poplin on the prairie


A true Midwesterner at heart, I love being in prairie restoration sites. I was able to take some of my photos in such a site (staying on the path and not disturbing anything!) and felt totally at home. Of the 240 million acres that once existed in the Midwest, less than 1% remains today. Thanks to what I can only assume are very dedicated efforts by many people, you can still find pieces of prairie around the Midwest if you look closely. Today I’m feeling peaceful in my poplin top on the prairie.

Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($15 marked down from $55) top on sale here

Pants: Ann Taylor, years ago!

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker ($30 marked down from $465)

Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($20 marked down from approx $45) necklace on sale here


botanical bridge


“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right”

-The Beatles, Here Comes the Sun

Dress: Ann Taylor Loft ($25 marked down from $90)

Sandals: Nine West ($45 marked down from approx $90)

Cardigan: thrift ($2)


bee yourself (Victoria Beckham for Target)


Is anyone else watching Grace and Frankie? Shout-out to Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for being the most fabulous ladies in television right now, if you ask me! I love love love Jane Fonda’s classic style (and attitude) in the show. In an ode to Ms. Fonda, I’m popping my collared shirt collar and sporting a scarf today…and a ‘don’t take no for an answer’ attitude!

“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” -Jane Fonda

Top: Haberdashery x J Crew via thrift ($5)

Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft (approx $9)

Scarf: Victoria Beckham for Target ($20)

Scarf ring: Hermes (gift)

Earrings: Kohl’s ($2 marked down from $18)

bright white and sun spots


A little bit of sun just goes such a long way, right!? It feels like a sigh of relief to have gotten enough rain to make our yard look like the Amazon (but for real, it’s out of control), and then a day full of sunshine. I captured a little on my walk to work today; have a good week y’all!


“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” -Helen Keller

Dress: Michael by Michael Kors via Savers ($7, retails for $100)

Blazer: Badgley Mischka via consignment ($30, retails for approx $350)

Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack ($3 marked down from $15)

Boots: Not Rated via DSW ($60 marked down from $75)

Necklace: vintage via Greg’s Antiques in New Orleans ($3)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Even though it may not seem like it (or maybe it does? ha!), I rotate my clothes far more than I think it seems. As you can see below, I wear the boots from this post basically all the time (fall, winter, spring, doesn’t matter1). I also last wore this necklace and the same tights in a similar look (below). The key to my change-ups is usually swapping out my blazer or shoes, etc. The looks seem very different, despite the many similarities. The key to making your wardrobe versatile is using what you already have and styling it in new ways!


2) While it is spring here, it’s still fairly cool (especially in mornings and at night), so I am still wearing my tights! Though, I do switch over to lighter colors tights this time of year, or at least wear dark tights but a very light outfit. I like to wear my dresses all year round; the easiest way to do so is just by changing out your tights and tops. 

Anyone else still layering up for the weather? I hope you have a great start to your week, readers!

merry in marimekko


I’ve been a fan of Marimekko for years, so I was thrilled to see the Marimekko for Target collaboration this week! The Marimekko for Banana Republic line stole my heart a couple of years ago, so I had high hopes for this collection. While the line was mostly geared towards the outdoors (gardening, patio decor, and bathing suits), there were some clothing pieces that really stole the show. All in all, I am happy to report that the Marimekko line at Target is indeed quite merry.

Top: Marimekko for Target ($20)

Pants: Marimekko for Target ($30)

Necklace: thrift ($3)

Shoes: hard to remember the price…so many years ago! But they are Chinese Laundry via Nordstrom Rack


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This collection isn’t selling out as quickly as others have in the past; that’s good news, though, because if you still want some of the pieces, you can find them online! The link is below. The sizing was a little off for me to calculate online (especially the pants), so I ordered two sizes and just returned the size that didn’t fit. I would recommend doing the same if you really want to get the right fit! 


2) Many of the clothing pieces could easily be worn as everyday attire, or as beach cover-ups. So, think out of the box when looking at the pieces! If you’re loving the prints, but not the clothes, the outdoor patio and home pieces really are great. It doesn’t look as though you can purchase them online, but you can do a search online and see if the items are still in a store near you. 

It’s monthly mani time! The theme this month was artist inspired! I painted my nails in a Jackson Pollock theme 🙂 check out the other ladies via their blog links below!

Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Ashley from Free Wills Studio

Lyndsey from Dressed in Mascara

Did anyone else check out the Marimekko for Target line? What did you think of it? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!


knowing in neon


I recently had lunch with a friend and was discussing confidence and lack thereof sometimes. My friend responded by saying that sometimes the only person that thinks we cannot do something is ourselves. …hmmm. That rang true for me, and I’m guessing, many others. We seem to be the least likely person to feel confident in taking a risk, while others around us are celebrating our risks. I’m holding on to the idea of “knowing” this week. Knowing and believing (in neon).

Top: thrift ($3)

Blazer: BCBG via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Shoes: Rampage via Amazon ($20, retail for approx $50)

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

Scarf: thrift ($3)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you’re going to wear neon to work, I definitely think it works best to anchor it with neutral (blazer and jeans). You can see in the photos without the blazer that this top is a true neon- very bright! For a winter look, you could easily add a sweater over the top and just have a little pop of neon. 

