit more concrete than a “feeling.” When I was approached by the staff at Neverest Outfitters, I just got a “good feeling,” which was then made concrete by learning the story of their company and the dedication the staff has to standing behind their product. To state it simply, I just like this company, who they are, what they stand for, and what they make. This is a company that is getting back to the good ‘ole days when you could buy a bag that was guaranteed for life, made my artisans down the street, handstamped, and sent out with a handwritten letter. Made in my neighboring state to the north, these Minnesotans know where it’s at for making a bag that you’ll carry for life. This is my dressed up version of their tote bag. I’m headed, as Neverest Outfitters says, Forever Forward…and carrying my tote on the way.

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Denim shirt: Gap (approx $10 marked down from approx $70)
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft ($15 marked down from $90)
Silk scarf: Coach via Nordstrom Rack ($8 marked down from approx $50)
Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack ($3 marked down from $15)
Heels: Banana Republic via Crossroads ($20 marked down from approx $120)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) You can find this bag (on sale!) and others via their website at http://www.neverestoutfitters.com/. All of their bags come with a lifetime guarantee, which you can read more about here. For investment bags (ie bags that won’t go out of style and you truly will use for life), I highly recommend getting a bag with a lifetime guarantee. Sadly, fewer and fewer companies still offer this type of craftsmanship, though there are still that remain, including Neverest Outfitters!
2) This is my dressed-up version of the tote bag, though clearly it would be easy to dress this down with just about any outfit (jeans, weekend looks, etc). Look out for an upcoming post with a very dressed-up version of this tote to see another option for styling. If you’re anything like me, you’re carrying an extra pair of shoes around with you in winter, so you don’t end up wearing boots all day (seriously, wish I could, but it’s not allowed at work). A stylish and versatile tote is a great way to carry around your spare shoes and winter apparel, as it will be easily styled with just about any work outfit.
As always, I’ve taken no financial compensation to share my opinion. This is just my honest opinion of Neverest Outfitters.
Anyone have any top totes feedback? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much! Happy mid-week!

a pretty penny

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With temperatures back up above zero, I’m happily taking my photos outside again! In addition to my outdoor joy, I bring to you today, readers, the penny skirt. Yes, the skirt I somehow managed to get at Nordstrom Rack for a penny. Apparently when items are marked down to be taken out of the store and donated, they are marked down to a penny and cleared from the floor. However, occasionally a penny item accidentally remains on the floor. Since it had a tag on it, the store was still obligated to sell it. I never knew any of this! Oh, the things we learn! So, this skirt will henceforth be known as “the penny skirt.” A pretty penny indeed…and a penny for your thoughts on this Monday. I hope it was a warm and cozy one.

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Top: Express ($17 marked down from $40)
Skirt: Nordstrom Rack (one penny, marked down from $48)
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Tights: Target (approx $7)
Necklace: vintage via resale ($6)
Shoes: Aubrey Brooke at DSW ($12 marked down from $99)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I love that you can now shop Nordstrom Rack online. If you’re interested in other variations of this skirt, it is still available online via this link: https://www.nordstromrack.com/brands/Bobeau (and for $14!). They also have their “even more reduced items” via their clearance section online at: https://www.nordstromrack.com/clearance/Women/Clothing. Don’t forget to look into their debit card point system; it’s well worth signing up and you can do so without opening a credit card!
2) I last featured this breezy “summer” top on the blog (below) in spring. With a cardigan, a skirt, tights, and layers, this top easily becomes an all-season top. For silky, sheer, year round tops, I really like Banana Republic, Express, and J Crew. I think the prices tend to be best at Banana Republic when they have a sale on their sale items, and the quality is top notch. Then, keep out your silky and sheer tops year round!
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 Anyone else know about the penny items?? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much! I hope everyone had a great Monday!

sheer (with a space heater)

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Is it a high point or a low point that the riveting blog topic of the day is my office space heater? (I’m going to go with high point.) When it’s -20 in Chicago, survival boils down to smart layering and office space heaters. This is especially essential since I seem to forget trouser socks nearly every day and wind up with bare feet in my heels… luckily, I was able to go sheer with the help of my trusty space heater (insert warm fuzzy thoughts of flannel pajamas here) (sigh, because you cannot wear pajamas to work). As much as I miss the sun and warmth, seriously, readers, I have a total weakness for scarves, sweaters, tights, and layers. This is my sheer (still layered) look, all with the help of a little extra heat.

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Top: Jennifer Lopez via Kohl’s ($7 marked down from $48)
Skirt: J Crew via Savers ($4, retails for approx $130)
Tights: gift
Necklace: gift
Shoes: Vince Camuto Signature ($70 marked down from $500)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I do love a sheer top year round, but I do not love freezing all day! As a result, I always have an extra sweater hanging out in or around my desk. You don’t need to pack up your “summer” tops, but you do need to layer up if your winter is anything like ours. In addition to a spare sweater, I often wear long sleeve t-shirts underneath my dresses, sheer tops, and sweaters for extra warmth- and you can rarely ever see them. Smart layering is key!
2) The Gap sale right now is rocking my world; items in the store are 60% off their sale price, making most sweaters around $8-$15. Additionally, some of the pants are marked down to $5-$10. Yes, this is the time to go, if you need sweaters and/or pants. One thing to remember about Gap sales is that many of the same items in different colors get marked down differently. So, a red sweater may still be $20, but a blue sweater will be $8. Take some time to look through items in different colors to see if the markdown is different. As with most retail/chain sales, you can get through this sale in about 30-45 minutes. 
Anyone else still wearing their sheer tops in winter? Visiting the Gap sale? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!