snow falling on flowers

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I’m pretty much over winter these days. But…when I saw the snow falling, I basically had no choice but to roll out there and take some blog photos. I ended up loving these photos, so I think it was totally worthwhile. However, now that I’ve captured the photos, Spring is welcome to come immediately to Chicago.

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Top: Banana Republic (approx $7 marked down from approx $35)

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

Scarf: Limited ($7 marked down from $35)

Necklaces: (gifts)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)

Hat: Target ($12)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Lately, I’ve been all about florals in winter. I think florals can bring a lot of color and joy to winter days. The top featured here is quite thin, so I wore it with another top underneath and a cardigan. I like to think through what I generally consider more of my “summer and spring” clothes and basically just layer them up for winter wear. With layers, you can get a lot more usage out of your clothes, so pull out some of your summer clothing bins and look through them!

2) This is one of the best times of year to invest in sweaters. I have seen a ton of sweaters lately that are marked down to $10-$25. Even I will look at a sweater this time of year and think, “well…how much am I really going to wear this in January and February?” But then, inevitably, at the beginning of next winter, I will be dismayed by my lack of sweaters. So, this year in the spirit of planning, I’m grabbing up sweaters for next fall and winter. I have found the best selections at Gap, Banana Republic, Limited, Express, and Ann Taylor. 
Anyone else stocking up on winter clothes for next year? Where are you finding the best pieces?
Thanks for stopping by, all! Wishing you warmth and a good end to the week!
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loving leopard (rings)

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Speaking of “new version of you” in 2014 (see last post), I found a really interesting ring at Express the other day. It wasn’t really my “usual” style, but something about this leopard ring really spoke to me. I’ve seen a ton of animal cuffs, necklaces, and rings in the past, but haven’t really found many that I loved…until last week. Side note, that’s not entirely true. Basically all of the animal jewelry from Chopard is really up my alley…but not really in my price range (har har, understatement of the year). Anywho, this leopard ring spoke to me at Express (it was saying, “rarrr, buy me”). And buy I did. The ring and I have been living happily ever after, reciting one of my 2014 mantras:

 “…and though she be but little, she is fierce.” -Shakespeare (rarrr)
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Top: Banana Republic (approx $10 marked down from approx $45)
Tank top: Banana Republic (gift)
Pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($2.50 marked down from $60)
Necklace: (gift, handmade)
Ring: Express ($6 marked down from $35)
Shoes: Rampage via Marshall’s ($16 marked down from approx $40)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
 1) Express has been having some great sales lately; when I was there last week, the sale was 40% off their sale section. One of the things that I don’t love about Express is that their sale section is literally in boxes that you have to dig through. I’ll be honest, sometimes that has stopped me in the past, because it seems really time consuming digging through boxes.  However, I’ve found that you can still get through the boxes pretty quickly because there’s a lot of repetition in the boxes. The jewelry section, however, is really easy to get through because it’s generally just 1-2 sale racks. So, if you’re not in the mood to go through boxes, check out the accessories.

 
2) I wasn’t entirely sure how to wear this giant ring, but decided to just wear it like I would wear any other jewelry. Statement jewelry can be worn as the “statement” of the outfit, or along with other matching pieces. In this outfit, for example, I wore gold studded shoes and a fairly bold necklace. With all the pieces together, the gold throughout the accessories was very coherent.  Another option would be to keep everything else simple, and have the ring be your “standout” piece.
Anyone else have suggestions for statement rings? Animal jewelry?
Happy Monday, all! Thank you so much for stopping by!

new version of you (aka ode to Felicity)

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Readers. I have a confession. Every once in a while, I go home after work and watch old reruns of the show Felicity on Netflix. Does anyone else remember Keri Russell in that show? I’m not sure if it ever aired abroad, to those reading from outside the US. Either way, allow me to share the premise of the show. (I swear I’m going somewhere with this).