2) I like to thrift button downs because they are so versatile in terms of size. Most of them can be dry cleaned or washed at home- and are good as new! Always try them on and/or inspect them very careful for stains, tears, and snags. You may not see them right away, but some shirts will have been donated for that very reason. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!


radiating (sun) and reflections


I distinctly remember the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of high school. The last day of school is still vivid in my mind, so many years later. It was a warm, sunny day, but not the usual overly hot and humid, as we normally have in summer. I remember feeling completely weightless- like I could breathe, sit around, walk around, talk, do, and be basically anything I wanted, for the next three months during summer vacation.

I often think of that feeling. The idea of weightlessness. And how it really doesn’t seem to extend into life beyond high school, college, or otherwise. Responsibilities of being “an adult” are indeed weighty. But, every once in a while, I’ll find myself smiling for a moment as a ray of sunshine warms my face and a breezes passes by me. For that moment, I feel weightless again, and think, “what if every single thing currently weighing on my mind is actually completely fine?”

I felt that way today taking these photos and enjoyed my moment so much, I wanted to share. Perhaps that emotion is captured in the photos- or perhaps it gives you insight into what was on my mind today. Either way, I hope everyone has a moment (or even longer!) like that today. Thanks for stopping by, readers.

Denim top: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)

Black and white top: Target ($6, retails for approx $20)

Skirt: Cynthia Rowley via thrift ($5, retails for approx $80)

Necklace: Tiffany

Shoes: Nine West outlet in New Orleans, LA ($25 marked down from approx $100)

Tights: Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($7 marked down from $14)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Not quite warmth enough to ditch tights, I opted for a pastel tight to keep from looking to “winter.” I seem to have mostly darkly tights, but noticed I don’t have many light colored or pastel tights. If anyone has suggestions for other colors to try, I would love to hear suggestions!

2) I try and pattern mix with what I consider to be “balance.” My top and shoes are both black- so black on top and on bottom (my sense of “balance”). Then, I picked a light denim top and lighter skirt- light on top and on bottom. I picked the tights based off of the pink tone in the skirt. So, if you want a “template” for pattern and color play, think of balancing your top half with your bottom half. It seems to work! 

Anyone else feeling hopeful and un-stressed this spring? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

neatly knitted


“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” -A.A. Milne

Dress: DVF via TJ Maxx ($115 marked down from $500)

Blazer: Armani Exchange via thrift ($10, retails for approx $200)

Necklace: J Crew ($70 marked down from $150)

Shoes: Miu Miu ($100 marked down from $1,000)

Tights: H&M ($5)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Very interesting to see that Rent the Runway clothes are now being sold at TJ Maxx, at least in Chicago. These clothes are in completely mint condition, from what I can see, and are marked down pretty significantly. From what I understand, Rent the Runway has a few sales each year to sell some of their merchandise. You can either regularly check their website, or follow their Facebook page for more information. Thus far, I’m a fan of quality and price!

2) We are still in the half winter half spring weather around the Chicago area, so lighter dresses and tights seem to be the way to go. I highly recommend pulling out your spring and summer dresses and just adding a couple of layers to wear them now! I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m done with wearing my winter coat and sweaters!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by readers! Anyone else waiting for full blown spring to arrive and stay!? Happy mid-week!

refresh and renew


Woo hoo! Well, my closet is slowly being organized and unpacked in our new place and it’s so much easier to FIND THINGS! Ha, what a novelty, right? There’s something really fun (at least to me) about starting over and organizing yourself afresh. Pull out the label maker, some music, and a little spare time- it’s a party.

Dress: thrift ($10, retails for unknown!)

Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)

Belt: J Crew (so long ago, can’t even remember!)

Tights: Nordstrom Rack ($5 marked down from approx $15)

Shoes: Ivanka Trump via DSW ($15 marked down from approx $120)

Necklace: Pam Hiran via Anthropologie ($15 marked down from $60)

Bracelets: Alex and Ani  for Disney (+handmade bracelet)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This is my first pair of Ivanka Trump shoes, and thus far, I am quite pleased with the quality! They are quite comfortable, the heel height is perfect for longer days, and the sole is padded. I’ll report back on their longevity. But so far, I’m into them! On another note, I posted my Jessica Simpson shoes a couple of weeks ago. Readers, wow, really, they are FALLING APART after about three wears. Unreal. I’m hoping I got a defect, but yikes, quality control is not looking good so far for them. Pictured below:


The soles are actually pulling apart…either way, I’m curious to hear other’s feedback. Perhaps this was an outlier pair?? I reached out to their customer service, so hopefully I will hear back. I’ll report back, readers!

2) The necklace for the above outfit isn’t clearly visible in some of the photos, so I’ve posted a close-up below from a previous outfit/styling. I really love the uniqueness of the jewelry at Anthropologie. They seem to use a lot of local artists and really produce some great pieces. The prices, of course, can be a bit high. However, their online sale section generally lists the best prices on their jewelry. I’ve found the clearance jewelry is often sold-out in stores, so online is likely your best bet.








Anyone else have experience with Jessica Simpson shoes? How is the quality? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!