(slightly belated) blogversary!

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Wow, readers! Another year has passed and The Fashion Huntress is now two years old! It’s hard to believe that only two years have passed…though, on the other hand, time really does fly. I want to take this opportunity to thank you, my readers. As I’ve said so many times in the past (and it remains so true today), I really cannot express enough gratitude to the blogging community for welcoming me. The Fashion Huntress has been my favorite creative outlet to date; I value each and every person that has offered me their kind words and encouragement in helping the Huntress grow into what is it, and what it continues to become. 

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Dress: BCBG via Saks Off Fifth ($20 marked down from $200)
Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)
Scarf: Saks Off Fifth ($10 marked down from $60)
Tights: blue tights (H&M $5) lace tights (Marsha’ll’s $5 marked down from $15)
Shoes: Joe’s Jeans via DSW ($10 marked down from $110)
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A big hug from me to you! I’ll be back to our regular programming on the next post!
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pre-spring pastels

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I decided that even though it’s exceptionally cold in Chicago (the second coldest February in Chicago history!), it was time to start busting out the spring pastels. Maybe my pastel colors and wishful thinking will translate to warmer weather. One can only hope, right? This is my pre-spring pastels look. I’m feeling warmer already…
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Blazer: Alice & Olivia via Saver’s ($5, retails for approx $400)
Denim shirt: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)
Heart top: H&M ($7 marked down from $24)
Pants: NYDJ via Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from $110) NYDJ sale
Heels: Messeca via Rue La La ($50 marked down from $140)
Necklace: gift
Ring: gift
Scarf: Burberry (gift)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) This blazer actually has shoulder pads…and I kept them in! This is a first for me. However, I found that the shoulder pads were so thin, and actually add a nice shape to the blazer. Never say never, right? So, if you’re thrifting for blazers and find one with shoulder pads, try it on first, before taking them out! However, if you do want to remove shoulder pads, it’s actually pretty straight forward. You can see how I removed them from my last blazer here.
 
2) This is the first shirt that I attempted to tailor on my own. H&M only had one shirt left and it was in a size that was too big on me. So, I figured “how hard could it be” to take it in. Ah yes, the infamous, how hard could it be? Well, it wasn’t hard so much as it involved a lot of seam ripping after I couldn’t get my arms in my modified shirt. Thankfully, I was working with a really forgiving fabric. You can read the tutorial I used here. Shirts are always easier to take in than to take out. So, if you see something you want, don’t turn it down just based on sizing. I’m definitely a novice seamtress and found that it took me about 45 minutes to tailor the shirt with my sewing machine. 
Anyone else have a good tutorial for basic tailoring? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much! Have a good weekend!

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!

power suit/power clash

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Some days, even though my job doesn’t really call for it, I just really want to rock a power suit..and not just a power suit, I want to power clash in a power suit. While I don’t envy people who have to wear them everyday, I like the option of sporting the look occasionally. Well, let me tell you, readers, G (my fab photog) really outdid herself this time with capturing the spirit of the suit in these photos. The thing is, G is one of those people who doesn’t judge when poses go all sorts of awkward (and they get plenty awkward, let me tell you). In fact, she doesn’t even mind when people walk past and stare during photo shoots (for example, as cars drove past today in the alley way, people rolled down the window, and asked what we were doing) (taking blog photos, obvi). And don’t even get me started on her contributions to The Fashion Huntress, because I’ll get all teary-eyed… Anyway, the spirit of power suit/power clash is exactly what G is all about: owning it. Given that we spend 40+ hours together a week (for the past four years now), I think (I hope) I may be picking up her spirit to just own it…I sure hope so. Cheers to the people to who lift us up and inspire us to be the best version of ourselves …and doing it while in a fab outfit. #ownit #beyou #grateful

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Suit (blazer and skirt): Marni for H&M (…years ago, but I did pay full price; maybe $150?)

Bonjour shirt: H&M ($8)

Necklace: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $80)

Shoes: BCBG via DSW ($11 marked down from approx $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’ve had this suit for a few years, since the Marni for H&M collection came out. I actually rarely wear it as a full suit, but it’s nice to have the option. One of the nice things about suits is that you can always break them into lots of different outfits because you can wear the pieces separately, together, change the top underneath, and change the shoes.  Speaking of shirts, I actually found the shirt in the post today in the “kids” section at H&M. The sizes go up to around 14+ years (at least in their tops they do), which would easily fit an adult small/medium. You have to kind-of walk around the full kids’ section to find what I guess is a “teens” section, but they do have a handful of sweaters and tops, and, of course, the prices are lower than they are in the “women’s section.” Additionally, they are having a 50% their sale section store-wide, so check it out if you’re around an H&M.
 
