dancing pants (and shoes)

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I have no idea why these pants feel like dancing pants, but they just do. In the bleak midwinter, I always welcome brights, neons, and anything to liven up the overcast days (as you could see from my last post). After all, sometimes we have to carry our own sunshine with us, right? These are my dancing pants- in all brights and neon. As Hal Borland said, “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” I’m still waiting patiently for the fresh blooms and sun of spring, but in the meantime, I’ll be wearing the blooms instead.

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Sweater: J Crew (gift)
Denim top: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)
Necklace: gift
Pants: Ann Taylor ($11 marked down from $80)
Shoes: Nine West via Salvation Army ($12, retail for $100)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Today I pushed color mixing a little further than the last post, and picked a color palette in all different shades. Because these pants are so bright and “summer/spring,” I paired them with a darker, heavy winter sweater. You can see how I last featured these pants in summer:
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 As always, you know how I feel about wearing clothes all year round! With a little layering, most pieces can be worn year round.
2) Saks Off Fifth is having a great shoe sale right now. Most shoes, even designer labels, were marked to $30-$150. As always, this is a sale that I wanted to shop in person versus online, in order to get a feel and fit for the shoes. However, I’ve also shopped online via their website and they do have a great return policy. You can check out the sale here: http://www.saksoff5th.com/ Also keep in mind that when you sign up for emails, you will receive coupons and extra discounts. 
Anyone else wearing neon and brights this winter? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much, as always!

tried and true blue (heels)

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Sigh, readers, the winter tundra has finally hit Chicago. With the Christmas tree and lights down, below freezing temperatures, and it being Monday, blue seemed like the natural color to wear to mark the passing of the holiday season. On the other hand, nothing makes me a happier Huntress than cozying up in a ton of a layers, a big scarf, and some power heels. This is my no-fail tried and true blue outfit, because you really can’t go wrong with a cozy scarf and a great pair of blue heels.
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Dress: Paul and Joe via Saks Off 5th ($10 marked down from approx $150)
Pants: Banana Republic ($17 marked down from approx $90)
Bracelet: gift via Bauble Bar at Nordstrom
Shoes: Vince Camuto Signature via Saks Off 5th ($50 marked down from $300)
Scarf: Gap ($4 marked down from $30)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I have to admit, I’ve passed up a Saks Off 5th outting in the past, as I felt their prices were still quite high. However, during a recent trip, I realized that the sales there have really improved! The sale was “buy 1 item, get 2 free.” Umm, sold. Since each piece I purchased was approximately $30, this averages out to $10 an item. I would say if there’s one in your area, it’s definitely worth a visit, though prepare to really take your time. You know that I normally recommend 15-30 minutes to shop a sale, but this visit required at least an hour due to the organization and layout of the store. If there’s isn’t a Saks Off 5th near you, you can also shop online: http://www.saksoff5th.com/ 
2) Suede and winter (at least in Chicago) is a really bad combination if you plan on wearing anything other than snow boots (Uggs, Bearpaw, Hunter, etc) outdoors. Salt, water, and sand can really tear up your nice shoes, even if you spray them with a waterproof spray. I always spray my suede shoes with a spray I pick-up at Nordstrom ($6/can). I’ve had my same can for years; it’s definitely worth its weight in gold. However, you still won’t find me wearing anything other than snow boots outdoors in this weather. Bring an extra bag and preserve your shoes! They will thank you! 
Does anyone else ever shop at Saks Off 5th and have other tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much! Happy Monday and stay warm!