Felicity. She was a young girl who changed her life when she decided to leave California and move to New York for college. She was following her high school crush who she had only spoken to once in high school (seriously awesome life plan). Anywho, the whole show is about Felicity learning about herself. She always wears her heart on her sleeve and is almost painfully honest with others about her feelings (ie when she shares with the guy she followed to NY that she went for him) (not weird at all). I’m an endless fan of Felicity. She is constantly trying to better herself and change up her style, and embrace life. (Side note- when she cut her hair in second season, the ratings plummeted, presumably because people were too sad to keep watching after her gorgeous locks were gone). Okay, so one of the theme songs to the show was called “New Version of You.” I think that theme is so fitting for the beginning of a new year. The theme came up on my iPod this morning (yes, it’s on my iPod. Judge away). This theme brings me to my main point (told you I was going somewhere with this). When was the last time I wore a white button down? …I can’t remember, but I sure did enjoy it today. The white shirt and skirt ensemble is a seriously grown-up version of the Fashion Huntress- a new version of me. Cheers to a new year, memories of Felicity’s endless efforts to growing up and bettering herself and the lives of others, embarrassing songs on your iPod, singing along, and another year of living out loud.
After all, if you’re going to wear your heart on your sleeve a la Felicity, make it a fashionable sleeve, right? Then people will have plenty to talk about.
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Button down: Burberry (gift)
Skirt: Burberry (gift)
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Tights: Target ($8)
Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)
Scarf: (gift, from Anthropologie)
Necklace: (gift, vintage)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) You guys know I am all about high/low mixes in outfits. The shoes, cardigan, and tights were not all that fancy but definitely looked a lot fancier with the Burberry skirt and top. If you’re going to invest, invest in timeless pieces such as a classic skirt or white button down. If you don’t want to shop standard retail for your “investment pieces” consider consignment! There are a lot of great consignment shops that stock designer pieces at affordable prices. For online reduced-price designer clothing, I like Rue La La and Haute Look. 
2) Brown and black mixed makes its second debut on the blog! Fashion “rules” were again broken as black and brown lived happily ever after in this look. Personally, I’ve really grown to love the mix of the two, which just serves as a good reminder that “rules” aren’t really “rules” after all…they might not even be useful suggestions. Wear what you love!
Anyone else have tips for finding affordable designer clothes?
I hope everyone is having a good week and staying warm! Thanks for all the well wishes when I wasn’t feeling well. Feeling much better!

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snow (and home) bound

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I’m sorry to say that I seem to have caught some sort of bug. However, it’s -45 with the wind chill here. So, I feel that if I’m going to be sick, at least I’m snowed (and cold) in! Being that I was feeling over heated everywhere I went, I took the opportunity to take some snow photos without my coat. Don’t worry, it’s not -45 in these photos. I’m not that dedicated to fashion. No one should be.

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Sweater: Gap ($12 marked down from approx $55)

Long sleeve shirt: Gap ($5 marked down from $26)

Jeans: Gap ($20 marked down from approx $60)

Boots: Bear Paw via Marshall’s ($50 marked down from $80)

Scarf: Gap ($11 marked down from $35)

Necklace: (gift, from Anthropologie)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I realized as I was posting this that I was wearing a fully Gap outfit. Gap has had some amazing sales in the past few weeks; most of their sale section has been 40-50% off. Most of the sweaters and scarves are around $10-$15 dollars. I opted for sweaters that are on the thinner side so that I could transition them into my spring ensembles. Their scarves are predominately brights and are big enough to wear as shawls. They might not really transition into spring due to their bulk, but I will try, regardless, check out sale their at: http://www.gap.com

2) I have seen a few posts where people are wearing scarves tucked into belts and wearing them as shirts. I think this is brilliant and am planning on trying it! In general, I think I need to  get more creative with scarves. I’ll post as soon as I manage to pull off something creative with a scarf. In the meantime, here’s a good article with great ideas: http://www.elleuk.com/style/street-style/your-way-to-wear-winter-scarves

Anyone have scarf suggestions? Ideas for braving the cold and still looking chic?

I hope those that are in cold climates are staying warm! Thanks to everyone for your ideas and comments! I appreciate it!

bright lights big 2014

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My list of 2014 resolutions seems sort-of endless. Nonetheless, I’m committed to, at the very least, trying to accomplish them! I have a few non-fashion goals, but here are my fashion goals (more interesting than ‘keeping the house clean’) (though, seriously, that is a BIG goal for 2014).

1) Finally clean out my closet (fine. sigh. closets, plural)

2) Donate clothes (versus leaving them in a box in my closet)

3) Try out Thred-UP (thredUP.com) to online consign clothes (seems fancy, I like the concept)

4) Organize all accessories and shoes (GAH! …I don’t even know where to start. Container Store??)

5) Blog at least 3-4 times per week! (minus Christmas week. doesn’t seem like that will ever happen!)

Thrilling, right!? I know. I actually started to sweat while typing that list because it seems daunting, but I’m really going to give it my Fashion Huntress all!