2) Since I got it, this necklace has made countless appearances on the blog. Banana Republic and J Crew have really great statement necklaces that are incredibly versatile; you can dress them up, or dress them down. J Crew Factory (http://factory.jcrew.com/) has great pieces at great prices, whereas I think they get a bit pricey in the actual store, even on sale. The time to get jewelry at Banana Republic is when they have the 40% off their sale section events. I believe they have one going on right now, and often do on Wednesdays, for whatever reason. You can easily get great statement necklaces for $10-$20 at either location. 
 
Anyone else have statement necklaces tips? Where do you find your favorites? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much! 

refreshing floral

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There’s something about the change of the seasons that gives the feeling of renewal, change, and new life. I think this feeling especially rings true in Spring. Finally, we can see the actual ground! Grass (albeit brown)! Puddles! I decided to celebrate and welcome these changes with flowers, stripes, bright colors, patent leather wedges…and of course, mustard tights. Thanks for coming, if only for a day, Spring. I’ll miss you when we get another foot of snow tomorrow, but I loved you while you lasted.

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” -Hal Borland

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Top: Fringe via Nordstrom Rack ($11 marked down from $80)

Skirt: Soprano via Nordstrom Rack ($16 marked down from $60)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)

Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender via Nordstrom Rack ($100 marked down from $350)

Tights: Hue ($3 marked down from $15)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Let’s talk power clashing. My sister and I were recently talking about how power clashing is kind-of confusing because there’s seemingly no “rules,” but that it seems complicated, yet easy. I definitely hear that and feel the same. There really aren’t rules, just what looks good to you. 

 For me personally, thus far, when I’m putting together two completely different patterns or colors, I just try and stay within the same hues/gradient of color.  Example: I probably wouldn’t try a pastel skirt with a jewel toned top, but I would wear all different color jewel tones. In this outfit, I stuck with heavily saturated colors. 
 
Additionally, I try and tie together the two pieces in question in some way.  In this skirt, the black and white actually partially matched the small parts of the top that are also black and white. These, of course, are just my tips. At the end of the day, you have to just wear what you love and forget the rules. 
 
2) Nordstrom Rack has been rocking my world lately. Their winter clearance has continued for the past few weeks, and really, was not all that picked over when I was last there.  I also got their debit card to start using their “point system.” The great thing about their card is that you don’t have to open a new line of credit/credit card, as the card is just a debit card for Nordstrom tied to your regular checking account. Clever, clever, Nordstrom. I’m not sponsored by them at all, just FYI; I just like their debit system.  If you want more information about how it works, you can check it out here: http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/rewards
Anyone else using their card? Liking it? Loving power clashing?
Thanks, all, for reading and stopping by!! I love reading your comments and getting your feedback!

fairy woodland wonder skirt

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Sometimes, when I find things at a super low price, I just can’t imagine my luck that others would have passed it over. The other day, when thrifting with my dear friend, I found this lovely watercolor/petal/fairy/whimsical skirt…for $4. Stop it. $4? Where am I not going to wear this whimsical fairy skirt?! This skirt got quite a few comments, mostly relating to how whimsical the skirt is. I really couldn’t agree more. It’s a fairy woodland wonder skirt and I’ll be sporting it whenever I can. Hmm magic fairy skirt….fashion life metaphor…am I reaching to say that this skirt is a reminder to carry a little whimsy and magic with us where ever we go? I certainly will take as much magic and whimsy with me as I can. Never know when you might need it.

“Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” Lewis Carroll

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Top: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $9)

Skirt: thrifted ($4)

Jacket: Forever 21 ($25)

Tights: Limited (approx $10 on sale many years ago!)

Shoes: Marshall’s (approx $20 marked down from approx $100)

Necklace: Gap (approx $7 marked down from approx $30)

Scarf: Urban Outfitters (approx $3 many years ago on sale!)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) When I am wearing a statement top or skirt, I tend to either further dress it up or dress it completely down. With this outfit, I went for “dress it up” when I added a striped top, herringbone blazer, and rhinestone necklace. Conversely, an option would be to completely dress it down by adding a plain black sweater- perhaps a cable knit sweater. Another way to dress it down would be with a jean jacket and tank top or t-shirt. There’s no wrong way to dress up or dress down a statement piece as long as you stay consistent with either dressing it up or down. I generally love to just go all out, personally!

2) I was wearing skinny jeans when I thrifted this, though I would highly recommend wearing leggings when thrifting for skirts and dresses in order to check for proper fit without the bulk of jeans! The skirt is a tiny bit loose, but with the striped top tucked in, it ended up fitting perfectly. Additionally, I think this skirt may have been overlooked as a “summer skirt,” but with leggings, you can see right away that it can serve as a cooler weather piece as well. I took a risk assuming this would be the case despite the fact that I was wearing it with jeans when I tried it on, but it ended up working out!

Anyone else loving whimsical pieces this fall? Find a favorite piece while thrifting or huntressing?

Thank you, readers, as always, for stopping by and sharing in my adventures, while also sharing your own!

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