2014 here we come!

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Dress: Limited ($10 marked down from $110)

Long sleeve tee: H&M ($10 marked down from approx $20)

Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from approx $25)

Leggings: Limited (approx $10 many years ago!)

Scarf: Limited ($7 marked down from approx $35)

Necklace: Limited ($5 marked down from $33)

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I love the cutout shoulder detail on this dress. The cutouts seemed both a little breezy and ‘exposed’ for work, so I added a long sleeve tee shirt under my dress. This is easily my favorite way to ‘winterize’ my dresses. I grab long sleeve tees at H&M or at the J Crew outlet (J Crew Factory, also online). You really don’t need ‘fancy’ tops for under dresses because they 1) get washed all the time 2) aren’t really seen under the dress anyway. I just go for ‘durable’ in long sleeve tees. You can generally find them for $5-$10 at J Crew Factory, H&M, or Old Navy.

2) I hadn’t been in the Limited in a long time, but my girlfriend goes there all the time and finds the best pieces, so I decided to check it out. I ventured in and was totally impressed by their sales. I mean, this dress was $10, readers. …$100 off? Sold. It’s basically unwrinkle-able (probably not a word) and has great details. Sometimes I have to remind myself to venture into stores I haven’t been into in a while instead of solely sticking with my ‘old faithfuls.’ 

Anyone have stores that they recently checked-out again and enjoyed? Have fashion New Year resolutions?

Thanks for stopping by, readers! I hope you’re enjoying the first week of 2014!

resolutions and evolution

With 2014 around the corner, I decided to take a look back at some of my first posts on the blog. The blog isn’t quite a year old yet, but, wow, it has taken on a life of its own over the past 11 months! My first posts were a bit rough around the edges…as were my ‘poses,’ but it’s fun to see how much the blog has evolved over the year, and how well I’ve gotten to know so many of you through blogging. Before I get all sappy, allow me to take you back to early 2013. Here are some of earliest pictures and outfits:

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That was fun, right? Is it the Fashion Huntress you have come to know? How funny that we can evolve so much over the course of a year- and how wonderful to have another year around the corner to evolve even further.
 
Here are some of my absolute favorites from 2013 (a lot less bumpy than the early posts):
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Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me, readers. I appreciate all of the support I have gotten over the year when I started this labor of love that I call The Fashion Huntress. It has been such a pleasure getting to know all of you, and finding my fellow ‘long lost sisters’ in fashion. You all inspire me to keep blogging, keep huntressing, and keep showing up dressed up every day! I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year!
 
See you in 2014! So many awkward poses to come…!!
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xo,
The Fashion Huntress

flash forward (in red)

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Wow. What a whirlwind lately, readers! I’m sorry that I’ve gotten behind in my blogging during the holiday madness! But, by 2014, I’m going to be back on track! I’m slowly whittling down my to-do list…though it continues to look a bit endless at the moment- anyone else feeling that way!?

However, as I always like to say, at least I’ve got my accessories done for the day, so everything is more or less in order. We’ve had an amazing breath of fresh (warm) air here in Chicago, so I took to the streets to enjoy (and photograph)! We happened to catch the subway (the “El”) passing by overhead, which perfectly captured the mood and speed of the past week.

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I call this my flash forward in red ensemble. Next stop? 2014.

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

Top: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $50)

Pants: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from approx $90)

Shoes: Cole Haan ($70 marked down from $400)

Scarf: (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) While I think the umbrella print top is more of a spring/summer print, I think it worked layered up while worn on a ‘warm’ winter day. I don’t think too many prints are ‘seasonal,’ but some do seem to lend themselves better to a particular season than others. Most patterns can be transitioned with layers and scarves, so consider pulling out your camisole/silk tops  and seeing if they can be transitioned into a ‘winter’ top!

2) I’m a big fan of ‘indoor’ scarves. I think scarves serve as a great substitute for necklaces in winter. Bigger ‘winter’ scarves (i.e. wool) add texture, color, and, visual interest to outfits. Personally, I wear them to cover my entire neck (see the scarf detail photo above), though you can definitely wear them with more draping. I find scarves just about anywhere, but love the scarves at H&M and Gap. Gap has a big sale right now; I saw many of the scarves for about $10. (http://www.gap.com)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! Anyone else pulling out their “summer” work tops right now? Falling behind in their blogging?! Thank you so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!